February 14, 2024 At the heart of our purposeful programming, we showcase our love and admiration for the brilliant local music scene by offering patrons a taste of regional talent via the annual ‘Local Love’ lineup, a fitting announcement for Valentine’s Day. Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. welcomes 14 bands as this year’s Local Loves — Addie Levy, Annalyse Marie, Appalachian Space Train, Blue Mule, Chad Nickell & The Loose Change, Cinémathèque, GOTE, The Hillside Chaotics, Isaac Hadden Project, Leonard Blush & the Camelcals, Phat Anchovies, Pumphouse Blues, Sugarbush and War Chile — each of which will pepper performances over the five days of FloydFest 24~Horizon
February 13, 2024 Mountainfilm on Tour, the annual tour of the most inspiring short films featured at that year’s Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado, is coming to Lees-McRae on Saturday, Feb. 17. The tour has been bringing exciting, cutting-edge short films about the great outdoors to cities throughout the country since 1999, and for the first time the tour will be stopping in Banner Elk as part of the college’s High Country Adventure Film and Speaker Series.
January 25, 2024 The 26th Blowing Rock WinterFest event istarts today, featuring a calendar full of seasonal activities. From Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28, everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration. Don’t hibernate- celebrate! “Blowing Rock WinterFest offers unique opportunities to come out and celebrate this exciting season,” says event coordinator, John Goheen. “Of all our events, I think this festival really showcases our town’s hospitality and fun-loving spirit!”
January 25, 2024 This Saturday, join the Winter King Street Farmers’ Market for Beat the Blues Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone! Has winter got you down? Brighten your spirit with community and learn about supporting your mental health as the Winter King Street Farmers Market celebrates mental wellness. For Beat the Blues Day, the knowledgeable folks from Medicaid Expansion Information and Watauga Mental Health Resources will be sharing accessible mental health resources that everyone can benefit from.
January 18, 2024 While local jazz great Todd Wright can’t remember the first time that he played the Green Park Inn he has no doubt that the location is one of the finest music venues in the High Country, and on Friday and Saturday, January 26th and 27th, Wright will again headline the “Jazz at WinterFest” Series held at the Green Park Inn during Blowing Rock’s annual WinterFest Weekend. “We’re really looking forward to playing the Green Park again for Jazz at WinterFest 2024”, says Wright.
January 18, 2024 FLOYD, VA — Rooted in the ethos of FloydFest and Across-the-Way Productions is giving the next generation of up-and-coming performers a stage, a leg-up and an audience. Today’s FIFTH round of artist announcements for FloydFest 24~Horizon fulfills that continuing mission in numerous ways, not least of which is the addition of Grace Bowers, a 17-year-old guitar phenom and band leader. FloydFest 24~Horizon is the latest annual offering of the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival, taking place Wednesday to Sunday, July 24 to 28, 2024, at its new home, FestivalPark, located at 5826 Floyd Highway North in Check, Va
January 10, 2024 The Nude Party and Melissa Reaves anchor the 2024 lineup for the Boonerang Music & Arts Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. The third annual street festival and community homecoming features performances on multiple stages throughout downtown Boone. Presented by the Town of Boone and supporting partners, the multi-day event features performances and activities at many downtown locations, an arts and crafts market, silent disco, international festival, dance stage, and kids’ activities
December 14, 2023 FLOYD, VA — Charley Crockett, hailed by Garden & Gun as “one of country music’s most prolific torchbearers;” Grammy-nominated rockers, The Record Company; and up-and-coming Alabama singer-songwriter, Drayton Farley, top Blue Cow Arts Foundation, Inc. and Across-the-Way Productions, Inc.’s FOURTH round of artist announcements for FloydFest 24~Horizon.Ticket prices increase in 18 days, on Jan. 1, 2024, for next year’s five-day outdoor experience dubbed “Horizon,” the latest annual offering of the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival, taking place Wednesday to Sunday, July 24 to 28, 2024, at its new home, FestivalPark, located at 5826 Floyd Highway North in Check, Va.
November 10, 2023 FLOYD, VA — At the tail-end of a year where FloydFest won six high-profile awards, Blue Cow Arts Foundation, Inc. and Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. followup their Nov. 1 initial artist announcement with a strong second grouping of artists that will perform at FloydFest 24~Horizon, the latest annual offering of the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival, taking place Wednesday to Sunday, July 24 to 28, 2024, at its new home, FestivalPark, located at 5826 Floyd Highway North in Check, Va.
October 25, 2023 Life can be rather uncanny in the way that at times, some things seem to come “full circle.” For about 40 years, our family (James and Cheryl, and then later to include our sons Jimmy and Jason) attended our favorite mountain crafts festival in Valle Crucis, NC. We all very much loved the crafts, the food, and the people, and looked forward to this special Fall event every year. This annual event is sponsored as a fundraiser by the Church Of the Holy Cross, an historic Episcopal Church in the center of Valle Crucis. Each year, we would see which local non-profit organizations were recognized and supported by these activities.
October 24, 2023 Anyone wondering about what kind of weather the North Carolina High Country will get for the 2023-2024 winter season of course, can check weather almanacs and meteorologist forecasts, but perhaps as reliable or even more so, they can check the results of the world-famous Woolly Worm Festival that happens in Banner Elk every third weekend in October.
