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Weekend Roundup: Exciting Things to Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Jan. 2-4

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Jan. 2, 2015. The High Country has so many exciting 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.

Weekend-Long Events

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weekend-roundup-things-to-do-this-weekend-in-the-high-country-check-em-out-make-plans-nov-8-nov-10Live Music at Twigs: Twig’s Restaurant in Blowing Rock hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring great local and regional artists with no cover charge.

Festival of Lights: Each evening through January, guests can drive through the streets of Chetola Resort and be transported to a winter wonderland full of illuminated scenes and meticulously decorated buildings throughout the resort. Thousands are on display for all to see, and the spectacle attracts plenty of excited onlookers every year.

Craft Enrichment Registration: For many High Country residents, the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program, offered each year at Appalachian State University, is a welcome outlet for creativity and a great way to learn a new craft or hobby. Serving both students and the community, the Craft Enrichment Program offers participants the use of professional equipment and dedicated instruction to guide them in their pursuits. For more information, click here.

Skiing 101 at Beech Mountain: In conjunction with national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Beech Mountain’s Skiing 101 will be offered again this January. n conjunction with national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Beech Mountain’s Skiing 101 will be offered again this January. For more information about this offer, click here.

Dawn Mathews Exhibit: Art exhibit “The Go-o-o-od Life” featuring artwork by Dawn Mathews will be on display during the first quarter of 2015 at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Art-in-Healing Gallery, Mulberry Street Entrance. Free. Open 7-days/week 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Friday, Jan. 2

Squire Parsons Concert: Squire Parsons will be in concert Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at North Beaver Baptist church in West Jefferson. Squire is a Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member and one of America’s top song writers and soloist. His song , Sweet Beulah Land is one of gospel music’s favorite and most recognizable songs. For more information please call Pastor Rick Miller cell 336-649-0417 or 336-982-8658 after 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 3

Turkeys and Ravens at Elk Knob State Park: Turkeys and Ravens: Learn about these fascinating birds that love to call Elk Knob home. Meet at the park office at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3. This program will be held indoors.

Beanstalk Community Theatre Auditions: BeanStalk Community Theatre will hold auditions for “Dearly Departed” on Jan. 3, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Three Forks Baptist Church. No experience or preparation necessary. For more information, email beanstalkcommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Sunday, Jan. 4

Shred for the Cup Rail Jam: Described as “the benchmark competition series in the region,” Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Shred for the Cup Series enters its ninth season on Sunday, Jan. 4, at noon with the Smith Optics/Dakine Rail Jam. The other two events in the series are the GNU/Libtech Big Air, which is held on Sunday, Jan. 25, and Volcom/Electric Slopestyle, held on Sunday, Feb. 22. Pre-registration costs $20 to enter the rail jam and $50 to participate in all three events during the 2014-15 winter season. Free spectator tickets are also available. For more information about this event, click here.

Music on the Veranda: On Sunday, Jan. 4, the Green Park Inn’s Music on the Veranda (Indoors!) will present The Harris Brothers starting at 5 p.m. For more information about this event, call 828-414-9230.

Sunday Jazz Brunch: On Sunday, Jan. 4, Canyons in Blowing Rock will host the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright. Starting at 11 a.m., the event will feature live jazz music at Canyons located at 8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information about this event, call 828-295-7661.

Baha’i Devotional Meeting: There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 283 Westbrook Dr. in Boone. The theme will be The Power of Prayer. Baha’is believe that all of the world’s faiths are divine in origin. All are welcome. For more information and directions, call 264-5620.