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Town of Newland’s Fall Festival Rescheduled; Moved to Saturday, October 8th

September 29, 2022 The Town of Newland’s Annual Fall Festival, originally to be held Saturday, October 1st, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 8th due to predicted heavy rain, possible flooding and powerful winds in the town and region this weekend from Hurricane Ian. With guidance from Avery County’s Emergency Management Department, Newland town officials believe the date change is necessary because of potential dangers from the hurricane. By Tim Gardner

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Time for Beech Mountain’s FALL Farmers Market!

September 29, 2022 It’s FALL Ya’ll!  The Town of Beech Mountain will be holding its Fall Farmers Market on Friday, October 7th, 2pm to 6pm, at the paved parking lot across from Fred’s General Mercantile. In addition to fresh organic produce there will be vendors with honey, baked goods, cut flowers, plants, hemp products, gourmet dog treats, farm raised beef, poultry, eggs and a wide assortment of fabulous fall favorites!

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Boone 150 Celebration Continues with Sacred Sounds

September 28, 2022 The Town of Boone’s sesquicentennial celebration, Boone 150, continues on Saturday, October 1, at Three Forks Baptist Church, with Sacred Sounds, featuring performances by local church groups and choirs, starting at 2:00 p.m. The concert will feature a number of local musicians and a special choir with members from several Baptist and Methodist churches in the area. 

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MerleFest, Presented by Window World, Opens Volunteer Applications on October 1 and Vendor Applications on November 1

September 28, 2022 WILKESBORO, N.C. – MerleFest, presented by Window World, will begin accepting online applications for its popular volunteer program on October 1. MerleFest, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, occurs on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. The 2023 festival will be held on April 27-30, 2023. Volunteers may choose to work a specific number of days or the entire four-day festival. In exchange for working a four-hour shift, volunteers will receive free entry into the festival for that day, free volunteer parking and shuttle, and a 10% discount on camping at the River’s Edge Campground. Those who are interested in volunteering can apply online at www.merlefest.org/volunteer.

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Virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel Featured on Fall Concert Series

September 28, 2022 BOONE, N.C. – The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is welcoming Australian native  and award-winning recording artist Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. to the mountains for a  live appearance and debut performance at its historic venue in downtown Boone at 7:30  p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022.

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“Little Shop of Horrors” Opens App Theatre Sci-Fi Series on Oct. 4


September 28, 2022. BOONE, N.C. – The recently-announced Cinema Classic Sci-Fi Film Series at the Appalachian  Theatre of the High Country will screen its first film at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4 with a modern cult classic that celebrates several beloved film genres. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a horror musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz, who began his  career as a master puppeteer. Oz created, voiced, and played Muppet characters Miss Piggy,  Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam Eagle in “The Muppet Show,” and Cookie Monster, Bert, and  Grover in “Sesame Street.” He also puppeteered and provided the voice for Yoda in the “Star  Wars” film series.

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App State’s Office of Sustainability Announces App State’s Climate Justice events

September 26, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Office of Sustainability announces a series of events to raise awareness about climate justice. All events are free and open to the public. “This series is designed to bring attention to the effects of the climate crisis on frontline communities,” said Dr. Lee J. Ball, App State’s chief sustainability officer.

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Watauga County Republican Women’s Club to Meet Wednesday, September 28


September 26, 2022. The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at the Watauga County GOP Headquarters, located at 140 W King Street (next to Earth Fare) in Boone, NC. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in The High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month.

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Plan Your Autumn Adventure at Grandfather Mountain

September 22, 2022 LINVILLE, N.C. – Fall is officially here, and the foliage on Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is showing signs that the seasonal color change is already underway.

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App Theatre Announces TWO New Classic Film Series in October

September 22, 2022 BOONE, N.C. – “We just have to do it,” said Appalachian Theatre Executive Director Suzanne  Livesay. “With audience members and the general public submitting more Halloween and  Science Fiction suggestions than in any other movie genre, we are responding with not one, but  two classic film series in October to give our loyal patrons exactly what they most want to see in  our historic venue.” 

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Sierra Hull Performs Live in Boone on Thursday, Sept. 29; Award-Winning Bluegrass Singer-Songwriter Makes App Theatre Debut

September 22, 2022 BOONE, N.C. – The Mast Store Americana Music Series on the Doc Watson Stage of  the Appalachian Theatre continues on September 29 with multi-award-winning bluegrass  singer-songwriter, mandolinist, and guitarist Sierra Hull performing live at the historic  venue in downtown Boone, NC. Hull won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s  (IBMA) “Mandolin Player of the Year” award three years in a row, and will be performing  with special guest artist Taylor Rae. The concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.  

