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SPARTA A LLEGHANY C OUNTY

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B LUE R IDGE

2013

COMPLIMENTARY COPY

Featuring: Sparta Roaring Gap Piney Creek Laurel Springs Glade Valley Ennice Independence, VA Neighboring Communities A PUBLICATION OF THE ALLEGHANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE www.CoolSparta.com


WELCOME TO SPARTA, N.C.

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WELCOME TO SPARTA, N.C.

SPARTA A LLEGHANY C OUNTY

AND THE

B LUE R IDGE

Explore the rhythm...

Welcome to Sparta, North Carolina............ 5 Important Numbers..................................20, 46 Exploring........................................................... 6 Laughter is the Best Medicine.......................28 Arts & Heritage Organizations • Artisans’ Studios • Dining & Catering............................................ 30 Attractions & Recreation • Education & Catering • Coffee Shops • Delis • Restaurants • Government • Galleries & Museums • Golf Real Estate and Construction....................... 32 Courses • Parks • Wineries & Wine Making Architects • Building Supplies • Cabinetry & Supplies • Woodworking •Construction, General Contractors Activities, Festivals & Events......................8, 9 & Renovations • Electricians & Plumbers • Mountain Life...................................................10 Excavating & Hauling • Heating & AC Equipment • Advocacy, Trade & Support Groups • Christmas Home & Condo Developments & Gated Communities • Land Surveying • Manufactured Tree Farms • Churches & Ministries • Clubs & Housing • Nurseries, Landscaping & Fencing • Civic Organizations • Farms •Industrial & Painting • Real Estate Agencies & Auctioneers • Manufacturing • Service Organizations • Siding • Well Drilling • Windows • Wood Stoves • Soulcraft, Art & Community.........................10 Services Directory.......................................... 38 Finding Your Place in the Blue Ridge...........14 Accounting, Bookkeeping & Tax Services • Shopping.......................................................... 16 Advertising, Marketing & Media • Architects • Art Classes • Attorneys •Automotive Parts & Apparel • Arts & Crafts • Book Sales • Cell Services • Banks & Financial Services • Business Phones • Convenience Stores • Electronics & Video • Floor & Wall Coverings • Florists • Consultation & Counseling Services • Child Care • Fruits, Vegetables & Meat • Furniture & Home Cleaning Services & Property Care • Computer & Decor • Gifts, Antiques & Collectibles • Technology Services • Employment Services • Groceries & Food Markets • Hardware Stores • Equipment & Event Rental • Funeral Homes • Jewelry Stores • Motorcycle Apparel & Western Hair Care, Salons & Related Services • Heating Oil / Tack • Office Supplies & Equipment • Propane • Insurance • Medical, Health & Fitness • Pharmacies • Sporting Goods & Gun Shops • Nursing Homes & Residential Care • Painting • Pet Thrift Stores & Consignment Sales • Wineries & Care • Photography & Framing • Printing & Graphic Wine Making Supplies • Wood Stoves • Design •Tanning, Massage & Spa Services • Artist Corner....................................................21 Transportation & Limousine Services • Utilities • Web Development • Wedding & Event Planning • Come Stay With Us....................................... 22 Wedding & Event Venues • Apartments • Bed and Breakfast Inns • Campgrounds & RV Developments • Conference Take A Break From The Interstate...............47 & Retreat Centers • Motels • Vacation Rental County Map...................................................... 50 Cabins & Homes • Demographics...................................................27

Cover photography by Blue Ridge Graphics.

Alleghany Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 58 South Main St. P.O. Box 1237 Sparta, NC 28675 336-372-5473 800-372-5473 336-245-9601 fax www.CoolSparta.com info@sparta-nc.com

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WELCOME TO SPARTA, N.C.

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WELCOME TO SPARTA, N.C.

Welcome To Alleghany County & Sparta Welcome to the Sparta Magazine, a visitor and business guide for those interested in our community. Sparta is a small town located in the center of Alleghany County. With a county population at a little over 11,000, it is never referred to as overcrowded but instead as a vibrant, friendly community. Visitors are awed by the beauty of Alleghany County and the relaxed lifestyle. Along our roads you are likely to spot Christmas trees, cattle farms, and spectacular views. Produced annually by the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce, this guide offers the reader insight on what our county has to offer, whether you are coming for a visit or looking to relocate. Use it as a guide to lodging, dining, or just to learn more about our community. Each year we spotlight artists and their talents in the magazine. This year’s featured artists are basket weavers, Pat Sexton and Katheryn Abernathy. Check out the Artist Corner on page 21. All of the businesses and organizations provided in this guide are members of the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce and we take comfort in knowing these members provide the utmost customer service and have the best there is to offer in Alleghany County. On pages 10, 14 and 28, you will find a spotlight on some of our members. With lots to offer, we hope you will enjoy your visit to Alleghany County and please stop by our office on Main Street to say hello. Ashley Weaver Assistant Executive Director

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EXPLORE

Exploring… • Arts & Heritage Organizations • Artisans' Studios • Attractions & Recreation • Education & Government • Galleries & Museums • Golf Courses • Parks • Wineries & Wine Making Supplies

Arts & Heritage Organizations

Blue Ridge Woodcrafters 593 Andrews Ridge Rd. Sparta, NC 28675 336-372-1710 336 657-0421

Alleghany Arts Council P O Box 962, Sparta NC 28675 www.sparta-nc.com/brwoodcrafters See our ad on page 19. 336-363-2312 / 2578 geniageorge@embarqmail.com Cater Pots Alleghany Community 209 Antioch Church Rd., Theatre Sparta NC 28675 PO Box 206, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4604 www.caterpots.com 336-372-8024 See our ad on page 16. handybob@skybest.com Alleghany HistoricalGenealogical Society/Historical Museum 7 North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3002 www.ahgs.org Alleghany Quilters Guild 655 Rio Vista Lane, Independence VA 24348 276-773-9554 moncrief@ls.net Artisans' Studios A Bird In Hand…by Dan & Mountain Jazmin Baskets 292 Walnut Branch Church Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2285 www.abirdinhandbydan.com See our ad on page 16.

Delta's Goodies 176 Peterson Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5838 www.sparta-nc.com/delta John Harmon Gallery 10100 U.S. Hwy 21 S. Roaring Gap, NC 28668 336-363-9138 www.johnharmongallery.com Little River Gallery 33A North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3007 See our ad on page 17.

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Mangum Pottery 280 Turkey Hollow Ln., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5291 www.mangumpottery.com See our ad on page 18. Pottery Place of Sparta 555 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3443 chduffey@samford.edu See our ad on page 17. Shaw's Find Woodworking 3727 Hwy 18 S, Sparta NC 28675 336-529-4080 www.shawfinewoodworking.com See our ad on page 6. Studio Redwood 16 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7111 www.studioredwood.com See our ad on page 6. Attractions & Recreation Alleghany Jubilee 27 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4591 www.alleghanyjubilee.com


EXPLORE Blue Ridge Santa 563 Rector Rd., Ennice NC 28623 336-657-3032 www.blueridgesanta.com

Town of Sparta 304 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4257 www.townofsparta.org

Caribe Cuban CafĂŠ & Battlefield Game Center 433 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2400 carolina@hpprotection.com See our ad on page 25.

Wilkes Community College 15 Atwood St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5061 www.wilkescc.edu

Gem Valley LLC 2489 Little Peak Creek Rd., Jefferson NC 28640 336-982-5177 www.GemValleyNC.com

Alleghany Arts & Crafts 36 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1776 See our ad on page 15.

The Magic Show-A Div. of Christian Bible Views 22 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2039 www.themagicshow.com Education & Government Alleghany County Government 348 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4179 www.alleghanycounty-nc.gov

Galleries and Museums

Alleghany HistoricalGenealogical Society/ Historical Museum 7 North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3002 www.ahgs.org Kennedy Store 15 Turkey Knob Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4900 / 336-385-0141

Little River Gallery 33A North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 Alleghany County School 336-372-3007 Administration 85 Peachtree St.,Sparta NC 28675 daisyfieldsps@hotmail.com See our ad on page 17. 336-372-4345 www.alleghany.k12.nc.us Studio Redwood See our ad on page 4. 16 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7111 Blue Ridge Christian School www.studioredwood.com 122 Glade Valley Church Rd. See our ad on page 6. Glade Valley, NC 28627 336-372-6900 Golf Courses www.blueridgechristianschool.org High Country Workforce Development Board 468 New Market Blvd Boone NC 28607 828-265-5434 www.highcountrywdb.com

High Meadows Country Club 288 Country Club Rd., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-2622 / 866-363-4622

www.highmeadowscountryclub.com

See our ad on page 26.

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New River Country Club 611 Golf Course Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4869

www.sparta-nc.com/newrivergolf

Olde Beau Golf Club 729 Olde Beau Blvd., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-3333 / 800-752-1634 www.oldebeau.com See our ad on page 4. Parks Blue Ridge Parkway/ Doughton Park MP 241 828-298-0398 www.NPS.gov/blri New River State Park 358 New River State Park Rd., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-982-2587 www.ncparks.gov Stone Mountain State Park 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-957-8185 www.ncparks.gov Wineries/Wine Making Supplies Grapestompers 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2995 800-233-1505 www.grapestompers.com Thistle Meadow Winery Inc. 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2995 800-233-1505 www.thistlemeadowwinery.com See our ad on page 19.


EVENTS

What’s Happening

Almost anytime is a good time to visit Alleghany County and Sparta and the surrounding area. Summer and fall, the New River beckons sportsmen as well as families canoeing downstream. Opportunities for outdoor adventure abound along the Blue Ridge Parkway and at New River and Stone Mountain State Parks. During the year, festivals and celebrations offer added excitement. The following list is an overview of events and special activities. Since this calendar is prepared months in advance, for events scheduled for a specific date it is always wise to go to our calendar at CoolSparta.com, call the number listed with the event or call the Chamber at 800-3725473 or 336-372-5473 to confirm dates, times and details before making your plans to attend. RECURRING EVENTS Crouse House Pickers: Come to listen or sit in on this informal bluegrass and old-time music jam. 6p each Monday at Crouse Park. Historic 1908 Courthouse Jam: Every Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p in Independence, VA. Local musicians jam in this historic setting. 276-773-2471 Alleghany Jubilee: Dance or listen to local bands performing traditional mountain music every Tuesday and Saturday beginning at 7p. 25 N. Main St. 336-372-4591 Blue Ridge Music Center: Weekend concerts and special programs June through mid-October, Parkway Mile Post 213. BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org 276-236-5309 Saturday Music in the Park: Bring a lawn chair or blanket to spread on the lawn of Crouse Park, Sparta, June 8- Aug. 31. Check for details CoolSparta.com 800-372-5473 EVENTS CALENDAR Empty Bowls: Feed your soul as well as your body. Come and support a hunger free community at the annual Empty Bowl fundraiser. Supports Solid Rock Food Closet. April 29 11a-2p. Call for location - 336-372-2695. Summer Jamboree: There are many special activities Memorial Day through August calendared later in the year. Check the Chamber's online calendar at CoolSparta.com or drop by the Visitors' Center, 58 South Main, for a Summer Jamboree Calendar. Our foyer is always open. Memorial Ceremony & Parade: Saturday, May 25. Courthouse lawn ceremony at 1p, parade follows. Wine Festivals: Amateur winemakers showcase their talent at the ThistleMeadow Winery in Laurel Springs, Sunday, May 26, 12n-5p. In the fall, the annual Wine Tasting features area vintners, Sunday, Oct. 6, 12n-5p. www.ThistleMeadowWinery.com 336-359-2995 or 800-233-1505 Studio Tours: Local artisans and craftspeople open their studios to demonstrate their handiwork: June 14-16 and Oct. 18-20. Details at NCMountainArtsAdventure.com The New River Shrine Club Annual Duck Race: June 22 at 12noon, Una’s River Bottom, Sparta 336-657-0582. Mud Sling: See how far the big trucks can go through the sea of mud at the County Fairgrounds, 1521 US 21 North, June 22 and Aug. 3. Call 800-372-5473 or check the calendar at CoolSparta.com for times.

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EVENTS Lawn Mower Racing: Locals experience NASCAR thrills on a smaller, less expensive scale. Races held at the County Fairgrounds. Call 800-372-5473 for dates. Go Skate Day 2013: Saturday June 22, 11a until. Live music, dramas & skateboarding competition. Sponsored by the Razors EDGE Skatepark & Youth Ministry. skaterazorsedge.com 336-657-0858 July 4th: The Fourth of July parade winds down the Independence, VA, Main Street at 10a on Thursday, July 4. Everyone is invited to Sparta, NC, Thursday evening, July 4, to tailgate at Alleghany High School beginning at 6p and stay for fireworks at dusk. Music provided. Concessions available. Sparta's Parade celebrating the nation's independence is held Saturday, July 6, beginning at 2p. 800-372-5473 Alleghany Fiddlers Convention: The best of traditional mountain music in competition, July 19-20 at the County Fairgrounds, 1521 US 21 South, Sparta. AlleghanyFiddlersConvention.com Craft, Car and Quilting Weekend: This triple event weekend offers something for everyone. The Alleghany Quilters' Guild Show is at the Black Building of the County Fairgrounds, 1521 US 21 North ,Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 10a-4p (336-372-5838). The Blue Ridge Mountain Fair at Crouse Park (2 blocks behind the Courthouse) in downtown Sparta Friday, 3-6p, & Saturday, 9a-5p (336-657-0421). The VFW Car Show in the NAPCO parking lot, 120 Trojan Ave., Saturday, 7a-4p (336-372-5573). Mountain Heritage Festival: Some 100 food and craft vendors and demonstrators spread out on Main Street for this celebration of mountain life Saturday, Sept. 21, 10a - 4:30p. Music and dance entertainment. Sparta-NC.com/heritage 800-372-5473 Mountain Foliage Festival & Grand Privy Race: Saturday, October 12, 9a-4p. Arts & crafts vendors and bluegrass music at the historic courthouse in Independence, VA. Kids' activities include pony rides, pumpkin painting and inflatable slides. Privy racing begins at 11a on Main St. 276-773-3703 Hillbilly Comedy & Variety Show: The Sparta Auditorium hosts this annual show of local talent Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7p. 336-372-4591 High Country Lights: Thanksgiving through New Years Day, over 100,000 lights will be choreographed to sixty minutes of music at Glade Creek Fire Department on Glade Valley Road, 6.4 miles from its intersection with US 21 and 5.3 miles from the intersection with NC 18. The lights will be running every night, Sunday through Thursday from 6p-10p and Friday and Saturday from 6p-11p. www.highcountrylights.com Christmas in the Mountains: Beginning Nov. 16 and continuing until Dec. 24, local farms open their fields to let visitors choose the perfect Christmas tree to be fresh cut, baled and secured to their vehicle for the ride home. www.Sparta-NC.com/choose Christmas Parades march down Sparta's Main Street, beginning at 2p on Saturday, Nov. 28, and down Independence's Main Street, Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 3p. The Singing Christmas Tree will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7p at First Baptist Church, 202 South Main Street, Sparta. No admission is charged, but reservations are recommended. 336-372-8446 The annual Christmas Craft Fair: Find a special handmade gift, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9a-4:30p, in the Black Building at the County Fairgrounds. 336-372-5838 For more events throughout the year, check our calendar at CoolSparta.com or call 800-372-5473 or 336-372-5473.

