May 13, 2022 The 2022 Run For Holland, held May 7, and yearly since 2014 in the North Carolina High Country Town of Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, was like each of the others in its nine-year history—a major success. When Mitchell County couple Adam and Brooke Burleson discovered that one of their daughters would be born with Down Syndrome, they turned it into an event to positively impact an entire community. The couple organized this 5k run in Spruce Pine to raise awareness for individuals with Down syndrome and other physical and mental disabilities. The event, called Run for Holland, is named after their daughter Holland, who was born with Down syndrome, and has changed their lives and those of all others who participate in the race in a most positive manner. By Tim Gardner
May 11, 2022. The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted a Blowing Rock Community Cleanup on May 10. This was a great effort from our residents, and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is proud to host events that have a positive effect on the beautification of our town.
May 4, 2022 One of the premier yearly sporting events in the North Carolina High Country and even the State of North Carolina is only days away. Eight years ago, husband and wife, Adam and Brooke Burleson of the Mitchell County town of Spruce Pine, formed a foundation that sponsors the yearly “Run For Holland” race named after their daughter, Holland, who has Down syndrome. The race impacts an entire community and region in a zenith manner. It raises awareness and monetary funds for the local community to help other parents who have children with physical and mental disabilities and to support charitable and civic organizations that help disabled persons and their families in various manners. By Tim Gardner
April 28, 2022. The King Street Market is returning for its sixth season starting May 3rd! and baked goods. King Street Market runs from 4 pm to 7 pm, every Tuesday. Located at 126 Poplar Grove Connector in front of the Watauga Health Department. There will be music, food trucks and a weekly kids booth.
April 25, 2022 The Catawba Valley Quilters’ Guild will present their Stars Over the Valley Quilt Show on October 21, 9am to 5 pm and October 22, 9am to 4pm at the Hickory Metro Convention Center located at 1960 13th Avenue Drive, SE. Wheelchair and walker-users are welcome as are bus tours. Parking is free. Admission charges: adults, $8, children ages 5-17, $5 and under 5 years, free.
April 25, 2022 Would you like to be the winning bidder of two tickets to see Paul McCartney in Winston-Salem on May 21st? Or would you like to go on a 10-day trip to Greece and cruise down the Aegean Sea? How about a quick getaway to the oceanfront Sanderling Resort located in the Outer Banks of NC? Is traveling not your cup of tea? Then stick around and enjoy these beautiful mountains in the High Country and go rafting down the New River or dine at some of our finest local eateries. If this sounds like fun to you, mark your calendars and save the date for WAMY Community Action’s premiere event, Denim & Diamonds on Thursday, May 19th, 6:00-10:00pm.
April 25, 2022. Mountain Home Music and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) are pleased to announce a series of concerts in the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, in partnership with the Watauga Arts Council. Concerts in the Garden will run from 4 PM – 6 PM. Gates will open at 3 PM to allow time to enjoy the garden and shop. Each program 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.
April 19, 2022 Ensemble Stage is busy preparing for its 2022 Summer Season, which encompasses four Main Stage performances that are all various types of premieres. “We’re really excited about the fact that they’re all some type of premiere – with the two regional premieres, the international premiere, and then of course, the world premiere,” said Gary Smith, Artistic Director of Ensemble Stage. The lineup for the Main Stage shows includes “No Wake” by Erica Berman, “Catch The Butcher” by Adam Seidel, “Baby on Board” by Claude Montminy, and “Zaglada” by Richard Vetere. “I’m excited about all four shows because all four are completely different,” Smith said. By Harley Nefe
April 5, 2022 Many attendees came together over the weekend to enjoy a reception and to celebrate artists from around the area at this year’s Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, where winners were announced for the 19th annual awards ceremony. Presented by AppState University Recreation, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, “the AMPC is designed to celebrate the people, places, and pursuits that capture the unique mountain character of the Southern Appalachians – a place that many of us call home,” said Rich Campbell, Associate Director of University Recreation, at the event. By Harley Nefe
April 4, 2022. A number of community organizations are coming together this week to present a community Easter EGG-stravaganza, with events taking place this Thursday and Saturday, April 7 and 9. The event kicks off with the Watauga County Parks and Recreations’s “Field of Dreams Egg Dash!” The hunt will feature three separate egg hunts on three fields, depending on the age range. There will be opportunities for kids from zero through 12-year-old. The egg hunts begin at 5:30, on Thursday April 7, at the ball fields next to the Watauga Recreation Center and Tot Lot. Look for Casting Bread’s giant 17-foot duckie! The Egg-stravaganza festivities continue on Saturday morning, April 9, starting in the morning at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market Kids Corner. The Children’s Playhouse will be on hand working on crafts with the kids.
