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Blues Traveler, Sister Hazel to play at High Point Market

Friday, February 12th, 2010

WonderBread 5 will entertain on opening night
Larry Thomas — Furniture Today
HIGH POINT — Three rock bands – Blues Traveler, Sister Hazel and the WonderBread 5 – will headline the evening entertainment during the spring High Point Market, which opens April 17.

The WonderBread 5, a San Francisco-based party band, will perform on opening night, while Grammy Award-winning Blues Traveler takes the stage on April 18. Sister Hazel, an alternative rock band, will perform on April 19.

The WonderBread 5, whose members use the names Michael, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Action Jackson, perform a wide range of rock-and-roll music that includes songs from the B-52s to The Beatles.

Blues Traveler, whose sound combines blues with psychedelic, folk, Southern rock and soul, has recorded eight studio albums and four live albums that have sold more than 10 million units. The group’s best-known single, “Run Around,” was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history.

Sister Hazel has recorded 10 albums and had its music featured in several movies, including “Major League: Back to the Minors,” “The Wedding Planner,” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” The group’s best-known singles are “All For You” and “Change Your Mind.”

All three bands will perform under the tent on the Showplace parking lot as part of the market’s “Stars Under The Stars” series.
“Beyond these exciting headliners will be an outstanding line-up of additional live entertainment across the downtown area, along with an abundance of complimentary food and drink options to ensure that our guests will find something for everyone while they are working here this spring,” said Market Authority President Brian Casey.

U.S. program could drive up board prices

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

 Aim is to divert wood fiber to uses like bio-fuels
Heath Combs — Furniture Today

WASHINGTON — A program that offers to subsidize wood fiber for renewable bio-fuels or other products could divert the U.S. fiber supply from composite wood products, according to Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn.

For domestic furniture manufacturers, the result could be dramatic price increases to board which would not affect imported board prices.

The provision, called the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, provides financial assistance to suppliers of biomass material to conversion facilities for use in producing heat, power, bio-based products or bio-fuels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site.

BIFMA is asking its members to request that Congress suspend the subsidies and amend the list of materials eligible for the subsidy.

The organization is arguing that the use of wood fiber products is contrary to the subsidy program’s intent — to divert materials for renewable biomass that aren’t otherwise used for higher-value products.

The subsidy program has about $514 million in funds to distribute.

Children’s charity seeks furniture industry support

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Program would help Victory Junction Gang Camp

Pattie Petty leads a tour of the Victory Junction Gang Camp for Tom Mitchell, International Home Furnishings Center; Ray Wagner, Furniture Junction; and Ray Steele, Ultimate Accents. 

The Victory Junction Gang Camp, open to chronically or seriously ill children, has everything a kid could want for a getaway.

For many who come here during one of the camp’s summer sessions, it will be the first or only time they can appear on stage, go swimming or ride a horse.

But the nonprofit facility could use more financial backing, according to its supporters. There’s an average cost of $2,500 to attend, even though all kids who come to Victory Junction do so for free.

Ray Steele, vice president of sales for Ultimate Accents, is starting to organize a program that would accept samples of furniture shown at the nearby High Point Market for a regular charity auction to raise money for the camp. The program could be in place by March, he said.

Companies would get the benefit of making a donation without having to lay out cash, he added.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved, but it’s the biggest win for the kids,” Steele said.

Ideas that have also been considered to spread the word about the Victory Junction Gang Camp are tours of the facilities during market or a dinner for market exhibitors at the camp.

Located 20 minutes from High Point, the camp has a life-size maze that gets changed every night, a bowling alley, a movie theater and stage, a ranch and a swimming pool adventure course. It has 57 buildings on a 90-acre campus, including a dining area capable of feeding 390 people.

Summer sessions can serve up to 129 campers per session. On family weekends, as many as 32 families attend.

Victory Junction has become a centerpiece for donations from NASCAR’s elite. Many facilities at the camp are named for racers or owners such as Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Rick Hendrick. It also has received corporate donations from companies such as Harris-Teeter, Bass Pro Shops and GlaxoSmthKline’s Goody’s Powder.

Auto racer Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, partnered with actor Paul Newman to launch the camp in honor of the Pettys’ son, Adam, who died in 2000 during practice for a NASCAR race.

Pattie Petty said the camp is for ill children who are at a point that they could use a week off.

Children who attend the camp are selected through 28 partnering hospitals and through Shriners Hospitals for Children, she said. Victory Junction recruiters determine whether children are well enough to attend, and the camp takes care of their medical needs during their stays.

To make sure the kids all feel equal, every camper gets the same gear needed for the camp, contained in a trunk-sized “toolbox” by each bed.

In addition, workers and volunteers at the camp are trained to know children’s needs based on their medical conditions. For example, kids with sickle cell anemia must maintain their bodies at a constant temperature, so the staff will regulate the swimming pool temperature accordingly.