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GREENSBORO, N.C. – June 22, 2015 - The 41st annual Fun Fourth Festival will be held on Sat., July 4 from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Historic District of downtown Greensboro.  Festival organizers are excited to announce the line up for five stages of live entertainment.

Pepsi/98.7 Simon Stage

10:15-11:30 a.m. – Eyes Eat Suns (Alternative)

Noon-1:15 p.m. – SkyBlew (Hip Hop)

1:45-3 p.m. – AM r0de0

3:30-4:45 p.m. – Shook Twins (Folk)

5:15-6:30 p.m. – Dirt Road Senate (Rock)

Located at the intersection of Elm and Smothers.

WFMY News 2 Stage

10:30-11:45 a.m. – Citizen Shade (Soul Pop)

12:15-1:30 p.m. – The Broken Parts (Alt. Rock)

2-3:15 p.m. – Soul Central with Jaybird (R&B)

3:45-5 p.m. – GalFriday Band (Country)

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Look Homeward (Folk)

Located in the Carolina Theatre parking lot.


Piedmont Natural Gas Stage

10-11:15 a.m. – Street Feat Allstars (Cover)

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Gasoline Stove (Americana)

1:30-2:45 p.m. – the Collection (Indie Rock)

3:15-4:30 p.m. – The Emily Musolino Band (Blues)

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – Drake Murphy (Pop)

Located at the intersection of Elm and February One.


WNAA-FM and Mt. Zion Baptist Church presents the 2015 Fun 4th Gospel Stage

10:30a.m.-6:30p.m. – Gospel Extravaganza

Located at Governmental Plaza.


ArtsGreensboro Stage

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Drum Circle

10:30-11 a.m. – Mr. Nigel

11-11:30 a.m. – Drum Circle

11:30 a.m.-Noon – Mr. Nigel

Noon-12:30 p.m. – Drum Circle

12:30-1 p.m. – No Limit Dancers

1:30-6:30 p.m. – Karaoke

In the Elm/McGee parking lot: The Scrap Exchange Junk JamTyca the Clown

Located in the Elm/McGee parking lot.

Plus, The Swamp Nots, The Gate City Jazz Band, Bob Wilusz Patriotic AccordionHigh Lonesome Strings, 2nd NC Regiment of the Continental Line and more!

Entertainment for the Fun Fourth Festival is made possible through generous sponsorship given by 98.7 Simon, WFMY News 2, Pepsi, WNAA-FM, Piedmont Natural Gas, ArtsGreensboro and Carey Sound.

For more information about the Fun Fourth Festival, applications and sponsorship opportunities, please, follow on Twitter @Fun4thGSO, or call 336.274.4595.




The 60th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans brings the color of hundreds of tartan plaids and the clamor of hundreds of pipers and drummers to the North Carolina Highlands Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12.

The Grandfather Games are considered America’s grandest Games because of the spectacular mountain setting that is so reminiscent of Scotland.  The deep blue peaks of Grandfather Mountain tower above MacRae meadows which is ringed by almost 200 red, blue, yellow and green striped Clan tents. The color is augmented by thousands of Scots decked out in their finest tartan plaids.

            The Highland Games begin Thursday afternoon, July 9, with a sheep dog demonstration, Celtic entertainment, the running of “The Bear,” and the opening ceremonies.  The opening ceremonies begin at dusk with a torchlight ceremony where representatives of each of the 80 plus clans announce their family’s participation in the gathering. This “raising of the clans” proclaims that they have once again come together to celebrate their heritage.

                       Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are filled with competition in heavy-weight Scottish athletic events; highland dancing competition; bagpipe band parades; piping, drumming and harp competitions; sheep herding demonstrations by Scottish border collies and concerts featuring a wide variety of Celtic music. 

            The Scottish Cultural Village, a new and unique addition to the Games in 2015, will also be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Be sure to visit this brand new exhibition area where selected experts will demonstrate and present on various aspects of Scottish culture.  Exhibitions include but are not limited to:  period firearms and edged weaponry, bagpiping, blacksmithing, and heroes and villains in Scottish culture. 

At the center of the activity, the nation’s top Scottish athletes clash in traditional heavyweight events such as “Turning the Caber” and “Tossing the Sheaf.” Other ancient tests of strength awaiting the brawny professionals are highland wrestling, putting the stone, the hammer throw and various weight throws.

            On Saturday night, the Celtic Jam highlights traditional and contemporary Celtic music at MacRae Meadows and on Friday night the Celtic Rock Concert serves up performances from some of the higher energy bands.

Adult tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and $15 Sunday.  The tickets cover all activities in the meadows, which on Friday and Saturday last from early morning to midnight. Tickets are $5 each day for children ages 5-12 with children under five free. Tickets are available at the field on the day of the event. Four-day tickets are also available online at Adult 4-day passes are $75 and children’s passes are $30.

            Parking is available on site at the Games field Thursday night.  Friday parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis with overflow parking at the Avery County High School shuttle lot. Public parking is not available at the field on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle service is provided between MacRae Meadows and satellite parking areas in Linville, Newland and Boone. The Boone shuttle runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and is free for 4-day advanced ticket holders ($10 round trip without 4-day ticket).  For more information call 828-733-1333 or visit online at

Written by:  Landis Wofford

Edited by:  Thomas Taylor  


Outdoor Drama ‘Horn in the West’ Returns to Boone for 64th Season in Summer 2015

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association announces that the beloved outdoor drama, Horn in the West, will be returning to the stage for its 64th season in 2015. The show will run on Tuesday through Sundays from June 26-Aug.8. Curtain is at 8 p.m., gates open at 7:30 p.m and the adjoining Hickory Ridge Living Museum will be open at 5:30 p.m. each show day.

