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December / 2020

Discovery a Pottery Paradise in Seagrove   (12/02/20) Quite simply, Seagrove and the uniquely named hamlets that surround it in rural Randolph County... (read more)

November / 2020

Give the Gift of Unique Experiences from the North Carolina Zoo   (11/30/20) Asheboro, NC - Give the gift of a unique experience this holiday season from the North Carolina Zoo! The ... (read more)
Four Saints Brewing Releases Red Wolf Red IPA   (11/15/20) ASHEBORO, NC — A new beer release from Four Saints Brewing Company is all about American red wolves. Red... (read more)
Temporary Pandemic Hours of Operation for Seagrove Potters   (11/06/20) The Town of Seagrove is “The Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States” hosting visitors from ... (read more)
First-Ever Randolph County NC Trail Guide Now Available   (11/02/20) The guide provides maps, highlights, and difficulty ratings for 19 trails comprising 30 miles worth of hiking ... (read more)

October / 2020

Four Saints Red Wolf Red IPA Benefits Conservation at North Carolina Zoo   (10/30/20) Asheboro, NC — A new beer release from Four Saints Brewing Company is all about American red wolves. Red... (read more)
Secrets of the Zoo: NC Zoo will be featured on Nat Geo Wild premiere tomorrow   (10/30/20) ASHEBORO, NC — COVID is keeping crowds down at the North Carolina Zoo, but that doesn’t mean peopl... (read more)
Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Canceled! 10 Alternatives for Trick-or-Treating   (10/29/20) EXPLORE SPOOKYWOODS IN NORTH CAROLINA Near High Point, North Carolina lies an attraction that will keep you... (read more)
Spooky season guide: 12 haunted attractions within driving distance of Charlotte   (10/15/20) For many Halloween enthusiasts, like myself, October is synonymous with the spooky season. (If we’re bei... (read more)
Seagrove Potters Plan Studio Tour Instead of Festival   (10/08/20) SEAGROVE, NC  — The Seagrove Potters Association announced it would host a studio tour in lieu of i... (read more)
Richard Petty Motorsports Announces Partnership with Count On Me NC   (10/08/20) Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today a partnership with Count on Me NC, a mutual pledge and public ... (read more)
Pumpkins are officially “in season” at Millstone Creek Orchards   (10/05/20) Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur, NC had been hosting apple pickin’ adventures, but come October it i... (read more)
A Weekend in the Heart of North Carolina | Randolph County   (10/05/20) Diane Villa, the North Carolina Zoo’s Director of Communications and Marketing, refers to The Heart of N... (read more)
Family Travel Tips for Visiting the @NCZoo in @TheHeartofNC during COVID-19   (10/04/20) During these uncertain times, finding fun safe things to do with a child has been challenging to say the least... (read more)
NC Zoo will be featured in new National Geographic series   (10/02/20) ASHEBORO, NC — The North Carolina Zoo will be in the worldwide spotlight this month.  Nat Geo Wild... (read more)
NC Pottery Center presents 'Working Together: Online Gala & Benefit Auction'   (10/02/20) Seagrove, NC - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit North Carolina Pottery Center is taking its 2020 ga... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Recognized with Honors through AZA for Conservation   (10/01/20) Asheboro, NC –The North Carolina Zoo is pleased to announce it received an award and two grants through ... (read more)
Kersey Valley gears up for return of Spookywoods   (10/01/20) Archdale, NC — The arrival of Spookywoods this year was fraught with a series of obstacles that threaten... (read more)
Take the Kids: Millstone Creek Orchards gears up for busy pumpkin season   (10/01/20) By Coleen Hanson Smith, Go Ask Mom writer Located off Highway 64 just between Siler City and Asheboro, you&rs... (read more)

