April Weekend Events: Awakening the Senses Weekend! 04/15-17

What a wonderful April this is shaping up to be! Yes, we’ve still had some cold weather, but the Spring atmosphere is making up for it. Everywhere I look, I see signs of a new season. Signs of grass turning green, gardens being planted, birds chirping and singing their songs!

I talked about some of this last week, but I can’t help repeating a  little. It is just so refreshing to see flowers blooming and the sunshine too! Come on…bring on the Vitamin D!!!

All of these happenings are causing an “Awakening of the Senses”! This weekend brings tastes, smells, music, and laughter to the palette. Sharing it with friends and family is just icing on the cake!

What are your plans? Will they include any of these events? Drop us a line, we would love to know!


On Friday…

Tempt your tastebuds at the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival held in downtown Blowing Rock Thursday through Sunday, April 14th – 17th. Have the time of your life enjoying the Grand Tasting, Seminars, Cooking Classes, Wine Makers’ Dinners, plus the Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge Finale held Saturday & Sunday at Hayes Performing Arts Center. For more info visit www.blueridgewinefestival.com or call 828-295-7851.

Get an earful of the High Country’s rising performers at the Shooting Stars talent show, sponsored by The Watauga Education Foundation held at Farthing Auditorium at ASU this Friday, April 15th, at 6:30 pm. Taking the top talent from 9 schools in Watauga County and putting them in 1 show, Shooting Stars is professionally judged and produced, and is the main fundraiser for the foundation to give grants to teachers for classroom initiatives and scholarships for teachers continuing education. Tickets for the showcase are $10, and donations are accepted. For more info visit www.wefnc.org or call 828-268-1273.

Laugh your way silly at “‘Chuckleball”, a comedy musical parody, hosted by The Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock on Friday, April 15th at 7:30 pm. Part of the Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival, tickets are $40, $30 and $25, depending on seat location, with a $40 ticket including an invitation to a meet-and-greet reception. To buy tickets visit www.HayesCenter.org. or call 828- 295-9627. Also check out www.blueridgewinefestival.com.

Grab some great deals at the Children’s Playhouse Spring Baby Fair and Consignment Sale held this Friday and Saturday, April 15th – 16th starting at 8:30 am for the Early Bird Sale. Located at the National Guard Armory in Boone, see previous post, for more info call 828-263-0011 or visit www.goplayhouse.org.

On Saturday…

High Country Easter Egg Hunt’s Happenings –

Come on out to the Easter Egg-Stravaganza this Saturday, April 16th, hosted by the Downtown Boone Development Association, the Jones House Community Center and the Watauga Public Library, in conjunction with many local business sponsors. The activities get started at 1 pm at the Watauga Public Library for some fun, then the kids will parade to the Jones House Community Center at 2 pm for an Easter egg hunt. Be on the look-out for several “golden eggs” that will be hidden that can be traded for a prize from area merchants. For more info call 828-262-4532.

Don’t miss out on the FUN at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Blowing Rock on Saturday, April 16th from 12:30 – 2 pm for some festive fun!  Starting at the Fellowship Hall with games and coloring pages, older youth will hide stuffed eggs for children outdoors (weather permitting). Families and friends are invited to visit with each other and enjoy refreshments in the Fellowship Hall in between hunts.  If it rains, we’ll hide the eggs indoors!

For the home enthusiasts, attend the 9th annual Home Sweet Home Show this Saturday, April 16 th, from 9 am – 4 pm, held at the Ashe County High School. Bring your family and friends to this great community event, fun for the whole family, and North Carolina’s Largest One Day Home Show brought to you by Hardee’s. With free admission and free parking, everyone’s a winner! Make sure to register to win $5000 in door prizes, including a $1500 Riding Lawn Mower. If are thinking of building, renovating, or live in The High Country, this event is for you. For more info call Charles Bateman at 828 964-0684 or email charlieb60@gmail.com. Also visit www.mainstreetmarketingboone.com/homeshow.html.

Enjoy the smooth sounds at Crys Matthews  CD Pre-Release Party this Saturday, April 16 th from 8pm – 9:30pm at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue with a Cover charge of $10. One of our Freebie Friday Give-away’s, see previous post by Cindy, Crys’s music can be described as smooth and soulful, with is an infusion of Americana/Blues/Bluegrass/Folk/Funk/Jazz. You’ll enjoy her heart as well as her songs!

On Sunday…

Walk/Run for a great cause with the March of Dimes High Country March for Babies this Sunday, April 17th, from 3 – 5 pm at ASU Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium, where ASU Baseball is held. You won’t want to miss a Family-Friendly day to help support the March of Dimes, with lots of great Food, Face Painting, Sports with the ASU Athletes, Jumpalines, Music and more. Check in for the race will be at 2:30 pm, and the walk will step off right after the baseball game. We encourage walkers to enjoy the ASU Baseball vs. Samford game at no ticket cost. To sign up to walk or start a team go to www.marchforbabies.org, call 828-464-8905,or email kmoose@marchofdimes.com for information.

Have a Fun and Safe Weekend!


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