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  • Grandfather Mountain Hosts Ocean Conservationist Julia Roberson on July 19


    July 19, 2018. The mountains and the sea are closer than you may think. Julia Roberson, vice president of communications for the Ocean Conservancy, will discuss their relationship and much more at a special after-hours event at Grandfather Mountain. Her appearance, taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, is part of the Grandfather Presents lecture series. Refreshments will be served until 6:30 p.m., and guests will have the opportunity to talk with Roberson following the presentation. / Read more…



  • Anvil Arts’ “Garden Party” Coming Up on July 21st and 22nd with Seven Representing Sculptors


    July 18, 2018. Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the last place you’d expect, an art studio is hidden among the mountains. Bill Brown, a sculptor who specializes in steel sculptures, and his wife, Liz Brown, who manages the gallery, own Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden and Gallery. “Bill Brown, acclaimed metal sculptor, artist, and owner of the studio, is a meticulous craftsman, but in his creations, it is evident that the soul of the artist plays the first fiddle,” wrote Jan Todd in an article on Anvil Arts titled “Sculpting in Steel.” Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Second Annual Charity Tennis Tournament to Benefit Local Caregivers Set for Aug. 4

    July 18, 2018. The Second Annual Charity Tennis Tournament to benefit the High Country Caregiver Foundation will be held Saturday, Aug. 4 at Deer Valley Racquet Club in Boone. The event begins with tournament matches starting at 9 a.m. followed by an exhibition match at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Entry fees are $75 per player, spectator tickets are $50, with each one including dinner with beverage of choice. The HCCGF is a non-profit organization passionate about helping family and kinship caregivers in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Need Any Zucchini???


    July 18, 2018. If there is one vegetable that grows abundantly in the garden each year — with always plenty to share with friends and neighbors — it must be the zucchini. I’m convinced that It really does grow overnight! I’m pretty excited that we’re seeing a good crop, so far, and I have lots of ideas to put it to good use. You can shred, slice, dice, stuff, bake, broil, grill, steam and enjoy zucchini in a number of different ways. I am including some of my tried-and-true recipes for zucchini. You may have seen them before, but hope you enjoy trying them again. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Gardening Expert Brie Arthur Bringing “Foodscape Revolution” to the High Country on July 19th


    July 18, 2018. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, in conjunction with Appalachian State University’s Math and Science Education Center, is sponsoring two public events on edible landscaping with expert Brie Arthur. Arthur is hoping to help expand the conversations the High Country community has about community and school gardens. Arthur has been dubbed a revolutionary for her leadership in the suburban Foodscape movement and her work with public schools across the United States. She appears as correspondent on the PBS Television show “Growing A Greener World,” and her debut book, The Foodscape Revolution, has become a bestseller on Amazon. / Read more…



  • Come to Alleghany County Fiddler’s Convention for Competitions, Music and More on July 20 & 21


    July 17, 2018. Each year, the Sparta-Alleghany Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Alleghany County Fiddler’s Convention. The 2018 Fiddler’s Convention is set to be held at the Alleghany Fairgrounds, 1585 U.S. 21 North in Sparta. The Fiddler’s Convention will begin on Friday, July 20 at 5 p.m. and continue on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Saturday night, there will be a band championship playoff. Admission to the convention is $10 for one or both nights, and admission is free for children 12 and under. This year, there will be new additions to the categories. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Tweenies and Preschoolers at Sugar Grove Developmental Day School Become Published Authors, Writing and Illustrating Their Own Books


    July 17, 2018. In Sugar Grove, North Carolina, 27 young children have just published their first book. Between the ages of two and five, the children at Sugar Grove Developmental Day School were able to conceptualize, write, and illustrate their own book as a class. Thanks to Studentreasures Publishing, a company that provided free publishing kits to the classes, the students were able to craft a memory that will last a lifetime. By Andrea Rodriguez-Ortiz / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University Welcome Sign Under Construction to Become a Founders Plaza


    July 17, 2018. As freshman and transfer orientation wrapped up at the end of June, the Appalachian State University welcome sign went under construction. The sign is a favored spot of visitors, incoming students, and graduating seniors for photographs as it stands bold against the lush green trees of Durham Park and historic brick buildings on the university’s campus. The new construction is part of the Founders Plaza being created to honor B.B. and D.D. Dougherty and Lillie Shull Dougherty. This plaza will be the new resting home for the B.B. Dougherty sculpture, as well as provide a new outdoor space for studying, small gatherings and scheduled campus events. Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • JSMHM Presents Puddingstone, “Celtic Time Machine,” This Saturday, July 21st


