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Weekend Roundup: Programs and Events in the High Country, Fri. May 15 – Sun. May 17

Looking for something to do this weekend? Luckily, the High Country offers something for everyone — especially this time of year. Here are some programs going on this weekend you should know about:

The Harris Brothers at the Best Cellar

Music on the Lawn May 8. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

Don’t miss the Harris Brothers at the Best Cellar in Blowing Rock tonight from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at this week’s Music on the Lawn performance. The Best Cellar will offer a cash bar and a lawn menu that includes pimento cheese, antipasto, hummus with homemade chips and vegetables, grilled brie and southwestern spiced beef nachos. A nonprofit will be featured to help spread the word about its mission. Due to property regulations, no pets, coolers or outside food and beverage will be allowed.

Naturalist Weekend at Grandfather Mountain

Get outside this weekend and enjoy the mountain views at Grandfather Mountain during its annual Naturalist Weekend events. Today’s programs Interpretive-Ranger-Programsinclude an all-day spring bird count, a bridges in nature stroll at 2 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. evening wildflower walk. Saturday programs include Stories in the Stone with ASU Geologist Anthony Love at 9:30 a.m., Woodslore and Wildwoods Wisdom: Stories, Songs and Lore Celebrationg the Appalachian Backcountry at 11 a.m., a Jr. Ranger program at 11:30 a.m., a guided nature walk at 1 p.m. and an owl prowl from 8:30-10:30 p.m. On Sunday, enjoy a Spring Songs two-mile bird walk at 7:30 a.m., a sensory hike on the Profile at 9:45 a.m. and a ranger-guided walk to see the Boone Fork wildflowers at 1:30 p.m.

Hazardous Waste Collection and Prescription Drug Take-Back

Do your part in keeping our community health in clean by participating in these two programs on Saturday: the Watauga County Sanitation and Recycling Department’s annual Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the county landfill and the High Country Operation Medicine Cabinet’s prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back day at the Foscoe Fire Department.

The Blue Ridge Farm Book Release Party

Join Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum to celebrate the release of The Blue Ridge Farm Book.BRWIA2

The Blue Ridge Farm Book contains profiles of thirteen exemplary farmers in the High Country whose one-on-one interviews will tell of their struggles and triumphs along their roads to success, as well as personal advice on what they consider to have been vital to their accomplishments.

Complementing these profiles is documentary-style photography by Lou Murrey, a photographer native to the High Country.

The printed book will be available free of charge to all BRWIA members and for a small fee for non-members. The public is invited to browse the webpage available now.

Contact Fleishman by email at Suzanne@brwia.org for more information.

The event is being sponsored by the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Reid’s Catering and Carolina Country Wines. The resource website and book project was made possible with support from the Resourceful Communities Program of the Conservation Fund.

Choral Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills

Wrap up your weekend with a peaceful choral evensong at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Service music will include the Noble setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis and the Clucas Preces and Responses, including Stone’s Lord’s Prayer.  The Introit will be the wonderful and introspective Behold the tabernacle by Willen, and the anthem will be Like as the hart by Howells.

The service of Evensong or Evening Prayer combines elements of two services, Vespers and Compline, which were part of the seven-service daily cycle of prayer in monasteries.  It is said or sung every day in the cathedrals and collegiate churches of England, as well as in this country since 1785.

The service is a lovely, quiet way to end your weekend. For more information on this service, contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828-295-7323.

Vintage Valle Music: Folk and Dagger, Pineola Bell Ringers

Enjoy the first Vintage Valle Music program of the season on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church, located at 2147 N.C. Highway 194 in Vilas just two miles north of the original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis. Folk and Dagger — a lively trio of folk musicians who offer a sophisticated mix of jazz, folk and spiritual music — returns this year by popular demand. The Pineola Bell Ringers will be featured, too, sharing their unique style of hand bell music that’s been handed down through the ages. The church will be collecting band-aids and underwear for small children ages four through nine for its two schools.



Other events this weekend:

FRI. MAY 15: Rabies Clinic for Cats and Dogs

SAT. MAY 16: Rabies Clinic for Cats and Dogs

SAT. MAY 16: Appalachian Regional Healthcare System‘s Cubby Bear 5K

SAT. MAY 16: Volunteer Trail Work Day at Grandfather Mountain State Park, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., registration required

SAT. MAY 16: Chick-fil-a will donate a portion of its proceeds to help Blue Star Mothers of Americasupport active military personnel

SAT. MAY 16: Blood, Sweat and Gears Beech Mountain Metric

SAT. MAY 16: Master musicians Clay Lunsford and Laura Boosinger at Linville Falls Winery *

SAT. MAY 16: Brooks and Dunn Tribute Show at Blue Ridge Dinner Theater

SUN. MAY 17: Farm dinner with four chefs and Fonta Flora Brewery at The New Public House