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Destination Calendar Highlands Culinary Weekend Drive Your Car on VIR Madison Dry Goods Circa 1908 Wheels Through Time Museum To Remain in North Carolina Cradle of Forestry BRP CruZ

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hank you for picking up our eighth issue of Dashboards and Saddlebags Magazine. I hope you are having as much fun going through the pages of our MotoTourist magazine as we are looking into new and unique destinations to publish. There are so many different things to do within a few hours drive. You can run up to Asheville on Saturday and stroll through the Grove Park Inn viewing the 19 th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition.™ Then Sunday you can take a spirited drive to the coast and take in the Holiday Lighting of the Battle Ship in Wilmington and return home fresh for Monday morning. Our focus is to find as many different destinations as we can nearby so you can take off on a whim and be able to enjoy a change in scenery or an escape from everything going on at home for a few hours. We don’t want you to feel as if you need a vacation to recover from the weekend!

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Pick up a magazine, pick a destination, and get in your car or on your motorcycle and go! Enjoy the day and when you get back home don’t even think about cooking, stop off at one of our advertisers and let them prepare the perfect meal for the end of your excursion. November is a great month that is sure to offer something that will get you on the road to enjoy a new destination no matter what your passion is. For me, I’m gong to indulge in quite a few of my favorite things. Driving my own car on a road coarse at VIRginia International Raceway, riding my motorcycle to the Wheels Though Time Museum’s end of year celebration and bike raffle. And last but not least a Culinary Weekend in Highlands that the entire community participates in. Yes, November is a great month! – Andy

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Dashboards and Saddlebags The Destination Magazine Produced by: Photodude.net LLC Contributing Writers: Wally Wersching, Lee Davis, Dan Vaden Contributing Photographers: Lisa Hedrick, Lee Davis, Wally Wersching, Dan Vaden

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Eat, Drink and be Merry with Restaurants, Merchants and Inns!

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2011 BRP CruZ

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9th Annual Wheels Through Time Raffle

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Cradle of Forestry

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The Wheels Through Time Museum Remains in North Carolina for now

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VIRginia International Raceway’s Annual Holiday Laps

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The list of events in this publication is compiled from various sources dates & times are tentative & subject to change. Dashboards and Saddlebags The Destination Magazine is published by Photodude.net LLC 369 Dovefield Drive Summerfield, NC 27358 (704) 706-2365 www.DashboardsandSaddlebags.com Published by Andy Jay. Š2011 All rights reserved. Photodude.net LLC Publisher, Agents & Advertisers do not necessarily condone any activities or advertisement listed in this magazine. The Publisher and its officers, employees, agents, volunteers, and sponsors are not responsible for any loss or damage which might be associated with patronage of any party named in this publication, and is not responsible for any Act of God such as inclement weather, fire, flood, natural or man-made disaster, etc., that are out of the control of the Publisher, which affect the publishing of this magazine.

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Destinations More Events and Interactive Maps at DashboardsandSaddlebags.com 45th Annual Holly Day Fair Nov 3 – 6, 2011 1960 Coliseum Drive Fayetteville, NC 28306 Holly Day Fair is the largest holiday gift and craft show in Eastern North Carolina. Holly Day Fair is a one-stop holiday shopping event that draws an average of 21,000 attendees and 200 vendors. Show-goers have an extensive selection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products to select from. The unique and exclusive gifts include Christmas decorations, crafts, jewelry, clothes, toys, food specialties, household accents, and much more. http://www.hollydayfair.com 10th Annual Thunderfest Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 Harrington Square Downtown Rockingham, NC Rockingham, NC 28379 Thunderfest is an annual event celebrating the upcoming American 200 race at Rockingham Speedway. Simulators, rides, show cars, food, music, demonstrations, special guests and an autograph session for kids. Jazz at The Cam Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28412 The winter jazz series returns with the collaboration between CAM and the Cape Fear Jazz Society. Hear the best mix of musicians and jazz genres in the area. Admission charged. Series and/or individual tickets are available. www.capefearjazz.com Cherokee Fall Rod Run Nov 4 – 6, 2011 Acquoni Expo Center Cherokee, NC 28719 What do you get when you combine the most scenic drive in North Carolina and more than 800 of the nation’s hottest looking classic cars? The highly anticipated, “Cruise the Smokies” Fall Cherokee Rod Run. More than 3,000 car enthusiasts will turn out for the Southeast’s premiere Rod Run at the Acquoni Expo Center. Gates will be open from 9a.m. to 5p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9a.m. until noon on Sunday. Spectator admission is $10 each day of the event and is free for children age six and under. Registration for the event is open to pre-1972 vehicles or highly modified late model vehicles. Vehicle registration is $35 at the event. Registered vehicles are eligible to win cash prizes! The Fall Cherokee Rod Run features a busy vendor area, swap meet, and daily entertainment. Cherokee’s many cultural attractions and proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway make the Rod Run an event the entire family can enjoy. Event sponsored by Andy Shaw Ford, which will be on-hand to answer your automotive questions, provide “how to” demonstrations, give away free items, and more! For more information, call (828) 497-8122. www.cherokee-nc.com

