• Just Two Saturday’s Left for the Watauga County Farmers’ Market November Market


    November 15, 2018. Come share the excitement at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone. From market manager Michelle Slaton: “There are just two more Saturdays in November. What a wonderful season it has been. And with Saturday promising to be the sunniest and nicest day of the week it is the perfect time to come out and do some early holiday shopping and talk to our vendors about how to order from them through the Winter months. It’s been a wonderful season and we appreciate all our amazing customers and their continued patronage. We need to give a big thank you to Hatchet Coffee for generously donating coffee for sale during the four November market days. All proceeds from coffee sales will benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a local, nonprofit land trust dedicated to conserving land and water resources in Northwestern North Carolina, who will be joining us throughout the month. Come by for a cup of coffee and hear about the good work that these folks are doing right here in our back yard!”  / Read more…



  • Mast General Store Hosting Big Sale at National Guard Armory Starting this Thursday and Continuing Through Sunday


    November 14, 2018. Tent sales have become a bit of a tradition for the Mast General Store. This time around, the sale has expanded to the National Guard Armory in Boone, located at 274 Hunting Hills Lane. “Basically the reason we decided to do it at the armory is because it’s a little colder now than when we typically have our tent sales so we want everyone to be comfortable and want to have a large area to display our goods in,” said Sheri Moretz, spokesperson for Mast General Store. “The armory presents us with the opportunity to have a wide open space to let things spread out, kind of like a tent sale that has been moved inside.” Employees from the Boone and Valle Crucis locations will staff the sale and there will be areas to try on clothes and make sure you get the right fit with your purchases. Many items will be discounted by as much as 50 and 75 percent off of retail prices on brands that include Lulu-B, Honeyme, Merrell, Sperry, Dansko and many others. Both summer and winter apparel will be available at these discounted prices. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Haircut 101 Launches a “Lunch Money for Kids” Raffle to Help Provide Children with Meals


    November 14, 2018. It’s that time of the year where we all reflect on the things we are thankful for. What most consider basic human needs—a roof over our heads, a warm bed to sleep and at least three meals a day—are things many others consider a luxury. In 2017, John Mena, Owner and Master Stylist at Haircut 101 in Boone, started a “Lunch Money for Kids” raffle, offering salon services as the prize to raise money that the children would normally go without. We were able to raise $2,000 last year, and we are hoping to beat that this year! Please join us for our second annual “Lunch Money for Kids” raffle.  / Read more…



  • Boone Saloon to Host Literary Event, “Get Lit,” on Nov. 28, Featuring Eight Different Writers


    November 14, 2018. “Get Lit” is a group of local writers seeking to promote literature and the craft of writing in and around Boone. Through planned community and pop-up events, Get Lit seeks to engage readers, writers and all who love story and language in fostering and developing a thriving literary community. The first event, “PUB-lish,” will be held at the Boone Saloon on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Eight writers and poets will read from their work (about seven minutes per reading) and be available for conversation after. Skip and Kelly, the owners of Boone Saloon, have been promoting literary events since they opened their establishment in 2004, and in 2012 hosted a standing-room-only evening with The Moth, emceed by internationally acclaimed author, Neil Gaiman. / 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



  • Annual Black Saturday 5k with Appalachian State Coming Up This Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

    November 13, 2018 The Black Saturday 5k will be on November 17th, 2018 at 8a.m. Come join Appalachian students and other members of the community to celebrate the 10th annual Black Saturday 5k. Not only are door prizes awarded to lucky participants but there will also be an opportunity to get a t-shirt! The Black Saturday 5k was started to raise money for the James Avant Academic Scholarship Fund. This scholarship goes to Recreation Management students at Appalachian State. For early registration prices, be sure to register before November 14th.  / Read more…



  • Military Veterans Honored During Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Boone Mall


