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  • 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…



  • Girl Scout Cookies Are Here! Booth Sales to Start Jan. 20 Weekend in Watauga and Avery Counties

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    Jan. 19, 2017. Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) announced the Girl Scout wide celebration of the 100thseason of Girl Scouts selling cookies. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints and Shortbreads. / Read more…



  • Longtime Local Media Representative Sherrie Norris Joins High Country Caregiver Foundation

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    Jan. 19, 2017. Executive director of the High Country Caregiver Foundation Brenda Reece has announced that longtime media representative Sherrie Norris has joined the HCCGF as RAPP coordinator and program assistant. “Few people have the depth of community knowledge and passion for others as does Sherrie Norris,” said Reece. “We recognize her strengths and abilities and are delighted that she has agreed to join us as we work to expand RAPP and build upon our existing programs.” / Read more…



  • Business of the Month: Avery Chamber Launches New Traditions at Annual Open House

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    Jan. 18, 2017.On Tuesday evening, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce met for its Annual Avery Chamber Open House. In past years, the Open House has been held at the Chamber. However, this year, the Mountain Community Bank offered to host.By Katie Benfield- Photo by Ken Ketchie / 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…



  • Grandfather Mountain to Host Second Nepalese Sherpa Event at BRAHM on Wednesday

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    Jan. 17, 2017. Due to popular demand, Grandfather Mountain will host Pema Tshiri Sherpa, a professional Nepalese sherpa, for a second event at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Registration quickly filled for the first event, “An Evening with Pema Tshiri Sherpa,” scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m., prompting organizers to offer one earlier in the day. / Read more…



  • High Country Community Reunites Missing Dog ‘Addie’ with Family, Celebrates Her Return

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    Jan. 16, 2017. After two weeks of braving harsh winter weather on her own, 4-year-old mini dachshund Addie was reunited with her family in Georgia thanks to a massive network of local residents on a mission. Not only has Addie’s story touched many hearts since she first went missing, it’s strengthened a bond and created new friendships in the already tight knit community of the High Country. By Jessica Isaacs. / 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…



  • Ode to Roy: Local Chamber Surprises ‘Mr. Banner Elk’ Roy Krege with Person of the Year Award

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    Jan. 12, 2017. With Chamber President Jo-Ann McMurray out sick, her husband Tom asked local resident Roy Krege (who’s always quick to step up and help out) to read the remarks and announce the winner of this year’s Person of the Year Award. Although the recipient’s name would be a surprise to him, too, Krege was more than willing to take the microphone, as he almost always does at local functions. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie. / 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…



  • Welcome Home: Ensemble Stage Takes Up Residence at Historic Banner Elk School

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    Jan. 10, 2017. The partnership agreement will convert the school’s gymnasium into a 99-seat theater space complete with lobby, concessions and a box office, as well as provide five classroom spaces as permanent homes for Ensemble’s rehearsal space, green room, scene shop, dressing rooms and prop and costume storage; not to mention, the school building offers ample public parking and easy handicapped accessibility. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Jesse Wood. / 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…



  • Children’s Home Society Reports Foster Care and Adoption In a State of Crisis in North Carolina

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    Jan. 10, 2017. “Foster care and adoption are in a state of crisis,” said Brian Maness, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, the state’s largest private provider of foster care and adoption services. “Foster care has been growing at an alarming rate with a shortage of permanent, safe, and loving homes for adoptable children.” / Read more…



  • UPDATE ON ADDIE: Community Rallies to Reunite Missing Dachshund with Atlanta Family

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    Jan. 9, 2017. Folks across the area have stepped up to help following our last story and the Heuers’ post on the Facebook page for lost and found pets in Watauga County, including neighbors, friends and even the Blowing Rock Fire Department. The search continues, but participants are hopeful and encourage others to keep an eye out for Addie. By Jessica Isaacs. / 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: 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…



  • In/Visible Theatre Earns Nonprofit Status, Ready to Scale Up Operation in the High Country

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    Jan. 5, 2017. “It means more projects that will reach more people. It means being better able to fulfill our mission, and to bring the power of theatre to more people,” said Sabo. “It means a greater impact in terms of using art to build bridges between different groups, and using theatre to make healthier and happier individuals and a strong community.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Green Street Catering News: Food Ministry Reflects on 2016, Ready for a New Year

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    Jan. 5, 2017. As Green Street serves so many and in so many different ways throughout the year, we incur monthly costs in addition to our food costs. We could really use your help in 2017! Each month, Green Street has costs from paper products (takeout boxes, serving trays and even supplies to package scriptures and meals each week), electricity to run our donation coolers, freezers and warmers and even to support volunteer programs with others who help us with cleaning/preparing/delivering meals each week. / 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…



