Archive for category Top Stories
You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting This Thursday to Celebrate Total Renovation of Mocksville Comfort Inn and Suites
To celebrate its total renovation, the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mocksville is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend. The hotel is owned and operated by Davie Hospitality and is located at 629 Madison Road.
“We’ve replaced everything, right down to the bathtubs,” said Vijay Barad, Managing Partner, with a smile. “We can’t wait to show this beautiful property to the community and to invite them to use it for all of their lodging needs. We are well-equipped to serve business travelers, families, and groups in town for a special event.”
With 61 guestrooms, including 26 suites, the Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites can accommodate individuals or groups of all sizes. The hotel features the Comfort brand’s new look and feel which includes a contemporary yet classic design, rich color hues and convenient amenities throughout the property. Guestrooms now feature new bedding packages which complement Comfort’s Truly Yours Pick Your Pillow program, which offers guests the option of firm and soft pillows on the bed.
The hotel features free high speed Internet, in-room coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a meeting room, outdoor seasonal pool, and exercise room. The Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites also offers the brand’s signature complimentary hot breakfast, with healthy and satisfying options including a delicious flavored waffle station, hot eggs and meats, yogurt and a variety of fresh fruits.
This hotel participates in Choice Privileges®, the loyalty rewards program from Choice Hotels. Membership is free and offers points good towards free nights, airline miles, gift certificates and more while staying at any Choice Hotels properties.
American Legion Baseball has been a summertime mainstay in the Mocksville/Davie area for decades. I recall as a child watching the games with hundreds of supporting fans, sitting on “the hill” or in the stand with friends and family…ready to pounce at a stray ball and trying to not become a peanut gallery casualty. Then I would wait for the end of the game, anxiously hoping the players would sign my hard-earned ball. I remember my grandfather taking us to the game but, never getting out of his car. I also remember the Rich Park hot dogs, best around, as well as the popcorn and ice cold sodas.
Come and relive those good times this summer as the Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/Post 54 hosts the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament!
The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field July 14th– 19th, 2017. The eight-team field will consist of four area champions, three runner-ups and the host team, Mocksville. Mocksville has competed in the North Carolina Junior State tournament twice, once in Salisbury (2004) and once in Cherryville (2007).
State Baseball Commissioners Select Mocksville after Visit to Mando Field and Rich Park
Mr. Charles Kurfees, former player and Junior Legion team coach, explained that the tournament rotates every year between the four areas of the state. This year was our area’s turn. Our region, Region III, includes cities from Burlington to Albermarle. Six out of 22 teams bid on the tournament. The bids and proposals are reviewed by the state baseball commissioners who also conduct a site survey of the facilities. A vote is cast and Mocksville won over some great programs for this year’s slot. Mr. Kurfees hopes that if the Post does well with this tournament, it will be elected to host a Senior tournament in the future. A tournament like this creates a tremendous positive on the local economy. The 2016 World Series Tournament held in Shelby, NC reported an attendance of over 117,000 fans!
Mr. Kurfees feels that “the Legion program is an excellent experience for high school age youth and that participation in the program instills an attitude of hard work, team work and friendly competition.” He added that there are no fees to play. All transportation, uniforms, food and lodging is provided free of charge by the American Legion.
“Some of the best days of my life”
Former Junior and Senior ball player, Jacob Barber, commented that “the Legion program was the best. You compete with and get to know some of the best players in the state. It’s hard work, you play a lot of games in a short span of time, and it’s hot, but it’s worth every minute of it. It’s truly the Boys of Summer. Those were some of the best days of my life.”
History of American Legion Baseball
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time.
American Legion Baseball is a national institution that still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. It has thrived through wars, national tragedies, and times of despair. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and faithful citizenship. The program promotes equality, making teammates out of young athletes, regardless of race, income levels, or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been and continues to be one of many stepping stones to adulthood for millions of young men. Many have gone on to serve the country or community, raise families, or compete at the highest level.
The league was first proposed at an American Legion state convention in Milbank, SD, when Sioux Falls attorney and Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invited his close friend, Maj. John L. Griffith to address the convention. Instead of a traditional speech, Griffith spoke about the positive impact athletics has on youth.
“The American Legion could well consider the advisability of assisting in the training of young Americans through athletic games,” Griffith stated during the convention. “Athletic competition teaches courage and respect for others, fostering their growth into active citizens.”
The convention agreed and passed a resolution urging the Legion to create an organized summer baseball league that started each June. National Commander James A. Drain backed the resolution, which passed that fall at the Legion’s national convention in Omaha, Neb. It read:
“RESOLVED: That the American Legion… inaugurate and conduct baseball leagues and tournaments for local championships. And that local champions determined by the competition be given the opportunity to compete in departmental, sectional and regional tournaments and that a junior world series championship baseball series be conducted at each national convention….”
The first program in the world to provide a national baseball tournament for teenagers, American Legion baseball was born.
N.C. Junior American Legion State Tournament Sites:
Be sure to mark your calendar for this season’s events and come out and support your American Legion Baseball!
