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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Gospel Singing in Zionville on Saturday

WHAT: Watauga County Gospel Singing

WHERE: Mabel Baptist Church

Old US Highway 421

Zionville, NC

WHEN: September 26, 2015

7:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Clint Cornett – 828-297-3270

Neil Oliver – 828-297-3653

2) Scarecrow 5K Set for Oct. 3 on the Greenway

Join us Saturday, October 3rd on the Greenway Trail for the 9th annual Scarecrow 5K Run/Walk/Wheel as we raise money for the Watauga County American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  Race day registration begins at 7:30 until 8:15 am, 8:30 am race start time.  T-shirts are on a 1st come 1st serve basis, refreshments and door prizes available to all participants.  Cash prizes awarded to the Overall Male/Female winners and to the Overall Master’s Male/Female winners.  Top 3 male/female winners will be awarded medals in various age groups.  For more information you can visit out website:  www.wataugarelayforlife5k.com or contact Paula Ward – 828-297-4876 or 828-964-6308 or email:  wardpy@appstate.edu.

3) Appalachian Wind Ensemble to Perform Masterworks on Oct. 4

Join members of the Appalachian Wind Ensemble for a performance of masterworks for winds Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

The program is directed by John Stanley Ross with student conductors Matthew Brusseau and Onsby Rose assisting.

The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s overture to “Candide” arranged for wind ensemble by Clare Grundman. Rose will conduct the ensemble.

Next is “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and transcribed for symphonic winds by H. Robert Reynolds. The composition has become one of the world’s most performed and recorded compositions by chorale ensembles, string orchestras, brass quintets and other ensembles since its premiere in 1994.

The ever-popular “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams will be conducted by Brusseau. Written in 1923, it’s one of Williams’ most famous works and was inspirited by folk songs and carols that he collected and transcribed while traveling the English countryside.

Rose returns to the podium to conduct Robert Spittal’s “Consort for Ten Winds.” The composition was inspired by 16th century French wind music.

Closing out the performance is “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli and “Whip and Spur Galop” by Thomas Allen. Ticheli’s work was commissioned by a consortium of 30 university, community and high school concert bands through the Worldwide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund. The composition features blues harmonies, jazz rhythms and melodies that often are reminiscent of the Big Band era.

“Whip and Spur Galop” is based on a galop, a type of fast-paced music used to accompany circus acts and rodeo rides.

4) ASU Theatre Presents “An Enemy of the People” Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “An Enemy of the People,” playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 masterpiece about an eco-conscious doctor who uncovers a controversial secret. Under the direction of Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto, this timely play will be performed in the Valborg Theatre on the Appalachian campus from Sept. 30- Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 4.

This production is the first main stage event in the 2015-16 season of the Department of Theatre and Dance, which runs from September through May of each academic year.

Ticket prices are $10 for students and $17 for adults. Tickets are available in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-4046, at the Valborg Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m., and online at www.theatreanddance.appstate.edu.

Szeto, an associate professor of theatre, has previously directed Appalachian productions of “The Other Shore” and “WTC View.”  Her concept for “An Enemy of the People” brings a fresh new look to this classic play about the environment in our changing world.  Szeto sets the work in a rustic 1950s Norwegian town where social standing and politics rule above all else. Dr. Thomas Stockmann, a high-ranking member of society and brother to the mayor, uncovers a controversial secret that could tear the fabric of their community.

In conjunction with an experienced design team that includes faculty members Mike Helms (sets), Martha Marking (costumes and make up), John Marty (lighting) and student David Sabbagh (sound), Szeto has decided to mirror the historical development of the media. By recreating the era that transformed black-and-white cinematography into color film, all the characters in the script that are apprehensive of change are attired in monochromatic tones, progressing to gradual color in their apparel as they become enlightened to the issues confronting their community. Szeto explains, “Light and sound will compliment these changes and underscore different moments of awakening as the show proceeds.”

This production features 12 actors, ranging from freshmen to graduating seniors. Justin McGovney, senior theatre arts major, portrays the title role of Dr. Thomas Stockmann, with juniors Melanie Lech and Dylan Brown appearing in leading roles.

About Valborg Theatre

Valborg Theatre is located on campus at the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street.  The theatre entrance faces the back of Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.

About the Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educational opportunities including B.A. degrees in dance studies and theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.

5) Registration Open for the Annual Running of the Knob

On Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m. runners and walkers of all ages are invited to be part of the 9th annual running of The Knob. As the third and final race of the 2015 High Country Triple Crown series, The Knob is a great way to kick off Appalachian State University’s Homecoming Weekend.

Beginning at the Watauga County Library, the uphill run will follow a challenging but very picturesque two-mile route to Knob Park. Also starting at 4:30 p.m., runners and walkers of The Bonk will begin at the top of Howard’s Knob and will finish at the Watauga County Library.

Registration fees are $30 and participants of both races will receive goody bags, T-shirts and numerous door prizes donated by sponsors. Food will be provided by Wendy’s and Barberitos. Special awards will be offered to overall winners and age-group winners of The Knob. Also following the race, cash awards totaling $1,500 will be given to the top three male and female overall winners of the Triple Crown series and top three male and female grandmaster (age 50+) competitors.

Proceeds from the High Country Triple Crown benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country. In 2014, the race series donated $8,000 to Girls on the Run to assist with the program’s scholarship fund. Girls on the Run inspires girls in the 3rd-8th grade to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The High Country Triple Crown is sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services within the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

For more information and to register for the The Knob and The Bonk, please visit http://www.triplecrown.appstate.edu/ or call 828-262-7557.  Day-of registration for the race will take place beginning at 3p.m. at the Watauga County Library.

6) Upcoming Ranger Programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 10:30-12:30, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday October 3, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only. No advance reservations, please.

Julian Price Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 296          

7:00 p.m. – Let’s Talk Turkey

Come learn more about the most commonly seen critter on the Blue Ridge Parkway , and its history in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Approximately 45 minutes in length

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. (See Saturday above)


Special thanks to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their financial support of these programs.