High Country Halloween Weekend Family Events October 30 – November 1

Happy Halloween weekend! Can you believe this is the last weekend of October? There are lots of fun-filled family activities this weekend in the High Country. It looks like the rain will hold off till after trick or treating on Saturday night. We wish you all a wonderful and happy-filled weekend! See all the family-friendly events below:

Halloween in the High Country

Photo Credit: Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

October 30:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Come create a memory, get lost in our 7 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and have a picnic. Bring your spirit of adventure and a flashlight to explore our family friendly flashlight maze.

3. New River Corn Maze – The maze is OPEN! The team is excited to start their 6th year of business. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to dark and Sunday 1pm – dark. Come enjoy this beautiful weekend getting lost in all the fun at the New River Corn Maze!

4. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

5. Family Movies {Now Playing}

6. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Draw and paint a Modigliani portrait.

7. 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

8. 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!

9. 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!

10. Tweetsie’s Ghost Train – Named as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, a ride on the Ghost Train is just the beginning. Take a stroll through the Freaky Forest and encounter dark surprises along the way. Visit the Boneyard and find your way through a 3-D Maze, a disorienting Black Hole and a mystifying Warp Tunnel. Or check out Tweetsie’s Haunted House, where 13 frightening rooms await brave visitors that dare to enter.

11. Late Night Climbing at High Gravity Adventures – Your aerial adventure doesn’t have to end just because the sun went down. The fun will last until midnight! Lights will be on the course for these late-night climbing sessions, which will be happening every Friday and Saturday night through October. We have a Ghost Hunt on the course (weekly prize is a free ticket to HGA) and a Costume Contest through the month of October (grand prize is a 2016 season pass to HGA). Come join in for some spooky Halloween fun!

12. 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 www.chetola.com.

October 31:

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!” Wear your costumes, and decorate a mask with color, sparkles and fanciful details for spooky fun!

When: 8 am until noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2.  2015 Winter Children’s Sale – 8:00am-6:00pm Please join WeeCycyle on Saturday for their Grand Opening Halloween Party and be sure to bring your little ones by for Face Painting by Alyssa’s Artful Faces. She will be painting starting at 10am. Prices ranging from $3-$6.

3. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

4. Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Come create a memory, get lost in our 7 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and have a picnic. Bring your spirit of adventure and a flashlight to explore our family friendly flashlight maze.

5. New River Corn Maze – The maze is OPEN! The team is excited to start their 6th year of business. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to dark and Sunday 1pm – dark. Come enjoy this beautiful weekend getting lost in all the fun at the New River Corn Maze!

6. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

7. Family Movies {Now Playing}

8. 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!

9. 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.

10. 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!

11. Spooky Stories and Creepy crafts at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum – 2 – 2:30 pm Spooky Stories with ReVonda Crow 2:30 – 3 pm Creepy Crafts Ages 4 – 10 Come hear spooky (but not that spooky!) Halloween live storytelling with your little ones at BRAHM! Afterwards join us to create a creepy craft that you can take home. Halloween costumes encouraged!

12. 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!

13. 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.

14. 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!

15. Tweetsie’s Ghost Train – Named as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, a ride on the Ghost Train is just the beginning. Take a stroll through the Freaky Forest and encounter dark surprises along the way. Visit the Boneyard and find your way through a 3-D Maze, a disorienting Black Hole and a mystifying Warp Tunnel. Or check out Tweetsie’s Haunted House, where 13 frightening rooms await brave visitors that dare to enter.

16. Late Night Climbing at High Gravity Adventures – Your aerial adventure doesn’t have to end just because the sun went down. The fun will last until midnight! Lights will be on the course for these late-night climbing sessions, which will be happening every Friday and Saturday night through October. We have a Ghost Hunt on the course (weekly prize is a free ticket to HGA) and a Costume Contest through the month of October (grand prize is a 2016 season pass to HGA). Come join in for some spooky Halloween fun!

 

November 1:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Come create a memory, get lost in our 7 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and have a picnic. Bring your spirit of adventure and a flashlight to explore our family friendly flashlight maze.

3. New River Corn Maze – The maze is OPEN! The team is excited to start their 6th year of business. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to dark and Sunday 1pm – dark. Come enjoy this beautiful weekend getting lost in all the fun at the New River Corn Maze!

