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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Local Author’s Book Set in Boone Available for 99 Cent on Kindle for Limited Time

Author C.S. Thompson announces the release of the second book in his mystery/fable series, Jasper Lilla and the Hendersonville Rescue, which is set in the charming atmosphere of Boone, N.C.

Jasper Lilla and the Hendersonville Rescue was released on July 11, 2015 at a special introductory price on Kindle of only 99 cents through July 18. Readers are invited to enjoy this series as the mysteries surrounding main character Jasper Lilla continue to unfold.

“Just like in book one, Jasper Lilla and the Wolves of Banner Elk,” said Thompson. “Jasper Lilla and the Hendersonville Rescue will continue to surround the likable seventeen year old with interesting and quirky friends, nasty villains, and another surprise ending that even the most astute reader won’t see coming.”

The Jasper Lilla Chronicles are a great read for those who enjoy in-depth character development along with mystery and adventure.

“The plot for Book Two picks up where Book One ends, with a discovery that rocks his sense of identity and his understanding of how the universe works,” adds Thompson. “Then, just when everything seems to click into place for him, the thing he holds most dear is taken away.  Making it right again will require a skill only he possesses, but to make it right he’ll have to lie to his mother, lie to his school, and avoid a police detective he knows he cannot trust.”

If readers prefer to have a hard copy, they can get 25% off by using the discount code (B6U8GXGL) on Thompson’s website listed below. To learn more about the series and other books by C.S. Thompson, visit www.whymystery.com.

2) Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic Returns Aug. 15-16

Amateur and professional photographers can now register for the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, a two-day seminar that offers presentations from outstanding photojournalists and opportunities for participants to improve their skills.

The clinic, set for Aug. 15-16, also allows participants the rare prospect of photographing scenic Grandfather Mountain at dawn and dusk and chances to network with others interested in the craft.

The 2015 speakers include:

– Donnie Roberts, chief photographer at The Dispatch in Lexington, N.C.;

– Rob Knight, professional photographer, educator and Photoshop Lightroom expert;

– Jerry Wolford, editorial photojournalist and 2015 NPPA “Photographer of the Year;”

– Brent Walker, photographer and storyteller behind “The Hidden South,” a project documenting those “unseen” by society.

The Camera Clinic was originally organized in 1952 by the late Hugh Morton, developer of Grandfather Mountain and a distinguished photographer.

“The Camera Clinic is one of the highlights of the year for those who love photographing at Grandfather Mountain,” said Kellen Short, director of marketing and communications. “Even those outside the photojournalism world will find these presentations enlightening and educational.”

Admission to the event is free for working photojournalists and active members of the N.C. Press Photographers Association. Admission for all others is $50 and includes a buffet dinner on Saturday.

Online registration opened July 15 at grandfather.com. Anyone wishing to secure a spot must purchase a $50 pass online; the charge will be refunded to those who show valid press credentials or an NCPPA membership card at check-in.

A discounted two-day admission ticket is available for $30 for guests of Clinic participants who wish to enjoy the park but do not plan to attend the seminars. This ticket allows guests to come and go as they please Aug. 15 and 16. Guests may also purchase tickets for the Saturday buffet dinner for $10.

Basic campsites are available in the Grandfather Mountain Woods Walk Picnic Area for those participating in the clinic.

Please visit grandfather.com/events/grandfather-mountain-camera-clinic/ for more information and a full schedule.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325 or plan a trip at www.grandfather.com.

3) High Gravity Adventures Fan Fest at ASU Set for Aug. 8

Appalachian State University football’s annual High Gravity Adventures Fan Fest is set for Saturday, Aug. 8 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

High Gravity Adventures Fan Fest begins at 5 p.m. with an EXCLUSIVE half-hour window for members of the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club and their parents to get autographs and take pictures with their favorite Appalachian State football student-athletes and coaches before the gates open for the general public.

