One of FOCUS Newspaper 2016 swimsuit models

Hickory – It’s here!  Another year has sped by and the new Swimsuit & Summer Guide from FOCUS will be on the stands next Thursday, May 25!

There’s still time for interested businesses to advertise in this iconic issue. The deadline is May 19, so call today, 828.322.1036! 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 Swimsuit & Summer Guide is presented by RH Barringer, your local distributer of Anheuser Busch and Craft Beer.

The men and women who were selected as models won free swimwear & lots of goodies from our sponsors, The Olde Hickory Tap Room, The Hickory Community Theatre and photographer Spencer Huffman. All of the models will be featured in the May 25 issue.

The Swimsuit & Summer Guide issue will be online at www.focusnewspaper.com through the summer as part of our Summer Guide online and on our mobile App. Download the free FOCUS App by searching Focus Newspaper NC in the App Store or Google Play, it’s for smart phones and tablets.

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 The Neighbors on Saturday night and Jazz on Tap with Rick Cline, featuring Zach Wheeler & Mike Holstein on Sunday, May 21. Phone 828-322-1965, located at 222 Union Square Hickory. oldehickorytaproom.com.

Hickory Community Theatre’s current production, Rent, was a big hit with audiences its opening weekend! One of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, remaining performances are 7:30 pm Thursdays, 8:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays, and 2:30 Sundays, May 18 through June 4, 2017. Tickets are $20. There is a senior discount of $2 and tickets for students and youth 18 and under are just $10. Tickets for Thursday performances are $16 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Tickets may be purchased online at hickorytheatre.showare.com or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday in person or by calling 828-328-2283. Rent is rated R for mature audiences. For more information, or tickets, go to www.hickorytheatre.org.

Hickory area professional photographer & sponsor Spencer Huffman of Pixelated Perceptions has photographed our models for the Swimsuit & Summer Guide.

Go to his site, www.pixelatedperceptions.com or on Facebook.com/Pixelated Perceptions.

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!