Twin Peaks Restaurants agree to sell majority stake to largest franchisee

"DALLAS, TX (Oct. 10, 2016) – Twin Peaks announced that it has agreed to sell a majority interest in the company to its largest franchise group, Atlanta-based La Cima Restaurants, which currently owns and operates 15 Twin Peaks sports lodges across six southern states.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Following a brief transition, Twin Peaks CEO Starlette Johnson will pass the reins to Joe Hummel, currently La Cima’s Chief Operating Officer, who will step in as Twin Peaks CEO. Hummel will report to the Twin Peaks board of directors, chaired by founder Randy DeWitt. La Cima Managing Partner Coby Brooks will join the Twin Peaks board. Johnson will return to her seat on the Front Burner Restaurant Group board, working closely with DeWitt on emerging concepts.

“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past several months and am confident that the future of Twin Peaks is bright,” said Johnson. “Joe understands what has made Twin Peaks so successful and is the right guy to lead the next chapter of our growth.”
“The process of re-energizing Twin Peaks is something we’ve all been working on and I’m excited for the chance to accelerate this process,” said Hummel.  “The heart of the Twin Peaks experience has always been fun and hospitality, and I’m looking forward to working with the board and the team to bring new excitement into our restaurants.”
“I’m grateful for the leadership Starlette delivered and the contributions she has made after agreeing to step into the CEO role during a challenging period in our company’s history,” said DeWitt.  “We all believe in Twin Peaks and this unique partnership with La Cima, and Joe’s leadership will ensure we solidify our position as the leader in our segment.”
La Cima’s Brooks added, “Five years ago I was thankful for Randy giving me and my team at La Cima the opportunity to become what is now Twin Peaks’ largest franchisee. Today I am honored that Randy and La Cima are forging another partnership through this acquisition, and our goals for the brand are very much aligned. Joe and I have worked together for nearly 25 years, and we look forward to working with Randy and the team to continue building this great brand that all of us are passionate about.”

About Twin Peaks
Founded in 2005 in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville by restaurant veterans Randy DeWitt and Scott Gordon, Twin Peaks is the ultimate sports lodge featuring made-from-scratch food, the coldest beer in the business, attractive servers and the latest in high-definition TVs. Twin Peaks was named “America’s Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain” by Bloomberg Businessweek. Twin Peaks owns or franchises 78 restaurants in 25 states. For more information, visit
About La Cima Restaurants 

Based in Atlanta, GA, La Cima Restaurants is a restaurant holding and management company, owning and operating 15 Twin Peaks restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  The company’s founders draw from over 150 combined years of experience in the casual dining industry, led by Managing Partner Coby Brooks."

- A Press Release

Smokin’ Harley-Davidson Riding Academy teaching the right way

"Bill Dotson greets me with a firm handshake and looks around Smokin’ Harley-Davidson in Winston-Salem for a quiet place we can talk. He motions me towards an empty office and we both grab a seat. Dotson, who many call “Brother Bill” from his days on the radio, settles back and gives me a big grin. He’s excited. Very excited. 

After some initial catching up, Dotson, Smokin’ Harley-Davidson Marketing Manager/Riding Academy Manager, is ready to justifiably boast. 

“This thing is going really well,” Dotson says and nods his head. “It’s selling out week after week and we are so proud to be doing our part in educating riders of any experience level. The only thing you need to know is how to ride a bicycle.” 

The “thing” Dotson is talking about is the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy being offered each week thru mid-December by the local dealership. 

“It is a three-day course to help anyone who may have been thinking about riding and wanting to be taught the proper way to ride,” he said. “The course includes a four-hour classroom session on Friday night and riding lessons on the course Saturday and Sunday. It offers people the chance to learn about riding and what it is like. Taking this course gives new and interested riders valuable information to make them better, safer and more educated while on the road.” 

To make sure students get the hands-on, close-up attention from instructors, the classes are limited to just six students per week. During the $295 weekend session, students get approximately 20 hours of tutorial and are provided with a Street 500 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. At the riding course, they receive training techniques on braking, controlling skids, turning, and obstacles. 

To take the class, all riders must provide a Department of Transportation approved helmet and full-fingered gloves. They must also wear long pants or jeans, a jacket or long-sleeve shirt, protective eyewear and over-the-ankle boots during the range training. 

Besides the valuable educational and safety knowledge gained, additional benefits with completing the course include insurance discounts offered from many carriers and only having to take the written test for motorcycle endorsement at the DMV. 

