An Insider Interview with AppFamily Medicine

We have received questions about the new family medicine practice, AppFamily Medicine, in Boone. Thankfully, we were able to go straight to the source to get an insider view of the practice and more information about the new Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Kyle Wilson was gracious to answer our questions.

This is excellent news to hear that the High Country has a medical practice that will see your entire family no matter the age. Also, the comfort of knowing that the hospital will have family medicine residents on-call 24/7 is reassuring for all families.

Molly Benedum, M.D., Director of the Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency Program commented: “We are enormously excited to welcome the first class of residents whom we are especially pleased are all from North Carolina. Their interest in our program indicates their strong commitment to spending their careers meeting the primary healthcare needs of communities across the state. We look forward to what they will accomplish in the years to come and to welcoming them to the High Country this summer.”

The Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, located at Watauga Medical Center, is a partnership between ARHS, Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The program was created to train full-scope family doctors to serve in rural and underserved communities. Resident training will take three years, and ARHS is hopeful that many residents will choose to continue their careers in the High Country.

For appointments at AppFamily Medicine, please visit their website. Please let us know if you have other questions about family medicine that you would like for High Country Parent to address in the future.

Town of Boone Celebrates Annual Boone BOO w/ Teal Pumpkin Project!

The Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department is proud to present the 18th annual Boone BOO! on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

During Boone BOO!, the Jones House, the Watauga County Public Library, and downtown merchants will host a fun (and spooky!) Halloween celebration for everyone. During the event, King Street (from Appalachian Street to Waters Street) will be closed from 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. to ensure pedestrian safety and to encourage a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience for all participants.

At 3:15 P.M., the Watauga County Public Library will kick-off the celebration with a spooktacular magic show by Twist the Balloon Man. After the magic show, the library will have arts & crafts and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will host an apple-themed booth. Stop by to enjoy apple tastings (with more than seven varieties of apples), an apple peeling activity, and a cider press demonstration. At 6:00 P.M., the library will have spooky stories that will chill your spine with Tammy at 6:00 PM for ages 10 and up.

Starting at 4:00 P.M., the Jones House Cultural and Community Center will be transformed into a silly and spooky haunted house with plenty of tricks and treats for kids of all ages! On the lawn, you can enjoy a bounce house, games with Appalachian State athletes, and give-a-ways for children of all ages. Twist the Balloon Man will be at the Jones House to create amazing (and free!) balloon art.

From 5:00 – 6:00 P.M., the community is invited to trick–or–treat at participating downtown merchants. Various downtown merchants will also be handing out non-food treats for children with food allergies as a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. These businesses can be identified by a teal pumpkin outside their doors.

We ask all Boone BOO! participants to be mindful and considerate of our younger participants when planning their costumes to help ensure a fun, family-friendly event for all.

For more information please call the Jones House at (828) 268-6280 or visit

Wee-Cycle’s Back To School Sale!

It’s time to prepare for Wee-Cycle’s Back to School Sale!

Earn cash for the upcoming holiday shopping season and/or shop for your children’s back to school needs.

It is easy and fun to sell your gently used baby or children’s clothes and baby equipment! Consignors earn 60% of their sale price and determine their own prices. (You can earn up to 70% by volunteering at the sale!) Another perk is consignors get to shop early at the pre-sale.

For this sale, Back to School clothing will be accepted, in addition to toys, books, baby equipment, children’s furniture, car seats, sporting equipment, and more. Please stay tuned for a giveaway for the upcoming sale!

For more information, visit the Wee-Cycle website!

Town of Boone Plans a Fun Fourth of July for Families

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled Fourth of July!

The Town of Boone is excited and proud to the honor 2018 Grand Marshalls, Jerry and Margaret Moore. Coach Moore coached the Appalachian State Mountaineers football team for 24 years and lead the team to 10 Southern Conference championships, 18 postseason appearances, and three national titles.

The parade will start at the Poplar Grove Extension traveling East on King Street through downtown Boone, concluding at Appalachian State University’s Legends Parking lot, located on Hardin Street.

The Watauga Community Band will provide live music throughout the parade on the street in front of the Jones House Cultural and Community Center, located at 604 West King Street. The band will play a mix of patriotic songs and other popular hits.

Following the parade, the Town of Boone and the Jones House will continue the celebration with free cake and watermelon on the Jones House lawn.

The fun continues later that evening at Clawson-Burnley Park, located off of Hunting Hills Lane, near the “Tot Lot,” baseball fields, and Greenway. The entertainment starts at 7:00 p.m. with music provided by DJ Carl. The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the annual fireworks display, which will begin around 9:30 p.m.

