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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Tours and Events at the Banner House Museum

This home, built by Samuel Banner circa 1865, typifies a farmhouse of that time in the settlement which became Banner Elk River, North Carolina. Samuel was the son of one of the first Banners to arrive in this area. He and his wife, Jane, raised their seven children in the home, which remained in the family until the mid 1970s.

In 2006, the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation purchased and renovated the structure. Furnished with period antiques, most from the attics and cellars of area families, visitors are treated to a peek into the life of a 19th century farm family and taken on a whirlwind trip through 150 years of local history. On display in the exhibition room is Civil War memorabilia, Confederate currency and copies of handwritten real estate transfers.

The museum is open for a guided tour of your choice:

  • Long and detailed
  • Short and to the point
  • Child’s tour

Wednesday through Saturday 111 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Open mid June through September. Group tours may be arranged by appointment. Admission: $5 for adults, $1 for children. For more information, call 828-898-3634.

The Banner House Museum is located at 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk, 28604.


SAT. JULY 11: CHILDREN’S DAY AT THE MUSEUM, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crafts and other activities on the lawn, Appalachian music, lemonade and cookies. Free museum tours for children with accompanying adult.

SAT. JULY 11: CEMETERY TOUR, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A self-guided tour by the grave sites of many of Banner Elk’s earliest settlers and others who played important role in shaping the community. Family members will be on hand at the Methodist and Presbyterian Church Cemetery on College Drive, to share the personal memories and family stories. A $5 donation to the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation and the Cemetery Committee is requested.

2) Gardening Class with Hunger and Health Coalition

Boone’s Hunger and Health Coalition has a new opportunity for people of all backgrounds to learn about gardening. An acre of land that was gifted by Doc Hendley is being used to build a garden to provide freshly farmed produce for clients.

On July 26 and August 30 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the coalition will host garden days to work on the garden and teach low cost, low tech gardening methods. All are invited, regardless of age, need or experience. Contact Ben Loomis at 757-876-1093 or at loomisben@gmail.com for more details.

3) Weekly Music Events at Orchard at Altapass


  • 11 AM Herman Coffey & Bluegrass Tradition
  • 12 PM Canon Fires / Covered Dish Picnic
  • 12:30 PM Barn Burner Cloggers
  • 1 PM Alvin & Town N Country Band
  • 2 PM Work In Progress
  • 3 PM Parkway Playhouse/ Easley -The Life & Musical Legacy of Lesley Riddle
  • 4 PM Rockabillies


  • 1 PM Kelly Family Band
  • 3 PM Dollar Brothers


  • 1 PM Kelly Family Band
  • 3 PM The Dollar Brothers


  • 1:45 Open Mic

Read more here

4) Blues on the Beech: July 4

Famous Fast Eddie’s BBQ and Grill presents
Blues on Beech this Saturday, July 4, from 4-10 p.m.

Bands include:
Tommy Z, an award-winning and critically acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter/ producer from Western New York
Jeff Jense, an American Blues Artist – West Coast to Delta – Soul to Rock-n-Roll

This will be a great show! Free admission, bring your own chair!
Come out and enjoy the fireworks, which can be seen clearly from Fast Eddie’s!

Famous Fast Eddie’s BBQ and Grill 
1005 Beech Mtn Parkway 
Beech Mtn NC 28604 
At the entrance to the Beech Mtn Ski resort.