    November 12, 2018. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (HCCMOAA), Boone Mall and the Watauga Community Band came together on a rainy Monday morning to honor the many veterans in the High Country. Veterans of each branch of the military and from each military conflict were honored for their service and Col. Benjamin Covington III (ret.) spoke before a big crowd inside the Boone Mall. Covington, a graduate from the West Point Academy, commanded two cavalry troops in Germany and Vietnam. He was also one of the co-founders of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. This year’s celebration also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Veterans Day and the Armistice that ended World War I. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga CCC&TI Hosts Screening of “The Heart of Nuba” this Thursday, Nov. 15


    November 12, 2018. This Thursday, Nov. 15, the Watauga campus of CCC&TI will host a screening of The Heart of Nuba, a documentary surrounding the civil war crisis in Sudan, following the perspective of an American doctor, Tom Catena. The documentary focuses on Nuba, a mountainous region located in the middle of Sudan. Sudan has been at war since 2011, subjecting citizens to bombings and violence. In response, Dr. Catena serves the people of Nuba, administering critical healthcare. Ryan Boyette decided to film the everyday traumas and struggles in Nuba in hopes of illuminating the necessity for action. The screening begins at 6 p.m. in the main building (372). By Kelyn Wilhoit / Read more…



  • Thank a Veteran at Boone’s 12th Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Boone Mall on Monday, Nov. 12


    November 9, 2018. When you’ve never served in the military or had someone close who has, it’s easy to forget, or even not fully realize, what they’ve sacrificed. This Veterans Day, reach out to a veteran you know and let them know you appreciate them, or escort them to Boone Mall on Monday, November 12, for recognition of their service. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Veterans Day Celebration at Boone Mall is co-sponsored by the High Country Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, Boone Mall and the Watauga Community Band. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Watauga County Farmers’ Market November Schedule Underway


    November 8, 2018. Come share the excitement at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone. From market manager Michelle Slaton: “We need to give a big thank you to Hatchet Coffee for generously donating coffee for sale during the four November market days.  All proceeds from coffee sales will benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a local, nonprofit land trust dedicated to conserving land and water resources in Northwestern North Carolina, who will be joining us throughout the month.  Come by for a cup of coffee and hear about the good work that these folks are doing right here in our back yard!” The November Market is smaller and more intimate. Instead of the normal 65 vendors, there will be 29 outstanding vendors with lots of excellent local, fresh produce, apples, art work, pottery, value-added products, and of course, freshly brewed hot coffee and scrumptious baked goods.  / Read more…



  • Ballet Folklórico de México Brings Mexican Culture to the Schaefer Center on November 14


    November 8, 2018. Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, “The Schaefer Center Presents…” continues its 2018-19 season with a performance by world-renowned ensemble Ballet Folklórico de México on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. For six decades, the company has presented dances reflecting the cultural traditions of Mexico, featuring authentic music and costumes, combined with inspired dancing that brings audiences to their feet. More information about this performance can be found at theschaefercenter.org. / Read more…



  • Buy Boone Lunch at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Friday Sponsored by Gary Moss Jr. of Ameriprise Financial and Fuschia Moss Floral Design

    November 8, 2018 F.A.R.M. Cafe, Boone’s donate-what-you-can community cafe, welcomes local business couple Gary and Fuschia Moss as sponsors for this Friday’s ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program. On Friday November 9, between 11-2, Fuschia, Gary and members of their teams will be serving in the various volunteer roles and welcoming the community to join them in supporting F.A.R.M. Cafe. As a ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ sponsor the Moss’s have committed a donation to cover the basic cost of Friday’s lunch. F.A.R.M. Cafe staff are planning a delicious ‘Fish Friday’ menu of cornmeal encrusted trout, slaw, hushpuppies, green beans, and other great food. / Read more…



  • Avery County to Host Various Veterans Day Events

    November 7, 2018 Several Veterans Day events will be held in Avery County to honor those who have served in the United State Armed Forces. On Friday, November 9, the Avery County Senior Center will sponsor its annual Veterans Breakfast, beginning at 8:00 a.m. It will be held in the Center’s cafeteria. The center is located at 165 Schultz Center, next to the Avery County Health Department and between the Avery Court House and the Avery Administration building. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Watauga County Arts Council Hosts Fourth Annual Holiday Originals on Nov. 10, Featuring Special Guests


