November 14th Afterhours Event Cancelled

Due to freezing rain we are cancelling tonight's (Nov 14th) afterhours event.

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Sugar Mountain Open for Skiing

On Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sugar Mountain Ski Resort opened for its 49th season. The Summit Express is open and runs to the mountain’s peak. It services the Northridge, Switchback, Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. The Magic Carpet area and lift are open for beginner’s and first-timers. Skiers and snowboarders can expect a six to thirty inch base on a man-made powder and frozen-granular surface. The full-day session runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The half-day shift begins at 12:30...

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Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts presents Craigslisted Nov. 15–18

When cash is involved and the stakes are high, how many compromises would you make for money? This is the exact question protagonist Maggie will explore in the upcoming performances of Craigslisted presented by the Lees-McRae Theatre Arts program Nov. 15–18 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre. An undergrad who’s unwilling to ask her friends for more money, Maggie is desperate to find a solution to her financial woes and an electric company threatening to turn out the lights. If she...

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High Country Turkey Trot Registration in Full Swing

For the eight consecutive year the High Country Turkey Trot 5K will take place Thanksgiving morning, Thursday November 22, on the Boone Greenway Trail at the Clawson-Burnley Park entrance. Coach John Weaver, retired Director of Track, Field and Cross Country for Appalachian State University, and Big Kahuna Timing will be assisting with the event, utilizing fully automatic chip timing for the 5K Race. The race will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Fun Run / Walk, for casual runners, joggers and...

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Trunk or Treat 2018

Be Part of a great fun tradition in Banner Elk! Bring you car and hand out treats to Trick or Treaters!

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Banner Elk’s famed Woolly Worm Festival celebrates its 41st year the weekend of Oct. 20-21.

The festival is known worldwide for its quirky mission of conducting races among woollybear caterpillars, known locally as woolly worms. Races are held both days, with Saturday’s winner getting the honor of forecasting the winter weather in North Carolina’s High Country. Saturday’s winning worm also receives $1,000, while Sunday’s champion wins $500. “Last year we had someone drive all the way from Indianapolis, Indiana, to race their worm,” said Kathy Boone, the festival’s chairperson. “The races really...

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Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort- October 13 & 14, 2018

Yodels and Yodels of Fun From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. October 13 & 14 Sugar Mountain Resort hosts its 28th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Live Bavarian music performed by the 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band and traditional American music performed by the Valle Crucis Middle School Band highlights the two-day festival. German and American food is available. Plus, barrels and barrels of beverages flow lavishly. The children's fun center includes hay rides, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, water...

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Father, Son & Holy Coach" comes to Ensemble Stage for seven performances

The National Tour of John Posey's critically acclaimed comedy, "Father, Son & Holy Coach" comes to Ensemble Stage for seven performances A hilarious, as well as touching, story of family and football, from an era where fathers were certain they had all the answers and mothers, who did have all the answers, had to knit them as needlepoints in order to be heard. Welcome to Tupelo County Georgia, where the local Easter Egg hunt takes on legendary, Super Bowl proportions and where a father has his...

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Artist Reception “Abstracts from Different Directions”

Artist Reception “Abstracts from Different Directions” featuring the works of Carmen Grier and Sondra Dorn Saturday, September 29th 3:00-5:00 pm Mountain Blue Gallery 151 Shawneehaw Ave Banner Elk, NC 28604 828-898-4477 mountainbluegallery.com

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Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk installed New officers and board members

Dr. Mary Jo Brubaker, Governor of Kiwanis Carolinas District installed new officers and board members at the weekly meeting. Pictured, left to right: Dr. Brubaker, The Honorable Brenda Lyerly, President; Ann Swinkola, Secretary; Michelle Scott, Board Member; Gene Hemrick, Board Member; Mae Weed, Vice President; Talia Freeman, Board Member. Not Pictured: John Heinlein, Treasurer

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Autumn falls into color at Grandfather Mountain

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees that range from pumpkin-colored beech trees to blood-red sourwoods and rusty red oaks. For a surefire glimpse of the autumnal brilliance, leaf-lookers can partake in Grandfather’s Fall Color Ramble, a series of guided walks through the...

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Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors Oct. 5–7

In 1960, director Roger Corman created Little Shop of Horrors— a cheap horror film about a man-eating plant and the nasty things it forces its discoverer to do to keep it alive. In 1982 the film was adapted into a stage musical, and then four years later it became a popular movie musical. The Lees-McRae Theater Arts program will present the stage musical in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre from Oct. 5–7. “Little Shop is a fun parody of all the silly—and sometimes badly done—horror films...

