• Join the Artists of MICA in Downtown Bakersville on October 4 for the Bakersville Art Walk


    October 1, 2019. Welcome autumn in the mountains with the artists of MICA at the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk on October 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Spend the evening enjoying the galleries and interesting conversations with artists as well as art walk patrons. Wonderful refreshments, prepared by the artists, will be served. The Bakersville Art Walk is meant to showcase the works of more than 100 artists in the galleries and shops of downtown Bakersville, who open their doors to the public for the event. Artists whose work is being displayed during the Bakersville Art Walk include the 13 member artists of MICA, the consignment artists of Mica, and this year’s Guest Artist: bowlmaker Nathan Favors. Favors’ work will only be on display until October 21 at the MICA Gallery.
    By Joe Johnson / Read more…



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


    October 1, 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. / Read more…



  • “The Schaefer Center Presents…” 2019-20 Performing Arts Series Adds Singer Lyle Lovett to Season Schedule


    October 1, 2019. The 2019-20 season of “The Schaefer Center Presents…” is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett has just been added to the slate of artists scheduled to appear as part of the performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. The Grammy-winning Texas-based musician, whose style fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues, will take the stage at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7pm. Lovett last played in Boone as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival in 2013. Lovett’s addition rounds out an artistically diverse lineup that includes jazz, international and contemporary dance, radio theatre, and music acts that blend multiple flavors of Americana, blues, strings, and country.  / Read more…



  • Blueprints and Bowties Live Auction and Reception to be Held October 3 at Habitat for Humanity


    October 1, 2019. Watauga Habitat for Humanity will hold its 8th annual Blueprints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Reception on Thursday, October 3rd. The acclaimed auctioneer Jesse Miller, of First Security Insurance, will be soliciting the bids for items including weekend beach getaways in Ocean Isle and Myrtle Beach, golf packages, catered shopping sprees, gift certificates to the trendiest local eateries, and much more. This once-a-year event promises some exhilarating, high energy bidding with great food from Reid’s Catering and DJ services provided by Mohr Fun Entertainment.  / Read more…



  • The David Childers Trio Performing on October 5 at Harvest House Presented by JSMHM


    October 1, 2019. Folks here in the High Country are in for a treat as Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents The David Childers Trio on Saturday, October 5th at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone. This “Carolina Native Songster” concert begins at 7:30pm. Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy. But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions.  / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Brings Young Frankenstein to Life October 3–6


    October 1, 2019. Just in time for the spooky Halloween season and Homecoming 2019, the Lees-McRae Theatre Arts program will breathe life into one of our most well-known horror legends—with a Mel Brooks twist—as it presents the musical Young Frankenstein October 3–6. Based on the 1974 movie of the same title, Young Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (he prefers to pronounce it “Fronkensteen”) who is the grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, maker of monsters. The young doctor may have inherited the family name and castle in Transylvania, but he did not inherit his family’s penchant for digging up bodies and reanimating them with a lightning storm.  / Read more…



  • TODAY: N.C. Attorney General Rufus Edmisten “Coming Home” to Boone for Book Launch at 5 p.m.


    October 4, 2019. He has been described as perhaps one of the country’s most colorful politicians in the last half-century — and he’s coming home to Boone to launch his autobiography. Thanks to the efforts of the Watauga County Historical Society and The Jones House Cultural and Community Center, native son Rufus Edmisten returns for a special event at which he’s looking forward to reminiscing with old friends, meeting new ones and signing his recently released autobiography, “That’s Rufus: A Memoir of Tarheel Politics.” The event gets under way at the Jones House on Friday, October 4 beginning at 5 30 p.m., just one of several efforts spearheaded by the Watauga County Historical Society in an effort to preserve local history and celebrate the people who made it what it is. “We are delighted to be hosting Rufus Edmisten as he comes home to Boone,” said Bettie Bond, president of the WCHS. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • High Country Toastmasters’ 10th Anniversary Celebration to be held on October 1 at St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church 5:30-7pm


    September 27, 2019. Toastmasters is a Global Professional Education organization that promotes leadership, mentor-ship, communications, critical thinking skills and time management all via a platform of Public Speaking. Anyone aged 13 to 100 who is interested in any or all of the following can benefit from Toastmasters… – Life Long Learning – Building Confidence – Improved ability to think on your feet – Strong Communication Skills – Personal & Professional Growth – Career Advancement – Leadership
    Not only is this event a great opportunity for folks who might be curious about Toastmasters to learn more, but it’s a fantastic chance to meet a star of stage and screen in person that actually lives here in the High Country – David Andrews. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Cycle North Carolina ‘Mountains to Coast’ Tour Begins This Saturday in Blowing Rock


    September 26, 2019 For the second time, Blowing Rock has been chosen as the starting Host Town for the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride. More than 1,000 cyclists from 40 states and three foreign countries will gather in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 28 to begin the weeklong, 483-mile, recreational trek along the state’s scenic back roads from the “mountains to the coast.” This 21st annual ride is scheduled for a Blowing Rock to Atlantic Beach trek, from September 28 to October 5.  With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” route is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. / Read more…



  • Blueprints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Reception to be Held October 3


    September 26, 2019 Watauga Habitat for Humanity will hold its 8th annual Blueprints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Reception on Thursday, October 3. The acclaimed auctioneer Jesse Miller, of First Security Insurance, will be soliciting the bids for items including weekend beach getaways in Ocean Isle and Myrtle Beach, golf packages, catered shopping sprees, gift certificates to the trendiest local eateries, and much more. This once-a-year event promises some exhilarating, high energy bidding with great food from Reid’s Catering and DJ services provided by Mohr Fun Entertainment. / 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



  • Town of Boone to Host 2nd Annual Jimmy Smith Maranon & Street Party on September 27


    September 23, 2019. The Town of Boone is pleased to announce the second annual Jimmy Smith Maranon and Street Party on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The maranon (like a marathon, but with a lot less running) will be a 333-foot fun run around the Jimmy Smith Park track. This year’s event will coincide with Appalachian State’s Family Weekend, and will commemorate a member of the Mountaineer family. This event was created in 2018 to celebrate Jimmy Smith Park and teach the public about Jimmy Smith, a former Boone Town Council Member and ASU professor who left a lasting legacy on the town and university. / Read more…



  • Together We Fight Breast Cancer in the High Country


    September 23, 2019. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the second year, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) along with many other High Country businesses and organizations, have adopted a Together We Fight approach to breast cancer. The collaborative approach took shape after several community organizations discussed ways to join forces to support breast cancer patients on a local level. The Together We Fight collaborative includes the following community events and fundraisers. September 28: Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock Black, Gold, and PINK Festival. Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock will host a Black, Gold and Pink Tailgate Party for the whole family on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and family activities, located in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services. And to launch the annual Tanger PINK campaign, their PINK beneficiary, High Country Breast Cancer Foundation, will be on-hand selling PINK cards. And then hang around for a live Concert in the Courtyard from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. / Read more…



  • From the Mayor’s Desk: Updates on Numerous Blowing Rock Town Projects and October Candidate Forums


    September 23, 2019 Note: Blowing Rock Mayor Charlie Sellers will be providing the High Country Press with news and updates on projects in Blowing Rock. This week, Mayor Sellers shared updates on seven projects going in on Blowing Rock as well as a reminder about two upcoming candidate forums for town elections. Sunset Drive Project This past week a total of four crews have been working diligently on the Sunset Drive project. Iron Mountain has two service installation tap crews working at once, one crew on the west end of Sunset and one crew on the east end of Sunset. A third crew is working ahead of the service tap crews doing sidewalk and curb demolition and removal. The fourth crew is completing the new concrete work as the service taps are installed. This concrete work includes new curb, storm water gutter and sidewalk. Heather Ridge Water Line Installation of the water line on Heather Ridge is complete and is in service. Crews will be finishing clean up and to stabilizing the ditch line this next week. We are planning to patch the road cuts next week as well.  / Read more…



  • MerleFest to Start Accepting Volunteer Applications on October 1


    September 23, 2019. On October 1, 2019, MerleFest, presented by Window World, will begin accepting online applications for its popular volunteer program. MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. MerleFest 2020 will be held on April 23 – 26, 2020. Volunteers may choose if they would like to work a specific number of days or the entire four-day festival. In exchange for working a four to five-hour shift, volunteers will receive free entry into the festival for that day, free volunteer parking and shuttle, and a 10% discount on camping at the River’s Edge Campground. Those who are interested in volunteering can apply online at www.MerleFest.org/volunteer. Volunteers are vital to the festival and often travel from around the world, making their work at MerleFest an annual event. However, positions are limited and do fill early, so those interested are encouraged to apply quickly. / Read more…



