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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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“Cruise-In” Tonight in Mocksville!

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

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

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

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

Piedmont C.A.R.S Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Concert this Saturday! – Special Occasion Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Event This Saturday – Davie Medical Center Community Day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lowe’s Foods will be providing healthy foods samples.

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

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

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

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Mackenzie Smith Service Dog Benefit – Event Postponed

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Classic “Cruise-In” Tonight in Mocksville!

PIEDMONT_CARSVisit the beautiful and historic square in downtown Mocksville on Monday evening, May 16th for  “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association. (http://www.piedmont-cars.com/) Festivities begin at 5:30 and continue until dark. This event is the make-up cruise-in due to storms on May 2nd.

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

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

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

Piedmont C.A.R.S Association

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

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

 

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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

kidsfest-mocksville-postKidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is co-sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department, and will occur rain or shine.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, fire truck and smoke house, bunnies, a magic show and balloonist, Zumba, Lowe’s Build and Grow, face painting, and much more.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11:00 AM.

New This Year
The Davie YMCA is providing a “smoothie bike”. Riding the bike powers the attached blender to make smoothies! The Senior Center Boogie Brigade Dancers will make their Kids Fest debut as well.  The YMCA will offer a youth training session at 10:15 on the main stage. New food vendors include Mel’s Mini Doughnuts &  PDQ (serving chicken tenders meals) with a portion of the proceeds going to SSDC.

Family Resources
This year’s featured parent/child session is called Kidpower. Hosted by Davie Domestic Violence, it will share skills for lifelong safety.  There will be many representatives from community non-profit and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources. Each vendor inside the gym will feature an interactive activity for children. Smart Start will be giving away free T-shirts to young children attending the event, while supplies last.

“At this year’s KidsFest we are really encouraging families to be interactive and learn about the resources available in the community,” said Gena Taylor, Executive Director of Smart Start of Davie County. “We want to encourage parents to be involved with their kids and this event shows families just how much fun that can be. We also want to encourage families to visit with the local agencies to learn more about the programs and services that are available to them in Davie County.”

“Smart Start of Davie County would like to thank all of the organizations that work together with us and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department to make this event possible. We are fortunate to have the support of the Davie County community,” Taylor added.

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required. There were over 800 people in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at www.daviesmartstart.org. After completing the online registration, stop by one of the three registration tables the day of the event to get your welcome bag!  Volunteers are still needed and will receive a free t-shirt!  Sign up on our website.

TIME Presentation Location Presenter
10:00-10:10 Welcome & Announcements Main Stage Smart Start / DJ
10:15-10:30 Youth Training Main Stage Luke – YMCA
10:35-10:50 Zumba Main Stage Krysta Gary
10:45 – 11:15 KidPower Inside Davie Domestic Violence
10:55-110:00 Announcements Main Stage DJ, The Mobile Jukebox
11:00-11:30 Davie Combined Chorus Main Stage Davie County Elementary Schools
11:55-12:25 Magic Show Main Stage Ryan Short
12:30-12:40 Announcements Main Stage DJ, The Mobile Jukebox
1:00-1:20 Boogie Brigade Main Stage Davie Senior Center
1:30-2:00 Announcement / Thanks! Main Stage Smart Start
***Balloon Sculpting by Ryan Short throughout the day***
10:00-2:00 Entertainments/Crafts/Games Inside/Outside Vendors
10:00-2:00 Bounce Houses Outside Smart Start
10:00-2:00 Lowes Build and Grow Outside Lowes
10:00-2:00 Bunnies Outside Mike Garner
10:00-2:00 Fire Truck & Smoke House Outside Mocksville & Center Fire Departments
10:00-2:00 Face Painting Outside YMCA
10:00-2:00 Italian Ice  Chicken Sandwiches, Chips, & Drinks

Mel’s Mini Doughnuts

(for sale with portion of proceeds going to SSDC)

Outside Sunset SlushPDQ

Melissa Marion

 

Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization serving all children in Davie County, from birth to five, by providing quality resources and services for families and child care providers that build a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Call Smart Start at 336-751-2113 or visitwww.daviesmartstart.org for more information.

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Riveting Success at GESIPA® Fasteners USA -­ Expansion in Davie County Adds 16 Jobs

Gesipa Fasteners USA MocksvilleGESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc., a German-based company which manufactures rivets and state-of-the-art riveting systems, is growing and expanding its Davie County operations, creating sixteen new manufacturing jobs in Mocksville.

How to Apply
In addition to expanding its facilities and adding jobs, GESIPA® Fasteners USA is also  transitioning to two shifts. According to Karen Creason, HR/Office Manager, the company has  hired a number of positions already this year and is actively seeking a plant electrician as well as  skilled machine operators. The company anticipates adding sixteen additional highly skilled, well-paying positions by the end of 2016. For information on how to apply call Karen Creason at 336-751‐1555, ext. 101 or email kcreason@gesipausa.com.

Innovation Driving Company Expansion
The Company is advancing from providing standard products to also engineering  custom  applications to meet an individual customer’s unique needs, according to Brian Cole, General  Manager.

Mark Grigg, Plant Manager, is excited about the company’s opportunity to fill a niche in the automotive market. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site. We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”

“GESIPA® believes that things need to be world class or don’t need to exist,” Cole said. “We will do whatever we can to be bigger, better, and faster in order to add value for our customers.”

