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Aug. 8

MEDICARE 101: The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is offering a Medicare 101 clinic on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 2-4 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center, located at 1081 Old U.S. 421, Sugar Grove. The seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will include a question and answer session. SHIIP is a department of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare fraud and abuse and long-term care insurance. To register, call (828) 297-5195. For more information, visit www.ncshiip.com or call 1-855-408-1212.

Aug. 8-10

WATAUGA HUMANE SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE: The Watauga Humane Society will hold a rummage sale at Boone Armory located at 274 Hunting Hills Ln. There will be an Early Bird sale to allow shoppers to get to the best items first from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. There will be a $10 donation and refreshments will be provided. The sale will continue on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and conclude on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Donation items are needed and drop-off will be at Boone Armory on Aug. 5-8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For those unable to drop off items at the armory, pick up service is available and can be contacted at (828) 264-7865. All proceeds from the sale will go to supporting animals at the WHS shelter.

Aug. 9

WILL CLINIC: Need help with your will (simple, living, power of Attorney, Ext.)? Schedule an appointment with Billie Lister for a time on Aug. 9 at 828-265-8090 or email billie.lister@watgov.org. Located at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center (Project on Aging) Must register for an appointment. This is a free service offered through collaboration with NC Legal Aid.

LAUGHTER AS MEDICINE: High Country Lifelong Learners invites you to a “Laugh, Jest for the Health of It!” The old adage about “Laughter being the best medicine,” is closer to fact than fiction. Dan Mitchum has been studying this subject and sharing this philosophy for over three decades, both in the US and abroad. Dr. Mitchum will discuss some of the positive benefits of laughter and humor as they relate to social, psychological and physical health. Meet at 2 p.m. in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.

Aug. 9-11

BLUE RIDGE WOODSTOCK: The High Country will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock from Aug. 9-11 at Saloon Studios Live in West Jefferson. The event features an all-inclusive, land-cruise style retreat and concert-goers will have the opportunity to “break bread” with the artists each day. For tickets, visit www.universe.com. Visit www.saloonstudioslive.com for more information.

SCULPTURE WALK ON CHETOLA LAKE: Chetola Resort and artist/curator Brenda Councill host the inaugural Sculpture Walk on Chetola Lake. The lake provides a backdrop for juried exhibition of over 50 nationally renowned sculptors traveling from the west coast, the southeast and midwest. Monumental scale and mid-scale works of art curated by Councill will be temporarily installed along the path around the lake. The public is invited to stroll leisurely to view the variety of premiere pieces, many that will debut that weekend. Sculptors will be present to answer questions and inquiries about commissions and sales. Reservations and tickets to Friday and Saturday night private events are available by calling Brenda Councill at (828) 295.9277 or bmc@councill.net.

Aug. 10

HOMEGROWN MUSIC: The fifth annual homegrown music festival presented by Foscoe Ruritan will be Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2-7 p.m. at the Grandfather Community Center. The event features bluegrass, country and gospel music, food, silent auction and vendors. Doors open at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 for adults or $10 at the gate.

ART IN THE PARK: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2019 Art in the Park series on Saturday, June 15. Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Call (828) 295-7851 or contact art@blowingrock.com for questions regarding Art in the Park.

FOREST FUNGI: The Southern Appalachians are world-renowned for different types of fungi, from mushrooms to lichens, and are home to more than 2,000 species. Join mycologist Coleman McCleneghan for a chance to observe many kinds of fungi at higher elevations and learn how to identify them by size, shape and color. To register, visit https://grandfather.com/events/fungi-of-the-cloudland-forest/.

CELTIC MUSIC: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents a Celtic music show with Scottish fiddle champion Maura Shawn Scanlin and accompanist Conor Hearn. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. The show will be at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

WORDKEEPERS: A gathering of writers in the High Country will take place at the Ashe County Arts Center, located at 303 School Avenue in West Jefferson. The event will begin at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and an audience will be waiting to listen to the original works of those who wish to share their writing. Readers are asked to keep their selections, from any genre, under five minutes long and are invited to either share with the audience or sit and listen to others as they share their work. Those interested in reading must contact Diana Renfro at renfrodiana@msn.com in order to reserve a spot.

DIAMOND AND SILK: The Watauga and Ashe County Republican parties will be presenting the popular Conservative duo, Diamond and Silk, at the Blue Ridge Theater and Event Center located on Hwy 16 N in Glendale Springs. Tickets are $125 per person and include a served dinner, show and other guest speakers including Dan Forest, the N.C. Lt. Gov., Mark Keith and other special guests. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. and will be the only fundraiser for the year. Tickets can be purchased online at Watauga.nc.gop or by phone at (828) 773-9218.

FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST: Grandfather Community Center and Park will be holding its monthly fundraiser breakfast from 7:30 until 10 a.m. A country breakfast featuring all the traditional breakfast foods is available every second Saturday of the month May through October. Both dine-in and takeout are available. The suggestion donation for the meal is $8 for adults. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the park’s grounds and facilities. The park is located off of Hwy 105 in Foscoe, behind the Grandfather Trout Pond.

PORK BBQ FUNDRAISER: Shulls Mill Baptist Church in Boone will be serving pork BBQ plates beginning at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 283 Shulls Mill Rd., off of HWY 105, next to the Hound Ears Resort. For more information, call the church at (828) 963-4722.

Aug. 11

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting MaryFest, the St. Mart of the Hills choir, as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on August 11. 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.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Blowing Rock’s Concert in the Park Series is an annual set of free outdoor concerts on the Sunday following Art in the Park starting at 4 p.m. in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. The performances offer entertainment from a variety of musical genres while remaining family-friendly and casual. Aug. 11 features Ashley Heath, a soul Americana artist. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT: The High Country Jazz Society offers jazz concerts every second Sunday of each month from May through October from 5-7 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn, located at 711 Main St., Blowing Rock. On Aug. 11, the featured performers are the Noel Freidline Group. Tickets are $20 per person, $5 per student, plus a $65 membership option for all 2019 season concerts. Call Meadowbrook at (828) 295-4300 for your reservations or plan to arrive early for best seating. For more information, visit highcountryjazzsociety.wordpress.com.

KRUGER BROTHERS: First Baptist Church located at 375 W King St in Boone will host a concert by the Kruger Brothers. In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, The Kruger Brothers’ powerful artistic statement continues to inspire and enlighten audiences and musicians around the world. For more information call the church office at (828) 264-2441.

MARRIED IN THE MOUNTAINS SHOWCASE: The High South Event Professionals (formerly ACES) will be hosting their first annual showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will feature 50 vendors, specialty cocktails, styled vignettes to show of wedding decor, hors d’oeuvres, fashion show, dance floor and more. The event will be held at Overlook Barn in Beech Mountain. A wide variety of caterers, photographers, florists, bakers, wedding coordinators, DJs, musicians and venues will be on hand to offer advice and guidance for every kind of wedding. A portion of the entry fee will be used to “Buy Boone Lunch” at the F.A.R.M Cafe in Downtown Boone, a nonprofit restaurant that “Feeds All Regardless of Means.” For more information on the Married in the Mountains Showcase, visit www.highsouthevents.com or contact the organization by emailing info@highsouthevents.com.

Aug. 12

TORCH MEETING: The monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse will be held at Sagebrush Restaurant. The presentation will begin at noon and those arriving by 11:30 may choose from a $10 menu. The topic this month is “Flipped: A Drug Induced Journey to the Horizon of Instability” and will be presented by Bob Cantu. Cantu has perspectives developed as a Central Carolinas Master Naturalist and is an active member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Roland Moy at (828) 264-8811.

MONDAY AT THE MOVIES: High Country Lifelong Learners invites the community to attend its Monday at the Movies showing “The Darkest Hour.” It is May 1940 and Churchill becomes Prime Minister at Britain’s darkest hour in the war with Germany. It won two Oscars with stars Gary Oldman, Lily James and Kristen Scott-Thomas. The movie is free and shown at 2 p.m. at the Watauga Public Library at 140 Queen St. in Boone. Bring a drink and seat cushion if you like and popcorn will be provided.

Aug. 13

CROSSNORE PRESBYTERIAN SPEAKER SERIES: At Crossnore Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, pianist Anne Trenning and retired Charlotte Observer editorial chief and author Ed Williams will lead “A Night of Music and Readings.” The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the church office at (828) 733-1939. The church is located at 200 Chapel Drive, Crossnore.

Aug. 13-15

JUMP ROPE CAMP: Boone Bouncers are hosting a jump rope camp at Big Blue at 174 Old East King St. from 8 a.m. to noon for ages 5-18. Registration is $90, or $30 per day. Prices for the camp include the cost of a jump rope. Register online at boonebouncers.com or call Kyndall Boyle at (828) 200-4447 for more information.

