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Today’s Email Announcements

March Events at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Business Before Hours

Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.
Network with business professionals from Blowing Rock and the surrounding area while enjoying complimentary coffee and donuts. Event will be held in partnership with Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Coffee with the Curator, featuring Selections from the Collections

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.
Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into Selections from the Collections. Afterward, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary cookies (courtesy of Appalachia Cookie Company) and coffee with the Curator at the Museum.

Movies at the Museum

America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
America’s First Forest tells the story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. The documentary film is produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films.
Scholars & Scones

Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, NC
Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m.
Cody Miller will explore the agricultural history of Watauga County, North Carolina, with particular emphasis on the Winebarger Mill. Located in Meat Camp, this hydropowered grist mill was operated by four generations of the Winebarger-Moretz family from the late nineteenth century until its closing in 2005. While the mill is no longer in operation, its legacy continues to live on in multiple contexts, including foodways. The Winebarger Mill was primarily known as a buckwheat mill and at one point was the largest producer of buckwheat flour in the region. Through the use of a family buckwheat pancake recipe, for example, the mill’s history is preserved and even strengthened. Ultimately, the story of the Winebarger Mill is one that highlights the important intersections between family, food, and sense of place. This talk will also include a screening of Cody’s short documentary about the Winebarger Mill.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities and permanent collections. General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children ages 5 and up. Free for active military, EBT cardholders, and children under 4 years of age. Donations are accepted for full admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, N.C., the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Sat. The Museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays June-Nov. For more information, please call 828-295-9099 or visit www.BlowingRockMuseum.org.

High Country Audubon Society Meeting, Mar. 21.

High Country Audubon (HCAS) will have its next meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Our speaker for the March meeting will be Merrill Lynch, a biologist who will tell us about the North American Breeding Bird Survey and its role in conservation work.  HCAS invites the public to attend the monthly meetings and field trips. Announcements about meeting and field trips can be found on their website www. highcountryaudubon.org

Heritage Hall to Present Bristol Ballet’s “Celtic Flair” on Sat., Mar. 18.

Saturday, March 18 at 7pm, Heritage Hall will present Bristol Ballet’s “Celtic Flair”, sponsored by H&R Block. The excitement of Irish dancing and music will fill the air as music from the wildly popular “River Dance” is featured in much of the production, with tempos that vary from upbeat and exciting to soft and lyrical. Choreographed in the style of Irish Step Dance, some movements may be slightly familiar but with a balletic twist. “The music is great; the dancing is exciting. When you put the two together, it’s a sure success in entertainment.” Michele Plescia, artistic director

Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the area with quality entertainment at affordable pricing. Most evening shows start at 7pm; most tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door, and most youth seats are $5. For tickets, or reservations, call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. The Box Office is open on Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm at 126 College Street; visit online heritagehalltheatre.org.

March Programs at Elk Knob State Park

Skins & Skulls           

Drop in and check out the skins and skulls of animals that are found in this area.  A ranger will be on hand to answer questions from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th.   Meet at the park office.

Spider Culture                         

Spiders have always fascinated/horrified humans.  Come see what we’ve learned from them and how we’ve woven them into our culture.  Meet at the park office on Saturday, March 11th at 1 p.m.

Skins & Skulls           

Drop in and check out the skins and skulls of animals that are found in this area.  A ranger will be on hand to answer questions from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th.  Meet at the park office.

Spider Silk

Spider silk is unique, amazing, and being studied by scientists all over the world.  Come learn all about this thread unlike any other.  Meet at the park office Saturday, March 25th at 2 p.m.