• Community Spirit with Holiday Cheer at Carlton Gallery this Saturday, December 14 from 10 to 5


    December 13, 2019. Gallery owner/artist, Toni Carlton, invites everyone to start the season of Love and Light by visiting the gallery to view the engaging art in paintings, glass, sculpture, wood, clay, fiber and jewelry while enjoying hot cider or tea. A 10% discount will be offered on all Art Treasures on Saturday December 14. Paintings reflecting the beauty and serenity of the landscape by Freeman Beard, Egidio Antonaccio, Linda Apriletti, Kevin Beck, Connie Winters, Holly Glasscock,  Sharon Rusch Shaver, Carol Bodiford, Allison Chambers, Andrew Braitman, Eddie Kent Tallent and Ralph James, along with alcohol ink paintings by Leigh Williams are some of the many artworks on exhibit. Small Works of Art are a focus for this 37th Winter Group Exhibition. They can be found in all media by the talented gallery artisans. / Read more…



  • Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock Presents Its Annual Festival of Lights Open to the Public


    December 13, 2019. On Friday, Nov. 29 at dusk, Chetola once again transformed into a magical winter wonderland as thousands of lights illuminate the resort and its grounds. All the familiar faces return — the fly fishing Rudolph, the old-fashioned ice skaters and our frozen family of snowmen who greet guests winding their way through the welcome gate. Thousands of people make the annual trek around the resort each year to enjoy this spectacular display, a labor of love courtesy of our Grounds Department, a talented crew that spends approximately 275 hours hanging lights and erecting each design. We hope you enjoy this year’s display! Approximately thirty large scale illuminations light up Chetola nightly running through the end of Blowing Rock Winterfest, January 24-27, 2019. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Jones House Annual Christmas Parade Returning to Downtown Boone Tomorrow Dec. 14


    December 13, 2019. The annual Christmas Parade in downtown Boone will be held tomorrow, December 14, beginning at 11:00 a.m. to bring the holiday spirit to the High Country once again. “It’s a great tradition we have,” said Mark Freed, Cultural Resources Director for the Jones House, “It’s a fun experience that you can only get when you live in a small town like Boone that has a community who likes to get out and celebrate! We always have strong support from our civic organizations, our schools, and the nonprofit organizations in the community. We’re hoping for good weather, but either way, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a winter afternoon with us in the mountains!” Santa Claus will also be coming down from the North Pole to attend the downtown Christmas parade, have a meet-and-greet with families, and ask children to tell him their Christmas requests at the Mast General Store. After the Christmas parade, guests are welcome to stop by the Jones House to enjoy hot cider or hot chocolate and enjoy the art being exhibited in the Jones House gallery. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Division of Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input on Elk Knob Master Plan Dec. 17


    December 12, 2019. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on the Elk Knob State Park Master Plan currently being developed. When finalized, the master plan will be a 20-year plan that covers the entire state park. Elk Knob State Park began as a state natural area in 2003 and became a state park in 2008; the park encompasses over 4,200 acres spanning Watauga and Ashe counties and is sited within the Amphibolite Mountains, an ecological hotspot of global significance. A drop-in style open house meeting will be held Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Optimist Park Clubhouse, located at 1012 State Farm Road in Boone. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and can expect to spend 20-30 minutes to review, discuss, and comment on amenities and recreational priorities for the park and provide other feedback. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Watauga Community Band Presents Christmas Concert December 15th at Watauga High School


    December 12, 2019. December 15th, the Watauga Community Band Christmas Concert will begin at 5 until about 6 P.M. at the Watauga High School auditorium. The band’s director, Bill Winkler, will conduct the band in a variety of Christmas music, both religious and secular.  Selections include A Canadian Brass Christmas, arranged by Luther Henderson, Celtic Carol, arranged by Robert W. Smith, and The Bells of Christmas, by Robert Longfield.  Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride will also be featured. “We have the challenge every year as we try to do the Christmas concert from Mother Nature and Appalachian football games, but it looks like this year, as long as the school schedule doesn’t get crunched, we’ll be able to play over at the high school, so we’re looking forward to that,” said Steve Frank, another of the of the band’s directors commented. “It’s a great venue, the school has a great auditorium and we’ve done several things in conjunction with the high school over the last few years.” By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • SugarFest Returns to Sugar Mountain for the 17th Consecutive Year this Weekend


