Conferences & Workshops

The 2017 Fall Seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 6 from 10AM until 4PM at the Cary Theater in downtown Cary, NC. 


NCAFE Fall Seminar 2017

Registration is OPEN! 

You can download the .pdf  form to send with your check HERE…

Or register on-line using a credit card HERE…


Speaker Highlights:

Weather Preparedness- Randy Jackson

This class will discuss a variety of Hazardous Weather events and their potential for serious problems that event planners may experience.  We will review some actual events and discuss their handling.  We will also examine preparedness issues associated with these events.Our main focus will look at preparations, notifications and procedures when threatening conditions develop.

     Randy Jackson     RandyJackson
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Randy spent over twenty years as the chief meteorologist at WFMY-TV in Greensboro. He has also worked as a freelance meteorologist at Fox 8 WGHP-TV in High Point and provided forecasts for a variety of local radio stations over the years. In addition to his teaching duties that span the state, Randy works with Appalachian State University as a sports broadcaster. Randy is a dynamic and inviting speaker, teaching continuing education classes that deal directly with insurance-related weather topics and issues.  Jackson is a ”Certified Lightning Safety Professional” and has worked with a variety of groups ranging from large companies to educational institutions in preparing for severe weather events.


Access – Take it Outside! – Betsy Ludwig

Accessibility Considerations and ADA accommodations for Outdoor Events.

 Physical and programmatic accessibility for patrons with disabilities at outdoor events and festivals can present a challenge, but planning, preparation and communication can greatly reduce barriers and make your event more welcoming to all people.

Betsy Ludwig  BetsyLudwig-web

Betsy is the Executive Director of Arts Access, a NC nonprofit that is committed to making the arts accessible to people with disabilities ( She brings more than twenty five years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities in arts, education and clinical settings. She has worked as a social worker, recreation therapist, educator/trainer and non-profit administrator at UNC-Chapel Hill, Durham Public Schools, NC Autism Society, North Carolina Central University and Community Partnerships. She has a BA in Sociology from Salem College and an MS in Therapeutic Recreation from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed a certificate program at NYU in Arts Management. For Arts Access she has led workshops on inclusion and ADA accommodations for arts and cultural organizations around the state.

Taking Social Media to the Next Level! – Stephanie Jones

You have Facebook and SnapChat – but now what? Learn to use social media tools to take your interactions to the next level.

Stefanie Jones


Stefanie Jones is the volunteer Marketing Coordinator for the NC Whirligig Festival. Securing a Bronze Kaleidoscope Award in Best Social Media from the Southeast Festival & Events Association. She is a graduate of University North Carolina Wilmington and is currently the Communications Specialist for the City of Wilson. She oversees or has a hand in managing four websites and several accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Google+/ You Tube,  Instagram and Pinterest. Digital marketing is a passion for Stefanie and she loves bringing her experience to the NC Whirligig Festival committee.