1) Medi Home Hospice Grief Camp for Kids at Camp Linn Haven, July 23
Medi Home Hospice and Camp Linn Haven will join together for a free grief awareness camp that will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 for ages 5-15. The day will begin with a discussion about the changes in our lives that produce grief. Issues such as death, divorce, relocation, natural disasters and other events that create change and produce emotional responses. This will be followed with a carnival atmosphere of fun and recreation as the staff and teen servants of Camp Linn Haven will facilitate games, crafts, lunch and swimming. Participants should bring swimsuits and towels. Call one of the following numbers for details and sign your child up before July 22:
Alleghany County: Josh Sturgill, 336-372-8018
Ashe County: Josh Sturgill, 336-246-6443
Avery County: Bob Richardson, 828-733-0663
Watauga County: Bob Richardson, 828-265-3926
2) Banner Elk Second Saturday, July 11
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with its members to bring Second Saturday, a day of fun, to Banner Elk. Member businesses plan activities, sales, music, and tastings for these summer Saturday events.
July 11th will be a busy day in Banner Elk! The Banner House Museum will host Children’s Day at the museum and also Historic Cemetery Tours. Dr. Joseph Nitti at Back in Action Chiropractic will host a fundraising event for The Avery High Cheerleaders. Several shops will have sales, live music, and special guests. Read below for a full list of events.
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce welcome center is a great place to start the day. They will be open from 9am-4pm and have complete list of events along with walking maps to the town. For additional information visit www.bannerelk.org or call 828-898-8395.
July 11 Participants:
WingN’ It: 11am-4pm- 828-898-5008-441 Shawneehaw Avenue, The Red Caboose! Offering 20% off all SUN HATS in stock!!!
Hardin Fine Jewelry: 10am-5pm- 828-898-4653- 920 Shawneehaw Ave
Offering Refreshments and 20% off Necklaces
The Art Cellar Gallery: 10am-5pm- 828-898-5775- 920 Shawneehaw Ave-
Coffee Talk 10am-Noon: Gregory Smith, Continued Explorations in Paint
My Best Friend’s Barkery: 11am-4pm- 828-898-5625- 176 Shawneehaw Ave-Paw Print Art! And samples for your best friend of their homemade doggie ice cream!
Back in Action Chiropractic– 9am til ? 828-898-9000- 141 Shawneehaw Rd.
Support the Avery County Cheerleaders! Dr. Joe walk in clinic- $20 Adjustments and Mini-facials
Food, Drinks and a great time! All proceeds go to Avery County High Viking Cheerleaders
The Bayou Smokehouse and Grill: 11:30-3:00 828-898-8952-130 Main St. E
1-4pm Sound Traveler on the Patio plus free wine tastings by Harriet McGowan of Empire Distributors
Banner House Museum- 828-898-364- 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road
- Children’s Day at the Museum- 11:00am-3:00pm Crafts and other activities on the lawn, Appalachian music, lemonade and cookies. Free museum tours for children and one accompanying adult.
- Historic Banner Elk Cemetery Tour- 10:00am-1:00pm A self-guided tour by the graves sites of many of Banner Elk’s earliest settlers and others who played important roles in shaping the community. Family members will be on hand to share their personal memories and family stories. A $5.00 donation to the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation and the Cemetery Committee is requested. In case of rain, event will be rescheduled.
Dunn’s Deli: 9am-6pm- 828-898-6731, 134 Main St. W.
10% with coupon available at the Chamber Welcome Center
Banner Elk Café: 6pm-10pm 828-898-4040-324 Shawneehaw Ave S-
Music on the patio with The Kimmels
Apple Hill Farm:10am-11:30-828-963-1662- 400 Apple Hill Rd, ‘Knit with the Alpacas’ Bring your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, embroidery – anything – and join us as we relax in the orchard with the alpacas and llamas, Cost $10.. The Apple Hill Farm Store will open early at 9:30 if you need to pick up any last minute yarn or needles. Each participant will receive 10% off in the farm store for the day, including tour fees!
Tour at 2pm- Cost Adult- $12, child 4-10 $7, under 3 free.
Stonewalls: 12pm-end of dinner- 828-898-5550 344 Shawneehaw Av.-
Visit the “Balsamic and Olive oil Tasting Room
Flat Top Brewing Company: 2pm-10pm- 828-898-8677- 567 Main St. Unit 1-
Tour the Brewery, And Enjoy their Refreshingly Elevated Brews!