“I know there’s a lot of people who have always had riding in the back of their minds and for one reason or another put it off,” said Dotson. “This is an easy, safe way to get on a Harley-Davidson for two days and learn everything you want to know the right way and figure out if this is for you.” 

For more information on the Riding Academy course, email Bill at or call 336-722-3106. Smokin’ Harley-Davidson is   Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm and Sun. 10am-4pm."

- Charles Womack

Greensboro College Theatre Presents "Sugar" Oct. 20-23

"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College Theatre presents "Sugar," directed by William Perry Morgan-Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-22, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23, in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building on campus.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and non-GC students. Reserve tickets by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 5242, or emailing

"Sugar," with book by Peter Stone, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, is the Tony Award-nominated musical based on the film "Some Like It Hot."

"Sugar" chronicles the zany lives of two musicians of the Prohibition era who witness a gang slaying. Forced to disguise themselves as women, they join an all-female orchestra. Memorable music numbers like "Penniless Bums" and "Doin' It for Sugar" are accompanied by the choreography of faculty member Ashley Hyers.

Greensboro College's Department of Theatre seeks to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area such as directing, acting, or arts administration.

The coursework is integrated with the production work to provide a better understanding of the many facets of the theatre. Required participation on stage or backstage on all theatre productions allows the techniques and theories that are examined in the classroom and the laboratory to be tested in a performance setting.

For more information on the program, contact David Schram, Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Theatre, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5243, or email  

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

United Way Receives Check from AT&T for 2016 Campaign

"AT&T presented United Way of Forsyth County a check September 28 as a contribution to the 2016 annual campaign. The presentation occurred at the Carl Russell Community Center, a strong community resource located on Carver School Road.

The center is home to an AT&T high speed internet computer lab that serves local children and their families, some of whom otherwise may not have access to computers. This computer lab served as the program launch location of NETT (Neighborhood Empowerment Through Technology). The NETT program offers a series of free computer classes  with vocational training and employment assistance.  Other organizations partnering with the city on NETT in addition to the United Way of Forsyth County, include the Winston-Salem Urban League, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC), Forsyth County Public Library, and WinstonNet.
NETT is one of twenty-one new programs that are part of a larger United Way initiative called Place Matters. Place Matters serves thirteen neighborhoods in the northeast part of Winston Salem and uses an asset based approach, collaborates with residents and partners with local non-profit and grass roots organizations to strengthen the community as a whole. 

Kathleen Evans, Regional Director, External Affairs, Piedmont Triad AT&T;  Mayor Pro Tempore, Dr. Vivian Burke, United Way President/CEO Cindy Gordineer, and Mr. Ben Piggett,  Sr. Center Supervisor of the Carl Russell Community Center were all in attendance at the presentation.

Cindy Gordineer, President/CEO, United Way notes, “We are extremely appreciative of AT&T’s support of these important and vital initiatives. They enhance our communities and provide opportunities for continued growth.”

United Way of Forsyth County believes quality of life relies on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs. All four are critical and interdependent to the collective success of our community. United Way of Forsyth County creates positive change in the community by aligning resources and strategic partners to achieve measurable, lasting results. We invest in improving student success and the high school graduation rate, increasing financial stability among lower-income individuals and families, broadening access to health care and providing critical assistance to those facing immediate crisis. Learn more about our work and rediscover the why behind the way at"

EMF Signs Three Year Contract Extension With Acclaimed Music Director Gerard Schwarz

