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Weekend Roundup: 22 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: June 29-July 1

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

June 29, 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.

4th of July

Be sure to check out our 4th of July roundup of festivities!

Live Music

       Concerts at the Jones House 20th Anniversary

Celebrate the Jones House’s 20th Anniversary with Becca Eggers-Gryder and Amantha Mill, Diane Hackworth and Steve and Ruth Smith.

When: Friday, June 29, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 West King Street, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4576

       Music in the Valle: The Worthless Son-in-Laws

The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series starts in June and continues each Friday evening through August at The Valle Crucis Community Park. Admission is free; bring a chair or a blanket and family & friends.

When: Friday, June 29, 7 p.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Community Park, 2918 Broadstone Road, Historic Valle Crucis, Banner Elk
More info: 828-963-9239

       Music on the Lawn: The Harris Brothers

Come out and start off your weekend with The Harris Brothers, a crowd favorite so be sure to come early to claim your spot on the lawn for a wonderful evening of music and fun.

When: Friday, June 29, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Best Cellar, 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-9703 or ragged-gardens.com

       Friday Night Bluegrass

Visit the Todd General Store and recapture a time when life was simple and genuine.  Meet the mountain folks and listen to talks of the railroad days as well as bluegrass every Friday.

When: Friday, June 29, 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
Where: Todd General Store, 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd
More info: 336-877-1067

       Newland Riverwalk Summer Concert Series

Check the schedule for rock and roll, 70s and 80s jam bands or Southern rock and blues. Vendors with hot dogs, pizza, sodas, water, desserts and more will be selling weekly. This Friday’s featured band is the Rod Horning Project, a 70s and 80s Jam Band.

When: Friday, June 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk, adjacent to Lowes Parking Lot, Newland
More info: 828-260-3205

       Swift Science & Yaddatu at Murphy’s 

Yaddatu is progressive, fusion band that formed in the fall of 2010. Members Ben, Kyle and Simon met in high school and began playing together there senior year, after graduating in 2008 they began pursuing a career in music. 

When: Friday, June 22
Where: Murphy’s, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

       Nomadic at Murphy’s

Nomadic is a melting pot of blues, funk, rock and electronic which brings about dance-able grooves and a blistering frenzy of sound that is unique and immense. Known for their epic and diverse song structures that range from dubstep to anthemic rock to spacey and melodic ballads, Nomadic brings an energy packed live sound that is gripping from start to finish.

When: Saturday, June 30
Where: Murphy’s, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

       Mountain Home Music: Gentle Rings, Dulcimer Strings

Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira) and his son Brad Kolodner (banjo, banjola, gourd and fretless banjo, guitar, fiddle) perform Appalachian and original music. Their most recent CD, Otter Creek, was the most played instrumental recording on the international folk charts in 2011.

When: Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium
More info: 828-964-3392

       Blowing Rock Park Dance

Live music to celebrate Independence Day!
When: Sunday, July 1, 2 to 9 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-5222 or 877-750-4636

       Appalachian Celtic Consort

The second in the Summer Concerts at St. John’s, Appalachian Celtic Consort will be performing Scottish and Irish folk music at St. John’s. They have added what they call “a hint of Appalachia” to their music, and it promises to be a wonderful concert. Admission is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Don’t forget to bring a picnic to share while we mingle with our guest musicians after the concert.

When: Sunday, July 1, 5 p.m.
Where: Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Valle Crucis
More info: 828-963-4609

       David Newbould at Canyons

David Newbould is an exciting singer/songwriter/performer, and he has many believers who can testify to the passion and earnestness he puts into his work. Canyons is a historic restaurant and bar with eclectic cuisine, great drinks, live entertainment and a fantastic view.

When: Friday, June 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 

       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, July 1, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 
The Arts

       Reception for “The Grand Scape Series” 

The Grand Scape Series features large works in oils by Bryan Keith Smith. Gregory Smith will present his studied collection of critter cages, captured on canvas.

When: Friday, June 29, 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Art Cellar, Banner Elk
More info: 828-898-5175

       The Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition

After successfully debuting the Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition in 2011, the festival, in partnership with the university’s Hayes School of Music, proudly presents the competition’s second exciting season, open to young, talented musicians from across North Carolina. Contestants compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Eastern Festival Orchestra during the following season of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

When: Sunday, July 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Rosen Concert Hall, ASU
More info: 828-262-4046

 An Appalachian Summer Festival

       An Evening with Bill Cosby

It’s sold out, but maybe someone will be auctioning off tickets.

When: Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: Farthing Auditorium, ASU
More info: 800-841-2787           


       4th of July Festival and Parade in Blowing Rock 

Join the Town of Blowing Rock for their annual festival and small-town parade. Enjoy festivities all weekend long, with free entertainment, music and games.

When: Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m.
Where: Downtown Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-5222

       47th Annual Roasting of the Hog

This is one of the High Country’s premier Independence Day celebrations sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. After years of perfecting the seasonings and charcoal blends, this barbecue smoked pork and turkey is the best in the High Country.

When: Saturday, June 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Resort View Haus
More info: 828-387-3003

       Watauga Humane Society Rummage Sale

If you’d like to give donations of antiques, working appliances, books, computers, crafts, furniture, jewelry, etc., please take your donations to the National Guard Armory on State Farm Road in Boone from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., June 25-27.

When: June 29-30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Where: National Guard Armory, Boone
More info: 828-264-9116


       3rd Annual Watauga Lake Cleanup

Fourth of July at Watauga Lake, like many lakes across the region, is peak-time. Thousands of boaters will hit the lake’s familiar cold waters as they do every year, reveling in a tradition that spans generations for some enthusiastic lake families who make the annual pilgrimage. For a third year, the Watauga Lake community is putting it’s best foot forward just in time for the holiday. 

When: Saturday, June 30, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Little Milligan Boat Launch, Watauga Lake, Tenn.
More info: 423-768-0363

       Introduction To Race Walking Clinic

Every Wednesday and Saturday till Aug. 25, enjoy the best answer to staying in shape. Race walking is an excellent cardiovascular and core body workout. It’s free and all ages are welcome.

When: Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.
Where: Watauga County Parks and Recreation
More info: 786-859-3971 

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, June 30, 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, June 30, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424 


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@highcountrypress.com.

Things to Do This Weekend logo by Debbie Carter.