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2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town


Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too!
Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too! Bob E. Photo

APtravelnews-News Release from Waynesville, N.C-3/12/15—When Anna Smathers, Communications Manager for beautiful Haywood County, N.C. to tell me about her joy in having, after months of behind the scenes planning and coordinating, the North Carolina Amateur Sports organization and Cycle North Carolina recently announced that the Town of Waynesville has been named as the starting host town for the 2015 “Mountains to Coast” Bicycle Tour in September.  The organization made the official announcement on Sunday, March 8 at the opening reception of the North Carolina Governors Conference on Tourism in Pinehurst, NC. All participating municipalities and communities were announced and Waynesville received the distinguished title as the starting host town for the ride. “We are honored and excited to be selected as the host/start city for the event this year.  The tour will allow the 1000+ participants and their families to enjoy the mountains and scenic beauty of the area, and while they are here, gives Waynesville the opportunity to showcase its hospitality and charm,” said Marcy O’Neil, Town Manager for Waynesville.

Waynesville will serve as base camp for the initial kick-off and starting point for the cross state ride.  Participants are planned to arrive Saturday, September 26 or even earlier and will have free time to enjoy the local area.  They will begin their journey on Sunday, September 27 and travel 55 miles to neighboring Hendersonville, where they will spend the night before continuing on to Shelby.The “Mountains to Coast” ride provides participants with just enough introductions to each community to entice them to bring their families back for longer visits including vacations.

This event will bring One to two-night stays from 900+ participants, plus more than 4.6 million media/print impressions. ($250,000 value) benefits to the many communities that this event will be an Introduction of communities to participants throughout North Carolina, the U.S. and other countries. Additional revenues from concessions, catering, hotel stays, dining, shopping, attraction visits, etc. will accrue to participating businesses in this area of N.C.

The “Mountains to Coast” tour is major step in the right direction to grow this specific tourism market in Haywood County,” said Lynn Collins, Executive Director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. For more information on the event, visit
 Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde offer year round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art and the outdoors. No matter what experience you choose, N.C. guarantees you will always experience Authentic Appalachian, Pure & Simple! For more information visit  or contact the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036. Note* Barb and I spent a week in this area and it was the best trip ever!!!!

To download a PDF click here: 2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

Information Please! 211 Gets You Help Through a “Live Person! Connect From Your Phone, Get Answers!

APtravelnews-Port St Lucie, West, FL.-Today we were made aware of a great free program called 2-1-1 Helpline! The Palm Beach/Treasure Coast representative told a crowd of 200-Kings Isle residents that just by calling 2-1-1 when you don’t know where to turn, can be a lifeline to anyone unsure of about anything and needs answers.Besides being a free resource 211 live, trained folks can be asked about physical and mental health issues, basic human needs, such as food, emergency shelter, etc. and offers employment support, support for children, youth and family issues, as well as support for older Americans in the areas of senior meals, centers, home health care, transportation and volunteer opportunities. Visit them at: Call 211 and get answers to almost every question. This is a community accredited helpline and crisis hotline center. Specialists offer and support for teens, guidance for adults, caregivers, families, professionals, who can find the services they need. Free. Confidential. Available 24 hours a day, 7-days a week!

Mary Dette has tied fly's all her life and her fly's are highly sought for use and art display! This would make a great hobby, business for anyone who can tie a knot!
Mary Dette has tied fly’s all her life and her fly’s are highly sought for use and art display! This would make a great hobby, business for anyone who can tie a knot!


The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band returns to Cataloochee Ranch

APtravelnews–Penny Redfern, Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch in North Carolina said : “On Tuesday night, April 21, Grammy winner Peter Rowan and his Grammy-nominated bluegrass band will return to Cataloochee Ranch for a special one-night performance.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (credit: Photo by Maria Camillo)

This is the legendary singer-songwriter’s fifth appearance at the Ranch in the past five years, and the intimate fireside event is expected to be a sellout.

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s first album, Legacy, with guest artists that included Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury, was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. The band’s second album, The Old School, was a 2013 nominee for IBMA Album of the Year. In addition to Rowan on guitar and lead vocals, current band members are banjo player Keith Little and bass player Paul Knight, both of whom have been with the band since its formation; mandolin player Chris Henry, who was featured on The Old School; and fiddle player Blaine Sprouse, the newest addition to the ensemble. The band has appeared in festival venues around the world, including Merlefest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Rothbury, Australia’s National Folk Festival and many others, and was featured in January 2015 on the PBS radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Peter Rowan first burst onto the musical scene in the early 1960’s as a member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the co-writer, with Monroe, of the bluegrass classic “The Walls of Time.” He later became involved in an eclectic variety of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including a memorable collaboration with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and John Kahn in the 1970’s bluegrass band Old & In The Way. He embarked on a solo career in the late 1970’s and still tours internationally as a solo singer-songwriter.

A limited number of tickets for the April 21 show are available, and reservations are required. The $60.00 ticket price also includes dinner before the show, with dinner at 6 pm and music beginning at 7:30. Special overnight package which includes dinner, show, lodging and breakfast is $140. For more information, please call Cataloochee Ranch at 828-926-1401. CONTACT: Penny Redfern Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch (828) 926-1919

NOTE* Barb and I spent several days in Maggie Valley and enjoyed the area immensely.  We especially enjoyed our stay at Cataloochee Ranch! 

Memphis To Hold the Annual Southern Women’s Show & Click-It Hot Will Be There Too!

A representation of some of the Click-It Hot products you'll see at the show! These are for medical and sports use!
A representation of some of the Click-It Hot products you’ll see at the show! These are for medical and sports use!

APnewproducts–Feb. 13th, –From Click-It Hot: Ronnie Marshall, who will be at the Annual Southern Women’s Show in Memphis, Tennessee: Ronnie says if you mention that you saw this on Face book, you will receive a free hand warmer with any purchase. Just come by, say “hi” and Click-It Hot 130-degrees in less than 5-seconds. OK! So come Click-It with us at the 25th Annual Southern Women’s Show in Memphis March 13-15 at the Agricenter.  Our space number is WP135 For more information on Click-It Hot go   Visit for more information on the show.  We all hope to see you there for a very good time!