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Johnny Long (September 12, 1914 (disputed) – October 31, 1972) was an American violinist and bandleader, known as "The Man Who's Long on Music". He was raised on a farm in Newell, North Carolina, currently a subdivision of Charlotte. He started practicing with the violin at the age of six, but injured two fingers on his left hand when he was bitten by a pig.[1] He then learned to use his right hand to play the violin, and continued to do so until his death.

As a freshman at Duke University, Long joined with ten other freshmen to create a school band named The Duke Collegians.[2] During their second year, they were adopted as the official school band. The band stayed together throughout their school years and, upon graduation, renamed themselves The Johnny Long Orchestra, with Long as the bandleader. For a number of years they toured the country and were eventually signed on to Vocalion Records (owned by ARC) in 1937 for the release of Just Like That. They performed their first national radio broadcast in 1939 on The Fitch Summer Bandwagon Show, which boosted their national popularity. This resulted in the band being signed on by Decca Records. His orchestra earned the label "Miracle Band of the Year" thru a series of lengthy engagements at some of the top and locations in the country.[3]

His Johnny Long Orchestra accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on her Decca recording of "Confessin' That I Love You". He was chosen to play the President's Birthday Ball in Washington in 1942, and also that his has been the only record of "Back Up the Red, White and Blue with God," official song of the Treasury's War Bond Dept.[3]

Under management of Decca, Long wrote and released a hit single, "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town", that resulted in over one million sales. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[4] This song quickly became the band's signature tune. This song, and numerous other hits, made the band one of the most successful big bands in the country during the 1940s. Other popular covers included "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" and "Poor Butterfly". One of the high points of his career was playing Franklin D. Roosevelts Birthday Ball in April 1941.[1]

However, as the big band style diminished over the years, so did Long's ensemble. Long continued to lead the band, with various members, up until his death in 1972. He is buried in the cemetery of Newell Baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Corn Husk Doll Workshop


The Museum of the Southeast American Indian will host a Corn Husk Doll workshop on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The workshop will be taught by Lumbee artist, Gloria Tara Lowery and her husband Wendell Lowery.  Prior to the Lumbee children having ready-made dolls, they were made from corn husks. The husks were used for making dolls and the corn was used for replanting and making jewelry.  In this workshop we will be making the husk dolls that our native ancestors also enjoyed.

The cost will be $25 and you can bring your payment on the day of the workshop.  All materials will be provided for you.  If you are 14 years of age or older and are interested in taking this class please contact Alisha Locklear Monroe at 910-521-6282 or


There are limited slots available, so please respond quickly!


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Old Main Building

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

1 University Drive

Pembroke, NC 28372


Bakersville:  Out of crisis, a culture of wonder and creativity.

by Jay Fields

     “Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe,” John Muir once wrote, and in the early days of 1998, record warm waters off the coast of Peru—what’s called an “El Nino” event—created enough climatic turbulence north of the equator to crack massive thunderheads over Roan Mountain, and swell Cane Creek to the point of becoming a fluid battering ram flying down the valley towards Bakersville. 

     Bridges, broken up and tossed to the side, splintered trees like matchsticks while the fast water overrode stream banks and rushed under sheds and cars.  Once the heavy tide reached Bakersville, it destroyed the fire hall and and the Department of Social Services building, severely damaged the day care center on Cane Creek Road, Howard’s Garage, Hemline-Hughes Funeral Home, the Methodist Church and handfuls of other places, washing up into the businesses on Crimson Laurel Way.

     The Roan Valley was declared a federal disaster area and, in the midst of recovery, Bakersville was also subject to a development moratorium because of its flood-battered wastewater treatment system.

     For a community of less than 350 people (the seat of government in Mitchell County), the road ahead must have looked like a forest of broken-down spruce trees.

A perfect reason, as it turns out, for hundreds of volunteers to pitch in, clear debris, help businesses reopen, and begin planning for a town with even more to offer.



Throughout 2016, North Carolina’s state parks system will celebrate its centennial. One of the nation’s first state parks was created 100 years ago at the summit of Mount Mitchell, and since then, the system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres set aside for conservation, recreation and education. The occasion offers North Carolinians an opportunity to celebrate this achievement and to rededicate themselves to the stewardship of this stunning landscape. Every state park will hold a special event to mark the centennial. Here, you’ll find details about those events as well as the 100-mile hiking challenge, a park passport program and more. Celebrate with us and rediscover North Carolina’s state parks as places to learn about our environment, to relax with family and reconnect with nature.

Watch "Here in This Place," a celebration of North Carolina State Parks' scenery, activities, and natural wonder - filmed and produced by parks staff.

A team of 28 videographers, including rangers, a retired ranger, education specialists, office personnel and temporary AmeriCorps workers, was trained to contribute to the year-long project. The result was this video and the creation of a stunning video library of state park landscapes at their best. The video's soundtrack is provided by composer, musician and WRAL-TV news anchor Bill Leslie and Joe Newberry of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a nationally known composer of traditional-style music. Editing was completed by Greg Snyder, Digital Media Group director for the museum. The project was produced under the guidance of Dave Cook, the parks system's north district superintendent.

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Banner Elk, NC 28604

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.


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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.



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