Romans acquires Campsie

first_imgRomans Group completed yet another acquisition last week after it finalised a deal to merge with Campsie’s sales and letting branches.Established for over 40 years, Campsie, which covers Windsor, Staines-upon-Thames and West Drayton, will be fully-incorporated into the Romans network from Monday 5thOctober, with each of the firm’s three branches set to be upgraded to the familiar and customer focused offices seen across the Romans Group.Romans’ decision to buy Campsie fits in with the firm’s expansion strategy, and follows on from the acquisition earlier this year of Meldrum Salter Edgley in Guildford, James Griffin in Bracknell, SherriffMountford in Burnham and Atlantis in Reading.Expanding its portfolio of estate and letting agencies has been high on the agenda for the Romans Group with a number of acquisitions already under its belt since 2013.Members of staff at Campsie, part of the Orchard & Shipman Group, will be offered professional and expert advice on sales, lettings, and surveying.Shane Spiers, Chief Executive of Orchard & Shipman Group, commented, “Campsie has been established for over 40 years, so when the time came to sell it was vital we found an agency with the same core values and high standards our customers and team have become accustomed to receiving.“The Romans Group ticked all the boxes for us, and we’re delighted at how straightforward, professional and understanding their approach has been to the entire acquisition. On top of that, as an established agency with similar services available to their customers we knew our landlords, tenants and vendors would be well looked after and in fact benefit from the extra resources a larger company can provide.“Our employees are central to our success and we strongly believe that joining the Romans Group will not only benefit our customers, but also the staff and their progression, thanks to the state of the art facilities and award-winning training Romans is renowned for.”Peter Fuller (left), Managing Director of Romans Lettings, insists that his company are actively looking for new opportunities to acquire property businesses across the country, supported in part by a £12 million finance facility from its bankers available for more business purchases.He recently said that his firm “have the funds and ambition to continue expanding”.Commenting on the acquisition of Campsie, he added, “We’re delighted to have taken on Campsie and we’re looking forward to meeting all of the existing landlords and supporting them with the management and expansion of their property portfolios, as well as welcoming Campsie’s reputable agents to the Romans Group.”Peter Fuller acquisition Romans Romans acquires Campsie Campsie the Romans Group September 22, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Romans acquires Campsie previous nextAgencies & PeopleRomans acquires CampsieThe Romans Group has further expanded its portfolio of estate and letting agencies with the acquisition of Campsie.The Negotiator22nd September 20150655 Viewslast_img read more

UK: HMS Lancaster Deploys

first_img View post tag: Defence UK: HMS Lancaster Deploys View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy May 28, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Lancastercenter_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Deploys Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Lancaster Deploys Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster left Portsmouth today (Tuesday 28 May) for a six month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.The Atlantic Patrol will provide a challenging deployment for the ship, where she is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the region in support of British interests. Her tasking will focus on the reassurance and security of the British Overseas territories, the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season and counter narcotic operations with partner nations.During the six-month deployment Lancaster, affectionately nicknamed the Queen’s Frigate after her sponsor Her Majesty the Queen, will visit all six of the British Overseas Territories in the region as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean countries in order to conduct regional defence engagement. These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies as well as demonstrate the Royal Navy’s continued commitment to the region.In between visits, Lancaster will be conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard but will remain at high readiness throughout the deployment to provide support and life-saving assistance in the wake of a hurricane or other natural disaster.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said:“I am extremely proud of my ship’s company who have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months regenerating Lancaster from refit and preparing her for this demanding deployment. After months of rigorous training, Lancaster is ready to take her place on the front line of naval operations. Although working primarily in the Caribbean region with a wide range of island partners and South and Central American nations, we will, in the best traditions of the Royal Navy, be ready to respond to whatever challenges may arise over the next six months.”Able Seaman Henry Bowyer said: “I am looking forward to deployment, particularly because this is my first taste of overseas operations and a chance to do my job to its full potential. In addition I am looking forward to exploring new places and experiencing new cultures especially the ones in the sunshine!”The deployment is Lancaster’s first since an extensive refit in 2011/12. Upgrades included the latest version of the Seawolf missile defence system as well as a new flight deck. Following this the ship undertook an extensive build-up to deployment, where she was thoroughly trained and assessed for every eventuality by the world’s premier naval training organisation, Flag Officer Sea Training.[mappress]Press Release, May 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic Training & Educationlast_img read more

