• Local Family Opens Whole Milk Bottling Operation Cheek Farmstead Creamery Near Fleetwood

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    Mar. 2, 2017. Cows and humans have a very special relationship. We humans and our cows have lived side by side, or maybe across the pen from each other for thousands of years. One prime reason is because of cows’ milk. All mammals produce milk for their young, and milk from cows is the most popular among humans for many reasons. Ounce for ounce, cows’ milk is the most complete food we humans can consume. By Kenneth V. Glover – Photos Courtesy of Kenneth V. Glover / Read more…



  • Appalachian Regional Library’s New Website Launched Nov. 1 – Check It Out!

    Nov. 2, 2016.Appalachian Regional Library announces its new website, which launched on Nov. 1. The site replaces the former arlibrary.org, and serves residents in Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties. / Read more…



  • Halloween on Saturday: Events in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Bethel, Grandfather

    Oct. 24, 2016. Weekend fun will include Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary event, the annual Halloween Festival in Blowing Rock, Ensemble Stage’s unique adaptation of War of the Worlds at Green Park Inn and a brand new exploration into the paranormal and 18th century Halloween traditions at Hickory Ridge Museum. Saturday is also your last chance to visit Tweetsie’s Ghost Train this year. Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Full Family Fun: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and More in the High Country

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    Oct. 17, 2016.Are you in the mood to enjoy fun fall activities? Don’t really know where to start? Look no further – read below about the ample opportunities in the High Country for some good ole fall festivities! By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Claybank Returns Home to High Country for Release Concert this Saturday in West Jefferson

    Oct. 25, 2016. ClayBank is a red hot blue grass string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains making serious waves in the bluegrass world. The group’s heterogenous mixture of young talent with veteran experience has combined with their “straight ahead bluegrass” style to set this force of nature on a rapid path of success since its formation in Jan. of 2015. This Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the band will be celebrating their national success with a special release concert in West Jefferson at the Ashe County Civic Center. By Cramer Lewis / Read more…



  • SUNDAY: Historic St. Matthews Church to Enjoy New Life in the Todd Community, Re-Dedication Sunday

    Oct. 19, 2016. This longstanding historic church will enjoy new life as a place for the community to share after a long process of transition facilitation by the nonprofit group Friends of St. Matthews Church. Sunday’s ceremony will give guests a chance to see this beautiful gem on the inside and will be led by the Rev. Cindy Banks. Also, the Friends board will discuss the intentions, restoration and preservation of the property, as well as its place in the community. By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Share the Warmth: Women’s Fund Collecting Coats for Hospitality House Through Oct. 10

    Oct. 4, 2016.‘Share the Warmth’ this winter by cleaning out your closet and donating winter clothes to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge! Donations will go to the Hospitality House and will be accepted on Sept. 30 through Oct. 10 at various locations in the High Country. By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Ashe County’s ‘On the Same Page’ Literary Festival Begins Sept. 13 for Ninth Year

    Sept. 5, 2016.The Ashe County Arts Council and Public Library are sponsoring the ninth annual literary festival Sept. 13-17. The Festival Read for this year is Diane Chamberlain’s Pretending to Dance. The events for the Festival Read Kick-Off have already began, but there is still time to enjoy the rest of the festival! By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Imagine Ashe Raising Funds for Step Project, Reveal Celebration Set for Aug. 20

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    Aug. 8, 2016. The resounding success of the program is directly attributed to the consistent financial support of the good people of Ashe County, as the program does not receive any government funding or money from the Dollywood Foundation, which is a popular misconception. / Read more…



  • Boat and Float: Clean Up, Float On and Enjoy the New River on Saturday, July 23

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    July 20, 2016. The folks at New River Conservancy invite you to this year’s Boat and Float event, an all-day party on and off the water that aims to clean up the New River and hit an ambitious $10,000 fundraising goal. The event will take place on Saturday, July 23 at Riverside Canoe in Crumpler, North Carolina. By Jessica Lyons. / Read more…



  • Traditions Continue July 22-23 at Ashe Bluegrass, Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

