• MerleFest Hosts its 20th Year of Acoustic Kids Showcases in 2020


    February 24, 2020 Over the past two decades, hundreds of young musicians have taken part in the Acoustic Kids programming at MerleFest presented by Window World. This year—the showcase’s 20th anniversary—young musicians from the MerleFest audience will once again step on stage and perform in Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases. Some participants are just learning to play their instrument, some play just for the fun of it, and some go on to international renown. Put on by long-time music educator and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Andy May, Acoustic Kids is open to any musicians ages 16 or younger who register online before March 15. Their accompanists may be any age, and mixed-age groups are accepted—including family bands. Music teachers often accompany their students, using the program to give their students a real-life performance experience that is difficult to find elsewhere. No matter their skill level, Acoustic Kids celebrates young musicians’ achievements, and each year, a stream of young musicians heads to Merlefest to create their own “Music, Moments, and Memories” in Acoustic Kids Showcases. / Read more…



  • Spectacular Spring at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts


    February 21, 2020. The galleries at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University change throughout the year and feature compelling original art that is accessible to all members of the community. On March 6 from 6-10 pm, the public is invited to explore the galleries of the Turchin Center during the Spring Exhibition Celebration with the opening of five new exhibitions. This event is held in conjunction with the downtown Boone Art Crawl. 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 be available and there will be creative art-making activities in the Moskowitz Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Local Luthier Chris Capozzoli to Present His Guitar-Making Process at BRAHM on February 27th


    February 20, 2020 On Thursday, February 27th, 2020, from 11:00am – 12:00pm, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will present a talk by local luthier Chris Capozzoli. Chris will describe the processes behind building his unique boutiqe guitars that are currently featured in the Museum’s exhibition Sound Machines: Stringed Instruments by the Capozzoli Guitar Company. Participants will learn about the creative and construction process behind Capozzoli’s guitar construction, focusing on his electric archtop and acoustic archtop designs. He will also present a brief history of the guitar and how to select the best woods for optimal sound. Chris Capozzoli is a musician, woodworker, and luthier based out of Sugar Grove, North Carolina. / Read more…



  • Celebrate This Year’s Mardi Gras Season at the Louisiana Themed Bayou Restaurant This Saturday


    February 19, 2020 You’ll never confuse Banner Elk with New Orleans, but that still doesn’t mean that there won’t be a fun Mardi Gras celebration in the High Country. The Bayou Smokehouse located in downtown Banner Elk will be celebrating in style with some Cajun cuisine, tasty beer specials, live music and fun Mardi Gras giveaways. Winston Ammann, co-owner of the Bayou Smokehouse, said her love for Mardi Gras and the New Orleans area started a long time ago. “My husband grew up on the other side of the river from New Orleans and we lived down there until we opened our first restaurant in Charlotte in 1988. He grew up in the culture,” says Winston. “I learned the culture because I was fascinated with the whole thing and fascinated with the carnival season. It’s something everybody should experience at least once.” By Nathan Ham / 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



  • Beech Mountain Resort Bringing Back the Retro Spirit of the ‘80s All Weekend this Weekend


    February 18, 2020 The Town of Beech Mountain and Beech Mountain Resort are coming together for the eighth year in a row to host an ‘80s-themed retro celebration throughout this upcoming weekend. From Thursday to Sunday, there will be various activities to participate in while donning your favorite neon ‘80s gear on the mountaintop; each day of the ‘80s celebration features “Retro Skiing” throughout the day to encourage attendees to get in the 1980s mood! This year’s lineup of events includes various things for the whole family to enjoy; each event takes place at different locations throughout Beech Mountain, as specified in the schedule with story. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • High Country Energy Justice Summit Happening this Saturday at Harvest House in Boone


    February 17, 2020 The High Country Energy Justice Summit will bring together young people, local elected leaders and electric ratepayers from across the region to develop a community vision for local energy systems that support an equitable economy and protect our planet. This participatory event will feature local clean energy experts and youth leaders from local youth-led groups affiliated with the Global Climate Strike movement. Live music will be provided by the Kraut Creek Ramblers. Complimentary snacks, lunch and childcare will also be provided. The summit will feature updates from local youth-led groups affiliated with the Global Climate Strike movement, which has brought millions of young people into the streets across the world to demand an end to the fossil fuel era. Youth leaders from Sunrise Boone and the Climate Action Collaborative will provide an update on their plans to escalate Climate Strikes in the year ahead and offer ideas on how older folks can support their movement. / Read more…



