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Dr. Charles S. Gilreath is celebrating 50 years of keeping the community healthy “One spine at a time”

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Opening this Spring! New Elkin Shop Located within The Liberty at 222 East Main Street, Elkin

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Call or visit today. Frank H. Beals Financial Advisor 965 North Bridge Street Elkin, NC 28621 336-835-4411

Paul J. Bunke Financial Advisor 124 W. Kapp Street, Suite C PO Box 407 Dobson, NC 27017 336-386-0846

Deanna S. Chilton Financial Advisor

When it comes to meeting your financial goals, you really only need to see one person. At Edward Jones, we strive to meet all your financial services while providing exceptional personalized service. Because we serve individual investors and business owners, all of our energy and resources are dedicated to helping you reach your long-term financial goals. That’s why we live and work in the community. We meet with you face to face to discuss the key steps to creating your financial strategy. You talk, we listen and get to know you. Estate Considerations

Fixed Income Investments

Business Retirement Plans

Eduction Savings Strategies

Individual Retirement Accounts Retirement Plan Rollovers and Consolidation

Insurance Annuities

For more information or to schedule a complimentary financial review, call or stop by today. Member SIPC

104 Heatherly Creek Drive Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 336-368-2575

Doug Draughn Financial Advisor 697 West Pine Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336-789-1707

Christopher L. Funk Financial Advisor 128 South State Street PO Box 790 Yadkinville, NC 27055 336-679-2192

Tammy H. Joyce Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336-783-0452

Barry Revis Financial Advisor 1810 North Bridge Street, Suite 101 Elkin, NC 28621 336-835-1124

Britt F. Wright Financial Advisor 184 W. Independence Blvd Mount Airy, NC 27030 336-789-2079

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Van Hoy Jewelers 111 East Main Street, Elkin (336) 835-3600 Open Monday–Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-3

16 Cooking Up Onions 30 Cookbook Collector: Spread Love! 32 YV Best Cooks: Slow Cooker BBQ Sandwich 34 Wine Guy: The Wine Industry Grows 38 4th Annual Budbreak Wine Festival 40 Southern Cook with Lara: Chicken, Casserole & Quesadillas 42 Dining Divas: Mazzini’s 43 Cooking with Culinary Lavender 44 Quick & Easy Cakes of Pastel Colors 47 dessert tray: White Chocolate Cheesecake 48 Robert’s Culinary Alphabet: Antipasto, Braising, Crudité, Deglaze, and Emulsion

50 in Nana’s kitchen: Luscious Lemons

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78 Donna Fargo 81 Taylor Vaden 82 The Tadpoles 83 Yadkin Valley Bluegrasss Convention 84 The Snyder Family 85 MerleFest Traditional Music 86 Sugar Loaf Mountain Band 87 Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention 88 Chris Austin Scholarship Winners 89 R.G. Absher



of Scratch & Dent Appliances IN STOCK! All Factory Warranties Apply

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We’ve got Grass Seeds, Fertilizers and Spreaders, Hand Tools all your Spring Lawn Care Wants.

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yadkin valley homestyles 54 An Easter Craft: Make an Egg Basket 55 An Easter Craft: Neck Tie Eggs 59 Managing Weeds 64 YV Gardener: Spring Lawn Care 68 Bethabara Park’s Medicinal Garden 69 Golden Raspberries 70 Make a Memory Garden 73 New Spring Plants 74 Choosing Furniture Fabric 75 Award Winning Girl Scout 104 Wake Forest Anthropology Museum 105 Making a day of it: Village of Bethania



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Healthy Life your guide to health, wellness & fitness

56 Relax and Take a Cruise 90 Dr. Brock: Hidden Hazards of Fleas & Ticks 91 Healthy & Easy Meal Planning 94 Play, Sleep, Repeat 96 Run (Maybe Win!) Your First 5K in every issue… 10 editor’s letter 14 beginnings 53 fun with kids: Activities for Spring Holidays 55 off the shelf: Woody Durham 99 planner 106 recollections: Love 107 Collections: Collecting Pyrex 108 what is that? 113 Sandra’s closing devotion

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The Perfect Rocker for your Southern Porch

Our regional lifestyle publication continues to focus on all the positive aspects of the Yadkin Valley as it has since its inception. With high quality editorial standards and values contributed by regional writers, we aim to create a homey, comfortable reading style filled with inspiration and up-todate information on current topics. It's always one of our goals to seek out strong editorial from all the Yadkin Valley counties we cover to motivate and inspire our readers in sophisticated larger cities and all our small town neighbors close by. Readers are drawn to compelling covers and want to know more about the Yadkin Valley. Even after more than 12 years of publishing, it is still heartwarming to receive notes and photographs from our Yadkin Valley Living Magazine "family" members and all our loyal readers from across the Yadkin Valley, the State and the country. North Carolina's Yadkin Valley is our home—we built our house on the Norman Family farm almost 30 years ago. We love the vintage trees and the colors they give us each year, the poplar ridge where the house sits and the bottoms where wildlife enjoys our section of Logan Creek. Over these years of careers, businesses and raising two kids, John and I have learned it just doesn't get much better than everything right here in our own back yard. We hope you'll open the pages of Yadkin Valley Living Magazine and step inside for a visit, sit a spell on the front porch, and meet a new friend.

Troutman Chairs made right here in North Carolina since 1924. Solid Oak and Ash.

Troutman Rockers: Loyce and Johnny tested and approved!

"When you sit, you can't help but rock. Pushing down gently with the soles of your feet, swaying with your own internal rhythm. The nervous can't push fast enough. The content seem to look up. The busy look down. Eyes browse; bodies sway like reeds blowing in a breeze. It's a perch from which to watch the world pass. With a rocking chair, you envision a porch, or a parlor, or a grandparent; you imagine serenity, present or not. It speaks. Sit down. Relax. Look." —Our State Magazine. January 2013

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Yadkin Valley Living Magazine is a publication of Creekside Communications, Inc. Post Office Box 627/ 1038 Ridgewood Trail East Bend, NC 27018

Easter seems to pale following the excitement and often simply commercial hype enveloping the winter holiday season. Yet Easter has its own symbols, traced back historically—the rabbit and eggs—both highlighting new life and rebirth. Add lambs, hot cross buns, Moravian sugar cake, lilies, azaleas, tulips— and surely chocolate fits in there somewhere, though it may not be historical, and you have a wonderfully uplifting spring holiday! It’s that time of year for new plantings, redecorating our home while commemorating Easter, (we have a craft or two for you to try) and springtime. Anticipate the smells, tastes and sights of a new spring, green lawns, pastel shades of easy to bake cakes and sweet smell of lavender cooking at your stove. Laura Springer Ogden says, “Gardening, in its finest form, is a celebration of life and love.” Historic Bethabara Park opens once more in April and its medicinal garden is now under the direction of horticulturist, Craig Mauney and your garden may need some of our new floral species. Music to our ears—that’s the Yadkin Valley and the beginning of the 2013 bluegrass conventions. Granted our area entertains and preserves all types of music but admit it, our hearts are partial to fiddles, guitars and banjos. You’ll meet Donna Fargo, a talented, gracious Southern lady, Taylor Vaden, a Stokes County musician, entertainer and others—welcome to our annual music edition! For tastes of the season, foodsandflavors has onion dishes, lemon recipes, chicken in casserole and quesadilla dishes, a wow cheesecake, a dining spot from the Dining Divas, a culinary alphabet, a brand new cookbook for your collection and many more recipes. Best YV Cooks is Joan Osborne’s Slow Cooker BBQ. We encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us! See page 32. Christine Greene has been with YVLM writing the feature, in Nana’s kitchen for many recipes. Sadly, Christine has decided to retire. We wish her the best and sincere appreciation of her culinary expertise and all the photos of beautiful grandchildren and food recipes over the years. YVLM brings you an assortment of destinations, eateries, museums, events and more—the best the Yadkin Valley has to offer! See you in May/June.

March/April 2013 Volume 13 Number 3 Publisher/ Editor Barbara Krenzer Norman Advertising Sales John Norman, Lori Shore Smith, Laura Blackburn Contributing Writers Mary Bohlen, Jennifer B. Bower, Robin Brock, D.V.M., Miranda Burgin, Lewis N. Carroll, Betty P. Cooper, Sarah Cox, Lisa Crawford, Sara Cromwell, Caroline Donalson, Christine Greene, Ruth Henderson, Amber Herman, R. Bruce Heye, Reba Hollingsworth, Jan Kelly, Judy McDonough, Cindy Martin, Craig Mauney, Sandra Miller, Judy Mitchell, Derek Morris, Robert Penry, Tavi Petree, Lara Stone Potts, Steve Preston, June Rollins, Melissa M. Rollins, Leigh Anna Thrower, Yvonne B. Walker, Jessica Owens Wall, MPH, Marilyn C. Wells Photographs & Photographers John & Barbara Norman, Ryan Norman, Mary Bohlen, June Rollins, Cheri, Betty P. Cooper, Mitchell’s Nursery, Christine Greene, Gina Fernandez, NC State Distribution Ken Knight Leading Edge Web Design To inquire about advertising in Yadkin Valley Living Magazine (336) 961-3407 (866) 280-4664

On the cover: The Yadkin Valley’s own Mount Airy native, Donna Fargo. Contributor Cindy Martin has captured the essence of one of the Yadkin Valley’s most gracious, typical Southern lady and homegrown talent. “She was a pleasure to work with.”


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Yadkin Valley Living assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Entire contents copyright © 2013. All rights reserved. Reproduction of our created advertising materials and design work are strictly prohibited. Yadkin Valley Living is a trademark of Creekside Communications, Inc. of 1038 Ridgewood Trail, East Bend, North Carolina 27018. Proudly printed in the USA. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in Yadkin Valley Living. We assume no responsibility for changes in schedules, prices, hours or information. Before traveling long distances, it is always wise to use the contact numbers included in the magazine to confirm that the events you wish to enjoy are still on schedule. The contents of advertising and articles do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.

Friday May 17 6pm Saturday May 18 9am to 6pm

“be welcome, be family, be at home”™ is published bimonthly STORY IDEAS. At Yadkin Valley Living Magazine we value the concerns, ideas and interests of our readers. We welcome all story ideas and suggestions, always keeping an open file and working them in when possible. All story queries should be submitted by mail to: Post Office Box 627, East Bend, NC 27018.

PLANNER. Please submit information regarding fundraisers, gallery show openings, plays, readings, concerts or other performances at least two months in advance of an issue’s cover date. Calendar highlights are included in each issue, with additional events at:

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ADVERTISING. We view our advertisers as people providing a service who are genuinely interested in their customers. These businesses make it possible for you to enjoy the magazine for free. We hope that you’ll make them your first choice when you need the products and services they offer. Be sure to share that you read about them in Yadkin Valley Living Magazine. For advertising information, please send an e-mail containing your name, business and contact numbers to: or call toll free at 1-866-280-4664. Information about advertising is also available at:

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Tractor Parade and kids ride-on parade Friday, May 17 6pm

Saturday, May 18 9am-6pm Music all day Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs Food and craft vendors Agricultural Exhibits Pony Rides Award ceremony 6pm

Don’t miss a minute of this kid friendly, family FUN event! Mayberry Farm Fest is sponsored by

To register for Farmfest call Gail at 336-783-9505 For more information about all of our 2013 Mount Airy Downtown events visit

We invite you to join us for our "Downtown Walk for Alzheimers North Carolina" Sunday May 19.For more info or to register visit M a rc h / A p ri l 2 013


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April 19, 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday 9am-4pm Sunday 1-4pm After Open House, Factory Store will be open

Friday & Saturday April 26 & 27 - 9am-4pm Friday & Saturday May 3 & 4 - 9am-4pm

Furniture Makers Showroom Store

SpringOpen House Sale!

Come See Shaker & Antique Reproduction Furniture & Accessories

Made in the Shops beside our Log Cabin Showroom Store

New Finishes New Designs

Carolina Country Furniture 4017 Friedberg Church Rd Visit our log cabin store during this special sale. You’ll find it filled with our handmade country furniture, unique home accessories, and outdoor accents.

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Nothing symbolizes “awakening” more for me than flower gardening in spring. Tender green shoots breaking through solid, frozen ground always surprise me. Their courageous reemergence fills me with hope and bolsters my faith. A few years ago I planted crocus because they are one of Spring’s earliest to appear. They did not disappoint. While all surroundings were still brown, barren and bleak, their purples and yellows were a welcome proclamation. With camera in hand and face to the ground, I wanted to experience their outburst of joy. Next, I needed to paint them. I chose oils. As I painted, I felt even more connected to their optimistic spirits. A friend suggested the perfect title, Spring Awakenings, and the circle felt complete. This is my first spring in several years not immersed in flower gardening. Circumstances and locations change. But, I know the little crocus I planted have come again and are singing their joy. June Rollins

beginnings with June Rollins Spring Awakenings Visit June’s website to view her art gallery at

This spring I will live into life renewed in different ways! And if time allows, there are all those reference photos from my flower gardening days still calling out to be painted... Happy Spring Awakenings To All! Spring Awakenings, 8” x 10,” oil on panel, private collection, Dianne Fell.


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With St. Patrick’s Day Party Supplies, Lilly Pulitzer, Seasonal Flags, Easter Decor Greenwich Bay Soaps & Lotions, plus a host of gift choices, and thousands of Hallmark Cards our shop is overflowing this Spring.

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Remember when you Shop Local!

every $100 spent in independently-owned stores $68 comes back to the community through taxes, payroll and expenditures. If you spend that same $100 in a national chain, only $43 returns to your community. Spend it online and nothing comes back.

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The Place Where Great Cooking Begins! Come in and browse around the area’s most complete

Pennsylvania Dutch Bulk Food Store! 302 East Main St.,

Historic Elkin At the intersection of Main St. and Standard St.,

(336) 835-1426 Open Mon–Sat, 9am–6pm

Available Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Amish Sourdough Breads and Pies

We accept EBT and all major credit cards.

We have the healthy, organic foods and whole grains you’ve been looking for: Raw Sugar Wheat Bran Spelt Flour Quinoa

Steel-Cut Oats Buckwheat Flour Oat Bran

Millet Whole Wheat Pastas

Yadkin Valley General Store has great specialty cheeses and gourmet crackers to go with your delicious Yadkin Valley wine purchase. We have a great variety of snacks, including sesame sticks, gourmet pretzels, trail mixes, old-fashion candy and much, much more.

Special Prices on our DAILY SAMPLE ITEMS Enjoy a Taste Test and Save! We specialize in hard-to-find ingredients like whole grains, spices, and baking supplies. We buy in bulk and divide them into smaller quantities, so you can take advantage of lower prices and still purchase the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.

And, as always, we offer a HUGE choice of spices, hard-to-find baking ingredients, muffin mixes, snacks and old-fashion candy.

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“Life is like an onion, you peel it off one layer at a time, sometimes you weep.” Carl Sandburg, famous American poet What a great way to describe life and the 3rd most consumed fresh vegetable in the United States! The average American eats about 20 pounds of onions per year. The reason we often experience tears while cutting onions is from the forming of sulfuric compound when the cells of the onion are broken. The stinging sensation occurs when the gas from the enzymes reaches the eye. By chilling or freezing an onion, you can prevent the enzymes from activating as readily. By cutting onions under running water or in a bowl of water can help lessen the effect of the enzymes. By using a sharp knife for cutting, less cell damage will occur therefore releasing less of the stinging enzymes. The root of the onion has the highest concentration of sulfuric compound so cut it last. Irritation can also be lessened by wearing goggles or by having a fan blow fumes away from the eye. Onions have documented use by people for over 5000 years! Literary evidence in the Book of Numbers 11:5 suggests onions, leeks and garlic were cultivated in ancient Egypt. Onion traces were found in Egyptian burials such as in the eye sockets of Ramesses IV. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the onion believing that its shape and continuous lines symbolized eternal life. In the Middle Ages, onions were important enough to use to pay their rent or give as gifts. The cultivated onion was introduced to North America by Christopher Columbus on his 1492 expedition where they found wild onions growing in abundance. The diaries of columnists in 1648 reported Pilgrim farmers would plant bulb onions as soon as the land could be cleared. Years ago doctors prescribed onions for a variety of ailments from coughing to hair loss. The onion is a member of the lily family. Through the years they have been used as ornamentals and medicines as well as vegetables. Health benefits of onions are due to the chemical compounds of the onion and include anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anticancer, and antioxidant properties. Antioxidant properties help to prevent cell damage in the body. Onions contain some Vitamin C, fiber, other minerals and low in calories with no fat. Uncut onions keep well in a cool, dry place with lots of air. After cutting, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to seven days. Each type of common onion has a slightly different taste depending on the color. Yellow or brown skin colors have the boldest flavor and can be used for cooking almost anything adding a tangy sweet flavor. Red onions are good choices for grilling or for fresh dishes. White onions are the traditional onion for Mexican cuisine and provide sweet flavor to cooked dishes. Vidalia onions are the sweetest but can’t be kept as long as common onions and don’t provide as high amounts of health benefits as common onions. When sautéing onions, always use


low to medium heat because high heat will cause the onions to taste bitter. The mighty onion can add potent flavor to dishes and can be prepared in a wide variety of foods, some familiar and some new. Hopefully, some of the following recipes will tempt your taste buds!

ONION RINGS What would a cheeseburger be without good onion rings? This recipe gives you a healthier version over the traditional deep frying. 2 medium onions ¾ c all-purpose flour 2 t baking powder 3 large eggs 1 ½ c dry breadcrumbs or panko crumbs 1 T Cajun or old bay seasoning Cooking spray

DAVID L MAY, JR. AGENCY David May, Jr. LUTCF 145 Pineview Drive, King, NC 27021 located behind King Post Office beside Dollar General (336) 983-4371

Preheat to 450°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets. Peel onions; cut off both ends. Slice into ½-inch slices; separate into rings. Place rings into a bowl of enough cold water to cover. In a shallow dish, combine flour and baking powder. In a 2nd shallow dish, lightly beat the eggs. In the 3rd shallow dish, combine the seasoning and breadcrumbs. Remove

one ring at a time, letting the excess water drip off. Coat in flour mixture; dip into the egg dish; then into the breadcrumb mixture, shaking off excess after each dip. Place on baking sheets; spray with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes. Turn each ring; continue baking 8 to10 more minutes or until brown and very crispy. Serve and enjoy!