September / 2020

Secrets of the Zoo, North Carolina Premieres on Nat Geo WILD Oct 31, 2020   (09/30/20) Asheboro, NC – Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the North Carolina Zoo? Here’s your... (read more)
Seagrove Potters Announce New Studio Tour   (09/30/20) Seagrove, NC - Thirty pottery shops and almost 100 ceramic artists will come together for... (read more)
NC Zoo to be featured in cable series   (09/30/20) ASHEBORO, N.C. — Seeing the animals at the zoo from what they call "The front of the house" is one thi... (read more)
A Visit to the Kersey Valley Sunflower Extravaganza   (09/28/20) By Karen Shore The pandemic-related cancellation of the 2020 summer sunflower field at Dorothea Dix Park in R... (read more)
Bush-n-Vine’s sunflowers are in bloom (plus a big list of other sunflower fields near Charlotte)   (09/21/20) Fireworks are in short supply this year, but you could say that sunflowers are nature’s fireworks, and t... (read more)
10 Fall Things in 2020 You Can Do in Charlotte   (09/18/20) Dear COVID-19, you are NOT going to take my favorite season from me. No sir, no ma’am. Things might b... (read more)
Fall guide 2020: 25 must-do fall activities in and around Charlotte   (09/17/20) The fall season is upon us, and although the pandemic has certainly changed the way we do things, there are st... (read more)
'It is that make or break time' | Triad fall festivities adjust to align with NCDHHS guidelines   (09/16/20) ARCHDALE, N.C. — The fall season can make or break for some farms across the Piedmont Triad, but this ... (read more)
Apple season is upon us: 7 pick-your-own orchards within 2 hours of Charlotte   (09/15/20) Fall means apple cider, apple cider donuts, and, of course, apple picking. Here are seven orchards with pick-y... (read more)
Two golfers' goal: Play 1,000 courses   (09/13/20) Some people are passionate about the game of golf. And then there are Landon Owen and Brett McNamara. The chi... (read more)
NC Zoo Has Vampire Bat Baby Boom   (09/11/20) ASHEBORO, NC — There’s been a big baby boom of vampire bats at the North Carolina Zoo this summer.... (read more)
Fall Countdown: Here's how you can celebrate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic   (09/10/20) GREENSBORO, N.C. — It's no secret the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of big events. ... (read more)
You Can Officially Indulge In Cider Slushies & Donuts In North Carolina Now   (09/09/20) Ramseur, NC - There are countless cozy things to do in North Carolina this fall. But one of the best has ... (read more)
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!” The Petty Museum Re-Opens Tuesday   (09/04/20) Level Cross, NC - The Petty Museum, home to thousands of artifacts honoring the career of NASCAR legend Richar... (read more)
2019 Visitor Economic Impact for Randolph County   (09/04/20) Asheboro, NC – Domestic visitors to and within Randolph County spent $161.65 million in 2019, an in... (read more)
Cute but Ferocious: North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Sand Cat Kitten   (09/03/20) Asheboro, N.C. – Sand cats may be small but don’t let their petite size fool you. They’re wi... (read more)
Farmers See Positive Outlook for Pumpkin Season Despite Pandemic   (09/03/20) RAMSEUR, NC – There's still a month left in the growing season for pumpkins, but Beverly Mooney of Mills... (read more)
10 of the Scariest Haunted Houses in America Socially-distanced frights ahead   (09/02/20) For those who look forward to October 31st all year long, Halloween is no one-day affair. It's a whole season,... (read more)

August / 2020

California Sea Lion Diesel Passes Away at North Carolina Zoo   (08/24/20) Asheboro, N.C. - Diesel, a California sea lion, who one zookeeper remembered as a "chatty goofball full of ene... (read more)
Destination Vacation | Seagrove: A potter’s paradise in the heart of North Carolina   (08/20/20) SEAGROVE, N.C. — The pottery capital of the country sits right in the middle of North Carolina.  O... (read more)

July / 2020

Favorite Local Hiking Trails   (07/29/20) This directory is sponsored by Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC), a local non-profit organization whose purpose ... (read more)
Tea with Seagrove Potters Announces August 15th Event   (07/23/20) Seagrove, NC - Six Seagrove pottery shops have partnered with Carriage House Tea of Asheboro to provide a flav... (read more)
How the North Carolina Zoo Looks After Red Wolf Puppies   (07/14/20) “We didn’t know the puppies had arrived until we did our daily check,” says Chris Lasher, th... (read more)
Small Farms Find Creative Ways to Attract Visitors During the Coronavirus Pandemic   (07/09/20) When shelter-in-place restrictions hit North Carolina this past March, Beverly Mooney—the owner of Mills... (read more)
Potters Rethink Ways to Bring in Customers   (07/07/20) SEAGROVE, N.C. – This weekend, potters in Seagrove are opening their doors and hoping that customers are... (read more)
Rhinoleap Productions Announces 2020-2021 Season   (07/03/20) Asheboro, NC – RhinoLeap Productions is based in Asheboro and is a professional theater company dedicate... (read more)

