By Madison Fisler Lewis
Feb. 6, 2015. The High Country has so many exciting 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.
Live Music at Twigs: Twig’s Restaurant in Blowing Rock hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring great local and regional artists with no cover charge.
Craft Enrichment Registration: For many High Country residents, the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program, offered each year at Appalachian State University, is a welcome outlet for creativity and a great way to learn a new craft or hobby. Serving both students and the community, the Craft Enrichment Program offers participants the use of professional equipment and dedicated instruction to guide them in their pursuits. For more information, click here.
Dawn Mathews Exhibit: Art exhibit “The Go-o-o-od Life” featuring artwork by Dawn Mathews will be on display during the first quarter of 2015 at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Art-in-Healing Gallery, Mulberry Street Entrance. Free. Open 7-days/week 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Girl Scout Cookies: Thin mints, Do-Si-Dos, and Peanut Butter Patties will once again grace the palates of High Country cookie lovers starting next week. That’s right, Girl Scout Cookies are on their way, and there are many places around the area to get your sugar fix! To find out where to find your cookies, click here.
College Week: Students rejoice! If skiing and snowboarding have been a little bit outside of your price range this year, fear not, Beech Mountain Resort has got you covered. Jan. 30 through Feb. 8, Beech Mountain Resort will host College Week with great discounts, college competitions, live music, contests and much more. For more information click here.
Hot Lips Contest: For more than a decade, Haircut 101 in Boone has been hosting the annual “Hot Lips” contest in their salon, located at 174 S. Depot St. in downtown Boone. The contest, which has been an annual event on Valentine’s Day for years, offers participants a chance to win valuable gift cards to Haircut 101 and other local businesses. For more information click here.
Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention: On Saturday, Feb. 7, the seventh annual Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention and Luthier’s Gathering returns to Appalachian State University. Held by the Appalachian Heritage Council, part of the Appalachian Popular Programming Society (A.P.P.S.) at ASU, the event will include concerts, dances, workshops and competitions. For more information about this event click here.
Friday, Feb. 6
First Friday Art Crawl: If you’ve been going through Art Crawl withdrawal since the last event last year, fear not! On Friday, Feb. 6, downtown Boone will be taken over by the first Art Crawl of 2015. 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. If you’ve never experienced First Friday Art Crawl, here is your chance to get in on what the locals already know! Head on down to downtown Boone and enjoy a Friday night out on the town. Here’s what is happening this month. For more information about this event, click here.
Exhibition Celebration: On Friday, Feb. 6, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts will kick off the first Downtown Boone Art Crawl of 2015 with the opening of three new exhibitions. Like most Art Crawl events, this exhibition celebration will be free and open to the public from 6-10 p.m. For more information, click here.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Bonfire Nights at Chetola Resort: This winter, High Country residents will have yet another activity to enjoy on chilly Saturday nights. Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock will be home of Bonfire Nights, a new winter event held at a new bonfire pit on the lawn each Saturday evening from 6-9 p.m. The Bonfire Nights feature live music, s’mores packets available for purchase for $5 each, an outdoor bar and special winter drink specials. No reservations are required to enjoy bonfire nights and the events are open to the community.
ReStore Anniversary Celebration: Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Feb. 7, 2015 with a storewide sale from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All ReStore merchandise – including furniture, housewares, appliances, building materials, antiques and more – will be 10 percent off with free hotdogs and soft drinks served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
TeleMark Festival: On Saturday, Feb. 7, Beech Mountain Resort will host the fifth annual High Country Telemark Festival, dubbed TeleFest, with the High Country Nordic Association. For many enthusiasts, the announcement of the festival inspires a whole lot of excitement, but for more than a few skiers unfamiliar with the sport, the question remains: what exactly is telemark? For more information, click here.
Heart Shape: February is heart month, and to commemorate, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) will sponsor the second annual Heart Shape event on Saturday, Feb. 7. Last year, more than 100 people came to the annual Heart Shape event, and even more are expected to attend this year. For more information, click here.
Ashe Arts Center Concert: The Ashe County Arts Council is bringing back award-winning duo Al Petteway and Amy White. The artists will perform at the Ashe Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, click here.
Friday Night Jazz: Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort will host Friday Night Jazz starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. The Maureen Renihan Jazz Trio will perform for restaurant patrons.
Freakin’ Firkin Friday: On Friday, Feb. 6, Lost Province Brewing Company will host Freakin’ Firkin Friday at Five with the release of a special 12-gallon cask of beer at 5 p.m.
Whatever Brains at Black Cat Burrito: On Saturday, Feb. 7, Black Cat Burrito in downtown Boone will host yet another exciting concert showcasing local talent. Nothing Cool Ever Happens in Boone will bring back Raleigh-based art punks Whatever Brains and local support will be provided by garage rockets Vitamin Pets and electronic duo Homework Mountain. For more information, click here.
Snowman Building Contest: Beech Mountain Sledding Hill will host a free snowman building contest on Feb. 7. Bring your own decorations and Beech Mountain will provide the show. Prizes will be awarded.
Movie Screening: “What does it mean to be church in the face of injustice?” A screening of the 1966 documentary film, “A Time for Burning” will be presented at Blackburn’s Chapel at 3986 Todd Railroad Grade Road in Todd on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. The film explores the attempts of a minister to persuade his all-white congregation to create dialogue with a neighboring black congregation. Film is one hour long and will be followed by thoughtful discussion.
Sunday, Feb. 8
Sunday Jazz Brunch: On Sunday, Canyons in Blowing Rock will host the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright. Starting at 11 a.m., the event will feature live jazz music at Canyons located at 8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information about this event, call 828-295-7661.
Kruger Brothers Concert: The Kruger Brothers are coming back for a benefit for Community Care Clinic. The concert will take place at the Harvest House Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.ccclinic.org or Mast General Store in Boone, Bare Essentials Natural Market or Community Care Clinic. Cash or check only the day of the show.
ASU Faculty Recital: Classical and contemporary compositions will be performed by trombonist Drew C. Leslie and tuba player Bernard H. Flythe during a faculty recital Feb. 8 at Appalachian State University. The free recital begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Leslie is an assistant professor and Flythe is a visiting faculty member in the Hayes School of Music. They will be accompanied by pianists Aaron Ames, Junie Cho and Bair Shagdaron.
Baha’i Devotional Meeting: There will be a Baha’i Devotional Meeting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 297 Cherry Dr. The theme of the meeting will be “Progressive Revelation.” Baha’is believe that all the world’s great faiths are divine in origin. All are welcome. For more information and directions, call 264-2297.
Folk Toys at Elk Knob State Park: Stop by the office and visit with a ranger as he shares a few folk toys from Appalachia on Sunday Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. Participants will be challenged to operate each toy successfully. Children are encouraged to attend this short program.