Jess Kleean

The Watauga County Farmer’s Market to Open for the Season this Saturday, May 6

Published Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm
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May. 03, 2017.This Saturday, May 6 from 8 am until Noon at the Daniel Boone Park and Horn in the West parking lot, the High Country celebrates the opening day of the Watauga County Farmer’s Market! By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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The High Country Food Hub Online Marketplace is Live!

Published Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:38 am
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Apr. 19, 2017.Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the Watauga County Cooperative Extension are pleased to announce the launch of the High Country Food Hub’s online marketplace! By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and Watauga County Cooperative Extension / Read more…
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The High South Wedding Expo is coming to Blowing Rock This Sunday April 23

Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
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Apr. 12, 2017. The annual High South Wedding event is coming to Blowing Rock on April 23 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in partnership with SAVOR Blowing Rock. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of High South Event Professionals / Read more…
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The Countdown Continues: One Week Until the 30th Celebration of MerleFest!

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:23 am
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Apr. 19, 2017.Starting next Thursday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., and running through Sunday, April 30, an estimated 75,000 participants will gather at this year’s 30th homecoming of musicians and music lovers to celebrate the world-renowned, MerleFest. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of MerleFest / Read more…
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LifeStore Financial Group Welcomes Dr. Harry Davis to its Board of Directors

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm
Apr. 12, 2017. Dr. Harry Davis, a trusted forecaster, and instructor among banking professionals and business leaders across North Carolina has joined the Board of Directors for LifeStore Financial Group. “We are absolutely delighted to have Dr. Davis join our board,” commented Robert Washburn, President, and CEO for LifeStore. / Read more…
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Watauga County Celebrates National Week of the Young Child

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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Apr. 12, 2017.The Children’s Council invites Watauga County residents to come together for Early Childhood Educators during the Week of the Young Child™, April 23-29, 2017. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Children's Council / Read more…
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Student Government Voting to End April 6th as Students Rush to the Polls

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm
Apr. 05, 2017. The student body presidential race is heating up at Appalachian State as we approach the final days of voting. By Jess Kleean / Read more…
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The Schaefer Center to host The Nile Project on April 4

Published Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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Mar. 31, 2017.From its debut concert, captured live on the 2013 release entitled ASWAN, it was clear that the Nile Project was something completely new, and now on April 4, 2017 it is coming to The Schaefer Center of the High Country. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Nile Project / Read more…
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SAVOR, Formerly Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival, Returns to Blowing Rock April 20-23

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:01 am
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Mar. 29, 2017.SAVOR Blowing Rock returns to North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of SAVOR / Read more…
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Appalachian State’s Morgan Lecture Series to Welcome Famed Astronomer, Dr. Michael Brown

Published Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:58 am
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Mar. 17, 2015.On March 23, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, the annual Morgan Lecture Series will host Dr. Michael Brown, a solar-system astronomer, and professor of Planetary Astronomy at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) this spring. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Morgan Lecture Series / Read more…
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Girls on the Run to Host Seventh Annual Luck O’ Lassie Event

Published Monday, March 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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Mar. 06, 2017. Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC) will host the seventh annual Luck o’ the Lassie celebration on March 19 at The Best Cellar in Blowing Rock, located at 203 Sunset Dr., from 6:30-9 p.m. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of Girls on the Run / Read more…
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Recap of the High South Event Professionals Members Meeting at Banner Elk Winery

Published Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:48 am
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Mar. 06, 2017.On February 27th the High South Professionals opened their doors and welcomed other fantastic professionals in the community in an effort to best serve clients coming to celebrate the biggest moments of their lives in the High Country! By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of HCP / Read more…
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Tweetsie Railroad Celebrates 60th Anniversary Season in 2017

Published Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:03 am
Mar. 3, 2017. Tweetsie Railroad will celebrate its 60th Anniversary of Wild West family fun in 2017, and guests can save on a full season of excitement at the theme park by taking advantage of early pricing on 2017 Season Passes. / Read more…
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Grandfather Mountain Announces 2017 Schedule of Events

Published Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:22 am
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Feb. 24, 2017.With a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain, the Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve, and travel attraction is certainly preparing for an eventful year. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of Grandfather Mountain / Read more…
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The Walker Center Welcomes The Bellamy Brothers to the High Country on March 10

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:01 am
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Feb. 22, 2017.The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will present the legendary country duo The Bellamy Brothers on Friday, March 10, at 8 p.m. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of Wilkes Community College / Read more…
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Appalachian State’s Sustainability Film Series to Host Screening of “Blood on the Mountain” Tonight

Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 9:46 am
Feb. 10, 2017. On February 21, The Sustainability Film Series will host a screening of “Blood on the Mountain”, a documentary investigating the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. / Read more…
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The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State to Present Three Concerts between Feb. 19 and 23

Published Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:31 pm
Feb. 17, 2017. From Feb. 19 through the 23, The Hayes School of Music will host a variety of amazing performances on the university campus. By Jess Kleean / Read more…
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Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Spring Production, “Silence”

