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Pickleball is a game beloved by many, with anyone of any age being able to join in the fun. Many fans of the sport may not know that its origins connect family, fun and the federal government.

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The North Carolina High Country has long been regarded as an outdoors playground, where myriad activities await adventurers wanting to get out into nature and enjoy all the excitement available within a brief drive or hike.

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The fall is a special season in the High Country, ushering in a fresh color scheme and renewed appreciation for the mountains every year. As football season kicks off, students return to their dorm rooms and the mountains swap lush summer greens for bright yellow, rich red and orange and war…

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In the 152-year history of American college football, it has played a role in shaping the sports culture and societal traditions like few entities.

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More than 70,000 visitors each year come to Mystery Hill to experience the historical landmark’s “gravity vortex.” Despite your best efforts to stand upright, these gravitational anomalies force your body into a 45-degree angle, water will flow uphill, and balls will roll upward right before…

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Due to the success of the inaugural BOONE DOCS documentary film series in 2020-21, the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country has announced an expanded schedule of screenings including a new Cinema Classics series. On seven different weekends during the autumn months, “Cinema Sundays at the…

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The celebratory shouts that went up when it was announced that the 2021 Valle Country Fair would be back live and in-person could have rivaled the enthusiasm that burst forth when Noah threw open the doors and let all his passengers off of the ark! Now in its 43rd year, the fun and fellowshi…

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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic community members in the High Country still find the arrival of fall as good a reason as any to celebrate with fun, food and fellowship. The changing of the leaves, the crisp autumn air, the promise of the coming winter are each a perfect opportunity to …

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West Jefferson’s 10th annual Olde Time Antiques Fair takes place Friday, Sept. 17-18, in historic downtown West Jefferson. Admission to the fair is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. The event will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday.

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“Reminiscence” pretends to be based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. But to the cinephile, it is reminiscent of such sci-fi movies as “Strange Days,” “Inception,” “Minority Report,” “Blade Runner,” even “Waterworld” … as well as such film noir classics as “Casablanca,” “Laura,” “The Ma…

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Hugh Jackman is like a split personality – (1) the star of all those bare-chested, clawed Wolverine superhero movies, and (2) all his other roles. So let’s take a look at his top movies, according to critics’ rankings on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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Barn quilts are a fairly new art form based long standing craft traditions of years past, and Western North Carolina is home to one of the largest concentrations of barn quilt blocks in the country. A symbol of Appalachian heritage, these colorful squares with elaborate geometric patterns ar…

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Halloween in the High Country is hauntingly good. No wonder people flock to the various attractions during the witching season.

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You’ve probably taken the Jungle Cruise at Disney World (or one of Disney’s many theme parks around the world). Appropriately, it is part of Adventureland. The popular ride – a steamer that travels along a waterway surrounded by audianimatronic animals that makes you feel like you’ve been th…

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Disney can squeeze blood out of a stone. It repurposes all it properties. The animated fantasy “Cinderella” becomes a live action film. “Lion King” becomes a Broadway play. “Snow White” turns up on ice. And “The Wind and the Willows” winds up as “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” at a theme park.

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More than 70,000 visitors each year come to Mystery Hill to experience the historical landmark’s “gravity vortex.” Despite your best efforts to stand upright, these gravitational anomalies will force your body into a 45-degree angle, water will flow uphill, and balls will roll upward right b…

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Boone and the rest of the High Country have always had a unique culture that breeds art, expression and resilience, with many people taking the time to make sure that the culture is not lost to time.

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Picture a game that’s a hybrid of two sports, easy for people of all ages to play, and provides hours of entertainment and competition when played either indoors or outdoors. Such a game exists, and it’s known by an unusual name: Pickleball.

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With a large selection of galleries displaying a wide variety of art from local, regional and nationally renowned artists, the High Country is a must visit destination for anyone interested in creative culture.

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Though small in stature, the 99-seat Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk boasts big talent. Established in 2009, the Ensemble Stage provides the residents of The High Country, along with its visitors, a variety of live theatrical presentations of the highest possible quality at an affordable price.…

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The beautiful peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains make the perfect backdrop for any summertime event and are a key subject for many High Country artists. Because of the areas natural beauty and number of quality artist that call this region home, it’s no surprise that the High Country is the p…

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Performers will once again tread the stage of Lees-McRae College’s Hayes Auditorium for summer performances following 2020’s hiatus due to COVID-19. The school’s Summer Theater program has been going strong for more than three decades and offers high quality, professional performances to com…

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Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains is the vast High Country, full of dirt, rocky mountains and hidden trails holding the perfect stomping grounds for mountain bikers. The thrill of the unknown has been dug into these grounds, creating an audacious abundance of exploration opportunities …

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Frescoes are a unique art form that dates back thousands of years, and they hold up to the test of time. The artist will use watercolor paints to create the work on wet plaster, usually on walls or ceilings. When the plaster dries, the pigment is chemically bonded and can last for centuries.

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We are lucky here in the High Country, as even though we live in the mid-south region of the U.S., our mountains enable us to experience wintertime in all of its glory and enjoyment. Too many, winter is a period to hunker down and lay low and stay warm. For those cheerful in all weathers, ho…

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Northwestern North Carolina is home to a wide variety of art galleries featuring work from countless local artist who exhibit their individual talents in their respected artistries. Please note, that due to the COVID-19 pandemic gallery hours and events may be subject to change. Individuals …

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In this time of virus pandemic, the entertainment industry has been especially hit hard as has any venture that requires a live audience. Every fall and winter, as well as during the spring and summer months, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs at Appalachian State University here in Boo…

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The month of January typically marks the annual Blowing Rock WinterFest event, a soul warming occasion that fosters community togetherness and creates long lasting memories. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festivities will look a little different, with visitors’ favo…

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BOONE — Pivoting in response to 2020’s pandemic plot twist, Appalachian State University has adapted its fall 2020 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series into virtual events featuring renowned national authors, including novelist Jacinda Townsend, poets Jacinta White and Nickole Brow…

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The High Country is home to a number of live theater performance venues, both independent establishments and parts of various arts councils and higher-education establishments, including Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College and the Ashe Arts Council. 

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One of the most special seasons in the High Country, autumn, brings new colors, sounds and appreciation to the mountains each year. As football season kicks off, students return to their dorm rooms and a vibrant green turns to orange, maroon and bright yellow, artists take to their medium to…

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A growing art scene since its establishment and especially during the past decade, the High Country is home to thousands of artists who work in a variety of mediums. As a region that’s proud to be known for its creativity and uniqueness, visitors will find art around every corner and in ever…

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Tweetsie Railroad, one of North Carolina’s oldest theme park attractions, sits in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina, between Blowing Rock and Boone. Visitors travel from across the country to ride in the park’s open-air train cars and hear its engines’ whistle blow through the mountains.

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BOONE — App State and Charlotte announced Wednesday that they have agreed to add two more games to their upcoming series with the first matchup now scheduled for Sept. 12 in Boone and an additional game in Charlotte on a 2030 date to be announced. 

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A sergeant in World War II, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and former Lieutenant Governor of the state of Washington, Joel Pritchard achieved many things in his life. One accomplishment that still has an enduring fanbase is the sport pickleball, a growing game with many fans i…

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The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains is an obvious subject for artists in the High Country. With the mountains able to be a striking focus or a gorgeous background for a piece, it has led to the High Country becoming a hotbed for artistic expression for decades.

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