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EDY GILREATH Edy and her granddaughter Lauren Elizabeth
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hough Ashe County artist, Edy Gilreath, is most well known in the High Country for her strikingly evocative work in oil paints, she also finds art in every aspect of her life. Edy’s husband gave her a painting set for their first Christmas together. 41 years later, like the family the two have raised together, Edy’s creations have grown and flourished. A true creator Edy’s touch transcends canvas to the world around her. She designed and created a fireplace for one of her two sons and has completely designed every inch of a 600 square foot condo. Edy also enjoys working with driftwood. She has created natural abstract bases that work beautifully for orchid plants. The soft flowing shapes of driftwood mimic the orchid’s unique petals and also provide a wealth of inspiration. Currently, Edy and her husband spend their time between their home of 25 years in Ashe County, where Edy’s studio is, and Louisiana, where she is close to her family. Edy’s emphasis on the people in her life is the driving force behind her creations. Often her work is inspired by people she meets, something as simple as a photograph can set her artistic gears turning. She enjoys paintings subjects that are meaningful to people, like how her mother’s love of church architecture inspired her to paint a peaceful chapel. Edy’s recognition as an artist has led to her work being shown
in numerous galleries in the High Country. She has also received ‘artist of the month’ titles and has been commissioned for portraits and paintings. Edy creates for the shear enjoyment of it and says the accolades and attention “just seem to happen”. Edy paints landscapes, stills and portraits but she feels most compelled by abstracts. Edy began painting in oils when her two sons were young. The long time necessary for oil paints to dry allowed her to leave a painting to care for her children and return later to continue working. She also works in pastels and has some of her works made into “Giclée” prints. Giclées are created on a specialized printer that produces high resolution prints of original fine art pieces. Edy also wants her art to be used for something more than just being appreciated for its appearance. Often sales from her work are used for charitable causes. A portion of her sales from prints and original works have gone to benefit programs such as A Safe Home for Everyone (A.S.H.E.) and area Humane Societies. Edy’s paintings can be seen at many galleries in West Jefferson including Ashe Custom Framing as well as Christopher’s Wine and Cheese in downtown Blowing Rock. Her website also offers a sampling of her works which she pairs with descriptive pieces of poetry. Rather than describing the physical size or medium of each painting Edy conveys the feeling and emotion of the piece.
A meaningful painting “Strong Woman”, which has been used as a fund raiser piece, is accompanied by this uplifting description: “A Strong Woman represents all women who rise after a fall. Women find a way to soar with their heart in hand, to rise and rejoice with life. That is what we do.” To view, purchase or commission a painting visit www.edyart.net
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Music (left) 2011 Pioneer Artist Inductee Jim Shumate (below) 2011 Songwriter Inductee Jim Lauderdale
Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame
(above) 2011 Regional Musician Inductee Jens Kruger (right) Arthur Grimes performing in honor of 2011 Traditional Dance Inductee Willard Watson By: Abigail Sutton
he Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro has only been in existence for a few short years, but in that time they have built an ongoing tradition of honoring the Blue Ridge greats in a variety of musical categories. When the concept of adding a Music Hall of Fame to the Wilkes Heritage Museum first came up the coordinators knew it would be an arduous process. A committee was assembled to begin laying the ground work for the Hall of Fame in 2006. The first step was developing their ‘perspective’, the working concept of how, where and why individuals would be nominated. The committee keeps a working list of potential nominees based on this perspective. The Hall of Fame was designed to encompass the entire Blue Ridge region. Because the Blue Ridge Mountain Chain stretches from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the Hall of Fame nomination committee has a wide area of talent to choose from. The committee in charge of nominations has 13 members while the voting committee is a much larger group of 55 experts from all over the nation. Often the voter’s backgrounds are in music, dance, music production or traditional Appalachian music and instruments. Having a large group of experts involved in the process ensures that inductees are chosen based on the merit of their talents and their contributions to Blue Ridge culture and heritage. With such a large pool to choose from, the Hall of Fame has inductions broken down into several categories which are rotated each year. Categories include every aspect of music from dance to songwriting and promoting to instrument crafting. The 2011 induction categories are Nationally Known Artist (Emmylou Harris), Traditional Dance (Willard Watson), Regional Musician (Jens Kruger), Songwriter (Jim Lauderdale) and Pioneer Artist (Jim Shumate). Other categories include ‘Gospel’, ‘Master Musician & Tradition Bearer’ and ‘Sidemen’, who are individual artists recognized for being part of well known bands. Now in its 4th year, the Hall of Fame has inducted 30 artists in more than 10 categories.
Each year an induction celebration is held in June where inductees are honored. The artists themselves are invited to perform at the annual event. In the case that an inductee is deceased or cannot attend, other accomplished performers in their field may perform in their stead. Willard Watson, accomplished flatfoot dancer and cousin of Doc Watson, was honored at his 2011 induction by Boone native and traditional dancer Arthur Grimes. Arthur has been dancing for over 30 years and has performed in the iconic flatfoot style on stage at MerleFest and Appalachian State University. A second annual event hosted by the Hall of Fame is their nomination concert. Nominations for the following year’s inductions are announced at this celebration of Blue Ridge music and history. This year’s Nomination Concert takes place on November 12th at the Stone Center for Performing Arts and will feature ‘Lou Reid and Carolina’ and ‘Backporch Bluegrass’. The museum is also responsible for a new talent competition in Wilkes County, appropriately named “Wilkes Has Talent”. The contest is open to young performers ages 8 to 23. The grand prize is a $1000 scholarship, but every participant receives the thrill of performing live! The 2011 “W.H.T.” talent show will take place October 29th at 7pm. Tickets for the event may be purchased through the Heritage Museum website. The Music Hall of Fame is located on the second floor of the 20,000 square foot Wilkes Heritage Museum. Considered a ‘small town museum’, visitors often get more than they expect when entering the Old Wilkes County Courthouse, in which the museum is located. Packed with artifacts, exhibits and information, the museum is constantly changing as new features are added. Every visit is sure to provide new insights into the rich history of the Blue Ridge region. Though the museum is self-guided so that guests may view the exhibits at their leisure, there are also offsite exhibits in other historic buildings which have guided tours three times a day and Special Candlelight Ghost Tours once a month.
For more information on the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, The Wilkes Heritage Museum, Wilkes Has Talent, or any of their events and special tours you can visit www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com The Wilkes Heritage Museum, including the Music Hall of Fame, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm at 100 East Main Street in Wilkesboro. Entrance into the Hall of Fame is included in the Heritage Museum price of admission.
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t’s hard to believe that the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium will celebrate twenty-five years of performance excellence during the upcoming 2011-2012 MainStage Morganton City Performance Series. “…Still lovin’ it” after all these years is the theme of western North Carolina’s prima performing arts center located near downtown Morganton. “This is one of our most exciting and ambitious seasons ever,” states CoMMA Director Bill Wilson. “With folks staying closer to home for their culture and other leisure activities, we anticipate good attendance, and it’s our goal to make certain everyone has a great time every time they attend a MainStage performance.” The new season has something for everyone and for every age. “GRITS, The Musical” kicks off the new season on Saturday, September 24. This ‘Girls Raised In The South’ delight celebrates four women, four generations of Mom, sister, grandma and best friends through humor and original music. The stage lights are barely dimmed before on Saturday, October 8 Jay and the Americans sing their hits of ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ ‘Only in America,’ and dozens more…a wonderful walk down Memory Lane. Other highlights of the year will include the national Broadway tour of the Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein,” on Sunday, October 16. Two topnotch theater pieces from the world famous Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia. – “Civil War Voices” on Saturday, November 5, and “Miracle on 34th Street” on Tuesday, December 20 – usher CoMMA into the holiday season. The Lezginka State Dance Company, Russian dance from Dagestan, comes to CoMMA on Saturday, October 29. Korea’s Ahn Trio redefines the art and architecture of chamber music on Thursday, November 17. And The Gazillion Bubble Show, complete with laser lighting and ten-foot bubbles will amaze the entire family with jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble magic on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. The new year of 2012 kicks off with “Elvis Lives,” a Broadway/Las Vegas style journey with four Elvis’s celebration of four fabulous eras. This multi-media attraction comes to CoMMA on Saturday, January 14. Two weeks later on Friday, January 27, America’s Got Talent’s Alice Tan Ridley is the unforgettable vocalist who for years has entertained New Yorkers at Union Square and in the subways of the Big Apple.
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Most MainStage curtain times are 7:30 p.m. However, it should be noted that The Gazillion Bubble Show and “Boom Town” are 3:00 p.m. matinees. The CoMMA Box Office is open from noon until 5:00 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to all curtain times. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 1-828-433-SHOW or 1-800-939-SHOW. Additional and more complete information regarding MainStage Morganton, 2011-2012 maybe be obtained by referring the CoMMA’s website at www.commaonline.org.
