Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
Sep
30
8:30am 8:30am

Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run

September 30th, 2017: Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. Held on some of the most beautiful roads in the High Country, you will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views through the town of Blowing Rock. After the race, hang out at Bistro Roca Restaurant to refuel with snacks and attend the awards ceremony. Blue Ridge Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine will once again be sponsoring the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run held right before the 5k race.

ZAP Fitness Running Center offers 3 weeks of free training runs / clinics in preparation for the Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k. This year the clinics will also offer a training session for children who are planning on participating in the Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. The adult training runs are open to all ages and abilities and will range in distance from 2-7 miles.

Runners will meet each week at 5:45 p.m. at the dirt parking lot on rt. 221 adjacent to the entrance to Moses Cone Park.

Runners who have pre-registered can pick up a race packet Thursday the 28th or Friday the 29th at the Stick Boy Bakery located at 345 Hardin Street in Boone. The bakery is open from 7:00am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and Saturday from 7:00am-5:30pm.

Race packets and race day registration will also be available the morning of the 30th at 7:00am at the Parks and Recreation building in downtown Blowing Rock. The Fun Run begins at 8:00am and the 5K begins at 8:30am.

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Member Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike
Oct
7
9:00am 9:00am

Member Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike

To sign up for a hike please visit www.blueridgeconservancy.org or call BRC at 828-264-2511. Each Saturday hike is considered strenuous, ranging from 3-6 miles. We meet at 9am, with each hike lasting a few hours, depending on the group’s pace. Directions and hiking logistics will be emailed to those signed up the week prior to the hike.  All hikes are guided by a naturalist and BRC’s staff, and are free to BRC members. Non-members are encouraged to sign up for a membership prior to the hike.  

BRC 2017 HIKE SCHEDULE:

  • Saturday, April 15 Hike: Camp Lutherock

  • Wednesday June 21 Kids in Nature Hike: Boone United Trail (10:30am)

  • Saturday July 15 Hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm

  • Saturday, August 19 Hike: Pond Mountain Traditional & Challenge Route

  • Saturday, October 7 Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike

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MFG Task Force Meeting
Nov
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

MFG Task Force Meeting

Monthly task force meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held at the Blue Ridge Conservancy office at 166 Furman Road in Boone. The meeting begins at 5:00pm and ends at 6:30pm.  We are a week early to stay out of the Thanksgiving holiday week. 

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Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens
Sep
1
5:30pm 5:30pm

Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens

Middle Fork Greenway will be setting up a display/info booth this evening - come out and see us!!!  “Music on the Lawn” at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and we encourage guests to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. As much as we love them, please no pets, coolers or outside food and beverage. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. We encourage you to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays!  For a line up of musicians visit this website http://www.ragged-gardens.com/music-on-the-lawn

 

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Cowbelle Classic - Boone Area Cyclists
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Cowbelle Classic - Boone Area Cyclists

CowBelle Classic is a women’s only cycling event hosted by the Boone Area Cyclists Club. Women of all ages and abilities are invited to ride in a non-competitive, social environment. By providing mentoring for new riders, we are expanding the community of women cyclists in our region. Fully supported ride – water/aid stations, mechanic available, sweeper car at the end, no rider left behind. http://booneareacyclists.org/?event=cowbelle-classic

For more information about the ride, training rides, or questions about bikes, etc:cowbelleclassic@gmail.com

 

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Member Hike: Pond Mountain
Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

Member Hike: Pond Mountain

To sign up for a hike please visit www.blueridgeconservancy.org or call BRC at 828-264-2511. Each Saturday hike is considered strenuous, ranging from 3-6 miles. We meet at 9am, with each hike lasting a few hours, depending on the group’s pace. Directions and hiking logistics will be emailed to those signed up the week prior to the hike.  All hikes are guided by a naturalist and BRC’s staff, and are free to BRC members. Non-members are encouraged to sign up for a membership prior to the hike.  

