1) Third Annual Jim Greene Memorial Concert Held Aug. 9
The third annual Jim Greene Memorial Concert will be held Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Avery County High School Gym. Admission to the concert is free, and a barbecue supper is available for an $8 minimum plate donation. The concert will feature Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Ernie Penley, His Mercies, Purpose Quartet, Elvis (John Greene) and more. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great day of fellowship, food, gospel and bluegrass. For more information about this event call 828-733-0188.
2) John E. Batchelor Visits Watauga County Public Library Aug. 9
On Saturday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m., join John E. Batchelor for a special presentation and book signing featuring his book “Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina.” All are welcome. The event will be held in the meeting room at the Watauga County Library located at 140 Queen St. in downtown Boone.
3) Ranger Programs at the Blue Ridge Parkway
Informal Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor: On Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.
Cone Manor Meander: On Saturday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m., meet on the front steps of Cone Manor and join a ranger on a two-mile hike to Cone Cemetery and back. Take a walk back in time and learn about the Cone family and estate while enjoying the beautiful landscape of Flat Top Manor.
Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor: On Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17, starting at 10 a.m., rangers will lead tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour the approximately 45 minutes in length and reservations are required. To reserve a tour call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House.
4) Last Chance Golf Tournament Held Sept. 23
The 23rd annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Last Chance Golf Tournament will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Linville Ridge Country Club. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament will be a Texas Scramble, 2 net best balls. The cost is $200 entry fee per player which covers green fees, cart fees, range balls, golf shirt, two mulligans, lunch on the golf course, two beverage tickets and pub grub after you play along with much more. To register please visit www.BooneChamber.com/golf. For questions please contact Barbara Armstrong at [email protected] or call 828-264-2225.
5) Margaret Salisbury Coffee Talk Held Aug. 9
Start your Saturday morning with art and coffee. Margaret Salisbury, a painter, will be at a coffee talk on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Art Cellar Gallery. The enthusiasm and talent of this accomplished artist will brighten your day, so join us for casual conversation and refreshments. Margaret Salisbury began painting in oil in 1999 and always loved painting en plein air. She is often spotted on the side of the isolated country roads while she captures a beautiful scene. She is always ready to put on her backpack with paint supplies and hike to find the perfect view or isolated fishing hole. Margaret also creates large scale work in her Charlotte home studio. She is known for her warm palette and her ability to capture the atmosphere of the mountains, or the farms and farm animal and the wildlife in our area. Artist Tony Griffin will be in the gallery several days during the week of Aug. 11 for portrait sittings. Call to learn more or to schedule a personal sitting at 828-898-5175.
6) Appalachian State Women’s Soccer to Host Fundraiser at Applebees
The Apple Gold Group, a franchise of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar is proud to partner with the women’s soccer team from Appalachian State University to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 16. Proceeds raised by the athletes will be used throughout the summer to help offset travel expenses and tournament fees as the team transitions into the Sun Belt Conference this fall. “Our Boone team members are looking forward to partnering with these hard working student-athletes on Saturday,” said Michael Olander, President and CEO of the Apple Gold Group. “We encourage everyone in the area to join us on Aug. 16 at our restaurant on Blowing Rock Road to assist these players in their fundraising efforts.” The Appalachian State Women’s SOccer fundraiser will be hosted by the Applebee’s restaurant located at 2036 Blowing Rock Rd. in Boone starting at 8 a.m. Tickets for the fundraiser are $8 and can be purchased by contacting Sarah Strickland at 828-262-2563. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage and beverages. Applebee’s is proud to partner with local nonprofit organizations as a way to raise money for their cause. From ticket sales to event-day staff, the breakfasts are managed by the nonprofit organizations with the assistance of Applebee’s employee volunteers. Breakfasts can be held on Saturday or Sunday morning and cost the organizations around $2 a meal. The Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraisers represent one of the company’s efforts to remain active within its local neighborhood. To request a fundraiser to benefit your organization, visit www.AGGrestaurants.com.
7) Lawnmower Race Set for Aug. 9
The Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro will host the second lawnmower race of the season on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Worth Evan Tomlinson Rotary Park in North Wilkesboro. The event is a fundraiser for the club. The Rotary Fairgrounds is located beside West Park off D Street in North Wilkesboro. Gates open at 1 p.m. Inspection is from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Practice begins at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Come enjoy the best lawnmower racing around. The May 31 race was featured on the TV show Carl White’s Life in the Carolina. Admission to the event is $7 with children 5 and under admitted for free. This is a Carolina Mower Racing Association event. Food vendors will be on site. For more information call Mike Staley at 336-902-7052.
8) Shag at Sugar Rescheduled for Aug. 23
Due to inclement weather, Shag at Sugar has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23. Admission is free for Shag at Sugar which will run from 4:30-9 p.m. The event will feature live music, dancing, food vendors, kids play area, door prizes, dance lessons and more. Come for a shagging good time. This event will be held at Sugar Mountain Golf Clubhouse located at 1054 Sugar Mountain Dr. For more information call 828-898-9292.