By Madison Fisler Lewis
Feb. 13, 2015. The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors. 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.
Valentine’s Rock: Today marks the first day of downtown Blowing Rock’s Valentine’s Rock, a Valentine’s Day themed stroll through the downtown area where merchants and business owners open their doors to locals and visitors alike to celebrate the holiday weekend. The Valentine’s Day Stroll will run from Friday, Feb. 13 until Sunday, Feb. 15. Come sip, shop, eat and gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite local merchants with Valentine’s Rocks in Blowing Rock. Enjoy special offers, one day sales and giveaways to kick off the spring season. For more information about this event click here.
Craft Enrichment Registration: For many High Country residents, the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program, offered each year at Appalachian State University, is a welcome outlet for creativity and a great way to learn a new craft or hobby. Serving both students and the community, the Craft Enrichment Program offers participants the use of professional equipment and dedicated instruction to guide them in their pursuits. For more information, click here.
Dawn Mathews Exhibit: Art exhibit “The Go-o-o-od Life” featuring artwork by Dawn Mathews will be on display during the first quarter of 2015 at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Art-in-Healing Gallery, Mulberry Street Entrance. Free. Open 7-days/week 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Hot Lips Contest: For more than a decade, Haircut 101 in Boone has been hosting the annual “Hot Lips” contest in their salon, located at 174 S. Depot St. in downtown Boone. The contest, which has been an annual event on Valentine’s Day for years, offers participants a chance to win valuable gift cards to Haircut 101 and other local businesses. For more information click here.
Valentine’s Family Weekend: Appalachian Ski Mtn. will host a Valentine’s Family Day Weekend Feb. 13-16. The weekend will offer special deals, special hours, fireworks and more. Check out the complete schedule of events here.
Apres Ski Events: Beech Mountain Resort will host the Apres Ski Music Series featuring Melissa Reeves on Friday, Feb. 13 in the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 14, Radio Narks will provide the live music at the Beech Tree Bar and Grille starting at 5 p.m. along with a Jimmy Buffet cover band. For more information about Beech Mountain’s events, call 828-387-2011.
Great Backyard Bird County: This weekend, the 18th annual Great Backyard Bird County will be held in a collaborative effort between the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornothology. This international effort strives to track bird populations all over the world by allowing citizen scientists to participate in a bird count in their own backyards. For more information click here.
Friday, Feb. 13
Friday Night Jazz: Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort will host Friday Night Jazz starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. The Maureen Renihan Jazz Trio will perform for restaurant patrons.
Freakin’ Firkin Friday: On Friday, Feb. 13, Lost Province Brewing Company will host Freakin’ Firkin Friday at Five with the release of a special 12-gallon cask of beer at 5 p.m.
Valentine’s Jazz: If you would like your Valentine’s Day to be a bit more musical than most, you’re in luck. On Friday, Feb. 13, you can treat yourself and your sweetheart to the jazz stylings of Todd Wright and Friends at Appalachian State University. The annual concert will be held at Rosen Concert Hall starting at 8 p.m. Admission to the concert is free of charge. For more information click here.
Saturday, Feb. 14
Bonfire Nights at Chetola Resort: This winter, High Country residents will have yet another activity to enjoy on chilly Saturday nights. Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock will be home of Bonfire Nights, a new winter event held at a new bonfire pit on the lawn each Saturday evening from 6-9 p.m. The Bonfire Nights feature live music, s’mores packets available for purchase for $5 each, an outdoor bar and special winter drink specials. No reservations are required to enjoy bonfire nights and the events are open to the community.
Johnson Brothers Concert: Sugar Mountain Resort will host The Johnson Brothers on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 4-6 p.m. The band, local to Linville, will play classic rock and oldies from the 70s through today. For more information, click here.
Valentine’s Day Party: The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center will host a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, Feb. 14. The event will feature marshmallow roasting, s’mores, live music and crafts for children from 1-3 p.m. The Welcome Center is located at 100 W. Main St. in Banner Elk.
Animal Tracks at Grandfather Mountain State Park: When you’re out hiking and see an animal’s track (footprint), do you know what animal made it? Join Ranger Sicard on approximately a one mile long hike to locate and identify a variety of animal’s tracks. Participants will learn what certain animal’s track look like and about the environments the animals live in. Because it’s February please dress accordingly for the weather and to be outside for about 1 hour. Meet at the Profile Trail parking lot at 4 p.m. If the lot is closed we will meet at Lowes Foods’ parking lot at the far left side of the lot when looking at the building. Lowes Foods is located on the left side of the road just past the Profile Parking lot. For any question please call Ranger Sicard at the Park Office 828-963-9522.
Sunday, Feb. 15
Sunday Jazz Brunch: On Sunday, Canyons in Blowing Rock will host the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright. Starting at 11 a.m., the event will feature live jazz music at Canyons located at 8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information about this event, call 828-295-7661.
Winter Tree Identification Hike at Grandfather Mountain State Park: Participants will learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves by learning differences in bark, limb, bud and branching patterns. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides to local trees. Program will last approximately two hours and hike 1 mile (2 miles round trip). Hiking boots are recommended. This is an outdoor event and those in attendance should come dressed for the current weather conditions. If there is new snow and or ice, please call ahead. 828.963.9522 or email [email protected]. Difficulty: moderately strenuous terrain.