Old Man Winter is on his way out, and spring is just around the corner, officially arriving on March 21st! In Ashe County, many families have a tradition of welcoming spring by attending the Youth Derby day, which is traditionally held every last Saturday in March. So this year, on Saturday, March 25th, youth in the age groups of 1-6, 7-11 and 12-18 will have the change to cast their fishing poles.
The Ashe Civic Center will play host to the Old Time Music and Bluegrass show with Gary Poe this Saturday, March 11, 2017. Starting a “little after eleven” Gary Poe will broadcast live from the stage of the Ashe Civic Center. The featured band for the Saturday morning radio show will be Elkville String Band.
Located in Laurel Springs, about 30 minutes from West Jefferson, New River State Park, is a great place for nature lovers. The park is named after the New River, which was recognized as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976.
Here are two good reasons to get out and about this February in Boone. First, if you’ve never attended a Jones House Weekly Jam Session on a Thursday night, you may want to check it out! Attendees may bring an instrument to participate in the jams or listen and observe the fiddle tunes and folk songs in a relaxed environment. Every week musicians from the local community as well as visitors get together in different rooms of the Jones House. After catching up and choosing a key, the music starts and goes on until the "last call for tunes" around 10:50 pm.
Don’t miss the Blowing Rock Winterfest, to take place Thursday, January 26th through Sunday, January 29th. Enjoy a multitude of events t that include the Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, Chilly Chili Cook-Off, WinterFeast, WinterPaws Dog Show, Winter Fashion Show, ice carving, concerts and more!
What better way to enjoy winter than to get outside and breathe in the crisp, Blue Ridge Mountain air! Ashe County’s own Mount Jefferson is national natural landmark with a rich history.
To mark Martin Luther King day, the Ashe County Arts Council will be holding a FREE community-wide celebration in honor of the great civil rights leader on Monday, January 16th at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served.
There’s plenty of fun to check out at Beech Mountain, for the skier and non-skier alike. This beautiful ski area is relatively close to Blowing Rock (30 miles), Boone (25 miles) and West Jefferson (48 miles).
Looking ahead to January 2017, the Ashe County Arts Council will be keeping the arts alive and well by sponsoring numerous cultural events.