To join the parade with your own float or entry, please fill out the parade registration form located at Registration forms should be returned by July 3rd to ensure a space in the parade.

For more information about July 4th activities please visit or contact the Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department at 828-268-6280.

Free Frozen Yogurt at Menchie’s of Boone: February 1, 2016



Kick off February right by grabbing a free cup of fro-yo in honor of National Frozen Yogurt day. Your first 6 ounces are free. If you want more than 6 ounces, then you will only be charged for the additional ounces. This deal is only good on February 1, 2016 from 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Address: 176o Blowing Rock Rd., Boone, NC
Phone: 828-386-1765

2015 Family Halloween Events in the High Country

It’s Halloween week! We have a full list of family friendly events around the High Country. Have a wonderful fun-filled week. If you would like to have an event added, please leave a comment below. Thank you!


App State University Housing Trick or Treat 

When: October 29, 2015; 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: University Dorms

Mount Vernon Fall Family Festival

When: October 29, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

14th Annual Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 30, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Watauga Library, Jones House and Downtown Businesses

4:00-4:30pm – Crafts and activities at the Library
4:30-4:45pm – Parade to the Jones House
4:45-6:00pm – Trick or Treat at Downtown Businesses


2015 Beech Mountain Haunted Halloween Party

When: October 30, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Beech Mountain Recreation Center

From ghosts to goblins, spooky games and the first Buckeye Haunted Maze, our family friendly Halloween party will be an enjoyment for all.

Make sure you sign up for the town trick-or-treat. Festivities at Buckeye will follow at 6 pm. Come if you dare!


Halloween at the YMCA in Avery County

When: October 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: The Williams YMCA

FREE for the entire community! We will have bounce house, mini golf, trunk or treat, s’mores, games, cake walk and face painting!


High Gravity Adventures Costume Contest

When: October 30, 31, and November 1

Where: High Gravity Adventures

HGA is family friendly fun (ages 4+) on the high ropes course right beside Tweetsie. Wear your Halloween Costume for a chance to win a 2016 Season Pass!


Halloween Discount at Menchie’s

When: October 31

Where: Menchie’s of Boone


Wear your Halloween costume to Menchies on Halloween and get $1 off your mix!!!


Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain

When: October 31, 10:30am-3:30am

Where: Grandfather Mountain

Celebrate Halloween at Grandfather Mountain!

Activities will include nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, trick or treating in the animal habitats, an animal enrichment and more!

Programs are included with park admission. Children in costume get in for half price!


Trunk or Treat at Appalachian State University Football Stadium

When: October 31, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Where: Stadium, Justice and Duncan Parking Lots

Celebrate Halloween at the Appalachian State Football Game!

With Saturday’s home game falling on Halloween for the first time in seven years, fans of all ages are invited to participate in a “Trunk or Treat” program while tailgating prior to Saturday’s contest.

Fans of all ages are also welcome to wear their costumes into Kidd Brewer Stadium for Saturday’s game. However, for the safety of all fans, costume accessories that can be used/construed as weapons, projectiles or artificial noisemakers are prohibited from the stadium. Final determination on all items will be at the discretion of stadium security personnel.

Tailgaters that bring treats to distribute to the ghosts, ghouls, goblins and Mountaineers that will be roaming the Stadium, Justice and Duncan lots are asked to please click HERE to download/print a sign to display at their tailgates to show that trunk-or-treaters are welcome.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 31, 2014; 1:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock

All free and open to the public!

Bring the little goblins to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for some “creepy crafts” – -Halloween-themed, hands-on activities for the family! Free. Chestnut Drive. 2-3 pm.

Air walks in Memorial Park 3.-8:00 pm.

Games & a fun house in the Recreation Center for the kids! 3:00-5:30 pm.

Hay Rides through Blowing Rock with Tom: 4:00.-8:00 pm. (Meet in Memorial Park)

The Monster March: Line up at the American Legion at 5:30 pm; Parade at 5:45 pm.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Blowing Rock: 6:00 pm -until. (Look for the black and orange balloons)

Costume Contest: Sign up at the Recreation Center (the White Building by the Tennis Courts) by 6:45 pm); March begins at 7:00 pm.

Moonlight Scavenger hunt at Broyhill Lake- begins after the Costume Contest. Participate in teams (max: 3 per group, ages 6-13) Bring your flashlight!

2015 Trick or Treating at Boone Mall

When: October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Boone Mall

Families put on your awesome costumes and head over to the Boone Mall. From 5-7 p.m., stop at each store around the mall to Trick or Treat!


