1) Craft Enrichment Holiday Sale
On Friday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be a craft enrichment holiday sale at Katherine Harper Hall at ASU. The sale will include pottery, glass, baskets, fibers, jewelry, wood, fine crafts and beautiful local art. Come and support the community artists.
2) Bruce and Black Bear Team Again
High Country Writer Glenn A. Bruce will have his first book signing since last year on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Black Bear Books in the Boone Mall from 2-5 p.m. His previous novels “Riverbend” “Rubric” “Versions of the Truth” and “Temptation Key” have all sold well. According to Bruce, last year’s signing went very well indeed. “The manager then said that we had blown away the previous record for sales at a book signing, so I’m definitely looking forward to this year and trying to blow away last year’s record.” A prolific local writer, Bruce will be featuring his latest novel “The Man” which he said has been selling well as an e-book but is now available in print. “It’s a non-linear mob story about a man who has found happiness with his wife and daughter, who are unaware of his dark past or their parts in it.” Bruce said. He added that its a fun, quick read. Bruce will also have copies of his other four novels and two collections of short stories available as well. Bruce said that Black Bear and its new owners Karen and Chris Hall have been great to work with, as well as their new manager.
3) Heritage Hall News from Mountain City
The Nutcracker: Sponsored by The Wednesday Music Club, the timeless classic is still enjoyed by audiences of all ages. This show provides a magical experience featuring animals and toys that come to life ,an adventure in a snowy forest, the best-known dance of the evening performed by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the most powerful message of all “adventure never ends for those who have an eye to see it.” Adv $10/$12 Door: all youth seats $5.
4) Drive Through Nativity
The annual Live, Drive-Thru Nativity at Poplar Grove Baptist Church will be held on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 from 6 – 8 pm each evening. This year’s event, entitled “A Child is Born” will allow visitors to see the Christmas story unfold from the comfort of their vehicle while they drive around the church to view the beautifully decorated scenes. Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will also be given to each person. Visit www.poplargrovebaptistchurch.com or call 828-963-9390 for directions or more information.
5) December Programs at Mt. Jefferson
- Winter Mountain Nature Hike: On Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. meet the park ranger for a winter hike into the mountain forest habitats and explore the natural seasonal wonders of Mt. Jefferson. We will be walking on the ridgeline and there may be snow. Bring a coat, hat and sturdy shoes.
- Winter Solstice Night Sky: On Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. come to beautiful Mt. Jefferson and discover the winter solstice. Bring a jacket, a hat and some gloves. Meet the park ranger at the first overlook to discuss the importance of seasonal changes. We will also identify a few stars, planets, and constellations. This program is free and all are invited. Snow or rain will cancel this program.
- Driving tour of Mt. Jefferson
- On Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. meet a the park office and get to know Mt. Jefferson. From the office we will caravan up to each overlook and discuss the history and pre-history that surrounds this solitary mountain. Bring your camera and your questions as we take a driving tour of Mt. Jefferson.