April 4, 2022 The community came together Saturday morning to celebrate the opening day of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market at the Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone. April 2nd marked the beginning of the expanded 49th season of the beloved event. “We are open for the first time ever in April,” said Matt Cooper, president of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market. “And we will be open all season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The extension to 1 p.m. is a new thing for the farmers’ market.” In addition to the expanded season in April, the market has opted to extend its hours until 1 p.m. every Saturday to better serve its customers and accommodate the growing capacity of its vendors to supply popular products. By Harley Nefe
March 31, 2022 The Opening Day of the 2022 season for the Watauga County Farmers’ Market is Saturday, April 2nd from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone.
March 28, 2022 Casting Bread is filling the last weekend of July with fun for all ages with its inaugural Middle Fork Music Fest on Friday, July 29 and the 7th Annual Ducky Regatta on Saturday, July 30!
March 10, 2022. The Blowing Rock Hometown Harvest covered dish dinner will return Sunday, March 13, at the Blowing Rock Conference Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The event, which has not been held since 2019, is typically held in the Fall. Organizers delayed the 2021 event to the spring of 2022 hoping to be able to safely bring the community together. This year’s event will coincide with the Town of Blowing Rock’s Birthday. The Blowing Rock Historical Society will present this year’s historical markers during the dinner. Guests are asked to bring their favorite covered dish or dessert to share. Blowing Rock Conference Center will provide the main protein for the meal. Traditionally, community members bring a donation for Casting Bread Ministries, a local food bank, to the event. Non-perishable food items like cereal, canned goods, oatmeal, sugar, and flour.
March 9, 2022 The Communication Arts and Design program at Lees-McRae College will be hosting their annual Juried Student Exhibition on Thursday, March 17. The show will open at 11 a.m. in the King-Shivell Gallery in Cannon Student Center. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend the gallery opening and view some of the best works of art from Lees-McRae students.
March 7, 2022 Runs for Buns 2022, hosted by Beech Mountain Resort, is designed to bring the community together in the fight against colon cancer and in support of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The fundraising efforts of Runs for Buns kicked off this week in honor of beloved community member Kelly-Grier Costin, who passed away on March 19, 2021, after a brave three-year journey with colon cancer. Runs for Buns is open to teams of skiers, snowboarders, or those who would simply like to support the cause. Teams can compete for prizes based on top fundraising, most ski or snowboard runs, and team spirit. Registration is free, and Watauga and Avery county students, teachers, and faculty can ski for just $30 per person. All proceeds support the cause by directly benefiting the Colon Cancer Coalition. Participants, volunteers, and donations are still needed; however, participation in snow sports is not required to participate and make a difference.
March 7, 2022 “Get Pickled” – Pickleball Tournament in honor of Bruce Comer on March 26-27. The Doubles Pool Play Tournament is open to anyone 18+ and costs $50.00 per team.
March 7, 2022 Blowing Rock Country Club and Coach Jerry Moore will host “The Coach’s Golf Tournament” benefiting the children of High Country Caregivers at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 24th at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Play a round of golf and make a difference in the lives of children being raised by grandparents and other family members. “We are thankful to Coach Moore and Blowing Rock Country Club for helping us raise money for the children and families in our program,” Jacob Willis, Executive Director of High Country Caregivers, said. The tournament will consist of four-person scramble with gift certificates to the pro shop going to teams finishing first through third place in net and gross scores. Prizes will also be handed out for closest to pin on all Par 3s, longest drive, and there will be a putting contest. Teams will have an opportunity to meet and golf with Appalachian State University’s coaching legend Jerry Moore and his coaching friends. Each player will receive a specialty item bag, golf hat, golf balls, and other specialty golf items. There will be a silent auction with signed memorabilia from Coach Moore and other coaches. Lunch will be provided. An awards reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres will follow at the Blowing Rock Country Club.
