High Country Memorial Weekend Family Events May 22 – May 24

The forecasts are pointing to a beautiful Memorial Day weekend in the High Country! There are lots of great family events happening. Create lots of family memories and take time to remember the ones that lost their life fighting for our freedom. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

Memorial Day

May 22:

1. Friends of the Watauga County Public Library Annual New & Used Book Sale – Friday’s event runs from 9:00am-9:00pm and Saturday books will be sold from 9:00am-3:00pm. Children’s paperback books are 25 cents and hardbacks are 50 cents. DVD’s,CD’s,Videos and audio books sell for $1.00. Most adult paperbacks run 50 cents and most hardbacks run $2.00. Come help yourself to some great bargains, while helping to raise funds to support your Library. Please call 264-8784 should you have any questions.

2. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5:00 on Fridays.

2. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Mall Cop 2

3. Tweetsie – Tweetsie Railroad is open for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

4. 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.

5. 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.

May 23:

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 for tart with Seeds! Learn about starting seeds, how to plant a lettuce and herb bowl; start cucumber and squash seedlings to take home. We will plant the KC barrel with the Three Sisters — corn, squash and beans — to teach companion planting as Native Americans taught early settlers.

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. WeeCycle Summer Consignment Sale – Dates: Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, June 1st

Time: 10am – 6pm M-F, 8am – 6pm Sat., Sunday 12 Noon – 5pm
Location: 200 Den Mack Road, Boone NC
(At the corner of Bamboo Rd. and Brook Hollow Rd. )

Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment, LLC is a biannual children’s consignment sale in Boone, NC, offering high quality children’s items to our community.

3. Friends of the Watauga County Public Library Annual New & Used Book Sale – Friday’s event runs from 9:00am-9:00pm and Saturday books will be sold from 9:00am-3:00pm. Children’s paperback books are 25 cents and hardbacks are 50 cents. DVD’s,CD’s,Videos and audio books sell for $1.00. Most adult paperbacks run 50 cents and most hardbacks run $2.00. Come help yourself to some great bargains, while helping to raise funds to support your Library. Please call 264-8784 should you have any questions.

4. High Country Kids’ Triathlon – 10AM at Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. Swim is in the pool; bike and run on the Greenway Trail. 3 age groups and distances: 8&under: swim 50m, bike 1 mile, run 0.5miles; 9-12: swim 100m, bike 3 miles, run 1 mile; and 13-18: swim 200m, bike 4 miles, run 1.5 miles. Prizes and refreshments follow the race. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan’s Purse OCC. Entry forms available at Parks and Rec Dept. or you can register online at http://www.active.com/boone-nc/triathlon/races/high-country-kids-triathlon-2015?int=

5. Bluebird Exchange Turns 2! – Join in as Bluebird Exchange celebrates TWO fun and successful years in business. They will have face painting, Local Lion doughnuts, live kid’s music, cupcakes + cookies, a nail polish party, hourly giveaways and more…including SALES, SALES, SALES! Check their facebook page www.facebook.com/bluebirdexchange for more info and watch for a schedule of events!

6. Tweetsie – Tweetsie Railroad is open for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

7. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

8. Miner’s Heritage Day at Emerald Village – Celebrate the gem mining heritage of the mountains in a spectacular setting at the home of 12 historic mines! Enjoy free live music under the tent from 11 to 4, with some of the best mountain music in the area, including Jesse Smith, Broke Holler with Pete & Kim McWhirter, Glenn Nance & Lennie Ski, and others. Enjoy great food catered by the Switzerland Cafe or pack a picnic and enjoy our spacious picnic areas while listening to the music. Take a free guided hike to a hidden mine at 11:30 or 3:30. Children (12 and under) will enjoy the free Kid’s Treasure Hunt all day! There will be a special Geology in the Mine talk by Alex Glover, renowned professional geologist. A special treat will be the demonstrations of rappelling from the mine cliffs by daring members of area rescue squads. You’ll have an opportunity to watch them up close! All day long you’ll be able to experience underground mine tours, gem mining at the flume, gold panning, and rare mineral collecting on the dumps. Browse through the free Discovery Mill exhibits. Activities will run from 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM.

9. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Mall Cop 2

10. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – Disney’s Big Hero! The movie starts at dusk…. Around 8:30. Check in at our office to purchase you car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load so load em up!

May 24:

1. Tweetsie – Tweetsie Railroad opens for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

2. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Mall Cop 2

3. Grand Opening of Amphitheater at Elk Knob State Park – On Sunday, May 24th at 2:30 p.m., come celebrate the grand opening of our new outdoor amphitheater. Appalachian Cookies will kick off the festivities, followed by a ribbon cutting, a program for kids about amphibians, and a live music performance by William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree.

Starts at: 2:30 p.m. Meet at: trailhead parking lot