Lake Life Series - High Rock Lake: Creek and Forts

Lake Life Series - High Rock Lake: Creek and Forts

The man-made High Rock Lake is situated between Davidson and Rowan County serving as a county boundary. Recently, the lake has become a destination for those seeking a quieter living environment and friendly neighbors.

It is the second largest lake in the state. Despite the lake being man-made in the late 1920s, it houses sanctuaries of amazing wildlife and it is a well-known fishing lake for largemouth, white and striped bass, black crappie, white crappie, catfish (blue, channel and flathead), and bluegill.

Recently, I had the pleasure of taking a private tour with local expert and lake resident, Paula Noonan of Lakefront Properties and More, who guided me to two very different “corners” of the lake.

Historic Downtown Thomasville revamping one building at a time

Historic Downtown Thomasville revamping one building at a time

Thomasville is a city full of rich history, most notable for its furniture industry founded around the railway system with one of the state’s oldest railroad depot just a few hundred feet from the city's most iconic landmark, "The Big Chair.” Pillars of Thomasville are making a conjunctive effort to pour life into some buildings that were once eyesores in the city’s historical district.

City councilman Scott Styers says downtown revitalization has been on the top of the council’s agenda for the past decade.

“We recognized that the growing recession would present a real challenge to the real-ization of that goal,” Styers says. “But we felt that the economic health of downtown would drive the improved economy for all of the businesses in our city. Many studies have shown that a strong downtown results in generating and preserving more “local dollars,” money that stays in a community through investment, local payroll and expanding tax base. That continues to be an important part of our plan. It was also a pillar of the envisioning process that the community adopted in 2010.”

Mike Tesh: Art of Building A Past, Present and Future

Mike Tesh: Art of Building A Past, Present and Future

City Fitness owner Mike Tesh is a modern day renaissance man, drawing inspiration from his travels around the country, local history and ‘80s sensation The Karate Kid.

“If I’m going to do it, I’m all in,” Tesh says. He’s referring both to his resounding renovation efforts in Uptown Lexington and his favorite mantra, a line taken directly from The Karate Kid, “Either you karate do ‘yes,’ or karate do ‘no.’” This is how Mr. Miyagi explains the practice of karate to a young Daniel LaRusso. You are either all in or all out — no in between.

Tesh, a Davidson County native, currently counts three big uptown construction projects on his hands, one complete, one a work in progress, and one in its infancy.

In the Garage Behind the "Mansion": A great granddaughter's personal reflection on N.L. Aderhold's Diary

In the Garage Behind the "Mansion": A great granddaughter's personal reflection on N.L. Aderhold's Diary

I was born and raised on Noah’s Trail, a small gravel road in rural Thomasville. Noah was my great-grandfather, a man I never met, but whose name was spoken often.

In 1927, Noah Lee Aderhold moved to Thomasville from Commerce, Georgia to work in a local furniture factory. He served as a notary and Justice of the Peace from 1935 until his death in 1965. Known as the “Marryin’ Sam of Fair Grove,” he performed 278 wedding ceremonies at the family home off Holly Grove Road. After a couple tied the knot, he would ring a set of old iron bells in the lawn to celebrate.

Blythe Leonard: Miss Independent

Blythe Leonard: Miss Independent

Attracted by the opportunities that larger cities seemingly offer, many small towns lose their young people who leave home optimistically for something better. However, many of these young folks leave without knowing what they want to do or be.

Even before high school, Blythe Leonard knew what she wanted to do. With her petite frame, blond hair and shark eyes, Blythe was leaving.

Blythe Leonard specifically chose Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). She didn’t want to attend just any art school, she wanted to attend a design school. Design’s purpose is to make function beautiful or conversely make beautiful items useful. Design is solving a problem. Blythe identifies herself as a designer.

Tradition: Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion

Tradition: Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion

Denton boasts a lofty population of about 1,700 residents. However, around the week of Fourth of July, tens of thousands of people flock to the Denton Farmpark for the Annual Southeast Threshers' Reunion. This year will mark the 48th anniversary of the largest steam, gas-engine and antique farm show in the Southeast.

The festival began as a way to celebrate threshing, which is the process of separating edible grain from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. It has grown over the years and includes a variety of historic demonstrations, hundreds of antique tractors, cars, and engines.

SPEAK UP! Local Poets Speak Up and Raise Awareness

Poised like the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, Khalisa “Kelly Rae” Williams claimed her space on the Piedmont poetry slam stage, smooth brown hands slightly flexed. Her shoulders were upright, but her head was bowed so deeply, it appeared to be buried within the nurture of her own chest. I recognized that stance; the spoken word poet was finding her “special place” before an outpouring of words that birthed Davidson County’s Speak Up! poetry movement.

Non-Profit Agencies: Bridging the Economic Self-Sufficiency Gap

Non-Profit Agencies: Bridging the Economic Self-Sufficiency Gap

Like many natives, Kaitlin Baker, executive director of the South Davidson Resource Center (SDRC), remembers the security of growing up in a thriving Denton community. She also recalls a major shift occurring, as rampant job loss brought a proud Davidson County to staggering levels of poverty, unemployment, and reliance on community resources for self-sufficiency. In 1993, SDRC began providing food, clothing, and utility assistance in response to the growing number of Denton and Silver Valley families lacking adequate transportation to Lexington or Thomasville for work or assistance. 

Chef John Wilson: Limitless Culinary Palette

Chef John Wilson: Limitless Culinary Palette

As downtown Lexington becomes increasingly inhabited with a variety of businesses selling food from donuts to butchers, there’s also expansion going on just off of Main Street. 

Even though Lexington’s “brand” food is barbecue, other alternative establishments are opening and coexisting quite well — variety, as they say, is the spice of life. 

