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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Sept. 27-29

by Madison V. Fisler

Sept. 27, 2013. The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially as autumn draws closer. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. 

Weekend-Long Events

Harvest Boone Community Outreach Festival: The Harvest Boone Community Outreach Festival will take place at the High Country Fairgrounds starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. The festival will continue until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The third annual festival is a community outreach festival which aims to raise food donations for the Hunger and Health Coalition. This is the sixth community outreach festival along with the sister event, Boone in Blossom. So far, more than four tons of food have been raised to benefit those in need. To read our article on this event, please click here

Ghost Train at Tweetsie: For a family-friendly, yet frighteningly good time, experience Tweetsie Railroad’s 24th annual Ghost Trail Halloween Festival. The High Country’s most popular Halloween celebration begins Sept. 27 and continues every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 2. To read our press release on this event, click here

Friday, Sept. 27

ASU Gospel Summit Choir Concert: Participants of Gospel Summit 2013 and the Appalachian State University Gospel Choir will perform on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Boone. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. To view our article on this event, click here

Steely Pan Steel Band Concert: Pop, original compositions and traditional calypso music will be showcased during a Sept. 27 performance by the Hayes School of Music’s Steely Pan Steel Band. The 8 p.m. performance will be in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at ASU. Admission is $8. Tickets are available at the center’s box office and at the door.

Daniel Boone Native Gardens Workshop and Plant sale: The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host a free workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27. Richard Boyland will review how to mulch perennials, fall pruning, cover crop options for annual beds and tree planting.  He will also have soil kits available.

Saturday, Sept. 28

ASU Family Weekend Football Game:  In search of its first home win of 2013, Appalachian State University hosts undefeated Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Being Family Weekend at App State, tickets are limited. To view our article on this event, click here

Watauga County Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday morning from May to November you will find quality locally farmed meats, fresh produce, artisan cheeses, dried and fresh cut flowers, hardy local plants, delicious edibles, and a wide variety of quality crafts. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Horn in the West parking lot. 

Lenoir Downtown Farmers’ Market: The Lenoir Downtown Farmer’s Market is a local producers only market. All goods are grown, made, designed or processed by the market vendors. Our vendors include vintners, local grass fed beef and pork, free range eggs, goats milk soaps and lotions, honey, alpaca wools, various produce, local arts and crafts, heritage eggs, herbs and spices, both living and dried, Herbville and Crane teas and sauces, just to name a few. We also feature a variety of live music including Celtic music, classic acoustic rock, Jazz saxophone, and many more. Need another reason? Here it is. Our market often features a specific product from one of our vendors, and we’ll be grilling up something almost every weekend, chicken wings, 100% beef hot dogs, grilled corn, tomatoes, and asparagus! Don’t miss this chance to meet and support your local farmers and producers, and help keep North Carolina foods close to home.

Artists in Residence in Blowing Rock: Edgewood Cottage was the first home and studio of Elliott Daingerfield and where he held his “Painting Lady” classes at the turn of the 20th century. His legacy continues with this program that will feature local artist over a period of eight weeks beginning from Tuesday June 23, 2013 through August 20, 2013. It is noteworthy that all participating artists are members of Blowing Rock Historical Society.

Artists’ Reception at Carlton Gallery: September brings a seasonal change to the High Country as Carlton Gallery hosts its 31st Autumn Group Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 28. An Artists’ Reception will light hors d’oeuvres is planned from 2-5 p.m. when some of the standing gallery artists will be present to meet visitors and patrons. This event coincides with the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Appalachian RollerGirls Away Bout: On Sept. 28, our hometown heroines the Appalachian RollerGirls will take on the Charlotte Roller Girl All Stars in an away bout at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte. “I’m super excited to play the Charlotte Rollergirl’s Allstars team,” said Jennele Vaquera, captain of the Appalachian RollerGirls team. “This will definitely be a challenging bout.” To read our article on this event, click here.

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition: A national competition is coming to the High Country this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the local chapter of the National Football League’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone. The NFL PP&K Competition is a national skills competition for boys and girls. To read our article on this event, click here.  

Ensemble Stage Starts Fall Lineup: Ensemble Stage in Blowing Rock has announced the autumn theater lineup for this fall after a summer full of sold-out shows and spectacular talent. This autumn, the theater will be showing four great shows to get you through the cooler seasons. To read our article on this event, click here

Sunday, Sept. 29

BRAHM’s Second Birthday Party: On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will celebrate its second birthday with a special birthday party celebration at the museum. To celebrate two years with the community, the museum will be open to the public free of admission from 1-5 p.m, said Allison Wonsick, communications coordinator for the BRAHM. To read our article on this event, click here