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Jazz Concert with Page Brothers at Meadowbrook Aug. 14

Hello High Country Jazz Lover,

Welcome to another exciting concert at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock!

The Sunday August 14 concert will feature the fabulous Page Brothers!

Limited dinner reservations are available and must be received by NOON on the Wednesday before the concert. Call Meadowbrook Inn (828.295.4300) with credit card for dinner only. See the menu below. PLEASE, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, GIVE YOUR DINNER SELECTION TO THE HOTEL AT THE TIME OF YOUR RESERVATION. Canceling a dinner reservation after NOON on Wednesday will result in a $10 fee per person. Dinner seating begins at 6:30PM. Please see the separate concert admission fee schedule below.

Concert admission fee:

$20 per person

$5 per student

$65 membership includes all 2016 season concerts

The Page Brothers will feature “acoustic jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt” with Andy Page-guitar, Zack Page-bass, Jim Tanner-guitar, Steve Trismen-violin and Wendy Jones-vocals.

Please share the good news about High County Jazz Society with your friends and consider having them join you for the concert. Most proceeds benefit the jazz program at ASU.

August Programs at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Animal Mounts

Appropriate for all ages.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

Join Ranger Sicard to learn about some of the many animals that live within Grandfather Mountain State Park. Participants will get to see mounted examples of the animals up close as we talk about their unique adaptations (features).

Please contact the park office if you have any questions 828-963-9522or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov

Date of Event:  Fri, 08/05/2016 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Start Location:  Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Edible, Medicinal and Toxic Plants

Appropriate for all ages (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Please leave pets at home.

The wilds of the Southern Appalachians can be a useful to those knowledgeable in woodcraft and a curse to those who consume a misidentified plant.  Join a Ranger for a stroll through the woods and learn some science and folklore behind our botanical bounty.  We will not be collecting or consuming plants during this program.  Please dress for current weather conditions and wear sturdy hiking shoes.

Date of Event: Sun, August 7, 2016 – 10:00am to 12:00pm

Start Location: Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

100 Mile Hike (TRACK Trail)

Appropriate for all ages.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial with Grandfather Mountain’s 100 Mile Challenge.   Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our TRACK Trail Hike. This two-mile guided hike will take hikers along our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.  Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring any water or snacks you will need to complete the hike.  To reach the park office, call or email:  828-963-9522 orgrandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.  For more information about our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail, visit: http://kidsinparks.com/grandfather-mountain-state-parkKeep up with your miles!  Hikers completing Grandfather Mountain State Park’s 100 Mile Challenge will receive a commemorative t-shirt!  Need a Hiking Log?  Visit our Activities page to download the file: http://www.ncparks.gov/grandfather-mountain-state-park/activities

Date of Event:  Fri, 08/12/2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Start Location: Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Grandfather Mountain as a Biosphere Reserve

Appropriate for ages 10 and up (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Please leave pets at home.

Have you ever heard of a plant or animal that only lives one or two places in the whole world and has become inducted into a Biosphere Reserve to help protect it? Grandfather Mountain State Park is one of these places. Join Ranger Sicard for a PowerPoint on why Grandfather Mountain is a Biosphere Reserve.  During the PowerPoint participants will learn what a Biosphere is, a Biosphere Reserve is, and about the many unique Natural Communities and life that inhabits them in Grandfather Mountain State Park.

Date of Event: Sun, 08/14/2016 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Start Location: Park Office – 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

Basics of Wilderness Survival

Appropriate for age 8 through adult. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

Few things are better than enjoying the great outdoors but would you be prepared if something went wrong?  Do you have the skills and equipment to survive an unplanned night outdoors?  Join a Ranger to learn the Basics of Wilderness Survival.  We will handle equipment, learn the minimum gear to carry and practice making survival fires.  This program is appropriate ages 8 through adult and will last approximately one hour. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  Please contact the park office if you have any questions 828-963-9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

Date of Event:  Sat, 08/20/2016 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Start Location:  Park Office – 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

Animal Mounts

Appropriate for all ages; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave pets at home.

Join Ranger Sicard to learn about some of the many animals that live within Grandfather Mountain State Park. Participants will get to see mounted examples of the animals up close as we talk about their unique adaptations (features).

