BOONE — The Southern Appalachian Historical Association will host a heartwarming holiday experience based on the Charles Dickens play, “A Christmas Carol.” The historical cabins of Hickory Ridge Living History Museum will provide the setting for an Appalachian twist of this time-honored classic.
Perched atop the border of Watauga and Avery counties sits Beech Mountain Resort, where those who seek an outlet for excitement and fun can find ample opportunity to show off their snowboarding and skiing skills, or simply sit back and enjoy the view with dinner and a drink.
The High Country is booming with talented performers and entertainers, so theater and musical fans will have a host of reasons to get out of the house this winter.
Appalachian State University boasts multiple venues to host student-centric productions that captivate audiences no matter the season. Attendees this season are sure to be entertained and inspired by upcoming 2019 theater and musical performances at the university.
Fill your home this winter with local paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more at one of the many High Country art gallery destinations, where there is something for everyone’s taste.
A wild-west themed park from May until September, Tweetsie changes it character to the spooky Ghost Train through Halloween. And after the ghouls go to rest for the year, Tweetsie brightens its mood in November for the fun and festive Tweetsie Christmas.
BOONE — A national Scottish fiddle champion is coming to the High Country Saturday, Nov. 24, for Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music’s 25th anniversary Celtic Christmas Concert.
In the long cold of winter, the town of Blowing Rock springs to life with a festive attitude that can’t be frozen, no matter how low the temperatures, as WinterFest takes over.
BETHEL — North Carolina-based Americana band Possum Jenkins and Brewer World Tour present the fifth annual Carolina Ramble & Reunion at Brayshaw Farm near Boone in Bethel.
Rustling alongside the kaleidoscope of fall leaves on Appalachian State University’s campus will be pages authored by the creative writers taking part in Appalachian’s fall 2018 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.
The second annual “The Hawk” run, held at Hawksnest Resort in Seven Devils, is a strenuous 7K loop for a unique opportunity to experience breathtaking views of Grandfather Mountain.
MEAT CAMP — Scenic Elk Knob State Park will be the center of community celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, with the 14th annual Elk Knob Community Headwaters Day.
The 2018-19 season of “The Schaefer Center Presents …” performance series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, offers students, faculty, staff and the community a diverse array of music, theatre and dance designed to enrich the cultural landscape…
A game for everyone, pickleball is a sport that has seen a growing fan base during the past couple of decades. It combines elements of racquet sports including tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Players use paddles made of wood to hit a perforated polymer ball back and forth over a net, which …
Mountaineers can break out their black and gold T-shirts and favorite chili recipes once again when Appalachian State football returns for its first home game on Sept. 15 against Southern Miss.
Fresco paintings have been revered for ages by many different societies as culturally and spiritually significant artworks — from ancient Egypt to Renaissance Europe, and, more contemporarily, in the High Country of North Carolina.
For the last 32 years, the annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition has showcased contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University.
BOONE — Strictly Strings is returning to Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music’s “Pay As You Exit” Matinees to help celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary of this popular educational nonprofit’s concert series.
BOONE — With sounds of fiddles, banjos and guitars frequently resonating beyond the walls, the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone has become a hub for old-time and American roots music. In June and July, the Jones House continues to provide a focal point for pickers …
The art scene in the High Country is as beautiful and serene as the landscape that surrounds it. With a multitude of galleries that feature work from local artists, one does not have to look far to find inspiring craftsmanship and works of art.
For more than a half century, some of the finest craftspeople and artisans in the Southeast have made regular trips to Blowing Rock to participate in Art in the Park.
It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a summer music series than Valle Crucis Community Park. With its walking trails, picnic areas and access to the Watauga River, it truly is one of the most beautiful sites in the Appalachian Mountains.
For grandeur, breathtaking mountain views and natural history, it’s hard to beat the Blowing Rock tourist attraction, located near the Watauga County/Caldwell County line just south of Blowing Rock.
The highly successful Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre returns for its 33rd season of musical theater this summer. This year, theatergoers will be treated to a diverse trio of high-quality musicals that explore different cultures.
One of the best-known and highly attended events in the High Country is the annual gathering of the Scottish clans on Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows for the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
Nestled into a gentle slope and surrounded by trees in a centrally located town park, history, theatre and live entertainment lovers have a treat waiting for them in Boone: “Horn in the West,” one of North Carolina’s few historic outdoor dramas.
BANNER ELK – Art on the Greene, a popular art show held three times each year, will kick off its 2018 season this Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, on the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School.
Although the majority of the students who attend Appalachian State University are off for the summer, the school continues to provide a big part of the entertainment for the North Carolina High Country area during the warmer months.
To kill two birds with one stone, or to perhaps kill two birds with one rock, be sure to head out to Blowing Rock on Friday afternoons this summer.
Nothing says summer in the High Country like the friendly yet forceful train whistle blasting out its notice at Tweetsie Railroad. You can hear the whistle from Boone to Blowing Rock, from Valle Crucis to Triplett, all summer long.
BOONE — Old-time musician, journalist and radio host Paul Brown comes to Boone Saturday, May 19, to present a house concert featuring local old-time and roots musicians and bands, to be recorded for an episode of “Across the Blue Ridge.”
BOONE — Every summer, An Appalachian Summer Festival takes young people from North Carolina’s High Country to places around the world through the magic of cinema. This summer, the Young People’s Global Film Series will highlight films from South America to the land down under. Children and h…
WILKESBORO — With just one week until MerleFest 2018, the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro is buzzing with activity. The festival, presented by Window World, kicks off next Thursday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, April 29.
BOONE — Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes the North Sea Gas band back to the High Country for a special spring concert as part of its 25th Anniversary 2018 Concert Series.
BOONE — The Daniel Boone Native Gardens kick off the 2018 season with the 11th annual Early Bird Wildflower Walk and Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21. Native plants will be available from local vendors. The event is free.