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9th - January 17, 2015

La Cultura Cubana: Through the Eyes of Appalachia Students in the Art Department at Appalachian State University Respond to an International Travel Experience. Each year, professor and artist Scott Ludwig organizes a group of undergraduate art students to travel to Cuba, learn from the culture, and return with inspiration to create work from their experiences. These exhibiting artists have interpreted their experiences through a wide variety of media and concepts that shed new light on Cuban life. Exhibit from December 9, 2014 @ 10:00 am – January 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

1st - 31st

TWENTY: Contemporary Art From South Africa.  Exhibition from 7/11/2014 – 02/7/2015 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Community Gallery, Main Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing. On the Campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  As South Africa celebrates its 20th year of democracy, having made a peaceful transition from apartheid state to a new and more equitable dispensation, this show seeks to show a slice of South African existence through contemporary art. While it is in celebration of this milestone, the exhibition itself does not necessarily unpack the notion of democracy but rather looks across the scope of what it means to have been a South African over the last 20 years. The show thus explores issues of social conditions, like land issues, HIV/Aids and resistance art and juxtaposes these with more positive aspects like the Mandela years and the influence of traditional craft on contemporary South African art.

1st - Jan 4, 2015

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies – At Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. The exhibit examines the commonalities between five educational pioneers in the mountains of NC, including the founders of The Crossnore School and Penland School of Crafts. $9 adults, $5 kids, students, & military. 1-5pm.

2nd

Shag Dancing 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

6th - 7th

Jazz at The Green Park Inn 6:00pm – 10:00pm at The Green Park Inn. Welcomes local jazz pianist Charlie Ellis on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, call 828-414-9230.

9th

Shag Dancing 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

12th - 13th

Jazz at The Green Park Inn 6:00pm – 10:00pm at The Green Park Inn. Welcomes local jazz pianist Charlie Ellis on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, call 828-414-9230.

12th - January 25, 2015

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort At Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.  A holiday tradition in Blowing Rock, Chetola’s Festival of Lights features a dazzling display of illuminations attracting thousands of visitors each year. A drive around Chetola Lake lets visitors see glittering ice skaters, a nativity scene, Rudolph catching a “big fish” in Chetola Lake, and much more. As visitors enter the resort they are given a guide that details displays and activities taking place throughout the holiday season. The kick-off for the Festival of Lights is Friday, November 28, at dusk. Chetola’s Festival of Lights will illuminate the grounds each night through January 25. Public is welcome and invited!Admission: Free

13th

“Old Fashioned” Dancing at the Rock 7:30pm – 10:30pm at the American Legion Hall, Blowing Rock. 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Bring out your dancing shoes every other week and get ready for a good time. $8.00 per person / $15.00 per couple. Suitable refreshments will be available to fend off fatigue. Music by: George Wilson and Friends. For more information call Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828)295-5222.

Studio K: The Nutcracker 3:00pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Local youth ballet company, Studio K, transforms the Schaefer Center stage into a magical world where the beloved holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, comes alive. Entering into its 16th year as one of the most popular holiday High Country traditions, The Nutcracker will feature 300 local dancers. The annual performance by Studio K keeps close to the original ballet— dancing to the music of Tchaikovsky in over 400 costumes over the course of three performances. This event is perfect for all ages and makes for a perfect family holiday outing!

16th

Shag Dancing 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

19th

SPY Super Session Registration 5:00pm – 6:30pm / Event 7:00pm at Appalachian Ski Mountain.  SPY Optics is partnering with App Terrain Park to bring you a super fun super sweet super session with a brand new park setup, lots of awesome prizes, and fun contests that only the SPY crew can dream up! Stay tuned for more details as they get ironed out. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

19th - 20th

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

23rd

Shag Dancing 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

25th

Christmas Day Ice Skating 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm at Appalachian Ski Mountain. Join us with the family on Christmas Day for a special Ice Skating experience. Our Ice Arena will be open from Noon-9pm on December 25th. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

27th

“Old Fashioned” Dancing at the Rock 7:30pm – 10:30pm at the American Legion Hall, Blowing Rock. 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Bring out your dancing shoes every other week and get ready for a good time. $8.00 per person / $15.00 per couple. Suitable refreshments will be available to fend off fatigue. Music by: George Wilson and Friends. For more information call Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828)295-5222.