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Music on the mountain: A Stephenson Center for Appalachia event

Celebrate fall’s arrival by joining the Lees-McRae community in an evening of mountain music. On Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. on Nebel Green or Evans Auditorium depending on the weather, two musical groups will welcome the season with vibrant sounds. Presented by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia and the Student Development Office, this program is free and open to the public. Opening the concert will be Rude Mood, a group led by Lees-McRae student Nolan Capps. Presenting old standards and...

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Grandfather Mountain Annual Girl Scout Day- Rescheduled to Sept. 22

Due to projected inclement weather from Hurricane Florence, Grandfather Mountain has rescheduled its 48th annual Girl Scout Day. Originally slated for Saturday, Sept. 15, the special event has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Girl Scout Day is a special day on Grandfather Mountain, tailored to pique the interest of Girl Scouts by inspiring love and enthusiasm for the natural world! On Sept. 22, the mountain will host nature programs, arts, crafts and a guest speaker...

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Grandfather Mountain hosts Junior Ranger Day Sept. 8

Grandfather Mountain has an elite team of rangers, dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the park’s numerous ecological communities — and the flora and fauna that call them home. But they can’t do it alone. Looking to the future, the mountain also relies on its ever-growing team of Junior Rangers, “graduates” of the nature park’s celebrated Junior Ranger program. Designed for ages 5-12, the Junior Ranger program offers young visitors a unique, hands-on experience at Grandfather...

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Founder’s Day Ceremony and Family Picnic and Concert- October 4th

The Town of Banner Elk and Lees-McRae College will celebrate their mutual histories Thursday, Oct. 4 with the Founder’s Day Ceremony and Family Picnic and Concert. Both events—which are free and open to the public—precede the inauguration of 16th President of Lees-McRae, Dr. Herbert L. King Jr. on Friday, Oct. 5. The Founder’s Day Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk and feature a twin-tree planting and presentation. Co-hosted by both Lees-McRae and the Town of...

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Art Cellar Gallery New Show and Artist Reception

Bright white clouds, crystal blue skies and an array of brilliant colors cover the linen canvas of artist Joseph Cave. Through the green and orange trees a river emerges and the scene is set. Joseph Cave’s broad brushstrokes and bold colors are what set his paintings apart. Be it landscapes or florals Joseph’s work embodies that of an abstract expressionist, with lines and shadows as his guide. Bold Scapes will be exhibiting at the Art Cellar Gallery August 30 - October 6 with an artist...

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Cancelled- Due to Lightning- Final Concert for the 2018 season- The Dave Calvert Collective- August 30th

We regret that this concert was cancelled at the last minute due to heavy storms and lightning! Come out for the final concert of the season! Sponsored by the Life Care Center of Banner Elk and Mary Watts. Dave Calvert Collective plays classic rock and roll. 2018 Season has had lots of great bands, come out and enjoy one last show!

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Mountain Blue Gallery Reception- August 23rd

Mountain Blue Gallery Celebrates the “Art of Tradition" join us for a reception honoring the works of Bob and Bette Coningsby Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:00-6:00pm 151 Shawneehaw Ave Banner Elk 828-898-4477 mountainbluegallery.com

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The Cooligans- August 23rd- Concert in the Park

Rock and Roll in Tate-Evans Park this Thursday! Sponsored by the Williams YMCA and High Country Wealth Managment.

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Godspell Playing August 21st, 23rd and 24th

Check out the fun production of Godspell by the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church on August 21st, 23rd and 24th. More info about this play can be found in this article by HC Press: Click Here to Read

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One Leg Up- Concert in the Park- August 9th

Join in the fun at Tate-Evans Park! One Leg Up plays on August 9th, sponsored by Kiwnanis Club and Cruise Planners! Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. One Leg Up—John Stineman (guitar, vocals), Jim Tanner (Guitar), Zack Page (bass), Mike Guzalak (Clarinet, Sax) and Steve Trismen (violin,...

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National Night Out- August 7th

Join the Banner Elk Police Department and members of law enforcement from agencies all over Avery and Watauga counties for an evening of games and food at this community celebration.

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CANCELLED! August 2nd- Roadrunnerz Band- Cancelled due to Weather

Due to forcasts for heavy rain the August 2nd Concert in the Park is Cancelled.

