The Watauga County Public Library will host a Shred Truck event on Saturday, August 15 from 10 am -1 pm.

Thomas Russell “Tommy” Andrews of Sparta, N.C. went home to be with Jesus on July 25, 2020.

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Barbara Wingler Phillips, age 72 of Moravian Falls, NC passed away Friday, July 17, 2020.

A storm system will be moving slowly across the central Appalachians during the remainder of today into tonight. Gusty west to northwest winds and much colder air will bring periods of accumulating snow showers to the mountains along with occasional blowing snow and reduced visibilities.

A temporary restraining order has been granted by Superior Court Judge R. Gregory Horne blocking the Town of Boone's extension of the 14 day isolation extension that's part of its amended State of Emergency, approved by the council Thursday.

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A vigorous upper-level disturbance will move across the region Tuesday, moving east of the forecast area by Tuesday evening.

See a comprehensive list below of  New Year's events coming up. Events will continue to be added to this list, so keep checking back. Happy Holidays from High Country Radio! 

 New Year's Eve/Day Events

New Year's Eve Party with Dr. Bacon- Tuesday, December 31st
Beech Mountain Brewing Company will have a New Years Eve Party with Dr. Bacon, from 7pm-2am. There will be live music from Dr. Bacon, a late night DJ, drinks, eats, fireworks and more. For tickets and more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/783130355476778/ 

Family New Years Eve Celebration- Tuesday, December 31st 
For the younger crowd, Beech Mountain Resort offers “Family Night” in the Lodge from 7 p.m. to midnight, free of charge! DJ Pete Welter will be spinning fun party tunes to get everyone moving. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to lace up your ice skates for a New Year’s Eve Late Night Ice Skate! Skate under the stars accompanied by festive music during an additional session from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. There will also be a fantastic firework show at midnight to ring in 2020!

New Year's Eve Extravaganza- Tuesday, December 31st
Appalachian Ski Mountain, 940 Ski Mountain Road in Blowing Rock, is hosting the New Year's Eve Extravaganza from 9pm-12am on December 31st. There will be fireworks, torchlight skiing, and more. Moonlight ice skating will be available from 10pm to midnight. There will also be Festive Restaurant Specials from 9pm to midnight.

Ring in the Roaring 2020 New Year- Tuesday, December 31st
Watch Boone's first ever ball drop at the Horton Hotel located at 611 West King Street! The lounges open at 6pm and last call will be just after midnight. The ball drop will take place on the rooftop at midnight, and there will be complimentary bubbly for toasting.

New Year's Eve Celebration- Tuesday, December 31st
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort. There will be an alpine torch light parade at 11:45pm and a fireworks show at midnight free and open to the public.
There will also be indoor festivities from 9pm to 1am that features live music by the Rockabilly's. The indoor events require reservations by calling 828-898-4521 x261.

Third Floor Cafeteria: All ages welcome:
$85 per couple, $50 per single
live music and dancing
a Basket of Hors D’oeuvres when you arrive
a champagne toast at midnight
Party favors

Last Run Lounge: MUST BE 21 OR OLDER:
$50 per couple, $30 per single
a champagne toast at midnight

More info: http://www.skisugar.com/new-years/ 

New Year's Sunrise at Grandfather Mountain- Wednesday, January 1st
Ring in the New Year by watching the first sunrise of 2020 atop Grandfather Mountain. The sunrise is at 7:38am, on Wednesday, January 1st 2020, and the gates will open at 6:30am. There will be complimentary coffee, cocoa, and bearclaws for guests attending the event. Admission is $15, in addition to general admission, which means $35 for adults and $24 for children. Guests can remain in the park for the rest of the day, but if guests leave before 9:30am, they will have their general admission charge refunded. If you're a Bridge Club member, you only pay $10 for the event. The event caps at 100 participants, and to register, email Judi Sawyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828-733-2013. More information at https://grandfather.com/event/new-years-sunrise/ 

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Halloween events going on in the High Country, in Ashe, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes County. Happy Halloween!



The Haunted Factory- Every Friday and Saturday in October, including Halloween night

The Haunted Factory in West Jefferson features live actors around every corner, for the ultimate haunted tour experience. Open every Friday and Saturday in October, and open on Halloween night (Thurs, Oct. 31st). Admission is $10 per person. Doors open each night at 7pm and close at 11pm or until no one is left in line. The Haunted Factory is located at 301 Locust Street in West Jefferson. More information at TheHauntedFactory.com.

Trick or Treat- Thursday, October 31st

Trick or Treat through Downtown West Jefferson from 3-5pm. Downtown stores will be passing out candy along the street.

Trunk or Treat- Thursday, October 31st

From 5:30pm until candy runs out, First Baptist Church of West Jefferson (8 West Second St) will have a Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat Lansing- Thursday, October 31st

From 5:30-8:30pm, there will be a Trunk or Treat in the Lansing Creeper Trail Park barn. There will be games, food, a costume contest, and more.


Family Halloween and Trick or Treat- October 25th

Geared toward kids 12 and under, Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain will have Trick or Treating around the track of the recreation center. Trick or Treating is at 6:00, with a party inside until 8pm. Buckeye Recreation Center is located at 1330 Pine Ridge Road. Call 828-387-3003 for more information.

Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary Halloween- October 26th

Grandfather Mountain once again hosts it's annual Beary Scary Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 26th. This event features trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts, making enrichments, or special treats for animals and a costume contest. The activities start at 11 a.m. and run to 3:30 p.m. and are included with the price of admission. Plus, kids in costume receive half-priced admission. For more information, call 828-733-2013.


Haunted Horn- Every Friday and Saturday in October

Visit the immersive trail experience of the Haunted Horn every Friday and Saturday in October. The Haunted Horn is open from 8-11 PM at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater (591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone). Tickets are $10 online and $13 at the door. Visit HauntedHorn.com to buy tickets online. 

The 5th Annual Masquerade Ball- Friday, October 25th

The Hunger and Health Coalition once again hosts their annual Masquerade Ball. From 6:30pm- 10:30pm, enjoy entertainment from the Appalachian Theatre Ensemble at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue (247 Boone Heights Drive, Boone). Tickets are $30. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a costume contest with the following categories: Most Creative / Funniest / Most Unique / Scariest / Best Overall. There will also be a silent auction. Buy tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hunger-and-health-coalitions-5th-annual-masquerade-ball-tickets-65036019485 

Appalachian Theatre Screening of Hocus Pocus- October 25th & 26th

The newly reopened Appalachian Theatre (559 W King St, Boone) will be showing the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus at 7pm on October 25 & 26th. Doors open at 6:30, and it is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Hocus Pocus is rated PG-13. Box Office Hours: 11am-3pm M-F & 1-hour prior to showtime. More information about the Appalachian Theatre at AppTheatre.org.

Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train- October 25 & 26th

The final weekend of Tweetsie's Ghost Train is October 25th & 26th at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock. It is encouranged to buy tickets in advance, and tickets are for a specific date and train ride time. Ticket prices: Adults: $44, Children (age 3-12): $38, Children 2 and under: Free. For more information or to buy tickets: https://tweetsie.com/special-events/ghost-train/

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival- Saturday, October 26th

All free and open to the public!

  • 3 - 8pm: Airwalks in Memorial Park
  • 3 - 5:30pm: Games and Funhouse for kids in Memorial Park
  • 4 - 8pm: Hayrides Through Blowing Rock
  • 5:30pm: Monster March- Line-up at American Legion
  • 6:00pm-Until: Trick-or-Treat Downtown
  • 6:00- 7:00pm: Trunk-or-Treat at First Baptist Church
  • 7:00pm: Costume Contest at Gazebo
  • 8:00pm: Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Park. 6-13 year olds only. Bring your flashlight.

Visit the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/393570664648899

Halloween Open House: Creepy Craft- Saturday, October 26th

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will have "creepy crafts" from 2-3pm on Saturday, October 26th. Family-friendly and free and open to the public. Website: https://blowingrockmuseum.org/calendar.html/event/2019/10/26/halloween-open-house-creepy-crafts/241960

Halloween at the Market- Tuesday, October 28th

The King Street Market invites all to the final market of the year - Halloween At The Market Tuesday October 28th from 4 to 6 pm. The event will feature costume competitions for all ages, a photo booth, games, face painting, live music, and more. After the market, producers and consumers are all invited to the After Party at Galileos with live music, a silent auction, vendor awards and specials. You can RSVP at Facebook.com/KingStreetMkt.

Boone Boo!- Wednesday, October 30th

Open to kids of all ages, Boone Boo! features:

- Twist the Balloon Man from 4:30-6:30pm at the Jones House in Downtown Boone

- A spooky/silly haunted house tour of the Jones House from 4:30-6:30pm

- Arts & Crafts, Apple Tastings, & a Magic Show at the Watauga County Public Library at 4pm

- Trick or Treating with downtown merchants from 4:30-6:30pm

More information at JonesHouse.org/BooneBoo

Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern Black Thursday- Thursday, October 31st

#20 Appalachian State University faces Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern on Thursday, October 31st at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Kick-off at 8pm. Tickets at AppStateSports.com.

Tanger Outlets’ Halloween Spooktacular- Thursday, October 31st

From 5pm to 7pm, kids 12 and under can Trick or Treat on the "Tanger Streets" while supplies last, and participate in a spooky/fun scavenger hunt. There will also be a costume contest, activity area, and an Engine Extravaganza featuring local a fire truck and police car you can explore. More information at TangerOutlet.com/BlowingRock/Events

Boone Mall Trick-or-Treat- Thursday, October 31st

Visit the Boone Mall on Thursday, October 31st from 5-7pm for Trick-or-Treating and photography by Sigmon Theatrical. https://www.boonencmall.com/


Trail of Treats- Saturday, October 26th
The Annual Trail of Treats will be from 3-7pm on Saturday, October 26th. Trick-or-treat on the Yadkin River Greenway in North Wilkesboro, with the Turtle Regatta beginning at 5pm.

Truck or Treat- Monday, October 28th
The Annual Truck or Treat at the Marketplace from 5pm-8pm on Monday, October 28th. In Downtown North Wilkesboro, there will be food, a dj, street performers, children's activities. There will be a costume contest for kids under 10, adults and pets. Little Mountain Railroad Co. will be there too. Participating Downtown shops will also greet and treat between 3pm-5pm.

Happy Halloween Spooktacular- Thursday, October 31st

Hillside Horror in Roaring River is having a family-friendly Halloween event, without the normal scare factors. Admission is $5 per person, and children can explore the creepy corn maze, featuring lighting and special effects. There will be no pop scares, chainsaws, or actors jumping out to scare attendees. The actors will be placed throughout the trail to hand out candy to Trick-or-Treaters. https://www.facebook.com/events/933544746999111/?active_tab=about

The normal Hillside Horror creepy corn maze is open Fridays and Saturdays in October, and on November 1st and 2nd. http://hillsidehorror.istemp.com/index.html