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Today’s Email Announcements

ASU Fall Open House to be Held Sept. 16

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s annual Fall Open House activities for prospective students and their families will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will be held in the George M. Holmes Convocation Center beginning with a Family Assembly at 9 a.m., followed by an Information Fair from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The day will conclude around 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions.

Open House activities give prospective students and their families an opportunity to speak with representatives from admissions, financial aid, academic areas, campus support areas and student clubs and organizations. Student Ambassadors will offer tours of the campus, and residence halls will be open for guided tours. Numerous academic departments will also offer departmental open houses.

For more information about Open House and other events for prospective students, visit https://admissions.appstate.edu/visit


Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church Fundraiser, 8/16

Garage Sale/Yard Sale/Jumble/Tag Sale/Thrift Sale!

Whatever you want to call it, this is it!

Bargains Galore!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

7:30 a.m. till noon

Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church

2147 Highway 194 South

Vilas NC 28692

Glassware, kitchen gadgets, linens, tools, books, clothing and more!

Come, choose your treasure!

Help us raise funds for a new air conditioning/heating system




Lees-McRae College Awarded for Extraordinary Programming by the Colleges of Distinction 

BANNER ELK, N.C. —Colleges of Distinction awarded the business, education and nursing programs at Lees-McRae for extraordinary professional programming.

Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction–an online resource for students researching both private and public institutions across the U.S.–as an innovative institution, Lees-McRae was recognized further for its expert blending of liberal arts with professional programming.

“We are ecstatic to celebrate Lees-McRae for its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Building upon its extensive liberal arts curriculum, as well as its impressive engagement of High-Impact Practices, Lees-McRae continues to stand out through its stance as a leader in professional education.”

To view the Lees-McRae Colleges of Distinction profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit https://collegesofdistinction.com/school/lees-mcrae-college/.

To learn more about Lees-McRae academic programs, visit lmc.edu/academics.



Carolina Renaissance Festival Hosts First Job “Faire”, 9/8-9/9

Autumn is around the corner and with it comes the Carolina Renaissance Festival.  Pirates, Nobles, Wenches and Knights – it takes a lot of work to organize the region’s largest costume party! 

The Carolina Renaissance Festival will hold its 2nd annual job faire on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day. 

The faire will be held at the Festival grounds located just north of Charlotte, between Concord and Huntersville, at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. 

The Festival hires 350 seasonal employees on an annual basis.  Employees will have the opportunity hawk turkey legs and ale, sell admission tickets, greet guests, and more.  Applicants should be able to produce documents showing they are able to work in the United States, if hired.  Resumes are appreciated but not required for most positions. Questions about the job faire can be directed to crfjobs@renfestinfo.com

The Carolina Renaissance Festival returns for its 24th annual season weekends, Saturdays and Sundays,September 30th through November 19th. The interactive event is a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast. 

This information and more can be found online at Carolina.RenFestInfo.com.



BRAHM Presents the Vivaldi Project

Sunday, Aug 20, 4:00pm

The Vivaldi Project brings to life the overlooked 18th-century string trio, presenting rich and varied works by lesser-known composers including Campioni, Giardini, Cannabich, Cambini, Gossec, and Rolla, as well as familiar ones including Haydn, Boccherini, and J.C. Bach.

Concerts begin at 4 and seating is first-come, first served. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Advance Purchase: $13, members, students, seniors, military, EBT cardholders / $18 all others. Day of Show: $15, members, students, seniors, military, EBT cardholders / $20 all others


BRAHM is Hiring for an Education and Outreach Director Position

The Education and Outreach Director is in charge of the museum’s educational outreach and programming. BRAHM’s programming and outreach not only serve its members, but also strive to continually make sure that the museum’s resources are made available to all in our community, including rural youth. This includes:

  • Planning and managing the museum’s year-round programming, including speaker, film, and concert series

  • Planning and managing the museum’s educational outreach programs – primarily with Watauga County elementary schools

  • Creating lesson plans, educational materials, and teaching/leading field trips

  • May include occasionally assisting the curator in exhibition development

  • The new Education and Outreach Director will be the project director on two exciting projects the museum is undertaking with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program and the North Carolina Humanities Council in the fall of 2017/spring of 2018.



  • Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies, Public History, or related field preferred

  • Good writing and communication skills

  • Ability to organize, self-direct, multitask, and work quickly

  • Ability to interact with people of varying ages and backgrounds

  • Experience creating lesson plans and teaching youth and/or museum education experience desired

  • Experience planning cultural heritage and art-related programming desired

  • Good knowledge of Watauga County a plus

  • Community outreach experience desired

  • Ability to begin work in September 2017

  • Works well in partnership with other staff

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel within North Carolina



cultural and art exhibition program planning, museum education, lesson planning, community outreach, grant-writing, some travel, some writing, work closely with the Curator of Exhibitions to plan relevant programming, work closely with the Education Center Coordinator, communicate with Director of Communications and Marketing to ensure events are publicized, some curatorial work. This position reports to the Executive Director.


How to apply: Please email a letter of interest (no more than two pages, please), résumé, and the names and contact information of three references to info@blowingrockmuseum.org with the subject line: BRAHM Education and Outreach Director  

End Date: BRAHM will accept applications until the end of the day Monday September 4, 2017.


On the Same Page Literary Festival, September

(West Jefferson) – On the Same Page Literary Festival is coming just around the corner in September.  While most events are free of charge, there are a few that require a reservation and some a small cost to cover food service. So, get out your calendars and call or email the Ashe Arts Center for your reservations for the following events before they fill up!

Wednesday, September 13, 12:30 p.m.  AUTHOR SMORGASBORD – Informal discussions with authors at a round-robin luncheon event. Authors will include: Georgann Eubanks, Tim Gautreaux, Bob Inman, Jill McCorkle and Edward Kelsey Moore (luncheon fee/reservation required). At the West Jefferson United Methodist Church, Hensley Hall.

 6:30-8:30 TIM GAUTREAUX WORKSHOP – “Short Story Beginnings” join this master storyteller in a free-for-all workshop focused on where stories come from, how to develop them from a single opening sentence, and how music while writing can affect your narrative (reservation required). At the Ashe Arts Center.

Friday, September 15, 12 Noon, LITERARY TRAILS LUNCHEON – Georgann Eubanks gives us a preview of her upcoming book “The Month of Their Ripening:  North Carolina Heritage Foods” (boxed lunches, nominal charge, reservation required). At the Ashe County Public Library.

 Saturday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. PHILIP AND JILL GERARD WORKSHOP – “Finding Your Audience: Best Practices for Submitting Your Work to Editors.” Learn how to choose which work to send out, where to send it, and what the proposal is. The Gerards offer an editor’s eye view, and explain how publishing decisions are made (reservation required). At the Ashe County Public Library.


On the Same Page, Ashe County, NC’s Literary Festival, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017 with award-winning authors and plans for a Festival filled with reading, writing workshops, music and more. This year’s Festival is scheduled for Tuesday – Saturday, September 12-16. The Festival is sponsored by the Ashe County Public Library and the Ashe County Arts Council and is supported with major funding from Skyline Membership Corporation and many individual donors – the Page Turners. On the Same Page is also funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts CouncilThe Friends of the Ashe County Public Library are major sponsors of On the Same Page and the County of Ashe and the Town of West Jefferson also support the Festival. 

 This year’s Festival authors include: Joseph Bathanti, Edward Kelsey Moore, Jill McCorkle, D.G. Martin, Bob Inman, John Hart, Philip Gerard, Tim Gautreaux, Georgann Eubanks, and Mark De Castrique. See the website www.onthesamepagefestival.org for details about times and locations of events. Most are free and open to the public; some require reservations/tickets.