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    July 19, 2016. It’s that time of year again! Grab your hats and your dancing shoes and head over to Ashe County Park in Jefferson for the 47th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. Proceeds from the convention support the Junior Appalachian Musicians program, which was established in 2000 through the Ashe County Arts Council as a way to pass on and continue the musical traditions of the county and region. By Angela Gazzillo and Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Public History Student Carson Sailor Shares Appalachian History at Horn in the West

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    July 19, 2016. Sailor came to Appalachian from Flagler College, a small liberal arts college in St. Augustine, Florida, where he studied public history and worked for the National Park Service doing reenactments as well as serving as tour guide and historical consultant for the Ponce de Leon Hotel, a Gilded Age site in St. Augustine. Sailor chose to pursue a master’s degree at Appalachian because he found the university’s character and strong public history program appealing. / Read more…



  • Girl Scouts of the High Country and Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Service

    July 7, 2016. On June 12, the Girl Scouts of Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery and Wilkes Counties of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont gathered together at Peace Haven Church to celebrate the accomplishments of their girls and adult volunteers. The top three fall product and cookie sales for each service unit were recognized for their hard work. / Read more…



  • Todd Summer Music Series Continues Saturday with Wayne Henderson & Friends

    July 1, 2016.The community of Todd will hold the third night of its summer concert series on Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. Come out to see musician Wayne Henderson & Friends continue the free, outdoor music fun this weekend in Cook Memorial Park! The Todd Community Preservation Organization, a nonprofit group that maintains the area’s natural resources and cultural heritage, hosts the free concert series each summer, which takes place rain or shine in one of two local parks that the TCPO manages. / Read more…



  • Christmas in July: Arts and Crafts, Music, Food and More in West Jefferson on Saturday

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    June 28, 2016. “First of all, being in the mountains of North Carolina in the middle of July is a no-brainer. You’ve got great temperatures and beautiful weather. You’ve got a festival that’s happening on the streets in a unique small town, so folks that are coming for the festival also get to experience the friendliness, the quality of the shops and the art presence in downtown West Jefferson.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Hello, Dolly! Latest Musical Comedy from Ashe County Little Theatre Plays June 23-27

    June 22, 2016. $16 adults, $5 students. This Tony Award winning musical opened on Broadway in 1964 with Carol Channing in the starring role. A string of famous female performers took their turn as Dolly, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman. In 1969 Hello Dolly was made into a film and starred Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau. A 2017 Broadway revival was recently announced to star Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. / Read more…



  • Enjoy Handmade, Locally Produced, Original Work on the Ashe County Studio Tour June 4-5

    May 26, 2016. Summertime in the mountains – what better way to see the countryside than on a two-day Studio Tour! And to see the best Ashe County artists working in their own studios! On June 4-5 the Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Ashe County Studio Tour, a two-day, self-guided, free event in which twenty-four Ashe County artists open their studios to the public in twenty locations. / Read more…



  • Join Friends of High Country State Parks at the Annual New River Canoe Race for June 4

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    April 11, 2016. Come join us for a fabulous day of friendly competition or simply a leisurely float — and support High Country State Parks at the same time. The event boasts a variety of activities at New River State Park such as: live music, local food, picnicking, chair massages, environmental programs, an awards ceremony with multiple door prizes and raffle items (including a grand prize Kayak Package). Free tubing along the banks of campground and tent camping is also available at the park for those that would like to stay nearby the night before or after. / Read more…



  • See Ashe County Little Theatre’s ‘Dram-edy’, ‘Lost in Yonkers’, This Weekend, April 8-10

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    April 8, 2016. The Ashe County Little Theatre presents their first production of 2016 Lost in Yonkers, April 8, 9, 10 at the Ashe Civic Center. Tickets are $16 adults and $5 students. Lost In Yonkers is a “dram-edy” by Neil Simon. A period piece set in 1942 Yonkers, New York, this play, considered one of Simons’ most sensitive and thought provoking, takes a serious yet light-hearted look at the relationships of a first generation American family with Jewish immigrant heritage. / Read more…



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