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Jones House Indoor Concert Series Starts Feb. 7

The 2016 Winter/Spring Indoor Concerts at the Jones House begins on Sunday, February 7, with a performance by Joe Newberry and Mike Compton.  The concert was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but it has been rescheduled for 3:00 p.m.

All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the concert. Concerts are performed unamplified and are limited to 40 seats, which can be reserved for $20 each. Advanced reservation is recommended to ensure availability.

Please see the complete Winter/Spring series schedule below, including links for more information about the artists.  More information on the series can be found on the Jones House website at www.joneshouse.org

Feb 7 – Joe Newberry and Mike Compton (3 p.m. show)



Feb 26 – Surefire




March 13 – Mr. Sun (w/ Darol Anger, Joe Walsh, grant Gordy, and Ethan Jodziewicz)


April 3 – Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker – (4 p.m. show)


April 20 – Dan Gellert


 May 4 – Pat Donohue


Boone Chamber Business Before Hours Set for Feb. 11

Highlands Union Bank is hosting our first


FEBRUARY 11th at 7:45 am – 8:45 am


A Tablet, A personal Keurig & a $75.00 gift card.

You need to be present to win!!

Saturday at MerleFest Will Be Belk Day

MerleFest, presented by Window World April 28 – May 1, 2016, is proud to announce Belk Day at MerleFest on Saturday, April 30. As the Saturday programming sponsor, Belk will have a strong presence at the festival, not only at the Belk Lounge, where festival goers can relax like VIPs, but also on stage. Each year, Belk presents the Southern Musician Showcase. Part of the winning package for this competition is a performance spot at MerleFest. On Saturday afternoon, one of the Southern Musician Showcase winners will perform on the Watson Stage and later at the Midnight Jam.

“At Belk, we know that music and style are a huge part of the Southern lifestyle, which is why we are excited to highlight both through our sponsorship of MerleFest,” said Jon Pollack, Belk executive vice president of marketing, sales promotion and eCommerce. “Festivals like Merlefest play an important role in the South, and this is a great way to serve our customers and this community.”

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Caption: Ted Hagaman (left) with Flattop, the MerleFest mascot, expressed gratitude to Belk Wilkesboro Store Manager Jeffrey Beard.

2016 will be the third year that Belk presents the Southern Musician Showcase contest as part of The Road South. The showcase is open to solo artists and bands in the Americana, pop country, pop, bluegrass, and rhythm and blues (R&B) genres. Among the prize package is an opportunity to perform at major fashion, sports and music events across the Southeast, including MerleFest.

To learn more about the Belk Southern Musician Showcase, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep9APM-O-hE<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep9APM-O-hE>.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Belk in 2016,” said MerleFest festival director Ted Hagaman. “It is a great North Carolina-based company that has been a passionate, long-time supporter of MerleFest.”

The Belk Lounge will be located between the Traditional and Americana stages. At the Lounge, MerleFest participants can register to win prizes, receive giveaways, relax, make use of Belk’s free charging stations and get the chance to meet Southern Music Showcase winners.

About MerleFest

MerleFest (www.merlefest.org<http://www.merlefest.org>) was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

About Belk, Inc.

Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 296 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and www.belk.com<http://www.belk.com> offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect<http://www.belk.com/getconnected> via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps<http://www.belk.com/AST/Misc/Belk_Stores/About_Us/Get_Social.jsp> for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

Russian Pianist Karpukhova to Perform at ASU Feb. 17

Award-winning Russian pianist Eleonora Karpukhova will present a guest recital Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Appalachian State University. The 8 p.m. performance in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall is free and open to the public. Hayes School of Music faculty member Bair Shagdaron will join Karpukhova in the performance.

A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Karpukhova is now an associate professor of music at her alma mater.

Karpukhova’s Boone performance will include “Ballade in G minor, op.23” and three waltzes by Chopin and the concert suite from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet.

Karpukhova and Shagdaron will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise, op.34” and “Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, op. 17.”

 While a student, she won numerous international competitions including the Citta di Senigallia International Competition in 1996 and the 18th Varallo Sessia International Competition in Italy and the 29th Dr. Luis Sigall International Piano Competition in Chile in 2002. In 2004, she won the Jose Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon, Portugal.

 Karpukhova has performed in Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Chile and Portugal. In 2013, Karpukhova initiated and organized the Rachmaninoff Fest music festival to mark the 140th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The festival hosted five concerts featuring Rachmaninoff’s music performed at different chamber music halls including the Rachmaninoff Hall.

Karpukhova has recorded two CDs of Rachmaninoff’s music, for both solo and two pianos. The most recent CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux was issued in 2014 by Classical Records.

 Shagdaron also is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. An accomplished soloist, he took fourth prize at the 1980 International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and third prize at the 1992 International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy. Also in 1992 he was awarded the Honorary Title of “The People’s Artist of Buryat Republic” (Russia).

Shagdaron has given master classes in Japan and also performed throughout the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Mongolia.

He joined the faculty at Appalachian in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor of piano.

Valentine Jazz with Todd Wright and Friends Feb. 12

It’s a Valentine tradition at Appalachian State University – the annual Evening of Valentine Jazz with Todd Wright and friends. This year’s concert will be a pre-Valentine event held at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Vocalist Wendy Jones will be a special guest for the performance. The musicians are saxophonist Wright, pianist Keith McCutchen, guitarist Andy Page, bass player Zack Page and drummer Rick Dilling.

The program includes “All the Way” by Jimmy Can Heusen and Sammy Chan, “Teach Me Tonight” by Gene De Paul and Sammy Cahn, “I Love Her” by McCartney and Lennon, “Embraceable You” by George and Ira Gershwin, “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rogers and “Love You Madly” by Duke Ellington.

Jones earned her bachelor and master of music degrees in vocal performance from Appalachian, where she taught for eight years before beginning a full-time professional singing and acting career. She has appeared in leading roles with professional theaters from Chicago to Toyko. Her CD “Perfect Dream” was released in 2014.

Jones currently is a member of the Brevard College faculty where she teaches voice and directs the opera workshop.

Wright is director of jazz studies at Appalachian and conducts Jazz Ensemble I and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz piano and jazz tunes. He has performed with jazz greats Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Richie Cole, Bill Watrous, Buddy Baker, Peter Erskine, Benny Golson, Herb Ellis, James Williams and Billy Taylor.

ASU Baseball Season Tickets Now On Sale

With the home opener less than one month away, 2016 Appalachian State University baseball tickets are on sale now.

A season ticket to catch the Mountaineers in action for all 26 games at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith this spring costs just $85 for adults, $75 for senior citizens (ages 60 and over) and Appalachian State faculty and staff, $55 for high school students and $45 for youth (ages 3-12).

New for 2016, single-game tickets prices will be tiered for weekday (Tuesday-Thursday) and weekend (Friday-Sunday) games. Weekday games cost $7 for adults, $5 for high school students and $1 for youth while weekend contests cost $10 for adults, $6 for high school students and $3 for youth.

Appalachian State’s 2016 home slate begins with a four-game series versus Quinnipiac on the second weekend of the season (Feb. 26-28). The home schedule also includes three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus longtime rival Georgia Southern (March 11-13), Little Rock (April 1-3), South Alabama (April 15-17), Arkansas State (April 29-May 1) and UT Arlington (May 13-15), as well as a regular-season-ending non-conference set versus Longwood (May 19-21).

The mid-week portion of Appalachian’s home schedule is headlined by a visit from local rival Wake Forest on Tuesday, April 19. App State also hosts UNC Asheville (March 22), North Carolina Central (March 30) and North Carolina A&T (May 3) for non-conference contests at Smith Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079, in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office or on gamedays beginning one hour prior to first pitch at the Smith Stadium gate.



Adults — $85

Appalachian State Faculty/Staff — $75

Senior Citizens (ages 60-) — $75

High School Students — $55

Youth (ages 3-12) — $45

Single-Game — Weekdays (Tuesday-Thursday)

Adults — $7

High School — $5

Youth — $1

Single-Game — Weekends (Friday-Sunday)

Adults — $10

High School — $6

Youth — $3

App Studies E-Books Available Through Grants at ASU

Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.

The NEH and Mellon Foundation grants that were awarded to 10 universities and organizations total more than $700,000. The funds will give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into e-books that will be made available for free under a Creative Commons license.

Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and initiatives, will direct the project. She was the principal investigator for the grant application. Materials to be digitized were selected by Fred Hay, librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Anne Belk Distinguished Professor and professor of Appalachian studies; and Norma Riddle, interim associate dean and university archivist in the library’s Special Collection.

After conducting copyright research and verifying copyright permissions, Belk Library will work with UNC Press in Chapel Hill to create digitized versions of 73 classic works on the history and culture of Southern Appalachia. The works were published by the now defunct Appalachian Consortium Press. The project should be complete by late 2017.

Projects were selected through a rigorous review process that measured how the digitized books would be of demonstrable intellectual significance and broad interest to current readers. “These are some of the seminal works on Appalachian studies,” Mitchem said of the publications selected for the digitization project.

“The Appalachian Consortium was the combined effort of various institutions in the southern Appalachian region,” Hay said. “It preceded and laid the foundation for Appalachian studies’ scholarly association, the Appalachian Studies Association. From its inception the Appalachian Consortium was the primary publisher of monographs on the Appalachian region.”

Among the works Hay and others selected for digitization is David E. Whisnant’s “Modernizing the Mountaineer: People, Power, and Planning in Appalachia,” which Hay called a classic study of both private and public development efforts focused and often foisted on the people of the Appalachian region. “Whisnant documents both the positive and negative results of these interventions and how they contributed to modern misperceptions of the region and its inhabitants.”

Another is “Colonialism in Modern America: The Appalachian Case” edited by Helen Matthews Lewis, Linda Johnson and Donald Askins. Hay said, “This is a revolutionary work that redirected Appalachian studies away from nostalgia for things quaint to an awareness of the realities of colonial occupation and its devastating effects on Appalachia.”

“The digitization of these important resources is a vital step forward in bringing regional scholarship to interested students and into the public domain,” said Dr. William Schumann, director for the Center of Appalachian Studies at Appalachian. “The ease-of-access this project provides will not only broaden our knowledge of these materials, but also expand the ways that North Carolina’s students and citizens interpret and utilize these resources. This project is a service to the state of North Carolina and to those interested in the Appalachian region everywhere.”

Appalachian’s Dean of Libraries Joyce Ogburn said the breadth of Appalachian’s W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, which is home to the largest collection focused on Appalachia, helped the university secure the NEH/Mellon grant.

“We have a good digital presence in the library but to be able to make this kind of foundational material available for others to use is really important to us,” she said.

Ogburn hopes the library’s collaboration with UNC Press will become a model for other universities to follow as they seek to digitize important holdings and make them more widely available to scholars and the public.

Among other works on the region’s history, rural life and economic development that will become available for future viewing online or for purchase as an e-book are:

 ·       “Too Few Tomorrows: Urban Appalachians in the 1980s” by Phillip J. Obermiller and William W. Philliber, a collection of articles examining the movement of Appalachian natives in search of work after World War II to the urban centers of Michigan and Ohio

·       “We Plow God’s Fields: The Life of James G. K. McClure” by John Curtis Ager, recounting the lives of James and Elizabeth McClure who left an affluent suburb in Chicago to move to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 1916

·       “Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880” by Ora Blackmun, a

history of Western North Carolina from the early settlement and development through the Civil War and Reconstruction

·       “From Ulster to Carolina: the Migration of the Scotch-Irish to Southwestern North Carolina” by H. Tyler Blethan and Curtis W. Wood, documenting the history and influence of the Ulster Scots in southwestern North Carolina and beyond

·       “Bits of Mountain Speech” by Paul M. Fink, a glossary of colloquial Appalachian speech collected by Fink primarily in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee from 1910-65

·       “Minstrel of the Appalachians: The Story of Bascom Lamar Lunsford” by Loyal Jones, a biography of the Asheville lawyer, musician and music promoter who founded the celebrated Mountain Dance and Folk Festival held each summer in Asheville. Lunsford also preserved local folk culture both through his own recordings of traditional music and his documentation of the music and dance of other residents of western North Carolina.

·       “An Appalachian Symposium: Essays Written in Honor of Cratis D. Williams” edited by J.W. Williamson. The proceedings of a conference honoring Williams, a pioneer Appalachian studies scholar, brings together state-of-the-art articles addressing various aspects of Appalachian scholarship and as such is the defining document for Appalachian Studies in its early years. It is considered essential reading for anyone interested is gaining an understanding of Appalachian studies and its history.

In addition to Appalachian, funding was awarded to Cornell University, Northwestern University, Oregon State University, University of Florida at Gainesville, University of North Texas, Wayne State University Press, Wesleyan University, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Numismatic Society.