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FOCUS SWIMSUIT & SUMMER GUIDE 2011

We Hope You Have A Great Summer!

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ART

Annual Art in the Park 6/11; 7/16; 8/13; 9/10 & 10/1/11, 10am-5pm. American Legion Grounds, Blowing Rock. A juried art & craft show featuring 100 artists. (828)295-7851 www.blowingrock.com

Downtown Hickory Art Crawl 9/15/11, 5:30-9pm. The Art Crawl is held twice a year & features local artists showcasing their talents in downtown businesses. Over 20 businesses hosted artists last year. A map is provided & participants are welcome to browse the artwork, enjoy refreshments & meet with the artists. Artwork is available for sale. (828)322-1121

CAR SHOWS

Corvette Auto Show 5/28/11 10am-6pm. 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson, NC. Display your beautiful Corvette on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards! Free Admission. (336)366-4724 www.sheltonvineyards.com

Volkswagen Car Show 8/12-8/13/11 Cherokee braces for a Beetle infestation. No, not bugs, but VW Bugs. Volkswagen devotees make their way to Cherokee for the 3rd annual VW Show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds where Volkswagens of all makes & models will be on display. Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center - (800) 438-1601

Big Rigs Antique Truck Show 10/14-10/16/11 for the 5th Annual Big Rigs & Antique Trucks Show, in Cherokee, NC, where truck enthusiasts of all types gather to show off their custom & original truck restorations, trade stories & ideas, compete for prizes & raise money for The Hope Chest for Women, which provides educational resources & limited financial assistance to women in Western NC with breast & gynecologic cancer. This family-friendly event takes place at the peak of the colorful fall leaf season on the Qualla Boundary at a new location this year, the old Cherokee High School at 1501 Acquoni Rd. More than 150 trucks to be on display. Models range from the antique to the working class, including pickup trucks, semis, dump trucks, & more. Anyone with a real working or antique truck may register. Parts & swap meet vendors & food displays will also be available at the show. For all trucks approved for display, the registrant & a guest will receive free admission. Gates open 9am-5pm. Fri & Sat, 9am-12pm Sun. Admission $5; children 12 & under FREE. Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center (800) 438-1601 www.aths.org

FAMILY

Valdese Trail of Faith Founders Weekend Celebration 5/27-5/28/11

5-9pm. Held at the Waldensian Trail of Faith in Valdese, NC. Valdese Trail of Faith Founders Weekend is fun for the entire family! This event will include Civil War re-enactment, bluegrass & gospel music plus plenty of food. (828)874-1893 www.WaldensianTrailOfFaith.com

Founder’s Day Festival at the Trail of Faith 5/27/11 Live Music, Civil War Reenactments, Food, Antique Farm Equipment Displays. www.waldensiantrailoffaith.org

Ole Smoky Spring Farm Fest 6/3-6/4/11 8am-5pm. Free. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, Maggie Valley, NC. Antique Tractor show, parade & more. (828) 627-6844

Asheville Downtown Galleries Art Walk 6/3/11 5-8pm. Take a self-guided tour & explore the diversity of art in downtown Asheville. (828) 258-0710 www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org

Scotty’s Annual Catfish Tournament 6/3-6/4/11 5pm-8am. This is a night rod & reel catfish tournament with 80% payback. Shove off at 7pm & return 8am for weigh in of catch. Most weight of 3 fish wins. All fish must be alive to be weighed & returned back into lake. Cost $50 per boat to enter. 1st place will receive a trophy & 50% payback. 2nd place will receive a trophy & 20% payback. 3rd place will receive a trophy & 10% payback. Big Anson boat landing, Blewett Falls Lake, Lilesville, NC. (704)848-8764 www.discoveranson.com

7th Annual Dan River Poker Paddle Run 6/4/11 8am-5pm. Come visit us for the 7th Annual Dan River Poker Paddle Run. Live music & a chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery on the Dan River. Paddle or float at your own pace along a 6.2 mile stretch of the river. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Entry fee $25.00 per person includes shuttle, t-shirt, lunch, dessert & door prizes. Live music & crafts all day. 1110 Flinchum Rd. Danbury, NC. Admission: $25. www.visitnc.com

9th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival 6/4/11 9am-4pm. The finest in hand-crafted pottery from the Triad & southern Virginia. Over 100 potters. Demonstrations & door prizes. Former Goodwill Store, Kingsway Plaza, King’s Hwy, Eden, NC. Free admission. (336) 623-7789 ext 3021 www.edenspecialevents.com

National Hollerin’ Contest 6/18/11 11am-6:30pm. Spivey’s Corner Volunteer Fire Department Spiveys Corner, NC. Created to honor a historic method of communication in the rural South, this festival is nationally known for its crowd-pleasing (& sometimes ear-splitting) hollers that contestants deliver during the contest. Free admission. The winner of the contest often goes on to a guest appearance on national late-night talk shows. Crafts, exhibits & games, t.Country, gospel & bluegrass music. (910) 567-2600 www.hollerincontest.com

Summer Fiber Retreat 7/15-7/17/11 Enjoy three spectacular days of more than 35 vendors with a variety of over 70 classes/workshops & free demonstrations. Artist & vendors from all over the United States will feature workshops in felting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crocheting & much more. No entry charge for the retreat, pay only for classes taken. Located in the Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville, NC. Admission free.Contact: Kim Gough (828) 633-2500 www.friendsandfiberworks.com

64th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands 7/21-7/24/11 Thurs-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Asheville Civic Center Asheville, NC. Admission: $7 w/ children under 12 free with an adult. Group discounts available. The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been an eagerly anticipated event in the mountains since 1948, showcasing the rich diversity of original crafts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit organization with over 900 members throughout the mountain region. (828) 259-5544 www.southernhighlandguild.org

2011 Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Schedule Wachovia Parking Lot at 7pm Each Friday. Valdese Local Merchants will have extended hours every Friday Night. Celebrate the Summer with the Town of Valdese! 6/3/11 The Neighbors (Bluegrass) www.myspace.com/theneighborspage. 6/10/11 Tone Blazers (Variety) www.facebook.com/ToneBlazers. 6/17/11 Jon Pons & Friends followed by: Ginny McAfee (Folk & Country) 6/24/11 Lowdown (Country/Country Rock). 7/1/11 Independence Day Celebration-Too Much Sylvia (Variety) followed by Fireworks Display. 7/8/11 Three Mile Creek (Bluegrass) followed by: Moore Brothers (Bluegrass). 7/15/11 Sweet Revenge (Variety). 7/22/11 Kayne Kreek (Variety). 7/29/11 To Be Announced. 8/5/11 The Harris Brothers (Variety) www.theharrisbrothers.com. 8/12-8/13/11 Waldensian Festival Weekend. 8/19/11 Strictly Clean & Decent (Bluegrass, Country & Celtic Swing) www.strictlycleananddecent.com. 8/26/11 Corley & Hogan (Variety) www.visitvaldese.com

Cherokee Powwow 6/24-6/26/11 Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. A three-day explosion of authentic Indian dancing, drumming & tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Cherokee Welcome Center (800) 438-1601

Southeastern Tribes Cultural Arts Celebration 9/16-9/17/11 Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, Cherokee, NC. The 6th annual Southeastern Tribes Cultural Arts Celebration will bring together master dancers, craftsmen, artists & athletes from the five main southeastern tribes - Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Seminole & Choctaw. This educational & entertaining event teaches & perpetuates the history & culture of these tribes through live demonstrations of traditional tribal dance, storytelling performances, craft demonstrations, primitive skills encampment & juried competitions. Encampment demonstrators will set up living history exhibitions & illustrate primitive survival skills used by tribes in the 1700s & 1800s, such as building bark huts, cooking, fire-making, flint-knapping & carving arrowheads. Dancers from each tribe will explain the history & significance of each dance prior to exhibiting performances of Stealing Partners & the Bear & Quail dance, among others. The Stomp dance, a strong traditional dance of southeastern tribes, will be performed by the Mystic Wind Social Dancers & their entire community. The Warriors of AniKituhwa will perform age-old dances that have been resurrected using wax cylinder recordings - including the Cherokee War, Buffalo & Ant dances. More than 50 artists & craftsmen will be on hand displaying their indigenous talents. Master craftsmen from each tribe will provide live demonstrations of rivercane basket weaving, finger weaving with beads, mask making, stone & wood carving & stamped pottery. Artists will exhibit their works & participate in a juried art competition. Archery, blowgun & running contests will test the prowess of the best athletes & competitors from each tribe as they compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Other special events include Cherokee Stickball demonstrations. Two-day event offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the language, history, talents & culture of Indians from the main Southeastern tribes. This event is sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Cherokee Historical Association & the N.C. Arts Council. Contact Barbara Duncan, 828-497-3481 bduncan@cherokeemuseum.org. Contact: Museum of the Cherokee Indian (828) 497-3481

FAIRS

63rd Annual Summer Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands 7/21-7/24/11 & 10/20-10/23/11 10am-6pm Thurs-Sat, & 10am-5pm Sun. Asheville Civic Center, Asheville. Adults $8, children under 12 free. Group discounts available. The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been an eagerly anticipated event in the mountains since 1948. The fair showcases the rich diversity of original crafts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit organization with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. To become a member of the Guild, craftspeople must have their work juried & accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design & craftsmanship. (828) 259-5544 www.southernhighlandguild.org

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair 8/5-8/6/11 Burnsville, NC. People who have a true appreciation for traditional crafts know this fair. Historic downtown Burnsville. Whether you are looking for beautiful handmade quilts, pottery, woven baskets, or most any other handmade craft, a trip to the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair will be well worth your time. (828)682-7413 www.mtmitchellcraftsfair.com

65th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair 11/4/-11/6/11 10am-5pm. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Asheville, NC. The 65th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair is one of the oldest antiques fairs in the Southeast. Sixty-plus antique dealers from all over the country participate in the Fair the first week of August. The Fair also host an “Heirloom Rd Show” with expert evaluations of your personal antiques. Expert lectures on a variety of interesting subjects. Summer Garden Cafe with gourmet luncheon selections. Admission: $10 per person for a Run of Show ticket, good for all three days. www.ashevilleantiquesfair.com

39th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair 8/6-8/7/11 10am-7pm. Historic Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC. The fair hosted 125 artists from 18 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art & more. The craft fair is a great opportunity to encounter new artists (34 are first-time exhibitors) & to talk with crafters one-on-one. Most exhibitors are not represented at New Morning Gallery, so visitors are sure to find new treasures along with a few old favorites. www.biltmorevillage.com (828) 274-8788

Hickory American Legion Fair 8/31-9/5/11 Hickory, NC. Theme this Year: One Great County, One Great Fair (828)464-5433

Mountain State Fair 9/9-9/18/11 Fletcher, NC. FREE parking www.mountainfair.org

The Wilson County Fair 8/12-8/20/11 Wilson, NC (252)237-8443.

Cabarrus County Fair 9/9-9/17/11 Concord, NC (704)920-4751. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center.

64th Annual Chowan County Regional Fair 9/27-10/1/11 Edenton, NC (252)482-4057 American Legion Post # 40 Fairgrounds.

Dixie Classic Fair 9/30-10/9/11 The second largest agricultural Fair in NC, owned & operated by the City of Winston-Salem, NC. (336)727-2236 www.dcfair.com

FESTIVALS

Food Lion Speed St 5/26-5/28/11 Charlotte, NC. Food Lion Speed St transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte into a showcase of motor sports with non-stop entertainment on three stages, appearances by top Nextel Cup Drivers, dynamic exhibits for all ages & an amazing assembly of NASCAR show cars & simulators. www.600festival.com

11th Annual Mountain Sports Festival 5/27-5/29/11 Amboy Rd in Asheville, NC. Free. Pro & amateur athletes compete in mountain sports. Live music, food, demos at Festival Village. Email:info@mountainsportsfestival.com

Heritage Festival 5/27-5/28/11 Riverfront Park, Mitchell Street, in Bryson City, NC. Fri night entertainment is loaded with local talent featuring an emphasis on old time gospel. Sat entertainment, classic country & bluegrass, clogging, & Indian hoop dancing. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts & crafts, food, games for the kids, log-sawing contest & fun for the whole family. (828)488-0454. Email: partnership@zitomedia.net

Annual Aurora Fossil Festival 5/27-5/29/11 10am-5pm. 400 Main Street, Aurora, NC. Expanded food vendors, games for kids, amusement rides, classic car show, street vendors, local live entertainment, helicopter rides, a sanctioned “lawn mower” tractor pull, Sunday gospel service/ singing, & a street dance. Festivities include the ever-famous Fossil parade featuring local marching bands & the crowd favorite Shriner units Eastern NC along with floats & fun. 252-3224238 www.aurorafossilmuseum.com

White Squirrel Festival 5/28-5/29/11 Heart of Brevard Historic District in Brevard, NC. Running of the popular Squirrel Box Derby. Also back this year is the Brevard Rotary’s Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race. Free musical acts over two days. Voted “Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina” by readers of the Asheville Citizen Times. (828) 884-3278 www.brevardnc.org

