• “Terra Incognita” Fine Art Photography at the Jones House for First Friday Art Crawl


    April 29, 2019 The Jones House will present Tyrie (Ty) Brown’s exhibit, “Terra Incognita,” in the Mazie Jones Gallery during the First Friday Art Crawl in Friday, May 3. Join the Jones House for a free reception with food and refreshments honoring the exhibit and artist from 6:30-8 p.m. during Art Crawl.Brown has been involved in photography for more than 40 years. His work ranges from photojournalism, publishing, and fine art photography. Brown’s photography training began in the late sixties and focused primarily on photojournalism for newspapers and magazines. His foray into fine art photography began when his career turned to the publishing field, which has resulted in a diverse collection of images that will be showcased in the Mazie Jones Gallery. / Read more…



  • 100th Anniversary Celebration of Linville River Railway This Friday During Boone Art Crawl


    April 29, 2019 Celebrate local history and the anniversary of the Linville River Railway with the Town of Boone on Friday, May 3, during the First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Boone.2019 marks the 100th anniversary of regular passenger and freight service to Boone on the Linville River Railway. The train service to Boone ended after the devastating 1940 Flood, but Boone would not be what it is today without the Linville River Railway. The railway, which first rolled into Boone in 1919, served the community for 20 years. Join the Town of Boone in commemorating the Linville River Railway with a series of free events for the entire family to learn about the train’s importance to Boone. The event kicks off at the Watauga kicks off at the Watauga County Library with train-themed crafts for kids at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3. / Read more…



  • Savor Blowing Rock Moves to Main Street This Weekend for Annual Event Featuring Wines & More


    April 29, 2019 For the first time ever, Blowing Rock’s quaint Main Street will host the main tasting event for the upcoming Savor Blowing Rock on May 2-5, 2019. Previously known as the Grand Tasting, the revamped Saturday event is called Vintner’s Village and will feature wine and food pairings right along the central thoroughfare!“We are incredibly excited to showcase over 35 wines from 8 different regions, along with small bite pairings from some of the best restaurants in the area” said Loni Miller, Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. “Attendees will be able to taste, shop through downtown, and enjoy live music presented by Blue Ridge Mountain Club at the Main Street Stage from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday. It’s a true celebration of all things Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • JSMHM Announces 2019 Concert Series Line-up


    April 26, 2019 Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music kicks off its 2019 Indoor Concert Series with a special matinee, featuring blues man Lightnin’ Wells on Thursday, May 2nd, at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue. This show begins at 2 p.m. and is the first of five of JSMHM’s unique matinees that feature the popular non-ticketed “Pay as You Exit” format! JSMHM’s director Rodney Sutton stated, “We are excited to finally bring Lightnin’ to Boone for one of his variety music concerts.” / Read more…



  • The Temptations and Patti Labelle Highlight 35th Appalachian Summer Festival


    April 26, 2019 It’s another jam-packed schedule of great events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Appalachian Summer Festival this year, kicking off on June 29 and concluding on August 3.A show by Patti Labelle in July and a show by The Temptations in August are just two of the events happening at Appalachian State. The summer festival starts with a concert featuring Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony on June 29 at 8 p.m. inside the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Next up, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble will feature “The Trio Takes Form” at the Rosen Concert Hall inside the Broyhill Music Center on June 30 at 7 p.m.July opens up with a pair of events on July 2. The Young People’s Global Film Series featuring “Sing Street” will be at 6 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. At 7 p.m., the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble features “Bridging the Classical and Romantic Divide” in the Rosen Concert Hall. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Cycling Heads to Boone for the High Country Cycling Classic This Weekend