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Cuisine photo by Sander Gibson of Sander Gibson Art Photography
(left to right) Joanna Sahm, Matt Vetter, Matt Martin & Olga Esterson Article by Abigail Sutton
Sandwiches Pastas & Steaks
nown for their eclectic mix of pastas, steaks and sandwiches, Café Portofino has built a large following in the High Country and beyond based on the great food and casual neighborhood atmosphere. When owners Joanna Sahm and Olga Esterson first took over ‘Portos’ (as the regulars call it) in 2008 they wanted the Boone institution to remain familiar to its loyal fans. Over the past three years the co-owners/operators have moved through their transitional period and are presenting a new take on the updated Café. The dining room has received more seating and some light renovations to update the aesthetic appeal. The menu has also received some changes that have brought acclaim to the Café kitchen staff. Matt Vetter and Matt Martin head up the kitchen and are responsible for executing existing menu items while creating new ones. Olga and Joanna love how innovative the ‘two Matts’ are and give them free reign to tweak the menu and create new specials each week. The specials at Portofino run Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and weekends, Friday through Sunday. The specials may consist of new dishes or revamped versions of classics. Weekly deals go beyond the kitchen to offer drink specials from ‘The Tap Room’. The neighborhood bar styled Tap Room is separate from the dining room in order to accommodate the bar crowd and dinner patrons comfortably at the same time. Fulfilling the restaurant’s menu is no simple task as everything from
the salad dressings to dessert is homemade. The kitchen receives fresh seafood every weekend which often becomes the staple of the three day weekend specials. Satisfying a group as eclectic as those in and around Boone requires an extensive menu with a variety of options. Vetter and Martin work hard to keep patrons coming back to Portofino to try new dishes and their skill certainly shows as the café has shot up the rankings on TripAdvisor.com. Portofino also offers an ever changing wine list that is hand-picked by Joanna and Olga along with their house wine representative, who finds them interesting, affordable and delicious wines both domestic and imported from around the world. Well known as a fun restaurant for grown-ups, Café Portofino is also kid friendly offering a 10 & under kids menu suited for younger tastes. The kids menu features favorites like ‘Grilled Cheese, Please’ and ‘Little Dippers’, chicken tenders with fries. Also offered is a fun spin on pizza called ‘Mama-Mia Pizzadea’, made with melted cheese and pepperonis on flour tortillas with pizza dipping sauce. A new feature at Portofino, starting the 6th of September, is a Kids Eat Free special. The special runs Monday through Thursday offering a free meal from the kids menu with the purchase of each adult entrée. If you are looking for a venue to host a special event, meeting or party the café offers fine dining cuisine in an intimate setting. The loft is a private room upstairs from the main dining room, the intimate space seats 30 people and is ideal for parties and lunch meetings. They also have two patios, one on the side of the restaurant and one in front. Both locations are great for an outdoor get-together in the breezy spring, summer and autumn months. The dining area is available for larger functions and has hosted several holiday parties and rehearsal dinners. For each occasion a buffet or custom menu items may be created or guests can simply select dishes off the full menu. Every guest can find something they enjoy as the menu offers vegetarian and gluten free items or substitutions.
Café Portofino is located at 970 River Street in Boone. The restaurant is open for Lunch and Dinner Sunday through Thursday 11:30am-9pm and is open until 9:30 on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Tap Room remains open until 2am. For more information about reservations, special events or weekly specials call 828-264-7772 or visit www.cafeportofino.net.
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Menu Recipes courtesy of
Café Portofino: Owners Joanna Sahm and Olga Esterson
Garlic Crab Cakes Ingredients: 1 lb crab meat ½ diced red onion ½ c diced red & green bell peppers 1 tsp fresh garlic 1 tsp horseradish Dash baking powder ¼ c bread crumbs 1 egg Dash of Old Bay Seasoning 1 fresh squeezed lemon
sandwich Directions: Combine in a large bowl all of the ingredients until completely blended. Portion into 2 oz patties using flour to texture. Dip Patties in Panko breadcrumbs and pan-fry in butter to a golden brown. Can be served with marinara & oyster sauces.
Ingredients: 6 oz sirloin seasoned, flash seared ¼ c button mushrooms ¼ c heavy cream 1 ½ oz Asian Arrabiatta Sauce 1 ½ cups cooked penne pasta 1 tsp parmesan cheese 1 tsp parsley
Fried Green Tomato BLT Ingredients: 2 slices green tomato 2 slices of Rye bread 4 slices of Applewood Smoked bacon 4 slices of roasted red peppers Panko breadcrumbs 1 egg Angry Avocado spread
Directions: Dip green tomatoes in egg blended with 2 Tblsps buttermilk, smother in Panko breadcrumbs & fry to a golden brown. Place angry avocado spread, roasted red peppers & cooked bacon on rye bread and heat on the griddle until spread is soft. Place green tomatoes on top & slice sandwich.
For Angry Avocado spread: 8 oz guacamole 1 fresh lime juice squeezed ¼ c mozzarella cheese ¼ c cream cheese 1 oz red pepper flakes Salt & Pepper to taste
entreé Directions: In sauté pan add Arrabiatta sauce, heavy cream & button mushrooms. Reduce on medium heat until desired thickness. Toss in penne to blend with reduced sauce. Finish dish with parmesan cheese & parsley.
Shrimp Napoli Ingredients: 7 Asian White Shrimp 1 ½ oz basil pesto ¼ c heavy cream 1 ½ cups Fettuccine 1 tsp parmesan cheese 1 tsp parsley
Directions: In sauté pan add basil pesto & heavy cream reducing to a creamy blend. Toss in fettuccine to coat the noodles, topping with 7 shrimp sautéed in garlic & butter, parmesan cheese & parsley.
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There has been much interest in Mediterranean cuisine and its possible medical benefits. However, individuals who prefer the spice and flair of Latin dishes may also be better for it with respect to their health. There are certain components of Latin cooking that can be advantageous to those watching their weight or making dietary changes for another reason. Mainstay ingredients of Latin cooking have a multitude of benefits. Here are just some of the ingredients to consider. Quinoa: Quinoa is a grain that offers substantial protein and essential amino acids. Because of the protein it packs, it is a good option for vegetarians. Chiles: The capsaicin in chiles that give the peppers their hot bite can help reduce inflammation in the body. The peppers are also another good source of vitamin C. Papaya: This fruit is a healthy addition to any fruit salads or as a side dish to meat and fish. Papaya contains potassium, folic acid and more vitamin C than some fruits more commonly associated with vitamin C, including oranges. Avocado: Avocados are found in dips and toppings for many Latin-inspired foods. Although many people shy away from the fruit because of its high content of fat, avocados are excellent sources of good monounsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol. When enjoyed in moderation, it can be a good component for cholesterol health. Pumpkin seeds: These seeds contain phytosterols that help promote healthy immune systems as well as protein. Instead of fatty snacks, people can munch on low-fat, low-calorie pumpkin seeds. Beans: An undisputed leader in fiber and protein, beans have three times the soluble fiber of oatmeal. They can help reduce cholesterol and also help fill a person without a lot of fatty meats or other ingredients. Beans are another good component for vegetarian diners. Cilantro: That spicy punch in salsas and other Latin dishes may not be from peppers but from cilantro. This herb is often mistaken for parsley in a dish, but one bite will tell otherwise. Cilantro is the leafy part of a coriander plant and is a good source of antioxidants. It can be a flavorful addition to foods instead of adding calories through other ingredients. Plantains: Similar in appearance to bananas, plantains contain similar nutritional content as well. They are high in vitamin A, potassium and fiber. But they should be eaten in moderation because they can be high in fat. Seafood: Many Latin dishes feature seafood, which tends to be high in good forms of essential fatty acids, especially oily fish like salmon, tuna and snapper. Coconut milk: Coconut milk has a number of benefits, including being a rich source of manganese, which may help with glucose intolerance. It is rich in calcium and phosphorus, essential nutrients for strengthening bones. Coconuts also may help reduce anemia by offering the body substantial iron. Enjoying a Latin-inspired meal may not just be a tasty experience, but it can be a healthy one as well.
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Wine & Spirits Owners, Edward & Carolyn Campbell
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n Historic Downtown Lenoir an old livery stable is seeing new life as the hub of Caldwell County’s burgeoning wine industry. The state and the country have been in a slump which is hitting the agriculture community hard. Seeking a new cash crop to revitalize farming communities more people are catching on to the growing trend of winemaking in the North Carolina Foothills. Capitalizing on the trend that is bringing tourists and wine lovers to areas formerly passed by Edward and Carolyn Campbell opened their own winery and tasting room on Mulberry Street in Lenoir. Native to Georgia, the Campbells settled in Lenoir seven years ago on a recommendation from Carolyn’s brother. They loved the area and knew it had a lot to offer if only they could draw travelers off highway 321. Realizing the number of tourists that follow the NC Wine Trails Edward and Carolyn knew that Carolina Mist Winery was just the thing to bring the masses into charming downtown. “We wanted to do it for the county” Carolyn said (knowing the economy has especially hurt small business owners in the area) and the community has given them a great reception. As for any upstart business the first year is the hardest, opening their doors in February of 2010 Carolina Mist is well over the one year hump and hopes their second year will bring even more rewards for the area. The Campbells favorite part of their growing business venture is the people they have met. Carolyn enjoys talking with their customers and says “We meet the nicest people”. Edward and Carolyn are now in the process of opening a second tasting room in Downtown Morganton. Keeping with the character and charm of their historic Lenoir location the second tasting room will be located in a former freight station situated next to the still active train tracks.
