August 8, 2022. The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is proud to collaborate with the Town of Boone to observe Doc Watson Day on Friday, August 19, 2022. This event is an annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of its namesake, Doc Watson. Due to the generous support of First Horizon, the App Theatre will host a live performance by Grammy Award-winner Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper at 7:30 p.m. at the historic venue in downtown Boone, NC. Tickets are only $25.
August 4, 2022 The King Street Farmers’ Market is hosting a Women in Leadership Day to highlight local women in leadership roles on Tuesday, August 9. The Watauga Women in Leadership will be tabling and bringing a game with lots of fantastic prizes and incentives, including Stick Boy gift cards, App State picnic blankets, mugs, and more.
August 1, 2022. Grab your flea collars and head to the Appalachian Theatre on Saturday, August 13 when the much-loved Disney animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” will be screened for the first time in over fifty years as part of the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series.
July 29, 2022 Devon McGuire of Boone became one of North Carolina’s newest wildlife enforcement officers after completing the 58th basic academy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Division in Raleigh. McGuire was one of 15 graduates taking the oath of office during the ceremony held Tuesday, July 19, at First Baptist Church of Pinehurst in West End. The graduation followed seven months of intensive training at the N.C. Department of Public Safety Samarcand Training Academy in Jackson Springs, where most of the basic law enforcement training was conducted. By Sherrie Norris
July 26, 2022 High Country audiences will soon be singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” when everyone’s favorite nanny descends in Boone as part of the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series at the historic Appalachian Theatre. Due to a generous sponsorship by Allen Wealth Management, “Mary Poppins” is being offered free of charge to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The film follows the upcoming screening of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” the prior week on Saturday, July 30.
July 26, 2022 Mountain Home Music is pleased to announce a series of concerts highlighting North Carolina Appalachian tradition bearers, at the beautifully restored Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. First up, prepare for an evening of non-stop entertainment and goosebumps with Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth joined by storyteller, Orville Hicks on Saturday, July 30. This program of music and mountain folklore, featuring award-winning Western North Carolina natives, is not to be missed!
July 22, 2022 The annual Appalachian Energy Summit has spearheaded a decadelong effort to reduce energy use, resulting in $1.6 billion in avoided energy costs by the University of North Carolina System, North Carolina community colleges and other state agencies since 2002–03.
Since 2012, the Appalachian Energy Summit — a three-day, annual event envisioned and hosted by App State — has gathered faculty, staff and students from colleges and universities, energy managers and visionaries, and government and industry leaders to share ideas and put into action ecological, financial and social processes designed to improve energy efficiency across the UNC System, the state and beyond. The expectation is that the UNC System and state partners will realize $2 billion in avoided costs by 2025. By J. Todd Coates
July 20, 2022 The much-loved movie musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is the next offering on the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series at the historic Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, the King Street landmark in downtown Boone. Due to a generous sponsorship by Allen Wealth Management, the film is being offered free of charge to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is the third of six family-friendly movie classics being screened during the summer months on select Saturday mornings from now through August 27. This is the first time the film will be shown at the venue since its App Theatre debut 53 years ago. The movie runs two hours and twenty-four minutes in duration.
July 13, 2022 [Boone, NC] – The 10th annual Back 2 School Festival will be held on Saturday, August 13 at Watauga High School. As in the past couple of years, each school will be assigned its own time for students to come pick up supplies. The schedule for the 2022 event is as follows:
8:30 am – Valle Crucis/Cove Creek/Watauga Virtual Academy
10:00 am – Parkway/Mabel/Bethel
11:30 am – Green Valley/Two Rivers/Home school
1:30 pm – Hardin Park/Blowing Rock
3:00 pm – Watauga High
July 5, 2022 If you were in the crowds observing the Town of Boone’s Fourth of July parade on Monday, you may have seen some familiar faces amongst the cars and floats in the procession. As a continuation of the celebration of Boone and the town reaching a milestone of 150 years, former mayors were invited back to participate in the festivities. Former mayors including Wade Wilmoth, Larry Keeter, Loretta Clawson, and Andy Ball could be seen in the parade in addition to many former and current town council members and town staff. The Grand Marshal was none other than Rufus Edmisten, an attorney who has served as North Carolina Secretary of State, Attorney General, and was the Democratic nominee for Governor in 1984. By Harley Nefe
June 27, 2022 On June 25, 2022, the Town of Boone partnered with the High County Audubon Society (HCAS) to host a tree planting event at the Bolick Property. The Town of Boone originally purchased the Bolick Property in 2016, and has permanently conserved approximately 31 acres of the 54 acre property. The partnership HCAS began when the town, working with New River Conservancy and Watauga County, embarked on a restoration of the South Fork New River flowing by the Bolick Property.
