1) Jackson, Satterfield to Co-Host David Glenn Show on Friday
Appalachian IMG Sports Network play-by-play announcer David Jackson and Appalachian State University football head coach Scott Satterfield will co-host the David Glenn Show, a popular statewide sports radio talk show, on Friday, June 28. The David Glenn Show airs daily from noon until 3 p.m. on 13 stations across North Carolina. Jackson, the Voice of Appalachian State Football, men’s basketball and baseball, and Scatterfield will team up in the absence of vacationing David Glenn to discuss a wide range of topics, including of course, the Mountaineers’ highly anticipated upcoming football campaign. The duo will also welcome a number of guests for segments throughout the three-hour show. Confirmed guests currently include Appalachian State men’s basketball coach Jason Capel, former Mountaineer All-America quarterback and current Carolina Panthers wide receiver Armanti Edwards and Atlanta Braves television play-by-play announcer Chap Caray.
2) The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has been voted Platinum Best Festival by the readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine in the 2013 Best of the Mountains poll. “Our readers voted in record numbers this year,” said Blue Ridge Country Editor in Chief Kurt Rheinheimer. “We conduct Best of the Mountains voting only every five years, and we’re so pleased that our knowledgeable, mountain-loving readership turn up a few real surprises to go along with recognizing many of the classic sites and sights of the region.” This year, the Best of the Mountains poll features a variety of other reader selections, ranging from best waterfall to best southern cooking. Readers submitted their votes online over a two-month period, producing a list of almost 250 platinum, gold and silver awards for cities, attractions, people and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region.
3) A Summer Saunter: A Walk with Carl Linnaeus
Grandfather Mountain is pleased to continue this year’s Summer Saunter guided hike series with “A Walk with Carl Linnaeus” on July 16.
One of the most acclaimed scientists in Europe at the time of his death in 1778, Linnaeus is known as the father of modern taxonomy and a major contributor to modern ecology. A native of Sweden, Linnaeus was well known as a botanist, physician and zoologist. This saunter along the Woods Walk trail will be focused on seeking out connections between living organisms and understanding how they relate to one another. Participants in this Summer Saunter will enjoy exploring how Linnaeus might have observed the natural world by looking at connections and relationships between living organisms as well as how they might be related to one another. This hike series is free with regular admission to Grandfather mountain. No reservations are required and interested guests should meet at the Woods Walk picnic area at 11 a.m. The Saunter lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience to guests and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.
4) Organic Gardening 101
Monday through Thursday, July 22 through July 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20 for all four days. Designed for beginning gardeners or those who would like to switch organic methods. Topics include: garden planning, seed starting, companion planting, how to attract beneficial insects, pest management, soil test and amendments, compositing and vermi-composting and dealing with common plant problems. Visit several home gardens for inspiration.
5) Caring for Chickens in the Home Setting
An optional session will be held on Friday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on chicken care for an additional $5. You do not have to participate in the Organic 101 classes to attend the class on caring for chickens. Chicken care topics include: heritage breeds, facilities, feeding, disease prevention, egg production and meat chicken. Space is limited so reserve your spot by paying in advance at NC Cooperative Extension, 971 W. King Street, Boone. Held at the Farm Incubator and Grower Project, previous site of ASU sustainable development farm in Valle Crucis. Directions to ASU Sustainable Farm in Valle Crucis: Take NC 105 to Broadstone Road, turn right, drive three miles to the intersection of NC 194 (in front of Valle Crucis Elementary). Turn left onto NC 194 S., drive one mile, turn left on Dutch Creek Road. Farm is on the left.
6) Writer’s Workshop Series at the Harrill Senior Center
Are you a writer or have you ever wanted to try it? Writer/humorist Vicki Wentz will be leading a four class series called “Write Your Way” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 3 p.m. starting July 9 and ending July 18. Learn skills for writing memoirs, creative writing and humor depending upon your interest. Pre-registration required by 1:30 p.m. on July 9. Cost is $30 for the four class session. Please come by the center to register or call 265-8090 for more information.