Events

May
1
Sat
2021
Advanced Birding Identification Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain
May 1 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Advanced Birding Identification Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Have you wondered why some bird species are always easy to identify all of the time, some bird species are easy to identify some of the time, and some bird species seem to be almost impossible to identify all of the time? The answers can be found in the natural history of individual species.

This course will explore such aspects of the lives of birds as seasonal plumage, molt, nestling growth, seasonal occurrence, habitat requirements, and similarities between related and sometimes completely unrelated species. Acquiring a basic understanding of these factors can help you to more quickly find the right section of your field guide and arrive at the most likely identification for the bird in your binoculars.

The course is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. Course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance.

May
15
Sat
2021
Introduction to Landscape Design Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Landscape Design Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join landscape architect, Preston Montague, for a design workshop that will help you make informed and confident decisions about issues facing you in the landscape.

Preston will present tenets of landscape design he’s learned as a professional landscape architect as well as his approach to solving a range of problems that include drainage, planting and overall aesthetics. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their most pressing landscape challenges and/or aspirations to the workshop for Preston to go through and provide ideas. Participants will leave having learned a professional’s design process, some solutions to their aesthetic goals or challenges, and exposure to issues facing other participants that might help solve similar problems.

The event is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. The course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance.

May
28
Fri
2021
Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort
May 28 @ 11:00 am – May 31 @ 6:00 pm
Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy gorgeous mountain views aboard the chairlift at Sugar Mountain Resort. Get a bird’s-eye view of springtime across the mountains and enjoy the fresh mountain air. The adventurous can go mountain biking. Sugar Mountain is known for its downhill course.

 

May
29
Sat
2021
Art on the Greene – Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort
May 29 @ 11:00 am – Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm
Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy gorgeous mountain views aboard the chairlift at Sugar Mountain Resort. Get a bird’s-eye view of springtime across the mountains and enjoy the fresh mountain air. The adventurous can go mountain biking. Sugar Mountain is known for its downhill course.

 

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm
The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

From May 29-June 6, a series of 20-minute walks will highlight Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and their spectacular spring blooms.

May
30
Sun
2021
Art on the Greene – Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort
May 30 @ 11:00 am – Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm
Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy gorgeous mountain views aboard the chairlift at Sugar Mountain Resort. Get a bird’s-eye view of springtime across the mountains and enjoy the fresh mountain air. The adventurous can go mountain biking. Sugar Mountain is known for its downhill course.

 

May
31
Mon
2021
Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort
May 31 @ 11:00 am – Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm
Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy gorgeous mountain views aboard the chairlift at Sugar Mountain Resort. Get a bird’s-eye view of springtime across the mountains and enjoy the fresh mountain air. The adventurous can go mountain biking. Sugar Mountain is known for its downhill course.

 

Jul
3
Sat
2021
Art on the Greene – Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

Jul
4
Sun
2021
Summit Crawl @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am
Summit Crawl @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

The Sugar Mountain Resort Summit Crawl is a fun and competitive event (if you want it to be) via foot to Sugar Mountain’s 5,300’ peak by way of the Easy Street, Gunther’s Way, and Northridge slopes. It’s just for fun, but we’ll time you and give out prizes. The course is approximately 6,500 feet or 1.2 miles. The vertical climb is 1,200 feet.

Entry fee includes T-shirt & down-loading on Summit Express. Competitors can ride the Summit Express back to the base of Sugar Mountain Resort. The competitor’s bib grants him/her a lift-ride back to the base of the mountain. It is a one-way lift ticket. Adults (13 and older) $40; children (ages 12 and younger) $30. Register online anytime until 4 p.m., Friday, July 2. Or register in person Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Packet pick-up and registration take place Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No same-day registration or packet pick-up. Awards take place at approximately noon on the main deck.

Mass start on gravel/dirt road directly in front of the base lodge. The designated route begins slope-side on the gravel/dirt road directly in front of the base lodge. Then travels between the Summit Express lift bottom station and the Ski/Snowboard School building. Then turns left up the Easy Street slope, then right toward the terrain park, under the GW lift, straight up the Gunther’s Way slope and onto the Northridge slope. The finish is at the summit. The route is marked on event day.

General public Summit Express lift rides: $15 for a one-time ride, $30 junior (11 and younger) all-day ticket, $40 adult (12 and older) all-day ticket, kids 4 and younger ride free with a paying adult.

