Music, art fest slated

BOONE, N.C. — Siren Mountain Jam will be held June 21-22 at the High Country Fairgrounds, 748 Roby Green Rd.

The two-headliner on June 21 is 10-time Grammy nominee and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello. On June 22, multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne headlines. They are joined during the festival by Samantha O’Brien, Crys Matthews, Rising Appalachia, Toshi Reagon, Melissa Reaves, Michelle Malone, Lisa Baldwin & Dave Haney, Amythyst Kiah, The Mountain Laurels, The Swayback Sisters, teen Eliza Eason, Greta Schaefer and performance artist Nuit Moore. Other groups and solo acts were not available at press time.

An array of healing and performing arts will also be prominently featured and offered at the jam. From fire spinning, belly dancing, Zumba and hula hooping to massage, herbal teachings and yoga, attendees are invited to experience and enjoy a diverse mix of alternative teachings and activities.

Produced by women and featuring women musicians, artisans, healing artists, non-profit organizations and chefs, Siren Mountain Jam is a family-friendly celebration of women’s contributions to the arts. All are welcome and invited to enjoy a weekend of arts, nature, relaxation and fun in an Appalachian mountain setting.

A limited number of tent and RV camping spaces are available. Advance general admission two-day passes are currently available for $85 through June 20. Gate price is $100. Advance single-day tickets are also available for $40 for Friday and $50 for Saturday. Gate prices are $50 and $60 respectively. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Limit two per adult. On-site weekend tent camping is available for $25 per person.


Golf tourney set

CONOVER, N.C. — AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) celebrates its 26th year of advancing lives and fighting AIDS with its Red Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament on June 28 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa, 3791 Club House Dr.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and shot gun start starts at 9 a.m.

Organizers say that the tournament is a spirited and fun golf tournament, featuring 18 holes of golf, longest putt and longest drive competitions, networking, breakfast and an awards luncheon. Proceeds go to support the work that ALFA does for the community.

Call Kevin Gwinn at 828-322-1447 or email to learn more about forming teams or becoming a sponsor. Forms are also available online.


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Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.