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Weekend Roundup: 21 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: July 6-8

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

July 6, 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

    Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Lee Brice at Kidd Brewer

Mix a legendary rock group with an up-and-coming country superstar, and you get a fresh take on some of classic rock’s most groundbreaking music— and the new sound of country with a hint of rock. The timeless sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revisited and the popular country stylings of Lee Brice complement each other in a way that resonates with the young— and the young at heart. Fireworks will start immediately following the concert.

When: Saturday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kidd Brewer Stadium, ASU
More info: 800-841-2787 and appsummer.org/schedule/id/390

    First Friday Art Crawl

Each month the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) hosts the Art Crawl which happens every First Friday. Event hours are typically from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. with galleries and shops open until 7:30 p.m., restaurants and bars open until 10 p.m. or 2 a.m. and two late-night galleries, open on Art Crawl nights only, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Also, check out Art Crawl Presents… a music event featuring great local bands, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., at a new downtown location each month. Art Crawl: Food, Music, Shopping, Art & Spirits. 

When: Friday, July 6, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4532

    Hayes School of Music Faculty Showcase Concert

The performing faculty of the Hayes School of Music, professional musicians as well as accomplished teachers, present a diverse program of solo and chamber music from the strings, woodwinds, brass and jazz repertoire. The concert will feature works by famous composers such as Malcolm Arnold and Béla Bartók, among others.

When: Sunday, July 8, 8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Rosen Concert Hall, ASU
More info: 800-841-2787

    Newland Riverwalk Summer Concert Series

Silvio Martinat playing big band swing will be at the Riverwalk this Friday. Check the schedule for rock and roll, 70s and 80s jam bands or Southern rock and blues. Vendors with hot dogs, pizza, sodas, water, desserts and more will be selling weekly.

When: Friday, July 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk, adjacent to Lowes Parking Lot, Newland
More info: 828-260-3205 and the schedule

    Concerts at the Jones House: Keith Ward, The Worthless Son-in-Laws & Possum Jenkins

The free Concert at the Jones House on Friday featuring cowboy poet Keith Ward, Indie-rock/alt-country band The Worthless Son-In-Laws and country-rock-blues trio, Potluck. Ward will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Worthless Son-In-Laws at 5:30 p.m., a First Friday reception at 6:30 p.m. and Potluck at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blanket or chair. 

When: Friday, July 6, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 West King Street, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4576

    Music in the Valle: Creekside Grass

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, July 6, 7 p.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Community Park, 2918 Broadstone Road, Historic Valle Crucis, Banner Elk
More info: 828-963-9239 

    Music on the Lawn: Rama Jay

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, July 6, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Best Cellar, 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-9703, 828-295-3466 or ragged-gardens.com

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

    Todd Summer Music Series

Acoustic duo Dave Haney and Lisa Baldwin will return to Todd’s Free Summer Music Series in Cook Park in downtown Todd with their very talented sounds of bluegrass, traditional country, folk, contemporary arrangements as well as Lisa’s own songs. Bring a chair or blanket and the whole family and relax by the creek while you enjoy some mountain music at its best. The Todd Ruritan Club will be serving BBQ dinners nearby for those who come hungry.

When: Saturday, July 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Cook Memorial Park, Todd
More info: 828-964-1599 or www.toddnc.org

    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, July 1, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 
    Blowing Rock Jazz Society Concert
The Blowing Rock Jazz Society presents Larry Lapin with special guest Michelle Amato perform to their Live Jazz Show. The world-renowned jazz pianist and educator will bring his much respected talent to Blowing Rock. Joining the group for the evening will be Michael Holstein on bass, Rick Dilling on drums and award winning vocalist Michelle Amato.
When: Sunday, July 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock
More Info or for reservation: 828-295-4300 or 423-727-0795

    Mountain Home Music: Celtic Fiddle & Dance

April Verch, the two-time National Canadian Fiddle Champion, step-dancer and singer will be in Mountain Home Music’s presentation of Celtic Fiddle and Dance. She became the first woman in history to win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open, and when Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, April Verch was asked to represent her country’s music at the opening ceremonies.

When: Sunday, July 8, 8 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School auditorium, downtown Blowing Rock
More info: 828-964-3392

    Fred’s Sunday Summer Concerts

Fred’s concerts present a plethora of great Bluegrass and Country music by accomplished local musicians, Rebecca Eggers-Gryder with Amantha Mill. Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain will host Fred’s Summer Sunday Concerts on five Sundays: July 8 to August 5 at 6:30 p.m. Some seats are provided, but bring a chair or blanket just in case. 

When: Sunday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fred’s General Mercantile, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-4838


    Alice in Wonderland: A Participation Play for Children

“Children will play trees in the forest, wickets in the Queen of Heart’s croquet game and various other roles,” said Director Suzanna Ziko, who also plays Martha Stuart in “Horn in the West.” Ziko is excited for children and parents alike to be a part of this familiar story. Alice will be played by 11-year-old Emma Tzotschew. Although her co-stars are adults, Emma will be joined on stage by other youth as they make their way through Wonderland.

When: Saturday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. and every Saturday until August 4
Where: Horn in the West, Boone
More info: 828-264-2120

    Ensemble Stage Presents The Complete History of America… (Abridged)

It’s 12,000 years in 6,000 fast-paced, zany seconds. From Columbus to Clinton, from Lewis and Clark to Reagan and Bush and from the Bering Straits to Bahgdad, The Complete History of America (Abridged) is the Marx Brothers meets The Daily Show spiced with the Three Stooges and Saturday Night Live. It’s sheer insanity!

When: July 7, 9, 10, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on July 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium, located on 160 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock
More info: 828-414-1844

Days of Wisdom, Nights of Celebration Festival

    Gathering of the Peacemakers & Yoga Retreat

During the day there are wisdom circles on leading a loving, centered and sustainable life. At night there is camping and celebration with live Bands including: ReggaeInfinity, Lion Tacks, Chalwa, Inverted Sea, Fiyah Babylon, InSpiral Fire Troupe and more. Learn the tools to navigate a world in transition with love, peace & purpose.

When: July 6-8
Where: High Country Motorcycle Camp, 765 Stoney Fork Rd, Ferguson
More info: http://www.onelovepress.com/

 The ‘In-case-you-missed-winter’ Festival

    Christmas in July Festival

Christmas in July is a Saturday and Friday night free-admission event
featuring the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at
Christmas in July!

When: Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: West Jefferson
More info: 336-846-9196 or www.christmasinjuly.info/index.html

The Arts

    Summer Exhibition Celebration

The Turchin Center opens its doors for the Summer Exhibition Celebration on the first Friday of July as part of downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl. Mark your calendars for the biggest summer art party in the High Country, where art lovers can “engage, discover and connect” through the arts.

When: Friday, July 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Turchin Center, ASU
More info: 800-841-2787

 Move a Little

    Introduction To Race Walking Clinic

Every Wednesday and Saturday till Aug. 25, enjoy the best answer to staying in shape. Race walking is an excellent cardiovascular and core body workout. It’s free and all ages are welcome.

When: Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.
Where: Watauga County Parks and Recreation
More info: 786-859-3971 

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, July 7, 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, July 7, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424 


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.