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    What’s on in July: High Country Happenings

    July is jam-packed with exciting events in the mountains. From world-class concerts to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games,  there is much fun to be had for the month of July! Our favorites are outlined below:

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet –  July 11Schaefer Performing Arts Center – $30/Adults $20/Students Free for children with an adult ticket.

    Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12 – 15Grandfather Mountain – Quite the adventure of Scottish reunion, sport, and celebration of culture for all folks to enjoy! Click here for ticket prices and info

    Trampled by TurtlesJuly 14 –  Beech Mountain – A fun bluegrassy mountain music situation by a dope band! This is an event I am personally SO excited for – also the best food trucks in the High Country*. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. 4 and Under FREE at the gate.

    Ashe County Farm Tour July 14 – A guided bus tour through the agricultural archives of Ashe County! Visit four different farms and meet with the folks who produce our delicious local produce and goods. Close encounters with farm animals, an overview of sustainable farming practices, and on-the-farm artisan brick oven pizza dinner with locally fermented beverages included. All of this while supporting amazing local nonprofit, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture! It’s a Boonie dream! Tickets available online here

    Rhiannon GiddensJuly 26 – A feature of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the front-woman of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops has had an expansive music career. A 2017 MacArthur Fellow Genius Grant, Giddens is renowned for  “reclaiming African American contributions to folk and country music and bringing to light new connections between music from the past and the present.” A unique treat for us – find tickets here!

    Ongoing through July: 

    Movies in the Park – Blowing Rock – Thursday evenings – Free outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and get comfy. See “The Incredibles” on July 12, “Finding Nemo” on July 19, and “Ratatouille” on July 26. Movies begin around dusk (~8:30 pm) in Memorial Park.

    Music at the Jone’s House in Downtown Boone – Friday evenings – A varied lineup to jam to on the lawn. A wonderful way to enjoy a Friday evening meandering around downtown Boone. See the lineup here.

    Music in the Valle – Valle Crucis Community Park – Friday evenings – We are a little bit biased to Valle Crucis (with good reason!) so of course, we want to spend our Friday evenings in the green space of the Park with our friends and family, on a blanket with some snacks, listening to beautiful tunes.

    Watauga County Farmer’s Market – Fairy Day is Sat. 7/14! – If you have read any of our previous posts, you likely understand our sheer obsession with the Watauga County Farmer’s Market. Enjoy the summer market while you can, folks! While I usually go for the Farm to Flame Breakfast Pizza (a classic!), last weekend I sprang for Betty’s Biscuits for the first time. A fried chicken biscuit to change your life i.e the Butterbuster! It has COMEBACK SAUCE ON IT, plus the best-fried chicken I’ve likely ever had. Seriously! Go for the food trucks if nothing else. Blissful!

    Music in the VineyardLinville Falls Winery – Sunday afternoons (3-6pm) – My absolute favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon, sipping on my favorite wine (Elevation), in this gorgeous setting, listening to some fantastic music in the cool mountain air. This is like a mini-vacation to Tuscany for me to cap my weekend off right!



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