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New Experiential and Online Fan Engagement to Run Through Championship Weeks
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C.  – As part of its commitment to make golf more accessible and enjoyable, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced “Open For All”, a series of beyond-the-gates experiential initiatives surrounding this year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships. The fun and interactive events have been designed to attract new audiences and celebrate golf fans’ connection to the game.
The U.S. Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The 114th U.S. Open will take place June 12-15, followed by the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, June 19-22.  
Three primary elements will define 2014 “Open for All” programming: The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst, U.S. Open Championship Trophy Tour; the first ever on-site Bob Jones Award ceremony; and two weeks of interactive programming and spectator entertainment known as the “U.S. Open Experience”.
“Anyone who has ever attended a U.S. Open knows how special an experience it is,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “’Open for All’ is our anthemic opportunity to bring the excitement of these championships beyond the gates, and deeper into the community. Our championships are defined by the people who volunteer, view and participate and we’re excited to create opportunities for these important audiences to grow in their connection to a game we all love, and open up golf and the USGA to new audiences.”

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The 36th White Lake Water Festival

is May 16, 17, and 18, 2014!

Sunshine, white sand and pristine water set the stage for


The family-oriented fun includes the tractor pull, 

the classic car show, live bands, dancing, a parade, clowns,

vendors, arts, a 10K and a one-mile run, crafts, and more!


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Welcome to the Weaverville Art Safari!

Is the Spring Event on your calendar? This starts our 13th year of bringing together the creativity and talent of artists who reside in Weaverville, NC. You will continue to see your favorites plus some new faces.

Our tours continue to be from 10:00am to 6:00pm on both days, with many artists demonstrating some techniques that make their work unique. This is your opportunity to find new treasures, meet great people, and learn what inspires Weaverville artists.

The Art Safari is brought to you by a dedicated group of volunteer artists, we all thank you for visiting and wish you “Happy Art Hunting!”

Preview Party and Silent Art Auction!

Meet participating Spring Safari Artists at Town Hall for our evening of fun and fundraising in support of the Art Safari. This is a great opportunity to sample fares from our local restaurants, purchase fantastic art, and win terrific items donated by artists and businesses throughout our fine community. Bring your family and friends as we show off some of the best of Weaverville’s artistic residents.

Where:    Weaverville Town Hall, 30 S. Main Street

When:    Friday, April 25th, 7-9 pm

What:    $10 per person admission, with $5 raffle tickets
for door prizes

Proceeds from the silent auction and raffle ticket purchases ensure that the Art Safari will continue. Plus we provide hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and some fine music. Come for the art, stay for the drawings, we will see you there.

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Announcement:  Coleman's Original Calabash Restaurant and The Calabash Grand Re-opening!

These two legendary North Carolina seafood restaurants are now under the ownership and operation of Crystal Coleman Nixon and her family.  Crystal and her staff pay attention to every detail and will serve you a meal of fresh seafood in the true Calabash style... after all, Crystal is the great-granddaughter of the original "Mrs. Calabash" and the fourth generation to take the helm of this NC institution.

Most restaurants last for less than a year.  When a restaurant has been in business for more than 70 years, that says something important.  This restaurant must be unique and the food must be incredibly good.  When the restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family for that period of time, it says something more - it speaks of tradition, values and dedication.  Coleman's Original Calabash Restaurant, in Calabash, NC is one of the few restaurants in the entire United States that can boast such a legacy.

Recently, we spoke with Crystal Coleman Nixon:   

"We are family owned and operated and have been in Calabash since 1940. It all started with Lucy Coleman, also known as " Miss Calabash". Since she opened this restaurant, it has been operated by four generations of Colemans. "Miss Calabash" passed the restaurant to her son Virgil "Tinky" Coleman, then to his son Ray Coleman."

Coleman's is currently run by Ray's daughter, Crystal Coleman Nixon, along with her husband Adam.  Crystal and Adam have done some updating to the restaurant, while still keeping the Calabash tradition alive.

"We love all our customers and appreciate all the families who have made it a tradition to bring there generations here year after year."  

Coleman's Original Calabash Restaurant is located at 9931 Nance St. (on the waterfront) Calabash, NC 28467.  The phone number is 910-579-6875.  Open 4-9pm daily.  Visit their Facebook page for current menu and announcements.

Crystal is very excited to announce that she has taken over operation of The Calabash Seafood Hut. "The Calabash Seafood Hut was established in 1969 by my Grandaddy and Grandma, Virgil and Joanne Coleman, that was Lucy Coleman's son. They are open 11-9 Tues-Sunday (closed Mondays) with a daily lunch special from 11-4. The lunch specials change daily but the price is $8.00, including tax and tea." The phone number is 910-579-6723 address is 1125 River Road Calabash, NC 28467

.... in the immortal words of Jimmy Durante, who signed off of every show with a tribute to Lucy Coleman and Calabash seafood, "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."


Senior Ms. Lumbee, Mable Moses, to represent the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina at the Gathering of Nations Powwow April 24-26, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mrs. Moses would like to thank all of her supporters!  

The Gathering of Nations is a three day event, starting Thursday evening on April 24th, 2014 is the Miss Indian World Talent Presentations  held at a the Albuquerque Convention Center (Downtown Albuquerque).

The Gathering of Nations PowWow is an two Day and Night event (April 25th and 26th, 2014); also included with the price of the Gathering of Nations PowWow Admission is the Indian Traders Market and Stage 49.  The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is held at the UNM Arena "The Pit" in Albuquerque, NM. The Gathering of Nations is an experience for all people (Indian and Non-Indian) to come see the colorful PowWow dancing and to hear the songs and become enlightened with emotional happiness! Over 3,000 indigenous/Native American/Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively.  