The amphitheatre is located in the middle of Daniel Boone Park at 591 Horn in the West Drive. Visit the drama online to order tickets, plan for dinner on the grounds before the show or learn about our special event, “An Evening Backstage,” company parties and other special events.

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association, a nonprofit corporation, celebrates and preserves the diverse cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountain region by engaging individuals in historical education and cultural entertainment centered around Daniel Boone and our fight for American Independence.

Horn in the West captivates audiences with the story of the hardy pioneers who settled this area before the Revolutionary War, eventually facing the British Army at King’s Mountain and winning against all odds, changing the course of the Revolution. A group of 45 professional and university actors, singers, dancers, stage combatants, designers and technicians from Boone and the southeastern region, along with local children and teens, bring this compelling story to life. For young and old alike, the show teaches about this important national history and entertains at the same time.

Horn in the West has delighted audiences under the evening skies since 1952, and is the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War Outdoor Drama. Along with fictional characters, the story follows a great American hero, Daniel Boone, and other historical figures, Nancy Ward, the Cherokee Beloved Woman who lived in Eastern Tennessee, and her cousin, the Cherokee War Chief Dragging Canoe.

The script had a major rewrite last year, complete with a brand new scene conceived by the curator of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, a living relative of Daniel Boone, Davy Davis. Last summer’s audience raved about the changes, saying the production was engaging and dramatic. Audiences also enjoyed the overhaul to the sound system and the dozens of new costumes created over the last five years.

This 2015 season brings further improvements in sound, along with lighting upgrades, bigger battles, and more fire!



 2015 Presenting Sponsor

 Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival
Run for the hills and escape the summer heat!

Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation! Join us in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains for the 4th Annual Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival on July 17 & 18, 2015.

The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, live bluegrass, BBQ vendors, championship clogging teams, local craft and food vendors, tasting & judging of competition BBQ, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, kid’s activities, and much, much more!

2015 brings the Best Bluegrass in the nation – Featuring the LONESOME RIVER BAND, BLUE HIGHWAY, the Snyder Family Band, Buncombe Turnpike, Nu-Blu and MORE!
The Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival is hosted by Spruce Pine Main Street and the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, and is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network.

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Summer means family vacations, a break from school and hot weather.  Hot weather brings biting insects, the need for shade and the slow season for many riders.  Southeastern NC Ag Center’s indoor arena provides a much needed break from the hot sun and insect bites.  Below is a list of the equestrian activities planned for Southeastern NC Agricultural Events Center throughout the remainder of the summer.  Remember, if there is not an event listed, and the center is open and available you may bring your horse and ride indoors for $15.00 per horse ($10.00 through June 30).  All you need is a negative Coggins and a phone call to 910 618-5699 to confirm availability.


Events coming up through August and the contact person for more information about each scheduled event are listed below: 


July 6 Tack and Horse Sale –Brad Stephens 828 390-0878

August 1 – Border Belt Ranch Sorting Competition- Jason Durden 910 734-8754

Aug 3 Tack and Horse Sale-Brad Stephens 828 390-0878

August 8 – Little Buckaroos Rodeo- Kim Wood 919 215-3595

August 15 Barrel Racing – Josh Smith 910 639-6387


Or visit Events on the Ag Centers Facebook page for further information on each event.


Be sure to like us on Facebook and check back often for upcoming events.  Southeastern NC Agricultural Events Center provides fun events, in a family atmosphere. 


WHERE: Southeastern NC Agricultural Events Center, Lumberton, NC
1027 US Highway 74 East, Lumberton, NC     Facility Phone: 910 618-5699.


NC Spotlight:
Red Wilson

Growing up in Avery County before World War II, Oscar "Red" Wilson learned fiddle and banjo tunes that have their origins in the pioneer musical traditions of Western North Carolina. Many of these came from his close relatives, the Ledfords, who lived in neighboring Mitchell County where Red eventually moved. In the late 1940s he toured and recorded with Wade Mainer, another Western North Carolina musician who led a popular string band.

As times changed and the older music lost its commercial appeal, Red Wilson adapted and expanded his technique to include newer styles such as bluegrass and country music. In the 1950s the Toe River Valley Boys, a band that had a large local following, recruited him to play fiddle. Specializing in regional tunes as well as bluegrass standards, the group played square dances for many years at Geneva Hall in Little Switzerland and at the Penland School of Crafts. While playing fiddle for the band, Red began composing fiddle tunes, adding those to the songs he had written on occasion during his musical career. He also started to repair violins, often free of charge, and eventually he built several instruments.

During retirement he focused on the old-time music that he heard in his youth. He was often asked to perform at festivals and traditional music workshops in the state and beyond. Red and his wife Marie welcomed a steady stream of people to their home outside of Bakersville. Travelers from all across the nation dropped by in hopes of hearing him play a tune.

Watch David Holt interview Red Wilson (and pick a bit) on Youtube:

Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


Fun Fourth Festival
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Downtown Greensboro Historic District







Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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