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May 8, 2010
2/1/2010 - 2/28/2011
Chinqua Penn Rockingham County Residents Month
Show your Rockingham County drivers license and receive free Grounds Only admission OR $10 House Tour Admission during regularly scheduled tour hours, applies to individuals only. For more information call 336-349-4576 or www.chinquapenn.com
5/8/2010
The Eden Cruise
Sponsored by Tri-City Automotive and Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter 2nd. Saturday May - October Downtown Washington St. 4:00pm - 8:00pm Contact Steve Baker 336-344-4422 or Tim Lancaster 336-616-8272 for more information.
After May 8, 2010
2/1/2010 - 2/28/2011
Chinqua Penn Rockingham County Residents Month
Show your Rockingham County drivers license and receive free Grounds Only admission OR $10 House Tour Admission during regularly scheduled tour hours, applies to individuals only. For more information call 336-349-4576 or www.chinquapenn.com
5/9/2010
Mother's Day at Chinqua Penn
No Charge for mom when accompanied by 1 paying adult (adult children or stepshildren and/or husband if children are 15 or younger) Open 1-4pm For more information call 336-349-4576 or www.chinquapenn.com
5/11/2010
Movies on the Square
Market Square in Downtown Reidsville presents "Movies on the Square" Featuring: New Moon - The Twilight Saga WHEN: Tuesday May 11, 2010 (Rain Date 5/18/10) Where: Market Square - Downtown Reidsville TIME: 8:30pm or dusk FREE! Bring your lawn chair or blanket
5/14/2010
7th. Annual Eden Ribfest
11:00am to 6:00pm Freedom Park, Edgewood Rd. Eden NC Music, ribs, kid's amusements and crafters Headliner: Paradox Band Visit: www.edenspecialevents.com for more information
5/20/2010
Chinqua Penn "Courtyard Concerts"
The free shows start at 6pm and finish around 9pm. Come early to get a choice seat or bring your own chair or blanket. 5/20 Jonny Colley A Chinqua Penn favorite, Jonny Colley, who occasionally performs in the mansion during Christmas, will play on Thursday, May 20th. Colley has a varied Americana play list and sells his musicals CDs live and on-line. For more information call 336-349-4576 or www.chinquapenn.com
5/27/2010
Chinqua Penn "Courtyard Concerts"
The free shows start at 6pm and finish around 9pm. Come early to get a choice seat or bring your own chair or blanket. 5/27 Bruce Piephoff singer, song writer & poet with 20 recorded CD’s of story-songs and character portraits, it’s his versatility that makes his music so fascinating. Check brucepiephoff.com for more details on this artist. For more information call 336-349-4576 or www.chinquapenn.com
5/29/2010
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
6/12/2010
The Eden Cruise
Sponsored by Tri-City Automotive and Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter 2nd. Saturday May - October Downtown Washington St. 4:00pm - 8:00pm Contact Steve Baker 336-344-4422 or Tim Lancaster 336-616-8272 for more information.
6/20/2010
Chinqua Penn Fathers Day Weekend
Dads who are history buffs or antique lovers can tour the mansion at Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyards for free on Father’s Day weekend when accompanied by a paying adult. Chinqua Penn, one of North Carolina’s noted historic mansions, is at 2138 Wentworth Street. Chinqua Penn is a 27-room, English countryside mansion built in the 1920s by tobacco businessman and farmer Thomas “Jeff” and his wife, Beatrice “Betsy” Penn. Surrounded by 22 acres of gardens and historic landscaping, the home is filled with artwork and elaborate furnishings from 30 countries. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places. House tour admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, military and college students and $10 for youngsters over age 6. For more information, call 336-349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
6/26/2010
A Daylily & Wine Festival
Amanda's Daylilies & Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents "A Daylily & Wine Festival Escape for the day and come experience two of Rockingham Counties treasures nestled in the heart of Mayodan. Buggles will will entertain your Children and Squeling Pig BB! will be selling food and beverages! 336-427-5982 for more information WHEN: Saturday, June 26th. 2010 TIME: 9:00am - 5:00pm WHERE: Amanda's Daylilies 480 Manuel Rd. Mayodan, NC 27027
6/30/2010
The Cutting Board opens for business
The Cutting Board opens for business After more than a year of planning, start-and-stop construction and ownership changes, the much-anticipated restaurant The Cutting Board welcomed locals to a grand opening ceremony Monday night. A hundred or so people – city and county officials, public figures and interested local residents – squeezed into the restaurant to herald its arrival in downtown Reidsville. Located in the former Bank of Reidsville building at the intersection of Morehead and Scales streets, the building’s transformation from rundown and vacant to sleek and restored seemed to impress most. Reidsville Chamber of Commerce President Beth Simmons praised “the arrival of a long-awaited, nice, full-service restaurant” in an area the Chamber and city officials are trying to revitalize. Simmons spoke into a microphone over the excited chatter of people milling about and enjoying glasses of wine from the restaurant’s bar and introduced restaurant owner John Burton, whose original Cutting Board site in Burlington has become a staple in that town. After meeting Burton a year and a half ago, Simmons said the idea began to brew that perhaps the perfect spot for a second location of The Cutting Board might just be in the long-empty building downtown with the unique turret on the corner. With the possibility of being demolished, however, after years of sitting in disrepair, Reidsville City Council intervened and purchased the building, Mayor James Festerman told the crowd. As plans for the restaurant began to move forward, it became clear the facility needed ownership that could put money into the project, as well as outside investment. Greensboro-based Crest Construction Services started construction in the fall of 2009, but work halted in November after original investor RANA, LLC could no longer afford to back the project. To see the project through to completion, Tim Hight, owner of Crest Construction, and his wife Lindy Hight purchased the building themselves. The total cost of their investment, for the facility and improvements, was about $1.1 million, he said at that time. With financial backing from Familiar Federal Credit Union, the Hights and Crest Construction trudged forward. And, on Monday afternoon, just hours before the 5:30 p.m. grand opening, the facility received final building inspections. “We’re tickled to death,” Burton said of the opening. He asked for a show of hands from those who have eaten at the Burlington location of the restaurant, and dozens of hands shot up. “Well, that’s going to make things a lot easier,” he said, laughing. The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. and serve only lunch this week. Next week, The Cutting Board will begin serving both lunch and dinner. The restaurant occupies the entire first floor – about 6,700 square feet – and consists of a kitchen, dining area, bar and banquet section. Upstairs space equaling a similar square footage is available for other businesses. On the restaurant’s menu, customers will find hamburgers, steak, seafood, chicken and pasta. According to the restaurant’s online menu, the Bacon and Cheese Chuckburger costs $7.99, a 12-ounce chef’s cut ribeye steak costs $17.99 and Baja Chicken Pasta costs $12.99. “We hope that we can make you happy,” Burton said on Monday. The Burlington site is located at 2699 Ramada Road. For more information, visit http://www.cuttingboard.com.
6/30/2010
Plant expansion begins at AFG Wipes
Construction began Monday at Albaad USA’s AFG Wipes plant in Reidsville, as the non-woven textiles manufacturing plant begins expansions that will include 70,000 additional square feet of space, new equipment, and eventually, new hires. Physical expansions will grow the facility by nearly 50 percent, while new equipment will have the capability to increase output by an estimated 25 percent. The John S. Clark Company, a general contracting firm out of Mount Airy, began clearing land Monday morning for the additional warehouse space, which will take the plant’s total square footage to 220,000. Albaad USA originally began production in Reidsville in the summer of 2004 with about 100 employees. It has since doubled its workforce. The need for more room at the only United States location of the Israel-based Albaad is in answer to an increased workload and anticipated growth. AFG Wipes received a $350,000 state grant this spring to add 95 employees to its workforce in the coming years. The growth is also needed to alleviate use of rented storage space in Eden, according to Human Resources Manager Charles Milks. Later this summer, the plant plans to add a clipper machine to complement the two existing machines that are used to cut the large sheets of fabric that eventually become wet wipes. The new clipper machine should be operating by the fall, Milks said. With the addition of the new equipment, the first round of hiring to fill some of the newly-needed positions will take place around the end of this year or the beginning of next year, Milks said. Those interested in employment with the company should contact the Employment Security Commission. Milks said all hiring is done through that agency and not on site at the plant. Operations manager Jim Wilson said the new equipment would likely enable 25 percent more production. The anticipated increase in output means the likelihood of new business. Milks said the manufacturing facility is in talks with several potential customers, though he didn’t want to specify who. “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire,” he said. And as Albaad USA expands its presence in Rockingham County, a new chief executive officer has come aboard. William Thomas recently stepped in to replace outgoing CEO Dan Mesika. “It’s really an exciting time,” Milks said.
7/1/2010 - 7/31/2010
Rockingham County Month at Chinqua Penn Plantation
July is Rockingham County Residents Month at Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyards, located at 2138 Wentworth Street in Reidsville, N.C. Adult tour admission for Rockingham County Residents and their guests is $10. That is half the regular adult house tour rate of $20 and $5 off the senior and college student rate. Youth ages 6-15 are always $10 and age five & under are free. Take advantage of the opportunity to come out and see the special saddle exhibit, featuring the Penn's saddles and equestrian items, which runs through August. Chinqua Penn always provides a multicultural experience presenting antiques and artifacts from around the world. Chinqua Penn Plantation & Vineyards hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 10 am -5 pm and Sundays 1-5 pm. For additional information call 336-349-4576.
7/3/2010
Stoneville Fourth of July Celebration
Stoneville's Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Stoneville Memorial Park beginning at 9am Saturday, July 3rd. Music, Good Food, games and much more available. Fireworks at dark!!
7/9/2010
Bringing the Beach Downtown
Friday, July 30 5:00 - 8:00 PM Washington Street in the beautiful, historic Olde Leaksville Shopping District Eden, NC *Shops open late *Shag to your favorite Beach Music *Register to win a $100 Downtown Gift Certificate
7/10/2010
The Eden Cruise
Sponsored by Tri-City Automotive and Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter 2nd. Saturday May - October Downtown Washington St. 4:00pm - 8:00pm Contact Steve Baker 336-344-4422 or Tim Lancaster 336-616-8272 for more information.
7/11/2010
2nd. Annual "Shaggin in the Vines"
2nd Annual “Shaggin’ in the Vines” Beach Music Benefit for Hospice of Rockingham County to be held Sunday, July 11th from 2:00pm-6:00pm featuring The Part-Time Party-Time Band & The Impacts and an amateur shag contest at Autumn Creek Vineyards, 364 Means Creek Rd, Mayodan, NC 27027. Gate opens @ 12:30. Food available for purchase but picnic baskets welcome; beverages available for purchase, NO outside beverages or coolers allowed & no glass containers. Tickets are $25 (children under 10 admitted free) & proceeds benefit HRC’s uninsured patient fund. For info call (336) 427-9022 or visit hospiceofrockinghamcounty.com
7/17/2010
COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST MATT DYLAN PERFORMS AT MARKET SQUARE
Market Square in downtown Reidsville will be filled with country music as Matt Dylan and Midnight Steel perform Saturday, July 17. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with local classic rock musicians, The Swell. Dylan hits the stage at 8:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Dylan, the son of a factory worker and a mother who worked in a school cafeteria, knew early on who and what he wanted to be. Inspired by the likes of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Waylon, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, Dylan’s journey began. To date, Matt has had the opportunity to open and tour with artists such as: Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Aaron Tippin, Pat Green, Walt Wilkins, Jamey Johnson, Rockie Lynne, Billy Joe Royal, Delbert McClinton, The Lost Trailers, Shooter Jennings, Trace Adkins and many others. If you were to trace Matt Dylan’s roots back to rural North Carolina, you would find the definition of “grew up country.” Born and raised on a large farm, evenings and weekends were spent in the fields, cutting wood, feeding the chickens and helping tend to the farm. A lot of folks CLAIM they are country, but Matt Dylan IS. Matt’s debut album was released in January and features the song “Carolina Moonshine,” a soundtrack for the movie “Red Dirt Rising.” Also performing will be local classic rock group, The Swell, playing music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The concert begins at 6. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Food vendors will be on site. For more information, visit www.ci.reidsville.nc.us or call 349-1099
7/31/2010
Friends of the Chinqua Penn Walking Trail Meeting
Friends of the Chinqua Penn Walking Trail Meeting will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 31st. The meeting will be held at the Upper Piedmont Research Station Office. For more information contact: Aileen Dyson at the Upper Piedmont Research Station, 336-349-8347
7/31/2010
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
8/6/2010
Madison's First Friday Cruise
Madison's 1st. Friday Cruise-In 5:30 - 8:30pm Downtown Madison Downtown Give-a-Ways! Great Downtown Dining! Music and More! Every 1st. Friday each month through October. For more information: Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (p) 336.548.6248 (w) www.mywrcc.com
8/13/2010
Wine Tasting at Reidsville Florist
Reidsville Florist & Gifts invites you to join them Friday, August 13th from 5-8 pm for a wine tasting featuring Autumn Creek Vineyards Three new wines will be presented at this event
8/21/2010
One Year Anniversary of Market Square
One-Year Anniversary of Market Square Date: August 21, 2010 www.ci.reidsville.nc.us Motown music by the bands Peace and Love, and The Phase Band. For more information call 349-1099
8/26/2010
Get lost? A corn maze for a cause
Smith By Marty Smith ESPN.com Archive Corn Maze Courtesy Oakhaven Properties LLCThe Oakhaven corn maze is coming along and will be ready on Sept. 1. You never forget a smile like Adam Petty's. It was omnipresent. Big. Bright. Infectious. The portrait of promise, his grin was comprised of equal parts pride, mischief and heritage, not unlike his father's and grandfather's and great-grandfather's before him. Just a teenager, he was the next in line to shade excellence in the familiar family blue. He would be the flint to rekindle the Petty competitive flame. The future was limitless. He had a unique way with people. He was kind, thoughtful. And when it came to NASCAR, he got it. He got the racing part, and he got the vital corporate part. In 1999, Adam was one of the young stars in the Busch Series to whom NASCAR could hitch its wagon for the next two decades. There was a slew of young stars in the series, as Dale Earnhardt Jr.,Matt Kenseth, the Grubb brothers and Hank Parker Jr. all enjoyed budding fan bases. Another rising star was Casey Atwood. Back then Atwood was a 17-year-old can't-miss shoe who, at that point, backed up the hype. He was fast behind the wheel but slow to discuss it. Generally, he wasn't overly keen on media obligations. That made his publicist's life difficult. That publicist, Paul Setliff, is an old buddy of mine. He's easygoing and doesn't get too excited about trivial matters -- especially those stemming from cranky race car drivers. And when Atwood gave Paul grief about an appearance, Adam would often come to Paul's aid, and explain to Atwood why it was necessary. From there, Paul and Adam became fast friends. Door-To-Door with Marty Smith Do you have a question for ESPN NASCAR analyst Marty Smith? Go to Smith's SportsNation page to submit your question or comment for Marty, and check back for his Friday column in which he will provide the answers! Ask Marty When Adam Petty died, in a crash during a Busch Series practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 12, 2000, so did his infinite promise. Paul's son, Cole, was just a few months old at that time. Paul remembers arriving home from Loudon, N.H., that Sunday, walking straight inside his house to Cole's crib, and sitting and staring at his son, while pondering the unimaginable hurt Kyle and Pattie Petty must have felt. Paul said he looked down at Cole and thought, "If there's ever any way I can help give back in Adam's honor, I'm going to do it." He found a way 10 years later. When Setliff chose to exit the NASCAR circus in 2005, he struggled to find his niche. He was caught up in a couple of corporate layoffs and didn't know where to turn. For a couple of years he'd brought Parker to Oakhaven Farm in Ruffin, N.C., near the Virginia-North Carolina border, to hunt. In doing so, he built a close relationship with Oakhaven manager Gary Barrett, and when the farm's owners began diversifying their business plan, they hired Setliff to manage marketing and public relations. Last fall, the Oakhaven staff was kicking around ideas to drive traffic to the property and generate revenue. Setliff had just taken his kids to a corn maze in Cary, N.C., which was shaped in the likeness of former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, who had recently died after a long bout with cancer. The maze became a national story. That gave Setliff an idea. "I thought that was such a cool way to honor [Yow], and it made me start thinking about some of the guys we'd lost [in NASCAR]," Setliff said. "To me, this was a great way to honor Adam, and give back to something he cared so much about, with Victory Junction. He deserves it. He was such a great guy." Setliff and the Oakhaven staff immediately started planning the maze and the surrounding events known as "Oakhaven's Corntacular Adventure" (you can check it out at www.comegetlost.com). The first step was to get the Petty family's blessing. "When I saw the drawing, initially, I'm like, 'There's no way you're going to get this done.' It was like crop circles, personified," Kyle Petty said, laughing. "And these guys did it. And when you fly over it, it's phenomenal. What they've done is amazing. You look at stuff like that, and you think about it, and in a strange way it becomes a work of art because it takes so much time and effort." Once the family signed off on the plan, Utah-based Maize Company was hired to design and cut the maze. It is massive, eight acres of corn planted in rows 30 inches apart, horizontally and vertically. Some 400,000 kernels were planted inside. Then developers played connect-the-dots to form the maze. After gridding it, a chemical was sprayed to kill off the unwanted vegetation. The entire process took just four hours. The Oakhaven Maze will be open to the public from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, and all proceeds from pumpkins sold during that time will go directly to Victory Junction, a camp for chronically and terminally ill children. Now in its 10th year, the Victory Junction Gang Camp's motto in 2010 is "Keeping the Dream Alive." The Oakhaven project will help. The goal is to attract some 16,000 visitors. Setliff's research says first-year mazes in areas with similar demographics typically draw 14,000 to 25,000 visitors. If Oakhaven draws 16,000, and sells half that many pumpkins, it will make a fine donation to Victory Junction. "What feels good is it's been 10 years and there's still people doing stuff," Kyle Petty said. "It's not like, right after it happened, everybody jumped on board for six months and then everybody forgot about what we were trying to do, and what [Adam] was trying to do, with the camp. "We can talk about the corn maze. We can talk about Kurt Busch. We can talk about [Dale Earnhardt] Junior's donation last year. We can talk about Jimmie's donation of the bowling alley. People just continue to do stuff. That's the part, for me, that's the most gratifying. Even 10, 12 years later, whatever the date may be, people are still interested in doing things in Adam's memory. That's what's cool to me." Fittingly, the maze is a rendering of a wonderful photograph of Adam.
8/28/2010 - 8/27/2010
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
9/2/2010
Courtyard Concerts at Chinqua Penn Plantation
Chinqua Penn, one of North Carolina's noted historic mansions, is at 2138 Wentworth Street. The concerts will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The theme of the series is Wine, Dine and have a Good Time. Entry to the grounds is free. Concert-goers can bring a picnic or buy dinner at a grill available at the concerts. Reserve seating, wines and soft drinks also will be available. Wines from the Chinqua Penn Vineyards will be available for purchase. Entertainers are: -- September 2, Folk and blues artist Bruce Piephoff. -- September 8, Thick n Thin local favorite Americana and folk music duo. -- September 16, Doug & Taylor Rorrer old-time musical duo in the school of Charlie Poole, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice. -- September 23, Kirby Wilkins, who composes and plays some of his own instrumentals and cranks out some grand old-time rock 'n' roll. -- September 30, JAM NIGHT, Join a group of local musicians for an eclectic Jam session in the courtyard. For more information, call 336-349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
9/8/2010
Courtyard Concerts at Chinqua Penn Plantation
Chinqua Penn, one of North Carolina's noted historic mansions, is at 2138 Wentworth Street. The concerts will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The theme of the series is Wine, Dine and have a Good Time. Entry to the grounds is free. Concert-goers can bring a picnic or buy dinner at a grill available at the concerts. Reserve seating, wines and soft drinks also will be available. Wines from the Chinqua Penn Vineyards will be available for purchase. Entertainers are: -- September 2, Folk and blues artist Bruce Piephoff. -- September 8, Thick n Thin local favorite Americana and folk music duo. -- September 16, Doug & Taylor Rorrer old-time musical duo in the school of Charlie Poole, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice. -- September 23, Kirby Wilkins, who composes and plays some of his own instrumentals and cranks out some grand old-time rock 'n' roll. -- September 30, JAM NIGHT, Join a group of local musicians for an eclectic Jam session in the courtyard. For more information, call 336-349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
9/11/2010
The Eden Cruise
Sponsored by Tri-City Automotive and Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter 2nd. Saturday May - October Downtown Washington St. 4:00pm - 8:00pm Contact Steve Baker 336-344-4422 or Tim Lancaster 336-616-8272 for more information.
9/14/2010
Pillar Society and Friends Dinner
Hosted by the United Way of Rockingham County Location: Pennrose Park Country Club, Reidsville, NC Time: 6:00pm till 7:00pm - Social Hour with live music provided, 7:00pm till 8:00pm - Dinner and Program Menu: Hotdog and Hamburger dinner with dessert and drinks Dress: Casual Purpose of Event: To thank Pillar Society Donors ($500 or more annually) for their support of vital community programs through their gifts to United Way, and to acquaint Donors and Friends of United Way of Rockingham County with its Partner Agencies and funded programs, and the impact of these programs in the Rockingham County Community. For Reservations and Event Information: Call United Way of Rockingham County at 336-342-7768
9/16/2010
Courtyard Concerts at Chinqua Penn Plantation
Chinqua Penn, one of North Carolina's noted historic mansions, is at 2138 Wentworth Street. The concerts will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The theme of the series is Wine, Dine and have a Good Time. Entry to the grounds is free. Concert-goers can bring a picnic or buy dinner at a grill available at the concerts. Reserve seating, wines and soft drinks also will be available. Wines from the Chinqua Penn Vineyards will be available for purchase. Entertainers are: -- September 2, Folk and blues artist Bruce Piephoff. -- September 8, Thick n Thin local favorite Americana and folk music duo. -- September 16, Doug & Taylor Rorrer old-time musical duo in the school of Charlie Poole, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice. -- September 23, Kirby Wilkins, who composes and plays some of his own instrumentals and cranks out some grand old-time rock 'n' roll. -- September 30, JAM NIGHT, Join a group of local musicians for an eclectic Jam session in the courtyard. For more information, call 336-349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
9/23/2010
Courtyard Concerts at Chinqua Penn Plantation
Chinqua Penn, one of North Carolina's noted historic mansions, is at 2138 Wentworth Street. The concerts will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The theme of the series is Wine, Dine and have a Good Time. Entry to the grounds is free. Concert-goers can bring a picnic or buy dinner at a grill available at the concerts. Reserve seating, wines and soft drinks also will be available. Wines from the Chinqua Penn Vineyards will be available for purchase. Entertainers are: -- September 2, Folk and blues artist Bruce Piephoff. -- September 8, Thick n Thin local favorite Americana and folk music duo. -- September 16, Doug & Taylor Rorrer old-time musical duo in the school of Charlie Poole, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice. -- September 23, Kirby Wilkins, who composes and plays some of his own instrumentals and cranks out some grand old-time rock 'n' roll. -- September 30, JAM NIGHT, Join a group of local musicians for an eclectic Jam session in the courtyard. For more information, call 336-349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
9/25/2010
BLUEGRASS ON THE SQUARE
Market Square will be filled with bluegrass music on Saturday, September 25, from 4:30-9 p.m. This concert will feature three fantastic bluegrass groups and will appeal to all types of audiences. The featured group is national recording artists, “Steep Canyon Rangers”. Taking the stage first will be the local group, “Blues Creek”. Formed in the fall of 2005, each member contributes a talent reflecting his/her own individualized background. This great diversity allows “Blues Creek” to perform a wide spectrum of bluegrass music ranging from the traditional to the most modern contemporary bluegrass. Next up will be “Kickin Grass” . This band captivates you by pure, strong voices telling true-to-life stories spiced with innovative bluegrass instrumentation. You will fall in love with the rootsy, Americana style and can’t wait for more. The “Kickin Grass” band’s songs – some mournful, some jubilant – reflect the depth and breadth of the human experience. Dave Higgs from Nashville Public Radio raves: “Lynda Dawson is a truly gifted songwriter, who writes intelligently crafted lyrics, which she marries to unforgettable melodies. A unique musical offering, which stands out in the sometimes crowded field of similar sounding bluegrass acts, and appeals to a broad range of tastes.” The featured band, “Steep Canyon Rangers,” hits the stage at 7:30. From Asheville, North Carolina, “Steep Canyon Rangers” have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for two International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, ”Lovin’ Pretty Women”), the Rangers were named ’Emerging Artist of the Year’ in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass. The band’s willingness to bring bluegrass to music lovers worldwide has taken “Steep Canyon Rangers” to festivals in Sweden, Ireland, Germany and Canada. Their deep dedication to bluegrass is heard in every note they play. With a sound firmly rooted in bluegrass tradition, musical elements are drawn from honky-tonk, classic country, bluegrass and blues. While the Rangers are committed to a more traditional bluegrass style, the band is determined to bring their music to the next generation of fans. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 349-1099 or visit www.ci.reidsville.nc.us.
9/25/2010
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
10/2/2010
Madison Heritage Festival
Madison Heritage Festival, “A Heritage To Honor,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Market and Murphy streets, downtown Madison. Entertainment all day including Part-Time Party-Time Band and Blues Creek. Exhibits, fundraisers, crafts, pony rides, games, food, kids area and more. Bring your lawn chairs. For more information call 548-2305 or 427-2112.
10/7/2010 - 10/9/2010
Chinqua Penn Harvest Wine and Cheese Tasting
October 7 - 10 from noon till 5 pm, the tasting room at Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyards, at 2138 Wentworth Street in Reidsville, N.C., will be offering a Harvest Wine and Cheese Tasting which pairs local and regional cheeses with our recent award winning Chinqua Penn Wines. Cost is $10 per person for the tasting experience. For more information call 336-349-4576.
10/9/2010
Reidsville Downtown Fall Festival
October 9, 2010 Reidsville Downtown Fall Festival: Antique Dealers, Craft & Food Vendors, Pottery, Children’s Activities, Musical Entertainment. Car Show: For more information call RDC at 349-1045.
10/30/2010
5th. Annual Fall Festival at Freedom Park
10am - 7pm Arts & Crafts - Food & Greats - Free Games & Rides 6pm - Costume Contest For more information call Eden Parks & Recreations at 336-623-2110 option 3
11/1/2010
Shaping history: Eden museum still evolving, growing
The Eden Historical Museum is working on completing the second half of its permanent displays. Ten sections will chronicle different periods of Eden’s history. The first five tackle the time from millions of years before humans arrived to 1899. The newest sections will cover 1900 to consolidation of the former towns of Leaksville, Draper and Spray into Eden in 1967. Here’s what the new displays will cover: ■ “Shuttles, Spindles and Spools” looks at the B. Frank Mebane years and mills, through the outside acquisition of some of the mills by Marshall Field & Co., which later became Fieldcrest. A likeness of the Nantucket Mill tower has been built as the focal point. Includes the life of the mill worker and the development of Draper. Time period: 1900-1912. ■ “Strife, Song and Success” delves into World War I, Prohibition and the importance of music during this era. Includes a look at local musicians, such as Charlie Poole . Time period: 1913-1928. ■ “Crash and Recovery” continues the story of the area’s mills and looks at the Great Depression and the Works Progress Administration. Time period: 1929-1940. ■ “Conflict and Change” touches on World War II, the Korean War and the continued history of mill life. Time period: 1941-1954. ■ “From Three to One” tackles the consolidation of Leaksville, Draper and Spray into what is today Eden. This section also looks at the Vietnam War. Time period: 1955-1967 . ■ Other freestanding displays will cover the history of later years and temporary exhibits. Want to go? What: Eden Historical Museum Where: 656 Washington St. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and during special events Cost: $1 for adults, children 12 and younger free with adult (except as part of groups) More information: 623-0773 The history of Eden is slowly taking shape on Washington Street. The Eden Historical Museum, which has welcomed more than 1,800 visitors from 21 states since it opened last fall, still lacks about half its planned displays. Officials originally had hoped to finish all the exhibits this year. But now it looks more like early next year, curator Julie Ganis said last week. “The problem is actually writing the text for the storyboards, which is taking so long,” she said. Volunteers comb through various sources to compile history for 10- to 15-year spans, then whittle that down to fit on the storyboards. “It’s very difficult, because you’re afraid of leaving something out,” Ganis said. The new displays are broken into five sections covering the period from 1900 to 1967, when the former towns of Leaksville, Spray and Draper consolidated to form Eden. The first five displays cover the time millions of years before man settled in the area to 1899. The museum, a former restaurant and shop donated by the Harrington family, sits on Washington Street in the Olde Leaksville District. Volunteers have spent too many hours to count fixing up and running the museum, Ganis said. Local carpenter Mike Carter volunteered his skills to help create the second section of displays. Pat Whitten, who died in February, helped conceive and build the first part of the museum along with his wife, director Melissa Whitten, and Ganis. The museum was created in 2007 as a project of the Eden Historical Society. But it opened only periodically for special displays, such as the ones on Jesse James and World War II. During that time, volunteers collected artifacts and raised money for permanent displays. In February 2009, a $24,000 grant from Home Savings Bank allowed the museum to open its doors to the public with permanent exhibits in September that year. The earlier displays were homemade, using computers and copiers. The permanent displays are professionally made, which also adds to the time to get them ready. Meanwhile, the museum continues to solicit historical items to add to exhibits. Recent acquisitions include the doors from DeHart’s, a five-dime store, that will be put in a front window and an as-yet-unidentified wood tool from Nantucket Mills. “Usually, the most interesting things people bring in are those oddball items,” Ganis said. They’re looking for local drugstore bottles from the early 1900s to go in a “doctor’s office” to be set up in one of the front windows, she said. Also on the list: items from the Great Depression, tobacco-related pieces such as tags and bags, Vietnam War memorabilia, photos and biographies of local war veterans, anything from Marshall Field related to the textiles made in Eden’s mills, and any other items of local interest. The museum remains on limited hours, open only on Saturdays and for special events because it is staffed by volunteers, Ganis said. The museum will be open Nov. 14 during the Holiday Open House for the Olde Leaksville Shopping District and Dec. 14 for the Leaksville Merchants Candlelight Downtown. Construction hasn’t kept the museum from being open or offering special displays. One that focused on the Draper Speedway, which operated from the 1940s to the 1960s, ran from Sept. 11 through Saturday.
11/6/2010
DRBA First Saturday Outing: Mayo River Float Trip
Dan River Basin Association's First Saturday Outing 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 6 . 7-mile float on scenic Mayo River from Anglin Mill to NC 770. Meet at Old Anglin Mill Road (GPS 36.52976, -79.98952). Dress in layers of synthetic fabric, and bring boat, paddles, life jackets, lunch and water. Free and open to the public. www.danriver.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact: Will Truslow Phone: 336-547-1903 Email: willtruslow@hotmail.com
11/6/2010
Chinqua Penn's Fall Festival and Gatsby Day Saturday
Saturday, November 6th from 10 am to 5 pm, celebrate Fall at Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyard’s fifth annual Fall Festival and Gatsby Day Celebration. Enjoy the beauty and elegance of the 1920’s with fun for the entire family. Delight in the vocal stylings of Jessica Mashburn as she shares her eclectic piano rock style with influences ranging from jazz to country and classic rock to old timey favourites. Mashburn is a classically trained musician who is a regular in the Greensboro music scene and has toured the east coast with two major Top 40 bands. The festival features a 1920’s costume contest with door prizes given for the top three costumes. Wear your roaring 20’s flapper dresses and zoot suits if you like or whatever is comfortable for an autumn festival. Classic cars will be on display on the grounds as well as a wide variety of fine arts exhibitors and crafts people with their wares for sale. The Disabled American Veterans, a regular at the festival, will be serving their famous Brunswick Stew and Barbeque along with homemade sweets. Funnel cakes, candy apples, hot dogs, hot chocolate and more will be available to delight the tastes of young and old. Kids activities include pony rides, face-painting and panning for treasures. Free hayrides of the surrounding Upper Piedmont Research station will be offered hourly. Admission to the festival is free. Mansion Tours are at a discounted rate for all adults just $15 (usually $20), youths ages 6 – 16 are $10, and kids under 5 are free. The wine tasting room opens at 12 noon; wine sales by the bottle and by the glass, tastings of the collection are $5. Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyards at 2138 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, NC 27320 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Plantation includes a 27 room English countryside mansion filled with elaborate furnishings from 30 countries, surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful gardens and historic landscape. The estate showcases the state's premier collection of eclectic decorative arts. The home was built in the 1920s by Thomas Jefferson Penn (1875-1946) and his wife, Beatrice Schoellkopf Penn (1881-1965). For more information call 336-349-4576 or visit chinquapenn.com.
11/12/2010
7th. Annual Veterans Day Parade
Honoring All who Served! Veterans Day Parade! Friday, November 12, 2010 Parade begins 8:30am at Draper Elementary Schoold with the Cermony starting at 9am at Veterans Park on Fieldcrest Road. For more information call Cindy Adams at 336-623-7789 Ext 3021,CAdams@edennc.us or www.ExploreEdenNc.com
11/13/2010
Mandie and The Cherokee Treasure screening at Chinqua Penn Plantation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 28, 2010 CONTACT: AMY HUBER 336-349-4576 Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm Mandie and The Cherokee Treasure will be screened at Chinqua Penn Plantation on the lawn under the stars. Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure (rated G) is based on the popular book by Lois Glayds Leppard and is the second of the Mandie movies to be filmed on location at Chinqua Penn Plantation. Starring Lexi Johnson and Hayley Mills, this family movie will delight young and old as they follow Mandie on her harrowing adventure by train and through the mountains. This screening offers families the opportunity to tour the house in the afternoon to experience the locations in the movie first hand, before snuggling up on the Clock Tower Hill to watch the movie under the stars on the big screen. Cast members will be in attendance. Packages for families (2 adults and up to 4 children) to tour the house and see the movie are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For the movie only the family rate is $20 in advance $25 at the door. For the movie only individual adults tickets are $6; youths (6-15) $4; kids under 5 are free. Tours of the mansion will begin at 3 pm and 4 pm. The movie will begin promptly at 6 pm. Grilled food, popcorn, hot cocoa and other beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information and advance tickets call 336-349-4576 or visit chinquapenn.com. For more information on the movie, visit www.mandiemovies.com.
11/19/2010
Reidsville's Downtown Old Fashioned Christmas
Friday, November 19 6:00pm -8:00pm *Traditional Christmas Carols *The Christmas Story *Lighting of the Christmas Tree *Santa Claus Arrival *Hot Chocolate & Cookies - Hayrides and much more Downtown Merchants will be open for Holiday Shopping!
11/30/2010
Draper Village Tree Lighting
Draper Village Tree Lighting Fieldcrest Road/Stadium Drive, Eden NC 6:00pm
12/1/2010 - 1/2/2011
Chinqua Penn's Holiday & Candlelight Tours
Thomas and Beatrice Penn built Chinqua Penn Plantation in the 1920s with the idea of grandly entertaining friends, family and business associates. The current owners of the Rockingham County estate will continue the tradition this holiday season by hosting the annual Holiday and Candlelight Tours from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2. At least 13 theme-decorated Christmas trees will be scattered throughout the 27-room mansion, including a 14-foot live North Carolina Fraser fir in the massive living room of the house. Hundreds of live poinsettias will be displayed throughout the house. Holiday lights and decorations will be installed across the 22 acres of grounds. Holiday Tour hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special candlelight tours will be offered on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music groups will perform during those tours. Apple cider and cookies are included. Chinqua Penn will be closed Christmas day. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, the military and students, and $10 for youth (6 - 16). Timed tickets are available on Chinqua Penn's web site. A "family pack" that admits two adults and two youngsters is available online only for $50. For more information about the holiday tour, call 336-349-4576 www.chinquapenn.com.
12/3/2010 - 12/4/2010
Night of Miracles Live Drive-Thru Nativity
Night of Miracles Live Drive-Thru Nativity at Draper Christian Church 1116 W. Fieldcrest Rd. Eden, NC 27288 Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4 7 - 9 PM Enjoy the sights and sounds from the night of Christ's birth in the annual reenactment For more information call 336-635-8932
12/3/2010 - 12/5/2010
Theatre Guild of Rockingham County presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
The Herdmans show up at the church Christmas Pageant tryouts and everyone is horrified. Why? Because they are horrible children! They steal, burn down buildings, and terrorize the neighborhood. Students & families will love the story of how the Herdmans and their community learn to work together, while learning the true meaning of Christmas. Rockingham County Community College Auditorium - Advanced Technologies Building Wentworth, NC Friday, Dec, 3 @ 7:30 PM Saturday Dec. 4 @ 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday Dec. 5 @ 2:30 PM & 6:00 PM Adults:$10 and Children/Students with ID:$7. Group rates also available. Resevations: 336-627-0228 or online at www.tgrc-nc.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
12/4/2010 - 12/5/2010
Dan River Art Market Gallery Holiday Open House
The Rockingham County Arts Council invites you to their Holiday Open House December 4 10am - 4pm December 5 1pm - 4pm Enjoy an afternoon of art, music, and refreshments and celebrate the Holiday Season at the Art Market! 1122 NC Hwy. 65 Reidsville, NC 336-349-4039 www.artsinrockingham.org
12/4/2010
Candle & Tea Bazaar
Leaksville Moravian Church's annual Candle & Tea Bazaar Saturday, December 4 9:30am - 3:00pm Period-dressed hosts displaying customs of the Moravian faith with goods for sale: MORAVIAN COOKIES; BAKED ITEMS; CHICKEN PIES; CANDLES and much more 712 McConnell Avenue 336-623-9440
12/4/2010
Madison Christmas Stroll
Join the Downtown Madison Merchants for the "Madison Christmas Stroll." Saturday, December 4, 2010. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Historic Downtown Madison, NC Contact the Western Rockingham Chamber for more info: 336.548.6248
12/5/2010
Eden Preservation Society Christmas Tour of Homes
Eden Preservation Society's Annual Christmas Tour of Homes Sunday, December 5th, 2010 2-5 p.m. Featuring five historic & seasonally decorated homes in Eden. -Johns-Osborne House: 1011 Center Church Rd. -Matthews-Hagood House: 114 N. Oakland Ave. -Shaw Home: 208 Green Knolls Dr. -The Farabee: 1301 W. Washington St. -Phillips Home: 1581 Rhodes Rd. Tickets are $10 in advance at: The Eden Chamber of Commerce, Barbour Studio & Gallery, Diamonds-N-Dust, Eden Historical Museum, The Front Porch, Granny's Variety & Antiques, River House Gift & Gourmet, and from Preservation Society members. Tickets also available at each location the day of the tour. Call 336.623.1043 or 336.623.0773 for more information.
12/10/2010
Wine Tasting at Way Cup Coffee
Grove Winery will be giving a Holiday Wine Tasting. Live music by Courtney Wharton. 5:30PM $5.00 per wine tasting Way Cup Coffee (Wentworth) 8460 NC Hwy 87 Reidsville NC 27320 336-394-4836/4834 www.waycupcoffee@triad.twcbc.com www.waycupcoffee.com
12/11/2010
Town of Wentworth Christmas Parade
Town of Wentworth Christmas Parade Saturday • December 11, 2010 11:00 a.m. • Grand Marshal: Bobby Vernon Former Rockingham County Sheriff • Parade in honor of “Susie” the ‘poster dog’ for animal rights in North Carolina •Pink Heals Tour 2010 •Triad Highlanders •Local High School Bands •Rockingham County JROTC • Santa Claus !
12/14/2010
Candlelight Downtown
Experience the Magical Moments of Christmas on Main Street Tuesday, December 14 6:00pm - Washington Street, Eden NC Enjoy Shops open late with special sales Delicious holiday goodies A visit with Santa Live Nativity and the Annual Doggie Costume Contest For more information call 336-623-7789 or www.exploreedennc.com
12/16/2010
Diabetic Awareness Workshop
Thursday, December 16 3:00 pm Diabetic Awareness Workshop hosted by Eden Drug Eden Chamber Conference Room 678 S. Van Buren Rd., Eden (336) 623-3336 Open to the public. Free event.
12/17/2010
"Christmas in Wentworth"
"Christmas in Wentworth" Friday, December 17 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm WayCup coffee 8460 NC 87 *Wentworth Artists *Hot Beverages provided *Christmas Music *Drawing for Basket of Goodies Visit with Santa from 6:00 - 7:00pm
1/19/2011
CountyWide Chamber Coffee
8:00am Rockingham Community College - Whitcomb Student Center
1/22/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents Music in the Vines
2:00pm - 5:00pm Live Music featuring Lyn Koonce & Friends (www.lynkoonce.com) Wine & Beer for purchase...Complimentary cheese & Crackers...No Cover Charge For more information: www.autumncreekvineyards.com or 336-548-WINE(9463)
1/28/2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit Planned
Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor Linda A. Carlisle, Secretary North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources News Release: January 27, 2011 Contact : Fay Mitchell (919) 807-7389 Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit Planned RALEIGH – It is called a brother’s war, and nowhere was that more true than in North Carolina. The American Civil War claimed more lives than any military engagement undertaken by this country. North Carolina lost at least 35,000 soldiers, more than any other Southern state, and great hardships were suffered by those both at war and left at home. In observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-1865), the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com) has organized the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit to travel the state from April 1, 2011, through spring 2013 as part of its commemoration (www.nccivilwar150.com). Visitors will see well-known Confederate generals, women who served as Confederate spies, re-enactment images of soldiers and battles, and more. The battlefield, homefront, African Americans and women all are reflected in the exhibit. A notebook accompanying the exhibit will offer sketches of the generals, of African Americans fleeing bondage, a woman whose home became a hospital, and other glimpses of lives from that turbulent time. The tour will visit 49 public libraries and was organized through the State Library of North Carolina (http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/index.html), a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory also will tour at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Images were gathered from divisions within Cultural Resources, including four document images and 10 pictures from the State Archives (www.archives.ncdcr.gov), five images from the N.C. Museum of History (www.nchistorymuseum.com) and five images from Civil War-related State Historic Sites (www.nchistoricsites.org). For information on the tour visit www.nccivilwar150.com or call (919) 807-7389. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com. Civil War 150 Exhibit: Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory will travel throughout the state April 2011-March 2013. The West Route will appear in Rockingham County September 1-28, 2011 at the Rockingham County Public Library in Eden. ###
1/28/2011
DRBA Receives Grant From Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
DAN RIVER BASIN ASSOCIATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM Z. SMITH REYNOLDS FOUNDATION Award Includes $5,000 Challenge to Raise Matching Funds The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has awarded the Dan River Basin Association a $60,000 grant to support the organization's North Carolina operations and programs. The Foundation has challenged DRBA to raise $5,000 in new donations. Each dollar donated to DRBA by local businesses and the public will be matched by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation on a one-for-one basis. Leslie Winner, Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, stated, "The Foundation's Board recognizes that many community members are excited to contribute to local groups when each dollar the individual donates is matched by an outside source. Such a matching funds relationship also gives the organization a chance to strengthen its relationships with local supporters. Dan River Basin Association is emerging as a group with great potential to improve community health and economic well-being and to preserve and build on the region's wonderful natural assets." In North Carolina, DRBA is establishing programs in the rural counties of the north-central Piedmont to improve and protect water quality; to encourage sustainable economic development through promotion of nature- and heritage-based tourism; and to create outdoor recreational opportunities for children and adults. With the support of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, DRBA has opened a field office in Danbury and Stokes County. Additional funds were awarded from the Danville Regional Foundation to open an office in Yanceyville in Caswell County. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest son of the founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The mission of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is to improve the quality of life of the people of North Carolina. The Dan River Basin Association preserves and promotes the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin through recreation, education and stewardship. For more information, please visit www.danriver.org. # # #
1/29/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents Jazz at the Vineyard
2:00pm - 5:00pm Featuring Andrea Templon & Friends (www.andreatemplon.com) Wine & Beer for Purchase...Complimentary Cheese & Crackers...No Cover Charge For More Information: www.autumncreekvineyards.com or 336-548-WINE(9463)
1/29/2011
BLUE GRASS FESTIVAL
Jan 29, 2011 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Western Rockingham Middle School 915 NW Ayersville Road Madison, NC 27025 Event Details: Please Join Randy Knight and the Western Rockingham Civitans for a special Blue Grass Festival supporting special needs children in Western Rockingham County January 29th, from 4 until 10 PM at the Western Rockingham Middle School Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 at the door!
1/29/2011
Winter Wine Wonderland
Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center & the Fine Arts Festival of Rockingham County Present the Winter Wine Wonderland January 29, 2011 - 1:00-5:00pm Betsy-Jeff Penn 4H Educational Center 804 Cedar Lane, Reidsville NC 27320 Door Prizes - Entertainment - Kids Free Tickets Available: Chinqua Penn Plantation/Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center/Grove Winery/Wentworth Town Hall 336-342-6288 $20.00 in advance - $25.00 at the door Group Rate: 12 for $200.00
2/2/2011
Free Showing of Award-Winning Documentary "GasLand"
You are invited to attend a free showing of the award-winning documentary, "Gasland," a must-see film for anyone who lives in or near an area where gas shales are present, including Rockingham and Stokes counties. Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 @ 6pm Mayodan Public Library, 101 North 10th Avenue, Mayodan, NC 27027 For more information contact: Rachel Lang-Baldé (828) 251-1291 rachel@cwfnc.org or Mayodan Public Library (336) 548-6951
2/3/2011
Rockingham County Art Council Presents Photographing and Preparing Work for Digital Submission
Join Photographer Carl V. Galie, Jr. in a workshop that explores techniques on effectively photographing your artwork, working with digital files, computer software options, and how to upload, edit, re-size and name files for entry into exhibits and shows. 10:00am at the Arts council, 1122 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth, NC We have a minimum and maximum number of spaces. Parking is available on site: please rsvp by Tuesday, February 1. Cost for members: $10.00 Cost for non-members: $20.00 No materials are necessary but you are welcome to bring photographs and items for discussion. From 1998 through 1999 Carl taught a continuing education course in Nature photography at Rockingham Community College. From 2000 to 2002 he taught The Art of Nature Photography at the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Carl is the past president of the board of directors of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, and is also a featured artist for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and one of the founding members of The North American Nature Photography Association. Carl has published two books and is currently compiling his new photojournalistic work on mountaintop removal. For more information and to register please email info@artsinrockingham.org or call 336.349.4039
2/4/2011
Theater Guild of Rockingham County Presents "GYPSY"
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM http://www.tgrc-nc.comEvent Description Theatre Guild of Rockingham County presents GYPSY, the musical featuring show business dreams, the ultimate stage mother, and the birth of burlesque in Gypsy Rose Lee style. Featuring many songs that have become American standards, such as Everything's Coming Up Roses and Small World.
2/9/2011
Von Trapp Concert
Bethany Community School Foundation presents Elisabeth Von Trapp Concert Bethany Community Middle School (in the old Bethany High School, 6371 Hwy. 65) February 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm Tickets $20.00 For more information or to purchase tickets call 336-951-2169 or email bcsfoundation@bcmschool.com
2/11/2011
"Red Hot Valentine's Evening" at WayCup Coffee
WayCup Coffee invites you a;nd ;your friends to "Red Hot Valentine's Evening" Friday, February 11, 6:00-9:00 P.M. 8460 NC 87, Wentworth NC Music by Vernoica Jones and Larry Johnson; Selection of Baskets for that Special Valentine-Sandwich and Soup Special for the evening-Gift Certificates-Baked goods by Sue Barber-Flowers by Fireflies by Cabin Crafts and much more!
2/11/2011 - 2/12/2011
Valentine's Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Chinqua Penn Plantation
Chinqua Penn Plantation's wine tasting room, at 2138 Wentworth Street in Reidsville, N.C., will help you celebrate Valentine's Day with Sweets for your Sweetie. On February 11 and 12, Chinqua Penn Plantation & Vineyards offers a Valentine's Chocolate and Wine tasting, pairing our award winning wines with various chocolates from noon - 4 pm. The cost will be $10 per guest. Chinqua Penn Plantation & Vineyards hours of operation during February are Thursday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm. For additional information call 336-349-4576 or visit www. chinquapenn.com
2/14/2011
RUBY ROSE TEA ROOM VALENTINE SPECIAL!
Feb 14, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ruby Rose Tea Room 209 E. Main St. Stoneville, NC 27048 Only $16.95. Call today for reservations! NEW WINTER HOURS: Wed - Sat: 11:00am to 2:00 pm Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday through February 2011. We plan to resume regular hours of Tues-Sat. 11-3 starting in March. Owners: Ken & Tammy Church Visit Website: www.teamap.com...
2/17/2011
I LOVE ART - an exhibit of art that is close to your heart
Opening reception Thursday, February 17, 5:00-7:00pm Dan River Art Market & Gallery 1122 NC Hwy 65 Wentworth, NC 27375 For more information contact the Rockingham County Arts Council at info@artsinrockingham.org - www.artsinrockingham.org - 336-349-4039
2/19/2011
The Wedding Fair
Create The Perfect Wedding Day.... Without Creating A Stressful Event... Saturday, February 19th. 1p.m. - 4p.m. Riverhouse Gift & Gourmet and Party Plus 349 Kings Hwy., Eden NC (The former Grogan's Building) Brides and Grooms will be educated and informed about the wedding resources available to them right here in Rockingham County, from engagement to the honeymoom, and everything in between. Drawings, free gifts and refreshments Beauty & Make-up Photographers Bridal Favors Jewelry Party Rentals Florists Gowns, Tuxedos & Wedding Party Attire Invitations/Announcements Wedding Cake Venues and Much Much More! For more information call 336-627-4200
2/20/2011
Passion For Our Past
The Eden Preservation Society and "Annie Eliza Johns" cordially invite you to attend a PASSION FOR OUR PAST 2011 Membership Drive and Social at the newly restored Johns Manor House, 1011 Center Church Rd, Eden NC Sunday, February 20 from 3 - 5 p.m. "Annie Eliza Johns" will give a brief talk about her family and home. For more information call 336-623-7789, ext. 3021 or www.exploreedennc.com
2/22/2011
Movie Filmed Locally Wins Award/Local Screening Planned
Hellphone (www.hellphonefilm.com), an independent horror movie filmed in Madison, Mayodan & Stoneville more than a year ago, won “Best Feature Film” at the 2011 Blue Sky Film Festival in Chapel Hill. This was the first "non-home crowd" to see the film, according to the film's producers. The producers are hosting a free screening for the “home” crowd this Friday, Feb. 25 at McMichael High School at 7:30 p.m.—tickets are free but required due to limited seating. Tickets are available at locations throughout Madison & Mayodan and include: Sunrise Convenience Store and Star Pizza in Mayodan and The Lunch Box and Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in Madison. Visit the movie’s web site: www.Hellphonefilm.com.
2/25/2011
Local Screening of Hellphone-the movie
To celebrate the "Best Feature Film" award from the Blue Sky Film Festival, producers are hosting a local screening of Hellphone--an independent horror movie filmed in Madison, Mayodan & Stoneville more than a year ago. What: Hellphone movie screening When: Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Where: McMichael High School--6845 NC HWY 135 in Mayodan Tickets are FREE but required due to limited seating. Tickets are available throughout Madison & Mayodan and include locations such as: Sunrise Convenience Store and Star Pizza in Mayodan and The Lunch Box and Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in Madison. Visit the movie’s web site for more info: www.Hellphonefilm.com.
2/26/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents Jazz at the Vineyard
2:00pm - 5:00pm Featuring Andrea Templon & Friends Wine & Beer for Purchase...Complimentary Cheese & Crackers...No Cover Charge For more information www.autumncreekvineyards.com or 335-548-WINE(9463)
3/1/2011 - 3/31/2011
Greensboro area nets high ranking for attracting new industry
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 STAFF REPORTS Four neighboring economic development allies have announced that, for the fourth year in a row, the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area earned a Top 10 national ranking for attracting new industry among similar-sized areas. Site Selection magazine, a national publication catering to executives responsible for site selection and facility planning decisions around the world, ranked the Greensboro-High Point MSA seventh in the United States in 2010. The MSA is composed of Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties. “This ranking validates our industry cluster strategy and signals that our efforts to attract knowledge-based companies are working and are being recognized on a national level,” said Dan Lynch, president of Greensboro Economic Development Alliance. Bonnie Renfro, president of the Randolph County EDC, said, “We have much to be proud of in our area, and this ranking is the culmination of a strong regional push to increase our tax base and create new job opportunities.” “Having a nationally recognized publication recognize our MSA to be one of the best in the country is a win for our entire region,” added Loren Hill, president of the High Point EDC. “Our area has been able to make significant project announcements over the past year, during very difficult economic times.” Graham Pervier, resident of the Rockingham County Partnership, said, “We are proud that, for two of these last four consecutive years, our MSA ranked #1 nationally. We look forward to continued collaboration and more announcements in 2011.” Site Selection’s ranking was based upon the number of corporate real estate projects of $1 million or greater announced in the metro area in 2010. Comments Greensboro area nets high ranking for attracting new industry. News-Record.com : Greensboro
3/5/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Present the Matt Hill Blues Band
2:00pm - 5:00pm Autumn Creek Vineyards For More Information: www.autumncreekvineyards.com or 336-548-WINE(9463)
3/12/2011
Community Coffee & Conversation
Community Coffee & Conversation WayCup Coffee 8460 NC 87 Wentworth, NC 9:00am Enjoy good coffee and good conversation. Second Saturday each month. For more information call: 336-394-4836
3/15/2011
North Carolina Visitor Spending Rises 9 Percent for 2010
North Carolina Visitor Spending Rises 9 Percent for 2010State Spending by Visitors Jumps to Record $17 Billion Gov. Bev Perdue announced that visitors to North Carolina spent a record $17 billion in 2010, an increase of 9 percent from 2009. The number was higher than the previous record of $16.8 billion set in 2008. The sixth most visited state in the nation, North Carolina gained nearly 2,000 tourism jobs in 2010 while state tax revenues from visitor spending increased 12.6 percent and have increased 16.2 percent since 2007. “North Carolina’s natural and cultural treasures bring people and dollars into our state,” Gov. Perdue said during remarks at the N.C. Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Hospitality in Asheville. “It’s a consistently growing part of our economy. Visitors and vacationers spend money that helps local economies thrive and creates jobs here in North Carolina, which is my number one priority.” More than 40,000 businesses in North Carolina directly provide products and services to travelers. Those visitors spend more than $46.6 million per day in North Carolina and contribute nearly $4.1 million per day in state and local tax revenues as a result of that spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Highlights include: • 2010 total visitor spending saw an increase of 9 percent to a record $17 billion, up from $15.6 billion in 2009. • 36.8 million people visited North Carolina in 2010, a 2.5 percent increase from 2009. • The travel and tourism industry directly employs 185,500 North Carolinians, up 1 percent from 2009. • Visitor spending directly generated a total of more than $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenues. State tax revenue totaled more than $947 million and local tax revenues were $546 million as a direct result of visitor spending. The visitor spending figures are the preliminary results of an annual study conducted by the U.S. Travel Association. The study uses sales and tax revenue data, employment figures, and other travel statistics to determine visitor spending in North Carolina, the amount of taxes generated by that spending, and the amount of payroll and employment directly supported by that spending. “We are thrilled to have record-setting visitor spending for tourism in 2010,” said Lynn Minges, assistant secretary for tourism, marketing and global branding for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. “The fact that tourism helped create jobs and grow North Carolina’s economy in these tough economic times is a testament to both the strength of our tourism product and to the collaborative partnership of the North Carolina travel industry.” http://www.governor.state.nc.us/NewsItems/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?newsItemid=1747
3/19/2011
2011 Spring Benefit Series Presents Dominion Gospel
MHS Best Auditorium Fund 2011 Spring Benefit Series Presents Dominion Gospel with Randy McGuire (MHS ’79) www.dominiongospel.com Featuring area Gospel Singers including Marcy Pyrtle, Gospel Vocalist Chris Dodson, Gospel Vocalist/Guitarist St. John’s Baptist Church Gospel Choir Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:00 p.m. MHS Best Auditorium Adults $10 Students $5 Tickets available at Eden Drug and Layne’s Family Pharmacy All proceeds benefit MHS Best Auditorium Seat Replacement Project Morehead High School/Best Auditorium 134 N. Pierce St. Eden, NC For more information call 336-623-2932 or e-mail besteden@triad.rr.com
3/22/2011
Made in the Triad: MillerCoors
As seen on WFMY News 2: "Eden, NC - Sports venues throughout the United States turn to one brewery for their Miller Lite in Aluminum Pints, and it is located in Eden, North Carolina. That's right the Rockingham County MillerCoors plant is the only place that brews and bottles your ballpark re-sealable treat. For more than 33 years this operation that employs in excess of 600 sends product to stores in 14 primary states from Maine to Florida..." For full story & video, click on the link below:
3/26/2011
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Theatre
Saturday, March 26, 2011 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner featuring Mark Twain The Eden Preservation Society proudly presents Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Theatre. Barry Howard comes to Eden, North Carolina as MARK TWAIN IN PERSON! Venue: Leaksville United Methodist Church. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Tickets: $25.00 for Dinner and Performance. Call 623-6393 or 623-3853 for Tickets. Tickets also available at the Eden Historical Museum. SEATING IS LIMITED! www.edenpreservation.org
3/27/2011 - 4/27/2011
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
6:30 to 8:30pm No admission charge - Concessions will be sold - Bring a lawn chair Freedom Park 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden, NC 27288 For more information call 336-627-4711
4/1/2011 - 4/30/2011
Chinqua Penn Spring Flower Festival
Thomas “Jeff” and Beatrice “Betsy” Penn built their Chinqua Penn Plantation mansion in the Roarin’ 1920s, when formal gardens were de rigueur for the social set. Bequeathed to the state but now in private hands, the Reidsville estate will continue a tradition with its Spring Flower Festival. It runs throughout April and features tulips and other flowering bulbs, as well as hundreds of naturalized bulbs and perennial spring favorites. The 27-room English countryside-style mansion at 2138 Wentworth Street is on the National Register of Historic Places. Garden admission is $5. Mansion tours are $20 for adults. Hours are Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Information: 336-349-4576 or visit www.chinquapenn.com.
4/2/2011
HATS FROM THE ATTIC Special Eden Historical Museum Exhibit
HATS FROM THE ATTIC: A special exhibit brimming with style at the Eden Historical Museum beginning April 2, 2011. Open Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Also open during Olde Leaksville’s Ladies Night Out on Friday, May 6 from 6pm-8pm. Admission $1.00. Eden Historical Museum, 656 Washington Street, Eden, NC 27288. (336) 623-0773. www.edenpreservation.org
4/7/2011
Rockingham County wins $2.7 million in grants
There are a few more smiling faces in Rockingham County today thanks to nearly $2.7 million in grant funding for seven projects. “Rockingham County had a good day at the races,” said Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation. The foundation’s board approved grants for seven Rockingham County projects that include funding for 3,700 laptops for every ninth and tenth grader in the county school system, a sewer line extension from Eden to southern Virginia’s mega industrial park project and a healthcare clinic. Here is a list of projects, the funding they received and a brief description of each project. Rockingham County Schools $1,000,000 “MLI@RCS Mobile Learning Initiative at RCS” Rockingham County Schools for their Mobile Learning Initiative to fund over 3,750 computers/netbooks for students in the system to help increase teaching and learning. City of Eden $769,000 “Berry Hill Regional Mega Park” City of Eden for expenses related to a sewer extension from the City to the Virginia state line, where the Virginians will connect it to their Berry Hill Mega Park just west of Danville. The megapark has the potential to site thousands of jobs, including employment of many North Carolinians and Rockingham County residents. Rockingham County Public Library $325,000 “The New Madison-Mayodan Public Library” Madison-Mayodan Library to provide the last money needed to leverage town, county and private funds to build a consolidated new library. The library will place an emphasis on provision on expanded services to those seeking jobs and those needing space for basic education services in western Rockingham County. City of Reidsville $320,000 “Reidsville Industrial Park Sanitary Sewer Outfall Phase I City of Reidsville for the Reidsville Industrial Park Sanitary Sewer Outfall. The City shows demonstrated need for expansion of sewer along the US 29/Barnes Street Intersection to assist with economic development. Caswell Family Medical Center $235,999 “Equipment and General Expenses for Rockingham County Primary Care Site” Caswell Family Medical Center to set up a federally-qualified health center in Eden. The county participants ranked health care as a top priority and this grant will pay for equipment, facility expenses and supplies at an office formerly occupied by a pediatrician. Rockingham County Business and Technology Center $45,000 “Project MERG (Multiplying Entrepreneurial Business & Technology Center Regional Growers)” Rockingham County Business and Technology Center for expenses for the PiedmontLocalFood.com project to help local farmers with marketing and logistics for their produce.
4/12/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents The Storytellers Band
2:00pm - 5:00pm For More Information: www.autumncreekvineyards.com or 336-548-WINE(9463)
4/14/2011
Mayodan Antique Extravaganza on WFMY Good Morning Show
-From WFMY News 2's "Good Morning Show" "Mayodan, NC -- Enjoy antiquing in Rockingham County this weekend. Mayodan Antique Extravaganza is at Farris Park April 15th and 16th from 8:00am to 6:00pm both days. Cost is $2 per person per day for ages 12 and older. Ages 12 and under are free. The show will feature 18th to 20th Century furniture and paintings, pottery, glass clocks, dolls, toys, military items, fishing collectibles, decoys, jewelry..." To read more and watch the video clip, click on the link below.
4/15/2011
DRBA Welcomes New Executive Director
For Immediate Release Further Information: T Butler 336-349-5727 members@danriver.org Breath of Fresh Air -- DRBA Welcomes New Executive Director "Going green and protecting the environment are not only good for the earth, but good for people, too," says Tiffany Haworth, new executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). "We all know that fresh air, clean water and exercise can help our bodies, but what people may not realize is that preservation of our natural resources is also good for our economy. It can draw businesses and tourists to the area, making our communities economically stronger." Haworth, a native of Ohio with a degree from Rutgers University, has experience working in both the corporate and non-profit worlds in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. Since 2004 she has been with the United Way in Martinsville, where she has created new partnerships and programs to achieve community outcomes and has conducted workshops and training for dozens of organizations and businesses. "DRBA's Board and staff welcome Tiffany to Team DRBA and look forward to working together to further the Association's mission and vision," says Wayne Kirkpatrick, DRBA President. "Her experience with non-profit and private businesses will be a great asset for the entire Dan River region." "We've gotten to know Tiffany through her workshops and consultations with our board and staff," says T Butler, corporate secretary of DRBA. "We know what an excellent leader she is, and we're delighted to welcome her to lead our organization. We have full confidence that she will help DRBA grow in new ways, continuing and building on the great work and dedication of our wonderful staff and volunteers." A frequent user of new trails that DRBA has helped to build in Martinsville and Henry County, Haworth notes, "Once you experience the beauty of our natural resources and understand the cultural history that makes this region unique, you can't help but want to support the efforts of DRBA. "And yes, building trails and caring for the water quality of our rivers and streams will get you wet and dirty," she continues, "but it feels good to be doing something that makes such a positive difference. I'm looking forward to sharing that experience with every person, in every community, that DRBA serves." The Dan River Basin Association serves a sixteen-county Piedmont region spanning the North Carolina - Virginia border, all united by the Dan River and its tributaries. Founded in 2002 to preserve and promote the region's natural and cultural resources, DRBA is headquartered in Eden, NC, with offices in Collinsville, VA, and Danbury and Yanceyville, NC. DRBA's first executive director, Katherine Mull, retired this spring. Tiffany Haworth assumes the position on May 2. Haworth comments, "Every person living in the Dan River region has benefited from DRBA's work in keeping the rivers and streams that provide our drinking water clean, constructing walking trails for recreation and health, and providing educational programs for children such as Trout in the Classroom. I hope to continue and expand its work so that every adult and child can experience the wonder of the natural beauty of our region." Looking ahead, Haworth says, "I am so looking forward to joining the highly experienced DRBA team. I share the same passion as the board, the staff and the volunteers in continuing to preserve our natural resources and care for our rivers and streams so that future generations can enjoy outdoor adventures and learn about our local heritage and cultural treasures." X X X
4/16/2011
Reidsville Farmer's Market Grand Opening
Market Square in Reidsville! Reidsville Step Team to perform. Lisa Shivley offering cooking demos and entertainment for the kids For more information call 336-349-1099
4/16/2011
Antique Automobile club Spring Meet at Chinqua Penn
The spring meet of the state chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will be held April 16 at Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyards. Chinqua Penn, one of North Carolina's noted historic mansions, is at 2138 Wentworth Street. Admission to the grounds on the day of the event is free, beginning at 10 a.m. Antique cars will begin arriving at 7 a.m., the complete Model T tear down and rebuild will take place at 11:30 and 2 p.m. Food concessions will be available on the grounds. The N.C. Region of the national antique auto club has more than 870 members in 16 local chapters, including in the Triad, Triangle, Sanford and Wilmington areas. The state group holds spring and autumn gatherings. A car must be 25 years old to be considered an antique. The Chinqua Penn mansion will be open to tours during the car show. Reduced admission for all adults, $10 for youth ages 6-15, under 5 are free. For more information, call 336-349-4576 or go to www.chinquapenn.com.
4/21/2011
Company to Bring 150 New Jobs to Rockingham County
-From the News & Record on April 21, 2011: By J. Brian Ewing Staff Writer "STONEVILLE -- This line might cause a double take from some, China is losing a company to Rockingham County. Gerbing’s Heated Clothing announced today it is phasing out production in China and returning to the United States, bringing at least 150 jobs to Stoneville. I’m really excited to bring ‘made in America’ back to my company,” Jeff Gerbing, the company’s owner, told a crowd gathered in a former furnisher manufacturing facility. That building will soon be where workers sew and wire heated apparel like jackets and gloves. Gerbing’s father Gordon founded the company nearly 40 years ago in their home state of Washington. Gerbing recalled how his father, inspired by a cold employee of his machine shop, developed heated clothing using electric blankets and winter overalls..." Click on the link below to read to full story.
4/23/2011
Easter Egg Hunt at Freedom Park
Bring the kids out for the Eden Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunt! Saturday, April 23 at 11:00am Freedom Park in Eden For toddlers to 12 years old FREE!! Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny For more information call 623-2110, Option 3
4/28/2011
Alec Baldwin Movie to be Shot in Triad
A new movie starring Alec Baldwin will be filmed in parts of Guilford, Rockingham and Davidson counties in the coming weeks, according to the Greensboro News & Record. The movie is called "Hick," and is a comedy about a Nebraska teen who gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for Las Vegas, according to IMDb.com. Chloe Moretz, of "Kick-Ass" and "Let Me In" is planned to play the lead role, along with Baldwin. Blake Lively, Juliette Lewis and Rory Culkin, the younger brother of "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin, are also planned to have roles. Rebecca Clark, executive director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, has been working with the production company for several months, the paper reported. No details were provided about exact filming times or locations. Some parts are also planned to be shot in Wilmington. The movie will be directed by relative newcomer Derick Martini.
4/30/2011
Stoneville's Spring Fling
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Street vendors, food and fun times! Henry Street, Stoneville NC For more information call Martha 336-573-4338 or Jean 336-573-3606
4/30/2011
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
5/5/2011
Reidsville's Market Square Presents: Disney's SECRETARIAT
Free Movie Night at Market Square located in Downtown Reidsville. Disney's SECRETARIAT Time: 8:30 or dusk For more information call 336-349-1099
5/5/2011
9th Annual Business EXPO!
Eden Chamber of Commerce presents its 9th Annual Business EXPO! 1:00pm - 6:00pm at the Eden Mall Meet the people and explore the products and services of Eden and Rockingham County businesses. $1 admission goes to Business Development Programming and Workshops. For more information call 336-623-EDEN
5/5/2011
Chinqua Penn Courtyard Concerts
Chinqua Penn presents four Thursday night Courtyard Concerts in May. From 6-9pm, join us for live courtyard concerts featuring area musicians and a some of your favorite locally grown wine at the beautiful Chinqua Penn Plantation. 5/5 Thick-N-Thin 5/12 Real Jazz 5/19 Michael Ken 5/26 Bruce Piephoff Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, bring a picnic, bring the whole family, just please no outside alcohol. There's plenty of grassy space for the kids to run and this is a family friendly event. Well-behaved pets on a leash are also welcome. Come support local music & agriculture. Chinqua Penn Vineyards tasting room is open Tues - Sun from noon - 5pm.
5/8/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents Matt Hill
Matt Hill (www.matthillboues.com) will be playing in the Tasting Room at Autumn Creek Vineyards on Sunday, May 8 2011. 2:00pm-5:00pm There will be NO cover charge and light refreshments will be available For more information call 336-548- wine)
5/12/2011
Chinqua Penn Courtyard Concerts
Chinqua Penn presents four Thursday night Courtyard Concerts in May. From 6-9pm, join us for live courtyard concerts featuring area musicians and a some of your favorite locally grown wine at the beautiful Chinqua Penn Plantation. 5/12 Real Jazz 5/19 Michael Ken 5/26 Bruce Piephoff Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, bring a picnic, bring the whole family, just please no outside alcohol. There's plenty of grassy space for the kids to run and this is a family friendly event. Well-behaved pets on a leash are also welcome. Come support local music & agriculture. Chinqua Penn Vineyards tasting room is open Tues - Sun from noon - 5pm.
5/13/2011 - 5/14/2011
Rockingham County Relay For Life
Rockingham County Relay For Life will be held at Lake Reidsville Recreation Park Located at: 630 Waterworks Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320 Beginning at 6:00pm May 13 thru 9:00am May 14 For more information call: 336349-4738
5/14/2011
Mayo River State Park Spring Celebration
Mayo River State Park will hold is 1st. Annual Spring Celebration. Come out and enjoy spring time and the beautiful surroundings of the State Park. Bluegrass music, nature programs, Civil War exhibitors, fishing and much more. For more information contact the park at: 336-427-2530 or email mayo.river@ncmail.net 500 Old Mayo Park Road Mayodan, NC 27027 GPS coordinates: 36.438800, -79.938171
5/14/2011
Western Rockingham Chamber Yard Sale
Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Largest Yard Sale Ever......REALLY! May 14th. from 7am - 1pm McMichael High School Parking Lot For more information call Roseann Staaf @336-485-1135; Pam Boerma @ 336-548-7411 or the Chamber Office @ 336-548-6248
5/16/2011
Rockingham County to Host Cycle NC 2011 Fall Ride
This is the county’s third time hosting cyclists making the “Mountains to Coast" trek. Wentworth, N.C.—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) are pleased to announce that Autumn Creek Vineyards in Mayodan has been selected as an overnight stop on the 2011 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Fall Ride (www.ncsports.org). The dates for this year’s 13th Annual Cycle NC Fall Ride are October 1st to 8th. Mayodan will be the second stop on the route on October 2nd when more than 1,000 cyclists will arrive at Autumn Creek Vineyards, the official Rockingham County host location for this year. The complete, eight-day route includes stops in Elkin, Mayodan, Mebane, Henderson, Rocky Mount, Plymouth, Manteo and Corolla. Participants will spend the night camping at Autumn Creek Vineyards or being shuttled to hotels in Eden and Reidsville. The TDA will provide shuttles, host a welcome tent at Autumn Creek Vineyards, and promote other local attractions such as river trips and tours of Chinqua-Penn Plantation. “We are really excited to host Cycle NC again in Rockingham County,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism. “This is such a great event to showcase our community and a beautiful venue like Autumn Creek Vineyards. We really want to thank Autumn Creek for working with us to secure the Cycle NC stop in Rockingham County. I know the participants are really going to enjoy visiting and camping at the vineyard.” “Autumn Creek Vineyards is honored to have been chosen to represent Rockingham County and host the Cycle NC Fall Ride,” said Kelly Dickerson, marketing director for Autumn Creek Vineyards. “We have an exciting day planned for the cyclists and look forward to sharing the vineyard with so many people that may not be familiar with this area of the state.” Rockingham County has hosted Cycle NC twice: in 2001 at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville and in 2004 at the YMCA in Eden. “This event is such a good fit for us because it ties in perfectly with our marketing brand of outdoor recreation and our goal of attracting sporting events,” added Yount. “Plus it provides an economic boost by putting people in our hotels, restaurants and shops.” About Cycle North Carolina Cycle NC began in 1999 and its mission is to promote physical fitness and health, provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities across the state while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity. It was started by North Carolina Amateur Sports, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Capitol Broadcasting Company. Since then, Cycle NC has attracted participants from all 50 states and 8+ countries, stopped overnight in 95 North Carolina towns, traveled more than 4,900 miles on the scenic backroads of the state, and passed through more than 600 North Carolina communities. Cycle NC has been voted "Best Biking in America" by the League of American Bicyclists and selected as one of the best events in the United States. Online registration began May 5, 2011 at www.ncsports.org. For participants who are not able to ride for the entire week, there are two-day and three-day options available. For registration rates and more information, visit the link below:
5/19/2011
Chinqua Penn Courtyard Concerts
Chinqua Penn presents four Thursday night Courtyard Concerts in May. From 6-9pm, join us for live courtyard concerts featuring area musicians and a some of your favorite locally grown wine at the beautiful Chinqua Penn Plantation. 5/19 Michael Ken 5/26 Bruce Piephoff Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, bring a picnic, bring the whole family, just please no outside alcohol. There's plenty of grassy space for the kids to run and this is a family friendly event. Well-behaved pets on a leash are also welcome. Come support local music & agriculture. Chinqua Penn Vineyards tasting room is open Tues - Sun from noon - 5pm.
5/20/2011
State of Rockingham County
Mark your calendar for a breakfast and panel discussion on the State of Rockingham County. A panel of community leaders, moderated by The Business Journal's Executive Editor Justin Catanoso, will discuss the opportunities ahead and challenges faced by Rockingham County. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the stimulating discussion with their own questions to the panelists. Friday, May 20, 2011 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Vault 104 S. Scales St. in Reidsville $15 per person State of Rockingham Panelists: -Craig Cardwell Executive Director, Reidsville Area Foundation -Tommy Flynt Rockingham County Commissioner, Retired President of Home Savings Bank -Graham Pervier President, Rockingham County Partnership -Homer E. Wright, Jr. Founder, The Wright Company Parking available in the rear of building Enter on Scales Street Light breakfast will be served. To register, call 336.271.6539 or click on the link below. www2.bizjournals.com/triad/event/46491
5/20/2011 - 5/22/2011
Dan River Sojourn 2011
GOOD FRIENDS, GREAT STORIES, FANTASTIC HISTORY AND 22 MILES OF THE BEAUTIFUL DAN RIVER! Be part of the journey, the inaugural DAN RIVER SOJOURN 2011 - A passage through time May 20-22, 2011 Additional information available online at www.danriversojourn.com Sponsored by The Dan River Basin Association 336-627-6270
5/21/2011
Hospice of Rockingham County's 3rd. Annual "Shaggin' in the Vines"
Hospice of Rockingham County's Annual Beach Music Concert benefit at Autumn Creek Vineyards. Featuring: The Impacts and Mark Roberts & Breeze 1:00 - 5:00pm Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate Additional details and a list of ticket outlets coming soon. Contact Flavel Collins at (336) 427-9022 for event information and sponsorship opportunities.
5/21/2011
Josh Thompson and Joanna Smith in Concert
COMING MAY 21, 2011 COUNTRY MUSIC SENSATIONS: JOSH THOMPSON AND JOANNA SMITH at Market Square located in Downtown Reidsville Tickets available at Reidsville City Hall and online at www.ticketweb.com Festival Seating: $15 Gates open at 5:30pm - Will Call opens at 4:00pm Shuttle Service Available For more information call 336-349-1099 or www.ci.reidsville.nc.us
5/22/2011
An Afternoon with Rockingham County Author Charles Rodenbough
