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Banner Elk Winery to Host Second Annual Chili Cook-Off for Avery Humane Society Jan. 28

Published Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Jan. 26, 2017. High Country chili lovers: it's almost time to take your appetite to Avery Country to help a great cause! Our friends at the Avery County Humane Society are cooking up another good time for its second annual Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser that brings people together for fellowship and a fun way to support the shelter’s mission. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Banner Elk Winery and will feature recipes made by professional and amateur chefs from across the High Country. Each ticket will include one beverage, a chance to sample every chili on the menu and one ballot, so you can cast a vote for your favorite. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

Video: Missed the Daniel Boone Rail Jam? See the Action for Yourself

Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm
Jan. 24, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s Daniel Boone Rail Jam made for a seriously good time over the weekend at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater. If you couldn’t be there to see it and experience it for yourself, we’ve got some video footage here that will give you a second chance to check out the action. / Read more… Continue reading

Blowing Rock WinterFest to Return This Weekend, Adds Nighttime Events to the Popular Lineup

Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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Jan. 24, 2017. The 19th edition of WinterFest in Blowing Rock, from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, will include more events and activities than ever before, from daytime to dusk and beyond. And, as always, it’s about contrast. / Read more… Continue reading

High Country Small Plate Crawl Monday Through Thursday: Sign Up, Check In and Chow Down

Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:55 am
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Jan. 24, 2017. Planning to dine out this week and take advantage of the specials? Make sure you check the website's restaurant participation hours page before you decide where to go. Then show up, check in, chow down and share your experience on Instagram using #dineindie and tagging @hcplatecrawl. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

High Country Taproom and Dog Bar to Host K-9 Keg Pull for Partners! Canines on Jan. 21

Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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Jan. 13, 2017. Registered doggy participants will be categorized by size and weight and will race in one-on-one heats pulling appropriately sized empty kegs (even cans for the tiniest racers). They’ll run the enclosed course on a leash with their owners, some pulling their cargo on sleds for easy travel. All proceeds from the day will directly support Partners! Canines. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

Movies in Boone Theaters This Weekend: Xander Cage, Split, Live by Night and More

Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm
Jan. 19, 2017. Whether you're looking for something thrilling, dramatic, heartfelt, funny or all of the above, you'll find it in Boone theaters this weekend. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Regal Boone Cinema 7! / Read more… Continue reading

Girl Scout Cookies Are Here! Booth Sales to Start Jan. 20 Weekend in Watauga and Avery Counties

Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:55 am
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Jan. 19, 2017. Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) announced the Girl Scout wide celebration of the 100thseason of Girl Scouts selling cookies. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints and Shortbreads. / Read more… Continue reading

Longtime Local Media Representative Sherrie Norris Joins High Country Caregiver Foundation

Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:44 am
Jan. 19, 2017. Executive director of the High Country Caregiver Foundation Brenda Reece has announced that longtime media representative Sherrie Norris has joined the HCCGF as RAPP coordinator and program assistant. “Few people have the depth of community knowledge and passion for others as does Sherrie Norris,” said Reece. “We recognize her strengths and abilities and are delighted that she has agreed to join us as we work to expand RAPP and build upon our existing programs.” / Read more… Continue reading

Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 9-16

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Jan. 18, 2017. Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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RSVP Now for Tuesday’s Economic Kickoff Breakfast at App Ski Mtn Before Tickets Sell Out

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm
Jan. 18, 2017. If investing in the local business community is part of your New Year’s resolution, then don’t miss the 2017 Economic Kickoff Breakfast on Tuesday morning, Jan. 24. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host the breakfast and presentation at Appalachian Ski Mountain, but spaces are filling up fast, so make your reservations as soon as possible if you’d like to participate. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

What’s On the Menu? Here’s What You Can Try During the Small Plate Crawl, Jan. 24-26

Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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Jan. 17, 2017. More than 20 restaurants are on tap to participate, including some returning favorites and some new friends. Try something new or try to get to them all! The more you visit, the better chance you have at winning a prize. Just remember to keep track of your dining using the mobile app. Click here to learn more about the plate crawl and how it works. / Read more… Continue reading

