“Have you ever heard of this place called Blowing Rock?” ….. “It’s the only place in the world
where the snow goes upside down.”
– lines of dialogue from the film, “Goodbye Solo“
“Goodbye Solo” is an award-winning independent film released in 2008. It tells the story of a cab driver in Winston-Salem hired to drive a lonely old man to Blowing Rock. The film concludes at the Blowing Rock attraction, which is featured prominently on the movie poster. And the scenes are, as expected, beautiful.
Principal photography for Goodbye Solo took place from Sept. 19 through Oct. 22, 2007. Bahrani chose that schedule so that the scenes shot in Blowing Rock would take place during the prime leaf-changing season. Those scenes were shot on and around Oct. 20.
For the scenes shot at the Blowing Rock, Bahrani and cinematographer Michael Simmonds used hand-held cameras instead of the traditional tripod set-ups.
267.7 – Length, in feet, of the projecting arm of the crane located on the Appalachian State campus
The skyline of Boone is being dominated by a 182-foot-tall, 14-story-high tower crane which is being used to construct a new residence hall on the campus of Appalachian State. The crane, which can lift up to 6,390 pounds, will be in use until January 2012, according to the High Country Press.
Who doesn’t enjoy a mix of the nightlife, art, fellowship and food? That’s the delightful description of the monthly Downtown Boone Art Crawl. Held the first Friday of every month, the Crawl welcomes everyone to leisurely meander through Boone’s unique downtown area with stops in any of the art galleries or participating restaurants. One mainstay of the crawl is the Jones House Community Center, a historic structure in the downtown area. Tonight it is highlighting watercolors.
The Watauga Arts Council will have two new exhibits for April at the Jones House, with a reception this Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. where you can view the artwork, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists.
The Mazie Jones Gallery will feature the watercolors of Wes Waugh, an art instructor, juror and exhibiting artist. Waugh describes his influences as stemming from the translational and design influenced watercolor landscapes of the late Eliot O’Hara and Edgar Whitney, both prominent mid-20th century American watercolor masters. Waugh is now noted as one of the Southeast’s leading landscape watercolorists.
Since 1979, the Blowing Rock Trout Derby has signified the start of fishing season in the High Country. The two-day event challenges anglers to catch the largest fish possible at most any location within the Village. Prizes are given in several age categories, according to the Blowing Rock News.
Trophies will be awarded for first place winners in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14) Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under). Kids and anglers with disabilities can fish at Broyhill Lake, where licenses are not required. All others must have a license and obey all posted fishing regulations. There is a limit of three fish per day at Broyhill Lake.
Other nearby fishing spots include Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along Highway 321. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street. Catches should be taken to the official Derby headquarters at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building on Wallingford Street.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission supports the Blowing Rock Trout Derby with “Fish for Fun” bags complete with a tackle box, regulation book, bumper sticker, stringer and bobber.
Counting up the infinite reasons to call the High Country of North Carolina home
One prominent home of the area’s vibrant arts culture is the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Located in downtown Boone, the center presents exhibitions, collections and educational programs open to the public. It is part of the campus of Appalachian State University. Each summer the Center operates summer camps for children, teens and adults.