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July 3

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all community members ageS 60 or older to join in the fun with games, activities and snacks as we celebrate America’s Independence Day on July 3 from 10 a.m.-noon. Located at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center (Project on Aging). Call Billie at 828-265-8090 for more information.

July 4

KING STREET PARADE: The annual 4th of July parade will begin at 11 a.m. on King Street in downtown Boone. The parade will start at the Poplar Grove Extension, travel east on King Street and conclude at Appalachian State University’s Legends parking lot on Hardin Street. To join the parade with your own float or entry, please fill out the parade registration form located at www.joneshouse.org. Registration forms should be returned by July 1 to ensure a space in the parade.

WATAUGA COMMUNITY BAND: The Watauga Community Band will provide live music throughout the parade on the street in front of the Jones House Cultural and Community Center, located at 604 W. King St. The band will play a mix of patriotic songs and other popular hits.

CAKE AND WATERMELON: Following the parade, the Town of Boone and the Jones House will continue the celebration with free cake and watermelon on the Jones House Lawn. Join Mayor Rennie Branz, Town Council members and town staff under the shade of the Jones House maple trees for a slice of cake from Stick Boy Bread Company and a slice of fresh watermelon. For more information about the Jones House Cultural and Community Center, including summer concerts, music lessons and other activities please visit: www.joneshouse.org

DJ AND FIREWORKS: The fun continues later that evening at Clawson-Burnley Park, located off of Hunting Hills Lane, near the “Tot Lot”, baseball fields and Greenway. The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with music provided by DJ Carl. The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the annual fireworks display, which will begin around 9:30 p.m.

BLUEGRASS AND BRASS: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and King Street Brass. Back by popular demand, these two fine groups will once again celebrate our country’s birthday with patriotic music and song. They will wow you with numbers in their respective styles, like the bluegrass favorite “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and the brass band standard, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Plus they’ll mix it up with exciting combinations. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Blowing Rock School auditorium, 130 Sunset Dr. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

July 6

SAFETYFEST: The 16th annual SafetyFest will be hosted by the town of Seven Devils on Saturday, July 6 at Seven Devils Town Hall, located at 1356 7 Devils Road.The event will feature a barbecue dinner, raffle, craft show, silent auction and kid-friendly games. The barbecue dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and under and be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A craft show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a silent auction started Monday, July 1 and runs through 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. Grass County Line will perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Town Hall through Saturday, July 6. All proceeds from SafetyFest benefit Seven Devils Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Public Works and Town Hall. For more information, call Seven Devils Town Hall at (828) 963-5343.

SUMMIT CRAWL: Run, hike, climb or crawl as fast as you can to Sugar Mountain’s 5,300-foot peak by way of the Easy Street, Gunther’s Way and Northridge slopes on Saturday, July 6, when Sugar Mountain Resort hosts its third annual Summit Crawl. Top finishers in each category win medals and prizes from Merrell, Alpine Ski Center, Ski Country Sports and Tweetsie Railroad. For those who cross the mile-high finish line, complimentary water and fruit, sponsored by Lowes Foods, and a chance to win a winter season pass await. For more information, call (800) SUGAR-MT or visit http://www.skisugar.com/crawl/.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, July 6, 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 Watauga Community Band will play on June 22. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

CLASSICAL GUITARIST CONCERT: Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be returning to Watauga County Public Library for his annual visit at 2 p.m. on July 6. Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs over 100 concerts per year and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed. Admission to the concert is free and Fletcher offers an audience friendly, solo recital including repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance Period through the 20th century. Please visit www.peterfletcher.com for more information.

July 7

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting its 2019 organ recitals and choral evensong at 3 p.m. on July 7. 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.

JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT: The High Country Jazz Society offers jazz concerts every month from May through October from 5-7 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn, located at 711 Main St., Blowing Rock. On July 7, the featured performers are the Larry Lapin Trio with Michelle Amato. 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.

July 8

TORCH CLUB: The monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse will be Monday, July 8 at Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone. Those arriving by 11:30 may choose from a $10 menu and enjoy the presentation at noon. The topic this month is “An Update on German Policy and Politics” by Peter Petschauer, retired professor of history at Appalachian State University. Guests are welcome. Information: 828-264-8811.

ADVANCE LIFE DIRECTIVES: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all community members aged 60 or older to come get help with documents that communicate their medical preferences in the event they are unable to make health care decisions for themselves. Putting their wishes in writing can prevent family disagreements and spare those close to them the anxiety of having to guess what they would like. The event will begin at 2 p.m. Preregistration is required. Please contact Billie Lister to register at: 828-265-8090 or by email: billie.lister@watgov.org.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: The Monday Night Concert Series takes place Monday, July 8, from 7-9 p.m. in Broyhill Park. The event is free and patrons are asked to bring chairs and blankets for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the American Legion Hall. For more information, contact Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222 or online at www.townofblowingrocknc.gov/government/parks-and-recreation-and-landscaping.

July 11

OLD TIME PARTY: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents: Celebrating With Traditional Master Artists – Sheila Kay Adams, Travis Stuart and Rodney Sutton. Join us for an old-time party featuring stories, ballads, banjo, fiddle and flatfooting. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation is $10. Manitee starts at 2 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Dr.

TOUR OF HOMES GALA: The Gala kickoff fundraiser for the 61st Tour of Homes is Thursday evening, July 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the “Car Barn” on Cone Road in Blowing Rock. This venue features a car collection of European sports cars belonging to the originator of Auto Trader, Chip Perry. The Car Barn, with its 12,500 square feet is decorated with fine furnishings, imported tile floors and lovely views of surrounding meadows and trees. There will be dancing to music by the Lucky Strikes, hors d’oeuvres by Appalachian State University catering, and a live auction featuring auctioneer, Jenny Miller. This event promises to be a highlight of the summer in 2019. Tickets are $75 and available online through the church website at stmaryofthehills.org or call the office at (828) 295-7323.

July 11-14

HIGHLAND GAMES: The 64th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be held July 11-14 at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville. From The Bear five-mile footrace to traditional Scottish games and competitions to exhibitions and much more, the highland games are a celebration of all things Scotland. For more information, visit www.gmhg.com or call the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games office at (828) 733-1333.

July 12

GEOLOGIC WINDOW: There are more than 300 million years of history written into Grandfather Mountain’s rocks. Join Appalachian State University’s Anthony Love to learn how to decipher the stone, and discover a world so complex and amazing that it will change your perspective of the Appalachian Mountains forever. To register, visit https://grandfather.com/events/exploring-grandfather-mountains-geologic-window/.

July 11-14

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN 64TH HIGHLAND GAMES: Blaring bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed games in the country. Additional cost. For more information, visit www.gmhg.org.

July 13

ANNUAL “FAIRY DAY”: The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host the annual “Fairy Day” starting at noon. The event will last until 4 p.m and admission is free to the public. There will be activities for children and families and participants are encouraged to wear fairy costumes and bring a picnic to the gardens. Wander the gardens and meet “real life fairies”. Face painting by Creative Cheeks Face Painting, fairy items and other fun activities will be offered at a nominal fee. Other participants include The Children’s Playhouse and The Watauga County Library. “This is our most popular summer event,” Rebecca Hutchins, board member and coordinator of Fairy Day, said. Dr. Annkatrin Rose, who teaches botany at ASU, will help children learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies.

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.

July 14

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. July 14 features Boone-based songwriter and musician Shay Martin Lovette. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

July 14-17

BIBLE SCHOOL: Vacation Bible School will be held at Foscoe Christian Church on July 14 through 17. Classes will be available for preschool through teens with the lesson content “Having a Heart for God: The Story of David.” A light meal will be served each evening at 5:30 p.m. with classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A family picnic will be held at 5:30 on July 17. Foscoe Christian is located at 8834 NC 105. For further information call 828 963-4395.

July 15

MUSIC IN THE PARK: The Monday Night Concert Series takes place Monday, July 15, from 7-9 p.m. in Broyhill Park. The event is free and patrons are asked to bring chairs and blankets for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the American Legion Hall. For more information, contact Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222 or online at www.townofblowingrocknc.gov/government/parks-and-recreation-and-landscaping.

July 15-18

BASKETBALL CAMP: If you love the game and want to learn, compete and get better, join Peak Basketball for Grind to Shine summer camp. Sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, at gyms in Watauga County. Ages 8-16 are welcome, cost is $225 per week. For more information, visit http://www.peakbball.com/summer-camp.html

July 15-19

CAMP GIRL BOSS: This summer enterprising girls age 11 through 13 can take a big leap forward into real-world entrepreneurship by attending Camp Girl Boss at Watauga High School. Attendees will learn everything from business planning, branding, public speaking, and financials, to identifying target markets, designing a logo and building a website. The camp is the brainchild of Emily Breedlove, who’s spent the past 15-plus years working across the country in small business support and entrepreneurial development. A senior fellow at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and director of ScaleUp WNC. “Camp Girl Boss provides the framework and encouragement to help pre-teen girls recognize the power of their ideas and the power of their voices,” said Breedlove. Camp cost is $250 per student. Healthy lunch, snacks, and beverages are provided daily. Individuals can also provide financial support. A tax-deductible donation of $250 will provide tuition for one camper to attend, said Breedlove, and the need is great.To register a camper, sign up to be a camp volunteer or mentor, or to support the program with a donation, visit campgirlboss.com.

