City of Burlington Media Release: The Black Lillies Headline 28th Annual Carousel Festival

August 12, 2015 8:58 AM

City of Burlington
Public Information Office
425 South Lexington Avenue
Burlington North Carolina  27215

Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Mary Faucette
Date: August 12, 2015
(office): 336-513-5469


On September 19th and 20th, Burlington’s City Park will transform into a bustling festival ground. Fair food will meet locally-sourced, gourmet cuisine. Artisans and craft vendors will offer custom and handmade items you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Entertainment will take place on three stages and will range from local legends to new and exciting acts, culminating with a performance by national recording act, The Black Lillies.

The Black Lillies, led by front man, Cruz Contreras, will do just about anything to get a crowd dancing to their unique blend of Americana, rock, and blues. Hailing from eastern Tennessee, The Black Lillies have made no fewer than 30 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and have played to packed crowds of festivals such as Bonnaroo and South by Southwest. According to Vanity Fair, “with one foot planted firmly in Appalachian music culture and the other always expanding and evolving, The Black Lillies have created a unique sound embraced by fans old and young.”

The Black Lillies will bring their fusion of mandolin, banjo, pedal steel, and piano sounds to the main stage at the Jimmy Combs amphitheater at 4:30pm on Sunday, September 20th. Get there early with your chairs and blankets and prepare to enjoy a raucous show by what is likely to become your new favorite band.  Don’t forget the festival starts at 1pm on Sunday.  The Megan Doss band will kick off the music at the Main stage followed by Chatham County Line.

Learn more about the Black Lillies at their website and sample two of their hits from their most recent album, Runaway Freeway Blues, on Youtube:

The Carousel Festival will take place 10am-6pm on Saturday, September 19th and from 1p-6pm on Sunday, September 20th. For more information about all the 28th annual Carousel Festival has to offer, visit Vendor applications and entertainment interest forms are still being accepted and can also be found online.


Rachel Kelly
Office of Public Information | City of Burlington, NC
(O) 336.222.5076 | (M) 336.516.1532


Holiday Inn Express in Mebane Completes Renovations

June 8, 2015 4:27 PM

We are excited to announce that Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Mebane, North Carolina have completed it’s remodeling  April, 2015.  We have made changes outside. We have made changes inside. In fact, we’ve made sure you have everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Our establishment is refreshed to the highest standards: yours.  When you see our new sign outside, you’ll know that there are changes inside. You’ll soon notice new lighting, landscaping and design features that will HIEX-MBNEE-Double-Queen-23-low resgreet you when you arrive.

The moment you walk into our lobby, you’ll notice stylish new touches, a signature scent and sounds from some of your favorite artists.

Our cozy, updated rooms offer you all the convenience of home. Each of our rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, a work desk, a microwave, a coffee maker and a refrigerator.  Awaken every morning to our free hot breakfast bar, enjoy the fitness center, beautiful outdoor pool and guest laundry.

We also offer a spacious meeting room that can seat up to 50 guests. In addition, guests can catch up on work outside of the office in our Business Center with copy, fax and print services.

We’re very proud of the changes we have made at our hotel, but even more proud to be able to better serve our guests.  In fact everything at Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Mebane, North Carolina is designed so that you can relax. Because we know all you really need on the road is a place to be yourself. That’s what our hotel was built for.


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Burlington City Park Opens for the Summer Season

June 3, 2015 4:46 PM

June 2, 2015
Contact: Chris Bradsher (336) 222-5037
Burlington City Park Opens for the Summer Season
Tuesday, June 9th
For All Ages
Cost: $1 per ride or a book of 10 for $8, Individual & Family Season Passes are also available!
Burlington City Park • 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington, NC 27215

The Burlington City Park amusement rides will open for the summer season Tuesday, June 9th, weather permitting.  Bring your family out to City Park and start a tradition today!  Rides include the Historic Dentzel Carousel, train, planes, boats, and cars.   For more information about Season Passes, please call (336) 222-5030 or visit

2015 Amusement Park Summer Season Hours of Operation: June 9th – August 23rd

Monday • CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday • 10am – 1pm & 5pm – 8pm
Friday • 10am – 1pm & 5pm – 9pm
Saturday • 10am – 9pm
Sunday • 1pm – 7pm


On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy

March 23, 2015 8:49 AM

On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy  May 1- July 15, 2015

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015), famous for his iconic on-screen role as Star Trek’s Captain Spock, was also a nationally acclaimed photographer.

Alamance Arts, Graham, NC will be hosting the career-spanning exhibition, On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy, from May 1st to July 15th, 2015.