30th

Shag Dancing 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

26th - 27th

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

26th - 31st

Midnight Blast Holiday Nights 5:00pm – 12:00 Midnight at Appalachian Ski Mountain. The region’s only late-night skiing and snowboarding. App Ski Mtn. is excited to again provide extended Midnight Blast Sessions for the Holiday week of Dec. 26-31. The slopes will be open continuously from 9am – 12 Midnight on these special nights, as well as every Friday and Saturday from Jan 2 – Feb 28, and Sundays, Jan 18 and Feb 15. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

31st

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Ski til 11:30pm / Fireworks at Midnight at Appalachian Ski Mountain. Join us for New Year’s Eve and ring in 2015 in style! Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more! Moonlight ice skating from 10 pm to midnight. Festive Restaurant Specials also available from 9pm to midnight. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

December 9, 2014 - January 17, 2015

La Cultura Cubana: Through the Eyes of Appalachia Students in the Art Department at Appalachian State University Respond to an International Travel Experience. Each year, professor and artist Scott Ludwig organizes a group of undergraduate art students to travel to Cuba, learn from the culture, and return with inspiration to create work from their experiences. These exhibiting artists have interpreted their experiences through a wide variety of media and concepts that shed new light on Cuban life. Exhibit from December 9, 2014 @ 10:00 am – January 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

December 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort At Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.  A holiday tradition in Blowing Rock, Chetola’s Festival of Lights features a dazzling display of illuminations attracting thousands of visitors each year. A drive around Chetola Lake lets visitors see glittering ice skaters, a nativity scene, Rudolph catching a “big fish” in Chetola Lake, and much more. As visitors enter the resort they are given a guide that details displays and activities taking place throughout the holiday season. The kick-off for the Festival of Lights is Friday, November 28, at dusk. Chetola’s Festival of Lights will illuminate the grounds each night through January 25. Public is welcome and invited!Admission: Free

1st - 4th

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies At Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. The exhibit examines the commonalities between five educational pioneers in the mountains of NC, including the founders of The Crossnore School and Penland School of Crafts. $9 adults, $5 kids, students, & military. 1-5pm.

1st - 31ST

whimmy diddles n’ flipper dingers, TOYS of APPALACHIA The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s latest exhibition, Whimmy Diddles n’ Flipper Dingers: Toys of Appalachia, will open to the public on Friday, October 10th, in the upstairs Historic Objects Gallery. On display, viewers will see toys and learn more about the history behind toys traditionally made and played with in southern Appalachia. Newer toys will also be on display, some of which museum-goers young and old will be able to play with in the gallery and experience firsthand. The exhibition will be on view from October 10, 2014 –February 1, 2015.

2nd - 3rd

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

5th - March 21, 2015

Tanja Softic´: Gathered from Available Data, In Gallery A, West Wing, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. Artist Statement: My work explores concepts of locating oneself in ever expanding notions of universe and society and the nature of memory. As an immigrant to United States from Bosnia, I am acutely aware of the inadequacy of established definitions of cultural or national identity. Our histories are recorded and pose the questions of how they shape our notions of identity, what is our place and our task in the web of life of the planet, what is cultural memory and to whom does it belong. These questions loom large, and there are no reassuring answers. My work aims to capture this state of flux, acknowledge the obsolescence of categories, and work with the tattered web of memory.
The vocabulary of my pieces includes elements of landscape, microscopic life forms, architectural details and renderings, obsolete geographical maps, astronomical charts and anatomical fragments as visual signifiers of a displaced existence. The images usually begin with the memory of particular place of personal significance and I allow both form and content to take lead as I combine the image with other visual elements. As I develop a print, I am conscious of the atomization and flattening of the image that happens in the process of matrix development (color separation, tracing, halftone, to give a few examples) and aggregation, layering, closing that happens at the printing end. The exchange between the two ways of working with the image is the formal anchor in both my prints and drawings. Call the Turchin Center at (828) 262-3017 or email at turchincenter@appstate.edu for more details.

Les Caison III: Looking Up In Gallery B, West Wing, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.  Artist Statement: By the time you get this I will have moved on. A local periodical quoted me as saying “It’s OK to take two steps back as long as you put your best foot forward”. There is flaw in that logic to most – obviously you are going backward – fabulously backward. When you dance — which is what the quote is referring to — you move backwards, forwards, and around & around. Context and perspective — choosing to get out there and dance is in fact moving forward.
It is perspective and appropriate positive attitude that get us moving in the right direction. These paintings explore using whatever we have to go forward. Sometimes carrying on is as simple as acknowledging the heavens. Sometimes we are celebrating life and our spirits are light-footed. Other times we are overflowing with contemplation and seek solace amid whatever environment we can find. The elders may speak. We may not understand – but we hear and we acknowledge and we may apply their wisdom in the future. We just have to keep Looking Up. Call the Turchin Center at (828) 262-3017 or email at turchincenter@appstate.edu for more details.

