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  • New Work by Acclaimed American Artist William Dunlap Featured by The Art Cellar Gallery

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    July 26, 2017.On August 13 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will feature the work of William Dunlap for their “Cocktails and Tall Tales” event. Dunlap is a former professor of Appalachian State University, and is a well-known acclaimed American Artist. / Read more…



  • Stonewalls Owners Scott Garland and Tim Heschke Celebrate a Year of Updates at a Local Favorite

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    July 26, 2017. The High Country is filled with staple restaurants that keep visitors and locals coming back year after year. One of those High Country-famous restaurants is Banner Elk’s Stonewalls, which is about to reach its one-year anniversary since Scott Garland and Tim Heschke took over operations last year. Garland, like many who grew up in the area, decided to return to the High Country after 20 years of traveling the country and working in some of the most well-respected positions in the food industry. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Resort Real Estate & Rentals Reaches 35 Years as a Family Business in the High Country

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    July 27, 2017. It isn’t hard to see that the High Country has grown significantly over the last few decades. New businesses open, buildings are constructed and visitors from around the country make the trip up the mountain each year, but few have seen the High Country evolve quite like “Lil” Jack Anderson and his family at Banner Elk’s Resort Real Estate & Rentals, which just reached its 35th anniversary this May. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Club to Host Battle on Beech 3 Pickleball Tournament August 17 – 19

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    July 18, 2017. Beech Mountain Club is gearing up to bring one of America’s fastest-growing sports to the High Country again this year. The club will host Battle on Beech 3, a yearly pickleball tournament and fundraiser for Friends of Beech Outreach, on Thursday, August 17 through Saturday, August 19. The double-elimination tournament will be broken into skill levels (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0) and three categories for each day of the tournament. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Old Hampton Store’s Ramp Fest 2017 to Feature Live Music, Local Cuisine Saturday, May 13

    May. 4, 2017. High Country lovers of music, native cuisine and local craft beer, wine and cocktails should mark their calendars for next Saturday, May 13 when the Old Hampton Store in Linville will kick off Ramp Festival 2017. The festival will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and local dishes and drinks, many of which are inspired by the famous plant of Appalachian folklore.
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  • High Country Audubon Society Announces Research Grant for High School, College Students

    May. 2, 2017. High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina. HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties. / Read more…



  • Kiwanis Club, Avery High Key Club and Community Members Clean Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake

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    Apr. 11, 2017. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, the Avery High Key Club and the High Country community gathered at Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake last Saturday to prepare the area for its summer activities. One of Banner Elk’s most popular recreation sites, Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake are likely to see an even higher volume of traffic this year with the closing of the Newland public swimming pool for this summer. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Jim Swinkola / Read more…



  • Avery County Humane Society Elects New Officers, Looks Forward to Events in April and May

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    Mar. 9, 2017. With the four-year anniversary of its new location approaching in May, the Avery County Humane Society has set out to greet the coming of spring with new officers and fun and exciting events and fundraisers. Don’t miss out on these chances to hang out with furry friends and help a good cause! By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of the Avery County Humane Society / Read more…



  • Record Number of Participants in the Beech Mountain Banked Slalom Race Last Weekend

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    Feb. 28, 2017. Beech Mountain Resort hosted its annual Banked Slalom race Saturday afternoon on Robbins Run. The competition included 86 skiers and snowboarders that ranged in ages from 8 to 53. All competitors were tested with challenging course conditions due to an early morning rain storm. / Read more…



  • Park Crew 101 Gives Young Shredders a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Beech Mountain’s Terrain Park Feb. 26 and Mar. 12

    Feb. 21, 2017. Calling all young shredders in the High Country! Beech Mountain Resort will host exciting day camp Park Crew 101 on Sunday, February 26 and Sunday, March 12. The camp is a “unique opportunity for kids to get a behind-the-scenes look at the terrain park and ride with the Beech Mountain Park Crew.” By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



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

    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…



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

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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…



  • Business of the Month: Avery Chamber Launches New Traditions at Annual Open House

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    Jan. 18, 2017.On Tuesday evening, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce met for its Annual Avery Chamber Open House. In past years, the Open House has been held at the Chamber. However, this year, the Mountain Community Bank offered to host.By Katie Benfield- Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Ode to Roy: Local Chamber Surprises ‘Mr. Banner Elk’ Roy Krege with Person of the Year Award

