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Happy Easter! This Weekend in the High Country!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, Featured, High Country Family, Home Page, Live Music, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure | 0 comments

Happy Easter! This Weekend in the High Country!

This Weekend…

Happy Easter! There are tons of events going on this weekend in the High Country, so you are sure to have a great time! We’ve got a list of some great Easter events, so no need to look else where! There are great bands and restaurants to check out, as well. We hope this weekend brings you lots of love, joy and candy!














Come Support App State’s Women’s Soccer Team With a Burger!

On Thursday (today!), you can go to Comeback Shack and order a meal to help App State’s Women’s Soccer Program raise money and show your support! A portion of your order will go to raise money for the soccer department. Girls from the team will be there through the day to answer questions, sign autographs and personally thank you for your support!

Your Guide to an “Egg”-citing Easter Weekend!

Here is a comprehensive list of everything happening for Easter weekend in the High Country! From Easter egg hunts, to church services, it is all right here! Have a great weekend and happy hunting (egg hunting that is)!!

Get Your Groove on With Rainbow Kitten Surprise Tonight!

Local Indie-Pop band Rainbow Kitten Surprise are playing this Thursday at Galileo’s! The band has a well defined sound, with the sound of a wisdom beyond their years in the lyricism and the kind of combined passion in the music that makes the band sound like they’ve been playing together for years. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to catch this band before they get big at Galileo’s starting at 10pm. Cover is $5.

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What is a Naturalist?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, Featured, High Country Family, Home Page, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure | 1 comment

What is a Naturalist?

Have you ever wondered what that flower is, blooming along your favorite mountain trail?  Or which kind of chirping bird was driving you nuts as you rolled out of bed? Or whether those wild mushrooms are safe to eat?

You don’t need a degree in biology or a working knowledge of avian migratory patterns. You just need a naturalist, and luckily, there’s a place nearby that has a few on hand — Grandfather Mountain.

What is a naturalist, anyway?

By definition, a naturalist is a person well-versed in the history of the natural world, especially through direct observation of plants and animals in the field.


At Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C., they go by a few other terms. They’re fun-facilitators, leaf-lookers, creepy-crawly-creature-handlers and butterfly-wranglers. They’re binoculars-wearing, feather-collecting, dirt-under-the-fingernails kinds of folks, and they want to make you one, too!

Chief Naturalist Jill Goodwin started her career as a naturalist at age 15, working at a local nature center in Sandwich, Mass., where she grew up. She graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury with a degree in environmental science and minor in biology. Over the years, she’s monitored turtle populations in New Hampshire, counted hawks on the Grandfather Mountain peaks and collected crayfish in the local rivers — just to name a few projects.


Naturalist Educator Mickey Shortt Jr. says his interest in the natural world also started young, as he visited North Carolina waterfalls in his youth. He studied biology at Lees-McRae College and served as a park ranger at Yosemite National Park, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore before joining Grandfather Mountain.

Jesse Pope, the director of education and natural resources, is credited with starting Grandfather Mountain’s naturalist program in 2004. He joined the Mountain two years prior as a wildlife keeper and backcountry ranger. As education director, Jesse develops and oversees educational experiences that align with national guidelines, including formal and non-formal programs and guided hikes. He’s also considered the Mountain’s resident bird nerd, animal enthusiast and rock jock.


Grandfather Mountain is also lucky to have the expertise of Tesla Rider and Corey White, who serve as seasonal naturalists for 2014.

They all have this in common: a deep appreciation for the natural world and a desire to share all that makes Grandfather Mountain so wonderful and rare.

Starting this Saturday, April 19, the naturalists will begin a series of interpretive programs designed to enhance guests’ visits to the Mountain. These programs are included FREE with the price of admission and will be offered on a regular basis through the spring, summer and fall.


At 1 p.m. Saturday, join the staff for a close-up Owl Encounter with Grandfather Mountain’s educational owls, Herbie, Zoey and Shakespeare. The adventure continues at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Woods Walk, a guided walk that showcases plants currently emerging on the Mountain.

Other programs include snake encounters, Bridge Trail hikes, salamander hunts, beginning birding and much more. These programs are offered at 1 p.m. every day starting in June. Special kid-centric programs join the lineup at 10 a.m. each Saturday in June, with an additional opportunity at 10 a.m. each Wednesday in July.