    December 11, 2019. Ski Conditions are improving almost hourly as temperatures remain cold enough to continue making snow in preparation for SugarFest at Sugar Mountain this upcoming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “It’s an official kickoff to winter where we bring a lot of fun things together and encourage people to come up and get things started for the ski season,” says Kim Jochl, the Vice-President and Director of Marketing at Sugar Mountain Resort. SugarFest, which has been held each year since 2003, will kick off on Friday with the annual preseason ski clinic that will feature United States Olympian Andrew Weibrecht for the second straight year. The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. The ski clinic also takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and again from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • “A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas” Holiday Show Brings New Holiday Tradition to the High Country Dec. 13-14


    December 11, 2019. Local Precision dance troupe The Carolina Snowbelles are headed to the newly renovated Appalachian Theatre to debut their renowned holiday show on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14 at 3:00 p.m. The Carolina Snowbelles aim to create a new holiday tradition in downtown Boone with their production of A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas this weekend; the 22-member dance troupe has been rehearsing this 90 minute show since August – their most ambitious and comprehensive performance to date. A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas will feature precision tap and jazz, vocal performance, and ballet, as well as spoken word and audience interaction. Throughout the performance, audience members will experience the Snowbelles’ impressive precision dance and spectacular costuming along with two brand new scenes featuring choreography by New York City Ballet alumnus, Amanda Edge and Colorado Ballet alumnus, Brad Parquette. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • 23rd Annual “An Appalachian Christmas” Benefit Concert Presented by JSMHM Dec. 13


    December 11, 2019. Presenting “An Appalachian Christmas” in early December has become a holiday tradition for Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music. This marks the 23rd year that this free concert offers the opportunity for local musicians to give back to the High Country community – celebrating “giving” – the real “reason for the season”. As the late MHM’s beloved founder, Joe Shannon once said, “As MHM prepares to close the door on its current year – in the process, it opens the door for others.” No admission is charged for this benefit concert, but a love offering will be collected, and 100 percent of the proceeds are given to two worthwhile community non-profit organizations known for helping those less fortunate. The benefactors once again are the Hospitality House, which is Watauga County’s homeless shelter and Santa’s Toy Box, which helps to assure that all children in Watauga County get a visit from Santa. The concert takes place this Friday night, December 13h, at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone beginning at 7:00pm. / 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



  • Melissa Reaves’ 18th Annual Holiday Show at The Beacon Dec. 14 with Lineup of Expert Musicians


    December 10, 2019. Melissa Reaves is returning to host her 18th annual Holiday Show at The Beacon this Saturday, December 14 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. CDs of Reaves’ newest album, Bitter Pear, will be available for purchase at the show. For the past 18 years, Reaves has hosted her annual Holiday Show at locations across Boone; for the past 12 years, the show has been hosted downtown at The Local. This year, the venue is changing to The Beacon, where Reaves will be joined by several of her closest associates on stage to bring the house down this holiday season. Guitarist Masa Takahashi, kalimba master Kevin Spears, bassist Philip Bynoe, keyboardist Timothy Dick, and drummer Timothy Roberts are joining together with Reaves this Saturday to put on a performance you will never forget. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Shirley Harris ‘Buys Boone Lunch’ in Honor of her Husband Tim’s 75th Birthday on Wednesday


    December 10, 2019. F.A.R.M. Cafe welcomes Tim and Shirley Harris for a special Buy Boone Lunch honoring Tim’s 75th birthday. Tomorrow, December 10, the Harris’ along with friends and family will be on-site volunteering and serving a delicious lunch prepared from locally sourced ingredients. In addition to staffing the event, the Harris’ are generously donating funds to cover the day’s meal cost.   This contribution allows F.A.R.M. Cafe to utilize all additional donations made this Wednesday in its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Cafe, diners are encouraged to donate what they are able for a great lunch. / Read more…



  • Winter Exhibition Celebration at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Opens December 13th


