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Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:12 am

Watauga Cooperative Extension & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Host Free Seed Saving Workshop, 7/25

As the growing season approaches its peak, gardeners and farmers focused on sustainability are busy planting fall crops and gathering harvests, but there is also the chance to gather seeds for next year’s harvest as well. Some often-overlooked bounty available now that can increase next year’s productivity for High Country Growers are seeds from many open-pollinated vegetable and flower varieties. Which seeds can be saved from the garden, and how can get growers take the next step with seed saving?

Cooperative Extension and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture team-up to teach a Seed Saving 101 workshop on Tuesday, July 25, from 5:30-7:30 PM. This all-levels session is designed to help gardeners and small farm growers to collect and save seeds that may be in their fields right now, and open up possibilities for working with heirloom varieties and saved seeds in the future. Area Extension Agent Richard Boylan will lead the workshop, giving growers the tools they need to assess and save seeds from beans, squashes, tomatoes, peppers, and other garden crops. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and examples from their own crops and gardens for hands-on activity during the workshop.

Pre-registration is not required. This free seed saving workshop can help farmers and gardeners join the emerging regional seed saving network of local seed libraries and seed swaps, and potentially develop locally-adapted and resilient varieties of vegetables and other crops.

When: Tuesday, July 25

Where: Watauga Agricultural Conference Center (252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone)

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Hands on demonstration of dissecting squash and tomatoes at a previous seed saving workshop.

For more information about seed saving and any of these workshops, call the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture office at 828-386-1537 or Cooperative Extension at 828-264-3061.

 

Watauga County Public Library Presents Summer Stock Seminar, 7/29

Stock Market Timing: Proof that it works 

Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room
Cost: Free

Saturday, July 29th 1:00 PM
Summer Stock Seminar!Join Roger Reynolds for a Workshop on Investing entitled “Stock Market Timing: Proof that it works”

Including… HOW TO FIND TOPS AND BOTTOMS; HOW/WHEN TO SELL SHORT … and more exciting and new information!

Persons with special needs please contact the library 5 days or more prior to the event in order that reasonable accommodation may be prepared. 

 
 

Tickets on Sale for Walker Center 2017-2018 Season Shows 

WILKESBORO, N.C. – The Walker Center begins ticket sales on Monday, July 24, at noon for its individual season shows on the 2017-2018 lineup:

 

–          John Michael Montgomery – Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

 

–          “The Doo Wop Project – Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
This performance is sponsored by Hampton Inn of Wilkesboro, Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro and VisitWilkesboroNC.com.

 

–          “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” – Friday, November 10, 2017, 8 p.m.
This performance is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

 

–          Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m. 
This performance is sponsored by Brame Huie Pharmacy.

 

–          One Night in Memphis – Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
This performance is sponsored by Great State Bank.

 

–          “The Heart Behind the Music” – Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

 

Previews of these shows can be viewed at www.wilkescc.edu/walkercenter/season-shows.

 

Advance tickets for “Dirty Dancing” will be $48 for adults and $46 for seniors. Advance tickets for all other shows will be $39 for adults and $37 for seniors. Seniors are anyone ages 65 and older. These prices do not include tax, service and mail fees.

 

Season ticket sales are ongoing. Prices for adults are $235 for Section 1; $220 for Section 2; and $195 for Section 3. Prices for seniors are $220 for Section 1; $210 for Section 2; and $195 for Section 3. These prices do not include tax, service and mail fees.

 

The Walker Center will also offer a special evening of family entertainment on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 7 p.m., when a mischievous cat wearing a tall, red-and-white-striped hat comes to town. The National Theatre’s adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat” is a lively and engaging performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been changed or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic, ensuring that anyone who has read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined.

 

Tickets for adults will be $12 each, and $7 each for children ages 10 and younger. These prices do not include tax, service and mail fees.

 

An inexpensive meal of pizza, hotdogs, and all the fixings, assorted snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase from 5:30-6:30 p.m. prior to the show.

 

Contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260 or walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu to purchase tickets or for additional details on performances, events and hospitality services. Visit the Walker Center online at www.wilkescc.edu/walkercenter/.

 

The John A. Walker Community Center is dedicated to being the primary venue for cultural experiences in Wilkes and surrounding areas and to serving as a primary gathering place for meetings, receptions, conventions, banquets and parties.

 

The Walker Center and Wilkes Community College are 100% Tobacco Free.

 

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

 

Jewelry Making Workshop at BRAHM, Aug 11-12

BLOWING ROCK- Ladies, do you have a big event coming up? Guys, are you looking to get your girl something special? If so, come to the Blowing Rock Museum of Art & History on August 11 & 12 and make some jewelry! Experience the magic of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and explore how it can be transformed into beautiful fine silver jewelry shaped by your hands. This workshop will teach participants a variety of basic techniques that will enable them to make their own one of a kind silver creation. Toolkits and metal clay will be provided, just bring your imagination.

This instructor for this workshop is Amy Brandenburg, a metalsmith and certified PMC instructor. She creates jewelry that is inspired by the art nouveau style and by the nature she finds around her home in Asheville.  In an interview with an Asheville newspaper, she said that precious metal clay is her material of choice because of its transformative properties. It starts out as clay (made of metal) which allows her to use clay techniques like slab construction and carving. Once the clay is fired in a kiln, traditional metal techniques like hammering and soldering come into play. The process of working with a material that goes through so many stages is challenging and allows her to have a very personal connection with each completed piece. 

The two-day class will last from Friday 10-2pm and Saturday 10-1pm. At the completion of the workshop, students will have two or more completed pieces to take home with them. The cost is $190 BRAHM members/$205 non-members, or $75 for Daingerfield Society Members.

 

Children’s Camp at BRAHM, Aug. 15-17

BLOWING ROCK- From August 15-17, channel your inner Lewis & Clark, Marco Polo, or Christopher Columbus at Blowing Rock Museum of Art & History. In the 3-day workshop Mad about Maps, children ages 6-12 will learn about ancient and modern maps, as well as make their own. Original arts and crafts will be made out of repurposed maps. This camp is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Please register in advance online, over the phone, or in person at the Museum.


Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children ages 5 and up. Free for active military and EBT cardholders. Donations are accepted for full admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, NC, the Museum is open 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum is open 1pm – 5pm on Sundays, June-November.

 

Robert Netherland to Present on His Book “Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking,”  7/26

OONE, N.C.—Robert Netherland will share his interpretation of southern cooking in the Appalachian Mountains on Wednesday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Broyhill Family Room (421) in Belk Library and Information Commons, during a library-sponsored author talk.

Netherland was raised on his family’s farm in Surgoinsville, Tennessee, on the Holston River. His book, “Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking,” is part family memoir, part cookbook. In it, he shares his memories of life on a farm which included harvesting, hog killing, canning, family dinners and community celebrations.

In an online commentary about the book, the reviewer writes, “In sharing his experiences, Netherland reminds us of a time when prepackaged and plastic-wrapped food didn’t line our counters and fill our cabinets, but in its place were baskets of seasonal fruit, canned vegetables, fresh baked breads, and hot-from-the-oven cobblers. ‘Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking’ is more than just a nostalgic memoir of farming and food, it’s also filled with healthy, simple, everyday eats for the modern cook.”

Special refreshments made from recipes in the book will be served at the talk, including a version of Netherland’s mother’s deviled eggs and old-fashioned molasses cookies. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in the library deck. For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

 

Ranger Guided Walk at Bass Lake, 7/29

Saturday morning, July 29 at 9 a.m. at Bass Lake on Cone Manor

Join Ranger Chuck for a program about the history of the Cone country estate as we walk around Bass Lake.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, 7/26-7/30

Wednesday, July26, 2017

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 – 12:00 Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a self guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 – 12:00 Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a self guided tour.

       Saturday July 29, 2017

 

Ranger Guided Walk at Bass Lake on Cone Manor

9 am – Milepost 294

 

Join Ranger Chuck for a talk about the history of the Cone country estate as we walk around Bass Lake

 

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 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.

 

1:00 – 3:00 – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a Self Guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

 

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

 

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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