Andrew Fullwood: Allurement In Mayer Gallery, West Wing, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. Originally a psychiatrist, sculptor Andrew Fullwood of Chapel Hill, NC is a master carver from a family of five generations of furniture makers originally from Hickory, NC.
Artist Statement: I grew up with equally compelling interests in art and nature, the latter of which lead to a career as a physician. My interest in wood, a material with living texture, no doubt derives from my background in biology, but also from a family craft tradition spanning five generations of skilled furniture makers. (Perhaps I represent a case of a furniture gene-gone-bad). Without formal training, I have gradually taught myself the craft. I am unusually drawn to the challenge of giving physical form to unique shapes that appear first in imagination. I love the great material diversity of wood: each species has different colors, grains, properties. The variety of organic shapes into which wood naturally grows, and the character-giving knots and imperfections stretch imagination into new territory. The process begins initially with the harvesting of a promising log, then transforming that rustic cylinder of wood with chainsaws, chisels, rasps, and files into sculptural forms. Some pieces take hundreds of hours to complete.
The processes and cycles (including attractions, instincts, birth, death) of natural creation are astonishing to me, as well as how life has so gorgeously diversified. Expressing elements of these cycles and creation of living things, whether they be a seed pod or a pregnant woman is a recurrent theme in my works. I am interested not only in the shapes of the rhythms and life cycles of living things, but also the shapes of our emotional responses to the natural world in which we evolved. I believe the archetypal imagery of nature is meaningful to us and is relevant to the creative process. I also like to wonder about the “shapes” of specific moments, such as the bursting open of a seed pod. My sculptures also reflect my great curiosity about our origins: organic, ancestral, and cultural.
With my sculpture I want to generate curiosity and allurement. I like there to be an element of surprise. I enjoy exploring both abstract and realistic forms (usually human figures), and sometimes both blended together, a style I refer to as “organic surrealism”. Part of the challenge is to integrate opposing imagery and the tensions created therein. Treacherous forms search for harmonious cohabitation amongst nurture forms. A whale and a cocoon and pollen may all fuse together into one form. Call the Turchin Center at (828) 262-3017 or email at turchincenter@appstate.edu for more details.

6th

Shag Dancing - 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

9th - 10th

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

13th

Shag Dancing - 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

16th - 17th

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

20th

Shag Dancing – 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

23rd

Cork & Canvas – Blue Horses 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Come to the Museum and get your creative juices flowing by creating a painting with trained art instructor, Dacia Trethewey. Whether you paint often or haven’t picked up a paintbrush since kindergarten, this class is fun and welcoming and absolutely no experience is necessary – really! Everyone will create a piece of art inspired by “Blue Horses” by Franz Marc.
All materials (paints, canvas, aprons) are provided and wine and hors d’oeuvres are complimentary. Just bring yourself! Preregistration is required. Cost: $30/person, $25 for members. For more information: 828.295.9099 ext. 3006. “Blue Horses” is owned by the Walker Art Center, Gift of the T.B. Walker Foundation and the Gilbert M. Walker Memorial Fund, 1942.1

23rd - 24th

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

27th

Shag Dancing - 7:30pm at the Boone Moose Lodge.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays and enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $5.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

30th - 31st

Live Music with Charlie Ellis 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the Green Park Inn in Blowing rock.  Join us every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm as the legendary Charlie Ellis tickles the ivory inside the lobby of this 123 year old historic hotel. Open to the public, free. Cocktails, snacks and dinner also available for purchase. For more information, call Appalachian Ski Mountain at (828) 295-7828.

September 26th - November 1st

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Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad - At Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane , Blowing Rock NC. It’s scary fun for the whole family! Enjoy ghastly attractions, including Chost Train rides, the Haunted House, and the Freaky Forest, available only for Ghost Train hours. Separate park admission; regular park activities available 9am-6pm, with Ghost Train fun from 7:30 to 11:30pm. Advance tickets recommended; a limited number of guests will be admitted nightly.

