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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

1) Watercolorist JoAnn Pippin at Edgewood Cottage 

The Fifth Annual Artists in Residence Series features the work of JoAnn Pippin from Thursday, July 17 through Tuesday, July 22 at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. The cottage is located at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets right in front of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Visitor’s Center. You can meet JoAnn and view her watercolors from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., except Sunday when the hours are noon until 6:00 p.m. The Artists in Residence Series is sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society and funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and Grassroots Funds of the N.C. Arts Council. The exhibit is free to the public. Free parking is available behind BRAHM in the parking deck. For more info, click to www.blowingrockhistoricalsociety.com.

2) Local Teen To Perform With Carnegie Hall Orchestra

Local teen, Willa Finck (of The Forget-Me-Nots) who will be performing with the 120-member National Youth Orchestra of the USA from Carnegie Hall in the closing performance of the Appalachian Summer Festival on July 26. Tickets to this event are $28 for adults and $26 for students and children. All Appalachian Summer Festival event tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at appsummer.org. The trailer for the orchestra is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZykgvxQE3YA&list=PLtXdmX-0gsN_IdDoi6FwRgPxAeVju3K2b.

3) Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Week of July 21

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ Cone Manor – Milepost 294

11:00 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 11:00 to 12:00, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself  tour.  Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ Bat Station : Julian Price Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 296

Bat Time : 8:30pm

Bats in the Belfry, Bats in your hair? Join a ranger to explore the fascinating and mysterious world of bats and share your experiences with this amazing mammal.  Find out how bats in this area and in many other states are threatened by White Nose Syndrome. Approximately 45 minutes in length

Saturday, July 26, & Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone.  Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House.  Reservations accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only.  No advance reservations, please. All programs are Free and open to the public. Special thanks to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their financial support of these programs.

4) App State-Southern Miss on TV Sept. 20

Appalachian State University football’s Sept. 20 contest at Southern Miss will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and be televised live on the newly formed American Sports Network, Conference USA announced on Thursday.  The American Sports Network will air on a number of Sinclair Broadcasting-owned television stations across the country. Sinclair owns and operates 162 television stations in 78 U.S. markets. Specific stations that will carry the Appalachian State-Southern Miss game have yet to be determined.

The Sept. 20 matchup between Appalachian State and Southern Miss is the first game of a home-and-home series between the two schools. Southern Miss makes the return trip to App State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 19, 2015. The Mountaineers and Golden Eagles are meeting on the gridiron for the first time in 77 years. In the lone previous matchup between the two schools, Southern Miss beat Appalachian, 7-0, in an unnamed bowl game in Biloxi, Miss. on Dec. 3, 1937.

5) Town Home has Grand Opening July 24

Boone Chamber of Commerce welcomes Town Home, a new retail store that will serve as a sister company to Mountain Lumber. Town Home is a more homeowner oriented retail shop with all home finishes such as hardware, flooring, decking, railing, etc. Town Home has a grand opening on July 24 and is located next to Five Guys at 1435-B Blowing Rock Road in Boone. For more info, click to www.townhomestudio.com.

6) Sec. Kluttz Comments on the Resignation of Poet Laureate

Valerie Macon, recently appointed North Carolina’s poet laureate, resigned from the position today stating in her letter that she does not want, “the negative attention that this appointment has generated to discourage or distract attention from the Office of Poet Laureate.”
“I am saddened by this entire situation,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “I met with Valerie Macon and was very impressed with her passion to use her talent to combat homelessness. I am sorry that she became the focus of disingenuous comments that she did not deserve. I pledge to her and to all artists, both new and experienced, that this department will do all we can to support their creativity.”

“I also feel that Governor McCrory was unfairly targeted. He has been incredibly supportive of this department and the arts,” continued Kluttz. “He fully understands and has stated publicly that the arts are fundamental to North Carolina’s history and culture. He is the first Governor who has welcomed the ArtsDay participants to Raleigh, his budget fully funded the North Carolina Arts Council and he appreciates the positive economic impact that arts has on rebuilding our small towns and large cities. I wish Valerie all the best.”

