Harper School of Music – Arts & Education in Lenoir NC

things to do in Lenoir NC

Lenoir is known not only for being one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina, but for its vibrant arts and music scene. Founded in 2006, The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts is dedicated to delivering the finest quality of musical and performing arts instruction to the Caldwell County area. The school puts on numerous recitals, concerts, and workshops, in addition to individual and group classes for students of all age, skill levels, financial circumstances.

Since its inception, over 2,500 students have been enrolled in private lessons, group lessons, and outreach programs. The Harper School offers on-going enrollment for private lessons, which gives one the opportunity to sign up at any time of the year. Voice, musical instrument, and dance lessons are available in 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute sessions. And it’s not just for children. The Harper Concert Band performs three to four times a year – and features 56 adults.

The Harper School on College Avenue also features George Figueroa’s Harper Chamber Music Academy, which was established in October of 2012. Locals can sign up for one-on-one coaching sessions from student teachers or even George himself! Tuition for the Chamber Music Academy is $240 for a one coaching hour a week. Instruments include violin, cello, and piano. The schedule for Chamber Music Semesters is as follows: September 15th-December 15th, January 16th-Match 15th, and March 16th-May 17th.

In the summertime, The Harper School holds two summer band camps: Intermediate Band Camp in July for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students, and Beginner Band Camp for sixth grade students. Enjoy a concert at the end of each semester, chamber music festivals, and showcase performances from students. Recently ‘Home for the Holidays’ took place and included a music crawl in local host homes followed by a finale with performers, sweet treats, raffles, door prizes, and even a silent auction. Proceeds benefited the scholarship program for potential students in need of financial aid at the Harper School. For more information about the school or to enroll in lessons, call Karen Burton at 828-754-2297. Monthly payment plans are available.

The Harper School is conveniently located in Lenoir, home to one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, our Coves Mountain River Club, and is just one of the many things residents can enjoy. After a long day of hiking along the Johns River, our residents can sit back, relax, and enjoy the 360-degree mountain view at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge facing the High Country mountain range. The lodge is the social hub of the community and where guest lectures, musical performances and cook-off competitions take place.

Equestrian enthusiasts who live in our community have access to Round Mountain Ranch. Our full service equestrian center offers boarding, private lessons and trail rides along the mountain-fed Johns River which originates at Grandfather Mountains. During the summer months, you’ll find residents taste testing in Evelyn’s Vineyard, one of our two community gardens in our community. It’s the perfect place to own a mountain home

Whether you prefer to ‘play’ at home or head off into town for a class or performance, you’ll never run out of things to do in Lenoir NC.

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.

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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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2017 Spring Concerts at Caldwell Community College (CCCTI)

lifelong learning and concerts

Beginning this month, Caldwell Community College will bring sweet music to the ears of all who are in search of things to do in Lenoir NC. Another cheerful reason to leave the comfort of our cozy Carolina mountain homes for a few hours.  Caldwell Community College’s Free Performing Artist Series is just around the corner and begins on February 16th.  This is a renewed series that boasts five free concerts for students, employees, as well as the entire community—whether to continue your quest for lifelong learning, or simply to sit back and be joyfully entertained. The series is presented by the Associate in Fine Arts Music Program under the leadership of Program Director Justin Butler.

Be sure to mark these concert dates on your calendar: 

  • February 16, 2017; 1 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of CCC&TI 

Diali Cissokho, is a renowned korist, (a 21-stringed African harp), and a talented percussionist from Senegal.  Cissokho’s concert presents a warm reflection of West African music.  This musician is also a respected songwriter and with a magical voice. This concert is free and open to the public.

 • March 20, 2017; 1 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of  CCC&TI

Kay and Patrick Crouch are adored local musicians, presenting “Americana Roots and Branches,”  which celebrates the popularity of Americana Music in the 21st Century. This concert features music from Americana Music Honors and Awards winners Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Guy Clark, Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez. This afternoon event is free and open to the public. 

April 12, 2017; 1 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of CCC&TI 

The CCC&TI Music Faculty Guitar Quartet, featuring faculty members:  Justin Butler, Paul Holt, David Smith, and Robert Steadman.  Another free concert which is open to the public.

May 2, 2017; 12:15 pm; B-100 on Hudson Campus of CCC&TI

A Spring choral concert under the direction of Dr. Vincent Crist.  This afternoon is free and open to the public. 

