High Country Holiday Happenings



Article Published: Dec. 10, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Friday, Dec. 11

Peace Feast

The families of the Two Rivers Community Charter School will hold the fourth annual Peace Feast on Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church. A pasta dinner (provided by Tupelos World Cafe), salad and desserts will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is $5 for adults, $4 for kids and $20 for groups of four or more.

"A silent auction and huge, themed raffle baskets offer a great opportunity to win some amazing, hand-crafted and unique gifts," a school spokesperson said. "A children's area with games and crafts will keep the young ones occupied while you have a chance to chat with old friends and meet new ones."

Admission is $2 for adults. For more information, call (828) 262-5411.

Boone Shag Club Christmas Dance

Get into the holiday spirit with Boone Shag Club's final party of the year. The Christmas dance is open to all. Visitors and club members will be dancing on a smoke-free dance floor to the music of DJ Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun at The Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock Friday, Dec. 11, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. Light snacks will be provided, with a cash bar. Admission is free for Boone Shag Club members, and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call (828) 265-0445.

Outdoor Christmas drama

Members of Oak Grove Baptist Church will present an outdoor Christmas drama, "Journey to the Cross," featuring narration, scripture and music, as they portray scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The drama will be held Friday nights, Dec. 4 and 11, at 6:30. Those attending may view the performance from their cars by tuning their radios to listen in, or they may watch the drama from Oak Grove's heated picnic shelter and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. Admission is free and open to all ages. Oak Grove is located just west of downtown Boone, off of U.S. 421, directly across the street from the Watauga County Law Enforcement Center.



Saturday, Dec. 12

Christmas in the Valle

The Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis will be hosting Christmas in the Valle through Christmas Eve. The jolliest of elves, Santa Claus, will be available on Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon until 3 p.m., to verify his list in person with young visitors. Mark your calendar for Saturdays, Dec. 12, and 19. Children 12 and younger are invited to participate in a Make and Take craft activity at the Little Red School House at the original store from 10 a.m. until noon. Participants are asked to bring two canned food items for the Hunger Coalition. Parents' assistance is welcomed. Enjoy live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 2 p.m. Performances will range from bluegrass and folk to Celtic and classical. The Original Mast Store will be open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Santa will review his list one last time from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. before leaving on his round-the-world journey. For more information, call Mary at the Original Mast Store at (828) 963-6511.

Ham supper, craft and bake sale

A country ham dinner, a Christmas craft and bake sale and a quilt drawing will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The dinner menu is country ham, hash browns, biscuits and gravy. Desserts will be chocolate gravy, jams and jellies and biscuits. A variety of crafts and baked items will also be sold, and there will be a drawing for a handmade cathedral window quilt made by Ollie Belle Greer. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. Tickets for the quilt drawing will be available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. The dinner is free, however, donations will be accepted for the church's 2010 Ecuador mission trip.

Humane Society Christmas open house

The Watauga Humane Society's Christmas Open House will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at its animal shelter, located at 200 Casey Lane.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for animal lovers to extend their love to our shelter animals and for Humane Cociety supporters and friends to meet members of our board of directors," a spokesperson said.

Refreshments, to include hot cider and Christmas goodies, will be served.
"Please consider bringing a gift for the animals who won't have a home this Christmas," the spokesperson said.

Wish list suggestions for the animals include Kong toys for dogs, cat toys, canned dog and cat food, dog and cat nail clippers, grooming clippers, dog and cat treats and gift cards to Lowe's Hardware, Lowe's Grocery Store, Walmart, Kmart and Staples.

Christmas dinner food drive

Bethel Baptist Church Youth will be having a Christmas dinner food drive for Ashe Really Cares on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Yadkin Valley Bank on Mount Jefferson Road across from Walmart in Ashe County. The church will also host a bake sale, with half of the proceeds going to Ashe Really Cares and the other half going to the youth group. Food items must be nonperishable. Items needed are as follows: canned yams, gravy, cranberry sauce. Other items can be packaged dressing, macaroni and cheese - anything fitting for a Christmas dinner. For more information, contact Donna Bare at (336) 977-0063.

Boone Christmas parade

Join Santa Claus and all your friends and neighbors in downtown Boone for the annual Boone Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. Any individual, group, or civic organization that would like to participate in the parade can call the Downtown Boone Development Association at (828) 262-4532 for information or a parade application.

After the Christmas Parade Reception

Friends of the Watauga County Public Library will host a reception immediately following the Boone Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Watauga County Public Library. The parade starts at 10 a.m. There will be refreshments, music, Christmas cheer and photos with Santa Claus.

Flapjack Flip Raffle and Pancake Breakfast

A "Flapjack Flip Raffle and Pancake Breakfast" fundraiser will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Watauga High School.



Sunday, Dec. 13

Messiah Singalong

The fifth annual Messiah Singalong will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall in the Broyhill Music Center on the ASU campus. The audience will be invited to sing the chorus parts from the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," including "Hallelujah." Music will be provided. Joby Bell will be the organist, and William G. Harbinson will conduct. Admission is free. More information at (828) 262-3020 or (828) 262-6467 or (belljr@appstate.edu)



Monday, Dec. 14

Caroling

On Monday, Dec. 14, area women are invited to join in singing four-part harmony carols on the annual tour of local rest homes. Carolers will gather to review the music at 5:30 p.m. in the music building lobby on the ASU campus. The tour should conclude by 7 p.m., at which time those who wish may gather for food and fellowship at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-8811.



Thursday, Dec. 17

High Country High School Community Chorale

A second performance of the High Country High School Community Chorale, performing its Christmas repertoire will occur on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall at the Hayes School of Music on the ASU campus. This is a free concert.



Friday, Dec. 18

Christmas in Blowing Rock

Christmas in Blowing Rock, presented by Ensemble Stage, will be performed at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under, and are available at the Blowing Rock Visitors Center, Gems by Gemini and Black Dog Coffee. You can also purchase tickets by calling (828) 406-2884 or visiting http://www.ensemblestage.com.

Christmas in Blowing Rock is hosted by Melvin Tunstall III, with a six person adult chorus, seven-person kids chorus and featured musical guests Diana and Sarvis Ridge. For a complete list of the cast, visit the "On Stage" page of Ensemble's Web site.



Saturday, Dec. 19

Christmas in the Valle

The Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis will be hosting Christmas in the Valle through Christmas Eve. The jolliest of elves, Santa Claus, will be available on Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon until 3 p.m., to verify his list in person with young visitors. Children 12 and younger are invited to participate in a Make and Take craft activity at the Little Red School House at the original store from 10 a.m. until noon. Participants are asked to bring two canned food items for the Hunger Coalition. Parents' assistance is welcomed. Enjoy live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 2 p.m. Performances will range from bluegrass and folk to Celtic and classical. The Original Mast Store will be open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Santa will review his list one last time from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. before leaving on his round-the-world journey. For more information, call Mary at the Original Mast Store at (828) 963-6511.

First Baptist Church of West Jefferson

"That's the Good News! A Christmas Musical," a modern-day story of peace on Earth will be presented by First Baptist Church of West Jefferson on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m.

Elk Knob State Park

Elk Knob State Park will present the program "Winter Weather Program" on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. Elk Knob State Park is located at 5564 Meat Camp Road, Todd. Winter is a time of year in the High Country that is capable of producing many specific types of weather all in a short period of time. This program will be focused on learning what some of the weather types the High Country sees the most of and how each kind is formed. After the program, those attending will be given a word find to help remember the vocabulary discussed in the presentation. This program will be held in the park office and begins at 1 p.m. For information, call the park office at (828) 297-7261.



Sunday, Dec. 20

Carols and candlelight service

On Dec. 20, First Baptist Church of Boone will have a carols and candlelight service on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. The service is filled with handbell music for the Christmas season. Along with the handbell selections, there will be favorite carols and fun songs by the children with the adult choir.

First Baptist Church of West Jefferson

"That's the Good News! A Christmas Musical," a modern-day story of peace on Earth will be presented by First Baptist Church of West Jefferson on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m.


Thursday, Dec. 24

Advent activities at Crossnore

Crossnore Presbyterian Church in Crossnore on U.S. 221 has planned a number of special Advent activities through Dec. 25. Services are Sundays at 11 a.m. and church school starts at 10 a.m. The community and visitors are invited to take part, including the decorating for the Christmas Soup Supper on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. and Christmas Eve lessons and carols on Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Special music and drama featuring children, youth and adults will be an integral to the celebration. For further information, contact the church office at (828) 733-1939 or e-mail Pastor Kathy Campbell at (rev.kathy.campbell@gmail.com)

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