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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

Mocksville Farmers Market

New Awnings at Mocksville Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!

Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market has been upgraded with wonderful and colorful awnings that provide cooling shade for farmers, customers… and produce.

The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at the Mocksville Farmers Market every Wednesday

Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products.  The following producers are among those who attend the Mocksville market each Wednesday.

    • Holly Miller w/ Cherry Hills Farms – produce
    • Christine Davis w/ Sweet  Bath & Body Treats
    • Marie Sagraves – soap
    • Phillip Hanes – produce
    • William Spry – produce
    • Barbara Hedrick – crafts
    • Aileen Steelman – selling tomatoes and produce
    • Tim Martin – produce
    • Don Crater – produce
    • Sandra Keiffer – produce
    • Brenda Baity – baked goods
    • Harold Latham – Sunrise Worm Castings
    • Tommy Speer – eggs
    • Teresa Swisher – baked goods
    • Lazy Elm Winery – wine

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce
In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday:

  • Yellow Bell Farm
  • Cherry Hill Farm LLC
  • Treat Yourself!
  • Sweet Petunia Bakery
  • Fading D Farm LLC
  • Steele 5 Farm
  • Pixie Garden & Gifts Inc  
  • Creature Comforts
  • That Peanut Guy
  • MikNik Farm
  • Simple Chaos Farm
  • Somerset Farm
  • Ingram Strawberry Farm
  • Myers Mushrooms & More
  • Two Happy Potters  
  • Silver Muse  
  • A Full Measure
  • OBX seafood
  • Thomas Family Farm
  • Jillie’s Jam
  • Rustic Charm Confections

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington is warm and inviting.   Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save money at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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A Full Week of Christmas in July – This Week in Downtown Mocksville!

It’sChristmas-in-July-Mocksivlle beginning to look a lot like Christmas … In July? From Sunday, July 17th – Saturday, July 23rd, businesses in downtown Mocksville with be decked out for the holidays, and many will be offering sales and specials to help you get your holiday shopping off to an early start.

“This event is a fun way to incorporate all of the downtown businesses together because we are all in this together,” said Angela Sgarlata, co-owner of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, which is coordinating Christmas in July. “Gail (Scarlett, founding owner of the boutique) held an event for the Boutique last year, but we wanted to make it bigger and better this year by including the entire downtown.  We hope this will become an annual event.”

“We really want to bring the downtown together and to promote each other’s businesses as well as the continuing revitalization of the downtown area,” said Teresa Reaves, who is also a co-owner of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique.

Mocksville- Not Just a Location, but a Destination
“We recently had a customer who lives in Lewisville that made a daytrip of shopping and dining in Mocksville,” Reaves added. “The downtown has become a destination, which is amazing to me.”

Aubrey Draughn, owner of Honor Darling, echoed the sentiment. “Downtown Mocksville has truly grown into the perfect place for shopping, dining, and fellowship with friends and family.”

Styled Gatherings owner, Marcie Appelt, who moved her shop from Yadkinville Road to Depot Street two months ago, is happy to be downtown. “Downtown Mocksville is so much more fun, I’m really excited about the revitalization going on.”

Shops that will be in the holiday spirit include: The Book Rack, Endless Possibilities, The Factory Coffeehouse, 4 Oaks, Honor Darling Boutique, Hyperion Vapes (formally CW Vapes),  Main Street Canines, Miss Judy’s Dolls, My Friends Place, Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, Scoops Ice Cream, Styled Gatherings, Twins Upholstery, Total Real Estate, and Wicked Salon.    

Christmas-in-July-Mocksivlle-2Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus …and he is vacationing in Mocksville. Expect sightings of him at downtown businesses throughout the week, but don’t look for the red suit. Santa will be decked out in his favorite summer attire –  shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. Grab your camera and stop by the garden at Scarlett’s Unique Boutique on Saturday, July 23rd from 1-3 pm to take your picture with him.

