Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 BLUE RIDGE FOOTHILLS PROTECTION CHALLENGE

submitted by The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina:


Between now and August 31 2017, your support for Foothills Conservancy goes TWICE as far with a dollar-for-dollar match toward our $80,000 challenge goal!

It never ceases to amaze us when those committed to a cause achieve great things.

This May, in an effort fully funded by private contributions, Foothills Conservancy purchased and permanently protected Sank Gap, a 259-acre tract in the Catawba River's headwaters near Old Fort in McDowell County. Residents of the adjacent Creston Community, motivated by one couple's $25,000 challenge pledge, rallied to raise the final $50,000 needed to complete the purchase.
Thanks to these passionate individuals and other private funders, this incredible land, which contains nearly a mile of the ridge of Edmondson Mountain including Sank Gap, is now part of Foothills Conservancy's Catawba Headwaters Preserve.
The ridge of Edmondson Mountain, including Sank Gap

During our 2017 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge, you have an opportunity to double your impact and help us achieve our $80,000 summer challenge goal.

Two anonymous individuals together have pledged $37,500 and the von Drehle Corporation of Hickory has pledged $2,500 to match up to a total of $40,000 for this annual fund challenge.

From now through August 31, your gifts toward this challenge will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your investment in this unique and wonderful region and allowing us to advance our land and water conservation work this year. 
With your help, we will continue our work this year to protect places like Lake James, where concerned citizens contributed half the funds needed for our land trust to acquire and add another 41 acres to Lake James State Park last year. Known as the Whippoorwill Dairy Farm, this land offers public access to a section of the Overmountain Victory Historic Trail along Paddy's Creek and protects the clean waters of Lake James.
Paddy's Creek flows along the Whippoorwill Farm


Protection projects like this are inspiring examples of the community members and landowners who are committed to working with Foothills Conservancy to protect our beautiful region.

With your help, Foothills Conservancy will be able to continue adding to the more than 51,000 acres of mountain forests, foothills farmlands, and the thousands of miles of streams, rivers and trails that we have protected since 1995.
We consider it a privilege that thanks to supporters like you, Foothills Conservancy can use our expertise and resources as a regional land trust to work with people in our community who are passionate about land and water conservation to achieve our shared goals.

Thanks to your support we are able to respond to opportunities to protect scenic vistas, preserve family farmland through conservation easements, and safeguard the water quality of the streams and rivers that we rely on for recreation and drinking water. 

Please double your support for our region's future during our Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge by mailing your gift, making a secure gift online at foothillsconservancy.org/donate, or calling our office at 828-437-9930 by August 31.


Thank you,

Susie Hamrick Jones 
Executive Director
 
Ron Beane 
Board Chair
 
P.S. Don't forget! Mark your calendar today and make a two-for-one gift by August 31.
 
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina 
P.O. Box 3023, Morganton, NC 28680
Ph: 828-437-9930
www.foothillsconservancy.org
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Carolina Public Press Calls for Support

submitted by Angie Newsome, Founder and Executive Director

Greetings!,

What is the quality of life for residents at housing facilities for people living with mental illness? Are they safe and dependable? And are regulators and agencies doing their jobs to make sure facilities are well-run?

This month, our news staff is driving from Bryson City to Wilmington, from Raleigh to Lewisburg to report on how patients, families and caregivers cope with some of the most challenging health issues facing North Carolinians.

This is the latest reporting project coming from Carolina Public Press, a
not-for-profit online news organization devoted to providing you nonpartisan, in-depth and investigative reporting you can trust. From mental health to the environment, from the halls of the N.C. General Assembly to local government, from education to human trafficking, we aren't afraid to ask hard questions and report on tough issues. Because you are a subscriber, you know that we delve deeply into the overlooked and under-reported issues facing our communities, region and state through our award-winning journalism and civic and civil dialogues.
 
CLICK HERE
You can strengthen this work during the last week of our two-week sustaining donor challenge -- and double your gift right now!

Can you pledge just $10, $15 or $25 a month to support a news organization you can trust and count on?

And, due to the generosity of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation -- your donation can be DOUBLED up to a total of $25,000. If you've never given before, you can turn your $10 a month gift into $20 a month. And if you've given to us in the past, an increased gift will be doubled.
 
Because, it's true. As our staff schedules interviews, crunches data, prepares questions, researches policies and lawsuits, and schedules public dialogues,
we need your help
to bring this award-winning, high-quality journalism to you.

