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Manufacturing Job Fair ~ Tuesday, July 30th

davie_county_jobsJobs, 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.

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Great Bullhole Duck Race This Saturday

cooleemee-2013-bullhole-duck-raceDuck 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.

Get Wet at the Tube Race
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.

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Davie Community Foundation 5k Popsicle Run Makes Reader’s Digest “Best in America” Cover Story

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Reader’s Digest Cover Story Features Davie Community Foundation SURF Board Popsicle 5k Run

 

The Davie Community Foundation’s Annual 5K “Popsicle” run is the inspiration for the cover of the July 2013 Reader’s Digest.

Reason Number 28:  “We Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike.  The Popsicle 5K in Davie County, North Carolina, an annual fundraiser for local youth projects, lives up to its chilly name.  The race is held in February, and festivities include an ice-pop eating contest called the Brain Freeze Challenge.”

Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.

The 2013 Popsicle 5K Run raised $4,000 for youth led projects
One of the youth projects funded by the Popsicle 5K for 2012 was the purchase of video editing equipment for the Davie County Young Filmmakers.  Enjoy the video below covering the 2013 5K Popsicle Run.  The video was produced by the Davie County Young Filmmakers.

Funding for Your Youth Led Project
Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers.

S.U.R.F. (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board Youth Grantmakers
The SURF Board Youth Grantmakers, organized under the Davie Community Foundation, are a group of 18 high school students who wish to better the lives of Davie County young people by raising money and awarding grants to support youth-led projects.

Projects selected for grant awards must:

• Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
• Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
• Have an adult ally (21 or older)

How to Apply for a Grant
Download the grant application or pick up an application from the Davie Community Foundation at 194 Wilkesboro Street in Mocksville. 

Resources:
Davie Community Foundation
Davie County Students Raising Money & Awarding Grants
Second Annual “Popsicle 5K Run” This Weekend in Davie County
Popsicle 5K ~ $4,000 Rasied for Davie County Youth Led Projects!

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Taste Award Winning Wines From Three Davie County Vineyards!

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 Tasting RoomMisty 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.


grapevines-H120A 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. grape leaf and vines1 (2)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]

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From Davie County Farms to Your Supper Table ~ Another Option? “CSA”

Enjoy garden fresh produce all season long
People with their own vegetable gardens understand the delicious “snap” and outstanding flavor of fresh picked produce.

It’s called “Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – and it links local residents to local farmers, eliminating “the middleman” and increasing the benefits to both the farmer and your family.Subscribing to shares of a local CSA farm make it easy to treat your family to those fresh-picked flavors and wholesome nutrition of days gone by.

There are two CSA farms right here in Davie County
In a CSA program, a farmer grows food for a group of local residents (called “shareholders” or “subscribers”) who commit at the beginning of each year to purchase part of that farm’s crop. The shareholders thus directly support a local farm and receive a low-cost weekly supply of fresh, high-quality produce. The farmers receive an initial cash investment to finance their operation and a higher percentage of each crop dollar because of direct delivery. Both parties jointly share the benefits and risks.

Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer
Visit one of the two Davie County farmer’s markets regularly, and add a CSA subscription to your table from one of the two farms listed below. CSA subscriptions also make great gifts.  They will be delivered each week during the harvest season which generally runs from May through about September.

Calahaln Farm
Calahaln Farm, located at 510 Calahaln Road, Mocksville is a family run farm owned and operated by David, Gloria and Kim Anderson.  They Andersons have been farming the same land for generations and began offering CSA subscriptions in 2009.  The Calahaln family are generally at the farm from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.

Galliher Farm ~ USDA Certified Organic
Galliher Farm, located at 183 Garwood Road, Mocksville is a family run farm owned and operated by Michel and Renee Galliher.  Michael and Renee are both form families who have been farming for generations and have been offering CSA subscriptions since 2008.  In addition to their CSA operation, Galliher Farm is also a US Department of Agriculture Certified Organic operation.

Participating in a CSA is a great way to develop a relationship with a local farmer and to guarantee that fresh, local produce will find its way to your kitchen each week.  CSAs often offer products not found in a supermarket, giving shareholders a chance to try new foods.