Shop Early and Shop Often!
Some sales will last all week long, while others are for a limited time only. Shop early for the best selection. Following are some of the specials you will find:

Scarlett’s Unique Boutique offers an impressive collection of handmade items by talented local artisans, including jewelry, lotions, soaps,  candles, décor, reclaimed wood creations, and unique fashions. Each of the 63 vendors will be offering their own specials and most are happy to provide custom work. Tue-Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Fri-Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Honor Darling Boutique offers trendy fashions and accessories for the whole family. Specials will include: 50% off all kids leggings and tunics; hair accessories $3.99; kids magic water balloons $3.99; men’s button-ups $16.99 and 10% off all men’s Lucky brand; beach spikers with monogram $9.99; women’s flip flops $6.99; women’s flats $9.99 (excludes Lilybee); all clearance rack items $5.99; and on Thursday and Friday only, custom graphic tanks & tees will be $9.99. Mon:10:30 am – 6:00 pm; Tue-Thu:10:30 am – 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat:10:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Styled Gatherings, a fashion, gift and party boutique, will offer different specials each day. Tuesday: 25% off clearance apparel; Wednesday: 50% off clearance jewelry; Thursday: 25% off Mudpie and Barbara Gerwit dresses; Friday: 50% off clearance purses and accessories; Saturday: 50% off all clearance apparel. Tue-Sat: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Endless Possibilities, operated by Milling Manor Inc., is a unique non-profit volunteer-run thrift shop that benefits people with disabilities. The shop sells items hand-crafted by adults with special needs, refinished furniture, and a wide variety of donated items. The shop is offering many beautiful Christmas items as well as 25% off furniture; 50% off framed pictures; and sale items for $1, $3, and $5.

The Factory Coffeehouse serves spectacular coffee drinks & panini sandwiches – all handcrafted with love. This week you can let your taste buds celebrate with a special limited edition turkey and cranberry panini and a hot or iced gingerbread latte. Mon – Fri:  7:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

My Friends Place Salon has been providing quality hair care for more than 25 years. This week you can buy one liter of shampoo or conditioner and get one free.  

Twins Upholstery can make your old furniture look brand new. This week receive two free throw pillows with each sofa recovering and one free throw pillow with each chair. Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Wicked Salon offers professional salon treatment at an unbelievable value. This week receive a free conditioning treatment with every chemical treatment and a free $10 bonus gift certificate with the purchase of a $50 gift certificate. Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Main Street Canines has been making pets look perfect for the past 10 years. Jingle on down for cool gift ideas, gourmet dog treats, and Christmas cookies. Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

4 Oaks will have a bar special each night with a chance to enter a drawing for a goodie basket at the end of the week.

Remember, there are only 164 more shopping days until Christmas!  Join us all week in downtown Mocksville, the perfect place for shopping, dining, and fellowship with friends and family.

 

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Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race Saturday, July 16th in Cooleemee!

duckraceDuck Race with over $800 in Prizes
What is small, yellow, and races? If you said a rubber ducky floating down the South Yadkin River, you would be correct!

More than  a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam on Saturday, July 16th at 1:00 PM sharp. The water is high, so the ducks are guaranteed quite a ride.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win its “owner” a cash prize of $500. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $250, and the 3rd place finisher will win $100. That’s something worth quacking about!

Adopt a Duck Today for Only $5
There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,  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 the Zachary House, Village Auto, and Town Hall in Cooleemee; at  the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of the Ozarks Bank in Mocksville; and at The Gateway Building in Salisbury.

Duck tickets will also be sold until 12:45 pm at RiverPark.

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 7th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race. Come out at noon to enjoy the park, hotdogs, and cold drinks. RiverPark is located at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road). The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.

All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls open, clean and safe.  If you love the Bullhole, show your support!

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Farmington Community Center – A Davie County Hidden Gem

Farmington Nature ParkDavie County is filled with hidden gems, and one of the brightest is the Farmington Community Center.

From bluegrass jams to line dancing and exercise classes, monthly special needs events, and teen activities, the community center has something for everyone.

Farmington Nature Park
The newest jewel to the crown is the Farmington Nature Park. Open from dawn until dusk, the park offers hiking and biking trails and fishing access to Cedar Creek. Bird watchers will enjoy the wetlands area. Future plans include horse trails, a civic group campsite, amphitheatre, and  disc golf course.

