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May 30-June 1

RUMMAGE SALE: A rummage sale to raise money for college scholarships and sponsored by Blowing Rock Women’s Club takes place Thursday, May 30, from 2-5 p.m.; Friday, May 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $2 clothing bag sale and drastic price reductions will be made on Saturday. The sale takes place at the American Legion Building, 333 Wallingford Road, Blowing Rock. Items include clothing, kitchen, decorative, Christmas/holiday decorations, linens, toys, books, craft supplies, jewelry, frames, gardening, furniture, pet accessories and sports.

May 31

SHAGGIN’ FOR THE ARTS: Shaggin’ for the Arts is part of the Feast for the Arts fundraiser benefiting the Ashe County Arts Council. On Friday, May 31, the Ashe Arts Center will provide an evening of Carolina coastal cuisine along with shag lessons with Becky and Gary Doran, longtime members of the Brushy Mountain Shag Club. A $40 per person donation is suggested and reservations required. For more information, call (336) 846-2787.

SUMMER EXHIBITION CELEBRATION: Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s summer exhibition celebration will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on May 31. Join as we celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions. Free and open to the public.

May 31-June 2

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND: Visit Grandfather Mountain to attend presentations from top nature photographers, while photographing spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours. Additional cost. Online registration begins April 1 at To learn more, visit, email, or call (828) 733-2013.

June 1

FISHING DERBY: Saturday, June 1, the children of the High Country are invited to catch fish and win prizes at the Wildcat Lake Fishing Derby. Children are asked to bring their own rods. Bait will be provided. A fly fishing demonstration will be conducted by Newland’s Kathy Rimmer. Fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m. when prizes are awarded. The public mountain lake is located on Hickory Nut Gap Road just a mile past the Lees-McRae Athletic Complex on the campus of Grandfather Home for Children. Wildcat Lake is open all day for swimming and fishing all summer long. Call Madison at (828) 898-5465 for more information.

PANCAKE FUNDRAISER: On Saturday, June 1, from 7-11 a.m., the Watauga County Farmers’ Market will have a delicious addition in the form of Pancakes in the Park. For just $8, you can get pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee while supporting Watauga High School students who will be embarking on a two-week summer leadership expedition. Pancakes in the Park is a fundraiser for Rolling Academy, a program of Mountain Alliance. Rolling Academy is a two-week leadership expedition with focuses on service, adventure, craftsmanship, community and environmental/cultural awareness. The program is free for students, but they are asked to help raise funds through events like Pancakes in the Park and by finding sponsors for the program. Mountain Alliance, a youth leadership organization based at Watauga High School, hosts this program each summer.

CALDWELL ART SALE: Join Blowing Rock Art and History Museum for an auction/sale of artwork from various Caldwell County artists from noon to 4 p.m. on June 1 at Patterson School, 4646 Patterson School Drive, Lenoir. Proceeds benefit BRAHM and the Patterson School foundation. Items will be available as “buy it now” or auction prices. Free and open to the public.

CANOE RACE: The 39th annual New River canoe race and family float will be held Saturday, June 1, in Jefferson on the banks of the New River. This Ashe County tradition, originally a local 4H event, is now sponsored by Friends of High Country State Parks with proceeds supporting the Friends of High Country State Parks. Entry fee is $15 per adult and $5 for children under age 12. For more information, visit

TRAILS WORKSHOP: Have you ever been hiking and wondered how trails are constructed and maintained? Perhaps you’ve wanted to volunteer to help and didn’t know how? Join Ranger Musumarra for this five-hour program dedicated to teaching an introduction to trail maintenance. The program will begin with an overview of trail maintenance procedures and will progress to working on the trail. Total hiking distance will be less than three miles round trip. Come prepared with water and food, sturdy boots and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Gloves, eye protection and tools will be provided. This program is suitable for ages 16 and up; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Leave pets at home. Meet at the Profile Trail parking area at 10 a.m.

June 2

BAHA’I DEVOTIONAL: There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting at 11 a.m. in Stony Fork on Sunday, June 2. The theme of the meeting will be “The Equality of Women and Men — Two Wings of One Bird.” Baha’is believe that all the world’s great faiths are divine in origin and that each has a particular contribution to make in God’s unfolding plan for humankind. All are welcome. For more information and directions, call (828) 773-7474.

DAY HIKE: Hike the riverbend trail with the New River State Park staff as we explore the newest trail at the Wagoner Access at 2 p.m. on June 2. This will be a three mile hike. Wear good walking shoes and bring water.

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting guest organist John Cummins as part of its 2019 organ recitals and choral evensong at 3 p.m. on June 2. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Friends of Music, the Summer Concerts feature artists from around northwest North Carolina and range from classical musicians to traditional local music. All concerts will be on Sunday afternoons, either in the church nave or (weather-permitting) on the front lawn of the church, where you are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music. All programs are free and everyone is welcome! St. Mary of the Hills is in Blowing Rock on Main Street. For more information, please contact the church at (828) 295-7323 or visit @MusicfromStMaryoftheHills on Facebook.

June 5

BIRD WALK: Join the High Country Audubon Society for a free bird walk at Valle Crucis Community Park from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on June 5. Enjoy an opportunity to see our beautiful birds in the area in a walk led by one of your community members. Email for more information.

BLUE RIDGE CONSERVANCY AUCTION: Blue Ridge Conservancy will host the 19th annual Gamekeeper Auction on Wednesday, June 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the Barn on the New River, a new event venue in West Jefferson. The Gamekeeper Auction celebrates local businesses and community. Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will prepare dinner complemented with various beer and wine served. A silent and live auction and will feature local prizes donated from our community sponsors. Jesse Miller, with First Security Insurance, will lead the live auction. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on local art, pottery, vacation packages and many other items. All proceeds from the event will benefit BRC and its mission to permanently protect natural resources with agricultural, cultural, recreational, ecological and scenic value in northwest North Carolina. Individual tickets are $30 each or $50 for two. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

AARP CAR FIT EVENT: The Watauga County Project on Aging/Lois E. Harrill Senior Center will hold its Car Fit event from 9 a.m. to noon on June 5. To register, or for more information, call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

ALL ABOUT AMPHIBIANS: June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Kevin Hining of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, this workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn about amphibians. Through classroom presentations, hands-on fieldwork and activities, participants will learn about basic biology, habitat requirements and human interactions with salamanders, frogs and toads. Students will also learn to identify several local amphibian species. This workshop provides five hours Criteria II or III credit toward the N.C. Environmental Education Certification, or 0.5 CEU credit. To register, visit

BLOWING ROCK GARDEN CLUB: The Blowing Rock Garden Club will meet at Rumple Memorial Church Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, June 5. Members gather at 11:45 a.m. for social and the meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. Light refreshments are provided and you are welcome to bring a lunch. The program will concentrate on the planning and coordination for the upcoming Mile of Flowers Garden Tour of private and public gardens scheduled for June 28 in Blowing Rock. Selected gardens, gardening presentations, boutique vendors, special afternoon tea, auction of rocks painted by local artists will all be discussed. Visitors are always welcome to attend.

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