Entertainment and Events in the Heart of Caldwell County

Broyhill Civic Center Lenoir

As autumn winds down and winter settles over the mountain towns, turning to entertainment when looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, is a joyful way to spend some heartwarming time with friends and family.  

J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, conveniently located in Lenoir on 1913 Hickory Boulevard, has a wide array of performances  and offers “the best in regional entertainment and conference facilities to the foothills region of North Carolina.”   The favorable reviews of JEBCC abound: “Lenoir is so lucky to have such a nice venue to host performances of all kinds. JEBCC is in a great location for Caldwell County, and is well managed.

The management is supportive of local arts organizations, in addition to bringing in traveling professional shows.”  Reviews praise the variety of performances, the amazing seating (1000 seats), the state of the art acoustics, sound and lighting, as well as the ease of computerized ticket buying. 

Perhaps you’re in the mood for exploring some of the incredible Lenoir NC restaurants and long to follow up with some unforgettable entertainment.  Or perhaps you’re searching for the ideal Lenoir NC real estate and want to immerse yourself in the town and discover the intimacy of the close-knit community.  Go online and reserve tickets at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center to make the holiday season a little bit brighter, or consider this a unique gift for friends and family.

Showcase events: 

• Miracle on 34th Street

 “Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. It’s the perfect holiday show for the entire family.” 

A Christmas buffet dinner will be offered at 6 pm prior to the Friday night event on Dec. 1. Cost for the dinner is $15 per person. 

November 30:  7pm

December 1:   7pm

December 2:  7 pm

December 3: 2pm

Single Ticket Price $16.25 

Child/Student Ticket $9.00

• Puddingstone 

Puddingstone formed first as a trio of percussion, hammered dulcimer, harp and flutes and has grown to a 6-7 member band including vocals, guitar, synthesizer and sometimes fiddle, playing Americana classics to Celtic, folk, New Age, Flamenco and some classical selections. 

“Make plans to attend a night of unique, local talent with Puddingstone.”

December 16:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $11.00 

Child/Student Ticket $5.50

• Daily & Vincent

Known as The Rock Stars of Bluegrass, “the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. Dailey and Vincent have won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music. Get your tickets early as Dailey & Vincent is usually a sell-out show!”

January 6:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $30.00  

Child/Student Ticket $16.00 

• American Spiritual Ensemble  

“Comprised of some of the finest classically trained singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.

The American Spiritual Ensemble is unique in that over 90% of the members are accomplished soloists who have sung in theaters and opera houses world wide, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan. The resulting sound of this group is something that choral groups with two or three featured soloists cannot duplicate.” 

January 25:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $20.00 

Child/Student Ticket $9.00         

• The Diary of Anne Frank  

“The talented, local players at Foothills Performing Arts will bring to life the Tony Award-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank. The haunting story, based on Frank’s memoirs, chronicles the nearly two year time period that Anne and her family spend in hiding to escape Nazi persecution in World War II era Holland.” 

February 8:  7pm

February 9:  7pm

February 10:  2pm & 7pm

Single Ticket Price $14  

Student Ticket Price $12.00 

Child Ticket Price $7.50 

Group and child/student tickets are available by calling the Civic Center box office (828-726-2407) 

• A Temptations Revue featuring Bo Henderson  

“Motown  featuring former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award winner Barrington ‘Bo’ Henderson (1998-2003), one of the only Temptations lead singers to have received a Grammy. This dynamic and driving show spans more than a decade of Temptations classics, every one of these songs among the most recognizable and culture-defining songs in pop music history Motown.” 

February 15:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $20.00 

Child/Student Ticket $12.00

 • Mnozil Brass        

Mnozil Brass is an Austrian brass septet, “playing classical, jazz and other styles of music using traditional brass instruments and more unusual instruments such as the customized rotary valved trumpet and bass trumpet. Music is presented with a typical Austrian style of humor, which can be approximately characterized as “jet black” and “here and there” absurd. Elements of slapstick exist next to virtuosic brass playing.”  

February 2:  7:30pm 

Single Ticket Price $26.00 

Child/Student Ticket $16.00 

 • Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase  

“Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase hosted by local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent will feature several local musicians who help keep the community’s rich history of traditional music alive today. Don’t miss the 20th Annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase.” 

Local food buffet dinner available prior to the show at 6pm; $15 per person. 

