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Memorial Day Weekend Roundup: Programs and Events in the High Country May 22-24

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.

Amy Sullivan - Elegant Creature - 48x60 LG
Amy Sullivan – Elegant Creature – 48×60 LG

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

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Northwestern Studios

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.


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