• “Thunder Sunday” Expected to Draw 500 Motorcyclists to Mount Vernon Church this Weekend


    July 9, 2019. Thunder Sunday is fast becoming a tradition in the High Country as hundreds of motorcycles head to Boone for a unique Sunday morning service at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The mighty roar of the bikes, coming from near and far, will rattle the peaceful Bamboo Valley, but it’s all in good faith. It’s the sixth annual gathering of its kind, taking place this Sunday, July 14, with a message of hope and inspiration to be shared with members and guests, alike. It’s going to be a special kind of worship service, organizers said, and “not exactly your grandmother’s church service,” but she’s welcome to come, too. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Patti LaBelle Next Performance in Line at Schaefer Center for An Appalachian Summer Festival


    July 8, 2019. An Appalachian Summer’s 35th season is well underway. Along with lectures and workshops, film, theatre and visual arts, the festival features a series of live music performances. So far, the season has featured Ben Folds, a NC native pianist and singer-songwriter, with the Winston-Salem Symphony, conducted by Jacomo Rafael Bairos. Patti LaBelle is the next scheduled live music performance, bringing her talent to the Schaefer Center on July 13 at 8 p.m. A Multi Grammy Award-winner singer and actress, Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the queen of rock and soul, known for her performances of music ranging from rhythm and blues renditions to spiritual ballads and everything in between. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • King Street Farmers’ Market and BR Women in Agriculture Announce Health and Wellness Day at Farmers’ Market


    July 8, 2019. The Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the King Street Market are excited to announce that the upcoming farmers’ market will be a special Health and Wellness Day. Tomorrow, from 4-7 p.m., celebrate local healers and body and movement professionals that come once a month as additional vendors. Boone’s weekday farmers’ market, the King Street Market, is a place where people of all ages can come and enjoy an afternoon connecting with local agricultural businesses, listening to local musicians and celebrating local food. King Street Market announced on their Facebook page, “We are excited to have some Health and Wellness heroes featured at the market this upcoming Tuesday! By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Celebrating Old-time Styles at Concert with Traditional Master Artists at JSMHM on July 11


    July 8, 2019. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is proud to present an Old-time Party matinee – “Celebrating with Traditional Master Artists” – with stories, ballads, banjo, fiddle and flatfooting, and featuring Shelia Kay Adams, Travis Stuart and JSMHM’s director, Rodney Sutton. These three friends were honored this spring by being selected for the 2019 South Arts Folk and Traditional Master Artist Fellowships. This concert will take place on Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone as a part of JSMHM’s 2019 Matinee Concert Series! This is a non-ticketed, Pay As You Exit, concert! Doors open at 1:15 p.m. / Read more…



  • Walk, Run or Race Up Sugar Mountain at the 3rd Annual Summit Crawl on July 6


    July 4, 2019. Looking for a way to be active and spend time with your family? Run, walk or crawl your way to the summit at Sugar Mountain Resort is hosting their 3rd annual Summit Crawl on July 6. The Summit Crawl is a fun and competitive (if you want it to be) event via foot to the mountain’s 5,300’ peak where participants can find first aid and water stations sponsored by Lowes Foods. Once you’ve finished at the top, board the Summit Express and enjoy a relaxing and scenic ride back to the base. The event features a mass start on the gravel/dirt road directly in front of the base lodge at 10 a.m. The route follows Easy Street, Gunther’s Way and Northridge slopes and will be marked on event day. Kim Jochl says that “it’s tough, but it’s fun. You feel really good when you get to the top.” By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Celebrate Diversity and Explore the World Through Film with An Appalachian Summer Festival

    July 3, 2019. Seeking to broaden perspectives, celebrate diversity and explore the world at large, An Appalachian Summer Festival presents two film series that feature acclaimed films from around the world. The Young People’s Global Film Series will take young viewers and teens alike on adventures that expose them to varying cultures and lifestyles, and the Weicholz Global Film Series showcases award-winning and critically acclaimed foreign and independent films. / Read more…



  • An Appalachian Summer Festival Celebrates Arts Education Through Lectures and Workshops

    July 3, 2019. An Appalachian Summer Festival celebrates both the enjoyment and education found in of all forms of art. The festival, celebrating its 35th anniversary this season, is proud to welcome distinguished lecturers to speak at the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series and to announce the summer Visual Art Workshops, both of which are hosted by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. With ticket prices ranging from $5-$60, as well as several free events, An Appalachian Summer Festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets. / Read more…