11th Annual NC Wine Festival 5/28/11 at Tanglewood Park. 4061 Clemmons Rd in Clemmons, NC. The largest wine festival in North Carolina. Ticket provides tasting from all wineries, artist & crafter displays, great food choices & music all day featuring The Chairmen of the Board, The Band of Oz & The Plaids! Purchase wine by the glass & the case & stock up on all the North Carolina wines that you love. www.ncwinefestival.com get tickets now online or at Triad Harris Teeter customer service desks in May. (336)733-5836 www.ncwinefestival.com

18th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival 5/28-5/29/11 10am-6pm. Main Street from 6th Ave - Caswell St in Hendersonville, NC. The Garden Jubilee Festival offers over 200 vendors selling thousands of plants, arts & crafts, garden talks & clinics, garden accessories, & food. The festival covers 8 blocks of Main Street from Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street. Downtown from 10:00am-6:00pm both days. Memorial Day weekend. (828) 693-9708 www.historichendersonville.org

23rd North Carolina Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony 5/30/11 8am-5pm. Downtown Thomasville, NC. NC’s largest Memorial Day celebration. Festivities begin with a wreath laying ceremony (8-10am) at the Vietnam Wall on I-85, followed by a program downtown at the bandstand (9:30), parade (11:15) featuring military dignitaries & equipment. Parade ends at Cushwah Stadium, where at 1:30, All-American Parachute Team will perform. Military displays, free hot dogs & drinks (where available). (336) 239-2964 www.thomasvilletourism.com

First Friday Concert & Livermush Festival 6/3/11 7-9:30pm. Activities include music & a livermush cooking contest. Free. Main St, Historic Downtown Marion, NC. Contact: Freddie Killough Email: freddiek@verizon.net (828) 652-2215 www.mcdowellnc.org

NC Gold Festival 6/3-6/4/11 12-9pm, Old Fort, NC. Free. Annual event, featuring gold exhibits, gold mining techniques & demonstrations, treasure & scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts & crafts, raffles. (800)959-9033 www.ncgold.org

9th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival 6/4/11 9am-4pm. The finest in hand-crafted pottery from the Triad & southern Virginia. Over 100 potters. Demonstrations & door prizes. Former Goodwill Store, Kingsway Plaza, King’s Hwy, Eden, NC. Free admission. Contact: Cindy Adams Email:cadams@ci.eden.nc.us (336) 623-2110 www.edenspecialevents.com

Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival, 25th Annual 6/4/11, 11am-6:30pm. The Beach Music Festival hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is billed as the biggest & only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the NC coast. No carry-in alcohol or pets permitted. Beverages, including beer, are available. Ocean Front Beach Stage, Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. Email: gail@pleasureislandnc.org (910) 458-8434 www.pleasureislandnc.org

14th Annual Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show 6/4-6/5/11 10am-6pm. Free. Historic Downtown Black Mountain. Over 65 Juried Crafters/Artists. The purpose of the show is to promote the highest quality crafts. Enjoy food & cold drinks at the west end of town at The Old Depot. (828) 669-4814 www.olddepot.org

Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival 6/10-6/11/11, 10am-11pm. The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival is a nationally recognized, KCBS sanctioned BBQ Competition & Music Festival including the Foothills Crafts Fair with some of the finest regional artisans presenting their arts. Beach Bingo, Kiddee & Teen Parks & fireworks both nights, so there’s is something for everyone in the family. No pets, no coolers. Harmon Field, Tryon, NC. (828) 859-7427 www.blueridgebbqfestival.com

Washington Summer Festival 6/10-6/11/10 Washington, NC. Annual summer festival on the beautiful Pamlico River in Downtown Washington features music, arts & crafts, children’s entertainment, food & amusement rides! (252)946-9168 www.wbcchamber.com/events

16th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival 6/10-6/12/11 10am-5pm. Eden Fairgrounds Eden, NC. Honoring Eden’s legendary son, the Charlie Poole Music Festival is a three-day festival celebrating old-time string & bluegrass music indigenous to our area, & recognizing the importance of this music to our cultural heritage. (336) 623-1043 www.charlie-poole.com

13th Annual Edenton Music & Water Festival 6/17-6/18/11 Fri: 6:45pm & Sat 9-5pm. Edenton Harbor - South Broad St., Edenton, NC. Sunset paddle kicks off the event on Fri evening followed by a day on & off the water with paddling, sailing, activities for children, guided eco-paddles & music. (800)775-0111 www.edentonmusicandwaterfestival.com

NC Blueberry Festival 6/18/11 9am-9pm. Burgaw at the Pender County Courthouse Square Burgaw, NC. The Blueberry Festival, held yearly the third Sat. in June, celebrates the historical, economic & cultural significance of blueberries in southeastern NC. Headline entertainment, car shows, antique show & sale, 5K run/walk, Cape Fear Cyclists Fun Ride, children’s activities, arts & crafts, educational events, beer & wine garden, blueberries, baked goods, & much more. Entertainment includes Craig Woolard Band, Holiday Band, & The Band of Oz. A special Limited Edition signed & numbered print by renowned artist & Pender County native Ivey Hayes will be available for purchase. (910) 259-9817 www.ncblueberryfestival.com

NC Rhododendron Festival 6/18-6/19/11 10am-5pm (or until crowd has left). Long running festival celebrating the native rhododendron on Roan Mountain, NC. Featuring street festival, 10K run, street dance, fishing tournament, Miss Rhododendron Pageant, Car Show, Ducky Derby & more. Celebrating the 65th year. Downtown Bakersville, NC. Contact: Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Email: getinfo@mitchell-county.com (828) 688-3456 www.bakersville.com

Fun Fourth Festival Events, Greensboro: Freedom Run & Walk 6/25/11 8am. Kickoff Block Party 7/2/11 7-11pm. Parade & Street Festival, 7/4/11 9:30am-6:30pm. Pops Concert & Fireworks 7/4/11 7:30-10pm. Live music, vendors & great entertainment & fireworks at Jamieson Stadium at Grimsley High School, Greensboro, NC. Event is great for a family vacation! (336) 274-4595 www.funfourthfestival.org

NC 4th of July Festival Freedom Run 6/25/11 8am. The 31st Annual Freedom Run & Walk is a favorite event associated with the N.C. 4th of July Festival. It includes both a 5K & 1 mile fun run/walk. Local pottery pieces are given as awards. Waterfront Park, Bay St, Southport, NC. (910) 457-5578 www.southport-oakisland.com

Tickets on Sale Now for An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 27th Season 7/1-7/30/11 Season to Feature: k.d. lang, Chita Rivera & Ben Vereen, Mountain Heart with Tony Rice, The Manhattan Transfer, Outdoor Fireworks Concert with Dierks Bentley & more! ASU annual summer arts attraction, presents a diverse & unique mixture of music, dance, theatre, visual arts & film events & attracts over 26,000 visitors to the High Country each summer.One of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” per the Southeastern Tourism Society for its commitment to bringing a vast array of exceptional artistic talent & entertainment to the mountains while keeping ticket prices affordable. Tickets for festival events range in price & may be purchased by calling (800)841-2787 www.appsummer.org

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival 7/2-7/3/11 Cashiers, NC. (828)743-5191 www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com

Independence Day Festival & Parade 7/2/11 9am-10pm. Main Street Blowing Rock, NC. Downtown games, music & the Grandaddy of all small-town parades! (877)750-4636 www.blowingrock.com

Christmas In July Festival 7/2/11 9am-8pm West Jefferson, NC. Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Adventure & Fun for the Whole Family! (336)846-2787 www.christmasinjuly.com

Carrboro July 4th Celebration 7/4/11 Carrboro, NC. July 4th in Chapel Hill & Carrboro is a day-long celebration. The festivities start Carrboro’s July 4th Celebration. The morning kicks off with music & a patriotic costume contest. Then around 11am there’s a people’s parade featuring decorated bikes, wagons & walkers. The parade starts at on the lawn of Weaver Street Market & proceeds to Town Hall. Music in the afternoon & a fun zone with silly performances including the whistler of the year, a magic show & a pie eating contest. Watermelon seed spitting contest is a highlight. (919)918-7364 www.carrborojuly4th.com

Uncle Sam Jam 7/4/10 Music, Food, Rides & Games & fireworks. Oak Hollow Park, High Point, NC. $10 per carload. (336)883-3483 www.high-point.net

Red, White & Boom 7/1-7/4/11 Maggie Valley Festival Grounds (828)926-0866 www.blowingrock.com

NC 4th of July Festival 7/1-7/4/11 101 West Bay St, Southport, NC. The City of Southport has celebrated our nation’s independence for over 200 years & this year is no exception. Festival events include naturalization ceremony, parade, fireworks, over 100 arts & crafts booths, food vendors, 5K Freedom Run/Walk, parade, live stage entertainment, children’s entertainment & games, fireworks, Beach Day events such as sandcastle building, volleyball & Shag contests. Most events are free. The National 9/11 Flag, currently on a journey across America, will be making its only NC stop in Southport on Jul 3 & 4. The Flag will be featured at the Naturalization Ceremony, Parade, & Sea Notes Concert. The public is invited to participate in the flag stitching ceremony on Jul 4th, 2-6pm, Southport Baptist Church Christian Ministry Center. (800)457-6964 www.ncbrunswick.com

Independence Day Festival & Parade 7/2/11, 9am-10pm. Main St, Blowing Rock, NC. Downtown games, music & the Grandaddy of all small-town parades! (828) 295-5222 www.townofblowingrock.com

Blackberry Festival 7/10/11 Downtown Lenoir, 10am. In Caldwell County, blackberries are a part of every day life - children beg to go pick from the wild berries lining every bank. The North Carolina Blackberry Festival offers summer fun to all visitors - without the chiggers! www.caldwellcochamber.org

Franklin Folk Festival 7/15-7/19/11 Franklin, NC. A two-day celebration of our mountain way of life. From milking cows to shingle splitting to quilting, visitors will have the opportunity to experience what mountain life was like when Franklin was first established some 150 years ago. (828)524-2516 www.renewingfranklin.org

NC Peach Festival 7/16/11 NC Peach Festival is held every year on the third Saturday in July in the Town of Candor. The parade starts at 10am & the festivities take place in the park. Bring your lawn chairs & sit back & enjoy the local live entertainment. Lots of local peaches, peach ice cream & peach desserts. www.townofcandornc.com

Folkmoot USA 7/21-7/31/11 NC’s Official International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music & dance. The festival is headquartered at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, a former elementary school, in Waynesville, about 25 miles west of Asheville. (828)452-2997 www.folkmootusa.org

5th Annual High Country MusicFest 7/26-7/27/11 11am-10pm. 748 Roby Green Rd. Music Park is located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. (828)733-8060 www.highcountrybluegrassfestival.com

26th Annual NC Watermelon Festival 7/27-7/30/11 Look for MHA’s famous Hot Fudge Booth 7/28-7/30/11. Bingo night 7/28-7/29/11 will feature the Jefcoat Museum’s BBQ/Fried Chicken Dinner. Contact: Laurie Brook, Event Coordinator (252)398-7695. www.watermelonfestivalnc.com

Bele Chere 7/29-7/31/11 (pronounced Bell Cher) the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast, held in downtown Asheville. www.belecherefestival.com

2nd Annual Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival 8/12-8/13/11, 11am-10pm. Macon County Fair Grounds, Admission: $6. KCBS sanctioned, NC State Championship BBQ Contest. Come mingle with Professional Cookers from all over the US as they compete to win Grand Champion. Official BBQ competition & awards ceremony Sat. (828) 524-3161 www.franklin-chamber.com

Waldensian Festival 8/12-8/13/11 Valdese, NC. Since 1976, on the second Saturday in August, Valdese hosts an annual festival to celebrate the “Glorious Return” of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689. This celebration is mirrored around the world by other Waldensian communities. Waldensian Festival Weekend. Fri: Kick-off the Festival with an Antique & Classic Car Cruise in followed by Live Music by “Sweet Revenge” at 6pm & “The Tams” at 8pm. Sat: Enjoy Live Entertainment throughout the day featuring the “Fantastic Shakers” at 7pm. 9am-9pm the Festival will showcase craft, art, novelty foods from vendors from all around the region...children’s rides & more! There is still time to participate as a vendor in the 2011 festival. (828)879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

33rd Annual Sourwood Festival 8/13-8/14/11 Downtown Black Mountain, NC. There’s always plenty to see & do at Black Mountain’s annual festival. Enjoy great music & lots of fun & , of course, lots of great mountain cooking. (828) 669-2300 www.blackmountain.org

40th Annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival 8/13-8/14/11 Sneads Ferry, NC. Festival begins with a parade followed by two days of fun, fireworks & street dance on Sat night, top-notch entertainment, browsing the booths for local crafts & artwork & all the shrimp you can eat with over 16 food vendors. (910) 327-2690 www.sneadsferryshrimpfestival.com

Winterville Watermelon Festival 8/25-8/27/11 Held in downtown Winterville, the festival includes a womanless beauty contest, children’s entertainment, exhibits, watermelon eating & seed spitting contests, & musical entertainment. (252) 756-1068

