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Today’s Email Announcements

45th Annual National Storytelling Festival, 10/6-10/8

We invite you to join us for the 45th annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee the weekend of October 6-8, 2017.

Called “the leading event of its kind in America” by USA Today, the National Storytelling Festival features the world’s best storytellers. The three-day outdoor festival brings thousands of travelers to Tennessee’s oldest town each autumn.

Please see below for the embedded press release. Additional festival and media information, including quotes and photographs, can be found at http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/. For questions, additional information, or to obtain press passes, please contact me atRachel@storytellingcenter.net or by phone at 800.952.8392 ext. 224

We hope to see you in October!


First Annual High Country Walk for Breast Cancer, 10/28

The First Annual High Country Walk for Breast Cancer is the first event for the Foundation to be held Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 9:00 am in downtown Blowing Rock. 
The walk/run will be a 5K fun event, with turnoffs for a 1,2, and 3K walk. We will begin at the American Legion building in Blowing Rock and continue as follows:
  • Walk around perimeter of Mayview Lake to Devant Field
  • Laurel Lane to Wonderland Drive to Mayview to Wonderland
  • On to Laurel Lane, back to the Devant Ball Field, to Mayview Lake, and finish the race at the American Legion Building.
All money raised will remain in the 
High Country to help individuals and 
families in our local community.
Adult: $20.00, Children (5-17): $10.00. Under 5: Free
The goal of the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is to raise funds by organizing events such as the High Country Walk for Breast Cancer Research in order to award individuals fighting breast cancer LOCALLY, through scholarships.
The scholarships can be used for various activities in support of the survivor and his/her family-all in an effort to show the patient that the  community is fighting the fight with them.
For more details about the organization, 
volunteer information, or sponsorships, 

The Walker Center Presents: John Michael Montgomery, 9/21

WILKESBORO, N.C. – John Michael Montgomery kicks off the 2017-2018 Walker Center Season on Thursday, September 21, 2017, singing his hits that include “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold.”  John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

Behind the string of hit records and the roomful of awards lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist. By the early ‘90s, Montgomery had a record deal and the hits followed steadily, establishing him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon Award and was named the ACM’s Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards, including the CMA’s Single and Song of the Year, Billboard’s Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination.

When asked what he thinks gave him the edge in a career that calls millions but gives stardom to just a few, he thinks back to the legacy of his parents. “I reckon it was good genes and good blood,” he says with a smile.

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. Advance purchase tickets for this performance are $39 and $37 for seniors; individual ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at336-838-6260, email walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu or visit www.walkercenteronline.org. Be sure to follow the Walker Center on Facebook.

Tickets are available to purchase for each of the Walker Center’s 2017-2018 season shows. Also, season tickets are still on sale. On Friday, October 20, 2017, the Walker Center presentsThe Doo Wop Project, which traces the sounds of doo wop from the sixties to the biggest hits of today. “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” brings the classic love story of Baby and Johnny to the Walker Center stage on Friday, November 10, 2017Ring in the holiday season at the Walker Center on Friday, December 1, 2017, with “Christmas with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.” The Walker Center presents a night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll on Friday, March 16, 2018with “One Night in Memphis.” This show features the greatest hits from Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Grammy Award winners Kim Carnes, Teddy Gentry, and John Ford Coley bring an incredible night of hit songs and stories to the Walker Center on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in “The Heart Behind the Music” songwriter’s showcase.

The Walker Center has planned a special evening of fun and affordable family entertainment on Friday, February 2, 2018, with Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” The National Theatre’s adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat” is a lively and engaging performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been changed or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic, ensuring that anyone who’s read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined.

The John A. Walker Community Center is dedicated to being this region’s primary venue for cultural experiences and to serving as the preferred gathering place for meetings, receptions, conventions, banquets and parties for our community.

The Walker Center and Wilkes Community College are 100% Tobacco Free.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.


Carolina Renaissance Festival Holds First Job “Faire,” 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 tocrfjobs@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.


The Culinary Arts Program of the Watauga Campus Lunch Buffet, 9/14

The Culinary Arts program on the Watauga Campus will host a chilled seafood lunch buffet on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The buffet is dine-in or carry out. Cost for the buffet luncheon is $15. Following is the menu:
Asian Spice Crusted Tuna
Baked Oysters with Balsamic, Arugula and Pine Nuts
Baked Clams Oreganata
Shrimp Pasta Salad
Spicy Crabmeat Mousse in Savory Pate Choux
Assorted Handmade Crackers and Bread

For more information or to reserve your tickets, contact Chef Robert Back at 828-297-3811 ext. 5222.


Watauga County Public Library Presents: High Country Lifelong Learners Movie, 9/11

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

High Country Lifelong Learners in association with the Watauga County Public Library invite you to join us for a movie viewing of “When Harry Met Sally” on September 11th from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

Rob Reiner’s 1989 film, “When Harry Met Sally”, tells how Harry and Sally meet when the two ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?” 

Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan & Carrie Fisher 

This film has an MPAA rating of R and an approximate run-time of 96 minutes.

For more information please email: high.country.lifelong@gmail.com, Attention: Deb Gooch.