GOING PLACES. . . SEEING THINGS
August Is Festival-Fair Time Down South
Festivals and first-of-the-season fairs share
North Carolina’s travel and vacation calendar
with music, drama and sports events in August.
The peak summer travel season continues, as
early fall flowers in the mountains and ripening
sea oats on the oceanfront preview the coming
To help employees and members of their fami
lies to a more meaningful trip overnight, on
week ends or on vacation, Plant Recreation posts
monthly bulletins on travel suggestions. Its serv
ice on any plant operating day of the year pro
vides helpful cues and information on places to
go and things to do, and see.
Asheville: Craftsmen's Exposition
Among outstanding festivals on the August
calendar and within a few hour’s distance from
Gastonia is the Craftsmen’s Exposition at Ashe
ville’s City Auditorium, August 24-27. Artisans
from across the North State will demonstrate
their skills at loom, potter’s wheel and work
bench, and display their choicest handiwork.
At Burnsville, handicrafters from the Blue
Ridge country will set up workshops and dis
plays on the Town Square for the third annual
Arts and Crafts Festival, August 15. It is spon
sored by the University of Miami (Fla.) Drama
and Art Workshop.
Music and Drama Circuit
Concerts in a cool mountain setting are being
presented at Brevard through August 30. The
Brevard Music Festival offers programs on Fri
day and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
The Transylvania Music Camp presents guest
artists and conductors with the Transylvania
Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Choral En
semble, and Orchestra of the Faculty and Staff.
Outdoor drama season will continue through
Labor Day weekend. Playing nightly except
Mondays are “The Lost Colony” at Manteo on
the Coast; “Unto These Hills” at Cherokee in
the Great Smokies; and “Horn in the West” at
Boone in the Blue Ridge.
Songs, Stickball and Blowguns
If you are traveling in the Smokies and stop
at the Mountainside Theatre location near the
the Qualla Indian reservation, you can attend
Cherokee Indian stickball games through late
August. One of the roughest, toughest sports in
the world, stickball at Cherokee is played in the
rugged tradition established before the first
white men—Spanish explorers led by DeSoto—
visited the Great Smokies in 1540. This unusual
game shares the stage with Indian songs, dances
and blowgun-shooting on Monday night pro
Mountains to Sea: Fishing's Good
You can fish in trout streams of Western
North Carolina through August 31.
Devotees of the angling art who are traveling
toward the Coast will want to keep in mind
several fishing contests which are now in prog
ress. Some are: All-NC Coastline Fishing
Contest through August 30; Fabulous Fishermen
Contest, Morehead City area, through October
30; Fishing Rodeo of Southeastern N. C., through
November 30; Hatteras Island Fishing Contest
through December 1; Cape Fear Region Contest,
and Top-sail Surf City Region Fishing Contest
through December 31.
Regional and Community Fairs
Late this month country fairs begin to take
the spotlight. Earliest such event is the Western
North Carolina Fair at Hendersonville, August
17-22. A few days later in the same town, you
can attend the 13th annual North Carolina
Apple Festival. Dates; September 1-7.
The 10th annual Community Fair at Drexel
is August 25-29.
Of water sports, power boat racing is set for
August 16 at New Bern, and at Roanoke Rapids,
August 30. The Sailing Regatta at Kerr Reser
voir is August 22-23.
Brasstown Vacation Crafts Course
Like to combine travel with learning? The
John C. Campbell Folk School at Brasstown is
offering a Vacation Crafts Course August 10-22.
Among other prominent events on the State
travel calendar for August are: Virginia Dare
Birthday Celebration, Manteo, August 18; Civil
Air Patrol Friendship Days and Air Show at
Wilmington, 22-23; and National Tobacco Queen
Competition at Mount Airy, 28-29.
