Community and Business

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).

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.

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.

 

Summer has come and gone and it’s time to begin planning for the most beautiful time of the year here in the High Country. Yes, autumn has arrived, and the folks at Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music are excited to announce their 2015 Fall Concert Series. Rodney Sutton, JSMHM director says, “We are presenting a total of eight concerts beginning in October that feature some of the region’s favorite musicians and bands, but we will also be introducing some exciting new groups to our audiences.”