Talley’s Flower Shop 322 S. Main Street • King, NC 336-983-9265 Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-3 Remember that Special Mom

Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12

We carry everyday Jewelry—a nice selection of Prom Jewelry, Accents ~ Necklaces ~ Earrings ~ Rings A GREAT add-on to your flower arrangement! Add just the perfect touch to your home or office with Light Branches including Lighted Forsythia & Bonsai Trees Large selection of Willow Tree plus All Occasion Gifts

Explore our beautiful showroom, you’ll enjoy your visit

Easter is Sunday, March 31st We offer a large selection of Easter flowers for your loved one’s grave. Remember why you are celebrating Easter The Resurrection of Our Lord & Savior. He Has Risen! and “He’s Alive” to Live in Your Heart! Delivery Available to East Bend, Pfafftown, Tobaccoville, W-S, King, Pinnacle, Rural Hall & Surrounding Area. Major Credit Cards Accepted ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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BISTRO FRENCH ONION SOUP This tasty soup is a tradition in French bistros. For a richer flavor, substitute ½ dry white wine or sherry for ½ c of the broth. 3 T butter 4 c thinly sliced onions 5 c beef broth 1 cube or 1 t beef instant bouillon 1 t Worcestershire sauce Pepper to taste 1 c or 4 oz shredded Swiss cheese ¼ c grated Parmesan cheese 6 slices French bread, toasted

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Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add onions; cook for 15 minutes or until onions are golden brown and tender. Stir occasionally. Add broth, bouillon, Worcestershire sauce and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes. Combine cheeses and toast bread. Ladle soup into 6 ovenproof bowls and place them on a cookie sheet. Place a slice of bread on each soup bowl; sprinkle with about 2 T cheese mixture. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 1 to 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

This Spring, let the craftsmen at Johnson Granite create a luxurious, warm feeling with natural stone in your home.

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BAKED OR GRILLED ONION Whole onions are a welcome addition to an indoor or outdoor gathering. 4 large onions 4 cubes chicken bouillon ½ c butter Aluminum foil Peel outer layer off the onions. Cut off ½ inch slice off the top of the onion.

Make a small hole in the center. Fill center with a bouillon cube and 2 T butter. Replace the top of the onion and wrap in foil. To bake indoors, place onions in a baking dish and bake at 375°F for 25 minutes or until soft. To grill outdoors, place wrapped onions over indirect, medium heat; close the lid. Cook for about 1 hour or until tender. When onions are tender, place in a serving dish and pour the juices from the foil over them.

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CLASSIC ONION PIE This recipe is a revival of a 1950 recipe. It can be served as a meal or a savory side dish. 5 c onions, thinly sliced 1 T olive oil ½ c diced ham 1 c grated Swiss cheese 1 T sugar 1 T flour 1 t salt

Dash cayenne pepper ¼ t nutmeg ¼ t black pepper 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 c milk 10-inch unbaked pie shell

Sauté onions in olive oil until translucent. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix eggs and milk; add in dry ingredients. In the pie shell, put onions, ham and cheese. Pour egg mixture over onions. Bake in a 425°F oven for 35 minutes until the filling is set and golden brown. Serve warm. ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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To caramelize onions is to bring out their natural sweetness. Serve as a side dish or on sandwiches. 3 c yellow onions, halved and sliced 2 T olive oil ½ t dried thyme

1 t dried rosemary 1 T balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Cooking spray

Coat skillet with spray; add olive oil to heat. Over medium heat, add onions to skillet; cook for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and golden. Stir in spices and vinegar; cook 2 more minutes or until liquid is gone. Serve warm. Refrigerate for later use.

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STUFFED SWEET AND SOUR ONIONS Looking for something unique, add a bit of Chinese to the traditional onion with this dish. 4 large yellow onions 3 T butter 1 t brown sugar ½ t paprika ½ t ground ginger 2 t vegetable oil

1 c sweet and sour sauce 1 c cooked chicken, cubed ¾ c drained, pineapple chunks ½ c diced green pepper

Slice off top quarter from each onion. Hollow out the center of the onion, leaving ¼ inch of the outer shell. Chop centers to use later. Place onion shells in a baking dish. Mix together butter, brown sugar, paprika. Lightly coat each onion shell with butter mixture. Cover; bake at 375°F 30 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside. For onion filling, cook ½ c of chopped onion centers in oil until translucent. Mix in ginger, sweet and sour sauce, chicken, pineapple, green pepper. Heat; fill onion shells with filling. Bake in a 350°F oven 20 minutes. Serve quickly.






Serve relish with beans, vegetables or sandwiches for an extra burst of flavor. 3 c narrowly wedged white onions 2 c julienne cut green, red or yellow bell peppers ½ c Italian dressing ½ c fresh chopped basil 1 t black pepper Toss onion wedges and peppers with Italian dressing, basil, pepper. Marinate in refrigerator overnight to provide a more flavorful relish.

MARINATED ONIONS Good to use on salads, sandwiches or a side dish. 1 large yellow onion, chilled ¼ c red wine vinegar ¼ c water ¼ c sugar ½ t chili powder ¼ t salt Combine vinegar, water, sugar, cumin, chili powder, salt in an air tight container. Shake well to mix. Take onion from refrigerator; peel. Slice crosswise to make rings. Add onion to marinade; shake to completely coat rings. Refrigerate overnight. Shake bowl several time to distribute the marinade. ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m


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ONION MUFFINS Savory flavor and texture characterize this type of onion bread. 1 large egg, slightly beaten 1/3 c vegetable oil ¾ c milk 1 c self rising flour 1 c old fashioned oats ¼ c sugar ½ c chopped sweet onion ¾ c shredded sharp cheddar cheese ¼ c chopped pecans Cooking spray Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a mini-muffin pan with spray or butter and flour. The recipe makes about 36 muffins (15 to 18 regular muffins). In a large bowl, whisk together egg, oil, milk. Add dry ingredients: flour, oats, sugar. Stir until mixture is blended. Gently fold in onions, cheese, pecans. Spoon 1/8 c in min-muffin pans (¼ c for regular size). Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and spring back to the touch. Turn muffins onto racks and serve warm.

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Make Your Own BLOOMING ONION Try this homemade blooming onion and sauce to impress your family. 1 egg ½ t black pepper 1 c milk 1/3 t oregano 1 c flour 1/8 t thyme 1 ½ t salt 1/8 t cumin 1 ½ t cayenne pepper 1 large sweet onion 1 t paprika ¾ c vegetable oil Beat egg and milk in a medium bowl. Combine dry ingredients. Peel and slice off 1 inch of the top of the onion. Clean off root end; if possible leave root end intact. Cut a 1 inch hole in the middle of the onion. With a very sharp knife, first slice through the center of the onion until ¾ of the way down. Turn onion 90°; slice it again making an X across the first slice. Continue slicing sections in half until onion has been cut 12 to16 times but DO NOT cut completely to the root end. Gently spread onion petals apart. Dip onion into milk mixture; coat with flour mixture. Separate petals; sprinkle dry coating between them. Dip it back into wet mixture and dry mix again. Using a thermometer for deep frying, heat enough oil to completely cover onion to 350°F. Fry onion right side up for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oil; drain on paper towels. The healthier version would be to bake the onion. Prepare onion as above setting onion on a 14x10-inch piece of aluminum foil. Wrap foil around seasoned onion; close foil tightly. Place upright onion on a baking dish; bake at 425°F for 30 minutes instead of deep frying.

Dipping Sauce for Blooming Onion: ½ c mayonnaise, 1 T ketchup, 2 T cream style horseradish sauce, 1/3 t paprika, ¼ t salt, pinch black pepper, 1/3 t cayenne pepper. In a bowl combine all the above ingredients and mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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SWEET ONION AND MUSHROOM CASSEROLE For a different type of side dish, try this casserole combining several fresh or canned vegetables. ½ c melted butter 1 t lemon juice 16 oz fresh sliced mushrooms 4 c sliced sweet onion rings 3 c diced tomatoes 2 c soft bread crumbs Salt and pepper to taste In a large skillet place 3 T melted butter and lemon juice. Sauté mushrooms; set aside. Add 2 T of melted butter to skillet and sauté onions until translucent. Put onions in a 2-quart baking dish; top with mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper as desired. If using fresh tomatoes, simmer them in a saucepan for 10 minutes. If using canned tomatoes, drain and heat until hot. Combine tomatoes with 1 c bread crumbs; pour over mushrooms. Toss the rest of the butter with the remaining 1 c bread crumbs. Sprinkle over tomatoes. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

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Cookbook Collector by Caroline Donalson Spread Love! is a collection of favorite recipes from Uni-Health Post Acute Care of Elkin. Nursing home administrator, Jason Lindsey shared this quote, "People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said but they will remember how you made them feel." This little cookbook was made with lots of love and is dedicated to the past, present and future residents of Acute Care. You can buy your own copy of Spread Love! at Aladdin's Hallmark and Elk Pharmacy, both located in Elkin, for $12.

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TWO-TON STEW —submitted by Tony Younger 4 c cooked macaroni 2 cans whole tomatoes with Texas Pete 1 t sugar Drain macaroni and put in large bowl. Add the two cans of tomatoes and sugar; mix.

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APPLE CHEESE CASSEROLE —submitted by Geneva Sidden 1 can sliced apples Velveeta cheese 1 c sugar 3/4 c self-rising flour 1/4 c milk 1 stick margarine Spread apples over a 2-quart glass dish. Layer with Velveeta cheese. Mix margarine, flour, sugar, milk together. Spread mixture over apples and cheese. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

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5 to 6 lbs pork, Boston butt roast Salt & pepper to taste 1/4 c cider vinegar 2 T molasses 1 t liquid smoke

1 T hot sauce or to taste 1 medium onion, chopped 1 to 2 T butter or margarine 1/4 c catsup 1 bottle BBQ sauce

Put pork in slow cooker with salt and pepper. Splash on vinegar; drizzle molasses over top. Add liquid smoke, a few shakes of hot sauce; cook for 10 hours on low. Cool meat to handle; discard cooking liquid from cooker. Shred meat with 2 forks; discard bone and fat. Put meat back in cooker. Sauté chopped onion in butter until softened, about 5 minutes. Add to cooker with shredded meat, onion, catsup, BBQ sauce and a few more shakes of hot sauce, if desired. Stir to mix well, adding a bit more salt and pepper, to taste. Keep on warm or low, stirring occasionally until ready to make sandwiches. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings. Some of our favorite toppings are mustard, slaw, tomatoes, pickles, raw onion, mayonnaise and additional hot sauce.

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The Still Vibrant Wine Industry in North Carolina During the past four years our country has gone through a prolonged economic cycle, which started with a deep recession and has continued with a weak recovery expected to last at least through 2013. You just have to look around at the many store fronts with no occupants to observe the

impact of these financial problems. The NC wine industry is another story. At the end of 2007, NC had 65 wineries in the state; at the end of 2012 the number was approaching 120, an 85% increase. I can’t think of another industry that has grown that much over a depressing five-year period. Of

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course, like any industry we have had some who were unable to keep their doors open and simply closed down the business, but that number has been relatively small. When you consider the wine industry is a dream of the “wine life-style” that entices many to get in the business, their becoming disen-

the wine guy chanted after a few years is understandable. Also, this capital- and laborintensive business with long hours can change the dream pretty quickly. One very positive aspect of our state’s wine industry is the growing number of our wineries which have been sold, bringing in new blood taking up the challenge to invigorate the business and continue the growth. One of the earliest winery sales was the Old North State Winery in Mt. Airy, was originally founded in 2003 as a cooperative with 38 members. Working with so many owners, who all owned vineyards, proved to be difficult and led to rapid turnover of the co-op’s staff. This turnover resulted in some quality problems. In 2006, the co-op sold the assets to Tom Webb and Mike Thomas, two of the original owners. They brought in the very young Ben Webb as winemaker and part owner. Ben was

only 22 at the time, but he had years of experience and was studying enology and viticulture at Surry Community College. Ben quickly worked on the cleanliness at the winery and improving the quality of the wine. His youthful enthusiasm helped turn around this winery which has since earned many awards for its wines. In 2011, Ben and his new wife, Ellie, took over full ownership of the winery and have continued expanding the quality of the wines and other aspects of the business. Another example is Round Peak Vineyards also in Mt. Airy. It was founded in 2003 by two couples who sought the wine life-style. As they were nearing retirement age, they found this life-style was really meant for the very wealthy or the very young and sold the operation to Ken Gulaian and Kari Heerdt. They were looking for a change of career and something they

Bruce Heye teaches wine classes at Salem College, hosts wine tastings, and consults with restaurants on their wine lists.

The 2013 season for wine festivals has begun... Mark your calendar for Mount Airy’s Budbreak Wine Festival, (for details see page 39), on May 4 and Elkin’s Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, (see page 36), on May 18.

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could totally own. In 2008, they bought Round Peak and again brought a new sense of aggressiveness to the business. Round Peak had always produced high-quality wines, but Ken and Kari expanded the activities at the winery and even started a whole new line of wines called Skull Camp. Yet another example is the recent acquisition of the Buck Shoals Vineyards by Chuck and Jamie Johnson. Unfortunately, after the untimely death of her husband, Joanne Crater had decided running an operation as complex as a vineyard and winery was just too much for her. She put the business on the market and in late 2010 sold it to the Johnsons who had an existing winery, Shadow Springs Vineyard, just a half-mile down the road. This business, now called Windsor Run Cellars, has expanded and created opportunities for the young Shadow Springs staff to expand and take on new responsibilities. Each of these transfers of ownership was brought about by different circumstances but each new venture has brought new blood and ideas into the existing operations. All of this is very positive for the NC wine industry and the economy of the state. As our wine industry continues to improve the quality of our wines and seek new marketing approaches, all citizens of NC will benefit through an expanded economy and a broader tax base. Finally, it was recently announced the Brushy Mountain Winery has been sold. The winery opened its doors in 2006, but as the owners Matthew and Ann Mayberry neared retirement age, a sale looked attractive. They have since sold the business to Andy and Beth Duncan, a father and daughter team. Will they succeed as others have? I’m betting that they too will bring new life to this winery and make it even more successful. WATCH FOR... In the May/June issue, Coastal cook and author of a new cooking with wine cookbook, Ginger, uses North Carolina wines and personal family anecdotes and recipes to bring you a fascinating cookbook for your collection.

The Festival Season begins

Budbreak on the streets of Downtown Mount Airy The Fourth Annual Budbreak Wine Festival, sponsored by the Mount Airy Rotary Club in cooperation with the Mount Airy Department of Tourism, returns to Downtown Mount Airy from noon to 6p on May 4th. This year's emcee is WFMY, Channel 2's Eric Chilton, born and raised in Mount Airy. Eric will also be bringing this year's headliner band, "Eric and the Chill Tones." In 2012, over 1,500 attendees enjoyed Budbreak's wineries. Two first time attending wineries are Grassy Creek Winery of Elkin and Stonefield Cellars of Stokesdale. Cynthia Douthit says, "We at Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery look forward to attending the 2013 Budbreak Festival! Grassy Creek will feature two wines to debut at the festival; its 2010 Pinot Gris and its 2008 Chardonnay Select, both white wines released in February 2013. We hope these wines will be enjoyed as much as our other award winning wines. And yes, we will have plenty of everyone's favorite, Klondike Farm Guernsey Red. See ya'll on Main Street!” "Stonefield Cellars Winery is thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Bud Break Festival. With a seven-year history of producing award winning N.C. dry reds at the winery in Stokesdale, ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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North Carolina Pouring Wineries at the 2013 Budbreak Festival Duplin Winery - Rose Hill Elkin Creek Vineyard - Elkin Fiddlers Vineyard - Cherryville Ginger Creek Vineyards - Taylorsville Grassy Creek Winery - Elkin Herrera Vineyards - Dobson Native Vines - Lexington Old North State Winery - Mount Airy Round Peak Winery - Mount Airy winemaker Robert Wurz, PhD will deliver on his reputation by delighting festival goers with varietal selections such as Sangiovese and big red blends such as Synchronicity. Sweet fans will also be rewarded with a sampling of Traminette and the newest vintage of Ruby Rock Red." New also this year will be a portable zip line from Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours from Pilot Mountain. 13 Bones will exclusively be on hand this year with an expanded menu. Additional live music includes "The

Slightly Askew Winery - Elkin Southern Charm Winery - Lincolnton Stonefield Cellars - Stokesdale Stony Knoll Vineyards - Dobson Stony Mountain Vineyards - near Mountain State Park Surry Cellars - Dobson Thistle Meadow Winery - Laurel Springs Vineyards On The Scuppernong - Columbia

Mediocre Bad Guys" featuring Bobby Keys, Saxophone player for the "Rolling Stones." Concurrent with Budbreak, Mount Airy's downtown merchants will be having sidewalk sales. You'll find several eateries on Main Street specializing in sandwiches, plate lunches, ice cream and candy. An extra nice touch to a great festival, 100% of the proceeds from the Budbreak Wine Festival will benefit local, regional and international Rotary Club charities.

Tickets are sold statewide at Lowes Foods and on the web at Tickets are $20 at the gate; $15 in advance. General admission, without wine tasting, is $5 at the gate or on the web.

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Above: A look inside the Tasting Room at Stonefield Cellars Winery, new this year to Budbreak. Below: Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery’s Klondike Farm Guernsey Red.


The Mount Airy Rotary Club in cooperation with the Department of Tourism presents the 4th Annual Budbreak Wine Festival

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Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 to 6:00 pm 400 Block Main Street, Downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina

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Wine education & Tasting Great Food Fine Art Music

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Eric & The Chill Tones

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This is what my mom used to make when we were growing up. My brother did not and does not like vegetables, so mom would put them sparingly on his part of the dish. If you like more variety in vegetables you can use a regular size can that contains peas, carrots, corn and lima beans instead of the small can of peas and carrots. This is a great dish to double. That is what I do when I make it. I use one to feed my family and save the other to eat later or to take to a friend that is sick or dealing with grief.


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2 Boneless Chicken breasts 1 can cut green beans 1 can cream of mushroom soup Chicken broth 1 sml can peas and carrots 1 c Bisquick 1 c milk Salt and pepper Cut the fat off the chicken, if there is any. Put the chicken into a pot of water; cook on medium to medium-high heat until done. Take the chicken out of the pot and shred the meat. I usually use two forks to do this. Strain the broth to be used in the casserole as well as in other things you cook. If you do not want to use the chicken broth, you may use a can of chicken broth instead. In a 9x13-inch dish, put the cream of mushroom soup and one can of the broth from the chicken. You may use more if you like your casserole soupy. Use a fork and mix up the two ingredients. Add the chicken you have shredded. Drain the beans, peas and carrots. Mix these into the dish. Salt and pepper if you like. In a separate bowl mix milk and Bisquick. Pour mixture over the dish. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes or until the top is brown.

