Monday, September 19, 2016

Cuba's Most Popular Band Comes to Boone NC

September 27, 2016 at 7 PM - The Schaefer Center for Performing Arts at Appalachian State University Presents Havana Cuba All-Stars.

Embrace the culture of Cuba as the Havana Cuba All-Stars share their rich musical heritage, from the rumba to the cha-cha-cha to the habanera. Comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, this 11-member band makes its debut tour of the United States with Cuban Nights. 

Drawing inspiration from the Cuban Son—a genre which later gave way to salsa—the program’s infectious melodies and rhythms showcase the cultural diversity of the Cuban people and will leave audiences dancing in their seats.

$25 adults, $20 faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff, $10 students.

Learn more about Boone and Appalachian State University on our Boone NC Visitor Guide.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NC Mountain Corn Mazes: Eliada's Annual Corn Maze Opens this Weekend in Asheville NC

September 14 - October 23, 2016    Eliada's Annual Corn Maze   The maze will be open  each Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM - 3 PM,  Friday 9 AM - 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM.   Eliada is conveniently located just five minutes from downtown Asheville at 2 Compton Drive, Asheville NC.


Eliada’s annual corn maze is a 12 acre maze, Western North Carolina's largest, with 2 unique trails cut out of a field of corn. Accompanying maps with check points help guide you through 4 miles of maze trails. 

Also cut into the corn field are two Storybook Trails for children. These trails take you on a fun adventure as you read the stories of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Ciderella and the Little Glass Sipper.  Spookley and Ciderella merchandise are also for sale for children and families to continue to enjoy the stories and characters at home.  

Additional activities  offered:

  • The giant jumping pillow for children and adults has become a quick favorite after last year’s debut
  • Enjoy the cow train and hayride as they drive you around the field and through a portion of the corn maze
  • Fire away! Load the corn cannons with an ear of corn, aim, and shoot at one of the giant pumpkin men targets
  • Enjoy the story trail featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin - this is the perfect size “maze” for the littlest folks in your group 
  • Watch out! The giant tubes slides might just sweep you right off your feet
  • Do you have a “creepy crawler” of your own? Then the spider web climber is the place for the little ones who use them

Eliada's Corn Maze is WNC’s ONLY non-profit Corn Maze with 100% of proceeds benefiting the children at Eliada. Not only does your ticket purchase come with access to family-friendly fun, memories, and adventures but it directly aids in the growth and success of Eliada and its kids.  

Eliada provides community-responsive, need-oriented care and support for children and families in crisis without regard to race, religion, or national origin. Programs are designed to address the physical, social, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of those in care. Services are offered within the context of the family whenever possible and by residential treatment when necessary. Each year, Eliada cares for over five hundred children.

Friday, September 9, 2016

What to do in the Mountains This Weekend: Festivals and Special Events

Date:      September 9 - 10, 2016
Greater L.A. Festival    An annual event featuring live gospel and folk music and  great down-home food. The Festival  also welcomes  children of all ages, offering hayrides, face painting and  inflatable attractions.  

Date:      September 9 - 11, 2016
Event:     Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally  
Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed.

Date:      September 9 - 11, 2016
Event:     Annual Goombay Festival  
“Goombay Festival represents an opportunity to highlight the African American experience and the YMI’s role in crafting that experience. It continues to promote the historical legacy of the “Founding Fathers” to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of African Americans in Asheville, NC.” — Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Board Chair of the YMI. Enjoy 3 days of music arts and community. 

Date:      September 9 - 11, 2016
Event:     Annual Mountain Song Festival  
held in the beautiful covered, open-air auditorium by the lake at Brevard Music Center. This foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and newgrass music will feature Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury Band, The Milk Carton Kids, Larry Keel Experience, Shannon Whitworth, Red Wine, Sarah Siskind and Sarah Siskind. The event supports the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County and has become a premier southeastern festival drawing 5000 music lovers annually.

Date:      September 9 - 18, 2016
NC City:  FLETCHER (Asheville suburb)
Event:     North Carolina Mountain State Fair 
Held at the WNC Agricultural Center, this is the third largest fair in North Carolina, and it celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions, and midway amusement rides.

Date:      September 10 - 11, 2016
Event:     Grandparents Day Special  at Chimney Rock State Park. 
Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to spend time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Download coupon at the website and present at the Ticket Plaza.

Date:      September 10, 2016
Event:     31st Annual Sculpture Celebration  
This Annual Sculpture Celebration features a Blue Jeans Preview Party Friday evening and a competition Saturday featuring sculptors from several states east of the Mississippi River. The Celebration will be open to the public 9 AM-4 PM and judging occurs all day with awards announced about 3:30 PM.

Date:      September 10, 2016
Event:     Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll  
This year’s Stroll will be in the general area of Vance School, extending down Sulphur Springs Road to Malvern Hills Park and Sand Hill Road to the Hominy Creek Greenway. The Kickoff ceremony will be at Vance School at 10:30 and Stroll from 11- 4 PM.

photo courtesy Grandfather Mountain
Date:      September 10, 2016
Event:     KidFest at Grandfather Mountain  
A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. The events are free with park admission.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

"SULLY" Starts Friday at The Flat Rock Cinema

September 9, 2016 - Sully with Tom Hanks opens at The Flat Rock Cinema, Flat Rock Square at 2700 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock NC. "...another milestone for director Clint Eastwood." -Film Journal International.  "This is Hanks' show, and he delivers a typically strong performance, quickly allowing us to forget that we're watching an actor." --VARIETY.   "It's an effectively thrilling story of quietly unassuming, can-do American heroism-the kind, sadly, we don't get to witness much these days." --ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.

PG-13, Biography, Drama, 96 Minutes.  Director: Clint Eastwood,  Stars: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, Ann Cusack.  Synopsis: Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River.

$6 movie tickets on Tuesday, $2.50 beer specials on Wednesday. GET TIMES AND DETAILS HERE

Magnolia Concert Series:  The Carburetors will close the 2016 Magnolia Concert Series with a special show at 7:00 PM (instead of our normal 3:00 show time) on Sunday, September 18th. "For being such a blue-collar symbol, 'carburetor' is an awfully complicated word to spell. Now, the band interestingly enough, is sort of the same. Its members would have you believe it's all PBR and alt-country, but, The Carburetors make noise with skill, humor and, I dare say, a little class. These guys play American driving-down-the-road music, good like bluegrass, poorly behaved like rockabilly." -- Brandon Reynolds, Style Weekly.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission News

Wildlife Commission Schedules Free Deer Hunting and Deer Processing Seminars.  This Fall The Wildlife Commission, along with partners, is offering seven deer hunting seminars and two deer processing seminars. All seminars are free. Deer hunting seminar topics include deer biology, hunting methods and equipment, as well as field care of deer, processing and easy-to-follow recipes.

Deer processing seminars will feature video demonstrations and tips from the experts on how to process a deer from field to freezer. Topics include field dressing, skinning, safe meat handling, basic home processing and taxidermy. Get more information and registration HERE.

 Dove Hunting Season Opens Sept. 3, 2016.   Hunting season for doves opens Saturday, Sept. 3 with shooting hours beginning a half-hour before sunrise and ending at sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The daily bag limit is 15. The season is separated into two segments: Sept. 3–Oct. 8 and Nov. 21–Jan. 14. The season does not include Sundays. Hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.

Dove Hunters Should Follow State and Federal Migratory Game Bird Laws. The Wildlife Commission is reminding dove hunters that it is a violation of state and federal law to take migratory game birds with the use or aid of salt, grain, fruit or other bait. Hunters are responsible for ensuring that they do not hunt in or over a baited field. To avoid a baiting controversy, hunters should understand dove hunting regulations fully and inspect areas to be hunted for signs of baiting. Hunters also need to be aware that an area is considered baited for 10 days following the removal of all bait.

Youth Deer Hunting Day is Sept. 24.  The Wildlife Commission has set Saturday, Sept. 24, as Youth Deer Hunting Day. On this day, hunters younger than 16 will be able to use any legal weapon to hunt deer on both private lands and public game lands. Any youth who have successfully completed and passed a hunter education course will not be required to be accompanied by an adult. Get more information HERE.

Stay Safe On the Road and On the Water this Labor Day Weekend - Don't Drink and Drive. Starting Friday, drivers and boat operators across North Carolina may encounter sobriety checkpoints and increased enforcement patrols as the Wildlife Commission and partners conclude their “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest.

Free, Family-Friendly Outdoor Events Scheduled for Sept. 24.  The Wildlife Commission is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 24 at six family-friendly events throughout the state. The events are free with the exception of one Greenwing fishing event. Activities vary from event to event but include air rifle range, archery, fishing, outdoor cooking, identifying insects, lure making, beekeeping, dog retrieving demonstrations and much more.

Wildlife Commission Passes Resolution Supporting Annual Funding for Wildlife Conservation.  On Aug. 25, the Wildlife Commission passed a resolution supporting bipartisan congressional legislation that would provide $1.3 billion to conserve more than 12,000 fish and wildlife species in greatest need of conservation while providing the public with more access to open spaces. The resolution supports the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (HR5650). If passed, the legislation would provide North Carolina with approximately $32.1 million annually.

The 2017 Wildlife Calendar is now available. The calendar, which makes an excellent holiday gift, features outstanding wildlife art with profiles of each artist, fishing days with moon phase information, and other information. At only $9 each, these perennially popular calendars sell quickly so get yours before they're gone. Visit the Wildlife Commission's N.C. WildStore for more information and to order.