1st - 31st

TWENTY: Contemporary Art From South Africa.  Exhibition from 7/11/2014 – 02/7/2015 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Community Gallery, Main Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing. On the Campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  As South Africa celebrates its 20th year of democracy, having made a peaceful transition from apartheid state to a new and more equitable dispensation, this show seeks to show a slice of South African existence through contemporary art. While it is in celebration of this milestone, the exhibition itself does not necessarily unpack the notion of democracy but rather looks across the scope of what it means to have been a South African over the last 20 years. The show thus explores issues of social conditions, like land issues, HIV/Aids and resistance art and juxtaposes these with more positive aspects like the Mandela years and the influence of traditional craft on contemporary South African art.

1st - Jan 4, 2015

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies – At Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. The exhibit examines the commonalities between five educational pioneers in the mountains of NC, including the founders of The Crossnore School and Penland School of Crafts. $9 adults, $5 kids, students, & military. 1-5pm.

2nd

Blowing Rock Farmers Market – Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm On Park Ave, off Main Street, in Blowing Rock.  The finest in fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers.  Each Thursday, May 29 – October 16(subject to change), rain or shine! Ample parking is available at the American Legion Parking Facility. For more information call 828-295-7851.

3rd

Music on the Lawn featuring Smokey Breeze - 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.  Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. This weeks band is TBA. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. Dogs are not permitted and there are no coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. You are encouraged to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays! For more information, call 828-295-3466.

4th

Art in the Park – Blowing Rock American Legion Grounds, 333 Wallingford Road , Blowing Rock NC.  An outdoor juried art and craft show featuring 90 artists. Each artist invites you to stop by his or her tent and check out unique pieces. Enjoy pottery, fiber, glass, paintings, drawings, sculpture, fine crafts, and more. Prices for items range from $5 to $500, so come find your one-of-a-kind treasure. Admission is free. One show each month, May-October: May 17, June 14, July 19, August 16, September 6, and October 4.

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight – Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway , Linville NC. Enjoy stories told by firelight and rare after-dark tours of Grandfather Mountain that include a visit to the bear habitat, an owl prowl and the chance to meet the mountain’s nocturnal educational animals. Online registration opens Aug. 28. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Admission is $20 per person.

4th - 19th

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain – Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway , Linville NC. Join Grandfather Mountain’s education staff from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-19, for guided walks on the mountain’s trails to learn about fall foliage, including the reasons leaves change and different forces that affect the coloration. Hikes are included with park admission.

9th

Blowing Rock Farmers Market – Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm On Park Ave, off Main Street, in Blowing Rock.  The finest in fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers.  Each Thursday, May 29 – October 16(subject to change), rain or shine! Ample parking is available at the American Legion Parking Facility. For more information call 828-295-7851.

10th

Music on the Lawn featuring TBA - 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.  Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. This weeks band is TBA. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. Dogs are not permitted and there are no coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. You are encouraged to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays! For more information, call 828-295-3466.

10th - 31st

cornmaze_oHarvest Farms Corn Maze – Harvest Farm, 3287 NC 194, Valle Crucis, NC. Fun corn maze in beautiful Valle Crucis, bring the whole family! Located just past the original Mast General Store, with a pumpkin patch, too. Open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm, and Sundays 1-6pm. Daytime admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Ask about our Night Maze and Hayrides!

10 - February 1, 2015

wdfd_vinyl - At The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock). The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s latest exhibition, Whimmy Diddles n’ Flipper Dingers: Toys of Appalachia, will open to the public on Friday, October 10th, in the upstairs Historic Objects Gallery. On display, viewers will see toys and learn more about the history behind toys traditionally made and played with in southern Appalachia. Newer toys will also be on display, some of which museum-goers young and old will be able to play with in the gallery and experience firsthand. The exhibition will be on view from October 10, 2014 –February 1, 2015. For more information, call 828-295-9099.

11th

BRAHM’s Third Birthday Party – 2:00pm at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St. , Blowing Rock NC. Featuring a puppet show by the Elkland Art Center, a performance by the Harris Brothers, refreshments and activities. All ages. Free!

Coyotes! – 3:30pm at Julian Price Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 296. This newcomer to North Carolina has rapidly spread from the mountains to the coast, and is now found in all 100 counties.  Why are they so successful?  Are they to be feared?  How should we treat this new neighbor? Come find out. Approximately 45 minutes in length.

11th - 12th

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor – 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm at the Cone Manor – Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor. Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone.  Tour is approximately 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 accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only.  No advance reservations, please.

