Monday, June 26, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Opening Weekend of Brevard Music Center's 2017 Summer Music Festival

The 81st season of The Brevard Music Center's Summer Music Festival offers an exceptional variety of great music and very special performances,” says Brevard Music Center President and CEO Mark Weinstein. “From classical masterworks to modern favorites to family-friendly performances of Broadway and Hollywood classics, this season offers a little something for everyone. The opening weekend reflects the entire season’s magic and diversity.”


June 23 - 25, 2017   Opening Weekend of the Festival at Brevard Music Center   Keith Lockhart celebrates his 10th anniversary as Artistic Director with one of the best-known works in classical music and Garrick Ohlsson’s masterful interpretation of Brahms.  


Country and Americana fans will welcome Lee Ann Womack, a Grammy, CMA, and ACM award winning artist acclaimed for I Hope You Dance – which sold over 6 million albums – and her newest release,  

Ballet meets Orchestra in this story of a Russian fairground puppet, revealed through Stravinsky’s exuberant and energetic symphonic masterpiece. Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers, “one of the most adventurous soloists on the international music scene today,” makes her BMC debut.  

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

What to do this Weekend in the Mountains

Mountain events and festivals are everywhere in the month of May as Western North Carolina comes alive with wildflowers, rhododendron and mountain laurel and the beautiful shades of green in new foliage. Warm sunny days and cool evenings offer the perfect setting of outdoor adventures and festivals.  Get links for details on our NC Events Calendar


Date:      May 19, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville. Headlining this month is CHA WA. The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.   Get a link for details on our NC Events Calendar

Date:      May 19 - June 3 , 2017   
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse presents: A Tuna Christmas  By popular demand, Scott Treadway and Preston Dyar serve up Christmas a little early on the Mainstage of the Flat Rock Playhouse. This hilarious comedy features the residents of Tuna, Texas – the “third smallest” town in the state. 2 actors. 22 characters. 2 million laughs! Admission: $15 - $50  
Get a link for details on our NC Events Calendar

Date:      May 20, 2017 
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May through October.  Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.  

Get a link for details on our NC Events Calendar

Date:      May 20, 2017 
NC City:  MARION
Event:    Carolina Donut Festival  
Come out for food and fun in downtown Marion with the 1st Annual Carolina Donut Festival, hosted by Marion's own Mr. Bob's Donuts. Enjoy a variety of "doughy" goodness, games, music and more.   
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Date:      May 20, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE (Stecoah Valley)
Event:     Stecoah's Annual Bluegrass Festival 
  Enjoy bluegrass music ALL DAY LONG outside, or inside if the weather turns bad. You'' also find arts, crafts and food vendors.  Performers include Graham County Line • The Wilson Family • Jonah Riddle • The Pressley Girls  • a Jam Session with Larry Barnett and the Stecoah JAM kids. The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day. 11 AM - 5 PM.   
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Date:      May 20, 2017  
NC City:  SALUDA
Event:     Saluda Arts Festival   This  year's annual festival will include  almost 90 artists and craftspeople, lively and award winning music, the children's art tent, several art and craft demonstrators and delicious food from our local restaurants. The festival also pays tribute this year to the late artist Johnny Waddill with a special exhibit displaying his work during the festival at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St., Saluda, NC. 

Get a link for details on our NC Events Calendar

Date:      May 20, 2017  
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     12th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale   The Garden Sale selection of plants cover perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, native trees, shrubs, maples, iris, daylilies, hostas and garden accessories. Garden related workshops will be conducted throughout the day. Come early to purchase items from the Clothesline Fundraising Event which supports the Black Mountain Beautification Committee. Parking is free and food is available at the hotel. Returning vendors and new vendors make this an annual event not to be missed. Admission: Free   
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Date:      May 20, 2017  
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:    Concerts on the Deck     Dance the evening away to jazz, beach music and country rock. Free outdoor music series with food, drinks and a large dance floor. Sponsored by Window World. Convenient parking deck located at the intersection of 9th Street and the CBD Loop. Held the 3rd Saturday rain or shine, May - October. Admission: Free  
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Date:      May 20, 2017  
NC City:  NEBO
Event:     MTA Triathlon at Lake James   Join the McDowell Trails Association for the 8th Annual Lake James Triathlon on the grounds of spectacular Lake James State Park with hundreds of acres of forest land, a swimming beach, hiking trails, tent and picnic sites plus an interpretive area. Begin with a 750 meter swim in Lake James followed by a 22 mile bicycle ride ending with a 3.1 mile foot race to the finish line. 
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Date:      May 20, 2017  
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:     Madison County Barn Tour Event   From barns to barbecue, from Appalachian arts to country music, Madison County Barn Day will celebrate mountain culture and good times. The big event begins with a narrated bus tour of several historically significant barns of Madison County. The tour will be followed by a dinner with entertainment by local musicians and a country auction. Admission: $40, or $75 for 2 tickets 
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Date:      May 20, 2017
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - WNC artist Ginny McAfee   Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.   
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Date:      May 20, 2017 
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours   Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM  
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Date:      May 20 - 21, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Spring Girl Scout Day and Campout    
Girl Scouts of all ages may enjoy their own special days at Chimney Rock State Park. Nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun. And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down - the 5-acre Meadows is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars. See the Scouts page for detailed program descriptions.  
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Date:      May 21, 2017
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:    Haywood Community Band Concert Series  
Held every 3rd Sunday starting at 6:30 PM at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, 3987 Soco Road. Enjoy musical renditions by the Haywood Community Band. Concerts offered FREE to the public from May to October. 
 
 
 
 


   

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Help Hike 1,175 Miles in One Day on The Mountains-to-Sea Trail

On September 9, 2017 The Friends of The Mountains-to-Sea Trail need YOU to collaborate with hundreds of others across North Carolina to hike and paddle the entire 1,175 miles of the MST in one day.  Registration is now open for all legs - follow the instructions on mstinaday.org to sign up.

 
MST in a Day commemorates a speech on September 9, 1977 by Howard Lee, then the NC Secretary of Natural Resources and Community Development. He told a National Trails Symposium in Waynesville that North Carolina should create a "state trail from the mountains to the coast, leading through communities as well as natural areas."

That speech was the catalyst for the trail that now stretches through 36 counties from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, and we're celebrating its 40th anniversary all across the state in 2017.
MST in a Day commemorates a speech on September 9, 1977 by Howard Lee, then the NC Secretary of Natural Resources and Community Development. He told a National Trails Symposium in Waynesville that North Carolina should create a "state trail from the mountains to the coast, leading through communities as well as natural areas."

The Friends are asking people to sign up to complete a "leg" of the trail any time on September 9. Most legs are three to five miles, although some are longer in remote parts of the trail. You can hike your leg alone or with friends or family. While you're at it, send several photos of your hike or paddle so we can compile photos taken by everyone who participates into a video of the trail.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail  connects Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks with almost 1200 miles of footpaths and temporary connectors. Currently nearly 700 miles of footpaths are complete with work crews, mostly volunteers, continuing construction. The connectors make it possible to hike the entire nearly 1200 miles.

The route passes through 37 counties containing about 40 percent of the state's population. The trail is used by people out for an afternoon stroll as well as those planning to hike the trail from one end of the state to the other.