Ready for life to slow down a little bit so you can start enjoying the High Country? Spend time with your loved ones as you remember and pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives for our freedom. Outdoor concerts, art galleries, dance performances, state park programs and more are on this weekend’s to-do list.
Drive South at Music on the Lawn Tonight
Don’t miss a performance by Drive South at The Best Cellar in Blowing Rock tonight during the weekly Music on the Lawn concert series. Get there early and bring a lawn chair to get a good spot. Enjoy the cash bar and lawn menu all night. Concert 5:30-8:30 p.m. No pets due to property regulations. No coolers or outside food and beverage will be allowed.
Tellico at Music in the Valley Tonight
Check out an Americana/bluegrass performance by Tellico at this week’s Music in the Valle concert series in the beautiful Valle Crucis Community Park. Admission is free but $5 per person donations to the park are recommended. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Performance sponsored by Wren’s Nest Landscaping.
Artists’ Reception at Carlton Gallery on Saturday
Visit Carlton Gallery for an artist reception from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and join gallery owner and curator Toni Carlton in celebrating its 33rd Spring Group Exhibition with “The Landscape — Masculine and Feminine” by Kevin Beck and Amy Sullivan. The collection of landscape paintings expresses intensified realism and intuitive exploration of simplicity. Local artist Kevin Beck begins most of his work on location, even when snow is on the ground, and renders his landscapes to bring out the beauty found in all four seasons. The landscapes of Amy Sullivan are rendered using a process of oil and wax. She says she is fascinated with negative spaces contradicted by positive mark-making. Her large paintings are designed to capture this intrigue and paradox. Some gallery artists will be there to meet visitors and patrons and light refreshments will be served at this free reception.
Northwestern Studios Performances
Northwestern Studios will present “Jazz, Tap and More Revue” tonight at 7 p.m. in Ross Auditorium at Watauga High School. It will also present and comic children’s ballet, “The Sun and the Moon” at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss your chance to see what local dancers have been working on all year.
Other events going on this weekend:
- FRI. MAY 22: Gems of the Forest Wildflower and Bird Hike at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 8-10 a.m., Meet at Lowe’s Foods parking lot
- FRI. MAY 22: Western Square Dance, 7-9 p.m.
- MAY 22-24: North Wilkesboro ChickenFest, 336-667-0134
- SAT. MAY 23: High Country Kids Triathlon at Watauga County Pool and Greenway Trails
- SAT. MAY 23: Lives Divided author Birgitta McGalliard at Watauga Library, 10 a.m. to noon
- SAT. MAY 23: Profile Trail Stream Ecology at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 4-5 p.m.
- SAT. MAY 23: From easy listening to bluegrass: Sound Traveler Band at Linville Falls Winery *
- SAT. MAY 23: Ranger Programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Misunderstood Marsupial, 7 p.m. at the Julian Price Campground Amphitheater, Milepost 296
- SAT. MAY 23: Ranger Programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Mountain Murder Mysteries: Death on the Long Hunt, 7 p.m. at the Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, Milepost 316
- SUN. MAY 24: Outdoor Amphitheater grand opening at Elk Knob State Park, 2:30 p.m.
- SUN. MAY 24: Who Polluted the Watauga River? at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- SUN. MAY 24: Memorial Day Weekend bluegrass: Typical Mountain Boys at Linville Falls Winery *
- SUN. MAY 24: Western Square Dance, 1:30-4 p.m.
- SUN. MAY 24: A Memorial Day Salute: David Johnson and the Studio Band. Part of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music *
- MON. MAY 25: Memorial Day
- MON. MAY 25: Town Tavern in Blowing Rock will donate 10 percent of sales between 6-8 p.m. to helpBlue Star Mothers of America support active military personnel.