June 24, 2022 One week ago, on June 17-18, the streets of downtown Boone came alive with thousands of people enjoying performances and activities at the inaugural Boonerang Music & Arts Festival. Presented by the Town of Boone and supporting partners after many months of planning, the free event was deemed a huge success by musicians, art vendors, festival staff and attendees alike. “The inaugural Boonerang Music & Arts Festival was a resounding success,” said Mark Freed, director of cultural resources for the Town of Boone. “Our community came together in every way – from the staff and presenting partners to the amazing volunteer crew; from the production companies, artists and organizations; and of course to all of the people for showing up and having a great time.” By Harley Nefe
May 23, 2022. Local music legends the King Bees will lead a pair of free Thursday evening Blues Jams at the Jones House to help usher in the unofficial start of summer. On May 26 and June 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni of the King Bees will bring their signature soulful sound to host local blues enthusiasts in two special blues-style jam sessions at the Jones House. All acoustic instrumentalists with a knowledge of basic chords are invited to participate. “This is a great opportunity for musicians to interact with like minded individuals and to gain the skills necessary to play alongside others in a ‘jam’ format,” says Town of Boone Cultural Resources Coordinator Brandon Holder. “Blues is one of the most common genres for a jam and a great style of music for beginner-level musicians.”
March 7, 2022 “Get Pickled” – Pickleball Tournament in honor of Bruce Comer on March 26-27. The Doubles Pool Play Tournament is open to anyone 18+ and costs $50.00 per team.
March 2, 2022 The sounds of laughter, chatter and toe-tapping good music flowed through the walls of the Jones House in Boone Saturday evening as Kyle Petty visited the High Country to perform two shows as part of the Indoor Concert Series. “We had a great evening,” said Brandon Holder, Town of Boone Cultural Resources staff. “We greatly enjoyed having Kyle and his wife, Morgan, here. They are incredibly nice people, and it was a pleasure for our staff to host them.” By Harley Nefe
February 14, 2022 Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The 2022 Jones House Indoor Concert Series will be revving up when NASCAR icon Kyle Petty comes to Boone to perform on Saturday, February 26. This musical event wasn’t the first time Petty was scheduled to come to the High Country. “Kyle was supposed to come here in the spring of 2020,” explained Brandon Holder, Town of Boone Cultural Resources staff. “He was going to do a concert here, but he was also going to be the grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which got canceled unfortunately, so we’re super happy to be able to reschedule him.” In less than two weeks from now, Petty is coming to Boone, and he’s pretty thrilled to be able to put on a show at the Jones House. “I was excited about coming to Boone the last time because they were going to let me be the grand marshal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and then Covid hit. So, that kind of stopped the world in a lot of ways,” Petty said. “I was looking forward to coming to Boone riding in a convertible. That was going to be fun, but playing at the Jones House? I’m really excited about that!” By Harley Nefe
January 26, 2022 The Community Music School (CMS) at Appalachian State University is beginning another semester of exciting music programs in Boone and Hudson this Spring under the leadership of the new Director, Lisl Doughton. Activities are available for a variety of ages and experience levels. Registration is open now at music.appstate.edu/cms. Most programs begin the week of January 31. CMS offers “Pay What You Can” options for group classes.
January 20, 2022. January 23, 2022 is an important date for Boone, as it marks the town’s official 150th anniversary since its incorporation in 1872. The original Sesquicentennial celebration was to kick off this weekend with a party to celebrate the Town of Boone’s 150th birthday at the Jones House Cultural Center. However, the Town of Boone has decided to postpone the event until people can gather together more safely. The Boone 150 party will be rescheduled for a later date, most likely in the spring, said Mark Freed, the Director of Cultural Resources for the Town of Boone. The Cultural Resources Department has been tasked with supporting, coordinating and bringing people together and helping others find out what all will be taking place for the 150th celebration. By Harley Nefe
January 14, 2022 The Town of Boone’s Town Council voted during the January 12, 2022 Town Council Meeting to accept the proposal for all electricity used by the Town’s municipal buildings to be generated using 100% renewable energy. Boone is the first municipality to achieve this in North Carolina. App State’s New River Light and Power’s program, the “Green Power Program” will provide approximately 1,600 MWh of hydroelectric power, which is approximately 25% of Boone’s municipal electric consumption. Blue Ridge Energy is providing the Town of Boone with up to 4,800 MWh from their newly constructed 11 MWh solar array. This solar-generated electricity will account for approximately 75% of Boone’s municipal energy consumption. “Boone cannot meet its goal of municipal climate neutrality by 2030 and to transition the entire town to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050 without New River Light and Power and Blue Ridge Energy stepping up and sourcing renewable energy for Boone. We are grateful for their successful efforts,” George Santucci, Sustainability and Special Projects Manager, stated.