  • Daniel Boone Rail Jam Returns on March 14 with New Competition Format for Sixth Annual Event


    February 17, 2020 The sixth annual Daniel Boone Rail Jam ski and snowboard competition will be returning to the Daniel Boone Amphitheater on Saturday, March 14, with doors opening at 5pm. The Rail Jam will directly follow the St. Patrick’s Parade being held in downtown Boone on the same day. This year’s Rail Jam is going to feature several changes in the competition’s structure, most notably, the participants in the contest must be directly invited to join one of the two teams: Appalachian Ski Mountain or Beech Mountain Resort. Riders who were not invited to join a team will still have a chance to make one of two additional rider slots on each team during the open competition that will begin the evening of the Rail Jam. Men and women riders as well as skiers and snowboarders will all be competing together on the same teams. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Show Birds Some Love: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count in N.C. This Valentine’s Day Weekend


    February 13, 2020. From the Executive Mansion in Raleigh to communities across the state, North Carolinians are showing wild birds some love this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking part in the 23rd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper is kicking off this year’s count Friday, February 14 by hosting school children to watch birds at the Executive Mansion. The count continues through Monday, February 17. Volunteers will count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, and then enter their checklists at birdcount.org. “Counting birds in your own backyard with friends and family is a lot of fun, but it’s also serious science. Collecting these data tells us important things about the health of bird populations, a service that has only become more critical as birds face existential threats from habitat loss and changes to our climate,” said Andrew Hutson, Audubon North Carolina executive director and National Audubon Society vice president. / Read more…



  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Adds Thursday Screening on March 19; Tickets Available


    February 13, 2020. Due to popular demand, the organizers of The Banff Mountain Film Festival in Boone, NC are announcing an additional screening of the World Tour on Thursday March 19th at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are now on sale the Schaefer Center Box Office and online for the Thursday March 19th screening. The Thursday March 19th event is completely different from the Friday and Saturday screenings featuring different films. (The Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21 tickets are sold out.) All screenings start at 7:30pm. As has become a tradition at the Boone screenings, we will have a special guest featured in one of the films this year in attendance at the Thursday and Friday night screenings this year. More information will be available soon about the guest coming this year.. / Read more…



  • Downtown Boone to Host Third Annual St. Patrick’s Parade on March 14; Float Registration Now Open


    February 12, 2020. Bagpipes, Irish flags, shamrocks, and a sea of green travels through downtown Boone on Saturday, March 14, starting at 2 p.m. for the Town of Boone’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade begins at Poplar Grove Connector and marches east down King Street, ending at Hardin Street. Local businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, and performers will have a chance to show off their Irish and High Country pride. Parade-goers can expect a whole lot of fun, with festive floats, talented performers, a good bit of candy, and a few surprises. A leprechaun emcee will be staged in front of the Jones House, and a special panel of guest judges will score entries based upon overall appearance, quality of design or performance, originality, and creativity. Entries receiving the best scores from the judges will find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, as a generous group sponsor has donated over $10,000 in cash prizes; the prize money will be divided amongst the highest-scored entries, including $2,000 for best in show. By Joe Johnson / 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



  • Irish Roots with a Modern Twist Take Center Stage on February 22 when Trinity Irish Dance Company Steps into Boone


    February 11, 2020. The jig is up! The Schaefer Center Presents series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, is proud to welcome international dance sensation Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) to Boone as the only North Carolina stop on its national tour on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. A fusion of Ireland’s vibrant and longstanding dance form and elements of American innovation, TIDC dazzles audiences with its hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility, astonishing precision, aerial grace, complex rhythms, and playful dynamics. From across the pond arrives the airborne artistry of Trinity Irish Dance Company, whose work evolves the traditional form of Irish dance without sacrificing its roots. “TIDC’s work has all the technical wizardry of exceptional Irish step dancing and the artistic depth of contemporary dance. When the two are combined, the art form is phenomenally exciting onstage,” says Maure Aronson, Executive Director of World Music/CRASHarts. / Read more…



  • MerleFest Announces Final Lineup Additions For 2020 Festival


    February 11, 2020. MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the next round of artist additions for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. Greensky Bluegrass, Mavis Staples, Paul Thorn, Cane Mill Road, Sweet Potato Pie, The Barefoot Movement, Nefesh Mountain, and Smitty and the Jumpstarters will be joining the annual homecoming of musicians and music fans on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased until February 16, 2020; Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 17 to April 22. The remaining tickets will be sold at the gate during the festival. / Read more…



