Compiled by Madison V. Fisler
June 28, 2013. The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially in the summer months. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country.
Friday, June 28
Friday Concerts at the Jones House: Each Friday at 5 p.m. a live concert is held on the Jones House lawn in Downtown Boone. This week, the concert features Matthew Weaver & Friends and Amantha Mill.
Free Movie Night: There will be a free movie night at the Boone Healing Arts Center showing “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” starting at 6 p.m.
Bluegrass at Todd General Store: Join us every Friday from late May until Thanksgiving and listen to a variety of live Bluegrass Acts. Dinner will be served at 6pm and music starts at 7pm. Come early to be sure you get a seat. The event is free but tips and donations for the band are appreciated.
Music in the Valle: Join Valle Crucis Community Park as we celebrate the 11th anniversary season of Music in the Valle! All concerts begin at 7:00 and end at sundown. Admission is free, but a $5 donation per person to the park is recommended. Pets are welcome but must be leashed. There is absolutely no smoking allowed in the park. Bring a picnic, a blanket or chairs, and enjoy!
Ashe County Little Theater Presents: Annie: Ashe County Little Theatre proudly presents Annie. All performances will be held at the Ashe Civic Center with evening shows on June 27 – July 1 with curtain at 7:30 nightly, and a matinee performance on June 30, with curtain at 2:00. Reserved seating for Annie is available in advance from the Ashe County Arts Council. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students; they are now on sale at the Ashe Arts Center, either in person, or by phone at 336.846-ARTS. Credit cards are accepted. For more information please call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336.846-ARTS. That’s 846-2787.
Opening Day for the Horn in the West: Loved by young and old, “Horn in the West” outdoor drama is located Daniel Boone Park in the heart of Boone, North Carolina in one of the most beautiful outdoor theaters in the country. Since 1952, this story of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution has provided evening entertainment under the stars, for people of all ages. “Horn in the West,” the nation’s longest-running Revolutionary War drama, brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Nancy Ward and other historic characters as the hardy Carolina backcountry settlers struggle to escape British tyranny in a wild new land.
Saturday, June 29
Town of Beech Mountain Kids Fishing Derby: Kids grab your fishing poles and bait and head on down to Lake Coffey for Beech Mountain’s Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Come spend the day on the lake as you catch all the fish you can! Prizes will be awarded for numerous categories throughout the Derby. This is a wonderful way to spend time with your family and to get outdoors! The fish will be biting, are the little fishermen and fisherwomen up for the challenge?
Lenoir Downtown Farmers’ Market: The Lenoir Downtown Farmer’s Market is a local producers only market. All goods are grown, made, designed or processed by the market vendors. Our vendors include vintners, local grass fed beef and pork, free range eggs, goats milk soaps and lotions, honey, alpaca wools, various produce, local arts and crafts, heritage eggs, herbs and spices, both living and dried, Herbville and Crane teas and sauces, just to name a few. We also feature a variety of live music including Celtic music, classic acoustic rock, Jazz saxophone, and many more. Need another reason? Here it is. Our market often features a specific product from one of our vendors, and we’ll be grilling up something almost every weekend, chicken wings, 100% beef hot dogs, grilled corn, tomatoes, and asparagus! Don’t miss this chance to meet and support your local farmers and producers, and help keep North Carolina foods close to home.
Watauga County Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday morning from May to November you will find quality locally farmed meats, fresh produce, artisan cheeses, dried and fresh cut flowers, hardy local plants, delicious edibles, and a wide variety of quality crafts. Join PHARMN at the Kids’ Corner for Mini-Markets where kids 12 and under can set up as vendors to sell their original arts and crafts, plants, produce and flowers they have helped grow.
Lunch at Chick-Fil-a with Moo Cow: Swing by Chick-fil-A and meet our very own celebrity, Moo Cow.
RiverFest 2013: A festival celebrating the Watauga River and the High Country’s natural resources, will take place at Valle Crucis Community Park June 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public. Riverfest will be an exciting and fun-filled event, with educational activities and demonstrations, live music and food. Riverfest will have plenty of hands-on activities and information for both youth and adults. Participants will go home with not only new appreciation for the Watauga River, but also with skills and knowledge needed to reduce their environmental impact as well as to educate others. The first step to keeping our rivers clean and healthy starts with the community.
Ashe County Little Theatre proudly presents: Annie: All performances will be held at the Ashe Civic Center with evening shows on June 27 – July 1 with curtain at 7:30 nightly, and a matinee performance on June 30, with curtain at 2:00. Reserved seating for Annie is available in advance from the Ashe County Arts Council. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students; they are now on sale at the Ashe Arts Center, either in person, or by phone at 336.846-ARTS. Credit cards are accepted. For more information please call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336.846-ARTS. That’s 846-2787.
Twilight Hike at Grandfather Mountain State Park: Join a Park Ranger for an evening stroll through the Southern Appalachian Forest and see the woods come to life after the sun sets. Experience the park from a different prospective and learn about nocturnal wildlife. Participants must bring flashlights or headlamps and are encouraged to wear hiking boots. Hike will go approximately 1.5 miles. Dress appropriately for the weather. Please no pets. For questions, please contact our office at (828) 963-9522.
Mountain Home Music: Carolina Crossing plays traditional bluegrass, gospel, and easy listening ballads. This Watauga County band features Gary Trivette (bass and lead vocals), Curtis Main (banjo), Tyler Thompson (guitar), Dennis Isaacs (guitar), and Caleb Courtner (mandolin). For many years, these goodwill ambassadors of bluegrass have played at local churches and community gatherings. They�ve also played at the Music Festival in Sugar Grove and opened for the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Silver Strings Dulcimer Band features the sweet and gentle sounds of the mountain dulcimer. The band features Bill and Jewel Magee, Sarah Borders, and Tom Pace.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival: 10 inspiring short films will be shown on the park green that highlight issues surrounding energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures and more. Star Party after the film festival to discover the dark sky of Valle Crucis.
Outdoor Movie at Honeybear Campground: Bring your lawn chairs and s’more supplies and watch “Wreck it Ralph” on our outdoor movie screen! Call for more information, 828-963-4586.
Sunday, June 30
Square Dance at Linville Land Harbor: Early rounds from 1:30 to 2:00, Plus dance from 2:00 to 4:00 with rounds between tips by Don and Linda Hichman of Gastonia, A-2 dance from 4:00 to 4:30. National callers! Visit www.mountainmixers.com
Elk Knob Nature Hike: Join a ranger as he explores the natural realm of Elk Knob State Park on Sunday, June 30 at 2 pm. Participants will hike as they learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Hiking attire to include boots is recommended. The hike is weather dependent. Please call the park office if the weather is questionable at 828-297-7261. Please meet at the Summit Trailhead.
Alpen Summer Concerts: Join in the summer fun at the Alpen Inn Pavilion on Beech Mountain for free outdoor concerts every Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00 (weather permitting), Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or use seating provided. Food and beverages are available for purchase on the lawn through the Alpen Inn Restaurant. Events are family and pet friendly (permitted on leash). Musical acts scheduled to perform: The Lucky Strikes, Shane Chalke BE Jazz, Smokey Breeze, The Mercury Dames, Sound Traveler, Echo Park, Klee Liles/Klee and Mike Show, Liz Hayes and the Common Threads, Amantha Mill. Music ranges from Jazz, Swing, Old-time Americana, Blues, Beach, Classic Rock-n-Roll and more.