Aug. 14

GO GRANDFATHER: Come celebrate NC State Park’s Annual Interpretive Theme “SNAKES” at Grandfather Mountain State Park! Grandfather Mountain State Park will be hosting an event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. focusing on snakes, especially the snakes of North Carolina. Don’t let your discomfort or fear of snakes keep you from attending. All ages are welcome, and there will be activities for both children and adults. A detailed schedule of events will be published mid-summer. Event will take place at Profile Trail parking area, 4198 Hwy 105 South in Banner Elk.

WORLD WAR II STORIES: High Country Lifelong Leaners presents “World War II Stories.” World War II historical enthusiast Keith Buchanan returns to share his insights about D-Day. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Keith will have just returned from several weeks of leading WWII commemorative tours in Europe prior to his talk. He will share with us factual stories from that era, including one about a concentration camp guard. Please join us for another of his informative and personal depictions from this complex chapter in human history. Please join us at 2 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.

Aug. 16

JIM HENRY IN BLOWING ROCK: Orlando, Fla.-based retired pastor Jim Henry will be speaking to the Men’s Connection Bible Study of Blowing Rock’s 11th annual summer breakfast on Friday, Aug. 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort.

Aug. 17

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Motown, beach and classic rock band Lucky Strikes will play on Aug. 17. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

NATURE WALK: The next “third Saturday Birds, Bugs and Blooms” nature walk will be held from 9-11 a.m. at Todd Island Park. The park is located at the intersection of Castleford Rd and Railroad Grade Rd. It may also be reached by traveling N on Brownwood Rd from US 421 near Deep Gap and turning left onto Todd Railroad Grade Rd and then left into the park under the Castleford bridge. Bill Dunson, a retired biology professor from Penn State will be leading the walk and a discussion of the plants and animals that are encountered. The purpose of the walk is to learn more about the community ecology of the interesting flood plain site in the middle of the S Fork of the New River. The edible and medicinal qualities of the plants will also be discussed and comments from the audience are welcome. No reservations are necessary. For additional information call or text (276) 233-6364 or email Dunson at wdunson@comcast.net

KIDS FUN DAY: Rock Creek Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a kids fun day by the river at 11 a.m. at the Creston Fire Department. There will be inflatables, food and fun. Kids will have an opportunity to play in the river, so be sure to bring extra clothes. For additional information please contact Pastor Anthony Roark at (336) 977-6663.

Aug. 17-18

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN CAMERA CLINIC: Top photographers will gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of taking good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost of $50 for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 15 at grandfather.com. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

Aug. 17-25

Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk presents: “The Redeemer,” a play following a desperate search for a kidnapped boy. Tickets are on sale now for season subscribers and Century Club members. Single show tickets go on sale April 1. Visit http://www.ensemblestage.com/box_office_summer.html to learn more.

Aug. 18

VINTAGE VALLE: Vintage Valle Music returns to Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church for an eighth big summer of community music. Come join us in the summer months of June, July and August on the third Sunday of each month, from 4-6 p.m. Admission is free. Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church is located at 2147 N.C. Highway 194 S., Vilas NC 28692, just two miles north of The Original Mast General Store, in Valle Crucis. Local favorites Folk & Dagger join us for our final show on Aug. 18, offering our community an opportunity to enjoy their mix of nostalgic folk and popular culture songs, hidden gems they’ve discovered, and beautiful originals penned by Doris Bazzini. Again this year, our audience is in for a treat – the opportunity to sing along with well-known and much-loved favorites offered by The Threshold Singers, a volunteer choir of local folks who just like to get together to sing and play instruments suitable for their moods and their talents. And, finally, in the time-honored tradition of summer celebrations, The Moravian Brass Band, led by Michael Salley, closes our summer with familiar and traditional instrumentals mixed with a touch of classical, reminiscent of days gone by.

CONCERT: Boone native, Willa Finck will return to the area to perform with her band Copper Hill. The concert will take place at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in the Bishop Johnson Hall and will begin at 4 p.m. There is a $15 suggested donation and a 60 person maximum capacity. The folk-art band is stopping in Boone to promote their recently released album “Once Around the Sun.” The band aims to connect with a variety of audiences and combines the defining aspects of several genres. A reviewer for the Rochester (NY) CITY Newspaper wrote, “ Once Around the Sun” is an odyssey of upbeat, whirling reels and fruitful ballads with melancholic, modal twists.” Finck is known to many as one of the young fiddlers in the Celtic group The Forget-Me-Nots, who for many years were featured performers around the High Country.

