August 2009


tim-debbieTim and Debbie Grim Yates have combined their lives, amazing talents and deep musical roots to forge one of the country’s most accomplished and entertaining musical groups on the scene today.

Acoustic Heritage is the culmination of several generations of singers and musicians who performed Old-Time and Bluegrass music while passing on the love of that unique Appalachian Mountain sound to the generations that followed after them.

Whether it’s the sound of Debbie’s amazing clawhammer banjo, her lively fiddle, Tim’s mesmerizing guitar or Jordan Rice’s flawless mandolin, the music of Acoustic Heritage always leaves an audience wanting to hear more!

For more info on Acoustic Heritage, please visit: www.AcousticHeritage.com

Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

Music from 4pm until 6pm

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

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For more info visit: http://riverhousenc.com/ 

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West Jefferson, NC—Ashe County native Gayle Hamby Winston was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce in West Jefferson on Tuesday, August 18. 

“Gayle Winston is a legend in western North Carolina.  She’s known for her gracious hospitality and her devotion to the arts, especially to North Carolina’s traditional mountain music,” said Perdue.  “She is very deserving of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor,” the Governor said.. 

Winston, who is the proprietor of the River House Inn and Restaurant in Grassy Creek and the Old Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem, was selected by Governor Beverly Perdue for this honor for her contributions to the hospitality industry, the arts and the people of North Carolina. 

State Representative Cullie Tarleton (D-93), who nominated Winston for the prestigious award,  made the presentation on behalf of Governor Perdue. “Gayle Winston is the personification of a true renaissance woman. Her involvement and leadership in the hospitality industry, travel and tourism and the arts has benefited citizens all across North Carolina. If ever anyone has earned this prestigious award, it’s Gayle,” said Tarleton.  Tarleton represents Ashe and Watauga Counties in the North Carolina State House of Representatives. 

Approximately 50 people attended the award presentation, including US Congresswoman Virginia Fox (R-5), Boone Town Council member Bunk Spann, former Ashe County Commissioner Lee McMillan and former Kansas Lt. Governor John Crutcher. 

Gayle Winston was born in West Jefferson.  She is the daughter of mechanic Gywn Hamby and his wife Zetta Barker, a schoolteacher.  As a young woman, Winston moved to Washington, DC, where she spent the years during World War II, and then onto New York City, where she became Broadway’s youngest producer at the age of 22.  In New York, she met and married movie director Ron Winston and moved to Hollywood.  In 1973, Winston began her career in the hospitality business and has owned and managed several inns and restaurants, including the River House and the Old Salem Tavern.  Southern Living Magazine has named her one of the eight leading chef’s on the southeastern United States. 

Since returning to North Carolina, Winston has been active in community and business affairs in both Ashe County and Winston Salem.  She is a devoted conservationist, dedicating much of her family land and property in Ashe County to conservation. In early July, Winston celebrated her 80th birthday and her many accomplishments with hundreds of friends and well wishers at a musical performance at the Ashe County Civic Center.­­

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BACKGROUND ON ORDER OF LONG LEAF PINE

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.  Created in the mid 1960s, the award is given to residents in recognition of a proven record of service or some other special achievement. The recipient receives a certificate and the privilege of proposing, at any time, the North Carolina Toast:

Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “down home,” the Old North State! 

Past recipients include such famous Tar Heels as Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan and Bob Timberlake, along with longtime state employees, prominent business executives and noted politicians, athletes, musicians, actors and advocates.

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Doug Davis spent a lot of time in North Carolina and New York City playing in quirky power-pop bands you’ve never heard of before becoming a full-time producer, recording artists and bands that you’ve never heard of but will someday soon. In late 2005, after a long period of inactivity, he realized that it was time to make some music again, as a solo artist for the first time. He set out to write a bunch of songs that demonstrated a much more rootsy and soulful sound than he’d ever tapped into before. He then put together a crack band of some of his favorite people to realize them.

For more information, visit Doug’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/dougdavis

Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

Music from 4pm until 6pm

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

CLICK HERE to see a complete schedule!

For more info visit: http://riverhousenc.com/ 

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Steve & Ruth Smith – August 9th!

Besides Ruth’s hammered dulcimer and Steve’s finger style acoustic guitar, the Smiths include claw hammer banjo, Appalachian mountain dulcimer and vocals.

Just about every Sunday beginning in April, our Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

Music from 4pm until 6pm

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

CLICK HERE to see a complete schedule!

For more info visit: http://riverhousenc.com/ 

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