1) Coldwell Banker Blair & Associates Recognized in National Listing Contest
Coldwell Banker recently conducted a national contest encouraging it’s affiliated companies to generate new listings. The contest ran from March 18 through May 17 and generated more than 75,000 new listings. The local franchise, Coldwell Banker Blair & Associates placed third in the nation among like size offices. Blair & Associates and its broker/agents are very pleased to be recognized for their efforts. The company has been providing real estate services to clients in Boone for 22 years. The office has a very experienced team of brokers with an average of over 14 years in the business in the local market.
2) September Programs for Elk Knob State Park
- Trail Work Days: Every Saturday beginning April 27 and running through Sept. 14, staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at 9 a.m. and work until approximately 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Tools are provided but volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water. Most of the time will be spent building our new one mile loop trail, the Beech Tree Trail, although we may include some repair work on the Summit Trail. If you would like to be involved in a fulfilling project that will fill you with a well-deserved sense of pride, then join us on Saturdays at Elk Knob State Park. For more information please call 828-297-7261.
- Web Weavers: Spiders are something that many people fear but if you educate yourself about them, they are not nearly as intimidating. Come learn about the different types of spiders that call North Carolina home and find out if your fear is really founded. Meet at the Park Office at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 for a PowerPoint presentation about our beneficial arachnids.
- Tom Dooley Hike: Did Tom Dooley murder Laurie Foster in the shadow of the Blue Ridge? Join a ranger on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. as he dispels myths and stereotypes about the legend. Participants will learn about the murder and the music of Tom Dooley. Hiking attire to include boots is recommended. Program is weather dependent. Meet at the Summit Trailhead.
- Headwaters Community Day: Enjoy a day filled with live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and food. Please bring a dish of food to share and join us between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 for our 9th annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO, Inc.). Enjoy a day of cultural heritage and pride. Please note that if you are interested in participating in the potluck, you should bring a dish of food to share and plan to be at the park by noon.
- The Nature of Night: When you’re out at night you may not be able to see as well as you can during the day but you do have other senses to rely on. During this program, we will use several of our senses to identify things and also see how we are just as dependent on them as we are with our vision in a lower lit setting. Nighttime will be just as fun as the daytime once you participate in the activities planned for this program. Meet in the trailhead parking area on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Otto Wood Hike: Join a ranger on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. as he presents Otto Wood, celebrated Appalachian folk hero and convicted felon. Participants will hike as they learn how the criminal genius broke the law, escaped from prison and captured the imagination of the American public. Hike is weather dependent. Hiking attire to include boots is recommended. Meet at the summit trailhead.
- Fall Colors: Come learn about some of the area’s best eye candy. The trees in this are give off a spectacular show while preparing for winter. Meet at the summit trailhead on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. to learn the meaning behind this natural art festival and create an artistic leaf-rubbing all your own.
3) Craft Enrichment at Appalachian State
Appalachian State University Craft Enrichment classes are now enrolling. Register now for basket making, acrylic painting, glass bead making, fiber spinning, sewing, weaving, pottery, wood working, welding, photography, video documentary production, Asian brush painting, jewelry, portrait sculpting in clay and stained glass. Register now at craftenrichment.appstate.edu. You may also contact Eric Reichard at 828-262-6360 for additional information. The Fall 2013 classes are designed for the hobbyist, advanced students or someone that is ready to learn something new. Small classes provide individual attention from faculty who are dedicated professionals, committed both as teachers and craft artists. Weekly classes allow time to see where an idea leads, and time to explore your creative self and develop your distinctive artistic signature. New classes being throughout the month of September. Come join the fun.