Beginning at an early age, experimenting with cameras and images as a young teenager, Nimoy went on to study photography at UCLA and later received an “artist in residence” position at the American Academy in Rome.

Leonard Nimoy’s photography is in many museum collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Judah L. Magnes Museum, The LA County Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum of New York, The New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, and The Hammer Museum.  In late 2014 Mr. Nimoy’s work was included among the greats when a selection of his photographs was part of Sotheby’s “Masters of the Medium” Photography Auction.

His work is permanently and primarily exhibited at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA.

His projects, some of which include Secret Selves, Shekhina, and The Full Body Project, were revolutionary, captivating, and influential. These communicated deeply personal themes of spirituality, self-empowerment and feminism.

“My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of it and I grab that picture,” said Nimoy as he described his aspirations as a photographer.

Many of the photographs going on display in the Alamance Arts’ Sister Galleries are from Nimoy’s last collection, Eye Contact.

As Nimoy explained, “In this collection I am concerned with artful voyeurism. The model is given license to explore a personal experience which is often quite moving, although the photographer’s presence inescapably alters the moment. To reclaim their deepest human emotions, the subjects must turn back to the internal space and free themselves of the contact with me or my camera. It is the instant between the private and the seen, that brief affirmation of the self which I find deeply affecting and the one that I strive to capture and pass along to the viewer. “

“On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy” will feature more than 50 years of his work. In addition to the Eye Contact series, other photographs that will be on exhibit come from his Early Work, Self Portraits, Black & White series, Shekhina, Classic Nudes and Dance series and Landscapes.

This exhibition of 43 photographs will be available free to the public from May 1st to July 15th 2015 at the Captain James and Emma Holt White House, 213 S. Main Street, Graham, NC. (Exit 147, Interstate 85/40). Hours are Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm.   336-226-4495.

Alamance Arts will host an opening reception on Thursday evening, April 30 from 6:30 – 8:30. The public is welcome to attend.

Please  Note, the Leonard Nimoy exhibition contains nudity.




Burlington Awarded ASA Award of Excellence

November 17, 2014 2:14 PM

ASA Award of Excellence &
2016 ASA National Championship Tournament Awarded to Burlington, NC

Jessica Hicks, BRPD Athletics Supervisor, accepted the James Farrell Award of Excellence for the Senior National Softball Tournament hosted by the City of Burlington over Labor Day weekend, 2014. The award was presented by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) at its 83rd Annual meeting on November 13, 2014.

At that meeting, the City of Burlington was awarded the opportunity to host another ASA National Championship Tournament in 2016.


Jessica Hicks


14th Annual Distinguished Service in Sports Award Luncheon

October 23, 2014 10:54 AM

Sponsored by the Alamance County Sports Development Council and the Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, this annual event will honor Kay Howe, Dr. Danny Morrison, Tommy Spoon and Miles Wolff.

October 29 at the Best Western Plus
Buffet Line opens at 11:45am
Program begins at 12:15pm
Individual Tickets $25.00
Tables of 8 are $200.00

No admittance at the door.
RSVP to the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 570-1444.


Council Approves Visitors Bureau Relocation

October 23, 2014 10:34 AM
Published: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM.

The Burlington/Alamance Convention and Visitors Bureau will relocate to the historic depot in downtown Burlington, paying the city $400 per month in rent.

The Burlington City Council approved the lease Tuesday night. The Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, including its economic development staff and department, will remain at its Lexington Avenue office. The depot is at 100 W. Front St.
“It’s of similar size,” said Robert Cox, vice president of the convention and visitors bureau. “This move was more about visibility and access. With what all is happening in downtown, it seemed like a good fit.”
The Burlington/Alamance Convention and Visitors Bureau will lease a 456-square-foot office and 210-square-foot storage room, according to a memo from Burlington Recreation and Parks Director Tony Laws. The space was previously used by the Burlington Downtown Corp. and has been vacant since it relocated to its second-floor office at 408 S. Spring St. two years ago. The space has an outdoor entrance as well as inside access to the remainder of the building.
The lease would be for three years with automatic renewal, and Cox said he’d hope the bureau would be able to move in by Jan. 1.

The Acorn Inn of Elon offering transportation to Wineries

July 15, 2014 11:51 AM

In conjunction with the Haw River Wine Trail Progressive Dining on July 19, The Acorn Inn of Elon will offer transportation to participating wineries and overnight accommodations, plus a farm to table breakfast with Sunset Farms on July 20. The cost of the package is $99 for the overnight stay and breakfast, and an additional $79 for transportation. Individuals can purchase tickets for the Haw River Trail Tidbit Tour directly from the wineries. July is the month for a staycation here in beautiful Alamance County! Call 336-585-0167 or visit the website for reservations – AcornInnElon.Com Limited space is available.