Farmington Farmer’s Market
Find the freshest produce, eggs, local honey, baked goods and other items on Saturday mornings from 8 am- noon.

Farmington Senior Services
The Farmington Senior Center is a Farmington site of the Davie Senior Services of Mocksville. The program provides seniors with daily activities such as; crafts, games, gardening, and exercise. It also provide seniors with beneficial seminars and a nutritious meal. There are computers available, with internet access, for seniors needing to look up useful information. Outside, there is a walking track for exercise, and a senior garden where they can safely enjoy growing their own produce and flowers.

The senior center is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The program is FREE to seniors 60 and over. For more information, call (336) 998-3730.

Clubs
Several clubs meet at the community center including the Clover 4-H Club, Davie County Coon Hunters, Farmington Deaf Social, Girl Scouts, and the Piedmont Future Filmmakers.

Available to Rent
Farmington Community Center facilities are available for rent and provide a family atmosphere for recreational activities, special meetings or events, or just to relax and visit with family while celebrating that special occasion.

farmington community centerPreserving the Past to Promote the Future
The Farmington Community Center was once a part of the old Farmington High School. In the late 1800’s, on land that was donated by George W. Johnson, Farmington Academy was opened. The Davie Co. Board of Education Minutes notes that O.B. Eaton was the first principal. In the early 1900’s, a public high school was approved for Farmington and the Board appropriated $250 for the new building. Farmington High School went from grades one through eleven, with eleventh grade being the graduating class. By the 1940’s, the school had added a gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and an extra classroom that was used to teach Home Economics and other classes.

There was also an Agriculture Building built behind the school, which offered the students classes in farming, gardening, and raising cattle. The ball field was home to the Farmington Baseball Team, in the 1920’s, and was the place to be on the weekends for community games. After the opening of the new high school in Mocksville, N.C., the Farmington High School was closed and the main building was torn down.

In 1971, the Farmington Community Association was formed, with John Caudle as the first President. What was left of the old Farmington School was designated to be the Farmington Community Center. Through the years, the Center has housed an after school program, a

day care, various classes, and community events. Through the years, the Farmington Community Center has seen many changes. For a few years, all was quiet at the center and the buildings were left vacant.

Promoting the Future
Today, the Farmington Community Center has renewed life as volunteers work to raise funds for the restoration of the old buildings, ball-field, and grounds of the facility. New programs have been started to help meet needs in the community and the Center is once again a place for families to come and enjoy recreation. The Farmington Community Center is a part of Farmington history that is continuing to work toward meeting the needs of its community.

 

Scheduled Activities

Davie Senior Services
Monday – Fridays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Site Manager – Darlene Sheets
(336) 998-3730

Bluegrass Jam
Every Monday 7:00 pm

Zumba Fitness
Monday 7:00 pm ($5)

Footloose Friends
Country Partner Line Dance ($4)
Renee Collins
(704)450-7446
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00pm

Calming Yoga
Wednesday 7:00 pm ($5)

Farmington Ruritan Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7:30pm

Teen Gathering Place
3rd Fridays, 6-9pm
Director – Melanie Cook
farmingtoncc@gmail.com
(336) 998-2912

Yoga Level One
Saturday 10:00 am ($5)

Farmington Friends Special Needs Program
4th Saturday of each month
Kids & Adults 2:00 – 4:00pm

Facilities open to the public:
Walking Track
Tennis Court
Picnic Shelter

Facilities available to rent:
Gymnasium
Banquet Hall
Meeting Room
Picnic Shelter
Baseball Field

The Farmington Community Center is located at 1723 Farmington Rd., Mocksville, NC 27028

For more information, call (336) 998-2912, or email farmingtoncc@gmail.com. To view all that the community center has to offer, visit www.farmingtoncc.org.

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Free Independence Day Activities Abound in Davie County!

