Month: May 2019

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

We would like to thank all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and their families who have missed them ever since.

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33rd Annual Christmas in July Festival (July 5-6, 2019)

Christmas in July

Come spend a weekend in Downtown West Jefferson for the annual Christmas in July Festival! There will be a variety of live music on the main stage, numerous food vendors serving delicious festival food, over 100 handmade arts & craft vendors, several local nonprofit organizations, children’s activities, farmers market, roving street performers, a community stage showcasing local talent including dance group, musicians & more!

During this day, the West Jefferson Park located behind the festival will be home to the famous War re-enactors and you can visit their camp, watch battles & meet the group. Also, be sure to stop and vote for the People’s Choice Favorite Christmas Tree & see Santa!

Fun for all ages. The festival is a FREE event and will be held rain or shine.

Music schedules will be posted by June!

Also, visit us online at: www.christmasinjuly.info

Come early, Friday, July 5 for an evening of live music, street dance, food vendors & special Farmers Market! Live Music 3-10pm, Food 4-10pm & Farmers Market on the Backstreet 4-8pm. FREE!

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 9 AM – 7 PM West Jefferson, NC

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New River Marathon (June 8th, 2019)

New River Marathon

Ashe County and North Carolina’s High Country, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are the home of the New River Marathon.

The New River Marathon races (marathon, half marathon & 4-Mile) run along the banks of the historic New River in Fleetwood and Todd, NC.

The New River Marathon courses along the banks of the South Fork New River, one of only 14 American Heritage Rivers in the United States. Over 17 miles roll along the banks of the scenic New River offering pastoral views of the River, Christmas tree farms, and horse and cattle farms. For the miles that wind away from the New River Valley, the course offers a few hills, rolling country roads and “the most beautiful race venue ever!”

The New River Half-Marathon has a different feel than the Marathon. The Half is purely a loop course with an uphill start and achieves the two highest elevations of the New River events (3445 ft at Mile 1.7 and 3442 ft at Mile 2.7. After the challenging start, runners will enjoy the long descent and pastoral views of Christmas tree farms, and horse and cattle farms, as well as the New River valley.

The New River 4-Mile may be shorter in distance, but will be every bit as unique, scenic and challenging as the longer New River events.

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New River State Park June 2019 Events

New River State Park

New River State Park

Park Office: 336-982-2587

New River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

Guided Canoe Trip

Canoe the New River with a park ranger and learn the history of the river, and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the river. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water and be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. We will meet at New River State Park’s Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center. Don’t forget to log your canoe trip, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org

Space is limited and reservations are required. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service. Call 336.982.2587 to reserve your space.

Date of Event: Sun, 06/16/2019 – 1:00pm
Start Location: 221 Access – Visitor Center

Junior Ranger Camp

Explore, learn and help out your state parks! Activities are geared for children ages 6-12 and include environmental education, interpretation of the area’s natural resources, and responsible recreation. Junior Rangers help park rangers take care of the park’s natural resources, follow park rules to stay safe and teach their friends and family what they learn about the park and natural world.

Please bring water and be prepared to get wet.

Campers must sign up before June 14th by calling the park at 336-982-2587

Camp dates and time
June 17th 10am – 12pm
June 18th 10am – 12pm
June 19th 10am- 12pm
June 20th 10am -12pm

Date of Event: Mon, 06/17/2019 – 10:00am to Thu, 06/20/2019 – 12:00pm
Start Location: 221 Access – Visitor Center

Guided Canoe Trip

Canoe the New River with a park ranger and learn the history of the river, and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the river. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water and be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. We will meet at New River State Park’s Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center. Don’t forget to log your canoe trip, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org

Space is limited and reservations are required. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service. Call 336.982.2587 to reserve your space.

Date of Event: Sun, 06/23/2019 – 1:00pm
Start Location: 221 Access – Visitor Center

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The Nelsons (Ozzy & Harriett Legacy) (July 13th, 2019)

The Nelsons

Betheland 360 Productions Proudly Presents . . .

The Ultimate Five Hour VIP Experience.

The Nelson’s – Saturday,July 13th. 2019

Saloon Studios Live is excited to continue its Legends series with The Nelsons on Saturday, July 13! “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is a unique multimedia event showcasing the live pop hits of America’s original teen idol, Ricky Nelson, performed by his sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, and featuring never-before-seen footage. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the identical twin sons of Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson and grandsons of ‘50s TV icons Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, have five Top 40 hits to their own credit—making the Nelsons the only family in entertainment history to have three generations of #1 hitmakers! If you’re a Nelson fan and a “Travelin’ Man,” be sure to make your way to the Saloon for an unforgettable show!

From the time you turn in the drive, relax and enjoy a worry-free music experience unlike any you’ve had before. Before the show, tour our Old West Town and enjoy complimentary refreshments, then take a seat in our beautiful Saloon to witness a concert unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! After the show, you’ll have a chance to chat with the Nelsons, ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered, take a personal photo, and have your memorabilia signed. There are only 100 seats, so reserve yours today!

Ticket Purchase includes:

● Ultimate Five Hour VIP Experience – it’s not just a concert, it’s a party with the band!

● Meet & Greet with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson

● Exclusive Saloon Studios Live Bandana

● Explore our Old West Town

● Complimentary variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres & complimentary beverages

● Quick, Carefree Parking

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds at Saloon Studios (June 15th, 2019)

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Betheland 360 Productions Proudly Presents . . .

Ultimate Five Hour VIP Experience.
The Fabulous Thunderbird’s – Saturday, June 15th.2019

Saloon Studios Live is excited to continue its Legends series with The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Saturday, June 15! Since 1974, this band has built a reputation for being a compelling live act, and now they’re bringing their unique mix of blues, R&B, and rock n’ roll to the Saloon! You can enjoy their barnburner hits including Top 40 singles “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap It Up,” and “Look At That”—all from our incomparable concert setting.

From the time you turn in the drive, relax and enjoy a worry-free music experience unlike any you’ve had before. Before the show, tour our Old West Town and enjoy complimentary refreshments, then take a seat in our beautiful Saloon to witness a concert unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! After the show, you’ll have a chance to chat with the Thunderbird’s, ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered, take a personal photo, and have your memorabilia signed. There are only 100 seats, so reserve yours today!

Ticket Purchase includes:

● Ultimate Five Hour VIP Experience – it’s not just a concert, it’s a party with the band!

● Meet & Greet with The Fabulous Thunderbird’s

● Exclusive Saloon Studios Live Bandana

● Explore our Old West Town

● Complimentary variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres & complimentary beverages

● Quick, Carefree Parking

Click here for more details

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McFarland 40th Anniversary Open House (June 14th, 2019)

McFarland 40th

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
960 NC Highway 88 W, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640

Join us on Friday, June 14 from 12:00 to 5:00 as we celebrate our 40th anniversary with an open house party! Authors, locals, friends and family—all are invited to tour our campus, meet our staff, learn about publishing, and browse our collection of folk art. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and McFarland employees will be on-hand to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Blue Ridge Art Clan Exhibition Opening Reception (June 14, 2019)

Blue Ridge Art Clan Exhibition

Date: Jun 14 2019
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Florence Thomas Art School

Join us for the reception for the 2019 Blue Ridge Art Clan Exhibit at the Florence Thomas Art School, from 5 pm – 8 pm during the downtown West Jefferson Gallery Crawl!

The Blue Ridge Art Clan was formed in 1978 by Florence Thomas and her art students to encourage and enhance the creation of new art in the High Country. For several years the Clan met during the monthly visits of the influential Charlotte-based artist and teacher, John Brady. John was a mentor to the Clan during their first decade and was greatly responsible for the high quality of artwork produced by this group. In subsequent years, more than 100 different accomplished artists have contributed to the Clan’s growth through demonstrations, critiques and workshops. Clan instructors share their insights, techniques, passion, enthusiasm and helpful criticism with members covering a broad range of art.

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Day out with Thomas at Tweetsie Railroad (June 7th til June 16th, 2019)

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out With Thomas™ is an annual event that offers children and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with Thomas, the No. 1 blue engine, and enjoy a day of fun-filled Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. Meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway, and enjoy crafts, storytelling, videos, train play tables, coloring, temporary tattoos, amusement rides, Deer Park Zoo, panning for gold, and much more!

Join us for a train ride behind Thomas, departing every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:30 AM through 5:00 PM each day of the event. Tickets for Day Out With Thomas are $50 for adults (age 13 and older), $32 for children (age 3-12) and free for ages two and under.

For more event information, contact Tweetsie Railroad at 877-893-3874.

Nation’s Inn is located approximately 40 minutes from Tweetsie Railroad. If you use 421/221 be prepared for road construction delays, if you feel comfortable with winding mountain roads we recommond NC 194 to avoid the road construction.

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May 2019 Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Events

mount-jefferson

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

(336) 246-9653

Spring Nature Hike

Meet the ranger for a Spring hike along a short easy section of the park’s newest trail. As we hike we will watch for signs of spring and then turn-around at an amphibolite/quarts rock outcrop. This will be a 1/2 mile hike total distance. Bring a jacket and closed-toe shoes.

Date of Event: Sat, 05/04/2019 – 2:00pm
Start Location: 2nd Overlook (Sunrise Overlook)

Painting in the Park

As spring begins come up and relax on your mountain. We will provide free canvases and tempera paints. You provide the creativity. This a free outdoor painting program for all ages. All supplies are free while they last. 922

Date of Event: Sat, 05/04/2019 – 2:00pm
Start Location: Meet at Picnic Area

Geology Hike

Metamorphic formations and intrusive quartz are just the beginning of the trail. We will also look for the connections that exist between the soil, rocks, and plants. Join us on this Appalachian Mountain hike. Wear appropriate shoes or boots. 922

Date of Event: Sun, 05/05/2019 – 2:00pm
Start Location: Picnic Area

Night Adventure Hike

Meet the park ranger for a one-mile round-trip night hike into the darkness along Mt. Jefferson’s famous ridgeline. We will seek out amazing views, stars, and the shimmering lights from town 1600 feet below us. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous, Appalachian night hikes are challenging. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised. 922

Date of Event: Fri, 05/10/2019 – 8:00pm
Start Location: Park Office

Spring Mountain Nature Hike

Meet a ranger for a springtime hike up-on the mountain. Explore forest habitats and view the natural wonders of Mt. Jefferson. We will be walking for approximately one mile. Bring sturdy shoes.

Date of Event: Sat, 05/11/2019 – 2:00pm
Start Location: Picnic area

Mountain Nature Hike

Meet a ranger for a springtime hike up-on the mountain. Explore forest habitats and view the natural wonders of Mt. Jefferson. We will be walking for approximately one mile. Bring sturdy shoes. 921

Date of Event: Sat, 05/25/2019 – 2:00pm
Start Location: Picnic area

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