August 18, 2021. Almost two years since tickets first went on sale for the highly anticipated Luke Combs show at Kidd Brewer Stadium, fans will finally get to see Combs at The Rock. Combs’s Kidd Brewer Stadium performance was originally scheduled for May 2, 2020 and was moved to May 1, 2021 due to COVID-19. The concert was then postponed again because of North Carolina safety restrictions. As of now, the concert will be happening as scheduled in a little over two weeks. All tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid for the new date. Ticket holders have been waiting for the event since tickets first went on sale in September 2019. A limit of two tickets per App State student went on sale on Sept. 29 for $33.33 each. Then tickets were available for Combs’s fan club on Oct. 8, 2019, followed by the general public on Oct. 11, 2019. By Nathan Ham
August 18, 2021. High Country Caregivers will host the second annual “A Night At Chetola” on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by The Kennedy-Herterich Foundation, The Chetola Resort and Blowing Rock Brewery. HCC is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that supports grandparents, who are raising their grandchildren in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Wilkes Counties. This event, held lakeside at The Chetola Resort, will feature entertainment generously provided by award-winning 8-piece Motown band, The Business, a 5-course meal, open bar and auction.
August 17, 2021. Music fans from all across the region are invited to the small community of Grassy Creek in Ashe County during Labor Day weekend to enjoy the North Carolina Mountain’s only celebration of authentic Blues hits from legendary artists with the return of the New River Blues Festival. Claimed as “one of the top 10 ways to spend Labor Day” by Our State Magazine, the annual New River Blues Festival will be celebrating its 19th year on Sunday, September 5 at the River House Inn, which is just a short, scenic ride away from nearby Jefferson and West Jefferson. “It’s a relaxing drive and an adventure to get there, and that’s what we like about it,” said Rob Baskerville, who is a member of the band The King Bees and is happy to be back again this year presenting the New River Blues Festival. By Harley Nefe
August 17, 2021. Victory Baptist Church in Newland is counting down the days to what many believe will be a life-changing event for the people in and around Avery County. Momentum is building for a Community Tent Revival as the church, its members and other churches in the area and beyond are encouraging the region, as a whole, to attend. The tent revival, reminiscent of days gone by in many mountain communities, is scheduled for Monday – Friday, August 23-27. Services begin at 7:00 p.m. each night with Evangelist Heath Williams delivering the message. Special music will be provided by well-known local gospel groups in the region, such as the Edwards Family from Spruce Pine, Daughters of Calvary from Mt. Airy, Cody and Abby Roberts from Kingsport, Tenn., Cogan and Macalah East and others, as well as familiar songs sung nightly by the congregation. By Sherrie Norris
August 17, 2021. The Mazie Jones Gallery located at The Jones House in downtown Boone is currently exhibiting work by Alan Gordon. As an artist, Alan is a published international book illustrator. He has worked as an Editorial Newspaper & Trade Magazine cartoonist and has painted the cover of Carolina Mountain Life. His art has been featured in many magazines, and he has published articles on “Health & Art.” His work hangs in the United States and European collections. As a painter, his media is mixed with a combination of watercolor, pen, ink, and gesso. “I’m a self taught artist with a desire to create art and enjoy a doggone good life,” Gordon said. “I love to look at the world with a great deal of whimsy. So, I focus on figurative images with depth of character and expression.”
August 16, 2021. Boone United Methodist Church announces Relaunch Sunday, happening this Sunday, Aug. 22, with new Senior Pastor Ed Glaize, who began serving the Church last month. Rev. Dr. Ed Glaize joins Boone UMC from the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church with 32 years of service in that region. With experience leading both small and large churches, Ed most recently served as the District Superintendent of the Dothan District. As a recipient of the Annual Conference Harry Denman Award for evangelism, Ed’s passion in ministry is for helping lead congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., he received a master’s degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and a doctorate degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Ed also has served as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Air Force.
