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Holidays in The Garden
As Seen In: Pg 16 Destination Magazine Dec 2017, Author: Kara Werts
As a wide eyed child, seeing the first wreaths being strapped to the light poles on Main Street in late November made us giddy with anticipation. It was the start of what we considered the best month of the year. Candy canes, gingerbread, putting your masterpiece macaroni ornament on the tree and, oh, bless those Toys-R-Us catalogs… It was all so magical. As adults, we became a little harder to impress. We want the holidays to have grandeur and elegance, like living in "A Miracle on 34th St." There should be twinkling lights in every direction, massive trees, hot cocoa, carols, a throne for Santa, and we don't want to have to park at the mall to get it, right?
As Seen In: Pg 25 Destination Magazine Nov 2016, Author: Kara Werts
It was very first day of October when the chili breezes came with sling across the Carolinas this year, starting autumn off with a running late. Now with November upon us, our dear neighbors in the Appalacian are reaching for their wool socks in the firewood. Here in Gaston County we still have plenty of time left to embrace the seasonably cold weather.
McAdenville Ready to Shine
As Seen In: Pg 28 Gaston Lifestyles Nov/Dec 2016, Author: Chris Rodarte and Christy Gliddon, Photo Credit: Steve Rankin
The little town on the South Fork River is preparing for its annual transformation. Every December, McAdenville becomes Christmastown, USA, as countless red, green and white lights are turned on to twinkle and shine, and all the town’s homes get into the spirit of Christmas. Thanks to a special deal with Duke Energy, the town is able to create this dazzling display of lights and decorations that has for decades drawn visitors from around the world. French, German, Austrian and other foreign media news outlets have covered Christmastown, according to McAdenville historian and photographer Steve Rankin.
Horse Power Bit of Hope Ranch Helps Children and Adults Change Their Lives
As Seen In: Pg 6 Ultimate Magazine Nov/Dec 2016
“SHE CHOSE ME!” With those words, an abused teenager welcomed the horse that ambled toward him. For the rst time in his life, moving from foster home to foster home, someone had accepted him. Bit of Hope Ranch, in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, is home to two programs that are linked by the power of horses to help humans understand their emotions and create healthy relationships.
As Seen In: Pg 25 Destination Magazine Oct 2016, Author: Kara Werts
There are two kinds of people it seems; those who wait all year to start celebrating fall, and those who get teary-eyed at the idea of summer coming to a close. Which ever way we identify, we can all agree that the first few weeks of autumn are equally important to us both. It's the season when we step out into the first crisp cool morning, and the season when we are desperate to soak up the last of the warm sun rays. October can post some of the best weather in a North Carolina year and there is no better way to savor it then to spend it outdoors. In Gaston County, you can easily fill every weekend on your October calendar with events and experiences that all take place out in the fresh fall air.
Endless Outdoor Sporting Events in Gaston County, NC
As Seen In: Sports Planning Guide
With a suburban feel and easy access to the big-city amenities of Charlotte, Gaston County is an ideal location for outdoor sporting events in North Carolina.
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
As Seen In: Pg 28 Gaston Lifestyles Sept/Oct 2016, Author: Regan Brooks
The Gaston County Museum of Art and History is probably one of the best-kept secrets in the county. “And that’s a shame,” says Jason Luker. “It’s really about time people knew about us and the wonderful things we have to offer.”
Michael Applegate: come see all Gaston has to offer!
As Seen In: Pg 12 Gaston Lifestyles May/June 2016, Author: Michael Applegate
I believe we’re working toward a common purpose that benefits us all.”
That’s what Michael Applegate recently said about the efforts of Gaston County Travel and Tourism. Applegate, 50, is the department’s new director. He is a CDME or certified destination management executive. Prior to coming on board in his new position in January, Applegate spent four years as the senior vice president of sales and destination services at the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Before that, he spent nine years as the director of research for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.