For more information please call Andy Sicard at the park office 828-963-9522or email: grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

Date of Event:  Sun, 08/21/2016 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Start Location:  Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Twilight Hike

Appropriate for ages 8 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please no pets.

Join a park ranger to explore the lower Profile Trail in the twilight hours.  We’ll hope to see and hear nocturnal wildlife and enjoy the woods in that special time of the day.  We’ll walk one mile, round trip.  Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.  Closed toes shoes are highly recommended.  For more information, please call the park office 828-963-9522 or email:grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

Date of Event:  Sun, 08/21/2016 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Start Location:  Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain – A State Park Centennial Celebration

Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Two Day Centennial events:  There is something for everyone!

Friday, August 26

“Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain – A State Park Centennial Celebration” with Dr. Patrick McMillan

7:00pm to 9:00pm (Social from 7 to 7:30pm, Presentation begins at 7:30pm)

Location:  ASU Library, 218 College St, Boone (Room 114)  (Google Map:https://goo.gl/ancIb2)

On Friday, August 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, join us in a special event to celebrate the spectacular attributes of Grandfather Mountain and 100 years of NC State Parks.  Host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan and Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Dr. Patrick McMillan will present a moving and inspiring lecture about the 5,946-foot-high mountain which is home to over 70 threatened or endangered species.  Dr. McMillan has a lifelong love of the mountain and his presentation will both educate and inspire.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  A social with refreshments will precede the presentation from7-7:30pm.

We hope that Friday evening’s presentation will inspire you to join us on Saturday for special Expeditions on Grandfather Mountain. These will be guided hikes on the Nuwati and Cragway Trails.   Naturalists, scientists and environmental educators will be stationed along the way to enliven your hike with spirited presentations.  Hikes will leave on the half hour from the Boone Fork Parking lot from 11am to 1:30pm.  The Nuwati Trail is moderately easy with a 700’ gain in elevation.  The trail surface is uneven and rocky with some stream crossings.  There is an optional strenuous climb to Story Teller’s Rock where we will turn around.  Total hiking distance is three miles, round-trip, and will take two hours.

Longer guided hikes will leave at 11:15am and 12:15pm for a four-mile loop on the Nuwati, Cragway and Daniel Boone Scout trails.  These hikes will not include interpretive stations along the way.  This four-mile loop gains 950’ in elevation, with 700 of those on the mile long Cragway Trail, which is strenuous, very steep, rocky, and rutted.  Participants must be prepared for a strenuous hike and must be wearing appropriate closed toe shoes and must have water.  Plan on three hours for this loop.

Upcoming Programs at the Senior Center

1) Register now for a Free 9 week Gentle Exercise program approved by the Arthritis Foundation. Begins on Tuesday, Sept. 6th ,2016, and continues eachTuesday and Thursday -10am-11am until Oct. 27th. This class is great for anyone with limited mobility or those who just need to begin a good whole body exercise program that enhances well being.
The Instructor is Arthritis Foundation Certified. This program is designed to build strength, increase flexibility and range of motion, if done twice per week.
Location: Western Watauga Community Center, Sugar Grove, NC.  Sign up at the senior center by August 31st. Call 828-297-5195.

2) We need some good Rook card players at the Western Watauga Senior Center! If you don’t know how to play, we have some great teachers to show you how! Come to Western Watauga Senior Center anytime from 9-11:30 am!

3) Seniors, stay in shape by doing some line dancing and tap dancing! We have a certified dance instructor that will teach you! Come join in the funMonday and Thursday mornings at the Western Watauga Senior Center! Call828-297-5195 to sign up!

(There is no charge to attend.  Any age may attend but persons aged sixty and older will be given priority if class size exceeds space available.)

Western Square Dancing at Linville Land Harbor


Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center 20 Linville Harbor Pkwy, Newland,

NC 28657

Plus Dancing with announced advanced by National Callers on Sundays.

Schedule: 1:30-2:00PM advanced 2:00-4:00PM plus. Dress is square dance

attire or dressy casual. August 14th Jerry Story, Mission, TX August 21st

Dark (no dance) August 28th Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC

Linville Land Harbor Advanced Dancing from June 1st until late

September. Dress is casual.

