D2U Newsletter - February 17, 2021
Week of February 17-23

Wednesday, February 17
  • Rotation Food Truck serving next to Wells Fargo 12:00-5:00pm
  • Ladies Climb Night at Bigfoot Climbing Gym 7:00-9:00pm ($10 for non members)
  • 1/2 Price Wine for Wine Down Wednesday at Treat
  • Wine Down Singo at The Olive 7:00-9pm. $1 off a glass of wine

Thursday, February 18
  • Community House Meal Deal Thursday featuring BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, and Twice Baked Potato (2 for $16.00 or 4 for $30.00)
  • Cigar Night on the Back Porch at Craft'd 6:00-8:00pm

Friday, February 19
  • Pride and Parchment Book Club with Adventure Bound Books 7:00-8:00pm (FREE)
  • Where There's Smoke, There's Fire: Complimentary Tableside Wine Tasting at Craft'd 5:30-8:30pm (FREE)
  • Rotation Food Truck serving at Catawba Brewing Co. 2:00-8:00pm

Saturday, February 20
  • Bigfoot Climbing Gym's 1 Year Anniversary Event 10:00am-8:00pm
  • 10-11am Yoga for Climbers ($5 for members and $10 for non members)
  • 11am-1pm Kids Competition (ages 10 and under)
  • Rotation Food Truck on site from 1:00-6:00pm
  • 1-7pm All ages Gym Competition
  • 7-8pm Music & Laser Light Climbing
  • Reggae Saturday with DJ Spence and DJ Rob Mack at The Olive 3-9pm. Specials on Buckets of Red Stripe all day!

Sunday, February 21
  • Sunday Funday at The Olive, now open 2:00-8:00pm. Enjoy the smooth jams by DJ Rob Mack while you sip on a Mimosa Flight or a Bloody Geisha - our version of a Bloody Mary.

Monday, February 22
  • Bigfoot Climbing Gym's $10 Day Pass Day
  • Pie & Pints Night at Catawba Brewing Co. 5:00-8:00pm - Large cheese or pepperoni pizza + 2 pints for $25

Tuesday, February 23
  • Tapas Tuesday at The Olive beginning at 4:30pm
  • Trivia Night at Catawba Brewing Company 6:30pm (FREE)
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Morganton Cultural Arts Commission, Adventure Bound Books launch poetry contest

The Morganton Cultural Arts Commission in conjunction with Adventure Bound Books and Redhawk Publications are excited to announce the 2nd annual Celebrating Poetry Contest. We are asking people of all ages to send in a new composition of their poetry in preparation for National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April. Winning poems will be displayed throughout the community in April 2021 in surprising places and forms.  We want to offer an opportunity for people to be exposed to poetry and the literary arts in a variety of ways that intersect with their everyday life.
Writers of all ages are invited to submit poetry for the Poetry Writing Contest with the theme of Community. The Poetry Contest seeks to celebrate the undeniable magic of words and the beauty of poetry. There will be two divisions this year: Adults age 18 and up with top 3 cash prizes of $500/$250/$125.  Youth Division 17 and under with top 3 cash prizes of $75/$50/$25. The entry fee is $6 and poets of all ages are invited to submit their work.

Additionally, the top winner this year in the adult division will have the opportunity to publish their poetry in a chapbook courtesy of Redhawk Publications. Adventure Bound Books will carry the poet’s chapbook beyond the complimentary copies provided to the winner (A Chapbook is a small publication of up to 40 pages, often classified as one of the first "little magazines" of the 1890s). In addition, all winning poetry from 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be published in a collected anthology by Adventure Bound Books and Redhawk Publications.

Last year’s winners will also see their winning poems in various sites throughout April 2021!  Last year’s top winner, with the theme of Nature’s Playground, was Kristen Richardson of Morganton, NC. The following is her winning poem:
Outside Observation
Birds flit from branch to branch
Like children swinging from monkey bars;
Only the nimblest hang downside-up.
Squirrels scratch around old oaks,
Making horrid chalkboard sounds on wrinkled bark,
Chasing each other in impromptu games of tag.
Nocturnal neighbors: foxes, opossums, raccoons, coyote
Emerge from daytime nap-holes, walking our neighborhoods
Like teenagers on concert Friday nights.
Outlined by Table Rock’s silhouette
And the Catawba’s rock-strewn stream,
Our town invites all creatures to come on out and play.
Poetry Writers Contest Rules:
Entry Fee: $5.00, all ages are invited to enter
Theme: Community
  • Registration and Entry Period: February 15 – March 6th. * All submissions must be made by 11:59pm EST on March 6th, 2021
  • Judging Period: March 7th – March 29
  • Public Announcement of Winners: March 30th
Based on judges’ scoring, three poems will be selected and designated as 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place poems in each division of adult and youth.
Adults 18 years of age and older
  • 1st Place Winner - $500
  • 2nd Place Winner - $250
  • 3rd Place Winner - $125
Youth 17 years of age and younger
  • 1st Place Winner - $100
  • 2nd Place Winner - $75
  • 3rd Place Winner - $25
The Poetry Writing Contest is an online poetry contest. Registration and all submissions for judging must be submitted online. In-person registrations and submissions are not accepted. Participants must create a free account with Submittable, the online contest submission platform.

