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Weekend Roundup: 15 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out: Aug. 31 to Sept. 2

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Aug. 31, 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. 

It’s One Big Party Over At Beech Mountain

10th Annual Beech Mountain Mile High Kite Festival

The Mile High Kite Festival – free both days – begins Saturday with demonstrations by kite clubs and open flying. Sunday is the festival’s main day with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first 300 children 12 and under receive free kites, and vendors will be on-hand selling kites. Folks are also welcome to bring their kites and fly them at an altitude of one mile above sea level. Contests will honor the biggest, smallest and best-decorated kites. Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, kite-flying music and food vendors.

When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Kite Field, heart of Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-9283 

Beech Mountain Street Dance

Get your dancing shoes on for the town of Beech Mountain’s street dance. Bring the entire family while a disc jockey plays an assortment of new and old tunes from the 1940s and up. You’ll be dancing on a sand surface at a cool elevation of 5,065 feet. Don’t forget a jacket. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Town Hall
More info: 828-387-9283

BJ’s 6th Annual Dog Show

Dog lovers should make plans to attend BJ’s Dog Show, named for long-time town employee B.J. Hughes. There will be certificates and prizes for winning dogs, while all furry friends receive a ribbon of participation.

When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Bark Park, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-3003

Boone Bike Rally

The roar of engines and the sounds of rock and roll bands will fill the air for Boone Bike Rally. Bikers far and wide will converge on High Country Fairgrounds for their Fall rally on Friday and Saturday. Boone Bike Rally will feature bike games, traditional rally contests, vendors and soul-stirring rock music.

When: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Where: High Country Fairgrounds, 748 Roby Greene Road, Boone 
More info: 828-733-8060 

 Live Music

Music in the Valle: Zephyr Lightning Bolts

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 and friends.

When: Friday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Community Park, 2918 Broadstone Road, Historic Valle Crucis, Banner Elk
More info: 828-963-9239   

Concerts at the Jones House: Dashboard Hula Boys & Kirby, Welch and Stone

Kirby, Welch and Stone will begin the evening at 5 p.m., bringing their mix of original, traditional and contemporary string-band numbers routed in the blues. Dashboard Hula Boys will follow Kirby, Welch and Stone, bringing their eclectic mix of acoustic string band sounds to the porch.

When: Friday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 West King Street, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4576

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, Aug. 31, 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
Where: Todd General Store, 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd
More info: 336-877-1067 

Sound Traveler at Zuzda

Sound Traveler is a dynamic duo of harmony that plays around the high country. Sound Traveler is made up of husband-and-wife duet, Bob and Patty Tatum, both multi-instrumentalists who bring a wide array of styles and sounds to their music. Bob is a retired school teacher from Avery County, and along with Patty the two tour the High Country from spring through fall.

When: Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Zuzda, Banner Elk
More info: www.soundtravelerband.com

Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright & Friends at Canyons

Todd Wright, an Ambassador of Jazz for western North Carolina, joined the Appalachian State University music faculty in 1990. As Director of Jazz Studies he has been responsible for conducting Jazz Ensembles I and II, teaching courses in jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz piano, jazz tunes and coaching combos.

When: Sunday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661  


Ensemble Stage Presents “All the King’s Women”

The Ensemble Stage’s production of “All the King’s Women,” written by Luigi Jannuzzi and directed by Laura Morrison, opens Saturday at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. “All the King’s Women” is the story of Elvis Presley told through the eyes of 16 women and two men. Some are enthralled, some are appalled and all are obsessed. It’s a fast paced series of scenes based on the life of Elvis Presley.

When: Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. at 2 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-414-1844 or click

Free Tasting

Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants Tasting

Peabody’s offers the High Country’s Largest & Finest selection of Wine & Beer, Wine Accessories, Cigars, Fine Cheeses, Luscious Chocolates, Gourmet Foods, Great Service, Party, Wedding and Event Planning, Cellar Stocking and Consultation and much much more. At Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants you can experience serious wine and beer with not so serious faces. The wines are delicious and tastings are free.

When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Boone
More info: 828-264-9476

The Markets

Avery County Farmers Market

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, Sept. 1, 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, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424 

Ashe County Farmers’ Market

Every Ashe County Farmers’ Market customer has that particular vendor that keeps them coming back for more but it’s the market’s diversity that makes it one of the best in the area. Click here for a list of vendors along with profiles so you can get to know not only your favorite but maybe find a new must see vendor.

When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April to Oct.; and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July to Sept.
Where: Backstreet in downtown West Jefferson
More info: ashefarmersmarket.com


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.