July 16

CROSSNORE PRESBYTERIAN SPEAKER SERIES: At Crossnore Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 16, Karl Campbell will cover the topic “The Reconstruction in North Carolina, 1865-1870, and the Meaning of Freedom.” 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.

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on July 16. A training on “A Rainbow of Mental Health: An Introduction” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Overcoming Communication Barriers with Mental Health” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

IMPACT TRAINING PROGRAM: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s IMPACT (Industrial Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Customized Training) Institute will begin its next series of classes on July 16 on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. The 8-week IMPACT Institute helps individuals with little or no manufacturing experience acquire the basic training needed to qualify for a manufacturing apprenticeship or an entry-level job. Training includes LEAN manufacturing, OSHA certification, Human Resource Development, welding and fabrication, forklift certification, waste elimination, job and process terminology, sanitation, manufacturing principles and Material Safety Data Sheets training. The IMPACT Institute will be offered Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from July 16 to Sept. 5. The program includes tours of local manufacturing facilities, and the opportunity for a job offer from partner employers. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Limited space is available and the $180 tuition for the institute is waived for those who qualify. To register, call 828-726-2242.

July 18

AUTHOR AND RADIO PERSONALITY: Scott Huler will be speaking at Grandfather Mountain from 6-7:30 p.m. Huler is an award-winning radio personality and author of seven books. In 2014, he decided to journey from home to follow in the footsteps of 1700s renowned naturalist, John Lawson. In this lecture, Huler will discuss his unlikely choice to travel by foot and canoe through the Carolinas and reveal what it’s like to rediscover one’s home. He currently works as the senior writer at Duke Magazine and has taught at Berry College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The limit for the lecture is 165. Admission is FREE for Bridge Club members and $20 for the general public.

July 18-21

WILLIAM ADAM TRUMPET FESTIVAL: The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University will host 5th Annual International William Adam Trumpet Festival. The annual gathering offers opportunities to perform and learn from multi-generational students of the legendary trumpet pedagogue while honoring the legacy of William Adam. Special guest artist Chris Botti, a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer, will present a live concert on Friday, July 19 at 8 pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Free events open to the public include a Festival Recital on Friday, July 19 at 2pm and the Festival Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm. Both concerts will take place at the Hayes School of Music. Registration fees for the are $200 per person or $75 for currently enrolled students. Those who register will have access to all of the events, concerts, master classes and panel discussions. More information is available at https://williamadamtrumpet.com/.

July 20

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, July 20, 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 July 20. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

JEFF LITTLE TRIO: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents: Piano Man of the Blue Ridge – the Jeff Little Trio. The Jeff Little Trio is comprised of Jeff on piano, national guitar and banjo champion Steve Lewis, and Josh Scott on bass. These guys have continually been a JSMHM favorite year after year. 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. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

KING BEES BLUES: On July 20 at 2 p.m., the Watauga County Library will welcome Todd, NC’s duo The King Bees Blues. Ashe County residents Rob Baskerville and Penny Zamagni are the husband-and-wife duo and will be providing a special musical presentation and performance called “The Blues and History”. The pair have dedicated decades to learning, practicing and performing the music known as The Blues and related American roots music forms. The couple are featured in the recent book Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drink House (a part of the American Made Music Series) by author Emily D. Edwards, a professor of media studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The event is free to the public and will take place in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room in the library.

July 21

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. On July 21, the program opens with the exciting classic bluegrass and gospel music of The Dollar Brothers, who love to share the gift of their music with our neighbors. Vocalist Sarah McGuire, accompanied by her father, Mark McGuire, will appear at Vintage Valle Music only in July this year. Sarah writes much of her own material and selects her music from a wide range of musical genres. We close the July show with the soul-touching, toe-tapping, rafter-rattling music of The Junaluska Gospel Choir, a Boone institution of sophisticated singing talent in the black gospel tradition.

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting double bass and piano duo Adam and Sally Booker as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on July 21. 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.

RAY ABSHER AND BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE: First Baptist Church located at 375 W King St. will host this event.