  • Three Major Events Added to App Theatre Spring Schedule; Balsam Range, Axis Theatre, Malpass Brothers Tickets on Sale Feb. 12


    February 11, 2020. The list of top-flight talent and nationally-prominent artists slated to appear at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC) continues to grow as three major events have been added to the spring schedule at the venerable performing arts venue in the heart of Boone. ATHC Executive Director Laura Kratt announced that tickets are now on sale for bluegrass music artists Balsam Range, the national tour of “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” by Axis Theatre, and country music stars The Malpass Brothers. These events are in addition to the previously announced production of “Love Letters,” the “You and Me” tour by Drew and Ellie Holcomb, and concerts by the Wailin’ Jennys and Che Apalache. Information for all these events – and more – may be found at www.apptheatre.org. / Read more…



  • Teen Flatpicking Phenom Presley Barker Returns to the Jones House Feb. 21


    February 11, 2020. On Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., local flatpicking phenom Presley Barker will delight audiences as he brings his signature rockabilly style and effervescent charm to the stage as a part of the Jones House Spring Indoor Concert Series. “There is a wealth of young gifted musicians here in the High County,” claims Boone Cultural Resources Coordinator Brandon Holder. “We are honored to have talented up-and-coming artists like Presley Barker continue to perform here at the Jones House.” A native of the Appalachian mountain region, Barker first picked up the guitar at the age of 7. Early on, Barker showed an aptitude for flatpicking, a style of playing pioneered by the likes of Doc Watson, whose music Barker grew up listening to. Over the years, Barker has been influenced and mentored by some of the region’s best bluegrass musicians, including Wayne Henderson, Steve Lewis, and Bryan Sutton. / Read more…



  • A Life in the Forest: Coffee with the Curator Explores the Life and Works of Sallie Middleton at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum on Feb. 18


    February 10, 2020. On Tuesday, February 18th, 2020, from 11:00 – 12:00 pm, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) will present a behind-the-scenes look into the art exhibition “Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest,” on loan from the Asheville Art Museum and courtesy of Sallie Middleton Parker and Mikell Middleton Howington. Before and after the tour, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary Hatchet Coffee and baked goods. With little formal training in art, Sallie Ellington Middleton (1926-2009) has long been considered one of the most gifted painters of plants and animals. She possessed a remarkable eye for detail, a skilled hand to record what she saw and a keen imagination to shape her enchanted images. Her detailed paintings required months or even years to complete. / Read more…



  • Political Journalist and Historian Rob Christensen to Present Newest Book at Lees-McRae


    February 10, 2020. Celebrated journalist and historian Rob Christensen will present a program on his latest book The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys in the Lees-McRae Shelton Learning Commons Room 205 on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. A highly respected political journalist for The News and Observer in Raleigh, Christensen has also appeared as a political analyst on more than 600 television and radio programs, including the CBS Evening News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, and BBC. His recently published book is a multi-generational story about one of North Carolina’s most important political families—the Scott family. The book also covers the long struggle to build paved roads and establish electric and telephone power lines into Western North Carolina.  / Read more…



  • Watauga Habitat for Humanity Seeking Volunteers for 2020 Women Build on March 7th


    February 10, 2020. Habitat for Humanity International, Lowe’s and approximately 6,000 women volunteers will unite in more than 235 communities in the United States, India and Canada for International Women Build Week from March 1-8 to highlight the global need for safe and affordable housing. A prelude to International Women’s Day, the global event aims to build and repair nearly 540 homes while raising awareness of housing issues facing women and their families. Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will celebrate Women Build on Saturday, March 7th, building two of the 540 homes worldwide.  / Read more…



  • App State Hosts Their 17th Annual Dance Marathon Event on February 15th at Legends


    February 10, 2020. Dance fundraiser coming Saturday, February 15th from 10pm to 1am at Legends. Dance Appalachian State will be hosting their 17th annual Dance Marathon. The Marathon is a 15 hour dance party in which students dance to raise money for local organizations benefiting children in the High Country. To participate, students can register online here and will pledge to raise a minimum of $150 ($10 per hour of dancing) to support this year’s two non-profit organizations, Western Youth Network and Parent to Parent Family Support Network. Both organizations provide essential services to children and families here in our local community.  By Emma Shirlin / Read more…



