Western Piedmont Symphony Kicks Off 52nd Season


Fifty-two. It’s the number of white keys on a concert piano. The number of sacred books Johann Sebastian Bach kept in his personal library alongside his collection of musical instruments. It’s also the number of the opus regarded worldwide as Franz Shubert’s most popular piece. (We’ve come to know Op. 52 No. 6 as the “Ave Maria.”)

These days, the number 52 is music to the ears of classical music lovers throughout Western North Carolina as they celebrate the 52nd season of their beloved Western Piedmont Symphony. There’s so much to celebrate about this hidden gem located in Historic Downtown Hickory NC. It’s the only professional orchestra in a 10-county region, and it’s just a short drive away for residents of The Coves Mountain River Club and all our neighbors in the beautiful foothills NC, one of the best places to find Carolina mountain property.

Together with its in-house youth symphony and resident string quartet (the only one of its kind in the state), the Western Piedmont Symphony offers a combined 70 performances annually to nearly 40,000 concert-goers of all ages. Under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony produces an outstanding series of quality music performances year after year.

The WPS season consists of five Masterworks concerts, four Chamber Classic concerts, two Youth Symphony performances, and one Pops Concert. In addition, WPS offers a variety of outdoor concerts for audiences of all ages – from preschoolers to senior citizens – designed to create a lifelong love and appreciation for classical music. As one of Hickory NC’s finest cultural arts institutions, this esteemed nonprofit has a mission “to provide musical performances of distinction” and “to nourish new audiences.”

To stay true to their mission, WPS offers a variety of programs specifically designed to enrich, enlighten, and entertain classical music lovers and to cultivate new fans of the classics:

Rug Concerts introduce preschoolers to classical music at an early age.
In-School Education Programs present concerts to all public school students in Greater Hickory Metro Area’s six school districts along with a music curriculum (developed by Maestro John) every year for music education teachers.
Youth Symphony introduces young musicians to the full orchestra experience by allowing them to learn, practice, and perform with fellow youth musicians under the tutelage of a professional music conductor/instructor.
Silver Serenades treats seniors living in local assisted-living, retirement, and nursing facilities to age-specific concerts performed by the WPS resident quartet.
Family Concerts encourage families to share an enriching experience that develops an appreciation for classical music and encourages lasting family memories and traditions.

The Western Piedmont orchestra is a cultural arts nonprofit focused on enriching the community, not only through education and outreach, but also through excellence in music performance. The WPS Orchestra is an extraordinary group of musicians, having twice been awarded the American Prize in the Professional Orchestra division (2013, 2015). And they’re committed to making classical music accessible to all.

So if you’re looking for culturally stimulating things to do in Hickory NC, and if you’ve been promising to introduce your loved ones, young and old, to an enriching classical music experience, the Western Piedmont Symphony is a great place to start.

Western Piedmont Symphony’s 52nd anniversary season runs from September 2016 through May 2017. The theme of this year’s series is “Classical Constellations” and promises to include many of your classical favorites in addition to a world premiere called “In Pursuit – A Concerto for Level Harp and Orchestra.” This original composition brings together the talents of world-renowned harpist Maeve Gilchrist with North Carolina’s own Luke Benton, resident composer and violinist with the Western Piedmont Symphony.

Take it from Maestro John Gordon Ross – this Classical Constellation season of beautiful music in the Blue Ridge will have the stars aligning as the WPS brings together dozens of award-winning professional musicians from every corner of the state to “honor the traditional and not so traditional” with a variety of exciting options from each of Western Piedmont Symphony’s four programs:


This season’s WPS Masterworks Series include tributes to the music and visual arts of the past through the 20th century and features the works of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and more. Masterworks I, IIII, IV, and V will take place at the newly renovated P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory. Masterworks II will be held at the more intimate Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block.

