Take it Outside with Mast General Store
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Take it Outside with Mast General Store

Mast General Store want you and your family to Take It Outside this summer!

Mast General Store is offering a series of free sessions with tips and tricks to expand your appreciation and knowledge of outdoor recreation. Join Breanna Steinke, manager of the Outdoor Department at the Mast Store Annex, on Tuesdays starting May 16th at the Valle Crucis Park. She will share tips and ideas to help you Take It Outside. Each week has a different theme and covers information you need to better enjoy your time on the trail or outside in general. Breanna will be joined by special guests from time to time to add even more to the conversation.

Join Nikki Robinson, BRC's Communications & Outreach Associate on May 30th at 6pm at Valle Crucis Park and participate in a workshop introducing map and trail blazing skills. Nikki will also share more information about BRC's conserved lands with public hiking and walking trails to explore in the High Country.  

Music on the Lawn
Jun
2
5:30 pm17:30

Music on the Lawn

Middle Fork Greenway will be setting up a display/info booth at“Music on the Lawn.” The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and we encourage guests to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. As much as we love them, please no pets, coolers or outside food and beverage. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. We encourage you to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays!  For a line up of musicians visit this website http://www.ragged-gardens.com/music-on-the-lawn

Land Trust Day
Jun
3
8:00 am08:00

Land Trust Day

  • Mast General Store

Please join us on Saturday, June 3, and show your support of land and water conservation in northwest North Carolina by shopping at The Original Mast General Store and/or the Mast Store Annex, both located in Valle Crucis.

Gamekeeper Wine/Beer Tasting and Auction
Jun
7
5:30 pm17:30

Gamekeeper Wine/Beer Tasting and Auction

  • Blowing Rock American Legion

BRC will host its 17th annual Wine/Beer Tasting & Auction on Wednesday, June 7 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Blowing Rock American Legion located at 333 Wallingford Road in downtown Blowing Rock.

The Wine/Beer Tasting & Auction celebrates local businesses and the community. In keeping with a 17-year tradition, owners Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will once again prepare creative and original Southern food.

Kids in Nature Hike
Jun
21
10:30 am10:30

Kids in Nature Hike

Plan to join your child for a fun-filled morning of adventure on this easy, ~1.5 hour Boone area hike. We will meet in the parking lot at Boone United Methodist Church (471 New Market Blvd, Boone, NC 28607) at 10:30 AM.

High Country Toast
Jun
23
9:00 pm21:00

High Country Toast

On the lawn of the signature historic destination in Downtown Boone, High Country Toast combines with the Friday Concert on the Lawn series at The Jones House to create a family-friendly evening. Three local acoustic bands will perform on the lawn while patrons enjoy a taste of dinner offerings from 5-10 local restaurants. Beer and wine samplings will be made available for attendees’ 21-and-over while non-alcoholic beverages will be provided as well. Twist Balloon Man and Boone Photo Booth will provide entertainment and photo options as well. Children under 4 years of age will be admitted to the food tent free of charge.

Proceeds go toward Middle Fork Greenway.  Purchase your tickets here http://boonechamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/high-country-toast-4456 

High Country Toast
Jun
24
9:00 pm21:00

High Country Toast

The event moves to one of the area’s anchor tourist attractions for an adults-only evening of wine-tasting, great food, and entertainment. Live music will set the ambiance for the indoor-outdoor setting, complete with lift rides to the top of the Appalachian Ski Mountain property. Local wineries and area distributors work to provide a wide array of tasting opportunities while several local catering establishments will present some of their signature menu items.  Proceeds go toward the Middle Fork Greenway!!!  

Buy your tickets here  http://boonechamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/high-country-toast-4456 

Member Hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Member Hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm

Old Orchard Creek is a historic, artisanal Appalachian blueberry and apple farm. This beautiful cove farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and is protected by a conservation easement donated to BRC. The farm is home to a restored 1880s farmhouse and numerous historic farm buildings. Old Orchard Creek was protected in partnership with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and is a model for agricultural Best Management Practices. In 2010, the farm received an award from Preservation North Carolina for landscape protection.

The hike will take approximately 2 hours. The ~2.5 mile hike is strenuous as the trail will take us through wooded switchbacks and along gravel roads. Your efforts will be handsomely rewarded with a complimentary blueberry pail to fill before or after completing the hike!