    December 10, 2019. On December 13th, the Winter Exhibition Celebration at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will be presenting new works for its seasonal exhibit. The museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Director, Dianna Cameron, talked about the upcoming pieces in, saying, “The event we have coming up is one of our three annual opening receptions for our latest exhibitions, so it isn’t something really different that we do, we just feature different exhibitions with every reception. With this one, we have five exhibitions that we’re presenting, which is photographs by Hugh Morton, a show that traveled to us from Chapel Hill, we have a work of watercolors from Sallie Middleton and the Asheville Art Museum, and also curated the show of realistic wood sculptures by Pete Ludo, an artist based in Lenoir. We also have our exhibit by a local craftsman, Chris Capazzoli, who makes all of his guitars and string instruments by hand. Lastly in our community gallery, we’ll have an exhibition of photographs by David Holt, who is both a musician and photographer, and within that exhibit he talks about his mentors and heroes as a musician which features names like Doc Watson.” By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Olympic Skier Andrew Weibrecht Returning to Ski Country Sports in Banner Elk on December 15


    December 9, 2019. For the second year in a row, United States Olympian Andrew Weibrecht will be making an appearance in the High Country. Weibrecht will be at Ski Country Sports in Banner Elk from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 15. Hopefully, the weather this year will make up for last year’s snowstorm that put a damper on the event. “He (Andrew) came up here the weekend we had that 20-inch snow, so it was hard for people to get out and about and get up here,” said Bill Leonard, owner of Ski Country Sports. Weibrecht is a three-time Olympian and a two-time medalist in the Winter Olympics. He competed in 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics before announcing his retirement last year. The Lake Placid native won the bronze in Super-G at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and followed that up with a silver in the Super-G at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • The Carolina Snowbelles to Perform Holiday Show at The Appalachian Theatre this Friday & Saturday


    December 9, 2019. A new performance holiday tradition will begin in downtown Boone this weekend with the production of A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas. Local precision dance troupe The Carolina Snowbelles is headed to the newly renovated Appalachian Theatre to debut their holiday show on December 13 at 7:30 pm and December 14 at 3:00pm. The 22-member dance troupe has been rehearsing this 90 minute show since August – their most ambitious and comprehensive performance to date.  A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas will feature precision tap and jazz, vocal performance, and ballet, as well as spoken word and audience interaction. Throughout the performance, audience members will experience the Snowbelles’ impressive precision dance and spectacular costuming along with two brand new scenes featuring choreography by New York City Ballet alumnus, Amanda Edge and Colorado Ballet alumnus, Brad Parquette.. / Read more…



  • MerleFest Announces Lineup Additions For 2020 Festival


    December 9, 2019. 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. John Prine, Billy Strings, Colin Hay, Kelsey Waldon, and Gangstagrass 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. Today’s lineup announcement adds five great artists to MerleFest’s already stacked lineup. / Read more…



  • Rep. Ray Russell to Hold Watauga County Town Hall on December 10

    December 6, 2019. WHAT: Watauga County General Town Hall Meeting with NC Rep. Ray Russell. WHEN: 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 10. WHERE: Boone Council Chambers, 1500 Blowing Rock Rd. The 2019 legislative session was the second-longest in North Carolina history but still resulted in significant failures from the General Assembly. No comprehensive budget was passed and the legislature failed to act on the state’s Farm Bill. Education and environmental needs were significantly underfunded. There was some success, however. The Raise the Age law changed state statutes to include 16 and 17-year-olds as juveniles for many nonviolent crimes. In addition, child sexual abuse statutes and sexual assault laws were strengthened. / Read more…



  • Jones House Hosting Annual Holiday Festivities Next Two Weekends; Christmas Parade in Downtown Boone Next Saturday


    December 5, 2019. The Jones House will be stretching its holiday festivities and Christmas parade over the course of two weekends this year. This coming weekend will include the Festive Friday and solar Christmas tree lighting events; the Christmas parade itself will be held next Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 a.m. in part to accommodate the Sun Belt Championship game at App State this Saturday. “It’s a great tradition we have,” said Mark Freed, Cultural Resources Director for the Jones House, “It’s a fun experience that you can only get when you live in a small town like Boone that has a community who likes to get out and celebrate! We always have strong support from our civic organizations, our schools, and the nonprofit organizations in the community. We’re hoping for good weather, but either way, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a winter afternoon with us in the mountains!” By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Mr. WHS Fundraiser Returns for 20th Birthday Celebration at Watauga High School this Saturday