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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at Mountain Blue Gallery

Wednesday, August 1st 4:00-6:00pm Ribbon Cutting at 5:00pm Join the Banner Elk and Avery County Chamber for hors d'oeuvres and beverages to celebrate the grand opening of Mountain Blue Gallery. Mountain Blue Gallery specializes in representing an array of artist and skilled craftsman from predominately the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions. https://www.mountainbluegallery.com Mountain Blue Gallery 151 Shawneehaw Rd, Banner...

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The Starlighters July 26th in Tate Evans Park

This week's concert will be The Starlighters playing traditional swing band music! Sponsored by High Country Wealth Management and The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Concerts are free! They begin at 6:30pm. Bring a chair or blanket to sit!

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Vibrant and full of rhythm, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre's In The Heights wraps up 2018 season starting July 31

Enjoy the energetic Latin rhythm and colorful stories of love, troubles, and living in the “heights” in the final show of the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season, In The Heights. Written by Hamilton composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights spans three generations of music representing the inhabitants of Washington Heights, New York. Following a dream, the people share memories of home, fall in love, worry about the changes in the neighborhood, and dance to Latin music from their countries,...

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July 12th- The Night Moves Band- Banner Elk Concerts in the Park

Join us in Banner Elk for The Night Moves Band playing Beach and Classics. Enjoy a terrific evening in the park! Food vendors on site and additional parking available! This week's band is sponsored by High Country Wealth Management and Beech Mountain Club.

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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 12-15

Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain July 12-15 for the 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Boasting bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and tons of tartans, the Games hearken back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from the mountains and glens some 3,600 miles away. The event begins Thursday afternoon, July 12, with border collie sheepherding demonstrations, Celtic entertainment, the running of...

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A great 4th of July in Banner Elk

We had a wonderful time in Banner Elk on July 4, 2018. Check out this article for lots of great photos! Click Here to See HC Press article

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Extraordinaires in Banner Elk and Extra Parking!

Come on out to Tate-Evans Park on July 5th to hear the great sounds of the Extraordinaires!! Enjoy Classic R&B, funk, soul, this band will fill the dance floor! Concerts begin at 6:30pm and are FREE! Due to a parking shortage last week, there will be additional parking for $2 in the field next to the Banner Elk Town Hall.

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Ensemble Stage Prestents: Red, White and Tuna June 29th-July 6th

A side-splitting spoof of life in rural America takes the audience on a satirical ride through the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town. A show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Running from June 29th- July 6th Get info on times and tickets: www.ensemblestage.com

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Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Banner Elk Olive Oil and Balsmics

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Banner Elk Olive Oils and Balsamics June 27th at 6pm Hors d'oeuvres & Beverages 155 Banner Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 http://beoliveoil.com

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Avery Farmers Market Open for the Season

The Avery County Farmers Market is open for the season and selling lots of veggies, plants, eggs, meats and other local made food and crafts. Every Thursday evening on the Green at the Historic Banner Elk School from 4:00pm-7:00pm

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Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre performance of The Wiz to kick off 34th season June 24

Ready to experience a classic story with a “soulful” twist? Then mark your calendar for upcoming performances of Tony Award-winning musical, The Wiz. This retelling of the timeless story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will take the stage first during the 2018 Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season at Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre. The Wiz will make its debut on the big stage June 26, 27, 28 and 30 at 7 p.m. and June 24, 29 and July 1 at 2 p.m. Every song is uplifting and every journey is a...

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Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool on the campus of Lees-McRae Summer Schedule

Since it’s reopening earlier in 2018, the Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool on the campus of Lees-McRae has welcomed hundreds of visitors across the High Country. However, the start of the summer season will also mark new operating hours for the pool. Starting on Monday, June 11, the pool will be open to public use Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those interested in using the pool are asked to purchase an annual Lees-McRae community membership pass. The pass permits access to...

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Conservationist Tom Butler to speak at Grandfather Mountain

This June, Grandfather Mountain is encouraging folks to embrace their inner eco-hero. To assist, celebrated conservationist, activist and writer Tom Butler will present at Grandfather Mountain on Thursday, June 21. His presentation is part of Grandfather Mountain’s after-hour lecture series, Grandfather Presents. “On the mountain, we like to bridge outdoor fun with education,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the...

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Concerts in the Courtyard and Weekly Specials at The Bayou Smokehouse and Grill

Live Music at the Bayou every Tuesday! Click the Read more button to see the full music lineup this summer and great weekly specials...

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Summer Camp At Holston at Wildcat Lake

Hey Kids, come join us at Holston Camp this Summer. We have lots to do including: swimming, canoeing, zip lines, rock climbing, archery, crafts and more. Unplug in the cool mountains, meet new friends, and explore your Christian faith with us. Day Camp is Monday through Friday for rising 1st through 6th grade. Resident Camp is Sunday through Friday 4th through 12th grade. Week-long sessions. See more details at www.HolstonCenter.org

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Upcoming Continuing Education Classes At Avery Learning Center

Mayland Community College- Avery Learning Center- 828.733.5883 Windows 10 Begins June 11 Community CPR Begins June 25 Sounds of the Appalachian Music Camp Begins July 9 History of Avery County Begins July 9 Notary Begins July 12 Crash Course Counter Tops Begins July 16 Plan Your Butterfly Garden Begins July 16 IPhone/Ipad Begins July 19 Concealed Carry Begins July 21 Decorative Welding Begins July 24 So You Want to Get Published Begins July 26 CPR Instructors Course Begins July 30 For your...

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Art Cellar Gallery Opening of "High Country Visions" by Margaret Salisbury

High Country Visions Margaret Salisbury June 7 - June 30 Opening June 9, 4-6pm Painter Margaret Salisbury is featured this season in a one woman show “High Country Visions”. A graduate from Vanderbilt University with an Art History major, Margaret did not plan on becoming an artist until a few fortunate events placed her in a two week plein air workshop in Italy that was “truly life changing”. Known for her soft yet vivid impressionistic painting style, Salisbury depicts mountain life at its...

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2018 Lees-McRae Summer Theatre tickets now available online

Tickets are now available online for the 2018 Lees-McRae Summer Theatre series which will kick-off on June 24 with several performances of The Wiz, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and In the Heights. Individual show tickets range in price, per person, from $38–43 for adults, to $18–20 for students and/or children. Season ticket prices, per person, range in price from $114 for premium seating to $99 for general seating. The Wiz will be the first show to debut June 26, 27, 28 and 30...

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Friend-Raiser Picnic at Ensemble Stage- June 2nd

Leave your checkbooks at home and come out and have fun with us! What's in store: Free fresh-grilled burgers, hot dogs, chips, sides, drinks and all the fixin's. Meet our Designers, Staff, Board and volunteers. Meet the cast of "Deadly Murder." Take a backstage and behind the scenes tour. Listen to the musical stylings of keyboard wizard, Blake Pace.

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What's Happening at the Cultural Arts Center at the Banner Elk Historic School

Book Exchange Open Hours The Book Exchange will be closed today and tomorrow (May 29 and 30) at least, due to plumbing issues. Effective June 1, 2018 Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm Thursday also 5 pm – 7 pm (extended time during the weekly Avery County Farmers Market, on The Green from 4 – 7pm) Saturday 1 pm – 4 pm Book Discussion Group at the Book Exchange Historic Banner Elk School Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm Open to all!! Tuesday, June 19: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak Tuesday, July...

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Ribbon Cutting at Elevations Tavern and Grill

Check out one of Banner Elk's newest restaurants! Ribbon cutting was held May 25th for Elevations Tavern and Grill. Eddie and Vickie Plante cut the ribbon at their grand opening of “Elevations”! Avery county Chamber, Banner Elk Chamber, and Beech Mountain Chamber assisted with the ribbon cutting. More info:http://www.elevationstavernandgrill.com/

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Art on the Greene in Banner Elk- May 26-27

Art on the Greene, a popular art show held three times each year, kicks off its 2018 season this Saturday and Sunday (May 26-27) on the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School. The show converts the green space in front of the school into an art gallery filled with works from local and regional artists. The Memorial Day weekend show is the first of three seasonal shows. The second show takes place July 7-8 and the third show is set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2. The Memorial Day show...

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Grandfather Mountain open despite U.S. 221 closure

Grandfather Mountain open despite U.S. 221 closure Park accessible via N.C. 105, Blue Ridge Parkway Grandfather Mountain remains open, despite flood damage to U.S. 221. Last week’s heavy rains and flash-flooding washed out a portion of U.S. 221 between Linville and Blowing Rock, approximately 2 miles north of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate. According to officials, the damaged section of the highway will be closed indefinitely. Fortunately, the most frequently traveled routes remain...

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Grand Opening of the Banner Elk Cafe Tavern!