The Eden Preservation Society presents: An Afternoon with Rockingham County Author Charles Rodenbough Charles is the author of many local history books including History of a Dream Deferred: William Byrd’s Land of Eden. There will be books for sale that day. Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany, 538 Henry St., Eden. Free and open to the public. www.edenpreservation.org
5/26/2011
Chinqua Penn Courtyard Concerts
Chinqua Penn presents four Thursday night Courtyard Concerts in May. From 6-9pm, join us for live courtyard concerts featuring area musicians and a some of your favorite locally grown wine at the beautiful Chinqua Penn Plantation. 5/26 Bruce Piephoff Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, bring a picnic, bring the whole family, just please no outside alcohol. There's plenty of grassy space for the kids to run and this is a family friendly event. Well-behaved pets on a leash are also welcome. Come support local music & agriculture. Chinqua Penn Vineyards tasting room is open Tues - Sun from noon - 5pm.
5/28/2011
BBQ and Rib Cook-Off with Live Music
Enjoy a great day with great food at Lake Reidsville's BBQ and Rib Cook-Off 10:00am - 3:00pm Live Music!! 630 Waterworks Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320 336-349-4767
6/11/2011
Eden's 6th. Annual Rubber Duck Regatta
Join in the fun at the Annual Rubber Duck Regatta on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the historical Canal/Spray Mercantile Building on Church Street "at the Traffic Circle", Eden NC First Race of 1,000 ducks begins at 1:00pm; Second Race begins at 1:15; Championship Race of the Top 40 ducks begins at 1:45. Awards Ceremony will be at 2:15pm. Duck tickets may be purchased at Eden City Hall, Eden Chamber of Commerce, Eden Drug, Party Plus/Riverhouse Gourmet, Santana's and Three River Outfitters. You may adopt 1 Duck for $5.00 or 5 Ducks for $20.00. www.exploreeden.com 336-623-2110
6/13/2011
Local Tourism Development Authority Awards Grants
Rockingham County TDA Announces 2011-2012 Grant Recipients & New Officers Wentworth, N.C.—In its June meeting, the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) approved a total of $40,000 in marketing grants to various organizations throughout the county for marketing local events and attractions in 2011 and 2012. The group also elected new officers for the upcoming year. The grants are part of the TDA’s annual Marketing and Promotional Grants Program. The Board budgeted $40,000 again this year for grants and received 22 requests totaling more than $93,000. The Board voted to fund a portion of 21 of the applications that were submitted and declined only one request because it occurs prior to the fiscal year. There were four new organizations that submitted requests this year while the remaining were returning applicants. The TDA revised the grant process earlier this year by dividing the grant budget between single-day and multi-events. The Board voted to allocate 25% of its grant funds, or $10,000, towards single-day events and 75% of the funds, or $30,000, towards multi-day events. The TDA will also require a final report from each grant recipient in order to track the number of visitors local events and attractions bring into Rockingham County as well as the amount of hotel rooms booked. “The goal of our Board is to give everybody something,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism. “We wish we could have funded 100% of all of them and we tried to do it as fairly as possible. We are excited about the upcoming events and plans for some of our local attractions. In addition to awarding grants, we will continue to do all we can to help market and support our area events and attractions.” “The Executive Committee of our Board spent four hours going through the applications to determine what to recommend to the full Board for funding,” said Faye Shelton, chair of the TDA Board. “It is getting harder and harder to choose because these are all worthy events. We just don’t have the money to do everything we would like to do.” The 2011-2012 Marketing and Promotional Grants are awarded to: •City of Eden for Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament •City of Eden for Piedmont Pottery Festival •City of Eden for Riverfest •City of Reidsville for Market Square •Dan River Boat Race •Eden YMCA for swim meets •Eden YMCA for 2012 Girls Softball State Tournament •Eden YMCA for 2012 tennis tournament •Mayodan Antique Extravaganza •MHS Wrestling Boosters for East Coast Challenge •MHS Wrestling Boosters for Holiday Classic Tournament •MHS Wrestling Boosters for Sara Wilkes Invitational Tournament •MHS Wrestling Boosters for Super 32 •MHS Wrestling Boosters for Mid-East 3-A High School Regionals •Piedmont Folk Legacies for Charlie Poole Music Festival •Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Reidsville Downtown Homegrown Festival •Rockingham County Arts Council for Eden Jazz Fest •Rockingham County Arts Council for Rockingham County Studio Tour •Rockingham County Historical Society for Wright Tavern brochure •Southern Culture Society for Carolina ‘Shinefest •The Penn House During the meeting the TDA Board also voted on new officers for 2011-2012. These officers will begin their terms in July and include: •Johnny Farmer, Chair •B.J. Durham, Vice Chair •Diana Moran, Secretary •Patience Fairman, Assistant Secretary. The Board also recognized out-going Chair Faye Shelton with Five Star Realty and out-going member Glenn Bozorth with Dan River Adventures/Dan River Campground for their years of service and dedication to Rockingham County’s tourism industry. ###
6/16/2011
Autumn Creek Pavillion Grand Opening
5:30pm - 8:00pm Featuring: The Storyteller Band Autumn Creek Vineyards 364 Means Creek Road Mayodan, NC 27027 336-548-WINE www.autumncreekvineyards.com
6/20/2011
Eden Named 'All-American' City
Eden, NC-- The city of Eden has a new title, it's now known as an All American City. In April Eden city leaders learned they were a finalist. The city was one of 26 cities chosen in the nation to become the next all-American city. Friday night at a ceremony in Kansas City, MO, the cities that won the title were named, and Eden was on the all american list. The only other NC city named as an All American city was Fayetteville. Mike Dougherty, with the city of Eden said they will fly back to the Triad Saturday night. He said a group of high school students made the trip to help with the city's presentation. Doughtery said is everyone is excited. The cities are chosen based on how they've been able to overcome three major problems in the community. One of the city's accomplishments is the Rockingham County Education Foundation. This places an individual in each high school to help encourage students to apply for college. The foundation was first started in the city of Eden. The Dan River Basin Association has made it their mission to have the cleanest water possible running through their rivers. The waterways have also helped attract major businesses such as Miller-Coors. Eden has also developed more health care centers for students. This has helped to make healthcare more accessible to the all citizens. Reidsville won the honor in 2008.
6/25/2011
Jazz By The Lake
5:00pm - 7:15pm Lake Reidsville 630 Waterworks Road, Reidsville NC Bring your family, friends, blanket, lawn chair, picnic dinner and join your neighbors to listen to an exciting local jazz performance by "Real Jazz" featuring Ray Codrington on trumpet. This FREE performance is sponsored by the Rockingham county Arts Council For more information: info@artsinrockingham.org
6/25/2011
Civil War Symposium
Saturday, June 25, 2011 CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM Eden Room at Eden City Hall 308 E. Stadium Dr. Eden, North Carolina 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. SHARP INSIGHTS: The Story of Thomas Robinson Sharp, Mastermind of the Great Train Raid of 1861. (Thomas Sharp later lived in what is now Eden, NC). LIMITED SEATING! YOU MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 11, 2011 Join us along with Capt. Thomas Robinson Sharp, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee. Download Registration Form at: http://www.edenpreservation.org/symposium.html. Or contact: Melissa Whitten, Phone: 336-623-0773. Presented by: The Eden Preservation Society, The Eden Historical Museum and The Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives. Eden Preservation Society www.edenpreservation.org
6/25/2011
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
6/30/2011
Get A Taste of This! Support Piedmont Local Food
“Get A Taste Of This" Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:00-9:00pm Marriott Hotel (Greensboro Airport), One Marriott Drive, Greensboro, NC. The Triad’s Top Chefs will unite to serve up delicious food, cooked with fresh, locally grown produce. Event supports Piedmont Local Food, the NC 10% Campaign, and the NC Cooperative Extension. For information and discount tickets visit www.getatasteofthis.com/Get_a_Taste_of_This/Home.html
7/3/2011 - 7/4/2011
Eden's Ole Fashion 4th. of July Celebration
Eden Kiwanis Old Fashion Fourth Celebration! The event will be held at Morehead High School Stadium beginning at 6:00pm with fun amusement rides, music, beach bingo and much more! Sunday, July 4th. enjoy great music, rides, food, followed by Fireworks around 10:00pm. Admission is free! Morehead High School - Pierce Street Eden, NC Call Kathy Hale at 336-627-7737 for more information.
7/4/2011
Stoneville's July 4th. Celebration
Games, Food, Music,Crafters and FIREWORKS! Come join us at 11:00 a.m.....Fireworks around 9:30p.m. Admission $2.00 adults...Children under 12 free For more information call Martha at 336-573-4338 or Jean at 336-573-3606
7/30/2011
Concert In The Park
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park 6:30pm - 8:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
8/13/2011
Fun in the Sun Music Festival at Lake Reidsville
Fun for the whole family! 11:00pm - 6:00pm at Lake Reidsville, 630 Waterworks Rd., Reidsville NC 27320 Live music, food cook-off, bounce houses, car show and much more For more information call 336-349-4738
8/18/2011
Visitor Spending Rises in 2010 in Rockingham County
The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced Visitor Spending Rises in Rockingham County in 2010 State Spending by Visitors Increases in 98 out 100 NC Counties Wentworth, NC—The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced that visitors to Rockingham County spent $57.08 million in 2010, an increase of 7.1 percent from 2009. “We are thrilled with these results,” said Robin Yount, vice president of tourism for the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development. “It shows that tourism remains a vital segment of our local economy.” Tourism impact highlights in Rockingham County for 2010 include: •The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 500 people in Rockingham County. •Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Rockingham County was $9.32 million. •State tax revenue generated in Rockingham County totaled $3.27 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. Some $1.45 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses. Gov. Perdue announced that domestic visitors to and within North Carolina spent a record $17 billion in 2010, an increase of 9 percent from 2009. Visitor expenditures directly generated 183,880 jobs and nearly $4 billion in payroll income within North Carolina in 2010. Visitor spending in the state also directly generated close to $1.5 billion in tax revenue for state and local governments in 2010, up 11 percent from 2009. State tax revenue totaled $946 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. Some $544 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses. These statistics are from the “2010 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The study was prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S. Travel Association. ###
8/18/2011
Gov. Perdue and Acting US Commerce Secretary Visit Albaad
Gov. Perdue Calls on Commerce Secretary to Help North Carolina Manufacturers Governor also Pushes for Regional Patent and Trademark Office Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday pressed Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank to help grow jobs in North Carolina by supporting North Carolina’s manufacturing industry and making the state a regional hub for patents and trademarks. Secretary Blank met with Gov. Perdue in a visit to Albaad, a leading maker of home wipes. In a private meeting with the Secretary, Gov. Perdue pitched the state as a national leader in manufacturing and innovation. “North Carolina is and will remain a state that makes things,” Gov. Perdue said. “I made sure Secretary Blank understood the strength of our workers and our capacity to innovate and create.” Manufacturing remains a critically important part of North Carolina’s economy. Gov. Perdue urged Secretary Blank to continue to support two federal programs that strengthen the state’s manufacturers. Gov. Perdue asked Secretary Blank to continue the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, which works with manufacturers to develop better results in quality, productivity, safety and more. Under the program, N.C. State University’s Industrial Extension Service has saved or created 4,500 jobs and helped business increase or retain $600 million in sales. Some members of Congress have recently made the program a target for cuts at the federal level. While acknowledging the need to cut federal spending, Gov. Perdue underscored the particular importance of the program to keeping and growing manufacturing jobs in North Carolina. Therefore, she asked Secretary Blank to continue to make it a priority. Gov. Perdue also pressed Secretary Blank to increase federal support for the E3 program, a pilot program which helps manufacturers increase sustainability and profitability. The program—whose name refers to Economy, Energy and Environment—has projects in Burke and Cleveland counties as well as in Winston-Salem. Gov. Perdue said North Carolina is benefitting from E3, and asked the Secretary to continue to support it and expand it to other areas of the state. Also Thursday, Gov. Perdue pressed Secretary Blank to open a regional Patent and Trademark Office in North Carolina. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched an initiative to eliminate a backlog of patent applications and to tap into regional expertise across the country. The federal patent office has already announced plans to open a regional office in Detroit; it is exploring opening additional regional offices in other locations. “Our state’s legacy of innovation and culture of scientific advancement and entrepreneurial spirit makes it the perfect place for a regional patent office,” Gov. Perdue said. “The high number of scientists, engineers and patent attorneys already here, plus four law schools in the RTP region would mean ideas make it to the marketplace much faster.” A regional patent office could directly create 100 new jobs and indirectly lead to thousands more.
8/20/2011
Reidsville's Downtown Market Square Concert
Saturday, August 20: National Bluegrass Artists "Blue Highway" Downtown Reidsville at Market Square Also performing: Local Bluegrass musicians: Mike Jones and Young at Heart Concert begins at 7:00 pm Beer and Wine tent will be open Please No Coolers and No pets allowed For more info call 349-1099
8/24/2011
Rolling down the river
The dust barely has time to settle Saturday afternoon before Glenn and Katey Bozorth are out of their buses and pulling tubes off trailers at the rear. While the father-daughter team unloads and distributes the tubes, the 25 Dan River Adventures customers on this trip walk to the edge of the Lindsey Bridge Access Site road to get a glimpse of the river below. Glenn, co-owner of Dan River Campground and Adventures with his wife, Charlotte, makes up to 27 bus trips each week from the campground in Stoneville to the access point in Madison. “And, don’t forget, we have to pick everyone up when they finish the tubing trip,” Glenn said. Dan River Adventures delivered 150 tubing enthusiasts to the starting point off Lindsey Bridge Road and picked up the same 150 at the N.C. 704 Bridge Access Site. The buses make hourly runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. They make three runs from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday. Each trip takes a maximum of 25 tubers. The 2.5-mile tubing trip from Lindsey Bridge to N.C. 704 takes about 3 hours. “It could be shorter or longer, depending on the water level of the river,” Glenn said. Although Dan River Adventures also offers canoe and kayak trips along the same route, Glenn said the popularity of tubing has greatly increased in recent years. As the popularity of the sport grew, so did DRA’s inventory of tubes. The standard tubes – not much different than the old-fashioned tire inner tubes that started the tradition – have been joined by enhanced versions. The “Cadillac” of tubes includes a mesh bottom, a back rest and cup holders. There is also a smaller version with a covered bottom for children that also includes a tether to keep it close to parents. Among the two-dozen tubers making the 1 p.m. trip last Saturday were first-timers and veterans from nearby and far away. Bill Daniel, an attorney from Yanceyville, was among the group of veterans. But he was part of a group that included several first-timers. “We’re all members of what we’ve started calling the Caswell County Camping Club,” Daniel said. “We’re staying at Dan River Campground and just wanted to come enjoy the water while we’re here.” Daniel said he and a few others did the trip in canoes the last time down. “We had to tip the canoe to cool off in the river last time,” he said. “This time we wanted to feel the water all the way down the river.” Barry Smith, another member of CCCC, said Saturday was his first tubing adventure. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun,” Smith said. Along with the group from Yanceyville, Saturday’s 1 p.m. tour group included tubers from Chapel Hill, Fayetteville and various parts of Rockingham County. Glenn said it was not unusual to have people from adjacent states most weekends, especially with the increased interest in camping as a way to reduce the cost of family vacations. Both the campground and the river trips have experienced growth in bookings as tough economic times draw more people to nearby staycations rather than distant vacations. “We’ve seen most weekends booked up, especially for the tubing trips, the last few weeks,” Glenn said. “It looks to stay that way through Labor Day and even after, as long as the warm weather holds up.”
8/27/2011
2011 Celebrity Waiter Dinner Fundraiser
Presented by BB&T and Eden Chamber of Commerce! 6:00pm - RiverBreeze Garden Center, Eden NC Enjoy dinner by the Smith River at River Breeze Garden Center as your celebrity waiters serve your table to earn tips for the Rockingham Community College Scholorship Fund. $15 per person - includes appetizers, salad, entree, dessert and beverage. Contact the Eden Chamber at 336-623-3336 to purchase tickets.
8/27/2011
Concert In The Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm - 8:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
9/1/2011 - 9/28/2011
NC Civil War Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit
Location: Rockingham County Public Library in Eden. Sept. 1-28, 2011 Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit Planned RALEIGH – It is called a brother’s war, and nowhere was that more true than in North Carolina. The American Civil War claimed more lives than any military engagement undertaken by this country. North Carolina lost at least 35,000 soldiers, more than any other Southern state, and great hardships were suffered by those both at war and left at home. In observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-1865), the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com) has organized the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit to travel the state from April 1, 2011, through spring 2013 as part of its commemoration (www.nccivilwar150.com). The exhibit will make a stop in Rockingham County at the Rockingham County Public Library in Eden from September 1-28, 2011. Visitors will see well-known Confederate generals, women who served as Confederate spies, re-enactment images of soldiers and battles, and more. The battlefield, homefront, African Americans and women all are reflected in the exhibit. A notebook accompanying the exhibit will offer sketches of the generals, of African Americans fleeing bondage, a woman whose home became a hospital, and other glimpses of lives from that turbulent time. The tour will visit 49 public libraries and was organized through the State Library of North Carolina (http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/index.html), a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory also will tour at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Images were gathered from divisions within Cultural Resources, including four document images and 10 pictures from the State Archives (www.archives.ncdcr.gov), five images from the N.C. Museum of History (www.nchistorymuseum.com) and five images from Civil War-related State Historic Sites (www.nchistoricsites.org). For information on the tour visit www.nccivilwar150.com or call (919) 807-7389. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
9/8/2011
2011 United Way of Rockingham County Campaign Kickoff Breakfast
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 8AM till 9AM 2011 United Way of Rockingham County Campaign Kickoff Breakfast Rockingham Community College, Whitcomb Student Center in the Lower Level Activities Room Marilyn Payne Resource Development Director United Way of Rockingham County NC 336-342-7768 336-342-7736 (fax) www.uwrockingham.org
9/10/2011 - 10/30/2011
Oakhaven's Annual Corntacular Adventure
Welcome to Oakhaven's Corntacular Adventure Rockingham County's Newest Family Attraction OPEN SEPTEMBER 10th. - OCTOBER 30th. Oakhaven Farm in Ruffin, NC will host the Corntacular Adventure. The corn maze, jumping pillow, corn cannon, petting zoo, and other rides will be in full force but there will be a number of new attractions too including: -Charlotte’s Web, a giant spider web that stretches out above the ground providing a fun, safe place for kids to climb to their heart’s content! -The VORTEX, a mind blowing tunnel experience that is sure to challenge your senses and make you happy just to get through it... and keep you coming back for more! -The Gourd Factory, an actual pick-your-own pumpkin area with traditional pumpkins as well as some exotic gourd varieties to choose from too! For more information visit: www.comegetlost.com
9/22/2011
2011 United Way of Rockingham County Pillar Society Dinner
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 6:30PM till 8:00PM 2011 United Way of Rockingham County Pillar Society Dinner Chinqua-Penn Plantation in Wentworth Social hour: 6:30PM till 7PM Dinner and program: 7PM till 8PM Marilyn Payne Resource Development Director United Way of Rockingham County NC 336-342-7768 336-342-7736 (fax) www.uwrockingham.org
9/24/2011
Concert In The Park
Concert in the Park 6:30pm - 8:30pm Located at Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC (Just off Stadium Dr.) For more information call Johnn Farmer at 336-623-2110 Ext.3
9/24/2011
Reidsville Market Square Presents "Rebirth Brass Band"
Reidsville Market Square Presents "Rebirth Brass Band" out of New Orleans also Signature Soundz Concert begins at 7pm. Downtown Reidsville Beer and wine tent will be open. For more information call 336-349-1099
9/25/2011
Evening in the Park at Reidsville Market Square
Local Spotlight: In conjunction with the Rockingham County Arts Council: Performing at 7:00pm The Crutchfields, folk music. 8:00 pm Chords and Sounds a dulcimer group. Market Square in Downtown Reidsville For more information call 336-349-1099
9/25/2011
Fairview Farm Tours
On Sunday September 25, from 2-5pm, John and Peggy Burton will open their home at Fairview Farm for tours. The Farm is located at 1891 Harrison Crossroad Road, Reidsville, off Highway 14 between Eden and Reidsville. Visitors may tour the historic 1895 home, country store, and museum and view antique cars, carriages, and other collectibles. The Burtons have been collecting clocks, music boxes and other items for decades, and the collection includes items from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. There are fun and interesting things to see throughout. Admission for the event is $8 per person. The tour is presented by the Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives (RCHSMA), the Eden Preservation Society, and the Eden Historical Museum and all proceeds benefit the Eden Museum and the RCHSMA Lillian M. Coleman Leadership Challenge Grant. For additional information, contact Meg Manuel at 394-4965 or rchsmamembership@gmail.com or Julie Ganis at 623-0773 or edenpreservationsociety@yahoo.com.
10/1/2011
Southern Nights sweet tea & spirits
The Fine Arts Festival Association of Rockingham County and Betsy-Feff Penn 4-H Advisory Council presents Southern Nights sweet tea & spirits Saturday, October 1, 2011 6-11 p.m. Betsy-Feff Penn 4-H Educational Center 804 Cedar Lane, Reidsville NC Tickets: $30 in advance, Two for $50.00 or $35.00 each at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Wentworth town Hall, Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center or Homes Savings Bank in Reidsville. Entertainment: Veronica Jones & Larry Johnson and the Time Machine Band Heavey Hors d'oeuvres; Commemorative Tasting Glass; Piedmont Distillers (Midnight Moon & Cat Daddy Moonshine); NC Wines for tasting or purchase by the glass; Silent Auction and Door Prizes For more information call Debbie Moore at 336-344-5539
10/1/2011
Eden Jazz Fest
12:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Freedom Park, 121 N. Edgewood Rd., Eden, NC 27288 The purpose of the festival is to be a fundraiser for the music educational program in the Rockingham County school system. Festival Itinerary: •The performance line-up will include known jazz artists along with local talent such as, the high school jazz band, community jazz band and local performers. •Presentations of scholarships and grants •Recognition of sponsors •Raffle •Traditional and ethnic food vendors •After festival party and open jam session For more information contact Bruce Mallatratt at 336 627 6653
10/1/2011
Madison Heritage Festival
Downtown Madison,N.C. Sat. Oct.1st. 2011---  10am till 8pm .. over 100 vendors --  Entertainment on two stages --kids rides and games --  food court including  Fuzzy's BBQ ,Fish, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Funnel Cakes, Roasted Corn, Ice Cream, and lots more. Music by Blues Creek..Impacts..By Grace ..Gods Garage Band..Hubert Lawson and lots more.Our Finale will be from 6 until 8 pm featuring Eric Chilton and the Chilltones...there will be exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day...Free Parking and Free Admission. For more info call Danny @ 336-548-2305 or Bobby @ 336-427-2112. Applications for vendors are available @ MadisonHeritageFestival.com     
10/2/2011
Cycle NC 2011 Fall Ride
Rockingham County Selected for 2011 Cycle North Carolina Fall Ride This is the county’s third time hosting cyclists making the “Mountains to Coast” trek Wentworth, N.C.—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) are pleased to announce that Autumn Creek Vineyards in Mayodan has been selected as an overnight stop on the 2011 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Fall Ride (www.ncsports.org). The dates for this year’s 13th Annual Cycle NC Fall Ride are October 1st to 8th. Mayodan will be the second stop on the route on October 2nd when more than 1,000 cyclists will arrive at Autumn Creek Vineyards, the official Rockingham County host location for this year. The complete, eight-day route includes stops in Elkin, Mayodan, Mebane, Henderson, Rocky Mount, Plymouth, Manteo and Corolla. Participants will spend the night camping at Autumn Creek Vineyards or being shuttled to hotels in Eden and Reidsville. The TDA will provide shuttles, host a welcome tent at Autumn Creek Vineyards, and promote other local attractions such as river trips and tours of Chinqua-Penn Plantation. “We are really excited to host Cycle NC again in Rockingham County,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism. “This is such a great event to showcase our community and a beautiful venue like Autumn Creek Vineyards. We really want to thank Autumn Creek for working with us to secure the Cycle NC stop in Rockingham County. I know the participants are really going to enjoy visiting and camping at the vineyard.” “Autumn Creek Vineyards is honored to have been chosen to represent Rockingham County and host the Cycle NC Fall Ride,” said Kelly Dickerson, marketing director for Autumn Creek Vineyards. “We have an exciting day planned for the cyclists and look forward to sharing the vineyard with so many people that may not be familiar with this area of the state.” Rockingham County has hosted Cycle NC twice: in 2001 at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville and in 2004 at the YMCA in Eden. “This event is such a good fit for us because it ties in perfectly with our marketing brand of outdoor recreation and our goal of attracting sporting events,” added Yount. “Plus it provides an economic boost by putting people in our hotels, restaurants and shops.” About Cycle North Carolina Cycle NC began in 1999 and its mission is to promote physical fitness and health, provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities across the state while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity. It was started by North Carolina Amateur Sports, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Capitol Broadcasting Company. Since then, Cycle NC has attracted participants from all 50 states and 8+ countries, stopped overnight in 95 North Carolina towns, traveled more than 4,900 miles on the scenic backroads of the state, and passed through more than 600 North Carolina communities. Cycle NC has been voted "Best Biking in America" by the League of American Bicyclists and selected as one of the best events in the United States. Online registration begins May 5, 2011 at www.ncsports.org. For participants who are not able to ride for the entire week, there are two-day and three-day options available. Visit www.ncsports.org for registration rates and more information.
10/5/2011
A ride to remember
A ride to remember Eva Greene from Asheville comes to the end of her 65-mile, first-day ride in this year’s Cycle North Carolina event. More than 930 cyclists rolled into Autumn Creek Vineyards outside Mayodan on Saturday as the first stop on the 13th annual Mountains to the Coast ride. “We met on this ride a few years ago and have been great friends ever since,” Mary Schumann said. “Cycling is sort of a community in itself anyway. You make quick and lasting friends on these long rides.” Schumann came all the way from Yonkers, N.Y., to spend eight days pedaling her bike across the state as part of the 13th annual Cycle North Carolina event. Schumann rolled into Autumn Creek Vineyards on Sunday afternoon after completing the first of eight days of road course cycling – a 65-mile course from Elkin to Mayodan. The entire event travels more than 490 miles from Elkin to Corolla on the Outer Banks. Joining Schumann on Sunday’s ride were a couple fellow riders she met at the same event three years ago, Scott Washington and Wayne Nelms. Washington, from Augusta, Ga., said he was especially intrigued with the area this year’s Cycle NC was covering. “I’ve never been to this part of the state before, and I have to admit it’s beautiful,” Washington said. Although he lives in Warren, Nelms also admitted he had never been in Rockingham County. “But I’d love to come back,” Nelms said. “We passed through some beautiful countryside on the way here.” Robin Yount heard that kind of comment many times Sunday as she welcomed the 930 riders making the first-day ride of this year’s Cycle NC to Autumn Creek Vineyards. Yount, the vice president for tourism with the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development, was instrumental in bringing the annual fall event back to the county for the third time this year. “This event is such a good fit for us because it ties in perfectly with our marketing brand of outdoor recreation and our goal of attracting sporting events,” Yount said. “Plus it provides an economic boost by putting people in our hotels, restaurants and shops.” Yount and a large group of event volunteers provided the riders with information about the county, as well as water, lemonade, popcorn and other snacks. With riders from 36 states and two countries, it was not surprising that several were introduced to food they were unfamiliar with before Sunday’s stop in Mayodan. “I had a couple riders from Ontario try their first Moon Pie today,” Yount said. “They classified it as ‘interesting,’ but they ate every bite.” A few more riders had their first exposure to Brunswick stew Sunday. The Northwest Rockingham Fire Department manned one of the event’s vendor booths and cooked a large pot of the familiar local dish. Chief Jimmy Lawrence said several riders visiting the booth admitted they had never heard of it. “That’s why we kept a bowl of stew out for people to see what it was,” Lawrence said. “Once they tasted it, they knew why it was so popular around here.” Another popular stop for cyclists Sunday was the Trek Bicycle trailer manned by Tom Jenkins. The Southeast region demo representative for Trek, Jenkins will travel the entire route with Cycle NC to allow riders to use one of the company’s bikes for one day of the ride. During Sunday’s first day stop at Autumn Creek, Jenkins was taking advantage of the good weather to wash and maintain his 40-bike inventory. Several of the riders stopped by to watch his cleaning and servicing routine and ask questions. One duo watching as Jenkins went through his routine were Paul Fogal and Tom Richardson, both from Pennsylvania. Although they had cycled together for many years at different events, neither had participated in the Cycle NC event until this year. “We’ve ridden together in Iceland, Thailand and Cuba, but never in North Carolina,” Richardson said. “Yeah, we’ve done a lot of different areas, but I have to admit this was one of the best days of cycling ever,” Fogal said. “This was a beautiful day.” In addition to bringing riders together from across North America, Cycle NC also attracts a wide range of ages, both male and female. Cycle NC ride director Ragan Williams said this year’s event began with 930 riders. “We usually pick up several along the way that do only one or more days of the ride,” Williams said. The oldest male rider for this year’s ride was 83 and 78 for the oldest female. The youngest rider was five years old. “We have several teenaged riders this year, as well,” Williams said. Williams also said several of the returning riders were surprised at the difficulty of Sunday’s first day ride. Just a little less than 65 miles, the ride began farther east than normal for the event. The difficulty certainly took Mo Rivenbark and some of his riding buddies by surprise. “I’ve done seven of these and this was probably the toughest first day yet,” Rivenbark said. “Most of these have started on the other side of the Continental Divide and this was still tougher overall.” Rivenbark, 70, from Clarkton, said he started cycling about 14 years ago and now averages about 6,000 miles a year. “I started with a $75 Wal Mart bike and kept having to upgrade because I was wearing them out,” Rivenbark said. “I just love the feeling and the challenge.” Riding this year’s Cycle NC with a couple riding buddies that have been with him to events across the nation, Rivenbark was also accompanied by his wife, Linda. “She’s driving my personal support vehicle and our home away from home,” he said. Although many of the cyclists pitched tents in the fields around Autumn Creek, the Rivenbarks camped in “luxury” – a 1979 Volkswagen camper that Rivenbark spent more than a year restoring to like new condition. “This is our conversation starter,” he said. “It never fails to attract a crowd wherever we go. We love it, but this is the first long trip we’ve had it on since I finished restoring it.” While many of the cyclists enjoy the camaraderie and outdoor atmosphere of camping along the 490-mile route, others like the comfort of a hotel stay on the overnight stops. Yount said the Tourism Development Authority arranged for nine buses to be available throughout the time the riders were in Rockingham County. “They’re running non-stop to transport the riders to local restaurants, hotels and shopping,” Yount said. “This type of exposure is great for our local economy and for tourism. I’m sure a lot of these people will be back to visit other parts of our county.” Maybe a tubing trip on one of the county’s rivers next?
10/6/2011
Reidsville welcomes Cycle NC
The city of Reidsville greeted cyclists from the Cycle NC event to Market Square Monday morning with a warm welcome, which many riders were saying was the best they’ve ever experienced. Baked goods, coffee and energy drinks were all offered to the visitors. Music was playing in the background and the second- through fifth-grade students from Lawsonville Avenue Elementary School cheered from the sidewalk as cyclists rounded the corner to Market Square. Cyclist Rossie Bullock from Chadburn, N.C., said, “I was worn out coming around the corner and up the hill. My legs were giving out, all of me was giving out, I saw those kids standing there giving high fives and it perked me right up.” Cyclist Margaret Starnes of Street, Md., said, “This is fabulous to have the kids cheer me on coming in.” Cyclist Dave Dagwell said, “Reidsville has welcomed us greater than any other community. It was so great to have the kids there. It just pumps you up and inspires you.” Former Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments Randy Billings helped plan the rest stops for Cycle NC. The program had traveled through his region before and the organization supported the ride in conjunction with its transportation-planning program. “We saw it as an opportunity to assist our local governments and bring attention to the facilities and the people and the natural and historic resources we have,” Billings said. “It just gave us a chance for economic purposes to promote our communities.” Billings said when he retired, North Carolina Amateur Sports, the parent organization of Cycle NC, asked Billings to help them set up rest stops. Billings said the rides are circulated from northern, central and southern routes. This fall’s ride was in the northern part of the state, putting Reidsville right in its path. Billings said Market Square was a great facility, which is why he asked Reidsville to host a rest stop. “It is something you ought to be proud of as a community,” Billings said of Market Square. “I wanted the riders to see it.” Billings said he hopes Reidsville will one day become an overnight stop for Cycle NC. Riders stayed at Autumn Creek Vineyards in western Rockingham County on Sunday night before making their way to Reidsville. Cycle NC featured a group of 1,000 riders biking their way across the state, starting in Elkin and ending at the Outer Banks. Dagwood said he uses the opportunity to commune with God and reflect on scriptures. Starnes she is visiting her husband’s home state and enjoys seeing the small towns and hearing the Southern accents. Reidsville Mayor James K. Festerman, who took over greeting the cyclists after the school children left, along with Chamber of Commerce members, city council members and others, said, “A lot of work went into this and we’re just pleased folks chose to come here for this stop, and more importantly, it’s a really exciting event and a great success.” Festerman thanked Market Square director Judy Yarbrough and the 50 volunteers for her efforts in making the event a success. The event had several bikers saying they would like to come back to Reidsville for the many festivals they’ve heard the town has. “This is probably the biggest welcome we’ve had in the four years I’ve been doing this,” Dagwell said. “I’m going to bring my wife back here.”
10/23/2011
Evening in the Park
Reidsville Market Square located in Downtown Reidsville presents and Evening in the Park Local Spotlight Performing at 7:00 a dance group featuring Syreece Johnson. Performing at 8:00 the music group Exquisite. For more information call 336-349-1099
10/28/2011
Treat Street
Join Eden's Historic Downtown Leaksville Merchants for their annual "Treat Street." Friday, October 28, 2011 3-6 p.m. Washington Street in Eden Children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat with participating merchants. Merchants will be identified with a TREAT STREET flyer in their windows. Costume contest at 6 p.m. in Washington Park as well as storytelling.
10/29/2011
Holloween Extravaganza
This event will be in conjunction with the Reidsville Junior Service League and the Rockingham County Partnership for Children. 11-3 pm. at Reidsville Market Square in Downtown Reidsville A Halloween extravaganza. Bounces, games, Performing at 11:00 a great kids band Big Bang Boom 12:30 Captain Jim and his magic Show. Free event. For more information call 336-349-1099
11/5/2011
Gatsby Fall Festival & Stew Day at Chinqua Penn Plantation
The annual Gatsby Fall Festival & Stew day Saturday, November 5th. at Chinqua Penn Plantation. Come and enjoy fun, music, food, wine, artisans & crafters all day long! And just in time for the Gatsby Festival, the Chinqua Penn Vineyards Muscadine Blush which had been sold out is back. This wine will be there on Saturday. Come try the lastest version of this wine before it sells out again. 2138 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, NC 27320 located near US Highway 29 Business and Highway 158, just west of Reidsville, North Carolina. 336-349-4576
11/5/2011
Music in the Vines featuring The Storytellers Band
The Storytellers Band Featured as part of the Music in the Vines concert series A Greensboro, NC band, The Storytellers formed in the spring of 2009, melding components of rock, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B and Latin music to create a new and exciting genre. The Storytellers music has broad appeal, pleasing to an adult contemporary audience, in addition to playing fresh version of tunes heard on the radio today. To learn more about The Storytellers Band visit their website at www.thestorytellersband.com. The Storytellers will be playing in the Tasting Room this Saturday, 11/5, from 2pm to 5pm. Admission to the concert is FREE. 364 Means Creek Road Mayodan, NC 27027
11/11/2011 - 11/12/2011
Hawk Spirit Studio Holiday Studio Sale
Happy Holidays from Hawk Spirit Studio! Stained and Fused Glass; Functional Stoneware Pottery; Decorative Raku Pottery Holiday Studio Hours: Friday, November 11th. - 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday, November 12th. - 10:00am-4:00pm Music at 1:00pm For more information call 336-349-8363 or hawkspiritstudio.wordpress.com 613 Liveoak Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320
11/12/2011
Bottle Tree Studio Grand Opening
Bottle Tree Studio - Art Expressions 412 Miller Chapel Rd. Reidsville NC 27320 Opening Saturday, November 12 - 10:00am until 4:00pm Local Artists, Fine Handmade Crafts, jewelry, pottery, gourd oil lamps, canvas runner, felting, quilling and other art and "upscale finds" For more information call Kathy Melvin at 336-616-6593
11/13/2011
Olde Leaksville Merchants Holiday Open House
Sunday, November 13 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm Olde Leaksville Shopping District - along Washington, Patrick and Monroe streets in Eden, NC. Refreshments, Holiday Gifts, Discounts and much more!
11/16/2011
Weil-McLain Expanding, Adding Jobs In Eden
Eden, NC-- It's not many jobs being created by an expanding company in Eden, but in this economy that's still music to the ears. Wednesday, the City of Eden and the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development announced that Weil-McLain plans to expand its assembly facility. The company plans to invest $1.082 million in new machinery and equipment by the end of this year. Weil-McLain also plans to create five new full-time positions by the end of 2011 and four more additional full-time positions by the end of 2012. Weil-McLain, the nation's top manufacturer of cast iron boilers for residential, commercial and institutional use, located its assembly and logistics plant in Eden in 2004. The company's operation in Rockingham County initially created 100 jobs and that number has grown to its current 169 full-time jobs. In addition to its assembly and logistics operations here, Weil-McLain's Eden facility also serves as a showroom and training facility for contractors and distributors. "Weil-McLain joins the six other Eden industries that have expanded during the last two years. We are pleased that this is taking place in our community," said John Grogan, mayor of Eden. "We are very happy to see Weil-McLain making improvements to its Eden facility and creating some new jobs. The company has been a great employer and good corporate citizen in Eden and Rockingham County for the past seven years. This is great news for our area here at the end of the year," said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.
11/17/2011
Henniges to Expand in Reidsville
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR 20301 MAIL SERVICE CENTER • RALEIGH, NC 27699-0301 Nov. 17, 2011 Contact: Chris Mackey Office: (919) 733-5612 Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Create 64 Jobs in Rockingham County State Grant Helps Henniges Automotive Expand in Reidsville RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Henniges Automotive will add new manufacturing jobs at its plant in Reidsville. The expansion will bring 64 new jobs along with a $2.2 million capital investment. The project was made possible in part by a $65,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. “Creating jobs is my top priority, and one of the best ways to do that is to support existing North Carolina businesses and encourage them to grow,” Gov. Perdue said. “Henniges Automotive’s decision to expand operations in Reidsville is proof that North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate where global manufacturers can thrive.” Henniges Automotive manufactures automotive sealing parts for the global market. The company currently employs 226 people at its Reidsville facility, which produces parts for Ford, Chrysler and BMW. Henniges Automotives also has plants located in Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $27,849 not including benefits. The Rockingham County average annual wage is $31,044. “The support we have received from North Carolina is much appreciated at Henniges Automotive,” said Geri Gasperut, Vice President of Human Resources. “Partnerships like this allow our company to grow and provide additional employment for the state of North Carolina. We look forward to continuing this trend in the future”. The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches. North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate. Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train, and retrain its workforce, laying the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future. Through the use of the One North Carolina Fund, more than 55,000 jobs and $11 billion in investments have been created since 2001. Other partners that helped with this project include the N.C. Department of Commerce, N. C. Community Colleges, Rockingham County Partnership for Economic & Tourism Development, Rockingham County and the City of Reidsville. ###
11/18/2011
Reidsville Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting
Experience a night of Sweet Surprises! Tree LIghting, Hayrides, refreshments and merchant specials. Live Entertainment! Downtown Reidsville, NC
11/28/2011
Partnership & TDA Launch Our Town Magazine
The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (Partnership) and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) are pleased to launch the inaugural issue of Our Town, Rockingham County. Our Town, Rockingham County is a glossy magazine that features more than 100 pages of articles, photos, information and ads that highlight the great people, places and things happening in Rockingham County. “Our Town, Rockingham County is designed to give people a snapshot of our entire county,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism for the Rockingham County Partnership. “It covers everything from each individual municipality to education, our economy, recreation, the arts, and much more. It’s another great marketing tool for us to use to attract visitors, businesses and industries, and new residents.” The magazine is free and will be distributed throughout the entire county in local businesses, hotels, Chambers, shops, restaurants and governmental offices. It will also be mailed in visitor packets to people requesting information about Rockingham County. Copies will also be available at the Piedmont-Triad Visitor’s Center on U.S. 29 in Pelham. “We spent many months working on this magazine and are very proud of the final product. We could not have done it without the help and support of a lot of people, organizations and businesses throughout the whole community,” said Johnny Farmer, chair of the Rockingham County TDA Board. Our Town, Rockingham County is a joint project of the Rockingham County Partnership and the Tourism Development Authority. For more information or to receive a copy, contact the Partnership office at 336-342-8138 or ryount@ncnorthstar.com.
11/30/2011 - 12/21/2011
Shag Lessons
Shag Lessons with Cliff & Jodi Lester Whistle Jacket Grill & Restaurant in Eden Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6pm – 7pm Lessons will last 4 weeks $40 per person To Register, please call Jodi at 336-432-3135 Stay after class for dinner and dancing with the Steppin’ Out Shag Club Ask about Christmas Gift Certificates for Lessons offered after Christmas! Makes a great Stocking Stuffer!
11/30/2011 - 12/21/2011
Shag Lessons
Shag Lessons with Cliff & Jodi Lester Whistle Jacket Grill & Restaurant in Eden. Beginning Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6pm – 7pm Lessons will last 4 weeks $40 per person To Register, please call Jodi at 336-432-3135 Stay after class for dinner and dancing with the Steppin’ Out Shag Club Ask about Christmas Gift Certificates for Lessons offered after Christmas! Makes a great Stocking Stuffer!
12/8/2011
30th Annual Madison / Mayodan Christmas Parade
Madison/Mayodan Christmas Parade 1:00 p.m. Parade begins in Mayodan at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street. It travels Main Street southeast to Business 220, where it heads south to Madison, turning left onto Decatur and traveling east to Franklin Street. It turns right on Franklins, heading south to Murphy Street in downtown Madison. It travels east on Murphy Street, ending at the Town Clock. Sponsored by the Madison/Mayodan Jaycees. Contact the Western Rockingham Chamber for more info: 336.548.6248
12/10/2011
Wentworth Christmas Parade
WENTWORTH CHRISTMAS PARADE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 11:00 A.M.
12/13/2011
Old Leaksville Shopping District Candlelight Downtown
6:00pm - 8:00pm Experience the magical moments of Christmas on Main Street in the Olde Leaksville Shopping District of Eden. For more information www.ExploreEdenNC.com
12/17/2011
Sip and Shop at The Front Porch
The Front Porch is hosting a Sip and Shop on Saturday December 17th from 12 till 2p. There will be a sampling of a selection of wines that will be perfect for the holidays. Also, there will be a tasting of Salem Baking goodies and other food items we have in the store. Slices of Heaven breads will be in stock too... Please call 336-627-9041 for flavors and to preorder. Join us for an afternoon of fun! The House of Health will be hosting an organic tea tasting. Learn about teas and enjoy refreshments on Saturday December 17th from 12 till 2. Washington Street, Eden NC
12/17/2011
Autumn Creek Vineyards Holiday Open House
12noon until 7pm Santa will arrive at 12noon; wine tastings; mulled spice wine Music by the Storytellers Band starting at 2pm to 6pm; local craftsmen and Big daddy Marinade will be here sampling their products Autumn Creek Vineyards 364 Means Creek Rd, Mayodan NC 27027
1/18/2012
Partnership Annual Meeting
1/24/2012
Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Seminar
Growing Cucurbits: Watermelons, Squash, Pumpkins, Cantaloupes, Cucumbers, and som Specialty Melons 6:00pm Rockingham County Agricultural Center 525 Hwy 65 Reidsville, NC 27320 Come learn about growing curburbits!!! This will be an informal "conversation" type program. For more information contact Kathryn Holmes, Horticulture Agent 336-342-8230 Light meal provided.
2/3/2012
Risk Management and Food Safety Training
Rockingham County Cooperative Extension is providing Ricsk Management and Food Safety Training. Do you direct market as a farmers markaet vendor? Do you operate a farm stand? Are you concerned about food safety? This training is for YOU! Topics include: Food Safety Principles; Personnel Health and Hygien and Food Sampling Location: Rockingham County Agriculture Center, 525 Hwy 65, Reidsville NC 27320 9:00am - 12:00pm Pre-registration and pre-payment required! For more information and to register call 336-342-8230 or brenda_sutton@ncsu.edu
2/4/2012
Music in the Vines!
Introducing Clay Howard! Autumn Creek Vineyards is happy to introduce local musician, Clay Howard to our Music in the Vines series this February! Clay Howard is a well known local artist in the triad area. Clay covers artist such as The Beatles, The Doors, Elvis Presley, The Eagles & the list goes on! Come check him out THIS WEEKEND at Autumn Creek Vineyards, NO cover! Saturday February 4th, 2012 2:00pm-5:00pm Autumn Creek Vineyards Tasting Room, Cabins, Weddings & Special Events 364 Mean Creek Road Mayodan, NC 27027 O.(336)548-WINE(9463) www.autumncreekvineyards.com info@autumncreekvineyards.com weddings@autumncreekvineyards.com
2/4/2012
Chocolate & ValenWine
The Front Porch welcomes you to be their guest at "Chocolate & ValenWine". From 11:00am to 4:00pm Olde leaksville Shopping District 702 Washington St. Eden, NC 27288 Valentine Chocolate & Wine Tasting: Handmade chocolates from Ckes by Carla paired with delicious wine and gourmet coffee
2/4/2012
Chocolate & ValenWine
The Front Porch welcomes you to be their guest at Chocolate & ValenWine! Indulge your senses on Saturday, February 4 from 11:00am to 4:00pm Valentine Chocolate & Wine Tasting, handmade chocolates from Cakes by Carla paired with delicious wine and gourmet coffee 702 Wahsington St. Eden, NC 27288
2/11/2012
Dinner & Jazz
The Pride of Morehead presents "Dinner & Jazz" with Sean McClure & Friends Saturday, February 11 6:30pm - 8:00pm Trinity Wesleyan Gym 186 E. Aiken Rd., Eden NC 27288 Tickets: $12 per person or $20 a couple Purchase your ticket from a band member or make reservations online at prideofmorehead.com or call Lisa at 336-932-1088
2/14/2012
Sweetheart Valentine Gala 2012
Tuesday, February 14, from 6:30-9:30 P.M. Cafe 99 Reidsville Downtown, 130 S. Scales Street 4-course GOURMET DINNER Dining 7:00 P.M. Large TIGER PRAWN SHRIMP with tangy cocktail sauce Fresh garden salad with raspberry vinaigrette CHICKEN CHAMPAGNE with red bliss potatoes and fresh vegetable medley, dinner yeast rolls HOT LAVA BROWNIE with French vanilla ice cream to share Tea, soft drinks and coffee $49.00/couple or $25.00 /single Music by Veronica Jones and Larry Johnson with dancing Silent Auction—items for that Sweetheart Casual Attire Benefit the Rockingham County Chapter American Red Cross Food Pantry Tickets available: Pelham Transportation 349-7113 Events by Judy 342-4386 or Café 99 616-0100
2/18/2012
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents "Jazz Girl Jess"
We're Lovin' Jazz Girl Jess Jazz Girl Jess, also known as Jessica Mashburn is a local artist from North Carolina. She has performed at Autumn Creek Vineyards a number of times in our on going Music in the Vines series. She is known for bringing a great crowd and for being an amazing & talented entertainer! She has a beautiful voice along with a great personality. Jessica has performed all over the country. Her impressive repertoire stretches from standard jazz tunes to current hits we know and love! She pulls great songs from every decade & you are guaranteed to hear one of your favorites. Jessica is also a song writer & will include some of her original tunes when the time is right. Don't forget, she will be joining us in our Tasting Room on Saturday, February 18th from 2:00pm until 5:30pm. Come and join the FUN! Autumn Creek Vineyards Tasting Room, Cabins, Weddings & Special Events 364 Mean Creek Road Mayodan, NC 27027 O.(336)548-WINE(9463) F.(336)548-9460 www.autumncreekvineyards.com
2/23/2012
Shiitake Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshops
Rockingham County NC Cooperative Extension is holding workshops on Shiitake Mushroom Log Inocuations. Shoose from either Workshop 1: Thursday, Feb 23rd. at 10:00am or Workshop 2: Thursday, Feb 23rd at 6:00pm Where: Rockingham County Senior High School Horticulture Classroom Pre-Registration and payment REQUIRED! There is a $20 fee for oak logs, spaun and wax. Participants will each take home one inoculated log. For more information contact: Kathryn Holmes at 336-342-8230
2/25/2012
Music in the Vines
Introducing Patrick & Wayne with the Jefferson Road Band! Autumn Creek Vineyards welcome Patrick & Wayne with the Jefferson Road Band to their Music in the Vines series! They play a great blend of R&B, pop rock and country rock. Come out to the vineyard with your friends and enjoy live entertainment at absolutely NO COVER! We will have wine and beer available as well as soft drinks, water & light hors d'oeuvres. Saturday February 25th 2:00pm - 5:00pm Autumn Creek Vineyards 364 Means Creek Rd. Mayodan, NC 27027 336-548-9463 www.autumncreekvineyards.com
2/25/2012
Eden's Got Talent!
February 25, 2012 3:00pm at the Duane Best Auditorium at Morehead High School, Eden NC First Prize: $200; Second Prize: $100; Third Prize: $50 Auditions are being held Saturday afternoon, February 18 from 1:00 - 5:00pm at the Duane Best Auditorium. A $5 entry is required Please contact the Morehead Memorial Hospital Foundation at 336-627-6334 for and audition form and official contest rules or visit www.morehead.org
2/27/2012
Rockingham County Arts Council ACCEPTING SUBGRANT APPLICATIONS
Rockingham County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through June 30, 2013. Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. Rockingham County Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Rockingham County. Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Rockingham County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2012 – May 20, 2013. Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Rockingham County Arts Council website at www.artsinrockingham.org or may be picked up at the Rockingham County Arts Council office Monday, Thursday & Friday between 11am-2pm. Rockingham County Arts Council will also mail applications and guidelines upon request. Applications must be received no later than 5pm, June 30, 2012. Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by Rockingham County Arts Council Board of Directors. Awards are announced in September each year. For questions or more information, contact Rockingham County Arts Council at 336.349.4039 or email info@artsinrockingham.org
2/29/2012
TDA Grants
3/9/2012 - 3/11/2012
The Theatre Guild of Rockingham County presents Little Women
The Theatre Guild of Rockingham County presents Little WomenDate: March 9,10,11 2012 Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM http://www.tgrc-nc.comEvent Description Tickets: $11-Adults, $8-Students Reservations: 627-0228 or online at www.tgrc-nc.com. Tickets also available at the door.
3/10/2012
Community Reading Conference & Festival
Catch The Reading Bug!! Saturday, March 1-, 2012 from 9am - 2pm Whitcomb Student Center, Rockingham Community College, Wentworth NC For more information call 336-342-8588
3/17/2012
Animal Protection Society WINE TASTING EVENT!
Animal Protection Society of Rockingham County will host a Wine Tasting at The Front Porch in Eden, NC. 2pm - 4pm $5.00 Door Charge Celebrate St. Patrick's Day & help animals in need! 702 Washington Street, Eden NC 27288
3/21/2012
Business 'Shines' in New Location
-From GoDanRiver.com by Steve Lawson One of four grants recently awarded to Rockingham County by the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center helped one local business expand and add new jobs. Joe Michalek opened Piedmont Distillers in downtown Madison’s historic train depot building in 2005. Michalek’s first product, Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, took a while to catch on, but distribution soon reached coast to coast. In 2007, Michalek partnered with racing legend Junior Johnson and began bottling the company’s second brand, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, based on the Johnson family’s generations-old moonshine recipe. “After six years, the business has really begun to take off and we just outgrew the space in the old depot building,” Michalek said. “We just couldn’t distill and bottle enough there to keep up with the demand.” Michalek said he started looking for a larger facility to move the business into about a year ago, including several locations outside Rockingham County. “I really hated to think about leaving the area that gave us our start, but it was beginning to look like the only possibility,” Michalek said. That’s when he found the former auto dealership complex at 3960 U.S. 220 outside Madison. Michalek said he saw a car at the building one day, stopped by and soon realized he might have found the ideal location just a short distance from his original site. Working with the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development and Tourism, Michalek began seeking grant funds to help renovate the former dealership. Partnership president Graham Pervier told him about the Rural Center grants. Pervier said the North Carolina Rural Center has several grants tied to job creation, but one was specifically aimed at repurposing vacant buildings for business expansions that lead to new manufacturing jobs. “I was really excited that we were able to obtain this grant for Joe and keep his business in the western Rockingham community,” Pervier said. Michalek said he found out about two weeks ago that the county was awarded a $50,000 building reuse grant to help relocate the distillery and create five new jobs. “We’re already planning to add at least six jobs and hope maybe to increase that to eight,” Michalek said. Much of the work at the new location is already completed, supplies moved in and manufacturing started. Michalek said the business began distilling, bottling and packaging under a temporary permit while the county finalizes rezoning for the property. “We’ve been very fortunate in the place we decided to start this business,” he said. “Madison was very good to us and I’m glad we could stay in the same area with this expansion. And I couldn’t have asked for anyone to be more helpful or supportive than Graham Pervier and the Partnership have been, as well as the commissioners and zoning staff. They’ve all made this transition run a lot smoother than it could have.” The biggest change Michalek sees from the move is the ability to run the distilling and bottling ends of the business in separate areas, producing more product faster than previously possible. “We knew we would have a lot more room for production, but I never realized how much more we could do when those two areas are able to run at the same time,” he said. “Now it seems we have to dodge forklifts constantly moving products from bottling to the warehouse to trucks. Before we’d have to move two or three things out the way with one forklift to get to the one we needed. Then we’d have to move them back when we were finished because we didn’t have extra space to store anything.” The Rockingham County Business and Technology Center also received a Rural Center grant. The center was awarded an $11,000 supplemental business development grant to help develop a revolving loan/investment fund for county entrepreneurs. Mark Wells, executive director of RCBTC, said he had been thinking for several months about how to create a fund to help people with good business ideas get started. Wells said the idea grew out of the Rockingham County Competitiveness Assessment completed last year by James Johnson Jr. from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The study was a cooperative venture between county government, the Partnership for Economic Development and the Reidsville Area Foundation. Wells said one of the study’s primary focuses for the county’s future dealt with promoting entrepreneurship, both in education and on the practical level. “I wanted to find a way to help finance some of these entrepreneurial ideas, the ones that had a strong business plan and chance of success in our county,” Wells said. Wells began talking with Craig Cardwell, executive director of the Reidsville Area Foundation, about ways to fund such a dream. Wells knew one of the first steps would be to prepare a feasibility study to see if the idea would work in Rockingham County and whether it should be done as a revolving loan or an investment program for the entrepreneurs receiving funds. He also knew that he would need the backing of someone intent on providing the necessary funds to get the program started in order to receive the grant. “I talked with Craig and the Foundation provided a letter of intent to provide up to $500,000 to fund the program if the feasibility study indicated a positive outlook,” Wells said. “Of course, we’ll still have to compete for those funds like anyone else, but we could potentially have between $250,000 and $500,000 to start the program.” Wells said his ideal would be to have $1 million in assets in the fund, which would mean raising another $500,000 or more from outside sources such as private investors, businesses or organizations. “Obviously, the more funding we have available, the more ideas we can help get off the ground,” he said. Wells said RCBTC would manage the funds and there would be a board, or “due diligence team,” to review all applications. Every application for funding would pass a rigorous examination to ensure all of the groundwork for a business plan had been completed before it was considered. “The main purpose of the study being done with this grant is to judge the feasibility of the project and to decide whether it would move forward better as a loan or an ‘angel fund’ format,” Wells said. With the grant awarded and the study ready to move forward, Wells said he was hopeful that the program could begin within 6 to 12 months. He said it could begin with the initial funds from Reidsville Area Foundation, if they were able to get them, and grow as other investors were located. “This is really the kind of thing that is typically found in larger metropolitan areas, but I think it falls right in line with what we’re trying to focus on in our county – small businesses that have potential to grow and expand,” Wells said. “I think it could be a great asset for our county if we could get this started.” The remaining two Rural Center grants recently awarded within the county went to the City of Eden and the Free Clinic of Rockingham County. The Free Clinic of Rockingham County received a $19,450 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The grants are provided to help medical facilities in the state’s most economically distressed counties make improvements and purchase needed equipment. The grant funds will be used by the clinic to renovate offices and an educational room, as well as to purchase furnishings, computers and printers. The four grants awarded in Rockingham County were part of 84 grants totaling more than $9 million awarded by the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. The grants were projected to create or retain 1,169 jobs and assist projects in 44 counties across the state. Eden received a $40,000 Clean Water grant to be used toward the inspection of nearly 20,000 feet of sewer pipe. Eden is required to match the grant with an additional $50,170. Terry Shelton, Eden’s director of environmental services, said the city is involved in a major rehabilitation project to upgrade aging sewer infrastructure and halt sewer system overflows. The Clean Water grant funds will be used to evaluate sewer lines on the Upper Matrimony Creek sewer outfall that is part of the much larger Bridge Street pump station basin. “The grant will help cover the cost of cleaning and video camera inspection of 20,000 feet of sewer line and the engineering review and evaluation of the data generated by the inspection,” Shelton said. The information obtained from the inspection process will be used to develop plans for repairs to the lines in the future. The engineering report can be used to verify areas in need of repair when applying for larger grant opportunities to fund major sewer system rehabilitation projects.
3/21/2012
Preparing for I-73
-From GoDanRiver.com by Steve Lawson The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently announced the U.S. 220 widening project could begin as early as April 2. N.C. Transportation Sec. Gene Conti said Tetra Tech Construction Inc. of Mayfield, N.Y., was awarded the $96.2 million contract to widen U.S. 220 from the intersection of U.S. 220 and N.C. 68 in Rockingham County to Horsepen Creek Road in Guilford County. The 13.2-mile section will be widened from two lanes to four lanes with a medium. Amanda Perry, NCDOT communications officer, said the enhancement should increase safety and mobility in the northern portion of Guilford County. “In addition, the project will enhance the economic development potential of western Rockingham County by providing easier access to the Piedmont Triad International Airport area,” Perry said. Perry said a portion of the widening project – from the existing U.S. 220 in Rockingham County to the area around Haw River north of Summerfield – would be constructed as part of the future I-73, which is scheduled for availability in April 2014. The completion date for the U.S. 220 widening project is set for Dec. 27, 2016.
3/24/2012
Music in the Vines
Patrick & Wayne this Weekend Don't miss the Music in the Vines concert this weekend! We will be holding a free concert this Saturday, March 24th from 2:00pm until 5:30pm. That's right; there is absolutely NO cover charge for this event! This will be Patrick & Wayne's second appearance at Autumn Creek Vineyards to play in our ongoing Music in the Vines series. They bring a nice, relaxing vibe to the tasting room with a bit of Southern Rock and Classic Country, plus much more. Defiantly visit the vineyard this weekend! We will have wine, beer, soft drinks and water available for purchase along with light hors d'oeuvres! You will certainly be glad you came! Saturday, March 24th Patrick & Wayne 2:00pm until 5:30pm NO COVER! Autumn Creek Vineyards Tasting Room, Cabins, Weddings & Special Events 364 Means Creek Road Mayodan, NC 27027 336.548.WINE(9463) www.autumncreekvineyards.com info@autumncreekvineyards.com weddings@autumncreekvineyards.com
4/7/2012
Spring Festival & Easter Egg Hunt
Visit Wright Tavern for our Spring Festival & Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 10am-2pm. Make plans now to celebrate the season with us in Wentworth at the Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7th. Wright Tavern Historic Site and the Wentworth Presbyterian Church are partnering to bring this event to our community. This family] friendly celebration promises to be lots of fun for all ages. Visitors will enjoy hunting for Easter eggs (Bring your baskets at 11:00 am), showing off their spring finery in an Easter bonnet competition (Have your bonnet on at 12:00 noon), walking to the music in an old-fashioned cake walk (hourly on the half hour), viewing wonderful hat and Easter egg exhibits, and learning new methods to decorate eggs and decorating some to take home. Wefll have games and give tours of the Wright Tavern (c. 1816) and Wentworth Presbyterian Church (c. 1858) throughout the day. This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. Gather family and friends and join in the fun! For maps and directions using internet sites and GPS devices, our physical address is 1073 NC HWY 65 Wentworth, NC 27375.
4/10/2012
ALICE GERRARD TO BE HONORED AT 17TH ANNUAL CHARLIE POOLE
It’s a great show!” says Louise Price, general manager of the Charlie Poole Music Festival—“We have Alice Gerrard and Riley Baugus, and so much more!” Alice Gerrard has achieved legendary status for her expertise in every aspect of the old time string band and she is a star performer as well, known for her song-writing, vocals, and instrumental mastery of string band music. She founded The Old Time Herald and served as editor for many years. She will be receiving the festival Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday evening. She is in demand all over the country for her teaching and will conduct a two-hour workshop Saturday morning on string band and vocal arranging. She will be performing that evening with the Herald Angels, a group that includes Gail Gillespie, also former editor of the Old Time Herald, and Kay Justice. . Riley Baugus, who was a headliner for last year’s festival, but was rained out, is coming back with hopes for better weather this time, and will head the play-bill for Friday evening. He has been said to represent the best of old time American banjo and song, and his powerful singing voice and expert musicianship place him at the top of the talent in the field. He sang and played for the soundtrack of the movie Cold Mountain, and has recorded with Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson, among many other famous artists. He has performed throughout the US, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Baugus has been associated with both the acts planned for Friday, and he is currently doing a new CD with the Lonesome Sisters, Sarah Hawker and Debra Clifford, who are known for their authentic high lonesome sound. Polecat Creek, with Kari Sickenberger and Laurelyn Dosset will be on stage to offer a unique old time experience. Competitions will fill the afternoon on Saturday, with many categories, cash prizes, and ribbons, as well as a grand prize of $500 for best Old Time Three Finger Banjo. The festival is scheduled for June 8 and 9 in Eden, NC, at the Governor Morehead Park, the area where Charlie Poole lived and worked in the great textile mills of his time. Food and other vendors will be on-site for the festival, plus a Little Ramblers children’s area, and camping is available. Tickets are $15 for the Friday concert, $15 for all day Saturday, or $25 for a weekend pass. Further information is posted at www.charlie-poole.com. This project is supported by the NC Arts Council and the Rockingham County Arts Council, as well as the Rockingham Tourism Board. For further information call 336-623-1043.
4/13/2012
Downtown Reidsville Curise-In
5:30pm to 9:00pm - Every 2nd. Friday Hosted by: EZ Street Cruisers Car Club The streets are closed, so you can stroll Downtown and enjoy Historic Reidsville and see some great Automobiles. For more information call: 336347-2307
4/14/2012
Junk in your Trunk
Reidsville Market Square in Downtown Reidsvill will host "Junk in your Trunk" in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market. Registration is required. $10 for every two tables. 8am -12:00 noon. For more information call 336-349-1099
4/26/2012
Eden Chamber Business Expo
The 10th. Annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will take place Tursday, April 26th. from 1 - 6pm. The event location will be at the Eden Events Center (formerly Peeble's Department Store) at the Eden Mall. Special Exhibits, seminars and numerous vendors will be featured. For more information call 336-623-3336 or edenchamber.com
4/28/2012
Garden Tour of Wentworth
Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Join us for a day of garden splendor with eight homes on the tour! All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at: The Cat’s Meow Mom’s Kitchen Wentworth Town Hall Tour Committee @ gardentourofwentworth@gmail.com Bring your Garden Tour ticket to Elizabeth’s Pizza in Wentworth the day of the the tour and receive $2.00 of large pizza or $1.50 off pasta dish
5/3/2012
Fitness on the Square
Come out and get in shape! Classes will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening 6pm - 7pm. Free and open to the public!! Classes include: Zumba, Tai Chi, Belly Dancing, African Dance, Line Dance and more Reidsville Market Square For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci.reidsville.nc.us
5/4/2012
LEADERCAST
Chic-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership event featuring several renowned leaders speaking on leadership issues that you face every day. Firday, May 4, 2012 Osborne Baptist Church, Eden NC 8:00am-4:30pm Tickets: $25, includes breakfast and lunch by Chic-fil-A For more information contact the Eden Chamber at 336-623-3336
5/4/2012
Girls Night Out
5:00 - 9:00pm in Downtown Reidsville Downtown Reidsville, NC An Evening with The King! Live on stage at Mural Park...Wayne Euliss, Professional Elvis Tribute Artist 6 - 8:30pm *Local merchants will delight you with their specials! *Enjoy refreshments, wine & hors d'oeuvres while you shop *Free parking *Free Neck Massage by Health Source Chiropractic For more information call: 336-347-2307
5/5/2012
3rd Annual Derby Day at Autumn Creek Vineyards
Get Down & Derby! At the 3rd. Annual Derby Day A benefit for Help, Incorporated: Center Against Violence Gates open: 4:30pm Autumn Creek Vineyards 364 Means Creek Rd. Mayodan, NC 27027 *Watch the 2012 Kenturcky Derby on a horse- normous Screen. *Get a commemorative photograph in "Derby Dress" *Bid on fabulous silent auction items and your pick for the race. Derby Dress Encouraged! Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the gate. Each ticket includes Hors d' oeuvres with a Southern Flare, one complimentary adult beverage, and a commemorative photograph. Call 336-342-3331 for more information or to purchase tickets.
5/9/2012
FESTIVAL PERFORMERS AND PROGRAMME
FESTIVAL PERFORMERS AND PROGRAMME Eden’s own “Sound of Music” in the Charlie Poole tradition will be pouring out in abundance from The Governor Morehead Park on June 8 and 9. Friday evening will see a dynamic assortment of old-time bands, and Saturday will be “jam” full of competitions in more than a dozen different components of old time music. The highlight of Saturday evening will be the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to the celebrated Alice Gerrard. She will then perform with her group, the Herald Angels, including Gail Gillespie and Kay Justice, both also recognized stars in the old time firmament. The dynamic young Piedmont group Milltown, said to represent “Old Time for Our Time,” will lead off on Friday evening at 6 PM with Tim Litchfield doing fiddle and vocals, Chris Persson, guitar and vocals, Ben Reisser, banjo, and Alex Seymour, bass. “We are a band of String Junkies. We play driving old time music and sometimes dabble in Americana,” says Tim Litchfield, their manager. They are to be followed by Polecat Creek, an innovative harmony singing duo of Kari Sickenberger and Laurelyn Dosset. Laurelyn and Kari are true roots musicians who started in the 1990s, rooted in life as they see it around them. They are not play-acting, and they are not paying homage to tradition for tradition's sake. Rather, in their songs, they are celebrating ordinary life, where cardinals fly through the yard, hurricanes happen, and temptation is tough to resist. Where ultimately you will grow old and die, and the only thing that matters is what's in your heart.. Kari and Laurelyn are especially known for their original songs, such as Leaving Eden and Take What You Get , which have had considerable attention in the UK as well as the US. Riley Baugus, with his big voice and distinctive old time sound, has recorded with them and is next on the program. He represents the best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition. He was rained out at last year’s festival, so is enjoying a return engagement. The finale on Friday evening will be The Lonesome Sisters, Sarah Hawker and Debra Clifford. They are known for their spine-tingling harmonies, sparse acoustic instrumentation and soulful lyrics with that lonesome mountain sound. They were voted best acoustic duo by Gibson Guitars in 2006. “My listeners and I love the Lonesome Sisters music. Warm, authentic and beautifully crafted, the albums are a joy." says Bob Harris of BBC RADIO. Another reviewer says “ Intricate acoustic guitar, upright bass and shimmering harmonies fill these beautiful bluegrass ballads. "We try to open the door in this life here below, but only God’s golden key will unlock our new home,” sings vocalist Sarah Hawker in "God’s Golden Key.” What a wonderful way to top off the evening! Riley Baugus has recorded with these gals too—he really gets around! Food and other vendors will be on-site for the festival, plus a Little Ramblers children’s area, and basic camping is available free for paid patrons. Tickets are $15 for the Friday concert, $15 for all day Saturday, or $25 for a weekend pass. Further information is posted at www.charlie-poole.com. This project received support from the Rockingham County Arts Council, the NC Arts Council, an agency of the NC Department of Cultural Resources and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, as well as the Rockingham Tourism Board. For further information call 336-623-1043.
5/10/2012
Movie on the Square
Come out and enjoy a free movie at the Reidsville Market Squre! Soul Surfer will be playing! Movie begins at 8:30 or Dusk! Bring a Chair! Free to the public! For more information call: 335-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci.reidsville.nc.us
5/10/2012
Ladies Night Out "It's All About Youn"
Ladies NIght Out! On Washington Street, Olde Leaksville Shopping District in Eden 5:00pm - 8:00pm Sales - Door Prizes - Refreshments & Treats -Live Music For more information 336-623-0773 or www.edenpreservation.org
5/11/2012
Downtown Reidsville Cruise-In
5:30pm to 9:00pm - Every 2nd. Friday Hosted by: EZ Street Cruisers Car Club The streets are closed, so you can stroll Downtown and enjoy Historic Reidsville and see some great Automobiles. For more information call: 336-347-2307
5/12/2012
9th. Annual RIBFEST
FREE ADMISSION! 10am - 5pm Freedom Park 121 N. Edgewood Drive Eden, NC 27288 Hot Ribs & Delicious festival foods! Free Inflatables & activities for kids! Arts & Crafts! Live Entertainment For more information call 336-623-2110
5/19/2012
Reidsville Market Square Concert Series Kickoff!
Saturday May 19: Concert Series Kickoff! Market Square will kick off the season with a fantastic blues concert. Featuring Roy Roberts, Tony Drake who is blind and autistic, Barbara Carr and Little Royal (who happens to be James Brown’s half brother.) Concert begins at 5:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Beer and Wine tent will be open. For more information call 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci.reidsville.nc.us
5/19/2012
Artists on the Sidewalk
Artists on the Sidewalk - May 19, 2012 10:ooam - 4:00pm Downtown Madison! Featuring Artists of all genres, and musicians, interactive art area for kids, corn hole games and much more! For more information call 336-427-7099
6/2/2012
4th. Annual Beach Music Benefit for Hospice
Beach Music Benefit for Hospice of Rockingham County at Autumn Creek Vineyards 1:00pm - 6:00pm Featuring The Holiday Bank and Billy Smith & The Impacts Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate Call 336-427-9022 or 336-548-WINE Picnic baskets are welcome but food will be available for purchase. NO outside alcohol allowed.
6/2/2012
3rd. Annual LARGEST Yard Sale Ever
Hosted by The Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce McMichael High School Hwy. 135, at the Hwy 220 Intersection Saturday, June 2nd. 7am - noon There will be yard sale items "old treasures" arts, crafts, food, antiques, furniture and more. Or come and promote your business! Reserve your spot early for best sites: Spaces $20 for a 16X10 space Additional space is $5 Rent a tabel for $10 Fore more information contact: Roseann Staaf 336-485-1135 or roseann.staaf@allentate.com Rain Date: 6/9/2012
6/2/2012
Stoneville Golf Tournament
The Town of Stoneville hosts the Stoneville Golf Tournament the first Saturday of June each year. This is a fund-raiser for the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call: 336-573-9393 or sprice@town.stoneville.nc.us
6/2/2012
10th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival
9:00am - 4:00pm Former Goodwill Store, Kingsway Plaza, Eden, NC The finest in hand-crafted pottery from throughout the state. Over 100 potters in 45 booths. Door prizes and demonstrations. Visit www.ExploreEdenNc.com or call 336-623-7789 ext 3021 for more information.
6/6/2012
Customer Service Experience - "Making Your Business Magical"
“Making Your Business MAGICAL” June 6th, 2012at the Reidsville Downtown Events Center!!!!!! Have you ever wondered how the Walt Disney World Resort® continues to produce a dynamic model on Business Excellence, Leadership, Working Environment, and Customer Service? Learn the nine secrets of the Disney Business Model!!!! Special Guest Speaker: John Formica an “Ex Disney Guy”, and Leading Authority in the hospitality and Tourism Industry as well as other service organizations, is known throughout the U.S. as America’s Best and Favorite Customer Experience Coach!!!!! Lunch with John Formica for Sponsors 12-1:30 pm Session 1 - 9 am – 11:30 am Session 2 – 2 pm – 4:30 pm Tickets are $25 The Chamber would like to thank our Event Sponsors without them this event could not be possible! Platinum Sponsor: Reidsville Downtown Corporation Silver Sponsor: Avante’ at Reidsville You Must RSVP!! To Register: Please contact the Chamber at (336)-349-8481 or info@reidsvillechamber.org
6/8/2012
Downtown Reidsville Cruise-In
5:30pm to 9:00pm - Every 2nd. Friday Hosted by: EZ Street Cruisers Car Club The streets are closed, so you can stroll Downtown and enjoy Historic Reidsville and see some great Automobiles. For more information call: 336347-2307
6/14/2012
Movie on the Squre
Reidsville Market Square will feature a free movie "Winnie the Pooh". Movie begins at 8:30pm or Dusk. Free to the Public! For more information call: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci.reidsville.nc.us
6/16/2012
Brandon Heath - Contemporary Christian Concert
Reidsville Market Square Concert Series! Saturday June 16: Ticketed Concert!!! Brandon Heath, Contemporary Christian, headlines this major concert. Also performing 14 year old twins, The Church Sisters. Concert begins at 7: 00. Tickets on sale March 19. $10, Advance Group rates of $8 per for 50 or more tickets. $10 day of show. For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci-reidsville.nc.us
6/22/2012 - 6/24/2012
Theatre Guild Presents
6/25/2012
Madison Plays Its Part!
-From the News & Record
By Myla Barnhardt
Move over, Hollywood. There’s a new kid on the scene.
Meet Madison.
For three days this past week, it was the epicenter of filming for the movie “You Are Here,” starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, which should be out sometime in 2013.
So what if most of the movie is being filmed in Winston-Salem? Apparently, the Twin Cities just couldn’t pull off the folksy, hometown charm needed for a few scenes.
Madison, it turns out, has heaps of it.You might say it’s a specialty in the town of roughly 2,300, where it’s usually pretty hard to meet a stranger on the sidewalk.
Not so last week. People came from all over, hoping for a little lights, camera, action and a brush with fame. And you didn’t have to be a star to be ogled by the locals. The carpenters, painters, set decorators, the art director … you’ve got to figure that there’s probably only one degree of separation between them and some really famous people. Take set painter Cathy Colley. She painted the patina on the door handle that Owen Wilson touched. That’s close enough in our book.
Will she sign autographs?
That hardware, looking quite fetching now, is on a building on Murphy Street owned by Bobby Pleasants. You might want his autograph, too. More about that later.
A month ago, Pleasants learned that the vacant building he’s owned for more than a decade was on a short list of locations being considered for the movie. It was 10 years ago that he fell in love with the 127-year-old building that had once been Madison Wholesale Grocery.
When Pleasants bought it, the building still had the old wooden counters and shelves. He added an old-timey cash register and made a few improvements, but never got around to the full-scale renovation he dreamed of doing. That was a good thing.
When the movie’s production designer, Dan Bishop, and its location manager, Robert Foulkes, saw it, they knew it was the perfect clean slate that could be turned into in an old country store. “We drove all over hell and creation, radiating out from Winston-Salem,” says Bishop about the quest for a building that could serve as the store. Pleasants’ building was perfect. They rented it, and that was just the beginning of something else the movie brought to Madison — a little jingle in quite a few pockets. Ka-ching...
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6/28/2012
Eden YMCA Hosts Dixie Youth Girls Softball State Championship

