Notes of Interest

Article Published: Oct. 7, 2010 | Modified: Jul. 7
Notes of Interest


CHRISTMAS IN JULY: The 28th annual Christmas in July Festival will be held in downtown West Jefferson July 4-5. July 4 features bluegrass, old time, gospel and country music, a street dance and food vendors from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 5 brings the full festival to life with arts and crafts, Civil War reenactments, food, music and more from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit

HIGHLAND GAMES: The 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and gathering of Scottish Clans features traditional highland sporting events, Celtic Music, Scottish food and craft vendors will be held July 10-13 at the Grandfather Mountain McCrae Meadows. Admission is charged. For more information, visit

AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER: An Appalachian Summer Festival, a summertime celebration of all things arts, returns to Appalachian State University this June and July. Tickets are available online at, by calling (800) 841-2787 or by visiting the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office at 733 Rivers St. in Boone. For a complete listing of all An Appalachian Summer Festival events, including workshops at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and screenings in this year’s film series, visit A list of festival highlights includes Pilobolus – July 3; Michael McDonald – July 5; Eastern Festival Orchestra with Sir James Galway, flute – July 6; Hayes School of Music Faculty Showcase Concert – July 9; Triad Stage, All’s Well That Ends Well – July 10; Summer Exhibition Celebration – July 11; Matthew Morrison and the Greensboro Symphony – July 12; Rosen-Schaffel Competition – July 13; Nickel Creek –July 14; Dance Theatre of Harlem – July 19; Sheryl Crow – July 24; National Youth Orchestra with Gil, Shaham, violin – July 26; 28th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk – July 26; Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – June 29, July 1, 20 and 22; Global Cinema Film Series – June 30, July 7, 14 and 21; Lunch and Learn Lecture Series – July 9, 16; and Family Film Night, “The Jungle Book” (1967 ) – July 25.


MUSIC: Music in the Valle, a summer long series of outdoor concerts featuring the sounds of Appalachian musicians, begins on May 23 and runs through Sept. 5 at Valle Crucis Community Park. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. from May 23 through Aug. 8 Start times for concerts Aug. 15 through Sept. 5 then change to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. For more information, call (828) 963-9239. Concerts include July 4, Watauga Community Band (concert band); July 11, The Sheets Family Band (old time); July 18, The Worthless Son-in-Laws (Southern indie rock); July 25, The Lucky Strikes (classic jazz); Aug. 1, Rescue Jack (acoustic rock); Aug. 8: The Major Sevens (early American); Aug. 15, Dashboard Hula Boys (eclectic acoustic); Aug. 22, Zephyr Lightning Bolts (old time); Aug. 29, Red June (acoustic Americana); and Sept. 5, Folk and Dagger (acoustic folk rock).

CONCERTS: The town of Boone has announced its lineup for 2014’s free Summer Concerts at the Jones House series, featuring a concert at 5 p.m. every Friday from June through September. To listen, one simply needs to show up and take a seat on the lawn, as one of many eclectic acts performs from the Jones House porch. For more information, visit Concerts include July 4, Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade, Fat Face Band, Liz Hayes and Common Threads; July 11, Buck Haggard Band & The Buck Stops Here; July 18, Andy Ferrell and Oncoming Train & Carolina Crossing; July 25, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer & Kelley and the Cowboys; Aug. 1, Amantha Mill & Jazz Guitar Duo; Aug. 8, Never Too Late Bluegrass & Williams and Company; Aug. 15, Shane Chalke’s BE Jazz Band & Todd Wright; Aug. 22, Steve Katz; Aug. 29, David Childers & Dashboard Hula Boys; Sept. 5, The Lazybirds & Sound Traveler; and Sept. 12, Traditional Music Showcase, featuring Glenn Bolick, Orville Hicks, Charlie Glenn, Rick Ward, Lonnie Ward, Trevor McKenzie, Mary Greene, Cecil Gurganus and Strictly Strings.

