• 60+ Breweries, Food, Live Music, and More Highlight 12th Annual High Country Beer Fest in Boone on August 24


    August 22, 2019. Craft beer lovers and brewers will gather in Boone to celebrate the 12th annual High Country Beer Fest on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at the High Country Fairgrounds. Summer’s coolest event will feature more than 60 breweries, live music, local craft food, and educational seminars — all served up in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. High Country Beer Fest showcases the best of locally crafted beers, as well as beers and ciders from craft and micro-breweries from across the region and the country. The event takes place at the High Country Fairgrounds, 784 Roby Greene Road, Boone, NC.  / Read more…



  • Tweetsie Railroad Invites Railroad Enthusiasts to Railroad Heritage Weekend, August 24-25


    August 22, 2019. History buffs and train enthusiasts are invited to unite for a weekend-long event to celebrate the golden age of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC), as well as Tweetsie Railroad’s historic, narrow gauge, steam locomotives on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, 2019 at Tweetsie Railroad theme park. “As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ET&WNC being extended to Boone, N.C. in 1919, locomotive No. 190 will pull an 1870s vintage coach car on non-stop trips around the mountain to recreate historic trains from the narrow-gauge ET&WNC Railroad,” said Cathy Robbins, director of marketing for Tweetsie Railroad. “Meanwhile, the No. 12 locomotive will pull a separate train taking riders on a Wild West adventure. Sunday morning is the only day each year when Tweetsie Railroad features a “doubleheader” as locomotives No. 12 and No. 190 are combined to pull the train. Railroad Heritage Weekend will also include special exhibits, demonstrations, and tours of the park’s unique on-site locomotive repair shop.” / Read more…



  • Indie Rock Group Arson Daily to Have Homecoming Performance at The Local on September 7


    August 21, 2019. Arson Daily is a three-piece indie rock group made up of three Appalachian State alumni: Zach Dunham, vocalist/guitarist, Quincy Platt, bassist, and Adam McLean, drummer. Arson Daily will be returning to the High Country to perform at The Local next month with Dead Swells on Saturday, September 7 at 10:30 p.m. The cover charge for the show will be five dollars. Arson Daily was previously signed to App State’s record label, Split Rail Records, which has signed acts such as Rainbow Kitten Surprise and River Whyless. This will be a homecoming show for the trio as their last performance near App State was nearly a full year ago. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Professor of Biology Stewart Skeate to Present Keynote Speech During Annual Convocation Event on August 22


    August 21, 2019. Convocation, which will take place in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 3:30 p.m., will feature Professor of Biology Stewart Skeate and his speech titled, “A Tale of Two Times and Places.” A traditional celebration marking the start of a new academic year, Convocation centers on keynote speakers such as notable alumni, faculty, or staff. His talk will focus on the similarities and differences of his academic journey with the experiences of current Lees-McRae students, while emphasizing the effect a college’s location can have on the education of students. Skeate earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, before earning his master’s in biology at California State University and his doctorate in biology at the University of Florida / Read more…



  • Noyes Capehart Exhibition Showing Through September 7 at The Art Cellar Gallery


    August 21, 2019. Beginning August 20 and showing through September 7, you can experience Noyes Capehart’s musings through his new exhibition, “Visual Reflections”. This show will feature the artist’s newest works as well as a glimpse into his past through imagery and the written word. Throughout our lives there are certain thoughts, images and ideas that seem to follow us. This is common place for most people, unlike most people however, artists think to record these images and ideas that keep worming their way into everyday thoughts. Noyes Capehart paints and writes his recollections, creating a visual catalog of imagery and thoughts that span decades. / Read more…



  • All Women. Two Wheels. One Community: 4th Annual Cowbelle Classic Women’s Cycling Event This Saturday


