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Weekend Roundup: Art, Crafts, Theater, Auction, Mountain Music and More, Aug. 14-16

Shop a three-day juried arts and crafts festival, check out Blowing Rock’s own professional theater company, meet and greet with one of the region’s most acclaimed realist painters, enjoy some great mountain music or take part in any of these ongoing activities that are sure to promise you good times in the High Country this weekend. The possibilities are endless!

Don’t forget about local live music events. Click here to find out who’s playing.

Fine Art and Master Crafts Festival – All Weekend

Avery County will host the second half of its 24th annual Fine Art and Master Crafts Festival in front of the Historic Banner Elk School Friday through Sunday. This weekend, enjoy fine wine and craft beer, as well as live music from the Dave Calvert Collective (formerly known as the Whip Daddys) from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and  Steve Fearey from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The festival is open to the public with free admission.

The days and times are as follows:

  • Friday, Aug. 14, 2-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call 828-898-5605 or visit the Avery County website.

“I Ought to be in Pictures” – Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday afternoon

The latest production from Ensemble Stage, Neil Simon’s “I Ought to be in Pictures,” sold out completely on its opening night on Aug. 8. You can still see this show performed by Blowing Rock’s own professional theater company tonight at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets online, visit the Ensemble Stage online box office.

For more information, visit the Ensemble Stage website or call 828-414-1844.

This production is a comedy that focuses on Herb, a scriptwriter for film-producing Hollywood, who gets the surprise of his life when his past manifests itself in his present in the form of his teenage daughter Libby.

Artists Reception with Jason Drake – Saturday

Meet acclaimed realist painter Jason Drake at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday. Get to know this incredible artist, hear his unique story, see his phenomenal work and take home a piece of his work for yourself! Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery is located at 7539 Valley Blvd. next to Food Lion in Blowing Rock. Call 828-295-0041 or visit www.blowingrockgalleries.com for more information. Click here to see more of Drake’s work.

Hunters and Anglers Social and Auction – Saturday

Outdoor enthusiasts will gather at the Appalachian Ski Mountain lodge for an evening of great food, music and fun on Saturday at the High Country Hunters and Anglers Social and Auction. Proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement of North America’s land, lakes and streams through the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a social hour and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Single tickets are $50 and couples tickets are $75. Tickets include dinner, drinks, a National Wild Turkey Federation membership and a subscription to Turkey Countrymagazine.

Tickets are limited. To reserve tickets, email HighCountryHuntFish@gmail.com or call 803-761-2670.

Strictly Clean and Decent – Saturday

Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Indoor Summer Concert Series is proud to announce the return of one of the High Country’s most popular trios – Strictly Clean and Decent. Fans of this dynamic group of talented musicians know that when SC&D rolls into town, an entertaining evening of musical variety and laughs will take center stage. The concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue, in Boone, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.mountainhomemusic.com. Tickets may also be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain and Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.

 Vintage Valle Music – Sunday

What a great summer of music the community has enjoyed at this year’s Vintage Valle Music get-togethers! Now, as summer winds down, Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church looks forward to its grand finale on Sunday with exciting music from Creekside GrassThe Burnett Sisters and the Turkey Tracks Trio.

Music kicks off at 4 p.m. and won’t slow down until 6 p.m., just in time for you to get home for supper. As always there’s no charge for this afternoon of community music. However, in the spirit of neighborliness, if you’d like to bring some classroom supplies to share with Valle Crucis and Cove Creek Schools, the church will be most appreciative.

St. Mary’s Evensong – Sunday

A recital showcasing the Lively-Fulcher organ at St. Mary of the Hills in Blowing Rock, given by guest organist Joby Bell, will precede the service of Evensong this Sunday, August 16 in the nave of the church.  The recital begins at 3 p.m., and Evensong follows immediately at 3:30 p.m.