December Weekend Events: Deck the Halls, and the Weekend Too! 12/2-4

It’s December already and the Christmas Season is upon us! After surviving Black Friday with only one very rude guy, (I won’t go into the details), I made it through, and yes, I did find some great bargains and I might do it again. I know, I know, it seems foolish, but on the whole, it was a positive experience! And, I saw friends along the way, you know who you are, and that made it fun.

It was however, one of the craziest things I have ever seen! I happened to go to Walmart at 10pm Thanksgiving night and there wasn’t a shopping cart to be found. I had to wait for someone leaving to grab one, and of course, I didn’t follow directions and get a map of where all of the sale items were and didn’t print my items, so I ended up walking all over just to find the simplest items. But, it made it kind of fun! Oh, and I know at least 1/2 of Watauga County was there…in Walmart…in Boone!

Afterwards, I still have the resounding Thankfulness going through my mind. That we have so much to be Thankful for….more than many people! If we can just remember this thought and act upon it, we will be happier people and others will see it and they’ll become happier too! It can’t help but spread! So Deck the Halls, and the Weekend Too!

I encourage you all to try it…go the extra mile, help someone in need, give a smile and a warm handshake…it will make a difference!

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On Friday…


Get outdoors and participate in the Banner Elk Christmas in the Park this Friday, Dec. 2nd starting at 6pm. Held at the Tate-Evans Park, this free family-friendly event will have Refreshments, over 600 lit Luminaries,  Singing and Chorale Groups, a Ceremonial Menorah Lighting, Alpacas from Apple Hill, and more. For more info call 828-963-2343.

Let’s come together for the Caroling Night at Boone Mall this Friday, Dec. 2nd. Presented by Bethlehem and Beyond, local Choirs and singing Ensembles sing some new Christmas songs, and of course, the old traditional Christmas Carols will also be a special highlight of the evening! You can hear and sing along with them between Panera Bread and Old Navy. For more info call 828-264-4482.

Become a Chili Connoisseur at the 3rd annual Grace Academy Chili Cook-Off this Friday, Dec. 2nd starting at 5:30pm at Watauga High School. Fun for the whole family, the Cook-Off has 3 Celebrity Judges – Loretta Clawson, Mayor of Boone, Chris Pollard, ASU Baseball Coach, and Sam Smith, ESPN Announcer, along with a Silent Auction, Raffle for $1 and Kids’ Raffle 4 for a $1. The Chili Dinner tickets are $5 per person, or no more than $20 for a family, and includes 2 bowls of Chili, Stick Boy bread, Dessert and Drink.  For more info call Grace Academy at 828-773-7830 or email graceacademyboone@gmail.com.

On Saturday…


Here’s a 2-for-1 deal…Come on out for the Watauga Education Foundation’s Flapjack Flip this Saturday, Dec. 3rd, held at the Watauga High School beginning at 8am, and is part of the Boone Service League Holiday Market fundraiser starting at 9am – 1pm. Look for lots of Local Vendors with a wide array of Christmas gifts such as Jewelry, Pottery, Accessories, Home Décor items, Handmade Crafts, Kitchen Gadgets and more. For more info visit the website at http://www.wefnc.org, call 828-268-1273, or email rebeccawriddle@gmail.com.

It’s the Last Day for the Ashe Farmer’s Market Holiday Market, this Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 10am – 2pm. Find something for everyone from Christmas Trees, Wreaths to Crafts, Gifts, Canned and Bakery Goods. Find the Market on the Backstreet in West Jefferson. For more info visit their website at www.ashefarmersmarket.com.

Up for another Christmas Sale with a Twist? First Presbyterian Church in Boone located at 131 Big Valley Street off of Deerfield Road in Boone, is hosting a Holiday Fair Trade Sale, this Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 3rd-4th. In partnership with SERRV, a nonprofit fair trade org. that works all around the world with artisans and farmers, you will be able to buy hand-crafted and made beautiful items made by disadvantaged people in developing countries. Times for the sale on Saturday is 9:30am – 3pm, and Sunday from 9am – 1pm and again from 8-9pm.

Have some fun and support our community at the Boone Downtown Christmas Parade this Saturday, Dec. 3rd starting at 11am. Bring your chairs and and watch for Santa Claus and all your friends & neighbors on King Street. Lots of Fun, Music, Floats, and maybe even some candy passed out to the kids. For more info visit their website at http://boone-nc.org.

Immediately following the downtown Fun, head on over to the Watauga County Public Library for the After the Christmas Parade Reception, this Saturday, Dec. 3rd. There will be Refreshments, Music, all around Christmas Cheer, and even a visit with Santa Claus himself! For more info call 828-264-0882.

Get your favorite pets pictures taken with Ole Saint Nick at the Santa Paws Holiday Family Pet Portraits event held at the Mast General Store this Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 1pm-5pm.  Sponsored by the Watauga Humane Society, the pictures will be taken at the Little Red Schoolhouse behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, NC. 5×7’s are $15 (duplicates are $5 each), and Dogs must be wearing collars and leashes, Cats and other critters must be in crates. For more info visit their website at www.wataugahumanesociety.org or call 828-264-7865.

Love a Christmas Concert? Here is one worth the experience! It’s the Mountain Home Music Concert: An Appalachian Christmas, this Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 8pm. Held at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, Mountain Home Music ends each year with a free Christmas concert. And, in place of admission, a collection is taken and 100 % of the proceeds go to Santa’s Toy Box, helping kids in Watauga County get a visit from Santa, and the Hospitality House, Watauga County’s homeless shelter. Call 828-964-3392 or visit their website at http://www.mountainhomemusic.com for more info.

On Sunday…


Here’s a great way to Shop Local for your Christmas Wish List. Attend the Fall Boone Handmade Market this Sunday, Dec. 4th from 1pm – 5pm. Held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at ASU, there will be something for everyone from Local Artists selling everything handmade from delicious Sweet Treats to Jewelry, Sculpture, Pottery, various Arts and Crafts and more. For more info call 828-262-3017.

Have a Fun and Safe Weekend!

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