Every Monday starting June 6th 7-9PM Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC Every

Weds starting June 1st 7-9PM Ron Libby, Land Harbor

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Monday August 8

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

Tuesday August 9

8pm-Close Date Night: Dinner and a Movie featuring The Big Lebowski. Pizza, salad and 2 beers for $25.

Wednesday August 10

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 August 11

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

7:30pm-10:30pm Karaoke Night with DJ Hamilton: Warm up your vocal cords and grab your microphone! Join us for $3 Thirsty Thursday and Karaoke with DJ Hamilton as we celebrate 2 years!

Friday August 12

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Maureen Renihan Jazz Trio. Maureen Renihan is a Boone based vocalist performing throughout the high country, piedmont and foothill regions of North Carolina. Influenced by great icons such as Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald, Maureen sets a nostalgic tone with her soothing vocals and sincere delivery. With an ever expanding repertoire and theatrical background of over twenty years, Maureen possesses the creativity and versatility to delight audiences of all ages. Accompanied by some of the finest jazz musicians in the region, Maureen Renihan & Friends perform classic jazz standards, familiar show tunes, and jazz interpretations of popular music.

Saturday August 13

2nd Anniversary Celebration with Live Music, Firkin Release, Games and Shenanigans.

5pm Firkin Release: Council’s Store Cream Ale with Kiwi Fruit and Meyer Lemon

8:30pm-Closing Live Music: Dashboard Hula Boys. The Dashboard Hula Boys, a Boone, North Carolina based acoustic trio, are Ed Midgett (guitar), Bob White (bass), and Tom Whyte (harmonica, uke, tenor banjo). They play favorites from old-time blues to classic rock along with a few originals. To describe them as eclectic or eccentric would be limiting. They perform fully clothed at venues such as festivals, clubs, wrestling matches, celebrations, and secret society initiations, to name a few.

Sunday August 14

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

Three Days of Light Retreat Aug. 26-28 in Ferguson

August 26th-28th in Ferguson, NC (Just 2 hours from Asheville)

A Conscious Retreat and Festive-All!

At this point it is fair to say that 3DL is one of the most powerful and inspiring gatherings/festivals on the East

Coast. This is because we decided to create an event that is 100% dedicated to creating something VERY

special for our attendees: A space and time that enriches lives and brings people closer together.

Together. To-Gathering. (www.3DLgathering.com)

It all started with a couple questions… and a choice.

“What happens when thousands of high vibrational and inspired beings from all over the planet come

together to celebrate the beauty and power of CREATION? How amazing would that feel? Well… let’s find

out!” And we did! WOW! That was over 4 years ago and now we know people want something better.

Something more.

3DL is equal parts Adult/Family Summer Camp, Jamboree, Revival (Healing), Retreat … and full on music

festival. It all adds up to a brand new model for what a festival can be. Safe. Fun. Inspiration. Activation!

A WHOLESOME FESTIVE-ALL that is fun for the whole family.

The 2016 Three Days of Light Gathering takes place August 26th to 28th in our new home at the awe

inspiring High Country Motorcycle Campground in Ferguson, North Carolina, just two hours from Asheville.

This new location is absolutely perfect for us. It’s small enough to feel intimate and connected yet spread

out enough so that all of our attendees can camp comfortably, feeling the privacy that is desired when

camping out in the fresh mountain air and under the starry night sky!

What you will experience at 3DL this year:

  • Over 36 workshops led by world-renowned teachers, speakers and activists, all of who share our

collective mission to inspire “Activation!” We put an emphasis on education and participatory

learning with over 3 dozen diverse and inspiring workshops & playshops.

  • 6 Keynote Speakers: Linda Starwolf, Charles Gilchrist, Scott Love, Gabriel Cavazos, Barbara Vitale

and Stephen Kaminanda.

  • Yoga, Chi Gong, Energy Work, Healing Spaces, Meditation and much more!
  • “21 Points of Light” which are decorated and themed inspirational spaces throughout the

weekend, all tailored to what we call “The Four Pillars” of our conscious community: Sustainable

Living, Natural Health & Wellness, Personal/Spiritual Development, and Community & Culture.

  • Experiential/Interactive Art Spaces: Art auctions and galleries as well as live (visionary) painting and

art exhibits featuring over 24 artists.

  • Saturday Night Masquerade Ball!
  • Drum circles, fire performances, open jam sessions, round table discussions and activism


  • 36 music concerts with a music line-up which, to be honest … is RIDICULOUSLY STACKED!

The performances feature a plethora of genres including World, Reggae, Folk, Hip-Hop, Dance,

Spiritual, EDM and more…

  • Featuring: Desert Dwellers, The Human Experience, Kaminanda, Living Light, Dixon’s Violin,

Drumspyder, Numatik, Infinite Third, I,Star, Stratosphere, Heiss, Noah Proudfoot, Sirius Colors, Moon

Frog, Momentology, Ascentient, Sacral Crown, Medisin, The Cat’s Pajamas, Jenna Gilmore, Shanti

Aytiko, 5AM, Spundose, Sacred Sound, Spaceship Earth, Infinite Geometry, Dillard, Foxtail, Ponder

and Bit Deff. 3DL uses the spotlight of international acts to give many local and regional artists the

chance to shine!

All of this makes The Three Days of Light Gathering the most anticipated Living Arts & Music events of the

year! Get a closer look at what we have going on at www.3dlgathering.com.

3DL is a place for EVERYONE to have a new kind of experience that is different from the typical festival

atmosphere. This is a collective move toward harnessing our full potential to create a more joyful world and

facilitate our collective evolution. For many, 3DL is an opportunity to reconnect with hundreds of likeminded

individuals and a healthy and vibrant alternative to the normal day-to-day life.

We invite you to come get away from “it all” for three days this August. Bring the family out for a truly

exceptional experience … one that will provide memories to last a lifetime. At 3DL you can share your

vision and your truth. You are free to express yourself, learn many amazing and interesting things and

connect with hundreds of incredible, inspiring people from around the world. Together, we set our

individual and collective dreams in motion. It is now the time when we can make the most of what we

have been given and what we have accomplished. We can make our dreams tangible with every step we


3DL exhibits a lineup of visual and musical artists, teachers and holders of sacred space who share and

craft positive intentions straight from the heart to bring you to a new understanding and outlook on life.

Check out the artist, teacher and music lineup HERE.

Pricing: Tickets include camping passes and all access to every event, workshop, playshop and concert

performance with the exception of Days Passes, which do not include camping.

3 Day GA Camping/All Access Passes are just $155 online and $188 at the gate.

3 Day Creekside Camping/All Access Passes are just $166 online and $200 at the gate.

Early Arrival Passes and After Glow camping tickets are available.

Day Passes are $65 for Friday and Saturday and $55 for Sunday.

Children under 12 are Free.

Order online and save:

For Tickets and information please check out www.3DLgathering.com

Other links of interest:

Vending: www.3DLgathering.com/vending

Volunteer: www.3DLgathering.com/volunteer

For press and media passes please contact Scott Love: media@emergenceearth.com

For interviews and other outreach please contact Victoria Olmer: 3dlcelebration@gmail.com

Artists Deone Roe and Frank Reer at Edgewood Cottage Aug. 4-9

Exhibiting their work in the 2016 Lowell Thomas Artists-in-Residence

series at Edgewood Cottage August 4 – 9, are Deone Roe & Frank Freer.

Deone is a native of Texas who has made this area home for several

years. Living on a farm & ranch in the Lone Star state lit her love for

the great outdoors & wildlife which she paints with great detail & precision.

Her favorite mediums are oil & watercolor & her works – from the pitcher filled with glorious flowers to the portrait of John Wayne to the mountain lion stalking its prey – are beautiful captures inviting you into the stories they so creatively tell…

From Lenoir, Freer is a woodcarver extraordinaire. Having had only two

lessons in his eighteen years of carving, he specializes in chip carving &

carving chains. Freer’s caricatures are incredibly detailed each with a life

of his own & if faces could talk…!! His passion is clear from his chains, Santas & funny cowboys to his baseball pitcher, A-team piece & incredibly carved side table…a visit not to miss!!

The 2016 Lowell Thomas Artists-in-Residence series at Edgewood Cottage is sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society. For additional information, contact Page Parsons, 828414.9514