4 Flour tortillas Shredded Mexican cheese Baby spinach 3 to 4 Fresh white button mushrooms (sliced thin) 1 to 2 Chicken breasts (sliced thin or shredded) 4 to 6 slices of cooked bacon (torn in bite size pieces) ½ red onion, sliced thin, yellow if you don’t have red

This is a very simple receipt. I typically grill or roast chicken breasts— grilling is much quicker. Thinly slice or shred the chicken and set aside. The easiest way is to take one flour tortilla shell and put on a plate. Fold in half so you know where to stop filling. Place a layer of cheese on the bottom of the shell. Put just enough cheese for the shell not to be seen. Layer the cheese with chicken, torn bacon, onions, spinach and mushrooms. Add more cheese to the top and fold over the upper half of the shell. Use an oil mister or cooking spray to spray the bottom of the pan. Cook the shell over medium-high heat until the shell starts to turn a little brown on the bottom and then flip the shell over. Heat on the other side for a few minutes and then put in the next shell you have prepared. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream. The amounts above are just a suggestion. Use how much or how little your family likes of the ingredients, but do not let them get away with only having cheese and meat on their tortilla. A few vegetables never hurt anyone! Personally I do not use the sour cream, but my husband loves it. My family loves Mexican food. Monday night is usually the night when we have Mexican food. I used to make tacos on that night or we would go out to a local restaurant. My husband asked if I could make quesadillas instead. The recipe called for putting the ingredients in between two flour shells. This became quite messy. When you would turn the shells over, the cheese and other ingredients would fall out making cleaning the pan much harder. The original recipe called for prosciutto and arugula instead of ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m


bacon, chicken and spinach but prosciutto is expensive and arugula is bitter so I tweaked the recipe over time to meet the needs of what we have already in the house. I enjoy cooking, but I love to have a few items on hand in the refrigerator. I usually have cooked bacon in the fridge and sometimes cooked chicken breasts.

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We continue our search for dining adventures. Our wandering lead us to Elkin where we were in the mood to have some Italian. Whispers of yummy eats from friends and family led us to Mazzini’s Italian Restaurant. You can float right into the Italian mood when you see their trademark sign. There is just something about gondolas that declares Italy! Nestled on the hill across from Food Lion they have taken a former fast food building and transformed it into a sit down dining experience. Stepping in the front door we were immediately welcomed and ushered to a large table where we each settled into our places. The soft music, classic Italian colors, and soft lighting started us on our Italian adventure. There were so many choices to choose from, from pizzas to salads, subs, calzones, wings, and pastas. Our waitress was wonderful; she was extremely patient with this chatty group of women. We kept asking her to come back in a few minutes while we pondered what dish to order. One of our number realized she had a discount for some of their homemade chips from a local high school discount card and ordered some for us to munch on while we finished deciding. Finally we reached a decision and called our waitress back. Orders placed, we settled down to the delightful task of catching up with one another. In no time our orders were delivered and we dove into cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, manicotti, side salads, veggie calzones and even a chicken taco salad! Each one was delicious and many of us had food left over to take home for lunch the next day!

Stuffed to the brim on good food we had to turn down the delicious dessert selections, but they were tempting! Prices ranged from $4 to $17 for individual meals and they have menus for children and senior adults. Catering is available and they deliver to businesses. Mazzini’s rated in a 4 of 5 forks. We had a wonderful experience at Mazzini’s and many of us plan to return at some time in the near future. If you’re ever in the area looking for some Italian, stop by Elkin and check out Mazzini’s! Hours Sun - Th 11:00am - 9:00pm Fri - Sat 11:00am - 10:00pm 1521 North Bridge Street Elkin, NC 28621 336-526-7400 The group of ladies who comprise The Dining Divas have been meeting monthly to eat and share fellowship together for years. Most of the gals have food related careers but what they all have in common is the pure joy of each others company and experiencing new dishes from all the varieties of Yadkin Valley restaurants. The Dining Divas keep a running list of places they want to try and then they anonymously rate the food, service, and atmosphere of the eatery using a “fork” system to critique each restaurant with one fork being the lowest rating and 5 forks being the highest.

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LAVENDER The popularity and concern, I believe, in natural foods continues to grow. Everyone's kitchen is filled with herbs, not just in shakers but fresh and stored in the refrigerator. An overwhelming number of television cooking shows and new cookbooks tout using herbs in every recipe. There is no way to exclude lavender, that wonderfully aromatic lavender used for centuries in sachets, bathtubs, lotions. Aesthetically it's appreciated for its purple blossoms waving gracefully in the breeze. Its wonderful hint of floral flavor with lemon and citrus notes make it useful and pleasing in your kitchen pantry and recipe box. Whether you are baking biscuits or topping your Easter ham, the use of sweet lavender provides an appetizing aroma that lingers in your kitchen and it surrounds. While culinary lavender is edible, do not use lavender blossoms that more than likely have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops found in florists, spas, garden centers and the like. Of the 20 some lavender species, be sure to buy only culinary lavender; English Lavender the most common. Lavender works best with other herbs such as rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage to list a few. Experienced cooks will advise, "A little lavender goes a long way-you don't want your cupcakes to taste like bars of soap!"

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LAVENDER ICE CREAM 2 1/2 c milk 1 c granulated sugar 4 c light cream 1/4 t salt 1 t vanilla 1 handful of fresh culinary lavender flowers Gently heat milk and fresh lavender flowers together. Do not boil. Strain out the lavender; stir salt and sugar into the hot milk. Add vanilla and cream and chill immediately, at least for 2 hours. Process as your ice cream maker directs. Lynda Dowling of Happy Valley Lavender & Herb Farm ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m


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Pastel Cakes for Spring Spring and Easter are here and so are the appealing pastel colors of the season. Make your next gathering a seasonal treat with a dessert table of quick, easy and luscious cakes, all the colors of spring. Our dear Wilkes County friend Ella Rhoades sent an almost sugar-free yellow cake:

BANANA-SOUR CREAM CAKE 1 box sugar-free yellow cake mix 1 c mashed ripe bananas (about 3) 1 c sour cream 3 eggs 1/4 c oil Finely chopped pecans or walnuts Mix everything together and add nuts. Bake at 350째F in a 13x9-inch pan for about 30 to 35 minutes. Top with Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream...delicious!


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pkg white cake mix - 3 oz pkg blackberry gelatin c boiling water c cold water

Prepare cake mix as directed on package, bake in well greased/floured 13x9-inch pan at 350째F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes; poke with fork at 1/2-inch intervals. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add cold water. Pour over cake in pan. Chill 3 to 4 hours. Top with Cool Whip.

STRAWBERRY SHORT CUT CAKE submitted by Jon Goest 1 c miniature marshmallows 2 - 10 oz pkg, frozen, sliced strawberries in syrup, completely thawed 1 - 3 oz pkg strawberry gelatin 2 1/4 c flour 1 1/2 c sugar 1/2 c shortening 3 t baking powder 1/2 t salt 1 c milk 1 t vanilla 3 eggs Generously grease bottom ONLY of 13x9-inch cake pan. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over bottom of pan. Thoroughly combine thawed strawberries and syrup with dry gelatin; set aside. In large bowl combine remaining ingredients. Blend at low until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter evenly over marshmallows. Spoon strawberry mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. Serve warm or cool with ice cream.

GREEN ANGEL submitted by Evelyn Murphy 1 pkg angel food cake mix 1 - 3 oz lime gelatin (sugar-free) Prepare cake mix as directed on package, folding dry gelatin into 1/3 cup of the batter. Alternately spoon batters into ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Zigzag spatula through batters. Bake on lowest rack at 375°F for 40 to 45 minutes until cake springs back when lightly pressed. Turn pan upside down over bottle to cool completely. Remove from pan. Frost. Chill. Optional fluffy fruit flavor frosting: 1 - 3 oz pkg (sugarfree) lime gelatin, 1 c boiling water, 1 - 9 oz (sugar-free) Cool Whip. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Chill until slightly thickened; blend in Cool Whip.

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Here’s a refreshing and appetizing cheesecake perfect for any spring celebration. Strawberries are soon to be on the way and will make a perfect topping. 1 - 16 oz pkg chocolate fudge sandwich cookies 1 3/4 c sugar, divided 1/3 c butter, melted 3 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened 6 eggs 6 oz white chocolate, grated, divided 1 t vanilla 1 c sour cream 1 t almond extract Preheat oven to 325°F. Place cookies and 1/4 c sugar in work bowl of food processor. Pulse until mixture is fine crumbs. Pour butter through feeder tube while mixing. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1-inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside. Beat cream cheese in large bowl of mixer on medium speed until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in 1 1/4 c sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 4 oz of white chocolate and vanilla. Pour batter over crust. Bake 55 minutes or until cheesecake still shakes

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WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE by Jan Kelly from the NC Egg Association

slightly in the center. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Combine sour cream, remaining 1/4 c sugar, remaining 2 oz white chocolate and almond extract. Spread mixture evenly over top of cheesecake. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven. Cool cheesecake on wire rack. Remove sides of pan. Chill cheesecake at least 8 hours before serving. Tip: A few minutes after removing the cheesecake from oven, carefully run a thin metal spatula around edge of cheesecake as it cools. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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As the culinary industry continues to grow at tremendous levels, more and more people are tuning in to watch their favorite cooking shows on channels like Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and TLC. Whether you are a fan of reality TV-style cooking shows or the more “traditional” cooking show, you may find yourself perplexed from time to time about some of the culinary terms used by the celebrity chefs while on air. If you are a cooking show fan, an avid home cook, or an aspiring professional chef looking to increase you knowledge, I will be discussing some not-so-common terms over the next few issues to add to your culinary vocabulary.


by Robert A. Penry Admissions Classroom Presenter-Culinary Johnson & Wales University

Culinary from A to Z

Translating to “before the meal,” antipasto is typically the first course served during a traditional Italian meal. Some common items you may find on an antipasti (plural) platter would be cured meats such as prosciutto, olives, other pickled vegetables, anchovies, and various cheeses. Tip: Save some money by avoiding expensive platters from home décor stores. I serve my antipasti platter on a granite tile I picked up at the local home improvement store for $2.99!

Braising Braising is the cooking method that combines moist and dry heat. Braising is a slow cooking process that usually will use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat. Proper technique would begin by searing the meat of your choice, put in an oven safe baking dish, adding liquid to 2/3 high, cover, cook until tender.

Crudité Crudité is a French term referring to uncooked vegetables. Typically served as an appetizer, crudité platters can include raw carrots, celery, peppers, cauliflower, and asparagus. Some type of dipping sauce will almost always accompany a crudité platter.

Deglaze A cooking technique often used to make a pan sauce. Often used after cooking a piece of meat, to deglaze you remove the meat after browning and add a small amount of liquid to the pan. The addition of liquid will release any caramelized bits remaining on the bottom of the pan and allow them to be incorporated into the sauce, adding much flavor. Common liquids used to deglaze are wine, various types of stock, and spirits such as bourbon.

Emulsion An emulsion is used to describe a mixture of two liquids that typically would not be able to be blended. Common emulsions found in the kitchen are vinaigrettes and mayonnaise. Emulsions are considered to be unstable, as they will separate if not continually stirred or shaken.

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APPLE CIDER BRAISED PORK LOIN Vegetable oil Salt Black pepper 2 lb boneless pork loin 1 medium yellow onion, sliced 1 medium red onion, sliced 4 carrots, peeled, sliced 2 celery stalks, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 t thyme 2 t rosemary 1 t salt 2 to 3 c apple cider 1/2 to1 c chicken stock Preheat oven to 350°F. In a Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Season pork loin liberally with salt and black pepper. Place pork loin into Dutch oven; brown on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add onions, carrots, and celery. Cook for 8 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, rosemary, and salt. Place pork loin back into Dutch oven. Pour apple cider and chicken stock over the top, using enough to reach 2/3 up the side of the pork loin. Place covered Dutch oven in oven; cook until meat thermometer reaches 150°F. Remove from oven and rest for 8 to 10 minutes. Slice pork and serve with accompanying vegetables.

GREEN GODDESS CRUDITE DIP 1 1/2 c mayonnaise ½ c sour cream 2 anchovy fillets, minced 1 green onion, chopped 2 t parsley, chopped 2 t chives, chopped 1 t tarragon, chopped 1 T tarragon vinegar In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, anchovy, green onion, parsley, chives, tarragon, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve with your favorite vegetables such as celery, carrots and bell pepper.

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by Christine Greene “If life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” For my friend Linda, it is lemonade punch! It is a favorite of her family, especially for three grandsons, Bradley, Braxton, Barrett and friends. For the holidays, though, it was red punch made of Cheerwine and pineapple juice. However, red punch can have lemonade in it as well. Try the STRAWBERRY LEMONADE PUNCH. Lemon goes with many other foods and flavors. Most restaurants provide fresh lemon wedges with water. Cooks generally like using fresh lemons best. Lemon juice can be a substitute for salt in your light and “healthy” dishes. An excellent source of vitamin C and high in antioxidants, fresh juice is used in salads, entrees, desserts, sauces, beverages, marinades, fillings, preserves, and flavorings. Zest is made from the peel. Many convenience foods exist such as powdered lemonade mix, lemon gelatin, lemon pudding mixes, lemon cake, pie, and dessert mixes, yogurt, bottled juice, and frozen products. In Nana’s kitchen (refrigerator), there is always a bottle of lemon juice from the frozen foods section, so handy for making dressings and adding to various foods to enhance flavors. Even when making Spiced Tea and you don’t have fresh lemon, it is so convenient. You will like the LEMON CAKE WITH LEMON SAUCE (using lemon extract). I’ve used it for years—you reserve a cup of the batter and make it into a lemon topping. LEMON PIE was the favorite of my mom, Ma Connie. Her next door neighbor, Joe Cooke, made several pies for her in her last years. Thanks to Joe for sharing the recipe he thinks came from his sister in Raleigh. Ma Connie also liked the lemon meringue pie recipe on the cornstarch box. Cheesecake lovers, try the LEMON CREAM BARS. A cake Bring the kids for…Photos with The Easter Bunny mix is used for the crust. Lining with aluminum foil makes Saturday, March 16 10 to 2 the product easy to remove from the container. LEMON OAT BARS has more fiber than some of the other recipes because of oatmeal in the “crust.” Poppy seeds are often added to Free Gift Wrap lemon products. LEMON POPPY SEED BUNDT CAKE is easy Gift Certificates to make and turns out quite well. Batter can also be made 938-A South State St, Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri 9-5 into loaves, muffins or a sheet cake. LEMON SAUCE is a great Yadkin Plaza Shopping Center Thurs 9-8 Sat 10-3 topping for numerous foods. LEMON-HERB DRESSING will Yadkinville (336) 677-6510 enhance your salads.

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Yadkin Valley Living is an excellent source for information on lemons. Click on USA and choose a topic. Many facts appear such as each lemon tree produces year round and can yield between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons a year. You can even subscribe to a monthly newsletter. Games, coloring sheets, and experiments are available for kids. Recipes for lemon and oranges are listed. Whatever the season or occasion, lemons can enhance your daily diet. In Nana’s kitchen, that may be lemonade, pie, pudding, cake, bread, dressings, or other desserts.

LEMONADE PUNCH 1 2-liter bottle Minute Maid* lemonade 46 oz can pineapple juice 1 1-liter bottle ginger ale or other clear soda Combine lemonade and pineapple juice. Chill or freeze (for slushy punch) until time to serve. Add ginger ale at serving time. *has real lemon juice in it Yield: 24 6-oz servings

LEMON CREAM BARS 1 lemon cake mix 1 stick butter, softened 4 eggs 1 - 16 oz cream cheese 1 sml pkg lemon gelatin 1/3 c granulated sugar

LEMON OAT BARS Beat together until light & fluffy: 2 sticks softened butter (1 c) ½ c packed brown sugar

Add: 1 ½ c all purpose flour 1 c uncooked quick oats ¼ t salt

Press mixture into ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan; bake 20 minutes or until golden brown in 375°F oven. Cool. Meanwhile, combine in med saucepan: small pkg lemon cook & serve pudding mix, 1 3/4 c water, ¼ c sugar, 2 egg yolks, juice of 1 lemon. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in 2 T butter, cut into small pieces. Cool slightly; pour over crust. Chill at least 4 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving. Cut into bars. Yield: 24 Source: Fun Food for Healthy Kids

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE PUNCH 2 - 6oz cans frozen pink lemonade concentrate 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate 1 -10oz pkg frozen sliced strawberries 3 c water 2-liter bottle ginger ale, chilled Combine all ingredients except ginger ale. Refrigerate. When ready to serve, stir in the ginger ale. Yield: approximately 3 quarts (18 - 5 oz servings)

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LEMON POPPY SEED BUNDT CAKE LEMON CAKE with LEMON PUDDING SAUCE 3 to 4 T poppy seeds 1 pkg lemon cake mix 1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant lemon or vanilla pudding mix 1 ¼ c water ½ c vegetable oil 4 eggs Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease & flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. In large bowl, combine cake and pudding mixes with poppy seeds. Pour in water, oil and eggs. Stir until blended. Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping sides of bowl, until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 min, then cool on a wire rack until completely cool.

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Meringue: 6 egg whites, ¼ c sugar, cream of tartar. Add lemon juice to sweetened condensed milk; stir in egg yolks. Pour into pie crusts. Beat egg whites until stiff (add 2 to 3 t cream of tartar if it doesn’t act like it wants to get stiff). Stir sugar into the mixture. Divide egg whites onto the 2 pies, spreading all the way across the crumbs. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until meringue is as brown as desired. Store in refrigerator. 52

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¾ c shortening 1 c sugar 3 eggs ½ to 1 t lemon extract 2 c flour 1 ½ t baking powder ¼ t salt ½ c milk In mixer bowl, cream shortening and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each. Stir in lemon extract. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture with milk, beating well. Reserve ½ cup batter for the sauce. Turn remaining batter into greased 9x9-inch baking dish/pan. Bake in 375°F oven 25 to 30 minutes. Lemon Sauce: Reserved ½ c batter 2 c warm water ¾ c sugar ½ t lemon extract (more, if desired) ¼ t vanilla extract 2 T butter Place reserved batter in medium saucepan. Add sauce ingredients (except butter); mix well. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in butter until melted. To serve, pour sauce over warm squares of cake. Yield: 9 servings

FUN with kids Tavi has a BA in Psychology, MA in Teaching, and is a fourth grade teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary, a Title 1 School, King.

by Tavi Petree

Do you smell them? I do, the sweet, earthy daffodils poking through the frozen ground. A splash of yellow against the unpredictable days of March. I looked at my calendar and was shocked to see how close St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are this year. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those fun holidays to celebrate with no present expectations. Here are some cute activities to make your little leprechaun shine. I love using canvas to display handprints and thumbprints. Find some green paint and glob it on your hand. Use a paint brush to make sure the paint covers your hand and fingers. The idea is to make a handprint clover. Press your hand on the canvas or paper to make one of the shamrock leaves. Continue this process until you have four leaves, fingers sticking out. Now, add a stem and you have a lucky shamrock. I love this idea…take a clear, plastic, tall bag and put about five to six gold candy wrapped coins or wrapped Rolos candies in the bottom of the bag. You can buy rainbow colored twizzlers in the shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Place these side by side on top of the coins, tie off the top and you have a tasty snack. Moving onto some EGGcellent spring and Easter activities. Most kids will have a spring break during this time. “What can you do with those endless bundles of energy,” you might ask? Try some of these activities. Ask your local paint store for some pastel color paint chip examples (the two or three toned papers you see in the paint section). Make an egg template, trace the egg onto the paint chips, and cut them out. Punch two small holes into the top of each egg and thread ribbon or string through the holes for an eggstra special garland. ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

Get into the kitchen and make some birds’ nests. You will need 1 (12 oz) pack of chocolate chips, ½ cup of chunky peanut butter, 4 cups of chow mein noodles, and some chocolate Cadbury mini eggs. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring frequently until the chocolate is melted. Gently stir in the noodles. Drop golf ball sized drops onto waxed paper. Add eggs in the middle for a cute spring snack. Do you have old buttons lying around? Grab a frame from the dollar store, those buttons and a hot glue gun. Arrange the buttons in the shape of an egg, making patterns with the colors. Hot glue the buttons down (kids, get adult help for that), place back in the frame, and you have a cute, one-of-a-kind egg decoration. Have a fabulous spring and embrace the newness nature has to offer.

