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1st - 30th

artsrock2014Arts Rock in Blowing Rock – In September, Arts Rock in Blowing Rock as we celebrate everything from storytelling to basket weaving, writing to singing. Join us for the opening of Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s newest exhibit, various concerts, Art in the Park, and weekly presentations at Edgewood Cottage.   And, don’t miss this month’s Mitford-themed events!

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.

2nd

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.

4th

Blowing Rock Farmers Market – Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm On Park Ave, off Main Street, in Blowing Rock.   Farm fresh produce, meat and whole foods.  Each Thursday, May 22 – October 16, rain or shine! Ample parking is available at the American Legion Parking Facility. More information call 828-295-7851.

5th

Music on the Lawn featuring Supa Tight - 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.

5th - 6th

Field & Stream Art Show – At Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, 7539 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock, NC. By Joe Miller and Wes Waugh- paintings and creations from their collective travels and adventures. Free.

6th

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. Homes in the Village – At The Blowing Rock American Legion, 333 Wallingford St. , Blowing Rock, NC. Ten local real estate companies have joined together to present “Homes in the Village.” Visitors to Blowing Rock’s popular Art in the Park will have the opportunity to sign up for a self-guided tour of selected Village homes that are offered for sale. Each month six properties, ranging from small cottages and condos to grand designer homes, will be open for viewing. Open Houses will be hosted from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Drop by the booth at Art in the Park to sign up and get a map to the homes.

6th - 7th

Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie Railroad – At Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC. A once-a-year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages! Celebrate the Golden Age of steam locomotives behind Tweetsie’s historic coal-fired steam engines. Park open 9am-6pm.

7th

Sunday Concert in the Park Featuring Amantha Mill – Bluegrass at its Best – Blowing Rock Memorial Park, 1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC. Each Sunday after Art in the Park from May through September, bring a chair or blanket and enjoy FREE entertainment at the gazebo in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. The American Legion Hall is the backup venue in case of inclement weather. Concerts begin at 4:00pm.

9th

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.

11th

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.

12th

Music on the Lawn featuring Klee & Mike - 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.

Plein Air Paint Out. At Sweetgrass. Artists of all levels are invited to paint landscape scenery. Simply call for directions and to sign-up! Free. 828-295-9861.

Common Threads Reception - At Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Public reception for the Museum’s latest exhibit, Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies. 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. 6pm.

12th - 13th

Live Music with Charlie Ellis at Green Park Inn – Local Jazz pianist Charlie delights music lovers each week inside the charming lobby of Blowing Rock’s oldest hotel. Free. 6pm.

12th - 14th

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Walking Mitford Tours in Downtown Blowing Rock – Take a literary stroll to locations that inspired places in the Mitford series. In celebration of Jan Karon’s latest Mitford novel, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. $12, reservations required. Friday at 3:30 and 5pm. Saturday at 9:30am, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm. Sunday at 9:30am, 4:00pn, and 6:00pm. Call 828-414-9345 for more information.

13th

Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge – At The Blue Ridge Mountain Club, Reynolds Parkway, Blowing Rock. Beach Blast with a view! Enjoy the sounds of The Band of Oz and The Catalinas. Tickets are $28 in advance, $35 at the door. Bring a chair or blanket and your most comfortable shagging shoes! Food and beverage will be available for purchase or you may bring your own picnic. Patron Tent packages including 10 tickets are also available. Call Billie Rogers, Events Director, for more information.

Blowing Rock Archive – At Edgewood Cottage. Photography exhibit featuring archived images of Blowing Rock. See photos of the town before automobiles and streetlamps, all from the collection of the Blowing Rock Historical Society. Free.

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My Heart in Mitford Luncheon & Tea – At Meadowbrook Inn. Enjoy a light lunch and tea as Blowing Rock some friendly local residents talk about living in the “real Mitford.” In honor of Jan Karon’s newest book, Somewhere Safewith Somebody Good. Door prizes, too! Call for reservations: 828-295-4300. $16. 11:30am.

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Bill Leslie Mitford Concert – At Meadowbrook Inn. Bill Leslie will perform selections from his Mitford CD “A Midnight Clear” and his other award-winning CDs in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Ticket includes dinner and proceeds go to Grandfather Home for Children, to which Jan Karon’s latest book is dedicated. $30. 6:30pm.

13th - 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.

14th

Blowing Rock Jazz Society Concert Featuring Jason Foureman Trio – 7:00pm – 9:00pm at The Meadowbrook Inn. Bassist, Jason Foureman leads a trio featuring pianist, Ryan Hanseler and drummer, Kobie Watkins. $5 for students. Members get in free. To make reservations, call (828) 295-4300.

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Jan Karon Interview and Meet & Greet – At Chetola Resort. Jan will speak about her newest book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. Pre-signed books are available for purchase. Event is free but reservations are required. Call 828-295-5509.

Special Concert in the Park - At the Blowing Rock Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to some great Dixieland Jazz! Free. Rain location: American Legion. 4-5:30pm.

16th

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.

18th

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 - At Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate. 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. 4:30pm.

19th

Music on the Lawn featuring Soul Benefactor - 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.

20th

The Blowing Rock Music Festival – At the Blowing Rock Attraction. First annual! Great bands like The Harris Brothers, Wayne Henderson & Friends, Moore Brothers, Lacy Green, Buck Haggard Band, Shelby Moore, Carolina Ray, Cecil Palmer, and more. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Gates open at 9am.

Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run – Starts at the Blowing Rock American Legion 333 Wallingford St. , Blowing Rock, NC. Benefiting the Blue Ridge Conservancy. Run a varied route through Blowing Rock neighborhoods. Great views, too! Photos by Katie Langley.

The Art of Beekeeping – At Edgewood Cottage. Discover the skill behind keeping bees & producing honey, and learn about the folkart of making beeswax candles with John and Linda Starnes of Lenoir. Free. 10am-5pm.

21st

Special Concert in the Park – At Blowing Rock Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to German tunes! Free. Rain location: American Legion. 4-5:30pm.

23rd

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

Fall Fables – At the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. “Jack and his Friends find a Home in the Mountains.” Jack Tales from the old and new countries, told by Tommy Brown. Ages 5 to 95. Free! 10am.

The Art of Basket Weaving – At Edgewood Cottage. Pat Moritz will be demonstrating basket weaving. She produces many varieties and sizes of baskets including pine needle baskets. Her work will also be for sale. Demonstrations are free. 10am-5pm.

25th

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.

26th

Music on the Lawn featuring Harris Brothers - 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.

28th

The Organ at Evensong – At St. Mary of the Hills Church. Come see the impressive new organ and enjoy demonstrations, chants, and a choral performance. Free. 3pm.

30th

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.

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!

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 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.

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)

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.

27th

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The 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).

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.

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 7:00pm 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.

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 7:00pm 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.

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.

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.

16th

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 - 20th

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.

23rd

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.

25th

Storytime at the Library 11:00am on the Story Steps at the Watauga County Library in Boone. All ages are welcome to join in this joyful celebration.  Call 828-260-5361 for more information.

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 7:00pm 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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