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Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile Tour

Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile TourA Rolling Museum
Most of us aren’t too patient when we get behind a slow-moving car on a country road, but chances are that Davie County residents will be a little more forgiving than usual during the week of July 21-26. That’s when the NC Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will be taking part in the organization’s 63rd Annual NC Tour. Five dozen pre-1928 autos – all preserved or restored to their original condition – will be tooling along the back roads and byways of Davie County and the Yadkin Valley as their owners harken back to the bygone tradition of auto touring – and fellow motorists will probably want to slow down to get a view at these rare automobiles.

Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile TourHeadquartered at Hampton Inn Bermuda Run
Headquartered at the Hampton Inn Bermuda Run in Advance, the group will head out daily to a variety of regional attractions including the Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Bethabara Historical Park, Love Valley, Troutman Chair Company, Shiloh General Store, Hillbilly Hideaway, and the Richard Childress Racing Museum. For the first day of the tour, the group will visit Vienna Village Assisted Living Center to give older residents a real-life trip back in time, with many owners dressing in period clothing to add even further to the ambiance.

013Organized by Sharon and Ricky Adkins of Winston-Salem – owners of a 1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash and a 1924 Model T, the latter of which they’ll be driving – the tour will roll into the Town of Bermuda Run on Tuesday, July 22 as the town welcomes the group with a “Horseless Carriage Day” proclamation. But don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to the Town of Bermuda Run for the celebration. Ricky Adkins says the group encourages the community to stop by the Hampton Inn each evening to view the cars before they’re put into trailers for safekeeping. Nightly cookouts, ice-cream socials, a pizza party, and an end- of-tour bash on Friday, July 26 round out the festivities.

022In all, the Hampton Inn will host some 150 guests from eight different states.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in automobiles to get an up-close look at vehicles that were crafted at a time when many car designers considered their creations equal part works of art and functioning transportation. The tour is practically a rolling museum because, as Ricky Adkins points out, “You don’t often get to see that many vintage vehicles together.”

To learn more about the Horseless Carriage Club of America, visit the national Web site at http://www.hcca.org/hcca.html or the organization’s North Carolina regional page at http://www.hcca.org/regions.php#NORTH-CAROLINA. You can also give the Hampton Inn Bermuda Run a call at 336-998-3480 to find out where the tour is headed that day and when the vehicles will be on display in the evenings.

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Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race and Tube Race This Saturday in Cooleemee!

Great Bullhole Duck RaceDuck Race, Tube Race, Trophies and over $500 in Prizes
You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam this Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 PM sharp.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win their “owner” a cash prize of $300. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $150 with the 3rd place better will win $75. That’s some duck grease to take home!

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 5th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race & Festival and it will run from 10:30 am to 2 pm at RiverPark, found at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road).  There will be games, food, and some special kids activities. The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.

Tube Race Registration
The 3rd Annual South Yadkin Tube Race will once again run in conjunction with this event and it begins at 10:30 AM at the Cooleemee Junction Wildlife area. First place winner is awarded a unique trophy and a $100 cash prize.

Official Tube Race contestants must fill out a registration form, a liability waiver and have signed a copy of the Official Rules. Regulation tubes and life vests can be rented at the Junction before the race begins ($5 each). To get registered, call (336) 284-6040.

 


“There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,” said Stephanie Waller of the Cooleemee Recreation Department, “You have to buy a ticket.” Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of six sells for $25, and you can purchase a “Flock” of fifteen for $50. You do not have to be present to win but you must show your numbered ticket stub to collect your prize.

Tickets can be purchased at Village Auto, Davie Discount Drugs and the Zachary House in Cooleemee, at the Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville and the LandTrust office at the old railroad Depot in Salisbury. Duck tickets will also be sold until 1 pm at RiverPark but no later.

All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark open, clean and safe. “If you love the Bullhole, show your support,” says Waller.

