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Just in Time for NC Wine Month…A Winery Video!

Today, May 4th 2020, we published a video on our YouTube channel that is a bit of a departure from our normal format.  It is an informative video of sorts; kind of like a “How it’s made” video.  And if you couldn’t guess by the title, yes, it does have something to do with the North Carolina wine industry.  It is a video about the bottling of wine.  More specifically, the mobile bottling process that occurs at many, but not all, of the wineries in North Carolina.  Why produce a video about the bottling of wine?  Why not? It is something to see (or do) in the Carolinas if you get the chance.

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Pisgah National Forest is Closed

In an unprecedented move, the United States Forestry Service announced on April 13th that the Pisgah National Forest is closed until August 13, 2020 or until the order is rescinded (whichever comes first).  This order was signed by the current forest supervisor, Hurston A. Nicholas, and carries punishment of fines up to $5,000 per person, $10,000 for organizations and/or up to 6 months of imprisonment.  While the order went on to specifically list a bunch of roads, trails, and campgrounds or recreation sites that were closed, the basic text reads:

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The Flowers Have Their Final Encore!

With Autumn officially starting this month, there isn’t a lot of color left in the year with regards to flowers. The trees will make their big show in the coming weeks with the fall foliage but flowers, for the most part, are finishing things up. The bees are frantically making their final rounds collecting as much pollen as they can before the pollen tap runs dry and another cold winter sets in. There are, however, a few spots in the Carolina’s where flowers are making an encore appearance before the last curtain call of the calendar year.
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$500 Scholarship From HD Carolina

HD Carolina is a website that provides high-definition videos of things to see and do in the Carolinas. We love our coastal and mountain regions, and we are proud to introduce others to the beauty of the area. Both North and South Carolina are home to many excellent colleges and universities, and they attract students from all over the world. However, we understand that some students have a hard time graduating due to financial concerns, and that’s why we are offering a $500 scholarship to a student who is attending or planning to attend college in the Carolinas.

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Chimney Rock to Partially Reopen After Retaining Wall Collapse

Since Monday, October 23rd, Chimney Rock State Park has been closed due to the collapse of a major retaining wall at the park. The region experienced significant rainfall during this period and it proved to be too much for the steep mountainside at the upper parking lot area. Since then state officials have been accessing the damage and developing plans to repair the wall but no timeline has been published yet. Park officials have determined that the park can be partially reopened as several of the lower sections were unaffected by the storm and can be safely visited. So on Friday, November 10th, Chimney Rock State Park will reopen the lower sections that include the Four Seasons Trail, portions of the Hickory Nut Trail, the Great Woodland Adventure Trail, and the Animal Discovery Den. The upper sections which include the Chimney, the gift shop, the Outcroppings Trail, the Sky Lounge, Exclamation Point, and the Skyline Trail, will remain closed. During the partial reopening admission rates will be reduced to $6 per adult and $3 per youth (aged 5-15). The park will also have several guided hikes and programs running during this time.
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