Show Shine Shag & Dine 2017

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It’s a world-class car show, Drag Times Hall of Fame reunion and weekend full of fun, and it’s all happening right here in downtown Henderson with an anticipated economic impact in Vance County of about $2 million.

Nancy Wilson, director of Vance County Tourism, appeared on WIZS’s TownTalk this week, and you can hear the audio here.

This week and weekend roughly 35,000 people will come from all over the United States and parts of Canada to participate in and see the 16th annual Show Shine Shag and Dine in downtown Henderson.

Wilson said, “They love our little town.  They never have negative things to say about our area, and they come back year after year, so they must like it.  They enjoy coming here, and they have great things to say about the restaurants and the staff that waits on them, and we do not get any negative feedback.  It’s amazing.”

These types of events can also become the face of a town like Henderson.  During the TownTalk episode today, Wilson said she had and demonstrated an effort to work with our new Vance County Economic Development director and the new director of the Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission.

As a part of the Saturday morning and afternoon event downtown, the Corbitt Preservation Association will have its annual display of Corbitt Trucks at the corner of Montgomery and Williams Streets.

There are also other events during the weekend on Friday and Sunday.  Be sure to check out for a full list.

For the weekend’s event schedule, click here for a downloadable, printable PDF.

Major Plans and Funding for CPOH

— by Susan Rose and John C. Rose

Collaboration, Partnership and Funding Increases Community Partners of Hope Ability to Share The Dream

Community Partners of Hope, operator of the local men’s homeless shelter, met Thursday night at First Presbyterian Church, and the meeting was described by organizers as a “Celebration of Partnership.”

A generous grant has been awarded from Triangle North Healthcare Foundation.  Brenda Gant, a former instructor at Vance Granville Community College, was introduced as the grant writer to begin the community partnership health initiative.

Joel Rice, CPOH board member and housing specialist with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, said there will be a team of four employees who will rotate to be at the homeless shelter full time.  Rice has provided invaluable guidance over the years, and he said volunteers and meals will still be needed.

More community partners were announced in this health initiative, as this is about more than giving someone a place to sleep for a night.

Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow and Brian Short, the director of Henderson-Vance Emergency Services, will be helping shelter residents get necessary identification so the men can seek treatment.  Actual ID cards are needed so the men can get help.

Dr. James Kenney, of Beckford Medical Center, will be helping with primary care including things like screening for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

George Daye, Raemac Transportation, is going to provide transportation to/from health services.

Kaine Riggan, Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission director, has plans to help the shelter find a permanent home.

Mrs. Jeanne Harrison and Ann Grant, with Alliance Rehabilitative Care, will be helping with substance abuse screening and treatment.

Lisa Harrison and Shauna Guthrie with the Granville-Vance Health Department with be helping with patient support and education among other things.

Krystal Harris with the Vance County Department of Social Services will be helping the men to connect to other healthcare services or alternatives.

Lori Giang, CEO/Executive Director, and Nicole Banahene, Director of Partner Relations, with NC MedAssist are going to help with prescription and over the counter medications needed for treatment.

Dr. Ron Cava is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Partners of Hope.  Cava is the Senior Minister at The First Baptist Church.  He conducted the meeting and emphasized there would be no homeless shelter without the First Presbyterian Church.  The Presbyterian Church has provided the space needed for the homeless men’s shelter each year it has operated.

The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation mission is to encourage, support and invest in quality efforts that measurably improve health in the Triangle North region.  Val Short is the Foundation Executive Director.  Carolyn Powell is Program Specialist.  Dr. Roddy Drake is Chairman of the Board.

The CPOH health initiative project is to provide basic health screening, treatment and support for homeless men, with a focus on reducing morbidity due to substance abuse, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes or prostate disease.

CPOH Foundation Partners include:

Triangle North Healthcare Foundation (

United Way of Vance County (

NC Community Foundation (

The Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund

CPOH can be found online at

CPOH is on Facebook at

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We have been asked to announce:

A group of volunteers is needed on Saturday, October 21 from 9-5 to clean up a local family cemetery that is in desperate need of repair. The cemetery is over 100 years old and includes graves with the following surnames of our earliest settlers: Ayscue, Joseph, Kittrell, Lufsey, May, Pentergrass, Roberson, Robertson, and Robinson. The cemetery is located on Hwy NC-39 S at the crossroads of Southerland Mill Road and Cross Creek Road. For more information, please call Joyce Duke at 252-438-8861.

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Two New Restaurants Open Downtown Saturday

— courtesy Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission

Downtown Carves Path As A Culinary Destination

Two new local eateries will open in downtown Henderson Saturday, bolstered by fascade and start-up incentives from the Downtown Development Commission. Factoring in long-time landmark George’s, the three downtown restaurants will boast an impressive resume chocked with big-name culinary influence.

Cherie Pittman, owner and Executive Chef at Next Door Bistro, has spent the last decade with Greensboro cafeteria chain Food Express. She joined them right out of culinary school as a manager and worked her way through the corporate ranks to become district manager, then head corporate chef – opening new locations and developing menus.

“I’ll incorporate the lessons I learned in those ten years with my passion for healthier comfort foods,” shared Chef Pittman. She and her husband Daniel have recently lost a collective 100 pounds on the Keto diet, a low-carb health regimen using the method of Ketosis.

Photo by Kaine Riggan, pictured (l to r) are Chef Ali Onsoy of George’s, Chef Llew Sutton of Uncle Llew’s and Chef Cherie Pittman of Next Door Bistro.

Just around the corner on Montgomery Street, Llew Sutton brings expertise from several of the Triangle’s top franchises to his Italian eatery called Uncle Llew’s Restaurant. In addition to Mellow Mushroom and Raleigh Beer Garden, Llew spent six years opening new locations for Ruckus in Cary, Apex and Morrisville. He also worked with renowned regional entrepreneur Bobby Goodnight as Executive Chef for Sass.

“We will offer flatbread pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches, in the beginning, but hope to extend our pizza offerings with the addition of a wood-fired pizza oven,” admits Sutton, whose wife Nikki will manage the front of house operations.

“The DDC uses USDA funds to extend very low-interest loans to promising entrepreneurs investing in the downtown business district,” shares Kaine Riggan, downtown’s Development Director. “We believe our community will support the strong insurgence of culinary talent we’re seeing and the DDC is committed to nurturing that growth.”

Riggan plans to help Sutton with the purchase of the pizza oven and is leading a collaborative marketing effort for the three restaurants as well, starting with a photo shoot for the three chefs at downtown’s Daniel Hendley Studios in early November.

The third Chef became Executive Chef and partner at George’s of Henderson last Fall. Ali Onsoy worked as a chef at George’s Oxford location since 2007 prior to the Henderson move. Interestingly, he also served as a chef in the Turkish military before coming to the United States. Onsoy’s Turkish influences can be spotted in George’s menu specials and in the restaurant’s décor.

The three restaurants will be open Saturday in conjunction with the 16th Annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine, downtown’s largest event, hosted by Nancy Wilson and Vance County’s Tourism and Development Authority.

Getting There:
Uncle Llew’s Restaurant – 130 W. Montgomery Street
Next Door Bistro – 219 S. Garnett Street
George’s Restaurant – 210 N. Garnett St.

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