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March 2020 Newsletter 
 
A different kind of March Madness
COVID-19: No NCAA tournament, no St. Patrick's Day celebrations, TP-hoarding, social distancing, financial stress and fears.  March 2020 - a different kind of "March Madness". 
A message from our President Paul Price

I would like to comment on the current Corona virus situation. The virus has the potential to impact both the health and economic status of the citizens of Clay County and the members of CCCRA. I urge everyone to follow the guidelines to prevent the spread of this disease.  At this same time, as much as possible, we need to support the businesses that have supported us over the years. Many restaurants are offering take out and curb pick up and we still need groceries and other services. Just follow the guidelines and take extra precaution.

The virus will impact all of our operations, especially the Beal Center. Our costs continue; Beal Center Executive Director Kirsten Gleaves has initiated several cost-savings measures to help mitigate the impact. As we come through this pandemic, we will work hard to recover and salvage the year.  We appreciate the support of our members, and those who have contributed to the Town Yard Sale.  After the "all-clear", we will gratefully accept additional items you uncovered during your "social distancing" closet-cleaning.  

Also after the "all-clear", we look forward to seeing you on the Historic Square for our cherished Hayesville tradition - the CCCRA Friday Summer Concert Series. 

This year will be a challenge, but with the talent of our board and our Beal Center director, and the support of our members and friends, we will rise to the occasion.  Thank you in advance for all you do and for what you will do in the future.  
2020 Concert Series
We are looking forward to once-again presenting a cherished Hayesville tradition, the CCCRA Friday Summer Concert Series. Thanks in part to response to social media requests for suggestions, there were more band options than there are weekends. The line-up includes a mix of local favorites plus acts new to the square gazebo. A variety of musical genres, including southern rock, oldies, bluegrass, “trop-rock”, folk and beach music will be represented in the ten concerts spread from the last Friday in May to Labor Day weekend.

This Hayesville tradition began in 1998, when CCCRA “Hayesville After Dark” concerts were held in the pocket park between Chinquapins and Sunrise Yoga, on the street and in the bandstand. In 2010, the concerts officially moved to the courtyard gazebo, with generous donations from local benefactors, including Karen Bruskin who sponsored and organized the series from 2008-2016. From 2017-19, Bob and Susanne Hanson co-chaired the concerts for CCCRA, continuously improving the Friday night events, bringing in new sponsors, food and beverage providers, a dance floor, a social media picture frame, bigger and better talent, and larger audiences. 

The 2020 concert committee members are Beal Center Executive Director Kirsten Gleaves and CCCRA board members Susie Focke and Don Jones.  In addition to the terrific musical acts, the team has lined up food and beverage options that will differ week to week and are planning some special added attractions for a few of the concert nights.  Check out the line-up at:
https://www.cccra-nc.org/cccra-events.
Postponed! 
Seems like we're hearing that everywhere these days! Flexibility is key when planning and executing events, and never more so than during trying times. If you have an event planned at the Beal Center in the next month or so, don't freak out, reach out! We will do the best we can to postpone it to a time when everyone is more comfortable with going out. We get it, and we are here to work with you.
Beal Bridal Show
The first Beal Bridal Show was held Saturday, February 29th, and many of our vendors encouraged us to make it an annual event. Vendors got to display their goods and services while meeting some prospective clients.  A bridal veil, garter and jewelry set were given away and several vendors offered special "show" deals.  Some of our affiliated service providers that attended include the Copper Door, Wildwood Flower Shop, JFW (Jim’s Formal Wear) and Epic Catering.  
Board Bytes
Get to know your CCCRA Board Members! 
Clay County native, CC school nurse and CCCRA board member Joanna Padgett Atkisson is the youngest of four children of Dr. Joe and Maxine Padgett.  Having grown up helping her parents in their west Hayesville family practice, after graduation from Hayesville High, Joanna naturally gravitated to nursing.  She earned her bachelor of science nursing degree at Brenau College in Gainesville GA.  Joanna worked as an RN for a short time at Murphy Medical Center, then for over 16 years at Mountain Home Health Services.  She has served as a school nurse since 1999. 

In 2001, Joanna helped begin a mountain biking program with the Pathways After School and Summer Program at Clay County Schools (CCS). The difficulty of finding trails suitable for taking students biking led to the collaboration of CCCRA,
The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) and the US Forest Service to construct the Jackrabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail System (JMTS). Joanna has been intimately involved with CCCRA and the Trails and Greenways committee since 2003, and serves on SABA's trail committee. 

Joanna has always loved the outdoors and enjoys spending time in the woods with friends and her two dogs, Sram and Jagger.  She continues to mountain bike, and with her Trails and Greenways Committee co-chair and SABA volunteers, is working diligently on a ~4.5 mile extension to the JMTS.   
CCCRA Jeopardy
 
A: In 2003, CCCRA received the NC Governors Award for ______.
 
Q:  What is Outstanding Volunteer Service?

A:  What event took place in 2017 involving CCCRA, artist Joe Miller and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area? 

Q:  What is dedication of the "Tribute to Traditional Music" sculpture in front of Hayesville Town Hall.  
 
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*

 
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