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April 15-18, 2004 (Silk Hope, NC) 2nd Annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Of Music and Dance
We are working on 2004's line-up. -Stay Tuned, Many More to Come! - Patty Loveless, Donna the Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers, Campbell Brothers, Big Fat Gap, Keith and Preston Frank, Katherine Whalen, Barefoot Manner, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Galumpha, The Horse Flies, Jim Lauderdale, Oliver Mtukudzi

We look forward to a great event, and seeing all of you at the 2nd Annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance! Lots of music, plenty of on-site camping, foods, arts, crafts, dance, workshops, poetry slam, kids area, dance tent 18 miles southwest of Chapel Hill in Chatham County, North Carolina.

April 17, 2004 (Brevard, NC) Free Workshop on Growing A Great Garden
The Transylvania County Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a free workshop to help beginner and novice gardeners who want a fabulous garden (or maybe just a few pretty pots of blooms on the patio) this year. This is an excellent time for anyone who isn’t sure if soil amendments have legal ramifications, the difference in an annual and perennial, or the meaning of the terms “sun and shade tolerant” to get these queries answered and much more. Hands-on demonstrations of gardening techniques. This workshop is being offered on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community Services Building at 203 East Morgan Street in Brevard. Refreshments will be provided and there will be free soil and gardening literature available from the NC Cooperative Extension Service, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, and the Master Gardeners. For more information, call 862-8362.

April 24 - May 9, 2004 (Durham, NC) The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties Presents its Inaugural Designer Showhouse:
Whitehall Terrace, 105 West Knox Street, Durham, NC.
Open to the public from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday - Sunday
Guided group tours available by appointment. Our website is : "', Email us for more information!

May 8, 2004 (Whitsett, NC) WATER OF LIFE - An Evening of Celtic Music with Peter Berry, Celtic harpist, and Sarah Keith Chowning, vocalist. A Benefit Concert in Honor of Thomas Berry.
4:00 - 8:00 pm (4:00 - 6:00 pm, bring your own blankets and food for a pre-concert picnic!) The Concert will begin at 6:00 pm Tickets: Adults $30, Children free. Location:
Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World at Timberlake Farm, 1501 Rock Creek Dairy Road, Whitsett, NC 27377, (336) 449-0612. Rain Plans: In case of Rain the concert will be held from 6:00-8:00pm at: Bethany United Church of Christ 6125 Burlington Rd. (directly across the road from the Sedalia Elementary school)

Join us for a benefit concert with Peter Berry, Celtic harpist, and Sarah Keith, vocalist. Sarah Keith sings in Gaelic and Peter Berry plays the Gaelic harp. Together, they make music that weaves a magic spell for listeners. They will each perform a number of solos and do some duets together, presenting an evening of Celtic music that promises to be entrancing and inspiring. Peter Berry, nephew of Thomas Berry, is a native of Greensboro who has been living in Seattle for 15 years. Peter plays the Celtic harp in response to a deep spiritual affinity for the instrument. He has two harps, one of which was made in Seattle, and is a unique prototype design by Dusty Strings. It has the serial number 001, making this harp of special historical significance, since Dusty Strings has now made a few thousand harps which have been sent far and wide. The other harp is a replica of a medieval Irish harp which was made for Peter by Ogham Harps in Kenmare, Ireland. Strung with brass strings under high tension, it features a soundbox carved from a single block of willow, and a soundboard of 2,000-year-old bog pine. The resulting clear, resonant sound is amazing!

Specializing in traditional slow airs of Ireland, Peter combines harp music with storytelling and poetry in the ancient bardic tradition of the Celtic countries. Peter has played his harps for a number of gatherings at conferences and retreats focused on the spiritual dimensions of the ecological crisis. The contemplative music of the Celtic harp has contributed significantly to these meetings.

Sarah Keith studied traditional Irish singing in Ireland. She has given numerous performances as a singer, both solo and with other musicians. This is the second duo concert she and Peter have given in the Greensboro area, but these concerts are not the first time they have made music together, as over 20 years ago they were together as student and teacher at A Child's Garden Preschool of New Garden Friends School.

May 22, 2004 (Brevard, NC) 10am-5pm, Big Wheels Roundup Festival
Families have the chance to explore, touch, climb and sit on those machines and vehicles they find fascinating: big rigs, race cars, fire trucks, military vehicles and tons of other specialty mobiles. Alongside all these cool-wheeled-contraptions, is food and prizes, tractor contests, car smashing, music all day, face painting, kid's play area, silent auction, bingo and even a $10,000 basketball and baseball shoot-out contest.

This is our annual fundraiser for The Family Place of Transylvania County-a non-profit organization that is a family resource center, family training center and family support link for the county. Everyone is welcomed here and at the festival! Don't miss this grand event of fun, and in turn, help build strong and healthy children in Transylvania County. Blue Ridge Community College (Brevard Campus). For more information, call The Family Place at 828-883-4857.

July 22-25, 2004 (Union Grove, NC) 10th Annual Smilefest
Smilefest, the east coast's premier music festival, will present it's tenth annual celebration of the best live music in the Carolina sunshine at historic Van Hoy Family Campgrounds, in Union Grove, NC. Attendees will enjoy world-class purveyors of blues, bluegrass, rock, folk, jam, reggae, and world music. Spread over three stages, on more than 100 lush, rolling acres, the festival promotes a positive, kid-friendly, family environment, emphasizing great music, close friendships and a strong sense of shared responsibility and community service.

The event will feature over 40 total acts, early confirmations include the Derek Trucks Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Burning Spear, Steve Kimock, Umphrey's McGee, Tony Rice Unit, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Sanjay Mishra/Rob Wasserman Duo, Motet, Garaj Mahal, The Waybacks, Perpetual Groove, Barefoot Manner, Zen Tricksters, Lotus, Raisinhill, Cadillac Jones, G-13 and many, many more. In addition to top-notch musical performances, the weekend will also feature an expanded educational and recreational children's area, free primitive camping, a swimming pool, interactive music workshops, hiking trails, and a variety of food and craft vendors. New to this year's event is Smilefest's "Festi-VOL Village."

Early bird Smilefest discount tickets, priced at $70, which can include a free subscription to Relix magazine, are available on-line (or at 1-800-594-TIXX), March 1 until April 1. $85 tickets will be sold from April 1 until July 21. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $100. For detailed ticketing, campsite, artist, contact, and non-profit exhibitor info, as well as discussion boards and sponsorship opportunities, visit Contact: Walt Reis, [email protected], (828) 295-9530

October 9, 2004 (Nashville, NC) NC Women's JamFest
The name sez it! Women's Music Fest.

October 9-10, 2004 - (New Bern, NC) MUMfest '04, New Bern, NC, Historic Downtown and Waterfront
In its 24th year, this award-winning, fall celebration attractions more than 80,000 to a weekend filled with a combination of fantasy, fun, entertainment, and an array of attractions offering "something for everyone." For information visit or email [email protected].

October 23, 2004 - (Andrews-Murphy, NC) Celebration of Flight Airshow
Mark your calendar now to fly in or drive in for the October 23 Celebration of Flight Airshow. Presenting a diverse array of vintage to high tech aircraft, the one-day show includes static displays, demonstrations, flyovers, full aerobatic shows and the Black Daggers parachute team. Representing the civilian, military and public service sectors, the pilots and ground crews are as impressive as the aircrafts they control. The Young Eagles ground program, Smoky Mountain Aero plane rides, hot air balloon rides, food vendors and aviation vendors add to the festivities. It’s definitely a day for camera buffs, and a memorable experience to be enjoyed with friends and family.

Airshow admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under. The gates will open at 9:00 a.m., with airshow performances concluding by 4:00 p.m. Limited on-site parking and off-site park and shuttle services are free. Produced in cooperation with David Schultz Airshows, the airshow program will continue to develop between now and October. For more information, visit the airshow at "" and check back often for the latest updates and Celebration of Flight details.

North Carolina Attractions Join TripKid Souvenir Stamp Program

North Carolinians have a new reason to visit museums, welcome centers and attractions in their own state. More than a dozen such businesses and locations have recently joined the TripKid Souvenir Stamp Program, agreeing to mark visitor's souvenir passports with a keepsake stamp or sticker. The nationwide program, developed by Game Technologies, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: GTKN), has more than fifty member attractions in eight states.

The souvenir stickers and stamps are free to visitors, who collect them in special passports or ordinary notebooks as reminders of past adventures. Souvenir passports are available for purchase at the Greensboro Children's Museum gift shop, the Linville Caverns gift shop, and on-line at

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