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Short Mean Fiction: Celebrated Artist William Dunlap to Share New Book in Banner Elk

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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.

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White Fence Farm Opens New Rental Property in Blowing Rock, Ribbon Cutting Set for Friday

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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.

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Join the Green Park Inn’s 125th Anniversary Festivities at Friday’s Community Open House

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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.

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Sotheby’s Realty Celebrates Grand Opening of Its Two New Locations in Blowing Rock

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.

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View 180: Linville Ridge Restaurant Reopens with New Name After Major Renovations

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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.”

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Banner Elk Chamber Members Convene at Silver Springs Farm for June After Hours Event

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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.

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Realistic and Impressionistic Paintings by Kevin Beck, Helen Farson at Carlton Gallery

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.

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Taste of Avery: Sample Local Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries in Banner Elk Tonight

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.

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What’s New at the Farmers’ Market? Shopping at Horn in the West on Saturday, May 28

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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.

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Spring Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery to Feature 17 Artists, Reception May 28

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.

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A Common Voice: Another Great Year for Women’s Round Robin Networking Event

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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

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