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  • Blaze a Trail to Elkin for NC Trail Days, May 31-June 2

    first_imgThe festival is an initiative of the Elkin Valley Trails Association, in conjunction with Explore Elkin. The EVTA is a volunteer group with a mission to enhance Elkin by building an extensive network of trails for people of all ability levels. Sunday includes a family paddle flotilla on the Yadkin River and exploring the Surry County Wine Trail. “The festival has competitive events, family-oriented events and guided hikes throughout the weekend,” says festival director Denise Lyon. “We’ve put together a variety of activities to appeal to as many people as we can.” “We really want to celebrate all of our trail network here. Our paddle trail, our mountain bike trail, our hiking trails, and our national historic trail, the Overmountain Victory Trail,” Lyon says. “As we get busier, more stressed out, and glued to our phones and computers, there’s this real shift that is happening with people wanting to find themselves again on a trail.” Festivities begin Friday with several options during the day, followed by an evening gathering at Elkin Municipal Park. The gathering includes festival information, live music and a low country boil. Later that night is 5Point Adventure Film Night at the Reeves Theater on Main Street, showcasing adventure film shorts that won awards at the 5Point Film Festival in Colorado. For more info on NC Trail Days, go to: www.NCTrailDays.com.center_img Other Saturday activities include: guided hikes, a 40-mile group cycle ride, women’s kayaking on the Yadkin River Paddle Trail, fly fishing and mountain bike demonstrations, trail seminars and kids’ activities. ELKIN, N.C. – The inaugural NC Trail Days Festival takes place May 31-June 2 in Elkin and combines the area’s abundance of trails with a fun schedule of events. Photo by Kevin Crosby Saturday is full of activities, starting with a 5k hill climb trail race to the top of Stone Mountain and concluding with a bonfire and live music at the Foothills Arts Council. last_img read more

  • This home takes ‘tranquil retreat’ to a whole new level

    first_imgYoga teacher Patty Perlman posing at the Ray White open house yoga session at 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley. Image Josh Woning.NOW here’s something you don’t see at every open home.What once was the Fortitude Valley police station full of agitated offenders and rowdy lawbreakers, 194 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley is now a tranquil sanctuary, abundant with spacious rooms, large open windows and a private leafy garden.The facade of 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley. Picture Josh WoningOn Wednesday night, the former 1860s cop shop opened its little red door to a handful of VIP locals for a sneak preview of the property, with a yoga class on the side.Yoga teacher Patty Perlman at the open house yoga session at 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley. Picture Josh WoningMarketing agent Karla Lynch of Ray White, New Farm said the aim was to give context to the home.“We wanted to do something a little different in the marketplace,” she said.“There’s so much more than meets the eye.“From the front it’s just an unassuming, boxy brick cottage, but then you enter and you’re suddenly overcome with this sense of relaxation and balance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoInside the renovated home of 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley.“We wanted to enhance that feeling for those attending by running a complimentary yoga class with Mana Yoga Retreat out in the garden by the bamboo trees.“It was an incredibly zen evening.”Open house yoga session at 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley. Picture Josh WoningSituated on 465sq m of prestige inner-city land, the two-level home has been recently renovated to include a touch of Eastern influence.Ms Lynch said the sellers were well traveled, and wanted to bring some of their experiences to the home.The main bathroom has been restored as part of the “old meets new” redesign of the home.“The property balances old and new,” she said.“It changes from an older style home into something modern and minimalist the further you walk through it.Inside the home of 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley.“It’s a home rich in history and there are still nods to its past life, but the spacious configuration the sellers have created opens it up to numerous possibilities.”“There’s a parents retreat with good separation from the other bedrooms, and plenty of open space,” she said.The spacious parents retreat at 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley.Only moments from the mecca of James street, Ms Lynch said the blue-chip address would be a big draw card for wannabe inner-city dwellers.“You’ve got Brisbane’s hottest shopping and dining hub at your doorstep, but it’s also an incredibly private, peaceful home,” she said.The leafy garden of 194 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley is the perfect place to relax in private.Fancy a look-in? The first open house is this Saturday, January 27 at 10am. As for whether there’ll be another yoga session- that might be a bit of a stretch.last_img read more

  • Letterkenny man with ‘substantial track record’ avoids prison

    first_imgA Letterkenny man who has a ‘substantial track record’ of road traffic offences has avoided a prison sentence.Paul Sweeney, of 4 Cathedral Court in Letterkenny, was stopped by Gardaí on November 16, 2016, driving a car which was not insured. 38-year-old Sweeney was before Letterkenny District Court.Judge Paul Kelly noted Sweeney’s ‘substantial track record of road traffic offences’ and said he was ‘very close’ to dealing with the matter by imposing a custodial sentence.Sweeney was sentenced to 80 hours of community service in lieu of three months imprisonment.Sweeney was disqualified from driving for two years.Letterkenny man with ‘substantial track record’ avoids prison was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPaul Sweeneylast_img read more