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Mocksville Farmers Market 3-6 pm Wednesday ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketThe Mocksville Farmers Market is open each Wednesday from 3-6 pm in the Mocksville Town Hall Parking Lot located at 171 S. Clement St in Mocksville, just a block down W Depot Street from the town square.  For more information please call 336-671-0553 or 336-753-6700.

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.

  • Aleen Steelman – beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, egg plant, onions
    Barbara Hedrick – hand made quilts, towels, throws, pillow cases
    Brenda Baity – baked goods
    Burton Acres – eggs
    C & J Farm – sweet potatoes, apples, broccoli
    Carolyn Lockhart – veggies of all kinds
    Creek Ridge Farm – green beans, cabbage, peppers, squash, tomatoes, carrots
    Cresent goodies – Baked Goods
    Cutting Edge Creations – Handmade soap
    Don Crater – Veggies
    Eric Brown – general produce, corn meal, grits, honey
    Everette Hartzog – beans, broccoli, corn, tomatoes, kale
    Galliher Farm – snap beans, beets, peppers, turnips
    Glen Mace – eggs
    Harold Wood – Blueberries
    Jansen McDaniel – veggies and meats
    Jean Barlow – hand painted glass ware
    Jennifer Flippin – honey, organic bread
    Katherine Blanken – handmade soap
    Keiffer’s Farm – muscadines, scupponongs, baked goods, jellies
    Kevin Campbell – plants
    Lee Ly – Flower arrangements
    Prevette Nursery – plants
    Steve Gautheaux – pecan pralines
    Sunrise Worm Castings – worm castings potting soil

Have Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market 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
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
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 farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

iShopDavie
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.

Davie County farmers markets each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Tuesdays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

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.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open in Fridays from 4-7 PM at 111 Peachtree Lane (behind the Bojangles) in the Town of Bermuda Run on the corner of NC Highway 801 and Peachtree Lane.

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.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Job Fair – 9 AM to 3 PM on Monday, July 14

Job Fair Announcement

Please share this with friends and family and help us get the work out on this exciting job fair opportunity!

Companies in Davie County are Hiring – Click on the image below and visit your Davie County Jobs page

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Baseball Playoffs & Cruise-In Monday Night in Mocksville

The Mocksville Davie American Legion baseball team takes on Rowan County in game 2 of the best-of-five series of the Area III playoffs, 7:00 PM at Rich Park in Mocksville on Monday night.  Rowan County has a 1-0 lead in the series after winning the series opener at Newman Park in Salisbury on Sunday night.

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A Chance to See History
According to a report in the Salisbury Post, Rowan has won 16 straight playoff series with Mocksville since 1982, including a rally from a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-five the last time the programs met in a playoff series in 2012.  Come on out for a chance to see history made, 7 PM Monday night, July 7 at Rich Park in Mocksville.

Join us for Family Friendly Entertainment and a “Wave” on the Hill
Mando Field at Rich Park provides the perfect setting for an evening of baseball under the lights.  The setting may remind you of the movie “Field of Dreams” or it may seem like a Norman Rockwell painting brought to life.

There is plenty of shade before the sun goes down and there is usually a nice, cool breeze.  Enclosed bleachers offer seating to those with more formal tastes while the grassy hill along the first-base line provides seating for those who prefer lawn chairs and blankets.  Come on out and join us for a wave when our boys of summer hit one out of the park for a home run or when we retire the other side with a well-executed triple play!

Peanuts and Popcorn and Crackerjacks
The concession stand has the perfect mix of baseball food and snacks; everything from hot dogs all-the-way, roasted peanuts and popcorn, to crackerjacks, sunflower seeds, and of course, Cheer-Wine and other soft-drinks.

PIEDMONT_CARS… And Another Chance to See History – Classic Cars Cruise-In – A Free Event
As they do the first and third Monday nights of each month from April through October, the Piedmont Classic C.A.R.S  Club will host a Cruise-In from 5:30 till dark in historic downtown Mocksville.  The town square in Mocksville will be transformed into a scene from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s as beautiful classic cars, some sporting car-hop trays and fuzzy dice line the streets.  The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills.

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Celebrate Independence Day all Weekend in Davie County

flagPatriotism and love of county are alive and well in Davie County.  As our nation celebrates its 238th birthday, our community has a weekend planned that is filled with fun for all ages! Davie County will host fireworks, musical entertainment, parades, classic cars, antique tractors and more as we head into the traditional 4th of July summer holiday season.

6 PM Friday July 4 – Fireworks in the Park – Free Event
Independence Day is known for its explosive fireworks, and at Rich Park, Davie County will deliver a most impressive fireworks show.  July 4th, Rich Park is open with entertainment, food, live DJ for karaoke and music, and of course Fireworks!  The park begins its festivities at 6:00 pm with fireworks beginning at 9:00.  Admission is free, though there is a $5.00 parking fee in some locations.  This is a family safe environment, and there is plenty for the young ones to do.

Parking at rich Park, the Davie Family Y and Mocksville Elementary School will be $5 per car but there are plenty of free parking opportunities behind the Brock Center on North Main Street and other nearby lots.

10 AM Friday, July 4 – Lawn Mower Parade – Free Event!

 

What a great way to start off the holiday – The 17th annual Lawn Mower Parade will cut a path through the town of Cooleemee beginning at the elementary school at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 4th and ending at the Zachary House.

Lawn mower floats will parade up and down the quiet streets of Cooleemee beginning at 10:00 AM starting at the Cooleemee Elementary School and winding through town until they reach the Zachary House where you will enjoy FREE watermelon, snow cones, and a slip-and-slide for the kids.

This patriotic event sponsored by the town of Cooleemee grows each year as entrants decorate a wide variety of lawn mowers, old and new.  Come follow along the parade route and enjoy a stroll down the historic and picturesque streets lined with great old shade tree and historic mill homes.

All Day Friday and Saturday – Antique Tractor and Engine Show – Parade on Saturday – Free Event!

 

On Friday and Saturday, July 4th and 5th, the Piedmont Antique Power Association (PAPA) will present the 15th annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show at the Masonic Picnic Grounds behind the Brock Center in historic downtown Mocksville.  This event is free and boasts antique tractors, farm equipment and a host of events for kids of all ages.

Step back in time this Independence Day weekend and celebrate the heritage of Davie County with this event which runs Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.  Friday promises fun with live music and various other activities.  Saturday begins with a parade of Antique Tractors in historic Downtown Mocksville at 10 AM.  After the parade, there will be a raffle in which someone will win an antique tractor!  There are other prizes as well including a cash prize.

Bring the whole family! See below for the complete schedule for both days.

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 through-out the day

Afternoon and Evening events:

Kiddie train rides

Kiddie pedal tractor race

Tractor skill events

Wheel barrow 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:

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

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

Kiddie train rides

3:00 pm – Raffle drawing for tractor or prize money

Food will be for sale provided by the Mocksville Masonic Lodge both days.

Ice Cream will be for sale provided by PAPA

Classis Car Cruise-In ~ Free Event

Visit the beautiful square in historic downtown Mocksville on Monday, July 7th from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for a classic car “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont Classic C.A.R.S. Club.  The town square in Mocksville will be transformed into a scene from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s as beautiful classic cars, some sporting car-hop trays and fuzzy dice line the streets.  The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills. If the weather is good, the cruise-in will draw as many as 250 cars.

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Mocksville/Davie American Legion Baseball Playoffs Begin 7 PM Tonight at Rich Park in Mocksville with Best of 5 Series

The Mocksville/Davie American Legion Post 54 Baseball team will host North Wilkesboro for game one of the 2014 American Legion Playoffs tonight beginning at 7:00 PM at Rich Park.  The first round is a best of 5 series.

