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Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday December 28

Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.

Wednesday December 30

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

No Trivia this week. Zak Norris will be back on January 6th.

Thursday December 31

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity)

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Danny Whittington and A Killa Band

9pm-Midnight Live Music: Danny Whittington and A Killa Band. Jonathan Priest, Mike Runyon and Douglas James join Danny for some tasty R&B, and seriously groovin’ funk.

$5 cover includes a Champagne Toast at Midnight

Friday January 1

Tapped at 5pm, we feature something fun and new every Friday. Get it while it lasts; there is only a limited amount!

8pm-Closing Live Music: The Paper Crowns. The Paper Crowns make two-piece acoustic music sound huge! They are stomping on drums while they are plucking strings and singing harmonies often all at the same time! There’s nobody doing it like The Paper Crowns are doing it. It’s hard to find a truly unique band…on top of that it’s hard to find a band that delivers the emotional spectrum from sweet and heartbreaking earnest ballads to barn burning gypsy raving conga frenzied sweaty dance tunes. The Paper Crowns will bring you all that and then some! The Paper Crowns are solid players on their instruments…. see this amazing band live! They pride their sets on improvisation mixed with fine compositions and great lyrics. Most of all, The Paper Crowns want you to feel good and feel recharged when you listen to their music…. it’s full of heart and soul and all of the good old spirit that’s still roaming the land.

Saturday January 2

8pm-Closing Live Music: The Jacob Johnson Band. Hailing from the humble town of Granite Falls, North Carolina, The Jacob Johnson Band is a three-piece blues experience suited for a stadium, able to be professionally condensed to the size of your local bar or any place where live music can be found.
With a rock steady rhythm section as his foundation, Jacob Johnson’s leads soar into the stratosphere with sonic influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, and many more. With vocals ranging from the howls of a hurt man, to the love struck crooning of Elvis, everyone will find the blues lover in themselves.

Sunday January 3

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.

Miami Artist Quinlivan to Paint Live at Studio 140 Dec. 29-Jan. 3

Miami-based artist Brian Quinlivan will be painting live at Studio 140 in downtown Banner Elk from Dec. 29 through Jan. 3.  Influenced by artists such as Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher, he incorporates surreal, realistic and abstract elements to create his work.  Each piece is a combination of media- including watercolor, ink, graphite, acrylic, crayon, pastels and airbrush- to achieve the desired results.

After exhibiting earlier this month in Miami during Art Basel week, Brian painted with the young patients at the Nicklaus/Miami Children’s Hospital.  Brian along with others including NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and disco/R&B legend Gloria Gaynor volunteered on behalf of the Michael Fux Foundation.  The following weekend his “Star Wars” painting that he created in Banner Elk during the Wooly Worm festival was raffled off to benefit the Miami Children’s Museum.

Using a technique known as anamorphic drawing, Brian draws and paints images that appear to leap off the canvas, floor or wall, creating an optical illusion fooling the viewer.  He will be unveiling his latest anamorphic shark painting this week.  Come by for a unique photograph opportunity with it.

Studio 140 is located at 140 Azalea Circle in downtown Banner Elk. More info at www.facebook.com/Studio140 or (828) 352-8853.

December Programs at Elk Knob State Park

First Day Hike

This is the first day of NC State Parks 100th Anniversary year. Be one of the first people to “Take a First Day Hike” on the newly revealed Art Walk in celebration of our 100th anniversary January 1st at 11 a.m. With the help of local artists and students from ASU, we will have art posted in natural settings along the one mile, easy-to-walk Beech Tree Trail. This is a great family hike and should not take more than 45 minutes. Please dress appropriately for the weather and note that the temperature can be 10 degrees colder than the surrounding area. This is a 100th Anniversary Event for NC State Parks. For more information, please call 828-297-7261.

Art Trail Hike

Join a ranger on a one mile easy hike on the Beech Tree Trail and see some beautiful nature art along the way produced by ASU students and some local members of the community. This hike will be given Saturday, January 2nd at 10 am, Sunday, January 3rd at 2 pm, Saturday, January 23rd at 10 am, and Sunday, January 24th at 3 pm.

Feeding Wildlife is for the Birds

During this drop-in program at the Trailhead Sunday, January 3rd at 1 pm, we will be making bird feeders using peanut butter, bird seed and pinecones while we discuss the importance of NOT feeding wild animals…except for the birds. This will be offered between 1 pm and 1:55 pm on Sunday, January 3. You will be able to take your birdfeeders home. Be sure to stay for the 2 pm Art Trail Hike.

Animals in Winter

Come learn about the animals that call this park home and how they have adapted to survive the winters here. This program is on Saturday, January 16th at 2 pm.

Free iLASIK Seminar at Graystone Eye on Jan. 12

Graystone Eye and Refractive Surgeon, R.E. “Trey” Oursler, will host a free seminar on Tuesday, January 12th at 6 pm on the lower level of their Hickory office. Graystone Eye is located in the McDonald Crossing business park near the intersection of McDonald Parkway and Tate Boulevard.

Participants will learn about vision correction procedures including iLASIK, advanced technology lens replacement options, and KAMRA, a new option that reduces dependence on reading glasses.

All participants over the age of 18 will receive a certificate valued at $500 toward either procedure, and be eligible to win a $1000 discount certificate to be given away at the end of the presentation.

For further information or to register for this event, call 828-304-6611, or go online at www.graystonelasik.com.

Winterfest Parade Puppet Workshop at BRAHM Jan. 4

Monday, Jan 4, 2016, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

10 / members, $15 / nonmembers

Create a wonderful puppet in this two day workshop (second date January 11) with Julie DelRosso and be part of the Winterfest Snowflake parade!

Puppets are an aspect of our history, from marionettes to the Muppets. In their many forms they have represented different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools. Children can believe and relate to them, and puppets can provide an essential link between learning and play, which makes them wonderful teaching tools. They are also an interactive way to introduce narrative to even the most reluctant reader.

In this class, children will choose a character from a chosen folk tale, and construct their own, largescale puppets. They will get to breathe life into the puppets they build by animating their puppets in the Winterfest Snowflake Parade on January 30 2016 at 3 p.m.

Preregistration is required for this class, and participants ideally should be available to walk in the Snowflake Parade. For more information, phone: 828.295.9099.

Julie DelRosso is a local artist and mother who has worked in puppet and set design for stop motion animation in film and television productions. She earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and she has worked on many art projects with children in a variety of media – from clay to animation. She believes in the power of art to inspire and affect young lives!