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Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Take A Ride In The Sky(way) Five Finds in the Foothills

Motors, Moonshiners And Mountaineers Chasing the Dragon

Unique Un nique Deesttinationns Destinations

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ell, now you’ve done it! You can forget about taking care of your lawn, painting the house, or any of those chores you told yourself that you would get around to. Nope, not a chance, as long as your are reading Dashboards and Saddlebags the Destination Magazine™ you will find too many unique distractions to keep you from your weekend obligations.

Whether you like livermush, Lamborghini’s, or both you will find a destination in Dashboards and Saddlebags that will tickle your fancy. So just go ahead and hire that lawn service & handyman, and don’t even think about cooking! Get out, find new destinations and enjoy life, you won’t have to travel far!

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Contents Destinations 6 Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

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Antiques & Collectibles Show at Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, 2nd Oldest East of the Mississippi 14 Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

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Take A Ride In The Sky(way)

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Motors, Moonshiners And Mountaineers

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Film Junkies Guide to North Carolina

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Five Finds in the Foothills

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Chasing the Dragon

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Along The Way

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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 ©2013 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 Metrolina Expo Marketplace May 30 – June 2, 2013 Metrolina Expo 7100 Statesville Rd. Charlotte, NC 28269 Come find great treasures at the Metrolina Marketplace from antique to shabby chic and everything in between! www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com Toe River Studio Tour May 31 – June 2, 2013 Spruce Pine, NC 28777 Grab the tour map and hit the road to visit over 100 artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties! Artists open their studios twice a year for the Toe River Studio tours! Enjoy meeting the artists in the premier craft destination in NC! www.toeriverarts.org Western North Carolina Air Museum Air Fair June 1 – 2, 2013 Western North Carolina Air Museum Hendersonville, NC 28792 Open house, antique aircraft on display, flybys, memorabilia & rides available in both antique aircraft and modern aircraft, kids can ride in the Ornithopter, and food. www.wncairmuseum.com 11th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival Saturday, June 1, 2013 Kingsway Plaza, Eden, NC 9:00am- 4:00pm NC The finest in hand-crafted pottery from throughout the state. Over 100 potters in 45 booths. Door prizes and demonstrations. Visit www.ExploreEdenNc.com or call 336-623-7789 ext 3021 for more information. 3rd Annual Arts, River and Music Festival Saturday, June 1, 2013 River Walk trail Murphy, NC 28906 The 3rd Annual Art, River and Music Festival will take place on the beautiful River Walk trail located at the Historic L&N Depot. The Farmers Market will take place at the Depot, and the Art, River and Music Festival will stretch back in the cool shade along the River Walk trail. Arts activities for kids are available during the day, as well as a petting zoo and other fun diversions! www.cherokeeartscouncil.org/spring-art-river-and-music-festival/ Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration Saturday, June 1, 2013 305 West Fourth Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 One of the premier celebrations of wine in North Carolina, Salute! uncorks in the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem, with North Carolina wineries offering tastings and purchase of their harvest. www.salutencwine.com Troutacular! Sat, June 1, 6am– 3pm Riverside Park, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 A great beginning of fishing season in the High Country! Troutacular is a family fishing day in Spruce Pine, a NC Mountain Heritage Trout City! Kids fishing tournament with tons of prizes, crafts, vendors, food and music! A great day to spend with your kids on the river. www.mitchell-county.com Camaro Show Saturday, June 1, 2013 Shelton Vineyards Dobson, NC 27017 Come out to try some great wine and see a display of the latest generation of Chevrolet Camaros on our beautiful grounds. “The newest generation Chevrolet Camaro rocks. After years of anticipation, Chevy’s new Camaro not only lives up to the hype but also redefines what a muscle car can be.” - Edmunds.com. This will be a truly unique showing of the next generation of modern muscle car. www.sheltonvineyards.com