Erick’s Cheese and Wine: 19m-5pm- 828-898-9424-4004 Hwy. 105, Grandfather Ctr.- Complimentary wine tasting, In addition, one wine as a paid taste with the proceeds going to The Avery County Humane Society.
3) A Night of Comedy on Tuesday at Sushi Club in Banner Elk
Damaged Goodz Comedy and The Sushi Club at Barra will host a night of comedy in Banner Elk on Tuesday, July 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. and comedy starts at 8:30 p.m. The event will feature Comedy Central’s Tom Simmons, “North Carolina’s Funniest” winner Matt White, Art Sturtevant (who will be featured in the upcoming Laugh-Your-Asheville-Off festival) and Nick Shaheen. Tickets are on sale now for $23 and are expected to sell out as seating is limited. Call 828-898-1940 to get tickets.
4) Upcoming Music at Old Hampton Store and Barbecue in Linville
Monday, July 6th, 12:00 – 3:00
Jimmy Don – Appalachian Folk and Americana
Tuesday, July 7th, 12:00 – 3:00
Brooks Forsythe – songwriter and guitarist, contemporary Bluegrass
Wednesday, July 8th, 12:00 – 3:00
Andy Ferrell – songwriter and guitarist
Thursday, July 9th, 12:00 – 3:00
Jimmy Don – Appalachian Folk Music and Americana
Friday, July 10th, 12:00 – 3:00
Typical Mountain Boys – Bluegrass and Country favorites
Saturday, July 11th, 12:00 – 3:00
Typical Mountain Boy – Bluegrass and Country favorites
Sunday, July 12th, 12:00 – 3:00
Tom Pillion – Oldies and Folk
5) Hidden Gems Available at Holy Cross Rummage Sale, July 16-18
With a little time and effort, residents can track down some treasures during the rummage sale at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, located on Highway 194 in Valle Crucis. The sale begins on Thursday, July 16, and runs until Saturday, July 18. The sale is open each day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.
There will be lots of rummage to rummage through at this sale, including books, toys, clothing, linens, household items and furniture. The basement of the church has overflowed into the adjoining floors with items for the sale.
One of the most popular features of the sale is the way items are marked down each day. On Thursday items are sticker price, but on Friday they are 50% off and on Saturday items are discounted 75%. Some customers come each day to try and grab bargains. As the time left in the sale becomes shorter, the church offers up other deals.
A tent is set up for bigger pieces of furniture as well as tables of free stuff.
Collectors and other shoppers are known to show up early for the first day, so there will be muffins, coffee and other items for sale, too.
Good-quality objects not sold during the three-day event will be given to a charity in Boone to be sold there. This event is sponsored by the Episcopal Church women and all proceeds from the sale go to local needs and scholarships.
Holy Cross Episcopal church is located at the intersection of NC 194 and Dutch Creek Road in Valle Crucis. Look for the stone church with the red door. For more information about the event, call the church at 828-963-4609.
6) Walk and After Party to Support Breast Cancer Awareness, July 26
Blue Ridge Mountain Club, a 6,200-acre community in the heart of North Carolina’s High Country between Blowing Rock and Boone, N.C., is pleased to host the Rock-It to a Cure Event on Sun., July 26 at 5pm to benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness. The event will include a two-mile walk on the Blue Ridge Mountain Club’s Nick-A-Jack trail, followed by an after party complete with live music, food and beverages at the community’s Watson Gap Pavilion.
Registration is available online (rockittoacure.weebly.com) or on the day of the event beginning at 4pm. Participants can choose to register for the two-mile walk ($30), the “virtual walk” ($20) or the after party only ($20). Virtual walkers can post pictures of their personal walks on social media to show support for Rock-It to a Cure. Walk registration includes a t-shirt and admission to the after party.
Rock-It to a Cure is organized by Blue Ridge Mountain Club residents Peter and Sandy Gatti and is a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Philadelphia this October.
About Blue Ridge Mountain Club
In the heart of the High Country of North Carolina, The Blue Ridge Mountain Club is, literally and figuratively, a community on the rise. Founded in 2008, it spans more than 6,200 acres and offers a sanctuary of picturesque mountaintop living amid the highest ridgelines at the crossroads of Blowing Rock’s charm and Boone’s conveniences. The mission of Blue Ridge Mountain Club is to continuously nurture the spirit of community by creating meaningful places that facilitate authentic family experiences that become the hallmarks of heritage and tradition across multiple generations. To learn more, visit www.BlueRidgeMountainClub.com, call 828.414.3949, or visit the Blue Ridge Mountain Club Trailhead Welcome Center at 1116 Main Street, in downtown Blowing Rock, N.C.