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Bookclub, Winery and an Author!!!!!

13 4-7 Native Vines Winery
14 11-2 Krista Peele
18 6:30 The Less Desirables Remote
26 Jan Wine/Food Pairing Mixer
New Vineyard in NOW!
Brandon Hills Vineyards
We are carrying Raptor Red (10 % of all sales go to these beautiful Hawks)
Amaretto Amore (Ohh-Laa-Laa!)
Brandon Berry Blush (beautiful)
And Viognier (YUMMM!)
This thrilling murder mystery begins with a dizzying, out-of-control skid down a mountain in an RV and ends as the intriguing threads of the plot come together in harried struggle for life in the dead of night 1500 miles from where the first murder occurred. Norm Brown joins the ranks of suspense masters in this riveting thrill ride.
Mindful Eating Book Club
This is a place for a vigorous discussion about books at the intersection of nutrition, human behavior, culture and other issues that affect our eating
Discussion will be facilitated by: Debra Benfield, M.Ed., R.D., LDN, Nutrition Therapist
Second Thursday of each Month 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Jan 12th)
Contact:  Debra Benfield336.773.1443
Native Vines will be pouring their wines on
Jan 13th 4-7
Author Krista Peele
Jan 14th 11-2
Rox, a scrappy fourteen-year-old, is just trying to survive. Living in an orphanage full of ‘gifted’ students isn’t easy. But when strange things begin to happen around Yangsly Academy, surviving becomes an even bigger challenge.
Artist Ginnie Conaway
Pet portraits began my artistic journey over 30 years ago and I still enjoy capturing memories for clients.
Flowers are a never ending source of inspiration.
I love bold colors and shapes, both in my gardens and in my paintings.
Remote For Your Listening Pleasure
There at it again and this time there here!
Come check out the live pod cast of characters known as The Less Desirables!
And if you can’t make it down check them out at… 1902, Allen published As a Man Thinketh, universally acknowledged as a classic book on self-examination. It captures the essence of Allen’s philosophy. Through his eloquent and succinct prose, Allen conveys his thesis that it is up to the individual to form his own character and create his own happiness.
In 1985, 15-year-old Bowman Gray IV lost his father to a heart attack. Later that same year, his mother gave him two gifts – a copy of As a Man Thinketh and a 35-millimeter camera. At the time, he did not fully appreciate how important these two gifts would eventually become to him.
In this gift edition, he couples his own color photographs with Allen’s timeless advice to produce an inspirational book that will stay with readers for years to come.

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New Arrival: Brandon Hills Vineyard

In keeping with my New Year Resolution – we have a new vineyard at Barnhills.  We now carry 5 wines from Brandon Hills Vineyard.

Barbera:        Fruity with hints of smoke and vanilla, this Northern Italian red wine is low in tannin and slightly higher in acid. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats and tomato based sauces.

Raptor Red:  Our premier red wine blend, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and the remaining made up from Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Viognier. One dollar of every sale of this wine will benefit Carolina Raptor Center.

Viognier:  (VEE-ohn-YAY) This French Rhone Varietal is characterized by its floral aroma and peachy flavors with a hint of apricot. Our wine has fruity flavors throughout the palette

Amaretto Amore and Brandon Berry Black.

Come check out these wonderful wines!   Enjoy!

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This week at Barnhills!!!!!

5th Cameron Kent
6th Pumpkin Painting with Ginnie
6pm Mindful Eating Book Club
7th T.D. Johnston
8th Scott Roche
Children’s reading 11 am
Horror reading 5:30 pm
14th Open Reading
/Jessie  Carty
15th Susan Surman
Mary Lambeth Moore
20th Michael Renegar and Amy

21st Mary Ruth Dobbins
22nd Cotton Ketchie
22nd Claude Limoges
25th E Reid Gilbert
26th Julia Ebel
28th Tim Bullard
30th Thomas D Perry 5:30-7:30

Historian Thomas D. “Tom” Perry
was born in Mount Airy and grew
up in Ararat, VA, just up the road
from where Civil War General J.E.
B. Stuart lived. Perry writes on
Patrick, Henry and Surry Counties
in VA and NC. He is the author of
a dozen books on local history and

Oct 1st 11am
Deborah Williams Rodenhizer
March 1, 2004, was a beautiful day.
Blue skies and white fluffy clouds
promised that spring was just around
the corner. It was an ordinary day.
There was no sign that I would
remember this day as the worst day of
my life. On this tragic day, Deborah’s
firstborn son, Christopher, committed
suicide. Joy in the Mourning is the
encouraging story of how this mother
dealt with the initial shock, the following
guilt, and the eventual peace she felt
upon accepting
her child’s death.
Kala Ambrose Oct 1st 2-5
Explore haunted lighthouses, forts,
and shipwrecked areas of East
Carolina where Blackbeard and
his pirates still roam as you join
author and paranormal researcher
Kala Ambrose in Ghost Hunting
North Carolina. Journey across the
state and visit the most actively
haunted capitol in the US, and
continue west into the Blue Ridge
Mountains where the pink lady and
her friends await your presence.
Maps and travel information are
provided to every haunted location
for those brave enough to make
the journey in person and for the
paranormal researchers who are
interested in exploring North
Oct 1st 3-6 Surry Oak Winery

A must-taste newcomer to selling his
wines. Two Chambourcins, one
Merlot, a dry Niagara(very rare and
good) and a combination
Merlot/Chambourcin  named Well Red
(we love the play on words for us)

Sign up now for Wine classes
beginning Oct 5th.
Pumpkin Painting is fun for all
ages, come watch Ginnie
Conaway create.
The Mindful Eating book club is still
taking participants see the website for
more information on all these events.


