• Classic Cars, Quilts and Craft Show At Deerfield Methodist, Saturday, July 27


    July 23, 2019. It’s time for the annual Classic Car, Quilt and Craft Show at Deerfield Methodist Church in Boone — and it all happens on Saturday July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Plus, there’s a hot dog lunch available for patrons to enjoy while browsing. Rarely do you find a unique mix that encapsulates such varied interests for people of all ages, but these folks know how to do it — and it’s all for a good cause. They know that people love classic cars, and that many in the area own them and love to display their chrome beauties with others. They also know that quilting and crafting are unique and timeless works of art that are loved and cherished. And, they realize that most people enjoy fellowship and eating lunch together. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Homegrown Music Festival Returns to Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center Park, August 10


    July 22, 2019. Foscoe Ruritan Club’s Homegrown Music Festival will take place at 1 p.m. in the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center Park on Saturday, August 10. This fundraiser will help the Ruritan Club to serve their community. Following their mantra, “Fellowship, goodwill and community service,” the Ruritan Club is focused on helping its community through any devastating event. This event, as always, is family-friendly and alcohol-free. The festival will be returning for its fifth year, as it is the Ruritan Club’s main fundraiser which allows them to serve the Foscoe community. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Watuaga High School Presents Production of Beauty and the Beast, July 25-27


    July 22, 2019. Watauga High School’s newest theatrical production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will bring an old favorite to the stage, premiering close to Disney’s own release of the CGI remake of The Lion King. Hosted by Beanstalk Community Theatre, “Beauty and the Beast” will be paired with music, lights and special effects, along with a spectacular visual of a variety of costumes; the props for the show are also primarily hand-made and custom designed. The production will feature a wide variety of actors, singers and dancers ranging in age from 6 to 57 in addition to the technical staff who work behind the scenes. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • 37th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery Features Painter Andrew Braitman, July 27


    July 22, 2019. Celebrating 37 years, Carlton Gallery hosts its Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 27. This exhibition features “Edge of Brilliance by Evolution” with Andrew Braitman. The opening reception is from 2 to 5 with some of the standing gallery artists in attendance to greet visitors and patrons. Everyone is invited to enjoy this 37th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition which can be viewed through September 15. Andrew Braitman is a full-time painter for over forty years with international stature. His paintings have been featured in galleries, one-man and group exhibitions in Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta, Millburn, NJ, Washington D.C., Noorbeck, Holland, Rio de Janiero and Curitiba, Brazil. / Read more…



  • Six Decades and Counting – Blowing Rock Tour Of Homes Happens This Friday, July 26


    July 22, 2019. One of the most anticipated local events of the year will be taking place this coming Friday, July 26, as St. Mary of the Hills Church rolls out the red carpet for its 61st Annual Tour of Homes. Known far and wide as one of Blowing Rock’s premiere events , the tour is expected once again to draw hundreds of people to the High Country for a glimpse into some of the area’s most unique and amazing private residences. This year’s event co-chairs,  Ron and Radie Armstrong, look forward to continuing the legacy of the tour for the church, as well as to the town and charities within Watauga County that benefit from the proceeds. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Purveyors of Art and Design Materials Celebrates 30 Years in Business with Open House July 27


    July 19, 2019. On July 1st, Purveyors of Art & Design Materials, now located at 112 Aldridge Park on Highway 105 South, celebrated their 30th anniversary. Originally launched as an art supply house primarily serving Appalachian State University students. Over the years, owner Mike Hill has morphed the company into a true soup-to-nuts art business. In 2008 he relocated all these various enterprises into one location that is equivalent distant from Boone and Banner Elk and boasts a killer view of Grandfather Mountain. A celebration and open house will be held on Saturday July 27 from 1-4 pm. Art materials will be on sale 40% off, demos, client encounters and libations will be available. / Read more…



  • Hapner Dominates Women’s Scottish Athletics at 64th Grandfather Games


    July 18, 2019. To her students, she’s known as Ms. Hapner, but in the 64th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, she’s in a class of her own. Elissa Hapner, an elementary school teacher from Aurora, Illinois, schooled the competition in this year’s women’s Scottish athletic events. Hapner won the 14-pound weight (thrown for distance), the sheaf (thrown for height) and the 28-pound weight (thrown for height). She placed second in the clachneart (eight-pound stone for distance), the 28-pound weight (thrown for distance), the 12-pound hammer throw and third in the caber toss. This was Hapner’s first time at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. “I love it,” Hapner said of the Games. “Yeah, it’s great and has beautiful surroundings. There were so many people in the crowd, and the crowd was getting involved, and we love it.” / Read more…



