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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Sept. 20-22

Sept. 20, 2013. The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially as autumn draws closer. 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, Sept. 20

Boone United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar:  The unofficial kickoff of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 29 years that now thousands attend in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship. Located at 471 New Market Boulevard directly behind the New Market Shopping Center, the church’s annual Fall Bazaar will be Friday, Sept. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. To read the article on this event, click here

PARK(ing) Day: On Friday, Sept. 20, Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon: Europe Team “Team Reciprocite” will participate in a world-wide phenomenon called PARK(ing) day. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the team will reclaim an urban parking spot and transform it into an urban “green space” for a day. To read the article on this event, click here

Appalachian Mountain Brewery Free Fundraiser Concert: Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone will host a free concert fundraiser featuring popular local favorite musician Anna Barnett on Friday, Sept. 20. The concert will be raising funds to put toward the recording and distribution of Barnett’s very first album. To read the article on this event, click here

Banff Mountain Film Festival: The 2013-14 Appalachian State University Performing Arts Series begins with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 20-21. This two-day event is a stop on the yearly tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which tours the world in an international display of controversial, thought provoking and inspiring films. The films were selected from over 400 films submitted from over 40 countries across the world. To read the article on this event, click here

Friday’s Concert at the Jones House: Summer comes to a close this weekend, but not before the Town of Boone celebrates one more Friday night at the Jones House, wrapping up the 2013 Concerts series with a traditional music and storytelling showcase. The Jones House is located on King Street in downtown Boone. For more information, click here

Wilkesboro’s Weekly Open Air Market: Wilkesboro hosts a weekly Open Air Market on West Main Street in the heart of historic downtown, offering farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and plants, as well as handmade crafts. The market’s focus is on supporting and sustaining the local farm and artisan community. The market takes place every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., from April 19 through Oct. 18. Admission is free. The town of Wilkesboro will also provide an open mike opportunity during the regular Open Air Market Fridays for local and regional musicians. Open mike signups will be available weekly April through October, not including the Third Friday Events, which are held April through August. To sign up, or for more information, contact Andrew Carlton at Wilkesboro Town Hall at 336-838-3951.

Saturday, Sept. 21

 Frye Regional Medical Center’s Do the Unthinkable 5K Run/Walk: Frye Regional Medical Center, located in Hickory, will host the third annual Do the Unthinkable 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 21 beginning at 8 a.m. The event is inspired by Scott Rigsby, who is a two-time Hawaiian Iron Man finisher, triathlete, and also happens to be a double amputee. To read the article on this event, click here.

Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little, & Helen White Concert in Mountain City: Tickets may be purchased by phone and retrieved the night of the performance at the door. For further scheduling information, visit http://www.heritagehalltheatre.org. For more information, call (423) 727-7444.

International Day of Peace Celebration: Sept. 21 will mark the International Day of Peace, a United Nations-sanctioned day which strives to be a “global day of ceasefire and nonviolence.” In the High Country, the Mountain Peacemakers, a local peace-loving group formed in 2006, refuses to let the day go by unnoticed. To read the article on this event, click here.  

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. The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is located in the Horn in the West parking lot.

Stick Boy Mayview Madness: Join us for the 14th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K and Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. Held on some of the most beautiful roads in the High Country, you will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views. After the race, relax at Bistro Roca Restaurant for post race snacks and awards.

Boone Clean Up Day: Unusual litter PAYS! Please join the Town of Boone for the annual “Fall Boone Clean-Up Day” to remove the unsightly litter that has accumulated along our streets and streams during the summer and your unusual litter may place $100 in your pocket. Interested participants may come by the Town of Boone Public Works Center to register and pick up supplies on the event day or prior to the event. For more information, visit the article here.

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. 

Sunday, Sept. 22

Concert at Samaritan’s Purse: Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner and Gospel Hall-of-Famer Ricky Skaggs will play a live gospel concert on Sept. 22 at the Samaritan’s Purse Training and Conference Center in Blowing Rock. Skaggs, who is known for his faith being a vital part of his art, will go on stage at 7 p.m., said Karina Peterson of Samaritan’s Purse. To read the article on this event, click here

Voices of Peace Concert: The “Voices of Peace” concert at the Rosen Consert Hall is sponsored by The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. Entertainers include: Watauga County Community Band, The Spring House Choir, Joe Shannon, the First Baptist Church Chancel Bells, the Fifth Edition, Klee Liles, Kaden Liles, Brian Swanson, the Daneggans Band, the ASU Gospel Choir, and more! The concert is the conclusion of the month-long events honoring Peace Day, a.k.a. the International Day of Peace, sponsored by the Mountain Peacemakers.

Day After Peace Film Screening: The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University will show the film The Day After Peace in room 421 Belk Library on the campus on Sunday, September 22 at 7 p.m. The film commemorates International Peace Day.

A Musical Feast at the BRAHM: The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will host a Musical Feast with chamber music to be held at 3 p.m.  Admission for the event is $20 per person, with a wine and cheese reception following. Contact 295-9099, ext. 3006, for more information.