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  • Pop Musician Vance Fite to Perform at High Country Grizzlies Halftime Show Saturday, May 27

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    May 18, 2017. While seeing high-caliber indoor football in the High Country is a reward in itself, the High Country Grizzlies have something special to offer fans attending the team’s Saturday, May 27 matchup against the Columbus Lions. Up-and-coming pop artist Vance Fite will entertain the crowd at the Holmes Convocation Center in support of his latest single, “All Your Love.” By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • 2017 U.S. Open College Beer Championship Medal Winners, App State Takes Home a Gold

    May 11, 2017. The U.S. Open College Beer Championship is for Colleges and Universities that teach brewing courses. This competition was held to help determine the best future brewers in North America, and Appalachian State University brought home one gold from the competition. See results inside. / Read more…



  • Inaugural App State Legends Gala to Feature Keynote Speaker Mack Brown Friday, June 23

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    May. 9, 2017. True Appalachian State University sports fans should clear their calendars on Friday, June 23 for the inaugural “Legends Gala” hosted by ASU athletics. The event, which will be held at the stunning Camp Yonahnoka in Linville, will offer attendees a chance to show their support for the university’s athletics. The gala will feature legendary college football coach Mack Brown along with a number of other longtime sports elites with ties to the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of App State Athletics / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Tuesday, May 16

    May. 9, 2017. Appalachian State University will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise in and around the Plemmons Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 16. The exercise will simulate an active shooter on campus, and is designed to test response and communication during an emergency. / Read more…



  • High Country Jazz Society Kicks off 2017 Season with Chad Eby Group this Mother’s Day, May 14

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    May. 2, 2017. The High Country Jazz Society will kick off its summer concert series at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock this Mother’s Day, May 14 with the Chad Eby Group. Eby, a renowned saxophonist and jazz faculty member at UNC Greensboro, and his band will perform as the first installment in the High Country Jazz Society’s 2017 season, which includes six concerts that will take place between Mother’s Day and October 8. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • ASU Graduate Student Justin Weltz Credits Thrive Program for Saving His Life

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    April 25, 2017. After hearing that his health was in jeopardy a few months ago, Justin Weltz will graduate this spring with a Thrive “degree” in improved fitness from the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center and a Master’s degree in English from Appalachian State University. / Read more…



  • ASU to Host “Flight from the Mahabharath” World Premier Apr. 26-30, Todd Bush Composes All-Original Indian Score

    Apr. 25, 2017. ASU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host the world premier of South African author and playwright Muthal Naidoo’s Flight from the Mahabharath on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. Considering that the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Flight from the Mahabharath is based around an ancient Indian epic, audience members might not realize that the play’s musical compositions also have roots in the High Country. Banner Elk’s Todd Bush, a lifelong student of Indian music and culture, has worked alongside of the play’s cast to create all-original score for the play’s world premier on Wednesday, April 26 at the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Banner Elk’s Todd Bush Composes All-Original Indian Score for Upcoming World Premier

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    Apr. 20, 2017. Considering that the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Flight from the Mahabharath is based around an ancient Indian epic, audience members might not realize that the play’s musical compositions also have roots in the High Country. Banner Elk’s Todd Bush, a lifelong student of Indian music and culture, has worked alongside of the play’s cast to create all-original score for the play’s world premier on Wednesday, April 26 at the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Todd Bush / Read more…



  • ASU Dept. of Theatre and Dance to Host “Flight from the Mahabharath” World Premier Apr. 26-30

    Apr. 18, 2017. ASU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host the world premier of South African author and playwright Muthal Naidoo’s Flight from the Mahabharath on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. The production, which explores one of ancient India’s two major Sanskrit epics, will continue through Sunday, April 30 with 7 p.m. performances held Thursday through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies to Host Events on April 20 and April 24

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    April 18, 2017. Organized by the Peace and Genocide Education Club, a panel of ASU students and faculty affiliated with the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will discuss anti-Semitism in its past and present forms. The panel will take place on Thursday, April 20, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at PSU’s 416 Rough Ridge, Room 415. The event is open to the public and no tickets are required. On Monday, April 24, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the Center for Judaic Holocaust, and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and ASU’s Hillel chapter will organize a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. / Read more…



  • Keith Knight, Renowned Cartoonist, to Appear at Appalachian for Two Events on Monday, April 24

