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Saturday, April 27 Singing Gators The Alligators, a blues/rock combo, will make you get up and dance, stomp your feet and grin, or just kick back and enjoy the show. Join the fun at Silver Fork …

Less than two years have passed since the fitness facility in the shadows of UNC Health Blue Ridge in Morganton became the Phifer Family YMCA.  “People still tell me all the time they didn’t …

The late, legendary, country singer and songwriter Guy Clark famously asked, “What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?” For some folks, life would indeed seem pretty bleak without …

Late April. It’s the time of year when experienced gardeners decide whether to bet on when the last hard frost will occur. Novice planters or recent transplants are sometimes fooled by warmer days …

Three new dynamic sculptures sprang up around downtown Morganton last week as the city's Cultural Arts Commission unveiled the larger-than-life exhibits, part of Morganton’s “Sculpture on the …

BCPS presents "The Little Mermaid " Come celebrate all things “under the sea,” as Burke County Public Schools presents “The Little Mermaid” at CoMMA. The 7:30 p.m. production will be staged …

Aries (March 21 - April 19): This week, your energy rivals the rushing waters of the Catawba River. Take a kayak trip to channel this vigor. The occasional shower will only enhance the adventure …

The following are the dates and bands for downtown Morganton’s 2024 TGIF concert series. All concerts are free to the public and run from 7-10 p.m. on the Historic Burke County Courthouse …

Saturday, April 20 Red Dirt Revelators Join Willie and the fellas as they bring the hits to Bones Jones Burgers and Butchery, 3221 NC-126, Morganton. The show begins at 6 p.m. Questions? Call …

Galleries I and II at the Rock School Arts Foundation are changing out this week to make room for the works of three artists. Stacey Heffner Abboud, Melissa Smith, and Maria Velez Campagna will be …

The watercolor and colored pencil designs hanging in Morganton City Hall in February and March have made way for quilts created by two grandmothers. Friends Tina Sclarandis and Dianne Kolb are …

Morganton’s weekly TGIF summer music lineup typically brings a wide variety of festive sounds to downtown, and 2024 is no exception. This year’s lineup includes everything from Latin-infused rock …

Nothing says spring quite like fragrant flowers and bright colorful umbrellas. Downtown visitors will be treated to both on April 18, during this year’s initial Third Thursday Art Crawl.  Main …

Valdese is going to rock, go country,  get the blues, dance, and just about every other musical genre when the Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Series begins on May 17. The series spans 16 …

More hours of sunshine and warmer temperatures make April the perfect month for the annual Drexel Spring Carnival, April 16-20.  Between 5,000 and 6,000 people are expected to attend over the …

Mama’s older sister, Aunt Elveta married one of the Earley boys, Clarence. They had three children, my cousins Bob, Patsy, and Bill. Their little farm there on Monte Vista Road in the western end …

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19): Revel in the post-eclipse glow as you embark on new endeavors. Like the majestic Linville Gorge, your spirit is wild and free, urging you to conquer heights and depths this …

Spring is in the air, summer is just around the corner, and the streets of downtown Morganton will soon come alive with music, art, food, and dancing feet.  The city’s official spring and …

Lining up end-to-end all the hot dogs sold during Hickory Crawdads games last season would equal more than 55 trips around the bases.  The food and beverage team at L.P. Frans Stadium swings for …

Saturday, April 13 WPCC Turns 60 Western Piedmont Community College will celebrate 60 years of higher education in Burke County with its Piedmont Palooza festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A car …

It’s been called the “4-stringed bundle of joy.” If that’s the case, the first weekend of May in downtown Morganton will be a mighty happy place. That’s when ukulele …

Do you like milk chocolate? About half of Americans prefer the creamy smoothness. Or are you more of a dark chocolate fan? That’s preferred by about one-third of us. And nearly 90% prefer a little …

In what promises to be a memorable gala concert that she herself calls “a dream come true,” musical artist Alfreda Gerald returns to her hometown after a stellar performing career to headline the …

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19): Adventure beckons as the stars align for new beginnings. Let the energy of Linville Gorge fuel your passion for discovery. Embrace the unexpected, for it will lead you to …

I was inspired to visit the furniture design and casegoods construction class at Western Piedmont Community College after a conversation with Deborah Jones, executive director of the Burke Arts Council. BAC is hosting its annual Woodworkers Exhibition…

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