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Still Time to Purchase Tickets for ‘Making You Laugh on Habitat’s Behalf’ with Jeanne Robertson Aug. 12

Published Monday, August 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Jeanne Robertson, award-winning speaker and humorist will perform at Lees-McCrae College in the Hayes Auditorium on Tuesday, August 12. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $50 and all proceeds will go to support the Avery County Habitat for Humanity. Robertson's speeches are based upon a variety of themes and life experiences. Humor is a recurring topic as she describes the importance of maintaining a sense of humor in relationships, business and generally in life.Read more...
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The 56th Annual Tour of Homes Held Friday, July 25 to Showcase the Most Notable Homes in Blowing Rock

Published Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm
The 56th annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, is once again touring Blowing Rock and showcasing some of the area's most noteworthy homes. The Tour will be held on Friday, July 25, with the first shuttles leaving St. Mary of the Hills at 9 a.m. and the last leaving at 3 p.m. The homes will be open until 5 p.m. All proceeds to this year's tour will go to charity to help support the community.Read more...
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Ensemble Stage Presents Desperate Affection, a Comedic Thriller by Bruce Graham Playing July 26-Aug. 3

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:06 am
Ensemble Stage continues its summer theatre series with a production of Desperate Affection by Bruce Graham. Performances will be held from July 26 to Aug. 3 at Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Desperate Affection is a two-actor romantic comedy thriller that centers around the relationship between characters Maggie and Richard. As the play goes on, audiences see that things are not as they seem and that something sinister lies beyond the surface.Read more...
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91st Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Hosts Hunter and Jumper Division Competition July 22-Aug. 3

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:02 am
The 91st Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is hosting the Hunter and Jumper Division show from July 22-27 and from July 30-Aug. 3 at L.M. Tate Show Grounds in the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve. Expect to see world-class hunters and jumpers and their riders competing for glory and showing off the beauty and mystique of an age-old tradition.Read more...
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Soul Benefactor Takes the Stage at Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk for Concerts in the Park Thursday, July 17

Published Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Summers at Tate-Evans Park are packed full of excitement thanks to the annual Concerts in the Park music series. From June through August each year, a number of musical groups perform. On Thursday, July 17, Soul Benefactor will take the stage and play their favorite soul, funk and rock classics.Read more...
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An Appalachian Summer Festival Events for July 10-20

Published Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm
An Appalachian Summer Festival is celebrating its thirtieth year this summer. Began in 1984 as a chamber music festival, the annual event has since become one of the nation's largest regional multi-arts festivals, featuring a diverse mix of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film.Read more...
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Vintage Valle Music Hosts its Second Community Get-Together with Music and Storytelling Sunday, July 20

Published Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm
This summer's Vintage Valle Music continues Sunday, July 20 with musical performances by Damascus, Carolina Crossing and Rev. Bryan McFarland as well as traditional Jack Tales told by Rev. Tommy Brown. The event lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. at Baird's Creek Presbyterian Church and is free and open to all of the public. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Watauga County's Hunger Coalition.Read more...
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Seven Devils Hosts Annual SafetyFest Saturday, July 5

Published Friday, July 4, 2014 at 9:29 am
The Town of Seven Devils is hosting its 11th annual Safety Fest on Saturday, July 5 at the Seven Devils Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to help raise money for the Seven Devils Fire Department, Police Department and Public Safety Department. It will feature a full BBQ meal, a craft fair, a raffle, a silent auction and numerous activities for kids.Read more...
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West Jefferson Hosts the 28th Annual Christmas in July Festival; Expect Food, Fun Festivities, and Fraser Firs

Published Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm
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This year marks the 28th anniversary of the West Jefferson Christmas in July Festival. This year's festival, held July 4 and 5 in downtown West Jefferson, will feature a wide variety of events including a giant puppet parade, roving street performers, Civil War reenactments, more than 100 craft vendors, many live musical performances, Christmas tree farm competitions and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Read more… By Travis Miller Continue reading

Lees-McRae’s Summer Theatre Series Holds a Performace of the Broadway Classic Kiss Me, Kate June 29-July 6

Published Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Lees-McRae College is hosting its 30th Summer Theatre Series. This year's series will be kicked off by a performance of Kiss Me, Kate, the multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway musical hit.Read more...
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Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Presents the Eighth Annual High Country Farm Tour Held June 28 and 29

Published Friday, June 27, 2014 at 10:08 am
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Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is hosting the eighth annual High Country Farm Tour to be held on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. The Farm Tour offers a chance for visitors to come and see a variety of local, organic and sustainable family farms firsthand. The farmers will lecture about and demonstrate farm techniques and processes in addition to selling their products. Read more… By Travis Miller Continue reading

Kiddo Fishing Derby Held at Lake Coffey in Beech Mountain on Saturday, June 28 Beginning at 9 a.m.