    August 21, 2019. Just a few more spots remain for those wishing to participate in the 4th Annual Cowbelle Classic, happening this Saturday, August 24. Now recognized as one of the area’s premiere events specifically for women, this unique cycling event has gathered a lot of attention and has received overwhelming response since its start in 2016. According to event organizers, four routes have been created to meet the needs of all riders this year, with each route beginning and ending at Old Cove Creek School. Participants may choose the 15, 20, 35 or 64-mile route, allowing beginning through advanced riders to decide on their level of ability and skill.. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Ashe County Literature Festival Author Spotlight – Diane Chamberlain Featured on September 21


    August 21, 2019. On September 17th, the Ashe Country Literature Festival will be featuring a number of prominent authors performing readings and lectures, as well as free workshops available to the public via pre-registration. One of these featured authors includes New York Times Bestselling Author, Diane Chamberlain, who has had twenty-six books published in over twenty different languages. In a variety of these works, including her last three, she chose to utilize North Carolina’s diverse environment either as the primary location where the story is to take place such as The Stolen Marriage, or a secondary location apart from the main setting which holds significant value in some way, as in Pretending to Dance. Her latest, The Dream Daughter, incorporates themes of magical realism with staunch elements of mystery, conspiracy, and suspense. The book was released in 2018 and begins taking place in 1960’s Chapel Hill, North Carolina, although the novel itself extends to an array of places within the state, primarily the Outer Banks. It follows the story of a young widowed mother who lost her husband to the Vietnam War, and shortly after is forced to deal with her child’s critical medical problems through unconventional methods.. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Celebrating Rachel Deal: Benefit Luncheon for the Avery County Humane Society on August 22


    August 21, 2019. The community is invited to pay tribute to Rachel Deal at a luncheon to be held in her honor on Thursday, August 22 at Stonewalls Restaurant in Banner Elk. Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will benefit the Avery County Humane Society (ACHS). Sometimes referred to as “The Mother of Avery County,” Deal has given a lifetime of volunteer service, advocating for animals, children, women, education, medical care and seniors. She will celebrate her 90th birthday in November. Deal is a past recipient The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina to individuals who have demonstrated years of extraordinary service to the state. She was one of the charter members of the Senior Tar Heel Legislature, an organization promoting aging issues before the North Carolina General Assembly. By Jan Todd / Read more…



  • “Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina” Featured During the Fall Exhibition Celebration at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum on August 23


    August 20, 2019. The Cone sisters’ art collection has become renowned worldwide for both its content and the character of its collectors. Those interested will now have a chance to view some of their works and collection at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, from Aug. 3 to Nov. 30, 2019. The Museum’s seasonal Exhibition Celebration for the fall season will be held on Friday, August 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Fall Exhibition Celebration will feature “Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina” as one of the three exhibitions being celebrated that night; the other two featured exhibitions are “Modern Visions, Mountain Views: The Cones of Flat Top Manor” and “Southern Strands: North Carolina Fiber Art”. Hors-d’oeuvres, drinks, and music will be offered throughout the evening during the Exhibition Celebration. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • American Realist Painter Jason Drake Hosting Artist’s Reception for His New Exhibition at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery on August 24


    August 20, 2019. Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery is currently exhibiting over 20 new paintings by renowned American realist painter Jason Drake until August 31. The gallery of Drake’s works, called “Reflections of Home”, showcases the most recent paintings created by Drake in anticipation of the exhibition. This Saturday, August 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jason Drake will be present at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery to host an artist’s reception for his exhibition. Drake emphasized that everyone is welcome to attend the gallery reception on Saturday to have an opportunity to experience the exhibition full of his latest efforts; he also stated that he would like to share this gratifying experience with as many people as possible! “I urge you to come out on Saturday night because there will not be a selection of my paintings on display like this for quite a while,” said Drake. 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



  • Town of Seven Devils to Celebrate 40th Anniversary this Friday with a Full Day of Events


