Regulator Bookshop—Summertime, and the living is easy ... though the heat and your budget may say otherwise. But a new book produced by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources and the N.C. Cooperative Extension can help bring back that way of life, making it easier on your vacation time and easier on your gas bill.
Homegrown/ Handmade: Art Roads and Farm Trails is a collection of farms, festivals, arts and history from all over the Foothills, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina. The book organizes events and individuals that celebrate rural life and local community into "trails" that can lead you on a unique weekend getaway or day trip. "People who live there and know it best set the standards for inclusion in the book, nominate artisans and farmers, and review the sites and events," says Mary Anne Friend, director of development and marketing for the Department of Cultural Resources. "It's different from other guidebooks that have an outsider come in and find out about what is going on in the area." This project originally began as a Web site and was in part supported by the Golden LEAF Foundation, which is helping North Carolinians make the transition from a tobacco-dependent economy.
Heading to the coast? Try the "Rock Stew Ramble" trail for local seafood and hidden kayak trails. Visiting folks in Charlotte? Check out the "Burning Rubber and Riding the Rails" trail for cool sights to stop along the way. For fresh produce and local crafts, go no further than the local "Potters' Wheels and Organic Fields" trail, which includes Orange and Chatham counties.
Joe Newberry, the public information officer at the Department of Cultural Resources and a local musician, will be bringing both his knowledge and his instruments to the Regulator tonight at 7 p.m. —Jessica Fuller