Jane Pigg recognizes the power of media in spreading messages, including public service campaigns like the Chesterfield county clean up day this past May. Partnering with local government officials and businesses, WCRE organized litter clean up efforts and communicated the importance of keeping the county clean. There is still much work to do, but Jane has faith that people will begin to adapt their ways and reduce the amount of waste being strewn along our roads.
This Carolina story has several interesting twists and it all started some 50 years ago in Michigan. A young boy by the name of Dennis Proctor was doing a bit of exploring in his parents’ room. The contents of the box lead Dennis to believe that the man he knew as his father was not actually his biological father. That was the start of a 50-year journey that would lead a man from Michigan to the third-generation barber shop at the top of second Street Hill in North Wilkesboro, NC.
Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce provides benefits such as brand building, credibility, recognition, networking, professional development opportunities, and comradery with other members. Many small business owners have seen their business grow significantly over the years due to their membership and participation in the Chamber, and they have seen firsthand what it is like to build trust with one another. Linda encourages listeners to get plugged in where you are, to serve, and to help others at all opportunities.
This episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast was recorded on location in the Kindred Gallery of the Rosemary Bed and Breakfast in Pittsboro, North Carolina. One of the artists featured in the gallery is Cher Shaffer, who is celebrating 50 years of making folk art.
This episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast was recorded on location during the 2019 Kruger Brothers Music Academy in Wilkes County, NC. Carl spoke with Jens about his musical journey and the events that led to his moving from Europe to Wilkesboro more than 15 years ago. Jens and his brother Uwe began playing music at a young age, and by the time Jens was 17 in 1979 the two were performing on the streets of various European cities. They were signed to CBS Records based on their talent, and the rest is history.
Shay caught the “songwriting bug” at a young age, influenced by his father who was a songwriter, and has always gravitated towards the guitar. He doesn’t remember exactly which song was the first that he wrote, but he looks back fondly on those early songwriting days as formative to his continuing passion for music. Sometimes a song begins with an idea, a single lyric, or a melody, but Shay always tries to remain true to his creative flow and let the songs come together organically.
Well-known musician, songwriter and comedian Jim Stafford recounts his surprise encounter with Don Gibson and the pleasant afternoon they spent talking about songwriting. Jim writes unique songs that have humorous or unexpected twists. Jim’s songs have the exceptional capacity of captivating audiences young and old, and he has enjoyed seeing the sizes of the crowds grow over the years as more people come to appreciate his art.
Our guest is Stan Lowery, Executive Director of The Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby, NC. Originally a State Theater movie house which opened in 1939, this theater welcomed patrons to movies such as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and The Jungle Book before fa it had to close its doors in the 1980s. In 2007, a group of citizens came up with the idea to open The Don Gibson Theatre in the old State Theater location and breathe new life into the area by boosting tourism.
This episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast began by pure happenstance: Carl was driving downtown North Wilkesboro one evening when an artist caught his eye. He stopped to see what she was painting and found that it was a set of angel wings inspired by The Global Angel Wings Project. Upon further investigation, he came across the story of this project and reached out to its founder, Colette Miller.
Paige Whitley-Bauguess, a local but nationally-acclaimed baroque dancer and musician was so intrigued that she immersed herself in the history and cultural practices of the 18th century, truly recognizing and understanding the emotions and motivations behind baroque music and dance.
She talks with Carl about her process as an artist and the energy which captivates the audience and also educates them about this particular art form.