    April 26, 2019 Downtown Boone will be filled with peddling as cyclers gather this weekend for the High Country Cycling Classic. The High Country Cycling Classic is a weekend of action-packed road bike racing that takes place in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains over this weekend, April 27 and 28. Saturday’s Cove Creek Road Race will challenge even the toughest legs, while Sunday’s Mountaineer Criterium, which takes place in the very center of downtown Boone, is both spectator friendly and challenging. Cyclers from all over will be participating this weekend, including the cycling team from Lees-McRae College. The High Country Cycling Classic is presented through a partnership of the Appalachian State University Cycling Team and Boone Area Cyclists. Appalachian State has long been hosting their home road bike race in towns surrounding the university, but 2018 will be the first time that both the road race and the criterium will be in Boone proper. On behalf of App State Cycling and BAC, we look forward to seeing you in April and making this event one of the best in the High Country. / Read more…



  • Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale Happening This Friday and Saturday at the Boone Mall


    April 26, 2019 It’s one of the season’s most anticipated indoor events for those who love to read — and it is happening this week at Boone Mall.The treasured Spring Book Sale, hosted by The Friends of the Watauga County Library, kicked off Thursday, April 25 with the Friends Members Pre-Sale and will continue through the weekend for everyone.The public is invited to stop in to browse and support the popular fundraiser on Friday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and again on Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.As major supporters of the library, its programs, services and staff, The Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers that hosts special events throughout the year, with the book sale one of the community’s favorites. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • The 2019 Racing Season Gets Underway at Mountain View Speedway this Saturday, April 27


    April 25, 2019 Drivers and fans alike are anxiously awaiting the 2109 racing season to get underway at Mountain View Speedway at the High Country Fairgrounds off Roby Greene Rd.The season starts Saturday April 27th with a 3pm start time.All regular divisions will be in action at the 1/4 mile clay oval on Opening Day.Then on May 4th the Late Models join all regular divisions for a $500 to win Inaugural Cancer Warrior Race All regular divisions competing on May 4th will be racing for $500 to win as well.Several giveaways are planned and all proceeds will go to the Cancer Warrior Race Foundation and will be a yearly event.One special person will be chosen each year by the foundation to give the proceeds to.The track will operate most Saturdays through mid October.  / Read more…



  • Town of Boone is Sponsoring the Biannual “Boone Clean-up Day” on Saturday, April 27st


    April 25, 2019 The Town of Boone wishes to invite and encourage all citizens to join the hundreds of volunteers making a conscious decision to promote community pride while enhancing Boone’s natural beauty and quality of life. These dedicated volunteers will be seen along Boone streets and streams for the statewide “Litter Sweep” during a two-week period beginning April 20th through May 4th. The Town of Boone is sponsoring the biannual “Boone Clean-up Day” on Saturday, April 27st clearing unsightly litter that has accumulated along our streets and streams during the winter.Town of Boone residents may participate by cleaning their premises, placing rubbish curbside and calling the Public Works Department (828) 268-6230 for free convenient removal during the sweep.  / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Wine For A Reason Autism Fundraiser at Linville Falls Winery on April 27


    April 24, 2019 The Hurst Family will be holding the sixth annual Wine For A Reason autism fundraiser at the Linville Falls Winery this Saturday, April 27 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine For A Reason includes events such as a silent auction from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., live music performances from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a food truck from The Cardinal serving food from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (or until the food runs out). Wine For A Reason events are open to all ages, and they always amount to a fun-filled day for the entire family. Organizing the Wine For A Reason autism fundraiser each year is personal for the Hurst family, as their son Mark has been diagnosed was Autism Spectrum Disorder. “Our son was diagnosed six years ago; you know, when a child is diagnosed with autism, you’re not given a manual,” said Rebecca Hurst. “One of the resources we found when we searched Google was the Autism Society of North Carolina. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Appalachian’s Walker College of Business Welcomes Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi as Keynote Speaker, April 26


