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Potters of the Blue Ridge Plates and Platters on Display at Doe Ridge Through Aug. 19

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Aug. 10, 2016. “Bob has been in pottery in Watauga County for 40 years. He started at Appalachian State after leaving the military. He was a marine,” said Carol King, office manager and featured artist at Doe Ridge. “He came to school here, discovered pottery, fell in love with it and kept on doing it. The artists in this show are either his students, people who have worked with him or for him or have been in some way associated with him over the years.” By Jessica Isaacs.

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NC Painters Tony Griffin and Gregory Smith to Open at the Art Cellar Gallery Aug. 18

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Aug. 16, 2016. One of this season’s much anticipated exhibitions opens at The Art Cellar Gallery this week featuring highly regarded NC painters, Tony Griffin and Gregory Smith. This two man exhibition “Continued Explorations” features both artists continued explorations of the regional landscape, aging structures and other focused views of the character and landmarks of the region.

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Knitting with Alpacas: Local Photographer Shares Images from Apple Hill Farm

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Aug. 15, 2016. “On Saturday, I visited Apple Hill Farm in Banner Elk to observe the monthly knitting with alpacas session. Guests sit in the grove and knit as alpacas graze behind them,” she said. “It was interesting to see the whole process — the alpacas produced the wool; it was spun and hand dyed on the farm; sold in the store; and then, it was being turned into interesting projects!” Photos by Cindy McEnery

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HGA and AMB to Host Mountain Ninja Warriors Fundraising Competition Aug. 20

Aug. 2, 2016. On Saturday, August 20, eight local nonprofit organizations will team up with High Country businesses to compete in High Gravity Adventures’ and Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s first ever Mountain Ninja Warrior competition. Inspired by the popular “American Ninja Warrior” television series, the Mountain Ninja Warrior competition will put athletes through a challenging race against the clock, where they will take on High Gravity Adventures’ ground and aerial obstacles in a race to the top of the course. A nonprofit and business will form a team in a quest to raise money for the nonprofit, selecting one male and one female athlete to conquer the course.

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Boone Real Estate Report: Interest Rates Fall Near Record Low as Sales Surge

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Aug. 1, 2016. The local real estate economy continues to follow a familiar tune – sales hit new highs, interest rates remain near historic lows, and inventory is just keeping up with the pace. Those three trends combined for an incredible month of sales in June, when local Realtors® sold more homes that month than they have in almost nine years. It’s a good time to be in the market.

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A Sign of the Times: Shannon’s Curtain to Close After 31 Years of Business in Boone

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July 25, 2016. Family owned and operated under the same roof since 1985, Shannon’s Curtain, Bed and Bath has offered its clientele long-lasting, high quality, moderately priced home textiles and décor from day one. Limited access to merchandise due to overseas manufacturing is one of several reasons the shop isn’t making enough sales to stay in business. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.

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Oils by Impressionist Sheila Hancock at Alta Vista Gallery, Reception July 23

July 18, 2016. There are definitely “Mountain Vistas” in Valle Crucis ― even indoors ― in Alta Vista Gallery’s new show with that title, featuring oils by Sheila Wood Hancock, an Impressionist who excels at painting High Country landscapes. On Saturday, July 23, the public is invited to meet the artist at the show’s opening reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The show is hanging now through August 15.

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Coffee Talk with Artist David Birmingham Set for Saturday, July 16 at Art Cellar Gallery

July 12, 2016. Birmingham’s oils on canvas transport viewers to the mountain vistas, tree lined roads and waters edge of the mountain region.His ability to capture the light, shadow and mood of his subjects has developed over his lifetime, as he traveled the world sketching and painting the scenes around him. During this talk the artist will give insight into his interesting artists journey, sharing his passion for all the arts and his vast knowledge as a studio artist and a teacher.

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Go Ahead and Play Me: Photos from Banner Elk’s Downtown Piano Project Unveiling

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July 12, 2016. Pedestrians in Banner Elk now have music to stroll by thanks to the “Go Ahead, Play Me” public art project. Six pianos placed throughout downtown encourage passersby to take a minute and tickle the ivories. The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce worked with Lees-McRae College to present the project, which debuted Saturday, July 9, and will continue for approximately a month. Photos by Ken Ketchie.

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All Aboard the Summit Express: Enjoy Scenic Lift Rides at Sugar Mountain This Summer

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July 7, 2016. Didn’t make it out to Sugar Mountain this past ski season? Don’t worry; you can still experience the brand new Summit Express on a scenic lift ride, which are offered each weekend through Sept. 4 this summer. On this super cool six-seater, there’s plenty of room for your family and friends to tag along. Cushy seats, comfortable foot rests and gentle loading and unloading guarantee a great experience. Lift ticket prices are $14 for a one-time ride, $35 for an all-day ticket and children ages 4 and under ride free with an adult. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

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Piano Project Unveiling, Paint Out Competition Slated for Second Saturday in BE July 9

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July 7, 2016. If you’ve never had the chance to explore the charming town of Banner Elk, there’s no better time to jump right in than this weekend’s Second Saturday festivities. On the second Saturday of every month this summer, the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and a variety of local businesses will team up to offer additional family fun, exciting specials and plenty of reasons to take a stroll through the downtown area. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

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Future Work Prosperity Tour In Boone July 7 To Focus on Job Disruption and Emerging Skills

July 6, 2016. The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University will head to Boone, NC in the Northwest Regional Prosperity Zone on July 7 as part of its statewide FutureWork Prosperity Tour. With support from Duke Energy Foundation and Local Government Federal Credit Union, along with regional partners, Appalachian State University and Catawba Valley Community College, IEI staff and friends will travel by bus to each of North Carolina’s eight Prosperity Zones, as defined by the NC Department of Commerce.

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125 Years of High Country History: Photos from the Green Park Inn’s Anniversary Gala

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June 29, 2016. This summer, the resort celebrates its 125th anniversary in the High Country, and local leaders, descendants of the original developers and friends in the community gathered there on Saturday for a gala in honor of the milestone. Lorry Mulhern, the inn’s general manager, said the event saw a great turnout and guests enjoyed a beautiful atmosphere, great service and a wonderful evening of dinner, drinks, dancing and music. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

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‘A Great Crowd’ Turns Out to Meet Artist William Dunlap at the Art Cellar in Banner Elk

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June 27, 2016. “He has such great energy and enthusiasm — it’s very contagious. He has such a nice, disarming nature in some ways, and he makes you want to join in the conversation or just sit back and see what he’s going to say next,” said Liz Brown. “He’s just fascinating because he has such a vast knowledge of art history and his own artistic intent and energy is just so alive.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.

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Photos: Wine and Beer Festival at Linvile Falls Winery a Huge Success for Avery Chamber

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June 27, 2016. The chamber sold nearly 200 tickets in advance and the event saw a steady crowd of 400-500 people at a time throughout the afternoon. Featured local vendors included: Banner Elk Winery and Villa, Booneshine Brewing Company, Grandfather Vineyard, Linville Falls Winery, Flat Top Brewing Company and Beech Mountain Brewing Company. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.

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