Eden NC--Approximately 2,500 people will be attending the Dixie Youth Girls Softball State Tournament July 13-18 for a weekend of fun and excitement. Some of softball’s top players, representing 43 teams from all regions of North Carolina, will descend upon the Eden Family YMCA on July 13th. 
The tournament kicks off with an opening ceremony on Friday at 5pm. By hosting the tournament, the YMCA is able to collaborate with many local businesses, hotels, and restaurants. The Eden Family YMCA would like to thank all of our sponsors for their help in making this event possible. “It’s a surreal feeling to bring this magnitude of tournament to Eden, North Carolina,” said Barry Mabe, Eden Family YMCA CEO. “The YMCA’s goal is to promote the city, create enthusiasm, and most importantly, unite the people of Eden in these harsh economic times.”
While many events are held at the Eden Family YMCA throughout the year, this event is unparalleled by any of the others. To bring 2,500 people to Eden for five days represents a turning point for the Eden Family YMCA and the city of Eden in the midst of these trying times.
The tournament is sure to be filled with excitement- food, fun, and softball! If you’d like to volunteer or want more information, please contact Barry Mabe at 336.623.8496 or 336.613-9622 or bmabe@edenymca.org.  

6/30/2012
Concert in the Park with "The Impacts"
Concert in the park at Freedom Park Saturday, June 30 6:30pm - 8:30pm Featuring The Impacts! Bring your lawn chair and a friend for this fun,free, family event! For more information call 336-627-4711
7/1/2012
Tour of Reidsville Bike Race

4th Annual Tour of Reidsville Bike Race
Sunday, July 1, from 1-7 p.m.
Register at Market Square

Start/Finish at Scales & Gilmer Streets in Downtown Reidsville, NC!

7/2/2012
Rockingham County TDA Awards Grants for 2012-2013

In its June meeting, the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) approved a total of $39,000 in marketing grants to various organizations throughout the county for marketing local events and attractions in 2012 and 2013.  The group also elected new officers for the upcoming year.
The Board received 19 grant applications and voted to fund a portion of all the applications.  There were three new organizations or events that submitted requests this year while the remaining were returning applicants.
“The goal of our Board is to try to support everyone as best we can,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism.  “We are excited about the upcoming events and we will continue to do all we can to help market and support our local events and attractions.”
“Making these grant decisions is a difficult process but we try to be as fair and consistent as possible,” said Johnny Farmer, chair of the TDA Board.  “I think we do a good job at supporting as many different organizations throughout the county as we can with the money we have.  There are several new events planned for the upcoming year and the Board is excited to see how these will help attract more visitors to our community.”
The 2012-2013 Marketing and Promotional Grants are awarded to:

  • City of Eden for the Piedmont Pottery Festival
  • City of Eden for Riverfest
  • City of Reidsville for the Penn House Wedding Shows
  • Dan River Boat Race
  • Eden YMCA for swim meets
  • Eden YMCA for 2013 tennis tournaments
  • Madison Heritage Festival
  • Mayodan Antique Festival
  • MHS Wrestling Boosters for East Coast Classic
  • MHS Wrestling Boosters for Eden Holiday Classic Tournament
  • MHS Wrestling Boosters for Sara Wilkes Invitational Tournament
  • MHS Wrestling Boosters for Super 32 Challenge
  • MHS Wrestling Boosters for Mid-East 3-A High School Regionals
  • Piedmont Folk Legacies for Charlie Poole Music Festival
  • Reidsville Chamber of Commerce for Moonshine to Chardonnay Wine Festival
  • Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Reidsville Homegrown Festival
  • Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Shagging at Market Square
  • Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Tour of Reidsville Bike Race
  • Rockingham County Arts Council for Rockingham County Studio Tour
During the meeting the TDA Board also voted on new officers for 2012-2013.  These officers will begin their terms in July and include:
  • B.J. Durham, Chair
  • Patience Fairman, Vice Chair
  • Texie Needham, Secretary
  • Dixie Penn, Assistant Secretary.
7/3/2012 - 7/4/2012
Eden Kiwanis Ole Fashion Fourth of July
Annual Ole Fashioned July 4th Celebration at Morehead High School - Pierce St., Eden NC Eden, NC 2728 
Enjoy music, food, fun and fireworks!
Tuesday, July 3rd: 5-10 pm
Wednesday, July 4th: 2-10 pm
Admission is free! 
7/3/2012
Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Lake Reidsville
Celebrate Independence Day at Lake Reidsville.
Enjoy good, music and Fireworks all beginning at 4:30pm - 10:30pm
Sponsored by: Waterworks Grocery Bait and Tackle
630 Waterworks Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320
336-349-47674
$5 per car
7/4/2012
Wentworth's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Old Fashioned 4th. of July Celebration at the Historical Village at RCC, County Home Road in Wentworth, NC.
2pm - 6pm
Food Vendors, Local Music, Artisans/Craftsmen, Historical Re-enactments, Homemade Ice Cream Contest and Hot Dog Eating Contest.
For more information call 336-394-4965 or visit Wentworth Town Hall.
7/4/2012
July 4th Fun Parade
17th Annual July 4th Fun Parade!
Parade begins at 9:30am at the Parking lot of Fair Funeral Home, Eden NC
The route is through the neighborhood.
Everyone is Welcome....Children and Adults!
Dress in your RED, WHITE, AND BLUE.  DECORATE YOUR BIKES, WAGONS, STROLLERS, GOLF CARTS, FLOATS.
For more information:  336-627-8918 (Ann or Alice Fair)
7/6/2012
Cupcake Tasting
Consigning Women presents a Cupcake Tasting!  Friday, July 6, 6-8 p.m. at 704 Patrick Street, Eden NC.
Featuring treats from "Cakes by Carla with giveaways & special sales.
$5 admission, Get 15% off the evening's purchases & one raffle entry.  Proceeds benefit The Lord's Food Pantry
7/13/2012
Downtown Reidsville Cruise-In
5:30pm to 9:00pm - Every 2nd. Friday Hosted by: EZ Street Cruisers Car Club The streets are closed, so you can stroll Downtown and enjoy Historic Reidsville and see some great Automobiles. For more information call: 336347-2307
7/14/2012
3rd. Annual Beach Music Festival at Autumn Creek Vineyards
Featuring Jim Quick and Coastline Band and Night Move Band Beach Music, dancing and fun. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at gate. Tickets available at any NewBridge Bank in Rockingham County, Fuzzy's BBQ in Madison, Cat Daddy's Moonshine in Madison, and Autumn Creek Vineyards. 364 Means Creek Road Mayodan, NC 27027 336) 548-9463
7/14/2012
The Eden Cruise
Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter
2nd. Saturday of each month May - October
4:00 p.m.--until.
In the parking lot of Subway, 824 S. Van Buren Rd., Eden NC 27288
For more information call 336-635-2653.

7/17/2012
Rockingham County Partnership and TDA Launch New Web Site
Wentworth, NC - The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (Partnership) and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) are pleased to launch their newly redesigned Web site: www.ncnorthstar.com. 
 
“In keeping up with current marketing trends, our new site has more of a social media look and feel to it.  Also, we now have the ability to keep all the information current by editing the content on a daily basis if necessary,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism for the Rockingham County Partnership.

The Web site is used for marketing Rockingham County for both economic development and tourism. It features sections on both areas as well as a news page, information about Rockingham County and the Partnership, and a calendar of events.  The site also includes the ability to download all the Partnership’s and TDA’s brochures and publications. 

“Our new site features a lot of direct links to other Web sites and maps.  It also includes a link to our Facebook page and we encourage people to click the link to ‘like’ us on Facebook,” said Yount.

“This project was a joint project of the Partnership and the Tourism Development Authority.  It was a major project for both organizations in the last year and we are really pleased with how it turned out,” added Yount.

To view the site: www.ncnorthstar.com
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Contact:
The Rockingham County Partnership
For Economic and Tourism Development
Robin Yount
Vice President of Tourism   
336.342.8138
ryount@ncnorthstar.com
www.ncnorthstar.com


7/19/2012
Rockingham County Hosts First Citizen's Academy

Hurry....Register by July 31st for the first ever Rockingham County Citizen's Academy!

Rockingham County residents have until July 31st to apply for the County's first Citizens' Academy!  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a Rockingham County resident or business owner. Online applications are on the County’s website: Click Here.

Those needing a printed application may contact Mable Scott, Public Information Officer (PIO), Suite 210, Rockingham County Governmental Center, 371 NC 65, Reidsville, NC 27375. Phone: 336.342.8342. Email: mscott@co.rockingham.nc.uS

The Citizens' Academy is a  free, comprehensive, ten-week program to help Rockingham County citizens better understand how Rockingham County Government operates.  The Inaugural Fall Classes will be  from 6 to 8 p.m., every Thursday, Sept. 6 – Nov. 8, at Rockingham County Governmental Center, Rockingham Community College (RCC), or other locations per topic. Participants graduate Nov. 13. The Spring Class is from Feb. through April 2013.


Completed applications for the Inaugural Class must be received by midnight, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Chosen participants are expected to participate with the entire program (each session and graduation).


The Citizens’ Academy’s steering committee includes County Commissioner Harold Bass, RCC President Michael Helmick, County Manager Lance Metzler, and PIO Mable Scott. The Academy was developed:

1. To inform, educate, engage, and empower local citizens with a thorough, behind-the-scenes view of Rockingham County Government in order to help grow and develop future County Governmental leaders;

2. To personally meet and talk with County elected officials, department heads, appointed Board/Committee leaders, and staff to better understand how County Government operates. Eventually, this will enable Academy graduates to be actively involved with County Government;

3. To gain a working knowledge about the County’s overall organization, vision, mission, goals, objectives, budget, policies, procedures, and day-to-day functions to create civic ambassadors who may enlighten others about County Government.

 

7/21/2012
Cultural Concert at Reidsville Market Square
Saturday July 21: Cultural Concert featuring, Daliana Dance, Belly Dancing, Wesley Williams Urban Dance, focus on African Dance, concert concludes with Mariachi Mexico 2000. Free and open to the public. Beer and wine tent will be open. Event begins at 6:30 pm at the Reidsville Market Square. For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough.ci.reidsville.nc.us
7/27/2012
Rockingham County Museum to Hold Grand Opening August 11th.

On Saturday, August 11, the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will open its doors to the public for the first time! It will be an historic moment for our County.

The Grand Opening event will begin at 10:00 am with a ribbon cutting. Senator Phil Berger, Carol M. Highsmith, representatives of the Smithsonian Institution, NC Humanities Council, Rockingham County Government, and other visiting dignitaries will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The MARC is located in the former County Courthouse at 1086 Highway 65 in Wentworth.

Thanks to the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution, the MARC will open featuring a Smithsonian travelling exhibit Journey Stories, part of the national Museum on Main Street Program. MARC is honored as one of only six sites in the state of North Carolina to host this exhibit. Journey Stories spotlights themes of migration, immigration, transportation and the significance of mobility to personal freedom.

In addition to the Journey Stories exhibition, you will find stunning local exhibits in the museum and a special photography exhibition by Carol M. Highsmith, dubbed America’s Photography by the Library of Congress, will be on display.

Both the museum and Wright Tavern Historic Site will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm on Saturday. A variety of fun activities will be offered on the museum green and the historic site grounds, reminiscent of the court days of another era. Free snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, lemonade and water will be provided to visitors. It promises to be a great day. We hope you’ll join us!

Admission to the MARC is $5 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and students, $2.50 for children, under 4 free, or $20 per family. Members are admitted free of charge. The MARC will be open from 2-8pm Wednesday through Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays beginning August 11th.

This grand opening is the result of many months of dedicated work by the MARC board, committee members, staff, local contractors, and the donations of a multitude of supporters.

Journey Stories has been made possible by the MARC and the NC Humanities Council. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

7/28/2012
Shaggin' on the Square
FREE BEACH MUSIC CONCERT!
"Shaggin' on the Square!"  Market Square                
307 S. Scales St.
Reidsville, NC  27320

3 - 11 PM

Hotel packages available and includes: *1 Room at Holiday Inn Express *Hot & Cold Breakfast for 2 *Free Shuttle to and from Concert *2 Concert T-Shirts *2 Miller Beer Koozies *Free Admission to Beer Garden *Misc. Gifts & Coupons - SPECIAL PACKAGE RATE $130.00 plus tax

For Hotel & Reservation Information:  Please call Brandi: 800-656-1848 or for Concert/Event Information: Please call Terresia: 336-347-2307 or email
rdc@ci.reidsville.nc.us
8/3/2012
Madison Cruise-In
Don't miss Madison's monthly Cruise-In!

Friday, August 3rd.
Murphy St. in Historic, Downtown Madison, NC.

Features a showcase of classic cars.

