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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out, Make Plans Nov. 22-14

Nov. 22, 2013.  The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially as the blustery winter season is already upon us. 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

Movies: To see our compilation of movies playing this week, and to check out The Best Man Holiday review for this week, click here

Appalachian Dance Ensemble: The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble (FADE) in the newly renovated Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-23. This popular event features artistic works by both undergraduate students and dance faculty. For more information click here.

Downtown Boone Christmas Story Walk: The Downtown Boone Development Association and the Watauga County Library are once again partnering to bring a special Christmas Story Walk to Downtown Boone for the Holiday Season. The Downtown Boone Christmas Story Walk will begin on Saturday, Nov. 23 and run through Jan. 2. The story walk starts at the Watauga County Library and participants are encouraged to park at the library or the meters on Queen Street. The Children’s story book for the walk is “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies” by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. The Story Walk starts at the Library and moves down Depot Street up to King Street and concludes at Melanie’s on the corner of Depot and King. Visit youth services at the library to pick up your map. The Downtown Boone Story Walk is a fabulous opportunity for the whole family to get outside in the beautiful Boone community and spend some time together. 

Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe: The newly formed Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe presents its inaugural production, Madeline George’s “The Most Massive Woman Wins” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. The show will be performed in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus. Ticket prices are $5 for Appalachian students, faculty and staff with an $8 admission price for the general public. Tickets are available at the door one-half hour prior to each performance. This is a one-act play focusing on the psychological journey of four women trying to understand themselves and the physical journeys that brought them to a liposuction clinic. The characters in the play-Sabine, Rennie, Cel and Carly- find themselves lost in the idea of beauty and a world that allows others to dictate how they think these women should appear. Savannah Core, a senior theatre performance major, directs the production. The Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe is dedicated to creating performance opportunities for female theatre enthusiasts as well as promoting women in the arts both on campus and in the community.

The Ash Girl: Get ready for a night at the theatre. The Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department is proud to present The Ash Girl, which will premiere in Hayes Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. This is a dark yet comic rendition of the Cinderella story- the age old rags to riches tale with a few twists,” said director Anna Ward. “This version is more adult and incorporates the Seven Deadly Sins as animal monsters. We have an amazing cast and crew and this production should be one for the ages and a definite must see for all who are able.” The Ash Girl is scheduled for Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a final matinee on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. All performances will be in the Broyhill Theatre in Hayes Auditorium. Tickets are free for all Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff. Adult tickets are $12 and student/child tickets are $5. Tickets are only sold at the door. The box office opens one hour before show time.

Friday, Nov. 22

Santa Paws at Watauga Humane Society: Students at Appalachian State University will host Santa Paws, a family/pet portrait session, with Santa on Friday, Nov. 22 from 5-8 p.m. to benefit the Watauga Humane Society. The event will be held in the Irma Baker Lyons Adoption Center at 312 Paws Way in Boone. The event is free to the public with photographs available for $20 and $10 for students.

Kruger Brothers at Heritage Hall in Mountain City: On Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. the Kruger Brothers will appear in concert, sponsored by Mountain Air, Inc., Family Prescription Center and Final Touch- an amazingly talented and popular band whose reputation traditionally precedes them. Since a formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, their remarkable facility with their instruments and unique take on the American Songbook have made the Kruger Brothers a fixture within the world of acoustic music. Although initially staying fairly close to a traditional repertoire, the group later turned to song writing and composition in order to draw more closely from their personal experiences. The result is a catalog of songs distinguished by rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work. The Krugers recently appeared on David Letterman with Steve Martin to receive his national award to exemplary banjo players. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. All youth seats are $8. 

Grace Academy Chili Cookoff and Raffle: It is almost time for the 5th annual Grace Academy Chili Cook-off! Come out and choose between many types of chili, Christmas shop at our silent auction, and join in on lots of great raffle prizes. Tickets are $6 per individual or $30 for a family.

Old World Galleries Grand Opening Celebration: Old World Galleries, previously in Blowing Rock, opened up a brand-new location at 697 West King Street in Boone, where owners Charlie and Joy Travis are enjoying building lasting relationships with new clients as well as rekindling friendships with previous clients. In true keeping with the High Country small business spirit, Old World Galleries will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, Nov. 22 to welcome the community to their new location on King Street. Read the article on this event here.

LUNAFEST: LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by Life Store and Earth Fare on Nov. 21 at the Greenbriar Theatre in the Plemmons Student Union. For more information click here.

Appalachian Hunger Games: On the release day of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Appalachian students will be celebrating by fighting hunger in the High Country through an interactive game based on the book series. The event will take place on Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. on Duck Pond Field off of Stadium Drive, and is part of Appalachian State University’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. For more information on this event click here.   

Saturday, Nov. 23

ASU v. Western Carolina: The Mountaineers will face off in the final SoCon meeting of the two rivals for a football contest at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. 

High Country’s Got Talent: If you have a talent and a desire to help out a good cause, the inaugural “High Country’s Got Talent” talent competition may be just what you are looking for. To read the article on this event, click here. 

Jewelry Show at Carlton Gallery: A day of pleasure can be experienced at Carlton Gallery’s “Wearable Art and Jewelry Show” on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This event is a feature for the ongoing Autumn Group Exhibition and the last Avery Tour de Art of the season. To view the article on this event click here

Greater Avery Tour de Art: Saturday, Nov. 23 marks the final Greater Avery Tour de Art of the year. The monthly tours are held every fourth Saturday from June to November, inviting art lovers and artists to visit 13 participating galleries and studios. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., art loves utilize their complementary Tour Maps available at each gallery and studio to navigate the tour at their leisure. To read the press release about this event click here.  

Watauga County Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday morning from May to November you will find quality locally farmed meats, fresh produce, artisan cheeses, dried and fresh cut flowers, hardy local plants, delicious edibles, and a wide variety of quality crafts. The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is located at the Horn in the West parking lot beside the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. 

International Survivors of Suicide Day: Counseling and Psychological Services presents “International Survivors of Suicide Day” Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. in the Tater Hill Room of Plemmons Student Union at ASU. The public is invited. For more information, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services at 828-262-3180.

Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting in West Jefferson: West Jefferon’s official lighting of the community Christmas tree will be Nov. 23rd at 5:00pm. There will be Santa, carolers and hot chocolate.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony: The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performs works by Schubert, Williams and Brahms Sunday, Nov. 24 at Appalachian State University. Assistant Professor Chung Park conducts. The performance begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.