Masterworks I: HOMAGE
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring guest artist Solomon Eichner on piano and conducted by Maestro John Gordon Ross:

• Trittico Botticelliano (Respighi)
• Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel)
• Piano Concerto #3 in D minor, Op. 30 (Rachmaninoff)

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30PM
Drendel Auditorium | SALT Block
Featuring the award-winning Piedmont Orchestra with music directed/conducted by John Gordon Ross:
• “Flight of the Bumble-Bee” from Tsar Saltan (Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
• Symphony #82 in C Major (L’ours, The Bear) (Franz Josef Haydn)
• “Bluebird Pas De Deux” from The Sleeping Beauty (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky)
• Peter and the Wolf (Serge Prokofiev)

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring guest artist Marjorie Bagley on violin:
• Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43a (Ludwig van Beethoven)
• Symphony #4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
• Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring world-renowned harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist and composer/violinist Luke Benton:
• Tam O’Shanter Overture, Op. 51 (Malcolm Arnold)
• In Pursuit Concerto for Lever Harp and Orchestra (Gilchrist/Benton) **WORLD PREMIERE**
• Symphony #3 in A minor, Op. 56 (Scottish) (Mendelssohn/Bartholdy)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring Baron Fenwick on piano:
• As Waters Cover the Earth: A Tribute to Mozart (Warshauer)
• Piano Concerto #5 in E-flat Major, Op. 78 (Beethoven)
• Symphony #5 in E minor, Op. 64 (Tchaikovsky)


This season’s Chamber Classics series welcomes back the Hickory Metro String Quartet, Tesla, for all four concerts. Performances are held on Saturday evenings at 7:30PM in the Drendel Auditorium.

On Fridays prior to each performance date, the Chamber Classics series presents “Soup, Salad & Strings.” Music is performed by Tesla with lunch catered by a popular local restaurant and served in a casual bistro setting. Ticket prices include the performance, plus lunch with complimentary wine or beer and dessert. Doors and beverage bar open at 11:30AM, and music begins at 12:00 noon in the Keiser Community Room of the West Wing on the SALT Block.

Chamber Classics I
Saturday, September 17, 2016 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:00 Noon

Chamber Classics II
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:00 Noon

Chamber Classics III
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:00 Noon
Friday, March 17, 2017, 12:00 Noon

Chamber Classics IV
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00 Noon


The WPS Youth Symphony performs two concerts annually. The first concert of the season is the Fall Concert conducted by Maestro Joby Brunjes. It takes place Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00PM, in Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block and features seasonal favorites by this talented group of young musicians.


Everyone loves a holiday concert. This season WPS is presenting “The Nutcracker Ball” as this year’s Pops Concert. It features the Hickory Jazz Orchestra playing the music of Duke Ellington. The Nutcracker Ball will be held at the J.E. Broyhill Center on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Mark your calendars now and add this to your list of holiday things to do in Hickory NC!

And while you’re at it, be sure to schedule a visit to The Coves Mountain River Club. Located in Lenoir NC, just a quick drive from Downtown Hickory, it’s one of Western North Carolina’s most popular communities of NC mountain homes. At The Coves, you’re treated to five miles of pristine river footage, spectacular scenic mountain views, and the glorious sounds of nature. Living here is music to your eyes and ears, an experience to be enjoyed 52 weeks a year!

The Coves is the first place people turn when they start exploring Carolina mountain property for retirement living. Its close proximity to Hickory and other quaint towns in the foothills NC is just one of the many reasons to explore this scenic-rich, amenity-packed community. Come visit The Coves to take a tour of our custom-built homes and say hello to the neighbors relaxing at Pisgah Mountain Lodge as they enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and talk about the events of their day – working out at the state-of-the-art fitness center, fishing along the Johns River, bringing in their harvest from the community garden, or enjoying an afternoon of Soup, Salad & Strings in nearby Hickory.

Call The Coves Welcome Center at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit.

And be sure to tell us you’re interested in attending a Western Piedmont Symphony performance and other fun things to do in Hickory NC. We’ll be happy to help you coordinate your visit so you can sample the best of Lenoir, Hickory, and all the hidden gems in the foothills NC.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for your complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide. It’s packed 84 pages of information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention Returns to Lenoir NC

Labor Day Weekend brings the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention to the foothills, and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the music that dates back to the 18th century when settlers first began to establish the mountain towns in North Carolina. It all happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3590 Highway 268 in Lenoir (

Here are some of the fine performers on the 2016 roster:

Laura Boosinger & Midnight Plowboys, a roots music string band from Asheville, NC. During their recording career from 1980 to 1990, they focused on fiddle tunes but also ventured into Cajun, Texas swing, waltzes and even honky-tonk and early rock ‘n’ roll.