May 16-18, Naturalist Weekend gives visitors a chance to experience more than a dozen of these programs crammed into one weekend! The weekend’s events are also free with park admission, but some require advance registration due to space limits.

Grandfather Mountain naturalists are poised and ready to provide a deeper look at the Mountain — from its tiniest insects to its tallest trees.

Visit to check out the full lineup of programs offered this year.

4/10 This Weekend in the High Country!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, Featured, High Country Family, Home Page, Live Music, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure, Student Life | 0 comments

4/10 This Weekend in the High Country!


This Weekend…

There is going to be beautiful weather and so much to do this weekend in the High Country! We put everything you need to know about in one convenient place, so check out the rest of the newsletter! Whether you are in the mood to watch a band, catch a train, drink some great wine, run a 5k or hang out with your kids- there is something for the whole family!

Community Thursday




Live PerformancesThursday



Brunch Saturday


Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival

The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival is proud to present an excellent line-up of North Carolina wineries, as well as a wide variety of regional, domestic, and international wines. Dozens of activities are planned and crowds are expected, so please plan ahead! Purchase your tickets by calling the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851 and save the service charge! 

Playhouse Build Fest @ Parkway School

Organized by The Children’s Playhouse, Build Fest will be a day-long celebration of creativity and problem-solving, offering over 24 hands-on STEM and Art activities and engaging demonstrations for kids aged 2-12 accompanied by their parents. Admission is free!

The Mantras @ Boone Saloon

The Mantras bring the bone-rattling funk fusion that only they can produce. Combining the musical influences of the Middle East with electronic, funk-rock and even hints of metal, they create stage performances that are intrinsically collaborative and up beat, leaving you wanting more. The Mantras have taken past experiences and turned them into emotional, heartfelt music blended with their upbeat live performances, there is nothing The Mantras can’t do! This show is 21-and-up, $7 at the door.

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High Country 365′s Guide to Festival Season

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Home Page, Live Music, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure | 0 comments

High Country 365′s Guide to Festival Season

So it’s that time of the year again, when you break out the sunblock, open your mind to different cultures, and experience all that your community has to offer! From wine tastings, country music, Irish jigs, and everything in between, its time to go out and enjoy this new spring weather! Although festivals may seem like a carefree fun thing to do (which is mostly the case) there are a few things to keep in mind when planning out which festivals to attend and what to bring. Here at High Country 365, we took the liberty of putting together a helpful list of things for you to keep in mind before you let your inner fest-fanatic out of its cage:

1. Always bring sunscreen – You never want to be “that person” who looks like a lobster the day after! Your dermatologist will thank you later.


2. Carry cash – Many festivals in the Boone area do not accept credit cards after entry, so be sure to bring some spare Benjamin’s in case you need to buy something that you can’t live without!

3. Remember your umbrella – What looks sillier than someone carrying an umbrella on a sunny day? The dummy that is sitting in the pouring rain! Better safe than sorry folks!

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4. Bring some comfy shoes – High heels and work shoes look great at parties, but at festivals its time for comfort!  We suggest that it be an old pair, because there’s nothing more annoying than having to scrub mud and grass stains off those brand new shoes you just bought. Most of the festivals in the area require lots of walking or standing, and we all know how deadly those High Country hills can be on the knees!

5. Bring some extra water – Nothing is more important during a day full of walking, dancing and drinking than a cold bottle of water. While everyone else is tired and dehydrated, you can be the one that keeps the party going!


6. Leave nice things at home– If you decide to wear that new watch you just bought or that cool new ring you got at Shoppes at Farmers, you don’t want to give yourself a chance to loose it.

7. Bring a buddy – It never hurts to bring that best bud or gal pal along with you when attending festivals. Not only will they laugh at all your bad jokes, they can also watch your stuff and keep you safe in the big crowds!


8. Know your way around – Visiting new places is always fun…until you get lost. Make sure to keep a map or have an understanding of where everything is. You’ll look smarter and have more time to spend enjoy the actual event.