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This week at Barnhills

Whew!  Last week was busssy!  Terri Kirby Erickson was here on Thursday reading from her latest book, In the Palms of Angels – thank you Terri!  On Friday, children’s author, Laura Alston was here for storytime.  On Saturday, atty/writer Sean Keefer was here reading from and signing copies of his book, The Trust.  And on sunday, local author, Carolyn Peterson was here reading from and signing copies of her book, Fishing for Memories – a touching story about Alzheimer’s.

This  week we will be almost as busy!  On Friday, Iron Gate Winery will be here offering FREE tastings of their unique wines.

On Saturday, local children’s author Ross Mihalko will be here reading from and signing copies of his book, The Caterpillar’s Wings, at 11am.

Then starting at 2pm, author Jo Maeder will be reading from and signing copies of her book, When I Married My Mother – a touching tribute to her mother.  This books was featured on the AOL homepage for  Mother’s Day.

Then on Sunday we have a bookclub meeting here.  FYI, we also have room for bookclubs – just call us and reserve your time. 

Please check out our website at for a complete listing of events.  Have you hugged your favorite book lately????  🙂

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This week at Barnhills

Whew what a weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who suffered during the violent storms this past weekend.

We had a great week at Barnhills until the storms hit.  On Friday, Westbend Vineyards was here offering FREE tastings of their Riesling, Carolina Blush and Chambourin.  They also brought a fabulous white wine cake (made with Riesling).  They left the recipe for the white wine cake and a delicious sounding red wine cake also!  On Saturday, Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August, was here reading from and signing copies of her book.  A very intense look into family dynamics during the racially turbulent 50’s.    On Sunday, local cookbook author, Elizabeth Wiegand was here with her latest book, The New Blue Ridge cookbook.  It is full of wonderful recipes and interesting tidbits of the western part of NC.  Elizabeth brought for sampling her goat cheese/artichoke heart dip and an Apple Spice Cake – both were DIVINE!!!!

This coming week, local author Maggie Bishop will be here on Saturday reading from and signing copies of her books, including Perfect for Framing the second in her Appalachian Adventure/Mystery Series.

We will be closed on Easter Sunday.

Don’t forget we have a HUGE selection of autographed books available.  Hope to see you at Barnhills soon!

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This week at Barnhills

Whew, it’s been a busy few weeks which is why I haven’t posted in a while.  Our 1st Anniversary celebration was awesome!!!!  Thanks to all the vineyards who participated and congrats to all who won prizes.

Last week we had Mary Noble Jones in doing a children’s reading from her Itsy Rabbit series (she will be back on May 5th at 4pm). Shadowfax Sound played here on Friday – they were awesome as usual.  Saturday Kathryn Fisher was here reading from and signing copies of her books Up A Tree with Tattie Wee (a memoir) and One Forgotten Summer (fiction).  Check out FB and our YouTube account to see her reading soon.  Sunday, T.L. Bailey was here reading from her second book, Island of Lost Guardians.

This coming week will be just as busy.  On  Friday, WestBend Vineyard will be here offering FREE tastings of their Riesling, Chambourcin and Carolina Blush.  They will also be bringing a cake made with the Riesling and the recipe!!!

On Saturday, local children’s author, Linda Greene Dean, will be here at 11am to read from her book – Wally Rooster’s Big Move.  A charming story about moving and making new friends.

Also on Saturday, Anna Jean Mayhew will be here reading from and signing copies of her debut novel, The Dry Grass of August.  A beautifully written book about complicated family relationships set int eh south in the 1950’s.

Then on Sunday, local cookbook author, Elizabeth Wiegand, will be here with her latest book, The New Blue Ridge Cookbook (reviewed by Michael Hastings in the WS Journal).  She will also be bringing samples of some of the recipes.

As you can see the upcoming week has a little something going on for everyone in the family, so stop by soon & check us out.

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This week at Barnhills – We will be VERY busy!!!!!

Last week was fabulous.  On Friday night, the band, Shadowfax Sound, was here &  they were awesome as usual (they will be back in March and April if you missed them).  Rich Krawiec and friends were reading from their book, The Sound of Poets Cooking (which btw is now available at Barnhills).

This week is going to be unbelievably busy also.  On Wednesday, national best selling author and NPR personality, Lisa Napoli will be here reading from, discussing and autographing copies of her book, Radio Shangri-La

Also on Wednesday, Stony Knoll Vineyards will be offering FREE tastings of their fabulous wines. 

On Friday, local poet, Richard Picciuto will be here reading from and autographing his books, Riches and Moonlit Weeds.


Also on Friday, Misty Creek Vineyard will be offering FREE tastings of their awesome wines.

On Saturday, local author, E.B. (Gene) Alston will be reading from and signing copies of his many books, including the popular Hammer Spade detective series.  Currently there are 8 books in this series with another due out any day.

On Sunday, local author, Heather St.Aubin-Stout will be here reading from her inspirational book, Not My Mother’s Journey about her battle with breast cancer.

As you can we see, we will be VERY BUSY this week, so you need to come check us out!  Don’t forget that we have FREE wine tastings daily (even if no vineyard is here)!!!

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