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May 2020 Newsletter 
 Membership! 
A phrase that's frequently heard during this pandemic is "we're all in this together".  It's just that sentiment that CCCRA has embraced for over twenty years.  Communities is in our name, and our mission is to improve Clay County for members of our communities. 

It feels good to be a Member!  Help us achieve our mission by becoming a member.  Memberships start at just $30 and it's easy to join on-line:  
https://www.cccra-nc.org/get_involved
2020 Concert Series
A sure way to feel like a member of our community is to gather on the historic square for the Summer Concert Series.  To ensure everyone's safety, we're following the NC Government's guidelines regarding re-opening, and adjusting our concert schedule accordingly.  Although we can't start on schedule, we intend to fit as many concerts into this year as possible, and are working with the performers to rework the schedule.  At this point, our first concert is expected to be June 26th. 

Check our Website Events Page and Facebook Page for updates.  
6/26 - 1st Train
7/03 - The Elderly Brothers
7/10 - No Concert
7/17 - Wyatt Espalin & Friends
7/24 - No Concert
7/31 - Southern Vantage
8/07 - Chris Stalcup & The Grange
8/14 - No Concert
8/21 - Alex Key & The Locksmiths
8/28 - No Concert
9/04 - Gnarly Fingers
9/11 - No Concert
9/18 - Caribbean Cowboys
9/25 - Lindsay Beth Harper


Food & beverage service begins at 6pm and music at 7pm. 

Schedule subject to change.
All concerts are free, courtesy of CCCRA and our sponsors. 
Red Bucket donations to support our mission are appreciated.

Historic Courthouse Beal Center
After years of fundraising, the Historic Clay County courthouse was renovated and reopened as the Beal Center in 2018. Repurposed as a community center and event venue, the goal is for the “Heart of Clay County” to be self-sustaining, with the center's income covering the its operating expenses. A combination of event rentals and fundraising in our first full year of operations showed we were on the right path. Then came 2020! The challenges of this year, which has touched all our lives, has also affected the Beal Center. Bookings have been rescheduled and fundraising efforts are suspended until we can reopen for large gatherings. Therefore, we are asking our CCCRA Members and members of our community for help. Would you consider supporting the Beal Center in one of these ways?  
  • Shop our on-line gift shop. We'll ship or arrange curb-side pick-up. 
  • Become a CCCRA Member - you can join on-line
  • Donate on-line to the Historic Courthouse Fund or mail your check to PO Box 1533, Hayesville NC 28904
  • Leave your mark! Purchase twenty-year naming rights for $5,000 for your choice of the Catering Kitchen, the Conference room, the Director’s office or Gift Shop, or the Tower Room for $15,000.  Payment plans are available. For more information, call 828-415-1623 or email Kirsten
We would have never gotten this far without your help. Thank you once again!
Board Bytes
Get to know your CCCRA Board Members! 
Meet Vickie Tatum, Membership Chairperson
A little about me!  I was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. By the fifth grade, I'd been on so many school field trips to Kellogg's I could have made Corn Flakes in our kitchen! My family moved to Pennsylvania when I was a child, and since then then I've added Kentucky (twice), Tennessee, Texas, Florida (twice) and North Carolina (twice) to my states of residence. I studied at the University of Kentucky (twice), earning a BS in Agriculture and later a PhD in Toxicology.  

Apparently, not only can I not stay in one place, it sounds like I can't keep a job either!  My career roles have included USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer, high school science teacher, nutrition research lab tech, toxicologist, and technical communications specialist. Working in the forest products industry for the last 26 years, I really want you to keep buying that toilet paper! 

In 2017, I came to visit friends who had moved to Clay County. After just one Friday night concert and a boat ride on Lake Chatuge, I was hooked and the next year  moved here from the Gainesville FL area.  (Yes, I do the Gator Chomp, but I'm still a Kentucky Wildcat at heart!)

Joining me on the move were my mom, Lil Tuttle, dog Buckley (who is almost human), a horse name Spunky (although he isn't very), and a mule name Bud, whose mother was a Clydesdale (I mean, what else could I call him?).  My son and daughter-in-law live in Maui, HI. 