Rail Jam: AMB to Host Winter Sports Competition at Daniel Boone Amphitheater Saturday, Jan. 21

Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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Jan. 17, 2017. Brought to us through Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation, the rail jam will make history this year and take place at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater. All proceeds from the event will support revitalization of the amphitheater, which has been home to the venerable Horn in the West outdoor drama for more than six decades and remains a treasured piece of High Country history. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie. / Read more… Continue reading

Grandfather Mountain to Host Second Nepalese Sherpa Event at BRAHM on Wednesday

Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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Jan. 17, 2017. Due to popular demand, Grandfather Mountain will host Pema Tshiri Sherpa, a professional Nepalese sherpa, for a second event at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Registration quickly filled for the first event, “An Evening with Pema Tshiri Sherpa,” scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m., prompting organizers to offer one earlier in the day. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:47 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. Read more...
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High Country Community Reunites Missing Dog ‘Addie’ with Family, Celebrates Her Return

Published Monday, January 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm
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Jan. 16, 2017. After two weeks of braving harsh winter weather on her own, 4-year-old mini dachshund Addie was reunited with her family in Georgia thanks to a massive network of local residents on a mission. Not only has Addie’s story touched many hearts since she first went missing, it’s strengthened a bond and created new friendships in the already tight knit community of the High Country. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

Calling All Cowboys and Characters: Audition for Upcoming Season at Tweetsie on Jan. 28-29

Published Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:45 am
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Jan. 16, 2017. Open positions include singers, dancers, actors, equestrians and magicians. Specific audition requirements can be found online. Advance sign up is not required, with the exception of equestrian auditions. Tweetsie will also host its annual job fair on Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Tweetsie Palace. Associates are needed in all areas of park operations, including ticket sales, accounting, entertainment, ride operations, food service, retail sales, security, grounds maintenance, first aid, the Deer Park and more. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:30 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. Read more...
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Try Something New! High Country Small Plate Crawl Will Return to Boone Jan. 23-26

Published Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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Jan. 13, 2017. “Some places do smaller versions of their existing menu, and most places to a mix of that and some creative new menu items. A lot of places use it as a chance to try out new things with very little pressure,” said Pepper. “It’s a way for chefs to have a good time and express themselves.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, January 13, 2017 at 9:42 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. Read more...
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Ode to Roy: Local Chamber Surprises ‘Mr. Banner Elk’ Roy Krege with Person of the Year Award

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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Jan. 12, 2017. With Chamber President Jo-Ann McMurray out sick, her husband Tom asked local resident Roy Krege (who’s always quick to step up and help out) to read the remarks and announce the winner of this year’s Person of the Year Award. Although the recipient’s name would be a surprise to him, too, Krege was more than willing to take the microphone, as he almost always does at local functions. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie. / Read more… Continue reading

WinterFest is Coming! Sign Up in Advance for the Polar Plunge, WinterPaws Dog Show

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm
Jan. 12, 2017. If you didn’t get your fill of winter fun from our recent bout of low temperatures and fluffy snow, just hang in there! Blowing Rock’s WinterFest will be here before you know it — Jan. 26-29, in fact — and the town will come alive with more ways than one to tap into its winter wonderland. All of your favorite events are back this year, along with some new ones! We’ll continue to keep you updated on all things WinterFest, but, for now, here are the details on the highlights of the weekend that require registration in advance and the information you’ll need. / Read more… Continue reading

Plan to Eat at F.A.R.M. Café on Jan. 25 When Boone Drug Will Be There to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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Jan. 12, 2017. On Wednesday January 25 between 11am and 2pm everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café at 617 West King Street for another ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ day. Boone Dug is the second company to participate in this opportunity. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Café guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch. On this day, Boone Drug will cover the cost of the meal through a generous donation. Each and every additional donation will be utilized by the café in its mission to fight insecurity in the High Country. / Read more… Continue reading

