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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in The High Country; Check it Out and Make Plans: May 17-19

Compiled by Madison V. Fisler

things-to-do81821May 17, 2013. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. 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, May 17

ASU Biology Greenhouse Plant Sale: You are invited to visit the biology greenhouse for our spring plant sale. Choose from hundreds of healthy tropical plants, some perennials and vegetables, all grown by student volunteers. We’ve also grown thirty varieties of tomatoes. Prices start at just $1. Please support the greenhouse, which sponsors the ‘High Country Gardening’ community outreach program. Spend a moment to wander in the glory of the 750plant species inside our conservatory! May 16th, 17th, 18th, Thursday & Friday, 8-5pm, Sat. 8-2pm. For more information, please call: 828-262-4025.

Friends of the Watauga County Library Annual Book Sale: The annual book sale is back! This year it will be located in the center of the Boone Mall. Book prices remain the same as in years past. From $1 for adult, 50 cents for paperbacks, and there will be special deals on children’s books. This year there will be special pricing on special collections including a military collection. The sale will go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds from the sale go to benefit the Watauga County Library and its programs. For more information, please call: 828-264-0882.

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-mic opportunity during the regular Open Air Market Fridays for local and regional musicians. Open-mic  signups will be available weekly April through October, not including the Third Friday Events, which are held April through August. For more information, please call: 336-838-3951. 

Pop Ferguson Blues Night: Playing with Pop and Clyde Ferguson will be a special guest every month. Please join at “Sweet T’s on Main” for fabulous food prepared by, “The Big Guy” in the kitchen and crew, while you experience some of the best authentic roots blues in the nation. For more information visit, popfergusonblues.name or sweettsonmain.com.

Saturday, May 18

Watauga County Farmers’ Market: Located at the Horn on the West parking lot. 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. For more information, please call: 828-355-4918.

World War II Symposium: Located at the Watauga High School Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Symposium is a summary study of World War II that the history books missed and brought to you from those who were there, with the help of patriotic students. This will be a detailed history of Appalachian High Country’s contribution to the world wide war of the mid-twentieth century that preserved our democracy and gave us the opportunity to live in a world of freedom and economic growth for all. The cast of characters presenting this program includes 44 World War II veterans and 44 Watauga High School students who will accompany and portray the character of each veteran in the session representing the theatre that they participated in. A general session concludes the program in the afternoon with three guest speakers. For more information, please call: 828-264-4724.

Annual Spring Fling and 5k Walk/Run hosted by Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation: The 5K walk and run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and registration for the event starts at 8:15 a.m. The $20 fee includes T-shirt and lunch. All proceeds will go to support the Boston Marathon families. The Spring Fling will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live entertainment, silent auction, bake sale, face painting and more. Call 828-264-6720 for more information. 

High Country Kids’ Triathlon: Located at the Watauga County Parks and Recreation office. The 6th annual High Country Kids Triathlon will be held May 18th at 10am at the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. Swim is in the pool; bike and run on the Greenway Trail. There are 3 age groups and distances: 8 & under: swim 50m, bike 1 mile, run 0.5miles; 9-12: swim 100m, bike 3 miles, run 1 mile; and 13-18: swim 200m, bike 4 miles, run 1.5 miles. Relays are also available. Prizes and refreshments follow the race. All proceeds from the race will benefit Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Entry forms are available at the pool or Parks and Recreation department. For more information, please call: 828-964-9378.

Lenoir Downtown Farmers’ Market: Located in the parking lot behind Howard Brewery in Lenoir from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The only local producer only farmers market in Caldwell County. Selling produce,meat,fresh flowers, homemade items, children activities and live music. For more information, please call: 828-449-5504.

Art in the Park: Located at the American Legion Grounds in Blowing Rock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A series of art and fine handcraft shows featuring juried artisans. Now in its 51st year, Art in the Park features 90 exhibitors in each of six shows May through October. Work includes: painting (oil, watercolor and acrylic), etching, stained and blown glass, basketry, wood carving and turning, clay, photography, fiber, jewelry and more. For more information, please call: 295-7851. 

High Country Horse Club Horse Show: Located at Heritage Park in Newland at 10 a.m. Members of the Watauga County 4H Horse Power will be present selling their beautiful woven bracelets / anklets for their summer fundraiser. Watauga County 4H Horse Power is led by Alexa Knapp and ages 5-18 are welcome to join. No riding experience is necessary. For more information, please visit www.HighCountryHorseClub.com

Grandfather Home for Children Centennial Celebration: Located at the Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk from noon – 4 p.m. Kids crafts, petting zoo, food vendors, live music, strawberry sundaes – FREE admission! For more information, please call: 828-898-5465.

Mountain Pathways Homecoming Alumni Open House: Located at Mountain Pathways School in Boone. Come reconnect with your roots on Howard’s Creek. Those interested in just checking out the Mountain Pathways campus are also welcome from 2-5 on Saturday, May 18. Capture the Flag at 3 pm! Come see the renovated Norwood House and play in the creek! For more information, please call: 828-262-5787.

Sunday, May 19

Sunday Brunch with Live Music at Char: Located at Char Restaurant on Howard Street in Boone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call: 828-266-2179.

Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright and Friends at Canyons: Located at Canyons Restaurant in Blowing Rock from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call: 828-295-7661.

History of the Nuwati Trail Hike: Meet at the Boone Fork parking lot at Grandfather Mountain State Park. An easy two-mile hike starting at 1:00 p.m. For more information, please call: 828-963-9522.

Elk Knob Nature Hike: Join a ranger as he explores the natural realm of Elk Knob. 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.

Vintage Valle Music: Located at Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church in Vilas from 4-6 p.m. An afternoon of “Community music,” performed by local musicians, Damascus, the Kraut Creek Ramblers, Anna & Jim Shine, and the Turkey Tracks Trio. We invite ending with a sing-along jam. Gospel, Bluegrass, Folk, Patriotic, Familiar & Original Tunes. Casual. Indoors. Drop in any time. No “preach’n.” No food. Just neighborly pickin’ and grinnin’. For more information, please call: 297-4089.