Old Glory American Flag 2Fireworks, wagon rides through Rich Park, kiddie train rides, kiddie pedal tractor races, antique tractors, a ladies frying pan toss, and even a lawn mower parade are part of the weekend activities as our nation celebrates its 240th birthday. Our community has activities planned that are filled with fun for all ages!  There are many free and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.

Free Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza  – Saturday, July 2nd at Rich Park
A full day of fun activities for you and your family begins at 10 am. Enjoy inflatables, kids’ activities, family activities, live music and a fireworks extravaganza at Rich Park. The Davie Family YMCA will host events for kids beginning at 6 pm. Parking is $5 per car beginning at 5:00 pm.  You may walk in for free and  parking will be available behind the Brock Gym.  Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm.

Free Event – 17th Annual Tractor & Engine & Show Parade

Antique Tractor and Engine Show

All day Friday and Saturday – The weekend will be full of the sights and sounds of yesteryear at the 17thAnnual PAPA Antique Tractor and Engine show.  Again, this event is free and boasts antique tractors, farm equipment, and a host of vendors.  Step back in time this Independence Day weekend and celebrate the heritage of Davie County with this event which runs Friday and Saturday. PAPA stands for Piedmont Antique Power Association, Inc.  This non-profit group exists to assist charitable organizations in the community. The annual tractor parade through historic downtown Mocksville is a celebration of North Carolina’s rich farming heritage and a celebration of the great American spirit of Independence with a tribute to our military veterans.

2012 Tractor Parade

There are wagon rides through Rich Park and kiddie train rides on both days.  Friday promises fun with antique displays, bingo games ($5 entry fee for cow patty bingo), tractor pulls, live music, and various other activities.  Saturday begins with a parade of tractors through historic Downtown Mocksville at 10am.  After the parade, there will be a kiddie pedal pull, auction sale, raffle in which someone will win a tractor or prize money! Here is a list of activities to enjoy:

Friday Events:
7:00 am – Gates open to the public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
Farm equipment demonstrations throughout the day

Afternoon and Evening events:
Kiddie train rides
Kiddie pedal tractor race
Tractor skill events
Wheelbarrow race
Ladies frying pan toss
Wagon rides through Rich Park
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
6:30 pm – Live Music

Saturday Events:
7:00 am – Gates open to public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display

Morning events:
7:00 am – Gates open to public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
9:00 am – Tractors begin to line-up for the parade through downtown Mocksville
10:00 am – Parade begins through Mocksville
11:00 am – Kiddie pedal pull registration
11:30 am – Kiddie pedal pull

Afternoon events:
12:30 pm – Auction of consigned and donated items
Tractor skill events
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
Wagon rides through Rich Park
3:00 pm – Kiddie train rides
Raffle drawing for tractor or prize money

The Mocksville Masonic Lodge will have food for sale both days. PAPA will be selling ice cream.

For more information contact Piedmont Antique Power Association,  Arthur Bostick 336.414.7834.

Free Event ~ Lawn mower Parade with Free Ice Cream and Watermelon- Monday, July 4th in Cooleemee

14 Annual 4th of July Lawn Mower Parade

Since the 1990s, Cooleemee has honored Independence Day with a lawn mower parade that begins at Cooleemee School. Anyone can participate by lining up a patriotically decorated lawn mower, float, car, bicycle or pet by 9:30 AM. The parade begins at 10am.

This year’s parade will have a musical flair thanks to the bluegrass stylings of MJ & Friends (Mona Jo Griffin) whose float will stop along the route for a little “pickin’ and grinnin’”. The group  will also play from the porch of the Zachary House following the parade.

Judges will be in the crowd and there will be prizes to win at the parade’s end on the Zachary House grounds. Bring your lawn chair and view the parade along Marginal Street.

Following the parade,  guests will enjoy free watermelon and ice cream under the arbor. Kids will enjoy a large water slide and water games.  The youth from First Baptist Church of Cooleemee will be selling hot dogs and cold drinks at the Cook Shack. The July 4th activities are sponsored by the Town of Cooleemee.

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Free Concert! Two Great Bands – Saturday, June 25th

mocksville-carolina-soul-concert1Not one, but two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, June 25th from 6-10 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville.