May 4, 2017; 12:15 pm; St. James Episcopal Church, Sanctuary Room; 806 College Avenue SW, Lenoir.

The second Spring concert under the direction of Dr. Vincent Crist–also free and open to the public. “The initial purpose of the Performing Artists Series was to provide cultural and educational music performances for CCC&TI students, staff and faculty, as well as the greater Caldwell community free of charge.  We’re very happy to have the opportunity to revive the series and again provide these unique musical experiences for our students and the community,” Justin Butler said regarding this illustrious program.

For more information on any of these events or for more information on the AFA Music Program at CCC&TI, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2357

CCC&TI, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, was established in 1964 with two campuses—the Caldwell Campus, or the main campus, 2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638, ((828) 726-2200) and the smaller Watauga Campus, (828) 297-3811 which was opened in 1987, located at 372 Community College Drive, PO Box 3318, Boone, NC 28607.

Enrollment is nearly 4,000 curriculum students, 10,583 continuing education students, and a little over 1,000 adult education students. CCC&TI is a public community college that proudly serves the residents of Caldwell and Watauga counties.  For all of us who are interested in lifelong learning, these two campuses of CCC&TI have all we need to satiate our educational needs.  There’s nothing better than enriching your life through gaining new knowledge–no matter how old we are or whether we’ve retired or are still engaged in an active career.

These two campuses are perfectly situated for those who own Carolina mountain homes in the foothills or in Boone. The central main location provides convenience and the school’s versatile curriculum provides something for everyone looking for things to do in Lenoir NC.  The Caldwell Campus in Hudson is accessible to the residents of Lenoir, as it’s a mere five miles away from The Coves, and to Hickory, a mere ten miles’ distance.

The college’s Watauga Campus is situated in the northwest mountains which offers all of those who study, or visit for concerts and other cultural events, incredible views, as well as opportunities to ski or drive the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway. The Watauga Campus is also a convenient three miles from the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

There are over a hundred curriculum programs and a broad selection of continuing education courses for those who are wanting to satisfy their quest for lifelong learning–whether during the day, evening, on campus or online–to accommodate the lifestyle and scheduling needs of all community members. A partnership with the public school systems and local governments in Caldwell and Watauga counties, ensures the school functions with efficiency and professionalism.  More than 200,000 students have pursued their education at CCC&TI, in the process awarding credentials, degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The combination of educational opportunities and the variety of free entertainment offered by CCC&TI truly enhances life at the Coves, for those of us who own Carolina mountain homesThe Spring Concert Series is not to be missed when you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC over these next months leading into warmer weather in the mountains when outdoor recreation dominates every day activities.

The good news. There are plenty of opportunities to share the melodies of talented musicians alongside your neighbors, or beside your family and friends living at The Coves.

Our gated mountain community has a variety of wellness amenities, both natural and man-made. Hike to waterfalls or enjoy yoga outside the fitness center at Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Own a mountain home at The Coves is bliss. Our home styles include one level ranches or three story homes with floor to ceiling views that will take your breath away. Buyers can choose from riverfront property, pastoral acreage or homesites with long range mountain views.

Stop by in the spring, enjoy a concert and take a tour of our beautiful gated community. Meet our residents, hike our trails and tour a wide diversity of mountain homes. Our homesites begin in the high $30’s. Here you can find large land parcels up to 20 acres too.

Ask us to send you the most popular builder floor plans and our helpful 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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United Arts Council of Catawba County – Learning is Living


Now that you’re considering a move to The Coves, here’s a fun and learn something new. The United Arts Council of Catawba County is starting the year off right with a fun-filled line-up of art exhibits, science exhibits, and live performances. Catawba County is located nearby in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Area. Because the county is sheltered by mountains, residents enjoy mild winters and refreshing summer climates where they can enjoy the area’s lakes and rivers and the best North Carolina trout fishing.

Catawba is home to a vibrant, art-focused community that supports local artists, provides education in the arts & sciences, and has several venues that put on lifelong learning events that are fun for the whole family. The year is kicking off with a fun-filled line-up of art exhibits, science exhibits, and live performances. Here’s an overview of events near our North Carolina equestrian community:


The Hickory Museum of Art: 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Phone: 828-327-8576 | The Hickory Museum of Art houses exhibitions from local to world-renowned artists. They offer classes for kids, teens, and adults on subjects that include printmaking, portfolio building, figure drawing, and even floral workshops. 


The Green Room Theatre: 10 S Main Ave, Newton, NC 28658. Box Office Phone: 828-464-6128. Main Office Phone: 828-464-6583 | The Green Room Community Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Catawba County and surrounding communities through the preservation and growth of the dramatic arts. Their show season usually includes at least two musicals, a family show, an all-youth production, and a comedy or drama.

Hickory Community Theatre: 30 3rd St NW, Hickory, NC 28501. Box Office Phone: 828-328-2283. Main Office: 828-327-3855 | The Hickory Community Theatre is an award-winning theatre in the heart of Downtown Hickory, housed in the Old City Hall. They host a full season of plays, which include at least nine full-length shows in addition to child productions and one act plays. 


Catawba Science Center: 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28603. Phone: 828-322-8169 | The Catawba Science Center is a 35,00 sq. ft. science and technology museum dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder. They offer hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries, and a state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater. 


Full Circle Arts: 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, NC 28603. Phone: 828-322-7545 | Full Circle Arts is a non-profit artist’s cooperative of regional artists whose members work together to encourage public appreciation of, and education in, the arts. They have a gallery that displays the artwork of exhibiting members, as well as a classroom that is open for courses and workshops in various artistic mediums.

The United Arts Council of Catawba County was originally formed as the Hickory Arts Council in 1960. They were re-incorporated in 1979 as the Catawba County Council for the Arts, and adopted their current name in 2006 to reflect their partnerships with vibrant cultural organizations. Each year, they conduct a United Arts Fund campaign that provides operating support for their Funded Affiliate organizations. They strive to support local youth, encourage lifelong learning, and offer many opportunities for individuals and organizations to receive funding that allows them to promote the arts, science, and history. The UCA offers grants that include support for high school theatre productions, scholarships for Catawba County youth who want to further their independent culture studies, and funding for regional artists.

As you learn more about the foothills, you’ll find The Coves Mountain River Club a vibrant mountain community surrounded by culturally rich entertainment and lifelong learning opportunities. Here our residents watch the sunrise from the mountaintop Pigsah Mountain Lodge, sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and plant their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden.

Families (and our four-legged best friends) love taking a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months or kayaking the Johns River. The most adventurous days are spent hiking to one of our four waterfalls or horseback riding on the 39 miles of trails inside our gates. Residents also enjoy some of the finest North Carolina trout fishing in the state.

At our North Carolina equestrian community, equestrians board their horses at the Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons. The ranch is located along the shores of the mountain-fed Johns River. Our residents love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and wellness amenities. We’re confident you will too.

Whether you enjoy outdoor recreation or rich cultural lifelong learning venues, the foothills of North Carolina has it all. Come take a look.

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.

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Hickory Choral Society – Where Singers Meet in WNC

Hickory Choral Society

How busy we at this time of the year and owners of cozy Carolina mountain properties. Attending parties with work associates or with friends, shopping in our spare time, wrapping presents when our lists are all taken care of, and decorating our homes with strings of light and boughs of evergreen.  How fortunate we are to have so many things to do in Hickory NC that not only help us relax but also give us the cherished opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family.  

Music is one of holiday’s necessities, filling our hearts and homes with melodies and carols we’ve carried with us since childhood.  The Hickory Choral Society of Catawba Valley, a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, is proudly celebrating its thirty-ninth year.  This year’s Holiday Concert will be a combination of traditional works as well as new and exciting arrangements. 

The HCS is located at 243 3rd Avenue NE #2N, Hickory, NC 28601; phone–828-322-2210; office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.  There is such a strong cultural environment that is accessible to the retirement communities in Asheville NC, and the HCS plays a vibrant role.  In 1978, the Society began spreading its love of song and music.  The Society has grown in both membership and devoted followers who gather for concerts throughout the year.  There are approximately 100 singers who harmonize today, celebrating their belief “that each person, regardless of station, should be allowed to share the divine, universal gift of music and its immeasurable rewards.” 

For those of you who would like to sing with HCS, there is a new singer audition held in May on the third Monday, and a second audition possibly in August.   Volunteer singers come from nine counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and McDowell.   As Tracy Hamlin, former singer of the Society said, “once you are a member, you are always a member. It’s in your heart, your blood, your soul.”  Auditions are judged by the HCS conductor and two assistants, who also select the audition music.  Please be able to sight read choral music.   Every three years each section is re-auditioned.  Annual dues are $50.00.  Performance attire for men is traditional tuxedo, and for women dress ordered through the HCS office. 

