11th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale

Come Join us at the 11th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale!
This much loved free event is a favorite of locals and visitors.  We will be having a wide variety of plant material for sale featuring perennials, annuals, herbs, native trees, shrubs and garden accessories.  In between your shopping, come sit awhile and listen to the free gardening related demonstrations held throughout the day.

A delightful choice of lunch specials will be available at the Monte Vista Hotel for you to enjoy while you sit and soak in the mountain beauty.
Rainbow Recycling will recycle your plastic flower pots, plastic trays and markers.  Come to the marked drop-off location in the back parking lot of the Black Mountain Library during Garden Show hours.  Volunteers will help unload your vehicle.  Pots and trays will also be available for reuse if you need them  – FREE, “as is”, on a first-come, first-served basis.

When:  May 21, 2016

Where:  On the grounds of Monte Vista Hotel

Location:  308 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC

Timing:  9 am to 4 pm

Admission:  Free

Food:  Lunch available at Hotel

Recycling:  Bring any “as is” plastic plant containers, trays

or markers to Rainbow Recycling Booth

Visit their WEBSITE for more info!

Blue Ridge Country Recognizes Best Mountain Towns

blowing rockBlue Ridge Country magazine readers have awarded the best mountain towns in the 2013 Best of the Mountains poll.

Asheville, N.C. was awarded platinum for best big city, followed by Roanoke, Va. winning the gold award. Readers voted Charlottesville, Va. as the platinum winner for best medium town, selecting Blacksburg, Va. as the gold winner. Platinum and gold winners for best small town were awarded to Boone, N.C. and Waynesville, N.C.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1337812#ixzz2ZnJwBwsu

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Halloween Ghost Ship in Southport!

ghost ship southportClimb aboard the ghost ship! Little mariners will enjoy spooky tales of lost souls, pirates, and other mysteries along the Lower Cape Fear. Games and activities for goblins and ghouls include pirate bean bag toss, design your own trick-or-treat bag, ghost writing, and shadow drawing
NC Maritime Museum @ Southport 204 E. Moore Street, Southport
Contact: NC Maritime Museum @ Southport
910/457-0003
Admission/Fees: Free. Registration Required.
More info: http://www.cityofsouthport.com/index.aspx?page=16&recordid=448

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Small towns continue to appeal to folks…

Holly Springs, N.C.: Quiet town in ‘Research Triangle’ emerges as new second-home market

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
BY  SHANNNON ROXBOROUGH

Not all that long ago, to suggest Holly Springs, N.C., as a destination would have been a stretch. Up until the last decade of the 20th century, the central North Carolina town led a quiet existence, generally bypassed by the state’s economic ascent as a high-tech hub. It was not on anyone’s radar.

In the past 20 years, however, the town has made enormous strides in growth and development, putting itself squarely on the regional map as a place ripe for business and personal life. Today, Holly Springs is blooming, thanks to its proximity to the technology incubator that is the Research Triangle, formed by the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

About 17 miles southwest of Raleigh, Holly Springs’ current and future prosperity hinges on its new role as both an environment conducive to enterprise — Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis built its $600 million flu vaccine manufacturing facility here — and convenient for upwardly mobile professionals seeking an easy commute into the tri-city area.

Real estate agents say that the bedroom community’s property market is dominated by commuters rather than people buying second homes. But many of the same attributes that make Holly Springs attractive to working couples and families also give it allure to those in the market for vacation getaways or retirement homes.

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Beaufort ties with Hammondsport, N.Y. for the #1 spot!

  • This year’s Coolest Small Towns in America contest had a tie for first: Hammondsport, N.Y. (shown above), and Beaufort, N.C. (Arion Doerr)

We logged 368,000 votes in our seventh annual contest to choose the best hometown escapes in America. This year’s twist? A nail-biter of a finish that crashed our website (temporarily, of course!) and resulted in our first-ever tie for first place.

What’s your idea of cool? How about a place where the local dump doubles as an art gallery. Or a town that’s helped spawn a major foodie movement. A Gold Rush outpost with an unsung history of ethnic tolerance would certainly qualify, right?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/05/10-coolest-small-towns-in-america-2012/#ixzz29no0yNYI

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