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WILKESBORO — The fifth annual Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival will offer world-renowned music talent, exciting family entertainment, the region’s best food truck cuisine, and unique arts and crafts shopping along Main Street in historic downtown Wilkesboro on Friday and Saturd…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Dr. Elliot Engel spoke at the Ashe County Arts Center Monday, Sept. 17 as part of the On The Same Page Literary Festival. Egel gave his lecture, "Andy Griffith: Master of Mayberry," about the life and stories of the legendary actor.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Habitat for Humanity held its annual RePurposed for a Reason event Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14 at Perry's Gold Mine in West Jefferson.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council unveiled its newest exhibit, “Nostalgia,” Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Arts Center in West Jefferson.

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WEST JEFFERSON — From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, the Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor Gallery Crawl in downtown West Jefferson. Galleries and shops will be open after hours to showcase the best of artistic talent in Ashe County.

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TODD — The wife-and-husband duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie, also known as the Chatham Rabbits, brought their combination of clawhammer banjo and harmonies to the Todd General Store Sunday, Sept. 8. The pair are currently on tour throughout North Carolina and the surrounding states.

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WEST JEFFERSON — World-renowned pianist and composer, Edmund Barton 'Bart' Bullock, performed at the Ashe County Civic Center Saturday, Sept. 7. Bullock performed 'An Evening of Romantic and Impressionist Piano Works,' which included his original compositions alongside pieces by Bach, Debuss…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Mountain Splash is a weeklong artist expo that will include artists in residence, workshops and demonstrations to be held at Florence Thomas Art School on Sept. 9-14. This fun-filled week will feature local and visiting artists in residence at the school, a make-and-take art…

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Edmund Barton “Bart” Bullock has been leading a double career as composer and pianist with success, performing his own major works and chamber music throughout the United States and Europe. Bart will perform “An Evening of Romantic and Impressionist Piano Works” at the Ashe Civic Center Satu…

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GRASSY CREEK — The King Bees took the stage alongside Anthony "Packrat" Thomas on harmonica/vocals and Robert "Top" Thomas on guitar during the 17th annual New River Blues Festival Sunday, Sept. 1. Grab a copy of Ashe Post & Times on Wednesday, Sept. 4, for more on this story.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The WE2019 Experience Festivals rocked Saloon Studio Lives for two weekends of back-to-back concerts Aug. 9-11 and 16-18., featuring legendary bands such as Vanilla Fudge, Jefferson Starship, Iron Butterfly, Melanie, Derek St. Holmes and many more. Kenn Moutenot, event produ…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The eighth annual Olde Time Antiques Fair is set to return to downtown West Jefferson from 1- 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, showcasing a variety of antiques, hand-crafted items and cherished collectables for the crowd on Jefferson Avenue. Fo…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Despite a rain scare just before the show, Gap Civil performed as part of the Backstreet Concert Series Friday, Aug. 23. The Sparta-based band played a mix of old-time and bluegrass music to a crowd prepared for a bit of rain.

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The 17th annual New River Blues Festival is returning to the High Country over Labor Day weekend. Gates open at noon on Sept. 1, and music is from 1-6 p.m. on the lawn of River House Inn, which will provide beverages. Kelman’s Bon Appetit is this year’s food vendor, and vegetarian options wi…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Little Theatre is ready for its newest production, “Calendar Girls,” which will be at the Ashe County Civic Center Aug. 22-25.

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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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WEST JEFFERSON — New River Brewing in West Jefferson is getting a sizable splash of color, courtesy of artist Whitney Stuart Landwehrmann. This is the second mural of the year for Landwehrmann, who recently finished up ‘Tree of Appalachia’ on the side of Third Day Market. Landwehrmann said t…

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The Zephyr Lightning Bolts will be the 10th and last band performing in the 2019 BackStreet Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 30, at 5:30 p.m. The concert is free. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the Ashe Arts Council three blocks to the east. The individual sponsor for this concert i…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The wife-and-husband duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie, also known as the Chatham Rabbits, brought their combination of clawhammer banjo and harmonies to the Ashe County Arts Center Saturday, Aug. 17. The pair are currently on tour throughout North Carolina and the surroundin…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Local speakers at The Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts Symposium emphasized the importance of finding and pursuing life passions to an audience at Florence Thomas Art School the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17.