  • A Monumental Exhibition of Sculpture at Chetola Brings A Creative Weekend of Events and Family Friendly Activities, August 9-11


    July 18, 2019. Over 50 large, mid-scale and small sculptures will be exhibited August 9-11 on Chetola Lake. The public is invited to stroll around the lakeside at Chetola Resort to meet renowned sculptors and view their award-winning works of art. Activities all weekend long create a family friendly destination. Special event events feature art icons Bob Timberlake and Joe Miller on Friday night from 6:30-9:30. Sculptors will compete for cash awards totaling $6,000. Dr. Lawrence Wheeler, CEO and Director of NC Museum of Art (ret.) is hosting Saturday’s evening event, “Starry Night” dinner, dancing under the stars with The Starlighters Orchestra and a sculptors awards program. / Read more…



  • Find a Seat This Weekend at Bleu Moon Production’s Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend


    July 18, 2019. Last weekend was opening weekend for “Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend.” This weekend’s performances performances pick back up tonight and continue through Saturday, July 18-20, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. each night. Prepare for a night out under the stars while you hear about a local legend and the mystery surrounding this story. Bleu Moon Productions marks the 151st anniversary of the final trial and hanging of Tom Dooley with its 18th season of “Tom Dooley” by Karen Reynolds. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Tickets Are Available for Blowing Rock’s 2019 “Symphony by the Lake” at Chetola Resort, July 26


    July 18, 2019. The annual “Symphony by the Lake” performance is fast approaching, and it’s not an event that you’ll want to miss. The Symphony of the Mountains, conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth, in her 13th year as Music Director, will be performing a splendid variety of pop, show-tunes, film scores, patriotic music, and more. Symphony by the Lake depends on the support of volunteers and sponsors, so if you’d like to be a part of making the event possible, then visit the Symphony by the Lake website to see how you can get involved. The event will take place on Friday, July 26th by the side of Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort. The gates will open at 5:30 pm, and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Dillion Critcher Memorial Bike Ride Coming Up August 3


    July 18, 2019. When 16-year-old Dillion Critcher of Boone lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident seven years ago, the High Country seemed to come to a standstill. Family, friends and associates of all ages were stunned by the loss of such a vibrant, fun-loving teen whose life, it seemed, was cut way too short.Since that fateful night, June 14, 2012, the community has proved, time after time, that Critcher’s life was not in vain: the efforts to keep his memory alive continue with the annual Dillion Critcher Memorial Bike Ride scheduled for August 3 in Boone. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Chris Botti and Lily Tomlin Are Scheduled for An Appalachian Summer This Weekend


    July 17, 2019. This weekend, An Appalachian Summer Festival has two exciting performances coming up on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. At 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center on July 19, Chris Botti will bring his musical talent to An Appalachian Summer Festival. At 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center on July 20, Lily Tomlin will be returning to the festival for the 2019 season with her comedy. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Celebrating Sculpture Under the Trees and in the Gallery at Anvil Arts Gallery This Weekend


    July 17, 2019. Join the “Garden Party” this weekend, July 20 and 21, at Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery in Linville Falls. Everyone is invited to explore the sculptures thoughtfully placed throughout the open lawn and garden and in the gallery. Enjoy refreshments as you explore the artwork and learn about the diverse group of artists represented and see the working studio of sculptor Bill Brown. Visitors will see the work of accomplished sculptors working in different mediums and styles, from large scale sculptures in stone and metal for outdoor use to pieces for interiors created in clay, glass, copper and steel. / Read more…



  • Piano and Double Bass Concert at St. Mary of the Hills on July 21


    July 17, 2019. Dr. Adam Booker and Sally Booker bring their considerable talents to the Summer Concert Series at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock this Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. The Bookers have chosen a varied program for double bass and piano, ranging from well-known compositions by Serge Koussevitsky (Humoresque and Chanson Triste) and Ernst Bloch’s hauntingly beautiful Prayer, to more recent compositions by Andres Martin, Michal Bylina and Adam Booker himself. Dr. Booker teaches double bass in the Hayes School of Music at AppState University. Mrs. Booker holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and has taught in colleges as well as privately. / Read more…



