Community and Business

Come join the many businesses and community volunteers that will be taking part in the Second Annual Paws for a Cause on Saturday, Oct. 3, an event to benefit the Avery County Humane Society.

Boone, NC—In a village in Vermont, there’s a school where the library is named after Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), students enroll in such classes as Survey of the Drawn Story (“From the tapestries of Medieval Europe . . . to the modern graphic novel”) and the visiting faculty has included the comic-art luminaries Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer and Chris Ware. Even the diploma is a cartoon. While old fogies might scoff that cartoons are for kids, at Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS)—the nation’s premiere school for aspiring literary cartoonists—they’ve been training students for over a decade in the grown-up business of comic art, which happens to be one of the oldest forms of communication known to man (think cave paintings, illuminated manuscripts, hieroglyphics).

North Carolina's MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)'s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

 

World-Renowned and Recorded Virtuoso Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Returns to Watauga County Public Library!

BLOWING ROCK N.C. (September 2015) – For many years, late September was the time when cyclists from all over the Southeast made their way to Western North Carolina for the Bridge to Bridge ride from Lenoir to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Bridge to Bridge is no more...however, this year there’s a new ride that promises to bring riders back to the High Country: The Blowing Rock Fall Classic ride on Saturday, September 26.