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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Education held a special called meeting on July 22 at the administrative offices annex of Ashe County Schools. The purpose of this meeting was to plan and evaluate the reopening of schools under Plan B and to discuss details about Ashe Online.

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GRASSY CREEK — Local residents and visitors to the area are given the opportunity to unwind during the summer months on Sunday evenings on the porch or lawn of the River House Inn & Restaurant.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Four months after they raised and donated money, the Florence Thomas Art School finally celebrated the nearly $800 given to the Ashe Humane Society Wednesday, July 8.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council has reopened with a new exhibit, “Shadow of the Hills,” which is on display through Saturday, Aug. 1. At the same time, the Arts Council announced the rest of the Ashe County Little Theatre’s 2020 season would be canceled.

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BLOWING ROCK — Organizers of the annual Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock announced on May 28 that the 2020 festival has been postponed until Aug. 22.

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Everyone knows that coloring is a relaxing pastime. The Arts Council invites you to take a few relaxing moments to #colorashecounty. One of our downtown West Jefferson murals, “Unity in Diversity,” was made into a coloring page for you to enjoy.

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WILKESBORO— From its first incarnation in 1993, MerleFest’s annual Chris Austin Songwriting Competition has seen the likes of Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, and Martha Scanlan rise to the top of an always competitive field of up-and-coming songwriters.

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WEST JEFFERSON — While the Ashe County Arts Council may have closed the doors to the Arts Center while the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic rages on, the “Young At Art” exhibition still goes on.

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In light of the ever-evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) virus, the Ashe County Arts Council has decided to cancel or postpone upcoming programs and events through May 9. The Ashe Arts Center will be closed to the public at this time and will re-open as soon as reco…

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Having fun and raising funds is the idea behind the Feast for the Arts sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. The Arts Council is looking for interested folks to host dinners as part of the fundraiser. This year the Feast of the Arts is on Saturday, June 13. Dinners may be held before th…

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The phrase “nothing less than brilliant” has been used to describe the outrageous comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats of Mark Nizer. Nizer will be at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, March 6. As part of the Arts Council school programming, he will also perform two shows at the Ash…

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BOONE — The galleries at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University change throughout the year and feature compelling original art accessible to members of the community. On March 6 from 6-10 p.m., the public is invited to explore the galleries of the Turchin Cent…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Renowned jazz musician Shana Tucker brought her soulful mix of jazz, classical, pop and R&B to the Ashe County Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 22. The singer and cellist has opened for artists like Nora Jones and Indigo Girls, as well as spending time working with Cirque du S…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The lineup for the 2020 Christmas in July Festival in downtown West Jefferson which will be held on July 3 and 4 has been confirmed, with many returning performers as well as some new ones.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Every artist dreams of a solo exhibition, a chance to show their work and the passion they put into every piece. The Ashe County Arts Council has bestowed that honor to Susan Jespersen for her exhibit, “Lyrical Light and Color.”

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With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. Shana’s melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic …

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WEST JEFFERSON — Hayes School of Music faculty members Eric Koontz and Junie Cho perform a Sunday afternoon concert at the Arts Center in West Jefferson, Feb. 9. The violist and pianist played a varied mix of classical chamber music in the intimate setting.

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Legendary bluegrass trio Kruger Brothers visited the Ashe County Civic Center Saturday, Jan. 25. Based in Wilkesboro, the group has played with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Bobby Hicks, while bringing bluegrass all over the world. Banjo player Jens Kruger has been inducted into the Blue Ridge…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Legendary bluegrass trio Kruger Brothers visited the Ashe County Civic Center Saturday, Jan. 25. Based in Wilkesboro, the group has played with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Bobby Hicks, while bringing bluegrass all over the world. Banjo player Jens Kruger has been inducted in…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Not all jobs are built equally. Some are simple and a new employee can do everything immediately, while others require time and patience to master.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Opening Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Ashe County Arts Council has welcomed the first new exhibit of 2020 to the Arts Center, “Patterns.”

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The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Coffee House Live! Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hensley Hall of the West Jefferson Methodist Church in West Jefferson. The featured performers will include The Sheets Family Band, The Mountain Laurels, Cooper Parsons and Sharon Kasel w…

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The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all-volunteer community-based theatre group who make their home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Since 1972, ACLT has produced three to four plays a year. In 2020 ACLT will present four productions.

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WILKESBORO — MerleFest announces the next round of artist additions for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. John Prine, Billy Strings, Colin Hay, Kelsey Waldon and Gangstagrass will join in the annual homecoming of musicians and music fans on the campus of Wilkes Community Colleg…

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WEST JEFFERSON — A Christmas tradition like no other, “Tree Fest” has returned to the Arts Center in West Jefferson and it has been joined by the “Christmas Miniatures” exhibit.

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Choral music is alive and well in our schools and the Ashe County Choral Festival will showcase the talent of our young people. The Ashe County Arts Council and the Ashe County Schools are pleased to sponsor a Ashe County Choral Festival holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council’s Gallery Crawl returned Friday, Dec. 6 for a special Holiday Crawl. The crawl saw 10 galleries in West Jefferson open their doors to art enthusiasts from 5-7 p.m. The crawl was the last until the event series returns in June, 2020.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Florence Thomas Art School held its second annual Christmas Market Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30. Inspired by traditional markets in the holiday season, the art school opened its gallery to vendors, artists and visitors alike.

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The Ashe County Arts Council celebrates the season with the annual holiday exhibit and Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the gallery of the Ashe Arts Center with seven beautifully decorated trees, miniature paintings, holiday gift ideas and handmade ornaments. The friends and neighbors of t…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Members of the Hayes Faculty Chamber serenade a crowd of a few dozen people at the Ashe Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 17, with a collection of classical tunes. Ensemble members include Nancy Bargerstock, Adam Booker, James Douthit, Eric Koontz and Ellie Wee.

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WILKESBORO — Tickets for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26, are now on sale. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans will return to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

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The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties and the North Carolina Arts Council. Its goal is to provide support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary, and inter-disciplinary arti…

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Ashe County Arts Council and the Ashe Chamber Music Society present the Hayes Faculty Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center. The repertoire will include Trio “Le Londres” for Two Violins and Viola and Piano Quintet in A major by Schubert.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Coffee House Live!, sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, returned Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Hensley Hall of the West Jefferson Methodist Church. The featured performers included The Smart Ashes, Sylvia and Robert Zahner and Cane Mill Road (pictured) with Arvil Scott as t…

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The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Coffee House Live! Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hensley Hall of the West Jefferson Methodist Church in West Jefferson. The featured performers will include The Smart Ashes, Sylvia and Robert Zahner and Cane Mill Road with Arvil Scott as t…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Children’s book author, illustrator and artist Jonathan D. Voss will pay a two-day visit to Ashe County Nov. 12 and 13 as part of the Florence Thomas Art School’s C.E. Miller stART Outreach Program.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, the show ‘A Brit Of Magic’ was performed by Keith Fields and Lady Sarah Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Ashe County Civic Center. The show combined British humor and magic for night of fun and laughter.

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The Ashe County Arts Council brings to the stage of the Ashe Civic Center the comedy of Keith Fields and Lady Sarah, the stars of “A Brit Of Magic.” The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Civic Center hosted two performances of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Saturday, Oct. 26, with all of the roles being played by local students.

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JEFFERSON — The River House Inn and Restaurant hosted musical duo Uncle Herbie and Joey Mac as part of their Sunday Salon series Sunday, Oct. 27. The duo played their signature stripped-down mix of blues and rock.

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MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. — Traditional and old-time music lost a champion Monday, Oct. 14, with the passing of Helen White, the founder of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program which has introduced thousands of people to the music of their areas.

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WEST JEFFERSON — ‘Basket Hound’ by Kay Morrow, on display at the Arts Center as part of the “Best of the Blue Ridge” exhibition, won the People’s Choice Award for the exhibit. In the juried portion of the awards, the painting received an honorable mention. It, along with all other pieces in …

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council unveiled its newest exhibition, “Best of the Blue Ridge” Oct. 9, a juried exhibit featuring a variety of subject matter.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Jeff Little Trio returned to the Ashe Civic Center Saturday, Oct. 19, for an evening stocked full with toe-tapping tunes and beautiful ballads. Accompanying Jeff Little on piano are Steve Lewis on guitar and Luke Little on mandolin.