Both the left and right side of the heart of the Yadkin Valley are expected to have blood flowing with the four main vessels — family, music, food and fun — open and ready for an exciting day on Saturday.
Everyone is welcome to start their day by joining Explore Elkin on the Explorer Hike to Carter Falls.
For a $10 fee, those who are not members of the Explorer group can join one of the two hikes that start with parking at Grassy Creek Winery.
Starting at 8:15 a.m., registered hikers will be able to breakfast on Bojangles’ Biscuits and Dirty Joe’s coffee while waiting for shuttles to take them to their designated locations.
Two different hikes are available with an advanced as well as beginners level, both of which will return to Grassy Creek by way of Carter Falls.
“The hikes are guided by members of EVTA [Elkin Valley Trails Association]. They are very knowledgeable about the area and trail system and will be able to answer questions about the area, including Carter Falls,” said Natalie Eidson, coordinator of the event.
“Carter Falls is a beautiful wonder in our area. EVTA is working to expand the trails in that area, and we want people to see what amazing things you can see just from hiking in Elkin and nearby areas.”
The hike will wrap up with live music and traditional barbecue at the vineyard, courtesy of G&B Energy and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
Explorers are expected to continue their momentum later in the day at the Cinco De Mayo downtown block party from 5 to 8 p.m. in front of the Reeves Theater.
“Joey Nevada had their release party at The Reeves Theater a few months back, and they had such great energy and really got people dancing, so we thought it would be a great fit for a block party downtown,” said Eidson.
After the success of the St. Patrick’s Day block party, Explore Elkin decided to continue that momentum encouraging traffic through downtown as well as attracting a wide audience.
“The block parties are meant for people of all ages,” said Eidson, “and a band like Joey Nevada can help us reach younger people as well. Explore Elkin has something for everyone next weekend.”
For more information about Explore Elkin events or to register for the Explorer hike, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s something for everyone across the Yadkin as well, as the Jonesville Jubilee welcomes a variety of musicians starting at 10 a.m. and ending with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at the Lila Swaim Park.
Along with several yearly favorites, Ambush, Second Chance, Gary Parsons and Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest Band will be performing.
“We’re going to have music going all day long,” said Becky Wood, president of the Jonesville Historical Society and organizer of the event.
“We’ve got gospel, we’ve got country, we’ve got rock. We’ve even got an Elvis impersonator,” said Wood, who was enthusiastic about the variety of vendors that would be on sight including traditional festival food.
Corn dogs, nachos, snow cones, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, kettle corn, deep fried Oreos and pintos and cornbread are expected to be available.
“God’s Smile Factory will be there to sell ice cream,” said Wood, “and he is just so excited to be a part of the Jubilee.”
There is also excitement about the activities available during the day.
“How many people get to see a hot air balloon?” asked Wood. “Well at the Jonesville Jubilee you’re going to get to walk through one.”
Sky Candy Balloons will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with race cars courtesy of Friendship Speedway available for view from 10 a.m. to 2.
Reminding attendees of the rich history of racing in the Yadkin Valley, the History Center will have videos of the Jonesville Race Track available for sale as well as other items in an effort to raise funds for the veterans memorial plaques.
The Yadkin Valley Senior Center also will be raising funds with a bake sale.
“We’re asking for any donations to help keep the senior center in Jonesville open,” said Wood, who alsois taking the opportunity to help with two other community needs.
Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministries will be present to collect items for the pantry.
Summer often means kids are home alone. Easy open, easily warmed items as well as peanut butter and jelly, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, cleaning and personal hygiene products are appreciated.
Representatives from the Yadkin County Sheriffs’s Office also will be at the Jubilee to collect old unused medications.
Explaining she had overheard children talking about other kids selling medication out of their parents’ cupboards, Wood decided to take action.
“We have got to get these drugs out of these kids’ hands,” said Wood, “and you can’t go flushing them down the toilet. That gets into the water system and contaminates it, then we’re all drinking it. I don’t want that stuff in my drinking water, do you?
“Any medicines you aren’t using, aren’t taking any more, just bring them to the Jubilee. All you have to do is take the label off, drop in some water and shake it up and seal it in a baggie. You just bring the medicine; I’ll have all the stuff there.”
Contact Wood at 336-244-5064 with questions about activities at the Jonesville Jubilee.
Of concern for the safety of local residents for 60 years to the day, Arlington Fire and Rescue will hold a celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests at the station, located less than two miles from Lila Swaim Park, will be able to visit with Sparky, tour the station, see demonstrations from the firefighters and other fun activities exhibiting the continuous service of the department.
“I think the kids will really like touring the station,” said volunteer Heather Macy. “I really hope folks will come on over since we’re not too far away from the Jubilee.”
For more information, call the Arlington Fire Department at 336-835-6184.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.