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Destinations Fall After Market Event Nov 4 – 6, 2011 Hickory Furniture Mart Hickory, NC 28602 The Marts most popular event, this event takes place a few weeks after the wholesale market in High Point, NC. Come see one of a kind market samples and find out what is hot in furniture trends! Showrooms displays and overruns are available for purchase at marked down prices. Friday & Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 1-6pm. www.hickoryfurniture.com Mayberry Farm Fest Nov 4 – 6, 2011 Main Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030 Exhibition of old farm tractors, vehicles, and equipment. Canning & baking contests. Games. Corn Hole Tournament. Agricultural demonstrations. Music & storytelling. Specialty foods. Raffles and prizes. Main street closed from Oak to Pine. Parade on Friday November 4, Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6th. www.visitdowntownmountairy.com 51st Annual Antiques Show & Sale Fri, November 4, 10am – 5pm The Fair Barn 200 Beulah Hill Road South Pinehurst, NC 28374 Hours: Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. The Antiques Sale and Show promises something for everyone. No matter what your budget, or your taste in decor, you are sure to find that special “something” in the climate-controlled Fair Barn. Over 30 dealers will feature - art, furniture, glass, jewelry, linens, porcelain, pottery and china, and many other fine collectibles. Plus onsite crystal repair and doll repair. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Historical Association. Admission $5. Fair Barn, Pinehurst Harness Track. www.moorehistory.com 65th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair Fri, November 4, 10am – 5pm The 64th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair is one of the oldest antiques fairs in the Southeast. Sixty-plus antique dealers from all over the country participate in the Fair the first week of August. The Fair also host an “Heirloom Road Show” with expert evaluations of your personal antiques. Plus, expert lectures on a variety of interesting subjects. www.ashevilleantiquesfair.com Cape Fear Kite Festival Fri, November 4, 10am – 5pm On the Beach in front of Shell Island Resort Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 Come watch as we paint the Cape Fear Sky! Flyers from all over will be joining us on Wrightsville Beach, in front of Shell Island Resort. We will be filling the sky with color from countless kites of unbelievable sizes and styles! November on the Carolina Coast usually provides wonderful weather and a good breeze to keep everything flying, but be sure to bring a jacket, as it can be chilly in the mornings! Come experience a magical weekend and a sky full of colorful kites. This is definitely an event for all ages. www.capefearkitefestival.com

