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Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 10:58 am

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday March 14

Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.

Wednesday March 16

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night with John Fortenberry. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!

Thursday March 17

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity).

7:30pm-10:30pm St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Handlebar Betty. Laced with elements of southern rock, folk, blues, soul and rockabilly, Handlebar Betty creates a unique sound that is dark, driving, earthy bringing forth a genuine, soulful and eclectic approach to acoustic/electric music.
Meris Gantt – Guitar, Stand Up Bass, Vocals
Anna Huffman – Guitar, Stand Up Bass, Vocals, Ukulele
Chad Berry – Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jordan Lamb – Electric Guitar, Vocals

Friday March 18

Tapped at 5pm, we feature something fun and new every Friday. Get it while it lasts; there is only a limited amount!

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: The Djangovers. The Djangovers, formerly The Hot Club of Lenoir (HCOL), features some of the best musicians the area has to offer. Steeped in the Americana tradition mixed with Manouche Swing flavors and modern styles, the HCOL is a family friendly musical group of amazing talent.

Saturday March 19

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Woodie and the String Pullers. Woodie & The String Pullers are 3 witty gents from Charlotte, NC who play authentic acoustic instruments. Their repertoire covers the map…. including Pop, Rock, Country, Indie and Reggae. They may look like a bluegrass band…but don’t be fooled; they are everything but a bluegrass band =) This band is completely different. They are a breath of fresh air; but most of all… THEY ARE ENTERTAINING! Each member sings and plays multiple instruments. They play covers in their own unique style. Once the audience starts to make requests…then the magic starts!
Jerry “The Jacket” Dowd: Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Manual Juicer & Professional Grade Weed Eater.
Kevin “The String Breaker” Russell: Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Bass, Eggbeater & Garlic Press.
Mark “Syko” Sykes: Mandolin, Vocals, Dobro, Spatula & Measuring Cup, Chief Commodian…err rather… Comedian.

Sunday March 13

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.

Community Bingo April 19 at Avery Senior Center

Bingo: 5-7 p.m. on April 19. You must sign up at the Avery Senior Center. Cards are $5 each, limit four cards. Prizes from local businesses. Sandwiches and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Life Care Center of Banner Elk. All proceeds will go to the Avery Senior Center.

Wilkes Playmakers Lining Up Season of Shows for 2016

Wilkes Playmakers has been providing Wilkes County with Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Dramas for over 25 years and this year is no different. We have a wonderful season of shows this year, with something for everyone. From musicals to drama, to children’s shows, Murder Mystery Dinner theatre, comedy and an uplifting Christmas show, you’ll see it all at Playmakers this year!  Cinderella Wore Combat Boots, Cabaret, Peter Pan, of Mice and Men, and Beautiful Star are all in the lineup.  Playmakers is also lining up concerts for everyone, from rock to folk to Christian to Broadway Show tunes.  It’s all happening this year!  Still want more?  Well, there is also the 2nd annual Zombie Apocalypse.

As part of our mission to showcase and teach performing arts in our community, we are also starting the Benton Hall Academy of Musical Theatre with classes for Children, Teens and Adults.  We have brought in Janet Stegman, the founder of the Kids on Broadway, a talented vocal coach, musician and comedienne.  Classes will begin in April.  We are also looking to develop local playwrights with a passion for theatre.  Our Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is the first example of developing local playwrights. You can check out our new website at for more information.

 That being said, we need your help!!  We are looking for volunteers with a passion for Performing Arts and even more so, we need your help financially.  It costs a lot to maintain a 100-year-old building and to provide the shows and even more to start an educational center.  Playmakers needs to raise $25,000 this year to cover the costs of everything previously mentioned.  We know this is a lot of money but we are asking small.   We are hoping to involve EVERYONE who enjoys theater and entertainment and ask you to support us with whatever gift is comfortable for you. If you could give any amount from $1 to $20 or more (think of one cup of fancy coffee to one businessman’s lunch)  a month, it would go a long way to helping us achieve this goal.  We are also looking for show sponsors, day sponsors in our ‘Keep the lights on’ campaign, corporate sponsors and those interested in buying  season tickets.  You can get more info at or

Financial Literacy Workshop at the Library March 18

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join us for the next installment in a series of Financial Literacy Workshops for adults on March 18th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Presenter: Lisa Maggiore, Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University.

This month’s focus will be on protecting your wealth. Specifically, we will discover techniques for outsmarting investment fraud and get an introduction to resources that can help us visualize the roles of insurance, wills, investments, retirement plans, and estate planning techniques in preparing for life’s transitions.

Food will be served at the event!

To RSVP or for more information please call

(828) 264-8784 ext. 2

This Week at BRAHM

March 15: Coffee with the Curator, 11 a.m.

Exhibition and Collections Director Dianna Loughlin will guide you on this exclusive tour through the museum’s permanent collection, selections from which have been recently displayed.

The tour will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s exhibits.

“Dianna is very knowledgeable about the exhibits and the tour is free with your entry to the museum. There’s complimentary coffee and it’s a really nice way for people to come together,” Weinstein said in a previous interview. “You’re learning something, but you’re also socializing and getting to see the museum from a different angle.”

This month, the museum has an exhibit of paintings by Artist Ward Nichols, who paints hyper-realism and a little bit of fascist-surrealism.

Nichols will be in attendance during Coffee with the Curator, along with the director of the gallery where he usually shows his work.

“It’ll be an opportunity for people to meet the actual artist while looking at the paintings,” Weinstein said.

For more information, check out the event page or call Dianna Loughin at 828-295-9099 ext. 3007 or email [email protected]

March 16: Gone Fishin’: Art for the Trout Derby, 3:30-5 p.m.

With this program, your child can join the kids’ art class and learn to paint with watercolor with Carole Childers.

Weinstein said that Childers is a wonderful art instructor, a really good teacher and a lot of fun.

Childers teaches private lessons and adults with disabilities at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

Your children will paint using the theme of trout fishing, and that’s the only rule – they are encouraged to use their imagination as much as they want!

Do your kids love a good competition?

Submit their watercolor painting at the annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby on April 2 that kicks off trout season with a fun-filled day of activities, prizes and fishing.

If chosen, your child’s painting will be featured on a t-shirt and painting for next year’s Trout Derby.

$8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required and will end at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

“This art class was a way to link up with the Blowing Rock Trout Derby and have the museum be a part of that event,” Weinstein said. “So it should be really fun.”

Scholarships, which are a way to make sure the workshop is available to everyone, are available upon inquiry.

For more information, visit the event page.

March 17: Two-Thousand Years of Mica Mining in WNC, 11 a.m.

“In this late breakfast series, we invite local scholars from the community or from colleges and universities to come talk to us about their current research or projects they might be working on,” Weinstein said in a previous interview. “We try to keep it affordable, so it’s a $5 suggested donation. We will have complimentary coffee from the Hatchet Coffee Company here in Boone, along with locally baked breakfast goods.”

This edition of the monthly Scholars and Scones BRAHM series brings in Archaeologist Alice Wright, an ASU faculty member researching mica mining in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wright, an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at ASU, will discuss evidence for indigenous mica mining in western North Carolina. This will include her recent findings from her excavations at a newly discovered earthwork site. She will also consider how the ancient mica trade linked Native Appalachian communities with other societies in North America.

“We like to have local scholars from nearby colleges and universities,” Weinstein said.

The museum has an exhibit on mining in Western North Carolina called “The Truth Beneath These Hills,” which will be up until April 23 and curated by a Pubic History class at ASU.

For more information, check out the event page.

March 19: Home Movie Day of the High Country, 1-4 p.m.

Bring your old home movies and take a trip down memory lane at the inaugural Home Movie Day of the High Country, a nation-wide (along with a few other countries) movement celebrating amateur filmmaking.

After Beth Davison, director of the Sociology department and teacher at the University Documentary Film Services at ASU, learned about and attended a Home Movie Day, she mentioned it to Weinstein.

“They’re a chance for people to bring in home movies,” said Weinstein.

If you have any home movies that you love or that are sitting around the house collecting dust, bring them down to the Home Movie Day at 1 p.m. on March 19.

If you can’t find your movies, it’s okay! Take a “feels” trip as you enjoy everyone else’s home movies, free of charge.

Preservationists and Archivists who specialize in film preservation and conversion, snacks, bingo and door prizes will be at the event.

For more information, visit the Center for Home Movies, which started as a way to honor family films and cultural heritage and to value the movies as a valuable piece of cultural information.

“There’s never been one here in Western North Carolina, so we thought that we’d do one here in the High Country,” Weinstein said.

Visit the event page for details.

March 20: Mini Matinees: A Baroque Adventure, 2 p.m.

Made possible by performers from ASU’S the 18th Century Music Program, this children’s program within a series of three different performances will offer a collection of dance music from Bach, Vivaldi and Jean-Baptiste Lully’s time.

“The idea is to introduce kids to a variety of concert and theatre performances,” Weinstein said.

Two performances ago was a combination of classical music, fairy tales and Aesop’s fables, the last performance was a play and this one will be music from a different time period than previously performed.

“We wanted to have a variety of [performances],” Weinstein said.

This performances will be combined with dancing to encourage your children to get up and moving.

“We want to use this program as a way to introduce children to a variety of different music and a different performances and different time periods,” Weinstein said.

When you think of that time period, you might think of kings and courts, so the museum thought it might be appealing to kids in that way.

“These afternoon programs will introduce kids to the performing arts. I’m really excited about them, and we have a large variety,” said Weinstein said in a previous interview. “I remember doing that sort of thing when I was little, and it sort of opened up this whole magical world to me.”

