• 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



  • Renowned Theologian and Author Norman Wirzba to Give Lectures at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on September 15 and 16


    September 10, 2019. Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology, and agrarian studies at Duke Divinity School and author of many books, will be speaking at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church at 1218 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. Wirzba will be covering various topics during a Q & A with the audience at 9:30 a.m. on September 15, with an 11:00 a.m. Worship Service following the proceedings. 5:00 p.m. on September 15, Wirzba will give a lecture entitled “Discovering Sabbath/Discovering Life”. On Monday, September 16, Wirzba will give a lecture at 9:30 a.m. entitled “The Spirituality of Eating”. Childcare will be provided for attendees with small children. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain on September 21


    September 10, 2019. Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk. But what do they do after dark? Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, a nighttime event that features fun and spooky stories told by firelight, along with rare after-dark tours. From 6 to 9:30 p.m., guests young and old can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores), but the park will provide marshmallow roasting sticks, cider, hot chocolate and seating. From there, guests will join Grandfather staff members on a nocturnal trek to the top of the mountain (via shuttle) and the environmental wildlife habitats. / Read more…



  • September Exhibits at Blue Ridge ArtSpace Featuring Studio 12; Exhibition Celebration on September 14


    September 10, 2019. The Blue Ridge ArtSpace, a community arts hub filled with four galleries, classrooms, and a Gift Shop, is the home of the Watauga County Arts Council. During the month of September, the Main Gallery will feature an eclectic collection of works of art from the group called Studio 12. Co-founded in January 2011 by Anne Welch and Judy Prevost, Studio 12 members meet monthly at the Caldwell Arts Council to critique each other’s work and to encourage an exchange of ideas for becoming better and more prolific painters. Periodic field trips to museums and other points of artistic interest contribute to the artists’ awareness of new ideas, materials and techniques. The group’s 13-member roster includes seasoned artists who have enjoyed former careers in teaching, nursing, journalism, marketing, the military and other fields. They have been brought together by a common desire to increase their productivity and to fine-tune their individual levels of expertise as painters. Members work in watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, pastel and mixed media and represent a wide range of subject matter and styles. / Read more…



  • Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival Announces Vendor Lineup for September 20-21 Event in Wilkesboro


    September 10, 2019. Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival, presented by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, announces a diverse and exciting lineup of food trucks and beverage vendors for the two-day event slated for September 20-21 in Wilkesboro. Food trucks competing in the festival’s Food Truck Championship include PorterHouse Burger Truck, Wingz On Wheelz, Bleu Barn Bistro, The Hillbilly Philly and Kalman’s Bon Apetit. The grand prize winner will receive $500.00 and a championship trophy and truck sticker. Additionally, the trucks will be competing for the Best Themed Truck trophy. “We have a great variety of food trucks for the competition this year” says Championship Director Caitlen Wurdeman. “Everyone should find a few favorites to enjoy during the festival.” / Read more…



  • Walker College of Business Graduate Programs ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ AT F.A.R.M. Cafe Sept. 11


    September 10, 2019. F.A.R.M. Cafe welcomes Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business Graduate Programs as September’s Buy Boone Lunch sponsor. Wednesday, September 11, students and staff will be on-site volunteering and serving a delicious lunch prepared for our Real.Good.Community. Associate Dean, Dr. Sandra Vannoy, shares “F.A.R.M. Cafe’s mission to feed all regardless of means resonates with Graduate Programs in the Walker College of Business.  We not only believe strongly as a team in addressing hunger needs in the surrounding area, we want to impart to our students the importance of giving back to one’s local community.  We volunteer annually as a team at the F.A.R.M. Cafe, and look forward to participating in our first Buy Boone Lunch.” / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Chosen as Start Town of 21st Annual Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Bicycle Ride


    September 9, 2019. For the second time, Blowing Rock has been chosen as the starting Host Town for the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride. More than 1,000 cyclists from 40 states and three foreign countries will gather in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 28, 2019 to begin the weeklong, 483-mile, recreational trek along the state’s scenic back roads from the “mountains to the coast.” “We’re excited to begin the ride again in Blowing Rock. We were able to start the Mountains to Coast ride in Blowing Rock back in 2009 and have really wanted to come back. This year, schedules worked out and our participants could not be happier. Blowing Rock has a great reputation for hospitality and riders from across the country are looking forward to being there. With everything within walking distance, our participants can easily explore what the town has to offer. We’ve got a great leadership team made up of local officials and cyclists; that’s exactly what it takes to make this event a success,” said Chip Hofler, Cycle North Carolina Director. / Read more…



