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Today’s Email Announcements

“Great American Get Together” Festival Returns to Wilkesboro for Third Consecutive Year

Bike and car show, petting zoo, vendors and a free concert will be features at this annual event

The national charity, Tribute To The Troops, will again bring the family-friendly, “The Great American Get-Together” event to Wilkesboro on Saturday, April 22nd from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot of CrossRoads Harley Davidson, 1921 US Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro

“The Great American Get Together” will feature a “cruise in” Bike and Car Show, FREE FOOD, inflatable playgrounds for children, a petting zoo presented by Zootastic Park and a live concert by country music star (and Tribute To The Troops founder), Rockie Lynne.

“CrossRoads Harley-Davidson has been a sponsor of Tribute To The Troops’ efforts in honoring the families of North Carolina’s fallen and we wanted to show our appreciation for their efforts.” comments Lynne. “We have a special connection with Wilkesboro. The first family that the North Carolina Chapter honored was the Thompson Family from Wilkesboro, who lost their son, Navy Petty Officer Christopher W. Thompson, when he was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. We wanted to do an event to honor Christopher and all of the other Gold Star families in the area and to give back to CrossRoads Harley-Davidson for their support of our men and women in uniform and their families.”

The event starts at noon. Free food will be provided (while supplies last) and the concert will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. There will be seating provided as well as the Car & Bike Show and activities for children. A scholarship presentation to three Gold Star children will also take place.

“We urge the community to come out and spend the afternoon with us as we celebrate our patriotism in our communitiy.” adds Mike Lipford, General Manager of CrossRoads Harley-Davidson. “It will be a memorable day for all.”


TIME: 12:00 – 5:00 P.M.



Tribute To The Troops was founded by U.S. Army Veteran, singer-songwriter-philanthropist, Rockie Lynne, in 2004. This national charity is in its 14th year and has raised over $600,000 for The Fallen Heroes Education Fund, which purchases 529 College Funds for children who have lost a parent in active duty. The have opened college savings plans for 41 children in five states. The North Carolina Chapter will be conducting their 6rd Annual Ride honoring Gold Star families, scheduled for October 21 & 22 in Statesville. Visit their website for details:www.tributetothetroops.org

Tribute To The Troops’ mission is to bring comfort to the families of our fallen and to let them know that their sacrifice did not go unnoticed. Click here to see a short video about their mission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cgfuGvl_-U&feature=email


CrossRoads Harley-Davidson is located at 1921 US Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro.

April of 2010, CrossRoads Harley-Davidson was purchased by Vann Pierce & Billy Wellons. Pierce and Wellons also own Thunder Road Harley-Davidson in Danville, Virginia. Vann & Billy are avid Harley riders and understand what a customer is looking for in a Harley dealership.

Committed to customer satisfaction their staff features our loyal, dedicated staff of trained professionals who can assist with everything from Harley parts and repair to clothing and accessories. CrossRoads Harley-Davidson proudly serves the areas of Hickory, Statesville, Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro and Lexington. CrossRoads Harley-Davidson® is a Proud Sponsor of our United States military and Tribute To The Troops of North Carolina.


Rockie Lynne first made a name for himself when he released his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album on Universal Records. His debut single, “Lipstick,” spent an impressive 10 consecutive weeks in the #1 slot on Billboard’s Country Singles Sales chart.

This Statesville native has made countless national media appearances, including performances on “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series, Fox News Network’s “Fox and Friends,” feature stories by the Associated Press, People Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.  He has made 14 appearances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

As a veteran of the United States Army (82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC), Rockie is often requested to perform for patriotic and military events and his original songs are regularly licensed for use in conjunction with veteran and patriotic-themed programming.

His original compositions have been included in countless regional and national network programs, of which highlights include an Emmy Award-winning program produced by Wisconsin Public Television, CBS “Criminal Minds” episodes and “Fox NFL Sunday” broadcasts.

www.rockielynne.com     www.tributetothetroops.org

25th Annual Cranberry Festival to Be Held in Shady Valley, TN October 13-14

Where: Shady Valley Elementary School

Friday: Bean Dinner 5 p.m., Auction 7 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station followed by parade at 10 a.m.

There will be crafts, exhibits, food, music, demonstrations and kid’s entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, WNCW-FM and No Depression Magazine Forge New Partnership

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, an initiative of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council has forged a new partnership with WNCW-FM at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, and the American Roots Music journal, No Depression.

The partnership includes the production, broadcast and on-line distribution of a new series of radio segments and podcasts called “Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina” featuring Laura Boosinger, celebrated musician, folklorist and storyteller, as host. The segments highlight bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers and musical traditions across the 29 mountain and foothills counties included in the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina footprint.

