Alcohol, aka the devil’s brew, always stirs up stuff. Some good, some bad, but it always makes things interesting.

Who remembers the anti-liquor-by-the-drink parade on Church Street complete with the devil standing on the street corner? ABC votes these days don’t seem as controversial and almost slip by with little notice.

No. 1ABC votes for Concord and Harrisburg. If you’re a voter in these places, you will be asked to vote for or against allowing “on-premises” or “off-premises” malt beverages. There’s not any further explanation on the ballot.

My understanding is that if approved, places like Cougar Run and Cabo Winery could offer beer to their customers in addition to their wine. I’m sure there are other venues and events affected. Breweries can already offer wine to their patrons in addition to beer. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but that’s all I know. Here’s what some of the supporters of the measure are saying:

Donna Carpenter, president & CEO, Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau:

“The Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau and its board of directors supports the referendum. The change will allow Cabarrus County’s hospitality partners to expand their offerings and enhance the visitor experience, growing our community’s tourism industry as a result.”

Barbi Jones, executive director — Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce:

“The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce supports this referendum for the positive impacts it will have on businesses in Concord and Harrisburg. It opens up possibilities to grow our hospitality sector and increases entertainment options for our citizens and guests. The guidelines will still be in place to make sure the venues are regulated, but allows smaller businesses to open without the costs of unneeded restrictions.”

Johnson Bray, executive director — Concord Downtown Development Corporation:

“Last April, the board of directors of Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) passed a resolution in support of a referendum to approve the sale of on- and off-premise malt beverages. It is the opinion of the board and staff of CDDC that the referendum would eliminate red tape to new and existing businesses in our community. Craft beer is a $2.5 billion industry in North Carolina and a major catalyst for growth. We believe that this referendum would allow businesses to tap into that industry with greater ease.”

No. 2Getting off Main Street. Kim and I went to Asheville last weekend to visit our parents, who are all in their upper 80s. We took a walk Sunday evening through Weaverville and decided to get off Main Street, down a side street.

“I want to see if there really is a brewery in Weaverville,” I told Kim. And lo and behold there was Eluvium Brewing Company. The barkeep told us that Weaverville had two other breweries: Zebulon Artisan Ales and Blue Mountain Pizza. Who knew?

I bet there aren’t too many PTL Club supporters visiting.

No. 3I can’t pass up a good apple. On the way back to Concord, we stopped at McAbee’s Fruit stand off I-26 at the East Flat Rock exit to buy apples. That orchard belongs to the late Jack McAbee’s brother.

If you have never had fresh North Carolina apples, you got to try them. They are 10 times better those Washington state ones that they ship across the country. For one thing they are ripe and for another they have more taste. I guess part of it is the Washington ones get too big from all that rain and water down the flavor.

No. 4Down another alley to more delicious food. With three pecks of apples in the back of the Subaru we decided it was time for lunch, so we headed into downtown Hendersonville. Kim picked out a place called “Dandelion” which turned out to be great.

It is about a half block off the main drag through downtown and is only open for breakfast and lunch. I had the tomato pie with a side of butternut squash soup. It was so good — I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. I don’t much like cooked tomatoes (usually a waste of my all-time favorite food — tomatoes), but this was exceptional.

The food was good and reasonably priced. As we looked at the menu, we also discovered the mission of the restaurant. It is run by Safelight, Hope &Healing for Families. It appears to be similar to our CVAN, which helps victims of domestic violence. The restaurant provides internships and job training. I’m really glad we went. You never know what you might discover.

No. 5Do you want to be in the movies? It might be your chance to be discovered. A new movie about Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker is being shot in North Carolina and will be shooting in the Charlotte area in November and December.

You all remember them? The PTL Club — or as one radio DJ called it the “Pass the Loot Club.” I think it actually started out as “Praise the Lord” but somewhere the gold-plated bathroom fixtures and high-falutin lifestyles got in the way.

Tona B. Dahlquist Casting (from “The Hunger Games,” Homeland casting) is seeking those interested in filming as extras for an upcoming project to film in the Charlotte area.

Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain will play Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” a biopic that will be directed by Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”). “THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE” is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall, and redemption of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

Extras of all ages, races and types are needed (Children — seniors). All extras are paid.

Those interested in being considered for filming should submit two current Photos (a close-up and a full length). These photos can be taken with a cellphone. Also include should be your name, phone, age, city/state you reside, height/weight, clothing sizes, description of any visible tattoos and piercings, color/make/ model, year car you drive.

Submissions should be sent to with the heading being your ethnicity, gender, age and city/state you reside. Example: Asian male, 42, Charlotte, N.C.

You can keep up with the movie’s daily casting needs on the Casting Facebook page: Casting-354971765249/

Production will also be seeking period cars from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. If interested in submitting your period vehicle for possible filming, please make sure you include a photo of your vehicle, vehicle information (year/make/model) along with your name and phone number. Submissions for period vehicles can be sent with the heading Vintage vehicles.

I wonder what they budgeted for makeup and mascara for the Tammy Faye actress.

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