Do you want to develop a healthier lifestyle but don’t know how to get started? You can find the answers by attending the 2017 For Your Health Expo on Tuesday, March 14th, at the Davie Family YMCA in Mocksville.
Free Community Event Offers Healthy Tips for Everyone
Presented by the Davie County Chamber and the Davie Family YMCA, the For Your Health Expo runs from 9 am to 1 pm and is free to adults of all ages. 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.
“Our Health Expo was established as a community service event and provides an opportunity for each organization to serve its members and the Davie community,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.
Free Health Screenings and More
Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Center, the For Your Health Expo offers access to important information as well as direct interaction with a variety of medical service providers. Several free health screenings will be offered including: blood pressure, cholesterol, HDL, glucose, A1C, bone density and much more.
With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal well-being at an all-time high, the For Your Health Expo provides residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.
Plan to stop by the Davie Family YMCA on Tuesday, March 14th to start your journey of healthy living. Do it for your health and for the health of your family! For more information, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336-751-3304 or email email@example.com.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these leprechauns from the swift completion of their race. The 29th annual Shamrock 5K & 10K Run will be held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to A Storehouse for Jesus.
Fun for the Whole Family!
“We have had many repeat runners who have participated in our race year in and year out, including the late Margaret Haggerty, who ran in the first 27 Shamrock Runs,” said David Taylor, parish business manager for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “Such loyalty from our runners shows that the race is a fun, family event for both young and old.”
People Helping People – 29 Years of Community Giving
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church has been hosting the Shamrock Run for 29 years to help local charities and the Davie County community! The Shamrock Run began back in 1988 as a church fundraiser.
Approximately 15 years ago, the church decided to have a greater impact on the community by sponsoring organizations that help those in need. The 2016 event raised money for the Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center. The Shamrock Run has raised thousands for organizations in need throughout Davie County including Habitat for Humanity, Davie Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, the Davie County Pregnancy Care Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Davie County, and the Davie Family YMCA.
“In addition to raising money, we hope to bring awareness to the different organizations that serve those in need,” said Taylor. “Hopefully that awareness will provide them will new volunteers and additional donations.”
“We hope our participants get a little bit of enjoyment from running as they give back to the community as well,” he added.
Participants may register online at www.active.com until noon on Wednesday March 1st, and in person on Friday, March 3rd from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race.
This Corporate Challenge Fitness Run/Walk will be featured again this year. Each group with over 10 participants will be recognized at the awards ceremony after the 5K.
The 5k and 10k races are certified by the USA Track and Field Association and will run a scenic route through the heart of historic downtown Mocksville.
Friday, March 3rd
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup
Saturday, March 4th RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:15AM—5K Run & Fun Walk
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins
***All Morning: Refreshments and Entertainment featuring Josh Tenery of Exit 180 Band!
The Shamrock Run will be using Racing Toes as the race timing provider. The disposable chip system will assist with faster packet pick-ups, smaller lines, and less confusion on the day of the race!
Sponsors Make it Happen
“We appreciate the support of our local police and EMS over the years in directing traffic and having a medical presence in our downtown area,” said Taylor. “ We also appreciate the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for advertising the race on its billboard on I-40 as well as its website each year. We’d like to give a special thank you to our sponsors, who truly make the charity and race possible. Our food has always set us apart from other races and we are thankful to have many different types of food to offer.”
St Francis of Assisi Church is located at 862 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, NC.
For additional information, please email Director@ShamrockRunNC.com or call the church office at (336) 751-2973. Please visit and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991, or on the web at www.ShamrockRunNC.com.
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s iShopDavie initiative encourages everyone to SHOP local, SAVE money & GROW our economy. The Davie Chamber loves doing business with its members and recently had another chance to “practice what it preaches” when making energy-saving upgrades to the office.
The Chamber and its members learned about the Duke Energy small business grant program when Trey Copeland of LIME Energy spoke at a monthly Let’s Do Lunch and Learn event. As a partner with Duke Energy, Lime Energy meets with business owners to perform complimentary energy audits and provide estimates of cost savings when businesses choose to install energy-efficient lighting. The grants make the upgrade very affordable while driving down the energy costs for the businesses.
Carolyn McManamy, president of the Chamber, invited Copeland to complete an energy audit to determine if the Chamber’s building was a good candidate for the program. “The audit showed that the cost of replacing the old fixtures with new ones would pay for itself in a short time, resulting in significant energy savings,” McManamy said. “This is an older building, so it made good fiscal sense for us to go ahead with the upgrade to save money and reduce our energy use.”
Lime Energy partners with area electricians to complete the actual installations of new fixtures, which gave the Chamber an opportunity to work with another member. The new lights were installed by Tom Lentz, owner of Davie Electrical Company.
“We have had Tom and his crew work on the office in the past, and Tom is very involved with the Davie Chamber, so there was no question who we wanted working in our office,” McManamy said. “Both Lime Energy and Davie Electrical were great to work with because they worked around our busy and unpredictable schedule to minimize disruptions.”
