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  • Banner Elk’s Art on the Greene Kicks Off its 2018 Season This Weekend

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    May 22, 2018.  Art on the Greene, a popular art show held three times each year, kicks off its 2018 season this Saturday and Sunday (May 26-27) on the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School. The show converts the green space in front of the school into an art gallery filled with works from local and regional artists. The Memorial Day weekend show is the first of three seasonal shows. The second show takes place July 7-8 and the third show is set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2. / Read more…



  • A Memorial Day Salute to Take Place on May 26 at Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music

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    May 22, 2018.  Continuing a tradition started by its founder, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music once again presents its annual Memorial Day Salute to help welcome in the summer season in the High Country. This year’s concert, celebrating JSMHM’s 25th Anniversary Season, takes place on Saturday night, May 26th at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone and features the music of one of the hottest emerging young bluegrass bands in America, Cane Mill Road! The concert begins at 7:30pm and pays tribute to the real reason for Memorial Day – to honor the memory of all of those who died while serving our country in our armed forces. / Read more…



  • 12th Annual Memorial Day Program at the Boone Mall on May 28

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    May 22, 2018.  Memorial Day is more than a day off of work—it’s a holiday dedicated to honoring the military men and women who have served and are serving our country. On Monday, May 28, the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will sponsor the 12th Annual Memorial Day Program in tandem with the Boone Mall and the Watauga Community Band to celebrate our veterans and active military personnel. Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, became a national holiday in 1971 to honor those that have died while serving in the U.S. Military. By Savannah Watts / Read more…



  • Art in the Park Returns for its 56th Year: A Historic Tradition

    Art in the Park
    May 21, 2018.  Celebrate 56 years of Art in the Park with its return for the summer this Saturday, May 26 in downtown Blowing Rock. This showcase, hosted by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, features local and regional artisans and was originally started in 1962 by a handful of artists. Art in the Park has since grown to encompass nearly one hundred artists from the area working in a variety of mediums. By Savannah Watts / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage to Host “Friend Raiser” on June 2, Free Food and Backstage Tours!


    May 21, 2018. Ensemble Stage will be hosting a “Friend Raiser” on June 2 at 1 p.m. This event is not to raise money for the theatre, but rather to raise awareness and familiarity about the theatre. The event will take place in the courtyard of the Historic Banner Elk School, and free food will be provided, including hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, beer and wine. The staff will also be taking guests on a tour of the rehearsal room and backstage By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • Entertaining Music Series FORUM at Lees-McRae College Kicks Off on June 18

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    May 21, 2018.  Lees-McRae College’s FORUM 2018 Season performances all begin at 7 p.m. at Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. FORUM was organized in 1979 by a small group of summer residents for the purpose of bringing a stimulating series of cultural programs to the area. With the help of Lees-McRae College, one of the region’s most important resources, FORUM has grown significantly and embarks on its 39th year of providing both cultural enrichment and wholesome entertainment to the community.”  By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Colorful 36th Spring Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery with Artists’ Reception on May 26


    May 21, 2018. Carlton Gallery celebrates 36 years with its colorful Spring Group Exhibition on Saturday, May 26 with an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 5 pm. Some of the gallery’s standing artists plan to attend to meet visitors and patrons which affords one the opportunity to enjoy a spring afternoon filled with wonderful ART in Paintings, Glass, Sculpture, Wood, Clay, Fiber and Jewelry. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and this exhibition is without charge. The gallery is filled with new work in abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman and Kate Worm; traditional landscapes by Kevin Beck, Egidio Antonaccio, Sharon Rusch Shaver and Freeman Beard; flora and fauna by Trena McNabb and Marion Cloaninger; trees, leaves and florals by Debbie Arnold and Tonya Bottomley; cityscapes and florals by Gina Strumpf; acrylic calligraphic paintings with Chinese ink by Michael Grady; still life by Mary Martha McKinley; acrylic, mixed media outsider art by Mike Ham, along with 3-dimensional clay sculpture by Marty Allran.” / Read more…



  • Saddlebreds Receive Show of the Year Award; National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Recognizes Blowing Rock


