2017 Appalachian State University’s Football Fan Fest Set for Aug. 19

App State will kick off the 2017-18 season with its annual Fan Fest, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 at Kidd Brewer Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.


The event will be the first chance for fans to see the new upgrades at Kidd Brewer Stadium, as well as a chance to meet the App State Football team and other fall sports squads.

Members of the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club and their parents will have an exclusive window to get autographs from their favorite App State student-athletes and coaches beginning at 5:30 p.m. before the event opens to the general public at 6 p.m.

The Junior Mountaineer Kids Club is the official club for App State fans eighth grade or younger. Annual membership for the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club is $35 per child with additional memberships for $30 each. Memberships can be purchased HERE or in person outside of Kidd Brewer Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

Admission and parking for Fan Fest are FREE. For more information on Fan Fest or the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club, contact App State Sports Marketing at (828) 262-8649.

5 p.m. — On-site registration for Junior Mountaineer Kids Club begins.
5:30-6 p.m. — Exclusive autograph session for Junior Mountaineer Kids Club members with App State student-athletes and coaches.
6-7:30 p.m. — Event open to the general public.

Note: In an effort to allow as many fans as possible to collect autographs, student-athletes and coaches will be limited to signing one item per fan.

Northwestern Studios presents Hansel and Gretel Ballet at Valborg Theater

A tasty Gingerbread House, a beautiful Guardian Angel, and a Wicked Witch with a green tongue will delight the entire family in the ballet “Hansel & Gretel.” Presented this weekend by Northwestern Dance Studios at ASU’s Valborg Theatre, the ballet has been adapted from the beloved children’s opera. “I loved the opera when I was a child and always wanted to adapt the beautiful music into a ballet,” states director Wendy Fletcher.

Hansel and Gretel BalletPerforming the role of the Guardian Angel is Callista Addis, with Carolyn Ward and Kristi Caldwell as Hansel and Gretel. Carrington Haas, Anna Jobe, and Laura Price are the magical Friendship Birds, Rachel Keller is the loving Mother and Courtney Boccardy plays the green-tongued Wicked Witch. The Gingerbread Children, Morning Glories, Evening Stars, Little Angels, Baby Birds and Mischievous Bunnies are being performed by the students of Northwestern Studios.

Also this weekend is Northwestern Studios’ “Jazz, Tap & More.” Showcasing a variety of upbeat dances including hip-hop, ballroom, tap, and lyrical, there will be something for everyone. The award-winning Northwestern Starz Competition Team will be featured.

“Hansel & Gretel” will be performed on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 29 at 3:00pm. “Jazz, Tap & More” will be performed on Friday, May 27 at 7:00pm. All performances are at the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance’s Valborg Theatre on Howard Street behind the Turchin Visual Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for children, $10 for adults and are available at the door. Go to www.northwesternstudios.com for more information..

Summer Dance Classes for Kids and Adults

There are lots of opportunities to get moving this summer!!  Here are two chances to get up and dance!

Studio K Dance Workshop

Come be a part of summer classes at Studio K.  This year Haley will be offering Hip-hop Hustle for kids as well as adults and PiYo too!  I have taken Haley’s Hip Hop Hustle and I can’t even explain how fun it is!  Grab a friend and go sweat it out!

Haley's Hip Hop

Haley's Hip Hop Hustle Clas

PiYo is a strength fusion type class that incorporates movements from Pilates and Yoga.  It is not like a traditional Yoga or Pilates class, you will be moving and sweating constantly.  This class will be offered on Wedensday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  You will need to bring a sticky mat.

Hip-hop Hustle is a cardio dance class that incorporates fun dance routines to current popular music.  Be ready to sweat as you learn to dance like you never thought you could.  Hip-hop Hustle is great for your body and brain, but most of all it’s a lot of fun….you won’t even know you are exercising.

Hip-hop Hustle for kids (ages 7-13) will be offered on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:00
Hip-hop Hustle for adults will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30
All classes will be $5, there will also be class cards available for purchase. Classes will begin on May 24th.

For more info, contact Haley at 828-265-2134 / mom2pey@gmail.com


Summer Ballet

The class will meet Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm, and costs $5 per class per person.  Students ages 11-up are welcome. Lauren’s Ballet class will offer variations for all levels/ages) Classes will be held June 14, 21, 28;  if interest proves strong we will run another series of three classes in July. Any questions can be directed to Lauren Greene at cedarpro@mac.com

Summer Dance Series 2011 at ASU

Classes are open to all dancers and dance enthusiasts on ASU’s campus or in the community. June 8th through June 30th, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 -1:15. There will be mixed-level open classes with rotating teachers and dance styles each week to include Pilates, Modern, Jazz, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Belly-Dance, Swing, Ball Room and more.