March 3: 7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $11.00 

Child/Student Ticket $5.50 

• Victor Wooten

“Five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. Never satisfied with the status quo, Vic is always growing as a person, artist, teacher and always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.”

Don’t miss the Victor Wooten Trio featuring Dennis Chambers on drums and Bob Franceschini on sax. 

April 6:  7:30pm

Single Ticket Price $20.00  

Child/Student Ticket $10.00

 • The Odd Couple

“Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.” 

May 3:  7pm

May 4:  7pm

May 5:  2pm & 7pm

Single Ticket Price $14 

Student Ticket Price $12.00

Child Ticket Price $7.50 

Also be sure to check out these community events when looking for things to do in Lenoir NC:

• Starsteps Christmas Spectacular 2017

Starsteps Dance Center invites you to experience the Christmas season through dance! The show on December 9th, 2017 will present a dazzling blend of traditional Nutcracker Ballet selections along with original Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Precision routines. 

December 9:  4pm

Adult Tickets – $16.50 plus tax

Student and Children – $8.50 plus tax 

Children 2 years old and under – Free

Reserved Tickets only. 

View our seating chart to select your seats for this event.

The JEBCC is conveniently located near the finest real estate in the region and in the market for Lenoir NC real estate. We’re confident you’ll quickly discover why The Coves Mountain River Club is as idyllic as it gets whether you’re considering buying the perfect charming resale or building your own custom dream home.  

There’s nothing like having nature, serenity and all the perks of a vibrant community and downtown right outside your door.  At The Coves you can spend your days by the Johns River, or find the company of good friends and neighbors at Pisgah Mountain Lodge and soak in the views of Table Rock as the sun provides yet another glorious backdrop.  

When evening rolls around, you can saunter downtown to one of the many illustrious eateries and grab a scrumptious dinner before catching some live entertainment.  Lenoir NC restaurants offer seafood, Italian, Mexican, BBQs, breweries, cafes, diners and more.  

Come and visit The Coves and see for yourself how your life can be the perfect blend of old-fashioned comfort and modern day conveniences.  Spend a day exploring Lenoir NC real estate, when you’re in need of things to do in Lenoir NC and make sure The Coves is top on your list, leaving plenty of time to stretch your legs and take in the hiking trails, gardens, grounds and equestrian center.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour! 

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NC Ski Resorts – Exciting Day Trips From The Coves

ski resorts North Carolina

Winter will soon be upon us, and that means it’s time to hit the slopes for some winter white fun. Imagine gliding over silky white snow, wind whistling in your ears, and the exhilarating rush of accelerating down a steep snow-covered mountain (with a Blowing Rock elevation over 3,000 feet!) alongside your family and friends – but that’s not all. Hop in a tube and slide down Sugar Mountain, or ice skate by moonlight at Appalachian Ski Mountain. Take a guided snowshoe tour with your grandkids and explore. The possibilities are endless at these ski resorts in the North Carolina mountains. Here’s more about the ski resorts in the area:


Sugar Mountain is located in a charming mountain town with an elevation of 3,566 ft. Sugar Mountain itself has a base Blowing Rock elevation of 4,100 ft. and a summit elevation of 5,300 ft., with 125 skiable acres, 21 trails, and 8 lifts. For a full day of fun at Sugar Mountain, Full Day Slope/Lift tickets for Adults ages 12+ range from $44 – $77. For Juniors ages 5-11, Full Day tickets range from $35-51.

Enjoy night skiing, tubing, ice skating, and a guided snowshoe tour. After a long day, patrons can also enjoy on-mountain dining at the Last Run Lounge which includes a full-service bar and a large glass fireplace. Special holiday rates will be available December 18th through January 1st. Children 4 and under qualify for a free slope/lift pass but must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Lodging is also available. SugarFest will take place December 8-10 and include live music, snowboard mini-games, ski/snowboard demos, live music, fireworks, and appearances by Olympic figure skating silver medalist Paul Wylie and two-time Olympian and World Cup Downhill winner Marco Sullivan.


Beech Mountain is located in the college town of Boone. The Boone elevation is 3,333 ft. The resort officially opens for the season November 24th. Beech Mountain itself has a base elevation of 4,675 and a peak elevation of 5,506 ft. with 95 skiable acres, 17 trails, and a lift capacity of 10,858 skiers per hour. Slope/lift tickets start at $40 for Adults (ages 13-64) and $30 for Juniors and Seniors (ages 5-12 and 65-69). Adults &0+ ski free. Children 4 and under ski free with a ticketed adult. Tubing and ice skating are also available.

