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Tryon, NC

Tryon, known as the friendliest town in the south, is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the Thermal Belt region of western North Carolina. Year after year, Tryon’s moderate winters, cool summer breezes, rolling landscapes, and mountain views attract visitors in search of the perfect place to vacation and relocators looking for a retirement haven. Spring is marked by the April Fool’s Festival.  The weekend begins with a downtown street dance Friday evening. Folks are encouraged to practice their best moves and show them off in the dance contest. Tomfoolery is king all day ...

Tryon, NC

Hillsborough, NC

“Hillsborough is no ordinary, small, southern town”, is the declarative boast of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.  History, arts and culture are alive and flourishing in Hillsborough year round. The Hillsborough Arts Council has been active in developing and supporting the arts locally for more than 20 years. In spring and summer on the last Friday of each month the town square comes alive with music, vendors and an Art Walk visiting downtown galleries, while sidewalk cafes provide food and drink to complement the festivities. Fall brings the annual Handmade Parade that rivals Macy’s, but with giant puppets ...

Hillsborough, NC

Saluda, NC

Saluda is an exciting place for fall adventures and a welcoming community that is eager to share the beauty and spirit of its scenic resources.  Waterfalls and natural gardens provide a peaceful variety of excitement while the Green River can offer an unforgettable whitewater thrill. Golfers enjoy time on local courses in a spectacular mountain setting.  Bikers and hikers have plenty of trails to explore the surroundings. At the end of the day, there is no shortage of cozy inns to relax until the next adventure begins and plenty of restaurants to partake in the pleasure of fine dining. Saluda has ...

Saluda, NC
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Waxhaw Twelve Days of Christmas 11/23 – 12/16/2012

Waxhaw, NC – Twelve Days of Christmas events begin the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue on Fridays, Saturdays and   Sundays through the weekend before Christmas.  Festivities start out with the illumination of over 75,000 lights in historic  downtown Waxhaw, known as the Holiday Festival of Lights, followed by a Snack with Santa.  The Waxhaw Christmas [...]

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Christmas Flotilla 11/23/2012

Swansboro, NC – Christmas Flotilla – Don’t miss this spectacular parade of lights from the White Oak River.  Parade begins at dusk and remember Santa Claus is sure to make his way on deck for a special visit.  Held annually on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving.  Rain date is Saturday.
http://www.swansborofestivals.com/

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Christmas Open House 11/17/2012

Lexington, NC -
Start your holiday season in Uptown Lexington!
On Saturday evening, November 17, 2012 meet us in the square at 6:30 pm for the 5th Annual Lighting of the Uptown Lexington trees. Look for information about a special addition to the 2012 event!
Come back to Uptown Lexington for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, the Annual Uptown [...]

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Warsaw’s 92nd Veterans Celebration 11/10/12

A tid-bit of trivia for you –started in 1921, not only is it recognized as the “The Oldest Consecutive Veterans Day Celebration in America”, but the Veterans Day National Committee has designated Warsaw as a Veterans Day Regional Site for 2012. This time- honored tradition offers a full day of celebration and reverence beginning at [...]

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Edenton, NC Celebrates 300 Years 11/4-12/31/2012

Edenton, NC – Join Edenton from November 2012 – December 2013 as they celebrate their founding and the incredible histories that go along with it. Much excitement is building with activities and events that will delight all ages. Here is our Kick-Off Week Schedule:
11/4: Happy Birthday Cupcakes on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green in [...]

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To Save a Small Town

What happens when the central square of a once-thriving small town — indeed, the governmental seat of its surrounding county — begins to decay amid declining revenues, general neglect and disrepair? What happens when classic architectural details begin to disintegrate on the deteriorating historic structures that once proudly drew the community’s residents into town to [...]

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Conflict Management

I recently visited a downtown development nonprofit in a local small town. The executive director told a story about how, within the first couple months of his job, a local church informed the community that they were going to take down one of their historic buildings in order to add parking. The new director [...]

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Third places

Our friend Mike Knutson over at Reimagine Rural saw our post about Jim Thorpe, and this got him thinking about a recent post he made about third places.  Third places are those hot spots in your community where you can share ideas, such as coffee shops.  Mike goes into detail about the characteristics of third [...]

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Jim Thorpe, PA

I could say a lot about the small towns in the coal-mining area of northeast Pennsylvania.  I am a product of the region–my grandparents came over from Italy to work as laborers in the mines, and eventually settled in the towns of Pittson and West Pittston.   Pittston welcomed laborers from southern Italy, and West Pittson [...]

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Do downtown promotions = dollars downtown?

Smallwander.com is hosting it’s monthly teleconference this upcoming Monday, Nov 24, from 10 to 11 am.  The topic is “Do downtown promotions = dollars downtown?
I particularly would like to explore why Hillsborough NC’s recent “Ladies Night Out” promotion was successful.  On a rainy Thursday night, hordes of women descended on the town and bought like [...]

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