Hopefully, by now, Carolina Mist Winery has peaked your interest and you’re wondering about the actual wines produced there. The Campbells create both traditional and sweet wines assuring that at least one of their fourteen handcrafted blends will please your palette. Each wine is created and bottled on site by Edward himself in limited production batches. Each wine is carefully blended to represent the High country area that Campbells love to be a part of. The influence is seen clearly in the names of their special blends like ‘Linville Ridge Red’, ‘Highland Meadows White’ and their trademark sweet blend ‘Blowing Rock Red’ a Chianti blended with Cranberries. Edward and Carolyn have purchased land with plans of starting their own vineyard in the works. Currently the wines are made with juices that are imported from all over the country and the world. This gives them the opportunity to use a variety of grapes for the wines they are producing now. Carolina Mist Wines have made quite an impression already. Orders come from all over country for Edward and Carolyn’s specialty wines. The Peach Chardonnay blend, called ‘Bohicket Dunes White’, is a favorite that has even impressed visitors from the Mecca of U.S. wine production in California. Along with tastings and selling wine by the bottle or by the case Carolina Mist’s tasting room is full of gifts and wine accessories for purchase. From charming cocktail party and picnic items to thoughtfully prepared gift baskets, the shop is full of treasures no wine connoisseur should be without.
Regular tastings are held Tuesdays through Sundays from 1pm to 6pm. Carolina Mist is also available for private functions and events for groups. A relaxed afternoon wine tasting is just $3.00 for your choice of seven wines or $6.00 to try all fourteen Carolina Mist creations. Carolina Mist Winery is located in the heart of Downtown Lenoir at 126 Mulberry Street NW. For more information call 828-754-4660 or visit www.carolinamistwinery.com
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Male Perspective/ Boomer Humor
By: Michael C. Waters
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A Worthy Cause Life for a teenager…Most would worry about what to wear to school, or about something on Twitter or Facebook. It seems as if they would never have the occasion to worry about anything else, right? Surely they wouldn’t have to worry about cancer. Let me take a moment to tell you about Justin. Justin is your typical teenager. He loves baseball, video games, family, hanging out with his friends, and many other things that most teenagers care about. His baseball team has won the state title in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011. This young man has hundreds of friends and has a great family. You would think there would be nothing that could get in his way… Nothing at all, right? Now let me tell you why Justin is NOT your typical teenager. Back in July, Justin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer that affects the white blood cells in bone marrow. He was forced to go into the University of New Mexico Hospital for chemotherapy treatments for this disease, treatment which often leaves Justin exhausted and nauseated. He has endured surgery to elevate his platelet count. He is in a fight for his life, unlike most teenagers his age. Now let me tell you about Justin’s support structure. His family and friends are constantly by his bedside. His baseball team traveled many miles to the hospital he is in, just to spend time with him and to deliver his state championship ring. The booster club for his team has setup an account at a local bank to allow for donations to help offset the cost of his treatment. His high school football team has hosted a car wash benefitting Justin. Wristbands are being sold to help raise funds. T-Shirts are on order to be sold as well. His family has setup a care page on Facebook called “Prayers For Justin”, which have dozens of posts each day giving him inspiration to get well. He has received visits from area celebrities. Even the local Chili’s restaurant has donated a portion of their earnings to the family. Justin’s mom and I were in High School together, which is my connection. His grandparents still live here in the Boone area. While praying, wellwishing, and other things do wonders, I felt the need to do more. I am trying to spread the word about Justin’s story. I have entered in the “Dozen Doughnut Dash”, a run sponsored by The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Proceeds of course will go to the cancer center, but I am raising additional sponsorship money for Justin and his family through a page I set up on Facebook. The run consists of 4 miles total, but there is a catch…After running for 2.5 miles, each competitor must eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and then attempt to run an additional 1.5 miles to the finish. I am accepting lump sum donations, dollars per mile, or any other contributions for Justin’s family. I have even added a category for those who think I will/will not get sick to my stomach! It should be fun to watch, and will most definitely be agony for me. But after seeing how strong Justin is, how strong his family is, this will be a walk in the park. I only wish I could do more. When I think of those battling illness, I can only really think of one person for inspiration…Jim Valvano, former North Carolina State head basketball coach, who lost his battle with cancer in 1993. Coach Valvano once said “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” For more information on how to contribute, please contact me directly via the email address listed at the bottom of my article. Please make checks payable to the Justin Solomon Donation Account. Keep fighting Justin. You are not alone! For more info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-Justin/228001227239480 http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=239639302737265 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greetings, Dear Readers. Aren’t the cool breezes of September a welcome change? The crisp September air brings to mind school days and I mean school days at every level—kindergarten through college and including graduate school! At each level, first day anxiety and excitement is experienced. The classes ahead represent a fresh page in your life. Remember the classmate who always wore his/her new fall sweater on the first day of school, regardless of the temperature? Now that is anticipation of fall! Nonetheless, wearing the right costume for the performance is always important. So backto-school shopping remains an important task in preparing for the year (even if it is more online today!). It’s been said that we, Boomers, are life-long learners. We love to attend classes on everything from birthing (remember those trail-blazing childbirth classes?) to “How to Get the Most from Your Retirement”? This Boomer trait probably began when staying in school meant avoiding time in Viet Nam for many of us. Yes, the draft is now an ancient concept. Now staying in classes for us means staying young, continuing to grow, and avoiding Old Age! Our school memories are so different than the school memories of our kids today. School was the hub of our social as well as our intellectual life. Home schooling? What is that? Not in our era. It wasn’t even used as an excuse to satisfy the truancy officer. Forget the internet. School was the only social network we had with the possible exception of Sunday school classes or Youth Group. And no cell phones!!! I actually had a thirty minute limit on my phone calls due to my father’s need to be on call for his work. Imagine schools with no need for security again. I don’t remember having any during my school days, do you? Our global connectedness on the World Wide Web has also made our children more vulnerable and less secure than we were. Instant access to information helps our kids compete in today’s world; but it also increases risk and parental worries. Speaking of parents, we can still learn lessons from ours (although many of them are not with us now). We can learn the importance of saving a portion of our money. (That is ALL I am going to say about our current economy and its failures.) Our parents understood the concept of deferred gratification. Many were willing and patient enough to save up for a desired item. And if they had to buy on credit, their credit was a precious commodity to them—one that they did not want to abuse. It may not have been called recycling, but that is definitely what they practiced. Think about those beautiful and practical handkerchiefs many of them used. No throw away tissues for them. Use a nice soft handkerchief that could be washed and used again. Coffee cups. Now we are carrying our own and reusing them, much like our parents’ generation who seldom used paper tableware. And grocery bags….now we are training ourselves to use reusable bags again. It’s no longer, “Paper or plastic?” We are realizing that we do not live in a throwaway world. Hmmmnnnn… We’d better get registered for some classes on sustainability. We have a lot to learn! MF
5 Steps to Solid,
Goals By: Stephanie Frank
ou know where you want to go, but how do you get there? You may find that making some decisions is easier than others. What do you do first? How long will it take? Will you need help getting there? How do you decide what’s right for you? It helps if you understand what makes you tick; your personal value system. These values are the ones you live with; not necessarily every day, but over the course of your life, that enable you to live with your decisions. First, sit down and make a list of the top 20 or 30 values that are important to you: • Family • Personal time • Fun You get the idea. Narrow that list to 10, and then to five. Next, rank those five in numeric order, one against the other, until you have your top three. When making choices, ask yourself if the decision would honor your top three values. If not, it’s the wrong choice for you at the time. Setting the right goals for you is almost as important as having goals in the first place. They have to be realistic and coincide with your value system. How does your vision mesh with your goals? You may experience fear, feel overwhelmed or confused because you don’t know how to go about setting goals effectively, but it’s a straightforward process and you will overcome the emotions as you go, as you feel more in control. The Five-Step Goal-Setting Process: 1. What do you want, specifically—This is the first thing to ask yourself in your goal planning process. What is your vision? Your dream? Without being clear as to your explicit desires, no other steps can be taken, and no progress made. 2. Why do you want it (what value does it serve)—The pivotal question in your goal-setting process and a prime motivator. You must reflect on your values list in order to answer it. Does your desire reflect your values? If so, you’ve accomplished the second step and are on your way to goal-setting success. 3. When do you want it—Determining specific dates for completion of tasks is a crucial part of your goalsetting procedure. Knowing that you have committed yourself to achieving a certain thing by a certain date will enable you to plan your time and thus maximize your efforts. 4. What will you give up or overcome to get it—Confusion? Fear? Procrastination? Insecurity? Make sure you keep in mind why you want your goal. It will give you all the courage you need to push through your fears and move forward. 5. Create a detailed plan to get there—We are not born knowing how to do anything really, except eat, sleep and breathe. The rest we learn as we go along; and creating a detailed plan to achieve your goals is no different. Brainstorm things you can do, actions you can take. Bounce ideas off of friends, relatives. Throw out ideas (none are too insignificant or crazy). After you get the first few implausible or facetious ideas out of the way, more creative, clever and valuable ideas will surface. Brainstorm until you are able to get your ideas down to very specific, measurable tasks that you can then cross off a list when you’ve finished them. In order to reach a key goal, you’ll need to set interim goals—multiple short-term goals. Broken down into bite-sized pieces, the objectives are less intimidating. If you get stuck trying to create a plan, ask yourself more questions! Keep asking questions until there are no more questions, only actions left. Prioritize your plan according to your most important goal, approach each goal individually and set a date for completion. You’ll be amazed at the progress you make!