BRC 2017 HIKE SCHEDULE:

  • Saturday, April 15 Hike: Camp Lutherock

  • Wednesday June 21 Kids in Nature Hike: Boone United Trail (10:30am)

  • Saturday July 15 Hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm

  • Saturday, August 19 Hike: Pond Mountain Traditional & Challenge Route

  • Saturday, October 7 Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike

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Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens
Aug
4
5:30pm 5:30pm

Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens

Middle Fork Greenway will be setting up a display/info booth this evening - come out and see us!!!  “Music on the Lawn” at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and we encourage guests to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. As much as we love them, please no pets, coolers or outside food and beverage. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. We encourage you to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays!  For a line up of musicians visit this website http://www.ragged-gardens.com/music-on-the-lawn

 

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Member hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm
Jul
15
9:00am 9:00am

Member hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm

To sign up for a hike please visit www.blueridgeconservancy.org or call BRC at 828-264-2511. Each Saturday hike is considered strenuous, ranging from 3-6 miles. We meet at 9am, with each hike lasting a few hours, depending on the group’s pace. Directions and hiking logistics will be emailed to those signed up the week prior to the hike.  All hikes are guided by a naturalist and BRC’s staff, and are free to BRC members. Non-members are encouraged to sign up for a membership prior to the hike.  

BRC 2017 HIKE SCHEDULE:

  • Saturday, April 15 Hike: Camp Lutherock

  • Wednesday June 21 Kids in Nature Hike: Boone United Trail (10:30am)

  • Saturday July 15 Hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm

  • Saturday, August 19 Hike: Pond Mountain Traditional & Challenge Route

  • Saturday, October 7 Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike

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Geology Tour
Jul
10
9:00am 9:00am

Geology Tour

If interested please contact Anne Burgess at mastburgess@gmail.com to register your spot.  

8:45 a.m. we'll meet at Lowes Building Supply parking lot, in the section nearest 321.   

Start at 9am.  Introduction & setting up carpooling. Crystal will share some maps and information about the sites we're going to see. We can even start the geologic tour in the parking lot!  We'll handout walking sticks to anyone who wants one, and orange vests. Passengers will transfer to carpooling vehicles.   15 minutes; Depart 9:15 am

Blowing Rock Gneiss  The Blowing Rock Gneiss is one of several 1.1-1.2 billion year old "basement" rocks that are the oldest rocks in the Appalachians.  These rocks were metamorphosed and deformed during the assembly of the Rodinia supercontinent and building of the Grenville Mountains (pre-Appalachian).  We will see volcanic dikes cut across the Blowing Rock Gneiss that likely fed volcanoes associated with the Grandfather Mountain Formation.  THIS SITE IS FANTASTIC FOR COLLECTING as many fresh samples litter the ground just in front of the new road cut and perfect pyrite cubes (<1 cm) abound!  35 minutes; Depart 10:20 am. 

Arrive 10:50am STOP 2: Examining the ~740 million year old Grandfather Mountain Formation across Highway 321 from Payne Branch Rd.  We'll park in the wide area beside 321, just past the grey utilities boxes which are just a little past the rock cliff. 

The Grandfather Mountain Formation includes a diverse suite of rocks that record evidence of a continental rift environment that existed on the eastern North American margin ~745-735 million years ago.  The rift formed as a supercontinent, called Rodinia, separated into land fragments that would later rejoin to form the supercontinent Pangaea and subsequently, the Appalachian Mountains.  The rocks in this Formation are slightly metamorphosed, yet retain evidence of their original sedimentary and volcanic origins.  The now meta-sedimentary rocks were eroded into rift valley basins by river systems and deposited as alluvial fans, ancient floodplains, and even in ancient lakes.  Just as the modern East African Rift Valley has volcanoes that riddle the land's surface today, so did the rifted Rodinian valley floors.  Evidence of these volcanoes is preserved as lava and pyroclastic flow deposits (some near Foscoe), and as "feeder dikes" aka magma conduits that intruded the crust and supplied lavas to overlying volcanoes.  We will have the chance to observe these ancient magma conduits at Stop 4.  30 minutes; Depart 11:20am. 

Arrive 11:35am STOP 3: The Linville Falls fault at Apartments at Meadowview.  Crystal says there is ample space in the parking lot.