CSA Farms ~ Advantages for farmers:

  • Farmers get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Farmers receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Farmers have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
  • CSA Farms  ~ Advantages for consumers:
    Consumers eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Consumers get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Consumers get to visit the farm where their food is grown
  • Consumers get maximum nutritional value of fresh picked produce
  • Consumers find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Consumers develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

CSA Farms ~ Advantages for the Environment:

  • The minimal transportation required to transport food locally is a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • CSA farmers produce their food with fewer pesticides or inorganic fertilizers, so they are as natural as possible, limiting their impact on the environment.  The Galiher farm is indeed  certified organic.

It’s not too late to enjoy garden fresh produce this year.  Simply contact one or both of the Davie County CSA farms.

Resources:
Calahaln Farm
Galliher Farm

 

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Boyles Furniture and Rugs ~ Grand Opening This Weekend!

boyles furniture and rugsA Grand Re-Opening of the longtime Boyles Furniture and Rugs location at 182 Farmington Rd., directly off of Interstate 40 in Mocksville is underway.

The parking lot was packed with overflow parking on the lawn for the first night of the grand opening on Friday evening, May 23 with live music, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from Nobles.  The grand opening continues throughout this Memorial Day weekend.

Bringing Furniture Jobs Back to NC
Mark Bannon, President of the new Boyles Brand Holdings company says, “We’re hiring back the very people who lost their jobs when this industry faltered, we are helping to put North Carolina back to work.”

After winding down their 13-store chain in early 2011, the 60-year old brand has been revived through the formation of a joint venture between the Boyles Furniture & Rugs brand owners and a group of furniture industry veterans.  Mr. Bannon states, “Our team has worked hard to develop a new retail business model that we feel will be very well received by our loyal Boyles customers.” Following the Mocksville, NC store launch, plans are in place for opening of another newly-purchased store in Connecticut, with additional retail locations in the works.



Poised for Growth
“Along with the lease and renovation of 50,000 square feet of retail space in Mocksville, NC and the purchase of a retail facility in central Connecticut, we’ve opened two new corporate offices, hired over 25 former and new employees, and we’re in the process of hiring many additional employees” says Bannon, who continued to remark on the warm reception Boyles has received since his group’s investment, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from our customers, employees, and the industry as a whole. We encourage our customers to check our website, http://www.Boyles.com, on a regular basis or “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on all that we have going on.”

The new Boyles retail concept, being rolled out in Mocksville, is centered around three main ingredients; a 5,000 square foot, high-end Boutique shopping experience; an additional 35,000 square feet of mid- to high-end special order product and in stock goods available for immediate delivery; and 10,000 square feet of opportunity buys and closeouts of quality furniture at up to 80% off of suggested retail price, which changes on a daily basis.

Boyles-Grand-Re-Opening

New Store Layout is a Win-Win
Chad Hendricks, Executive Vice-President of Sales, explains, “This new layout is truly a win for the customer because in the past we only offered one shopping experience in our stores. Now we are able to offer sales on a daily basis, with truckloads of amazingly discounted furniture, while still serving our design clients through a broad selection of special order and showroom furniture along with the largest rug and mattress galleries we’ve ever had. We invite everyone to come and celebrate this great American comeback story with us this weekend.”

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Classic Cars “Cruise-In” Monday in Mocksville

Visit the beautiful square in historic downtown Mocksville this evening for a classic car “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont Classic C.A.R.S. Club.

The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills. If the weather is good, the cruise-in will draw as many as 250 cars.

Music and 50/50 Raffle
Music will be provided throughout the evening by DJ Barry Lentz and there will also be a 50/50 raffle.

First and Third Mondays
On the first and third Monday of each month evening from April through October the town square in Mocksville is transformed into a scene from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s as beautiful classic cars, some sporting car-hop trays and fuzzy dice line the streets.

The cruise-ins also provide car owners the opportunity to get out and drive, which is the real fun of owning a classic car. Enthusiasts come together to share their love of cars with others and to answer questions about cars, the town of Mocksville and the cruise-ins.

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Daniel Boone Family Festival May 4th Will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

daniel-boone-family-festivalFree Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On May 4, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food vendors, and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

The festival originated as a way to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, and for its first two iterations it was held in August (the couple married on August 14, 1756). But the summer heat made for a long day so Historic Davie moved the celebration to May.

Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM.  Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull HoleVeach’s Muster Ground, Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site, and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

sleeping-booty-bandMusic all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by The Sleeping Booty Band at 6 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the Christian Rock of Caleb’s Bridge at noon, the rockin’ country sounds of Tony Bailey at 2:30 PM, and the funkalicious sounds of The Sleeping Booty Band at 6:00 PM. All of the performances are free of charge, but those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Vendor Applications and Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival and Spring Auction web site, or call Tami Langdon at 336-909-2263 (you can also call the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336-751-3304.  If you’d like to participate as a vendor, you can download a vendor application here.

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Creating Jobs in Davie County Once Again ~ Boyles Furniture and Rugs Grand Re-Opening

Boyles-Grand-Re-OpeningBoyles Furniture & Rugs is creating jobs in Davie County North Carolina once again.   A Grand Re-Opening of the longtime Boyles location at 182 Farmington Rd. in Mocksville, NC, centrally located in North Carolina directly off of Interstate 40, is scheduled for May 23.

Mark Bannon, President of the new Boyles Brand Holdings company says, “We’re hiring back the very people who lost their jobs when this industry faltered, we are helping to put North Carolina back to work.”

After winding down their 13-store chain in early 2011, the 60-year old brand has been revived through the formation of a joint venture between the Boyles Furniture & Rugs brand owners and a group of furniture industry veterans.

Driving the jobs in this story are millions of dollars in private money currently being invested in the region by the new Boyles owners. Mr. Bannon states, “We believe the economy in this area is poised for rapid growth and there is a need to satisfy the unmet demand for quality mid- to high-end furniture offered at a value. Our team has worked hard to develop a new retail business model that we feel will be very well received by our loyal Boyles customers.” Following the Mocksville, NC store launch, plans are in place for opening of another newly-purchased store in Connecticut, with additional retail locations being actively explored.

“Along with the lease and renovation of 50,000 square feet of retail space in Mocksville, NC and the purchase of a retail facility in central Connecticut, we’ve opened two new corporate offices, hired over 25 former and new employees, and we’re in the process of hiring many additional employees ahead of the Grand Openings of the Mocksville and Connecticut stores,” says Bannon, who continued to remark on the warm reception Boyles has received since his group’s investment, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from our customers, employees, and the industry as a whole. We encourage our customers to check our website, http://www.Boyles.com, on a regular basis or “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on all that we have going on.”

The new Boyles retail concept, being rolled out in Mocksville, is centered around three main ingredients; a 5,000 square foot, high-end Boutique shopping experience; an additional 35,000 square feet of mid- to high-end special order product and in stock goods available for immediate delivery; and 10,000 square feet of opportunity buys and closeouts of quality furniture at up to 80% off of suggested retail price, which changes on a daily basis.

Grand Opening May 23
Chad Hendricks, Executive Vice-President of Sales, explains, “This new layout is truly a win for the customer because in the past we only offered one shopping experience in our stores. Now we are able to offer sales on a daily basis, with truckloads of amazingly discounted furniture, while still serving our design clients through a broad selection of special order and showroom furniture along with the largest rug and mattress galleries we’ve ever had. We invite everyone in North Carolina and the surrounding states to come and celebrate this great American comeback story with us on May 23.”

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From Davie to Denmark: Manufacturer Makes History with Groundbreaking Export from Cooleemee Mill

Lewtak Pipe Organ includeReplacing a church organ usually isn’t a momentous event unless you’re a scriptwriter trying to cobble together an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. The key word in that statement, however, is “usually.”  Case in point: Tom Lewtak, of Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, a Cooleemee-based company that is currently putting the finishing touches on the first American-made pipe organ ever to grace the sanctuary of a Danish church.

Tom Lewtak’s four year journey to Cooleemee
A native of Poland and a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Lewtak was serving as church organist at St. Joseph’s Church in Camillus, New York when the priest decided to replace the electronic organ with a traditional pipe organ. When Lewtak was shown the replacement he would be playing, he saw that not only was it the wrong size for the church, but also that it had many parts that needed to be replaced.

The story might have ended with a simple case of buyer’s remorse on the priest’s part, but Lewtak had another idea: he’d use the skills he learned while minoring in organ building in Katowice to salvage all the usable parts and build a new organ more suited to the dimensions of St. Joseph’s. Helping him would be his brother Paul, an architect and interior designer who would create the façade, or outer casing, for the organ.