There’s no obligation to attend all classes, come when you can! Kids are welcome and may attend with an adult. In lieu of a class fee, donations to the ASU dance Visiting Artist Endowment and Dance Scholarships are welcome. Classes will be held in the Varsity Gym dance studio, Room 208. If you want to be on the email list to get the line-up of classes, contact Regina James at Jamesrg@appstate.edu.

Take a look at our comprehensive list of summer camps, too!.

Billy Jonas Comes to Farthing Auditorium October 19th: Limited Space, Reservations required

The Watauga Arts in Education Partnership, consisting of Watauga County Schools, ASU’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, and the Watauga County Arts Council has offered a regular performing arts series to Watauga County students for the last seventeen years.

Billy Jonas at Farthing Auditorium Boone, NCThis year, as a part of that series, we are bringing back the energetic and well-loved children’s musician, Billy Jonas, to perform for K-2 students at Farthing Auditorium on Tuesday, October 19th at 9:30 am.   AND, because Billy Jonas is so beloved by younger children, we are opening up this performance to parents and their preschool children age 3 and up.

Normally the policies of our Touring Arts Program specify that only children who are ages 5 and up may attend our performances. This policy has been in place for a number of years and with very good reason. We are not changing that policy…but we’re making an exception to it for this ONE time.

Because seating at these performances is very carefully counted and choreographed, parents of preschoolers who have older children attending the performance are asked to sit in the separate designated guest sections of the auditorium to which they are assigned (and not with their school aged child). Children who are not attending with their school must, regardless of age, be accompanied by their parent and seated on their own (not trying to ride or sit with school age siblings). Please understand that this is a ONE-time exception and that seating is quite limited. Therefore, we’ll accept your pre-paid reservations as long as we have the available seating. We will not be able to admit anyone who does not have an advance, paid reservation. All audience members must be seated by 9:15 am.

To reserve your seats, call the Watauga County Arts Council at 264-1789 BEFORE Monday, October 18, at 5:00 pm or come by our offices during regular gallery hours of 12:00-5:00 on Tuesdays-Fridays. No reservations will be accepted past that point. We can accept cash, checks, or Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. All seats (regardless of age) are $5.00.

Our gratitude to Holiday Inn Express of Boone, who is sponsoring this year’s Touring Arts Program by providing lodging for our performers..

Runners, ASU Students and High Country Kids are invited to “Run the Gauntlet”

Editor’s Note: Sign up by August 23 to guarantee a T-shirt, but registration will be open until September 3!

Daniel Boone was made to “Run the Gauntlet” in order to survive capture by the Shawnee Indians. Running the Gauntlet involved passing through a long line of warriors who then beat at him with “clubs, hoe handles, tomahawks, and butcher knives.” Many men die after Running the Gauntlet just once but Daniel Boone, though badly beaten, survived.Kids, Students, High Country running

This historical account of Boone, who actually Ran the Gauntlet eight different times, is setting the stage for an exciting new off road race in the High Country.

Run the Gauntlet will take place the Saturday before Labor Day – September 4, 2010.

Run the Gauntlet is an intense, primarily off-road test of endurance, agility, and grit. The 4.3 mile course incorporates man-made obstacles, numerous creek crossings, primitive logging roads, fields, extreme terrain challenges, and a finish line mud pit.

Run the Gauntlet will be held in the community of Brownwood, located between Todd and Fleetwood, on Saturday, September 4, with start times varying for individual, 2-person, and 3-person teams.

The start and finish of Run the Gauntlet are being held in the fields adjacent to Riverside Restaurant, which is an approximate 15 minute drive from Boone. After its start on the banks of the New River, Run the Gauntlet will follow the rolling Brownwood Rd. for approximately 0.4 miles before the course enters 1.5 miles of primitive and frequently steep logging roads. As the course progresses to the mostly rolling fields of Coopers Dairy Farm, runners will continue to face challenges including man-made obstacles, creek crossings, and a 211 foot, 33 percent grade climb. After a brief return on Brownwood Road runners will complete their final obstacles, including a mud pit, before their “sprint” to the finish line.

The family owned Riverside Restaurant, which is housed in the National Register of Historic of Places former herb and root warehouse, will be serving lunch to competitors and spectators as they enjoy finish line festivities. Sitting on the banks of the New River’s South Fork in the community of Brownwood on Railroad Grade Road, the Riverside Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, and is a great stopping point for hungry cyclists.