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Hair Tips/Skin Care
Color Clash: Hair Color and Cosmetics
ver get back from the salon after you changed your hair color and think, “This is totally wrong. This color doesn’t work for me!”? Chances are that your new hair color is gorgeous but you are still wearing the same make-up! As odd as it sounds, the shades of cosmetics you wear can make or break a new hair color. If you are changing your hair color, don’t forget to change your make-up too! Why Changing Makeup with Hair Color is so Important When you change your hair color your whole appearance changes. The new shade can make your skin and eyes look paler or more intense. Your new locks can bring out hidden undertones in your skin and new dimensions to your eyes. New hair color can also make you look younger and more confident, but if you continue to wear the same make-up then you can also look a little odd. This clash of colors comes down to color theory. The lipstick that might have looked fabulous on you as a blond now can look decidedly odd with your new red locks. Why? Because the new hair color and cosmetic undertones clash. The color of our hair really does affect our overall appearance and so when you change it, it is essential to change everything else too from the clothes you wear to your make-up. This allows you to give a better balance to the face and it also finishes off the overall new look. The wrong cosmetic colors can make your look go from pale to dull to downright clownish. How to Find New Makeup to Suit Your New Color When it comes to finding new make-up to suit your new color, you may have trouble knowing what to opt for. Though you might not want to overhaul your make-up bag, you should seriously consider adding a few key colors to complement your dramatically changed hair color. The right make-up to compliment your hair color and skin tone with help you get the most out of that expensive dye job! You should look at a number of factors first in order to choose the right colors for you. Some of these factors include hair color, eye color, and skin tone. Still confused? If you need guidance to get the most out of your new hair color ask the stylist that is dying your hair to suggest cosmetic shades that will fit your skin tone and match your new mane. Often times your salon will have a cosmetic line on hand and can do a mini make-over to demonstrate the power of the correct colors. If your stylist is of little help go to visit your local department store’s cosmetic counter or just pop on-line and ask the Beauty Advisor at your favorite cosmetic website for guidance and shade suggestions. Overall cosmetics should be chosen with various things in mind. When you change your hair color your make-up should definitely be changed too. So the next time you color your hair, take these tips into consideration to get the most out of your new look.
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Foods may trigger
any factors, including food, can contribute to the onset of migraine headaches. However, migraine headaches remain a mystery to migraine sufferers and medical professionals alike. Researchers have studied the effect of foods on the genesis of a migraine, and some foods have proven to be repeat offenders when it comes to triggering the headaches. Chemical components of certain foods may play a role in why they cause headaches to occur. Also, the effect certain foods have on the body may also be instrumental. For example, alcohol tends to thin the blood, which can increase blood flow to the brain. Furthermore, alcohol is a diuretic and can dehydrate the body, another headache trigger. Although everyone reacts differently to alcohol, whiskey, red wine, champagne, and beer are the most common alcoholic migraine triggers. Tyramine Foods that contain tyramine may also trigger migraines. Tyramine is a naturally-occurring compound often present in many plants and animals. It can also form from tyrosine—an amino acid found in a variety of foods—when those foods are fermented, or start to decay. Tyramine can have effects on the adrenal gland, which triggers the “fight or flight” reaction in the body. This elevates the heart rate, increases blood pressure and increases the amount of adrenaline and other substances in the blood. All of these factors may trigger a migraine. Aged cheese, preserved meats and other items that have been fermented are prime sources of tyramine. They can be reduced or avoided if it seems these foods play a role in migraines. Additives Chemical additives may be used in foods to preserve freshness or modify flavor. Some people report headaches from monosodium glutamate (MSG), but there is no definitive research linking MSG to headaches. However, heavily processed foods may affect
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people who suffer from migraines in different ways. Cured and processed meats, such as hot dogs and sausage, will contain additives. Additives are present in many convenience foods, such as frozen and packaged dinners, as well. Processed cheese may have additives as well as high levels of tyramine, making them a double threat. Whenever possible, migraine sufferers should limit processed foods and choose fresh foods to minimize exposure to chemical additives. Other Triggers There are other foods beyond those with tyramine or additives that may trigger headaches as well. Dairy products are often a cause of allergic reactions in people. Dairy may contribute to the overproduction of mucous in the sinuses, which can create pressure and lead to migraines. Published surveys have found that after cheese, chocolate, alcohol, bananas, and citrus fruit are the most common triggers of migraines. These foods may influence the release of serotonin, causing constriction and dilation of blood vessels, or directly stimulate areas of the brain such as the trigeminal ganglia, brainstem and neuronal pathways. The result is a propensity for migraines. Caffeine products are triggers for some people; while others find caffeine helps them find relief. That is why caffeine is sometimes paired with a pain-relief medication for faster efficacy. The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 20 million migraine attacks occurring worldwide every day. Women are three times as likely to suffer migraines as men. Individuals who experience migraines should keep a food diary to determine if foods are playing a role in attacks. A migraine can come on 20 to 25 minutes after a certain food or beverage is consumed. Learning which foods frequently trigger migraines might help sufferers who avoid these foods reduce the frequency of migraines.
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In Her Shoes The Lenoir Rooster Bush Lot Circa 1978 Father-Daughter Team Rooster and Barbara Bush.
An original ad for Lenoir's New Oldsmobile Dealer Bush Oldsmobile.
This 1957 Oldsmobile 88 was originally sold at Bush Oldsmobile.
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s big corporations buy out smaller competition and promote logos instead of faces, the legacy of the family owned and operated business is becoming harder to come by these days. However, in the growing foothills town of Lenoir, the Bush family is continuing their tradition of fair, honest and friendly business. Rooster Bush Automotive is a company with nearly 60 years of satisfied clientele under their belt. Their history is one built on All-American pride and determination. Original founder, R. L. “Rooster” Bush, returned home after serving during World War II with a restless dream of becoming a car salesman. A few years later Rooster opened his first used car business in Whitnel which was quite literally a ‘shade tree’ operation. From humble beginnings under an old oak tree the legend of Rooster Bush grew rather quickly. Just six years later, in 1957, Rooster purchased the Oldsmobile franchise. Soon after he relocated to an area known as “Smith Crossroads” and picked up the Pontiac and GMC franchises. In the 1970’s Rooster settled his lot in its still present location in Lenoir. It was around this time that his daughter, Barbara, first got her feet wet (literally, as she washed cars) working at her father’s dealership. Barbara was soon promoted to ‘lot girl’, a position that was traditionally given to males. This could be considered the beginning of Barbara’s destiny to become a woman working in a ‘man’s world’. The responsibilities of a ‘lot girl’ involved running errands, moving cars through the lot and merchandising cars for display. By 1978 business was better than ever. Rooster Bush was moving 500 cars a month, capitalizing on the number of sales people in the local furniture industry and their need for reliable transportation. Barbara began selling on the lot between semesters in college, though she described herself as being very shy when she started out. Eventually Barbara was able to overcome her bashfulness and build her confidence as a saleswoman. As she rose through the ranks Barbara had not yet made plans to stay in the family business long term, but her destiny to carry on her father’s legacy was inescapable. By 1981 Rooster Bush Automotive was well established and at that time a Cadillac dealership in Morganton became available. Seizing the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of selling the car brand called the “Standard of the World”, Rooster purchased the Cadillac lot with a partner and a few years later became the sole owner. This purchase ushered forth Barbara’s
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Dealer, Barbara Bush and her Executive Customer Liaison, Sofie.