Over 800 artists, crafters, and traders will place their wares on display and for sale. The Indian Traders Market offers a very special shopping experience, which includes intercultural traditions and exhibition of Native American Arts and crafts. Stage 49 Native American Music Performances and Entertainment! 2 days of FREE contemporary and traditional Native American music and entertainment will be highlighted on Stage 49. Native musicians will perform in all Genres of music (country, reggae, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, rock 'n' roll, traditional performance and much, much more).  After Saturday Evenings Grand Entry on April 26th, 2014, a young Native American Woman will be crowned the 2014-2015 Miss Indian World at the University of New Mexico Arena "The Pit". Miss Indian World will represent all of Native America and Indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador.

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Pirate Fest at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro May 3rd from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free to public. Sword combat shows, live music, living history encampment, mermaids and games and activities for children. Sponsored by Onslow County Parks and Recreation.


May 10, 2014

Started in 1988, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina.  The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that, from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s, produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina.  On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the 26th Annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet.  With an attendance last year of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.

The Buggy Festival grew out of a suggestion that Carthage, the County Seat of Moore County, needed to stage an event that would draw attention to its history.  Since the Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory had been one of the largest buggy manufacturers in the nation for over half a century, the focus on buggies seemed natural.  But you couldn’t have a buggy festival without a buggy, so where to find them became a burning question.

A search began and soon samples of those early modes of transportation were found and purchased.  Each festival since has seen more Tyson and Jones buggies on hand for festival attendees to view.

There is only one building remaining of the famed factory that flourished in Carthage until after World War I.  A fire destroyed one building in 1905, and in 1976 the biggest fire in the town’s history claimed all but one small section.

The Tyson and Jones Factory may have gone up in smoke, but from the ashes, its memory has been preserved.  Each year, the Carthage Buggy Festival is an event people not only from Moore County, but surrounding counties and even surrounding states, look forward to with great anticipation.

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The Highlands Come to Bethabara Park

The Best Game in Town 

Winston-Salem, NC- Join Historic Bethabara Park for the 14th Annual Bethabara Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival on May 10, 2014. Reminiscent of the Scotch Fairs that were held in the Carolinas in May in the late 1790s, the Bethabara Highland Games offers a relaxing day for family gatherings with congenial kinfolk, musical entertainment and the camaraderie of competition.


The event will begin with the Ceilidh (kay-lee) on Friday May 9 at the Community Arts Café, 411 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston Salem, from 7-11 pm. Guests can bring their instrument and join in. Admission to this event is $10.00 (or $5.00 for those bringing an instrument). Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  


On Saturday May 10, 2014 the field at Historic Bethabara Park opens to the public at 10:00 am with some athletic events already underway. The Welcome Center and historic buildings open at 10:30 am. Admission to the event and access to the historic buildings is free to the public.  

Traditional Scottish athletic competitions are once again a highlight of this year's Games,
with tartan-clad athletes throwing the 56 lb and 28 lb weights for height and distance. Organizers have invited a roster of amateur Scottish heavy athletes that are the names to watch for the future of this exciting sport. They come to test their skill by tossing the 100+ pound, 19+ foot caber end over end and with the Clachneart, the hammer and in the sheaf toss. Past Bethabara competitors include former World Champion Larry Brock.   


With North Carolina's roots in Celtic music, Historic Bethabara Park is proud to announce the 3rd Bethabara Scottish Fiddle Competition. Melinda Crawford, a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. judge and a former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion is coming back for the second year to offer a seminar and judge the competition. The competition, sanctioned by Scottish FIRE, will offer competitors the privilege of competing in the National Scottish Fiddle Competition.

Continuing the focus on traditional music, The Fiddle and Bow Society hosts entertainment on the Main Stage and pipe bands will perform throughout the day.


Participation is a hallmark of Scottish Games. Guests and kinsmen may try their hand at the Battle-axe competition. There are activities for the children that include Colonial games and the children's Scottish athletic competition. Kilts will again be available for the children at NO charge.


Other activities include; Border collie demonstrations, several seminars about Scottish history and lessons in Scottish Country dance. Visitors are encouraged to plan a picnic or partake of the food offered by vendors adjacent to the shady picnic area. Shopping for tartan, short bread, and other unique gifts will be offered in the Celtic Vendors Row.


Historic Bethabara Park, a National Historic Landmark, is the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina and the birthplace of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. For more information, visit or call (336) 924-8191.



Mark your Calendars for the
Candor Peach Festival!

The Town of Candor is pleased to announce the 18th Annual North Carolina Peach Festival will be held on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at 145 Depot Street, Fitzgerald Park in Candor.  This year, in conjunction with the Festival is our 3rd Annual Peachy Feet 5K to be held on Friday night July 18h.  Entertainment for the Peachy Feet 5K will be provided by Loaded Dice. The North Carolina Peach Festival, which began in 1996, is held annually on the third Saturday in July.  We have 6000+ in attendance with over 200 parade entries, 85+ craft and food vendors, live entertainment featuring the Sand Band and Blue Horizon, helicopter and pony rides, kid’s games, and truck loads of peaches from local peach growers. We have expanded our vendor area and entertainment venues so that we have the opportunity to have a little something for everyone. The Festival is proud to promote our local farmers and the agricultural industry. Join us for the Peach Festival and become a part of North Carolina’s farming heritage.  For more information call the Town of Candor 910-974-4221 or email


There is a lot going on in the Lumberton area!  Click here for a current schedule of events:


Hours: 9AM - 6PM




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.



Both restaurants are newly renovated, owned and operated by the original Coleman family... serving excellent seafood, in the true Calabash style, since 1940!  


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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