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FEATURED MEMBERS

Featured Members…a Soulcraft, art and community Robin Cater is a whirlwind of energy. She and her husband Daniel opened Cater Pots in 2000. Three years ago she helped establish the successful NC Mountain Arts Adventure Spring and Fall Studio Tours. When potter Will Fenandez moved to the area, their shared love of folk music turned into performing gigs. "I've always loved to a sing," she explained, "but I had put my music aside." Cater, who moved to the mountains in 1995 to work on her brother-in-law's farm, got a call from an old friend to play at her wedding. Deciding she had neglected music too long, she replaced her old guitar and began practicing. Fernandez played the djembe, an african drum played much like bongos, and the duo, know simply as Robin and Will, started playing at library concerts and for music night at the River Rock Grill. Cater's instincts served her well in 2000 when she opened the studio. "The hardest thing to do was to leave that paycheck, but in my heart and soul I knew I was ready to go full time with pottery." And, again they served her well when she and others encouraged a studio tour. Local artists had seen successful studio tours in other communities and they began discussing how to bring that experience to this community. "We had all marketed ourselves and felt we knew best how to market a tour," she recalls. A group of artists started meeting at the Backwoods Bean to do just that. In 2012, the tour completed its third, most successful season, but it is a growing, evolving effort, as is Cater Pots and the Robin and Will gigs. Author - Bob Bamberg, Executive Director

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MOUNTAIN LIFE

Mountain Life…

together we make good things happen • Advocacy, Trade & Support Groups • Christmas Tree Farms • Churches & Ministries • Clubs & Civic Organizations • Farms • Industrial & Manufacturing • Service Organizations

Advocacy Trade & Support Groups Alleghany Christmas Tree Associaion P.O. Box 85, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-372-5597 www.alleghanycta.com Alleghany Community Foundation 73 13th Ave. NE Hickory NC 28601 828-328-1237

Alleghany Rifle Association P O Box 986, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5686 www.alleghanyrifleclub.com Better Business Bureau of Northwest NC 500 W. 5th St., Suite 202 Winston Salem NC 27101 336-777-8348 bbb.org

Save A Pet Foundation P.O. Box 44, Sparta NC 28675 704-880-7876

www.petfinder.com/shleters/alleghany

VFW Post 7034 1193 US Hwy 21 S, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8540 dboatb@aol.com

Christmas Tree Farms Friends of Alleghany Library 122 N Main St., Alleghany Christmas Tree Sparta NC 28675 Association www.nccommunityfoundation.org 336-372-5573 www.NWRL.org P O Box 85, See our ad on page 14. Laurel Springs NC 28644 Alleghany Council on Aging 336-372-5597 High Country Health 85 E. Whitehead St., www.alleghanycta.com Care Systems Sparta NC 28675 81 W, Doughton St., 336-372-4640 Bickerstaff's Trees Inc. www.alleghanyseniorcenter.com Sparta NC 28675 92 Greenery Lane, 336-372-2102 www.highcountryhomehealth.org Sparta NC 28675 Alleghany County 336-372-8866 Democratic Party Miles Job Fund www.bickerstafftrees.com P O Box 231, 565 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 Sparta NC 28675 Blue Ridge Trees 336-372-2591 336-372-5646 784 Drive Way, www.ncdp.org www.jobfund.org Sparta NC 28675 Alleghany County Home 336-372-5322 / 336-657-0298 Northern Highlands Builders Assoc. Chapter Friends of the BRP PO Box 489, Crazy Fox Tree Patch 12 Hickory View Drive, Sparta NC 28675 135 Fox Trail, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-7610 Sparta NC 28675 336-601-6118 www.alleghanyhomebuilders.com 336-372-2162 je657@bellsouth.net www.crazyfoxtreepatch.com Alleghany County Razor's Edge Skatepark & Republican Party Edwards Choose & Cut Youth Ministry P O Box 652, 1767 Big Oak Rd., 115 E Whitehead St., Sparta NC 28675 Ennice NC 28623 Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2012 336-657-3463 336-372-2679 / 336-657-0858 www.alleghanygop.org www.edwardsfamilyfarms.com www.skaterazorsedge.com

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Christmas Tree Farms Evergreen Trail Christmas Farms P O Box 1523, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-1254 / 336-200-0889

www.evergreentrailchristmasfarms.com

Gambill Farms 609 Shiloh Church Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4172 laurelmtn@mail.com Joe Edwards Christmas Tree Farm 103 Gallery Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1711 / 336-399-1292 www.blueridgefineart.com Lil' Grandfather Mtn. Choose & Cut Farm 15371 NC Hwy 18 S, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-372-9613 / 7006 www.lilgrand.com Maines Tree Farm 113 Bob's Ln., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-363-2901 www.mainestreefarm.com McInnis Tree Farm 468 Presnell Rd., Ennice NC 28623 336-657-8072 Motsinger Trees at Pine Shadows Farm 147 Camp Butler Rd., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-2065 www.motsingertrees.com

Nelson's Christmas Trees 904 Fraser Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2641

www.nelsonschristmastrees.com

Northeast Tree Farms 3081 Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 570-985-1519 www.netreefarms.com Papa Goats Tree Farm & Vacation Rental 687 Three Creeks Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3055/704-618-7360 www.sparta-nc.com/papagoat

Pardue Farms 830 Pardue Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8106 River Hill Tree Farm 459 River Hill Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2721

tim_sandy1978@hotmail.com

Roberts Tree Farm 223 Wilson Rd., Ennice NC 28623 336-657-8587

alleghanytrees@hotmail.com

Sam Miller Trees 14633 NC Hwy. 18 S., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2365 Churches & Ministries Christ Episcopal Church 2543 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7983 / 8770

www.christchurchalleghany.org

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Cornerstone Christian Fellowship 1276 Grandview Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3070 / 4191 www.ccfsparta.org First Baptist Church of Sparta 202 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8446

www.spartafirstbaptistchurch.com

Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center 124 Pendry Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-359-2951 888-831-5922 www.laurelridge.org Mountain Laurel Moravian Fellowship 191 Transou Rd., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-657-3032 julia@dialoguematters.org Sparta Church of God 99 Moxley Hollow Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4212 336-657-1508

www.spartachurchofgod.com

Sparta Presbyterian Church 160 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5045 www.spartapresbyterian.org Sparta United Methodist Church 190 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4441 www.umcsparta.com


MOUNTAIN LIFE Clubs & Civic Organizations TruLine Truss 3215 Hwy 21 S., New River Shrine Club Sparta NC 28675 2784 Hwy 21 S., 336-372-2226 800-354-3050 Sparta NC 28675 www.trulinetruss.com See our ad on page 36. 336-372-1458 Sparta Lions Club P.O. Box 1002, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-8026 www.spartalions.com See our ad on page 10. Rotary Club of Alleghany P O Box 1293, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7158 www.sparta-nc.com/rotary See our ad on page 10. Farms Chilly Water Farms, LLC Alleghany County 336-372-2552 chillywaterfarm@gmail.com See our ad on page 16. Dogs by Debby -The Gentle Farm 2418 Grandview Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2039 Industrial & Manufacturing Amano Pioneer Eclipse Corp. 1 Eclipse Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8080 www.pioneer-eclipse.com

Service Organizations Alleghany Cares Inc 25 Womble St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5959 www.alleghanycares.com See our ad on page 51.

Miles Job Fund 565 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5646 www.jobfund.org Northern Highlands Chapter Friends of Blue Ridge Parkway 12 Hickory View Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-601-6118 je657@bellsouth.net

Alleghany County Community Foundation 74 13th Ave. NE, Hickory NC 28601 888-375-8817

Piney Creek Dirty Fingers Garden Club 1297 Garvey Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-2285 sarabeth28663@yahoo.com

Alleghany County Cooperative Extension 90 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5597

Sparta Lions Club P.O. Box 1002, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-8026 www.spartalions.com See our ad on page 10.

www.nccommunityfoundation.org

www.Alleghany.CES.NCSU.edu

Alleghany Partnership for Children 994 North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2846 www.alleghanykids.com Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission 1747 Hwy 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7284

International Pipes & Accessories LLC 1731 U.S. Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5521 www.drgrabow.net NAPCO Inc. 120 Trojan Ave., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5228 www.napcousa.com Parker Sales & Service 69 Parker Ln., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2812 www.psasinc.com

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Sparta Revitalization Committee PO Box 1020, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8956 www.renewspartanc.org Special Olympics Alleghany 266 Chestnut Hill Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-306-4555 www.sonc.net


FEATURED MEMBERS

Featured Members…a Finding your place in the Blue Ridge "Are you Santa Claus," the youngster asked retired King, NC dentist Sam Simmons as he dined on an outdoor deck overlooking Little River. For Simmons, who has let his white hair and beard grow unabated, it's not an unheard of question. "Yes I am," he replied. The boy responded with a list of questions about Santa and Sam leaned in closer and answered each one very believably. Simmons's wife Julia, a psychotherapist, leaned back and wondered, "Where is this coming from?" Later both would admit that the spontaneous answers were one more step in the evolution of the retired dentist into the mythical Claus who dons a red suit to be Santa at Christmas and now summers in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Sparta, NC. This new Sam and Julia pose in front of one of Julia's graphics for a book discussion role has let Simmons express his love of children in a on the life of Ray Hicks. new and more direct way. For Julia, a Brit who met Simmons while he was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in England, the move to the mountains has led to a blossoming of her artistic bent. Julia's graphic illustrations have evolved into a new language to express complex concepts and relationships that is valuable to the consulting partnership with her sister, Pat Bird. Their venture, Dialogue Matters, focuses on strengthening organizational communications in businesses, churches, families, etc. Whether teaching, consulting or leading their monthly book discussion group, Julia's wall-sized text and graphic illustrations are front and center for the learning process. Since moving up the mountain full time, the couple has helped establish a Moravian congregation and Julia has helped found Alleghany Lives!, a suicide and depression prevention non-profit. Their new life among these old hills is filled with new challenges and opportunities as part of a vital community of natives and fellow newcomers. Author - Bob Bamberg, Executive Director

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SHOPPING

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SHOPPING

Shopping...