    November 6, 2018. 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. On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Arts Council will launch its fourth annual Holiday Originals with special music by The Mountain Laurels and a book signing by well-known local artists and authors Noyes Long and Joe Miller. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Presents “Craigslisted” from Nov. 15-18


    November 6, 2018. When cash is involved and the stakes are high, how many compromises would you make for money? This is the exact question protagonist Maggie will explore in the upcoming performances of Craigslisted presented by the Lees-McRae Theatre Arts program Nov. 15–18 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre. An undergrad who’s unwilling to ask her friends for more money, Maggie is desperate to find a solution to her financial woes and an electric company threatening to turn out the lights. If she doesn’t figure out a solution fast, she won’t be able to charge her laptop for school, not to mention life’s other essentials like lights. So, Maggie does what anyone might do—she starts answering personal ads for odd jobs on Craigslist to earn the cash she needs to get by. That’s when things begin to get weird. / Read more…



  • Winter Warmer Project’s 5th Birthday, Coat and Blanket Drive at AMB This Saturday, November 10


    November 6, 2018. The 5th Annual Winter Warmer Project starts this Saturday, November 10th at Appalachian Mountain Brewery from noon to 7 p.m. The Winter Warmer Project is operated as part of Blood Sweat and Gears (BSG) Events, such as the BSG Bike Ride that saw its 20th anniversary earlier this year on June 23rd. For those who can’t make it to AMB this Saturday but still want to donate, a collection box will be maintained at AMB all winter. There will also be a donation box at Hair Creations at 643 Greenway Road, Suite K-2 that will be maintained over the winter, as their was last year. This year, BSG is adding a new twist to the drive. “We want to ‘Can the Van’ at AMB, said Nelson. There will be a van at AMB that BSG wants to fill with canned and non-perishable foods. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Tomorrow: Watauga High School Hosts 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Night on November 7


    November 6, 2018. Watauga High School is hosting its second-annual Veterans Appreciation Night Nov. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the school’s auditorium. The event will feature performances from the marching band, chorus, JROTC and others. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. This is the second year WHS is hosting this event. Because this is also the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Veterans Day, WHS has opted to do things a bit differently from last year. Jesse Stollings, the key coordinator for the event and a veteran himself, says that because of this anniversary, the school is looking at the event from a more historical standpoint. “What we’re talking about doing is while we’re talking about those conflicts is allowing the veterans from that era to stand and be recognized.” By Hailey Blevins / 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 Habitat for Humanity Hosts 8th Annual Gingerbread Building Competition, November 14


    November 6, 2018. Join us for Appalachian State Habitat for Humanity’s 8th Annual Gingerbread Building Competition. This exciting annual event will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at 6 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Student Union on campus. There will be Christmas karaoke, free food, prizes, and gingerbread building like you’ve never seen before! All proceeds raised during the event will go to Watauga Habitat for Humanity and help build an affordable house for a local family in need. Builders of all ages are invited to join in the fun and create a gingerbread house masterpiece for this worthy cause. Teams will have just over one hour to build their masterpiece and will be provided graham crackers and icing to help start their structures. It is encouraged to bring additional building structures such as candy to make your house stand out. / Read more…



  • Watauga Campus Final Carry Out Cuisine Event of the Semester Is On Tuesday Beginning at 4:30

    November 5, 2018 All semester, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus has been offering “Carry Out Cuisine” events in which members of the community can pay a reasonable price for international cuisine prepared by CCC&TI’s culinary students. The Watauga Campus has had a professional kitchen on site since 2015, allowing its students to build and practice their culinary skills. On Tuesday, November 6th, beginning at 5:30pm, second year culinary students of the Global Cuisine course will host the last “Carry Out Cuisine” event of the semester, focusing on Mexican cuisine. As an additional bonus to this final event, students will also be offering a “Chef’s Table” event at the same time, in which community members can purchase tickets, in addition to making a donation to the program, to a three course meal prepared right in front of them by the students. This provides the students with an opportunity to practice their skills in a real-world setting while also allowing the community to connect over reasonably priced food. By Megan Raymond / Read more…