We will examine a major fault boundary in the area, called the Linville Falls Fault (we will see it again at its name-sake destination).  During the last stages of mountain building, this fault formed as the rocks in Boone (the Cranberry Gneiss) was thrust "on top of" the rocks to the south-southwest (stops 2 thru 4...towards Blowing Rock & Linville area).  This is an area of rock slope instability as the fault parallels the land's slope, and the rocks there are highly jointed, making them suceptible to rock falls and slides.  30 minutes; Depart 12:05pm
12:10-12:45pm Bring-your-own bagged Lunch @ Clawson-Burnley picnic shelter @ Boone Greenway.  Those who are taking only the afternoon field trip can bring their lunch and join us at the picnic shelter, then carpool to Linville Falls.
12:45pm Depart for Linville Falls (optional). 45 minutes en-route
Arrive 1:30pmSTOP 4: Linville Falls fault at Linville Falls. This will include a short hike to exam the fault at the upper overlook.  The fault juxtaposes another 1.1-1.2 billion year old basement rock (the Cranberry Gneiss) atop quartzites of Chilhowee rocks that can be found through out the Gorge.  Chilhowee rocks are the youngest of all the rocks we will observe, clocking in at ~565 million years old and represent shallow marine conditions that existed on the North American margin following successful rifting of Rodinia. 1 hour; Depart 2:30pm.
Return to Boone.  45 minutes en-route.  Arrive back at Lowes Parking lot at 3:15pm.

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Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens
Jul
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens

Middle Fork Greenway will be setting up a display/info booth this evening - come out and see us!!!  “Music on the Lawn” at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and we encourage guests to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. As much as we love them, please no pets, coolers or outside food and beverage. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. We encourage you to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays!  For a line up of musicians visit this website http://www.ragged-gardens.com/music-on-the-lawn

 

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High Country Toast
Jun
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

High Country Toast

·         Saturday Night, June 24th-Appalachian Ski Mountain; 6pm-9pm

The event moves to one of the area’s anchor tourist attractions for an adults-only evening of wine-tasting, great food, and entertainment. Live music will set the ambiance for the indoor-outdoor setting, complete with lift rides to the top of the Appalachian Ski Mountain property. Local wineries and area distributors work to provide a wide array of tasting opportunities while several local catering establishments will present some of their signature menu items.  Proceeds go toward the Middle Fork Greenway!!!  Buy your tickets here  http://boonechamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/high-country-toast-4456 

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High Country Toast
Jun
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

High Country Toast

·         The Jones House-Downtown Boone; 5pm-9pm

On the lawn of the signature historic destination in Downtown Boone, High Country Toast combines with the Friday Concert on the Lawn series at The Jones House to create a family-friendly evening. Three local acoustic bands will perform on the lawn while patrons enjoy a taste of dinner offerings from 5-10 local restaurants. Beer and wine samplings will be made available for attendees’ 21-and-over while non-alcoholic beverages will be provided as well. Twist Balloon Man and Boone Photo Booth will provide entertainment and photo options as well. Children under 4 years of age will be admitted to the food tent free of charge.  Proceeds go toward Middle Fork Greenway.  Purchase your tickets here http://boonechamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/high-country-toast-4456 

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Kids in Nature Hike at Boone United Trail
Jun
21
10:30am10:30am

Kids in Nature Hike at Boone United Trail

Join Blue Ridge Conservancy on an educational adventure on the Boone United Trail.   To sign up for a hike please visit www.blueridgeconservancy.org or call BRC at 828-264-2511. 

On the Kids in Nature hike we will explore the Boone United Trail to learn more about what’s living in the forests in our own backyards. Plan to join your child for a fun-filled morning of adventure on this easy, ~1.5 hour Boone area hike.

BRC 2017 HIKE SCHEDULE:

  • Saturday, April 15 Hike: Camp Lutherock

  • Wednesday June 21 Kids in Nature Hike: Boone United Trail (10:30am)

  • Saturday July 15 Hike: Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm

  • Saturday, August 19 Hike: Pond Mountain Traditional & Challenge Route

  • Saturday, October 7 Hike: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike

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BRC Wine & Beer Tasting and Auction
Jun
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

BRC Wine & Beer Tasting and Auction

BRC will host its 17th annual Wine/Beer Tasting & Auction on Wednesday, June 7 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Blowing Rock American Legion located at 333 Wallingford Road in downtown Blowing Rock.

The Wine/Beer Tasting & Auction celebrates local businesses and the community.  In keeping with a 17-year tradition, owners Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will once again prepare creative and original Southern food.

A silent and live auction will feature local goods and services donated from our community sponsors. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on art, pottery, vacation packages, and many other items.

Beer and wine samples are included with your ticket. All proceeds from the event will benefit BRC and its mission to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

Individual tickets are $30 each or $25 each for two. 

