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UNCP's annual SOS fundraiser has supported student scholarships since its inception.  In the past three years alone, it has generated more than $90,000 in scholarship money and benefitted 62 students!  Join the fun and make a difference
in a student's life!

Entertainment will once again be provided by The Holiday Band.  Dance the night away in flip-flops and casual beach attire! Join us in welcoming Chancellor Robin Cummings and First Lady Rebecca Cummings to their first SOS!

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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!


Civil War Living History Weekend

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 2:00pm

The sights and sounds of the Civil War will come to life during Tryon Palace’s Civil War Living History Weekend held at the New Bern Academy Museum. 

Used as part of the Foster General Hospital during the Union occupation of New Bern from 1862-1865, the Academy will be home to reenactors, artillery and infantry demonstrations and lectures throughout Civil War Living History Weekend. All of these interpretive activities will help demonstrate the ways in which North Carolinians experienced the war and how they lived during Union occupation. 

There will be lectures on several Civil War topics like the Battle of New Bern, blockade runners, surgery during the war, women in the Civil War, and Fort Anderson. Speakers include Civil War historians, reenactors, and professors like Grover Godwin, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Lori Sanderlin, Tryon Palace assistant director LeRae Umfleet, and more. 

In addition to the special activities at the Academy, Tryon Palace will also hold Civil War themed tours on the Palace grounds and the Civil War-era Hay House will be open on Eden Street. 

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Welcome To The 23rd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival!

It’s Salty, Roasted, Plain, Green and Boiled. It’s also the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest PEANUTS. We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year. This year’s date is September 19th, 2015. The Festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts which is known, and whose peanuts are shipped, world wide.

Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade. When the parade ends, a day to be remembered begins. We will have the Classic Cruisers Car Show, Craft and Food Vendors, Bar-B-Que plate sale, Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull, Corn Hole Tournament, Rides for the entire family, Games for the Kids, Our Own Secret Recipe Hot Dogs, Sausage Dogs and Steak and Chicken Fajitas.

Our Entertainment Line Up is sure to keep you moving all day. The band line up will be:

1. The Band of Oz
2. BlackWater Rhythm and Blues Band
3. Mighty Echoes

This is sure to be our best festival yet. We are 23 years strong and so proud of what we have accomplished. We are all about our local schools and our community. Please visit our website at: and read all about us. Our committee looks forward to seeing each and every one of you have a great and memorable day. There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun.

We are a family friendly festival with a few rules to make sure everyone is comfortable. They are as follows: No Alcohol, No Smoking and No Pets of any kind.


NC Spotlight:

Carolina Slim

Carolina Slim is the best known pseudonym of the enigmatic Edward P Harris. His records were issued under the names Country Paul, Georgia Pine, Jammin’ Jim and Lazy Slim Jim in a short but productive recording career in the early 50s, but he passed away shortly after his 30th birthday. The quality of the work that he left behind hints at a major talent that did not come to fruition.

In 1923, Edward was born in Leasburg NC and was taught guitar by his father from an early age. The local Piedmont style was the basis of Slim’s technique, and the influence of Blind Boy Fuller is evident in his fingerpicking, but Texan influences are there too, especially the riffs of Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Slim earned his living in the 40s playing on streetcorners all over the South. He was signed by Savoy Records in 1950, and Slim relocated to New Jersey, near their Newark headquarters. Savoy issued a long line of singles under the name Carolina Slim, but when he recorded for their subsidiary Acorn label, he was billed as ‘Lazy Slim Jim’. A couple of tracks were also released on their Sharp label, where he was called ‘Jammin’ Jim’, and when he put out further records for the King label in 1953, he appeared as ‘Country Paul’. Slim was obviously a good commercial prospect to have attracted so much attention, but his promising career was not to last.

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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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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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