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  • Movies in Boone Theaters This Weekend: Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and More


    May. 18, 2017. Whether you’re looking for something thrilling, dramatic, heartfelt, funny or all of the above, you’ll find it in Boone theaters this weekend. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Regal Boone Cinema 7! / Read more…



  • De La Cruz Farms to Hold Third Annual Fundraising Event in Deep Gap May 20

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    May 9, 2017. Since welcoming its first participants in September 2014, de la Cruz Farms has opened its gates to nearly 200 individuals for what has been life-changing experiences for most. Providing a variety of positive, interactive (farm) experiences for children and families who are dealing with difficult life circumstances and/or challenging needs, the nonprofit organization is located in the heart of the Deep Gap community, owned and operated by Jeff and Bencita Brooks. Photos Courtesy of Bencita Brooks / Read more…



  • Fidget Spinners: America’s Newest and Hottest Fad Hits the High Country, Get Yours Today!

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    May 15, 2017. The late ’90s saw Beanie Babies come and go. More recently, Webkinz exploded and quickly receded from national attention. Now, the hottest fad for kids — and many adults — is the newly-famous (or infamous) fidget spinner. If you are a parent of a public school child or someone who likes to keep your hands occupied during day-to-day tasks, you probably already know more than you’d ever like to find out about the ball bearing spinners originally intended to help users with ADHD. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Old Hampton Store’s Ramp Fest 2017 to Feature Live Music, Local Cuisine Saturday, May 13

    May. 4, 2017. High Country lovers of music, native cuisine and local craft beer, wine and cocktails should mark their calendars for next Saturday, May 13 when the Old Hampton Store in Linville will kick off Ramp Festival 2017. The festival will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and local dishes and drinks, many of which are inspired by the famous plant of Appalachian folklore.
    By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Watauga County Arts Council to Host Blue Ridge Art Clan for Group Exhibition Throughout May

    May. 11, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council is delighted to host a group exhibition of the works created by members of the Blue Ridge Art Clan during the month of May in their Main Gallery. The Blue Ridge Art Clan was founded by Florence Thomas in 1978 to promote the Fine Arts and to support excellence in those Arts. / Read more…



  • USA TODAY Names Blowing Rock Third in List of 10 Best Southern Small Towns

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    May 11, 2017. Blowing Rock recently added another accolade to its already impressive kudos list when readers of USA TODAY voted the Town to the newspaper’s 2017 Ten Best list of Southern Small Towns. Travel experts picked a list of 20 small towns from which to choose and readers voted Blowing Rock third. / Read more…



  • Inaugural App State Legends Gala to Feature Keynote Speaker Mack Brown Friday, June 23

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    May. 9, 2017. True Appalachian State University sports fans should clear their calendars on Friday, June 23 for the inaugural “Legends Gala” hosted by ASU athletics. The event, which will be held at the stunning Camp Yonahnoka in Linville, will offer attendees a chance to show their support for the university’s athletics. The gala will feature legendary college football coach Mack Brown along with a number of other longtime sports elites with ties to the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of App State Athletics / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Tuesday, May 16

    May. 9, 2017. Appalachian State University will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise in and around the Plemmons Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 16. The exercise will simulate an active shooter on campus, and is designed to test response and communication during an emergency. / Read more…



  • High Country Audubon Society Erects Chimney Swift Tower in Valle Crucis Community Park

    May. 9, 2017. Visitors to Valle Crucis Community Park this spring will notice a new structure in the corner of the park behind the Visitors Center. It looks like a wooden chimney on metal legs and is designed to serve as a nest site for some of the park’s chimney swifts. / Read more…



  • Movies in Boone Theaters This Weekend: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Circle (2017), Unforgettable and More


    May. 4, 2017. Whether you’re looking for something thrilling, dramatic, heartfelt, funny or all of the above, you’ll find it in Boone theaters this weekend. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Regal Boone Cinema 7! / Read more…



  • High Country Audubon Society Announces Research Grant for High School, College Students

    May. 2, 2017. High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina. HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties. / Read more…



  • Habitat for Humanity to Host Charity Concert at Memorial Presbyterian Church Sunday, May 7

    May. 2, 2017. On Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, a benefit concert will be held featuring vocalist Melissa Tausche, Classical Soprano and Jonathon Asbell on the piano. There is a suggested donation of $15 to attend and all proceeds go to Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. / Read more…



  • Nationally-Renowned Folk Musician John McCutcheon Comes to the Jones House May 20