The start and finish line area of Run the Gauntlet will be very family friendly and will offer a Mud Puppy Challenge for children ages 6 – 13 years. The Mud Puppy Challenge will be a short run and obstacle course incorporating the finish line mud pit.High Country Running race

Run the Gauntlet is being produced by Blue Ridge Endurance, the organizers and promoters of the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay, which hosts approximately 1,000 runners from throughout the country who come to the High Country to complete the race from Grayson Highlands State Park, VA to the finish in downtown Asheville.

The charitable partner will be local High Country Volunteer Fire Departments.

For additional Run the Gauntlet information, registration, and sponsorship inquiries please visit www.TheGauntletRun.com or call 336-877-8888..

Moms Can Help ASU International Students!

I received an email from a student at ASU, who is working on her senior project.  I knew it was something that we moms could help with, so I am publishing her letter here.  Remember that if you can’t go to the drop off point, contact Bess by email and she will come get them!

For my senior project, I am making kitchen boxes for the international students at ASU. Many Kitchen Suppliesinternational students must buy over $100 worth of kitchen supplies when they arrive in Boone. Often, they must navigate the Appalcart on their first day, and try to travel back to campus, carrying pots, pans, and dishes. At the end of their stay, the students must find somewhere to put these kitchen items at the end of their stay, and often end up throwing them away, which is wasteful and difficult.

Having the tools needed to cook allows the international students to share more of their culture with their friends and host families while they are at ASU. In order to facilitate this more easily and sustainably, I plan to collect gently used cooking items, organize these into boxes for the international students to borrow while they live on campus, and collect the boxes from the students at the end of their stay on campus. I will reorganize the boxes and redistribute them to new international students each semester. The boxes would be provided to the students for free, and would be reused each semester.

As you clean and organize this summer, please keep in mind that some of the items you get rid of could be of use to the international students at ASU. Please do not feel obligated to donate complete sets, as we are happy to have as many or as few of the needed items as you would like to give away (see list below). After discussing these ideas with the International Programs Office on campus, I have a goal of putting together at least 12 kitchen boxes. The international students will live together in groups, and I hope to provide a box for each kitchen where new international students are residing. If you are unable to donate kitchen supplies but would still like to help with this project, small monetary donations to buy uniform boxes, sponges, and dish soap are appreciated (please contact me for more information).

The International Programs Office at ASU has offered to be a drop off place for kitchen item donations. Their office is located in I.G. Greer on campus. If this location is inconvenient, contact me and I can meet you in town to collect donations. The international students will be arriving in early August, but donations later this fall are still appreciated, as I will be replacing lost or broken items.

If you have any questions, feel to contact me. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in donating!

Thank you!
Bess Smith


Kitchen Items Needed:
Silverware (forks, spoons, knives)
Kitchen knives
Cutting boards
Large serving utensils (slotted spoons, etc.)
Frying pans
Baking dishes
Storage containers
Teapots/ kettles.

“Shooting Stars 2010!” or… “see my husband singing Mamma Mia”

Earlier this week, I posted about the Celebrity Serve 2010, which I will spend serving at Glidewell’s on Main Street in Blowing Rock!  Click here to enter to win a $25 Glidewell’s Gift Certificate!! The beneficiary this year is Shooting Stars 2010Watauga Education Foundation, an organization which raises tens for thousands of dollars each year to give back to Watauga County Schools!  In 2009, WEF gave $20,000 in grants to Watauga Teachers, as well as other projects.

One of WEF’s biggest fundraisers each year is the county-wide talent showcase Shooting Stars! Hundreds of students, teachers and parents are involved in putting on the show,

Shooting Stars 2010 will be presented this Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM!    In fact, there are a couple of special acts in the show this year!

shooting stars 2010New this year, are teacher acts! Ever wanted to see another side of the men and women who instruct your children every day? Now is your chance to watch them shine on the stage too. My husband Judd, band teacher at Blowing Rock and Parkway schools, will actually be singing songs from Abba’s Mamma Mia, along with 5 other teachers!  Parkway and Bethel Music Teacher Sondra Edwards put together this hilarious group for us to make fun of watch!

Plus, from the fraternities and sororities at ASU, our presenting sponsor this year, you’ll enjoy an encore performance from the Greek Week Lip Sync winner! Now THAT should be interesting!

Tickets are on sale now at Farthing Auditorium: $10 for adults and $5 for WCS employees and students. Your support helps the Foundation give to local students to enrich their educational experience! Find out more about the Watauga Education Foundation at www.wefnc.org.