• Apparel • Arts & Crafts • Book Sales • Cell Phones • Convenience Stores • Electronics & Video • Flooring & Wall Coverings • Florists • Fruits,Vegetables & Meats • Furniture & Home Décor • Gifts, Antiques & Collectibles • Groceries & Food Markets • Hardware Stores • Jewelry Stores • Motorcycle Apparel & Western Tack • Office Supplies & Equipment • Pharmacies • Sporting Goods & Gun Shops • Thrift Stores & Consignment Sales • Wineries & Wine Making Supplies • Wood Stoves

Apparel

Art & Craft Stores

Alleghany CARES 25 Womble St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5959 www.alleghanycares.com See ad on page 51.

Alleghany Arts and Craft 36 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1776 dsh1126@skybest.com See ad on page 15.

Fox Creek Leather 2029 Elk Creek Parkway, Independence VA 24348 276-773-3131 www.foxcreekleather.com

Blue Ridge Gallery of Fine Art 103 Gallery Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1711 www.blueridgefinearts.com See ad on page 16.

Murphy's Mercantile 6 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1988 See ad on page 16. S & L Outdoor Sports Supply 38 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5686 www.sloutdoors.com See ad on page 18. Touch of Grace 38 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5551

Blue Ridge Woodcrafters 593 Andrews Ridge Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1710

www.sparta-nc.com/brwoodcrafters

See ad on page 19.

Cater Pots 209 Antioch Church Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4604 www.caterpots.com See ad on page 16.

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Delta's Goodies 176 Peterson Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5838 www.sparta-nc.com/delta Hedrick Enterprises 593 Andrews Ridge Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6556 Homespun 15 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1777 homespunofsparta@live.com John Harmon Gallery 10100 U.S. Hwy 21 S. Roaring Gap, NC 28668 336-363-9138 www.johnharmongallery.com

Little River Gallery 33A North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3007 See ad on page 17. Mangum Pottery 280 Turkey Hollow Ln., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5291 www.mangumpottery.com See ad on page 18.


SHOPPING

Art & Craft Stores Pottery Place 555 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5540 See ad on page 17. Shaw Fine Woodworking 336-3727 Hwy 18 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-529-4080 See ad on page 6. Book Sales Books N Friends A Service of Friends of the Library 35 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5155 See ad on page 14. Cell Phones 21 Wireless Inc. 665 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-CELL www.my21wireless.com See ad on backcover.

Carolina West Wireless 1397 Curtis Bridge Rd., Wilkesboro NC 28697 336-973-5000 800-235-5007 www.carolinawest.com US Cellular/Express Cellular 665 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7679 www.uscellular.com Convenience Stores Betty's Convenience Store & Deli 235 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4530 See ad on page 30. Pro Stop 10806 US Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-9000 See ad on page 30. Twin Oaks General Store & CafĂŠ 24 US Hwy 221, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5470 See ad on page 30. 18

Electronics and Video Alleghany Electronics 665 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3474 Flooring/Wall Coverings Custom Wall & Floor Covering 1585 U.S. Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4730 Florists Halsey Drug / The Blossom Shop 55 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5599 Sparta Florist, & Gifts 151 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8344 / 8049 www.sparta-florist.com Touch of Grace 38 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5551


SHOPPING The Emporium at Roaring Gap Alleghany Farmers Market 10436 Hwy 21 S., Crouse Park 60 Cherry St. Roaring Gap NC 28668 Sparta, NC 28675 336-363-2189 www.blueridgeemporium.com 336-372-5597 Fruits, Vegetables & Meat

www.alleghanyfarmersmarket.com

See ad on page 13.

Chilly Water Farms, LLC Alleghany County 336-372-2552 chillywaterfarm@gmail.com See our ad on page 16.

Cross Creek Farm 2416 Nile Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8574 www.crosscreekfarmnc.com

Posh Fox 10927 US Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-3999 Village Emporium 665 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2247 See ad on page 19. Gifts, Antiques & Collectibles

Sparta Produce 35 E. Doughton St., Sparta NC 28675 336-200-2924

Lark's Nest East Doughton St., Sparta NC 28675 910-520-4011

Furniture & Home Décor

Murphy's Mercantile 6 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1988 See ad on page 16.

Centerview 18 S Main Street Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3433

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Ofelia’s 4 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2882 Posh Fox 10927 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-363-3999 Sparta Florist & Gifts 151 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8344 www.sparta-florist.com Village Emporium 665 S Main St., Box TV 211 Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2247 michaelwardjr@gmail.com See ad on page 19. Wild Woody's 14234 Highway 18S Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-8432 See ad on page 26.


SHOPPING Grocery & Food Markets

Gem Valley 2489 Little Peak Creek Rd., Alleghany Farmers Market Jefferson NC 28640 Crouse Park 60 Cherry St. 336-982-5177 Sparta, NC 28675 www.gemvalleync.com 336-372-5597 www.alleghanyfarmersmarket.com Lemons' Jewelry Inc. See ad on page 13. 381 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 Food Lion Inc. 336-372-5725 381 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 Leather Apparel & 336-372-5585 Accessories www.foodlion.com Fox Creek Leather Kennedy Store 2029 Elk Creek Parkway, 15 Turkey Knob Rd., Independence VA 24348 Sparta NC 28675 276-773-3131/ 800-766-4165 336-372-4900 www.foxcreekleather.com Lowes Foods Office Supplies & 665 Hwy 21 S., Equipment Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5691 Professional Networks Inc. www.lowesfoods.com 307 Meadow St., Galax VA 24333 Sparta Produce 276-336-8226 35 E Doughton St., www.pronetsweb.com Sparta NC 28675 336-200-2924 Quality Business Services Inc. Hardware Stores 101 6th St. Suite 15, N. Wilkesboro NC 28659 Blevins Building Supply 336-838-2957 877-412-0879 652 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 Pharmacies 336-372-5000 www.blevinsbuildingsupplyinc.com Halsey Drug / The Blossom Shop Farmers Hardware 55 S. Main St., 11 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5599 336-372-8990 Sporting Goods & Jewelry Gun Shops Blue Ridge Gallery of Fine Art 103 Gallery Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1711 www.blueridgefineart.com See ad on page 16.

Thrift Store & Consignment Sales Alleghany Cares Inc 25 Womble St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5959 www.alleghanycares.com See ad on page 51. Alleghany Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop 11336 US Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-3194 Wineries/Wine Making Supplies Grapestompers 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2995 800-233-1505 www.grapestompers.com Thistle Meadow Winery 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2995 800-233-1505 www.thistlemeadowwinery.com

See ad on page 19. Wood Stoves

G&B Energy 1017 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4443 www.gbenergy.com See ad on page 34. Stout's Country Hearth 593 Andrews Ridge Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5400 See ad on page 15.

S&L Outdoor Sports Supply 38 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5686 /336-657-0009 www.sloutdoors.com See ad on page 18. GOVERNMENT SERVICE NUMBERS

Alleghany County Library (336) 372-5573 • Dept. of Social Services (336) 372-2411 Register of Deeds (336) 372-4342 • Drivers License (336) 372-6442 Public Transportation (336) 372-8747 • Alleghany County Aministration (336) 372-4179 Town of Sparta (336) 372-4257 • County Planning Office (336) 372-2942 Sparta Town Zoning (336) 372-4257 20


ARTIST CORNER

Artist Corner... Daisy Fields Baskets, Pat Sexton 1822 Memorial Park Dr. Sparta, NC 28675 336.372.3007 daisyfieldsps@hotmail.com

President and founding member of Little River Gallery co-op, Pat has lived in Alleghany County with her husband Cliff since 1987. A nurse since 1970, she first studied her art in a class under the "Basket Lady," Jessie Hill, some 20 years ago. More than just a hobby, her baskets rise to art as she is challenged to weave from new materials - reed, hardwood splints, pine needles, waxed linen, cotton cord, cane, paper, you name it. Her patience and creativity shows as she weaves in other media - ceramic, gourd, burl, birch, willow, yucca, bleached kudzu, walnut and betel nut shells, and copper. Pat now teaches basket weaving and nursing at Wilkes Community College and attends the NC Basket Weaving Convention each March to improve her skills. She takes pride that most of her baskets showcase her unique patterns. She finds basket weaving relaxing, even when creating her seemingly tedious miniature baskets. For Pat, baskets are a living art form and are available at Little River Gallery, 33A North Main Street, Sparta.