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    Apr. 27, 2017. The Jones House will continue its star-studded indoor concert series on Saturday, May 20 with nationally-renowned folk musician John McCutcheon. McCutcheon, also highly respected as a storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at the Jones House in support of his latest album, Trolling for Dreams. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo by Irene Young / Read more…



  • BRAHM Hosts “History of Tweetsie Railroad” Exhibit in Celebration of No. 12’s 100th Birthday

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    Apr. 25, 2017. In celebration of a landmark year for the region, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is offering a unique opportunity to learn about one of the most transformative forces in the history of the High Country: the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad now lovingly known by visitors and locals as the Tweetsie Railroad. No. 12, the famous original engine nicknamed “Tweetsie” after its signature steam whistle call, will turn 100 years old this year, and BRAHM wants to commemorate the event by taking guests on a trip back through the 100 years that have changed and shaped the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum / Read more…



  • ASU Graduate Student Justin Weltz Credits Thrive Program for Saving His Life

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    April 25, 2017. After hearing that his health was in jeopardy a few months ago, Justin Weltz will graduate this spring with a Thrive “degree” in improved fitness from the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center and a Master’s degree in English from Appalachian State University. / Read more…



  • ASU to Host “Flight from the Mahabharath” World Premier Apr. 26-30, Todd Bush Composes All-Original Indian Score

    Apr. 25, 2017. ASU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host the world premier of South African author and playwright Muthal Naidoo’s Flight from the Mahabharath on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. Considering that the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Flight from the Mahabharath is based around an ancient Indian epic, audience members might not realize that the play’s musical compositions also have roots in the High Country. Banner Elk’s Todd Bush, a lifelong student of Indian music and culture, has worked alongside of the play’s cast to create all-original score for the play’s world premier on Wednesday, April 26 at the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Banner Elk’s Todd Bush Composes All-Original Indian Score for Upcoming World Premier

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    Apr. 20, 2017. Considering that the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Flight from the Mahabharath is based around an ancient Indian epic, audience members might not realize that the play’s musical compositions also have roots in the High Country. Banner Elk’s Todd Bush, a lifelong student of Indian music and culture, has worked alongside of the play’s cast to create all-original score for the play’s world premier on Wednesday, April 26 at the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Todd Bush / Read more…



  • Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Holds Grantee Luncheon at Blowing Rock Conference Center

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    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 / Read more…



  • BRAHM Educational Outreach Program Presents Young at Art Student Spectacular May 4

    Apr. 20, 2017. The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) will host their Young at Art Student Spectacular during the Summer Exhibition Celebration on May 4 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. It will showcase various art pieces created by kindergarten to second grade students at Blowing Rock Elementary School through BRAHM’s Educational Outreach Program. The event is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • ASU Dept. of Theatre and Dance to Host “Flight from the Mahabharath” World Premier Apr. 26-30

    Apr. 18, 2017. ASU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host the world premier of South African author and playwright Muthal Naidoo’s Flight from the Mahabharath on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. The production, which explores one of ancient India’s two major Sanskrit epics, will continue through Sunday, April 30 with 7 p.m. performances held Thursday through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies to Host Events on April 20 and April 24

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    April 18, 2017. Organized by the Peace and Genocide Education Club, a panel of ASU students and faculty affiliated with the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will discuss anti-Semitism in its past and present forms. The panel will take place on Thursday, April 20, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at PSU’s 416 Rough Ridge, Room 415. The event is open to the public and no tickets are required. On Monday, April 24, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the Center for Judaic Holocaust, and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and ASU’s Hillel chapter will organize a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Rollergirls Find Gold at Clover Cup Roller Derby Tournament in Dallas, Texas

    Apr. 18, 2017. Over the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, the Appalachian Rollergirls (#170) competed in the 2017 Clover Cup roller derby tournament in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by the Dallas Derby Devils, the tournament featured nine Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) teams from around the United States. Although the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, the Appalachian Rollergirls upset both North Texas Roller Derby (#130) and Assassination City Roller Derby (#135) during hard-fought, close bouts that thrilled the venue’s spectators and skaters. / Read more…



  • Memorial Day Color Blast 5K at Boone Greenway Trail Returns for Fourth Year on May 29

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    April 18, 2017. On Memorial Day, May 29th, 2017, Hospitality House AmeriCorps VISTA project Welcome Home Thriftique will host the Mast General Store Color Blast 5K to raise funds, awareness, and support for High Country men, women and children living in poverty. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 5pm at the Boone Greenway Trail at Clawson Burnley Park. / Read more…



  • Chetola’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K Adds Craft Beer, Tweaks Name and Supports a Local Child in Need