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. 2015 WeeCycle Children’s Winter Sale – Shop the great deals on children’s winter clothing, toys, kid’s gear, and so much more!

6. Elk Knob State Park (What do animals do in winter)? Come learn what animals in this area do to prepare for winter and what they do until spring.
2:00pm at Elk Knob Park Office

 

 

High Country Family Weekend Events {August 21-23, 2015}

Happy weekend! Let’s celebrate the successes of the week with a beautiful weekend that includes temperatures in the high 70’s and plenty of sunshine. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend. Check out all the family-friendly events below:

August 21:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment 2015 Fall Sale – 10am – 6pm Shop local and support the community. Lots of great deals on children’s clothing, toys and baby gear.

4. Family Movie Showings: 

Appalachian State I.G. Greer – Avengers: Age of Ultron: 7 pm and 9 pm (Tickets are are $1.00 in advance at PSU Ticket Center located at the PSU Information Center (cash, App Express, & credit cards accepted) and $2.00 at the door (cash only).

5. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

6. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Marcy Marxer & Cathy Fink, Tellico. Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

7. Music in the Valle7:00pm The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park. 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.

8. 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 www.chetola.com.

August 22:

1. Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment 2015 Fall Sale – 8am – 6pm Shop local and support the community. Lots of great deals on children’s clothing, toys and baby gear.

2. 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
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

3. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

4. Free Bike Rodeo at Hardin Park – The annual Bike Rode will take place this Saturday from 9am to 12pm at Hardin Park Elementary. The event is free and open to all elementary school-aged children. There will be bike inspection stations, bicycle safety lessons, fun activities, healthy snacks and and of course prizes.

5. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

6. Grandfather Mountain State Park — Go G.R.E.E.N. Day (Annual Event) – The fifth annual Grandfather Mountain State Park Event, Go G.R.E.E.N. Day will be held August 22, 2015 at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Park. he day will include guided hikes of the Profile Trail, storytelling, history, mountain stream ecology tours, games, activities and more. The event is free and suitable for all ages.

Please contact the park office at 828.963.9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov for more information. (More details will follow soon)

Starts at: 11:00AM Meet at: Foscoe Grandfather Community Center, 233 Park Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604

7. Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Clinic –  10:00 am Thor has come to Lowe’s to end their “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer! Register your child so they don’t miss the final clinic!  Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD!

Marvel Thor

8. Craft Time at Michael’s (Pencil Topper) – They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included.

Michaels Kids Craft Pencil Topper

 

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

10. Edible/Medicinal Plant Hike at Elk Knob State Park – Have you ever wondered whether the plants you see are poisonous or if they had healing properties? Come see the numerous wildflowers in bloom and learn about how they have been used by humans. Meet at the park office.

Starts at: 2:00 p.m. Meet at: park office

11. Family Movie Showings: 

Appalachian State I.G. Greer – Avengers: Age of Ultron: 7 pm and 9 pm (Tickets are are $1.00 in advance at PSU Ticket Center located at the PSU Information Center (cash, App Express, & credit cards accepted) and $2.00 at the door (cash only).

12. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – “The Croods“! The movie starts at dusk…. Around 8:30. Check in at our office to purchase you car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load so load em up!

August 23:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment 2015 Fall Sale – 12pm – 5pm Shop local and support the community. Lots of great deals on children’s clothing, toys and baby gear.

3. Beech Mountain Sunday Concert – Come out and enjoy acoustic pop/rock with the Klee and Mike Show at the Beech Alpen Pavilion from 5-9 pm on Sunday August 23. Bring chairs or blankets. Free.

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.

 

High Country Weekend Family Events June 5 – 7

Happy June! You can start the weekend with Day Out with Thomas, Carnival Night at Greenway Baptist Church, and/or s’mores night at Chetola Resort. There are lots of great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

horse-jump-at-Blowing-Rock-Charity-Horse-Show

June 5:

1. 92nd Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show – Presented by the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation, the event includes the Saddlebred Competition June 4-7, Hunter-Jumper I July 21-26 and Hunter-Jumper II July 29-August 2. The action takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is the oldest continuously running horse show in the eastern half of the United States and regularly attracts riders and their horses from all over the country. Tickets at the gate for spectators are $10 per day (you can come and go as you please) and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit www.blowingrockhorses.com.

2. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015!  The event, which takes place June 5-14, 2015, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the event (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5:00 on Fridays.

4. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema and Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Tomorrowland

5. Carnival Night at Greenway Baptist Church – Come out and help support the Jenny McCourry family!

Where – Greenway Baptist Church Life Center (Greenway Road Boone, NC)
Time – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Adults: $10 donation includes BBQ Chicken, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Dinner Roll, Drink, and Dessert

Children: $5 donation includes Chicken Nuggets, Green Beans, “mystery side,” Dinner Roll, Juice, and Dessert.

Come and enjoy Roasted Corn on the Cob, Snow Cones, Hot Dogs, Funnel Cakes, Popcorn, Face Paint, JUMP Inc Air Walks, Corn Hole and much more!!

6. 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.

7. 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 www.chetola.com.

June 6:

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 – LettuceLearn comes to the Kids’ Corner with their Plant Parts Photo Booth.
Are you a root, leaves, stem, flower or fruit? Also play an edible plant game.

When: 8 am until noon
Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015!  The event, which takes place June 5-14, 2015, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the event (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

3. Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale – 9:00am – 3:00pm This event is free to attend and is open to the public. Great for parents currently (or interested in) educating their children at home.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Gym
3505 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

4. The 34th Annual New River Canoe Race – will take place on June 6th, 9 am. All proceeds go to support Friends of High Country State Parks’ mission to support our state parks.

The event will begin at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson, NC and travel five miles to the Wagoner Road Access of the New River State Park. This route is calm with no white water.

Boats can enter the water from 9 am to 1:30 pm.
Please note boats with children need to be in no later than 1 pm.

Registration is $10 per person, $5 for children, and $25 for family float (up to 6 people) for a single race. Every additional race is $5. Registration includes a FREE T-shirt and entry for a door prize.

Enter with a Canoe or a Kayak. Bring your own boat or rent one at a discounted price from Zaloo’s Canoes. Zaloo’s will provide free shuttles. This is a family friendly event with options to enter as a “Novice”, “Expert”, or “Championship Category”. The “Special” category is for those with any special needs.

Music, free food samples, tubing, swimming, or hiking can all be found at New River State Park until the 3pm Awards Ceremony. You do not have to race to enjoy these fun activities! Food from local food trucks will be available.

5. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

6. 2nd Annual Spring into Summer ArtsFest – Celebration of the arts in Watauga County. There will be paintings, pottery, crafts, fiber arts, and jewelry on display, as well as a silent auction, music on the porch from 11am to 4pm, demonstrations and interactive arts and kid activities. The event is free and open to the public and there is free parking across Shadowline Drive. ArtsFest is sponsored by Watauga County Arts Council and Potters of the Blue Ridge. For more information go to Watauga-Arts.org or call 828-264-1789.

7. Make a DIY Father’s Day Card at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Father's Day Card

8. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema and Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Tomorrowland

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

10. Street Dance at Town Hall (Beech Mountain Visitor Center) – Dancers and non-dancers alike will love the old-fashioned street dances on Beech Mountain! A sand dance floor is made in the parking lot in front of town hall and chairs are set out for spectators. Music is provided by a DJ or small local band. Dances take place from 7-9 pm. There’s no charge. Directions.

11. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – “The Muppets Most Wanted“! The movie starts at dusk…. Around 8:30. Check in at our office to purchase you car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load so load em up!

June 7:

1. 92nd Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show – Presented by the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation, the event includes the Saddlebred Competition June 4-7, Hunter-Jumper I July 21-26 and Hunter-Jumper II July 29-August 2. The action takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is the oldest continuously running horse show in the eastern half of the United States and regularly attracts riders and their horses from all over the country. Tickets at the gate for spectators are $10 per day (you can come and go as you please) and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit www.blowingrockhorses.com.

2. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015!  The event, which takes place June 5-14, 2015, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the event (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

3. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema and Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Tomorrowland

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.

 

 

 

 

High Country Weekend Family Events May 1 – May 3

It is going to be a beautiful Spring weekend! Check out the awesome family events. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

May 1:

1. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

2. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Mall Cop 2 and DreamWorks Home 3D

3. Tweetsie – Tweetsie Railroad is open for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

4. Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour – 3 pmto 5 pm, you can get 50% off any Frappuccino. The new S’mores Frapp will be available as well. Visit our Starbucks in Harris Teeter.

