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Appalachian State University and the town of Boone, as viewed from Howard’s Knob, coexist as siblings.


Welcome to Boone, our hometown A

s my tenure as the mayor of the town of Boone nears closure in December, it seems that my 16 years serving on town council, eight years of which I have been mayor, began only yesterday. There is much that has been accomplished in our town during my time on the council: more than doubling the length of the Greenway; emergency interconnection of the town’s water system with Appalachian State University and Blowing Rock; restoration of stream banks; creation of wetlands; completion of the U.S. 421 expansion; purchase and restoration of the downtown post office; completion of the unified planning ordinance; establishment of the Clawson-Burnley Park; passage of the steep slopes ordnance; and the knowledge that town staff provides excellent service to our residents on a daily basis — rain, sleet, snow or sunny days. Loretta Clawson, mayor

Although the downtown Boone Post Office, a Works Progress Administration project built in 1938, has been completely renovated and reopened, the work was completed so that it remains on the National Register of Historic Places. PHOTO BY ROB MOORE


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The heart of the High Country BY KELLEN SHORT

While it keeps an eye to the charm of the past, Boone also has welcomed just enough hustle and bustle to keep things lively. ich in history but bursting with Downtown King Street, the meeting youthful liveliness, Boone is the place for generations past, continues to region’s largest serve as a business and town with a population entertainment hub for of more than 18,000. the town. A nonIncorporated in profit group recently 1872, the town was acquired the historic named for the legendAppalachian Theatre in ary pioneer and exthe heart of downtown plorer, Daniel Boone. and is in the midst Boone is believed to of raising money to have roamed the area restore the building to on hunting expeditions its former glory. in the mid-1700s and The downtown stayed at a cabin here. Boone Post Office, Daniel Boone’s nephew, Jesse Boone, The town still cela Works Progress lived in a log cabin in the vicinity of ebrates the frontiersAdministration project what is today Price Park, and logs from man’s legacy in a num- that cabin were used in the construcbuilt in 1938, has been ber of ways. Statues on tion of the Squire Boone cabin, a replica completely renovated structure set on the grounds of the Daniel and reopened this the Appalachian State University campus pay Boone Native Gardens. spring. Attention to FILE PHOTOS homage to Boone. The historic detail allowed high school mascot is the building to remain the Pioneer, while ASU athletes are best on the National Register of Historic Places. known as Mountaineers. Today, Boone’s biggest employers are Visitors can test-drive the pioneer lifeAppalachian State University and the Apstyle within the town-owned Daniel Boone palachian Regional Healthcare System. Park. The property plays host to Horn in The town is also the headquarters of the the West, one of the state’s longest running international Christian relief organization, outdoor dramas, as well as the Hickory Samaritan’s Purse. Ridge Living History Museum, which demIt even has an airport — just don’t try to onstrates the living conditions and lifestyle land your 747 there. of 1700s mountain residents. Travel often takes a more leisurely pace In October, members of the Daughters here, anyway. Visitors and locals enjoy of the American Revolution rededicated an hopping onto the Blue Ridge Parkway as it iron marker outside the Watauga County passes by Boone. Courthouse celebrating Boone’s historic For all these reasons and more, Boone trek from North Carolina to Kentucky. remains the “heart of the High Country.”

Mast General Store, a Boone landmark for generations, is a King Street mainstay. FILE PHOTOS


Old-timey cars no longer tour King Street for business purposes, but they continue to take pleasure cruises downtown during the town’s July 4 parade.

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Whatever the weather

Boone offers seasonal satisfaction BY SHERRIE NORRIS


oone and its neighboring towns are known for a favorable climate that draws visitors from miles around at any time of the year. At just about 3,300 feet in elevation, Boone is easily considered the “perfect destination” to visit — and a great place to live. The weather and its typical distinction of seasons are appealing to many who come for a visit and decide to stay for a week, a summer or forever. Seasonal residents who aren’t too fond of the winters in the High Country love the mild springs, summers and falls that the area has to offer. As most “old-timers” around Boone

know, however, things can change without too much warning, regardless of the weatherman’s predictions, especially from late November through March. What begins as a comfortable winter day can quickly transition to blizzard-like conditions by nightfall. Those who love the colder temps are quick to converge upon the Boone area at the first mention of snow or snowmaking opportunities at the local ski slopes. And don’t forget snowboarding and tubing that continue to rise in popularity around Boone, as the thermometer falls. As experienced earlier this year, weather-related surprises can happen in Boone, as was the case with weeks of soaking rain that had a long-term effect on tourism, as well as gardens and farming. Fortunately,


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The seasonal views around Boone are one of the reasons this is a ‘perfect destination’ for people to visit or live. that type of situation is the exception rather that the rule. For the most part, Boone weather is quite predictable with summer temperatures averaging in the mid-to-high 70s, which makes it easy for planning the outdoor festivals and sporting opportunities for which the area is known, including golfing, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, rafting and rock climbing, to name a few. Boone has also become a popular wedding destination from spring through fall, with sites, such as the Daniel Boone Native Gardens hosting some of the most memorable outdoor ceremonies found anywhere. The comfortable months between April and November find the roads leading to

Boone packed with vehicles representing many states and, in particular, Florida, with many retirees escaping the heat of the deep South for more favorable temperatures in Boone. The transformation of color in the mountain landscape lends itself to a spectacular display of nature at its best during the month of October. “Leaf season,” as it is commonly known, attracts countless visitors to Boone. Many guests come from the Piedmont and beyond for memory-making photos with nature’s shades of crimson and gold serving as the perfect backdrop for the family picture album. Winter, spring, summer or fall — Boone offers it all. You don’t want to miss a minute of it.