After playing 27 games in just 37 days, the Mocksville-Davie American Legion Post 54 team finished the regular season in second place and our boys of summer are in full swing with home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs!

American Legion Baseball ~ The Purest Form of the Sport
A national sports writer and television producer, Matt Gibson, once observed that “American Legion Baseball is perhaps the purest form of the sport and the most fun to watch.  There are no player salaries and the grueling schedule leaves little time for beach trips or vacations for these young men.  This kind of sacrifice means that only those who really love the game are playing.  Most American Legion Baseball players have played for several years at the high school varsity level and some even have a season of college experience under their belts.  These years of experience and a love for the game by both players and coaches combine for quality sport competition.”

Mocksville Davie Legion Team Photo 7-9-2012-resized

Join us for Family Friendly Entertainment and a “Wave” on the Hill
Mando Field at Rich Park provides the perfect setting for an evening of baseball under the lights.  The setting may remind you of the movie “Field of Dreams” or it may seem like a Norman Rockwell painting brought to life.

There is plenty of shade before the sun goes down and there is usually a nice cool breeze.  Enclosed bleachers offer seating to those with more formal tastes while the grassy hill along the first-base line provides seating for those who prefer lawn chairs and blankets while taking part in a wave when our boys of summer hits one out of the park for a home run or when we retire the other side with a well-executed triple play!

Peanuts and Popcorn and Crackerjacks
The concession stand has the perfect mix of baseball food and snacks; everything from hot dogs all-the-way, roasted peanuts and popcorn, to crackerjacks, sunflower seeds, and of course, Cheer-Wine and other soft-drinks.

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Final Weekend for Broadway’s Best Season Finale ~ “Broadway Showstoppers”!

Broadway's Best Theatre Company MocksvilleBroadway’s Best Theatre Company presents “Broadway Showstoppers” for one final weekend this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

There are still seats left for The Bare Bones II Season Finale, “Broadway Show Stoppers” this weekend with shows beginning at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, and 28.  There will be a final matinee show at 2 PM on Sunday, June 29.

Don’t wait!  For tickets, please visit www.broadwaysbest.biz.

Located at 103 Beechtree Place in Mocksville, the theatre is just off of Interstate 40 at the Farmington Road exit in Mocksville.  Broadway Showstoppers is a compilation of tunes from Broadway that stopped the show.  This is the final show of the Broadway’s Best 2014 Bare Bones Season!

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of NC
Imagine a place where every summer you can go to see delightful, tune-filled Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies performed by professional actors, dancers and musicians… with sets and lights designed by professional designers and technicians.  Imagine a truly professional theatre company presenting only first rate musicals and comedies each summer, with additional productions in the spring, fall and at Christmas.

Now, put this fantastic theatre in an idyllic, serene country setting with shade trees, large decks and picnic tables where you and your family can dine before the show.  We have all of  this right here in Davie County, just off of Interstate 40 on Farmington Road.

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The mission of  Broadways Best Theatre Company is to bring affordable, quality theatre and other arts and entertainment opportunities to the people of Davie County, the Triad and surrounding areas.  The mission includes enhancing the lives of our community by providing an opportunity to see a combination of familiar and new hit Broadway Musicals and Plays.  Additionally, Broadways Best Theatre Company strives to introduce the Performing Arts to the students and children of our community by offering a series of productions for children and teens.

Providing Local Jobs for Local Talent
Gene Johnson, a former Davie County War Eagle graduate, and a member of the first graduating class at North Carolina School of the Arts, explained how hard it was to live as a performer in the area, “Though we have a prodigious talent pool, with performing arts programs at NC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, WWSU, and numerous others, the students have to leave the area upon graduation to find work.  Broadway’s Best wants to alleviate that problem by offering paid acting jobs in their facility.”

For tickets and additional information, please visit Broadways Best Theatre Company.