  • Summer Concerts at Fred’s Gazebo Continue Sunday with Amantha Mill

    July 16, 2019. Back in Beech Mountain, Fred’s General Mercantile is hosting their Sunday summer concerts at Fred’s Gazebo. Fred’s has been the gathering place for all of Beech Mountain since it opened in 1979, and the legendary store hosts concerts out of the graceful white gazebo next to it. The gazebo has trimming around the top that looks almost like lace, and the musicians begin to play elegant and inspirational music underneath it at 6:30 p.m. Remaining concerts include performances by Amantha Mill, The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and Thistle Dew. / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain’s Summer Concert Series Continues this Friday with Performances from Galactic and The Get Right Band


    July 16, 2019. Summer is in full swing at Beech Mountain with round two of the Summer Concert Series happening on Friday night. Galactic will be the featured act with Asheville’s own The Get Right Band opening the show. Gates open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Children five and under get in free. Talia Freeman, the director of marketing at Beech Mountain Resort, was excited about how the first concert went and thinks this week’s show will be excellent as well. “Our June concert was a huge success. We had a strong crowd and our patrons left happy,” said Freeman. “Galactic is a funk-driven jazz band from New Orleans. I know they will create a fun atmosphere.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • “Homeless to Highflying,” K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs to Perform at Tweetsie Railroad July 20-28


    July 16, 2019. Well known halftime show and television stars The K-9s In Flight Frisbee Dogs are jumping, dashing and flying to Tweetsie Railroad once again to bring their adrenaline pumping performance to the High Country. You may have seen their one-of-a-kind K-9 Sports Show in the NBA, NFL or NCAA Halftime shows or from appearances on ESPN, The Disney Channel, Animal Planet and more. These amazing K-9s have even been featured in Dog Fancy and Dog and Kennel magazines. Now, the K-9s will be bringing their show to Tweetsie for performances July 20-28. These amazing dogs come from all different backgrounds, each star having been rescued or adopted from the streets or a shelter around the country, earning them their “homeless to highflying” title. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • This Friday’s Jones House Summer Concert Features Americana Favorites the Everydays, Alexa Rose and Tom Shirley


    July 15, 2019. The Town of Boone’s Summer Concert Series at the Jones House gains momentum with another concert on the lawn Friday, July 19, including a trio of highly-anticipated performances by the Everydays, Alexa Rose and Tom Shirley, starting at 5 p.m. The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free and open to the public. Concerts start at 5 p.m., and they are held rain or shine. / Read more…



  • De la Cruz Farms to Celebrate Honey Harvest with Hoedown on July 27


    July 15, 2019. The second Annual Honey Harvest Hoedown in Deep Gap is just around the corner and promises to be an event you don’t want to miss. On Saturday, July 27, from 4-7 p.m., the High Country community will come together once again for a fundraising event to help with the ongoing needs of the de la Cruz Farms, located just across from Deep Gap Fire Department. If you enjoy good music, food, fun and fellowship while supporting a good cause, this is the place to be. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • JSMHM Features Jeff Little – “The Piano Man of the Blue Ridge” – at July 20 Concert


    July 15, 2019. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is pleased to announce the return of Boone native Jeff Little and his Trio on Saturday, July 20, for a concert at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone at 7:30 p.m. Little is a bluegrass, blues, honky-tonk, jazz, rock-n-roll piano player. He’s one-of-a-kind, that’s why he’s called “The Piano an of the Blue Ridge.” His son Luke, an outstanding mandolin player, has been joining him on stage for years and has now become a full fledge member of the trio. With two time National Banjo Champion and guitar phenom Steve Lewis adding his hot licks to the mix and now with Luke joining in, well you are in for a musical treat! / Read more…



  • Candlelight Ghost Tours This Saturday, July 20, at Wilkes Heritage Museum


    July 15, 2019. The Wilkes Heritage Museum will host Candlelight Ghost Tours in historic downtown Wilkesboro on Saturday, July 20. Ghost tours are 90 minute walking tours that begin at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The tours are led by costumed guides. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations for Ghost Tours are suggested. Highlights of the tour include the Old Wilkes Jail, Cleveland Cabin and Tory Oak Site. Learn all about the hauntings of Historic Downtown Wilkesboro. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Hosts Author and Radio Personality Scott Huler, July 18