Aug. 20

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Aug. 20. A training on “Emotional and Behavioral: The Impact of Chronic Medical Illnesses on the Brain” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Enhancing Mental Health with Alternative Treatments” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Inn at Crestwood, located at 3236 Shulls Mill Road, Boone. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Aug. 21

RPO MEETING: The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee and Rural Transportation Advisory Committee of the High Country Rural Planning Organization will be holding a meeting at the High Country Council of Governments located at 468 New Market Blvd. in Boone. The RTCC will meet at 10 a.m. and the RTAC will meet at 2 p.m. A public hearing for RPO endorsement of the Mitchell County Comprehensive Transportation Plan will be held during the RTAC meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

Aug. 22-25

“CALENDAR GIRLS”: The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all-volunteer theater group that makes its home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Their August production will be “Calendar Girls,” based on the true story of 11 Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. The calendar is a success, but members’ friendships will be put to the test. The production will be directed by Kim Isler and produced by Michael Malloy. Auditions will be in July 2019.

Aug. 23

MUSIC BY THE LAKE: Seven Devils Resort Club is hosting an evening of live music by Dixie Dawn and the Kruger Brothers from 4-8 p.m. This concert is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Seven Devils’ township, and it will take place by the lake on the Seven Devils Resort Club’s property.

Aug. 24

WATAUGA LAKE CLEANUP: The tenth annual Watauga Lake cleanup will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fish Springs Marina or Sink Mountain Boat Ramp along with Watauga Lake. Trash bags, vinyl gloves, water bottles, t-shirts and snacks will be provided. To register, call or text (423) 534-4785

SPIDERS IN ECOLOGY: Participants will be introduced to the biology of spiders, with an emphasis on the ecological roles of spiders, their incredible diversity and techniques to identify specimens to species level. Excursions will provide the opportunity for hands-on exploration of spider diversity and behavior. To register, visit https://grandfather.com/events/spiders-identification-diversity-ecology-biology/.

TUBEFEST: Join Green Valley Community Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for its annual TubeFest Fundraiser. Come dressed to get wet and remember to wear water shoes or water-proof sandals. The cost of the fundraiser is $10 per tube per ride per person and includes the shuttle. Tubes are provided, and children must be accompanied by an adult while they float. Volunteers will be selling refreshments.

Aug. 25

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting folk trio Odd and Even as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on August 25. 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.

Aug. 27

MUSIC AND CLOGGING: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Calico Uprising: Mountain Music and Clogging” with the Green Grass Cloggers and the Little Stony Nighthawks. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. at Blowing Rock School Auditorium, 130 Sunset Drive. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

THE BURNETT SISTERS: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents: “Sweet Sibling Harmonies and Toe Tapping Tunes: The Burnett Sisters.” Ranging from ages 12 to 22, the Burnett Sisters Band consists of four members who create a unique blend of music in the folk, old-time and bluegrass traditions. Currently performing professionally as a string band at events and festivals across the United States, The Burnett Sisters Band has established a name as a highly entertaining, engaging and delightful group of musicians with haunting sibling harmony vocals. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation is $10.

Aug. 28

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at The Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month through October. See us on Facebook and learn more.

Aug. 29

HIKER AND AUTHOR: Jennifer Pharr Davis will be speaking at Grandfather Mountain from 6-7 p.m. Davis covered the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. She maintained an average of 47 miles a day. Due to this remarkable hike, she claimed the overall fastest known time on the AT. Davis has covered over 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents and is an author, speaker and National Geographic Adventurer of the year. In her upcoming lecture, Davis will speak about what motivates her and gives her the strength to persevere. The event is limited to 165 people. Admission is FREE for Bridge Club Members and $20 to the general public.

Aug. 30- Sept. 1

ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE QUILT EXHIBIT: An exhibit of quilts made by women of Johnson County before 1970 will be held at the New Life Center at 401 W. Main Street, Mountain City, Tenn. The exhibit will be open from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 30 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 31. A discussion of significant quilts (Bed Turning) will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 and at noon on Aug. 31. This is a free exhibit, open to the public.