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Destinations Hog Happnin’ Nov 5 – 6, 2011 Cleveland County Fairgrounds Shelby, NC 28152 Sample BBQ from participating teams as they show off their BBQ skills. Get a sample from 5 different teams or all 5 from one team then cast your vote for your favorite. Music on the entertainment stage from noon to 1:30pm. BBQ serving lines are open from 11:00am-3:00pm. Get a plate, pull up a chair and feast on the best BBQ in the country! Teams from all over the Southeast compete. Enjoy the car and cycle show and arts and crafts. EVERYONE WELCOME! www.hoghappnin.com 18 th Annual Renaissance Festival Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace Huntersville, NC 28078 The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and much more! The Carolina event has grown to be one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide. Tree lined lanes are filled with over 100 purveyors of crafts and food, and non-stop music and comedy shows are presented on 11 stages every event day. Advance tickets available at Harris Teeter stores region-wide: Adults $19; Kids 5-12 $9; Kids under 5 FREE. At the gate: Adults $20; Kids 5-12 $10; Kids under 5 FREE. RAIN OR SHINE - NO PETS - FREE PARKING www.royalfaires.com/carolina 5th Annual Celebration of the Automobile Car Show Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 Elizabeth Brady Road, Hwy 70-A, Hillsborough, NC 27278 Car Show & Racer’s Reunion. Learn about the historic speedway, meet some of your favorite drivers, renowned car owners and members of the celebrated racing families, and enjoy live music, auction, souvenirs, food, rides around the historic track and more. The Open Car Show will feature a display of Hot Rods, Street Rods, Vintage NASCAR Racers, Trucks, Motorcycles and Special Interest Vehicles. Free shuttle service available. historicspeedwaygroup.org Ansonville Homecoming Celebration Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 Ansonville, NC 28007 Ansonville’s Homecoming Celebration includes exhibits, craft booths, entertainment, a parade, and chicken and pork barbecue prepared by the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department as an annual fund raiser. The Homecoming Celebration is held in conjunction with the annual Discover Anson Bike Ride. www.discoveranson.com North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 Whiteville, NC 28472 The NC Pecan Harvest Festival celebrates the annual harvest of the pecan crop as well as showcasing arts & entertainment both local and regional. Held in historic downtown Whiteville and anchored at the

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Destinations NC Museum of Forestry. The festival includes a parade, antique car show, antique train exhibit musical entertainment, and free activities for children including inflatables and a train ride! www.ncpecanharvestfestival.com Highlands 5th Annual Culinary Weekend Nov 10 – 12, 2011 Highlands, NC 28741 Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is pleased to present the 5th Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend. Save the dates, as this year’s event will be held Thursday, November 10th thru Sunday, November 13th, 2011. This four-day destination experience highlights Highlands’ majestic mountain location, appealing accommodations, unique retail shops, and extraordinary cuisine. Thanks to creativity and community support, Culinary Weekend has blossomed and become a popular destination on many social calendars. This year, look forward to an array of exciting new events and special guests chefs to keep the momentum strong. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to be a part of the 5th Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend, please call 866-526-5841 or 828-526-5841 or view the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com. VIR Holiday Laps Friday, November 11th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM 1245 Pine Tree Road Alton, VA 24520 With the last group taking the track at 3:30 PM that day. The cost is $25 per session, which will last from 20 to 25 minutes. Donations of $25 in cash, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items will be accepted. All donations will benefit the Danville Salvation Army and their Christmas Holiday programs. All donations will be tax deductible. www.VIRnow.com. Carolina Pottery Festival Fri, November 11, 10am – Sat, November 12, 4pm Cleveland County Fair Grounds Shelby, NC 28152 Over 100 potters will display and sell pottery at the Cleveland County fairgrounds. Concessions, pottery demonstrations and door prizes. 704-482-7882 9th Annual Wheels Through Time Raffle November 12, 2011 62 Vintage Lane Maggie Valley, NC 28751 Join us at the museum for a great weekend in motorcycle history. The museum is holding its Annual Veterans Day Weekend Salute, and all veterans, active-duty, and retired military receive complimentary museum admission and an honorary 2-year museum membership. Don’t miss your chance to win a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead beautifully restored at Wheels Through Time. Bring friends and family, as this weekend will be one of the best museum events of the year. www.WheelsThroughTime.com 58th Salisbury Antiques Show 2011 Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 Salisbury Civic Center 315 Boundary Street Salisbury, NC 28144 Considered the longest running annual antique show in North Carolina since 1953, and