July 22

MUSIC IN THE PARK: The Monday Night Concert Series takes place Monday, July 22, from 7-9 p.m. in Broyhill Park. The event is free and patrons are asked to bring chairs and blankets for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the American Legion Hall. For more information, contact Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222 or online at www.townofblowingrocknc.gov/government/parks-and-recreation-and-landscaping.

July 25

MEDICARE 101: The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is offering a Medicare 101 clinic on Thursday, July 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A, Boone. 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) 265-8095. For more information, visit www.ncshiip.com or call 1-855-408-1212.

July 26

TOUR OF HOMES: The 61st annual Tour of Homes, hosted by St. Mary of the Hills Blowing Rock, takes place Friday, July 26. Tour of exceptional homes in Blowing Rock, starting at 9 a.m. with the last tickets will be sold at 3 p.m., and the houses close at 5 pm. A shuttle service is provided or you can walk. A delicious lunch will be available in the parish hall. Admission includes entrance to homes, lunch and/or refreshments and transportation. A limited number of lunches are available, so be sure to purchase your ticket early. On the church lawn will be tents that house the bake sale, timeless treasures, the wall of wine and other surprises you won’t want to miss. Proceeds benefit agencies dealing with folks in need in the High Country. For more information, visit stmaryofthehills.org or contact St. Mary’s at (828) 295-7323 or office@stmaryofthehills.org.

SYMPHONY BY THE LAKE: Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and Chetola Resort on Friday, July 26, for Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. This year’s theme is “A Journey of Imagination,” and the evening is always the social event of the season. Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth. Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape, take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, 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, visit symphonybythelake.com or contact the Blowing Rock Chamber at (828) 295.7851 or info@blowingrock.com.

July 27

IVY ROWE: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Ivy Rowe,” a one-woman, off-Broadway show with mountain music: Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens. Originally co-adapted and directed by Mark Hunter, this spunky mountain woman’s story takes us in a flashback through a life of “livin’ on love.” Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

July 27 — Aug. 4

MILLION DOLLAR DUCK: Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk presents “Opal’s Million Dollar Duck,” a lighthearted comedy following the adventures at Opal’s Antique Junque Shop. 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.

July 28

BR WINKLER AND FRIENDS: First Baptist Church located at 375 W King St. in Boone will host this event. For more information call the church office at (828) 264-2441.

July 29

MUSIC IN THE PARK: The Monday Night Concert Series takes place Monday, July 29, from 7-9 p.m. in Broyhill Park. The event is free and patrons are asked to bring chairs and blankets for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the American Legion Hall. For more information, contact Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222 or online at www.townofblowingrocknc.gov/government/parks-and-recreation-and-landscaping.

July 30

CROSSNORE PRESBYTERIAN SPEAKER SERIES: At Crossnore Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, Bobby Taylor and friends will cover the topic “Johnny Mercer: The Man and his Songbook.” 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.

July 31

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 31, 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. 3

5K & 10K RUN: Escape the summer heat and run in the cool North Carolina Mountains on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Boone, N.C. There will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids 9-years-old and younger. The course starts and ends at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex at 574 Brookshire Road and uses much of the Greenway Trail and the Watauga High School property. All proceeds go toward returfing and maintaining the fields. For more information and to register, please visit www.hcsoccer.com/5K10Krun.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Aug. 3, 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 Watauga Community Band will play on Aug. 3. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

Aug. 4

BACK PORCH BLUEGRASS: First Baptist Church located at 375 W King St. will host this event. For more information call the church office at (828) 264-2441.

Aug. 5-8

BASKETBALL CAMP: If you love the game and want to learn, compete and get better, join Peak Basketball for Grind to Shine summer camp. Sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, at gyms in Watauga County. Ages 8-16 are welcome, cost is $225 per week. For more information, visit http://www.peakbball.com/summer-camp.html

Aug. 6

GROWING UP WILD: Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Growing Up WILD is an early childhood program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and their habitats. While the workshop is primarily oriented toward educators that work with children ages 3-7, many of the activities in the guide can be adapted to a wider age range. All participants will receive the Growing Up WILD activity guide and earn six hours of Criteria I credit toward their N.C. Environmental Education Certification (or 0.6 CEU’s). A homework option is available to earn up to 10 hours or 1.0 CEU. This program is hosted by Kevin Hining and C.C. King of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2HDeGT0.

Aug. 7

ANIMAL ENRICHMENT DAY: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grandfather Mountain. Enrichment is an integral part of how the 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. 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.

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. 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.

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

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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. 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/.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 1-12

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. 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. 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. 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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