28th Annual GoomBay! Festival 8/26-8/28/11, 2-6pm. Asheville, NC. GoomBay is an African-Caribbean festival, located in downtown Asheville, that lives up to its West African name, meaning rhythm or drum, with rhythmic sounds & colorful sights. Sponsored by the YMI Cultural Center. (828) 252-4614 www.ymicc.org

22nd Annual Labor Day Food & Wine Festival 9/2-9/6/11 Pinehurst, NC. Starting with a wine makers reception & dinner, there will be wine tastings, seminars & cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. “Day Package” on Sat open to anyone that includes wine tasting, lunch & cooking demonstrations. (910)235-8783 www.pinehurst.com

NC Apple Festival 9/2-9/5/11 Historic downtown Hendersonville (30-minute drive from Asheville) is the official home of the 64th Annual NC Apple Festival, a four-day celebration in honor of the NC Apple. The NC Apple Festival features a street fair on Historic Main St including continuous live musical entertainment, arts & crafts, apple products, children’s & youth activities, special exhibits & open houses, food, & , to top it all off, the King Apple Parade. Many individual events & entertainers throughout the festival. Held annually, during the Labor Day weekend. www.ncapplefestival.org

25th Annual Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival 9/2-9/3/11 Downtown Littleton, NC. Join us for this family oriented festival. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts & merchandise vendors, food vendors, a classic car show, barbecue cook-off & children’s rides. (252) 586-5711 www.littletonlakegastonfestival.org

Labor Day Beach Music Weekend 9/2-9/5/11 The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, Asheville, NC. Summer may be winding down, but the fun is still building at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spas annual Beach Music Bash. Enjoy the best of the beach in the coolness of the Western NC mountains!Entertainment throughout the weekend includes shag dance lessons, a Coastal Seafood Buffet overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains & lots of great beach music! (828) 252-2711 www.groveparkinn.com

10th Annual Heritage Walk & Festival 9/3/11 Historic downtown Murphy, & Konehete Park, Cherokee County, Murphy, NC. Step back in time with this celebration of Cherokee County- NC’s first, last, & finest place to be. All-day historic walking tours & a heritage festival celebrating area artists, crafters, growers, food, live stage entertainment, & more. All events are free & open to the public. (828)837-6821 www.heritagepartners.org

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival 9/9-9/10/11 Burnsville, NC. Novelists, poets, historians, playwrights, journalists & storytellers gather to read from & discuss their works. Multiple events happening simultaneously in venues throughout the town (all within walking distance). Events for kids on Saturday. FREE & OPEN to the public. (828) 682-4476 www.cmlitfest.org

Historic Morganton Festival 9/9-9/10/11 Morganton, NC. The festival generally brings in 40,000 to 50,000 attendees throughout the weekend from across the state as well as South Carolina & Virginia. The festival hosts two major music stages. City Stage performers are national acts featuring country & oldies. Stage II features local & regional bands & two “Zones” are designed for kids from infants to high school! Plus two more stages feature children’s entertainment & demonstrations from local performance groups. (828)438-5252 www.downtownmorganton.com

8th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ 9/9-9/10/11 Charlotte, NC. Blues, Brews & BBQ is a competition & festival that features blues music, an array of beer samples, & some of the best barbecue you will find anywhere. Interactive cooking demonstrations & contests are featured all day. This festival celebrates the best of the southern cuisine & southern music. Food, music, entertainment & more! (704)332-2227 www.bluesbrewsandbbq.com.

Bush Hill Heritage Festival 9/10/11 Archdale, NC. This festival was born in 1986 as the bicentennial celebration of the Quaker settling known as Bush Hill. (336)434-2073 www.bushhillfestival.com.

NC Turkey Festival 9/10-9/17/11 Raeford, NC. (910)904-2424 www.ncturkeyfestival.org

Ahoskie Heritage Festival 9/9-9/10/11, Ahoskie Recreational Center Ahoskie, NC. The sixth annual Ahoskie Heritage Festival has live bands, children’s rides, fireworks & food. Day one will be Fri, Sep 09, 6-11pm & feature Down Home Eating events such as a live music with the Pizzaz, craft vendors, childrens rides, & mouth watering food. Day two Sat, Sep 10, 10am-11pm will begin Ahoskie’s Most Beautiful Women with the annual 5k Fun Run followed by the antique tractor & vehicle & horse parade on Main Street.Lots music with the appearance of Katelyn Marks at noon, Navy Rock Band & Coastline & possibly conclude with 2008 American Idol Contestant “Band of Oz” starting around 7pm (fireworks at 9:15) ending around 11pm. (252) 332-5146 www.ahoskie.nc.org

57th Annual Macon County Agricultural Fair 9/15-9/19/11 Macon County Fair Grounds, Franklin, NC. 57 years of authentic agricultural fair featuring crafts, farm animals & festival foods. (828) 524-3267 www.franklin-chamber.com

Railfest 9/16-9/18/11 Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Bryson City, NC. All aboard for a full weekend of special train excursions, a Motor Car & equipment display, & a festival atmosphere complete with entertainment including railroad work songs, food, & arts & crafts. (828) 488-7000 www.gsmr.com

Annual Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure 9/16-9/18/11 No one puts Baby in a Corner ...& no one will ever forget the magic that Baby & Johnny shared on the dance floor. Channel your inner Baby or Johnny as we celebrate & raise money for dance & the arts in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop. A family-friendly weekend dance-packed from lessons & games to competitions & entertainers. Remember a treasured film, raise money for a noble cause & dance the night away! (877)625-2725 www.dirtydancingfestival.com

Benson Mule Days 9/22-9/25/11 Benson, NC. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts & crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, trail rides, parades, bluegrass shows & more. (919)894-3825 www.bensonmuledays.com

46th Annual Festival in the Park 9/23-9/25/11 Charlotte, NC. A fun- filled event designed to promote & stimulate interest in the arts. It provides the opportunity for all to see, hear, & learn from over 150 artists & crafts people who actively demonstrate & display their art. Nearly a thousand entertainers provide free ongoing performances at the main band shell & many stages surrounding it. (704)338-1060 www.festivalinthepark.org

Carolina in the Fall Music Festival 9/23-9/25/11 North Wilkesboro, NC. A Family Atmosphere Music Festival (336)667-5344 www.carolinainthefall.com

Kuumba Festival 9/24/11 Laurinburg, NC. (910)276-4345 www.kuumbafestnc.com

NC Spot Festival 9/24-9/25/11 Hampstead, NC. (888)699-9907 www.ncspotfestival.com

Carrboro Music Festival 9/25/11 Carrboro, NC. (919)918-7364 www.carrboromusicfestival.com

24th Annual NC Seafood Festival 9/30-10/2/11 Morehead City, NC. (252)726-6273 www.ncseafoodfestival.org

Autumn Jubilee 10/1-10/2/11 Salisbury, NC. Join in on all the fun & activities on Bringle Ferry Rd at Dan Nicholas Park. Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 45,000 plus visitors enjoy the this family fun festival. (704)216-7816 www.dannicholas.net

Carolina Renaissance Festival Oct: 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 & Nov: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. Davidson, NC. The festival is a medieval amusement park with staged theater, arts & crafts, & jousting. 10am-5:30pm (877)896-5544

9th Annual Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival 10/1/11 Charlotte, NC. Bring friends, family & picnic blankets to Symphony Park & enjoy a day on the lawn listening to favorite tunes while enjoying tasting hundreds of wines from NC. If you enjoy great food & the gourmet lifestyle, then you’ll really enjoy strolling the exhibits or taking in one of the wine & food seminars. hundreds of Wines, over 50 exhibits! (410)878-9900 www.triggeragency.com

Oktoberfest 2011 10/7-10/9/11 Downtown Hickory, Fri: 12-11:30pm. Sat: 10am- 11:30pm. Sun: 12-5pm. Oktoberfest, the most anticipated event in the Unifour area, is in its 25th year. This festival offers a weekend of family entertainment. Two stages will present non-stop musical entertainment. Kids will enjoy the Kidsfest area, offering amusement rides & games for a thrill for all ages. Artisans will be selling such items as beautiful pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, woodcrafts, etc. Commercial vendors sell a variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps. There are many food vendors located in the Food Court selling a variety of treats, goodies & great food. Oktoberfest also features the Castle of Cans—the Castle of Caring, which features canned food donated for distribution to the needy by area churches, civic organizations, businesses & individuals. (828)322-1121 www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

Woolly Worm Festival 10/15-10/16/11 Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 9am-4pm on the grounds of the Banner Elk Elementary School. Downtown Banner Elk, NC. Banner Elk welcomes more than 23,000 people to the community to make family memories & also to win the prestigious title of predicting the High Country weather & the chance to win the $1000 bounty.Over 140 food & craft vendors plus rides, musicians & dance teams. Returning vendors make worm houses & pins, face paint & the festival also include artists who do photography, pottery, stained glass & much more. Participants wishing to race their worm may register at 9:00 am & shortly after that races begin. 25 worms are in each heat, “but please come early as race entries fill up early.” says Director of the Chamber, Susan Freeman. Saturday’s winning Woolly Worm holds the esteemed honor of predicting the winter weather season & the Woolly Worm wins prize monies of $1000, which we hope the winning worm shares with its owner. Sunday’s winning Woolly Worm wins $500. The Avery County Chamber of Commerce (800)972-2183 www.averycounty.com

Autumn Leaves Festival 10/14-10/16/11 Mt Airy,NC. The Autumn Leaves Festival showcases Old-Time, Blue Grass & Gospel music performed by local musicians on the downtown stage; the unique arts & crafts of more than 170 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents & skills passed down through the generations.s “Food for the Soul”, ham biscuits, collards & cornbread, barbeque, hamburgers, ground steak & more served by local civic & other community groups. (800) 948-0949 www.autumnleavesfestival.com

Taylorsville Hometown Apple Festival 10/15/11 Taylorsville, NC. (828)632-2999 www.alexandercountyonline.com/applefestival/index.htm

LEAF Lake Eden Arts Fall Festival 10/20-10/23/11 Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. LEAF takes you around the cultural globe through music & you can zipline, trapeze, do yoga, SLAM, costume, camp, take workshops, kayak, shop & more. (828)686-8742 www.theleaf.org

MOTORCYCLES

Rally to Ridgecrest 5/27-5/30/11 Ridgecrest, NC. At the Ridgecrest Conference Center located at One Ridgecrest Drive in Ridgecrest. Rally opens at 8am on Fri & includes a police escorted parade ride through Black Mountain, guided rides on mountain roads, guest speakers, music & more. (800) 588-7222 www.lifeway.com/motorcyclerally

Ride for a Vet 5/28/11 Burnsville, NC. The ride starts on the Town Square in Burnsville. Registration 8am-12pm. Bikes will leave at 12pm in the first wave of the Memorial Day Parade. The ride fee is $15 per bike & $10 for a passenger. The ride ends with door prizes, 50/50 drawing & raffles. Food provided for all participants. All proceeds will benefit the Mount Mitchell Marine Corp League to help veterans who are unable to help themselves. (828) 675-5262, www.rideforavet.com

Sandhills Bikefest 5/28-2/30/11 Cameron, NC. The rally will be held at 2957 Cypress Chapel Road near Cameron. Gates open at 7am on the 28th. The event includes a poker run & bike show. Trophies will be given to winners of the bike show. Vendors, music, camping & more. (919) 777-6873 www.sandhillsbikefest.com

Hog Happenin’ 6/3-6/4/11 Fri: 6-10pm; Sat. 10am-6pm. Kansas City BarBQ cook-off, as well as motorcyclists from all over in attendance. Great food, vendors, bike show, bike games & poker run! (704) 736-8915 www.hoghappenin.org

Benefit Ride 6/4/11 Wilkesboro, NC. Ride starts at Crossroads Harley-Davidson in Wilkesboro at 11:30am. Proceeds from the ride will be used to help Veterans, with this year’s main recipient being Purple Heart Homes. www.cvmaride.com

1st Annual Pointe to the Children’s Home Bike Run 6/4/11 Concord, NC. The motorcycle ride starts at Crosspointe Baptist Church, 1175 Crosspointe Drive in Concord. Registration is at 8:30am & the ride leaves at 10am. $15 fee for each motorcycle. The first 100 to register will receive t-shirts. The ride will end with lunch, prizes & refreshments. Proceeds will benefit the Baptist Children’s Home. (704) 433-8132.

