What’s New at The Coves Mountain River Club

64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

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Summer visitors to the popular Highlands towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk and even many of the locals who enjoy hikes near Asheville NC are probably not aware that in the 18th century the state was the most popular destination for thousands of Scottish Highlanders migrating to the American colonies in search of a better life.

The first of them arrived in 1729, escaping laws enacted by the British aimed at destroying their culture.  The clan system was already in decline, and disruptions of the agricultural system they had relied upon led to poverty and unrest.  Ten years later, Gabriel Johnston, the Royal Governor of North Carolina (and a native Scotsman himself) began taking steps to encourage more immigration – and a heritage was established.

Donald MacDonald and Hugh Morton held the first Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain in 1955. Now, over thirty-five thousand people attend the event each July, often taking time for a visit to the picturesque and historic village nestled at the exhilarating 4000-foot Blowing Rock elevation.

This year’s Highland Games, at MacRae Meadows near Linville, begin on July 11th and run through the 14th.  They provide a great opportunity to see why those who enjoy their summers in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Highlands towns and the foothills think it’s the best place to retire in North Carolina.

The area’s year-round mild weather is a bonus for anyone who enjoys outside activities.  Enthusiasts consider hikes near Asheville NC some of the best in the country, and the waterways offer world-class fishing.  Boating, swimming, biking and golf are even more enjoyable in this uniquely beautiful natural environment.

On your way to the Highland Games – maybe about the time you reach Blowing Rock elevation – you’ll start noticing how just breathing the fresh mountain air invigorates your body, mind and soul.

Plan to arrive early on Thursday for the whiskey tasting at  Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk.  Other activities on the first day include a picnic, sheep herding demonstrations and the torchlight Opening Ceremony.  You’ll hear traditional Celtic music performances, and over 800 runners will start up the Old Yonahlossee Road in the five-mile Assault on Grandfather footrace.

Friday brings a wealth of cultural events and entertainment for all ages, ending with a Celtic rock concert at MacRae Meadows and a Scottish Country Dance gala at Lees-McRae College.  Saturday and Sunday are packed with competitions, demonstrations and traditional music and dance.  You won’t want to miss the impressive and moving Parade of Tartans, where all members of the sponsoring clans are invited to march behind the massed pipe bands.

To make sure you don’t miss any Highland Games activities and presentations, be sure to check the detailed schedule at the event’s website for dates, times and parking information.

Anyone looking for the best place to retire in North Carolina needs to spend a few days exploring the Lenoir area.  It’s the ideal location for easy access to everything wonderful this part of the state offers its residents.  Grandfather Mountain State Park is just one example, with its incredible scenery and breathtaking ecological diversity.

Living at The Coves Mountain River Club means having a long menu of summer and winter sports, cultural celebrations and leisure activities to fill your time.  It’s all right there for the taking, with no long drives or traffic hassles to mar the experience.

This is the lifestyle you’ve dreamed of.  This is your reward for a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice.  Bring us your ideas for the home you’ve always wanted, and we’ll work with you to make it happen.

The design team at The Coves Mountain River Club is used to bringing dreams to life.  Take a tour and see examples of how our innovative designs both reflect and respect their surroundings.

Then, at the end of the day, kick back at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge with a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the mountains.

Close your eyes.  Take a deep breath.  Relax.

You’re at home!

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Saturday, July 13th

6:30 AM Mountain Marathon begins in Boone, NC. Runners will arrive at Games track around 9:30 AM. Among the most strenuous marathons in the nation.

7:30 AM MacRae Meadows Opens

Amateur Heavy Athletic Qualifying Begins

Competition begins for Highland Dancing Atlantic International Championship, piping, drumming, Scottish athletic events, track & field events, Scottish country dancing and Scottish harp.