Soon after the lighting upgrade was completed, the Davie Chamber had the opportunity to enhance its curb appeal while supporting another member and displaying a product made in Mocksville.
That offer came from Michael Barron, plant manager of Comfort Bilt Windows & Doors, who was at the office for a meeting and had the chance to spend time in the visitor center/lobby. He hadn’t visited the Chamber office in a while and commented on how welcoming and inviting the office felt.
“Over the last few years, we have worked to improve the appearance of the office including painting the brown wood paneling a light tan, rearranging the tourism and business materials, and installing a sliding barn door, built by Justin Draughn Construction, for our conference room area. Outside we have front porch rockers and a screen door. All of these changes have dramatically improved the look and feel of our office and visitor center,” McManamy said.
“Michael said he liked the overall effect, but thought it would look even better with a screen door that was made locally. He then graciously offered to donate a new storm/screen door made by Comfort Bilt right here in Mocksville.”
“The door is beautiful and we have received so many compliments from people who come to our office. More importantly, we enjoy having the opportunity to tell the “door” story and feel very fortunate to have such great businesses here in our community. Comfort Bilt is known for being supportive of the community and we are proud to have a locally-made product on display at our office!” said McManamy.
The Chamber’s iShopDavie campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County. Purchasing goods and services where we live, pay taxes and send our kids to school contributes to a thriving community with a high quality of life. It truly matters where you spend your money and the Davie Chamber is committed to doing business first and foremost – with its members!
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce shops local, do you?
Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 6th Annual Popsicle 5k Run! All abilities are welcome. The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through Mocksville and the new Greenway. The Race kicks off at 8:30 am, with packet pick up and on-site registration beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today.
Not a runner? No worries! Walk for a Billion Steps – This year walkers are invited to join in and to help Davie County meet the Healthy Davie Challenge to Walk a Billion Steps in 100 days! Sign up to be a part of the fun!
Race Day Fun
- Come in your favorite wintery costume. The most crazy/creative Chilly costume will take home a prize!
- Raffle – each registrant will receive a raffle ticket with their race number.
- Brain Freeze Challenge- Eat a popsicle at the beginning, middle, and end of the race.
- ZERO K- sign up the morning of the race if you are there to support a friend but do not want to run. You’ll get a t-shirt (up to the first 300) and coffee and not have to run an inch!
- Fun Run- Kids (10 & under) there with a runner can participate in a short race after the 5K has finished.
- “Sports Walk” where kids can win a Healthy Davie backpack of goodies.
- Face Painting.
- Popsicle Palooza – Eat the most popsicles in 3 minutes to win the prize!
- There will be great food after the race, as well as raffle prize opportunities for participants.
$20 through February 18, and $15 for team registrants. New this year is a special category for Go Far Students ($10), and Davie County High School athletes and students ($15). There is a fee of $10 for each child wishing to participate in the Fun Run. All fees go up beginning February 19th.
SURF Board ~ Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run 5K 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.
SURF Board members seek sponsorships from local Davie County businesses and individuals. Last year the students were issued a $10K Challenge by Davie Community Foundation President Jane Simpson. They met and exceeded their sponsor goal, raising over $13,000. To celebrate their success, Simpson arrived at the run dressed as a grape and cherry Popsicle, riding in a decorated cart.
A Record $12,212 and Nine Grants Given in 2016!
That record-breaking success enabled the Davie Community Foundation SURF Board to award nine grants totaling $12,212 to youth- led projects that benefit the youth and children in Davie County..
“I am super proud of all of their hard work to raise the money, and their discernment as they heard grant requests, and made their decisions,” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel. “They have raised over $14,000 in sponsorships so far this year, so I hope a lot of students will apply because the board will have a lot of grant money to give.”
For information on the 2016 grant awards, please visit SURF Board Awards $12,212 in Grants!
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. All 6th-12th grade students who reside in Davie County are eligible to apply.
How to Apply for a Grant
The SURF Board is accepting applications for the 2017 grant cycle. Applications will only be accepted through the online application process. Deadline for submitting a grant request is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
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)
CLICK HERE to fill out a Grant Request.The request is online and can be found at https://www.daviefoundation.org/surf-grants/
“I have a passion for Youth and Service, and it has truly been a pleasure to serve as the advisor for this amazing Board of students the past three years,” said Daniel. “While on the SURF Board, the students learn important life skills, and how to reach out and connect with community business leaders. Watching these students set personal and group goals and then working to achieve them is really rewarding.”
“We are so appreciative of everyone who has stood beside SURF in making great things happen through the SURF Grants. From Sponsors, Volunteers, Runners, Grantees, Grant Advisors, Friends, and Parents it could not happen without you! SURF says thank you for your support, and we look forward to accomplishing even greater things in the future!” she added.
