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America Salutes You
by Judith K. Miles


We salute you, dear troops!

You were called to go across the sea;

you answered with resolve to set a nation free;

you answered to protect your homeland with honor and with pride,

and to selflessly sacrifice your life for us, if need be.


We salute you, dear troops!

You were called and said goodbye without complaint

to do your duty, to keep us safe;

to keep us free;

to allow our nation to live in security.


We salute you, dear troops!

You were called to stop the enemy

who would strive to break our spirit;

who would beat us down to submit in fear;

to take our soul and bend our knee;

to worship them with all humility.


We salute you, dear troops!

You were called and went to serve

to give others freedom they deserve;

to hunt the tyrants who rule with terror and steal the soul,

to keep their evil stranglehold.


We salute you, dear troops!

You were called to go across the sea;

you answered with resolve to set a nation free;

you answered to protect your homeland with honor and with pride,

and to selflessly sacrifice your life for us, if need be.


America salutes you, dear troops!

Keep heart,

stay the course, and

thank you from the bottom of a grateful nation's heart.



© Judith Kay Moore Miles, June 2004


ECC Foundation’s 7th

Beach Music Festival & Food Truck Rodeo


ECC Beach Music Festival Set for June 6

Summertime in Eastern North Carolina typically brings sunny skies, picnics in parks, and chasing lightning bugs at night. For the past seven years, it’s also the time of year when hundreds of people flock to Edgecombe Community College for good food and a little shagging.

This year should be no different. On June 6, the 7th Annual Beach Music Festival and Food Truck Rodeo returns to the colleges’ Tarboro campus. 

“This year’s event is going to be in June, so we should have some great weather,” says Karen Andrus, executive director of the ECC Foundation.

The festival is one of the foundation’s largest annual fundraisers. Since its inception in 2008, the festival has raised more than $60,000 for scholarships to Edgecombe Community College.

Andrus says she hopes for another $10,000 in profit this year to help students fund their education at the college.


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What’s your favorite strawberry dish? 

Is it cake, dripping with the sweet juice and piled high with whipped cream?  Or is it a warm pie or cobbler with flaky crust and gooey center? 

Whatever it is, I’m sure you’ll agree that NC strawberries make the recipe shine.  Fresh sweet bright red NC strawberries are so good and plenty at this time of year all across the state.  Farm stands, and farms boast pick your own, or already packaged berries for your enjoyment.  Look for those small silos painted like huge strawberries.  Those folks are sure to have some of the freshest fruit available. 

As for me, this year I’m going back to basics for a friend who is deployed and sending him homemade strawberry jam and pound cake in a jar.   The two were made for each other!  At home my husband enjoys that traditional piled high with whipped cream cake, while I like to try something a little different from time to time.  Here is a recipe that you can find in my first Carolina Wine Country Cooking cookbook where I used strawberries and a wine syrup to replicate the traditional Italian bread salad panzanella, only with some sweet NC strawberries. 

So get farm fresh berries and some great NC wine.  You’ll love this dish and serve it over and over again.


Strawberry Panzanella


1 cups sweet scuppernong wine syrup

2 Tbsp. sugar

3 Tbsp. fresh basil, torn

1/4 cup fresh orange zest

1 pint fresh NC strawberries

1 medium baguette

Olive oil to coat/toast bread


Clean and cube strawberries, add orange zest with 2 Tbsp. of sugar, and toss to coat. Allow to soften at room temperature, up to 2 hours. Cube baguette and toss with olive oil, and toast in a hot oven 400 degrees until golden brown but not overly crunchy. You want the outside to be toasted and the inside to still be soft and chewy.


Toss strawberries with the toasted bread cubes, torn basil, and warm syrup, reserving a few spoonfuls of syrup to drizzle on each serving.


Serving Suggestions: serve over vanilla ice cream, or substitute lemon pound cake for baguette and make a truffle instead!



Scuppernong Syrup


2 cups Scuppernong wine

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tablespoon NC honey

3 Tbsp. good quality balsamic vinegar


Combine sugar, honey, wine, vinegar in a medium sauce pan, and reduce to a thick syrup, approximately 30 minutes (more or less, watch closely until reduced by half).