    Apr. 18, 2017. On April 24, nationally-renowned cartoonist Keith Knight will visit Appalachian State University. While on campus, he will be the focus of two events that are free and open to the public. The first event is “Fear of a Black Magic Marker: Cartooning as Art and Practice,” where Knight will speak about his career as a comics artist with Dr. Craig Fischer, a professor of English at Appalachian. This interview will take place at 2 p.m. in Room 155 (Tater Hill Room) in the Plemmons Student Union. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Young People’s Theatre to Present ‘The Mischief Makers’ April 21-23

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    Apr. 13, 2017. The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT), a touring student ensemble at Appalachian State University, will present Lowell Swortzell’s “The Mischief Makers” beginning April 21 on the university’s campus. Shows will be at 7 p.m. April 21 and at 2 p.m. April 22 and 23 in the I.G. Greer Studio Theater. / Read more…



  • Grizzlies Fall Short with 68-21 Loss to Jacksonville Sharks, Look to Bye Week Next Week

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    Apr. 11, 2017. Heading into Sunday with a huge win against the Dayton Wolfpack the previous weekend, the High Country Grizzlies came up short against the undefeated Jacksonville Sharks, conceding the game with a 68-21 loss to the Florida team. The Sharks, seen in the preseason as the frontrunners in the league, asserted their dominance over the Grizzlies, not allowing the High Country team to score until former ASU standout and Grizzlies receiver Malachi Jones completed a 15-yard passing touchdown with 12:45 left in the third quarter. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • UPDATED: Grizzlies Dominate Georgia Firebirds in Season Opener, Look to First Home Game on Saturday

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    Mar. 21, 2017. The High Country Grizzlies started their season off with a bang as the new franchise defeated the Georgia Firebirds 62-29 in Albany, Georgia on Saturday. After a relatively slow start to the game, the Grizzlies rocketed to a 26-10 lead, not allowing the Firebirds within striking distance of the lead for the remainder of the match. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band to Perform March 26 in the Schaefer Center

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    March 16, 2017. Under Byron Hedgepeth’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 3 p.m. March 26 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free. The program will boast a wide range of styles, from rock to opera. It will consist of music originally written or arranged for steel band. Hedgepeth is an adjunct instructor of percussion at Appalachian. / Read more…



  • Learn the NAL’s Rules and Regulations Before Grizzlies’ First Home Game on Saturday, March 25

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    Mar. 14, 2017. While the addition of a team to the High Country surely has football and sports fans excited, the style of play will be very different to that of ASU’s home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium. While the NAL generally shares many of the rules established by other arena football leagues, there are a few key distinctions to be made. By Bailey Faulkner – Logo Courtesy of the High Country Grizzlies / Read more…



  • World Famous Harlem Globetrotters to Amaze the High Country at Convocation Center March 28

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    Mar. 27, 2017. Basketball and trick shot fans of the High Country: don’t miss your chance to see masters of basketball trickery the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday, March 28 at ASU’s Holmes Convocation Center. The team will take the court from 7- 9 p.m. with time for autographs after the game’s final buzzer. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of harlemglobetrotters.com / Read more…



  • ASU Alumnus and Former Basketball Player Josh Hunter Likely Frontrunner on NBC’s The Voice

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    Mar. 2, 2017. Appalachian State University alumnus and former basketball player Josh Hunter made an appearance on the season premier of NBC’s hit show The Voice on Monday. The 29-year-old Albany, GA native — going by the stage name JChosen — has already convinced some fans and critics that he may be the frontrunner for the show’s 12th season. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of heavy.com / Read more…



  • Miguel Zenón Quartet to Take Stage at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, March 7

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    March 2, 2017. The quartet of acclaimed jazz saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenón will perform at 8 p.m. March 7 in support of “Típico,” their new album, in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. The concert is a presentation of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music. / Read more…



  • Spring 2017 Lecture Series at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

    Feb. 23, 2017. In addition to its varied exhibition program, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) at Appalachian State University also hosts a Lecture Series. The talks are led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners and provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions, or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted. / Read more…



  • Boone-Based “Pop Funk” Band Vanilla Envelope to Play Black Cat Saturday, February 18

    Feb. 16, 2017. Seven-piece band Vanilla Envelope will take the stage at Black Cat Burrito this Saturday, February 18 to show off its unique take on funk music. The band, originally formed to complete a project in the music school at ASU, has now become a tight-knit ensemble that grooves with a highlight on its horn section. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • App State Wrestling Readies for Rematch with Hoosiers on Sunday, February 19

    Feb. 16, 2017. Now that Appalachian State University wrestling has taken care of the regular season, it now looks quickly to participating in their second-straight NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series. The only difference is this time, a Big Ten program is coming to Boone. App State and Indiana face off on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in Varsity Gym. / Read more…