    July 17, 2018. Puddingstone will present their “Celtic Time Machine” show as a part of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music’s 25th Silver Anniversary 2018 Concert Series on Saturday, July 21st. The concert, hosted by the affable Patrick Crouch, takes place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in beautiful downtown Blowing Rock beginning at 7:30pm. Puddingstone is a Lenoir based ensemble, which first formed as a trio consisting of percussion, hammered dulcimer, harp and flutes. It has grown to a seven-member band and now includes vocals, guitar, synthesizer and fiddle. / Read more…



  • Community Comes Together For Denny and Charlotte Norris; Fundraiser This Saturday, July 21

    July 16, 2018. Since losing their home, vehicle and personal possessions in an April 23 fire — and still in limbo as the recovery process continues — Denny and Charlotte Norris of Boone recently said they have been overwhelmed by the kindness of the High Country, in general. “We are humbled and extremely grateful by the response of our local community, our family, friends, churches and others who have offered to help us get back on our feet.” A fundraising committee was recently established to assist the Norris couple with their ongoing needs and is hosting an event on Saturday, July 21, from 5- 8 p.m. Watauga High School will be the setting for an evening of live music, good food and fellowship as friends surround the Norris couple and their family in a show of support during this difficult time. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • The Prayer Tree: A Healing Vine of Hope Touches the Lives of Nearly 1,000 People in Blowing Rock


    July 16, 2018. What started as a bowl of hearts and a pen has since blossomed into nearly 1,000 notes displaying the prayers, hopes and wishes of people in Blowing Rock. The result of this small, outreaching act became what owner Sheri Furman calls The Prayer Tree: A Healing Vine of Hope. Residents and visitors alike over the past few weeks have been pausing to hang their prayers in the tree or pray over the others there as they pass by the wonder of the Holy Spirit overflowing from the vine and branches into the hearts of many. By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • DAILY TUNES: The Outdoor Music Scene
    Seven Devils’ Friday Night Music at the Lake Concerts, this Friday: The Jeff Little Trio


    July 16, 2018. Daily Tunes will be bringing you live music performances in the High Country area for every day of the week. Get out there and enjoy the cool breezes and relaxing music of summer before it’s over! Seven Devils, a little town east of Sugar Mountain, is hosting one of their popular Music by the Lake concerts this Friday. This is the second of four concerts that they will have this summer, and Anne Fontaine, a chair member of the Town of Seven Devils Recreation Commission, says that “everybody’s invited to come.” By Elly Murray / 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



  • Horn in the West Offers Discount with Sale of the Summer Tickets This Weekend, July 21 and 22


    July 16, 2018. See Horn in the West on Saturday, July 21 or Sunday, July 22 for a discounted price of $15, a $20 drop from the usual price to see this spectacular drama. This discount is for both adults and children. To receive the discounted tickets, you simply have to mention the Weekend Sale or Sale of the Summer. Discounted tickets are available through the website, horninthewest.com or by calling the ticket office at 828-264-2120. You can also purchase your tickets at the gate. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • DAILY TUNES: The Outdoor Music Scene
    Beech Mountain’s Saturday Summer Concerts at 5506′ Skybar, this Saturday: Rastacoustic


    July 13, 2018. Daily Tunes will be bringing you live music performances in the High Country area for every day of the week. Get out there and enjoy the cool breezes and relaxing music of summer before it’s over! If you’re a bit of a daredevil, come enjoy live music every Saturday at Beech Mountain’s 5506’ Skybar, located 5,506 feet above sea level. By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • SpongeBob SquarePants Star of Nickelodeon’s Hit Animated Series Appearing at Tweetsie Railroad on July 13-15


    July 13, 2018. Nickelodeon, the number one entertainment brand for kids and Tweetsie Railroad invite kids to meet SpongeBob, star of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, on July 13-15 in Blowing Rock. The Nickelodeon costumed character will be available for meet and greet appearances at 11:00 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Patrick Star will also be available to pose with kids and families to take photos. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. / Read more…



  • Long Hunter Demonstration at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum July 18th


    July 13, 2018. Join Mike Campbell and Max Stone on July 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum for a demonstration and talk on tactics and weapons used by Long Hunters such as Daniel Boone. Mike is a longtime volunteer at the museum whose specialty is backcountry woodsmen skills. This summer, Max has been completing an internship from Flager College under Mike’s guidance. The two of them will demonstrate and discuss the lifestyle of Long Hunters. Long Hunters braved the frontier and beyond with nothing more than minimal provisions for journeys that lasted upwards of a year. Max says, “The resourcefulness of long-hunters cannot be understated enough.” Long Hunters faced many challenges in addition to running out of supplies such as the dangers of encountering Native American attacks, animal attacks, theft, and injuries. The demonstration by Mike and Max will include examples of Long Hunter equipment and provide a black powder firing demonstration. By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • Join the Revolution — Daniel Boone Chapter of the DAR Hosting “Tea and Toddies” Aug. 5