Trick or Treat at Boooo-ne UMC

When: October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Boone United Methodist Church

Are you looking for a place to Trick or Treat in a warm, dry and safe environment? Booooo-ne UMC will be hosting a great night of safe Trick or Treating on October 31 in the Family Life Center from 4:30 to 6:30pm. There will be lots of treats and games including a light dinner for those who want more than candy.


2015 Trunk or Treating in Banner Elk

When: October 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Old Banner Elk School

Banner Elk Trunk or Treat is always held on Halloween Night from 5 to 8 PM.
Costume contest for all goblins and their 4 legged friends.
Join in on the fun by hosting a car truck or SUV.
We will gladly except donations of bags of candy and can good for our food drive.
Get you Spook on!


Family Frozen Yogurt Deals at Menchie’s of Boone!

We love to find deals in the High Country and share them with you. Cool off this summer with these great deals at Menchie’s of Boone.

Menchie's of Boone


Monday: Fill up your cup for $3.00 (up to 10 ounces)

Wednesday: Kids 13 and under get 50% off their cup.

Follow Menchie’s on Facebook and Instagram for more great deals. Enjoy your frozen delight!

High Country Weekend Family Events July 3 – 5

Happy 4th of July weekend! Rain is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, but at least there should be some breaks from the rain and storms on Saturday and Sunday. You can start the weekend at Christmas in July in Ashe County, movie under the stars at Honey Bear Campground and/or enjoy one of the summer concerts. There are many great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled holiday weekend!


July 3:

1. Christmas in July in West Jefferson –  Christmas in July will be held July 3rd and 4th this year. The festival features the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent 
array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at 
Christmas in July!

2. Tweetsie – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseMake the ultimate summer souvenir at The Children’s Playhouse in the month of July. We make it easy by stocking everything you need. Take home your special t-shirt home and leave the mess here! We will have adult and children’s sizes on hand.
Cost: $7 per shirt for members, $12 for nonmembers (includes admission to The Children’s Playhouse). Bring your own shirt and dye it for $4. Open play hours are 10-5:00 on Fridays.

4. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside Out and Jurassic World

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

5. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Soul Benefactor!

Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawnchairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

6. Turchin Summer Exhibition Celebration – Celebrate summer and the opening of the Turchin Center’s exhibition, STREAM: Razi Projects, the Collaborations of Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes. Join us for live music and a chance to meet the artists. This event is free and open to the public from 6pm-10pm.

7. Music in the Valle – The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park begins Friday, May 22nd, 2015, and continues each Friday evening through September 11th. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the park per person is recommended. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food generally is not available for sale. May 22 – August 14 concerts begin at 7:00PM. August 21 – September 11 concerts begin at 6:30PM.

8. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – Pack your lawn chairs and blankets to watch a movie “Alexander and The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day” under the stars. Show time starts at dusk, and is always a family friendly feature. A parking pass is required and can be purchased in our office, for just $5.00 per car our Come on out to visit…Our famous “Honey Bear S’mores” will be waiting!

9. 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 8 to 11 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

10. Horn in the West is Open! – Since 1952, America’s oldest Revolutionary War Drama has thrilled over one million audience members. Loved by old and young alike, “Horn in the West” is located in the Daniel Boone Park in Boone, North Carolina.

11. Avery County – The Cranberry Community will hold their annual 4th of July Parade and Cookout on Friday, July 3.  Parade will begin at 6 pm and cookout will follow with fireworks beginning at dark.

July 4:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market is Open! – The market opens with live music from local musicians, cooking demos from local food enthusiasts, activities in the kids corner, and the unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!” Join PHARMN at the Kids’ Corner

When: 8 am until noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free

2. Christmas in July in West Jefferson –  Christmas in July will be held July 3rd and 4th this year. The festival features the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent 
array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at 
Christmas in July!

3. Tweetsie – Cool summer nights: Park open 9 am – 9pm. Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks in the High Country. Parking is $10 per car. Optional dinner and premium fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet chicken and barbeque dinner with all the trimmings. Adults: $14.95 and Children: $9.95 Children 2 and under are free. Buy your wristband tickets at the ticket office.

