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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Outdoor Drama “Otto Wood” Now Open in Wilkesboro

The fifth season of the outdoor drama Otto Wood: The Bandit opens on Thursdy, June 25, at The Record Park at the corner of Fourth and E streets in North Wilkesboro.

Show dates for Otto Wood: The Bandit are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 25, 26, 27; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 1, 2, 3; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 9, 10, 11. Tickets are $8.

Nat Padgett returns for the fifth year to play the roll of Wood, a Depression-era bandit, known for car thefts, moonshining, womanizing and numerous jail breaks – all this with one hand and a disabled leg. He was viewed by many as a Robin Hood of sorts, returning to Wilkes after committing crimes with presents for relatives and friends.

Wood was known as the Houdini of Cell Block A after many escapes from jails in North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. He also escaped four times from N.C. Central Prison in Raleigh where he was incarcerated for the killing of Greensboro Pawn Broker A.W. Kaplan. After his final escape, Wood was killed in a shootout with Salisbury police on New Year’s Eve 1930.

For the fifth season, Heather Dean directs the show, which has won multiple awards from the N.C. Society of Historians.

The play was written by Jerry Lankford.

Live music by Crabgrass will be performed each night before the show and between scenes.

About this year’s production, Dean said, “The first year we did this we were pretty much winging it. Over the past four summers, the show has evolved into a creative masterpiece that the community can be proud of. The local theatre talent here in Wilkes is unparallel to any I’ve seen anywhere else. If you do nothing else in your life, volunteer one summer to do an outdoor drama. You’ll be glad you did.”

Other cast and crew members include: Wes Martin, Matthew Owens, Danielle Barlow, Sheeba Harris, Dub Harris, Matthew Owens, Jasmine Isaacs, Kaylee Simmons, Amanda Osborne, Kierston Mayberry, Gunnar Hunsberger, Francisco Dela-Cruz Hernandez, Jared Shumate, Travis Collins, Crystal Dean, Matthew Cleary, Kumari Randleman, Morrigan Rathey, Ken Welborn, Isaac Shumate, Martin Olivares and Adam Pruitt.

Call The Record at 336-667-0134 for more information.

2) Mini-Season Tickets On Sale Now for ASU Athletics

New mini-season ticket package for Appalachian State University’s 2015 football season is now available for purchase, Appalachian State athletics announced Thursday.

The Saturdays ticket package offers fans the opportunity to reserve seats for three of the Mountaineers six home game in 2015. This mini-season package includes the first three home games of the season, Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Howard, Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming, and Saturday, Oct. 31 vs. Troy.

Mini-season tickets cost just $97 per seat for adults ($91 + $6 North Carolina sales tax) and $65 for youth ages 3-12 ($61 + $4 N.C. sales tax).


Homecoming Package

Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming

Saturday, Oct. 31 vs. Troy

Thursday, Nov. 5 vs. Arkansas State

Touchdown Package

Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Howard

Thursday, Oct. 22 vs. Georgia Southern

Saturday, Nov. 28 vs. UL Lafayette

Saturdays Package

Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Howard
Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming
Saturday, Oct. 31 vs. Troy

Full season tickets — which guarantee a reserved seat for the best home schedule in Appalachian State football history — are also on sale now. Full season tickets cost just $187 per reserved seat for adults ($175 + $12 N.C. sales tax), $149 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and Appalachian State faculty and staff ($140 + $9 N.C. sales tax) and $117 for youth ages 3-12 ($110 + $7 N.C. sales tax).

Full and mini-season tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

3) Public Invited to Join Amateur Radio Field Day This Weekend

The Watauga Amateur Radio Club, an affiliate with the American Amateur Radio Relay League, will join hundreds of other stations during Field Day 2015 on June 27-28.

Field Day is a practice exercise that involves trained radio operators setting up temporary communications sites with antennas, emergency power and operating around the clock, as would happen during a local or national emergency, such as an earthquake, hurricane or tornado that disrupts normal communications. Field Day stations will be communicating with other stations around the USA, as well as other countries, over shortwave and VHF radios.

We will be operating from Howards Knob, one of the High Country’s beautiful parks, and would like to invite the public to stop by to visit. Field Day communications will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 until the park closes at 7:30 p.m. The Field Day period ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 28.

New Radio Amateurs or others interested in Amateur Radio will have the opportunity to operate a Get On The Air Station (GOTA) with the help of a licensed station control operator.

If you would like to see the excitement of ham radio or if you have been thinking of getting a ham radio license, this is an opportunity to see how ham radio operators work together and how exciting a hobby ham radio is.  The Watauga Amateur Radio Club will start holding a Technician License Class in the month of July. The tentative exam will be the end of August.

For further information about enrolling in the course, check out the Watauga Amateur Radio Club online and the National Association for Amateur Radio.

4) LET’S GO! Family Fun Zone Season Tickets Available

Families have a new option to catch all of the exciting action of Appalachian State University football at Kidd Brewer Stadium with the addition of the LET’S GO! Family Fun Zone.

The LET’S GO! Family Fun Zone is located on the south grass hill at Kidd Brewer Stadium. In addition to being a great location to watch the Mountaineers compete on the gridiron, the LET’S GO! Family Fun Zone will also will also feature special activities for kids at each game, including face tattoos, a balloon artist and much, much more.

Season tickets for the LET’S GO! Family Fun Zone are just $99 per person and on sale now. To purchase 2015 Appalachian State football season tickets, visit appstatesports.com/tickets, call 828-262-2079 or stop by the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

The LET’S GO! Family Fun Zone is part of Appalachian State athletics’  new Junior Mountaineer Youth Initiative. Further details regarding the Junior Mountaineer Youth Initiative will be announced soon.