June / 2020

Randolph County TDA Board Appoints Scarlett as Executive Director   (06/24/20) Seagrove, NC – Today, the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority Board of Directors appointe... (read more)
Four Saints Brewing reopens Asheboro taproom, June 19   (06/16/20) Asheboro, NC — On Friday, June 19, customers may once again enjoy a beer in the Four Saints Brewing Comp... (read more)
NC Zoo reopens after being closed for nearly 3 months amid pandemic   (06/15/20) ASHEBORO, NC — The North Carolina Zoo has reopened to the public after being closed for nearly three mon... (read more)
The North Carolina Zoo Will Open to the Public June 15. Online Timed Ticketing Available Now   (06/11/20) Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo will open to the public Monday, June 15 with some new procedu... (read more)
Citing health concerns, Copperheads will not play in 2020   (06/10/20) Asheboro, NC - Citing the health of players, fans, sponsors, host families, interns, and all involved, the own... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Offers Virtual Summer Camps | Registration Now Open   (06/03/20) Asheboro, N.C. – June 3, 2020 –The North Carolina Zoo is bringing its Summer Camps program to you ... (read more)

May / 2020

Two Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at North Carolina Zoo Bringing Total to Seven This Year   (05/28/20) Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo announces the birth of two endangered American red wolve... (read more)
Three Orphaned Otters Receiving Care at North Carolina Zoo Before Being Released Back in the Wild. M   (05/27/20) ASHEBORO, NC – Three recently orphaned North American river otter pups have joined together as a group a... (read more)
Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau Announces I-73/74 Visitors Centers Will Re-open In Seagrove   (05/22/20) (Asheboro, N.C. - May 22, 2020) Amber Scarlett, Interim CEO of the Heart of North Carolin... (read more)
Perspective | Comets 2 Careers summer internship program: Empowering students to invest in their fut   (05/11/20) North Carolina’s brand for work-based learning, NC Career Launch, was informally launched in the state i... (read more)
The North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Five Critically Endangered American Red Wolves   (05/08/20) Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo announces the birth of five critically endangered American&nb... (read more)
Chat-N-Chill features Dewey and Leslie Brown of Liberty Showcase Theater   (05/08/20) The Courier-Tribune featured the "Saturday Chat N Chill Facebook Live" co-hosted by the Heart of North Carolin... (read more)
This year, Tourism Week is about virtual tours   (05/05/20) Asheboro, NC — The Heart of NC Visitors Bureau is using National Travel and Tourism Week to provide virt... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Name of Baby Rhino Named by Public Poll   (05/04/20) Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo and First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper are excited to ann... (read more)

April / 2020

Scary Women Making A Good Life   (04/30/20) Call a woman a witch, scary or someone’s worst nightmare and you might find yourself knocked on the floo... (read more)
Kersey Valley looks to future   (04/28/20) RANDOLPH COUNTY — It has been a whirlwind month for Kersey Valley Attractions. Without the means to hos... (read more)
20 Scenic Road Trips in North Carolina: Byways and Highways for Your Next Journey   (04/20/20) We are so lucky to have some of America’s most storied highways. And before we share our favorite N... (read more)
Stay-At-Home Order Prompts Brewery to Deliver   (04/18/20) ASHEBORO, NC –  Many breweries have transitioned to beer-to-go sales and curbside pick-up, but one ... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Public Poll to Help Name New Baby Rhino   (04/17/20) A surprise guest will announce the winning name on May 4 Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo is enlis... (read more)
Kersey Valley next up on Heart of NC virtual tour   (04/17/20) The Courier-Tribune featured the "Saturday Chat N Chill Facebook Live" co-hosted by the Heart of North Carolin... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Offers a New Virtual Visit Experience   (04/13/20) Asheboro, NC – Since a visit to the North Carolina Zoo isn’t currently possible, the Zoo is bringi... (read more)
Pottery Business Adapts to New Mandates   (04/12/20) Spectrum News 14 followed up with Bulldog Pottery's Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson after seeing the new we... (read more)
20 Zoo and Aquarium Live Streams for a Virtual Visit With Cute Animals   (04/10/20) Armchair Animal Encounters With millions of Americans sheltering at home in response to the COVID-19 pand... (read more)
Four Saints adjusting to stay-at-home climate   (04/04/20) The Courier-Tribune featured the "Saturday Chat N Chill Facebook Live" co-hosted by the Heart of North Carolin... (read more)
Zoo Filez: Zebras find home at North Carolina Zoo   (04/03/20) ASHEBORO, N.C. - Zookeeper Jason Balder says the most common question guests ask him about zebras is “ar... (read more)