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Destinations Charlotte Area Cars and Coffee Sat, June 1, 7:30am– 11:00am Mattie’s Diner / NC Music Factory Uptown Village-Main Lot 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte NC 28206 Warrior Dash Sat, June 1, 9am– 3pm Historic Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078 Welcome to America’s most insane race. Warrior Dash of the Carolinas returns this year for 11 obstacles from hell await you along this 3.08 mile course. Are you a Warrior? RACE LENGTH: WAVE TIMES: 3.08 hellish miles Waves of up to 500 participants. www.warriordash.com Live Music and More at The Historic Orchard at Altapass Wednesday, June 5, 2013 The Historic Orchard at Altapass Live bands play at the Orchard Wednesday through Sunday afternoons from May through September, and weekend afternoons in October. We also offer special performances by professional clogging groups, yodelers, and even a world-champion whistler. Check out our Events Calendar for the latest schedule. www.altapassorchard.org 6th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival June 6 – 9, 2013 Highlands Rec Park and Civic Center Highlands, NC 28741 Classic Car Show with Altitude. This is the 6th year of the show, and it is going to be one not to miss, one of a kind cars will be on display, and fun events planned throughout the weekend. highlandsmotoringfestival.com Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show-Saddlebred Show June 6 – 9, 2013 Tate Show Grounds, Blowing Rock Equestrian Center, on Laurel Lane just off Hwy 221, less than one mile from Main Street. Blowing Rock, NC 28605 The atmosphere at a Saddlebred show is electric, with spectators shouting encouragement and rooting for their favorites from the stands. The most exciting classes are the three and five gaited Open Championship classes. Equally exciting are the Roadster classes, both under saddle and in harness. Come see the excitement! www.blowingrockequestrian.com Ninth Annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest June 6 – 9, 2013 500 North Marshall Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Texas Pete Twin City RibFest continues to thrive with its combination of national BBQ pitmasters competing for awards and customers, excellent beer, bourbon and quality entertainment on its music stages. Musical acts over the years have included local, regional and national acts including the Avett Brothers, Vanilla Ice, Cyrille Neville, Hal Ketchum, Mother’s Finest and many more. The success of the Twin City RibFest was immediate and helped it gain recognition in Bon Appetit magazine and MarthaStewart.com, as well as being named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Bureau. www.twincityribfest.com 18th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival June 7 – 8, 2013 Governor Morehead Park NC The 18th. Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival is scheduled for Location: Governor Morehead Park, in the midst of the textile complex where Charlie spent his working life—what there was

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Destinations of it. The festival is planned for June 8th and 9th, and will kick off with a concert of old time music on Friday evening, with instrumental competitions on Saturday. Other activities are in the works and will be announced soon. Food and other vendors will be on site for the festival. Schedules, ticket prices and other information will be posted soon at www.charlie-poole.com. 42nd Annual Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention June 7 – 8, 2013 Veterans Memorial Park Mount Airy, NC 27030 The Old-Time music tradition born in Surry County and the sounds of sweet music will carry throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from local, national and international musicians at the Annual Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Bring a lawn chair and encourage a sunny weekend. The contest will be held outside if weather permits. www.surryarts.org/fiddlersconvention/index.html Hog Happenin’ June 7 – 8, 2013 Downtown Lincolnton, NC 28092 Kansas City BarBQ cook-off, as well as motorcyclists from all over in attendance. Great food, vendors, bike show, bike games and poker run! Molly Hachet to perform Friday night at 8:00pm!! www.HogHappenin.Org First Concert & Livermush Festival Fri, June 7, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Main Street, Historic Downtown Marion, NC 28752 Activities include music and a livermush cooking contest. www.mcdowellnc.org DC Classic Cars Memorial Car Show Saturday, June 8, 2013 DC Classic Cars 158 Rolling Hill Road Mooresville NC Classics, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Rat Rods, Exotics, All Makes and Models of Motorcycles and Trucks Welcome! Music, Food, Vendors. www.dcclassiccars.com The Black and Blue: Double Century Relay Saturday, June 8, 2013 Riverside Restaurant in Todd, NC 28684 The only cycling event of its kind in the contiguous United States, The Black & Blue, which is a double century (218-mile) relay, showcases the demanding mountainous roads and notable rivers of Northwestern North Carolina, Southwestern Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee. The Black & Blue is a bike challenge like no other. blackandbluerelay.com Bee Wild! Sat, June 8, 9am– 3pm 6500 S. New Hope Road Belmont, NC 28012 Approximately 75% of the food we eat, including tasty favorites such as apples, strawberries, blueberries and chocolate is pollinated by insects like bees. During this event, you’ll get a chance to see the secret lives of bees, learn how they make honey and wax, and participate in fun activities. www.facebook.com/DanielStoweBotanicalGarden Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration Sat, June 8, 10am– 5pm Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786 A full day celebration of mountain heritage, music, dance, craft, and Appalachian life skills. Educational and entertaining, the event features craft demonstrations such as basketry, wood carving, quilting, pottery, along with storytelling, traditional mountain music, clogging, and old time food vendors. www.downtownwaynesville.com