By: Abigail Sutton
move into management as they needed more people to spread between the two dealerships. In 2001 Barbara’s career with Rooster Bush came to full fruition. The Oldsmobile brand, under which the company had become recognized, was discontinued. In retrospect this change symbolized the end of an era for “Bush Oldsmobile” (the 1957 dealership name) and a new start for Barbara as the Dealer for Rooster Bush Automotive. Barbara joined the ranks of what are today less than 200 women GM Dealers. Currently GM is the only car franchise to recognize and support their women dealers, a group that Barbara is proud to be a part of! Now, ten years into her position, Barbara has made some very positive changes to Rooster Bush operations based upon breaking the stigma of the intimidating high pressure car sales environment. Long considered a man’s business, Barbara strives to make her car dealerships a more woman friendly atmosphere. Even the Rooster Bush Service Department, typically one of the more daunting places on a car lot, has their own female service advisors. Research shows that women make the majority of large purchase decisions for their families. Based on this, Rooster Bush Automotive knows who they are really marketing to. They seek to make their company unthreatening and accessible to everyone. Barbara wants to build a reputation for having a fun family atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. She knows you can buy a car anywhere so Rooster Bush has to stand out for something, “and if we have to stand out we want it to be for building relationships and providing each customer with a ‘wow’ experience.” Rooster, now in his eighties, is still very involved with both dealership locations. In keeping with the family owned and operated legacy of Bush Automotive, Barbara’s brother, Randy, also works at the Lenoir location. Her husband, Greg Barrett, is the Executive Manager at the Morganton branch and third generation, Megan Bush Barrett, is working at both locations between school years as her mom did. Inheriting her grandfather’s mind for business, Megan hopes to explore business and marketing as she begins college this fall. The whole Bush family takes pride in providing quality vehicles from U.S. owned and operated companies including Buick, GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac. Rooster Bush continues to grow with Barbara at the helm, recently adding a no-appointment Quick Lube to their services. Barbara Bush is dedicated to carrying on her father’s philosophy of providing an ‘honest deal’ and she is doing a great job, even for a girl!
The Fine Art of Tipping Your Server
kay, so you have just enjoyed a most sumptuous feast at your favorite restaurant, engaged in some good conversation with your guests, and now the moment of truth has arrived, in the form of the check the server drops on your table. The price of the meal always manages to amaze us to a degree, but it’s made even worse by the fact that you know you have to add to it before you finally write your name on the bottom. I’m speaking, of course, of the tip. For those that have been living under a rock since the rise of modern civilization, the tip at a restaurant is the amount of money you give to your server as reward for their taking care of your needs during the course of your meal. This can mean a sizeable sum of money in the event of good service, or next to nothing as a consequence of bad and/or no service, but typically a decent tip falls around 15% of the amount of the check. Now I get chastised regularly from my mother when we go out to eat because I tip well, in the 20% range, simply because I believe in rewarding good service and I realize how difficult a job waiting tables can be. I believe in good tipping, though, because these folks make most of their pay from tips and will generally do their best to earn it. While it is generally advised to never give less than 10% for a tip, there are other factors to consider. If service is slow or your order is wrong, stop to consider how busy the restaurant is and how many other tables your server is working. I am far more inclined to cut them some slack if the place is packed, but if it is during off hours, I’m the server’s only table, and my order is still wrong or if I have to sit through two Musak numbers waiting for my drink to be refilled, then the size of my tip starts steadily shrinking. I’m not averse to leaving a really bad tip, as it sends a very clear message, but the better course to take would be to speak to the restaurant manager about the service received. On certain occasions I’ve gotten free desserts and even had entire bills waived. Of course these are rare instances, and you should never be predisposed to tip badly or cause your server trouble. Keep in mind that while some elements may be out of your server’s control, there is never excuse for rude or outright neglectful. Such behavior should be properly rewarded. Of course, when tipping your server, you want to look at all the variables, not only the food, but the speed of service, overall pricing, quality of the environment, etc. A good list of variables includes: How the food matched with your order, Whether the food was hot and fresh from the kitchen,
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How attentive the server was to your needs, How quickly your empty dishes were taken away, How quickly it took to get your check and have your payment processed, and Whether the server’s demeanor was courteous and professional. I once had a server imitate my rather pronounced southern accent when I gave my order in a Savannah GA restaurant. I tried to blow it off as nothing because I know my accent is a little severe. After a bit however, it got to the point where I was bothered. Nobody’s character traits should be made fun of any more than you would make fun of physical attributes. I called the restaurant manager back the next day to suggest that this server might want to rethink how she interacts with patrons. For some odd reason, however, I left her a pretty good gratuity. If there is a problem, even a major one, you also want to take into consideration how diligently your server works to correct it. I had a server spill a drink in my lap one evening, mumble something about going to get some towels, only to never be heard from again. One of the rare instances where I left no tip whatsoever. Always stop to consider, or even ask, if your server is new to the job. If they are, it can usually make for a pleasant evening for all. And by that I do not mean needless abuse or having fun at the expense of the poor guy (or girl). If you let them know the pressure is off, that you understand, and that you are willing to roll with it, chances are they will relax as well and in all likelihood make far fewer mistakes. There are numerous formulas out there for computing tips. I tend to make it easy on myself and tip $1 for every $5, which is 20%. Of course that can be adjusted based on certain mitigating circumstances, but I find it to be a healthy and generous manner. Of course exceptional service merits more. I now have specific servers that I go to at various restaurants that I frequent, because I know I can expect good service and I don’t mind giving them something extra. Also, remember to pay your tip in cash whenever possible, and do your best to put the tip in the server’s hand. It is not uncommon for busboys or even other servers to steal tips from their coworkers. Paying tip with credit card is fine, but some restaurant will subtract the cost of the credit card fee from the tip, which ends up robbing your server. If any of this is a concern to you, put the tip in their hand with a smile and a ‘thank you’. Basic rule of thumb: always be more than generous unless the server goes out of their way to give you bad service. It’s a formula that can’t lose.
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Jeans buying guide
he weather is cooling and it might be time to pack up shorts and summer tanks and replace them with jeans and sweaters. Women looking to update their denim wardrobes could be on the hunt for jeans that best fit their shapes. With the numerous styles and colors available today, it’s quite possible to find jeans that fit like a glove — and help you look your best. * If you’re tall: Look for jeans brands that boast an inseam size, like the way men’s jeans are sold. Some manufacturers offer jeans in various lengths, such as short, average and tall. You may need a 33-inch inseam if you are around 6 feet tall. * If you’re plus-sized: Select jeans that streamline the legs and hips. Boot cut styles won’t taper at the bottom and will elongate the leg. Be sure to fit the largest part of your body, which could mean going up a size. But you can have other parts of the jeans tailored for a perfect fit. * If you’re petite: Although shorter gals may find jeans that are cut for petite frames, often it takes a little extra tailoring to make them the right length. There even is iron-on hemming tape that can make fast work of hems. Look for dark-washed colors, which can make the legs look longer. * If you’re pear-shaped: Draw attention away from hips by wearing higher-waist jeans that will immediately draw the eye upward. * If you’re ample in back: Keep stitching minimal and avoid any extra embellishments on pockets as not to call attention to your derriere.
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Healthy living could help
any people are apprehensive about getting older because of the fear of losing their faculties. Individuals may worry that dementia could rob them of precious memories and make daily living more difficult. Many factors can contribute to the onset of dementia, and recent research notes those factors include heart disease, strokes and other serious health conditions that affect the circulatory system. But other seemingly harmless conditions can play a role, too. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle could help seniors fend off dementia. Researchers in Canada studied data on more than 7,000 survey participants who answered questions of overall health. While circulatory diseases did correlate high to dementia onset, researchers discovered additional conditions, including arthritis, sinus infections, incontinence, and poor hearing, also played a role. The correlation between circulatory issues and brain function may be obvious, but researchers aren’t exactly sure why minor health infractions could contribute to senility. Some suggest that people with the burden of health problems may not be able to successfully thwart deterioration of the brain that comes with dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease. The World Alzheimer Report states that more than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. These are largely brain-destroying illnesses that have no cure. But adults might be able to prevent or delay its onset. Placing a greater emphasis on overall health may help. According to Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, MD, a professor of geriatric medicine and neurology at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who participated in the dementia study published in July 2011 in the journal Neurology, “the best thing people can do to stay physically healthy — and thus maintain their brains, too — is to exercise.” Other things that can be done include adopting a healthy, balanced diet and keeping the brain active as much as possible. Here are ways to do just that. * Seniors can participate in low-impact exercises that promote muscle strength and flexibility. Water exercises are very good because they don’t place strain on the joints. Stretching routines, like yoga or tai chi, are also effective. Exercise plans should be discussed with a health care provider prior to starting. * Work with a nutritionist to develop a healthy eating plan. A healthy diet is essential to keep many diseases at bay, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even to help maintain proper digestion. * Keep the brain active by engaging in puzzles, like crosswords or sudoku. Reading is a way to stimulate vocabulary and also keep the brain sharp. Interact with people on a daily basis and engage in conversation.
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Money & Finance
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for great deals Consumers have the potential to save quite a lot of money if they shop the sales calendar on popular items. Many retailers discount items during certain times of the year. Autumn is one season when shoppers can find deals on many popular items.
