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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MerleFest 2011 - Wilkesboro, NC

This is a link to the Visit NC website highlighting events in the Mountains for the month of April. As a resident of Wilkes County, I and many, many others are looking forward to this year's MerleFest 2011. Many area newspapers will be covering the event. Please click on this link to discover all that this music festival has to offer. MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wilkes County's Upcoming MerleFest 2011

Well, time certainly goes by quickly!  What a success the recent Adopt the Internet Day was for pets needing new homes.  Now, with the approach of April brings the arrival of the upcoming Merlefest 2011 here in Wilkesboro, NC

The Merlefest Mission quoted from pressroom page states,

"MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate traditional plus music."

The lineup for the annual four day event includes over 90 musical acts.  There are many well-known and some relatively unknown talent coming to the event this year.  Headliners such as Randy Travis, Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett and The Doobie Brothers are scheduled to be here on various days of the four day music festival.

It is very exciting for the entire community as many visitors come to Wilkes County for the festival.  There are a number of stages throughout the Wilkes Community College campus that will be hosting these musical entertainers.

Again, the website for the MerleFest is  Information regarding the lineup, the tickets, the volunteer activities are all posted at the website.  There is a press room page with the latest news regarding the festival.

MerleFest 2011 begins on Thursday, April 28th at 2:30 pm and ends on Sunday, May 1st.  Gates will open at 9:00am on Friday, April 29th, Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

200 Followers on Twitter

This is truly an amazing day for Jeanne Armonk.  Jeannearmonk09 just reached 200 followers on her www. web page.  Just amazing!

I wish to thank again all of my followers for the follows.  I attempt to tweet and retweet items of interest regarding my work and the work of others.  Such work includes animal welfare, entertainment, entrepreneurship, films, food, hobbies, and music.

I know, that is quite a few categories.  However, with 365 days per year with many waking hours among them, I feel it is important to tweet highlights as I come across them.  For instance, Petfinder's huge effort to assist adoptable pets get adopted with this past Tuesday's, March 15th's Adopt An Internet Day.  Listed on my site here and on are many blogs that supported the effort by pledging to tell people about adoptable pets found on the Internet, adding Petfinder Badges to their websites, and posting to their own blogs in support of adoptable pets.

I also put a photo of 3 adoptable dogs from our local Humane Society of Wilkes who are in foster care on my Facebook page.  This was in follow-up to instructions found on the site as a means to make more people aware of potential pets waiting for adoption.  Many of these animals hoping to be adopted before their time runs out i.e. being housed in a kill shelter that has more animals than it can support. 

Again, I found two wonderful shepherds via the Petfinder site in 2001 and 2002.  Now, 8 or 9 years later, I hope that many thousands of animals were rescued and adopted into a loving home.  I am a firm believer in spay / neuter clinics and my current dog Red has been neutered since a puppy.  He had the potential to be very aggressive, a chow / rotti cross, however, I believe that neutering him young has lead him to be very friendly with people.  He is now 10 years old, and except for some arthritis, he has been very healthy through the past 10 years.

Red was a stray that I took into my heart and then into my home.  He knew both of my pets.  In fact, he made a 2 hour ride with me to adopt one of them.  So, I encourage as many of you as can, to support's efforts to put people in touch with adoptable pets.  It is a user friendly site where one's zip code can branch out from nearby to far away if you are looking for a certain pet to meet your criteria.  Whether young or old, cat or dog, or turtle, there are many animals waiting for you to discover them.

Many of my tweet's are in support of animal rescue efforts.  In addition, living here in North Carolina for a few years, I have found many area attractions about which to tweet , especially the upcoming Merlefest 2011 and the Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway races.

As with many things, timing is everything as I discovered today.  I have recently begun following Kevin Costner & Modern West on  In fact, they followed jeannearmonk09 first.  Well, I found out when I signed on to my Twitter page today that I was about an hour too late for a special live broadcast at 1pm that Modern West held on the Internet due to having reached 2000 followers on their Twitter site, modernwest.  My hopes is that they will hold another one when they reach 3000 followers.

Again, thank you for all your follows.  I hope that my site will remain both informative and interesting.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Petfinder's Adopt the Internet Day

As happens quite often, I am diverging once again from the steps to completing a novel in deference to another cause close to my heart.  I have recently learned that is organizing an Adopt The Internet Day to be held March 15th

There are several ways for us all to show our support.  I had adopted two of my shepherds while living in Connecticut through  One dog, my Benny, was pet of the month in the Manchester, CT shelter back in September 2001.  One week prior to 9 11.  How can one forget the terrible tragedies that month???

My other shepherd was rescued from abuse and starvation by a young woman on welfare.  I came to learn she had rescued a number of large dogs, yet could not financially keep them.  So, that is how we acquired Maxx.  I kept him for 6 months and I already had 4 large dogs.  I bought him time and then he was adopted by another family.

I believe in the work of Petfinder which has grown so over the past 10 years.  I find the free classifieds sections of great benefit to both owners and pets in finding new homes in a more affordable manner. 

My current situation allows for me to only  keep my 10 year old Red, a chow/rotti cross.  He was not a Petfinder Adoptable Pet, he was a neighborhood stray who walked into my snowy yard at the right moment.  What a joy he has been to me!

I have added the Petfinder Badge today and will post twice to the Petfinder site on March 15th regarding two adoptable pets here in Wilkes county.  I will also tell at least one person on the 15th.  There are so many wonderful pets needing new homes and not euthanasia.  Petfinder is easy to use and allows one to search all zip codes for adoptable pets of all breeds, ages and genders.

If you are a pet lover and have a website, why not join the effort and add a badge to your site?  There are several badges to choose from.  It was appropriate for me to add this dog who resembles a shepherd mix as my two Petfinder dogs were both shepherds.

Let us help Petfinder to assist adoptable pets in finding new loving homes this month!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

JAE : Blogging For Two Years Now ... and Counting

Here we are in March 2011.  I realize that Jeanne Armonk Enterprises is about to celebrate two years in business.  It has been wonderful to realize my dream of being a writer someday.  Time just keeps marching on and we need to march with it.

I thought I would discuss my past two years as a freelance writer.  Of course, this began with an idea that became a dream.  Now, I am a full-fledged freelance writer/reporter/columnist due to a friend of a friend who gave me an opportunity.

She, Teresa Maynor, has been a pillar of strength to me and my crash course education in the media world.  I had author in mind when I decided to write.  After two years, my novel is yet to be completed.  However, my media education has grown by leaps and bounds.

Two years as a blogger has lead to my own Twitter account, JeanneArmonk09 for the year that Jeanne Armonk began to write.  Today, JeanneArmonk09 has 145 followers traversing many walks of life and nationalities.  I hope that I have been able to tweet things that are worth while to be followed. 

My blog and now my Twitter account both endeavor to highlight animal welfare, the arts, the media such as The Wilkes Gazette, entertainment, the arts, travel, Nascar, cooking and decorating.

My next efforts will be concentrated upon completion of my novel and completion of my endeavors to become a syndicated writer.  This will also involve returning to more courses at my local community college.  In addition, I am going to join the book club at the local library.  There is so much to do and so little time it seems to do it all in. 

My hope is that all of my visitors to this blog who are aspiring to become writers, either in books or on the web, may realize their dreams. 

More in my next post...

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My interest with writing began by composing poems about nature in my childhood. I also co-wrote a play in my 4th grade class when I lived in New Rochelle, NY. It generated enough positive feedback that my class put on the play in the school auditorium. I was fortunate to have a lead part. After my high school graduation, I entered the working world. For over 30 years I have been steadily gaining writing, editing and digital publishing skills. I began by composing letters and emails to company clients. I contributed to articles written for The Commuters Register based in Windsor, CT. Since 2009, I have added social media, digital publishing and blogging here in Wilkesboro, NC. Since 2010, I write ad copy for the listing descriptions for each of my 3 Internet shops open at In 2012, I entered a poem about my dog Red in the World Poetry Contest. The poem was chosen for publication. I have written articles for the Winston-Salem Frugal Living Examiner and Hub Pages. In 2012, I acquired The Wilkes Gazette digital newspaper that was renamed the Wilkes County Gazette in 2014. I write under both my own name and my pen name, Jeanne Armonk.

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