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Destinations Vineyard Deck Music Series Sat, June 8, 11am– 5pm South Creek Vineyards & Winery Nebo, NC 28761 Music on the Vineyard Deck with Acoustic Blues Artist Melody Cox. No admission fee. Make it a weekend getaway, and join us on Sunday too! For more information, call 828-652-5729 or visit www.southcreekwinery.com. Music at Silver Fork Sat, June 8, 1pm – 6pm Silver Fork Winery 5000 Patton Road Morganton, NC 28655 Soak in the energy of Clay Howard amazing vocals and acoustic guitar! silverforkwinery.com Kannapolis Cruise-In Sat, June 8, 3pm – 9pm Downtown Kannapolis, NC 28081 Car lovers can enjoy every make and model of classic car in the quaint setting of downtown Kannapolis. Event is free and family friendly. 20th Annual Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival June 14 – 15, 2013 Harmon Field Tryon, NC 28782 The 2013 Festival - our 20th anniversary! is scheduled from 10am-11pm both days. www.blueridgebbqfestival.com 4th Annual WNC Highlands Celtic Festival June 14 – 15, 2013 Asheville Outdoor Center 521 Amboy Road Asheville, NC 28806 The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival is a celebration of heritage. The event features Celtic music & dance by Scottish tribal powerhouse Albannach, international supergroup Rathkeltair, the Southern Highlands’ own Cutthroat Shamrock, plus Marcille Wallis & Friends, Stirling Bridge, My Three Kilts, the Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums, and the Moynihan School of Irish Dance. (Note: the latter four acts are all based in North Carolina.) There’s also authentic Celtic and Regional Foods and beer by Western North Carolina’s first microbrewery, Highland Brewing Company. Celtic Vendors, Highland Athletic Demonstrations, Border Collie Demonstration, Clans Convening, and Dance Demonstration, all at the Asheville Outdoor Center on the banks of the French Broad River. www.celticheritageproductions.com/wnc.htm Seagrove Summerfest June 14 – 15, 2013 127 E Main St Seagrove, NC 27341 Summerfest will kick off at the Museum of NC Traditional Pottery in downtown Seagrove with demonstrations and refreshments. Pick up a list of participating potters and visit the shops to purchase new summer wares. Reidsville Downtown Cruise In Fri, June 14, 6pm – 9pm Downtown Reidsville NC If your car is a 1987 or older... Come join the EZ Street Cruisers Car Club Cruise In! Live Music-Rain or Shine!-Televised!!! Cars & Coffee Greensboro Saturday, June 15, 2013 Jefferson Village Highwoods Circle Greensboro, NC 27410 Dance the Night Away Saturday, June 15, 7pm Market Square Downtown Reidsville NC. Fantasy Band finished recording a brand new Beach single titled “Don’t Go”. A high energy show band that will keep your audience on their feet then Fantasy is the one! Vaughn Penn & The Boomers: Their performances have ranged from the most intimate of gatherings to the ‘97 President Clinton Inaugural ball. www.ci.reidsville.nc.us