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Destinations undoubtedly one of the finest. Shop for fine estate furniture, porcelains, jewelry, art, oriental rugs, linens and Civil War items from 20 plus dealers. Maxton Collard Festival Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 Beacham Park S. Austin St. Maxton NC 28364 Food competitions, collard stories, collard growing competition, king and queen competition, costume and decorations competitions. Other activities include food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, local entertainment, petting zoo, and children & adult games and rides. www.ci.maxton.nc.us Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival 5:00 pm Sat, November 12, 8am – 5pm Historic Rural Hill Huntersville, NC 28078 What better way to wrap up the autumn season than with your canine pal and several hundred of his new best friends? Bring your dog (or dogs) to the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival for one of the area’s best known dog events. Many of the world’s best and brightest border collies will be on hand to perform their and their owner’s sheep herding skills to all in attendance. Also on hand will be historic agriculture machinery, docent demonstrations in the 1760s cabin, pumpkin chunkin’, kid’s inflatable houses, food, shopping, and dog agility trials! www.ruralhill.net/SheepdogTrials.asp National Gingerbread House Competition & Display Nov 17, 2011 – Jan 2, 2012 Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Asheville, NC 28804 The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa invites you to make it a true gingerbread day when visiting the 19th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ this year. No holiday season would be complete without a trip to The Grove Park Inn to see the festive display. Guests may now spend a full day of gingerbread fun with new on-site activities, topped off with a visit to Grove Park’s award-winning holiday brunch buffet at The Blue Ridge Dining Room. www.groveparkinn.com Art Walks Historic Downtown Concord Fri, November 18, 6pm – 9pm Historic Downtown Concord, NC 28026 The Galleries organize Art Walks in downtown Concord in conjunctions with exhibitions. Downtown galleries and shops display a variety of visual art. There are refreshments and entertainment at many locations, and artists are on hand to talk informally about their work. 30th Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival Nov 19 – 20, 2011 528 Old Plank Rd Seagrove, NC 27341 See the work of the largest pottery community in the United States. Seagrove potters and NC potters will offer demonstrations and sell their wares in one location. Don’t miss the live auction on Saturday for the limited edition pottery piece.

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Destinations Holiday Lighting of the Ship Nov 25, 2011 – Jan 4, 2012 Wilmington, NC 28401 Part of historic downtown Wilmington’s annual holiday light celebration, the Battleship will be dressed in lights strung from the bow up to the masts and down to the stern. Enjoy nightly from dusk to 11:00pm. Free viewing from downtown Wilmington. www.battleshipnc.com 2nd Almost Annual Holiday Fest Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 Round Peak Vineyard Mount Airy, NC 27030 We missed it in 2010, but our Holiday Festival is coming back for 2011! Don’t miss the chance to sample wines from many area wineries, and get your holiday shopping done with our local art & craft vendors 11-6pm (Live music 1 - 4pm) www.roundpeak.com 11th Annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration Dec 9 – 11, 2011 Harrell Center and Stuart Auditorium Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 Head to the mountains for a little Christmas cheer! Appalachian Christmas begins at 7:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in historic Stuart Auditorium with a performance by the Lake Junaluska Singers featuring Celtic sounds, traditional carols, and selections from Handel’s Messiah. At 9a.m. Saturday, Dec.10, the doors open on the Harrell Center for the spectacular Christmas Craft Show, featuring the work of local Western North Carolina crafters and artists. The musical celebration continues at 2:30p.m., with a concert featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers and Voices in the Laurel, the area’s premier youth choir. That evening, join four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and other musical ensembles including the Lake Junaluska Singers, a 16-voice professional ensemble. David Holt will spread holiday cheer with his special musical talent at 8p.m. A special worship service in Memorial Chapel at 9a.m. Sunday, December 11, will wrap up a weekend of southern Christmas entertainment. Concert tickets for the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon performances are $15 for adults and $6 for children 8 years of age and under. Admission to the Christmas Craft Show is free. Tickets for David Holt’s Saturday night performance are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 8 years of age and under. Appalachian Christmas hotel packages, which include lodging, meals, and tickets, are available. This year’s Appalachian Christmas Celebration is perfect for the whole family! For more information, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/christmas or call 800-222-4930. A Huntersville Christmas Sat, December 10, 5 pm – 8 pm Downtown Huntersville, NC 28078 Come out to this community event and enjoy the festive celebrations in our revitalized Downtown. There will be pony rides, magic shows, entertainment, horse and carriage rides, a bonfire, story telling, rides and games, children’s crafts, a visit from Santa and much more! www.huntersville.org

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ighlands Culinary Weekend returns for the fifth season November 10 through 13, showcasing Hig h lands’ award winning restaurants, innovative chefs and a huge selection of wine varietals against the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cu linar y We ekend kicks off with the Opening Night C e l e br at i on at Hi g h l an d s Countr y Club on Thursday, November 10 at 7 pm . Guests will enjoy fine wines and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs as their taste buds ignite to prepare them for the weekend’s festivities. The

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Saucy Sisters will host the event with colorful commentary and Wacky Wine Quizzes with special prizes. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands. Whether you are up for a farm to table wine dinner, singing & suds or cooking demonstration, there’s something to inspire everyone. Guests will indulge some of the finest wine and food pairings. Relax with the popular Sip and Stroll in beautiful

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downtown Highlands on Saturday, November 12 from 11 am to 4 pm . Experience the wares of Highlands’ fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine and delightful edibles. New to the lineup this year will be the waiter race at Pine Street Park on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. Come cheer on your favorite restaurant staff as they race for the cup to be named the best staff in Highlands. “The Highlands community has joined together to create a spectacular line-up of events for t h i s s p e c i a l we e ke n d,” says Laura Huerta, Manager of Lakeside Restaurant and Chair of Highlands Culinary Weekend. “Fall in beautiful Highlands has never looked better!” Reservations for the events are t a ke n d i re c t l y by t h e respective venues. For more information, or to be a part of the 5 th Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend, please call 866-526-5841 or 828-526-5841. View the event web page at www. highlandsculinar yweekend. com. The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce is the presenting sponsor of Culinary Weekend. Event sponsors include The L au r e l M a g a z i n e , D r a k e s Diamond Gallery, WHLC 104.5, The Highlander Newspaper, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Inland Seafood and Mountain Fresh Grocery. 5th Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend 866-526-5841 or 828-526-5841 www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com. DashboardsandSaddlebags.com 704-706-2365

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ur second annual trek to the Blue Ridge began at Flow BMW around 9:00 AM with an excellent brunch kindly provided by Jason’s Deli. As a diverse gathering of cars lined up outside, the main topic among the CruZers were the two events that had occurred the day before, the Euro Classica at Old Salem and the Grand Prix D’ Monaco Casino Night at Flow BMW. A brief review of the drive was conducted with pointers about staying together, obeying all traffic laws and a reminder that this was a scenic CruZ, not a race! Our escort from the W-S police department arrived just in time and we departed from our staging area with about 30 cars and over 60 participants. We discovered later that our escort had underestimated our numbers and just over 1/2 had made the left turn before he departed. Apparently, the ones left behind made up for lost time

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as we arrived at Hanging Rock State park, our first stop, with all present and accounted for! The twists and turns of route 66 were a drivers delight with lots of gear changes and tight apexes.

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Leaving HRSP our group consisting of everything from Maseratis to Miatas (BMW’s were the largest marque represented) snaked up Squirrel Spur to Meadows of the Dan and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A short sprint up the parkway, past the photogenic Mabry Mill, brought us to our final destination Chateau Morrisette Winery. The weather was perfect and even at these higher elevations all the convertibles remained topless as we arrived at the winery. Many CruZers enjoyed a wine tasting and tour while others seemed to just enjoy the mountain top views. Departing around 4:00 another trek Southward on the parkway to Orchard Gap brought us to some of the most exciting backroads in the Blue Ridge, plunging

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down to Mount Airy (Mayberry) and back to our own points of departure. All funds raised were donated to the MJ Fox Parkinson’s Research and amounted to over $1,000, thanks again to Jason’s Deli for donating 10% of their evening sales from the Friday night before the Euro-Classica. Polish up that driving machine, bring your camera and we’ll see you next year! From the Flow BMW’s Newsletter the “Good Times Flow” found at flowbmw.com.