  • Scottish Fiddling Competition at Marathon Tent
  • Scottish Cultural Village
  • Children’s Highland Wrestling Competition
  • Sheep Herding
  • Massed Bands on track
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • History & Genealogy Studies at Clan Tents
  • Children’s Tent Activities
  • Celtic Grove Music
  • Highland Wrestling
  • Harp Competitions
  • Pre-Premier Highland Dance Competition
  • NC Provincial Gaelic Mod

4:00 Days events end. Preparation for Celtic Jam

6:30 – 10:30 PM Celtic Jam at MacRae Meadows.
$15 Adults / $5 Children age 5-12

Sunday July 14th

AM MacRae Meadows Opens

  • Scottish Heavy Athletic Demonstration and Clinic
  • Prelude Music for Worship Service Begins
  • Scottish Worship Service Outside main gate, bring a folding chair. Includes Kirkin ‘O’ the Tartans.
  • Scottish Cultural Village
  • Children’s Border Collie Demonstration on the main field.
  • Celtic Grove
    Entertainment Begins
  • Scottish Fiddling Workshop at the Harp Tent followed by a Jam session for fiddle and other instruments
  • Atlantic International Highland Dance Championship Competition

Competition takes place throughout the day for Scottish athletic events, sheep herding, kilted miles, children’s events, Scottish country dancing, Scottish harps, Clan Tugs-of-War. Celtic Grove entertainment continues.

History & Genealogy Studies at Clan Tents

Sheep Herding Demonstration

4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

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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Come See The Blowing Rock Mile of Flowers

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This is the sixth year of Blowing Rock’s Mile of Flowers celebration, a self-guided tour of private gardens in glorious bloom on June 28, 9:30 am until 4 in the afternoon.  Flower lovers, and those who adore Blowing Rock real estate, will be welcomed at the quaint Rotary Gazebo, 1036 Main Street, and given a wrist band to gain entry into the private gardens, as well as a map for guidance.  The tour is relaxed, allowing participants to linger in local gardens and appreciate incredibly artful and vibrant settings.  It’s an opportunity to socialize with other gardeners and share a cup of tea while learning a few horticultural tips.

Don’t forget to take some photographs to inspire ideas for the flower beds that brighten your Carolina mountain properties. A boutique in the afternoon at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church affords the opportunity to purchase hand-crafted items, plants, and garden-themed products.  The afternoon tea is held in the American Legion Hall and is accompanied by an auction of hand-painted rocks by local artists.  Guides will be available to provide gardening information, and an entrance fee of $30 covers the tea as well as the tour.  A shuttle bus will be available although most of the gardens are easily walkable.  This popular event is an opportunity for the community to come together and share their gardening passion.

This region is renowned for its stunning beauty and there’s no question that the flowers and plants that adorn our Blowing Rock real estate contribute to its natural allure.  This beauty echoes beyond our own yards.  As locals and visitors experience the many majestic hikes near Asheville–some through Pisgah National Forest, an incredible lush expanse close to Black Mountain, and running alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway to the south of Blowing Rock—they are able to take in the inspiring landscape.

In addition to Pisgah’s 192,000 acres, Grandfather Mountain provides the highest vantage point of the Blue Ridge region.  Blowing Rock has been a sightseeing attraction for the better part of a century due to Grandfather Mountain, Hawksbill and Table Rock—all popular spots for those with Carolina mountain properties who never take the beauty of western North Carolina for granted.  Our homes are tucked into a natural expanse that provides us with top-notch recreation, amazing wildlife, and views that make us pause and truly embrace the moment.

Blowing Rock’s name was born from the landscape.  This rock formation perches 1,500 feet over the John River Gorge, and causes the wind to gust upwards, carrying leaves and petals up into the North Carolina sky.  Glen Burney Falls and Glen Marie Falls are also worth visiting in this gorgeous region.  This is the time of year to visit, while setting out on your hikes near Asheville, as it’s open daily through December.

And for those with horses who are living in their Carolina mountain properties, the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve allows riders a secure place to board their horses convenient to the trails that drift on for miles through the mountains.  Twenty-five miles of horse trails are groomed and waiting for enthusiastic riders.

Blowing Rock was recognized by the national non-profit, America in Bloom, for its spectacular community flowers.  The Coves Mountain River Club is also graced by residents who truly care about the natural beauty of the landscape that surrounds them–as well as growing healthy produce and developing gardening techniques.  From their carefully-tended properties and flourishing gardens, to Isabel’s Garden, a community project that brings folks together over vegetable and flower beds, The Coves’ residents share a passion for the simple and natural life.

When you are setting out for your hikes near Asheville, stop by and visit The Coves’ gorgeous Isabel’s Gardens.   And if you are searching for BlowingRock real estate, The Coves may just be the perfect place for you to build or buy your mountain dream home.