Mountain Jazmin Baskets, Kathryn Abernathy 292 Walnut Branch Church Rd Sparta, NC 28675 336.372.2285 mtnjazmin@gmail.com

High on a hill, snuggled against the serene Blue Ridge Mountains, can be found Mountain Jazmin Baskets on a small farm that Kathryn Abernathy shares with her husband, Dan, the talent behind "A Bird in Hand . . ." by Dan. Lush pastures, wild flowers, brightly colored song birds, fall leaves and snow, inspire each of her creations. "Just the joy of seeing the beauty of the mountains and God's creation surrounding me allows me the peace to design," she says. Though new in her craft, Kathryn is passionate about each basket she lays hands on. Nine years ago, she agreed to take a basket weaving class under friend Pat Sexton, just to have enough students to make the class. She was hooked. "Basketry is a constantly evolving art form. Watching it take on its shape and personality is so exciting. Having done some writing and painting in the past, for me, baskets are far more rewarding," she proclaims." Hiking the hills, working in the garden or serving an elegant dinner, you can use an appropriate basket. Color, shape, textures, it's all there not to mention aesthetics and practicality. You can never have enough baskets,"

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Come Stay With Us... • Apartments • Campgrounds & RV Developments • Conference & Retreat Centers • Bed & Breakfast Inns • Motels • Vacation Rental Cabins & Homes

Apartments New Sparta LLC Pine Ridge Apartments 47 Poplar St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8668 866-459-2200

www.sparta-nc.com/pineridgeapts

Campgrounds & RV Developments Blue Ridge Parkway Doughton Park MP 241 Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8877 www.nps.gov.blre Miller's Camping 793 Miller Rd., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2828 828-406-2720 www.millerscamping.com

Guide to ammenities at Bed & Breakfast Inns, Motels and Vacation Rentals Cable/Dish TV

Air Conditioning

Fireplace

Internet

Hot Tub

DVD/VCR

Pets Allowed

Handicap Access

Microwave

Refrigerator

New River State Park 358 New River State Park Rd., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-982-2587 www.ncparks.gov

Wild Woody's 14234 Hwy 18S, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-984-8088 See our ad on page 26.

Rivercamp USA 2221 Kings Creek Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-2267 www.rivercampUSA.com

Conference & Retreat Centers

Riverside Canoe & Tube Rental 2966 Garvey Bridge Rd., Crumpler NC 28617 336-982-9439 www.riversidecanoeing.com Stone Mountain State Park 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-957-8185 www.ncparks.gov

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Camp Cheerio 1430 Camp Cheerio Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-363-2604 336-869-0195 www.campcheerio.org See our ad on page 44. Laurel Ridge Camp & Conference Center 124 Pendry Dr., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2951 888-831-5922 www.laurelridge.org Mountain View Lodge & Cabins 164 Mountain View Lodge Dr., Glendale Springs NC 28629 336-207-7677 www.MtnViewLodge.com


COME STAY WITH US Bed & Breakfast Inns Doughton Hall Bed & Breakfast Inn 12668 Hwy 18 South, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2341 888-799-5194 www.doughtonhallbandb.com $90 4br

Glade Valley Bed and Breakfast 330 Shaw Lane, Glade Valley NC 28627 336-657-8811 800-538-0358 www.gladevalley.com See our ads on pages 7, 25. $110-143 5br

Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 1740 Halsey Knob Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6868 www.harmonyhillbnb.com $110-160 5br

Motels Alleghany Inn 341 N. Main Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2501 888-372-2501 www.alleghanyinn.com See our ad on page 24. $57-89 64rms

Grayson Inn & Suites 155 Rainbow Circle Dr., Independence VA 24348 276-773-3313 www.grayson-inn.com $75-90 30rms

Nikola's Restaurant & High Meadows Inn 10498 Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-6060 800-585-6309 www.nikolas-highmeadowsinn.com

Blue Ridge Mountain House 764 Bullhead Rd., Sparta NC 28675 910-526-6734 See our ad on page 22. www.sparta-nc.com/mountainhouse Varies 3br

Cabin at Glade Valley 330 Shaw Lane, Glade Valley NC 28627 336-657-8811 800-538-0358 www.gladevalley.com See our ads on pages 7, 25. $150-165 1br

Cherry Tree Cottage 3943 Walnut Branch Church Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2989 336-200-1731 www.sparta-nc.com/CherryTreeCottage $75 2br

Chestnut House 68 Duncan St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5244 www.sparta-nc.com/aur/chestnut.html $100-110 3br

Dairy Barn Loft or Parlor 1103 Mahogany Rock Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4191 888-336-372-5244 www.sparta-nc.com/aur See our ad on page 7. $65 2-4br

Deerwood Park Communities 206 Bear Lodge Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8256 866-686-5263 www.deerwoodpark.com $160 3-4br

Vacation Rental Cabins, Homes & Condos

Fox Den Mountain Cabin 135 Fox Trail, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6719 www.sparta-nc.com/FoxDen

Alleghany Unique Rentals 1103 Mahogany Rock Rd., & 50 Bald Knob Rd., Sparta NC 28675 www.sparta-nc.com/aur 336-372-4191 888-372-5244 See our ads on pages 7, 22, 27.

Granny's Old House 1844 Macedonia Church Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4018 www.sparta-nc.com/grannysoldhouse/

$45-99 35rms

$65-80 3units

Bald Knob Farm House 50 Bald Knob Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4191 888-336-372-5244 www.sparta-nc.com/aur See our ad on page 27.

$80-100 2br

$60 nightly - $300 weekly 2br

Longview Cabin Rental 231 Legra Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 704-506-0050 www.sparta-nc.com/LongView

$90 4br

$125-140 3br

Blue Ridge Hideaway 8894 Hwy 18S, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-657-6958 / 704-657-6958 www.sparta-nc.com/BlueRidgeHideaway

Mahogany Rock Roost 1137 Mahogany Rock Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4191 888-372-5244 www.sparta-nc.com/aur See our ad on page 22. $80 4br

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• All New Televisions • Cable TV: 60+ Channels • Electronic Door Locks • Free Wireless Internet • Microwaves & Refrigerators • Conference Room • Close to The New River, Blue Ridge Pkwy., & Golf Courses • Fairgrounds Nearby • Restaurant on Premises

Proudly using solar power! Check rates and make reservations online at our secure site www.AlleghanyInn.com

Free use of the Alleghany Wellness Center and Pool 341 N. Main St. • Sparta, NC 28675 • 336.372.2501 • fax: 336.372.4431 Toll Free Reservations: 888.372.2501 24


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COME STAY WITH US Meadowfork Farm Rental Cabin 759 Meadowfork Rd., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-372-4235 www.sparta-nc.com/Meadowfork

Serenity Plus 1114 Tayson Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-787-4874 800-513-1622 www.mtndreamsrealty.com See our ad on page 26.

$90 3br

$100 1br

Miles Vacation Rentals 565 South Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5646 800-553-2322 www.milesnc.com/vacationrentals_1.htm See our ad on page 32.

Sweet Water Vacation Rental 2983 US Hwy 221, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7432 www.sweetwatervacation.com $95-110 3-4br

$125-175 2-5br

Tranquility Unlimited 181 Pine River Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8260 www.sparta-nc.com/Tranquility See our ad on page 26.

Mountain Dreams Realty 3647 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1622 800-513-1622 www.mtndreamsrealty.com See our ad on page 2.

$135 2br

$79-137 1-5br

Mountain Valley Condos INC 625 S. Asbury Dr., Pigeon Forge TN 37863 336-363-9192 www.sparta-nc.com/MountainValleyCondos

United Country Foxfire Realty 2760 Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5773 800-524-9041 www.sparta-nc-real-estate.com See our ad on page 33.