  • Lil Wayne Sells Out Holmes Convocation Center in Hours, Brings Rap and Hip-Hop to the High Country

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    Feb. 8, 2017. If you blinked on Friday, you may have missed your chance to check out a first for the High Country. Rap and hip-hop artist Lil Wayne will come to Boone on Wednesday, April 12 to perform for a sold-out crowd at the Holmes Convocation Center. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of APPS Facebook page / Read more…



  • Appalachian State’s Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention To Take Place This Weekend, Feb. 2-4

    Feb. 2, 2017. The Appalachian Heritage Council is presenting the ninth annual Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention the weekend of February 2-4th, 2017 in the Appalachian State University Plemmons Student Union. This three-day convention celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of Appalachia and will offer workshops, a handmade market, music competitions, luthiers gathering, and a concert to end the festivities. / Read more…



  • ASU Global Medical Training Chapter Teams with Santa’s Toy Box, Donates to High Country Children

    Jan. 30, 2017. ASU’s Global Medical Training Chapter Teams with Santa’s Toy Box to donate to Children in the High Country.Santa’s Toy Box is a local non-profit organization that provides toys to families in Watauga County that don’t have the means to purchase toys for Christmas. Santa’s Toy Box was able to help over 800 less fortunate children in Watauga County have a Merry Christmas. / Read more…



  • Snowy Success for Blowing Rock’s WinterFest Snowflake Parade

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    Jan. 30, 2017.This year’s WinterFest Snowflake Parade in Blowing Rock was a wintery success. With snow showers in the air, the parade greeted the winter season and celebrated ASU’s second Camellia Bowl victory. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Friday’s WinterFest Snowflake Parade to Celebrate Another Camelia Bowl Win for the Mountaineers

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    Jan. 26, 2017. Come out and celebrate the winter season and ASU’s historic second consecutive Camellia Bowl victory at this year’s Appalachian State WinterFest Snowflake Parade in downtown Blowing Rock. The parade will take place tomorrow from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. and feature student-athletes, faculty, staff, and other Yosef supporters from the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • App State Students To Hold Walkout in Protest of Trump Administration’s Climate Change Views

    Jan. 18, 2017. On Monday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., Divest Appalachian, Appalachian State University’s local campaign that advocates for fossil fuel divestment, will lead a walkout, followed by a march and rally on Sanford Mall, located on ASU’s campus. Divest Appalachian will participate in a National Day of Action, by publicly opposing the incoming Trump Administration’s denial of climate change, and ask the University to divest its fossil fuel shares. / 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…



  • 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…



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

    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…



  • Donate This Week to Help ASU Global Medical Training Students Get Gifts for Local Kids

    Dec. 15, 2016. Although they’re just out of the starting gate on their global mission, GMT students at ASU have made community service a priority in their own back yard, as well. They recently launched the inaugural “Bikes, Baby Dolls and Fishing Poles” fundraiser, through which collected monetary donations will be used to get Christmas gifts to local families. / Read more…



  • An Ensemble Christmas: Enjoy This Annual Yuletide Spectacular Saturday and Sunday

    Dec. 13, 2016. What do you get when you have more than 20 performers, over 30 songs (including old standards like Most Wonderful Time of the Year, mixed with some modern holiday hits, like Last Christmas), guys in tuxedos, women in beautiful dresses, lots of singing, dancing and costume changes, all in about 65 minutes? You’ve got a great show. Now, perform the show in a gorgeous space (The Valborg Theater, on the ASU campus) and throw in a special appearance by the Carolina Snowbelles, and you’ve got the recipe for a spectacular, yuletide extravaganza! / Read more…



  • Saturday: Studio K Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Two Shows at the Schaefer Center

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    Dec. 8, 2016. It’s not quite Christmastime in the High Country until Studio K’s annual performance of The Nutcracker rolls into town. This cherished local tradition will herald the holiday season with two shows on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Appalachian State’s Schaefer Center for Performing Arts. Cay Harkins, director of Studio K Youth Ballet Company, says this year’s show will feature more than 300 performers and more than 400 costumes. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Shannon Blevins, Dreamcatcher Photography. / Read more…



  • Photos: Holiday Cheer Fills the Streets at Downtown Boone’s Annual Christmas Parade

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    Dec. 5, 2016. Holiday cheer filled the air in downtown Boone on Saturday morning for the town’s annual Christmas parade, which brought together folks of all ages for a festive day of friendship, fun and community. Cool winter temperatures gave the crowd a great reason to bundle up and sport their favorite Christmas-ready hats and scarves as the parade moved along King Street. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



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