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December Issue of High Country Magazine on Newsstands Beginning Today


By Jesse Wood

An annual tradition, the December issue of High Country Magazine, which is out on newsstands beginning today, features a painting from a local artist on the cover.

A winter landscape featuring ice skating bears, Peg Carino’s painting, “And You Thought We Were Sleeping,” graces the latest edition of High Country Magazine.

Carino told the High Country Press that the painting’s setting was inspired by the arched stone bridge in Tynecastle:

“There is a little arched stone bridge that can carry you back in time and offers the most amazing scenery year round. Luckily, the property owners are my dear friends. From the moment I was asked to do the Christmas cover, this was the only place that it could be. I just saw bears frolicking and ice skating on this little pond. I have read about bears hibernating and that they do come out now and then, we just don’t know about it.”

The magazine features articles on N.C. court reform and court history in Watauga County; Bobby Cordell, a recognizable young man who runs everywhere in Boone; Charlie Travis and Olde World Galleries; the In/Visible Theatre; and more.

Pick up a free copy today at newsstands across the High Country or stop by the office on N.C. 105.

Once uploaded today, the latest issue will be viewable online here