• Blowing Rock Historical Society Presents Jerry Burns Day on Tuesday, June 18

    June 12, 2019. Sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society, Jerry Burns Day is Tuesday, June 18. An informal celebration will be held at Edgewood Cottage at 3:30 pm. A resolution to celebrate June 18th each year as “Jerry Burns Day” commemorating the town’s greatest cheerleader of his generation, and the man who is still remembered by many as the spirit of goodness in our village, was made in 2012. It’s been said that Jerry put the sunshine in every story for the Blowing Rocket; he was the editor for over 44 years. Jerry’s birthday is celebrated each year with a program highlighting a particular family’s history here in Blowing Rock.This year, Susie Greene will share her family’s history along with stories of the nightlife in Blowing Rock during the 40’s through the 80’s  / Read more…



  • The First Annual Sculpture Walk on Chetola Lake A Creative Weekend of Events and Family Friendly Activities, August 9-11


    June 12, 2019. Chetola Resort and artist/curator Brenda Councill have created an event filled weekend featuring renowned national artists, celebrities and star entertainment, including imaginative, family-friendly activities. August 9-11 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. each night features continuous engaging entertainment for the entire family. Chetola Resort’s lakeside setting provides the outdoor venue that has achieved landmark status among travelers to the High Country. The lake provides a dramatic backdrop for juried exhibition of over 50 nationally renowned sculptors traveling from the west coast, the southeast and midwest. Monumental scale and mid-scale works of art curated by Ms. Councill will be temporarily installed along the path around the lake. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Invites Kids to its Annual Recreational Summer Soccer Camp from June 24 to 28

    June 11, 2019. The Lees-McRae Women’s Soccer program has invited boys and girls ages four to 14 to its annual recreational summer soccer camp to learn new soccer skills, tricks and moves from the women’s and men’s coaching staff and the women’s soccer team. “It’s very soccer intensive in the morning, but we are going to have different sections in there and we will be breaking them up based on their age groups to go over the specific points of soccer,” said Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach Erin Barca. Campers will be able experience age-appropriate coaching as the Lees-McRae College Athletic Complex harbors four different soccer fields.  By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • David Chadwick Named Keynote Speaker at 95th Annual Singing on the Mountain June 23


    June 11, 2019. For nearly a century, the pastoral MacRae Meadows in Linville, resting in the shadows of Grandfather Mountain, have welcomed thousands of visitors to the daylong event known as Singing on the Mountain. Now in its 95th year of bringing people together from all ages and stages of life, the annual event is set to take place again on Sunday, June 23. Always held on the fourth Sunday in June, with rare exceptions, The Singing on the Mountain, will again offer a great line-up of gospel musicians and singers that delight the large audiences every year, scheduled along with a midday message of inspiration.  By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Kicks Off Summer Concert Series This Saturday Headlined By Steep Canyon Rangers


    June 11, 2019. The wait is almost over for the start of Beech Mountain Resort’s Summer Concert Series. This Saturday, the Steep Canyon Rangers will take the stage as the headliner for the first show of the summer. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and then the music will get underway at 7 p.m. with Acoustic Syndicate opening the show. Acoustic Syndicate considers themselves to be “newgrass legends” from western North Carolina. They have been playing songs and instrumental jams for 25 years. After a brief intermission at 8 p.m., the Steep Canyon Rangers will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. and will play until 10 p.m. The Grammy-Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers are from Asheville. In addition to winning a Grammy Award for their album “Nobody Know You,” the group also won the International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Award. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Celebrates 25th Annual Relay for Life At WHS on Friday, June 14


    June 11, 2019. Friday marks the silver anniversary of Watauga County’s fight for a cancer cure as the 25th annual Relay for Life kicks off at Watauga High School. Event chair, Brian Barker and his hardworking committee are ready to check off another historic fundraising event as part of the American Cancer Society’s efforts to eradicate cancer. Hundreds of cancer survivors, family members and friends are expected at this year’s event, including about 20 teams and dozens of volunteers who come together to celebrate and remember. It’s always a poignant time for all involved — from the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., with the survivor’s lap shortly thereafter, through the luminaria ceremony two hours later..  By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Art Cellar Gallery Continues 27th Season with “The Art of the Landscape” Exhibit, Reception June 15


