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Davie County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, February 14, 2014. There will be no school on Saturday. We hope to be back on a regular schedule on Monday, February 17. Make-up days will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the snow storm below. Full resolution copies of the images below are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviecounty/sets/72157640951597474/show/
Do you still need to buy for a Christmas gift for someone but loathe the thoughts of facing the throngs at a massive shopping mall or wandering around a big-box outlet hoping to find inspiration on its sterile shelves?
There’s no need to panic. Just head to one of Davie County’s wineries and pick up a bottle of wine or two for the yet-to-be-gifted adults on your shopping list. The diversity of offerings means you’re sure to find something to please their palate, and the soothing, pastoral settings of the vineyards that can be seen from the tasting rooms will give you a chance to cool your jets during this sometimes frantic time of year.
A couple of tips before you make your grape escape from the holiday crowds. If possible, try to find out what food the wine will accompany. Opinions vary, of course, but generally speaking a Pinot Noir or Syrah goes well with turkey, Malbec or Merlot are great matches for prime rib, and a stronger red such as Cabernet is called for with lamb. And as more than one critic has pointed out, you can almost never go wrong with a sparkling wine because the sound of the cork being popped is a siren call for celebration.
There’s one other advantage to following our advice: by shopping at these wineries, you’ll also be investing in Davie County, where many of you live and work. Every dollar spent in Davie County will help grow the community and give your friends and neighbors a chance to prosper in the coming year.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the spots you’ll want to check out.
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158, Mocksville
Tasting Room Hours: 11AM – 6PM Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays
Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 11AM – 3PM, Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day
If you’re looking for the broadest selection of wines from which to choose, head to RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville. Established by Joseph and Joyce Neely in 2000 and named after their daughters, Rachel and Helen, RayLen’s production is headed up by longtime vintner Steve Shepard. RayLen produced just 2500 cases of five types of wines that first year; a dozen years later, production had soared by over 300 percent and now comprises 16 different varieties. The rapid expansion didn’t come up at the expense of quality, but rather because of it. RayLen has racked up numerous state and regional awards and is renowned as one of the top wineries in the Southeast.
If the large selection has you uncertain what wine to select, try one of RayLen’s wine flights, which gives you the opportunity to sample from a broad array of offerings. Both the Red Flight (six wines) and the White Flight (seven wines) are just $6.00, while the Complete Flight is $10.00 and comprises just about everything RayLen produces.
Besides producing top-notch wine, RayLen also hosts open houses, music festivals, and is available for private events such as weddings or birthday parties. Visit the Web site to learn more and sign up as a member of the “Cellar Club” to have wines delivered to your home on a regular basis.
Nestled a couple of miles off Farmington Road between Huntsville and Farmington is Misty Creek Vineyards, producers of numerous award-winning wines since 2001. But owner Barry Nichols, who enjoyed a 30-plus-year career in the aerospace industry, has been involved with wines much longer than that: he first started working with the fruit of the vine the same year that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Now, he and wife Kathy oversee the production of five varietals (four reds, one white) and two blends (Barrel House Blend and Misty Rose).
But while it’s the wines that will bring you out Misty Creek, it’s the welcoming atmosphere that’s likely to keep you coming back. The winery is both family- and pet-friendly, and Barry encourages visitors to bring their own food—there’s a grill available for cooking—and enjoy a bottle of their prize-winning Chardonnay or Chambourcin at the outdoor pavilion that overlooks a pond in the midst of the vineyard. Or just stop by and try the Misty Creek Flight featuring samples of all seven wines for just $5.
Like RayLen, Misty Creek hosts special events throughout the year centered around food, music, artisans, and activities. Keep an eye on the event calendar to see what’s in store in the coming months.
While North Carolina’s reputation as winemaking state has soared over the past decade, there’s no question that vintners here face special challenges when trying to make European-style varietals. But Garden Gate Vineyards’ owners Sonya and Bob Whitaker have come up with a solution: creating wines using local fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, as well as relying on indigenous grapes like the Scuppernong and Muscadine.
Grown without pesticides, all Garden Gate’s wines are priced at $12 bottle (a free bottle is thrown in when you purchase a case). In addition to its fruity wines and Scuppernong and Muscadine, the Whitakers have recently added a Zinfandel and a Merlot to the roster, along with a Sangria (based on the strawberry wine) and a specialty run called “Jitterbug.” Starting to feel the nip of winter? Sample the warm, soothing Dragonfly Wassail the Whitakers created for the holidays.
Those unfamiliar with fruity or sweeter wines will appreciate the fact Garden Gate offers free tastings, and everyone will enjoy the small winery’s friendly atmosphere. Get directions and learn more about the nutritional benefits of Muscadine grapes at Garden Gate’s little nook on the Web.