March / 2020

North Carolina Zoo to Temporarily Close Effective March 17, 2020   (03/17/20) Asheboro – March 17, 2020 -  In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, an... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of a Second Southern White Rhino This Year   (03/09/20) Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce another southern white rhino was born at th... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Name of Baby Rhino Born in January 2020   (03/05/20) Asheboro, NC - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the name of the female southern white rhino calf ... (read more)
Award-winning Article: Explore Richard Petty Museum and More From the Legend   (03/02/20) **Kristy Tolley recently received a Bronze award in the 28th Annual North American Travel Journalists Associat... (read more)
Kith and Kiln | SouthPark Magazine   (03/02/20) by Vanessa Infanzon Pick out a piece of pottery at The Mint Museum’s store in uptown or on Randolph Roa... (read more)

February / 2020

Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau CEO Wins International Recognition in Orlando   (02/21/20) Earlier this week, the Heart of NC 2019 travel guide was named Travel Guide of the Year by a leading internati... (read more)
WITTI to Honor Top Women in Travel with Travel Awards Dinner, Gives Voice to Pearson Findings on Gen   (02/20/20) The second bi-annual award series for women, by women in travel and tourismWASHINGTON, DC – February 19,... (read more)
Heart of NC Visitors Bureau Named 2020 Travel Guide of the Year By LUXLife Magazine   (02/19/20) The United Kingdom – The travel and tourism industry is, by all regards, a goliath, accounting for multi... (read more)
 Katie Snuggs Civil Rights talk at Asheboro library rescheduled to February 27th   (02/18/20)     ASHEBORO - Asheboro City Council member Katie Snuggs will talk about her experiences during the ... (read more)

January / 2020

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day with the Heart of NC Visitors Bureau   (01/27/20) Asheboro, NC – As part of National Plan for Vacation on January 28, the Heart of NC Visitors Bureau is h... (read more)
Tourism board meets in new office   (01/23/20) Asheboro, NC — The Randolph County Tourism Development Authority Board of Directors met Wednesday for th... (read more)
33rd Annual North Carolina Potters Conference: The Similarities in Our Differences   (01/22/20) Seagrove, NC - The North Carolina Potters Conference is the Southeast’s premier ceramics conference. Thr... (read more)
Elizabeth Smart shares her story of surviving abduction in Piedmont next month   (01/22/20) Asheboro, NC - Elizabeth Smart will bring the story of her journey from abduction to empowerment to the Piedmo... (read more)
Elizabeth Smart to launch 2020 Asheboro Sunset Series   (01/22/20) Asheboro, NC - The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time... (read more)
This Travel-Themed North Carolina Zipline Takes You On A 100-Foot Cross Country Adventure   (01/21/20) With a brand new year comes brand new opportunities for adventure. Spring is the segue into all things nature ... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Seasonal Job Fair for January 25   (01/15/20) Asheboro, NC - The job fair is for seasonal employment for March through October (approximately).  Minimu... (read more)
Fun Things to Do in North Carolina   (01/14/20) Kersey Valley Zip Line Ziplining North Carolina has been brought by Kersey Valley, Inc. with engineered Sky T... (read more)
Raving about Craven   (01/13/20) Raves usually take place in dark rooms filled with laser lights, strobes, and DJs. I'm sitting here playing DJ... (read more)
TDA’s New Facility Provides Innovative Culture and Commitment to Local Tourism Industry   (01/10/20) Asheboro, NC – The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organizat... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Southern White Rhino   (01/09/20) Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a third southern white rhino i... (read more)
North Carolina Zoo Announces Record Attendance for Calendar Year 2019   (01/03/20) Asheboro, NC - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce record attendance for the year 2019. The wor... (read more)

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