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Whatever the weather

Students explore the Appalachian State University campus during move-in weekend in fall 2013. PHOTO BY KELLEN SHORT

The Greenway Trail in Boone is a popular route for people to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. PHOTO BY ROB MOORE




8562 NC Highway 105 S., Suite 102, Boone, NC 828.963.7981 • When the snow arrives, it can be unpredictable, and a four-wheeler is an option for getting around. PHOTO BY ROB MOORE

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The ‘new’ Watauga High School opened in 2010 in the Perkinsville area of Boone.



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ducation and the town of Boone go hand-in-hand. Just 27 years after the town was incorporated, brothers Blanford B. Dougherty and Dauphin D. Dougherty founded Watauga Academy in Boone in 1899, based on their desire to educate teachers. The school morphed into a four-year degree institution in 1929 under the name, Appalachian State Teachers College. During the years, it diversified its focus, and in 1967, Appalachian State University was born. The public university, part of the University of North Carolina system, has only grown in popularity since its early years. ASU announced in September a record enrollment of 17,842 students for the fall semester, with plans to continue modest growth. While still a mecca for those interested in the education field, the school also has set itself apart in an array of disciplines. The university is one of just three U.S. schools accepted into the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition in which student teams plan, construct and operate

solar-powered houses. In response to state needs, ASU opened its College of Health Sciences in 2010 in hopes of enhancing the quality of life for communities across North Carolina and beyond. The college offers 16 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate programs. App State’s master’s of public administration program boasts educating 25 percent of North Carolina’s city and county managers. The university’s affordability and value continue to earn it national magazine recognition, including the 18th position on Forbes’ “Best Value Colleges” for 2013. And the accolades go on. Boone is also home to a satellite campus of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, which offers nearly 100 associate degrees and a variety of corporate and continuing education courses, including basic skills and GED. K-12 education The emphasis on excellence continues at the K-12 level, where a majority of Boone-area families are served by Watauga County Schools. The school system includes eight K-8

Appalachian State University arose, in 1967, from Appalachain State Teachers College. schools — no middle schools — and a single high school, Watauga High School. The former high school building closed in 2010 to give way for an expansive new campus. Historically, the area has enjoyed strong student performance and high teaching standards, competing in the top tier of school systems statewide. Watauga County Schools now ranks second in the state in average SAT scores and third in the state in average ACT scores, the school system announced this fall. The high school’s graduation rate hit a record high of 87.6 percent in 2012-13. The system continues to celebrate the achievements of Watauga County teacher

Darcy Grimes, who recently completed her term as 2012-13 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Her peers also excel in educating students, with about a quarter of teachers and administrators certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Watauga County Schools currently serves more than 4,500 students. Boone is also home to Two Rivers Community School, a public charter school with about 180 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The tuition-free school started in the 2005-06 school year and prides itself on an “expeditionary learning” model that involves hands-on work and collaborative thinking across disciplines.

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RECREATION APLENTY Sports of all sorts available in area BY STEVE BEHR

and both Little League and Junior League baseball. Little League softball is also offered. Most of the games are played at the here are few places like Watauga Watauga Optimist Park or the Industrial County when it comes to combinPark fields. ing recreation sports with spectator Boone is also home to the High Country athletic events. Soccer Association, which plays teams Watauga County presents outdoor from all over North Carolina. enthusiasts with opportunities that cannot The director of the Watauga Parks and be had in other part of North Carolina. Recreation is Steve Poulos. The contact Whether it’s skiing in the winter or whitenumber is (828) 264-9511. The number to water rafting in the summer, Watauga the swim complex is (828) 246-0270. County is a good place to start. Those who prefer to watch college athletIn the summer, there are opportunities ics, they are in luck. Appalachian State, a to hike, rock climb, go cycling or enjoy Division I athletic program, calls Boone parks in Boone and the home. The Mounsurrounding area. There taineers provide 18 are road running races sports for their student that are held throughout athletes. the year, some that raise App State’s athletic funding for a variety of program is in its final causes. season in the Southern Watauga County is Conference. On July also home to the Blood, 1, 2014, Appalachian Sweat and Gears Bike State will officially join Ride, which raises the Sun Belt Confermoney for the Wataugaence. Avery chapter of the Kidd Brewer StaAmerican Red Cross. dium, the home of What started out as a the App State football 100-mile ride that is run team, officially seats throughout the county 23,150 fans, but with has expanded into a general admission 100-mile and a 50-mile tickets available along A 100-miler for the Blood, Sweat and ride. Gears ride shows a bit of energy while the grass in the south It starts in Valle Cruend zone, attendance ascending ‘Snake Mountain.’ PHOTO BY ROB MOORE can reach more than cis, located about five miles south of Boone. 30,000. The MounThe fee for the 100-mile taineers won Football ride, which is open to 750 cyclists, is $75 Championship Subdivision championand routinely sells out. The fee for the ships in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and are a 50-mile ride is $65. The next event is June 12-time SoCon champ. 28, 2014. The George M. Holmes Convocation For more information, go to www.blood- Center, known as the Holmes Center to locals, is the home of Appalachian State’s Boone is also close to several ski areas in volleyball team and both men’s and the winter months, including Sugar Moun- women’s basketball teams. The capacity of tain Resort and Beech Mountain Resort, the Holmes Center is 8,325 and has been which are both about 30 minutes west of sold out twice — once in 2000 and once in Boone. 2009. Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zip Line is The athletic director at Appalachian located just off of N.C. 105 in Seven Devils, State is Charlie Cobb. He can be reached at which is also west of Boone. Young athletes can also participate in The Holmes Center is also the home of team sports through the Watauga County the Appalachian Roller Girls, a roller derby Parks and Recreation Department. team that plays matches against teams The department offers the chance to from North Carolina, South Carolina and play football, soccer, basketball, volleyball Georgia.