HAPPY VALLEY FIDDLERS CONVENTION: The Caldwell Arts Council invites the High Country community to a celebrate Labor Day weekend on the banks of the Yadkin River, surrounded by mountain music, dancing, food and beautiful scenery. The event will take place at Jones Farm located at 3590 NC-268 in Lenoir. The event will have free admission on Friday, Saturday will be $10 and Sunday will be $15. Children under 16 are admitted free of charge. The event will kickoff on Friday at 7 p.m. and will feature a community dance with mountain music, cake walks, open caller mic and more. Saturday will be packed with entertainment and there will be eight categories of music competitions beginning at 10 a.m. on the main stage. The Youth JAM tent will be offering performances by talented young musicians. Non-music and children’s activities will include hayrides, storytelling, children’s crafts and rock stacking in the river. The weekend-long festival will conclude on Sunday with a concert starting at 11 a.m. featuring a lineup of musicians including Piney Woods Boys, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Strictly Clean and Decent, the Burnett Sisters, the Harris Brothers and the Jeff Little Trio. The Youth JAM tent will host workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar and storytelling. More details and directions are available at HappyValleyFiddlers.org.

Aug. 31

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. The Appalachian State University pep band and jazz, beach and shag band High Standard both will play on Aug. 31. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

Sept. 1

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN HAWKWATCH: All throughout September, guests are invited to join the mountain’s naturalists as they count and celebrate the annual spectacle of the fall raptor migration. Participants can meet daily at Linville Peak, across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, weather permitting. With a few exceptions where noted, most special events are included with park admission. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

BLUE YONDER: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “The John Lilly Trio – Blue Yonder.” Blue Yonder features the singing of John Lilly, an award-winning songwriter, who also is an excellent yodeler in the Jimmy Rodgers style. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

Sept. 6-7

WILKES COUNTY QUILT SHOW: The 2019 Quilt Show hosted by the members of the Wilkes County Quilt Guild, Inc. will be titled Love, Laugh, Quilt and display a large variety of traditional, modern and art quilts. The event will be held at the Stone Center located at 613 Cherry Street in N Wilkesboro. The hours for the event will be 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a Boutique of dolls, crafts, pillow cases and baskets for sale, which are all made by members. There will also be seven favorite vendors offering a wide range of quilting and sewing supplies. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to win a beautiful raffle quilt. There will be daily door prizes and those interested must be present in order to win. The Grand Prize package is valued over $1,000 and is a Janome 2030QDCB sewing machine with an extension table, quilting kit, carrying case and an assortment of fat quarters. The drawing will take place at the end of the show on Saturday. It is not required to be present in order to win the Grand Prize. For every $10 spent in the Boutique or with vendors, another ticket for the Grand Prize will be given. The show is the guild’s largest fundraiser and helps with the purchase of fabrics that are made into charity quilts for babies, children and veterans. For additional information, please contact Martha Myers at (336) 667-1639 or visit the website at www.wilkesquilters.org.

Sept. 7

ART IN THE PARK: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2019 Art in the Park series on Saturday, June 15. Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Call (828) 295-7851 or contact art@blowingrock.com for questions regarding Art in the Park.

JUNIOR RANGER DAY: Grandfather Mountain’s Junior Ranger Day will celebrate the park’s Junior Ranger program and its esteemed participants. Programs throughout the day will be provided specifically for children ages 5-12 to explore their environment and experience all that Grandfather has to offer. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. With a few exceptions where noted, most special events are included with park admission. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

DOG JOG: This annual fundraiser for the Watauga Humane Society, sponsored by SNIPS, will take place at Brookshire Park in Boone from 8:30 a.m.-noon, complete with vendors, contests and a $25 rabies clinic. Early registration is $15 per dog, and onsite registration is $20. To register, email Alyssa at alyssa@wataugahumanesociety.org or call at (828) 264-8495.

Sept. 8

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting its 2019 organ recitals and choral evensong at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8. 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.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Blowing Rock’s Concert in the Park Series is an annual set of free outdoor concerts on the Sunday following Art in the Park starting at 4 p.m. in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. The performances offer entertainment from a variety of musical genres while remaining family-friendly and casual. Sept. 8 features Spruce Pine’s contemporary and traditional local singer and guitarist Sam McKinney. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT: The High Country Jazz Society offers jazz concerts every second Sunday of each month from May through October from 5-7 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn, located at 711 Main St., Blowing Rock. On Sept. 8, the featured performers are the Michael Stevens Group. Tickets are $20 per person, $5 per student, plus a $65 membership option for all 2019 season concerts. Call Meadowbrook at (828) 295-4300 for your reservations or plan to arrive early for best seating. For more information, visit highcountryjazzsociety.wordpress.com.

Sept. 10

MOUNTAIN STREAM ECOLOGY: Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Kevin Hining of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, this workshop explores some of the fish and wildlife that inhabit the area’s mountain streams, as well as the techniques used in the field to study them. Discussion will also cover some of the factors affecting waterways and activities that can be used in the classroom. For the second half of the workshop, participants will travel to the Blue Ridge Parkway and conduct a fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate survey of Boone Fork, a tributary of the Watauga River. Participants should come prepared to get in the water, meaning they should bring waders, rubber boots or shoes that can get wet. This workshop provides five hours of Criteria II or III credit toward the N.C. Environmental Education Certification, or 0.5 CEU credit. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2ug0PdP.

CARRY OUT CUISINE: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus Culinary Arts program will offer Carry Out Cuisine events during the Fall 2019 semester to the general public and will also continue to offer the Chef’s Table Dining Experience events. The spring menus will each focus on a different region and will feature some of the most popular dishes from cuisines around the world. Meals are $20 per person and reservations are recommended. Cash only payments are accepted when meals are picked up on the day of service. Pick-up times are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga Campus Kitchen, Building W141, Room 102. A limited number of tickets to the Chef’s Table Dining Experience will be available during each Carry Out Cuisine event. Tickets are $25. The theme for the September dinner is a Tour of Italy and the items include Herbed Focaccia (herbed leavened flat bread), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and bean soup), Arista Di Maiale (roasted stuffed pork loin), Spinac in Tegame (sautéed spinach), Gnocchi Pesto (potato dumpling with basil and garlic sauce) and Zabaglione (fresh fruit with marsala wine desert sauce). For more information or to reserve your tickets for any of these Carry Out Cuisine or Chef’s Table events, contact Chef Robert Back at (828) 297-3811 ext. 5222 or by email at rback@cccti.edu.

Sept. 11

BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its semi-annual Business Before Hours networking event on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blowing Rock Library, located, located at 1022 Main St., Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Sept. 13

SOCIAL SECURITY 101: Lisa Wallace, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration will be giving a helpful presentation about social security to provide the basics and answer questions. The event will be held at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A from 8 to 9 a.m. Refreshments will be served and space is limited. Call Boone Chamber of Commerce at (828) 264-2225 or register online at boonechamber.com/events.

MEDICARE 101: The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is offering a Medicare 101 clinic on from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A. The seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will include a question and answer session. SHIIP is a department of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare fraud and abuse and long-term care insurance. To register, call (828) 297-5195. For more information, visit www.ncshiip.com or call 1-855-408-1212.

Sept. 14

49TH ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY: Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants can enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the v for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Folk and blues band Deelin Ded both will play on Sept. 14. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

SOCIAL SECURITY 101: Lisa Wallace, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration will be giving a helpful presentation about social security to provide the basics and answer questions. The event will be held at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connecter, Suite A from 10 to 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served and space is limited. Call Boone Chamber of Commerce at (828) 264-2225 or register online at boonechamber.com/events

MEDICARE 101: The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is offering a Medicare 101 clinic on from 11 a.m. until noon at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A. The seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will include a question and answer session. SHIIP is a department of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare fraud and abuse and long-term care insurance. To register, call (828) 297-5195. For more information, visit www.ncshiip.com or call 1-855-408-1212.

Sept. 17

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Sept. 17. A training on “Suicide Indicators, Response and Prevention” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Crisis Prevention: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Blowing Rock Medical Park, located at 8439 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Sept. 18

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR: The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is an original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the VDT, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, MS, a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a VDT experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks. The event will take place at Watauga Medical Center/AHEC Building located at 336 Deerfield Rd in Boone from 10 a.m. until noon. The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia. Participants are led through the 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Appointments are required and space is limited. To reserve your space or learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please call (828) 754-0101, 1 (844) MY-JOURNEY or email prc@caldwellhospice.org.

Sept. 20-21

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 35TH ANNUAL BAZAAR: Boone United Methodist Church is hosting its 35th Fall Bazaar from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, and from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The bazaar will be featuring gently used items including clothing, kitchen items, children’s toys, sports equipment, electronics, appliances and furniture.

Sept. 21

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT AND BONFIRE DELIGHT: As night falls on Grandfather Mountain, guests can enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Additional cost. Limited to 48 participants. Registration opens Aug. 26 at grandfather.com. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

Sept. 22

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting cellist and pianist Ellie Wee and Barry Salwer as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22. 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.