    May 21, 2018. For the fifth time in eight years, the Twelfth Chapter of the United Professional Horsemen has selected Blowing Rock as the chapter’s Best Show. The annual award is chosen by a vote of chapter members. To have earned this distinction for so many years is evidence of the affection and appreciation Saddlebred exhibitors hold for this venerable event. In 2018, Alice Brinkley, a long- time exhibitor and volunteer for the Saddlebred show, is serving her first year as Show Chair. On hearing of the Best Show Award she said, “We appreciate the support, time, and energy the village gives the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.  We are grateful to the many families who have supported this special show for decades.  We are proud to have earned this recognition and look forward to providing a family focused way to celebrate our beautiful horses for many years to come.” / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stages Presents Four New Performances for its Summer Season

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    May 18, 2018. . Gary Smith and Lisa Lamont, the artistic director and managing director for Ensemble Stage, are excited to present four astounding new plays this summer, including a suspense thriller, two comedies, and a drama. When asked which summer performance he was most excited for, Smith said, “Asking a director to pick a favorite show he’s going to be working on is like asking a parent ‘Who’s your favorite kid?’.”  By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • The Blowing Rock Attraction is Hosting its Second Annual Shagging at the Rock on June 2

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    May 18, 2018. The Blowing Rock is hosting its second annual Shagging at the Rock on June 2. The entire day will be dedicated to the appreciation and enjoyment of shagging, a Carolina dance that is a derivative of the Jitterbug and the Charleston. Shagging at the Rock will have four bands playing, including Silk Groove, Eric and the Chill Tones, The Tams, and Wayne Euliss as Elvis.   By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • Third Annual Ducky Regatta Offers Duck Racing to Fight Poverty in the High Country on June 2

    May 17, 2018. Bring your family and friends and get splashy in Middle Fork Creek for Casting Bread Ministries’ third annual Ducky Regatta. This year’s regatta will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 194 Aho Road in Blowing Rock on the FaithBridge UMC campus. Proceeds from the day’s festivities support our mission of meeting the food insecurity and scarcity needs of our friends and neighbors in the High Country, while implementing sustainable solutions to poverty. By Jamie Thomasson / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern to Have Grand Opening this Saturday for New Addition

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    May 17, 2018. The Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern will have its grand opening this Saturday, May 19. Owners Les and Cindy Broussard have been running the Banner Elk Café for the better part of 30 years. Every so often, they’ll see fit to add to their creation and the new additions have always been a success. The Café is located at 324 Shawneehaw Ave S, and the Broussard family and the employees of the Café proudly invite locals and visitors to come enjoy a day of fun to celebrate the much-anticipated addition By Chloe Shanes / Read more…



  • 34th Season of An Appalachian Summer Festival Announced; Taking Place July 1 – August 4

    May 17, 2018.  Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, announces the 34th season to take place July 1- Aug. 4, 2018. The 2018 schedule presents a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film events and attracts over 27,000 visitors to the High Country each summer. Tickets for festival events go on sale online and at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office on Tuesday, May 1. For more information, visit www.appsummer.org or call the box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. / Read more…



  • Paul Brown and Across the Blue Ridge Will Be in Boone on Saturday, May 19 for a House Concert


    May 16, 2018. Old-time musician, journalist, and radio host, Paul Brown comes to Boone Saturday, May 19, to present a house concert featuring local old-time and roots musicians and bands, to be recorded for an episode of Across the Blue Ridge. The concert takes place at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone and will feature performances by Brown and his partner, Teri McMurray, in addition to Trevor McKenzie, The Sheets Family, Strictly Strings Trio, and Rick Ward.  Portions of the performances will air on Across the Blue Ridge, locally on WFDD, in addition to other stations and on the Internet. / Read more…



  • Over 3,500 students receive degrees at Appalachian during commencement ceremonies, May 11-12


    May 16, 2018. BOONE, N.C. — Six commencement ceremonies were held at Appalachian State University over two days, Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Chancellor Sheri Everts began the ceremonies warmly by telling graduates, “Congratulations on your accomplishments and this achievement. I personally find great hope for our community, state, nation and world in the promise you take forward into a future made all the brighter because of you.” A total of 3,229 undergraduate students and 369 graduate students received degrees. / Read more…