    August 20, 2019. This year marks the 40th year in existence for the town of Seven Devils, first becoming an incorporated town in 1979. Town residents and visitors are invited out to attend an all-day celebration of Seven Devils that will include unveiling the new town hall as well as some delicious food and great music. “The town council and staff are very excited about the upcoming 40th-anniversary celebration of the town of Seven Devils,” said town manager Debbie Powers. “What a great way to move forward into the next 40 years by dedicating our new town hall at 157 Seven Devils Road.” The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new town hall will be at 10 a.m. with Mayor Larry Fontaine handling the event. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Soul Rock Band DownTown Abby & The Echoes Returning to the High Country August 24 at Boone Saloon


    August 20, 2019. Asheville-based soul rock band DownTown Abby & The Echoes will return to the High Country this Saturday, August 24th for a night of original music at Boone Saloon. This Saturday will mark the first performance of the fall season for the band of Appalachian State University alumni. Since the band’s last performances in the area last month, DownTown Abby & The Echoes has picked up significant traction in the Southeast music scene and has been named winner of the FloydFest 19 On-the-Rise Competition. DTA&E is also headed to the studio early next month to record its first full-length album of southern-tinged soul originals. / Read more…



  • Folk Trio Odd & Even to Perform at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on August 25


    August 20, 2019. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets this Sunday, August 25th at 3 pm when the folk trio Odd and Even brings their blend of acoustic folk and Americana music for the next Summer Concert at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. The concert will be on the front lawn, weather permitting, or move inside in case of rain. Odd and Even features Ashley Wright (“Earleine”) on guitar, Brandon Holder on upright bass, and Lauren Hayworth on banjo and accordion, with all three weaving tight vocal harmonies throughout their musical story-telling.  This unique group offers both original tunes and roots-music standards for a family-friendly summer afternoon of music. / Read more…



  • The Tour de Art Featuring Artist Andrew Braitman at Carlton Gallery on August 24


    August 20, 2019. The Tour de Art, a coalition of galleries and artists’ studios, is Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These Tours are held on the fourth Saturday, June through November with yellow signs marking the venues and maps are available at the gallery. For this Tour de Art Andrew Braitman plans an Art Talk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He plans a discussion on beauty and substance in his creative process. He states, “these characteristics are more outstanding in my paintings than mere narrative based content”. Braitman’s “Edge of Brilliance by Evolution” exhibition which can be viewed through September 15 consists of over twenty-five paintings ranging from 10” x 8” to 66” x 33”. His paintings project his brilliant color combinations and compositions which make his work very powerful and dramatic. He paints Mother Nature’s beauty along with a composed balance of elements to bring life and signature to his work. / Read more…



  • Jones House Summer Concert Bringing Bluegrass Favorites to the Stage on August 23


    August 20, 2019. Bluegrass lovers, along with any fans of good music, are in for a treat this Friday, August 23, as the Summer Concert Series at the Jones House continues with another free concert at 5:00pm. The Town of Boone is delighted to have Cane Mill Road and Hank, Pattie, & the Current take the Jones House stage. This week’s performers stay true to their bluegrass roots, but both acts add a little bit of modern spice – and whole lot of energy – to this traditional genre. First up on the stage will be local favorites Cane Mill Road, whose members are natives of the Blue Ridge. Closing the concert on Friday will be Hank, Pattie & the Current, bringing their signature soulgrass sound to the stage. / Read more…



  • Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music to Present The Burnett Sisters Band on August 27


    August 19, 2019. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music will present Boone’s own, The Burnett Sisters Band, in concert on Tuesday, August 27th as a part of its special 2019 Matinee Series! The show takes place at 2:00pm at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone! As with all JSMHM matinees, this is a non-ticketed, “Pay as You Exit Concert” – if you enjoy the show, we ask for a $10 donation on your way out! Ranging from ages 12 to 22, The Burnett Sisters Band consists of four siblings who create a unique blend of music in the folk, old-time, and bluegrass traditions. / Read more…



  • David Ramseur Speaking at High Country Writers Association on August 29


    August 19, 2019. On August 29th, the High Country Writers Association will be featuring political aide and writer, David Ramseur, author of Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, as well as decades of reporting on Russian-Alaskan cultural intertwining. Ramseur serves as the Chairman for the Anchorage World Affairs Council, and beginning in 1986, worked as press secretary, communications director, chief of staff, and foreign policy advisor to Alaskan Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles, as well as the Mayor of Anchorage Mark Begich. / Read more…



