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Grandfather Mountain to Celebrate 70th Anniversary of Mile High Swinging Bridge

August 24, 2022 On Friday, Sept. 2, the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, will reach a major milestone. One of the most iconic destinations in North Carolina will be turning 70 years old, and the park is throwing a celebration with a mile-high slate of activities.

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2022 Avery County A&H Fair Runs Wednesday, September 7 through Saturday, September 10 at Newland’s Heritage Park

August 8, 2022 It’s almost time for one of Avery County and the High Country’s most anticipated yearly events– the Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural (A & H) Fair. Thanks to the collaboration of the Avery County Government and the community members who volunteer to operate it, this year’s Avery A&H Fair will run from Wednesday, September 7 through Saturday, September 10.  It will be the fourth year that it will be hosted on the Heritage Park property since the completion of the county’s agriculture building on the site. Heritage Park is located at 661 Vale Road in Newland, which is approximately one-half mile behind the Ingles Markets Grocery Store. By Tim Gardner

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The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble Returns to Grandfather Mountain in Early June

June 6, 2022. Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is welcoming guests to celebrate the beauty of spring by partaking in the Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble, a series of guided strolls that showcase the park’s blossoming rhododendron and other native species. The rambles take place at 2 p.m. daily and are happening now. These short guided strolls are led by the park’s naturalists and are included with the price of admission. If the rhododendron continue to bloom beyond early June, Grandfather Mountain naturalists will extend the event dates. 

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Grandfather Mountain to Host Birthday Celebration for its Resident Animals on June 8

June 6, 2022. Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is throwing its annual birthday bash for all resident animals on June 8 – and you’re invited! The celebration, which will feature games, contests, crafts and surprises, is included with admission. The park’s habitat staff is preparing a fun-filled afternoon for guests with programs to celebrate its furry and feathered inhabitants as they mark another trip around the sun. Millie the Bear, the mountain’s mascot, will also make special appearances throughout the day.

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Grandfather Mountain to Hold First-Ever Public Viewings of Synchronous Fireflies

May 2, 2022. For the first time in the park’s history, Grandfather Mountain, the Linville, N.C., nature preserve operated by the nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, will be welcoming the public to witness first-hand the miraculous spectacle of its synchronous fireflies this summer. Tickets for the viewing events, known as “Grandfather Glows: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain,” go on sale May 23, with the viewing nights taking place June 26, 29 and July 1. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, and only 200 tickets will be available for each nighttime viewing event.

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Linville Resorts Board of Directors Member John Mangan Receives University of Georgia Sports Award


February 15, 2019 John Mangan, a member of the Board of Directors at Linville Resorts, Inc. has received one of the University of Georgia Athletics Department’s most prestigious honors. Mangan, a letterwinner and All-America tennis player at the University of Georgia, as well as a highly-successful businessman and philanthropist, was named the Hartman Award recipient for the past 2018 year at the university’s annual Circle of Honor Gala February 8th. Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia’s longtime kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund (Bulldog Club), the Hartman Award is one of the greatest honors given to a former University of Georgia student-athlete. The Hartman Award has been presented annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.  By Tim Gardner

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Old Hampton Store’s Ramp Fest 2017 to Feature Live Music, Local Cuisine Saturday, May 13

May. 4, 2017. High Country lovers of music, native cuisine and local craft beer, wine and cocktails should mark their calendars for next Saturday, May 13 when the Old Hampton Store in Linville will kick off Ramp Festival 2017. The festival will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and local dishes and drinks, many of which are inspired by the famous plant of Appalachian folklore.
By Bailey Faulkner

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Inaugural App State Legends Gala to Feature Keynote Speaker Mack Brown Friday, June 23

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May. 9, 2017. True Appalachian State University sports fans should clear their calendars on Friday, June 23 for the inaugural “Legends Gala” hosted by ASU athletics. The event, which will be held at the stunning Camp Yonahnoka in Linville, will offer attendees a chance to show their support for the university’s athletics. The gala will feature legendary college football coach Mack Brown along with a number of other longtime sports elites with ties to the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of App State Athletics

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Linville Ridge Employee Scholarship Fund Auction Raises Record Breaking $73K

Sept. 21, 2016. Linville Ridge is pleased to announce that the Linville Ridge Employee Scholarship Fund Auction was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The fall themed fundraising event, in support of employees, was attended by members and guests who bid on spa services, clinics and lesson, private catered dinners, wine tastings and employee decorated pumpkins and raised a record breaking $73,285.00. This is twenty percent more than what was raised in 2015.

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Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain: A State Park Centennial Celebration

July 28, 2016. On Friday, August 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., join us in a special event to celebrate the spectacular attributes of Grandfather Mountain and 100 years of NC State Parks. Host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan and Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Dr. McMillan will present a moving and inspiring lecture about the 5946’ mountain which is home to over 70 threatened or endangered species.

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Summer Concerts in the High Country: Your Guide to Free Live Music This Weekend

July 26, 2016. As the weekend approaches and you find yourself searching for fun things to do, try checking out one of the High Country’s many free concerts! Several towns and organizations in the area host a weekly summer music series, and these events are perfect for relaxing on a summer evening, socializing with the community and listening to some great live music. See our guide below for details about this weekend’s concerts.

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Summer Concerts in the High Country: Your Guide to Enjoying Free Live Music This Weekend

July 21, 2016. As the weekend approaches and you find yourself searching for fun things to do, try checking out one of the High Country’s many free concerts! Several towns and organizations in the area host a weekly summer music series, and these events are perfect for relaxing on a summer evening, socializing with the community and listening to some great live music. See our guide below for details about this weekend’s concerts.

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View 180: Linville Ridge Restaurant Reopens with New Name After Major Renovations

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June 14, 2016. It was the first major renovation of the ridge-top space since it was completed in 1984. “The update, was long overdue,” stated Scott Lutgert, owner and developer of Linville Ridge. “Our loyal members are very important to us,” Lutgert added. “All of the changes we’ve made are focused on continuing to give them a quality experience in the mountains.”

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Anyone and Everyone Can Enjoy Naturalist Weekend at Grandfather Mountain May 13-15

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May 4, 2016. “Naturalist Weekend provides a collection of unique programs that aim to connect people with the diversity of life found on Grandfather Mountain,” said Mickey Shortt, director of education and natural resources for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “The foundation and its partners use the weekend to celebrate the arrival of spring on the mountain and share it with visitors to the area.”

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Business After Hours: Join the Avery County Chamber at Linville Falls Winery April 12

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April 6, 2016. The stunning grounds of Linville Falls Winery will play host to this month’s event, which will feature some of its award-winning wines, live music from Dave Calvert and a sampling of food from other local establishments. This time around, Elk Mountain Riding Company will be on hand, giving you a chance to tour the grounds on horseback. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.

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