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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…



  • Welcome Home: Ensemble Stage Takes Up Residence at Historic Banner Elk School

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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…



  • SATURDAY:  Holiday Open House at Art Cellar Gallery, Winter Frame Sale Going On Now

    Dec. 5, 2016. The gallery will host a Holiday Open House event from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, featuring sweets, treats, drinks, art and good cheer for all. Enjoy the gallery this season and remember that art makes the perfect stocking stuffer or cherished gift of any size. Gift wrapping is available for purchases intended as gifts. The gallery also offers gift certificates for art and framing. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: 34th Winter Group and Small Works Open House at Carlton Gallery

    Dec. 8, 2016. Carlton Gallery celebrates its 34th Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition with an Open House on Saturday, December 17th – 10 to 5. Toni Carlton invites everyone to visit the gallery and enjoy light refreshments, hot cider or tea, along with joyful community spirit. During this time of celebration of the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other global dogmas, Carlton Gallery offers the energy of light and peace through art, conversations, and heartfelt communications to convey this message during this special time of love offerings. / Read more…



  • See the First Sunrise of 2017 on January 1 from Atop Grandfather Mountain

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    Dec. 13, 2016. “These events are popular among photographers of all skill levels, as well as nature lovers hoping to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in a new light,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the park. “Sunrise on Grandfather Mountain is nothing short of magnificent.” / Read more…



  • Photos: A Small Town Christmas Celebration Brings Charm and Cheer to Banner Elk

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    Dec. 6, 2016. The most wonderful time of the year made its way to Banner Elk this weekend as the community’s treasured Small Town Christmas celebration returned to the High Country. Couldn’t be there? Enjoy these photos from the festivities and get excited for Christmas! Photos by Jim Swinkola and Cindy McEnery. / Read more…



  • Photos: Parade of Lights: Banner Elk’s Nightfall Christmas Event Rolls Through Town

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    Dec. 5, 2016. A festive wonderland of bright colors lit up the dark sky and traveled through town on Saturday during the community’s annual nighttime Parade of Lights. The streets came to life at nightfall as folks bundled up to line the walkways and watch the parade. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • ‘Tis the Season: Holidays Bring Dollar Days, Discounts and More to Grandfather Mountain

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    Dec. 1, 2016. With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls — and hills — for the holidays. Visitors are invited to celebrate the season from a mile high, where they’ll encounter idyllic winter scenery, invigorating outdoor adventure and more at the Linville, N.C., nature preserve and travel attraction. Photo by Victoria Darlington | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation / Read more…



  • Small Town Christmas Fest in Banner Elk Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3

    Nov. 29, 2016. The festival begins on Friday evening at 6pm with the lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree at the Historic Banner Elk School, Christmas carolers, and a symbolic Menorah lighting. Then head into the Historic School for a free showing of the movie “Elf” in the gym, bring chairs or blankets to sit. The highlight of the festival, The Parade of Lights, will be held Saturday evening at 6pm. The high country’s original night time parade: cars and floats covered in Christmas Lights, The Avery County High School Marching Band and Santa will all be seen parading down Main St in Banner Elk. Following the parade in Tate Evans park will be train rides thru luminary lighted trails, meet Santa and see a light show. / Read more…



  • The Grandfather Challenge: All-Girl Group from Catawba Climbs to Greater Heights

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    Nov. 1, 2016. Eight Students from Jacobs Fork Middle School, River Bend Middle School, and Bandys High School in Catawba County, NC recently completed “The Grandfather Challenge” hiking program at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. This is the first all-girl group to complete this rigorous course! / Read more…



  • Halloween on Saturday: Events in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Bethel, Grandfather

    Oct. 24, 2016. Weekend fun will include Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary event, the annual Halloween Festival in Blowing Rock, Ensemble Stage’s unique adaptation of War of the Worlds at Green Park Inn and a brand new exploration into the paranormal and 18th century Halloween traditions at Hickory Ridge Museum. Saturday is also your last chance to visit Tweetsie’s Ghost Train this year. Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Claybank Returns Home to High Country for Release Concert this Saturday in West Jefferson

