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Today’s Email Announcements

 20 Couples to Tie the Knot at Summer Lovin’ Concert on Saturday, June 10

Abingdon, VA – Everyone knows Virginia is for Lovers, and Saturday June 10th, Abingdon celebrates the love of 20 couples who will get married or renew their vows at the Summer Lovin’ Concert. 

The Summer Lovin’ Concert takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion in downtown Abingdon.  The festivities will kick off with a joint wedding ceremony at 5:00pm, after which the happy couples and their friends can party to the upbeat sounds of the Carolina Breakers.   No need to get married-the public is invited to crash this wedding for FREE!

Wedding guests can enjoy a free slice of wedding cake while supplies last, and visit the beer garden for a cash bar (offering beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for sale).  ​Sponsor Nancy’s Fancys will create the wedding cake, while sponsor Blue Door Garden is providing wedding bouquets for the ceremony.

 Nine couples are legally getting married at the concert, with an additional 11 renewing their vows. One lucky couple also won a free night at The Martha Washington Inn and Spa for their honeymoon.  Non-denominational officiant Ben Casteel will perform the ceremony. 

​Based in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Carolina Breakers are a high-energy band with five lead vocalists and a horn section covering beach music hits, plus Motown, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Disco, Beach and various other special requests. Fans of beach music will want to shag the night away to this upbeat band.

Wedding ceremony starts at 5:00pm, concert at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. No outside alcohol or coolers allowed. Food trucks will be on site. Proceeds from the beer garden benefit Abingdon Main Street.

For more information, visit www.abingdonmusicexperience.com or call 276-676-2282.



Community Yard Sale to Benefit Historic Banner Elk School, June 10

Come to Banner Elk early on Saturday June 10th for a great sale. From 7am to noon a community yard sale sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club will be held outside the Historic Banner Elk School.

Money raised by the sale of spaces will benefit the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School.  Cost of spaces is $20 for preregistration and $25 the day of the event. Participants may choose to donate their proceeds to the Cultural Arts Center and donations for the arts center will be accepted at the event.  Registration forms can be downloaded from www.bannerelk.org

In addition, The Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have coffee and breakfast items for sale near the fire department.


Lees-McRae Holds Annual Creative and Performing Arts Camp, June 24-30


BANNER ELK, N.C. — Learn about drama, dance, music, technical theater, writing and other art forms at the Creative and Performing Arts Camp on the campus of Lees-McRae College this summer.

Commonly referred to as CAPA, the day camp will offer two summer sessions, one for high school level students from June 24–30 and another for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from June 26–30.

Led by Lees-McRae adjunct dance faculty, Stacey Burgess Trivett, each day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

Camp pricing includes lunch and snacks each day as well as transportation to field trips. Camp cost is $300 for the high school camp and $220 for the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade camp.

Those interested in participating in either program are strongly urged to apply and register by Thursday, June 15.

The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students of all ages to discover their own creative potential through a wide range of arts disciplines. Sessions include crafts, storytelling, music, dance, theater sessions, creative writing among several other topics and workshops.

More details about CAPA and registration can be found here: lmc.edu/capa


Mile High Yoga at 5506′ on Saturday, June 3

Have an on top of the world experience with Beech Mountain Resort’s Mile High Yoga. Mile High Yoga is catered to all ability levels as you reach for the sky at 5,506 feet in elevation. Our vision is to provide a secure, peaceful, and amiable environment as you perform yoga with a breathtaking view.
To enhance your experience, this class is accessible by chairlift, allowing scenic views as you ascend to your class. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase in Ski Beech Sports, located in our Resort Village. Participants are informed to ride the chairlift between 10:00 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. as class begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for approximately one hour. Yoga mats are available for rent for $2.00, and early arrival is encouraged as space is limited.
We proudly welcome this week’s talented instructor Noelle Austin.
Noelle is a 555 hr Certified Yoga Therapist. She has been teaching since 2009 and practicing since she was a little girl. Noelle teaches alignment based yoga, offering modifications, demonstration, and clear alignment cues. She believes we are all divine and we are worthy of feeling good. Yoga is a tool to help you live with more ease. 
 To learn more about Noelle, check out her website.


Joby Bell Featured in Organ Recital and Evensong Sunday, June 11th

Prominent local organist Dr. Joby Bell is the guest organist in this month’s recital showcasing the Lively-Fulcher organ at St. Mary of the Hills.  The recital precedes the service of Evensong this Sunday, June 11th, in the nave of the church on Main Street in Blowing Rock.  The recital begins at 3 pm and Evensong follows immediately at 3:30.Dr. Bell is on the faculty at Appalachian State University where he teaches organ and church music and maintains a lively discussion of these topids on his blogwww.jobybell. org; he is the organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone.  For this recital, he will play the Prelude and Fugue in B, Op. 7, No. 1 by Marcel Dupre, a gospel prelude on ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ by William Bolcom, and Pastorale by Jean-Jules Aimable Roger-Ducasse.
The choir of St. Mary’s sings Evensong one Sunday each month through October, and everyone is welcome. Service music for the June 11th Evensong will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Thomas Walmisley, the Rose Preces and Responses (including a wonderful setting of the Lord’s Prayer), I was glad by Parry, and Palestrina’s O beata trinitas.

For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323


Studio 140 Will Participate in High Country Wine Trail Kickoff, June 3

On Saturday, June 3rd, Studio 140 will be participating in the High Country Wine Trail kickoff celebration at the Banner Elk Winery with live painting by artist Kent Paulette.  He’ll be working on his largest bear painting yet.

“I started this bear three years ago at the Banner Elk Winery,” Paulette says.  “My style has changed so much in that time.  It’ll be interesting to see how those old ideas interact with the way I’m painting now.”

Later in the evening, Paulette will be in downtown Banner Elk outside of Studio 140 working on his new large deer painting.

Studio 140 is located at 140 Azalea Circle in downtown Banner Elk.   The gallery is open on Wednesday through Sunday each week this summer from 5 pm until 10 pm.  More info can be found at www.facebook.com/Studio140 or by calling (828) 898-5214.


Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church, June 4

Sunday, June 4, St. John’s Episcopal Church presents the vocal and hand bell choirs of.Holy Cross Episcopal Church, joined by special guests, Banner Elk Presbyterian church Choir, and jazz musicians Scott Kallestad and Keith McCutchen for an old time gospel sing as well as many special selections.  The concert is at 5:00 pm, followed by a pot luck supper on the lawn.  St. John’s is located on Herb Thomas Road in Valle Crucis.  Admission $5.00, for more information call 828-963-4609