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Weekend Roundup: Theater, Art, Back 2 School, Old-Time Music and More, Aug. 7-9

Got plans? You have plenty of options. Enjoy the High Country’s own outdoor Revolutionary War drama before it closes for the season. Check out live music happening all across the area. See a one-of-a-kind performance at Tweetsie Railroad. Help local kids get ready for another great year at school.

LAST CHANCE for Horn in the West — Friday and Saturday

Catch one of the season’s final productions of “Horn in the West” on Friday and Saturday and enjoy discounts of $3 off of each adult ticket and $2 off of each children’s ticket. If years have passed since you last saw the show, or if you’ve never seen the show before, there’s no time like the present. Read more about the show for details.


Music and Art Crawl in Downtown Boone — Friday

Ola Belle Reed Festival 2014

Start the night off right with a performance from local bluegrass powerhouse Amantha Mill as they play from the stage of the Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone at 5 p.m. Music will be followed by the town’s monthly First Friday Art Crawl, which will offer studio and gallery tours, art demonstrations and specials at local shops, restaurants and breweries. Click here to see a few of the downtown establishments that have fun things planned for the evening.

Ola Belle Reed Festival — Friday and Saturday

Join the community of Lansing to celebrate the influence of Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002), a music teacher who trained many of the area’s renowned musicians. The festival will feature 14 award-winning old-time performers and bluegrass groups on one stage between Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, and will take place on 10 acres along the banks of Big Horse Creek in the shadow of Phoenix Mountain. Click here to learn more.

Back 2 School Festival 2014

Back to School Festival — Saturday

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, Quiet Givers, Footsloggers and other nonprofits and volunteers are teaming up to host the county’s annual Back 2 School festival at Watauga High School on Saturday. Free school supplies, backpacks and haircuts will be offered for local kids in-need to help ensure that every child in the county is excited to get back in the classroom. Read more on the festival for details.

Mountain Home Music — Saturday

Join Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone for a 7:30 p.m. show featuring the High Country’s own The Mountain Laurels (a Celtic-lachian band that will blend Americana, Celtic and folk music typical to the roots culture of Western North Carolina) and Asheville-based musicians Zoe and Cloyd. Click here for more information.

Riders in the Sky at Tweetsie Railroad — Saturday and Sunday

Riders in the Sky

Don’t miss “Americas Favorite Cowboys” when they return to the park for this annual summer event. This critically acclaimed group has been recognized on countless occasions over the years and have been members of the Grand Ole Opry since 1982. They’re known throughout the nation for their fun and family-friendly form of entertainment, and their notable works include writing the “Woody’s Round-up” music for the computer-animated Disney/Pixar adventure “Toy Story 2.” This comic, classic country quartet will perform four shows over the weekend at Tweetsie. Click here for details.