1) Quilt Meeting
The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Susan Edmonson, an award winning quilt maker, will be our guest speaker. She teaches, lectures and leads workshops throughout the southeast. Her program will be a “Mixed Media Trunk Show.” She has designed quilt patterns and kits, but now enjoys sewing with many different materials and elements to create unique art. Contact Dolores at 295-6148 for more information.
2) Meet the Candidates Scheduled for Oct. 8
The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Town of Boone Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road beginning at 5:30 p.m. All the candidates for Mayor and Town Council have been invited to participate. Questions will be asked of all the candidates in a “round robin” format; each having an opportunity to answer first, but all answering the same question. The audience will be allowed to submit written questions during the forum. All questions will be asked by the moderator. Each response will have a one minute time limit and each candidate will have a two minute closing statement. This forum is not intended to be a debate between candidates or between the audience and the candidates, but rather an opportunity for the citizenry to hear each candidate’s position on topics important to all. In order to maintain decorum, political literature and signage will not be allowed in the room. If you wish to submit questions, please call 264-2225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Health and Hunger Coalition’s First Annual 5K Homecoming Run for Hunger
The first annual 5K run will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at Clawson-Burnley Park Greenway Trail in Boone.
4) Watauga County in the Civil War
Michael Hardy, author of Watauga County in the Civil War, will be speaking and signing copies of his book in the Boone area. “My latest book, Watauga County, North Carolina, in the Civil War, will be hitting stands next week. This project means a great deal to me- I took eighteen years to research it. It is jammed with material – some of it old (but hopefully presented in a new light), and some of it is new material that you have probably never seen before. The book covers the War years, 1861-1865, and the events that took place in Old Watauga County. Also, there are chapters on the soldiers who marched away, Reconstruction, the Remembrance process (like the veteran reunions). and Unionists. So I would like to offer you a chance to order a signed copy of the book. I’ve set up a page just for that process. Please visit www.michaelhardy.com/cwwatauga for instructions on ordering online, or via mail. If you would like the book or books inscribed to someone, please make sure you include that in your note. Books are $17 each plus $3 shipping. Of course, I will be speaking and signing in the Boone area. This includes The Boone Heritage Festival (Oct. 12), Watauga Public Library (Oct. 22), Autumn Leaf Festival (Oct. 26), Black Bear Books (TBA). If you would like me to visit your group, please drop me a line. Thanks again to everyone who contributed over the years to this project.
5) Grandfather Mountain State Park Programs
- Fall Colors: Friday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Discuss what makes the leaves turn colors
- Stream Ecology: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Join a park ranger to learn about how the living and non-living things interact in mountain streams. We will catch and identify creatures from the stream and learn what these species could tell us about water quality. Any participants wanting to get into the stream should bring waders or clothing that can get wet and a towel to dry off. All ages are welcome, but please no pets.
- Clouds: Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. Hike up to Flat Rock View and meet a park ranger to learn about the different clouds, the weather that is attached to the and where they lay in the atmospheric levels of the sky.
- Fall Colors: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Hike up to Flat Rock View and meet a park ranger to discuss what makes the leaves turn colors.
- Camouflage: Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how animals use camouflage in the wild. After the presentation attendees will get to try to find several animals in the area around where the program is held.
- Day Hiking Ten Essentials: Friday, Oct. 11, join a park ranger to learn about what you need to have a safe and satisfying hiking experience.
- Nature Journaling: Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Preregistration is required. Join a park ranger on an easy round trip hike on the lower Profile Trail where we will spend time quietly observing the natural world to sketch or write about the experience. Weather dependent.
6) Branch Library Book Sale
Branch Library Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Library will be held Oct. 10 from 4-7 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center. Fore more information contact Branch Library at 828-297-5515