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Today’s Email Announcements

The NC Blackberry Festival Returns to the High Country, July 6-9

The NC BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL is almost upon us! Don’t miss out on buying your tickets.
Thursday night “Evening of Everything Blackberry”
An Evening of
Everything Blackberry
Local restaurants will be tasked with creating the ideal “blackberry themed” dish in categories relating to appetizers, main course, and desserts. We will also have alcoholic beverage and non-alcoholic beverage categories.
Tickets: $35  Table of 8: $225
Sunday “Blackberry Jazz Brunch at 1841”.  
     SUNDAY, JULY 9TH, 10 AM – 3 PM     1841 CAFE, ON MAIN ST.

Join in the continued celebration of the NC Blackberry Festival at 1841 Cafe on Main St. Enjoy a brunch buffet and jazz bands.

Tickets include a breakfast buffet and specialty drink options.

Tickets: $20, $12 for kids 10 and under.

Something for everyone!
Be sure and check out everything on the NC BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

On The Same Page Festival Writer’s Competition Deadline Approaching

West Jefferson, NC – Ashe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival, celebrating ten years of bringing the best in literary arts to the region, opened their Page Crafter competition earlier this year. In association with the 2017 Festival, which will take place September 12-16, in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize will recognize a single writer in any genre: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. This year’s prizewinner will receive $500 and the opportunity to read their work during the On the Same PageLiterary Festival’s “Telling Stories Live” event on Friday evening, September 15.

The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment of celebrating the creation of new work. For this 10th Anniversary Festival contest, the Page Crafter writing theme is RED LETTER DAY.

The judge for the 2017 Page Crafter Award is Joseph Bathanti, former poet laureate of North Carolina, novelist, essayist, and teacher.

The deadline for submissions is July 21, 2017(postmarked snail mail or email submissions) and winners will be notified by August 31. Interested writers may see the Festival’s website,www.onthesamepagefestival.org, which provides further details, including format requirements for the blind-copy submission process, or call the Ashe County Arts Center at 336/846-ARTS. Only previously unpublished entries qualify. The writer will retain all rights to submitted works and need not be present to win.  


Watauga County Library Presents High Country Lifelong Learners Movie: “Chinatown”

High Country Lifelong Learners Movie: “Chinatown”

Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

High Country Lifelong Learners in association with the Watauga County Public Library invite you to join us for a movie viewing of “Chinatown” on July 10th from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

Roman Polanski’s 1974 film, “Chinatown”, tells the story of JJ ‘Jake’ Gittes a private detective who specializes in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city’s water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city’s water supply.

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

This film has an MPAA rating of R and an approximate run-time of 130 minutes.

For more information please email: high.country.lifelong@gmail.com, Attention: Deb Gooch.


Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, July 12-16

Wednesday, July12, 2017

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 – 12:00 Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a self guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 – 12:00 Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a self guided tour.

       Saturday July 15, 2017


Price Park Amphitheater Program

7:00 pm – Milepost 296


The Civil War. Join historian Michael Hardy and historic re-enactors for a presentation on the Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains.


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

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a Self Guided tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.



Sunday, July 16, 2017


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.


The Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains, July 15

The Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains

Saturday Night, July 15 at 7pm at the Price Amphitheater

Join Civil War author and historian Michael Hardy and re-enactors for a presentation on the Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains


Scottish Fiddle Champion to Perform at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, July 7 & 9 

Local violinist/fiddler Maura Shawn Scanlin will perform traditional and original Scottish fiddle music this weekend up at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.  Maura Shawn is a three time US Scottish Fiddle Champion and has also won Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship. She began competing on Grandfather when she was nine.  A recent graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston MA, where she studied classical violin performance and chamber music, she will continue her music studies at the Yale School of Music in New Haven CT.  Maura Shawn will play two solo sets on the Alex Beaton stage Friday, July 7@3:30pm  and Sunday, July 9@12:00pm. She will be accompanied by Eamon Sefton on guitar.  She will also play with the Elias Alexander Band.  Check out entertainment at www.GrandfatherMountainHighlandGames2017.


The 68th Annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Aug. 3

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Holmes Convocation Center, 111 Rivers Street, Boone 
SkyLine/SkyBest presents the 68th Annual Meeting 
The event will take place on the campus of Appalachian State University at the Holmes Convocation Center on August 3rd from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
A networking and welcome reception will take place from 5:00 pm-6:15 pm on the Holmes Center concourse with a variety of silent auction items available for bid. 
Dinner, provided by Red Moon Hospitality, will be served on the floor level of the arena beginning at 6:15 pm with the annual presentation and awards ceremony to conclude by 8:00 pm.
Tickets are $30 for Chamber Members and $45 for non-members. 
Reserved seating is available as a benefit to Program Partners. 
Corporate table sponsorships are available for $350 which include:

  • reserved seating for up to 10 individuals
  • Signage on the concourse level promoting your business
  • Sponsorship listing in the program for 350+ expected attendees
  • Signage on our scrolling display before and during dinner
  • Mention of your company during the Annual Meeting Program
Seven distinguished awards will presented to local leaders for their impact on 
the business community:
– Alfred Adams Award for Economic Development
– Ben Suttle Special Services Award for Volunteer Leadership
– Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism
– Dan Meyer Partnership Award
– Wade Brown Community Recognition Award
– Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award
– everGREEN Award for Leadership in Sustainability
Recognition will also be given to the Watauga Leadership Challenge Class of 2017