Sept. 23

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR: The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is an original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the VDT, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, MS, a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a VDT experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks. The event will take place at Ashe Services for the Aging located at 180 Chattyrob Ln in West Jefferson from 1-3 p.m. The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia. Participants are led through the 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Appointments are required and space is limited. To reserve your space or learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please call (828) 754-0101, 1 (844) MY-JOURNEY or email prc@caldwellhospice.org.

Sept. 24

SPICE OF LIFE: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Variety: the Spice of Life – Strictly Clean and Decent.” Patrick Crouch, Ron Shuffler and Kay Crouch have a unique blend of brilliant vocal harmonies and solid instrumental foundation. Their eclectic repertoire includes modern folk songs by American, Canadian and Irish songwriters, the fiery breakdowns, and songs of family and home found in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass settings and centuries-old Celtic airs and dance tunes. 2 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation $10.

Sept. 25

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at The Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month through October. See us on Facebook and learn more.

Sept. 28

FALL COLOR SKETCHBOOK: Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. foundation course focuses on creating accurate and artistic botanical illustrations. Guided by artist and Carolina Naturalist Preston Montague, participants will learn basic observation and drawing techniques with pen and pencil and will use colored pencils to apply vibrant color. Registration costs $60 standard or $20 for Bridge Club members. Bridge Club members must present a valid Bridge Club ID with their event ticket/receipt upon arrival, or they will be charged full price. To register, visit https://grandfather.com/events/fall-color-sketchbook/.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. The Appalachian State University pep band and jazz, beach and shag band High Standard both will play on Sept. 28. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

Oct. 1

CARRY OUT CUISINE: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus Culinary Arts program will offer Carry Out Cuisine events during the Fall 2019 semester to the general public and will also continue to offer the Chef’s Table Dining Experience events. The spring menus will each focus on a different region and will feature some of the most popular dishes from cuisines around the world. Meals are $20 per person and reservations are recommended. Cash only payments are accepted when meals are picked up on the day of service. Pick-up times are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga Campus Kitchen, Building W141, Room 102. A limited number of tickets to the Chef’s Table Dining Experience will be available during each Carry Out Cuisine event. Tickets are $25. The theme for the October dinner is a Tour of the Caribbean Islands and items will include Mixed Bean Salad (assorted beans and avocado in lemon garlic dressing),Cuban Sandwich (mojo pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles and house made mustard, pressed on ciabatta bread), Plantain Chips (ripe plantains sliced thin and fried, finished with sea salt) and Rum Cake (homemade rum cake basted with Caribbean rum). For more information or to reserve your tickets for any of these Carry Out Cuisine or Chef’s Table events, contact Chef Robert Back at (828) 297-3811 ext. 5222 or by email at rback@cccti.edu.

Oct. 1-12

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN FALL COLOR RAMBLE: Guests can enjoy 20 minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the nature museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore this natural phenomenon. The ramble begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 1-11, and runs 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. With a few exceptions where noted, most special events are included with park admission. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

Oct. 5

ART IN THE PARK: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2019 Art in the Park series on Saturday, June 15. Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Call (828) 295-7851 or contact art@blowingrock.com for questions regarding Art in the Park.

DAVID CHILDERS TRIO: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Carolina Native Songster – The David Childers Trio.” Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. Childers will be joined by Korey Dudley on bass and David Niblock on acoustic guitar. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation $20. 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Beach and horn band Swing Set will play on Oct. 5. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

Oct. 6

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting its 2019 organ recitals and choral evensong at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6. 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.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Blowing Rock’s Concert in the Park Series is an annual set of free outdoor concerts on the Sunday following Art in the Park starting at 4 p.m. in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. The performances offer entertainment from a variety of musical genres while remaining family-friendly and casual. Oct. 6 features traditional swing music group The Starlighters. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Oct. 7

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR: The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is an original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the VDT, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, MS, a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a VDT experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks. The event will take place at Avery Senior Center located at 165 Schultz Circle in Newland from 1-3 p.m. The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia. Participants are led through the 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Appointments are required and space is limited. To reserve your space or learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please call (828) 754-0101, 1 (844) MY-JOURNEY or email prc@caldwellhospice.org.

Oct. 12

MUSICAL DUET: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Sensational and Inspiring Musical Duet: Al Petteway and Amy White.” Al and Amy have long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to blues, New Age and jazz. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive.

Oct. 13

JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT: The High Country Jazz Society offers jazz concerts every second Sunday of each month from May through October from 5-7 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn, located at 711 Main St., Blowing Rock. On Oct. 13, the featured performers are the ASU Jazz Ensemble I. Tickets are $20 per person, $5 per student, plus a $65 membership option for all 2019 season concerts. Call Meadowbrook at (828) 295-4300 for your reservations or plan to arrive early for best seating. For more information, visit highcountryjazzsociety.wordpress.com.

