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Weekend Roundup: 12 Things To Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans: Dec. 14 to 16

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Dec. 14, 2012. This weekend has a variety of things to do for anybody in the High Country. Whether you are looking for something to relieve the week’s stress or a wild night on the town, the High country has something to offer that will trigger that interest. There are so many things to look forward to as the weekend quickly approaches.


ski jamWeekend festivities begin Friday when the 19th Annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces Olympic Gold Medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of enthusiasts taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to everyone and includes three days on the slopes, video analysis, tuning seminar and a banquet Saturday night.

When: Dec. 14-16
Where: Sugar Mountain Resort
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ASU Fall Commencement Ceremony Sunday 

Appalachian State University will hold its fall 2012 graduation commencement ceremony on Sunday Dec. 16, 2012 at the Holmes Convocation Center. The time of graduation is based on which college the student is in. The University College, Reich College of Education and The College of Arts and Sciences holding their ceremony at 10 a.m. The College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Business, Hayes School of Music, and College of Health Sciences will hold their commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. the same day, according to the office of the registrar.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16
Where: Holmes Convocation Center, ASU
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Studio K Presents The Nutcracker

nutcracker_cmykContinuing a High Country holiday tradition that has endured for 15 years, Studio K Dance Workshop will present “The Nutcracker: Clara vs. the Mouse King” on Dec. 15 through Dec. 16. The ballet will be exhibited in the Ross Auditorium at Watauga High School this year, due to the ongoing construction at Farthing Auditorium at Appalachian State campus.

When: Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
Where: Watauga High School Auditorium
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Ensemble Stage’s ‘Christmas in Blowing Rock’ 

Blowing Rock’s Ensemble Stage is gearing up for another edition of their holiday performance this coming weekend, Dec. 14 to 16, and plans to keep with the 1960s TV Christmas musical variety show format that attendees enjoyed and asked for the last three years. The show features more than 20 songs being sung by the host, an adult chorus and a 10-person Blowing Rock Kids Choir. 

When: Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium, 160 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
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Melissa Reeves Holiday Show

Internationally renowned recording artist Melissa Reeves will host her 11th annual holiday show at Char. The show will begin at 8 p.m. and the cost for admission is $9.

When: Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m.
Where: Char, 179 Howard St., Boone
More info: 828-266-2179

Visit From Santa and Mrs. Claus

Every year just before Christmas Santa makes a special visit to Beech Mountain to spread Holiday Cheer. Visit with Santa beside the fireplace and enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies at the Four Seasons at Beech. After your visit, bring a homemade ornament and join the Chamber of Commerce for the lighting of the Christmas tree.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15
Where: Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-9283

‘The Last Moderate Muslim’ Talk and Book Signing

Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore will host Sam Wazan, author of The Last Moderate Muslim to give a talk and book signing. Wazan is a Middle East, Arab and Muslim youth and culture expert. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. What is new and different about Sam Wazan is that he did not research the Middle East. He outlived its massacres and atrocities as an Arab youth until he emigrated to the U.S., at 25 years old.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Dancing Moon Earthway Bookstore, 553 West King St., Boone
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‘Shop Local Saturdays’ – Boone Area Chamber’s Holiday-Shopping Campaign Begins

Just in time for holiday shopping, a Boone Area Chamber of Commerce promotion, “Shop Local Saturdays,” begins this Saturday, Dec. 1. Boone Area Chamber President Dan Meyer said the idea for the annual holiday-shopping campaign sprang from American Express’ “Small Business Saturday,” which takes place in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

When: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22
Where: Local businesses
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Live Music

High Country Holiday Throwdown at Boone Saloon

Soul Benefactor will host the second annual High Country Holiday Throwdown at Boone Saloon. The event will feature a wide array of well-known local artists and kicks off at 9 p.m. The cost for admission is $5.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m.
Where: 489 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-1811

Copper Into Steel and The Broadcast at Murphy’s

What do you get when you add twangy bluegrass to acoustic rock? What happens when you blend folk music with the blues? The answer is Copper Into Steel, a band that creatively blends classic influences with a fresh vision for what modern Southern music could be. Since their formation in early 2011, the Murfreesboro, Tenn. based band has impressed audiences with more than just musical talent.

When: Copper Into Steel on Friday and The Broadcast on Saturday
Where: Murphy’s, 747 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

Free Tasting

Premier Wine Tasting at Peabody’s

Peabody’s will be having their weekly wine tasting for those who want a day to relax and do some tasting of the featured wines. Peabody’s has something that should strike the interest of all who have a pallet for good wine.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Boone
More info: 828-264-9476


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 rebecca@highcountrypress.com.

Things to Do This Weekend logo by Debbie Carter.