  • Annual Valle Crucis Community Park Auction to be Held on August 24


    August 19, 2019. The Valle Crucis Community Park will hold its annual auction on Saturday, August 24 at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis. Among the items to be auctioned are hand-crafted furniture, paintings, stained glass, gift certificates for local businesses, and much more. A featured item at this year’s auction is a six-day resort stay in Belize. Attendees can purchase breakfast and preview auction items beginning at 8:30 am, with live bidding starting at 9:30. There will also be a number of silent auction items available. / Read more…



  • Hundreds Expected for TubeFest Saturday, Aug. 24: Annual Fundraiser for Green Valley Park


    August 19, 2019. There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day — while supporting a local park —than participating in the upcoming TubeFest at Green Valley Community Park. It all happens on Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the pastoral community park on the New River, just a short drive from Boone. Hundreds of folks, young and old alike, are expected to converge upon the picturesque site for the annual fundraising event that grows in popularity each year. For just $10, patrons can float down the historic New River for an hour, relaxing and having a blast in tubes, making memories with family and friends to last a lifetime. Tubes and a shuttle ride are included in the cost. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Fun Week of Events Coming Up to Support Blowing Rock Community Foundation


    August 16, 2019. The 34th annual Community Foundation Days are officially underway in Blowing Rock with events happening from now through Friday, August 30 all in an effort to support the Blowing Rock Community Foundation. The events officially started on Friday with bridge Game Day and will continue on Saturday with the Golf Scramble at the Blowing Rock Country Club. The golf event registration is already full. Plenty of events coming up still have registration space, including the wildly popular Groovy Nights parties on Sunday, August 25, Tuesday, August 27 and Friday, August 30. Registration for Groovy Nights is $35. Tennis, croquet, and pickleball are all set for next Saturday, August 24. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort and Midwood Entertainment Present Moe. on August 24


    August 15, 2019. The preeminent progressive rock band known as moe., will be taking to the High Country at Beech Mountain Resort on Aug. 24, 2019. Presented by Midwood Entertainment, the band’s career has spanned over the course of 30 years while they have put out more than 20 albums. The resort is oftentimes recognized for its outdoor ski slopes in the winter as well as other outdoor recreational activities in the winter, such as tubing and roller skating. However, live music has become a welcome addition to their expansion. The quintet of moe. consists of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on drums. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



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


    August 15, 2019. The third annual James H. Fisher International Grand Prix is changing its event location for this year’s competition; the L.M. Tate Show Grounds in the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve of Blowing Rock was chosen as the new location for the charity-focused Grand Prix, which will occur on September 21 at 2:00 p.m. The past two Grand Prix events were held in Marshall, NC near Asheville. The Grand Prix is being moved to Blowing Rock this year because of the uniqueness and charm of the community, the deep tradition of horse sports ingrained in the region, the large amount of support for local charities shown by community members, and the availability of the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve as a historic facility perfectly suited to host the Grand Prix event. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Boone Native Willa Finck of the Forget-Me-Nots Returns to Boone to Perform with Folk-Art Band Copper Hill on August 18


    August 15, 2019. Boone native ​Willa Finck will be performing with her folk-art band, Copper Hill, in the Bishop Johnson Hall at the Valle Crucis Conference Center on August 18th at 4:00​ ​pm. Copper Hill is making an overdue stop in Boone to promote their recently released debut album “Once Around the Sun.” About the album, a reviewer for the Rochester (NY) CITY Newspaper wrote, “Once Around the Sun” is an odyssey of upbeat, whirling reels and fruitful ballads with melancholic, modal twists.” / Read more…



  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Open 2019-20 “The Schaefer Center Presents…” Performing Arts Series on September 27


    August 15, 2019. Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, “The Schaefer Center Presents…” kicks off its 2019-20 season with a high-energy concert by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The show is being held in conjunction with ASU’s annual Family Weekend, which offers three days of an array of special events for students and their families. Tickets to Preservation Hall Jazz Band go on sale August 19th at 9am at the Schaefer Center Box Office or online at theschaefercenter.org. For more information, visit theschaefercenter.org or call 828-262-4046. / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage to Begin Its Production of Cybele May’s “The Redeemer” on Friday August 16


    August 14, 2019. Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk, N.C. will be beginning its production schedule of Cybele May’s suspense-drama “The Redeemer” on Friday, August 16th at 7:30 p.m. with a sold out opening night. Performances will be held in the Hahn Auditorium at the Banner Elk Cultural Arts Center, 185 Azalea Circle. Gary Smith, Artistic Director of Ensemble Stage, is proud to present this rendition of Cybele May’s “The Redeemer” to the local community and emphasized the unique sensibilities that make the production so interesting. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Benefit Concert For Yellow Mountain Enterprises Featuring Singing Impressionist Conner Lorre To Be Held Saturday, August 17 at Lees-McRae College


    August 14, 2019. A Benefit Concert for Yellow Mountain Enterprises featuring famous Singing Impressionist Conner Lorre will be held Saturday, August 17th at 7:00 pm in the Hayes Auditorium at Lees McRae College (191 Main Street West) in Banner Elk. Lorre is a world class singing impressionist who travels nationwide captivating audiences with his critically acclaimed Variety of Legends and Neil Diamond Tribute shows. He has performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, where he received standing ovations. Lorre features stunningly accurate voice impressions of the most legendary singers of our time: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Frankie Valli, John Denver, Barry Manilow, Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Michael Buble, and, his specialty, Neil Diamond. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Soul Sets the Stage at Jones House on August 16 with Shelby Rae Moore Band and Fwuit


    August 14, 2019. This Friday, August 16, at 5:00pm the Town of Boone is gearing up for a pair of soulful acts performing at the Jones House as a part of the Summer Concert Series. Returning favorites, the Shelby Rae Moore Band and Fwuit will take over the Jones House porch for the evening to perform a playlist of crowd-pleasing covers and originals. Opening the show of Friday will be the Shelby Rae Moore Band, performing a mix of country, rock, and rhythm and blues standards. Closing out the evening’s concert will be Asheville-based band Fwuit. / Read more…



  • Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair Celebrating 27 Years; Runs Sept. 4 to Sept. 7


    August 14, 2019. For 27 years, the Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair has been a mainstay among the North Carolina High Country’s most popular celebrations and festivities. It is a family-oriented event known for the preservation of the mountain heritage that has long been a way of life for people Avery County and throughout the entire High Country. Focused on the education and enjoyment of our children, the fair also reminds us all of how agriculture and horticulture have played a major part in our communities throughout generations. Thanks to the cooperation of Avery County and the community members who volunteer to operate it, this year’s fair runs from Wednesday, September 4 through Saturday, September 7. It will be the second consecutive year that it will be hosted out of the Heritage Park property since the completion of the county’s new agriculture building on the site. Heritage Park is located at 661 Vale Road in Newland, which is approximately one-half mile behind the Ingles Markets Grocery Store. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery to Hold Open House on August 17; Everyone’s Invited


    August 14, 2019. Anvil Arts Sculpture Garden & Gallery is having an August Open House this Saturday the 17th and everyone’s invited. Join Sculptor Bill Brown for Coffee & Sweets during a casual studio talk starting at 10:30. Bill will share his explorations and inspirations for his work, and will even turn on the “Big Hammer” as he talks about some of the physical process of creating. Brown’s steel sculptures are created with a variety of techniques but his use of heavy forging skills to manipulate the materials are something that his work is known for. One of the tools he uses to shape the materials includes a five ton air hammer that he uses for forging heavy steel materials.  Brown develops a rich tactile surface in much of his work that challenges many expectations for metal sculpture.  The work on exhibit includes large scale and mid size outdoor pieces as well as smaller interior works. Brown’s sculpture will be on display throughout the open lawn and garden, as well as in the gallery and works in progress in the studio as well.  / Read more…