The Appalachian State football team is in its final season as a Southern Conference member. It moves to the Division I July 1, 2014, as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.


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Visit Downtown Boone

YOSEF is always working the crowd during athletic events at Appalachian State. PHOTO BY ROB MOORE

Shop, Eat, and Play The High Country Destination for Unique Shopping, Eclectic Dining, and a Historic Downtown Experience. The Downtown Boone CHRISTMAS PARADE is December 7th starting at 11 am. Come share in our Holiday Tradition! Enjoy Downtown Boone’s decorative storefront window displays, HOLIDAY STORYWALK, and more!

SPORTS APLENTY FOR ALL FROM PAGE 7 Watauga High School also has an athletic program consisting of seven programs in the fall (plus junior varsity teams for football, volleyball and boys’ soccer), four teams in the winter (plus junior varsity teams for boys’ and girls’ basketball) and eight varsity teams in the spring (plus junior varsity teams for baseball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, softball and girls’ soccer). Watauga’s football and soccer programs play in Jack Groce Stadium, which seats about 5,000 fans. In the spring, the track and field programs also hold meets

at Jack Groce Stadium. The two basketball programs, the volleyball program and wrestling team play in Lentz-Eggers Gym. The eight middle schools also sponsor volleyball and boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Their championship tournaments are played at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The middle school football team is comprised of players from all eight schools. The athletic director for Watauga’s sports program is Tom Wright. He can be reached at the high school at (828) 264-3612.

Downtown Boone FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL is every first Friday except for January. Enjoy local art, refreshments, and entertainment. Art Crawl receptions start at 5:30 p.m. Visit our website for where to park, where to eat, where to shop, and what to do:

Visit Historic Jones House THURSDAY NIGHT JAMS starting at 7:30 p.m. local musicians gather at the Jones House for an open jam session. Public Welcome! ART GALLERIES open Tuesday -Friday 12 to 5 p.m.

Watauga football is one of seven programs in the fall. PHOTO BY ROB MOORE

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ENTERTAINMENT Nightlife in Boone is alive



he weather doesn’t always cooperate when it comes to finding fun and engaging in outdoor activities in downtown Boone. But there is a plethora of inspiring and moving entertainment options in the business district and at Appalachian State University. Whether you are a lover of the theater, dance or live music, Boone offers more than enough to keep your mind and spirit stimulated throughout the seasons. APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at ASU is the main platform for exhilarating live performances and musicals. The center consists of a 1,684 seat auditorium that is channeled to a

proscenium stage and orchestra pit. Tickets for the following performances can be purchased at the box office of the Schaefer Center or by calling (800) 841-2787. A Jazz Ensemble Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Schaefer Center. There is no cost for admission. For more information, call (828) 2623020. Tedeschi Trucks Band Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Schaefer Center. The Tedeschi Trucks Band features an 11-piece ensemble that is fronted a signature slide guitar performance with a roots-rich musical performance. The group was formed in 2010 when husband and wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi decided to set aside their solo careers to combine musical talents and recruit like-minded artists.

Impromptu pickin’ parties and jam sessions are constantly popping up in downtown Boone. Swing by the Jones House on King Street for community picks and to chat with local musicians. PHOTO BY JESSE CAMPBELL

Savion Glover’s STePz On Friday, Nov. 15, Savion Glover’s STePz dance production, which features a group of tap dancers take add a creative and entertaining twist to tap dancing, steps into the limelight at the Schaefer Center. This performance exposes Glover’s capability of all complexities of jazz phrasing, both bass line and melody, the wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction, from departure to return, according to the university.

presented at Legends from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 1. Along with dancing, there will also be a cakewalk. For more information, call (828) 2623032. LIVE MUSIC Boone is also home to an array of eclectic music, including bluegrass and oldGrace and poise take center stage at Appala- time, psychedelic chian State University with high caliber dance funk, reggae and a unique clash of all companies that promise not to disappoint. PHOTO SUBMITTED the above. Check out the downtown’s watering holes for live entertainment nearly every weekend this fall.

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The Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble has the distinct honor of being the first dance event to be featured at the newly refurbished Schaefer Center. The ensemble will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 23. Cost of admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students. For more information call (828) 262-3020. A benefit dance, featuring the Buckstankle Boys and Phil Jamison, will be

The King Street bar/concert hall features weekly entertainment that includes prominent artists Tonk, a country music outfit, the always entertaining Mike Dillon Band, Delta Saints, funk fundamentalists Supatight and the Naked Gods. All shows after 10 p.m. are for those 21 and older. Boone Saloon is located at 480 W. King Street. For more information, call (828) 2641811.


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Restaurants in the High Country COMPILED BY FRANK RUGGIERO


or its small-town atmosphere, Boone is all about variety. This is made all the more evident with one simple question: “Where should we eat?”

From the farm-fresh bounty of Hob Nob Farm Café to the exotic flavors of Mint Cuisine of India to the world-famous Snackburger at the Hill Top Drive-In, Boone has your palette covered. Dan Meyer, president of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, puts it best. “Something for everyone,” he said, “and second to none. But, of course, like others who call the High Country home, we are a little prejudiced.”