CONCERTS: The 35th season of FORUM at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, an eight week series of concerts at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Michael Walters presents Broadway tunes on June 30. Subsequent performances are: July 7, the Western Piedmont Symphony; July 14, David Burnham and Christina Saffran, Broadway musical duo; July 21, Brian Gurl and The Fabulous Five; July 28, the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass; Aug. 4, Ben Gulley, an operatic tenor; and Aug.11, The Marlins, a pop-rock musical quartet. For more information, call (828) 898-8748.

MUSIC: Entering its 15th year of entertaining visitors and residents of the High Country, the Monday Night Concert Series in Blowing Rock once again offers an eclectic line up of musicians. The performances take place at 7 p.m. in the Broyhill Park, off Clark Street. Audiences are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket for their comfort. The inclement weather location is the American Legion Building on Park Avenue or the Rotary building next to the swimming pool. Concerts include: July 7, Amy Marie Young, Shanon Venable, Krista Wells and Steve Sensenig; July 21, Amy Young, jazz guitarist Andy Page and Steve Sensenig; and Aug. 4 and 18, Brother Gravity. For more information, visit or call sponsors Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222.

CONCERT: Summer sunset concerts at Beech Alpen Inn at 700 Beech Mountain Parkway at Beech Mountain will be offered on Sundays, May 31-July 20. The outdoor pavilion creates a spot to enjoy some food, drinks, tunes and sunsets. The concerts start at 5 p.m. and there is no fee to attend. Call (828) 387-2252 for more information.

CONCERTS: Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park will be held June 19-Aug. 28. Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the community of Banner Elk gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to Top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band. Admission is free.

CONCERT: Mountain Home Music will feature a concert “Bluegrass and Brass” featuring the Mountain Home Music Boys and the King Street Brass at 7:30 p.m. July 4, at a location to be announced. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. For more information, visit

CONCERT: A free concert on the lawn will be held at 5 p.m. July 5 at Fred’s General Mercantile at Beech Mountain. Concerts are held weekly on Saturday through Aug. 2. For more information, visit or call (828) 387-4838.

MUSIC: St. John’s Episcopal Church, a mission of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Valle Crucis, will once again present a Summer Concert Series. It is located on Herb Thomas Road, off Mast Gap Road. All concerts are free of charge. On July 6, Ensemble 322, a quintet consisting of faculty from ASU’s Hayes School of Music for Bow and Strings, will perform. The concerts begin at 5 p.m. and are free and open to all. Bring along a picnic to share and greet the musicians after the concert. Call (828) 963-1666 for more information.


ART MART & ACADEMY Kids Art Camps: Great fun for Kids. Art fosters creativity, critical thinking skills, and decision making. Art Mart has them all wrapped up in fun. Outdoor painting, group projects, art games and healthy snacks. 1:30-4:30 daily the weeks of July 7-11; July 28-Aug.1; Ages 6-13. Adult classes offered year round. Call (828) 264-3135 or come by 681 W. King St. for more information.

FIDDLE CAMP: The Walker Family Band’s 12th annual Summer Fiddle Camp 2014 will be held at the Blowing Rock Conference Center June 29 through July 5. Sunday evening jam sessions kick-start the music. The week is filled with classes, activities, jam sessions and performances until the last celebration concert on July 5. The camp is for all ages. For more information, visit

DAY CAMPS: Camp UREC, located in the ASU Student Recreation Center, offers day camp sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 7-25. General Camp is offered for rising second- through rising sixth-grade students. A Counselor in Training program and Adventure Week are designed specifically for rising seventh- to rising ninth-grade students. For more information about Camp UREC, visit, call (828) 262-2100 or visit the Student Recreation Center located at 150 Bodenheimer Drive in Boone.


HORN IN THE WEST: The outdoor drama “Horn in the West” returns for the 2014 season from June 27 through Aug. 16. The longest running Revolutionary War outdoor drama tells the tale of Daniel Boone and his hardy band of settlers as they confront forces from the British Army in the mountains of North Carolina. The show runs every night of the week except Monday. The preshow starts at 7:30 p.m. and the main performance begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. Dinner on the grounds of Hickory Ridge Homestead is available at 6:30 p.m. The meals are catered by the Dan’l Boone Inn and cost $15 for adults and $9 for children (dinner reservations required). For more information, call (828) 264-2120.