After long months of planning, demolition and construction, the ribbon was cut on May 19 to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern. Representatives from Banner Elk and Avery Chambers of Commerce joined town and state officials plus owners Les and Cindy Broussard for a joyous celebration. Patrons and friends stood shoulder-to-shoulder to toast this historic event with glasses of champagne. Pictured (left to right) are Kayla and Jeff Davis (Avery Chamber of...

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Johnny Was Embroidery At BJ's Resort Wear

Sally Breslauer shows off one of the new Johnny Was jackets at BJ's Resort Wear. Keep up with the latest items at BJ's and enjoy thier summer trunk shows. Schedule Below.

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Jesse Pope of Grandfather Mountain spoke to the Kiwanis Club

Jesse Pope of Grandfather Mountain spoke to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on May 8. Pope reviewed the history of this North Carolina icon, spoke of present day challenges and forecasted a bright future focusing on connecting children to nature.

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Specials at the Banner Elk Cafe and Tavern

Drinks Specials and Music Line-up. See Below:

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Patty Adams from Spirit Ride Talks about BE Chamber

Patty Adams was very happy with the Banner Elk Chamber for help getting out the word about her first Fundraising event! Watch the video below

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BE Base Camp Birthday Celebration

Base Camp BE is turning ONE YEAR OLD this weekend! Saturday, May 5th from 10am-6pm Help us celebrate by giving back to one of our favorite local charities - SmileOn ADG! A portion of all sales from Saturday will go to this amazing memorial fund. SmileOn ADG awards grants and scholarships to High Country students and charitable organizations. (http://www.smileonadg.org) Many of these focus on music programs in local schools. We love that because music is what makes the world go round! In...

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Avery Habitat is participating in National Women Build Week

Avery Habitat is participating in National Women Build Week sponsored by Lowe's May 5th - 12th, with volunteer opportunities every day of the week. Avery Habitat is currently halfway through the first build in our new development, White Oak Knoll, off Vale Road. Please call 828-733-1909 if you would like to volunteer! Christon Clark Executive Director Avery County Habitat for Humanity 828-733-1909 If you build it, they will come!

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The new Tavern at the Banner Elk Cafe is Open!!

Come check out all the new NC beers on tap. $1 off beer flights Thursday! Friday Music with Quinne and Crowe 6-10pm Saturday, Music from Westwend Country 6-10pm

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2018 Exhibition Schedule at The Art Cellar Gallery

2018 Exhibition Schedule The Art Cellar Gallery & Framemakers The Art Cellar Gallery focuses on North Carolina artists while including others from across the Southeast, showing work from large scale canvases to smaller works on paper, also including sculpture, wood, glass and clay. A high country arts destination celebrating 26 seasons, The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Hwy. 184 in Banner Elk and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The Art Cellar Gallery & Framemakers invite...

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Upcoming Summer Classes in Banner Elk

Oils: Exploration of painting with oils on canvas 5/1/2018 – 6/5/2018 Community CPR: Basic CPR course designed by the American Heart Association 5/9/2018 DSLR-The Next Step-Digital Photography: Explore the next step of digital photography with a professional photographer 6/4/2018 – 7/23/2018 Register online www.mayland.edu or at the Newland Campus Questions: 828-733-5883

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Art Cellar Gallery Benefit Yard Sale

Join the Art Cellar Gallery this Saturday April, 28th from 7am til 5pm for a yard sale in memory of dear friend and colleague, Moises Ventura. Moises passed quickly from cancer in January 2018 leaving behind two small children, Jada (8) and Chris (10). The proceeds from the yard sale will directly benefit the children and their well being. Please come out and support the memory of our friend and help his children with their future. Yard sale will be held at Custom Car Cleaning across from the...

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Carolina Cabin Rentals New Cabin in Eagles Nest Community!

Mountain Heart Lodge - Banner Elk, NC 4BR/4.5BA Luxury Townhome in upscale mountain community of Eagles Nest Gorgeous Views Eagles Nest Club Membership Multiple King Suites Bunk Room Covered Porch Outdoor Fire Pit Hot Tub Pool Table, Foosball, & Ping Pong Click Here to See More...

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Hunger and Health Coalition at Kiwanis April 24th

Elizabeth Young (left) and Terri Niederhammer from Boone-based Hunger and Health Coalition explained the agency's programs to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on April 24. The duo noted that almost one-third of Avery County's children live in poverty. For more information call 828-262-1628.

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Hunger and Health Coalition at Kiwanis April 24th

Elizabeth Young (left) and Terri Niederhammer from Boone-based Hunger and Health Coalition explained the agency's programs to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on April 24. The duo noted that almost one-third of Avery County's children live in poverty. For more information call 828-262-1628.