$85-95 2br

$100-125 2-3br

Mountain View Lodge & Cabins 164 Mountain View Lodge Dr., Glendale Springs NC 28629 336-207-7677 800-903-6811 www.MtnViewLodge.com

Windswept Cabin at Red Roof Farm 5180 Nile Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1899 www.sparta-nc.com/redrooffarm See our ad on page 26.

$135-195 2-6br

$85-125 2br

North Carolina Retreat at Little River 307 Pleasant View Lane, Ennice NC 28623 910-791-9498 www.pagesbyluna.com/jbgcabin/

DEMOGRAPHICS

Avg. Annual Temperature: 50.1ºF Avg. January Temperature: 31 ºF Avg. July temperature: 68 ºF • Avg. annual rainfall: 50.8”. • Avg. annual snowfall: 21.9” Population: Alleghany County: 11,155 (2010 census) • Sparta, NC: 1789 (2010 census) Alleghany size: 234.7 sq. mi. Elevation: 2,500-4,000 ft. Highest Point: Catherine's Knob 4,175 ft.

$100 2br

Olde Beau Golf Club Villas 720 Olde Beau Blvd., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-3333 / 800-752-1634 www.oldebeau.com See our ad on page 4. $130-265 1-4br

The Ole House 2511 Mountain Valley Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 910-579-7670 / 336-363-2827 www.sparta-nc.com/TheOleHouse Varies 4br

Papa Goats Christmas Tree Farm & Vacation Rental 687 Three Creeks Ln., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3055 www.sparta-nc.com/papagoat $85 1br

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Featured Members…a Laughter is the best medicine

A visit with musicians Agnes and Ernest Joines always involves lots of laughter. Agnes will start the ball rolling with a humorous observation, and straight-man Ernest will chime in with supporting evidence between knee slapping and cackles. Mountain music and a humor peculiar to these hills were born in an earlier time when much of life was filled with tedious work. Any and all daily happenings were mined for a laugh and acting silly was an entertainment art form. Music brought joy and was the area's only art form. Today, nobody carries both those traditions forward better than Ernest and Agnes Joines. Their particular brand of mountain humor is on display the third Saturday in October when they put on the Hillbilly Comedy Show, a fundraiser for a local charity. It's a mix of live performances, comedy skits, and lipsynced tributes to famous singers. Someone always dons a grocery sack and plays the unknown comic. (I suspect it's Ernest.) It's down-home good natured fun and they always host a crowd of several hundred. But their real contribution to mountain heritage happens every Tuesday and Saturday nights at the Alleghany Jubilee, the old Spartan movie theater that has been transformed into traditional music and dance venue. They draw from a staple of authentic mountain bands that offer a blend of old time, bluegrass and country. And if a band's not available, Ernest will whip out his mandolin and call four or five other musicians and you'd think they'd been playing together for years. Except for a year in Pennsylvania, these childhood sweethearts have always lived in these mountains and have played with or know just about every musician in the area. The Jubilee has a crowd of regulars who can clog, square dance, flatfoot - you name it. They are all like family. Most nights Ernest is playing on stage, but Agnes is happy to run the concession stand, cackling throughout the night at any of the week's mishaps, and be the official greeter and hugger for everyone that comes through the door. If you are in Sparta, you won't find a more authentic mountain musical experience. When the Jubilee opened its doors in 1994, admission was $4 and it hasn't gone up a penny since. Author Bob Bamberg, Executive Director

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Dining & Catering... When You Come, Come Hungry! • Catering • Coffee Shops

• Delis • Restaurants

Catering

Pro Stop 10806 US Hwy 21 S., Heaven’s Scent Restaurant Roaring Gap NC 28668 & Catering 336-363-9000 280 Standard St. Elkin, NC 28621 See our ad on page 30. 336-526-1338 See our ad on page 28. Restaurants

Homespun 15 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1777 www.kaquolijayli.com Kathy's Kreations 360 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-657-0858 Motley's BBQ & Catering 4917 Hwy 113, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2191

player.vimeo.com/video/47520553

See our ad on page 30.

River Rock Grill & Sparta Family Fun Center 58 Blue Ridge St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2695 See our ad on the backcover. The Cake Diva 218 Westview Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-657-0710 Coffee Shops Backwoods Bean Coffee Shop 21 North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7888 www.spartacoffeeshop.com See our ad on page 30. Delis Betty's Convenience Store & Deli 235 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4530 See our ad on page 30.

Mis Arados 403 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1414 Motley's BBQ & Catering 4917 Hwy 113, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2191

Brown's Family Restaurant 115 Jones St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3400

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Buckaroo's Grille 9431 Hwy 93, Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-2825 www.buckaroogrille.com

Mustard Seed Café 38 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7444

See our ad on page 30.

Burger King 477 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7440

Nikola's Restaurant & High Meadows Inn 10498 Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-6060 800-585-6309

Caribe Cuban Café & Battlefield Game Center 433 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2400 See our ad on page 25.

Pizzeria 665 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8885

Ciro's Pizza Italian Restaurant 430 East Main St., Independence VA 24348 276-773-9100 276-768-7474 See our ad on page 30. Heaven’s Scent Restaurant & Catering 280 Standard St. Elkin, NC 28621 336-526-1338 See our ad on page 28. Kanpai Japanese Seafood Restaurant & Steak House 527 S. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675 336-372-8898 See our ad on page 46. La Mexicana Restaurant 665 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7788

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www.nikolas-highmeadowsinn.com

River Rock Grill & Sparta Family Fun Center 58 Blue Ridge St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2695 See our ad on the backcover. The Pines of Sparta 577 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4242 Twin Oaks General Store & Café 24 Hwy 221, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5470 See our ad on page 30.


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Real Estate & Construction... • Architects • Building Supplies • Cabinetry & Woodworking • Construction, General Contractors & Renovations • Electricians & Plumbers • Excavating & Hauling • Heating & AC Equipment • Home & Condo Developments & Gated Communities • Land Surveying • Manufactured Housing • Nurseries, Landscaping & Fencing • Painting • Real Estate Agencies & Auctioneers • Siding • Well Drilling • Windows • Wood Stoves

Architects Miller Architecture 715 North Church St., Ste. 140, Charlotte NC 28202 704-337-8500 www.millerarchitecture.com See our ads on pages 32 & 34. Building Supplies Blevins Building Supply 7258 US Hwy 21 S., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-363-2216 800-445-9241

Horton's Cabinets 4222 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1818 See our ad on page 32.

www.blevinsbuildingsupplyinc.com Construction, General

Contractors & Renovations Chandler Concrete 23 Birch Lane, Sparta NC 28675 Andrews Construction/Riverside Log Homes/Stoneridge Estates 336-372-4348 828-264-2611 1028 US Hwy 21 S., www.chandlerconcrete.com Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5560 www.riversideloghomes.net TruLine Truss Inc. See our ad on page 37. 3225 U.S. Hwy. 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 Better-View Renovations 336-372-2226 800-354-3050 426 Rockhouse Lane, www.trulinetruss.com Sparta NC 28675 See our ad on page 36. 336-372-4545 www.sparta-nc.com/better Cabinetry & Woodworking See our ad on page 32. Caldwell Construction Caldwell Construction Company Company 10886 US Hwy 21 S., 10886 US Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-2693 336-363-2693 www.jamescaldwellconstruction.com

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Country Comfort Homes Inc. 42 New River Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1501

www.countrycomforthomes.com

David Richards Painting 590 Blevins Hollow Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-8818 jdrpaint@aol.com See our ad on page 34. Davis Construction Company 554 Bear Creek Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5294 336-657-7610 www.studioredwood.com See our ad on page 32. J. E. Woodie & Sons 1640 Hwy 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4974 lwoodie@skybest.com


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Heating & AC Equipment Services

Shaw Brothers Construction 811 Shawtown Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-657-8395 www.shawbrothersinc.com See our ad on page 37.

B&B Heating & Electrical PO Box 987, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-0352 See our ad on page 34.

TruLine Truss Inc. 3225 U.S. Hwy. 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2226 800-354-3050 www.trulinetruss.com See our ad on page 36. Window World Foothills 1401 2nd St. Ste B, North Wilkesboro NC 28659 336-838-9393 www.windowworldfoothills.com Electricians & Plumbers B&B Heating & Electrical PO Box 987, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-0352 See our ad on page 34. Carolina Electrical Services 10886 Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-2160

www.carolinaelectricalservices.com

Shaw Brothers Construction 811 Shawtown Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-657-8395 www.shawbrothersinc.com See our ad on page 37. Stanley Smith Plumbing 990 Mahoghany Rock Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8035 www.waterlinefinder.com See our ad on page 34.