THEATER: Ensemble Stage will present “The Kitchen Witches” July 5-13 at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Admission. For more information, visit, or call (828) 414-1844.


TRAIL WORK DAYS: Every Saturday now through the middle of November (except Sept. 13), staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at Elk Knob State Park at 9 a.m. and work until about 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Tools are provided, but volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water. Most of the time will be spent building a new one-mile loop trail, the Beech Tree Trail, although the work may include some repair work on the Summit Trail. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.

CIRCLES OF THE HIGH COUNTRY: is actively seeking open minded, friendly individuals who are interested in ending poverty in the High Country. Allies commit to building an intentional relationship with Circle Leaders who are determined to get out of poverty. These relationships build social networks, accountability to goals and encourage perseverance and hope. If you are interested in learning more or becoming an ally please contact Chatty Majoni at ( or (828) 264-1237 or visit

The American Red Cross, Blue Ridge Chapter: is looking for volunteers. We exist to provide compassionate care to those in need. Are you interested in using your skills and talents for the greater good of our community? If so, please visit our website at Or, call the office at (828) 264-8226 for more information. The Blue Ridge Chapter serves Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties.

Watauga Humane society: need volunteers to help care for the animals, our building and grounds. We also need volunteers to help with adoption events, fundraising events and more. For more information or to sign up, click on the volunteer tab on our website

READING MENTORS: Do you enjoy reading with young children? If you can make a once a week commitment for an hour, then volunteer to become a reading mentor at a local school. Training will be provided, and you will be matched up with a child. Call Elaine Rothenberg at (828) 355-9303 or email at (

Western Watauga Community Center and the watauga county Project on Aging Volunteer Programs: Contact Toni Wait at (828) 297-5195, or inquire at the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove for details.

Volunteer Opportunity: Would you like to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and families using your gifts of compassion and caring? Then Hospice would love to talk to you and share more information on it’s volunteer services at Medi Home Hospice. Call (828) 406-6878 to speak with Sofia Lopez.

Volunteer Opportunities at Senior Center: Do you have skills you haven’t used in a while? Would you like to teach a class or help someone understand the world of Medicare? For more information, stop by the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone or call (828) 265-8090 and ask for Jen Teague.

Community Care Clinic: The Community Care Clinic is looking for people with clerical and office skills to volunteer as receptionists and office assistants. The clinic provides health care to low-income community members who lack health insurance. If you’re interested, visit, email ( , or call (828) 265-8591.

Local Guardian ad Litem Program Needs Volunteers: to work with children. After receiving 25 to 30 hours of free training, participants are sworn in and given their first case. Volunteers are currently needed. Call Valerie Daniels, program supervisor, at (828) 737-6721 or visit

Volunteer opportunities with Avery County Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer opportunities with Avery County Habitat for Humanity: Would you like to help a family realize the dream of home ownership? If you are interested, contact us at (828) 733-1909 or (

The Hunger and Health Coalition needs volunteers: to unload the weekly food truck. The food arrives around 11 a.m. on Mondays. Anyone interested should call (828) 262-1628 or send an email to (


Pottery classes: High Meadows Pottery in Fleetwood is hosting pottery classes, starting the week of July 14. Classes are eight-week sessions, running two-and-a-half hours long, with meetings once a week. Sessions are Monday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Thursday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Individual classes will also be offered. For more information, contact Rick Brake at (502) 379-9071 or ( High Meadows Pottery is located at 1060 Will Vannoy Road in Fleetwood.

FREE GYROTONIC INTRODUCTORY LESSONS: Let certified trainer Fern Ellis teach you this unique form of movement that combines elements of yoga, tai chi, and dance using specialized equipment. Call Fern at (828) 963-6383 to schedule an appointment in Valle Crucis.

