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New N.C. agri-cultural tourism trail to be unveiled

Posted Saturday, April 1, 2006

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Raleigh, NC — The North Carolina Arts Council, along with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will unveil Potters Wheels’ and Organic Fields,” the latest driving trail on on April 12, 2006.

The Web site, dedicated to art roads and farm trails, showcases North Carolina’s rural riches. Potters Wheels’ and Organic fields will be unveiled Wednesday, April 12 at the North Carolina Arts Incubator in Siler City. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.

Potters Wheels covers Chatham, Lee, Orange, Randolph, Alamance and Guilford counties. The local project coordinator was Greta Lint, who worked with arts councils and tourism authorities in the area.

“You can’t go any where in North Carolina without encountering some component of our cultural and heritage—whether it’s visiting an art museum or gallery, listening to storytellers or traditional Blue Ridge music,” said Wayne Martin, director of the Folklife program at the Arts Council and the Homegrown Handmade project director. “This partnership offers homegrown opportunities, such as sampling N.C. wine or touring a working farm. All of these things are about the special place we call North Carolina.”

The trails project will include more than 70 North Carolina counties when it is completed in May. Funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation, the project uses “Agri-Cultural Tourism” to encourage travel to areas that were formerly dependent on tobacco production. Trails provide visitors with activities such as sampling fresh goat cheese, picking their own berries, visiting a quilt museum and watching a dulcimer maker.

For more information on any of the trails, criteria for participation or the April 12 unveiling in Siler City contact Linda McGloin at (919) 715-2104.

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