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Weekend Roundup: Exciting Things to Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Nov. 14-16

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Nov. 14, 2014. The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially on autumn weekends. 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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Wee-Cycle Sale: Wee Cycle Consignment will host the annual Winter Children’s Consignment Sale Nov. 8-17. Items for sale include children’s apparel and shoes, maternity clothing, baby furniture and equipment, toys, books, DVDs, electronics, ski attire, snow equipment and much more. For more information about this event click here.

Book Sale: This weekend, Friends of the Watauga County Public Library kicks off their annual holiday book sale event a day early, with a members-only 40th birthday party for the organization on Thursday, Nov. 13. The sale is a smaller-scale version of the book sale the organization puts on every spring. For more information about this event click here.

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.

Appalachian Opera Theatre: The Hayes School of Music Opera Theater will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “The Impresario” Nov. 13-16 at Appalachian State University. The one-act operas will be performed in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Performance times are 8 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets $8 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased through the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Box Office.

Tartuffe: The Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Moliere’s beloved comedy “Tartuffe” in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian campus. This classic tale – with a modern spin – will be presented in an extended two-week run Nov. 5-8 and 12-15 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9 and 16. Ticket prices are $9 for students and $16 for adults and are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office.

Friday, Nov. 14

Bon Appetit Map Unveiling: An official unveiling of Bon Appétit Appalachia, a map highlighting the foods, farms and flavors of the region, will take place at F.A.R.M. Café in downtown Boone at noon on Friday, Nov. 14. This is the only official unveiling taking place in North Carolina. Bon Appétit Appalachia is a project by the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency that represents the region of Appalachia, which spans 13 states. The map showcases 283 farms, farmers’ markets, farm-to-fork restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and more. For more information about this event click here.

Saturday, Nov. 15

The Gobbler: If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) annual Gobbler 5K race, it is not too late! Pre-registration for the event will be open until 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. After that, hopeful participants will have to register the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. For more information about this event click here.

West Jefferson Parade: Downtown West Jefferson is wasting no time getting the holiday festivities underway this year. The perfect place to witness a small, hometown Christmas, West Jefferson will host a holiday parade and the inaugural Light Up the Town on Saturday, Nov. 15, to celebrate the coming of the holidays and the opening of Ashe County’s choose and cut farms. For more information about this event click here.

Passionate About Possums: On Saturday, Nov. 15, The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will host storyteller Rodney Sutton as he tells tales, sings songs and relates legends about a High Country critter, the opossum. This event will mark the third and final installment of this season’s Fall Fables events. For more information about this event click here.

Blues Porch Jam: On Saturday, Nov. 15, the weekly Blues Porch Jam will take place at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. This Blues-Centric Jam Session features the Blues but caters to the whims, interests, and favorite tunes of those present. Musicians, vocalists, foot-stompers, groupies – all are welcome to this unplugged (no amps) session each Saturday afternoon.

Flapjack Fundraiser: National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI) High Country is holding a fundraiser this coming Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. We are having a fundraiser this Saturday at your local Apple Bee’s all proceeds will be going directly to our organization for funding programs, advocacy, outreach, and education to our local areas about mental health illnesses.

WYNr Winner Pasta Dinner: Western Youth Network will host a fundraising event, WYN’r Winner Pasta Dinner to be held at The Western Youth Network at 155 WYN Way in Boone. The event features a pasta dinner for $10 and The Slowest Bicycle Race in the High Country. Racers must sign a release form and pay $5 to enter. Helmets and two wheels are required.

Miss Frasier Fir Pageant: The First Annual Miss Fraser Fir Pageant and Little Miss Photogenic Contest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at Newland Elementary School. This event is intended to launch Newland’s full Christmas holiday season and celebrate the dynamic local Christmas tree industry’s contribution to Newland and the High Country. This event is sponsored by the Newland Business Association. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories from six months to 12 years. For more information contact Donetta McKinney at 828-733-5199 or Amy Southern at 336-416-0280.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market: Join us for the 40th anniversary season of Watauga County Farmers’ Market! The farmers’ market has been Boone’s Town Square since 1974. The market is held in the parking lot of Horn in the West and is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. through November.

The House Party: An alcohol and drug-free neon, black light dance party benefiting the Hospitality House 365 Project. The event will include LIVE DJ, art installation, raffle prizes, Christmas trees and artist Kent Paulette, painting a canvas in real-time that will be raffled at the end of the night!

NAACP Meeting: On Oct. 28, 2013 local Watauga citizens began collecting membership commitments to establish a local NAACP Chapter. On Feb. 15, 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.


Sunday, Nov. 16

Music on the Veranda: On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Green Park Inn’s Music on the Veranda will present The Neighbors starting at 5 p.m. For more information about this event, call 828-414-9230.

Sunday Jazz Brunch: On Sunday, Nov. 16, 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.