12th

Blowing Rock Jazz Society Concert Featuring Melva Houston – 7:00pm – 9:00pm at The Meadowbrook Inn. Bassist, Melva Houston is a jazz and blues vocalist performing for more than 20 years across the US and internationally. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Houston began her career in gospel. At the age of 16, she moved into R&B as a backup singer for Stax Records where she recorded with R&B greats such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave. Once Houston discovered jazz and blues, she found her musical passion and has been performing these styles for most of her career. Her performances include jazz standards and blues featuring songs from the jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone. Houston will be accompanied by Bob Sanger on piano. $5 for students. Members get in free. To make reservations, call (828) 295-4300.

3rd Annual Alexander Arts Lecture – Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St. , Blowing Rock NC. The Museum is delighted that Sarah Cash, Bechhoefer Curator of American Art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC will be the featured speaker at this year’s lecture. Mrs. Cash will give an informal presentation about the unfolding history of the Corcoran Gallery and its amazing American collection.

Boone Heritage Festival – Horn In The West, 591 Horn in the West Drive , Boone NC. Celebrating Appalachian heritage with live music and storytelling from the region’s best in these traditions, as well as 18th century living history demonstrations, craft vendors, music jam sessions, a liar’s bench and children’s craft activities.Admission: Admission is free; a small fee for children’s crafts activities helps offset cost of materials.

16th

Blowing Rock Farmers Market – Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm On Park Ave, off Main Street, in Blowing Rock.  The finest in fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers.  Each Thursday, May 29 – October 16(subject to change), rain or shine! Ample parking is available at the American Legion Parking Facility. For more information call 828-295-7851.

Third Thursday Lecture Series – Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St. , Blowing Rock NC. Featuring Dr. Peter White of North Carolina Botanical Garden. Third Thursday lectures are held in the Community Meeting Room of the Museum. Free to BRAHM members and just $5 for non-members. Followed by a reception.

17th

Music on the Lawn featuring TBA - 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.  Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. This weeks band is TBA. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. Dogs are not permitted and there are no coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. You are encouraged to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays! For more information, call 828-295-3466.

24th

Music on the Lawn featuring Brewer and Friends - 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.  Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. This weeks band is TBA. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. Dogs are not permitted and there are no coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. You are encouraged to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays! For more information, call 828-295-3466.

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spooky.storiesFall Fables: Hainted Yarns from Near and Far – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. At The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock). Spooky stories from the mountains, told by Sherry Lovett.
Sherry Lovett has been a storyteller for twelve years starting when she was a middle school teacher. She quickly discovered the power of stories within a classroom to create enthusiasm for learning. She began to explore the craft in earnest after the birth of her daughter, when she became a stay-at-home mom and a professional storyteller. The thing that draws Sherry to storytelling is the magical ability of stories to shine the light on our interrelatedness – the connection of people with people and people with nature – and by this awareness to create more harmony in the world. Sherry Lovett tells a variety of stories including folktales, Native American tales, scary stories, and fairy tales, using precise language, eloquent movement, and dramatic voices to bring the stories to life. For more information, call 828-295-9099.

Creepy-CraftsCreepy Crafts – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. At The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock). Create some holiday crafts after listening to some spooky stories and before heading out to the Town’s Halloween festivities! For more information, call 828-295-9099.

25th and 31st

frankenstein-web 2Frankenstein – The timeless Mary Shelley classic horror story of re-animation comes to life in the live staged radio play adaptation, “Frankenstein.”   frankenstein-web 2From Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s passion to restore life to his creation of a monster, from the monster’s escape to his misunderstood, yet deadly rampage.  From the monster’s plea for a mate to Frankenstein’s undaunted pursuit of the creature across the polar icecaps to put an end, once and for all, to the atrocity of nature he created.  All the drama comes to life by way of a theatrically enhanced 1930’s-style live staged radio play complete with projections and the show’s sound effects performed on stage just like they were in the golden days of radio.  So come be a part of the “studio” audience and don’t be shy, feel free to come dressed in your favorite costume.  It is Hallowween after all. BRUHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Show Dates, Times and Locations:
Saturday, October 25- Blowing Rock School Auditorium (160 Sunset Dr. in Blowing Rock) @ 7:00pm
Friday, October 31- The Uptown (182 Howard St. in Boone) @ 7:00pm
(The show is approximately one hour in length), $14-ADULT, $8- KIDS & STUDENTS W/ ID (up to age 25)

