Stephenson Center for Appalachia to Host Three Events in June
BANNER ELK, N.C. — If you are looking to gain insight into Appalachian culture, seeking to enrich your summer experience, or simply looking for traditional entertainment, reserve three Wednesdays in June to participate in the John B. Stephenson Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College.
Free and open to the public, the lectures are on consecutive Wednesdays, June 14, 21 and 28 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College.
On June 14, musical group Mountain Rose from Roan Mountain, Tennessee, will perform a mix of everything including bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, country, gospel and folk.
On June 21, Jessica Bellemer, director of library services, will present a program on the many services and resources available from North Carolina and Tennessee public libraries, as well as publically available resources at the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons.
Earning her Master’s in Religion from Yale University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bellemer will teach visitors how to get the most out of the wide variety of traditional and innovative learning resources.
On June 28, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies at Mars Hill University, Meredith Doster, will present a lecture, I Love to Tell the Story: Appalachian Religion, Auto-Historiography, and the Politics of Knowing.
The lecture will take a myth-challenging look at traditional visions of Appalachian religion.
Doster earned her Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University and a Doctorate in Religion from Emory University.
Scholar, teacher, humanist and supporter of Southern Appalachia, John B. Stephenson began his career at Lees-McRae College and rose to be the president of Berea College. He left an enduring legacy of devoted stewardship of the mountains. The program series honors his memory and carries forward his devotion to the southern mountains.
For additional information and questions, contact Michael Joslin at [email protected].
Monthly Meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse on June 12
The monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse will be Monday, June 12 at Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone. Those arriving at 11:30 am can choose from a $10 menu and enjoy the presentation at noon.
Registration for Men’s Soccer Summer Camps
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University men’s soccer is hosting four summer camps this year for varying age groups. Registration is now open for those looking to take their game to the next level.
June 17-19 – Boy’s Soccer Junior Camp
This camp is intended for players and teams aged 9-12. Campers will participate in 3 fun and challenging training sessions per day with morning technical training, afternoon tactical training with small-sided competitions, and an evening of 8v8 matches to close out the day. A 4v4 indoor futsal tournament also highlights the week with prizes given to the winning teams!
June 20-22 – Boy’s Soccer College ID Camp
This camp is intended for players aged 14-18 who want to play at the collegiate level. Training sessions and games will be challenging and equip each camper with the information and tools needed to advance to the next level. The App State staff and several other area college coaches (TBA) will be on hand to evaluate players. Off the field, emphasis will be placed on informing the players about the college recruiting process and what it takes to reach the next level.
July 13-15 – Junior/Senior Elite Camp
Junior and Senior Elite Camp This camp is intended for players and teams aged 10-18 that want to improve their skills and deepen their understanding of the beautiful game. Campers will participate in 3 training sessions per day with morning technical training, afternoon tactical training with small-sided competitions, and an evening of 8v8 or 11v11 matches to close out the day.
July 28-30 – Academy ID and HS Team Camp
Our Academy ID camp is intended for players aged 15-18 that want to advance to the collegiate level. Morning and afternoon sessions are spent working on tactical and technical aspects of the game while evening sessions will consist of 11v11 matches. Off the field, emphasis will be placed on informing the players about the college recruiting process and what it takes to reach the next level. The App State staff and several other area college coaches (TBA) will be on hand to evaluate players.
The team camp is the perfect way to bring your high school or club team together in beautiful Boone, NC while preparing for the upcoming season. Teams are housed together, train together, and compete together to ensure they get the proper technical and tactical instruction needed to have a successful season. The emphasis during the team camp will be focused on your individual team needs.
10th Annual A Cool 5 Race Kicks Off June 16
Race weekend kicks off June 16th – 18th.
On June 16th – June 18th the Town of Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its 10th annual Cool 5 Weekend. On Friday at Buckeye Recreation Center (5:00PM – 7:00PM) A Benefit Dinner will start the weekend off, allowing participants and visitors to eat dinner provided by local restaurants. This pre-celebration is free for racers, but $7.00 for non-racers. Saturday June 17th, A Cool 5 race begins 8am and involves a 5 mile run ($25.00), 1.5 mile fun run/walk ($20.00), and 1.5 mile walk and wag ($20.00) for man’s best friend; furthermore, the event provides a unique opportunity for participants and families to race along the slope of Beech Mountain at 5,400 feet giving a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountain.
“A Cool 5 race is a unique race and one that individuals return to year after year” – Kate Prisco: Fitness Coordinator
Your participation and sponsorship in A Cool 5 helps to directly stimulate the community and local business economy; as well as, helping to expand new recreational resources. Interested participants and sponsors can register at https://acool5race.itsyourrace.com/register/ and visit the website to learn more about the event as well.