1) Watauga Humane Society’s Bare Bones Boutique
A special brown bag sale on men’s and women’s summer clothes is on Friday and Saturday July 5 and 6 only from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on both days. Stuff a bag and pay only $5.33. We have a big selection to choose from. Still plenty of time to wear all the cool summer clothes and make lots of dollars for the animals. Bare Bones Boutique is part of the Watauga Humane Society and is operated by a staff of volunteers. All the money goes directly to the care of the animals. Located at 2670 Old Highway 421 S next to the Rutherford Church. Our phone number is 264-7339.
2) Avery Chamber AfterHours Networking Event
We will bring a little bit of New Orleans to Avery County! On Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Linville Village, home to the newly re-branded Yadkin Bank. Celebrate the best of both worlds-Cajun cuisine and atmosphere of summer in the mountains. Laissez les bon temps roulare. Let the good times roll! With hosts and sponsors: Linville Village, Yadkin Bank, Edward Jones, Tri-Season Medical Care, The Tricia Wilson Law Firm and Medi Home Care. Listen to Cajun music and Southern Rock while you enjoy an authentic New Orleans Shrimp Boil, Hurricanes, King Cake and the works. Musical entertainment by well-known local musicians Don Vallarta and Steve Davidowski. We may not have a Bourbon Street but come to Linville Village on July 9 for some great food and a celebration of everything that makes Avery a great place to live and work. RSVP to 828-898-5605. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like to stay for music and dancing!
3) Blue Ridge Mountain Club Yoga with a View
Thursdays in July starting on July 11 at Watson Gap Pavillion. Join us July 11 at 11:30 a.m. for the first yoga class at Blue Ridge Mountain Club instructed by Jenny Thornton-Brooks. These first classes will focus on easing into strengthening postures with a slow, gentle, restorative pace. This class is a mindful practice with hands-on guidance that will reduce stress for beginners and long-time practitioners alike. Classes will meet July 11, 18 and 25. Jenny began her yoga practice in 2003, while earning a BS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Appalachian State University. She found that yoga was the kindest thing to do to her body as she pursued more arduous activities including trail running, downhill mountain biking, snowboarding and being an all-around outdoor enthusiast. While living in Charleston, SC, she was drawn to the mat to fill the void left by the mountains of Western North Carolina. It turned out to be a wonderful tool for finding center and her home at the beach. Jenny graduated from the Holy Cow Yoga Teacher Training Program in Charleston in April 2012 and then began teaching at Holy Cow Yoga Center. Jenny is thrilled to bring her practice back home to the mountains, and excited to share yoga with others and also help them find their home on the mat. Please sign up by contacting Membership Services Director Harrison Herbst.
4) BMA Tours Welcomes Love Canon
Love Canon doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It’s a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There’s no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool’s errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players-including Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper, Nate Leath, Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, and Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker – add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks. They romp on throwaway classics such as ZZ Top’s “Legs” and “She Blinded Me With Science.” On their excellent version of “The Boys of Summer”, the folk instrumentation adds a traditional context to the time-capsule lyrics. After blazing through other up-tempo material, they shift to a slow burn on the closing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It’s an unlikely choice for an all-male band, but they strip the song down to its bittersweet, feminist heart. — Peter McElhinney – Style Weekly.
5) Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Join us on July 11 from 4-6 p.m. at the Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center’s ribbon cutting and open house. The location is 870 State Farm Road Suite 100 in Boone. For more info, call 828-386-BONE.
6) Elkland Art Center – The Fire is Lit
At the Liberty Parade we celebrate freedom, joy and independence. It is a one-of-a-kind expression of our community’s creativity. Hundreds of people of all ages enjoy the Liberty Parade for free. The only way this happens is with you. Contribute today! There are unique works available as rewards and of the course the reward of knowing you helped make this happen. $3150 and three days to go!
7) Concert at Watauga County Library
This Saturday, join local bluegrass band Creekside Grass for a free concert (weather permitting) at Watauga Library at 140 Queen Street in downtown Boone. Creekside Grass specializes in traditional, gospel and original bluegrass music. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Library Meeting Room. All are welcome!
8) 2013 Annual Meeting Awards
The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking Annual Award Nominations
- The Alfred Adams Award for Economic development
The Alfred Adams Economic Development Award recognizes individuals and/or organizations who have worked for the orderly growth and development of Boone and Watauga County. (Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank N.A.)
- The Ben Suttle Special Services Award for Volunteer Leadership
The Ben Suttle Special Services Award recognizes the spirit of volunteerism in the community. The late Ben Suttle served as the Chamber’s chief volunteer leader in 1992. He as a well-respected merchant in town who also served on Boone Town Council.
- The Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism
The Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism is named for former Chamber director Sue W. Wilmoth. Sue’s unique success in tourism promotion was her ability to capitalize on the region’s natural resources while balancing progress with preservation. Sue consistently focused on initiatives that improved the quality of life for our residents and visitors. (Sponsored by Boone and Watauga Tourism Development Authorities).