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Bermuda Run Country Club to Host 2014 Wyndham Championship Qualifier for PGA Tour

Bermuda RunThe Bermuda Run Country Club will host the Monday Qualifier on August 11, 2014 for the 2014 PGA Tour Wyndham Championship held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.  The East Course at Bermuda Run will serve as host for this year’s Monday Qualifier on Monday, August 11 along with the Thursday Pre-Qualifier on Thursday, August 7.

Pre-Qualifying will be held on Thursday, August 7th.  The field is limited to 156 players with the top 50 and ties advancing to the Monday Qualifier for the Wyndham Championship.

The Monday Qualifier, scheduled for August 11, will have approximately 100 golfers including the top 50 and ties from the Pre-Qualifier as well as PGA Tour and Web.com Tour Members not already exempt in the Wyndham Championship.  The top 4 from the Monday Qualifier will advance into the Wyndham Championship held at Sedgefield Country Club on August 14-17.

frontentranceofclubThe Wyndham Championship is among the oldest events on the PGA TOUR, and the 2014 tournament is the 75th renewal of North Carolina’s oldest professional golf event. The tournament enjoys a rich history that few PGA TOUR events have.  The Wyndham Championship, in 2008, moved back to Sedgefield Country Club and became the only regular-season event on the PGA TOUR contested on a course originally designed by the legendary Donald Ross. Previous winners of the Wyndham Championship include several legends in the game of golf such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Gary Player and Davis Love III.  The most recent winners include Webb Simpson (2011), Sergio Garcia (2012), and Patrick Reed (2013).

Located just west of Winston-Salem, Bermuda Run Country Club offers the best in club membership. With 36 holes of championship golf (Ellis Maples designed the East Course in 1971), the club features two clubhouses, Olympic size pool, lazy river, tennis center (clay and hard courts), great dining, and a full calendar of social events.  There is something for everyone.

The club was recently purchased in 2011 by Stratford Hospitality and has since been undergoing significant capital improvements.  Renovated Bunkers on the West Course, new maintenance equipment, clubhouse remodeling and most recently announcing plans to build and expand the main clubhouse’s restaurant capacity by adding an outdoor dining venue that will offer a beautiful panoramic view of the golf course, driving range and practice putting greens.  Bermuda Run offers some of the best value in the Winston Salem and Triad area with no assessments and a very affordable dues structure.

BRCCgolfcourse“Bermuda Run is back!” exclaims Erin Hege (Broker – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty) who lives at Bermuda Run.  Erin is a second generation member who joined the club in 2010.  She grew up on the golf course and her parents have been members since 1977.  “The membership at Bermuda Run is evolving and attracting many new young families due to recent changes and renovations”.  When asked why Bermuda Run, Erin replied “I could live anywhere but choose here due to things like cost of living, club entertainment, social events,  small community feel with strong growth regarding local businesses, new medical care facilities and new schools in the area.  It all adds up to a great quality of life.” Erin recently wrote an article for Davie Life Magazine on why the local real estate market has been improving and how it will sustain long term.  “I am very excited to be part of an ownership group that truly cares about its members and the future of Bermuda Run.”

For more information about Bermuda Run, visit www.bermudaruncc.com or call 336-998-8154.

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H.K. “Zeke” Saunders to Receive Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at Sugar Valley Airport

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H.K. “Zeke” Suanders in a WACO at Lincolnton in 1938

On Saturday, June 21, Sugar Valley Airport in Mocksville will host the Federal Aviation Administration presentation of a lifetime achievement award, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, to H.K. “Zeke” Saunders of Winston Salem, NC.  The presentation by the Federal Aviation Administration will begin promptly at 10:30 AM in the blue hangar at Sugar Valley Airport.

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. Recipients are awarded a certificate and a lapel pin and are recognized in the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award – Roll of Honor.

Mr. Saunders, now 93 years old, received his pilot license in Lincolnton, NC in 1940 while attending high school.  Upon graduation from high school in 1940 he took a job as a flight instructor in Martinsville, VA.  In 1941 Mr. Saunders began training pilots for the Air Force as a civilian.

