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Dec. 28

BALLADS PROGRAM: North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Donna Ray Norton and BRAHM exhibit coordinator Donald Hughes will present “Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power a People,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. From 1916-1918, English ballad collector Cecil Sharp traveled the Appalachian region to document variants of these songs and photographed some of the singers who shared their ballads. These 26 rare photographs offer a stunning window into the life of Appalachian people in the period. The program will include a performance by Norton and a talk by Hughes, who will describe Sharp’s ballad-collecting travels. This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.

Jan. 2

QUILT MEETING: The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild has changed its monthly meetings to Tuesdays. The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Sheri Elderfield, guild member, will present the program “Wheel of Mystery Curved Pieces.” She will bring a quilt she made using this pattern. Call Dolores at (828) 295-6148 if you have any questions. If Watauga County Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be cancelled.

Jan. 9

ECONOMIC BREAKFAST: The 2018 High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast takes place Jan. 9 at 940 Ski Mountain Road in Blowing Rock. Presented by the Boone Area and Blowing Rock chambers of commerce, the event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude by 9 a.m. Harry Davis of Appalachian State and the North Carolina School of Banking will deliver his 2018 Economic Forecast to highlight the event. The event also includes a presentation on the High Country’s start-up business community from Erich Schlenker, director of the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is encouraged at http://boonechamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2018-high-country-economic-forecast-4599.

Feb. 22

RETRO SKI WEEKEND: Beech Mountain’s Totally ‘80s Retro Ski Weekend returns Feb. 22-25. The weekend celebrates the New Wave decade with retro skiing daily, ‘80s tribute bands nightly and lots of throwback activities in between. People wear retro ski apparel on and off the slopes. For more information, visit www.BeechMtn.com or call (800) 468-5506.

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