• AMB and We Can So You Can Foundation Return with Haunted Horn: Stalker, an Immersive Haunted Experience


    October 17, 2019. Appalachian Mountain Brewery and We Can So You Can Foundation are returning to the Daniel Boone Amphitheatre this year to host the third annual Haunted Horn, the High Country’s only immersive haunted experience. This year’s version of Haunted Horn, entitled Haunted Horn: Stalker, will occur on Fridays and Saturdays from October 11 – 26 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are available online for $10 and at the door for $13. Parking is available for free. We Can So You Can Foundation has put on Haunted Horn events for the past two years; 2017’s event was called Haunted Horn: Curse of Wendigo and 2018’s event was Haunted Horn: The Accused. This year, experience a time warp and go back to the 80s with Haunted Horn: Stalker, based after famous ‘80s era thrillers and slasher flicks, and try to escape the stalker pursuing you and the other participants trying to flee. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • First Annual Avery County High School Reunion Set for October 26 at the ACHS Gym


    October 17, 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. Big plans are underway for this first reunion to take place on Saturday, October 26, which is the next day after Avery’s Homecoming Celebration. The reunion will take place in the ACHS Gym and the doors will open for fun and visiting at 1:30 p.m. Danica Goodman, Class of 2000, is spearheading the effort to establish an annual reunion for ACHS. / Read more…



  • Hunger and Health Coalition Hosting 5th Annual Masquerade Ball Oct. 25 at Harvest House


    October 17, 2019. The Hunger and Health Coalition located in Boone will host its 5th annual Masquerade Ball on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone. Tickets are $30 and going fast. This event always provides a fun-filled evening for a great cause, according to HHC staff. “The past four have been nothing short of incredible as this event helps us raise funds for our programs to help those in need in our community.” Along with entertainment provided by The Appalachian Theatre Ensemble, guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, exciting, colorful costumes, dancing and drinks.. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • 41st Annual Valle Country Fair Returns on Saturday, October 19


    October 16, 2019. Mountain music, handmade crafts, barbecue, Brunswick stew, apple cider, apple butter, and peak autumn color all come together in a huge hay field at the heart of Valle Crucis, NC, on Saturday, October 19 at the Valle Country Fair. What started as a little church bazaar in 1978 now welcomes thousands and has raised more than $1 million for local charities over its first 40 years. Always held on the third Saturday in October, the Valle Country Fair takes over the grounds of the Valle Crucis Conference Center on NC Highway 194 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free and ample parking is available in the adjoining field for $10 per car. Please note that NO PETS are allowed. The tents of 160 craft exhibitors line wide lanes that meander back and forth across the grounds. Bales of hay are stacked in the intersections of these alleys to offer fairgoers a spot to sit as they ponder which craft booths to visit next. / Read more…



  • Weather-Predicting Woolly Worms Race at Banner Elk Festival, Oct. 19-20


    October 16, 2019. For one weekend each fall, the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Banner Elk becomes the woolly worm racing capital. Now in its 42nd year, the Woolly Worm Festival draws cross-country visitors and locals alike for two days of cheering woollybear caterpillars to the finish line. This year’s festival takes place Oct. 19-20. Races are held throughout the day Saturday and Sunday at Historic Banner Elk School in the heart of downtown. The overall winner of Saturday’s races earns a $1,000 grand prize and the honor of predicting the winter weather for North Carolina’s High Country. While Sunday’s races don’t involve forecasting privileges, participants still vie for prestige, along with a $500 prize. “It’s really an all-American small town at its best,” says Mary Jo Brubaker, festival chairperson. “As a society, we go to such extremes to entertain people these days, but the down-home simplicity of this festival is wonderfully refreshing.” / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage to Perform Radio Adaptation of HG Wells’ Classic, War of the Worlds, Oct. 25-26


    October 16, 2019. We interrupt this performance to bring you a special bulletin: Volcanic disturbances? Jets of blue flames? Red discs swirling? Clear the fields, the Martians have landed. Or have they? Or will they? Ensemble Stage, the professional theatre located in the Historic Banner Elk School, will perform a radio adaptation of HG Wells’ classic novel War of the Worlds. To celebrate Ensemble Stage’s 10th anniversary, Gary Smith, artistic director, has put together an amazing radio show with smooth scene changes, eerie sound effects, and a cast of local ‘celebrities’ that will make you stop, listen, and ponder the possibilities. You will hear the startling report of mysterious creatures moving forward…Oh No, are they at the field, the pond, the mill? Ensemble Stage presents the radio play War of the Worlds October 25 and 26 at the Historic Banner Elk school, Hahn Auditorium. / 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



