With temperatures still in the 90s when schools across North Carolina open their doors to students in mid-August it always seems to mark the end of summer, even though the official transition from summer to fall doesn’t occur until September 22 at the Autumnal Equinox. Excitement fills the corridors whether it’s at the primary, secondary or higher education level. I always feel like the “new year” begins now and am energized with great expectations of this new beginning.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of items that fill the backpacks of boys and girls heading back to school, such as pencils, magic markers and glue sticks? I learned the following information from a short article in the September issue of Real Simple magazine based on James Ward’s book The Perfection of the Paper Clip. That bright yellow pencil we all know from our school days is filled with graphite discovered in England in the 1500s when a storm blew down a tree exposing the shiny substance. Prior to the invention of the rubber eraser in the 1840s bread was used to remove pencil marks. Magic markers were invented in 1952. And the inspiration for the glue stick occurred in the 1960s when a German chemist observed a woman applying lipstick on board an airplane!  

Education has always been important in our state. North Carolinians are proud of the fact that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the country. It was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly on December 11, 1789. Perhaps a lesser known fact is the history of the buses that transport children to school across the entire United States. Thomas Bus Company, located in High Point, produced its first school bus in 1936 and is the leading North American manufacturer of school buses! 

History and the influence of the rivers, sounds and ocean merge in visit NC concierge’s trip to the Inner Banks’ communities of New Bern Bath and Washington October 25-26. There is still space available for this fall adventure. Call now to reserve your place.

Happy Fall!

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Spotlight On: Fall Festivals
Fall festivals play a prominent role in communities across North Carolina. One of my favorites is the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville during Labor Day weekend. This year marked the 70th festival with a weekend attendance of more than 300,000 people! The celebration is a fun-filled event with something for everyone, including a tour of local apple orchards, a parade, live music, as well as lots of tasty apples and apple products. Seventy-five percent of North Carolina’s apple crop is grown in Henderson County. Our neighbors attended the festival and shared some of those delicious mountain apples with us when they returned home!

In the northeastern part of North Carolina, where peanuts are king, Enfield’s Peanut Festival (September 30-October 1) celebrates this fall harvest with a block party, live music and an assortment of peanut products. At one time Enfield was one the largest producer of raw peanuts in the world. Check out what’s going on across the state, get outside & enjoy the weather at any one of the state’s fun-filled festivals and events.

And, it’s not too late to visit The Chihuly Exhibit sponsored by Alamance Arts. This exhibit has drawn visitors from near and far to view the amazing works of world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Visit NC concierge hosted a delightful day on September 9th in Alamance County feasting on Chihuly’s “eye candy” and dining at the esteemed French restaurant St. Jacques at the Burke Manor InnThe exhibit, "Dale Chihuly: Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection," will be open through October 15. 

2016 Fall Tours
New Bern & Bath|October 25-26

(2 days, 1 night) Our tour will feature New Bern and Historic Eastern North Carolina. The state’s colonial history is deeply rooted in this region, often referred to as the Inner Banks. Bath and New Bern are the state’s oldest European-American towns, and a variety of experiences (on and off the beaten path) await us! Tryon Palace captures imaginations, telling the story of North Carolina when it was a Royal Colony. Bath‘s most famous visitor, Blackbeard, continues to intrigue 21st century adventurers of all ages. 
Learn More About our New Bern & Bath Trip
"A Capital Christmas" in Raleigh|December 9-11

(3 days, 2 nights) North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh, comes alive with the magic of the holiday season. Friday afternoon we’ll board a motor coach for a scenic driving tour of the city’s core with our step-on guide pointing out the highlights you’ll surely want to explore further. Preceding the award winning performance of “A Christmas Carol,” we’ll enjoy dinner at one of the city’s most popular pre-show restaurants. The decked halls of the Governor’s Mansion will be our first stop Saturday morning and the afternoon is devoted to the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. Sure to become a North Carolina holiday tradition, “A Capital Christmas” is a terrific addition to any December calendar. 
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