Call us now at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

Tags: Blowing Rock | Greenways & Trails

Piesmith Pizza Opens in Lenoir NC

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Americans have shared a passion for pizza that began over a century ago with the opening of the first pizzeria in New York City. In the decades that followed, our obsession for pizza has intensified and the craft of pizza-making has become downright delicious as well as nutritious. This complete meal, especially when made with a whole grain crust, is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants–add a little lean protein and red sauce, filled with lycopene, and you’ll be serving up healthy fare for the whole family and eating to your heart’s content.

Life in the Blue Ridge Mountains just got a whole lot tastier thanks to the recent opening of the Piesmith Restaurant in its new home on the corner of 819 West Avenue. Lenoir NC restaurants keep the folks in the High Country satisfied no matter the time of day, no matter the season. Owner Stephen Loe, is well-versed in pleasing the locals, having successfully operated Loe’s Brewing for years which may reopen in a new space by 2020. Piesmith is Loe’s new pizza project with all the ingredients necessary to wow the community. Featuring ancient grain in its hand-forged pizzas, a craft beer pub (10 to choose from) and a scrumptious handmade dessert bar, (of course from scratch), accompanied by locally-roasted coffee, this establishment will be a sure-fire knock out.

Piesmith is located on the lower level of a quaint corner brick building; the Salad Bar shares the building and is located upstairs. What better accompaniment to your fresh pie? Loe assures its partners will be serving up the best salad experience of Lenoir NC restaurants. Piesmith and the Salad Bar will be a match made in Blue Ridge Mountain heaven. 819 West Avenue is the former location of Bella Torte and Charlie’s Pub. It’s great to see such prime space being put to good use, and the reviews of Piesmith already speak volumes—raving about the friendly staff and fresh interior as well as the delicious, mouth-watering fare. Added soon after opening is Piesmith’s own specialty blend of fresh-roasted coffee, “hand-roasted by the masters at Sky Mountain Coffee of Stateville, NC!” Loe was pleased to announce their plans of expanding the brew’s varieties, in addition to soon packaging it to go, as the popularity of his place grows. This way locals will be able to begin their day in the mountains, sipping the old forge blend in the comfort of their sweet homes.

Menu options are to die for!

11 inch Personal Specialty Pizzas:

Campfire: smoky Italian sausage, red peppers, red onion, Calabria, peppers, smoked gouda, tomato base, mozzarella–$12

Cookout: bbq chicken, caramelized onion, applewood bacon, cheddar, mozzarella–$11

Woodsman: white base, sautéed mushrooms, feta, spinach, truffle and herb drizzle–$12

Rajun Cajun: Cajun cream cheese base, buttered shrimp, chicken, sausage, red onions, roasted peppers, mozzarella–$13

Gyro: sliced lamb, tomato, red peppers, pepperoncini, feta, mozzarella on a cream cheese fresh drizzle and served with white tzatziki sauce–$13

Summer Garden: roasted corn, asparagus, zucchini, squash on a tomato base, light mozzarella–$11

Mediterranean: garlic olive oil base, grilled chicken, feta, olives, parmesan, red onion, served with tzatziki sauce–$12

Classic Pepperoni: red sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella–$10

Bronx: pepperoni, prosciutto, red sauce, Italian sausage, mozzarella, fresh oregano–$12

Margherita: red sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil–$11

White Pizza: olive oil, garlic, sundried tomatoes, red onions, feta, basil, mozzarella–$11

House Special: red base, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, bacon, mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions, mozzarella–$13

Carnivore: pepperoni, sausage, beef, bacon, ham, mozzarella–$12

Veg Head: red sauce, spinach, green peppers, onions, mushrooms–$11

Build Your Own: cheese $8.99; toppings $1

Buffet lunch $7; dinner $9; kids 5-12 $4.99; kids 0-4 free; no sharing or boxes to go

Soda; coffee; tea; draft beer

Folks who live at The Coves appreciate the fresh local cuisine of Lenoir NC restaurants like the Piesmith’s scrumptious and healthy fare. The Coves’ life style is all-around beneficial for its residents and their mind, body and soul. The idyllic gated community is perfectly situated in the gorgeous High Country, buffeted from the hustle and bustle but nearby to all the fabulous dining, shopping, recreation and entertainment you may crave. Those who live at The Coves can dine out at fabulous eateries, or stay in for a peaceful night at home with friends and family, cooking up their own healthy fare with fresh ingredients from their own lush gardens. Pizza is a food meant to bring people together to divvy up a pie, and The Coves is all about community. Visit The Coves and get a glimpse of what mountain life is all about, and be sure to share a fresh pizza pie in downtown Lenoir.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine!