One of the newest arrivals on the Davie County wine scene is Lazy Elm Vineyard and Winery. The five-and-a-half-acre vineyard sits on a 43-acre farm in Mocksville about a mile east of Highway 601.
For its initial lineup, Lazy Elm has been purchasing grapes from a Surry County vineyard located within the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area to create three reds and a rose; it also has been producing a sweet apple wine. Last year marked its first plantings in the vineyard: Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, and Malbec comprise the lineup of reds and Vermentino, a variety used in Italian wines, will be the flagship white wine.
While the tasting room is currently open only on weekends, you can also call to set up a time to stop by during the week. Just bring a couple of glasses and perhaps a picnic lunch, then grab a bottle of wine and relax in a peaceful setting. Find out more about Lazy Elm and keep up to date on their upcoming varietals by heading to their Web site.
For the past couple of years, the big news out of Davie County has been economic development. Big names such as Ashley Furniture and Wake Forest Baptist Health, Ingersoll Rand, Avgol and more have invested millions of dollars in new facilities in the county, and smaller firms like Carolina Precision Plastics and Pro Refrigeration have set up shops offering good-paying jobs at a time when employers are extremely picky about where they’ll locate.
But when WXII News 12 paid an all-day visit to Historic Downtown Mocksville this past December 11th, they weren’t there to cover a business opening or a groundbreaking ceremony for a new business. Instead, the number-one news team in the Piedmont Triad was there to “Celebrate Davie,” with a special focus was on the people and places that make Davie County uniquely appealing to residents and visitors alike.
Longtime nighttime news anchor Cameron Kent took viewers to Cooleemee for a trip down to The Bullhole, an eye-catching waterfall on the Yadkin River that generations have relished as a prime swimming and fishing spot, then peeked into the area’s past with a report on Lake Hideaway. The man-made lake, fronted by a beach created with sand hauled in from the North Carolina Coast, was the gathering spot for Davie County teens in the 1950s and early 1960s, but decades after closing its charms are found only in memories.
History buffs were treated to a report on Joppa Cemetery, final resting place for legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel.
Chief meteorologist Lanie Pope traded in her maps and charts for mixing bowls, eggs, and flour at Ketchie Creek Bakery and Cafe in Mocksville. While Pope’s creations were passable, you’ll probably want to visit when the regular team is whipping up its signature Five-Flavor Pound Cake, which Our State magazine described as a “symphony of flavors.” But who knows—you might get to taste the bakery’s wares at a wedding at WinMock at Kinderton, a 1920s-era dairy barn that was converted into a a rustic yet tasteful special-events center in 2011.
At the end of the day, though, it’s the folks of Davie County that make it such a special place to live, work, and play. Morning news anchor Kimberly Van Scoy introduced Seth Grooms, a hugely successful Special Olympian and a fixture at Davie County High School football games—so much so that he was named an honorary member of the team. In fact, Grooms is so beloved in Davie County he was named marshal of the town’s 2012 Christmas parade. Emma Slabach stopped by the WXII studios to show off her special talent: the 13-year-old is a cup-stacking champion and has competed in evens sanctioned by the World Sport Stacking Association.
And even when the news team visited one of Davie County’s most successful enterprises, the focus was on the people more than on the product. Trailers of the East Coast, which provides trailers for many NASCAR teams and for major national companies like FedEx and Walt Disney Corporation, goes back three generations, when Ted Junker bought an appliance and hardware store in Mocksville. Today, his son Bill and Bill’s sons Clint and Will run the business—and nine grandchildren stand ready to join the Trailers of the East Coast team at some point.
Of course, there are far too many hidden charms and smiling faces in Davie County to be covered even in an all-day TV broadcast—which is another way of saying you should take time to make a visit. Visit the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Facebook and Twitter pages for a list of events, businesses, attractions, and more.
Once again, thank you to the entire team at WXII News 12 for picking a day to “Celebrate Davie.”
Eight homes, including six homes that have witness more than a hundred years of history, five historic churches each with unique architectural flourishes, and two museums with guided tours will be stops on the tour. Proceeds from the $10 tickets will go toward the drive to create a new Splash and Swim Center in Cooleemee.
“When the cotton mill was established back in 1899,” says tour coordinator Hellen Daywalt, “they built houses for their employees. Some were for the hands and some were for the boss men. All were built with real wood and they were made to last. Farmers, like the Byerly family on Davie Street where my daughter now lives, came from the country to work in the mill and brought their traditions with them.”
Today, these homes and the mill still stand and Cooleemee people want to share their hope for the future with others during the Christmas season. Each stop will have their own unique story to tell. The Stroud-Davis-Vogler House on the corner of Marginal Street and Gladstone Road, for example, is said to have been an overnight stop for Thomas Edison on his way to the North Carolina mountains.
