• Friends of the Watauga County Public Library Present Holiday Book Sale November 21st-23rd


    November 20, 2019. The annual Friends of the Watauga County Library are presenting an array of literature in their annual Holiday Book Sale at the meeting room in the Watauga County Library. Members who sort donated books have been saving the best they’ve received throughout the year for this event. The sale begins on Thursday, November 21 and will continue through Saturday. Membership Chair of Friends of the Watauga County Library, commented a little about the event, saying “For the avid readers on your Christmas list, there will be beautiful hardback fiction books in their original jackets as well as incredible nonfiction books, delicious cookbooks, and lots of children’s books to start them on their road to reading.” There will also be gift baskets available containing popular books and other goodies, neatly and attractively packaged. Ranging in prices fro $5 to $15, these baskets are one of the key featured items at the Book Sale, and the Friends group warns to be sure to come early in order to have a chance to purchase your first choice because they tend to sell quickly By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Third Annual Tweetsie Christmas Returns to Offer Guests the Most Magical Experience of the Season


    November 19, 2019. For families searching for the best place to visit Santa Claus and celebrate the Christmas season, look no further than Tweetsie Christmas at Tweetsie Railroad. North Carolina’s first theme park invites families to take in the Christmas magic as the park completely transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. “We love having the opportunity to celebrate the most joyous time of the year with our guests, and are thrilled to host this event for its third year,” said Cathy Robbins, director of marketing at Tweetsie Railroad. “Christmas is one of the best times of year in the High Country, and seeing children enjoy the festivities at Tweetsie puts everyone in the holiday spirit.” / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Blues Revue at the Jones House Featuring the King Bees this Friday at 7:30


    November 14, 2019. In case you missed them during the summer concerts on the lawn, or if you were left wanting an encore, the King Bees will return to the Jones House for an indoor concert on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 PM. This Blue Ridge Blues Revue will also feature Virginia Piedmont-style picker Lynn Foddrell. These two powerhouse acts come together to showcase a wealth of mountain blues music here in Appalachia. American roots and blues duo, the King Bees, first got together in the mid-1980s, made up of Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni. In that time the pair have performed internationally at festivals and venues large and small and have shared the bill and collaborated with hall-of-fame caliber legends like Bo Didley, James Brown, Leon Russell, and a host of others. The combination of Baskerville’s masterful riffs on the guitar with Zamagni’s scrumptious sultry vocals make this pair a true blues music dynamo. / Read more…



  • WAMY Presents Santa for Seniors Gift Drive to Bring Christmas Spirit to Shut-Ins and Hospice Patients Throughout the Community Dec. 3-15


    November 13, 2019. WAMY, celebrating its 55th year serving the communities of Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties, is launching their Santa for Seniors program this holiday season. The Santa for Seniors program partners with shut-ins and hospice patients throughout the community and aims to bring them Christmas gifts in order to spread Christmas cheer to those who aren’t able to leave home. Create a box or bag of small gifts or have your Sunday school class or organization put together gifts as a project and drop them off at one of the designated locations during the drop off window! Donations can be dropped off on December 3 – December 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m at the WAMY offices located at 225 Birch Street Suite 2, Boone, NC 28607 or at 496 Balsam Ave, Spruce Pine NC. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Annual Holiday Parade Taking Place in West Jefferson This Saturday November 16th at 3:00


    November 13, 2019. On Saturday, November 16th, at 3 PM through 4:30 PM, the West Jefferson Christmas Holiday Parade will begin, marking the start of the holiday shopping season. The parade is coordinated and organized by the West Jefferson Lions Club, an organization dedicated to helping individuals in need of eye care. The parade is sponsored by the town of West Jefferson and the Parker Tie Company. The Ashe County High School Husky Vanguard Band will be performing during the event, along with a variety of other bands. In addition to the musical talent, the parade will include creative community entries, ranging from horse owners, civic clubs, dance teams, and fire & rescue displays. Serving as grand marshal for the parade will be WBTV’s John Carter. By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • App State Theater and Dance Ensemble Ends Year on the Right Foot with 2019 FADE from Nov. 20-24


    November 12, 2019. The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the 2019 Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble (FADE). This dance showcases features eight pieces having world premiere performances this month. The production takes place in the Valborg Theatre  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 23, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 24. All shows are general admission and ticket prices are $17 for adults, $15 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students. For more information, call the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or visit the website. / Read more…



  • Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, and More to Perform at MerleFest 2020


    November 12, 2019. MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4-day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2020 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers, and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble presents Mamma Mia! Nov. 15-17 in Legends Concert Hall