Elvis Tribute Band- Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder at 6 pm
Don’t be a hound dog, put on your blue suede shoes and come reminisce to the sounds of Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder, an incredible Elvis tribute band, from 6-7:30 pm.  Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis as well as his musical career.

Taylor began his musical journey at the tender age of 7 as an Elvis tribute artist. At 10 years old he performed in front of a sold out audience at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. At 12 he learned to play the guitar and joined the church band and found his true calling as a Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter.  In 2012, Taylor found himself playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for American Idol finalist, Chelsea Sorrell, at local concerts and festivals. They opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Florida-Georgia Line, Colt Ford and more. He released his own Christian album in 2013. Today, Taylor continues to perform his Elvis Tribute shows while following his heart and writing and performing Contemporary Christian music.

Memphis Thunder, an authentic 50’s era band, is made up of Taylor Vaden as lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Brad Ford on drums, Todd Phillips on upright bass/background vocals,  and Scott Williams on electric guitar/background vocals.

Carolina Soul Band InternalBeach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul- Carolina Soul Band at 8 pm
Carolina Soul Band will “make you wanna (shout!), kick your heels up and (shout!), throw your hands up and (shout!)” as they take you on a journey down memory lane, performing Beach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul. Their performances include the sweets sounds of legendary groups like the Drifters, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and many, many more. You’ll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

These talented performers have performed and shared the stage with such notable acts as The Drifters, Ollie Woodson, Little Richard, Percy Sledge, Dennis Edwards Temptations, The O’Jays, The Flamingos, The Tams, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, The Platters, The Diamonds, The Manhattans, and The Crystals to name a few.

No coolers allowed. Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase including: smoothies, salads, wraps, chicken, burgers, hotdogs, hot chips, soft drinks, and beer. Chestnut Trail will be offering wine by the glass, or take home a bottle. So grab your lawn chair and invite your friends and family to twist, shag, and boogie the night away!

Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 107 S. Salisbury St, Mocksville
For more information about the Summer Fun Beach Days Concert, call 336 909-2263 or 336 753-6700.

 

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Free Concert! Gershwin on the Square – Town of Bermuda Run – Saturday, June 25th

Town of Bermuda Run CelebrationThe Town of Bermuda Run will be alive with the timeless tunes of George Gershwin Saturday night, June 25th, from 7 pm-10 pm at the gazebo near Town Hall.

Co-sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council, this free event is the second and final concert in the Sounds on the Square concert series.

The evening will feature Gershwin classics that will include not only show tunes but also his spirited patriotic songs. Enjoy timeless favorites such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” and “I’ve Got Rhythm.” This wonderful music will be performed by Chamber Jazz Winston (formerly known as Carolina Chamber Symphony).

Martha Bassett to Sing Gershwin Tunes!
As an added treat, Martha Bassett will join the group to sing, as only she can, three or four Gershwin tunes.  Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, Bassett has opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.

A singer, musician, and songwriter, Bassett trained as a classical singer at the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Originally from West Virginia, she is well-known in the Triad’s music community for her crystalline tone and wide-ranging repertoire which includes jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, rock, swing, Americana and torch songs.

There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and snacks, and enjoy this free concert. Arrangements are being made for area food trucks.

The concert’s rain date is Sunday, June 26th.
The Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green is located at 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158). For questions or to get more information contact the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-3112, www.daviearts.org.

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iShopDavie – SHOP local, SAVE money & GROW our economy!

ishopdaviewb01Our community thrives when we choose to purchase goods and services where we live, pay taxes and send our kids to school!

Something as simple as going out to dinner at a local restaurant helps to strengthen the quality of life here at home by investing in our businesses, keeping jobs in our community, and the sales tax paid to local businesses stays in Davie County. This sales tax supports our law enforcement, our fire-fighters, our education system, our parks, and our way of life.

When local businesses succeed, more jobs stay right in our backyard, which also means more employees spending money in our community.

As local businesses grow, they tend to donate to and support local non-profits and charitable causes that care for you and your neighbors, making our community a better place to live.

