Six Events Worth Gobbling Up!

Article Published: Nov. 24, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Planning your Holidays? The Mountain Times is here to preview some don't-miss events you'll want to gobble up this week.

1. The Annual Thanksgiving Meal, Health and Hunger Coalition.
With turkey and veggies courtesy of Woodland's Barbeque and Pickin' Parlor of Blowing Rock, meal preparations started Tuesday. Think 14 22-pound birds to be served by volunteers from all over the High Country. Dressing and gravy will be provided by David Bartlett, owner of Speckled Trout Cafe in Blowing Rock.
Between food service and deliveries, about 50 volunteers come back every year to help make High Country traditions for food insecure families in the area, but it's not just about them. The dinner also allows people to come together who might not otherwise interact, from public officials to church leaders to the homeless.
It happens at the bottom floor of the First Baptist Church from 11 a.m. To 2 p.m. Thursday.

2. Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town.
Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town: Start your holiday season in Blowing Rock at Memorial Park with Santa and plenty of hot chocolate. It's from 2 to 5 p.m. The actual lighting happens at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

3. Caroling at the Meadowbrook Inn
Warm up hearts and vocal chords at the Meadowbrook Inn.
"People are going to sing Christmas Carols, and we're going to have a live piano player do a little Christmas music," Meadowbrook's Michelle Bailey said.
Think a pep rally for the Christmas Season.
"We even have a Santa coming in and reading 'The Night Before Christmas,' she said.
It happens at the Inn (711 U.S. 321 Business) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

4. Hit the Parades
Blowing Rock kicks things off Saturday at 2 p.m. Boone's parade happens Dec. 11, as does Newland's.

5. Appalachian Chorale
Think holiday carols interspersed with classics like "Christmas Cantata." It happens Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall.

6. Chetola Festival of Lights
With more than 50,000 lights, (enough to warm your heart and your retinas), it kicks off Nov. 27, perfect for a holiday drive.

For a complete list of what's happening, check out Fans of the Mountain Times Facebook page ( get daily tips on our favorite High Country happenings.

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