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Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

The 2016 Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in beautiful Downtown Mount Airy, NC. The festival features top North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, wonderful food, and great music.

Festival packages are available which include: General admission, local accommodations and transportation, as well as a complementary bottle of wine! Rotary proceeds will benefit numerous local and international charity organizations. Please visit the website at www.budbreakfestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets in advance for a discounted price!

Come visit our tent pavilion as we pair talented local musicians with delicious local food. Join us as we celebrate Music, Food, and Spirits…Budbreak style! 13 Bones will once again be providing some outstanding food to accompany the wine.

While at the Festival please take advantage of our Downtown Business Associations “Sidewalk Sale.” Also try these local eateries on Main Street: Barney’s Cafe, Old North State Winery, The Loaded Goat (Located in the Main Oak Emporium or accessible off of Oak Street), Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies, Leon’s Burger Express, Nana’s Kitchen, Down Home Restaurant, Snappy Lunch, and Walker’s Soda Fountain.

Bring your dancing shoes, as we share in a common love of music, food, wine, and friends. A good time for one and all featuring some of our regions best local acts, featuring Time Sawyer and Phatt City Band this year!

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Time Sawyer

11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in their music – a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high-energy, entertaining show.

The folk rock band’s name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that the four band members, who all hail from the rolling foothills of Elkin, North Carolina, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences, giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.

The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. Time Sawyer continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether they’re playing in an intimate coffee shop or a large outdoor festival, their goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that they become friends who happen to be fans.

TimeSawyer.com

Phatt City

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Phatt City is the name of a band originally founded in 1972, by a group of regional band directors. The name came from a saying that describes a big, “fat” sound. The spelling was a play on words that was common in that era. Phatt City’s original influences came from groups like Chicago and Earth, Wind, & Fire. In addition to Rhythm and Blues, Phatt City has an extensive beach music catalog. The band consists of 10 members, including a full horn section of Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Trombone, and Bari-Sax. Along with a rhythm section, there are four lead singers in the group, with one being female. Phatt City is probably best know as having a great rapport withit’s audiences. Having fun is contagious, and we love to spread it around!

Festival Package

Come and stay a while. Hampton Inn Mt. Airy is offering admission for two, with transportation to and from the event. Stay overnight with a standard king or double queen room, along with the following amenities:

  • Free breakfast from 6:00 am – 10:00 am in our breakfast area.
  • Complimentary bottle of wine!
  • Rates Starting at $169.00 + Tax with other options available.

Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival date to avoid charges. For information contact General manager Lenise Lynch – Hampton Inn at 336-783-6282 or 1-800-565-5249 and one of their guest services representatives will be happy to help you.

Visit them online @ Hampton Inn Mt. Airy


2016 Wineries and Breweries

The Budbreak Festival is a celebration of wine, craft beer, and its makers. Won’t you join us as we come together to taste the story each of our talented vendors has to share.


Chatham Hill Winery

Cary, NC

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Chestnut Trail Vineyards

Mocksville, NC

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Childress Vineyards

Lexington, NC

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Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin, NC

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Fiddlers Vineyards

Cherryville, NC

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Foothills Brewing Company

Winston-Salem, NC

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Gibb’s Hundred Brewing

Greensboro, NC

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Ginger Creek Vineyards

Taylorsville, NC

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Herrera Vineyards

Dobson, NC

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Lake James Cellars

Glen Alpine, NC

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Lake Norman Brewing

Mooresville, NC

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Native Vines

Lexington, NC

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Old North State Winery

Mount Airy, NC

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Round Peak Winery

Mount Airy, NC

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Skull Camp Brewing

Mount Airy, NC

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Slightly Askew Winery

Elkin, NC

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Southern Charm Winery

Lincolnton, NC

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St. Paul Mountain Vineyards

Hendersonville, NC

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Surry Cellars

Dobson, NC

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Thistle Meadow Winery

Laurel Springs, NC

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Waldensian Heritage Winery

Valdese, NC

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NOTE: A valid ID showing proof of age (over 21) will be required at the gate for festival entry as well as for all wine tasting.