October 12, 2023 With the mountain scenery that surrounds the area and the breathtaking views that can be enjoyed by all, the High Country is a hub for outdoor opportunities. Hiking, camping, and picnicking are just some of the ways nature enthusiasts can experience the environment. And with all of these activities, there is one product available that can take one’s adventure to the next level. Whether you’re going to a live music festival or catching a sporting event at the park, Tarpestry tarps make a statement no matter the occasion. By Harley Nefe
October 3, 2023 The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is thrilled to announce the results of its highly-anticipated Apple Pie Contest, a highlight of the recent AppleFEST celebration. This delightful event, made possible by the skills of passionate bakers and the discerning palates of the esteemed panel of judges, celebrated the essence of autumn with the rich flavors of apple pies. The panel of judges included renowned culinary expert Chef Robert Back of Caldwell Culinary Institute, Gail Greco, a celebrated Foodwriter and Foodie Extraordinaire with a distinguished career in the food industry, and our very own Genevieve Sanders, the talented and innovative owner of The Hive Bakery.
September 7, 2023 If there’s anything that excites folks in the High Country, it usually has to do with finding treasures at a good price. Or, it might be helping a good cause with a mission in mind. Anyone familiar with the annual Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church knows that both of these opportunities can be accomplished during the upcoming event.For two days — Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. — the BUMC family is hosting its signature fundraiser that draws literally thousands of people from far and wide. By Sherrie Norris
September 7, 2023 Wilkes Agricultural Fair runs from Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Worth Evan Tomlinson Rotary Fairgrounds, just off U.S. 421 Business Bypass beside West Park in North Wilkesboro.The Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro will sponsor the event.
September 7, 2023 Trade Mill Native Heritage Days will be held on September 16th and 17th. Admission is $5.00 for 5yrs and older, 4 yrs and younger free. The event will be held at 228 Modock Rd Trade TN. There will be live music, vendors & food trucks.
August 17, 2023 CHECK, VA — Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) approved Hill Holler LLC’s Stormwater Management Plan for the development of FestivalPark, the new home for FloydFest, on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023. This final approval means FestivalPark will be ready to welcome patrons for FloydFest 24, set for July 24 to 28, 2024.
July 18, 2023 It’s not just another fundraiser, we’re told, because this year’s annual Honey Harvest Hoedown, on Saturday, Aug. 5 — supporting the great work at De la Cruz Farms in Deep Gap — will feature live entertainment by award winning Nashville recording artist, Dan Roberts, and well-known fiddle player/maker, Bob Kugot. By Sherrie Norris
June 5, 2023 BOONE, NC – At 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, The Reggie Buie Group will perform under the tent at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock as the final headliner event during the 2023 High Country Jazz Festival. It is the last of 15 separate events in ten different locations throughout Boone and Blowing Rock that are part of the 2023 festival, which runs from June 9 through 11. The 2023 festival is presented by Mast General Store with additional support from Explore Boone and Hampton Inn & Suites, Boone.
May 30, 2023 BOONE, NC – Internationally acclaimed jazz artist Emmet Cohen and his award-winning trio take to the Appalachian Theatre stage in Boone at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 as a headliner event during the 2023 High Country Jazz Festival. It is one of 14 separate events in ten different locations throughout Boone and Blowing Rock that are part of the 2023 festival, which runs from June 9 through 11. Tickets for The Emmet Cohen Trio are $35 and $42.More than half of the 14 events are free of charge to the general public with tickets on sale for headliner performances via the festival website: www.highcountryjazzfestival.org
May 9, 2023 Saturday, May 20, promises to be a busy day in the High Country with a full calendar of events for local fundraisers and family fun. None, however, will be more exciting for the younger generation, especially, than the 19thannual Emergency Fest to be held on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. For one big day, the Peacock parking lot, known to many as the former Raley Lot on Rivers Street, will be transformed into an educational, but fun festival atmosphere as the Watauga County Firefighters Association, area emergency services organizations, New River Tire and others team up to sponsor this event. By Sherrie Norris
April 28, 2023 There are various outreach ministries in the North Carolina High Country founded to assist those in need in various manners. One that serves Avery and Mitchell County has completed its fourteenth year of existence in 2023 is the Toe Valley Soup Ministry.
And to celebrate another year of success, this ministry will hold a bluegrass concert for all who want to attend this Saturday, April 29th at Pine Grove Methodist Church, located at 53 Pine Grove Church Road, in the Ingalls Community of Avery County. The church is near the intersection of Mullen Hill Road and U.S. Highway 19-E. By Tim Gardner
April 24, 2023 Valle Crucis- On Saturday, May 13, 2023, friends, family, and members of the public will gather to celebrate what would have been flatfoot dance legend Robert Dotson’s 100th birthday. The event at the Historic Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, NC, will feature workshops, a documentary film showing, a potluck supper, a square dance, and performances by the Green Grass Cloggers.
April 20, 2023 DAMASCUS, VA – Damascus is celebrating its 36th year of the world-famous Appalachian Trail Days Festival on May 19-21, 2023, as the town gears up for another busy season of hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Known as “Trail Days” by locals and hikers, the event is a celebration of the Appalachian Trail and hiker culture. The title sponsor again this year is Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a company popular among hikers for its ultralight backpacks, shelters, tarps, and accessories.
March 28, 2023 SPRUCE PINE, N.C. — UFO Enthusiast and Alien lovers will descend upon Downtown Spruce Pine, NC in the hopes of encountering extraterrestrials on June 10th, 2023. Many area residents and locals have reported an astounding number of unexplained UFO sightings in and near the small town and it is no small wonder that the event will be packed with UFO and Alien believers.