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Today’s Email Announcements

OUT in the High Country Training Opportunity, 10/13

OUT in the High Country’s Conference on October 13th

This conference is an opportunity for community members and service providers in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, and Alleghany Counties to experience OUT in the High Country’s unique model of “community conversation” style training aimed at how to better serve and live in community with Trans* and LGBPQ+ identified individuals in the High Country.

Come prepared to immerse yourself in an engaging, conversational day where you will learn more about Trans* & LGBPQ+ identities; how to build competency around serving this population and/or being an advocate/ally in any setting you work, live, or socialize in; and have an opportunity to make connections with others in the High Country who want to see our communities become safe and affirming places for our children, youth, and adults who identify!

CE’s offered for Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors. Please see the event page linked below for more information.

Spots are very limited so be sure to Register ASAP to get yours!

Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, and Snacks are included in registration costs. Please see the event page linked below for more information.

Donations are also accepted and greatly appreciated. All monies will be used to continue our mission to make the High Country a safe and affirming place for all Trans* and LGBPQ+ identitified individuals. Please see the event page linked below for more information. 

*IF YOU PLAN TO REGISTER,* please take a moment to complete this one question survey to let us know what your preferences are for our afternoon session activity: www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RRTZQF


Email outinthehighcountry@gmail.com with questions, thoughts, or queries!


Watauga County Gospel Singing, 9/23

WHAT:                Watauga County Gospel Singing       
WHERE:              Mountain Dale Baptist Church
Mountain Dale Road, Vilas, NC
Pastor B Eric Cornett
WHEN:                September 23, 2017
6:00 p.m.
CONTACT:          Clint Cornett – 828-297-3270
Neil Oliver – 828-297-3653



Emily Arbour to Sing at St. Mary of the Hills, 9/30

Soprano Emily Arbour joins accompanist Susy Slingland for the next Saturdayafternoon concert at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock on September 30th at 4 pm in the nave of the church.

Miss Arbour is in her final semester at Appalachian State University, where she is studying for a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance with Dr. Priscilla Porterfield.  She has an Associate’s degree in Music and Music Education from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. At ASU, Arbour performs with the University Singers, Chamber Singers, and in the Opera Workshop where she made her debut this past Spring as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. She joined the Lake Junaluska Singers for their 2017 season under the direction of Mary Huff and Kathy Geyer McNeil, and is one of the newer members of the choir of St. Mary of the Hills.

Music for this performance includes four songs from Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, selections from Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, Ravel’s Deux Epigrammes de Clement, Mendelssohn’s O for the Wings of a Dove, and arias from Weber’s Der Freischutz and Hermman’s Wuthering Heights.

St.Mary of the Hills sponsors Saturday afternoon recitals by faculty and students from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University each month from May through October as an offering to the larger community. No admission fee is charged. The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.  For more information, please call the church office at (828) 295-7323 or follow us on Facebook at MusicfromStMaryoftheHills.