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Easter Egg Basket by Jan Kelly Need a child-friendly craft or a unique name holder on your Easter holiday? Well, Jan Kelly, N.C. Egg Association, sent the Easter Egg Nest. It takes 30 minutes or less to make and uses your already decorated eggs in a different and eye-pleasing way. Kids will love using craft glue and their imaginations. The end result adds festive decor to any table or area. You will need 3 to 4 decorated eggs, 1 lunch size (5 1/2 x10 1/2-inches) brown bag, small twigs, various lengths and widths picked up from outdoors or bought at your favorite craft store, dried leaves, Spanish moss, a glue gun or craft glue, ribbon, glitter, twine or additional optional adornments.

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Open bag; begin flattening from bottom up; scrunching bag into several compressed layers; forming bag into round base. Using small twigs, place glue on bottom of twigs, laying criss-cross around the outside edge of "nest base." Continue gluing and setting twigs until desired height and fullness. Using Spanish moss (or other strings, ribbons, etc.) weave through the twigs, taking care not to move twigs. Secure with a few drops of glue around the bag. If twigs move easily, wait for glue to dry before continuing. Additional adornments may be added as desired. Jan also sent some fun Easter egg dyeing ideas. Microwave Egg Dye: In a cup of water combine 1/4 teaspoon liquid food coloring and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Dye hard cooked eggs. Dye can be reheated and reused. Coat eggs with vegetable oil for shine. To Dye Eggs with Natural Materials: cover eggs with water and simmer with 1 teaspoon vinegar and your choice of materials below for 20 minutes. Use your own judgment about quantities of materials. This is an art, not a science! Here are some natural materials and the colors they will give your eggs: Tea/beige; strong coffee/brown; walnut husks/buff; spinach/grayish yellow; yellow delicious apple skins/lavender; onion skins/golden orange; orange peels or thyme/yellow; and red cabbage leaves/blue.

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by Reba Hollingsworth You will need: 100% silk ties or silk fabric, muslin or old sheet, twine string, vinegar, polyurethane or acrylic spray. Directions: Wet a scrap of silk material large enough to completely cover a raw egg. Wrap silk around the egg covering the whole raw egg. Make sure the right side of the fabric is touching the egg. Take a wet strip of cloth and wrap around the egg making sure every area of the egg is covered. Muslin works really well, it holds the silk material snugly around the egg. Using twine string, wrap securely around the egg. Place eggs in a crock pot with 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Cover eggs with water and cook eggs 5 hours. Turn crock pot off and allow the eggs to cool. Remove all the material wrapped around the eggs. Let the eggs dry. Spray each DRY egg with an acrylic sealer or using your finger spread a very thin coat of polyurethane over the egg. Lay on waxed paper to dry. These eggs will last for years—as long as they are not cracked. When storing, place them in a CARDBOARD egg carton. They need air while in storage. Hints: • Country eggs take color better. • Let eggs sit at room temperature for at least 1 week before coloring. • Sometimes greens and yellows don't color as well as other colors. • Must use 100% silk fabric. • Make sure you put the right side of the fabric to the egg.

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Looking for a great spring vacation? Cruising will cure those winter blues!

By Ruth R. Henderson Tired of the winter weather and want a change of scenery? Cruising could just be the answer you are looking for. Several things to consider when you are thinking about your cruise vacation: Have you ever cruised before? Whom do you want to go with? When do you want to go? Where do you want to go? What type of weather do you prefer? Which cruise line is your preference? After all the above decisions have been made, there are many sources wherein to book your cruise—local travel agencies, on-line travel agents, booking with the cruise line directly, etc. Whichever you choose, you can find a “deal” if you shop around with different agents for the same cruise line, cruise ship, destination, duration of trip, and same time frame you want to cruise. Many agents will give you shipboard credits, which is actual money you can spend on the ship. You can use this shipboard credit for your tips, shopping, gambling, shore excursions, or specialty drinks you would normally have to pay for. These shipboard credits are especially true if you have a group of 8 or more cabins booked at the same time you do in your group. Ask what shipboard credits they can offer before you book your cruise. Packing...just take the things you will need during the time you will be gone. Extra items will be things you will have to keep up with, be responsible for, store in your small cabin, and possibly pay extra airline fees to get your luggage to the port. For daytime attire while on-board the ship, very casual attire is acceptable. Evening and nighttime attire is more special and dressy.

Nighttime on the cruise ship is when your floating resort at sea comes alive. On a seven night cruise, there are normally two formal nights where you want to look your very best for the Welcome Aboard Reception held near the beginning of the cruise and a Captain’s Reception and Dinner later in the week. Both of these events are special and you want to look SHARP…men with tuxedos or dark dress suits are the norm, cocktail dress or elegant gowns for the ladies. Time for your very best! The remaining nights on the cruise are special also, but not as dressed up as the two formal nights. Nice dress slacks or skirt with tops are appropriate for the remainder of the nights for ladies; dress slacks and open neck or golf shirts are good for men for the remainder of the week. In the dining room at night, your waiters will give you the service and attention you will not receive anywhere else you may ever dine. Everyone is so special to the wait staff—they will keep you happy and well-fed. Their service is superb and you will want to bring them home with you by the time your vacation is over because they are so attentive to your every need. The perfect look you desire for your cruise also takes advance planning. If you are traveling by air to your port of embarkation for your cruise, carry no more than l-ounce containers of each of your skin care and make-up products in a carry-on bag. Larger than 1-ounce items must be put in checked luggage, for which the airlines charge a fee (normally at least $25 each way, per suitcase). If you want to keep skin-care and make-up items with you so you will never be without them should your luggage gets lost, put all products in small 1-ounce containers; place them in clear zip-lock bags in a carry-on bag which you can keep with you at all times on the airplane. For your daily wear make-up, be sure to apply sun screen if your skin-care products do not have it already included, as you will probably be out and about more than you would be at home. For evenings, you may want to reapply your makeup to be more glamorous for the dining room and receptions. Make your make-up compliment your outfit—the more dramatic your gown is, the more glamorous and glitzy your makeup can be. Be bold and add deeper shades and hues of eye shadow, lip color, blush or bronzers. Photos will be taken everywhere you look, so be sharp and glam it up. This is your vacation you have dreamed of, worked hard for, planned for, you are with your “special” people, so now is your time to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime on your favorite cruise ship. Have fun, look glamorous and Bon Voyage!

Be sure to have all your skin care, cosmetics, and color products at your fingertips and ready to pack for your vacation or cruise. I have in stock a wide variety of all your favorite products to make your shopping a breeze. E-mail or give me a call to make your selection today. Have a wonderful time!

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Weeds in the Lawn by Steve Preston LTD Farm & Garden Weed: “A herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild and rank, and regarded as cumbering the ground or hindering the growth of superior vegetation.” Crabgrass Spring arrives in sound and color with flowers, fresh breezes, birds singing among newly clothed tree branches, deep green lawns and the ever present sound of lawn mowers running in the distance. Spring announces a new season of growth both desired and undesired. This article addresses one lawn pest: Crabgrass. Crabgrass is an annual grass. Annual means that it lives for a season and dies. The major annual grass pest in lawns is crabgrass. Oddly enough, crabgrass is a superior forage for livestock pastures. Its speed of growth, leaf size and palatability make it a sound grazing forage though somewhat expensive at several hundred dollars per bag. Crabgrass germinates when the soil warms and lives until frost. This is a bunch type grass that spreads rapidly if not controlled. Not to be confused with Bermuda which is a perennial runner, it commonly begins near roadways, driveways and sidewalks. The light green color, broad leaf, and thick stem nature of the plant detract from the finer look of fescue which makes it stand out…like a weed. Being an annual, crabgrass will germinate when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees. This can vary among lawns due to slope and southern exposure. A natural indicator is the forsythia plant, also known as the “Easter Bush”. Forsythia starts blooming when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees. Therefore, the timely application of chemical controls before the forsythia blooms is paramount. Crabgrass chemical controls fall withya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

in two categories; pre-emergent and postemergent. Pre-emergent chemicals are applied before the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees and prevents the emergence of crabgrass seedlings. Weather, temperature and orientation variants make firm dates for application an inexact science. Watch the forsythia and apply pre-emergents when you see the plant start to bud. There are several pre-emergents on the market today. They include Balan, Trifluralin, Pendimethalin, Prodiamine and Dithiopyr. These chemicals can be bought stand-alone but are often found impregnated onto fertilizers. This is a convenient, one-step method of applying fertilizer and the chemical simultaneously. However, the concern here is having the appropriate balance of fertilizer and chemical in a single application so read the label carefully. Scott’s “Halts” line utilizes pedimethalin which typically requires split applications. We’ve had the best feedback from customers using a Southern States 19-3-7 with Barricade (prodiamine). A single application of Barricade will stop crabgrass for the majority of the season but nothing is perfect. A tall, dense turf is a huge deterrent to crabgrass. Spring conditions are highly favorable for fescue so the turf is tall and thick giving it a competitive advantage. As summer arrives, however, two things happen. First, the weather becomes hotter and drier causing the fescue to thin out. Second, the preemergent herbicide begins to run out of gas. These two factors open the door for the crabgrass to proliferate. That being said, we get more calls on crab-

grass in July and August than at any other time of the year. Now is the time to consider post-emergent herbicides. Post-emergent controls target crabgrass that has broken through. These chemicals are sprayed over top and kill the crabgrass while not harming the fescue. MSMA was used for years for this purpose but was recently labeled only for golf courses. Residential labels include Trimec Crabgrass Killer and Q4 Plus, both of which utilize Quinclorac for crabgrass control. Treated areas can be reseeded four weeks after application. Critical Considerations 1. Read product labels! Make certain the chemical you have chosen addresses your objectives. 2. Do not apply seed if using pre-emergents. The seed will not germinate. 3. Have reasonable expectations. Crabgrass management is just that – management. Desired results are a function of weather, timeliness, application, population, etc. Your objective is to minimize the population. 4. A combined use of pre and post emergents is often advisable. 5. Finally, if you don’t need chemicals, don’t use them. Cultural practices go a long way.

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All drivers want the peace of mind a well maintained automobile gives them. Your heating and cooling system deserves the same consideration IF you want it to work with maximum efficiency. Everybody wants to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer— taking good care of your heating and cooling system will extend the life of the equipment and minimize repairs. As with every machine, all the components work together. To keep all the parts running efficiently, to lower energy and fuel costs, a tune-up scheduled twice a year, spring and fall, before the seasons of heaviest usage, can help. Oil and gas systems, can send heat and air out of your home and up the chimney if the units are not burning properly. Your heat pump needs a tune-up too. Cleaning out a dirty blower wheel can directly reduce how hard your heat pump has to work and that can save you money on electricity. K & V has machinery to determine duct balancing to even out the air flow in your home. It pumps air pressure into the system's ducts to detect any possible leakage—important in the winter and summer to lessen overworking your unit and to insure your system is working properly. Ducts leaking that cool or heated air into the crawl space and attic areas cost you big money sending treated air into a wasted area. Cleaning indoor/outdoor coils if needed, checking and testing all controls, cleaning drain lines and lubricating as needed, complete the upkeep. As a homeowner, K&V technician, Dean Bolen suggests, "It's always a good idea to change filters every four to six weeks." It's peace of mind to know, a properly maintained system will run at its peak efficiency heading off small problems before they become big expensive ones.

Scheduling a bi-annual tune-up for your heating and cooling system is a easy as calling K&V Heating and Air Conditioning at 336-699-2088. A little money spent in preventative time-ups can save you big money spent on emergency repairs when it’s 95° outside.

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We offer solutions for: tough industrial applications commercial painting water fountains • concrete steps decks • car wash walls office buildings • homes concrete swimming pools garage floors painted AND sealed to withstand heat and water Got a painting project— we can do it! The yucca plant is absolutely striking for landscape or living room. Its long, large sword-shaped leaves, creamy white flowers make for striking contrast. Before falling in love with the yucca, decide if you have a large location for it. Yucca can grow as tall as 10', leaves alone can reach 2 1/2' in length and 3' in width. Inside or outdoors, it should be kept out of high traffic areas. Any plant requiring gloves should put out a red flag for safety of folks and pets. A perennial, yucca is evergreen, easy to propagate, needs well drained soil, has low water requirements, tolerates full sun and temps as cold as 10°. Species offer impressive blossoms of slightly different whitish flowers in mid- to late summer. Be sure to cut off old, dead leaves in the spring. After the yucca has stopped flowering and fruit is visible, prune back the flower stalk clear to the ground. Indoor plants have a color range of green to bluish with variegation of cream, yellow and white flowers. It needs a spot with indirect sun to partly shaded for the best leaf color. Since it is a heavy trunked plant, it needs a sturdy pot and heavy enough soil for support yet a soil with good drainage like a three to one mixture of sand and peat. ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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Spring Lawn Care By Craig Mauney, Horticulturist Forsyth Cooperative Extension

This time of year in the Piedmont gardeners begin thinking about all aspects of their landscape. At the same time we are trying to clean up our flower beds we wonder just what should be done with our grass. To make our flowers and shrubs look good we want our lawn to look good. An established lawn is one that has been growing long enough for you to mow the lawn three times. In this article we will take a look at some tips for an established lawn.

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Improper watering of the lawn results in wasting water and unhealthy plants. In the absence of rain, water should be applied only when the lawn shows signs of moisture stress. The signs of moisture stress include a dark bluish-gray color; footprints that remain after walking and wilted or curled grass blades. Some genYadkinville (336) 679-6244 eral recommendations for watering are listed. If possible water in the early morning. This is the preferred time to water to reduce risk of disease and water loss through evaporation. Water to a depth of six to eight inches. Usually one inch of water per week is adequate. Use cans or a rain gauge to determine how much water is being applied in a certain time period. If you do not plan to irrigate during the summer months you can slowly condition your lush lawn into dormanA panel of experts chose cy. You can accomplish this by allowing Dr. Robin Brock, D.V.M. as tops in the drought stress symptoms to appear between infrequent watering; by mowing high, and by not over fertilizing of farm, companion and exotic animals with nitrogen in the spring. Most turf grasses can withstand from three to six Farmland weeks without rain if conditioned. In Veterinary Clinic, P.A. the absence of rain water the dormant Farm, Home and Office Calls lawn with .25 inch of water every three weeks to keep the growing points Call 336-492-7148 for an appointment hydrated.

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is preferred if grasses are cut to less than 1 inch. Our common fescue lawns are not cut to this low height but usually maintained around 2.5-3 inches. Warm season grasses are best cut with a reel mower where a rotary mower is better for the cool season grasses. Some general recommendations for mowing are listed. Keep mower blades sharp and balanced. Dull mower blades reduce quality of the grass by tearing instead of cutting. Mow at the proper height for the grass you are growing. How often you mow is determined by the desired height and the amount of growth. The amount of growth of your grass depends on the temperature, fertility, moisture available, season of the year, and the type of grass you grow. To have a high quality lawn, mow often enough to not be removing more than 50% of the grass blades each mowing. When the grass is short leave the clippings to decompose. Lawn clipping do not add to the thatch build up. Thatch is made up of roots, stems, and lower leaves below the mower blade. Short clippings left on the lawn release valuable nutrients back to the soil. Rake, bag, and remove clippings if too long or mowing is delayed and use them as a green in your compost pile.

Fertilizing A soil test should be taken every 2 to 3 years to determine how much lime, phosphorus, and potassium is

needed by your established lawn. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture Soil Testing Division will run a soil test at no charge if you send them a sample of your soil. Although a poor substitute, a complete fertilizer in the ratio of 4:1:2 can be used if you have not taken a soil test. One should determine the amount of fertilizer, ratio of nutrients and when to apply based on the type of grass you are growing in your landscape. At the end of the article I have given you a reference that has many charts to help you with this determination. Some general recommendations for fertilizing are listed. Cool-Season Grasses: The proper months to fertilize are September, November and February. Best to avoid excess nitrogen fertilizer between the February and September applications in our area to avoid fungal diseases. If color improvement is needed in early summer an application of not more than .5 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. In our area it is best to apply this before April 15th. Warm-Season Grasses: The proper months to fertilize are May, June and September. It is best to avoid winter applications of fertilizer to reduce winter injury. Lime: Most soils in North Carolina and our area are acidic and often require applications of lime to sweeten the soil for best grass growth. For most turf grass except centipede the soil pH should be between 6.5 and 7.0 for opti-

mum nutrient availability.

Coring (Aerification) Soils that are subject to heavy traffic are prone to compaction. Coring will alleviate this condition. Use a device that removes soil cores. Chop up the ores and distribute them by dragging with a span of chain-link fence or a mat. Do coring during the active growing season for the grass you are growing.

Power Raking (Verticutting) Sod forming grasses such as Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass, and Centipede grass tend to build up thatch when heavily fertilized and watered. When thatch exceeds ¾ inch power rake and core the lawn to cut through the thatch. Thatch build up can also be removed from warm-season grasses by cutting closely at spring green-up and raking by hand.

Renovating a Lawn The term lawn renovation refers to any procedure beyond normal maintenance required to upgrade an existing lawn. A deteriorated lawn is often a symptom of some underlying problem. Some of the major causes of turf deterioration are poor establishment procedures, improper lawn management, poorly adapted grasses, improper nutrient balance, excess thatch buildup, disease, insect, or weed infestation. Any problem that caused the lawn to deteriorate must be corrected before renovation begins.

WHAT’S IN in May/June 2013 It’s our Yadkin Valley People issue! In foodsandflavors, Marilyn is going gluten free. Two new food editors make their debut in May/June, Ginger is cooking with wine and Carmen uses her expertise as a nutritionist to give you some scrumptious recipes. Plus all our regular features are included from What Is That?, to wellness and homestyles. As always, from cover to cover, every page will feature good people, places and discoveries.