New SURF Board Members Will be Selected in June
The SURF Board is made up of 21 high school students who are residents of Davie County. Homeschool students and high school students who attend school outside of Davie County are invited to apply. New board members are selected annually in June and interviewed by the current board of students.
For more information about the Popsicle 5K or the SURF Board, contact the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dozens of Human Resources Managers from companies across Davie County met during the last week of January at the Triple J Manor House in Mocksville to discuss the state of the County in terms of workforce development.
Sustained growth in the number of manufacturing and industrial jobs being created in Davie County over the last 5 years is putting pressure on HR managers to attract and retain the talented workforce that is necessary to compete successfully in a growing economy.
As with most challenges in Davie County, local leaders are stepping up to the plate to develop plans of action to address this pressure before it becomes a limiting factor for continued economic development. The Davie County Economic Development Commission, the Davie Chamber of Commerce, Davidson County Community College and the Davie County School System worked together to host a “Lunch and Learn” meeting on Wednesday, January 25 with manufacturing and industry HR managers from across the county.
Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina
Dr. Pamela Howze, from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and NC Works delivered the feature presentation, “Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina.”
Many are familiar with “OJT” or On the Job Training and an apprenticeship program works in much the same way. The expert shows the apprentice how to do a task, watches as the apprentice practices portions of the task, and then turns over more and more responsibility until the apprentice is proficient enough to accomplish the task independently. According to Dr. Howze, there are 400K apprentices across the USA in more than 1,000 occupations with 150,000 employers.
Apprentices start at a low wage scale and as they make progress their wage is increased. Many are very productive in their second year of Apprenticeship. A 2009 Return on Investment Study says that for every dollar spent on Apprenticeship training, an employer receives a benefit, on average of $1.47
The State of North Carolina is currently supporting apprenticeship initiatives by offering free community college tuition to any North Carolina workers that enter an apprenticeship program. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has also submitted a $1.3 million grant proposal to grow apprenticeship programs across the state.
After the presentation by Dr. Howze, HR managers engaged in a substantive period of brainstorming and lively discussion with Dr. Howze and with representatives from Davie County Schools, Davidson County Community College and local temporary agencies who were also on hand in support of the HR managers and Davie County Industry. Discussion was wide ranging, exploring a number of options and arrangements were made by several companies to continue the discussion with local leaders after the meeting.
In Davie County, Economic Development is a Team Sport
As Terry Bralley noted, “Economic Development is a team sport. As we move forward as a community, we must create a local awareness that we are in competition with the world.”
Dozens of Davie County’s best got a chance to shine during the Best of Davie Awards! The awards were presented during the 47th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting held at WinMock at Kinderton on Thursday, January 19th.
Thank You – Over 2000 Votes Cast!
Voting for the 2016 Best of Davie was open to all members of the community. More than 2000 online ballots were submitted.
“The Davie Chamber hosts the Annual Awards Gala to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor businesses and individuals who do so much to make our community great,“ said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. “Once again, this year’s event was sold out and we had a fantastic night celebrating our Best of Davie Winners as well as our Business of the Year and EC Tatum Award Winner.”
“Best of Davie Awards were designed to give our community a voice in who they believe are the best businesses in Davie County,” she added. “Based on the significant increase in voting this year, we have not only found a great way to shine the spotlight on our local businesses, but we have clearly engaged our community as well. Preliminary plans are already in the works for next year’s Best of Davie program and the winners will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at WinMock at Kinderton.”
The 2016 Best of Davie Winners!
Please join us in thanking the Davie Chamber for supporting, and helping to promote a strong and vibrant business community.
Business of the Year:
Davie Construction Co.
E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award:
J. Russell Suggs, Jr.
Best Professional Service Provider
Martin & Van Hoy, LLP.
Runner Up: Novant Health Davie Medical Assoc.
Best Civic / Nonprofit
The Dragonfly House
Runner Up: Just Hope, Inc.
Best Golf Course
Pudding Ridge Golf Club
Runner Up: Oak Valley Golf Club
Best Place to Get Beautiful
Runner Up: Gemini Hair & Nail Fashions
Best Place to Shop
Runner Up: Walmart
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
Runner Up: Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards, LLC
Best Place to Get Fit
Davie Family YMCA
Runner Up: Combat Athletics
Best Place to Worship
Runner Up: Hillsdale United Methodist Church
Cozart’s Handyman Services
Runner Up: Blakley Landscaping Services, Inc.
Best New Business
The Factory Coffeehouse
Runner Up: Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine
Best Place for Your Pet
The Country Veterinary Hospital
Runner Up: Valley Animal Clinic
Runner Up: O’Callahans Publik House
Best Medical/Dental or Vision Practice
Carolina Center for Eye Care
Runner Up: Mocksville Vision Center
Jessica Marie Photography
Runner Up: One Shot Photography
Best Place to Work
Davie County Schools
Runner Up: Rescue House
The Kitchen Sink Award
Mirror Image Cleaning Service
Runner Up: Justin Draughn Construction, LLC
To join the Chamber or to discover all that it has to offer, call (336) 751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com. The Davie Chamber of Commerce is located at 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville.
