Blue Ridge Realty and Investments has been a trusted name in the High Country for more than 30 years. On June 27th they celebrated a grand opening of their newest location in Banner Elk.
Mayor Brenda Lyerly cut the ribbon and expressed her excitement for their new offices in the heart of downtown Banner Elk.
Elaine Wold smiles as she stands with the drawing of the plans for improving the Historic Banner Elk School property. Her generous donation will fund creating this garden space and walkway from the elk statue to the school.
Join the fun!
Parade starts at 11:00 am- Begins at Lees-McRae College on Main St and ends at Tate-Evans Park.
No registration, line up starting at 10am at Lees-McRae College
Party in the Park- following the parade...Great fun sponsored by the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club! All proceeds benefit local children. Duck race, games, food and fun!
After a day of fun in Banner Elk, great local firework displays include:
Beech Mountain Ski Resort -Hog Roast and Fireworks- Starts at 6pm
Town of Boone- Fireworks & Fun starts at 7pm Clawson/Burnley Park
Town of Crossnore- Food, games, music and fireworks- begins at 4pm
The 91st annual Singing on the Mountain at Grandfather Mountain will pay tribute to the late George Hamilton IV, a prolific singer, recording artist and TV host known as the “International Ambassador of Country Music.”
The free gospel music festival, set for Sunday, June 28 at MacRae Meadows in Linville, promises a day of praise, fellowship and tributes to the musician long considered a friend of Grandfather Mountain.
The event is informal and the schedule spontaneous.
The 2015 speaker will be Aaron Wilburn, a noted humorist, songwriter and inspirational speaker whose message spans both the Christian and secular worlds.
Wilburn earned several Song of the Year awards and Grammy nominations for his No. 1 hits before he became a YouTube sensation whose comedy bits garnered millions of views. His travels with the Gaither Homecoming Tour earned Wilburn more acclaim for his down-home Southern humor.
The 2015 musical lineup includes a noon tribute to Hamilton by several family members, including Peyton Hamilton, Mary Hamilton Arcure and George Hamilton V, as well as Taylon Hope Miller and special guest Andrew Greer.
The festival also includes performances by The Primitive Quartet, The Cockman Family, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, The Rick Webb Family, Abishai (formerly Family Harmony), Caleb’s Crossing, Michael Combs, Patricia Smith and Ernie Penley, who is the great-great-nephew of Singing on the Mountain founder Joe Hartley Sr.
The spirit of the Singing is not so different than the first held in 1924, when Hartley coordinated a Sunday School picnic on the same grounds. The festival's popularity exploded in the 1960s and '70s, drawing such names as Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff and Bob Hope. Hamilton himself served as speaker in 2005.
Today, the Singing is recognized by the North Carolina Arts Council and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area as part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and is the oldest ongoing old-time gospel convention remaining in the Southern Appalachians.
"The Hartley family still comes, and they still bring their picnic like they did 90 years ago," Prevost said. "Little has changed, except for the size of our audience and the technology we use."
IF YOU ATTEND
Parking (including handicapped) is available at MacRae Meadows, located on U.S. 221 in Linville, two miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305.
Attendees are encouraged to dress casually and bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, and concessionaires and merchandise vendors will be on site. A goodwill offering will be collected to support the musicians who volunteer their time to perform.
Camping (no RV hookups) is permitted on the MacRae Meadows field on a first come, first served basis starting the Monday preceding the event. The event is held rain or shine.
The Singing on the Mountain remains free according to the longstanding motto: "Whosoever will may come."
Call (828) 733-2013 or visit grandfather.com/events/91st-
Beautiful large old classrooms! This building is full of wonderful memories and has so much potential for the community!
The Banner Elk Historic School Courtyard recently experienced a clean up on Kiwanis One Day when the Banner Elk Kiwanians teamed up with members of the community to beautify the space! It looks great!
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