DOWNTOWN DINING The downtown Boone experience isn’t complete without a stop at one of the district’s celebrated eateries, all within walking distance and all uniquely delectable.


In some circles, black cats mean bad luck. In Boone, Black Cat means good burritos. For more than a decade, this downtown Boone favorite has crafted flavorful homemade burritos for the masses. But the menu doesn’t stop there. Expect nachos, enchiladas, salads and a full bar to complement anyone’s craving.

Boone Bagelry 516 W. King St. (828) 262-5585 Established in 1988, Boone Bagelry gives new meaning to the term, “Wake and bake.” Although it specializes in CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

957 Rivers St. (828) 386-1137 Sitting on the border of downtown Boone is one of the area’s newest Italian eateries, Amalfi’s. Its Italian owners take diners on a “food tour” of Italy, featuring rotating specials from 20 different Italian regions, allowing repeat visitors the chance to try a new locale and culinary adventure from week to week.

Black Cat Burrito 127 South Depot St. (828) 263-9511

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Impromptu pickin’ parties and jam sessions are constantly popping up in downtown Boone. Swing by the Jones House on King Street for community picks and to chat with local musicians. PHOTO SUBMITTED

ENTERTAINMENT FROM PAGE 10 Galileo’s Just down the road, Galileo’s of Boone also showcases some of the region’s top talent. The Nude Party Band (Nov. 2) and Mont Saint (Nov. 16) are just a couple of groups to grace the restaurant’s dance floor.

Legends Located on the east side of campus at ASU, Legends is a student-friendly venue that hosts a wide variety of music. In November, From Bears with Dr. Bacon and other artists. For more information, call (828) 262-3030.

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premier musical acts. It’s also host to a bountiful menu with plenty of fan favorites. Need more info? Just say “Taco Tuesday.”

FROM PAGE 12 (including the legendary “Bagelicious” breakfast sandwich), the local and everpopular downtown diner serves a variety of breakfast items all day long, while also taking time to please the lunch crowd with fresh-made sandwiches.

Boone Drug at King Street 202 W. King St. (828) 264-9231 Although the fountain at Boone Drug Downtown has faded into history, Boone Drug at King Street is keeping a piece

of the legend alive. Boone Drug at King Street, located right next to Earth Fare, first opened in 1966, and it still offers a full-service pharmacy, over-the-counter health-care items, a bountiful gift selection and, of course, a soda fountain and grill reminiscent of the time of its opening.

Boone Saloon 489 W. King St. (828) 264-1811 Located in the heart of downtown Boone, Boone Saloon is host to some of the area’s

Café Portofino 970 Rivers St. (828) 264-7772 Savory sandwiches, creatively crafted pasta, homemade pizza and bountiful appetizers served in flower pots can mean only one thing: Café Portofino. The restaurant, along with its ever-popular Tap Room bar, is situated in a century-old building that once served as a maintenance station for the historic Tweetsie Railroad.

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Page 13 Capone’s Pizza and Bar 454B W. King St. (828) 265-1886 Voted the High Country’s favorite purveyor of pizza, Capone’s offers prime pies at criminally affordable prices, along with a variety of draft and bottled beers to wash it all down.

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BITE into BOONE FROM PAGE 13 Street, where Cha Dha Thai offers a vast menu of Thai food favorites and daily specials.

offering a variety of sandwiches, affordable drinks and gourmet coffee and desserts. The café and bar aims for the stars with a variety of nightly goings-on, including trivia, karaoke and more.

Hob Nob Farm Café

179 Howard St. (828) 266-2179 Food, drinks, art and fun are the cornerstones of Char in downtown Boone. The restaurant prides itself on upscale casual dining in a cosmopolitan atmosphere, along with a diverse, well-stocked bar that complements its late-night fare.

506 W. King St. (828) 262-5000 Hob Nob Farm Café’s menu is a celebration of ethnic diversity, specializing in flavors that span the globe, but made with local ingredients. Hob Nob’s meals include seasonal produce from the restaurant owners’ organic farm, aptly called the Hob Nob Farm, as well as from other local organic farmers. All meats, from beef to seafood, are 100-percent hormone- and antibiotic-free, while beans, rices, flours and juices are as organic as can be.



161 Howard St., Suite B (828) 386-1201 East meets Western North Carolina at CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar in Boone, where Asian cuisine is given a Southern twist in a casual, yet subtly upscale environment.

267 Howard St. (828) 264-8850 Low goes above and beyond when it comes to fresh desserts. Nestled above the ever-popular Espresso News, this wine and desert bar offers a laid-back, lounge atmosphere for those enjoying a piece of pie, a glass of wine or a combination of the two.


F.A.R.M. Café 617 W. King St. (828) 386-1000 There’s food, and then there’s farm fresh food. And then there’s F.A.R.M. fresh food. In the latter, the letters stand for “Feed All Regardless of Means,” the mission of F.A.R.M. Café in downtown Boone, located in the space that formerly housed the legendary downtown Boone Drug fountain. F.A.R.M. Café is a non-profit, pay-whatyou-can community restaurant that offers fresh items daily, produced from local sources.

Galileo’s Bar and Café 1087 W. King St. (828) 865-9591 Galileo was known for looking up, but his namesake restaurant in Boone is known for keeping prices down,

Macado’s 539 W. King St. (828) 264-1375 A King Street staple, Macado’s serves more sandwiches and drinks than can feasibly fit on a menu. Nonetheless, Macado’s offers this full menu till 2 a.m., and the tavern is a popular spot to quench those late night munchies and have a few while you’re at it.

