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CONTENTS Unique Destinations Less Than 200 Miles From Home

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Hot to Trout

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Best New Whisky of 2013 Born in the Cradle of Moonshine

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Race Week Asian Style

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Drive On The Most Complicated Segmental Bridge Ever Built

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A Variety of Vehicles In Valdese

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Along the Way

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Unique Destinations Less Than 200 Miles From Home Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival Saturday, Apr 26, Downtown Kannapolis NC 28081. Last year’s festivals included oil painters, jugglers, woodworkers, magicians, jewelry makers, musicians, pottery makers, live painting, writers and metal workers. The festival is open to all forms of family friendly arts, culture and performances. www.kannapolisarts.com Metrolina Expo Marketplace May 1 – 4, Metrolina Tradeshow Expo ~7100 Statesville Road ~ Charlotte, North Carolina 28269. Thursday is dealer set up day. Open to the public. www.icashows.com Wilmington Wine & Food Festival May 1 – 4, Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28401. The festival will provide a diverse range of interactive epicurean experiences such as countless samples from the wine and food participants, live music and even educational culinary demonstrations. You won’t want to miss this chance to enjoy the area’s unique culture and history while advancing your appreciation for great wine and food! www.wilmingtonwineandfood.com 33rd Annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse & Wil King Hog Happenin’ May 1 – 3, Heritage St Kinston, NC 28502. Non-stop activities, entertainment and the best BBQ in North Carolina. Local art for sale, Children’s festivities on Saturday, Friday features “Burgers and Brew” with hamburgers and sweet potato fries, beer on sale from Mother Earth Brewery. Classic car show Saturday. Bands at The Red Room and Mother Ear th on Sat. www.kinstonbbq.com A Time to Remember May 1 – 31, 300 Woods Road Fontana Dam, NC 28733. Our fourth annual celebration to honor the people of Western North Carolina who gave up their homes, land and way of life so that World War II could be won. Learn the authentic history of the peoples and lifestyles of Appalachia through storytellers, educational hikes and historical exhibits. Tour the beautiful Fontana Lake by pontoon boat, along the shores of the Great Smoky Mountains and Nantahala National Forest. www.fontanavillage.com Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance May 2 – 4, 80 Carolina Vista Pinehurst, NC 28374. Three days of events are planned starting with the Iron Mike Rally for Concours participants on Friday, May 2nd, and ending with the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. www.pinehurstconcours.com Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival May 2 – 3, 200 North Front Street, Smithfield, NC 27577. We are throwing back to the 80s. For the first time, all food vendors will offer items featuring country ham or yams. In addition, attendees will be treated to entertainment, activities and vendors lining

