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  • Peaceful People’s Parade to be Held in Downtown Boone, Jan. 23 for Climate Justice

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    Jan. 19, 2017. On Monday, Jan. 23 communities across North Carolina will host events as part of a statewide day of action for Climate Justice and a nationwide call from the People’s Climate Movement for 100 actions in 100 cities in the first 100 hours of the new administration. Boone will join this nationwide movement with a Peaceful People’s Parade hosted by the grassroots group, Boone Rising. / Read more…



  • High Country Taproom and Dog Bar to Host K-9 Keg Pull for Partners! Canines on Jan. 21

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    Jan. 13, 2017. Registered doggy participants will be categorized by size and weight and will race in one-on-one heats pulling appropriately sized empty kegs (even cans for the tiniest racers). They’ll run the enclosed course on a leash with their owners, some pulling their cargo on sleds for easy travel. All proceeds from the day will directly support Partners! Canines. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • What’s On the Menu? Here’s What You Can Try During the Small Plate Crawl, Jan. 24-26

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    Jan. 17, 2017. More than 20 restaurants are on tap to participate, including some returning favorites and some new friends. Try something new or try to get to them all! The more you visit, the better chance you have at winning a prize. Just remember to keep track of your dining using the mobile app. Click here to learn more about the plate crawl and how it works. / Read more…



  • Rail Jam: AMB to Host Winter Sports Competition at Daniel Boone Amphitheater Saturday, Jan. 21

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    Jan. 17, 2017. Brought to us through Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation, the rail jam will make history this year and take place at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater. All proceeds from the event will support revitalization of the amphitheater, which has been home to the venerable Horn in the West outdoor drama for more than six decades and remains a treasured piece of High Country history. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Winery to Host Second Annual Chili Cook-Off for Avery Humane Society Jan. 28

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    Jan. 16, 2017. Our friends at the Avery County Humane Society are cooking up another good time for its second annual Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser that brings people together for fellowship and a fun way to support the shelter’s mission. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Banner Elk Winery and will feature recipes made by professional and amateur chefs from across the High Country. Each ticket will include one beverage, a chance to sample every chili on the menu and one ballot, so you can cast a vote for your favorite. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • NationalEclipse.Com Reveals 10 Unique Places To View 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in US, Including NC

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    Jan. 17, 2017. NationalEclipse.com, one of the leading web sites dedicated to the upcoming total solar eclipse to occur in the U.S. on August 21, 2017, has revealed “Ten Unique Places to View the National Eclipse.” The list, which represents a slightly different take on other top ten “best” or “greatest” viewing site lists, includes locations in eight states along the eclipse “path of totality” from Oregon to North Carolina. / Read more…



  • Calling All Cowboys and Characters: Audition for Upcoming Season at Tweetsie on Jan. 28-29

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    Jan. 16, 2017. Open positions include singers, dancers, actors, equestrians and magicians. Specific audition requirements can be found online. Advance sign up is not required, with the exception of equestrian auditions. Tweetsie will also host its annual job fair on Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Tweetsie Palace. Associates are needed in all areas of park operations, including ticket sales, accounting, entertainment, ride operations, food service, retail sales, security, grounds maintenance, first aid, the Deer Park and more. / Read more…



  • Try Something New! High Country Small Plate Crawl Will Return to Boone Jan. 23-26

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    Jan. 13, 2017. “Some places do smaller versions of their existing menu, and most places to a mix of that and some creative new menu items. A lot of places use it as a chance to try out new things with very little pressure,” said Pepper. “It’s a way for chefs to have a good time and express themselves.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • WinterFest is Coming! Sign Up in Advance for the Polar Plunge, WinterPaws Dog Show


    Jan. 12, 2017. If you didn’t get your fill of winter fun from our recent bout of low temperatures and fluffy snow, just hang in there! Blowing Rock’s WinterFest will be here before you know it — Jan. 26-29, in fact — and the town will come alive with more ways than one to tap into its winter wonderland. All of your favorite events are back this year, along with some new ones! We’ll continue to keep you updated on all things WinterFest, but, for now, here are the details on the highlights of the weekend that require registration in advance and the information you’ll need. / Read more…



  • Plan to Eat at F.A.R.M. Café on Jan. 25 When Boone Drug Will Be There to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’

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    Jan. 12, 2017. On Wednesday January 25 between 11am and 2pm everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café at 617 West King Street for another ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ day. Boone Dug is the second company to participate in this opportunity. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Café guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch. On this day, Boone Drug will cover the cost of the meal through a generous donation. Each and every additional donation will be utilized by the café in its mission to fight insecurity in the High Country. / Read more…



  • Mayland Community College Now Offering Continuing Education Classes in Banner Elk

    Jan. 10, 2016. Want to build your skills or try something new? Mayland Community College will now offer continuing education classes at the Historic Banner Elk School, 185 Azalea Circle SE in downtown Banner Elk. Course offerings are listed below. Call 828-733-5883 or register online at mayland.edu/continuing-education.For more information about Mayland Community College, check out mayland.edu. / Read more…



  • Internationally Acclaimed Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenón in Concert at ASU March 7