Mr. Saunders Joined the Army Air Force in 1944 and served all over the world.  He made over 100 round trips from Burma to China flying the course known as “The Hump.”  The Hump was the name given by Allied pilots in the Second World War to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains over which they flew military transport aircraft from India to China to resupply the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the United States Army Air Forces based in China.

Mr. Saunders is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.  In 1945 Mr. Saunders took flew home survivors from the Bataan Death March, the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000–80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II.

The Early Years of Piedmont Airlines
Upon completion of his military duties, Mr. Saunders returned to North Carolina and took a job with Piedmont Aviation as a flight instructor, working for Tom Davis, the founder of Piedmont whom he had met while a flight instructor in Martinsville, VA before the war.  When Piedmont Aviation received certification and began its commercial airline business, Mr. Saunders hired and trained the first 10 pilots for Piedmont Airlines.  Mr. Saunders retired from Piedmont Airlines in 1983.

Meet a Great American Aviator
Come on out to Sugar Valley Airport on Saturday morning and meet a man who embodies the history of the American Aviator and say thank you to a man who served our country so well.

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Don’t Miss “Broadway Showstoppers”! Broadway’s Best Season Finale Opens This Week

Broadways Best Theatre Company MocksvilleBroadway’s Best Theatre Company presents “Broadway Showstoppers” this week and next!  Located at 103 Beechtree Place in Mocksville, the theatre is just off of Interstate 40 at the Farmington Road exit in Mocksville.  Broadway Showstoppers is a compilation of tunes from Broadway that stopped the show.  This is the final show of the Broadway’s Best 2014 Bare Bones Season!

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of NC
Imagine a place where every summer you can go to see delightful, tune-filled Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies performed by professional actors, dancers and musicians… with sets and lights designed by professional designers and technicians.  Imagine a truly professional theatre company presenting only first rate musicals and comedies each summer, with additional productions in the spring, fall and at Christmas.

Now, put this fantastic theatre in an idyllic, serene country setting with shade trees, large decks and picnic tables where you and your family can dine before the show.  We have all of  this right here in Davie County, just off of Interstate 40 on Farmington Road.

Boradways Best Logo

The Bare Bones II Season Finale, “Broadway Show Stoppers” begins at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 19, 20 and 21.  There will be a matinee show at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 22.

The schedule picks up again the following week with shows beginning at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, and 28. There will be a final matinee show at 2 PM on Sunday, June 29.

The mission of  Broadways Best Theatre Company is to bring affordable, quality theatre and other arts and entertainment opportunities to the people of Davie County, the Triad and surrounding areas.  The mission includes enhancing the lives of our community by providing an opportunity to see a combination of familiar and new hit Broadway Musicals and Plays.  Additionally, Broadways Best Theatre Company strives to introduce the Performing Arts to the students and children of our community by offering a series of productions for children and teens.

Providing Local Jobs for Local Talent
Gene Johnson, a former Davie County War Eagle graduate, and a member of the first graduating class at North Carolina School of the Arts, explained how hard it was to live as a performer in the area, “Though we have a prodigious talent pool, with performing arts programs at NC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, WWSU, and numerous others, the students have to leave the area upon graduation to find work.  Broadway’s Best wants to alleviate that problem by offering paid acting jobs in their facility.”

For tickets and additional information, please visit Broadways Best Theatre Company.

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Time for a New Career? Industrial Maintenance Certification Program Starting Soon at DCCC Davie Campus

DCCC-Workforce-DevelopmentWhat do Ashley Furniture, Pro Refrigeration, Ingersoll Rand, Hampton Inn, Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Campus, Lee Jeans, Funder America, Avgol and CPP Global all have in common?  They have all expanded or opened new facilities in Davie County over the last several years… AND, they all have industrial maintenance needs.