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9th Annual Wheels Through Time Raffle November 12, 2011 J

oin us at the museum for a great weekend in motorcycle history. The museum is holding its Annual Veterans Day Weekend Salute, and all veterans, active-duty, and retired military receive complimentary museum admission and an honorary 2-year museum membership. On Saturday, the museum will host the annual Haywood County Toy Run for the 8th year in a row. Each year, over 1500 toyrunners make their way to the museum to support those in need during the holiday season.

The museum will be also be holding its 9th Annual Motorcycle Raffle Drawing on Saturday, November 12, 2011 -- Don’t miss your chance to win a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead beautifully restored at Wheels Through Time. Bring friends and family, as this weekend will be one of the best museum events of the year. Get Your Tickets Today at WheelsThroughTime.com!!!

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Cradle of Forestry -Wally Wersching

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fter thinking about places to go, I realized that I hadn’t been to the Cradle of Forestry in a couple years. I had passed by it on RT 276 but never stopped. I laid out my route and what I planned to do for the day and get back by around 2:00pm. I left home about 7:15am heading west on Rt 74. The sun was just coming over the horizon. It was going to be a beautiful late summer day. I followed it as it merged with I-26. I got off at Upward Road and followed it until I turned left onto Greenville Highway. After a mile or so, I turned right onto Little River Road and passed the Carl Sandburg Home. After a few miles, I turned left onto Berea Church Road (it’s a short cut to Kanuga Road). At the stop sign, I turned left onto Kanuga Road and followed it all the way to Rt 64 where I turned left. At the next light, I went straight onto Rt 276 and stopped at the ranger station/ visitor center. The lady rangers (or volunteers) were very friendly. I continued up Rt 276 which is a fun road to drive. The turns are sharp and the air was cool. The road surface is a little bumpy in spots but that all adds to the

excitement of the drive. Before I knew it, the Cradle of Forestry was on the right. I paid the $5.00 admission and parked. I was the only one there at the time. For those who never heard of the Cradle of Forestry, here a brief synopsis of it. In 1888, George Vanderbilt bought 2,000 acres of land south of Asheville, NC which he called “Biltmore”. The land was mismanaged when the farmers clear cut trees for lumber and firewood. The Europeans were practicing forestry which is using the forests wisely so that they will be there for generations to come. Vanderbilt hired Gifford Pinchot who started to manage Continued on page 20

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his forests which expanded to 80,000 acres in 1895 which Vanderbilt called “Pisgah Forest”. Pinchot was replaced by Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck from Germany. Since America had no forestry schools, those who wanted to learn about the profession asked to volunteer under Dr. Schenck and in 1898, Dr. Schenck founded the Biltmore Forest School. During the 15 years the school operated, over 350 students practiced tree stewardship, lumbering and maintenance of productive woodlands. The site of The Cradle of Forestry

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was actually the site of the old school which still has many of the original buildings. There are two trails in the Cradle of Forestry. I decided to walk the Biltmore Campus Trail which has all the old school buildings. The other trail – The Forest Festival Trail has the train and sawmill among many unusual trees. Many of the buildings have a small button that when pushed, a recording starts that tells all about the life at the school. It is very informative. I walked back to the main building to watch the new movie. I heard that a new movie was made last ye ar and I wanted to see it. I had seen the old movie a few times – it was done well. The new one was supposed to be much better. There

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was a problem though. The ranger had not set up the movie to run and the volunteers were not authorized to mess with it. I’ll check it out the next time I’m in the area. On Tuesdays, I can get in for free and see it. Go to www.cradleofforestry.com for more info. I continued up Rt 276 and turned onto The Parkway heading north. My next stop was the Pisgah Inn. The scenery from the inn is breathtaking. They also have a very good restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cindy and I ate there before and the food was great. Go to www.pisgahinn.com for more info. I continued heading north on The Parkway and enjoying the cool temps and overcast skies. My next stop was Craggy Gardens. I was glad to see that it wasn’t foggy like it sometimes is because I wanted to hike up to the peak and get some pictures. I drove by the visitor station and after going through the

