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Weekend Roundup: 23 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: Sept. 14 to 16

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

Sept. 14, 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. 

Military Appreciation Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium and ASU vs. The Citadel 

Appalachian State University athletics will partner with the Appalachian Army ROTC, Army National Guard and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to host Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, on Saturday in conjunction with the Mountaineers’ Southern Conference football opener versus The Citadel at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15
Where: Kidd Brewer Stadium, ASU
More info: 828-262-2079

Live Music

John Tesh Big Band Live!

The 2012-2013 Walker Center Season begins on Sept. 14, 2012, with a trip down memory lane for some and a creative discovery for others as we welcome “John Tesh Big Band Live!” John Tesh and his 12-piece band will explore the golden years of big band music from the 1920s through the 1950s. You’ll hear hits like “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “L-O-V-E,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “In the Mood,” “Summer Wind” and more.

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.
Where: Walker Center, Wilkesboro
More info: 336-838-6260

Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge

Today is the Inaugural Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge Mountain Club (BRMC) and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce will host this beach music festival on the spacious grounds of BRMC featuring celebrated beach bands Chairmen of the Board and The Embers. Join them for music, great food and fireworks beneath the starry skies.

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. until
Where: Blue Ridge Mountain Club, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7851

Grandparents’ Day with Sound Traveler

The Life Care Center of Banner Elk is sponsoring a celebration for Grandparents’ Day with a performance by the local husband and wife duo band Sound Traveler. Life Care Center of Banner Elk offers short-term rehabilitation and long-term care skilled nursing. Their mountain heritage is infused with the friendliness of a small town, and each resident is considered to be part of the Life Care Family.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Life Care Center, 185 Norwood Hollow Road, Banner Elk
More info: 828-898-5136

Concerts at the Jones House: King Bees and Rhonda Gouge

The Town of Boone is proud to continue the 2012 Concerts at the Jones House series with an evening of blues, featuring the King Bees Duo and Rhonda Gouge on Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 5 p.m. The King Bees Duo will begin the evening at 5 p.m., featuring Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni, the nucleus of the King Bees Blues Band, which has been performing since 1987.

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 W. King St., 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, Sept. 14, 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
Where: Todd General Store, 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd
More info: 336-877-1067 

Arpetrio at Murphy’s

Gaining notoriety by sharing the stage with acts such as Shpongle, Perpetual Groove, Eliot Lipp, EOTO, RJD2, Eskmo, Future Rock, Toubab Krewe, Signal Path, Prefuse 73, Papadosio, and Zoogma, as well as playing festivals like Trinumeral and Dexfest, Arpetrio experiments with new combinations of sounds and textures resulting in a unique experience with every show.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s Pub, 747 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

The Lazybirds at Boone Saloon

Lazybirds is a classic American band with roots in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Formed in 1996, the quartet began by immersing into the old forgotten styles of blues, jazz, country, and ragtime that had been the soundtrack of the American underground several decades earlier. The band quickly developed a reputation in the High Country for playing music that touches people at their core in a way that hearkens back to a time when music was more closely intertwined with nature. 

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 10 p.m.
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 W. King St., Boone
More info: www.boonesaloon.com/ 

Hope Massive at Boone Saloon

Since 2005, Hope Massive has been touring up and down the East Coast USA to Japan and back. Hope Massive has worked as supporting artist for such groups as Midnite, The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, The Wailers, Damien Marley, Gregory Isaacs, The Gin Blossoms, Pato Banton, The Spam Allstars, Morgan Heritage, Israel Vibrations, Culture, The Mediations, Eek-a-Mouse, The Itals and blues legend Etta Baker. Hope Massive has performed at such festivals as Floyd Fest, Trinumeral Music and Arts Festival, The Asheville Music Jamboree (AM Jam), The Appalachian State University Jazz Festival, Homespun Hills Music and Arts Festival, The Getdown Festival, Junaleska African Heritage Festival, Raleigh Downtown Live, Ziggy’s Downtown Live and Camp Reggae.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 p.m.
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 W. King St., Boone
More info: www.boonesaloon.com/

