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Today’s Email Announcements

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co., 9/6-9/16

Wednesday, 9/6/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 9/7/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Millie Palmer with Will Beasley at 7:30.
Friday, 9/8/17-Live Music: Swing Guitars at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 9/9/17-Live Music: Lazybirds Band at 7:30pm.
Sunday, 9/10/17-Live Music: Flat Fives Jazz Quintet from 12pm-2pm.
Wednesday, 9/13/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 8/14/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music at 7:30.
Friday, 9/15/17-Live Music: Spoon Bread at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 9/16/17-Live Music: Downtown Abbey and the Echoes at 7:30pm.


Registration Open for Black Saturday 5K to be Held on Sept. 23

BOONE, N.C.—Registration is open for the annual Black Saturday 5K Run/Walk taking place Saturday, Sept. 23. Proceeds benefit the Recreation Management Scholarship Endowment of the recreation management program in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

The event is sponsored by the Recreation Management Association, a student club providing extra recreational, social and professional development opportunities that supplement the recreation management program at Appalachian.

The race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at Clawson-Burnley Park and is routed through the Boone Greenway. Participants will receive an event T-shirt and are eligible to win a door prize from a local business. At the finish, music and refreshments will be provided.

Registration is $20 for the general public and $15 for students through Sept. 20. After that date, registration fees are $25 for the general public and $20 for students. For details, visit http://5k.appstate.edu. To register, visit http://active.com.


The Edible and Visual South: UNC Scholars to Visit ASU

BOONE, N.C.—Southern scholars Marcie Cohen Ferris and William R. Ferris of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill will be on campus for two events Friday, Sept. 15, in Belk Library and Information Commons Lecture Hall 114. At 3:30 p.m., Cohen Ferris will speak about how food – as cuisine and as commodity – has expressed and shaped southern identity. Ferris’s talk from 6 – 8 p.m. will focus on his photography and documentary film work.

Cohen Ferris is a professor of American studies at UNC Chapel Hill and writes on southern history and culture, with a particular interest in the foodways and material culture of the U.S. South, the history of the Jewish South and American Jewish identity and culture. Cohen Ferris will speak on “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region,” also the title of her most recent book, published in 2014 by UNC Press.

Cohen Ferris’s book and her talk will examine how food serves as a way to chronicle the South’s larger history from colonial settlements and antebellum plantations, to New South cities and Civil Rights-era lunch counters. Topics range from chronic hunger and agricultural reform to counterculture communes and iconic restaurants of the evolving South.

She is also the author of the award-winning “Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South” (UNC Press, 2005), which was nominated for a 2006 James Beard Foundation Award. Currently, she is working on a multi-tiered project involving teaching, research and publication on “Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats: Foodways of North Carolina,” as an exploration of the Tar Heel state’s vibrant and historic food cultures.

Cohen Ferris, along with her colleague Alice Ammerman (UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention), co-chairs the University of North Carolina’s pan-university campus theme (2015-17), “Food For All: Local and Global Perspectives,” which is about advancing both campus and community engagement to address issues such as hunger, sustainable agriculture, food justice, entrepreneurial creativity and economic development.

William “Bill” Ferris, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Bill Clinton, is the Joel Williamson Professor of History at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also the senior associate director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South.

Ferris is an acclaimed folklorist, photographer, blues scholar and documentary filmmaker. He has published 10 books, including “The South in Color: A Visual Journal” (UNC Press, 2016), “The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists” (UNC Press, 2013) and “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.” He has made 15 documentary films, many of which deal with African-American music and folklore representing the Mississippi Delta. He co-edited the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Encyclopedia of Southern Culture” (UNC Press, 1989), which is widely recognized as a major reference work linking popular, folk and academic cultures.

Ferris will discuss his most recent book, “The South in Color,” a provocative color photograph collection from the 1960s and 1970s of his family’s farm in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as people and places in the region.

In addition, on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m., the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will host a reading and book signing for “The South in Color.” Ferris will give a short presentation from the book before providing an assessment of the current state of the humanities.

These events are co-sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Council, the Center for Appalachian Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies, and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM).


Foxx Announces Anna McEntee as Communications Director

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today announced that Anna McEntee has joined her Washington D.C., office as Communications Director.

“I am pleased to welcome Anna to the team,” said Foxx. “Her passion for the news and for public service will be an asset to our office and to the people of the 5th District.”

McEntee grew up in Snellville, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia State University and received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Since then, she has worked around the country on a number of political campaigns, served on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and most recently worked on the assignment desk at Fox News Channel in the D.C. Bureau.

In her new role, McEntee will serve as official spokesperson and direct the communications efforts of Chairwoman Foxx in North Carolina.


Grandfather Mountain Presents: Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight, 9/30

Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and more.

But what do they do after dark?

Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 30, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, a nighttime event that features spookily fun stories told by firelight and rare after-dark tours.

From 6 to 9:30 p.m., folks of all ages can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the brilliant glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores), but the mountain will provide marshmallow roasting sticks, cider, hot chocolate and seating.

From there, guests will join Grandfather staff members on a nocturnal trek to the top of the mountain (via shuttle) and the environmental wildlife habitats.

“It’s a whole different way to experience the animals,” said Jenny Condron, habitat keeper at Grandfather Mountain. “When you see them in the daytime, it’s all just a visual experience. But at night, you hear their unique noises and rustling around way before you actually see them, and it can be quite exciting and eerie.”

An “Owl Prowl” will take participants on a search for the mountain’s feathered denizens of the night, during which guides will attempt to communicate with the birds through recorded owl calls. As it turns out, the owls really do give a hoot.

