1) Gamekeeper Hosts Boone Alum for Wine Dinner
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, The Gamekeeper, along with Peabody’s wine and beer, will present a wine dinner with NC winery and distillery Fair Game Beverage Company. The dinner will feature Fair Game Cocktails and Wine Flights as well as a $30 small plate dinner.
2) Fall Art Education Series Announced by Watauga County Arts Council
The Watauga County Arts Council is announcing their Fall Art Education Series of workshops, lessons and classes. This list is posted on the website along with application forms and other information. During the first winter of the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, the Arts Council began to offer a limited number of workshops and classes which extended into late summer. While they were pleased with the success of these workshops, the challenges of publicizing each of them separately proved to be an issue. In an effort to make it a bit easier for everyone in the community to learn about and sign up for their favorite arts education activities, the Arts Council is now grouping these educational activities into a Fall Art Education Series and they plan to offer a Spring Series as well as a Summer Series in 2015. While many of the art education activities are quite affordable, there are scholarships available to help make them accessible to everyone. Scholarships are not limited to children, but are available to anyone wishing to participate. A scholarship application form is also on the website and copies are also available at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. For more information go to www.Watauga-Arts.org or go to the Blue Ridge ArtSpace located at 377 Shadowline Dr. in Boone. You may also call the Arts Council at 828-264-1789.
3) The High Country Triple Crown Introduced The Bonk
The BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) within the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University announces a new component of the Triple Crown Series – The Bonk. On Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m., runners and walkers of all ages are invited to be a part of the inaugural Bonk Run. The Bonk will begin at the top of Howard’s Knob and all starters will receive special prizes to help them on their two-mile trip down the mountain. Runners and walkers of The Bonk are encouraged to cheer on their uphill-running counterparts who have entered The Knob race, which will start simultaneously. All registrants of both races will receive goody bags, t-shirts, numerous door prizes donated by sponsors and food provided by Wendy’s, Earth Fare, Menchie’s and Blue Ridge Diner. Additionally, everyone registered for The Bonk or The Knob by Sept. 22 will be entered into a drawing for a free two-night stay at the Baymont Inn in Boone. Registration fees for The Knob and The Bonk are both $20 until Sept. 22 and $30 from Sept. 23 until race day. The annual running of The Knob is a two-mile uphill race and will be held Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. as an event of Appalachian’s Homecoming celebration. The third race in the High Country Triple Crown Series, The Knob will offer special awards to overall winners and age-group winners. Also following the race, cash awards totaling $1,500 will be given to the top three male and female overall winners of the Triple Crown series and top three male and female grandmasters competitors. Proceeds from the High Country Triple Crown benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country. In 2013, the race series donated $10,000 to Girls on the Run to assist with the program’s scholarship fund. Girls on the Run inspires girls in the 3-8 grade to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. For more information visit www.triplecrown.appstate.edu or call 828-262-7557.
4) First Year Student Showcase Highlights Comedy and Fresh Talent Sept. 25-28
The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents The First Year Student Showcase in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. This unique experience allows freshmen and transfer students to take center stage in their first semester at Appalachian. The show will run Sept. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee offered Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information visit www.theatre.appstate.edu or call the box office at 828-262-4046.
5) Ensemble 322 Presents “Musica Latina!”
Ensemble 322, comprised of Hayes School of Music string faculty, will present a program titled “Musica Latina!” on Monday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. The program will feature Spanish, Brazilian and Italian works for guitar, violin, viola and cello by composers Manuel de Falla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Pablo de Sarasate, Francisco Tarrega, Eduard Toldra and Mauro Giuliani.
6) Faculty Recital Features Andrea Cheeseman from the Hayes School of Music
Clarinetist Andrea L. Cheeseman will present a faculty recital Tuesday, Sept. 23. Joining her for the 8 p.m. recital in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall are violinist Nancy Bargerstock and pianists Christina Hayes and Susan Slingland. Admission is free and the public is invited. Cheeseman will perform “Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H. 356” by Bohuslav Martinů, “Sonata for Solo Clarinet” by Ida Gotkovsky and “The Klezmer’s Wedding” by Srul Irving Glick.
7) Latin American Film Festival Features Una Estrella Y Dos Cafes” Sept. 18 at ASU
The film “Una Estrella y Dos Cafés” will be shown Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Rough Ridge Room (Room 415). Dr. Victoria Cox will lead a discussion. Set in northern Argentina, the film is about a young girl’s friendship with an architect hired to design a house in her village. The Latin American Film Festival is made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan, Office of International Education and Development, Belk Library and Information Commons, Department of History, Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures, [email protected], a university organization comprised of Latino faculty and staff, John Craft, Donna Davis and the Latin American studies faculty. The festival is designed to attract students, faculty and community members interested in Latin American studies. It has been organized by faculty in the Latin American studies program at Appalachian.
8) Solar Energy Products and Developments Discussed Sept. 17
New solar energy products and developments will be discussed Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Appalachian State University. The free presentation in Room 17 in Harper Hall is the first in a biweekly series on renewable energy organized and hosted by the Sustainable Energy Society and appropriate technology program at Appalachian. Ryan Stankevitz, technical support manager from the Midnite Solar Inc., will be the guest speaker. Midnite Solar is one of the leading innovators in the United Sates for photovoltaic (PV) equipment development. The company has pioneered the development of many balance of system components used today throughout the PV industry, including charge controller technologies for battery based PV systems. For more information, contact Dennis Scanlin at [email protected] or Orrie Boss at [email protected].