Movie in the Park: Finding Nemo

Join us by the gazebo in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park for a free screening of Finding Nemo at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Bring a chair or a blanket as the movie starts at dusk. Presented by the town of Blowing Rock. For more information, visit www.townofblowingrocknc.gov or call (828) 295-5222.

A Duo Exhibition: Contrasting Mediums

Join the Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery from July 19-30 as they present a second duo exhibition featuring Wes Waugh and Lita Gatlin. These two artists are both well-known in the High Country and have painted local landscapes for years. Though they paint similar subject matter, Gatlin uses oil paint primarily, while Waugh uses watercolor paints. These two differing mediums show the contrast in their processes. Gatlin’s brushstrokes are heavy, thick, and resilient. Waugh’s watercolor’s highlight a more fluid texture, ethereal and fleeting. Join the artists for a reception, Saturday, July 28, from 5-8 p.m.

Rare Plant Program

Grandfather Mountain, the Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and attraction, offers an Adult Field Course on “The Rare Plants of Grandfather’s Rocky Summits” on July 21. Grandfather Mountain is a hot spot of endemism, as well as home to many peripheral populations of the High Country’s native flora. This course will meet at the height of blooming endemics on Grandfather. Join Amy Renfranz, naturalist and GMSF director of education, in an exploration of these plant species, including Blue Ridge Goldenrod, Roan Mountain Bluet and Heller’s Blazing Star. Courses cost $40 per person (or $20 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. Most courses run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise stated, and participants are asked to bring their own lunch to be eaten in the field. To register, or for more information, contact Judi Sawyer at judi@grandfather.com or (828) 733-2013.

Concert at Blowing Rock School

On Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, the Celtic Time Machine and Puddingstone, hosted by Patrick Crouch will preform. Puddingstone’s music ranges from Americana such as fife and drum, Celtic, folk, New Age, Flamenco, Renaissance as well as some classical. They have been hailed as the “best kept secret in North Carolina”. Many people remember their Christmas concerts at Old Salem which drew audiences for over 20 years. Tickets are being sold at both the Mast Store locations and Stick Boy Bakery, or www.mountainhomemusic.org for $18 advance. Tickets can also be purchased for $20 at the door, or $5 for students. For more information, visit puddingstone.jigsy.com.

The Monday Night Concert Series

Monday Night Concert Series will take place on Monday, July 23. Concerts are held in the Broyhill Park, in the gazebo on the pond at 173 Lakeside Dr. Blowing Rock. Performance begins at 7 p.m., runs an hour and 15 minutes, and the inclement weather location is the newly renovated American Legion Building off of Park Avenue. Concerts are free and open to the public. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for their comfort. Call (828) 295-5222 with questions.

Bass Lake Family Bike Day

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, bicycles will be allowed on the trail around Bass Lake for this family-friendly event. Bring your bike, helmet, sunscreen, water and snacks for a fun-filled morning on the Parkway. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Elizabeth Faison at (828) 348-3519 or elizabeth_faison@nps.gov.

Carnivores, Bear, Deer and Turkey

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, stop by the ranger tables at the Moses Cone Estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway to learn about some of the predators found along the Parkway and see some of the animals you can see. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Elizabeth Faison at (828) 348-3519 or elizabeth_faison@nps.gov.

Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, you can explore the second floor of Moses Cone Manor, Milepost 294, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The event will be informal, open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Elizabeth Faison at (828) 348-3519 or elizabeth_faison@nps.gov.

Children’s Hour at the Cone Manor

From 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation for a children’s hour at the Moses Cone Manor. Activities may include storytelling, demonstrations, and hands-on simple crafts. An adult or older responsible attendee must stay with children in order for them to participate. The events are best suited for ages 4-12. For more information, call the Southern Highland Craft Guild at (828) 295-7938.

Moth Talk

Join the Blue Ridge Parkway from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Julian Price Campground Kiosk, Milepost 297, for a talk about moths in honor of National Moth week. There will be a short talk about moths, followed by the ranger setting up a collection area near the kiosk to see which species are in the area. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Elizabeth Faison at (828) 348-3519 or elizabeth_faison@nps.gov.

Movie in the Park: Ratatouille

Join us by the gazebo in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park for a free screening of Ratatouille at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. Bring a chair or a blanket as the movie starts at dusk. Presented by the town of Blowing Rock. For more information, visit www.townofblowingrocknc.gov or call (828) 295-5222.

60th Annual Tour of Homes

Make plans to attend the Tour of Homes featuring 5 historic homes on Friday, July 27. Tour transportation departs from St. Mary’s beginning at 9 am. Advance tickets are $30; day of tour $35. Lunch, bazaar and bake sale at the church. For information and tickets, www.stmaryofthehills.org.

Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 28, you can explore the second floor of Moses Cone Manor, Milepost 294, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The event will be informal, open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Elizabeth Faison at (828) 348-3519 or elizabeth_faison@nps.gov.

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.

The Civil War in the Mountains

Join historian Michael C. Hardy at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Julian Price Amphitheater, Milepost 297, to learn more about raiders like the Blalocks, George W. Kirk, and the war in and around Linville Falls on Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. The event is free and approximately 45 minutes in length. For more information, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Elizabeth Faison at (828) 348-3519 or elizabeth_faison@nps.gov.

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Join the Blue Ridge Parkway for ranger-led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone, Milepost 294, on Saturday, July 29. Tour times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call (828) 295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 10 a.m. Friday for the upcoming weekend only. No advance reservations.

The Monday Night Concert Series

Monday Night Concert Series will conclude its 2018 season on Monday, July 30. Concerts are held in the Broyhill Park, in the gazebo on the pond at 173 Lakeside Dr. Blowing Rock. Performance begins at 7 p.m., runs an hour and 15 minutes, and the inclement weather location is the newly renovated American Legion Building off of Park Avenue. Concerts are free and open to the public. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for their comfort. Call (828) 295-5222 with questions.

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.

Movie in the Park: Brave

Join us by the gazebo in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park for a free screening of Brave at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. Bring a chair or a blanket as the movie starts at dusk. Presented by the town of Blowing Rock. For more information, visit www.townofblowingrocknc.gov or call (828) 295-5222.

Lincoln Reagan Dinner

The Watauga County Republican Party will be hosting its annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 4 in Blowing Rock. We hope you will join us for a wonderful celebration of the great things our Republican Party has been doing in Watauga County, Raleigh and Washington, D.C. over the last year. Guest speakers include N.C. Lt. Governor Dan Forest, N.C. RNC Chairman Robin Hayes, U.S. Congressional Rep. Virginia Foxx and conservative political activist Mark Keith Robinson. The event will take place Lakeside under the Tent at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. VIP reception for sponsors will be from 5:30-6 p.m. with general seating and dinner at 6 p.m. General tickets are $60, sponsor tickets are $500, $1000 or $1500. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact karen.gopnc@gmail.com, kimbrackettgop@gmail.com or find “Watauga County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner” on Facebook.

Casting Bread Welcome Center Ribbon

Cutting

Casting Bread invites you to a Ribbon Cutting and Community Resource Fair for our newly-opened Welcome Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cookout fare will be provided and music and entertainment by Kyle Sigmon. Please RSVP if Attending to castingbread@gmail.com by Aug. 1.

Small Works

Join the Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery for a final show for the Summer 2018, we are bringing together all of our gallery’s artist for a show featuring small works. All of the work will be 14” x 11” and smaller and will feature a wide range of subject matter, styles, and mediums. Participating artists include: Jason Drake, Lita Gatlin, Kyle Buckland, Robin Wellner, Paul DeMarrais. Mark Horton, Karla Mann, Fred Sprock, David Starbuck, and many more! Join us at the gallery to celebrate all of these artists for a reception on Saturday, August 11, from 5-8 p.m.

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.

Concert in the Park: Ashley Heath

Take a visit to Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park on Sunday, August 12, from 4-6 p.m. for free family-friendly and casual concert in the park. Original soul americana music would best describe Ashley Heath. Raised in the foothills of Appalachia, she has developed a strong passion for country, blues, and folk music. In March of 2015, Heath decided to go full time into singing and playing music, quit her part time job as a barista in downtown Asheville, and recorded her first album “A Different Stream”. The album was recorded at the amazing Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville with producer Ryan Burns and engineer Clay Miller. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music. For more information, visit blowingrock.com/concertinthepark or call (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.

Concert in the Park: Rastacoustic

Take a visit to Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 4-6 p.m. for free family-friendly and casual concert in the park. Rastacoustic is an Appalachian Reggae group that combines Roots Reggae music with the Appalachian folk style. Their eclectic influences range from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the Blue Mountains of Jamaica creating a one of a kind musical experience. Rastacoustic is made up of Peter Brown and Justin Butler, two well-seasoned musicians that have collectively performed all across America, Canada, and Japan. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music. For more information, visit blowingrock.com/concertinthepark or call (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.

Concert in the Park: The Starlighters

Take a visit to Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 4-6 p.m. for free family-friendly and casual concert in the park. A full swing band comprised of over a dozen talented musicians offering decades of experience in playing Traditional Swing Band music from the 1940 – 1960’s era.Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music. For more information, visit blowingrock.com/concertinthepark or call (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. 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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