July 26, 2017.The Cowbelle Classic Bike Ride For Women is a woman-only bike ride for participants of various cycling levels. The goal of the Cowbell Classic is to broaden the cycling community, which goes beyond cycling and health. The event is not timed in order to encourage cyclists to enjoy a social, relaxed, and non-competitive environment.
Aug. 3, 2017. If you’re a beer or wine lover of the High Country and you haven’t stopped by Peabody’s for one of its weekly tastings, you’re truly missing out. But there’s never been a better time to make your first visit — or return as a Peabody’s regular — than this August. In addition to holding tastings each Tuesday and Saturday this month, Peabody’s Beer & Wine Merchants is gearing up for a week-long series of tastings in celebration of this year’s High Country Beer Fest, which is set for Saturday, August 26 at the High Country Fairgrounds. By Bailey Faulkner
July 21, 2017. For many, a daylong, 13-act concert is all it takes to wipe the calendar clean for a Saturday afternoon and evening. Luckily for music lovers of the High Country, The Local’s Saturday, July 22 show will be much more than that. Boone native and musician Brian Russell Collins will host his yearly charity event A Cause to Rock at the downtown Boone venue to help raise money for Winston-Salem’s Darryl Gaines, a North Forsyth High School student-athlete and recent graduate diagnosed with stage III lymphoma. Collins founded A Cause to Rock in 2015, focusing the first annual event on raising money for Wilmington community members with autism and their families. By Bailey Faulkner
June 1, 2017. Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar will offer the High Country a perfect opportunity to enjoy fine dining and wine while helping a great local cause on Monday, June 19. The Boone-favorite “upscale casual restaurant” is holding a dinner and fundraiser in support of its King Street neighbor F.A.R.M. Cafe, a non-profit restaurant that feeds its diners on a “pay-what-you-can” basis. By Bailey Faulkner
June 6, 2017. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and Boone Sunrise Rotary Club have teamed up to host a two-day celebration of the High Country’s most popular restaurants and businesses. The inaugural High Country Toast, a “local showcase of food, drink, and attractions that will entertain visitors and locals alike,” is slated for Friday, June 23 at the Jones House in downtown Boone and Saturday, June 24 at Appalachian Ski Mountain. By Bailey Faulkner
May 9, 2017. Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) will host its 17th annual Wine/Beer Tasting & Auction on Wednesday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a new location, the Blowing Rock American Legion. The Wine/Beer Tasting & Auction celebrates local businesses and the community. In keeping with a nearly 17-year tradition, owners Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will once again prepare creative and original Southern food. Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Conservancy
April 20, 2017. It was a time for talking, a time for tears, a time for thanks. The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge held its 2017 Grantee Luncheon at the Blowing Rock Conference Center on Wednesday. The annual event, sponsored this year by the LifeStore Bank in Boone, brought together the board and members of the Women’s Fund with various non-profit agencies benefitting from grants provided by the Fund. Story & Photos By Jan Todd
Jan. 30, 2017. ASU’s Global Medical Training Chapter Teams with Santa’s Toy Box to donate to Children in the High Country.Santa’s Toy Box is a local non-profit organization that provides toys to families in Watauga County that don’t have the means to purchase toys for Christmas. Santa’s Toy Box was able to help over 800 less fortunate children in Watauga County have a Merry Christmas.
Jan. 13, 2017. Registered doggy participants will be categorized by size and weight and will race in one-on-one heats pulling appropriately sized empty kegs (even cans for the tiniest racers). They’ll run the enclosed course on a leash with their owners, some pulling their cargo on sleds for easy travel. All proceeds from the day will directly support Partners! Canines. By Jessica Isaacs.
Jan. 19, 2017. Executive director of the High Country Caregiver Foundation Brenda Reece has announced that longtime media representative Sherrie Norris has joined the HCCGF as RAPP coordinator and program assistant. “Few people have the depth of community knowledge and passion for others as does Sherrie Norris,” said Reece. “We recognize her strengths and abilities and are delighted that she has agreed to join us as we work to expand RAPP and build upon our existing programs.”
Jan. 12, 2017. On Wednesday January 25 between 11am and 2pm everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café at 617 West King Street for another ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ day. Boone Dug is the second company to participate in this opportunity. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Café guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch. On this day, Boone Drug will cover the cost of the meal through a generous donation. Each and every additional donation will be utilized by the café in its mission to fight insecurity in the High Country.
Jan. 12, 2017. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of homelessness in our region and informs support service providers on the priorities to prevent and end homelessness. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which currently supports the Northwest Continuum of Care member agencies with $287,000.