    July 13, 2018. History will come alive in Blowing Rock on August 5 when the Daniel Boone Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosts one of its most unique fundraisers, to date. “Teas and Toddies, a traditional 18th century tea party will take the women’s ongoing efforts to support local service projects to a new level when the Blowing Rock Country Club is transformed to an earlier time and place. Festivities get under way at 5 p.m. and promises to be a highlight of your High Country summer. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Celebrates 50 Years with a Picturesque Concert Series, Trampled by Turtles on Stage This Saturday


    July 12, 2018. Beech Mountain Resort continues celebrating their 50th Anniversary with two shows left in their Summer Concert Series. Last weekend, they started the series featuring The Wood Brothers with Sean McConnell and have two more great concerts lined up for July 14th and August 11th. The Beech Mountain Resort Concert Series is not the first time that Beech Mountain has featured musicians, but it is the first live music they have had in this magnitude. To celebrate their 50th year, they have amplified their music scene by adding a stage and lighting at the bottom of the ski slope, surrounding visitors with the beauty of Beech Mountain. And the audience seems to love it. Talia Freeman, Director of Marketing for Beech Mountain Resort, says ticket sales are strong and the picturesque scene really adds to the value of the concert series. By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • DAILY TUNES: The Outdoor Music Scene
    Blowing Rock’s Sunday Night Concerts in the Park, this Sunday: Swing Set


    July 12, 2018. Daily Tunes will be bringing you live music performances in the High Country area for every day of the week. Get out there and enjoy the cool breezes and relaxing music of summer before it’s over! On a calm Sunday afternoon in the delightful Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, everything is so fresh and green, you almost forget bustling Main Street is right behind you. Artists are just beginning to pack up after another successful Art in the Park, as a crowd moves in for the Blowing Rock Concerts in the Park. By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • The Denim Ball to Benefit Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is Less Than a Month Away


    July 12, 2018. In tribute to the Denim King himself, Moses H. Cone, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is inviting guests to attend The Denim Ball at 6 p.m., Friday, August 3, at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock. Attendees are in for a fun summer evening to benefit Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The third annual event will feature a musical performance by the Jeff Little Trio, led by the namesake, Boone-raised musician who translates Appalachian and Americana music for the piano. The night also includes an auction, buffet dinner, and cash bar. Tickets for both previous events sold out, so early purchases are recommended. / Read more…



  • Beanstalk Theatre Brings “The Addams Family” to Boone July 26-28


    July 12, 2018. On the heels of another successful spring production that wooed and won its audiences with “The Last Round Up of the Guacamole Queens,” Beanstalk Community Theatre is at it again and bringing to the local stage yet another incredible weekend of performances later this month. Another of our all-time favorite story lines, “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy,” will be presented July 26-28 in the Ross Auditorium at Watauga High School by the Boone-based theatre group, and promises to be one more success in a long line of the troupe’s great accomplishments. According to Amy Beane, Beanstalk’s creative director, The Addams Family features an original story — and it’s every father’s nightmare. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Pass the (Squash) Casserole, Please!


    July 12, 2018. There hasn’t been a kid in a candy store any more pleased than I have been in my garden these past couple of weeks. Watching as our squash, zucchini and cucumber vines have not only grown at rapid speed, it seems, but transitioning from blossoms to veggies overnight, has been delightful. The very first squash I picked this year turned into a sliced oven-baked delicacy, with a little olive oil and a few herbs sprinkled on top for good measure. Ahhh, it was delicious. There is no shortage of ways to prepare summer squash, so sit back for the next week or so, and we will dive into a few of the more appealing and familiar ways to prepare it — for the health-conscious as well as those who love it in its pan-fried or creamy casserole form. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Vintage Valle Music Returns to Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church Sunday for a Jam-Packed Performance!


    July 11, 2018. The Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church will be lit up this Sunday July 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. for their Vintage Valle Music series. This jam-packed performance features music from three different local bands: the Dollar Brothers, the Burnett Sisters, and the Junaluska Gospel Choir. Jinx Miller, who is often the MC for these events, says, “This is a really dynamite line up, I’m so excited to have them all.” By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • Tickets on Sale for Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend. Who really killed Laura Foster?


    July 11, 2018. It has been 150 years since Tom Dooley was hanged for the murder of Laura Foster. For the 17th year, Bleu Moon Productions is sharing the story of the crime as an outdoor drama. Although they were common punishments then, today we view hangings as harsh punishments. And they were. It’s still widely debated whether Tom was guilty or innocent, but Bleu Moon invites you to experience the story and decide for yourself whether another suspicious character was truly to blame. By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • Sunday Afternoons with the Artist: “An Approach to the Meaning of Art” with Noyes Capehart is this Sunday


    July 11, 2018. Sunday, July 15th from 2 – 4pm, artist Noyes Capehart will be at the Art Cellar Gallery for our popular Sunday Afternoons with the Artists series. During this special event with the artist, Noyes Capehart will give his personal thoughts and ideas on the “meaning” of art and what art means to the viewer. / Read more…



