Carolina Mountain Life - Summer 2019

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Mayland Offers New Enrichment Classes This summer, the Mayland Enterprise Corporation will offer enrichment classes in the Mayland classrooms at the Historic Banner Elk School in downtown Banner Elk. Here is just a sampling of classes available this season: Genealogy: The Basics – Tuesday, June 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. What Is Weather? A casual discussion on the science of meteorology – Tuesday, July 9, 2-4 p.m. Nature Walk on the Greenway: Tuesday, July 16, 3-4:30 p.m. Swil, Sniff and Snip - Beyond Basic Wine Tasting – Thursday, July 18, 5-6:30 p.m. Contemporary Dance – Mondays, July 15th through August 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pay by Day sessions The Blessings of Aging – Mondays from August 5 through 26, 2-4 p.m. Cake Decorating Workshop – Base Icing - Monday, August 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Old World vs. New World: A wine and cheese tasting from distinctive regions – Thursday, August 22, 5-6:30 p.m. Pen and Wash Art Class – Tuesdays, August 27 through October 1, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fly Fishing 101 - Friday, September 13, 2 p.m. Other courses and activities to be offered in the coming months include Beginning Quilting, Resurrecting JOY, Communal Singing, and much more. For additional information about each offering, including costs and descriptions, please visit and click on the title of the class. You can also register for classes online. Summer Events at the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson The Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts is held annually at the Florence Thomas Art School with a monthlong exhibition in August, featuring four local female artists. Workshops will be held in conjunction with the celebration. The Symposium will be held August 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., featuring artist talks and a keynote speaker. Mountain Splash is a fun-filled week with 15 “Artists in Residence” at the Florence Thomas Art School. During the week of September 9 – 14, the public is invited during Gallery Hours, (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), to visit the school and meet artists, view their works, and watch them in action. Learn more


about the Florence Thomas Art School and their programs and events at www. Located at 10 South Jefferson Ave., West Jefferson, NC 28694; (336) 846-3827.

Western Youth Network’s Photography Exhibition Don’t miss one of the most meaningful artistic experiences of the summer. Plan your free visit to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) between June 14 and August 23 to enjoy Western Youth Network (WYN)’s stirring photography exhibition on childhood dreams and the barriers which prevent children from realizing those dreams. The exhibit is the culmination of months of work by world renowned photographer and Blowing Rock resident, Scott Pearson. It features more than thirty stunning portraits of local youth as they pose in response to the prompt, “What is your dream?” and is sure to be an impactful and educational exposition. For more information, please visit WYN’s website, or call 828.264.5174. Camp Big—North Carolina’s Hot New “Getaway” Spot for Grown-Ups Millionaires hide away here. Celebrities love it here. Athletes play here. And so can you.Banner Elk, NC is a sleepy, artsy, beautiful little town with a population of less than 1,000. Thelate billionaire, businessman and former Miami Dolphin’s owner, Wayne Huizenga, had a home here. Shep Rose of Bravo’s Southern Charm “escapes” here and former Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback and Broadcaster, Bob Griese “summers” here. It also happens to be home to Camp Big for Adults. Camp Big

for Adults is the next great way to “take a break”—be it a vacation, to discover a new destination or a way to refresh and reward your company’s team members. Reasons to Come to Camp BIG… Foodies. Banner Elk is known by many as the culinary hot spot of the High Country. There are a number of incredible restaurants to enjoy here. Animals! Come face-to-face with black bears, cougars and adorable river otters when you visit Grandfather Mountain Nature Park’s wildlife habitat. Nature lovers rejoice! Camp BIG offers 150 acres of forest in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Hike along the Greenway Trail or admire the 360-degree panoramic views on the Mile High Swinging Bridge. The Camp BIG experience is also ideal for corporate and social events, weddings and reunions. “Camp BIG is for anyone who’s loved or ever wanted to go to camp,” says owner/founder, Stacy Stern. “Expect amazing activities, excursions, great food, wine tastings, amazing climate, nature and more!” Camp BIG features two lakes, three ziplines, field games, archery, rock climbing, arts ’n crafts—plus much more. At night, campers partake in themed events, campfire sing-a-longs and karaoke, to name a few. You can always sneak off to town anytime you want! There are NO COUNSELORS! And just a hop, skip and a jump away from, you’ll find award-winning wineries, craft breweries, upscale boutiques, historic Mast General Store, championship golf, impressive art galleries, world famous festivals and outdoor concerts. Camp BIG is holding two sessions in 2019: August 22-26 and September 1216. Each accommodates 100 campers. The camp is coed, however, “boys” and “girls” sleep in separate bunks. Private rooms with double beds are available.