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Lees-McRae Named a Silver Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Nov. 30, 2016.The League of American Bicyclists recognized Lees-McRae with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining more than 150 visionary colleges and universities from across the country. / Read more…
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Registration is Under Way for Spring Craft Enrichment Classes at Appalachian State

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm
Nov. 30, 2016.Registration is open for creative spring classes in the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State University. Craft Enrichment offers a variety of classes for novices, advanced students or individuals ready to explore a new hobby. / Read more…
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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Meet With Santa Claus Before Christmas!

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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Nov. 30, 2016.There will be opportunities in the High Country for your little ones to meet the man in red before Christmas arrives! The Watauga Library will be having a meet and greet with Santa after the Christmas Parade. There will also be an opportunity at the Boone Mall during December to have pictures taken with Santa! By Emily Willis / Read more…
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Santa is Coming to Town: Get Ready for a Fun-Filled Christmas Season in Blowing Rock!

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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Nov. 23, 2016.Join Blowing Rock this holiday season for a variety of fun activities to get you into the Christmas spirit. Beginning right after Thanksgiving, the Blowing Rock community will be ready to roll out the Christmas cheer! Read on to learn more about these special opportunities to celebrate Christmas this year. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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Chuck Brodsky Concert and Workshop at the Jones House on Friday, Dec. 9

Published Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:59 am
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Nov. 21, 2016.Singer song-writer, Chuck Brodsky, brings his tunes and talent to the Jones House Cultural and Community Center on Friday, Dec. 9, for a song-writing workshop and an evening performance. / Read more…
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Thanksgiving Through Christmas Celebrations and Events Beguile in Blowing Rock

Published Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:51 am
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Nov. 21, 2016.There’s a lot going on in Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, between Thanksgiving and Christmas: It’s a fun, festive and family-friendly holiday destination. The Norman Rockwell-esque downtown sparkles with thousands of holiday lights, eclectic shops emit a welcoming glow and visitors smile warmly in the invigorating chill of the scenic High Country. / Read more…
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Alta Vista Gallery Annual Christmas Open House this Saturday, Nov. 26

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:45 am
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Nov. 16, 2016.This Saturday, Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis is hosting its Annual Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We want to say thank you to the customers who’ve helped the gallery become 26 years old―and also meet some new folks,” says gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde. / Read more…
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Appalachian State Marks Veterans Day with Grand Opening of Student Veteran Resource Center

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:38 am
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Nov. 16, 2016.Appalachian State University, bolstering efforts to help veterans succeed in its classrooms and beyond, marked Veterans Day with the grand opening of the Major General Edward M. Reeder Jr. Student Veteran Resource Center. / Read more…
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Shop at Local Habitat for Humanity ReStore to Help Flood Victims

Published Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11:43 am
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Nov. 14, 2016.Watauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be joining other ReStores across North Carolina by donating all or a portion of their proceeds from sales on Nov. 17th to help rebuild the 93 Fayetteville Habitat homes that sustained severe damage last month in the flooding from Hurricane Matthew. / Read more…
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TODAY: Honoring Our Veterans with Memorial Services, Ceremonies Around the High Country

Published Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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Nov. 7, 2016.Each year on Nov. 11th, we show our appreciation and give thanks to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving the country and protecting our freedom. This year, join the High Country in various ceremonies and memorial services to show your appreciation! By Emily Willis / Read more…
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‘Bethlehem and Beyond’ Christmas Events On the Way, Participate Now in the Art Contest

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:37 am
Nov. 9, 2016. The Three Forks Baptist Association will have their 'Bethlehem and Beyond' return to the High Country for the 2016 Christmas season! In addition to the live nativity scene, there will be an art contest, Christmas caroling, the 'Bethlehem Bonanza', and a parade. Be sure to read further about these events that Bethlehem and Beyond entails during December. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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McLeod Entrepreneurship Summit to Feature Experts, Startup Advice at ASU on Friday

Published Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm
Nov. 7, 2016. On Friday, November 11, 2016, business owners from across the region will present and discuss entrepreneurial issues in 3 concurrent sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian State campus. Breakfast will begin at 8:15am and lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. with a luncheon speaker. Topics discussed range from specific advice on certain subjects, to the success stories of a company, to general startup advice. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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Sunny Mountain Serenaders to Visit the Jones House on Sunday, Nov. 13!