  • Avery Humane Society Is Celebrating Its 40th Year with a Birthday Bash Fundraiser on May 19


    May 16, 2018. The Avery Humane Society is celebrating its 40th year of service to Avery County this year. To celebrate, the Humane Society is holding its 6th Annual Birthday Bash and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’re invited! / Read more…



  • Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Announces its 2018 Indoor Concert Line-up

    May 16, 2018.  In celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is pleased to announce its 2018 Indoor Concert line-up! This years line-up features 5 matinees and 10 evening concerts presented at comfortable climate-controlled venues, including the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone and the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • Winner of the 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign to be Announced at the Don Ho-Down Thursday

    May 16, 2018.  On Thursday, the winner of the 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign will be announced at the Don Ho-Down at Lost Province Brewing Company. The celebration will take place from 5:00 until 8:00pm and the crowning of the Big Kahuna happening at 8:15pm. Donations to the eleven Kahuna Campaigns will be excepted until the crowning takes place that evening. Music will be provided by the Dashboard Hula Boys. Watauga Habitat for Humanity is closing in on the final days of the Big Kahuna campaign. Since March 1st, eleven community leaders have been advocating and raising money to support Watauga Habitat’s home building efforts. In this friendly competition, the Kahuna who raises / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: It’s Strawberry Time!


    May 16, 2018. For those of you who have followed my cooking column over the years, you know that my favorite fruit is the strawberry. The “blood-type diet” and a remote diagnosis of diverticulitis both tell me that I should not eat these luscious little jewels, but it’s easier said than done. I am often reminded of a quote I ran across ages ago from William Butler, a 17th century English writer, who said, “Doubtless, God could have made a better berry, but doubtless, God never did.” After having just enjoyed our first sampling of this year’s crop from Eastern North Carolina, I have to agree, once again, with Butler. Not only are strawberries delicious, but they also have many health benefits as a good source of Vitamin C, folate and potassium, pectin and other soluble fibers that help lower cholesterol — and they contain only about 40 calories per cup. Additionally, they are thought to provide substances that help prevent cancer. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • 2018 LEGO Competition to Raise Money for Watauga Humane Society is this Saturday, May 19


    May 15, 2018. Lego lovers of all ages are invited to the annual Boone Brick Building Contest, which will return to the Central Plaza at Boone Mall this Saturday, May 19 from noon until 4 p.m. to showcase local Lego talent and craftsmanship. The event will bring together novice to advanced Lego builders to raise funds for the Watauga Humane Society. Participants can compete to build the best piece for their category or bring one that is already built for the Display Only category. The contest is divided into seven separate competition categories. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • WNC Oasis Shriners Return to Blowing Rock for Another Ceremonial Weekend June 1, 2


    May 15, 2018. The WNC Oasis Shriners are bringing their Spring Ceremonial, induction of new members and parade to the town on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. The Shriners Parade will take place along Main Street starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “We’re excited to have the Oasis Shriners back in Blowing Rock for another Ceremonial Weekend. Hundreds of Shriners and their families come to town and that has a very positive impact on our local economy. Besides, the parade and interactive festivities that the Shrine brings really makes for a fun weekend. We’re always happy to host the Shriners,” said Tracy Brown, Executive Director of the Blowing Rock TDA. / Read more…



  • Art Cellar Gallery Kicks Off Season with Dynamic Two Woman Show, Opening May 26


    May 15, 2018. The Art Cellar Gallery is excited to kick off the season with a dynamic two woman show, “Two Views, New Works in Clay by Pam Brewer and Lisa Stinson.” Whether it is inspiration in the landscape of the mountains and rivers of North Carolina, the sculptural curves of flora and fauna, or the physical working of the earth in clay bodies, these artists capture Mother Earth in each of their works.  / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Hunter’s Heroes Events Kick off Friday, Race on Saturday