Strictly Strings began as an old-time fiddle class in the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program and branched out to become a popular band that’s appeared at festivals, dances and private events. They’re best friends and love performing together.

The acoustic trio Strictly Clean and Decent features the vocal harmonies of Patrick Crouch, Ron Shuffler, and Kay Crouch over a solid instrumental foundation. Their eclectic repertoire includes modern American, Canadian and Irish folk songs, traditional and contemporary bluegrass breakdowns Celtic airs and dance tunes and many other genres.

You’re sure to enjoy the classic family harmonies of the Cockman Family. They’ve been performing their sweet blend of bluegrass and traditional gospel since 1988. Adding to their popularity is the warmth of the strong family bond that is so apparent in all their music.

The Harris Brothers, often called “the people’s band”, stay close to the roots of early American music, expressing deep, honest feelings and true emotion that resonates even with today’s audiences. But they’re versatile as well, and you’re guaranteed to become a fan once you see them perform live.

You’ll hear everything from swing tunes to sweet waltzes when Spirit Fiddle takes the stage. Champion fiddler Robin Warren and guitarist Brian Clancey keep the energy level high as they take you on an entertaining musical journey through bluegrass, French Canadian and Celtic jigs and reels, Parisian musette and even old popular songs.

Watch the Jeff Little Trio perform and you’ll soon lose any doubt you might have had about the piano as an instrument of early American music. Influenced by the flat-pick method of guitar playing, the Blue Ridge native will surprise you by the speed, precision and clarity of his playing. Jeff has appeared on National Public Radio, PBS and at the American Folk Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festive and the America Piano Masters Series.

And Steve and Donna Bing display their remarkable talent and versatility as they demonstrate the diverse playing styles of Cajun, Appalachian old-time, Texas swing and roots tunes from Texas and Louisiana at their Cajun Music Workshop.

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is a volunteer project committed to the preservation and promotion of the music that’s such a rich tradition in this part of the country. In conjunction with the Caldwell County Arts Council and the Happy Valley Ruritan Club, it’s been a popular event for twelve years.

This is another example of the cultural treasures that are yours to enjoy in and around the mountain towns in North Carolina. Happy Valley is also home to quilters, woodworkers and other craft artists, painters, and storytellers. It also boasts thirteen sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you’re looking for the ideal place to settle down, we think you’ll find it when buying real estate in Lenoir NC. Western North Carolina land for sale is long known for its natural splendor, year-round mild weather and friendly residents, the area offers just the right combination of rural ambiance and easy accessibility to things you might need and places you want to go.

The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir is impressive not only for its perfect location on the Johns River but also for its remarkable, affordable home designs. Real estate in Lenoir NC is an integral part of its environment, with every element carefully designed to complement its breathtaking natural setting. When you’re looking at Western North Carolina land for sale, be sure to visit The Coves and see how it epitomizes all that’s good about living in the foothills.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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

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Music on the Lawn – High Country NC

What do the Western North Carolina towns of Blowing Rock, Boone, and Banner Elk have in common? For one thing, they make up WNC’s High Country, an area that’s earned the nickname “nature’s year-round playground” thanks to its wealth of recreational, cultural, and sporting events offered throughout the year. These towns have also made their way onto several lists of best mountain towns in North Carolina for retirement living. But one of our favorite things about these buzz-worthy towns is they happen to be conveniently located within an hour’s drive of The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC.

Geographical desirability is just one of many perks that makes living at The Coves such a pleasure. Imagine this. You decide it’s time to make your dream of southern mountain living a reality. You begin by searching Western North Carolina land for sale. Your search leads you to The Coves Mountain River Club where you have a choice of affordable luxury home sites, from a cozy cottage on a quarter acre site, to an elegantly designed estate home on an expansive equestrian parcel.