All who finish are eligible to win a 2021-2022 Sugar Mountain Resort winter season pass.

Entertainment (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) by The Rockabilly’s.

Art on the Greene – Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Banner Elk
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

An all-American celebration takes place each Fourth of July in Banner Elk. It’s a day that makes Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade at 11:00 a.m. The hour-long parade begins at the Lees-McRae College campus library and goes down Main Street.

The parade features cars, trucks, animals and people adorned in red, white & blue to honor America’s birthday. It is one of the most popular Fourth of July parades in North Carolina.

At noon, following the parade, head to the town green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School for the Family Fun Fourth celebration. Family Fun Fourth is from noon to 6 p.m. and is free and open to everyone.

Sugar Mountain Fireworks @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jul 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sugar Mountain Fireworks @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

A spectacular fireworks show atop Sugar Mountain’s 5,300-foot peak begins around 9:15 p.m. The Summit Express chairlift runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for mountaintop fireworks viewing. No mountain-bike riding after 7 p.m. Typical Mountain Boys perform at the base lodge from 6 until 9 p.m., and food and beverages are available.

Jul
9
Fri
2021
Gravity Mountain Bike Camp @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jul 9 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Gravity Mountain Bike Camp @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Kids are going to have so much fun they won’t want to go home. Three days of fun, friends, and developing and improving their mountain bike gravity skills. Camp is for ages 11-16.

Cost/Registration for three-day camp: $429 with bike rental (includes full-face helmet and knee/shin & elbow pads); $350 without bike rental.

Full-face helmets and knee pads are required and can be rented at an additional cost. Personal mountain bikes should be in good working condition with good tires, brake pads and drivetrain. Disk brakes are required, full suspension is recommended.

Camp includes: full-day lift ticket and bike rental, professional downhill mountain bike instruction, lunch, a Gravity Mountain Bike Camp T-shirt.

Daily schedule
9:30 am – Meet at the Sugar Mountain Resort ticket/rental area
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Group instruction
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – End of camp day
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm Ride the bike park on your own

*The camp is for all levels of ability; however, we recommend that participant has ridden on mountain bike trails at least once before.*

 

Jul
10
Sat
2021
Gravity Mountain Bike Camp @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Gravity Mountain Bike Camp @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Kids are going to have so much fun they won’t want to go home. Three days of fun, friends, and developing and improving their mountain bike gravity skills. Camp is for ages 11-16.

Cost/Registration for three-day camp: $429 with bike rental (includes full-face helmet and knee/shin & elbow pads); $350 without bike rental.

Full-face helmets and knee pads are required and can be rented at an additional cost. Personal mountain bikes should be in good working condition with good tires, brake pads and drivetrain. Disk brakes are required, full suspension is recommended.

Camp includes: full-day lift ticket and bike rental, professional downhill mountain bike instruction, lunch, a Gravity Mountain Bike Camp T-shirt.

Daily schedule
9:30 am – Meet at the Sugar Mountain Resort ticket/rental area
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Group instruction
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – End of camp day
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm Ride the bike park on your own

*The camp is for all levels of ability; however, we recommend that participant has ridden on mountain bike trails at least once before.*

 

Jul
11
Sun
2021
Gravity Mountain Bike Camp @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Gravity Mountain Bike Camp @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Kids are going to have so much fun they won’t want to go home. Three days of fun, friends, and developing and improving their mountain bike gravity skills. Camp is for ages 11-16.

Cost/Registration for three-day camp: $429 with bike rental (includes full-face helmet and knee/shin & elbow pads); $350 without bike rental.

Full-face helmets and knee pads are required and can be rented at an additional cost. Personal mountain bikes should be in good working condition with good tires, brake pads and drivetrain. Disk brakes are required, full suspension is recommended.

Camp includes: full-day lift ticket and bike rental, professional downhill mountain bike instruction, lunch, a Gravity Mountain Bike Camp T-shirt.