Mellow Mushroom 805 W. King St. (828) 865-1515 Craving an out-of-the-ordinary pizza? These pizza-bakers specialize in variety, serving specialty pies galore, subs aplenty and savory salads. An expansive, fully stocked bar with myriad brews on tap helps patrons keep a mellow mood, as does the popular Mellow Mushroom Beer Club.

Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub 747 W. King St. (828) 264-5117 Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub may be known for its bar, which features a wide assortment of drinks and live music, but its family-friendly restaurant caters to everyone, offering a vast variety of American cuisine, including its legendary cheese fries, and gourmet pizzas. 828-964-2492 •

Capone’s Pizza owner Pete Shurba prepares one of the pizzeria’s celebrated pies.


complement any course.

Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill 783 W. King St. (Marketplace at King Street) (828) 268-7525 Paolucci’s brings a taste of Italy to downtown Boone, offering comfort cuisine that’s made with fresh ingredients and prepared in modern combinations. For diners wanting to catch the big game, Paolucci’s lounge area features six big-screen TVs and three 12-foot video screens.

Proper 142 Water St. (828) 865-5000 It’s not just a clever name. Those looking for homemade Southern comfort food should look no further than Proper. Showcasing a menu that boasts local ingredients, Proper specializes in homespun favorites, like shrimp and grits, catfish fillet, meatloaf, po’boy sandwiches, chicken and waffles, salads and soups aplenty — all with a modern Southern spin. Did we mention brunch?

Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar

454 W. King St. (828) 386-1125 One of Boone’s newest eateries, Nosh brings specialty sandwiches and breakfast items aplenty to the downtown table.

831 W. King St. (828) 263-9176 The recipient of a Best Dish in N.C. award, Vidalia brings the fine dining experience to King Street, offering celebrated service in an intimate atmosphere. A more than extensive wine list complements every meal, from braised beef short ribs to sesame coriander tuna to Sunday brunch.

Our Daily Bread

Wolfie’s Deli and Subs

627 W. King St. (828) 264-0173 Give us this day Our Daily Bread, or as locals affectionately call it, “ODB.” This local favorite specializes in gourmet sandwiches, salads and some of the finest soups this side of the Blue Ridge, and its bar features plenty of brews to

593 W. King St. (828) 265-5600 Wolfie’s may be a small, takeout-only sandwich shop, but customers have come to expect big flavor. Serving only


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BITE into BOONE FROM PAGE 13 Boar’s Head deli meats, Wolfie’s offers some of the biggest sandwiches in town, alongside quarter-pound hot dogs and smoked sausages. Sandwiches come in 32 varieties, although customers are more than welcome to design their own.

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161 Howard St., Suite C (828) 264-0068 Inspired by tea rooms of the Middle East, Yosefa AntiquiTEA offers an eclectic selection of teas and delectables for downtown customers. Described by its owners as a “sanctuary,” the tea room offers a place “where customers can unwind and relax, commune with others, enjoy live performances and restore the balance lost before entering our doors.”


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3005 Shulls Mill Road (828) 963-7400

Geno’s Sports Lounge 1785 N.C. 105 (828) 264-1000

The Peddler Steak House 1972 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-4433

Pepper’s Restaurant & Bar

Hill Top Drive-In

227 Hardin St. (828) 264-5470

2698 N.C. 105 (828) 268-9899

Klondike Café

The Rock Sports Bar & Grill

441 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-9988

New China Buffet

The Local Lion

276 Watauga Village Drive (828) 386-1723

1200 Blowing Rock Road (828) 262-0088

791 Blowing Rock Road (828) 386-1120

Mr. Original’s Gyros


1348 N.C. 105 (828) 262-5128

1180 Blowing Rock Road (Boone Mall) (828) 355-9800

China Wok


205 New Market Centre (828) 263-0588

273 Boone Heights Drive (828) 265-2355

Dos Amigos Restaurante Mexicano

Taste Grill

Sidewalk Café 125 New Market Centre (828) 264-1592

Mary’s Kitchen


486 George Wilson Road (828) 264-1920

240 Shadowline Drive (828) 386-1170

Taqueria El Paso 2693 N.C. 105 (828) 264-6754

24" Wine Cellar


276 Watauga Village Drive (828) 263-0350

Bandana’s Bar-B-Que and Grill

Hunan Chinese Restaurant

1475 N.C. 105 South (828) 265-2828

Joe’s Italian Kitchen

139 New Market Centre (828) 264-4680

Mountain House

The Red Onion

Casa Rustica

214 Southgate Drive (828) 262-0555

The Gamekeeper

115 New Market Centre (828) 265-0500

203 Boone Heights Drive (828) 386-1441

455 Blowing Rock Road (828) 263-0900


174 Jefferson Road (828) 262-5605

Joy Bistro

Mint Indian Cuisine

Parthenon Café

215 Boone Heights Drive (828) 355-9066

Mike’s Inland Seafood

130 Hardin St. (828) 264-8657

240 Shadowline Drive (828) 262-1250

246 Wilson Drive (828) 264-2074

El Bienvenido

Dan’l Boone Inn

2530 U.S. 421 (828) 297-2621

Basil’s Fresh Pasta & Deli

187 New Market Centre (828) 265-1674

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Boone Bagelry 105

190 Boone Heights Drive (828) 263-9200

125 Graduate Lane Boone N.C. 28607 (828) 262-1600

Joe’s Jazzed Up

Coyote Kitchen

190 Boone Heights Drive (828) 263-9200

200 Southgate Drive (828) 265-4041

3-Oven Gas Cooker

Dual Fuel Range

MOUNTAIN HOME AND HEARTH (828) 262-0051 | 4912 US HWY 421 S. | BOONE, NC


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Joe’s Italian Kitchen and Joe’s Jazzed Up owner (and namesake) Joe Cafaro invites diners to see two sides of Joe’s – Joe’s Italian Kitchen, a casual deli, and Joe’s Jazzed Up, which features fine dining accompanied by live jazz.