  • Fourth of July Is Tomorrow, Add These Amazing Events to Your Calendar


    July 3, 2019. Fourth of July is here, bringing with it joy, patriotism and, of course, fireworks abound. On July 4th, 1776, the 13 colonies that now make up part of the United States claimed their independence from England. This year, July 4th will mark the beginning of the 243th year of our independence. Each year, entire communities gather together to celebrate this important day in our history. Entire cities stop almost completely for the day as parades take place, flags are placed on every corner, bands play patriotic music and people dress in the colors of our flag. This amazing day is tomorrow, and communities in the High Country are setting up for the fireworks and fun. By Hailey Blevins and Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Watauga Library Announces Two Free Musical Concerts, Upcoming on Saturdays in July


    July 2, 2019. The Watauga County Public Library in Downtown Boone is proud to announce two musical events which will be coming to the Library in July. On Saturday, July 6, the Library again is privileged to welcome classical guitarists Peter Fletcher for his annual visit. If you are in the area on the weekend following Independence Day, please plan to attend at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, and if you have visitors in town for the holiday weekend, please bring them along! Next, on Saturday, July 20, the Library welcomes Todd, North Carolina’s own The King Bees Blues duo for a special musical presentation and performance, “The Blues and History.” / Read more…



  • 18th Annual NC Blackberry Festival, July 12-13


    July 2, 2019. The 18th Annual NC Blackberry Festival will be taking place on July 12 and 13 this year in beautiful Downtown Lenoir, NC! The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Blackberry Summer Jam from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.  in Downtown Lenoir on July 12. Participate in the Blackberry Pageant beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by Gotcha Groove Band at 7:30 p.m.! Enjoy shopping at the vendor booths and be sure to participate in the Glow Run 5k and One Mile Fun Run organized by The Shelter Home of Caldwell County beginning at 8:30 p.m. Then be sure to return on July 13 as the festival fun continues from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. / Read more…



  • Come Visit the King Street Market This Tuesday for Fresh, Local Food and Fun Festivities!


    July 1, 2019. Join us at Boone’s weekday farmers’ market this Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. for our special Artisan Market Day where we will host additional craft and artisan vendors. The Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the King Street Market are excited to announce that the upcoming farmers’ market tomorrow is a special event that will celebrate local artists and creators that come once a month as additional vendors. Check out all the artwork and crafts for sale as you browse the King Street Market, supporting more local businesses. The King Street Market is a place where people of all ages can come and enjoy an afternoon connecting with local agricultural businesses, listening to local musicians, and celebrating local food! / Read more…



  • Town of Boone’s Jones House Hosts Big Summer Concert This Friday


    July 1, 2019. The Town of Boone continues the Summer Concerts at the Jones House Friday with performances by Michael Reno Harrell, Luke Mears Band, and Songs From The Road Band, starting at 5 p.m. With the 2019 series in full swing, the Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department heads into July with a slate full of Friday evening fun, including three acts for all of the month’s concerts. This Friday’s concert gets the busy month started with three excellent acts. The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free and open to the public. Concerts are held every Friday in June, July, and August, starting at 5 p.m., and they are held rain or shine. / Read more…



  • Big Crowd Expected in Bethel on July 4th For Another Big Blast


    July 1, 2019. The Bethel Blast is just a few days away, but preparations are already underway with much work to be done before the crowd winds its way into Bethel on Thursday for the 15th annual event. Among the biggest and best Independence Day celebrations for miles around, it all started as a 150th anniversary celebration for Bethel Baptist Church. Quickly evolving into a community outreach for a few hundred, it has since expanded each year to become an incredible event that now attracts between 3,000-4,000 people annually. Continuing as a project of the church, which has experienced significant growing pains since the outreach began, Pastor Charlie Martin said in an earlier interview that it was originally designed to bring the people of the community together for fellowship. Now, however, it involves the opportunity to share God’s love and the gospel message with thousands during the evening — through feeding the crowd, providing family-friendly entertainment and a fireworks display comparable to none. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage Latest Production “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” Begins This Weekend


    June 28, 2019. Ensemble Stage’s latest production is set to take a darker and more mysterious turn. The play, which will be showing from June 28 to July 6, is entitled I’ll Be Back Before Midnight and has been written by Peter Colley. I’ll Be Back Before Midnight will be focused on Jan, a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. The story follows her and her husband when they rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who enjoys telling gruesome ghost stories. However, when the husband’s strange sister arrives, the real frightening events begin to occur. “We usually have one show per season that is a suspense-thriller. The neat thing about this one is that it has some pretty good comedy involved in it too so it’s a show where you’re laughing one minute and scared the next, so it makes it really interesting,” said Artistic Director of Ensemble Stage, Gary Smith. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Lost Province Hosts Bryan Toney and Friends and Working Title Farm Featuring Radney Foster and Eric Erdman This Friday Night


