• MerleFest Celebrates 30 Years of “Music, Moments and Memories”

    In 1985, Eddy Merle Watson, musician and son of folk music legend Doc Watson, was killed in a tractor accident on the family’s farm. Three years after Merle’s death, an annual music festival called MerleFest was established in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in his memory. Thirty years later, MerleFest is...
  • Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition names winners

    The unique beauty, nature, culture and lifestyle of the southern Appalachian Mountains comes to life through the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, a Boone-based annual competition that invites both amateur and professional photographers to submit photos that showcase an aspect of the region. A collaboration between ASU Outdoor Programs, the...
  • Charles Walker: New in town student singer-songwriter

    The first time Charles Austin-Zimmerman, known on stage as Charles Walker, remembers performing music live, he was 12 years old and playing guitar on a patio at his mother’s friend’s birthday party. Since then, the now 19-year-old singer-songwriter has released a record that he made in his bedroom closet,...
  • Golden Cockerel Store links Boone with Russia

    Highway 194, going toward Elk Knob State Park, is a winding road that takes the driver out of the town of Boone and deeper into the mountains, through woods and around sharp curves, alongside weathered homes and occasionally past old buildings that house local businesses. One such business, nestled...
  • Interior design students: More than decorators

    The students in Appalachian State’s interior design program are tired of being compared to HGTV decorators. In reality, the study and practice of interior design involves much more than simply choosing the colors and decor of a room. “I honestly feel like what we do is interior architecture,” Rebecca...
  • Fiddlers Convention celebrates Appalachian music

    The ninth annual Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention took place Saturday, featuring traditional Appalachian music competitions, a handmade market and a luthiers’ gathering among other events. The Fiddlers Convention is held in Plemmons Student Union from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each year and is organized by the Appalachian...
  • What is contra dancing?

    It’s not uncommon for Appalachian State’s Legends to be filled with people dancing. However, on certain Friday nights, the usual mob of people dancing to a band on stage is replaced by a different scene. Instead, a small string band sits at one end of the dance floor, and...
  • From class project to ska-punk band

    Most students are eager to get schoolwork over and done with as soon as possible. For Corbin Lenard and several of his fellow students, however, one class assignment evolved into something that consumed their lives. Lenard, a senior music industry studies major, is the bassist and lead vocalist for...
  • Food4Thought event to raise student awareness about Hunger & Health Coalition

    Food4Thought, an interactive event to help raise awareness and volunteerism for the Hunger & Health Coalition of Boone, will take place Nov. 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Whitewater Cafe. During Food4Thought, participants can walk through four stations in order to learn more about the Hunger & Health...
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