August 16, 2021. Former High Country resident and author, June E. Titus, will be holding a book signing at the Jones House in Boone on Friday, August 27, from 5-7p.m. Titus is excited to be bringing her book, “Banjo Man” to Boone for the first time, and told High Country Press that it is the perfect venue from which to launch her book locally. “The big reason a book signing at the Jones House is important is that the book starts at Jones House,” she said. Titus will be available to sell and sign her book during the Friday evening concert at the historic venue with two of the area’s favorite groups —the Junaluska Gospel Choir and Soul Benefactor — slated to perform. No stranger to the area, June Titus, remembered by many as June Bare, is a retired nurse, writer, poet, banjo enthusiast and artist. She lived in the Beaver Dam community of Western Watauga County from 1991 until 2012, prior to relocating with family to Thomasville, Ga., where she met her current husband, Ed. By Sherrie Norris
August 16, 2021. Plan to dine at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Wednesday, August 18, for a special meal sponsored and prepared by the former downtown Boone Drug staff. Prior to opening its doors in 2012, F.A.R.M. Cafe’s King Street location was home to the historic Old Thyme Soda Fountain and Grille. For old time’s sake, this event will feature one of the community’s favorite dishes, Boone Drug’s famous lasagna special. They’ll also be preparing peach cobbler for dessert! The ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program allows individuals, businesses, and clubs to make a donation that covers the basic meal and operating expenses for one day at F.A.R.M. Cafe. Thanks to Boone Drug’s generosity, all additional donations made on Wednesday, August 18, will directly support F.A.R.M. Cafe’s mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country. F.A.R.M. Cafe hopes everyone can join them for this memorable event and welcomes the Boone Drug staff back into the cafe!
August 13, 2021. The population of Watauga County increased from 51,079 people in 2010 to 54,086 according to the data released from the 2020 Census, a change of roughly 6%. The population was about 2,000 less than the 56,177 population estimate released in 2019 prior to the Census data being collected. Overall, North Carolina’s population increased by 9.5% over the last decade from 9,535,483 in 2010 to 10,439,388 in 2020. Breaking down the demographics for Watauga County, 94.8% of the population is white, followed by 4% Hispanic, 1.9% African American, 1.2% Asian and 0.4% Native American. In North Carolina, 77% of the state population is white, 22.2% of the population is African American, followed by 9.8% Hispanic, 3.2% Asian and 1.6% Native American. By Nathan Ham
August 13, 2021. Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina is moving forward with its largest annual fundraiser, the Hope Luncheon, Friday August 20, 2021 at Blue Ridge Mountain Club. In conjunction with that event, there will be an online auction featuring three hundred and sixty items valued at $80,000. The wine social and silent auction had become a much looked-forward-to staple of the annual Hope Luncheon in years past. While the wine social will remain, the auction will be conducted online, as it was last year. The auction preview began Monday August 9th, with bidding commencing on Thursday August 12th. The auction will close Saturday August 21st at 9:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s event, “Hope Knows My Name,” speaks to the personal connections between individuals and families that rely on the programs of Hospitality House and the staff and community members who help guide them toward stability and success.