Pro-Vice Chancellor joins fee debate

first_imgOxford University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education echoed earlier calls by Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton, who suggested earlier this term that fee rises could be used to plug the gap in university funding.Pro-VC Dr Sally Mapstone told the Sutton Trust Advancing Access and Admissions Summit in London earlier this month, “We would be very interested in seeing the potential for a move to variable fees.”The comments were made after she was asked if she supported a move towards a system of truly variable fees, the Times Higher Education has reported.But Mapstone continued, “I think there are a couple of things that go with that. One is that price should never be an impediment to talent. The other is that when you look at the repayment mechanism, you’re looking very hard at income-contingent measures.”Speaking on behalf of Dr Mapstone, a spokesperson for the university told Cherwell, “Dr Mapstone’s comments speak for themselves and are consistent with what we have said in the past. They do not and are not intended to change the university’s position in any way”.He added, “The collegiate University has no set view on future fee levels.”Dr Sally Mapstone is Reader in Older Scots Literature, and Lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College. As the university’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for education, her responsibilities include admissions strategy and student support.Mapstone’s comments were made at the Sutton Trust admissions summit on Wednesday 13 November. The event, for the discussion of ways to improve access to elite universities for low and middle income students, was attended by around eighty academics from the US, UK and Europe, including heads of admissions at Oxford, Cambridge Harvard, Yale and MIT.Speaking with regards to Hamilton’s comments on the funding gap, the spokesperson continued, “There is no suggestion that the entire shortfall Oxford faces should be made up through fee increases, or that graduates will end up paying the whole cost of their education.They added, “Oxford University has always been clear that this significant funding gap needs to be addressed in a range of ways – including philanthropy. It is right that the University contributes towards the cost of teaching. Access must be regardless of finances.”last_img read more

Labour is dominating social media ahead of election, Oxford researchers find

first_imgThe Labour party is winning the social media battle ahead of election day, research by Oxford’s Internet Institute has this week shown.The study found that “hashtags such as #VoteLabour and #JezzWeCan are outperforming the likes of #VoteTory and #StrongAndStable”.However, the study also pointed out that ‘fake news’ is believed to account for around 13% of social media traffic.The University’s Internet Institute looked at over 1.3 million tweets posted between the 1 and 7 of May which used hashtags attached to the country’s main political parties as well as the election itself.Specifically, the study found that Labour’s tweets made up 39.7 per cent of party-specific tweets, as opposed to 26 per cent for the Conservative Party, 9.6 per cent for UKIP and 5.7 per cent for the Liberal Democrats.Twitter mentions for Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP, which is looking to replicate its 2-15 electoral success this week, made up 19 per cent of party-specific tweets.The study also established that over 12 per cent of political tweets are posted by bots (automated accounts). 21,000 of these tweets were for Labour, compared to only 13,400 for the Tories.Hannah Taylor, co-Chair of Oxford University Labour Club told Cherwell: “Labour’s dominance of social media is unsurprising given our huge popularity with young people. Whilst it is hard to tell from these studies whether the content is positive, I am optimistic that this shows how Corbyn has sparked conversation online by offering a real, positive alternative.”Meanwhile, William Rees-Mogg, Oxford University Conservative Association President, was more skeptical of the findings, telling Cherwell: “Twitter is more of an echo chamber for the views of certain politically engaged people than it is representative of the views of the general public, as evidenced by the over-representation of the SNP. We should make predictions on the basis of data gathered on the doorstep, not hot air and hashtags.”The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Whitbread may increase prices to offset National Living Wage

first_imgCosta’s parent company Whitbread has warned that it may be forced to raise prices to combat the effects of the National Living Wage. The company said it was working on plans to offset the change from the current national minimum wage of £6.50 to the living wage of £7.20 when it comes into force in April next year.Andy Harrison, chief executive, said there would be “selective price increases” among other measures to deal with the extra £15m to £20m that he expects the living wage to cost the business.Of Whitbread’s total hourly paid staff of 42,000, around 34,000 are currently paid £7.20 or less. Of those, 16,000 are aged over 25 and so will benefit from the living wage.Harrison said: “We are developing plans to adopt the recently announced National Living Wage. We shall mitigate this substantial cost increase over time with a combination of productivity improvements, boosted by investment in systems and training, efficiency savings and some selective price increases.”Whitbread’s comments came as the firm also revealed slightly slowing sales growth over the summer and said trading was weaker than expected last month, which it attributed to poor weather over August and strong comparatives on last year.From April 2016, the national living wage will be £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.last_img read more

Interview With EDC Orlando Light Designer Steve Lieberman

first_imgL4LM: Thank you very much for taking time to talk with us. Can you please tell us briefly a summary of you, your work and your career thus far?SL: My first job in a nightclub was 1986… it was brief glimpse into my future which would eventually become a lifelong career of working in nightlife and production. Starting in 1995, I was done with college and moved to NYC where I worked in nightclubs and started doing production. I ran the lighting systems at night during club operation and had a full schedule. Back then the systems were far less complicated than what you see today. Intellabeams with LCD controller, dataflash, Lite-Lab relay systems were all common back then. This was the time that the lighting industry started to see big changes. Going from multiple small controllers, to large format lighting consoles began to make headway into the nightclub world. I worked in many clubs back then… Webster Hall, Mirage, Life, Expo, Twilo, Roxy, El Morroco… just about anywhere that would hire me… ranging from running the show, to fixing the equipment. whatever it took to make ends meet. Fast forward to 1998, I started a production company specializing in light shows for raves and clubs. We were busy… for nearly 3 years we had at least 1 show a week… and sometimes more. Fast forward again to 2000, I was hired by Ultra Music Festival (long before it was the worldwide show it is now). I’ve been doing work for them ever since (now 17+ years). Fast forward again to 2001, I started doing design work for Insomniac… shows like EDC, Nocturnal Wonderland and all their other brands… all the while designing nightclubs home and abroad… It’s been an amazing journey so far and we haven’t slowed down a bit.L4LM: Tell us what goes behind planning a light show; how you decide what kinds of lights and colors and what inspires you.SL: Every show is different; every installation is unique. In these environments; there is no script, no way of knowing what comes next. When I’m running a show, it is based on what feels appropriate… if there is a video element, it is critical that the content on screen and the lighting are coordinated… its art mixed with science… so the art is subjective… the science is objective… so there is a dichotomy that needs to be addressed… that’s where having an understanding of production elements mixes with and understanding of “creating a show” comes into play.L4LM: Can you tell us about the time or moment that made you realize the most that lighting for live shows was what you wanted to do?SL: It’s quite an amazing feeling having control of a system… knowing that you are participating in the energy of the moment… the ability to move a crowd… make them take a step back… inspire people… when you’re standing in front of the console, it’s powerful… like a drug… once you experience that… you’ll always want to get back to that place. It’s been nearly 23 years for me, and it never gets old.L4LM: Please tell our readers more about your company SJ Lighting- what kind of individuals work for you, how many people, anything interesting about your brand?SL: SJ Lighting is the current incarnation of my career… my life’s work… My wife is my business partner… she handles all things “non-lighting” related… and I stick to business development and design… Currently we have 3 full time employees… we are very much a family over here… The projects we have the opportunity to work on are far from boring… we are designing nightclubs, music festivals, tours… it’s the ultimate creative environment. After this many years working with dance music related brands… we have developed a niche in the market. So, that said, we are known for the market segment… nightclubs and “raves” … I wouldn’t trade it for anything.L4LM: What was something you enjoyed about your recent work we viewed at EDC Orlando 2016?SL: EDC Orlando was a fantastic show… it’s been great seeing the show grow over the years… and additionally raising the production level each time. The circuit grounds stage was a design that was based off the concept of EDC Las Vegas… Having the production “surround” the audience really increases the energy level. The music was fantastic and the team that put it together went the extra mile to ensure that everything was 100%.L4LM: In your work process what keeps your creativity flowing and your mind inspired?SL: This is something I’ve been asked many times over the years… SJ Lighting designs approximately 75 stages per year… in addition to approximately 10 or more nightclubs a year… coming up with new ideas can be challenging… Perspective would be the word I would use to keep things going… it’s not just about the stage… its knowing your environment… on multiple levels… physically, mentally, emotionally… all of things come into play when designing something. Many times, my inspiration for a stage starts from something completely innocuous…. It could be a picture in a magazine… a cloud in the sky… an image on Instagram… keep your eyes and your mind open and you’ll get some amazing ideas.What about creating lighting do you feel you are most trying to create or communicate?I want to evoke a response… I want the audience to feel it in their bones… something physical… tangible… when I push the handle up that turns the lights into your face… I want you step back… I want you to feel the heat… when I hit the drop at the exact moment with the music… I want the hair on the back of your neck to stand up. It’s a symbiotic relationship… the lights, video, music and AUDIENCE… I want it feel right… like it makes sense.L4LM: What is the next few shows we can look forward to seeing more of your work?Shows: Dreamstate Socal, Dreamstate Mexico, Countdown, Factory 93, EDC Mexico… We are designing several new clubs as well… some of the recent ones that just opened are TIME in Costa Mesa and Nightingales in Hollywood. Hope to see you out there… we will be at the FOH control station… come say hi.last_img read more

Florida Governor Orders New York Travelers To Quarantine

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks as he tries to avoid issuing a statewide shutdown similar to other states.DeSantis said in an address from his Tallahassee office that more than 100 such flights arrive daily in Florida and he believes each contains at least one person infected with the new coronavirus.He said he has been in contact with federal officials about curtailing such flights, but has not yet received a response. He said arriving passengers will be screened by health officials and law enforcement and told they must self-quarantine. He said those travelers will not be allowed to stay with family or friends, because that is one way the virus is spread.He did not say specifically how the self-quarantine would be enforced, but Florida law says it is a second-degree misdemeanor to violate a quarantine order that could result in a 60-day jail sentence. “It is actually a criminal offense if you violate the quarantine orders, so people can be held accountable here in the State of Florida if they buck the law,” DeSantis said.He said earlier that he spoke about the issue Sunday night with President Donald Trump, who recently changed his official residence from Manhattan to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach in particular have a close relationship with New York City, earning South Florida the nickname “The Sixth Borough” to complement Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Many residents are transplants from that area — New York Yankee baseball games are even broadcast on local radio. This is the time of year many transplants’ families visit.Asked about the order at a news conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “I understand it. We are the epicenter.” But he said he has mixed feelings about travel restrictions in general. “I’m not sure it’s the most enlightened approach.”He noted that many Floridians have “deep, deep” ties to New York, saying, “I’m sure a lot of people in Florida are going to be put off by it.”As of Monday evening, more than 1,200 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida and 17 have died, an increase of four since Sunday.State officials did not immediately return calls Monday evening seeking information on how many of those diagnosed in Florida recently arrived or returned from New York or had contact with someone who did.DeSantis also said Monday he wants to avoid imposing a statewide lockdown like California, New York and other states have done, saying he still believes targeting the counties hardest hit by the virus for the most extreme measures is preferable.DeSantis said about a third of Florida’s 67 counties have no confirmed cases and another third have few, so he doesn’t yet see the need to impose a near shutdown on their businesses that have been imposed in large counties such as Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach where the disease has spread into the community. Most of the counties with few or no infections are smaller ones along the state’s northern limits or surrounding Lake Okeechobee.“It would be a very blunt instrument. When you’re ordering people to shelter in place you are consigning a number – probably hundreds of thousands of Floridians to lose their jobs,” DeSantis said. “You’re throwing their lives potentially into disarray, and if that were something necessary statewide because the health comes first, that would be one thing. But if you look at Florida’s situation right now, this is not a virus that’s impacting every corner of the state.”He said states that have issued orders to stay home have seen large numbers of residents refusing to comply.“New York City, it’s like the party never ended — you’ve got people congregating all over the place,” DeSantis said. He said such people realize ”a governor is not going to start imprisoning people just because they leave their house.”DeSantis has ordered such statewide closures as bars and gyms and limited restaurants to takeout and delivery. Some counties have gone farther, closing not only nonessential businesses but also beaches, marinas and parks. State parks have been closed.Some Florida Democrats are calling on the Republican governor to impose a statewide stay-at-home order.The virus causes only minor flu-like symptoms in most people, who recover in a matter of weeks. But it is highly contagious and can cause severe illness or death in some patients, particularly the elderly and those with existing health problems.last_img read more

Second Presidential Debate Will Be Virtual, Commission Says

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via the ‘First Presidential Debate’ video pool feed.WASHINGTON – The second presidential debate will be held virtually, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday morning in the wake of President Donald Trump’s positive test for COVID-19.“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations,” the commission said in a statement.The town meeting participants and the moderator, Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks, will be located at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida.President Trump tested positive for coronavirus last week. Biden this week said he and Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” as long as the president remains COVID positive.Biden told reporters in Pennsylvania that he was “looking forward to being able to debate him” but said “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.”Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris debated in person on Wednesday night, albeit separated by a plexiglass partition.The second presidential debate is scheduled to be held on October 15.last_img read more

Lund Family Center Announces New Board Officers, Trustees

first_imgBurlington VT, July 28, 2008: Lund Family Center is pleased to report three recent additions to the organization’s Board of Trustees and the election of a new slate of officers.Lund’s new Officers are: Board Chair- Eileen Simollardes, Vice President- Barbara Lande Bronfman, Treasurer- Sherry Prehoda, Secretary- Lynn Brennan, and Member at Large- Paulette Thabault. Lund thanks Jeff Small, Eileen Simollardes, Mary Anne Murray, William A. Chip Mason, and Lynn Brennan as immediate past President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member At Large respectively. And, Lund thanks retiring trustees Brian Smith and Linda Magoon for their stellar service.Lund Family Center’s welcomed the following trustees to its Board:Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. is Chittenden County State’s Attorney. Prior to being elected, Mr. Donovan was an associate with the Burlington law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan. Mr. Donovan also served as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Chittenden County and an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA. Mary Pat Scarpa is Senior Vice President and Manager of KeyBank’s Private Banking Group for the state of Vermont. Ms. Scarpa has 29 years of Vermont based banking experience. Thomas Rugg is an Account Executive at Hickok & Boardman Group Benefits with lead responsibility for large and medium size clients in the firm, consulting with them on benefit strategy, design, and implementation.Lund Family Center, with more than 115 years of experience strengthening families, serves over 4,000 individuals annually. Its mission is to help children thrive by serving families with children; pregnant or parenting teens and young adults; and adoptive families.last_img read more

The BRO 100

first_imgDespite the doomsday prognostications, 2012 is gonna be a good year. It will be, in fact, a great year, with these 100 foolproof, failsafe, airtight, guaranteed, tried-and-tested things for you to do this year, from our calendar to yours.Be sure and log your adventures on the BRO 100 Facebook app here!JANUARY1. Channel your inner animal. Polar bears may be disappearing in the Arctic, but their numbers are growing in the Southeast. Take the Polar Plunge at Lake Lure, N.C., on January 1, or head to Blowing Rock, N.C., on January 29 for a polar bear dip during Winterfest.2. Freeze your paddle off. The 23rd annual Chili Run attracts paddlers from across the region to paddle the class II+ Cartecay River on January 1. Enjoy piping-hot chili afterward.3. New Year, Old Rag. A handful of hardy hikers head up to Shenandoah every New Year’s Day to summit Old Rag Mountain.4. Get tough this year. Train like a SEAL. Former Navy SEAL John McGuire has been helping people get into the best shape of their lives for over 10 years. Training as part of a team, you’ll get worked, you’ll get wet, and you’ll train hard–outside, nonetheless. sealteampt.com5. See Blackwater Falls—in the snow. Whet your winter palate with a visit to Blackwater Falls, W.Va., then enjoy the cold-weather paradise of Canaan Valley area surrounding the falls.6. Explore the South’s newest National Park. Congaree National Park, just south of Columbia, S.C., contains some of the largest old growth trees in the Eastern U.S. They also grow in a massive, swampy floodplain that you can canoe through year-round.FEBRUARY7. Ski Cupp Run. Snowshoe Mountain’s top-to-bottom, two-minute big boy run is downhill racer David Lippucci’s favorite run in Appalachia.8. Train for a marathon or half marathon. Whether you’re training for the Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon (April 7), the Charlotte Half Marathon (April 14), the Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon (April 21), or the Kentucky Derby Marathon (April 28), or the legendary Boston Marathon (April 16), February is the month to bulk up on mileage and get serious about training.9. Catch a Bluegrass Show at the Purple Fiddle.10. Skate ski at White Grass. Over in West Virginia near the Canaan Valley area, Chip Chase has carved out the most impressive cross-country ski park in the entire region. Whether you’re cross-country skiing or you want to get some speed going, White Grass will satisfy your thirst.11. Paddle at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The center in Charlotte, N.C., includes an artificial class II-IV whitewater river, along with hiking, mountain biking, and climbing on the 400 surrounding acres.12. Try snowkiting. Dolly Sods and Roan Mountain are ideal spots for wind-powered fun.13. Trek the A.T. in winter across Roan Mountain. The A.T. crosses the 6,285-foot Roan High Knob on Roan Mountain.  Keep heading north and the trail covers 10 miles of balds with incredible views–often touted as the best section of the entire A.T. Enjoy this winter wonderland on foot or on skis.MARCH14. Learn to roll a kayak. Visit the Nantahala Outdoor Center or Endless River Adventures in Western North Carolina, D.C.’s Potomac Paddlesports, Richmond’s Adventure Challenge, or join the Georgia Canoeing Association in Atlanta.15. Catch a flick. And get educated while doing so. Since 1993, the D.C. Environmental Film Festival has showcased world-class outdoor documentaries and features.16. Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail. Beautiful countryside, pristine creeks, and old bridges are highlights of this flat 34-mile ride.17. Read the coal history of the New River Gorge, and then hike it. The New River Gorge was once the heart of the Industrial Revolution, supplying staggering amounts of coal to the entire U.S. Mining towns sprang up along the C&O Railroad throughout the gorge. There are still ghost-town remnants of some of them.18. Get tropical at the Snowy Luau Festival. Timberline Resort’s spring Polynesian fest is a must for anyone looking to cap off their ski season in style. The night-time torchlight parade, where skiers descend the mountain in unison carrying torches to form a fiery lava trail, is spectacle all on its own.19. Run an ultra. Terrapin Mountain 50K in late March is an ideal ultra for rookies: it’s a scenic loop trail course in George Washington National Forest with challenging-but-doable climbs and outstanding race support.20. The Cold Mountain Challenge. Hike in the footsteps of Inman. Made famous by the book and movie, Cold Mountain is nestled in the corner of North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness. Take the Art Loeb trail for a strenuous-yet-rewarding ten-mile roundtrip hike to the summit.21. Paddle the Linville Gorge. Massive holes, great rapids, unspoiled canyon.22. Rim to Rim Across the Linville Gorge. Named for William and John Linville, the father-son explorer team who fell to their fate when the area’s Cherokee Indians scalped them in 1766, the gorge is as rugged as its history.23. Bike the Triple Crown of Dirt. Mountain bike three of the most popular fat tire destinations in the East—Tsali Recreation Area, Dupont State Forest, and Pisgah National Forest—over three consecutive days.APRIL24. Run naked. The Fig Leaf 5K at Paradise Valley in Georgia may be the best.25. Team up for an adventure race. Bored of your standard routine? Try mountain biking, running, trekking, kayaking, canoeing, rappelling, orienteering, river crossings, climbing, mystery challenges—all with a team. The Blue Ridge Adventure Race, a 46-mile ordeal in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, is ideal for beginners and experts alike.26. Ride dirt roads. The Hill Billy Roubaix is a Southern take on a European road cycling tradition. The 70-mile bike race covers 60 percent paved roads, 38 