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  • Boone Area Cyclists Hosts Second Annual Cowbelle Classic Bike Ride for Women on August 26

    July 26, 2017.The Cowbelle Classic Bike Ride For Women is a woman-only bike ride for  participants of various cycling levels. The goal of the Cowbell Classic is to broaden the cycling community, which goes beyond cycling and health. The event is not timed in order to encourage cyclists to enjoy a social, relaxed, and non-competitive environment. / Read more…



  • 34th Annual Valle Crucis Community Park Benefit Auction Held August 26 at the Apple Barn

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    July 26, 2017.Valle Crucis Community Park is a local treasure in the High Country. “The Park,” is a nonprofit organization that survives on donations. All are encouraged to join in the community effort of supporting the Valle Crucis Community Park through the 34th Annual Valle Crucis Community Park Benefit Auction. There is a wide variety of donations from local stores, restaurants, retailers, artists, attractions, and so much more! All proceeds go to help maintain the park.  / Read more…



  • Valle Crucis Community Park Hosts a Free Solar Cooking Workshop Lead by Carla Ramsdell

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    July. 26, 2017. The Valle Crucis Community Park will be hosting a Solar Cooking Workshop on Wednesday August 16 at 11:00 am. The event is expected to last for an hour and is free to the public. The event will be hosted by Dr. Carla Ramsdell who is an advanced lecturer and professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University. By Kate Herman / Read more…



  • New Work by Acclaimed American Artist William Dunlap Featured by The Art Cellar Gallery

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    July 26, 2017.On August 13 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will feature the work of William Dunlap for their “Cocktails and Tall Tales” event. Dunlap is a former professor of Appalachian State University, and is a well-known acclaimed American Artist. / Read more…



  • The High Country Welcomes the 10th Annual Beer Fest on Aug. 26

    Aug. 4, 2017. The High Country celebrates the Tenth Annual Beer Fest at the High Country Fairgrounds on Saturday August 26, 2017 from 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. By Kate Herman / Read more…



  • Peabody’s Beer and Wine to Greet High Country Beer Fest with a Week of Tastings August 22 – 25

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    Aug. 3, 2017. If you’re a beer or wine lover of the High Country and you haven’t stopped by Peabody’s for one of its weekly tastings, you’re truly missing out. But there’s never been a better time to make your first visit — or return as a Peabody’s regular — than this August. In addition to holding tastings each Tuesday and Saturday this month, Peabody’s Beer & Wine Merchants is gearing up for a week-long series of tastings in celebration of this year’s High Country Beer Fest, which is set for Saturday, August 26 at the High Country Fairgrounds. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Yes Makes Second Stop of Yestival Tour at Holmes Convocation Center Saturday, August 5

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    July 18, 2017. Prog powerhouse of the ’70s Yes will make the second stop of its summer “Yestival” tour at Appalachian State University’s Holmes Convocation Center on Saturday, August 5 this year. Joining the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be internationally-famous Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. The English-born band, which broke through to fans on both sides of the Atlantic with classics “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People,” among others, will perform hits from the band’s golden years, ranging from Yes’ beginnings in 1968 through the 1978 release of Tormato. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • New Book Celebrates 10th Anniversary of ASU Football’s Historic Win over Michigan

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    July 6, 2017. The first day of September this year will mark a decade since the game that is often called the “greatest upset in college football history.” If you were around to see the game back in 2007 or if you want to learn more about the lopsided matchup that solidified Mountaineer football and dealt a major blow to a giant of the sport, there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than with David J. Marmins’ and Steven K. Feit’s new book Appalachian State Silences the Big House: Behind the Greatest Upset in College Football History. Marmins and Feit — a civil litigation partner in Atlanta and an award-winning college sportswriter, respectively — focus their work on revealing what went on behind the scenes during ASU’s preparations for its huge season opener in Ann Arbor that year. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo courtesy of David Marmins / Read more…



  • App State Projecting Record Enrollment for Fall Semester, Everts Announces at Trustees Meeting

    June 26, 2017. At Appalachian State University’s June Board of Trustees meeting, preliminary enrollment numbers were released, board members were honored, new deans were welcomed and new opportunities for university properties were considered. “I am pleased to share that enrollment continues to grow at a slow and steady pace,” stated Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. While emphasizing the numbers are still preliminary, Everts said Appalachian is expecting the largest enrollment in school history for the beginning of fall semester, projected to be at 18,618 students. Not only is this the largest overall class ever, she said, it is the largest freshman incoming class as well. / Read more…



  • 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…



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