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Weekend Roundup: 16 Things To Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans: Jan. 4-6

Compiled by Paul T. Choate

Jan. 4, 2013. 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.

Don’t Miss Events

First Friday Art Crawl

Photo by Jaime Johnson and courtesy of ASU
Photo by Jaime Johnson and courtesy of ASU

On Friday, Jan. 4, downtown Boone will be taken over by the monthly First Friday Art Crawl. Like always, this month’s crawl will feature food, drinks and live music with work and exhibitions from local artists. And as usual, everyone is invited to come out and enjoy some Friday night fun.

When: Friday, Jan. 4, 5:30 p.m. until…
Where: Downtown Boone businesses
More info: Click

Winterfest at Beech

winterfestThe excitement of Winterfest returns to Beech Mountain Resort this weekend, Jan. 5 and 6, and promises a full slate of events that will please snow lovers and music lovers alike. The two day event includes the ever-popular Cardboard Box Derby, the Winterfest Rail Jam, live music and much more.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6
Where: Beech Mountain Resort
More info: Click

Yule Log Bonfire on Beech

Grab your blankets and hats and come to the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria at 7:30 p.m. As you cozy up by the fire you will be able to enjoy some great tunes, hot cocoa and s’mores. 

When: Friday, Jan. 4, starts at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria, 402 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-3003

Shred for the Cup

App Terrain Park will kick off the seventh annual Shred for the Cup Series on Saturday, Jan. 5, with the Nordica/Never Summer Rail Jam. The Shred for the Cup series has become the benchmark park competition series in the region.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5, registration starts at 9 a.m.
Where: Appalachian Ski Mountain
More info: Click

North Carolina Special Olympics Winter Games

Photo courtesy of SONC.
Photo courtesy of SONC.

Appalachian Ski Mountain will again host the Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding competition on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 6 and 7.

When: Sunday and Monday, Jan. 6 and 7
Where: Appalachian Ski Mountain
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Nastar is a public racing program that provides recreational racers with the opportunity to compare their ability to the fastest member of the US Ski Team. Nastar races are held every Saturday and Sunday at noon on Big Red.

When: Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the season
Where: Sugar Mountain Resort
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Date Night at Timberlake’s

timberlake restaurantFor the couples with small children, Chetola and Timberlake’s is helping you out. On the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m., “First Friday Date Night” takes place and up to two children per couple age 3-12 will be watched on site free of charge. Each additional child past two and children ages one and two are $5 per child. A children’s dinner will also be served, if desired by parents, at 6:30 p.m. for $5 with a choice of either pizza or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Additional childcare is available from 8 to 10 p.m.

When: Friday, Jan. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Timberlake’s at Chetola, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-5533

Festival of Lights

Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is the place to go to see Christmas Lights in the High Country. A drive through the resort reveals over 50,000 lights on display and the lights will stay on until Jan. 27, 2013.

When: ongoing
Where: Chetola Resort and Spa, Blowing Rock
More info: Click

Get Off the Mountain

ASU Women’s Basketball vs. Davidson

Anna Freeman. Photo by Tyler Buckwell
Anna Freeman. Photo by Tyler Buckwell

The 7-2 lady Mountaineers are off to a great start in the 2012-2013 season so far. They will head into the bulk of their Southern Conference schedule beginning Saturday with a 3 p.m. game at Davidson.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 3 p.m.
Where: John M. Belk Arena, Davidson College (and airing on ESPN3 if you choose to stay at home)
More info: Click


Horse Clinics

Sunday Horse Clinics at the High Country Riding School

jpeg-1Join High Country Riding School each Sunday afternoon for fun, educational clinics. Upcoming topics include the parents’ guide to horse crazy kids, communicating with your horse from the ground, buying your first horse, preparation to show and common trail obstacles.

When: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: High Country Riding School at New River Farms, LLC in Deep Gap
More info: Click

Live Music

Boss Hawg Live at Sugar Mountain

boss-hawg_04Boss Hawg’s home pen is the mountain town of Boone. The Hawg formed in 2003 at a party on the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The band quickly discovered that combining their contemporary rendition of traditional Appalachian Mountain music with fun loving audiences produced a natural high-energy vibe that is reminiscent of the once-a-month barn dances from the turn of the century.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Sugar Mountain Resort
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Hip Hop Night at Murphy’s

Though not the most frequently heard type of music in the High Country, every once in a while a little change of pace is a good thing. Murphy’s will be hosting “A Night of Hip Hop” tonight for a cover charge of $5.

When: Friday, Jan. 4, starts at 10 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s, 747 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

The Lonely H w/ Swift Science at Boone Saloon

Rolling out of Nashville with some good ole’ southern rock, The Lonely H will take the stage at Boone Saloon on Saturday night. Want to know what they sound like? Well on their MySpace they describe their sound as “stars and stripes.” Swift Science will also be playing Saturday and there will be a $5 cover. 

When: Saturday, Jan. 5, starts at 10 p.m.
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 W. 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, Jan. 6, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 U.S. 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 

Wine 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. 29, 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 Paul at ptchoate@highcountrypress.com.