Furniture As summertime winds down, sales on furniture tend to wane. To drum up extra excitement, many furniture stores start slashing prices in September. For consumers who have been waiting for deals on big-ticket items, like dining sets or sofas, now could be the ideal time to shop around for discounts. This time of year is also a great opportunity to get deeply discounted prices on outdoor furniture. End-of-season sales abound on patio furniture, umbrellas, gazebos, sheds, and awnings. Savings can be as much as 70 percent during October and November because stores need to make room for Christmas displays. That means the longer you wait, the better the deal to be had. Clothing In the fall, consumers can shop for two season’s worth of clothes at once to get better deals. In general, stores offer low prices on winter essentials, like hats, gloves, coats, and scarves. They’re also cutting prices on the last of summer apparel. This is the perfect time to stock up on some summer basics to use next season. Parents may want to calculate the sizes their children will wear next season and load up on basics, such as swimsuits and shorts. Automobiles & Boats Dealerships are making room on their lots for the new model year. Therefore, come October, they’re looking to liquidate their stock of the current model year, benefitting consumers as a result. Keep in mind that you will have to choose among current stock, so you may have to compromise on colors and accessories available. This time of year can also be ideal for buying a boat, as marine experts say that the off-season is the time to get deals on boats. Late November is a good time to start browsing for a boat. The lowest prices may come in the winter, however. Outdoor Hobbies September and October can be good months to purchase a new bicycle, as the outdoor recreation season tends to wane in the late autumn. This is also a good time to stock up on fishing poles and lures. Shop around to see if there is the opportunity to score low prices on campers, tents, inflatable mattresses, outdoor sporting equipment, and other items that are associated with having fun in the sun. It’s likely stores will be looking to reduce their inventory on these products. Real Estate Many people list their homes in the spring so that they get steady traffic from people spending warm-weather days shopping for their next homes. Come the autumn, if a property is still on the market or was just listed, there’s a possibility that the seller will be motivated to sell at a lower price. Few people want to go through the hassle of moving when the weather is cold or right in the middle of the holiday season. October is a prime month for negotiating a lower price on a home. Miscellaneous There are a number of other items that go on sale during September, October and November. Barbecue grills, housewares, quilts and blankets, space heaters, crystal, silver, and glassware are just some of the items shoppers can snatch up at a bargain.
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It’s All In The Cause
PINK HEALS TOUR 2011 Pink Fire Trucks Parade through Hickory
ink fire trucks and more will parade through Hickory on September 22-23 to raise support for women battling cancer. This event is part of a national campaign presented by the Guardians of the Ribbon. Founded in 2007 by a firefighter, the Guardians of the Ribbon is a group based out of Phoenix, AZ. The Guardians of the Ribbon, dressed in pink fire suits, drive pink fire trucks across the country every year to spread an awareness campaign supporting women in their fight with cancer. They ask cities to support women in their community with a “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, where money is raised for local non-profits that help cancer patients. For short, it’s called the Pink Heals Tour and it’s coming to Hickory! Spearheaded by the Hickory Fire Department along with fellow city departments, and with thanks to many sponsors, the funds raised in the community will go to ‘Through Healing Eyes’. Through Healing Eyes funds go to the community to provide health and education, as well as diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with all types of cancer. The weekend long event will include many opportunities to see the pink fire trucks at the parade and a welcome event as well as a chance to participate in a raffle and Motorcycle Love Run Pink Heals Tour from Hickory to High Point. The “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign culminates on October 25th - 27th in a national 3 day long statement of support where as many people as possible are encouraged to wear pink. To date the movement is over 2500 cities strong across America. The Guardians of the Ribbon make a sweet and simple statement as to why pink is so important: “As men it is in our nature to care for the women in our lives, this is just another way to show love and support. Our women are the most important people in our lives, whether they are our mothers, wives, daughters or sisters.” Volunteers, drivers and participants work very hard and travel cross-country to make “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” a success. Their motive for doing so also happens to be the slogan for the tour: “Because Pink Heals!”
Need more information or want to get involved? For information on additional events and updates on the schedule, go to www.hickorypinkhealstour.com or call 828-323-7420.
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PARADE AND WELCOME EVENT: A parade of pink fire trucks, local fire trucks and police cars will begin on September 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, which is at the intersection of US 70 and Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. The parade will continue on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, take a left on 7th Avenue, NE (near Lenoir-Rhyne University), veer left on 5th Avenue Place, NE (pass McComb Park), cross NC 127, turn left on North Center Street (in front of Frye Regional Medical Center), pass the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, take a right on Main Avenue and stop in Downtown Hickory. A welcome ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. and trucks will be on display until 7 p.m. On September 23, the trucks will visit health care facilities, and be on display at Rooster Bush Automotive in the morning and Valley Hills Mall between 4-7 p.m. THE LOVE RUN PINK HEALS MOTORCYCLE TOUR: The Hickory Pink Heals Tour Benefit Ride hosted by the City of Hickory Fire Department and Police Department will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The event will depart from Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson located at 2002 13th Avenue Drive SE, promptly at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration is being highly encouraged in order to meet our departure schedule for arrival in High Point, North Carolina before 10:30 AM. The Benefit Ride will be part of a parade in High Point scheduled for 11:00 AM. Participants who pre-register by September 10, 2011 are guaranteed an event T-Shirt. Limited on site registration will be available on Saturday September 24, 2011. On site registration will start at 6:30 AM and will end promptly by 7:45 AM in order to accommodate staging of riders and the Pink Heals Tour Fire Trucks for departure at 8:30 AM. The cost for the benefit ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for double rider. We are expecting between 300- 500 bikes for this event! Pre-register on line at www.hickorypinkhealstour.com using Visa™ or MasterCard™ or copy the form and mail completed form with a check payable to Pink Heals Tour Benefit Ride to 5850 George Hildebran School Road, Hickory, NC 28602. Mail must be postmarked by September 10, 2011 to guarantee receipt prior to the event. For more Information, call 828-217-5246. FIGHT CANCER, WIN A HARLEY For $10.00 you have a chance to win your very own FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom Harley Davidson!!!! Tickets can be purchased at: Blue Ridge Harley Davidson located at 2002 13th Avenue Drive SE Hickory, Custom Cut and Sew Service at 1040 Lenoir road in Hickory or contact Darlene Huffman at email@example.com
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The talents of therapy dogs
any people think of therapy dogs as guide dogs leading the blind, or dogs sitting with seniors at an assisted living facility. While therapy dogs are responsible for these jobs, they do so much more — including acting as a trusted companion for someone diagnosed with cancer. Although many therapy dogs are specially trained in their roles, just about any well-mannered dog can serve in a therapeutic capacity. People may be surprised at all the many assistance roles dogs can play. * Help children read: Dogs are not judgmental and offer no criticism, which makes them prime helpers for children who need help learning to read or who have stage fright. Children can read stories to dogs who listen quietly and build up their confidence levels. Some schools and libraries even institute programs where dogs are invited as the audience to student readers. * Seizure alert: Some dogs are trained to alert epileptics and those with seizure disorders to an upcoming episode, although this method of detection is not always foolproof. In general, seizure dogs provide companionship and security to a person during and after an episode. * Cancer therapy: Getting diagnosed with cancer can be a stressful event. Going through chemotherapy and radiation can take its toll on the body. Cancer patients often need all of the love and affection they can get or sometimes just a quiet companion. In a program like Pets for Pals, therapy dogs sit with cancer patients, often sensing what ill people need. Dogs have the innate ability to love unconditionally. Having a dog around gives patients a different topic of conversation other than their health and treatment. Petting a dog has been known to lower blood pressure and reduce stress as well. * Helping hands: Individuals who are handicapped may rely on dogs to do tasks around the house, from turning on lights to grabbing remote controls. Some dogs help companions move around a space by offering stability and a handhold. * Security: Dogs have long been used as security guards. But even if a dog isn’t a trained guard, he or she can alert if something is amiss in the house or if someone is at the door or outside of the home. Individuals who live alone can benefit from the companionship and level of security that dogs provide. Many therapy and service dogs start their lives as stray dogs or shelter dogs. Some training facilities actually seek out calm, well-mannered shelter dogs and give them a new lease on life as a person’s helper or companion.
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Safety tips for young Web surfers
arents have worried about their children since the beginning of time. Such worry is part of being a parent, and parents will worry about things both large and small. One relatively recent concern for parents involves the Internet. Over the last 10 to 15 years, the Internet has become established as a must-have in homes. Parents go online for a number of reasons, and kids are now often required to use the Internet as part of their schoolwork. But as useful and convenient as the Internet can be, it can also prove dangerous, particularly for young kids. Criminals who prey on children have taken their acts online, counting on kids’ innocent and trusting natures in order to take advantage of children, which can lead to emotional and/or physical harm. Parents have every right to worry when their kids go online. However, there are ways to safeguard kids from some of the Internet’s ills. * Emphasize the protection of personal information.
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ceptible to the dangers of the Internet when they enter chat rooms. If parents are going to allow kids to enter chat rooms or contribute to online message boards, go over a few basics with them beforehand. First and foremost, tell them to never share their address, full name or phone number with anyone in the chat room. Also, ensure kids never arrange to meet up with anyone from chat rooms. If kids do make a few online friends they want to meet in person, always be sure to accompany them to any such meetings and insist on meeting their new friends’ parents as well. When meetings do take place, they should always be in a public place, such as a library. * Limit time spent online. The Internet can be a valuable resource, but spending too much time online can be just as detrimental as spending too much time on the couch watching television. Limit the amount of time kids are allowed to spend online. The longer kids are on the computer, the more likely they are to drift toward Web sites where their safety can be compromised. If kids only get a set amount of time to surf the Internet, they’re more likely to visit only those sites they need to and not ones that can put them in harm’s way. * Keep the computer in the family room. Keeping the family computer in the family room, where Mom and Dad can monitor kids’ online usage without peering over their shoulders, is another way to safeguard kids from the Internet. If kids have their own computers, be it a desktop or laptop, in their bedrooms, then parents might never truly know what their kids are doing online. High schoolers might be able to handle having a computer in their bedrooms, but younger children should be restricted to using the family computer in an area where their Internet habits can be easily monitored.
