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Today’s Email Announcements

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to Hold Monthly Meeting on May 4

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 4, at 10 AM in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.  We are having a workshop to cut fabric into strips to make “jelly rolls”.  This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to practice cutting fabric for quilts.  We will work until NOON and break for lunch and then have a short business meeting.  Then, we will continue the workshop until 3 PM.  You are welcome to come for the entire day or just part of it.  If you come for the day, bring a lunch and something to drink. If you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat please bring them.  If not, there will be some available for you to use.  Several people in our community have generously donated cotton fabric to the Guild.  We will be using it to make jelly rolls which anybody can take home at the end of the workshop to make donation quilts which are given to various local organizations in our community   Call Dolores at 295-6148 if you have any questions.


Mountain Gateway Museum Hosts 33rd Annual Pioneer Day Festival, Apr. 29

OLD FORT, N.C. – Traditional Appalachian crafts, food, games and storytelling will be part of the activities of the 33rd Annual Pioneer Day Festival at Mountain Gateway Museum April 29, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Music will fill the air at the day of free family fun. A rare display of the 35th Regiment N.C. Troops’ state flag loaned from the N.C. Museum of History, will be available through the weekend only.

Begun in 1984 to celebrate and help preserve the history, heritage, and traditional lifestyle of people in western North Carolina’s mountains, Pioneer Day features displays and demonstrations of vintage farm tools and equipment, antique cars, animals, children’s games, exhibits and much more. Parking will be available at the end of Water Street.

Two bluegrass bands—Wingin’ It and Possum Creek—will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, in the museum’s creek-side amphitheater. Returning by popular demand is Brothers ‘N Christ, an African American gospel group that will take the stage at 2 p.m. Friendship Dulcimers will play old-time favorites on the museum’s front porch at noon.

Traditional craftspeople will demonstrate their skills throughout the day. From gunsmithing to pottery making to gourd art, there will be something to interest everyone. In the food court by the gazebo, vendors will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, shaved ice and other carnival favorite foods.

The limited display of the N.C. 35th Regiment Civil War historic flag runs Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. The regiment was organized at Camp Crabtree outside Raleigh in fall 1861. It saw combat in the Battle of New Bern in March 1862 and service with the Army of Northern Virginia. The regiment surrendered 116 men at Appomattox in April 1865.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 379 partnered with the N.C. Museum of History to conserve the 35thRegiment flag. Members of SCV Camp 379 and 22nd N.C. Troops will be encamped on the museum’s grounds during the festival weekend and Friday, April 28, will host an estimated 500 students for a Student Civil War Day. It will feature demonstrations of Civil War camp life showcasing cooking, drilling and music, along with demonstrations of life on the homefront.

For more information about the Pioneer Day Festival or the 35th Regiment flag exhibition, please contact RoAnn Bishop at Mountain Gateway Museum at (828) 668-9259 or email roann.bishop@ncdcr.gov.

For more information about the SCV 379’s encampment and Civil War activities during the Pioneer Day weekend, please contact Jeff Cordell at (828) 659-6377 or email cordellsca@yanoo.com.

Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center is located at 24 Water Street in Old Fort, N.C. Hours are Tuesdaythrough Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Rebecca and Eddie Hurst’s 4th Annual Wine for a Reason Autism Fundraiser, May 13

Rebecca and Eddie Hurst will be holding their 4th annual Wine for a Reason, a fundraiser benefitting the Autism Society of North Carolina. The event will take place at the Linville Falls Winery on Saturday, May 13, from 12-5 p.m.

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly afternoon of music by The Harris Brothers Band, craft beer from Blind Squirrel Brewery, famous Carolina barbecue and a silent auction!

All donations, proceeds from auction items and a portion of the sales that day go to the Autism Society of North Carolina – an organization dedicated to providing support and opportunities that enhance the lives of those living with autism. 

Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. 

For more information or to donate to the silent auction, call Rebecca at 828-773-4502 or email at rchurst75@gmail.com.


The Blue Ridge Garden Club Invites Public to Tree-Planting Ceremony on Thurs., Apr. 27

Blue Ridge Garden Club members are donating a tree to the Middle Fork Greenway for Arbor Day.  A tree-planting ceremony and garden party are scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 pm, at Sterling Creek Park, on the first completed section of the Middle Fork Greenway.  The tree will be planted in honor of Sterling and Barbara Whitener, who donated the land for the park.  Mr. Whitener died in January, at age 95. The public is invited.

Park at Tweetsie or Mystery Hill and walk the underpass beneath 321 to Sterling Creek Park.  For more information, call 264-3754.

Author Turner Stimpson to Present on Alzheimer’s at Watauga County Public Library, Apr. 28

In Their Moment: Caring For Patients With Alzheimer’s

Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room
Cost: Free
The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join author Turner Stimpson for his presentation, “In Their Moment: Caring For Patients With Alzheimer’s” on Friday, April 28th at 2:00 PM.Turner “Turnip” Stimpson has been recognized for his work with Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients by the Duke Center for Aging as well as the Council on Aging, and was awarded the Golden Rule Award for his service to the elderly in 1990. He has been the subject of two PBS documentaries, “Love Spoken here: A Day in the Life of Turnip, Approaching Alzheimer’s with Hope and Joy” (2004) and “In Their Moment: Capturing Treasured Memories Using the T.U.R.N.I.P. Alzheimer’s Approach” (2006). He is also the author of four books on the care of Alzheimer’s patients: “Turnip, Why Are We Here?”, “Love Spoken Here”, “Turnip Everlasting” and “What’s in a Name?”.

To learn more about Turnip and his works, please visit: http://www.theturnipway.com/

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


The ASU Board of Trustees to Meet via Conference Call on Mon., Apr. 24

The Board of Trustees of Appalachian State University will meet via conference call on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., in the Chancellor’s Office Boardroom, Fourth Floor of the B. B. Dougherty Administration Building on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.


1.                          Call to Order 

2.                          Convene in Closed Session to:

 consult with our attorney to protect the attorney-client privilege [N.C.G.S. §143-318.11(a)(3)]; and

                 establish or instruct the staff or agent concerning the negotiations of the amount of compensation or other terms of an employment contract [N.C.G.S. §143-318.11(a)(5)].

3.                           Reconvene in Open Session

4.                           Adjournment