Davie Marketing Summit – February 9th Winmock at Kinderton – Plan Now to Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017!
Looking to jump start your business and develop a competitive edge in 2017? You won’t want to miss “Strategies for Taking your Business to a Bigger Market” on Thursday, February 9th from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Winmock at Kinderton.
Nationally and regionally known presenters will provide expert advice on reaching beyond borders to grow your business through top notch marketing and sales techniques. Hear stories of success after trials. Learn marketing trends. Discover the best use of grassroots techniques and how social media can play a role in branding your company.
Guest speakers include:
Nick Hawks, Certified eBay Ed Specialist
David M. Frankel, Inventor/Entrepreneur
Kathy Wall, President, The Media Matters
Angel Guerrero, Entrepreneur/Speaker
Benjamin King, Wake Forest University
Grace Kanoy, GeoCore Films/Storyteller
Carl Shantley, President, Rohl Design & Marketing
This full-day marketing summit is co-sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davidson County Community College Small Business Center (DCCC SBC).
The cost is only $50 and includes coffee in the morning as well as lunch.
Click on https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=170360101 to register, or contact Janet Caudle at DCCC Davie Education Center (336) 998-3220.
For more information contact Martha Larson, DCCC SBC Director at (336) 224-4557 or email@example.com.
WinMock at Kinderton is located at 168 E. Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006.
Has your New Year’s resolution to exercise more already been derailed? Could you use a little accountability to reach your goals? Step into a healthier 2017 by joining the 1,000,000,000 Steps in 100 Days Healthy Davie Challenge.
The kickoff for this community-wide initiative will be Saturday, January 21 at Davie County High School from 10 am – 2 pm. Kimberly Van Scoy, WXII, will emcee the opening program at 10 am.
The first 400 people will receive a Healthy Davie water bottle. There will be prize drawings for a Fitbit Charge 2, wireless headphones, a pair of tennis shoes from Fleet Feet Sports, a GNC $50 gift card, a 1-month YMCA family membership, Nike fitness bag, and more!
There will also be free Healthy Davie t-shirts, free health screenings, and free snacks and activities for kids.
To pre-register for a screening time slot, go to www.daviefoundation.org and click on Healthy Davie.
Healthy Davie is an initiative of the Davie County Foundation and the Mebane Charitable Foundation. The Healthy Davie initiative is comprised of thirty-nine nonprofit organizations and agencies working collaboratively to improve the lives of all Davie County citizens. Healthy Davie currently focuses on providing educational opportunities for our youngest students, moving families out of poverty, and improving the overall health of all residents.
The purpose of the Challenge is to raise awareness of the poor health of many members of our community at large; provide information about healthy habits; and encourage the entire community to participate in an effort to improve the physical health of Davie County citizens.
It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you walk, it’s the number of steps that count. Those can be calculated using a pedometer, phone app, or by converting each mile walked to 2,000 steps. You can even convert time spent in other activities like cycling, swimming, or exercise classes, or everyday activities such as vacuuming or working in the yard into steps. The general recommendation is to walk 10,000 steps a day, which is 5 miles based on the average stride.
“I’m hopeful the entire community will use these next 100 days to challenge themselves to take better care of themselves,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “Obviously, walking is great exercise and should improve our physical health, but walking is also a great time for reflection and/or conversation. Mr. Mebane used to tell me he believed people should take time every day to think and reflect.”
“Personally, I’ve set a goal of 200,000 steps over the next 100 days and my wife Beverly, a regular walker long before the challenge, will be sure to hold my feet to the fire on that one,” he added. “You can bet on that!”
Visit the Davie Community Foundation website at www.daviefoundation.org for more information and to sign up to record your steps for the Challenge. You will also find a variety of information to improve overall health along with links to Wake Forest Baptist Health and Novant Health for more detailed assessments.
Music enthusiasts are in for a special treat when Brian Gurl and his Fabulous Five take the stage at the Brock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 14th at 7:30 pm.
This innovative and imaginative six-piece production is an artistic powerhouse that takes the audience into the world of the unexpected – with wonderful musical arrangements, exciting vocal harmonies, pianistic power and fabulous “takes” on the music of these great icons while still honoring the original compositions.
The group offers provocative arrangements of such Beatles classics as Eleanor Rigby, And I Love Her, and others. Brian’s expressive renditions of Manilow hits such as Mandy and supercharged versions of Bandstand Boogie and Could it be Magic? are total showstoppers. A dramatic Piano Man and poignant And So it Goes by Billy Joel, showcase his gift of deeply touching an audience’s heart. Add Brian’s jazz, classical, and theatrical influences, engaging persona and a totally hot band, and you have a riveting and transformative production, where every song is a new adventure.