Published Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:41 am
Feb. 17, 2017. Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents its first spring stage production, “Silence” by British playwright Moira Buffini, Feb. 22–25 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in Valborg Theater. / Read more…
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Appalachian’s Sustainable Development Department to Host Speaker, Jeff Biggers

Published Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:42 am
Feb. 17, 2017. The Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University welcomes author, performer and educator Jeff Biggers at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 as he presents his multimedia theatrical piece “An Evening at the Ecopolis: Envisioning a Regenerative City.” / Read more…
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Love is in the Air at Beech Mountain’s Inaugural Chairlift Speed Dating Event

Published Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:09 am
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Feb. 13, 2017.Even though it’s a couple of days after Valentine’s day, on February 16, Beech Mountain is set to prove that love is still in the air as they host their inaugural Chairlift Speed Dating Event! By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of Beech Mountain / Read more…
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Speakeasy Tattoo Company to Host Free Tattoo Fundraiser on March 4th

Published Friday, February 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm
Feb. 10, 2017. From March 3-5 Speakeasy Tattoo Company is set to host a charity driven three-day weekend including free tattoos, local beer and a whole lot of community fun! By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of Speakeasy Tattoo Company / Read more…
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The Annual High Country Seed Swap Event to be Held on March 4th

Published Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:36 am
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Feb. 09, 2017.On Saturday, March 4, 2017, all aspiring and practicing area gardeners are invited to Ashe Family Central (the former Ashe Central High School in Jefferson) to the High Country Seed Swap! This wonderful event features a day-long open exchange of seeds, and as a bonus, workshops on seed starting and on apple tree grafting taught by area experts. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Watauga Cooperative Extension Center / Read more…
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The Watauga Cooperative Extension Center to Host Free “Organizing for Orchards” Classes

Published Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:22 am
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Feb. 08, 2017. Throughout Spring of 2017, the Watauga Cooperative Extension Center is set to host a class series titled “Organizing for Orchards” where students can learn options for choosing, siting, planting and caring for a variety of fruits and vegetables. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Watagua Cooperative Extension Center / Read more…
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The Multicultural Center Hosts Black History Month Events at Appalachian State

Published Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:29 am
Feb. 06, 2017. The multicultural center at Appalachian State is celebrating this month with a variety of events open to the public, in hopes of fostering community pride and creating a fully inclusive schedule of events. / Read more…
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Tweetsie Railroad and Creekside Electronics Honored as Recipients of the 2016 Watauga County Business-of-the-Year Award

Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm
Feb. 01, 2017. Tweetsie Railroad and Creekside Electronics were honored as recipients of the 2016 Watauga County Business-of-the-Year Award as Tweetsie took home the large business award, and Creekside Electronics the small. By Jess Kleean / Read more…
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Joe Miller, Owner of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, to Speak at High Country Writers

Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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Feb. 01, 2017.On Feb. 9, 2017, Joe Miller, the current owner of Cheap Joes Art Stuff, will be the featured presenter at High Country Writers. By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Appalachian State University’s Department of Art / Read more…
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The Ward Family of Beech Mountain is set to be Honored at the 9th Annual Fiddler’s Convention

Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:26 am
Feb. 01, 2017. Beech Mountain's own Ward Family is set to be honored with the Community Traditions Award by the NC Folklore Society, on Saturday, February 4, at the 9th annual Fiddler's Convention. / Read more…
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Appalachian Regional Healthcare System to Sponsor Free Health Screenings at 5th Annual Heart Shape Event

Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:16 am
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Feb. 1, 2017.Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is proud to sponsor its 5th Annual Heart Shape event this year. The event is free, and welcome to the public. If you attend, you will have the opportunity to speak with a cardiac and vascular physician at the 10 am Health Talk, free access for the day to their Wellness Center, and be entered to win a Fitbit!By Jess Kleean - Photo Courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System / Read more…
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Amateur Radio Operators to Host Winter Field Day on January 28th

Published Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9:43 am
Jan. 27, 2017. The Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is set to host their Winter Field Day on Jan. 28 at Linville Land Harbor in Newland, NC in hopes of highlighting the importance of emergency preparedness and the vital role that radio operators play in crisis situations. By Jess Kleean / Read more…
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Photos: Another Great Turnout for the K-9 Keg Pull for Partners! Canines at High Country Taproom

Published Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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Jan. 23, 2017. On Jan. 21, the High Country community and many of their four-legged friends gathered at High Country Taproom and Dog Bar for the Second Annual K-9 Keg Pull for a day full of fun, entertainment and of course, great food and drinks. By Jess Kleean - Photo By Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Boone Christmas Parade to Mark Holiday Season in the High Country Saturday

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm
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Nov. 30, 2016. The town of Boone is bursting with holiday cheer as it prepares for the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, which has been enchanting the community for years. Come watch as festive floats, decked out fire trucks, draft-horse-drawn wagons lead the way for performers of 'Horn in the West' and of Studio K's 'The Nutcracker." Make sure to stay until the end of the parade to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves make a special trip down south to spread some Christmas cheer in the High Country. By Jess Kleean. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…
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