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Today’s Email Announcements

High Country Audubon Program: Wildlife Rehab at Lees-McRae College, June 20

You’re invited to our program meeting on June 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Our speaker will be Dr. Amber McNamara, who’s been a faculty member of Lees-McRae College (LMC) as well as veterinarian for the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (MWRC) since 2013.

The wildlife rehabilitation program at LMC is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that combines classroom learning with hands-on wildlife rehabilitation. Dr. McNamara’s talk will illustrate the uniqueness of this program and the MWRC, where students help to provide care for over 1,400 injured and orphaned wildlife patients every year. Patient statistics, integrative medicine for wildlife, volunteer opportunities, and success stories will be included.

Dr. McNamara is a graduate of DePauw University and Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and she worked for over eight years at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Sanibel, Florida, and studied at the Chi Institute, becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2010. She instructs students from a One Health perspective, recognizing that the well-being of humans, animals, and the environment are intricately dependent upon one another.

The program is definitely one you won’t want to miss!


Vintage Valle Music at Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church, June 18

Music!  Music!  Music!  Come, celebrate Father’s Day!  Join your neighbors and listen to some music of the mountains.  From brass to strings, pop to traditional, there’ll be music to suit your taste, and stories told ‘bout folks you know or wish you did.  It’s a leisurely afternoon of Vintage Valle Music at Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church, June 18, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Kicking off the bill is an exciting duo, new to Vintage Valle Music but not to the High Country, Sound Traveler.  Their music is an innovative and unique blend of instruments – guitar, trumpet, bass, concertina, banjo, harmonica, percussion, melodica, and ukulele – and vocals.  Expect to hear classic rock/pop/country tunes, classy standards, light jazz, folk, traditional, gospel, and some originals.  Here’s a sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8TMgm1jPDY

Returning this June are The Burnett Sisters, a bluegrass gospel and old-time band from Boone, ranging in age from 10 to 20.  All the girls have grown up under the instruction of local musicians such as John Cockman, Cecil Gurganus, and the Junior Appalachian Musician Program at the Jones House in Boone.  The girls play fiddle, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and they love to sing harmonies as well.  They compete and perform as individuals and in the bands Strictly Strings and the Tater Hill Mashers in festivals throughout the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.  Just listen to this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXRplY7AmiM

Another new visitor to our Sunday afternoon guest list, is Reverand Percival Weeblemeyer, pastor of the Fort Lonesome Presbyterian Church, in Lithia, Florida.  Rev. Percy seems to have more than his share of troubles and strange escapades going on in his congregation and he can’t keep a secret.  So – come and join the fun!

There’s no admission charge.  However, we are collecting undies for kids at our local elementary schools.  If you will, bring new undies, socks, and plain tee shirts – any size – to help cover an accident or child in need.

Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church is located at 2147 NC Hwy 194 S., Vilas NC  28692.  There’ll be no passing the hat, no preachin’ ‘n prayin’,  no dinner on the grounds; just pickin’ ‘n singin’, and lotsa grinnin’ at Vintage Valle Music, June 18, 2017, 4 to 6 p.m. 


Wordkeepers Event at the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson, June 17

(West Jefferson) – The next Wordkeepers event will be held Saturday, June 17from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson (303 W. School Street)Wordkeepers is free and open to the public. 

 In conjunction with Wordkeepers a “write-in” will be held from 2:30 – 3:45 the same afternoon, also at the Ashe County Arts Center. Writers in any genre are invited to bring notebooks, pencils, pens, and computers to create work in the welcoming environment of Wordkeepers. Prompts will be provided and informal discussions between writers encouraged. Participants will have the opportunity to read their newly created work at the 4:00 p.m. Wordkeepers salon, should they choose.  Interested participants should let Chris Arvidson (chris@chrisarvidson.comknow of their plan to participate and contact her with any questions about the  Wordkeepers WriteIn. 

 Wordkeepers features writers reading their latest works in five-minute open microphone time slots. Refreshments are provided.  Writers interested in reading from their work should email Chris Arvidson at chris@chrisarvidson.com to secure their first-come, first-served spot on the bill, and to receive guidelines for reading. Wordkeepers was created by local writers Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend and Scot Pope, who have edited two anthology collections about the region.


Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, June 21-25

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 10:30-12:00, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a self guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.


Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30– Children’s Hour

Activities may include storytelling, traditional games, and/or hands on simple crafts. An adult or older responsible attendee must stay with children in order for them to participate (best suited for ages 4 – 12)


Friday, June 23, 2017

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 10:30-12:00, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a self guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.


Saturday June 24, 2017

Ranger Bear Program

10:30-11:30- Milepost 302, Wilson Creek Overlook

Join a Ranger for a table program and discussion on black bears along the Blue Ridge.


Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only. No advance reservations, please.


1:00-3:00 – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 1:00 to 3:00, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a Self Guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.



Sunday, June 25, 2016

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. See Saturday (above) for details.




Special thanks to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their financial support of these programs



Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Program, June 17


Saturday, June 17th, 2016


Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 316



7:00pm The Civil War in the Mountains with Award-Winning Historian and Author


In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Civil War author and 2010 North Carolina Historian of the Year Michael Hardy and a group of historic re-enactors will give a presentation on the Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains.

Approximately 45 minutes in length.


Author Visit at Watauga County Public Library, June 17

Jasmine Schools, Young Adult fiction writer

Saturday, June 17

12:00 noon

Meeting Room, Watauga County Public Library

Join emerging writer Jasmine Schools for a presentation on her new Young Adult fiction novel, A State  of Gray.

Title character Molly Gray is an average woman, wishing for a more interesting life. When that wish suddenly comes true, she realizes it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be. When a tragic death sets her life careening out of control, Molly finds herself dealing with issues she had never dealt with before, including the attentions of two handsome men: the mysterious Alexander Silver, and the loyal Tommy Stark. She must find her way through life without her family, leaving her to juggle life, love, death, and even murder.

The author will be welcoming readers at the Watauga County Public Library to meet them, talk about the writing process, and to autograph copies of the book.

Copies of A Touch of Gray will be available for purchase at the event.


Lees-McRae Online Human Services Program Ranked Among Best in the U.S.

BANNER ELK, N.C. — In a recent ranking by AffordableColleges.com that listed the 25 best online human services programs for 2017, the Lees-McRae College online Human Services degree received a top spot.

“Our ranking lists some of the best human services degrees offered across the nation,” according to the Affordable College website. “The schools in this ranking are also some of the most affordable, allowing you to maximize your return on investment…”

A resource for online learning and college affordability information, AffordableColleges.com hopes to help prospective students find schools and programs that match their educational interests while still being affordable, according to a recent press release.

“When calculating the rankings, we use the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS),” according to AffordableColleges.com. “Run by the U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS offers reliable and accurate insight into affordability, academic pedigree, and online/distance learning programs.”

Learn more about the online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Human Services program here: lmc.edu/humanservices


Appalachian Rollergirls Battle Greenbriar River Rollers in Semi-Home Bout, June 25

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, The Appalachian Rollergirls will host a doubleheader semi-home bout at Kate’s Skating Rink in Gastonia, North Carolina. The Appalachian Rollergirls A-team will face the Greenbrier River Rollers from West Virginia at approximately 1 p.m.
Following the first bout, The Boone Shiners, the Appalachian Rollergirls’ B-team, will duel the Smoky Mountain Rollergirls from Bryson City, NC. Admission to both bouts is $12 dollars at the door or $10 in advance. 

Contact your favorite rollergirl or visit Kate’s in Gastonia to purchase an advanced ticket. Kids 8-and-under receive free admission. Remember to bring your own chair to the event for track-side seating. There will be team merchandise, skating apparel, fun, and music at this family-friendly event.


Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co., June 13-24

Tuesday, 6/13/17-Get Lost for a Cause with SAHA (Southern Appalachian Historical Association).

Wednesday, 6/14/17- Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 6/15/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with DownTown Abby and the Echoes at 7:30.

Friday, 6/16/17-Live Music: Strictly Strings at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 6/17/17-Live Music: Amantha Mill at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, 6/20/17-Cheap Date Night Dinner and A Movie Featuring Can’t Hardly Wait. The Movie is free!

Wednesday, 6/21/17-Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 6/22/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Jack Marion at 7:30.

Friday, 6/23/17-Live Music: Sycamore Bones at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 6/24/17-Live Music: The King Bees at 7:30pm.