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop Local” campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County. The iShopDavie tab on the Chamber’s website highlights deals at local businesses or download the app so that you take advantage of local deals on the run.

iShopdavie LogoThink Davie First!
“We want residents to think
Davie First because every time money is spent out of the county it’s improving someone else’s community, not ours,” said Carolyn McManamy, president of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  “We all want to live in a strong and vibrant community and so it makes sense that doing our business in Davie County – like shopping, dining, and getting gas as well as using local landscapers, banks and doctors makes a tremendous impact here.  Simply put – it really matters where we spend our money.”

“Local shopping is crucial to our continued growth, because the success of local businesses attracts and encourages other entrepreneurs to start local businesses, which leads to more jobs and revenue re-circulating throughout our community, said Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development.

It matters where we spend our money! Think before you spend – check out what’s already here in Davie County.

For more information, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304 or email chamber@daviecounty.com.

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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

mocksville farmers market augustEvery Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!

Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products.  The following producers are among those who will attend this Wednesday.

    • Holly Miller w/ Cherry Hills Farms – produce
    • Christine Davis w/ Sweet  Bath & Body Treats
    • Marie Sagraves – soap
    • Phillip Hanes – produce
    • William Spry – produce
    • Barbara Hedrick – crafts
    • Aileen Steelman – selling tomatoes and produce
    • Tim Martin – produce
    • Don Crater – produce
    • Sandra Keiffer – produce
    • Brenda Baity – baked goods
    • Harold Latham – Sunrise Worm Castings
    • Tommy Speer – eggs
    • Teresa Swisher – baked goods
    • Lazy Elm Winery – wine

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce
In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. Vendors at this Friday’s market will include:

  • Yellow Bell Farm
  • Cherry Hill Farm LLC
  • Treat Yourself!
  • Sweet Petunia Bakery
  • Fading D Farm LLC
  • Steele 5 Farm
  • Pixie Garden & Gifts Inc  
  • Creature Comforts
  • That Peanut Guy
  • MikNik Farm
  • Simple Chaos Farm
  • Somerset Farm
  • Ingram Strawberry Farm
  • Myers Mushrooms & More
  • Two Happy Potters  
  • Silver Muse  
  • A Full Measure
  • OBX seafood
  • Thomas Family Farm
  • Jillie’s Jam
  • Rustic Charm Confections

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington is warm and inviting.   Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save money at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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“Cruise-In” Tonight in Mocksville!

PIEDMONT_CARSVisit the beautiful and historic square in downtown Mocksville on Monday evening, June 6th,  for  “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association.  Festivities begin at 5:30 and continue until dark.

All types of cars ranging from old classics to the cars of tomorrow will be on display.  The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills ~ West from Wilkes County and East to Alamance and Wake Counties.  If the weather is kind, the cruise-in will draw as many as 250 cars.

In addition to the cars, the event features music, 50/50 drawings, and door prizes. Don’t forget to visit the downtown restaurants and shops.

The cruise-ins also provide car owners the opportunity to get out and drive, which is the real fun of owning a specialty  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.

Piedmont C.A.R.S Association

Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association is a non-profit organization comprised of people with a love of cars. Members are devoted to using their interest in classic, antique, restored, and special interest cars to bring together car owners with similar interests while acting as a service organization dedicated to participating in service projects that benefit the community.

Come on out and join the fun!  If you can’t make it tonight,  Downtown Mocksville Cruise-Ins are held on the first  Monday of each month from April through October. Rain dates are the third Monday of each month. For more information, call 336-492-6053.

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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Thursday, June 2, in Mocksville

veterans coffeeA free Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville this Thursday, June 2nd from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  This is a monthly event scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  Veterans of all ages have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Similar events are being held across the country to provide Veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

These events are sponsored through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA).

“These events are much more than doughnuts and coffee,” said Don Timmons, Regional Community Partnership Coordinator Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and a Vietnam Veteran. “They provide an opportunity for the veterans to connect to each other and to connect with organizations that provide resources, information, and activities for Veterans. People have come to the coffee needing assistance and we have been able to connect them to with resources that can help”

“We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie,  and also to offer access to local resources that our Veterans may not be aware of,” he added.