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Explore a 1761 Pharmacy at Historic Bethabara Park by Jennifer B. Bower Moravians at Bethabara used plants—ones they grew or collected—for simple home remedies. Plants in the medical garden, however, were used solely by the physician. It was his task to collect the plants and compound them into medicines. When necessary, the physician would supply a particular medicine to his patient and provide instructions on how to use it—much like a visit to a modern pharmacy. Bethabara’s medical garden was originally planted by Doctor Hans Martin Kalberlahn, the community’s first physician. After Kalberlahn’s death in 1760, the garden was maintained and used by Doctor Johann Augustus Shubert. A year later, in June 1761, Christian Gottlieb Reuter, a Moravian surveyor, drew the Hortus Medicus—a map of the medical garden. From that map, Park staff and community volunteers were able to accurately reconstruct the outstanding historic garden. In fact, Historic Bethabara Park’s reconstructed 1761 medical garden is the only known documented Colonial medical garden in the United States. Since its reconstruction in 1994, the medical garden has continually been maintained by Park staff and a core group of dedicated volunteers. In November 2012, Ellen Kutcher, Director of Historic Bethabara Park, named Craig Mauney, an Extension Agent with the Cooperative Extension Service of Forsyth County, Curator of the 1761 Medical Garden. According to Kutcher, the medical garden needed Mauney’s expertise to ensure its preservation. She stated, “Craig is a wonderfully knowledgeable, energetic, garden expert with a passion for herbs. He has legions of fans who love to work 68

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with him. I am excited that he is willing to take on this important role and preserve the history that lives on in the medical garden.” Within the ¼ acre reconstructed medical garden there are over 50 different herbs—most originally imported from Europe. Labeled stakes at the end of each bed indicate what is growing, which allows visitors to take an enjoyable and educational self-guided tour. Tourists can also pick up a Guide to the Moravian Medical Garden—free of charge—in the garden (look for the mailbox) and at the Park’s Visitor Center. Individuals interested in working in the garden should contact Craig Mauney at 336-703-2850 or, as he is currently seeking volunteers to assist his efforts in preserving this beautiful and significant garden. Make plans now to visit Historic Bethabara Park’s reconstructed 1761 Medical Garden, as spring and summer are the best and most colorful months to view it. Historic Bethabara Park is the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina and the birthplace of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Exhibit buildings are open for guided tours April 2 until mid-December. Hours of operation are: Tuesday – Friday 10:30am until 4:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 1:30pm until 4:30pm. Admission fees for guided tours are $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. The grounds, gardens and trails are open free of charge year-round.

The yellow or golden fruited raspberries, which are just as easy to grow as the common red types, are not commonly grown or seen in our area but certainly should be. One reason I feel they should be grown more is that they are very highly flavored and usually sweeter than their red counterparts. I have also found that many who don't care a lot for red raspberries find they are quite fond of the yellow fruited types. Yellow raspberries have been around for a long time and there are several varieties available, each differing in size, color intensity and flavor. Yellow raspberries were discovered as sports that occurred in more common red varieties and then propagated because of their unique color and great flavor. A sport is simply a branch of a plant that exhibits something quite different from the mother plant, as in this case -

outstanding made into jams, cobblers and the like. The third variety you are likely to find is called 'anne'. It is the newest developed variety and was bred in Maryland. It is likely the best of the three for having very large berry size, being highly productive and having outstanding flavored fruit. The berries of 'anne' are a light yellow color, very juicy and have quite a unique banana note in their flavor. Yellow raspberries are grown pretty much as you would grow the more common red varieties. Raspberries are best planted in full sun and in a rich compost or manure amended soil. Plants can be spaced two to three feet apart in the row and some sort of trellising or staking system will make harvesting and pruning much easier. The best method of growing these in our area is to utilize them as a fall crop. Once you have finished harvesting the crop, which could last from July into November depending on the weather, you simply cut down all the canes to ground level. Once this has been accomplished a good layer of well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plants should keep them productive and in good health. The old canes that have been

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fruit color. Many new plant varieties are discovered this way. The famous plant breeder, Luther Burbank, reportedly worked some with yellow raspberries as well as white blackberries. Yes, there really are white blackberries. There are three varieties of yellow raspberries that are commonly carried by many mail order nurseries, though several more than this exist. The oldest variety that is readily available is called 'fallgold' and it is one of the best, having golden yellow fruit that is very sweet and richly flavored. A newer variety developed in New Zealand is called 'kiwigold' and it has very attractive fruits that are more orange in color and slightly more tart than 'fallgold'. I imagine it would be

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removed should be shredded and composted or burned, if burning is permitted. Do not leave the old dead stems lying around as they may harbor disease. The new canes that emerge from the ground in spring will be where your new crop will be found in late summer into fall. A liquid fertilize can be added as new canes push up growth in spring. Fish emulsion or liquid seaweed or a mixture of the two is a good organic choice. Make sure that your raspberries are always well mulched as this helps cut down on weeds, helps hold in soil moisture and enriches the soil as it breaks down over time. Well rotted stable manure or compost are two of the best choices but any organic mulch is fine. Grass clippings, straw, or leaves collected in the fall are other good choices.

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Somewhere in the depths of our memories, everyone has one garden, at least, that stands out. For me it’s Highland Park and its annual Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY. Most garden creations are designed for a reason: to commemorate an important event or as a tribute to someone special. Cynthia Myers says, “Unlike a plaque on a building or a donation to a charity, a memory garden lives and changes with the seasons.” The only thing limiting your memory garden is your imagination. It is advised to start small in a corner of your backyard, deck or patio. Family and friends input can be helpful. Once the design is decided, they may decide to contribute plants and seeds and help with maintenance. Your garden can be as simple as your loved one’s favorite tree surrounded by easy-to-care-for perennials in his/her birthstone or favorite color. Flowers, shrubs and trees evoke mem-

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What a wonderful time of the year! I love getting outside on warm days. Now is the time to clip away the dead growth on perennials so the new growth makes them look fresh. Cut back roses if you haven’t already. Overgrown evergreen shrubs may be cut back severely now. I have cut back Japanese hollies to within 6 to 12 inches of the ground and they will come back thick. If they aren’t overgrown, a light shearing will be sufficient. Pansies planted in the fall should be blooming now and need a top dressing of fertilizer, preferably slow release. Pansies may also be planted now if you want fresh color that won’t be killed by frost. They will bloom through June until it gets too hot. Pansies are a winter annual. Now is also time to fertilize perennials, shrubs and trees. Ornamental grasses, including lirope, will look better when new growth emerges if they are cut back now. Pull any weeds that have sprouted. Try to keep weeds pulled before they flower and produce seeds to keep weeds under control. Top-dress the beds with a fresh layer of pine needles or mulch. A preemergent herbicide may be sprinkled around shrubs and flowers to keep weed seeds from germinating. Distylium is a new plant. It is evergreen and blooms from mid-January through March. Vintage Jade only gets about two feet tall and 5 feet wide. It is in the witch hazel family and has reddish maroon flowers. It will be a good foundation plant. Loropetalum Crimson Fire is a new dwarf, loropetalum. It keeps reddish purple foliage all winter and grows 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide, making it a good shrub to put in front of taller shrubs. The foliage is a good contrast to plant in front of yellow or green foliaged plants. It blooms neon pink flowers in the spring. Both the distylium and loropetalum are mounding shrubs. Snow N Summer Asiatic Jasmine is a new evergreen groundcover. The new foliage emerges pink, turns a bright white, becomes a mottled white and green, and finally turns green. It grows 6 feet tall and spreads up to 10 feet. Easter is arriving early this year. It will be the last day of March, March 31. Easter signals the end of winter to me, so I like it coming early. We have not had as much of a break after Christmas though. We started potting mums, geraniums, gerberas, and princess lilies the first full week in January to ensure they will be ready for Easter.

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The official color of the year is green. Green is the color of life. It evokes a sense of balance and wellbeing. Green symbolizes harmony and self- respect. There are blue greens, yellow greens, grey greens, and neutral greens. But you despise green. It reminds you of a vegetable you were forced to eat as a child and the thought of it on a sofa repulses you. But hey, it is the “IN” color. Don’t do it. People come in everyday and ask for my advice on furniture placement, style, and color for their home. They ask me about trends and inquire about what a particular publication says is the way they should go. My reply to them is, “What do YOU like?” The people who write the articles and make the decision on what color is in or out probably don’t live with you in your home. You need to make choices you can live with that will not only be pleasing to you but will be suited to the daily functions happening in your home.

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Ya d k i n • Va l l e y Lydia Scarlet Kennedy of Mocksville recently received the Medal of Honor from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) for her heroic deeds on June 17, 2012. The Medal of Honor is a national award recognizing Girl Scouts who have saved or attempted to save a life under circumstances that indicate heroism. Kennedy, who was 12 at the time of the incident, saved the life of her neighbor, Paisley Seats, 3, who was under water. According to Kennedy’s account, she was swimming at her grandparents’ pool when the neighbors joined them. Paisley was playing in the water in her float and drifted to the deep end of the pool, where the float turned over with Paisley still inside. She was upside down and could not get out so Kennedy responded by pulling Paisley out of her float and carried her to the safety of her father. “When I heard my grandmother scream ‘Lydia’ I turned around and saw Paisley’s legs in the air,” Kennedy said. “When I wrapped my arms around her, I talked to her calmly and told her she was alright.” Richard Steven Seats, Paisley’s father, recommended Kennedy for the award. “Lydia quickly assessed the situation, remained calm and collected and pulled my little girl to safety,” Richard said. “Making a life threatening situation look routine, Lydia rescued a small child from certain death. Kennedy, a Girl Scout Cadette in Troop 40024, is the third Girl Scout member from GSCP2P to receive the award since the council was incorporated in 2009. “Lydia is an extraordinary young lady who exemplifies the Girl Scout mission of courage, confidence and character,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of GSCP2. “Her ability to keep levelheaded under pressure combined with the knowledge she gained in Girl Scouting illustrates her strong leadership skills. We are all very proud of Lydia and thankful that the skills she learned helped to save a life.” Lydia is the daughter of Robert and Michelle Kennedy, Mocksville.

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MUSIC is all around us.We all have our favorite types of music, most of us have more than one variety that either soothes our souls, sets our toes to tappin’ or takes back to a happy time. It’s not unusual for our tastes to change as we grow, age and our lifestyles change. It’s so clear why it is important to keep music alive for youngsters, the younger the better for its importance to continue and be valued throughout they lives. When our babies are young, we sing lullabies. Before that time, we literally played our favorite Bing Crosby rendition of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” on our baby belly. It proved to be a soother when newly emerging teeth hurt or when lonesomeness set in or when we had a tummy ache. For our second babe, we played “Summer Place!” Surely you have experienced how music, at any age, like prayer, can be therapeutic—soothing and healing. Music conventions, like the three we cover in this issue, present a glorious opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones because, you guessed it, we have music in common. The Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention in Yadkinville, the Surry Old Time Music Convention in Dobson and the king of all musical gatherings, MerleFest in Wilkesboro, begin the spring season with the continued efforts to preserve the musical tradition of our Yadkin Valley. We begin meeting the people who make the music with internationally known Donna Fargo, a Mount Airy native and one of the “sweetest people on earth,” and continue with new rising stars, bands, as well as very young, budding musicians and much more.

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Donna Fargo autographs a poster for a fan during her visit to Mount Airy as the Grand Marshall of the July 4th Parade.

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For Grammy award-winning singer-song-writer, Donna Fargo, “There’s no place like home.” Last summer, Donna returned to her beloved Mount Airy to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July Parade. Literally hundreds of friends, fans, and family lined Main Street to catch a glimpse of Mount Airy’s superstar as she passed by. “She is the quintessential public personality,” Sylvia Lowry, one of Donna’s lifelong friends commented admiringly. “It was such a joyous, heartwarming occasion,” Donna whispered tremulously, “it brought tears to my eyes.” “Donna is always so gracious and kind and humble,” added Ann Vaughn, former Executive Director of the Gilmer-Smith Foundation, who works with her assistant Cindy Puckett to coordinate these events. “She is truly genuine. Donna is Mount Airy’s sweetheart. Everyone is so proud of her. Three years ago I even worked with the authorities to coordinate the naming of a stretch of Route 103 leading to Donna’s childhood home as ‘The Donna Fargo Highway’ in her honor. We want her to know just how very special she is to us.” In a career that has spanned decades, Donna Fargo, “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.,” has continued to find her voice in a variety of venues. From humble beginnings, Donna didn’t always realize she was destined for greatness. Born “Yvonne Vaughn,” Donna grew up just outside Mount Airy. She graduated from Mt. Airy High School and High Point College and moved to southern California. She recalls picking tobacco for ten cents an hour in her younger days. “In high school, I worked at Ellis Clothing Company,” Donna said, laughing, “but I never took home a paycheck: I was always exchanging it for new additions to my wardrobe! If I hadn’t gone into the music business, I probably would have tried to do something with fashion.” While on the road performing, Donna actually designed some of the jackets she wore on stage. Before the release of her first hit song. a friend recommended a name change, “Disc jockeys will never play your music with a name like ‘Yvonne Vaughn.’ How about ‘Donna Fargo’? That sounds country-western.” So, in 1972, with her self-penned, Grammy Award winning hit single, “Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” and her second smash hit “Funny Face,” Donna Fargo became an overnight sensation. “I was teaching high school English in California at the

time,” Donna explained. “’Happiest Girl’ was already No.1 before the school year ended. They let me out three days early to open in Vegas with Roy Clark. Becoming a teacher was a dream-come- true for me, but I knew then I had to quit teaching and go in to the music business. I always wanted to be a singer—I held that dream in my heart.” Donna’s career skyrocketed. She was the first woman in country music to have back-to-back million sellers, with her first records crossing over from country to pop charts. Because of her continued success, Donna won many major awards, including one Grammy, six Academy of Country Music Awards, five Billboard Awards, and 15 Broadcast Music Incorporated Writing Awards. She was recognized by both the Country Music Association and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. A performance at Carnegie Hall in the ‘70s caught the attention of the Osmond Family, resulting in a syndicated variety series on television, “The Donna Fargo Show,” which ran in 1978 and 1979. It was during this time, when sadly, tragedy struck. Donna was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “It was a disease I knew nothing about,” Donna explained, “I was scared and didn’t have any idea what the future would hold for me.” Although Donna was quite ill for awhile, she refused to be a victim to this incurable disease. When she began to recover she thought to herself, “Okay, I may have MS, but it doesn’t have to have me.” And that attitude empowered her. “My husband, Stan, is a very good protector,” Donna added. “When we went back on the road, he planned shows carefully so we didn’t just wear ourselves out all the time.” Donna continues to showcase her writing talent. Today, she creates cards for Blue Mountain Arts Press and has written five books: her most recent title being, I Thanked God for You Today. Her other books include Trust in Yourself, To The Love of My Life, I Prayed For You Today, and 10 Golden Rules For Living In This Crazy, Mixed-Up World. “Everything she writes is so well thought out,” Jenny Lowry, co-owner of Olde Mill Music and daughter of the late Jimmy Lowry (Donna’s former band leader), explained. “That’s why what she wrote in 1972 is still relevant today.” Recently, she released a single, “I Love You More,” and an audio CD of her book, I Thanked God for You Today. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History houses an extensive Donna Fargo collection including stage costumes, album covers, myriad memorabilia, and much, much more. “It is truly an honor to represent her legacy here at the museum,” ExecutiveDirector, Matt Edwards stated. “Right now, we have a long-term exhibit, and we’re planning a traveling exhibit for the future.” During one of Donna’s recent appearances at the museum, her scheduled 2 to 4 P.M. autograph sesya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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sion ended up lasting several more hours—Donna stayed until the last person left. One observer remarked, “The way she treats people, showing her care and concern for every individual shows her true heart. She could just be another celebrity who blows into town, autographs her CDs, poses for pictures, and then scurries back to Nashville without connecting to folks in any way—she could do that—but she doesn’t.” “I love these people,” Donna interjected. “They’ve always stood by me and supported me, and I want to embrace them all and wish them well.” To learn more about Donna Fargo, check her schedule of events, or order an autographed book, CD, or calendar, visit her official website: The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is located at 301 North Main Street, Mount Airy.

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TAYLOR VADEN Don't let his youthful look fool you—you are looking at Taylor Vaden. He's a high school and college graduate, self-taught guitarist, composer and musician, founder and member of "The Taylor Vaden Band" and Elvis Tribute Artist with music on his mind. His light brown eyes are direct and his comments are grounded, revealing a strong confidence. Taylor doesn't come from a long line of family musicians. His great grandfather was a luthier and he is proud to have his grandfather's banjo but the rest is Taylor's doing. His career began with a second grade talent show. He listened to Elvis record albums with his grandfather and he recalls the music "just clicked." Yes, he won the competition and played Elvis until middleschool when basketball and learning to play a new guitar became the favorites. Always raised in a church, it seems at 24 that Taylor has come full circle. Following graduation from UNCGreensboro with a degree in marketya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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ing, he took a mission trip to England. As the saying goes, it was a life-changer. He ditched his plans to move to Nashville and played the lead role in a Christian western film called "How the West Was Won." Today, while he still plays and appreciates all types of music and has opened shows for the likes of “Florida Georgia Line,” Rascal Flatts, "Little Big Town" and more, he is concentrating on Christian music with the release of "From the Start-the EP," that can be found on iTunes, with four of his original songs. He is content to remain in his home state as he pursues his musical career. Family, church and being involved in his community are very important to him. This spring Taylor will release a solo 10-song album, all original pieces by Taylor, entitled "From the Start." The album will feature his girlfriend, singer, Kayla Vaughn and a variety of Christian songs. After high school and by popular request, Taylor once again performed

his tribute to Elvis show. He had a jumpsuit made, designed a 45 to 60 minute program and continues today to please Elvis fans at festivals and events. "Every show is important, large or small. Recreating the memory of a great entertainer like Elvis is an awesome privilege." Currently, Taylor is working part time with the Stokes County Arts Council. When not in Danbury, Taylor does presentations to high school Christian clubs encouraging students to have dreams and work for those dreams to come to fruition. "If you want something bad enough, work for it," he tells them. And he is still an Elvis Tribute Artist adding his own style to the tribute. Taylor will admit God's role in his life and he is hoping he can touch others' lives. "Whatever you focus on is what you feed." says Taylor.

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“THE TADPOLES” Late last year, a group of youngsters aged 5 to 15, most of them being students of Ralph McGee at King Music Center, decided to join a group to learn more about their music and at the same time learn to perform as a group. They meet at the barn of Ralph’s brother Rex, who has been very helpful in coaching and teaching them of this program. They practiced weekly for four to five months, learning traditional bluegrass and old time mountain music. Finally tapped for their first “gig,” they realized they must have a stage name. Although being somewhat reluctant, they finally agreed to be known as the “The Tadpoles.” The first stage performance was for The Stokes Stomp in September. They competed in the Galax Fiddlers Convention and won “Fifth Place Band” in the Youth Division. They performed at The First Annual Chicken Stew Championship in King in November. They’ve also played for several private parties and benefits. This program is designed as a developmental tool for aspiring musicians. They don’t always play as a group, but the current regulars are: Helena, Maria and Robert George, Fioria, Elly and Jessie Burdette, Issac Hayden, Sylvia and

Gus McGee, and Cameron Edwards. The intent of this program is, as those becoming comfortable with their music level or performance skills, they will move on to form their own groups. As this is accomplished, it makes room for new members. The core group will still perform as the “Tadpoles.” These kids are from King, Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. The idea for this group originated from information Ralph learned of a similar group from the Galax, VA area known as JAM, (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Their program began about five years ago and has proven to be very successful in developing young talent to become future professionals. Any school age kid interested in becoming a member of this group should contact Ralph McGee at King Music Center (336-0983-4951 or e-mail I look forward to seeing these kids grow up, become great musicians on their own and as individual groups. They are my Piedmont Picks now and I’ll bet we write about some of them soon as individuals.