Poems can take any form (examples include, but are not limited to, couplets, free verse, rhymed poetry, sonnets, haiku, narrative) and should address the contest theme. The 2021 contest theme is Community.
Individuals wishing to participate will register for the contest, pay the entry fee, and submit their poem at the same time. The deadline to do so is March 6, but may be done as soon as the writer has completed their poem and is ready to submit it for judging. Judging will take place after March 7th so early submission does not grant favor by reviewers. Therefore, be sure to take your time and submit your best work.

Judges will be individuals from the community who are published poets, writing and English literature educators, librarians, scholars, and community leaders. Judges will review all submissions for (1) connection to contest theme, (2) technical content (grammar, spelling, punctuation), and (3) overall message conveyed.

All information on the contest can be found https://www.adventureboundbooks.com/celebrating-poetry-contest-1
Wednesday's are 1/2 Price Wine Night at Treat
Wine Down Singo
Wednesdays @ The Natural Olive 7:00pm-Close
Cigar Night on the Back Porch
at Craft'd
Thursday, February 18th 6:00-8:00pm

"If I had taken my doctor's advice and quit smoking when he advised me to, I wouldn't have lived to go to his funeral."
—George Burns

Rain, shine … or snow! We will set up tents if necessary and have a heater.

We've added several new selections and are working with a new distributor, so are able to offer lower pricing. Check it out here: https://www.craftd-nc.com/cigars

Masks required when not seated; please be sure to practice social distancing.
Pride & Parchment Book Club
with Adventure Bound Books
Friday, February 19th 7:00-8:00pm (FREE)

An online event via ZOOM
"Where There's Smoke, There's Fire:
Complimentary Tableside Wine Tasting
at Craft'd
Friday, February 19th 5:30-8:30pm (FREE)

Introducing two wines from Hook & Ladder and a fan fave from Leese-Fitch. We will be tasting:

  • Hook & Ladder Sauvignon Blanc 2019 -- Sauvignon Blanc demands a cooler climate that will allow the distinctive flavors of the grape to mature and develop. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the 18-year-old vines on the winery property in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Half of this Sauvignon Blanc was cold fermented slowly in a stainless steel tank; the other half was fermented in their five best neutral French oak barrels for added complexity and softer mouth feel. The two halves were combined and then hand-bottled at the winery. This wine has good acidity and a lengthy finish.
  • Leese-Fitch Firehouse Red 2017 -- Aromatics of blackberry cobbler, vanilla, cassis and hints of toasted sage. On the palate, dark black fruits – blackberry, black cherry, and dried blueberry with hints of tart pomegranate and sweet leather. The finish showcases mocha chocolate, toasted coconut, dried cherry, cardamom and a touch of Mexican oregano.
  • Hook & Ladder Third Alarm Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 -- This single-vineyard Cab is aged for up to 17 months in a combination of European and American oak. The wine contains a small amount of Merlot, also from the Los Amigos ranch. Deep purple garnet in color, exhibits bright aromas of cherry raspberry, vanilla and cinnamon spice. Well-rounded flavors of leather, herbs, spice and currants are complemented by a cherry finish. The rich flavor and deep character of this balanced wine displays well-developed tannins which pair well with a multitude of dishes, or can cellared for many years.

In an effort to accommodate our own sense of social responsibility, we are continuing with tableside tastings. C'mon in when you're ready. Masks are still required upon entry, until you are seated, and if you need to get up.

As always, feel free to bring snacks and dinner in with you, but please dispose of your own trash (garbage can in back of store). Thanks y'all, see you Friday!
Have you heard about Healing Nutrition?
Healing Nutrition is located at 115 Queen Street in Downtown Morganton

Mandy Nix provides nutrition counseling, education, and support for individuals and families in the following areas:
  • Medical nutrition therapy (treating conditions with diet)
  • Weight management
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • GI Disorders
  • Heart Disease, high cholesterol & high blood pressure
  • Preventive Health & Wellness
  • Meal Planning
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Sugar Addiction
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Hormonal Imbalance 

Nutritional Testing also available including food sensitivity testing, gut health testing, metabolic testing, vitamin/mineral deficiency testing, and hormone testing.