CVB announces 2014 Tourism Grant Program

March 26, 2014 1:38 PM

2014 GuidelinesForm2014 Application

2014 GuidelinesForm2014 Application

On behalf of the Tourism Development Authority and the Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau we are pleased to announce that we once again will be offering our Tourism Reimbursement Grant Program again this year. This grant program is open to any Alamance County or regional organization that plans, promotes, or operates any Alamance County Tourism related event, attraction, or activity that is open to the general public and is visitor/tour friendly. Above you will find the guidelines for the program, an application and a copy of the accountability form that is required to be submitted with request for funds if your application is approved. All applications are due on May 1, 2014 and will be voted on at our May 28, 2014 Tourism Development Authority meeting. Notification letters will be mailed by June 4, if you have any questions regarding the application process please don’t hesitate to call Robert, at the CVB office (336) 570-1444.


Burlington Courtyard Marriott Upgrades

January 20, 2014 10:19 AM

Burlington Courtyard Marriott Upgrades Guest Rooms, Suites as Part of a Total $1.4 Million Makeover

The Courtyard’s recent transformation includes new carpet, drapes, lighting, furnishings, and linens; remodeled lobby added The Bistro, media pods and GoBoard back in 2010

The Burlington Courtyard’s final phase of a $1.4 million remodel turned its guest rooms and suites upside down to ensure maximum relaxation in true sophistication. The first phase of the project in 2010 brought the addition of The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect. and a transformative lobby along with major upgrades to the hotel’s fitness center and meeting rooms.

Visitors will see and feel a difference the second they step foot into one of 118 rooms or 4 suites with fresh carpets, draperies, light fixtures and wall vinyls. Comfy, thick mattresses with custom comforters, cotton-rich linens and plenty of fluffy pillows will ease guests into a sound night’s sleep, Up-to-date spacious desks and ergonomic chairs allow business travelers to finish jobs quickly and on time. In the separate seating areas, new oversized chairs and ottomans help guests relax while they watch their favorite shows on HDTVs or surf the Internet thanks to complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access. Other amenities include coffeemakers, ironing boards and mini-refrigerators. The renovation also includes the bathrooms, where Paul Mitchell products help visitors get ready for a new day or night on the town.

The Burlington Courtyard’s total refreshing makeover is part of Marriott’s commitment to provide comfortable and flexible areas for guests to eat, drink, work, socialize and sleep. That included the complete overhaul of the lobby, where welcome pods replaced the traditional front desk so staff members can provide one-on-one attention during the check-in and check-out processes. The addition of media pods along the perimeter of the new welcome center gives guests cozy areas to watch flat-screen TVs with personal remotes and enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access. A Boarding Pass Station houses computers and printers to help ease transportation worries. The high-tech lobby also features a 52-inch interactive GoBoard where travelers can find current weather conditions, get directions to the Tanger Outlet or Elon University, seek the latest flight information and statuses at either RDU  or PTI Airport and check out the day’s news and sports scores, all with the touch of a finger.

The centerpiece of the remodeled lobby, The Bistro, helped raise the standard for dining with menus featuring seasonal fruits, burgers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches made from the freshest ingredients. The casual, café-style restaurant sports a large communal table, where families or small groups of business travelers can gather for a hearty breakfast or dinner, and comfortable bar seating so guests can sip on freshly brewed Starbucks drinks, a number of craft, domestic and imported beers and custom-ordered cocktails prepared by a friendly bartender.

Other highlights of the renovation include new carpets, vinyl surfaces and upgrades to the state-of-the-art fitness center with Life Fitness equipment featuring individual TV monitors.

For business travelers, the hotel is a short drive to the numerous LabCorp facilities and also to Glen Raven Mills. Guests also can take advantage of the over 2200 square feet of event space for all types of meetings. Whatever the reason for travelers to visit Burlington, NC, the complete renovation of the hotel in the heart of the Triad of the state will keep business travelers ready to go as well as offer vacationers updated comfort, style and technology.

About The Burlington Courtyard
The Burlington Courtyard has completely renovated its 118 rooms and 4 suites. The state-of-the-art lobby features The Bistro serving American fare. Other amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.  The hotel is near Elon University and other attractions and has over 2,200 square feet of meeting space for business or social gatherings. For information, visit For meetings and sales,; 336-585-1888 x 501.

About Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 860 locations in 30 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand. All Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For reservations, go to or contact a travel professional.