25 - April 5, 2015

SELECTIONS.from_.the_.COLLECTION.sliderSelections from the Collection
At The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock). Opening on Saturday, October 25th. Featuring over one-hundred selected paintings, drawings, prints, glass, ceramic, and mixed media pieces from Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s Permanent Collection in three galleries: David and Nancy Rankin, Kay & Tom Rankin and Gena & Bill Atwell.
Since its first work of art was acquired in 2002, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum has added works by many artists, historic and contemporary, to its growing Permanent Collection. The exhibition will include works on view by Elliott Daingerfield, Philip Moose, Andrew Wyeth, Philip Leslie Hale, Walter Schofield, William Charles Anthony Frerichs, Herb Cohen, Everett Shinn, Jose Fumero, and many others. The exhibition will also feature twenty-five etchings of North Carolina landmarks by Louis Orr.
Many of the represented artists found inspiration amongst the hills of our local region, while others crafted work representing stories of beauty, belief, place, and people across the rest of the state and country. These selections possess commonalities found in the details on the surface of each painting, reflections in the glass, and line work in the drawings, yet they also tell stories all their own.
A reception celebrating the exhibit will be held during the Museum’s Holiday Open House on November 29 from 2pm – 4pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 828-295-9099.

31st

Music on the Lawn featuring TBA - 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.  Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. This weeks band is TBA. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. Dogs are not permitted and there are no coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. You are encouraged to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays! For more information, call 828-295-3466.

1st - 30th

TWENTY: Contemporary Art From South Africa.  Exhibition from 7/11/2014 – 02/7/2015 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Community Gallery, Main Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing. On the Campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  As South Africa celebrates its 20th year of democracy, having made a peaceful transition from apartheid state to a new and more equitable dispensation, this show seeks to show a slice of South African existence through contemporary art. While it is in celebration of this milestone, the exhibition itself does not necessarily unpack the notion of democracy but rather looks across the scope of what it means to have been a South African over the last 20 years. The show thus explores issues of social conditions, like land issues, HIV/Aids and resistance art and juxtaposes these with more positive aspects like the Mandela years and the influence of traditional craft on contemporary South African art.

1st - Jan 4, 2015

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies – At Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. The exhibit examines the commonalities between five educational pioneers in the mountains of NC, including the founders of The Crossnore School and Penland School of Crafts. $9 adults, $5 kids, students, & military. 1-5pm.

November 4, 2014

Shag Dancing – 7:00pm in the Four Seasons Ballroom at Meadowbrook Inn.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays at 7:00pm for a 30 minute lesson, then enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $2.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

November 11, 2014

Shag Dancing – 7:00pm in the Four Seasons Ballroom at Meadowbrook Inn.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays at 7:00pm for a 30 minute lesson, then enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $2.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

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Fall Fables: Passionate about Possums – 10:00 am – 11:00 am. At The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock). Hear stories, songs and legends about the possum, told by Rodney Sutton.
Rodney Sutton is a native of eastern North Carolina, where his family has danced and played music for generations, Rodney Sutton is a prominent and highly respected representative of the dance and music traditions of his home state. Sutton is particularly known for his expertise in traditional mountain dance. He is adept at both flatfooting and clogging, and is also in demand as a dance caller. In recent years, Rodney has expanded his presentations to include both storytelling and ballad singing.
Sutton was an early member of the Green Grass Cloggers, and today is part of the Road Team Reunion group, who have danced in recent years at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF), the Appalachian Stringband Music Festival, and MerleFest. Sutton is also a co-founder of the Fiddle Puppets, now known as Footworks, a traditionally based dance team that has toured around the world.
Rodney Sutton has traveled across the United States and Canada and throughout the British Isles performing, teaching, and calling dances. He has taught traditional dance in western North Carolina schools through the Visiting Artist Program, and is a regular instructor at such camps as the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, Augusta Heritage Center programs in West Virginia, and Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camps in New York. For more information, call 828-295-9099.