In a perfect example of how North Carolina Community Colleges respond to the needs of local industry and prepare students for local careers, the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College will offer a new short-term certification program in Industrial Maintenance, beginning fall 2014.

Program participants will have the opportunity to earn certificates in Basic Industrial Maintenance, Intermediate Industrial Maintenance and Advanced Industrial Maintenance over a period of two semesters. They will also earn three industry credentials, which are:

  • CRC (Career Readiness Certificate)
  • NIMS Credential (National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc.)
  • Refrigerant Certification

Course work will include:

  • Electrical
  • Refrigeration
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Industrial Safety with OSHA certification
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • HVAC Maintenance

The program includes both online and traditional classroom course work. Those enrolled will learn how to repair and maintain electrical and mechanical systems found in today’s commercial and industrial businesses.

DCCC Workforce Development is Key to Economic Development Success
“This robust program is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to install, maintain and repair a variety of types of industrial equipment,” says Teresa Kines, dean of DCCC’s Davie Campus. “New programs such as this one provide the people of Davie County, as well as those of neighboring communities, the ability to develop new skills that are in high demand in our region.”

“Workforce development is high on the list of priorities for every site selection project we see,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “DCCC is doing an outstanding job supporting the training of our workforce and is one of the key factors helping economic development maintain and create jobs in Davie County.”

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The program will run from August 2014 to May 2015. Scholarship opportunities for this program are available for those who qualify.

For more information or to register for this program, contact Kim Smith, program director, Workforce and Continuing Education at 336-751-2885, ext. 4852 or visit DCCC’s Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.

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Mocksville Farmers Market 3-6 pm Wednesday ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketThe Mocksville Farmers Market is open each Wednesday from 3-6 pm in the Mocksville Town Hall Parking Lot located at 171 S. Clement St in Mocksville, just a block down W Depot Street from the town square.  For more information please call 336-671-0553 or 336-753-6700.

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 each Wednesday.

  • Holton Hollar Farms ~ homemade cheese
  • Keiffer’s Farm ~ vegetables, jams, jellies
  • Creek Ridge Farm ~ vegetables
  • Galliher Farm ~ plants, flowers
  • Steve Gautheaux ~ pralines
  • Glen Mace ~ eggs
  • Bread Basket ~ baked goods
  • Brenda Baity ~ baked goods
  • Sunrise Worm Castings ~ vegetables, worm castings
  • Prevette Nursery ~ plants
  • Kevin Campbell ~ plants
  • Jean Barlow ~ painted glass ware
  • Don Crater ~ plants, flowers
  • Long Bottom Farm ~ meats, flowers
  • Barbara Hedrick ~ crafts
  • C & J Farm ~ vegetables

Have Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market 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
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
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 farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

iShopDavie
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.

Davie County farmers markets each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Tuesdays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

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.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open in Fridays from 4-7 PM at 111 Peachtree Lane (behind the Bojangles) in the Town of Bermuda Run on the corner of NC Highway 801 and Peachtree Lane.

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.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Great Turnout for Town of Bermuda Run Community Celebration

Town of Bermuda Run CelebrationThe Town of Bermuda Run hosted a community celebration on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to commemorate the Town’s 15th Anniversary and the entire Davie County community was invited to attend.

Bermuda Run has grown to be more than a gated community and now includes hotels, restaurants, housing developments and more along stretches of highways 801 and 158. The celebration served as an opportunity for the community at large to learn more about Bermuda Run and how it supports the overall community and its residents.

Recent developments, from WinMock at Kinderton to Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center, have made the Town of Bermuda Run an even more visible and important contributor to the Davie County.

As reported in the Winston Salem Journal, “That such a celebration will be outside the gated neighborhoods of Bermuda Run and Bermuda Run West is a telling indicator that the town has moved beyond its country club origins.”

 

Live Music, Food and Family Friendly Activities
Folks enjoyed live music from the band Chasing Daylight, family friendly activities, food and much more.  There was a bounce house and inflatable slide for the kids, corn-hole boards and 10 foot by 10 foot checker checkerboard for family fun.

