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Weekend Roundup: 17 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out: Sept. 28 to 30

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Sept. 28, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. 

Chanticleers vs. Mountaineers

Two of the Carolinas’ best NCAA Division I football programs of the millennium will square off Saturday when the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-2, 0-0) come to The Rock to take on the No. 17/16 Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-2, 1-1). Since 2000, ASU is North Carolina and South Carolina’s winningest Division I football program, with a 121-42 record overall. The Chanticleers of Conway, S.C., are not far behind, with a 65-41 record since the program’s inception in 2003, good for sixth best in the Carolinas.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Kidd Brewer Stadium, ASU
More info: click

Pack Walk for Homeless Pets

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for the homeless pet crisis in the High Country. Leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. The walk will be two miles around Boone at your own pace and will end with a gathering back at Green Mother Goods. An adoption event will follow the walk with a celebration and raffle to benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Starting at Green Mother Goods, then around Downtown Boone
More info: 828-434-0675 or click


Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival

The High Country’s 23rd spooktacular season of Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train kicks off tonight and continues every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 27. Join Ghost Train engineer Casey Bones and his macabre crew for a scary journey on a train inescapably haunted by its past. The tracks lead into the darkness of a railroading era filled with terror and tragedy. Guests will experience chills and thrills as ghosts and ghouls from the old railways pursue the Ghost Train’s passengers around every bend, and through every eerie forest.

When: Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tweetsie Railroad
More info: 877-893-3874 or click

Meet ‘n Greet for Rep. Jonathan Jordan

The Ashe County GOP is sponsoring a “Meet ‘n Greet” for incumbent Rep. Jonathan Jordan Friday, September 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the new Republican headquarters, located on 102 N. Jefferson Avenue in West Jefferson. If you have questions to ask or would just like to express your opinion to your North Carolina representative, stop by. Coffee, drinks, and refreshments will be served.

When: Friday, Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Ashe County GOP Headquarters, West Jefferson
More info: 336-846-1081

Volunteer with Wild South

Sept. 29 is National Public Lands Day. It is the single largest day of volunteer service with over 170,000 volunteers serving their public lands in 2011. This year Wild South is calling on volunteers to meet up for an exciting day in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. The day will begin with a workshop hosted by the Western North Carolina Alliance who will teach volunteers to identify non-native invasive plants and discuss how you can help defend your own property from these pests. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.
Where: Wiseman’s View, western side of Linville Gorge
More info: click

Theatre and Dance Presents First Year Student Showcase

The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance introduces fresh actors and dancers in its annual First Year Student Showcase in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. 

When: Sept. 27-29, 7:30 p.m.
Where: I.G. Greer Studio Theatre, ASU
More info: 828-262-3063 or click

Live Music

Doc Watson Tribute Concert with The Kruger Brothers 

The Todd Community Preservation Organization will host a Doc Watson Tribute Concert featuring the Kruger Brothers on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Walter and Anne Cook Park. For the last decade Watson, who lived just down the road in Deep Gap, generously performed in Todd to the delight of neighbors, friends and admirers. Proceeds from his annual August performance enabled the tradition of live traditional mountain music to continue in Todd.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m.
Where: Walter and Anne Cook Park, Todd
More info: 336-877-5401 or click

Appalachian Philharmonia

The Appalachian Philharmonia performs works by Handel, Bach and Debussy in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. The philharmonia is conducted by Dr. Chung Park. Guest soloist is flutist Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham. Both are members of the Hayes School of Music faculty at Appalachian. The philharmonia is a faculty-student collaborative within the music school.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Where: Rosen Concert Hall, ASU
More info: click 

Friday Night Bluegrass

Visit the Todd General Store and recapture a time when life was simple and genuine.  Meet the mountain folks and listen to talks of the railroad days as well as bluegrass every Friday.

When: Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
Where: Todd General Store, 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd
More info: 336-877-1067 

Alliens and The Inverted Sea at Murphy’s, and on Friday, The Ends

A cross-cultural blend of sound is rooted deep in their souls from growing and living in foreign lands. Rock infused Reggae , Funk covered Ska, Caribbean Soca with a splash of Spanish Hip-Hop, Electronica Drum-Breaks meet Cumbia Dance Beats, and still more! Top it off with conscious multi-lingual lyrics and sweet trio harmonies and you get an experience that moves mind, body and soul.

When: Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s Pub, 747 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

Karaoke Night at Galileo’s

Boone Shine will surely get you out of your seat and have you turning your heads with a new musical confusion. Playing everything from Hip-Hop covers to old time bluegrass, Boone Shine will have you dancing til you cry.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
Where: Galileo’s, 1087 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright & Friends at Canyons

Todd Wright, an Ambassador of Jazz for western North Carolina, joined the Appalachian State University music faculty in 1990. As Director of Jazz Studies he has been responsible for conducting Jazz Ensembles I and II, teaching courses in jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz piano, jazz tunes and coaching combos.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 

Free Tasting

Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants Tasting

Kevin McNamara of Country Vintner shows off the affordable, value side of the portfolio with some awesome choices in the $10-$12 range. Namely the excellent South African representation of Cabernet Sauvignon by Excelsior, Montgravet from Cotes de Gascogne (100 percent Colombard — crisp French white), Four Vines Old Vine Zin and Naked Chardonnay. Plus, maybe something a little more special.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Boone
More info: 828-264-9476

The Markets

Avery County Farmers Market

The Avery County Farmers Market is a cooperative of area farmers that produce freshly grown, organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, homemade jams and jellies, herbal products, crafts, maple syrup, fresh eggs, potting plants, ornamentals, seedlings and much, much more.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 170 Linville Street, between CVS and the Department of Social Services building, Newland
More info: 828-789-9246 or 828-733-8274     

Watagua County Farmers’ Market

The market has so many things to love: fresh and nutritious local foods, beautiful handmade crafts, face-to-face interactions with the farmers who grow your food, scrumptious breads, jams, jellies and cheeses made by community members, meat and eggs from local farmers and of course the friendly social atmosphere of “Boone’s Town Square.” 

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424 

Ashe County Farmers’ Market

Every Ashe County Farmers’ Market customer has that particular vendor that keeps them coming back for more but it’s the market’s diversity that makes it one of the best in the area. Click here for a list of vendors along with profiles so you can get to know not only your favorite but maybe find a new must see vendor.

When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April to Oct.; and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July to Sept.
Where: Backstreet in downtown West Jefferson
More info: ashefarmersmarket.com


Be sure to check out our listings for cinema showtimes and movie trailers at the Regal Boone Cinema 7 too! It’s the only place where you can see ALL the trailers and showtimes for every movie playing in Boone all on one page! 

Editor’s note: Want your event to be added to our Weekend Roundup next time? Email Rebecca at [email protected].

Things to Do This Weekend logo by Debbie Carter.