You choose something in between – a traditional four-bedroom home on three acres of riverfront property where you’re treated to gorgeous mountain-river views, and your fresh catch-of-the-day is just a few steps away! Your home’s floor plan is open and breezy with charm-for-days. You fill your master suite with hand-crafted hickory wood furnishings from one of Western North Carolina’s famous furniture outlets. (All the big names have factories nearby.) You spruce up your home with even more local charm by decorating your southern kitchen and your spacious great room with pretty pottery, one-of-a-kind antiques, and traditional Appalachian tapestries you found in the quaint little boutiques, craft shops, and art galleries that fill the lovely mountain towns in North Carolina.

Your mountain home dream has finally come true! But this is just the beginning of your new life in Lenoir. Now it’s time to celebrate by enjoying some live local music. Living so close to High Country, you have easy access to all the hottest cultural events, seasonal festivals, and live music concerts! Why not treat yourself to some music on the lawn? You live in the Blue Ridge Mountains after all. And when the scenery outside your window is as beautiful as this, you want to spend your leisure time soaking in this gorgeous landscape.

That’s where music on the lawn comes in. If you haven’t enjoyed an outdoor concert Appalachian-style, it’s time to get a taste of this beautiful mix of music and mountains. And with so many free concerts to choose from, there’s no reason not to treat yourself, and bring along your friends and neighbors.

All of the High Country concert series listed below are FREE of charge, and all are family-friendly.

Blowing Rock (May – October)

One of the High Country’s most popular outdoor concert series is Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock. This dynamic series features a different band each Friday from May through October (5:30-8:30 p.m.). There’s a cash bar and lawn menu so you can enjoy the concert along with some light al fresco fare. There’s no charge for entry. Just bring a lawn chair and enjoy your evening on the beautifully landscaped grounds of this picturesque mountain resort in the heart of the historic village of Blowing Rock NC.

Next up in the 2016 line-up for Music on the Lawn:
• SEP 03 Shelby Rae Moore
• SEP 09 Soul Benefactor
• SEP 16 The Nautical Wheelers
• SEP 23 Harris Brothers
• SEP 30 Lucky Strikes
• OCT 07 Soul Benefactor
• OCT 14 Klee and Mike

Boone (June – August)

The Jones House Lawn hosts its own summer concert series each year from June through August. Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. every Friday, and musical offerings range from jazz to bluegrass to gospel. The concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair, and stake out your perfect spot on the law at this popular cultural and community center in Downtown Boone.

Banner Elk (June – September)

The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce presents a summer music Concerts in the Park Series every Thursday from June through September at Tate-Evans Park. These weekly concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and take place under the stars on the grounds of this community park. You’ll want to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and you can even pack a picnic. But if you prefer to purchase food on site, you can visit one of the concert vendors and choose from a variety of foods, soft drinks, and locally crafted beverages (beer and wine). Each week features live music by a popular North Carolina band. It’s a line-up that’s suitable for the whole family and will keep you and yours entertained all summer long.

Music on the lawn under the star-speckled skies in beautiful Blue Ridge country is an experience like no other. And it’s all served up for free. That’s Southern hospitality for you!

By now you can see why life at The Coves offers the best of both worlds – a quiet mountain retreat that’s just a stone’s throw from where all the action is. Why not make a trip to The Coves, and get started on making your dream come true?

The Coves Mountain River Club is more than just a place to live. It’s a community of friends with something in common – they all followed their hearts to Western North Carolina where they found their dream homes in a spectacular scenic mountain-river retreat with top-notch amenities and easy access to the best-loved small mountain towns in North Carolina.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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

Tags: Blowing Rock | Performing Arts

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Bluegrass Music TrailsIn the wise words of Bill “Father of Bluegrass” Monroe, “Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.” As true mountain fans know,  Blue Ridge mountain music has a way of weaving its signature blend of roots-y hometown heritage with folks-y warmth and an authenticity that’s as uniquely fresh as the clear waters that run through the mountain towns in North Carolina.

