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Published Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

Republican Women to Meet Feb. 24

The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 24th at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone, NC. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in The High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-295-9020 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month. (There is no meeting if schools are cancelled due to weather.)

Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing

Monday February 8

Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.

Wednesday February 10

½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.

7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night with John Fortenberry. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!

Thursday February 11

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity).

College Night: Thursday nights are now College Night. We will be featuring local talent from area college students. Don’t miss out on great food and drink specials as well as up and coming talent.

7:00pm-10:00pm Live Music: The Blue Wild. The Blue Wild is an alternative folk group from the mountains of North Carolina.

Taylor Wafford (lead vocals/guitar)
Hinton Edgerton (mandolin/vocals)
Sean Gorham (bass)
Lucas Triba (percussion)

Friday February 12

Tapped at 5pm, we feature something fun and new every Friday. Get it while it lasts; there is only a limited amount!

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Maureen Renihan and Friends. Maureen Renihan is a Boone based vocalist performing throughout the high country, piedmont and foothill regions of North Carolina. Influenced by great icons such as Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald, Maureen sets a nostalgic tone with her soothing vocals and sincere delivery. With an ever expanding repertoire and theatrical background of over twenty years, Maureen possesses the creativity and versatility to delight audiences of all ages. Accompanied by some of the finest jazz musicians in the region, Maureen Renihan & Friends perform classic jazz standards, familiar show tunes, and jazz interpretations of popular music.

Saturday February 13

7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Dane Page. Dane Page has been playing music professionally for 4 years in bars/coffee shops/breweries and wherever else in the Charlotte and Boone area, but calls the Carolina Piedmont his home. He started playing guitar in 7th grade wanting to be Jimmy Page, and still does, but music has lead him to many different genres of music, and most recently, songwriting. His songwriting influences range from modern song writers (Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov, Justin Townes Earle) to classic song writers (Merle Haggard, Hall & Oates, Woody Guthrie, Paul Simon)

Sunday February 14

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.

Barter Theatre in Abingdon Opens 2016 with New Comedy

Opening the 2016 Barter Theatre season is the audience favorite political comedy, “Lying in State.” It appears at Barter Stage II beginning February 11.

For a decade, “Lying in State” has been locked away in the Barter Theatre vaults. Now, this madcap comedy returns with an all-star cast, directed by Andrew Hampton Livingston, and provides more laughs than ever before.

A state senator has died in a ridiculous accident and becomes an overnight national hero. Local party leaders are strenuously looking for someone to fill his senate seat. His ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play for his funeral. Buttons, the stripper, and a host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes, the right casket and a big purple squirrel named Mel. Everyone is searching for something.

While “Lying in State” is a political comedy, it is enjoyed by all sides of party lines. Director Andrew Hampton Livingston said, “The best political comedies allow us to laugh at the games politicians play, regardless of party, and remind us that we have more in common than not.”

The cast of “Lying in State,” includes Mary Lucy Bivins, who will reprise her all too popular role as “Margo.” Bivins calls “Margo,” whose husband is in funeral Parlor C, one of her favorite roles. Other actors featured in the production include: Tricia Matthews, Michael Poisson, Barrett Guyton, Hope Quinn, David Alford and Zacchaeus Kimbrell.

This fun and exciting comedy is a perfect beginning to Barter’s electrifying 2016 season, which will feature productions never before seen in the United States, oversized musicals that will razzle-dazzle you like no other, and even the first-ever regional production of the world famous musical, “Mamma Mia!” featuring the music of ABBA.

“Lying in State” is made possible by corporate sponsors TruPoint Bank and Farris Funeral Service. Barter Theatre is funded in part by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

February Programs at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum


Thursday, February 11, 11 am

The Rise and Fall of Modern Landscape Painting

James A. Toub, Professor of Art at Appalachian State University


Saturday, February 13, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Valentine’s Day Bookmaking Workshop

**Registration required by February 10.


Tuesday, February 16, 11:30 am

A Retrospective of Eliot Clark


Friday, February 19, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Winter Old-Time Dance

Julie Gurganus and Strictly Strings


Sunday, February 21, 2 pm

Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Bright Star Theater


Tuesday, February 23, 6 pm

Art & Copy

Mary Warlick, Executive Producer

Home Movie Day of the High Country
SATURDAY, March 19 (1 – 4 pm)
Here is your opportunity to share your home movies with a community audience.

February Programs at Elk Knob State Park

Winter Edibles

Come learn about some of the edible plants you can find in the mountains in winter.  Meet on Saturday, February 6th, 2:00 pm at the park office.

The Science of Snow

For humans, snow can be pretty, fun, annoying, dangerous and many other things.  What does it mean for the natural world?  How does it form such intricate shapes?  Cut out a scientifically correct flake and learn how to preserve real ones.  Come find more about this magnificent crystalline wonder.  Meet Saturday, February 27th, 2:00 pm at the park office.

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