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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Grilling Demo at Ashe Farmers Market on Aug. 1

Join the Ashe County Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 1 for a cooking demonstration by Chef Ric Cain of Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant. Cain will be grilling several different types of vegetables from our vendors grown right here in Ashe County. Of course there will be samples for all to taste.  Grilling will begin about 10 a.m. and last until noon. Cain always has new ideas (recipes) for grilling anything on the grill (gas or charcoal).

Also, don’t forget to shop at all of the vendors – all types of produce, baked goods, crafts of all types, jewelry, soaps, coat cheese, fresh flowers, all types of nursery items, grass feed beef and pork, eggs, honey, whole chickens (maybe rabbit and quail eggs), jellies and jams, and other items.

The Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of October and every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September.

2) Western Square Dancing at Linville Land Harbor

Linville Land Harbor Mountain Mixers Dance Schedule for

July 31-Aug 6, 2015 Please head these announcements up as Western Square Dancing.

Friday July 31, 2015

Western Square Dance

Our Western Square Dance will be held at Linville Land Harbor

Recreation Center, 22 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland

7:00-9:00PM This is a mainstream dance with announced plus tips.

Caller is our own Ron Libby, Land Harbor, NC. Dress is casual.www.mountainmixers.com

Sunday August 2, 2015

Western Square Dance

Our Western Square Dance will be held at Linville Land Harbor

Recreation Center, 22 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland

1:00-1:30PM is A2. 2:00-4:00PM is a plus dance.

Caller is our own Ron Libby, Land Harbor, NC.

Dress is square dance attire or dressy casual.

No shorts please.www.mountainmixers.com

A2 Square Dancing from Monday June 1, 2015-Sept 28, 2015 Mondays

7:00-9:00PM A2 Dancing with Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00PM A2 Review and Dance with

our resident caller Ron Libby

3) Summer Harvest Potluck and Contra Dance in Jonesborough

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present the Annual Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner & Contra Dance on Saturday August 2, 2015. The potluck dinner and contra dance will be held at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street beginning at 6:00 pm.   Class for beginning contra dancers will follow at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be the Redbud Ramblers from Greenville, SC. Calling for the dance will be Vicki Herndon from Chattanooga. During the dinner hour, guests can also waltz to recorded music.

The Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner will begin at 6:00pm. Nothing brings people together like a potluck, and nothing gets them talking together like the subject of food. Just watch as the buffet table fills up with salads, casseroles, pastas and desserts and you’ll see for yourself. “We are building a community through traditional music and dance. We hope to get our dancers chatting happily, exchanging recipes and telling the story behind each recipe,” adds Wiley. Food talk at a potluck can teach us a lot about each other and the world around us. Prizes will be given to the most creative and mouthwatering dishes. If you are not a home gardener, support your local Farmer’s Market including the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8 am until noon in the parking area next to the Court House on Main Street.   Early risers can join together for a flash mob contra demonstration at 10:30 at the Jonesborough Farmers Market.

Redbud Ramblers are David White (SteamShovel) on fiddle and banjo with Wes Maluk (Eric the Cat) on mandolin and guitar.

Vicki Herndon has been a dancer since 1997, when she accidentally came across contra dancing, and has been a dance lover since. She began calling in 2000, and have called all around the southeast. Wedding dances in open fields, and dances with kids are all part of the diversity she represents, and loves.

Vicki is very active part of the Chattanooga dance community. “Keeping my home group growing and strong has become very important to me over the years. Welcoming newcomers, and giving them confidence is my specialty. Dancers must have this to return to your dance and thrive” offers Ms. Herndon. Vicki just led her local dance community in presenting the 2015 Chattaboogie Dance Weekend featuring ContraForce and the Coffee Zombies.

Being a dance gypsy has led Vicki to be a familiar face at many dance weekends along with her husband, Steve, where her enthusiasm as a caller is just as evident as when she is dancing. “There’s not much more than I love to do . . . dance and call”, she adds.

Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance, join the potluck dinner or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. Families with their own children are all admitted for only $15 as a package.

For further information call event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.