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Bluegrass & Old-Time Music in the Yadkin Valley by Robert Steelman In 2012 the Yadkin Arts Council took the next bold step with one of their premier annual events; for the first time in its 27 year history The Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention would include a completely separate “Old-Time” category. This year the organization is going a step further, adding some new categories that will include “Dance” and increasing the total purse to a whopping $5,400! The amounts of prizes in all of the individual categories are being doubled and the first place bluegrass and old-time bands will take home $600 each. The festivities will commence on Friday evening, April 19 at 7:30p with a concert featuring “Travis Frye & Blue Mountain” and the “Mountain Park Old-Time Band.” Space will be made available for folks who like to dance as well! On Saturday, April 20, beginning at 1p, individual competitions will begin followed by the Bluegrass and Old-Time band competitions at 6:30p. In addition to awarding the top five bands in both the “Bluegrass” and the “Old-Time” band categories, awards are

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also offered to the top three individual performers. Individual categories include: Bluegrass Fiddle, Old-Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Old-Time Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Resophonic Guitar (Dobro), Dulcimer, Autoharp, Vocal, and Dance. Prizes are offered in both the Junior and the Senior Divisions. The convention is presented by the Yadkin Arts Council and takes place at the Yadkinville Elementary School on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, 2013. Visit for more information.

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Seated L to R: Samantha, Bud, Owen, Laine and Zeb Snyder.

THE SNYDER FAMILY BAND YVLM first covered Samantha and Zeb Snyder from Lexington in our March/April music issue of 2007. At that time the youngsters were wowing fans at the Cook Shack and getting their feet wet at music events and festivals. Zeb was 11, playing the guitar to a mix of traditional, classical, folk, jazz and bluegrass music as well as hymns. Samantha was 8 and putting five years of violin lessons to good use with her fiddle. Today Zeb is 17 and Samantha is 14. Their father, Bud has joined the band as a bass player. Mom, Laine often joins in with the vocals to supply harmony and it won't be long before younger brother Owen, now 7 and seriously studying classical guitar, will be joining the band. Owen is a born entertainer as you can quickly note when you watch him present the Snyder News on YouTube. The Snyder Family Band was included in a youth DVD project titled "Generation Bluegrass." Corey Smith, with help from Zeb, produced and directed this high quality showcase of today's top young bluegrass musicians. Owen will tell you about the DVD on YouTube also! In 2011, the band released "Stages." Samantha wrote the title track, as well as "The Perfect Sacrifice" and an instrumental "Creekslide." Zeb is credited with two original instrumentals "Goose Down 84

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Pillow" and "Sarah Joy." The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their fourth album to be released in 2013. This new project will feature more original tunes written and arranged by Zeb and Samantha. Laine and Bud feel their kids have God-given gifts of talent and do everything they can to support them. Both Samantha and Zeb have been winning high recognition in the Carolinas and Virginia. Zeb has won a Wayne C. Henderson guitar and Samantha won a Jimmy Edmonds fiddle—bluegrass aficionados will tell you that’s very good! To summarize a tad of their musical journey so far, Laine expressed appreciation of, "The stages we have been blessed to play on and the fine folks we have met along the way." Once you've heard Snyder music and vocals, well, you realize that journey is really just beginning. We'll be sure to touch base with the Snyder crew in a few more years to share their progress with you. To follow the happenings and tour schedule visit their web site at` You can also find the Snyder Family Band on Facebook.

MerleFest 2013, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 25– 28, will feature a wide variety of music and performers on the 14 stages covering the festival site on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. One of the elements making this four-day event so special to many attendees is the celebration of traditional music at MerleFest. "Over the years MerleFest has played a critical role in preserving traditional mountain music,” said musician Carol Rifkin, musician, noted writer and specialist in matters of traditional music. “The fact that a nationally important festival like MerleFest presents and celebrates mountain music and dance helps keep the traditions alive; making it available to a larger audience and preserving it for future generations." The branch of folk music referred to as traditional music can be divided into several smaller categories, some unique to N.C. The Carolinas are known to be a center of “oldtime” music, sometimes called string band music; it’s best described as the music handed down from generation to generation strictly by performance, before the influence of radio and recorded music. Old-time music is based mostly on fiddle (the Anglo-Irish influence) and banjo (the music’s African roots), with guitar being added early in the 20th century. A good example of old-time music’s banjo-fiddle-guitar combination from the 1920s was Charlie Poole and the North

music and culture has fueled a successful performing and recording career. Four-time Grammy winner Holt’s efforts towards preserving the music of Appalachia have earned him the Uncle Dave Macon Heritage Award, the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award and an induction into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Tickets for MerleFest 2013 may be purchased at or 1-800-343-7857. Details on the festival’s lineup can also be found at the website. MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of WCC in Wilkesboro. Founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson,

MerleFest Keeps Traditional Music Alive by Judy McDonough Photos courtesy of WCC Carolina Ramblers. Critics have noted the roots of both bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and country music icon Hank Williams can be heard in this old-time music. Even more specifically, the old-time music that hails from the Surry County, Yadkin Valley region of N.C. is referred to as Mt. Airy style, or “Round Peak” style, after the nearby summit of Round Peak in the Appalachian Mountains. Musicians like Benton Flippen, Charlie Lowe and legendary Mt. Airy fiddler Tommy Jarrell helped popularize the style, where the rhythm of the banjo is what differentiates it from other styles of old-time music. N.C. traditional music is also known for Piedmont blues, a distinctive style of guitar playing that might be compared in sound to ragtime. Musicians who have been influenced by Piedmont blues music include Paul Simon, Mark Knopfler, and the late Doc Watson. One of Doc's signature tunes, "Deep River Blues," is a prime example of the Piedmont blues sound. At MerleFest 2013, fans can hear Piedmont blues performed by Roy Book Binder, Blind Boy Paxton and Tom Feldmann. No discussion of traditional music, N.C. and MerleFest would be complete without a mention of performer David Holt. For over three decades, Holt's passion for traditional ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

Carol Rifkin (center above) is a nationally-known touring artist who has performed with musical heroes like Tommy Jarrell and Doc and Merle Watson. An award-winning musician (guitar, fiddle), dancer, journalist (1,000+ stories published), public radio host and singer, she shines on everything from Carter Family songs to originals. son of American music legend Doc Watson who passed away in 2012, MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, rootsoriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts over 90 artists during the course of the fourday event. It has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. You’ll find more MerleFest photos at M a rc h / A p ri l 2 013


Folk Society Scholarship Deadline Nearing

The late Steve Duncan, co-founder of Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, WAFS, and the late Rex Elliott made considerable contributions to traditional music. It's that time of year again— The Duncan-Elliott Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, will be awarded to a deserving individual, age 16 and older, to attend a weeklong music workshop at the Swannanoa Gathering. The prestigious, award winning Swannanoa Gathering is hosted by Warren Wilson College, near Asheville, and offers a series of workshops. The scholarship winner can choose one week: Traditional Song Week, Celtic Week, Old-Time Week, Contemporary Folk Week, Guitar Week or Fiddle Week offered from July through August. Classes are for all levels of skill from beginner to advanced. The emphasis is on learning by ear. Print out an application from Mail application to WAFS by April 1 to the address on the application form.

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SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN BAND By Cindy Martin Named after the Sugar Loaf Mountain located in nearby Lambsburg, VA, the “Sugarloaf Mountain Band” was formed by friends who attended the JAM sessions at the Old Time Music Heritage Hall in Mount Airy. Band members Kenny Grubbs, Dennis Williams, Woody Gaskins, Reid Hiatt, Pat Hiatt, Elvin McMillian, and Charlie Hawks combine their musical talents to play a variety of music with a unique sound due to the style of banjo which has both old time and bluegrass characteristics. “For example, Daddy (Charlie Hawks) plays the claw hammer banjo and he uses picks, but doesn’t pick bluegrass style. He says it’s the original claw hammer style from when he was a little boy. He’s 81,” Pat Hiatt, one of the band members explained. The band hopes to inspire and bring joy to others through music and song. They play at churches, weddings, parties, family reunions, nursing homes, and they perform monthly, May through October, at the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “We’ve met a lot of really nice people along the way,” Pat Hiatt commented. All of the band members have become close friends and we play for pure enjoyment. We want to bring happiness to others.” “Sugar Loaf Mountain Band” takes every opportunity to perform at events to help support Joy Ranch, a Christian multi-service child care facility that assists families in crisis. It is the mission of Joy Ranch to provide a safe, caring environment to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of these ailing families. Although all of the band members live locally, their musical backgrounds are varied. Their appreciation of the traditional music is unanimous and they strive to preserve it. They recently recorded a new CD, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” which includes some fiddle tunes like “Soldiers Joy,” “Ragtime Annie,” and “Florida Blues,” in addition to some classic gospel songs like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Prayer Bells of Heaven.” Kenny Grubbs’ original song, “They Say He’s a King” is among the titles. If you’d like to book the band for an upcoming event, “Sugar Loaf Mountain Band” can be reached at 336-648-6529.

Admission charge for Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention is $5 daily—kids 12 and under no charge as well as Saturday’s contestants. For everyone’s safety, please no smoking, drugs, alcohol or pets are allowed at the event. For more details on competitions call the Yadkin Valley Chamber, 877-728-6798 and for prize list: SURRYOLDTIME.COM

Surry Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention is the 4th annual event held this year March 22 and 23 on the main campus of Surry Community College (SCC) in the town of Dobson. These two days of activities celebrate Surry County’s rich heritage of old time music. Buck Buckner of the convention committee says, “To have so many folks show up is heartwarming because it shows the tradition is still very much alive.” Festivities start on Friday at 7p in the gym at SCC with a square dance and cake walk. Admission is $5 but kids 12 and under are free. With music from bands the likes of “Zephyr Lightning Bolts,” “Slate Mountain Ramblers,” and “Mountain Park Old Time Band” your feet will jump at the chance to join other square dancers until 11p. All this makes for a great evening of entertainment for the public to enjoy. “Friday evening’s dance replicates the atmosphere of those many evenings across the area when folks gathered for music, dancing and fellowship,” states Buckner.

Saturday is a full day of competitions with prize monies totaling $5,000 for square dancing, youth/adult individual instrument, folk song and youth/adult band contests. Cake walks, 50/50 cash drawings and a quilt raffle add some extra fun. Multiple jam sessions are ongoing, luthier displays and an excellent variety of Southern cooking from the Knights Grill on SCC’s campus will keep you happy. Four workshops are planned for Saturday: noted fiddler Paul Brown talks fiddles at 1p; Adam Hurt, a “banjo virtuoso,” holds a workshop at 2p; Beth Hartness, outstanding guitarist, has a workshop at 3p and Samantha Wilhelmi, well known flat foot dance teacher at 4p. Demonstrator Paul Brown, NPR personality, was on the ground floor of the convention concept several years ago. He and his wife, Terri, “...attended the convention in 2012 and loved the music and informal welcoming atmosphere!” ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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Chris Austin Scholarship Winners by Amber Herman Cameron Brian Teague and Zachary Adam Triplett are the 2012-2013 recipients of the Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship at Wilkes Community College. Cameron is a native of Iredell County and a graduate of West Wilkes High School. He is a first-year student in the college transfer program. He plans to transfer to NC State in 2014. Teague loves music and is learning to play the drums. “This scholarship will enable me to pursue my dream of going to college. I would not have had the opportunity to go

without this generous support,” he says. Zachary is a Wilkes County native and graduate of North Wilkes High School. He is a first-year student studying chemistry with plans to transfer in 2014 to pursue a degree from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill. He loves playing the guitar and participating in outdoor activities. “The Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship will help me in my pursuit of an associate in science from WCC.”

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about Chris Austin... Chris Austin worked as a sideman for Ricky Skaggs for three years, singing and playing guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. During that time he was discovered by executives at Warner Bros. Nashville, who offered him a recording contract.While releasing singles including “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “I Know There’s a Heart in There Somewhere” and “Out of Step,” Austin developed his songwriting skills, as evidenced in “Same Ol’ Love,” recorded by Skaggs in 1991. 88

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On March 16, 1991, Austin’s life was cut tragically short when the private plane carrying him and six other members of Reba McEntire’s band, as well as her tour manager, crashed in the mountains near San Diego. Pete Fisher, then of Warnersongs and currently general manager of the Grand Ole Opry and Kari Estrin, then MerleFest consultant and Pickin’ for Merle video associate producer, initiated a songwriting contest to honor Austin’s memory.

Tracy L. Austin Stanley established the Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship in 1993. To date the scholarship has helped 74 students with a total $33,000 in scholarship money. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at MerleFest. Scholarships are for one year but the recipients may reapply to receive for a second year if they wish. Contact: Laurie Brintle: 336-838-6158

When the mysteries of the past creep up on you, twine themselves around your imagination, and carry you off to another place in time, leaving you with a mingled sense of curiosity and wonder, you have probably been listening to the songs of Elkin-based musician R. G. Absher. Titles like “Cinderella’s Dance,” “The Valley of the Elks,”and “A Winter’s Star-Filled Night” show the inspiration he finds in history, folklore and in re-imagining people, places and events which belong to the realm of the past and its intrigue. A man immersed in music, R. G. is as versatile as he is adept. He composes, sings and plays—banjo, guitar, fiddle, hammered dulcimer—in a variety of musical styles and traditions ranging from bluegrass to Celtic to Americana. Raised in the Brushy Mountain community of Taylorsville, R. G. was surrounded by the music of its place in the Appalachians, always exposed to the playing and encouragement of family, relatives, friends and neighbors. By age nine, he took up the guitar and a lifelong musical pursuit began. R. G. played music with his sister throughout high school and his years as a student at Wilkes Community College. He continued playing while attending NC State University. During this time, his musical experience expanded with several occurrences which defined him as a musician in his own right. First, he started playing with bands, experimenting with bluegrass and Americana music. Then in 1977, he attended a performance by Doc and Merle Watson, an experience which really moved him. This experience and his eventual acquaintance with Bill Young, the organizer of MerleFest, would prove very valuable. His early involvement with MerleFest led him to meet Doc Watson, who became his mentor. More than any other influence, R. G. credits MerleFest with the incentive to keep working on his music. Afterward, in the late 1980s, he received an invitation from the Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA), an organization dedicated to maintaining the geographical route and the history of colonial settlers who organized themselves into a militia which defeated British soldiers at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. His connection with the OVTA added a link with history to shape his musical development. An interest in tavern songs resulted from the OVTA invitation, leading him to explore the music of Old World cultures which contributed to the bluegrass and Americana music he already loved. By 1992, this mixture of coincidences saw him playing for the first time with Doc Watson at MerleFest, an event he repeated many times up until he introduced Doc’s final performance at last year’s gathering. This same year he began experimenting with Celtic ballads and Irish-style fiddle and hammered dulcimer. In 1996, he released his first CD, “Gypsy Wagon,” his original compositions. He has released three more CDs. Last year he completed a tour of Ulster, Ireland, with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for a documentary connecting Americans to their ancestry in Britain. The past and its music are a great source of influence and inspiration for R. G. He writes and plays music which, for him, has the power to transcend generations, connects the present to its historical roots, and forms part of his own Appalachian heritage. His lifetime of learning and practice ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

R.G. Absher by Leigh Anna Thrower has built a framework of musical skills which allows him to express the beauty and mystery of many times and places, not the least of which is his home in the Yadkin Valley. He sees the many legends, tales and historical events of the region, along with its storytelling tradition, as a great natural stage for preserving and sharing history and culture. As a member of the board of directors for Carolina Music Ways, he is working to help others learn about honor and continue the many different musical traditions of the area. He regularly performs at the annual mid-summer Highland Games held at Grandfather Mountain and plays with a number of area bands, including “Celtic Connection,” “R. G. Absher and Extra Measure,” and “Bank Notes,” a tribute to the late Bill Young. To hear samples of his music and learn more about him, visit To learn more about the work of Carolina Music Ways, visit M a rc h / A p ri l 2 013


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For a Healthy Life Your Guide to Health, Wellness & Fitness Meal Planning Makes Dinner Easy…and Healthy by Jessica Owens Wall, MPH How many times have you heard that age old question, “What’s for dinner?” or how many times have you stood in the kitchen in front of the refrigerator or the pantry just to end up saying, “Jump in the car, we’re going out for supper.” If you’re like many families, it happens too often. And it’s because we don’t take the time to plan ahead. By taking the time to plan ahead, we can cut down on eating out, increase our healthier food options, and decrease the amount of food clutter in our homes. It so simple and, once you get into a routine, it’ll be fast and easy and become a habit! If you’re new to healthy menu planning, then take some time to look at The United States Department of Agriculture has switched from their old “mypyramid” to a “myplate” for nutritional education. On the website, you can find the healthy meal guidelines and even special plates to fit your diet; like if you would want to target your plate for children or a woman that’s pregnant or breastfeeding.Once you’ve learned the basics on fruit, vegetable, dairy, grain, and meat portions, you’re ready to select your dinner menus. Just make sure that whatever you choose to put together, it follows the suggested USDA food guidelines. Other helpful tips to make this a workable plan is to shop small amounts at a time, but not so often you are at the store every day. Think about making a weekly or a two-week menu. Also, keep those meal items balanced. Try to avoid having chicken, then chicken, and then some more chicken. When I make my menu, I like to plan 10 meals at a time: 2 chicken, 2 beef, 2 pork, 2 fish/shrimp and 2 vegetarian. Look for new things for the family to try. This is a great way to keep everyone satisfied and entertained. Get online and look for easy, healthy recipes that have a new ingredient or maybe have an ethnic background that you have never tried. Or, you can stick to the things you have always liked, but maybe spend some time looking for healthier substitutions like switching to whole grains or trying a leaner meat (using ground turkey instead of ground beef). You also want to be sure to include fruits and vegetables in your meals. If fresh fruits and vegetables get too pricey for you, stick to those in-season or look for options that are canned, or even better, frozen. ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at their peak and are an excellent substitution for fresh version in the produce section. As you are writing out your menu of dinner meals, be sure to be keeping a second list of items you need from the store. Take this with you when you go shopping and STICK TO IT. This helps keeps you from buying items that you don’t need, which tend to be unneeded processed snacks. Of course, don’t forget to add the other staples that you will need throughout the week such as bread and milk. Before you head to the store, have a healthy meal or snack. Shopping hungry will cause you to make purchases you don’t need…that flashy packaging will get you every time. And check out store ads or clip coupons to get the most “bang for your buck.” Once at the store, try shopping for store brands. They taste just as good, and cost less than name brands. And compare unit prices, this will guarantee you are getting the best deal. When you are making your selections in the store, try to

cut down on the following: saturated and trans-fats, cholesterol, and sodium. Look for items high in: fiber; vitamins A, C and E; calcium; potassium; magnesium; and iron. After you are home, assemble pre-made healthy snacks that are ready to go for family members on the run or have to have something right away. It also helps to do batch cooking. Think: cook, divide, and freeze. This could come in handy when you can’t get time to make a menu or a list to shop and will keep you out of the restaurant. So, planning those meals ahead does a lot for your family. It saves you time, that you can spend together. It saves you money, which you can always find a use for. And it saves your waistline, helping you make healthier choices ahead of time instead of those poor, last minute decisions. Now when someone shouts, “What’s for dinner?” you can respond with “Check the menu.” or “What looks good from this list?” and know that no matter what you decide, it’s a healthy option you have all the ingredients to make.