Tags: Lenoir | Restaurants & Breweries

The TGIF Summer Concert Series is Back!

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Morganton’s foot-stomping concert series will be entertaining folks of all ages in the High Country throughout the glorious days of summer. The TGIF Concert Series has become a popular event for those who want entertaining things to do in Morganton NC—both locals and music lovers from afar. The TGIF event brings an average of 1,800 people to each concert. Crowds can double when there are special events that combine with TGIF.

This summer the free concert series runs from May 3-July 26th with a wide variety of performances to enjoy. The live bands perform from 7-10 pm. Arrive at six o’clock with a hearty appetite and you’ll find fabulous fare served up by the food and beverage vendors by the Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn. Spread out your blanket and gaze up at the starry night while the music fills the air. Rain or shine, the shows go on.

Here’s the amazing family-friendly TGIF line up:

• May 3; The Extraordinaires; Variety and Car Cruise In

• May 10; Grandmas Medicine; Rock n Roll

• May 17; Rooted; Americana

• May 24; Gotcha Groove; Soul

• May 31; Fox and Company; Dance

• June 7; Surf Cavalier; Indie Rock and Car Cruise In

• June 14; Sweet Revenge; Classic Rock

• June 21; Throw Down Jones; Rock

• June 28; Tuatha Dea; Celtic

• July 12; N-Spire; Party/Variety and Car Cruise In

• July 19; The Night Move Band; Beach

• July 26; Buick MacKane; Southern Rock

The twelve free concerts are produced by the Historic Morganton Festival, Inc., and its fifteen-member board, who work with gusto. In addition, the HMF produces the Historic Morganton Festival in September, farmers markets on Saturdays from May thru October, and various fundraisers for public art. HMF also collaborates with the community and other worthy organizations to offer the State of Origin Craft Brew Festival with Fonta Flora Brewery in June, and the October Oyster Outing with Burke Arts Councils each fall. The economic benefit to the local community is tremendous. Many volunteer to make these events happen, and any profit made is reinvested so that the community can continue to count on these cherished yearly traditions.

This sort of community spirit and camaraderie are among many reasons folks love Morganton. There is a pride in this town and a deep care for history as well as the charming town’s path moving forward. Morganton received the 2014 Great Main Street Award from the American Planning Association of NC. Stroll down Main Street and you’ll understand why folks cherish this quaint downtown with so much to offer and awesome things to do in Morganton NC. Whether it’s shopping, dining, sipping cocktails with your friends, catching professional entertainment, or attending an lively gala…there’s something for your every mood.

The Coves is just a town away from Morganton, which allows its lucky residents simple ease in attending all the town’s carnivals, festivals, food, art and brew crawls, parades, farmers markets, concerts, chili cook offs, fitness challenges and on! The Coves Mountain and River Club is a friendly gated community with a heart, and the folks who have made their home in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains sure do appreciate a good thing…like the mountain towns and communities that surround them.

Come and visit The Coves when you’re looking for things to do in Morganton NC and take the short drive to Morganton to discover why living in this region is truly idyllic. You’ll find plenty of unique handmade gifts and have an incredible selection of restaurants to choose from– Greek, Italian, American, French, Japanese, Sushi, and after your savory meal– tapas rolled ice cream or a Costa Rican bakery with fresh confections. If you’re thirsty there are cafes, breweries and wineries where you can relax and socialize with your friends. A visit to Morganton and The Coves will be the highlight of your summer.

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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Tips on Creating Your Own Butterfly Garden

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The folks who live in Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina truly value the region and the lush landscape that provides a home to all the native plants and animals. Those who have chosen Carolina mountain properties as their home have formed a collaborative effort to protect the Blue Ridge Mountain’s natural heritage. One amazing way to establish a gorgeous property is to encourage and maintain the scenic beauty that surrounds us in the mountains, valleys, woodlands and fields.

