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When Ken Burns showcased his new country music documentary on PBS in September, one of the first musicians interviewed was Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor. It was yet another high watermark for Secor and the band, who have become favorites on the Grand Ole Opry in recent years, won a Gr…

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BLOWING ROCK — The meeting space at the American Legion in Blowing Rock was filled with delicious smells and friendly chatter on Nov. 10 during the 12th annual Hometown Harvest.

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WILKESBORO — Tickets for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26, are now on sale. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans will return to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

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Shop owner Melinda Rose and Sew Original in Boone is joining hands and hearts to put the “give in Thanksgiving” for National Tie One On Day — an apron that is. The celebration is the brainchild of EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book. In keeping with Geisel’s vision, on the day before …

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BLOWING ROCK — With a number of stories of service and jokes mixed in with solemn messages, Blowing Rock held its annual Veterans Day recognition in the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month on Monday at the town’s American Legion Hall.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County Arts Council and the Ashe Chamber Music Society present the Hayes Faculty Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center. The repertoire will include Trio “Le Londres” for Two Violins and Viola and Piano Quintet in A major by Schubert.

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SPRUCE PINE — The Toe River Arts Studio Tour, now in its 27th year, has become a favorite among residents and visitors of Western North Carolina. Every holiday season, Toe River Artists open their homes to family, friends, and complete strangers. This December, visit with artists from every …

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BOONE — For the eighth consecutive year, the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble at Appalachian State University is producing an all-student run musical with the international smash hit “Mamma Mia!” This jukebox musical is based on the award-winning catalog of songs by the Swedish pop music…

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Not many artists break out on their first record, but Luke Combs did it without much fanfare, dropping an album two years ago that has spent 50 weeks on top of Billboard’s country chart and tied the all-time record set by another country sensation, Shania Twain.

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Dennis Bohr is the writer and director of the most recent production by the Black Sheep Theatre, “The World Serious.” The show will be performed at The River Barn in Todd at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13-14.

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On Nov. 11, the Appalachian State University Bookstore will sponsor a Faculty Author Spotlight in the Three Top Room in the Plemmons Student Union. The event begins at 5 p.m., and it will feature Kathryn Kirkpatrick, a professor in the English department, discussing her newest release, “The …

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The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Coffee House Live! Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hensley Hall of the West Jefferson Methodist Church in West Jefferson. The featured performers will include The Smart Ashes, Sylvia and Robert Zahner and Cane Mill Road with Arvil Scott as t…

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Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Afghanistan from 1969-71 gathered for three days in October in the Mission House of the Valle Crucis Conference Center to reconnect and relive their shared experiences on the fiftieth anniversary of their service.

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BLOWING ROCK — The rain didn’t keep the crowd away from the annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock. Stores provided candy and other small treats, such as erasers, to children trick-or-treating at the outlet, and there were plenty activities to keep participants o…

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BOONE — For the ninth consecutive year the High Country Turkey Trot 5K will take place Thanksgiving morning on Thursday, Nov. 28, on the Boone Greenway Trail at the Clawson-Burnley Park entrance. John Weaver, retired director of track, field and cross country for Appalachian State University…

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Christopher Shreve is a senior professor at Appalachian State University, teaching classes such as Chronic and Infectious Diseases and Communications in Public Health. But when classes end, C.Shreve The Professor takes the stage.

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BOONE — Just three weeks after the opening of the venerable Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Executive Director Laura Kratt announced details for the next three public events, including a concert from instrumentalist Sam Bush, at the Boone landmark with donor pre-sale beginning Wedne…

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Autumn colors serve to remind High Country residents that the first snow of the season isn’t far away, and with it, comes the holiday season. This year, consider giving back to the community by donating gently used items or participating in a clothing or toy drive.

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On Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., the Jones House will host its first indoor concert of the fall season, featuring Bill and the Belles. The public is also invited to attend a free harmony singing workshop at 4 p.m., hosted by Bill and the Belles.

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HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne University will open its 2019-20 Playmakers season with a production of “Chicago,” an American musical with the book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The musical will be performed Wednesday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 16, wi…

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The weekend of Nov. 16-17 will be a one-two punch for American roots music in Boone with the back-to-back shows of The Cleverlys and Old Crow Medicine Show.

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Virtually every business has a website, and, in fact, it’s come to be expected. An artist who earns income from their art is also a business. So why wouldn’t artists have a website to showcase what they do?

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The Ashe County Arts Council brings to the stage of the Ashe Civic Center the comedy of Keith Fields and Lady Sarah, the stars of “A Brit Of Magic.” The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

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WATAUGA — Whether it was dancing at a Masquerade Ball in Boone or trick-or-treating in downtown Blowing Rock, community members dressed for the occasion the weekend before Halloween.

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WEST JEFFERSON — West Jefferson Specialty Foods hosted Chef Missy Fraley of The French Magnolia Wednesday, Oct. 23 for a cooking demonstration and class.

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Ensemble Stage, the professional theatre located in the Historic Banner Elk School, will perform a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel “War of the Worlds.”

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BOONE — The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov, in a translation by Paul Schmidt. The play was Chekhov’s first successful naturalist play and follows the lives of young artists as they navigate life. Performances will take pla…

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BANNER ELK — “Wild Worm Will,” also known as the Usain Bolt of ascension and the killer on the string, blasted to the top of the board during the Saturday final at the annual Woolly Worm Festival to net his place in history.

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The Halloween season is good time to have some fun and to raise the roof in unique ways. One now-yearly autumn tradition returns this weekend on Oct. 25 when the Halloween Cover Show takes over the stage at The Tapp Room to raise money for a great cause.

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — The Festival of the Frescoes returned to the Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs Saturday, Oct. 12, welcoming people for a fun and friendly fall festival.