  • Community Care Clinic Will Host Annual Barn Raising Event at The Apple Barn This Friday


    September 9, 2019. On September 13, 6 P.M., at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, the Community Care Clinic will host their second annual Barn Raising event. The event parallels CCC’s overall mission: helping the community, with the theme of neighbors helping neighbors. CCC provides free healthcare to low-income members of the community, aiming to address the critical health needs of people who can’t afford insurance. Having started off in the back of a station wagon in 2005, CCC has since grown to over a hundred medical and non-medical volunteers, providing high-quality healthcare to those who need it thanks to donations and volunteers in the community, as well as events such as this one. This year’s Barn Raising will echo that of last year’s, with a silent auction followed by a reception with live music, dinner, and refreshments. By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Fourth Annual Community Fall Dance to be Held in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom at App State on September 13


    September 6, 2019. The fourth annual Fall Community Dinner and Dance Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 13 in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom located in the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. Tickets are $25 for adults, who must be 18 years or older, and $10 for App State college students. Student ID is required at the door for student attendees. Dinner will be catered by the Daniel Boone Inn and served in a buffet-style setup. Purchase of a ticket includes two drinks of either beer or wine as well. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dancing will last from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Lucky Strikes will be performing live music during the event and pre-recorded music is on hand for attendees to keep on dancing after the concert has concluded. The Appalachian State University television channel will be present to film the events’ proceedings. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Calling All Dogs! SNIPS 2019 Dog Jog is September 7


    September 6, 2019. The annual Dog Jog fund raiser for the Watauga Humane Society, sponsored by SNIPS*, will take place on Saturday, September 7th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Brookshire Park, 250 Brookshire Rd., in Boone.  The registration fee is $15 per dog through September 1st and $20 thereafter, including on-site registration the day of the event.  A special $10 registration fee for students is good through Sept. 7th. We interviewed Clifford P. Dolder, Jr., SNIPS’ Esteemed Honorary Fundraising Chair and Mascot, about the exciting upcoming event. Here’s what he had to say: / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk to Show Three Exhilarating Productions During its Fall 2019 Season


    September 5, 2019. Ensemble Stage, a 99-seat professional theatre that has presented over 80 productions with over 300 performances at the Hahn Auditorium in Banner elk, will be showing three separate productions during their fall 2019 show season. Beginning the season’s production schedule is Sleeping Indoors, a comedy romp following a family who takes in a homeless man with exceptional hidden talent, with showings from September 13 through September 23. Next up on the Ensemble Stage schedule is War of the Worlds on October 25 and 26, based on the classic tale created by H.G. Wells in 1897 and famously broadcasted over radio airwaves in 1938 and narrated by Orson Welles. Finally, the fall season at Ensemble Stage will culminate with the fast-paced holiday musical production that has become a local tradition entitled A Banner Elk Christmas 2 supplying holiday joy to the High Country on December 6, 8, 20, 21, and 22.
    By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Impressions: Bill Brown’s Refugee Series Featured at the Turchin Center Through December 7


    September 5, 2019. For many people around the world, both those with a citizenship to some place and those without, the global crisis of increased refugees and migrants have impacted the spaces of their world in an innumerable amount of ways. According to the Global Citizen there are an estimated 25.4 million refugees worldwide and that number is growing. The UN Refugee Agency reports that of that number, over 52% are children. While these sorts of complex and disheartening issues exist on such massive scales that at times it may feel out of our reach to actually bring a change to them, local artist, Bill Brown, has sought to bring support and awareness to this crisis through his sculptures, Refugee Series, currently on display at the Turchin Center. The exhibit is foundationally based in the creative expression of craft to bring about attention and awareness to organizations that provide direct support to refugees, and Brown shares this information with collectors of the sculptures. The organizations supported include: Proactive Open Arts, UN Refugee Agency, International Refugee Committee, and two NC organizations. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • The 2019 Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair Starts Wednesday Evening and Runs Through Saturday Night


    September 4, 2019. The Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair opens tonight and will also be held on Thursday (September 5), Friday (September 6) and Saturday (September 7). It will be hosted out of the Heritage Park property located at 661 Vale Road in Newland, approximately one-half mile behind the Ingles Markets Grocery Store. Various rides, exhibits, demonstrations and competitions ensure there’s plenty to see and do at the Avery A&H Fair. There is even a beauty pageant on Saturday. There will be various food and drink vendors set up throughout the fairgrounds to satisfy the appetites and thirsts of those attending. Gates will open by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday (September 4); 3:00 p.m. on Thursday (September 5); 5:00 p.m. on Friday (September 6); and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (September 7). Admission at the gate is free all days of the Avery A&H Fair. Ride bracelets are: $20 for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and $15 on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and $20 from 6:00 p.m. to closing at 11:00 p.m. Amusement Rides open at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. By Tim Gardner / 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



