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Weekend Roundup: Symphony, Theater, Fiddlers Convention, Horse Show, Street Fest

This weekend boasts some of the High Country’s most sought-after social and cultural events of the season. Still making plans? The only problem you’ll have is choosing what to do first.


Symphony by the Lake

Symphony atChetola
Symphony by the Lake. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

Lights, Camera, Music! Get your tickets now to the High Country’s annual can’t-miss event of the summer — Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock on Friday, which will feature music from iconic movies performed by Symphony of the Mountains. Also, symphony attendants are in for a special treat this year as Appalachian State University’s Chancellor Sheri Everts will appear as the guest conductor.

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And a Child Shall Lead

Starting Friday, Blowing Rock’s own professional theatre company opens a heartrending performance of Michael Slade’s “And a Child Shall Lead” — a play set in a concentration camp established by the SS during World War II.

The performance opens on Friday evening at Ensemble Stage and will be offered again on Saturday and Sunday. A cast of children will portray this true story of steadfast hope and innocence that existed in the camp in the face of unspeakable horror.

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

Appalachian State University’s annual multidisciplinary summer arts festival offers an awesome performance of Without Words by In/Visible Theatre and the annual Rosen Sculpture Walk. Without Words is the story of Idelfonso, a languageless deaf man and Susan, the sign language interpreter determined to help him learn. Experts say someone cannot learn a first language as an adult; Susan and Idelfonso proved the experts wrong.

Join the Turchin Center’s curatorial staff on Saturday morning for an outdoor tour of the featured work from the 29th Rosen Sculpture Invitational, which promises a fascinating perspective on the world of contemporary sculpture.

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Fiddlers Convention 2014

Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Ashe County will host its annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention this weekend beginning with the Appalachian Barn Dance on Friday. Other events include individual performer and band competitions throughout the weekend.

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92nd Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

Escaping the blistering summer heat off the mountain, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show has become a prime summer destination for the finest competitive hunters and jumpers in the country. For the 92nd year, horses and riders hail from 17 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

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Cyclo.Via Street Festival

This Sunday, July 26, the Boone Area Cyclists will be hosting the 5th annual Boone Cyclo.Via Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Howard, Depot and Rivers streets will all be closed to vehicular traffic during this time, but they will all be open for what the BAC calls “human powered fun.”

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