JEWELRY CLASS: Summer jewelry classes for adults and children are being offered on Tuesdays in July from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove. The cost is $10 per class and covers two people with one project for person. Additional projects are available at extra cost. No advance sign-up is necessary. For more information, call (828) 297-5195.

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Yoga: Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. $10 for BRAHM members; $12 for non-members. Taught by Emily Daughtridge.

Lifelong Painters: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. At the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. Every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to Noon, in classroom 3: “Lifelong Painters.” JoAnn Pippin, watercolor artist with 20 years of experience. Join JoAnn and others who gather every Wednesday for a “paint together” session. Just bring your watercolors and equipment. All levels are invited. Contact ( for more information.

DRAWING FOR CHILDREN: The Watauga County Arts Council is sponsoring drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 under the instruction of Katherine Marx. The ongoing lessons will be offered every from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. Because it is an ongoing class, the fee will be $16 per class payable by the month in advance. Scholarship funds are available. To register, visit the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, call (828) 264-1789 or visit to register online.

Health education classes: The Community Care Clinic offers free interactive health education classes. Fun and Fitness, All About Diabetes, Stop Smoking, Yoga and Lunch and Learn are taught on a regular schedule. You do not need to be a patient to come to these classes. For more information, call the clinic at (828) 265-8591 or email (

FREE CLINIC: Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. on Hwy. 105 in Boone. Victoria Daniel is offering an afternoon of EnergyWorks healing sessions at no charge to the public. Recipients of EnergyWorks experience numerous positive results such as pain relief, stress reduction, deep relaxation, and emotional rebalancing to name just a few. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 394-9270 or email ( and enter free clinic in the subject line.

Free Introductory Healing Touch Sessions: Akal Dev Sharonne, CHTP, is offering free introductory sessions to introduce people to this powerful form of energy healing. Sharonne has been practicing Healing Touch since 2000. Sessions are held at the Blue Mountain Center, located at 1064 Meadowview Drive in Boone. To schedule an appointment, please call Akal Dev at (828) 264-1384.


STATE PARK: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County will offer yoga at 6 p.m. July 3; meet at the first overlook. Bring a mat and a water bottle. All levels of experience are invited to attend. This program is for ages 12 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.

PARKWAY: A program on wildlife on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be offered at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at the Julian Price Campground Amphitheater, located at milepost 296 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, call (828) 295-3782.

STATE PARK: New River State Park in Ashe County will offer a program on “Frogs and Toads of NERI” from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 5 at the U.S. 221 Access. Following the presentation will be a short hike in hopes of encountering some of the species. Make sure to come prepared to learn, wear comfortable shoes and bring some water and a flashlight. For more information, call (336) 982-2587 or visit
STATE PARK: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County will offer a program for youngsters 6 to 12 on “Trees and Tees (Make your own T-Shirt)” at 2 p.m. July 5; meet at the picnic area. Children will create T-shirt designs using natural materials (leaves) and fabric paints. Tee shirt will be provided as long as supplies last. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.

STATE PARK: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County will offer a hike at 10 a.m. July 5; meet at the picnic area. Traverse the history of Mount Jefferson as you hike back in time to the days of the Underground Railroad. Discuss folklore, stories, history and legends that have been passed down through the generations. This hike will follow the mountain ridgeline. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.

PARKWAY: Upstairs tours of the Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be offered July 5 and 6 at the manor, located at milepost 294. Times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The ranger-led tours are 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.

PARKWAY: A 45-minute program on the nature of trees will be offered at 3:30 p.m. July 5 at the Julian Price Campground Amphitheater, located at milepost 296 on the Blue Ridge Parkway For more information, call (828) 295-3782.

STATE PARK: A wildflower hike will be offered at Elk Knob State Park at 2 p.m. July 5. Hiking attire including boots is recommended. The hike is weather dependent. Call the park office if the weather is questionable at (828) 297-7261. Meet at the Elk Knob Summit Trailhead.

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