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Published Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 11:11 am

Western Square Dancing at Linville Land Harbor

www.mountainmixers.com

Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center 20 Linville Harbor Pkwy, Newland,

NC 28657

Plus Dancing with announced advanced by National Callers on Sundays.

Schedule: 1:30-2:00PM advanced 2:00-4:00PM plus. Dress is square dance

attire or dressy casual. June 19th Patty Green, Monroe, NC

Linville Land Harbor Advanced Dancing from June 1st until late

September. Dress is casual. Every Monday starting June 6th 7-9PM Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC

Every Weds starting June 8th 7-9PM Ron Libby, Land Harbor

Wilkes Playmakers Present Peter Pan June 3-4, 9-11

Wilkes Playmakers invite you to join us as we venture to NeverLand in our upcoming production of Peter Pan by JM Barrie! Performances  will be June 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 7 pm  with Sunday matinees on June 5th and 12th at 2 pm.  All performances are at Benton Hall, located at 300 D Street, North Wilkesboro, NC.   This original stage version of the enduring classic  is great entertainment for the entire family!

Tickets are available in advance at www.wilkesplaymakers.com or may be purchased at the box office beginning one hour prior to performances.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults,  $8 for students and senior citizens;  $5 military.  Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.  Please contact [email protected]com for more information regarding group rates or any other questions you might have.  Peter Pan is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Matt Gallagher to Offer Writing Workshop for Veterans at ASU, Public Reading June 13-14

Matt Gallagher, an Iraq War combat veteran and writer, will be in residence at Appalachian State University June 13 and 14. Gallagher is the author of two highly acclaimed books: the memoir, “Kaboom,” and the recently published Iraq War novel, “Youngblood,” cited by the New York Times as “an urgent and deeply moving novel.”

Area veterans and their families are invited to participate in a veteran writers workshop June 13 from 4-7 p.m. in Gordon Gathering Hall of the College of Education Building. In addition, a public reading will be presented June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Gordon Gathering Hall, followed by a reception and book signing in the Duke Rotunda of the College of Education Building.

Gallagher’s books will be available for sale at both events and at the University Bookstore.

Gallagher’s visit is presented by Appalachian’s newly formed Appalachian Veterans Arts and Humanities Collective, a working group of Appalachian employees and students dedicated to bringing hands-on arts and humanities programs and workshops to campus veterans as well as veterans and their families in the areas surrounding Watauga County and beyond.

It is also presented in part by Appalachian’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance; Office of Academic Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences; Office of the Provost; Military Affairs Committee; Department of English; Office of Multicultural Student Development; University Bookstore; and community sponsor Gideon Ridge Inn.

About Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is the author of the novel “Youngblood,” published in February 2016 by Atria/Simon & Schuster. Reviewing for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani wrote of “Youngblood”: “On one level, the novel is a parable – with overtones of Graham Greene’s ‘The Quiet American’ – about the United States and Iraq and the still unfurling consequences of the war … Mr. Gallagher has a keen reportorial eye, a distinctive voice and an instinctive sympathy for the people he is writing about … [This] is an urgent and deeply moving novel.” “Youngblood” has also received positive reviews or been featured in The Washington Post, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal and Vogue.

A former U.S. Army captain, Gallagher’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily andPlayboy, among other places. He is also the author of the Iraq memoir “Kaboom” and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection “Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.” In 2015, Gallagher was featured in Vanity Fair as one of the voices of a new generation of American war literature. Among other media, he has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning and NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show.”

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Gallagher holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn and works as a writing instructor at Words After War, a literary nonprofit devoted to bringing veterans and civilians together to study conflict literature.

For more information, visit diversity.appstate.edu/events/gallagher

ASU to Test Campus Siren System Wednesday

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system Wednesday, June 1, at 11:55 a.m.

Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard online at http://em.emergency.appstate.edu/siren-warning-system. Appalachian uses the “hi/low” tone for emergencies; “discontinuous air horn” for tests of the system and the “alert” tone for all-clear signal.

For more information about the university’s AppState ALERT voice/text/e-mail notification system, visit http://emergency.appstate.edu.

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday May 30

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

Tuesday May31

5pm-Close Oyster Roast. $12 gets you a bucket of one dozen oysters and house made saltine crackers. Featuring oysters

from Bodie Island, NC.

Wednesday June 1

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night. 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 June 2

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

College Night 7:30pm-Live Music with Family Breakfast-Sponsored by ASU Split Rail Records. Family Breakfast is the

sound you want to wake up to in the morning, and also the tunes you want to party to all night. Hailing from Boone, NC,

Family Breakfast is a unique variety of Rock, Soul, Blues, Reggae, Metal, and downright Funk that could only be brought

about from the unique background of its founding members. Bringing together their experiences from North Carolina,

Virginia, Maryland, and South Africa, Family Breakfast loves to try new things and break stylistic boundaries you may be

accustomed too. With their latest "Not an EP", Family Breakfast looks to continue exploring the far reaches of the

world.

Friday June 3

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Dream Pipe. Based out of Asheville by way of the dream world, Dream Pipe specializes in

sacred suburban folk music – television, cinema, video game, and radio pop themes. Violinist Drayton Aldridge, bassist

Craig Sandberg, and Drummer Mike Oliver revamp some of the best and worst tunes of the 20th century with amusing

arrangements and diverse musical stylings. Dream Pipe is one of three bands that make up the Dreamverse (along with

Drayton & The Dreamboats and The Duo of Dreams & Splendor), all of which seek to provide Earthlings with quality

music while simultaneously fighting the Dreambots by inspiring the human race to dream again. With a large and varied

catalog of tunes, silly costumes, wacky stage antics, and lots of improvisation, Dream Pipe seeks to provide not only

quality music, but a full entertainment experience.

