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19 Things You Could Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ’em Out & Make Plans With Our Weekend Roundup: June 1 to 3

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

June 1, 2012. Here you go . . . . this week’s look at what’s happen this weekend. 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. 


 Live Music

     Music on the Lawn: The Harris Brothers

Come out and start off your weekend with The Harris Brothers, a crowd favorite so be sure to come early to claim your spot on the lawn for a wonderful evening of music and fun.

When: Friday, June 1, 5:30 p.m.
Where: 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-9703 or ragged-gardens.com.


         Concerts on the Lawn Series

This weeks performers are Meade Richter, Swing Guitars and Major Stevens. Every Friday during the series, anyone is invited to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concerts on the front lawn of the Jones House Community Center for free.

When: Friday, June 1, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 West King Street, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4576


      Music in the Valle: Brother Gravity

The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series starts in June and continues each Friday evening through August at The Valle Crucis Community Park. Admission is free; bring a chair or a blanket and family & friends.

When: Friday, June 1, 7 p.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Community Park, 2918 Broadstone Road, Historic Valle Crucis, Banner Elk
More info: 828-963-9239


      Friday Night Bluegrass

Visit the Todd General Store and recapture a time when life was simple and genuine.  Meet the mountain folks and listen to talks of the railroad days as well as bluegrass every Friday.

When: Friday, June 1, 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
Where: Todd General Store, 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd
More info: 336-877-1067


         The Kimmels

The Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery, friendly coffee-house atmosphere with a smoothie bar, fresh bakery, and gourmet food. Serving, delicous salads, seared Tuna, pizzas, pastas, and wraps. The Kimmels will play on the patio.

When: Saturday, June 2, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge Eatery
More info: 828-898-8395


        Mountain Home Music – Rural Roots: Mountain Songs

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. They tour throughout the U.S and the United Kingdom. This will be their first appearance on MHM.

When: Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium
More info: 828-964-3392


      Music at the Martin House

The Martin Laurel Band will begin the third season of live bluegrass music on June 3. The concerts will run every Sunday from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. thru the end of August. 

When: Sunday, June 3, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Downtown Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-6128


     Sing’n in the Valle

Come join the Holy Cross Episcopal Church for their Summer Concerts at St. Johns. Admission is free for their old fashioned hymn sing, featuring the Vocal and Handbell Choirs from Holy Cross and other surprises. The concert will be followed by a picnic on the lawn.

When: Sunday, June 3, 5 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Herb Thomas Road, Valle Crucis
More info: 828-963-4609



      Nature Photography Weekend

Hear presentations from top nature photographers in the evenings and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. Images from Friday and Saturday’s photo excursions are entered in an informal contest with winners announced Sunday morning.

When: Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3
Where: Grandfather Mountain
More info: 828-733-2013, click here for the weekend schedule


       “Plant it Pink” with the Blue Ridge Garden Club

To honor breast cancer survivors and offer support to those suffering with this disease, the Blue Ridge Garden Club has partnered with the  Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in Boone to create a special pink garden.

When: Saturday, June 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: The entrance of the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, on the campus of Watauga Medical Center
More info: 828-295-3970


     The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

Grandfather Mountain staff naturalists can’t wait to share their excitement for the showy rose-lavender blossoms. Join them for the “Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble” and participate in special programs, guided walks and activities that celebrate this herald of summer.

When: June 2-17
Where: Grandfather Mountain
More info: 800-468-7325


Fun for All

        First Friday Art Crawl

Several area business will host the monthly First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Boone. This month’s installment will feature free food, drinks, art and music as usual, and will include some one of a kind performances. Be sure to get to the ASU Turchin Center, Jones House, Murphy’s, The Art of Oil, Dancing Moon and many more crawl participants.

When: Friday, June 1, 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Boone
More info: Click here or call 828-262-4532


       Watagua County Farmers’ Market

 The market has so many things to love: fresh and nutritious local foods, beautiful handmade crafts, face-to-face interactions with the farmers who grow your food, scrumptious breads, jams, jellies and cheeses made by community members, meat and eggs from local farmers and of course the friendly social atmosphere of “Boone’s Town Square.” 

When: Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424


        Thomas the Tank Engine at Tweetsie

All aboard for A Day Out with Thomas, an exciting way for children and their grown-ups to enter the world of Thomas & Friends. This memorable day presents an opportunity for kids to take a ride on a train pulled by Thomas and to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the conductor. 

When: June 1-10
Where: Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock 
More info: 800-526-5740 or tweetsie.com/special-events


      Linville Mountain Mixers: Square Dancing

Mountain Mixers invites experienced area and visiting dancers to join the Mountain Mixers for Western Square & Round Dancing. Dancing from Mainstream to Advance levels feature national and international callers and national round dance cures Don and Linda Hichman.

When: Friday, June 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 3, 1:30-4:30 pm
Where: Land Harbor Recreation Hall, 20 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland
More info: mountainmixers.com


     Shriner’s Parade

A colorful and traditional Shriners parade along Main Street at will highlight the WNC Shriners Summer Ceremonial in Blowing Rock June 1- 3. More than 1,000 members of the Charlotte-based WNC Oasis Shrine — including new inductees — will come together for a weekend of activities in Blowing Rock for the third time in the past four years.

When: Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Where: Main St., Blowing Rock
More info: oasisshriners.org


Wild Card

    Boone Bike Rally

Come to the High Country Fairgrounds for two days of bikes, babes and bands. The bands include Night Eagle, an AC-DC Tribute Band, Wolf Creek and more. The wet T-shirt contest will be 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

When: Friday, June 1, starting at 1 p.m., the last event on Saturday is a 9 p.m. concert by the Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe
Where: High Country Fairgrounds, 748 Roby Greene Road, Boone
More info: boonebikerally.com


     Rocky Knob TGIF Mountain Bike Ride 

This all-day event is a loosely organized time to meet others and ride at Boone’s local bike park.

When: Friday, June 1, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rocky Knob Bike Park on Highway 421 just outside of Boone.
More info: rockyknob.wordpress.com


       Baha’i Devotional Meeting

The topic for the meeting and study class will be “The Sacred City of the Heart – exploring our connection to the divine.” Baha’is believe that all the world’s great faiths are divine in origin. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m. until noon
Where: 283 Westbrook Drive, Boone, 10 a.m. until noon
More info: 828-264-5620


Editor’s note: Want your event to be added to our Weekend Roundup next time? Email rebecca@highcountrypress.com.

Things to Do This Weekend logo by Debbie Carter.