Contact the
Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce for more info.
8/4/2012
Dan River Boat Race
The first Saturday in August is a day of family-oriented fun as canoe and kayak enthusiasts converge on the Dan River. Awards are given to winners in various age categories and divisions. At the end of the 2 1/2 mile trek, participants can enjoy lunch, musical entertainment, and visit vendors while waiting for the times to be tallied. In the past few years, more than 100 boats and even more participants from across North Carolina and surrounding states competed in the race, creating lasting memories and a wonderful event!
Check-in: 7:30 - 10 a.m.; Race begins at 10 am.  Lindsey Bridge Access on the Dan River in Madison.
For more information visit www.danriverboatrace.org.
8/9/2012
Tourism Economic Impact Increases in 2011

The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced that domestic visitors to and within Rockingham County spent $60.05 million in 2011, an increase of 5.2% from 2010. 

“We are really pleased with these results,” said Robin Yount, vice president of tourism for the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority. “It shows that our tourism industry is thriving and remains a vital segment of our local economy.”

Tourism impact highlights for 2011:

  • The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 520 people in Rockingham County. 
  • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Rockingham County was $9.58 million.
  • State tax revenue generated in Rockingham County totaled $3.23 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income.  Some $1.45 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.

Gov. Beverly Perdue announced in May that visitors to North Carolina spent a record $18.4 billion in 2011, an increase of 8.2 percent from 2010.  These statistics are from the “2011 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The study was prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S. Travel Association.
Statewide highlights include:

  • State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending neared $1 billion in 2011 and have increased nearly 52 percent in the last 10 years.
  • Visitors spend more than $50 million per day in North Carolina and contribute over $4.3 million per day in state and local tax revenues as a result of that spending (nearly $3 million in state taxes and over $1.5 million in local taxes).
  • The travel and tourism industry directly employees nearly 200,000 North Carolinians.
8/9/2012
Movie on the Square
Reidsville Market Squre will feature "War Horse" Movie is free to the public and begins at 8:30 or Dusk. For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough@ci.reidsville.nc.us
8/10/2012
Downtown Reidsville Cruise-In
5:30pm to 9:00pm - Every 2nd. Friday Hosted by: EZ Street Cruisers Car Club The streets are closed, so you can stroll Downtown and enjoy Historic Reidsville and see some great Automobiles. For more information call: 336347-2307

8/11/2012
The Eden Cruise
Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter
2nd. Saturday of each month May - October
4:00 p.m.--until.

In the parking lot of Subway
824 S. Van Buren Rd.
Eden NC 27288

For more information call 336-635-2653.
8/11/2012
County Historical Museum Grand Opening

Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will open its doors to the public for the first time!

Saturday, August, 11th, 2012 at 10 a.m.
1086 Highway 65 in Wentworth
(former Rockingham County Courthouse)
A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the grand opening.
Admission is Free!

MARC is proud that its debut exhibit features the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit "Journey Stories," part of the national Museum on Main Street Program. MARC is honored as one of only six sites in the state of North Carolina to host this exhibit. Journey Stories spotlights themes of migration, immigration, transportation and the significance of mobility to personal freedom.

In addition to the Journey Stories exhibition, you will find stunning local exhibits in the museum and a special photography exhibition by Carol M. Highsmith, dubbed America’s Photography by the Library of Congress, will be on display.

Both the museum and Wright Tavern Historic Site will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm on August 11. A variety of fun activities will be offered on the museum green and the historic site grounds, reminiscent of the court days of another era. Free snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, lemonade and water will be provided to visitors. It promises to be a great day. We hope you’ll join us!

The MARC will be open from 2-8pm Wednesday through Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays beginning August 11th.


8/13/2012
Piedmont Distillers expands capacity, staff

From the Triad Business Journal

Piedmont Distillers says it has expanded its Madison facility and staff after seeing an increase in sales in its moonshine products.

The company created the first legal moonshine product with recipes from the family of legendary bootlegger and NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson.

Retail sales of Piedmont’s brands are on pace to exceed $30 million in 2012, the company said in an announcement. To accommodate the growth, the company has had to expand its Madison distillery twice this year. A third bottling line is scheduled to begin operation this week.

The distillery has doubled its staff since January and now employs 30 people.

Piedmont said it has sold more than 100,000 six-packs during the first six months of the year and that the company is on-track to sell more than 250,000 six-packs this year, a more than 200 percent increase over 2011.

Piedmont Distillers was the first craft distillery in the United States to offer a legal moonshine products in 2005. Their brands include Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Original and a line of six new Midnight Moon Fruit Inclusions. In the past year, the company’s distribution has expanded across the United States and into duty-free locations.

8/13/2012
Country Music Festival Announced

YEE-HAW-LAPALOOZA 2012

Stokesdale / Rockingham County, NC
Saturday, October 13, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m.

YEE-HAW-LAPALOOZA – It’s the south’s largest pasture party!!!  Imagine, a 280-acre farm transformed for one night into the Triad’s biggest country festival starring some of country music’s hottest superstars:

  • Chelsea Sorrell (Top 25 contestant on Season 11 of “American Idol”)
  • Love & Theft (#1 hit with “Angel Eyes”)
  • Colt Ford (current hit is “Back,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and many more)
  • Montgomery Gentry (“Where I Come From,” “Lucky Man,” “Something to be Proud Of,” “Hell Yeah” and many other hits), 
  • and a Country Music Legend from North Carolina returns!!!  
Five country stars…one stage…one amazing day/night of country music! 

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10th at 10am at www.etix.com or www.TriadConcerts.comtickets are ONLY $45.00 – kids 10 and under get in FREE with a paying adult.

Directions to the Farm: The Bennett / McAnally Farm - 313 Bennett Farm Road, Stokesdale, NC 27025 (just as NC 68 turns into US 220 at the Guilford / Rockingham county line).


Don’t Miss – Chelsea Sorrell, Love & Theft, Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, and A North Carolina Country Legend Returns (name will be released September 14th, 2012).

For information Call Chuck Marsh – 336.926.3141 – working for CoCo Promotions. 

 

 

 

 

8/16/2012
MARC's Journey Stories Series: Batteau Navigation
We invite you to join us Thursday evening, August 16, 2012, 7:00-8:30pm in the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) theater for the first presentation in the Journey Stories Program Series.

Batteau Navigation on the Dan River
by: Dr. Lindley S. Butler, Ph. D.

Dr. Lindley S. Butler, North Carolina historian, has spent several decades researching and writing about nineteenth century Dan River batteau navigation. The improvement of the river for batteau commerce by the Roanoke Navigation Company brought to isolated Rockingham County its first economic development and led to the founding of two towns, Leaksville and Madison, as river ports. Long, narrow batteaux hauled cargo and passengers throughout the nineteenth century until replaced by the railroad. Batteau crews were predominantly African-American, both before and after the Civil War. In the post-war period black owner/operators were respected entrepreneurs.

This program includes a tour of the exhibit.

Over the next six weeks, the MARC will present a six-part speaker series. These programs are free to the public. The entire program schedule is attached to this e-mail for your information.

MARC is located in the former County Courthouse at 1086 Highway 65 in Wentworth, NC.

Click here for more info on the MARC's programs.
8/18/2012
Reidsville Market Square Concert Series
Saturday August 18: Concert Series: American Aquarium and concert begins at 6:30. The Square will be rocking! Beer and wine tent will be open. Free and open to the public. For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough.ci.reidsville.nc.us
8/29/2012
Groundbreaking Planned for Madison-Mayodan Library

Western Rockingham County Will Have A New 21st Century Library
Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned for Sept. 5th

Rockingham County Public Library is excited and thankful to Rockingham County, the towns of Madison and Mayodan, Western Rockingham Friends of the Library, and local residents because Western Rockingham will soon have a new 21st century library! 

The Madison-Mayodan Library will serve as a centerpiece for Madison and Mayodan.  The $2.3-million construction project will start later this year.

Thanks to local community fundraising, grants, collaborations, and partnerships, the Madison-Mayodan Library has become a reality!  The Library and Western Friends are planning a library groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5th, to celebrate this tremendous community support.  The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking at 611 Burton St. in Madison. 

The new library will include an enlarged genealogy room, community room, children’s room, computer lab, and up-to-date networking.  The facility will provide literacy classes, basic computer classes, and health education programs.
 
Rockingham County officials received approval from the Local Government Commission to finance the funding.  FABCO Construction was approved by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners to erect the facility.

The Western Friends are still looking for funds for landscaping and furnishings.  They plan to sell brick pavers for $50 a piece which can be given In Memory of, In Honor of, or Presented by.  The pavers will be placed in the front of the new library along with the inscriptions. 

For more information about the pavers, please contact Sue Joyce at 336.548.9720 or Rosa McCombs at 336.427.5108.  Paver forms are available at the Madison Library, the Mayodan Library, the Friends Bookstore in Mayodan (103 2nd Ave.), and online at
www.rcpl.org


9/1/2012
Dan River Basin Assoc. 1st Saturday Outing
Join the Dan River Basin Association for its First Saturday Outing on September 1 on the Dan River in Rockingham County.


Beginning at a private put-in at Jacob's Creek, the group will float 5.5 miles to a private take-out at Eagle Falls. Lucas Conkle, Chair of DRBA's Outings Task Force and an avid kayaker, will coordinate the trip.

 

Participants are asked to meet at 10:00 a.m. at the end of Planters Road, Madison, NC (GPS 36.390883, -79.883770) to unload boats and gear and set the shuttle. Boat rentals and shuttle will be provided by Three Rivers Outfitters of Eden, 336-627-6215, www.3-R-O.com .

 

The float, which is rated Class 1 in difficulty, begins at the mouth of Jacob's Creek, which enters the Dan River from the south.
9/7/2012
An Evening with Melva Houston
Blues & Jazz Performed Live
Exclusive Meet and Greet with Melva
*Dancing 
*Heavy Hors d'oeuvres 
*Cash Bar  
*Champagne Fountain

For more information :  rdc@ci.reidsville.nc.us 
 
9/8/2012
The Eden Cruise
Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter
2nd. Saturday of each month May - October
4:00 p.m.--until.
In the parking lot of Subway, 824 S. Van Buren Rd., Eden NC 27288
For more information call 336-635-2653.
9/8/2012
Harvest Ridge Music Festival

Harvest Ridge Music is proud to be hosting an all-day music festival in Ruffin, NC (30 min. north of Greensboro off US HWY 29 N).
Picture a relaxing day with family and friends in a country setting eating good food and enjoying music from local artists.

Harvest Ridge Music Festival
Saturday, Sept. 8th
Harvest Ridge Farm in Ruffin
(Just off US HWY  29, 545 Service Road)

Featuring two stages of live entertainment.

Farm Plus Insurance Stage:

12:00 - 1:00 - Carolina Crosswind Band
1:30 - 2:30  -  Lawson Creek Grass
3:15 - 4:15  -  Tobacco Apache
5:15 - 6:30  -  Old Southern MS Rev
7:30 -          -  Mountain Heart

White's Rentals Stage:
1:00 - 1:30  -  Open Jam
2:30 - 3:15  -  Boone Shine
4:15 - 5:15  -  Upright & Breathin'
6:30 - 7:30  -  Nikki Talley

For Ticket Information, please visit our web site or all our office at 336-939-7616

For General Questions:
info@harvestridgefarm.com

For Media Inquiries:
justin@harvestridgefarm.com


 

9/8/2012
Mayodan's 26th Homecoming Festival
Saturday, September 8th from 10am - 9pm in Downtown Mayodan, NC.

Lots of Family Fun
Children's Activities & Rides
Arts & Crafts
Great Food
Live Music

Come and enjoy a wonderful day full of fun for the entire family! For more information call 336-548-2241 or www.townofmayodan.com. 

9/11/2012
Rockingham County Tourism Goes Mobile
Custom tour now available on Travel North Carolina App
 
Wentworth, NC—The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) announces the launch of its “Play in Rockingham County” custom tour on Our State magazine’s Travel North Carolina app.  “Play in Rockingham County” is the first custom tour on the app in the Piedmont Triad region.  The Travel North Carolina app, powered by Our State magazine, is free and available for use on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and on Google Android phones. 
 
The Travel North Carolina app is a go-to guide for exploring the entire state. The app leads you to attractions, historical sites, lighthouses, national and state parks, outdoor adventures, museums, shopping, wineries, and more.  The app is divided among regions in North Carolina: Western, Greater Charlotte, Triad, Triangle, Eastern, and Statewide.  The “Play in Rockingham” custom tour is found in the Triad region and highlights the major traveler destinations in the county.  It also features 12 individual business or origination listings that include:
 
·         Eden Tourism
·         Experience Oakhaven (Oakhaven Farm)
·         Lake Reidsville
·         Layne’s Family Pharmacy
·         Madison Dry Goods
·         Market Square (Reidsville)
·         Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC)
·         Northern Bell Restaurant
·         Play in Rockingham County (Rockingham County TDA)
·         Reidsville Downtown Homegrown Festival
·         Rockingham County Arts Council
·         Tuttle’s Farm
·         Willow Oaks Plantation

Each listing in the tour includes GPS triggered maps, including driving and walking distances and turn-by-turn directions, contact information with direct links to phone numbers, web sites and social media pages, and descriptions, photos and videos (when available).

“We are very excited to launch the Rockingham County custom tour on the Travel North Carolina app,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism.  “Right now, ours is the first custom tour in the Triad region on the app and that puts our attractions front and center in the region.  It will greatly increase visibility for Rockingham County and all the wonderful outdoor recreation attractions we have here.”

The TDA is the main host of the custom tour, which made it more affordable for the partner businesses or organizations to have a presence on the app.

“This app is a new product offered by Our State and we felt like we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to participate and help make it more affordable for our local tourism-related businesses and organizations to participate as well,” added Yount.  “We encourage everyone in the area to download it and spread the word to everyone you know.  It’s a great tool for exploring Rockingham County as well as the whole state.”

The Travel North Carolina app is free and available for download in the App Store and Android Market.  Tours may be streamed to save hard drive space or downloaded to enjoy without Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity.  For questions about joining the “Play in Rockingham” custom tour, please contact Robin Yount with the Rockingham County TDA at 336.342.8138 or ryount@ncnorthstar.com.
9/14/2012
Downtown Reidsville Cruise-In
5:30pm to 9:00pm - Every 2nd. Friday Hosted by: EZ Street Cruisers Car Club The streets are closed, so you can stroll Downtown and enjoy Historic Reidsville and see some great Automobiles. For more information call: 336347-2307
9/14/2012 - 9/15/2012
Eden RiverFest
Eden RiverFest
Friday September 14 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, September 15 10:00am to 10:00pm.
Olde Leaksville Shopping District, Washington Street, Eden NC

GREAT MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT! Friday 7:00-9pm Saturday 7:30-9pm NC River Parade, Two stages of music, batteau rides,Kids Zone,food vendors, Artisans and more. River Village Visit www.ExploreEdenNc.com for more information or call 336-623-7789 ext. 3021
9/15/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

9/15/2012
STEP UP FOR MADISON!
Please join us for the NC STEP KICK-OFF EVENT at the stage behind the gazebo on Murphy street, Madison NC.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
5pm - 9pm

Let's Rally Together and Support our Town's Initiative to Boost Our Local Economy and Revitalize Our Samll Town.
Every Idea is Valuable - You are Valuable!

Come and enjoy food, music, friends and family.
For more information call 336-427-0221
9/20/2012
Rockingham County Political Candidates Forum
7:00 pm
Rockingham Community College Auditorium at the Advanced Technologies Building
For more information contact www.edenchamber.com or email president@edenchamber.com
9/21/2012 - 9/22/2012
Mayodan Antique Festival
Mayodan Antique Festival Town of Mayodan-Farris Memorial Park Antique Antique Extravaganza A DON'T MISS SHOW FOR ALL ANTIQUE ENTHUSIASTS!!! 18th to 20th Century furniture and paintings, pottery, glass clocks, dolls, toys, military items, fishing collectibles, decoys, jewelry, quilts, folk art and "in the rough" country Americana. More more information call 336-548-2789 or http://www.mayodanantiques.com/.

Friday, September 21: 8am-6pm
Saturday, September 22: 8am-6pm

9/22/2012
Reidsville Market Square Concert Series
Saturday September 22: Concert Series: The Groove Train and The Castaways. Come get your shag and rock on! Concert begins at 6:30. Beer and wine tent will be open. Free and open to the public. For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough.ci.reidsville.nc.us
9/24/2012
Mayodan Selected for Downtown Workshop

Mayodan, NC- The Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Planning Project has chosen the Town of Mayodan to host a two-day workshop focused on economic recovery and growth in our downtown.

The workshop will bring together experts in town planning, economic development, and landscape design to work with property owners and interested citizens to propose ways to improve Mayodan’s historic downtown.  The workshop dates have not been announced, but is expected to take place in October or early November.

The selection committee received numerous project ideas from towns and cities across the Piedmont Region.  Mayodan was chosen because of the unique circumstance that the old Washington Mill is being demolished at the same time that renewed efforts are being made to redevelop our economic vitality through the NC STEP program.

PTRC Project Manager, Paul Kron, stated “The selection committee was very interested in the opportunity to work with Mayodan and the STEP program because it would enhance both efforts.”  Mayodan is also blessed with a relatively intact downtown area that is easily accessible to residents of the Town.

The focus of the workshop will be on current economic trends and areas where financial investments have previously been made.   A plan will be designed to reestablish these key spaces in order to maximize economic benefit to the community.  In addition, the design team will present and help to incorporate best practice strategies for relieving stresses on established infrastructure.
 
Mayodan is joined by Biscoe, Elkin, High Point, and Yanceyville as recipients of the workshop opportunity.  Each community will provide meeting space and incidental expenses of the design team.  Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities will pay the estimated $20,000-$25,000 expense of the professional design team.

The Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Planning Project is a 3-year process whose main focus is to help create and sustain jobs and investment throughout the region, as well as promoting housing affordability and a sustainable environment. The 12-county regional plan will promote sustainable communities, highlighting the great things already happening in our region and helping communities develop or implement plans to grow or revitalize.  The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council are the lead agencies. The project is made possible though a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information about Mayodan’s selection contact Michael Brandt, Town Manager, at 336.427.0241 or mbrandt@townofmayodan.com.  For more information about the Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Project see their website at www.triadsustainability.org.

 

9/24/2012
Fabrics Manufacturer to Create 55 New Jobs in Rockingham County
RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Global Textile Alliance Inc, a leading fabrics manufacturer, will expand its operations in Rockingham County. The company plans to create 55 jobs and invest $7.4 million over the next three years in Reidsville. The project was made possible in part by a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
 
“North Carolina has a long and celebrated history in the textile industry,” said Gov. Perdue. “Manufacturers are expanding here because of our state’s investments in education and job training programs. Companies know that hiring a skilled workforce is a key part of thriving in a global economy.”
 
Global Textile Alliance, headquartered in Reidsville, manufactures bedding and upholstery fabrics which are sold to several major U.S. furniture brands. The Reidsville plant is home to the company’s corporate headquarters, distribution, design, sales and marketing, finance and quality control divisions. There are currently more than 130 people working at the facility.
 
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be more than $1.5 million.
 
"Global Textile Alliance, Inc. is extremely pleased to have the continued support of North Carolina to help us broaden the foundation of our company,” said Steven Graven, chief operating officier of Global Textile Alliance. “The expansions we have planned will allow the company to grow in the overall scope of the products we manufacture in the United States."
 
The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
 
North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate.  Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.
 
Through use of the One NC Fund, more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment have been created since 2001. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Rockingham County, City of Reidsville and the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.”
 
 
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9/25/2012
Tuttle's Farm Participates in Anti-Bullying Movement

Tuttle’s Farm to Join Spokes-Pumpkin "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" in Bullying Prevention Movement
The farm will feature Spookley the Square Pumpkin in farm-based events
throughout National Bullying Prevention Month in October

Stoneville—October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Tuttle’s Farm is partnering with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Official Spokes-Pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month, to raise awareness for bullying prevention. 

Tuttle’s Farm, an agritourism destination in Stoneville, North Carolina, will be featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin in farm-based events weekdays for schools and to the public on weekends, throughout October to help its younger visitors understand the importance of being tolerant and kind.
 
Spookley was first introduced to millions of children in the book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, in which he is shunned by all of the round pumpkins until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire pumpkin patch and only Spookley, with his unique shape, can save the day. 

This fall Spookley is returning as the Official Spokes-Pumpkin for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors National Bullying Prevention Month activities at PACER.org/Bullying. 

“The culture of bullying won’t end until people across the country take action and show children and teens that they care,” says Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which is a division of PACER Center, a national organization.  “We love the way Spookley touches the heart and the mind with his message of tolerance and acceptance.”
 
Tuttle’s Farm is one of many family farms across North America that will be embracing Spookley and his story with visitors throughout the fall.  “Spookley is an adorable character with a wonderful message,” says Caroline Tuttle Lineberry, owner of the farm.  “We are delighted to share Spookley with our visitors to raise awareness for National Bullying Prevention

Tuttle’s Farm is open to the public each weekend from September 21st throughout the fall season, from 10-5 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. They will feature Spookley in farm-based events including hayrides, storytime readings, a Spookley kiddie maze, and so much more.

For more information about Tuttle’s Farm, please contact Caroline Lineberry, whitney@tuttlesfarmevents.com, (336) 589-8730.

About Spookley the Square Pumpkin:
Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a beloved children’s character created by author and lyricist Joe Troiano.  For more information about Spookley and his friends from Holiday Hill Farm, please visit www.holidayhillfarm.com.      

About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center:
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers educators, students, families, and individuals the tools they need to address bullying in schools, recreational programs or community organizations. For more information, visit www.PACER.org/Bullying or call 952-838-9000.

9/27/2012
Temptations in the Garden
The Eden Chamber of Commerce Presents its annual:
Temptations in the Garden
Thursday, Sept. 27th 6-8 p.m.
at
Willow Oaks Plantation
 
Join this celebration of the area's best food, beverages, music and art!

Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Contact the Eden Chamber to purchase tickets: 336.623.3336.
9/28/2012 - 9/29/2012
Reidsville Downtown Homegrown Festival
Friday Sept 28th. 5:30pm - 11:00pm Saturday Sept 29th. 10:00am - 11:00PM Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Collectables; lots of Food and Fun fill the streets of Downtown Reidsville while music from two stages fill the air. For more information: 336-347-2307 rdc@ci.reidsville.nc.us www.downtownreidsvillenc.com
9/29/2012
Concert in the Park
Concert in the Park at Freedom Park in Eden.
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Featuring the Bullet Band.
Event is free & open to the public, so bring your lawn chair & a friend!
Call 336.627.4711 for more info.



9/29/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

9/29/2012 - 9/30/2012
Tuttle's Farm
Tuttle's Farm in Stoneville is now open for the fall season!
Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays from Noon - 5 p.m.

Now featuring "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" from the beloved children's book in farm-based events including hayrides, storytime readings, a Spookley kiddie maze, and so much more.

For more info:
Tuttle's Farm
1353 Titan Berry Rd.
Stoneville, NC
whitney@tuttlesfarmevents.com
336.589.8730

9/29/2012
Stoneville Fall Festival
Stoneville Fall Festival! Last Saturday in September. Great food, music and lots of fun in beautiful downtown Stoneville NC. Hosted by the Stoneville Rotary Club. For more information contact: 336-573-9393 or sprice@town.stoneville.nc.us
10/4/2012
Rockingham County Selected as STAR Community
Wentworth, N.C. (September 24, 2012)The Rockingham County Business & Technology Center (RCBTC) today announces Rockingham County’s selection among 25 cities and counties nationwide to participate in the STAR Pilot Community Program. The STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating) Community IndexTM will provide Rockingham County an opportunity to be among the first communities in the nation to use the nation’s first framework for holistically evaluating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of communities. Other communities accepted into the STAR Pilot Community Program include Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle, Santa Fe, N.M., DeKalb County, Ga., Broward County, Fla. and Tucson, Ariz., among others.

In 2011, the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill conducted a study to determine the competitiveness of Rockingham County. That report concluded a need for Rockingham County to become a more sustainable community, which several area organizations are working towards. Mark Wells, Executive Director of the RCBTC stated, “This tool will give Rockingham County a way to measure its progress toward becoming a more sustainable community while also providing citizens more transparency into the effectiveness of its efforts.”

The STAR Pilot Community Program will begin in October, will last one year and will include access to prototype tools, calculators and geospatial applications. It will also comprise dedicated program and technical support from the STAR Communities Team and regular peer networking with participating communities to share experiences and build best practices. More information on the STAR Pilot Community Program can be found at www.starcommunities.org.

About the Rockingham County Business & Technology Center:
The RCBTC is designed to create an entrepreneur-focused, technology-enabled, future-driven environment in Rockingham County. The Center helps entrepreneurs learn how to plan, start and grow businesses, while making sure they understand how to use technology to be competitive in today’s global marketplace. For more information call (336) 342-7853 or visit their web site at www.rockinghambusiness.org.

10/6/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

10/6/2012
Junk in Your Trunk
Reidsville Market Square features its Annual "Junk in Your Trunk". Annual Fall Yard Sale! Sign up in advance. Sale begins at 8:00am. $10 for two tables. For more information: 336-349-1099 or jyarbrough.ci.reidsville.nc.us
10/6/2012
Madison Heritage Festival
10:00am - 8:00pm Food - Artists - Crafters - Music - Lots of Fun! Located in the Historic Downtown Madison, NC For more information call: Danny Smith 336-548-2305 or Bobby Pleasants 336-427-2112 http://madisonheritagefestival.com
10/11/2012
Ladies Night Out
Join the Historic Leaksville merchants for a night of fun, food and pampering.
For more information
www.ExploreEdenNc.com
10/13/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

10/13/2012
Playing at the Park
Come to the Stoneville Memorial Park to have a ton of fun and help to raise funds for the Stoneville Parks and Recreation Department.  Times are from 10am until 4pm.  Vendors will be on hand with all of the usual festival foods and games.  Come ready to play, dance, and enjoy the day away!
For more information

10/13/2012
Yee-Haw-Lapalooza

YEE-HAW-LAPALOOZA 2012

Where: Stokesdale / Rockingham County, NC
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, starting at 1 p.m.

It’s the south’s largest pasture party!!!  Imagine, a 280-acre farm transformed for one night into the Triad’s biggest country festival starring some of country music’s hottest superstars:

  • Chelsea Sorrell (Top 25 contestant on Season 11 of “American Idol”)
  • Love & Theft (#1 hit with “Angel Eyes”)
  • Colt Ford (current hit is “Back,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and many more)
  • Montgomery Gentry (“Where I Come From,” “Lucky Man,” “Something to be Proud Of,” “Hell Yeah” and many other hits),
  • and a Country Music Legend from North Carolina returns!!! (name announced on Sept.14) 
Five country stars…one stage…one amazing day/night of country music! 

Tickets on sale NOW at: 
www.etix.com or www.TriadConcerts.com – tickets are ONLY $45.00 – kids 10 and under get in FREE with a paying adult.

Directions to the Farm: The Bennett / McAnally Farm - 311 Bennett Farm Road, Stokesdale, NC 27025 (just as NC 68 turns into US 220 at the Guilford / Rockingham county line).

More info: http://www.triadconcerts.com/
10/13/2012
The Eden Cruise
Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club AACA Chapter
2nd. Saturday of each month May - October, 4:00 p.m.--until.

In the parking lot of Subway
824 S. Van Buren Rd.
Eden NC 27288

For more information call 336-635-2653.
10/18/2012
How to Apply for a RAFI Grant Workshop
6:00 pm
 
Rockingham County Agriculture Center
525 Hwy 65
Reidsville, NC 27320
 
The workshop will help clients understand the guidelines and process of applying for the grants available thru The Rural Advancement Foundation International. The grants are for qualifying producers who are farmers or farmer "groups" actively engaged in full or part-time farming in the Western Piedmont. The maximum amount available to individual farmers is $8,000 and $10,000 for collaborative farmer or community projects. Grant applications for the Western Piedmont Region
are due December 5, 2012! 
 
Eligibility:
·         Farmers must be earning at least 50% of their personal income from their farm operation. 
·         Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a way to replace lost tobacco income.
·         High priority will be given to innovative projects that show a new direction or opportunity in farming.
·         Past grantees that received a grant from RAFI or Tobacco Trust Fund Commission are not eligible.
 
 
This workshop will also give farmers time to get specific questions about their projects answered directly by Joe Schroeder the Western Piedmont Field Coordinator from RAFI-USA.
 
Call Kathryn Holmes, Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Agent at 342-8230 for more information.
10/18/2012
Reidsville Business Showcase


The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce invites you to take advantage of an opportunity to promote your business and help keep Reidsville dollars in Rockingham County. This Reidsville Business Showcase will be held October 18th, 2012.


As business leaders, we are all responsible for creating awareness within our community of the products and services available to residents to prevent Reidsville money from leaving Rockingham County. Beyond our shared responsibility, consider the value of getting face time with over 500 potential customers for less than the cost of a general mailer.

We think you will benefit from the format that is being used this year which will allow you ample time for set up, and time for business to business networking.


Price includes 8’ high booth backdrop with 3’ dividers, one 6’ table, two chairs, table cloth, a booth identification sign, and 2 tickets to the vendor luncheon.

To Register go to Our Website
Please fax completed form to the chamber at 336-349-8495

Contact the Chamber with any questions at 336-349-8481


*non-members-$50 discount on 1st year’s Chamber membership if you join within 30 days after the event

10/19/2012
MARC Comes to Life With Halloween Event
Wentworth, NC--On Saturday, October 27, the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will come to life for an afternoon of Halloween family fun with showings of the Ben Stiller film "Night at the Museum".

Two sessions, at 1:00 and 5:00 pm, will be held on the second floor Superior Courtroom at the MARC at 1086 NC Highway 65 in Wentworth. Tickets are $3 per person or $15 per family.

In addition to the film, children will enjoy ghost stories told by local entertainers. They will also receive assorted Halloween snack bags. After the film, participants will create ghosts and other craft projects. Those who wish will also take part in a Halloween costume contest.

MARC Director Kim Proctor emphasized the family friendly nature of the event. "We want folks to have a place where their children can enjoy a variety of activities in a safe environment," she explained.

She also noted the reason behind holding two sessions. "Those with younger children may want to participate in the afternoon session," she noted, "and those older kids may want to come out later in the day." Each session will last approximately three hours.

Proctor invites everyone to "come out and join us for an afternoon of Halloween fun."

Other than the 27th, the MARC will be closed while new exhibits are added. It will reopen on November 16 and folks are encouraged to come and visit with family over the upcoming holidays. A Christmas Tour is currently in the works for early December.
10/20/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

10/22/2012
RAFI Grant Workshop for Farmer or Farmer "Groups"
 
6:00 pm
 
Rockingham County Agriculture Center
525 Hwy 65
Reidsville, NC 27320
 
The workshop will help clients understand the guidelines and process of applying for the grants available thru The Rural Advancement Foundation International. The grants are for qualifying producers who are farmers or farmer "groups" actively engaged in full or part-time farming in the Western Piedmont. The maximum amount available to individual farmers is $8,000 and $10,000 for collaborative farmer or community projects. Grant applications for the Western Piedmont Region
are due December 5, 2012! 
 
Eligibility:
·         Farmers must be earning at least 50% of their personal income from their farm operation. 
·         Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a way to replace lost tobacco income.
·         High priority will be given to innovative projects that show a new direction or opportunity in farming.
·         Past grantees that received a grant from RAFI or Tobacco Trust Fund Commission are not eligible.
  
This workshop will also give farmers time to get specific questions about their projects answered directly by Joe Schroeder the Western Piedmont Field Coordinator from RAFI-USA.
 
Call Kathryn Holmes, Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Agent at 342-8230 for more information.
10/24/2012
Public Meetings Announced for Rockingham Pathways Plan

THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO HAVE INPUT ON THE ROCKINGHAM PATHWAYS PLAN!

Rockingham County, NC--Proximity to trails is the #1 community amenity sought by prospective homeowners (National Association of Homebuilders Survey, 2008) and has been shown to draw employers to an area.  In addition to economic growth, trails provide valuable recreational opportunities and may help reduce the obesity epidemic facing the County.  Thirty-Three (33%) of Rockingham County adults are obese compared with 29% for North Carolina (CDC, 2011 and CountyHealthRankings.org).  Whether you would like a trail in your neighborhood to improve your land value or reduce health issues we want your opinion reflected in the future of Rockingham County. 

Join us at a public meeting near you to provide input on the draft of the Rockingham Pathways Plan and learn more about implementing trails near you.  The Rockingham Pathways plan is an effort by trail advocates and local governments to improve economic viability, protect open spaces, and improve the health of citizens.  The trails are being developed through public private partnerships based on the belief that the first step to conservation is appreciation and the first step of economic growth is improving quality of life for residents. 

The times to review the plan and voice your ideas and concerns are:

  • November 5th Western Rockingham, 5-7pm at the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Center, 300 S. Second Avenue Mayodan, NC

     
  • November 8th Reidsville, 6-8pm at City Hall, 230 W. Morehead Street Reidsville, NC

     
  • November 13th Eden, 5-7pm at City Hall, 308 E. Stadium Drive Eden, NC


For additional information please visit
www.rockinghamcountytrails.org or contact Jesse Day, AICP Regional Planner, Piedmont Triad Regional Council at (336) 294-4950 or jday@ptrc.org or Jenny Edwards Program Manager, Dan River Basin Association (336) 339-6169 or jedwards@danriver.org.

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10/26/2012
Treat Street
The Historic Downtown Leaksville Merchants
present
TREAT STREET
Friday, October 26
3 - 6 p.m. 
Washington Street, Eden NC
Children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat with participating merchants identified with a TREAT STREET flyer in their windows.
Prizes Awarded!
10/27/2012
MARC "Night at the Museum" Event

On Saturday, October 27, the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will come to life for an afternoon of Halloween family fun, with showings of the Ben Stiller film, "Night at the Museum."

Two sessions, at 1:00 and 5:00 pm, will be held on the second floor Superior Courtroom at the MARC at 1086 NC Highway 65 in Wentworth. Tickets are $3 per person or $15 per family.

In addition to the film, children will enjoy ghost stories told by local entertainers. They will also receive assorted Halloween snack bags. After the film, participants will create ghosts and other craft projects. Those who wish will also take part in a Halloween costume contest.

MARC Director Kim Proctor emphasized the family friendly nature of the event. "We want folks to have a place where their children can enjoy a variety of activities in a safe environment," she explained.

She also noted the reason behind holding two sessions. "Those with younger children may want to participate in the afternoon session," she noted, "and those older kids may want to come out later in the day." Each session will last approximately three hours.

Proctor invited everyone to "come out and join us for an afternoon of Halloween fun."

Other than the 27th, the MARC will be closed while new exhibits are added. It will reopen on November 16 and folks are encouraged to come and visit with family over the upcoming holidays. A Christmas Tour is currently in the works for early December.

10/27/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

10/30/2012
Travel Consultants Celebrates 30 Years of Success

Rockingham County, NC--In October, local small business Travel Consultants, Inc., celebrated 30 years of serving the local community and beyond.  Travel Consultants is the only full-service travel agency in Eden and Rockingham County, facilitating air travel, honeymoons, cruises, tour packages, Disney and Universal Studios tours, rail travel and hotel stays.  The company provides personalized service for corporations and individuals.  Travel Consultants safely guided the 34 member Eden All-America City contingent to Kansas City in 2011. 

Owner Pam Cundiff gives back to the community.  She has served nine years as secretary of the Eden Rotary Club and was Rotarian of the Year in 2005.  She served as chair of the Morehead Memorial Hospital Trustees, chair of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development Board, and on the American Red Cross Board.  She was Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1993 and also served on the Eden YMCA Board.  Pam also served on the Eden City Council.  The City of Eden honored Travel Consultants’ years of service with a commemorative plaque at the Oct. 16 Eden City Council meeting.  Congratulations to this local small business!

11/1/2012
NC Named America's "Top Business Climate"

Rockingham County, NC--Governor Bev Perdue announced today that North Carolina ranked as the nation's "Top Business Climate," according to Site Selection magazine. It is the tenth time in the last 12 years the state has taken the top honor in the annual ranking by Site Selection, one of the nation's premier economic development magazines.

"North Carolina is a great place to do business and a place where companies and their employees can thrive," said Perdue. "We have a long history of making critical investments in education and customized training programs to build the workforce of tomorrow. We have a low cost of doing business, we encourage innovation. Secretary Crisco and I and our regional, county and city partners have been very aggressive on recruiting companies to North Carolina and growing North Carolina's home grown small businesses."

Over the past year, executives from some of the world's most respected corporations that chose to locate or expand in North Carolina identified the state's wealth of talented and skilled labor, the outstanding custom training programs, a solid transportation infrastructure, the low cost of doing business and a high quality of life as competitive advantages found in North Carolina.

"All states face economic and budgetary challenges these days, but this ranking reminds us that there are significant success stories, too," says Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. "North Carolina's first-place finish underscores its success across a wide spectrum of industries, from aerospace to life sciences to energy. We commend the governor and her economic development team for their focus on making and keeping their state business-friendly."

Site Selection magazine's annual "Top Business Climate" rankings are based on quantitative and qualitative factors that corporate site-seekers – those who help companies expand or relocate – say they consider most important.

Fifty percent of the ranking comes from a survey of corporate site selection executives who ranked North Carolina No. 2, and 50 percent of the ranking is based on five criteria – three that require states to demonstrate a strong record of attracting capital investment and the other two criteria are the Tax Foundation and KPMG's Location Matters analysis of state tax burdens on mature firms and new firms.

The article about North Carolina's No. 1 ranking can be found at: www.siteselection.com.

Rockingham County companies that have benefited from North Carolina's great business climate and been able to expand local operations within the last year include Global Textile Alliance, Inc., Piedmont Distillers, Henniges Automotive, and Weil-McLain.

 

11/2/2012
City of Reidsville Launches New Website
Rockingham County, NC--The City of Reidsville has launched a new, revamped website that features news, video, slide shows, calendar of events and much more and is one of the latest efforts to “showcase” Reidsville. It also points visitors to the City’s Facebook page.
According to City Manager Michael J. Pearce, “The new website gives us an opportunity to provide more information and services not only to our residents but also to people doing business in our City, along with visitors to our area.   It also allows the individual departments in the City to expand more on their offerings.
“For example you can now visit the documents center and download codes, licenses, sign permits, signup forms for events, sports and more,” he explained. “We are constantly striving to serve our residents and customers more quickly and more efficiently, and this is just another avenue to accomplish this goal.” 
The website gives each City department more flexibility on the pages for their departments. It also allows for the community and visitors to have a better understanding of the departmental functions. Visitors to the site can see a master calendar of City-sponsored events and meetings. When you click onto the event, it then takes you to more detailed information. You can sign up for CodeRED notifications or opt out from the site. 

One of the highlighted features of the new site is its slideshows. This is a marketing tool for the City and City-owned facilities. The Penn House, for example, can now showcase what a wedding or event looks like at the venue. Moving from one section of the site to another is quite simple. The format is easy to follow and user friendly. With any new site there are still some glitches that have to worked out, so please let us know if you have any problems navigating through the site by contacting the webmaster at astadler@ci.reidsville.nc.us.
 
11/3/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

11/3/2012
Hospice of Rockingham County Benefit Gala

-SOLD OUT!-
Hospice of Rockingham County invites you to join them for their 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala
Featuring:  Jeanne Robertson

Join Hospice for an anniversary dinner and celebration commemorating 25 years of hoping, loving, caring!

Saturday, November 3rd. at 6:30PM
First Presbyterian Church
582 Southwood Dr., Eden NC

Ticket Price:  $50.00 (includes dinner and entertainment)
For additional information, call 336-427-9022
You may purchase tickets via telephone with MasterCard or Visa

11/7/2012
Gluten-Free Bakery to Locate in Rockingham County

Rockingham County, NC--Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Kalo Foods LLC, a baker of gluten-free gourmet food products, will locate its operations in Rockingham County.  The company plans to create 21 jobs and invest nearly $650,000 over three years. The project was made possible in part by a $70,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

“My first priority is creating jobs,” said Gov. Perdue. “Companies come to North Carolina because of our top-ranked business climate, historic investments in education and job training programs.”

Kalo Foods was created in 2011 to develop and market a unique line of gourmet gluten-free products and mixes. The company was founded by Michael Cusato, a service-disabled veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and Gerald Cusato, a U.S. Army veteran. Kalo’s products, which include artisan pizzas and pie crusts, cookies, brownies, and mixes, are sold under the Geralbaldi and Kalo brands. The company plans to sell these items in the Triad area market as well as through its Internet website.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $33,524.  The Rockingham County average annual wage is $31,148.

“The decision to base our new gluten-free commercial bakery in North Carolina was made based on the pro-business attitude and business incentives offered by the state and Rockingham County,” said Michael Cusato, president of Kalo Foods. “We look forward to working with our new county and state partners who have helped make our decision possible. Our success will be North Carolina’s success.”

The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.  These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate. Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

Through use of the One NC Fund, more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investments have been created since 2001.  Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Rockingham County, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, Town of Stokesdale and the Rockingham County Partnership for Tourism and Economic Development.
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11/9/2012
Eden's Annual Veterans Day Parade
HONORING ALL WHO SERVED!
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
Eden, NC
Parade begins at 8:45am at
Draper Elementary School with the Ceremony starting at 9:15am at Veterans Park on
Fieldcrest Road
Eden NC
A DAV van will be available to transport from the school to the park.

For more information call Cindy Adams at 623-7789, ext. 3021
11/9/2012 - 11/11/2012
Rockingham County Artist Open Studio Tour
Visit local studios and businesses that support the arts in Rockingham County during the 2012 Artist Open Studio Tour. Meet artists and see their works on the self-guided tour. The event is FREE this year and features more than 30 artists as well as transportation for a fee on Saturday.  The Studio Tour takes place:
Friday, Nov. 9 from 1-5 pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1-4 pm

Download a Map of the Studio Tour here:


11/10/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

11/11/2012
Downtown Leaksville Holiday Open House

Come get wrapped up in HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LEAKSVILLE at the
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1 until 5 P.M.  -  nearly 20 shops open
For more information contact Cindy Adams at 336-623-7789 Ext.3021

11/16/2012
Reidsville's Christmas Tree Lighting & Downtown Open House
LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!
Start your Holidays off with Reidsville's tree lighting, Christmas carolers, hayrdes, marshmallow roasting and turkey giveaways!
Friday, November 16 
6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Reidsville
11/17/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

11/17/2012
Reidsville's Nighttime Christmas Parade
Come out and take in the spectacular Reidsville Nighttime Christmas Parade sponsored by WSGR-Star 39. The parade will start at 6:30PM AT Pennrose Mall and make its way down Scales Street into downtown. Come enjoy the lights, floats, bands, music and dance that make this parade exciting and unique.
11/23/2012
Olde Leaksville Night-time Christmas Parade
Historic Leaksville Night-Time Christmas Parade – Friday, November 23, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. –Route is along Washington Street and Kings Highway in Eden– There will be lighted floats, fire engines, marching bands and of course - Santa Claus. For more information call Peggy Good at 627-1332.
11/24/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

11/24/2012
Stoneville Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 24, 2012
START TIME: 4PM
Entry Forms Are at Town Hall and Area Businesses
All Entries are $25.00, benefitting the Stoneville Parks and Recreation Department. Checks should be made to the Town of Stoneville
Entry deadline is November 16, 2012
 
The Parade will start at the Park, travel up 770 to South Glenn Street & take a right turn, travel to 220 Business & take a left turn, travel Henry Street all the way up to Hundley’s, take a left turn crossing the railroad tracks, head down North Glenn back to 770, and take a right back towards the Park.

For more information call 336-573-9393
11/24/2012
Stoneville's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Come to Stoneville's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year, this year's date is Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 5-7 p.m.
Our ole-time festival is held at the grassy area beside of Fidelity Bank on the corner of Main and Henry Streets. This will be our first year lighting our permanent Christmas Tree, donated by Tony London. We will have free hot chocolate and cookies and sheet music will be distributed so we can all sing to our favorite caroles. If you are on the "Nice List" you can even share your wishes with Santa Claus!! So come on out and enjoy the Holidays with Stoneville.
If you are a church or group and would like to perform or if you are a fund-raising organization, please contact Shirley Price at 336-573-9393. For more information as it becomes available
www.stoneville.nc.us .
 
11/29/2012
Assessing Local Economic Development: We Need Your Feedback!
Help strengthen Economic Development in Rockingham County!

Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Allan Parnell completed a study about local economic development: Assessing the Rockingham County Economic Development Landscape. 

County leaders and citizens are invited to read the Executive Summary and Report here.  Then, we ask that you provide feedback about the study and recommendations, which we will use to guide our next steps.  You may provide feedback here.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
11/30/2012
Man's Misfortune Turns Into Lifesaver

-From WFMY News 2/Digtriad.com

Rockingham County, NC -- What happens when something bad, leads you to the right place at the right time? If you're Thurman Smith of Reidsville, you take the opportunity and run as far as you can and start a business.

Smith knew he always wanted to work with cars.
 
"I was determined," about his dream of becoming a business man.
But in 2007, he was stuck in a low paying job with two kids at home.

"It was just hard to make a living," he said.

On one extremely hot and humid Carolina summer day, he was on his way for the first day of a class at Rockingham Community College.

"I was actually driving down the road and my car broke down," Smith recalled.

Hot, tired, lost and with no car, Smith started walking.

"It was like a mile, a mile and a half," he said, in the wrong direction.

"A gentleman walked through the doors, sweaty, in some work clothes looking for a class at Rockingham Community College," said Mark Wells, director at the Rockingham County Business and Technology Center (RCBTC).

Smith never made it to his class at RCC. Instead, the walk led him to Wells.

"This gentleman was having a bad day!" the center director said.

On a whim, he decided to give Smith a ride home.

"The opportunity to help those in need is always there. And if we take those opportunities you never know what you might uncover," Wells said introspectively. "I believe God made him go the wrong way that day."

What he uncovered was Smith's passion to open an auto-repair business. RCBTC had mentors just for that and Wells made it happen.

"They gave me some guidance on some stuff that I needed to do," said Smith.

A year later a man once down on his luck opened the business he once dreamed of.

He now employs five people.

Smith says he still can't believe how what seemed like misfortune, has turned his entire life around.

"From this story, he provided hope, hope to those who might have the potential or the idea of starting a business," Smith said.

12/1/2012
Stepping for Santa
The Rockingham County Wellness Committee is hosting a winter walk to raise funds for the Rockingham County Foster Care Program.  It is the goal of this walk to improve participant's physical wellness, share in fellowship and raise funds in order to purchase foster children Christmas presents.
There are currently 135 children in Rockingham County's Foster Care program.  The goal is to provide these children with Christmas presents.

Come and join the 1.7 mile walk at the beautiful Chinqua Penn Trail on Saturday, December 1 at 10:00am

For more information contact Ashley Johnson at 336-342-8287.
12/1/2012
Holiday Shopping Spree at the Bottle Tree!
BOTTLE TREE STUDIO presents its Holiday Shopping Spree!
412 Miller Chapel Rd., Reidsville NC
10:00am - 4:00pm
Local Artists, Fine Handmade Crafts and much more.
For more information call 336-616-6593
12/1/2012
Historic Leaksville Shopping District Wedding Fair

Begin the Wedding Fair at Pace-Stone in Historic Leaksville Shopping District, 663 Washington Street, Eden NC.
Gowns - Tuxedos - Florists - Jewelers - Bakeries - Invitations - Catering - and more!
1 - 4pm  THIS EVENT IS FREE!
For more information, visit ExploreEdenNC.com or call 336-623-7789, ext. 3021
 

12/1/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

12/1/2012
Draper Children's Christmas Parade
Annual Draper Children’s Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Draper area of Eden– Don’t miss the largest Christmas parade in Rockingham County. If you wish to participate please contact Draper Volunteer Fire Department at 635-2233 or you may respond via e-mail to draperparade@yahoo.com, or contact O.T. Coleman at 324-2672.
12/2/2012
Eden Preservation Society's Christmas Tour of Homes
Join the Eden Preservation Society's 15th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes!
Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 2-5 p.m.


Tickets are $10 for the whole tour and may be purchased in advance at the Eden Historical Museum and the Eden Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at any of the homes on the tour.

This year's tour features:

-D'Antuono Home
1851 Indian Trail

-Francis Home
530 Boone Road

-Sexton Home
714 Pitcher Avenue

-St. Luke's Episcopal Church*
600 Morgan Road
*Choir will perform a special concert at 4:30 p.m.

For more info, visit www.edenpreservation.org

12/5/2012
Historic Penn House Announces Christmas Open House

Rockingham County, NC--The beautiful historic Penn House, located at 324 Maple Ave, Reidsville, NC, will open its doors this Christmas season on Saturday, December 15, for an afternoon of Christmas entertainment and tours.  The magnificent 12,500-square-foot home was built by tobacco magnate, Charles Penn, and is owned and operated by the City of Reidsville. 

According to Judy Yarbrough, Penn House Manager, “The home is fully decorated for Christmas and is beautiful.  We would like to share this with the community. This home is a treasure for our City, County and region. Weddings are held here every weekend from April through October. It’s the perfect facility for special events, business meetings, luncheons, children’s tea parties and more. We like to open to the community a few times a year so they can come and enjoy this history. During the event we will be taking canned food donations for the Reidsville Soup Kitchen.”

Performing from 2:30-4:30 will be “Carolers of Christmas Past”. They are an a cappella quartet in authentic Victorian costume with an extensive repertoire of both traditional and holiday carols and have 120+ years combined singing experience.

Since 2001, they have not only performed at the NC Governor's mansion but also for the President, Vice President and their families at the National Tree Lighting on the White House Lawn. They are an annual fixture at the Dickens of a Christmas Festival in Roanoke, VA.

Refreshments will be served, including cider and hot chocolate.  Bring your family and take your Christmas pictures in the home or on the grounds.  The event will be from 2:00-5:00 and is free.  Guided tours will be given on the half-hour.  You are also free to walk through the home and grounds on your own.  For more information, please call 336-349-1099. 

12/8/2012
Wentworth Christmas Parade
Come and enjoy the Town of Wentworth Christmas Parade.
Saturday, December 8  -  Starting at 11:00am.
The parade route begins at the intersection of Sandy Cross Rd. and NC87 and ends at the Old Wentworth School.
For more information call 336-342-9288 or www.townofwentworth.com
12/8/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

12/12/2012
Forbes Ranks NC No. 4 in Best States for Business


Forbes Once Again Ranks North Carolina one of the Best States for Business
State Ranks No. 4 in overall rankings; Ranks No. 2 in Best Business Costs
 

For the third year running, North Carolina has ranked in the top 4 states on the influential Forbes’ Best States for Business list, published today (December 12, 2012).  In the full report on Best States for Business and Careers, North Carolina earned an overall ranking of No. 4, also ranking especially high on the following sub-factors that contribute to the overall rankings:

•No. 2 Best Business Costs
•No. 3 Best Regulatory Environment
•No. 3 Best Labor Supply

Governor Bev Perdue’s top priority is creating jobs.  Over the course of her term, the Governor has been committed to promoting the expansion of companies within the state, while also working with companies seeking to locate in North Carolina. The Governor’s JobsNOW program is a resource for individuals looking for employment or career change. It also provides information about expanding or creating a business in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Gross State Product is ranked ninth in the nation at $424.9 billion.

In addition, North Carolina’s workforce is 36 percent more productive than the national average, based on research conducted by N.C. State economist Dr. Michael Walden.
 
Forbes’ rankings this year measured six vital categories for businesses: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.  The publication factored in 35 points of data to determine the ranks in the six main areas.  Regarding North Carolina, Forbes' story made particular note of the state's labor costs that run 19% below the national average—third lowest in the country.

Read more here...

12/15/2012
Historic Penn House Christmas Open House

The beautiful historic Penn House, located at 324 Maple Ave, Reidsville, NC, will open its doors this Christmas season on Saturday, December 15, for an afternoon of Christmas entertainment and tours. The magnificent 12,500-square-foot home was built by tobacco magnate, Charles Penn, and is owned and operated by the City of Reidsville.

According to Judy Yarbrough, Penn House Manager, “The home is fully decorated for Christmas and is beautiful. We would like to share this with the community. This home is a treasure for our City, County and region. Weddings are held here every weekend from April through October. It’s the perfect facility for special events, business meetings, luncheons, children’s tea parties and more. We like to open to the community a few times a year so they can come and enjoy this history. During the event we will be taking canned food donations for the Reidsville Soup Kitchen.”

Performing from 2:30-4:30 will be “Carolers of Christmas Past”. They are an a cappella quartet in authentic Victorian costume with an extensive repertoire of both traditional and holiday carols and have 120+ years combined singing experience.

Since 2001, they have not only performed at the NC Governor's mansion but also for the President, Vice President and their families at the National Tree Lighting on the White House Lawn. They are an annual fixture at the Dickens of a Christmas Festival in Roanoke, VA.

Refreshments will be served, including cider and hot chocolate. Bring your family and take your Christmas pictures in the home or on the grounds. The event will be from 2:00-5:00 and is free. Guided tours will be given on the half-hour. You are also free to walk through the home and grounds on your own. For more information, please call 336-349-1099.

12/15/2012
Special Exhibit: Eden's Aviation History
Special Exhibit at the Eden Historical Museum
"Taking Flight: Eden's Aviation History"
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 15-December 15
Eden Historical Museum
656 Washington Street

12/18/2012
RCC Receives $496,000 Grant for Welding Program
Rockingham County, NC--Rockingham Community College (RCC) is the recipient of a grant totaling $496,000 from the Golden Leaf Foundation to assist with the expansion of its welding labs in response to student enrollment and industry demand.
 
In addition, RCC, along with four other community colleges, is the recipient of a Golden Leaf Grant in the amount of $825,000 to coordinate training initiatives.

The grants are aimed at furthering Golden Leaf's goal of developing "mid-skills workforce training initiatives" in skill areas in demand at North Carolina companies.

Read full story here.
12/19/2012 - 12/20/2012
Caroling at the MARC

Come enjoy the holidays with Caroling at the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC)  at 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20.

Members of McMichael High School Chorus will perform at 7:00 pm on December 19; The Vocalettes from Morehead High School will perform at 7:30 pm on December 19; Members of Rockingham County Senior High Chorus will perform at 6:30 pm on December 20. Event hosted by the MARC.

Cost is FREE!

The MARC is located at 1086 Highway 65, Wentworth, N.C. 27375 in the former Rockingham County Courthouse.

1/3/2013
Duke Energy opens Eden Plant

EDEN — Duke Energy is now generating power at its new gas-fired station in Eden.

The Dan River Combined Cycle Power Station began full production Dec. 10.

