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Today’s Email Announcements

Watauga County Gospel Signing, 8/26

WHAT:                Watauga County Gospel Singing       
WHERE:              Mabel Baptist Church
                             Old US Highway 421
                             Zionville, NC
WHEN:                August 26, 2017
                             6:00 p.m.
CONTACT:          Clint Cornett – 828-297-3270
                             Neil Oliver – 828-297-3653

North Carolina Fall Fairs and Festivals

Raleigh, N.C. — The rays of summer may be beginning to fade, but don’t despair, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is ready to help you find the outdoor festival or fair that will make you want to slip into a sweater and slide into fall.

Autumn is a perfect time to celebrate everything our state has to offer, from the gorgeous weather to local foods to traditional music. From the annual tradition of the North Carolina State Fair to Wide Open Bluegrass to local county fairs and festivals, North Carolina has it all, all in one place.

We’ve put together an online tour of fall fairs and festivals across the state. Whether you’re looking for carnival rides and games, arts and crafts or outdoor music – or if you’re just here for the food – you’re sure to find something on our list that strikes your fancy.

Find the complete list of fall fairs and festivals at ncdcr.gov/fall-festivals, or view events by month at the links below:

September Fairs and Festivals – Outdoor music reigns in September, with the inaugural Piggin’ and Grinnin’ barbecue and bluegrass festival at Tryon Palace in New Bern, Hopscotch Raleigh, the National Folks Festival in Greensboro, and Wide Open Bluegrass in downtown Raleigh.

Other September events at DNCR sites include the Festival of Yesteryear at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, the Zoo to Do at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro, and Bugfest at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

October Fairs and Festivals – Celebrate North Carolina food and heritage with the annual North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City; the iconic Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk; N.C.’s official liver mush festival, Mush, Music and Mutts in Shelby; and the Lexington BBQ Festival.

And of course, it’s North Carolina State Fair time! Head over to our display at the Dorton Arena lobby to learn about North Carolina’s most notorious pirate, Blackbeard, as we kick off the 300thanniversary of his exploits along the Carolina coast. N.C. State Parks, the N.C. Zoo, N.C. Historic Sites and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will also be bringing their own brand of fun to the fair.

Other October events at DNCR sites include the Bluegrass Island Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, Oktoberfest at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, the Vance Birthplace Appalachian Folk Festival in Weaverville, Boo at the Zoo in Asheboro, and the Fall Festival and Living History event at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks. It’s also a great time to savor the crisp fall weather and enjoy the colors of changing leaves at North Carolina State Parks.

November Fairs and Festivals– November is the month for arts and culture in N.C. – choose from the Wilson Whirligig Festival, Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, Durham Art Walk and Holiday Market and more.

November also brings the N.C. Museum of History’s 22nd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration. 


Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs, 8/30-9/3

Wednesday, August 30, 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, September 1, 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 September 2, 2017


Price Park Amphitheater

7 p.m. – Milepost 296


Join Ranger Chuck for a talk on Wild Turkeys

We will talk about the life of wild turkeys and their history here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


At the end of the program, stay and cook S’mores around the campfire.



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, September 3, 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.




Wild Turkeys on the Blue Ridge, 9/2

Join Ranger Chuck on Saturday

Night, Sept 2 at 7 p.m.

We will talk about the life of wild turkeys and their history in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Stay after the program and cook S’mores with the ranger


Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Program, 9/2

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017


Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 316


7:00pm Wilderness Skills: From Lost to Found with the Linville Central Rescue K-9 Team


We think that the worst will never happen, but if it does then what? Come learn how to prepare for the possibility of getting lost in the woods, and what steps search and rescue groups will be taking to find you. This will include a demonstration by the search dogs of the Linville Central Rescue K-9 team.


Lees-McRae Invites Bobcat Alumni, Fans and Friends to Join Bobcat Walk

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College Bobcat Club is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for Bobcat alumni, fans and friends to join in and become a part of the Bobcat Walk.

“One of the most highly walked areas on our campus leading into the Williams Physical Education Center and having a name on it recognizing the effort and commitment to Bobcat athletics is a great way to acknowledge our growth,” said Lees-McRae Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail.

The new brick walkway, which runs from the parking lot to the entrance of Williams Gymnasium, serves as the main entrance to Lees-McRae Athletics events. This high foot-traffic area is seen by student-athletes, alumni, families, visiting teams and more! Take pride in the Bobcats and claim your spot on the Bobcat Walk!

Join the Lees-McRae legacy by purchasing one or more bricks to honor a player, team or any individual you would like to recognize. It is a fitting tribute that will last for generations. By filling out the form HERE, your personally engraved brick(s) will become a permanent fixture of the Bobcat Walk.

The cost per brick, which is 4 x 8 is $125. Your brick can be engraved with three lines of text, 12 characters per line (characters include letters, numbers, spaces and punctuation).

With the purchase of a brick, you will be automatically granted membership in the Bobcat Club at the bronze level. Current bronze-level members will be elevated to the silver level.

For any further questions about the Bobcat Walk, contact Craig McPhail at 828-898-2483 or via email at mcphail@lmc.edu.

For more information of Lees-McRae Athletics, follow us on our social media sites on Twitter (@LMCBobcats), Facebook (Lees-McRae Athletics) and on Instagram (leesmcraeathletics)


Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to Hold Monthly Meeting, 9/7

  The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, September 7th, at 1 PM.  We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. We will be having an auction of various quilt items and a surprise guest as our auctioneer.  Join the fun and get some new items for your sewing room.  Call Susan at 263-8399 for more information.


Autism Society of North Carolina Support Group, 8/29

Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ashe Medics, 716 Mount Jefferson Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Cost: FREE
Image: see attached file
Description: The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) High Country Chapter–which serves families in Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties–provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. We meet in the conference room. At this time childcare is not provided.
The Chapter also has a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.highcountry/