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Weekend Roundup: Exciting Things to Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Jan. 16-18

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Jan. 16, 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.

Weekend-Long Events

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weekend-roundup-things-to-do-this-weekend-in-the-high-country-check-em-out-make-plans-nov-8-nov-10Live 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.

Festival of Lights: Each evening through January, guests can drive through the streets of Chetola Resort and be transported to a winter wonderland full of illuminated scenes and meticulously decorated buildings throughout the resort. Thousands are on display for all to see, and the spectacle attracts plenty of excited onlookers every year.

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.


Skiing 101 at Beech Mountain: In conjunction with national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Beech Mountain’s Skiing 101 will be offered again this January. n conjunction with national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Beech Mountain’s Skiing 101 will be offered again this January. For more information about this offer, 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.

Midnight Blasts: Appalachian Ski Mtn. Marketing Director Drew Stanley said the Midnight Blast sessions are perfect for folks looking for the “most bang for your buck” and also for those that may work later in the evening. “I would say people looking for a value, this is definitely the most bang for your buck with the extended time. It’s also real convenient for people who might work say five to six. There’s still a couple hours to get ready, get on the mountain and still get a full session in,” Stanley said.

Farmers Market Vendor Applications: The beginning of a new year means brand new vendors present at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market this summer, and the market is currently accepting vendor applications for the 2015 Farmers’ Market season. Eligible parties are producers who reside and produce in Watauga County and the adjacent counties. New craft vendor applications are also being accepted this year. For more information click here.

Friday, Jan. 16

Live Jazz at Chetola Resort: The live jazz will continue on Jan. 16 from 6-9 p.m., where Renihan and accompaniments will be positioned in the foyer outside of Timberlake’s Restaurant at the resort. The musicians are positioned perfectly so guests can hear when they walk in and enjoy the music while they dine. For more information about this event click here.

Freakin’ Firkin Friday: On Friday, Jan. 16, 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. Local band Redleg Husky will be performing at Lost Province Brewing Company on Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free.

Night at the Museum: On Friday, Jan. 16, BRAHM will host an Old Time Dance and Night at the Museum. Come in out of the cold and shake a leg with the fun and comradery of old-time dance – circles, squares and lines! Absolutely NO experience is necessary and people of all ages are welcome. Dance instructions will be given by experienced caller John Turner and live old-time music will be provided by the Laurel Creek Stringband. Suggested donation of $5, children age 12 and younger free.www.BlowingRockMuseum.org 828-295-9099.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Burton Party in Your Park: On Saturday, Jan. 17, Beech Mountain Resort will host Party in Your Park, sponsored by Burton and Edge of the World. Registration for this event is free with the purchase of a lift ticket at the resort. The event will feature riders broken up into three teams for an afternoon of competitions. The teams will attempt three features at the terrain park and compete to win great prizes for events like Best Trick, Hardest Charging and Best Style. For more information click here.

Bonfire Night: On Saturday evenings, grab the kids and a blanket and head out to Chetola Lake for the weekly bonfire. The bonfires take place at the fire pit situated on the front lawn from 6-9 p.m. featuring live music, s’mores packets and an outdoor bar with winter drink specials. For more information click here.

Maureen Renihan at Lost Province Brewing Company: Maureen Renihan and Friends (Optional Cover). Evoking the charm of a bygone era, Maureen is a vocalist influenced by some of the greatest singers: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She covers everything from jazz and blues to contemporary popular music and show tunes. Maureen will be performing accompanied by Andy Page (guitar) and Nathan Hefner (piano).

Folk Toys at Elk Knob State Park: Stop by the office Saturday, Jan. 17 or Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and visit with a ranger as he shares a few folk toys from Appalachia. Participants will be challenged to operate each toy successfully. Children are encouraged to attend this short program.

Sunday, Jan. 18

Music on the Veranda: On Sunday, Jan. 18, the Green Park Inn’s Music on the Veranda (Indoors!) will present The Harris Brothers at 5 p.m. For more information about this event, call 828-414-9230.

Sunday Jazz Brunch: On Sunday, Jan. 18, 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.

What is a Cloud? at Grandfather Mountain State Park: On Jan. 18, from 3-4 p.m. How many times have you looked up into the sky and seen a cloud that resembled an animal or some kind of object? Kids and adults love to use their imagination to create cloud pictures so why not join Ranger Sicard to learn more about the clouds in the sky that creates those images. During this PowerPoint program, we will talk about the types of clouds in the sky, how they are formed, what kind of weather is associated with them, and you can create your own poster of clouds made from cotton balls to take home with you as a reminder of what you learned at the Park Office. This program will take approximately one hour and is open to all ages.

Baha’i Devotional Meeting: There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 283 Westbrook Dr. in Boone to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The theme of the meeting will be “One Human Race, One Human Family.” All are welcome. For more information and directions call 264-5602.

Lost Province Sunday: Colts vs. Patriots Football Game on the large screen. Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10 percent off food with verification of residency.

Folk Toys at Elk Knob State Park: Stop by the office Saturday, Jan. 17 or Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and visit with a ranger as he shares a few folk toys from Appalachia. Participants will be challenged to operate each toy successfully. Children are encouraged to attend this short program.

Watauga NAACP Monthly Meeting: On Oct. 28, 2013 local Watauga citizens began collecting membership commitments to establish a local NAACP Chapter. On Feb. 15, 2014 our Watauga NAACP Branch was officially chartered by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. We were largely inspired by the North Carolina NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement beginning in the spring of 2013, and we have participated in many of the demonstrations in Raleigh. We are committed to making a difference here in Watauga County to enhance dignity, democracy, and freedom; and to eliminate race-based discrimination. We support equal status and equal rights for all; and we stand against all forms of injustice.