    Jan. 10, 2017. A multiple Grammy® nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Miguel Zenón is one of a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. / Read more…



  • MerleFest Announces Another Slate of Artists for 2017: Avett Brothers, Sierra Hull & More

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    Jan. 10, 2017. MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-30, 2017, is proud to announce six more additions to the 2017 lineup: The Avett Brothers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Chatham County Line Electric Holiday, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Sierra Hull. This year will be the 30th celebration of this homecoming of roots music artists and fans that draws over 75,000 participants every year. / Read more…



  • N.C. Justice Center Hosts Community Roundtable at Watauga Library Thursday, Jan. 12

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    Jan. 9, 2017. The North Carolina Justice Center is hosting a local roundtable to hear from Ashe and Watauga County residents about how policies have played out in your community, and where you see the most pressing needs and opportunities. Information about policies that boost local economies will be shared and opportunities to plug in during the upcoming legislative session will be discussed. / Read more…



  • Jones House Community Center Announces Its 2017 Winter/Spring Indoor Concert Series Lineup

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    Jan. 6, 2017. The 2017 Winter/Spring Indoor Concerts at the Jones House series will begin on February 18 with the Piney Woods Boys from Raleigh-Durham, and the rest of the line-up will include Zoe & Cloyd, The Corklickers, Joel Savoy & Kelli Jones-Savoy, The Freighthoppers, Scott Freeman & Willard Gayheart, and John McCutcheon. “We are excited to continue this series of acoustic house-concert style performances in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House,” says series organizer, Mark Freed. “The concerts are almost exclusively unamplified, so audience members have a chance to hear the artists directly and close.” / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: What’s On Tap? A Guide to Sampling Local Favorites at Beech Mtn’s Winterfest

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    Jan. 4, 2017. Temperatures are dropping around the High Country just in time for the annual Winterfest Beer Festival at Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, Jan. 7, which will bring live music and North Carolina craft beer together to support the Beech Mountain Academy. Beech Mountain Brewing Co.’s resident brewmaster Billy Smith has reserved three new recipes for exclusive release at the festival. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: Shop Locally Grown Foods, Storage Crops at Boone’s Winter Farmer’s Market

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    Jan. 5, 2017. Winter weather may be setting in, but that won’t stop you from getting your hands on fresh, healthy produce for your family. If you’re looking for locally grown products to stock your kitchen with this week, head out to Boone’s Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, Jan. 7. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: New Year, New You: Third Annual Event at The Wellness Center

    Jan. 3, 2017. The goal of the event is to provide guests with a free, behind the scenes look at what the Wellness Center has to offer. Participants will be able to sample a variety of beginner level fitness classes, such as, Crossfit, Spin, Zumba, Yoga, Stretch and Flex and Water Aerobics, as well as enjoy free family swim time, register to win door prizes and attend a free Ask the Fitness Experts Roundtable at 10:30 am. Additionally, participants who join the Wellness Center during the event will receive an exclusive New Year New You half price initiation fee. / Read more…



  • Charlie Ellis Trio to Play a Final Concert at Green Park Inn Jan. 27

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    Jan. 5, 2017. Ellis’s weekend solo gig is expected to delight his fans for years to come. His final appearance with the trio on the 27th includes Rick Stapleton on bass, Mike Barlowe on drums, and of course Ellis on the piano. “I can’t speak for anyone else,” Ellis says, “but for me, that final night with the trio will be huge!” By Randy Johnson. / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Hosts Slopestyle USASA Event Saturday, Jan. 7, First of Season

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    Jan. 5, 2017. The first USASA-sanctioned series in nearly 15 years in the High Country starts this weekend at Beech Mountain Resort – and the conditions are prime for skiing and snowboarding. The event starts at noon on Saturday, Jan. 7. Registration is available at the View Haus from 8 to 10 a.m. on the day of the event or online beforehand. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • 2017 A Critical Year for The Appalachian Theatre

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    Jan. 4, 2017. 2017 is a critical year for The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. While the winter months are typically a slow time for fundraising, ATHC expects public campaign activity will kick in to high gear this spring. Tax deductible contributions and pledges large and small are welcome, and ATHC is accepting gifts made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donations for the theater restoration can be accepted at savetheapptheatre.com or by mail to PO Box 11 DTS, Boone, NC 28607. OP-ED By John Cooper and Keith Martin / Read more…



  • Hello, 2017! A New Entertainment Calendar for a New Year in the High Country

    Dec. 30, 2016. It’s been fun, 2016, but the High Country is ready for something new! Many of our favorite annual events and festivities are already on the books for 2017, so take a gander at the beginnings of our master events calendar and share in the excitement for another great year here in our community. If you have an event you’d like to add to our entertainment calendar, send the information to us by email at jessica@highcountrypress.com. Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Cheers to 2017: How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Night Out in the High Country

    Dec. 29, 2016. Who’s ready to celebrate? The High Country has seen plenty of good times in 2016, but it’s ready to roll out the red carpet for another new year and open the door for a whole new world of excitement. Restaurants, bars, resorts and other local establishments guarantee more ways than one to enjoy New Year’s Eve in the communities of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Remember to make your dinner reservations in advance. The party’s almost here, so get dressed up and ring in the new year in style. Cheers to 2017! Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Festival of Lights: Swing by to See the Sparkling Displays at Chetola Resort