2nd Annual Operation Biker 7/23/11 Asheboro, NC. Ride starts at 1379 Union Church Road in Asheboro at 11 am. Registration 9-10:45am. Ride fee is $10 plus a donation of baby blankets, stuff animals, books, or toys. Meal is included at the end of the ride. The ride will help Project Night Night & Operation Tyson Toys. (336) 857-2322 www.orgsites.com/nc/2ndoperationbiker

2nd Annual Charlie Mike Memorial Ride 8/5-8/6/11 Lillington, NC. Ride starts at Veterans Memorial Park, 311 W. Cornelius Harnett Boulevard in Lillington at 11:30am. There is no charge for the ride but donations are accepted. The ride is a Iron Butt ride where riders will go 1000 miles in 24 hours. The Iron Butt Association will acknowledge all those that participate in this event. (910) 286-0184 www.nc.combatvet.org

Ultimate Big Pot Fun Run 8/13/11 Hickory, NC. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson. The ride starts at Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson in Hickory. Registration is at 10am & the last motorcycle will leave by 12pm. The ride fee is $20 for the rider or $30 with a passenger. The first 200 to register will receive a t-shirt. $1500 will be awarded for first place, $1000 for second, $500 for third. Proceeds will go to the South Mountain Christian Camp. (828) 202-6138, (828) 432-6498 www.ultimatebigpotfunrun.weebly.com

Dixie Steel Stampede 8/26/11 Whiteville, NC. The motorcycle rally will be held at Columbus County Fairgrounds in Whiteville. Gates open at 12pm. The event includes a bike show, bike games, a ride for Special Olympics & more. (910) 840-5207 www.dixiesteelstampede.com

Asheville Ride for Kids 8/28/11 Asheville, NC. Escorted ride starts at the Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road in Asheville at 9 am. Registration from 7-8:45am. Ride fee is a minimum donation of $35. All bikes are welcome. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® medical research & family support programs. (800)253-6530 www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids

Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally 9/9-9/11/11 Maggie Valley, NC, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. Gates open 11am & at 9am on Sat & Sun. Event includes tour rides, bike games, bike show, vendors, music & more. (828)246-2101 www.HandlebarCorral.com

5th Annual Carteret County Officer Down Memorial Ride 9/17/11 Morehead City, NC. Event starts at Carteret Community College, 3505 Arendall Street in Morehead City. Registration at 10:00 am & the ride leaves at 11am. $20 fee for the rider & $5 for a passenger. The escorted 70 mile ride ends with lunch, door prizes, 50/50 & a raffle. (631) 455-3924 www.bkncxviii.com

Biker Blues BBQ Rally & BBQ Classic 9/24/11 Salisbury, NC, Sponsored by Tilley Harley-Davidson. The event will be held at Tilley Harley-Davidson in Salisbury. The event includes a bike show beginning with registration from 12-2pm on Sat. $20 entry fee. The show will have 10 classes. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, & third place in each class. There is also a peoples choice award & best of show award. Also there’s a poker run with registration beginning at 8:30am. Proceeds will go to Godstock & Salisbury-Rowan Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #87. (704) 638-6044 www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com

A Show of Hands to Support Veterans 9/24/11 Asheville, NC. Motorcycle ride starts at the Veterans Quarters, 1329 Tunnel Road in Asheville. The first bike will leave at 9am with last bike leaving by 11am. Prizes will be awarded for best & worst hands. The ride ends with a motorcycle show with trophies.Music & barbeque. The ride will help homeless vets get back on their feet. (828) 551-2141.

Motorcycle Kickstart Classic 10/6-10/7/11 Maggie Valley, NC. Two-day ride starts at Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. The ride leaves at 10am and is open to all makes & models of motorcycles with kickstarters. Ride will end in Birmingham, Alabama around noon on Friday. www.aimag.com

MUSIC

Hickory Alive 2011 Every Friday Night in Jun & Jul, 7-11pm. Hickory’s Union Square will once again be filled with music, food, & beverages as Hickory Alive! prepares for another memorable season. The annual free event is held every Friday night in June & July in Union Square & features an array of local musical talent. Each night we will feature a local talent to open the show starting at 7pm. The main act will take the stage from 8pm until 11pm. This year’s band lineup: 6/3/11 Deacon Black (Classic Rock). 6/10/11 Baby Black Pop (Rock, & R & B). 6/17/11 Xerockx (80’s Glam Rock) & Hair Metal Jennifer Bagley. 6/24/11 The Newz (Rock & Pop) Steel Drum Class Performance with Rick Cline. 7/1/11 Chrome (Rock) African Drum Class Performance with Rick Cline. 7/8/11 King Biscuit Trio (Classic Rock) & DPA Wrestling. 7/15/11 Blind Vision (80’s & Pop). 7/22/11 Hyndsyte (Rock) 7/29/11 Band of Brothers (Rock) www.new.hickoryjaycee.com

Dance at the Alive After Five Concert Series Main St, downtown Lincolnton, comes alive the last Thursday of every summer month with regional bands playing on an outdoor stage. Food vendors, local restaurants, & a beer garden will be open. Lawn chairs are encouraged, but coolers are not allowed. Contact the Downtown Development Association: (704)736-8915 www.GoLocalLincolnton.org

Alive After Five Free Outdoor Concert Series 1st & 3rd Thurs of June & July 5:30-8:30pm. Uptown Shelby on the historic court square Shelby, NC. Live music on the court square, presented by the Uptown Shelby Association & its community partners. Food & beverage vendors on site, Uptown restaurants open late for dinner. (704) 484-3100 www.uptownshelby.org

Bluegrass Music Jam Every Thurs 7-9pm. Historic Marion Depot in Marion, NC. Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors (weather permitting), bring chairs or blankets. Free! 7-9pm. (828)652-2215 www.downtownmarion.org

Childress Vineyards: Live music in the Vineyards every weekend from May thru Oct 11am-3pm, weather permitting. Sit outside on the lawn and enjoy good music & fine wine. Come out to the winery, relax with the music & enjoy lunch & award-winning wines. Childress Vineyards Lexington, NC. (336)236-WINE www.childressvineyards.com

Biltmore Concert Series Asheville, NC. This year’s series has grown from a summertime event to one stretching from July thru Oct. In addition to the South Terrace, performances will be held at Biltmore’s newest event venue, Diana at Biltmore, an intimate setting on the vista overlooking Biltmore House. Stunning views of Biltmore House & the Blue Ridge Mountains from each site offer a perfect place to see a show under the stars. The Biltmore Concert Series line-up is: Natalie Grant with comedian Jeff Allen, 7/29/11 on the South Terrace. Michael W. Smith, 7/30/11 on the South Terrace. Smokey Robinson 8/5/11 on the South Terrace. Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers & Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – The Original Line-Up 8/11/11 on the South Terrace. Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas 8/12/11 on the South Terrace. The Beach Boys 8/27/11 on the South Terrace. Styx 9/3/11 on the South Terrace. Eddie Money 10/7/11 at Diana at Biltmore. The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute with Ed Sullivan 10/14/11 at Diana at Biltmore. The Chairmen of the Board & The Embers 10/21/11 at Diana at Biltmore. (866)336-1255 or visit www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/concerts.asp for ticket prices & booking. A variety of ticket, dining & accommodations packages are available for all of the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers & dates are subject to change.

87th Annual Singing on the Mountain 6/26/11, 8:30am-3pm. Grandfather Mountain MacRae Meadows. The “Singing” is a day-long gathering held out-of-doors in a meadow at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. & continues throughout the day, with a break at mid-day for the sermon. Many families bring lawn chairs & picnics & make a day of seeing old friends & enjoying performances by top Southern Gospel groups. The 87th annual Singing will be a memorial to two of the event’s great leaders: Singing Chairman Robert Hartley who passed away in May & Music Master Tony Greene who passed away in September Admission is free. Camping (with no hookups) available on a first come basis. (828)733-1333 www.grandfather.com

SPECIAL EVENTS

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial 5/27-5/29/11 8am-3:30pm, Fletcher, NC. The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina is hosting an American Kennel Club Dog (AKC) dog agility trial. Spectators are welcomed to attend & admission is free. Over 300 purebred dogs, from throughout the southeast, will compete at various levels of difficulty. (828) 687-1414 www.agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilit/agcenter/western

International International Collectibles & Antiques Show Metrolina Tradeshow Expo 6/2-6/5, Thurs-Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm. General Admission Thurs-Sun $5, Seniors $4, Children 16 & under FREE. 7100 Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC. (704)714-7909 www.icashows.com

Greater Hickory Pet Expo 6/4-6/5/11 Hickory. Show hours: Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket Information: adults: $6.00 ~ kids (6-15): $4.00 ~ 5 & under: FREE. Shop for & learn about common household pets & the products & services that are available to provide the utmost care for them. Entertainment, education, demonstrations & hands on activities! Groomers, veterinarians, rescue organizations, trainers, boarding/day care facilities, cages, bedding, aquariums, bakeries & so much more! Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory. (828)324-8600 www.ghpetexpo.com

Taste Of Charlotte 6/10-6/12/11, Fri, 11am-11pm. Sat, 11am-11pm. Sun, 11am-6pm. NC’s largest food festival is set to return for its 12th Year to the streets of uptown Charlotte. The event, which drew approximately 100,000 visitors last year, offers a mix of family entertainment, unique shopping, live music, kid’s activities, a wide array of specialty beer & fine wine & more than 100 menu items for sampling from a collection of Charlotte’s hottest restaurants. There is no cost for admission to Taste of Charlotte. Food samples can be purchased with festival coins. Planned attractions include Kid’s Interactive play areas with adventurous activities for children of all ages. An eclectic open air shopping experience featuring handcrafted original designs from home accents to custom jewelry. Tavern at the Taste Presented by Blue Moon Brewing Co.: A unique tavern offering a wide selection of wines, microbrews & specialty beers, as well as live music & a special dining area. Center Stage: Featuring regional bands playing your favorite 80’s, 90’s pop & country music. Plus local groups performing throughout the entire weekend including belly dancing, school performers & a variety show! Center City Charlotte. Admission is free. Tryon St (between MLK Blvd & 6th St), Charlotte, NC. (704)947-6590 www.tasteofcharlotte.com

Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament 6/10-6/18/11 The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is fished by around 100 competitors in substantial cash categories. Big Rock Landing, Morehead City, NC. Contact: Crystal Watters (252) 247-3575 www.thebigrock.com

Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Golf & Spa 6/6-12/11. A PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour golf tournament, returns to Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C., This weeklong event, which includes special events, attractions, & three days of fierce competition among golf’s greatest legends, is ideal entertainment for fans of all ages! Rock Barn Golf & Spa, 3763 Golf Dr, Conover. (828)459-4000 www.greaterhickoryclassic.com

Asheville Kennel Club AKC All Breed Dog Show, 6/10-6/12/11 WNC Agricultural Center Davis Arena, all-breed shows offer competitions for over 150 breeds & varieties of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, Fletcher, NC. (828)687-1414 or (828)258-4833 www.ashevillekennelclub.com

Garden To Host Second Worldwide Knit In Public Day 6/12/11 9am-3pm. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Knitters are invited to gather for the third year in celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day. Beginners can learn how to cast on (make their first stitch), while experienced knitters can learn a new stitch or just enjoy knitting with fellow enthusiasts. Plant-based yarns made from bamboo, corn starch, & even milk will be available to see & feel, as well as traditional fibers & their sources, such as sheep, alpacas, & angora rabbits! (Outside, of course!) Local business Things Remembered will have extra needles for those interested in learning to knit, along with other area knit shops. Stop by & knit something to benefit With Friends Maternity Home, North Carolinas first transitional living facility for homeless & pregnant teens. General Garden Admission Applies: Members free; Adults $12, Seniors (60 +) $11, Children 4-12 $6. 6500 S. New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC. (704)825-4490 www.DSBG.org

Animals’ Birthday Party 6/15/11 Grandfather Mountain, Linville, NC. Grandfather Mountain will host a birthday celebration for all of the animals in the park. Grandfather’s habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests as well as programming to honor & treat its furry inhabitants. 10am-2pm guests can participate in contest drawings in the Nature Museum & make birthday cards for the animals. A Behind the Scenes tour will provide an opportunity to see the animals in a unique way from 10:30am-12pm. Grandfather is offering the tour at a special birthday celebration cost of $30 per person. The tour takes participants beyond the overlooks of the Animal Habitats to see what it takes to care for the animals year-round. Participants must wear tennis shoes or hiking boots & make a reservation in advance by calling (828)733-8715 or registering in the Museum Gift Shop Jun 16. At 1pm visitors are invited to play a game of Quick Frozen Critters with the Habitat Staff in front of the Fudge Shop. 1-4pm free slices of birthday cake will be served in the Fudge Shop. 2:15pm winners of the contest drawings will be announced & prizes will be awarded in the Nature Museum. Immediately afterwards, guests are invited to the deer, cougar, otter & bear overlooks to watch the animals receive birthday enrichments. (800)468-7325 www.grandfather.com

Piedmont Paso Fino Assoc. Horse Show, 6/23-6/26/11 Asheville, NC. Piedmont Paso Fino Horse Association will celebrate the 29th Annual Piedmont Classic at Asheville ALIVE 2011 to be held at the Western NC Agriculture Center. The Paso Fino Horse eloquently combines Spanish heritage & American tradition to present “Los Caballos de Paso Fino” – the horses with the fine walk. Asheville ALIVE 2011 promises to provide something for everyone including intense competition, fantastic entertainment for families, a state-of-the-art facility for riders & premium hospitality & enhanced benefits for Exhibitors, Spectators, Sponsors & Vendors. Asheville ALIVE 2011 promises to be a invigorating & refreshing show of the Paso Fino Horse Show schedule. The four-day competition features the best riders from around the country, including past & present Grand National Champions competing for the prestigious honor of taking home the Blue Ribbons at Asheville ALIVE 2011. Contact: Jill Graff (828)228-5842 www.ashevillealive.com

