1. How can I become a member?

Send an email message to high.country.lifelong@gmail.com, include your name and email address . This address is monitored on a regular basis.

2. What comes with my membership?

Once you are added to our email list you will receive automatic reminders for upcoming programs, notices of community events, and future catalogs.  You can also request the current catalog, or just view it on the website.

3. Where are programs held?

Most programs are held at the Lois Harrill Senior Center, located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, NC.  Specific rooms are listed with each program.

Lifelong Learners sponsors an open watercolor studio which meets every Friday from 10:00 to 3:30 in classroom 1 at the Harrill Senior Center. No fee. The facilitator, local artist JoAnn Pippin, will be available on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Bring your watercolor projects and come any time during these hours. For more information, contact JoAnn at rj2pip@yahoo.com.

Movies at the Library at held at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen St., Boone, NC

Art demonstrations are primarily held at Blue Ridge ArtSpace, 377 Shadowline Dr., (Corner of Shadowline & State Farm Rd.), Boone, NC

Hikes and Excursions locations are noted in the Catalog.

4. Is there a charge for attending a program?

Only occasionally.

If an artist is having a hands-on presentation where participants are making an item (book binding), there may be a minimal charge for materials.

If we are going on an excursion, for example our recent visit to the Gray Fossil Museum in Tennessee, participants are responsible for their entrance fee and we ask that those carpooling contribute to the cost of fuel for the driver.

5. How can I recommend a topic for a program?

Speak to one of the Planning Board members before or after a program OR send an email message to high.country.lifelong@gmail.com.

6. Do you share our email addresses or other information with others?


7. What is your policy concerning potential speakers who may have a business they would like to promote?

Our primary focus is to educate.  If we sponsor an author or someone with a local business, we feel it is perfectly legitimate for that individual to mention their product or service and even provide literature and/or business cards to anyone who requests them. We do not provide a platform for those that proselytize or are religious in nature, nor those who are politically partisan or represent a particular candidate.

8. Who are your speakers?

Our speakers are primarily current or retired professors representing a wide variety of departments from Appalachian State University. Others are local artists, naturalists, elected officials such as the Mayor of Boone, representatives of non-profits, health care providers, local business professionals, authors, musicians, scientists, etc.

We meet them in a variety of ways. We may find an article about them in a local newspaper or magazine. Hear them speak at a university, church or other event. We may meet them while hiking a trail or cycling. We may contact them via the Appalachian University website. The ways are endless. Rarely does anyone say no.