A Lifetime of Music
Brian was born and raised in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and began studying classical piano at the age of six. His gift of perfect pitch was discovered by his father one day when Brian asked, “Why is the lawn mower running in the key of G?” By the time he was eight, Brian was delighting his classmates and friends, playing by ear many popular melodies he heard on radio and television, much to the chagrin of his piano teacher, he began sneaking in rhythmic and melodic embellishments to his renditions of Chopin and Beethoven! He studied classical piano throughout high school while continuing to investigate other genres. By the time he was 19, Brian was making his full-time living as a pianist and gradually expanded his artistic horizons to include ragtime, jazz, blues, pop, rock, Broadway, Latin and other styles.
His early performing experience includes many premier resorts, hotels and piano bars in the Northeast as a young solo pianist, five years in a five-piece dance band and four years in the Woodstock, Vermont Jazz Quintet playing be-bop to contemporary jazz. Under the direction of Broadway actress, Karen Shepard, Brian and his wife, Joey, wrote and created many popular musical comedy reviews while running and operating their own theater in Southern Vermont. In total, Brian has created and starred in over 15 different musical stage productions – continually morphing into a more diverse and eclectic performing artist.
2016-2017 Season of Applause! Performance Series
This concert is part of the 2016-2017 Season of Applause! performance series sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council, which is dedicated to the discovery, appreciation and enrichment of the arts throughout Davie County. The Arts Council has been carrying out its mission of “Connecting PEOPLE to the ARTS!” for decades. Other upcoming shows include This Magic Moment, three former lead singers from three of the world’s most renowned vocal groups–The Temptations, The Platters and the Drifters–have come together to create the ultimate musical experience; The Duttons, high-energy entertainers who will rock the stage with a variety of genres from Bluegrass to contemporary, rock to country, as well as comedy and dance; and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, with over 80 awards, 5-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent–crowned “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal–leads the most honored band in bluegrass music.
Tickets Available Online Now
Tickets for all shows are Adult: $33; Student / Senior: $32 and may be purchased at http://daviearts.org/shows-tickets/ or by visiting the Brock Performing Arts Center at 622 North Main St., Mocksville. The Box Office is open from 12-5 pm, Monday through Friday and one hour before performances. It can be reached at 336-751-3000. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (336) 751-3112.
A Gala Event ~ The Tradition Continues
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala has been a signature Davie County event since 1970. This tradition continues on Thursday, January 19th, and tickets are still available!
The 47th Annual Chamber Awards Gala will be held at the WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres, delicious Davie County wines, and mingling. At 7:00 PM, the event will move to the upstairs loft for a buffet dinner as well as the awards presentation and a celebration of the successes of the year.
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will present the highly-anticipated “Best of Davie” Awards as well as the Chamber’s signature awards – the 2016 Business of the Year and E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award. “Our Awards Gala is a true celebration of Davie County and all the successes of the year. It gives us the opportunity to showcase the many businesses and organizations that make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets are Still Available!
Don’t miss the 47th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Gala! This event is open to the community. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations for a table of eight are available. To purchase your tickets, contact the Davie Chamber 336-751-3304.
Davie Chamber of Commerce—Proudly Serving Davie County
For more than 45 years, the Davie Chamber has served the business community throughout Davie County from Mocksville to Bermuda Run, Cooleemee to Advance and all points in between. With professional staff, dedicated volunteers, and an involved Board of Directors, the Davie Chamber continues to promote economic and civic interests and provide leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in Davie County. For information about the Davie Chamber please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-751-3304.
“Twas the Night Before Bed Race” and all through the town,
were a series of teams wishing the flag would go down;
More rapid than eagles the race beds they came,
And the crowds whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now Manna Movers! Now Minions! Now WXII!
On Crazy Legs! On Skills USA! On Bandits! On Express Delivery!
The town of Mocksville raced into the Christmas season on November 18th with the 5th Annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race as 20 race teams made the mad dash down Main Street.
$500 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake were prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team, Davie High Skills USA, took home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up, Krazy Legs, collected $125. Manna Movers, the third-place finisher, rolled away with $75. Carolgale Builders picked up $50 for being the Most Creative. A Total Package prize of $50 went to the Dragonfly House team for having the best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.
Despite the bed race coinciding with a Davie High football playoff game, Tami Langdon, Mocksville Tourism Development Authority, was pleased with turnout and considered the event a success.
“Tina Crews, our DJ, had folks dancing’ in the street during the heat breaks,” she said. “The police were phenomenal that night with the traffic flow and the town maintenance crew had the course up & ready QUICKLY as well as torn down. They were vital to the logistics of this event.”
“Special THANKS to Denise Hendrix, the organizer of the event, and her daughter Jordan, who sets up the Bed Race Face Book (Twas the Night Before Bed Race), “ she added. “I also want to thank Ed Simmons for his photography work that evening.”