BITE into BOONE FROM PAGE 13 The Rock Sports Bar & Grill 276 Watauga Village Drive (828) 386-1723

Sidewalk Café 125 New Market Centre (828) 264-1592

Troy’s 105 Diner 1286 N.C. 105 (828) 265-1344

Tucker’s Café 1180 Blowing Rock Road (Boone Mall) (828) 264-8510

Stick Boy Kitchen 211 Boone Heights Drive (828) 265-4141

Sunrise Grill 1675 N.C. 105 (828) 262-5400

The Table at Crestwood

FRANCHISES Applebee’s 2036 Blowing Rock Road (828) 262-1136

Chili’s 1934 Blowing Rock Road (828) 266-9626

Cracker Barrel 1601 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-4425

Golden Corral 187 Watauga Village Drive (828) 264-9909

Hungry Howie’s 1748 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-5004

Pizza Hut 1461 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-2401

Ruby Tuesday

3236 Shulls Mill Road (877) 836-5046

1822 Blowing Rock Road (828) 268-9810

The TApp Room

1111 N.C. 105 (828) 265-4488

421 Blowing Rock Road (828) 386-1216

Town Tavern 208-A Faculty St. (828) 264-2226


Saks Grill/ Pennywise 450 E. King St. (828) 264-3098

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SHOPPER’S UTOPIA For a quick stop or sentimental window shopping — Boone has it all BY SHERRIE NORRIS


oone has long been known as a shopper’s utopia and rarely disappoints the discerning customer in search of that one-of-a kind discovery. While known for its small town charm, Boone offers an eclectic selection of shopping opportunities equal to those found in larger cities — from specialty shops, boutiques and a historical general mercantile to nationally recognized chains and superstores. Whether on the hunt for supplies to complete your most recently begun home improvement project, or a new recliner for the man-cave, a new dishwasher, curtains, sporting goods, designer fashions and jewelry, a pet snake or a manufactured home, chances are, you will be able to find it all in Boone. You don’t have to leave town to find furniture, antiques, art or crafts and supplies. Need to send flowers? Do it from Boone. Ready to replace an oil filter on your car or buy chains for winter driving? Several auto parts stores are easily accessible in Boone and stock most of what you need,

or will have it within a day’s time. Music shops, bakeries, drugstores and your favorite hobby shops are just around the corner from your home or hotel. Need plumbing and building materials? Several options for competitive pricing on fixtures and repair parts are within the city limits or just on the outskirts of town. You don’t have to drive off the mountain for the finest in furniture or a new mattress; several stores specializing in new and used furniture and quality bedding are just around the bend. Love browsing through gently used clothing, housewares and collectibles? Consignment and thrift stores, as well as galleries, are abundant in Boone. Shopping doesn’t have to be indoors, either. From early spring through late autumn, vegetables, herbs, plants and handmade crafts are staples at the farmers’ market. Need a Christmas tree or ornamental shrub? Just look on the hillside across town. Whether it’s a quick run to the corner store for a last-minute necessity or a sentimental stroll for a keepsake down King Street, Boone will prove to be the perfect shopping stop for you and all your heart’s desires.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOV. 1 BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives — from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Holiday Inn Express, sponsored by Noon Rotary (1943 Blowing Rock Road; for an appointment, call 406-4847. For those interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer, contact Ginny Anderson, donor recruitment representative (Carolina Blood Services Region), at (336) 4164016. BENEFIT GOLF: Go Team Lucas is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at Red Tail Golf Club near Mountain City, Tenn., on Nov. 1 to benefit the upcoming

March of Dimes’ signature event March for Babies, which is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the ASU campus. The golf tournament fee is $85 for individuals or $325 for a team of four. Lunch is included. A mulligan package is available: $15 for two mulligan shots and one “tee up” on a par five. Top three teams will win packages from ASU Athletics, Earth Fare and Lowes. Lunch and registration are at noon; tee-off at 1 p.m. Contact Kelley Wilson at or (828) 773-0460 for more information and to sign up. If you are unable to attend, you can still sponsor a hole for $75 or donate at CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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BUYER’S MARKET Buyers are well-positioned in High Country home market BY ANNA OAKES


plentiful inventory and continuing low interest rates mean that buyers’ market conditions continue in the High Country. Although the High Country Association of Realtors reported that Realtor-assisted sales in Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties are at a six-year high for the year to date, the median sold price dropped from $220,000 in August to $200,000 in September. Compared with September 2012, however, the median sold price made a significant jump, from $174,950 to $200,000 — a 14 percent increase. “A few more buyers have helped our market,” said Jerry Starnes, president of the High Country Association of Realtors, in a statement. “But a two- to three-year inventory level will keep prices from improving.” At the end of September, there were

3,071 active listings in the High Country market, the association reported. In addition, interest rates continue to remain low. Earlier in the summer, there were predictions that rates would spike, the association said, but they’ve remained steady. As of Oct. 10, 30-year fixed-rate loans averaged 4.23 percent, statistically unchanged from 4.22 percent the previous week and the lowest level since June, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey. Rates are up less than 1 percent since May. Nationally, existing home sales increased in August to the highest level in six-and-a-half years, according to the National Association of Realtors. It also reported national sales are at the highest pace since February 2007. In North Carolina, Realtor-assisted sales are up 24 percent compared to last year. The average sold price is up 5 percent to $210,526.

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CONCERT: Tedeschi Trucks Band will be in concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the ASU campus. Admission is $38, $34.96 and $18. For more information, visit GHOST TRAIN: Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival returns on Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 2. The event features a train ride through the dark as Tweetsie’s locomotive relives the Great Train Wreck of 1913. The festival also includes the Boneyard, 3-D Maze, the Black Hole, Freaky Forest, Haunted House, the black light dancers of the Haunted Palace Saloon, and the Creepy Carnival featuring the Spice Ghouls and emcee Darkus Knight. Gates open each night at 7:30 and tickets are $28 per person. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Many nights sell out and advanced tickets are suggested. To buy tickets or for more information, call (828) 264-9061 or visit DANCE: A benefit dance featuring The Buckstankle Boys and Phil Jamison will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Legends on the ASU campus. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for the public. MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISER: Go Team Lucas is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at Red Tail Golf Club near Mountain City, Tenn. on Nov. 1 to benefit the upcoming March of Dimes’ signature event March for Babies, which is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State University. The golf tournament fee is $85 for individuals or $325 for a team of four. Lunch is included. Mulligan package available: $15 for two mulligan shots and one “tee up” on a par five. Top three teams will win packages from ASU Athletics, Earth Fare and Lowes. Lunch and registration are at noon; tee-off is at 1 p.m. For more information or to sign up, email Kelley Wilson at kellbell_37@ or call (828) 773-0460. If you are unable to attend, you can still sponsor a hole for $75 or donate at www.

NOV. 2 SITAR MUSIC: Autumn Ragas, a sitar recital with Pandit Sugato Nag, will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at 639 Whispering Hills Road, Boone. Nag is one of India’s leading emerging musicians. Hailing from Kolkata, India, he is making a rare appearance in Boone. Nag’s music is characterized by virtuosic technique and lyrical, emotional melodies. He will be accompanied on tabla by Nitin Mitta. The

event will be followed by a vegetarian dinner. The recital will be $15 for guests and free for students. For more about the artist, visit The recital is presented by the International Center for Meditation and Well-Being. For more information, visit BBQ FUNDRAISER: Jefferson Methodist Church will hold a barbecue fundraiser with fellowship, food and fun on Nov. 2. The church will launch its new endeavor at 11 a.m. and conclude with fellowship at 1:30 p.m. For further information, call the Jefferson Methodist Church office at (336) 846-9512. SINGING: A singing will be held at Doe Ridge Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2. Singers will include the Home Going Choir, Joyful Noise and Carroll and Betty Moretz..

NOV. 3 REVIVAL: Brushy Fork Baptist Church, 3915 U.S. 421 North in Vilas, will hold a revival at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5. The visiting speaker will be the Rev. Raymond Spann. For more information, call (828) 297-2524. STATE PARK: What do Northern gray-cheeked, Eastern red-backed, Blue Ridge two-lined and Carolina Mountain have in common? They are all various names of native salamanders found at Elk Knob State Park. Come to this one-hour program and learn about the different species found in the area. Meet at the park office at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, for a PowerPoint presentation about salamanders. For more information, call (828) 297-7261. REVIVAL: Brushy Fork Baptist Church will be hosting revival services at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 4-5. Visiting speaker is the Rev. Raymond Spann. For more information, call (828) 297-2524. POETRY: José Kózer, the 2013 Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Award winner, will offer a bilingual poetry reading and author talk during a two-day visit to ASU. The poetry reading is Nov. 4, followed by a discussion of “Poetry and Exile” Nov. 5. Both events begin at 7 p.m. in the Belk Library Lecture Hall, room 114. Admission is free.

NOV. 4 MUSIC: Works composed during the early 20th century will be performed by violinist Nancy Bargerstock and pianist Bair Shagdaron Nov. 4 at Appalachian State University. The performance in

Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. CHARITY NIGHT: Bandana’s BBQ and Grill will host the David Shore Charity Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4; 10 percent of sales go to the Shore family to help with medical needs. Buying a ticket for $10 provides a choice of a two-meat, two-side dinner at Bandana’s that can be redeemed anytime Nov. 4-6. Tickets are also available at Orthodonic and Pediatric offices of Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway, Boone Drug Greenway or at the Foscoe Pharmacy.

NOV. 7 FARM-CITY BANQUET: The 58th annual Farm-City Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone. The theme is “A Heritage of Innovation.” The evening will include a meal and the recognition of individuals for their contributions and support of the local agricultural economy. There will also be door prizes given. Adult tickets are $10 and $5 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call (828) 264-3061. CONCERT: From Bears with Dr. Bacon will perform at Legends on the ASU campus at 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Admission is $3 in advance for students and $5 at the door.

NOV. 9 PET CLINIC: A Low Cost Shot Clinic will be held at the Avery Humane Society, located on 279 New Vale Road, Newland, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9. Rabies shots are $8; yearly booster shots are $15. The feline leukemia vaccine is $20. For more information, call (828) 733-2333. FUNDRAISER: A benefit spaghetti supper to help with medical expenses for Keith Huffman of Crumpler, former owner of Boone Kubota, will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ashe County High School. In addition to the supper, there will be a silent auction, music and a raffle. Individuals who would like to help, but can not attend, can send cards or monetary donations to Keith Huffman, 1460 Shatley Road, Crumpler, N.C. 28671. DANCE AND COOK-OFF: A Harvest Barn Dance and Chili Cook-Off dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Leatherwood Mountains. For more information, call (336) 973-5044. Music will be by The Neighbors. Call to sign up for cookoff. Ticket prices include dinner, music, dance and a raffle ticket to win two nights of camping and two boarding stalls or two two-hour trail rides at Leatherwood Mountains. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 10. The evening without a meal is $15 for adults and $6 for children younger than 10.

