Nominate a Great Friend to Families with The Children’s Playhouse

Friend to families award

It’s time for the third annual Great Friend to Families Award, presented by the Children’s Playhouse of Boone. The award-winner will be presented with a piece of local art and $500 to donate to the High Country charity of their choice. High Country citizens can nominate anyone that fits the broad definition of a “great friend to families.” The Children’s Playhouse describes the perfect nominee this way:

Do you know this person? A person who always has time for kids—be it to read a story, listen to a riddle, or just offer a high-five? Do you know someone who greets stressed parents and caregivers with listening ears, warm hugs, and practical help? Do you know a person with vision gets things done right here in the High Country to improve the lives of families? The Children’s Playhouse is searching for a resident of the High Country whose greatest joy comes from helping kids and families, the 2011 winner of the Great Friend to Families Award.

Nomination forms are available online at the website, and members of the community and nonprofits are encouraged to nominate their favorite friend. Forms can also be requested by calling The Children’s Playhouse at 828-263-0011. The winner will be chosen by a distinguished committee of local leaders: Timothy James of RBC Centura Bank, Lisa Martin of Mast General Store, and last year’s winner Pat Morgan. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 10th. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Friday, March 18th and all nominees will be recognized at the ceremony.

“We are looking for someone who has made significant efforts to make our community a better place for children and families” explains Kathy Parham, the Executive Director of The Children’s Playhouse.

The Great Friend to Families luncheon will also raise funds to support family resource services at The Children’s Playhouse, enabling the children’s museum to provide scholarship memberships to low-income families, to offer low cost parenting classes for community members, and to build its free lending library of parenting books and developmental toys.

For more information about the Banquet, and to buy tickets click to or call 828-263-0011..

March for Babies Kicks Off February 10th 2011!

Did you know that one in eight babies are born prematurely?  Many of you know that my first child was born at 34 weeks gestation. Fortunately, the complications were not that great, and we got to go home after 12 days at Watauga Medical Center.  This is why I am personally thankful for the March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The 2011 March for Babies Season is here! The  Starting a team is a great way to support healthy babies or to honor a family or friend who has been touched by the mission of the March of Dimes.  Anyone can start a team! You can gather your friends, co-workers or family to join the fundraising effort.

MArch for BabiesIf you are at all interested in forming a MOD team, be sure to attend the kickoff luncheon Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Kid Brewer Stadium’s 5th Floor, 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.

At the kick off you can meet our local ambassador family the Hamptons and learn how to get your March for Babies team started. I am tentatively planning to have a Mom Squad Team again this year, and I’ll let you know more details about how you can be involved!

The High Country March for Babies event is Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Kidd Brewer Stadium at 2:00p.m.

For More information or to RSVP call 828-464-8905 or email

High Country New Year’s Eve Festivities (continuously updated)

We’ve started to find information on New Years Eve Activities for families (and parents) around Boone and the High Country. We will be continually updating this post as we find more activities! If you know about something we missed, add it in the comments or contact us here.

New Year 2011

Yule Log Bonfire

DATE: Thursday, December 30th , 2010

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Beech Mountain Town Hall Sled Hill Area

DESCRIPTION: Join us for good tidings and great joy as we welcome the New Year with a Yule Log bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, winter carols and songs with a guitarist, and stories.

MORE INFORMATION: 828-387-3003

Rockin’ Family New Years Eve Bash

DATE: December 31st, 2010

TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Buckeye Recreation Center

DESCRIPTION: Ring in the New Year with an early evening with your little ones at Buckeye Recreation Center. We will provide dinner, a bounce house, games, music and a good time for the whole family. All of the fun of New Years, just without the late bedtime!

MORE INFORMATION: 828.387.3003.