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Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

Wahoo’s Seeking Vendors for Events at New River Outpost

Wahoo’s Adventures is exploring the area for various entrepreneurs to feed and/or entertain the thousands of guest that visit the New River Outpost in Todd, NC all summer. Our New River Outpost has a fully covered deck to protect you and the guest from the elements, as well as electricity, fully powered by newly installed solar panels. This will provide an amazing venue for musicians, and caterers to show off their skills. It also doesn’t hurt to know, this venue is nestled on 5 acres of riverfront property!

From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend, Wahoo’s seeks to have an array of events on its location. We desire to have a caterers/food truck at this location serving its finest to guests, preferably everyday, but no less than each Thursday through Sunday. We would also like to offer the caterer the ability to offer two meals daily, if possible.

Also, the guest to the New River Outpost are visiting for the day. Wahoo’s wants to offer a real mountain experience with live music, and other family entertainment would be the icing on the cake for those visiting. Entertainer of all kinds will be considered.

Are you looking for a way to earn more funds? Wahoo’s would like to extend the opportunity for talented quality individuals to join the New River Staff. You will be working outside, meeting people from all-over, while getting a chance to promote your talents.

Please call Wahoo’s Adventures at 828-262-5774 and ask to speak with Jeff or Virginia about partnering together. If you have a website, videos, photos…anything that can help us determine the best fit for this business adventure, send those via email to [email protected]

Appalachian Common Reading Program Book Selection for 2016-17

Appalachian State University has chosen the common reading selection for the 2016-17 academic year. It will be “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” by Jon Ronson, published in 2015.

Appalachian’s Common Reading Program helps incoming students establish a common experience with other students. Since 1997, first-year students have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian. The program helps freshmen develop a sense of community on campus and introduces them to academic life at Appalachian.

Born in Wales in 1967, Ronson is a journalist and the author of several highly acclaimed and best-selling books, including “The Men Who Stare at Goats” and “The Psychopath Test.”

“So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” is Ronson’s most recent book. It begins with the author’s surprising discovery that a Twitter account had been created under his name without his knowledge and that the account was active. The book goes on to explore a number of questions arising from the public dimensions of social media and how it reflects other forms of social control.

Publisher’s Weekly calls the work “clever and thought-provoking” and notes “this book has the potential to open an important dialogue about faux moral posturing online and its potentially disastrous consequences.” The Huffington Postremarks that Ronson has an “introspective and often funny lens” and that the book “is an insightful, well-researched and important text about how we react to others’ poor decisions.”

Appalachian’s common reading committee, led by English professor Dr. Colin Ramsey, selects the book incoming students will read each year. Recent common reading selections have included “Long Way Gone” by Ismael Beah, “Clapton’s Guitar” by Allen St. John, “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar and “Farm City” by Novella Carpenter.

Each year, the author of the common reading selection gives a speech at convocation, which is open to the public. Jonson will speak at this year’s convocation on Monday, Aug. 15. Event details will be announced closer to the date.

Lions Club Blood Drive May 3

The Boone Area Lions Club wants your blood! The Lions are sponsoring a Community Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 3 from 1:30-6:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. There is a critical need for healthy blood; don’t pass up this opportunity to help out. To make an appointment, call Will at 828-264-1579 or go online to and enter sponsor code “Holiday Inn Express”. Drop ins are also welcome; come by the Holiday Inn Express on Tuesday, May 3.

April 30 Author Visit: Eva Nell Mull Wike

Saturday, April 30, 11 am

Meeting Room, Watauga County Public Library

Author Visit: Eva Nell Mull Wike, author of Fiddler of the Mountains

Storyteller and author Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD., travels to Watauga Library to present her book, Fiddler of the Mountains – Attuned to the Life and Times of Johnny Mull.

In the author’s own words:

“My book won the North Carolina Historical Society Award and it comes with a CD of my Uncle Johnny’s music. You may view it and read reviews on AMAZON.COM. The music was restored in the National Recording Studio in Rome, Georgia, from the old acetate records which were recorded in Canton, Ohio in the 1940s & 50s. It all seems like some kind of a miracle that I ‘accidentally’ got my Uncle Johnny’s personal photos from a dear friend who had worked with Johnny up in Canton, in the 1950’s. I no sooner got the photos from him, ‘til a few days later he upped and died during open-heart surgery in Atlanta!