December 7, 2021. Between looking at lights, listening to music, viewing shows and more, there are many activities people enjoy participating in to get into the holiday spirit. A beloved annual event that is making a return this year is the upcoming Town of Boone Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. “We’re excited to get back to our annual tradition of having a Holiday Parade in Downtown Boone,” said Mark Freed, Cultural Resources Director for the Town of Boone. “Last year, we didn’t do it with it being in the height of the pandemic, but we are looking forward to it returning and seeing everybody out.” Downtown Boone is already decked out in lights in preparation for the winter season. And on Saturday afternoon, local businesses and organizations will show off their Christmas and holiday best with floats, marchers, costumes and performances to celebrate the tradition. By Harley Nefe
November 19, 2021. Skaters in the High Country have been able to check out the recently opened Boone Greenway Skatepark after phase one of the project was finished. The skatepark was opened on Saturday, November 13. “We worked hard these past years raising money, we got a good grant and we got enough funding raised to get the first phase complete. It is open and in use,” said J.P. Pardy, an avid skater who owns and operates Recess Skate & Snow on Highway 105 in Boone. “I don’t think I’ve been there when there wasn’t somebody out there even at 8 a.m. From the start of the day to the end of the day, somebody is using it.” Even with a delay in fundraising and construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the skatepark idea kept finding supporters and money to make this dream become a reality. One of the biggest contributions to the project came through a $72,500 grant from North Carolina Parks and Recreation that matched the amount of money raised by the community at that time in September of 2020. Pardy has been a major advocate for the skatepark over the last few years, including volunteering his time to help the town apply for that state grant early in 2020. The Town of Boone has also been supportive of the project, donating the land that the skatepark is being constructed on as well as $25,000 towards the project. Overall, the first phase of the project cost $150,000. By Nathan Ham
November 1, 2021. Arcadia Publishing recently released a new book in its Images of America series titled “Remembering Boone” in preparation for the town of Boone’s 150th anniversary coming up in January 2022. Boone’s historical evolution from the 1870s to the present is narrated in the book by Dr. Eric W. Plaag, who is the chairperson of the Digital Watauga Project, which is an initiative of the Watauga County Historical Society and the Watauga County Public Library. The book contains 217 select images from Digital Watauga’s extensive collections. The idea of the book stemmed from a discussion the Historical Society was having back in March. “We were starting the conversation about, ‘Hey, the sesquicentennial of the legal incorporation of Boone is coming up in January of 2022, and we don’t think anybody is planning anything yet, so we better get on that,’ and that started a dialogue with the Historic Preservation Commission and the town more generally with cultural resources,” Plaag explained. By Harley Nefe
October 27, 2021. With the upcoming retirement of Boone Mayor Rennie Brantz, the town council unanimously supported naming the property where the Jones House is as Rennie Brantz Park on October 19. Initially, the North Street Park was going to be named after the mayor, however, after further input from community members and the mayor himself to leave that historical park the way it is, the decision was made to name the Jones House location after the mayor instead of the park on North Street. Brantz was first elected to the town council in 2005 and was also on the original advisory board for the Jones House when it was converted to the community center. He was appointed to take over as Boone’s Mayor in 2015 to fill an unexpired term following the resignation of Mayor Andy Ball. Brantz ran for re-election twice more as mayor and won each time. “I was surprised at the honor, it’s very special to me because I have such a close tie to Boone and our community. It was unexpected and greatly appreciated. I think of all the different awards that I have received over my career, this is the most important one,” Brantz said. By Nathan Ham
October 19, 2021. Another sweet spot has landed in Boone that offers sugary goodies of all types to those around. Cupcrazed Cakery, which is owned by Wendy Shanahan, is an unique bakery that has been featured on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and Rewrapped and has won both TV show competitions. With the original bakery located in Ft. Mill, South Carolina, now the award-winning baked goods are available through a second location located on Blowing Rock Road under The Standard at Boone.“We were looking to expand,” Shanahan said. “I’ve had a house in the area for five years, and I have always loved Boone. It’s a place a lot of people come to. We thought this would be a perfect spot to be able to make a place that could be part of the community where people can come to celebrate, come when they’re sad, treat themselves, treat their kids, have a place for parties and classes, have a place where you can meet up with friends or sit and study or have a business meeting — to be able to have a space that you can have events.” By Harley Nefe
October 14, 2021. Recent Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Award winner Richard Campbell joins non-profit business professional Caroline Poteat as two of twenty-one individuals honored across the State as Business North Carolina Magazine’s 2021 Trailblazers. Campbell serves as Operations Manager and Director of Marketing for Boone Rent-All & Parties Too while Poteat is Director of Development for Blue Ridge Conservancy. The official announcement from Business North Carolina says the annual feature recognizes thriving business owners and professionals under the age of 40 who work in North Carolina cities and towns that have fewer than 100,000 residents. They received nominations for talented professionals from Winterville near the coast to Sylva in the mountains. This year’s roster reflects a variety of occupations including a farmer, banker, police officer and a couple operating an ice cream shop. Several economic-development officials are also profiled. Their efforts breathe life into communities in great need of promoters and champions.