Community and Business

For seven years Diana Lorence and her husband lived in an unelectrified, twelve-by-twelve-foot house they built themselves, without automobile, telephone or computer, hidden away in the woods of California, in a world lit only by fire. Ms. Lorence will speak about the simple joys of small house living on Thursday, December 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone.

(BOONE, NC) November 24, 2015 - The Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center's 2nd annual Lighting of the Treeceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 3 from 6 - 7 pm in Watauga Medical Center's auditorium atrium located at 336 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC.

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2017 at either our Caldwell Arts Council gallery (four 2-month long exhibit opportunities) or at the Art-in-Healing Gallery (three 3-month long exhibit opportunities at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

BOONE, NC (November 23, 2015) – High Country Local First and Lettuce Learn are offering $2,500 in grant funding to support school and preschool gardening initiatives in Ashe and Watuaga Counties.  The Grant Program aims to (a) connect more children, teachers, food service staff, parents, and community members with healthy, local foods; (b) provide resources to support the development of new farm-to-school/preschool (F2S/P) projects, the expansion of existing F2S/P projects, and/or the exploration of innovative practices related to F2S/P in Ashe and Watauga Counties; (c) increase the number of relationships between local farmers and schools and/or Early Childhood Education (ECE) providers (e.g. by selling to schools or hosting a farm field trip). Overall, High Country Local First and Lettuce Learn are interested in supporting teachers, schools, and early childhood education sites to help children learn about the food they eat and how it’s grown.

John Doyle, who has long been considered the most accomplished and important guitarists in Irish and acoustic music worldwide, is coming to the High Country this Saturday, November 28th. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is presenting its Celtic Christmas Concert beginning at 7:30pm, at Saint Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church in Boone. Doyle will help jump start your holiday spirit with his amazing guitar playing, heart-felt renderings of traditional Irish and original songs and his sharing of personal stories of how Christmas was celebrated in his boyhood home in Dublin. Joining Doyle for this special seasonal concert will be Irish fiddle sensation, Duncan Wickel.