1) High Country Farm Tour
The High Country Farm Tour provides community members with opportunities to visit local farms, connect with farmers, and learn more about growing food sustainably. Hosted annually by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the goal of the tour is to create an educated consumer base that supports and advocates for locally-owned and operated farms and businesses. This year’s self-guided tour features 29 stops across Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga Counties during the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4. Visitors can pick and choose which farms, breweries and wineries they’d like to visit between 2 and 6 p.m. The advanced cost is $25 per carload, for all farms, all weekend or $30 if you purchase your pass at the first farm you visit. There will be fun for the whole family including the inaugural Farm Tour Photo Contest. Lil’ Locavore Learning Series for youngsters, Snack Stops featuring local chefs, a FREE downloadable Farm Tour mobile App, a variety of volunteer opportunities and more.
2) Storytelling at Todd General Store
There will be a storytelling event at Todd General Store on Railroad Grade Road in Todd on Tuesday, July 23, starting at 6 p.m. Doyle Pace is the storyteller.
3) Contemplative Choral Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills July 28
The Choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present a contemplative choral evensong this Sunday afternoon, July 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the nave of the church. This month’s Evensong will focus on gentler, more contemplative atmosphere than usual-service music will include a plainsong setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, and Preces and Responses by Tim Brown. The Introit and Anthem will be Farrant’s Lord, for thy Tender Mercy’s Sake and Tomkin’s O Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The choir of St. Mary’s sings evensong one sunday each month though October, and everyone is welcome. Donations support the Choral Scholarship program at St. Mary of the Hills which provides financial support to students and budding young singers in exchange for outstanding choral contributions to the choir. The service of Evensong, or evening prayer combines elements of two services, Vespers and Compline, which were part of the seven-service daily cycle of prayer in monasteries. It is said or sung every day in the cathedrals and collegiate churches of England, as well as in this country since 1785. The service is a fragment of the worship offered to God by christian people at every hour, in every part of the world. The form of the service has changed little since the 16th Century, but the content dates back much earlier, to the Psalms, the hymnbook of the Jewish temple. and the Canticles, which are taken from the New Testament. The service is a lovely, quiet way to end the day.