The High Country is home to myriad of interests and experiences for those who want to break out of the day-to-day routine.
Ashe County Cheese (West Jefferson)
Ashe County Cheese, comprised of the Ashe County Cheese Store and the Ashe County Cheese Company, opened in 1930 and later added a viewing room in 1981 — making Ashe County Cheese an ideal location for tourist stops. The plant makes a variety of cheeses and butter to be distributed across the country.
To see when you can watch cheesemaking, visit Ashe County Cheese’s production schedule at www.ashecountycheese.com/events.
Ashe County Little Theatre (West Jefferson)
The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all volunteer community based theater group that resides in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson, and aims to put on three to four quality productions per year.
The Little Theatre will put on Broadway musical “Gypsy” from July 20-24. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, “Gypsy” follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters in show business. Louise’s character is based on Lee, and June’s character is based on Lee’s sister, actress June Havoc.
The ACLT production is directed by Joe Clark and produced by Michael Malloy.
“Calendar Girls” will show from Aug. 22-25. When Annie’s husband, John, dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. The two persuade four fellow members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.
The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame.
For more information about productions or backstage volunteering, call (336) 846-2787.
Ensemble Stage (Banner Elk)
Ensemble Stage, a professional theater in Banner Elk, has several shows throughout the summer to keep audiences amused.
“Fortune” will make its North Carolina premiere from June 7-15. The play tells of a lonely psychic who looks into her future and notices that love is missing from her life. However, she crosses paths with an accountant who threatens suicide if she cannot foresee a romance for him. When she attempts to alter the man’s destiny, she alters hers, too.
Peter Colley’s “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight,” will run from June 29-July 6. “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” showcases a young married couple who rent a secluded cabin from a peculiar farmer who enjoys telling macabre ghost stories. Once the husband’s sister arrives, she serves as a catalyst for a series of terrifying occurrences.
The last show of the summer season includes Cybele May’s “The Redeemer,” which will show from Aug. 17-25. This tale explores a detective searching for a kidnapped child and his reliance on psychic visions to solve it.
Season tickets are currently on sale. Opening night tickets sell the quickest. For single show tickets, visit www.ensemblestage.com/box_office_summer.html.
High Gravity Adventures (Blowing Rock)
Aerial adventure park High Gravity Adventures offers high flying adventures for the daring.
For those interested in zip-lining, a High Gravity Adventures Zip Guide will lead a tour beginning at the treehouse, travel down multiple zip lines, go over a sky bridge and end with a 70-foot-free fall for those who are feeling extra gutsy.
A High Altitude Zip Line Tour requires participants to be 75-265 pounds, at least 7 years old and children 7-10 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour can last up to two hours.
Climbing adventure awaits at the Aerial Adventure Park with more than 75 aerial elements at the Blue Ridge Course. Younger climbers can climb the Foothills Course, a 13-element one-level course designed for children 4 and older.
Blue Ridge Course participants must be no more than 265 pounds, at least 7 years old and children 7-10 must climb with an adult. Foothills Course participants cannot weigh more than 265 pounds and must be at least 4 years old. Four-and 5-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
The “cherry on top” to a High Gravity Adventures day is the giant swing, which goes up to 45 feet in the air.
For tickets or more information about High Gravity Adventures, visit www.highgravityadventures.com.