1) Lawnmower Race
The Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro will host the second lawnmower race of the season on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Worth Evan Tomlinson Rotary Park in North Wilkesboro. The Event is a fundraiser for the club. The gates of the Rotary Fairgrounds, located beside West Park off D Street in North Wilkesboro, open at 1 p.m. Inspection is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and practice begins at 3:30. The racing starts at 6 p.m. This is a Carolina Mower Racing Association Event. Admission is $7 with children 5 and under admitted free. Food vendors will be on site. For more information, call Mike Staley at 336-902-7052.
2) Student Services Fair Scheduled for Aug. 20
With classes right around the corner, Lees-McRae is gearing up for its annual Student Services Fair scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Student Recreation Complex. Aimed to help acclimate students to the High Country community, the Student Services Fair is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to set up a booth, offer trinkets, coupons etc. and get to know the new students. “It is hard to believe that it is time for students to be returning to Lees-McRae College!” said Mitch Marlowe, associate dean of students. “We are anticipating 260 freshmen arriving on our campus on Saturday, Aug. 17. We hope to see a great turnout of local businesses at the Student Services Fair.” Interested businesses should contact Mitch Marlowe, associate dean of students, at [email protected] or 828-898-3311. Please reserve your table no later than Monday, Aug. 19. Table reservations are free of charge. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 850 students hailing from 40 states and more than 10 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.
3) Watercolor Society of North Carolina 68th Annual Exhibit and Conference in Blowing Rock
Many artists from the WSNC will be coming to Blowing Rock to attend their Annual Conference at Meadowbrook Inn and Suites and Exhibition at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum on Saturday, Sept. 7, seminars will open at 1 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn with a demonstration by local watercolor artist, Wes Waugh, Russell Yerkes, President of WSNC will have a seminar at 3 p.m. on “The Right and Wrong Way to Ship a Painting.” The evening will br rounded out by a Social Hour at 6:30, dinner at 7:30 and entertainment by vocalist, Amy Marie Young and jazz guitarist, Andy Paige. Sunday morning opens with the Annual Meeting, Mary Ann Beckwith, national juror will announce award winners and do a presentation followed by lunch and door prizes. Many local merchants have donated wonderful door prizes for the event. Mary Ann Beckwith, the national juror, selected 70 paintings from 300 submitted for the exhibit which opens at 2 p.m. at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and will remain until Nov. 2. Mary Ann will be teaching a 5-day workshop at BRAHM which is now open to non-members of the WSNC. The workshop entitled The Brush and Beyond will be an art altering experience with methods taught that will be suitable for both representational and abstract imagery. She has taught several workshops at Cheap Joe’s in Boone. To register for events and the workshop, go to WWW.ncwatercolor.com.
4) Avery Chamber AfterHours Networking Event
Mark your calendars for the Avery Chamber AfterHours Networking event on Aug. 20 from 5-7 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Ball Cottage in Linville. Come out for live music by Sound Traveler, hotdog and hamburger cookout and wine from Linville Falls Winery!