Blue Ridge Comfort Heating & Air 2930 Hwy 21 N., Thurmond NC 28683 336-363-2265 BRCHVAC@centurylink.com Carolina Heating and Air 10886 Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-3000

info@carolinaelectricalservices.com

G&B Energy 1070 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4443 www.gbenergy.com See our ad on page 34. Home Town Oil 1154 NC Hwy 18 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7000 hometownoil@skybest.com Shaw Brothers Construction 811 Shawtown Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-657-8395 www.shawbrothersinc.com See our ad on page 37. Homes & Condo Developments & Gated Communities

Excavating & Hauling

Andrews Construction/Riverside Log Homes/Stoneridge Estates 1028 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5560 www.riversideloghomes.net See our ad on page 37.

J. E. Woodie & Sons 1640 Hwy 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4974 lwoodie@skybest.com

Catalyst Development LLC 118 Eastern Air Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4781 kelsie@skybest.com

S.D. Wyatt Excavating 1925 Mahogany Rock Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2771 336-657-1503 WyattSharrel@yahoo.com See our ad on page 32.

Deerwood Park Communities 206 Bear Lodge Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8256 866-686-5263 www.deerwoodpark.com

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Miller Architecture 715 North Church St. Ste. 140, Charlotte NC 28202 704-337-8500 www.millerarchitecture.com See our ads on pages 32 & 34. Olde Beau Golf Club 729 Olde Beau Blvd., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-3333 800-752-1634 www.oldebeau.com See our ad on page 4. Ridgeway Manor Condominiums 2401 US Hwy 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7475 800-470-8949 www.ridgewaymanor.com Sparta Home Center 1584 US Hwy. 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7488 www.spartahomecenter.com See our ad on page 37. Land Surveying Landlink Surveying PLLC 518 Elk Creek Church Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-200-0606 mitchellatwood@yahoo.com Manufactured Housing Sparta Home Center 1584 US Hwy. 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7488 / 800-785-8650 www.spartahomecenter.com See our ad on page 37. Nurseries Landscaping & Fencing Bickerstaff's Trees Inc. 92 Greenery Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8866 www.bickerstafftrees.com Improvements Unlimited P O Box 1932, Sparta NC 28675 336-657-7796 dboyer1983@yahoo.com See our ad on page 34.


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Nurseries Landscaping & Fencing Scott's Landscaping 565 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1626 800-553-2322 scott@milesnc.com See our ads on pages 36 & 51. Painting David Richards Painting 590 Blevins Hollow Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-8818 jdrpaint@aol.com See our ad on page 34. Real Estate Agencies & Auctioneers Chris Jones, Realtor 07 S Jefferson Avenue W., Jefferson NC 28694 336-657-1720 800-729-0735

Roaring Gap Realty Inc. 10806 US Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28675 336-363-9999 www.roaringgaprealty.com See our ad on page 37. Scenic Realty & Auction 10888 U. S. Hwy 21 S., Roaring Gap NC 28668 336-363-1111 877-363-5550 www.scenicrealty.com United Country Foxfire Realty 2760 U.S. Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5773 800-524-9041 sparta-nc-real-estate.com See our ad on page 33. Siding

TruLine Truss Inc. 3225 U.S. Hwy. 21 S., www.ashecountyrealestate.com Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2226 800-354-3050 Dixon Auction & Realty Co. www.trulinetruss.com 27 N. Main St., See our ad on page 36. Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8642 Well Drilling www.dixonauction-realty.com Sharp's Well Drilling High Meadows Real Estate 17 Rivers Edge Rd., 10436 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 Sparta NC 28668 336-372-8644 336-363-3100 www.sharpswelldrilling.com www.roaringgap.com Miles Consolidated Companies 565 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5646 800-553-2322 www.milesnc.com See our ad on page 32. Mountain Dreams Realty 3647 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1622 800-513-1622 www.mtndreamsrealty.com See our ad on page 2.

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Windows Better-View Renovations 426 Rockhouse Lane, Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4545 www.sparta-nc.com/better See our ad on page 32. Window World Foothills 1401 2nd St. Ste B, North Wilkesboro NC 28659 336-838-9393 800-NEXT-WINDOW www.windowworldfoothills.com Wood Stoves G&B Energy 1070 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4443 www.gbenergy.com See our ad on page 34. Stout's Country Hearth 593 Andrews Ridge Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5400 See our ad on page 15.


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Service Directory... • Accounting, Bookkeeping & Tax Services • Advertising, Marketing & Media • Architects • Art Classes • Attorneys • Automotive Parts & Service • Banks & Financial Services • Business Consultation & Counseling Services • Child Care • Cleaning Services & Property Care • Computer & Technology Services • Employment Services • Equipment & Event Rental • Funeral Homes

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• Hair Care Salons & Related Services • Heating Oil / Propane • Insurance • Medical, Health & Fitness • Nursing Homes & Residential Care • Painting • Pet Care • Photography & Framing • Printing & Graphic Design • Tanning, Massage & Spa Services • Transportation & Limousine Services • Utilities • Web Development • Wedding & Event Planning • Wedding & Event Venues


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SERVICE DIRECTORY Accounting Bookkeeping & Tax Services H & R Block 323 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4197 www.hrblock.com Advertising, Marketing & Media Alleghany News 20 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8999 www.alleghanynews.com The Declaration 578D Guynn Shopping Center, Independence VA 24348 276-773-2222

www.independencedeclaration.com

PowerLink Communications P O Box 73, Ennice NC 28623 336-657-1411 www.pcspublishing.com Presnell's Printing & Photography 1397 Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5989 www.presnellsonline.com Architects Miller Architecture 715 North Church St., Suite 140 Charlotte NC 28202 704-377-8500 www.millerarchitecture.com See our ads on pages 32 & 34. Art Classes Studio Redwood 16 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7111 www.studioredwood.com See ad on page 6. Attorneys Adams & Ivey, PLLC 58 South Grayson St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5519 whitneyivey@adamsivey.com Heather R. Klein, Attorney at Law 451 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7799 hrklein@skybest.com See our ad on page 40.

Automobile Parts & Service B&T Tire & Auto 1035 North Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5411 kwiklube@skybest.com See our ad on page 12. CARQUEST of Alleghany 256 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5545 gpijcb568@skybest.com See our ad on page 50. City Body Shop 32 Jones St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4833 See our ad on page 45. Banks & Financial Services Alpha Finance Company 38 E. Cheek St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4777 wbillings@alphafinco.com BB&T Bank 173 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4326 www.bbt.com Carolina Farm Credit 282 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8587 www.carolinafarmcredit.com First Citizens Bank & Trust 621 S. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675 336-32-5651 www.firstcitizens.com First Community Bank 57 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2265 www.fcbresource.com Fifth Third Bank 406 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5631 www.53.com Grayson National Bank 98 S. Grayson St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2811 866-773-2811 www.graysonnationalbank.com See our ad on page 39.

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State Employees' Credit Union 381 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7815 888-732-8562 www.ncsecu.org Townsend Asset Management 937 Rash Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 919-782-9689 888-336-4174 www.assetmgr.com Valley Oak Company P O Box 548, Deep Gap NC 28618 828-877-6856 Business Consultation & Counseling Services Blue Ridge Business Development Center 115 Atwood St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1525 www.blueridgebdc.org Dialogue Matters LLP 563 Rector Rd., Ennice NC 28623 336-657-3032 www.dialoguematters.us.com High Country Workforce Development 468 New Market Blvd., Boone NC 28607 828-265-5434 www.highcountrydb.com KGWolf Consulting 623 Air Bellows Gap Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-572-1369 www.kgwolf.com Miles J.O.B. Fund 565 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5646 www.jobfund.org Child Care Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission 1747 Hwy 21 N., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7284 Camp Cheerio 1430 Camp Cheerio Rd., Glade Valley NC 28627 336-363-2604 336-869-0195 www.campcheerio.org See our ad on page 44.


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SERVICE DIRECTORY Cleaning Services & Property Care

Equipment & Event Rental

DAVHENCO Inc. 110 Hall St., Jonesville NC 28642 336-835-7393 www.davhenco.com See our ad on page 44.