About the same time, the Ohio landlady sent me the old acetate records which had been stored away in her closet for decades! Then just a few days later, her son called me to say that she had passed away. So in between sad times, I got down to business and wrote Johnny’s story. And dog-on if my book didn’t win the North Carolina Society of Historian’s AWARD!”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and each copy includes a CD of rare music performed by mountain fiddler Johnny Mull.

Persons with special needs please contact the Library five or more days before the event so that reasonable arrangements may be made. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring our events.

Appalachian Wind Ensemble Performance Set for April 27

The Appalachian Wind Ensemble will perform Wednesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the Appalachian State University campus. Admission is free.

The Hayes School of Music ensemble features performers on 21 wind instruments. The ensemble will be conducted by John Stanley Ross in addition to graduate conductors Matthew Brusseau and Onsby Rose. The ensemble features 2016 Appalachian Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition winner Devin Glasgow on flute and guest conductor John L. Whitwell, director of bands emeritus at Michigan State University.

The program begins with “Concerto for 23 Winds” by Walter S. Hartley, followed by “Colonial Song” by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

Then, the wind ensemble will perform “Concertino for Flute and Winds” by Cecile Chaminade, featuring Glasgow as flute soloist.

Next, the ensemble will perform “Canzona” by Peter Minnin, followed by “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli. The program will conclude with “American Salute” by Morton Gould.

Register Now for May 30 Color Run

On Memorial Day – May 30th – 2016, Hospitality House AmeriCorps VISTA project Welcome Home Thriftique will host the Third Annual Mast General Store Memorial Day Color Blast 5K. This 5K Run/Walk will raise funds, awareness, and support for men, women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty in the High Country. The Color Blast 5K will begin at5pm on the Boone Greenway Trail at Clawson-Burnley Park.

“I really enjoy having a chance to host our third annual Memorial Day Color Blast 5K,” says NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and Welcome Home Thriftique project manager Ethan Flynn. “Since Memorial Day is a school day for our community, we gear this unique event to parents, teens and kids.”

A color blast is an event that showers runners in an environmentally safe, cornstarch-based colored powder at certain locations along the trail. The main idea is to tie-dye each runner’s white event t-shirt by the end of the run. The untimed 5K welcomes competitive runners, casual runners, joggers, walkers, people with disabilities, families, and all those who are willing to give back to their community.  Sorry, no pets.  A guide to the Color Blast is posted online at and will be included in each registration packet.

Participants can expect free yogurt provided by Menchie’s in Boone, Anna Banana’s photo booth with fun props, face painting, music, finish line celebrations and water and fruit provided by Ingles.  A “Fun Run” will be held at 6:30 for kids under 10 to run a lap on the dirt track through clouds of color. The cost is $5 and kids can sign up at the event with parental assistance.

Early registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. Early registration is online now  and Early registration by May 6thguarantees an event T-shirt.

 On-site registration will begin at 4pm and t-shirts will be first come first serve.  On-site registration will be $30 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted.

Those who pre-register can pick up their packets on May 26th and 27th between 11:00am and 6:00pm or May 28th between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm at Welcome Home Thriftique, 182 Boone Heights Drive – behind Burger King.

Food donation bins for canned goods, boxed goods and dry goods, like coffee, sugar, tea and bread, will be located at the picnic shelters beside the start and finish of the race.

Flynn has been organizing the event, and all proceeds will support Welcome Home Thriftique’s Foundation For Success, a job skills training program and AmeriCorps initiative of Hospitality House.

Welcome Home Thriftique, a four-year cooperative project between Hospitality House, Appalachian State University’s ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together) program, North Carolina Campus Compact, and AmeriCorps, has been open since July 25, 2014. All items sold in the store have been donated by the community and 100 percent of profits go to support the men, women and children of Hospitality House. Merchandised items include art, furniture, antiques, collectibles, home goods, décor, name brand clothing and the Anna Banana’s Overstock Shop.

The Mast General Store Memorial Day Color Blast 5K is also sponsored by OP Smiles, Anna Banana’s and Menchie’s of Boone. Event organizers are still welcoming sponsors. For more information, please contact Ethan Flynn at [email protected] or call Welcome Home Thriftique at (828) 355-9703.

Welcome Home Thriftique is located at 182 Boone Heights Drive. Store hours areMondayFriday 11am-6pm and Saturday10am-4pm. To learn more go to, check out their Facebook page and follow them on Pinterest

To learn more about Hospitality House, visit them online at, follow them on Twitter @HospHouseBoone or on Facebook at

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