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Today’s Email Announcements

Open Auditions for “American Idol” in Asheville, 8/27

WHAT:           Open call auditions for AMERICAN IDOL in ASHEVILLE, NC


WHERE:         68 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28810


WHEN:           REGISTRATION / AUDITIONS – Sunday, August 27


The High Country Caregiver Foundations Presents Dinner & Dance, 9/16

The High Country Caregiver Foundation cordially invites you and your friends to a delightful evening of fun, frolic, dinner and dance. All proceeds directly benefit local families and kinship caregivers. There will be a variety of dance styles for everyone. 

The event takes place from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Chapman Center at the Avery YMCA in Linville. Tickets are $55 per person, and it includes 2 drink tickets. 

There will be a special Ball Room Dance Demonstration by Ms. Sandi Finci Solomon and Mr. Tony Luis. Music and entertainment by internationally known square dance Caller Mr. Ron Libby. 

Menu: Beef Brisket, Penne a la Vodka Sauce, Bread, Salad, Sides and Dessert. 

Enjoy food, libations, auction, games, dancing and more!

Visit www.hccgf.org for tickets and additional information. 


Get Outside at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 8/19

FREE and open to the public – fun for adults and kids, families and friends!

Join us to celebrate the mountain, state parks, natural resources, local history, environmental education, and the Year of the Spider.

Grandfather Mountain State Park’s “Get Outside Day”!!!

There will be several activities and programs led by State Park’s Ranger Sharon Becker and a couple presentations on the Spruce Fir Moss Spider by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sue Cameron.

Scheduled hikes led by Blue Ridge Hiking Club will leave out at:
9am To Calloway Peak; 930am To Shanty Spring; 10am To Profile View
*RSVP to 828-963-9522 to register for hikes or for questions about them.

Meet Randy Johnson, Author of the book “Grandfather Mountain The History And Guide To An Appalachian Icon” and have him sign your book.

Date of Event:

Sat, 08/19/2017 – 11:00am to 2:00pm


NEW Profile Parking Lot (4198 Hwy 105) – across from Pedalin’ Pig Restaurant in Banner Elk


BRAHM Presents A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Sylvia Heyden, 8/17

Thursday, Aug 17, 7:00pm

A Weaverly Path offers an intimate, visually stunning portrait of Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden and captures the inner dialogue and meditations of an extraordinary artist in the moments of creation. The film follows Heyden during a year of weaving and reflection. Heyden creates works inspired by the Eno River in Durham, North Carolina and shares how nature, music, her Bauhaus influences, and her life experiences anchor and inform her weaving. Heyden is a 20th-century modernist whose body of work redefines the art of modern tapestry.

$5 students with ID, seniors, active military, EBT cardholders,
$7 general admission


Watauga County Public Library Presents: A Presentation on The Great American Solar Eclipse, 8/16

Where: Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607

WhenWednesday, August 16, 5:30 p.m.

Who: Dr. Tom Rokoske

What: Presentation on Eclipses and the “Great American Solar Eclipse” of 2017

Get ready for the ‘Great American Eclipse’ with a special presentation by retired Appalachian State University Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy Tom Rokoske at Watauga County Public Library this Wednesday. Dr. Rokoske will speak on the nature of solar eclipses, the significance of this year’s solar eclipse, which will be a a 96% covered partial eclipse in our area, tips for viewing the eclipse safely, and more. Free and open to the public. 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16th in the Watauga County Public Library Meeting Room.

Vintage Valle Music Greets the High Country, 8/20

“And, the days dwindle down to a precious few….”  It’s not quite September; however, we are in “back-to-school” mode as we approach our closing Vintage Valle Music event of 2017.  What a great summer it’s been, and there’s more great music to come.  On Sunday, August 20th, we feature three local and quite different musical combos, The Michael Salley BandThe Threshold Singers, and Amantha  Mill.  Music kicks off at 4 p.m. and won’t slow down until 6 p.m., just in time for you to get home for supper.  As always, there’s no charge for this afternoon of community music.  However, in the spirit of neighborliness, if you’d like to bring some classroom supplies to share with Valle Crucis and Cove Creek Schools, we will be most appreciative.  

First on the bill, The Michael Salley Band will get your heart pumping with a variety of summer afternoon favorites from patriotic to sentimental.  Michael Salley, a graduate of ASU’s School of Music, has gathered a cadre of talented local musicians who can’t get enough of good music and are eager to share their love and talents with their fortunate neighbors.  What a delight to find such a joyful sound, a real brass band, just around the next curve
Last year The Threshold Singers left us on our feet, applauding and calling for more.  Now, for our August finale, this versatile group is back for that encore with a year of performances under their talented belts.  The Threshold Singers comprise a volunteer choir of local folks who just like to get together to sing and play instruments suitable for their moods and their talents.  Audiences are always in for a treat when asked to sing along with well-known and much-loved favorites.
Bringing our August program and our 6th summer of music to an appropriate close is one of the High Country’s top bluegrass bands, Amantha Mill.  Local folks know what to expect, newbies are pleasantly surprised, and all are delightfully thrilled at the polished sound mixed with the down-home friendliness of this favorite group as they share bluegrass, country, and gospel tunes sure to cheer all tastes.  
All performers generously share their talents with our community, and there’s no admission charge, no passing the hat, no collection basket at the exit.  As is the custom at Vintage Valle Music, this month we are collecting classroom supplies for our Western Watauga County public schools.  Suggested items include facial tissues, hand sanitizer, paper towels, liquid hand soap, disinfectant wipes, adhesive bandages, zipper-locking bags (gallon and sandwich sizes), and disposable cups, plates, and napkins.
Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church is located at 2147 NC Hwy 194 South, Vilas NC  28692.  That’s 2 miles west of 194’s intersection with US 321 in Vilas, or, if you’re coming from south of our church, it’s just 2 miles north of Valle Crucis’ Original Mast General Store.


Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, 8/16-8/20

Wednesday, August16, 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, August 18, 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 August 19, 2017


Wilson Creek Valley Overlook

10 a.m. – Milepost 302


Join a Ranger at a Bear Table

Join a Ranger at Milepost 302 to talk about bears on the Blue Ridge Parkway and take a picture with the bear!



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 recommended. 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, August 20, 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, 8/19 & 8/26

Saturday morning, Aug 19 and Aug 26 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



Wordkeepers Event in West Jefferson, 8/19

The next Wordkeepers event will be held Saturday, August 19, from 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.

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 atchris@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.


Watauga County Public Library Presents Divorce Clinic, 8/17

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

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join Legal Aid of N.C. for a free do-it-yourself Divorce Clinic at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17th.

At the Legal Aid of N.C. Divorce Clinic participants will watch a video that will explain the law and walk them through how to file a simple divorce action in court without the help of a lawyer. Participants will receive all the necessary legal forms and guidance for completing and filing them with the court on their own. They will have the chance to ask general questions of a volunteer attorney after the video. (Specific legal advice for individual cases is not provided at these clinics.)


Click: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/Pages/self-help-clinics/simple-divorce-clinic.aspx


Call 1-866-219-5262 to register



Watauga County Public Library Presents Next Installment of Financial Workshop, 8/16

Audience: Young Adults (16+) & Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join us for another installment in a series of Financial Literacy Workshops for teens and adults on Wednesday, August 16th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Meeting Room at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen St., Boone, NC 28607.

Presenter: Captian Dee Dee Rominger, Investigation Captain with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

This workshop’s focus will be on protecting yourself against fraud. Specifically, we will learn about identity theft, credit card and check fraud, telemarketing rip-offs and other money-related crimes. We will learn how to evaluate offers, how to avoid common scams and about resources that can be used to keep up-to-date or if something goes wrong.

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

Check out our Libguide at: http://arlibrary.beta.libguides.com/smart_investing/



Custom Charleston Forge Community Table to be Installed in New Starbucks

BOONE, NC. Charleston Forge is proud to announce that it has just installed one of its signature community tables in the soon-to-open Starbucks Store at 1700 Blowing Rock Road (Hwy 321) in Boone. The Boone location is the first standalone Starbucks store in the North Carolina High Country and is scheduled to open August 17.

The dining height community table measures 170” x 36” (Approx. 14-ft x 3-ft) and is a custom version of the community tables that the Boone furniture manufacturer has been building for Starbucks since late 2014. Community tables are traditionally long, relatively narrow tables designed to seat 6 to 10 people or more, depending on their size. Starbucks initially approached Charleston Forge about building furniture for them in April
2013. The multinational company was looking for a high quality, American-made furniture manufacturer. Central to Starbucks’ mission statement is the concept of responsible sourcing of its products, including everything from edibles to store furnishings.

“Sourcing managers with the Starbucks Global Store Development team are always looking for high-quality, handmade furniture,” Starbucks wrote in an article on its website at the time about its collaboration with
Charleston Forge. The tables built by Charleston Forge can be found in stores across the US. Founded by Art and Susan Barber in Boone in 1984, Charleston Forge is known for its high-quality, handmade steel furniture. It has a product line of more than 300 items, including dining and occasional tables, consoles, chairs, bar stools, baker’s racks, benches, and beds, ranging in style from traditional to contemporary. All of the company’s products are built by hand in the company’s Boone, North Carolina factory and shipped to retailers and interior designers around the US.


Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co., 8/15-8/26

Tuesday, 8/15/17- Get Lost for a Cause with Habitat for Humanity.
Wednesday, 8/16/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 8/17/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Jake and Dan at 7:30.
Friday, 8/18/17-Live Music: Never Too Late at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 8/19/17-Live Music: Cane Mill Road at 7:30pm.
Sunday, 8/20/17-LulaBrews from 12pm-3pm.
Tuesday, 8/22/17- Beer 101 and HC Beer Fest Kickoff featuring Watauga County Breweries.
Wednesday, 8/23/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 8/24/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Depot Street at 7:30.
Friday, 8/25/17-Live Music: Folk and Dagger at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 8/26/17-Live Music: Out of the Blue at 7:30pm.