Archive for May, 2016

Rocky Forest River Run – Kayaking and Tubing

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Rocky Forest River Run is a Kayak, Canoe and Tube outfitter in Elkin who welcome everyone to come paddle with RFRR and enjoy the Yadkin River’s winding journey through Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties.

They offer 2 – 6 hour trips via sit in or sit on top kayaks, as well as canoes and tubes on Friday afternoons, Saturdays & Sundays.

Call to book your River Run.  Contact Cindy at 336-469-8652 or 336-835-3890 and leave a message if unavailable.

Also, like them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/rockyforestriverrun

Rocky Forest River Run is owned and operated by a local couple who have always enjoyed the water. They offer kayaking, canoeing, and tubing, with shuttle service, on 2 to 6 hour trips. Choose from kayaking, canoeing or tubing! They offer rentals as well as shuttle service for those who have their own boats/tubes. Each self-guided rental includes a boat of choice, paddle or oars, and a PFD.

For those who enjoy fishing, bring your rods and reels on the trip! There are a few shoals along the way that create some fun on your trip! Don’t forget to watch for wildlife, including birds, ducks, herons, geese, and turtles! They are open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call for reservations!

 

 

 

Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention and Free Workshops and Jams

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

It’s time for the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention! Don’t miss the free workshops, demonstrations, and jams on Friday! See below for the full schedule!

The Mount Airy TDA & Veterans Memorial Park Inc. is providing FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE June 1st-4th from Veterans Park to Downtown Mount AiryWednesday 12-5 ~ Thursday 9-8 ~ Friday 9-6 ~ Saturday 9-6
The shuttle service will run continuously and will leave Veterans Park just inside the Main Gate with stops at the Visitors Center on Main Street and the Andy Griffith Museum. Enjoy Local Restaurants, Shopping, Visitors Center, Fiddle & Banjo Crawl, Museum of Regional History, Andy Griffith Museum, Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre, Movies (Monday and Wednesday 7 pm 336-786-2222), a free jam session at 7 on Thursday at the Earle & much moreore. www.visitmayberry.com

 

FREE WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS, JAMS on FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2016 at the Indoor Grandstand at Veterans Memorial Park on W. Lebanon Street in Mount Airy

FRIDAY 11:00 AM – BANJO WORKSHOP – ANDY EDMONDS

 FRIDAY 12:00 NOON – SURRY COUNTY OLD-TIME MUSIC DEMONSTRATION

Jim “Vip” Vipperman will facilitate a demonstration featuring NC Folk Heritage Award Winner Verlen Clifton with Wes Clifton, Andy Edmonds, Chester McMillian, Jacob Bowen, Richard Bowman, Barbara Bowman, Marsha Todd, Frank Bode and others.

FRIDAY 1:00 PM – FLAT FOOTIN’/TRADITIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP – AARON RATCLIFFE

Aaron Ratcliffe, award winning dancer, will lead the workshop. Richard and Barbara Bowman and others will accompany.

 FRIDAY 2:00 PM – SURRY COUNTY OLD-TIME FIDDLE WORKSHOP – RICHARD BOWMAN

FRIDAY 3:00 PM – SURRY COUNTY OLD-TIME FROLIC – ANDY EDMONDS

Jam, dance and enjoy old-time music. Come prepared to play and dance. Andy Edmonds will lead the Surry County good times. All musicians welcome!

This project receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.             Visit the website at www.mountairyfiddlersconvention.com for more information about the fiddlers convention as well as competitor information.

On-site camping is available – arrive early for the best spots!

SCHEDULE FOR COMPETITION AND PERFORMANCES

Admission is $10 per person for the competition/performances on Friday and Saturday. Children ages 6 and under are free.

Friday, June 3rd

7:00 p.m.  –  All Bands Perform

Saturday, June 4th

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  –  Folk Song in Grandstand
9:30 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.   –  Bluegrass & Old-Time Banjos
Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddles
2:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.   –  Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Dulcimer, Autoharp

5:45 p.m.  –  Youth Dance and Awards
6:00 p.m.  –  All bands perform
Adult dance after the completion of the band competition

Photos courtesy of Surry Arts Council and Photographer Hobart Jones.

 

Downtown Mount Airy Eatery, Down Home Restaurant, Joins the Surry Sonker Trail

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – The Surry Sonker Trail has a new member as the Down Home Restaurant came on board in March. Down Home opened in the location formerly occupied by Granite City BBQ and replaced it on this confectionary trail in Surry County.

Sandra Johnson and Bonnie Reynolds run the casual eatery on Main Street in Mount Airy. Both grew up in the area and learned to make sonker from family recipes. Reynolds is the primary sonker maker and Johnson bakes the cakes. But they trade off.

“We’ve made sonker all of our lives at home,” Johnson says. “It’s just a traditional, quick dessert here.”

Similar to cobbler, sonker consists of cooked fruit and a crust. Some have a liquid batter poured on top of the fruit, others have a rolled dough for their crust, and others are prepared on the stove top with a dropped-dumpling crust. Each recipe depends upon family tradition.

Down Home Restaurant makes its sonker by cooking fruit — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples or peaches — on the stove, transferring it to a pan, adding a crust made from a liquid batter and baking it.

“I took one bite of the Down Home Restaurant sonker and almost cried because it brought back so many memories of my granny’s sonker,” says Jessica Johnson, assistant marketing director at the Mount Airy Visitors Center.

The region’s sonker dates to the early 1800s. The dessert was a product of frugal home cooks who didn’t want to waste any over-ripe fruit.

