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Weekend Roundup: 19 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Oct. 26-28

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Oct. 26, 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.

OASIS Benefit Fashion Show

The OASIS Benefit Fashion Show, presented by Haircut 101 in partnership with M.C. Adams Clothier, will be held at Char in Boone on Oct. 26. Tickets for the show are $60 and are available for purchase at both Haircut 101 and M.C. Adams Clothier. Tickets include dinner, a complimentary glass of wine, the fashion show and gift bags valued at over $200 containing gift certificates, coupons, discounts and products from local businesses.

When: Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Char, Howard Street, Boone
More info: 828-262-3324

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

New River Corn Maze, Passenger Train and Pumpkin Patch

This weekend is the last chance to get lost in the 5-acre, 1-mile long New River Corn Maze, to ride the genuine tractor-pulled passenger train and to pick you very own pumpkin for Halloween. Set on the banks of the South Fork of the New River, the corn maze is open this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to dark and this Sunday from 1 p.m. to dark. The corn maze is located off of U.S. 421 heading east of Boone on Laurel Gap Ridge Road – follow the signs. 

When: Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m. to dark; Oct. 28, 1 p.m. to dark
Where: US 421, east of Boone, on Laurel Gap Ridge Road
More info: 828-264-2986

Haunted Horn Ghost Trail 

Located at Horn in the West, the Haunted Horn Ghost Trail will use Strobe Lights, Fog Machines, Disorienting Darkness and a Challenging Hike. Come if you dare and walk the trail of death. Hope that you will live to see another day. The theme this year is “Germ Warfare” and has you walk through the trail, the scary actors along the trail become more mutated.

Where: Horn in the West, Boone
When: From dusk (about 7:30 p.m.) until…on Friday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 27, and Oct. 30- 31. 
More info: 828-264-2120

Watauga Humane Society Halloween Activities

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin will be at the Watauga Humane Society. Pets and pet owners can come dressed in costume to the Spook Parade and Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded for best pet and owner matching costumes, spookiest pet, most like a vampire pet,the ugliest pet and the pet with the best Halloween trick. Special guests include Queeny’s Pet Palace featuring pet adornments and grooming tips, Woof Pack Services demonstrating dog training and Mountain Dog and Friends serving organic pumpkin pancakes specially made for dogs.

When: Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Watauga Humane Society 
More info: 828-264-7865

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival Monster March

Put on your costume and get ready for the Monster March. Plan for an afternoon of nonstop fun with hay rides, airwalks, games, a scavenger hunt and the Monster March Costume Parade at the Blowing Rock Halloween Festival on Oct. 27 in Downtown Blowing Rock. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and scavenger hunt winners.

When: Oct. 27, 3-8 p.m., monster march at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Downtown Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-5222

Grandfather Mountain’s ‘Beary Scary Halloween’ 

Join in the fun at the second annual “Beary Scary Halloween” festivities and help the Mountain raise funds for renovations on Grandfather’s eagle habitat. Halloween activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are included with regular admission. Kids (ages 4-12) in costume will get in at half price. Immediately following the costume contest, guests have a unique opportunity to participate in the animal enrichments by decorating pumpkins and other treats that will later be given to the animals. An enrichment is anything different that can help to break up the animals’ day such as a scent, a new toy or a treat.

When: Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Grandfather Mountain
More info: 800-468-7325

Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival

The High Country’s 23rd spooktacular season of Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train kicks off tonight and continues every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 27. Join Ghost Train engineer Casey Bones and his macabre crew for a scary journey on a train inescapably haunted by its past. The tracks lead into the darkness of a railroading era filled with terror and tragedy. Guests will experience chills and thrills as ghosts and ghouls from the old railways pursue the Ghost Train’s passengers around every bend, and through every eerie forest.

When: Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tweetsie Railroad
More info: 877-893-3874 or click

Live Music

Boone Halloween Cover-Band Show at Black Cat

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Black Cat will feature a slew of Boone-based bands and musicians dressed as their favorite bands and musicians. So far, this is the lineup – Nirvana (feat. members of Naked Gods), the Kinks and the Stooges (feat. members of Sweater Teeth and Lawyers), Townes Van Zandt, Cream (members of Titan), John Maus (members of Slopes), Spacemen 3 (members of Clover Buds) and more. Admission for the night is $5 or two non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Hunger & Health Coalition. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 27
Where: Black Cat, Depot Street, Boone
More info: 828-263-9511

The Broadcast and Stokeswood at Murphy’s

Stokeswood has all the lip curling coolness of rock, along with the irresistibly danceable, synthy goodness of EDM. Fuse that with band members who, in their performance, will move and dance and jump and shake more than sugared up toddlers in a McDonald’s ball pit, and you have what is probably the most energetic and carefree reason to just not give a possum’s testicles about who’s watching, and just work those hips.

When: The Broadcast on Friday, Oct. 26 and Stokeswood on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s, 747 West King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

Space Capone at Boone Saloon

Space Capone’s new video for “I Just Wanna Dance” certainly lives up to its name. With the song’s fresh blend of Funk and R&B, and the video’s old school appeal of teenage roller rinks and locker rooms, you just can’t help but want to dance along– or at least tap your foot.

When: Friday, Oct. 26, 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, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661

Dracula Comes to Blowing Rock

Dracula will be coming to Blowing Rock again this Friday and Saturday for two special Ensemble Stage performances. The performance takes place at the Blowing Rock School auditorium at 7 p.m. and costs $12 for adults and $8 for students. The annual showing of Dracula is a unique experience for attendees, as the performance pays homage to the golden days of radio and performers create all the sound effects themselves.

When: Oct. 26-27, 7 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School auditorium, 160 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-414-1844

Star of the Sea Studios Presents ‘Dragons in the Mountains’

On Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Broyhill Events Center “Dragons in the Mountain” will be preformed. This is an original theater work produced by Star of the Sea Studios in collaboration with Appalachian State University’s Sustainability Council, the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Hayes School of Music. The production’s purpose is to explore humanity in nature and the personal spirit in relation to natural environment.

When: Oct. 26-27, 8 p.m.
Where: Broyhill Events Center, ASU
More info: 828-262-4046

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, Oct. 27, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Boone
More info: 828-264-9476

The Markets

Avery County Farmers Market

The Avery County Farmers Market is a cooperative of area farmers that produce freshly grown, organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, homemade jams and jellies, herbal products, crafts, maple syrup, fresh eggs, potting plants, ornamentals, seedlings and much, much more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 170 Linville Street, between CVS and the Department of Social Services building, Newland
More info: 828-789-9246 or 828-733-8274

Watagua County Farmers’ Market

The market has so many things to love: fresh and nutritious local foods, beautiful handmade crafts, face-to-face interactions with the farmers who grow your food, scrumptious breads, jams, jellies and cheeses made by community members, meat and eggs from local farmers and of course the friendly social atmosphere of “Boone’s Town Square.”

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424

Ashe County Farmers’ Market

Every Ashe County Farmers’ Market customer has that particular vendor that keeps them coming back for more but it’s the market’s diversity that makes it one of the best in the area. Click here for a list of vendors along with profiles so you can get to know not only your favorite but maybe find a new must see vendor.

When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April to Oct.; and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July to Sept.
Where: Backstreet in downtown West Jefferson
More info: ashefarmersmarket.com


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.

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