Besides spending time at the horse barn, I also enjoy creating fused-glass artwork and jewelry.  I joined CCCRA because I liked what CCCRA was doing in the community and wanted to contribute.  

I need your help. 
Did you notice our CCCRA Membership Table at all the Friday night concerts last summer? We would love to have some of our CCCRA members join us behind the table. It’s easy! All you do is talk to people about CCCRA – tell them about the exciting projects we’re supporting and answer any questions they have. We’re busiest before the concert and during intermission, so you can still enjoy the music with your friends and family. You don’t need to make a summer-long commitment – helping out at even one concert would be greatly appreciated.
 
We'd also like to give the Membership Table a little more pizzazz so that it catches people's attention. And we all know that the black-and-white printer clip art signs last summer weren’t getting the job done. Are you a designer? Graphic artist? Have ideas for some attention-grabbing signs and posters? How about videographers? Maybe we could set up a laptop with a repeating video about Jackrabbit Mountain or the Cherokee Heritage Festival. We would really appreciate your ideas and assistance. Please email us at
claycountycommrevitalization@gmail.com.         
Membership has its rewards! 
 
A question we're often asked is “What do I get if I join CCCRA?”  Besides being a member of our community of volunteers making a difference?  Well, we've been thinking about that! What kinds of benefits would you like to see us offer members? Would you be interested in receiving a bumper sticker or window decal when you join or renew your membership? How about some members-only activities? Perhaps a guided walk at Jackrabbit Mountain or along the Quanassee Path? A presentation at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit? How about a reception at the courthouse before one of the Friday night concerts? We want to hear all your ideas. Email us or stop by the membership table at one of the concerts and let us know.
We are all Members!
CCCRA is grateful to fellow members of our community who join us in our mission.  Shout outs to: Tony Wiegold and the SignsFast team for repairing the town signs and the signs on the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit wall; to Sandy Zimmerman and the Historic Hayesville Inc volunteers for the beautiful plantings in the courtyard; and to the Clay County school maintenance team for mowing the Cherokee Botanical garden.  Want to feel like a member? Help us get some erosion control and sidewalk repair on the Quanassee Path! Contact Rob Tiger at (828) 389-6531.
 
(Top - Blooming Buckeye at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. Center and left bottom - Courtyard beautification.  Bottom right - Quanassee Path erosion.)
The Yard Sale & Community Day is  still scheduled for May 30th. Mayor Harry Baughn and his team are reviewing reopening guidelines and related social distancing requirements as it relates to the sale.  Whenever its held, we've got some great selections for you.  All proceeds from CCCRA's booth will support the Beal Center.   
Clay County Communities Revitalization Association 
Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving and improving Clay County NC for its residents and visitors. Powered by a 100% volunteer engine, CCCRA is funded through memberships, donations and grants.
 
CCCRA is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to CCCRA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
 
Help CCCRA achieve our mission - become a member today! cccra-nc.org
Support Our Business Members 
(* Lifetime Business Members)
ADVANTAGE CHATUGE REALTY
(KIM TIGAR, ASSOC BROKER) 


BEAU'S CROSSING STUDIO

BRIDGES TO THE OTHER SIDE*


CARL PATTERSON FLOORING

CLAY FARMERS STORE-IT


CREATIVE IDEAS PRO*

GENE'S TRACTOR SUPPLY

HAYESVILLE BREWING CO


HISTORIC HAYESVILLE INC

MOLLY & ME ANTIQUES

MOUNTAIN AIR HEATING & COOLING

MOUNTAIN STREAMS REAL ESTATE INC


MOUNTAIN SUNRISE REALTY

MY LIFE INTERVIEW

NANTAHALA BANK


NICHOLS & NICHOLS, P.A.

PEACOCK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

JASON H SHOOK FAMILY DENTISTRY

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BICYCLE ASSOCIATION

TIGER'S STORE & CHINQUAPIN'S ICE CREAM and SODA BAR

WOODARD ELECTRIC SERVICE INC

UNITED COMMUNITY BANK-HAYESVILLE*

WHEELER APPRAISALS LLC*

 
Comments or Questions?  
Email us: ClayCountyCommRevitalization@gmail.com
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