Sweeney In 35th Year With Company
E. F. Sweeney, plant manager
of Firestone Textiles at Ben-
nettsville, S. C., is in his 35th
year with the company. He is a
frequent visitor to Firestone in
Ths Bennettsville plant man
ager started with the company
in 1924 in the cotton fabric de
He worked in Fall River, New
Bedford, and Newburysport,
Mass., and Woodstock, Ontario,
Canada, before assuming his
present assignment in 1948.
Race Mrinner Rodger Ward
looks across a Firestone tire
on his Leader Car Special,
before taking to the track to
set a new record in auto rac
ing at this year’s Indianapolis
500-mile speedw-ay classic.
The veteran Los Angeles
racer, also a chief test driver
for Firestone, rounded the
As evidence of the growth of
the man-made fiber industry, a
recent issue of the Review, Fed
eral Land Bank of Richmond,
said that in 1940 cotton account
ed for 81.0 per cent of total U.S.
mill consumption; wool, 8.3 per
cent, and all of the man-made
fibers, 10.0 per cent.
By 1958, the Review noted,
cotton's share of mill consump
tion had dropped to 65.9 per
cent, and wool to 5.8 per cent,
while man-made fibers had
grown to 28.2 per cent.
track in three hours, 30 min
utes and 49.21 seconds to set
the new^ record: 135.857 miles
per hour. The previous rec
ord of 135.601 per hour was
set in 1957 by Sam Hanks.
It was the 36th consecutive
year of the 43 Indianapolis
500-mile races that the win
ner rolled to victory on Fire
This year, the company is
celebrating its 50th anni
versary of race-tire develop
□ □ □ Most of the footprints on
the sands of time were left there
by work shoes.
□ □□A man all wrapped up
in himself makes a small pack
□ □ □ There are a few things
heavier than lead. One of them
is a guilty conscience.
Davis (second from right), goes
over program plans for the Sun
day school intermediate age
group, with Gail Fore and Becky
Shields (from left, seated);
Brenda Houser, Bill Francisco,
Linda Lynn and Pat Stacy.
Some On-the-Job Training
For A Firestone Scholar
This summer a Firestone col
lege scholarship winner is get
ting some “on-the-job” training
in Christian education. Peggy
Davis, awarded the higher-edu-
cation grant in 1956, has been
employed at Gastonia’s Cove
nant Methodist Church since
June 1, where she is working
with young people’s groups.
When she concludes her as
signment September 1, she will
make final preparation to re
turn to High Point College as a
Senior later that month.
At Covenant Church, Miss
Davis works under supervision
of the minister, the Rev. Ross
Francisco, in directing certain
phases of the educational pro
gram among youth. Included in
her regular schedule are her
duties as teacher of an Inter
mediate (12-14 year) Sunday
school class, and direction of
the Methodist Youth Fellowship
of young men and women 15 to
20 years of age.
FOUNDATION for Peggy’s
experience at Covenant was not
alone through academic train
ing at college. During the past
three years at High Point she
has been a leader in student
groups. As a member of one of
several Fellowship Teams, she
has traveled to many parts of
North Carolina to present spe
cial youth programs in churches.
On week-day and Sunday
trips her team has gone out to
promote young people’s partici
pation in religious activities.
She has helped her team in
counselling with youth, in an ef
fort to encourage interest and
increase participation in the
total program of the local
The Firestone scholar’s col
lege work is leading to a major
in elementary education and a
minor in religion. In her Senior
year she will do practice teach
ing in public school, as part of
the requirement for her degree
and education certificate.
At High Point, Peggy has been
an outstanding student both
scholastically and in extracurric
ular activities. In her Junior
year she was selected for mem
bership in the Order of the
Lighted Lamp, the school’s
oldest honor society. Member
ship is based on signal achieve
ment in scholarship and serv
ice to the college.
This high honor came by
secret vote of Peggy’s fellow
students in the Junior and
Senior classes and was ap
proved by the faculty. It was
climaxed with her installation
by the president of the college.
The student, one of six to win
Firestone college scholarships
in the Gastonia area, is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Davis. The mother is a quiller
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