The butterflies that grace North Carolina are astoundingly gorgeous, and the people living in the High Country enjoy planting gardens to encourage the local and natural species. There are over 175 species of butterflies in North Carolina. Butterflies, and of course caterpillars, are a real asset and necessity to our native landscape. They help pollinate our flowers as well as provide nourishment for our wildlife. By planting butterfly nectar plants and butterfly host plants, you can help preserve the landscape. This will provide a place for the butterflies to feed and reproduce, and will make your time outside visually stunning.

Creating a butterfly garden is relatively simple. The first step is having a basic understanding of which butterflies are native to Carolina mountain properties. Once you know which butterflies thrive in your region, you can decide which ones you want to attract so you can grow a garden to lure these majestic creatures into your yard. Since the plants and butterflies are all native, you’ll be working alongside nature, and that’s a beautifully simple thing!

You can design your garden with the help of a local nursery, by looking at plans online, or simply by relying upon your own creativity. Butterfly gardens can be vast or tiny. Think about incorporating both annuals and perennials–depending on how much gardening you want to do from year to year. The best way to attract these colorful creatures to your yard is to plant a wide variety of nectar plants in the sunny spots, (which will feed the adult butterflies), as well as host plants for the caterpillars. Tapping into the generous sun of North Carolina ensures your butterflies will have plenty of space to bask and warm their bodies before they fly; their wings are designed to be effective solar collectors!

Some of the native butterflies of Western North Carolina and their preferred diet:

Brushfooted Butterflies
• Monarch (milkweed)
• Painted Lady (thistle, hollyhock and sunflower)
• Question Mark (nettle, elm, hackberry, hops, false nettles)
• Red Admiral (nettle, false nettle, pellitory)
• Viceroy (willow, poplar, apple)
• Variegated Fritillary (various, including pansy)
• Mourning Cloak (willow, aspen, cottonwood, elm)
• Red-Spotted Purple (wild cherry, oak, poplar, hawthorn, willow)

Swallowtails
• Zebra (pawpaw)
• Spicebush (spicebush, sassafras)
• Eastern Tiger (sycamore, willow)
• Black (dill, parsley, carrot, fennel)

Skippers
• Silver Spotted (wild licorice, locust)

Sulphurs, Whites and Yellows
• Cabbage White (broccoli, cabbage–mustard family)
• Clouded Sulphur (alfalfa, clover)
• Orange Sulphur (alfalfa, vetch, pea)
• Cloudless Sulphur (ornamental cassia, canary bird bush)

Choose flowers that bloom in various sizes so that no matter the size of the butterfly they can access the nectar. You can strategically place a few large flat rocks for butterflies to perch upon to bask in the sun. Don’t forget to provide shelter for the butterflies in your habitat by leaving standing dead trees or a brush pile. There’s nothing like contributing to the conservation of our Carolina mountain properties while also creating a visually pleasing yard.

Some interesting facts about butterflies: their vibrant colors are caused from sunlight reflecting on their wings, not from pigment. And the life span of a butterfly is relatively brief, from a mere week to nine months.

The Coves Mountain River Club is a sanctuary for many of our native plants and creatures. The residents of The Coves value their panoramic views and form a collaborative effort to maintain the pristine landscape. Wildlife watching is a popular pastime in North Carolina. Take a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway that winds through the charming towns and gorgeous mountains and affords such awesome views, and you’ll discover all the other folks who care so much about our state. There’s nothing better than being able to observe the wildlife from your very own porch or deck while you sip your morning coffee. The Coves is the perfect setting for wildlife watching. No matter our age, watching the spectacular metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly is a magical show.

Stop by and take a look at The Coves two beautiful community gardens.

Call 828.754.0700 now to schedule a tour!

Tags: Greenways & Trails | Lenoir

Summer Music in the North Carolina Mountains Near The Coves

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There’s nothing quite like the sound of summer music in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  Those of us who have some sweet down time during the long days of summer get to fill those relaxing hours with some of the many blissful things to do in Blowing Rock NC.  Taking in a concert or two on a serene night mid-summer is one of the many pleasures of the North Carolina season.

The Appalachian Summer Festival, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, is a popular annual celebration that has been happening faithfully in July the past thirty-five years in Boone.  To think this festival began as a small chamber music celebration and now many folks attend, heading to the diverse venues within the campus to catch an eclectic spectrum of music and dance.  There’s also theatre, film and visual arts happening within this vibrant academic community—no wonder this joyous festival has been selected as part of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast.”