  • Merrell Footwear & Mast Store Team Up for “Food for Kids” Oct. 21 to Nov. 3

    October 15, 2019. The U. S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Merrell Footwear, an active lifestyle brand, joins the Mast Store for the eleventh year in 2019 to provide Food for Kids (October 21-November 3). During these dates, when you purchase a pair of Merrell Footwear at Mast Store, Merrell will make a donation to the Hunger and Health Coalition to fill a backpack with weekend food for kids. Children are the most at risk with food insecurity. A growling stomach has an effect on a child’s body and also dampens his or her ability to learn or stay focused in the classroom. According to Feeding America, the percentage of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households is 17.9% in the United States. Sadly, in North Carolina that number rises to 22.6%. / Read more…



  • Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue Dances into Boone as part of “The Schaefer Center Presents…” Performing Arts Series on Friday Nov. 8


    October 15, 2019. Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, “The Schaefer Center Presents…” brings the razzle dazzle of Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue to the Schaefer Center stage on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7pm, as a stop on its North America tour. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation is a high-energy celebration of contemporary India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance choreographed by one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant, and thrilling live music set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman. / Read more…



  • Zoe and Cloyd Roll into the High Country on October 17 for Performance at Harvest House


    October 15, 2019. Zoe and Cloyd roll into the High Country Thursday, October 17th, for a performance as a part of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music’s 2019 Matinee Series. This non-ticketed, “Pay As You Exit” show, takes place at the Harvest House in Boone beginning at 2:00pm. Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, Zoe & Cloyd is renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Their show is as diverse as their upbringing: coming from a lineage of klezmer and jazz musicians, Natalya trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts before moving south in 2004. John, a twelfth generation North Carolinian and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler, Jim Shumate, is a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council. / Read more…



  • 9th Annual Spooky Duke Race Returns To Benefit Local Parent-to-Parent Organization October 26


    October 14, 2019. Anytime is a good time to support local nonprofit organizations — and especially the families they serve. As it does every year, the upcoming annual Spooky Duke Race and Costume March will prove that to be true very soon. Back for another successful fundraiser for the Parent to Parent Family Support Network, The Spooky Duke 5k, 10k and Costume March will be held Saturday, October 26, at the Peacock Parking Lot, located at 416 Howard St. in Boone, on the campus of Appalachian State University It’s an exciting time for everyone involved, said Parent to Parent FSN director, Kaaren Hayes, with proceeds going a long way to support the ongoing efforts of a much-needed program in the High Country. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Mount Vernon Baptist Church Hosting Annual Country Fall Fair Oct. 30


    October 14, 2019. It’s not your typical fall fair, but the annual Halloween alternative at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone brings in a fair crowd, for certain. For over 25 years, the event has attracted hundreds of guests for a fun-filled evening — and this year should be no exception. The 2019 Country Fall Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the gymnasium and first floor area of the church; it promises to be a time to remember for all members of the family — from the young to the young at heart. It’s all about food, fellowship, games and the reminder that Mount Vernon loves you – and so does God. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga County Public Library to Screen Documentary that Explores the Life of Fiction Writer Flannery O’Connor This Saturday at 1:00


    October 11, 2019. Beata Productions announces that the first-ever feature length documentary about Flannery O’Connor, one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th Century, is scheduled to screen at the Watauga County Public Library on Saturday, October 12th 2019. The film has been featured in several film festivals, was broadcast on PBS in 2017, and won a 2018 Gabriel Award for excellence in broadcasting. An icon of Southern literature, O’Connor is best known for works such as “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” “The Displaced Person,” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge.” Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O’Connor traces the people and events that would help shape her remarkable career, including her upbringing in the class-conscious South of the 1930s and her battle with the autoimmune disease lupus, which would ultimately take her life at age 39. / Read more…



  • Submissions Coming In for 17th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition; Deadline Nov. 22


    October 11, 2019. It’s that time again! The 17th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is open for registrations and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5pm on Friday November 22, 2019. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.   A partnership between Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Virtual Blue Ridge, the AMPC celebrates the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. Attracting entries from across the United States, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with almost 1,000 submissions last year and viewed in person by over 6,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts / Read more…



  • Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery Holding Autumn Open House on October 12