4) High Country Caregiver Foundation Receives Prestigious Award

High Country Area Agency on Aging announces that the High Country Caregiver Foundation recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is sponsored by Critical Signal Technologies your Link to Life (CST-LTL). High Country Caregiver Foundation was among the top 16 of 38 local aging programs to receive honors during the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 11-15, 2015, in Philadelphia, PA.

The 2015 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.

 “With the healthcare landscape continuing to change rapidly, our members are investigating new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces, as well as to strengthen long-standing services to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly, and with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their ground-breaking work,” Ms. Markwood added.

High Country Caregiver Foundation ( HCCF), established in 2007, has become the region’s leading resource to family and kinship caregivers, serving more than 2,000 caregivers each year. Its mission is to help family and kinship caregivers, and those they care for, improve and maintain healthy, independent lifestyles through improvements in their quality of life. Its satisfaction rate among the caregivers they serve is a very high 95%, according to their latest survey. They provide respite and social opportunities, emotional support, individual counseling, care management, caregiver appreciation events, advocacy efforts and educational programs throughout the year.

“We are truly honored to have been chosen as one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Aging Innovations award, said HCCF Executive Director and High Country Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Specialist, Brenda Reece.  “Family caregivers provide the majority of long term care in this country and just like any other job, they need our support, education and resources” said Reece.

The 2015 n4a Aging Innovations Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories including Advocacy, Caregiving, Care Transitions, Community Planning & Livable Communities, Economic Security, Elder Abuse Prevention, Ethnic & Cultural Diversity, Health-LTSS Integration, Technology and “You Name It!”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for the 623 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion in our nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. (www.n4a.org / www.facebook.com/n4aACTION)

5) Atlanta Guitar Trio at St. John’s in Valle Crucis on Aug. 2

Sunday, August 2nd., Concert at St. John’s presenting the Atlanta Guitar Trio.  Come enjoy an evening of classical guitar with a program of music ranging from Bach to the Beatles.  Concert begins at 5:00 pm and is free to all (donations are gratefully accepted).  Bring along a picnic to share as we gather on the lawn after the concert.  St. John’s is located on Herb Thomas Road (off Mast Gap Road) in Valle Crucis – signs are posted.  For more information go to www.holycrossvallecrucis.net and click on St. John’s or call 828-963-4609

6) Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.

Thursday July 30

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity)

8pm-Closing Live Music: Jimmie Griffith. MaisCéu is a solo project developed by Jimmie Griffith, the composer, singer and guitar player from the band Banana da Terra. The name MaisCéu means “more sky” in Portuguese, and was a wordplay created from Jimmie’s Brazilian/French middle name, “Maciel”. This project started from opening solo for the band Banana da Terra which allowed him to warm up the crowd, try new ideas and sounds with an audience, explore other instruments (Flute, shaker, percussion, 10-string Viola Caipira and soon the rabeca) and create spontaneous loops. All the compositions are a good reflection of his background. He was born and raised in Brazil by multi-cultural parents who taught him the best of American and Brazilian cultures.

Friday July 31

Feature Friday at Five continues with a special keg of Wasabi Ginger Pale Ale.

8pm-Closing Live Music: The Paper Crowns. The Paper Crowns make two piece acoustic music sound huge! They are stomping on drums while they are plucking strings and singing harmonies often all at the same time! There’s nobody doing it like The Paper Crowns are doing it. It’s hard to find a truly unique band…on top of that it’s hard to find a band that delivers the emotional spectrum from sweet and heartbreaking earnest ballads to barn burning gypsy raving conga frenzied sweaty dance tunes. The Paper Crowns will bring you all that and then some. They pride their sets on improvisation mixed with fine compositions and great lyrics. Most of all, The Paper Crowns want you to feel good and feel recharged when you listen to their music….it’s full of heart and soul and all of the good old spirit that’s still roaming the land.

Saturday August 1

8pm-Closing Live Music: Danny Whittington and A Killa Band. Jonathan Priest, Mike Runyon and Douglas James join Danny for some tasty R&B, and seriously groovin’ funk.

Sunday August 2

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.