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1st Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser to benefit Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center

Rising Star Equestrian Center is hosting the 1st Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser to benefit Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center. Gadabouts Catering will provide classic 'Derby Style' heavy hors-d'oeuvres. Enjoy Mint Juleps, beer, wine, live music, and "gambling" with Derby Dollars. Ladies, grab your biggest hat and gentlemen straighten your bowtie. There will be a prize for the best hat and best-dressed couple! Each ticket includes entrance to the event, two drink tickets, therapeutic...

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Dick Larson, Cindy Lindecamp and Janet Millsaps at Kiwanis Club

Food insecure families are part of the fabric of Avery County. Three of the major hunger relief nonprofits jointly presented to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on April 17. The consensus was that these agencies were able to reach only one third of the food insecure families with five days of food relief. Pictured (left-to-right) are Dick Larson of Feeding Avery Families, Cindy Lindecamp of Volunteer Avery County and Janet Millsaps of Reaching Avery Ministry.

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Lees-McRae College to recognize Buxton and Broyhill at commecement ceremony

The commencement ceremony at Lees-McRae College on Saturday, May 5 will feature a familiar face. Current president, Dr. Barry M. Buxton, has been tapped to serve as speaker in recognition of his many efforts and contributions. Buxton will retire from the institution later that month. In addition to addressing the class of 2018, Buxton will present Dr. Paul H. Broyhill with an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration during the ceremony. Even though Buxton is a High Country native, he...

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Henry Chuag talks about Lees-McRae College Men's Volleyball

Henry Chuag highlighted Lees-McRae College Men's Volleyball for members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on April 10, including this season's trip to Hawaii.

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Kiwanis One Day April 14th

Nancy Owen from the Town of Banner Elk inspects the recent shipment of playground equipment for 2-5 year olds on April 10. Community volunteers will join the Kiwanis Club on at Tate-Evans Park at 9 am on April 14 to erect the structures and "spring clean" the park grounds.

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Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye visits with Kiwanis Club

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye (left) and Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford shared 30 years of law enforcement history with members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on April 3. These two law enforcement professionals climbed the career ladder over the last three decades by advancing their education and skills. Personal stories were shared and the importance of good law enforcement emphasized.

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Lees-McRae College celebrates eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9-13

Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9–13. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the College will highlight coal mining and other unique aspects of mountain heritage throughout the week. Monday, April 9 Start the week with New Opportunity School for Women Director Jennie Harpold to learn more about the program at the Stephenson Center for Appalachia during its Open House from 1–5 p.m. The...

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Lees-McRae College to host second annual Outdoor Legends event April 19

Lees-McRae College and the Outdoor Recreation Management program will host the second annual Outdoor Legends event April 19 from 6–9 p.m. at The Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The event, sponsored by Beech Mountain Resort with support by the Mast General Store and Highland Outfitters, will be held off-campus following increased community interest after the last event in 2017. The evening will feature a discussion panel of several local outdoor legends as well as dinner and drinks from...

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Dollar Days’ begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.” The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounted Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of naturalist programs later in the month. “We’re more than excited to continue the longstanding tradition of Dollar Days in April,” said Frank...

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March Snow!

Winter isn't over for this mountain town! Banner Elk! The month of March has had several large winter storms. Ski Sugar is still open and enjoying the long season. It wasn't good news for everyone, as the Banner Elk Easter Egg hunt was cancelled, and will not be rescheduled. We do think that Banner Elk Looks beautiful covered in fresh white snow!

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Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Join in the fun on March 24, 2018 in Tate-Evans Park. Family fun activities start at 11am- Find stuffed bunnies in the Park and Make S'mores Egg Hunts will begin at 12:00pm.

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Golf Tournament to benefit the Williams YMCA

Williams YMCA of Linville is having the first tournament of the pre-season on Friday, May 4th at Linville Golf Club

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Ensemble Stage announces 2018 Summer Schedule

A Summer Filled With Fun & Drama Our 2018 Summer season starts off putting you on the edge of your seat with a suspense thriller filled with twists and turns. That's followed by a funny, fast-paced satirical look at life in a small Texas town with two actors portraying over 30 "unique" characters. Our third offering is a tense drama set in a 1960's seedy Brooklyn bodega. Finally, we wrap up our 2018 Professional Summer Season with a lighthearted comedy and a hilarious test of wills between...

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