Tubing is $27 per person on weekdays, and $32 per person on weekends and holidays. Ice skating is $15 per two-hour session on weekdays, and $20 per two hour session on weekends. Children under 4 skate free. Lessons for each activity are also available. There will be also be a Grand Reopening of Beech Mountain Brewing Co., Beech Mountain’s very own brewhouse, on December 1st from 5-10 pm.


Appalachian Ski Mountain opens for the season on November 17th and closes on March 25th. The mountain has a base elevation of 3635 ft. and a peak elevation of 4000 ft, along with three terrain parks, and 12 slopes. Adult tickets start at $39 and Junior/Senior tickets start at $24. Unlimited Season Memberships are available.

Ice skating starts at $15 for two hours. Watauga County residents can enjoy half off ice skating every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. ASM also offers the only late night skiing in High Country with Midnight Blast Weekends offered all season long. On December 2nd, join the resort for their Anniversary Weekend and celebrate their 56th year of family fun with $5 ski tickets from 9 am – 4 pm. Are you looking to make the holidays more magical this year? The slopes will be open from 1 – 10 pm on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve, ski by torchlight until 11:30 pm, ice skate under the moonlight until midnight, and enjoy fireworks over the mountains.


Hawksnest is the largest snow tubing park in North Carolina, featuring 4 different areas to snow tube with over 30 lanes of fun. Each lane ranges from 400 – 1,000 feet with 2 moving carpet lifts. Weekday tickets are $29 per session, and weekends and holidays are $35 per session. Group rates start at $23 per session. Hawksnest offers a $3 military discount. Photos of your tubing experience are available for purchase after your fun day. Hawksnest is also home to the largest Zip Line Tour, featuring ten cables.

These ski resorts in the North Carolina mountains reasonably close to the Coves Mountain River Club. Because the ski resorts are located at the higher Blowing Rock elevations, they are much colder in the winter than living in the foothills. The Coves’ residents have the benefit of scooting back down the mountain to their warmer elevation homes. Our mountain community is the perfect place to live and wind down after a long day of skiing, tubing, or ice skating.

Built an elevation of 1,700 feet, the Pisgah Mountain Lodge clubhouse offers a 360-degree view of the snow-covered mountains in Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk.  Table Rock, Adams Knob, and Brown Mountain can be clearly seen from the lodge as well.

The top level of the lodge has floor-to-ceiling glass with a large kitchen, great room, and lending library. On the lower level, residents can make use of the fitness center – which has its own locker room, showers, and fitness class area and game room equipped with ping-pong and pool tables.

While not everyone is into winter sports, the lodge is the place to enjoy the view from the cozy clubhouse living room that faces Grandfather Mountain.

There are benefits of exploring NC mountain land for sale in the winter months. This is a smart time when the leaves are off the trees exposing views that can’t be seen in the summer months.  Come take a look around and see for yourself.

They don’t call us the Best Mountain Community for nothing. We will share with you we can offer you and your family when it comes to fun and comfortable mountain living, without living in the snow.

Call us 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour! 

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Benefits of Building a Mountain Home Versus Buying a Resale

buillding a mountain home

While you’re spending your weekends searching for the perfect NC mountain land for sale, enjoying the fall foliage trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and envisioning the next idyllic chapter in your life, you’ve probably pondering the many perks of creating and building your own unique home. 

The idea of being able to hand pick the ideal community and the property of your dreams is incredible—a slice of woodsy acreage by a river, a sprawling open pasture for your prized horses, or a tiny parcel sitting high atop a hillside with views that make you feel grateful each and every day. 

Building a mountain home is something many of us imagine and some of us get to make a joyful reality.  Perhaps you’d rather spend your days browsing North Carolina mountain real estate and all the homes that have already been skillfully designed and built. To find the right home, seal the deal, and move in without missing a beat. But choosing a resale home means you may have to settle for someone else’s selections such as kitchen cabinets, the tile, and so on.

Whichever route is the one best suited for your needs, building, or buying a resale, being informed about all the options will make your journey all the more easy in choosing a North Carolina mountain community.

Those who have already built their own homes after exploring North Carolina mountain real estate understand the importance in taking the time not only to select the right community, but to find the ideal property to place to build your house.  Do you prefer a corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac, or a secluded lot with a birds eye view of a nearby river?

Maybe this will be a cozy home for two, or perhaps you have a large extended family that loves nothing better than gathering for home-cooked meals over the holidays.  All of this comes into play when planning your custom home.  The architectural style and exterior finishes are equally important—the aesthetics are what will make you truly content in your home season after season, so you want to be sure you know what you desire. 

The finishing touches inside are equally essential—flooring, cabinets, countertops, plumbing and light fixtures—all the fine details that give your home character and carry your signature.  With technology comes added flourishes for the modern home that can make our lives easier day to day—smart televisions/internet and alarm systems just to name a few.

Building a mountain home of your own has many other benefits that contribute to better health and stronger finances. Homes built today are increasingly green, and more and more in tune with the environment of the precious NC mountain land. This often means less toxic construction materials, instead relying upon materials that enhance the landscape and improve your wellbeing. 

In terms of your finances, a smart house means better energy efficiency and lower expenses for both electric and water usage.  Energy efficient windows, water heaters and furnaces all go a long way to helping you save. 

Also along with new construction comes less maintenance and fewer repairs for at least the first decade of your home.  And in many cases, home owners’ insurance costs are less when the construction is new.   All of these savings will allow you to take that dream vacation, purchase that boat, or pursue that hobby you’ve had in mind for years.

When you design and build your own home you can take all of your family’s needs into account.  Do you need the master bedroom on the first floor, or is a large screened-in porch vital?  When your home fulfills your family’s needs, everyone’s health improves. 

Are you looking for privacy?  Then choose a home tucked away on a larger parcel of land.  Do you long for the feel of a close-knit neighborhood?  Then purchase that adorable mountain house surrounded by welcoming neighbors.  When you buy a resale home, you no doubt bypass the decision-making and stress that accompany creating a design and embarking on the building process. 

For some this process is exhilarating, for others it’s to be avoided.  Maybe you truly want a new home with the least amount of exertion.  With many resale homes, personal improvements may already exist—lighting fixtures, curtain rods, or ceiling fans.  In some cases, the seller wants to simplify the process as well, and this means giving you the opportunity to purchase furnishings or other items, especially if they are in the process of downsizing.   Additionally, you may inherit a home with gorgeous and mature landscaping that accents your property.  Move in and sit back on your porch and breathe in those sweet flowers already in bloom!  And if you desire an update here or there, you can make these improvements on your timetable.

Now that you’re informed, we’d like to become the top on your North Carolina list when you’re searching to buy or build your dream home. We have over a dozen builder floor plans ready to go, allowing you to begin the process as soon as you’ve selected that perfect plot of land for your family. 

Come and meet our professionals who can show you some of the most popular floor plans such as The Cumberland Trace with 3 bedrooms, two and a half baths, 1,630 square feet—with an open living plan, the master bedroom on the main level, spacious guest bedrooms and a detachable garage.  Using natural materials—wood, stone and glass, this is a fantastic rustic home.

The Mallard, reminiscent of lake living with natural colors and materials, is another often chosen design, with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 2,021 square feet, the master suite is situated on the main level, alongside an open kitchen/dining/great area, vaulted beamed ceilings and an optional garage.

Another design sensation is the Powder River, three bedrooms, two baths, 2,097 square feet, the master suite is conveniently located on the main level, along with a triangle of open kitchen, dining and great room areas and garage.  This stone and wood home is graced with porthole windows, cupola and weather vane.

The Pin Oak’s strong rustic design draws upon natural stone and wood and is often chosen for its three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and 2,223 square feet.  With a master on the main floor alongside an open kitchen/great room area, there is also a spacious outdoor living porch to take in the spectacular landscape that surrounds you.

There are many more designs to choose from at The Coves—the Long Tail, the Red Sky, Camas Creek–just to name a few. 

Make your way to The Coves to tour homes already built, explore NC mountain land for sale and to see for yourself why our community is named ‘2017 Best Mountain Community of the Year’ from a respected online real estate reviews website.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir

Apples, Pumpkins and Hot Chocolate Deliciousness

This is the sweetest time of year to enjoy an outdoor stroll while sipping hot chocolate or indulging in homemade treats made by a friend and loved one. Lenoir North Carolina is an easy walking mountain town that has four mild seasons and a rarely a blanket of snow, that when it does, it doesn’t stick.