    July 15, 2019. After business hours on July 18, Grandfather Mountain invites guests to tune into a special presentation. The Linville, N.C. based nonprofit nature park is keeping summer moving, highlighting its second speaker of he Grandfather Presents evening lecture series for 2019, Scott Huler. Huler is an award-winning radio personality, audio producer, photographer, videographer and author of seven books. Grandfather Presents Scott Huler runs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, in the park’s nature museum and auditorium. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Kickoff Today to Begin its 64th Year


    July 11, 2019. Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain Thursday through Sunday for the 64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Boasting bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and tons of tartans, the Games hearken back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from mountains and glens some 3,600 miles away. Today’s schedule of events includes the border collie sheepherding demonstrations, Celtic entertainment, the running of “The Bear” uphill foot race and the opening ceremonies. “The Bear” pits approximately 700 runners against the steep switchbacks of Grandfather Mountain in a five-mile run that climbs 1,568 feet from the town of Linville to the mountain summit. It’s followed Saturday by another test of extreme endurance as the Grandfather Mountain Marathon winds from Appalachian State University in Boone to the site of the Games in Linville. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Wraps Up Another Season with Newsies Starting July 30


    July 11, 2019. Get to know the scrappy, brave, and courageous youngsters of New York in Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s performance of Newsies starting July 30. The final main-stage performance in the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season lineup is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of the band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair condition and fight for what is right. Directed by Janet Barton Speer, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, and based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, Newsies, set in 1899, is filled with extraordinary dancing, acting, and music that will appeal to musical lovers everywhere. / Read more…



  • Seven Devils Holds Bear Contest, Music Series, And Much More This Summer


    July 10, 2019. The Town of Seven Devils has been filling their Summer with lots of exciting activities and events for locals and visitors alike. Seven Devils Town Clerk, Hillary Gropp, spoke about some of the town’s upcoming attractions, “The Town of Seven Devils is full of seasonal residents/tourists right now and have plenty of activities to enjoy! On Friday night, July 12th, we do have our ‘Music By The Lake’. It’s our second music series of the summer. It’ll be the Jeff Little Trio down at the Resort Club from 6 to 8 pm. There’ll be plenty of signs within the town limits that’ll help direct you to Devil’s Lake Drive, where the club is located. These Summer events are planned by the town’s Parks & Recreation Committee, and the resort is hosting the event for the town. The concert is free and open to the public. Just bring lawn chairs or blanket to sit on; the concert will happen rain or shine!” These “Music By the Lake” shows are perfect for visitors who want to enjoy a relaxed evening show. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Upcoming in the 35th Season of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s Events


    July 10, 2019. An Appalachian Summer Festival is showcasing an exciting lineup of the best in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming this month. Celebrate the enjoyment and education found in all forms of art with the upcoming scheduled events. There are four upcoming events in the next week that you can’t miss, plus exhibitions at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. There truly is something for everyone at An Appalachian Summer Festival. / Read more…



  • Watauga County To Join Thousands of Communities on National Night Out, August 6


    July 10, 2019. Thanks to the efforts of local law enforcement, Watauga County will be joining forces with thousands of other communities across the country for National Night Out on August 6. The inaugural event is scheduled to take place from 5-8 p.m. on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone at the Peacock lot, across from the Schaeffer Center on Rivers Street in Boone. For 36 years, National Night Out has been bringing communities together to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement — while bringing back a true sense of community as we once knew it. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • The Art Cellar Gallery is Excited to Feature Two Incredible Solo Shows Beginning This Week


    July 10, 2019. The Art Cellar Gallery is excited to bring to the public two incredible solo shows beginning this week.  “Panoramic Views” by Richard Oversmith and “From the Earth” by Ben Owen III will take over the main gallery starting July 9. Experience landscapes and interiors through Oversmith’s strong impressionistic voice from July 9th – July 27th and Owen’s fusion of early American and modern day pottery from July 9th – August 10th. Join the gallery in welcoming both artists  July 20, from 4 – 6 for an artist reception. The  Art Cellar Gallery focuses on North Carolina artists while including select artists from across the Southeast, showing work from large scale canvases to smaller works on paper as well as including sculpture, glass and clay. A high country arts destination celebrating 27 seasons, The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Hwy. 184 in Banner Elk / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Fairy Day Brings Summer Fun for the Children this Saturday at Daniel Boone Gardens