The company said the new $750 million plant will significantly reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury.

The new plant makes 620 megawatts of power. That’s more than twice the 276 megawatts a nearby coal-fired plant generated before it was retired in spring 2012.

The former Dan River Steam Station began operation in 1949.

1/10/2013
New Public Transportation System Opens in Eden

Rockingham County, NC--On Monday, January 7, 2013 the new Skat Transit public transportation service began service in Eden.  Skat is the first public transportation service to operate in Eden.  It runs hourly Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  skat transit is a community service operated by Aging, Disability and Transit Services of Rockingham County and supported by a grant from the state of North Carolina and local contributions. 

Skat offers reliable, safe and economical bus service to popular destinations around Eden including work, school, shopping and more.  It is available to all citizens of Rockingham  County.

The Skat system procedures are as follows:
 
Boarding the bus 
Await your bus at the nearest Skat bus stop and wave to the driver as they approach. For your safety, buses cannot stop at any other location. When the bus arrives, step aboard using the available hand rails for safety. Once on board, you can pay your fare by providing cash or a Skat transit pass to the driver. Upon completion of the transaction, take the nearest available seat.
 
Exiting the bus
When your chosen stop is approaching, please inform the driver that you wish to leave at the next stop early enough that the driver can brake safely. Upon reaching the stop, depart the bus using the available handrails for safety. Wait for the bus to pull away before crossing the street.

Wheelchairs
Skat buses are equipped to carry riders in wheelchairs. Simply alert the driver that you wish to board and they will assist you with using the wheelchair lift.

Rider rules and courtesy
As you are riding Skat, please be mindful of the following rules and guidelines for the benefit of all of our riders:
  •  Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed on the bus.
  •  No weapons of any kind are allowed.
  • For your safety, please remain seated whenever the bus is in motion.
  • Cursing and rude language is prohibited.
  • Children must be under control of a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Passengers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Personal music players must be used with headphones.
  • Please keep cell phone conversations low in volume.
  • Please reserve front seats for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • Bags, large packages and strollers must be kept out of the aisles for the safety of passengers.
  • Pets are not allowed on buses, but service animals are welcome.
  • Combustible materials are not allowed.
Fares
  •  $1 per ride
  •  $10 for a 10-ride pass
  •  $20 for a 20-ride pass
  •  $35 per month for unlimited rides
Bus orientations
For your convenience, Skat will offer orientations on using the bus to your group. They will conduct a presentation on using Skat and answer any questions the group members might have. To reserve an orientation time, submit a request on the
www.rideskat.org web site or call 336-349-2343.

For more information, visit www.rideskat.org.
1/12/2013
Theatre Guild Hosts Seussical Saturday

Date: January 12, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

http://www.tgrc-nc.com

Event Description Seussical Saturday - You do not want to miss this!
Date:  Saturday, January 12, 2013
Time:  10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Location:  RCC Whitcomb Student Center (downstairs)
 
Entry Fee:  $10.00 per child (Must be accompanied by an adult)
 
Join The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & Thing 2, Horton, The Grinch, and others for :
Lunch, trivia games, crafts, activities, and other things.
 
Costume Contest - dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character - prizes will be awarded at 1:00 p.m.
 
Purchase advance tickets for the Seussical production.
 
There will also be items available at additional charge.

1/14/2013
Rockingham County TDA Approves New Strategy and Marketing Plan
Wentworth, N.C. — At its January Board meeting, the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) took action on several new business agenda items.
 
The TDA Board members voted to support the new, proposed Economic Development Strategy that was a result of the Johnson/Parnell report from 2012. The proposal for the new strategy consolidates the efforts of Economic Development, Tourism Development and the Business Technology Center.
 
In other action, the TDA also committed funds towards producing a new issue of Our Town magazine. The TDA will share the cost of production on this project with the Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development. Production of the new issue of Our Town will begin in the next two months.
 
Finally, the TDA adopted a new, three-year marketing plan that will begin in July.   Objectives of the new plan focus on building and strengthening Rockingham County’s outdoor recreation brand; capturing more overnight, leisure travelers; working with other County leaders to enhance existing tourism attractions and developing new ones; collaborating with Economic Development officials to recruit tourism-related businesses and industries; creating local pride; and supporting the efforts of the cities and towns in their tourism development initiatives.
 
The new marketing plan includes specific strategies and tactics for accomplishing those objectives. Examples of tactics in the plan include print advertising, online advertising, social media, public relations, speaking engagements and new collateral development. The plan also suggests establishing a Rockingham County Sports Commission that will work to attract large sporting/recreation events to the County. 
 
In order to entice more leisure travelers to spend the night in local hotels, the new plan includes collaborative tactics to enhance existing tourism attractions and potentially develop new ones. It also suggests creating a plan to encourage entrepreneurs to start tourism-related businesses in Rockingham County as well as targeting larger companies in tourism-related industries as part of economic development.  
 
The plan includes specific goals to be attained each year such as increasing occupancy tax revenue and the percentage of leisure travelers in local hotels. It also includes a list of measurement tactics so the TDA can track the effectiveness of its efforts.
1/16/2013
County-Wide Chamber Coffee
 
Join the Rockingham County Chambers of Commerce at the County-Wide Coffee.

Hosted by:
Rockingham Community College & RCC Foundation
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
8:00 - 9:00am
RCC's Whitcomb Student Center
1/18/2013 - 1/20/2013
Theatre Guild Presents Seussical, the Musical
The Theatre Guild of Rockingham County Presents "Seussical," the musical!

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
 
Performance Dates:
 
Fri., January 18th & 25th  @ 7:30 PM
 
Sat. January 19th & 26th  @ 7:30 PM
 
Sun. January 20th & 27th  @ 2:30 PM

Performances are held in the Rockingham Community College Advanced Technology Building Auditorium in Wentworth.

Advance ticket sales begin on Dec. 21 through Jan. 17.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for students.
1/19/2013
Music in the Vines
Autumn Creek Vineyards Presents "Music in the Vines" featuring Lyn Koonce & Friends!
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Wine and Beer available for purchase, as well as light, complimentary hors d'oeu v res.
Autumn Creek Vineyards
364 Means Creek Road
Mayodan, NC 27027
336.548.WINE
www.autumncreekvineyards.com
 info@autumncreekvineyards.com
weddings@autumncreekvineyards.com  
1/25/2013 - 1/27/2013
Theatre Guild Presents Seussical, the Musical
The Theatre Guild of Rockingham County Presents "Seussical," the musical!

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Performance Dates:

Fri., January 18th & 25th @ 7:30 PM

Sat. January 19th & 26th @ 7:30 PM

Sun. January 20th & 27th @ 2:30 PM

Performances are held in the Rockingham Community College Advanced Technology Building Auditorium in Wentworth.

Advance ticket sales begin on Dec. 21 through Jan. 17.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for students.
2/5/2013
TDA Releases New Rivers Guide
 
Wentworth, NC—The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is pleased to announce the release of its completely redesigned Rockingham County Rivers Guide. The new Rivers Guide features a new design, new photography and updated content about river recreation in Rockingham County. The guide also features an updated map of the county’s four rivers: the Dan, the Mayo, the Smith and the Haw. 
 
The Rivers Guide is a four panel brochure with a large, fold-out map. New features of the guide include photography that focuses more on people enjoying the rivers. The content has been expanded to include information about the Smith and the Haw Rivers as well as the Mayo River State Park and the Haw River State Park. Additions to the map include new accesses on the Dan and Smith, local outfitters, new points of interest, and accesses in Virginia that connect with Rockingham County river trips. 
 
“We are trying to make emotional connections with potential visitors in all our marketing and really wanted this new Rivers Guide to show people having fun on our rivers. We feel like our new photography conveys the wide range of emotions one can experience on Rockingham County’s rivers—from fun, to serenity, to thrills,” said Yount.
 
Yount added, “Our local rivers remain a key attraction for leisure travelers in Rockingham County. Currently most of the visitors drawn here by the rivers are day travelers. In our new three-year marketing plan we will be working with local hotels, outfitters and community leaders to identify new strategies for turning those day visitors into overnight visitors. We will also be looking at other ways we can improve river and outdoor recreation in Rockingham County.”
 
The Rockingham County Rivers Guide was a project of the Rockingham County TDA and designed by King’s English, LLC. The TDA extends a special thank you to Three Rivers Outfitters and the Dan River Basin Association for their assistance on the Rivers Guide.
 
Distribution of the Rockingham County Rivers Guide will begin this week. Copies of the guide will be available throughout Rockingham County in local governmental offices, Chambers of Commerce, hotels, shops and businesses. To receive copies and get more information, contact the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development office at 336.342.8138.
 
Click here to download a full copy of the Rockingham County Rivers Guide.

For more information about river recreation, visit our River Recreation page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/8/2013
Downtown Reidsville Sweetheart Stroll
Join the excitement in downtown Reidsville and shop for your valentine! 
Friday, February 8 from 5-8 p.m.
Special promotions and registrations at participating merchants.

2/8/2013
RCC Develops Beer Brewing Program

The art, science and job prospects of brewing beer
By Tabitha Whissemore, Published February 8, 2013
Community College Times 

When Michael Helmick, president of Rockingham Community College (RCC) in North Carolina, was looking to develop new programs that would guarantee graduates jobs, he didn’t have to look too far: The MillerCoors brewery.

“We’re a rural community college with a major brewer in our backyard,” said Helmick, noting that the company employs 670 residents.

Couple that with the microbreweries in nearby cities and throughout the state and Helmick had an idea for a new program: brewing, distillation and fermentation technology.

Helmick knew of several community colleges with winemaking programs, but he hadn’t heard of any with brewing programs. Developing a program at RCC seemed like “a natural fit.”

There was definitely community interest in such a program. RCC recently offered a continuing education class in beer brewing. More than 100 students registered for this low-tech introduction to the brewing process. It gave RCC a chance to “test the waters,” according to Helmick.

There was industry interest, too.

“Every craft brewer we’ve talked to loves the idea,” Helmick said.

RCC formed an advisory committee and began developing curriculum with the help of brewmasters and industry experts.

The city of Eden, where the MillerCoors brewery is located, gave the college a building for a brewing facility. It will have state-of-the-art equipment and a tasting room, complete with counters made by RCC’s fine and creative woodworking division. Hops that will be used in the facility have already been planted on a quarter-acre field on the RCC campus and are being maintained by RCC students.

Such an “innovative and exciting” program is a boost to the college and the economic development of the community, said Jan Overman, RCC’s vice president for academic affairs.

Early on, RCC gauged interest among other North Carolina community colleges, as well. Four colleges—Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Nash Community College and Wake Technical Community College are interested in developing, or have already started to develop, the program in their area.

RCC’s program—and a similar partnership between ABCTC and New Belgium Brewing—was recently noted in a new policy brief from the American Association of Community Colleges that discussed the benefits of two-year colleges, including their ability to serve local workforce need...

Click here to continue reading the full article.

2/11/2013
Sans Technical Fibers Announces Expansion in Stoneville
Stoneville, NC--Sans Technical Fibers LLC (STF), a North American manufacturer of specialized nylon 66 fibers, announced the expansion of its nylon manufacturing capabilities in Stoneville, North Carolina. The company plans to make a $10 million investment in machinery and equipment at the Stoneville plant.

The expansion of 8 million pounds per year nameplate capacity is expected to be on line towards the end of 2013. The additional capacity will be used to expand STF’s position in the automotive, military and apparel markets in both industrial and textile applications.

“This expansion is the first stage of a strategic initiative to install equipment that gives us world-class manufacturing economics.” said Zach Zacharias, President of STF. “Our long-term sourcing partnership with Ascend Performance Materials, Inc., a quality nylon 66 chip producer, ensures that we are well positioned to thrive in a future competitive environment. The new technology fits well into our existing infrastructure and has resulted in good investment metrics. The new capabilities will allow STF to enter additional markets currently not served in both North America and globally.”

“We are always thrilled to see our local companies making investments to expand their capacity,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development. “We are pleased to hear about STF’s plans for the Stoneville plant. The company is an important corporate citizen for Rockingham County. This news just shows that STF, as well as our other local spinners, are doing very well.”

Sans Technical Fibers, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AECI LIMITED, a Johannesburg stock exchange listed chemical company. (AFE – JSE).

 

2/23/2013
Winter Wine Wonderland

The Fine Arts Festival Association of Rockingham County presents
"Winter Wine Wonderland!"
Saturday, February 23 from 2-5 p.m.
Reidsville Events Center
223 Scales St.
Downtown Reidsville.

Wineries, breweries, and food vendors from around the region will be on hand for you to taste and buy their wonderful products. There will be an auction, live music, and lots of other fun things.  You will also receive a signature wine glass to take home. 

All proceeds go to support the annual Fine Arts Festival.
 
Tickets are $25 and available at the door or in advance from:
The Front Porch in Eden; Madison Dry Goods in Madison; Arts and Frames in Reidsville.
 
For more information, contact: Debbie Moore at 336-344-5539  or e-mail: 
fineartsfestival1741@gmail.com.

2/25/2013
Movie set to film in Rockingham County

 

This week, executive director Michael Landon, Jr. begins filming a movie in locations around Rockingham County.

According to Rockingham County Manager Lance Metzler, the movie entitled “The Ultimate Life,” follows the story of a man who inherits his uncle’s fortune and after reading his diaries flashes back to how his uncle realized money isn’t the most important thing in life.

The film’s sets include Reidsville’s Annie Penn Hospital, the former Wentworth High School and Wentworth’s old and new courthouses.

“I’m interested in anything we can do to stimulate the economy whether it brings in a 500-person industry or tourism,” Metzler said.

With one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, Metzler knows the importance of stimulating the economy any way the county can. Even though the filming lasts only three days, Monday, Feb. 25 through Wednesday Feb. 27, the crews leave behind their props to help drive the economy. Tourists come visit the sets and take pictures, which helps boost sales of gas, food and shopping in the area.

Reidsville Mayor James Festerman said he looks favorably at the economic impact of the having the filming in Reidsville and feels pride to showcase Annie Penn Hospital.

“I’m delighted this group has chosen to do a film in Reidsville,” Feseterman said. “I know our citizens will show them great hospitality while they’re here. I hope this leads to future endeavors in the film industry.”

Metzler said past experiences with Rockingham County brought this film to Reidsville and Wentworth. Last year, celebrities including Owen Wilson and Zack Galifianakis came to Madison while using the town as a backdrop in the film “You are Here.”

Piedmont Triad Film Commission Director Rebecca Clark worked with Metzler on “You are Here,” and decided to scout the area to use for “The Ultimate Gift.”
 

 

2/26/2013
RCC Opens New Center for Creative Woodworking
From WFMY News 2, "The Good Morning Show"

Reidsville, NC - What do you do after retirement?  Or more importantly, how do you bounce back after your job is cut?  This might be your answer.  Rockingham Community College is opening its brand new center for Creative Woodworking Tuesday morning and there are a whole lot of opportunities for you.
 
You'll find continuing education students taking classes at the downtown Reidsville location.  The students either make furniture and art pieces as a hobby, while others use it to fulfill their entrepreneurial spirit and eventually make money.
 
"I found new horizons, this is a new challenge for me," said wood turning student Joe Ghezzi.  "I make fancy art pieces that I would have never dreamed of and would say how can somebody make that.  And now I do it, so it's pretty neat."

Click here for the full story & to watch the video.
2/28/2013
MARC Presents African American History, Culture & Art Expo

In observance of Black History Month, the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) presents an African American History, Culture & Art Expo on Thursday, February 28th from 6-9 p.m. From 6-7 p.m. explore the art exhibit and meet the artists, then at 7 p.m. attend the program in the former Superior Courtroom on the second floor.

The Expo highlights some of our Rockingham County African American art, history, poetry and includes dramatic performances of significant African American people in history, such as a portrayal of Sojourner Truth, and music provided by our local church and high school choirs, including the Beulah Baptist Church (Madison) Praise and Dance Team and the Reidsville High School Choral Ensemble.

The cost of admission to the Expo is $5 for adults, $3.50 for students and seniors, $2 for children (4 and under admitted free) and includes access to the museum, so come early.

Join us, participate and celebrate Black History Month.

3/1/2013
Southern Finishing Expanding in Stoneville







Raleigh, N.C
. – Today, Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced that Southern Finishing Company, a furniture and cabinet component manufacturer, will expand its facility in Rockingham County.  The company plans to create 11 jobs and invest more than $500,000 over the next three years in Stoneville. 

"An important part of our economic growth strategy must include increasing the number products made in North Carolina," said Governor McCrory. "Our state's skilled workforce gives manufacturers a huge competitive advantage."

Southern Finishing Company, founded in 1978, specializes in prefinishing mouldings, accessories, panels, doors, kitchen and bath cabinet components, and bedrails crafted to each customer's specifications. The company partners with manufacturers such as American Woodmark, Marsh Furniture, Armstrong Cabinets, Quality Cabinets and Thomasville Furniture. Southern Finishing currently employs 10 people at its Stoneville facility.

“North Carolina has a global reputation for manufacturing top-notch furniture,” said Sharon Decker, N.C. Secretary of Commerce. “This expansion is great news for a community that was hit hard by the economic recession.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be more than $280,000.

“Southern Finishing has a 32 year history in the wood industry in North Carolina, so this is a logical step for us,” said Ed Brown, President & CEO, Southern Finishing Company.  “Many of our customers and suppliers have facilities in North Carolina.  We currently have a manufacturing facility here.  This background, the availability of affordable space and a labor force with wood industry experience in the area make this an ideal site for Southern Finishing.  This move will allow us to consolidate our manufacturing base, reduce overhead, save existing manufacturing jobs and concentrate on future growth.  We appreciate the opportunity that the State of North Carolina, the Town of Stoneville and Rockingham County are affording us.”

“Southern Finishing’s expansion is more good news for Stoneville and Rockingham County. We are very pleased that this well-established and respected furniture company is expanding here. It just goes to show that manufacturing is still alive and well in Rockingham County and we will do our best to help all our local manufacturers continue to be successful,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $13,000. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. 

Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Rockingham County, Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development and the Town of Stoneville.

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3/2/2013
Music in the Vines featuring Clay Howard
Music in the Vines
Saturday, March 2
2-5:30 p.m.

Featuring Clay Howard
Clay is a guitarist with a wonderful full voice who performs a wide range of 60's and 70's music. No fancy distracting effects just a good voice, easy-going, amplified, acoustic guitar, and an easy set up - indoors or out.  
www.clayhoward.com
 

 
AUTUMN CREEK VINEYARDS

 
Tasting Room, Cabins, Weddings & Special Events
364 Means Creek Road
Mayodan, NC 27027
336.548.WINE
General Information: info@autumncreekvineyards.com
Weddings & Events: weddings@autumncreekvineyards.com
3/2/2013
DRBA Celebration & RCC Trail Grand Opening

Come and celebrate two milestones!

The Dan River Basin Association marks 11 years of successes, and the newly extended trail system at Rockingham Community College will officially open.

DRBA's Annual Celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, in the Whitcomb Student Center at Rockingham Community College, 484 County Home Road, Wentworth, NC (GPS 36.386552, -79.755914). The public is invited free of charge.

At 1:15 p.m. DRBA members and guests will join Rockingham Community College staff and faculty for a ribbon-cutting at the trailhead of the RCC Trails. Newly extended and refurbished as a joint project of DRBA and RCC, the trail system is now five miles long, winding through hilly woodlands, skirting meadows, and paralleling and crossing rocky streams.

Visit danriver.org for more info.

3/5/2013
Rockingham, Guilford & Randolph Counties Rank 6th Nationally
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2013
 
Contact:
Graham Pervier, president
Rockingham County Partnership
336.342.8138
gpervier@ncnorthstar.com
 
 
GREENSBORO-HIGH POINT MSA IMPRESSIVELY RANKS #6 NATIONALLY
Top ten, six years in a row
 
Rockingham County, NC— Four regional economic development partners announce that, for the sixth year in a row, the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) earned a Top 10 national ranking for attracting new industry among similar-sized areas (metros with populations of 200,000 to 1 million).
 
Site Selection/magazine, a national publication catering to executives responsible for site selection and facility planning decisions around the world, ranked the Greensboro-High Point MSA sixth in the United States in 2012.
 
The MSA is composed of Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties.
 
“To achieve a top ten ranking under these conditions is extremely satisfying and validates that we are on the right track,” commented Dan Lynch, President of Greensboro EDA. “We believe our industry cluster strategy is working and gaining traction, and the investments we are making in our educational assets will ensure we have a future workforce well-equipped to compete in a knowledge-based economy.”
 
Bonnie Renfro, President of the Randolph County EDC, said, “We have much to be proud of in our area, and this ranking is the culmination of a strong regional push to increase our tax base and create new job opportunities.”
 
“Having a nationally recognized publication recognize our MSA to be one of the best in the country is a win for our entire region,” added Loren Hill, President of the High Point EDC. “Our area has been able to make significant project announcements over the past year, during very difficult economic times.”
 
Graham Pervier, President of the Rockingham County Partnership, said, “We are proud this recognition and look forward to continued collaboration and more announcements in 2013.”
 
Site Selection’s ranking was based upon the number of corporate real estate projects of $1 million or greater announced in the metro area in 2012.
 
 
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3/6/2013
Made In NC: Gerbing's Heated Clothing
From WGHP Fox 8 News:

North Carolina has a long textile history, but no other company is creating its own category of clothing like Gerbing’s Heated Clothing.
 
Gerbing’s started out by turning out riding gear for motorcycle enthusiasts–making electric heating elements that could plug into their bike.
 
The company was founded near Seattle in the mid 1970′s, but moved production to Stoneville three years ago. They found a community that welcomed new jobs, and a workers who knew how to create clothing that combined style and technology…
 
Now, Gerbing’s turns out products for outdoor retailer Cabellas, as well as branded merchandise for Harley Davidson.

Click here to watch the full TV news story.

Visit Gerbing's web site for more information.

3/7/2013
Reidsville Chamber Coffee - Liberty Tax Service
Reidsville Chamber Coffee
Thursday, March 7 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Hosted by Liberty Tax Service of Reidsville


Located across the street from Lowe's Home Improvement
(in the Food Lion Shopping Center)
Intersection of Freeway Dr. and HWY 14, Reidsville, NC
336.349.9009

Questions? Please contact the Reidsville Chamber at 336.349.8481.

3/7/2013
Ribbon-Cutting at KOOLIES

Please Join Us For A Ribbon Cutting
At
KOOLIES!!

Try Samples of Some of Their Delicious
Homemade Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt!!!

March 7, 2013
11:30 AM

KOOLIES
8460-C NC HWY 87
Reidsville, NC 27320
336-402-0325

3/13/2013
Profitable Agri-tourism in Rockingham County
Please join Carla Barbieri, NCSU Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Extension Specialist for this special event.  This event is for farmers already doing Agri-tourism and those interested in starting these types of businesses on the farm. 

Program starts at 3:30 p.m.
Rockingham County Agricultural Building,
525 Hwy 65,Reidsville, NC

No cost and light refreshments provided.

Contact Kathryn Holmes, Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Agent for more information at 336-342-8230 or
kathryn_holmes@ncsu.edu  u
3/14/2013
Lunch & Learn - HR Alphabet Soup
EEOC, FMLA, DOT, DOL, NCIC, ADA and it goes on and on.

State and Federal government agencies like to use the letters of the alphabet to describe laws and agencies that regulate who you hire, how you hire, employee management, meeting the standards and remaining compliant.  When do some of these agencies or laws affect you?  How large do you have to be? How many employees do you have to have when these apply to you? 

Come join us for lunch and Debbie Wright, Breakthrough Access Solutions will help you sort through the Alphabet soup of Human Resources.

Make sure you aren’t missing something you should be paying attention to.

March 14, 2013 from 12-1 p.m.
Reidsville Chamber Office
112 Settle Street
Reidsville, NC  

FREE to Chamber members.
 
 
3/15/2013
Beer Brewing Degree on Tap at RCC

From The Triad Business Journal
By Matt Evans, reporter

For some students, a beer is the Friday night reward after a long, hard week of classes. But for some Rockingham Community College students, beer could soon be the class itself.
 
The school is expecting to expand its existing continuing education courses on home brewing into a degree-granting curriculum on brewing, distillation and fermentation technology this fall, pending approval later this year by the state’s community college system, according to President Michael Helmick. It will be the first such program in the state, and possibly in the country, Helmick said.

Helmick said the idea grew out of his interest in finding new programs for the rural college after he took over as its president two years ago. Touring the county, he learned it was home to both a MillerCoors brewery in Eden with about 550 employees and Piedmont Distillers in Madison, makers of Catdaddy Moonshine and other spirits.
 
“We talked to a lot of people and we didn’t know of any place else in the state with two such things going on,” he said. “We looked all over for other programs to borrow because we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, but there wasn’t one.”
 
The school started out with low-tech home-brewing continuing education courses, which drew a good response. It then gathered an advisory board that includes representatives from MillerCoors as well as area microbrewers such as Red Oak Brewery in Whitsett, Foothills Brewing Co. in Winston-Salem and Natty Greene’s in Greensboro.
 
Those brewers confirmed there is indeed a significant need for trained employees in their industry.
 
“They didn’t need more master brewers; they needed more technicians,” Helmick said. “Guys who can set up this machinery and run the process properly. Anybody can do it at home five gallons at a time. The hard part is getting the same product time after time. So it really has to be grounded in science.”
 
The curriculum will cover topics ranging from agriculture to sanitary welding and is designed to give students career options not just in brewing and distilling but also in areas such as biofuels and food processing, Helmick said
 
MillerCoors is excited about the project, said Betty Grogan, the learning and development manager at the Eden brewery. The company hasn’t committed to hiring graduates at this point, but it has sent some employees to the continuing education courses.
 
“We’re always looking for well-trained, well-educated employees, and we’d like to work closely with RCC on building these skills, whether that prepares people to take on a role with MillerCoors or another employer,” she said. “It’s important for us to not just build our own talent base but to help with the community’s.”
 
Helmick said two other community colleges, Asheville-Buncombe and Blue Ridge, are also involved in developing the curriculum and also aim to start programs this fall. RCC is also negotiating an articulation agreement with Appalachian State University, which has a related four-year degree program, to ease community college student transfers.
 
The city of Eden is providing the school with a downtown location for the school’s new brewing equipment, which will be used by both the curriculum and continuing education classes. Helmick said down the line RCC may try bottling and selling its brews, though that would likely require some changes in the law.
 
Helmick said it would likely be legal for students under the age of 21 to take part in the course because of exceptions in alcohol laws for tasting in the course of a culinary or food program. But just to be safe, and also in deference to commercial partners such as MillerCoors that are very careful about underage drinking, the program will be limited to students of legal drinking age, he said.


3/16/2013
Music in the Vines at Autumn Creek Vineyards

Autumn Creek Vineyards
"Music in the Vines"
Featuring Jazz Girl Jess

Saturday, March 16
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 
Providing music with a personality. Customized live piano/vocal music or event D J services available & delivered in style!

AUTUMN CREEK VINEYARDS
Tasting Room - Cabins - Weddings & Special Events
364 Means Creek Road
Mayodan, NC 27027
336.548.WINE

www.autumncreekvineyards.com

3/23/2013
It's Easter in Downtown Reidsville
3/26/2013
The New NC Ramblers Keep Charlie Poole's Music Alive at the 18th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival
Cherisse Arielle Bethea, Contributor
 
Charlie Poole and his band-mates, The North Carolina Ramblers, will be celebrated this year in Eden, North Carolina for the 18th time as Piedmont Folk Legacies host the 18th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival at Governor Morehead Park this June 14th and 15th.
 
The festival will be a weekend celebration for the man who was a pioneer in musical history and a contributor to the foundation of what we now call country and bluegrass. Steven Stone of Vintage Guitar Magazine said it best in 2005, after the release of Charlie Poole’s three-disc box set, “While it may seem presumptuous to herald one man as ‘the roots of country music,’ Charlie Poole deserves these bragging rights as much as any single human being can.”
 
Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers ventured to New York City in 1925 to audition for Columbia records. They ended up recording four tracks and began their rise to fame. In 1931, Charlie Poole was scheduled to appear in a film but died of heart failure before he could make it to Hollywood, CA.  But his legacy lives on in country music and the melodic sounds of the banjo and string instruments played by the NEW North Carolina Ramblers, led by Kinney Rorrer.
 
The New North Carolina Ramblers is an old-time string band that was formed in the late 1960s by Kinney and Doug Rorrer, nephews of Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer, who were the original North Carolina Ramblers in the 1920s. The group has featured many old-time musicians over the years but Kinney Rorrer has always remained with the group. Today, the New North Carolina Ramblers offer a variety of old time styles with a touch of down-home comedy, all while paying homage to the old-time artists, including songs from the repertoire of Charlie Poole!

Food and other vendors will be on-site for the festival, plus a Little Ramblers children’s area, and basic camping is available free for paid patrons. Tickets are $15 for the Friday concert, $15 for all day Saturday, or $25 for a weekend pass. Further information is posted at
www.charlie-poole.com. This project received support from the Rockingham County Arts Council, the NC Arts Council, an agency of the NC Department of Cultural Resources and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, as well as the Rockingham Tourism Board. For more information call 336-623-1043.
 
Piedmont Folk Legacies is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the musical and cultural legacies of the Piedmont region and to celebrate its influence on the development of American vernacular music, as exemplified by Charlie Poole.
 
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For more information about theCharlie Poole Music Festival, contact Cherisse Bethea at (917) 620-0313 or by email at charliepoolemusicfestival.pfl@gmail.com
3/28/2013
MARC Women's History Event

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) presents:  From WWII to Today: The Women of Rockingham County. The event will be held Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6-8pm, at the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC).

A panel discussion brings women throughout the county together to share their experiences and the changes over time for women in the workplace, the home and society. Questions from the audience will be entertained and encouraged. In addition, special exhibits will be on display remembering other local women from our area.

The cost of admission to the program is $5 for adults, $3.50 for students and seniors, $2.50 for children, (4 and under admitted free), family admission is $20. Admission to the museum is free to attendees.

For more information:  336-364-4949,
www.themarconline.org, MARCconnection@gmail.com

3/30/2013
Music in the Vines at Autumn Creek Vineyards

Autumn Creek Vineyards
"Music in the Vines"
Featuring Currie Clayton

Saturday, March 30
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Clayton's incredible guitar playing never fails to amaze audiences and the variations in his genre of music range from the Eagles to Tim McGraw to Metallica.

No cover charge!
$3 Beer; $5 Glass of Wine.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

AUTUMN CREEK VINEYARDS
Tasting Room - Cabins - Weddings & Special Events
364 Means Creek Road
Mayodan, NC 27027
336.548.WINE

www.autumncreekvineyards.com

3/30/2013
Wright Tavern Historic Site Spring Event

The Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will hold their 2nd Annual Spring Event Saturday, March 30th, 2013 from 10am to noon at Wright Tavern Historic Site in Wentworth, NC.

Activities include an Easter egg hunt on the museum green for children 2-9 years of age, a Spring Bonnet Contest for all ages, story-telling, a cake walk and tours of the site.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

We welcome you to come across the street and visit the museum while you’re in the area. Regular admission prices apply. Admission for members is always free.

Visit our web-site at www.themarconline.org for more information.

3/30/2013
Eden Parks&Rec Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt and Puppet Show at Freedom Park, Eden NC

Puppet Show Begins at 10a.m. and Egg Hunt Starts at 11a.m.
SELECT EGGS ARE PRIZE WINNERS!
Open to children: Toddlers to 12 Years Old

FREE to the Public!

4/1/2013
Why Bring Your Business Downtown Free Siminar
4/2/2013
New Distribution Company Locates in Eden
Eden, NC—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development is pleased to announce that A1 Wholesale Tires will open a distribution and wholesale operation in Eden. The company plans to create approximately 12 new jobs and will be located in a former Spray Cotton Mills warehouse at 413 Church Street.

“We are happy to announce more new jobs in Rockingham County,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership. “We are especially pleased to see a new company making good use of an existing building and we look forward to A1’s success there.”

The Eden facility will initially occupy 15,000 square feet in the Spray Cotton warehouse. It will serve retail tire dealers and tire centers all over North Carolina and Virginia with particular emphasis on Central NC and Southern VA. A1 Wholesale Tires distributes both new and used tires. The company also operates a distribution center in Wendell, NC that serves the Raleigh/Durham metro area.

“We are very pleased to have been able to establish our business right in Eden and to have found excellent warehouse space in the Spray Cotton Mills building. We are excited about the possibilities of providing jobs and giving back in our home community,” said Jim Koffarnus, a partner in A1 Wholesale Tires. “As our business grows, we hope to be able to create more jobs in the future.”

“The new Eden facility gives us the ability to warehouse thousands of popular sizes of new and used tires in a single, conveniently and centrally located distribution center. That in turn will provide regional tire dealers easy, convenient, and cost effective access to product,” Koffarnus added.

A1 Wholesale Tires wishes to thank the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development, The City of Eden, and Mark Bishopric with Spray Cotton Mills for their assistance in locating this facility in Rockingham County.


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4/5/2013
Star Party at Mayo River State Park
Are you curious about what you see in the night sky? Come out Friday, April 5 for the statewide star party! Mayo River State Park is one of many sites across North Carolina helping to kick off the North Carolina Science Festival.

Park staff will give a tour of the night sky and offer views through a telescope. Meet at the field near the picnic shelter at 8:30pm. The program should finish at about 10:30pm. Please use red filters on your flashlights if you have them, and bring bug spray. In case of rain or cloudy weather, the program will be held in the picnic shelter.

For more information call (336)427-2530.

Mayo River State Park is located at 500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan, NC 27027 (off US 220 BUS between Mayodan and Stoneville).
 
 
4/6/2013
DRBA Mayo River Float

Dan River Basin Association's First Saturday Outing:
April 6, 2013
Six-mile float on the Mayo River from Anglin Mill to NC 770 near Stoneville, NC.

Meeting at 10:00 a. m. at Old Anglin Mill Road (GPS 36.52976, -79.98952), downstream from Anglin Mill Bridge, the group will float past portions of the Mayo River State Park.

"Beginning paddlers are invited to launch below Mayo Beach for a fairly easy float through mostly Class 1 waters," says Kirkpatrick. "There's one tricky rapid just below the put-in that can be avoided by putting in downstream from it."

Expert paddlers with a yen for more thrills will have the option of running the famous "Boiling Hole" and the "S-turn" (alias "Blender") before proceeding with the rest of the trip.

Otherwise the most excitement comes from navigating small rapids through several 1000-year-old fish weirs created in the river by Native Americans and used by local residents until about 1900.

Participants in the outing are asked to bring boat, life jacket, lunch and water, to dress in layers of wool or artificial (quick-drying) fabric, and to sign a waiver. Expect the water to be cool at this time of year, and be prepared to get wet.
 
To reach the put-in, from US 220 north of Stoneville, exit onto Smith Road (SR 1360) and turn west. Go four miles to a T-intersection with Anglin Mill Road (SR 1358). Turn left on Anglin Mill Road and travel about a half-mile to within less than a mile of the Anglin Mill Bridge over the Mayo. Turn left onto unpaved Old Anglin Mill Road (SR 1385). Go one-half mile to a T-intersection with Mayo Beach Road (SR 1359).

For more information about the outing, contact Trip Coordinator Wayne Kirkpatrick
wynbtyk@embarqmail.com  or  540-570-3511.

Outings and meetings of the Dan River Basin Association are open to the public without charge.

For more information, see www.danriver.org.

4/9/2013
Understanding Your Child's Chromebook

A Workshop to Help Parents Use and Help Their Children
Take Advantage of the Learning Potential with the Chromebook.
Four different dates at four different locations:

•Tuesday, April 9, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce
112 Settle Street
Reidsville, NC 27320

•Thursday, April 11, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Eden Resource Center
220 W. Kings Hwy
Eden, NC 27288

•Thursday, April 18, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
112 W. Murphy Street
Madison, NC 27025

•Tuesday, April 23, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At Wentworth Town Hall
124 Peachtree Road
Reidsville, NC 27320

Sponsored by Tech Authority, Eden, Reidsville, and Western Rockingham Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with the Rockingham County School System.

Special Thanks to Gildan for Sponsoring Refreshments for the Events.

4/11/2013
Understanding Your Child's Chromebook

A Workshop to Help Parents Use and Help Their Children
Take Advantage of the Learning Potential with the Chromebook.
Four different dates at four different locations:

•Tuesday, April 9, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce
112 Settle Street
Reidsville, NC 27320

•Thursday, April 11, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Eden Resource Center
220 W. Kings Hwy
Eden, NC 27288

•Thursday, April 18, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
112 W. Murphy Street
Madison, NC 27025

•Tuesday, April 23, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At Wentworth Town Hall
124 Peachtree Road
Reidsville, NC 27320

Sponsored by Tech Authority, Eden, Reidsville, and Western Rockingham Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with the Rockingham County School System.

Special Thanks to Gildan for Sponsoring Refreshments for the Events.

4/11/2013
Reidsville Chamber Lunch & Learn: Understanding "Obamacare

Reidsville Chamber's Lunch & Learn Series
This session will help you understand the hidden taxes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  This federal healthcare bill that was signed into law on March 23, 2010 is commonly known as "Obamacare" and is known as a health care bill.  However, there are many hidden taxes in the act.

Joe Wright, CPA, will discuss some of these taxes with you.

Held at the Reidsville Chamber Office
112 Settle St.
Reidsville NC, 27320

April 11, 2013
12 pm - 1 pm

Cost:  FREE to Chamber Members

4/11/2013
Duke Energy Dan River station economic boon to Rockingham

EDEN — Things are humming nicely at Duke Energy’s Dan River Combined Cycle Station.

The new power plant is complete, and officials with Duke Energy celebrated with a ribbon-cutting Wednesday.

The state-of-the-art station can generate 620 megawatts of electricity and is capable of powering nearly half a million homes. The $720 million plant replaces the Dan River Steam Station, which opened in 1949 and closed in April 2012.

Officials with Duke Energy flipped the “on” switch on the station on Dec. 10.

Rockingham County leaders see the plant as a great value to the community. And they want to do more business with Duke Energy.

“Rockingham County has plenty of water and plenty of land,” said Keith Mabe, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

Building the station was an economic boon to Rockingham County — employing as many as 650 people. During construction, workers:

• Brought in more than 265,000 cubic yards of soil.

• Poured nearly 21,000 cubic yards of concrete.

• Laid more than 250 miles of electrical cable.

• Worked with more than 2,900 tons of struc- tural steel.

• Laid more than 5 miles of underground pipe, including a 16-inch pipeline that supplies gas to the site.

Bringing the Dan River station online is part of Duke Energy’s effort to replace coal plants with stations that use natural gas.

The new plant uses combustion and steam turbines to convert the natural gas to electricity. That type of fuel burns cleaner, which results in decreased emissions and higher efficiency.

Another benefit? Flexibility.

It can go from “cold shutdown” — or “off” — to full capacity in about four hours. The old steam station needed nearly 12 hours to reach full capacity.

The new station also reduces the water it draws from the Dan River and minimizes heated water discharge.

“The Dan River plant represents the overall plans of Duke Energy to invest in our communities and install new state-of-the-art power generation that will provide safe, reliable and increasingly clean energy for North Carolina,” said Paul Newton, president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in North Carolina.

4/11/2013
Local Packaging Company Assists Maker of Moonshine Cologne
From WGHP Fox 8 News
"Made in NC"

It used to be something nobody wanted to talk about, but these days a touch of Southern heritage has become almost fashionable.

Moonshine has a strong connection to Nascar and North Carolina, and now it’s part of a local success story...

Click here for full story and video.

4/12/2013
Still Life with Joe Garner Painting Classes
Beginning April 12 the Rockingham County Arts Council will host Still Life with Joe Garner.  Learn to paint with acrylic, water-based oil, pastel, colored pencil, etc. Students are encouraged to bring their own supplies. Please call ahead with questions and registration at 336-349-4039.
Class meets from 1pm - 3:30pm for 6 weeks. Cost is $60.
Classes will meet at the Dan River Art Market & Gallery located at 1122 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth NC
For more information visit artsinrockingham.org or info@artsinrockigham.org
4/12/2013
Premiere Finishing & Coating Expands
Rockingham County, NC—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development is pleased to announce that Premiere Finishing & Coating, LLC has expanded its warehousing and distribution operations. The company recently moved into 60,000 square feet of space at 310 Rockingham Drive in Reidsville, the building that previously housed Quality Associates. 

“It’s always great news when one of our existing industries needs expansion space,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership.  “We are happy to see that business is strong for Premiere Finishing and we hope that this additional space will help the company continue to grow.”

Premiere Finishing is a leading contract prefinisher of hardwood flooring and panels for the cabinet and furniture industry.Its main plant and offices are located at 642 Grooms Road in Reidsville.  The company has been in Rockingham County since 2002 and currently has 53 full-time employees. 

Other partners that helped make this project possible include the City of Reidsville, Triad Commercial Properties and Pete Osborne with Osborne Companies.
 
 
 
4/17/2013
Shine, Chardonnay & Hops Festival Featured on TV
From WFMY News 2 "The Good Morning Show"

If you're making weekend plans, one thing to consider is Shine, Chardonnay & Hops On The Square. It's a new beer and wine festival in Reidsville.

The festival featuring local beer, wine, and moonshine, along with food, music, and art is Saturday, April 20 in Market Square in Reidsville.

Gates open at 11am and tastings are from noon to 6pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. The price includes a souvenir wine glass for tastings.

Click here to watch the video.

Click here to buy tickets & get more info about Shine, Chardonnay & Hops on the Square!

4/18/2013
Rockingham County Arts Council Presents
A Celebration of Poetry, An Evening with Poetry, with Bob Wickless
April 18, 5 - 7pm at the Dan river Art Market
Free and open ot the public. Bring your poetry, come to listen and enjoy!
For more information: 336-349-4039 or artsinrockingham.org
1122 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth NC
4/18/2013
Understanding Your Child's Chromebook

A Workshop to Help Parents Use and Help Their Children
Take Advantage of the Learning Potential with the Chromebook.
Four different dates at four different locations:

•Tuesday, April 9, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce
112 Settle Street
Reidsville, NC 27320

•Thursday, April 11, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Eden Resource Center
220 W. Kings Hwy
Eden, NC 27288

•Thursday, April 18, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
112 W. Murphy Street
Madison, NC 27025

•Tuesday, April 23, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At Wentworth Town Hall
124 Peachtree Road
Reidsville, NC 27320

Sponsored by Tech Authority, Eden, Reidsville, and Western Rockingham Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with the Rockingham County School System.

Special Thanks to Gildan for Sponsoring Refreshments for the Events.

4/20/2013
Shine, Chardonnay, & Hops on the Square
This festival will feature wineries such as Chateau Morrisette, Woodmill Winery, Iron Gate Winery & Old North State Winery. We will also have moonshine from Piedmont Distillery & specialty beers from Miller Coors. We are adding vendors everyday!
Ages 21 & up only.

Date: April 20, 2013 Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Click here to purchse tickets.  ($20 in advance; $25 at the gate.)



4/23/2013
Understanding Your Child's Chromebook

A Workshop to Help Parents Use and Help Their Children
Take Advantage of the Learning Potential with the Chromebook.
Four different dates at four different locations:

•Tuesday, April 9, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce
112 Settle Street
Reidsville, NC 27320

•Thursday, April 11, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Eden Resource Center
220 W. Kings Hwy
Eden, NC 27288

•Thursday, April 18, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
112 W. Murphy Street
Madison, NC 27025

•Tuesday, April 23, 2013
From 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At Wentworth Town Hall
124 Peachtree Road
Reidsville, NC 27320

Sponsored by Tech Authority, Eden, Reidsville, and Western Rockingham Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with the Rockingham County School System.

Special Thanks to Gildan for Sponsoring Refreshments for the Events.

4/24/2013
Reidsville Chamber Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Bring your entire staff to this special luncheon and show them your appreciation!

The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce
Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday, April 24th
12:00 Noon
Pennrose Park Country Club

Guest Speaker:  Laura Hamilton

Cost:  $25 per person *
* Chamber Champion sponsor packages include a
pre-paid number of seats based on sponsorship level
(Contact the Chamber for details)


** Door Prizes **

RSVP Deadline:Friday, April 12th @ 12 Noon
** Reservations Required **
Sign-up Now as Space is Limited!

Click here to register online or by calling or e-mailing the Chamber
* If you do not know your login information, you may either register as a guest under "Not a Member?", or you can request your login info by calling/e-mailing the Chamber.

Reidsville Chamber of Commerce
336.349.8481
info@reidsvillechamber.org

4/25/2013
MARC Honors North Carolina's 350th Birthday

The Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will host a special program in honor of North Carolina's 350th Birthday on Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm.  Dr. Lindley S. Butler, NC Historian on early settlement, rebellions, Indian wars, and pirate invasions, will present an illustrated program.

The MARC is located at 1086 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth, NC 27375. Admission: $5.00 adults, $3.50 seniors/students, MARC members free. For more information call 336-634-4949.

4/25/2013
Local Music Attractions Featured in New NC Music Guide

Rockingham County, NC--The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority is pleased to announce that two local attractions are featured in a new guidebook highlighting Western North Carolina’s legendary music traditions. Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills is a 256-page book that includes more than 140 color illustrations, profiles of prominent musicians and unique sidebars.  Two Eden attractions are featured in the book: banjo legend Charlie Poole and the Charlie Poole Music Festival and The Barn, a bluegrass and gospel music performance venue.

Western North Carolina has a national reputation as a music-rich region and its traditions of old-time string band music, ballad singing and bluegrass are internationally renowned — with musicians from the region shaping many forms of American music. Today, bands like the Steep Canyon Rangers, Avett Brothers and the Kruger Brothers are learning these traditions and creating new forms of roots music.

In this lively guidebook, noted folklorist Fred C. Fussell puts readers on the trail to discover the many sites in western North Carolina where this unique musical legacy thrives. Organized by region and county, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina welcomes readers into the rich worlds of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and string band music, as well as clogging, flatfooting, and other forms of traditional dance.

In fact, western North Carolina is the heart of unique regional music-making with many distinctions in traditional music that make it one of the most celebrated places for old-time music-making.  No other state has had more influence on the development of the banjo in America.  Musicians from the western piedmont and mountain region, including Earl Scruggs, Charlie Poole and Snuffy Jenkins, among many, are recognized as the creators and popularizers of modern banjo styles. The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby and the Charlie Poole Festival in Eden celebrate the banjo and the achievements of these extraordinary musicians every year.

“While our community is firmly planted in the North Carolina Piedmont, our inclusion in this important guide to Blue Ridge music venues and historic sites is an indication of the tremendous importance of Charlie Poole to the development of American music,” said Louise Price, director of the Charlie Poole Music Festival.

“We are proud that these two Rockingham County music attractions are featured on this new Blue Ridge Music Trail and in the book,” said Robin Yount, vice president of tourism.  “The historical significance of Charlie Poole and the annual festival celebrating his legacy have attracted many visitors to our community over the years.  And the success that The Barn is now having in drawing more old-time musicians and traditional dance fans to our county just shows the positive impact that our musical roots have on our tourism industry.”

The Rockingham County section of Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina also features a sidebar story about Kinney Rorrer, a local banjo player.  Rorrer taught history for 32 years at Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia, before retiring in 2006. He is the author of Ramblin’ Blues: The Life and Songs of Charlie Poole.  Rorrer is a descendant of Charlie Poole and also plays the banjo with a group called the New North Carolina Ramblers, named in tribute to the acclaimed North Carolina Ramblers.

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a project of the North Carolina Arts Council and its partner, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.  The book features a CD with more than 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, historic recordings of the region's most influential musicians spanning nine decades—now available for the first time--and songs based on true stories of love, crime, and tragedy set in the North Carolina mountains.

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is available for purchase for $20 at
www.uncpress.unc.edu.

About Charlie Poole
Charlie Poole lived and worked in Eden where he had his humble beginnings. It was here that he assembled his famed group, the North Carolina Ramblers, which helped launch his international career as a Columbia Records recording artist during the 1920s and 1930s.  Poole and the Ramblers were one of the most popular bands of the 1920s and they had a great impact on the development of bluegrass music and modern country music. Poole is largely responsible for popularizing the banjo. The 2005-released three-CD box set of Poole’s music, “You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me,” received three GRAMMY nominations in 2006. Each June the local community celebrates Poole’s contribution to the music industry with the Charlie Poole Music Festival.  The 2013 Charlie Poole Music Festival will take place June 14-15 in Eden. For more information, visit
www.charlie-poole.com.

About The Barn
The Barn is a traditional old-time music and dance hall that was created by Jerry and Debbie Wilson.  Literally a wooden barn, it is located on Gant Road near Eden and attracts people of all ages who gather to see and hear bluegrass and gospel bands.  The Barn hosts formal performances as well as local regulars every Tuesday night and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m.  It also features a small dance floor where patrons come out to two-step, waltz and flat foot.  For more information, call 336.706.2144.

4/27/2013
Wine Tasting Event

Sip some wine and have a good time!
Animal Protection Society of Rockingham County Wine Tasting Event
April 27, 2013 1pm - 3pm  $5 door charge
Help animals in need
The Front Porch
702 Washington Stree, Eden, NC

4/27/2013
Reidsville Market Square Farmers Market Grand Opening

The Market Square Farmer's Market gives local and regional farmer's, bakers, cooks and entrepreneurs an opportunity to sell their goods.  The Farmer's Market in downtown Reidsville is an institution and has been in operation for many years.  Since building Market Square, it has expanded to include all types of farmers, bakers, artisans and more.  Open April 27 through October 31, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:00 am- 12:00 noon, there is no reason you should not have fresh local produce!  Support your local businesses and farmers!!!! 

4/29/2013 - 5/5/2013
Rockingham County Fine Arts Festival

The 2013 Rockingham County Fine Arts Festival takes place April 29-May 5th.  The art will be on exhibit and available for purchase in the Rockingham Community College Whitcomb Student Center.  The festival features art across all mediums.  Visit the Fine Arts Festival Association of Rockingham County or call 336.344.5539 for more information.

Exhibit & Purchase:
Mon-Fri April 29-May 3 from 10am-5pm
Saturday, May 4 from 10am-4pm
Sunday, May 5 from 1-4pm

 

4/29/2013
In Rockingham County, the Sun is a Crop

From the News & Record
by Brad Kesler


PELHAM — The first thing that gets your attention is the blue — row after row of polycrystalline panels sitting atop aluminum racking gleaming in the sunlight.
 
From a distance, the fenced-in area could be mistaken for a body of water.

This is a farm. Its crop is the sun.

The solar farm, which is run by Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar, sits on roughly 40 acres. More than 26,000 solar panels generate 5 megawatts of AC power.
 
This power, enough to serve 750 houses, is sold to Duke Energy...

Click here for complete article.

 

5/3/2013
Reidsville Market Square in Downtown Reidsville Presents: Tom Sharpe-Percussion Drummer from Manheim Steamroller
Reidsville Market Square kicks off is summer Pop Series with Tom Sharpe of Manheim Steamroller.
This exciting event begins at 7:00pm and is free to the public.
For more information:  www.ci.reidsville.nc.us or 336-349-1099
5/4/2013
2013 Harvest Ridge Strawberry Jam
FEATURING: The Band of Oz, The Legacy and The Magnificents
Starts ap 1:00pm - Tickets only $1500 for a full day of Great Beach Music and Fresh Strawberries!!!
Tickets on sale at Friendly Video in Ruffin (Tickets $18 day of show)
Harvest Ridge Farm in Ruffin, NC
Just off US 29 on the Service Road
For more information: www.facebook.com/HarvestRidgeMusicFestival
5/8/2013
Albaad and Amcor to Expand

Rockingham County, NC—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development is pleased to announce that two local companies plan to expand. 

Albaad, USA plans to expand its manufacturing operation in Reidsville by investing $1.3 million in new machinery and equipment by the end of 2013.  The company, which located its US operation in the Reidsville Industrial Park in 2004, is a world leader in wet wipes manufacturing. Albaad currently employs 182 people in Rockingham County.

Amcor Tobacco Packaging Americas, Inc. also plans to expand its Reidsville plant by investing $9.5 million in machinery and equipment and creating 30 new jobs by the end of this year.  Amcor is a worldwide leader in tobacco packaging.  Its local manufacturing operation is also located in the Reidsville Industrial Park and it currently employs 105 people.

“Having two of our existing industries plan expansions is certainly great news for Rockingham County.  Both Albaad and Amcor have been good corporate citizens here for the last seven to eight years and we are happy to support their growth,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.

“Albaad and Amcor were our first two industries to locate in the Reidsville Industrial Park, so I am particularly pleased to see the continued reinvestment in their facilities.   Their continued success in Reidsville is truly something to celebrate,” said Michael Pearce, city manager of Reidsville.  “The incentive packages that were agreed on by the County Commissioners and City Council this week are working testimony of our local governments working together to help our industries grow.”

“Albaad USA is honored to be a premier employer in Rockingham County and to provide employment and career opportunities to our local citizens.  We appreciate the supportive partnerships within the community and the recognition for our continued investment into Reidsville and Rockingham County,” said Ron Gburek, chief executive officer of Albaad USA.   “We are extremely pleased to be considered for this financial incentive package.  Our presence within Reidsville, and Rockingham County, and our partnership with local government energizes citizen confidence in job growth and boosts the economy on many levels.”    

The Rockingham County Board of Commissioners and the Reidsville City Council each approved local incentive packages this week to help make both these industry expansions possible.

5/10/2013
Ladies Night Out
5/10/2013
Girls Night Out for Relay for Life

This Friday, May 10th is Girls Night Out – An Evening with the King and Relay for Life in downtown Reidsville!

Downtown merchants will be open with specials, raffles and refreshments.
Elvis Tribute artist Wayne Euliss will be preforming at Market Square from 5-8pm. Between sets Elvis will be surprising shoppers in our downtown shops.

Bring a chair and your camera!

Enjoy shopping and dining in Downtown Reidsville,
support Relay for Life and have your picture made with Elvis!

Friday, May 10th
5-8 pm
Downtown Reidsville & Market Square

5/11/2013
Mayo River State Park Community Fishing Day
The 2nd Annual Mayo River State Park Community Fishing Day will feature a kids fishing derby for kids 15 and under, with prizes for heaviest, longest, and shortest fish in different age categories. One single prize will be awarded to the adult who catches the heaviest fish of the day. This will be a special license exempt day, so all members of the family may participate without having a fishing license.

In addition to prizes for fish, door prizes will be given throughout the day to kids registered for the event. Besides fishing, we will have bluegrass music, a crafts booth for children, casting games with prizes, and some displays including Rockingham County history, local recreation, and emergency medical services.

