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Today’s Email Announcements

Appalachian Rollergirls Hold Doubleheader in West Jefferson, 8/26

August 10, 2017—On SaturdayAugust 26, 2017, the internationally-ranked Appalachian Rollergirls (#130) confront the Charlotte Roller Girls (#151) on the furious flat track. Doors open at 3 p.m. The doubleheader begins at 4 p.m.when the ARG Boone Shiners battle the CRG B Dazzlers. Following this first bout, the main event showcases the ARG All-Stars eight-wheeled throw-down with the CRG All-Stars. Both bouts are live at the Youth Outreach Skating Rink located at 498 Beaver Creek School Road in West Jefferson, NC.

These are the final home bouts of the season, and ARG’s first time playing at the West Jefferson location. “We are excited to play in West Jefferson and gain some new fans,” says Mallory “Honey Boom Boom” Sadler, the league president and All-Star skater. “We are also offering online ticket sales, which makes it cheaper for our fans to experience the fun and thrill of the two bouts.”

A portion of the bout proceeds benefit The Western Youth Network.

Tickets are $12 at the door. Advanced tickets are available from your favorite roller girl or online fromhttp://appalachianrollergirls.com/event/august-26th-home-bout-vs-charlotte/. Kids under 12 are free and always welcome. This is a family-friendly event. Due to limited seating and space, it is best to buy advanced tickets. We look forward to seeing you there!


Workshop to Expand Your Creative Voice

This workshop will introduce many visual thinking concepts and techniques used by professional artists and designers. The goal of the workshop is for members to explore new creative avenues in a fun, relaxed and learning environment. 

Artists, designers, hobbyists, craft persons and visual creative thinkers are invited to attend. Anyone who is a visually creative person and interested in developing their creative talent can benefit by taking this workshop. 

The workshop will explore such areas as; compositional formats, Gestalt perceptual pattern principles, Renaissance and oblique perspective, idea-word-image development exercises, information mapping, gestural drawing for idea development, the golden rectangle, play manipulation to discover new ideas and discussions to develop the confidence to energize your creativity.

Subject  matter will be reinforced with handouts, exercises and discussion about historical and cultural influences.

Workshops are offered every 2nd Thursday of each month: 12:30 to 3:30 and 5:30 to 8:30or Upon Request.

Contact Milt Sigel at 518-727-5523 or Email: miltatop@gmail.com


Watauga Library Presents : Wild Food Talk and Taste, 8/26

Where: Watuaga Library on Queen Street
When: August 26 from 2-4 pm
Who: Holly Drake and wild foodie students
Cost: Free


Nature was the original supermarket. Ever wonder what the pioneers ate while transversing the Oregon Trail? There were indeed supermarkets waiting at their destination but they weren’t the kind we have now. Strictly seasonal and ever evolving wild edible plants have always been nature’s gift to us.

Holly Drake, a Wild Foodie instructor from Wild Blessings will give a PowerPoint presentation on “Why Eat Wild?” that will inspire you to want to reclaim what used to be ‘Common Knowledge’. Abundance is at our feet, free for the knowing and the picking!

There will be a wild foods spread to sample from Roots to Fruits including:

Sweet and Sour Burdock Root, Pickled Purslane, Milkweed Cheese Hot Pockets, Acorn Bread, Chestnut butter, Dandelion Blossom Jelly, Japanese Knotweed Salsa, Autumn Olive Berry Fruit Leather, Chickweed Pesto, Lambsquarter Tiropitas, Wild Seed Crackers, Violet Leaf hummus and an assortment of refreshing wild teas!

Relearning nature’s secrets and prolific offerings is empowering and delicious! Come and join us for this Wildly tasy free event!

Wild blessings abound!


Ranger Guided Walk, 8/19 and 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.


Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, 8/23-8/27

Wednesday, August23, 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 25, 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 26, 2017


Cone Manor Porch

10 a.m. – Milepost 294


Join a Ranger at a Monarch Butterfly Table

Join a Ranger on the Cone Manor porch to talk about the life cycles of the Monarch butterfly and see the Monarch butterfly caterpillars in action



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 27, 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


Happy Valley Fiddler’s Convention, 9/1-9/3

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is devoted to the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage and resources of the Happy Valley/Yadkin Valley through an annual music festival that highlights traditional old-time and bluegrass music and rural traditions.  It’s a fun, family-friendly event and features musicians from all over the United States.

This 13th annual event occurs Labor Day Weekend, September 1 – 3, 2017 on the Jones Farm on Highway 268 between Lenoir & North Wilkesboro – 3590 NC 268, Lenoir, NC. 

