September 6, 2022. Judy Garland fans throughout the High Country and beyond will get to see her second film in a row during Classic Movie Musical Month at the Appalachian Theatre when the 1954 version of “A Star is Born” is shown on September 13 for the first time since its debut 67 years ago. It follows the recent screening of “The Wizard of Oz” at the historic landmark on King Street in downtown Boone.
September 6, 2022. New Orleans jazz artist Tuba Skinny and his eight-member band will bring their distinctive style of music to the stage of Appalachian Theatre of the High Country on Thursday, September 15, 2022. The 7:30 p.m. concert is generously sponsored by Lost Province Brewing Company with a subsidized ticket price of $15.
September 3, 2022 Let it be known that Appalachian State and North Carolina were not playing basketball on this picture perfect, early autumn weekend, even if a 63-61 score in favor of the Tar Heels suggested it. No, they were playing football on Sept. 3, a brilliant Saturday afternoon — and many in attendance at Kidd Brewer Stadium left at the end believing they had just witnessed the greatest show on turf. By David Rogers
September 3, 2022 By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net – It was a battle of ‘Neers, a study in contrasting “blue collar” offensive styles. It was thrilling, Friday night football at its best — and it was especially good for Watauga football fans, whose team rallied from behind to defeat 1A powerhouse, Mitchell, 28-21. It could easily have been a different result and that is what makes for a good football game. A costly turnover and a mental lapse by the host Mitchell Mountaineers are all that kept the 2021 state runner-up team at the 1A level from upsetting a strong 4A team in Watauga. Key difference makers: a Mitchell fumble on the opening kickoff and a well-executed onside kick by Watauga in the fourth quarter. By David Rogers
September 5, 2022. The Blowing Rock Historical Society is so excited to welcome the Blue Ridge Fiber Guild to Edgewood Cottage as the final artist-in-residence group of the 2022 summer. If you haven’t yet visited the artists at Edgewood Cottage this summer, here’s a great last opportunity to do so.
September 4, 2022 The MANNA FoodBank will host a Community Market on Thursday, September 8th at the Old Rock School Gymnasium in Newland. It is located at 185 Shady Street and is adjacent to Newland Elementary School. Anyone or any family in need is welcome to come by then for free grocery staples, fresh produce and perishable items from the MANNA FoodBank. The Community Market will open at 11:30 a.m. and will remain so until food items run out. By Tim Gardner
September 2, 2022. This Fall, the Community Music School (CMS) at Appalachian State University offers another semester of music classes at the Broyhill Music Center in Boone and the HUB Station in Hudson! Classes begin the week of September 6 and lessons can begin anytime in the semester. Visit CMS’s website, music.appstate.edu/cms, to learn more and register.
September 2, 2022. Fin Vason is playing at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock, on Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd. Singer-songwriter Fin Vason is an Atlanta native with family ties to the Blowing Rock area. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Belmont University School of Business. Fin will be performing at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock today, Friday, Sept 2nd, from 3-5 pm and tomorrow from 11 am to 1 pm. Come experience the art of Lee Harper and the music of Fin Vason to enjoy the intimacy of Edgewood Cottage in a whole new way!
September 1, 2022 The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates the Grandfather Mountain nature park in Linville, N.C., is offering guests a new opportunity to get close to nature by painting with the park’s beloved black bears. New this year, visitors are able to go behind the scenes of the black bear habitats and watch as one of the park’s resident black bears creates a one-of-a-kind painting for participants to take home with them. This unique experience not only offers guests a chance to create lasting memories on the mountain but also provides valuable enrichment time for the park’s bears.
August 30, 2022. Boone United Methodist Church is inviting the community to a mini concert and hot dog dinner Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Courtyard behind the church building, beginning at 5:00 pm, with young humanitarian and vocal talent, Brayden Frasure. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 pm., and donations will be accepted. Twelve-year-old Brayden lives in the Catawba Valley area of North Carolina, with his parents and operates The Little Red’s Wagon food truck to feed and support people facing homelessness. Hot dogs will be served from the food truck for Boone UMC’s Thursday Night Dinner, a weekly dinner that brings together people who attend and do not attend church services for a meal.
August 29, 2022. The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country has announced two additional artists to their Fall 2022 concert series with live appearances scheduled at the historic venue in downtown Boone, NC. Popular guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. will perform on Friday, October 7 and “Folk Music’s Rustic Renaissance Man” John McCutcheon will take to the stage at the historic venue on Friday, October 21.
August 29, 2022. Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is gearing up for its annual Hawk Watch, which takes place throughout the entire month of September and is included with park admission. Visitors can grab a front-row seat to one of nature’s most stunning spectacles – thousands of raptors migrating over the mountains and heading south toward their wintering grounds.
August 29, 2022. More than 800 teachers, staff and employees of Watauga County Schools met August 16 at Watauga High School to celebrate convocation ahead of the 2022-23 school year. Held each year in the commons and auditorium at WHS, the convocation ceremony gives teachers and staff the opportunity to meet and connect with community partners, attend health screenings, win door prizes and attend a benefits fair to prepare to start the new school year together.