5. Toy Story at App State Green Briar Theater – Friday evening at 7:00 pm in the Greenbriar Theater, 2nd floor Plemmons Student Union. All showings are at 7:00 pm with cartoons showing 20 minutes prior.

Greenbriar Theater
2nd floor Plemmons Student Union
Boone, NC 28607

May 2:

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!”

When: 8 am until noon
Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2. Boone Optimist Clubhouse Children’s Book Sale – 9:00am – 2:00pm: New and Gently Used – Picture Books, Chapter Books, Information Books, etc.(former teacher getting rid of tons and tons of classroom books!)

$0.50 paperback and $1.00 hardcover
Special finds $2-4

3. Tweetsie – Tweetsie Railroad is open for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

4. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

5. Make a Mother’s Day Wood Frame at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Mother's Day Photo Frame

6. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Mall Cop 2 and DreamWorks Home 3D

7. Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour – 3 pm to 5 pm, you can get 50% off any Frappuccino. The new S’mores Frapp will be available as well. Visit our Starbucks in Harris Teeter.

8. 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 to 9 p.m. every Saturday 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 www.chetola.com.

9. Studio K Presents Snow White & The Frozen Queen Ballet – 7:00 pm One Performance…..Two Ballets

Studio K Youth Ballet

May 3:

1. Tweetsie – Tweetsie Railroad opens for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

2. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema – Now showing: Mall Cop 2 and DreamWorks Home 3D

3. Animals of Elk Knob – A Park Ranger will be at the start of the Summit Trail sharing information about animals that live at Elk Knob. There will be skins to touch and taxidermied animals to view. This is an informal program which will be canceled in the event of rain.

Starts at: 2:00 p.m. Meet at: Summit Trailhead

4. Beanstalk Theatre Auditions for SHREK: The Musical – Beanstalk Community Theatre will host a pre-audition workshop for “SHREK: The Musical” on May 3 at 2 p.m. at Three Forks Baptist Church and auditions May 16 at the same location. Auditions for ages four and up, many adult roles. To sign up for auditions, call Beanstalk Community Theatre at 828-312-0263 or schedule online at www.tinyurl.com/shrek-audition-signup. Visit www.beanstalkcommunitytheatre.com for more information.

5. Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour – 3 pm to 5 pm, you can get 50% off any Frappuccino. The new S’mores Frapp will be available as well. Visit our Starbucks in Harris Teeter.

 

 

High Country Family Weekend Events March 13 – 15

Spring temperatures have arrived in the High Country. Saturday and Sunday are going to be beautiful. Definitely, get outside and enjoy the fresh air. What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? Don’t forget to do some Spring shopping at the Wee-Cycle Consignment Sale. We wish you all a wonderful and fun-filled weekend!

March 13:

1. Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment Sale – 10:00am – 6:00pm A biannual children’s consignment sale in Boone, NC, offering high quality children’s items to our community.

Wee-Cycle was born out of our concern in recycling children’s clothing within our community. There is a goldmine of recyclable items in each of our homes. Our idea is to offer a cheaper path to children’s fashion and more while tapping into Boone’s green consciousness.

200 Den Mac Drive
At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

2. App State Blazing Easels: Native American Art – 3:00-4:30pm “Cave Painting”: Draw a stylized Native American cave painting or symbols, such as the eagle, and add color using pastel and crayon.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

4. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinema in Boone Now showing: Disney’s Cinderella 
Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: Disney’s McFARLAND USA

March 14:

1. Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment Sale – 8:00am – 6:00pm A biannual children’s consignment sale in Boone, NC, offering high quality children’s items to our community.

Wee-Cycle was born out of our concern in recycling children’s clothing within our community. There is a goldmine of recyclable items in each of our homes. Our idea is to offer a cheaper path to children’s fashion and more while tapping into Boone’s green consciousness.

200 Den Mac Drive
At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

2Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. Make a Tissue Paper Flower at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Tissue Paper Flowers

4. Lowe’s Build & Grow – 10:00am Bring your child to Lowe’s (Boone, West Jefferson, and Banner Elk) and your child will love building one of their favorite Monster Jam superstars!