9. Pack light – We know this goes against almost every other step, but it’s true! Bring the essentials, but ONLY the essentials. A happy medium would be somewhere between the luggage of James Bond and the luggage of the Griswold Family. You don’t want to have to lug too much around. The less the better!


10. Have a good attitude – Remember, everyone else attending these festivals is there to have a good time, just like you! Be courteous of the people around you and always be positive! The whole point of going to festivals is to have fun!

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4/3 This Weekend in the High Country!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog, Featured, High Country Family, Home Page, Live Music, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure, Student Life | 0 comments

4/3 This Weekend in the High Country!


This Weekend…

Trying to figure out what to do this weekend? We can help! We have compiled a list of all the events going on in the High Country just for you! If you are in the mood to hike, Grandfather Mountain is having it’s annual Dollar Days this month. If you are in the mood to drink, April is NC Beer Month. We have created a helpful guide of all the bars participating. If you are in the mood to listen to some good music, this is the perfect weekend to get out and catch a great band. The possibilities are endless this weekend!

Community Thursday




Live PerformancesThursday




Brunch Saturday


NC Beer Month in the High Country

Close your eyes and imagine that rich, refreshing taste as it dances around your taste buds and satisfies your thirst. You know what I’m talking about, that’s right, beer. North Carolina appreciates the finer things in life and has dedicated an entire month to it. April is the month and the High Country is the place to be. We’ve compiled a list of Beer Lover events that are happening in the High Country during the month of April, if you love beer, you don’t want to miss a thing! 

Dollar Days @ Grandfather Mountain

As the High Country begins its springtime thaw, Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the long-awaited end of your winter hibernation. If you live or work in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties, Grandfather Mountain invites you on an adventure during the entire month of April. All you have to do is show your driver’s license, student I.D., employee I.D., pay stub or local utility bill and you’re good to go enjoy a beautiful day on the Mountain for only $3 per person (usual admission is $20).

VegBoone Free Screening of Blackfish

This Sunday, come out to the Boone Healing Arts center to watch the award-winning film: Blackfish. Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. 

Nomadic @ Boone Saloon

This Thursday, local favorites, Nomadic, return to Boone Saloon to rock the stage once again as part of their spring tour! They blend funk, electronic and progressive rock over powerful ballads to create music that is high energy, constantly evolving and incredibly fun to listen to. So come get your groove on with Nomadic this Thursday; they’re playing some new tunes and will have lots of new merch for sale! Cover is $5.

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High Country 365′s NC Beer Month Guide

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Home Page, Live Music, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure | 0 comments

High Country 365′s NC Beer Month Guide

Close your eyes and imagine that rich, refreshing taste as it dances around your taste buds and satisfies your thirst. You know what I’m talking about, that’s right, beer. North Carolina appreciates the finer things in life and has dedicated an entire month to it. April is the month and the High Country is the place to be.

We’ve compiled a list of Beer Lover events that are happening in the High Country during the month of April, if you love beer, you don’t want to miss a thing!

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*Many Boone Restaurants serve NC Beers, make sure you check before you order a brew! Just to name a few:

Special Events

Every Tuesday

Peabody’s Wine and Beer Free Beer Tastings: Peabody’s pours a new, eclectic blend of brews every week. During the month of April, the beer tasting will consist of NC brewed beers including Old Hickory and Big Boss. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s delicious, and a great way to try some beers you may not have had before! It starts 5pm and goes until 7pm.


All Month

Peabody’s Wine and Beer: Will be offering discounts on North Carolina brewed beers throughout the month of April.

Appalachian Mountain Brewery: Support Boone’s very own brewery! What better way to celebrate NC Beer Month? They’ve got some great talents lined up for the weekends and many fundraisers during the month of April. So stop by and support! Look for them at the Farm to Table Dinner at the New Public House and at the Blowing Rock Walkabout! 


Blowing Rock:

Where to find NC Beers in Blowing Rock:


Where to Buy:

 Special Events

All Month:

Beer Challenge at Foggy Rock Eatery:Foggy Rock Eatery is hosting a Beer Challenge during the month of April! Answer three beer-themed questions correctly and receive a free Foggy Rock pint glass and coozie! Make sure you brush up on your beer trivia because the questions change daily!

Each Friday in April

NC Beer Nights at Twigs Restaurant: $3 NC Craft Beers all day, live music 9pm-1am, and. No cover!

Sunday, April 6

Farm to Table Dinner with Appalachian Mountain Brewery at The New Public House: From 4-5pm come and meet the farmers . Dinner will be served at 6pm. Six great chefs will be to using ingredients harvested from within a 100 mile radius, featuring food from New River Organic Growers’ 70+ small, family-owned organic farms. There will be 6 delectable dishes and beer pairings will be provided by Appalachian Mountain Brewery.This is a fundraiser for New River Organic Growers. Tickets are $100, available here.

Saturday, April 26

Blowing Rock Walkabout with NC Brews Downtown Blowing Rock: This event is absolutely free! From 1 – 4:30pm you will become acquainted with area breweries and local business owners in a festive, community-driven atmosphere. All participating businesses are within a few blocks of each other, so you can enjoy Blowing Rock’s great downtown area. Samples and entertainment are free, but don’t forget to bring a little cash for fun merchandise, full-size brews, and delicious food plates. You must have ID with you at all times. Check out the full list of locations, vendors, and map here.


Tuesday, April 29

Beer Dinner at Blowing Rock Ale House: Blowing Rock Ale House in Downtown Blowing Rock is ending NC Beer Month with a bang! All beers brewed in house will be paired with a delightful menu prepared by the chefs at the Ale House. From 7-9pm you can enjoy every last drop and every last crumb.

Banner Elk/Plumtree:

Saturday, April 27

Blind Squirrel Brewery: Just a short drive from Banner Elk, Blind Squirrel Brewery in Plumtree, would like to celebrate NC Beer Month with you! They will be hosting an all out celebration including: 1/2 price Blind Squirrel beer, live music, light eats, door prizes and give aways, games and more!  They will also have a live demonstration and education on the brewing process.  The event is from 12pm-8pm and everyone is welcome.  Children stay with their parents at all times. For more information and accommodations visit their website 

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Valle Crucis:

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday in April

Simplicity Restaurant at the Mast Farm Inn: Chef Andrew Long has designed the perfect menu to be paired with NC’s finest craft beers. To reserve your spot visit their website.

All month:

Mast Farm Inn: Will be offering special packages to stay with them during the month of April. To find which stay speaks to the beer lover in you, visit their website.


Every Thursday

Howard Brewery Running Club: Just a short drive down the mountain, the Howard Brewery Running Club runs anything from 1 mile to 5 miles. They like to have fun and be active, if you don’t run come on out and walk. All are welcome! You can enjoy a brew as your reward!


*NCBeer Month Events will be added as we come across them. Cheers!

Live Music Spotlight: The Peoples Blues of Richmond

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Live Music, Local Interest, Reviews | 0 comments

Live Music Spotlight: The Peoples Blues of Richmond

Last week I had the chance to interview a great band out of Richmond, VA called the Peoples Blues of Richmond or PBR as their known to fans, create their own genre of hard-hitting rock-n-roll and psychedelic-blues, with a hint of reggae undertones. Their performances are loud, and unapologetic with a non-stop energy that affects everyone in the room, bringing them to dance or tap their shoes at the very least. 

After watching them perform I set down with two of the guys from the band, Tim Beavers and Neko Williams, their bassist, Matt Volkes who is the real driving force behind the band, was unfortunately very ill that night and not available to join us. Though he did brave the stage and managed to play through the whole set! (Insert mad props right here)

The guys were gracious enough to answer my questions and we talked and laughed like old buddies, the below interview features 5 of the questions I asked them!


Q1. You guys have played in Boone multiple times, what is your favorite part of playing here and what keeps bringing you back?

Tim: “It reminds me of West Virginia a lot, since we live in Virginia, Richmond obviously and so this is out in Western North Carolina and it feels a lot like the Appalachian? (He pronounced it wrong, but I didn’t boo him) Yeah, so it feels a lot like the Appalachians in Western Virginia and so it’s got that about it, but mainly the people are just awesome!”

Neko: “The people here just know good music, and if your music is not good you’re gonna know it because if they don’t show up to your shows you know that’s a sign.”


Q2. So you guys are working on a new album, what’s the process like for creating new music, and where do you draw inspiration?