March 6, 2022 A quick sell-out for the local appearance of bluegrass music’s Kody Norris scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at the Jones House in Boone, has resulted in a second show for that same evening at 7 p.m. It comes as no surprise to those of us who have followed this talented musician from his early days in and around Watauga County, that an appearance at this stage of his career would attract a crowd. For any fans of bluegrass music, and especially those who love traditional bluegrass, the energetic Kody Norris Show is one you don’t want to miss. . By Sherrie Norris
March 3, 2022 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir will present the 24th annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase, “Ain’t Misbehavin’: a Celebration of American Roots Music,” on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. The annual showcase has featured over 250 musicians who help keep the community’s rich history of traditional music alive today. Local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent has organized and will host the show. Other featured performers include The Page Brothers (Andy and Zack), the Never B’s (Sara and Caitlyn King), and the Shelby Rae Moore Band. Nancy Posey will serve as the emcee for the evening. The show is set for Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for students and children. A pre-showcase dinner buffet will be held upstairs at the Civic Center at 5:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is $17 and reservations are required. For more information or for tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.
March 2, 2022 The sounds of laughter, chatter and toe-tapping good music flowed through the walls of the Jones House in Boone Saturday evening as Kyle Petty visited the High Country to perform two shows as part of the Indoor Concert Series. “We had a great evening,” said Brandon Holder, Town of Boone Cultural Resources staff. “We greatly enjoyed having Kyle and his wife, Morgan, here. They are incredibly nice people, and it was a pleasure for our staff to host them.” By Harley Nefe
February 24, 2022. The Blowing Rock Hometown Harvest covered dish dinner will return Sunday, March 13, at the Blowing Rock Conference Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The event, which has not been held since 2019, is typically held in the Fall. Organizers delayed the 2021 event to the spring of 2022 hoping to be able to safely bring the community together. This year’s event will coincide with the Town of Blowing Rock’s Birthday. The Blowing Rock Historical Society will present this year’s historical markers during the dinner. Guests are asked to bring their favorite covered dish or dessert to share. Blowing Rock Conference Center will provide the main protein for the meal. Traditionally, community members bring a donation for Casting Bread Ministries, a local food bank, to the event. Non-perishable food items like cereal, canned goods, oatmeal, sugar, and flour.
February 14, 2022 Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The 2022 Jones House Indoor Concert Series will be revving up when NASCAR icon Kyle Petty comes to Boone to perform on Saturday, February 26. This musical event wasn’t the first time Petty was scheduled to come to the High Country. “Kyle was supposed to come here in the spring of 2020,” explained Brandon Holder, Town of Boone Cultural Resources staff. “He was going to do a concert here, but he was also going to be the grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which got canceled unfortunately, so we’re super happy to be able to reschedule him.” In less than two weeks from now, Petty is coming to Boone, and he’s pretty thrilled to be able to put on a show at the Jones House. “I was excited about coming to Boone the last time because they were going to let me be the grand marshal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and then Covid hit. So, that kind of stopped the world in a lot of ways,” Petty said. “I was looking forward to coming to Boone riding in a convertible. That was going to be fun, but playing at the Jones House? I’m really excited about that!” By Harley Nefe
January 26, 2022 Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual WinterFest will begin Thursday, January 27 and go through Sunday, January 30, offering opportunities for residents and visitors alike to celebrate the fun side of the chilly winter season. “We have a cool lineup of activities, food specials and events going on all weekend,” said Suzy Barker, Events and Communications Specialist and WinterFest Coordinator for the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Interested participants are encouraged to check out WinterFest’s website that has been remodeled since previous years. The site now organizes events based on categories such as “Outdoor Fun,” “Food & Drink,” “Kids & Family,” “Arts & Entertainment,” “After Dark” and “All Events.” The full schedule of events for the weekend is still available as well. By Harley Nefe
January 24, 2022 MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the next round of artist additions for MerleFest 2022, which will be held April 28-May 1, 2022. Trampled By Turtles, Colin Hay, and The Steel Wheels will join an already outstanding lineup which includes performances by Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Rissi Palmer, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Allison Russell, We Banjo 3, and more. MerleFest is the annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Hogslop String Band will be hosting this year’s late night jam. Jam guest artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Additional fan favorites announced today include Barbaro, Big Daddy Love, The Contenders, Damn Tall Buildings, David Childers and The Serpents, Desure, Eli Yacinthe, Jake Blount, Kaia Kater, Nat Myers, Shannon McNally, Shay Martin Lovette, Sister Sadie, Tenille Townes, Time Sawyer, and Tray Wellington.