  • Viking Classic Tournament of Bands to be held at Avery High in Newland on Saturday, September 28


    September 23, 2019. The 13th Annual “Viking Classic Tournament of Bands” will be held Saturday, September 28th, in MacDonald Stadium at Avery County High School. It is located at 401 High School Road in Newland. This marching band tournament features those from high schools in Avery High’s in-state region. At press time, bands participating in the event include: Fred T. Foard Newton), Asheville, Lake Norman (Mooresville), Ashe County (West Jefferson), Watauga (Boone), Surry Central (Dobson), West Wilkes (Millers Creek) and Freedom (Morganton). The host Avery High School Band will also perform its show after the other bands have competed. The tournament contest starts at 3:00 pm. Admission is $7.00 and all are welcome to attend. If you love marching band and the enjoyable music they produce, you will thoroughly like this tournament. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College and Town of Banner Elk host second annual Family Picnic and Concert Thursday, Sept. 19


    September 19, 2019. Lees-McRae College and the Town of Banner Elk invite the High Country community to the second annual Family Picnic and Concert on Thursday, Sept. 19. Starting at 5 p.m. in Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk, the evening will feature live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, inflatable games for all ages, and interactive novelties. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to Feeding Avery Families. Free parking will be available at the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School and Banner Elk Town Hall parking lots. The evening’s musical performances will feature Boone-based songwriter and musician Shay Martin Lovette and Southwest Virginia-based band If Birds Could Fly. / Read more…



  • Climate Action Collaborative of App State Will Participate in the Global Climate Strike Sept. 20th


    September 19, 2019. On September 20, the Climate Action Collaborative of Appalachian State will participate in the Global Climate Strike, a strike on the 20th and the 27th calling those around the world to leave their work or their classrooms in protest of climate injustice. Students, school faculty, and local community members are all taking part, marching in solidarity with millions in over 150 countries who are joining in the Global Climate Strike. The goal is to educate others about climate emergencies, and to push for more climate action toward renewable energy, respecting Indigenous lands, and stopping deforestation, to name just a few of their demands. The Climate Action Collaborative is a mixture of environmentally-concerned students and faculty at Appalachian state University, aiming to fight against climate catastrophes that come with climate change and harmful environmental practices. The march will begin at Watauga County Public Library, starting at 4 PM this coming Friday, and progressing through downtown King Street.. By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Brings Young Frankenstein to Life October 3–6


    September 18, 2019. Just in time for the spooky Halloween season and Homecoming 2019, the Lees-McRae Theatre Arts program will breathe life into one of our most well-known horror legends—with a Mel Brooks twist—as it presents the musical Young Frankenstein October 3–6. Based on the 1974 movie of the same title, Young Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (he prefers to pronounce it “Fronkensteen”) who is the grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, maker of monsters. The young doctor may have inherited the family name and castle in Transylvania, but he did not inherit his family’s penchant for digging up bodies and reanimating them with a lightning storm. With typical irreverent and slightly naughty Mel Brooks humor, the jokes are fast and furious as he both satirizes and pays tribute to the Hollywood horror genre. Director Dr. Michael Hannah, associate professor of theatre arts, says the musical holds onto many of the visual and verbal gags that made the movie so popular nearly 40 years ago. / 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



  • Mountain Home Music Presents Strictly Clean and Decent in Concert on Tuesday, September 24th


    September 17, 2019. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents Strictly Clean and Decent in concert on Tuesday, September 24th as a part of its special 2019 Matinee Series! The show takes place at 2:00pm at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone! As with all JSMHM matinees, this is a non-ticketed, “Pay as You Exit Concert” – if you enjoy the show, we ask for a $10 donation on your way out! Strictly Clean and Decent(SC&D) is an acoustic trio featuring multi-instrumentalist Patrick Crouch, guitarist and key board player, Kay Crouch, and up-right bass player, Ron Shuffler. This concert is supported by the following private sponsors; Dr. E. Frank Hancock DDS, and Barbara and Larry Freiman. Business sponsors include; Mast General Store, Mountain Time Publishing, and the High Country Press. Additional support is provided by the Anne & Alex Bernhardt Foundation – A component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, Boone TDA, The Watauga County Arts Council and Grassroots Funds from the NC Arts Council. / Read more…



  • Pack-the-Mack: App State Men’s Soccer and Picnic at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on October 1