    October 10, 2019. Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery and Bill Brown Studio will be holding an Autumn Open House on October 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Various small and large pieces of art will be displayed indoors and outdoors at the garden & gallery located right off of Highway 221 in Linville Falls, directly across from the Linville Falls Winery. Crossnore Gallery and Weaving Room are just up the road for guests to enjoy as well; Linville Fall Hiking is also available nearby for attendees who are outdoors oriented. New artwork by Bill Brown will be displayed during the Autumn Open House; Bill has created a piece especially for the event in the form of hand-forged, hand-painted steel and patina apples that will be displayed alongside real apples picked from a nearby orchard. These steel apples are a rare variety; there is a limited supply, but they will last a lifetime. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Al Petteway and Amy White Returning to the High Country on Saturday, October 12th for JSMHM


    October 10, 2019. Al Petteway and Amy White will be making a return visit to the High Country on Saturday, October 12th as a part of the Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music 2019 Indoor Concert Series! This show takes place at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone and begins at 7:30pm. Al & Amy have long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to Blues, New Age, and Jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and some of the finest vocals you’ll hear in any genre. Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won several Governor’s Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grand total of 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association including “Musician of the Year.” Together, they won an Indie award for Gratitude, their album of original, groove-oriented instrumental guitar duets. / Read more…



  • Oktoberfest Celebration Returning to Sugar Mountain Resort October 12 & 13


    October 10, 2019. Grab your beer stein and put on your lederhosen or your dirndl, because Sugar Mountain Resort is gearing up to host its 29th annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair) that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany from around mid September to the first Sunday in October; more than six million people from around the world attend the event every year. Sugar Mountain’s version of Oktoberfest in the High Country is family-friendly and people of all ages are invited to join in the celebration. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Hosting Candidates Forum on October 14

    October 9, 2019 Following last week’s candidate roundtable sponsored by the Blowing Rock Civic Association, residents in the community have one more opportunity to hear four town council candidates and Mayor Charlie Sellers answer questions on a wide variety of topics. The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidates’ forum on Monday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School auditorium. The forum is produced by the Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge alumni group that has about 90 different alumni members inside and outside the Blowing Rock area, according to Charles Hardin, the President of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Hardin said that the event will last an hour and a half and is the first organized event to be held in the Blowing Rock School auditorium since some new upgrades had been made inside the building. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Shady Valley Elementary School in TN Hosts 27th Annual Cranberry Festival Oct 11 and 12


    October 9, 2019. On October 11-12, Tennessee’s Shady Valley Elementary School will be hosting its 27th annual Cranberry Festival, celebrating 81 years of educating students. The festival’s focal point will be the school itself, with the aim of supporting the school and its Scholarship Fund. The school was originally built in 1936 with the purpose of consolidating four other schools, bringing the people of Shady Valley together and strengthening their community throughout the Great Depression. It opened in 1938, providing both employment and education for the area. By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Four Decades and Counting — Thousands Expected For Valle Country Fair Saturday, October 19


    October 9, 2019. Mountain traditions are known for standing the test of time and at no time is that more evident than the present. As one of the area’s premiere events, the 41st annual Valle Country Fair is just days away and expected once again to draw thousands of visitors to the normally peaceful valley. For one day of the year – always the third Saturday in October – the valley comes alive and practically bursts at the seams for an event that attracts visitors from near and far. Now in its 41st year, the Valle Country Fair will take over the grounds of the Valle Crucis Conference Center on NC Hwy. 194 in Valle Crucis on Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Food, crafts, mountain music, and family fun is what it’s all about, with proceeds benefitting local nonprofit organizations and families in need. Whether it’s those unique, personalized early Christmas gifts for which you’ve begun searching, or if you have a hankering for live entertainment and/or the traditional barbecue, Brunswick stew, apple cider or apple butter that’s always available, Valle Country Fair really does have something for everyone. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • 37th Autumn Group Exhibition Opens at Carlton Gallery Saturday Featuring a Retrospective of Toni Carlton’s Work from the Last 35 Years


    October 8, 2019. On October 12th, Carlton Gallery opens its 37th Autumn Group Exhibition featuring “Retrospective – Linking Past to Present through Contemporary Art” by Toni Carlton. This exhibition features an Artists ‘Reception from 2-5pm and new work in paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry can be viewed along with greeting some of the standing gallery artists in attendance for this exhibition which is free of charge and continues through November 15th. Toni Carlton says, “The featured exhibit is my work. I am showing some of my early weavings and basketry I did in the early 80s and moving into other artwork from the 90s with acrylic calligraphic brush paintings, along with drawings I did from live models. It is a retrospective of different works I’ve done over my artistic career” 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