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Destinations 40th Annual North Carolina Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show Saturday, May 3, 315 Front Street, North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort, NC 28516. Features a variety historic vessels, nautical crafts, educational activities, boat models, traditional skills demonstrations and displays. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com 5th Annual Budbreak Wine Festival Saturday, May 3, Mt Airy, NC. 15 North Carolina Wineries, Food Vendors, Local Artists, and Great Music. Held on Main Street in Downtown Mt. Airy. www.budbreakfestival.com 68th Block House Steeplechase Horse Races Saturday, May 3, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon, NC 28782. The Steeplechase is this area’s biggest and most exciting equestrian event of the year. Join the crowds that come for the thundering of hooves as they navigate a challenging course over several races. www.firstpeaknc.com. Earth Day Jam 2014 Saturday, May 3, 565 Trexler Street, Salisbury, NC 28144. A music and arts festival, and fundraiser to benefit the LandTrust of Central NC and Saving Grace Farm to raise awareness in music appreciation, therapy, and youth in arts; and to raise awareness in land preservation, conservation, recycling, energy efficiency, nutrition, local farming, homesteading/sustainability, and more. Informational booths, education, local artists and businesses, kids activities, music, food, brews wine, and more! www.earthdayjamnc.com Invasion of Normandy (D-Day) Saturday, May 3, Latta Plantation Park, Sample Road, Huntersville, NC. This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-day and Historic The World War II reenactment is set for Historic Latta From 10am until 4pm. www.lattaplantation.org Jonesville Jubilee Saturday, May 3, Lila Swaim Park, 140 Delos Martin Drive Jonesville, NC 28642. Annual celebration of the history and heritage. Events include Dedication of the Veterans Memorial, Sky Divers, Music, Arts & Crafts, Community Exhibits, Rummage Sales, Food, Classic Car Show and Fireworks! www.jonesvillenc.org Spring Old Fashioned Plow Day in Happy Valley Saturday, May 3, Hwy 268 (9 miles off of Hwy 321), Happy Valley Lenoir, NC 28645. Many antique tractors and plows will be on display and workin’ in the field. Great music from picker’s throughout the farm and fun children’s activities. www.explorecaldwell.com The Link Wray Music Festival Saturday, May 3, 2004 US 301 Hwy North Dunn, NC 28334. A musical tribute in memory of Link Wray, founder of the Power Chord, the “modus operandi” in rock and roll. Headlining will be Nantucket, along with Tuesdays Gone, Fahrenheit, Hell Hound Trail, Phatlynx, Malamondos, Meteor IV, and an appearance by Link Wray’s grandson’s group, The Band of Tribes. www.linkwraymusiccelebration-dunnnc.com

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107 Uppercrest Dr 28117 VOS C A S p rin g W in e Rele a s e Saturday, May 3, 450 Gro ce Road, Ronda, NC 28670. Join the Vineyards of Swan Creek for the release of our Spring Wines on Saturday and Sunday. Taste a complimentar y s ample of our feature d relea s e at each vineyard and enjoy a fo o d pairing. Purcha s e a ticke t for $25 + t a x and enjoy an exclusive taste straight from the barrel alongside a food pairing. w w w.swancre ek vineyards.com Butterfly Festival Sat, May 3, 10am – 8pm Hudson, NC. The Butterfly Festival features crafts, food vendors and live entertainment throughout the day. Children will have the opportunity to enjoy face painting, a petting zoo and a mini fire engine. www.ci.hudson.nc.us Grand Opening - LangTree Lake Norman Sat, May 3, 11am – 4pm 401 Langtree Village Drive, Mooresville, NC. Family Friendly Activities - Live E n t e r t ain m e n t - Fa s hi o n S h o w - Re t ail & Re s t au r a n t S p e cial s! www.langtreelkn.com Music at Silver Fork Winery - Dub Axxess, Reggae Sat, May 3, 2pm – 5pm 5000 Patton Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Dub Axxess Reggae Band is reminiscent of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh. www.silverforkwinery.com

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Destinations Goat Lady Dairy Open Farm Day Sun, May 4, 1pm – 5pm 3515 Jess Hackett Rd Climax, NC 27233. Tour Goat Lady’s dairy and organic gardens, meet the goats and chickens, and learn about sustainable agriculture. Taste and purchase handmade goat cheese and pasture raised pork and beef from neighboring farms; and meet local potters as they demonstrations their craft. www.goatladydairy.com Stop, Sip, Savor Wine Hop Sun, May 4, 1pm – 5pm 525 Patton Valley Drive, Nebo, NC 28761. Blaze your own trail to four unique wineries! Purchase your ticket start the journey by collecting your hop card at any of the participating wineries. Sip as you collect a stamp at each. At the fourth winery visited, receive a unique crafted gift and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win four $25.00 gift certificates. Ticket sales are limite d, purcha s e your s now b efore t his event is s old out! www.goo.gl/oMtmqu Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament Mon, May 5, 8am – 4pm Black Bear Access, Lake James Road Marion, NC 28752. Third annual event formerly the Thomas E. McDivitt and Bill Lee Memorial Walleye Tournament. Entry fee $25.00 per person. Monetary prizes awarded in various categories as well as drawings for other prizes. Lake James, Black Bear Access, Marion. For more information, please call Gene Morgan, Glenwood Ruritan, 828738-3344, 828-738-4934 or 828-738-4575. www.mcdowellnc.org 4th Annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival May 9 – 10, Historic Rural Hill, Neck Road, Huntersville, NC. NCBMF is a can’t miss festival, perfect for the entire family. NEW THIS YEAR: Friday night May 09, NCBMF hosts a special Campers Concert. The festival features free tasting, great music, food, merchandise and more. www.ncbrewsmusic.com Carolina Strawberry Festival May 9 – 10, 100 W. Main Street Wallace, NC 28466. Live bands, Pork Cook-off, Strawberry Cook-off, Jams & Jellies, Strawberry Shortcake, Hot Dogs, Rides, Little Miss Strawberry Princess Pageant, and much, much more. www.carolinastrawberryfestival.com Stand Up for the Catawba - Lake Norman WPA SUP Race May 9 – 10, Port City Club, 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031. Lake Norman- Get ready for the largest SUP Race in the Charlotte Area. This event will be Hosted by My Aloha Paddle and Surf to benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper and the Charlotte Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. www.standuplkn.com/wpa-sup-race.html DuPont State Recreational Forest Tour De Falls May 10 – 11, Dupont State Forest, Cedar Mountain, NC. Tour de Falls, buses will be available in the parking lot on DuPont /Staton Rd. to take visitors to High Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia. www.dupontforest.com

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Destinations SCAN Paint The Night Blue Sat, May 10, 4pm – 9pm Merinos Home Furnishings Warehouse, South Main Street, Mooresville, NC. Join us on May 10th from 4-9 for our family event, Paint the Night Blue. All proceeds fund the SCAN Child and Parenting Center’s programs which have supported families for the past 27 years. For more information or purchase tickets, visit the SCAN website at www.iredellscan.org South Creek Winery presents Music & Cupcakes for Mother’s Day Sun, May 11, 10am – 5pm 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC 28761. Linda Mitchell, Blues & Jazz. Spend a special day with your Mom listening to smooth music. www.southcreekwinery.com Ava Gardner Film Festival Thursday, May 15, 112 Vaiden Street SW Lenoir, NC 28645. Join us for our Ava Gardner Film Festival, which will feature bi-weekly screenings of her movie classics “Mogambo,” “The Killers,” “The Barefoot Contessa,” and “On the Beach.” Movie snacks will be provided. www.caldwellheritagemuseum.org 42nd Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show May 16 – 19, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, West Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC. This is the longest running hang gliding competition in the world! The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is free with fun activities all day long. www.hangglidingspectacular.com North Carolina Potato Festival May 16 – 18, Downtown Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Food, arts and crafts, contests, live entertainment a midway full of games and large amusement rides. Make a weekend of it and join us for the Kick Off Party on Friday night. We’re sure you’ll need to return on Saturday or Sunday so you can enjoy the Street Fair lining our downtown streets, the National Potato Peeling Contest, Auto and Motorcycle Show and other events planned for this years festival. www.ncpotatofestival.com Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival May 16 – 17, WCU Ramsey Center Cullowhee, NC 28723. It will be a fun-filled weekend of programs, presenters and exhibitors. Cullowhee area offers non-fishing activities for the entire family. www.southeastfff.org Spring Bluegrass Festival Friday, May 16, Stecoah Valley Center Arts Program, School House Road, Robbinsville, NC. 11am – 5pm art and craft vendors on the grounds. 7:30 pm concert in the auditorium. For more information visit www.stecoahvalleycenter.com Warrior Dash - North Carolina Sat, May 17, 8:30am – 5:00pm Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Welcome to America’s most insane race. Participants earn their Warrior helmet by tackling a fierce 3- 4 mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. Af ter conquering the Battleground, Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer Continued On Page 30