Lowes Monster Jam

5. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinema in Boone Now showing: Disney’s Cinderella 
Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: Disney’s McFARLAND USA

6. Elk Knob State Park “The Northern Hardwood Forest” – 1:00pm This natural community is rare outside of Canada and New England and present mostly in the Appalachian Mountains south of Pennsylvania. Come find out about the plants and animals that you won’t see anywhere else in the

South. Meet at the park office at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 14th.

Starts at: 1:00 p.m.    Meet at: park office

7. Grandfather Mountain State Park “Unwanted Necklace” – 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Appropriate for ages 5 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ever wonder what kind of necklaces animals and birds wear? Join Ranger Sicard for a program that will tell you what kind of necklaces they wear and how we can keep them from wearing them. As a reminder of the necklaces we do not want the animals and birds to wear you will be able to make your own necklace to take home with you.

For more information please call Andy Sicard at the park office 828-963-9522 or email: andy.sicard@ncparks.gov.

Meet at: Park Office – 9872 Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk, NC

8. 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 to 9 p.m. every Saturday 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 www.chetola.com.

March 15:

1. Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment Sale – 12:00pm – 5:00pm A biannual children’s consignment sale in Boone, NC, offering high quality children’s items to our community.

Wee-Cycle was born out of our concern in recycling children’s clothing within our community. There is a goldmine of recyclable items in each of our homes. Our idea is to offer a cheaper path to children’s fashion and more while tapping into Boone’s green consciousness.

200 Den Mac Drive
At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

2. Regal Cinema in Boone Now showing: Disney’s Cinderella 
Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: Disney’s McFARLAND USA

Sunday Matinee $4 for everyone!

3. Grandfather Mountain State Park “To Build a Fire” – (Appropriate for all ages – children under 16 must be accompanied by adult)

Fire is one of the cornerstones of human civilization that many of us take for granted in today’s modern lifestyle. Could you build a fire if necessary? Join a Park Ranger at Grandfather Mountain State Park to learn techniques on fire building and emergency fire starting for camping, heating or survival. Participants will learn about fuel sources, alternative fire starters and some of the science behind fire. This program will last approximately one hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult and please leave pets at home.

Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. For more information, contact Luke Appling at the park office 828-963-9522 or email: luke.appling@ncparks.gov.

We will meet at the left (north) side of the Lowes Foods parking lot; Highway 105 at intersection of Highway 184

 

High Country Weekend Family Events March 6 – 8

Wednesday was a sneak peek of Spring! Hope everyone was able to enjoy the warm weather. This weekend will not be as warm as Wednesday, but it will bring lots of sunshine. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward before you go to bed Saturday night. What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

March 6:

1. App State Blazing Easels: Native American Art – 3:00-4:30pm “Native American Pouch”: Design a Native American bag or baby papoose using simple weaving and decorate with beads and feathers.

2. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

4. Family Movie Showings:
Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

March 7:

1. Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment Sale – 8:00am – 6:00pm A biannual children’s consignment sale in Boone, NC, offering high quality children’s items to our community.

Wee-Cycle was born out of our concern in recycling children’s clothing within our community. There is a goldmine of recyclable items in each of our homes. Our idea is to offer a cheaper path to children’s fashion and more while tapping into Boone’s green consciousness.

200 Den Mac Drive
At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

2. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain and a “Frozen” Family Fun Day – A day on the Free Sledding Hill building snow creatures and enjoying music from Frozen. Guests can come dressed as Frozen Characters. Prizes will be awarded and free hot chocolate will be served. Sledding is from 9am to 5pm. The “Frozen” event will be from 10am – 12pm.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

4. Make a Windsock at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

windsock at Michaels

 

5. “Salamanders – Join a Park Ranger on Saturday, March 7 at 1 pm to learn about salamanders and how they are great indicators of the state of the environment. Through a PowerPoint program you will learn about the native salamanders found at Elk Knob State Park. For more information or for travel conditions to and within the park, please call 828-297-7261.

6. Family Movie Showings:

Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

7. 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 to 9 p.m. every Saturday 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 www.chetola.com.

March 8:

1. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

2. Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment Sale – 12:00pm – 5:00pm A biannual children’s consignment sale in Boone, NC, offering high quality children’s items to our community.