  • St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to Host Classical Music Concert this Thursday


    November 5, 2018. This Thursday, Nov. 8, John Taylor Ward and Daniel Schlosberg will be performing at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock (140 Chestnut Dr, Blowing Rock). Taylor, a bass/baritone, and Schlosberg, a composer and pianist, will perform works by Fauré, Stravinksi and Vaughan Williams, as well as selections from the American Songbook. The concert begins at 6 p.m. / Read more…



  • Last Chances to See Films, Boone Film Festival Events Continue This Evening and End Saturday


    November 2, 2018. The 2018 Boone Film Festival started on October 30th and is drawing to a close for the 3rd year. Tonight and tomorrow feature the last films from the 31 films selected. Over 50 films were submitted from across the U.S. and 7 different countries. Tonight, three films will be shown in Belk Library, Room 114 for free. Tomorrow afternoon, three more films will be shown in Room 114 for free. The final films will be shown tomorrow evening in the Schaefer Center. Three categories of film will be judged: Appalachian Culture, Appalachian Adventure and Appalachian Environment. There was also a youth category, which was shown yesterday at Watauga High School’s Ross Auditorium. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday after the evening screenings. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Stephen Stills and Judy Collins Perform at the Schaefer Center Next Thursday, November 8


    November 2, 2018. Over 50 years ago, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and their tumultuous love affair was immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists. These music icons will pull from their rich catalogs and share warm and intimate stories from their journeys and the 1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build. They will perform at the Schaefer Center on November 8 at 7 p.m. / 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



  • Watauga County Arts Council Sponsors 8th Annual ‘Celebrate Singing!’ Event on Nov. 2

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    October 22, 2018. The Watauga County Arts Council will sponsor “Celebrate Singing!” on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church, 471 Market Street in Boone. The event fosters the enjoyment of singing as a lifelong hobby in the community and will feature a number of singing styles and groups from the High Country.  Included will be the Treble Attraction women’s group and the Higher Ground men’s group from Appalachian State University, the 5th Edition Quartet, and singers from all Watauga County elementary schools and the high school.
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  • Friends of the Watauga County Library to Host “The Holiday Book Sale,” Beginning November 6


    October 31, 2018. Friends of the Watauga County Library are hosting a “Holiday Book Sale” next week at the Boone Mall. The sale begins Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 9 p.m. It continues Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and ends Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale offers a large selection of books—over 1,000—that will cater to all types of audiences. The different books will be organized by genre and displayed via tables, which will be spread in rows throughout the center of the mall. The large selection can be attributed to the generosity of the Watauga community. By Kelyn Wilhoit / Read more…



  • Downtown Boone, Boone Mall and Banner Elk Ready For Trick or Treaters This Afternoon!


    October 31, 2018. Halloween festivities are about to begin across Boone and other areas of the High Country Wednesday afternoon. Boone Boo is happening in downtown Boone with a magic show by Twist the Balloon Man starting the event from 3:15-3:45 p.m. at the Watauga County Public Library. A spooky and silly haunted house tour of the Jones House is happening from 4-6 p.m. as well as an Arts and Apple Activities with the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture at the Watauga County Public Library from 4-6 p.m. All the ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses will hit the streets from 5-6 p.m. in downtown Boone for trick-or-treating before the night concludes with Spooky Stories at the Watauga County Public Library from 6-6:30 p.m. This event is for children ages 10 and up. / 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



  • Coming to Lost Province Brewing Co. November 2nd: Sylvia Rose Novak Takes The Stage


    October 30, 2018. On Friday, November 2nd, Lost Province Brewing Co. (130 N Depot St) will welcome Sylvia Rose Novak to the stage around 7:30pm. Novak recently released her third album, Someone Else’s War, on October 5th, 2018. Her alt-country music features alluring violin, fiddle, and mandolin accompanied by a talented rock band. Novak has been a singer/songwriter since 2012, releasing her first album, Chasing Ghosts, soon after in 2014. This debut album earned Novak international interest, with critics commenting on the artist’s lyrical focus on topics such as love, murder, and regret balancing with powerful, bewitching musical tones. By Megan Raymond / Read more…



