Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

1) Share the Warmth Clothing Drive, Now through Oct. 5

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is accepting donations of new or gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and shoes. They are collecting items through Oct. 5 and they will be distributed at the Hospitality House on Oct. 9. You can drop your donations off at the WFBR office, Footsloggers or Tricia Wilson Law Office (3616 Mitchell Ave. in Linville), If you are available to help sort items between Oct. 7-9 and would like to volunteer your time, call Judy Painter at 828-297-1948 or reach her by email at [email protected]

2) Celebrate the Restored Blowing Rock Fire Truck on Sunday

You are invited to celebrate the restoration of Blowing Rock’s first fire truck!

Sunday, September 27, 4 pm

at the Blowing Rock Memorial Park

Free refreshments & fire hats for the children

The program will include: 

Watauga County Firefighters Honor Guard

Pledge of Allegiance

The National Anthem by Diana Wilcox and the Watauga Community Band directed by Steve Frank

History of 1927 Fire Truck

Presentation of key to Mayor JB Lawrence

Presentation to Bryan Summers and Team

Following the program, refreshments will be served.
Viewing of the fire truck and photo opportunities will be available.
The Watauga Community Band will continue playing.

Rain or shine! We hope to see you there.

Sponsored by:
Blowing Rock Historical Society
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Town of Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Fire Department

3) 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

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

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) Pinto Bean Supper at Bethelview UMC on Saturday

A Pinto Bean Supper will be held on Saturday, September 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bethelview United Methodist Church, located on Ridge Road just off Castle Ford Road in Boone.  The menu includes pinto beans, cornbread, slaw, variety of potatoes, variety of desserts and variety of beverages.  Take-outs will be available.  Donations for the supper will be accepted.  For more information or directions, call 828/264-3390.

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