percent gravel roads, and two percent completely trashed roads in northern West Virginia. Do: bring extra tubes. Don’t: bring your road bike.27. Learn to fly-fish. If you’re anxious to get a line in the water but don’t know where or how to start, check out Fly Fishing Adventures in Shenandoah Valley, Va. where you can schedule guided lessons or fishing trips year-round on Buffalo Creek, Back Creek, and the Jackson River.28. Get dirty. The Goodwill Mud Run in Greenville, S.C. offers several race categories, including “Out for Blood” for competitive athletes and “What Were We Thinking?” and “If We’re Not Back in an Hour and a Half, Come Find Us!” divisions for less experienced folk. April 14-15.29. Backcountry camp Dolly Sods. The closest thing to Canada you’ll find in the region, the Dolly Sods Wilderness is truly something unique and spectacular. Explore the sweeping, panoramic vistas from the 4,000-foot plateau.30. See the Southeast’s largest falls. The 411-foot Whitewater Falls in Gorges State Park, N.C., are the largest falls east of the Mississippi. Head downstream to explore more fun falls, including Turtleback Falls, known to locals as “Bust-yer-butt” Falls.31. Hike Cumberland Island Wilderness. Paddle by sea kayak (or catch the ferry) over to Cumberland Island National Seashore and explore its 8,000-acre wilderness, which includes windswept beaches, alligator-filled lakes, and ancient live oaks just begging to be climbed.32. Run barefoot. Barefoot running can offer health benefits that normal running cannot, but there’s more to it than just shedding your shoes and hitting the trail. Step into a pair of Vibram Five Fingers shoes or the Merrell Trail Gloves. Start with just a half-mile on grass or soft terrain to allow your body to adjust.33. Take the South Beyond 6000 or the Smokies 900 Hiking Challenge. There are a couple ways you can prove you’re worth your salt around here. Climb all 40 of the 6,000-foot peaks in the Southern Appalachians, or hike the 900 miles of hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Or take it to the next level and create your own challenge.MAY34. Hike Lindy Point. The Lindy Point overlook near Blackwater Falls is a short, family-friendly hike offering stunning views of Appalachia.35. Explore the A.T. Pick a spot anywhere along the 2,180-mile trail and get out there. The 72-mile stretch through Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers the highest and most spectacular vistas. For a less crowded adventure, explore the A.T. near Damascus, Va., then celebrate at the Trail Days Festival afterward.36. Hike through Joyce Kilmer’s old-growth forest. California has their giant redwoods and sequoias. We’ve got our 400-year-old tulip poplars and hemlocks. These old-growth wonders eluded the axe and stand mighty and proud in a secluded corner of North Carolina.37. Bike fishing. Throw your fly-fishing gear in the back seat of the car and your bike atop, grab a backpack, and head to Abington, Va. Here you can visit the Virginia Creeper Fly Shop before picking up the Virginia Creeper Trail where you can bike and fish all day. There are even camping areas on the trail if you decide to make a weekend out of it.38. Experience a music festival in its infancy. A celebration of life every Memorial Day weekend, Rooster Walk remembers Edwin “The Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank, two young friends and music lovers who passed away a few years back. This year they are expanding from two to three days of music and planning to include a 5K run.39. Do the ‘Vous. The New River Rendezvous climbing competition is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the New River Gorge, W.Va. Live music, food, camping, videos, climbing clinics put on by pros, cash prizes, and all the climbing you can ask for.40. Hike in the footsteps of Bartram. Between 1773 and 1777, America’s first naturalist, William Bartram, explored the South. Dive into the past and hike this 100-mile memorial trail from Georgia into North Carolina.41. Fly fish the Upper Chattooga River. The Wild and Scenic River passes Ellicott Rock, the marking point where Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina all come together. From Ellicott Rock to Highway 28 bridge is some of the best trout fishing in the Southeast.42. Climb a Continuous, Vertical Mile in a Day by Trail. The best candidate in our region is Mount LeConte (elevation 6,593’) from Gatlinburg (elevation 1,289’). This hike begins at redlight #5 in Gatlinburg and finishes at the summit of Mt. LeConte gaining 5,302 feet. You start on the sidewalk, pick up the Twin Creek Trail, then Cherokee Orchard Road to Rainbow Falls Trail. 10.7 miles one way.JUNE43. Overnight paddling trip. A canoe is the perfect craft for a summer adventure. Canoe-friendly rivers include the French Broad, Tuckaseegee, New, and James.44. Get your SCUBA license. A few days of bookwork, pool practice, and open water dives and you’ll have yourself a lifelong SCUBA dive license recognized worldwide. The great outdoors below the surface of the great blue seas may just be the final frontier.45. Sleep in a hammock. String up a hammock between two trees and prepare for a night beneath the stars.46. 