    April 24, 2019 Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi will speak Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Appalachian State University’s campus. His talk, titled Making Positive Changes in the World, is a co-presentation of the Walker College of Business’ Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series and the Global Opportunities Conference, sponsored by the Anne Cannon Trust. The lecture will offer an unprecedented transformational opportunity to the community, especially students of all backgrounds, who are encouraged to come learn from a Nobel Laureate about innovative ways to address complex ethical issues and how to make a positive impact, both locally and globally. Mr. Satyarthi is a globally renowned advocate for children’s rights, a master strategist against child labor and suppression of young people, and a tireless campaigner to end the global education crisis. For his extraordinary commitment to these causes, Mr. Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Partners with OASIS to Bring Sexual Assault Awareness Week to Campus

    April 24, 2019 During the week of April 22–26, Lees-McRae in partnership with Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter (OASIS) and other college organizations will host events across campus to raise awareness and educate the community in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Sexual Assault Awareness Week is just one segment of a nationwide observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month held each year in April. Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement Hannah Finkelstein had a few thoughts leading into the week. “It is important that conversations around sexual misconduct happen on our campus,” she said. “Campus Life and the college as a whole are committed to preparing students to engage in real world issues, and this week is hosted to prepare our students to stand against sexual misconduct and advocate for others.” / Read more…



  • Blues Guitarist Todd Albright Comes to Jones House on May 1


    April 24, 2019 Third Man Records recording artist, Todd Albright, brings his finger-style blues chops to the Jones House on Wednesday, May 1, for an afternoon workshop and evening concert. Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it. / Read more…



  • ‘To Move Mountains’ Non-Profit Group Holding Fundraiser at Local Lion on Friday


    April 23, 2019 A local educational non-profit group “To Move Mountains” has organized a fundraiser that is set to take place this Friday, April 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Local Lion in Blowing Rock Road in Boone.To Move Mountains was founded by Ryan Boyette, a former Samaritan’s Purse employee that has made it his mission to try and reach young children in Sudan and be able to provide them with an education that they can take back to their communities.“Living 15 years in Sudan’s war zone, I have experienced so much. I have seen the Sudan Air Force planes drop six bombs on a school as the children run to the fox holes, but just after the planes leaves I have seen the same students go back to their classes,” said Boyette. “This fundraiser is to support students in the war zone and give purpose to their resilience and dedication to their education.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Jangling Sparrows Fly Into Blowing Rock Town Tavern on Sunday


    April 23, 2019 Asheville’s Jangling Sparrows fly into Blowing Rock with their Roots-y, Americana-flavored Rock, to perform locally atTown Tavern, 1182 Main St., on Sunday, April 28. Showtime is at 4 p.m. for the free show. Guests must be 21 or over to get in. This will be a solo show featuring ‘Sparrow’s front-person, guitarist-vocalist, Paul Edelman. The Mountain Xpress picked the ‘Sparrow’s recent Mid-December Asheville show as a ‘Smart Bet,’ noting, “the duo (also featuring Dave Baker) are putting some lush, tight harmonies and moody, pulsing bass drops on new, unreleased music and choice cuts from all three (Jangling Sparrows) releases.” Fronted by eclectic guitarist-vocalist, Paul Edelman, the band’s most recent release 140 Nickels was voted a “Best Indie Album” selection by the L.A. Music Critic Awards, who added, “Watch for these guys near the top of the Americana music scene!”. 140 Nickels has received stellar reviews from national publications No Depression, The Alternate Root, Music Connection and more, plus extended national/international airplay.  / 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



  • Join Area Chambers of Commerce for Special Mega-Network Business After Hours Event at Linville Falls Winery on April 23


    April 16, 2019 On Tuesday, April 23, seven area chambers of commerce are joining together to present a “Special Mega-Network-Business After Hours Event” at the Linville Falls Winery, located just off US Highway 221 in the Linville Falls Community of Avery County. Its Global Positioning System (GPS) address is: 9557 Linville Falls Highway, Newland, NC. Starting at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until 7:30 p.m., the gathering will be headlined by Chambers of Commerce from Avery, Burke and McDowell counties as well as from the townships of Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain (Area). Sponsored by Carolina West Wireless and the Linville Falls Winery, the event is free and open to the public. It will include live music from a local music band. Food and general beverages as well as the winery’s famous wines will also be available for purchase. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • The Art Cellar Gallery Releases 2019 Schedule