At the Mill House Museum, visitors will get a glimpse of how mill hands’ families would have celebrated Christmas in the early 1930s with a cedar Christmas tree and a sumptuous spread of country ham, sausage, coconut cake, pies, oranges, stick candy and other goodies on the kitchen table near the old wood cook stove.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased in advance in Cooleemee at Town Hall, Village Auto and the Zachary House. Also, tickets can be purchased in Mocksville at the Davie Chamber of Commerce. They may be purchased the day of the event at the Zachary House. Once you have a ticket and your map you may begin at any tour stop. For more information, please call Hellen Daywalt at 284-4339 or John Chandler at 284-2141.
iShopDavie Days November 29 – December 1
At its first meeting this November, the Davie County Board of Commissioners announced it was officially designating the three days immediately following Thanksgiving this year—November 29 through December 1—as “iShopDavie Days.” The goal of the program? To encourage all Davie County residents to do their shopping at Davie County businesses during that period.
Given the headaches involved with traveling to large urban centers for Christmas shopping—tangled traffic, scarce parking, interminable checkout lines—iShopDavie should have instant appeal for the county’s 40,000-plus residents. But as Davie Chamber of Commerce president Carolyn McManamy points out, there’s another incentive: shopping where you live is like giving a present to your friends, neighbors, and even yourself. “When we choose to purchase goods and services in the community where we live, pay taxes and send our children to school, we are investing in the well-being of our community and also creating a more prosperous place to live,” says McManamy.
And recent economic studies indicate it really is an investment: A report called “Local Works” by Civic Economics reveals that shopping at a locally owned pharmacy, for instance, injects 77 percent more into the local economy than shopping at a major chain pharmacy, while dining at locally owned restaurants provides a 52 percent advantage over eating at national chains.
But iShopDavie Days isn’t meant to focus just on locally owned businesses. “”We want people to use all of our businesses,” McManamy says. “Some of them are big boxes, some of them may be large manufacturers, but you can support them by buying the products that they make.”
Davie Chamber Smartphone App Helps Shoppers Save
Of course, people are always searching for ways to save money during the holidays—and that’s where the Davie County Chamber of Commerce mobile app for Android and Apple users comes in. In addition to updates on community events and destinations or employment opportunities, the mobile app is your gateway to “Davie Deals”—coupons and special offers that make doing business near home even more appealing for Davie County residents. Don’t have a smartphone? Text “DAVICECHAMBER” to 95577 to keep informed on all things Davie.
McManamy says that the Davie Chamber will collect information that will show residents the true impact of programs like iShopDavie Days, but for now the goal is to get the word out. “Right now, we are in the process of educating folks on the importance of supporting our own business community,” she says. “We want people to identify our iShopDavie logo and understand what it really means. Our video has helped significantly with getting the message out.
“We’re excited about this program for our businesses and our community and look forward to showing everyone how spending money in our own community can have huge impacts.”
To learn more about the iShopDavie program and iShopDavie Days, visit www.ishopdavie.com. You can download the iPhone/iPad version of the Davie Chamber App here, while Android users can find the app for their phone here on Google play.
No one’s sure exactly when the word “bedroll” entered the English lexicon, but it definitely will take on a whole new meaning on Friday, November 22 in Historic Downtown Mocksville as intrepid teams from across Davie County and beyond take part in the 2nd annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race. The zany competition is a warmup for the main event: the annual Hometown Christmas Parade to be held the next day starting at 2:00 PM.
New This Year ~ Kids Superhero Race
Kids can join the fun this year with the Kids Superhero Race. Kids ages 5/6, 7/8 & 9/10 should dress as their favorite superhero, bring a wagon and their favorite toy/stuffed animal to pull down Main Street. There is no entry Fee for this event and a prize will be awarded to the fastest kid in each age group 5/6, 7/8 & 9/10. Call the Leon at Town Hall to pre-register or you may also register for the Kids Superhero Race on the night of the race.
Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the Bed Race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are great, but riders have to wear something.
Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $100 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $75 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $50. The Most Outrageous and Most Creative teams will each pick up a $50 prize, and the slowest team also gets $50.
Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “Let it Snow”
For those who want to join in on the holiday celebration but at a little slower pace, the Hometown Christmas Parade sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce is just the ticket. This year’s theme is “Let It Snow,” and all types of entries are welcome, from horseback riders and single vehicles to full-blown floats featuring performers and folks walking in a group. The first-place prize for the parade participants is $75; second place wins $50 and third place earns $25.
There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind as you prepare your parade entry. Candy can be tossed to the crowd (so long as you don’t entice children into the street where they might be hurt by the procession), but Santas are not allowed. He’s already slated to appear on the Chamber of Commerce float, and someone who’s as busy as Saint Nick is at this time of year doesn’t want to overbook!
The registration fee for the Bed Race is $25. This entry fee also entitles you to an entry in the hometown Christmas Parade the next day.
Don’t Miss Out ~ Registration Deadline November 18
But if you snooze you’ll lose—the deadline for applications for the Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade is November 18. You can sign up your team for the Bed Race by calling Mocksville Town Hall at 753-6700 or mailing a bed race entry form (along with a check payable to Historic Davie, Inc.) to 171 Clement St., Mocksville, 27028.
Parade participants can download the parade entry form or pick up a copy at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 135 South Salisbury Street.
Join us for the America Recycles Day event at Junker’s Mill, 105 S Salisbury Street in historic downtown Mocksville this Friday, November 15th from 12 pm until 2 pm. The event is being sponsored by the Mocksville Woman’s Club and the town of Mocksville.
More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better – 365 days a year. Help make recycling work in our community.
Bring paper documents to be commercially shredded
Shredding outdated personal documents, bank statements, insurance policies, etc. helps to eliminate identity fraud and also helps our environment by recycling paper. Bring your paper documents to be commercially shredded with a suggested $5 per box donation. Donations will benefit the Davie County High School “Hunger Fighters” nutrition program. to help promote balancing healthy minds for learning with balanced nutritional needs. Help support America Recycles Day and become more aware of recycling and assisting our environment. Not only will you become more informed, but you will lessen your clutter/collection of paper while making it reusable again. The Mocksville Woman’s Club is a 501(C)(3) organization volunteers and your donations are tax deductible.
Items that do NOT need to be removed prior to shredding
Paper clips, staples, manila folders, hanging file folders, alligator clips and window envelopes.
Items that DO need to be removed prior to shredding
3-ring binders, cardboard, photographs, plastic, trash, hard foreign objects.
America Recycles Day
Research shows that asking people to make a commitment to recycle actually builds motivation that leads to lasting changes in behavior. By asking people to “Take the Pledge” you are joining thousands of America Recycles Day organizers across the country working to increase recycling in their communities by motivating their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to recycle more. Visit www.americarecyclesday.org and take the pledge!
Here’s another chance to buy fresh, local and healthy this week! The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Friday afternoons from 3 PM until dusk. The Peachtree Farmer’s Market is located in the town of Bermuda Run at the intersection of Hwy 158 and 801 on the street behind Bojangles.
Mocksville Farmer’s Market Going Strong
The Mocksville Farmer’s Market on Wednesday had 20 producers participating and a parking lot full of folks buying up produce, breads, honey, mushrooms, pumpkins, apples, and more.
A Fresh, Local and Healthy Bounty
This writer went home with several bags of goodies including an assortment of crisp fall apples for only $3, – four servings of delightful persimmon pudding for only $1.50 – a small bag of sweet, crisp, beautiful carrots picked that morning for $2 – a generously sized loaf of delightful whole wheat bread made from the freshest home-ground wheat grain for $3… and a small bag of wonderful homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for only $1. This was a terrific fresh, local and healthy bounty of health for just about $10.
Thanks to all of you who “shared” our post on the topic and helped to get the word out and to all of you who came out to buy fresh, local & healthy at the Mocksville Farmer’s Market. We hope to see you again on Friday at the Peachtree Farmer’s Market and again next Wednesday at the Mocksville Farmer’s Market.
From shopping, dining, gas tank fill-ups to landscaping, banking, doctor’s visits and more – spending our money where we live, pay taxes and send our children to school strengthens our local economy and our community!
When we choose to purchase goods and services in the community where we live, pay taxes and send our children to school, we are investing in the well being of our community; creating more jobs, increasing revenues and creating a more prosperous place to live. When we open our wallets elsewhere – we’re improving someone else’s hometown, not ours. Simply put – it matters where we spend our money!
The Davie Chamber of Commerce iShopDavie initiative is making it easier for all of us to make our money work where it matters most… in Davie County.
Soon you will see the iShopDavie logo everywhere! iShopDavie will be an ongoing initiative with new messages and promotions to keep it fresh and to continually remind people to choose to do business in Davie County.
A recent editorial in the Winston Salem Journal put it this way; “the iShopDavie campaign takes a broader approach than the typical program by encouraging consumers to do all their business in the county, including medical care, schools for their children and banking, as well as retail shopping. And its sponsor, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, is utilizing technology in innovative ways to get the consumer’s attention. iShopDavie, a play on iPhone and iPad, features a free mobile app for Droid and Apple users that provides iShopDavie deals and information about the county”.
Get the Davie Chamber Smartphone App Today
Shoppers in Davie County have a new tool to help them save money while growing the local economy – iShopDavie Deals! Davie Chamber members list special offers, discounts or coupons that help you save money while supporting local businesses. To redeem an iShopDavie Deal, simply show the DEAL on your smartphone.
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce iPhone/iPad App is available on the iTunes store and the Android version is available on Google Play. Just search for Davie Chamber.
Davie Deals, Community Events, Job Openings and More
The Davie Chamber App has been designed as a “one stop shop” for smartphone users to keep up to date with just about everything going on in the county, from upcoming community events and recent job postings to quick links to Davie County social-media resources.
Free Advertising for Davie County Chamber of Commerce Members
Listing specials and coupons is free for members of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Get started today by simply contacting the Davie Chamber at (336) 751-3304.
As more people turn to their smartphones to make decisions on where to shop, dine, or find accomodations, the Davie Chamber App will give Chamber businesses a chance to reach local buyers with timely offers.
iSHOPDAVIE… Do You?
Do your part to keep the local economy strong and growing by shopping local as often as possible!
Dr. Ben Carson – renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, storyteller, and author – will be the centerpiece of the DCCC 50th anniversary celebration in Davie County as they celebrate 50 years of educating and empowering students.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Dr. Carson will be speaking on “Pursuing Excellence, for Healthcare, Education, and our Future” at WinMock at Kinderton in the town of Bermuda Run. DCCC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are co-hosting his visit.
Dr. Carson on Success: “Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” -Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Dr. Carson often speaks and writes inspiringly, about overcoming life’s difficulties which can become a barricade keeping us from our dreams. As a child, he overcame poverty, anger, and poor study habits to fulfill his dream of being a physician. He credits his mother with teaching him how to work hard when everyone else around him was playing. He attributes his present dedication to learning, to the fact that she required reading and essays from him regularly. She simply decided that he would have the education that she lacked.
He soon found that reading books fired his imagination and taught him how much there was in the world to learn. In spite of the odds, Ben Carson labored to become a well-educated and much honored surgeon who has accomplished amazing things in his field.
The thread of a theme can be seen in his various writings and heard when he speaks. It is that the choices we make every day will affect the course our lives take. We must determine that our disadvantages will not define us and our misfortunes will not hinder us from reaching our goals.
“Here is the treasure chest of the world – the public library, or a bookstore.” ― Ben Carson, Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence
Dr. Carson is a true role model who lives to give back to others. In his writing, he has shared with the world the philosophy that has helped him overcome great difficulty and accomplish incredible things. Although he has experienced personal success, he is compassionate and humanitarian. He is continually striving to share his knowledge as a teacher, to pass on his inspiration through his writings and to pass on his love for knowledge through his scholarship programs and through funding Carson Reading Rooms.
“Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.” – Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
There is a waiting list for this sold out event
This event is sold out. To place your name in the waiting list you may call DCCC at 336-224-4680 or visit their website at http://www.dccc50.org/.
Thank you and congratulations to DCCC, the Community College of Davie and Davidson Counties for 50 years of educating and empowering students!
Three Davie County vineyards are home to a variety of award winning wines available to suit any taste. Spring and summer are a great time to experience the scenic beauty, enjoy tastings and take part in a variety of scheduled events. Event schedules for each vineyard are available on the vineyard web sites. A map of locations with driving directions are also included below.
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158 Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 998-3100 http://www.raylenvineyards.com Monday-Saturday 11:00AM-6:00PM The first vines for RayLen Vineyards & Winery were planted in 1999 when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the property. Until then, the property had functioned as a dairy farm for nearly a century. Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance our guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The distinctive cupola roof top of RayLen Vineyards & Winery is a beacon for the southern portion of the Yadkin Valley Appellation. Travelers from the highway and wanderers from the surrounding country roads are drawn to the Tasting Room to discover a new experience. Loyal customers return for the lush vista and a reliable favorite of RayLen’s award-winning wines. Vintner Steve Shepard has a long history in winemaking. His education and career began in Pennsylvania; since 1980, Shepard has been making wine commercially. Drawn south, Shepard’s North Carolina career began in 1989 at the first Yadkin Valley winery. The Yadkin Valley’s unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals. From the date of RayLen’s purchase, Shepard helped design the vineyard for optimum growth for the 10 different European varietals grown. In its first three vintages, RayLen Vineyards & Winery won over 200 medals at various statewide, regional, and international competitions. Shepard has been recognized by Robert Parker for his 1991 vintage wines, while RayLen has been lauded by the Wine Spectator as one of the premier wineries in the Southeast.
Misty Creek Farm and Vineyards
710 Wyo Road Mocksville, North Carolina 27028 336.998.3303 http://www.mistycreekwines.com Friday: 4:00-8:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Sunday: 2:00-6:00 PM Misty Creek’s vineyards and tasting room lie between the communities of Huntsville and Farmington near the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River, an area used for centuries by Native Americans as a meeting ground and natural fish trap. Later the Shallow Ford served as a safe place for travelers, wagons and stagecoaches to cross the Yadkin River on the Great Wagon Road (known locally as the Colonial Pike) from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia. A thriving community developed at the ford to serve passing wagon trains, and the deep cut of the Great Wagon Road is still evident today on both sides of the Yadkin River. By 1770, a road cut from this area to Mulberry Fields (near Wilkesboro) later became known as the Daniel Boone Trail, named after Daniel Boone who married and built a cabin on the Sugar Creek, approximately two miles east of Farmington, in 1756. On October 14th, 1780 during the American Revolution a large group of Tories crossed the Shallow Ford to be defeated by Whig forces. Fourteen Tories were buried in a small plot west of the crossing, and almost immediately the brash colonials built a pig lot over their final resting place to commemorate forever this event. Later in 1781 Lord Cornwallis crossed the Shallow Ford in pursuit of General Nathaniel Green’s “Green Mountain Boys”, the two forces meeting at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro. After the war in 1792, Charles Hunt purchased 250 acres and began to lay out 111 half-acre lots to establish the city of Huntsville. Local history suggests that Huntsville narrowly missed being the state capital for North Carolina. In April 1865 Union General George Stoneman’s cavalry crossed the Shallow Ford and routed the Confederacy’s Yadkin Home Guard, subsequently ransacking the town of Bethania and looting the town of Huntsville as one of the last acts of the Civil War. The Nichols family purchased this land in early 2001, naming it Misty Creek after the natural spring that bisects the property. They immediately began a series of improvements that included a lake, roads and irrigation, and planted the first four acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Chambourcin. The following year an additional 10 acres were planted, and Syrah was added to the vineyard. Finished in June 2009, the tasting room sits directly on the site of a pioneer cabin originally built in 1800 as a mule barn, and overlooks the old road bed. The deep well and original entry road are very evident in the topography, and they continue to find hand made bricks, pottery shards, spear points and other evidence of long habitation. Misty Creek Vineyards are located in Davie County, named for William R. Davie who was a revolutionary war leader, minister to France and later governor of North Carolina.
Garden Gate Vineyards
261 Scenic Drive Mocksville, NC 27028 336 751-3794 or 336 941-7721 http://www.gardengatevineyards.com Wednesday through Saturday 12:00-5:00 PM Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM Garden Gate Vineyards, owned by Bob and Sonya Whitaker offers free tastings Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00-5:00 PM. A cozy and inviting winery, with exceptionally friendly hosts, Garden Gate produces home-style fruit wines including Scuppernog, Muscadine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry and other varieties including Sangria and “Jitter Bug.” Garden Gate uses no pesticides on their grapes, relying instead on the large number of resident blue birds lured to their countryside setting. In addition to the wines, Garden Gate also offers a fine selection of hand-made pottery created by the hosts. Davie County ~ Time Well Spent! Use the map below to get driving directions.
A Brief History of Viticulture in North Carolina
Sir Walter Raleigh had no idea that the vine his sailors stumbled upon when they reached the Outer Banks would be so beneficial to North Carolinians. His men reported that the coast was “so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.” Perhaps what his mates spotted was the MotherVine on Roanoke Island, still growing and producing scuppernong grapes since explorers first sighted it in 1584. The vine has a trunk two-feet-thick, and its tendrils stretch along wooden arbors that support their tremendous weight across almost an acre of land. The scuppernong is a type of muscadine grape. In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson noted North Carolina taking the lead with wine culture, estimating its “wine would be distinguished on the best tables in Europe, for its fine aroma, and chrystalline transparence.” The 1840 Federal Census listed the state as the number one wine producer in the U.S.; it remained one of the highest-ranked until Prohibition in the early 1900s. Today, the state’s industry is enjoying a vigorous resurgence, shared this time with the imported European-style vinifera.
Facts about North Carolina Wines
North Carolina is home to more than 80 wineries. The number of wineries has more than tripled since 2001. The industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes.
- Commonly planted vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. They are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state.
- Plantings of native muscadine grapes, also known as Scuppernongs, are relatively pest resistant and thrive in the hot sandy conditions of the Coastal region. Muscadines contain high levels of Resveratrol and other health-enhancing antioxidants. Some wineries even sell grape skins to nutraceutical companies.
- Scuppernong is the first grape cultivated in the United States and is the official fruit of North Carolina. The Mothervine in Manteo on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is a 400-year old Scuppernong vine and is the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation.
- North Carolina ranks 10th for grape and wine production in the United States.
- More than 400 individually owned grape vineyards are spread across the state, covering 1,450 acres.
- According to a recent study, the annual economic impact of the North Carolina wine and grape industry is $813 million with 5,700 jobs created.
- The Yadkin Valley is North Carolina’s first federally recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA). It is located in northwestern North Carolina, and there are currently more than 20 wineries and 400 acres devoted to vineyards in the Yadkin Valley.
- Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate Winery, which receives more than one million visitors annually and is the most visited winery in the United States.
- Medoc Vineyard in the town of Brinkleyville in Halifax County was the first commercial winery established in North Carolina and led the country’s wine production in 1835.
- At the turn of the century, 25 wineries operated in North Carolina, making it one of the most productive wine states in the U.S. The industry closed with the onset of Prohibition.
- A 2007 national survey sponsored by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with Gourmet magazine and the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA), cited North Carolina as one of the top five state destinations for wine and culinary tourism activities in the United States.
- Duplin Winery, the largest and oldest winery in the state, is the world’s largest producer of Muscadine wine.
[The introduction and facts above are from www.visitncwines.com – Used with permission]
Your Chance to Own a Genuine Object d’Art Masterpiece
The Shabby Chic (pronounced; “sheek”) auction from 6:00 to 8:00 PM this Saturday at the Brock Performing Arts Center is your chance to pick up some “Shabby Chic” décor and furnishings at the Shabby Chic Auction.
Artists, craftsmen and designers from across Davie County spent the spring discovering their inner artist, letting their creative juices flow and transforming everyday items into objects d’art. You won’t believe it ’til you’ve seen it.
Beyond Reason ~ Juried Art Exhibit and Reception
In conjunction with the Shabby Chic Auction from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Davie Arts is hosting a reception highlighting the works of artists participating in this year’s “Beyond Reason“, a juried art exhibit of mixed media art with beautiful and unique pieces from local artists. The winners of this year’s Beyond Reason juried exhibit will be announced at the close of the auction.
Preview Shabby Chic Auction Items ~ In Person or Online
The Shabby Chic Auction items are on exhibit at the Brock Performing Arts Center in Mocksville. Hours this week and are available for preview Monday through Friday from 12-5 PM. you can also preview many of the Shabby Chic items in the gallery on the Davie County Arts Council Facebook page.
Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the Shabby Chic look. This is where the Davie County Shabby Chic program comes in. Artists, craftsmen, and designers (or those who aspire to one of those titles) visited Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 1035 Yadkinville road back in April and picked up one or more items worth up $50 for free to use as the basis for a piece of art, craft, accessory, or…well, you name it.
Perhaps Shabby Chic can best be summed up as stylish rather than fashionable, where the style reflects quality as opposed to newness.
Two for One Deal
Everyone loves a two-for-one deal, and that’s precisely what the Davie County Arts Council and Davie County Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to create. The Shabby Chic Exhibit and Auction is raising funds for affordable housing while simultaneously giving folks the chance to discover their inner artist — or at least have fun trying.
Beyond Reason and the Shabby Chic Auction are wonderful examples of how your Davie County Arts Council is accomplishing its mission, “Connecting People with the Arts”.
For additional details, see our original story, “Shabby Chic” ~ Unleash Your Inner Artist and Support Local Families!
Tuesday, July 30th
On Tuesday, July, 30th, professional cyclists from around the world will fill the streets of Mocksville with color, excitement, and speed, as they battle each other for position at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour.
Professional athletes are once again bringing the excitement of world class competition to the streets of historic downtown Mocksville for the Giordana Crossroads Classic Professional Bike Race presented by Charlotte Sports Cycling.
NASCAR on 2 Wheels!
Watch 100 plus cyclists attempt 90 degree turns elbow to elbow at over 40 miles per hour on a road course arranged through downtown Mocksville at the 2013 Giordana Crossroads Classic bicycle race and family festival. At these speeds there is always a little bumping and banging, sometimes even a few crashes.
What is a criterium bike race and why is it exciting?
A criterium style bike race is a circuit race held on downtown streets closed to traffic. The 80 plus person “peloton” or group of cyclists, based on category, race between 25 and 40 miles around the twisting course. The short, four corner rectangle in Mocksville will allow spectators to witness the exciting strategies of the teams as they draft off each other, try to break away, and get their teammate to the finish line first.
The Downtown Mocksville Criterium will kick off Tuesday afternoon July 30 at 6:15 PM, with three amateur events. The races will continue to get faster as the sun sets, as the highlight of the evening, the Pro race starts at 8:45 PM. The Pro event will feature nationally acclaimed teams such as: BMC Development, Mountain Khakis and Giordana-Clif Bar. These races are not for the weak-hearted, as the racers will have to take chances to get out in front, while hitting speeds of up to 45 miles per hour!
5:15 PM – Street Closure
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Kids Entertainment and FREE Sponsor Area
6:15 PM – Cat 4/5 Amateur Race
6:45 PM – FREE Kids Race for ALL Abilities
7:00 PM Masters Race
7:50 PM Cat 3 Amateur Race
8:45 PM Feature Professional Race
This event is not only thrilling to watch, but is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to learn more about one of the fastest growing sports in America. The races are FREE to the public and we will even have FREE races for kids of all ages at 6:45PM. Local vendors will provide entertainment for the kids with their giant inflatable slide, moonwalk, and other festive toys.