24-hour bike race. The Dark Mountain trails in Wilkesboro, N.C. are home to the annual Burn 24 Hour Challenge: 24 hours of mountain biking on a seven-mile singletrack circuit. Grab some pals and get a team together or take it on solo.47. Do Bonnaroo. ‘Nuff said.48. Thru-Bike the Blue Ridge Parkway (or Skyline Drive). “Be prepared to be in the saddle for four to seven hours a day, several days in a row, and riding a consistent pace,” says Paul Wood, owner of Black Bear Adventures, who offers guided Parkway thru-rides. “It’s up and down all the time. There are no flats. You climb for two hours and descend for five minutes, then do that again, all day long.”49. Stand up paddleboard on a river. The James and the Nantahala are paddleboard-friendly.50. Wreckdive. The Outer Banks is host to a plethora of historic sunken ships due to its treacherous weather, large shoals, and wars of the past. Dive down and get a closer look at one of these sunken graves; Nags Head Diving offers guided tours.51. Climb Like a Soldier. An elite group of GI mountaineers referred to as ski troopers came to Elkins, W.V., during WWII to train on the dangerous crag that is Seneca Rocks. The elite army Mountain Training Group was set up for low altitude assault training at the base of those powerful rocks that jut out of the Earth in Pendleton County. There’s a reason they were sent here to train. Seneca Rocks ain’t no joke.52. Be Selfish…and Eco at the Same Time. Get to work some way other than your car. It will make your day better.Be sure and log your adventures on the BRO 100 Facebook app here!JULY53. Get your festival on. Floyd Fest 11: July 26-29th, at Milepost 170.5 of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Va. Headlining: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brandi Carlile, Leftover Salmon, Matisyahu and many others.54. Cliff jump. Head up to St. Mary’s Wilderness in George Washington National Forest. Drive right up St. Mary’s Road, park, and take the St. Mary’s Falls Trail for a mile to a refreshing and remote dip. You can get your cliff jumping jollies out here too.55. Hitchhike. Here’s some advice from Virginia native Benjamin Jenks of “Be confident in yourself and in the goodness of people. The odds of you having trouble are small, especially if you say no to any rides that are fishy and are willing to let things roll off your back.”56. Swim the hole at White Oak Canyon.57. Climb Red River Gorge. Hit the road, head to Kentucky and take your pick of climbs—Red River Gorge is a climber’s playground. The area is riddled with great cliffs and bolted routes that attract people from all over the world whether they seek out challenge or child’s play. Grab a slice at Miguel’s afterward.58. Skydive.59. Explore Hungry Mother and other unusually named places you’ve always been curious about. Hungry Mother in southwest Virginia is one of the best places for a chill, laid-back weekend with the family, with lakes, hikes, camping, and cabins.60. Skinny dip.AUGUST61. Stargaze. Bring a bit of strong drink, a pair of binoculars, and somebody close to you. North Carolina’s Max Patch bald mountain provides 350 acres of open 360-degree views perched up 4,600+ feet. The views are spectacular. Lie on your back looking at the stars; soak it in and contemplate complexity.62. Canoe Lake Jocasse.63. Take a Brewery tour. Drive through the George Washington National Forest section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, south to north, and arrive in Alcohol Valley. Beautiful wineries spread across the hills, along with a few breweries:Wild Wolf Brewing Company: Fantastic beers and a brand new location just opening. I recommend the Fresh Hop Alpha Ale. Their draft root beer is something to speak of as well.Blue Mountain Brewery: This place has a great patio and a handful of beers to match the quality of the view. I recommend the Steel Wheels ESB.Devils Backbone Brewery: The lodge-style brewery is nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers fantastic views of the valley. Enjoy their classic Gold Leaf Lager.64. Swim across Lake Fontana or Summersville Lake.65. Howl at the moon. Run the Cheat Mountain Moonshine Madness 50-miler in West Virginia. Follow a moonlit trail along the spine of 4,000-foot ridges on this 50-mile loop.66. Bike the C&O Canal. The canal runs 180 miles between Cumberland, Md., and Washington D.C., roughly parallel to the Potomac River. The canal was built in the mid 19th century and its industrial livelihood now lies dormant, offering a long, flat straightaway for bike enthusiasts who want to do some long distance open trail riding.67. Hike Old Rag. Old Rag is one of the better-known summits in Shenandoah, yet it’s no Sunday-with-grandma day hike. Be ready for a strenuous rock-scramble climb towards the peak.68. Ride Canaan Valley.69. New River Gorge Expedition. The New River Gorge has got it all: hiking, top-notch climbing and whitewater, mountain biking, even canopy tours.70. Bike the Shenandoah Mountain 100. If you’re only going to ride in one mountain bike race your entire life, make it Shenandoah. For 12 years, this has been the quintessential endurance bike event in the South. The forest road climbs, technical singletrack descents, lively crowds, and ridiculously fast pros at the front of the pack make this a must.SEPTEMBER71. Hike the other A.T. The 288-mile Benton Mackaye Trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap on the northern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You could refer to this trail as the sister trail to the Appalachian Trail–it was even conceived by the same man who inspired the Appalachian Trail. This trail crosses through some of the most secluded wilderness areas in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.72. A paddler’s wet dream. After derailing a dam project that would have changed the face of the Gauley River in West Virginia forever, a festival was started in 1983, and it was called Gauley Fest. Today it attracts thousands of people, offers top-notch whitewater adventure, and live entertainment.73. Build a Trail. Join your local trail advocacy group and get involved in trail maintenance on your favorite trails.74. Try a tri. And how about helping others while you’re at it! The Nation’s Triathlon held on September 9 benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You’ll swim the Potomac River, bike past the White House, and run past the Jefferson Memorial.75. Explore the South’s newest wilderness. Stone Mountain Wilderness lies in Virginia’s Lee County and offers 3,270 acres of remote wilderness to enjoy and explore.76. Run the oldest ultra in the country. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy wanted to get the country back into shape and challenge his military officers to meet the very fitness prerequisites Teddy Roosevelt had set for his military officers at the beginning of the decade. Along with a handful of other 50-mile events, this Washington County, Md., ultra-marathon was created. Later that year the president was assassinated and the race was changed from the JFK 50 Mile Challenge to the JFK 50 Mile Memorial. Most others shut down, but this one remains as a test of posterity and ultra fitness. Run it November 17.77. Backpack the Jack. The 16.3-mile trail in north Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness includes the Jacks River Falls and over 40 river crossings.78. Hang glide from Lookout Mountain. Unleash your inner raptor at Tennessee’s Lookout Mountain, which offers a world-class hang gliding aviation school where you can get one step closer to the heavens.OCTOBER79. Tackle the Triple Crown. Three of the country’s best bouldering competitions raise cash for the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition and The Carolina Climbers’ Coalition, both of which have been big players in developing the climbing sport in the region.Hound Ears: Boone, N.C. – Oct. 1Stone Fort: Chattanooga, Tenn. – Oct. 8Horse Pens-40: – Steele, Ala. – Nov. 580. Swim the Suck. This organized 10-mile open swim takes place in the Tennessee River Gorge outside of Chattanooga. In 2009, thirty-three volunteers paced 21 swimmers in 71-degree water for up to five hours.81. Building. Antenna. Span. Earth. (BASE). Last year 800 people BASE jumped from the New River Gorge Bridge, W.Va. in one day. This is, of course, thanks to the massive Bridge Day celebration that takes place there every October.82. Lord of the Fork. Nestled between Haysi, Va., and Elkhorn City, Ky., the Russell Fork River hosts an annual race held October 22-23. Named Lord of the Fork for Jon Lord who passed away in 2004, this race is a hardcore Class V downriver race in a wild gorge.83. The Festy: One of the South’s toughest 10K trail races is followed by one of the South’s best festivals on October 5-7th, 2012 at Devils Backbone in Nelson County, Virginia. The Infamous String Dusters are among the headliners.84. Winin’ and Dinin’ What better time to sit in the countryside sipping a glass of wine than when the fall foliage is at its best?  Take a gorgeous drive out to Barboursville Winery in Barboursville, Va. Head up to Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Va. Or visit Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Va.85. Surf Road Trip in Outer Banks. The Outer Banks begins to get bigger swells in the fall, and the surfing gets serious. Load the boards atop the car, throw in a few tents and hit the road to hang ten.86. Tough Mudder. Two English chaps created this 10-mile “run” dubbed as the toughest race on the planet.  It includes barbed wire, huge logs, tiny confined tubes and hardcore camaraderie. Wintergreen Resort Oct. 6-7.87. Boycott the interstate. Drive back roads only for a month straight.88. Run the Blue Ridge Burn. This annual 5K/10K trail run not only features a scenic run up old logging roads and singletrack trails heading up Horseshoe Mountain, with a ridiculously fast finish at the bottom. The Festy Experience is the perfect post-race celebration.89. Squirrel-approved adventure. Navitat’s zip lines, just 20 minutes north of Asheville, N.C., span over 1,000 feet of fall foliage canopy. For added thrill, try zipping at night.90. Witness the weird.The best time to view the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights is in the fall, so make it a Halloween experience.91. Haunted hike. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club hosts 38 cabins that can be rented out, including the Jones Mountain Cabin. Legend has it that a local moonshiner’s wife died there. Stop in Wolftown, Va., and pick up some local moonshine for a midnight toast to old man Nichols himself.NOVEMBER92. Watch raptors migrate. Hawk Mountain in Kempton, Penn., is one of the best places to see golden eagles, goshawks, and other birds of prey passing through.93. Night rides. The edginess of night is often the best way to amplify any experience. And that applies to mountain biking as well. You’ll want a headlamp with at least 200-300 lumens.94. Ski at Snowflex. This world-class skiing facility at Liberty University will get you out on the slopes and hitting the jumps–without snow.95. Explore the swamp. Canoe-camp the Okefenoke. The winter season means fewer crowds (and snakes), but you’re still likely to see alligators in November.96. New River Gorge Expedition. The Gorge has it all: top-notch hiking, climbing, whitewater paddling, mountain biking, even canopy tours.DECEMBER97. Holiday hiking. Choose your favorite day hike trail and try it out in the winter.98. Get a gym membership — At a climbing gym.99. Winter Camp Shenandoah. During the winter, the naked beauty of the forest reveals views previously covered by foliage and iced-over waterfalls, seemingly frozen in time.100. Spelunk. The geographic quadrant formed by Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia (TAG) has the highest concentration of caves in the country, while the Virginias and Carolinas have their own fissures and caves. Join a club or hire a guide and go deep. Just make sure you follow protocol to avoid spreading White Nose Syndrome among bat populations.BONUS!101. Try cyclocross. It’s high-intensity biking with obstacles and usually a bit of running on a spectator-friendly course. It’s adrenaline and anaerobic threshold packed into an hour or less.Be sure and log your adventures on the BRO 100 Facebook app here!last_img read more