August 11, 2021. Avery County’s Fine Art and Master Crafts Festival will return for its second part this weekend, from August 13 through August 15, at Sugar Mountain Resort, where approximately 60 hand-selected artisans will showcase their unique work for sale. The first part was held July 16-18, establishing the 30th year of the festival. The free event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. After a successful festival last year, this is the second year that the event will be located at Sugar Mountain Resort. Everything will be set up in the parking lot of the resort lodge. After a successful festival last year, this is the second year that the event will be located at Sugar Mountain Resort. Everything will be set up in the parking lot of the resort lodge. By Harley Nefe
August 11, 2021. The return of the High Country Beerfest is slated for Saturday, August 28 at the High Country Fairgrounds with a couple of big changes in store for the in-person event. On Tuesday, festival organizers announced on social media that due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the High Country, festival-goers must have proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the beerfest. Each person will need to present their vaccine card, photo of their vaccine card or a digital copy of the card along with the event ticket and identification at the entrance. Each person must have had their final vaccine shot at least two weeks prior to August 28. Last year, the High Country Beerfest was held virtually due to the virus and unfortunately, new positive cases have started ramping up again in the area. By Nathan Ham
August 10, 2021. Join New River Conservancy on August 28 for a float down the New River followed by complimentary lunch, drinks and door prizes during the return of the Splash for the Cash event. Splash for the Cash is the New River Conservancy’s annual river cleanup fundraiser celebrating clean water. Participants will meet at Zaloo’s Canoes Kayaks and Tubes at 9:45 a.m. before departing for the float around 10 a.m. They will float from Zaloo’s Canoes Kayaks and tubes to New River State Park Wagoner Access, arriving around 12:30 p.m. Zaloo’s will then shuttle participants back to Zaloo’s Canoes Kayaks and Tubes for complimentary lunch, drinks and door prizes.
August 10, 2021. Storytelling, as an art, can transport audiences through time and space. Since the dawn of human existence, we have told these stories through pictures as well as spoken word. Many visual artists continue to take on the challenge to convey everything from historical events to personal memories, even dream-like fictions. The Art Cellar Gallery is fortunate to represent several visual artists with the gift of storytelling on their list. One artist that stands out for his unique combination of words and pictures is Noyes Capehart. Not only is Noyes an established painter with countless awards and recognitions but he is also a published author of several novels. His inclusion of passages from his book The Private Diaries of Noyes Capehart sets him apart from other artists as it provides insight to the story each piece strives to convey. “My art is about my life; it is a tangible reflection of deeply held feelings and experiences. I would submit that I am concerned with reality: that I’m, in the largest sense of the word, a realist. I care only about making pictures that reflect strongly felt personal feelings and experiences.” – Noyes Capehart
August 10, 2021. Craig Church Ministries is proud to bring FaithFest to Wilkesboro for its fifth year on Saturday, August 28. FaithFest is a one-day worship experience like no other! Through life-changing testimonies, powerful worship, and times of prayer and experiencing God’s Word, FaithFest seeks to unite the community, save the lost, and spark a revival that will transform lives far beyond Wilkesboro. FaithFest is an outdoor, family-friendly festival that includes the FaithFest mall, food vendors, ministry vendors, children’s activities, artist merchandise and autograph tents, and air-conditioned restrooms. FaithFest 2021 will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College on August 28 from 2:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (gates open at 12:00 p.m.).
August 4, 2021. Beech Mountain Resort’s Summer Concert Series kicks off this weekend with Umphrey’s McGee playing two shows spanning August 6 and 7. General admission tickets are $42 at the door. . Gates open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. This show is open to all ages and 5 and under get in free.
August 4, 2021. The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC) is pleased to announce that it is reopening its doors to the general public on September 3 for the first time since March 2020. This concludes an extended period of time during which ATHC produced 15 online broadcasts of seven films and eight “Live from the Appalachian Theatre” stage shows and private events. These events reached a virtual audience of thousands of dedicated supporters who sustained the venerable King Street landmark in downtown Boone during the global pandemic. Tickets for these events will go on sale to ATHC members at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 6 and to the general public the following week at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 12.
August 4, 2021. Two actors from the first season of “Horn in the West” have returned this summer to see the performance, 69 years after they first took the stage. Roberta Austin and Don Stevenson, who took the stage first in 1952, pleasantly surprised the cast and crew with their reservations. It’s always a treat for our alumni to return for the show,” said board member Steve Canipe. “They always comment on how the stage, costumes, and script have evolved since their time, but the feeling remains the same.” The presence of these original cast members this summer also reminded the organization about the importance of its foundation.
