1) Velociped Invades Jonesborough for Contra Dance
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A family package allows parents to bring all of their own children for a total of $15. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome! A 30-minute class for beginners will be held at 7 p.m. The dance will run from 7:30 t0 10:30 p.m. At the 9 p.m. waltz break, again Klondike Ice Cream Bars, the official frozen treat of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will be offered to all dancers. Performing for this event will be dip Velocipede, from Maine. The caller will be Hank Morris from Asheville. Julia Plumb and Baron Collins-Hill met at fiddle camp in Maine in 2008. Once they began playing together the tunes came flooding uncontrollably out of their fingers. They have been playing together ever since. Hailing from Maine, Velocipede plays original and traditional tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia and the British Isles. They play with a tight, close sounds staying true to the tunes and bolstering them with driving dance rhythms and sweet harmonies. Fpr more information, contact event organizer David Wiley at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.
2) Upcoming Events at Watauga Parks and Recreation
- 50+ Fall Sports Expo: Join your friends and neighbors for this fall sports and social showcase at Appalachian Brian Estates. Geared specifically for adults 50 and better. Sports stations will be set up for Bocce, horseshoes, stuffleboard, corn hole and table tennis. The expo will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Appalachian Brian Estates. Lunch will be served courtesy of Appalachian Brian Estates. Preregistration is required by Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
- 1st and 2nd Grade Flag Football Deadline Extended: Register now for co-ed flag football. Registration is $30 and registrations will be taken at the recreation office until Friday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. and at the first meeting on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Watauga High School Lower Field. The clinic meets Saturday mornings from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Watauga High Lower Field. Youth soccer can be played concurrently with flag football. This is an instructional league. Clinics are instructed by WHS football players.
- For information on these of any of our programs, contact Watauga County Parks and Recreation at 828-264-9511.
3) Local Farm-t0-Table Dinner
An evening of food and an elegant landscape. Join Against the Grain and Reid’s Catering for a Local Farm Dinner on Saturday, September 14th at 4pm. Festivities begin with a tour of the farm at 4 p.m. Drinks, dinner & dessert to follow. All food will be sourced locally.
4) Boone Friends Meeting
The Boone Friends Meeting (Quakers) meets weekly on Firstdays (Sundays) at 1 p.m. in the Boone UU Fellowship sanctuary, 381 East King Street in Boone. Our meeting on Sept. 8 will be a “meeting for worship with concerns for questions and eating.” We invite those with interest in our faith to join us for refreshments and an informal answer session. For more information, call Judy Geary at 828-264-5812.
5) Book Fair Features Regional Writers at Lit Fest
Ashe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival will feature a book fair on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Ashe County Art Center, 303 School Street in West Jefferson, from 3:30-6 p.m. The Book Fair is a popular event during the festival, featuring local and regional writers who are available to talk about, sign and sell their books to Festivalgoers. Last year’s book fair packed the Art Center. “We’ll be bringing back some local and regional writers from last year who have new books, and new authors will also be here for the fair.” said Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council. This year’s festival will feature the following writers/publishers to On the Same Page this year: Chris Arvidson, Libby Bagby, Black Mountain Authors’ Guild, Jim Booth, Doug Butler, Noyes Capehart, Dale and Becky Carlson, Bill Cissna, Lenore De Pree, Julia Ebel, Carolyn Guy, Marc Hoffman, Robert Iman, Ingrid Kraus, Michael Kurtz, Peggy Litchert, David Madden, Suzanne Mellow-Irwin, Charles Meyers, Max Preston, Jack Pyle, Taylor Reese, Bobby Scarlett, Deborah Watkins, Daniel Zafren and McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. Go to the Festival’s website at www.onthesamepagefestival.org for more information about events and writers for 2013.