Compiled by Paul T. Choate
April 12, 2013. We all know how it is. You struggle through a tough week of work or classes (or both) and dream of the glorious weekend ahead. Well now it’s finally here. 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. TGIF!
The eighth annual Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival has returned to Blowing Rock for wine, food and fun on April 10-14. Grillin’ and Chillin’ has already sold out but there are still tickets available for several other events.
Saturday is slam-packed with events and kicks off early with a brand new event — the Chetola Resort Corkscrew 5K — at 7:30 a.m. The run will take the early birds in attendance through some of the more interesting parts of the town of Blowing Rock as the sun is coming up. After the run, stop by Bald Guy Brew for a coffee cupping session beginning at 9 a.m.
Then, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Grand Tasting kicks off. The Grand Tasting is the centerpiece of the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival. Located in the heart of Downtown Blowing Rock under the main tent, the tasting showcases a wide assortment of wines from North Carolina wineries as well as from vineyards around the globe. Find new favorites among international, domestic and NC vintages. Light fare will be available featuring Alaska seafood and much more. The Grand Tasting will run until 6 p.m. to allow time for a meal at your favorite Blowing Rock eatery in between (or with) glasses of wine.
Parking will be available at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, two downtown parking decks and around town. The Wine Festival shuttle will make stops at the Grand Wine Tasting, in Downtown Blowing Rock and Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, so you can always get back to your vehicle with ease. Whether you should be driving or not after the Grand Tasting is a different matter altogether.
Tickets to the event are $35 in advance or $45 at the event.
There are also several nightlife events following the Grand Tasting, plus events on Sunday to help you recover from your wine haze.
For more information, click here.
The annual Boone in Blossom festival returns to the High Country for the fifth year this weekend at the High Country Fairgrounds, beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday. Past festivals have raised over two tons of food that is donated to the local Hunger and Health Coalition and this year begins the merging of the event with the Boone Community Network.
The event will feature yoga, dance, art, local vendors and workshops. Tickets are $20 at the gate or there are several community service ways to pay your admission.
High Country Fairgrounds is located at 748 Roby Greene Road in Boone.
Fiddler on the Roof, Presented by Watauga High School, Friday and Saturday
The Watauga High School production of Fiddler on the Roof will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Presented by the Watauga High School theater department and the Watauga Playmakers and directed by Sarah Miller, the presentation of the classic musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick will feature Broadway songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man.”
Tickets are assigned seating and are $10 per person.
SuperCinema Film Series: $1 Movies, Friday and Saturday
Appalachian State University will be showing Les Miserables at 7 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night at the I.G. Greer Auditorium on campus for only $1.
For more information, visit films.appstate.edu/pagesmith/16.
Tweetsie Railroad is calling buckaroos young and old as the park opens for its 2013 season on Friday, April 12. North Carolina’s first theme park, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Blowing Rock, will treat guests to Wild West family adventure this year through Sunday, November 3. Golden Rail Season Passes are now available for purchase at Tweetsie.com.
Motown in the Mountains, Friday
The Boone Service League’s annual spring fundraiser, Motown in the Mountains, takes place at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock on Friday, April 12. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 200 attendees.
The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple.
New River Boys at Galileo’s, Friday
The dynamic, high-energy New River Boys will take the stage at 10 p.m. on Friday at Galileo’s. A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit Just One Shift, an organization dedicated to raise $250,000 to provide clean drinking water to people worldwide.
Tickets are $5 for those over 21 and $8 for those under 21.
Glenn Deuel at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Friday
Glenn Deuel takes the stage at Appalachian Mountain Brewery beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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The Cedric Burnside Project at Boone Saloon, Saturday
The Cedric Burnside Project takes the stage at Boone Saloon on Saturday beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Cody’s raps are always percussive, funky and entertaining. He can freestyle with the best of them, and is constantly writing new deep and unique lyrics.
Tickets to the show are $7. For more information about the venue and show, call 828-264-1811.
GEAR Shift at Footsloggers in Boone, Saturday
The GEAR Shift takes place at Footsloggers in Boone. Featuring: Outdoor gear swap. Buy/Sell/Trade outdoor gear. Enjoy live bluegrass by local band Dr. Bacon. Great raffle prizes, including gift certificates for Footsloggers and Rock Dimensions climbing guides. All proceeds benefit ASU Trail Crew! Raid the closets and the basement, and sell your used/loved gear!
For more details call 828-262-5111.
Join Autism Speaks U Appalachian State for the 2nd Annual 5k Run/3k Walk for Autism Speaks U on April 13 at Watauga High School at 9 a.m. (registration starts at 8 a.m.).
Registration is $20.
The 3K walk portion of the event will take place on the track while the 5K run will be on the Greenway Trail adjacent to the high school. All funds raised will go to Autism Speaks to fund research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism.
Horse Helpers of the High Country ‘Chompin’ at the Bit’ Tack Auction and Coggins Clinic, Saturday
Horse Helpers of the High Country’s Chompin’ at the Bit tack auction and clinic will take place April 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hayes Horse Boarding and Training. The event will be a new and used tack auction, Coggins and Rabies vaccination clinic for horses and dogs, and 3k run. For more information, visit horsehelpersnc.org.
Wine Tasting at Peabody’s, Saturday
Come over to Peabody’s on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and enjoy tasting some medium to high-end wines. Different importers and wineries are featured each week. The cover charge for the tasting is $5.
For more information, click here.
The first annual “Tie Dye Trot” happens Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Greenway Trail. Hosted by High Country Dance Studio in Boone, the event will benefit the High Country Cloggers, with 100 percent of proceeds going to offset the cost of their trip to Disney World in June.
It in addition to the race, there will be performances, bounce houses and a community mural. In between performances, prizes will be given out courtesy of Advanced Auto Parts, Serendipity Hair Studio & Boutique, Tweetsie Railroad, The Gamekeeper Restaurant, Black Cat Burrito, Stick Boy Bread Company, Melanie’s, The Peddler, Ooh La La Manicures and Pedicures, and more. Prizes will be awarded not just to the fastest racers, but also those who demonstrate the most team spirit, sportsmanship and general happiness.
For more information, click here.
Sunday Jazz Brunch at Canyons
Enjoy a Sunday brunch at Canyons in Blowing Rock. Todd Wright, the ambassador of jazz for Western North Carolina, and friends will provide the music.
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!
Click to www.hcpress.com/movie-reviews to view the trailers for what’s playing at the movie theater this weekend.
Editor’s note: Want your event to be added to our Weekend Roundup next time? Email Paul at [email protected].