Published Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11:28 am
Nov. 7, 2016.The Sunny Mountain Serenaders will spend Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center presenting afternoon master classes in old-time country fiddle, banjo, and guitar, followed by an evening house concert performance. / Read more…
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Want to Work at Beech Mountain? Then Don’t Miss the Winter Job Fair Wednesday

Published Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11:17 am
Nov. 7, 2016.Are you are a driven, hard-working, customer-service-oriented individual? Are you interested in working for one of the Southeast's premier outdoor snow-sports venues? Then make plans to visit Beech Mountain Resort for their Winter Job Fair! On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, Beech Mountain Resort will host a job fair from 6-8 p.m. / Read more…
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Lees-McRae Performing Arts Presents: Eurydice, a Re-imaged Classic, Beginning on Nov. 17

Published Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:51 am
Nov. 7, 2016.Playwright Sarah Ruhl, who created the show in 2003 shortly following her father’s passing, re-imagined the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, Eurydice. The show will make its debut on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium at Lees-McRae. Eurydice will also show on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. / Read more…
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Appalachian Regional Healthcare to Host Diabetes Health Fair & Health Talk Nov. 12

Published Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:40 am
Nov. 7, 2016.In observance of National Diabetes Month, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is offering a free Diabetes Awareness Health Fair from 8 - 10 a.m. and a Health Talk from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center, located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone / Read more…
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Appalachian Regional Library’s New Website Launched Nov. 1 – Check It Out!

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 12:04 pm
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…
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Start Christmas Shopping at the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale, Starts Thursday

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:40 am
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Nov. 2, 2016. The Friends of the Watauga County Public Library are holding their Holiday Book Sale beginning on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. The folks who sort donated books have been saving especially good books for this year's sale since the end of last year's Holiday Sale. Be sure to stop by the library and check out this year's large selection of books and gift book baskets By Emily Willis and Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…
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ASU, Boone Mall to Mark Veterans Day with Ceremonies Friday, Nov. 11

Published Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:17 am
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Oct. 31, 2016.Appalachian State University will mark Veterans Day this year with two ceremonies on campus, and another Veterans Day ceremony will take place at the Boone Mall. Each event is free and open to the public. Veterans Day is Nov. 11. / Read more…
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Grammy Award-Winning Band, The SteelDrivers, Coming to Boone on Friday, Nov. 11

Published Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:12 am
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Oct. 31, 2016.Grammy award-winning “soulgrass” band, The SteelDrivers, will perform at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for faculty/staff and $25 for adults.. / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Inferno’ Charm to the Movie in the Wrong Place

Published Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:05 am
Oct. 31, 2016.“Inferno” is the third film to star Tom Hanks as adventure-prone symbology professor Robert Langdon. The two previous films were 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code” and 2009’s “Angels & Demons.” Like the James Bond franchise, the titles don’t follow a pattern. Unlike the James Bond franchise, I don’t see many people staying loyal to the character for fifty years. Langdon has existed in movies for ten years now, and many people who have seen “Inferno” agree that’s more than enough.. By Bob Garver / Read more…
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Gail E. Haley Speaks to High Country Writers on Thursday, Nov. 10

Published Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:52 am
Oct. 31, 2016.High Country Writers welcomes celebrated author and illustrator Gail E. Haley to share from her latest book, Madwomen of Meriweather, her first historical novel for adults. The first HCW meeting in the month of November, Thursday the 10th, at 10 a.m. at the Watauga County Library is open to the public and guests are welcomed. / Read more…
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Full Family Fun: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and More in the High Country

Published Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:50 am
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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…
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Need Halloween Plans? Have a Ball With the Hunger and Health Coalition on Oct. 28!

