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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.

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Fireworks, parades, free watermelon and hog roasting — Fourth of July celebrations in the High Country have a little something for everyone.

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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 …

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Summertime in the Western North Carolina High Country is a period filled with festival of many kinds when the tourists and summer residents begin to arrive. 

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Summertime in the Western North Carolina High Country is a period filled with festival of many kinds when the tourists and summer residents begin to arrive. .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Whether it’s art and history or drawing or even concerts, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will have a little something for everyone this summer.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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…

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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.

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BOONE — Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music kicks off its 25th anniversary concert season with a Saint Patrick’s Day weekend celebration featuring the Celti-lachian music of The Mountain Laurels. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone on Frida…

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BOONE — Master mountain musician, Riley Baugus, comes to the Jones House March 4, for an afternoon old-time banjo master class and an evening performance.

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BANNER ELK — Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially those between parents and children, and even more particularly between fathers and sons. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents the story of one such fraught relationship with the musical “Big Fish” from Feb. 22 to 25.

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BOONE — “Shamrock floats” take on a new meaning this March, as the town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department presents the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

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