Ginger King is the author (and/or) contributor to more than four books.  The first publications are part of the Carolina Wine Country Cooking series which is all about cooking with wines from the Carolina Vines.  King began writing contemporary women's fiction with her debut novel Diamond Road released in December 2014.  She likes her characters smart, funny and sweet with a kick!  Look for the second book in the Lost & Found Series Hope in Carolina in 2015.


The books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Smashwords, at many NC wineries and other retail and independent bookstore outlets.  Visit for more information concerning upcoming speaking engagements, winery events, and news about the coming titles You may also find there information about the author’s upcoming release dates, contests, and previews by following her on social media and reading her blogs:





Second Wind Publishing Blog ~ Ginger King


Watch an interview with the author here




 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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NC Spotlight:
Doc Watson

Born in Watauga County in 1923 into a musically rich family, Arthel "Doc" Watson spent a lifetime as a performer blending his traditional Appalachian musical roots with bluegrass, country, gospel, and blues creating a unique style and an expansive repertoire. Doc virtually invented the art of playing mountain fiddle tunes on the flattop guitar, influencing countless musicians. He was also a wonderful singer, and he played a two-finger banjo style that is traditional in the region. He recorded more than fifty albums over the years and received much recognition for his work, earning the National Medal of Arts, a National Heritage Fellowship, the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, seven Grammy Awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

His mother, Annie Watson, sang traditional secular and religious songs, and his father, General Watson, played the banjo, which was Doc's first instrument, as well. At age thirteen he taught himself the chords to "When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland" on a borrowed guitar, and his delighted father bought him a $12 Stella. He later picked up some chords from a fellow student at Raleigh School for the Blind, and began to incorporate material that he heard on records and the radio with the music of his heritage. Back home he played mostly with neighbors and family, among them fiddler Gaither Carlton, who became his father-in-law when Doc married Rosa Lee Carlton in 1947.

In 1953 at age thirty, he met local piano player Jack Williams, and he spent seven years playing gigs with Williams' rockabilly/swing band. He also continued to play traditional music with his family and with his banjo playing neighbor, Clarence "Tom" Ashley. In 1960, spurred by the growing folk revival, Ralph Rinzler and Eugene Earle came south to record Ashley and heard Doc Watson in the process. These sessions resulted in Doc's first recordings, Old-Time Music at Clarence Ashley's. In his later years, Doc returned to this old-time pre-bluegrass style in collaborations with David Grisman and David Holt. His recording with David Holt, entitled Legacy, received the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording of 2002. In 1961 the Friends of Old-Time Music invited Doc, Ashley, Clint Howard and Fred Price to perform at a now-legendary concert in New York City, and one year later Doc gave his first solo performance at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village. From then on, he was a full-time professional, playing a wide range of concerts, clubs, colleges and festivals, including the Newport Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall.

Watch Doc play "Summertime" on Youtube:




We are pleased to announce that there will be a special Saturday tack and horse sale on May 23rd.  Please share the news of this Memorial Day Weekend Event with your community and plan to join us. 


There will be concessions available.  There will be vendors on the grounds and in the Pavilion providing plenty of shopping in addition to the auction.


Tack will be provided by Andi’s Wholesale Tack, located in Newton Grove, NC and the horse sales will be handled by auctioneer Brad Stephens, of Morganton, NC, NCAL #4395.


The used tack will begin at 10 am, new tack at 1 pm, harness, carts and wagons auctioned at 4 pm and horses will begin at 5 pm.


For those wishing to sell horses there will be a commission of $25.00 plus 8% for registered horses and 8% on grade horses with a minimum of $20.00. A negative coggins is required on all horses.  The commission on used tack brought to be sold will be 20%.


For more information about this event contact Brad Stephens, Stephens Auction Company at 828 438-4065 (office) or 828 390-0878 (cell).  NCAL # 4395)



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

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 2015 beginning at 10 am

COST: Free parking and admission for spectators and shoppers


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.




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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Call for reservations

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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