- The Wade Brown Community Recognition Award
The Wade Brown award is our Chamber’s oldest award, going back to 1979. At our 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1999, we created this award in honor of Mr. Wade Brown who received the first one. This award recognizes a significant contribution through community involvement (sponsored by the Boone Golf Club).
- The everGREEN Award for Leadership in Sustainability
A business, organization, project or person who has furthered the inclusion and integration of the Vision/Mission of the everGREEN committee into the business community or community at large in some measurable or discernable way during the previous year. Vision: to promote the adoption and practice of sustainable development principles which foster broadly shared economic prosperity while preserving the environment for the future generation. (Sponsored by Mast General Store).
8) Board Meeting
The Voluntary Farmland Preservation Advisory Board will hold its meeting on Monday, July 8 at 8 a.m. in the Watauga Soil and Water Office at 971 West King Street. The public is invited.
9) Award Winning Writer Joseph Bathanti to Present Belk Library Lecture on July 11
Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate and a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University, will deliver the Belk Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, July 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons on campus. The public is invited. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Library Deck. For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087. Bathanti is the state’s seventh poet laureate. His presentation is the 14th in a series of Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lectures sponsored by the University Library and is an event of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Irwin and Carol Belk provide funding for the series through the library’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship. Bathanti has published numerous books of poetry, two novels and a book of short stories. His work also has been published in literary journals across the country. His awards include the 2013 Ragan-Rubin Award, presented to an outstanding North Carolina writer, the 2006 Novello Literary Award, and the 2002 Sherwood Anderson award. He is a two-time recipient of literature fellowships from the NC Arts Council. Bathanti will sign books during an informal reception following the lecture and books will be available for purchase. Previous Belk lecturers include southern writers Clyde Edgerton and Ron Rash, and childrens author Gloria Houston.
10) Lucille Miller Observatory
The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open for our monthly public observing on Friday, July 5, from 9 to 11 p.m. The Lucile Miller Observatory is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School (the old high school) on North C Avenue just west of downtown Maiden. This is a free event and all ages and interest levels are welcome. No reservations needed. We will be at the observatory rain or shine. In case of ad weather, an indoor program will be presented. Light refreshments will be available. Visitors are encouraged to bring their telescopes if they have questions on how to use them, or if the telescope needs adjustment. Weather permitting, we will observe Venus, Saturn and the summer sky.
11) Bethelview Valle Crucis United Methodist Charge Announce New Senior Pastor
Bathelview and Valle Crucis United Methodist Churches will welcome newly appointed Pastor Elaine Hall on Sunday, July 14. Hall, her husband Clint, and two sons, Martin and Philip, relocated to Boone from Springfield, VA. Rev. Hall earned her Bachelor of Science from Davidson College and Masters in Divinity from Yale University. The two churches look forward to years under Rev. Hall’s leadership and welcome you to worship with us on Sundays. Valle Crucis UMC is located at 2945 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis with Sunday Worship at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. Bethelview UMC is located at 193 Ridge Road in Boone with Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.
12) Baha’i Devotional Meeting
There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, in Stony Fork. The theme of the meeting will be “Prayers for Peace and for Prisoners of Conscience”. Baha’is believe that all the world’s great faiths are divine in origin. All are welcome. For more information and directions call 268-2191.
13) Banner House Museum
The 2013 Season for the Banner House Museum runs through October 18, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.. with final daily your beginning at 3:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $5, children 6-12 are $1. Located at 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk. Take a guided tour through time in this home built circa late 1860 by Samuel Banner, one of Banner Elk’s founding families.
14) Grandfather Mountain State Park Programs
- Tree Identification Hike: On July 10, Meet at Boone Fork Parking Area. The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to more species of trees than the entire continent of Europe. Join a Park Ranger for an easy to moderate hike through the park and learn how to identify our great diversity of trees. Participants should wear hiking boots and clothing appropriate for the weather.
- Tree Identification Hike: On July 15, Meet at the Profile Trail. The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to more species of trees than the entire continent of Europe. Join a Park Ranger for an easy to moderate hike through the park and learn how to identify our great diversity of trees. Participants should wear hiking boots and clothing appropriate for the weather.
- Stream Ecology: On July 17, meet at the Boone Fork Parking area. Join a Park Ranger to learn about how the living and non-living things interact in mountain streams. What are all of those bugs and other critters swimming and crawling through the creek? We will catch and identify what type of creature they are and what these species could tell us about water quality. Nets will be provided. Any participants wanting to get into the stream should bring waders or clothes that can get wet and a towel to dry off. All ages are welcome, but please no pets.
- Stream Ecology: On July 19, meet at Profile Trail. Join a Park Ranger to learn about how living and non-living things interact in mountain streams. What are all of those bugs and other critters swimming and crawling through the creek? We will watch and identify what type of creature they are and what these species could tell us about water quality. Nets will be provided. Any participants wanting to get into the stream should bring waders or clothes that can get wet and a towel to dry off. All ages are welcome, but please no pets.