weekend events 5/15-5/17

Hello all!  Summer is sneaking up (even if the weather doesn’t think so yet), and with it comes fun outdoor activities and festivals.

While it’s a little bit of a drive to Bristol, TN, the town is kick starting outdoor concert season with a free family evening event.  Friday, May 15th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm, enjoy children’s activities (beginning at 6) and live music from the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Pokey La Farge (who I have heard in concert and puts on a fun show), beginning at 7.  Believe in Bristol’s 10th Annual Border Bash concert series will take place in the 500 block of State Street in historic downtown, Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=77756182459

pokey la farge

pokey la farge

For those who have little ones not yet in school, Letterland characters will be at Tweetsie Railroad all day on Friday, May 15th. www.Tweetsie.com for details. Who doesn’t love Dippy Duck, Annie Apple, Golden Girl and the Hairy Hat Man???ll

Appalachian Summer Festival kicks off with a special history day celebration at Farthing Auditorium on Friday, May 15th. 2:00 – 7:00 – FREE! www.appsummer.org

Also on Friday, May 15th, if you’re not up for a drive, but want to check out some tunes… The final round of HayesGrass II consists of two bands performing a 40-minute set. A change in this year’s contest is the addition of two surprise guest judges each night. Audience members will be the third component in deciding which band advances. Bands are encouraged to bring as many fans as they can for support. Tickets for the final round is $15 and are available by calling the box office at 828-295-9627 or online at www.hayescenter.org.

Following HayesGrass, Saturday, May 16th brings  7:30pm Hayes Performing Arts Center~ Lonesome River Band

Celebrating 26 years as one of bluegrass music’s most popular and influential acts, the current incarnation of the famous quintet brings its signature sound—packed with Sammy Shelor’s driving banjo—back by popular demand. The winner of HayesGrass will serve as the opening act. Suggested Ages 14+. For tickets or more info, visit www.brcac.org.

Also on Saturday, May 16th…

HUGE Yard sale across from Walmart, near Coyote Kitchen! The ladies from HighCountryMommies.com are out in force, including photographer Maggie Farrington with sales on Photo Cards and Matted Prints!

Watauga County and Ashe County Farmer’s Markets are OPEN!! 🙂

10 am-7 pm  Direct Sales Expo at Boone Mall

Meet successful business owners and learn more about home-based business opportunities that are right for you! Not looking for a company to join? Learn how to earn free products by hosting a show!

Or just see the products each company has to offer you and your family!!

Art in the Park – 1st of the season – Blowing Rock… www.blowingrock.com

Rock, Roll & Stroll Greenway Trail, behind the swim complex Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run and 5k

Fun Run begins at 9 am 5K begins after the fun run is over.  Entry Fee: $10 for 5K and $5 for the Kids’ Fun Run.  All preregistered participants will receive a T-shirt,  Kids’ Fun Run participants will receive a T-shirt and a goody bag filled with items from “Be Fit- Applachian.” Cash award for overall M/F finishers, prizes, live music, post-race refreshments, and lots of fun!!!! All money raised will be used to fund fitness programs at Hardin Park School Register online: www.leaguelineup.com/hardinpark Or contact Jim Godwin at Hardin Park School for more info.

Mountain Valleyfest at Green Valley Park – yet another fun outdoor festival (man, I love this area)! 11:00 – 5:00, FREE admission.  $2 parking (I believe is a fundraiser – correct me if I’m wrong – I’ve seen the posters everywhere, but can’t find any specifics online).  There will be food, crafts, music, and everything else you would expect from a festival in the park!

All weekend – Grandfather Mountain’s Naturalist Weekendwww.grandfather.com (I know, it’s not locals month, but they have some special activities planned for the naturalist in you!!!)

Okay, so I’m out of breath <hee hee – I know, sillies, my fingers don’t breathe>… mostly my kids keep getting up and pestering me  – “more water”, “going to the potty!”, “can you scratch my back?”, “my pajamas are all wrong” – you get the picture. So help me out here – know of anything else going on in the High Country this weekend?  Please let us know!  And I hope you have a great time this weekend!




  1. last minute addition for the music lovers… Doc Watson will be at Mtn Music Jamboree in Ashe County tomorrow night (Friday), playing with someone else (Jeff Little?) for a Lions Club fundraiser… http://www.mountainmusicjamboree.com