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Happy Father’s Day

I had two options for the subject matter of this month's editorial. I could either wax eloquent about Father's Day or choose from a myriad of festivals scheduled for this month. Festivals are great. There are thousands of varieties to entertain, educate and enrich us. But festivals come and go whereas fathers are important all the time. Festivals or Fathers? Fathers or Festivals? Festivals to/with/for/ about Fathers? Activities could include a mostbeloved t-shirt fashion show. Or perhaps it would be more interesting to hold a World's Ugliest Tie Competition. When it came right down to it, there was no contest. Somewhere in the middle of the battle of the F's between fathers and festivals, I was reminded of a story from a long time ago. The Story of the Prodigal Son in the Key of F Feeling footloose and fancy free, a feather- brained fellow asked his fond father to fork over the family finances. He fled far into foreign fields and frittered away his fortune feasting fabulously with faithless friends. Finally, he found himself a feed flinger in a filthy farmyard. “Forsooth!” said he. “My father's flunkies fare far fancier.” So he returned to his fond father and said, “Father, I have flunked! I have foolishly forfeited family favor.” “Phooey!” said fond father. “Fetch the fatted fatling. Let frivolous folly begin for fond frater has returned.” So often, this story focuses on the son and his return home. But let's consider the many attributes of the father. He was generous, patient, forgiving, loving and welcomed his son's return in spite of the many bad choices this young man had made. One time during a women's group study, someone made the comment that nobody had a good father figure. I quickly disagreed. My father was all the things a father should be: loving, patient, generous, gentle, faithful, forgiving, respectful . . . and the list goes on. No, he wasn't perfect. No one is. He will be the first person to say so, which also makes him very humble. This year for Father's Day, take the time to let your father know how much you love him and appreciate him. I just did. Now, all I have left to do is plan a Festival for Fathers. Now what did I do with that ragged old shirt and ugly necktie? Kandy Derden Assistant Editor Page 4

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June, 2013




Things to Do: Experience Film Sites From ‘Safe Haven’ Safe Haven, a romantic thriller film adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel, debuted on the silver screen Feb. 14,, and two North Carolina coastal cities play starring roles. The film was shot in Southport and Wilmington during the summer of 2012. Fans of Safe Haven, or travelers just looking for a fun adventure, can follow the footsteps of the cast and crew and explore the sites featured in the movie. Start in the historic river district of Wilmington and stroll by the Wilmington Convention Center and Carolina Apartments on Market Street, both film sites of Safe Haven. You may recognize other sites while exploring, since more than 300 movies and television projects have been filmed here. Next, head to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, the location for the kiss between Alex (played by Josh Duhamel) and Katie (played by Julianne Hough). At the nearby Fort Fisher Ferry Terminal, catch a boat to Southport to see more film sites. Once you arrive, the Southport terminal and ferry will be familiar from the film. If you’re spending the night, consider checking Page 08

into the Wingate by Wyndham where Nicholas Sparks himself stayed. Several Southport storefronts and restaurants made their way into the film as well as hosted the cast and crew. Ports of Call is the location where actress Julianne Hough celebrated her 23rd birthday and where castmate Josh Duhamel learned to shuck an oyster. Visit Fishy Fishy Cafe and you’ll be in the exact location that served as the set for the Safe Haven General Store. Stop by for a drink on the dock and enjoy the view at Old American Fish Co., which was transformed into

Ivan’s Fish Shack where Katie worked as a waitress in the film. See more of Southport from the water with Adventure Kayak Company, which guided cast and crew members through cypress swamp and salt-water marsh. Golfers can make a tee time at Oak Island Golf Club where Josh Duhamel played a round. Or, if walking is more your pace, you can pick up a walking map at the Southport Visitors Center. Just east of here you’ll see the blocks where the Fourth of July festivities were filmed. Although these coastal cities have received quite a bit of attention from the filming of Safe Haven and other television shows and movies, they still maintain their charm and smalltown feel. In addition to Safe Haven, North Carolina is the backdrop for more than a dozen of Nicholas Sparks’ books. It’s no wonder the state continues to draw travelers and the Hollywood crowd alike.

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Places to Go: Highlands Motoring Festival Don’t miss this 6th Annual event known as “the Classic Car Show with Attitude!” One of a kind cars will be on display and expanded fun events are planned throughtout the weekend of June 6-9. The Car Show will open at 10 a.m. (Registration to begin at 7:30 a.m.) at the NEW venue, the Highlands Civic Center, on US 64 North. This location is only two blocks from the previous venue, allowing This new venue will allow special cars to be displayed indoors, and more cars outdoors surrounded in a wooded environment. Cars will be grouped in 9 different classes, for viewing and participant judging. Trophies, crafted by a local pottery artisan, will be presented to cars designated as Best in Class, and Outstanding in Class. Also presented will be the Best of Show. While most cars will be 1988 model or older, a Special Interest class will exist for special vehicles that might not otherwise qualify for judging. ALL events are open to the general public. June, 2013

Welcome Party at the Ugly Dog Pub Thursday, June 6th (evening) Entertainment for the evening will include a Bluegrass band. No cover charge, however, donations may be made to this year’s charity, The Literacy Council of Highlands. First Annual Charity Cruise Friday, June 7th (day) New this year, this is a drive highlighting the many mountain waterfalls, views and small towns with a visit to the world famous Wheels Through Time Museum, in Maggie Valley, to witness some of the most unusual and rare motor vehicles around. If you haven’t visited this museum, you will not want to miss some of the most rare and unusual vehicles to be viewed. After a tour of the facility, and lunch, the Cruise will return to Highlands, for more events. Reception Party Friday, June 7th (evening) For participants and public, will be hosted by The Literacy Council of Highlands at SweeTreats Restaurant. It will include heavy

hor d’oeuvres, including baked salmon, carved roast beef, and SweeTreats ice cream and a cash bar. Admission is $25 per person. Car Show Saturday, June 8th (day) Bar-B-Q and Bluegrass for Books Gala Saturday, June 8th (evening) Another new event with bluegrass band, NitroGrass, featuring two-time national banjo champion, Charles Wood. Located at a facility with a beautiful mountain backdrop as well as other cars for viewing, this promises to be an event that will quickly sell out. All inclusive ticket price is only $75 per person. Third Annual Road Rally Sunday, June 9th (day) The Rally continues to be a very popular event. This event begins with a gimmick rally (not speed judged), with stops at local waterfalls, and a brunch mid-ways. Finishing at the Ugly Dog Pub, early afternoon, for awards, friendship, and “war stories”. For more information call 828-482-0326 Page 09

People To See Legendary Musical Artists MYTLE BEACH - Captain George's Seafood Restaurant has joined with the Legends in Concert to provide guests with a Legendary Dinner & Show Special Package. Paying tribute to legendary musical artists like Elvis, Adele, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash and Tina Turner, close your eyes and you will swear the original artist is on stage! At Captain George's the food is prepared fresh daily on premises, everything from their homemade salads and dressings, to a delicious secret seafood casserole recipe, to the freshly baked desserts and authentic Greek pastries. The all you can eat seafood buffet features over 70 delicious items. So come and enjoy Captain George's Seafood Buffet, and we promise you will not leave hungry! After you feast of all you can eat you will be entertained at the world renowned "World's Greatest Live Tribute Show" Legends In Concert. It has recently benn voted as the Best Show on the Beach! With international acclaim and its storied history, June, 2013

this concert is known as the world's greatest celebrity tribute show. This concert of stars continues to bring audiences the most talented celebrities ever recreated through its larger than life performances! For more than 20 years, this show has toured in fifteen countries on four continents entertaining millions of fans. This awardwinning stage spectacular has become known the world over as the ultimate celebrity tribute show. Each inspired performance

features the superstars of yesterday and today making it an event you won't forget. It's a special and memorable evening at an INCREDIBLE SAVINGS of $10 per person! Purchase this package by calling our box office. Captain George's Seafood Restaurant and Legends In Concert are conveniently located in the heart of Myrtle Beach at the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North. Call Now 800-960-7469 for this Special Offer! For more information, visit online at www.legends

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Places Places toto Go: Go: Love Love Valley Valley The most Western town in eastern America is located in the middle of North Carolina. Love Valley is an authentic old Western town located in the Little Brushy Mountains just north of Statesville in central North Carolina. This is no movie set, but it could be. The entire town was built to resemble something out of a classic Western movie and is one of several offbeat places for visitors to see in North Carolina. Love Valley is known as the “Cowboy Capital� of North Carolina, where visitors ride into town on horseback along a dirt road and hitch up their horses at the saloon, tack shop or blacksmith shop. The town was created in the 1950s by former mayor (and owner of the land) Andy Barker, a general contractor who dreamed of living in a Western town. The town is a horseback riding paradise with saddle shops, a rodeo arena, more than 800 acres of horse trails and horse rentals. Love Valley hosts several events throughout the year including rodeos, horse and wagon parades, concerts and an annual chili cook-off. The town also includes restaurants, saloons and Presbyterian and Christian Fellowship churches. For more information, visit online at www.townoflovevalley, com Page 14

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Calendar of Events TOUR DE YADKIN 2013 Jun. 24/WILKESBORO, NC - 10 a.m. Official Launch of the Daniel Boone Paddle Trail from Highway 64 to Boone's Cave Park (12.4 mi.). Meet at Highway 64 bridge and go to Boone's Cave Park (12.4 mi) for overnight camping. Tour de Yadkin is a wonderful way for paddlers and their families to explore the easy waters of the Yadkin River. Beginner paddlers are welcome! The 4th Annual Tour de Yadkin is a 165-mile paddling adventure on North Carolina’s second largest river basin. Paddlers will learn about the rich cultural and natural heritage the Yadkin River Valley has to offer while enjoying a summer day on one of the most beautiful rivers in NC, centrally located in Piedmont NC. Paddlers can join the Tour for a few hours or multiple days. Along the way are unique experiences that make the month of June a fun time for the whole family on the river. For more information, visit online at or call 336-722-4949.

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL June 22-July 27/GREENSBORO, NC - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Over 100 concerts and music-related events make this nationally recognized summer music festival one of NC's most popular events. Concerts feature both orchestral and chamber music, inernational artists, plus a broad range of alternative music, from jazz and blues to acoustic and bluegrass. Admission fee for most events. For more information, visit online at or call 877-833-6753.

SUNSET 5K & CAROLINA PIG PICKIN' June 26/Nags Head, NC - oin us for the 2nd Annual running of the Sunset Spectacular 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin' Event Details: 2nd Annual Outer Banks Runcations Sunset Spectacular 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin’ Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 6:30pm in Nags Head, NC. Presented by Outer Banks Runcations. This is a family fun event on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks featuring the June, 2013


new expansive shores of Nags Head. For more information, visit

STELLA & DOT - TRUNK SHOW June 26/MORGANTON, NC - Ladies, what goes great with a glass of wine? Shopping! We're having a Stella & Dot Trunk Show at the vineyard! Come mingle, catch up with old friends (or meet some new ones), relax, taste wine and shop for some fresh spring styles from Stella & Dot. Our personal stylist, Laura Reynolds, will be here to let you play with some style options for the season. Can’t wait to see the collection! $7 for wine tastings. For more information, visit or call 347739-2052.

FLORA AND FAUNA FLOAT June 27/Pickens, SC - Take a leisurely paddle to explore the shoreline and quiet coves of Pinnacle Lake to discover what lives in this aquatic habitat. 9-10 a.m. Registration deadline is June 26. Fee is $6/adult, $4 under age 18 or Free with Park Passport Plus.

FAMILY FLICK NIGHT Charleston, SC - When the sun goes down, the curtain goes up… at Charles Towne Landing! Welcome to Family Flick Night, a great way to spend some time with friends and family. Enjoy great movies in a fantastic park setting. Best of all, the movie is free. Bring a date or bring the entire family, because this is the best way to entertain yourself on a budget in Charleston! This week’s movie is “Shrek”. Doors open around 7 p.m. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase - no outside coolers, food, or alcohol allowed. The movie will start around 8 p.m., so get here early to get a good spot. Charles Towne Landing is offering this as a complimentary service, but donations will be accepted. •What to Bring : Blankets, lawn chairs, insect repellent, and cash for snacks and softdrinks. Event Hours : 7pm-10:00pm

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