Jan. 5, 2017. “It means more projects that will reach more people. It means being better able to fulfill our mission, and to bring the power of theatre to more people,” said Sabo. “It means a greater impact in terms of using art to build bridges between different groups, and using theatre to make healthier and happier individuals and a strong community.” By Jessica Isaacs.
Jan. 5, 2017. As Green Street serves so many and in so many different ways throughout the year, we incur monthly costs in addition to our food costs. We could really use your help in 2017! Each month, Green Street has costs from paper products (takeout boxes, serving trays and even supplies to package scriptures and meals each week), electricity to run our donation coolers, freezers and warmers and even to support volunteer programs with others who help us with cleaning/preparing/delivering meals each week.
Dec. 28, 2016. During the Holiday Season and end of the year we know many people count their blessings and consider ways they can help those who are not as fortunate. We also know that many may want to make those contributions before the end of the year so they can be counted as charitable deductions for tax purposes. As you consider how you want to help those in need, please consider that donations to High Country United Way will be used in the High Country to meet immediate and emergency needs plus help fund programs that allow people to improve their level of education, get help with health care and medicine costs, plus achieve a stable income.
Dec. 22, 2016. Looking for a way to round out your year-end giving? Consider donating time or money to the local Red Cross, which needs help from the community after a busy year of responding to emergencies in the High Country. By Jessica Isaacs.
Dec. 15, 2016. Although they’re just out of the starting gate on their global mission, GMT students at ASU have made community service a priority in their own back yard, as well. They recently launched the inaugural “Bikes, Baby Dolls and Fishing Poles” fundraiser, through which collected monetary donations will be used to get Christmas gifts to local families.
Dec. 2, 2016. “The generosity that is represented in this room is really kind of overwhelming,” said WYN Board Chair Jenny Koehn. “Some designers are businesses. Some are groups of friends. Some are community organizations. They’ve just taken their theme and run with it. They buy and decorate the trees and buy the gifts.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.
Nov. 29, 2016. Holiday magic will surely abound at this year’s festival, for which a large number of local folks and groups are now busy creating custom trees decorated with fun themes. Their masterpieces will deck the halls of Chetola’s Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room, where guests from all over will be able to stroll through and enjoy the creations. All trees, as well as many decorated wreaths, will be sold via online auction or a simple buy-it-now feature, and all proceeds (as well as donations for admission) will directly support the Western Youth Network. By Jessica Isaacs.
We want to invite you to take part in a wonderful opportunity with Green Street Catering this Thanksgiving season. Please read below about our “Family to Family” program that allows your family to serve other families of our community during this Thanksgiving. Green Street Catering is a non-profit organization that serves a free meal every Thursday evening out of the kitchen at Alliance Bible Fellowship church to anyone in the local community that can benefit from it. We have served over 50,000 meals since 2010. We work with many churches, community organizations/clubs/groups and social workers to provide and serve over 500 meals each week to the wonderful people of our community. We continue to grow in the number of churches and groups that we work with and the meals delivered or people served each year. Please see our website at www.greenstreetcatering.org for more information about what we are doing and how you can be a part of serving our community with us. As we go into this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, Green Street Catering will be distributing food baskets through the area churches, social workers as well as community organizations for our fourth year. Last year, we distributed over 400 Thanksgiving …
Oct. 20, 2016. Donations can be made by texting UWHELPSNC to 41444 or online at unitedwaync.org/donate. Donors have the option to designate their donation to directly support a United Way serving a county affected by flooding or to designate their donation to be used where it is most needed.
Oct. 10, 2016. “This is our fifth year and we expect that this will be one of the most anticipated Blueprints and Bow Ties yet. We have had an outpouring of support from local businesses, including a $5000 sponsorship from Wells Fargo. We are excited to host the event at our ReStore this year and community members are looking forward to seeing the great space we have,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development.
Oct. 4, 2016.‘Share the Warmth’ this winter by cleaning out your closet and donating winter clothes to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge! Donations will go to the Hospitality House and will be accepted on Sept. 30 through Oct. 10 at various locations in the High Country. By Emily Willis
Sept. 29, 2016. WAMY Executive Director Melissa Soto said the funds will be used through the Total Family Development program to support families in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties who are working toward education or employment in an effort to rise above poverty. By Jessica Isaacs.
Sept. 26, 2016. “The day we write the grant checks may be our best workday of the year,” said Karen Sabo, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR). “Our mission is to be a philanthropic catalyst for positive change for women and girls, and the way we do that is by funding the great nonprofits that help women directly.”