This exhibition illustrates an essential, animating force in Blowing Rock's artistic history: the small community of Artists Alley.
Philip Moose, his name and his paintings, are nearly ubiquitous in Blowing Rock and the surrounding High Country. Best remembered for his landscapes, especially his countless scenes of Grandfather Mountain, Moose approached painting with a disciplined studio practice, producing a constant stream of pictures that found his work in the homes of so many in this community.
GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School: 1919-1956 was developed for the hundredth anniversary of the Gardena High School Art Collection (GHSAC) in 2019 and illustrates the unlikely history of a communal approach to collection-building and a microcosm of California's modern art history.
Join App State’s Dr. Howard S. Neufeld for a vibrant exploration of two key questions: why do tree leaves turn color in the fall? Is it an evolutionary adaptation or just what leaves do when they die? Each autumn deciduous trees put on a colorful display as they prepare to go dormant for the winter.
One of the foremost contemporary practitioners of Sacred Steel, a blues-gospel tradition dating back to the Pentecostal-Holiness churches of the 1930s, DaShawn Hickman grew up hearing the pedal steel in the tiny House of God church his family attended in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, listening to his mother play lap steel in their home.
The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) is the leading professional ragtime orchestra in the United States. Under the direction of virtuoso Andrew Greene, PRSO recreates the syncopated stylings of a bygone era - Ragtime, Theater, and Dance music, along with underscoring classic silent films using an immense archive of over 15,000 original orchestral scores.
Enjoy a two-day Oktoberfest from 10:00am until 5:00pm in the North Carolina Mountains. The festival features live Bavarian music by the Harbour Towne Fest band, German and American food & beverages, a children’s fun center, hay rides; local & regional craft fair, lift-rides on the Summit Express chairlift, a winter sports shop sale, lodging specials and much, much more.
Head to BRAHM for a transformative and immersive evening with electric cellist and soundtrack composer, Brianna Tam. Described as a "string quartet unto herself," using just her loop pedal, electric cello, and guitar pedals, Brianna transports listeners into stunning, otherworldly symphonic realms.
For musicians, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, traditional banjo and fiddle music is a way to interpret our uncertain times, to draw artistic inspiration and power from the sources of meaning in their lives. History, family, literature, live performance, and environmental instability all manifest in the sounds, feelings, and sensations that permeate their music.
Song to Seed features seed-saving demonstrations, stories, humor, fiddle tunes, rare heirloom seeds to share, and original songs about Appalachian foodways. Hosted by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and sponsored by The Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University, please come and join us for a lively, interactive, and fun program.
The quirky and light-hearted Woolly Worm Festival is an event that you won’t see anywhere else! Enjoy traditional festival fare like crafts, plenty of festival food vendors, and live music, plus the Woolly Worm Wace. Parking around town is available and managed by local non-profits raising money- parking rates vary and cash is accepted at all lots.
Contra Dancing is American Folk Dancing and is both similar to and different from Square Dancing. Contra Dancing is always done to live music, and progesses in lines instead of squares. There is a new dancers workshop at 7:30 pm and the dance goes from 8-11 pm. So don't be shy! Learn how to Contra Dance!
Growing up playing music together in Boone, North Carolina, the sisters’ sound is focused around the type of breathtaking vocal harmonies that can only come from the unique bond shared by siblings, expertly complemented by tight instrumental arrangements and a bona fide love of the traditional songs they play.
Our commitment to helping those in need is the very foundation of why we do what we do. Integrity in all things is a high priority of ours so that we may maintain the trust of our local community. Get ready for the 7th Anniversary 5k Fun Run/Walk! Post your race pictures on the Foundation Facebook page.
Join Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation for tons of FREE fun with a full afternoon of spooky activities! From downtown trick-or-treating to the famous Monster March, this is among the best Halloween events for kids of ALL ages. Memorial Park, located right in the middle of downtown, is the center for all the fun!
Join App State’s Trevor McKenzie to learn more about Appalachia’s music traditions as a form of creative place-keeping within the region. Place-keeping is the active care and maintenance of a place and its social fabric by the people who live and work there, according to the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.