One such place that opened in 2016 is “Sophie’s Cork & Ale,” a wine and craft ales tasting room that also serves food—food lovingly prepared by chef John Wilson.

One Day: The Persistence of Victor & Isidro

One Day: The Persistence of Victor & Isidro

Main Street seemed fairly quiet as we drove past the Big Chair. It was a typically hot, Carolina summer afternoon. The only time available to meet up with metal artists, Isidro Bravo and his friend, Victor Velazquez was on this hot Saturday afternoon. 

Both men work as welders, and good welders are in strong demand. This last minute text was our only chance to meet and photograph their work.

Haught's Hands

Haught's Hands

The first thing I noticed when I met Ken, other than his charming smile, was his hands. 

He has hands that you just want to stare at and explore all the lines, cuts, scrapes, burns, and blisters. They are rough, strong and unforgiving. Sometimes his hands come home almost black; covered in metal shavings, filled with splinters and spots of dried up blood. His hands are a work of art. His hands create.  

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise…

Cruise-in Lexington: An outdoor promenade of history, car obsessions and community

Cruise-in Lexington:  An outdoor promenade of history, car obsessions and community

Since the 1940’s, cruise-ins have been popular around the country. Robert Hearn, Steve Everhart, and Larry Helms decided they wanted to relive earlier times by gathering friends and their specialty cars in a cruise-in location. Cruise nights ran regularly in Uptown Lexington, but were disbanded in 1988 due to disrespectful crowds, weekend traffic congestion, and difficulty getting emergency vehicles through the traffic. Hearn contacted Uptown Lexington and the Chief of Police to reestablish a cruise-in, and the cruise-ins were back.

The World of Train Watching

The World of Train Watching

I was fascinated with trains as a child and remember begging my father to go to the depot to watch them. I recall seeing passengers eating at white-clothed tables in the dining car. Train watching still entertains many fans young and old around the world—young and old. These days without having to visit the tracks, ardent fans (called railfans) are tracking and live streaming trains on their cell phones and other devices. 

Davidson County Airport: Gateway to Business & Adventure

Davidson County Airport: Gateway to Business & Adventure

With over 5,000 feet of runway and the ability to handle everything from the smallest hang glider to a 60,000-pound jet, the Davidson County airport is attracting increasingly more interest as an alternative to the Triad’s busier airports. 

Together, fixed-base operators Mari-Elena Baldwin and Karel Van Der Linden have worked to build the airport’s reputation as a top-notch facility that puts customer service and convenience first. Their business model relies heavily on the idea that, as a small airport, they have to go the extra mile to keep pilots and passengers coming back. 

Master of Mixology: Vintage Cocktails

Master of Mixology: Vintage Cocktails

Vintage cocktail bars have emerged in the last decade; even home owners are creating neighborhood in-house bars where their friends can gather to enjoy an occasional drink. The era of the quintessential bartender as depicted in Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy novels and the Netflix series “Madmen” have long since passed… or have they

Gentle Harmony Farm: Blending Organic Herb Teas

Gentle Harmony Farm:  Blending Organic Herb Teas

“When we purchased the property, we didn’t intend for this to be a working farm. However, my increasing interest in herbal medicine coupled with our desire to have a productive second career led us to improve our small corner of the world through sustainable, organic agriculture,”  explained Pamela Leonard.

Pamela and her husband, Charles, moved to Davidson County in 2012. They established a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic farm. Davidson County is fortunate to have Gentle Harmony Farm with its organic farming methods and sustainable agriculture.

A Shopping Guide to the Eleven Acre Flea Market

A Shopping Guide  to the Eleven Acre  Flea Market

In days gone by, my husband and I used to travel the world, finding seasonal and temporary work to fulfill our wanderlust. Through these travels we fueled our love for food. Travel became a journey to find new flavors, new cultures, and new friends. 

Now settled in Davidson County with children and the daily routines of living, the thrill of adventure travel has drifted further into our memories—until making this discovery.

Vintage Entrepreneurs

Vintage Entrepreneurs

Savvy artists revive retail industry and incubate new art start-ups.

For three days each month, a normally quiet fifteen-acre plot of farmland just off Business I-85 in Thomasville, North Carolina, buzzes with activity as droves of treasure-seekers swarm to Chartreuse (Barn Sale). 

Most people will have heard about Chartreuse from an enthusiastic friend or on social media. The rest wander in off the highway to see what the small signs that say “Barn Sale” are all about. What everyone finds when they arrive at the barn is a wonderland of around twenty-five ten-foot square booths filled with upcycled antiques, refurbished furniture, original artwork, and other handcrafted décor. A recently-enclosed pavilion holds additional vendors and, on warm days, even more vendors scatter outside under tents. 

DIRT BAGS: Davidson County's Underground Track Network

Pack it, shape it, wet it, dust it, slap it, ride it, and repeat until perfect. Freshly groomed and prepared, terra cotta waves rise, fall, and flow like a river of clay, displaying the artistry of these dirt digging denizens.

Bike parks have been popping up all over major cities, yet in Davidson County unsung private tracks have been here all along, paid for not in municipal dollars, but in sweat.

PASTURE-RAISED BEEF in Davidson County

PASTURE-RAISED BEEF in Davidson County

From the time they’re born until they reach full maturity, the cows on Jeff Boyst’s 100-year-old farm, BN Acres,  graze on nothing but grass. Depending on the season, the herd of about fifty Charolais cattle enjoy a rotating crop of rye, millet, fescue, orchard grass, and sorghum-sudan grass. 

“If you take care of the pasture you’re going to have good animals,” says Boyst, who took charge, after his grandfather’s passing in 2007, of the farmland at BN Acres. “It’s a delicate process to make sure we’re giving them the right grass for the right end product.”