August 2, 2021. Painters Lee Harper and Tunde Afholayan Famous are spending this week at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock through August 8 as part of their Artists in Residency program. Harper has enjoyed a successful career as dancer, choreographer, teacher and artist. A native of Hickory, Harper attended the Juilliard School of Music and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a degree in dance. In addition to dancing professionally with iconic New York dance studios such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Lee enjoyed a long association with the Atlanta Symphony, choreographing works for her professional dance company. Harper’s art work in oil includes still life, dancers, landscapes and more. Come meet Lee from August 2 through August 8 at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. Famous, a Nigerian-born artist, is considered one of today’s most prolific African contemporary artists. Exploring color as the basis of painting, he infuses spiritualism and symbolism in his powerful, lyrical expressions.
July 28, 2021. The Watauga County Public Library invites the community to a free concert with The King Bees, Friday, August 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on the lawn at the library, 140 Queen Street in Boone, NC, (828 260 3254). Parking for the event is at the library and is free. Proclaimed as “Legendary Blues stylists…” by The Knoxville Journal, The King Bees, Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni, tour worldwide and have played Paris, Rome, London, New York and Chicago, Savannah, Charlotte, and Durham. Grab a blanket or bring folding chairs for the lawn, and pack a picnic basket if you like. We will see you at the Watauga County Public Library for some great music!
July 27, 2021. The beloved Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, forced into a pandemic pause last August after 63 years, returns to Burnsville’s Town Square, Aug. 6-7. The event retains its Friday-Saturday format and focus on high-quality handmade crafts. However, a new executive director brings different ideas and a fresh perspective for 2021. “Everybody is ready to hit the road and take part in something they missed out on last year, and we’re excited to have them come to Burnsville,” says Christy Jones, who was named executive director of the Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce this past October. “Considering the struggles we’ve all endured, we hope this year’s Crafts Fair will be one of the best ever.”
July 26, 2021. The beloved Symphony by the Lake returned to Chetola Resort for its 34th annual event on Friday, July 23, and was welcomed with beautiful weather and smiling faces. “It was an amazing evening, and the weather had a lot to do with that,” said Charles Hardin, President and CEO of Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. The event, which is produced by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, sold out of tickets three weeks in advance. With COVID-19 considerations in mind, the number of attendees allowed was reduced, so the availability of tickets was limited. “We reduced the general admission this year by 50%, so there were less people there, but they were able to spread out and socially distance, and people were very happy because of it,” Hardin said. “We are hearing a lot of folks say that they would like the event to stay at reduced capacity, so it worked really well.” By Harley Nefe
July 26, 2021. Painters Randy Blake Clontz and Kelly Gross are spending this week at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock through August 1 as part of their Artists in Residency program. Randy was born in Hickory, NC and showed uncommon artistic ability even as a youth. At the age of 12, he honed his basic art and design skills with a correspondence course through the Famous Artist School for Talented Young People. After pursuing art education in Detroit and work opportunities in Chicago, Randy relocated back home to Hickory in 2002 to create beautiful oil landscapes of the North Carolina mountains. Randy’s commissioned oil portraits appear in private, corporate, and public collections in Chicago, Michigan, California, & North Carolina. If you’ve ever considered commissioning an oil painting, come meet Randy and enjoy his work from July 26th through August 1st at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.
July 23, 2021. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is returning to Boone, NC this fall! Appalachian State University UREC, organizers of this event, are excited to announce details regarding the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival return to campus on Friday September 10 and Saturday September 11, 2021. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Both screenings will start at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 6:00 to the Schaefer Center lobby and at 6:30 to the auditorium. Sponsor booths will be set up outside in the upper parking lot area near the Schaefer Center, and the Schaefer Center lobby will be dedicated to concessions only. Continuing our tradition, live music will be performed both nights prior to the films.
July 23, 2021. The Watauga Arts Council will be hosting Jack Hamrick and Lindsay Carroll at the King Street Art Collective starting Jul 22, 2021 and continuing through the end of July. A reception will be held this Friday, July 23rd from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm at 585 West King Street, Boone, NC featuring Jack Hamrick and Lindsay Carroll.