    November 11, 2019. For the eighth consecutive year, the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble at Appalachian State University is producing an all-student run musical with the international smash hit Mama Mia! This jukebox musical is based on the award-winning catalog of songs by the Swedish pop music group ABBA, one of the most popular international groups of all time. Performances are scheduled in Legends Concert Hall on the university campus at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15, at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and may be purchased online at appmusicaltheatre.com, in person in the Plemmons Student Union the week of the show and, if available, at the door one-half hour prior to each performance. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for the general public. / Read more…



  • Farm-City Banquet Brings Community Together for 64th Year of Celebrating Agriculture in the High Country


    November 8, 2019. A large crowd filled Boone United Methodist Church on Thursday for the 64th Annual Farm-City Banquet with an evening of music, door prizes, awards and an overall celebration of the impact of farming and agriculture in the High Country. The theme for this year’s banquet was continued over from last year, honoring all of the “High Country Grown” products that impact our lives in these mountains almost every day. “We decided to continue the theme of High Country Grown this year because it fits every single thing about this banquet. From the food to the music to the awards we present, to the entertainment, to the items in those baskets that we’re going to be giving away as door prizes, everything about Farm-City Banquet here in Watauga is High Country Grown,” said Jim Hamilton, the Cooperative Extension Director for Watauga County. “The High Country Grown initiative is helping local farmers while promoting restaurants and businesses that use locally sourced products. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian Presents: Jacinda Townsend


    November 8, 2019. As the 2019 Fall Visiting Writes Series for Appalachian State University comes to an end, the last featured author of the event, Jacinda Townsend, will be attending her part in the series on November 12th. Townsend is the Appalachian Writer in Residence at Berea College. She is the author of Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Saint Monkey was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Townsend grew up in south central Kentucky and at age 16 took her first creative writing class at Harvard, where she earned her B.A. While at Duke University Law School, she cross-registered in the English department and took several formative writing workshops. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Veterans to be Honored During Multiple Celebrations Throughout Watauga County


    November 7, 2019. Veterans across the High Country will be honored during numerous Veterans Day celebrations, kicking off Friday morning at Parkway Elementary School. The celebration at 8:30 at the school is open to the public and is always one of the largest Veterans Day events that the Watauga County School System organizes. Appalachian State University will begin its Veterans Day tribute at 9 a.m. at the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building Veterans Memorial. This event, as are all of these events, is free and open to the public. Remarks will be provided by App State alumnus and retired U.S. Army Maj. Ali Donnell Davis ’95 ’01. A reception will follow in the administration building lobby. In case of adverse weather, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby. Maj. Ali Donnell Davis, of Charlotte, joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1989. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Holds 12th Annual Hometown Harvest Potluck on Sunday November 10th at American Legion


    November 6, 2019. The Hometown Harvest supper is returning for its 12th year on Sunday, November 10th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. This year it takes place at the American Legion in Blowing Rock, as a celebration of the Blowing Rock community and a chance for people to get together and share a meal. Attendance is free, and open to the public – one need not live in Blowing Rock to attend. All that’s required to bring is a covered dish of your choice. Attendees are also encouraged to bring canned foods and/or cash donations, which will be collected for Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. (a charity aiming to provide non-perishable foods to those in need in Watauga County) and Casting Bread Food Pantries (a self-choice food pantry and soup kitchen). By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • New Works on Display at the Purveyors of Art and Design Materials; Plus New Wrestling Calendar!


    November 5, 2019. After celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, the Purveyors of Art & Design Materials are featuring two exhibits at their store, the Golden Age of Wrestling 2020 Wall Calendar featuring brush and ink illustrations by Mike Hill, and Places of the Heart, a collection of watercolor landscapes from Leighton Ford’s book, Places of the Heart. A graduate of the Commercial Art program at Appalachian State University, Mike Hill has been creating illustrative diversions for clients since High School, and his newest piece, “Golden Age of Wrestling,” was primarily inspired by Hill’s love for wrestling as a child and the connection the sport provided to his childhood. “I grew up watching all those guys in the calendar on Saturday mornings with my grandparents. On the family farm, my grandparents had a rotary antenna which reached TV stations in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte, all with their own little wrestling promotions, so after mowing in the mornings we would watch professional wrestling shows in the afternoon from the three different affiliates.” By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Appalachian Theatre Announces Upcoming Concerts and Film Debut; Dates Set for Sam Bush, “Hollywood in the High Country,” The Gathering