Tickets can be purchased online HERE or by calling 828-264-2511. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

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Land Trust Day - Valle Crucis Mast General Stores
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

Land Trust Day - Valle Crucis Mast General Stores

On the first Saturday in June, businesses across North Carolina show their support for conservation by donating a percentage of their sales to local land trusts.

Please join us on Saturday, June 3, and show your support of land and water conservation in northwest North Carolina by shopping at The Original Mast General Store and/or the Mast Store Annex, both located in Valle Crucis.

Land Trust Day is a partnership between North Carolina business and our state’s two dozen land trusts. On the first Saturday in June, participating businesses display information about local land trusts and agree to donate a percentage of their sales to assist land trusts in protecting open space, scenic views, farmland, water quality, hiking trails and other recreational resources. Land Trust Day was established in 1992.

Land Trust Day is held in conjunction with National Trails Day, which amplifies the important role that protected natural environments and the outdoors play in the health and economy of communities across the United States. Land Trust Day connects consumers, businesses and Blue Ridge Conservancy, and highlights the relationship that towns across WNC have with the forests, rivers and ridge-lines around them.

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Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens
Jun
2
5:30pm 5:30pm

Music on the Lawn - Inn at Ragged Gardens

Middle Fork Greenway will be setting up a display/info booth this evening - come out and see us!!!  “Music on the Lawn” at The Inn at Ragged Gardens has become Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Held each Friday from May through October (weather permitting), the event draws locals and visitors alike. The event has grown in popularity over the years and attendance in the hundreds can be expected. A different band is featured every week and performances are from 5:30 until 8:30. A cash bar and lawn menu are available. There is no charge for the concerts and we encourage guests to bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn. As much as we love them, please no pets, coolers or outside food and beverage. Each week a private non-profit organization is featured to educate and inform the public about their cause. We encourage you to come and enjoy music, food and drink on the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Inn at Ragged Gardens. See you on Fridays!  For a line up of musicians visit this website http://www.ragged-gardens.com/music-on-the-lawn

 

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April 27 Tree Planting Event
Apr
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

April 27 Tree Planting Event

Blue Ridge Garden Club members are donating a tree to the Middle Fork Greenway for Arbor Day.  A tree-planting ceremony and garden party are scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 pm, at Sterling Creek Park, on the first completed section of the Middle Fork Greenway.  The tree will be planted in honor of Sterling and Barbara Whitener, who donated the land for the park.  Mr. Whitener died in January, at age 95.  

The public is invited. Park at Tweetsie or Mystery Hill and walk the underpass beneath 321 to Sterling Creek Park. For more information, call 264-3754.

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Apr
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

Town Council/Planning Commission/Community Appearance Commission

Town Council/Planning Commission/Community Appearance Commission

5:30 PM  Apr 5, 2017
(Town Council Meetings)

The Town Council, Planning Commission and Community Appearance Commission will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Watauga Medical Center auditorium located at 336 Deerfield Road.  The purpose of the meeting is to meet with Clemson University's Architecture and Health Program and the community to discuss Healthy Community Planning and potential modifications to Wellness District regulatory standards.

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Boone Area Cyclists Members Meeting
Mar
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Boone Area Cyclists Members Meeting

If you've been wondering what in the world the BAC does, been wanting to meet other members, or hear about what 2017 has in store, this is the time and place!

If you've been on the fence about joining, there really isn't a better time than now! You can join using this link

Wendy Patoprsty, Director of The Middle Fork Greenway, will be our key note speaker for the evening.

Coffee will be provided by Hatchet Coffee Roasters!

Food will be provided by Basils Fresh Pasta and Deli!

Expect to hear about upcoming advocacy issues, advancing women's opportunities for cycling in the high country, volunteer opportunities, new group rides, new business partners, and more!

Date/Time: March 28, 2017 - 6pm - 8pm

Location: NC Cooperative Extension (Ag Center) 971 West King Street Boone, NC 28607

Come roll with us!

Boone Area Cyclists

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Blue Ridge Hiking Club and Middle Fork Greenway
Mar
11
to Mar 12

Blue Ridge Hiking Club and Middle Fork Greenway

Join the Blue Ridge Hiking Club on Saturday March 11th for their annual meeting.  If you love to hike, this is the club for you.  Middle Fork Greenway will be presenting information on how you can get involved with the greenway development and the Blue Ridge Conservancy.  For more information contact Wendy@blueridgeconservancy.org

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