Now is the time to strengthen independent, in-depth and investigative reporting. It's needed now more than ever.

We hope you'll join us and show your support during the last week of our two-week sustaining donor fund drive.
You can help build fact-based and context-rich journalism that matters.
 
Thank you,

Angie Newsome
Founder and Executive Director
Carolina Public Press 
 
 
 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Flat Rock Cinema Gears Up for the 2017 Magnolia Concert Series

The Magnolia Concert Series  held at The Flat Rock Cinema (2700 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock NC) starts June 11.   The live concerts, produced by Howard Molton, begin at 3:00 PM on various Sundays each month from June through October.

2017 Magnolia Concert Series Tickets  are $15 plus sales tax and fee ($16.75 total) ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES SO PLEASE CHOOSE CAREFULLY. This is a PAPERLESS ticket series so you'll receive an EMAIL with your receipt which serves as your ticket. You can not pick up tickets before the day of the concert. Doors open at 2:30 so tell us your name at the box office. If you don't receive an email, the transaction wasn't completed or the receipt may be in your spam folder.

 Queen of Hearts - June 11, 2017


Hank, Pattie & The Current - July 9, 2017

Underhill Rose - August 13, 2017


Wayne Henderson - August 27, 2017


Aaron Burdett - September19, 2017


Lonesome Road Band - October 8, 2017

The Flat Rock Cinema is "your affordable, locally owned clean and friendly bistro cinema, featuring great food, wine, and local brews." Check the website for regular movie schedules and showings.




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art on the Greene Creates an Outdoor Gallery in Banner Elk NC

Art on the Greene transforms the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk NC School into an art gallery filled with works from local and regional artists, May 27-28, 2017.

The Memorial Day weekend show is the first of three Art on the Greene shows that take place throughout the summer in Banner Elk. The second show will be July Fourth weekend, July 1-2, and the final show will be Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3.


The Memorial Day show includes approximately 40 artists from up and down the East Coast, as well as some from the Midwest. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil. The July Fourth show is expected to be the largest with 60 artists attending.

“I hope attendees find our town to be a place they want to return and tell other people about,” says Kimberly Tufts, show director. “I also hope they leave with something tangible, that they find a new piece of artwork and build a relationship with an artist that enriches their life.”

Proceeds from artists’ booth rental fees go to renovation efforts at the Historic Banner Elk School. Funds from previous art shows have helped restore heat to the school gymnasium and freshen the paint, as well as contributed to the town’s payments on the property.

The 1939 school was built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. The Town of Banner Elk owns the school, which is home to the Banner Elk Book Exchange, professional theater company Ensemble Stage and a lifestyle magazine.

“We have a rich heritage that makes us special, and I think people feel that when they’re here,” Tufts says. “Banner Elk is also a very friendly town in a beautiful location. We have wonderful restaurants and so many things to do outdoors, which make this place a destination.”

Art on the Greene has no admission fee. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Food vendors will be on hand, complementing the offerings at local downtown restaurants.

For information, visit the website or call 828-387-0581.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mothers Day in the Mountains: Free Mother's Day Chocolate from The Chocolate Fetish

use special coupon code + order before May 1st to receive 

Free Mother's Day Chocolate

The Chocolate Fetish (36 Haywood Street in Asheville, NC) is making it extra sweet to give your Mom chocolate this Mother's Day with a Free Chocolate Round offer.  Choose from the limited edition Mother's Day selections, create your own custom box of our award winning truffles, or choose from a wide variety of hand made chocolate assortments.
No matter what you choose, when you order before May 1st (and use our special coupon code, details below) they'll include a FREE Chocolate Round with your order. 
Chocolate Rounds are their version of a traditional Chocolate bar made round instead of square.  Chocolate Rounds are available in a variety of flavors featuring premium blends of milk, white and dark chocolate.
 

How to get your free round:

Place your order online before May 1st and use the special coupon code and we'll automatically include your free chocolate round:
  • Use coupon code MOMLIKESITDARK for a Dark Almond Raspberry Round
  • Use coupon code MOMLIKESITMILK for a Milk Raspberry Round
Order must be placed before May 1, 2017. Orders will begin shipping May 8th to arrive before Mother's Day. No minimum purchase. Online orders only.

Use coupon code INSTORE PICKUP to pick up in our downtown Asheville shop after May 10th.