Wee-Cycle was born out of our concern in recycling children’s clothing within our community. There is a goldmine of recyclable items in each of our homes. Our idea is to offer a cheaper path to children’s fashion and more while tapping into Boone’s green consciousness.

200 Den Mac Drive
At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

2. Family Movie Showings:

Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

Sunday Matinee $4 for everyone!

 

High Country Family Weekend Events February 20 – 22

I hope everyone is staying warm and not getting cabin fever too bad. Let’s face it, it is too cold. At least the ski resorts are able to have a wonderful season. If you get out this weekend, dress warmly and be safe on the roads as more snow and wintry mix is in the forecast. What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

February 20:

1. Snow Days at Chick-fil-A –  Kids, 12 & under, go into the store between 9am-2pmand receive a FREE hot chocolate. Coloring books will also be provided during events.

2. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

4. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone
 Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

5. Children’s Playhouse Parent’s Night Out – Kids have a blast with wonderful ASU volunteers while parents enjoy a night out. Cost for nonmembers is $15 for the first child, $8 per additional sibling; members pay $12 and $6. The 2014-2015 Parent’s Night Out at The Children’s Playhouse are 5:30-8:30 pm on January 30th, February 20th, March 20th, and April 24th. Call 828-263-0011 to sign up.

6. Midnight Blast at Appalachian Ski Mountain – The region’s only late-night skiing and snowboarding! The slopes will be open continuously from 5pm – 12 Midnight.

February 21:

1. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain and Snowman Building Contest – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

2Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. Tissue Paper Frame: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

tissue paper frame

 

4. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas in Boone Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

5. The Winter Hike at Elk Knob State Park  – 1:00pm: Come out for some great exercise and winter beauty as Elk Knob braves the cold for some great views at the summit of the mountain. Meet at the Summit Trailhead and dress appropriately for the weather keeping in mind that layering will work the best in cold and windy conditions. Be sure to bring some water. For more information or for travel conditions to and within the park, please call 828-297-7261.

6. Raptors at Grandfather Mtn Park – 4:00PM-4:30PM – Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

There are many kinds of birds that live in this area; some migrate, some are year round. Some eat seeds and some eat other birds and other small creatures…these birds are Raptors or Birds of Prey. Join Ranger Sicard for a PowerPoint presentation to learn about Raptors and their unique adaptations/features. For any question please call Ranger Sicard at the Park Office 828-963-9522.

Location: Park Office – 9872 HWY 105 South, Banner Elk, NC 28604

7. 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 to 9 p.m. every Saturday 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 www.chetola.com.

8. Midnight Blast at Appalachian Ski Mountain – The region’s only late-night skiing and snowboarding! The slopes will be open continuously from 5pm – 12 Midnight.

February 22:

1. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

2. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas in Boone Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

Parkway Theater in West Jefferson Now showing: The SpongeBob Movie

Sunday Matinee $4 for everyone!

 

High Country Family Weekend Events February 6 – 8, 2015

What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? It is going to be a warm weekend, so you may want to escape from cabin fever and enjoy the outdoors. Check out exciting and fun-filled family events below. We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

February 6:

1. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

2. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone
 Now showing: Paddington and The SpongeBob Movie

4. Midnight Blast at Appalachian Ski Mountain – The region’s only late-night skiing and snowboarding! The slopes will be open continuously from 5pm – 12 Midnight.

February 7:

1. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain and Snowman Building Contest – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Children and families will enjoy creating snowmen on the Beech Mountain Town Sledding Hill on Saturday, February 7th from 10am-noon. Bring your own accessories to decorate your snowman. Prizes will be awarded.

2. Heart Shape 2015

heartShape2015

Don’t Skip a Beat… Join Appalachian Regional Healthcare for the 3rd annual Heart Shape event on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8:00 am – 12:45 pm at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center. Over 100 people attended last year’s event and learned about heart health and the cardiology services available through ARHS in the High Country. Attention Families! Interactive Ameriheart® Exhibitheart-exhibit. This is a 13 feet long, 16 feet wide and 12 feet high anatomically correct heart for participants to investigate how the heart functions. The large interactive heart will serve as a compelling attraction that will provide heart health education to guests of all ages.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

4. String Heart Art at Michael’s: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Michael's String Art

 

5. App State Fiddler’s Convention – 10:00am – 5:00pm: The ASU Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held on the campus of Appalachian State University and is 100% student operated. This unique three-day event draws over 400 attendees from nine states and celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of the Appalachian region. Events include; concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.

6. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone Now showing: Paddington and The SpongeBob Movie 

7. 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 to 9 p.m. every Saturday 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 www.chetola.com.

8. Midnight Blast at Appalachian Ski Mountain – The region’s only late-night skiing and snowboarding! The slopes will be open continuously from 5pm – 12 Midnight.

February 8:

1. Free Sledding at Beech Mountain – This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

2. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone Now showing: Paddington and The SpongeBob Movie

3. “Folk Toys” at Elk Knob State Park  – 2:00pm: Stop by the office and visit with a ranger as he shares a few folk toys from Appalachia. Participants will be challenged to operate each toy successfully. Children are encouraged to attend this short program. For more information or for travel conditions to and within the park, please call 828-297-7261.

November 7 – 9 High Country Family Weekend Events

What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? The weather will be much warmer than last weekend. Get out and enjoy the the nice Fall weather while it lasts! Saturday kicks off the Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment Winter Sale. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled family weekend!

weecyclechildrenwintersale

November 7:

1. The Children’s Playhouse 12th Birthday Bash – 10-3 pm Kiwanis Club of Boone Free Play Day (Free admission)

10:30: Fun with Ramps and Balls with Students from the Appalachan State University AGE Labs.

3:30: Sand Art

2. Blazing Easels Kids Workshop at ASU Turchin Center – Each Friday students will learn a new art skill! These one-month sessions focus on three different cultures. Students will complete projects that are relevant to the themed culture for that session. All supplies included.

November 8:

1. Watauga County Farmers’ Market – Join us for the 40th anniversary season of Watauga County Farmers’ Market! The farmers’ market has been Boone’s Town Square since 1974. Opens at 8:00am in the Horn in the West parking lot.day and it’s FREE. Explore this web site to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

2. Wee-Cycle Children’s Winter Consignment Sale – Grand opening!

Times:  8am – 6pm

Location:  200 Den Mac Drive, Boone, NC- At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.

3. The Children’s Playhouse 12th Birthday Bash – OpSmiles (Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Hardaway and Conn) Free Play Day (Free admission)

11:00-11:45 Music with Mr. Tommy

Come enjoy original and traditional high energy kids music with Mr. Tommy Smith. Be prepared to giggle, sing, play instruments, and move to the music! Fun for all ages. Free admission as part of the Playhouse Birthday Bash celebrating our 12th Birthday!

Noon-2 pm: Earth Fare Pizza and Stick Boy Birthday cake (while supplies last)

4. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone
– Now showing: Disney’s  Big Hero 6
Parkway Theater in Ashe County – Now showing: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

5. Lowe’s Build and Grow – 10:00am at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Boone, Banner Elk and West Jefferson. Science Lab: Your kid will love this kit! Each kit comes with experiment cards so they can continue the fun at home!

6. Make a Happy Snowman Ornament at Michael’s: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up.

7. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone
– Now showing: Disney’s  Big Hero 6
Parkway Theater in Ashe County – Now showing: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

8. The Grace Academy 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Watauga High School. This is a highly anticipated event in the High Country. Tickets are $6.00 per person ($30.00 max per family) in advance and $8.00 per person ($30.00 max per family) at the door. There will be a silent auction, live auction, children’s raffle, and lots of family fun! Please join us for this event. If you would like to buy tickets, please call the Grace Academy office at (828) 773-7830. 

November 9:

1. Family Movie Showings:
Regal Cinemas in Boone
– Now showing: Disney’s  Big Hero 6
Parkway Theater in Ashe County – Now showing: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Sunday Matinee $4)

2. Wee-Cycle Children’s Winter Consignment Sale – Grand opening!

Times:  12pm – 5pm

Location:  200 Den Mac Drive, Boone, NC- At the corner of Bamboo Rd and Brook Hollow Rd.

3. “Geology Hike” – Elk Knob State Park  – Join a geologist as we wander around Elk Knob and learn about the fascinating rocks that make up the mountain. What makes Elk Knob different from most of the Southern Appalachians and how does that affect the plants that grow here. Join us at thw Summit Trailhead at 2 pm to find out. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking and dress in layers for warmth.