Come on out Tuesday evening with the whole family, grab dinner in downtown Mocksville and check out the fast action of the World’s top cyclists! The course start/finish will be located on Main Street near the Courthouse and the cyclists will transverse Main St, Water St, Salisbury St, and Gaither St.
This is one event you don’t want to miss! For maps of the race course and more information on the event, check out www.crossroadscyclingclassic.com
Amateur Heats and Pro Teams Featured!
The Mocksville Criterium will kick off in downtown Mocksville Tuesday evening July 30th at 6:15PM with the first of three amateur events. The races will get faster as the sun sets with the feature Pro race highlighting the evening at 8:45PM. The professional cyclists will hit the street corners at 40 miles per hour and reach between 40 and 45 miles per hour in the finishing sprint. This is not a sport for the weak-hearted.
Fun for the Entire Family!
Not only is the event thrilling to watch, this is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to learn more about one of the fastest growing sports in America. The entire event is FREE to the public. There will be FREE races for the kids of all ages at 6:45PM and additional entertainment for the kids with their giant inflatable slide/moonwalk, and other festive toys.
This is one event you don’t want to miss.
Come on out Tuesday evening with the whole family, grab dinner and ice cream in downtown Mocksville, and check out the fast action of the World’s top cyclists and the exotic pace cars provided by Supercar Sensation. The course start/finish will be located on Main St, by the downtown square.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
The Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College has partnered with Northwest Piedmont Workforce Board to host a manufacturing job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on July 30 in the Administration Building, located at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville. The event is open to the public.
The job fair will feature manufacturing jobs available from a variety of Davie County employers, including the manufacturing companies Ashley Furniture, Pro Refrigeration, Amarr Garage Doors, Ingersoll Rand, as well as the staffing agencies Debbie’s Staffing and First Choice Personnel.
The event will also include a tour of DCCC’s new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing mobile lab, and participants interested in a certificate or degree in advanced manufacturing will have an opportunity to speak with a faculty member or academic adviser.
“This fair is a perfect opportunity for community members who are looking for a job and also serves as a great chance to network with our local industries,” says Teresa Kines, dean of the Davie Campus. “It also provides an opportunity to learn about the many programs available at DCCC.”
Job seekers are required to bring resumes to the event; business casual attire is preferred. For more information, call 336-998-3220 or visit the Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.
Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab to be Unveiled
Job fair participants will get a chance to tour the new DCCC Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab. Customized by Trailers of the East Coast in Mocksville, this state of the art precision machining mobile classroom has been outfitted with multiple axis CNC machines, workstations and classroom space in a fully air conditioned mobile classroom.
For more information, call 336-998-3220 or visit the Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville. For more information on job openings in and around Davie County, please visit the Davie County Job Listings.
Duck Race, Tube Race, Trophies and over $500 in Prizes
1,000 ducks will brave the river this Saturday. You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam on Saturday, July 20th at 2 pm sharp.
The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win their “owner” a cash prize of $300. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $150 with the 3rd place better will win $75. That’s some duck grease to take home!
Duck Race Begins 2:00 PM Sharp
This is the fourth year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race & Festival and it will run from 11 am to 3 pm at RiverPark, found at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road).There will be games, food, and some special kids activities. The Duck Race will begin at 2 pm SHARP, when all of the numbered ducks are dumped into the river by the O’Neal Race Team.
Tube Race Registration
The 2nd Annual South Yadkin Tube Race will once again run in conjunction with this event and it begins at 11 a.m. at the Cooleemee Junction Wildlife area. First place winner is awarded a unique trophy and a $100 cash prize.
Official Tube Race contestants must fill out a registration form, a liability waiver and have signed a copy of the Official Rules. An early fee of $10 may be submitted with this paperwork before July 19th. The fee will go up to $15 the day of the race. Regulation tubes and life vests can be rented at the Junction before the race begins ($5 each). To get registered, call (336) 284-6040.
This year, RiverPark will provide parking and transportation to the Junction from the RiverPark Picnic Shelter on the Rowan side at 10:30 am sharp. Get there early if you have not filled out your paperwork or paid your fee. Or, get dropped off at the Junction by 10:30 am.
Jamie Coleman Lawhon won last year’s tube race. “Jamie’s the one to beat,” says RiverPark Events Coordinator Stephanie Waller. “And, there’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,” she adds. “You have to buy a ticket.” Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of six sells for $25, and you can purchase a “Flock” of fifteen for $50. You do not have to be present to win but you must show your numbered ticket stub to collect your prize.
Tickets can be purchased at Village Auto, Davie Discount Drugs and the Zachary House in Cooleemee, at the Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville and the LandTrust office at the old railroad Depot in Salisbury. Duck tickets will also be sold until 1 pm at RiverPark but no later.
All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark open, clean and safe. “If you love the Bullhole, show your support,” says Waller.