  • Gadabouts: Local Catering, Events Company Adds Classic Car Rental to the Menu

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    Jan. 3, 2017. “It’s kind of like a dream come true. My husband and I always wanted to have a classic vehicle, and we decided, what better way than to let Gadabout’s buy it? So now, it’s incorporated into the business. Gadabouts is like one of our children, so we bought him a car.” By Jessica Isaacs. Images by Wayfaring Wanderer. / Read more…



  • Help Find Addie: Atlanta Family Searching for Missing Dapple Dachsund in Blowing Rock

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    Jan. 3, 2017. Have you seen Addie? A Georgia family is searching for their missing dachshund, who was separated from them on Saturday in downtown Blowing Rock. Black and gray with a tan colored face, Addie was last spotted at the Food Lion in Blowing Rock around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, which means she has, at some point, crossed over U.S. Highway 321. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Local Photographers Capture Holiday Proposal Surprise for App State Alum in Blowing Rock

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    Dec. 30, 2016. One ASU alumna received the surprise of her life in downtown Blowing Rock this holiday season thanks to a romantic gesture, and a lot of careful planning, from her sweetheart. “Lindsay went to Appalachian State and graduated in 2011. Boone and Blowing Rock are her absolute favorite places, so that’s why I wanted to do it there … when I did it just four days before our four year anniversary, she had absolutely no idea it was coming.” / Read more…



  • Brenda Hoss: Longest-Serving Canon Memorial Hospital Employee Retires After 51 Years

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    Dec. 30, 2016. Hoss moved into the administration suite at Cannon Memorial Hospital in January 1966 and has served in that position for the last 51 years. During that time, she worked for seven administrators, met and worked with hundreds of talented staff members and physicians, witnessed Sloop Memorial Hospital and Cannon Memorial Hospital merge into one facility and then Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center join to form Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). / Read more…



  • Make End-of-Year Donations to High Country United Way, Funds to Be Used Locally

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    Dec. 28, 2016. During the Holiday Season and end of the year we know many people count their blessings and consider ways they can help those who are not as fortunate. We also know that many may want to make those contributions before the end of the year so they can be counted as charitable deductions for tax purposes. As you consider how you want to help those in need, please consider that donations to High Country United Way will be used in the High Country to meet immediate and emergency needs plus help fund programs that allow people to improve their level of education, get help with health care and medicine costs, plus achieve a stable income. / Read more…



  • High South Weddings Magazine 2017 Edition: Complimentary Copies Now Available

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    Dec. 27, 2016. A brand new High South Weddings magazine is here just in time for the holidays! The latest edition, for the 2017 wedding and events season, made its way to the High Country right before Christmas, and free copies are now available to the community and couples planning mountain weddings. We’ve been working hard on this publication over the past year to ensure it follows our true mission: to highlight and showcase the work of our area’s talented wedding and events experts, as well as the wide variety of beautiful venues here in the High Country. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Farmers’ Market Now Accepting Vendor Applications for the 2017 Season

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    Dec. 27, 2016. The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2017 season until January 31, 2017. Application forms for New Vendors have been posted on the Market’s website. www. http://www.wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org. All applications are due with a $25.00 application fee and must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2017. / 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…



  • The Best from High Country Magazine: Romancing the Stone: Charlie Travis and a Jewelry Business to Stand the Test of Time

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    Dec. 22, 2016. Reprinted from High Country Magazine, December 2016.
    It’s standing room only in the Fincke Art Gallery, which plays to a packed house of enthusiastic buyers waving cash in the air, the sounds of vibrant conversation roaring in a smoke-filled hall. At the podium stands 21-year-old Charlie Travis, the youngest auctioneer in the state of North Carolina. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Giving Back: Your Contribution Can Help the Red Cross Respond to Local Emergencies

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    Dec. 22, 2016. Looking for a way to round out your year-end giving? Consider donating time or money to the local Red Cross, which needs help from the community after a busy year of responding to emergencies in the High Country. 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…



  • Bo-Ho-Ho: Did Someone Say Party Wins Window Contest with Boho Chic Display

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    Dec. 20, 2016. Merchants up and down King Street decked out their storefronts for this year’s window decorating contest, and designer bridal shop Did Someone Say Party? took home first place with a double window scene inspired by Christmas magic and the bohemian beauty of its new line of gowns from the Lillian West collection. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • Contribute to Science with Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count Dec. 14 – Jan. 5

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    Dec. 20, 2016. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world. Each individual count takes place in a 15-mile-wide circle and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations to Audubon. In the 51 circles in North Carolina, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day—not just the species but total numbers to provide a clear idea of the health of that particular population. Photo by Will Stuart. / Read more…



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