    May 15, 2018. The High Country was shattered by the July 26, 2012 death of Deputy Sheriff William Mast, Jr., and the circumstances that surrounded the tragedy for all involved. However, thanks to the caring community that we are — and one that sticks together in good times and bad — a bright light was illuminated through a memorial event the following year which continues to grow brighter every year. This coming weekend, Hunter’s Heroes, an event named for Mast’s son, who was born 17 days after his father’s death, will once again bring the community together as one in an effort to not only remember a fallen hero, but to help others in their time of need. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • “Music on the Lawn” is Back for Another Summer at The Inn at Ragged Gardens

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    May 15, 2018. For seven years, on each Friday from May through October, the Inn at Ragged Gardens has hosted “Music on the Lawn.” The Inn at Ragged Gardens invites you to Blowing Rock this summer to attend this favorite outdoor concert series. On each Friday of this summer, a different band will play from 5:30 in the evening to 8:30 at night, weather permitting. By Andrea Rodriguez-Ortiz / Read more…



  • Summer Exhibition is BRAHM’s Biggest Celebration, Coming on May 24

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    May 15, 2018. Visit BRAHM, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, on Thursday, May 24 for the Summer Exhibition Celebration. A reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during which time visitors can enjoy drinks, Hors-d’oeuvres, and music while meeting museum staff, exhibiting artists and featured historians. Visitors can enjoy their selves while discussing the latest exhibition pieces with fellow cultural and art enthusiasts. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Midnight at the OASIS Celebrating 40 Years of Service to the Community Friday, May 18

    May 14, 2018. Forty years of service to any community effort is a huge milestone, but four decades of service to the High Country and its victims of domestic abuse is an especially great achievement to celebrate. The party is just days away and will be combined with the annual “Midnight at the OASIS” fundraiser for OASIS, the non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Watauga and Avery Counties since 1978. The 15th Midnight at the Oasis will be held on Friday, May 18 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn & Suites in Blowing Rock. The signature event will feature live music by Soul Benefactor with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a Middle Eastern themed food and a cash bar. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Annual Benefit Auction Party for the Children’s Council Is Sunday, May 20th

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    May 14, 2018.   What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by supporting young children and their families at a gorgeous location with delicious food, a cash bar, awesome people and GAMES? This years Annual Benefit Auction, Party With A Purpose, is slated to be the most fun and engaging event in the High Country this year! We are bringing in Michael Parker of the Michael Parker Benefit Auction Company to lead us in an interactive and FUN event. You will not be bored with small talk at this fundraiser! Games will be encouraged such as the Wine Toss, Bling Buckets, Blue Line-Yellow Line, and Heads and Tails! As stated on his website, “Michael Parker’s distinctive rhythmic chant and down home humor have made him an exciting crowd pleaser at charity events for more than 35 years.” He is an auctioneer and crowd pleaser extraordinaire and will add an element to this years event that has not been offered at events here in the High Country before now. / Read more…



  • Northwestern Studios Proudly Presents Three Different Performances Coming May 18-20

    May 8, 2018.  Northwestern Studios proudly presents “Dancing On the Moon: A Dance Revue” and “The Enchanted Island: A Comedic Children’s Ballet.”  The performances showcase our talented dancers, May 18-20th. All shows are at Ross Auditorium on the campus of Watauga High School. “Dancing On the Moon: A Dance Revue” will feature Northwestern Studios’ dancers performing various styles of dance including tap, contemporary, and hip hop.  The performance will also feature the award winning performance dance team – The Northwestern Starz. Showtimes for “Dancing On the Moon: A Dance Revue” are Friday, May 18th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, May 19th at 2:30 pm. / Read more…



  • High Country’s First Food & Faith Gathering Scheduled for May 19th

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    May 11, 2018. With daily headlines providing us with valid reasons to be increasingly concerned about our food, food sources and our neighbors who don’t know from where their next meal will come, the timing could not be more perfect for the High Country’s First Food & Faith Gathering. A collaboration between faith leaders in the High Country and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the event is scheduled for May 19 at Boone United Methodist Church. It is being made possible by a coalition of faith-based and community groups joining together to discuss and explore some very important topics related to the food we grow, eat and share with others. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • S.N.I.P.S. of Watauga Humane Society’s 9th Annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 12

