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Weekend Roundup: Fun Things Going on in the High Country Friday May 8 – Sunday May 10

Don’t forget to spoil Mom this Mother’s Day weekend! Here are some fun things that are going on around the High Country through Sunday that would give you a great chance to take her out on the town.

The Caribbean Cowboys at Trout and Barrel’s Grand Opening

Trout and Barrel, a brand new restaurant located at 2968-A N.C. Highway 105 in Boone, will celebrate with grand opening festivities this weekend. Stop by for lunch or dinner and try troutspecialty items like fried trout wings, fried brussels, cast iron blackened N.C. catfish, 16-hour smoked Texas-style choice beef brisket, N.C. trout six ways to Sunday and applewood smoked sweet tea brined chicken.

Enjoy live music, dinner and drinks on the new outdoor patio.

Trout and Barrel is going all out for Saturday night’s music event and will feature the island sounds of the Caribbean Cowboys. You don’t want to miss it! Call 828-386-1457 for more information.

Sounds of Summer: Music on the Lawn

Grab your lawn chair and head on over to themusiconthelawn2 Best Cellar Restaurant at the Inn at Ragged Gardens tonight for the first installment of Blowing Rock’s popular “Music on the Lawn”concert series. Enjoy a performance from “Out of the Blue” between 5:30-8:30 p.m., and don’t forget to check out the Best Cellar’s lawn menu and cash bar.

A “Knight of Talent” at Grace Academy

Grace Academy will host its first annual “Knight of Talent” from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 N.C. Highway 105 Bypass in Boone. This community talent show will be comprised of students from Grace Academy and the home school community.Knight_of_Talent

Grace Academy homeschoolers and High Country homeschoolers will showcase their talents on stage and in a visual arts presentation. Performers auditioned before a panel of judges to showcase their dancing and singing talent, as well as dog training skits and much more. Simms McElfresh, wide receiver for the Appalachian State University football team, will be the Celebrity Emcee for this fun family-friendly event. Molly Petrey, a homeschooler alumnus, will co-emcee the event.

Concessions will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to Grace Academy, a K-8 Christian, classical, collaborative school located in Boone. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family. Children ages six to 18 are $5 and children five and under are admitted free.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market

Meet and greet with your neighbors as you shop fresh local produce and handmade crafts and enjoy live music at this week’s Watauga County Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon at Horn in the West.

Photo by Jessica Isaacs.
Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Check out products like seasonal fresh fruits and berries, local jams, jellies, mustard and honey, fresh baked breads, cakes and pastries from our country kitchens, fresh farm eggs, fresh and aged goat cheeses, locally-farmed meats and livestock, fresh herbs and herbal products, fresh-cut and dried flowers, wreaths and arrangements, farm-based crafts including wool, birdhouses, pottery, baskets, handcrafted yard art and garden furniture and large selection of plants including annuals and perennials.

“Art in the Park” is Back in Blowing Rock


Stop by the season’s first Art in the Park event in downtown Blowing Rock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday for a free afternoon of fun.

Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent. 53 years after its start, Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.

Art in the Park is planned and administered by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber emphasizes the arts focus of this event. The town and area businesses are enthusiastic and participate with Art in the Park, and the public eagerly anticipates each season.



SAT. MAY 9: Hiking Comfortably program at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 9-9:30 a.m.

SAT. MAY 9: Wildflower Walk at Grandfather Mountain State Park. 3 p.m.

SAT. MAY 9: Family Fun Horse Show at Baker Farm, 3460 Dick Phillips Road in West Jefferson, sponsored byHappy Trails Cowboy Church of Ashe. Doors open at noon, events start at 2 p.m. Call 828-406-7996 for details.

SAT. MAY 9: Bear Wallow Bluegrass (Winners of the 2015 Merlefest Band Competition) at Linville Falls Winery *

SUN. MAY 10: I Spy hike at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SUN. MAY 10: Village Inn Pizza will donate a portion of its proceeds to help Blue Star Mothers of America support active military personnel