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5 Reasons to Go to Summer Camp Did you know that more than 10 million kids around the world go to summer camp each year? The summer months are just around the corner. Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime. At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically. Summer camp gives children and teens the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, discover new interests, be more physically active, and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills. Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp. Here are the top five reasons why children should attend: 1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, especially exploring the outdoors. Every day brings a new adventure for every child and teen. 94

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Visit for more info about camps in your area. 2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits. 3. PERSONAL GROWTH: Away from the day-to-day routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. 4. NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends. 5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and campfire stories) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

Here are some YMCA camp options if you’re not sure what the best fit is for your child: Summer Day Camp offers almost all of the benefits of traditional camp — new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — in rural and urban settings while returning home each afternoon. The summer zooms by with an actionpacked schedule of swimming, arts & crafts, sports and more. Creative activities ensure that young minds stay active, while having an absolute blast. With flexible locations, schedules and options for children in pre-school, elementary and middle school, your child belongs at summer day camp. Teen and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Camps provide options for summer in a safe environment that doesn’t lose any of the “cool” factor. Meet new friends and hang out with awesome counselors while you learn new skills, give back to the community, and take great trips each week. Specialty and Sports Camps are a great option to enhance your child’s interest in a particular sport, whether it’s a basketball academy or soccer clinic. Children are more motivated to do well in school and other activities when they excel outside the classroom. Building athletic skills during summer months is a great way to stay active and help your child achieve goals during the sports season. YMCA Camp Hanes changes kids for the better. During evenings spent around a campfire and days having fun with friends, children grow. The resident camp sits below the beauty of Sauratown Mountain in King, NC (just 25 miles north of Winston-Salem). Core values are taught in everything we do from the ever-popular blob and zip lines to our new, state-of-the-art Shotgun Range and Equestrian Center. Learn more at, where you can see all the age levels, activities, session dates, rates, and more! YMCA Summer Day Camp registration begins this March. Learn more or register at

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Sarah Cox is a runner as is everyone on The Feed Stokes 5K Race planning committee. Enjoy a small, local, scenic 5K race and help a worthy cause at the same time. See March 9th on the PLANNER, page 99 for all the details and contact information.

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With the start of a new year often comes the desire to get in better physical shape. That often means many people start running as a form of exercise for the first time. If you’ve been running, you might be ready for the next challenge—to complete your first 5K! The 5K is the shortest of the distance races, but long enough to be a challenge. Five kilometers is 3.1 miles, which is about 12.5 laps around a high school track—a very attainable goal for people who have been running 8 to 10 weeks. Local running clubs have group runs and this is a great way to stay motivated and meet new people. Check out the Twin City Track Club in Winston-Salem at or the Mount Airy Road Runners on their Facebook page. Fleet Feet Sports in Winston offers an award-winning beginner 5K training program, check them out at www.fleetfeetwinstonDr. William Virtue and the staff of Virtue Dental Care. Area YMCA’s typically offer beginner 5K programs and/or Dr. Virtue is a Naturopath as well as a Certified Biologic Dentist. running groups. He is the Executive Vice President of the International Academy Just deciding to register for a 5K of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, IAOMT. can be powerfully motivating and once you have mastered the distance, your Dr. Virtue teaches other dentists how to self-esteem and confidence will soar. properly perform Biologic safe dental care You will be ready to sign up for your which he practices every day! next race! For 2013, here are 13 tips to get 301 East Lee Avenue Yadkinville, NC you ready to run and to make your 336.679.2034 first race successful AND enjoyable:

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1. Invest in a good pair of running shoes. Visit a specialty running store where a knowledgeable salesperson will assess the best shoe type for your feet and for your specific needs. 2. Find a running partner and/or group. Knowing someone is waiting for you might be the only thing to get you moving when it is cold and dark outside! 3. Search for the right race for you. Most first time runners are not going to be out to win the event, they are out to have a good time and to prove to themselves they can go the distance. Your local parks/recreation department, YMCA and running club are great places to look for race information. Your local newspaper may also have race announcements. Community based races are great for first timers since they are usually smaller, not as highly competitive and your registration fee most always goes to a local charity or other good cause. The Feed Stokes 5K supports the King Outreach Ministry food pantry, for example. 4. Pick up your race packet early, if offered. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with race information and help reduce some pre-race jitters. 5. Don’t overdress. Sure, wear some extra layers if necessary while you are checking in, etc. but once race time is near, shed the extra clothing. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it were 20° warmer than the actual outside temperature. If it is 50° at the start, you are going to feel like it is 70° when you heat up while running, so shorts and a t-shirt would be fine. 6. Don’t wear anything new! Wear the shoes and socks you have been training in—they are already broken in; wear a shirt and pants/shorts you are used to so you don’t get skin irritation or rubbing due to new fabrics, seams, tags, etc. Suffering from a blister or chafing is not a fun way to run a race. Runners often use a product like Body Glide as a precaution. 7. Arrive at the start early just in case traffic /parking is a problem especially if you need to check in to pick up your race packet/number. It is better to have an extra 30 minutes of waiting than to be scurrying around sending your stress level through the roof. Plus, you always need time for the bathroom ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

line and for a first race, you might have to use this more than once before the race actually starts. Even seasoned veterans still get nervous! 8. Drink plenty of water and warm up. Some people recommend drinking 12 ounces of water an hour before race start—be sure to leave time for another potty break. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging for at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the race. Starting a race with cold muscles could leave you with muscle cramps. 9. Resist the temptation to go charging out when the race starts. Set your own pace, relax. It is easy to get overly excited at the start and feel like Superman, but you won’t be feeling good at the end. Run comfortably, get your breathing under control, do not be afraid to smile and chat with other runners along the way if you feel like it. 10. Listen to your body—if something doesn’t feel right, stop or slow down. Let your body be your guide. If you experience dizziness, chest pain, or sharp pain anywhere in your body, call for another runner to get help for you. There are always volunteers at water stops and acting as crossing guards. Races will always have an EMT/ambulance on hand in case of emergencies. 11. Finish the race. Walk if you need to or do a walk/run combination, but do everything you can to get yourself across the finish line. You are going to be so proud of yourself! Not finishing, for any reason other than a medical emergency, might leave you disappointed and less likely to try again. You need this first race under your belt! 12. Cool down. After you cross the finish line, get some water and relax a little. Go for a 10 minute walk in the parking lot or in a grassy area near the finish line. This will help you from getting so sore later on or the day after the race. If you can do some stretching, great! 13. Get your results. Find out your time. This will be your time to beat for your next 5K! Stay around for the awards ceremony to cheer on your fellow runners. Mingle and visit with other runners, you may meet some new training buddies. Enjoy the post-race refreshments, hope you win a door prize, and proudly wear your race t-shirt home. You did it!

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Nothing is more annoying than the not so rhythmic jingle of dog tags rattling in the night as your pet scratches incessantly at fleas. The desire to sleep is soon overwhelmed by the inability to sleep with the background jingle. Hopefully, you have thought in advance and purchased a flea product (which you forgot to apply) and can get up, apply and go back to sleep. If not, then bear the jingle one more night and call your veterinarian in the morning to ask for help. Fleas and ticks are not only an annoyance; they can be a health hazard. Remember the plague? You may have thought that plague disappeared with the Middle Ages. Guess again. Although we don’t have plague in North Carolina, it is spread from rodents to cats and sometimes dogs in certain parts of the country. How does it reach people? You guessed it: fleas! Outbreaks of plague are mostly unheard of in this country. This is due in part to our control of fleas on our pets. Diseases spread by ticks are better known in this area. More cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are diagnosed in North Carolina than in any other state. There are several other diseases spread by ticks. In most cases, these diseases that affect

us, also affect our pets. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever causes a high fever in dogs, just as it does in people. Since dogs have lots of hair to hide the tick, the early signs of swelling and redness around the tick or tick bite often go unnoticed. It is a few days or even a week after the tick bite, that dog owners might notice their pet getting sick. The high fever and presence of ticks are clues to your veterinarian. Conclusive proof of the disease can be found through a blood test. Blood must be sent to a commercial laboratory to test for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. For certain other tick borne diseases, there is a test, which can be performed in your veterinarian’s office. Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis can be diagnosed by a blood test available now in many veterinary offices. The test takes only about ten minutes so it can be performed while you wait. You may have heard of Lyme disease. It does not cause as severe an illness as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but it can become chronic and lead to more long-term illness. Ehrlichiosis is similar in that it can become chronic, but it also has an acute phase that can look like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Both diseases can cause joint pain and lead to arthritis. Ehrlichiosis can lead to more severe symptoms

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involving the internal organs. Ehrlichiosis is especially severe in animals with a weak immune system. All three of these tick borne diseases can be passed to humans. Whether you live in town or in the country, your pet is exposed to fleas and ticks. Protect your pet with some form of flea and tick protection. Collars may help some. Topical medications often work better. Stick with the newer topical medications. Over time, fleas and ticks become immune to certain medications. For this reason, the older products are likely not to work as well. When it comes to protecting your pets from fleas and ticks, the one you protect may actually be yourself!

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Mark your calendar for free workshops at the Tanglewood Arboretum. Call Kathy Helpler: 336-703-2852 to register. All Tanglewood Park workshops are free, 11 to noon. March 20 Raised Bed Gardening/Mary Jae Brenna herbs, vegetables, perennials, shrubs. April 9 Tried and True Annuals/Sherry Sunday, growing annuals/plants available to buy. April 10 Wild Flower Walk/Anne Hester and Peg Simm tour the wildflower garden. April 11 Cooking with Herbs/Cynthia Bouldin/growing and cooking with culinary herbs. April 12 Organics in the Landscape/natural, organic materials and methods. April 13 Tour of the Arboretum/Craig Mauney, Arboretum Director. May 1 Garden Photography Basics/Mark Weir/all aspects of garden photography. Through May 19: This Beautiful World, Robert Radin photos. Tues.-Sat. 10 to 4:30, Free. Museum of Anthropology, Winston-Salem.

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Yadkinville Face Scapes/Land Scapes exhibit Welborn Gallery, reception at 5:30 Acrylic/oils by Dan Smith (demonstrates every Wed. during month) & Steve Brooks Yadkin Cultural Arts Center 336-679-2941.

March 8 John A. Walker Center, WCC Campus "Roots & Boots" with Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, 8p Tickets: 336-838-6260 or Elkin Images Photography Contest Reception/awards 6:30 to 8:30, free Theme: “Odd Couples.” Cash prizes over $300. MenaRick Vineyards for tastings. Foothills Arts Council Queries: 336-835-2025.

March 7 Kernersville Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden Waterwise Landscapes, noon, Free. Bring your lunch, drinks provided. 336-996-7888. ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

King Recreation Acres 4th Annual Feed Stokes 5K 8:30 a Fun Run ( not timed), 9a 5K Run/Walk (Chip Timing) Register by Mar.7: Fun Run/$10, 5K Walk/$20, 5K Run/$23. Race Day: Fun Run/$15, 5K Walk/$25, 5K Run/$28 Plus, bring 3 non-perishable foods! Queries: Zollie Smith 336-608-9049 or N.Wilkesboro Black Cat Railroad Station Club 800 Elizabeth St., open 10 to 2, Free, HO Model recreations. Mt. Airy Mt. Airy Regional Museum of History History Talks: From Regulation to Revolution in Surry Co./Dr. Cory Stewart, 2p, Free. 336-786-4478.

March 11 Winston-Salem Salem College, Shirley Recital Hall. Meet Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones, 7:30, reception follows, Free.

March 16 Downtown Mt. Airy St Patrick’s Day Party to benefit Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History, Old North State Winery, “Carolina Nights”, 8 to 11p Advance tickets: $10, $15 at door. 336-786-4478 or 336-789-9463. M a rc h / A p ri l 2 013


planner March 22, 27, 29 Winston-Salem, Old Salem Easter puppet show at 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:30 and 1; $2 or 336-721-7300.

Winston-Salem Museum of Anthropology MOA’s 50th Birthday Party & Family Day, Noon to 4p, Free Cake, Chinese dance, world craft activities.

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Hamptonville Boston Butts Sale (pre-order) Pick-up 4 to 6p Windsor’s Crossroads Ruritan 336-468-2947.

March 31 Happy Easter! Elkin Elkin High School Dixon Auditorium Community Easter “Son-Rise Celebration” 10a, Pastor DannyDodds Special music, nursery provided


April 4 Winston-Salem, Hanes Auditorium, Salem College Laurie Anderson: DIRTDAY! Free, 7:30p, Exhibit of books by Anderson April 1 to 28th, Elberson Fine Arts Center, M-F, 8:30 to 5, wkend, 1 to 5.

April 5-7 Salisbury 16th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium Sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chap. # 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Begins Friday, Landmark Church Fellowship Hall with Friendship Banquet, lecture, music, recognition of veterans, door prizes. Saturday, Tom Smith Auditorium, Catawba College, for six lectures, light refreshments, displays, Sue and Ed Curtis books. On Sunday, public is invited: 10a Memorial Service for prisoners at the Salisbury National Cemetery; 11a a service for guards at the Old Lutheran Cemetery. Blue and Gray honor guard will fire 3-volley salutes. Scheduled speakers: William Marley of VA on Mass Escape Attempt Repulsed by 68th NC Inf.; Robert O'Connor, WV, on Salisbury POWS from the U.S. Colored Troops; Ron Nichols, WI, on Salisbury POW Survivors from Wisconsin; Arlene Showalter, GA, on Sarah Honson's Acts of Benevolency; Dr. Gary Freeze, NC, a History of the Salisbury Prison; Michael DuMont of NC on POW Ira Tewksbury, 3rd NY Cav.; and Andrew Bullard, M.D. of NC on Military Pensions. Registration is A/$65 until Mar. 16; $75 afterwards. $15 for refunds after Mar. 25. No refunds after Mar. 30. Send checks to R.F. Hoke Chapter UDC, POB 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083. Ed & Sue Curtis 704-637-6411 or

April 13 King Mitchell's Nursery & Greenhouse Spring Open House 7:30 to 4; free hot dogs 11 to 1 1088 W. Dalton Rd., 336-983-4107 Hamptonville Pinto Bean Supper/Gun Raffle 5 to 8p Windsor’s Crossroads Ruritan 336-468-2947.

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N.Wilkesboro Black Cat Railroad Station Club 800 Elizabeth St., open 10 to 2, Free, HO Model recreations.

April 20 Elkin, Public Library Storybook Character Breakfast, 9a, $10, purchased at library only. Limited seating. Friends of the Library, 336-835-5535.

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April 23 Kernersville Paul J. Ciener Botantical Garden Home Grown Honey Bees Fee, Register: 336-996-7888 or

April 25-28 Wilkesboro MerleFest - See page 85

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2013 Art Walk The Downtown Business Association and the Surry Arts Council are working together on the second annual Art Walk in Downtown Mount Airy. The Art Walk will feature over 65 artists in nontraditional venues each day from 10a to early evening. Exhibits and demonstrations of various artistic genres will be on display from the Gertrude Smith House on N. Main St. to the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 218 Rockford St. The Art Walk is expected to bring hundreds of art lovers for a week full of art, workshops, music, shopping, and enjoying springtime in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Artists will be at the venues demonstrating and/or signing artwork on Saturday, April 13 from 10a to 4p in the evening. 336-786-7998.

Elkin 2013 Habitat Hammer 5K Race/Walk & Fun Run Fun Run 7:30a; 5K Race 8a Start & finish at Elkin Municipal Park Timing by Twin City Track Club Medals, prizes for top 3 finishers of age group. Prizes to top 3 men & women; door prizes. Proceeds benefit Upper YV Habitat for Humanity 336-526-2277.

May 2-5 Winston-Salem Salem College Elberson Fine ArtsCenter "Macbeth" Th.-Sat. 7:30p; Sun. 2p Free admission

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cont. Downtown Mt. Airy Budbreak Wine Festival See pages 38 & 39 for details.

Downtown Mocksville Daniel Boone Family Festival Free, 10a to 9p, Entertainment starts at noon. Historical tours, reenactors, crafts, kid's area, food. "Sleeping Booty Band" 6 to 9. Davie Co. Chamber: 751-3304 or

Blue Ridge/New River State Park WCC Avian Adventure/Bird Watching on the Blue Ridge Parkway 7a to 2p Register by Ap. 18, only 12 spaces Pre-trip orientation, May 2, 5p Jeff Shore: 336-838-6206 or Hunting Creek Friends Church Spaghetti Supper, 5 to 8p Windsor’s Crossroads Ruritan 336-468-4891.

Ferguson Whippoorwill Village Daniel Boone Day Admission is a can of food for Samaritan’s Ministries or monetary donation to Relay for Life cancer research. 11 to 5, live music, BBQ, hot dogs, homemade ice cream, heritage demonstrations, craft vendors: quilting, wood turning, baskets, stained glass, homemade soaps, art exhibits, drama, cloggers, reenactors, authors & books, restored cabins.

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Downtown Pilot Mountain Hot Nights/Hot Cars Cruise In 5:30 to 9:30, Live beach music/"North Tower" Sponsored by Mount Pilot Now or 336-368-2541.

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May 10-12 Downtown Pilot Mountain Pilot Mountain Civic Club's 32nd Mayfest, Free admission, Fri. & Sat. 9 to 9, Sun. 1 to 6 Art/crafts, food, entertainment, kiddy rides (fee) 336-368-2381.

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Celebrates 50 Years by Sara Cromwell Throughout 2013 the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. As North Carolina’s only museum dedicated to the study of global cultures, the Museum features artifacts from as far away as Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and as nearby as our own Yadkin River Valley. Offering several special exhibits each year and a variety of programs for children and adults, the Museum is a unique resource for residents of the Piedmont Triad. Dr. E. Pendleton Banks, chair of what was then the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University, founded the Museum of Man in 1963 to broaden learning opportunities for anthropology students. The Museum was first housed in the basement of Tribble Hall, an academic building on campus. In 1975, the Museum opened in Reynolda Village with an increased focus on educating the general public in addition to the Wake Forest community. To accomplish that goal, the museum staff introduced education programs to meet the needs of the local school systems. These programs have been an enormous success, serving more than 322,000 students to date. Many patrons first introduced to the Museum though school field trips now bring their own children to visit the exhibits. In 1987, the Museum completed the move to its current location on the Wake Forest campus and opened as the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Relying primarily on donations from collectors, organizations, Wake Forest faculty, students, 104

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and alumni, the Museum expanded its collections to include ritual and everyday objects that span the globe and the centuries. The collections currently include more than 29,000 archaeological and ethnographic artifacts. The MOA has featured many popular exhibits over the years, including Queen Anne’s Revenge: The Search for Blackbeard’s Flagship and Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), which, in 2003, became an annual exhibit displayed each fall. The public has always shown a great deal of interest in local Native American artifacts, and the Museum addresses that interest with the permanent exhibit How Do They Know? The Science of Archaeology in the Yadkin River Valley. The exhibit uses stone tools, pottery, and other artifacts found locally to explore the methods used by archaeologists to discover information about past civilizations. The museum staff hopes to install a new exhibit about prehistoric life in the Yadkin River Valley within the next few years that will incorporate Native American perspectives and recent research in the area. The Museum also hosts various events focused on Native American culture.