    September 17, 2019. A Pack-the-Mack fundraiser will be held Tuesday, October 1 when the Appalachian State Men’s Soccer hosts border rival East Tennessee State. A picnic-style dinner for $7 per person will be offered in the parking lot by the stadium field prior to the game. Dinner includes burgers, hotdogs, sides, desserts, and a drink. As with all ASU home soccer games, there is no charge for attendance. 100% of all dinner sales will go toward returfing and maintaining the fields TMSC. The first phase of returfing was completed last spring on the stadium field. The second phase will be done in approximately 5 years. / Read more…



  • It’s Time to Schedule Your Events for the “On The Same Page Literary Festival” Begins September 17


    September 17, 2019. On the Same Page Literary Festival has begun. While most events are free of charge, there are a few that require a reservation and one that requires a small cost to cover food service. So, get out your calendars and call, email, or visit the Ashe County Arts Center for your reservations for the following events before they fill up! / Read more…



  • Fantastic Fall at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts with Fall Exhibition Celebration October 4


    September 17, 2019. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University has a full roster of exhibitions, ARTtalks, workshops and other exciting events scheduled for the fall season. A Fall Exhibition Celebration will be held on Friday, October 4 from 6-10 p.m. Held in conjunction with the downtown Boone Art Crawl, the public is invited to engage, discover and connect through the arts at the Turchin Center. During this event the Turchin Center will feature six exhibitions, including the opening of Keith Bryant: Metaphorical Reality in the Mayer Gallery. Numerous exhibiting artists will be on-hand to meet visitors and provide insight into their intriguing work. The musical group Belleville Rendezvous will perform, refreshments and a cash bar will also be available. This event is free and open to the public / Read more…



  • James H. Fisher International Grand Prix on Sept. 21: Major Differences From Past Jumpers At Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show


    September 16, 2019. For 96 years the annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show has featured stellar jumping horse competition. However, on September 21 the history of show jumping in Blowing Rock will take a giant leap. The $50,000 purse for the James Fisher International Grand Prix demands a more competitive structure to a typical jumping competition. This is the largest purse in the history of show jumping in Blowing Rock.  Twenty-five to thirty International riders and US Grand Prix Champions will compete in this pivotal jumping event. To capture the winner’s share of the purse, the horses and riders must navigate a far more complex course of fences than is typical for jumpers at the Blowing Rock show. Fences will range to almost five feet in height, and the wider obstacles will be as much as 5½ feet deep. / Read more…



  • High Country Council of Governments Present Awards at 45th Annual Banquet


    September 13, 2019. On September 6, 2019, High Country Council of Governments held its annual awards banquet to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions by elected officials, local government employees, and advisory committee members. High Country Council of Governments (HCCOG) is a planning and development agency serving local governments in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties. Award winners were selected by elected and appointed officials from the seven-county region. HCCOG Planning & Development Director, Phil Trew, presented the first award. / Read more…



  • Frank and Kay Golf Classic Returning to Hound Ears Club October 8


    September 13, 2019. Get ready to tee off on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at Hound Ears Club for Hospitality House’s annual Frank and Kay Golf Classic. This signature event honors the legacy of philanthropy and leadership that former Appalachian State University Chancellor Frank Borkowski and his multi-talented wife Kay have bestowed upon the High Country since their arrival in 1993. “Frank and Kay have been an integral part of the mission and vision of Hospitality House,” stated Hospitality House director of development Todd Carter. “The organization was only nine years old when they arrived in Boone. This year, as we celebrate our thirty-fifth year, we continue to be blessed by their support; that’s twenty-six years and counting for the Borkowski’s.”   / Read more…



  • Fourth Annual Oz Ball at Buckeye Recreation Center on Beech Mountain September 14


    September 11, 2019. Come dance to the music of The Collective at the 4th Annual Oz Ball Saturday, September 14th from 6-8pm at the Buckeye Recreation Center on Beech Mountain. Dress as your favorite character from the Wizard of Oz, or come as you are! The Collective, a local rock-and-roll band famous for their danceable tunes, will perform music throughout the event. Dave Calvert of The Collective also owns Carolina Barbecue, which will be catering the event with delicious North Carolina BBQ. The Oz Ball is held every year as a supplementary event during the Autumn of Oz events held at the Land of Oz in Beech Mountain. The Oz Ball is a completely separate event from the other Oz events in Beech Mountain; one does not have to attend any other Oz-related event to attend the Oz Ball. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival Features Entertainment from Noon Until Sunset on September 14