It was the start of a four-year journey that took Lewtak from New York to Denmark to Norway and back to New York — and eventually Cooleemee.

Organ Pipe Voicing
Though Lewtak had studied organ building, it was a far cry from actually crafting the pipes, each of which produces a unique timbre and sound (Mozart called the pipe organ the “king of instruments“). So he took a year’s sabbatical and traveled to Denmark, where he apprenticed at the world-renowned organ builder Carsten Lund Organ Builders in Copenhagen.  He learned the art of “voicing” pipes — hammering and shaping them to create their distinct tones and sounds — from Mogens Pedersen, who for over 20 years was the chief voicer of Frobenius Organ Builders, responsible for the largest church organ in Denmark.

A Very Big Deal
Lewtak returned to Camillus and completed the organ for St. Joseph’s, and by 2006 had given up his organist position to become a full-time organ builder (Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders had been incorporated five years earlier in 2001). It was in Camillus that Tom built an organ for First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, NC that caught the eye of the leaders of Østerhåb Kirke (church) in Horsens, Denmark. They were so impressed that they commissioned the Lewtaks to build an organ for its new church, a minimalist marvel of concrete and stone with fantastic acoustics. Given the fact that Denmark is home to the world’s most famed and respected organ builders, the selection of Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders for the project is, to put it mildly, a very big deal.

And now it’s a very big deal for Davie County. Though Tom had lived in the Empire State since arriving in the U.S. in 1993 with his wife Jola (a fellow organist he met while studying at the Academy of Music), the appeal of North Carolina’s warmer climate and business-friendly environment led them to contemplate moving here — a decision that was cemented when Jola landed a position at a church in Clemmons.

Recital at Cooleemee Mill
The Lewtaks acquired a log cabin home in Mocksville and built a workshop for Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders. But the workspace proved to be insufficient for the Østerhåb Kirke project, and Tom is now completing his work at the Cooleemee Mill, a cotton mill that employed nearly 2,000 workers until its closure in 1969.

recent organ recital gave visitors a chance not only to hear the organ ( the finishing touches have yet to be completed), but also tour the Lewtaks’ work area and the Mill itself, which is being considered for renovation as a multi-purpose facility featuring shops, restaurants, light industrial work spaces, and apartments.

To learn more about the Østerhåb Kirke project and the Lewtaks’ other creations, visit the Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders Web site

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Got Books? Davie County Library Book Sale This Week!

Great bargains on new and gently used books can be found at the Friends of Davie County Public Library book sale this weekend.  Held every spring and fall, the book sales are the volunteer organization’s main fundraiser. The book sale is located at Davie County Public Library, 371 N. Main St. Mocksville. Book sale organizers are happy to report no price increase for books in 2013.

Blue Dot “Booktique”
A highlight of this sale will be the “Blue Dot Booktique,” a special area with new and higher value books for only $2.00.  And, to encourage young readers to shop the book sale, children’s book prices start at $.25 each.

Members Only Preview this Thursday
Members only preview is Thursday, April 11, 5PM – 8PM.  For those who are not members but would still like to attend the preview sale, memberships will be available at the door.  The sale is open to the general public on Friday, April 12, from 9AM to 6PM and again on Saturday, April 13, from 9AM to 3PM. Book sale proceeds benefit Davie County Public Library.    Become a member of Friends of the Davie County Library for $5/year or less to be eligible for the preview sale.

About Friends of the Library
The purpose of the Friends of Davie County Public Library shall be to establish closer relations between Davie County Public Library and its patrons; to focus public attention on Davie County Public Library’s resources and services; foster appreciation of its value as a cultural and educational asset to the community; receive and encourage gifts to Davie County Public Library for use in developing library services for the community.

Friends of Davie County Public Library co-sponsor special speaker and visiting writers’ events that are free to the community.  They support the children’s summer reading program that encourages children to read while school is out, hosts library staff/volunteer appreciation luncheons, purchase resource materials and hold semi-annual used book sales.

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Organ Recital & Shop Presentation at Historic Textile Mill in Cooleemee

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Lewtak Pipe Organ Being Built in Historic Textile Mill in Cooleemee NC.