The Grand Opening of a new kid-friendly hiking activity called "TrackTrail" will take place at 1:30 pm at the Mayo Mountain Trail in the park. Hotdogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. There will be a limited amount of tackle and bait for the public to use, participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own. Worms or night crawlers are the best bait. Sunscreen and bug repellant are a good idea, as well as extra drinking water. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will be present in the park the entire time the child or children they are watching are in the park.

The event will start at 9:30am and last until 2:30pm. Please call the Mayo River State Park office for more details at (336)427-2530.

Starts at: 9:30am    Meet at: Picnic Shelter, Mayo Mountain Access
5/16/2013
Finding Your Ancestors with the MARC
Looking for your ancestors? Let’s find them together. Join us at the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) Thursday evening, May 16th 2013, 6-8pm and learn more about finding your ancestors with the help of experienced genealogists. Bring your family names, dates, stories and more and see what you can discover. While you’re here, ask us about the summer genealogy courses at the MARC.
 
Debbie Dunlap Cummings, a native of Rockingham County who has extensive knowledge of both Rockingham and Stokes Counties will lead the program.  She has a Certificate of Genealogy from Boston University and has been researching family and local history for more than twenty years.   Representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution and LDS Heritage Center will be on hand to help you with your search.
 
Admission to the program is $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and students. Entrance to the museum is included in the program price. Order your tickets at the museum or on-line at
www.themarconline.org or buy them at the door.
5/18/2013
Reidsville Market Square Concert Series Kickoff! Trial By Fire-Journey Tirbute

Reidsville Market Square in Beautiful Downtown Reidsville hosts their Concert Series Kickoff!

7:00 pm:
Concert/ Trial By Fire/Journey Tribute

Kickoff of the concert series for the summer.  Rock out to the sounds of the legendary Journey Band.  Trial By Fire will have you " holding up your lighters"  

FREE event.  Bring your chair! 

For more information click here or call
336-349-1099.

5/25/2013
DRBA's Riparian Streamside Tea

The Dan River Basin Association's Riparian (Streamside) Tea will take place Saturday, May 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Summer House on the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 11 but had to be postponed.)

The event is free, open to the public, and "kid friendly." The Riparian Tea coincides with a “Meet ‘n’ Greet hosted by the Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail.

Modeled in the spirit of traditional British riparian teas, suppers, and entertainment, DRBA's Riparian Tea will be a casual affair, featuring live acoustic music beside the Rock Dam at Betsy Pond. DRBA staff and volunteers will serve a variety of iced teas and baked goods and will provide free riparian planting guides. The event is part of the Rockingham County Jobs, Forests, and Rivers Initiative made possible by the Reidsville Area Foundation and DRBA members.

From US 29 North, take the exit for NC 14 West. Travel for 3.2 miles to Salem Church Road and turn left. At the intersection of Wentworth Street, turn right and travel for 0.4 miles, past the Chinqua-Penn Plantation entrance to the walking trail entrance on the right.

For more information on the event, contact Jenny Edwards, Rockingham County Program Manager at (336) 339-6169 or jedwards@danriver. org.

Visit www.danriver.org for more information.


 

5/28/2013
Rockingham County is ready for you to discover its fun side.

Not just fun. FUN.

The county recently launched a $5,000 billboard campaign showing why Rockingham County is a fun place to visit, live and work.

“We’re trying to keep it low budget and high impact,” said Adam Lindsay, the county’s director of strategic management.

The ads are popping up on billboards in the county, in Greensboro and near the Virginia border.

“We want to grab people’s attention and get them familiar with Rockingham County,” said county spokeswoman Mable Scott.

The billboards include images of a girl in a kayak on a river, a couple eating ice cream at a festival, a father and son fishing and a man biking outdoors.

The word “FUN” appears on all the billboards, as does “Search: Rockingham County, NC.”

An electronic sign near the corner of Battleground Avenue and Cotswold Avenue in Greensboro has all four images mixed with other ads.

The simplicity of the signs was intended.

“Consider the medium,” Lindsay said. “You’re driving by 50 miles per hour on the highway. We’re not going to be able to give out a lot of information.

“We wanted to give them something easy to remember. It is an intent to get them to our website.”

The county’s website is undergoing a redesign, including a “FUN” page. Links will include the county’s tourism website, a calendar and a visitor’s guide.

Links to the county’s social media — Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr — are visible on the home page.

The community can contribute to the site as well.

Scott said people can submit photos taken in the county and county workers will post them on the site — with credit given to the person who submits them.

“We want to get the citizens involved,” Scott said.

The county is waiting to see the reaction from its advertising campaign before deciding on its next step.

“I think Rockingham County is a sleeping giant and one of the best-kept secrets in North Carolina,” Scott said.

Contact Brad Kesler at 373-7060 and follow @Brad_Kesler on Twitter.

5/30/2013
Dinner & History
Looking for a bite to eat? Looking for something interesting to do after work? Do trains intrigue you? If you answered yes, join us at the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) for dinner and history Thursday, May 30th from 6-8pm, when County Historian, Bob Carter presents “The History of Railroads in Rockingham County.”
 
The rails were laid and the wheels of the iron horse rolled toward new horizons. Railroad lines connected Rockingham County goods to a larger market. They connected people to others in the county and beyond. It wasn’t until the Piedmont Railroad was built in 1862-1864 that trains arrived in Rockingham County. When they did, it made a major impact.
 
Admission to the program is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Entrance to the museum is included in the program price. Order your tickets and choose your box dinner at the MARC or on-line at www.themarconline.org. Tickets go on sale May 10th.
5/31/2013
Triad-based ag-bio research may revolutionize cattle, crop efficiency

From The Business Journal
May 31, 2013 print edition
-by Matt Evans, reporter

It’s a more formal dining process than most cows are used to — having to access the food through a device known as a “calan gate” that limits her to a single feed bin of her own.
 
But she’s getting all the food she wants and in the process making what could turn out to be a valuable contribution to the state’s biotechnology industry.
 
That’s because these cows are located at the Upper Piedmont Research Station, one of 19 such research stations scattered across the state under the auspices of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and managed by N.C. A&T State University and N.C. State.
 
Those stations aren’t just there to do strictly agricultural research in areas such as irrigation methods and fertilizer applications. They are also delving into the world of biotechnology, where the understanding and manipulation of cells, genes and proteins have the potential to change how the state’s single-most dominant industry functions.
 
“Many people don’t realize it, but agriculture is the No. 1 economic engine in North Carolina,” generating $70 billion of activity annually and employing more than 17 percent of the state’s work force, says William Randle, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T.
 
“The experimental station network has been developed to be on the front edge of making agriculture competitive by opening up new opportunities through the use of new technologies,” Randle says.
 
Cow efficiency?
 
Take the feed-related research going on at the Upper Piedmont Station in Reidsville, north of Greensboro, for example. Cattle eating through the calan gates are taking part in a research project originated by an animal science researcher at N.C. State, according to Joe French, the station’s superintendent.
 
The gates are used so that each individual heifer is eating from an isolated supply of food, allowing researchers to know exactly how much each consumes. Comparing that volume to the amount of weight the cow gains over a set period of time reveals her particular “efficiency.” The more efficiency, the more weight she’ll gain from a smaller (and therefore less expensive) amount of food.
 
Once enough data is collected, scientists will begin comparing the genetic makeup of the most efficient cattle to the least efficient, hopefully eventually isolating which genes account for the differences.
 
The goal is to develop a DNA test for feed efficiency, French says, similar to DNA tests that already exist that can help farmers predict other beneficial traits such as how much marbling to expect in a particular cut of meat from a particular cow. Those findings can help cattle farmers make breeding and selection plans.
 
Farmers have long been able to learn the efficiency of a herd over time, but biotechnology has the potential to dramatically alter that learning process, French says.
 
“If and when it happens, and remember it’s still at the research level, it would revolutionize the beef cattle industry,” French says. “Theoretically, it would give you the ability from the day a calf is born to take a DNA sample and decide if it stays in the gene pool, goes to the feedlot or becomes veal. You’ll be able to make long-term management decisions that you’d have no other way to make for years now.”
 
Crop commercialization
 
Crop farmers are also benefiting from biotech research taking place with the network of research stations, says Paul Ulanch, executive director of the Biotechnology Crop Commercialization Center, part of the agricultural biotechnology initiative run by the N.C. Biotech Center.
 
The statewide spread of the research locations is key to biotechnology crop study, Ulanch says. North Carolina’s mountains-to-the-sea topography offers one of the most diverse sets of soil conditions in the country. Having research operations in so many places helps researchers and corporations with crop-related products, learn how those conditions will affect performance.
 
For example, Ulanch says research is taking place now into how the cereal crop sorghum could be effectively planted in various parts of the state in fields that otherwise are unused for part of the year. North Carolina has soil conditions that are similar to parts of states like Texas and Kansas where sorghum is grown, but the humid conditions here have limited the crop’s value to the state.
 
“The idea here is to work with scientists at universities to help them with resources to speed up the breeding process to identify new variants not yet in commercial existence that would perform better in the North Carolina climate compared to Texas,” Ulanch says.
 
Corporate connections
 
He says four universities including N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Clemson and the University of South Carolina are involved in that research, along with corporate partners such as Texas-based Richardson Seeds and Chromatin Inc. in Illinois.
 
Like other technologies developed by university researchers, corporate partners would be able to negotiate a license to use the scientific advances to get them from test field into the commercial market.
 
Gwyn Riddick, vice president of Agricultural Biotechnology at the Biotech Center and also the former director of the Center’s Piedmont Triad office, says that while he hasn’t seen an economic impact report related to the research station network’s biotech work, he sees its value frequently.
 
“As Paul (Ulanch of BCCC) and I go out and talk to people around the world who have a technology or a company that they want to bring to North Carolina, we can tell them we have this asset that they really value because through one system, they can test a seed or a plant in multiple geographies and climate zones,” Riddick says. “That adds a lot of value to being here.
 
Reach Matt Evans at (336) 542-5865 or
mlevans@bizjournals.com.

6/3/2013
Vote for Rockingham County as 8th Wonder of the World

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY TDA NOMINATES ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FOR VIRTUALTOURIST’S 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD
Voting Now Open Through September 30

Los Angeles (June 3, 2013) – The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) announced today that it has entered Rockingham County into VirtualTourist.com’s quest to crown the “8th Wonder of the World.” Public voting is now open at VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group. 

The TDA entered the County into the contest for the numerous outdoor fun activities found here.  For more than a decade, the TDA has been promoting outdoor recreation and fun and positioning Rockingham County as a natural playground. 

“We are very fortunate to have many natural attractions in Rockingham County,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism.  “With four rivers, two lakes, miles of cycling and walking trails/greenways, two state parks, more than 20 local parks, 10 golf courses, three sites on the state birding trail, the options for outdoor fun are truly endless.  We feel like these natural assets certainly make Rockingham County qualified to compete as the 8th Wonder of the World.”

With numerous Tourism Boards, Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus sending in a nomination, the public is asked to vote for their favorite out of the more than 200 submissions.  Voters can visit www.virtualtourist.comto vote for Rockingham County and have until September 30 to do so.  The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner.  The winner will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

“It’s wonderful to have a nomination from every corner of the world so we are thrilled to receive Rockingham County as a nomination from the Rockingham County TDA,” said Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager of VirtualTourist.com.  “As one of the best travel guide resources on the web, members and visitors to our site have been to almost every country in the world.  We are eager to see which landmark they will choose to be crowned the 8th Wonder of the World.”

To vote for Rockingham County for 8th Wonder of the World, just visit www.virtualtourist.com.

For more information on the outdoor fun found in Rockingham County, visit www.ncnorthstar.com and click on Tourism.

6/4/2013
Local Company, Kalo Foods, Featured on TV
From WFMY, News 2
"Made in the Triad"


A new bakery in Rockingham County is creating delicious, gluten free treats.
 
Kalo Foods, LLC in Stokesdale makes products like cupcakes, cookies, brownies, bread, pizza crust and do-it-yourself pancake and waffle mixes.  The business opened in February and it already has dozens of clients across North Carolina, Virginia and Washington DC.
 
President, Michael Cusato, came up with the idea to open the business because his wife has Celiac Disease.  Cusato said, "I tried a number of the foods my wife had to eat that were gluten-free. Not a lot of taste, not a lot of texture."  So he and some family members started creating new recipes without wheat.
 
The bakery uses many traditional ingredients such as sugar, cocoa and brown sugar but white flour is not used.  Instead, tapioca and rice flour are the common substitutes.
 
Head baker Judy Doan, a professional baker for more than 20 years, exclaims, "It's wonderful.  I cannot taste the difference!"
 
Perhaps Kalo is a fitting name for the company.  "Kalo" means "good" in Greek.  The company is doing good by hiring veterans.  Cusato himself is a service disabled veteran. 

Click here to watch the video.
6/4/2013
CA$H Mob in Reidsville
Ca$h Mob--Downtown Reidsville
Tuesday, June 4th
Meet at MarketSquare at 12pm.
Bring your $20 bill!

#shoplocal 4 local
#economicdevelopment for Reidsville, NC
6/7/2013
Reidsville Market Squre Pop Series: Carolina Brass
Reidsville Market Square in Beautiful Downtown Reidsville features the Carolina Brass concert. Concert begins at 7:00pm and free to the public.
For more information: www.ci.reidsville.nc.us or 336-349-1099
6/8/2013
5th Annual Beach Music Benefit for Hospice
Beach Music Benefit for Hospice of Rockingham County
Featuring Billy Smith & The Impacts and The Fantastic Shakers

Autumn Creek Vineyards, Mayodan NC
1:00 - 6:00pm

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate (Gate opens at 11:30am).
Food & beverages available for purchase; NO outside picnic baskets/coolers/beverages or glass containers allowed inside venue.

For additional information:
www.hospiceofrockinghamcounty.comor 336-427-9022
6/11/2013
Company Considering Triad Location Seeks Interest

Company Considering Triad Location Seeks Interest of Potential Employees

Rockingham County, NC— An industry leading firearms manufacturer is working to determine if the Piedmont Triad has enough qualified candidates to support a new location for an advanced manufacturing operation.  The company will conduct pre-employment screenings and host an Open House for qualified candidates in the Mayodan, NC area on Tuesday, June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The company is asking for individuals interested in an opportunity for potential employment to submit information as soon as possible for the prescreening.  Qualified candidates will then be invited to the Open House Event on June 18.

Of interest are individuals with skills and experience as:
 
• Production Associates
• Team Leaders
• Production Supervisors
• Tool Makers
• Machinists
• Maintenance Technicians
• Manufacturing Engineers

Previous manufacturing experience is normally required for all positions with the exception of entry level production associates.

Individuals who meet the qualifications and are interested in learning about the opportunity should respond as soon as possible by sending an email with only their full name, email address and resume to crystal.jrtc@yahoo.com.

Interested individuals may also drop their resumes by the Division of Workforce Solutions (formerly the Employment Security Commission) at 8340 NC Highway 87 in Reidsville, NC.

During the Open House, company representatives will provide information about the company and be available for short, one-on-one discussions with potential employees.

This is an informal event intended to introduce the company to potential employees and gauge interest from the area workforce. This is not a vacant position announcement.  Qualified candidates will receive priority notice if a decision is made to open a Triad location.  All responses will be considered confidential.

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6/11/2013 - 6/18/2013
Prospective Company Open House

Do you have what it takes?

An industry leading Firearms Manufacturing Company is working to determine if the Piedmont Triad has enough qualified candidates to support a new location for an advanced manufacturing operation.

Of interest are individuals with skills and experience as:

 Production Associates
• Team Leaders
• Production Supervisors
• Tool Makers
• Machinists
• Maintenance Technicians
• Manufacturing Engineers

Company representatives will provide information about the company and be available for short one-on-one discussions with interested candidates. Previous manufacturing experience is required for all positions with the exception of entry level production associates.

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in learning about the opportunity, please respond as soon as possible by sending an email with only your full name, email address and resume to crystal.jrtc@yahoo.com.  

You may also drop your resume by the
Division of Workforce Solutions
(formerly the Employment Security Commission)
located at 8340 NC Highway 87, Reidsville, NC


Qualified candidates will be invited to an Open House in the Mayodan, NC area on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and    
Information Sessions will be held from 11am-1pm and 4-7pm.

Please note that this is not a vacant position announcement. 
You will receive priority notice if a decision is
made to open a Triad location. 

All responses will be considered confidential.

6/11/2013
Firearms Manufacturer Mulls Triad for Expansion

From the News & Record

WENTWORTH -- A firearms manufacturer is considering expanding its operations in the Triad and will screen potential employees in the Mayodan area next week.

The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic & Tourism Development announced today that the company will host an open house and conduct pre-employment screenings on June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

The purpose of the screenings is to determine if there are enough qualified people to work in the advanced manufacturing plant.

The partnership's press release did not name the company or announce a specific location for the event.

The company is asking for individuals interested in an opportunity for potential employment to submit information as soon as possible for the pre-screening. Qualified candidates will then be invited to open house.

Of interest are people with the following skills and experience:

• Production Associates
• Team Leaders
• Production Supervisors
• Tool Makers
• Machinists
• Maintenance Technicians
• Manufacturing Engineers

Previous manufacturing experience is normally required for all positions with the exception of entry level production associates.

Individuals who meet the qualifications and are interested in learning about the opportunity should respond as soon as possible by sending an email with only their full name, email address and resume to crystal.jrtc@yahoo.com.

Interested individuals may give their resumes to the Division of Workforce Solutions (formerly the Employment Security Commission) at 8340 N.C. 87 in Reidsville.

During the Open House, company representatives will provide information about the company and be available for short, one-on-one discussions with potential employees.

6/12/2013
Goodwill Resume Help for Firearms Company Opportunities

Goodwill hosting Resume Assistance Workshops in Preparation for Potential Job Opportunities with Rockingham County Manufacturer

With the recent announcement that an industry leading firearms manufacturing company is considering expansion in Rockingham County resulting in employment opportunities (News & Record 6/11/13), Goodwill Industries’ Mayodan Career Center will host open workshops for those individuals in need of a current resume.

Workshop dates are:
Thursday, June 13th
Friday, June 14th
from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days.


These workshops are being made available free of charge to help candidates develop and provide a professional resume for the jobs that would become available.  Candidates with the following skills and experience should attend the workshop for assistance: Production Associates, Team Leaders, Production Supervisors, Tool Makers, Machinists, Maintenance Technicians, and Manufacturing Engineers.

“By hosting these workshops, we want to help potential candidates be ready for these jobs,” said Laurie Suthard, Coordinator at Mayodan Career Center, “we are working in conjunction with Rockingham Community College and Division of Workforce Solutions to provide a strong pool of candidates to this manufacturer so they have the necessary workforce in place as quickly as possible.” An Open House for qualified candidates will be held by the firearms manufacturer on Tuesday, June 18th.

Goodwill Industries’ Mayodan Career Center will host the workshops Thursday, June 13th and Friday, June 14th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Attendance to workshops and assistance is free of charge and open to everyone. Staff from the Mayodan Career Center will be on-hand to assist individuals with development and creation of a current resume. For additional questions regarding these workshops, contact Laurie Suthard at lsuthard@triadgoodwill.org or call 336-949-4849.  The Mayodan Career Center is located at 6625 NC Hwy. 135, Mayodan.

ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF CENTRAL NC
Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. promotes the value of work by providing career development services and work opportunities for people with employment needs.  Last year Goodwill served more 13,000 people in the community and helped place more than 2,500 people into competitive employment. Almost 90 cents of every dollar earned at our current 22 retail stores goes into job training for residents of the Triad. For more information about Goodwill, visit
www.TriadGoodwill.org.
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6/15/2013
Reidsville Market Square features: Vaughn Penn & the Boomers & Party Funk Band Fantasy

DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY WITH TWO GREAT BANDS AT MARKET SQUARE IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN REIDSVILLE!

Concert begins at 7:00pm and free to the public.
Beer & Wine ten will be open and remember to bring your chair.
For more information:  www.ci.reidsville.nc.us or 336-349-1099

6/17/2013
Rockingham County Summer Fun Featured on WFMY

From WFMY News 2: The Good Morning Show

Rockingham County, NC
-- If you want to get out of town this summer, but you don't want to spend a lot of money or a waste your vacation days in the car, Rockingham County might be just the place for you.

Whether you want to go kayaking, tubing, golfing or wine-tasting, there is something fun for the whole family in Rockingham County.

Robin Yount, the Vice President of Tourism for Rockingham County shared some of her one tank trip ideas with the Good Morning Show on Monday.

Glenn Bozorth, owner of Dan River Adventures, and Mark Bishopric, owner of Three River Outfitters, also offered great tips for family fun.

Yount said the Dan River and the state parks in Rockingham County are the best attractions for families.

However, if you're looking for adult fun, there are a number of wineries and golf courses that are group destinations.

Check out all of the great ideas by watching their interview with the Good Morning Show's Eric Chilton.

6/22/2013
Bridging the Gap - A Community Resource Event
Do you know the Resources available in your City and County? Join us on Saturday, June 22, 2013 for this Community Resouce Event.
10AM to 3PM at Reidsville Market Square in Downtown Reidsville
Come out and enjoy demonstrations and entertainment, Face painting and Bounce House for the Kids, and information on the local resources throughout the City and County along with FREE Hot Dogs!
This event is FREE to the public. For more information call 336-349-1099 or www.ci.reidsville.nc.us
6/25/2013
Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Public Listening Session
When and Where: Tuesday, June 25, 1 - 3 pm at Eden City Hall

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and NC Arts Council have launched a new initiative, the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Music Trails Initiative began in March with the announcement of the project and was followed in April with the release of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook - available for purchase on through the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website: www.blueridgeheritage.com. Over 1,000 copies sold in the first month of publication. Coinciding with the guidebook release, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area conducted listening sessions throughout the twenty-nine county region. Several more listening session have been added through June and July, including a session at Eden City Hall on Tuesday, June 25 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The Blue Ridge Music Trails is seeking input from individuals and groups who are interested in the traditional music of Western NC and who want to become part of the effort to continue to support and grow this vital cultural heritage legacy.
During the meeting, attendees will receive updates on the progress of the guidebook and programming timeline. Participants will be asked to provide input on ways to keep our music traditions alive for future generations, strengthen music sites/events, promote traditional music to visitors, educate citizens about the importance of the history of traditional music in Western North Carolina, and discuss opportunities to work together.
Rockingham county is featured in Region 1 of the Music Trails Guidebook under the chapter title “Sprout Wings and Fly,” which is a reference to lyrics often sung by Ben Jarrell and his son, Tommy Jarrell who became one of the most well-known and influential old-time musicians in the history of America.
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling Dale Bartlett, 828-708-7907, or emailing brnha.dale@gmail.com.
 
 
6/28/2013
Mayodan tired of being the forgotten child

MAYODAN — Town Manager 
Michael Brandt likes small town life. He likes his town.He likes the look of it, the friendliness of the people, the ease of getting around.

For years, some people in 
Mayodan have felt they were an afterthought in the eyes of Rockingham County. Brandt, the town manager for 18 months, said he has witnessed the phenomenon plenty of times.

Last summer, the county commissioners came to the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department in Mayodan to hold a meeting. Brandt encouraged the mayor and members of the Town Council to attend. No Madison officials attended.

The commissioners held their meeting, and at the end, thanked Madison for hosting the event.

Madison.

Brandt knows the commissioners didn’t mean the slight. He doesn’t think it’s ever intentional when Mayodan is overlooked. But he understand why people here begin to wonder if it’s by design after experiencing it enough times.

“It’s a little like being the child with ‘Z’ as a last name, and you’re always in the back of the class because they just put you in alphabetically,” he said.

“That’s how sometimes Mayodan and the people here perceive how people treat us in the newspapers, at a county commissioners or wherever it may be.”

Brandt, 44, came to Mayodan with ideas from previous jobs, including serving as town manager for eight years in Summerfield and four years as planner in Guilford County.

Under his leadership, Mayodan has applied for a grant from the N.C. Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program and has been working with a community group for ideas to jump-start the town’s economy.

Having jobs would help.

Mayodan, like the rest of Rockingham County, is dealing with high unemployment. Businesses are shutting down, and it’s been tough attracting jobs. Some downtown do well, but there are plenty that are struggling. Others just come and go.

Brandt said Mayodan is focusing on ways for people to make a living here.

“We have business space downtown for coffee shops, for bookstores and antique stores,” he said. “Someone has even suggested a brewery — a micro-brewery.”

The town recently held a community workshop with a focus on the downtown. Brandt said the turnout for the half-day workshop was encouraging.

Mayodan received a glimmer of hope when it was recently announced that firearms maker Sturm Ruger & Co. was looking to expand its manufacturing operation.

Mayodan is one of four places in the running. Roughly 350 people showed up for an open house and pre-employment screening last week.

Some reports said Ruger is considering using a former Unifi plant in the town. The company is expected to make a decision in a couple of months.

Brandt still isn’t allowed to give details about the possibility of Ruger coming to Mayodan. Officially, he can’t even say the company’s name.

He can confirm that Mayodan has three abandoned Unifi plants and that they are hot commodities. The business that cannot be named isn’t the only one looking here. It is the most serious at this point, but not the only one. Other than that, there’s not much he can say.

“If they come, it will be a huge change to our economy,” he said.

And a step toward moving Mayodan to the front of the line.

He likes living in Mayodan. That’s Mayodan. Not Western Rockingham County. Not the “Madison area.”And definitely not Madison-
Mayodan. Welcome to the forgotten child.
6/29/2013
Keystone Cops for the Arts

Keystone Foods and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office are partnering to sponsor the first annual Keystone Cops for the Arts event on Saturday, June 29th, 2013 to raise money for the various arts programs throughout the Rockingham County School System. This will include a 5K run/walk and bicycle rides of 10, 30, and 60 miles. We hope you and your organization, will participate in this event!
Saturday June 29, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
Rockingham County Sheriff's Office 
170 NC65
Reidsville, NC 27320


For More Information Contact:
Tina Williams
Keystone Foods
336-342-6601

events@keystonefoods.com

7/1/2013
Rockingham County Seems to be Rocking with New Deals
From the Business Journal
by Katie Arcieri


Rockingham County seems to be rocking and rolling lately with a slew of new deals on the table.
 
County officials say they have been extra busy lately with business activity that could mean millions of dollars of investments and hundreds of new jobs over the next several years.
 
“I don’t know how long we can sustain it, but there has been a little flurry here,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership.
 
Connecticut-based gun maker Sturm Ruger & Co. (NYSE: RGR), is considering a former Unifi Inc. (NYSE: UFI) facility for a 500-job manufacturing plant in the town of Mayodan that could represent a $30 million investment.
 
Meanwhile, Catalon Chemical Co. is considering an operation at a former Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) facility in Eden that could add 199 manufacturing jobs. If Catalon chooses Eden, it could invest $40 million over three years on the venture.
 
It’s not yet clear whether either of those companies will locate in Rockingham, but the activity reflects a recent surge in businesses taking a first — and second — look at the county. It's also welcome news in a county that had an unemployment rate of 10 percent as April.
 
Other deals are already in the pipeline as well. Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden is planning a 3,950-square-foot urgent care center in Mayodan that should open this fall. And a tire company plans to open a distribution and wholesale operation in Eden as well.
 
Pervier attributes the uptick to an overall improvement in the economy and increased confidence among companies that were sitting on cash and are now ready to pull the trigger on expansions...

Click here for full article.
7/2/2013
Eden & Mayodan Receive State Honor for Water Systems

RALEIGH – North Carolina officials announced today that 49 water systems are being honored for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.

The 49 systems received the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award from the state N.C. Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply section. The awards are part of the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Program, whichis an effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.

Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes occur naturally, but can potentially include harmful bacteria and viruses. While all drinking water systems have to meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent. Award winners for 2012 include:

· Town of Burnsville

· City of Asheville-North Fork

· City of Asheville-Debruhl

· Woodfin Sanitary District-Sugar Camp Fork

· Town of Weaverville-Ivy River

· City of Lenoir

· City of Hickory

· City of Newton

· Town of Andrews

· Two Rivers Utilities

· City of Belmont

· City of Mount Holly

· City of Cherryville

· Town of Robbinsville-Tallulah

· Town of Robbinsville-Rock Creek

· City of Waynesville-Allens Creek

· Town of Canton-Penland Street

· Maggie Valley Sanitary District

· City of Hendersonville

· City of Statesville
· Town of Mooresville-Plant 2

· Western Carolina University

· City of Lincolnton

· Lincoln County

· City of Marion

· City of Charlotte-Vest Plant

· City of Charlotte-Franklin

· City of Charlotte-Lee S. Duke Plant

· Salisbury-Rowan

· Broad River Water Authority

· City of Monroe

· Town of Boone

· Appalachian State University

· Town of Wilkesboro Water Filtration Plant

· Town of Louisburg

· City of Eden-Robert A. Harris

· Town of Mayodan

· City of Mount Airy-F.G. Doggett

· City of Mount Airy-S.L. Spencer

· Town of Pilot Mountain

· Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water

· Town of Pittsboro

· City of Fayetteville-Hoffer

· Harnett County Department of Public Utilities

· City of Sanford

· Orange Water & Sewer Authority

· Hamlet Water System

· Town of Cary

· Cape Fear Public Utility Authority-Wilmington

 

7/3/2013
A love of flowers grows into a thriving Mayodan business
The front porch of Zane and Amanda Cardwell’s home in Mayodan provides an interesting view. During peak blooming season in June and July, the couple can enjoy nearly two acres covered with more than 4,000 brightly colored daylilies.

The couple invites the public to enjoy the view from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for the annual open garden celebration at Amanda’s Daylilies, located at 480 Manuel Road.

Amanda Cardwell says the colorful blooms caught her eye at a friend’s home in Virginia about 10 years ago and she decided to grow some for herself. What started as a hobby has now grown into a thriving business that attracts buyers from throughout the Piedmont region and across the nation via Facebook.

“We’ve hosted open houses here during peak season for several years, but we wanted to do something different to let more people enjoy how beautiful these flowers really are,” she said. “They’re easy to grow in almost any area and reward a little work with a lot of beauty.”

A mild winter meant the more than 1,500 varieties of daylilies began to peak a little earlier than normal this year and caused daylily enthusiasts to start picking out new varieties for their own gardens sooner. But the farm is still brimming with blooms of every imaginable color.

While Amanda Cardwell handles the business side of the farm, she said Zane really enjoys finding new varieties of the hardy perennials to add to the mixture.

“He probably added about 40 this year because I’ve seen the delivery guy leave a lot of them on the porch,” Amanda said.

Zane Cardwell sets the current inventory at 1,543 different varieties – give or take a couple.

7/3/2013
Lake Reidsville Independance Day Celebration and Fireworks
Lake Reidsville
4:30pm - 10:30pm
$5 per car
Family Fun, Food, Bands and Fireworks Celebration!
For more information call 336-349-4738
7/4/2013
Town of Wentworth July 4th. Celebration
7/4/2013
July 4th. Fun Parade
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7/8/2013
Ruger Identifies Mayodan as Preferred Choice, Pending Incentive Approvals
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. filed notice with the SEC concerning its potential manufacturing facility.  Mayodan, NC is the company’s preferred choice subject to finalizing state and local incentive agreements

Ruger plans to acquire the building after these agreements are finalized, which could take between 30-45 days.
7/12/2013
Pops on the Square at Market Square

This Friday night, June 12,  Market Square in downtown Reidsville features "POPS ON THE SQUARE." It will be a great evening of Jazz, with Sweet Dreams.
FREE concert  begins a 7 pm.

Downtown Reidsville will also be buzzing with the Cruise-In, featuring classic cars and more…sponsored by The Reidsville Downtown Corporation. 
A great way to spend your Friday evening!


7/15/2013
Rockingham Community College Performs Well
From the Business Journal
by Matt Evans, reporter


Montgomery, Davidson County and Rockingham Community Colleges met or exceeded more goals than other colleges in the Triad under new metrics adopted by the state.
 
Montgomery Community College was one of three schools systemwide to meet or exceed goals in four of the eight performance measures adopted by the state legislature last year and reported by the N.C. Community College System last week. No school met more than four of the goals. The schools in Davidson and Rockingham met or exceeded goals in three of the eight measures.
 
Surry Community College met two of the goals while Forsyth Technical Community College and Randolph Community College met one goal each. Guilford Technical Community College and Alamance Community College were among 11 colleges statewide that didn't meet or exceed any of the eight goals, the report said.
 
The new accountability measures include things like basic skills student progress, GED diploma passing rates, English and math success rates, licensure and certification exam passing rates, and transfer student success. The new system measures schools against goals, system averages and baselines based on statistical variations from data collected of all 58 community colleges in the state.
 
Montgomery Community College met the most goals among eight Triad campuses, but it was also the only one to score a "below baseline" in any metric, the lowest level of performance. That was in its development student success rate in college-level math courses, in which MCC students performed significantly worse than the systemwide average.
 
The most common result for Triad schools as a whole was "below goal, above average," meaning that while the school didn't meet goals in that particular measure, it did do better than the statewide average.
 
The new measures were developed by a community college system committee and enacted into law in June 2012 as part of SuccessNC, the community college system's three-year strategic plan.
 
“Our community college system has always maintained a focus on accountability,” says N.C. Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls. “SuccessNC marks a shift in our emphasis on student completion and success, and our new performance measures more accurately reflect a focus on key metrics we believe are important to student progress.”
 
Though the new metrics are challenging for many colleges, GTCC President Randy Parker, who was a member of the committee that designed them, said they are more reflective of how the schools have to operate these days. He said more students are taking non-traditional routes through the college system or need to stop and start or extend their educations for various reasons that past measures had a harder time capturing.
 
Parker said the new measures will be incorporated into the "pay for performance" funding model that the state is pursuing. Tight budgets have hamstrung efforts to tie extra funding to performance, but Parker said it looks more likely now.
 
"Both the House and Senate have set aside $10 million" to fund pay-for-performance, he said. "If that ultimately passes the money will be used to apply to the formulas" for funding in the current fiscal year.
7/16/2013
TigerTek Industrial Services is celebrating its 30th Anniversary
(Stoneville, NC) – Headquartered in Stoneville, NC, TigerTek Industrial Services was established in 1983, and today is one of the largest industrial repair centers in the Triad.

TigerTek repairs electric motors, pumps, gearboxes and servo motors, which are critical to the continued operation of their customers, which include local manufacturing plants, municipalities (water and waste water facilities), universities, food plants (dairies, bakeries), plastic and chemical plants, just to name a few.  TigerTek also sports a large machine shop for fabricating precision parts.

Additional Background Information

TigerTek will be the first to admit that the economic landscape has changed significantly in the company’s history. Thirty years ago, the Triad was a hub of industry. Manufacturing plants were on virtually every corner operating 24/7. When their machinery broke down, TigerTek was there, to get them back up and running. However, as the economy took a turn for the worse, many local manufacturers relocated their plants overseas leaving TigerTek with virtually none of their original core customers, which were predominantly concentrated in the textile and furniture industries.

While many other repair centers were forced to concede to the inevitability of bankruptcy, TigerTek went against the odds and adapted. What was once an industry dominated by a huge labor force, US manufacturing became highly computerized and technologically advanced. TigerTek saw an opportunity to fill a need in this changing industry. So TigerTek took a risk and invested in the knowledge to repair a new technology called “servo motors”.

These highly specialized motors allow for a more automated manufacturing facility. The motors can operate at high speeds and adjust speed and direction based on the tasks they are performing. Repairing these motors is tricky therefore when one breaks, there are few options.

TigerTek purchased equipment, trained technicians, and hired new ones despite watching revenues vanish with reliable customers overseas. 15 years later, TigerTek still exists here in Stoneville. Now in a new 30,000 square foot repair facility and with 40 employee’s on the staff, TigerTek is one of the largest servo repair centers in the United States. In fact, In 2008 TigerTek was named North Carolina’s Small Business of the Year.

Recently, members of the TigerTek sales staff were invited to exhibit at the national motor repair conference in Las Vegas to teach other shops about Servo Motors and their entrance into the world of manufacturing. And it’s not just the servo business that has helped TigerTek to grow to where they are now. Recent years have shown the early signs of the core manufacturing business returning to the area.

It is clear that manufacturing will never exist in the triad like it once did; however new business growth is something to be excited about in the coming years. And 30 years later, when their machinery breaks down, TigerTek will still be here.

More info at: www.tigertek.com

7/18/2013
New Business-friendly Tax Legislation Announced

The State of North Carolina announced new tax rates and policies that will positively impact your clients and will take the state on the path to becoming more business-friendly than ever.

The new law, once enacted, will reduce the corporate tax from 6.9% to 6.0% in 2014.  In 2015, the corporate rate would drop to 5.0%, a 27% reduction from the current level.

A simplified and reduced personal income tax structure will expand the benefit of tax reform to all North Carolina citizens.  The law will reduce the current 3-tier income tax from a maximum rate of 7.5% and a minimum of 6% to a flat rate for all tax payers of 5.8% in 2014 and 5.75% in 2015.

Governor Pat McCrory announced the new tax structure on Monday alongside state Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker also spoke at the event, held in North Carolina's historic state capitol.

The legislation has passed both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly and will become law once Governor McCrory signs the measure.

7/19/2013
Loparex Plans to Expand in Eden

Rockingham County, NC—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development is pleased to announce that Loparex plans to expand its manufacturing operations in Eden by creating 12 new jobs and investing $700,000 in a new facility.  Loparex, a global manufacturer of polycoated and silicone-coated papers and films, plans to lease 48,000 square-feet of space for this expansion in the former Liberty Textiles plant, which is located across the street from its main facility on Fieldcrest Road.

“We are happy to see Loparex continuing to do well in Rockingham County.  The company has been operating here for nearly 20 years and completed several expansions here during that time,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership.  “This expansion will expand Loparex’s capacity and we hope it will help the company continue to grow in Rockingham County.”

The City of Eden and Rockingham County were strategic partners in this expansion.  “It is encouraging to see Loparex make its second expansion in our city since 2009, “stated Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development for the City of Eden.

Loparex is a leading global manufacturer of polycoated and silicone-coated papers and films used in many pressure-sensitive adhesive applications. The company’s products are critical components of many medical supplies and devices, including backings for heart-monitor electrode pads and transdermal patches that deliver medicine through the skin. Loparex products and processes also are used in the automotive industry; for turbine propellers that generate wind power; and precise die-cutting used in mobile phones and digital cameras.  The company started operations in Eden in 1995 and it currently has 143 employees there. 

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7/20/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

Greg Goad will be performing this Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  He is the owner of Greg Goad Teaching Studios, which offers training in various instruments including guitar, drums, mandolin and piano.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

7/20/2013
Tribute to the Adndres Sisters at Reidsville Market Square

Reidsville Market Square in Downtown Reidsville will host:
A tribute to the Andrew Sisters....

Letters From Home 
Letters From Home, A Andrews Sisters Tribute is an amazing show that is brilliantly choreographed and sung in three- part harmony by professional and beautiful singers with angelic voices -- complete with full tap dancing and hilarious comedy. 
 Performing at 7:00 PM
This event is free and open to the public.  No pets, food or coolers allowed.  Please bring your own lawn chair!
For more information: www.ci.reidsville.nc.us or 336-349-1099

7/27/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

7/27/2013
Reidsville Farmer's Market & Indie Bazaar
7/27/2013
Shaggin' on Fieldcrest
8/3/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

8/3/2013
Mud and Music Mayhem Obstacle Race

Looking for your Next Good Time?

How about a day filled with amazing obstacles, live bands and plenty of Miller beer?

The Mud & Music Mayhem Obstacle Race has you covered! The race will take place on Saturday, August 3rd, from the picturesque Willow Oaks Plantation in Eden, NC. The course will feature over 20 man-made obstacles plus many natural obstacles over a 6+ mile route.

Participants will climb walls, crawl through tunnels, trudge through mud, jump over fire and many more challenges. Do it to win! Do it for fun! Do it by yourself! Do it with friends! Do it as a 2-person relay! Just do it!!!! After you race, you will earn a finishers medal and enjoy a free beer courtesy of Miller. The party continues with live entertainment, inflatables for the kids, more Miller beer for the adults and great food for everyone. There is no charge for spectators so bring your friends and family.

Get more info & register here.

8/6/2013
Dan River Boat Race Attracts a Crowd

From Rockingham Now
By Daniielle Battaglia Staff Writer


MADISON - Close to 100 boaters took part in the Madison-Mayodan Parks and Recreation Department’s 24th Dan River Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 3.

“We want to utilize the natural resources there to bring people from other states and areas to see how beautiful this is,” Director Fred Thompson said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. the department launched a new boater into the Dan River every minute. The participants paddled the 2.5 miles, while the department tracked their individual times. Thompson said this ordinarily takes at least 30 minutes to complete.

A trophy ceremony honored the winners at the end of the race.

“I love competition it’s by far the best thing,” participant Chloe Lester said.

Lester won first place in her division.

“I love winning,” Lester said. “I don’t know how to describe it.”

Lester came in first place for the past three years. She said her father and his best friend inspired her to kayak.

Thompson said the race allows for recreational participants and true enthusiasts.

“More or less, they’re doing it to compete against themselves and other people,” Thompson said. “They’re doing it as an activity, more or less...”

For full article, click here.

8/9/2013
Locally Filmed Movie Hits Theaters Sept. 6
 Locally filmed “The Ultimate Life” hits theaters September 6th 
Greensboro, NC: The Piedmont Triad Film Commission is proud to announce that the locally filmed feature The Ultimate Life is scheduled to premiere September 6th. The film commission helped to recruit the production to film in several Piedmont counties, including Forsyth and Rockingham counties, earlier this year. The production hired many locals to work behind the scenes and as extras and provided an immediate economic boost while filming in the area. Besides providing job opportunities for locals, money was also spent on many local businesses including hotels, office equipment rental businesses, hardware stores, rental car companies, restaurants, bars, dry cleaners and more.
The film features veteran actors Peter Fonda, Bill Cobbs, and Lee Meriweather and stars the young talent of Logan Bartholomew. The director of The Ultimate Life is Michael Landon Jr. This was the third film that he has directed in the Piedmont Triad in the last 3 years.
The story follows Jason Stevens and his struggle to cope with his seemingly unraveling life. But when he discovers his late grandfather’s journal, he is transported back into Red Stevens' incredible rags-to-riches life. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he too can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.
The Ultimate Life serves as both a sequel and a prequel to the film The Ultimate Gift, which filmed in North Carolina in 2006.  
For trailers, theaters, and movie times, visit: www.theultimatelifemovie.com
The Piedmont Triad Film Commission is an economic development organization working to generate revenue and jobs by recruiting and facilitating film production in the twelve-county central region of North Carolina.
For more information on the Piedmont Triad Film Commission's role in recruiting this or any other production, economic impact or jobs created, please contact Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission Rebecca Clark, at 336-210-8641.
8/9/2013
RCC Brewing Center Officially Opens

From the Eden Daily News
By Katie Mann Staff Writer

 

EDEN - Rockingham Community College and their partnership with the city of Eden opened the first ever Center for Brewing Sciences in old downtown Leaksville at 649 Washington Street on Thursday.

The grand opening started at 5 p.m. and entailed of five speakers talking about his or her contribution to the facility and how the center will better improve the county of Rockingham and the college itself.

“This is kind of a story about two things: one, it’s a great story about the new innovative program,” said Michael Helmick, president of Rockingham Community College. “This is the first brewing, distillation, and fermentation program in the United States.”

The start up for this program will be fall semester, and the college is currently accepting students for the program.

“We are the first college to start this program. This facility that we’re in is the first community college brewing facility in the United States,” Helmick said. “The second part of this is the facility we’re in today. This facility is a great example of how community partnership can be.”

The majority of the classes that are taught in the degree will be taught on campus.

“I’d say about 25 percent of the time, students will be in the facility,” said Keith Elliot, department head for the degree. “When they [students] come here, that’s when they’ll actually be starting to brew and test.”

Elliot said that they made their first batch of beer on Wednesday and that it is to ferment for about ten days.

“Hopefully about the middle of next week we will be able to see how it turns out,” he said.

The community college had beer from MillerCoors for the grand opening, along with refreshments for those who came in to view the facility.

Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Tuggle Sr., was also present at the opening and he gave his remarks on how this program will benefit the city.

“Having this thing here, and for such a creative and innovative thing, it’s more than just the obvious, it’s about jobs, it’s about being creative, and it’s about changing the economy,” he said.

Everyone at RCC is excited to finally have a year of preparation for the degree under their belt, and cannot wait for the students to start using the facility.

8/10/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

8/13/2013
Gov. McCrory Announces Ruger to Create More Than 450 Jobs in Mayodan

Sturm, Ruger & Company to Create More Than 450 Jobs in Rockingham County
Firearms manufacturer to establish new facility in Mayodan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
919-814-2100                                             
govpress@nc.gov
 
Raleigh, NC- Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. will establish a new manufacturing facility in Rockingham County. The company plans to create more than 450 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2017 and invest more than $26 million in the new Mayodan location.  
 
“Advanced manufacturing companies like Ruger know that North Carolina is just the place for their company to grow and flourish,” said Governor McCrory. “The skilled manufacturing jobs that they’ll create will strengthen the Rockingham County economy and demonstrates the strong talent pool and attractive quality of life that characterizes this region of the state.”
 
Sturm, Ruger & Company is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market, and a major producer of precision steel investment castings.  Ruger produces hundreds of thousands of firearms each year for hunting, target shooting, collecting, self-defense, law enforcement and government agencies.  The company currently employs more than 2,000 people at facilities in
New Hampshire, Connecticut and Arizona.
 
“We are committed to creating new jobs in North Carolina and one major area of focus is advanced manufacturing,” said Secretary Decker. “We applaud the Ruger management team for their commitment to investing in North Carolina and welcome them to our family of strong corporate partners.”
 
Ruger is establishing a new manufacturing facility in North Carolina to accommodate its continued growth and planned new products.  New positions will include production workers, tool makers, manufacturing engineers and product design engineers.
 
“Ruger has created 900 jobs over the last five years and we hope to continue this growth in Mayodan,” said Ruger President and CEO Mike Fifer. “There is a phenomenal work force in the area.  We’ve had two job fairs.  The response has been tremendous and the caliber of the potential employees is really impressive.”
 
Compensation for the new positions will vary by job function, but the average annual compensation will exceed $45,000, plus benefits.  The average annual wage in Rockingham County is $33,007.  
 
“We welcome Ruger to North Carolina and applaud their commitment to bringing new jobs and investment to Rockingham County,” said Sen. Phil Berger. “Today’s announcement is a clear indicator of our state’s favorable business climate and high-quality workforce, and we look forward to working alongside Governor McCrory to ensure these strong assets continue to grow.”
 
“Our state has the top-notch workforce that advanced manufacturers need to compete in the highly competitive global marketplace,” said Rep. Bryan Holloway. “I congratulate Ruger for their decision to locate in Mayodan and wish them continued success in Rockingham County.”
 
The project was made possible in part by an award to Ruger from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.  Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state, and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant. 
 
Under the terms of the company’s JDIG award, Ruger is eligible to receive up to twelve annual grants equal to 75 percent of the state personal income tax withholdings from the eligible new jobs created since the date of the initial award.  Receipt of each annual grant is based on state-certified proof that the company has fulfilled incremental job creation requirements. Over twelve years, the JDIG award could yield aggregate benefits to Ruger of up to $9.46 million upon creation of 473 new jobs.
 
Other partners who assisted with this announcement include: The N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Golden Leaf Foundation, Rockingham County Partnership for Economic & Tourism Development, Rockingham County and the Town of Mayodan.
 
For more information about Sturm, Ruger & Company, visit
www.ruger.com.

Interested job seekers may contact the North Carolina Department of Commerce – Division of Workforce Solutions at esc.jobs.reidsville@nccommerce.com or via Fax at 336-634-5633.

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8/15/2013
MARC Dinner & History Series: Life in the Mills

 


Life in the Mills: Its Challenges & Rewards. This enlightening and thought-provoking program recalls the long and rich history of the textile mill experience. The Many Norma Raes and Jack Cipriani, past president of the Teamsters (Eastern Region) and Greensboro Local 39 discussing labor unions and the mills. An open- mic session follows. We invite you to come and share your stories about textile mills in Rockingham County.

Admission to the program is $15.00 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Dinner, entrance to the museum, and a sneak peek at our new textile exhibit are included in the program price. Order your tickets and choose your box dinner at

www.themarconline.org. Tickets are on sale now! The deadline to order is Wednesday the 14th at 5pm.

 

 

Thursday, August 15, 2013 6-8pm MARC Dinner & History Series: Life in the Mills

 

Looking for a bite to eat and something to do after work? Did you or someone in your family work in one of Rockingham County’s textile mills or would you like to know more about those who did? If you answered yes, join us at the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) on Thursday, August 15th from 6-8pm for

Special guests include Joey Fink, Hugh McColl fellow at the Center for the Study of the American South presenting

8/17/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

8/17/2013
Reidsville Market Square presents The Mighty Eliminators!

Market Square will be swaying to the sounds of The Mighty Eliminators.  These cats have been playing music since 1963.  Reunited in May of 2012, they will have Market Square dancing in the grass! 

Also Performing is Pricilla Price!
Priscilla's first single, in 1973, was a re-release of "Funny." Picked up by BASF, it went to No. 17 on Billboard's top 30 R&B chart. "You Better Watch Yourself" is Priscilla's 2002 Rock House Records release. Price's vocals combine gospel roots with pop sensibilities. She also loves the slow, smoldering blues songs that many singers wish they could achieve. Priscilla Price was presented with a “Life Time Achievement Award" by the Blues Society of Detroit in 2006
 

The concert begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public.  Beer and Wine Garden will be open.  No Pets, Coolers or Food allowed,  Please bring your lawn chair! For more information: www.ci.reidsville.nc.us or 336-349-1099

 
8/18/2013
FIREARMS AND YOUR FAMILY
A SPECIAL EVENT, 2 PM TO 8 PM, SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 AT BEAUTIFUL WILLOW OAKS PLANTATION, EDEN
 
PURPOSE
 
To provide a family-oriented, hands-on, fun-filled, educational event dedicated to responsible firearm use in hunting, recreational shooting, and family security.
 
PREREGISTRATION STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! Register at the Hunting Page at Willowoaksplantation.com Space limited to 100 families.
 
1:45 All Sign In at Pavilion; Firearms and ammo will be provided FREE, and no personal firearms will be allowed. Fantastic door prizes, including a Remington Youth Model 20 gauge 1187!.
2:00 Welcome and Orientation. Dr. Pete Bromley, Chairman
2:30 Field Events Begin.  BB-shooting, shotgun shooting, archery, and retrieving dog demonstration.  A competent coach for each and every shooter! Eye and ear protection provided. All guests may shoot. NRA Sanctioned Range Safety Officer Gene Hopper and others will keep things safe! Organizations and businesses invited to display firearms, targets, and literature on tables in the pavilion throughout the afternoon.
5:00 Guests gather at the pavilion. NRA’s Eddie Eagle will visit with kids and families. Bathrooms available in the pavilion.
5:30 Picnic dinner will be served. Donations will be solicited from co-sponsors and from those who dine. No alcohol to be served.
6:30 Evening Program. Master of Ceremonies, Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page. Speakers will include Lisa Walters, Remington Arms, Carissa Shelton, NCWRC Hunter Education Regional Specialist, Tommy Massey, Concealed Carry Instructor. Questions will be welcome!
8:00 Drawing for door prizes. Must be present to win!
 
 
SPONSORED BY ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, HUNTING AND WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
 
CO-SPONSORED BY REMINGTON ARMS, NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION, WILLOW OAKS PLANTATION AND SHOOTING PRESERVE, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY GUN CLUB, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES SERVING FIREARM AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTING NEEDS
 
For more information contact Pete Bromley @ pbromley@sprintmail.com or Chris Villa @ chris@willowoaksplantation.com
8/19/2013
Tourism Economic Impact Grows

State Announces Tourism’s Economic Impact in Rockingham County for 2012

Wentworth, NC--The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced today that domestic visitors to and within Rockingham County spent $62.3 million in 2012, an increase of 3.74 percent from 2011.

“We are happy to see our local tourism industry continuing to grow,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism. “The state numbers reflect the growth we have been tracking locally and further indicate the importance of tourism in Rockingham County’s economy.”

Tourism impact highlights for 2012:

•The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 520 people in Rockingham County.

•Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Rockingham County was $9.85 million.

•State tax revenue generated in Rockingham County totaled $3.21 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income.  Approximately $1.46 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses. 

•The tax revenue generated by travel and tourism represents a $50.28 tax savings to every resident of Rockingham County.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced in May that visitors to North Carolina spent a record $19.4 billion in 2012, an increase of 5.4 percent from 2011. These statistics are from the “2012 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The study was prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S. Travel Association.

Statewide highlights include:

•State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending neared $1 billion in 2012 and have increased 42 percent in the last 10 years.

•Visitors spend more than $53 million per day in North Carolina and contribute over $4.2 million per day in state and local tax revenues as a result of that spending (about $2.7 million in state taxes and $1.6 million in local taxes).

•The travel and tourism industry directly employees nearly 200,000 North Carolinians.
 
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8/20/2013
To Assist Ruger, RCC Launching Machining Program
From the Business Journal
By Katie Arcieri, reporter


Rockingham Community College will launch a one-year machining program in January to assist Sturm Ruger & Co. with securing qualified machinists for the company’s recently announced $26 million gun plant in Mayodan.
 
Perry Hughes, the college’s department chair of career and technical education, said the school already has a two-year associate degree machining program that is geared toward entry and midlevel managers.
 
But the college is designing the one-year program with specific input from Connecticut-based Ruger (NYSE: RGR) to help provide a quick pipeline of entry-level machine operators for the company, which aims to add 473 jobs by the end of 2017. The program also will assist several local manufacturers, he said.
 
“We’ve already been in contact with Ruger to try to get some idea of what they are looking for,” Hughes said. “We know there is a demand and a need.”
 
Hughes said the one-year program will likely have spots for 18 to 20 students.
 
He added that Ruger officials are enthusiastic about the machining program because the company does not have strong work force development ties with the community college in New Hampshire, where Ruger has a manufacturing plant.
 
“They are very excited that we are willing to work with them,” Hughes said. "Our plan was to talk to community colleges (in New Hampshire) to get ideas. There’s nobody to talk to.”
8/24/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

8/26/2013
REI AWARDS DRBA $5,000 GRANT FOR STONEVILLE NATURE TRAIL
STONEVILLE, NC, VA: REI, a leader in the outdoor recreation industry, has awarded the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) a $5,000 grant to partner with the Town of Stoneville in working with volunteers to design and construct the town’s first public nature trail.
 
Stoneville Nature Trail will cross a stream and link to the existing walking track in Stoneville Memorial Park. Trail amenities will include places to rest and enjoy the creek, educational signage, and free public parking.
 
