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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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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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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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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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While the town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department has by necessity scaled back a number of its regular programs due to COVID-19, department leaders want visitors to know there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy the arts and history of the Boone area.

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The High Country in the Blue Ridge is home to a number of local art galleries and artists, both of which strive to showcase the rich history of art in the Appalachian Mountains.

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There is no venue in the High Country quite like the Ensemble Stage. The 99-seat professional theater showcases world class talent for an affordable price in the quaint mountain town of Banner Elk. Theatrical productions performed at the Ensemble Stage are meant to inspire, challenge and nur…

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Spanning more than three decades, Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre has entertained sellout after sellout at Hayes Auditorium with memorable productions and superb performances. The summer of 2020 was set to be another landmark season, as the group was set to host its 36th season of summer p…

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BOONE — Born and raised in the Alleghany highlands of western Virginia, Alexa Rose’s musical roots run deep, an atavistic heritage passed down from her great-grandfather. A deep connection to her mountain roots inspires both the sound and subject matter of her music. Likewise, Rose has stron…

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BOONE — Come join the town of Boone in kicking off the holiday season with Festive First Friday on Dec. 6, as downtown Boone will play host to a special event jam-packed with fun and festivities for the entire family.

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For more than 2,000 years, frescoes have been a beloved form of art all over the world. Ancient Egyptians to Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael have painted thousands of examples throughout history.

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With the arrival of the holiday season, residents across the High Country will unpack their holiday decorations and mark their calendars for the many celebrations scheduled for before, between and after Christmas and the New Year. Whether it’s visiting a ski slope or congregating downtown fo…

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Nov. 22 — Dec. 28TWEETSIE CHRISTMAS: Tweetsie Railroad, known to change with the seasons, will spread Christmas cheer for the third annual year. Complete with a train ride, visits with Santa, a live Christmas show and life-size snow globes, there is no lack of opportunities to make holiday m…

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When temperatures drop, it can be easy to stay indoors and away from the cold throughout winter months, but in doing so, one can often miss out on the wintry wonderland that is the Blue Ridge Mountains when yearly snowfalls blanket the Blue Ridge Mountains’ picturesque landscape.

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The performance venues on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone provide a variety of entertainment year round, including the winter months. Shows’ previews, schedules and ticket prices are included on the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts website at theschaefercenter.org …

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There’s an assortment of theatrical venues in the High Country, with each one offering unique affordable entertainment. From well-established venues to theatre companies that perform at a number of facilities, there’s something for everyone within their budget.

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Take exploring the local autumn foliage to the next level by experiencing it from above the trees. The High Country offers ziplining from locally owned family ventures that are never more than a few minutes away from Boone proper.

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Art fans in the High Country have a chance to see the type of painting commonly known as a fresco at three locations in two communities, but all done by one artist.

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