    November 5, 2019. Just three weeks after the successful opening of the venerable Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC), Executive Director Laura Kratt announced details today for the next three public events at the Boone landmark with donor presale beginning Wednesday, November 6 and general public purchase available Thursday, November 7. On the exact 81st birthday of the theatre, the film Hollywood in the High Country: A History of the Appalachian Theatre will have its debut at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. This feature-length documentary by Philip Arnold explores the 69-year history of the iconic main- street cinema in Boone, North Carolina. The magic of the movies comes alive through the stories of locals who grew up in front of the theatre’s silver screen. The film also recounts the efforts of the townspeople to purchase and restore the theatre as a performing arts center after it closed and was boarded up in 2007, in order to make the theatre once again the center of community life. / Read more…



  • Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue Heats Up the Stage with Red-Hot Bollywood Song and Dance on Friday Nov. 8


    November 5, 2019. The joyously over-the-top extravaganza that is Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a kinetic non-stop evening of song and dance that celebrates the glitz and raucousness of Bollywood, India’s glitzy film industry. The crowd-pleasing North American touring production heats up the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7pm as part of Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, The Schaefer Center Presents. Taj Express rhythmically blends a variety of dance styles — classic Indian to Western ballet and cotemporary — with a collection of music ranging from disco, rock and hip-hop to classical Indian and pop, with a tango and an old-fashioned waltz thrown in for kicks. Dance numbers are delivered at a frenzied pace and with phenomenal precision by the 20-plus person cast of some of India’s most popular actor-dancers. The razzle dazzle is complemented by a bevy of spice market-colored costumes and thrilling live music set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (“Jai Ho”, Slumdog Millionaire). The result is an unforgettable, high-energy celebration of the spirit of India and Bollywood. / Read more…



  • Looking at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Events for November


    November 1, 2019. This month, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum are holding a variety of events where the public is invited to come enjoy and in some ways, connect with curators, artists, and the art itself. The museum has made growing efforts to include visitors and audience members in exhibits, which involve a deeper psychological, and sometimes even physical interaction with the art displayed. This is reflected in a statement from the museum, mentioning, “At the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum we believe that our community is made stronger by promoting inclusivity and by making the arts and the exploration of heritage available to all. We believe in sharing our resources with the entire community, and we are proud to have several robust outreach programs that help us serve our community, including several hundred children each year.” By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Southeast Tourism Society Selects Beech Mountain Resort’s 9th Annual Retro 80s Ski Weekend as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’


    November 1, 2019. Southeast Tourism Society has named Beech Mountain Resort’s 9th Annual Retro 80s Ski Weekend one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for February 2020. This year’s Retro 80s Ski Weekend is February 20-22, 2020. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Buckle up tight for a blast to the past via this year’s ‘80s Retro Ski Weekend. This year’s eighth annual ‘80s Retro Ski Weekend will feature a can’t miss parade of visitors from all over the Southeast along with residents dressed in their best 1980s garb along with a long list of nightly performances by popular artists and tribute bands. Touted as one of the Southeast’s top events for a reason, this year’s larger than life event is not to be missed. Hosted by the town of Beech Mountain and the Beech Mountain Resort, visitors are privy to a long list of events and activities from cosmic tubing, neon Day-Glo rides down the slopes, live concerts and so much more. Many of the events happening during the weekend are free to visitors and participants / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Theatre Arts to Perform Award-Winning Comedy Mash-Up The Good Doctor Nov. 14–17

    October 31, 2019.  Experience the classic comedy that is The Good Doctor as Lees-McRae Theatre Arts takes to the stage to perform the award-winning Broadway play Nov. 14–17. The Good Doctor was a hit when it debuted on Broadway in 1973 and has continued to delight and captivate audiences through the years. The play consists of 10 short scenes adapted from and inspired by the short stories of 19th-century Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov. “Audiences can expect absurdity, wordplay, and lots of fun,” Joshua Yoder, show director and assistant professor of Theatre Arts, said. “It’s sort of a mash-up,” Yoder said. “Simon wrote it as an homage to Chekhov, and the play combines Simon’s wit and silliness with Chekhov’s depth and humanity.” The play begins with an unnamed writer alone on stage, surprised to find his work interrupted by an auditorium full of spectators. He proceeds to narrate his stories to the audience, becoming more and more animated as the comic sketches spring to life around him. / Read more…



  • SNIPS of Watauga Humane Society Holding Three Fundraisers This Week; Fall Mall Fling November 2