“On our last Owl Prowl, the barred owls were very, very responsive, talking back a lot,” chief habitats curator Christie Tipton said. “By the time we take the last tour, it’s pitch black, and you can’t see anything. Although the owls can see you.”

Furthermore, some of Grandfather’s educational animals, such as Herbie the Screech Owl, will make an appearance.

“Creatures of the Night is an amazing opportunity to see the new world that is Grandfather Mountain after the sun goes down,” Tipton said. “The mountain comes alive with inhabitants not seen during daylight hours, and experiencing the majesty of this in complete darkness, with no outside lights, is an awe-inspiring experience.”


Planning to Attend?

Grandfather Mountain’s Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight returns Saturday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person, and participants must be at least 8 years old to attend. Space is limited, meaning registration is required by visiting http://bit.ly/2eta460.

For the event itself, guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets, flashlights and s’mores ingredients to enjoy around the fire.

For more information, call (828) 733-8715, or email habitats@grandfather.com.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.


Trauma and Resiliency Steering Committee Meeting, 9/14

Reminder the next Trauma and Resiliency Steering Committee meeting is Thursday, Sept. 14 from 8-10 am in the DSS conference room.

We will:
Approve the name of the committee
Approve the mission of the committee
Review definitions connected to trauma and resiliency
Review data provided by community agencies regarding goals/action steps
Sign up for committees, which are:
  •      State of the Child 2018
  •      Funding
  •      Data
  •      Policies
  •      Prevention
  •      Awareness
Committees will be given time during this meeting to form and plan.
Please clarify with your supervisor and/or administrator who from your agency should/will attend.


The First Stephenson Center for Appalachia Presentation of Fall Semester, Today 

BANNER ELK, N.C. —With beautiful summer weather here and more to come with the arrival of autumn, discover places to explore in the area’s mountains during the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s presentation, So You Say You Have Nothing To Do?: Plunging Waterfalls, Invigorating Hikes, Entertaining Beasts and Entrancing Sights.

The first Stephenson Center for Appalachia presentation of the academic fall semester at Lees-McRae will take place in Evans Auditorium, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Lees-McRae, the highest elevation campus in the East, sits in the midst of some of the most vibrant natural attractions in the country, providing students, visitors and residents with unmatched opportunities for outdoor adventure and relaxation.

“Over the years I have taken students in my photography classes to many beautiful sites only to hear them say that they wished they had known these places were so close. This year I want to introduce our freshmen and others to a variety of scenic attractions and hiking trails that lie within easy access to the campus,” said Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, who will present photographs and stories of waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic locations and area wildlife.

Joslin has published six books on the region and written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines. He has taught journalism, photography and English courses for over two decades at Lees-McRae and has spent many years exploring and photographing the area.

“We invite everyone who is interested in experiencing the natural wonders of the mountains to attend the program,” Joslin said. “We will present a variety of opportunities to fit people of all ages and conditions.”

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia serves as a resource for anyone interested in learning about the mountains, the culture and history of the area and its natural wonders. Each semester and during the summer the Center hosts a series of lectures on Appalachia. Following Joslin’s lecture will be a program on foraging for wild edibles on Oct. 3 and a poetry reading by Melissa Mercer on Oct. 31.  All programs begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

For additional information, contact Michael Joslin at joslin@lmc.edu.


BRAHM Presents: Mill Mother’s Lament: Child Labor, Protest Music, and Mill Work in North Carolina, 9/7

Join Dr. McDaniel as she discusses North Carolina labor songs and links them to issues of child labor and family in mill villages in North Carolina. The talk will be accompanied by locally-baked goods and coffee from Boone-based Hatchett Coffee Co.

About the Speaker
Layne McDaniel is an instructor in the history department at ASU. Her undergraduate degree is from Wofford College. Both her masters and doctorate are from Emory University. She specializes in women’s, textile, and education history in the nineteenth and early twentieth century South. She lives in Boone with her husband, daughter, cat, and dog. She produces art quilts and poetry in her spare time.

After the talk, please visit The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, on loan from the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC, and on exhibit at BRAHM from August 12 untilNovember 4, 2017.


Meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse, 9/11

The monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum For Reasoned Discourse will be Monday, September 11 at the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone.  Those arriving at 11:30 am may choose from a $10 menu and enjoy the presentation at noon.

The topic this month is an Eric Plaag presentation about the Digital Watauga Project which is a collaborative effort between the Watauga County Library and the Watauga County Historical Society to preserve and display the High Country’s archival memory.  Information:  828-264-8811

Habitat for Humanity Blueprints and Bow Ties, 10/19

In 2012, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity hosted the inaugural Blueprints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Gala, a memorable evening supporting Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope. Since then, hundreds of guests gave experienced this exciting annual event while sharing the Habitat story and raising awareness of the issue of affordable housing in our community. We are looking forward to hosting this gala again and building on its success. Habitat looks forward to partnering with the High Country’s business community to continue its unique fundraising event. This brochure outlines ways your business can partner with Watauga Habitat as a sponsor of Blueprints and Bow Ties. Each sponsorship level offers notable recognition for our business partners and provides ways to meet your company’s philanthropic goals. Thank you in advance for your consideration of supporting Blueprints and Bow Ties, and ultimately supporting affordable housing in our community. 
Date: Thursday, Oct. 19
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 
Location: Habitat Restore/1200 Archie Carroll Road. 
Tickets are available for purchase at WataugaHabitat.org

The High Country Caregiver Foundation’s 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. A variety of dance styles for everyone!
When : September 16 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. 
Where: Chapman Center at Avery YMCA (Linville)
Tickets are $55 (includes two drink tickets). 
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 more information and tickets.