    December 5, 2019. Boone’s most heartwarming fundraiser is back again, celebrating a very special occasion this year! The Mr. WHS show, a fundraiser that helps raise thousands of dollars every year for three local families in the form of a male beauty pageant is marking its 20th Annual Show! Because of the special occasion, the theme this year is “Happy Birthday Mr. WHS!”. The pageant was created in 2000 as a way to help raise money for Mr. Lan O’Loughlin, a science teacher and swim coach at Watauga High School. The first show raised $4,000 and has only grown since then. Last year’s show raised over $21,000 and this year’s goal is to raise over $25,000. Each year Mr. WHS raises money for three local families in our community. The recipients are always very close to our hearts and mean a lot to this town. / Read more…



  • Lessons and Carols at St. Mary of the Hills Dec. 8


    December 4, 2019. While the secular world prepares for the ‘Retail High Holidays’ with massive consumerism, the choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church presents a calm center for your holiday preparations with a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday afternoon, December 8th at 2 pm. Based on the medieval vigil service in preparation for the holiest night of the Christian year, Lessons and Carols follows the story of the fall of Adam, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, as told in short Bible readings interspersed with carols and hymns.  Sung in Anglican churches all over the world since the 1880’s, the service is a lovely part of the Advent season (the four Sundays before Christmas), the traditional season of repentance and preparation for the birth of Jesus. / Read more…



  • SNIPS Holiday Craft Sales & “It’s a Wrap” – December 6, 7, 8, 13, & 14 at Boone Mall


    December 4, 2019. As the holidays draw nearer, SNIPS Holiday Craft Sales & “It’s a Wrap” at Boone Mall on December 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., can be the your one-stop-shop for special, handmade treasures AND holiday gift wrap! Like Santa’s elves, SNIPS crafters are up at all hours of the day and night, creating beautiful ornaments and decorations to grace your home, your tree, and the people (and animals!) on your gift list. You’ll find holiday & pet-themed mugs & wine glasses, bowl & cup cozies, fairy light wine bottles, snow-measuring sticks, toaster tongs, holiday sachets, and beautiful scarves & hats for bundling up against the winter weather.   / Read more…



  • Flapjack Flip and Holiday Market Fundraisers at WHS on Dec. 7 Benefit Watauga Ed Foundation, Boone Service League


    December 4, 2019. The Watauga Education Foundation will hold its annual pancake breakfast — the Flapjack Flip — at Watauga High School from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. A full breakfast of delicious pancakes and other items will be served by cheerful volunteers for a ticket price of $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. While you’re at the Flapjack Flip, do some holiday gift shopping at the Boone Service League’s Holiday Market, which will feature craft and product vendors. Items include pottery, home decor, beauty products, gourmet food items, candles, textiles, accessories and more. The Boone Service League will also offer gift wrapping for a small donation — bring your gifts and let Boone Service League volunteers wrap them in beautiful papers and ribbons. / Read more…



  • Up-And-Coming Singer-Songwriter Alexa Rose to Perform at the Jones House on Dec. 15


    December 4, 2019. Fresh off her critically-acclaimed debut album Medicine for Living, Alexa Rose returns to the Jones House for an indoor concert on Sunday, December 15, starting at 4:00 PM in the Mazie Jones Gallery. “Those who have had the pleasure to see Alexa Rose perform already know what an incredible talent she is,” says Boone’s Cultural Resources Coordinator, Brandon Holder. “And those who haven’t had a chance to hear her live should take this opportunity before she starts filling rooms more than ten times this size.” Born and raised in the Alleghany Highlands of western Virginia, Alexa Rose’s musical roots run deep, an atavistic heritage passed down from great-grandfather. A deep connection to her mountain roots inspires both the sound and subject matter of her music. / Read more…



  • Carlton Gallery Hosted Holiday Open House Last Weekend Beginning its 37th Winter Group Exhibition with Small Works


    December 4, 2019. Carlton Gallery is currently hosting its 37th Winter Group Exhibition with Small Works which began with a Holiday Open House on Friday and Saturday, November 29th and 30th. Gallery owner/artist, Toni Carlton, gathered the community to start the season of Love and Light at the Holiday Open House to view the engaging art in paintings, glass, sculpture, glass, wood, clay and jewelry while enjoying hot cider or tea and seasonal treats. Paintings reflecting the beauty and serenity of the landscape by Freeman Beard, Egidio Antonaccio, Linda Apriletti, Kevin Beck, Connie Winters, Holly Glasscock,  Sharon Rusch Shaver, Carol Bodiford, Allison Chambers, Andrew Braitman, Eddie Kent Tallent and Ralph James, along with alcohol ink paintings by Leigh Williams are some of the many artworks on exhibit. / 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