Complete Race Results
Davie High Skills USA
- Chase Alder
- Zach Bartlett
- Garrett Chandler
- Drew Hall
- Alex Myers
- Chris Cole
- John Herzog
- Jake Kitchene
- Thomas Reynold
- Karl Swartz
- Lisi Frye
- Josh Goodman
- Micale Klutz
- Jimmy Ham
- Jason McCray
- Max Wooten
- Jerry Bales
- Heidi Gale
- Lyndsay Gale
- Paul Gale
- Jaimie Willis
- Jen Baldwin
- Kim Craver
- Matt Craver
- Heydy Day
- Brandi Reagan
2016 Mocksville Bed Races Team Listing
WXII Channel-12-”THE NEWS”
ASHLEY BOYS OF BEDDING
Lisa Wise, Kevin Tucker, Michael Kaplan, Davis Small, & Chris Tran
Brian Vietts, Dex McGee, Patsy Hudspeth, David Winebarger, & Jay Louch
CATHY RIDDLE MISSILE –CAMP MANNA
Matt Davidson, Jonathan Creason, Tommy Andrack, Chris Brawtiam, & Erin Davidson
CPP GLOBAL REINDEERS
Chad Mickles, BJ Richardson, Chris Williams, Jason Sellers, & Tyrone Martin
Matthew Forrest, Rodney Wagoner, Michael Hutchens, Matthew Hoke, & Troy Mabe
DCCC SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY
Renee Fortenberry, Joy Malson, Jessica Closser, Breya Dawkins, & Jessica Myers
Marsha Allen, Jessica Williams, Sonja Medford, Bradley Medford, & Linda Jenkins
FILET OF CHICKEN
Marty Gautreau, Steve Mixon
GRU’S CREW–TRAILERS OF THE EAST COAST
Marsha Smith, Sam Williams, Justin Boger, Trevor Walterman, & Hugo Murillo
IR BED ROCKERS
Charles Clarke, Denise Porter, Stacy West, Desick Faulkner, & Scotty Coe
Harrison Sales, Hayes Sales, Tatum Williams, Sheldon Bergondo, & Amber Carter Watson
MOCKSVILLE MASONIC LODGE
Rick Phelps, Brad Blackwelder, Jake Reavis, Carlton Terry, & Brian Myers
Gerardo Mancilla, Chandler Woodruff, Monty Landreth, Jr., Gavin Freeman, & Mitchell Skidmore
SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Jay Kimura, Scott Berry, Steve Myers, Tyron Neely, & David Smith
Davie County is home to five wonderful vineyards with a variety of award winning wines available to suit any taste. Fall and winter are a wonderful time to discover new wine pairings for your favorite holiday recipes, enjoy a glass of wine with family and friends, and take part in a variety of scheduled events. Event schedules for each vineyard are available on the vineyard web sites. Davie County Vineyards are welcoming spots to enjoy with a group of friends and family for an hour, an afternoon or an entire evening.
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158 Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 998-3100 www.raylenvineyards.com. Open Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM
Raylen offers 16 award winning wines. Their white wines include Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, multiple Chardonnays and Yadkin Gold, a unique blend of their whites. Their red wines include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a number of blends.
Raylen’s tastings are divided into “flights,” which are a selection of wines. The white and red flights are $6 each or you may taste a complete flight for $10.
The first vines for RayLen Vineyards & Winery were planted in 1999 when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the property. Until then, the property had functioned as a dairy farm for nearly a century. Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance our guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The distinctive cupola roof top of RayLen Vineyards & Winery is a beacon for the southern portion of the Yadkin Valley Appellation. Travelers from the highway and wanderers from the surrounding country roads are drawn to the Tasting Room to discover a new experience. Loyal customers return for the lush vista and a reliable favorite of RayLen’s award-winning wines. Vintner Steve Shepard has a long history in winemaking. His education and career began in Pennsylvania; since 1980, Shepard has been making wine commercially. Drawn south, Shepard’s North Carolina career began in 1989 at the first Yadkin Valley winery. The Yadkin Valley’s unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals. From the date of RayLen’s purchase, Shepard helped design the vineyard for optimum growth for the 10 different European varietals grown. In its first three vintages, RayLen Vineyards & Winery won over 200 medals at various statewide, regional, and international competitions. Shepard has been recognized by Robert Parker for his 1991 vintage wines, while RayLen has been lauded by the Wine Spectator as one of the premier wineries in the Southeast.
Misty Creek Farm and Vineyards
710 Wyo Road Mocksville, North Carolina 27028 (336) 998-3303 www.mistycreekwines.com. Open Friday: 4:00-8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM-8:00, PM Sunday: 2:00-6:00 PM.
Misty Creek has 14 acres of vineyards, and their award-winning wines include Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chambourcin. They also offer a variety of sweet wines including, Misty Rose, Chamberry, Rhapsody in Blueberry, and Blackberry Cobbler, all made with real sugar and real fruit extracts. A wine tasting is $10, and includes all 11 wines as well as the wine glass.
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 www.gardengatevineyards.net. Open Wednesday through Saturday 12:00-5:00 PM, and Sunday by appointment.
Garden Gate Vineyards, owned by Bob and Sonya Whitaker offers free tastings of their home-style muscadine and fruit wines including Scuppernog, Muscadine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry and other varieties including Sangria and “Jitter Bug.” The Whitakers do all of the blending and bottling themselves. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. 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.