Oct. 13-15

“WHO’S ON FIRST”: The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all-volunteer theater group that makes its home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Their last production of the season will be “Who’s On First,” written by Jack Sharkey. This comedy features a husband, wife, lover, friend, a strange lamp, a gun and a rubber chicken that are all doomed to live the same hour over and over again until they get it right. Four actors in four scenes race through this hilarious farce to an unexpected ending. Directed by Jim Williams. Auditions will be in August 2019.

Oct. 15

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Oct. 15. A training on “Depression: From Surviving to Thriving” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Anti-Depressant Medications” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at The Ridgeline Food and Spirits, located at 8960 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Oct. 17

ZOE AND CLOYD: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Something Old, Something New: Zoe and Cloyd.” Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian Mountains, renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein joins award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. The show starts at 2 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation $10.

Oct. 19

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Motown, beach and classic rock band Lucky Strikes will play on Oct. 19. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

Oct. 26

BEARY SCARY HALLOWEEN: Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly! From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., this fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to create special Halloween treats for the animals and then trick-or-treat through the animal habitats area. Children in costume are admitted at half-price. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

GUITAR PICKERS: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents: “Two Generations of Guitar Pickers: The Wayne Henderson Trio with special guest Presley Barker.” Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia, and Presley has quickly emerged as an astonishingly gifted flat-picker. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

Oct. 27

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting the Appalachian State University Men’s Glee Club as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27. 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.

Oct. 28

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR: The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is an original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the VDT, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, MS, a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a VDT experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks. The event will take place at Watauga Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector #A in Boone from 1-3 p.m. The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia. Participants are led through the 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Appointments are required and space is limited. To reserve your space or learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please call (828) 754-0101, 1 (844) MY-JOURNEY or email prc@caldwellhospice.org.

Oct. 30

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at The Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month through October. See us on Facebook and learn more.Nov. 19

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Nov. 19. A training on “Neurocognitive Disorder: Living with Dementia” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “It’s a Brain Thing: The Study of Dementia Medications” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

Nov. 5

CARRY OUT CUISINE: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus Culinary Arts program will offer Carry Out Cuisine events during the Fall 2019 semester to the general public and will also continue to offer the Chef’s Table Dining Experience events. The spring menus will each focus on a different region and will feature some of the most popular dishes from cuisines around the world. Meals are $20 per person and reservations are recommended. Cash only payments are accepted when meals are picked up on the day of service. Pick-up times are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga Campus Kitchen, Building W141, Room 102. A limited number of tickets to the Chef’s Table Dining Experience will be available during each Carry Out Cuisine event. Tickets are $25. The theme for the November dinner is a Tour of Africa and items will include Tatale (corncakes with plantains), Harira (vegetable and meat soup), Boerewors (homemade beef and pork sausage patty), Spinach Stew (sweet and spicy braised spinach with tomatoes and onion), Curried Corn (corn curried with tomatoes) and Beignets de Bananes (fresh banana fritter). For more information or to reserve your tickets for any of these Carry Out Cuisine or Chef’s Table events, contact Chef Robert Back at (828) 297-3811 ext. 5222 or by email at rback@cccti.edu.

Nov. 8

ALL ABOUT ELK: Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop, led by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission educators Kevin Hining and Tanya Poole, will focus on elk in North Carolina. A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about the life history and current research on elk, as well as activities that can be incorporated into educational programs. Information on how to coexist with elk will be provided. Participants will also tour the wildlife habitats at Grandfather Mountain with park staff and observe elk up close. This workshop provides six hours Criteria II or III credit toward the N.C. Environmental Education Certification, or 0.6 CEU credit. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2HyzOd6.

Nov. 9-10

TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Nov. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This 10-hour workshop will help prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods. Attendees will learn about a variety of teaching techniques, methods and instructional strategies, and the workshop will include multiple interactive components. This is a required workshop for all N.C. Environmental Education Certification candidates who enrolled in the program after Jan. 1, 2009, as Criteria I credit. This workshop may also count for Continuing Education for those educators who are already certified. This program is hosted by Amy Renfranz, Grandfather’s director of education. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2XZ8o5Z.

Nov. 19

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at Famous Toastery, located at 349 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Dec. 17

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