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Green ways to clean up leaves
very fall homeowners are faced with cascades of red, purple, orange, and yellow leaves falling from the sky. Amid this rainbow of autumn activity, some people still have “green” on their minds — as in eco-friendly ways they can embark on fall clean-up. Removing leaves from the lawn and yard is a task that few people relish. It can often mean hours spent gathering leaves and then finding ways to dispose of them. Some homeowners stack leaves at the curb in bins and bags. Others torch them in a huge bonfire. Still others scatter them to the street with a gas-powered blower. While these methods may be fast or efficient in their own ways, they are not the most environmentally friendly ways to handle leaf removal. There are some other tactics you can take. Instead of thinking about ways to remove leaves, a greener idea is to think of ways to repurpose leaves. Even though they’ve passed their prime on the limbs of trees, fallen leaves can be an essential part of the ecosystem after they’ve fallen. Much about mulch Fallen leaves can make ideal mulch, helping to deliver nutrients to the soil during the stark, winter months. Placing shredded leaves around the base of shrubbery and trees can help insulate the root systems and nourish them. Decomposing leaves also provide food to soil insects, including earthworms. ‘Leaf’ them alone Unless the lawn is completely inundated with leaves, it’s alright to leave some behind. Animals preparing their winter nests or hibernation can collect leaves and use them to insulate their cozy retreats. Leaves can act as fertilizer to the lawn and also food sources to insects. Get composting Savvy homeowners who have a compost pile to create “black gold”
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for their vegetables and flowers can add fallen leaves to the pile as part of the secret recipe to wonderful fertilizer. What’s more, because this compost pile is likely close by, individuals won’t need to cart heavy leaves long distances for disposal. Simply wheelbarrow them over to the compost heap and dump. Rake for health Leaf blowers may make fast work of gathering leaves to one area, but they are noisy, smelly and burn gasoline unnecessarily. Instead, look to the old-fashioned garden rake. A person won’t need to visit the gym that day because raking can burn hundreds of calories in an hour and work the muscles in the arms and shoulders effectively. For those prone to blisters, wear gloves and take frequent breaks. Ideal insulation Leaves can insulate more than chipmunk nests. Rake some into bags to place around the perimeter of the home’s foundation for a little extra weatherproofing when it’s cold. Surround outdoor garden containers to insulate the soil of delicate plants that will overwinter outside or in the garage. Trees like palms or figs that need to be covered when it gets cold can get extra warmth from insulating bags of leaves. Art projects Although you can’t use all of the leaves that fall from trees, children and adults can make home decor or art projects with some of the best of the bunch. String leaves for autumn decorating garlands on mailboxes or around doors. Press leaves between waxed paper and iron lightly to make keepsakes. Place leaves in between pieces of clear contact paper or laminating paper. Cut around the leaf design and punch a hole at the top for a hanging string. Use as a bookmark, ornament or doorknob sign. The possibilities for green uses to autumn leaves are many. This fall homeowners can be environmentally conscious in their leaf clean-up.
Dress up a home with an interior door remodel
With minimum remodeling savvy and a modest budget, itâ€™s possible to change some items in the home to be more in tune with personal style. Although many homeowners gravitate toward new paint colors or furnishings to revamp the look of different rooms in the home, replacing tired-looking doors is another affordable option. The switching out of doors can be a high-impact project for little cost. Think about the room in the house where the door(s) add little appeal. Perhaps a bathroom door has been marred with holes from a former towel rack. A bedroom with simple, flat doors may lack panache. Some doors have been warped by moisture or have been damaged. These eyesores can be replaced. A trip to the hardware or home improvement store can yield a number of options in new doors. Hollow core doors are typically more affordable than solid wood doors. If cost is a factor, select among the various styles in hollow designs. Switching out a door can be a challenging endeavor and is often easiest as a two-person job. Some people simply use the old door as a template for the new door. Remember, not all doors are the same size (width and height) as the existing door opening. Therefore, some cutting and fitting will be necessary.
Here are some steps to follow. 1. Measure the width and height of the old door. Many doors are a standard width of 13/8 inches, though older doors may be different in width. 2. Doors are sold as pre-hung doors or door blanks. Pre-hung ones are surrounded by a jamb. When using these doors, measure accordingly taking the jamb under consideration. Blanks are simply the door with no holes for hinges or locksets already included. 3. Remove the old door by taking out the hinge pins, starting from the bottom and working up. You may need a screwdriver and a hammer to tap out stubborn pins. Keep the pins in a safe spot. 4. Lay the old door on top of the new door and trace the dimensions for cutting. Be sure to line up the lockset edge so things will line up. There should be 1/8 inch clearance on the sides of the door and 5/8 inch clearance on the bottom. 5. Use a circular saw to cut the door accurately. If only a little needs to be removed from the door, consider using a hand plane instead. If you need to remove more than 1 inch, take half off the bottom and top of the door so it will be even. 6. Place the old door back on top of the new. Mark the location of the hinge mortices (the recessed area and holes where the hinges will fit) with a utility knife and straight edge. 7. Lightly chisel out the hinge mortices so that they are the right thickness to house the hinge hardware. Test the hinge in the mortice. 8. Test the doorâ€™s fit within the opening to ensure all cuts are accurate. Plane areas if there is anything that is off or if the door rubs. 9. Mark and drill the space for the lockset and doorknob. Test the fit. 10. Attach the new door and interlace the hinges. Have a helper put in the hinge pins. 11. Put in the knob and be sure the entire set up works correctly. 12. Enjoy the new door.
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haron Jablonski grew up in Morganton. She remembers the city of her youth as a hub of furniture and textile manufacturing— a place where decent jobs were plentiful and nobody thought much about tourism. But these days, tourism is very much on the minds of locals. And Jablonski, as Main Street director, no longer points travelers northward to the towns of Linville, Banner Elk and Boone. Instead, she proudly extols the resurgence of this comfortable foothills city of 17,000 residents. Morganton’s downtown has adopted the theme “Simply Charming,” and everywhere you look there are new stores, businesses and restaurants. “In the last few years, we’ve made great strides in our downtown,” says Jablonski. “Folks come from all over and tell us how surprised they are with the renaissance.” Local leaders have pushed public-private partnerships which are paying dividends. For example, city hall relocated to a restored hosiery mill and now includes an art gallery and rental apartments. There’s a modern, eight-screen movie theater downtown that was developed with public and private funds, and the downtown association secured a state grant of a quarter million dollars last summer to attract new businesses and upgrade existing ones. In fact, nearly 20 vacant storefronts have been filled in the last year. All this makes Morganton a worthy destination. It’s a place of hidden shopping gems, unique restaurants, outdoor adventure and an up-and-coming wine industry. So grab the girls and head for Burke County. A good starting point is the retail gallery, Kala. The editors of Niche magazine were so impressed they named Kala the “Best New Gallery in America” for 2011. Kala showcases a large collection of contemporary hand-crafted items, all made in the United States. It’s a great place to buy one-of-kind items or pieces of artistic jewelry. Just down the street from Kala is another gallery, Mesh, which has a unique mission. Mesh is actually a web design company, but the owners decided to locate their offices in the back of a downtown business and create a storefront gallery of rotating art exhibits. The downtown area features many other cool shops and studios, providing plenty opportunity for retail therapy. Of course, a good downtown requires good eats, and Morganton doesn’t disappoint. The new Root & Vine restaurant has been swamped since opening in early summer, with an artsy vibe inside and an out-
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door dining patio shaded by trees. Root & Vine’s menu is far-reaching, with chef Brian Miller mixing French techniques with a Southern influence. Appetizers include roasted duck crepes and crab cake Napoleon, with entrees such as pan-seared mountain trout, curried red snapper and wood-grilled salmon. There are also plenty of vegetarian offers, and a fantastic wine list. Another can’t-miss dining option is Yianni’s. This restaurant opened several years ago and spearheaded the downtown resurgence. New this year – thanks to the state grant – is a second-story outdoor seating area called Yianni’s Outback. Complete with bar, this elevated perch is a great spot to dine al fresco. Every downtown needs a top-notch coffee shop. Morganton’s offering is The Grind, which Jablonski ranks among the best in Western North Carolina. Located in a renovated brick building, The Grind offers flavors like “Tulip Bud Latte” and “Polar Bear Mocha,” plus a great caramel macchiato. The lunch menu has tasty sandwiches and wraps, while upstairs is an intimate wine and tapas bar with live music. The Great Recession has revived bargain shopping, and the best bargains around can be found at Freeman’s Salvage Merchandise. The name isn’t all that appealing, but it’s the regional hub for Birkenstocks and savvy shoppers routinely save 50% off closed-out items ranging from furniture to clothing to household items to shoes. “It’s a real hidden treasure,” Jablonski says. Morganton also bills itself as “Nature’s Playground,” and offers an array of outdoor activities. Visitors can rent bikes and ride the fourmile Catawba River Greenway, which connects with Catawba Meadows Park. The park’s highlight is Beanstalk Journey, a zipline canopy tour that resembles a life-sized Ewok village. Further outdoor adventure can be found at South Mountains State Park, a popular destination featuring hiking, waterfalls, natural swimming pools and more. Burke County even has a public beach. It’s at Lake James State Park, which is near Lake James Cellars, one of four wineries in Burke County. That number will soon be five when Carolina Mist Winery relocates to downtown Morganton. Over the years, Morganton hasn’t been a place that immediately comes to mind when planning an excursion. But don’t discount this area of Western North Carolina—it’s emerging as a bona fide daytrip location.