Make sure you pin the 2019 summer schedule in a prominent spot on your bulletin board:

  • June 29; 8 pm; Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony conducted by Jacomo Bairos.  Ben Folds is a talented pianist, lyricist, composer and conductor who will open the festival with genre-bending music.

 

  • June 30; 7 pm; Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center; The Trio Takes Form in association with Reflections Series International will wow you with music spanning from Haydn to Beethoven to Mendelssohn.  Violinist Gil Morgenstern returns for his 35th year as Artistic Director of the ensemble.
  • July 2; 7 pm; Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center; Broyhill Chamber ensemble: Bridging the Classical and Romantic Divide in association with Reflections Series International.  For the first time take part in“Tuesday Talks with the Dean;” pre-concert insightful remarks by Hayes School of Music Dean James Douthit who will illuminate the end of one compositional era and the beginning of a new one, featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.
  • July 6; 10 am;Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center; the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists.  This Classical Music event, in association with the Hayes School of Music, is in its 9thyear, and proudly launches many of the state’s most promising young artists.
  • July 13; 8 pm;  Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Patti LaBelle, the queen of rock and soul, is also amulti Grammy Award-winning superstar singer and actress. There is nothing like seeing this performer live, belting out Lady MarmaladeWhen You Talk About LoveNew Attitude,  orOn My Own.
  • July 14; 7 pm; Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Maestro Gerard Schwarz with the Eastern Festival Orchestra presents an evening of symphonic music, featuring soloists Awadagin Pratt, piano, and Morgan Short, harp, playing Beethoven, Ravel and Debussy.
  • July 18; 7 pm; Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex; the Eastern Festival Orchestra presents Awadagin Pratt, Tapas and Tesla, an evening of chamber music by the renowned quartet in an intimate café with note worthy and savory food.  Sip, dine and socialize while overlooking the panoramic views of the football stadium.
  • July 19; 8 pm; Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Botti, multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer will deliver an evening of stunning jazz, pop and rock. Botti is the largest selling instrumental artist in the U.S.
  • July 28; 7 pm; Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center; the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: The Four Bs in associationwith Reflections Series International; works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and contemporary composer Vytautas Barkauskas’ homage to Bach.
  • July 30; 7 pm; Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center; the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Potpourri in association with Reflections Series International;  “Tuesday Talks with the Dean” will begin with James Douthit’s enlightening remarks, followed by Robert Schumann’s piano quintet, Ernő von Dohnányi’s Serenade, and a seldom-heard work by Sergei Rachmaninov.
  • August 1; 8 pm; Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Punch Brothers’bluegrass quintet–mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. The Punch Brothers’ critically-acclaimed T Bone Burnett–produced 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues,will put you in the mood for this magical night.
  • August 3; 7:30 pm; Holmes Convocation Center; The Temptations’ Concert and Dance Party; you won’t be able to sit still while listening to original member Otis Williams and singers Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr. crank out their popular hits–My Girl, Ain’t Too Proud, Papa Was a Rolling Stone and I Can’t Get Next to You.

No wonder why folks looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC make sure this festival is on the top of their list.  The Appalachian Summer Music Festival is one of the country’s top regional arts festivals, celebrating the most prestigious music, dance theatre, visual arts and film.  The mission of the festival is to promote young American artists and to support the university in enhancing the cultural life of the Appalachian community through affordable access to its programs, as well as strengthening the local economy.  “Artistic Excellence, Innovation and Engagement” is the festival’s vision.  This is accomplished throughout the summer’s lectures, exhibitions, tours and workshops, as well as all the student internships and jobs to encourage learning and involvement with the arts.  Come visit the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Broyhill Music Center, Valborg Theatre, Holmes Convocation Center, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and discover the community’s commitment to the arts.

Life at The Coves Mountain River Club allows folks to frequent these summer concerts with ease and then return to their idyllic homes for a good night’s sleep.  When you call The Coves home, it’s possible to spend a day wandering the majestic peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, hiking, kayaking, rafting or biking, before heading out for a night on the town.  There are many things to do in Blowing Rock NC that will bring you and your family and friends together.  Summer in the mountain towns of the High Country means continuous concerts and festivals.  Make this the summer you discover the charming life in the North Carolina mountains!

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: Blowing Rock | Festivals