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Today’s Email Announcements

September Programs at Elk Knob State Park

Elk Knob Community Headwaters Festival

Enjoy a day filled with live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and FOOD! Please bring a dish of food to share and join us Saturday, September 10th between 11 am and 3 pm for our 12th Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO, Inc.). Enjoy a day of cultural heritage and pride. Please note that if you are interested in participating in the potluck, you should bring a dish of food to share and plan to be at the park by noon.


Come learn about the natural significance of this month and celebrated ancient/modern traditions.  Meet at the park office Saturday, September 17th at 2:00 p.m.

Mountain Music Jam

Celebrate Southern Appalachian music with local musicians as they play traditional, Old Time and Bluegrass. All musicians are welcome, so bring your instrument and join in, or enjoy the view and entertainment. Participants will meet at the Outdoor Amphitheater Sunday, September 18th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All programs are free and open to the public.

Fall Color

Come out and learn about the changing leaves and what significance they hold.  Meet Saturday, September 24th 2 p.m. at the trailhead parking lot.

The Friends of St. Matthews Chapel Art Fair Saturday

The Friends of  St. Matthews Chapel are

holding an Art Fair Saturday, September 3, 2016  from 10am-3pm. This
is a silent auction of artworks donated by local artists to benefit
the restoration of St. Matthews Chapel. Please come by and see this
historic mountain chapel and help the future of the building, and its
service to the surrounding community. Members of the Friends of St.
Matthews Chapel will be there to discuss ways in which the public can
become involved with efforts to renovate the church building.

The church is an important part of community’s heritage and there is
widespread interest in restoring and preserving it for the community.
The Todd community has already come together to clean up the grounds
and do urgently needed repairs.  Join us as we work together as a
commUnity to save this historic church on 194N in Todd.

Concert Sunday Sept. 4 at St. Mary of the Hills

Some of the rising stars in the Music Department at Appalachian State University will present a concert on Sunday afternoon, September 4th, at 3 pm at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. The concert is free, the next in a series of concerts sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Mary’s.

Four musicians will showcase their talents in what they’re terming a “Potpourri” of musical styles from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Rodney Ward with perform on the Lively-Fulcher organ, built just last year specifically for the space and worship style in the church – he has chosen Fete by Jean Langlais, and three pieces by Joseph Jongen. Pianist William Green will play three of the Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt, and two of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Etude Tableaux. Grayson Milholin, bass soloist with the St. Mary of the Hills choir, will perform songs by Handel, Poulenc, Finzi, and Vaughn Williams. And Violinist Chandler Fadero, will perform music by Bach, and the gorgeous Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet.

Please join us for this very special concert in the nave of the church. St. Mary’s is on the corner of Main St. And Chestnut in Blowing Rock. You can keep up with all the performances and special services at the church by following ‘Music from St. Mary of the Hills’ on Facebook.

Final Weekend of the Summer at Beech Mountain Resort

Hi friends! End the summer season right with mile high yoga, live music, mountain biking, disc golf and good times!
 Our final day of the summer season is Sunday, September 4th
LIVE MUSIC @ 5506′
Saturday, September 3
2:30 – 5:30 pm
More than just blues, this group is the result of Matt, Rich, and Dan playing music that resonates with all of them. The great stuff we grew up with, and the best of today’s songwriters. Music stripped down to the basics of drums, guitars, bass. It’s live, it’s raw, and it’s very, very real.
Featuring songs from
SRV  |  Albert Collins  |  Buddy Guy  |  Tom Petty  |  Band of Gypsies  |  Eric Clapton
John Mayer  |  Led Zeppelin  |  Kings of Leon  |  Bob Marley  |  Black Crowes  |  ZZ Top
and more!
Cost is $10 to ride the chairlift to access 5506′
Saturday, September 3
10:30 – 11:30 am
The class is accessible by chairlift.  Tickets are $15and can be purchased in Ski Beech Sports, located in the resort village.  Participants are asked to ride the chairlift between10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Bring your own yoga mat!
Mile High Yoga takes place at 5,506 feet on the observation deck of the resort’s skybar.  Our mission is to provide a safe, friendly, soothing and unique atmosphere for all ability levels.
At Beech Mountain we are getting excited for the ski season and are looking for qualified applicants to join our team. Please come by the Administration Building and pick up an employment application M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or download one HERE. Beech Mountain Resort will be interviewing for the upcoming season starting in October.
CLICK HERE for more information on available positions.
Fly a Kite a Mile High This Weekend at Beech Mountain
(The Kite Festival is located in the town of Beech Mountain, at the kite field, located next to the Brick Oven.)
A great sendoff to summer is Beech Mountain’s Mile High Kite Festival, Sept. 3-4. The annual festival, in its 14th year, encourages families to spend a relaxed Labor Day weekend in eastern America’s highest town.
Kite flying activities
take place both days in the kite field in the center of town adjacent to the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria. At more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow allows participants to fly their kites a mile above sea level.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On Saturday, everyone may practice his or her kite-flying skills. Then on Sunday, the experts get in on the fun. Both the Richmond Air Force Kite Club and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society (WACKOS) will give kite-flying demonstrations.
Each day, the first 150 children (12 and younger) will receive complimentary kites. The wide, flat kites in a half-tunnel shape are easier to fly than traditional diamond-shaped kites. Kids can decorate them and add tails.
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