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Today’s Email Announcements

Nature Photography Weekend Registration Opens at Grandfather Mountain, Apr. 3 

Online registration begins Monday, April 3, for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers planned for June 2 to 4.

The event features presentations from renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly but competitive photo contest.

The featured presenters for 2017, including Charles Glatzer, David Marx, Mary Presson Roberts and Kendall Chiles, hail from throughout the region and across the country and will speak on a variety of photography topics encompassing both the technical and artistic elements of the craft.

Presentations take place in the afternoons and evenings, allowing participants to explore Grandfather Mountain and take their own shots during the day, while also participating in several outdoor field sessions (weather permitting) with professional photographers. Opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography also will be offered.

Participants are invited to camp free at the Woods Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to stay overnight inside the park.

Admission to Nature Photography Weekend is $115 and covers three-day park admission, a Saturday evening meal, entry to all presentations and field sessions and a flash drive for submitting contest entries. A $95 level includes all of the above, but does not include participation in the photo contest (or the flash drive).

Family members and guests of participants may visit the mountain at a discounted rate during the weekend if registered in advance.

Online registration begins at 8 a.m. Monday, April 3, at www.grandfather.com. Photographers should act fast — the event usually fills within a matter of days.

For more information, visit https://grandfather.com/events/nature-photography-weekend-2017/, or call (828) 733-2013.

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 visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.


Writer, Editor, Musician, Teacher – Katerina Whitley to Speak at High Country Writers, Apr. 13

Katerina Whitley will be the featured presenter at the Thursday, April 13 meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga Public Library in Boone. The Library is located at 140 Queen Street. The program will begin at 10:00am, preceded by coffee and conversation from 9:30-10:00am. The program is free and open to the public.

Katerina was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and immigrated to this country at the age of 16. She studied at a prestigious school in Thessaloniki where she learned English and an appreciation for what was good in the American culture. She received a scholarship to Mars Hill College where she studied music. She finished her English studies at Furman University, followed by theological studies at seminary. Katerina’s professional career included a 20 year stint as a church journalist, an assignment that took her to many parts of the world. She has written and published seven books to date in which she combines her love of theology, drama and story-telling. Her most recent book, a novel, is titled A New Love. She will speak about the art of writing first as listening, then as imagining before and during the act of putting words on paper. She will also address the importance of rhythm in writing, dramatic monologues and the extremely critical meaning of context. Katerina will have several of her books for sale following her presentation. This woman is a real treasure…you’ll not want to miss this program.

High Country Writers has been “energizing writers since 1995!” Regular meetings are at the Watauga Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored with the Library. HCW members present writing skills workshops on the first Thursday of the month and have recently partnered with the Watauga Arts Council in hosting these workshops. In the event of inclement weather which dictates the closure of the Library, the High Country Writers Program will be canceled. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website: http:/highcountrywriterstripod.com/. Guests are welcome.


List of Upcoming Events on App State Campus

Tuesday, April 4th – The Nile Project – 7pm Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, April 12th – Dan German Lecture Series – 
Lady Catherine Ashton – 6:30 pm IG Greer
Lil Wayne – Holmes Convocation Center
Saturday, April 22nd – Spring Open House
Friday May 12 – Spring Commencement (11am, 2pm, 5pm)
Saturday, May 13 – Spring Commencement (9am, 1pm, 5pm)
Freshman Summer Orientation Dates:
  • May 25-26
  • June 5-6
  • June 12-13
  • June 15-16
  • June 19-20
  • June 22-23
  • June 26-27
  • June 29-30
  • August 17-18
Friday August 18 – Freshman move-in day
Saturday August 19th – Sunday August 20th – Upperclassman move-in days
Saturday, September 9th – Football Home Opening Weekend ( Savannah State)
Saturday, September 23rd – Football game weekend (Wake Forest)
Friday October 6th – Saturday October 7th – Homecoming Weekend 
(NM State)
Friday October 20th- Saturday October 21st – Family/Parents Weekend 
(Coastal Carolina)
Saturday October 28th – Marching Band Festival 
(30+ high school bands in attendance)
**Thursday, November 9th – Georgia Southern game – NATIONAL TV – 
Saturday, December 2nd – Football game weekend (Louisiana)

Veterans Sailing Regatta Looking for Veterans to Help Crew During Sailboat Race

All Veterans are welcome to participate but they must RSVP we can only accommodate 80 Veterans

Date: May 6

Check in 12:00

After the race, we will feed them dinner and have live music. 

Hosted By Watauga Lake Sailing Club

Location: Lakeshore Marina Sailboat Dock Hampton, TN

No sailing experience necessary. 

RSVP to Anita Remme423-341-3123 or doevalley@comcast.net