Maestro’s Leadership Solidifies Festival’s International Reputation

"(GREENSBORO) – Eastern Music Festival is delighted to announce a three-year extension of Gerard Schwarz’s contract as EMF’s Music Director.
 “Securing Maestro Schwarz’s leadership through the end of this decade is one of my proudest achievements for EMF,” said Fred Starr, chairman of the board of directors for Eastern Music Festival.
“Jerry (Schwarz) brings more than 40 years of highly acclaimed accomplishments to EMF, and the renewal of his contract not only secures continuity for the Festival’s short- and long-term planning, it strengthens our international reputation to both emerging and highly celebrated artists,” explained Starr.
“Schwarz’s exemplary reputation has helped EMF attract world-renowned guest artists and composers and has certainly contributed greatly to our reputation as one of the leading classical music festivals in the country,” said EMF Executive Director Chris Williams.
Each summer the 55-year-old Eastern Music Festival draws over 200 young artists ages 14 to 23  to study at its famed program and nearly 80 professional musicians to both teach and perform during EMF’s five-week season.
Schwarz joined EMF as music advisor in 2005. In 2006 he became the Festival’s principal conductor and rose to the role of music director in 2008. The 2017 EMF season will mark his 10th anniversary as music director.
As EMF music director, Schwarz initiated the Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Commissioning Project that has thus far commissioned four original orchestral works by John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Lowell Liebermann and Sir André Previn.
“My work with Eastern Music Festival is invigorating,” Schwarz said from his home in New York City. “EMF offers both an acclaimed teaching environment for emerging artists and world-class performances through our professional musicians so I have the opportunity to be immersed in both elements as music director.
“It is an honor to continue my work with EMF as we enhance the education of hundreds of EMF’s young artists and bring great music to thousands of classical music lovers,” Schwarz added. “I treasure the opportunity to continue in this role for the next three years.”
About Gerard Schwarz
Born in America to Viennese parents, Schwarz began studying music at the age of 5 and soon focused on the trumpet. A graduate of both New York City's High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, he joined the New York Philharmonic in 1972 as co-principal trumpet, a position he held until 1977.
During his distinguished career, Schwarz has won five Emmy awards, received 14 Grammy nominations, six American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards and has been awarded seven honorary degrees including one from The Juilliard School, his alma mater, as well as numerous Stereo Review and Ovation awards.

Schwarz serves as music director of The All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble of top musicians that, in addition to airing live TV shows worldwide, provides the basis for their Khan Academy education platform already reaching over four million students. 
Schwarz’s previous positions include 26 years as music director of the Seattle Symphony, music director of New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. In addition he served as artistic advisor to the Tokyo Philharmonic. Schwarz also serves as music director of the All-Star Orchestra.
About Eastern Music Festival
Eastern Music Festival, which was begun in 1961 in Greensboro, stands among the nation’s premier summer music educational programs and most imaginative performance festivals. For the 2016 season, EMF presented over 65 performances in venues throughout the Triad such as Temple Emanuel, Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro’s public libraries as well as concerts at Guilford College, UNC Greensboro, High Point University and Appalachian State University. EMF attracts artists, students and audiences from around the globe to Greensboro each summer during its five-week festival. Beyond the Festival, EMF produces and presents Fringe series and other programming through the year.

Planning for Eastern Music Festival’s 56th season is well underway so mark your calendars for June 24 – July 29, 2017!

For more information about Eastern Music Festival,

- A Press Release

Black Mountain Brewkamp (MUSIC-BEER-CAMPING) to feature Girl Talk, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, That 1 Guy and many more.

Girl Talk, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, That 1 Guy, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, Simplified, Hog Slop String Band, The Lee Boys, DJs and 20 diverse bands headline weekend of music, craft beer, camping and incredible food

"Asheville, NC (September 22, 2016)—DRAFT Magazine and Porterhouse Presents introduce BrewKamp, a new beer, food and music festival experience on the beautiful Lake Eden Events site on November 4-6, 2016.  The event is a collaboration with Pints for Prostates, a NC based non-profit that raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings through the language of beer.    

Girl Talk, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tribute to Doc Watson, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, That 1 Guy, Simplified, Apple Seed Collective, Hog Slop String Band, The Lee Boys with special Gospel Brunch on Sunday and many other artists (funk, rock, bluegrass, Americana, marching bands, New Orleans, gospel, DJs) will play continuously across the venue’s seven unique stages, ranging from a one-of-a-kind 5000 capacity Tent Venue mega structure fully covered stage to intimate bonfire and barn stages. Kampers can also dance the night away at the Silent Disco tent, with live music featuring That 1 Guy, DJs and 1500 wireless headsets.

Craft beer, cider, and wine will flow throughout the weekend from custom brewery led experiences to a mobile bar that travels around the site. Beer lovers can explore the craft beer scene via unique events like the extremely Rare Brew and Small Batch sessions in the barns, Homebrewer’s Challenge, Food and Beer Pairing by guest chefs and more. This is a feastival as much as a festival.  Patrons will enjoy global and local cuisine at the micro dining villages including a BBQ pit, giant seafood and vegan paellas, wood-fired fare and other top food vendors. 

The event will accommodate overnight camping with comfort levels that range from rustic camping to Glamping.  RV and car camping will also be available.  Kampers can also take everything in while relaxing in a wood-fired hot tub
along Lake Eden to hiking to amazing views.      

Located on Lake Eden, 15 minutes from Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountain near historic Black Mountain, Kampers will enjoy spectacular views and outdoor fun.

Tickets access the full lineup of national musical talent, merchandise and the Homebrewers Challenge. First Tier Tickets are on sale with early bird pricing Friday September, 23rd at $55 per day, $100 for weekend day pass and $145 for the weekend camping pass with car and RV camping at limited availabilities. Sunday Gospel Brunch that include a feast are $25 or $10 for Weekend Campers for a Gospel and Cuban Rumba Brunch.  Second tier tickets will go on sale September 30th with the announcement of more headlining artists! 

Tickets and more information can be found at


About DRAFT Magazine
DRAFT Magazine was launched in September of 2006 at the Great American Beer Festival.  Since that time, DRAFT has built the largest beer enthusiast base of its kind, offering the highest quality beer and beer-related content available on the market, as well as the most robust and widespread distribution and marketing platform in the industry. DRAFT taps into the freshest flavors, unique experiences and emerging trends in beer, plus food, travel and leisure for a 360-degree view of the modern drinker’s lifestyle.

About Porterhouse Presents
Porterhouse Presents and Tent Venue our mobile touring and technology brand is a full-range event production company that produces award-winning music and food festivals nationwide. Our work is about collaborating with local communities, nonprofits and providing unique tools and resources for the events industry including our one-of-a-kind in the US Quad Saddle Span Tent that holds 5000 at capacity.  We founded the 18 now Annual Summer and Winter Microbrew & Music Festivals and hundreds of concerts, festivals and events throughout the US especially in Montana and Michigan.  We have provided production with South by Southwest events, World Championship Cross Fit Games, Electric Forest Festival, VELD, Detroit Creative Festival, The Hudson Music Project, Mamby on the Beach, Eaux Claires Festival and more.  For 20 years, we’ve worked in realms across the industry from Montana to Michigan, producing thousands of shows, festivals, events and specialize in Craft Beer Festivals.  Some artists we have supported include Spearhead, Atmosphere, STS9, Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dierks Bentley, Built To Spill, That 1 Guy, Trombone Shorty, Modest Mouse, Brandi Carlile, Girl Talk, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, LMFAO, 12th Planet, Wiz Khalifa, Tom Brokaw, David Sedaris and Ani DiFranco not to mention thousands of young bands helping them build their markets and have a good gig.
About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 233,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates)."

- A Press Release

Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder to Headline 2016 LandJam

             "GREENSBORO, NC – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will headline the 8th annual Piedmont Land Conservancy’s LandJam, October 14th at the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.  The opening act will feature the Jon Stickley Trio, an up-and-coming band with strong Greensboro ties. Proceeds from the event will benefit PLC’s land conservation efforts in the North Carolina Piedmont.
            Skaggs’s career has overlapped with several musical genres including gospel, bluegrass and country.  The 14-time Grammy Award winner is widely known for being a musical innovator that continues to forge ahead with new ideas.  Stickley is an emerging artist who credits Piedmont resident Tony Rice as one of the most important influences in his rising musical career. 
VF is the title sponsor of this year’s event.  “VF’s commitment to environmental sustainability guides our actions to always be a better steward of the Earth’s resources,” says Letitia Webster, Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at VF. “Our sustainability strategy spans the globe, and that includes right here at home in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Piedmont Land Conservancy is a valuable partner in helping us make a positive impact in our home region.” 
 “We look forward to celebrating one of PLC’s recent projects on the Mayo River with a night of electrifying music,” explains Kevin Redding, executive director of the PLC, “Ricky Skaggs is one the best in the business and guests who haven’t heard Stickley’s music yet will walk away knowing they’ve just heard one of the future greats.”
All proceeds from the LandJam will go to benefit Piedmont Land Conservancy in securing and protecting more natural heritage in the Piedmont area. The concert will be held at 8:00 on Friday,
October 14, at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. Tickets are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre box office, 336-333-2605. For more information on the event, visit the event web site at

Piedmont Land Conservancy is a tax-exempt non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to preserving natural and scenic lands, farms and open spaces in Piedmont North Carolina. The Conservancy is the only local land trust serving nine northern Piedmont counties – Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin. PLC is an Accredited member of the Land Trust Alliance and North Carolina’s– the Land Trust Council. For more information on Piedmont Land Conservancy, visit"
- A Press Release