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Today’s Email Announcements

Republicans to Meet Jan. 28

Watauga County Republicans will meet Thursday January 28, 2016.  Dinner begins @ 5:30pm and meeting begins 6:00pm.  All Republicans are welcomed to attend.

Momentum Dance Showcase at ASU Set for Jan. 22-23

The 2016 Momentum Dance Showcase will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Varsity Gymnasium dance studio, room 208, at Appalachian State University. Momentum is a campus-wide student dance organization. The annual dance showcase will feature nine original works choreographed and performed by students.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be available in Plemmons Student Union at the Momentum contact table the week of the showcase, as well as at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

In an effort to unite the university dance community, Momentum has invited other movement-based groups on campus to join in the production. Other featured student clubs and organizations include Entropy Dance Crew, ASU Elite Dance Team and NouN Improv Troupe.

 Student choreographers for the 2016 Momentum Dance Showcase are Roberto Bell, Alison Bird, Juliet Irving, Phillip McRorie, Sarah Patrick, Sarah Quinn, Anne-Catherine Rossi, Brenda Semerenko and Makeyleigh Smith.

Sophomore choreographer Irving said, “Momentum gives me a chance to explore dance outside of a class setting and to meet other students interested in dance who aren’t majors or minors.”

Emily Daughtridge, associate professor of dance studies and faculty advisor for the club, said, “The Momentum student dance club provides students with a wonderful opportunity to explore creative expression through the choreographic process and to gain valuable experience as choreographers and as members of a production team.”  She added, “Since the showcase is informal and student directed, students often feel more freedom to indulge in personal aesthetics and take creative risks.”

Varsity Gymnasium is located at 530 Rivers St. Parking for the showcase is available at any available parking lot or garage on campus after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and at all times on weekends. Covered parking is located in the Rivers Street Parking Deck directly across the street from Varsity Gymnasium.

Vendors: Apply Now for the Watauga County Farmers’ Market in 2016

The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2016 season until January 31st.  Applications for new vendors have been posted on the Market’s website.  www. http://www.wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org.  New Craft Vendor Applications are not being accepted this year, but will be accepted in 2017. All other applications are due with a $25.00 application fee no later than January 31, 2016.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market is a 100% producer-only market, meaning that all of the products sold at the market are made locally by our member vendors. Producers who reside and produce in Watauga County and the adjacent counties are eligible to apply to sell at the market.   

For additional information, feel free to contact, Ben F. Massey, Jr., Market Manager, at info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org.

Winter Happenings at Buckeye Rec Center

Snowman Building/Snow Angel Contest at Buckeye Set for Feb. 6

We will be hosting our snowman building competition and a new snow angel decorating contest this year. Contestants are encouraged to bring props for their snowmen. Snow Angels will be decorated with colored water, so lets see those creative and artistic minds at work!

Buckeye Recreation Volunteer Association

Here at Buckeye Recreation we’re always looking for volunteers for events. We also want our volunteers to feel as though they are truly being appreciated. In light of this topic, we are pleased to announce the development of the Buckeye Recreation Volunteer Association (BRVA).  Stay tuned this February for more information on this exciting new venture!

Winter Guided Hikes

Winter Guided Hikes

Snowshoe Rentals

Ever want to try snowshoeing? Let Buckeye help outfit you and get you hiking. Be sure to check with us on current snow conditions.   Rentals are free, and you may rent them for 2 hours.  We have 8 pairs of adult sized snowshoes.  We have trails we can recommend you going on for the most fun.  Snowshoes cannot be reserved, and are on a first come first serve basis.


This program is designed for volunteers to have input on our trails with upkeep and safety as our main concern.  We are offering seasonal maintenance of the trail as well.  In helping us out we would qualify your help as part of our volunteer hours, which entails you to a volunteer party and more. We will also have a sign posted at Buckeye with your recognition of help. Call Buckeye for more information or check our website.

Ruffed Grouse in Winter

 If you’re seasoned to the outdoor life of Beech Mountain you’ve likely encountered or heard this unique pheasant-like bird.  If you’re new to the Mountain – well, you’re in for a treat.  The Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) is a smallish, primarily ground-dwelling bird that is partial to higher elevations and early successional forests.  The beech gap forest-type found atop Beech Mountain and its slopes are just the place you’re likely to spot (or hear) a ruffed grouse.  In fact, if you’re abreast of your Beech Mountain history you’ve probably heard the word “Klonteska” or seen it referenced in place names on the mountain.  Local author Sheppard M. Duggar claimed in his 1895 book, The Balsam Groves of Grandfather that the Cherokee referred to Beech Mountain as Klonteska, or pheasant.

When you’re out enjoying a quiet hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski this winter on one of our trails, pay special attention to small holes in the snow that may have curious markings around it.  You may have spotted a grouse snow den!  Grouse eat quickly during the dawn and dusk hours to avoid predators, and then hole up in their insulated snow dens during the day – staying warm and conserving energy.  If you startle one on your outdoor adventure you’re sure to remember the loud beating of wings and snow explosion.

Fitness Schedule

Fitness Schedule

Fitness and Wellness in January

If your New Year’s resolution was to hit the gym and add fitness and nutrition into your life, do it the smart way! Make a couple changes at a time, you are more likely to stick with it if you make small changes. Try drinking at least 8 cups a water a day, or parking a little further out at the grocery store. Give it a try, there is a lot of 2016 to go!

Learn to… Pickleball!

Every Friday night through the month of February we will have learn to Pickleball class.

Sun Salutation

We offer yoga every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 11am.  I encourage you to give it a try.  For a small sample of class here is a yoga sequence by Sarah, which is best in the morning to help you wake up, and get your day started.