4. Blowing Rock Fourth of July Celebration – 9am-until: Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, $75 first place, $50 second place)

9:30am-11am: Park Games (prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games!)
-Water Balloon Toss
-Watermelon Eating Contest
-More, plus Face Painting

11am-4:30pm: Climbing Tower & Bounce Obstacle Course

10am- 11am: Cloggers

11am-Noon: Patriotic Sing Along

Noon-1:30pm: Live Music

2pm: Independence Day Parade

3-4:30pm: Bluegrass Music

9:30pm: Fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club

5. Boone 4th of July Activities – This year’s parade will be held on July 4th at 11am. The parade will travel down King Street in Downtown Boone and will conclude at Poplar Grove Extension. Take a spot on King Street to watch the parade go by and then head over to the Jones House for watermelon and cake. A concert will follow at 1:00pm. The evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane will start at 7:00 pm with family activities and fireworks beginning around 9:30 pm.

6. July 4th Party in the Park –  Come Join the Fun! The Annual 4th of July Parade begins at Lees-McRae College and ends at Tate-Evans Park with a Party in the Park and Duck Races to benefit local children! The Parade begins at 11am at Lees-McRae College. After the Parade at Dunn’s Deli, Main Street East- Until its all gone! Smoked Pork and pit cooked beef, hotdogs, burgers and corn on the cob! Come Hungry!

7. Justice for All Parade in Todd – For the past ten years, Elkland Art Center has hosted The Liberty Parade, an expression of community spirit presented through costumes, props, and giant puppets in Todd, NC on the Fourth of July. This year’s theme is “Justice for All”. The parade will feature “Winds of Change,” giant puppets representing the East and West Winds, bringing new life and inspiration to all.

Arrive at 10:30 to get a costume, prop, or pick your favorite giant puppet! The parade begins in a field at the corner of NC Highway 194N and Railroad Grade Rd in Todd, NC at 11:00 am.

8. Beech Mountain 47th Annual Pig Roast – This long-standing community event has been a sell-out almost every year. The event features BBQ pork and turkey prepared by the Beech Mountain fire department, as well as all the fixings, topped off with a Moon Pie. Serving begins serving at 6:00 pm. Music, vendors and children’s activities entertain the crowd right up to the fireworks celebration at dark. The date is Saturday July 4, 2015 and the location will be the Beech Mountain Resort.Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Chamber of Commerce.

9. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside Out and Jurassic World

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

10. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Click here for more details.

11. Horn in the West OPENS! – Since 1952, America’s oldest Revolutionary War Drama has thrilled over one million audience members. Loved by old and young alike, “Horn in the West” is located in the Daniel Boone Park in Boone, North Carolina. A special discount is being offered to all Watauga County Residents for the Friday and Saturday night show. All Wataugans with proof of residency (NCDL or utility bill with address) will be admitted for $10!

July 5:

1. Tweetsie – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

2. Family Movie Showings: 

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside Out and Jurassic World

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

3. Hayes School of Music- Cannon Music Camp Kaleidoscope Concert – Concert performances from our Cannon Music Camp Musicians. Featuring a variety of large and small ensembles. Cannon Music Camp, at the Hayes School of Music, is a summer music program for rising high school students to graduating senior musicians, at Appalachian State University since 1969.

4. Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, NC – Free concerts every Sunday evening from 5-8:00pm. Enjoy local favorites the Harris Brothers, The Neighbors, Mountain Radio, Todd Wright and more on the veranda of this classic historic hotel. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show! Performances rain or shine- find the concert indoors in inclement weather. Drinks and Tavern Fare available. Performance schedule coming soon.

Chetola Resort Hosts Summer Tennis Camps

Summer is a great time in the High Country for many reasons. One of those reasons is all the incredible summer camps.
RDU Tennis
A tennis camp will be held Monday through Thursday at Chetola Resort on the following weeks:
June 29-July 2
July 6-9
July 13-16
Aug 3-6
Activities will be moved inside if weather does not permit. Camp will run 9am-12:30pm. Tennis will be the primary purpose of the camp with the obvious snack and hydration breaks. Camp drop off and pick up for parents will be at the courts.  Campers will need a racquet, water bottle, and snacks.
Daily drop off rate is $30 per child. Weekly rate will be $125.

Click here to register. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Rosenthal at (919) 395-7329, or email

Vote for America’s Best Town!

Boone NC


Boone is in the running with 63 other towns in America for “America’s Best Town” award. Take the time to click and vote for our awesome little town. It only takes a couple seconds. Right now we are up against Ocala, FL. Let’s ensure we get to advance in the tournament!

The first five rounds of voting will last five days each, starting on May 4, 2015 (12 a.m. EST). You may vote once per round per matchup. The winners will advance until only two towns remain (May 29, 2015). The winner will be the town with the most votes on June 5.