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    May 8, 2018. Poets have long celebrated and expressed their delight in the arrival of Spring. Christina Rossetti claims that “There is no time like Spring, When Life’s alive in everything…” and Robert Frost reminds us that “Nature’s first green is gold…” The Watauga Humane Society S.N.I.P.S. committee (supporting low cost spay/neuter) agrees that there is no time like Spring when the greening of the earth is truly a golden moment. To celebrate this special season, S.N.I.P.S. will hold its 9th Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, in the parking lot of Precision Printing Company, 1302 Blowing Rock Road, in Boone. Additional parking is available at the Speedway station next door. / Read more…



  • National “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive, Saturday, May 12: Local Donations Stay in the High Country

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    May 8, 2018. The 26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is set for Saturday, May 12, and is expected to once again have a huge impact in the High Country. Considered the largest one-day event of its kind in the nation, more than 10,000 communities and cities across the country will participate in the food collection effort, in conjunction with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.” By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Registration is Open for the 2018 CowBelle Classic Women’s Cycling Event Happening August 25

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    May 8, 2018. The Third Annual CowBelle Classic, a women’s specific cycling event, is planned for Saturday, August 25, 2018. Women of all abilities are invited to participate in this non-competitive bicycle ride that includes four different routes of varying difficulty- all beginning and ending at the Old Cove Creek School park in Sugar Grove, NC. The CowBelle Classic was conceived to encourage all women to enjoy the sport of cycling, experience the landscape of the high country, and join together in the supportive social body of women cyclists of the Boone area. The routes range from 15-65 miles through the countryside of Watauga and Ashe Counties in NC and Johnson County in TN. The ride concludes with ringing cowbells, lunch, music, and socializing at the park in Sugar Grove. / Read more…



  • Team Availability Still Open in the May 14 Avery Chamber of Commerce Classic Golf Tournament

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    May 7, 2018. Avery County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melynda Martin Peeble has announced that team availability slots remain open for the third annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament to be held Monday, May 14, at one of the world’s most noted and scenic courses–the Linville Golf Club Course. The course provides golfers and aspiring golfers the golden opportunity to play on a Number Two Donald Ross original course at the Linville Golf Club, located at 83 Club Lane in Linville. There’s a difference between courses nowadays and classics like Linville, which was handcrafted around the land’s original contour with mule-and-pan grading..” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Stunning Young Violinist, Kitty Amaral, to Perform at St. Mary of the Hills on Sunday May 13

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    May 7, 2018.   Versatile young violinist Kitty Amaral will present the next concert in the 2018 concert season at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock on Sunday, May 13th at 3 pm.  Amaral, age 15, is making a name for herself in classical, jazz, bluegrass, swing, and Appalachian old-time music, and has already performed in such disparate venues as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. She won the AADGT (American Association for the Development for the Gifted and Talented) gold medal in classical music at age 10, is a Virginia Folklife recipient, and three-time MerleFest Youth Ambassador.  Last summer, she was invited to perform at the renowned Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and this summer will return to Newport on a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music ‘Jazz Institute’ at the Newport Jazz Festival.  Amaral studies violin with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock and will enter Appalachian State University next Fall on a Hayes Endowment for Musical Excellence Scholarship. She already plays with the Appalachian State University Orchestra, and has twice been a featured soloist in the Marching Mountaineers’ half-time show at ASU football games. / Read more…



  • Motors for Missions Cruise-in to Support work of Perkinsville Church on May 19

    May 4, 2018.   Everybody loves a cruise-in and especially when it’s for a good cause. Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., classic car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to support the foreign mission work of a local church, while putting their classic and chromed beauties on display for everyone to see. Perkinsville Baptist Church in Boone will be hosting Motors for Missions as a unique way to raise funds for their mission outreach to India. According to church pastor Seth Norris, the event will benefit South Indian pastors by providing motorcycles for them to use in their ministry travels between villages. It’s something near and dear to his heart, Norris said, and a tangible way for his Boone church to help spread the gospel of Christ in a distant land. Each motorcycle costs about $1,000, Norris said, and many are needed. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



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