November 18, 2014

Shag Dancing – 7:00pm in the Four Seasons Ballroom at Meadowbrook Inn.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays at 7:00pm for a 30 minute lesson, then enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $2.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

19th

“Wines for the Holidays” Tasting & Seminar – 6:30pm at Christopher’s Wine And Cheese, 110 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock NC. It is hard to imagine the holiday season without a glass of wine in hand. A great bottle of wine can bring together all the flavors on your table. But which wine do you choose? What you serve at holiday parties needs to impress at a price that doesn’t oppress, plus be food-friendly, given the diversity of flavors on cocktail-party buffets and holiday dinner tables. And if you give a bottle as a gift, it needs to send the “you’re special” message without breaking the bank. On this night, we will taste some great varieties of wine perfect for bringing out the flavors of the season’s favorite foods. Cost: $15 per person. Please RSVP by November 18 by email or by calling 828.414.9111. Seating is limited to this tasting.

November 25, 2014

Shag Dancing – 7:00pm in the Four Seasons Ballroom at Meadowbrook Inn.  Join The Boone Shag Club on Tuesdays at 7:00pm for a 30 minute lesson, then enjoy open dancing to DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. $2.00 cover charge for non-members. For more information, visit www.booneshagclub.com.

27th

MeadowbrookInnThanksgiving-Dinner-Blowing-Rock-NCThe Mountain Thanksgiving Celebration
12:30 pm, 3:00pm and 5:30 pm at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.
The Mountain Thanksgiving Celebration returns to the Meadowbrook Inn this year. The casual atmosphere, live music and warmth of our stone fireplace provide a great way to relax and enjoy the holiday with your family. We’ll do all the cooking and cleanup so you can focus on what’s truly important during the holidays—quality time with the people you love.
Our award-winning Executive Chef, Jay Nolan; Sous Chef Robert Strange; and their culinary team cook for days to prepare turkey, home baked breads and desserts, and lavish food displays that coordinate with show-stopping tablescapes designed by our Banquet Manager Alex Fish. Pumpkins, silver candelabra, fall leaves and flowers grace the buffet lines and guests’ tables. We set each table just so, so that when friends and family walk in the door, it feels like the holidays!
This year’s menu offers all of Grandma’s traditional Thanksgiving foods including ham, Tom Turkey, roast beef, shrimp and grits, and your favorite side dishes. If you’d like to eat lighter this year, we’ve added a Snackers’ Buffet. For kids of all ages, we’ve added a colorful and fun Hot Chocolate and Cider Bar. Our Lounge will be open with all ABC permits and ready to serve everyone’s favorites (including the ever-popular Shirley Temple for children).

28th

Christmas Carol SupperChristmasCarolSupper – 4:30pm – 6:00pm at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Be sure to get your tickets for Meadowbrook Inn’s Christmas Carol Supper (on the Friday following Thanksgiving) with sing-alongs, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and (everyone’s favorite!) Turkey Day Leftovers! This early supper event runs 4:30pm to 6:30pm to coordinate with Blowing Rock’s beautiful Christmas in the Park and our “Lighting of the Town” celebration at 5:30pm. Call 828-295-4300 now to book your reservation. Bring the whole family and sing along! Adults: $13 – Children $7, Light Dinner Buffet, Beverage Service, Mountain Holiday Décor, Live Music with Christmas Carol Sing-Along.

 

 

 

 

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town – Memorial Park, 1094 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC. Santa, hot chocolate, carols, and the ceremonial Lighting of the Town Tree! Entertainment in the park and family fun all afternoon. Free!

28th - January 25, 2015

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort – Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, 185 Chetola Lake Dr., Blowing Rock NC. A holiday tradition in Blowing Rock, Chetola’s Festival of Lights features a dazzling display of illuminations attracting thousands of visitors each year. A drive around Chetola Lake lets visitors see glittering ice skaters, a nativity scene, Rudolph catching a “big fish” in Chetola Lake, and much more. As visitors enter the resort they are given a guide that details displays and activities taking place throughout the holiday season. The kick-off for the Festival of Lights is Friday, November 28, at dusk. Chetola’s Festival of Lights will illuminate the grounds each night through January 25. Public is welcome and invited! Admission: Free.

November 29, 2014

Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening – 10:00am at Traditions Pottery Studio, 4443 Bolick Road, Lenoir NC.  Be present at 10:00 a.m. to watch us unload the wood kiln, and them make your selection. Items in the wood kiln will include work from Bolick’s and from Traditions. With face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens, and other traditional wares. Food will be served. Free admission.

31st

Blowing Rock Farmers Market – Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm On Park Ave, off Main Street, in Blowing Rock.  The finest in fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers.  Each Thursday, May 29 – October 16(subject to change), rain or shine! Ample parking is available at the American Legion Parking Facility. For more information call 828-295-7851.

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