    October 31, 2019. SNIPS*, the spay-neuter committee of Watauga Humane Society, raises funds through craft sales, restaurant fundraisers and special events, and with the generous support of individual patrons, to provide low-cost spay/neuter programs for animals in Watauga and Ashe Counties. Since the fall of 2017, SNIPS has helped fund more than 1500 surgeries, greatly reducing the number of unwanted animals turned in to local shelters, found wandering in the streets, or abandoned to die. “SNIPS is a huge part of Watauga Humane Society because the organization is not just about taking in animals, it’s about helping our local community and everyone in it,” said Melissa Morgan, Administrator of Watauga Humane Society, “We want to make sure the county and community are taken care of, not just the animals we have in the shelter.” / Read more…



  • Election Security Forum Happening at Appalachian State on November 1

    October 31, 2019. A special forum will be taking place on Friday that will include information sharing and discussion about the worrisome issue of election security, particularly in North Carolina. The forum will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Gordon Gathering Hall inside the Reich College of Education Building, located at 151 College Street. The event is co-sponsored by Appalachian State’s Department of Computer Science and the Department of Government and Justice Studies. 99 percent of the votes tallied across the country will be done either on computers or by using the paper ballot-scanning machines, meaning that making sure these computer systems are modern and secure. According to information provided by Dr. Ray Russell, who will moderate the forum, the federal government recently allocated $250 million to make these systems secure. There will be three speakers at the forum who have a vast amount of knowledge of the subject of elections and election security. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga’s Own Sheri Castle Returning as Special Guest for Farm City Banquet on November 7


    October 30, 2019. Sheri Castle is known throughout the south and beyond as an award-winning professional food writer, cook, recipe developer, cooking instructor, public speaker and story teller — and one who easily captivates her audiences, regardless of the setting. In her hometown of Boone, Castle is known for all the above—and so much more. Those who know her will soon have an opportunity to reconnect with her— and the ones anxious to meet her will have the chance to do so during her guest appearance at the 64th annual Farm City Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 7. The annual Farm City celebration in Watauga County has stood the test of time, and thanks to Castle’s participation, in addition to other special guests, a great meal and awards presentation, this year’s event promises to be an evening to remember for all involved. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Bill and the Belles at the Jones House on November 9


    October 29, 2019. The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler, which means it’s time to move the concerts indoors at the Jones House. On Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 PM, the Jones House will host the first indoor concert of the fall season, featuring Bill and the Belles. The public is also invited to attend a free harmony singing workshop put on by Bill and the Belles at 4:00 PM. Based out of eastern Tennessee, Bill and the Belles put their own modern, unique spin on traditional American roots music, fusing together elements of country, jazz, vaudeville, and bluegrass. / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge ArtSpace to Offer Workshop on “How to Build Your Artists’ Website” November 9


    October 29, 2019. The Blue Ridge ArtSpace regularly offers a variety of workshops, classes, and lessons in everything from painting to violin. Generally, these are aimed at offering opportunities for anyone from four to ninety-four to participate in and enjoy the arts. But periodically they also offer workshops designed to help artists be more successful. Virtually every business has a website, and, in fact, it’s come to be expected. Believe it or not, an artist who earns income from their art is also a business. So why wouldn’t they have a website to showcase what they do?   For those artists who do not yet have a website, or for those who want a more updated or more easily managed website, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace is offering “How to Build Your Artists’ Website: Get Started with Ease” led by Sophia Ojha. This workshop will take place on Saturday, November 9th from 9am until 1pm and the cost is a mere $35 / Read more…



  • App State Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull: A Timeless, Modern Classic from Oct. 30-Nov. 3, Nov. 6-9


    October 28, 2019. The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, in a translation by Paul Schmidt. The play was Chekhov’s first successful naturalist play, and follows the lives of young artists as they navigate life. Performances will take place in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the university campus during an extended two-week performance run at 7 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday, October 30 through November 2 and November 6 through 9 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 3. About The Seagull: “If you ever need my life, come take it.” So, wrote Trigorin, lover of the fading actress Arkadina, in his most famous book. Nina, a young ingenue and the beloved muse of Arkadina’s playwright son, Konstantin, absorbs this statement completely. When the two actresses — one young, and one aging — and the two writers — one successful, and one struggling — meet at the family estate one fateful summer, their loyalty, love, and ambition are put to the ultimate test, as this play follows these four characters. Chekhov’s The Seagull is a remarkable drama about passion, compromise, and the unknowable, untouchable concept of art.   / Read more…



  • Halloween Parties, Festivals and Alternative Celebrations on Tap this Week in the High Country