  • Studio K Youth Ballet Company Performing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 6-8


    December 3, 2019. Studio K Youth Ballet Company will be performing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts (733 Rivers Street) on December 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and on December 8 at 2 p.m. Local youth ballet company, Studio K, transforms the Schaefer Center stage into a magical world where the beloved holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, comes alive. A cast of over 350 local dancers bring Clara’s dazzling holiday fairy tale to life. Throughout the show, the stage sparkles with playful mice, a court of soldiers, guardian angels, graceful snowflakes, waltzing flowers, precious bonbons, party guests, ginger kids, and sugar plums. The show is a wonderful way for families to start off the Christmas season. From the hundreds of glamorous costumes and colorful backdrops to the amazing growing Christmas tree and enchanting snowfall, this show takes the audience on an extraordinary journey to far away lands. / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage Presents A Banner Elk Christmas 2 Holiday Show on Dec. 6, 8, 20-22


    December 3, 2019. Ensemble Stage presents A Banner Elk Christmas 2 on December 6, 20, and 21 @ 7 pm and on December 8 and 22 @ 2 pm at the Historic Banner Elk School Hahn Auditorium (185 Azalea Circle SE) in Banner Elk, NC. This family friendly annual holiday variety show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television Christmas specials from the 60s and 70s. A Banner Elk Christmas 2 features over 40 songs, including traditional, contemporary, secular and non-secular songs, dancing and storytelling over the course of about an hour and five minutes. “We keep the same format, but the songs always change,” said Gary Smith, Artistic Director at Ensemble Stage, “The choreography is usually a little bit different, especially with songs we haven’t done. Even though it’s called Banner Elk Christmas 2, it is not a repeat of last year’s Banner Elk Christmas.” By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • The Town of Boone Opens the Christmas Season with Festive First Friday on December 6


    December 3, 2019. In what may be record time, tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Boone have already sold out, even with online ticket sales being discontinued for this year. “I had no idea it was going to sell out this fast. We stopped online sales specifically to slow down ticket sales and the box office gave me a call at 10 a.m. and said we’re done. It’s wild,” said Rich Campbell, the Associate Director for Outdoor Programs at Appalachian State University. Campbell said that they had not even made any social media posts announcing ticket sales before the Schaefer Center had informed him that they had already sold out. “We heard from the community last year that they were blown away that the tickets went so fast and it has always been a community event so we really wanted to enable ASU students and the local community the first shot, and if there were tickets that remained available we were going to put those online December 6. They just totally sold out in about an hour today,” Campbell said.  By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • “Christmas in Blowing Rock: An Evening with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder,” Two Shows Set for Dec. 14 Hosted by Samaritan’s Purse


    December 3, 2019. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be coming to Blowing Rock on Saturday, Dec. 14, for two shows at the Samaritan’s Purse Training and Conference Center. That’s quite the Christmas present for the High Country, and especially to those who love bluegrass/gospel music. ‘Christmas in Blowing Rock: An Evening with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder” is hosted by the Boone-based international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, which, along with its President and CEO, Franklin Graham, has a personal place in the heart of the 15-time Grammy award winner and beloved entertainer. “I’ve known Franklin and the Graham family for over 30 years now,” Skaggs told High Country Press. “ We’ve hunted, fished and done ministry together during all those years. He’s a dear friend and I would do anything for him. I’m really looking forward to coming back to Blowing Rock to play some music and visit with Franklin and the family. They’re just the best.”  By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Be Present: Slow Down for the Holidays, Local Organizations Here to Help


    December 3, 2019. It’s no secret that the holidays can be stressful in many ways, but thanks to a partnership of three local organizations, they don’t have to be all-consuming. According to Amber Chapman, Family Caregiver and Health Promotions Specialist with High Country Area of Aging, an opportunity is available for area residents to learn how to recharge and take charge during an upcoming event. “Be Present: Slow Down for the Holidays” will be held next Friday, Dec. 13, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. Sponsored by The High Country Area Agency on Aging, Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging, and Rumple Memorial, the event will focus on the needs of family caregivers, but will also prove helpful to others who find themselves in stressful situations. In addition to learning how to use meditation as a relaxation technique, attendees will also enjoy other tips for self-care. By Sherrrie Norris / Read more…



  • Banff Mountain Film Festival Tickets Already Sold Out Despite No Online Sales


    December 2, 2019. In what may be record time, tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Boone have already sold out, even with online ticket sales being discontinued for this year. “I had no idea it was going to sell out this fast. We stopped online sales specifically to slow down ticket sales and the box office gave me a call at 10 a.m. and said we’re done. It’s wild,” said Rich Campbell, the Associate Director for Outdoor Programs at Appalachian State University. Campbell said that they had not even made any social media posts announcing ticket sales before the Schaefer Center had informed him that they had already sold out. “We heard from the community last year that they were blown away that the tickets went so fast and it has always been a community event so we really wanted to enable ASU students and the local community the first shot, and if there were tickets that remained available we were going to put those online December 6. They just totally sold out in about an hour today,” Campbell said.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • 5th Annual Festival of Trees, Beginning Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock


    December 2, 2019. The 5th Annual Festival of Trees is scheduled from Thursday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Over 75 themed trees and wreaths will be on display for the public’s viewing enjoyment. Decorated trees and wreaths — some including products, event tickets, or gift certificates — will be auctioned online to raise money for Western Youth Network (WYN). WYN provides unique and quality programming that offers support to over 200 children and youth each year through mentoring, after-school initiatives, substance abuse prevention and summer camps. Last year’s event raised over $45,000 for local youth in the High Country. The Festival of Trees kicks off on Thursday evening with a reception for more than 75 sponsors and tree designers and their guests. The public is invited to view the trees beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. when the auction closes. Donations are requested for admission to the event.. / Read more…



  • WAMY Presents Santa for Seniors Gift Drive to Bring Christmas Spirit to Shut-Ins and Hospice Patients Throughout the Community Dec. 3-15


    December 2, 2019. WAMY, celebrating its 55th year serving the communities of Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties, is launching their Santa for Seniors program this holiday season. The Santa for Seniors program partners with shut-ins and hospice patients throughout the community and aims to bring them Christmas gifts in order to spread Christmas cheer to those who aren’t able to leave home. Create a box or bag of small gifts or have your Sunday school class or organization put together gifts as a project and drop them off at one of the designated locations during the drop off window! Donations can be dropped off on December 3 – December 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m at the WAMY offices located at 225 Birch Street Suite 2, Boone, NC 28607 or at 496 Balsam Ave, Spruce Pine NC. 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Banner Elk’s Small Town Christmas 2019 to Include 1st Annual Polar Plunge, December 6-8,


    November 29, 2019. FBanner Elk kicks off the 2019 winter season with a weekend full of holiday fun! Friday, December 6th begins with the Town tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Corner on Main Street Park followed by Ensemble Stage’s A Banner Elk Christmas 2 holiday musical variety show at 7:00 p.m. Saturday is packed with events starting with the Williams YMCA’s Reindeer Run 5k in the morning at Tate-Evans Park and breakfast with Santa Claus at Dunn’s Deli. Local downtown businesses will offer excellent holiday shopping and dining, as well as an array of family-friendly activities throughout the day. Lees-McRae College’s New Opportunity School For Women Holiday Market, located in the Evans Auditorium at the Cannon Student Center, will offer a wide selection of artisan-crafted goods and gifts from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Christmas: Annual Service of Music and Lessons Happening Monday, December 2

    November 27, 2019. Returning for a second year, Lees-McRae will celebrate the Christmas season with incredible student talent from across campus. Lees-McRae Christmas: Annual Service of Music and Lessons on Monday, Dec. 2 is a free event that welcomes all for a night of music, singing, scripture, food, and holiday fun. Starting at 7 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium: Broyhill Theatre, visitors can enjoy fun games and favorite holiday tunes performed by Lees-McRae talent including the Highlanders and others. With the help of several local pastors including Tee Gatewood, Deck Guess, Ted Henry, Michael McKee, George Wright, and Alan Yawn, guests can enjoy and are welcome to participate in a music and Christmas lesson service. The service will conclude with a lighting ceremony. / Read more…



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