Emma Speckmann

Mountain Alliance Rolls Out Rolling Academy Applications, Ninth Annual Trip Scheduled for Mid-July

Published Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:02 am
Watauga High School’s youth leadership organization Mountain Alliance opened applications for their annual Rolling Academy experiential learning trip. Rolling Academy is an annual two-week summer expedition focusing on leadership. Ten Watauga High School students hop aboard a bus or a plane to distant parts of the United States.Read more...
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Watauga Community Band Rings in the Holidays with Concert Tomorrow, ‘TubaChristmas’ Event Sunday

Published Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm
The Watauga Community Band will perform their annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Blowing Rock School Auditorium.At the concert, the band will play such holiday favorites and classics as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” George Frideric Handel’s “The Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and John Niles’ “I Wonder as I Wander.”> BY EMMA SPECKMAN
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The Local Embraces Concept Change with Upcoming TAUK Show, Becoming a High Country Music Venue

Published Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm
New York-based instrumental rock fusion band, TAUK, will play at The Local on Howard Street in Boone on Friday, Nov. 21. The upcoming TAUK show exemplifies The Local’s effort to change not only the name—it was “Char” until this summer—but also their image.Read more...
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Friends of the Watauga County Library’s 40th Birthday Party Coincides with Annual Holiday Book Sale

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:21 am
This weekend, Friends of the Watauga County Public Library kicks off their annual holiday book sale event a day early, with a members-only 40th birthday party for the organization on Thursday, Nov. 13. The sale is a smaller-scale version of the book sale the organization puts on every spring. Read more...
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Annual Beech Mountain Trick-or-Treat Event, Buckeye Recreation Halloween Party Takes Place Oct. 25

Published Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the town of Beech Mountain invites children and adults to participate in a Halloween trick-or-treat event. The event is free for children 10 years old and younger. Children should meet at 5 p.m. at the town hall to board a caravan that will take them to several destinations on their way to the Halloween party in the Buckeye Recreation Center, which begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.<a href="SHORTLINK">Read more...</a> <br /><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: 'arial black', 'avant garde';"> BY EMMA SPECKMAN</span><br />
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High Country Writer Nora Percival Turns 100, Discusses Writing, Raising Children and Living through History

Published Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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High Country writer Nora Percival turns 100 today, and celebrates 12 years of writing and publishing professionally. Though she wanted to be an author when she was younger, and went to college at Barnard in New York City to study English, a series of life experiences pushed her back. She finally began publishing her works in 2002, when she was 88 years old. Read more… Story and Photos by Emma Speckman
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Carolina Native, Bluesy Rock Band Low Counts to Perform at Boone Saloon on Saturday, Oct. 25

Published Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm
Two-man, bluesy rock duo Low Counts will perform at Boone Saloon Saturday, Oct. 25. Statesville native Matt Walsh and Austin Hicks, from Pilot, make up the band, which formed in 2012. Walsh plays guitar finger-pick style and leads the band’s vocals while Hicks plays drums..Read more...
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Groups Prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Events and Fundraisers Cropping Up in the High Country

Published Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm
Every year companies and organizations across the nation honor October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The NFL wears pink uniforms, Races for the Cure crop up in cities all around the country and local restaurants siphon off a portion of sales to one of the many nonprofits devoted to research about the disease. Get out and get involved with some events and fundraisers taking place in the High Country this month! Read more...
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High Country Magician ‘Jay Spry the Magic Guy’ Begins Fall Season Magic Shows at Bella’s, Bistro Roca and Cobo

Published Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm
On a typical weekend night, diners in the High Country can be treated to a “Spry the Magic Guy” magic trick show during the roughly seven to 12 minute wait time between the arrival of their appetizer and their main course. His acts include card reading and mind tricks designed to entertain and amaze waiting customers. Beginning in the middle of this month, Spry will perform at Cobo in Boone Thursday nights, Bella’s in Banner Elk Friday and Saturday nights, and Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock Saturdays and Sundays during their brunch rush.Read more...
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Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Kicks Off Fall Concert Series, First Season for Director Rodney Sutton

Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm
Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music kicks off its fall concert series with old-time Americana band Strictly Clean and Decent presenting “Remembering Earl and Doc.” The show will honor the late North Carolina legends Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson and feature songs played in their traditional styles—three-finger banjo for Scruggs and flat-pick guitar for Watson. The concert is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Blowing Rock School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.<a href="https://www.hcpress.com/?p=111599">Read more...</a> <br /><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: 'arial black', 'avant garde';"> BY EMMA SPECKMAN</span><br />
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Boone Wildlife Artist Ryan Kirby on Painting Wildlife and Producing Cover Art For Outdoor Life Magazine

Published Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:03 am
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Three years ago, when Illinois native and hunting enthusiast Ryan Kirby, 32, left his graphic design job at the National Wild Turkey Federation in South Carolina to pursue his passion for painting wildlife scenes, he did not know whether or not he made the right choice, but as his recent successes prove, it was. Most recently, his work is featured on the cover of October’s issue of Outdoor Life, a popular outdoor magazine with a circulation of more than 750,000. Read more… By Emma Speckman
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The Greater Avery “Tour de Art” Gallery Hop Continues this Month with Seven Participating Studios and Galleries

Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm
The sixth annual Avery County "Tour de Art" gallery and studio hop continues this month at seven galleries in the greater Avery County area. Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, Kevin Beck Studios in Boone, Linville River Pottery in Pineola, Sally Nooney Gallery, Studio of Mike Hill and Studio 140, all three in Banner Elk, have events and exhibits planned for the tour. "Tour de Art" commenced six years ago as a way to encourage art lovers in Avery and surrounding counties to learn more about the artists in the area. Visitors are encouraged to visit as many galleries as possible, meet artists and discover new works.Read more...
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University Archivist to Release Photography Book Depicting the History of Appalachian State University

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm
University archivist Pam Mitchem will release her new book chronicling the 115-year history of Appalachian State University. Mitchem compiled thousands of photos for "Appalachian State University," which was printed as the newest edition to Arcadia Publishing’s "Campus History" series. Sales of the book will go into the Elizabeth Brown Scoggins Foundation Endowment, which aims to support the university’s efforts to preserve its history through records and archives. Read more...
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Ashe County Arts Council’s Ninth Annual Juried ‘Best of the Blue Ridge’ Exhibit to Open Next Month

Published Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Next month, the Ashe Country Arts Council will display their annual “Best of the Blue Ridge” exhibit. The exhibit will open Oct. 9 and run through Nov. 20. There will be a reception for the artists Oct. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arts Council gallery. The “Best of the Blue Ridge” exhibit began in 2006..Read more...
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“A Musical Feast” to Play Benefit Concert Raising Money for the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Sept. 28

Published Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Boone professional chamber ensemble “A Musical Feast” will perform a benefit concert Sunday, Sept. 28 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to raise money for the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and guests can gain admission by donation, with a suggested range of $10-50. A reception catered by Earth Fare will follow.Read more...
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Goodnight, Texas to Perform at Appalachian Mountain Brewery Friday, Show to Raise Funds for Area Farmers

Published Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm
On Friday, Sept. 19, Appalachian Mountain Brewery will host Goodnight, Texas and special guest The Bones of J.R. Jones for a concert raising funds for New River Organic Growers, a nonprofit cooperative of High Country farmers that the brewery and its partner food truck Farm to Flame work closely with. Goodnight, Texas is currently on a cross-country tour promoting their second album “Uncle John Farquhar.” Read more...
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Ashe County Arts Council and Public Library Host Seventh Annual ‘On the Same Page’ Literary Festival

Published Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Ashe County’s seventh annual On the Same Page literary arts festival will take place Sept. 16-20, scattered around different locations in downtown West Jefferson. Each year the Ashe County Arts Council in collaboration with the county’s public library hosts several bestselling writers for the five-day festival, which features lectures, workshops, sit-down meals with some of the authors, a book fair and more literary-themed fun.Read more...
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Ashe County's September Gallery Crawl to Feature New Exhibits, Coincide with On the Same Page Festival

Published Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:58 am
The Ashe County Arts Council invites art lovers to wander the streets of downtown West Jefferson Friday, Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for this month’s Gallery Crawl. Sixteen galleries will be open after hours to showcase the latest artwork of talented local and regional artists. This month’s Crawl is connected with the county’s seventh annual On the Same Page Literary Festival, happening Sept. 16-20.<a href="SHORTLINK">Read more...</a> <br /><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: 'arial black', 'avant garde';"> BY EMMA SPECKMAN</span><br />
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Michigan ‘Gypsy Ragtime’ Band The Appleseed Collective to Play at Boone Saloon Oct. 9 for Cross-Country Tour

Published Friday, September 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Describing themselves as a musical “mix of the ‘Hot Club of Paris’ with the sweaty soul of Dixieland,” Michigan band The Appleseed Collective does not easily fit into any one genre. They have been on tour for the past year promoting their second album Young Love, released in January on bandcamp.org. Next month they will make their first stop in the High Country Read more...
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Watauga Community Band to Open Fall Concert Season, Begin Work on New Gazebo in Blowing Rock

Published Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm
The Watauga Community Band ended its summer season last week in Boone. They will open the fall season with a Dixieland band concert in Blowing Rock Sept. 14 and a Voices of Peace concert by the full concert band at Rosen Hall on Appalachian State University’s campus Sept. 21. The community band also plans to begin construction on a new gazebo in Blowing Rock. Read more...
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Business Spotlight: Bob Caldwell Photography Caters to Locals, Abides by Philosophy of ‘People over Business’

Published Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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When he was 10 years old, Bob Caldwell developed his first roll of Nikon film. Today, he shoots with a Nikon DSLR and there are no darkrooms involved, but he still loves the craft just as much as he did back then. He returned to the High Country, launched Bob Caldwell Photography and has since established himself as one of the area’s premier event and family photographers. Read more… Story by Emma Speckman - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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C. Shreve the Professor on His New Album, Upcoming Shows and Bringing a Teaching Perspective to Hip-Hop

Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Lecturer-turned-rapper Chris Shreve and his High Country hip-hop collective Free The Optimus (FTO) have been quite busy this summer, and neither has any plans to slow down. A recently dropped album, a tour including an upcoming show at Boone Saloon and Wednesday night freestyle rap battles keep C. Shreve The Professor busier than your typical lecturer. <a href="https://www.hcpress.com/special/c-shreve-rapping.html">Read more...</a> <br /><span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: 'arial black', 'avant garde';"> BY EMMA SPECKMAN</span><br />
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