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Weekend Roundup: 27 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: June 22-24

Compiled by Rebecca Gitlen

June 22, 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

     Music on the Lawn: The Klee & Mike Show

Come out and start off your weekend with The Klee & Mike Show, 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, June 22, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Best Cellar, 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-9703 or ragged-gardens.com

     Concerts at the Jones House

This weeks performers are the New River Boys and Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. The event will celebrate Doc Watson’s life and music. Every Friday during the series, everyone is invited to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concerts on the front lawn of the Jones House Community Center for free.

When: Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.
Where: Jones House, 604 West King Street, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-262-4576

    Newland Riverwalk Summer Concert Series

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. This Friday’s featured band is the Lee Griffen Trio, a Rock-and-Roll band.

When: Friday, June 22, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk, adjacent to Lowes Parking Lot, Newland
More info: 828-260-3205

    Music in the Valle: Major Stevens

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, June 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Valle Crucis Community Park, 2918 Broadstone Road, Historic Valle Crucis, Banner Elk
More info: 828-963-9239

    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, June 22, 6:30 to 9:15 pm.
Where: Todd General Store, 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd
More info: 336-877-1067

    BAFOODUS at Murphy’s

Bafoodus has a powerful and commanding presence in the Boone music scene with their infectious grooves and unique jazz fusion sound.

When: Friday, June 22
Where: Murphy’s, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

    Jon-Jon Davis & Friends (Bluegrass) at Murphy’s

There will be an after party for the 20-year reunion of Watauga High School’s Class of 1992.

When: Saturday, June 23
Where: Murphy’s, Downtown Boone
More info: 828-264-5117

    Jonathan Maness

The Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery is a friendly coffee-house atmosphere with a smoothie bar, fresh bakery and gourmet food, serving, delicous salads, seared Tuna, pizzas, pastas and wraps. Jonathan Maness will play on the patio.

When: Saturday, June 23, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge Eatery
More info: 828-898-8395 or 828-898-4040

    Todd Summer Music Series: King Bees

This free summer music series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres – from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and a friend. 

When: Saturday, June 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Historic Todd, Cook Memorial Park
More info: www.toddnc.orgor 336-877-5401

    Mountain Home Music: Old Time Banjo, Fiddle and Mandolin

This week’s Mountain Home Music concert, “Old-time Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin,” will feature Joe Newberry and Mike Compton. “While their names may not be familiar, their work is,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music.

When: Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m.
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium
More info: 828-964-3392

        Boone Saloon Tunes

Cedric Burnside is the grandson of North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside. He is the winner of the Blues Music Awards “Best New Artist Debut” for the record: ‘The Two Man Wrecking Crew’ in 2009 and “Drummer of the Year” in 2010. 

When: Friday, June 22
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-1811, www.boonesaloon.com or www.cedricburnside.com

      Boone Saloon Tunes Part Two

Marrietta’s Palm is a Reggae/Rock band comprised of four musicians with diverse styles and backgrounds. Although, they have united under the reggae/rock genres, you will also find hints of blues and jazz accompanied with psycadelic nuances. Boom One Sound System (BOSS) is an American group of songwriters,beat creators,and entertainers out of NC. Formed in 2009,Boom One’s original music includes hints of hip-hop,reggae,soul,glitch and grime but dub is foundation.

When: Saturday, June 23
Where: Boone Saloon, 489 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-1811 or www.boonesaloon.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, June 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Canyons, 8960 Highway 321, Blowing Rock
More info: 828-295-7661 or www.todd-wright.com


    Mixed Media & Collage Classes

Enjoy a magical experience, starting with a playful “what if” morning and ending with gorgeous, fantastic creations. Participants will create “Happy Accidents” using an expired National Geographic magazine and a natural cleaner solution.

When: June 22-23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Turchin Center Classroom 3200, Boone
More info: 828-262-3017 

      Sew Much Fun and Quilting Projects

Join your creative friends for an afternoon of sewing, handwork or quilting projects. Bring something you are working on and come for the socializing and fun.