 

October 11 – 12, 2014 High Country Weekend Events

What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? The colors on the trees are so beautiful. Definitely a great weekend to enjoy the Fall foliage by attending one of the Fall Festivals.  Fall festivals are just one of the many great family activities happening this weekend. Also, details below on a new family hiking trail opening this weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled family weekend!

High Country Mountains Fall Colors

October 11:

1. Watauga County Farmers’ Market – Join us for the 40th anniversary season of Watauga County Farmers’ Market! The farmers’ market has been Boone’s Town Square since 1974. Opens at 8:00am in the Horn in the West parking lot.day and it’s FREE. Explore this web site to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

2. Sugar Mountain OktoberFest

When: October 11-12, 2014; 10AM-5PM

Where: Sugar Mountain, NC

Over 40 artisan’s and craftspeople open their stands at 10:00am each day. A sampling of this year’s vendors include: chair canning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stain glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, bird houses, and much more.

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the mile and a half long chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300 ft peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers are welcome to ride the lift.

The children’s activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained from noon until 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

Kids can enjoy hay rides, inflatable bounce houses, and a chance to meet Sugar Bear & Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, homemade cookies and drinks are also available in the children’s activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Cost: Free

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3. Todd New River Festival

When: October 11, 2014;

Where: Todd, NC

Music (some of the best bluegrass in the High Country), crafts, family activities, moonwalk, rubber ducky race on the river, and more in the historic railroad boomtown of Todd.

Cost: FREE

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4. “Beech Tree Trail Opening – Come help cut the ribbon on the new Beech Tree Trail, a one mile loop trail which will also serve as the permanent home of the Kid’s TRACK Trail. Join for a short ceremony followed by a short hike to “break in” the trail. Please meet at 10 a.m. at the trailhead of the Beech Tree Trail which takes off from the Trailhead Parking Lot at Elk Knob.

5. Harvest Farms in Valle Crucis host a family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch. Opened 10am-10pm.

Admission: Corn maze $8 Adults, $5 Kids 4-12, Seniors, Military and ASU students receive $1 off. Flashlight maze Adults $10, Kids $7

6. Lowe’s Build and Grow – 10:00am at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Boone, Banner Elk and West Jefferson. Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted House! Sign them up today!

7. Family Movie Showings: Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: The Boxtrolls 3D and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

8. Come celebrate Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s third birthday! Featuring a puppet show by the Elkland Art Center, a performance by the Harris Brothers, and refreshments. Free family fun! 2:00 – 4:00pm

9. App State Football! GO ASU! Homecoming football game: App State vs. South Alabama Liberty University – Kickoff is at 3:300pm

10. Ghost Train Halloween Festival – It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Visit the Haunted House and the Freaky Forest. Step in to another world in the 3-D Maze and the Black Hole. Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey on the Ghost Train – if you dare! Gates open at 7:30pm.

Advanced tickets recommended. $31 per person (kids 2 and under free)

October 12:

1. Boone Heritage Festival

When: October 12, 9AM-4PM

Where:  Daniel Boone Park/ Hickory Ridge Living History Museum (Next to Horn in the West)

The inaugural Boone Heritage Festival is a friend- and fund-raiser for Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. There will be music, baked goods, basketry, historic crafts, kettle corn, and more! The festival is presented by The Southern Appalachian Historical Association  and the Town of Boone.

Cost: Free

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2. Sugar Mountain OktoberFest

When: October 11-12, 2014; 10AM-5PM

Where: Sugar Mountain, NC

Over 40 artisan’s and craftspeople open their stands at 10:00am each day. A sampling of this year’s vendors include: chair canning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stain glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, bird houses, and much more.

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the mile and a half long chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300 ft peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers are welcome to ride the lift.

The children’s activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained from noon until 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

Kids can enjoy hay rides, inflatable bounce houses, and a chance to meet Sugar Bear & Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, homemade cookies and drinks are also available in the children’s activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Cost: Free

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3. Harvest Farms in Valle Crucis host a family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch. Opened 1pm-6pm.

Admission: Corn maze $8 Adults, $5 Kids 4-12, Seniors, Military and ASU students receive $1 off. Flashlight maze Adults $10, Kids $7

4. Family Movie Showings: Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: The Boxtrolls 3D and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.