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The Art Cellar Gallery’s Walter Stanford Exhibition on Display until October 8

September 21, 2022 As the first leaves begin to fade from vibrant greens to golden yellows, the Art Cellar Gallery is winding down their Summer Exhibition schedule. A large portion of the season was dedicated to realism with exhibitions for David Birmingham’s landscapes and Loren DiBenedetto’s still lifes. The theme continues through the last show of the season with Walter Stanford’s animal portraits gracing the walls Wednesday, September 21st through Saturday, October 8th.  By Lauren Olds

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Town of Newland to Host Fall Festival on Saturday, October 1st

September 21, 2022 The Town of Newland’s Annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 1st, on the town’s River Walk. The Fall Festival will be held at the precise address of 288 Calvary Street. The Fall Festival will be held at the precise address of 288 Calvary Street. By Tim Gardner

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Bargains and Biscuits — Ruritan Fundraiser Oct. 1 To Benefit Deep Gap Community 

September 16, 2022 Having served the community for 30 years, Deep Gap Ruritan continues its efforts to make a difference with a unique fundraising event coming up on Saturday, Oct. 1. Bargains and Biscuits, to be held on the upper level of Deep Gap Fire Department from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. — rain or shine — will serve as the club’s main fundraiser for the year. The group’s regular fundraiser, an annual and popular steak dinner, was put on hold for the last two years due to COVID and ongoing health and safety concerns. By Sherrie Norris

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AppalFRESH Collaborative to Host 6th Annual Community FEaST on October 12

September 15, 2022 The AppalFRESH Collaborative is happy to invite Appalachian students, faculty, staff and the community to the 6th annual Community FEaST (Food Engagement and StoryTelling) on Sanford Mall on Wednesday Oct. 12 from 4:30 -6 p.m. The AppalFRESH Collaborative is delighted to return to its pre-pandemic commensality event, gathering around a 100-yard long table for a simple, local meal of potatoes, greens and apple pie with live local music.

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App State Department of Theatre and Dance Provides a Peak Experience While Reaching New Heights During Fall 2022 Season

September 15, 2022 The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce a line-up of dynamic and diverse programming for their fall 2022 season with five productions highlighting the talents of students, staff, and faculty both on and off the stage. Performances are scheduled from September through December this fall in various outdoor locations across campus, and the stages of both Greer Studio Theatre and the Valborg Theatre.

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Mountain Home Music and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, in partnership with the Watauga Arts Council present Junaluska Gospel Choir, FREE at Daniel Boone Native Gardens Sunday, September 18 at 4 p.m.

September 14, 2022 Mountain Home Music and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) are pleased to present the Junaluska Gospel Choir live in concert at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, in partnership with the Watauga County Arts Council. Concerts in the Garden will run from 4 PM – 6 PM, with gates opening at 3 PM. The event will feature local art & craft vendors curated by the Watauga Arts Council along with beer, wine, food offerings, walking tours, garden history, and live music.

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“Singin’ in the Rain” Set for Sept. 20 at the App Theatre; Beloved Film Hailed as The Greatest Movie Musical of All Time

September 14, 2022 There could only be one film at the top of the American Film Institute (AFI) list of  “The Greatest Movie Musicals” of all time, but the choice by a jury of over 1,000 leaders in the  creative industry was obvious: “Singin’ in the Rain.” It was so named as part of AFI’s “100  Year… Series” celebrating the first century of American cinema. As a centennial celebration of  cinematic milestones, the AFI series intended to inspire discussion and public interest in  classical Hollywood cinema.  

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Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Jim Lauderdale Coming to Boone; Popular Artists Complete App Theatre’s Schedule of Fall Concerts

September 14, 2022 The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country has announced the final two  artists who will appear during their Fall 2022 concert series of live appearances scheduled at the historic venue in downtown Boone, NC. Bluegrass virtuosos Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway will make their long-awaited App Theatre debut on Sunday, November 13 with country and Americana singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale appearing in concert on Friday, November 18, 2022.  

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Sugar Mountain Resort to Host 32nd Annual Oktoberfest on October 8-9

September 14, 2022 There are lots of reasons to grab your beer stein, put on your Lederhosen—or your dirndl—and head to Sugar Mountain Resort Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2022 for their 32nd annual Oktoberfest celebration. Take in the beautiful fall foliage, cool, comfortable mountain temperatures, and a weekend full of festival activities from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Be sure to bring the kids because the event is for the whole family. The celebration marches on wind or rain or shine or snow. Admission, parking, and shuttle service are free of charge.

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All Aboard for Tweetsie Railroad’s Family-Friendly Halloween Celebration

September 7, 2022 The spooktacular season of Tweetsie’s Ghost Train® Halloween Celebration, a popular fall family tradition, begins Friday, September 23, and continues every Friday and Saturday night through October 29. “If you are looking for somewhere to take the whole family during the Halloween season, the Ghost Train is the place to be,” said Cathy Robbins of Tweetsie Railroad. “We provide a fun and festive safe event for visitors of all ages.” 

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Valle Crucis Community Park to hold Annual Auction beginning September 17

September 6, 2022. The Valle Crucis Community Park will hold its annual auction beginning on Saturday, September 17. The multi-day event kicks off with a community gathering at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis beginning at 9:00 a.m. Attendees at this in-person event will be able to purchase breakfast and cocktails, preview items from the online auction, and participate in a limited live auction of selected items such as fresh flower bouquets, fresh baked goods, and assorted art and craft items. 

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