  • Weather-Predicting Woolly Worms Race at Banner Elk Festival, Oct. 19-20


    October 8, 2019. For one weekend each fall, the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Banner Elk becomes the woolly worm racing capital. Now in its 42nd year, the Woolly Worm Festival draws cross-country visitors and locals alike for two days of cheering woollybear caterpillars to the finish line. This year’s festival takes place Oct. 19-20. Races are held throughout the day Saturday and Sunday at Historic Banner Elk School in the heart of downtown. The overall winner of Saturday’s races earns a $1,000 grand prize and the honor of predicting the winter weather for North Carolina’s High Country. While Sunday’s races don’t involve forecasting privileges, participants still vie for prestige, along with a $500 prize. “It’s really an all-American small town at its best,” says Mary Jo Brubaker, festival chairperson. “As a society, we go to such extremes to entertain people these days, but the down-home simplicity of this festival is wonderfully refreshing.” / Read more…



  • Old Crow Medicine Show Performing at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on November 17


    October 8, 2019. “For two decades, Old Crow Medicine Show has helped make old-timey American music vital…” – NPR Music. Grammy award-winning American Roots band Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on November 17. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming album, Live At The Ryman (out October 4 on Columbia Records via The Orchard), a record which honors the history and traditions of Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium and captures the raucous energy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s performances at the venue. Watch a special unplugged performance of their song “Methamphetamine”, filmed at the Ryman, via Rolling Stone Country HERE. / Read more…



  • The Photographer’s Perspective: Dinner and Learn at Blue Ridge ArtSpace with Ty Brown Oct. 16 and Michael Raulson Oct. 17


    October 7, 2019. Blue Ridge ArtSpace will be hosting “Dinner and Learn” events on October 16 and 17 related to “The Photographer’s Perspective”. Two renowned photographers, Ty Brown and Michael Raulson, will be speaking about two different topics relating to art form that is photography. Ty Brown (Tyrie) has been a photographer for 40+ years with career work ranging from photojournalist, educator, magazine publisher to fine art photography. He holds a B.S. in Advertising/Photojournalism from the University of Kansas and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. He will speak on Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm on the topic of “Looking vs. Seeing: How to Improve Your Image Taking”. Michael Raulson is an award winning photographer, whose pictures hang from south Florida to Michigan. Mike’s work includes Wildlife, Portraits, Landscapes, and Seascapes plus Weddings, or any other rites of passage. Over his years of experience he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about cameras and how to make the changing technology work for you. He will be speaking on Thursday, October 17th at 6pm on “Mirrorless Cameras vs. DSLR Cameras”.
    By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • October Exhibits at Blue Ridge ArtSpace Feature the Work of Earl Davis and John Audish; 2nd Saturday Celebration to be Held October 12


    October 7, 2019. The Blue Ridge ArtSpace, a community arts hub filled with four galleries, classrooms, and a Gift Shop, is the home of the Watauga County Arts Council. During the month of October, the Main Gallery features the work of Earl Davis and John Audish. As an artist, Davis enjoys oil painting, focusing mostly on landscapes with a sprinkling of portraits and impressionism thrown in. However he also enjoys lamp working (glassblowing), piloting aircrafts, writing books, and still continues as an interim pastor after having retired from his career as a minister. He recently shared his work through the Artist in Residence Program at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. John Audish has always loved to draw. During his military service, his quick sketch of General Westmoreland became the general’s favorite. After a military career, John became a businessman and lives in Hickory, NC with his wife Sandy. John’s work in watercolor and oil is found throughout the Carolinas.
    / Read more…



  • 64th Annual Farm City Banquet Happening November 7

    October 7, 2019 The 64th Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. The theme for this year’s banquet is “High Country Grown: Who’s Your Farmer?” to celebrate Watauga County’s farmers and the community and town folk that support them. The banquet and awards ceremony is organized annually by the Town of Boone, ASU, and N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County. This year, the program includes special guest Sheri Castle, award-winning professional food writer, cook and storyteller who hails from Watauga County, and music from Will Willis, a local singer & songwriter. Following a dinner supplied from local farms, awards will be presented to those in the farming, civic, and business community who have made significant contributions to the agricultural economy. Commodity groups also will award their respective producers of the year, and the Watauga Soil and Water District will present the Farm Family of the Year award. The Boone Chamber of Commerce will present the “Tuckwiller Award” to recognize achievements in Community Development in memory of the late Lake Ernest Tuckwiller, past Watauga County Farm Agent. / Read more…



  • Apples, Apples and More Apples: Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Happening this Saturday