    April 19, 2019 What started as a 1,200 square feet space has grown to more than 4,000 in the last 27 years. The space is home to The Art Cellar Gallery and Framemakers, owned by Pam and Michael McKay. The gallery specializes in fine art, sculpture and other three-dimensional works in clay, glass, wood and stone, working to promote Appalachian artists as often as possible. The in-house frame shop has framed over 20,000 works since opening. In celebration of 27 years, Sarah Myers, the gallery director, says that the Art Cellar is changing up their art shows a bit for the 2019 season. “We’re doing a lot of solo shows this year, and it’s kind of interesting the way we’re doing it.” The Art Cellar is excited for the big shows coming up, starting in May. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Tickets Now Available Online; Three Shows This Season


    April 18, 2019 Tickets are now available online for the 2019 Lees-McRae Summer Theatre series, which will kick-off on June 27 with performances of Mamma Mia!, From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story, and Newsies.Individual show tickets range in price, per person, from $38–43 for adults, to $18–20 for students and/or children. Season ticket prices, per person, range from $114 for premium seating to $99 for general seating. “In my years of directing Lees-McRae Summer Theatre, I can’t remember being this excited,” Artistic Director Janet Barton Speer said. “I look forward to working with our 100-plus-member company as we bring magic to the High Country for the 35th season!”  / 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



  • Celebrate North Carolina’s Unique Musical History at MerleFest, Come Hear NC Sponsors Stage


    April 12, 2019 North Carolina’s groundbreaking contributions to American music stretch across bluegrass, gospel, jazz, R&B and beyond. And this year at MerleFest, the state’s rich musical history will be on full display with over 35 N.C. based acts set to grace the stages in Wilkesboro, N.C. and several special North Carolina moments planned throughout the weekend. Come Hear North Carolina, a program of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council, has sponsored the festival’s Creekside Stage to celebrate the state’s Year of Music in 2019. MerleFest — which started in 1988 as a tribute to Doc Watson’s son and famed guitarist, Merle — is the largest Americana festival in the country, and Come Hear NC’s Creekside Stage will spotlight a long list of North Carolina musicians influenced by the rich traditions and sounds of the Blue Ridge landscape. / Read more…



  • The Easter Bunny is Getting Closer with Easter Egg Hunts In Store, Updates on Events


    April 12, 2019 The Easter Bunny is getting closer! The Towns of Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock and Beech Mountain have been busy planning this year’s Easter egg hunts. The Easter Bunny will be at Tweetsie as well. Boone’s Eggstravaganza will take place at Watauga County Public Library at 2 p.m. on April 13. Banner Elk’s Eggstravanga will take place at Historic Banner Elk School at 10 a.m. on April 13. Blowing Rock’s Easter Festival and Egg Hunt will take place in Memorial Park at 10 a.m. on April 13. Beech Mountain’s Hoppy Easter Party will take place at Buckeye Rec Center at 10 a.m. on April 20. Visit the Easter Bunny at Tweetsie on April 19-21. Head out and join the fun before the eggs are gone! By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Watauga Education Foundation’s Shooting Stars Fundraiser This Friday at the Schaefer Center


    April 10, 2019 Shooting Stars serves as Watauga Education Foundation’s signature fundraiser event, but it also serves as a way to celebrate the talented children in Watauga’s schools. The date for the Shooting Stars 2019 is this Friday, April 12. Shooting Stars 2019 will be at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 6:30 p.m. Participating children have been busy developing and perfecting acts of all varieties in individual or group performances. You’ll see singers, dancers, musicians, actors, magicians among other acts. These acts are finalists that have been selected by a judge panel organized by the WEF to perform at this professional-quality talent showcase. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • You Are Invited to The Inn at Crestwood’s Bridal Showcase This Sunday Afternoon