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm
Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual Kiddo Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake Coffey. All children ages 12 and under are allowed to participate and admission is free. Rods will be cast at 9 a.m., so arrive early to be registered in time.Read more...
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St. John’s Episcopal Church Hosts Summer Concert Series

Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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St. John's Episcopal Church, a mission of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Valle Crucis, will once again present a Summer Concert Series. Located on Herb Thomas Road, off Mast Gap Road, historic St. John's is the perfect venue for music with its acoustically perfect wooden walls. All concerts are free of charge. Read more… Continue reading

The 20th Annual High Country Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show will be Held This June 20, 21 and 22

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:43 am
The 20th Annual High Country Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show will take place at the Boone National Guard Armory on June 20, 21 and 22. Jewelry makers, mineral dealers, fossil dealers, goldsmiths and silversmiths from all over the country will be present to sell jewelry and to offer their services to customers.Read more...
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Sirens on the Mountain Held June 20-21, Featuring Rickie Lee Jones, Bettye Lavette, Rising Appalachia and More

Published Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm
Last year's successful Siren Mountain Jam returns for its second year under a new name: Sirens on the Mountain. This year's event will be held on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at the High Country Fairgrounds and will feature Rickie Lee Jones, Bettye Lavette, Rising Appalachia, Michelle Malone and many more.Read more...
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Field Day at the Berry Site: Explore Fort San Juan, the Oldest European Settlement in the Interior of America

Published Monday, June 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm
Warren Wilson College, Western Piedmont Community College and the Exploring Joara Foundation invite the public to a field day event at the Berry Archaeological Site in Morganton on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have the chance to see a portion of the newly discovered moat, which was found during last summer's excavations.Read more...
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Watauga High School Honors Valedictorian Sidney Wiswell and Salutatorian Chris Allen Among Others

Published Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm
On Saturday, June 14, students of Watauga High School will be honored as they walk across the stage at Holmes Convocation Center to join the graduating class of 2014, many of which have distinguished themselves throughout their years at WHS. High Country Press recently had the chance to speak with Valedictorian Sidney Wiswell and Salutatorian Chris Allen about their accomplishments. Read more...
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Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Presents: The Junaluska Gospel Choir, Performing Saturday, June 14

Published Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music will present a concert by the Junaluska Gospel Choir on Saturday, June 14 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Choir has roots in Boone's historic Black community and brings a distinctive soulful sound to Gospel.Read more...
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Storytelling Festival Held at Grandfather Home for Children June 14 in Celebration of Its 100th Year

Published Monday, June 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm
Grandfather Home for Children is hosting a storytelling festival this Saturday, June 14 from noon to 4 p.m. featuring many famous regional storytellers, including Orville Hicks, Glen Bolick, Rhodyjane Meadows and Rick Ward. In addition to storytellers, the festival will feature food, crafts, vendors, games, inflatables and various other activities. Admission is free.Read more...
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Vintage Valle Music, an Old-Fashioned Musical Get-Together, Holds Shows on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17

Published Monday, June 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Every summer, Baird's Creek Presbyterian Church hosts Vintage Valle Music, a free musical get-together done in the spirit of old-fashioned community gatherings. Several local musicians will perform, playing an eclectic mix of folk, gospel, country, bluegrass, Americana, traditional and original songs.Read more...
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This Year’s Tupelo Honey Roan Groan Held Saturday, June 7, Celebrating Three Decades of Challenging Cyclists

Published Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Every summer, hundreds of cyclists gather in Elizabethton to challenge Roan Mountain as they race up its peak in the annual Roan Groan. This year's 30th Tupelo Honey Roan Groan will be held on June 7 as part of the Johnson City Omnium two-day bicycle racing event.Read more...
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Living History Event Held for the 150th Anniversary of the Raid on Linville Falls Saturday, June 28

Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm
This June 29 marks the 150th anniversary of the Raid on Linville Falls during the Civil War. On Saturday, June 28, The National Park Service will host a Civil War Living History Event held at Linville Falls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Read more...
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The Toe River Arts Council Hosts June Studio Tour, an Excursion to Meet and See Local Artists, June 6 through 8

Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm
For 21 years, the Toe River Arts Council has hosted the Toe River Studio Tour, showcasing the art of the region's many talented artists. This year's June tour will be held from June 6 to June 8 and will feature 104 participating artists and craftspeople, which includes 95 individual artists and nine galleriesRead more...
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Paddle Through to Victory: the 33rd Annual New River Canoe Race is Being Held in Jefferson on Saturday, June 7

Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm
Since its inception in 1981, the New River Canoe Race has become a popular event. This year's Canoe Race will be held on June 7, beginning at 9 a.m. The race will begin at Zaloo's Canoes in Jefferson and end at New River State Park, Wagoner Access. Boats will enter the water from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Read more...
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Celebrating Avery County’s Culinary Community; Fourth Annual ‘Taste of Avery’ to be Held Thursday, June 5

Published Monday, June 2, 2014 at 11:58 am
On Thursday, June 5, The Avery County Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Taste of Avery from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western in Banner Elk. The event will feature a wide variety of tasting options from various culinary outlets throughout Avery County, including local wine and beer. In addition, live music will be provided by Steve Fearey. Read more...
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The First Annual ‘Blowing Rock Restaurant Week’ Held May 30 – June 8 Offering Fine Dining at Fine Prices

Published Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:46 am
Blowing Rock is known for hosting some of the finest dining in the High Country. In celebration, the town is hosting the first annual Blowing Rock Restaurant Week from May 30 to June 8.During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer specials, including three-course meals from $15 to $30. Offers vary from restaurant to restaurant, so check out our list for more details. Read more...
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Blue Ridge Music Center Announces Lineup for its 2014 Summer Concert Series, Beginning Saturday, May 31

Published Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm
The Blue Ridge Music Center, which hosts concerts every summer in its outdoor amphitheater along the Blue Ridge Parkway on the North Carolina-Virginia state line, has announced its lineup for the 2014 Summer Concert Series. Bands performing include The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Kruger Brothers and many others. Read more... Continue reading

Celebrating King Street with a Day of Art-Making: Art Mart Hosts its First ‘Boone Paint Out’ Saturday, May 31

Published Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:49 am
On Saturday, May 31, Art Mart is hosting its first Boone Paint Out. This is a free event open to the public, and artists of all ages are encouraged to come out and participate. In addition, prizes will be given out to artists who submit their work to be judged in competition. Read more...
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Motorcycle Troupe Takes Annual Ride; Twila Bridges, an 80-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Joins Along

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Every June, Len Mink takes his motorcycle troupe of church ministers through the Blue Ridge Parkway on a nearly week-long tour. The motorcycle group is known to be unconventional and this year, Mink takes along Twila Bridges, an 80-year-old great-grandmother.Read more...
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Memorial Day in the Mountains: The High Country Celebrates Our Veterans with Various Events

Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:10 am
Memorial Day is a day to recognize, remember and honor our military veterans. The High Country is celebrating Memorial Day with numerous events throughout the holiday. There are many ways to honor our veterans and celebrate their lives so check out our list of events to see how you can get involved. Read more...
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Remembering our Veterans: The MOAA Hosts Eighth Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Boone Mall May 26

Published Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm
This Memorial Day, Boone Mall will host the eighth annual Memorial Day Ceremony held by The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 26.Read more...
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Summer Dance Series 2014: The ASU Department of Theater and Dance Hosts Free Summer Dance Classes

Published Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm
Throughout the month of June, the Appalachian State University Department of Theater and Dance will be hosting its annual Summer Dance Series which provides free classes to dancers of all ages and experience levels. As usual, the series will feature a varied blend of dance styles and traditions, including West African Dance, Yoga, Jazz Dancing, Ballet, and Hip-Hop.Read more...
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St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church Presents the First Evensong Service of the Year this Sunday, May 25

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:30 am
The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock will present the first choral evensong of the season this Sunday afternoon, May 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the newly refurbished nave of the church.Read more...
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Robbins Pool in Blowing Rock Opens for the Summer, Beginning on Memorial Day Monday, May 26

Published Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm
With temperatures steadily rising and days lengthening, summer is rapidly approaching and pool season is nearly here. Starting Memorial Day Monday, May 26, Grover C. Robbins Memorial Swimming Pool in Blowing Rock will be open to the public. Read more...
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