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16 Things You Could Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans With Our Weekend Roundup: May 25 to 27

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

May 25, 2012. If you sit on your couch this weekend, you should be ashamed of yourself. Don’t even start with that “there’s nothing to do,” “I’m bored,” “If only there were a website that would tell me about cool things to do.” 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.


For the “Music in The Valle” concert series, the reggae band Ital Seeds will play in Valle Crucis Park. For 10 years, the community of Valle Crucis has come together for live music and will celebrate a landmark achievement in its musical tradition.

When: May 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Park
More info: www.facebook.com/vallecrucispark


Live music at the TApp Room: Jody Lee Petty. Enjoy an up-close & personal acoustic performance from this rising country music superstar!

When: May 25, 9 p.m.
Where: tApp Room, at 421 Blowing Rock Road, Boone
More info: 828-386-1216


Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament at the Mountain Glen Golf Club. The golf course features 6,723 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par 72.

When: May 25-28
Where: Mountain Glen Golf Club
More info: 828-733-5804


Banner Elk Herb Festival! Enjoy two fun days of herbs and more herbs, art vendors, organic products, antiques, commercial vendors, good food and a kids’ zone.

When: Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Old Banner Elk Elementary School, downtown Banner Elk
More info: http://www.beherbfest.com or 828-773-1906


Karaoke at Galileo’s. Pick your song and sing your face off! Galileo’s has a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor as well as an extensive coffee and tea menu for those who just want a good drink to go with their great conversation.

When: Friday, May 25
Where: Galileo’s, at 1087 W. King St, Boone
More info: 828-865-9591


The Town Tavern in Boone hosts karaoke night with Jerry Parker’s East Coast Karaoke Extravaganza on Fridays. 

When: Friday, May 25, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Town Tavern, 208 Faculty Street, Boone
More info: 828-264-2226


The Rocky Knob TGIF Mountain Bike Ride takes place all day today. This is a loosely organized time to meet others and ride at Boone’s local bike park.

When: Friday, May 18, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rocky Knob Bike Park on Highway 421 just outside of Boone.
More info: www.rockyknob.wordpress.com


Linville Mountain Mixers will host Western Square Dancing. Wear casual or square dance attire. The dance levels are Mainstream & Plus and the caller will be Ron Libby of Land Harbor. Visitors are very welcome.

When: Friday, May 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Land Harbor Recreation Hall, 20 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland
More info: www.mountainmixers.com


Northwestern Studios’ children’s ballet will perform “The Fantastic Toyshop.” Originally titled “La Boutique Fantasque,” this ballet was first performed in London in 1919. The ballet features a magical toyshop filled with dolls that come to life, much to the surprise of some mischievous Village Girls.

When: Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m.
Where: Valborg Theater on the Appalachian State University campus
More info: www.northwesternstudios.com or 828-262-3063


Northwestern Studios’ will present their “Jazz & Tap Revue.” The award winning competition dance team, the Northwestern Starz, will be featured, as well as upbeat jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern dance. There will be a special performance by the students of Northwestern Studios’ ballroom instructor Robin Lane.

When:Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.
Where: Valborg Theater on the Appalachian State University campus
More info: www.northwesternstudios.com or 828-262-3063


The Wedding is playing at Legends. The Wedding is a christian Rock-n-Roll band from Arkansas singed to Brave New World Records.

When: Saturday, May 26, 4 p.m.
Where: Legends, 190 Hardin St., Boone
More info: 828-262-2208 or 828-262-3030 


Check out the 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, May 19, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424


Arts and Crafts Fair. The fair will feature a treasure trove of handmade items from soaps to jewelry and will include pottery, baskets, hand-painted gourds, candles, woven purses, knitted items, greeting cards, and much more.

When: Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Boone Mall
More info: 828-406-1421


Watauga Lake Care Free Boat Club’s Open House. Want to enjoy boating without having to own a boat? The all new Watauga Lake Boat Club will show you how easy boating is when you join a boat club.

When: Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m.
Where: The Watauga Lake location at Cove Ridge Marina, 947 Piercetown Road, Butler, Tennessee
More info: www.wataugaboatclub.com or 423-408-3215


Dog Portraits in the Dog Park. Have a professional take photos of your dogs to make memories last! The price of $25 includes a 20-minute mini photo session for 1 or 2 dogs and 5 professionally edited digital photos provided digitally on a CD. All proceeds go to the Watauga Humane Society and the Dog Park.

When: Saturday, May 26, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: Dog Park, 259 Paws Way, Boone
More info: Space is limited so schedule an appointment by contacting Shirley at dogportraitsinthedogpark@gmail.com or  828-264-0100.


Appalachian Hiking Yoga is excited to offer you the best of both worlds; an amazing cardio workout combined with the power and grace of yoga. In intervals the instructor sets a heart-pumping pace towards beautiful vistas, then provides beneficial yoga instruction suitable for all levels. Connect with important layers of your life – health, friends, nature and community while getting your sweat on!

When: Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Meet at milemarker 305.2, Beacon Heights Trailhead, parking available. Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville,N.C.
More info: R.S.V.P. at 828-719-7707 or appalachianhikingyoga@gmail.com

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