    April 10, 2019 Are you planning your wedding? Crestwood invites you to join them for an unforgettable wedding experience this Sunday, April 14, for their Bridal Showcase. From 1-4 p.m., you’ll have the chance to win door prizes, participate in giveaways, tour the entire facility, meet top High Country vendors, attend the bridal fashion show, visit their relaxing spa and meet their therapists. Plus, there will be breathtaking mountain views for you to enjoy that could be the background for your own wedding. There is no cost for admission for brides and guests, so you cannot miss this Bridal Showcase that gives you a sneak peak into the beautiful weddings at one of the High Country’s most coveted venues. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • High Country Writers Welcome Journalist and Author Tommy Tomlinson on April 11


    April 10, 2019 High Country Writers welcome Tommy Tomlinson, journalist and author of the new memoir, “The Elephant in the Room,” as our speaker for the regular program meeting, Thursday, April 11 at the Watauga County Public Library. Meetings are from 10 a.m. to noon. Programs are co-sponsored by the Library, and the public is invited. Tommy Tomlinson teaches magazine writing at Wake Forest University and has also taught at the University of Georgia, Queens University of Charlotte and the Poynter Institute. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His book “The Elephant In the Room,” a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America, was published in January by Simon & Schuster Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the “Best American Sports Writing” series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.” / Read more…



  • Upcoming Fair To Celebrate Latin Culture: “Forteleciendo Nuestra Comunidad” (Strengthening Our Community)

    April 3, 2019 In an effort to strengthen community ties and celebrate the ever-growing Latino community in and around the High Country, Watauga High School will host a Latino Fair on Friday, April 19, from 5:30-8 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature resource booths from 20 local agencies, as well as presentations on four important topics to local families and community members.“Between speakers, we will have beautiful presentations of folk dances form children in our community, a children’s choir from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, and much more,” said event coordinator, Yolanda Adams, Watauga County Schools Family Resource Coordinator, who is also a well-known translator. “This (inaugural) event will be to celebrate our Latin culture at the same time that we provide the Latino Community multiple resources from different agencies in our county,” Adams said. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Roy Graham To Speak at 11th Annual Wild Game Dinner Apr. 13; Proceeds to Benefit Local Church’s Summer Mission Trip


    April 8, 2019 Roy Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte will be the featured guest speaker at the annual Wild Game Dinner at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Zionville on Saturday, April 13. Now in its 11th year, the event raises money for the church’s annual summer mission trip to Ecuador, which takes place again in July. The menu will include bear, elk, deer and a variety of other wild game, along with vegetable alternatives for those who prefer something on the lighter side. The dinner will begin in the church fellowship hall at 5 p.m. with Graham speaking at 6 p.m. / Read more…



  • Watauga and Avery County Students Participate in Youth Service Day Sponsored by Mountain Alliance


    April 8, 2019 Watauga and Avery County students will be participating in a Youth Service Day sponsored by Mountain Alliance on Saturday, April 13. Mountain Alliance is a local non-profit that provides transformative experiences and support for High Country teens through experiential programming, after school tutoring, and mentorship. Recreation Management students from Appalachian State University have been assisting Mountain Alliance in planning the day and making sure it is a success. Brian Everette, one of the ASU students helping with the project, stated that he is “very excited about this opportunity and really looks forward to working with these students in the community.” / Read more…



  • The Easter Bunny is Hopping Towards Watauga with Easter Egg Hunts In Store for Next Weekend


    April 5, 2019 The Easter Bunny will be making its way to Watauga in the next few weeks. The Towns of Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock have been busy planning this year’s Easter egg hunts. Each town has scheduled its egg hunt for Saturday, April 13. Head out next weekend and join the fun before the eggs are gone! Boone’s Eggstravaganza will take place at Watauga County Public Library at 2 p.m. Banner Elk’s Eggstravanga will take place at Historic Banner Elk School at 10 a.m. Blowing Rock’s Easter Festival and Egg Hunt will take place in Memorial Park at 10 a.m. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Tweetsie Railroad Opens Friday April 5 for 2019 Season with a Full Calendar for This Summer