On Saturday, April 16th at the mill in Cooleemee, Dr. Timothy Olsen, Kenan Professor of Organ, U of NC School of the Arts will performing on the new LEWTAK handmade pipe organ destined for the Osterhab Kirke (Church) in Denmark.  The public is invited.

The organ was designed, engineered and built by hand over the last 18 months, with construction over the last 12 months by Tom Lewtak occurring inside the historic textile mill in Cooleemee.  The recital is a free community event.

Saturday, April 6th at 1 pm
Stokes County Yarn Company, 314 Main Street
COOLEEMEE, NC 27014

Tom Lewtak was educated as an organist, having two master’s degrees in Organ Performance. His inspiration to become an organbuilder came at the age of 16 when he viewed building process of the monumental organ at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Gdansk (Danzig), Poland, by the German firm of Hillebrand.

Later, he took organ building and design during his five years at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.  The following years took him to Denmark and Norway, where he apprenticed with Carsten Lund Organ Builders of Copenhagen.  He acquired his voicing skills from Mogens Pedersen, a man who for over twenty years was the chief voicer of the legendary Frobenius Organ Builders.

Tom’s organ building knowledge is not just theoretical, but came from first-hand experience with one of the best organ builders in Europe. He is responsible for tonal design, pipe scaling, voicing, windchest and action design.  It is his artistic vision that emerges through the sound of our organs.

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” Shabby Chic” ~ Unleash Your Inner Artist and Support Local Families!

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Davie County Arts Council and Habitat for Humanity’s unique collaboration will raise art awareness and provide affordable housing

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 will raise funds for affordable housing while simultaneously giving folks the chance to discover their inner artist — or at least have fun trying.

Aspiring artists may “select” art supplies now through April 30
Between now and April 30, artists, craftsmen, and designers (or those who aspire to one of those titles) can visit Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 1035 Yadkinville road and pick 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.

Once you’ve let your creative juices flow and have transformed an everyday item into an objet d’art, drop off your masterpiece at the Brock Peforming Arts Center (“the Brock”) at 622 North Main Street in Mocksville on either Tuesday, May 28 or Wednesday, May 29.

Submissions will be exhibited througout June and July at the Brock, followed by a Grand Auction on stage in the Brock’s theater on August 10 starting at 6:00 P.M. All proceeds will go toward the building of a Habitat for Humanity home.

A few rules to keep in mind
There are a few rules you’ll need to follow. Participants must sign an Artist Agreement stating they’ll use any items taken to create a work of art or craft, and if unable to do so will return the items (or pay the listed cash value). Any painted projects must be completely dry when submitted, and it’s up to you take your creation to the Brock on one of the appropriate days. If a submission isn’t sold at auction, it will be taken to the ReStore and placed on sale there.

Besides being a great way to fulfill the Davie County Arts Council’s mission of connecting the community to the arts and helping Habitat for Humanity give a local family much-needed shelter, there’s also an extra benefit for those wannabe Starcks and Tiffanys out there: all submissions will be considered an “in kind” donation for tax purposes, with the dollar amount assigned by the artist.

More Details… and a little inspiration
For more details on how to participate, contact Sidniee Suggs of the Davie Arts Council at 336-751-3112 Tiffany Rycroft at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 336-753-1438 (you can also download an informational flyer and Artist Agreement here). And if you need a little inspiration, check out the slideshow of submissions from a similar event held in Baton Rouge back in 2010.

Now, get out to the ReStore today and find your treasure!

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This Weekend ~ Final Performances of Award-Winning Musical Comedy at the Brock!

putnam-county-spelling-bee-davie-county-brock-players-castDavie County Arts Council presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”  ~ final performances this weekend with shows at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd, and a matinee performance at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 23rd at the Brock Performing Arts Center in Mocksville.  Seats are available for all 3 performances.  Tickets can be ordered throught the Box Office (336) 751-3000.

2013 Season Opener This Weekend
The Davie County Arts Council’s Brock Players have kicked off their 2013 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”  Winner of two Tony awards, this unique musical comedy has been produced not only all across America, but also in far-flung locales like Melbourne, Australia and the Philippines since its 2005 Broadway debut.