August 29, 2022. Two exciting artists, both working in distinctively different styles, share Edgewood Cottage from August 29th through September 4th. Tunde Afolyan Famous has emerged among the ranks of contemporary African artists embracing figurative expressionism. Exploring color as the basis of painting, Tunde infuses spiritualism and symbolism in his powerful lyrical expressions. His spontaneous, energetic gestures create splashes, strokes, and heavily layered areas that reveal the confident control of his painting. Tunde’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Nigeria, Europe and the United States. Treat yourself to a visual feast while meeting Tunde at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock from August 29th through September 4th.
August 29, 2022 “Tennessee’s Premier Traditional Irish Band,” Four Leaf Peat from Knoxville in the Volunteer State, will make their highly-anticipated return engagement to the High Country as part of the Summer Concert Series at historic St. John’s Church in Valle Crucis at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2022. It will mark their first performance since they dazzled a standing-room-only audience in 2018.
August 25, 2022 The popular Raleigh Ringers will give a free concert in Banner Elk on September 10, 2022, 7 PM in the Hayes Auditorium on the Lees-McRae College campus. The internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir dazzles concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred and secular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll and pop tunes arranged just for handbells. They will also host a free workshop that afternoon. Both events are presented by Banner Elk Presbyterian Church.
August 25, 2022 Tweetsie Railroad is commemorating the history of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) during Railroad Heritage Weekend on August 27 and 28. Guests can immerse themselves in the golden age of railroads with Tweetsie’s historic narrow-gauge steam locomotives and many other activities throughout the weekend.
August 24, 2022 On Friday, Sept. 2, the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, will reach a major milestone. One of the most iconic destinations in North Carolina will be turning 70 years old, and the park is throwing a celebration with a mile-high slate of activities.
August 23, 2022 Appalachian State University’s student-run solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, overcame several obstacles in the 2022 American Solar Challenge (ASC) — including brake and electrical issues — to secure a second-place finish in the competition’s multi-occupant vehicle (MOV) category. The team completed 1,549 miles over the eight-day road race across the historic Oregon Trail and took home the event’s Electrical Design Award for the second year in a row. By J. Todd Coates and Kyla Willoughby
August 22, 2022 The Academy Award-winning MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) was requested more than any other film and will lead off a month-long celebration of classic movie musicals at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country with a 7 p.m. screening on Tuesday, August 30. It will be followed by fan favorites “A Star is Born” (1955) on September 13,”Singing in the Rain” (1952) on September 20, and, appropriately, the movie musical “Grease” (1978) on August 26 to commemorate the birthday of the late Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, star of the popular film.
August 22, 2022 Crossnore Communities for Children is pleased to announce the fourth annual Fostering Communities Conference entitled Making a Way Home. The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2022 at The Old Rock School in Valdese, NC.
August 22, 2022. Banner Elk Fire & Rescue invites the community to join its second annual 9/11 Memorial Run on the morning of Saturday, September 10, 2022. Later that day, they invite everyone to a special Station Open House. In addition to being a time to remember those lost in the terrorist attack in 2001, it’s a time to show appreciation to our volunteer firefighters and learn more about what they do to protect our community.
August 22, 2022. High Country residents and visitors alike will travel to the Alpine region of Switzerland, conventionally referred to as the Swiss Alps, for the screening of “Heidi,” the final offering on the free Family Film Series at the Appalachian Theatre in downtown Boone, NC. The film was released less than one year before the theatre first opened in 1938. Due to a generous sponsorship by Allen Wealth Management, “Heidi” is being offered free of charge to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022. It is the sixth family-friendly movie classic presented during the summer months. The film runs one hour and fifteen minutes in duration.
August 22, 2022. Two artists share Edgewood Cottage from August 22 to August 28: Evenlight Eagles, a leather artisan, and Beth Shuford, who works in glass. Evenlight Eagle’s work is handcrafted in the spirit of connecting to and caring for the earth. She often uses leathers with positive social and environmental attributes, including repurposed and low chemical leathers, as well as free-range leathers from animals that were legally hunted and used for their meat. A portion of all sales supports wildlife conservation groups. From journals to bracelets to bags and beyond, Evenlight offers items of impeccable craftsmanship you can take into your everyday life or use to pass to the next generation. Come meet Evenlight and enjoy her works at Edgewood Cottage from August 22 through August 28.
August 18, 2022. After a lifetime of serving the people and animals of Avery County, Rachel Deal passed away on June 14. She was 92 years old and still an active member of the Board of Directors of the Avery Humane Society. Her life and legacy of love, care, kindness and tenacity inspire all who were fortunate to know her. Rachel’s desire to care for animals in Avery County began in her own living room more than 40 years ago. She brought home and cared for dozens of dogs and cats while she worked tirelessly to find forever families for them. It could be said that Rachel was the first “unofficial” Humane Society in the county. Understanding the urgent need, she helped start the Avery Humane Society in 1978. Joining with a team of passionate community members she worked “doggedly” to raise funds by hosting bake sales and even going door to door. Whoever knew Rachel understood that she was fearless when advocating for vulnerable animals. These efforts led to the opening of original animal shelter built on Stamey Branch Road.