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NOV. 11 CLUB MEETING: The High Country Torch Club will meet at noon Nov. 11 at the Golden Corral in Boone. The program will feature Wayne Clawson on “Sam Levenson.” For more information, contact Bettie Bond at (828) 264-4275.

NOV. 13 LECTURE SERIES: The Diversity Lecture Series at ASU will present “Be Rea$onable: An Interactive Theater Performance Exploring Classism on Campus” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom on campus. LECTURE SERIES: The ARTSpectrum Lecture Series will feature the program “Hugh Morton’s Rise to his Photographic Peak” with Stephen J. Fletcher at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the ASU campus. Admission is free.

NOV. 14 MUSIC: A Parrot Head Beach Party featuring The Caribbean Cowboys will be held at 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at Legends on the ASU campus. Admission is $4 in advance for students and $6 at the door.

NOV. 15 STAGE: Savion Glover’s STePZ takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the ASU campus. Admission is $20, $18.40, $16 or $10. For more information, visit

NOV. 16 CONCERT: Michael Combs will be in concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theater in Glendale Springs. Admission is $30 pre-purchased or $35 at the door. For more information, visit

NOV. 17 STATE PARK: Join a ranger at Elk Knob State Park as he or she presents Otto Wood, celebrated Appalachian folk hero and convicted felon. Participants will hike as they learn how the criminal genius broke the law, escaped from prison and captured the imagination of the American public. Hike is weather dependent. Hiking attire including boots is recommended. Meet at the summit trailhead at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. For more information, call (828) 297-7261. PARADE: The annual Holiday Parade will be held at noon Nov. 17 in downtown West Jefferson. FARMERS’ MARKET: The Ashe Country Farmers’ Holiday Market will be held weekly on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 in downtown West Jefferson. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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It’s good to know

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All Things Possible Church

First Baptist Church of Boone

Alliance Bible Fellowship

First Presbyterian

Baha’i Worship Service

Greenway Baptist

Fire, Rescue or Police in an emergency 911

Watauga Public Library


Boone Police Dept. (non-emergency)


Boone Area Chamber of Commerce


Bibleway Baptist

High Country United Church of Christ

Boone Fire Dept. (non-emergency)


High Country Host (Visitor Center)


Boone Unitarian Universalist

Hope Christian Fellowship

Boone United Methodist

Living Water Christian Fellowship

Boone Town Hall


Boone Tourism Development Authority


Boone First Church of the Nazarene

Mount Vernon Baptist

Boone Planning & Inspections


Blue Ridge Electric


Boone Friends (Quaker)

Oak Grove Baptist Church

Boone Public Utilities


New River Light & Power


Boone Mennonite Brethren

Perkinsville Baptist Church

Brookside Presbyterian

Poplar Grove Baptist Church

Boone Public Works


Watauga County Parks & Rec


Centering Prayer Group

New Life Fellowship Seventh-day

Watauga County Health Dept.


Appalachian State University


Central Assembly of God

Watauga Medical Center


Watauga Democrat newspaper


Christ the King Anglican Christian Fellowship

Watauga County Schools


The Mountain Times newspaper


Christ’s Church United of Boone (All numbers are within the 828 area code)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Adventist Church Saints Peter and Paul Church Eastern Orthodox Son’s Light Ministries St. Elizabeth of the Hills Catholic

Cornerstone Summit

St. Luke’s Episcopal

CrossPoint Community Church

Temple of the High Country theHeart

American Legion Post 130

Watauga County Historical Society

Deerfield United Methodist

Westview Baptist Church

Appalachian Chorale

Watauga Gun Club

Faith Baptist Church

Young Life High Country

Appalachian Women’s Fund

Young Professionals of Boone

Blue Ridge Community Theatre


Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

American Red Cross (Watauga chapter)

Book Bunch Club

Appalachian Voices

Boone Area Cyclists

Children’s Council

Boone Area Lions Club

Community Care Clinic

Boone Optimist Club

Habitat for Humanity

Boone Running Club

High Country Homebuilders Association

Boone Service League

High Country Recreation

Boone Sunrise Rotary Club

High Country United Way

Civil Air Patrol

Hope Pregnancy Resource Center

Daughters of the American Revolution Daniel

Hospitality House

Boone Chapter

(homeless shelter and soup kitchen)

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90

Hunger and Health Coalition

Green Drinks Boone

Mountain Alliance

High Country Torch Club

OASIS Inc. (women’s shelter)

High Country Women’s Fund

Resort Area Ministries

High Country Writers

Samaritan’s Purse

Kiwanis Club of Boone

Southern Appalachian Historical Association

Loyal Order of Moose 1805

Watauga County Arts Council

Rotary Club of Boone

Watauga County Pathways

Toastmasters Club

Watauga County Project on Aging


Watauga Humane Society

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7031

Watauga Opportunities

Watauga Book Brewers

Western Youth Network

Watauga Community Band

W.A.M.Y. Community Action

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Boone My Hometown 2013  

Your 2013 Relocating Guide to North Carolina's High Country.

Boone My Hometown 2013  

Your 2013 Relocating Guide to North Carolina's High Country.