Recent Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concerts:

• Friday, December 2, 2016, 8 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11 am *Cookies & Carols Children’s Concert*

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8 pm

• Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3 pm

Mark your calendar for upcoming  Hickory Choral Society Spring Concert

• Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3 pm

First Baptist Church, Hickory

“This was the very first Cookies and Carols occasion, kicking off a new holiday tradition for the whole family.  Join the Hickory Choral Society and orchestra members whose rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas always delivers the joy of the season.  Children are invited to sing up front with the Choral Society.  And this year there will be  some very special guests—Santa and the Grinch!  Children will be love their sweet cookie and cherish the ornament they can take home for the tree.

The cultural diversity and richness in Hickory is just one of the draws of the area for those who have chosen the retirement communities in Asheville NC.  No matter whether we are fully retired, semi-retired, or still working, there’s nothing better than discovering the variety of things to do in Hickory NC.  There’s often a misconception when we leave the metropolitan setting behind, that we won’t find the same cultural opportunities, whether it’s hearing an amazing concert, taking in a museum, or finding an unusually fine restaurant.  Fortunately, this is not the case for those of us who own Carolina mountain properties. 

The Asheville region is such a vibrant community.  The Coves Mountain River Club is located in the suburbs and is a friendly neighborhood you should explore when you enjoying things to do in Hickory NC while deciding to make this area your future home.  We are extremely blessed to have such a healthy and booming cultural arts scene in this region.   For those who visit longing to own one of the scenic Carolina mountain properties,  our inspiring mountain community is exactly the environment we dream about. Amenities include five miles of frontage on the Johns River, more than 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, a full service equestrian center, community gardens, parks and waterfalls in addition to the mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and entertainment great room. 

The Coves Mountain River Club is a pleasant drive of only a little more than an hour from Asheville off Interstate 40, and affords those who choose to live on a serene property, the opportunity to take part in the foothills culture.  Our region is known for its exemplary arts-affiliated organizations that continue to blossom from year to year and provide entertainment, education and community to all those who live in The Coves as well as the retirement communities of Asheville NC.

It’s fair to say, the hills are alive with the sound of music in Western North Carolina.

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.

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J. E. Broyhill Center Holiday Events

things to do in Lenoir NC

Lenoir is unlike many mountain towns in North Carolina. Here you’ll find a nostalgic small mountain town with big city culture. For example, there’s a variety of things to do in Lenoir NC this holiday season. Starting in November, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is hosting a number of family-friendly events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

On November 19th, the Western Piedmont Symphony will hold its annual Holiday Pops! fundraiser. This Holiday Pops! Nutcracker Ball will showcase the Hickory Jazz Orchestra performing Duke Ellington’s famous “Nutcracker Suite.” Additionally, the Caldwell Men’s Chorus will open the show with a number of holiday favorites and Just Jazz Friends will provide dinner music.

From December 1-4th, Foothills Performing Arts will present their unique interpretation of the beloved holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Stop by the Civic Center on December 17th for “A Celtic Christmas,” a special performance featuring the Silvio Martinat Swing Band and Puddingstone, a 7-member band with vocals, guitar, synthesizer, and fiddle.

If you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, look no further than the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The Center boasts a 1,000-seat theater/auditorium with fabulous acoustics, where they host an annual Showcase of Stars season, featuring a variety of family-friendly events including comedy, music, theatre, and more. The Center also has a 7,660-square foot conference facility  – with full-service catering on-site – that can be rented for everything from receptions to family reunions.

Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we feel Lenoir is by far the most charming when it comes to mountain towns in North Carolina. Lenoir is a vibrant community full of artists and nature lovers, and is perhaps best known as the birthplace of some of the most skilled and gifted craftsmen in the industry.

Lenoir is also home to The Coves Mountain River Club, a unique Lenoir NC real estate development where residents at retirement can enjoy a night out New York City-style in their own hometown. Within our gates, you find a plethora of lifestyle amenities. 

At Pigsah Mountain Lodge, our residents can take a dip in the infinity-view saline swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, and enjoy the outdoor living room with a breathtaking panoramic view of Grandfather Mountain.  Residents can also take a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot made with grapes grown straight from Evelyn’s vineyard, or enjoy horseback riding with a scenic view of four different waterfalls. People here love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and first class amenities. 

Come on in and take a tour of our Lenoir NC real estate development to see what The Coves can offer you. 

Call us at 828.754.0700.

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