High Country Weekend Family Events February 10-12, 2017

After a crazy week of weather, the snow and cold leaves us for a couple days to give us a weekend sneak peek of Spring. Check out all the events and plan your weekend of family fun!

Family fun at the Slopes:

App Ski Mtn

Ski Sugar

Beech Mountain


February 10:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Bonfires at Chetola – 7:00pm: Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. 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.


February 11:

1.Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Michaels Kids Club® Valentine’s Day Cookies – 10:00am-12:00pm: They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a cute Valentine project. Sign up in-store, online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

January 2017 Free Class

Photo Credit: Michaels

3. Story Time at the Watauga County Library – 11:00 am: Join in for a joyful celebration of children and their literature on the story steps! Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts are designed for ages 2 to 6.

4. Winter Edibles at Elk Knob State Park – 1:00 pm: Ever wonder what you might find to eat out in the wild in the middle of winter?  Come find out.  Meet at the park office at Elk Knob State Park.

5. Appalachian State University Basketball Doubleheader – (Women play at 1:00 pm and Men play at 3:30 pm) The doubleheader against Georgia State, the women’s game will serve as the Play4Kay game and there will be a silent auction and also Play4Kay shirts available with a donation to the Kay Yow Foundation. During the men’s game, the Mountaineers will wear black as part of Black Saturday. Be sure to wear your black!

Also, be there early to receive your limited edition Camellia Bowl Championship poster. If you are one of the first 40 fans that arrive, you will receive a commemorative Camellia Bowl program. The Appalachian State football team will be signing autographs on the upstairs concourse of the Holmes Center beginning 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tipoff at 3:30 p.m.

Be sure to stop by and get your picture taken with both the Sun Belt and Camellia Bowl trophies. Stick around to see the football team, along with head coach Scott Satterfield, recognized at halftime and stop by the merchandise area as the Appalachian State Bookstore will be selling gear all day.

February 12:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Winter Tree ID Hike at Grandfather Mountain State Park 

IF THE PROFILE PARKING LOT IS CLOSED: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Hikers will meet at the Lowes Foods parking lot (north end); At intersection of Highway 105 and Highway 184 (GPS: 36.117745, -81.835408 Google Map: http://goo.gl/2UfGha)

Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets.

Participants will learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves by learning differences in bark, limb, bud and branching patterns. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides to local trees. Program will last approximately two hours and hike 1 mile (2 miles round trip). Hiking boots are recommended. This is an outdoor event and those in attendance should come dressed for the current weather conditions. If there is new snow and/or ice, please call ahead. 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov. Difficulty: moderately strenuous terrain.