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    Dec. 22, 2016. Drive through the resort grounds anytime between now and Jan. 29 to enjoy the Festival of Lights, which features thousands of sparkling displays. The winter wonderland is created every year by the grounds crew at Chetola and brings all the magic of the holiday season to life every day as the sun sets. / Read more…



  • Hit the Slopes: Your Ultimate Guide to Ski Season Events and Competitions

    Dec. 22, 2016. With a new year comes a brand new season on the ski slopes here in the High Country, and this winter is absolutely packed with excitement. Read on for your ultimate guide to special events, holiday activities and winter sports competitions at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort. Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Partners with Penland School of Crafts for Exhibit

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    Dec. 21, 2016. The school offers intensive workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles and wood. The Studio Practices: Penland 9 exhibition will be housed in the Turchin Center’s Main Gallery January 10th through June 6th 2017. Visitors are invited to this rare opportunity to experience the collective talents and fine craftsmanship of nine amazing artists who are more often guiding the creation of art through their students than being in the spotlight themselves. / Read more…



  • Christmas in the High Country: Local Church Services in the Boone Area Dec. 24-25

    Dec. 20, 2016. Take a break from shopping and remember the reason for the season! With many local churches offering special services open to the community, there are more ways than one for you to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas. Do you have a Christmas service you’d like to add to our list? Send the details to jessica@highcountrypress.com and we’ll update this information to include your event. Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Meet Olympic Star Paul Wylie at Sugar Mountain Resort’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

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    Dec. 21, 2016. Sugar Mountain Resort will host a New Year’s Eve spectacular, mountain style! At 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 Olympic figure skating silver medalist Paul Wylie and friends will perform an amazing ice show. To follow, take advantage of the opportunity to meet the Olympic star. You may even get the chance to hold Paul’s Olympic silver medal. / Read more…



  • Tickets Now on Sale for Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Boone


    Dec. 19, 2016. Though the Boone stop on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour isn’t featured until late March, the two-day festival at App State will sell out long before winter begins to fade – if history is any indication. Tickets for the 21st anniversary of the local festival tour, held Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, went on sale earlier this month. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Holidays at the Green Park Inn: Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Other Events On the Way

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    Dec. 16, 2016. Take the kids to the inn on Saturday morning, Dec. 17, between 7:30-10:30 a.m. to meet and greet with Santa Claus and enjoy a made-to-order chef made breakfast at the Chestnut Grille. Choose from a menu that will include dishes like egg white scramble, French toast and biscuits and gravy, then sit with Santa to share your holiday wish list. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Joy Davis Photography. / Read more…



  • TONIGHT: Juke Joint Christmas Holiday Show with Melissa Reaves and Friends at The Local

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    Dec. 15, 2016. Don your favorite get-up Friday and head to the 15th annual Holiday Show with Melissa Reaves at The Local, where costumes are encouraged, good times are guarantee and audiences can expect the unexpected. This year’s performance, a Juke Joint Christmas, promises to keep you on the dance floor with blues music from an impressive lineup of featured players. / Read more…



  • THROUGH CHRISTMAS: Daingerfield Works on Display at BR Frameworks and Gallery

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    Dec. 16, 2016. After entering into the peak of his career and traveling to paint the Grand Canyon at the request of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1910, Daingerfield completed his most ornate studio in Blowing Rock, Westglow, in 1917, which he oriented toward the majestic Grandfather Mountain. Today, Westglow still stands as a world renowned destination resort and spa, which displays many of his works. By Cramer Lewis. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY:  Holiday Open House at Art Cellar Gallery, Winter Frame Sale Going On Now

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    Dec. 5, 2016. The gallery will host a Holiday Open House event from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, featuring sweets, treats, drinks, art and good cheer for all. Enjoy the gallery this season and remember that art makes the perfect stocking stuffer or cherished gift of any size. Gift wrapping is available for purchases intended as gifts. The gallery also offers gift certificates for art and framing. / Read more…



  • Santa Sightings: When and Where to Meet and Greet with Old Saint Nick Before Christmas

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    Dec. 15, 2016. Santa Claus will make his rounds in the High Country in the days leading up to Christmas, so make plans to visit with him and get your wish lists in before the big day! The Boone Mall will have opportunities for kids to meet with Santa and have their pictures taken. Local photography studio Boone Portraits will be on hand Christmas Eve and the days leading up to it to capture your perfect moment. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: 34th Winter Group and Small Works Open House at Carlton Gallery

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    Dec. 8, 2016. Carlton Gallery celebrates its 34th Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition with an Open House on Saturday, December 17th – 10 to 5. Toni Carlton invites everyone to visit the gallery and enjoy light refreshments, hot cider or tea, along with joyful community spirit. During this time of celebration of the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other global dogmas, Carlton Gallery offers the energy of light and peace through art, conversations, and heartfelt communications to convey this message during this special time of love offerings. / Read more…



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