Appalachian State Hosts 2018 Trick-or-Treat Event

It’s time to finalize the family’s costumes because this week is the fun and exciting Trick-or-Treat event at Appalachian State University’s dorms!

Please bring non-perishable food donations and check in at the East Hall Parking lot tent before trick-or-treating through the halls. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Date: October 25, 2018

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

East Hall
175 Locust St.
Boone, NC 28608

Registration is open for Appalachian State’s Community Music School

The Community Music School (CMS) at Appalachian State University announces that online registration for the fall semester is now open through Friday, August 24.

ASU-CMS provides non-credit music instruction for youth and adults in the local community as well as surrounding Western NC counties. Director of CMS Laura Chu Stokes says, “we’re excited to begin our 15th year of music instruction to students in the High Country. And new this year is a Drumming Circle for youth & adults. Our instructor, Shawn Roberts has many years of drumming and percussion experience and can’t wait to get started.”

Instruction is offered at the CMS building in Boone on 134 Doctors Drive in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, guitar and drumset/snare.

Instructors include Appalachian State music faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as area teaching artists. Students enrolled in the CMS program have multiple opportunities to perform in both formal and informal settings such as on stage at the Hayes School of Music and holiday gatherings in the fall and spring at Brian Estates, a senior community in Boone.

The CMS website is: For further general information and details on financial aid for qualified students, please contact Laura Chu Stokes at

ASU UREC Offers Learn To Swim Group Lessons

Summer is almost here and that usually means time at the pool. ASU released their summer swim lessons schedule.

Children’s swim lessons for summer semester first session will begin on Monday, June 4th. Deadline to register is Friday, June 1, 2018.
Children’s swim lessons for summer semester second session will begin on Monday, July 9th. Deadline to register is Thursday, July 5, 2018.
The registration form may be found on the aquatics website.

Adult swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 18 @ 6pm-6:45pm for six Monday classes. Deadline to register is June 8. The registration form may be found on the aquatics website.

Contact Cheryl Eddins at for more information.


Registration Fees

  Each Child
ASU Student $25
Other $40

UREC policy does NOT allow strollers


  1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
ASU Student $35 $70 $105
Other $52 $98 $138



Each session is scheduled for 4 weeks, twice a week for 8 classes.

Infant/Toddler (Parent Participates) and Pre School Classes are 30 minutes in length.

School Age classes are 45 minutes in length

Make Ups

If the University cancels class due to weather or pool related problems, make ups will be scheduled when time allows.

Refund Policy

All registrations require full payment. If a participant cancels or withdraws from the program 30 days before the start date, payment minus a $25.00 processing fee will be refunded. If a participant withdraws within 30 days of the program start date, the entire payment is non-refundable. University Recreation reserves the right to cancel the program. A full refund will be given if University Recreation cancels the program for any reason.

App State Softball To Host Free Camp for Girls

App State Softball

Head Coach Shelly Hoerner and staff have announced that the softball team will be holding a free camp on Oct. 1 from 2-4 p.m. The camp will be at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium where the entire team will be teaching skills and drills.

Water will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own equipment. No registration required for this camp. All kids ages five and older are welcome.

For more information, please email Assistant Coach Alex Hupp:

Memorial Day Events in the High Country

School is in session in Watauga County but if you have the day off from your work, we encourage you to attend one of the below Memorial Day events in the High Country.

  1. Happy-Memorial-Day-2Appalachian State University will mark Memorial Day with a ceremony featuring remarks by Eric Gormly, the coordinator of student veteran services at Appalachian.

    Appalachian State University’s ROTC cadre positions the flag during a Memorial Day ceremony. Brent Bingham of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music will serve as the bugler at the university’s May 29 Memorial Day ceremony.  Eric Gormly, coordinator of student veteran services at Appalachian State University, will speak at the university’s 2017 Memorial Day ceremony. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Veterans Memorial, adjacent to the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on campus.

    A reception will follow in the lobby of the Dougherty building. There will be free parking available anywhere on campus. In case of adverse weather, the ceremony will take place in the lobby of the Dougherty building.

  2. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be honoring veterans and those who have given their lives for our freedom and security of our country. Come out to celebrate as a medley of patriotic music will be played by the Watauga Community Band. There will also be the posting of colors, honored guests, historical spokesman of Memorial Day, service theme songs, playing of taps and retire colors.
    Location: Center Court of the Boone Mall

Appalachian’s Steely Pan Steel Band to perform March 26 in the Schaefer Center

Under Byron Hedgepeth’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 3 p.m. March 26 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.


The program will boast a wide range of styles, from rock to opera. It will consist of music originally written or arranged for steel band. Hedgepeth is an adjunct instructor of percussion at Appalachian.

The Steely Pan Steel Band consists of 22 Appalachian students performing 41 steel drums and other percussion instruments. It performs often, not only at Appalachian but also at schools and arts festival around the state.

Among the selections will be Len “Boogsie” Sharpe’s “Birthday Party”; Roy Holman’s “My Band”; “Reptilia” by Julian Casablancas/The Strokes; and “Under the Sea,” which was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Hedgepeth also has programmed Phil Hawkins’ “Cha Cha Sandwich,” which will feature a solo by vibraphonist Miranda Stone of Garner. Other pieces to be played include Aldwyn Roberts’ “Pan in A Minor”; Ellie Mannette’s “My Paradise”; and “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” a traditional steel band number.

The program will conclude with Alphonsus Cassell’s “Hot Hot Hot.”

The Community Music School at ASU Announces Spring 2017 Registration

community-music-school-app-stateThe Community Music School , located at 134 Doctors Drive, provides non-credit music instruction for children and adults in the High Country. Instructors include Appalachian State faculty, teaching artists and music professionals to provide students with outstanding musical training.  Spring semester 14-week lessons begin the week of January 9, 2017.  Half-semester of 7 individual lessons are also available.

