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Today’s Email Announcements

Lucille Miller Observatory to Open Twice in August for Public Observing

The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open twice in August for public observing. We will be open on the first and third Fridays, August 5 and August 19, from 9:00 until 11 p.m.  Please note the later start time for the summer. The observatory is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School (the old high school) in Maiden, North Carolina.  These are a free events, all ages and interests are welcome, and no reservations are needed. We will be open rain or shine both evenings.

Weather permitting, our telescopes will be available to observe the Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and the summer sky. Light refreshments will be available.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescope if they have questions on how to use it or if it needs adjustment.

These events are sponsored by The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club. Please visit our website atwww.catawbasky.org for driving directions to the observatory.  You may contact Jeff Whisenant at 828 850 6433 orclubinfo@catawbasky.org for additional information.

August Events at BRAHM

Pinocchio and Robin Hood

Monday, Aug 8, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join BRAHM in the gazebo of Memorial Park on Main Street for a wonderful afternoon of theater. Bright Star Touring Theatre’s hilarious actors will have the audience laughing with this production of Pinocchio and Robin Hood. Packed with audience interaction, this 45-minute adventure is brimming with character education lessons, audience participation and plenty of puns to bring these literary classics to life in an unforgettable fashion. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Atrium of BRAHM. Seating is first come, first served, and you may want to bring a blanket to sit on. This program is sponsored by Mast General Store. Admission is free and registration is not required. More information is available by calling the Museum at 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.


Coffee with the Curator: Featuring History of the Horse Show

Tuesday, Aug 9, 11:00am

Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into History of the Horse Show. Afterward, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary coffee (courtesy of Hatchet Coffee Co.) with the Curator at the Museum. Admission is free for members and the cost of Museum admission for nonmembers. More information is available by calling the Museum at 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.


Summer Camp: Art Around the World

Monday, Aug 15 thru Wednesday, Aug 17, 9:00am to 11:30am

For ages 6-12, children will take a voyage around the continents, learning different art and craft techniques such as Painted Talavera Tiles, Tibetan sand art mandalas, Panamanian Mola, African Batik, Hopi Pottery and more. “I am excited to travel to distant lands with campers this week, while we explore the culture and traditional art of each region,” said Jennifer Garonzik, Education Center Coordinator and camp instructor. Registration is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. To register, please phone BRAHM on 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.


Movies at the Museum: Desperate Man Blues

Tuesday, Aug 23, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick, Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, Cajun, and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life. The film will be followed by a discussion with Marshall Wyatt, founder of Old Hat Records. In 2003, Old Hat released Down in the Basement, a compilation created from Bussard’s huge collection. After the film and discussion, wander over to one of the wonderful participating restaurants (Bistro Roca Antlers Bar, Six Pence Pub, and The Town Tavern of Blowing Rock) for dinner, drinks, and conversation. Present your film ticket for 10% off your meal! Discount is good for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights after the screening. Admission is $5 for members and students and $7 for nonmembers. Registration and prepayment not required. For more information please phone BRAHM at 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.


Scholars & Scones: Abstract Evolvement: The Fiber Arts of Ineke Thomas

Thursday, Aug 25, 11:00am

Join artist Ineke Thomas as she discusses the evolution of her art. Years of quilt-making allowed Thomas to “look at fibers in new ways as [she] began constructing abstract fiber and mixed media art.” She chooses found objects with intention and mixes them with a variety of additional media, including metals, pottery pieces, cardboard, feathers, buttons, small pebbles, rusted items, among others. For more information please phone BRAHM at 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.


