WEEKLY RECURRING EVENTS:

TUESDAYS 3:30 – 4:40 PM
Afternoon Art Club.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099. Children 6 to 10 years of age are invited to join Museum staff for creative art-making activities.  Participants will find inspiration from current exhibitions and will be introduced to different art mediums from watercolor to clay.  Parents may drop off children for this hour-long class.  Home schoolers welcome!  Registration required.  $ Free for Members.  $5 for Non-Members.

THURSDAYS 10:30 – 11:30 AM AND 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Doodlebug Club.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Preschool age children and a parent/guardian are invited to Doodlebug Club, a fun educational art program focused on basic art skills such as holding your paintbrush, the primary colors, holding a pair of scissors, while participants are introduced to different art mediums from watercolors to clay.  After clean-up, it is story time!  It’s a great way to introduce your child to art and meet other children and parents.  Space is limited.  Registration required. $ Free for Members.  $5 for Non-Members.

THURSDAYS 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Music & Oysters at Timberlake’s.  Location:  Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort, 828-295-5505.   Dinner served 5 – 10 pm; live music with The Lucky Strikes 6 – 10 pm.  $26/person.

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Live Music with Charlie Ellis.  Location:  The Green Park Inn, 9239 Valley Blvd., 828-414-9230.  Free concerts every Friday and Saturday night with the Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio.  Enjoy the music in the lobby and sitting rooms of the beautifully restored Green Park Inn.  Free.

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Live Music at Timberlake’s.  Location:  Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort, 828-295-5505.  No cover charge.

SUNDAYS 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright and Friends.  Location:  Canyons Historic Restaurant and Bar, 8960 Valley Blvd., 828-295-7661.  No cover.

EVENTS:

AUGUST 6, 2016 – MARCH 12, 2017
A Town Within A Town:  History of the Junaluska Community.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Exhibition on Boone’s historic and vibrant African American community.

NOVEMBER 19, 2016 – APRIL 8, 2017
Andy Warhol: Six Silkscreen Prints.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Exhibition of six original out-of-edition silkscreen prints from the permanent collection of the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.

DECEMBER 3, 2016 – MARCH 25, 2017
Everyman Jack:  Stories & Illustrations by Gail E. Haley.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Exhibition that takes a detailed look at over one hundred original prints and illustrations created by Gail E. Haley for several of her books including My Kingdom for a Dragon, Mountain Jack Tales, Birdsong, The Green Man, and A Story, A Story.  Haley is best known today as an artist, illustrator, and writer of children’s books.  She has written and illustrated close to 50 books throughout her career and is the only person to have received both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for art.  Haley’s original prints and illustrations from 10 of her books make up this exhibition.  Many more of her books are available to read within the gallery.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Miniature Landscape Painting Workshop.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Join artist Rachael VanDyke to create your own miniature landscape painting on a square, smooth wood cradle.  Rachael will share her tips for success in this unique format.  All supplies are included:  wood cradle, acrylic paints and brushes.  Adults and teens of all experience levels are welcome.  $35 for Museum Members, $40 for Non-Members.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Shred for the Cup Slopeside Finals.  Location:  Appalachian Ski Mountain, 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7828.  App Terrain Park will kick off the 11th Annual Shred for the Cup Series with the Rail Jam.  The Shred for the Cup Series is the benchmark competition series in the region with three events held throughout the winter season that test skiers’ and snowboarders’ skills in a variety of park disciplines.  Spectators welcome!

MONDAY MARCH 11, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Town of Blowing Rock’s 128th Birthday.  Location:  American Legion Hall, 333 Wallingford St., Blowing Rock, 828-295-5200.

TUESDAY MARCH 21, 2017 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Coffee with the Curator:  Selections from the Collection.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into Selections from the (Permanent) Collection.  $ Free for Members, Regular Admission for Non-Members.

THURSDAY MARCH 23, 2017 7:00 PM
Movies at the Museum:  America’s First Forest:  Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Documentary film tells the story of how this German forester came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate, helped restore the land there, established the country’s first forestry school, and helped launch the American conservation movement. $ Admission charge.  A Dinner-and-A-Movie Presentation sponsored by Bistro Roca.

MARCH 25 – JULY 23, 2017
Inside Looking Out/ Outside Looking In:  Paintings by Ronna S. Harris.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Exhibition of twenty paintings depicting still lifes, portraiture, and details pulled from the landscape with diverging and converging relationships.  Harris is a contemporary artist who lives and travels between Blowing Rock, New Orleans, and California.

THURSDAY MARCH 30, 2017 11:00 AM
Family, Food, and Place:  The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga county, North Carolina.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Talk and documentary film by Cody Miller.  $5 suggested donation.

SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2017 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Blowing Rock Trout Derby.  Location:  Broyhill Park, 333 Wallingford St., Blowing Rock, 828-295-5222.  For nearly four decades we’ve been celebrating the opening of Trout Season with friendly competition and prizes.  Prizes for kids and adults, with free entry and participation.

APRIL 8 – JULY 23, 2017
History of Tweetsie Railroad.  Location: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Exhibition explores the story of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) – also known as “Tweetsie”, a reference to the sound of the train steam whistle – and its place in the history of the High Country since 1866.  The exhibition will also reflect on the Tweetsie Railroad theme park, which opened in 1957.  Among various attractions, the park allows visitors to take a ride on the original Locomotive #12, which turns 100 years old in 2017.  Engine #12 is the last operating steamer of the ET&WNC.

THURSDAY APRIL 13, 2017 7:00 PM
Movies at the Museum:  Farmer/Veteran.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina.  He dives into life on the farm with his new love, Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of the war.  $ Admission charge.  A Dinner-and-A-Movie Presentation sponsored by Bistro Roca.

APRIL 15 – JULY 23, 2017
History of Horn in the West.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Exhibition explores the history of Horn in the West, America’s oldest Revolutionary War outdoor drama, depicting Daniel Boone’s role in the fight for American independence and the story the drama has told of our nation’s heritage since 1952.

TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2017  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Coffee with the Curator:  The History of Tweetsie Railroad.  Location: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into History of Tweetsie Railroad exhibit.  $ Free for Members, Regular Admission for Non-Members.

APRIL 20 – APRIL 23, 2017 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Savor Blowing Rock.  Location:  Downtown Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851.  Wine, Food, and Much More!  Lots of events including tastings, seminars, and entertainment.  Savor spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains with this Thursday – Sunday festival.  Event prices vary.

THURSDAY APRIL 20, 2017 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
From Fresh Chèvre to Bloomy Rinds:  Cheesemakers of WNC.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Kick off Savor Blowing Rock at BRAHM and meet makers of artisanal cheese from four Western North Carolina creameries and dairies – Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery, Heritage Homestead, Spinning Spider Creamery, and Yellow Branch Cheese.  Have you ever wondered about the difference between fresh and aged cheese?  Feta vs. Chèvre?  Or where a bloomy rind comes from?  What is cave-aged cheese?  Cheesemakers will discuss all these things, as well as their experiences making and selling cheese.  After the talk, cheese will be available to sample and purchase.  $ Free Admission for Museum Members, $5 for Non-Members.

FRIDAY APRIL 21 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Cork & Canvas.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Join us for an evening of wine and painting in a relaxed atmosphere facilitated by trained instructor Lindsay Barrick. Inspiration will be Paul Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire 1906 painting.  Each participant goes home with a finished work of art.  Limited seating.  Pre-reservation required.  $40 for Museum Members, $45 Non-Members.

SATURDAY APRIL 22 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:00 - 3:00 PM; 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Cork & Canvas.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.   Three sessions on Saturday.  Join us for a session of wine, mimosas, and painting in a relaxed atmosphere facilitated by trained instructor Lindsay Barrick. Inspiration will be Paul Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire 1906 painting.  Each participant goes home with a finished work of art.  Limited seating.  Pre-reservation required.  $40 for Museum Members, $45 Non-Members.

SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017  12:30 – 1:30 PM
Country Ham, Cushaws, and Stack Cakes: A Celebration of the Appalachian Table.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Roving journalist, author, and filmmaker Fred Sauceman will explore some of the iconic products and dishes of the region as he tells the stories of the people behind the food.  Free with Museum Admission.

THURSDAY MAY 11, 2017  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Scholars & Scones:  Post-Civil War Appalachia:  Book Signing with Terry Roberts, author of That Bright Land.  Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History museum, 828-295-9099.  Join North Carolina author Terry Roberts for a talk, book-reading, and book-signing.  Roberts will discuss and read from his newest novel, That Bright Land, which won the 61st Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in 2016.

THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017  7:00 PM
Movies at the Museum:  Tyrus:  The Documentary. Location:  Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 828-295-9099.  Set against a backdrop of immigration, poverty, and racial prejudice, Tyrus is the true story of 105-year-old pioneering Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, revealed through the lens of filmmaker Pamela Tom.  $ Admission charge.  A Dinner-and-A-Movie Presentation sponsored by Bistro Roca.

SATURDAY MAY 20 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Art in the Park.  Location:  Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851.  Outdoor art festival host to 90 artists and artisans at each show.  Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting, and more.  Free admission.

SUNDAY MAY 21 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Concert in the Park.  Location:  Memorial Park, Main Street, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851.  Handlebar Betty.  Laced with elements of bluegrass, folk, blues, soul, and rockabilly, Handlebar Betty creates a unique sound that is dark, driving, and earthy, bringing forth a genuine, soulful, and eclectic approach to acoustic/electric music.  Free admission.