Published Friday, October 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
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Oct. 21, 2016.If you need plans for this Halloween season - look no further! Read on to learn about this unique fundraising event held right in Boone! "Hunger is a community matter," says Crystal Winebarger, director of operations. "No one is immune to it, and it's nice to see everyone come out and show support for the community and the people in need." By Emily Willis. / Read more…
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SUNDAY: Historic St. Matthews Church to Enjoy New Life in the Todd Community, Re-Dedication Sunday

Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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…
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The Election of a Lifetime: Local Author Nora Percival, 102, Hits the Polls for Early Voting

Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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Oct. 20, 2016. Participating in the electoral process is a civic duty that some take too lightly these days; but not Nora Percival. She recently celebrated her 102nd birthday and was more than excited to hit the polls for early voting Thursday, as she's waited an entire lifetime to vote for a female presidential candidate. Percival, a local author and member of the High Country Writers organization, has written three memoirs on her own life experiences. As a Russian immigrant, the stories of her early life serve as a precious reminder that the civic duties in the United States are truly a blessing. By Emily Willis • Photo by Jesse Wood / Read more…
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War of the Worlds: Catch the Ensemble Stage Adaptation at Green Park Inn Oct. 29

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm
Oct. 19, 2016. Get ready - a Martian invasion is taking place right in Blowing Rock! Just in time for Halloween, join the Green Park Inn on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. to witness Ensemble Stage perform a unique adaptation of Orson Welles 'War of the Worlds' radio drama. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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Award-Winning Chef, Author, Educator Bryant Terry to Speak at Holmes Center Wednesday

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:21 am
Oct. 12, 2016. Join the Beaver College of Health Sciences at the Holmes Convocation Center to hear Bryant Terry, a national leader in the movement to promote healthy eating, speak on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. Terry is the 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator and author. He is the author of Vegan Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus, and Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Everything You Need to Know About Heading to the Woolly Worm Festival

Published Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:42 am
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Oct. 12, 2016. If you've always wanted to go to the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk but you're not sure where to start, have no fear! Read on to discover everything you need to know about attending this unique High Country tradition, where winter weather predictions are handed over to the woolly worms. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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Wanted: Wiggling Woolly Worms for the Festival, Turn Them in By Friday, Oct. 14!

Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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Oct. 5, 2016. It's that time of year again! Get ready for the 39th annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk by searching for woolly worms. Collect and bring them to the new Banner Elk school on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m. By Emily Willis. / Read more…
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Spooky, Fun Events at the Watauga County Public Library Coming Up This Month!

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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Oct. 7, 2016.Check out the October schedule of events for the Watauga County Public Library! There are plenty of activities for all age groups coming up this month. Don't miss out!. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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Long-time Friends of Lees-McRae College Fund the Learning Commons Renovations

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 11:46 am
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Oct. 12, 2016.On Friday, Oct. 7, Lees-McRae held the dedication ceremony for the renovated Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons. The event gathered about 70 guests ranging from students, to faculty, staff and architect and construction company representatives. / Read more…
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‘A Life of Sorrow’ Performance by Gary Reid at the Watauga Library on Saturday, Oct. 15

Published Monday, October 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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Oct. 10, 2016. Bluegrass veteran and award-winning actor and musician Gary Reid will perform 'A Life of Sorrow,' a one-man play about mountain music legend Carter Stanley, at the library in Boone on Saturday, Oct. 15. By Emily Willis / Read more…
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TONIGHT: Stop by the Avery Museum to Celebrate 40 Years of Preserving Local History

Published Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:15 am
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Oct. 5, 2016. Since 1976, the Avery Museum has been supplying the community with a unique look into the county's heritage of railroads. Join the museum on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. for birthday cake, punch, and coffee to celebrate this milestone! The museum's 40th birthday is a great time to get to know the people behind and the projects they're working on right now. By Emily Willis. / Read more…
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SATURDAY: ‘Mining for a Cure’ at Doc’s Rocks to Raise Funds for Local Cancer Center

Published Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9:30 am
Oct. 4, 2016. Join Doc's Rocks Gem Mine on Oct. 8 to mine for a cure for cancer! All of the proceeds made from this event will benefit the Cancer Patient Emergency Fund at the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center in Boone. The day will consist of a silent auction and various raffles throughout the day. By Emily Willis. / Read more…
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