51st Annual Antique Show & Sale 6/24-6/25/11 Times vary. Tickets: $7. Held in conjunction with the Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, this event features more than 40 booths of antiques & collectibles, as well as a gourmet Tea Room. Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, NC. Contact: Patricia Suggs (252) 728-5225 www.beauforthistoricsite.org

90th Annual Benson State Singing Convention 6/24-6/26/11 The oldest Southern gospel convention in the nation includes three days of gospel music. Friday night gospel sing; Sat & Sun will be competition days for amateur duets, trios, quartets, choirs, & family groups. Each event will have a professional host group in concert during the sing. www.gospelsingingconvention.org. Event times: Fri 7pm, Sat 10am-10pm & Sun 10am-6pm. Benson Singing Grove, Benson, NC. Contact: Danny Mack Holland (919) 894-4389 www.gospelsingingconvention.org

C & E Gun Shows 6/25-6/26/11 & 9/17-9/18/11 & 11/26-11/27/11 Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $8, Children 12 & Under w/ Adult - FREE. Sat admission good for both days! Hickory Metro Convention Center 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory. Hickory Metro Convention Center 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory. www.cegunshows.com

4th of July Celebration 7/4/11 Downtown Asheville. Pack Square Park 4th of July Celebration is an event for the whole family. Festivities start at 4pm & close with fireworks at 9:30pm. The day will feature live music from some of Asheville’s hottest bands along with a wide range of family activities and a variety of food from area vendors. www.romanticasheville.com

July 4th Celebration 7/4/11 Brevard, NC. 5K/10K Firecracker Run, organized by the Brevard Rotary Club. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. In 2011 Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its 39th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks & delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. Organized by the Transylvania Cruisers, entertainers like Elvis & the Blues Brothers have been known to show up & croon while you swoon over these classic beauties. Contact: Jerry Arnold (828)884-3670 www.brevardnc.org

July 4th Celebration 7/4/11 Waynesville: The Stars & Stripes Celebration runs from 11am-3pm along Main St with music & sidewalk sales. www.romanticasheville.com

4th Celebration 7/4/11 Marion, NC. Parade 6pm–Main Street. Music/Street Dance-Main Street 7pm. Fireworks: Recreation Department Ballfield 9:45pm. Free. Marion, NC. (828) 652-2215 www.downtownmarion.org

8th Annual Wild Horse Days 7/5-7/7/11, 11am-6pm. Historic Corolla Village & Corolla Light Town Center Corolla, NC. Bring the whole family for food, music, wine tasting, wild horse training, pony rides, huge silent auction, kids’ activities, pet-a-mustang, photo contest & so much more! All proceeds benefit the care & management of the wild horses. (252) 453-8002 www.corollawildhorses.com

2011 Bookmarks Festival Of Books 9/10/11 10am-5pm. In The Downtown Arts District in Winston-Salem, centering on Trade and Sixth Streets. District Bestselling Authors Among Those Committed To Attend. Winston-Salem, NC. www.bookmarksbookfestival.org

Hiddenite Celebration 9/24/11 Hiddenite, NC. Enjoy all-day Entertainment from four stage areas. Storytelling, clogging, dance theatre, quartets, gospel music, steel drum band & more. Learn about our past in the Folklife Pavilion. Demonstrations of folk life and folk art forms are presented throughout the day. Children’s face painting, clowns, balloon sculpting, games & prizes, moon walk & more.Enjoy food and snacks from a variety of vendors. Greek specialties, fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, pit cooked chicken...yum, yum. Arts & crafts vendors. (828)632-6966 Email: info@hiddenitecenter.com

Asheville Quilt Guild Annual 9/30-10/2 WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd Fletcher, NC. (Just off I-26 across from the airport.) 2011 Theme: Once Upon a Quilt--The Stories our Quilts Tell”www.ashevillequiltguild.org

THINGS TO DO

Antique Vending Company 24 South Main Street #2 Granite Falls NC; open by appoitment only, free admission. Antique vending showcases one of the world’s largest vintage soda machine collections. This expanding museum has over 1,000 soda machines dating back to the 1920s, including one of the original 1925 Coca-Cola vending machines (even Coke headquarters in Atlanta doesn’t have this machine). Visitors can browse the museum while listening to the jukebox & enjoying a cold glass bottle soda dispensed free from one of the machines on display. Adjoining the museum facility is Club Cola, a banquet hall that can be rented for parties with all the old-fashioned bottle soda you can drink. Phone: (828) 962-9783 www.antiquevending.com

Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum 107 Falls Ave, Granite Falls, NC. Operated by the Town of Granite Falls, this museum is housed in the historic home of Andrew Baird, one of the town’s original founders. The restored house dates back to the 1790s & is the oldest structure in Granite Falls. The museum features local transportation memorabilia & Granite Falls history. Free admission. Hours: Sat 10am-4pm & Sun: 2-4pm. (828) 396-2792 or (828) 396-3131

Hudson Railroad Depot Museum 550 Central St Hudson, NC. This renovated depot was originally built around the turn of the 20th century & was used as a train station until the 1970s. The museum provides memorabilia pertaining to the Town of Hudson including the history of the Hudson Depot. On exhibit is a restored 1912 Wood-Sided Rear Cupola Caboose furnished with railroad artifacts. Free admission. Hours: The museum is open during special events & by appointment. (828) 728-8272

The North Carolina Transportation Museum The Museum That Moves You. The NC Transportation Museum is a window to the history of transportation innovation & its effects on the state. A family-friendly place filled with interesting exhibits & special events, the museum is a source of education & fun for young & old. Year-round, there’s plenty to see & do. Bring your children to a Day Out With Thomas™. Take a ride on the train or turntable. Go on a scenic autumn excursion or participate in special Halloween & Christmas festivities. Museum hours & train ride schedules are seasonal. 9am–5pm Mon–Sat & 1–5pm Sun. There is no admission fee for museum exhibits. Train Ride Schedule: Thurs & Fri 11am, 1 & 2pm; Sat 11am, 1, 2 & 3pm; Sun 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Train Ride Prices: Adults $6, Children (ages 3–12), $5, Seniors (ages 60+) $5, Children 2 & under FREE. 411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC. (704)636-2889 www.nctrans.org

Carolina Aviation Museum Charlotte, NC. Spread your wings & soar! We invite you to look around our web site to get a sampling of all you & your family have to see at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Our collections of aircraft, helicopters, equipment, gadgets & printed material cover years of aviation history & accomplishments. Our interactive displays are especially attractive to the younger visitor...but we have noticed aircraft buffs of all ages climbing into the pilot’s seat. Located adjacent to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, so your visit will include watching all types of commercial & private aircraft land & takeoff. The excitement of feeling the power of the big jets taking off is sure to be an experience all visitors will remember. Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm & Sat: 10am-5pm & Sun: Closed. Admission: Adults: $11, Seniors: $9, Students & Active Military with ID: $7, Children under 6: Free. Discounts for groups of ten or more with advance reservation. (704)359-8442 www.carolinasaviation.org

Mountain Music in Old Fort Every Friday evening at 7-11pm Since 1986, folks have gathered to hear & play bluegrass & traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome & coffee & sodas are still just a quarter! Located in the Rockett Building on Main St, Downtown Old Fort. A variety of performers, not only from surrounding counties, but also surrounding states, even from merry old England they come to entertain you weekly. From as few as three to as many as eight bands play for us every Friday. Bands play for 30 minutes, then a new band takes over. Free, donations gladly accepted. (828)668-9891 www.oldfort.org

The NC Zoological Park, Asheboro. With more than 500 acres in its African & North American continental regions, is a place of wonder & discovery. It is the country’s largest & finest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo. This means that the animals & plants in its exhibits are seen in settings that closely resemble the habitats in which they would live in the wild. (800)488-0444 www.nczoo.org

Wet‘n Wild Greensboro, NC. The largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun & have fun. Over 36 rides & attractions for all ages from tots to seniors. It’s family friendly & the young kids will have a great time in Splash Island & Happy Harbor. Wet‘n Wild Emerald Pointe offers an abundance of lounge chairs & shaded areas. All Day Splash - 48 Inches & Over $33.99, All Day Splash Junior - under 48 inches $22.99, All Day Splash Senior - 55 & older $22.99 & 2 & under are free. (800)555-5900 www.emeraldpointe.com

Battleship USS NC - Standing with quiet dignity & majesty across from historic downtown Wilmington, the Battleship NC beckons visitors to walk her decks & envision daily life as well as fierce combat situations that her veterans faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Admission Prices: Adult - 12 & over $12, Seniors (65 & older) $10, Military (active duty or retired with military ID card) $10, Child 6-11 $6, Child-5 & under Free, ADA $6, Child ADA $3 ADA Staff needed to assist - Free (up to 1 per client) (910)251-5797 www.battleshipnc.com

NC Aquariums - Located on Roanoke Island Pine Knoll Shores & Fort Fisher, the Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, & conservation of the diverse natural & cultural resources associated with NC’s ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, & other aquatic environments. Adults 13-61: $8, Seniors 62 & over: $7, Children 3-12: $6, 2 & under: FREE. www.ncaquariums.com

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels & 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a variety of excursions that explore the amazing landscape of Western NC. With the romance & mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys & through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains. For rates & schedule: (800)872-4681 www.gsmr.com

Day At The Farm - Day At The Farm is the site of a 150 year old Craven County farm. Located in Cove City, NC, the farm offers picnic areas, nature trail, animal feeding, an ice cream parlor, maze, guided tours & more. (252) 514-9494 www.adayatthefarm.com
Ride the South Fork Catawba River Rail Trail A relatively flat trail along the South Fork Catawba River, this trail offers views of floodplain forests, a bald cypress swamp, rock outcrops & wildflowers to bikers & pedestrians. 2677 Laboratory Rd. www.catawbalands.org

Tour the vineyards & sample wine at Woodmill Winery Watch the process of muscadine wine being made from the five acres of vines to the bottling area & wine cellar in the winery’s basement. 1350 Woodmill Winery Lane, Vale, NC. (704)276-9911 www.woodmillwinery.com

Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, or Christmas tree. Juicy strawberries or blackberry & strawberry cider available at Lineberger’s Berry Hill Farm (704)748-1488. Sweet blueberries or Christmas trees available at Helms Christmas Tree Farm (704)276-1835 www.helmschristmastreefarm.com

The New Andy Griffith Museum Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, NC is home to the new Andy Griffith Museum with the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia collected by his friend Emmett Forrest. The collection features hundreds of items from the life & career of Andy Griffith in movies, television & music as well as a variety of memorabilia. There are actual props from The Andy Griffith Show & Matlock given by Andy Griffith himself. The museum also includes items donated by cast members from The Andy Griffith Show as well as a special section on the career of actress & current Mount Airy resident Betty Lynn. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 11:am-4:pm, Sun 1:30-4:30pm. Closed holidays. A minimum donation of $3 per person required for admission to the Andy Griffith Collection. Children 12 & under will be admitted free of charge. The Andy Griffith Museum & Collection is located at The Andy Griffith Playhouse & Surry Arts Council. The Andy Griffith Playhouse is also home to the TV Land Landmark the Andy & Opie Statue. Admission: $3 a person & Children 12 & Under are FREE. (800)286-6193 www.surryarts.org

Pilot Mountain State Park 1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd, Pinnacle, NC (336) 325-2355. Approach from any direction & see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Fun, from relaxation to exhilaration, is easy to find here. Treat yourself to a horseback ride through the woods or challenge the river from raft or canoe. A five-mile woodland corridor joins two sections of the park, each section offering a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun. The mountain segment, which includes the two pinnacles, contains most of the visitor facilities. The more primitive river section centers around the lazy, meandering Yadkin River. Park Hours: Nov-Feb, 8am-6pm, Mar & Oct, 8am-7pm, Apr, May, Sep, 8am-8pm, Jun-Aug, 8am-9pm. Closed Christmas Day, Park Office Hours 8am-5pm weekdays. Closed state holidays www.ncparks.gov

Squad Car Tours Mt, Airy, NC. Open Mon-Sat (Jan-Dec) Open On Sun (July-Sep) No visit to Mayberry is complete without a ride in Mayberry’s Squad Car. Located at Wally’s Service Station. Cruise on over to Andy’s home place then ride in Mayberry style down Main St past Floyd’s Barbershop & Snappy Lunch. Your personal tour of Mayberry Awaits you-climb on in. Cost: $30 for a Car-load. The Car can hold up to 5 people in the car. Location: Wally’s Service Station, 625 S. Main St, Mount Airy, NC. Please call ahead to reserve your squad car tour: (336)789-OPIE or www.tourmayberry.com

Tour Floyd’s City Barber Shop Mt. Airy, NC. Open for tour: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri. 7am-5pm. Sat 7am–3pm, Sometimes on Thurs, but never on Sunday! (336) 786-2346 Floyd’s City Barbershop-free admission-but a hair cut will cost you! Location: Historic Downtown, 129 N. Main St, Mount Airy, NC. Russell Hiatt has cut Andy Griffith’s Hair BEFORE! www.visitmayberry.com

Land Of Waterfalls Brevard & Transylvania County, NC A place where 250 waterfalls & countless streams have taken centuries to patiently carve the very faces of these mountains. Local bluegrass jams coexist along virtuoso performances by some of the greatest classical musicians of our time. A temperate rain forest supports some of the rarest plant & animal species on the planet and a pair of white squirrels, on the lam from a traveling carnival in the 1950’s, started a family that now spans generations. In short, it is a place like no other on earth. Welcome to the Land of Waterfalls. A world apart. www.visitwaterfalls.com

The Mint Museum Providing innovative educational experiences is at the core of The Mint Museum’s mission. Experience Art through Programs & Events! Having two locations provides our visitors with twice as much to see & do. The Mint Museum & their affiliate groups organize a variety of programs & events throughout the year. Education programs are designed to enhance the permanent collections & temporary exhibitions at both locations, while events mix social interaction with informal art appreciation. Lectures & demonstrations provide a window into the themes, cultural history & techniques of art. Classes sharpen minds as well as skills in art & craft media. The Mint Museum welcomes families, children, adults & seniors, offering gallery guides, touchable objects, hands-on workshops & Family Days that enable participants to connect to art & to each other. (704)337-2000 or by mail at: Mint Museum of Art 2730 Randolph Rd Charlotte, NC. Mint Museum of Craft + Design 220 North Tryon St Charlotte.