You can register online through December 10 — late registration with an additional $50 fee is December 11-12.

For further info, click on: or email Laura Chu Stokes at

High Country Weekend Family Events November 18-20, 2016

The forecast calls for the first snowflakes of the season. It is time to dig out the coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. You will need them this weekend in the High Country. Check out all the events and plan your weekend of family fun!

November 18:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Ice Skating at Sugar Mountain Resort – Ice Skating will be open…Friday with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Sugar Mountain Resort’s 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink is located adjacent to parking lot D and the Tubing Park.

3. Christmas Expo at Greenway Baptist – Enjoy shopping, food, raffles, gift baskets, face painting, holiday pictures with Santa* and a whole lot of fun! *(Santa only present Saturday, Nov. 19th 11am-2pm.)

Admission: Canned food item for Greenway Baptist Food Pantry

Vendors include: Thirty-one gifts, LulaRoe, Pink Zebra, Usborne Books, Salem’s Grace, Colleen’s Creations, Rodan + Fields, 3 Sister Threads, Avon, Z-twist designs by Anna, ornaments, soaps, HCM creations, KT Leight Boutique, candles, Pallet Designs by Paige, Arbonne and many, many more!

Benefits Greenway Baptist Child Development Center

4. 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 6 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


November 19:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market – Join the market from 8am to noon. Join in the market fun every Saturday morning through November. In addition to the areas best selection of local produce, foods, and crafts, we also have live music, cooking demos, children’s activities, and the unbeatable community atmosphere that has made us “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!”

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}

3. Ice Skating at Sugar Mountain Resort – Ice Skating will be open…Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Sugar Mountain Resort’s 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink is located adjacent to parking lot D and the Tubing Park.

4. Boone UMC Advent Festival – Not ready for the season? Help is on the way! The Advent Festival will be on November 19th at 11 AM until 2 PM. This is a great way to kick off the Advent season by making your Advent wreath, devotional booklets, crafts and enjoy a light lunch. We hope to see you this Saturday in the Family Life Center.

DETAILS: “The Advent Festival at Boone UMC is a fun way for you and your family to get ready for the season. Join us Saturday, November 19th from 11 AM-2 PM at Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd, Boone, NC 28607 in the Family Life Center.”

5. Michaels Craft Store – Felt Gingerbread Man – 10:00am-12:00pm: They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a felt gingerbread man project. Sign up online, in-store or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

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Felt Gingerbread Ornament

6. Appalachian State Game (Heroes Weekend) – Mountaineers vs. UL Monroe: Kick-off at 2:30pm

7. Ashe County Christmas Parade – 3:00pm: Head to Downtown West Jefferson on Saturday, November 19 at 3 pm for the annual Christmas parade. Locals Bands, Dance Groups, Churches, Businesses, Fire/Rescue Trucks, Police Cars & more participate in the Parade each year. Santa will be there as well!


November 20:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Ice Skating at Sugar Mountain Resort – Ice Skating will be open…Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Sugar Mountain Resort’s 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink is located adjacent to parking lot D and the Tubing Park.



Appalachian State Homecoming Parade


Pack up the family and head over on Friday evening, October 21 to enjoy the 2016 Appalachian State University Homecoming Parade. The parade will take place at 6:00 p.m. The parade will travel through the campus of ASU and along King Street in downtown Boone.

Visitors to downtown will be able to park in any of the Town of Boone public parking lots, or on King Street. AFTER 5:00 p.m., guests may also park in the Human Services Center parking lot, which is just a short walk to the parade route, and downtown amenities. For optimal parking and parade viewing sights, please arrive in downtown no later than 5:15 p.m.

Streets will close just prior to the parade step off at 6:00 p.m., all traffic lanes through downtown will remain open until that time. For a short period during the parade, traffic coming into town from the west will be rerouted via the Poplar Grove Connector. Access to downtown parking on Queen and Depot streets will be reopened at the Waters Street intersection as soon as the parade has safely cleared the intersection.

Please see the map below for detailed information about the parade route and street closures.

For more information, a printable map, detailed parking information and a list of activities please visit:, or

Homeschool Families Invited to 2016-17 APPlause! Series

we-the-people-applause-seriesWe are so fortunate to have this opportunity in our backyard. As an integral part of the Performing Arts Series, APPlause! offers a variety of performances at venues across the Appalachian State University campus that feature university-based artists as well as local, regional and world-renowned professional artists. These affordable performances offer access to a wide variety of art disciplines for K-12 students.

If you are not familiar with this series, then please take note and do not miss this incredible opportunity.  All tickets to each of the events will be $5.00 each unless you have a group of 10 or more. If you do have a group of 10 or more, you can see the ticket prices on the website. You can place your ticket order online for your group. If you will be ordering tickets just for your homeschool family, then you will need to download the registration form, then follow the instructions on the form to submit your request along with payment.

Here is a list of performances and dates:

  1. Havana Cuba All-Stars (Sep. 28, 2016; 10am)
  2. Selkie: Between Land and Sea (Sep. 30, 2016; 10am)
  3. Theatreworks USA’s “We the People” (Oct. 11, 2016; 10am)
  4. N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble, “Percussive Dance Review” (Nov. 3, 2016; 10am; SOLD OUT)
  5. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Student Edition (Mar. 22, 2017; 10am)
  6. The Nile Project (Apr. 4, 2017; 10am)
  7. Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (Apr. 26, 2017; 10am)

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Christy Chenausky, Director of Arts Education & Outreach, Arts and Cultural Programs by phone: 828-262-6084 ext 109 and/or email: