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Student Loan IQ: Do the Math

Audience: Young Adults (16+) & Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library and Appalachian State University’s Office of Financial Aid would like to invite you to join them for another installment in a series of Financial Literacy Workshops for teens and adults on Wednesday, February 22 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen St., Boone, NC 28607.

Presenter: Sheila Burleson, Senior Assistant Director in the Office of Financial Aid at Appalachian State University.

This month’s focus will be on paying for college. Specifically, teens and adults will learn about the role of financial aid in paying for higher education. The different types of loans available to students, strategies for reducing costs and responsible borrowing will be discussed.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2

Check out the Watauga County Public Library’s Libguide at: http://arlibrary.beta.libguides.com/smart_investing/

African-American History Month Film and Lecture Series: Pt. 3 “The Green Pastures”

Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join the Rev. Dr. David Mielke on Tuesday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for the third and final part of the library’s film and lecture series on the portrayal of African-Americans in early 20th century cinema.

In part 3 of the series, Dr. Mielke will be showing directors William Keighley and Marc Connelly’s 1936 film, “The Green Pastures” which depicts a pre-conceived view of stories from the Bible as supposedly visualized by African-American characters. It was criticized at the time of its release and subsequently by civil rights activists because of its presumptions.

This film has an MPAA rating of Unrated and an approximate run-time of 93 minutes.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2

Also, be sure to check out Dr. Mielke’s African-American and segregationist display at the library! It will run from 1/23/2017 –3/17/2017.

Visit the Watauga County Public Library’s Libguide: http://arlibrary.beta.libguides.com/african_american

MerleFest Adds Leftover Salmon, Tift Merritt, Jorma Kaukonen, Donna the Buffalo and John Driskell Hopkins Band

MerleFest, presented by Window World and scheduled for April 27-30, 2017, is proud to announce five more artists added to the MerleFest 2017 lineup! They are Leftover Salmon, Tift Merritt, Jorma Kaukonen, Donna the Buffalo, and John Driskell Hopkins Band. These artists join a list of performers including Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and many more. This year marks MerleFest’s 30th celebration. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The star-packed lineup for MerleFest 2017 is still being developed.


Leftover Salmon – Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences – rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. During its 25-plus years as a band, Leftover Salmon has headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world. The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon’s sound and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band’s music. Fueled by the rhythm section of long-time bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson and Salmon’s newest member, keyboardist Erik Deustch, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance. Leftover Salmon will perform on Friday.

Tift Merritt – Raised in North Carolina, Tift Merritt has released five full-length albums and two live records, including a recent reissue of her debut album “Bramble Rose” earlier this year. The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.” Emmylou Harris calls her a “diamond in a coal mine.” She has performed with the New York Philharmonic and toured with artists as varied as Iron & Wine, Jason Isbell, Elvis Costello and Gregg Allman. Her 2004 release “Tambourine” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as three Americana Music Awards. She has recently recorded and toured with Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory, MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger and Simone Dinnerstein. Don Henley, a founding member of the Eagles, covered Merritt’s song “Bramble Rose” to open up his first solo album in 15 years, “Cass County.” Tift won the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest 2000 in the Country category. And, she served as a first-round judge for the 2014 contest. She will perform on Saturday.



Jorma Kaukonen – In a career that has already spanned a half of a century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock ‘n’ roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music. Jorma will perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.






Donna the Buffalo – One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at its shows through its distinctive, groove-heavy and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band that is accessible, positive and memorable for the people. With roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and its simply fun to get out and celebrate life with its band members. They will perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


John Driskell Hopkins Band – Over the years, John Driskell Hopkins has been in many groups, namely the Zac Brown Band, and recorded his own solo works. John Driskell Hopkins has been singing since he could talk and like many who grew up in the South, Hopkin’s earliest musical experiences were in the church choir. In fifth grade, he started piano lessons and began to learn about music theory in its simplest forms. Later, he applied what he had learned to his dad’s old Martin guitar knock-off that he found under the bed. He started playing guitar and bass in high school and formed his first band with some high school friends. Having always been heavily involved in the theatre in high school, he went on to graduate Florida State University with a degree in general theatre in 1993. This year, he brings his band to MerleFest for the first time the John Driskell Hopkins Band will perform on Sunday.


Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. The festival is offering a three-tiered pricing structure. Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through February 16, 2017. Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 13 through April 27. The third tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.


MerleFest’s lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers who are the hallmark of the festival. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” The developing lineup is viewable at MerleFest.org/lineup.


The current lineup includes Alberti Flea CircusTodd AlbrightDarin & Brooke AldridgeThe Avett Brothers, Jim Avett, Banknotes, The BattleAxe BandBethel University Renaissance Bluegrass BandRoy Book Binder, The Bluegrass ExperienceLaura Boosinger & TheMidnight PlowboysMark “Brink” BrinkmanZac Brown BandAndy BucknerMark BumgarnerSam Bush BandChatham County Line, T. Michael Coleman, The ContendersCounterclockwise String BandDear Brother, Donna the BuffaloPat DonohueJerry DouglasJohn DoyleEric Ellis, Flando Calrissian, Scott FreemanFront CountryThe Gravy BoysThe Green Grass Cloggers and Strictly StringsMitch GreenhillVirgil Harden & the Appalachian CountdownNate Harris and Spice Creek RamblersWayne Henderson, Bob Hill, David Holt, The Hook & Bullet, John Driskell Hopkins BandSierra Hull, I Draw SlowThe InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Steve James, Sarah JaroszChris Jones & The Night Drivers, Jorma Kaukonen, The Kruger BrothersJim LauderdaleJack Lawrence, Leftover SalmonJeff Little TrioThe Local BoysLocust Honey String BandLydia LuceClaire Lynch, Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy, Mandolin Orange, Bill Mathis, Andy May, Del McCoury Band, Pat McInerney, Tift MerrittMipsoMountain HeartMegan NashCarol Rifkin and Jeanette QueenRoanoke, Peter Rowan, ScythianShadowGrassSteve and Ruth SmithJoe SmothersEd Snodderly, The Steel Wheels,Steep Canyon RangersThe Stray BirdsString Madness with Mitch Greenhill, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous SuperlativesSurry LineBryan Sutton BandSwift Creek10 String Symphony, Ken Tizzard, The TrailblazersHappy Traum, Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest, The WaybacksThe WBT Briarhoppers, Charles Welch, Pete & Joan WernickUncle Ted White, and Tony Williamson.
About MerleFest
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson, the son of the late American music legend Doc 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 Foundation, which funds scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

About Window World
Window World, headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, with more than 200 locally owned offices nationwide. Founded in 1995, the company sells and installs windows, siding, doors and other exterior products, with a total of over 13 million windows sold to date. Window World is an ENERGY STAR partner, and its window products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal for nine consecutive years. Additionally, through its charitable foundation Window World Cares, the Window World family provides funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where it was named New Corporate Partner of the Year in 2010. Since its inception in 2008, the foundation has raised over $7 million for St. Jude. Window World Inc. also supports the Veterans Airlift Command, a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.WindowWorld.com or call 1-800 NEXT WINDOW. For home improvement and energy efficiency tips, décor ideas and more, follow Window World on Facebook and Twitter.

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company

Tuesday, 2/14/17- Happy Valentine’s Day.

Wednesday, 2/15/17- Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 2/16/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday. 7:30-Hunger and Health Coalition Poster Contest Awards featuring Live Music with The Heartless Gentleman’s Club and The Blue Wild.

Friday, 2/17/17-Live Music: The Mercury Dames at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 2/18/17-Dane Page at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, 2/21/17- Cheap Date Night and A Free Movie featuring Cool Hand Luke.

Wednesday, 2/22/17-Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 2/23/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music.

Friday, 2/24/17-Live Music: Folk and Dagger at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 2/25/17-Live Music: Woodie and The String Pullers at 7:30pm.


Tuesday February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day


Wednesday February 15

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 February 16

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

7:30-Closing: Hunger and Health Coalition Poster Design Contest Award Party. From December through February, the Hunger and Health Coalition is holding a contest to design a new poster for everything our organization does. We want to get the community involved in helping more people connect with our Food Assistance, Free Pharmacy, and other services. The winners will be announced on the 16th at Lost Province. This is a great chance to get your skills recognized and create a work of art that will go all over the High Country! Lost Province is also donating 5% of beer sales that night, and it’s $3-pint night, so come have a few great local brews to support a good cause. MUSIC starting at 7:30 with The Heartless Gentleman’s Club and The Blue Wild.


Friday February 17

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: The Mercury Dames. The Mercury Dames sing an eclectic mix of old jazz, blues, and folk in three-part vocal harmony with unique instrumentation. A close harmony trio singing their hearts out about cheating, boozing and the devil on your heels (with just a touch of romance thrown into the mix.)


Saturday February 18

7:30-Closing Live Music: Dane Page. Dane Page has been playing music professionally for 4 years in bars/coffee-shops/breweries and wherever else in the Charlotte and Boone area, but calls the Carolina Piedmont his home. He started playing guitar in 7th grade wanting to be Jimmy Page, and still does, but music has lead him to many different genres of music, and most recently, songwriting. His songwriting influences range from modern song writers (Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov, Justin Townes Earle) to classic song writers (Merle Haggard, Hall & Oates, Woody Guthrie, Paul Simon)


Sunday February 19

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