In order to implement this innovative manufacturing approach, GESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc. is  expanding, retooling, and renovating its 83,000 square foot facility in the South Point business  park on US Hwy 601 in Mocksville. The plant currently manufactures and distributes non-structural rivets and installation tools, and repairs installation tools.

Rural Infrastructure Grant Assists with Building Up-fit Expense
A $160,000 grant from the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) to the Town of Mocksville will help fund electrical, plumbing, compressed air, and other interior upgrades at the plant which also serves as the company’s North American corporate headquarters.  RIA provides grants to support infrastructure development, building renovation, site improvements, and economic innovation.

“We are blessed to have an international company like GESIPA® bringing jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Terry Bralley, President of Davie County Economic Development Commission. “I continue to be inspired by the vision, leadership, and talent that GESIPA® has invested in their top management. This truly will be a company to watch as they set pace to become a leader in the global market.”

 

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Once Just Passing Through, Now Part of the Community – Davie County Welcomes Shelba D. Johnson Trucking

After 30 years of traveling along NC Highway 64 through Davie County to pick up furniture from the Hickory/Lenoir area, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc., a leader in the furniture transportation and delivery industry, has opened a furniture distribution center in Mocksville.

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Another Vacant Building Back in Business – Hiring Now!
This new warehouse/distribution center, in the former Baker Furniture Upholstery plant, a 168,820 square foot building located at 970 Milling Road in Mocksville, is an extension of the company’s Lexington distribution center. The company plans to bring 15 new jobs to Davie County, and is currently hiring eight general warehouse positions.  www.sdjtrucking.com/careers/mocksville.aspx

The Lexington center currently provides warehousing and distribution services to 40 furniture manufacturers including Intercon Furniture, A-America, and Legends Furniture. The Mocksville site will provide storage and distribution for Stanley Furniture’s Stone & Leigh youth furniture line as well as other manufacturers as needed.

“We were having growing pains,” said Chuck Nance, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking’s logistics manager. “Our 700,000 square foot distribution center in Lexington is full and we needed a place to expand.”

Joe Wade, president and owner of Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, is amazed at how quickly their warehousing operation has grown.

“We started a small warehousing operation in High Point for a customer 7-8 years ago, and wondered how we would ever fill the 65,000 square feet of space,” he said. “Six months later it was full. We opened a second distribution center in Lexington, and after two expansions, it is now also full.”

“In order to keep up with demand, we needed additional space,” Wade added. “We found the perfect property to meet our needs in Davie County, and the owners were great to work with, allowing us to lease half of the building and begin storing product before the final closing. Half of the building is now full and we believe the rest is spoken for.”

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Commission is pleased to welcome Shelba D. Johnson Trucking to Davie County.  “Shelba D Johnson is really a rolling billboard up and down the highway, and we are excited that they now have a Davie County connection.  We are blessed to have another company bringing jobs and opportunities to our community.  With an additional 30 acres purchased by the company for possible expansion, we look forward to continuing to grow together in the future.”

About Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc.
Headquartered in Thomasville, NC, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc. has been a leader in the furniture transportation and delivery industry for 30 years. The company has approximately 4,000 active customers in 23 states and territories along the eastern seaboard of the United States, some mid-western states and Texas. Their customers include premier retail organizations as well as home decorators and ‘Mom and Pop’ furniture stores. Shippers include the traditional furniture manufacturers, importers, marketers, internet entrepreneurs and contemporary furniture creators. Shelba D. Johnson Trucking operates a fleet of more than 170 trucks and 550 trailers, including owner operators, from its terminals in Thomasville and Archdale, NC. Offering daily pick-up and delivery, the company’s trucks will travel around 18 million miles this year.

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Daniel Boone Family Festival, Saturday May 7, will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

Free Community Event! 10 AM to 8 PM
On Saturday, May 7th, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic reenactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

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

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

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

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

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

Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests at Junker’s Mill at 4 PM. These fun and hilarious events will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first, and wildly gyrating to see who can keep their hoop spinning the longest. Registration on the day of the festival at Relay for Life Food Tent – $5 Fee.

Frozen T-Shirt Contest
1st place- $100 ( 17 & UP) $25 ( 11-16) $25 ( 6-10)
2nd place- $75, $10, $10
3rd place- $50, $5, $5

Hula Hoop Contest
1st place- $25 (17 & UP) $25 (11-16) $25 (6-10)
2nd place- gift cards, gift cards, $10
3rd place -gift cards, $10, $5

Music and Entertainment all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Tammie Davis at 6:30 PM
Grab your  chair and head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre for a full day of entertainment:

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  • Noon- DAVIE COMMUNITY BAND – Students from local schools as well as adult musicians
  • 1 PM – MICHAEL DECKER/MAGICIAN – Michael has performed throughout the Southeast as well as the White House.  Michael will amaze and bring laughter to families and kids of all ages
  • 2:10 PM –  FLYING SAUCERS – Rockabilly, Motown, & Oldies of the 50’s and 60’s
  • 5 PM –  MYSTERY HILLBILLIES – Rockabilly, Boogie, and Western Swing with hits from Brenda Lee, Little Richard, Patsy Cline, & Chuck Berry
  • 6:30 PM – TAMMIE DAVIS – Country with her own hits It’s a Beautiful Life and Confused.  Tammie has opened shows for Charlie Daniels, Lady Antebellum, the Oak Ridge Boys, & MORE

All of the performances are free of charge. Evening performance only ~ there will be a $5 charge for wristbands for alcohol purchase.  Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at Junker’s Mill (no coolers please).

Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site, or call 336-909-2263.

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