  • First Annual Sculpture Walk at Chetola Resort Exceeded Expectations This Past Weekend with Over 2000 Attendees


    August 9, 2019. The first annual Sculpture Walk at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock was a resounding success this past weekend with over 2000 people attending the events held from August 9 to August 11. Chetola Resort’s lakeside setting provided the perfect outdoor venue for the Sculpture Walk; 60 sculptors from around the country, even from as far as Puerto Rico, gathered at Chetola Resort this past weekend to showcase their sculptures around Chetola Lake. The sculptures were on display throughout the weekend and Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler, distinguished juror and retired CEO and Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, chose several winners out of the competitors displaying their artworks to receive cash prizes. Sculptors were present at the event to answer questions about their artwork and all proceeds from the event benefited the sculptors. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Weather Shaping Up to be Terrific for P.B. Scott’s Roundup This Sunday in Blowing Rock


    August 13, 2019. Around 200 pre-sale tickets have been purchased for this Sunday’s inaugural P.B. Scott’s Roundup in the parking lot of Twigs in Blowing Rock, the location where the famous P.B. Scott’s building used to be. “Ray’s Weather has really hooked us up for this weekend,” laughed Jean Travers, who is one of many former P.B. Scott’s fans that decided to organize this event. “It’s going to be beautiful this weekend!” Two bands that played at the original P.B. Scott’s location will be back to play some of their favorite tunes. Sidewinder will get the afternoon started before Nantucket takes the stage as the headlining act. Parking for the event will be in part of the Twigs lot as well as the ABC Store, United Community Bank, Keith’s Exxon and the empty lot that used to be the Scotchman gas station on Valley Boulevard. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • First Annual Avery County High School Reunion Set for October 26

    August 13, 2019. Did you attend or graduate from Avery County High School? Would you like to reconnect with former classmates and friends? Would you like to visit with old friends in other classes? Then the First Annual Avery County High School Reunion is for you! The three schools that consolidated to form ACHS (Newland High, Crossnore High, and Cranberry High) have had annual reunions for many years. Avery County High School has been in existence now for 50 years and there has never been an annual reunion for all classes. Big plans are underway for this first reunion to take place on Saturday, October 26, which is the next day after Avery’s Homecoming Celebration. The reunion will take place in the ACHS Gym and the doors will open for fun and visiting at 1:30 p.m. Danica Goodman, Class of 2000, is spearheading the effort to establish an annual reunion for ACHS.  / Read more…



  • St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church Annual Choir Concert Happening on August 17


    August 13, 2019. In a respite from these troubled times, the choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church presents “Keep Watch: Seeking Kindness in Today’s World” on Saturday, August 17th, at 5:30 pm in the nave of the church. Patterned on the familiar Lessons and Carols of the Advent season, this free concert will feature readings and music that focus on the themes of loss, social justice, love, and kindness. The music includes Carissimi’s Plorate filii Israel (Weep, children of Israel), Barber’s Sure on this Shining Night, Gjeilo’s Ubi caritas (Where Charity and Love are), and Carly Simon’s uplifting anthem Let the River Run / Read more…



  • Blue Bear Mountain Music Festival to Feature Legendary Jamgrassers Acoustic Syndicate from September 5 to 7


    August 13, 2019. When it comes to autumn music festivals, there is no more beautiful venue in the western North Carolina High Country than Blue Bear Mountain Campground. Located on 155 acres near both Boone and Todd, NC, with teepees, hiking trails, awesome views and a main stage built in a natural amphitheater on the grounds, the Blue Bear Mountain Music Festival is set again for September 5 – 7, 2019. Along with a great lineup of live music surrounded by green mountains and vistas, you will be able to get an even more magnificent view of the N.C. High Country with tethered hot air balloon rides being offered by the Blue Bear Mountain Music Festival this year. / Read more…



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