Lazy Elm Vineyards
523 Danner Road Mocksville, NC 27028- (336)909-4914 www.lazyelm.com. Open Saturday 12:00-8:00 PMish, Sunday 12:00-6:00 PMish, and Monday-Friday by appointment.
Lazy Elm Vineyards offers nine varieties carefully crafted by owner/winemaker/tasting room manager Chris Bolcato. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Dry Rose’, Chardonnay, and Sweet Apple Wines. Unique offerings include Pinot Grigio Arancione (orange wine) a style most commonly used in Italy; Selfish, a port-style dessert wine, and “Damn Yankee” a red blend so named by Bolcato to poke fun at his status as a New Jersey transplant.
Visitors to Lazy Elm are treated to a “behind the scenes” look at the wine barrels and tanks while tasting the wonderful wines. For $7 you may sample all 9 wines and keep your glass as a souvenir.
Chris Bolcato saw his dreams come true in the fall of 2013 when he opened the doors of his winery, Lazy Elm, on a beautiful 43 acre farm in Davie County. His grandfather made homemade wine, so owning a winery is part dream and part family legacy. Lazy Elm currently has 5.5 acres planted in Vitis Vinifera (European Wine style) grapes. Varietals include Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Vermentino.
Chestnut Trail Vineyard
640 Cedar Grove Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028. (336) 655-4755. http://www.chestnuttrail.com: Friday 2:00-5:00 PM, Saturday 1:00-5:00 PM, or call for an appointment. Chesnut Trail currently offers three muscadine wines, including two reds, and a white, but plans to soon add a blush. All their wine comes from grapes grown organically in their vineyard. Tastings are $5, which includes a souvenir glass.
The vineyard began as the retirement project of John and Claudia Ellis, a movie studio musician/oboe teacher and a Peruvian Paso horse enthusiast. Now it’s a family operation with two of their six children and their spouses joining them in their venture, along with many other family members’ support.
The vineyard opened in January 2015 and overlooks 50 acres of rolling hills and horses grazing in the pasture. These horses are the inspiration for the names of the wines, Primor, Legado, and Estrellita.
A Brief History of Viticulture in North Carolina
Sir Walter Raleigh had no idea that the vine his sailors stumbled upon when they reached the Outer Banks would be so beneficial to North Carolinians. His men reported that the coast was “so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.” Perhaps what his mates spotted was the MotherVine on Roanoke Island, still growing and producing scuppernong grapes since explorers first sighted it in 1584. The vine has a trunk two-feet-thick, and its tendrils stretch along wooden arbors that support their tremendous weight across almost an acre of land. The scuppernong is a type of muscadine grape.
In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson noted North Carolina taking the lead with wine culture, estimating its “wine would be distinguished on the best tables in Europe, for its fine aroma, and chrystalline transparence.” The 1840 Federal Census listed the state as the number one wine producer in the U.S.; it remained one of the highest-ranked until Prohibition in the early 1900s. Today, the state’s industry is enjoying a vigorous resurgence, shared this time with the imported European-style vinifera.
Facts about North Carolina Wines
North Carolina is home to more than 160 wineries. The number of wineries has more than quadrupled 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 in the nation for grape and wine production and third for wine tourism. States.
- More than 400 individually owned grape vineyards are spread across the state, covering 1,800 acres.
- According to a recent study, the annual economic impact of the North Carolina wine and grape industry is $1.28 billion with nearly 7,600 jobs supported.
- 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]
Christmas is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to pick up your “Up on the Rooftop” 2016 Davie County commemorative Christmas ornament. This beautiful hand-crafted pewter ornament will not only add some sparkle to your tree, but would make the perfect gift for your Davie County friends and family.
“Up on the Rooftop”
This year’s fire truck-shaped ornament salutes the services and sacrifices of our fire departments and emergency personnel. Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.
“Up on the Rooftops” is the 26th is a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.
26 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments
1991 Davie County Courthouse
1992 Old Davie County Jail
1993 60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994 Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995 Old Log Cabin SOLD OUT
1996 Main Street SOLD OUT
1997 Old Bank of Davie
1998 Cherry Hill Church
1999 Cooleemee Plantation
2000 Everest Building
2001 J.P. Green Milling SOLD OUT
2002 First Presbyterian Church
2003 First Methodist Church
2004 Center Arbor – 1876
2005 Junkers Mill
2006 Advance Methodist Church
2007 Fork Baptist Church
2008 Mocksville High School SOLD OUT
2009 Martin Brothers
2010 Millers . …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011 Daniel Furniture
2012 Celebration of Trees SOLD OUT
2013 Let It Snow
2016 Fire Truck
Previous years’ ornaments not listed as sold out may still be purchased at Town Hall for $9.
The 2016 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.
House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time adventure. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast. Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.
The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years. This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century. The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments. Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality and beauty of hand cast pewter.