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Weekend Roundup: 26 Things To Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans: April 5 to 7

Compiled by Paul T. Choate

April 5, 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!

Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Memories is being featured currently at the Turchin Center. Photo courtesy of ASU
Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Memories is being featured currently at the Turchin Center. Photo courtesy of ASU

Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl

On Friday, April 5, 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.

Participating businesses include (in alphabetical order):

641 RPM – 691 W. King St
Anna Banana’s – 641 W. King St.
Antiques on Howard – 199 Howard St. #1
Art of Oil – 819 W. King St.
Artwalk – 611 W. King St.
Beadbox & Grateful Grounds – 585 W. King St.
Boone Saloon – 489 W. King St.
Capones’s Pizza & Bar – 454 W. King St.
Cha Da Thai – 173 Howard St.
Char Modern American Restaurant – 179 Howard St.
Doe Ridge Pottery – 585 D W. King St.
Footsloggers – 139 S. Depot St.
Gladiola Girls – 549 W. King St.
Glug Beer & Wine – 444 W. King St.
Hands Gallery – 543 W. King St.
Lucky Penny – 693 W. King St.
Macado’s – 539 W. King St.
Mast General Store – 630 W. King St.
Modern Rustic – 182 Howard St.
Open Door – 703 W. King St.
Proper Restaurant – 142 S. Water St.
Shear Shakti – 693 W. King St.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts – 423 W. King St.
Vidalia’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – 831 W. King St.
Watauga Arts Council – 783 W. King St.

Turchin Center Spring Exhibition Celebration, Friday

The Turchin Center opens its doors for the Spring Exhibition Celebration on the first Friday of April at 7 p.m. as part of downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl. Mark your calendars for the biggest art party to kick off spring in the High Country, where art lovers can “engage, discover and connect” through the arts! 

The Spring Exhibition Celebration will feature new exhibitions. Enjoy food, live music and a cash bar as you wander through the center’s six galleries — each filled with a diverse mix of contemporary art and artists from local, regional and international artists.

Date Night at Timberlake’s, Friday

For 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.

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Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Bastien und Bastienne by W.A. Mozart, All Weekend

Two wonderful operas highlight the Hayes School of Music spring opera program! Mozart’s one-act comic opera, Bastien and Bastienne, along with Dido and Aeneas, an opera in a prologue and three acts by Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate, combine for a magical evening of opera!

There will be performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.

SuperCinema Film Series: $1 Movies, Friday and Saturday

Appalachian State University will be showing The Hobbit at 7 and 10:15 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

“An Exploration in Ceramics” at Looking Glass Gallery, Friday

The Looking Glass Gallery in ASU’s Plemmons Student Union will host a reception called “An Exploration in Ceramics” this evening beginning at 7 p.m. The event will feature refreshments for up to 50 attendees and features the work of several great ceramics artists.

Bafoodus at Boone Saloon, Friday

The very talented Bafoodus will perform at Boone Saloon tonight. The show starts around 10 p.m. and tickets are $5. Bafoodus fuses jazz, rock and metal and its collective influences include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Mr. Bungle and Oingo Boingo.

For more information about the venue and show, call 828-261-1811. For more information about the band, visit myspace.com/bafoodus.

Redleg Husky
Redleg Husky

William Ritter and Redleg Husky at Low Bar, Friday

Low Bar, on the second floor of Espresso News on Howard Street, will host William Ritter from 6:30 to 8 p.m. following by the popular up and coming local duo Redleg Husky from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

For more information about the show, call 828-264-8850.

Yaddatu at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Friday

Yaddatu will take the stage at Appalachian Mountain Brewery on Friday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

A four-piece band from the Foothills, Yaddatu lets the music speak for itself. The group formed in the fall of 2010 and hit the ground running in 2011 with writing, recording and playing live.

Star Party at Elk Knob, Friday

Join Elk Knob State Park for the official kickoff event for the 2013 NC Science Festival! Come enjoy the dark skies of Elk Knob at the first Star Party from 8 to 10 p.m. They will use the park’s Celestron telescope to enhance viewing of celestial objects. If you have a pair of binoculars, bring them. It is likely to be cold at this time of year so dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, they will move inside the park office and use Stellarium so don’t let the weather spoil your fun!

For more information, call 828-297-7261.

A Night at ASU’s Dark Sky Observatory

ASU is also getting in on the fun to kick off the 2013 NC Science Festival. The event will run from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m. Stargazing sessions are free but require registration. See the official site for registration information and session details. 

Saturday holds two great local fishing tournament for all ages to enjoy. Photo submitted
Saturday holds two great local fishing tournament for all ages to enjoy. Photo submitted

Trout Fishing Tournaments in Blowing Rock and Vilas, Saturday

With the arrival of April that means it is time for some fishing again in the High Country. There are two fishing tournaments coming up this weekend in Blowing Rock and Vilas for anglers of all ages with some great prizes.

The 34th annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby hours begin at sunrise on Saturday. There is no entry fee required and no pre-registration is necessary. Trophies will be awarded for first place winners in five divisions: men, women, girls (ages 12-14) boys (ages 12-14) and “Small Fries” (ages 11 and under).

Also on Saturday, the big fish will take the prizes at the sixth annual fishing tournament that the Henson Chapel United Methodist Church is holding at Cove Creek.

Fishing begins at 7:30 a.m., and entrants must register in the picnic shelter behind the chapel. Each pole will cost $2 to participate, and there are three age categories: 2 to 8 years old, 9 to 15 years old and 16+ years old. Anglers 16 years old and older must have a fishing license and a trout stamp.

For more information, click here.

Fundraiser Breakfast at The Rock, Saturday

The Rock Sports Bar will host a fundraiser breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. to benefit the Lynhill Child Development Center. The cost will be $5 per plate. The Rock is located in the Food Lion/Michael’s shopping center on Blowing Rock Road. 

Unplug Yosef Hike, Saturday

Hike with a ranger from 4 to 6 p.m. as he encourages participants to “unplug” from technology. Participants will use their senses as they explore nature along the Summit Trail. Participants will conclude their hike at the summit of Elk Knob. Computer technology of any kind is discouraged. This hike is in conjunction with Appalachian State University and Unplug Yosef Day. Program is weather dependent. Participants should wear attire appropriate for hiking. 

Drawing in Space will be held Saturday. Photo by Troy Tuttle and courtesy of ASU
Drawing in Space will be held Saturday. Photo by Troy Tuttle and courtesy of ASU

Drawing in Space at the Turchin Center, Saturday

Respond to objects and figures in space with instructor Tim Ford, Appalachian State University adjunct professor. All skill levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to come with an open mind, willingness to explore new perspectives and the ability to let go of the notion of “getting it right.”

The workshop begins at 1 p.m. and costs $40 for donors and $45 for non-donors. For more information, click here.

The Fox Fire at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Saturday

The talented folk rock quartet from Asheville The Fox Fire will take the stage on Saturday at Appalachian Mountain Brewery from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. This is one not to be missed folks. 

Bums Lie at Boone Saloon, Saturday

Reggae group Bums Lie will take the stage at Boone Saloon on Saturday beginning at 10 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge for the show.

For more information about the venue and show, call 828-261-1811.

wine_tastingWine 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.

Howard Street Exchange, Sunday

The Howard Street Exchange Fair is the final event of The New Economy Summit to celebrate the High Country’s local vibrant economy and community! The fair will feature local small businesses, local artists, local food, live music, and more. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The pedestrian thoroughfare of Howard Street will be expanded to the entire street, allowing only foot traffic.

Free event parking is available off Rivers Street in the Appalachian State University Raley parking lot.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Canyons

Enjoy a Sunday brunch at Canyon’s in Blowing Rock. Todd Wright, the ambassador of jazz for Western North Carolina, and friends will provide the music.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there is no cover charge. For more info, click to www.canyonsbr.com, www.todd-wright.com or call 822-295-7661.


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].