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July 23

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Mountain Resort (SOLD OUT), featuring the Symphony of the Mountains, conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth.

July 23

Virtual Tour of Homes, produced by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, featuring four Blowing Rock residences. See them up close and in detail while contributing to the church’s fundraising efforts that support area non-profit needs. Silent auction runs through August 6.

Until July 24

FOSCOE CHRISTIAN CHURCH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Foscoe Christian Church is started hosting its Vacation Bible School on July 18, and it will continue through July 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. each night. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to the “Concrete and Cranes VBS” at Foscoe Christian Church, located at 8834 N.C. 105 in Boone. More information about the church can be found at or by calling (828) 963-4395.

July 24

BRITISH OCCUPATION OF HICKORY RIDGE: Witness as Hickory Ridge is transformed into a settlement under the occupation of the British Army in 1781. See how citizens reacted to having an army literally on their doorsteps. See how they would fight back without the British knowing. Also see how the Bristish Army treated their subjects after their defeats at Kings Mountain and Cowpens as well as their costly victory at Guildford Courthouse. This event will take place on July 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickory Ridge History Museum located at 591 Horn In The West Boulevard in Boone. Ticket price is to be announced. For more information call (828) 264-2120.

July 27

BEGINNER SHAG LESSONS: The Boone Shag Club is teaching the North Carolina State Dance, the Carolina Shag. Becky and Gary Doran are Competitive Shaggers and will be teaching the beginners lessons in July. Lessons will take place at the Green Park Inn located at 9239 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. Admission for new comers is $30 and includes 2021 Boone Shag Club membership. Partners are strongly recommended, but not necessary. Lessons begin promply at 6 p.m.; instructors ask participants to not be late. Lessons are taught in a progression, so participants should plan to attend all four lessons to get the most out of the dance.

July 28

VALLE CRUCIS BIRDWALK: Join the High Country Audubon Society for a bird walk at Valle Crucis Community Park on Wednesday, July 28. Enjoy an opportunity to see beautiful regional birds in a walk led by one of your community members. Social distancing is required. The event will take place from 8:30 — 10:30 a.m. at Valle Crucis Community Park located at 2892 Broadstone Road in Banner Elk. The event is free and open to the public. for more information email

WEICHOLZ GLOBAL FILM SERIES: COMPLICITY: Cheng Liang is a young Chinese immigrant living illegally in Japan who gets caught up in a theft ring, stealing water heaters and the like from homes and businesses in order to survive. Desperate for legitimate work, he buys and assumes a false identity at a considerable cost. With his new identity, Liu Wei gets a job in a traditional Japanese soba restaurant run by an aging soba master and his kind daughter. He starts his new life in Japan while always fearing to have his real identity disclosed and to be deported back to China. This is an online event presented by the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Cost of admission is $5. For more information visit

EDIBLE PLANTS AND MEDICINAL PLANTS: Join a Park Ranger for an exciting and educational program to learn about edible and medicinal plants. This will be slow paced on natural surface trails, cover approximately 1.5 miles and last two to three hours. Come wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and please leave pets at home. This is appropriate for all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP for hikes by phone 828-963-9522 or at Participation is limited to 15. The event will start at Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail parking area at 10 a.m.

July 30

BEER FOR BREAKFAST: Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys’ weekend” — complete with old music and cheap beer. These guys are out to prove they’ve still got it, so they are going to party like it’s 1979! It’s all going well until one of them doesn’t show up...but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable? This play is presented by the Ensemble Stage Theater located at 185 Azalea Circle SE in Banner Elk. Cost of admission is Adults $26, Senior/Student/Military $24, Kids (16 & under) $12. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. on 7/30, 7/31, 8/3, 8/6, and 8/7. For more information call (828) 414-1844.

July 30-31

THE GATHERING: The seventh hosting of The Gathering will take place July 30-31 at Alliance Bible Fellowship. The Gathering is a non-denominational Christian women’s event, the last of which was held January 2020 with women in attendance from over 70 churches in and around the High Country. The July 30 event will take place 7-9 p.m.; the group will reconvene from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 31 to continue time of fellowship, worship, teaching and ministry. More information can be found at

July 31

VALLE CRUCIS BIRDWALK: Join the High Country Audubon Society for a bird walk at Valle Crucis Community Park on Wednesday, July 31. Enjoy an opportunity to see beautiful regional birds in a walk led by one of your community members. Social distancing is required. The event will take place from 8:30 — 10:30 a.m. at Valle Crucis Community Park located at 2892 Broadstone Road in Banner Elk. The event is free and open to the public. for more information email

Aug. 3

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The Watauga County Second Annual National Night Out is taking place from 4-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Watauga High School. National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live. The Aug. 3 event will have K-9 demonstrations, a bounce house, music, food trucks, kids crafts and more. For more information, contact the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 264-3761 or the Boone Police Department at (828) 268-6900.

MOUNTAIN LAUREL QUILT GUILD: The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 3rd at 1:00 p.m. We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. New members and beginning quilters are welcome. For more information contact Sue Stell at or (704) 609-1449.

Aug. 5

POWER OF THE PURSE: Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge will host the 2021 Power of the Purse luncheon on Aug. 5. The event takes place at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, located at 9401 Reynolds Parkway, Boone, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors for the event open at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets or learn more about Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, visit

Aug. 6-7

BACK 2 SCHOOL: The 2021 Back 2 School Festival will be held in-person on Aug. 6 and 7 at Watauga High School, with each school in Watauga County being assigned a specific time for students and their families to pick up school supplies. For event times for each school or to learn more about how to get involved, visit

Aug. 7

CCC WIPEOUT!: Boone United Methodist Church, located at 471 New Market Blvd., will host a Church Community Clearance sale on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will take place outside and feature all kinds of finds, including a boutique. For more information contact Addie at (386) 717-0267.


GREEN PARK INN: Continuing through the summer, Charlie Ellis — with Dave Braun — will perform from 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Greenpark Inn, 9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock. No admission charge. For more information call (828) 414-9230.

HORN IN THE WEST OUTDOOR DRAMA: Horn In The West is our nation’s longest-running Revolutionary War outdoor drama. The play brings to life the story of the hardy pioneers who, with the help of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Cherokee allies, settled in the Blue Ridge wilderness as they sought freedom from British tyranny. Loved by young and old, the Horn In The West outdoor drama has been performed each summer since 1952 in the heart of Boone. The venue, Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, was named one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the nation. This adventure has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of visitors since it premiered in 1952. The performance runs nightly except Mondays at 8 p.m., late June through early August. The house gates open at 7:30 p.m. Arrive earlier and tour the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. The museum is open during the day (except Mondays) for 45-minute tours, and during the evening from 5:30 until show time. This event will be reoccurring weekly until Aug. 13 and will take place at Daniel Boone Park located at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. For more information regarding ticket pricing visit or call (828) 264-2120.

GRIEFSHARE RECOVERY GROUP: GriefShare recovery seminar and support group will meet the third Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning July 19. Meetings will take place at Church of Jesus Christ Meeting Room, located at 288 Calvary St. in Newland. Attendance is free, and participants will receive a free workbook. Childcare will be provided for children through the 4th grade. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. To learn more call Christine at (828) 898-8203 or Gail at (828) 260-1298

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