    June 11, 2019. In celebration of their 27th anniversary, the Art Cellar Gallery is changing up their 2019 season. The current exhibit, opening today, is called “The Art of the Landscape.” Installed artwork at the exhibit includes new works by Scott Boyle, Trey Finney and Tony Griffin. Join the artists for the opening reception this weekend, June 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to enjoy exhibits, artist talks and other special events this year. The remaining exhibits this year are solo shows as the gallery is changing up their shows for the 2019 season. By Hailey Blevins / 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



  • Blowing Rock’s Concerts in the Park Series Presents King Bees as Next Performance June 16

    June 11, 2019. Blowing Rock is a quaint little town that’s always bustling with life. The setting is perfect for families looking to enjoy a Sunday evening concert in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. Sing, clap and dance along with The King Bees this Sunday at 4 p.m. The King Bees is a Blues and American Roots band. Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni call the mountains of NC home, but they also travel the world with their music. The band is in its 31st year this year and continues to bring fun as they share their love of Blues and American Roots music everywhere they go.  By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Tomorrow: Lees-McRae College Stephenson Center for Appalachia to Kicks Off Summer Programming

    June 11, 2019. The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College is kicking off a summer full of traditional mountain entertainment and insight into the area culture starting Wednesday, June 12. With additional events on June 19 and 26, the center will host everything from musicians and area nonprofit leaders, to writers and photographers. All events will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons and are free to the public. The event on June 12 will feature area musician Floyd Townsend and musicians from Avery JAM to perform a concert of mountain music. A longtime Banner Elk fixture as an educator and musician, Floyd has mastered everything from traditional bluegrass, and old-time mountain, to gospel and more.  / Read more…



  • Candlelight Ghost Tour’s this Saturday, June 15th


    June 10, 2019. The Wilkes Heritage Museum will host Candlelight Ghost Tours in historic downtown Wilkesboro on Saturday, June 15. Ghost tours are 90 minute walking tours that begin at 7:30 pm and 8 p.m. The tours are led by costumed guides. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations for Ghost Tours are suggested. Highlights of the tour include the Old Wilkes Jail, Cleveland Cabin, and Tory Oak. Learn all about the hauntings of Historic Downtown Wilkesboro. Additional dates for the 2019 Candlelight Ghost Tour season include July 20, August 17, October 19 and October 26t. / Read more…



  • Nature Programs for Kids This Summer at Valle Crucis Community Park


    June 10, 2019. Valle Crucis Community Park will offer a series of free nature programs for kids on Thursdays throughout the summer. Beginning next Thursday—the day after Watauga County Schools get out—the Park will kick off its programs for kids with a “Wonders of Wetlands” program led by Laura England, Park board member and faculty member in Appalachian’s Department of Sustainable Development. “We’re so excited to explore the fascinating natural world around us with kids of all ages,” said England. “We have a wide range of topics and experts who will be leading programs with us.” The Park’s summer environmental education programming will be held weekly from mid-June through mid-August. / Read more…



  • Summertime Brings Appalachian Summer Festival to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts


    June 10, 2019. An Appalachian Summer Festival offers unique and enriching arts experiences to audiences across the Southeast, combining world-class performing and visual arts programing in a spectacular mountain location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During an Appalachian Summer Festival, the Turchin Center hosts a variety of visual arts exhibitions and programs that dovetail with the performing arts. The community is invited to a Summer Exhibition Celebration on July 5 from 6–10 pm. During this event, held in conjunction with the First Friday Downtown Boone Art Crawl, the Turchin Center will celebrate five new exhibitions and participating artists from as far away as Australia will be in the galleries. / Read more…



  • Vacation Bible Schools in the High Country

    June 3, 2019 With June on its way, churches are readying themselves for this summer’s Vacation Bible Schools. These “schools” focus on making religion easy to understand and fun for kids, often introducing them to God for the first time. VBS is an easy way to get kids involved in church while giving you the opportunity to meet them people within the church too. Children learn stories from the Bible that go along with the theme of the VBS. Churches usually hold week-long events with classes, crafts, games and snacks for kids of various ages. Check out these VBSs in the High Country for your kids this summer. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Beppe Gambetta and Swing Guitars Play Next Summer Concert at Jones House This Friday