Saturday June 4

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Jacob Johnson Band. Hailing from the humble town of Granite Falls, North Carolina, The

Jacob Johnson Band is a three-piece blues experience suited for a stadium, able to be professionally condensed to the

size of your local bar or any place where live music can be found.

With a rock steady rhythm section as his foundation, Jacob Johnson's leads soar into the stratosphere with sonic

influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, and many more. With vocals ranging from the howls of a

hurt man, to the love struck crooning of Elvis, everyone will find the blues lover in themselves.

Sunday June 5

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

verification of residency.

First Friday

Friday June 3

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Dream Pipe. Based out of Asheville by way of the dream world, Dream Pipe specializes in

sacred suburban folk music – television, cinema, video game, and radio pop themes. Violinist Drayton Aldridge, bassist

Craig Sandberg, and Drummer Mike Oliver revamp some of the best and worst tunes of the 20th century with amusing

arrangements and diverse musical stylings. Dream Pipe is one of three bands that make up the Dreamverse (along with

Drayton & The Dreamboats and The Duo of Dreams & Splendor), all of which seek to provide Earthlings with quality

music while simultaneously fighting the Dreambots by inspiring the human race to dream again. With a large and varied

catalog of tunes, silly costumes, wacky stage antics, and lots of improvisation, Dream Pipe seeks to provide not only

quality music, but a full entertainment experience.

Toe River Arts Council 39th Annual Benefit Auction July 9

The Toe River Arts Council hosts its 39 th Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, July 9, in downtown

Spruce Pine, just an hour or so north of Asheville. But the event begins a few weeks before on June 18

when Silent Auction bidding begins and a special 8×8 Exhibit opens downstairs at the Spruce Pine

Gallery.

This year the gallery will showcase the best in artistry and crafts in both the Live and Silent Auction from

June 18 through the day of the Live Auction and Party on the 9th. Local artists, many internationally

known, who call this mountainous rural region of the Blue Ridge home, have donated work.

Also, the Arts Council is mounting an exhibit and sale of 8” x 8” works of art. In addition to inviting

artists to participate, TRAC has opened up the creative minds of Mitchell and Yancey school art students

and invited them to use their young talents and support the Council. TRAC provided each donating artist

and student a wood frame on which they could create and donate it back. Two-dimensional artists colored

the fronts while other three-dimensional artists worked with the recessed back, all demonstrating the

inventiveness of folks in the area. These pieces will go on exhibit and sale June 18. The adult works will

be sold for $75, the student work for $50. And when they’re gone, they are gone.

Even though the Live and Silent Auction pieces will be side by side on the first floor of the Spruce Pine

Gallery, the Silent auction pieces really hold sway during the two weeks leading up to the live event.

Silent bidding happens from 10:30am on June 18 through 6:00pm on July 9; there is no bidding fee. And

those who can’t make the event can enter sealed bids via phone or in person and keep their fingers

crossed.

The Live Auction and Party begins at 7pm upstairs in the Arts Resource Center. A real down-home dinner

is being provided by the 2015 Spruce Pine BBQ Festival winner, Wayne Jackson. Frozen daiquiris and

Jeff McDowell’s handmade beer will flow along with the instrumentals of guitarist Jared McQueen and

keyboardist Bill Gerhardt. At 7:30pm, Jeff Goodman will begin auctioning off work from some of the

most renowned artists in the country—all in support of the non-profit TRAC. Monies raised support the

many Arts Council-sponsored school and community programs in the region. Although partially funded

by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, TRAC depends upon the generosity of their patrons in

order for them to keep providing arts experiences, interactions, and education to those who call the Toe

River Valley home. Tickets are $40 per person, and there is limited seating. For those who can’t make the

Live Auction & Party, there will be a special wine and cheese reception (with root beer floats for students

and their friends) earlier in the afternoon from 4:30 to 7pm in the Gallery.

Each year, TRAC features one signature piece. 2016 puts Yaffa and Jeff Todd’s “Red Lily” on center

pedestal. Yaffa was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of

Technology and has taught at Penland School of Crafts (the second woman to do so) and Goddard

College. Jeff Todd, from Philadelphia, majored in jewelry and glass at Southern Illinois University. He

became interested in glass in the early 1970s, taking classes at SIU and at the Penland School. His talent

for design, drawing and equipment building made him a perfect match for Yaffa. They met in 1980, when

Yaffa was building her studio and Jeff stopped by to see if he could help. Within a few months they were

working together, a few years later they married and now make their home and studio in Celo, NC.

The TRAC Annual Benefit Art Auction should prove to be another winner for those who donate and

those who bid and win. The first Auction was held 39 years ago. Artists have come and gone; a lot have

stayed to raise their families and awareness of the arts. Some nationally recognized artists, like Jane

Peiser and Kenny Pieper continue to lend their support by donating “best pieces” to the Auction. Over

three decades years later, the membership has grown, the support and enthusiasm with it.

The Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue) is open from 10:30am to 5:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Go

online (www.toeriverarts.org/auction-reservations) or call (828.682.7215) to make your reservation for

TRAC’s 39 th Annual Benefit Auction now. Then plan to visit the Spruce Pine Gallery and place your

silent bids or purchase an 8×8 work of art off the wall from June 18 until the day of the Auction, July 9.

For more information, please visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org.

The Toe River Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell

and Yancey Counties and partially funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of

the Natural and Cultural Resources Department, a state agency, and from people around the community

and the county who understand the benefits the arts play in developing a individual and a thriving region.

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