The North Carolina




Visitor Center

Welcome to the North Carolina Visitor Center

From the mountains to the coast and all points in between

To receive our free North Carolina Visitor Center Newsletter by email each month, please email us at

The Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will hold the 2016 Annual Casino Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 12 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the University Center Annex.


Come out and support the arts while having fun - Vegas style!  Guests will have the opportunity to play a variety of casino games including blackjack, roulette, poker and more. Live entertainment will be provided by The Band PUNCH, and a buffet-style dinner and spirits will be served. A raffle will be held for prizes including a trip for two to Las Vegas provided by Debbie’s Destinations.


Guests will receive "play" casino chips to get started. A casino company will provide professional dealers who will manage the authentic tables and explain the game rules. 


All proceeds go in support of the Givens Performing Arts Center.


Tickets are $150 per couple and $650 for a reserved table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Reservations must be made by February 9.

For more information or to RSVP, call 910-521-6361, or visit


NC Spotlight:

Doles Dickens

He was born in North Carolina, moving to Passaic, New Jersey with his family as a child.[1] He played bass in bands led by Eddie Durham and Buster Smith in the late 1930s, before making his recording debut in 1940 as bass player with the Eddie South Orchestra. He left South's band in 1943 to join a vocal group, the Four Toppers, who then changed their name to the Five Red Caps. The group reached the national pop charts with "I Learned A Lesson I'll Never Forget" in 1944, but Dickens soon left to join the Phil Moore Four as bass player, recording with them for the RCA label.[2][3]

He formed the Doles Dickens Quartet with Herbie Scott (trumpet), Reuben Cole (piano), and Dickie Thompson (guitar), in New York City in 1946. They recorded for the Continental, Super Disc and Gotham record labels over the next three years, releasing a string of jump blues singles but with little commercial success. In mid 1949 Dickens began recording for Decca Records. By that time, his group had become a Quintet, comprising Dickens himself on bass, Louis Judge (tenor sax), Clarence Harmon (piano), Sam Hendricks (guitar), and Jimmy Crawford (drums), with vocalist Joe Gregory. One of his recordings was "a slightly speeded up, slightly smoothed out adaptation" of Wild Bill Moore's earlier record, "Rock and Roll".[3] Dickens also made recordings as an accompanist to boogie woogie blues musician Piano Red.[2]

Dickens and his Quintet continued to record for Decca until 1951, their recordings including "We're Gonna Rock This Morning" (1951). Dickens also undertook club performances as the leader of Doles Dickens and His Whispers; it is unclear whether the same musicians were in both groups. He maintained a career as a session musician in New York, appearing on records by Wilbert Harrison, Varetta Dillard, Jimmy Witherspoon, Piano Red, Mahalia Jackson, Bill Haley, LaVern Baker and others. His final recording under his own name was "Piakukaungcung", an instrumental on the Dot label in 1958, written by Lincoln Chase and described by Billboard as having "the sound of hysteria... [and] the quality of a jungle war dance."[3]

Read More at Wikipedia


Listen to Doles Dickens 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.


Please support our Wounded Warriors

Hands Together is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating, inspiring and encouraging people to understand the importance of responding to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Our Mission, as we strive to build a more compassionate and human world, proceeds from the spiritual belief that we are all members of one, equal, interconnected family under a loving God.



To find out more, please email: