January Weekend Events: The Winter Blues 01/21-23

January can be a slow time of the year and especially during the winter season! When there is snow or bad weather, days can seem to be endless with kids being home and such. It can lead to the dreaded….WINTER BLUES!!!

Ssh! Don’t tell my husband since he loves the snow, but I’ve been daydreaming a little lately about the spring and summer. Thinking about blue skies, sandy beaches, cool breezes, that warm water Oh, do I want to go! Ok, Keri – Wake Up!

Since I can’t go there now, I can get out, thank goodness, and enjoy a few of the activities going on here in the High Country and overcome these WINTER BLUES!

Here are some fun things to do this weekend. Hope you enjoy them, and make sure to tell us about it!


Make a Kid’s Play Date! At the Children’s Playhouse, families come together to play and learn even if the weather’s not cooperating! Tons of stuff to do for kids age Toddler to  8 yr. olds, even the parents have fun! Activities change weekly, so there is always something new to do from drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, as well as activities that challenge kids to explore cause and effect and their senses.  Members are free, Non-Members are just $5, and Infants 12 mo. and younger are free, and the Playhouse is open every Tues.-Fri. 10am – 5pm, and Sat. 10am – 3pm. Contact www.goplayhouse.org or Kathy Parham, Executive Director at 828-263-0011.

Don’t miss the last 2 weekend’s of Chetola Resort’s annual Festival of Lights this weekend Jan. 21-23rd Fri. to Sun., and next weekend Jan. 28-30th. Chetola has been providing the public with beautiful scenery and holiday lights every year since 1989 with over 50,000 lights on the resort’s 87 acres of property. Tour the display free of charge. For more info call 1-800-CHETOLA or visit www.chetola.com.

Join in on the fun at Appalachian Ski Mountain Resort’s Midnight Blast, the High Country’s only Late Night Skiing & Ice Skating. For the 2011 ski season, Appalachian Ski Mtn. will offer an expanded Midnight Blast schedule to include Skiing each weekend and Ice Skating (on specific nights) every Friday & Saturday night in January & February from 5:30pm – 10 pm offered at no additional cost. Contact 828-295-7828 or www.appskimtn.com for more info.

C’mon out to the Cowboy Fun Day of the Winter Series sponsored by the Equestrian Center of Wilkes this Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 11 am. Get excited to see Texas Barrels, a Pony Express Race, Goat Tying, Team Penning, Arena Roping, Horse Rides and of course Concessions. Horses available to rent for the day with tack included. Located at 310 Broadway Tower Rd, North Wilkesboro NC 28659, and for more info call 336-973-5177, or 336- 428-5231 or visit us at www.equestriancenterofwilkes.com.

Have a wonderful weekend and tell us about it right here at the High Country Mom Squad!


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