  • Cooperative Extension Hosting Small Farms AgriShop in Boone February 24

    February 10, 2020. Cooperative Extension at N.C A&T State University is hosting the annual Small Farms Agrishop Series, with the High Country opportunity for this event to take place on Monday, February 24 at the Watauga Agricultural Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone. The workshop will cover a series of topics on locally-adapted agricultural opportunities and strategies. The AgriShop runs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, and attendance to the full day of workshops will give two hours of X, D, N, & O Pesticide Credits to license holders. The 2020 North West Region AgriShop, topics include: Color Plastic Mulch; Farm Health & Safety; Apple & Blueberry Production; Hemp Harvest & Post-Harvest Processing; Marketing Heirloom Tomatoes; Medicinal Herbs; Pollinator Buffers; Small Ruminant Management & Nutrition; and guidance toward Writing a Food Safety Plan. The AgriShop is free to growers and includes a locally-catered lunch. Pre-registration before Tuesday, February 18 is required.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Happening Friday and Saturday


    February 7, 2020. The 12th annual Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention will be firing up on Friday night, February 7 and continuing Saturday with a fun slate of events scheduled. The Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held on the campus of Appalachian State University and is 100 percent student-operated and student-funded. This unique event draws hundreds of attendees from across the region and celebrates the rich music, history, arts, and culture of the Appalachia region. Friday events include the Fiddler’s Convention Kick-Off Concert. Saturday events include instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region. All events are family-friendly. The fiddler’s convention kick-off will feature the band Chatham Rabbits with Kate Rhudy and Libby Rodenbough on Friday night at Legends. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students and tickets will be available at the door. / Read more…



  • “Love Letters” a Valentine’s Day Gift to the Community; Pulitzer Prize Finalist to Play App Theatre on Friday, February 14th


    February 5, 2020. Perfectly timed for lovers young and old this Valentine’s Day, the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC) is hosting a local production of the award-winning play “Love Letters” for a single performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14 at the Art Deco landmark in Boone. Tickets are affordably-priced at $15 each with reserved seating available for general public purchase beginning Wednesday, January 29th. The production was runner-up for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and chronicles a fifty year relationship that took place from 1937 to 1987. The play stars local actors Dr. Gina L. Grandi and Dr. Derek Davidson, both of whom are faculty members in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University. The play is directed by Keith Martin, Distinguished Professor of Theatre at the university, who also serves as vice chair of the Appalachian Theatre’s Board of Trustees. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Announces 2020 Schedule of Events


    February 5, 2020. A new decade brings new experiences for guests to enjoy at Grandfather Mountain in 2020. With a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain, the nonprofit nature park and its staff are readying for an eventful year. “2020 is going to be a remarkable year on Grandfather Mountain,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the park. “Our schedule is packed with special events that bridge education with outdoor fun, while allowing us to share the wonders of Grandfather Mountain with guests of all ages.” With a few exceptions where noted, most special events are included with park admission. Schedule is subject to change. Additional events will be announced and posted on www.grandfather.com. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Playcrafters to Present Five Original Student Productions at “New Play Festival” February 20 – 22


    February 5, 2020. The Appalachian State University Playcrafters, a student organization affiliated with the Department of Theatre and Dance, is presenting the 2020 New Play Festival, a series of five short plays written, directed and performed by university students. The production takes place in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus. Performances are: Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 22 at 2 and 7 p.m., Tickets, which are sold 30 minutes prior to each performance, are $5 for students and $7 for general admission. For more information, call Playcrafters at (234) 380-3592 or email [email protected]  By Hannah Champion / 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



  • Living Legend Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group Sold Out the Schaefer Center with Feb. 1 Performance


    January 29, 2020. Legendary singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, Lyle Lovett, along with his acoustic group, has sold out the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at App State. Lovett is performing this Saturday, February 1, at 7 p.m. Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances display not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Sing! Inspire! Celebrate your Voice! Appalachian Youth Chorale Kicks Off Feb. 3, Welcomes Community Participation


    January 29, 2020. If you have children who love to sing – or know those who do — an exciting opportunity is kicking off for them on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Broyhill Music Center on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. Spring registration is now open for the Appalachian Youth Chorale, and presents an awesome chance for local kids and teens, ages 7-14, who enjoy singing, to come together with their peers. It is the mission of the chorale, sponsored by App State’s Community Music School, to engage all young musicians of Boone and the surrounding communities with a unique choral experience that gives each musician an opportunity to find and share their voice. By Sherrie Norris / 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