    June 10, 2019. Guitar maestros will be the theme of the day at the Jones House, as Italian acoustic guitarist and singer Beppe Gambetta and gypsy jazz aficionados Swing Guitars continue the 2019 Summer Concerts at the Jones House series on Friday, June 14, starting at 5 p.m. Gambetta, a native of Genoa, is a renowned guitarist, composer, teacher, author, and researcher of traditional music, and he was heavily influenced by the playing of Watauga County’s Doc Watson. “Beppe reached out to us because he had heard about the Doc Watson Day Celebration,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed. “I was already a fan and thrilled to hear from him, but his schedule didn’t allow him to come for our Doc Day festivities.” Swing Guitars will take the stage following Gambetta, featuring the jazz-guitar styling created and popularized by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s and 40s. The band features several busy local and regional musicians, who collaborate as Swing Guitars for a limited number of gigs to share their love for “Django music.” / Read more…



  • TONIGHT: Ensemble Stage Summer Season Begins with Premiere of ‘Fortune’


    June 7, 2019. The 2019 Ensemble Stage Professional Summer Season gets underway on Friday night with the Deborah Zoe Laufer’s romantic comedy “Fortune.” “Fortune” will be performed from June 7 through June 15 at the Ensemble Stage Professional Theatre in Banner Elk. This is a special moment for Ensemble Stage as it is the season opener but it also marks the North Carolina premiere for “Fortune.” “Fortune” is the story of Maude, a lonely, surly, storefront psychic has accepted that love is not in the cards for her. She can see the future and knows this to be her fate. But when she takes pity on a love-hungry customer whom she tells is destined to the same fate, she decides fate is in need of a real butt-whipping. Thus begins a hilarious and clever, no-holes-barred, wrestling match, pitting love against predestination. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Avery High Culinary Arts Benefit Dinner To Be Held at Grandfather Club Wednesday, June 12th

    June 5, 2019 Any classically trained chef will tell you that the best meals begin with good stock and those attending a benefit dinner given by the Avery High School Culinary Arts Club on Wednesday, June 12th, will experience some mighty fine cuisine. The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. and is hosted by the Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville. Avery High culinary arts students will prepare the meal under the aid and supervision of the Grandfather Club chef. Tickets to the benefit dinner are $100 and may be purchased online at leadershipavery.org. A ticket includes two drink tickets and a 4-course meal prepared by culinary arts students at the high school. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Commemorate Boone Golf Club’s 60th Anniversary, a Long History of Hard Work and Great Fun, June 13th


    June 5, 2019. 60 years ago next Thursday, Wade Brown finally teed off for the first game of golf at the Boone Golf Club after 19 years of working tirelessly with landowners, stockholder, and course builders to make it possible. He was joined in that first game by Ellis Maples, the architect who designed the course. At the time, Maples was a young up-and-coming architect, but he had learned his craft from his father, who worked as construction superintendent for the celebrated architect, Donald Ross. Ellis Maples became one of the most respected architects, with many of his projects becoming the top ranked golf courses in North and South Carolina. The Boone Golf Club is one such masterpiece. The Boone Golf Club will be holding a membership dinner on June 13 to celebrate and remember 60 years of Boone golfing. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • An Appalachian Summer Festival Will Showcase Some Legendary Talents for Its 35th Season


    June 5, 2019. This July’s annual Appalachian Summer Festival will be one to remember. Appalachian State’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs are clearly going all-out for the 35th season of the event. Listed in the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” and consistently included in The New York Times “Summer Stages” issue, An Appalachian Summer Festival is a month-long celebration of the arts, with the stated goal of enhancing the Appalachian community’s “cultural life.” The performances take place in several venues around campus, and usually attract about 26,000 audience members of the course of the month. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Culture, Clogging and Community Outreach at High Country Dance Studio’s End of Year Event on Friday


    June 5, 2019. On Friday at 6:30 p.m in Watauga High School, High Country Dance Studio is hosting their annual end of year show with the production titled “Never Grow Up,” which alludes to the Peter Pan showpiece that will be performed, said director Amber Hendley. Around the end of May or beginning of June, HCDS hosts an event to showcase dancers and what they have learned throughout the year. Every year has a different theme. There are over 100 dancers that will be showcased Friday night, with ages ranging from 3-year-olds to a spectacular 85-year-old dancer. While the HCDS originated with clogging, there will be multiple other dance styles exhibited in the performance, such as jazz, hip-hop and cheer. A group called the “Mini Mountaineers,” will be present, who are coached by the App State Dance Team and will perform a combination of dance styles influenced by the older girls. By Laura Boaggio / Read more…



  • Caldwell Community College’s Summer Camps Coming to Watauga Campus With Cooking Classes