    April 5, 2019 April 5, 2019, the Blue Ridge Mountains will hear the familiar “tweet, tweet!” of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam engines when the theme park opens. Guests will experience a Wild West adventure complete with family-friendly entertainment, rides and special events all season long. Tweetsie Railroad offers plenty of fun for the entire family. Whether it’s hopping aboard a train pulled by a historic steam locomotive for an exciting three-mile Wild West adventure, panning for gold, meeting cowboys and Can-Can girls, or strolling through an authentic Western town, the theme park has something for everyone. Families can explore amusement rides, gem mining and the Deer Park Zoo. Tweetsie Railroad also offers plenty of live entertainment including the Country Clogging Jamboree, Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Review, and Tweetsie Railroad’s own Hopper and Porter children’s show. / Read more…



  • MountainTrue Brings No Man’s Land Film Festival to Boone at Center 45 on April 13.

    April 5, 2019   MountainTrue and Center 45 are proud to bring No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) – the premier all-women adventure film festival – to Western North Carolina for a second year. The Festival features short films about women adventurers who will inspire you with their tenacity, their spunk and their femininity – all interwoven to showcase the full scope of woman-identified athletes and adventurers.The Boone event includes a pre-screening panel discussion featuring local women adventurers who will share about their passions for outdoor pursuits and their commitment to protecting the rivers, mountains, and forests where they do their thing. Films will be screened inside Center 45 and we’ll have a beer garden style event space spilling into the parking lot featuring food trucks, a beer tent, and family friendly activities / Read more…



  • Fifth Annual Rising to the Occasion Youth Rally Returns to Cove Creek April 24-26


    April 5, 2019 Now in its fifth year, the annual Rising to the Occasion Youth Rally will return once again to the Old Cove Creek Gymnasium for a three-day event beginning Wednesday April 24 and running through Friday 26 The rally will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to draw a large crowd, as it has in the past. Moderator/coordinator Ethan Greene, pastor of Victory Baptist in Newland, offers an open invitation to people of all ages. “Rising to the Occasion Youth Rallies is devoted to reaching the youth of our nation by working hand-in-hand with pastors and their churches,” Greene said. “Our desire is to see our churches come together and encourage our youth to rise to each and every occasion that God gives them — and to make a difference in their generation for Christ. We also want to be a help to pastors and youth leaders in our area churches.”  By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • ‘The World of Musicals’ to Visit the Schaefer Center on Friday, April 5


    April 5, 2019 Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, “The Schaefer Center Presents…” concludes its 2018-19 season with “The World of Musicals” on Friday, April 5, 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. This captivating production will bring the very best of musical theatre to life, leaving audiences singing along with their favorite show tunes from the movies and musicals they love. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for Appalachian faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff and $10 for students and children.  / Read more…



  • Libraries Strengthen Their Communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13.

    April 5, 2019   This week, the Watauga County Public Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise. April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect. Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, book a session on computer help, or bring children to story times. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve. / Read more…



  • Dollar Days Began April 1 at Grandfather Mountain


    April 5, 2019 Grandfather Mountain will open its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April, as the park’s “Dollar Days” promotion returns in time for spring. Discounted admission aside, April offers mountains of activities on Grandfather, including the return of animal encounters, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on behind-the-scenes habitat tours and more naturalist programs. “We’re always excited for Dollar Days, as the mountain seems to spring to life with warm weather, friendly faces and new activities,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park. The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who lives or works in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties — along with their guests traveling in the same vehicle — to visit at the discounted rate. Students attending a local college or university are also eligible for the discount. / Read more…



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