While it’s hard to imagine a setting more staid than a middle-school word competition, Putnam County Spelling Bee is anything but J-E-J-U-NE (simple; naive; unsophisticated). Acclaimed Broadway lyricist and composer William Finn and writer Rachel Sheinkin use the traditional spelling bee as a lens to focus on the hopes, worries, dreams, and A-N-G-S-T (a feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity) of the six adolescent competitors through a series of revealing flashbacks. But even though some of the stories tug a bit at the heartstrings, a steady stream of jokes and the fast-paced plot keep things from becoming C-I-M-M-E-R-I-A-N (very dark or gloomy).

 

Put on Your Spelling Bee Outfit
What makes Putnam County Spelling Bee a particularly special event for theatergoers is its use of audience participation: this play doesn’t just break the “fourth wall,” it deconstructs it and tosses it out the window. Audience members are addressed as if they were in attendance at the bee itself, with characters referring to people in the crowd as family members and one actor roaming the aisles selling snacks. The real treat, though, is the inclusion of several members of onstage as contestants. Don’t bother brushing up too much on your E-T-Y-M-O-L-O-G-Y (the study of the origins and development of words), though — the show must goes on, after all, which means the words audience members are given increase pretty rapidly in difficulty.

Call the Brock Performing Arts Center Box Office at 336-751-3000 or visit the Davie County Arts Center Web site for more details and to purchase tickets.

Resources:
Davie County Arts Council 

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Free Health Screenings & More ~ Come out to the Annual Health Expo

Free Health Screenings and More – Free Community Event
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davie Family YMCA are pleased to present the For Your Health Expo 2013 on Tuesday, March 19th at the Davie Family YMCA on Cemetery Street.  For Your Health Expo runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and is free to the public.  This annual community event brings vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services together under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.

With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal wellbeing at an all time high, For Your Health Expo provides Davie County residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.  Sponsored by both Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center, the For Your Health Expo offers access to important information as well as direct interaction with several medical service providers.  Several free health screenings will be offered including body composition analysis, posture, balance and gait. glucose, foot screenings more.

Health and Healthy Lifestyle Providers
Also participating are Advance Chiropractic & Health Center, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Bermuda Commons, Blue Moon Benefits Group, Davidson Co Community College, Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Davie County Senior Services, Davie Family YMCA, Davie Medical Equipment, Galliher Farm, LLC, Home Instead Senior Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Just Relax Health & Wellness, Le Bleu Bottled Water, Marlin Chiropractic Center, Medical Associates of Davie, Serv Pro of Davie & Yadkin Counties, Skinny Wheels Bike Shop, State Farm – Bandy Agency, Subway, Triad Air Awareness, Twin City Youth Soccer Association.

For Your Health
For Your Health is a collaborative effort of the Davie Family YMCA and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce to connect our health and wellness businesses directly with our community in an environment that promotes complete health in spirit, mind and body.   “It was established as a community service event but it also provides an opportunity for both of our organizations to serve our members and further the missions of both the Y and the Davie Chamber.” Said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“The Y is committed to healthy living for the entire family. We’re excited to partner with the Davie Chamber to provide resources for the community to learn about wellness options,” shared Chris Comer, Executive Director of the Davie Family YMCA. “The first step in any wellness journey is knowledge, and the For Your Health Expo is a great place to gather information about making healthy choices for your whole family.”

Save the Date
For your health and do it for the health of your family, head to the Davie Family YMCA on Tuesday, March 19th.  For more information contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or the Davie Family Y at 751-9622.

About the Davie County Chamber of Commerce
For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development.   We believe in working together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout all of Davie County. 

As the countywide Chamber, we represent businesses from Cooleemee to Advance, Mocksville to Bermuda Run and all points in between.   Our office is located at 135 S Salisbury Street in Mocksville where you will also find the Davie County Visitor Center and Davie County Economic Development Commission office.  

About the Davie Family YMCA
The Davie Family YMCA, located near downtown Mocksville, has served the community for more than 20 years, and offers a wide range of programs for the whole family including swim lessons, licensed before- and after-school care, and youth sports. The Y includes a comprehensive Wellness Center with on-duty staff, group exercise programs, and SilverSneakers® classes.

We are dedicated to social responsibility with efforts such as the Literacy Initiative, a completely free program that helps adults in our community learn to read and provides ESL tutoring. Learn more at www.davieymca.org and on Facebook.com/DavieFamilyYMCA.

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