Food and non-wine beverages will be available for purchase from selected vendors. For your convenience, you may purchase and check your wine (multiple bottle packs and cases) at our wine-check area and have it held securely until you are ready to leave the festival.

  1. Wristbands and wineglasses will NOT be available prior to the 12:00 p.m. opening of the Festival.
  2. To comply with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement regulations, ALL ATTENDEES who will be tasting, drinking, or purchasing alcohol on the Festival grounds MUST be 21 years of age and MUST have a tasting wristband. Positive photographic identification MUST be shown at the Ticket Booth to obtain your individual tasting wristband and commemorative wine glass.
  3. For insurance, health and safety reasons NO PETS OR COOLERS will be permitted on the Festival grounds!

Black Violin to Appear at the Historic Earle Theatre

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Will Baptiste and Kev Marcus, the duo who make up Black Violin, saw their major-label debut, Stereotypes, debut at peak positions on the Billboard charts (including #1 on the Classical and Classical Crossover charts), have sold out their last 10 consecutive shows, and are preparing to embark on their first European tour.  In the past year they have been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, The Wendy Williams Show, and Ellen.  And on Friday, April 15, they will be in Mount Airy, NC, at the Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall (142 North Main Street, Mt. Airy, NC) at 7:30 pm.

Baptiste and Marcus first met in Ft. Lauderdale and played together in the orchestra at the Dillard High School of the Performing Arts.  Classically trained by day, they faithfully put on their headphones and listened to the hottest rap records each night.  They went to different colleges but reconvened afterwards.  They developed an act covering hip-hop songs on their violins, which became popular in local clubs.  Two years after sending in a tape to Showtime at the Apollo, they were invited to appear on the show – which they won.

The pair created a distinctive, peerless sound.  “A hard-hitting beat with lush string sounds,” says Baptiste, “something you can listen to if you don’t listen to hip-hop, or if you don’t listen to classical music – we bridge that gap.”

Friday, April 15, Black Violin will perform for over 425 5th grade students from Surry County Schools and Mount Airy City Schools.  That evening, at 7:30, is the public performance.  Tickets can be purchased from the Surry Arts Council office (218 Rockford Street, Mt. Airy, NC, 336-786-7998) or online at surryarts.org.  Reserved orchestra seats are $25 and balcony seats (general admission) are $15.

The residency is funded in part with a grant from South Arts.

Fly Fish Mayberry – Fishing Guide and Instruction Service

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Welcome to Fly Fish Mayberry, headquartered in picturesque Surry County, North Carolina near historic Downtown Mt. Airy and just 25 minutes from Winston-Salem.

  • Fly Fishing Instruction and Education (Group and individual fly fishing lessons, clinics and seminars).
  • At Fly Fish Mayberry, we offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Northwest corner of North Carolina. From the Ararat River in downtown Mount Airy, to the wildest blue line headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we strive to custom design your trip based on current conditions, time of year and what you hope to get out of a day on the water.
  • Custom Rods & Handcrafted Tackle (We create personalized Tenkara rods and hand tie our own flies.)

Specializing in Tenkara fishing, a type of fly fishing that is easy to learn, relaxing and fun for the whole family to serious anglers, we also offer Western fly fishing and all fly fishing instruction, custom rods and handcrafted tackle.

Your customized fishing trip is based on current conditions, time of year, weather and productive areas. Within a short drive, we fish some of the most prolific trout waters in the Northwest Corner of the state: these are some of the most beautiful and untouched river systems in the world. Guided fishing charters to Virginia, Tennessee and internationally are also available with US Coast Guard Master Licensed Captain Kevin Merritt.

Private and group lessons are available for beginning and advanced anglers to brush up on skills or learn new techniques. Even if you’ve never held a fly rod, this is the fast track to getting on the water. Master classes and fishing trips also available.

To book a lesson, fishing charter or order a custom rod or tackle, call 239-821-0239 or email us at [email protected]

Visit the website at www.flyfishcarolina.com for more information and photos!

Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Spring Opening Dates for Facilities and Services

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments
NC/VA – Blue Ridge Parkway managers are pleased to announce the spring 2016 opening dates for facilities and visitor services along the scenic, 469-mile route. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Parkway staff, volunteers, concession operators, and other partners are making plans for a robust season.  
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the country, providing visitors with a wide variety of opportunities to make meaningful connections to the nature, history, and culture of the southern Appalachian mountain region.  “During the NPS Centennial, we want to encourage Parkway visitors to explore this special park in new and different ways,” said Mark Woods, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “We want visitors to celebrate their own personal connections with this park and consider how this place will be available for future generations of visitors.”
Parkway visitors are also reminded to take time to carefully plan their visit. Considering its unique design, the Parkway drive is different than most and this can mean taking extra care to ensure a safe visit. Information is available to help plan a memorable and safe Parkway experience on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/blri, the real time road map site at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures/, in any Parkway visitor center, and by following Parkway social media sites with the handle @BlueRidgeNPS.
2016 Blue Ridge Parkway Spring Season Opening Schedule 
Milepost
Facility
Open Date
Notes:
CAMPGROUNDS (Open first come, first served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 15)
60.8
Otter Creek Campground
6-May
Full services available.
85.6
Peaks of Otter Campground
6-May
Full services available.
167.1
Rocky Knob Campground
6-May
Full services available.
239.2
Doughton Park Campground
6-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9
Price Park Campground
1-Apr
Self registration and Loop A only open April 1 – May. 5. After May 5, full services available.
316.4
Linville Falls Campground
1-Apr
Self registration until May 14. Full services available. Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. April 2.
339.5
Crabtree Falls Campground
6-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
408.8
Mt. Pisgah Campground
6-May
Full services available.
CONCESSION FACILITIES
85.6
Peaks of Otter Lodge
 
Full services available; Sharp Top bus service begins May 7; and Peaks Country Store open April 9; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2
Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop
29-Apr
Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7
Northwest Trading Post
16-Apr
Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information
294
Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor
15-Mar
Visit craftguild.org for more information. 
296.9
Price Park Boat Rental
1-Apr
Open Fri.-Sun. only through May 27; Open daily beginningMay 27. Visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.
382.2
Folk Art Center
Open Year Round
Visit craftguild.org for more information. 
408.8
Pisgah Inn & Restaurant
1-Apr
Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
PICNIC AREAS (Open Daily until sunset; Restrooms available at picnic areas)
8.5
Humpback Rocks Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
63.6
James River Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
85.6
Peaks of Otter Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
154.5
Smart View Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
120.4
Roanoke Mtn Picnic Area
15-Apr
Sunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
169
Rocky Knob Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
188.8
Groundhog Picnic Area 
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
217.5
Cumberland Knob Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
241.1
Doughton Park Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
271.9
Jeffress Park Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
296.4
Price Park Picnic Area
Open Year Round
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
316.4
Linville Falls Picnic Area
3-Apr
April 2 (12noon) – May 5, 2016 one loop open with comfort station; Full services for entire area available beginning May 5
340.2
Crabtree Falls Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
367.6
Craggy Gardens Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
407.8
Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST
6
Humpback Rocks Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6
Humpback Rocks Farm
13-May
Cabins open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.; Weekend farmlife demonstrations
63.6
James River Visitor Center
6-May
Open Wed. – Sun. 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. weekdays; 9:00-5:00pm on weekends
85.6
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
6-May
Open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
85.6
Nature Center
13-May
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ( with 1 hour closure at 12:00 p.m.)
85.6
Johnson Farm
13-May
Open Thu. – Mon., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
169
Rocky Knob Visitor Center
7-May
Open Sat.-Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
176.2
Mabry Mill Cultural Site
7-May
Open 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. only through May 22; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 29
213
Blue Ridge Music Center
7-May
Open 10am-5pm Thurs. – Mon. through May 23, with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Open daily beginning May 26; Concert Season begins May 21, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5
Brinegar Cabin 
7-May
Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. (including holidays); Special request programs may be available during the week by  calling 540-745-9680
294
Moses Cone Manor House
15-Apr
Open Fri-Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; open daily beginning 4/29/2016.
304.4
Linn Cove Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
316.4
Linville Falls Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
330.9
North Carolina Museum of Minerals 
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
364.5
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
15-Apr
Open 10am-4pm Fri. – Sun. through May 1; open daily beginning May 2; beginning May 22 open until 5:00pm
382.2
Folk Art Center, Visitor Information & Bookstore
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.
384.5
Asheville Visitor Center
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
451.2
Waterrock Knob Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Adagio Vineyards

