June 17, 2016. This award-winning artist has made a name for himself as a distinguished painter, sculptor and arts lecturer over the past four decades. He will soon head back to the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place that holds a part of his own history, for a show and reception at Banner Elk’s own Art Cellar Gallery. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 21, 2016. Dunlap will be in town this weekend to share about his new book, Short Mean Fiction — a collection of vignettes focused on notes and characters from his sketchbooks developed over 40 years of making art. Born, neglected and recently rediscovered, Dunlap’s entirely fictitious characters are figments of his unchecked imagination. His storytelling employs much of the same “hypothetical realism” that is applied to his artwork. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 23, 2016. A Cleaner World and C.W. Alterations have opened a new store in Linville, providing customers with not only a more convenient location, but the opportunity to work closely with seamstresses Sharon Crump and Nicole Wagoner. By Angela Gazzillo
June 16, 2016. Have you been dying to try some local craft beer and wine but haven’t had the time to tour them all? If so, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce will bring them all to one spot for you next weekend. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 22, 2016. The public is invited to Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis to chat with the artist on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the reception and the show will hang through mid July. Sporn’s latest batch of 23 oils are different from her past work. Artwork by Joan Sporn.
June 22, 2016. Want to take a sneak peek at Blowing Rock’s latest vacation rental? Owners Fulton and Denise Lovin invite you to swing by and check the place out on Friday before you hit the town for the evening. The ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at the cottage, 250 Sunset Drive. Stop by to tour the house and enjoy wine and cheese before you head across the street to the Inn at Ragged Gardens for Best Cellar’s weekly live music. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 21, 2016. “The Green Park Inn has been a part of this community since before the town was a town. There was a community here that was known as Green Park before the town was incorporated,” said Lorry Mulhern. “It is integral to the identity of Blowing Rock and the High Country, and this is a good opportunity to invite people to celebrate the milestone.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Michelle Hrin Photography.
June 14, 2016.Renovations are in full swing for Blowing Rock’s newest art gallery, as it prepares for its pop-up location’s public opening at noon on Saturday, June 18. Jerald Melberg Gallery, based in Charlotte, will open a temporary location in Blowing Rock from June to November. By Angela Gazzillo
June 15, 2016. “We want everyone to know that we have two offices in town to serve our clients. Sunset is now one of the gateways into Blowing Rock from the new U.S. Highway 321 widening project, so we are convenient to people that are coming into town. Our office on Main Street is there to serve a lot of the people that like to walk downtown.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Jeff Green.
June 15, 2016. Situated in the heart of Avery County, the community of Newland has a lot in store for local residents and visitors alike this summer. The Greater Newland Association’s free 10-week concert series begins this weekend on Friday, which will be followed by a fishing tournament Saturday. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 14, 2016. Sporn’s show will hang through mid-July and will feature 20 new oils by this best-selling Alta Vista artist. Pieces on exhibit feature a variety of sizes and subjects, including trees, flowers, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, forests, mountain scenes and musicians. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.
June 14, 2016. It was the first major renovation of the ridge-top space since it was completed in 1984. “The update, was long overdue,” stated Scott Lutgert, owner and developer of Linville Ridge. “Our loyal members are very important to us,” Lutgert added. “All of the changes we’ve made are focused on continuing to give them a quality experience in the mountains.”
June 13, 2016. “It was a wonderful event with a lot of people there. I just think it is wonderful for people to network and see what other businesses can provide. It is absolutely necessary to connect with all of the business people in the community. We can help each other and we can grow the community to be much better by participating in the chamber.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Jim Swinkola.
June 7, 2016. Make your way over to the resort’s 5506’ Skybar for great, drinks and live music from a different band each week at this one-of-a-kind local hot spot. The bar’s new lunch menu offers sandwiches, salads and snacks beginning on Thursday every weekend, as well as brunch on Sundays. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 6 2016.Stop by the chamber office and help honor a celebrated local leader this Friday, June 10, which will officially be known as Dan Meyer Day. Community members are welcome and encouraged to stop by the chamber office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday By Angela Gazzillo
June 6, 2016. Local artist Kevin Beck’s realistic landscapes in oil along with Greensboro artist Helen Farson’s impressionistic oil paintings of vineyards and florals are a focal of Carlton Gallery’s 34th Spring Group Exhibition. This exhibition has new art by the standing gallery artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber and fine jewelry.
May 31, 2016. It was built in 1920. Today, current owners Abigail and Steve Sheets have invested countless hours and a lot of money into improving the historic general store and surrounding buildings, which now house a classic North Carolina barbecue restaurant, a trading post, an art gallery, an antique store and, new this summer, a tavern. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 2, 2016. Get your tickets today and get ready to stroll through a smorgasbord of signature dishes and drinks prepared by some of the area’s finest establishments. Hosted by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, this popular annual event will give you a closer look at the local food scene. Guests can enjoy great dinner and live music before they head home with a long list of new favorite restaurants to visit this summer. By Jessica Isaacs.
June 1, 2016. One of the High Country’s newest venues opened its doors last week for a grand opening celebration, and guests who walked through them enjoyed a great evening of food and fun in a truly beautiful place. You’ll love the Overlook Barn as soon as you see it, but you may love the story behind it even more. By Jessica Isaacs.
May 27, 2016. Harry Chapin, a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, wrote a song about “A Better Place to Be.” Well, there is no better place to be this Saturdaymorning (Memorial Day Weekend) than the Watauga County Farmers’ Market for fresh produce, grown locally by farmers who take personal pride in the quality of their vegetables, fruit, and meats (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and turkey) and the relationships that they’ve developed over the years with customers who appreciate excellence and value.
May 27, 2016. The Mast General Store celebrates Land Trust Day with the Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) and the New River Conservancy (NRC) onSaturday, June 4th. Recognized for 14 years at Mast Store, Land Trust Day is a friend-raising event encouraging new memberships in local land trusts, as well as an educational opportunity to learn how these groups are preserving our land heritage.
May 26, 2016. “Team Vidalia Boom” knocked out last year’s defending champs in the final round of this bracket-style, chef v. chef cooking tournament on Wednesday night by successfully incorporating two surprise ingredients — pheasant and molasses — which were introduced to them just an hour before they were allowed in the kitchen.
May 25, 2016. Ratchford and his team have competed in the series many times since former Blowing Rock restaurateur Jimmy Crippen created it. While they’ve performed well on every occasion, tonight’s their shot to win their first title and the coveted red chef’s jackets. We’re cheering on our friends from Vidalia! By Jessica Isaacs.
May 23, 2016. Paintings in oil, acrylic, mixed media and watercolor; clay works in decorative and functional vases, urns and bowls; sculpture, trays, candelabra and coasters, along with finely crafted jewelry in precious stones and gemstones are a small selection of the fine art and handmade crafts which can be found in this exhibition. The Artists’ Opening Reception is Saturday, May 28.
May 20, 2016. “We come together as a common voice to find strengths and skills as a collaborative. We share our gifts not only amongst each other, but to the bigger community at large. I think it’s important to share those gifts not only in the High Country but beyond. We are women. We are strong. We continue to support each other, which is so very important today as it has always been.” By Jessica Isaacs