When: Friday, June 22, 1 p.m.
Where: Buckeye Recreation Center
More info: 828-387-3003 

    “Variety: The Spice of Life” Reception

The Alta Vista Gallery is offering visitors the chance to enjoy more than 24 new paintings and meet Linville artist Joan Sporn, one of the bestselling painters in the High Country, at the gallery’s opening reception.

When: Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Alta Vista Gallery, Valle Crucis 
More info: 828-963-5247

         Greater Avery Tour de Art

Avery County Tour de Art is celebrating it’s fourth successful year with 14 Artists and Galleries participating. Save the fourth Saturday of each month to savor the rich diversity of art in pottery, glass, sculpture, painting, wood, jewelry, fiber and other hand crafts by local artists.

When: Saturday, June 23
Where: 14 Area Studios and Galleries
More info: 828-963-5247 or www… 

      Reception for “Mountains, Legends, and Lore,” at the Avery Arts Council Gallery

Currently on view at the Avery Gallery, “Mountains, Legends and Lore” combines the two-dimensional artwork of Lillian Trettin and Linda Elksnin with the face jug pottery of Remo Piracci.

When: Saturday, June 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Avery Arts Council Gallery, 77 Ruffin Street, Linville
More info: 828-733-0054


    Moon Over the Brewery

A 13-year-old daughter dealing with her mother’s budding romance is guaranteed to be difficult, and possessing a genius level IQ won’t change that. Moon Over The Brewery, which opened at the Blowing Rock Auditorium June 16, is a tender comedy that tells the story of extraordinarily intelligent and precocious 13-year-old Amanda as she navigates the dangerous territory of her mom’s budding romance.

When: Saturday, June 16 through June 24
Where: Blowing Rock School Auditorium
More info: 828-414-1844


OLIVER! Is based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Oliver Twist. It is a story of a poor orphan boy who runs away to make his fortune in 1850s London. Follow his ups and downs as he makes his way through a den of thieves to discover his true destiny.

When: 7:30 p.m. on June 21, 22, 23 and 25, and a matinee on Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Where: Ashe Civic Center stage on Mount Jefferson Road, Jefferson
More info: 336-846-2787
Food Stuff
       F.A.R.M. Cafe’s Grand Opening
Live music, fun activities and a free T-shirt with a $25 meal purchase are part of F.A.R.M. Cafe’s official grand opening event. F.A.R.M. Cafe’s mission is to build a healthy and inclusive community by providing high quality and delicious meals produced from local sources whenever possible, served in a restaurant where everybody eats regardless of their ability to pay. 
When: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Where: 617 W. King St. in the Boone Drug building across from Mast General Store
More info: http://farmcafe.org or call 828-386-1000

      Pig Pickin by the River

Enjoy barbecue and music by the New River. They will have pork and chicken barbecue plates including drinks, desserts and entertainment. 

When: Saturday, June 23, 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Riverview Community Center, Creston
More info: 336-385-9812

Kid Stuff

         Kid’s Fishing Derby

Bring your angler-in-training for this derby on Lake Coffey, open to children ages four to 12. Participants can win prizes in many categories, including the biggest fish and the most fish. The Parks and Recreation Department will have rods and tackle available, but children are encouraged to bring their own supplies. 

When: Saturday, June 23, 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Lake Coffey, Beech Mountain
More info: 828-387-3003 

   Dora the Explorer and Diego at Tweetsie Railroad

Hola, amigos y amigas! Meet the popular stars of Nickelodeon’s hit animated preschool series, Dora the Explorer™ and Go, Diego, Go!™, at Tweetsie Railroad during a family fun-filled three-day weekend. Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego will meet, greet and pose for pictures with fellow adventurers throughout the weekend. 

When: June 22-24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock
More info: 800-526-5740

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, June 16, 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, June 23, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Horn in the West parking lot, Boone
More info: 828-355-4918 or 828-264-3424

The Must See:

       Appalachian Rollergirls vs. Chattanooga

The Appalachian Rollergirls are an 18+ all-female skater-run flat track roller derby league. Their mission is to encourage female athleticism, empowerment and community awareness through activities, events and charity involvement.

When: Saturday, June 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Holmes Convocation Center, ASU
 More info: www.appalachianrollergirls.com

Check out the latest installment of Getting to Know the Rollergirls



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.