July 2011

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River House Winefest 2011 –  Saturday, July 16th – 12:00 to 5:00 PM

The ninth annual River House Winefest on the New River will be held Saturday  July 16th  in the Grassy Creek area of Ashe County, at River House under the giant sycamore tree down by the river’s edge.

The highlight of the festival will be wine samplings from nine North Carolina Wineries: Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, McRitchie, Rag Apple Lassie, RayLenRound Peak.

The musical lineup features:  Tim and Debbie Yates of Acoustic Heritage (bluegrass); Clay Lunsford Jazz  band, Martha Bassett Band (sultry southern swing)  The Ardmores ( soft rock and blues)

The artisans who will be on site to display their work include:  Goat Cheese by Daddy’s Girl Dairy; glass blowing by Shannon Boyd; Wood Crafts by Walnut Hill;  Glass expressions by Sleepin’ Dog; Mountain Flower Lamps and Shades by Jane M and Michael Floyd and other fine artisans

The National Committee for the New River, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce and  the Ashe County Humane Society will be present with information about their programs, environmental education and membership drives.

Hosting the event is River House owner Gayle Winston, whose Ashe County roots date back ten generations.

Festival entry is $50 per person, and includes a commemorative wine tasting glass, samplings from the wineries, food creations from River House, a day of music, and access to the artists’ booths.

River House Inn and Restaurant is located on the North Fork of the New River, off Highway 16 in Grassy Creek, North Carolina, and offers rooms, cabins, and a fine dining restaurant.

For information, reservations, directions, and lodging options for the 9th Annual River House Winefest on the New: visit www.riverhousenc.com, call 336.982.2109 or e-mail riverhouse@skybest.com.

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George Hamilton IV will be at River House on July 10th.  The performance by the acclaimed “International Ambassador of Country Music” will begin at 4:00 PM. 

Information and reservations at 336-982-2109.

Born in Winston-Salem but with deep roots in Ashe County, Hamilton began his singing career at the age of 19 when a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recording “A Rose and a Baby Ruth.”  The song climbed to No. 6 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart; it continued its rise to fame and attained Gold Record status.
In late 1959, Hamilton moved to Nashville to pursue his work in country music.  A few months later he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Hamilton’s breakthrough hit was the 1961 song “Before this Day Ends”. His biggest hit came two years later with “Abilene;” four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart and Top 20 of the Hot 100. The success of “Abilene” was followed with the song “Fort Worth, Dallas Or Houston” (a Top 5 hit in late 1964).

A decidedly folk influence became evident with 1966’s “Steel Rail Blues” and “Early Morning Rain”, and 1967’s “Urge for Going”. Another 1967 hit was “Break My Mind”. One more Hamilton song of this genre was “Canadian Pacific”. His last Top 5 single came in 1970, with “She’s a Little Bit Country”.

In the early 1970s, Hamilton began touring the world, across the Soviet Union, Australia, the Middle East and East Asia. These widely-acclaimed international performances earned Hamilton the nickname The International Ambassador of Country Music.[2] He also hosted several successful television programs in the UK and Canada during the 1970s, and in the 1990s he played himself in the West End musical, Patsy, based on the life of Patsy Cline.

In 2004, he recorded an acoustic gospel album with producer Dave Moody entitled On a Blue Ridge Sunday which earned Hamilton a Dove Award nomination in the “Best Bluegrass Album of the Year” category by the members of the Gospel Music Association. A single from the album, “Little Mountain Church House”, won nominee recognition in the “Best Bluegrass Recorded Song” category the following year.

Hamilton, still a regular at the Grand Ole Opry, continues to tour and record, concentrating on gospel albums.

River House is on the North Fork of the New River at 1896 Old Field Creek Road.  Reservations are required.

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