  • Boone Film Festival Events Continue Tonight

    October 30, 2018. Boone Film Festival is hosting its third annual festival this month. The festival showcases films from three different thematic categories: adventure, culture and environment. There is also a youth category for filmmakers 17 and under. There is an admission charge for the public. This year, 31 films were selected from over 50 submissions across 15 states in the U.S. and 7 different countries to be screened at the Film Festival. These selections were made in September by a panel of 14 judges. This, Film Festival will take place during the latter part of fall, unlike past years. The first event, a screening of “Shred America” at Boone Saloon, was on Friday, October 12th. On October 30th, the events will continue with a free screening of the film “Hillbilly” from 6-8 p.m. at the I.G. Greer Theatre on Appalachian State University’s campus. / Read more…



  • Experience Climbing’s Greatest Feats of Athleticism During the REEL ROCK Film Tour at Lees-McRae College, Nov. 2

    October 30, 2018. Get ready to reach new heights and experience climbing’s greatest stories and athletes during the 13th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour screening on Friday, November 2 in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. Hosted and sponsored by the Lees-McRae climbing team and HAWK Empire, the evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the film at 7 p.m. The reception will feature several local High Country businesses and organizations including the Carolina Climber’s Coalition, Base Camp BE, and Misty Mountain. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Admission is free for all Lees-McRae students, faculty, and staff. Event sponsor Booneshine Brewing Company will provide two free beers with the purchase of a ticket for attendees over the age of 21. / Read more…



  • New Southern Ramblers at Jones House for Workshops and Concert on Sunday, November 4


    October 30, 2018. Old-time stringband players and fans will be treated to an afternoon of participation and listening when the New Southern Ramblers take over the Jones House Cultural and Community Center for afternoon workshops and a concert. The New Southern Ramblers are a dynamic old-time Appalachian stringband from the mountains of western North Carolina. Known for playing lively southern dance tunes, singing classic old-time country songs, and demonstrating top-notch flatfoot dancing techniques, the New Southern Ramblers are veteran performers and teachers who have entertained audiences all over the country. / Read more…



  • High Country Turkey Trot 5K Registration in Full Swing, Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available for the High Country’s Largest 5K


    October 30, 2018. For the eight consecutive year the High Country Turkey Trot 5K will take place Thanksgiving morning, Thursday November 22, on the Boone Greenway Trail at the Clawson-Burnley Park entrance. Coach John Weaver, retired Director of Track, Field and Cross Country for Appalachian State University, and Big Kahuna Timing will be assisting with the event, utilizing fully automatic chip timing for the 5K Race. The race will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Fun Run / Walk, for casual runners, joggers and walkers following fifteen minutes later. Named a Top Ten Holiday 5K race by Our State magazine, this destination race attracts over 1,000 participants from 26 different States and 55 unique North Carolina towns and cities. / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage Presents Staged Radio Play of Frankenstein on Oct. 26 through Oct. 27

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    October 26, 2018. On Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, Ensemble Stage will be hosting a staged radio play of Frankenstein beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hahn Auditorium (185 Azalea Cir SE, Banner Elk). The play is based off Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, where an unconventional scientist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, creates life and abandons it. The story follows his creation’s plan for vengeance. The event will be a staged radio play, insinuating a focus on dialogue, sound effects and music.
    By Kelyn Wilhoit / Read more…



  • Updated Halloween Events in the High Country: It’s Time for Spooks, Corn Mazes, Tricks and Treats

    October 26, 2018. The weather has cooled down in the last few days, and it’s finally starting feeling more like October with that chill in the air. Plus there’s the other signs that October is upon us. Like pumpkins and other fall squash of all shapes and sizes are being sold everywhere you look and stores are getting in costumes. Everywhere you look, there are signs that fall is here and Halloween is on its way. And with the approach of Halloween comes the many different events meant to give you a fright or two. From haunted trails to trick or treating, there’s surely something for everyone! Be sure to check out them all to find out if you have what it takes to defeat the monsters and spooks lurking around every corner this season. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



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