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Destinations Father’s Day Cruise-In Car Show Sun, June 16, 1pm – 4pm 588 Chestnut Gap Rd Hendersonville, NC 28792 Take Dad out for Father’s Day to the Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard & Tasting Room! The Hendersonville Antique Car Club will be here Father’s Day Sunday, showing off their cars. Bring a picnic to enjoy on our patio or in our vineyard meadow! www.saintpaulmountainvineyards.com Silver Fork’s Summer Solstice Fri, June 21, 12pm – 6pm 5000 Patton Road, Morganton, NC 28655 The summer solstice, the longest day of the year - many cultures consider it a holiday to celebrate abundance, fulfillment and the beauty of nature. Like the harvest and bounty received during the Summer, the Sun’s energy brings things to fruition. For us - it’s more time for a glass of wine, soaking in the view and toasting to a plentiful and delicious 2013 Harvest! silverforkwinery.com Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb June 22 – 23, 2013 Joyce Kilmer Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771 The fourth SCCA Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb is on a closed course road in the Joyce Kilmer National Park. More than 70 cars will be competing for trophies, cash prizes and championship points as part of the Sports Car Club of America - Southeast Division Time Trial Series. www.dragonhillclimb.com Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration at Tilley H-D Statesville June 22 – 23, 2013 Bike Games - Hooters Bike Wash - DJ - Live Music from Doctor Randy Davis, Rough Around The Edges, Hyndsyte Hickory. All Vehicles Welcome www.tilleyhd.com An Appalachian Evening Saturday, June 29, 2013 Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center 121 Schoolhouse Road Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771 An Appalachian Evening, the summer concert series, offers an everchanging schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists. These shows provide quality entertainment for the entire family, and the historic Stecoah auditorium brings back memories of community gatherings in days gone by. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com Annual Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival June 30 – Jul 4, 2013 Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton, NC 28655 10th Annual Bluegrass Festival featuring the top names in Bluegrass. Check website for updates on performers. Camping on site. www.redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com 43rd Annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion July 2 – 6, 2013 Denton FarmPark Denton, NC 27239 The largest steam, gas and antique farm machinery show in the Southeastern US! Over 1,000 antique tractors on display, hundreds of gasoline engines on display, antique farm machinery demonstrations, tractor pulls, lawnmower pull, horse pull, auction, arts & crafts, flea market, 15 restored old buildings, country, bluegrass and gospel music, and some of the best food you will ever eat! Camping is available. www.farmpark.com

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Destinations Metrolina Expo Marketplace July 4 – 7, 2013 Metrolina Expo 7100 Statesville Rd. Charlotte, NC 28269 Come find great treasures at the Metrolina Marketplace from antique to shabby chic and everything in between! www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com Heavy Rebel Weekender July 4 – 5, 2013 Millennium Center and on Trade Street Downtown Winston-Salem, NC 27101 The Heavy Rebel Weekender is a celebration of the “Heaviest Rebels” of Rock and Roll. Open: Thursday July 4 Pre-Party at The Garage 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Admission; 3-day pass $90 in advance, $100 at the door, 1-day pass (Fri-Sat-Sun) $35. See web site for more information. www.heavyrebel.net Independence Day Celebration at Fontana Village Thu, July 4, 9am– 11pm 300 Woods Rd Fontana Dam, NC 28733 Live music, cookout, games, swimming contests, and parade -- all topped off with fireworks. Fontana Village Resort is located in the beautiful Nantahala National Forest & is the southwestern entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. www.fontanavillage.com Lake Reidsville Celebration Thu, July 4, 3:30pm – 11:00pm 630 Waterworks Rd Reidsville, NC 27320 11:00pm - Festivities begin, vendors arrive with food, drinks, rides, inflatables and much more. 3:30pm - 10:00pm - Concert performances begin leading up to a spectacular fire works show.For more information call 336-349-4792 www.ci.reidsville.nc.us 17th Annual Battleship Blast Thu, July 4, 9:05pm – 10:00pm Wilmington Riverfront Wilmington, NC 28401 A huge and wonderfully choreographed fireworks display explodes over the Battleship. View this spectacular event from the beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington Riverfront. The Battleship closes at 6pm for fireworks set up. Enjoy watching the 2013 17th Annual Battleship Blast Fireworks show starting at 9:05pm-You don’t want to miss out! Graham County Heritage Festival - Motors, Moonshiners & Mountaineers Jul 5 – 6, 2013 Courthouse Square, vendors will be located from First Baptist Church all the way though Olde Town Robbinsville, NC 28771 This year Graham County Heritage Festival features motors, moonshiners and mountaineers as part of our 2013 Independence Day weekend celebration. Join us Saturday and Sunday, July 5 & 6, on Courthouse Square in downtown Robbinsville for entertainment, contests, food, fun and more. Children will enjoy games, a Little Miss Liberty Contest, and even an old-timey greased pig contest. Adults can compete in horseshoe games and corn hole contests. Honoring Veterans is always a big part of our Heritage Festival events. On Saturday, there will be a Veteran’s Ceremony followed by a Veteran’s Parade. Please join us as we honor our local heroes and celebrate our independence! For more information visit www.grahamcounty.net. It’s a down-home good time in Robbinsville, and everyone’s invited!

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Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention June 7-8, 2013 Veterans Memorial Park Mount Airy, North Carolina The Old-Time music tradition born in Surry County and the sounds of sweet music will carry throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from local, national and international musicians at the Annual Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Always held the first weekend in June, this family friendly event brings together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and family entertainment . This popular festival, established in 1972, is dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music, as well as dance. The Fiddlers Convention features solo and band competitions whose winners are awarded cash prizes. The Bluegrass & Old-Time Convention takes place rain or shine at the Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Emcee for this year’s event is Lew Bode. Sound System by Brown Communication. Bring a lawn chair and encourage a sunny weekend. The contest will be held outside if weather permits. Be sure to come visit Mount Airy during other times of the year as well. Learn more about Surry County Music and take in a show at the EARLE Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Also, the Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week and the Surry Arts Council has events going on throughout the year, so there are plenty of reasons to return!

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Antiques & Collectibles Show at Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, 2nd Oldest East of the Mississippi W

hether you travel on two wheels, four wheels or more, when you hit the road the first weekend of the month, plan to arrive at 7100 Statesville Road, nestled between Interstate 77 and Old Statesville Road in Charlotte. It is there you will find the largest collection of antiques and collectibles, or as owner Pete Pistone says, “From shabby chic to priceless antiques,” in North or South Carolina For over 35 years, dealers from dozens of states, several countries, as well as local collectors, have been bringing items to sell at our 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor selling bazaar. Metrolina Fairgrounds as it was once known was, in fact, the site of the county fairs for Mecklenburg County. Today the tradition of festival atmosphere with flags flying continues here every month. Whether you love furniture, jewelry, glassware and china, books or vintage items, along with sports and military memorabilia, there IS something for you. We offer fine foods from a full kitchen and several delis, along with your favorite adult beverages. You will love the Metrolina Expo Marketplace for your single destination or as part of weekend travel. Get on the road and join the fun!

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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

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aint Paul Mountain Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery located in Hendersonville, N.C. This particular piece of property has been in Alan Ward’s family since the 1800’s. Our goal is to create an environment of sustainability where the family can continue to participate in farming. We have carefully selected our growing locations and with a lot of work, investment, trial and error ,and some good luck. We are able to grow some exceptional grapes that have high Brix (a measure of sugar level) and tannins and acidity to produce top-quality red and white wines. The elevation of the 5 acres of grapes at the Chestnut Gap location are grown at 2300 feet while another 10 acres is grown at 3000 feet at Point Lookout in Edneyville. The elevation, lower humidity and early morning drying of the grapes on the mountain slopes make for a better growing season. The winery and tasting room opened on August 5, 2012 with 6 wines consisting of 2 Chardonnays, 2 Riesling blends and 2 Cabernets each with a dryer and sweeter version. In 2012, our production was more than 2000 cases. In 2013, we are working to release 5 new wines totaling approximately another 2000 cases. We grow 14 varieties of grapes of which 95% are French vinifera and variations of German and Austrian stock.

We want people to come here, experience it and learn about the farming and wine making process. We are dog friendly and have picnic areas if you would like to bring a picnic to enjoy with your wine. We also feature locally made food products including Vineyards Edge Dairy goat cheeses, Tito’s Specialty Foods hummus, and Roots and Branches artisan crackers for purchase. Throughout the Summer we will also feature live music most weekends. Bring your family to visit ours!

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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard 588 Chestnut Gap Rd Hendersonville, NC 28792 Tel: 828-685-4002 www.saintpaulmountainvineyards.com

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he Cherohala Skyway may be the only National Scenic Byway that resulted from a joke. In the 1950s, someone made a joke about the only roads between North Carolina and Tennessee being old wagon trails. That started an annual wagon trail ride, which gave rise to the idea for a highway that would run along the crest of the Unicoi Mountains from Robbinsville, N.C., to Tellico, Tenn. After 40 years and at a cost of $100 million, the 43-mile Cherohala Skyway was finished. It has become a popular scenic drive as it rises from 2,660 feet to 5,390 feet in just over 10 miles along the North Carolina side. This mini Blue Ridge Parkway combines with the nearby Dragon at Deals Gap and the Parkway itself to make an amazing driving trip through Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Cherohala Skyway is named for the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, which line each side of the road. It is known for its long sweeping corners, scenic views, and picnic and hiking #57 opportunities. Popular stops along and near the Skyway include Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Santeetlah Project 543 tells the story of unique spots across North Lake and many Cherokee sites.

