March 2020 Events in the High Country

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March has arrived and the possibility of milder weather brings a welcome uptick in the number of activities happening in the community. If you're looking for some great reasons to come out of hibernation, check out this run-down of events from art exhibits to a parade to live performances and beyond!

Turchin Spring Exhibition Celebrations, Runs for Buns, The Wailin' Jennys

Downtown Boone First Friday
March 6, 2020 - Various hours throughout the evening
Downtown area, Boone, NC
Enjoy a variety of events, food specials and musical performances at various downtown businesses. Be sure to stop by Turchin Center for the Visual Arts as they debut 5 new exhibitions with many artists on hand discussing their work, live music by Belleview Rendezvous and refreshments. The Jones House will also make an interesting addition to the night as they host a collection of images from Digital Watauga showcasing the history of Watauga County, with an opening reception for First Friday. If you feel like getting a little more active, join the Latin dance at Ransom Pub or the Freestyle Dance Expression at Neighborhood Yoga, both with $10 entry fees. 

Runs for Buns
March 7, 2020 - Registration begins at 7:30am
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
Support the Colon Cancer Coalition with a fun-filled day on the slopes! Participants can ask family and friends to make a donation or a pledge and the cost of the lift ticket will be generously donated as well. Bring your skis or snowboards to join a fun day of live music, contests, silent auctions and more. The goal is simple: Raise awareness and be a part of conquering colon cancer!

The Wailin' Jennys
March 7, 2020 - 7:30pm
The Appalachian Theatre
Don't miss this stand-out trio of singer-songwriters creating powerful music that resonates deep in the soul. Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse interweave beautiful three-part harmonies with instruments to create a shimmering tapestry of original and traditional songs filled with intelligent, dynamic stories and vivid imagery. 

St Patrick's Parade, Daniel Boone Rail Jam, Che Apalache

St. Patrick's Parade
March 14, 2020 - 2pm
West King Street, Boone, NC
Come watch the sea of green, bagpipes, shamrocks and Irish flags float through downtown Boone for the Town's 3rd annual St. Patrick's Parade. Local businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations and marching bands come together to show off their Irish and High Country pride in front of a leprechaun emcee and panel of guest judges. Participants will be scored on attention to detail, difficulty of construction and creativity & originality in a competition for monetary prizes. Be sure to stop by the Jones House lawn for a kid's zone filled with inflatables, balloon animals, magic shows, face painting and more.

Daniel Boone Rail Jam
March 14, 2020 - Doors at 5pm; competition at 6pm.
Daniel Boone Amphitheater at Horn in the West
Check out the magic as the Daniel Boone Amphitheater transforms into a snow-covered playground for men's and women's ski and snowboard competitors!  Spectators will enjoy a new layout with a better viewing experience. Food trucks, local craft beer vendors, live music, games and more will be on-site for guests to enjoy!

Che Apalache
March 24, 2020 - 7pm
The Appalachian Theatre
Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Founder Joe Troop is a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. 

Seven, Reaching New Heights, Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble

L.A. Theatre Works: "Seven"
March 24, 2020 - 7pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
"Seven" is a riveting documentary play by seven female writers based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. "Seven" makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice and a single act of courage, can change the lives of thousands. 

Reaching New Heights: Highlights from the Most Comprehensive Science Expedition to Mt. Everest in History
March 25, 2020 - 6pm
Schaefer center for the Performing Arts
You are invited to the College of Arts and Sciences Inaugural Mountain Studies Lecture Series. This public lecture is free and open for anyone to attend. Learn about the expedition, undertaken from April to June 2019 as part of a robust effort to improve our understanding and resilience to the impacts of climate change on mountain systems. National Geographic and Tribhuvan University conducted the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to Mount Everest in history. The expedition, conducted in partnership with Rolex was the first of a series of Perpetual Planet Expeditions.

Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble
March 25-28, 2020 - 7pm; March 29, 2020 - 2pm
Valborg Theatre
This popular annual concert features faculty, students and guest artists showcasing their talents in choreography and performance. The original choreography for the ensemble is primarily modern with influences from ballet, jazz and pop culture. Dances range from abstract, to expressionistic, to rhythmic works of sheer physical energy. The ensemble is a concert for young and old alike, as it exudes the joy of dance!