This event was one of the first of its kind held at the Kinderton Gazebo and Green in the Kinderton Commercial Center.  The Town hopes that by hosting this event, more groups will consider this location as the setting for future events.

“Kinderton is a great asset to the community and offers a venue to host various types of activities that lend to creating a vibrant area. It helps build a sense of community, encourage residents to support small businesses, and overall contribute to a highly sought after living environment.  The Town is excited to host this event which we believe will enable many to view our community through a different lens,” said Town Manager Lee Rollins.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone anniversary with the community, and look forward to continuing the festivities throughout the year with other events and community initiatives,” commented Mayor Ken Rethmeier.

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Davie County Industry & Education Join Forces for Workforce Development

Davie County Partnership for Workforce Development 2014

Left to Right: Dr. Mary Rittling, President of Davidson County Community College (DCCC); Kerry Smith, instructor of advanced manufacturing at DCCC; David Koontz, instructor of drafting and technology at Davie County High School; Dr. Darrin Hartness, Superintendent of Davie County Schools

The Davie County Economic Development Commission (EDC) has announced the Partnership for Workforce Development.  The Partnership for Workforce Development is a partnership between Davie County industry, the EDC, the Davie County School System, and Davidson County Community College.  This Partnership combines the building blocks for continued economic development in Davie County.

Thousands of new jobs have been created in Davie County over the last 5 years in the areas of advanced manufacturing, health care, engineering, quality control, logistics, warehousing and distribution.  The Partnership for Workforce Development will help Davie County students acquire the skills for success in the 21st century job market while providing a source of talent for local employers.

The Partnership for Workforce Development brings industry and education together enriching learning in Davie County schools and better preparing our students for success in an ever more competitive and global job market.

Local business leaders, as members of the Partnership, are providing robust 2 week summer internships that provide real world immersion experiences to local teachers. The internships will inform and renew teachers’ understanding of organizational culture and the current expectations of local industry for both technical and interpersonal skills.

Teachers will incorporate what they learn into the classroom curriculum to better prepare students for the 21st century workforce.  They will also share what they learn with other teachers during professional development presentations they will prepare and deliver.

How it Works
Immersion Experiences:  Selected teachers will participate in intensive 2 week internships at the facilities of the industry partners during the summer months.

Professional Development:  Each teacher shall use the immersion experiences to develop and present at least one professional development opportunity at their institution within one year of the experience.

Curriculum Development:  Within one year of the experience each teacher must provide evidence that the immersion experience has been incorporated into the curriculum of their programs and outcome evidence that learning has occurred.

The initiative is already in full swing.  The Davie County School System and DCCC have named the participating teachers and local business leaders have committed to providing the internship opportunities this summer for first year participants.

Participating from Davie County High School is David Koontz, certified teacher of drafting and technology education for grades 9 through 12.  Participating from DCCC is Kerry Smith, instructor for advanced manufacturing at the college.  Participating local businesses include Ashley Furniture, Ingersoll Rand, Davie Medical Center and VF Jeans.

Together We Are Davie
The Partnership for Workforce Development is sponsored and funded by a generous grant from the Mebane Foundation through the Davie County Economic Development Commission’s 5 year economic development plan, Together We Are Davie.

Together We Are Davie was launched in December of 2013. Goals of the 5 year economic development capital campaign include the generation of 1,200 new jobs and $100 million in new corporate investments over the next 5 years.    The Partnership for Workforce Development is the first Davie County EDC initiative funded by private capital raised through Together We Are Davie.  It is expected that this successful private capital venture will be the first of many similar private capital campaigns to benefit Davie County.

“The Partnership for Workforce Development is a win-win for both Davie County students and for local industry,” said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County’s Economic Development Commission. “Not only will it provide internships and opportunities helping educators prepare students for the workforce, it will produce students whose skills are responsive to the needs of 21st century employers.”

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