The fourth SCCA Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb is being held June 22-23 in Robbinsville, NC on a closed course road in the Joyce Kilmer National Park.

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Carolina we hope will become some of your favorite places. Why 543? Because that’s the number of miles from Manteo, on the coast, to Murphy, in the mountains, and is traditionally considered to be the width of our state. The entries in this project are in no particular order, and we’ll add to them each week. Check in often to find inspiration for your next trip, or start planning today at VisitNC.com.

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his year Graham County Heritage Festival features motors, moonshiners and mountaineers as part of our 2013 Independence Day weekend celebration. Join us Saturday and Sunday, July 5 & 6, on Courthouse Square in downtown Robbinsville for entertainment, contests, food, fun and more. You can meet Moonshiners in the hometown where part of their popular television show is filmed. See replicas of automobiles like the General Lee and Dixie from the Dukes of Hazzard television show with Hazzard Life. And join the crowds who gather to watch local loggers compete in lumberjack contests. No need to go hungry –enjoy delicious food while you listen to local bands play genuine mountain bluegrass and country music tunes. Want some exercise? Spend the evening dancing on the square. Children will enjoy games, a Little Miss Liberty Contest, and even an old-timey greased pig contest. Adults can compete in horseshoe games and corn hole contests. Honoring Veterans is always a big part of our Heritage Festival events. On Saturday, there will be a Veteran’s Ceremony followed by a Veteran’s Parade. Please join us as we honor our local heroes and celebrate our independence! For more information about the festival, please call 828-4793790 or visit www. grahamcounty.net. It’s a down-home good time in Robbinsville, and everyone’s invited!

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Graham County Heritage Festival

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ou can meet Moonshiners in their hometown where part of their popular television show is filmed. See replicas of automobiles like the General Lee and Dixie from the Dukes of Hazzard television show with Hazzard Life. Join the crowds who gather to watch local loggers compete in Lumberjack Contests. Listen to local bands play genuine Mountain Bluegrass and Country Music tunes and spend the evening Dancing On The Square. Honoring Veterans is always a big part of our Heritage Festival events. On Saturday, there will be a Veteran’s Ceremony followed by a Veteran’s Parade. Please join us as we honor our local heroes and Celebrate Our Independence!

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Film Junkies Guide to North Carolina Fontana Lake and Fontana Village N.C. 28, Fontana Dam (800-849-2258, www.fontanavillage.com) A fee is charged for boat tours, call for hours.

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ontana Lake, in the extreme western “nose” of North Carolina, due south of Knoxville, Tennessee, and just above where the Tar Heel State shares a brief border with Georgia, provided the perfect natural setting for the acclaimed feature Nell Jodie Foster’s Academy Awardnominated performance was based on the true story of a backwoods woman, her idioglossia (a condition in which a person pronounces words so badly as to seem to speak a language all its own), and her introduction to society. It’s hard to say what’s more stunning in the film, Foster’s performance or Fontana’s beauty.

Foster lost almost 15 pounds for the role, mostly by eating what Nell would eat. Her use of Nell’s speech and language (a kind of mountain English taught to the real-life Nell by her stroke-affected mother) is amazing. Interestingly, co-star Liam Neeson, who plays Dr. Lovell, was much taken by the local language, as it reminded him of his native Mel Gibson, who was making Braveheart at the time. But the true star of the film could be the beautiful lake and its surrounding area. For several years, visitors to Fontana Lake could take a “Nell Cabin Boat Tour.” Unfortunately, the cabin now lies disassembled in a maintenance shed at Fontana Village,

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Five Finds in the Foothills

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hat could be better than rolling topography and gently curving roads in the North Carolina foothills? How about rolling topography and gently curving roads leading to five wineries? For your next getaway, make an excursion to Burke County, a scenic region where wineries are taking root in the foothills soil.