    June 27, 2019. Lost Province is well-known locally for the quality of the live performances they regularly host, and this Friday’s stage is graced with the exceptional talents of country music giant Radney Foster, folk troubadour Eric Erdman, and Lost Province regulars Working Title Farm. Lost Province CEO/Owner Lynne Mason is excited to see Working Title Farm performing at the venue once again. “Last time it was so much fun. They all did some of their solo things and they played together. [Shari Smith] asked us if we would be ‘the place where travelling musicians could come and play’, and I said ‘Absolutely!’ So we have this nice informal arrangement with her to bring on guest musicians when they’re in the community. What amazes me is the number of people in our community that are aware of some of these musicians. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • This Summer, Beech Mountain Resort Adds Relaxed Recreation in Addition to More Exciting Activities


    June 27, 2019. Beech Mountain Resort has traditionally been known for its exhilarating ski slopes in the winter and its impressive system of mountain biking trails in the summer. While both of these programs offer lessons and separate areas for thrill-seekers of various experience levels and ages, the resort’s focus has been primarily on athletic forms of entertainment. This summer, however, the resort has upped their game with new, less demanding forms of recreation and relaxation, designed for slightly less intense family vacations. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Celebrate the 4th of July with the High Country


    June 26, 2019. On July 4th, 1776, the 13 colonies that now make up part of the United States claimed their independence from England. This year, July 4th will mark the beginning of the 243th year of our independence. Each year, entire communities gather together to celebrate this important day in our history. Entire cities stop almost completely for the day as parades take place, flags are placed on every corner, bands play patriotic music and people dress in the colors of our flag. This amazing day is just a week away, and communities in the High Country are counting down the days to fireworks and fun. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae FORUM Music Series Keeps Things Exciting with Dazzling Performances


    June 26, 2019. Lees-McRae College’s 40th year of the FORUM Music Series is exceeding expectations with the passion and skill of the acts that have performed so far. After the success of the performance by the ABBA tribute band, ABBAFAB, the Around the World in 88 Keys concert on June 24th similarly wowed audiences with the keyboard mastery of Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra. However, the FORUM Music Series still holds many exceptional talents in store for audiences this Summer. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Town of Newland and Other Avery County Municipalities and Communities to hold Independence Festivals and Celebrations


    June 26, 2019. The Town of Newland’s Celebrate Independence Day Festival will be held Saturday, July 6, at the town’s Riverwalk Park and Bandstand. There is no charge to attend the festival and all are welcome. A parade will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. at the town square and end at the old Lowes Food parking lot. Other 4th of July events in Avery include: The Cranberry 4th of July Parade and Celebration (June 29), Newland 4th of July Car Show (July 4), Banner Elk 4th of July Parade (July 4), Crossnore Independence Day Festivities (July 4), Spear and Plumtree 4th of July Parade (July 4), Elk Park 4th of July Parade (July 5) and Minneapolis Independence Day Celebration (July 6). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • World War II Veterans will be Recognized in the Boone 4th of July Parade

    June 26, 2019. The organizers of the Boone 4th of July parade have put out the call for World War II veterans in the community who would be willing to serve as the parade’s Grand Marshals this year. If you know a WWII veteran who might be interested, now is the time to reach out to them. The veterans will be honored at the forefront of the procession, where they will be seated in a separate vehicle. The idea to use the parade to thank the veterans originated with Veronica Johnson. “My dad is a WWII vet, and two years ago I just decided that, with everything they went through and sacrificed for us, they just need to be honored and recognized,” said Johnson, “so I entered them in the Blowing Rock and the Boone Parade.” By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Get “Grillin’ and Chillin’” on June 26 with Sugar Mountain’s Concerts on the Deck for 3rd Season


    June 25, 2019. The Sugar Mountain’s Concerts on the Deck mean a time for grillin’ and chillin’ on the deck at the Caddyshack Cafe. Enjoy the view from the mountain as you listen along to The King Bees (this Wednesday), the Rockabilly’s and the Smokin’ Joe Band at upcoming performances. The Caddyshack Cafe hosts the free Sugar Mountain Summer Concerts, giving the summer concerts the nickname “Grillin’ and Chillin’.” Each week features a different menu with the different bands. Meals may include from grilled hamburgers and hotdogs to roast pork loins to meatloaf. The meals are buffet style for $12 and include main meal, a side and a drink. Dinner is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and the bands play from 6-9 p.m. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Michael Joslin to Present Lecture on Latest Book During Lees-McRae College Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Tomorrow