Healing Nutrition is in-network with BCBS, Humana, Medicare & Medcost. Most insurance plans cover nutritional counseling at 100%. *Self-pay discounts available.
Pies & Pints Night
at Catawba Brewing Co.
Mondays 5:00-8:00pm

Mondays don't have to be boring!! Come out every Monday for Catawba's pies and pint special! Large pepperoni or cheese pizza from our neighbors across the street with (2) select pints for $25. Mmmmhhmm.
Restaurants help fuel our community. Together, we can make sure they can keep serving up the dishes we love. Don’t forget to dine small. #ShopSmall
Tapas Tuesday
at the Olive
Tuesdays beginning at 4:30pm

Enjoy free Bar Bites with your purchase from Chef Lara Hicks of Queen's Catering.
Trivia Night
at Catawba Brewing Co.
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm

Join Catawba Brewing Co. for trivia every Tuesday at 6:30pm!!
Job Opening with Adventure Bound Books:
Event Coordinator

Adventure Bound Books (ABB) is hiring an Event Coordinator (EC) to take the lead on working with authors, publicists, schools, and organizations to schedule, plan, promote, and implement a variety of in-person and virtual events. The EC will provide support for currently scheduled events as well as research, propose, and implement new events that support the mission and vision of Adventure Bound Books.

This is a 10-hour-per-week part-time, remote position with growth potential and will, in the future, become an on-site position. In addition to long-term potential for the position to move to full-time hours, there is also potential for the position to grow into an in-store bookseller position with event coordination responsibilities. Applicants must possess a both a desire and the skill sets necessary for sales and customer service. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Event Coordinator will have responsibilities in the following areas:
Author Events
  • Respond, in a timely manner, to authors and publicists requesting to set up events, 
  • Respond, in a timely manner, to schools requesting to set up author events, 
  • Coordinate information received from partner groups for event set up and promotion, 
  • Seek out event opportunities and propose author events for consideration by bookstore owner;
Writing Contests - assist the Bookstore Owner in promoting the annual writing contests including:
  • Reaching out to local schools, colleges/universities, libraries, and writing groups to spread the word and increase participation, and
  • Coordinating with sponsors (prizes, judges, winners, and other areas as needed); 
Book Clubs
  • Reaching out to local schools, colleges/universities, libraries, and writing groups to spread the word and increase participation, and 
  • Promote book clubs within the community; 
Story Time
  • Research, propose, and implement a plan for the bookstore to host weekly story time in a virtual capacity until health and safety guidelines allow for increased indoor gatherings, at which time, 
  • Schedule story time readers, coordinate book selections, and promote story time to the community to increase participation; 
Book Fairs & Adventure Days - assist the Bookstore Owner in promoting book fair fundraisers for local schools, and Adventure Days for other fundraising groups, including:
  • Reaching out to local schools, athletic teams, churches, and other groups to spread the word and increase participation.

Minimum Expectations - All individuals who are Adventure Bound Books team members are expected to:
  • Support and nurture the safe space that Adventure Bound Books strives to be in our community, meaning that individuals who are part of our team will honor, respect, and love others regardless of race, gender, religion, country of origin, beliefs, sexual orientation, age, or other characteristics. Tolerance is not sufficient; 
  • Possess an understanding of the role and importance of independently owned businesses in a local community; 
  • Represent the bookstore in a positive and uplifting manner in person and virtually to all stakeholders and potential stakeholders including, but not limited to, authors, publishers, educators, librarians, readers, volunteers, community leaders, and community partners; and
  • Approach the position as more than a paycheck and as more than a discount on books.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Adventure Bound Books and personal experience with the bookstore;
  • High school diploma or GED;
  • Access to reliable internet and a reliable computer (because this position starts as a remote position including remote meetings with the Bookstore Owner as well as stakeholders);
  • Ability to come to the bookstore for regular meetings, updates, and to get a sense of the bookstore as needed while the position is remote; 
  • Working knowledge of Zoom, Crowdcast, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram Live platforms;
  • Experience coordinating a variety of types of events and evidence of successful implementation of events;
  • Experience in customer service and sales positions including meeting sales goals;
  • Knowledge of schools, libraries, and community resources within the Burke, McDowell, Caldwell, and Catawba County areas;
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills; 
  • Problem solving skills including the ability to make decisions when given independence to do so and propose solutions to challenges that arise; 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction on autonomous tasks as well as the ability to work well with a team on group projects; 
  • Confidence in your self and your work; 
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and learn from mistakes in order to achieve personal growth; 
  • Widely and diversely read; 
  • A genuine appreciation for readers and for connecting readers with stories; and
  • Patience and a tolerance for the unknown, as this is a new position that will grow over time. 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree;  
  • 2+ years of successful experience as an Event Coordinator; 
  • 2+ years of successful experience in customer service positions; 
  • 2+ years of successful experience in sales positions including reaching sales goals; and
  • Demonstrated book-world knowledge (for example, a base-line understanding of the publishing world, wholesale world, bookselling world, or experience as a librarian).

To Apply
Email a resume and letter of interest to Angela Shores, Owner, at adventureboundbookstore@gmail.com, being sure to use the Subject Line Event Coordinator Position. Include a link to digital evidence or one-page document demonstrating evidence of a previous event you have successfully coordinated. The target start date is March 1, 2021 however the position will remain opened until filled. 
Save The Date
ACC Chili Drive-Thru Fundraiser presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
Thursday, March 11th 11:00am-1:30pm
Outside at the Morganton Community House
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