  • Kyle Ritter is the Organist for Recital and Evensong at St. Mary’s in Blowing Rock on September 8


    September 3, 2019. The next organ recital and Evensong of the season will be Sunday, Sept. 8th at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. Guest organist for this recital will be Kyle Ritter, Canon Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville.  This free concert begins at 3 p.m., and is immediately followed by Choral Evensong. Ritter earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Indiana University, where he was a pupil of Robert Rayfield and Marilyn Keiser. Ritter is active in the Association of Anglican Musicians, has led conferences on church music throughout the Southeast, is an adjunct faculty member at Brevard College, and chairs the Liturgy and Music Commission of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, in addition to his duties at the Cathedral. / Read more…



  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at Watauga County Public Library


    September 3, 2019. This September Watauga County Public Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. From STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, daily family storytimes, to in-person technology help and or community reads, libraries transform lives through education. / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival on September 14


    September 3, 2019. The Blowing Rock Music Festival once again welcomes a variety of talent to the event stages at the Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock, NC on Saturday, September 14. Charlie Sellers, proprietor of The Blowing Rock, said, “This year’s Festival has a few newcomers, like Larry Sparks. The others are performers that are tried and true for Blowing Rock audiences, and attendees will have an excellent range of entertainment, as always.” Headline entertainers for 2019 include the Harris Brothers, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Soul Benefactor, Jeff Little Trio, and Wayne Henderson. Other acts cover a wide range of musical genres, and include The Neighbors, Charlie Carpenter, Cecil Palmer and Gloria Coffey, & Mitch and Masten. / Read more…



  • North Carolinian Cultural Author Georgann Eubanks to Speak at Ashe County Lit Festival


    August 21, 2019. At the Ashe County Literary Festival next month, some of the most prominent local authors in the High Country will be gathered for workshops, readings, and discussions about some of their past and more recently created projects. Thursday, September 19th, will feature Georgann Eubanks, author of the Literary Trails series commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published through the UNC Press. She has published poetry, fiction, profiles, reviews, and essays, in many magazines and journals such as Southern Cultures, South Writ Large, Our State, and Oxford American. Since 2000, she has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, and Emmy-winning multimedia company. After serving as Duke University’s Writers Workshop for close to 20 years, she is currently the director of the Table Rock Writers Workshop, a program for adult writers of all levels of experience held each fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a founder and member of the board of trustees of the NC Writers’ Network. She has also taught creative writing in public schools, universities, prisons, and corporate settings. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Tweetsie Railroad Has Switched to Weekend Fall Operating Hours Preceding Ghost Train and Tweetsie Christmas Events


    August 29, 2019. Another summer is beginning to come to a close and Tweetsie Railroad has begun its fall operating hours for the season on August 26. The park will now be open on weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (as well as Labor Day Monday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fall weekend schedule will allow guests to enjoy all the park has to offer throughout the fall and winter seasons. Tweetsie Railroad’s main upcoming events, Ghost Train and Tweetsie Christmas, will have different hours than the traditional park hours. Guests will still be able to enjoy all that the park has to offer including country fair rides, live entertainment, Deer Park Zoo, and a behind a historic narrow-gauge steam engine. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • James H. Fisher International Grand Prix Coming to Blowing Rock September 21


    August 29, 2019. At 2:00 PM on September 21, the Third Annual James H. Fisher International Grand Prix will be held at the L. M. Tate Show Grounds in the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve. The two prior events were held in Marshall, NC near Asheville. The Grand Prix is sponsored by the James H. Fisher Memorial Foundation and its chair Jack Fisher, father of the late James Fisher. The Grand Prix is moving to Blowing Rock because of the charm and appeal of this unique mountain village, the traditions of horse sports, the availability of a historic facility and the wide support the people in Blowing Rock give to many community charities. The beneficiaries of this year’s Grand Prix are two food banks: MANNA in Asheville and The Hunger & Health Coalition in Boone. / Read more…



  • Preparations Continue For 2019 Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair That Runs September 4-7