    June 25, 2019. Based on his latest book, Mountain Summer: A Personal Journey through the Season of Appalachia, award-winning photographer and writer Michael Joslin will present a lecture Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelton Learning Commons on the campus of Lees-McRae. The presentation, which will take attendees through our mountains’ bountiful summer season, is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Bayou Smokehouse and Grill’s 6th Annual “Concerts in the Courtyard” Series Promises Memorable Tuesday Nights


    June 25, 2019. 2019’s “Concerts in the Courtyard” series is off to a particularly strong start. According to the grill’s General Manager, Lee Ammann “This year’s been the best start to any year we’ve had – usually the first few weeks are a little slower. This year, the 2nd week we had a great turnout; the deck was full and the lawn was full. We encourage everybody to come out early, because we will fill up fast.” Performers in a variety of genres will be playing at the concerts, from reggae to jazz to rock to blues to surf music. “We usually try to get going between 6 and 6:30, depending on the band and how far they have to travel. The music generally runs until about 9 o’clock depending on the crowd. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Mountain Home Music Continues to Present the Finest Appalachian Performers at “Grass and Brass” 4th of July Show


    June 24, 2019. Mountain Home Music was created by Joe Shannon in 1994 as a way to celebrate the talents of the many skilled musicians he’d come into contact with over the years, and to expose audiences to Appalachian music and culture. Over the course of its 26 year history, the organization has gone through several name changes, produced over 250 concerts, hosted over 800 Appalachian performers, and, in 2002, were awarded non-profit status. If you have an interest in appreciating the skilled musicians of Appalachia in a listener-friendly environment, the 4th of July show at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium will feature the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and the King Street Brass band. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • 2019’s Todd Summer Music Series Presents Promising Newcomers and Fan Favorites


    June 24, 2019. Todd, NC’s annual Summer Music Series will be hosting five more free concerts at Cook Memorial Park this summer. Visitors to historic downtown Todd can attend concerts by The Lucky Strikes (June 29), King Bees (July 4), Wayne Henderson & Friends (July 13), The Tillers (July 27) and Cane Mill Road (August 10). With the exception of the special July 4th performance by King Bees – which will take place around 11:30 a.m., after the 11 a.m. Todd Liberty Parade – all of the concerts will be held from 6-8 p.m. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • The Jeff Little Trio Returns to Avery County Saturday Night for a Concert in Pineola


    June 24, 2019. Jeff Little’s appearance in Avery County last year was such a huge hit, the folks at Mountaineer Equipment in Pineola decided to invite him back to perform once again, much to the delight of their friends and neighbors. The Jeff Little Trio, which currently includes Steve Lewis and Luke Little, Jeff’s son, will be featured in a special indoor concert on Saturday, June 29 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mountaineer Equipment event center. Near the Blue Ridge Parkway and a short drive from anywhere in the High Country, this venue offers a unique opportunity that will be enjoyed by the entire family. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • SAHA Performs “Horn in the West” for 68th Season; Opening Night is Friday, June 21st


    June 21, 2019. The 68th Season of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association production of Kermit Hunter’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West”, is set to begin this Friday. The production is the longest-running Revolutionary War outdoor drama in the country, and this year’s performances will make improvements on the tried-and-true formula of the show. While the drama’s musical numbers have traditionally been sung a cappella, the addition of instruments to this Summer’s performances puts a new twist on the songs. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • 9th Annual Doc Watson Day Celebration Friday


    June 17, 2019. The ninth annual Doc Watson Day Celebration takes place at the Jones House Friday, June 21, starting at 4:00 p.m., featuring performances by Brooks Forsyth, Charles Welch, the Burnett Sisters, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Crouch, and The Jeff Little Trio. In 2011, Mayor Loretta Clawson declared the third Friday in June as Doc Watson Day, and the downtown statue of Watson picking his guitar on a bench was unveiled. Watson attended and gave one of his final performances in Boone, passing away the following spring. / Read more…



  • Wahoo Adventures Hosts A Day of River Tubing and Outdoor Fun at Float Fest on June 23


