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Weekend Roundup: Music Festivals, Highland Games, Fairy Day, Horn in the West and More

Campers enjoy relaxing at Grandfather Mountain before the annual Highland Games get started. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

The High Country is bustling this weekend with countless ways for you to celebrate the season. Music, theater, dance, outdoor activities and more — there’s something waiting for you right now!

Don’t forget about the recurring local live music series! Click here for a list.

Here’s what’s going on:

Parsons Dance

 An Appalachian Summer Festival

App Summer has packed your weekend with high-quality entertainment that you definitely don’t want to miss. The world-renowned New York City-based professional dance company Parsons Dance will take the stage at the ASU Schaefer Center at 8 p.m. tonight. The Winston-Salem Symphony will join Broadway great Brian Stokes Mitchell on the same stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, also in the Schaefer Center, Maestro Gerard Schwarz will lead the Eastern Festival Orchestra and soloists Awadagin Pratt (piano) and Amber Carpenter (harp) for a memorable performance including work by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Debussy and Tchaikovsky. Click here to get your tickets now!

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Scottish culture? If so, here’s your chance to delve right into this fascinating world of tradition. This premier Scottish Highland games weekend-long event has returned to Grandfather Mountain, so make plans now to head up the hill and learn from more than 100 clans what it means to be a part of this rich heritage. Click here to learn more about the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Visit the games online for a detailed schedule of events.

Music Fest N Sugar Grove
MusicFest N Sugar Grove

Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest N’ Sugar Grove

Bluegrass legends, rising stars and local favorites will perform throughout the day on Friday and Saturday to honor the late Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (1923-2012). Enjoy lively performances representing a wide variety of sounds within the string genre at three different on-site venues all weekend, including evening jam sessions and a moving tribute to Watson by his close friend, Charles Welch, who often shared the stage with him. The lineup includes Lexington, North Carolina-based Snyder Family Band, European natives The Krüger Brothers, internationally recognized Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Asheville’s own Town Mountain, local powerhouse Amantha Mill, newcomer Savannah Smith, the brand new ClayBank and more.

Click here to read more about the festival and visit MusicFest online for line-up and tickets.

A Weekend of Theatre at Ensemble Stage

Blowing Rock’s own professional theatre company, Ensemble Stage, will introduce its latest production, Killing Time, on Saturday. In this Richard Stockwell play, the chance meeting of a man and a woman turns into a twisted tale that’s anything but innocent. The performance will star Orlando-based actress Laura Hodos, who will perform her original one-woman show, Julie and Mary and Ethel and Babs, for one night only on Sunday. This one-of-a-kind show pays musical tribute to four icons of Broadway, the stage and the screen: Julie Andrews, Mary Martin, Ethel Mermen and Barbra Streisand. Click here to read more about each production or visit Ensemble Stage online for tickets and show times.

Fairy Day at Daniel Boone Native Gardens

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host the third annual “Fairy Day in the Gardens” on Sat., July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event features activities for children and families. Participants are encouraged to wear fairy costumes and bring a picnic to the gardens. The Children’s Playhouse of Boone and The Incredible Toy Company will offer activities. Face painting will be available for a small fee. The gardens focus on wildflowers, ferns and trees. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, N.C. and open from May to October. Suggested donation is $2 for adults and free for children under 16. Click here for more information or call 828-264-6390.

Horn in the West

Police Chief to Perform with Horn in the West

Don’t miss your chance to see Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford perform in a celebrity guest appearance during Saturday’s performance of Horn in the West, the nation’s oldest revolutionary war drama. Crawford will be the first of three guest stars to be featured this season, including ASU Chancellor Sheri Everts and WBTV News Anchorman John Carter. Crawford will play the role of a key villager in the story and will be available after the show for autographs. Click here for more information.