FFOCUSLogoHickory – FOCUS thanks the many terrific men and women who entered its 2017 Swimsuit Model contest, which ended last Friday.  Congratulations if you were chosen, and please try again next year, if not!

The contest is presented by RH Barringer, your local distributer of Anheuser Busch and Craft Beer.

Businesses should call 828.322.1036 to advertise in the Swimsuit & Summer Guide issue.  It’s a great way to get the word out for your summer events and sales, as many readers keep the issue through the fall, using the Summer Guide to find events.

The men and women who were selected won free swimwear & lots of goodies from our sponsors, The Olde Hickory Tap Room, The Hickory Community Theatre and photographer Spencer Huffman. The models will all be featured in the May 25 issue of FOCUS’ iconic Swimsuit/Summer Guide.  The S/SGModels will be at www.focusnewspaper.com through the summer as part of our Summer Guide online and on our mobile App.

The Olde Hickory Tap Room features daily food and drink specials and serves lunch, dinner & late night. The Tap Room has 20 taps, 200 wines, and 700 Liquors. Live entertainment this week includes Cameron Matthews on Saturday night and Jazz on Tap with Rick Cline, featuring Byron Hedgepath & Mike Holstein on Sunday, May 7. Phone 828-322-1965, located at 222 Union Square Hickory. www.oldehickorytaproom.com.

Nathan Hefner presents Stardust, Pop Music’s Golden Age, at the Hickory Community Theatre on Saturday, May 6, at 8pm. The concert is a fundraiser for the Theatre, $20 reserved seating. Hickory Community Theatre’s next production is Rent, the hit musical based on La Boheme, beloved all over the world.  It opens in the Jeffers Theatre on Friday, May 12. Rated R for mature audiences. For tickets go to www.hickorytheatre.org or call 828.328.2283.

Hickory area professional photographer & sponsor Spencer Huffman of Pixelated Perceptions will photograph our models for the Swimsuit/Summer Guide, which will be on news stands on Thursday, May 25.

FOCUS’ Summer Guide is a handy reference for things to do & see – festivals, historic sites, amusement parks, conventions –  within a day’s drive of Western North Carolina. Be sure to pick up this issue to plan a great summer!