Tim: “Yeah, were excited about the new album and will hopefully have it out within 6-7 months, but the actual process for creating music is pretty ridiculous.”

Neko: “The process of it is just to make sure that you as a musician are on your shit. Like own your instrument, make sure everyone is practicing, because then you can do whatever you just kind of think of, like the way my mind works, if I hear something in my head I may not know how to play it yet, but I practice at it until I can. So then when I come to band practice, when we’re just jamming, your abilities are to the max right then and there…“

Tim: “Yeah we’re really loose during practice.”

-Do you guys just kind of jam out and see what sounds good and then build from there?

Neko: “Yeah, you know some songs will be created cause we’re just jammin’”

Tim: “And we try peoples ideas constantly, we’ll be practicing and if something sounds good we’ll just be like stop, stop, stop, what if everyone does it like this, or like this” (he made some sound effects here I don’t think I can replicate with words).

Neko: “Sometimes somebody will already have a song formed out in their head.”

Tim: “Yeah when we’re songwriting during practice that’s always the best!”

Neko: “That’s why you’ve got to practice on your own time, cause that’s when your brain is making all these connections, I listen to so much music I’ve got thousands of rifts and drum patterns in my head but its all about connecting them together. So I’ll go to Tim like ‘Yo Tim listen to this’ because I’m not a guitar player, but if I can find that note or rift and show him, then he can enhance it and make it better and we’ve got the foundations for a new song.”

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Peoples Blues as they performed at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub 3.22.14


Q3. When you guys are on the road, what kind of music do you listen to?

Tim: “Pretty much whoever is driving gets all the privileges, like if you need water or if you need food, someone’s putting a fork in your mouth, popping the top off the water, and there’s no cruise control so driving it is a bitch, so whoever is driving gets to control the tunes, so tell em’ what you pop in Neko.”

Neko: “Any Bob Marley album I can find, you know scratched up or whatever, and then Talk, I play that CD over and over, Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, I could go on and on”

Tim: “When Matty (bassist Matt Volkes) is driving you know you’re going to get some Artic Monkeys, some Black Keys, Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, a bunch of stuff, and then if I’m driving I like to listen to Against Me, Mclusky, Pink Floyd’s The Wall I could probably listen to once a day for the rest of my life it’s so ridiculous.”

Tim: “I recently dug up this old Led Zeppelin Live album, How the West Was Won, and I remember hearing it for the first time and being like this is it, this is what I want to do, I’ve got to learn how to play guitar.”


Q4. That’s actually another one of my questions: How did you guys get involved with music?

Neko: “My whole family plays music, My moms a piano player and me and her used to play in church when I was like 6 years old, my pop plays drums for The Wailers, and he does his own thing with Kenny Chesney sometimes, my big brother plays saxophone, at one point my big sister played violin and the flute, so you know I was a baby hearing all of that, I mean I got a brother that’s not even one and he’s playing the hand drums already!”

Tim: “Same with Matty, his dad is a drummer in a kickass old-school Chicago blues band back in Richmond.”

Neko: “Yeah we play his music in the van a lot, too!”

Tim: “Actually no one in my family was really musically inclined, they just listened to the radio, and then when I was 15 my dad bought us an acoustic guitar for Christmas, so I picked it up. One of my cousins was playing guitar too, and he had some piece of crap electric guitar and amp, and he comes over one day and he had a distortion switch on it, and after that I was done, I was like this is so freaking cool, so I fell in love with that. And also hearing Jimmy Page really set me off”


Q5. What is a favorite band that you guys have performed with?

Neko: “TAUK! (At this point I’m starting to think he really likes Tauk) And we’re playing with them again on my birthday!”

Their playing March 28th in Washington D.C. if you’re interested in going I’m sure its going to be a great show.

Tim: “One time at Pink Moon festival out in West Virginia when Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band was the headliner, and they had this band called the Lee Boys, but they have this blind guy who plays lap steel, better than Buddy Guy plays guitar, and he’s going crazy and just when you think this is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen he steps it up another notch, dude was just wild.”

Neko: “At Barefoot, we played with Consider the Source and then Breakscience was awesome because I got to meet Adam Deitch who’s the drummer for Lettuce and Pretty Lights sometimes too, and he was so chill he gave me his number and everything, people are always more down to earth than you expect when you meet them.”


The band also just got back from performing at South By Southwest, (For those who don’t know SXSW is a music festival in Texas, that covers nearly all of downtown, Austin and features some pretty big name acts, including the likes of Lady Gaga’s controversial vomit filled stage performance.) They had quite a number of stories to tell from the festival, where Neko even got to meet Shaun White the world famous Olympic ski & snowboarder!

Tim also started telling me a story about a peanut butter sandwich but somehow my recording cut off after, so I never got the whole of his crazy experience from SXSW but I remember it involved climbing a tree? Either way, the guys were awesome and it was really great getting to know them a bit and catching a glimpse into the minds of the Peoples Blues of Richmond. I know I enjoyed doing the interview and I hope everyone enjoys reading it too!

And, remember to always check High Country 365’s events page for upcoming shows and other live performances, all right here in the High Country!

-This post was written by Jordan Towery

Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog, Featured, High Country Family, Home Page, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure, Student Life | 3 comments

Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain!

As the High Country begins its springtime thaw, Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the long-awaited end of your winter hibernation.

What is Dollar Days, you ask? If you live or work in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties, Grandfather Mountain invites you on an adventure during the entire month of April. If you show proof of residency or employment in any of the counties listed, you can get visit Grandfather Mountain for only $3 per person (usual admission is $20). All you have to do is show your driver’s license, student I.D., employee I.D., pay stub or local utility bill and you’re good to go enjoy a beautiful day on the Mountain.

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You might be wondering, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a Mountain.” Glad you asked. Whether you’re a parent looking for kid-friendly day of fun, or a student trying to escape the dorms with your friends, there are a million reasons to visit Grandfather Mountain.

If you’re the kind of person who loves adventure and taking pictures of it, Grandfather Mountain is probably one of the best places in the High Country to take in views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Hawksbill, Table Rock, Mount Mitchell and Roan Mountain are just a few of the surrounding peaks visible from the Mile High Swinging Bridge and make a great backdrop for pictures with your friends or even the perfect selfie. Let nature shake off the winter blues and cross visiting Grandfather Mountain off your Boone Bucket List.

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Are your kids about to go crazy from being cooped up all winter? Visit Grandfather Mountain’s website to find out more information on their Naturalist Programs (starting April 19th), Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the animal habitats and Keeper for the Day Program.

Cougars, black bears and otters, oh my! If you’re an animal lover and want to get so close that you can almost touch them (you can’t really touch them…that’d be dangerous), you’ve got to visit the animal habitats while you’re there. Starting in April, habitat staff will host 8 animal enrichments during the day, providing an even better chance to see the animals up close!

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Now that you’re convinced, visit to plan your trip. You also can check out the Grandfather Mountain daily events calendar to find a full list of programs happening in the park the day of your visit. Remember it’s only $3 for locals, only for the month of April!

3/27 This Weekend in the High Country!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog, Featured, High Country Family, Home Page, Live Music, Local Interest, Outdoor Adventure, Student Life | 0 comments

3/27 This Weekend in the High Country!



This Weekend…

Here in the High Country it seems the weather has no idea what to do! Sun and snow in one week, she just can’t make up her mind! Fortunately for you, we have found lots of events this weekend no matter the weather! Great bands, restaurants, performances and other community events are going on. Time to get out of the house and try something new!








Live Performances









Banff Mountain Film Festival

On March 28 and 29, ASU’s Outdoor Programs will host the Banff Film Festival World Tour. Held at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, the screening is hosted by ASU Outdoor Programs, Footsloggers and Appalachian Geology. Tickets are only available in advance, and the show is expected to sell out this week. Admission for the screening is $8 for students and $12 for adults. Showtime for both dates is 7:30pm Doors will open at 6:30pm and will feature live music.


Consider the Source @ Murphy’s Pub

Consider the Source will take you on a musical journey unlike one you’ve experienced before! Combining Progressive Rock with Jazz-fusion and inserting abstract sounds soaked in the culture of the Middle East and India, they call themselves “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion.”This band has the kind of unique sound you don’t hear often, so get out of the house this Saturday at 10pm and come to Murphy’s for a musical experience like no other! Cover is $5.

Coming in April!

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