    August 29, 2019. The ever-popular Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair is only one week away and preparations are on schedule for its opening on September 4, according to its Executive Director B.J. Beuttell. “All of us involved with the Avery County Fair are working feverishly to get everything ready for opening night and the three days it follows and we’re where we should be in terms of organization and having everything ready with nothing left to chance,” remarked Beuttell. The Avery A&H Fair will run Wednesday (September 4); Thursday (September 5), Friday (September 6) and Saturday (September 7). It will mark 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, approximately one-half mile behind the Ingles Markets Grocery Store. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian Literature is Highlight of App State’s Fall 2019 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series


    August 29, 2019. The fall 2019 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University will feature four acclaimed authors of Appalachian literature who are “deeply committed to Appalachia,” said Mark Powell, director of the series and associate professor of creative writing at Appalachian. The 2019–20 series is dedicated to the memory of alumna Hughlene Bostian Frank ’68, for whom the series is named, and her husband, William “Bill” Frank. The Franks passed away in a home fire in Greensboro this spring. The fall portion of the series is co-presented by the university’s Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review. By Jessica Stump / Read more…



  • Watauga County Historical Society Spotlights Early Life of Doc Watson at Annual Meeting, Sept. 4; More Special Events on the Horizon


    August 29, 2019. If you love these mountains — and the people who helped shape us into what we are today — you are going to love the upcoming schedule of events sponsored the Watauga County Historical Society. The coming weeks are chock full of interesting and history-filled happenings that have helped to define this area as one loved and respected by the natives, as well as those who have discovered us along life’s way. As part of the WCHS’s annual meeting on Wednesday, September 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Watauga County Public Library Community Room in Boone, Appalachian State Professor, Dr. Gary Boyce will make a presentation on the early years of Doc Watson — Before the Folk Revival. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Hawk Watch Soars to Grandfather Mountain Throughout September


    August 28, 2019. Nature takes flight this September on Grandfather Mountain, as the park celebrates the return of Hawk Watch. Throughout the entire month, visitors can grab a front-row seat to one of nature’s most stunning spectacles — raptors voyaging over the mountains and heading south toward their wintering grounds. Guests can observe the raptors from atop Grandfather Mountain at Linville Peak, which towers at 5,308 feet in elevation, during the annual Hawk Watch month. Because this site has an almost 360-degree view and provides good visibility of the northern horizon, the official counters and volunteers will be positioned there to note the number of passersby in the sky. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Founders Day Celebration to Take Place on September 5


    August 28, 2019 Appalachian State University will host its annual Founders Day celebration with a full slate of events, including music and refreshments on Sanford Mall, presentations about the university’s history, a panel discussion with a former Chancellor and prior university administrators, the dedication of a new statue and the induction of inaugural members into the Bell Ringers Society. Appalachian faculty, staff, and students, as well as the public, are invited to attend. “Appalachian State University has a 120-year legacy of educational leadership,” Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “What began as Watauga Academy in 1899 has flourished into Appalachian State University — the premier, public undergraduate university in North Carolina. Our graduates go on to staff critical workforce areas and develop into engaged global leaders who are shaping the world around us. I am proud of all we have accomplished and I look forward to continued innovation by our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”  / Read more…



  • Experience the Natural Wonders of the High Country: A Lees-McRae College Stephenson Center for Appalachia Event on September 5


    August 28, 2019. To help you find places to explore as summer turns to autumn, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College will present the program, So You Say You Have Nothing To Do?: Plunging Waterfalls, Invigorating Hikes, Entertaining Beasts, and Entrancing Sights on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium within the Cannon Student Center. Lees-McRae—the highest elevated campus east of the Mississippi River—sits in the midst of some of the most vibrant natural attractions in the country, providing students, visitors, and residents with countless opportunities for outdoor adventure, explains Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Michael Joslin. / Read more…



  • Girl Scout Troop 10807 Hosting Fundraiser on September 7th for Trip to New York City


    August 28, 2019. It’s an exciting time to be a Girl Scout, especially for those in local troop 10807. Serving girls in grades 8-12 in the Boone and Blowing Rock area, the busy troop is hosting a Taco Buffet Supper and Silent Auction on Saturday, September 7 in the fellowship hall of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. It all gets underway at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m., with the silent auction closing at 6:30. The troop is raising money for its next big adventure — an exciting trip to New York City, scheduled for next July. But they can’t do it alone and are counting on the generosity of the High Country to help make their plan a reality. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention Happening Throughout Labor Day Weekend on Jones Farm in Lenoir


    August 27, 2019. The Caldwell Arts Council invites you to experience a perfect Labor Day Weekend on the banks of the Yadkin River, surrounded by mountain music, dance, food, and beautiful scenery. Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention events will occur on August 30-31 and September 1 at Jones Farm, 3590 NC-268, Lenoir NC (Happy Valley). Tickets are paid upon arrival at the gate beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Festival fun begins at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring a community dance with mountain music, cakewalks, an open mic, a joke contest and more. Friday’s events are free to attend. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • New River Blues Festival Returns for a 17th Year in Ashe County This Sunday


    August 27, 2019. Music fans from all across the region will find their way to the small community of Grassy Creek near the Virginia state line this Labor Day weekend for a day full of Blues hits from another great list of artists. The 17th Annual New River Blues Festival will be happening on Sunday, September 1 at The River House in Grassy Creek in Ashe County. The River House is just a short, scenic ride away from nearby Jefferson and West Jefferson. Gates open at noon and music will begin at 1 p.m. “People will experience great music, dancing in a mountain meadow next to a beautiful, sparkling river. It’s a full day of music; we start with traditional acoustic and move to more rocking stuff throughout the day,” said King Bees frontman Rob Baskerville, who first organized the event and has been playing music himself along with “Queen Bee” Penny Zamagni for 32 years. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga Humane Society’s Annual Fur Ball at Blowing Rock Country Club on September 14


    August 26, 2019. Watauga Humane Society’s 22nd annual Fur Ball fundraiser is going to be held on September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This year’s Fur Ball will include many activities for everyone to enjoy, including an elegant silent auction of about 100 different items, a balloon raffle, artists painting dogs while doing the cocktail hour, a buffet dinner, and a hula hoop contest; prizes will be awarded to the top three outfits for both men and women who attend the Fur Ball! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Watauga Humane Society, so it is only appropriate that the theme of the 2019 Fur Ball is the 1950s. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Blue Yonder to Perform During Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Indoor Concert Series on September 1


    August 26, 2019. The John Lilly Trio, known as “Blue Yonder” rolls into the High Country on Labor Day weekend for a Sunday, September 1st concert as a part of the Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music 2019 Indoor Concert Series! This show takes place at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone and begins at 7:30pm.
    Blue Yonder is a band from Charleston, West Virginia, that takes strands of early country and folk music – from swing to honky-tonk, bluegrass to rockabilly, hymns to pop – and weaves them together with award-winning original compositions and contemporary grooves. The group features three seasoned musicians each with distinctive and notable skills: award-winning songwriter John Lilly, national guitar champion Robert Shafer, and neo-trad bassist Will Carter. / Read more…



  • Traditional Showcase of Local Music and Storytelling on Friday August 30 at the Jones House


    August 26, 2019. The Town of Boone’s Summer Concert Series at the Jones House ends on a high note this Friday at 5:00pm, with a traditional showcase of local music and storytelling. The evening’s jam-packed lineup features Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express, Rick Ward, Orville Hicks, The Corklickers, and Surefire. 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 5:00 p.m., and they are held rain or shine. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the music from the Jones House lawn. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the Jones House property, if patrons are of legal age and bring their own beverages. No open containers are allowed beyond the Jones House property. Friendly pets are permitted on leash. / Read more…



  • National Research Study Demonstrates Girls on the Run Transforms Young Girls’ Lives


    August 23, 2019. As students head back to school, many parents are looking for after-school activities that provide a safe and structured space where children can learn skills and be physically active. Appalachian State University’s Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC) — a program of the university’s Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) — offers this and much more. A recent independent, national-level study conducted by Dr. Maureen Weiss, a professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology, provides compelling evidence that the Girls on the Run(GOTR) program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third through fifth-grade girls. Of the study, Weiss said, “Girls on the Run participants scored higher in managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others, and making intentional decisions than participants in organized sport or physical education. / Read more…



  • The Carolina Snowbelles Bringing “Christmas in August” to the Town of Banner Elk on August 31


    August 22, 2019. The Carolina Snowbelles, a local precision dance troupe, will be bringing “Christmas in August” to the Town of Banner Elk on August 31 at 7:00 p.m. with a holiday themed, Rockettes-style performance in the Hayes Auditorium at Lees-McRae College. The Mayor of Banner Elk, Brenda Lyerly, has gone so far as to welcome the festivities with an official proclamation declaring the dates of August 30 and 31 “Christmas in August” in the Town of Banner Elk. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



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