Giant rummage sale

The Blowing Rock Women’s Club will hold its annual rummage sale at the American Legion Hall in Blowing Rock from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. All sales to benefit local scholarships. All major credit cards accepted.

Nature Photography Weekend

Visit Grandfather Mountain from June 1 to 3 to hear presentations from top nature photographers, while photographing spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours. Additional cost. Online registration began April 2 at grandfather.com.

Ducky Regatta

FaithBridge United Methodist Church in Blowing Rock will host its 3rd annual Ducky Regatta on the corner of U.S. 321 and Aho Rd. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The event will include rubber ducky races down the Middle Fork of the New River for cash prizes, live music, kids fun zone, games, food and beverages and more. All proceeds go to the Casting Bread Ministries Food Pantry. For more in formation, call (704) 807-2714.

Shriners Parade

Downtown Blowing Rock will host the Carolina Shriners Spring Ceremonial Parade on Main Street from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Come see musical acts, miniature cars and trucks and plenty of clowns as the Shriners raise money for their children’s hospitals.

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

Meet Grandfather Mountain’s naturalists at the Nature Museum on June 9 to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful blooms. Special programming throughout the day will highlight this High Country jewel.

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Animal Birthday Party

Grandfather Mountain will celebrate the birthdays of all the animals in its environmental habitats with games, contests, crafts and surprises on June 13. Grandfather’s habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests, as well as programs to celebrate the park’s furry and feathered inhabitants.

Art in the Park

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue in Blowing Rock on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. for Art in the Park, which 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. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Business After Hours

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 19 for Business After Hours, hosted by The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop at 922 Main St., Blowing Rock. The members-only event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on how to become a members, contact Loni Miller at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Sirens on the Mtn. 5

Sonic Yonic Productions and Mountain Mermaids Collective present Sirens on the Mountain 5 on June 23 at The New River Barn in Todd (839 River Road in Todd). Performers include Melissa Reaves, Stevie, Alexa Rose, Shenette Swann and Mexican Hot Chocolate. The music starts at 2:45 p.m. and runs through midnight and tickets are $20. Campsite tickets (1 per vehicle) are $15. There are limited number of campsite tickets and early bird tickets. Kids 12 and under are free. No pets allowed. For more information, contact sonicyonicproductions@gmail.com.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games from July 12 to 15 a colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed games in the country. Additional cost. For more information, visit www.gmhg.org.

Art in the Park

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue in Blowing Rock on Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m. for Art in the Park, which 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. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Symphony by the Lake

On Friday, July 27, Chetola Resort will hold its annual Symphony by the Lake. This year’s theme is “Colors of the Mountains,” by the Symphony of the Mountains, conducted by Cornelia Orth. Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape, take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Gates open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Bring a picnic, or savor a catered meal at the event. Enjoy the grand finale, complete with fireworks lighting up the night sky and reflected in Chetola Lake. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit symphonybythelake.com or call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Animal Enrichment Day

Join Grandfather Mountain on Aug. 1 for it’s annual Animal Enrichment Day. Enrichment is an integral part of how Grandfather Mountain cares for its habitat animals every day. An enrichment is a special treat, new toy or even an unfamiliar scent given to the animals to break up their routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated. Visitors can enjoy watching enrichment demonstrations, talk directly with keepers and participate in family-oriented games and crafts.

Art in the Park

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue in Blowing Rock on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. for Art in the Park, which 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. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs on Aug. 18-19. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 18 at grandfather.com.

Business After Hours

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 21 for Business After Hours, hosted by Shops at SouthMarke at 1179 Main St., Blowing Rock. The members-only event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on how to become a members, contact Loni Miller at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Junior Ranger Day

Grandfather Mountain’s inaugural Junior Ranger Day on Sept. 8 will celebrate the park’s Junior Ranger program and its esteemed participants. Geared for ages 5-12, the Junior Ranger program offers young explorers a unique, hands-on experience at Grandfather Mountain, including a scavenger hunt, trail exploration, plant and animal identification and more. On Junior Ranger Day, kids can complete a special set of assignments to earn a badge and free ice cream.

Art in the Park

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue in Blowing Rock on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. for Art in the Park, which 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. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Girl Scout Day at Grandfather Mountain

Calling all Girl Scouts. Grandfather Mountain’s annual Girl Scout Day returns for its 48th year on Sept. 15, featuring scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission.

Hawk Migration Viewing

Guests are invited to join Grandfather Mountain’s naturalists as they count and celebrate the annual spectacle of the fall raptor migration from Sept. 16-22. Participants can meet daily at Linville Peak, across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, weather permitting.

Business After Hours

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for Business After Hours, hosted by The Blowing Rock at 432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock. The members-only event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on how to become a members, contact Loni Miller at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

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 as part of “Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight” on Sept. 29. Additional cost. Limited to 48 participants. Registration opens Sept. 1 at grandfather.com.

Art in the Park

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue in Blowing Rock on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. for the final Art in the Park in 2017, which 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. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Business After Hours

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and Boone Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for Schaefer Center Presents Business After Hours at 733 Rivers St., Boone. The joint members-only event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on how to become a members, contact Loni Miller at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

The Fantastic Fall Color Ramble

Meet Grandfather Mountain’s naturalists on Oct. 13 at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall colors! Special programming throughout the day will help families explore the great deciduous forest and learn about the science behind the annual phenomenon.

Beary Scary Halloween

Grandfather Mountain gets spooky with its annual Halloween celebration on Oct. 27. Guests can enjoy a day full of nature programs, focused on animals considered creepy and crawly. Activities also include making Halloween-themed enrichments for the animals, and kids will be able to trick-or-treat through the habitat overlooks. This event is included with admission, children in costume are half price.

Business After Hours

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Nov. 20, for Business After Hours, presented by Blue Ridge Realty and Investments LLC, location TBD. The members-only event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on how to become a members, contact Loni Miller at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

ONGOING EVENTS

Free admission at BRAHM

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is offering free admission indefinitely starting in May. Exhibitions include “Etchings and Lithographs of American Life 1905-1943,” “Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay” (thru July 22), “Ten Years of Appalachian State Ceramics” (thru July 15) and “The Way Watauga Works” (thru July 24). BRAHM will also host the annual Plein Art Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 13-14. For more information, call (828) 295-9099.

Locals’ Sunday night at Green Park Inn

Enjoy live music, a 10 percent food and drink discount and dinner specials every Sunday through January. Visit greenparkinn.com or call (828) 414-9230 more information.

Music on the Lawn

The Inn at the Ragged Garden on Sunset Dr. in Blowing Rock hosts free live music events every Friday, afternoon, during the season, weather permitting. The live music runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and this year’s schedule includes The Harris Brothers (May 25), Out of the Blue (June 1), Shelby Rae Moore Band (June 8), Soul Benefactor (June 15), Lucky Strikes (June 22), Continental Divide (July 6), The Harris Brothers (July 13), Soul Benefactor (July 20) and Shelby Rae Moore Band (July 27). Music lovers are urged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. No pets, please, and no outside food or beverages. For more information, call (828) 295-3466.

Watauga Farmers’ Market

The Watauga County Farmers’ Market meets at Horn in the West Drive in Boone every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Although it is still early for harvest vegetables, the market is filled with baked breads and pastries, seedlings for planting, eggs, meats, honey, herbs, goat cheese, crafts, locally sourced coffee and much more. Free parking. For more information, call (828) 355-4918.

Jones House Concert Series

The Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone hosts a lively Friday afternoon concert series from June through October. The concerts are free and bands set up on the front porch while the audience brings lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the front lawn of the Jones House. Shows start at 5 p.m. and this summer’s lineup includes the Junaluska Gospel Choir and Soul Benefactor (June 1), The Sheets Family and Strictly Strings (June 8), Doc Watson Day (4 p.m. start) with the Jeff Little Trio, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Crouch, Charles Welch, Jay Brown, Presley Barker and Brooks Forsyth (June 15), Andrew Finn McGill and Page Turners (June 22), Shay Martin Lovette and Fwuit (June 29), Dave Brewer’s Foscoe Four and Dead of Summer (July 6), Never Too Late and Danny Whittington (July 14), Everydays and Lazybirds (July 20) and David Childers and Lauren and Earleine (July 27). For more information, call (828) 268-6280.

Table tennis

The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone is offering table tennis from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday in the dining room. The activity is free and open to anyone in the community age 60 or older. For more information, call Jen Teague at (828) 265-8090.

Line dancing for seniors

A line dancing class is offered at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The class is taught by Jack Love and is free for all interested persons 60 and older. For more information, call (828) 265-8090.

Music at Chetola

Chetola Resort features live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Lucky Strikes perform at Timberlake’s Restaurant every Thursday. On Fridays, the music moves outdoors to the bonfire area next to Chetola Lake. For more information, call (828) 295-5505.

Music at Woodlands

Woodlands Barbecue and Pickin’ Parlor hosts free live music events beginning at 6 p.m. The current lineup includes The Neighbors (Tuesdays and 1st and 3rd Thursdays), Gene Goforth (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and Jamie Meeker (Fridays). For more information, call (828) 295-3651.

Afternoon Art Club

Children ages 6 to 10 years of age are invited to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for creative art-making activities. Participants will find inspiration from current exhibitions and will introduce them to different art mediums, from watercolor to clay. Parents may stay or drop off children for this hour long class. Home schoolers welcome! The event is free for museum members, $5 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Call (828) 295-9099 or email Jennifer Garonzik at jennifer@blowingrockmuseum.org to reserve a spot today.

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