  • Banff Mountain Film Festival Adds Additional Screening of the World Tour on March 19


    January 28, 2020. Due to popular demand, the organizers of The Banff Mountain Film Festival in Boone, NC is announcing an additional screening of the World Tour on Thursday, March 19 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale for ASU Students only on Tuesday, January 28 and will go on sale for ASU Students and the general public on Wednesday, January 29. All ticket sales are in person only at the Schaefer Center Box Office. The Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 tickets are sold out. The Thursday, March 19 event is completely different from the Friday and Saturday screenings, and organizers are thrilled to be able to offer an additional public screening for the Boone audience. All screenings start at 7:30 pm. This year, local organizers are celebrating 24 years of the World Tour coming to Boone, NC. For 44 years, the Banff Film Festival has been inspiring audiences by showcasing the world’s best films highlighting mountain adventure, culture, and the environment. / Read more…



  • Folk Legacy Trio in Concert Sunday, Feb. 2 at Watauga High School Featuring George Grove


    January 28, 2020. A rare High Country appearance by a trio of renowned musicians, including one with longstanding local ties, is happening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Ross Auditorium of Watauga High School in Boone. The Folk Legacy Trio is coming to town for a unique fundraising event — and promises to be one of those concerts you just don’t want to miss. The group includes George Grove, former resident of Hickory and Blowing Rock, who spent 41 years with The Kingston Trio; he is joined by Rick Dougherty, formerly with The Limeliters and also with The Kingston Trio for 25 years; and Jerrry Siggins, former lead singer of the legendary doo-wop group, The Diamonds. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain’s Tradition of Live Music Continues Throughout the 2020 Winter Season


    January 27, 2020. This winter season, Beech Mountain continues their rich tradition of bringing the best and brightest live music acts of the south to their multiple venues each weekend. Most Friday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday nights beginning at 8 p.m., Beech Mountain features exceptional artists handpicked by the staff due to their extraordinary talent and stage presence. On Friday nights, the venue for entertainment is the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, and on Saturday nights, the venue is The Taproom and Grille; both are located in the Village at Beech Mountain. Most of the shows are free, however, some of the shows are ticketed and you can always find the link to tickets through the Beech Mountain Facebook page at Beech Mountain Facebook, the Beech Mountain Resort website at https://www.beechmountainresort.com/, or through Beech Mountain’s Eventbrite page at Beech Mountain Eventbrite. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Internationally Acclaimed Ballet Magnificat! Dance Company Performing at Boone United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 9th at 3 P.M.


    January 27, 2019. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3:00 p.m., Deliver Us! will be presented by the internationally acclaimed dance company, Ballet Magnificat! This long-running choreographed story of Moses, the Hebrew prophet from Old Testament Bible teachings who delivered the enslaved Jewish people from Egyptian authority, will be performed in Boone United Methodist Church’s Sanctuary. Run time is one hour and 10 minutes. The afternoon’s performance will also include Heaven Come Down, which celebrates the joyfilled journey of trusting Christ. The run time for Heaven Come Down is 25 minutes. Tickets are now available for $25 for adults and $15 for students. / Read more…



  • Boone Shag Club Kicks Off Five-Week Dance Series for Beginners on Feb. 21


    January 24, 2020. Boone Shag Club, a local dance club dedicated to the Carolina Shag style of dance, the official dance of both Carolinas, will be hosting a 5-week dance series for beginners of the dance. In addition to the dance series, there will be six other Boone Shag Club events held held in Blowing Rock from February 15 to April 24. Tickets for the Beginner Carolina Shag Dance Lessons are $30 per person and tickets for the Boone Shag Club events are $3 for members, $5 for guests, and free for students. Boone Shag Club has been in existence since 1988 and is one of the oldest organized Carolina Shag clubs in the nation! With over 100 new members, and new members joining at all times, there is a lot going on with the Boone Shag Club By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • New York-Based Dance Company A.I.M Puts the Power of Dance on Display at the Schaefer Center on February 5


    January 23, 2020. The Schaefer Center Presents series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, is proud to welcome acclaimed dance company A.I.M (Abraham in Motion) — which draws with equal authority from ballet and hip-hop — on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The program features two of the New York-based company’s crowd-pleasing pieces — a duet excerpt from the emotional and intimate “Dearest Home” and the percussive, urgent “Drive” — as well as two recent premieres — the hoops-influenced “Big Rings” and the groundbreaking “Solo Olos.” / Read more…



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