tunnel, I turned left to go to the parking lot. I parked and started up the trail. I was glad that I wore my hiking boots because there were some rough sections of the trail. Once at the summit, it started to mist. The views were outstanding in every direction. It was almost like being on top of the world. The people at the visitor station looked like ants as they walked around. It was great! It took me a half hour to walk up to the summit and back down. I had to leave the top up on the Miata because it was wet. It wasn’t raining that bad. If I hadn’t stopped, I probably would have driven right through it. I continued on The Parkway and drove through some very wet roads. I must have just missed the heavy rain. I turned off at Rt 80 and it was dry so I dropped the top again. The drive down Rt 80 is always fun especially when there is no traffic. It was great. I made it all the way to Rt 70 with nobody slowing me down.

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The Wheels Through Time Museum Remains in North Carolina for now J

ust moments before Dashboards and Saddlebags Magazine went to press I had a chance to confirm with Dale and Matt Walksler that The Wheels Through Time Museum is going to stay in Maggie Valley for another season. Dale was busy welcoming guests from all over the country so we did not have time to chat long, but Dale will have an official statement on WheelsThroughTime.com by mid November. Why is this such a big deal? WTT is a treasure that North Carolina should fight to keep. The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world’s premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorcycles. This All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marques on display, including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more. Western North Carolina’s premier museum and tourism attraction features dozens of motorcycle-

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related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hillclimbing, and original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and oneof-a-kind motorcycles. Founded by Dale Walksler in 1993, WTT has become an integral piece in discovering, maintaining, and preserving American motorcycle history. The collection houses tens of thousands of motorcycle pictures, historic memorabilia, and other motorcycle artifacts, and has been featured in hundreds of motorcycle publications. WT T is the mus eum that runs. Those black marks in the photo came from rubber, not paint, may be from a 1910 Indian?

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VIRginia International Raceway’s Annual Holiday Laps T

he 2011 Holiday season is approaching just as fast as the cars at our track, which means it’s time for VIRginia International Raceway’s annual Holiday Laps charity benefit. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to take their vehicles out onto the historic 3.27 mile VIR track and see first hand why Car & Driver Magazine calls it “One of the top 6 road courses in the U.S.A.” But best of all while enjoying the exhilaration of the track, drivers will be helping others out at the same time. Positioned on 1,200 pastoral acres in the rolling hills of “Virginia’s Racing Region,” VIRginia International Raceway offers a unique experience that you

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won’t find anywhere else. Those who may be visiting VIR for the first time, will find a motorsport experience destination where adventure abounds at every corner and every turn—and then round out a dynamic day with dinner at Oak Tree Tavern. Our Villas are fully and luxuriously equipped for a long, comfortable stay; the Lodge serves as a relaxing oasis; and the Pit Lane Rooms keep you at the core of all the action. With spa services, a variety of restaurants and catering, meeting facilities, VIR Kart Track, the Ariel Atom Experience, offroad adventures and VIR Skeet Range, there’s no need to look any further.

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in to help everyone have fun. F and S Photography will be donating a free on-site color 8x10 to every vehicle that participates. TMI Auto Tech will once again be offering rides in their Ariel Atom performance car (which is Holiday Laps will be held on manufactured here locally) for Friday, November 11 th from $10 a ride, all of which will go to 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with the last the Salvation Army as well. The group taking the track at 3:30 VIR Kart Track will be open all PM that day. The cost is $25 per day, offering an opportunity to session, which will last from hone one’s racing skills on a state20 to 25 minutes. Donations of of-the-art 5/8 mile paved karting $25 in cash, unwrapped toys or circuit and The Oak Tree Spa will non-perishable food items will be open for appointments as well. be accepted. All donations will There will also be raffles held benefit the Danville Salvation throughout the day and there Army and their Christmas Holi- may even be a visit from Santa day programs. All donations will again this year. be tax deductible. “We are extremely grateful to Several companies have kicked Continued on page 26 DashboardsandSaddlebags.com 704-706-2365

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