Scott's Landscaping & Rent-All 565 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1626 800-553-2322 See our ads on pages 43 & 50.

David Richards Painting 590 Blevins Hollow Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-8818 jdrpaint@aol.com See our ad on page 34.

Funeral Homes

Kelly B. Murphy Agency 484 South Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8717 www.nationwide.com

Grandview Memorial Funeral Home 789 Grandview Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5621 www.grandviewfuneralhome.com

LifeStore Insurance 403 South Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7990 jcurrent@afgrp.com See our ad on page 29.

Twin County Funerals 600 Glendale Dr., Galax VA 24333 276-236-9009 www.twincountyfunerals.com

Medical Health & Fitness

Murphy's Pro Wash 3059 New River Parkway, Independence VA 24348 336-200-3090 murphysprowash@live.com Computer & Technology Services Computer Coach 272 Devotion Farm Way, Thurmond NC 28683 336-406-2116 srosemcbride@centurylink.net See our ad on page 40. KGWolf Consulting 623 Air Bellows Gap Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-572-1369 www.kgwolf.com Professional Networks 307 Meadow St., Galax VA 24333 276-236-8226 888-544-7544 www.pronetsweb.com Skyline Membership Skybest Communications 199 Grayson St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1350 800-759-2226 www.skyline.org See our ad on page 42. Employment Services Alleghany Job Link 115 Atwood St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-9675 www.ncjobconnector.com

Hair Care Salons & Related Services Hair Gallery 21 & Skintastics 1284 US 21 South Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6464 Heating Oil/Propane G&B Energy 1070 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4443 www.gbenergy.com/ See our ad on page 34. Home Town Oil 1154 NC Hwy 18 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7000 hometownoil@skybest.com Insurance BB&T Bank 173 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4326 www.bbt.com First Community Bank 57 N. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2265 www.fcbresource.com

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Intelisure LLC 115 Atwood St., Suite 115 Sparta NC 28675 800-242-7250 www.intelisure.com

Alleghany Chiropractic Center 771 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2005 acc-chiro@hotmail.com See our ad on page 44. Alleghany Eye Clinic 665 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2253 bphil@intraoptics.com See our ad on page 44. Alleghany Family Practice 214 Doctors St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5606 Alleghany Memorial Hospital 233 Doctors St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5511 www.amhsparta.org See our ad on page 29.


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SERVICE DIRECTORY Medical Health & Fitness Alleghany Pregnancy Care Center 226 S Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7844 www.alleghanypcc.org Alleghany Wellness Center 508 Collins Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2944

www.alleghanywellnesscenter.com

See our ad on page 38.

Ashley Flowers Family Dentistry 507 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-3434 www.spartasmiles.com See our ad on page 15. Blue Ridge Medical Group 665 S Main St., #206 Sparta NC 28675 336-3725911 www.blueridgemd.com See our ad on page 38. G. Terry Johnson DDS PA 147 Doctors St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8299 See our ad on page 12. Generations Home Health Agency 665 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1755 www.generationshha.com Genesis HealthCare Alleghany Center 179 Combs St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2441 877-474-5099 www.genesishcc.com/alleghany See our ad on page 42.

Holistic Health & Wellness 325 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1666 www.holistic-healthonline.com See our ad on page 38. Keith Oliver OD 18 S. Grayson St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4493 keitholiverod@hotmail.com Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200 Mt Airy NC 27030 336-789-2922 www.mtnvalleyhospice.org Rebecca Todd Massage Therapist 325 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-200-2213 www.holistic-healthonline.com

Painting David Richards Painting 590 Blevins Hollow Rd., Piney Creek NC 28663 336-359-8818 See our ad on page 34. Pet Care Dogs By Debbie -The Gentle Farm 2418 Grandview Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2039 www.dogsbydebbie.com Save A Pet Foundation of Alleghany P O Box 44, Sparta NC 28675 704-880-7876 www.alleghany.petfinder.com Photography and Framing

Nursing Homes & Residential Care

John Harmon Gallery 10100 US Highway 21 Roaring Gap, NC 28668 336-363-9138 www.johnharmongallery.com

Alleghany County Group Homes Inc. 133 Health Services Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5671 advp@skybest.com

Presnell's Printing & Photography 1397 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5989 www.presnellsonline.com

Forest Ridge Assisted Living 151 Village Park Dr., West Jefferson NC 28694 336-846-1008 www.ridgecare.com

Studio Roxie 381 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6544 www.studioroxie.com

See our ad on page 38.

Genesis HealthCare Alleghany Center 179 Combs St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2441 877-474-5099 www.genesishcc.com/alleghany See our ad on page 42.

Halsey Drug - Blossom Shop 55 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5599 www.boonedrug.com High Country Healthcare System 81 West Doughton St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-2102 888-584-5882

www.highcountryhomehealth.org

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SERVICE DIRECTORY Printing & Graphic Design Blue Ridge Graphics 418 Devotion Farm Way, Thurmond NC 28683 336-874-2116 423-202-4564 www.blueridgegraphics.com Interstate Graphics Inc 3208 Hanover Rd., Johnson City TN 37602 423-282-1511 www.igi4color.com PowerLink Communications PO Box 73, Ennice NC 28623 336-657-1411 www.pcspublishing.com Presnell's Printing & Photography 1397 US Hwy 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5989 / 888-355-5989 www.presnellsonline.com Tanning Massage & Spa Services Hair Gallery 21 & Skintastics 1284 US 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6464 Rebecca Todd Massage Therapist 325 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-200-2213 www.holistic-healthonline.com

See our ad on page 38. Studio Roxie 381 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6544 www.studioroxie.com

Transportation & Limousine Service Alleghany In Motion 90 South Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8747 www.alleghanycounty-nc.gov

See our ad on page 11. Utilities

21 Wireless 665 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-CELL www.my21wireless.com

See our ad on the backcover. Alleghany Cablevision 17 N Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-5801 Blue Ridge Electric Membership 1889 US Hwy. 21 S., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-4646 www.blueridgeemc.com

See our ad on page 40. Carolina West Wireless 1307 Curtis Bridge Rd., Wilkesboro NC 28697 336-972-5000 www.carolinawest.com Skyline Membership Skybest Communications 199 Grayson St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-1350 / 800-759-2226 www.skyline.org

See our ad on page 42.

US Cellular/Express Cellular 665 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-7679 www.uscellular.com

Web Development Blue Ridge Graphics 418 Devotion Farm Way Thurmond NC 28683336-874-2116 423-202-4564 www.blueridgegraphics.com Professional Networks Inc. 307 Meadow St., Galax VA 24333 276-236-8226 www.pronetsweb.com Wedding & Event Planning Innovative Occasions 665 S. Main St., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6483 www.mtnwedding.com Wedding & Event Venues Deerwood Park Communities 206 Bear Lodge Dr., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-8256 / 866-686-5263 www.deerwoodpark.com Doughton Hall Bed & Breakfast Inn 12668 Hwy 18 S., Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2341 888-799-5194 www.doughtonhallbandb.com Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 1740 Halsey Knob Rd., Sparta NC 28675 336-372-6868 www.harmonyhillbnb.com Thistle Meadow Winery 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs NC 28644 336-359-2995 800-233-1505 www.thistlemeadowwinery.com

See our ad on page 19.

EMERGENCY SERVICES Dial 911 for all emergencies! • Alleghany Memorial Hospital (336) 372-5511 Alleghany Sheriff (336) 372-4455 • Sparta Town Police (336) 372-4252

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www.visittheyadkinvalley.com

Jonesville Welcome Center 1503 NC Highway 67 (336) 835.2000 1-877-SAVOR YV (728-6798)

Jonesville, NC

• Long range views • Christmas tree farms • Historical Sites • 8 State & National Parks • Blue Ridge Parkway • Historical New River • Jefferson National Forest • Shopping & Antiques

Travel Historic U.S. 21 to visit the most picturesque land in the Appalachian region.

Features Along US 21 - “Lakes to Florida Highway”


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Wytheville, VA

www.graysoncountyva.com

Grayson County Tourism Department PO Box 217, Independence, VA 24348 (276) 773-2471

Independence, VA

Alleghany Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 58 South Main St. Sparta (336) 372-5473 www.CoolSparta.com

Sparta & Roaring Gap, NC

www.verysurry.com/elkin

Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce 116 E Market St. (336) 526-1111

Elkin, NC

* For more detail of Alleghany County, see reverse side.


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