NC Pickle Festival in Mount Olive: April 23-24!

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The N.C. Pickle Festival Pickleball Tournament, set from noon to 4 p.m. in Mount Olive College’s Pope Wellness Center.

The Band of Oz on Friday, April 23 at the Mount Olive Airport. Enjoy great music, and be a part of a great N.C. Pickle Festival tradition! Tickets are $12. Gates open at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8.

  • You can park at Mount Olive College’s Kornegay Arena and catch a free shuttle to the festival downtown. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • The festival will hold a canned food drive to benefit the Food Bank of CENC. The food drive features three festival drop off locations, and a contest for local dance studios! Details
  • The annual Friends of Steele Memorial Library Book Sale will be held in the future home of Steele Library – the former Belk Building on West Chestnut Street.

For More Info, Visit: http://www.ncpicklefest.org/

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Brevard, NC: Charming & Tranquil

Downtown Brevard is the crossroads between Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and Bracken Mountain Nature Reserve. These are ideal for: hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and climbing.

For 72 years Brevard has been home to the world-renowned Brevard Music Center. Downtown Brevard is also home to The Porter Center of Performing Arts (Brevard College) and the Transylvania Community Arts Council, which both bring diverse programs, concerts, and exhibits to our mountain community. The Heart of Brevard has teamed together with Transylvania Arts Promotion (TAP), in order to produce The Arts Directory of Transylvania County.

Four annual street festivals capture our hometown feeling: White Squirrel Festival, Fourth of July Celebration, Halloweenfest, and Twilight Tour. Other special events include: Annual Squirrel Box Derby, Old Time Music Competition, Valentine Get-Away Weekend, and Main Street Alive. They’re just a part of why people visit City of Brevard, Land of Waterfalls, Transylvania County.

For more info, visit: http://www.brevardnc.org

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Defining Small Town America – An interesting take…


By: David McLane

Before we begin, I need to make sure you understand what I mean by “Small Town America.” I do NOT mean “America” as in “North America,” “South America,” “Central America.” And I do NOT mean the “United States of America” (also known as United States, United States of America, America, the States, US, U.S., USA, U.S.A.), a political republic comprising 50 states. I’m referring to the social, historical and physical conditions that form the basis of lives people actually lead in small towns, and upon which everything else rests, especially the political entity, United States of America.

Due to the practical conditions of time and money, I only visited small towns in what is referred to as the “Continental United States,” also known as the “Lower 48,” which refers to the 48 states located on the North American continent plus the District of Columbia, but excludes the states of Alaska and Hawaii and all off-shore U.S. territories and possessions, such as Puerto Rico.

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Blowing Rock’s Winterfest

Blowing Rock’s 12th annual Winterfest is Jan. 28-31. This four-day celebration of everything winter is packed with activities and events for day-trippers and overnight guests alike.

Winterfest begins Thursday evening with “WinterFeast,” hosted by The Manor House Restaurant at Chetola Resort.

Culinary delights abound as the area’s fine restaurants come together for this once-a-year dining showcase.

There are seatings at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Friday and Saturday activities include “shop ’till you drop” at downtown shops and the Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway, a charity wine auction & tasting, afternoon hayrides and a bonfire at dusk.

There’s also a silent auction with items ranging from weekend stays at local hotels to clothing, dinners and jewelry.

The highlight of Winterfest is the Polar Plunge on Saturday morning. It features a contest of brave souls who jump into the icy waters of Chetola Lake while dressed in wacky costumes. Contestants vie for the coveted Golden Plunger Award, while spectators marvel at their lack of good sense.

Other Winterfest activities include: an ice carving competition, chili cookoff, live music, pancake breakfast and a pet show.

For more info, go to www.blowingrockwinterfest.com or call (877) 750-4636.

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Davidson gets state money for energy-saving projects

Source: DavidsonNews.net

Davidson is among eight designated “North Carolina Main Street” communities that will get federal Recovery Act money for energy efficiency projects, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office announced Tuesday. The town has received two grants totaling more than $19,000 for two projects – one at town hall and one in partnership with the Business Center @ South Main Square.

The town will get $5,300 to replace all overhead lighting in the Davidson Town Hall and in the Davidson Fire Station with energy efficient fluorescent fixtures. The project also includes replacing all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent mini-spirals, which should bring a 43 percent energy cost reduction, the governor’s office said. The town will match the grant with money from Duke Energy’s Smart Saver Energy Plan and its operating budget.

A second grant of $13,767 will go to a partnership of the town and Urban Organic I LLC, to achieve EPA Energy Star certification of the Business Center @ South Main Square. Urban Organic will provide matching funds. The project will replace manual thermostats with electronic programmable ones, and replace an existing enthalpy controller with a new electronic controller, which is expected to save $750 annually.

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Old Fort, NC – Gateway to the Southern Blue Ridge

Since 1869 travelers through these mountains looked for the familiar sight of a tall water plume, a manmade geyser, and a resort hotel tucked away at the base of the Blue Ridge this signaled the start of the long climb to Asheville through some of the most scenic terrain in North Carolina.

When the train passes through this town again (plans call for passenger rail service to resume within 5 years), travelers will stop at the tall, hand-carved arrowhead next to the depot, signaling a stop in the historic town of Old Fort.

A town committed to preserving its heritage, and having some fun along the way. Originally a fort built by the colonial militia before the Declaration of Independence, the settlement served for many years as the western outpost of the early United States.

The fort is now being rebuilt by the non-profit corporation “Davidson’s Fort Historic Park, Inc.”

For more info, visit: http://www.oldfort.org

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Historic Waxhaw, NC

The quaint and historical town of Waxhaw, NC is located in Union County, approximately 25 miles south of Charlotte. This beautiful community dates back to the 1700’s when the first European settlers came down the great wagon road. Most of the settlers were Scotch-Irish and German immigrants. However, the Waxhaw Indian tribe inhabited the area long before the European immigrants arrived. The name Waxhaw is thus derived from the Indians who first populated the area.

Around 1888 the railroad extended its rail line from the Atlanta area and brought with it a level of prosperity and growth to Waxhaw. The tracks still to this day run through the town dividing two rows of stores. Once dependent on cotton, it lost its popularity in the 1960’s. so Waxhaw reshaped its identity to an antique and fine dining center. The town currently has dining ranging from the good old mom and pop style to fine bistros. There are also over twenty antique shops and several gift shops.

The historical district is on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Waxhaw real estate enjoys easy access to a beautiful Town Park and the nearby Cane Creek Park, a 1,050 acre park that draws visitors with its beauty and its activities. Waxhaw is the perfect small town to raise a family with that laid back feel but not lacking in progression especially in schools, arts and sports for the families.

Its lower taxes, beautiful landscape, and quality schools have made it one of Charlotte area’s leading places to live. Waxhaw is dominated by beautiful homes, rapidly growing commercial and retail real estate, all of which has made convenience and job growth strong points for Waxhaw.

Although a fast growing area, Waxhaw is still largely rural with a forested and hilly setting which adds to the attraction as a relocation destination. This great small town is a little further south from the towns of Weddington and Marvin, but is still within reasonable distance to the big city amenities of Charlotte. In recent years, big city shopping and dining have made their way moved toward Waxhaw by way of the Ballatyne area, Blakeney, and Stonecrest Mall.

For more, visit: http://www.waxhaw.com