Timmons also publishes an email newsletter for Veterans listing discounts, important information, and fun upcoming events such as a free dinner at the Richard Childress Racing Banquet Hall. He is particularly excited about a special event for WWII Veterans and shared the following information:

“On Sunday, August 28, the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter will be hosting the second “Spirit of ‘45” dinner to honor Veterans, both male and female, who served during World War II.  This special event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Concord.  Please help me identify and invite  WWII Veterans. The event will be free for our WWII Veterans and a guest. Individual tickets are $45 each.  Sponsorships are available and needed.  Please help me reach out to any potential sponsors you think may be interested in supporting this event.  The event will feature our favorite performers, LETTERS FROM HOME.  Ask about our Special VICTORY table sponsorship! Sponsor information and registration at:  www.spiritof45-2016.eventbrite.com.  Questions:  336 331-1309”

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheetz for providing coffee and doughnuts, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter for hosting the events. For more information, or to receive the Veterans events newsletter, please contact Timmons at 336 331-1309 or don.timmons@hospicecarecenter.org

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Free Concert this Saturday! – Special Occasion Band

Special Occasion Band-intThe Town of Bermuda Run will be alive with the sounds of beach music as Special Occasion Band (SOB) kicks off the Sounds on the Square concert series this Saturday night, May 28th, from 7 pm-10 pm at the gazebo near Town Hall.

This is the first of two free concerts co-sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council. The next concert, Gershwin on the Square with Martha Bassett, will be held June 25th at 7 pm.

If You Love Beach Music
Special Occasion Band is known throughout the Carolinas for its versatility and depth of talent. This Winston-Salem-based band has been together since the 80’s offering the best of  Carolinas’ Beach Music, Top 40, Oldies, and Country.  Their beach repertoire includes favorites like “I Love Beach Music,” “Carolina Girls,” “60 Minute Man,” and “Brown-eyed Girl.”

Grab Your Favorite Carolina Girl or Guy and Dance the Night Away!
There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and snacks, and maybe your shaggin’ shoes, and enjoy this free concert. Arrangements are being made for area food trucks.

The concert’s rain date is Sunday, May 29th.

The Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green is located at 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158). For questions or to get more information contact the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-3112, www.daviearts.org.

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Nourish Your Mind – Enjoy the Little Free Library at Rich Park in Mocksville

Little Free Library MocksvilleA trip to Rich Park nourishes the body and soul, and now the mind thanks to the Mocksville Woman’s Club.

The club has placed a Little Free Library in front of the playground near Mocksville Elementary School that is also handicapped accessible courtesy of a sidewalk prepared by the town’s public works department.

“On behalf of the Town of Mocksville, we are grateful to the Mocksville Woman’s Club for choosing Rich Park as the new home for the “Little Free Library”,  said Town Manager Christine Bralley. “This new addition is an opportunity to encourage reading while you experience nature and the art of sharing by selecting a book; reading and returning, or exchanging. Time well spent with “little” things that can make a big difference.”

Members of the club’s education committee will act as the stewards, maintaining the box and keeping it stocked with books for all ages, although they would appreciate help from the community.

Promoting Literacy and the Exchange of Ideas
“The Little Free Library program is a book exchange built on the principle of take a book, bring a book,” said Betty Ward, who coordinated the project. “We hope that people will enjoy reading a book and returning it or replacing it with a different book.”  

Dawn Wooten hopes to get schools and community groups involved in the project, perhaps through signing up to replenish the library a certain week or month of the year, or by holding a book drive.

The club decided upon the idea to sponsor a Little Free Library last summer, and it has been a group effort ever since: Bucky Sharpe built the library and post, Dick Ward painted it in Davie County orange and black, Sidniee Suggs added the decorative touches, and club members provided the books.

This is the second Little Free Library Christy Schafer has been a part of.  Her book club placed one next to the Bermuda Run post office a while back, and she enjoys looking out her window and seeing both children and adults sitting on the bench and reading or looking through the books from the box. She envisions the same thing happening at Rich Park.