    Oct. 25, 2016. ClayBank is a red hot blue grass string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains making serious waves in the bluegrass world. The group’s heterogenous mixture of young talent with veteran experience has combined with their “straight ahead bluegrass” style to set this force of nature on a rapid path of success since its formation in Jan. of 2015. This Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the band will be celebrating their national success with a special release concert in West Jefferson at the Ashe County Civic Center. By Cramer Lewis / Read more…



  • Mountains of Fun: Beary Scary Halloween Festival Set for Saturday, Oct. 29 at Grandfather

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    Oct. 13, 2016. “Beary Scary is a fun way to celebrate Halloween with the party animals of Grandfather Mountain,” said Christie Tipton, chief habitat curator of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Linville, N.C. nature preserve and travel attraction. Photos by Monty Combs. / Read more…



  • Drive by to Enjoy This Year’s ‘Country Band’ Halloween Display at Linville Land Harbor

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    Oct. 13, 2016. “If you come on through, there’s little vignettes all the way through Land Harbor. You can go all the way up to the golf house and see it. We’ve got some golfers and a guy turning flips, just different things along the way,” said Lipps. “It’s something fun we all do together. It’s fun for the residents here because they’re always anxious to see what we’re going to do next and they’re all very encouraging with it. It’s fun for everyone.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Everything You Need to Know About Heading to the Woolly Worm Festival

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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…



  • Stephenson Center for Appalachia to Host Irish Music Duo The Belfast Boys Oct. 13

    Oct. 10, 2016. Ireland is coming to Lees-McRae! The Belfast Boys, traditional Irish music duo, will visit campus on Thursday, October 13. As part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, poet and musician Adrian Rice and classically-trained musician Alyn Mearns will appear at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. Rice and Mearns grew up in the midst of the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland—both immigrating at different times to North Carolina. / Read more…



  • TONIGHT: Stop by the Avery Museum to Celebrate 40 Years of Preserving Local History

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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…



  • SATURDAY: ‘Resonance of the Heart’ Autumn Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery

    Oct. 3, 2016. Carlton Gallery hosts its 34th Autumn Group Exhibition on Saturday October 8 with an Artists’ Reception planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Some of the gallery artists will be present to discuss their various art media for visitors and patrons. This event is free and light hors d’ oeuvres will be offered. Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, invited some of her artists’ friends to share art offerings titled “Resonance of the Heart” for this Autumn Group Exhibition. / Read more…



  • Photos: Fall Angora Goat Shearing Takes Place at Apple Hill Farm in Banner Elk

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    Oct. 4, 2016. “I watched as Bonny Collard carefully sheared Coraline. Using electric shears and handheld shears, she skillfully removed her fiber in about 30 minutes,” said McEnery. “Once the fiber, known as mohair, is removed, it is turned into yarn.” Angora goats produce an average of 10 pounds of mohair each year and shearings are held in the spring and in the fall. Photos by Cindy McEnery. / Read more…



  • Weather-Predicting Woolly Worms Will Go to the Races Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16

    Oct. 4, 2016. The fastest worm at the end of Saturday’s races earns $1,000 and the right to predict the winter for the High Country. Smaller prizes are awarded Sunday. Festivities date to 1978 when a local magazine editor wanted to give the forecast based on the legend that a woolly worm’s stripes predict the severity of winter. A worm’s 13 fur bands represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate mild weather, while black bands indicate cold, snowy conditions. / Read more…



  • Share the Warmth: Women’s Fund Collecting Coats for Hospitality House Through Oct. 10

    Oct. 4, 2016.‘Share the Warmth’ this winter by cleaning out your closet and donating winter clothes to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge! Donations will go to the Hospitality House and will be accepted on Sept. 30 through Oct. 10 at various locations in the High Country. By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Lorraine Alls: Retired Nurse, Neighborhood “Mom” Appreciates Family, Faith and Health

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    Sept. 26, 2016. “I was amazed at the care I received at the Baker Center, the and at the hospital,” said Alls. “I told everyone that if I ever went back into nursing, I would beg to be a part of the nursing team at Cannon Memorial Hospital.” / Read more…



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