The annual Blue Ridge mountain music festivals Monroe referred to are a staple of mountain living for serious music fans in beautiful NC mountain communities like The Coves Mountain River Club. In our gated mountain community along the placid Johns River, you’ll find mountain elevations of up to 1,700 feet, exciting outdoor amenities, and friendly neighbors to enjoy it all with. These are the folks you can to share your days with, from morning sun salutations on adjacent poolside yoga mats to nature hiking with the dogs, fishing along the riverbank, and therapeutic vegetable harvesting in the Coves’ community gardens, before relaxing with a glass of wine on the wrap-around porch up at the neighborhood mountaintop lodge. This cozy veranda is the perfect place to play your favorite bluegrass CD or strum a guitar with a group of friends as you watch the sun set slowly behind the majestic Grandfather Mountain and Table Rock Mountain. This is a place where music and wine is savored, friendships are formed, and memories are made.

It’s also a perfect place for planning new excursions with friends old and new. And when your friends are as in to bluegrass as you are, there’s no better way to get your fill of that traditional down-home music than by taking a music tour of the mountain towns in North Carolina surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway, where nature’s hillsides are steep and bluegrass roots run deep.

Lucky for bluegrass fans, there’s a great project called the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. This celebration of music uncovers the best-of-the-best in local fiddling, banjo playing, tune-swapping, storytelling, singing and dancing, and compiles it all for you in a music guidebook that leads visitors to the most authentic traditional music venues the NC foothills have to offer. Established by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, this musical guide unites local music scenes, arts councils, event organizers, musicians, and dancers from 29 counties across Western North Carolina, and provides music lovers with a mountain music experience that is unmatched.

The guide is available both in print and online (with interactive map!) and provides dates, locations, and descriptions of musical happenings taking place throughout the 29 participating counties. Looking for a front porch jam session? Or are you in the mood for a more formal concert in a proper auditorium? How about a church-organized music festival or a good old-fashioned street dance? It’s all in the guide!

There are regular gigs along the trail, such as Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville and Wednesday Morning Bluegrass and a Biscuit at Hardee’s Red Burrito in Lenoir. So plan your visit according to your tastes in both food and music.

In addition to the recurring events that pepper the music trail, there’s also a full list of festivals and a directory of special events that celebrate the rich music traditions of this region.

Here’s a sample of some upcoming events taking place along the Blue Ridge Music Trails in the Asheville/Lenoir area in 2016:

  • Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Ashe County Park - Jefferson, NC  – July 22 (7:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
  • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival at Diana Wortham Theatre - Asheville, NC  August 4 (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention at Jones Farm - Lenoir, NC September 2 (7:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
  • Heritage Weekend Festival at Folk Art Center - Asheville, NC September 17 (10:00 a.m.–  4:00 p.m.)

Visitors to the area will be thrilled by this music-inspired drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway that steers you into the rich world of old-time and modern bluegrass, gospel, and string band music, as well as authentic Appalachian clogging, flatfooting, and other legendary forms of traditional dance. Locals will be surprised by the sheer number of concert venues and music happenings – everything from popular music halls to informal jam sessions – that are thriving in this region. Many lifelong North Carolinians admit to discovering venues they never even knew existed until they checked out the Blue Ridge Music Trails guidebook. And, of course, once they learn about them, they gather their friends and hit the trail for an unforgettable music adventure.

Since music is best shared with friends, Blue Ridge Music Trails also offers guided group tours with itineraries tailored to individual group tastes and preferences. Tour planners, group leaders, and motor coach operators are available to help music lovers select, plan, and navigate the many music venues, street fairs, and outdoor festivals along the 29-county route. They also help arrange meal planning, vineyard tours, private traditional music programs, and more!

In the charming mountain towns in North Carolina, there’s always music in the air. And Blue Ridge Mountain Trails of North Carolina is a unique and glorious way to experience this authentic roots music in the mountains that gave birth to blue ridge mountain music. It’s an experience to be remembered for years to come.

It’s the kind of experience you’ll want to relive again and again on that porch chair at Pisgah Mountain Lodge with your neighbors at The Coves, one of the best  NC mountain communities for friend-making, music-playing, and memory-sharing.

“Country music belongs to America,” Bill Monroe said. And the sheer joy and relaxation of mountain living belongs to those who appreciate all that good country music, good neighbors, and a rustic outdoor luxury lifestyle delivers. All of this – and year-round access to Blue Ridge Music Trails – makes The Coves Mountain River Club a mountain music lover’s paradise.