    October 28, 2019. While the High Country has been celebrating the arrival of fall and all its related festivities during the month of October, the coming days still offer a full slate of activities for the entire family to enjoy together. This past weekend has seen its fair share of Halloween parties and festivals, but there’s still more on tap for the coming days. We have discovered just a few of many possibilities that are still available in the area and are sharing the information below, so mark your calendars and plan to head out with the kids to have some fun! By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae to screen award-winning REEL ROCK Film Tour Friday, Nov. 1


    October 24, 2019. The REEL ROCK Film Tour, one of climbing’s greatest celebrations, returns this fall to Lees-McRae with a screening on Friday, Nov. 1 in Evans Auditorium. Located in the Cannon Student Center, Evans Auditorium will open for a reception at 6 p.m. with the film starting at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public with tickets $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Admission for all Lees-McRae students, faculty, and staff is $5. Tickets are available online in advance or may be purchased at the door. Hosted and sponsored by the Lees-McRae Climbing Team, the film will feature three different mini-films, each highlighting incredible athletes in the sport. The three films include The High Road, United States of Joe’s, and The Nose Speed Record. / Read more…



  • Inaugural Avery County High School Reunion Set for Saturday, October 26 in the School Gymnasium


    October 23, 2019. Did you attend or graduate from Avery County High School? Would you like to reconnect with former classmates and friends? Would you like to visit with old friends in other classes? Then the First Annual Avery County High School Reunion is for you! The three schools that consolidated to form ACHS (Newland High, Crossnore High, and Cranberry High) have had annual reunions for many years. Avery County High School has been in existence now for 50 years and there has never been an annual reunion for all classes. But finally, one will be held this Saturday, October 26, the day after Avery’s Homecoming Celebration and Football Game. The reunion will take place in the ACHS Gymnasium, located at 401 High School Road in Newland. It is free to attend and doors will open for fun and visiting at 1:30 p.m. The reunion will last until 5:30 with a special program at 2:30 p.m. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Ghosts and Goblins Gearing Up for the Blowing Rock Halloween Festival This Saturday


    October 23, 2019. Downtown Blowing Rock will be filled with monsters, ghosts, ghouls and creepy, crawly creatures this weekend for the annual Blowing Rock Halloween Festival. All events are free and will make for a family-friendly and fun Saturday afternoon and evening. The day starts off with a special Creepy Crafts hands-on activity at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) from 2-3 p.m. After that, numerous games and activities for kids will begin at 3 p.m. in Memorial Park, including an inflatable airwalk that will be set up until 8 p.m. From 4-8 p.m., hayrides will be offered to travel through Blowing Rock. More Halloween events kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the Monster March on Main Street. Everybody in their costumes is invited to line up at the American Legion building to begin the match. Trick-or-Treat begins downtown at 6 p.m. as does the Trunk-or-Treat event at Blowing Rock First Baptist Church. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Boone Greenway Skatepark Fundraising Continues with Hope to Begin Construction in Spring


    October 23, 2019. The Boone Greenway Skatepark has become a highly anticipated upcoming feature for the local community since the Town of Boone approved the project in February 2018. J.P. Pardy, owner of Recess Skate and Snow, came up with the idea for the new skatepark when the DIY park at the old Watauga High School closed down in 2017. Boone’s skateboarding community has long yearned for a local destination they can skate freely and safely without fear of violating property laws or hurting themselves on improper terrain. For years, the DIY skatepark that was built by locals in the ruins of the old Watauga High School served as that community skateboarding hub. However, after Appalachian State University bought the land in 2017, the DIY skatepark was no longer accessible to the public. J.P. Pardy decided there should be a new skateboarding hub for the town of Boone, and this time, the location should be safe, official, and easily accessible from anywhere around town. Boone Greenway Skatepark is the product of Pardy’s ideas; the Town of Boone has partnered with Recess and Pardy to help build the skatepark in a tract of land near the already existing greenway in Boone, hence the skatepark’s name. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Love and Logic: Six Week Parenting Classes Led by Local Health Care Professionals Start Oct.30


    October 23, 2019. Wouldn’t it be nice if newborn babies came with an instruction manual? Many of life’s frustrations for new parents would be so much easier to navigate if that were the case. But, as most of us know, we get through those first few days, months and maybe even the first year or two without too much trouble. It’s when those little ones begin to “think” for themselves — and exert their power — that the challenges really start. Thanks to the tried and true Love and Logic Parenting program, moms and dads can breathe a sigh of relief as they are guided through the maze while they learn how to deal with some of life’s more difficult situations. Parents in the High Country will be delighted to learn about an upcoming six-week session of Love and Logic, presented by well-known local pediatrician, Dr. Clint Zimmerman and Speech-Language Pathologist Bencita Brooks, who are independent facilitators of the Love and Logic Curricula. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



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