    June 4, 2019 This summer, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will once again offer “Extreme Super Summer Camps” for kids ages 5 and up. However, this year the Kids in the Kitchen” summer camps have been expanded to Watauga County as well. The programs will feature week-long courses and daily activities Monday through Friday. Except where noted, cost for each session is $95 and includes early drop-off, late pick-up, two programs along with a snack between programs. Kids in the Kitchen camps are offered on both the Caldwell and Watauga campuses and are $175 for each camp. They will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m during the weekdays.. By Gianna Holiday / 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 and Hailey Blevins



  • Join Corey Nelson for a Presentation on Hidden Harm: Electromagnetic Fields on June 22


    June 4, 2019. On June 22nd, Corey Nelson is giving a free, live 40-minute presentation regarding a major environmental health issue: electromagnetic fields. Corey is a freelance writer, quantum health and wellness coach, and personal trainer. He has provided guidance to well over 1000 clients in the past 10 years. In his writing and heath coaching career, Corey initially focused on pharmacology, endocrinology, biochemistry, and genetics, but he not focuses primarily on mitochondrial health, quantum biology, and the relationship between human environments, health and disease. / Read more…



  • Award-winning Young Pianist in St. Mary’s Summer Concert Series, June 9th


    June 4, 2019. Pianist Kasey Stokes will focus on music from the Romantic Era in the next free concert in the Summer Concert Series at St. Mary of the Hills on Sunday, June 9th at 3 pm. Stokes, 20, was raised in Boone, where she studied with ASU faculty members Drs. Christina Hayes, Bair Shagdaron, and Rodney Reynerson, and was named the Hayes Young Artist after receiving awards in several music competitions across North Carolina. She is currently studying toward her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and will take part in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy later this summer. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre to Kick Off 35th Season June 27 with Debut of Mamma Mia!


    June 4, 2019. Kick off a summer full of Lees-McRae Summer Theatre performances with a trip to a Greek island paradise for Mamma Mia! starting June 27 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre. With Judy Craymer’s melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, and the enchanting tale of family and friendship, Mamma Mia! is entertainment from beginning to end. Mamma Mia!, directed by Gabriel Vanover, will debut June 27, 28, 29, and July 2 at 7 p.m. with matinee shows June 30 and July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. / Read more…



  • Watauga Public Library’s Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading Kick Off Is June 12


    June 3, 2019. Youth of all ages welcome! Ring in summer and enjoy the fun with music, face painting, balloon twisting magic with “the hand is quicker than the eye” amazement. By the way, did we mention ice cream will be served? It will, indeed. This is an annual event you don’t want to miss! This summer’s theme, “A Universe of Stories,” expands horizons and may stretch the limits of your mind. At the very least, since it includes a “Universe,” there’s bound to be stories to entice everyone. This event and our programs are free and open to children of all abilities. / Read more…



  • Celebrating Banner Elk’s Heritage of Service Kicks Off with Gallery Exhibit and Reception June 9


    June 3, 2019. A full summer celebrating the life and legacy of Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Edgar Tufts, will kick off Sunday, June 9 with a free gallery exhibit in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre and a reception in the adjacent Miller Commons on the campus of Lees-McRae. From 3–5 p.m., enjoy historical photographs of the college before an exclusive performance by From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story cast members. The event will also host members of the Tufts family for the community to meet as well as food and refreshments. / Read more…



  • Mile High Bourbon Society Combines Bourbon and Bacon at Their Fundraiser on June 14

    June 3, 2019 Beech Mountain Bourbon Society, the Mile High Bourbon Society is hosting their fundraiser at the Beech Alpen Inn on June 14th, at 6pm. The event benefits The Adam Galleher Memorial Fund which provides musical instruments and other assistance to Avery and Watauga Middle and High Schools. “Our first year was Bourbon and Blues but we decided to go bigger and add BACON! Because what doesn’t go better with Bourbon than Bacon,” says Jeff Melang, President. “Rather than Blues we will have Dr. Bacon, a fantastic band out of Asheville.” / Read more…



  • Tickets Are Still Available for the Third Annual High Country Toast Happening June 7

