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Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

High Country Pet Fest Friday in Banner Elk

The 2-day Annual High Country Pet Fest in Banner Elk will feature the Southeast Disc Dogs Competition, the Avery County K-9 Unit, Chester the Mini-Horse, live music on Friday night with Whip Daddies and Mad Dog, a local Dog Show, a Blessing of the Animals, local craft beer sales by the High Country Tap Room, a Silent Auction, many local vendors, and local pet rescue groups with adoptable animals. The event will benefit a local pet rescue organization. Please go towww.highcountrypetfest.com to find the schedule of events, registration forms for the Dog Show, and information on Event Sponsors.

Date/Time

Repeats every day until Sun Jul 24 2016 .

Friday, July 22, 2016 – 12:00pm8:00pm

Location

Downtown Banner Elk

Azalea Circle Banner Elk Elementary School lawn

Banner Elk, NC 28604

Contact

Name: Erika Siegel
Phone: (828) 898-5625

Studio 140 to Host Kent Paulette July 23

On Saturday, July 23rd from 5 to 10 pm, Studio 140 will host an opening for artist Kent Paulette.  Paulette will be painting live outside of the gallery and will also be unveiling his newest painting, The Elk Majestic.

“This painting is a mix of my old and new styles,” Paulette says.  “I used a huge palette knife with an 11-inch blade to create the thick texture and I even threw in some of my Ninja Splats.”

Studio 140 is located at 140 Azalea Circle in downtown Banner Elk.   The gallery is open on Wednesdaythrough Sunday each week this summer from 5 pm until 10 pm, and it stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  More info can be found atwww.facebook.com/Studio140 or by calling (828) 352-8853.

Jonathan Poe to Give Organ Recital and Evensong Sunday, July 24

Mr. Jonathan Poe will play the next recital and Evensong on Sunday July 24th at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock.  The recital begins at 3 pm, and Evensong follows immediately at 3:30.

St. Mary’s is pleased to welcome Poe back to the mountains – he received his Bachelor of Music in Organ performance from Appalachian State University, studying under Dr. Joby Bell. He received his Master’s from Mercer University,and is currently organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Episcopal in Macon, Georgia. For this recital, Poe has chosenPraeludium in E minor by Nicolas Bruhns, Fantaisie in A Major by Cesar Franck, andRecollection (Soliloquy No, 2) by David Conte.

Evensong is sung daily at Anglican cathedrals around the world, as an opportunity for rest and reflection at the end of a day’s work and worry.  Music for this Evensong includes the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Howells (Collegium Regale), Preces and Responses by Clucas, Howells’ Like as a Hart, and Maria Magdalenaby Dulot.

The choir of St. Mary’s sings Evensong one Sunday each month through October, and everyone is welcome. You’re also invited to talk to Mr. Poe and members of the choir at a small reception in the Parish Hall after the service.  The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.

For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323.

Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs July 20-24

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 10:30-12:00, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30– Children’s Hour

Activities may include storytelling, traditional games, and/or hands on simple crafts. An adult or older responsible attendee must stay with children in order for them to participate (best suited for ages 4 – 12)

Friday, July 22, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 10:30-12:00, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only. No advance reservations, please.

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00 – 11:30 – Skunks! If you are at Cone Manor stop and visit with the ranger and learn a little about this alarming but wonderful animal.

 Grandfather Mountain – Milepost 302

2:00 – 4:00 – Carnivors, the Apex Predators. Stop by the ranger table at Milepost 302 on between 2 and 4 to learn more about the fascinating and sometimes fearsome coyote and fox.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. See Saturday (above) for details.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 Special thanks to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their financial support of these programs

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