    June 17, 2019. Wahoo’s Adventures will be holding its annual Float Fest June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which includes a day of tubing in the New River and camping the night before and day of. Float Fest is a BYOB event and will take participants on a 3-hour leisurely float that loops and ends where it began. The water is knee-deep at some parts and waist-deep at others in this “slow-moving, natural mountain stream” as General Manager Jim Roberts said. The event will start at 10 a.m. with tubing and continue until 2 p.m. with live music from The King Bees, a blues band. Staff member Katrinka Walsh, who has sung blues all around the world, will also be giving her first performance at this event. By Laura Boaggio / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage of Banner Elk Premieres “The Tortoise vs. the Hare 2: This Time, It’s Personal”


    June 20, 2019. Ensemble Stage Theatre, located in Banner Elk, is planning to put a fresh spin on an old classic tale with the premiere of a new play. Aimed towards a younger audience and presently set to have its first showing on June 22, Ensemble will present the creative re-telling of The Tortoise and the Hare entitled, “The Tortoise vs. the Hare 2: This Time, It’s Personal” by Sean Abley. The play not only tells the story of how the slow-and-steady Tortoise beat the overly-confident Hare but also focuses on their great-grandkids, Ro-Shell the tortoise and Jack Rabbit the bunny, who are talked into a rematch to settle old scores. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Shagging at the Blowing Rock Returns This Saturday for 3rd Year


    June 19, 2019. The Blowing Rock Attraction is hosting its third annual Shagging at the Rock on June 22. This day will be dedicated to the appreciation and enjoyment of a dance known as shagging, a Carolina dance that derivatives from the Jitterbug and the Charleston. “The dance became highly popular in Southern states such as North and South Carolina as well as parts of Georgia,” said Charlie Sellers, mayor of Blowing Rock and general manager of the Blowing Rock Attraction. Shagging at the Rock will have four three bands playing, which will include Silk Groove, the Holiday Band and Wayne Euliss as Elvis, in addition to The Tams. Gates for this rain-or-shine event open at 8:30 a.m., and the music is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m at The Blowing Rock on Highway 321 South. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Michael Combs and The Cockman Family Enjoy Long History with Singing on the Mountain


    June 19, 2019. It has always been considered a “rite of passage” when speakers and musicians are invited to participate at Singing On The Mountain, one of the south east’s premiere summer events. But, when you are invited back year after year, it becomes part of the family tradition for which the event has been known for nearly a century. On Sunday, June 23, as hundreds make their way to MacRae Meadows in the shadows of Grandfather Mountain near Linville — often considered “the singing grounds” — many will admit that they return for two good reasons: Michael Combs and The Cockman Family. According to the folks behind the scenes, these two entertainment headliners truly are among the reasons why Singing on the Mountain continues to draw crowds back, time after time. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • 35th Season of An Appalachian Summer Festival Opens June 29 with Ben Folds and the Winston-Salem Symphony


    June 19, 2019. An Appalachian Summer Festival celebrates its milestone 35th anniversary season with a buzzworthy lineup of live performances and special events. The 2019 Schaefer Popular Series includes a diverse array of artists and musical talents, guaranteed to delight audiences of all backgrounds. The 2019 performances include: Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Patti LaBelle, Chris Botti, Lily Tomlin, Punch Brothers and The Temptations. The closest upcoming performance is Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony on June 29. The performance will be at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. / Read more…



  • Holy Cross Episcopal Church Rummage Sale Returns July 19 and 20

    June 19, 2019. After taking a year off to catch their breath, the women of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis are holding another rummage sale on July 19 and 20, 2019. Overflowing all of the floor space in the parish hall located beside the stone church with the red door on NC Highway 194 in Valle Crucis, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20. Having learned from past sales what the shoppers want, the 2019 rummage sale will feature crafts, kitchen wares, toys, seasonal decorations, garden goods, linens, home decorating items, books and jewelry. / Read more…



  • Horse Helpers of the High Country’s 15th Anniversary Concert and Dance Party, Featuring Melissa Reaves, Jeff Sipe, Masa Takhashi and John Ray on June 25


    June 19, 2019. Horse Helpers invites members of the High Country Community to celebrate the organization’s 15th Anniversary on June 25 from 7-10 p.m. Put on your dancing chaps, stick some rhinestones to your boots, and join us for an “Intergalactic Gitdown” concert and out-of-this-world dance party featuring Melissa Reaves, Jeff Sipe, Masa Takhashi, and John Ray. They will be jamming all evening at The Beacon in Boone, 125 Graduate Lane, off N.C. 105. Tickets are $15 at the door with a cash bar. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Horse Helpers of the High Country. Horse Helpers’ mission is to be a voice for and to protect all equine through equine rescue, education, and advocacy and to establish and inspire positive human-animal bonds. / Read more…



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