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Today’s Email Announcements

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co., 9/12-9/24

Tuesday, 9/12/17-Get Lost for a Cause with Hospitality House.
Wednesday, 9/13/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 9/14/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music with Leonardo Faillace at 7:30.
Friday, 9/15/17-Live Music: Spoon Bread at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 9/16/17-Live Music: DownTown Abby and the Echoes at 7:30pm.
Tuesday, 9/19/17- Cheap Date Night. Two salads, a pizza and two pints for $25!
Wednesday, 9/20/17-Trivia at 7pm.
Thursday, 9/21/17-$3 Thirsty Thursday and College Night featuring Live Music at 7:30.
Friday, 9/22/17-Live Music: JJ Hips and the Hideaway Band at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 9/23/17-Live Music: Redleg Husky at 7:30pm.
Sunday, 9/24/17-Live Music: Flat Fives Jazz Quintet from 12pm-2pm.


The Wilkes County Agricultural Fair Returns to North Wilkesboro, 10/3-10/7

The Wilkes County Agricultural Fair will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and will run through Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro will sponsor the event, which is held at the Rotary Fairgrounds beside of West Park in North Wilkesboro.

On Saturday a special event at the fair will be a lawnmower race. Practice for the race starts at 4 p.m. Racing begins at 6 p.m. A fairground admission ticket will also admit you to the lawnmower race.

This year’s fair will feature more than 25 rides, a bicycle give away, E-Z ride, petting zoo, Buffalo Barfield’s unheard of style of music and comedy shows,  miniature bull races (yes bull races), 4-H exhibits, and games and food on the midway.

N.E.W. Wrestling will be held at the fair. No Joe’s Circus Clown and Trapeze act will be performing every day. There will be 4-H exhibits, coordinated by Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service, will be on hand in the Exhibit Hall. This year, the fair will also feature a hay bale decorating contest.

Gates are open weekdays at 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Ride bands are available every day. Gate admission is $8, with children 5 and under admitted free. Students will be admitted free Tuesday through Friday.

For more information, call Mike Staley at 336-902-7052.


Mountain Gateway Museum Celebrates Railroad Day, 9/16

OLD FORT, N.C. – A trolley ride, hike along Point Lookout trail, music, food and railroad history and lore will make for a delightful day at Mountain Gateway Museum’s annual Railroad Day, Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day was created to celebrate Old Fort’s rich railroading history.

The popular Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band, Route 70 Cruisers’ antique cars, informative presentations and displays by authors, historians and railway related groups guarantee a day of facts and fun. Face-painting, a costume dress-up/photo op with a locomotive cutout and train-related games will be part of the children’s area.

Artists, craft vendors, demonstrations, special artifact displays, music, food trucks and railroad related activities will round out the day. Festival admission is free. Trolley rides will be $3 per person, ages five and under ride for free. Tickets will be sold at the Old Fort Depot. Parking will be available at the lot at the end of Water Street.

Activities include:

9 a.m. Hike along Point Lookout Trail, led by members of the McDowell Trails Association, on a paved trail roughly paralleling the train tracks, on a 5.2-mile round trip. The adventurous can continue up the trail to see views of one of the seven tunnels built on “Old Fort Loops” adding two miles to the hike. Hikers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The hike may be cancelled due to rain. Please contact stevepierce50@gmail.com if you wish to hike.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trolley car rides, departing from the Old Fort Depot parking lot will include stories about the Western North Carolina Railroad en route to Andrews Geyser, a tourist attraction dating to 1885.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Authors and historians will sign and sell copies of their books and give presentations at various intervals at the historic Old Fort Depot. Railroad stories and songs, a presentation on logging railroads will be shared. Other presentations will examine restoring rail passenger service to Asheville, the Craggy Mountain Line, rail safety and the old Peavine line, which is now a rail-trail in Marion, N.C.

11 a.m.  Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band (mixed genre) takes the stage at Creekside Theater at Mountain Gateway Museum.

1 p.m. Possum Creek Band (bluegrass) performs at Creekside Theater.

The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation will have a display with touchable objects and railroad-related activities for children. A representative from the Carl Sandburg Home will talk about Sandburg’s days as a hobo and help participants create cigar box-banjos and “play along” to songs from Sandburg’s book of folk songs. If all the activity makes you hungry, vendors in the museum’s food court area near the outdoor fountain will offer hamburgers, hotdogs, barbecue, fried-fish sandwiches, funnel cakes, ice cream and other taste treats. 

For complete information on Railroad Day, visit online https://www.mgmnc.org/railroad-day.

For more information about Railroad Day 2017 or the museum, please contact RoAnn Bishop at Mountain Gateway Museum by phone at 828-668-9259 or by e-mail at roann.bishop@ncdcr.gov.

Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center is the westernmost facility in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Division of State History Museums. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of historic Mill Creek in downtown Old Fort (McDowell County), MGM uses artifacts, exhibitions, educational programs, living history demonstrations, and special events to teach people about the rich history and cultural heritage of the state’s mountain region, from its original inhabitants through early settlement and into the 20th century. 


Ben Outen of Charlotte to Give Organ Recital, 9/17

Renowned Charlotte organist, Ben Outen, is the guest organist in this month’s recital and Choral Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. The recital begins at 3 pm onSunday, September 17th in the nave of the church and is followed immediately by Evensong at 3:30. Outen will play music by Walond, Hancock, and Cesar Franck.

Outen was named organist and choir director at Christ Church, Charlotte, in August after 25 years as Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  Outen was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Choir School at St. Peters, which  is made up of five choirs with which he has toured extensively in the United States and Britain, as well as providing child soloists for the Charlotte Symphony, and children’s choruses for Opera Carolina. Outen has taught at the Royal School of Church Music in America, and is well-known in Anglican and early music circles in the Southeast.  He holds degrees in Organ Performance from Furman and in Music Theory from Yale and studied organ with W. Lindsay Smith, Charles Krigbaum, Gerre Hancock, and Robert Baker.

Outen will also accompany the choir of St. Mary’s at Evensong, following his recital. The choir presents this very contemplative service one Sunday each month through October, and everyone is welcome.  Service music for September 17th will include the Walmisley Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, the heartbreakingly beautiful Crucifixus by Lotti, the Rose Preces and Responses (including a wonderful setting of the Lord’s Prayer), and Montiverdi’s Christe Adoramus te.

For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323, or follow us on Facebook @ MusicfromStMaryoftheHills.