On Wednesday, August 24, at 4:00pm, everyone is invited to attend a free talk about the apple trees planted by early settlers and efforts to identify and revive these heirloom varieties. The guest presenter will be Mr. Doug Hundley, who recently retired after 25 years with the Avery County Extension office. During his tenure there, Mr. Hundley was instrumental in raising awareness of Avery County’s apple-growing history. He worked extensively with landowners to identify apple varieties found in old orchards, and developed two orchards for the county that will one day provide new stock of heirloom varieties. Come and meet Mr. Hundley and get a taste of the apples that Avery County’s pioneer families grew and loved.
YOU ARE HERE events spotlight local history, flora, fauna, and culture as explained by a knowledgeable local. They take place monthly in the Book Exchange at the Historic Banner Elk School. To find out what’s coming up next, drop by the Book Exchange to check the calendar, “like” the Town of Banner Elk Facebook page to receive updates, or keep an eye out for information in the newspapers and online media.
You're invited to meet award-winning plein air painter Jeremy Sams on Saturday, Aug. 27. Meet Sams and hear his story at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis at the opening reception for his new show, "I Saw the Light," hanging now through September 14. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Bring friends!
The show features 25 new acrylic paintings, all painted en plein air, or from plein air studies, and includes a variety of subjects, such as rivers and streams, forests, farms, mountains and meadows. Sizes range from small (8x10 inches) that could sit on an easel or bookshelf, up to 30x40 inches.
Sams says all of his paintings are "impressions" of scenes, with special attention to the effects of light on the landscapes. "My goal was to capture the impression of a particular moment in time with special attention to the effects of light and atmosphere in that moment. With the age we're living in today, it is my aim that these attempts at capturing God's light will help to offer a measure of hope and peace to the viewer."
View images of Sams' work at www.altavistagallery.com and on the gallery's page on Facebook. Alta Vista Gallery shows over 100 artists in all media, specializing in landscapes. Also: Sculptures, art tiles, and Mangum Pottery. For info, call the gallery at (828) 963-5247.
Historic and contemporary quilts will be both on display and offered for sale at the Historic Banner Elk School Gymnasium. Take a break from the Quilt Show at one of two lectures by quilter B.R. Hoffman. To complement the Quilt Show, the Banner House Museum will be welcome guests in Open-House style with an emphasis on the textiles on display.
$5 Event Admission includes Museum Admission. Raffle Tickets to win a wall hanging quilt may be purchased at the event, the Museum and other locations around town.
Twila Ingwersen of the Avery County Schools explained her role as a school nurse to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk. As a National Board Certified School Nurse, Ingwersen spends many hours teaching other school staff to better meet the medical needs of students. Issues ranging from chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, to lack of food are addressed within a team model. Kiwanis meets on Tuesdays over the lunch hour on the campus of Lees-McRae College.
By Jim Swinkola
Photos by Jim Swinkola from Wildcat Music Festival on August 13, 2016 and the Fine Arts and Master Crafts show in Banner Elk August 12-14, 2016.
Did you know that the town of Banner Elk has a matching grant for $25,000 to go towards the purchase of the Historic Banner Elk School? Several concert goers know about this matching grant and have donated their winning prize to help the school!
Thanks for all our great community members that make Banner Elk a great place to BE!
Photos of winners who donated their prizes taken by JoAnn McMurray.
Darlene donates her prize to $25,000 matching grant for the Historic Banner Elk School!
Charlie donates his prize to the Historic Banner Elk School!
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