“Research shows that recreational trails are highly desired by people when deciding where to purchase a home, and proximity to trails raises home values,” says Jodi Lester, Stoneville Town Council Member. “I am thrilled that REI provided this generous grant, and that DRBA is working with the Town to help build our first nature trail.”
 
Shirley Price, Stoneville Town Manager, says “Stoneville already has so much to offer visitors and residents with antique shops, great ‘home cooking’ restaurants, and an energetic community life with lots of cultural and fun events. The Stoneville Nature Trail will add to the quality of life in our lovely town and give people a reason to stop in for a visit.”
 
The Stoneville Nature Trail is part of the priority trails identified in the Rockingham County Pathways Plan, a long-range plan for recreational trails throughout the county. The Plan was funded by the Reidsville Area Foundation and support from each county municipality, including the county, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, and DRBA members. The nearly 2-year planning process was led by a steering committee compromised of local business owners, public service employees, nonprofit representatives, and citizens. Numerous meetings were held for public comment.
 
“It is important to note,” says Jenny Edwards, DRBA’s Rockingham County Program Manager, “that DRBA is only interested in putting trails where landowners want them. We simply will not build a trail unless the landowner is fully on board—period.”
 
Preliminary design work on the Stoneville Nature Trail will begin this month, and construction will start in September. The trail is expected to be completed and open to the public by the end of the year. The project also includes restoration of approximately 1,400 feet of streamside vegetation along the proposed route as part of the Rockingham County Jobs, Forests and Rivers Initiative funded by the Reidsville Area Foundation. Volunteers are sought to assist building the trail. For more information, contact Edwards at (336) 339-6169 or jedwards@danriver.org.
 
DRBA is a bi-state 501c3 non-profit, promoting outdoor recreation and a regional identity across the Dan River Valley.
8/27/2013
Ruger Job Seeker Information
Those interested in jobs with Ruger in Mayodan,  may contact the North Carolina Department of Commerce – Division of Workforce Solutions at:
esc.jobs.reidsville@nccommerce.com  
-or via Fax at-
336-634-5633

The local Division of Workforce Solutions office is located at:
8340 NC HWY 87, Reidsville, NC (between Wentworth and Reidsville).
Phone: 336-634-5600

Hours:

Mon-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
8/31/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

9/3/2013 - 9/4/2013
Rockingham County's First Gospel Music Festival
From WFMY, The Good Morning Show

Picture this - it's Saturday night, you're at a cookout outside with friends and family, listening to great gospel music and it's all free! Sound too good to be true? Believe it!
 
Rockingham County is holding its first-ever gospel music festival this Saturday. It's a fun event for the whole family and will feature several performances from local artists, church groups, and ensembles. Since it's free the organizers are asking you bring a canned donation to help them feed the homeless and hungry in Rockingham County.
 
If you would like to go it's this Saturday from 4 to 8 pm at the Rockingham Community College Ampitheater on County Home Road in Wentworth
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Click here for more info.
9/6/2013
Locally Filmed Movie Hits Theaters Today

SEPT. 6: REELWORKS STUDIOS RELEASES
THE ULTIMATE LIFE IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE

Peter Fonda, Logan Bartholomew, Drew Waters and David Mann Join Original Cast Members in Combination Sequel and Prequel To Family-Favorite “The Ultimate Gift”

 
“The Ultimate Life is the ultimate reminder of what’s important in life. Gripping, emotionally-charged and potentially life-changing, this movie is a must-see.”
– John Clemens, USA Radio Network
 
“This picture is well worth viewing. It is an entertaining movie with a message.”
 – The Dove Foundation, five Dove review

               
LOS ANGELES, Calif.,---THE ULTIMATE LIFE releases nationwide on September 6, 2013 from Reelworks Studios. The film features Golden Globe® winner Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold), Drew Waters (Friday Night Lights), Logan Bartholomew (Love’s Enduring Promise) and David Mann (Meet The Browns), along with original cast members James Garner, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Ali Hillis in the combination sequel and prequel based on the best-selling book by Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift. THE ULTIMATE LIFE (rated PG) is a family-friendly film that has received a “five Dove” rating from The Dove Foundation, and reminds viewers that some things in life are worth more than money.

THE ULTIMATE LIFE will be distributed by High Top Releasing nationally to theaters on September 6, 2013, in 400 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and other major markets. For a list of opening cities visit: TheUltimateLifeMovie.com/Tickets.

The Piedmont Triad Film Commission helped to recruit the production to film in several Piedmont counties, including Forsyth and Rockingham counties, earlier this year. The production hired many locals to work behind the scenes and as extras and provided an immediate economic boost while filming in the area. Besides providing job opportunities for locals, money was also spent on many local businesses including hotels, office equipment rental businesses, hardware stores, rental car companies, restaurants, bars, dry cleaners and more.

Several scenes of THE ULTIMATE LIFE were shot in the Wentworth and Reidsville areas in Rockingham County.

The director of THE ULTIMATE LIFE is Michael Landon Jr.  This was the third film that he has directed in the Piedmont Triad in the last 3 years.

The film was produced by executive producer Rick Eldridge (The Ultimate Gift, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius) and producer David Kappes (Jaws 3-D).  The screenplay was developed by Brian Bird (“Touched by An Angel”), Cheryl McKay (The Ultimate Gift), with Lisa G. Shillingburg.

“THE ULTIMATE LIFE is an emotional, endearing family film and an instant classic that will be embraced by audiences who loved the first film, while attracting new viewers to the story,” said executive producer Rick Eldridge. “There is huge multi-generational appeal since the film is both a sequel and a prequel.”
 
Generations of talent combine to tell the story of Red Stevens’ journey from a young boy in the 1940s to an older man over the years, including stand-out Drew Waters, who plays young adult Red. Waters credits director Landon with creating a special dynamic on-set. “My approach to acting is to wrap an emotional and physical structure around my character that I can relate to…Michael is a director who helps that happen, and as a result captures unique, emotional and authentic performances.”
 
Building on the successful 2007 theatrical release The Ultimate Gift in which Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew) inherits a two billion dollar trust from his grandfather, Red (James Garner), THE ULTIMATE LIFE begins three years after Jason receives the gift.  We discover the ensuing years have been challenging for Jason and his girlfriend Alexia.  When his extended family files suit against him, Jason is left reeling until his lawyer and confidant Hamilton, shares Red’s journal with Jason. Reading the journal takes Jason (and moviegoers) back into Red’s younger days where he meets lifelong friends and discovers the origins of the gifts that would mark Red’s life.  Spanning across generations and time, the question is now: Is it too late for those lessons to help Jason?
 
Productions notes, clips, b-roll footage and interviews are available at EPK.tv. For more information on THE ULTIMATE LIFE, visit TheUltimateLifeMovie.com.

About ReelWorks Studios – ReelWorks Studios, LLC was founded in August 2009 by entertainment entrepreneurs, Rick Eldridge and Christopher Cates with the objective of producing media with a message that entertains, educates and edifies. Rick Eldridge has been in the entertainment business for more than 30 years as a producer, director, musician, and creative visionary. Christopher Cates brings an equal amount of tenure in the industry as a producer and production and post production manager for both television and film. Collectively Eldridge and Cates have lent their expertise to projects for notable media companies. Including: Universal, Disney, Fox, MGM, Discovery, BET, PBS, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC and ESPN. While Eldridge and Cates both have long and varied credits, recent collaborations between them have yielded projects such as Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius, The Ultimate Gift, and Max Lucado's “Hermie and Friends". ReelWorks also manages postproduction and sound stages in Charlotte and handles production services for TV and film projects such as the “Homeland” TV series and The Shunning and The Confession movies.  Currently, ReelWorks is managing production services for the Hallmark TV movie Shuffleton Barbershop and providing stages and production facilities for FOX TV pilot “Sleepy Hollow”.

9/6/2013 - 9/7/2013
Mayodan's Homecoming and Antique Festival
Mayodan's Homecoming and Antique Festival
Downtown Mayodan, NC.

Antique Dealers
Lots of Family Fun
Children's Activities & Rides
Arts & Crafts
Great Food
Live Music

Come and enjoy a wonderful day full of fun for the entire family! For more information call 336-548-2241 or www.townofmayodan.com. 
9/7/2013
Clinic Carnival
9/7/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

9/11/2013
Eden Named Official Retirement Community


NORTH CAROLINA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Eden Named Official Retirement Community

RALEIGH, N.C.  – The N.C. Department of Commerce announced today that Eden has been designated as a N.C. Certified Retirement Community.  The N.C. General Assembly established the program in 2008 to designate communities that offer unprecedented quality of living that is desirable to retirees.

“This designation will be a valuable economic development tool for the city of Eden and its residents,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “The people of Eden recognize the valuable contributions that retirees can make to the overall enhancement of their community.”

“North Carolina is experiencing a healthy in-migration of retirees to the state, and this program aims to attract retirees and persuade them to put down roots here,” said Wit Tuttell, Director of Tourism Marketing for the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development.

To gain certification, a local government must submit an application that includes a comprehensive community survey and assessment tool that spans numerous dimensions reflective of the city’s readiness for retiree attraction.  Ratings criteria include:
•         Demographics
•         Housing/Technology
•         Healthcare
•         Local Economy
•         Leisure/Cultural Opportunities
•         Services for Retirees
•         Community/Education/Military

“Eden’s rivers, small town friendliness, and proximity to the mountains and beaches make it an attractive community for retirees,” said Eden Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Tuggle. “There are places in this country that will simply not be affordable for retirees and we want to show them an alternative place to spend their golden years.”

Eden, which submitted its application in July 2013, was noted for its many local amenities that are attractive to retirees. Communities with this official designation receive marketing and promotion assistance from the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development. 
  
The N.C. Department of Commerce accepts applications for the Certified Retirement Community Program in January and July of each calendar year.  More information on the program can be found at:
http://www.nccommerce.com/tourism/programs-services/certified-retirement.

North Carolina previously named the following cities as Certified Retirement Communities: Lumberton, Asheboro, Marion, Sanford, Mount Airy, and Pittsboro.

The N.C. General Assembly, during the 2008 short session, recognized the inherent abundance of quality living that the state offers and established the N.C. Certified Retirement Community Program (S.B. 1627) as a vehicle to designate communities that offer this unprecedented, quality of living that is sought by the mature community.
           
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9/14/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

9/21/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

9/23/2013
Piedmont Distillers to be featured on UNCTV, Wed. 9/25 at 7:30pm

Just recently, Robin Yount, vice present of Tourism with the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority, invited a crew from UNC-TV to spend a day at Piedmont Distillers in Madison.  The results of that day will come to fruition when a segment about the company airs on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” program this Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m.  Local channels for UNC-TV are cable channel 4 or Time Warner Digital Cable channel 170.

During the day, the crew from UNC-TV interviewed Joe Michalek, founder of Piedmont Distillers, Junior Johnson, NASCAR and moonshine legend, and Lance Metzler, manager of Rockingham County.  The crew also got a full tour of Piedmont Distillers’ operation in Madison and saw the company’s handcrafted production process for its line of Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon branded products.

The feature will be centered on Junior Johnson’s legacy in the moonshine business and the partnership between Johnson and Piedmont Distillers.  It will also highlight the thriving business that this small, local company has quickly become.

About North Carolina Now
Every weeknight North Carolina Now examines the most pressing issues of the day, talks with its most important people, visits the most interesting places in the state, and celebrates our artistic and cultural diversity. Covering a wide array of topics ranging from the environment, politics and government, to statewide education on all levels, the farming community and coastal and rural development issues, North Carolina Now is there, bringing you the information you need. From the mountains to the coast, the State Fair to the state line, North Carolina Now covers the local stories and brings them home to you.

About Piedmont Distillers
Piedmont Distillers was the first craft distillery in the United States to offer a legal moonshine in 2005. Based in Madison, NC, their brands include Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Original, and a line of six new Midnight Moon Fruit Inclusions.  All of Piedmont Distillers’ moonshine is made in small, handcrafted batches from America corn and triple-distilled to deliver an ultra-smooth, clean tasting spirit. In the past year, the company’s distribution has expanded into all 50 United States and into duty free markets.

 

9/28/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

9/28/2013
Crafting Tools the American Indian Way

The MARC invites you to learn something new about American Indian culture, try your hand at crafting one of the important tools of American Indian life and help us add something special to our American Indian ex-hibits during this three session workshop on net-making.

Donna Atkins, an area artisan who produces beautiful and useful reproductions of tools used by American Indians in our region, will demonstrate and supervise the process from wrapping bark and other natural materials into cordage to assembling a working fishing net. The finished net will be put on display at the MARC to help visitors imagine a different way of life.

Session 1: Saturday September 28

There are only twelve seats available for these sessions. Call the MARC e-mail to reserve yours today. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Session 1: Saturday, September 28th. from 1pm to 3:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, October 5
Session 3: Saturday, October 12

Museum & Archives of Rockingham County


1086 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth, NC 27375

336-634-4949. www.themarconline.org. MARCconnection@gmail.com
10/5/2013
Tracking Your American Indian Heritage

Do you have American Indian ancestry? If you do or think you might join us at the MARC on Saturday, October 5th from 10am-12pm and learn about tracing those lines. You may dis-cover your own connections.

Debbie Dunlap Cummings, a native of Rockingham County who has extensive knowledge of both Rockingham and Stokes Counties will lead the program. She has a Certificate of Gene-alogy from Boston University and has been researching family and local history for more than twenty years.

Admission to the program is $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors & students. Entrance to the museum is included in the program price.

Museum & Archives of Rockingham County




1086 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth, NC 27375

336-634-4949. www.themarconline.org. MARCconnection@gmail.com


10/5/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/12/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/12/2013
Pride of Morehead Invitational
10/16/2013
Mayodan STEP team works to build economic prosperity

By STEVE LAWSON Staff writer 
The Reidsville Review, Eden Daily News, The Madison Messenger

 
Small Town Economic Prosperity program team members from Mayodan presented the four strategies developed to achieve that prosperity to the Mayodan Town Council at the Oct. 10 agenda meeting. A formal presentation of those strategies, along with those developed by members of Madison’s STEP team, will be delivered during a joint meeting of the two teams beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Center.
 
Mayodan’s first two strategies – create a Mayodan brand and marketing plan and implement a Mayodan beautification and physical improvements program – primarily dealt with the town’s identification and appearance. The two final strategies relate more to the area’s natural assets and the town’s future business opportunities.

The STEP teams from Madison and Mayodan share the third strategy, which is to “utilize the natural resources in and around Mayodan and Madison.” Team members believe most residents of the neighboring towns realize the natural beauty and recreational opportunities provided by the area’s rivers and forests. But they also felt those plentiful assets often get taken for granted.

While several local businesses offer tourists recreational-related goods and services, many residents still find it difficult to locate and enjoy those options. The strategy points to the underdevelopment of those natural assets and seeks to develop increased exposure for existing recreational opportunities and create new ones.

Team members believe this strategy not only attracts more visitors, residents and businesses, but also helps to improve health and quality of life for current and future residents. It also creates more environmental and tourist related job opportunities and strengthens the local economy.

The fourth and final Mayodan STEP strategy seeks to evolve a new niche industry to replace losses due to the closing and dismantling of the mill that provided livelihoods for the town’s residents for more than 100 years. In order to demonstrate Mayodan can be more than a mill town without a mill, the team suggests developing an environment that would facilitate artists and artisans in creating unique and marketable products.

Focusing on inspiring venues such as the Mayo River State Park, Farris Memorial Park and Autumn Creek Vineyards, the fourth strategy suggests creating an oversight committee to connect artists and artisans from a broad geographic area to opportunities already in place in Mayodan or that could be developed in the future. Some of those ideas include artisan-themed events during the year and storefront displays in downtown shop windows.

The oversight group would create and maintain a publicly accessible database of artists and artisans that could be used to generate business and allow networking between individuals and businesses. The group would coordinate with similar existing groups, such as the Rockingham County Arts Council and Rockingham Community College.

The Mayodan STEP team promised council members they would continue to work at overcoming obstacles that deterred past groups from fully implementing previous economic development plans.

Mayodan was also recently accepted into the North Carolina Small Town Main Street program. Town officials invite all interested residents and business owners to attend a breakfast meeting about the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at town hall.

10/19/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/22/2013
Kalo Foods Expands with Lowes Foods

Kalo Foods, North Carolina’s new commercial gluten free bakery in Rockingham County, is expanding their product distribution to 12 Lowes Foods grocery stores effective October 22 in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Jamestown, Kernersville, Greensboro, Oak Ridge, Reidsville and Burlington. 

Kalo brand gluten free products (bread, cupcakes, cookies, pizza crusts, pancake mix, waffle mix and brownie mix) are now available in the bakery section of the Lowes Food stores.

“Lowes Foods has been a great local partner supporting local food producers like us” according to Michael Cusato, President of Kalo Foods, LLC.

Kalo Foods, LLC is a service disabled veteran owned small business and operator of an exclusively gluten free commercial wholesale bakery facility located in Stokesdale, Rockingham County, North Carolina.  The company currently services grocers from Greenville, South Carolina to Annapolis, Maryland.

10/26/2013
Owl Prowl
                                                                              
Mayo River State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan, NC 27027
Meet at park office @ 7:00pm
For more information or directions call the park office at 336-427-2530.
 
Come take a night hike with a ranger and explore the mysterious world of owls. Listen for the different calls of owls while exploring their habitats and their place in the environment. Please dress appropriately for existing weather conditions. Bring your own flashlight and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
10/26/2013
Owl Prowl
Mayo Rive State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Rd., Mayodan, NC  27027
Meet at the park office at 7:00pm
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530

Come take a night hike with a ranger and explore the mysterious world of owls. Listen for the differnt calls of owls while exploring their habitiats and their place in the environment. Please dress appropriately for existing weather conditions.  Bring your own flashlight and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
10/26/2013
Trunk or Treat with Live Music
Come out to Pearman Ballpark, located at 181 Bethany Road, Reidsville NC for
Trunk or Treat 10/26/13 from 4-7pm
Live music from the Tyler Millard Band
Watch a "spooky" movie after 7pm!
Come dressed in your best costume and trick or treat in the school parking lot!
Stay for dinner a the "spooky" movie
10/26/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

11/1/2013 - 11/3/2013
3rd. Annual Artist Open Studio Tour
Dan River Art Market & Gallery presents its Annual Artist Open Studio Tour.
Self-Guided Tour of over 30 Artists in 15 locations in Rockingham County.
Opening Reception Friday 6-8pm - Tours are Friday 1-5pm, Sat 10-5pm, Sun 1-5pm

For maps and more information visit artsinrockingham.org/events
or 336-349-4039
11/7/2013
Baxter Robot Demo at RCC

Rockingham Community College will host a demonstration of the Baxter Robot on campus on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the Industrial Technologies Building, Room 103-E.

Instructor Anthony Edwards will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions. Baxter is a new type of robot that is easily programmable to meet the needs of manufacturers. This robot is affordable for small manufacturers.

The link below will connect you to a video that describes the Baxter Robot:

http://youtu.be/4OIxWMTrGl8

11/7/2013
The Tile Shop Expands in Eden

Eden, NC—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development and The City of Eden are pleased to announce that The Tile Shop is expanding in Eden.

The Tile Shop, located at 9351 Axton Road in Ridgeway, VA, has expanded its warehouse space in the former MGM facility on New Street in Eden. Company representatives expect this expansion to result in job growth during the next two years. 

The Tile Shop is a Minnesota-based company that operates 86 stores in 28 states. The company recently expanded their Ridgeway, VA distribution center shipping department and opened an on-site manufacturing facility.

The Tile Shop sells an extensive variety of tile products including floor and wall tile, natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tile, glass mosaics, and metal. They also carry accents and finishing pieces. Its www.tileshop.com web site supplies answers to frequently asked questions and offers other guidance on how to perform do-it-yourself home improvement tasks.

“We are pleased that The Tile Shop was able to expand on our side of the border,” remarked Mike Dougherty, director of Economic Development for the City of Eden. “We look forward to their continued growth.

“Having The Tile Shop expand into Rockingham County is good news and we look forward to supporting the company’s continued growth, especially the creation of new jobs, in the future,” added Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.

 

11/14/2013 - 11/17/2013
Tournament of Champions Bird Dog Competition
Willow Oaks Plantation in Eden, NC is proud to present the first inaugural Tournament of Champions to be held November 14 - 17, 2013! The intent of this event is to bring all of the best dogs and competitors to one location and vie for the title “Champion of Champions”! To qualify for this event, your dog has to have a Champion title in any field trial/hunt test/bird hunting organization. However, since this is the first year of this event we will accept any dog on a first come first serve basis!

Open Pointing
Open Flushing
Amateur Pointing (based on dogs age. Dogs that have not turned four before January of this year)
Ladies Pointing
Ladies Flushing
Youth Division

For more information or to register contact Matt Behe 919-631-4262 or www.willowoaksplantation.com
11/22/2013
Reidsville's Christmas Tree Lighting, Celebration & Downtown Open House
Come to Downtown Reidsville and kick off the Holiday Season with Christmas Carolers, Snow Sledding, Hayrides, Marshmallow Roasting and much more!
Santa arrives at 6:30pm at Mural Park!
Refreshments and Promotions at Participating Downtown Merchants.
11/23/2013
Reidsville Christmas Parade
Come out and enjoy the Reidsville Christmas Parade!
Saturday, November 23
Parade starts at 4:00pm
For more information call WGSR Star News ata336-344-6288
11/30/2013
MARC Presents an 1845 Piedmont Christmas at Wright Tavern
Join the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) for
"An 1845 Piedmont Christmas at Wright Tavern."
Saturday, November 30, 2013
1-4 p.m.

Step back into the mid-19th Century and see how people celebrated Christmas in Rockingham County.  Enjoy the festive season at Wright Tavern (est. 1816), the MARC at Rockingham County's Historic Courthouse (est. 1907), High Rock Plantation (est. 1808) and the museum at Madison Dry Goods in the former Penn Hardware building (est. 1908).

Tickets are available for purchase online at
www.themarconline.org and at the MARC.  Tickets for adults (ages 12 & over) $15; children (ages 0-11) FREE.  For more information contact the MARC at 336.634.4949 or send an email to marcconnection@gmail.com.


12/3/2013
Draper Village Tree Lighting
Join the Draper Village Community in Eden NC for their Holiday Tree Lighting.
Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30pm
Old-fashioned Christmas caroling, cookies and hot chocolate at the corner of Fieldcrest Rd. and Stadium Dr., Eden NC
12/3/2013
Rockingham County Partnership and TDA Release 2nd Issue of Our Town Magazine
Wentworth, NCThe Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (Partnership) and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) are pleased to release the second issue of Our Town, Rockingham CountyOur Town, Rockingham County is a glossy magazine that features more than 100 pages of articles, photos, information and ads that highlight the great people, places and things happening in Rockingham County.

“Just like our first issue, the new Our Town, Rockingham County is designed to give people a snapshot of our entire county,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism for the Rockingham County Partnership.  “It covers everything from each individual municipality to education, our economy, recreation, the arts, and much more.  In this second issue, we tried to go one step further and help readers make a deeper connection with our community.”

The magazine is free and will be distributed throughout the entire county in local businesses, hotels, Chambers, shops, restaurants and governmental offices.  It will also be mailed in visitor packets to people requesting information about Rockingham County.   Copies will also be available at the Piedmont-Triad Visitor’s Center on U.S. 29 in Pelham. 

Our Town, Rockingham County is a joint project of the Rockingham County Partnership and the Tourism Development Authority.  For more information or to receive a copy, contact the Partnership office at 336-342-8138 or ryount@ncnorthstar.com.

12/7/2013
Christmas Open House at the Penn House
Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Penn House!
You are invited to attend the Christmas Open House for Fun, food, & Holiday Cheer!
Deviate, A Cappella Performing Christmas Carols and Edge of the World music.
2:00 - 5:00pm
324 Maple Ave. 
Reidsville, NC  27320
Please bring a canned food item for the local food pantry.
12/8/2013
Christmas Tour of Homes
The Eden Preservation Society's 16th. Annual
Christmas Tour of Homes
Christmas Shoppe & Holiday Bake Sale
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 - 2pm until 5pm
Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:  Belladonna's Front Porch, Railroad Cafe, Eden Chamber of Commerce, Grany's Antiques, House of Health, Smith Landing Gifts, Layne's Pharmacy, Brbour Studio
Admission $10
12/9/2013
Rockingham's Cundiff Appointed to Gov.'s RIA
CUNDIFF APPOINTED TO GOVERNOR'S RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY

EDEN, NC--North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Eden business owner and Chairwoman of the Rockingham Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development Board, Pam Cundiff, as one of 15 state-wide members to the newly established North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. Cundiff was selected at the recommendation of NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham, Guilford) and will serve in this new position until June of 2016.

The Authority will be chaired by Dr. Patricia Mitchell, assistant secretary for the newly created Rural Economic Development Division of the NC Department of Commerce. The authority reviews and authorizes grants and loans for rural areas within the state. Members formulate policies for making these loans and grants and create ways for the Rural Economic Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce to effectively aid local governments in meeting preliminary project planning costs, as well providing insight into the application and review process. The group, which had its first meeting December 6th in Raleigh, also reviews the efficacy of these loans and grant programs and submits its ideas for improvement by September 1 of each year.

"As a small business owner who has been actively involved in our community for years, Pam Cundiff has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities within rural communities," said Berger.  "She will be a great representative on the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority."

Cundiff says she was honored to be asked to serve on this important committee. "It is a privilege to serve in this capacity for the citizens of North Carolina and fellow Rockingham County residents," she stated.  "I will make every effort to represent our community, all of the state's rural areas, and fulfill the expectations of this appointment. I am appreciative of the confidence expressed by President Pro Tempore Berger and Gov. McCrory in my abilities to contribute to North Carolina's economic development efforts."

Cundiff has extensive economic development experience. She was first appointed to the Rockingham County Economic Development Commission in 1989, the first female and youngest member. After serving the maximum nine years allowed, she returned to the Board in 2001. She was Co -Chair of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development, a public private partnership, in 2003. She Chaired the Board in 2005, 2008-2009 and currently holds that position. Cundiff also served three years on the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority.

Cundiff served on Piedmont Triad Partnership board from 1993-98 and on its Executive Council from 1994-1997.

In 1993, Cundiff earned the prestigious Eden Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award. She was Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors from 1984-1986 and was voted Member of the Year in1989.

Cundiff served on the Eden City Council from 1993-1997 and Chaired the Board of Trustees of Morehead Memorial Hospital from 2000-2001.

In addition to all of her community involvement, Cundiff has owned and operated a successful small business in Eden for more than 30 years, Travel Consultants, Inc.
12/10/2013
Candlelight Downtown
Experience the magical moments of Christmas on Main Street
Historic Leaksville Shopping District, Eden NC
6pm - 8pm
Shops open late with special sales & treats!
FREE Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Live Nativity Scene, visit with Santa, live music and much more!

12/21/2013
Wentworth Christmas Parade
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO WEATHER THE PARADE HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 11:00AM!


 



12/25/2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
1/1/2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
1/1/2014
Mayo River State Park First Day Hike
11:00am
Start off 2014 with a First Day Hike at Mayo River State Park. First Day Hikes are a fairly new tradition and are gaining popularity all across North Carolina. The program is intended to encourage our citizens to enjoy our parks and to become active at the same time. Join in with other Tarheels hiking in their local parks all across the state by coming out to walk with us. We will meet in the parking lot at the Mayo Mountain Access (500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan) at 11:00am and hike the 1.8 mile Mayo Mountain Trail. This is a relatively easy trail, climbing a slight incline for about half the distance. Then the trail levels out and descends back to the parking area. We will be walking at an easy pace, making stops along the way to discuss natural features along the trail, as well as some history of the area and plans for the future of the park. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. For more information, call the park office at 336-427-2530.

 

1/30/2014
Eden Receives Certified Retirement Community Certificate
 (Eden, NC) – North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker presented the official Certified Retirement Community certificate to Eden at a ceremony that took place at Eden City Hall on January 23, 2014. “This designation is not handed out lightly,” stated Decker. “Eden’s name has historically been linked to a garden spot, a unique and special place.” She spoke of passing through the community during her trips to Virginia and finding the people very hospitable. Decker encouraged the city to attract active retirees who would contribute to the community with their time, talents and knowledge. NC Senate Pro-Tem, who hails from Eden, also spoke favorably about the community. “My wife Pat and I chose to live in Eden thirty years ago,” remarked Berger. “We have enjoyed Eden and found it very welcoming to us from the very beginning.”

The ceremony began with the Morehead High School JROTC Color Guard presenting the colors, followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed by the Morehead High School Singers. Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle recognized the Eden Certified Retirement Community Committee that worked for six months on the application that was submitted for consideration in July of 2013. “I appreciate the work this group did to help us achieve this designation. Coming on the heels of our 2011 All-America City award, this is just another acknowledgment that Eden is a special community,” Tuggle stated.

The city will actively market itself to retirees, especially those living in the northeastern part of the country according to Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development for the City of Eden. “Many people who live in those areas will not be able to remain there in their retirement years because of the high taxation burden.” Dougherty stated. “They will be seeking affordable locations in which to live comfortably and become active members of the community.”

The Certified Retirement Community designation allows Eden to be marketed on the Department of Commerce Retire in NC web site and to attend numerous trade shows where all of North Carolina’s Certified Retirement Communities are showcased. The city is in the process of completing the special web page, Retire in Eden NC that will be part of the Explore Eden NC web site. It has completed a marketing brochure and is considering other marketing venues.

For more information on the Certified Retirement Community designation, contact Mike Dougherty at 336-613-4941 or at mdougherty@edennc.us

2/3/2014
Reidsville Downtown Projects Honored
 

ScalesStreetDowntownReidsvilleReidsville Downtown Corporation today announced that two local projects were recognized for their excellence in the 2013 N.C. Main Street Awards competition. Celtic Fringe Bistro, LLC received top honors in the category of Best Adaptive Reuse Project, and ”Kelly’s Way” was a winner in the category of Best Outdoor Space Improvement.

 

The N.C. Main Street program’s annual awards competition recognizes the outstanding achievements of particpating communities in categories reflecting the four areas of focus for Main Street: organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion. A panel that included staff from the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments, Appalachian Regional Commission, Office of Community Planning, Office of Urban Development and Davie County Community Development Corporation reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.

Following the judging, Office of Urban Development Director Liz Parham remarked, “North Carolina Main Street and Small Town Main Street Awards represent some of the very best revitalization work taking place in our state. Whether it’s a streetscape project that makes the central business district more walkable and attractive, a building rehabilitation that provides space for exciting new businesses, a special event that builds on the heritage of the community, or one of many other exemplary projects that contributes to the vitality of Main Street downtowns, these award-winners are outstanding examples of partnerships, innovation, quality, and sustainability and serve as models for other small towns and cities throughout North Carolina.”

On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the following awards were announced:

Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization

Fuquay-Varina – The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina

Best Innovation

Lincolnton – Lovable Lincolnton Possibility Tour

Best Public Relations Effort

Burlington – The We Are Downtown Community Involvement Process

Best Fundraising Effort

Edenton – Save the Taylor Theatre!

Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series

Hendersonville – Rhythm & Brews Concert Series – Inaugural Season

New Bern – Mumfest

Best Retail Promotion

Garner – Downtown Pop-up Shops

Best Downtown Image-Building Campaign

Lincolnton – Pots on Parade

Best Economic Development Incentive

Goldsboro – Business Incentive Grant Program

Best Adaptive Reuse Project

Reidsville – Celtic Fringe Bistro, LLC

Best Upper Floor Redevelopment

Roxboro – The Apartments at 114 South Main

Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort

Concord – Carolina Courts

Best Historic Rehabilitation Project

Hickory – Olde Hickory Station

Smithfield –115-117 S. Third Street

Best Facade Rehabilitation Project for More Than $15,000

Roxboro – Former First National Bank Building

Best Outdoor Space Improvement

Clinton – Clinton Phase III Downtown Revitalization Project

Reidsville – “Kelly’s Way”

The Main Street program, based on economic revitalization within the context of historic preservation, was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to share an effective downtown revitalization strategy which they had developed for smaller towns. Selected as an original Main Street state in 1980, North Carolina has seen its program grow from five communities to 61. The economic impact of the program has grown as well. Combined public and private investment in North Carolina Main Street downtowns totals more than $2.06 billion dollars.

The North Carolina Main Street program provides technical assistance, education and networking opportunities to its communities. The program is part of the Department of Commerce’s Office of Urban Development, Rural Economic Development Division.


2/8/2014
7th Annual Tasting Extravaganza
 
2/13/2014
Valentine Social!

Market Street Studio
231 South Scales St.
Downtown Reidsville  
(Floating) 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sponsored by Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center

Tickets: $15.00 includes:  Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, door prizes, music and much more.

For tickets and more information contact Judy Wall at 342-4386 or the Betsy Jeff Penn 4H Center at 349-9445.
2/20/2014
Rockingham County Tourism encourages people to experience upper sections of Dan River

The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority certainly regrets the situation on the Dan River and we are concerned about the possible environmental impacts.  At this time, we do not know the full extent of the environmental impacts or the effects this will have on our aquatic life or river recreation in Rockingham County.

We are confident that Duke Energy will do all that is necessary to fully-mitigate this accident.  Local, State and Federal environmental officials are working closely with Duke Energy to monitor the situation and we will follow any recommendations that will follow as a result of the investigation.

 During this clean-up period, we would like to remind paddling, tubing and fishing enthusiasts that they are invited to experience the upper sections of the Dan River in Rockingham County above the spill.  These sections still offer many miles of great river recreational opportunities.   There are five public accesses available for put in and take out above the spill site and that equates to approximately 20 total miles of clean water for enjoyment.

 We also have the Mayo and Smith rivers in Rockingham County for more river recreation opportunities.   There are public access points on both of these rivers as well.  

 We are happy to provide copies of our Rockingham County Rivers Guide to anyone interested.  Just call our office at 336.342.8138 to request a copy or download a copy on our web site: www.ncnorthstar.com/tourism/rivers

2/20/2014
Madison store hosts museum upstairs
It’s a look through the window at history.

It’s also a chance to enjoy a piece of the town of Madison.

The Madison Dry Goods Co. has reopened its museum above the Dry Goods and Country Store in downtown historical Madison at 104 West Murphy St., Madison.

“It’s the best way to illustrate the history of the building,” owner Richard Miller said. “It’s accurate.”

Richard Miller owns the building and business with his wife, Kathy. Richard Miller and his wife have owned the business since 1995 and love the opportunity it has provided them to help raise awareness of the town of Madison.

The building was originally the Hotel Sterling and Penn Hardware Co., circa 1908. The walls of the store are adorned with timepieces from a day gone by.

Upstairs in the museum, time takes a rewind – there is original wood flooring, hotel guest rooms in the condition they would have been in the historic Hotel Sterling, along with an embalming room, kitchen and a country store.

“We’ve held onto artifacts that people donate,” Miller said. Visitors and members of the community help fill up the spaces in the old store with pieces of history.

The store still utilizes an old timey cash register that still goes ‘ca-ching.’ Miller said the only electronic piece of equipment in the building is a hand-held calculator. Miller said the warning chime in the cash register is actually a theft deterrent. If a clerk was across the store and heard the chime, he or she knew someone was in the register that was not supposed to be.

The Madison Dry Goods Co. and Dry Goods Country Store still has the old wooden flooring. In fact, in the middle of the store remains the original flooring and there are indentions from all the years previous where the clerk used to stand behind the historic counter – two shoe-size dips that stand tall from history.

2/23/2014
A Celebration of American Music
The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (the MARC) is proud to present “A Celebration of American Music,” to be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Reidsville Senior High School Auditorium, 1901 South Park Drive in Reidsville.  Admission for adults is $8 and students $5. Tickets are available at the museum, located in the former Rockingham County Courthouse in Wentworth, as well as online at www.themarconline.org. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the work of the museum.

The program will present selections from a diverse group of musical groups and artists from throughout Rockingham County, including choirs from First Baptist Church, First Christian Church Youth Choir, Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.  School groups such as the Rockingham High School duet Brandon and Daniel Scearce, McMichael High School Phoenix Singers, Morehead High School Jazz Band, Reidsville High School Chorus will also perform along with the Rockingham Community Band.  Solo performances by singer Anthony Hearn, Native American flutist Carol Leach (A Song of Sunday) and instrumentalist and singer Wayne Seymour will also be featured. Masters of Ceremony Wayne Seymour, a local musician and story teller, and Rochelle Tucker, a choir director and prominent member of our community insure an enjoyable afternoon.

“This program promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening of great music presented by a diverse group of outstanding local artists. It is or pleasure to host this event,” according to Kim Proctor, Director of the museum. 

For more information, call the museum at 336-634-4949 or by email at MARCconnection@gmail.com, or visit the museum web site at www.themarconline.org.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on March 2, 2014.
3/15/2014
Casino Night Fundraiser for Downtown Reidsville
3/15/2014
Hike with a Ranger at Mayo River State Park
Join a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park for a leisurely stroll on the 1.8-mile Mayo Mountain Ridge Trail at Mayo Mountain Access. Enjoy this walk as the ranger discusses the flora and fauna along the way. The hike will start at 1:00pm. Meet at the parking lot near the picnic shelter. For more information or directions call (336) 427-2530 or visit www.ncparks.gov and click on Mayo River under Find A Park.


Mayo River State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Rd.
Mayodan, NC  27027



 

3/17/2014
Commissioners Vote to Reorganize Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2014

Contact:
Lance Metzler
Rockingham County Manager
336.342.8101
lmetzler@co.rockingham.nc.us
-OR-
Mable Scott, public information officer
Rockingham County Government
336.342.8342
mscott@co.rockingham.nc.us

Commissioners Support Resolution to Reorganize Rockingham County’s Economic Development Service Delivery Structure

Rockingham County, NC—During a special called meeting tonight, the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution of support to reorganize the County’s economic development service delivery structure.  The resolution was agreed upon following a presentation on the Economic Development Assessment and Recommendations for Rockingham County by Don Kirkman, founding principal of Kirkman Economic Development Consulting (KEDC) in Greensboro.

Kirkman and the UNC School of Government (SOG) were hired for the project by a consortium of Rockingham County entities, which includes the Rockingham County Government, the Reidsville Area Foundation and the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.

The specific tasks of this project were to:
1. Review Rockingham County’s existing economic development organizations and structures.
2. Assess public and private sector leadership perceptions and opinions concerning economic development in Rockingham County.
3. Recommend changes to the economic development model that would improve economic development service delivery in the County.

The evaluation included an extensive analysis of the three primary county-supported organizations providing economic development and tourism services: the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (the “Partnership”), the Rockingham County Business & Technology Center (the “BTC”), and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (the “TDA”). 

KEDC conducted over 40 interviews with community leaders and others involved with economic development in Rockingham County.  Based on the feedback provided through interviews, as well as their independent review, KEDC and the SOG offer the following 10 recommendations.  The first five directly concern the economic development delivery model in Rockingham County, and the remaining five address complementary issues that can enhance the effectiveness of the economic development services provided in the County.
1. Continue to deliver County economic development services through the Partnership, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation.
2. Combine the programs of the BTC under the Partnership.
3. Remove tourism responsibilities from the Partnership and place them directly under TDA management, with staffing provided by the County under contract.
4. Modify the Partnership’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to reduce board size, eliminate memberships, and enhance transparency and accountability.
5. Co-locate the Partnership (including the BTC functions), the TDA and the Rockingham Community College Small Business Center.
6. Develop an Operational Plan to prioritize resource allocations for economic development services.
7. Conduct regular economic development training programs for elected officials and other community leaders.
8. Hire an experienced economic development professional as Partnership President. (following the retirement of Graham Pervier in June 2014)
9. Conduct a private sector fundraising campaign to augment Partnership funding.
10. Review all real estate owned and optioned by the Partnership.

Click here for a copy of the full report.

“This report includes 10 recommendations that we believe will improve economic development outcomes for Rockingham County,” said Don Kirkman.  “The most significant among the recommendations are combining the BTC and the Partnership under the Partnership umbrella, and the transfer of tourism marketing responsibilities from the Partnership to the TDA.”

Kirkman added, “Rockingham County citizens and elected leaders should be encouraged.  The County has many assets and strengths, and most importantly, its leaders and the citizens they represent share a passion for improving this community and the lives of those who reside here.”

“The NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development confirmed that domestic visitors spent $62.3 million in Rockingham County last year, an increase of 3.74 percent. Business NC rated Rockingham County seventh in the state with construction in the last few months.  NEWS 2 reported Rockingham County attracted six expansion projects over a million dollars including Ruger with $26 million and 473 jobs.  Add to that Amcor, Albaad, Sans Fibers, and the list goes on and on,” said Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager.
 
“We’ve seen success in a tight economy but we must do more.  This objective study, assessment, and subsequent recommendations are vital to attract, retain and grow economic development and tourism.  Reorganizing our economic development service delivery structure will propel our economic engine so doing business in Rockingham County is more efficient, more effective, and more focused,” added Metzler.

The current Rockingham County Partnership Board of Directors will vote on the Resolution of Support at its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.


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3/19/2014
Partnership Adopts Resolution to Reorganize

Partnership Board Supports Resolution to Reorganize Rockingham County’s
Economic Development Service Delivery Structure

Rockingham County, NC—At its monthly meeting this morning, the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development Board of Directors adopted a resolution of support to reorganize the County’s economic development service delivery structure.  This is a similar resolution of support like the one adopted by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners on Monday night. 

The resolution follows an Economic Development Assessment and Recommendations for Rockingham County that was conducted by Don Kirkman, founding principal of Kirkman Economic Development Consulting (KEDC) in Greensboro.

Kirkman and the UNC School of Government (SOG) were hired for the project by a consortium of Rockingham County entities, which includes the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development, Rockingham County Government and the Reidsville Area Foundation.

The evaluation included an extensive analysis of the three primary county-supported organizations providing economic development and tourism services: the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (the “Partnership”), the Rockingham County Business & Technology Center (the “BTC”), and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (the “TDA”). 

Based on the feedback provided through more than 40 interviews, as well as their independent review, KEDC and the SOG offer the following 10 recommendations.  The first five directly concern the economic development delivery model in Rockingham County, and the remaining five address complementary issues that can enhance the effectiveness of the economic development services provided in the County.
1. Continue to deliver County economic development services through the Partnership, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation.
2. Combine the programs of the BTC under the Partnership.
3. Remove tourism responsibilities from the Partnership and place them directly under TDA management, with staffing provided by the County under contract.
4. Modify the Partnership’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to reduce board size, eliminate memberships, and enhance transparency and accountability.
5. Co-locate the Partnership (including the BTC functions), the TDA and the Rockingham Community College Small Business Center.
6. Develop an Operational Plan to prioritize resource allocations for economic development services.
7. Conduct regular economic development training programs for elected officials and other community leaders.
8. Hire an experienced economic development professional as Partnership President. (following the retirement of Graham Pervier in June 2014)
9. Conduct a private sector fundraising campaign to augment Partnership funding.
10. Review all real estate owned and optioned by the Partnership.

A copy of the full report is available at: http://www.ncnorthstar.com/pubs/EconomicPubs

“As Don Kirkman noted in the report, there is no ‘one best way’ to organize for economic development. We want an organization structure that people are excited about and that they will support. There is agreement that we should have a smaller board, that the BTC should be merged into the Partnership, and that the TDA should stand alone. Co-locating the Partnership, the TDA and RCC Small Business Center will be a good move because it will keep everyone working together,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership.

“Provided the Commissioners continue their committed funding and support, this reorganization will allow a single portal for both large corporations and small businesses.  Support will be available to new entities as well as existing industry and commerce.  Our Board is grateful for the continued support and partnership with RCC, the crown jewel of our ‘North Star’,” said Pam Cundiff, chair of the Rockingham County Partnership Board.


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3/20/2014
Rockingham County Arts Council Studio Tour Meeting
 Join the Rockingham County Arts Council for a gathering to discuss the future of the Rockingham County Arts Council Artist Studio Tour, Artists, participants, interested community members, local residents please come and share your ideas. Refreshments provided. If you care about the arts and the studio tour in Rockingham County, you should plan to attend.

This event will be held at the Agricultural Extension Building, 525 NC Highway 65, Wentworth NC (Old Wentworth School).  

RSVP by Thursday, March 13th (we need a head count for the refreshments!!) info@artsinrockingham.org, call 336.349-4039, mail RCAC, POBox 83, Wentworth, NC 27375

 Contact Kathryn Gauldin with questions. Director@artsinrockingham.org, call 336/349-4039


Facebook Event invitation link: https://www.facebook.com/events/469720376462200/

 

3/20/2014
Dinner & History
The Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) is pleased to announce the first program of the 2014 Dinner & History Series on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 pm at the museum. The program, entitled “Madame Hancock, Modiste: The Rockingham County Years” highlights the life and career of Mollie “Madame” Hancock, a Rockingham County native and legend. Miss Mollie rose from carrying her father’s bricks on a wagon pulled by a mule to being a first-class business woman and a high fashion designer for clients in Rockingham County and across the United States.

The program begins with dinner in the museum and continues with the introduction of the newest MARC exhibit by Executive Director Kim Proctor. Todd Southard, historian and fashion expert, will enlighten us with a presentation on high fashion designs of the early 20th century. Madame Hancock’s descendants will be on hand to share their memories.
See her work, hear her story and revel in the fabrics, colors and designs of another era. Join us!

Dinner is served between 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by the program from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Cost for tickets is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

Tickets are available at the museum or on-line atwww.themarconline.org and will go on sale beginning March 12. The deadline to order is Tuesday March 18th at 5pm. Only 50 seats are available for this special program.

The program is sponsored by the MARC, Madame Hancock’s descendants, Karastan, a division of Mohawk Industries, Inc. and others. The MARC is a mission-driven organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, disseminating, and exhibiting the history, culture, human and natural resources of Rockingham County, North Carolina, for the benefit of present and future generations.

To learn more, please visit www.themarconline.org or 336-634-4949.
3/28/2014
Cycle North Carolina to Stop in Reidsville


North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker Announces the Cycle North Carolina 16th Annual “Mountains to Coast” Route
-Featuring an overnight stop in Reidsville, making this the fourth time a Rockingham County location has been included on the ride.-

RALEIGH, North Carolina– North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Sharon Decker, announced the 2014 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives at the North Carolina Division of Tourism offices in Raleigh, NC.

To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, visit: http://cnc.ncsports.org/contentPages.cfm/contentVariable/Route_Announcement

The sixteenth-annual ride is scheduled for a Sparta to Hatteras Village route, from September 27 to October 4, 2014. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.

Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 27th at Alleghany High School in Sparta, and will arrive at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village on October 4th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Mt. Airy, Reidsville, Oxford, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Manteo.

The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 16 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited more than 650 North Carolina communities.

Registration brochures will be available soon and online registration is already open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.
 
According to Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker, “We are thrilled to host an overnight stay to more than 1,000 cyclists, families and friends in our beautiful city on Monday, September 29.  We have great plans to welcome them to our area and showcase what Reidsville has to offer, including an evening concert at Market Square. It’s a great opportunity for our businesses and community to shine and highlight why we ‘Live Simply. Think Big’. “

“We are excited that the Cycle North Carolina ‘Mountains to Coast’ route will once again feature a stop in Rockingham County.  This time, cyclists will spend the night in Reidsville at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center.  We can’t wait to welcome these visitors to our community and are honored to be part of this wonderful event for a fourth time,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism for the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority.

The City of Reidsville and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority worked together for the last several months on the proposal to host Cycle North Carolina.  Officials with each organization, as well as many others, will be partnering in planning the activities and hospitality for the overnight stop on September 29th.

For more information on Cycle North Carolina, contact NCAS at (919) 361-1133, or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site at, www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

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3/31/2014
Duke Energy to remove coal ash from the Dan River near Danville

DANVILLE, Va. – Duke Energy will soon begin removal of a deposit of coal ash from the Dan River, just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Va.

The deposit was identified through an extensive survey of the river, conducted by teams from Duke Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal and state agencies.

As part of the project, Duke Energy will stage crews and equipment at Abreu Grogan Park, in Danville. The park will be closed to the public, beginning April 1, to facilitate work on the project.

Work at the site and in the river is expected to be completed in late June, with Grogan Park reopening to the public by early July.

Danville citizens and others can find out more about the park closure, schedule for reopening and any changes to programming at www.danville-va.gov. Danville citizens should expect additional equipment and traffic, and some additional noise around Grogan Park during the project.
Duke Energy has compensated the city of Danville for use of the park and lost revenue associated with programming at the park.

“This important work is a continuation of Duke Energy’s pledge to do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy president – North Carolina. “We are committed to working with the city of Danville, as well as state and federal agencies, to complete this work and to be responsive to the citizens of this community. We regret any inconvenience to those who use the park. We pledged that we would be accountable, and we are working hard to honor that pledge.”

Duke Energy crews and contractors will be removing material that has been identified and prioritized by the company, the U.S. EPA and other federal and state agencies. Crews will use vacuum dredging and dewatering equipment in the park and the river as part of the removal operation.

The removal process will involve vacuuming material from the river and then removing water from that material. The material is then placed in lined containers for transport to an approved lined landfill.

Crews will also remove material accumulated as part of the treatment process at the Danville water treatment facility near Grogan Park, and dispose of it in an approved lined landfill. Public drinking water in Danville remains safe. Ongoing water sampling demonstrates the Dan River has returned to pre-event water quality conditions.

Crews will carefully monitor Duke Energy’s work throughout this project and take steps to protect drinking water and prevent downstream movement of material.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.  

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4/4/2014
Eden fights to set the record straight on coal ash spill

From the Triad Business Journal
Justin Catanoso, Contributing writer

The Dan River ran black with Duke Energy’s leaking coal ash the first week in February. But in years past, the river has run red and blue and sometimes green.

Long before the Clean Water Act of 1972, the once-thriving textiles companies along the Dan in Rockingham County routinely discharged their dyes directly into the river. That’s not all. Raw sewage ran into the Dan, as did fertilizers from riverfront farm fields. Locals say they instinctively knew when it was safe to dip a line for catfish or small mouth bass, and when to steer clear.

But an old river like the Dan, which starts as a mountain stream just outside Roanoke, Va., and weaves for 200 miles back and forth across the state lines until it empties into Kerr Lake north of Raleigh, is a dynamic, ever-changing thing. It can recover from all manner of eco-assaults once protective laws are implemented and followed.

But given the growing importance of outdoor recreation and water sales in Rockingham County, which pump millions of dollars annually into the local economy — the looming question now is: Can the river recover again, this time from the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history? Tons of toxic black sludge laced with arsenic, mercury, lead, selenium, cadmium and boron now coat a 70-mile stretch of river bottom and river banks from east of Eden to Danville, South Boston and into Kerr Lake.

Add this irony for Eden and a host of Dan River communities west — upstream — of the spill: Their Dan River has no coal ash. It is just as clean and safe as in the days before the massive spill.

That simple point has been lost in the great deluge of ongoing media coverage. Eden and Rockingham County have perhaps never gotten so much sustained national attention. Virtually all of it negative. Water, and coal ash, flow downstream. But a toxic perception has flowed in both directions.

What follows are stories of those touched by the spill and how they are coping. They are collateral damage in an environmental disaster for which, at the moment, there still are more questions than answers.

Safe water for sale — really

Mike Dougherty, Eden’s director of economic development, has come to hate Google alerts. For two months, his email inbox has filled with scores of national news stories carrying an Eden dateline.

“When you are charged with getting people to come here because of our water resources, as I am, it’s just a real problem,” Dougherty says from his corner office at City Hall on Stadium Drive. “People see all this horrible information about the coal ash spill, and they have no idea of exactly where it happened. It just says Eden.”

The datelines are accurate. Duke Energy’s Dan River steam plant and the two coal ash ponds that accidentally dumped the toxic waste and slurry into the river have an Eden address. But most of the Dan, as it flows past Eden, is upstream, or west of, the spill site.

Significantly, the intake for Eden’s water department is more than three miles and a bend of the river behind the spill. As Dougherty notes, unless coal ash can “swim upstream like salmon” and over a spillway dam at the Duke Energy plant, Eden’s drinking water is unaffected.

The Dan River has been a rich source of revenue for Eden. The town has the capacity to pull and treat 20 million gallons a day from the Dan to sell to city and county residents and businesses. When its manufacturing base was humming, Eden sold more than 14 million gallons of Dan River water a day, much of it to mills like Fieldcrest and Spray Cotton, says Terry Shelton, Eden’s director of environmental services.

Now, the city sells about 7 million gallons of water on weekdays, an amount that generated $6.9 million in revenue last year. The Miller-Coors Brewery in Eden buys about half of it. Shelton said he called Miller-Coors soon after the spill to assure plant managers that their water source was safe.

The concern still lingers.

“A mortgage company for a California family moving to Eden required me to write a letter stating our drinking water wasn’t compromised by the coal ash spill,” Shelton said. “The family saw the news and had concerns from that far away.”

Dougherty dashes from his office to grab a poster-sized map of the Dan River within the city limits. Bright red stars mark the distance between Eden’s water intake and the spill site.

“We’ve got to get this message out,” he says. “We are going to have to figure out how to rebrand and refocus this situation. Our water is an important revenue stream. People need to understand that they can come to Eden and still get great water, and be on the rivers, and that things are no different today than they were in January.”

God and the river

Benjamin Adkins, 37, a welder dressed in overalls and a camouflage ballcap, holds his 3-year-old son Benson on his hip. He’s a native of Eden. He shows up at Draper Landing on the banks of the Dan, two miles below the coal-ash spill site, to tell his story. A national reporter from Boston awaits him.

“It’s horrible, man, it’s horrible,” Adkins says behind dark sunglasses. “This was my spot. This was going to be my son’s spot. I know every inch of this river, from Hanging Rock to Danville. I’ve canoed it all. Now I’ve got to stop using this stretch of the river."

“I will go upriver, above where the spill happened. I’ll go to the Smith and Mayo rivers (also in Rockingham County). This won’t keep me off the water. But this here, this was my spot. This is where I learned to fish, learned to swim. This is where I saw God and knew he was real."

“Now there’s coal ash in there, filled with all kinds of toxins. It’s ruined, and it breaks my heart — for me and for him. Yeah, I’m angry. I want it cleaned up. They need to get this stuff out of the river.”

A tainted logo

Nearly 10 years ago, Eden adopted a new motto – the Land of Two Rivers. A colorful new city seal was created last year. The Dan and Smith rivers, once infrastructure for the city’s manufacturing base, has come to be viewed as a different kind of economic asset: travel and tourism.
There was no way that outdoor recreation was going to replace the thousands of textile jobs lost in the past 15 years. But the rivers became a distinguishing feature, an emblem of pride, a quality-of-life selling point in the hunt for new employers, or for city dwellers eager to get away for a day or weekend.

In Rockingham County, tourism now generates more than $62 million in annual revenue, according to county data. That figure is up $15 million from 1999. There are more than 500 jobs in the county in travel and tourism — many of them paddling outfitters, campground operators, fishing guides.

“In the last 10 years, this industry has really exploded here,” says Cindy Adams, Eden’s coordinator of tourism and special events. “With our new greenway, Freedom Park, the rivers, the trails, along with everything the county is doing, we’ve branded ourselves as an outdoor community. We are seen more in that light.”

It’s quite possible that a decade’s worth of progress has been erased in a month; one of Eden’s two rivers is perceived not as blue, as seen on the logo, but as black with coal ash.

“When I first heard about the spill, I thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to scare people,’” Adams recalls. “I knew this was going to be a challenge for us to overcome. But how do you tackle it effectively with so few dollars?”
Eden’s entire budget for tourism is $60,000. It helps pay for a few ads in Our State and Blue Ridge Outdoors magazines. It helps promote locally the city’s annual Riverfest. It doesn’t go very far.

In Raleigh, at the Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism Film and Sports Development, Executive Director Wit Tuttell says his office is eager to help, to the extent that it can.

With travel season coming, Tuttell says he will work with Adams and county officials to come up with a PR strategy to offset the impact of the spill. The office will make available free advertising on its VisitNC.com website, ads that typically cost thousands of dollars.

But Tuttell has no emergency funds to help Eden hire a PR firm that specializes in crisis management, which Adams and Dougherty say they need, or for billboards, which they also want.

Adams and Dougherty believe Duke Energy will, as its executives have promised, deal with the environmental damage to the river. But will the company help Eden, Rockingham County and other communities and businesses cope with the perceptual fallout from the spill by funding a PR campaign?

Paige Sheehan, a Duke Energy spokesperson, declines to answer the question directly.

“We have a long relationship with these communities and we continue to work closely with these communities as we come to understand their perspective and their needs,” she says. “I can assure you we are having these discussions. We care about these communities. They matter to us.”

Bottom of the food chain

Brian Williams trudges along a sodden riverbank about a mile downstream from the spill site. The surface glistens a slick, muddy brown and looks about as it should. But the footprints of Williams’ boots reveal otherwise – a thin, black layer of coal ash just below the surface.

“You don’t have to look too far to see where the coal ash has deposited,” says Williams, a program manager with the Dan River Basin Association, a nonprofit conservation group. “That’s the whole problem. It’s sliding down the river like a giant mudslide and it’s depositing in different places.

“You might not see much in the part of the river where the water is moving fast. But in the eddies, in the nooks and crannies along the banks, that’s where it’s piling up. That’s also where stuff lives.”

Williams says he doesn’t doubt official reports out of Danville, Va., the first population area downstream from the spill, that drinking water samples remain clear of coal-ash toxins. The biggest threat, he believes, is to the bottom of the food chain — the mussels, clams, stoneflies and crayfish that nestle in river mud and are food for fish, birds and wildlife.

Duke Energy says it is constantly monitoring river conditions downstream. So are the EPA and state environmental officials. But given the controversies surrounding the state’s initial tepid response to the spill and lack of oversight of the coal ash ponds in general, Williams said his group will continue to do its own independent testing.

“The heavy metals in coal ash aren’t dissolving; they aren’t going way,” Williams says.”

Upstream, downstream

Andrew Jones is co-owner of Jessup Mill, an outdoor recreation company on the Dan River in the Westfield community of western Stokes County, not far from the Virginia line. His business is some 50 miles upstream from the coal ash ponds. But you wouldn’t know that from his customer inquiries.

“I’ve gotten a number of calls and social media contacts from people asking ‘is the water quality good?” Jones says. “The fact is, our water here comes from the mountains not that far above us. The water quality is good and getting better.

“But it does seem to me as if the perception of the entire river has been stained.”

Jones says that business at Jessup Mill has improved each of the past four years since opening. He had high hopes for an even better spring and summer this year. Now he’s not so sure. It’s early still, but reservations are off.
“I don’t know how to get the message out that we have clean water here,” he says. “I can’t imagine what it’s like being downstream in the fallout zone.”

Mark Bishopric and Jeff Johnston know all too well. They are co-owners of Three River Outfitters, a canoe-and-kayak rental company in Eden. Last year, they ran 26 different river trips on the Dan, Smith and Mayo for some 1,200 customers. They have no idea if they’ll reach that number this season.

“Of our 26 trips, 23 are completely unaffected by the spill; they are all upriver on clean water,” Bishopic says. “We can say that on our website, but there is a Niagra Falls of negative stuff out there, and just a little creek of good news.”

Johnston is also a founding member of the Dan River Basin Association. He owns farmland along the Dan and loves the serenity that comes with paddling on a wide, slow-moving river.

“I’m trying to keep this in perspective. The spill is not catastrophic,” says Johnston as he floats downstream in his Old Town canoe. “But compared to what it was? It’s huge. It’s egregious. We don’t know what the ecological damage is, or the economic damage. But we will know the economic damage a lot sooner, that’s for sure.”


Justin Catanoso, executive editor of Triad Business Journal from 1998 to 2011, is a contributor and director of journalism at Wake Forest University.

4/5/2014
Swing Night Special
Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department Presents "A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS"
Featuring The Greensboro Big Band
FREE Swing Lessons:  7:00 - 7:50pm
Dancing:  8:00-10pm
Advanced Tickets:  $10.00 - Door:  $15.00 - Reserve Table $100 (8 tickets)

For More Information Call:  336-548-2789 or 336-548-9572
4/9/2014
Highlighting the good life

That economic impact aids Rockingham County again this year as the route brings the cyclists to Reidsville as part of the 16th annual Cycle N.C. ride. This will be the fourth time the event has stopped in the county and the second time in Reidsville.

Riders stopped Reidsville in 2001 and Eden in 2004. The last overnight stay for the cross-state cyclists was in 2011 at Mayodan’s Autumn Creek Vineyards.

This year’s journey begins in Sparta on Sept. 27 and covers an average of 60 miles per day until it ends Oct. 4 at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village. Overnight host towns preparing to welcome participants and tourism dollars along with Reidsville include Mt. Airy, Oxford, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Manteo.

Reidsville will be the second stop along the route on Sept. 29, when as many as 1,100 cyclists arrive at the Jeff-Betsy Penn 4-H Center – the official Rockingham County host location.

Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker expressed excitement about being a part of this year’s “Mountains to Coast” ride. Donecker said hosting the event provides a great opportunity for the community and local businesses and he looks forward to welcoming the cyclists, their families and friends.

“We have great plans to welcome them to our area and showcase what Reidsville has to offer, including an evening concert at Market Square,” Donecker said.

Robin Yount, vice president of tourism for the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority, said the TDA worked closely with Reidsville leaders for several months on a proposal to host Cycle N.C. Yount said the event has both immediate and long-term significance for the county.

“There is significant impact to our community because it also gives us the opportunity to showcase our county to a group of people that we would normally not have the opportunity to reach,” Yount said.

Cycle N.C participants will spend the night camping at the 4-H Center or area hotels. Yount said the TDA would host a welcome tent at the center and use Pelham Transportation to shuttle riders and guests to local restaurants and hotels.

“There’s a large number of them that do opt to stay in local hotels,” Yount said. “I already know that hotels in both Eden and Reidsville are already filling up for that night.”

Shuttles would also transport participants to special events planned for them in Reidsville. In addition to the music, food and give-aways planned for the 4-H Center, Reidsville will host a concert for the riders and guests at Market Square that evening.

Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, provide economic impact for the state’s rural communities and promote the unparalleled cultural and geographical diversity of North Carolina. The event generally attracts participants from more than 20 states and Canada.

Chuck Hobgood is president of North Carolina Amateur Sports, which is the nonprofit organization that organizes Cycle North Carolina each year. Hobgood said many of the event’s participants are executive level employees with their respective companies.

The ride enables these business leaders to discover future vacation destinations for their families, as well as sites for possible relocation of their companies or retirement locations.

Hobgood said he wants the cycling community to discover that North Carolina is not only open for business, but still the best place in the nation to visit.

Cycle North Carolina is the state's only cross-state, fully-supported ride. It is mostly a camping event, but many hotel and bed & breakfast accommodations in overnight towns across the state are already sold out.

Registration is still open for the event and riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options.

Visit www.ncsports.org or call (919) 361-1133 for more information, or to register.

4/10/2014
Dan River Art market & Gallery Exhibit
Dan River Art Market & Gallery Presents an Environmental Imagery Exhibit Titled “Down To Earth: Artistic Interpretations of Our Environment”
Join Artists, the Arts Community and the Rockingham County Arts Council at the Dan River Art Market & Gallery for an exhibit of imagery that describes the beauty of nature, the use of nature by business and society and interpretations of Environmental Art. Several local artists are joining this exhibit: Cheryl Garrity of Madison, NC, who has won several awards with the Fine Art Festival Association and has been published in environmental periodicals, is a recognized photographer of landscapes, wildflowers and wildlife with selections of her work on permanent exhibit at the Justice Center in Wentworth, NC and a variety of locations throughout our county and the Triad.
This special exhibit is pleased to include the photography of recent Carl V. Galie, Jr, recent winner of the Roosevelt - Ashe Conservation award for Journalism for his work on mountain top removal. Carl and North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti have joined together to create a literary and artistic coalition of Galie’s photo documentary, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country.”  
The exhibit and reception will be held Thursday, April 10 from 6-8pm and are free and open to the public. The exhibit remains in the Gallery through April 2014.
For more information please contact the Rockingham County Arts Council at 336. 349-4039 and info@artsinrockingham.org

 

 

4/19/2014
Lake Reidsville Easter Egg Hunt
9:00am - 1:00pm For ages 10 and younger $1 per car
For more information call 336-349-4738
4/27/2014
Dan River firms worry about perception

From the News & Record
by Nancy McLaughlin 


EDEN
— Michael Strader dropped his line in the Dan River near the Draper entryway and waited for the fish — catfish he hoped.
 
“If I catch any it’s dinner tonight,” Strader said Saturday, just feet from the bank of a river now known around the world for the third-largest coal ash spill in the United States.

Strader’s fishing spot is upstream from the Feb. 2 Duke Energy spill into the Dan River, and outside the 70-mile stretch east of Eden now with a coat of coal ash on the bottom. The power company spilled nearly 39,000 tons of toxic ash into the water and has begun dredging portions of the area.

Locals like Strader know the water upstream was unaffected, but those who make their living off the river through tubing, kayaking and other recreational activities hope potential customers — especially those far away and keeping up by news stories — understand that, too. The river is about 214 miles long.

The season is just getting started. It officially begins Thursday and lasts through September. Business owners and managers say things really get going once schools let out and into July, so they won’t know the full impact until the end of the season. Still, what they’re hearing bothers them.

“That 70 miles that it has affected is, by perception, the whole river,” said David Hoskins, who runs the Dan River Company in Stokes County — nearly 50 miles upstream from the coal ash spill. “It’s rocks, trees and water — very pristine out here.

“In the news stories, everyone just says the Dan River,” Hoskins said. “That’s like saying there is a spill on the Mississippi River — where? That’s thousands of miles of waterway.”

While his company’s website touts “great river adventures,” it has been recently updated with “We are 50-plus miles upstream from the ash spill in Eden, N.C.” and “Our water is one of the cleanest in N.C.”

The site urges customers to help spread the word. His clientele includes large corporations that bring people from other countries into the area. Hoskins wonders: Will someone in Los Angeles see a story in the paper that doesn’t go on to explain the specific contamination and pick another site without investigating?

“I also rely on mom and dad and the kids,” Hoskins said. “They are not avid outdoors people. They want to go into a park setting. They want the experience of being in the middle of nowhere but an hour from home. If they associate the Dan River with coal ash, they’re going to do something else. Plain and simple. The first two words of my corporation say Dan River.”

Marc Bishopric, one of the managers of Three Rivers Outfitters, says the easy part for his business is redirecting trips planned for the affected area. His company offers 26 trips they regularly do on the water, with just three of them through what is now contaminated.

“Those trips were probably 8 to 15 percent of business in a normal year,” Bishopric said.

The area was popular with some people because there was more water in the Dan River at that point — even in the dry seasons, he said. But other routes are popular for other reasons — reasons he says they might not even get to pitch.

“Our concern is that that Scout master or other group leader, because of what they’ve heard or read in the paper, they’re not ... considering any of the trips that we might offer,” Bishopric said. “There are plenty of opportunities to boat in areas where you don’t have to worry about the effects of the coal ash spill..."

Click here for complete article.

5/1/2014
India-Based Textile Company to Create 84 Jobs in Rockingham County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Shri Govindaraja (SGR) Textiles will be locating its textile operations in Rockingham County. The company plans to invest more than $40 million and create 84 jobs over the next two years in Eden.

“We’re committed to increasing the number of jobs through international cooperation,” said Governor McCrory. “With a strong labor force and proximity to cotton-growing regions and ports, Shri Govindaraja Textiles will succeed in North Carolina.”

Shri Govindaraja Textiles Private Limited (SGT) is a part of the Jayavilas Group in Aruppukottai, India. The group is the largest spinner in India with a total installed capacity of 1.1 million spindles and has a workforce of 30,000 employees.

“The company will not only buy North Carolina cotton, but will produce the combed yarn here as well," said Secretary Decker. "Innovative companies like SGR Textiles are bringing new machinery that will be put to good use by our talented workforce in Rockingham County.”

SGT has 14 manufacturing units spread across two states in Southern India. The company has a capacity of 400,000 spindles installed with latest modern machineries. This helps the traditional textile company save labor costs and achieve better operational efficiency. The company manufactures combed/carded yarn ranging from 20s to 160s counts.

“SGT has decided to set up a state-of-the-art yarn manufacturing facility in Eden after an extensive search and comparative study that we undertook amongst nine different states and various counties,” stated Ramkumar Varadarajan, managing director of SGR Textiles. “The input cost advantage and the skilled workforce present in Eden will aid in our successful implementation and operation of the project. I sincerely thank the support offered by the State Commerce Department, Eden City officials, US Commercial Service officials and the Consul General at the American Consulate in Chennai, India for really helping us expedite the search, selection and commencement process.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but average annual payroll is estimated to be nearly $2 million plus benefits.

The NC Department of Commerce’s Rural Infrastructure Authority Board awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Eden to assist SGRTEX with up to 50 percent of building up fit costs. The company will locate in an 180,000-square-foot building at 335 Summit Road that was formerly owned by Karastan, Inc.

“This is welcome news for Rockingham County,” said Senator Phil Berger. “Shri Govindaraja Textiles’ decision to expand will bring needed jobs to our community and help continue our rich tradition of manufacturing high-quality textile products.”

“It is great to see manufacturing coming back to North Carolina, and I am proud to see our rich textile heritage on the rise once again,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. “There are numerous reasons this company chose North Carolina including our abundant agricultural and human resources, our existing manufacturing facilities, our low energy costs and our competitive tax structure.”

“We are pleased to welcome SGR Textiles to Eden,” said Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle. He added, “Eden has a rich textile heritage and it is gratifying to see this company invest in our community and provide much-needed jobs.”

Partners that helped with this project include: The N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community College System, Rockingham County Partnership for Economic & Tourism Development, Rockingham County and the City of Eden.

For more information about SGR Textiles, including job opportunities, visit http://sgrtex.com/.

5/3/2014
2014 Derby Day-Run For The Roses
 
5/3/2014
MARGAREIDSVILLE
The Reidsville Downtown Corporation invites you to "MARGAREIDSVILLE" at the Downtown Reidsville Event Center.
Enjoy Margarita's & Cheeseburger's in Paradise
Beach Games & Prizes
DJ Jason French "The Mayor"
$10 cover charge - tickets can be purchased at LaBoutique, A. NIcoles, Scales St. Music, Screen Print Plus, and Reidsville Chamber of Commerce or call 336-347-2307; tscoble@ci.reidsville.nc.us

5/10/2014
Keystone Cops for the Arts 5K run/walk
Fundraiser for Rockingham County Schools Art Program
8:00am - 3:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Rockingham County Rockingham Sheriff's office!
170 NC 54, Reidsville NC  27320
Benefiting the Rockingham County Schools Arts Programs
Lunch provided to participants and Volunteers
Early Registration $15 (walk/run) or $25 (Cycling)
For more information: http://tinyurl.com/kcfta2014



5/17/2014 - 5/17/2013
Betsy-Jeff Penn Educational Center Anniversary Celebration
Betsy-Jeff Penn Educational Center
50th. Anniversary Celebration

 

5/19/2014
Enjoy the Great Outdoors this Summer


Summer Turns Attention to the Great Outdoors
NC Division of Tourism to Underscore the Point at Dan River Event

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 19, 2014) — With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer travel season, the North Carolina Division of Tourism will launch a celebration of the state’s endless outdoor allure at a riverside event in Eden on Tuesday.

“We want travelers to explore the trails, waterways and other attractions that make North Carolina a premier destination for outdoor lovers,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of the state Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. “The state is home to natural beauty of the highest order, from our skyscraper mountains to our towering dunes, with incredible landscapes across vast expanses in between.”

In partnership with Rockingham County and the City of Eden, the Division chose the Leaksville Landing in Eden as the site for Tuesday’s 10 a.m. event to underscore that North Carolina sections of the Dan River are open for recreation.

“The media focus on the Dan River creates a prime opportunity for us to showcase a magnificent waterway and the natural areas that make up the river basin,” Tuttell said. “Whether you launch a kayak from the Leaksville Landing or hike the new Riverbluffs Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, you’ll find the experience richly rewarding.”

During Tuesday’s event, Three Rivers Outfitters andDan River Adventures will offer free kayak, canoe and tubing excursions, and visitors can study wondrous aquatic insects in the Dan River Basin Association’s “Tub of Bugs” traveling exhibit. Local officials will present information about river safety as well as opportunities for recreation at Mayo River State Park, Haw River State Park and Lake Reidsville.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, accommodations and attractions have created packages and deals that will encourage travelers to experience the outdoors throughout the summer. Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is offering summer packages that feature ziplining, fly-fishing and horseback riding. A package at Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis takes travelers on a hike through the Linville Gorge Federal Wilderness Area. Family Fun Month at Beech Mountain treats travelers to lodging discounts and organized outdoor activities, and the Outdoor Water Adventure Package at the Hampton Inn and Holiday Express in Wilkesboro centers on an excursion to the Yadkin River or West Kerr Lake.

Outfitters entice outdoor lovers with summer savings, such as a $5 coupon for rafting, caving, hiking and other guided trips with River and Earth Adventures. Kitty Hawk Kites pairs two hang-gliding experiences into a Taste of Flight package for savings of more than 10 percent; the Ultimate Way to Fly kiteboarding package uses the same approach. For groups of 10 or more, Capstone Climbing & Adventure in Concord offers 10 percent discounts; non-profits take off 5 percent more.
For travel-planning tools and more inspiration — including a newDan River itinerary by Joe Miller, author of “Adventure Carolinas: Your Go-To Guide for Multi-Sport Outdoor Recreation” (Southern Gateways Guides) — check out VisitNC.com.

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At a glance

What: Summer Travel Kick-off Event.
When: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Where: Leaksville Landing access point (Hamilton Street/Old State Highway 87 at the Dan River bridge), Eden.
Participants:
•Wit Tuttell, executive director, North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.
•Keith Duncan, Rockingham County Commissioner.
•Wayne Tuggle, mayor of Eden.
•Dan River Basin Association, Three Rivers Outfitters, Dan River Adventures, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, Rockingham County Emergency Services (Swift Water Rescue Team with hovercraft), Mayo River State Park, Haw River State Park, Lake Reidsville, Dan River Boat Race organizers and others.

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To access advance photos, as well as images and b-roll from the event, register for an account at NCPix.com using Tourism News as the registration code.

CONTACT:
Beth Gargan
919-733-7420 
bgargan@nccommerce.com

Suzanne Brown
919-715-6703
sbrown@nccommerce.com

 

5/19/2014
Outdoor Adventure Travel Ideas for the Northern Piedmont

Outdoor Adventure in the Northern Piedmont


The Dan River offers recreational canoeing, kayaking and tubing for all skill levels.


Adventure for the indecisive: That could be the motto for Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties. Hike or go horseback riding? Ride a bike through the rolling Piedmont countryside or rock climb? Maybe take a nice flatwater paddle, or step it up a notch on some challenging whitewater? Go tubing? Zip lining?

Give yourself a week when you come to North Carolina’s northern Piedmont and you won’t have to worry about making hard choices – you can do it all. Best of all, it’s a big adventure vacation that can be done on a small budget: Several campgrounds in the area make great base camps, including the shaded, mountain-top campground at Hanging Rock State Park ($20 a day), which has the added plus of access to the park’s 12-acre mountain lake with bathhouse and beach. Its cool waters are just the thing to revive your adventurous spirit.

Each day of this itinerary can be a stand-alone day trip, or the days can be combined to create a multiday outdoor adventure.

7-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Paddle the Dan, kick back at the Green Heron

Day 2: Hike the Sauratown Mountains

Day 3: Tour de Piedmont with a pit stop in Reidsville

Day 4: Riding the range, climbing

Day 5: Whitewater paddling, Dick’s Drive-In, Eden Drive-in

Day 6: Rock climbing

Day 7: Tubing, zip line


Day 1: Paddle the Dan River, then unwind on it

The perfect river paddle combines idyllic scenery with a dash of friskiness. That sums up the 6.5-mile Preserve and Park Run trip offered by the Dan River Company in Danbury. Nearly six miles of the trip on the Dan River is through the 1,000-acre Hammer-Stern Wilderness Preserve, where rock outcrops give the impression of paddling in higher climes 50 miles to the west. When you’ve paddled through the preserve, you won’t even notice because you’ll be floating the equally pristine northern boundary of Hanging Rock State Park, which also offers further protection from development. Rental rates, with shuttle, start at $40.

Take out at the Dan River Company’s facility off Flinchum Road (a gravel road, enhancing the day’s isolated feel), shower, then walk up the stairs to the Green Heron Club, which describes itself as “a music venue with drinks, not a bar with music.” Enjoy local craft beer, ale or wine and listen to regional musicians as you let your day on the water wash over you.

Day 2: Hike the Sauratowns

Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks bookend the ancient Sauratown Mountain range, which spans about 30 miles. Though the weathered Sauratowns only top out today at around 2,600 feet, that’s still 1,700 feet above the surrounding countryside, offering hikers an Appalachian experience in the Piedmont. Hanging Rock has 18 miles of trail that takes hikers past waterfalls (Window and Hidden Falls on the 3.6-mile Indian Creek Trail) and to mountaintop outcrops with 360-degree views (the 1.3-mile Hanging Rock Trail, the 4.6-mile Moore’s Wall Loop Trail). Pilot Mountain is known for its start-at-the-top philosophy that gives immediate access to the base of its iconic 200-foot-high pinnacle. The Grindstone, Mountain and Ledge Spring trails offer a more extensive and serene look at the mountain that was used as a lookout by its earliest inhabitants. The two mountains are linked by the 25-mile Sauratown Trail, part of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

After a long day on the trail you’ll be up for a long evening in front of a plate of food. The town of Pilot Mountain has plenty of options, from the Mountain View Restaurant with its family-style Southern cooking, to Aunt Bea’s, with all-day breakfast and local barbecue. Or, if you’re camping and cooking your own meals, stock up on local produce at the Pilot Mountain Pride store in Mount Airy.

Day 3: Take a road ride, feed a road appetite

Every three years, the annual Cycle North Carolina weeklong bike ride travels through the state’s northern tier (the 2014 ride, Sept. 27 through Oct. 4, begins in Sparta and overnights in Mount Airy and Reidsville on its way to Hatteras). The route takes advantage of roads with low traffic volume and the high plateau, which affords grand views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the north and the rolling Piedmont countryside.

Highly recommended as the Cycle North Carolina route is, it’s far from your only option. Rockingham County alone has five designated bike routes totaling more than 250 miles, and the popular Triple Hump Ride (a.k.a. Three Mountain Metric) is a scenic and challenging 62-mile spin through Surry and Stokes counties that climbs Hanging Rock, Pilot Mountain and Sauratown Mountain.

Whatever your ride, make sure it includes a stop in downtown Reidsville: within a five-block area of downtown a hungry cyclist can find just about any fuel to replenish both soul and stomach. There’s the funky Downtown Dog House (save room for homemade ice cream), the Heffinger Heist Restaurant (a sports bar with frog legs) and Cafe 99 (the 50s theme will take you back to the days of heavy steel bike frames and white sidewalls). Reidsville makes for a good stop, too, because it’s home to Reidsville Bicycles, one of the few bike shops around.

Day 4: Ridin’ the range, learning the land

The Sauratown Trail was built not as a hiking trail, but as a bridle trail to give local equestrians a place to ride. The result is a 25-mile trail that offers horseback riders lots of quality time in the saddle. Tokota Horse Stables near the east end of the trail helps the horseless experience the “cowboy way of life” with rides that last one to two hours and take you to the foot of Hanging Rock. $25 an hour.

Experiencing that cowboy way of life may make you curious about other aspects of life hereabouts. And frankly, four days into your adventure vacation you may be up for a more cerebral rather than physical kind of exploring. The Eden Historical Museum captures local life from the prehistoric area, to the development of the communities of Leaksville, Spray and Draper, to the three communities’ consolidation in 1967 to form Eden, to the present day. Farming has long played a role in the regional economy; the Horne Creek Farm near Pinnacle gives a sense of what that life was like around 1900. Tour the family’s original farmhouse, check out a tobacco curing barn and more at this state historic site. Get a feel for the local arts community with a visit to the Dan River Art Market Gallery in Wentworth.

Day 5: Whitewater paddling, take in a (drive-in) movie

The first day of your trip, paddling the Dan River, has stuck with you. The scenery was great, but those heart-pumping Class I rapids – might there be more challenging water around? Indeed there is. Three Rivers Outfitters in Eden runs trips, appropriately, on the three main rivers in the area, the Dan, Mayo and Smith. If you have your own boat, Three Rivers will provide advice and a shuttle; if you need a boat, Three Rivers requires a guide accompany any group taking its boats on Class II water or above. When there’s water, the Mayo in particular is known for its Class III thrills. (Moving water, by the way, is rated on a scale of Class I to VI, I being a perky riffle, VI being the domain of the paddling elite.)

In the 1950s, drive-in movie theaters were all the rage; by the end of the century, they were all but gone. But a handful remain, including the Eden Drive-In. Get the kids in their jammies, visit the snack bar, hang the speaker on your window and enjoy a night of first-run films. $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 11, kids 5 and under free.

Day 6: Zip lining, tubing

It’s hard to find two adventures that scream family fun more than zip lining and tubing. Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour in Westfield has more than a mile and a half of cable offering about two hours of elevated exploring. There’s a high course for the already adventurous, a low course for those who need to ease into the experience. For a totally different experience, check out the nighttime Lantern Tour (which is on the high course, but you’ll never know). Rates start at $80 for adults, $40 for kids 3 to 12.

Cap a morning zip line tour with an afternoon of lazy tubing on the Dan River. Dan River Adventures runs a 2.5-mile stretch of the Dan, between Lindsey Bridge and 704 Bridge, which takes two to four hours, depending upon river conditions and the number of ways you can find to prolong the experience. And if you thought a tube was a tube, then you haven’t seen the Cadillac of tubes, which is called The Cadillac. Comes with a mesh bottom and backrest; Dan River Adventures reports The Cadillac is popular “especially among more mature tubers.” $13 for the tube and shuttle ($22 for The Cadillac).

Ravenous after a day of flying through the air and drifting atop the water? Check out Dick’s Drive-In in Eden, where, since 1963, this family-owned restaurant has been offering curb service. And not just burgers and fries: you can get a meat and two vegetables delivered as well.

Day 7: Peak with a climb

You graduated from the low course to the high course on yesterday’s zip line tour and discovered, “Hey, maybe I don’t have a thing about heights.” So here you are at Pilot Mountain, strapped into a harness and about to climb Goldilocks, one of about 100 routes in Pilot Mountain’s Ledge Spring area. Rated at 5.5 on the Yosemite Decimal System, Goldilocks is considered a beginner route, but there’s plenty of challenge for more experienced climbers: Black and Blue Velvet, for instance, which tops the Yosemite Decimal System scale at 5.13. Of course, you’ll get all this explained by your guide from Boone-based Rock Dimensions. Rates vary depending upon group size.

When you top out and your day on the rock – and your adventure vacation as well – is done, you’ll appreciate the ironic twist of having finished on Goldilocks: It won’t matter what bed you collapse into, any one will feel just right.

Enjoy all the area has to offer by mixing and matching activities and events to your particular interest. Be sure to check days and hours of operation for each venue.

Joe Miller is the author of Adventure Carolinas and other guidebooks, and writes about health, fitness and adventure at GetGoingNC.com.

5/20/2014
Kick-Off the Summer Travel Season

When:  Tuesday, May 20th at 10 a.m.
Where:  Leaksville Landing, Dan River Access in   Eden, NC (at the Hamilton Street Bridge)
What:  

Join the North Carolina Division of Tourism Film & Sports Development, the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority and the City of Eden Economic & Tourism Development as we kick off the 2014 summer travel season.  Officials from the NC Division of Tourism will be on-site to help us celebrate all that is good about the Dan River and to promote the abundant outdoor activities found in our state.

5/20/2014
NC Division of Tourism's Kick-Off of the 2014 Travel Season in Rockingham County
AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Summer Travel Kick-off Event.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

WHERE: Leaksville Landing access point (Hamilton Street/Old State Highway 87 at the Dan River bridge), Eden.

PARTICIPANTS:

·       Wit Tuttell, executive director, North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports   Development

·       Keith Duncan, Rockingham County Commissioner.

·       Wayne Tuggle, mayor of Eden.

·       Dan River Basin Association, Three Rivers Outfitters, Dan River Adventures, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, Rockingham County Emergency Services (Swift Water Recue Team with hovercraft), Mayo River State Park, Lake Reidsville and Dan River Boat Race organizers.

With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer travel season, the North Carolina Division of Tourism will launch a celebration of the state’s endless outdoor allure at a riverside event in Eden on Tuesday.

“We want travelers to explore the trails, waterways and other attractions that make North Carolina a premier destination for outdoor lovers,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of the state Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. “The state is home to natural beauty of the highest order, from our skyscraper mountains to our towering dunes, with incredible landscapes across vast expanses in between.”

In partnership with Rockingham County and the City of Eden, the Division chose the Leaksville Landing in Eden as the site for Tuesday’s 10 a.m. event to underscore that North Carolina sections of the Dan River are open for recreation.

“The media focus on the Dan River creates a prime opportunity for us to showcase a magnificent waterway and the natural areas that make up the river basin,” Tuttell said. “Whether you launch a kayak from the Leaksville Landing or hike the new Riverbluffs Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, you’ll find the experience richly rewarding.”

During Tuesday’s event, Three Rivers Outfitters and Dan River Adventures will offer free 1.5 mile kayak, canoe and tubing excursions, and visitors can study wondrous aquatic insects in the Dan River Basin Association’s “Tub of Bugs” traveling exhibit. Local officials will present information about river safety as well as opportunities for recreation at Mayo River State Park and Lake Reidsville.

To access advance photos and b-roll from the event, register at NCPix.com using Tourism News as the registration code.

All our invited to come out and hear about what to expect for the 2014 summer travel season as well as see first-hand the great outdoor recreation activities offered in Rockingham County and the entire state.

5/21/2014
Memorial Day & Summer Deals
Check out these Memorial Day & Summer Deals from our local outfitters.  Spend time paddling our rivers: The Dan, Mayo and Smith.  Play in our lakes: Lake Reidsville and Belews Lake.  There is plenty of water fun for everyone in Rockingham County!

Local outfitters with special offers:

5/24/2014
Mayo River State Park Community Fishing Day
Saturday, May 24 @ Mayo Mountain Access
9:30am – 2:30pm
www.ncstateparks.gov
mayo.river@ncparks.gov
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530

The third annual Mayo River State Park Community Fishing Day will feature a kids fishing derby for ages 15 and under. Prizes will be awarded for heaviest, longest and shortest fish in different age categories. One single prize will be awarded to the adult who catches the heaviest fish of the day. This will be a special license exempt day. All members of the family may participate without having a fishing license. In addition to prizes for catching fish, door prizes will be given throughout the day to kids registered for the event. Additional activities include bluegrass music, a crafts booth for children, casting games with prizes, and some displays including Rockingham County history, local recreation, and emergency medical services. Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be provided. There will be a limited amount of tackle and bait for the public to use. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own bait with worms and night crawlers being the best. Sunscreen and bug repellant are a good idea as well as extra drinking water. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will be present in the park the entire time the child or children they are watching are in the park. Please call the Mayo River State Park office for more details.

5/31/2014
6th. Annual Beach Music Benefit for Hopsice
Beach Music Benefit for Hospice of Rockingham County!Featuring: The Fantastic Shakers and Billy Smith & the Impacts
1:00-6:00pm Harvest Ridge Farm, 327 Service Road, Ruffin, NC
For additional information contact Hospice of Rockingham County at 336-427-3088 or www.hospiceofrockinghamcounty.com OR Harvest Ridge Farm at 336-344-5522
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate
 
5/31/2014
Music on Monroe
6/3/2014
Reidsville Ranks in 10 Best Cities in NC

From Fox 8 News...

A recent study ranks the 10 best cities in North Carolina — and two Piedmont cities made the list.

The study ranked the cities based on five key factors:
1.Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime
2.Commute Time
3.Income
4.Residents Who Attended Some College
5.Restaurants Per Capita

Credit Donkey, a credit card comparison company who conducted the study, says:

“Picking the right spot to settle down is no easy decision. Living near a major metropolitan area such as Raleigh-Durham offers a broader range of options when it comes to jobs, schools and homes but it also means a higher cost of living. Smaller towns, on the other hand, offer the southern hospitality you’re looking for at an affordable price. We’ve put together a list of cities that offer the best of both worlds when it comes to work and play.”

Here’s the list of the top 10 cities in North Carolina, according toCreditDonkey:

10. REIDSVILLE

“A 30-minute drive from Greensboro, Reidsville is one of the smaller cities on our list, with a population of just over 14,000. Nestled in the heart of Rockingham County, this small rural town still packs a big punch in terms of its rich history and unique attractions. Walking tours are one of the most popular ways to experience everything the city has to offer, and a relatively low crime rate means you’ll be safe when you’re out and about.”

Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime: 1 in 276
 Commute Time: 21.6 minutes
 Income: $34,700
 Residents Who Attended Some College: 25%
 Restaurants: 1 per 287 inhabitants
 Did You Know: Williamsburg School, considered the first public school in North Carolina, was established just outside Reidsville in 1840.

Click here to see the full list & story.

 

6/7/2014
Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival


6/7/2014
Lake Reidsville Annual Kids' Fishing Rodeo
8:30am - 11:30am Lunch Provided at 11:30am Ages 12 and under FREE - Fishing Poles and Bait Provided - Prizes Awarded For more information call Lake Reidsville at 336-349-4738
6/13/2014 - 6/14/2014
Charlie Poole Music Festival
The Charlie Poole Music Festival, now celebrating its 19th year, is a project of Piedmont Folk Legacies, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the musical and cultural legacy of the Piedmont region and to celebrate its influence on the development of American vernacular music, as exemplified by Charlie Poole.

The festival is held each year on the second weekend of June in Eden, North Carolina, home and final resting place of Poole. Fans come from far and wide to celebrate the special contribution that Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers made to American music.

19th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival
June 13-14, 2014
Location: Governor Morehead Park, 422 Church St., Eden, NC 27288.


For more information visit
www.charlie-poole.com
6/16/2014
TDA Announces 2014-2015 Grant Recipients

The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is pleased to announce that it approved a total of $40,000 in marketing grants to various organizations throughout the county for promoting local events and attractions in 2014 and 2015. 

The Board received 20 grant applications for this year’s grant cycle and voted to fund a portion of 18, which includes new and repeat events.

“We received requests for 20 excellent events.  We are excited to see the variety of things planned for Rockingham County in the coming year and look forward to supporting them.” said Robin Yount, vice present of Tourism.  “We also encourage the community to support these events so we can see them grow and attract more visitors to Rockingham County.”


The 2014-2015 Marketing and Promotional Grants are awarded to:

•Best of the Best Field Trial Tournament
•City of Eden for Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament
•City of Eden for the Piedmont Pottery Festival
•City of Eden for Riverfest
•City of Reidsville for Clam Jam
•City of Reidsville for the Penn House Wedding Shows
•Dan River Boat Race
•Eden YMCA for swim meets
•Eden YMCA for 2014 Girls Softball Dixie State Tournament
•Mayodan Homecoming/Antique Festival
•MHS Wrestling Boosters for East Coast Challenge
•MHS Wrestling Boosters for Sara Wilkes Invitational Tournament
•MHS Wrestling Boosters for Super 32 Challenge
•Piedmont Folk Legacies for Charlie Poole Music Festival
•Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Reidsville Homegrown Festival
•Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Tour of Reidsville Bike Criterion
•Rockingham County Arts Council for Community Arts Fest
•Rockingham County Arts Council for Studio Tour

 


 

 


 

6/25/2014
Help Build Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail

Rockingham County Groups Work Together to Build Mountain Bike Trail

-Volunteers needed to construct beginner sections on Saturday, June 28-

Members of the Dan River Basin Association andTown of Mayodan are building the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail at Farris Memorial Park in Mayodan.  The groups are calling for volunteers to help in building the beginner sections of the trail on Saturday, June 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Farris Memorial Park, 2878 Park Road in Mayodan.  No experience is necessary to come volunteer.

The plan for Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail is to build a friendly mountain bike track that will inspire kids (and adults) to rise to the FUN of being outdoors and on a trail.  When this trail is complete it will be one-quarter of a mile of rolling track suitable for new mountain bikers. Eventually the groups wish to purchase bikes and helmets that would be available to adults and children who want to learn this sport.

The trail is shaded and volunteers will be working in the morning before it gets too hot.  Volunteers are asked to wear cool, comfortable clothing, socks and closed-toed shoes. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a sense of adventure. If you have them, the following tools would be helpful: loppers, maddox, heavy rakes.
 
If it's raining, please check in with Jenny Edwards at (336) 339-6169 before you come out to make sure the event is still on.

Many thanks go out to the Dan River Basin Association members, Town of Mayodan, Reidsville Area Foundation, REI, Prillaman Landscaping and Greensboro Fat Tire for all their support in making this project a reality.

For more information, contact:
The Town of Mayodan at 336.427.0241 or Dan River Basin Association at 336.339.6169.

6/28/2014
Volunteers Needed! Help Build Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail
 Rockingham County Groups Work Together to Build Mountain Bike Trail
-Volunteers needed to construct beginner sections on Saturday, June 28-

Members of the Dan River Basin Association andTown of Mayodan are building the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail at Farris Memorial Park in Mayodan.  The groups are calling for volunteers to help in building the beginner sections of the trail on Saturday, June 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Farris Memorial Park, 2878 Park Road in Mayodan.  No experience is necessary to come volunteer.

The plan for Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail is to build a friendly mountain bike track that will inspire kids (and adults) to rise to the FUN of being outdoors and on a trail.  When this trail is complete it will be one-quarter of a mile of rolling track suitable for new mountain bikers. Eventually the groups wish to purchase bikes and helmets that would be available to adults and children who want to learn this sport.

The trail is shaded and volunteers will be working in the morning before it gets too hot.  Volunteers are asked to wear cool, comfortable clothing, socks and closed-toed shoes. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a sense of adventure. If you have them, the following tools would be helpful: loppers, maddox, heavy rakes.
 
If it's raining, please check in with Jenny Edwards at (336) 339-6169 before you come out to make sure the event is still on.

Many thanks go out to the Dan River Basin Association members, Town of Mayodan, Reidsville Area Foundation, REI, Prillaman Landscaping and Greensboro Fat Tire for all their support in making this project a reality.

For more information, contact:
The Town of Mayodan at 336.427.0241 or Dan River Basin Association at 336.339.6169.

7/2/2014
Local Cyclists Now Have Trail

Local bike riders now have their own trail within city limits.

A 30-acre, wooded area across from the Reidsville Lake entrance is now home to a newly completed bike trail.  Reidsville Mountain Bike Trail was proposed more than a year ago by Reidsville Bicycles owner Bill Davis and others.

“I’ve been trying to do something here in the local community as opposed to people having to drive down to Greensboro or even to Danville, which is what I do,” Davis said. “I throw my bike in the truck and drive down to Greensboro, so it was ideal to try to get a trail system here.”

The trail is a mile long.

“We’ve had some various delays but with the new mayor, who’s avid about the trail was very responsive to us on moving to put the trail system in,” Davis said. “We have a bike race here that we host each fall that he attended last year and he loves it. So, he’s very excited about whatever we can do here in the community.”

Davis said the trail is family friendly.

“The trail is laid out so that pretty much anyone would be able to ride it,” he said. “You could even take your kid out there, although there are woody areas.”

 The future goal for the trail is to draw people from outside of Rockingham County.

Davis said they plan to start doing regularly scheduled Saturday morning rides to build interest locally and to get more people involved.

 “As to my involvement, I’ve been over there multiple times with a rig or a chainsaw to help clear the trail and we’ve had volunteers,” Davis said. “There may be changes just to make it even nicer to ride.”

The trail gives cyclists the opportunity to not ride on the roads, according to Davis.

“This was a driving force,” he said. “The cyclists won’t have to deal with all the potential hazards of riding on the road.”

Well, unless they chose to.

For more information on the bike trail, visit www.reidsvillebicycles.com or www.facebook.com/reidsvillemtbtrail.

7/3/2014
The place for small town living, outdoor fun & JOBS!

From 88.5 WFDD
http://wfdd.org/post/rockingham-county-place-small-town-living-outdoor-fun-and-jobs


Looking for a job? Look in Rockingham County.

It’s just after 12:30 in the afternoon and at Café  99, almost every table is full. A life-size figure of Marilyn Monroe eyes a tray of three hot dogs all the way, with a side of chips, waiting at the pick-up window. Near the front, table-top figurines of the ‘Rat Pack’ raise a glass and grin over customers’ shoulders as they devour home-made chicken salad sandwiches.

Café 99 sits on South Scales Street in Reidsville. Stepping inside is like stepping back into the 50’s and 60’s.  But owner David Gerrells isn't always smiling. “We have a difficult problem finding employees.” He manages six part-time employees in the restaurant. He also has about ten workers for his catering business, CaterFest.

“Now if we needed people to look at a TV screen or phone screen, anybody could do it,” says Gerrells. “But now days we have to teach people how to count money back because they don’t get that in school anymore.“ Gerrells says his best hiring tool is networking through his current workers.

Reidsville is one of the 6 cities and towns that make up Rockingham County. With a population of nearly 93,000, it sits in the northern rural part of the Piedmont just under the Virginia state line. Rockingham also has an unusual problem...more than 600 open jobs but few qualified applicants. Graham Pervier is president for the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development. He says this problem is partially connected to a skills gap.

“Increasingly we see jobs that require a higher level of skills, machinists, welders,” says Pervier. According to Pervier, this area used to thrive in textile and tobacco manufacturing, but that's changed.  “We have a number of companies where community college training or some technical skill is almost an entry level requirement. Not just in Rockingham County but throughout the Triad, jobs going begging and good people looking for jobs, but there’s a skills discrepancy there.”

Online at NCWorks.gov, you'll find everything from a warehouse worker, to  industry sales reps. There's even a search for a field chemist and a dentist. The state commerce department admits some of these posts may be duplicates since companies advertise jobs at different sites. “We now have Bridgestone Aircraft Tire, an international company in Madison. We have Weil McLain in Eden, Ruger Firearms in Mayodan which will eventually have 500 well-paid employees,” explains Pervier. “Then we’ve done well in Rockingham County in the plastics, particularly in recycling. Two of the top 25 plastic recyclers in North America are located in Reidsville. Then expansions are always important. Most of these companies have other facilities in other states and in other countries.”

One company that's expanding and hiring is Israeli based Albaad. Its Reidsville plant, Albaad USA, employs 175 people who produce an array of body and facial wipes and distributes tampons.  Kathryn Harris is the Human Resource and Safety Manager. She says this is the third expansions since the plant began 10 years ago and the company prefers to hire from the local population.

“I generally always have hourly positions,” says Harris. However, in this rural community, she says it's hard to find workers who are highly trained or who have hi-tech design and engineering skills. “We have a production scheduler and a quality control document administrator. But we cannot find people locally who have those skill sets who can come in the door and fill any of those positions.” Since June, Harris has had to fill 10 professional openings. So far, she’s hired four people, two with of them from outside of Reidsville and Rockingham County. She’s also hiring for a new third production shift that goes into effect in August. That’s another 50 jobs. And according to Harris qualified workers need more than technical know-how. They also need soft skills. Such as appropriate dress, timeliness, good interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills and not letting your digital device be a distraction.

In her 30 years of experience, she's witnessed a range of candidates lacking soft skills. “It’s just unbelievable the number of people who come to an interview in their pajamas and slippers, people who come into the door with kids in a stroller, when they’re sitting in front of you they’re texting. I’ve had this happen to me, they’ll bring in their lunch from McDonalds and say, I didn’t get time to eat. ‘Well I’m sorry, you don’t get to eat with me either.’”

On July 1, the North Carolina Commerce Department released the latest unemployment figures. As of May 2014, Rockingham’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.5 percent, an increase of 2 tenths of a percent from 7.3 in April. In Forsyth County, it's 6.4 percent up from 5.9 percent.  Guilford County's unemployment rate rose from 6.3 percent almost a full percentage point to 7.1. Harris and Pervier agree, a greater emphasis needs to be put on developing soft and technical skills beginning in high school. If not, Rockingham's residents won't be qualified for jobs area employers need to fill.
 

7/3/2014
Lake Reidsville Independence Day Celebration
THURSDAY, JULY 3RD. 
The Celebration will begin at 4:00pm and will conclude after a FIREWORKS display over Lake Reidsville that will launch at 10:00pm.
Games, Rides, food and refreshments and great music.
Concerts beginning at 5:30 pm!
$5.00 per car or $2.00 per walk-up


7/4/2014
Eden Kiwanis Ole Fashion Fourth of July
Annual Ole Fashioned July 4th Celebration at Morehead High School - Pierce St., Eden NC Eden, NC 2728 
Enjoy music, food, fun and fireworks!
Thursday, July 3rd: 5-10 pm
Friday, July 4th: 2-10 pm (FIREWORKS SHOW)
Admission is free! 
7/5/2014
Western Rockingham Independence Day Celebration
7/5/2014
Mayo River State Park CREEK CREEP

Come out and join a Mayo River State Park Ranger for a CREEK CREEP!  Take a walk in a cool stream as we overturn rocks and stir up the water to see what life we can find.

Meet at the park office @1:00pm then travel to Pheasant Road and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the babbling brook.
Participants should expect to get wet so dress appropriately, including footwear.

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Pheasant Road which is a short drive.

For more information or directions call the park office at 336-427-2530.

7/26/2014
Shagging in the Vines Featuring Jim Quick & Coastline Band and The Night Move Band
 
7/26/2014
Shaggin on Fieldcrest
Eden Tourism Development & the Draper Merchants Association present "Shaggin on Fieldcrest!"

5pm until 9pm
Fieldcrest Road in Draper Village in Beautiful Eden, NC

Fun kids area / Area Shag Clubs / Great and Vendors / Car Cruise
Music from the Craig Woodard Band.

For more information call Cindy Adams at 336-612-8049
8/2/2014
Dan River Boat Race

Celebrate the 24th year of the Dan River Boat Race! 
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Race begins at 10:00 a.m.

The 2.5 mile race takes place on a section of the Dan River near Madison, NC that is classified flat with Class I rapids.  It is a fun and adventurous section suitable for all skill levels.  First-timers are welcome!  So gather your canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards and join the fun.  Prizes & awards given out at the end of the race.  Children must be minimum age of 6 to participate and those 12 and under must be accompanied by an experience adult.

Race Day: check in from 7:30- 10 a.m. at Lindsey Bridge Access (775 Lindsey Bridge Rd in Madison).  Race ends at 704 Bridge Access (Water St. in Madison).
Parking & shuttle available.  On-site boat rentals available, call 336.548.9572 to reserve.

Registration forms available at http://www.danriverboatrace.org/

 

Visit www.danriverboatrace.org for more info.

8/16/2014
Clam Jam
Come out and enjoy a Low Country Boil tasting and enjoy the headline entertainment, Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy buffet Tribute Band.
Local wineries, craft beverages along with the arts and great music!
this is a ticketed event and prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and $10 for designated driver admission.
4:00pm - 10:00pm
Market Squoare in downtown Reidsville, NC
For more information visit: www.clamjamnc.com or 336-349-1099
8/16/2014
Mayo River State Park CREEK CREEP
 CREEK CREEP – Saturday, August 16 – Meet at park office at 1:00pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED at 336-427-2530
Come out and join a park ranger for a creek creep! Take a walk in a cool stream as we overturn rocks and stir up the water to see what life we can find. From the park office, we will travel together to park property off Pheasant Road and enjoy a leisurely stroll along a babbling brook. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Pheasant Road. Dress appropriately and wear old lace-up shoes (no flip-flops).
Expect to get wet!
For more information, directions and sign-up call 336-427-2530.

 

 

8/30/2014
ASTRONOMY at Mayo Mountain River Access
Saturday, August 30th. and Friday, September 26th.
Mayo River State Park
Are you curious about what you see in the night sky? Come and join staff at Mayo River State Park as they give a tour of the night sky and offer views through a telescope. 
Meet at the field near the park office.  The program should finish by 11:30pm. For more information and directions please contact the park office at 336-427-2530.
9/13/2014
2nd Annual Rockingham County GospelFest!

2nd Annual Rockingham County GospelFest Is Sept. 13!

You're invited to the second, annual Rockingham County GospelFest, a free, family-friendly, cultural event, 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13th, Rockingham Community College Amphitheater, County Home Rd., Wentworth.  Please bring refreshments, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy GospelFest artists, groups, ensembles, bands, choirs, and praise dancers present hymns, spirituals, folk, country, rap, and contemporary music.

For more information about GospelFest, contact Rockingham Community College Director of Public Information Kim Pryor at 336.342.4261/ext. 2170 or pryork@rockinghamcc.edu; or Rockingham County Government Public Information Officer Mable Scott at 336.342.8342 or mscott@co.rockingham.nc.   
9/19/2014 - 9/20/2014
Eden RiverFest

The 11th. Annual Eden RiverFest
Located in Historic Downtown Leaksville and Historic Leaksville Landing along the Dan River
Eden, NC
Friday 5pm - 10pm and Saturday 10am-10pm
For more information contact Cindy Adams at 336-612-8049 or www.exploreedennc.com




 

9/21/2014
Run with the Cows 5K Fun Run/Walk

Run with the Cows 5K Fun Run/Walk
Sunday, September 21, 2014
at the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail

Pre-Registration: $25 before 9/8/14      
$30 thereafter
                                                                                                                                                     
Includes event T-shirt*, a goodie bag and a finisher’s award. 
This is not a timed event.                                                                                                               

Check in (and late registration)  1:30pm         
Run/Walk Starts        2:30pm

*must register by 9/8/14 to guarantee event T-shirt

Location of trail: (GPS 36.382734,-79.703124)
Just west of 2138 Wentworth St, Reidsville, NC
See maps and detailed directions at www.chinquapenntrail.org

Questions contact:
T Butler: 336-349-5727
members@danriver.org
                               
Becky Loyacano:904-327-7300
beckyloyacano@yahoo.com 

Visit us on Facebook , Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail    
                     
Register by mail below, or click 5K registration link at www.chinquapenntrail.org

9/27/2014
FISH WITH A RANGER
FISH WITH A RANGER – Saturday, September 27

Meet at picnic area parking lot at 1:00pm

Do you have a child who loves to fish? Do you have a child who has never been fishing before? Bring them to fish with a park ranger at Mayo River State Park. Please bring your fishing pole and tackle. If you do not have a pole, the park has them that can be loaned out.

For more information or directions call the park office at 336-427-2530.

9/27/2014
Stoneville Fall Festival
Stoneville Fall Festival! Last Saturday in September. Great food, music and lots of fun in beautiful downtown Stoneville NC. Hosted by the Stoneville Rotary Club. For more information contact: 336-573-9393 
9/28/2014
Hike with a Ranger at Mayo River State Park
Join a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park for a leisurely stroll on the 1.8-mile Mayo Mountain Ridge Trail at Mayo Mountain Access. Enjoy this walk as the ranger discusses the flora and fauna along the way. The hike will start at 1:00pm. Meet at the parking lot near the picnic shelter. For more information or directions call (336) 427-2530 or visit www.ncparks.gov and click on Mayo River under Find A Park.


Mayo River State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Rd.
Mayodan, NC  27027
10/4/2014
Madison Heritage Festival

Madison Heritage Festival.. Historical Downtown Madison
Saturday Oct. 4th 10-7
Music on 2 Stages..Tribute to National Recording Artists The Hoppers,which were inducted into Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.They will be here for a one hour show.Eric and the Chilltones will close out the evening from 5 to 7.
Over 100 vendors,demonsrations,Kids Area,Food Court and lots more! For more info call Danny Smith @ 336-548-2305 or Bobby Pleasants @ 336-427-2112.
Applications are being taken now for food and crafters available @ MadisonHeritageFestival.com

10/10/2014 - 10/11/2014
Reidsville Downtown Homegrown Festival
Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Collectables; lots of Food and Fun fill the streets of Downtown Reidsville while music from two stages fill the air. For more information: 336-347-2307 rdc@ci.reidsville.nc.us www.downtownreidsvillenc.com
10/11/2014
Mayo River State Park Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl – Saturday, October 11

Meet at the park office at 7:00pm

Come take a night hike with a ranger as we explore the mysterious world of owls. We will listen for the different calls of owls while exploring their habitats and their place in the environment. Please dress appropriately for existing weather conditions. Bring your own flashlights and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530.

10/31/2014
Treat Street
The Historic Downtown Leaksville Merchants present 
TREAT STREET
3pm - 6pm on Washington St., Eden NC
Children may dress up and trick-o-treat with participating merchants. Costume contest begoms at 6pm in Washington Street Park



12/12/2014
Downtown Madison Christmas Stroll
Downtown Madison, NC Come to Historic Downtown Madison and stroll the streets, meet the Merchants and register to win prizes. Santa will be here so bring your kids and camera! Marsh Mellows to roast, stew by the rescue squad, Horse and buggy rides, vendors, carolers, a live nativity great fun for everyone!!

August 2, 2014
Dan River Boat Race
more info

August 16, 2014
Clam Jam
more info