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Today’s Email Announcements

Scottish Fiddle Concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, July 21

Event:  The Jink and Diddle Scottish Fiddlers in Concert

Date/Time:  Friday, July 21, 2017 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

         170 Councill St. (Behind Earthfare)

         Boone, NC 28607


Enjoy a concert of Scottish traditional music played by the next generation of talented young musicians with 10-time National Scottish Fiddling Champion JOHN TURNER. These young fiddle players have all studied with master fiddler John Turner at the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling. The school has sessions every winter and summer at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

John Turner and his students are great exponents of Scottish fiddle music. A number of the students have won top prizes in prestigious competitions. Everyone should come and hear Scotland’s lovely airs, military marches, bouncy jigs, snappy strathspeys, up-tempo reels and other styles. This is a musical event not to be missed!

Admission to the concert is free. Love offerings will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Jink and Diddle scholarship fund.

Contact: Moira Turner

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (804) 647-2164

Website:  http://www.jinkdiddle.com


High Country Audubon Society Annual Meeting and Pot Luck, July 18

High Country Audubon Society invites you to our Annual Meeting and Pot Luck on Tuesday, July 18, at Valle Crucis Community Park.  We’ll begin with a bird walk at 4:30 and plan to eat at 6 p.m. 
Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a member to come! We’re a casual and welcoming group, so if you come after 4:30, just look around and you’re sure to locate the group with binoculars pointed up in the trees!
We’ll eat about 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting to elect officers and announce the recipient of the 2017 Sue Wells Research Grant. You can stay around afterwards for more birding or just to enjoy the park and the conversation.
Please bring food to share plus your own plate, cup, and utensils, so we can minimize waste. HCAS will provide sweet tea, unsweetened tea, water, and ice.
HCAS’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30, so the annual meeting is a good time for members to renew their memberships or for others to become members. Annual membership is $10 a year.
For directions to Valle Crucis Community Park, please go to https://vallecrucispark.org/directions/

Watauga County Public Library Presents: The King Bees Blues Duo, July 22

The King Bees Blues Duo – ”The Blues & History” 

Audience: All Ages
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room
Cost: Free

On Saturday, July 22nd, at 2:00 PM the Watauga County Public Library is pleased to welcome local musicians The King Bees blues duo for a special presentation, “The Blues in History”.The Todd, N.C. – based duo – husband-and-wife team Rob Baskerville and Penny Zamagni – will bring their musical virtuosity to the library in a program combining performance with background on the history, evolution, and cultural significance of blues music in the United States and around the world. Singer, bassist and songwriter Zamagni and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Baskerville have decades of experience in learning from and playing with greats from the American blues scene.

Visit the links below to learn more about the King Bees!




Watauga County Public Library Presents: Kids and Cornbread Cakes 

Kids and Cornbread Cakes

Audience: Adults
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room
Cost: Free

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join local author Alisah Horne for a dramatic monologue performance, author talk and book signing on Tuesday, July 18thfrom 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.Winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians’ 2016 Historical Book Award, “Kids and Cornbread Cakes: Based on the True Story of One ‘Incredible’ Life”, takes you on a journey into the “incredible” life of Lucy Elmore. Born in 1920, Lucy was no stranger to hard work. Her mother, Ester Elmore, trained her to be competent, caring, and gentle. These traits would stay with her throughout life. She loved deeply and passionately, taking on the role of big sister, cook, and caregiver when needed. Lucy’s most fervent desire was to share her life and bountiful love with children of her own. At the tender age of eleven, her world would crash around her when her mother died on Easter Sunday. Over the course of the next decade, she would hold fast to Ester Elmore’s words and teachings to get her through the loneliness and shame of all forms of abuse and oppression. Her spirit could not be broken, and she never forgot who she was or the values and faith her mother instilled in her. Her story keeps hope alive and faith eternal as you take this journey with Lucy from the foothills of North Carolina to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

Copies of “Kids and Cornbread Cakes: Based on the True Story of One ‘Incredible’ Life” by Alisah Horne ($14.00) will be available for sale at the event. Please bring cash or check.

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


Heritage Hall Presents: Carson Peters and the Iron Mountain Band, July 29

Saturday, July 29, Carson Peters and the Iron Mountain Band, sponsored by Redden Realty and Humphrey Masonry Supply. Young East TN native Carson Peters has carved a reputation for himself in the area, the state, and even on national TV stages as a brilliantly talented fiddler. His parents’ Jamie & Robin Peters from Carter County, realized their son was a prodigy when at four, Carson was playing at musical competitions and jamming at festivals. The July show will be Carson’s third gig at HH, and he continues to grow and blossom as a musician and entertainer. Carson has impressed audiences from the David Letterman show, the Carter Family Fold, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Tennessee State Senate. He is a true Tennessee/National treasure whom we are looking forward to following as his star rises higher and brighter each year, and we feel truly honored to have him and his band Iron Mountain grace our stage once again. 

Saturday, Aug. 12, The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer, a tribute event featuring the magic by Floyd’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman and Chet’s great-niece, guitarist Meagan Taylor. Be transported to a different time and place, a cherished memory, an unforgettable feeling. Floyd Cramer’s unique “slip note” piano style was an essential part of countless country, pop, and rock hits in the 1950s and ‘60s. Jason brings new life to the “Nashville Sound” pioneered by his legendary forerunner with songs like Floyd’s “Last Date” as well as by singing the music of the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley whose careers were impacted by Floyd. Adv $20/ Door $23. Sponsored by Amedysis Home Health, GSC Electronics & Security, Johnson County Community Hospital, and Unique Boutique

Next up at Heritage Hall: Tues., Renowned Story Tellers Carmen Deedy and John McCutcheon, a benefit performance for the new JC Arts Center/Workshop/Gallery

Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the area with great shows at good prices. Most evening shows start at 7pm; most tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door, and most youth seats are $5. For tickets, or reservations, call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. The Box Office is normally open on Tuesday – Friday, 12 –2, for more information, check heritagehalltheatre.org


Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co., 7/12-7/22

Wednesday, 7/12/17-Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 7/13/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with The Blue Wild at 7:30.

Friday, 7/14/17-Live Music: Good Vibes Jazz Trio at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 7/15/17-Live Music: Earleine at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, 7/19/17-Trivia at 7pm.

Thursday, 7/20/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music.

Friday, 7/21/17-Live Music: The Rainbow Fish Collective at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 7/22/17-Live Music: Abigail Dowd at 7:30pm.


Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Program, July 22

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 316

7:00pm Nature’s Pharmacy: 18th Century Medicinal Plants

Life on the colonial frontier was hard and full of many challenges.  None of these challenges posed a greater threat to the lives of the early settlers than sickness and disease.  So what did these hardy pioneers do when they came down with illnesses, injuries, or just the little aches and pains of life?  They turned to the forest and fields around them around them for healing of course.  Come to the Linville Falls Amphitheater and listen to Professor Elizabeth Hardy expound upon some of this long forgotten wisdom.


Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, July 19-23

Wednesday, July19, 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 21, 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 22, 2017

 Ranger Guided Walk at Bass Lake on Cone Manor

9 am – Milepost 294

Join Ranger Chuck for a talk about the history of the Cone country estate as we walk around Bass Lake


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 23, 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


Ranger Guided Walk at Bass Lake, July 22

Saturday morning, July 22 at 9 a.m. at Bass Lake on Cone Manor

Join Ranger Chuck for a program about the history of the Cone country estate as we walk around Bass Lake