Discovery Place From bears to beakers, there’s something for everyone at Discovery Place & Charlotte Nature Museum. Mon-Friday 9:30am-4pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre has multiple shows daily. (800)935-0553 www.discoveryplace.org

Hickory Crawdads LP Frans Stadium 2500 Clement Blvd NW Hickory,NC (828) 211-3000 http://hickory.crawdads.milb.com

U.S. National Whitewater Center Charlotte. The USNWC is only 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte & provides over 300 acres of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors & casual observers share this world-class sports & training center. Inspired by the successful Penrith Whitewater Stadium built for the 2000 Olympics & the stadium built for the 2004 Athens Games, the USNWC is the world’s only multi-channel recirculating whitewater river. The USOC has designated the USNWC an official U.S. Olympic Training Site. The national governing body for the sport, USA Canoe & Kayak (USACK) has also designated the Center as its new home. The USNWC hosts World Cup competitions & Olympic Trials, & serves as the home of international Olympic athletes. www.usnwc.org


SOUTH CAROLINA

FESTIVALS

Freedom Weekend 5/27-5/30/11 Simpsonville, SC. This annual event offers attendees a family-oriented, affordable & fun-filled weekend which includes: more than 80 hot-air balloons, concerts, frisbee dog competitions, rides & games, fireworks, music, great food & much more. (864)399-9481 www.freedomweekend.org

Sun Fun Festival 6/4/11 Myrtle Beach, 8-day event includes kids’ zone, celebrity meet-and-greets, national jet ski championships, fireworks. Enter your convertible in the 1st Annual Sun Fun Myrtle Beach Convertible Car Show. Judging by independent judges & other car enthusiasts for cash & door prizes & other great Myrtle Beach discounts. Only $30 Registration Fee-A minimum of 80% of registration proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation® of South Carolina. www.grandstrandevents.com

The Party In The Pines 6/9-6/11/11 Whitmire SC. A 3-day festival held in Whitmire, S.C. 23rd year. For three days the Whitmire Jaycees will close Main Street for fun & frolic for the young & young-at-heart. The festival attracts thousands of people from surrounding counties to this small town of less than 2000. One thing that sets this festival apart from others is that it is strictly an evening event. Hours: Thurs: 6-11pm. Fri: 6pm-midnight. Sat: 4pm-midnight. Street dances, Parade Sat 4pm. Lots of food, Arts & Crafts, Live Entertainment Each Night. Thurs night Gospel In The Streets,Thurs unlimited carnival rides for one price, Fri night street dance features Greg Knight & Long Road Home at 8pm. Belly Dancers Fri at 7pm. Sat street dance features Billy Scott & The Party Prophets at 8pm. www.angelfire.com

Mighty Moo Festival 6/15-6/18/11 Cowpens, SC. A four-day event that boasts street dances, a golf tournament, a baseball game, an arts & crafts sale, carnival rides, fireworks, & a parade. The festival is a time for the townspeople to celebrate their history & to honor the veterans & crewmen of the USS Cowpens CVL 25 & the USS Cowpens CG63. www.cowpensmightymoo.com

41st Annual Ridge Peach Festival 6/18/11 9am-5pm. Trenton, SC. The Fort Gordon Military Band will lead the parade again this year & kick off the festival with a wonderful park concert. 100 arts & crafts, antiques, Carnival Rides & inflatables, fresh Titan Farm peaches, homemade peach preserves, jams, & jellies at the Country Store. Parade comes thru at 10:30am. Hands-on demonstrations, such as spoon carving & blacksmiths, Softball Tournament too. Peaches, Unique Crafts, An awesome Parade, Vendors, Delicious Homemade preserves & jellies. The event is on level ground & shuttles will run all day from the parking area to the park. Bring your family, but leave your pets at home. www.ridgepeachfestival.com

Hampton County Watermelon Festival 6/18-6/26/11 Hampton, SC. The Festival’s 69th Year Theme is “Honoring Teachers.” Festival highlights: Lake Warren State Park Family Fun Day, Youth Parade, Pet Show, Mud Run, Watermelon Eating Contest, Watermelon Judging Contest, a Melon Miss pageant for all ages, the big Miss Coastal & Miss Teen Coastal Empire Pageants, arts & crafts displays, a Taste of good Hampton County Food, plus variety of musical entertainment, and one of the largest parades in the state! www.melonfest.org

South Carolina Festival of Discovery 7/7-7/9/11 Greenwood, SC. Discover what rural America is all about during the award-winning South Carolina Festival of Discovery, in beautiful Uptown Greenwood. Enjoy the weekend rubbin’ elbows with the BEST barbeque cooks from across the country, while listening to the rich sounds of the blues. Festival features fun for the entire family including a Barbecue & Hash Cook-off, a “Blues Cruise,” & much more. www.festivalofdiscovery.com

Beaufort Water Festival 7/15/11 Beaufort, SC. 10-day event includes music, air show, Blessing of the Fleet, sporting events, crafts, dances, food. www.bftwaterfestival.com

Pageland Watermelon Festival 7/15-7/17/11 Downtown Pageland, SC. Large Sat. morning parade. Savor the delicious variety of foods as the beautiful wares of the crafters lure you. Children will enjoy a variety of events throughout the day at the Children’s Stage located in Moore’s Park. Old fashioned seed spittin’ & watermelon eatin’ contests for all ages. Pageants will be held the weekend before the festival, with divisions for adults, teens, youth & children. This will allow the winners to enjoy the festival with us the following weekend. Classic car & motorcycle show & a rodeo. Gather with us to enjoy the company of friends & visitors at the end of each day, & take in the music & entertainment of live bands. www.pagelandwatermelonfestival.com

Little Mountain Reunion 8/5-8/6/11 Little Mtn., SC The first Little Mountain Reunion was held in 1882 making it one of the oldest folk festivals in South Carolina. Bring the whole family out for two days packed with fun & entertainment including a parade, carnival rides & games, an 8K run, & more. www.littlemountainreunion-org

South Carolina Peanut Party 8/12-8/13/11 Fri; 5am-11pm; Sat 8am-11pm. 951 Pine St. Pelion Sc 29123; Pelion Community Center, across from the fire station & next door to Shumpert’s IGA. No gate fees. Palmetto Amusement Ride costs: armbands ($15).Pelion-bands, carnival rides, parade, peanut butter sandwich eating contest, lots of boiled peanuts. www.scpeanutparty.com

MOTORCYCLES

Atlantic Beach Bike Festival 5/27-5/30/11 Atlantic Beach, SC. The event will be headquartered at Town Center 30th Ave & South Ocean Blvd in Atlantic Beach but various activities will take place around the Myrtle Beach Grand Stand area. The official opening time is 12pm May 27. Activities will include drag racing, organized rides, custom bike show, poker runs, music & more. Trophies & awards will go to the bike show winners. There is also awards for winners in the drag races. The event it open to all types of riders, & all races. (202) 492-7909 www.blackbikeweek.us

Cruisin’ Cause We Care 6/18/11 Spartanburg, SC. Begins at Mid-City Shrine Club,1470 Fort Prince Boulevard in Wellford, SC. Registration 8:30am & all bikes leave at 10am. Ride fee $25 for the rider or $40 with a passenger. The fee includes a meal. Participants my pre-register by Jun 10 & receive a t-shirt. The 100 mile police escorted ride will travel through Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties with two rest stops. The ride will raise money & awareness of the Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties. (864) 590-8852 www.cancerassociation.org

1st Annual Pug Run 6/18/11 Charleston, SC. The ride starts at Low Country Harley-Davidson in Charleston. Registration 9am & bikes leave at 10am. The fee is $10 for the rider & $5 for a passenger. Event ends with music, door prizes, food, 50/50 & Pugs. All proceeds go to Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue. (843) 297-6060 www.midatlanticpugrescue.org

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally 9/28-10/2/11 Murrells Inlet, SC. The event headquarters at welcome tent at Cooter’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 3264 S. Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet. Activities will take place at various locations in & around Murrells Inlet. The event includes bike shows, poker runs, tours, vendors, entertainment & more. (336) 643-1367 www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

THINGS TO DO

Alabama Theatre 4750 Hwy. 17 S North Myrtle Beach, SC. “One, The Show.” Alabama Theatre’s production “ONE” is presented six nights a week. This production is critically acclaimed as the most spectacular musical show on the East Coast. The remarkable, multi-talented entertainers, aerialists, & world-class musicians deliver two hours of incredible music, dance & comedy. Summer months offer Family Nights, when kids aged 16 & younger are admitted free with paid adults. Additionally the Guest Artist Concert Series delivers some of the biggest names in show business. The South’s Grandest Christmas show offers the most dramatic & extravagant Holiday production on the East Coast. Admissions : One The Show $34.95-$45.95; age 16 & younger $17.95. Group rates available. 4750 Hwy. 17 S North Myrtle Beach, SC. (800)342-2262 www.alabama-theatre.com

Barefoot Landing 4898 Hwy. 17 S. North Myrtle Beach, SC. Shopping, dining, & entertainment along the Intracoastal Waterway in a relaxed, boardwalk atmosphere surrounding a 27-acre lake. Over 100 shops, 15 restaurants, The Alabama Theatre, Alligator Adventure, Carolina Vineyards Winery, Ghosts & Legends Theater, House of Blues & MirrorMaze. 800-272-2320 Days & Hours of Operation: Open Daily at 10 AM, closing hours vary by season. Days & Holidays Closed: Christmas Day. www.bflanding.com

Broadway At The Beach 1325 Celebrity CIR Myrtle Beach, SC. This 350-acre shopping, dining & entertainment complex features more than 125 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, 10 nightclubs & 15 attractions such as Myrtle Waves Water Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, NASCAR Speedpark, the Palace Theatre & MagiQuest. Themed restaurants include the Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood & Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The IMAX 3D Theatre & the Pavilion Nostalgia Park also are located here. Mall Specialty Admissions: Admission for attractions only Days & Hours of Operation: Seasonal hours Days & Holidays Closed:Christmas Day. (800)386-4662 www.broadwayatthebeach.com

Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Oceanfront Water Park 300 S Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC. Family Kingdom features more than 30 rides including a thrilling wooden roller coaster & South Carolina’s largest ferris wheel with one-of-a-kind views of the ocean. Splash down on the Log Flume, freefall 110 feet in the Slingshot Drop Zone, bounce on bumper cars or hit the Go-Kart tracks! Kiddie rides for the little ones, too. Family Kingdom’s oceanfront waterpark is just across the street. Crank up the fun without breaking the bank. Admissions: Amusement Park Wristband is $24.50 per person plus tax, Water Park Wristband $20.95 per person plus tax. Days & Hours of Operation: Amusement Park is open thru 10/8/11, 4pm-Midnight. Please note opening time may vary at the amusement park, call for specific hours of operation. Water Park is open Daily 5/28-9/4/11 at 10am. (843)916-0400 www.familykingdomfun.com

Riley Moore Falls Off Cobb Bridge Rd (Co. Rd. 37), on Spy Rock Rd Westminster, SC. Riley Moore Falls is a relatively short cascade of about 12 feet, but is 100 feet wide. It once powered a mill & is now used occasionally by Class VI whitewater paddlers. The 45 minute, moderate 1 mile hike is worth the travel time. Watch for clusters of daisy fleabane & fern, plus numerous azaleas adorning the falls during springtime. (864)638-9568 www.sctrails.net

South Carolina Botanical Garden 150 Discovery Lane Clemson University, Clemson, SC. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, & miles of streams & nature trails. Together with distinguished education & outreach programs, a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, & the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature & culture. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70-acre arboretum, miles of nature trails & streams, a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow & fern & bog gardens. The Garden is also home to over 400 varieties of camellias, as well as hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias & native plants. Free admission. Days & Hours of Operation: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors Center open Mon- Sat, 10am-4pm. (864)656-3405

Shipwreck Cove 119 S Spencer St., Duncan, SC. One of the region’s most exciting, family-friendly water parks & destinations for families & kids of all ages! Admissions: 10am-4pm: $8 under 42 inches, $10 over 42 inches; 4-6pm: $5 under 42 inches, $7 over 42 inches. Days & Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun reserved for private events. (864)949-0290 www.shipwreckcovesc.com