The MOA’s anniversary celebration will include several events over the course of the year. A retrospective exhibit, Celebrating 50 Years of the Museum of Anthropology, will be on display through October 26. The Museum will also present MOA Turns 50! A Birthday Party and Family Day on Saturday, March 23, from 12 to 4p featuring crafts and other hands-on activities from cultures around the world, a Chinese Lion Dance performance, piñatas, and of course, birthday cake! The Museum plans to host a Golden Anniversary Gala in the fall, as well. Readers can find more information about these celebrations and other Museum events via the Museum’s website, Facebook page, or by contacting the Museum directly at 336-758-5282 or The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10a to 4:30p, and admission is free.

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story & photo by Mary Bohlen Bethania, a small historic Moravian town near Winston Salem, is one of my favorite places to visit in the Yadkin Valley. Earlier this year I took some out-of-town guests to Bethania for a day outing. They liked the village so much, we are already planning our next visit this spring. The town is on Bethania Road off NC 67/Reynolda Road in north Forsyth County. It was established in 1759 and designed as German farming village. If you like local history, old houses, quaint shops, leisurely walking and homestyle deli eats, make plans for Bethania! Upon arrival my friends and I first scoped out the town. The old homes were so interesting we made several trips back and forth down the street in the car to see them and then decided to get out and walk. Our path took us along brick sidewalks, iron gates, hand forged railings, log buildings, stone walls, and garden spots. It was a chilly winter day so can you imagine the enjoyment of this in the spring season? Next, we made our way to the visitor's center and gift shop where Mark Farnsworth gave us a detailed tour of the c.1799 Wolff-Moser House. We all agreed this was one of the best preserved period homes we had ever seen. It was getting close to lunch so we strolled across the street to the Muddy Creek Café. Well, I don't want to sound like I am laying it on too thick, but we had a homemade pimento cheese sandwich on fresh toasted bread that was awesome! One friend just had to take an order of the cheese home with her. The café specializes in deli style sandwiches, salads, soups and dreamy bakery desserts. Take a table inside or out on the patio. You won't be disappointed. Then it was on to the shops inside the century old Bethania Mill. The huge timber frame grain mill is an excellent example of adaptive reuse. A variety of shops showcase crafts, art, pottery, jewelry, vintage items, antiques, locally made wine and food, and specialty gifts. My friends enjoyed checking out the general store while I strolled though the art and specialty shops. At another antique shop on Main Street, we met Beverly Hamel, owner of the store and author of Bethania, a History of the Town, a good read, by the way. Before calling it a day we walked around the court yard story continues on page 106 ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

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continued from page 105 and garden next to the Alpha Chapel and viewed the adjoining Black Walnut Bottoms trailhead. The mile and a half long loop is a conservancy protected landscape. It is easy to walk and has resting spots along the way. Our day was drawing to a close much too soon. We were very happy at what we found including our shopping treasures. Driving home we talked about the next trip. Our grandchildren should be included and we will hit the walking trail first, looking for Paw Paw trees, native cane, Muddy Creek, song birds, butterflies and spring flora. Can't wait! For more information: and Hours of operation: (Hours vary by season, call ahead to confirm) Bethania Visitor Center and Historic Wolff-Moser House Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm Admission Free Group tours can be arranged by appointment 336-922-0434


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The first seed catalogs arrived with catalogs touting figi confections, luscious chocolates from other sources, and toys of every description. At first, the seed catalogs were laid aside as more pressing things were to be done. As I moved things and dusted, they caught my eye and oh, my! What a glorious array of lovely and exotic flowers and vegetables were inside. Perhaps this doesn't this doesn't appeal to you Bethania Mill and Village Shoppes but I can spend hours looking at seed catalogs and dreamTuesday - Saturday 10 am to 5pm ing. Of course, decorations had to be displayed, the Muddy Creek Café Christmas tree decorated so the catalogs were put aside. Monday 10 am – 5 pm January arrived and with it, more catalogs, each one prettiTuesday – Thursday 7:30 am to 7:30 pm er than the last. Already in my imagination, I'm outside makFriday – Saturday 8 am to 9 pm ing neat rows for flowers and vegetables. As soon as things warm up and the chance of frost disappears, we begin to dream in earnest. Spring sings with hope and joy. Even if those late March snows come, SATURDAYS ONLY! we are aware that they last only a short Rent each Saturday/$15 per space time and provide deep watering for plants and grasses. Chance for 35 homeowners/artisans What do you like most about to sell collectibles, baked goods, Spring? The lengthening days? Warmer antiques, artwork temperatures? My energy level Call to reserve your Saturday! improves, my thinking is clearer and I'm more acutely aware of changes. The migrating birds often great me at dawn, twittering, singing and jousting for food at bird feeders. Often I see a strange bird which I can't identify. I grab the stack of books: Peterson's Guide, Birds of North America, and several others. Sometimes the new comer defies identification, as many look so similar. Early March moonlit nights are good time to see owls and night birds. Carole Williams 1229 US Hwy 21, State Road There is also the haunting sound of invites you to visit her in the former Wolfe Bros. Furniture bldg migrating geese. Monday-Saturday 10-6 Sunday 1-6 State Road Antique Mall Welcome to Spring, an exciting 336-874-7400 with over 45 quality dealers time to explore and learn. Enjoy all the many facets of this lovely season.


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For generations, home cooks have prized Pyrex glass mixing bowls and bake ware for their durability, style, and convenience. Treasured pieces of Pyrex are passed down in almost every family I know and with each piece, a legacy of love and care is given new life in a new household. In my family, three generations of women still make Chicken Casserole in the same Pyrex baking dish! After my Grandmother passed away a few years ago, my Uncle gave me two Pyrex mixing bowls that she had previously given to him. I look for any excuse I can find to use those bowls because they keep me connected to my loved ones. Pyrex has been an important part the American family kitchen since it originated in 1915 when a chemist at Corning Glass Works developed a new type of glass that was resistant to thermal expansion and contractions. Given the name “Pyrex,” this innovative material was used in many different types of products but was most famously used for cookware. For the first time, home cooks could take one piece of cookware from the oven, to the table, to the freezer. These early Pyrex pieces were clear and mostly utilitarian. However, as the years went on, Pyrex became a colorful expression of style and pattern. These pieces, which were produced from the late 1940s through the 1960s, are sought after and beloved by collectors. Perhaps the most iconic Pyrex collectible is the “Primary Colored Mixing Bowl Set,” which originally featured four nesting mixing bowls in yellow, green, red, and blue. Complete vintage sets are now valued between $150 and $195 depending on condition and age. In later years, Pyrex would introduce the “New Dot” patter, which featured a background of white glass with single color dots. These sets have grown in popularity among collectors and are currently a hot collectors item. You can find new dot bowls on online auction sites for between $15 and $50 each depending on size, color, and condition. The term, “Cinderella bowls,” refers to mixing bowls with two handles that performed double duty as pour-spout handles. This attractive and smart design was introduced in the late 1950s. Casserole dishes are still very desirable items—many of these pieces were offered as promotional merchandise during the holiday season. Pyrex Oven Refrigerator sets were square baking dishes with flat glass lids that could be easily stacked in the refrigerator for storage. During the late 1960s, Pyrex produced a line in muted earth tones and patterns that featured bald eagles, lamps, wheat, and weathervane roosters. These patterns are commonly available but not currently popular among buyers. When buying, always make sure that you carefully inspect each piece for small chips, excessive scratches in paint color, or fading from improper use. As the role of women changed in society and as styles changed with each passing year, Pyrex kept up with the times by ensuring that their product offered qualities that would last through the ages. Collecting vintage Pyrex will add style to your kitchen, save time for busy cooks, and bring joy to your heart!

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The Business Section Get Ready for Some (Financial) Spring Cleaning Spring is in the air — or, at the very least, it’s on the calendar this week. And if you’re like many people, you may be looking forward to doing some spring cleaning around your house and yard. But this year, why not go beyond your physical environment and do some “sprucing up” of your financial situation? Here are a few possibilities to consider: Clean your portfolio of “clutter.” When you go through your house, you may find some clutter in closets, storage areas, on top of desks, under beds or just about any other place. Your investment portfolio also may contain clutter, in the form of investments that no longer meet your needs. Consequently, it’s a good idea to “declutter” your portfolio periodically by selling those extraneous investments and using the proceeds to help purchase others that may be more effective in helping you make progress toward your financial goals. Consolidate your investments in one place. As you clean your house, you may find that you have many common items, such as brooms, hammers, duct tape and so on, scattered among various rooms. It might be more efficient to keep all such objects in one central location; this can help prevent you from needlessly replacing or duplicating them. As an investor, you may have an IRA with one financial services provider, an old 401(k) with a different one, and some other investments with yet another institution. If you consoli110

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dated all these investment vehicles with one provider, you might be able to save some fees and expenses. Perhaps even more importantly, by uniting all your investments in one place, you may find it easier to follow a central, unified investment strategy. Check for “gaps” in your financial strategy. Every spring, it’s a good idea to check your gutters for leaks, your sidewalks for cracks and your paint for chips. By doing so, you’ll help protect your home and surroundings. To help protect your family’s future, it’s important to have adequate life and disability insurance. Plant seeds for growth. When spring arrives, it’s time to plant the seeds for your flowers and vegetables. As an investor, you also have to be concerned about growth. Specifically, you’ll want to consider investments that have the potential to grow enough to help provide the financial resources to meet your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. Consequently, you should review your portfolio to

determine if it contains an appropriate amount of growth-oriented vehicles for your individual objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance. Seek professional assistance. When you’re tidying up for spring, you may find some jobs that you can’t do alone, such as cleaning a heavily stained carpet, unclogging a blocked drain or trimming the highest branches on a tree. For these tasks, you might need to call in trained professionals. It’s the same with investing: You can do some things on your own, but for complex tasks such as creating and maintaining an appropriate investment strategy, you may need to work with a financial professional. Consider putting these spring-cleaning tips to work soon. They may just help put some sparkle and shine into your financial “house.” This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. See the listing on page 5 for the Financial Advisor nearest you.

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Rose P. Speece Enrolled Agent, ATA, ATP • 117 NC Hwy. 801 N., Advance • 2410 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd., Clemmons • Hwy. 67 & 77, Jonesville • Kernersville: 1) 831 S. Main St. • 6351 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville • 688 Hwy. 64 W, Mocksville • 287 Holly Springs Rd., Mount Airy • 1611 West D. St., N.Wilkesboro • 4575 Yadkinville Hwy., Pfafftown • Rt.1/Hwy. 52.Perch Rd., Pinnacle

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2694 Hwy. 21 S., Sparta 105 Wilkesboro Rd., Taylorsville 605 N. Main St., Troutman 5115 Main St., Walkertown 1301 Westwood Lane, Wilkesboro • Winston-Salem: 1) 5217 Robinhood Rd. 2) 3939 Country Club Rd. 3) 5th & Broad streets 4) 2602 New Walkertown Rd. 5) 902 Stratford Rd. • Hwy. 421 & 601, Yadkinville OPEN YEAR ROUND January 1st Thru December 31st Monday-Friday 8am-9pm Saturday 8am-5pm Special Appointments Available

Telephone: (704) 539-4715 Toll Free: 1-855-605-7866 Mobile: (704) 450-8593 Fax : (704) 539-4842 PO Box 40 • 152 Indian Hill Rd. Union Grove, NC 28689 M a rc h / A p ri l 2 012


Stop living with CHRONIC PAIN!!! Come talk to Dr. Leslie Horne and see if she can help you. One on One care designed with your individual needs in mind. Do you have CHRONIC Pain? Dr. Horne may be able to help you. Call 336-679-8500 for a no obligation consultation with Dr. Horne. If she can’t help, she will let you know. All you have to lose is the Pain.

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Yadkinville Chiropractic Pain Relief Center 204 North State Street, Yadkinville (expires April 30, 2013)

Yadkinville Chiropractic Pain Relief Center

No Obligation Consultation, includes Spinal/Postural Analysis, Toxic Analysis, Musculoskeltal Examination, Consultation and findings with Dr. Horne.

204 North State Street, Yadkinville (across from Yadkinville Elementary School)

Most Insurance Accepted

Call: (336) 679-8500 for an appointment

*If further care is needed, you have a right to request a refund within 72 hours.

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Yadkinville Chiropractic 204 North State Street, Yadkinville

Call: (336) 679-8500 for an appointment

(across from Yadkinville Elementary School) *(offer ends April 30, 2013)


Yadkin Valley Living

Consider the Birds “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 NIV It was 1970 when, as a broken young wife and mother with a sea of regrets, I realized I had to make some inward changes. I’d been in a Biblebelieving church all my life and had experienced God’s glorious grace and mercy at an early age. But the pressures of my teen years had caused me to drift away from the God I’d known. So through desperate tears and with a sincere heart I prayed for forgiveness. I’d heard about the peace of God that passes understanding, and at that moment I was drenched in peace like honey dripping from heaven. The complexities of life that had accumulated were still a reality—the big one was I needed a job to help pay our bills. But instead of fretting about it, I was finally able to let go and trust God to provide. It didn’t mean that in the natural all my problems were washed away. But when you’re free of fear and anxiety in the midst of your turmoil, well, that’s real peace. I was reading my Bible now and many promises were popping off the pages and into my heart. I saw that God was for me and not against me, and that He hears me when I pray. So I asked Him to lead me to a job that was suitable for me and I promised I would remain there until He said to leave. I don’t have room to go into the specifics, but watching that prayer unfold was nothing short of supernatural. My shift at Western Electric in Winston-Salem was from 10:30 in the morning until 7:15 at night. I’m not sure I realized it then, but the Lord had set me up! Every morning during the thirty-mile drive, I listened to “The Gospel Hour” on the radio. “Tell me the story of Jesus,” the songster would begin, “write on my heart every word.” What a blessing to hear the teaching of Evangelist Oliver B. Greene! His words not only blessed my day, but the Holy Spirit used that commute to help me grow spiritually. It was also my morning prayer time. Skeptics might say jobs were easy to get in 1970. The economy has changed. We’re living in a different world! I agree it’s a different world. But the bottom line is: God hasn’t changed: He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever! And the lights won’t dim in heaven to get your needs met! The economy shouldn’t influence your perception of the Lord of Glory. Remember, He made it all! Faith always works by love. It builds my faith and renews my mind in God’s kind of love when I rewind the episodes when God has graciously answered my prayers. I’m still waiting for some to materialize, but I live in expectation that the answers will come. I’m aware that God’s peripheral vision is broader than mine. Brother Greene used to recite a little poem that has stayed with me through the years. With all that’s going on in the world, the message is even more relevant today: Overheard in an Orchard —Elizabeth Cheney Said the robin to the sparrow, “I would really like to know Why those anxious human beings Rush around and worry so. ” Said the sparrow to the robin, “Friend, I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father Such as cares for you and me.” ya d ki n va l l e y l iv i n g . co m

photo by Melissa Hobson

Closing Devotions

with Sandra Miller

Sandra’s book, “When Mountains Move” and Christian CDs can be ordered by contacting her by email or writing to: 4324 Mt. Bethel Ch. Rd., East Bend, NC 27018 E-mail Sandra with your thoughts and comments:

We strive to be the solution to your memorial needs with the utmost respect & outstanding workmanship Also look to us for: granite, marble, onyx, travertine and limestone building components for interior and exterior use in the home or office. Made in America fiberglass & aluminum flagpoles

Beth & Steve Carroll

309 South Main Street King • 336-983-4995 M a rc h / A p ri l 2 013


March is National Quilting Month SPECIAL EVENT

and we’re celebrating with a terrific offer! Now quilting is a breeze with the

Sapphire™ 875Q Both special pricing and financing make for an unbeatable offer! Sale priced at only $2,000, qualified buyers will pay only $60 a month spread over 36 months. That’s equal payments with NO INTEREST. ...that’s affordable for any budget! see store for details

PLUS included FREE is a Limited Edition Quilters Kit That includes an acrylic table, quilters feet and carrying case

Evy Hawkins from A Bit of Stitch presents her TRUNK SHOW Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm just $15 Evy Hawkins Evy is showing her new projects, designs and latest Sashiko and Embellisher creations. Each Attendee will take home a fun present. TRUNK SHOW Friday, April 19, 10am-4pm just $60 and includes lunch. $25 kit fee includes everything you need to finish 3 projects Listen, learn and play during this all day interactive seminar! The day includes three mini-projects giving you hands-on experience on two of baby lock’s most fascinating machines- the Sashiko and the Embellisher.

Come see our exciting NEW Showroom Design. 1329 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Lewisville (336) 766-8271 sewinglyyours.NET email: Monday – Friday 10-5 • Saturday 10-3

It’s more machines, more fabrics, more supplies, more open with easier access! See our complete class listing in our online newsletter at and be sure to sign up for our email news

We offer a full service department with repairs and service on all makes and models—even commercial machines!

Carpet Warehouse 923 N. LIBERTY ST., WINSTON-SALEM (336) 723-1852 Weekdays 8am–5:30pm Saturday 8am–5pm

HUGE Assortment of




Amazing assortment of colors and sizes, Terra Cotta • Fiberglass • Ceramic




sq ft

Carpet Squares

The hot “new” trend for flooring that we’ve offered for years. New Shipment just arrived! Ask about our new “Loc Dots” ....makes carpet squares installation a no mess, inexpensive breeze

We sell for less because we can.

Springtime! Time to Get ORGANIZED Home Options Storage Solutions Available in two colors Truffle & Cashew Plus BIG in-stock supply of accessories shoe cubbies, shelves, pant & shirt racks

18” & 27” Starter Kits ON SALE just $ 00


Salvage Building Materials 951 N. LIBERTY ST., WINSTON-SALEM (336) 724-1739 Weekdays 8am–5:30pm Saturday 8am–5pm

Yadkin Valley Living March/April 2013  

Lifestyle magazine for North Carolina's Yadkin Valley. In this issue Southern cooks prepare delicious recipes and local musicians showcase t...

Yadkin Valley Living March/April 2013  

Lifestyle magazine for North Carolina's Yadkin Valley. In this issue Southern cooks prepare delicious recipes and local musicians showcase t...