Daily schedule
9:30 am – Meet at the Sugar Mountain Resort ticket/rental area
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Group instruction
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – End of camp day
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm Ride the bike park on your own

*The camp is for all levels of ability; however, we recommend that participant has ridden on mountain bike trails at least once before.*

 

Aug
7
Sat
2021
Art on the Greene – Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

Aug
8
Sun
2021
Art on the Greene – Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

Aug
12
Thu
2021
Grandfather Presents: David Sibley @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Grandfather Presents: David Sibley @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Author, illustrator and avid birdwatcher David Sibley will open the 2021 Grandfather Presents lecture series. With his father an ornithologist, Sibley said birding has been a major part of his life ever since he was a child. He merged his encyclopedic knowledge with his skills as a self-taught artist to become one of America’s best-known field guide authors.

The Grandfather Presents lecture series offers presentations from some of the country’s foremost experts on conservation. Advanced registration is required.

Sep
4
Sat
2021
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

 

 

Sep
5
Sun
2021
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans.

The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges from 40 to 60. They represent a variety of media, such as metal, glass, ceramics, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil.

Each show allows shoppers to add to their art collections while supporting historic preservation at the same time. Booth rental proceeds are donated to the Town of Banner Elk for ongoing efforts to transform the Historic Banner Elk School into a center for visual and performing arts.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

 

 

 

Sep
18
Sat
2021
51th Annual Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
51th Annual Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. Participants can enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission.

Sep
25
Sat
2021
Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

As night falls on Grandfather Mountain, guests can enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents. Advance registration required.

Oct
2
Sat
2021
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 2:20 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

A favorite tradition in Western North Carolina is leaf-peeping. Prized views emerge as fall color covers the Blue Ridge Mountains.

From Oct. 2-10, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. Walks take place daily at 2 p.m.

Oct
9
Sat
2021
Late Summer Sketching Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Late Summer Sketching Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of sketches of natural objects that bring moments in nature to life. The way you arrange these drawings on a page can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. In this course, led by artist Preston Montague, participants learn how to tell a story through the arrangement of objects in a sketchbook, as well as basic observation and drawing techniques with pen, pencil and colored pencils. Though designed for beginners, students with more intermediate skills are encouraged to join. Students are asked to bring sketchbooks, colored pencils, #2 pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener and micron pens.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment.

The course is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. Course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance.

Oct
16
Sat
2021
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country.

According to local legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to make the forecast. The owner of Saturday’s winning worm receives $1,000, and Sunday’s winner gets $500. The festival also includes craft vendors, food, live entertainment and rides.

This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees and takes place during the traditional peak weekend for autumn leaf viewing in Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Oct
17
Sun
2021
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country.

According to local legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to make the forecast. The owner of Saturday’s winning worm receives $1,000, and Sunday’s winner gets $500. The festival also includes craft vendors, food, live entertainment and rides.

This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees and takes place during the traditional peak weekend for autumn leaf viewing in Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Oct
23
Sat
2021
Grandfather’s Starry Skies Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Grandfather's Starry Skies Adult Field Course @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

October is one of the best times of year to stargaze at Grandfather Mountain. The air is cool and clear, and the summer constellations are still prominent, with some early winter sights making their appearance later in the evening. This course is also during the time of the Orionid meteor shower.

The goal for this course is to create a familiarity with the night sky and learn the basics of stargazing. We’ll start in the classroom by exploring some of the best print and digital resources for observing the night sky and cover some of the basics of stargazing. During the evening hours, we’ll be out at various viewing locations on the mountain, practicing stargazing skills while looking for meteors and learning about some of the most prominent stars, constellations and other objects visible this time of year.

Course instructor Stephan Martin has been a stargazer since he was very young growing up under the dark skies of South Florida. Martin is also an astronomer, educator and author, who has taught astronomy and physics at colleges, universities and learning centers across the U.S. and internationally for more than 25 years.

The course is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. Course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance.

Apr
9
Sat
2022
Golden Easter Egg Hunt @ Tate-Evans Park
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Golden Easter Egg Hunt @ Tate-Evans Park | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A great family event that takes place the Saturday eight days prior to Easter at the Historic Banner Elk School.

Beginning at 10 a.m., kids 12 and under can search for eight golden eggs hidden in Tate-Evans Town Park. Each of the eight eggs contains a ticket that can be redeemed for a prize between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce.

Each family may redeem only one golden egg. Consolation prizes will be awarded to the siblings of each winner, as well as to all other participants. Throughout the day, the Chamber will provide updates on the number of golden eggs remaining on the Chamber Facebook page.

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