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Eumir Deodato’s Symphonic ‘69 plays during the first weekend of WE2019 Experience Festival at Saloon Studios on Mulatto Mountain Road. The festival, commemorating the 50-year anniversary of Woodstock in Bethel, N.Y., will play again at Saloon Studios Aug. 16-18.

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GATLINBURG, TENN. — Ashe County is represented well at the 2019 Josie Music Awards, where 14-year-old West Jefferson-native Taylon Hope is nominated for five awards. The singer picked up a win to go along with two other nominations at the 2018 event.

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ASHE COUNTY — The Ashe County Arts Council’s annual Studio Tour event was held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4. The event gave visitors a map of various art studios around Ashe County, letting them get a different perspective on the work of local artists.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Beth Macy’s bestselling “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America” is the festival read for the 12th annual On the Same Page Literary Festival, according to the festival committee.

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ASHE COUNTY — The Josie Music Awards, founded in 2015, are the largest independent artist awards in the world — and now Ashe County native Keith Brooks has been nominated for four of them.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Cane Mill Road performed for the sixth installment of the Backstreet Concert Series on Friday, July 26, blending sounds of bluegrass, old-time country, Americana and folk music for the crowd at Backstreet Park. Pictured from left to right are Hudson Bosworth on bass, Casey L…

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WEST JEFFERSON — A 50-by-30 foot stage is nearing completion at Saloon Studios, and entertainment director Kenn Moutenot said he is bringing the spirit of summer 1969 to Ashe County in preparation for the WE 2019 Experience Festivals Aug. 9-11 and 16-18.

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — Ashe County native Taylon Hope returned home to play a show in front of a packed house at Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center the evening of Friday, July 26.

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The Backstreet Concert Series continued with Mountain Laurels on Friday, July 19, bringing sounds of Celtic, folk and Americana music to concert-goers at Backstreet Park. Mountain Laurels include Elaine Gray on guitar, Rhonda Lorence on fiddle, Maggie Sparks on flute and Connie Woolard on ha…

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WEST JEFFERSON — August will be a month like no other for the Florence Thomas Art School in downtown West Jefferson. The month will be based on the 7th Annual Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts, which honors a lost artist and shines a light on the women following in her footsteps.

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JEFFERSON — The plucking, strumming and fiddling of Appalachian instruments will fill Ashe County Park during the 50th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25, 26 and 27, according to the Ashe County Arts Council.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County artist Whitney Stuart Landwehrmann joined the likes of R.T. Morgan, Stephen Shoemaker and Jack Young when she added a new piece to West Jefferson’s collection of murals.

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Cane Mill Road will be the sixth band performing in the 2019 BackStreet Concert Series on Friday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Should it rain, the concert will move to Ashe Arts Center three blocks to the east. This concert is individually sponsored by the Ashe County Public Library.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Violet Bell, the duo of Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez, performed their blend of roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music to the crowd at the Ashe Arts Council Saturday, July 13. The pair has played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years.

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The Ashe County Arts Council will present “I Get a Kick Out of You” with Martha Bassett at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. The program repertoire will include music by many classic composers and songwriters such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole …

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One of the many things to enjoy in Ashe County is the traditional old time music. Passing this musical tradition to the next generation is the purpose of the Ashe County Arts Council sponsored Junior Appalachian Musicians.

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WEST JEFFERSON — When Jeff Fissel replaced Jane Lonon as executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council July 1, he knew there would be quite a bit of on-the-job learning. Fissel said the first few weeks of his tenure have been all about meeting people in Ashe County and its arts communit…