Friday evening’s events start at 6:30 p.m. and will feature music by Rich Hartness, Strictly Strings, Bob Carlin and Alice Gerrard. Entry fee is $5.00/person at the gate (age 15 & under free).

Saturday’s events start at 10:00 a.m. and include continuous music competitions, a flatfoot dance workshop and demonstration, instrument makers tent, Junior Appalachian Musicians showcase stage and children’s activities, storytelling and historic information. Entry fee is $10/person at the gate (age 15 & under free). Advance tickets priced at $5/person are available at the Caldwell Arts Council through August 30th.

Sunday’s concert begins at 10:00 a.m. and features big names from far & wide, including Kruger Brothers and Dom Flemons, The Neighbors, Emily Schaad, The Harris Brothers and more! Entry fee is $10/person at the gate (age 15 & under free). Advance tickets priced at $5/person are available at the Caldwell Arts Council through August 30th.

Primitive camping is available for $25 for the entire weekend (FridaySaturdaySunday). Camping fee does not include admission.

Being a not-for-profit event, all funds beyond those necessary to ensure the continuation of the festival will go to youth scholarships and music programs that preserve traditional music, dance and instrument making activities.

All details for competition registration and event attendance are on the website  https://happyvalleyfiddlers.org

This event is now a program of the Caldwell Arts Council, 601 College Ave SW in Lenoir, open TuesdayFriday 9am-5pm & Saturdays 10am-2pm for advance ticket sales.

For any additional questions, call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or visit the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention website at http://happyvalleyfiddlers.org.   We’ll see you there!


Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train Auditions

It’s time to get ready for Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train! Actors and technicians who love Halloween should plan to attend auditions on Aug. 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the park. Come prepared to be scary!

Performers may be asked to participate in improvisational exercises; no preparation needed. Candidates for Ghost Train must be able to work every Friday and Saturday night from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28 and attend rehearsals as required. 

Pick up an application at the Ticket Office or print one at our website: tweetsie.com,

Bring your completed application to auditions. Pre-employment background check and substance abuse screened required. EOE. 


Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co., 8/22-9/2

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.
Sunday, 8/27/17-Live Music with Flat Fives Jazz Band from 12pm-2pm.
Wednesday, 8/30/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 8/31/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Open Mic Night with Mike Preslar at 7:30.
Friday, 9/1/17-Live Music: Handlebar Betty at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 9/2/17-Live Music: The Klee and Mike Show at 7:30pm.


The Community Music School at ASU Announces Opening of Online Registration, Now – 8/25

The Community Music School (CMS) at Appalachian State University announces that online registration for the fall semester is open now through Friday,
August 25.

ASU-CMS provides non-credit music instruction for children and adults in the local community as well as surrounding Western NC counties. Instructors include Appalachian State students, faculty and professional teaching artists. Director of CMS Laura Chu Stokes says, “the CMS instructors are excited to begin another year with their students. It’s a great place to learn a musical skill, whether as a young beginner or as an adult returning to brush up his/her skills.” Instruction is offered at the CMS building in Boone – 134 Doctors Dr – in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, trumpet, saxophone, guitar and percussion. An additional offering is the Appalachian Youth Chorale (AYC), a community choir comprised of 3 rd -8th grade students with unchanged voices. AYC rehearses weekly at 4:30 on Tuesday afternoons at Grace Lutheran church.

The website link for CMS registration is: http://music.appstate.edu/about/community-music-school. For further information, please contact Laura Chu Stokes at stokeslc@appstate.edu.


Watauga County Public Library Presents: Small Business Bootcamp
Audience: Adults (18+)
Location: Watauga County Public Library – Meeting Room
Cost: Free

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in association with the Watauga County Public Library invite you to join David Waechter for a “Small Business Bootcamp” class on Wednesday, August 30th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.


Geared towards those wanting to start their own business, local entrepreneur and former Small Business Center Director David Waechter teaches the basics of getting your business off the ground. This 3 hour session discusses the topics that you need to be aware of. Topics in this course include: *How to name your business and why your business name is so important. *Registering your business with Secretary of State. *How to obtain your LLC, Sole Proprietorship, or Incorporation *How to find the proper tax forms. *How to obtain your tax ID or your EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS. *How to set up a Business Checking account and credit card. *How to find what licenses and permits you need to get started. *Renting a space – things to consider. *Easy and cheap marketing to start NOW. *Sales and Service. *Bookkeeping absolutely must do’s. More in-depth classes will be offered in the future that discuss a majority of these topics in more detail.

Registration is required!

To register, please visit: https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=70370014

Questions? Please call Ben Willis (828) 726-2615