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An enduring state park
merica is home to hundreds of national parks, state parks, national monuments, and recreational areas of special distinction. Niagara Falls holds the honor of being the oldest state park in the United States, and still garners millions of visitors each and every year. Niagara Falls wasn't always the landmark and state park it is today. In the early 19th century, industrialists built mills and factories along the coast of the falls to harness the powerful energy of the water. In turn, the natural beauty of the area started to wane. Not wanting the falls to be decimated by industry, some enterprising people decided to start an organization to preserve the integrity and beauty of the falls and surrounding lands. They formed the Free Niagara movement in the mid 1800s, urging New York State to take back the Niagara Falls area. One of the pivotal people in the movement was Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect who designed New York City's famed Central Park. It took 15 years of pressure by the Free Niagara movement to finally have a law passed setting aside the lands of the falls as a recreational area and reservation. Niagara Falls is actually quite young in terms of waterfall creation. Historians say the falls developed at the end of the Ice Age,
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about 12,000 years ago. Native Americans were probably the first people to witness the awe of the falls. The falls actually consist of three different waterfalls: The American Falls, between Prospect Point and Luna Island; Bridal Veil Falls, between Luna Island and Goat Island; and Horseshoe Falls. Although views of the falls are magnificent from many locations, many people venture over the border into Canada for some of the best views, particularly of Horseshoe falls. Niagara Falls is the second largest falls on Earth next to Victoria Falls in Africa. American tourists who will be traveling into Canada need a form of identification, such as a passport or drivers license, to enter. Upon return, U.S. Border officials will require a passport, NEXUScard or enhanced drivers license. Visit www.cbp.gov to learn more about U.S. Border policies. It is estimated that 15 million tourists visit the falls every year. It's also a popular site for weddings and honeymoons. The official Web site for Niagara Falls (www.niagarafallsstatepark.com) states that 3,160 tons of water flows over the falls every second. Whether a trip to Niagara Falls State Park is for a wedding, honeymoon or simply to take in the majesty of the falls, most tourists are not disappointed by the spectacle that awaits.
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9am-7pm, 2nd-4th Indian Dancers in Regalia, Powwow Drums, Crafts, Children’s Events, Demonstrations, Ceremonies, Veterans Tribute, Music and More. The annual three day event will take place at the Thurmond Community Center in Thurmond, NC More Info, call Double Trouble 336-428-4395
5:30 - 8 pm You are invited to join the art galleries, restaurants, and businesses on Sunset Drive for food, drinks, friendship and summer fun! Downtown Blowing Rock 828-295-6991
8am The riding of the 23rd annual Bridge to Bridge Incredible Challenge. 100 miles of pure hill from Lenoir to the top of Grandfather Mountain. More info at www.B2Bride.com and the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce 828-726-0616
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Boone Bike Rally
A two day biker rally with “Bikes, Babes and Bands” at the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone. Single day and weekend passes available. No Colors, No Pets, No Weapons, No Glass Bottles, No Attitudes, No Problems. BYOB. www.boonebikerally.com, 828-773-8060
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
7:30 pm The Hayes Center presents the second longest running offBroadway musical. Enjoy the hilarious musical comedy about "Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit." Shows continue through the 4th For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-295-9627 or www.hayescenter.org
Town & Country Opening Reception
5-7:30pm Exhibition reception for the ‘Town & Country’ series at the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir. Featuring paintings by Jean Cauthen, Diane Pike & Chrys Riviere-Blalock and sculpture by Rudy Rudisill. Exhibition will continue through the 30th of September. 828-754-2486, www.caldwellarts.com
Bluff Mountain Hike
9am-12pm Bluff Mountain Hike Leader, Kim Hadley, is the volunteer steward for Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve and has been an active volunteer with the conservancy for the last seven years. To make reservations for the hike or if you have questions, contact Kim Hadley at email@example.com
New River Blues Festival at the River House
12pm. Blues Festival at the River House Country Inn and Restaurant in Grassy Creek. Contact the River House for more information at www. riverhousenc.com or 336-982-2109
A Labor Day Celebration: The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys
8pm Mountain Home Music ends its summer season with a tribute, through story and song, to those who labor, such as, construction workers, clerks, waitresses, truck drivers, railroad men, miners, factory workers, and farmers. This annual concert is a blend of country songs, folksongs, and old-hymns. More information at www.mountainhomemusic.com
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9am-4pm Featuring Blue Jeans Preview Party Friday evening. Contact Caldwell Arts Council for more information 828-754-2486, www.caldwellarts.com
Art in the Park
10am-5pm The next to last juried art show event of the Art in the Park’s 49th season. In the Memorial Park in Downtown Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851
7:30 pm The critically acclaimed 6 person adjunct of the Paul Taylor Dance Company brings modern dance genius to the Hayes Performing Arts Center in an intimate small venue format. Show continues with a matinee performance at 2pm on the 11th. For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-295-9627 or www.hayescenter.org
Concert in the Park: The Flying Saucers
4-6pm Take a trip down memory lane with the tribute band The Flying Saucers. Oldies and Rockabilly in Blowing Rock's Memorial Park -- bring your dancing shoes along with a chair or blanket and enjoy this free concert. 828-295-7851
7:30 pm Created by Stomp and Stomp Out Loud's Jeremy Price, Plastic Musik is a unique performance group that utilizes traditional percussion techniques, along with all-plastic and recycled instruments to produce familiar melodies. One night only at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock. For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-2959627 or www.hayescenter.org
Healthy Living festival in Downtown Lenoir 10am-2pm contact info: www.caldwellcochamber.org (828) 726-0616
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2pm The veteran vocalists Guy Penrod is striking out on his own presenting his first solo country music project at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock. For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-295-9627 or www.hayescenter.org
A Symphony of Quilts
9am-6pm on Friday, 9am-4pm on Saturday Wilkes County Quilters Present the 11th Annual Quilt Show This two day event features over 75 quilts on display as well as awards, vendors and exhibits. It will be held at The Stone Center at 613 Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro. Admission is $2.00 for adults and free for anyone under 18.
Todd TimberTown Day
9am Timber was the engine behind the economic boom of Todd's heyday in the early 20th century. Step back in time for a day to learn and experience life in the community with guided history tours and demonstrations. 336-877-5401
Sally Mays: Broadway My Way
7:30 pm The acclaimed musical comedy actress, known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie and The Producers, takes you through the high points of a career that has been long on superior material at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock. For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-295-9627 or www.hayescenter.org
2pm The Children's Theatre of Charlotte's popular touring ensemble, the Tarradiddle Players, now in its 38th season, stages this funny, fast-paced spin on one of the world's most famous fairytales at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock. For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-295-9627 or www.hayescenter.org
Dancing with the High Country Stars
7:30pm A local dance competition/ charity fundraiser hosted at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock. For tickets and info contact the Hayes Center at 828-295-9627 or www.hayescenter.org
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Virgo, an extended vacation is about to come to an end. Buckle down and devote yourself to new tasks and be ready to handle a heavy workload. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Financial woes are the least of your problems, Libra. There are other things that will take precedence over pinching a few pennies. Expect some news soon. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, some frustrating times are on the horizon. It's going to take some time to sort out the situation. Spend some time reflecting on the best course of action. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, a busy month lies ahead with plenty of opportunities for socialization. If you're in the party mood, get out there and have some fun with other people. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you have been putting off keeping up with health issues, it's time to get back on track. Use this month to make an appointment for a physical or other checkup. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, friends and family offer help with good intentions. Think about this when you get suspicious over why a particular person is doing something. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do, Pisces. Even though you have no motivation, you'll muddle through. ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, don't be too quick to judge a loved one. He or she is only making due with the hand they were dealt. A little help from you could remedy the situation further.
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, romantic endeavors are on the top of your mind and you can figure out options for having a one-on-one day or night with someone special. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, it might come off as if you're trying too hard if you don't share the responsibilities with anyone else. Working yourself silly is not worth the glory. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, someone is just not getting your message, so you may have to try a different tactic in order to be heard. Don't give up on the situation just yet.
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, there are certain things that are just beyond your control.You will need substantial patience in order to get through.
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