Boone Handmade Market

Have you wondered how you can support local business people in the High Country, including women and moms?  ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has the answer!  They are hosting the first Boone Handmade Market, presented by the ASU Arts Management Organization.

Here are the details from the Turchin Center Website:

On Sunday March 28th, 2010 over 36 emerging and established artists of the High Country will make their way to Boone’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts to sell their locally handmade goods. All artists live in Boone or in the High Country and will be selling all everything handmade from delicious sweet treats to jewelry, sculpture, fashion, pottery and so on. This is a great opportunity to support your local community and buy locally!

This is Catharine Milner, who has recently created Dandy Dots Refashioned Clothing.  She uses vintage fabric and 90% “upcycled” materials.  Catharine will be one of the vendors at the Market.  She specializes in dresses and skirts, dance and yoga wear.  In this phot, she models a scarf/necklace made from an old t-shirt.  You’ve got to see the creative ideas for post consumer clothing she comes up with!!

Here is another high-waisted pencil skirt she made:

For more information and a list of local artisans, visit the Turchin Center Website here

Alpha Delta Pi Hosts Spring Carnival for Families!

ADPi Spring Carnival ASU

Alpha Delta Pi is hosting a Spring Carnival! It will be held March 21st from 1-4 pm at Varsity Gymnasium at Appalachian State University. This will be a family friendly event where organizations will be hosting carnival booths with games for the children to play. There will be music, food, and inflatable bounce objects, provided by Jump! of Boone Donations will be accepted benefiting the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charties,Inc. If you have questions or need any more information, please contact Rebecca Horn at hornrn@appstate.edu..

The High Country’s March For Babies’ Huge Family Event!

I hope to see you at this year’s March For Babies!  Our High Country Mom Squad Team is only about 1/4 of the way to our goal of $1000!  That seems like a lot of money, but if everyone reading this article gave just $5, we would make it!  If you find this website helpful to you, would you consider giving $5 toward healthy babies?  Click here to read my own premature birth story, and click here to give a secure donation online.

On Sunday, April 26 at Kidd Brewer Stadium- Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. High Country residents will join together in support of babies in their communities by participating in March for Babies. “Helping babies be born healthy is vital to the hope and future of Western North Carolina,” said Lindsay Cobb, 2009 March for Babies Chair. “One day, all babies will be born healthy, but we’re going to have to walk to get there.”

The event will be open to the public. This will be a Family Fun Event– Featuring: Inflatable Bounce Houses, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Drinks, ASU Football , ASU Cheerleaders, ASU Soccer, Bowling, Music, Snow Cones, Kids IDs, Face Painting, Characters, Hula Hoop Hop, Bubble Blast, ASU Baseball , Snacks, Coke, Family Teams, Chair Massages, Yosef and Walking on the Track!

“Our goal is to raise $45,000 to help babies!” said Cobb. “Thanks to all our corporate teams, family teams and sponsors for your generous support! In order to help raise awareness in the High Country about this great cause and spectacular event, we are inviting the entire community. For those who don’t have time to participate as a team and fundraise, their family is welcome to attend… all we are asking is that they make a $20 donation to the March of Dimes! So spread the word and come out for the fun!”

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. The March of Dimes issued a Report Card on Premature Birth, giving the nation a D and North Carolina a F. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

Funds raised by March for Babies in the High Country support over $300,000 in Community Grants awarded to local agencies across North Carolina. In addition $3.3 million in National Research Grants are active in North Carolina at area teaching hospitals.

Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family. People can also purchase a sign in memory or honor of a child for $50. The signs can be taken home following the event.

“In addition to the fun activities, the walk is an opportunity to teach children the value of volunteering—how their gifts of time, energy and money, no matter the size, can have a big impact when they’re part of supporting a worthy cause,” said Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Division Director. “For families of all sizes and ages, supporting the cause of healthy babies is a perfect match!”

In 2009 national March for Babies sponsors are Kmart, the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, FedEx, First Response, Liberty Tax Services, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Ther-Rx.

In the High Country, local sponsors include, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Blue Ridge Pediatrics, Wal-Mart, Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler and Hardaway Othodontics, Boone Drug, Boone Orthopedic Associates, Modern Toyota/Scion of Boone, Mast General Store, State Farm Insurance, Watauga Women’s Center, Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, Grandfather Mountain and BB&T.

To join in, visit marchforbabies.org, or call toll-free (800) 525-9255 to sign up as an individual, to start a corporate, family or friends team, or donate to help babies be born healthy. Participants can also pick up sponsor forms at Kmart.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org..