Summer Concert Series: Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble

Sunday, Aug 28, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble will present two of its original pieces: “A Future of Tango” and its latest project ‘The Other Side of My Heart,” based on the real stories of Latino women that immigrated to North Carolina. For the rest of the program, the ensemble will invite the audience to a tour of some tango standards executed in crafted and original arrangements. The ensemble performs tangos from the standard repertoire as well as new compositions, such as their latest project, The Other Side of My Heart: Stories of Latino Immigrant Women. Each of its arrangements explore a diversity of colors, some of them associated with the traditional tango and other more adventurous, however still keeping the essence of typical tango inflections in a new sound world articulated with meticulous execution. Advanced purchase ticket prices are $13 for members, students, and seniors and $18 for general admission. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. and will be available to purchase in-person at BRAHM or over the phone on 828-295-9099 ext. 3001. If the concert has not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door the day of the show at prices of $15 for members, students, and seniors and $20 for general admission. Concert made possible with the generous support of Bill and Judy Watson.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Announces New Uwharrie Lakes Location

Badin Lake, N.C. (July 25, 2016) — Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the addition of a new location in Badin Lake at 1520 Uwharrie Point Parkway. The brokerage already has two area offices in Charlotte and Lake Norman, as well as six locations in western North Carolina.

“We are extremely proud to announce this new office, located just inside the gates of Uwharrie Point, not only because it marks our continued success in North Carolina, but because expansion like this is made possible through the knowledge and dedication of associates like David Wittman and his team to the markets they serve,” Judy Green, president and CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, said. “With their commitment, we are able to enter this market with a strong foundation and established relationships.”

Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 900 associates and employees in 37 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina. In 2016, the annual Real Trends 500 survey ranked the firm number 30 in its survey of the top U.S. residential sellers by volume, the highest ranking for a Florida-based brokerage. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty also benefits from an association with the storied Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit premiersothebysrealty.com.

Boone Native Michael Geary to Show Art in Raleigh

Boone native Michael Geary has collaborated with fellow artist Joe Grillo in the creation of a collection of works created at Flanders Gallery and to be featured at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC during the month of August. The opening reception will be at Lump Gallery, Friday August 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m.The public is invited.

Geary and Grillo have been collaborating for over 20 years, as they became friends as students at the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. During the month of July, Geary and Grillo completed a collaborative residency in Flanders Gallery, with popup performances and works created together.

Geary’s visual works play with expansion of found and drawn images. Perspective is skewed and new images propagate as Geary experiments with low-tech manipulation and copying techniques to stretch and shrink and multiply his images. This results in oddly echoing visual works which combine elements of abstraction, familiarity and a hint of the grotesque. His performance art ventures from ideas of exponential infinity or motifs that expand and contract from a set point. In his handmade loop tapes, Geary samples both found recordings and his own source music. The restructured looped rhythm from the sample syncopates with the silent or textural tape edits, and while the loop tapes are small stand-alone artifacts, each provides the artist with new source material for further iterations of his music.

Joe Grillo has achieved a kind of cult status with cultural pop art that mines the “throwaway culture” of thrift shops, cartoon characters or cereal box mascots, broken toys or instruments, crazy fabrics or discarded lamps. From these resources, Grillo generates a constant flow of remixed and regurgitated visual information of hybrid pop that speaks meaningfully to an audience that can synthesize the amount of cultural information he does, and who look as closely at fine art concerns as he does.

Flanders Gallery and Lump Gallery share space at 505 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Regular gallery hours are: WednesdaySaturday 12 – 5 p.m. For more information visit the website at:

http://flandersartgallery.com or call 919.757.9533.

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday July 25

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

Wednesday July 27

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!

Thursday July 28

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

7:30pm-10:30pm Live Music: Sushi Artist Collective. The Sushi Artist Collective is a blend of percussive, electronic, and creative energies brought to life through a variety of musical instruments and tones found throughout the world. Traditional Indian tabla solos, free jazz improv, jungle drum & bass, and hip hop choruses are all expected and appreciated by the collective.  Currently, the Sushi Artist Collective reside in Banner Elk, NC, close to where the founding members met and studied together.  With their wide musical and performance backgrounds, the Collective strives to bring new experiences to new people.

Friday July 29

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Mare Wakefield. “Every star in the sky will shine for you.” In the refrain of Ironwood opener “Enjoy the View,” Mare Wakefield might just be singing from experience. The girl from Southeast Texas went from playing Oregon coffee shops to headlining major Northwest festivals. A songwriting scholarship brought her to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, which boasts alums such as Gillian Welch and Aimee Mann (two of many artists that Mare has been compared to). Currently based in Nashville, Mare—pronounced Mary—continues her upward trajectory by co-writing with hit songwriters and burning up the highways with her fourth studio album in tow.

Saturday July 30

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Face the Music with Don Story. R&B and classic rock-and-roll from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Sunday July 31

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

Last Rock Dimensions Summer Camp Coming Up Aug. 1-5

Join our Climbing Outdoor Adventure camp from August 1-5from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm!

Our 5-day adventure camp includes rock climbing, rappelling, caving, ropes/challenge courses, and a climbing tower.

Camp is suitable for ages 8-16, both beginners and those who have basic gym and outdoor experience.

Call us, or visit the link below, for more information and registration!

Rock Dimensions  |  rockdimensions.com  |  Like us on Facebook
131-B S Depot St, Boone, NC 28607
(828) 634-7342

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic Returns Aug. 13-14

Amateur and professional photographers can now register for the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, a two-day seminar that offers presentations from outstanding photojournalists and opportunities for participants to improve their skills.

The clinic, set for Aug. 13 and 14, also allows participants the rare prospect of photographing scenic Grandfather Mountain at dawn and dusk and chances to network with others interested in the craft.

The 2016 speakers include:

– Nick Oza, staff photojournalist at the Arizona Republic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Biloxi Sun Herald’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina;
– Marie Freeman, chief photographer at Appalachian State University, freelance photographer and winner of 14 NCPA photography awards;
– Mark Dolejs, Durham, N.C.-based freelance photographer and winner of the NCPA Hugh Morton Award;
– Grant Halverson, celebrated sports photographer, graphic designer and multimedia producer, based in Durham, N.C.

The Camera Clinic was originally organized in 1952 by the late Hugh Morton, developer of Grandfather Mountain and a distinguished photographer.

“The Camera Clinic is definitely one of the highlights of the year for those who love not only photography, but shooting at Grandfather Mountain,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees the Linville travel attraction. “Even those outside the photojournalism field will find these presentations enlightening and educational.”

Admission to the event is free for working photojournalists and active members of the N.C. Press Photographers Association. Admission for all others is $50 and includes a buffet dinner on Saturday.

Online registration opened July 13 at grandfather.com. Anyone wishing to secure a spot must purchase a $50 pass online; the charge will be refunded to those who show valid press credentials or an NCPPA membership card at check-in.

A discounted two-day admission ticket is available for $30 for guests of Clinic participants who wish to enjoy the park but do not plan to attend the seminars. This ticket allows guests to come and go as they please Aug. 13 and 14. Guests may also purchase tickets for the Saturday buffet dinner for $10.

Basic campsites are available in the Grandfather Mountain Woods Walk Picnic Area for those participating in the clinic.

For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com/events/grandfather-mountain-amateur-and-professional-camera-clinic/.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call(800) 468-7325, or plan a trip at www.grandfather.com.

Boone Chamber Annual Meeting Set for Aug. 9 at Tweetsie

You’re invited to the

Annual Meeting
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Signature Sponsor
Cowboy BBQ Buffet 5:00 pm
 Music provided by The Community Band  
Boone Photo Booth
Tickets $30.00
  • No Reserved seating, first come, first served for all.
  • Program Partners Acknowledgement
  • Business Anniversaries Celebrations
  • Graduation of the Watauga Leadership Challenge of 2016
  • Special Recognition and Award Presentations
  • Induction of Board of Directors & Officers
  • Raffle Drawing
  • Donation to the Appalachian Theatre
  • Tweetsie Railroad Experience immediately following program

300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Red Cross Blood Drive at the Library Aug. 5

August 5th, 2016 – Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library will be hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, August 5th from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or go online tohttp://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter the zip code ”28607” and select ”Watauga County Library” to schedule yourself.