Weathervane Winery is ready to answer wine emergencies with its new van
Got a wine emergency? Call Weathervane Winery
If you see Weathervane Winery’s newest addition to their fleet coming up behind you in your rearview mirror, pull over and clear the road — someone is having a wine emergency.
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Sid and Miranda Proctor, the owners of the North Davidson winery, have a new marketing tool in their business portfolio that is turning heads in Davidson County — the Weathervane Winery Emergency Wine Service. The 2021 Dodge van’s design resembles an ambulance, but uses purple colors, like a grape, and a modified emergency medical service cross logo with a wine glass in the middle in place of the serpent.
“We joked around for years about needing a ‘winebulance’,” Proctor said. “I think this is a good thing. It gives people something to talk about. At the Rotary Club meeting in downtown Lexington, people were talking about it and taking pictures. It gives us good exposure. It’s a good eye catcher.”
The Dodge van was purchased on July 21 from M&L Motors and was in service for the first time on July 24 at the Summer on Liberty Music Festival in Winston-Salem.
While the emergency wine service vehicle is not answering truly urgent calls, it is filling the need for Proctor and his staff to get their wines, glasses and staff to large events and festivals where they offer wine tastings and sell their product to grow the name brand. Before the EWS vehicle, Proctor and his staff used a pickup truck and trailer to get their supplies to events.
Trevor Walterman of Glast Graphics brought the Proctors’ design to life, creating the large graphic vehicle wrap for it.
In addition to taking the Emergency Wine Service vehicle for wine tastings to large functions, Proctor said they can host educational wine tastings at smaller parties and gatherings, but would not be able to sell their wine at these events.
Ashley Lay Real Estate opens new office
One of the top-selling real estate companies in Davidson County has a new address and has become a property owner.
Ashley Lay Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty Elite moved to 303 Fair Oaks Lane, near Arcadia Family Restaurant off N.C Highway 150 and held a grand opening on July 22. Prior to this move, the real estate company rented office space near its new address.
“It’s important for us to be visible in the community we are selling in,” said owner Ashley Lay.
The company also has an office on Charlois Boulevard in Winston-Salem.
The north Davidson office employs 19 people and had $44 million in sales in 2020. They have already reached that in sales this year and are on track to realize $70 million in sales for 2021, Lay said.
Lay, who currently lives in Forsyth County, is building a home on High Rock Lake now.
“We’re excited about purchasing new office space,” she said. “We know the value of being property owners over renting.”
Library adds summer film festival
The West Davidson branch of the Davidson County Public Library has decided to move its community kindness film series inside from outdoors.
Earlier this year, West Davidson Public Library was selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in “Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries,” an American Library Association initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
The competitive award came with a $3,000 grant that has been used to procure equipment and materials to provide family movie showings in two film festivals planned for this year, featuring movies based on classic children’s stories with important lessons about kindness. Originally there had only been one festival planned later in the fall, but with a return to indoor, in person programming, a summer film festival has been added.
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“As the various COVID restrictions were lifted, it occurred to us that we were no longer limited to just the outside, socially distanced program we had planned for the fall,” said Young Adult and Family Programming Coordinator Bryan Keith Younts. “We were now able to end our Summer Reading programming with this film festival, inside, in the summer and then have the original one we had planned ever since we made our proposal for the grant in the fall, outside, getting even more programming and a greater variety of movies, all still within the budget for the grant funds.”
The Summer Film Festival will be inside, but the library has used the grant funds to obtain the necessary projector, screen and sound system to view family movies outside on the lawn of the library in the Fall.
WDPL staff will host a conversation with residents about lessons in kindness before and after the movies. At its heart, this program was inspired by that need for kindness towards our family, friends, neighbors and strangers.
In that spirit, the library is also hoping to collect food donations for a local food pantry at the showings. Details are still being ironed out, so patrons are encouraged to check West Davidson Public Library’s Facebook for details as they become available. Also, families who attend will receive a copy of the book each movie was based on as a keepsake and reminder of the lessons learned.
Seating for the movies will begin at 5 p.m., with movies starting at 5:45 p.m. Including conversation times, each evening’s festival showing is expected to end by 7:30 p.m. or earlier. The first movie, “Paddington” was shown on July 29. It is based on the Paddington Bear series written by Michael Bond.
Its sequel, “Paddington 2,” will be shown on Aug. 5. The Summer Film Festival will end on Aug.19 with a special double feature of “Ferdinand the Bull” and “Ferdinand,” a short Disney film and the feature-length film that were both based on “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson.
If you have any questions about the program, contact Bryan Keith Younts at 336-853-4800 or Bryan.Younts@davidsoncountync.gov, or visit www.facebook.com/westdavidsonpubliclibrarync for more information.
Food Lion provides grant to local YMCA to help feed children
The J. Smith Young YMCA has received $2,500 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed local neighbors in their time of need.
The YMCA will use the gift to provide healthy snacks to the After School and Summer Camp children.
“We are so thankful for Food Lion and the Food Lion Feeds grant. Because of this grant, we are able to provide a filling snack to each child in our After School and Summer Camp programs ensuring that no child goes home hungry,” said Jen Fuller-Allen, CEO.
Healthy living, youth development and social responsibility are the focus of the YMCA programs. Food Lion Feeds is helping the Y further the areas of healthy living and youth development by providing needed funds for healthy food. The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across its 10-state footprint. Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants.
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