It’s when we love to wear our wool socks, soft cashmere sweaters, and sip hot apple cider in the NC mountain communities. And at night at this time of the year, the clear sky reveals millions of stars to make a Christmas wish upon.

Did you know the Lenoir-Hickory-Morganton metropolitan area is filled with delicious bakeries, in addition to apple orchards and pumpkin patches that are fun for the whole family?

If you’re looking for a Pumpkin Spice cupcake or a smooth cup of hot chocolate, look no further than these stellar restaurants and bakeries found within minutes of the gated communities near Asheville NC. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Cornerstone Bakery

(2131 N Center St. Hickory, NC | (828) 324-9994) – Locally owned and family operated, Cornerstone has a wide selection of cupcakes, cookies, cake truffles, cinnamon buns, danishes, brownies, and more. 4-5 new cupcake flavors are unveiled each week. Stop by and try a homemade warm Red Velvet cookie or their famous tiramisu.

Café Rule

(242 11th Ave NE Hickory, NC | (828) 324-2005) – Café Rule has one motto: “Life is Short. Have Dessert.” The bakery portion of the restaurant offers Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Nilla Wafer Bread Pudding, a Warm Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich, a Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and their signature Strawberry Fool, which is stewed strawberries on Texas toast topped with whipped cream.

Highland Coffeehouse

(113 Main St NW Lenoir, NC) – Do you like good coffee, great atmosphere, and even better hot chocolate? Highland Coffeehouse is a cute café spot that has fresh baked goods, locally sourced coffee, and White Hot Chocolate. Bring your laptop and do a little work outside of the house, or come later in the evening for performances from local acts.

My Local Bakery

(109 N Sterling St. Morganton, NC | (828) 432-7343) – This sweet spot offers hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Apple Turnovers, Apple Uglies, cannolis, full-sized cakes, and gourmet jumbo cupcakes. There are even special occasion cakes available for your dog! Custom cake options are available as well.

Abele’s Family Restaurant

(2115 S Sterling St. Morganton, 28655 | (828) 433 – 5400)  – Abele’s offers many different delicious desserts including apple pie, Hot Apple Dumplings, pecan pie, cheesecake, carrot cake, and fresh strawberry pie. Come on down and order an Old Fashioned Milkshake with your slice!

If you enjoy hayrides, corn mazes and picnics while you’re looking for NC mountain cabins or sale, these three spots in our area your family will love:

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

(57 Sugar Hollow Road Fairview, NC) – The Hickory Nut Gap farm has dozens of Fall festivities that are fun for the whole family. This includes The Corn Maze, Hay Climb, Kiddie Cart Rides, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Horse Rides, and more. Visit the pumpkin patch and apple orchard and head home ready for pumpkin carving and pie baking. There are also barn dances every Friday from 6-9.

Apple Hill Orchard Cider Mill

(2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue Morganton, NC) – Apple Hill provides a fun time for the whole family. Tour the Cider Mill, browse the country store, pick from dozens of apple varieties, or enjoy freshly baked pies and friend apples from the bakery.

Perry Lowe Orchards

(8741 NC Hwy 16 N Moravian Falls, NC | (828) 632 – 7913) – Perry Lowe pasteurizes their own apple cider. Try Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Suncrisp, Goldrush, and a Mix cider made up of 4 different apples. Perry Lowe also dries their own apples, and has dried apples available in over 10 different varieties. Tours are by appointment only.

Lenoir is also home to The Coves Mountain River Club, gaining a reputation as one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC. Our perfect mountain paradise has a community garden and vineyard, miles and miles of hiking trails, a full service equestrian center, a mountaintop lodge with beautiful sunset views looking over an infinity-view swimming pool, and more.

If you’ve been looking into NC mountain cabins for sale, look no more. We can quickly build them in all shapes and sizes. Choose from stunning views of Grandfather Mountain and Table Rock Mountain, live near the crystal clear Johns Creek, or among the fresh air forest with a private wooded setting.

Come check out one of the most dazzling NC mountain communities in the Carolinas. On December 2, 2017 is our last Cook-off competition of the year at our stunning mountain summit clubhouse. The delicious theme is apple pie and chilli and you’re invited.

Call us at 828.754.0700 for more info and to schedule a tour!

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