“We would love to see parents reading to their children while they play on the playground, or if they have older children, having the opportunity to read while their children play,” West added.  

Little Free Libraries can also be found at Ellis Middle School, built by Will Cheek of Boy Scout Troop 700 as his Eagle Scout project; North Davie Middle School, built by Girl Scout Troop 1521; and at the home of Jeffrey and KC Smith at 276 Marginal Street, in Cooleemee, built by Den Grubbs.

Smith has been thrilled with the response to her Little Free Library and has enjoyed meeting many of the people who have stopped by. “It has really helped create camaraderie in the neighborhood. Once I explained that I was not trying to take away from the Cooleemee Library, but simply encouraging people to read, people have been very supportive. I’ve had neighbors leave whole bags of books to help stock the Library and I’ve been able to start a book club.”

The History of the Little Free Library
In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother, a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Within a few months, thousands of people had seen the Library and more people started asking for Libraries. Rick Brooks of UW-Madison, a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing, saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a variety of goals for the common good.  In May 2012, Little Free Library was officially established as a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation with a board of directors. In order to maintain the integrity of the program, there are specific requirements and guidelines, as well as a registration process, necessary to establish a licensed Little Free Library.

There are now more than 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries placed by book lovers in every U.S. State and Canadian province plus 70 other countries around the world. The organization’s goal is to see 100,000 Little Free Libraries established by 2017.  For more information about the program or how you can sponsor a Little Free Library, please visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.

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Free Event This Saturday – Davie Medical Center Community Day!

Davie Medical Center Bermuda RunWake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center in Bermuda Run will be hosting a community day on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m – 2 p.m, rain or shine.

The free event has something for everyone, including plenty of food, music, car seat safety checks, health screenings, face painting, a balloon artist, giveaways and more.

Fun for the Kids
A bike rodeo will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children should bring their own bicycles to the rodeo and each child will also be provided with a free helmet while supplies last. The Farmington and Smith Grove Fire Departments will be on hand with fire trucks for the kids to explore.

Distracted Driver Simulator
Stop by the cardiac rehabilitation classroom in Plaza 1 from noon to 2 p.m. and experience first hand why it isn’t safe to text and drive.

Free Health Screenings
Medical staff will offer free health screenings including vision, foot, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose checks. The pharmacy will be open for questions about medicines.

A chef from Best Health will hold a healthy cooking demonstration from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. followed by a tasting session in the cardiac rehabilitation classroom in Plaza 1.

Lowe’s Foods will be providing healthy foods samples.

The popular Peachtree Farmers Market will also be held in the front parking lot.

“We are so excited to be a part of making our community healthier,” said Chad Brown, president of Davie Medical Center. “Our friends and neighbors will also be able to see the progress that is being made on our new inpatient facility.”

The new 50-bed addition is expected to open in the spring of 2017.

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Mackenzie Smith Service Dog Benefit – Event Postponed

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Please stop by Scarlett’s Unique Boutique in Mocksville and help make a difference in the life of a young member of our community, Mackenzie Smith, who suffers from juvenile diabetes. Mackenzie’s family and friends have been hard at work trying to raise $10,000 to provide her with a diabetic alert dog, and they have almost met their goal.

From 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scarlett’s Unique Boutique and Constant Creations Crafts and Gifts will be hosting a fundraiser for Mackenzie with a silent auction, numerous raffles for photography packages, baskets from numerous artisans in the shop, information about diabetes, diabetic friendly snacks for purchase, service dogs on site, kids painting and more!

Many items are currently on display, and raffle tickets can be purchased now.

TBF Photography will be offering 15 minute Pet Portrait Sessions. Sign up at Scarlett’s Unique Boutique. A $5 non-refundable deposit is required for the pet portrait session to hold your selected time. Pet Portrait Sessions will include 1-8×10 art print.  The cost is $35 with all profits going to Mackenzie’s fundraiser.  Photo by TBF Photography.

Donations for Mackenzie’s service dog can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/mackenzie-smith-413051/update/357704#.VxgF0k3VRpI.facebook

 

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