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Weekend Roundup: 17 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Nov. 2-4

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Nov. 2, 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.

First Friday Art Crawl

On Friday, Nov. 2, 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, Nov. 2, 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Boone
More info: Click to the Roundup

Ski Season Kickoff Party at Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain Resort staff is working diligently to prepare for the upcoming season, so they want to take a break to share an evening with their supporters. On Saturday Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beech Mountain Resort will host a ski season kickoff party. Come enjoy a fun evening to socialize, while learning about resort improvements and opening plans.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Resort
More info: click


Appalachian Heritage Week Celebration Oct. 19-Nov. 2

Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Heritage Council presents a weeklong celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture Oct. 19-Nov. 2. All events are open to the public. The week begins with the Appalachian Studies Benefit Dance at Legends on Oct. 19. The dance will run from 7-11 p.m. and feature the Half-Runners with caller Jesse “Hot-Pants” Edgerton. Tickets are $2 for students and $3 for guests. There will also be cake walks and a tag sale. Proceeds benefit the Appalachian Studies Scholarship Fund.

When: Oct. 19-Nov. 2, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Legends, ASU campus, Boone
More info: click

Turchin Center Exhibition Opening and Family Arts Festival

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has a weekend of celebrations planned with the opening of a new exhibition on Friday and a Fall Family Arts Festival on Saturday. The exhibition, which is the fourth installment of the International Focus Series: 21 Sztuka I-V: Contemporary Art of Poland titled Visible/Invisible. Print of the XXI Century. Jan Fejkiel Gallery Collection, opens in time for the center’s Exhibition Celebration during the November 2nd Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl.

When: Exhibition Opening: Nov. 2, 7-9 p.m.; Family Festival: Nov. 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Turchin Center, Boone
More info: click

LUNAFEST Film Festival

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. Prior to the Nov. 3 screening there will be a Women’s Info and Business Fair starting at 5:30 p.m. Also on Nov. 3 during the intermission of the films, there will be an auction of the winning pieces of Artwork from Bra-Va!, a community competition to creatively and festively decorate a bra. All proceeds from Bra-Va! will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Harvest House Performing Arts Venue, 247 Boone Heights Drive, 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

Still Halloween in Banner Elk

Trunk-or-Treat in Banner Elk, Postponed until Friday, Nov. 2

Originally scheduled for Halloween, the ninth annual Halloween Trunk or Treat in Banner Elk celebration has been postponed until Friday due to the weather. The event’s location has changed to the old Banner Elk Elementary School. Nancy Owen with the Town of Banner Elk said that there is no heat in the building, so bring a jacket to keep warm. 

Prizes will be awarded for those who decorate their vehicle as ghost mobiles, for an all-aged costume contest judged according to age groups and pumpkin carvings.Free hot dogs for kids under 15 years old, and bring a nonperishable food items to stock up local food banks.

When: Friday, Nov. 2
Where: Banner Elk Elementary School
More info:  call Nancy Owen at 828-898-5398, ext. 221.

Live Music

The Native L at Murphy’s

Merging funk and hip hop sounds with electronic, rock and blues jams, members from two of the High Country’s premiere acts—Native Sway and BPL—will perform as Native L at Murphy’s on Friday, Nov. 2. 

When: Friday, Nov. 2, 9 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s, 747 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

Nomadic and Eyes of the Elders at Boone Saloon

Eyes of the Elders (EOE) is a live hip hop band based out of Charlotte, founded by emcees Ricky Radar and Bearcat.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-1811

Celebrate Singing: A Cappella at Boone United Methodist

The Watauga County Arts Council will sponsor Celebrate Singing on Saturday. at the Boone United Methodist Church. The event will feature a number of singing styles and groups from the Triad and the High Country. Included will be the Triad Harmony Express men’s barbershop chorus from Winston-Salem, Treble Attraction women’s group from Appalachian State University, the Mountainaires Quartet, the 5th Edition Quartet and Easy Livin’ Quartet.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Where: Boone United Methodist,471 Market St., Boone
More info: click

Blazing Bassoons at ASU

Blazing Bassoons, a 12-member musical ensemble from the Hayes School of Music will perform Nov. 4 at Appalachian State University. The program begins at 4 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on campus. Admission is free.

When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.
Where: Rosen Concert Hall, ASU
More info: click

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. 4, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661

Wilkes Playmakers Present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Wilkes Playmakers are putting the finishing touches their upcoming production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which will play on Nov. 2-4. Director Lucas Matney and assistant director Olivia Van Buskirk along with the cast of 28 adults and children are preparing what promises to be a wonderful, family-friendly version of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

When: Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
Where: Historic Benton Hall, 300 D St., North Wilkesboro
More info: click

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. It has an extended two-week run with performances on Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 and Nov. 7 – 11. Ticket prices start at $8 for students. 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. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
Where: I.G. Greer Studio Theatre, ASU
More info: click

North Carolina Theater Conference Comes to WHS

Watauga High School will welcome more than 250 high school actors from 11 different schools at the annual North Carolina Theatre Conference Regional High School Play Festival this Friday and Saturday Nov. 2 and 3. The high school’s honors acting class, the Pioneer Playmakers, along with more than 80 volunteers, will help run 14 one-act plays over the course of the two days. The entire festival is free and will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day in the Ross Auditorium.

When: Nov. 2 and 3, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Watauga High School Auditorium
More info: click

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. 2, 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.