High Country Holiday Events Galore! (2016-11-29 15:09:29)

Here are just a few holiday events and opportunities for you to help our community...

Each year, the stations of High Country Radio and our advertisers partner with Santa's Toy Box to help make the holidays merry for local children
We're hosting a toy drop-off to kick off the campaign this Friday, December 2nd at our studios at 738 Blowing Rock Road in Boone
We'll be right out front saying "ho ho ho" to everyone and collecting toys and cash donations.
Santa’s Toy Box was born from a small outreach ministry of a local church and has become a huge community event. Begun in 1986, the program has attracted the attention and assistance of many other churches, civic groups and organizations. Today, Santa's Toy Box not only provides four new toys for each registered child, but also a new book and other items for the family, such as Christmas ornaments and clothing.
This year, Santa and his elves are hard at work once again filling up the “Toy Box,” so come help us out on Friday. We want to fill up the shiny, new DISCOVERY CHEVROLET pick-up truck for the kids!
Brought to you by Bouquet Florist, XTreme Gun and Pawn, and Boone Drug and High Country Jewelry and Gifts.
In addition, on Saturday December 3rd, Mike Kelly will be at Bouquet Florist collecting donations for Santa's Toy Box. Stop in Bouquet Florist, by Los Arcoiris and Burger King on Saturday, and bring your donations for Santa's Toy Box!

Christmas tree shoppers are invited to visit Boy Scout Troop 109’s Christmas tree lot, now up and running on the Highway 105 extension, beside Dancy’s and across from Zaxby’s. Troop 109 depends on their Christmas tree fundraiser to help support the troop and it’s projects throughout the year. You’ll find a great selection of trees and you’ll be helping the Boy Scouts at the same time.

The Watauga Arts Council’s Holiday Originals Show is underway, featuring beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.  These gifts can make the holidays special for your loved one as well as making the holiday special for LOCAL ARTISTS! While You're Shopping Online you can link your Amazon Smile account to the Watauga County Arts Council.  It doesn't cost you anything, but Amazon will give .5% of your purchase price to the Arts Council. You can also include the Watauga County Arts Council in your Giving Tuesday plans. The Arts Council would appreciate your tax-deductible end-of-year donation to help sustain the Arts Council into 2017.

Greater Newland Association’s “Sponsor a Christmas Wreath Contest” gets underway Friday December 2nd. Local businesses, churches, community organizations and individuals are invited to SPONSOR A WREATH and decorate it for display on lampposts in Newland. Wreath Sponsorship is only $25.00. With that, you receive a basic live greenery wreath attached to a round 12 inch frame that you decorate how you wish. You will be assigned a specific downtown lamp post on which to attach your decorated wreath. There is a cash prize for the best decorated wreath, and ribbons for the top 3. You can all the details online at

The Town of Boone, the Downtown Boone Development Association, and the Jones House Community Center invite you to the annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade Saturday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m. The parade will start at the Poplar Grove Road Connector traveling east on King Street through downtown Boone, concluding on the campus of ASU at the Legends parking lot, located on Hardin Street. Staging for the parade will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Watauga County Human Services Center parking lot on Poplar Grove Road Connector. Community members and organizations are encouraged to participate. At the conclusion of the parade, the Jones House Community Center will be open for hot cider and refreshments. Visit,, or contact the Town of Boone of Cultural Resources Department at 828.268.6280 for more information. 

The Watauga Education Foundation’s Flapjack Flip will be Saturday 7:30-11 a.m. at Watauga High School. The annual event helps the WEF raise money to support teachers and students in the Watauga County public school system by funding classroom grants and scholarships. The money raised by Flapjack Flip goes back into classrooms by funding projects that fall outside state and local budgets. In addition to the Flapjacks, there will be live holiday music from Watauga High School students, an opportunity to take a photo with Santa, as well as a holiday market hosted by the Boone Service League. Tickets are $6, or four for $20 in advance, or $8 at the door. You can find out more online at 

Banner Elk’s Small Town Christmas festival is Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3. The town will light the Christmas Tree at Historic Banner Elk School on Friday night at 6, with  Christmas carols and a Menorah lighting, followed by a screening of the movie ELF in the gym. The Parade of Lights, will be held Saturday evening at 6pm, with lighted floats, the Avery High School Band and Santa. There will be daytime events as well, including Breakfast with Santa an a Candy Cane Hunt. Get all the details from the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce 828-898-8395 or visit

The Western Youth Network’s Festival of Trees will take place at Chetola Resort this week. The 2nd annual event hopes to raise funds for Western Youth Network through admission donations and the purchase of holiday trees and wreaths. Admission is by monetary donation, and you’ll get to enjoy more than 75 themed trees & wreaths on display. All items will be sold in an online auction or you can simply buy it on the spot. Purchased trees/wreaths must be picked up on Sunday. The Western Youth Network’s Festival of Trees is this Thursday through Sunday, and you can get all the details online,

You’re invited to the Two Rivers Community School’s annual Peace Feast Sunday December 4th. . The event celebrates peace and community, and includes a warm meal, baked goods for sale, arts and crafts for children, a Holiday Store, and live music featuring Tim Greene and Ridgeline and Nate Harris. All proceeds from the event will benefit out-of- class learning experiences for students. The Peace Feast traditionally helps fund the 8 th grade trips to Washington D.C. and Charleston,SC as part of their study of history and environmental sciences. There is no set admission fee, although a donation is expected at the door. It takes place at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Center this Sunday from 1-5pm.

This holiday shopping season, you can put your dollars back into the local community and enjoy fresh baked North Carolina treats, by shopping at the Watauga High School Pioneer Band Booster's Dewey’s Bakery Fundraising Store at 125 New Market Centre! Moravian Cookies, Sugar Cake, Cheese Straws and more are available. Proceeds will go toward the Band Programs at Watauga High School.