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Weekend Roundup: Several Things To Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans: March 22 to 24

Editor’s note: Easter-themed events are not included in this compilation. To view a listing of Easter events, click here.

Compiled by Paul T. Choate

March 22, 2013. We all know how it is. You struggle through a tough week of work or classes (or both) and dream of the glorious weekend ahead. Well now it’s finally here. Whether you are looking for something to relieve the week’s stress or a wild night on the town, the High Country has something to offer that will trigger that interest. TGIF!

Anna Barnett
Anna Barnett

Anna Barnett at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Friday

Local singer/songwriter Anna Barnett will be taking the stage at Appalachian Mountain Brewery this evening until 10:30 p.m. Head on over and support some great local talent. 

Africa Unplugged Benefit Concert, Friday

Africa Unplugged will be featuring some great, authentic African music at the Harvest House in Boone beginning at 8 p.m. 

Proceeds benefit Harvest Equippers’ Uganda/Tanzania 2013 Missions Team.

Empty Bowls, Saturday

The 12th annual Empty Bowls Project is underway with the Empty Bowls supper set for Saturday, March 23, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

An international project to fight hunger, Empty Bowls is a simple premise. Art students at Watauga High School have begun creating and collecting donated handmade ceramic bowls, soups and bread from area restaurants to serve as a meal.

Guests donate at least $15, which goes to the Hunger & Health Coalition. In return for the donation, folks get to eat the food and keep their empty bowls. Last year, the Empty Bowls Project at WHS raised $8,100 – and in the previous 11 years, more than $56,000 for the Hunger & Health Coalition.

The Pond Skim is always a favorite at ASM's Meltdown Games. Photo submitted
The Pond Skim is always a favorite at ASM’s Meltdown Games. Photo submitted

Meltdown Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Saturday and Sunday

Through the remainder of the week and this weekend, ASM will be offering a special deal for locals. Lift tickets will only cost $10 for any Watauga residents with proof of residency. 

ASM will be holding their Meltdown Games this weekend with a lineup of events throughout the weekend including classics like the Pond Skim and Costume Contest, Big Air Competition, Chinese Downhill, Cardboard Box Derby and more. 

For more information, visit appskimtn.com.

Last Day of Operation at Beech Mountain Resort, Saturday

Beech Mountain Resort will also be closing this weekend, with the final day set for Saturday. The resort will only offer the day session and will close at 4:30 p.m.

For their final day, Beech will be having a full slate of games and activities as well as having a DJ and several giveaways for those in attendance, according to Beech Marketing Director Talia Freeman. 

Life With Father at Ashe County Little Theater, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon

Ashe County Little Theatre proudly presents Broadway’s longest running comedy, Life With Father. The performance will be held at the Ashe Civic Center on March 23 with curtain at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on March 24, with curtain at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students; they are now on sale at the Ashe Arts Center, either in person, or by phone at 336.846-ARTS. Credit cards are accepted. For more information please call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-ARTS. 

Cheap Joe’s 12th Annual Art Contest, Saturday

The 12th annual Cheap Joe’s Art Contest reception will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Winners will be announced at around 12:30 p.m.

For more information, visit cheapjoes.com.

Godspell, Saturday and Sunday

To celebrate Holy Week in the High Country, a concert production of the award-winning musical “Godspell” will be presented March 23 and 24 at First Baptist Church, 375 W. King St., by two Appalachian State University student groups.

wine_tastingWine Tasting at Peabody’s, Saturday

Come over to Peabody’s on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and enjoy tasting some medium to high-end wines. Different importers and wineries are featured each week. The cover charge for the tasting is $5. 

For more information, click here.

Cook Once, Eat Five Meals at Chetola, Sunday

The “Cook Once, Eat Five Meals” cooking class, a whole foods, plant-based cooking class, will be held Sunday, March 24, from 4-6 p.m.

Registration is $65. The class will feature: an interactive cooking demonstration recipe tastings, printed take-home recipes, a voucher for one yoga/fitness class and a 10 percent coupon off spa products at The Spa at Chetola Resort.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Canyons

Enjoy a Sunday brunch at Canyon’s in Blowing Rock. Todd Wright, the ambassador of jazz for Western North Carolina, and friends will provide the music.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there is no cover charge. For more info, click to www.canyonsbr.com, www.todd-wright.com or call 822-295-7661.


Be sure to check out our listings for cinema showtimes and movie trailers at the Regal Boone Cinema 7, too! It’s the only place where you can see ALL the trailers and showtimes for every movie playing in Boone all on one page!

Click to www.hcpress.com/movie-reviews to view the trailers for what’s playing at the movie theater this weekend.  

Editor’s note: Want your event to be added to our Weekend Roundup next time? Email Paul at ptchoate@highcountrypress.com.