So gather a group of music-loving friends and plan your own trip to Western North Carolina where you can combine your Blue Ridge Music Trails adventure with a visit to The Coves and the mountain towns in North Carolina that provide endless activities (art, music, shopping, and festivals galore) to our residents.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide to learn more about the area (and us).

Tags: Lenoir | Performing Arts

Caldwell County Performing Arts at JE Broyhill Civic Center

Lenoir NC EventsWhen it comes to Lenoir NC events, Caldwell County performing arts is known for delivering fun and comfort all in one pack. At the JE Broyhill Civic Center, residents cannot afford to miss the glamor that comes with the annual events often meant to showcase talent in the fields of music, drama, and comedy. As if not enough, the center is home to countless concerts where local and international bands entertain audiences of all ages in different weekends and selected weekdays.

With a 1,000 seat auditorium fitted with excellent acoustics, the center boasts an impressive attendance of all the Lenoir NC events year round. Most attribute the presence to the central location on Highway 321. Its 7,660 square foot conference hall offers generous space for wedding receptions, parties, corporate meetings and family get togethers. The center sits 15.3 miles away from Interstate 40, about 19 miles from Morgantown and 25 miles from Blowing Rock.


If you are planning to attend the upcoming music concerts and performances while you’re searching for real estate in Lenoir NC, you need to peruse you better examine the events calendar, or risk missing your favorite. In the coming months, several family-friendly festivals go down every month with music performances from:

  • Milton Harkey Bluegrass presenting Dailey and Vincent on Saturday at 7:30 pm.
  • Mandolin Orange expected to grace the Showcase event with the hit American folk.

Other than the music concerts, the center is a famed for hosting community events, scheduled to occur in different months. Some of this event include:

  • The Heritage Christian School presentation “Cheaper by Dozen”
  •  Barrage 8
  • The Caldwell Cuisine Tasting – Australian

Whether you are living in Carolina mountain homes or planning to relocate, you may consider scheduling your visit to match the annual events dates. A visit to Western North Carolina is not complete without attending perhaps some of the festivals such as:

  •  The Caldwell Ancient Musicians showcase
  • The Disney Fantasia Concert
  • Jesus Christ Superstar performance
  • Annual bike rides

While much revolves around the organized events happening inside the auditorium, there’s more than meets the eye. In fact, attending the Lenoir NC events might be fun but not sufficient to give you a holistic feel of the local experience. Just as close to the Carolina Mountain homes in Lenoir, one can participate in a myriad of fun activities such as the Wilson Creek, the Downtown Lenoir Cruise Ins, Tuesday night group bike rides, antique shopping, kayaking, trout fishing and hunting in selected areas.


In case, you did not know, almost all the indoor events require you to get a ticket. Often, the cost of the tickets varies with the events, the age of the attendee and the season hence the need to check the centers site upon announcements. Nevertheless, you can join the elite group to enjoy numerous entertainment programs and cultural celebrations in the County. One needs to pay a season subscription to benefit from the advantages of being in the founder’s club. You can order the tickets online or visit the JE Broyhill Civic Center office.


When it comes to real estate in Lenoir NC, The Coves Mountain River Club is a household name. It’s difficult to escape a glimpse of the natural, compelling beauty of the natural forests, and cozy estates set up on the mountain top or along the Johns River. Living along the river, surrounded by natural forests is a rare combination hence the reason people are ready to seize the opportunity to live in a mountain paradise.

Amenities at The Coves include a mountaintop lodge with infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and outdoor living room with incredible views of Table Rock Mountain. Along the Johns River, more amenities include a full service equestrian center, two community gardens, Coleton’s Swimming Hole, Coves River Park and several waterfalls. Over 39 miles of hiking and horse trails weave in and around the community.

Folks searching for prime real estate in Lenoir NC will find homesites on the top of the mountain, along the river, equestrian land parcels and private wood estates. Popular builder floor plans capture the maximum living space while welcoming the outdoors inside through spacious great rooms, large kitchens and vaulted ceilings. Homesites are priced from $39,900.

Give us a call at 828.754.0700. We’d love to show you around.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine comprised of helpful relocation information.

Tags: Lenoir | Performing Arts