Spirit of Lake Murray 1600 Marina Rd., Lake Murray Marina, Irmo, SC. The Spirit of Lake Murray is an 80-foot, steel hulled yacht offering an exquisite way to cruise the waters of Lake Murray in comfort. Located at the Lake Murray Marina & Yacht Club in Ballentine, SC, the charter passenger yacht has an indoor bar & climate controlled deck salons. The Spirit of Lake Murray is available for charters, & provides the ultimate experience for an intimate private cruise, family outing, class reunion, party, wedding, or business meeting. (803)730-3044 www.spiritoflakemurray.com



TENNESSEE

FESTIVALS

Main Street Festival 6/4/11 Eagleville, TN. Craft booths, food & amusements, lots of music, car show & motorcycle show. (615)274-2749 www.eaglevilletn.com

Covered Bridge Celebration 6/9-6/11/11 Elizabethton, TN. 45th Music, crafts, kids island, free fishing, free ice cream social, Hillbilly Contest, 5K Run/Walk, Car show,Third Tyme Out. (423)547-3850 www.coveredbridge.elizabethtonchamber.com

Old Fashioned 4th of July 7/2-7/5/11 Etowah, TN. Food & Craft vendors with Games & Rides for the Kids, Music & Entertainment all day long! (423)745-6680 www.coveredbridge.elizabethtonchamber.com

Uncle Dave Macon Days 7/8-7/10/11 Murfreesboro, TN. Old time music & dance competitions. National championships buck dance, clogging, old time banjo. juried arts & crafts. 615-893-4953 www.uncledavemacondays.com

Sunflower Festival 7/23/11 Mountain City, TN. This is a one day event, featuring craft booths, food, music, sunflower beauty pageant, kids activities, & Sunflower Contest. (423)727-1950

Smokin’ in McMinnville BBQ Festival 8/11-8/13/11 McMinnville, TN. Join us for this 3-day KCBS sanctioned state BBQ competition & family friendly festival Free admission. (931)473-6611 www.smokininmcminnville.com

Ed Fest 9/16-9/17/11 Tellico Plains, TN. Bring your family for a weekend filled with games, music, food & fun for everyone. (423)420-3199. www.edfest2011.com

Southern Fried Festival 9/23-9/24/11 Columbia, TN. Three music stages, Kid Zone, Arts & crafts, Cooking Challenge, Commercial vendors, Zinghopper Kids performance & more. (888)852-1860 www.southernfriedfest.com

Harvest Street Festival 10/1-10/2/11 Newport, TN. Free two-day, 25th annual event includes local & regional arts & crafts, entertainment, kiddie land & much much more. (423)623-7201

Oktoberfest 10/7-10/8/11 Crossville, TN. Annual Oktoberfest at Knights of Columbus Activity Park, German/Polka music from 3 Bands, Great German Food. (931)707-7291 www.crossvilleoktoberfest.com

October in Orlinda 10/8/11 Orlinda, TN. Car Show, Beauty Pageant, Live Music, Free Inflatables for the Kids, Vendors & lots of food. (615)654-3366

Fall Festival 10/14-10/16/11 Cosby, TN. Arts & Crafts, Car Show, Music, Beauty Pageant, Dog Show, Antique Tractors, Pony Rides, Moonshine Still Museum,Kid Games, Food. (941)920-0668 www.allsmokymountainvacations.com

Oktoberfest 10/21-10/23/11 Sevierville, TN. (865)428-5642

OKtoberfest 10/22/11 Elizabethton, TN. Octoberfest Fall festival live music, arts/crafts, antiques, kids activities & contests. (423)547-3850 www.elizabethtonchamber.com

MOTORCYCLES

Music City Bike Rally 5/29/11 Whites Creek, TN. The rally will be held at Whites Creek Park in Whites Creek. Gates open at 10am. There is no admission fee for this event. The event includes a bike show with entry fee of $10. All classes will be judged & plaques awarded to the winners. Vendors, music & more. (615) 519-0574 www.fontanelmansion.com

Hawgs N Hillbillies 1st Annual Ride in Bike Show 6/11/11 Linden, TN. The show will be held at Hawgs N Hillbillies, 2909 Cedar Creek Rd. in Linden. The gates open at 11am. This event includes a bike show, burnout contest, music & more. This is a ride-in bike show & will have various classes. Bike show entry fee $5. Bikes will be judged by peoples’ choice. Cash & trophies awarded to best in each class. 21 years or older may enter. (931) 589-5334

Lynchburg Motorcycle Rally 6/17-6/21/11 Lynchburg, TN. The rally will be held at Wiseman Park in Lynchburg. Gates open at 9am. Free admission to the rally. Music, vendors, stunt shows, bike show, rides, flat track races, TT races, hill climb, & more. (931) 759-4848 www.lynchburgchoppers.com

Knoxville Ride for Kids 7/31/11 Knoxville, TN. Ride starts at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville. Registration 8-9:45am. Escorted ride starts at 10am. Ride fee is a minimum donation of $35. All bikes are welcome. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® medical research & family support programs. (800)253-6530 www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids

South East Raider Rally 8/3-8/7/11 Johnson City, TN. Registration begins at 4pm at the Holiday Inn, 101 West Springbrook Drive in Johnson City. The rally will have a group ride each day & will benefit Kari’s Heart Foundation. (904) 222-4685 www.raiderrally.com

AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nationals 8/5-8/7/11 Bristol, TN. Motorcycle racing will take place at Bristol Dragway, 151 Speedway Boulevard in Bristol. Gates open Fri 4pm, Sat 9am & Sun 8am. Qualified racers can enter in 16 classes of competition. General admission $50 for the weekend or $30 for a single day. www.ahdra.com

Hawg Holler Fall Bash 9/8-9/11/11 Atwood, TN. 164 Clay Farm Lane near Atwood. Gates open 8am Thursday. The fee is $30 for each person; 21 & older only. Bike show, bike games, vendors, contests, music & more. The bike show will have various classes & be judged by peoples’ choice. Trophies will be awarded to winners. The bike games will include a slow race, weenie bite, barrel roll, & others. (731) 571-0125 www.hawgholler.net

West TN Valley Rally 9/15-9/18/11 Morris Chapel, TN. 2410 Marshall Drive. Events start 8pm on Thurs.Slow race, keg roll, straight line contest, weenie bite, a bike show, burnout contest, poker run, music & more. Bike show will have awards for best paint, most chrome, best modified, smallest street bike, best in show & more. (731) 412-6276 www.westtnvalleyrally.com

THINGS TO DO

Chattanooga Zoo The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to provide an educational & recreational opportunity for all. The Chattanooga Zoo also seeks to provide a dignified & esthetically pleasing environment for the animals. www.chattanooga.gov

Chattanooga Riverboat Company offers fabulous dinner cruises, daily lunch cruises or daytime sightseeing cruises along the scenic Tennessee River aboard the Southern Belle. 201 Riverfront Parkway, Pier 2 Chattanooga TN. (423) 266-4488 www.chattanoogariverboat.com

Ruby Falls America’s highest underground waterfall open to the public, is located on historic Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Take a guided tour of the caves & the spectacular 145-foot waterfall. Ruby Falls - a memorable experience for all ages. Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway, Chattanooga, TN. (423)821-2544 www.rubyfalls.com

Tennessee Aquarium World’s largest freshwater aquarium. Journey through a spectacular 60-foot canyon & two living forests, with over 9,000 animals that swim, fly, & crawl in natural habitats. One Broad Street, Chattanooga TN. (800)262-0695 www.tnaqua.org

Tennessee Valley Railroad The largest operating historic railroad in the South. Restored steam & diesel locomotives pull trains along a historic railroad on 50-minute roundtrip rides. 4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN. (423)894-8028 www.tvrail.com

Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln & Civil War collections in the country. 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN. (423)869-6235 www.lmunet.edu/museum

Museum of Appalachia Opened in the late 1960’s, the museum has grown to 65 acres, including dozens of authentic log structures, a large Display Building, an extensive Craft & Gift & Antique Shop.Auditorium & the popular Appalachian Hall of Fame Building. 2819 Andersonville Hwy. Clinton, TN. (865) 494-7680 www.museumofappalachia.org

Country Tonite Theatre Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge brings you the same high-energy, non-stop entertainment that has made its Branson & Las Vegas shows so popular. In its fifth year in Pigeon Forge, Country Tonite’s spectacular music & entertainment is presented to you by America’s largest award-winning cast. 129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN. (800)792-4308 www.countrytonitepf.com

Creative Discovery Museum A great place for children to discover themselves & the world they live in. Hands-on, interactive arts & science exhibits wow & challenge children to explore, create & learn. Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN. 423) 756-2738 www.cdmfun.org

Dollywood & Splash Country Escape to the unique world of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain theme park in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy the wholesome fun & entertainment of the music, crafts, attractions & rides at Dollywood. Dolly’s Splash Country offers waterfalls, winding streams & white water adventures for the whole family. Pigeon Forge, TN. (800)365-5996 www.dollywood.com

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre On your next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, head for Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, Gatlinburg´s top entertainment attraction & oldest purveyor of professional, live-on-stage, original musical comedies, outrageous humor & hilarious fun. 461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. (877)388-5784 www.sweetfannyadamstheatre.com

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park A mountain top of fun, excitement, & mountain beauty at the scenic & exciting four-seasons world of Ober Gatlinburg. 1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN. (865) 436-5423 www.obergatlinburg.com

Jon Dee’s Hypnotized Comedy Show 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN. Jon showcases the powers of our God given minds in the world’s only permanent comedy hypnosis theater. Volunteer or watch your friends, either way you will laugh hysterically & be amazed. (877)732-5497 www.gatlinburgshow.com

Motion Ride Movie Theater 716 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. Extreme fun in the area’s wildest simulator! Virtual Reality motion simulator features eight awesome movie rides for one low price. Downtown Parkway next to Fort Fun. (865) 430-8985 www.smokymountainfun.com

Mysterious Mansion Of Gatlinburg 424 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg’s scariest & most exciting attraction. Open daily, 10am-11pm. Call for Spring & Winter hours. (865) 436-7007

Old Town Gem Mining 644 Parkway Suite 3, Gatlinburg, TN. Right smack in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg. Join the adventure of finding gems & precious stones. 1,000’s of carats found every week. Specializing in making jewelry out of rough finds. (865) 436-5029

 


VIRGINIA


FESTIVALS

The Stone Tower Renaissance Faire 6/25-6/26/11 Natural Chimneys Park 94 Natural Chimneys Lane Mt. Solon, VA, at the Natural Chimneys Park. Sat 10am-6pm; Masquerade Ball 5pm; & Sun 10am-5pm. Emerging from the myst ascending from the Glenn, rise the spires of the Ancient Castle that gives unto this magical place its name, Stone Tower Glenn. The majestic towers look over the brilliant white tents of the Faire below. Festive music complements the festive sounds of laughter & merriment that abounds here. While the aromas of delicious foods drift through the Merchant tents filled with wondrous wares, & Knights of Olde clash their swords for Honour & Glory. Amazing Performers, & Games to test your skills, & more. Admission Fee: $6 per car load. (540) 337-6324 www.medievalfantasiesco.com

Coal Heritage Day Celebration 5/28/11 12-6pm. 215 Exhibition Mine Rd Pocahontas, VA. Celebration of the first day of the Tourist Season in Pocahontas Virginia. Tour the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine & Museum for free! Lunch provided free. Everyone is invited to experience the National Historic Landmark & pay tribute to our rich coal mining heritage. Admission Fee: 0.00. (276) 945-2134 www.pocahontasva.org

Heathsville Strawberry Festival 5/28/11 9am-3pm. St. Stephens Church Hwy 360 Heathsville, VA. Near Chesapeake Bay. Over 100 artists & crafters will exhibit their handmade wares. Delicious, freshly-picked strawberries & strawberry shortcake, giant bake sale. Live entertainment. Lunch on the premises. Good Southern hospitality. Call George & Jan Beckett, festival co-chairs at (804)580-5179 for more information & driving directions. Festival held at St. Stephens Church on Hwy 360 in Heathsville.

Blackbeard Pirate Festival 6/3-6/5/11 Mill Point Park, Downtown Hampton & Hampton Waterfront, 756 Settlers Landing Rd Hampton, VA. Join Blackbeard & his Crew in Downtown Hampton for the 12th annual Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival, See the the notorious Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard as he fights his final battle versus Lt. Maynard of the Royal Navy. This family festival celebrates living history & returns the Hampton waterfront to the way of life in 1718. Full-scale sea battles, tall ships, treasure hunts, sea chanties, historic reenactments, a pirate camp, strolling entertainers & a fireworks spectacular highlight the weekend. (757) 727-0900 www.blackbeardpiratefestival.com

17th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival 6/4/11 10am-4pm. 9431 West St Manassas, VA. The Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is a family celebration of the rich railway history that Manassas has to offer. Manassas Junction was the site of both the 1st & 2nd Battles of Manassas during the Civil War & of the nation’s first military railroad. Come out to Old Town Manassas & see model railroad displays at the Harris Pavilion along with lots of fun rides for kids of all ages. The VRE Excursion Train ride to Clifton & back will be available this year. Trains will leave from Manassas for round trip excursions to Clifton from 10am-2pm. Admission free. (703) 361-6599 www.visitmanassas.org

Norfolk Harborfest, 35th Annual 6/9-6/12/11 Town Point Park Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA. Thurs 6-9pm. Fri, 12-11pm. Sat 12-11pm. Sun 12-6pm. Three explosive days of free entertainment, electrifying fireworks display & the biggest outdoor dock party in Hampton Roads. The weekend festivities include over 130 hours of live entertainment on multiple stages, featuring national, regional & local musical acts • Parade of Sail • Battleship • Tall Ship Tours • Fireworks • Pirates • Fireboats • Norfolk Harborfest® Rendezvous • Virginia Wine sampling •The Ultimate Build a Boat, formerly Quick & Dirty Boat Building • Tug Muster • Chesapeake Workboats • Children’s Activities & More! (757) 441-2345 www.festevents.org

Antique Car Show, 38th Annual 6/19/11 10am-3:30pm. Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way Chantilly, VA. The 38th Annual Antique Car Show is co-hosted by Fairfax County Park Authority & the Model A Ford Club of America. More than 400 antique & classic cars compete for trophies & plaques. The show includes an auto, antique & craft market, car corral, childrens tent, music, house tours & food vendors. Admission Fee: $9/adult, $6/child. www.fairfaxcounty.gov

MOTORCYCLES

Ride for the Children- Kidz 2 Kamp 6/4/11 Portsmouth, VA. The dice run starts at Roger Browns, 315 High Street in Portsmouth. Riders will leave at 9am & go through Suffolk, & Chesapeake. The ride ends in Virginia Beach & includes breakfast & lunch and door prizes, trophies, 50/50 drawing, & live music. All proceeds go to the Edmarc hospice for Children & Camp Hope Haven. (757) 448-8072

5th Annual Gumball Run 6/4/11 Norfolk, VA. The ride starts at American Legion Post 327 705 Lesner Avenue in Norfolk. Registration 9-11am. The ride fee is $20 for the rider & $15 for a passenger. Lunch included. Proceeds to benefit ALR Legacy Fund & Fisher House. (757) 676-1440 www.alr327.org

2nd Annual Spring Poker Run 6/4/11 Front Royal, VA. The event starts at Warren County High School, 155 Westminster Drive in Front Royal. Registration is from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Fee is $25.00 which includes lunch. (540) 692-2050

3rd Annual Ride for Jill’s House 6/4/11 Manassas, VA. Event starts at Prince William Campus of McLean Bible Church, 10002 Battleview Parkway in Manassas. 100 mile ride starts at 9:00 am. The funds raised will help support the on-going operations of Jill’s House. (571) 229-7623 www.jillshouseride.com

Back of the Dragon Day 6/4/11 Tazewell, VA. Event takes place at Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park in Tazewell. Bike show begins at 10am. The entry fee for the bike show is $5. Trophies will be awarded for best in cruiser, sport bike, & sport tour. Registration 11am-12:30pm. The ride ends with lunch, music & more. Proceeds from the event support Historic Crab Orchard Museum. (276) 988-5726 www.backofthedragon.com

Richmond Ride for Kids 6/5/11 Mechanicsville, VA. The ride starts at Richmond Times-Dispatch, 8460 Times Dispatch Boulevard in Mechanicsville. Registration 8-9:45am, escorted ride starts at 10am. Ride fee is a minimum donation of $35. All bikes are welcome. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® medical research & family support programs. (800)253-6530 www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids

Bike & Car Show 6/11/11 Warrenton, VA. The motorcycle show will be held at, 345 Legion Drive in Warrenton. Registration 10-11am. The bike show entry fee is $5. There will also be music, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, silent auction, food vendors & more. (703) 298-4939

2nd Annual Chip Taylor Memorial Ride 6/12/11 Broadway, VA. The ride starts at the Broadway Fire Department, 501 Central Ave. Registration 9am & the ride leaves at 10am. The fee is $15 for rider, & $5 for a passenger. The ride ends with lunch, door prizes & 50/50 drawing. (540) 896-5101

6th Annual Eastcoast Honda vtx Gathering with Bulldog 6/24-6/26/11 Fredericksburg, VA. The ride will start at 322 Deacon Rd. in Fredericksburg. The event includes an escorted ride & unescorted rides. There will also be food, tech sessions, prizes & more. (540) 848-4887

Veterans First, Inc., 4th Annual Poker Run 6/25/11 Richmond, VA. The ride starts at Bubba’s Restaurant, 4000 Williamsburg Road in Richmond. Registration starts at 9am. Fee: $10 for the rider & $5 for a passenger. There will be $100 awarded for the best hand & $50 awarded for the worst hand. The ride ends with door prizes, auction, bake sale, & motorcycle show. www.veteransfirstinc/pokerrun2011.html

Thunder on the Mountain VI 7/15-7/17/11 Hillsville, VA. The rally will be held at the Lake Ridge RV Resort on Route 100, 4 miles North of Hillsville. Gates open at 3:00 pm on Friday. The event includes a bike rodeo, bike show, poker run, vendors & music. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend. There is no setup fee for vendors. Proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. (276)755-5145 www.vabikers.org

Habitat for Humanity Poker Run 7/16/11 Winchester, VA. The motorcycle poker run starts at Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson Inc.,140 Independence Drive in Winchester. Registration 8:30-9:30am. The pre-registration fee is $20 for the rider & $15 for a passenger. On the day of the ride the fee is $25 for the rider & $20 for a passenger. Additional hands are $5 each. (540) 662-7066 www.habitatwfc.org

Victory for Veterans Charity Ride 8/6/11 Winchester, VA. Event starts at Grove Harley-Davidson, 140 Independence Drive in Winchester. Registration 9:30am with the ride leaving at 11am. The ride fee is $25 for each bike if pre-registered. On the day of the event the fee will be $25 for the rider & $10 for a passenger. The ride route is approximately 65 miles. There will be a barbeque at the end of the ride. The event will benefit the Secret Passage Ranch Therapeutic Center for our nation’s wounded warriors. All motorcycle types & brands are welcome. www.victoryforveterans.com

America’s Nine-Eleven Ride 8/18-8/20/11 Leesburg, VA. The ride will have multiple starting locations. The ride will travel to all three 9-11 crash sites in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC & New York City. Not all legs of the ride will visit all three locations. This ride is to honor the victims & to benefit the College Scholarship program for children of Active First Responders. The ride starts at Kohls on Edwards Ferry Road. The ride leaves at 10am. www.911foundation.org

2011 Ride for Roy 8/28/11 McGaheysville, VA. The ride will start at McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company, 80 Stover Drive, McGaheysville. Registration at 9:00 am & the ride begins 10:00 am.Fee: $15.00 for the rider & $5.00 for a passenger. The three hour ride will end with food, door prizes, & a 50/50 raffle. The proceeds benefit The Firefighter Roy Dale Smith III Memorial Scholarship Fund. (540) 820-1910

Chincoteague VA Police Dept. 7th Annual Bikers-4-Kids 9/10/11 Cape Charles, VA. The escorted motorcycle ride starts at the Cape Center located three miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. All motorcycles will leave at 11am. The ride fee is $35 for the rider & $15 for a passenger. The fee includes a t-shirt for the rider & food for the rider & passenger. Extra hands are $5 each. The ride ends with a party with live entertainment. All the proceeds help needy families in need throughout the year. (757) 336-3155

Ride for Children Benefiting the Shriners Hospitals for Children 9/24/11 Prince George, VA. The motorcycle poker run begins at Colonial Harley-Davidson, 1701 Temple Parkway in Prince George. The first motorcycle leaves at 9am, last bike leaves at 2pm. The fee is $20 for the rider or $30 with a passenger. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, largest motorcycle club & largest Blue Knights Club. The ride will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. (804) 605-2061 www.blueknightsvaxvii.com

Rally to the High Ground 9/30-10/1/11 Monterey, VA. The event will be held at Word of Faith Church, 93 Water Street in Monterey. A ride begins each morning with participants gathering at the church at 8:30am. The ride leaves at 9am & will go through the mountains of VA & WV. The ride will stop for lunch before returning to Monterey. There is no fee for the rides. (540) 474-3802 www.chiphillministries.com

Special Operations Warrior Foundation - Kids to College Poker Run 10/1/11 Hampton Roads, VA. The motorcycle ride will start at Bayside Harley-Davidson, 2211 Frederick Boulevard in Portsmouth. Registration starts at 9am & the last motorcycle will leave at 10:30am. The ride fee is $10 for each person & extra hands are available for $5. The ride ends in Virginia Beach with door prizes, auction, 50/50 & more. Prizes will be awarded for the best hand & worst hand. Email for more info: 20111001.1196AR2Y4@lets-ride.com

SPECIAL EVENTS

BB&T 4th Of July Balloon Rally 7/3-7/5/11 Virginia Military Institute Letcher Ave to VMI parade grounds Lexington, VA. Featuring piloted & tethered hot air balloon rides, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, antique appraisals, classic car show, lots of food & a dazzling FIREWORKS display! All activities take place on the parade grounds at Virginia Military Institute. Piloted hot air balloon rides are limited & must be reserved in advance. No reservations required for tethered balloon rides. (540) 464-7207 www.sunriserotarylexva.org

THINGS TO DO

Skyline Drive Swift Run Gap Entrance Rt. 33 & Skyline Dr. 22699 Spotswood Trl Elkton, VA. Region Shenandoah Valley Locality Rockingham. The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north & south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park & is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 & 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, & Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day. Swift Run Gap Entrance Station (Mile 65.7) is accessible via U.S. 33. (540) 999-3500 www.nps.gov

VMP-ATV HOME OF VMP-MX & VMP-BMX 8018 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA. 9am-5pm. VMP-ATV is home to VMP-MX & VMP-BMX Open for practice at the motocross track 5 days a week, Tuesday thru Sunday. The BMX track has gate practice every Tuesday night at 5:30pm with open practice most days (depending on the weather.) Check website for race & practice schedule & fees, plus some awesome photos. Spectators are always welcome! We offer full service concession on all race weekends plus a bath house & camping on some practice weekends. Motocross race weekends allow camping all weekend. Admission fees vary by age (804) 815-5145 www.vmp-atv.com

Natural Bridge Zoo Natural Bridge Zoo It’s Like Animal Planet in 3D. 5784 South Lee Highway Natural Bridge, VA. 9am-6pm. The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is home to the most complete collection of animals & birds in the state of Virginia and is a breeding & rescue center for rare & endangered species. African Elephant rides are held on the weekends along with a chance to feed our elephant. At scheduled times, photo opportunities with specific baby animals, such as white baby tigers, are held. Take a walk on the wild side with mountain lions, tigers, bears, serval, zebras, various antelope, alligators, & more. Monkey around with numerous species of baboons, capuchins, gibbons, lemurs, macaques, & spider monkeys. Feed herds of Giraffe, llamas, pygmy goats, exotic donkeys, camels, fallow deer, & pot-bellied pigs. Photograph rare cranes, hornbills, & Virginia’s first colony of breeding flamingo. More than 100 babies are born each year. Picnic area. (540) 291-2420 www.naturalbridgezoo.com

Great Wolf Lodge - Waterpark 549 E. Rochambeau Dr Williamsburg, VA. A 67,000-sq. ft. indoor entertainment area featuring its own gigantic waterpark. Four-story, interactive treehouse, Waterfort, 1,000 gallon Tipping Bucket, 8 Waterslides, 4 pools, 2 giant hot tubs, Spacious outdoor pool & Huge Wave Pool. (800) 551-9653 www.greatwolf.com/williamsburg/waterpark

Virginia Safari Park 229 Safari Lane Natural Bridge, VA. 9am-5pm. Virginia’s largest, & only drive-thru zoo. Over 1,200 animals roaming free on a 180-acre preserve. Feed, touch & observe camels, herds of zebras, elk, llamas, bison, ostrich, deer, antelope & much more. 3 miles of safari roads winding through beautiful Shenandoah Valley countryside let you enjoy animals in a natural environment. Visit animals from 6 continents without ever leaving Virginia! Safari wagon rides [check website for seasonal schedule]. Group rates available. Gift shop. Petting area featuring animals for the kids to pet & feed. Tigers, Kangaroos, Giraffe feeding, & tortoise area. Large picnic area. No domestic pets allowed. 5/30-9/5/11 9am-6pm Daily; Last car admitted at 5pm. 9/6-11/27/11 9am-5pm Daily; Last car admitted at 4pm. Admission Fee: adult $15, child $10. (540) 291-3205 www.virginiasafaripark.com

Staunton River State Park 1170 Staunton Trail Scottsburg, VA. Staunton River State Park is one of the six original state parks that opened in June 1936. The 1,597-acre park’s shoreline is beside the John H. Kerr Reservoir (also known as Buggs Island Lake) & the Dan & Staunton rivers. The largest lake in Virginia is only one of the park’s many attractions, which include a swimming pool, camping, cabins, picnic shelters & nature trails. Admission Fee: Park entrance feed. (434) 572-4623 www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sta.shtml


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