    October 3, 2019. The long-running Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in downtown North Wilkesboro is sure to bring a big crowd out on the street this Saturday for the 42nd straight year. The first Saturday in October always marks the special occasion each year. While the weather can be unpredictable this time of year, this weekend’s edition of the festival looks like a warm, clear day in the foothills. Events get underway on Friday evening with the “Apple Jam” music show that takes place at the corner of 10th and Main in downtown North Wilkesboro. Music starts at 6 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m. Be sure to bring your favorite lawn chair and prepare to relax and enjoy some great music as the sun goes down. The main event fires up at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with what is considered one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the southern United States with an average of over 160,000 people coming to the festival. The event also sets up as a major fundraiser for a lot of social organizations, church groups and non-profit organizations.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Plan to Eat at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Oct 16th When Boone Chamber of Commerce ‘Buys Boone Lunch’

    October 3, 2019 On Wednesday October 16th between 11am and 2pm, everyone is welcome to Feed All Regardless of Means (F.A.R.M.) Cafe at 617 West King Street for another ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ event. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Cafe, guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients. On this day, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will cover the cost of the meal through a generous donation. Each and every additional donation will be utilized by the cafe in its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Civic Association Hosting Candidate Roundtable October 3

    October 3, 2019 Town residents in Blowing Rock are gearing up for the upcoming November election that will have two town council seats and the mayoral seat up for election on November 5. The Blowing Rock Civic Association will be hosting a special candidate roundtable on Thursday, October 3 at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building. Social time begins at 6:15 p.m. with the roundtable beginning at 7 p.m. The roundtable will be focused on issues that surround Blowing Rock town residents and will also allow for questions from audience members in attendance. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Town of Newland to Host Fall Harvest This Saturday, October 5th on the Town’s River Walk

    October 3, 2019 The Town of Newland’s Fall Harvest Festival will be held this coming Saturday, October 5th, on the town’s River Walk. The festival will start at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. There will be around two dozen food, crafts and retail vendor booths available, There also will be dancing, hay rides, carnival games for all ages, a corn hole tournament, pumpkin bowling, a bouncy house, a cake walk, prize giveaways, face painting, Elvis Presley impersonation and numerous other activities for people of all ages. There will also be pumpkin carving, pie eating and goblin contests. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Groups Will Entertain At The Valle Country Fair, October 19


    October 3, 2019. The New River JAM band and the Winger Family, two bands that have their origins in the Junior Appalachian Musicians program (JAM), are playing at the 2019 Valle Country Fair on October 19. Many organizations set out to preserve Appalachian music as a way to preserve mountain culture, but the JAM program is all about the benefits that accrue to youngsters who participate in traditional music and dance. JAM was founded on the idea that playing old-time music together helps children connect and prepares them to strengthen their communities for future generations. The Valle Country Fair is also dedicated to building community while enjoying the Appalachian ways, and as such is especially excited to welcome youngsters from the Junior Appalachian Musicians program to perform at the 41st annual Valle Country Fair. / Read more…



  • Saloon Studios Provides State-of-the-Art Live Music Performances and Studio Production in an Old West Environment; Atlanta Rhythm Section Performs October 5


    October 2, 2019. Tucked away on 180 acres of Mt. Jefferson, just south of West Jefferson, Saloon Studios is at the heart of a mid 19th-century Old West town replica surrounded by such buildings as a sheriff’s office, undertaker, post office, blacksmith, stables, cantina, and a general store. However, the saloon not just a replica of a western-style saloon; the location also doubles as a live performance stage and recording venue with state-of-the-art recording equipment, technology, and sound engineering in an intimate, 100-seat setting. Rock n’ Roll legends as well as up-and-coming acts are invited to the live stage to showcase their greatest hits; rock n’ roll hall of famers such as Dave Mason of Traffic and Steve Cropper of “STAX” Records, Foghat, Molly Hatchet and more have performed at Saloon Studios. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Event Has Four Weekends Remaining This Halloween Month


    October 2, 2019. The Ghost Train event is already under way at Tweetsie Railroad, getting us in the mood for Halloween. Every weekend on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October, the amusement park reopens 7:30 P.M. to 11:30 P.M., offering special Halloween-themed attractions. Only four weekends remain for the Ghost Train before it vanishes until next year. Tickets are $44 for adults, and $38 for children ages 3-12. Children age 2 and under are admitted free. The remaining dates are October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26. Keep in mind that tickets are for a specific date and time, as the Ghost Train runs every half hour from 7:30 to 10:00 P.M., with limited space per ride. Purchasing tickets in advance from their website is strongly advised – although, if space is available, tickets may be purchased at the gate. Nobody is admitted past 10:00 P.M. 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



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