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    April 18, 2017. Combine your love of wine, craft brews and running in the name of a great charity. To date, more than 140 participants have already signed up for Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K (formerly known as the Corkscrew 5K), which returns for its 5th year, Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m., bringing craft beer to the race tables courtesy of the award-winning Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery. / Read more…



  • High Country Softball League to Swing Away Beginning Thursday, June 1

    Apr. 13, 2017. Spring is in the air in the High Country, and that means folks will soon begin the season of warm-weather sports and outdoor activities. High Country Senior Softball will greet the warmer temperatures beginning June 1 when its season of pickup games kicks off. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Partners Blaze New Trail for Craft Artists and Collectors

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    Apr. 13, 2017. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is blazing a new trail to boost the region’s craft industry across Western North Carolina, thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. “Today we are pleased to launch the Blue Ridge Craft Trails of Western North Carolina, a digital project that will help more visitors discover the rich heritage of crafts and connect with artisans in our mountain communities,” said Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Presents Adult Field Courses April 29 – September 30

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    Apr. 13, 2017. When your classroom is a mile high, every student has their head in the clouds. Grandfather Mountain is introducing a series of Adult Field Courses in 2017, offering day-long sessions on various topics, including birds, salamanders, history, wildlife drawing and geology. / Read more…



  • Kiwanis Club, Avery High Key Club and Community Members Clean Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake

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    Apr. 11, 2017. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, the Avery High Key Club and the High Country community gathered at Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake last Saturday to prepare the area for its summer activities. One of Banner Elk’s most popular recreation sites, Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake are likely to see an even higher volume of traffic this year with the closing of the Newland public swimming pool for this summer. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Jim Swinkola / Read more…



  • Shop at Watauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore in April, Help Unlock Stable Futures for More Families

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    April 6, 2017. One in four households in the U.S. pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing or medical care. In Watauga County, 31.3% of residents live below the poverty level, according to the most recent US Census data. In Watauga County, the Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $872. To afford this level of rent and utilities — without paying more than 30% of income on housing — a household must earn $2,907 monthly or $34,880 annually. / Read more…



  • Tweetsie Railroad Returns for its 60th Anniversary Season Beginning on Friday, April 7

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    Mar. 9, 2017. On April 7, 2017, the Blue Ridge Mountains will echo the familiar “tweet, tweet!” of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam engines when the theme park opens for its 60th Anniversary season. Guests will experience a Wild West adventure complete with family-friendly entertainment, rides and special events all season long. Guests visiting the park on Saturday, April 15 will even get to spend time with a special guest: the Easter Bunny! / Read more…



  • Son of U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers to Host Presentation at Sagebrush Steakhouse April 14

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    Apr. 4, 2017. The High Country Lifelong Learners are inviting the public to attend a special presentation hosted by Francis Gary Powers, Jr. entitled “Operation Overflight: The True Story of Francis Gary Powers” at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone on Friday, April 14 at noon. The son of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, whom was shot down in his spy plane over the USSR in 1960, will shed light on the events surrounding his father and the climate of the United States and the world during the Cold War. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of garypowers.org / Read more…



  • 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby Day Draws Most Participants in Derby’s History

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    Apr. 4, 2017. Blowing Rock celebrated the beginning of warmer weather in the High Country on Saturday with the 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby Day at Broyhill Lake. Like each year, the family event drew kids and their parents from the High Country and beyond as they competed for various prizes based on their catches for the day. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • Café Portofino Adds New Bar and Restaurant Area, Improves Its Award-Winning Customer Service

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    Mar. 30, 2017. The building that now houses local favorite Café Portofino has seen its fair share of changes over the years. Formerly the original maintenance station for the historic Tweetsie Railroad, the over-century-old building is now the site of an exciting new era in the history of Café Portofino. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of Ken Ketchie and Olga Esterson / Read more…



  • 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby Day Set for Saturday, April 1 at Broyhill Lake

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    March 16, 2017. The 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town on Saturday, April 1, from sunrise to 4:00 p.m. No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary. There is plenty of free parking available only a short distance from Broyhill Lake, which will be stocked with hundreds of fish in the days leading up to the Derby. Fish include brown, speckled and rainbow trout. / Read more…



  • Capone’s Pizza Plans Move to New Market Centre After Years of Success on West King Street

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    Mar. 16, 2017. A new era is dawning for one of Boone’s most beloved restaurants and hangouts. West King Street staple Capone’s Pizza is beginning preparations for an upcoming and eagerly-awaited move to the New Market Centre off East King Street and US 421 in Boone. The restaurant hopes to complete the move sometime in mid-May. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



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