Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

1) Watauga Community Band to Play at ASU Dec. 4, 8

The Watauga Community Band will be performing two holiday concerts this December. The first concert will be Friday, December 4, at Blowing Rock School. The second will be held Tuesday, December 8, at Rosen Concert Hall, on the campus of Appalachian State University. Both concerts start at 7:30pm. Director Bill Winkler will lead the band in a series of holiday favorites, including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the English folk tune Greensleeves, Percy Grainger’s The Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol, and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Both events are free and all are invited to celebrate the Christmas season with the Watauga Community Band.

2) Boone Parade After Party for Kids at Library on Saturday

The annual after Boone parade kids party will be held on Saturday December 5th at the Watauga Co. Public Library on Queen st. Come enjoy hot choc. & cookies along with many fun activities and say a big HI to Santa. Hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

3) Wine to Water to Host Wine Hop and Pub Crawl Tonight 

Wine To Water is hosting an event to raise awareness and

bring attention to the world’s water crisis, while engaging our local

community in an exciting fundraising event! This Tuesday, December 1st,

also known as “Giving Tuesday,” local Wine To Water supporters will be

gathering at and travelling between three supporting venues to raise

support for Wine To Water. Venues include: Mellow Mushroom in

downtown Boone, the Local, and River Street Ale House. Beginning at

5pm, Wine To Water representatives will be present at each of the venues

with merchandise and information until 9pm. Participants will receive gift

certificates and drink specials for the supporting venues! Join us in this fun

event to help bring clean water to those in need!

4) December Programs at Elk Knob State Park

Turkeys and Ravens

See a presentation about these fascinating birds and their interesting quirks.  Meet at the park office on Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 pm.

Elk Knob: The Long Hope

Come find out what it was like to grow up in the Meat Camp, Pottertown and Sutherland areas back when there were very few cars to get around.  First we will view a 30 minute video produced by The Appalachian Studies program at ASU featuring interviews with local folks who were born and raised in the area.  Meet at the Park Office on Saturday, December 12 at 3 pm.

5) Festival of Trees at Chetola Begins Dec. 3

This community holiday event will support the Western Youth Network. Stroll through the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room on the main level at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock to see a variety of trees decorated in unique and personal styles. Enjoy the sights or bid on your favorite tree. Call 828-295-5500 for more information or visit Chetola.com. Admission is free and donations to WYN will be accepted.

The festival will take place during these hours:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5-10 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 4 from 2-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

6) Baha’i Devotional Meeting Set for Dec. 6

There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting at 11am on Sunday 6 December in Stony Fork.   The theme of the meeting will be “Attaining spiritual happiness”  The Baha’i Faith teaches that all the world’s great faith share similar spiritual teachings.

All are welcome. For more information and directions call 268-2191.

7) See “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” at ASU Dec. 5-6

The Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe (AWTT) at Appalachian State University presents the 1993 comedy “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress” by playwright Alan Ball about five bridesmaids hiding in a bedroom during a wedding reception.

Three performances will be presented: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The production will be staged in the Great Hall of the Living Learning Center (LLC), located on campus at 301 Bodenheimer Dr. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults and may be purchased Monday through Friday in Plemmons Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or in the lobby of the LLC Great Hall one hour prior to each performance. For more information, visit Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe on Facebook or email [email protected].

First published and performed in 1993 at the Manhattan Class Company in New York City, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” explores themes ranging from insecurity and jealousy to lust and pride. The play’s setting is the home of a bride in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the newly married couple’s overdone wedding reception. The five bridesmaids referenced in the title of the play have found refuge in a? room above the fray and realize, among other things, that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride.

Critics favorably reviewed this comedy as “a wonderfully entertaining play…” in The New York Post, while the New York Daily News opined that, “‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ is a fresh-as-a-daisy comedy, funny as can be….” Theatre Week stated that, “Ball has the comic writer’s requisite talent for dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage.”

Appalachian’s Women’s Theatre Troupe was founded only two years ago but has blossomed into a successful student interest group and campus arts organization. “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” is the troupe’s fourth production, following the highly acclaimed spring 2015 show “Decision Height.” In order to encourage students in the arts, the troupe gives opportunities to first-year and second-year students, including non-theatre majors. Effective in spring 2016, the organization will use the new name Women and Inclusive Theatre Troupe in order to promote a more diverse environment for theater.

Karen Sabo, executive director of the Women’s Fund of the High Country, is guest director for this production. She explained, “‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ is, I think, usually performed as a broad Southern frothy comedy, but we’re not interpreting it like that. There are some really serious subjects that are broached, so we’re embracing the play as written, which means it is pretty serious but has a lot of very funny parts.”

Sabo said that many of the characters and situations will be familiar to the audience, “but we are taking an approach of not just presenting these unexamined, but rather taking advantage of the best that theatre has to offer.” She explained that the reason the show is called “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” is because, “They’re all bridesmaids in the wedding of a woman none of them really like, so they’re all wearing this ‘uniform of femininity.’”

“They all take a look at how the ideas out there about what it means for each of them to be women can sometimes hold them back and restrict them from being the humans they really are,” Sabo said. “I guess it is a feminist play, but it really is a humanist play. That’s what the Women’s Theatre Troupe does – look at expanded descriptions of what it is to be human, and usually in a really engaging, entertaining way.”

Appalachian students featured in the show are Olivia Fitts, Alexxa Guerrero, Mary Elizabeth Myrick, Emma Siplon and Jenna Tonsor.

About the Living Learning Center

The Living Learning Center (LLC) is located on campus at 301 Bodenheimer Dr. Parking is available in lots near the building, as well as in Rivers Street and College Street parking decks and the Raley/Peacock parking lot off Rivers Street.

About the Women’s Theatre Troupe

The Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe is a student-run performing arts organization designed to promote theatre experience, to develop opportunities for women, and to advocate women’s rights in productions at Appalachian State University and throughout the High Country region. The group sponsors student-directed shows, programs and social events, such as group trips to see live productions at other theatres, bi-weekly meetings, and schedules projects and workshops of interest to the membership.

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