The gates open for the general public at 5:30 p.m. and student-athletes and coaches will be available for autographs and photos until 6:30 p.m.

In a new addition to High Gravity Adventures Fan Fest this year, families are invited to stick around Kidd Brewer Stadium following the autographs session for a showing of the Disney football classic Remember The Titans on the KBS videoboard.

The Junior Mountaineer Kids Club is the official club for App State fans in eighth grade or younger. In addition to the exclusive early admission to High Gravity Adventures Fan Fest, Junior Mountaineer Kids Club members also receive:

• membership pack with a FREE Junior Mountaineer Kids Club t-shirt, official membership credential and special gift

• FREE admission to Sept. 5 football home opener versus Howard

• FREE admission to ALL other Appalachian State home athletic events, including men’s and women’s basketball and baseball

• exclusive Appalachian Athletics Center and football locker room tour

• opportunity to be a Kickoff Kid or Ball Kid at a football or basketball game (must be at least nine years of age to be eligible)

• Junior Mountaineers Kids Club birthday card (sent by mail for your birthday)

• monthly JMKC newsletter sent via e-mail with upcoming event calendar and interviews with student athletes and coaches

• invitations to special JMKC events (held monthly during the school year)

• free gifts when attending select events

• opportunity to meet Appalachian State student athletes & coaches

Annual membership for the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club costs just $25 per child. To register, call the Appalachian State athletics office of promotions and fan engagement at (828) 262-8649 or visit appstatesports.com/jmkc for a downloadable registration form to email, fax or mail in. Registration will also be available at the Kidd Brewer Stadium ticket plaza on the day of High Gravity Adventures Fan Fest, beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, August 8 • Kidd Brewer Stadium

4:30 p.m. — On-site registration for Junior Mountaineer Kids Club

5:30-6 p.m. — Exclusive autograph and photo session with Appalachian State football student-athletes and coaches for JMKC members only

6:30-7 p.m. — Gates open for the general public

7 p.m. — Remember The Titans on Kidd Brewer Stadium videoboard

Note: In an effort to allow as many fans as possible to collect autographs, student-athletes and coaches will be limited to signing one item per fan.

4) Lockn’ Festival in Virginia to Feature Mad Dogs & Englishmen in September

In 2013, Lockn’ Festival and Tedeschi Trucks Band began discussions to collaborate with Joe Cocker for a special event.  This planned collaboration would have brought together Tedeschi Trucks Band with Joe Cocker and some original members of Mad Dogs & Englishmen and other guest artists.

The idea was well received, but sadly, Joe Cocker died, after a long illness, in December 2014.  However, the idea has survived.

In his honor, Tedeschi Trucks Band will host Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, exclusive to the 2015 Lockn’ Festival, to celebrate Joe Cocker.  This not-to-be-missed event will feature a lineup that must be seen to be believed.

Original Mad Dogs & Englishmen members include: Leon Russell (guitar and keyboards), Rita Coolidge (vocals), Bobby Jones (vocals), Claudia Lennear (vocals – 20 Feet From Stardom), Chris Stainton (keyboards – Eric Clapton, The Who), Chuck Blackwell (percussion – Everly Brothers), Bobby Torres (percussion), Pamela Polland (vocals – Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt), Matthew Moore (vocals) and Daniel Moore (vocals).

Special guests include: Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Dave Mason (Traffic), Doyle Bramhall II, Anders Osbourne (Galactic),  Alecia Chakour (Warren Haynes Band), Shannon McNally and more.

 The 2015 Lockn’ Festival is September 10-13 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia and will also feature Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters performing 2 nights with 2 different sets, Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana, Jorma & Jack celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, Widespread Panic with special guest Jimmy Cliff,  Gov’t Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Doobie Incident featuring The Doobie Brothers with The String Cheese Incident, Little Feat, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more.

 For more complete line-up and details on Lockn’ Festival  www.locknfestival.com