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Today’s Email Announcements

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to Hold Monthly Meeting, Aug. 3

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 3rd, at 1:00 PM.  We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Sheryl Elderfield, the owner of Lavender Blue Memories, will be doing our program.  In May, we made “Jelly Rolls” by cutting fabric into strips and Sheryl will be showing us different ways to make them into beautiful quilts.  Come join us.  Call Dolores at 295-6148 if you have any questions.


Bass-Baritone Avan Adair to Perform at St. Mary of the Hills, July 29

Bass-Baritone Evan Adair brings his considerable vocal gifts to the community in the next recital at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock on Saturday afternoon, July 29th, at 4 pm in the nave of the church.

Adair is a second year Master’s student studying Vocal Performance under the direction of Dr. Joseph Amaya. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at UNC-Chapel Hill. Originally from Raleigh, Evan’s performance career has taken off with productions in Canada, Italy, and throughout the east coast of the U.S. Recent roles include Uberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Frank Murrant in Weill’s American opera Street Scene, Kecal in ASU’s 2016 production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and the comic role, Papageno, in the 2017 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

Adair has chosen a varied program of art songs and operatic arias for this performance, including arias from Handel’s Orlando,Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, and Mozart’s Die ZauberflöteArt songs include Deux epigrammes de Clément Marot by Ravel, three songs from Franz Schubert’s Wintereisse [Winter Journey], three Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and from Nightsongs by Leslie Adams – Prayer, Drums of Tragedy, Since You Went Away, and Night Song.

St. Mary of the Hills sponsors Saturday afternoon recitals by faculty and students from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University each month from May through September as a gift to the larger Watauga County community.  The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.  For more information, please call the church office at 828.295.7323, or visit MusicfromStMaryoftheHills on Facebook.


Boone’s In/Visible Theatre Seeking Solo Performers for the 2nd Annual BOLO Fest

In/Visible Theatre’s BOLO Fest is the High Country’s first fringe festival.  A fringe festival showcases art on the edge, new pieces and tested ones, plays, dances, and stories from independent artists, rather than from established theatre groups. Solo performers with pieces between 8-120 minutes are welcome to apply for this festival, scheduled for September 6th, 7th, and 8th, with performances in various locations in downtown Boone.
In/Visible welcomes pieces that are traditionally theatrical, or that have a theatrical bent. While the BOLO founders are not looking for material that would fit into a poetry slam or open mic performance, they do welcome pieces that defy genre. BOLO Fest performers may present brand-new pieces, or ones that have been performed previously. Each performance in this solo festival must have just one live performer.
Last year’s inaugural BOLO Fest featured a world premiere piece by New York-based performer Leya Topodas, and plays by Barter Theatre artists John Hardy and Eugene Wolfe. The festival also featured performances written and performed by alumni of Appalachian State University, as well as a short play performed by Suzanne Gray and directed by Julliard-trained Adrian Scheer Rieder. Dennis Bohr of Black Sheep theatre also performed an original play.
There is no application fee, and In/Visible Theatre asks that participants help promote their own shows. All receive a portion of the ticket sales from their performances.
Email [email protected] for more information, and to apply to participate in BOLO fest. Deadline for entries is August 3rd.

Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Program, July 29

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 

Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 316

7:00pm Conquistadors in the Blue Ridge

In their quest to find gold, silver, and jewels in the New World, Spanish explorers ventured into the wilderness. Learn of their encounters with the Native Americans of the mountains as they searched for fame and fortune.

Approximately 45 minutes in length. 


Weekly Events at Lost Province, 7/26-8/5

Wednesday, 7/26/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 7/27/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Jackson Howard at 7:30.
Friday, 7/28/17-Live Music: Hot Club of the Mountains at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 7/29/17-Live Music: Bryan Toney and Friends at 7:30pm.
Wednesday, 8/2/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 8/3/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music at 7:30.
Friday, 8/4/17-Live Music: The Paper Crowns at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 8/5/17-Live Music: Wiregrass at 7:30pm.

BRAHM to Host Book Talk on Melungeons, Aug. 10

BLOWING ROCK- For more than 200 years, the Melungeons have been the subject of folklore and speculation in Appalachia and beyond.Wayne Winkler’s book Walking toward the Sunset is a historical examination of the Melungeons, a mixed-race group predominantly in southern Appalachia. Author Wayne Winkler reviews theories about the Melungeons, compares the Melungeons with other mixed-race groups, and incorporates the latest scientific research to present a comprehensive portrait. On August 10 at 11:00 AM, Winkler will be at the Blowing Rock Museum of Art & History to discuss his book. There is a suggested donation of $5.

Winkler is a past-president of the Melungeon Heritage Association and author of Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia(2004, Mercer University Press). Winkler’s father was from Hancock County, Tennessee, long considered the center of the Melungeon population, and Winkler has been studying the Melungeons since he was 12 years old. His most current project is a book about the outdoor drama about the Melungeons that was staged in Hancock County from 1969 to 1972.

Copies of Walking Toward the Sunset will be available for purchase and signing. 

The talk will be accompanied by complimentary locally-roasted coffee from Hatchet Coffee and locally-baked breakfast goods.