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rout fishing in western North Carolina right now is HOT, HOT, HOT. And it’s only going to get better as spring prevails and days turn long and sunny through May and early June. Upon arriving in the quaint little town of Morganton, North Carolina where fly fishing guides and craftsman rod builders and fly tiers John Zimmerman and Taylor Sharp of Upper Creek Angler are located, the would-be fly slinger is within an hour’s drive of thousands of miles of public mountain trout water. “It’s time,” John said. “It’s really time. The best fishing of the year is upon us, and it’ll stay this way through mid to late June until the water warms up enough to make the fish uncomfortable.” But, Taylor, countered, “then we go to Elizabethton and Bristol, Tennessee and fish the Watauga and South Holston Rivers.” “He’s right,” said John, “from late March through November, the fishing located and in out of western North Carolina is almost impossible to beat.” With over 4,000 miles of public mountain trout water in North Carolina and

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he Defiant way is not bound by barrels or recipes or tradition. The best ingredients, Mother Nature and our intuition, guide the distilling crew. Only four parts and nothing more, create the Defiant experience – Premium American white oak, toasted to perfection; specially cultured yeast, selected by Ferris; two-row, premium brewer’s barley; and pure water from the aquifer under the distillery. At the core of the evolution are oak spirals. The American white oak spirals used are made from premium cuts of wood. They are more efficient than barrels, and create a much smoother finish. How long is it aged? Take a sip, and then take a guess. Enjoy a guided tour and culminate your visit with a sampling of Defiant Whisky; bring a camera to capture photos of the distillery and our breathtaking surroundings. Blue Ridge Distilling Co. 228 Redbud Lane Bostic, NC www.DefiantWhisky.com

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steins, and live music at a post-race par t y in a league of its own. www.warriordash.com/location/2014-warrior-dash-north-carolina 15th Annual Asian Festival & 9th Annual Dragon Boat Races Sat, May 17, 9am – 4pm 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC 28031. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. The Dragon Boat Festival Race is an exciting team competition. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 year s ago on the life -sust aining river s of southern China. www.charlottedragonboat.com Driver Meet & Greet - Memory Lane Museum Sun, May 18, 1pm – 3pm 769 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117. Many Great Drivers and Racing Personalities such as Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Ned Jarrett, Neil Castles, Rex White, Geoff Bodine, Plan to attend to Meet fans. Many other Great personalities should be in Attendance. View over 160 Cars in the Museum plus meet the Racing Personalities. If the Weather is good there will be vint age Race Car Show on display in front of the Museum. Phone:704-662-3673 www.MemoryLaneAutoMuseum.com White Squirrel Festival May 23 – 25, Main Street Brevard, NC 28712. Get ready to go nuts! The Festival is host to an opening “Memorial Day Parade.” White Squirrel Photo Contest, white squirrel tours, and plenty of nutty fun for the entire family. You won’t want to miss the 14 free, live concerts or the running of the popular Squirrel Box Derby. www.brevardnc.org Lake Lure Spring Arts & Crafts Festival May 24 – 26, 119 Arcade St , Lake Lure, NC. Local and regional artisans shine at The Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival in beautiful downtown Lake Lure. The area is well known for its hand-made creations. Children can participate in an interactive crafts and activities area. Held in May and October, the event helps support a food pantry and outreach programs for low-income families in the Hickory Nut Gorge community. www.rutherfordtourism.com Thistle Meadow Winemaker’s Festival Sun, May 25, 12pm – 5pm 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs, NC 28644. Amateur winemakers showcase their talent at the Grapestompers/ ThistleMeadow Winery in May. In the fall, the annual Wine Tasting features area vintners. Free admission. Wine tasting is $5 and includes complimentar y glass. www.thistlemeadowwinery.com NC Gold Festival Jun 6 – 7, Mountain Gateway Museum grounds, 102 Water Street Old Fort, NC 28762. Annual event, featuring gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and craf t s, raf fles, Friday night kick s of f the festival. “For more information, visit www.ncgold.org or call 800-959-9033

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