High Country Family Events July 10 – 12

We hope everyone is having a great summer thus far! It is going to be a beautiful weekend and great time to spend family time outdoors. You can start the weekend at Grandfather Mountain Highlands Games at Honey Bear Campground and/or enjoy one of the summer concerts. There are many great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

 

July 10:

1. Grandfather Mountain Highland Games –  Revel in Scottish traditions, music, dancing, athletics and food at the nation’s grandest Highland Games, held at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Watch brawny athletes hurling massive cabers, dainty dancers performing traditional steps or bands of bagpipers blaring Celtic sounds. More information available at gmhg.org or 800-468-7235.

2. Tweetsie – Zoinks! It’s time for a visit from your favorite cartoon characters, all the way from the Mystery Machine!! Scooby-Doo and Shaggy will be arriving to Tweetsie Railroad for their second time July 10-12, 2015. The Scooby snack-loving Shaggy and his faithful Great Dane will entertain park guests and take photos daily at 11:00 a.m.,  1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseMake the ultimate summer souvenir at The Children’s Playhouse in the month of July. We make it easy by stocking everything you need. Take home your special t-shirt home and leave the mess here! We will have adult and children’s sizes on hand.
Cost: $7 per shirt for members, $12 for nonmembers (includes admission to The Children’s Playhouse). Bring your own shirt and dye it for $4. Open play hours are 10-5:00 on Fridays.

4. Passport to Imagination at Michael’s – Join us on an imaginary road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. Today’s craft: Faux Stained Glass. $4.00 per session or 3 for $12. Supplies included.

Michaels Faux Stained Glass

5. Music Fest n Sugar Grove – Family, music, and history all are rich and abundant throughout the sprawling hills of Appalachia. One event that highlights these attributes for our community is the MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove.

The MusicFest n’ Sugar Grove has become a favorite of bluegrass, old-time, blues and Americana music lovers. Doc Watson called this music “Tradition plus.” The bands appearing at the festival play to show their appreciation for Doc and his influence on their musical careers.

In addition to the wonderful music, you will enjoy an intimate setting where you can actually see the stage and mingle with the musicians. You will also be able to enjoy great food and soft drinks (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Corn on the cob, Bar-B-Q, Thai Chicken, Alligator, Funnel Cakes, etc.). It all tastes wonderful in the fresh mountain air, warm sunshine and soft mountain breeze. Also, vendors of musical instruments/supplies, CDs, tapes, craft items, jewelry, t-shirts, caps, etc. will gladly send you home with a souvenir.

6. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside OutJurassic World and Minions (2015)

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

6. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Sound Traveler followed by Steve & Ruth!

Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawnchairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

7. Music in the Valle – The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park begins Friday, May 22nd, 2015, and continues each Friday evening through September 11th. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the park per person is recommended. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food generally is not available for sale. May 22 – August 14 concerts begin at 7:00PM. August 21 – September 11 concerts begin at 6:30PM.

8. Great American Backyard Campout –  Due to inclement weather forecasted for June 27, Elk Knob rescheduled the campout to July 11 and 12. Novice campers are invited to join the Rangers at Elk Knob State Park for an enjoyable night of camping on Saturday, July 11 beginning no earlier than 3 pm. This is the seventh year that Elk Knob has participated in the campout which introduces families to the joy of camping without the expense of buying equipment. It is a great event for two main reasons: it allows participants a night of supervised camping at Elk Knob State Park, and we provide the tents, dinner, s’mores and interesting programs to fill the night with entertainment. Participants should bring their own snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast for Sunday morning, and their own sleeping bags or blankets. The campout is free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by July 8. You may register by calling 828-297-7261. Space is limited to the first 7 families who have never camped before. Adults must accompany children. Children must be 6 years and older. Pets are not allowed. Don’t miss a great opportunity to try camping without the expense involved. It may be the start of a new hobby for the family.

Activities begin at 4 pm so arrive early enough to get set up and be ready to enjoy the activities. Activities are subject to change.

9. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

10. Horn in the West is Open! – Since 1952, America’s oldest Revolutionary War Drama has thrilled over one million audience members. Loved by old and young alike, “Horn in the West” is located in the Daniel Boone Park in Boone, North Carolina.

July 11:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market is Open! – The market opens with live music from local musicians, cooking demos from local food enthusiasts, activities in the kids corner, and the unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!” Join PHARMN at the Kids’ Corner

When: 8 am until noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2. Grandfather Mountain Highland Games –  Revel in Scottish traditions, music, dancing, athletics and food at the nation’s grandest Highland Games, held at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Watch brawny athletes hurling massive cabers, dainty dancers performing traditional steps or bands of bagpipers blaring Celtic sounds. More information available at gmhg.org or 800-468-7235.

3. Tweetsie – Zoinks! It’s time for a visit from your favorite cartoon characters, all the way from the Mystery Machine!! Scooby-Doo and Shaggy will be arriving to Tweetsie Railroad for their second time July 10-12, 2015. The Scooby snack-loving Shaggy and his faithful Great Dane will entertain park guests and take photos daily at 11:00 a.m.,  1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too. 

Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks in the High Country. Parking is $10 per car. Optional dinner and premium fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet chicken and barbeque dinner with all the trimmings. Adults: $14.95 and Children: $9.95 Children 2 and under are free. Buy your wristband tickets at the ticket office.

4. Music Fest n Sugar Grove – Family, music, and history all are rich and abundant throughout the sprawling hills of Appalachia. One event that highlights these attributes for our community is the MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove.

The MusicFest n’ Sugar Grove has become a favorite of bluegrass, old-time, blues and Americana music lovers. Doc Watson called this music “Tradition plus.” The bands appearing at the festival play to show their appreciation for Doc and his influence on their musical careers.

In addition to the wonderful music, you will enjoy an intimate setting where you can actually see the stage and mingle with the musicians. You will also be able to enjoy great food and soft drinks (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Corn on the cob, Bar-B-Q, Thai Chicken, Alligator, Funnel Cakes, etc.). It all tastes wonderful in the fresh mountain air, warm sunshine and soft mountain breeze. Also, vendors of musical instruments/supplies, CDs, tapes, craft items, jewelry, t-shirts, caps, etc. will gladly send you home with a souvenir.

5. Make a Black Widow’s Sky Cycle at Lowe’s Home Improvement Kids Clinic – Lowe’s Avengers Summer continues this week with Black Widow! Register your child and they can build this Sky Cycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD!

6. Craft Time at Michael’s (Make a Foam Printing) – 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

7. Shrek Meet and Greet – Your favorite characters from “Shrek the Musical” will be at the mall to meet and greet kids and kids at heart. Come out and support BeanStalk Community Theatre at this free event!

8. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside OutJurassic World and Minions (2015)

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

9. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Click here for more details.

10. Horn in the West is OPEN! – Since 1952, America’s oldest Revolutionary War Drama has thrilled over one million audience members. Loved by old and young alike, “Horn in the West” is located in the Daniel Boone Park in Boone, North Carolina.

July 12:

1. Grandfather Mountain Highland Games –  Revel in Scottish traditions, music, dancing, athletics and food at the nation’s grandest Highland Games, held at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Watch brawny athletes hurling massive cabers, dainty dancers performing traditional steps or bands of bagpipers blaring Celtic sounds. More information available at gmhg.org or 800-468-7235.

2. Tweetsie – Zoinks! It’s time for a visit from your favorite cartoon characters, all the way from the Mystery Machine!! Scooby-Doo and Shaggy will be arriving to Tweetsie Railroad for their second time July 10-12, 2015. The Scooby snack-loving Shaggy and his faithful Great Dane will entertain park guests and take photos daily at 11:00 a.m.,  1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

3. Family Movie Showings: 

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside OutJurassic World and Minions (2015)

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

4. Learn about Black Bears at Elk Knob State Park – Come learn about the black bears of the Appalachian Mountains and how to stay safe while you’re out hiking.

Starts at: 2:00 Meet at: trailhead parking lot

5. Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, NC – Free concerts every Sunday evening from 5-8:00pm. Enjoy local favorites the Harris Brothers, The Neighbors, Mountain Radio, Todd Wright and more on the veranda of this classic historic hotel. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show! Performances rain or shine- find the concert indoors in inclement weather. Drinks and Tavern Fare available. Performance schedule coming soon.

6. Summer Sunday Sunset Concert: Beech Mountain – Join us at the Gazebo next to Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain at 6:30 PM pm Sunday evenings for a great music series featuring folk, bluegrass and community bands. Bring a chair or blanket. Free of charge. Sunday July 12th features the Cockman Family, with their own brand of bluegrass gospel.