Member Hike: Pond Mountain
Aug
19
9:00 am09:00

Member Hike: Pond Mountain

Hike 1 – Pond Mountain Challenge

Distance –5 mile loop

Difficulty – Very Strenuous with a 1,000 foot elevation gain

 

Hike 2 – Pond Mountain Ridge Walk

Distance – 2.5 miles

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Named by Thomas Jefferson’s father while surveying the Virginia-North Carolina border, Pond Mountain received its name from the unusual natural ponds that dotted its high ridge. BRC led the way in protecting this ecologically and culturally significant area perched at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Currently under Christmas tree cultivation, the project offers major environmental benefits by presenting an opportunity to restore a high mountain habitat to a thriving natural area. Pond Mountain also connects with the Cherokee National Forest which adds to a large contiguous area important for wildlife habitat. Finally, the property contains the headwaters for Big Laurel Creek, Big Horse Creek and Little Horse Creek, enhancing and protecting local and regional water quality. Beyond ecological benefits, the area will offer passive recreational opportunities such as horseback riding and hiking.

 

Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
Sep
30
8:30 am08:30

Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run

September 30th, 2017: Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. Held on some of the most beautiful roads in the High Country, you will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views through the town of Blowing Rock. After the race, hang out at Bistro Roca Restaurant to refuel with snacks and attend the awards ceremony. Blue Ridge Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine will once again be sponsoring the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run held right before the 5k race.

Member Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike
Oct
7
9:00 am09:00

Member Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike

Joseph Vogel granted a conservation easement with BRC in 2002 on his 280 acres, known as the Waterfalls Farm. The property is located in the Whitehead Township of Alleghany County, NC. The land consists of open fields and mature hardwood and pine forests, and the trail  will lead hikers to Waterfalls Creek, a beautiful cascading waterfall. Views of Bullhead Mountain State Natural Area are visible from Dr. Vogel’s property. Early October will provide cooler weather, gorgeous fall colors, scenic vistas, and hawk migration sightings.

The hike is considered strenuous as it follows steep topography and rugged terrain to and from the base of the falls. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a good walking stick, water, snacks, and rain gear. The duration of the hike will be approximately 2 hours (route options vary).


Weekend on the River--Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Takes Art to the Banks of the New River
May
5
May 7

Weekend on the River--Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Takes Art to the Banks of the New River

The art exhibitions at the Turchin Center are typically situated inside the walls of the visual arts center on King Street, or around the campus of Appalachian State University.  Inspired by the New River and the “Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River” exhibition, currently on display at the Turchin Center, friends of the river and the arts are invited outdoors to the New River State Park, 221 Access, in Ashe County, to celebrate the river, experience the park and relax with friends. Entrance to the park and access to the Saturday programs are free and open to the public.

“Weekend-on-the-River”

May 5 – May 7, 2017, New River State Park, 221 Access

This weekend event begins on Friday evening and continues through Sunday morning. Visitors are welcome to come for a few hours, a day, or for the weekend.  The park provides river access by foot, tube, canoe or kayak, picnic areas, walking trails, a visitor’s center, and camp sites. Participants are encouraged to pack a picnic or reserve a campsite and come meet friends old and new while enjoying the New River. There are several scheduled events on Saturday, including a water analysis with staff of the New River Conservancy, a hands-on aquatic sampling led by park rangers and an artist’s talk about the temporary site-specific art installation in the New River.

“Site-Specific Installation by Keith Bryant”

Available for viewing: Friday May 5 at 5 p.m. to Sunday May 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Artist Presentation: Saturday May 6 at 4:30 p.m.

The banks of the New River are typically lined with natural stones, boulders, and vegetation. The river will be transformed when Charlotte sculptor, Keith Bryant installs 365 colorful ceramic globes along the banks of the river during this temporary site-specific art installation. There is a sphere for

each day of the year and each globe is unique. According to Bryant, “The ceramic spheres that I call peas, are about abundance, a meditation on the gift of each day.”

About Keith Bryant

As an educator in the arts for over two decades Bryant currently teaches at UNC Charlotte in the Department of Art & Art History with an instructional focus on ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. His work has been exhibited nationally and is held in corporate collections throughout the southeast and mountain states. This river installation is particularly relevant to Bryant, who grew up in semi-arid Colorado where his family was always aware of water, how much they used, how long showers were and if there was enough water in the well to water the garden.

New River Water Analysis

Saturday May 6, 10:30 a.m.

Alex McMahon, Water Quality Coordinator from the New River Conservancy, will conduct a water analysis. This program will begin at the Group Camp Canoe Access.

New River Aquatic Sampling

Saturday May 6, 1:30 p.m.

A park ranger will lead a hands-on search for aquatic insects in the New River. The rangers will introduce “citizen science” to calculate the health the river based on how many insects are found.  Participants should wear sturdy shoes and come prepared to get wet.  This program will begin at the Group Camp Canoe Access.

Visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/events/2027 for detailed information on the weekend.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

Camp Sites

Friday and Saturday nights, May 5 and 6. Reservations are recommended.

The park has walk-in tent camping sites near the river. To check on availability of sites reserved by the Turchin Center, contact Mary Anne Redding at reddingm@appstate.edu.  To reserve other campsites or RV sites, visit new.river@ncparks.gov. For questions about the park call (336)982-2587.

All picnickers and campers are responsible for bringing their own camping gear and food. There are several large grocery stores in nearby Jefferson and West Jefferson including Food Lion, Ingles and Walmart as well as limited supplies at New River General Store less than mile from the park entrance.

About the New River State Park, 221 Access

The 320-mile New River is the oldest river in the United States; and the headwaters originate in Watauga and Ashe Counties, in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. The New River State Park, in its entirety, covers more than 2,000 acres.  The 221 Access Park includes access to the river, canoe and kayak access ramps, walking trails, primitive walk-in campsites, RV sites, a visitor center with exhibits, and picnicking. For questions about the park or outfitters of tubes, canoes or kayaks call (336)982-2587.

This weekend event correlates with the exhibition: “Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River” on display in the Mayer Gallery at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts through July 29, 2017. It is a collaboration with the Center for Appalachian Studies, Tom Hansell’s graduate seminar, Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia and the New River Conservancy and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.  Regional artists were invited to participate in an exhibition to showcase the New River. A river of trash, photography, a mural, and educational information on i-pads in the gallery provide supplemental information on the exhibition and river.

Roots of Resilience Film Festival
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Roots of Resilience Film Festival

Please join us for the Roots of Resilience Film Festival: Cultivating Sustainable Community in the High Country on Friday April 28th @ 7pm!

This event is free and open to the public; refreshments provided!

Sustainability endeavors are growing strong in our community. In the High Country, we share a rich history of working together to ensure that our mountain region will forever be a wonderful place to call home. The Roots of Resilience Film Festival celebrates some of these efforts through a series of seven mini-documentaries, each spotlighting local people and organizations working on various dimensions of cultivating sustainable community, including:
· ASU Office of Sustainability (campus sustainability)

· Blue Ridge Conservancy (land protection)

· Blue Ridge RC&D (fire-adapted communities)

· Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (sustainable agriculture)

· New River Conservancy (water protection)

· Todd Listening Project (community development)

· Valle Crucis Community Park (environmental education)


This event is hosted by participants in the Sustainable Development course Outreach Skills for Sustainability, including students and instructor Laura England (englandle@appstate.edu).

Event webpage:https://sd.appstate.edu/events/roots-resilience-film-festival

Special thanks to Tom Hansell of University Documentary Film Services for assisting the class in creating these mini-documentary films.

Tree Planting Event
Apr
27
1:30 pm13:30

Tree Planting Event

Blue Ridge Garden Club members are donating a tree to the Middle Fork Greenway for Arbor Day. A tree-planting ceremony and garden party are scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 pm, at Sterling Creek Park, on the first completed section of the Middle Fork Greenway. The tree will be planted in honor of Sterling and Barbara Whitener, who donated the land for the park. Mr. Whitener died in January, at age 95.

The public is invited. Park at Tweetsie or Mystery Hill and walk the underpass beneath 321 to Sterling Creek Park. For more information, call 264-3754.

Boone Area Outdoor Recreation Summit
Apr
6
5:00 pm17:00

Boone Area Outdoor Recreation Summit

Learn about the plan to develop the Northern Peaks Trail to connect the downtowns of Boone and West Jefferson. Get updates on the Middle Fork Greenway, Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Pisgah Mountain Biking, and the state of tourism development in the High Country.

FREE Farm-to-Flame Taco Bar, Recreation Vendors & Local non-profits. 

FREE samples of the new Northern Peaks Trail Beer Series from Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cidery, Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant, Booneshine Brewing Company, Inc., and Lost Province Brewing Co

The Community Social will be from 5-6pm, with a formal program from 6-8:30pm. 

Sponsors Include: Mast General Store, Explore Boone Area, Blue Ridge Conservancy, Holton Mountain Rentals, Precision Printing Group Boone, NC, Stick Boy Bread Company, Local Lion, Boone Area Cyclists, High Country Pathways, High Country Recreation, and Appalachian State University.

Banff Film Festival
Mar
25
7:00 pm19:00

Banff Film Festival

The Boone, NC screenings will take place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at  

Appalachian State University
Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25, 2017

This event is sold out. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Schaefer Center Box Office at 800 841 2787.

In order to make this event more comfortable for our patrons, daypacks, book bags, large handbags, etc. will not be allowed inside the Schaefer Center.

Watch a preview of this year's films here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFaGgxGsdbY

Banff Film Festival
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

Banff Film Festival

The Boone, NC screenings will take place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at  

Appalachian State University
Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25, 2017

This event is sold out. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Schaefer Center Box Office at 800 841 2787.

In order to make this event more comfortable for our patrons, daypacks, book bags, large handbags, etc. will not be allowed inside the Schaefer Center.

Watch a preview of this year's films here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFaGgxGsdbY