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Weekend Roundup: 25 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: June 15 to 17

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

June 15, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful 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.

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 15, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Best Cellar, 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-9703 or ragged-gardens.com

    Jones House Doc Celebration Concert

This weeks performers are the Kruger Brothers and Charles Welch. The event will celebrate Doc Watson’s life and music. Every Friday during the series, everyone 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 15, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 West King Street, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4576

    Music in the Valle: Sound Traveler

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

    Bubonik Funk with The Former Champions & Cosmodrome

Click here for a Bubonik Funk demo song.

When: Friday, June 15
Where: Murphy’s, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

    Keith Stroud

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

When: Saturday, June 16, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge Eatery
More info: 828-898-8395 or 828-898-4040

    Mountain Home Music: Jeanne Jolly

About Jolly, NC Metro Magazine said she embodies “the early belting power of Linda Ronstadt,” and MetroMusicScene in Virginia compared her voice to “the delicate lilt of Allison Krauss.” 

When: Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 170 Councill Street in downtown Boone
More info: 828-964-3392

    Pops Ferguson Concert

Clyde “Pop” Ferguson is one of the last practitioners of traditional blues in the North Carolina foothills. The son of a guitar-playing Holiness preacher, Clyde was steeped in the music of the African American community of North Wilkesboro.

When: Sunday, June 17, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7851  


    Summer Mountain Bike Race Series

The race weekends at Beech Mountain will feature dual slalom and downhill events, highlighting dual slalom on Saturdays and downhill on Sundays. June 16-17 will serve as a qualifying race for the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships.

When: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17
Where: Beech Mountain Resort
More info: 828-387-2011

    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

    Skywatching/Astronomy at SweetGrass

When: Friday, June 15, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where: SweetGrass Lake House
More info: 828-295-9861

    Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival

June 1947 saw the first of the Rhododendron Festivals, conceived and carried out by the Roan Mountain Citizens Club as a two-day celebration to memorialize and perpetuate the most gorgeous display of natural beauty on the North American continent.

When: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Roan Mountain State Park, Tenn.
More info: www.roanmountain.com/festival.htm

    “Ridgeline of Diversity” Hike

The “Ridgeline of Diversity” hike gives participants the full Grandfather Mountain ridgeline experience while showcasing the incredible diversity of plant and animal life present across this unique area. This guided hike provides participants with a full panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Hikers travel 2.4 miles while navigating over and around large boulders, climbing ladders and gaining 700 feet in elevation. This all-day hike begins at 9 a.m. Reservations required.

When: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.
Where: Grandfather Mountain
More info: 828-828-2013 or 828-737-0833

    SweetGrass Nature Walk

When: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: SweetGrass Lake House
More info: 828-295-9861

    Community Bon Fire

Come cozy up around the fire as you roast s’mores, drink cider and cocoa and sing along to the rhythm of the guitar string. Free food, beverages and music… what more can you ask for on a perfect summer night?

When: Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m.
Where: Buckeye Recreation Center fire pit, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-733-2013 or 828-387-3003

Arts & Community

    Moon Over the Brewery

A 13-year-old daughter dealing with her mother’s budding romance is guaranteed to be difficult, and possessing a genius level IQ won’t change that. Moon Over The Brewery, which opens at the Blowing Rock Auditorium June 16, is a tender comedy that tells the story of extraordinarily intelligent and precocious 13-year-old Amanda as she navigates the dangerous territory of her mom’s budding romance.

When: Saturday, June 16 through June 24
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium
More info: 828-414-1844

    Sunset Stroll on Sunset Drive
You are invited to join the art galleries, restaurants and businesses on Sunset Drive for food, drinks, friendship and summer fun.
When: Friday, June 15, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Blowing Rock
More info: 828-414-9111
    Art in the Park

Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.

When: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: American Legion grounds, Wallingford Street, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7851

    Wordkeepers featuring musicians Henry Doss and Scot Pope

Wordkeepers features writers reading their latest works in five-minute open microphone time slots. Refreshments are provided. Writers interested in reading from their work should email Chris Arvidson at chris@chrisarvidson.com.

When: Saturday, June 16, 4 p.m.
Where: Ashe County Arts Council, West Jefferson
More info: 336-846-2787

    Arts and Crafts Fair

Come out to the Beech Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair for a great time shopping for local arts and crafts.  These are unique and high quality items that you can’t find anywhere else, and it is all on beautiful Beech Mountain.  

When: Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Club, 105 Lakeledge Road, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-3003

    Community Yard Sale

An annual event on Beech Mountain, and just in time for spring cleaning: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so come out and get great deals on merchandise of all types.

When: Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Beech Mountain Club, 105 Lakeledge Road, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-9283

    Banner House Museum Opening Day

Experience 19th century history of life in Banner Elk and the High Country in the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk’s original settlers. Wander back in time through the re-created household of the 1870-80s.

When: Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Banner Elk
More info: 828-898-3634

The Markets

    Avery County Farmers Market Opens

The Avery County Farmers Market is a cooperative of area farmers that produce freshly grown, organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, homemade jams and jellies, herbal products, crafts, maple syrup, fresh eggs, potting plants, ornamentals, seedlings and much, much more.

When: Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 170 Linville Street, between CVS and the Department of Social Services building, Newland
More info: 828-789-9246 or 828-733-8274     

    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 16, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424

The Must-Attend:

    Relay for Life

Because of continued support, Relay for Life is creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. Help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

When: Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m., to Saturday, June 16, all through the night
Where: Watauga High School Football Stadium
More info: 828-264-5240


Be sure to check out our listings for cinema showtimes and movie trailers at the Regal Boone Cinema 7 too! It’s the only place where you can see ALL the trailers and showtimes for every movie playing in Boone all on one page!


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.