Boone Shine at Galileo’s

Boone Shine will surely get you out of your seat and have you turning your heads with a new musical confusion. Playing everything from Hip-Hop covers to old time bluegrass, Boone Shine will have you dancing til you cry.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:45 p.m.
Where: Galileo’s, 1087 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

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. 16, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 


A Weekend with Bob Timberlake

Bob Timberlake, acclaimed North Carolina realist painter, designer, author and sportsman, makes his home in Lexington, North Carolina. Bob’s professional career as an artist began in 1970 when he was 33 years old, but his artistic abilities were evident much earlier. When Bob was 15 years old, he designed and constructed a dresser that took him 350 hours to complete. Ford Motor Company selected his work as “representative of youth in the 1950s.”

When: Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16
Where: Chetola Resort
More info: 828-295-5500; schedule

On the Same Page Literary Festival

Each year, On the Same Page takes on a unique theme and a unique flavor. The theme is planned and intentional, and provides a thread that is woven throughout the festival. The flavor is organic. Instead of being planned, it develops from the people and the combination of special events that are included in and that surround each festival, as well as the spirit of the mountain community in which it is held. Readings, writing, discussions, visual art, performance art, film, spoken word, craft, food, and more blend together each year to become the special experience that is On the Same Page. 

When: Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16
Where: Ashe County Public Library, 148 Library Drive, West Jefferson
More info: 336-846-2041; schedule

Turn in a Regional Artist Project Grant

The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina Grants Program is a partnership between the arts councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties and the North Carolina Arts Council. It is intended to provide project support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary, and inter-disciplinary artists that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their career.

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.
Where: Watauga Arts Council, Boone
More info:828-264-1789 or www.watauga-arts.org

Get Outside
15th Annual Farm Heritage Day at Cove Creek
The 15th annual Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day takes place in the vibrant community of Sugar Grove and celebrates the rich heritage of Watauga County on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fields of the Historic Cove Creek School.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Historic Cove Creek School, located at 207 Dale Adams Road, Sugar Grove
More info: Call 828-297-2200 or visit www.covecreek.net 
Beech Mountain Bike Park
A bike park, with lift access, in the High Country is closer than you think. Beech Mountain Resort will offer lift access for cyclist on Sept. 15, 2012. The final downhill race of the summer will be held on Sunday. Awards for the race will be distributed as usual. In addition, Beech Mountain Resort will reward the overall winners in the summer series. Results from the two prior races will be combined with the final, to produce the series winners. Spectators can enjoy food and beverage, or take a scenic lift ride for $10. For more information visit .
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Beech Mountain Resort
Grandfather Mountain volunteer trail workday

Have you ever hiked a trail and wondered how it got there or who maintains it? Your days of wondering are over. Join park rangers and help maintain and repair sections of trail in Grandfather Mountain State Park. No experience or tools are needed as the park will supply these things.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail
More info: 828-963-9522

Run for the Red Cross Marathon Benefit

With a course that that takes runners on an out-and-back route through the Blue Ridge Mountains here in western North Carolina – a course that race organizers call “a marathon on the edge of extreme,” – the small community of Valle Crucis plays host to the third annual running of its Run for the Red Marathon & Half Marathon as summer is giving way to fall in mid-September 2012.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Elementary School, Sugar Grove
More info: 828-264-8226 

Free Tasting

Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants Tasting

Kevin McNamara of Country Vintner shows off the affordable, value side of the portfolio with some awesome choices in the $10-$12 range. Namely the excellent South African representation of Cabernet Sauvignon by Excelsior, Montgravet from Cotes de Gascogne (100 percent Colombard — crisp French white), Four Vines Old Vine Zin and Naked Chardonnay. Plus, maybe something a little more special.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 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. 15, 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. 15, 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 at rebecca@highcountrypress.com.

Things to Do This Weekend logo by Debbie Carter.