    May 31, 2019 The backdrop of Music in the Valle at Valle Crucis Community Park will provide the setting for the third annual High Country Toast. This event will take place Friday, June 7, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will be presented by Creekside Electronics as well as Mast General Store. Local musician Shay M. Lovette will provide some of the music for the event with two sets of blues and country. Although Music in the Valle remains free, a ticket to High Country Toast will provide guests access to an entree as well as a dessert from inside Peak Insurance Food Truck Village whilst also providing samples of brewed craft beers and wines from varying Watauga County local vendors. There is also the option to purchase a VIP ticket, which provides admission to an exclusive tented area that includes separate beer and wines along with hors d’oeuvres, an entire BBQ dinner, and several desserts from regional restaurants. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • 39th Annual New River Canoe Race Happening This Saturday in Jefferson


    May 30, 2019. The 39th Annual New River Canoe Race and FAMILY FLOAT will be held Saturday, June 1, in Jefferson, NC on the banks of the New River. This Ashe County tradition, originally a local 4H event, is now sponsored by Friends of High Country State Parks with proceeds supporting the Friends of High Country State Parks. Entry Fee is $15 per adult, children under 12, $5. A $5 fee will be attached to any additional race. The first 200 registrants will receive a FREE T-Shirt. In addition, registration includes an opportunity to enter one’s name for one of many fabulous door prizes that will be given at the 3 pm awards ceremony (you must be present to win a door prize).Gates open at 8:30 am at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson (336 246 3066) where you START. Boats enter the water from 9am-1: 30 pm except for boats with children which must be launched by 1 pm. There is NO shotgun start. Paddlers will end the course at New River State Park, Wagoner Access. The awards ceremony will be held at 3 pm. / Read more…



  • Backstreet Concert Series Announces First Performance of Scheduled Season This Friday


    May 30, 2019. Opening for the 2019 Backstreet Concert Series in downtown West Jefferson is Wayne Henderson, Helen White and Herb Key. The band will perform at the Backstreet Park on Friday, May 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The event is entirely free as it will be sponsored by the West Jefferson Community Partnership as well as individually sponsored by the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Ashe Arts Center which is three blocks east of the Backstreet Park. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Lifestore ‘Buys Boone Lunch’ on June 5 for F.A.R.M. Cafe’s Anniversary Celebration


    May 30, 2019. Join us to celebrate F.A.R.M. Cafe’s anniversary with a Buy Boone Lunch sponsored by LifeStore Bank on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  Reflecting on the last seven years, F.A.R.M. Cafe founder, Executive Director, and Chef, Renee Boughman shares, “I am amazed and humbled by the compassionate, supportive community that has allowed F.A.R.M. Cafe to be a part of the High Country. When we opened our doors in May of 2012, no one could have imagined all the stories and friendships that would emerge in this place where all are fed regardless of means. / Read more…



  • Cooler 5K! Presented by Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department June 15


    May 30, 2019. Would You Like A Beer With That Run? Beech Mountain has revamped the Cool 5 Five Mile race into A Cooler 5K Beer Run! The race is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th at 10 am. The 5K runs through the town of Beech Mountain with long range views of Grandfather Mountain, Banner Elk and beyond. Four stops, each with a different craft brewery for all runners. The race ends at The Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria with a beer garden, free mini golf for families, food and drink, craft beers and free live music provided by Prettier Than Matt. “We’re showcasing some of the best breweries of the High Country,” Kate Prisco, race coordinator says. / Read more…



  • The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble, Special Event to Celebrate Colorful Bloom with Daily Hikes


    May 30, 2019. The first week of June is a remarkably colorful time at Grandfather Mountain. The Appalachian Mountains are in the spotlight when it comes to the rhododendron, because this particular bloom tends to flourish at higher elevations and cooler temperatures. Few plants signify summer in the mountains quite like the vivid pink Catawba rhododendron. “Rhododendron season is just starting, which means summer is almost here,” said Lauren Farrell. To showcase the beauty and significance of this native plant, Grandfather Mountain naturalists will host the Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble from June 1-8. / Read more…



  • 17th Annual Emergency Fest Returns June 1


    May 30, 2019. The 17th annual Emergency Fest will be held in the Peacock Lot (formerly Raley Lot) of Appalachian State University this Saturday, June 1. The event is free and it’s seriously fun and educative for the whole family! Gates open at 10 a.m. with the first event starting at 10:30 a.m. with the Presentation of the Colors by the Color Guard and the National Anthem. At 10:45, there will be a bomb disposal demonstration and at 11 will be a vehicle extrication demonstration. Another bomb disposal demonstration will be at 1 p.m. Numerous other activities will be going on as well. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



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