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

The 2400 sq/ft tasting room is built above the 3000 sq/ft winery which is underground for controlled temperature and humidity. The tasting room is a combination of rustic elegance featuring three tasting bars, a large curved stand up serving bar, a sit down kitchen tasting bar and the violin showcase bar. Granite counter tops with ceramic “wood” tile and accent lighting throughout create a distinctive décor not found in most other tasting rooms in North Carolina. The fireplace and flat screen televisions are added bonuses for events with room for up to 70 persons. In addition, there is outside seating on the porch for a leisurely glass or bottle of wine and the outdoor fire-pit is ready for entertaining and cooking. Music is always playing inside and out at Adagio Vineyards, it is our passion along with the wine.

Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts Top Talent, April 1-2

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Old Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts Top Talent, April 1-2

DOBSON, N.C. – The seventh annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention brings together some of the area’s best musicians in the old time music genre, April 1-2 in Dobson.
The event takes place at Surry Community College. Its goal is to preserve the region’s traditional stringed-instrument music that has been passed down for generations.
The convention kicks off with a square dance Friday night featuring two well-known bands from the area, while Saturday’s lineup includes youth and adult competitions in multiple categories, workshops led by renowned musicians, jam sessions and more.
Mountain Park Old Time Band and New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters headline Friday evening’s festivities. Cakewalks are also a favorite Friday activity, where winners receive homemade confections.
“Friday night’s dance has a certain kind of energy and community feeling,” says Buck Buckner of the convention committee. “That’s what we’re trying to achieve – that old time community feeling.”
Saturday’s lineup includes daylong competitions – youth and adult – in instrument, band and dance, while four old time music experts will lead free one-hour workshops.
Paul Brown will give instructions on fiddle. Brown is known as both a musician and host of the popular “Across the Blue Ridge” radio show on WFDD (88.5 FM) in Winston-Salem.
Steve Lewis, a native of Todd and award-winning musician, will offer insight on guitar. Banjo virtuoso Adam Hurt will share his picking talent, and Rodney Sutton, known for his expertise in traditional mountain dance, will help attendees with their footwork.
“Every year we have a stellar lineup of people,” Buckner says. “They appreciate what we’re doing to foster the area’s musical heritage, and they’re willing to support it and share in it.”
Workshops, luthier displays and jam sessions take place throughout the day Saturday. Mount Airy radio station WPAQ (740 AM) broadcasts live from the convention.
Admission is $5 daily, with children 12 and younger admitted at no charge. Contestants get in free Saturday. Hours for Friday night’s dance are 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, registration for contest participants begins at 10 a.m., and activities continue throughout the day and evening.
For info on the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, call (336) 526-1111 or visit: www.SurryOldTime.com. For lodging info, go to: www.YadkinValleyNC.com.

Media Contact: Craig Distl, 704-466-3744, [email protected]

Mayberry Spirits

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Former Monk makes Moonshine in Mayberry

Welcome to the Mount Airy, North Carolina Media Center. Here we hope to provide you with everything you need to tell the story of our great city. If you would like more information, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you with photos, videos, interviews, tours and more. And make sure you “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Jessica Icenhour Roberts Director of Tourism & Marketing 336.786.6116 [email protected]

Surry County man, creator of disc golf

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Surry County Man Creates Sport with Worldwide Appeal

Welcome to the Mount Airy, North Carolina Media Center. Here we hope to provide you with everything you need to tell the story of our great city. If you would like more information, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you with photos, videos, interviews, tours and more. And make sure you “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Jessica Icenhour Roberts Director of Tourism & Marketing 336.786.6116 [email protected]