A good starting point is Lake James Cellars, about 15 minutes west of Morganton in Glen Alpine. It’s a short jaunt out U.S. 70 to the winery, located in a refurbished textile mill. And the peaceful little town of Glen Alpine provides a great setting. At Lake James Cellars, folks can taste from a selection of 8-10 wines and learn the story of how Mike and Betty Fowler started making wine years ago in the cellar of their Lake James home. The wines became so popular with family and friends that the Fowlers decide to go at it full time. Since that time, the wines have won numerous awards. And a neat thing about Lake James Cellars is that it includes an antique mall

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with relics from more than 20 antique dealers. Journey another 15 minutes or so westward on country roads along the southern perimeter of Lake James and you’ll come to the town of Nebo. Once you’ve found Nebo, head southeast a few miles to South Creek Winery. The winery and vineyards are situated in a bucolic setting on a century-old farm. Wine tastings take place in the Italian Renaissance farmhouse or on the large outdoor patio. Owners James and Mary Rowley produce Bordeaux-style wines in a place “where people gather and become friends.” A short four-mile drive southeast along the country roads of western Burke County takes you to North Carolina’s newest winery. Silver Fork Winery opened in April on Continued On Page 30

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Chasing the Dragon T

he fourth SCCA Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb is being held June 22-23 in Robbinsville, NC on a closed course road in the Joyce Kilmer National Park. More than 70 cars will be competing for trophies, cash prizes and championship points as part of the Sports Car Club of America - Southeast Division Time Trial Series. This event allows competition licensed drivers in prepared sports cars to race one at a time up a 2.4 mile mountain road for fastest time in class competition. The course is located just off Santeetlah Road at the Maple Gap Observation Deck near beautiful Robbinsville, NC in Graham County. There is no admission for spectators and shuttle buses carry racing fans from the parking lot to each of the family friendly viewing areas. Food, souvenirs, grandstand seating and restrooms are all available on site. Cars will be racing on Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 3PM but course will be closed on Sunday at 11:00AM for a quiet hour and church service. Trophies and cash prizes will be awards Sunday at 4:00PM. Kids will receive prizes and many will get cowbells to ring to make the drivers go faster on course. Ted Theodore, Dragon Hillclimb manager stated : “The road we race is on the edge of the Nantahala Forest where our course workers and drivers enjoy some of North Carolina’s most beautiful mountain scenery! We invite you to join us as a driver, a worker or as a spectator for a true SOUTHERN tradition that began in the 50’s...HILLCLIMB! There is nothing like it ! Bring your family and a camera. We will see you at the Dragon Hillclimb!” For more information go to www.dragonhillclimb.com – Ted Theodore

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32 acres at the confluence of Silver Creek and White Fork Creek. Three years ago, Owners Jen Foulides and Ed Wisnieski relocated to North Carolina to open a winery. The land they selected already had several varietals of viniferia grapes grown by the previous owner. In its first season, Silver Fork features seven varietals, with the most popular being the oak-aged Reserve chardonnay and the Four Dog Red blended table wine. The rustic winery is also home to a regular schedule of events, from live music to movies under the stars. Upon departing Silver Fork, skirt the northwest edge of South Mountains State Park and head eastward into Morganton. From there, continue eastbound and down on U.S. 70 to Valdese.

at Raintree, many of which carry unique names. Some of Ed’s more colorful wines are: Golden Globe, Big Dog, Torpedo Juice, Oldie Lodie and Blue Jay.

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as the site was on land owned by the National Park Service. Film junkies can still visit the site on a three-hour round-trip “semi-guided” tour by boat. It’s also possible to hike to the site. Non-film activities at this historic resort include camping, hiking, boating, and fishing.

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Valdese, a neat little town founded by Italian immigrants, is home to Waldensian Heritage Winery. The Waldensians came from the western piedmont of Italy to the western piedmont of North Carolina, bringing centuries of winemaking expertise. Located a couple miles north of Valdese, a neat aspect of this winery is there are no paid workers. Production, distribution, marketing and tours are handled by volunteers. Continue eastward from Valdese on U.S. 70 and you wind up in Hildebran, the easternmost town in Burke County. Since 2007, Hildebran has been home to Raintree Cellars. Raintree is another winery that began as a hobby and evolved into a full-fledged operation. Ed Yoder creates more than 20 wines

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