In addition to Down Home Restaurant in Mount Airy, the Surry Sonker Trail includes The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy, Rockford General Store in Dobson and Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin.

The trail was created in January 2015 by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. Each of the seven stops on the Surry Sonker Trail offers a different style of the dessert.

“Trying the food is part of learning about the place where you’re living or visiting,” Sandra Johnson says. “Sonker is native to this region.”

To receive a Surry Sonker Trail brochure map, which has all the info needed to enjoy a day or two along the trail, call (800) 948-0949, or go online at: www.SonkerTrail.org

Herbal Medicine Weekends Offered at Wellspring Mountain, as well as special events and primitive camping

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

LOWGAP, N.C. – Wellspring Mountain Retreat and Educational Center, home of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, will host three herbal weekend intensives this summer.

Each weekend intensive is designed to educate members of the general public about a key component of the herbal medicine field. The sessions are: Plant Medicine Making (June 11-12); Wilderness Herbal First Aid (July 29-31); and Medicinal Mushrooms (Sept. 23-25).

“Our goal is to offer quality education and life skills in order to help people become closer to their natural surroundings,” said director of operations Terrie Easley.

Terrie Easley and her husband, Thomas Easley, a clinical herbalist, opened Wellspring Mountain last summer on the 497-acre site of the former E-Mun-Talee Eckerd Youth Alternatives camp. The retreat is located halfway up Saddle Mountain, a 3,300-foot peak about 20 miles west of Mount Airy.

Terrie Easley worked at the Eckerd camp in 2003-2004, and returned last year with her husband to secure the land for Wellspring Mountain with help from Piedmont Land Conservancy.

Thomas Easley will teach the June 11-12 weekend that focuses on making medicines from plants. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and has seen more than 10,000 clients during his 12 years in the herbal medicine field.

Sam Coffman, author of The Herbal Medic, will lead the July 29-31 weekend. It focuses on herbal first aid in the wilderness and includes a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, along with eight hours of herbal first aid training.

The Sept. 23-25 weekend focuses on medicinal mushrooms and will be led by Robert Rogers. Rogers has more than 40 years experience as an herbalist and teaches at Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Enrollment for weekend intensives, which includes camping privileges, is $150 for the plant medicine session, $250 for the first aid session, and $175 for the medicinal mushroom session.

Wellspring Mountain also offers a community potluck and free herbal class the second Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m., and primitive camping with bathhouse facility is available to the public year-round.

For information, call (336) 352-3323, or visit: www.wellspringmountain.com.

Luna’s Trail Farm, Event Center, and Lodging

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Luna’s Trail Farm & Event Center & Lodging

Located in the foothills of North Carolina, with gorgeous views of Pilot Mountain, Luna’s Trail is the perfect venue for a wedding, a relaxing weekend getaway, a business meeting, or a fun family reunion! It’s also a great place to buy fresh produce. Only minutes from Mount Airy and Winston-Salem!

Lodging

The Red Cabin

Located on 248 acres of farmland, this beautiful 3-bedroom cabin gives its renters access to 7-plus miles of hiking, a lake, creek, stand-up paddle board, canoe, excellent views of Pilot, Sauratown, and Hanging Rock Mountains. Great for viewing wildlife and perfect for bird watching! Also enjoy looking at the llamas, goats, cattle, hogs, and pasture raised chickens. Located about 300 yards from the wedding venue, this is an excellent place for people to prepare for their event.

This lodge sleeps eight in three private rooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. Our largest room sleeps up to 5 guests and has a king bed, small sitting area, and 2 twin beds with a trundle. The second bedroom has a queen bed with excellent views of the lake, and the third bedroom offers a king-sized bed with views of the surrounding meadow and lake. Each bedroom has satellite television. The facility has heat and air conditioning, as well as wireless internet access.

The Green Cabin

During most of our wedding venue tours, the brides usually lay claim to the Red Cabin, which is the original cabin down by the lake.  After that, there is an awkward pause during which there is a token effort to plan where the groomsmen will be able to get ready.  In an effort to make things flow more smoothly, we’ve made an area to accommodate the groomsmen, complete with pool table and large screen TV!  It’s called the Watch House, mostly because it’s located right at the entrance of the same property so you can see who’s coming in.   It’s got a large parking area, and the view of Hanging Rock is fantastic.  The main indoor attraction is probably the game room, which contains the above pool table and television.  There are also 2.5 baths, a wood stove, a full kitchen, and beds for 6 (queen, queen, twins) – plenty of amenities to get ready in a relaxed, comfortable environment. It’s also right in the middle of the blueberries and blackberries, which could make for some tasty pickings, in addition to frequent deer visits!

Hanging Rock Cabin, coming soon!

Event facilities

Set on the bank of a lake and also overlooking one of our favorite views of a meadow and creek on the property, the Big Barn is the main wedding venue at Luna’s Trail. Originally built as a pole barn, the venue has the rustic feel which fits in with the rest of the farm. However, it is equipped with heating, air conditioning, audio visual equipment, a portable stage, portable dance floor, 4 bathrooms and 3 separate fireplaces, including a large fire pit on the back patio. Fans and space heaters are available as needed. The venue offers a brand new caterer’s kitchen, with top of the line equipment to accommodate your caterer’s needs. There are smaller areas for more intimate gatherings, but there is enough space to accommodate 300 people. The richness of the warm, wooden indoor area, along with the uniqueness of the tin ceiling within the covered patio, create a venue with an elegant, vintage appeal.

Luna’s Trail Farm is located at 1155 Wilson Farm Road in Westfield, NC. Visit their website at www.lunastrail.com.

Call 336-351-2052 for more information and/or reservations.