  • Banner Elk’s Woolly Worm Festival Named Official State Woolly Worm Festival, Set to Celebrate 41 Years of Woolly Worm Races this October


    July 11, 2018. This year, the Woolly Worm Festival of Banner Elk has an abundance of achievements to celebrate. Founded in 1978 by Jim Morton, the Woolly Worm Festival is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, honoring 41 years of worm racing, charity, and family fun. Not only is the Woolly Worm Festival inching up its middle ages, the Banner Elk festival has just been named the official Woolly Worm Festival of North Carolina. The bill was signed into law on June 25th of 2018 by the North Carolina General Assembly. By Andrea Rodriguez-ortiz / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Joins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame in June 2018


    July 11, 2018. Grandfather Mountain isn’t about moving mountains; it’s about moving people. And the people have spoken. Again. This summer, Grandfather Mountain was inducted into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, having received five consecutive Certificate of Excellence awards since 2014, including 2018. In total, since 2012, Grandfather Mountain has received seven consecutive Certificates of Excellence. / Read more…



  • Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Enters 4th Decade Friday July 27


    July 11, 2018. After celebrating its 30th anniversary last year, the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort begins a fourth decade of summer centerpiece events in 2018. This year’s Symphony by the Lake will take place Friday, July 27th. The theme, Colors of the Mountains, will be reflected in the musical selections as well as the décor of patron tents that line the lake. / Read more…



  • DAILY TUNES: The Outdoor Music Scene
    Beech Mountain’s Sunday Sunset Concerts at Fred’s Gazebo, this Sunday: Cane Mill Road


    July 10, 2018. Daily Tunes will be bringing you live music performances in the High Country area for every day of the week. Get out there and enjoy the cool breezes and relaxing music of summer before it’s over! Back in Beech Mountain, Fred’s General Mercantile is hosting their Sunday summer concerts at Fred’s Gazebo. Fred’s has been the gathering place for all of Beech Mountain since it opened in 1979, and the legendary store hosts concerts out of the graceful white gazebo next to it. By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • Redistricting Reform 101 on Gerrymandering and Non-Partisan Map Making in NC This Saturday


    July 9, 2018. Saturday, July 14th, Nate Fisher will be leading Redistricting Reform 101, a forum on gerrymandering and non-partisan map making in North Carolina. The event will begin at 10:00 am at the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. It aims to help people understand the complicated issue of gerrymandering and what goes into drawing unbiased electoral districts. The forum will include a discussion of the legal requirements and standards for producing a non-partisan fair map of North Carolina, as well as the subjective considerations that inevitably shape electoral districts. By Joe Wiswell / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Honey Harvest Hoedown for de la Cruz Farms July 28 in Deep Gap


    July 9, 2018. If you enjoy good music, food, fun and fellowship while supporting a good cause, you will not want to miss the upcoming Honey Harvest Hoedown in Deep Gap. On Saturday, July 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., the High Country community will come together for a fundraising event to help with the ongoing needs of de la Cruz Farms, located just across from Deep Gap Fire Department Since 2014, de la Cruz Farms (meaning “of the cross”) has been serving area children and families in a unique farm-like setting that provides hands-on experiences in a safe, family friendly and faith-based atmosphere. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • 5th Annual Fairy Day Celebrates Nature at Daniel Boone Native Gardens on Saturday, July 14th


    July 9, 2018. Children and families are invited to Daniel Boone Native Gardens on July 14th from noon to 4 p.m. for the 5th Annual Fairy Day. This event is a free learning experience for young children with lots of activities to keep them engaged. Visit the Gardens on Fairy Day to be greeted by a roving fairy. Sarah Gilley described Fairy Day as “an annual event that the Gardens sponsor to encourage children to enjoy nature.” Activities you can look forward to include: face painting by “Colorful Cheeks,“ music by Sarah Borders and Tom Pace, building a fairy garden and learning about butterflies with Dr. Annkatrin Rose. Creating fairy gardens will include finding twigs, leaves and other items throughout Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Activities will also be available for preschool children. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • North Carolina Blackberry Festival Coming Up on July 13th and 14th in Downtown Lenoir, Featuring World’s Largest Blackberry Cobbler Patchwork


    July 9, 2018. Grab your fork, put on your “eating pants” and get ready for the North Carolina Blackberry Festival, July 13th and 14th in Lenoir. Featuring the world’s largest blackberry cobbler, The Blackberry Parade complete with the NC Panthers PurrCussion Drumline, blackberry eating contests, live music, vendors, food trucks, Bites, Brews and Blues and more. The 17th Annual NC Blackberry Festival begins on Friday at 5:00 pm in downtown Lenoir and will continue through Saturday evening at 9 pm. / Read more…



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