Produced by WNCW’s Kim Clark, the short segments cover such subjects as the Piedmont blues style of Etta Baker, the musical recordings of Doc Watson and his family, Round Peak Music of Surry County and Jimmie Rodgers and the Bristol recording sessions. Boosinger’s long history as a performer of traditional and bluegrass music as well as her musicologist background and knowledge of the region provide rich context for the segments.

The segments air on WNCW-FM (88.7) Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and again Sunday afternoons around 4:30 p.m. during the station’s “This Old Porch” programming. “Down the Road” is also repurposed as on-line content by all three entities.

“We are thrilled to be part of such an exciting partnership that will help convey the rich music legacy of Western North Carolina, from our heritage artists to rising traditional music stars of today,” stated Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “The Blue Ridge Music Trails program was designed as a grassroots initiative to raise awareness and economically benefit traditional music venues and communities as well as traditional artists throughout the region.”

“Every corner of Western North Carolina has a special story to tell about its rich musical traditions,” added Laura Boosinger, host for the program. “Through these segments and podcasts we invite citizens and visitors alike to listen, learn, and head ‘down the road’ to explore these special places and get to know our amazing musicians, dancers and our communities.”

The title of the segment is based on the tune “Down the Road” from the Doc Watson Family.

About WNCW FM:

WNCW-FM is an independent public broadcast service of Isothermal Community College and broadcasts at 88.7FM with service in Charlotte, NC on 101.3FM, Greenville, SC on 97.3FM, Boone, NC on 92.9FM and on WSIF Wilkesboro at 90.9FM.  WNCW reaches a worldwide audience through its online stream at www.wncw.org/listen-live.  For the past 27 years, WNCW has broadcast a variety of music, including Americana, Regional, Old-Time, Celtic, Bluegrass, Singer/Songwriter, Jazz, Blues, Country and Rock.  It is honored to support the musical traditions of local and regional artists particularly through this new partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and No Depression.

About No Depression Magazine:

No Depression is a high-end, ad-free quarterly journal of American roots music, presenting exclusive long-form investigative music journalism. Its website focuses on album and live reviews and weekly columns (which don’t appear in print). No Depression is operated by the FreshGrass Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the past, present, and future of American roots music.

About the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina:

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a project of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council. The Trail covers 29 counties in Western North Carolina and highlights old-time, traditional, piedmont blues and bluegrass music and musicians carrying on the unique sounds of the region. A baseline survey conducted in 2012 showed that traditional music activities provide an economic benefit of $20 million to the Western North Carolina region. In 2016, 63% of all respondents to a Blue Ridge Music Trails economic survey stated that the Trails had benefited their site since the initiative was launched in 2013 and 73 % reported an increase in audiences. For more information, visit www.blueridgemusicnc.com

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, designated by Congress and the President in November, 2003, works to protect, preserve, interpret, and develop the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of Western North Carolina for the benefit of present and future generations, and in so doing to stimulate improved economic opportunity in the region. National Heritage Areas are locally-governed institutions that encourage residents, non-profit groups, government agencies, and private partners to work together in planning and implementing programs that preserve and celebrate America’s defining landscapes.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Highly Ranked in Annual REAL Trends Survey 

Naples-based Premier Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that it has been ranked number 35 on the annual REAL Trends 500 survey of the top U.S. residential brokerage companies.

With approximately $3.8 billion in sales volume, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty achieved more than 5,660 closed transactions in 2016 at an average sale price of $676,000.

“We are honored to rank this high on a list that includes the most respected national real estate firms in the country,” said Judy Green, CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is a testament to our commitment to extraordinary service, our marketing platforms and unrivaled international reach.”

The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report which identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential firms as ranked by closed transaction sides and separately by closed sales volume. The report represents the standard of measuring the performance of the nation’s leading realty service firms.

About Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 1,000 associates and employees in 40 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina. In 2017, the annual REAL Trends 500 survey ranked the firm number 35 in its survey of the top U.S. residential sellers by volume, the highest ranking for a Florida-based brokerage. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty also benefits from an association with the storied Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit premiersothebysrealty.com.

Holocaust Survivor to Share First-Hand Accounts at Lees-McRae College, Apr. 19

Holocaust survivor Dr. Walter Ziffer will present first-hand accounts of his experiences at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 in Evans Auditorium.

Assistant Professor of History, Robert Turpin, planned the free event that is open to the public.

His presentation titled, “Witness to the Holocaust”, is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Currently an Adjunct Professor of philosophy and religion at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Ziffer is a survivor of the Holocaust having endured three years at seven different Nazi slave labor concentration camps.

“The Holocaust is one of those quintessential and horrific historical events that we must remember,” Turpin said.  “We must learn the lessons of the Holocaust and remain vigilant they are never repeated. Walter Ziffer will share his first-hand account of surviving the Holocaust and persevering long after the camps were closed.”