    July 10, 2019. Daniel Boone Native Gardens will be holding its sixth annual Fairy Day on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. The event will include butterflies, real-live fairies and more, to create a day of fun straight from a child’s dream.  The goal of the event is to “make people aware that the gardens are there,” as Hutchins said, and to entertain local families and their children with a magical day that will excite the kids’ active imagination.  There will be real fairies at this event for children to interact with, played by adult actors such as Ellowee Bumblebee Fairy and Pippen Butterfly Fairy. By Laura Boaggio / 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



  • From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story Invites You to Remember a Hero of the High Country, July 11-17 at Lees-McRae College


    July 9, 2019. Get to know the man that brought Banner Elk to life and changed the course of its history forever during the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre performance of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story starting July 11. The second of three performances during the summer, From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story recounts the life of Tufts—a man who arrived to the region in the late 1800s as a seminary student to organize a church, and later went on to establish the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, Lees-McRae College, Cannon Memorial Hospital, and Grandfather Home for Children. The musical, written by Janet Barton Speer with songs and lyrics by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks (author and composers for the very successful Denim King: The Moses Cone Story), follows Tufts from his earliest struggles as a motherless teenager to his ultimate triumphs in Banner Elk. / Read more…



  • The High Country Awaits Farewell Angelina’s Sold-Out FORUM Music Series Performance, July 15


    July 9, 2019. FE… FI… FO… RUM! This year’s FORUM music series will grind your bones to make its bread! The Lees McRae program has enlisted the help of rising country superstars Farewell Angelina to bring the region the best in contemporary entertainment, cultural enrichment, and, in this case, swinging country jams! Farewell Angelina is a supergroup of veteran country music veterans, whose accolades include a spot in the fan-voted “Hot Seat” in Taste of Country 2017’s “RISERS” Program by over 20,000 votes, a place on Rolling Stone’s “New Artists You Need to Know” and Roughstock’s “Ones to Watch”. Since their eponymous 2016 debut EP, the band has consistently been recognized as one of the most promising acts in country music today – and their performances are sure to deliver! They’ve opened for such renowned acts as Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Frankie Ballard, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Maroon 5, Trace Adkins, and many more. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Local Furniture Makers Exhibits at the Edgewood Cottage Next to BRAHM


    July 9, 2019. Husband and wife team Paul and Kim Fuelling of Mabel Studios join the Blowing Rock Historical Society’s Artist in Residence Series for an intimate look at their line of decorative arts in the original cottage of famous Blowing Rock Artist Elliot Daingerfield. During the week of the residency, Mabel Studios will be showing handcrafted furniture along with unique wooden accents. Meet the artists and experience the quality coming from this local high country wood shop in a historic, must-see venue. / Read more…



  • Join Your Local Churches for July Vacation Bible Schools Throughout the High Country


    July 9, 2019. With July underway, summer has only just begun. Many churches held their Vacation Bible Schools in June, but some have stretched the fun into July and are readying themselves for this summer’s Vacation Bible Schools. These “schools” focus on making religion easy to understand and fun for kids, often introducing them to God for the first time. Vacation Bible Schools are the perfect way to help keep your kids busy over the summer and meeting new friends while they grow in their faith. VBS is an easy way to get kids involved in church while giving you the opportunity to meet the people within the church too. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Watauga County Back 2 School Festival Needs Your Support This Year for August 10th Event


    July 9, 2019. As the August 10th Back 2 School Festival quickly approaches, the organization is reaching out to the community for donations and sponsorships to help them hit their goal of gathering $47,000 for Watauga County students. While they are currently only half of the way towards reaching their goal, they are hopeful for more contributions in the coming weeks. It can cost over $160 to get a child ready for school, and last year’s Back 2 School Festival saw almost 1,200 children at the event. Each year, the festival and its many volunteers have provided Watauga county students with school supplies, new shoes and socks, backpacks, hair cuts (volunteer hairdressers are in high demand at the event), activity booths, healthy food, and an atmosphere of fun, dignity, and respect. The booths at the festival include local businesses, community organizations, and churches that provide fun activities, crafts, and games as well as information about their products, services, classes, etc. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



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