    September 11, 2019. The Blowing Rock Music Festival is back this year to welcome a variety of talent to the event stages at The Blowing Rock Attraction at 432 Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC on Saturday, September 14. The Blowing Rock Music Festival presents an impressive lineup at a unique venue where attendees can enjoy intimate concert spaces and amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Headline entertainers for the 2019 Blowing Rock Music Festival include The Harris Brothers, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Soul Benefactor, Jeff Little Trio, Wayne Henderson, The Neighbors, Charlie Carpenter, Cecil Palmer and Gloria Coffey, Mitch and Masten, and more. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Third Annual James H. Fisher International Grand Prix to be Held at Broyhill Equestrian Preserve in Blowing Rock on September 21


    September 11, 2019. The long history of horse sports in Blowing Rock will take a giant leap forward at 2:00 PM on September 21, 2019 when the Broyhill Preserve plays host to the third annual James Fisher International Grand Prix. Twenty-five horses and riders from the US and six foreign countries will tackle a challenging course of obstacles in pursuit of $50,000 in prize money. In the 96 years of competitive riding in Blowing Rock, this is the largest purse ever offered. This year’s Grand Prix will feature 25 riders competing in the event representing various countries from across the globe; world cup riders from Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and Germany were handpicked as competitors for this year’s Grand Prix due to their qualities of character and reputations for being respectable horsemen. Riders can bring as many horses as they wish, but can only ride one horse in the competition. Scoring is simple. The rail is up, the rail is down, and the clock determines the winner. / 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



  • Renowned Theologian and Author Norman Wirzba to Give Lectures at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on September 15 and 16


    September 10, 2019. Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology, and agrarian studies at Duke Divinity School and author of many books, will be speaking at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church at 1218 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. Wirzba will be covering various topics during a Q & A with the audience at 9:30 a.m. on September 15, with an 11:00 a.m. Worship Service following the proceedings. 5:00 p.m. on September 15, Wirzba will give a lecture entitled “Discovering Sabbath/Discovering Life”. On Monday, September 16, Wirzba will give a lecture at 9:30 a.m. entitled “The Spirituality of Eating”. Childcare will be provided for attendees with small children. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain on September 21


    September 10, 2019. Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk. But what do they do after dark? Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, a nighttime event that features fun and spooky stories told by firelight, along with rare after-dark tours. From 6 to 9:30 p.m., guests young and old can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores), but the park will provide marshmallow roasting sticks, cider, hot chocolate and seating. From there, guests will join Grandfather staff members on a nocturnal trek to the top of the mountain (via shuttle) and the environmental wildlife habitats. / Read more…



  • September Exhibits at Blue Ridge ArtSpace Featuring Studio 12; Exhibition Celebration on September 14


    September 10, 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 September, the Main Gallery will feature an eclectic collection of works of art from the group called Studio 12. Co-founded in January 2011 by Anne Welch and Judy Prevost, Studio 12 members meet monthly at the Caldwell Arts Council to critique each other’s work and to encourage an exchange of ideas for becoming better and more prolific painters. Periodic field trips to museums and other points of artistic interest contribute to the artists’ awareness of new ideas, materials and techniques. The group’s 13-member roster includes seasoned artists who have enjoyed former careers in teaching, nursing, journalism, marketing, the military and other fields. They have been brought together by a common desire to increase their productivity and to fine-tune their individual levels of expertise as painters. Members work in watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, pastel and mixed media and represent a wide range of subject matter and styles. / Read more…



  • Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival Announces Vendor Lineup for September 20-21 Event in Wilkesboro


    September 10, 2019. Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival, presented by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, announces a diverse and exciting lineup of food trucks and beverage vendors for the two-day event slated for September 20-21 in Wilkesboro. Food trucks competing in the festival’s Food Truck Championship include PorterHouse Burger Truck, Wingz On Wheelz, Bleu Barn Bistro, The Hillbilly Philly and Kalman’s Bon Apetit. The grand prize winner will receive $500.00 and a championship trophy and truck sticker. Additionally, the trucks will be competing for the Best Themed Truck trophy. “We have a great variety of food trucks for the competition this year” says Championship Director Caitlen Wurdeman. “Everyone should find a few favorites to enjoy during the festival.” / Read more…



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