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Weekend Roundup: 15 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Nov. 9-11

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Nov. 9, 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.

Photo from goasu.com

Last Regular Season Home Game: ASU Football Faces Furman

This Saturday, the No. 12 Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-3, 5-2 SoCon) will be playing for a record-tying 12th Southern Conference Championship when they take on unranked Furman (3-6, 2-4 SoCon) in the Black Saturday game.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Kidd Brewer Stadium, ASU
More info: www.goasu.com

ASU Men’s Basketball Plays Montreat 

Appalachian State University men’s basketball will open its 2012-13 season when it plays host to Montreat at the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers are looking to win their fourth-straight season opener and their seventh in the past 10 years. Appalachian downed the Bobcats, 90-61, in last year’s season-opening contest.

When: Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Holmes Center, ASU
More info: Click

Black Saturday 5K Race

The Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program is hosting its fourth annual Black Saturday 5k on Saturday at 8 a.m. to raise money for its academic scholarship fund. The race starts and ends at the Holmes Convocation Center, leading participants through the heart of Appalachian State’s beautiful campus. 

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m.
Where: Holmes Center, ASU
More info: Click

Children’s Playhouse 10th Birthday Celebration

The High Country’s only children’s museum, The Children’s Playhouse, will celebrate its tenth birthday with a five day celebration running from Tuesday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The Playhouse 10th Birthday Bash will feature free admission, membership discounts, special activities and culminate in a free kids’ music concert and pizza and cake party on Saturday

When: Nov. 9-10, Schedule
Where: Children’s Playhouse, 400 Tracy Circle, Boone
More info: Click

‘9 Lives for $9’ Adoption Event

Did you know there are more than nine reasons you might be healthier when sharing your life with cats, or that for $9 you can become part of a nationwide life-saving movement? Adopt a feline friend from Avery County Humane Society during the special “9 Lives for $9,” adoption event and you become part of something special.

When: Nov. 1-20
Where: Avery Humane Society Adoption Center
More info: click

Help Out the Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition

ASU student ambassadors aim to beat last year’s record of 9,000 pounds of food for Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition. According to the U.S. Census, 21.2 percent of people in Watauga County are living in poverty. But there is a way you can help decrease this statistic. The Appalachian State University Student Ambassadors are hosting their annual canned food drive, themed “Beat Hunger.”

When: Nov. 10-11, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Drop off locations are Food Lion and Ingles in Boone on Nov. 11; Kidd Brewer Stadium before game Nov. 10
More info: Click


Butoh Dance by Paul Ibey

International guest artist Paul Ibey presents his original butoh choreography “Korrat” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Valborg Theatre. Butoh, or Dance of Darkness, is an avant-garde dance theatre form that originated in Japan in the 1960s and is one of the major developments in contemporary dance. Tickets are $8 for students and children and $15 for adults. 

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Valborg Theatre, ASU
More info: 828-262-3063

ASU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Presents ‘Middletown’ 

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Middletown,” Will Eno’s acclaimed play about everyday life, in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre at Appalachian. Moments of rapture, sweetness, gentle humor, loneliness and pain all receive their “slant of light” in “Middletown,” Eno’s quiet meditation on people caught doing whatever it is they do when in the middle of things.

When: Nov. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
Where: I.G. Greer Studio Theatre, ASU
More info: 828-262-3063 

Elk Knob Community Art Raising Event

The public is invited to participate in the creation of two site-specific art pieces (a mural and an iron tree) Saturday that will provide a window into the unique cultural and natural history of the Elk Knob Community. EKCHO Community Art Day runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1401 Meat Camp Road. Individuals and families can bring small objects – such as broken plate pieces, gems, pictures, stones, broken wood – that represent their family or the community. These will be incorporated into the artwork.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1401 Meat Camp Road, Boone
More info: 828-262-7730 

Live Music

Supatight & Donnie Dies at Murphy’s

Supatight officially formed in the early summer months of 2008 in Durham, featuring Tyler Mack (Bass and Vocals), Michael Domanico (Rhythm Guitar), Torrey Beek (Lead Guitar) and Max Palmer (Drums). Nigel Kher joined the band shortly after on saxophone. Since then, Supatight has been playing venues from SC to VA. A mix of funk and reggae with a hint of comedic-country, Supatight brings a range of dynamic to every musical genre they touch.

When: Friday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s, 747 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

Aaron “Woody Wood” & The Ends

Aaron gets much of his music influence from New Orleans which is like a second home to him. He performs regularly with the Mardi Gras Indians and has recorded an album, the The Blue Brass Project which is a blend of traditional New Orleans jazz and bluegrass music. The Blue Brass sessions features Big Chief Monk Boudreaux , Woody, members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Larry Keel, Trombone Shorty and many others.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s, 747 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

Brody and Choch with DJ Shogun at Boone Saloon

Brody & Choch are hi-top fade house party rockers, rockin’ the party since 1986 and 1990 respectively. Brody aka the “long-legged-fiesta” swoons the ladies with his tender cadence while Choch rubs em down with his jasmine and scented oil like lyrics. The two brothers began their music venture in 2009 and since then have been creating a large buzz in the culture of hip-hop and music altogether. This highly entertaining rap duo are very reminiscent of “Kid-N-Play” splashed with “Fresh Prince” and “Tribe Called Quest”

When: Friday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-1811

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, Nov. 11, 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, Nov. 10, 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.