This month’s program will be available at just $8 for the whole family for museum members and $10 per family for nonmembers.

“The setting will be so intimate that kids are sort of learning the etiquette of sitting and watching a performance, but there will also be a Q-and-A so they can learn about what goes into some of these performances — I think that’s also really valuable,” Weinstein said in a previous interview. “It’s art forms they’re not exposed to every day in the modern world.”

Mini Matinees are sure to be one of your children’s favorite BRAHM events as they encourage them to get up, move and be excited about music.

The screening has no age limit, and the doors will open at 1:30 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

Check out the event page for additional information.

ASU Steely Pan Band to Play the Schaefer Center March 20

Fans of the Steely Pan Steel Band from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music can experience the excitement and energy the musicians bring to performances March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus.  General admission tickets are $8 and go on sale Tuesday, March 15, at Schaefer Center box office.

Concert goers will be treated to compositions typically performed at Trinidad’s Panorama competition and local fan favorites as well.

Director Byron Hedgepeth said, “We are adding some Panorama tunes that haven’t been performed for a few years and three songs written or arranged by former members of the band.”

The lively “Birthday Party” by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe opens the performance. Sharpe was considered a child prodigy of the steel pan. Written in 1992, “Birthday Party” won second place in a Panorama competition. Arrangements of “Glory,” “Under the Sea” and “Whey de Pan Man” by former Steely Pan director Scott Meister also will be performed.

Jonathan Scales’ arrangement of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Disney cartoon “The Lion King” also is on the program. Scales, an alumnus of the band and Appalachian, is a successful steel pan performer and composer based in Asheville. The band will perform a version of “Reptilia” by the rock band The Strokes, arranged by steel pan band member and Hayes School of Music senior Jonathon Sale. Sale is this year’s recipient of the Steely Pan Steel Band Scholarship.

Other compositions on the program are the traditional pan tune “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” “Rubber Band Man,” “Pan2” by Appalachian alumnus and Los Angeles-based percussionist Chris Wabich and “My Paradise” by Ellie Mannette, who is considered “the father of the modern steel drum.”

The band recently performed at the Cape Fear Friends of the Fine Arts Community Concert Series at Campbell University and will perform in April at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center.

LMC Stephenson Center to Host Dr. Billy Carver Lecture on March 17

Continuing its exploration of Appalachian history and culture, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College will host Dr. Billy Carver on Thursday, March 17. His lecture, titled “Mountain Air: Tuberculosis in Appalachia,” will cover the fascinating facts behind the mountains’ place in medical history. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center and is free and open to the public.

Carver, program director for health sciences at Lees-McRae, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in microbiology. He continued his studies at Vanderbilt University where he received his doctorate with concentrations in cell and developmental biology while researching transcription factor biology of the lung in preterm infants. An assistant professor of biology, Carver is also the department’s laboratory coordinator.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Carver’s expertise to discuss Appalachia’s medical history.  He is not only a distinguished scholar; he is also an entertaining and enlightening lecturer,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. “We invite everyone to join us for this informative program.”

The John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachian and Comparative Highland Studies was founded in 2001 with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of the Southern Appalachian region through education, outreach, and artistic activities. For more information about the lecture or center, please contact Dr. Michael Joslin at [email protected].

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 1,000 students hailing from 31 states and more than 8 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning. For more information, please visit or call 828-898-5241.

Spring Open House Set for April 16 at App State

High school students and prospective transfer students are invited to learn about academics and campus life at Appalachian State University during its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 16. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center with a family assembly, followed by an information fair from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The fair includes opportunities to talk with students, faculty and university representatives about admissions, financial aid, academic areas, campus support areas, student clubs and organizations, study abroad, The Honors College and other special opportunities that make up “the Appalachian experience.” There also will be a special program for transfer students.

Student Ambassadors will provide campus tours. Residence halls will be open for guided tours. Academic departments will also conduct open houses. The day concludes around 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

Renewable Energy Workshops Offered at Appalachian

The Appalachian Energy Center’s annual workshop series begins April 15 with a daylong event focusing on N.C. Commercial Energy Code Training.

The center, based at Appalachian State University, is a source of up-to-date information related to renewable energy, building science and energy efficiency fields.

Other workshops being offered are:

·       Inspecting Photovoltaic Systems for Code Compliance, April 30

·       Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design and Construction, May 16-20

·       Small Wind Energy Hands-on Workshop, June 3-4

·       Photovoltaic System Fundamentals, June 10-11

Workshops later in the series include Affordable Zero Energy Ready Homes, Solar Thermal Water Heating and Microhydro Design and Installation.

Workshop costs range from $100 to $1,150 depending on the type and length of the workshop. Special rates are offered to UNC system students. Continuing education credits also are offered.

For more details, including workshop locations and to view the full schedule, visit

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