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.

7) Where To Find Music and Fun in Avery July 14-20

Newland Riverwalk Summer Concert Series: Friday, July 18 – THE JJL BAND Rock n Roll
Linville Falls Winery: Saturday, July 19 – WAYNE HENDERSON AND FRIENDS 3 to 6 p.m.
Old Hampton Store: 

  • Thursday and Friday, July 17-18 – ANDY FERRELL
  • Saturday, July 19 – ANGEL AND THE BOYS
  • Sunday, July 20 – JIMMYDON

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery 
Banner Elk Winery & Villa: 

  • Saturday, July 19 – live music
  • Sunday, July 20 – live music

BARRA in Banner Elk:  

  • Friday, July 18-  DJ Karaoke
  • Saturday, July 19 – DJ Karaoke

The Original Mast General Store:

  • Friday, July 18 – THE NEIGHBORS
  • Saturday, July 19 – NAOMI AND THE HOME FOLKS
  • Sunday, July 20 – N.C. 194

Nick’s Restaurant & Pub: Friday, July 18 – KARAOKE  8 p.m. to midnight

Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain: Saturday, July 19 – The Great American Backyard Cookout  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Friday, July 18 – HIGH COUNTRY RAMBLERS
  • Saturday, July 19 TURKEY TRACKS

Alpen Restaurant and Bar: Sunday, July 20 – BEJAZZ 5 to 9 p.m.

BAYOU: EVERY Tuesday at 6 p.m. THE WHIP DADDYS featuring HOPE HARVEY

Cam Ranh Bay: Every Friday at 9 p.m. KARAOKE

CROSSNORE Friday Nite Jam with Jesse Smith



  • KARAOKE every Thursday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.


  • Friday, July 18 – SOUND TRAVELER
  • Saturday, July 19 – THE KIMMELS

FAMOUS FAST EDDIE’S: Saturday, July 19 – LIVE MUSIC 8 p.m.

Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20 on lawn of Old Banner Elk Elementary School

Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. on
Storytelling, live music, dancing, more

Saturday, July 19 2 to 7 p.m. with fun activities for all ages

8) Fourth Annual Cyclovia July 27

For the 4th year, Boone Area Cyclists invites you to a free community event…a day of Human Powered Fun!

On Sunday, July 27th we will close down parts of Howard, Depot and Rivers Streets to vehicles so you and your family, friends and neighbors can take over on your bikes, skate boards, roller blades, tricycles, razors, however you move! Entertainment will include Freestyle Connection BMX shows, Eya! Afrolachian Drum and Dance, Recess Skate and Snow Shop. Area musicians, local businesses, individuals and non-profits will be on hand to demonstrate, instruct and answer questions! Bring your kids to the Safe Kids Bike Rally – Get a new helmet, tune up your bike and learn bike safety, skills and etiquette! Come join in the action with High Country Recreation or try out a new bike from the Boone Bike & Touring fleet! Special guests include area mascots.

Returning for the 2nd year! Watch or participate in Adult Trike Races –  Get a team of four and register to challenge the defending champions – costumes encouraged! You can sign up beforehand by emailing us at [email protected] . Watch the video on BooneCyclovia.com.

9) Auditions for Ashe Arts Council’s Madrigal Dinners

Auditions announced for Ashe County Arts Council sponsored Madrigal Dinners on Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center. The Madrigal Dinners will be performed November 21 & 22at the Ashe Arts Center.  The evening will include all the fun, food and frivolity of these classic Elizabethan-era Old English Feasts.

For auditions please prepared a 60-second musical selection vocal or instrumental. An accompanist will be provided. The Madrigal program will include 14 – 16 singers and 4 – 6 instrumentalists. Contact the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-845-2797 or email [email protected]. For more info, click to www.ashcountyarts.org.