Point In Time Count to Document Homelessness in the High Country for HUD on Jan. 25

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Jan. 12, 2017. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of homelessness in our region and informs support service providers on the priorities to prevent and end homelessness. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which currently supports the Northwest Continuum of Care member agencies with $287,000. / Read more… Continue reading

Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 2-9

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm
Jan. 11, 2017. Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:14 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. Read more...
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Welcome Home: Ensemble Stage Takes Up Residence at Historic Banner Elk School

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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Jan. 10, 2017. The partnership agreement will convert the school’s gymnasium into a 99-seat theater space complete with lobby, concessions and a box office, as well as provide five classroom spaces as permanent homes for Ensemble’s rehearsal space, green room, scene shop, dressing rooms and prop and costume storage; not to mention, the school building offers ample public parking and easy handicapped accessibility. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Jesse Wood. / Read more… Continue reading

Mayland Community College Now Offering Continuing Education Classes in Banner Elk

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Jan. 10, 2016. Want to build your skills or try something new? Mayland Community College will now offer continuing education classes at the Historic Banner Elk School, 185 Azalea Circle SE in downtown Banner Elk. Course offerings are listed below. Call 828-733-5883 or register online at mayland.edu/continuing-education.For more information about Mayland Community College, check out mayland.edu. / Read more… Continue reading

Internationally Acclaimed Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenón in Concert at ASU March 7

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:41 am
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… Continue reading

Watauga Beekeepers and CCC&TI to Offer Beginning Beekeepers Class, Starts Jan. 17

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:29 am
Jan. 10, 2017. The class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00 P.M. at Caldwell Community College in Boone. Class sessions will take place on January 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, February 2 and 7. Class hours will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. each evening. The class is designed for persons interested in learning about beekeeping and will include such topics as anatomy of the bee, types of honeybees, hive construction and placement, installation of bees, pests and diseases, honey production, and other relevant topics. Persons completing the class should be prepared to begin beekeeping. / Read more… Continue reading

Children’s Home Society Reports Foster Care and Adoption In a State of Crisis in North Carolina

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:02 am
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Jan. 10, 2017. “Foster care and adoption are in a state of crisis,” said Brian Maness, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, the state’s largest private provider of foster care and adoption services. “Foster care has been growing at an alarming rate with a shortage of permanent, safe, and loving homes for adoptable children.” / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:49 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. Read more...
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UPDATE ON ADDIE: Community Rallies to Reunite Missing Dachshund with Atlanta Family

Published Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6:24 pm
Jan. 9, 2017. Folks across the area have stepped up to help following our last story and the Heuers' post on the Facebook page for lost and found pets in Watauga County, including neighbors, friends and even the Blowing Rock Fire Department. The search continues, but participants are hopeful and encourage others to keep an eye out for Addie. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, January 9, 2017 at 11:05 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. Read more...
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Jones House Community Center Announces Its 2017 Winter/Spring Indoor Concert Series Lineup

Published Friday, January 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Jan. 6, 2017. The 2017 Winter/Spring Indoor Concerts at the Jones House series will begin on February 18 with the Piney Woods Boys from Raleigh-Durham, and the rest of the line-up will include Zoe & Cloyd, The Corklickers, Joel Savoy & Kelli Jones-Savoy, The Freighthoppers, Scott Freeman & Willard Gayheart, and John McCutcheon. "We are excited to continue this series of acoustic house-concert style performances in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House," says series organizer, Mark Freed. "The concerts are almost exclusively unamplified, so audience members have a chance to hear the artists directly and close." / Read more… Continue reading

SATURDAY: What’s On Tap? A Guide to Sampling Local Favorites at Beech Mtn’s Winterfest

Published Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:30 am
Jan. 4, 2017. Temperatures are dropping around the High Country just in time for the annual Winterfest Beer Festival at Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, Jan. 7, which will bring live music and North Carolina craft beer together to support the Beech Mountain Academy. Beech Mountain Brewing Co.'s resident brewmaster Billy Smith has reserved three new recipes for exclusive release at the festival. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more… Continue reading
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