Thanksgiving - Christmas 2014
Newland Downtown Halloween Event A Huge Hit
Newland Downtown Halloween Event A Huge Hit: The town of Newland, the Newland Business Association and many community churches and organizations helped celebrate Halloween last Friday, October 31st, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM throughout downtown Newland.
Last Friday night’s Winter forecast, dropping temperatures and drizzle sure didn’t cool or dampen the “spirits” of kids, parents, business leaders, churches and civic organizations during Newland’s Halloween Downtown Trick-Or-Treat festivities. This annual event is held from 4:30 to 7PM to give trick-or-treater’s a safe, daylight setting in which to gather with their family and friends for the celebration. Despite the weather, folks from all over Newland, Linville, surrounding Avery County communities and even nearby Tennessee poured into downtown Newland streets to grab some free candy, share the fun and show off their amazing Halloween costumes.
Creativity was in its full glory as everyone from grandma down to the youngest stroller babies were decked out and ready to put on a show. Superhero’s, zombies, faeries, soldiers, witches, transformers, space aliens, vampires, Ninja Turtles, historical figures and even the Jetson’s with Astro paraded up and down Newland’s sidewalks.
Members of the Newland Business Association(NBA) joined churches, community leaders and business owners as they hosted numerous “Free Candy & Treats” stations up and down the main drag. In between those candy corners, Halloweeners got a peak at the new rustic decorative planters donated to downtown Newland from the Newland Business Association. From all reports, little if any candy was left over by night’s end. And, as always, Newland’s finest were on hand helping the crowds of people cross the main intersections quickly and safely. Given the continuous stream of people moving up and down the streets, our local police stayed very busy; yet kept everything flowing smoothly.
Topping off the event, a packed house filled the Guy-Braswell Annex below our town library from 6:00 to 7:00 PM for the best costume and Halloween pumpkin contests. To give everyone a chance to win, categories from toddlers to adults had their own separate judging. First, second and third place prizes were awarded in each category; and it was a tough call, since so many costumes were both very original and highly creative. The best pumpkin award went to the folks of Yellow Mountain Enterprises of Newland for their famous “The Tin Man” jack-o-lantern. It was sprayed a metal gray and its arms and legs were made of actual tin cans; with the iconic upside-down metal funnel as its cap.
This highly successful and totally fun event is just one of many hosted throughout the year by the town of Newland and the Newland Business Association, along with local community and business leaders. And get ready for more downtown festivities as our Winter holiday season approaches. The annual Christmas parade, Christmas tree and town lighting and other special holiday events are on schedule to bring Newland and surrounding communities together in celebration of this area’s most magical time of the year. Stay posted to the NBA’s web site at www.newlandbusiness.org for upcoming event details, and watch for our ongoing press release throughout our area media outlets.
2014 Woolly Worm Festival
Kwazimodo the woolly worm captured first place in Saturday's races at the 37th Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC, and was examined by festival experts to determine an official forecast for the coming winter in the North Carolina mountains. Based on Kwazimodo's fuzzy black and brown bands, this winter's prediction is as follows:
Kwazimodo is owned by Vince Weyman, a ninth grade student from Graham, NC.
Welcome to Newland
“Welcome to Newland!”
Your Invitation to Discover The Crossroads of The High Country.
Did you know that Newland is smack-dab in the middle of Avery County? Which means it’s also smack-dab in the middle of EVERYTHING that our incredible Blue Ridge Mountain resort area has to offer.
Newland gives you the best of both worlds…a thriving, yet quiet and un-hurried mountain community…plus a strategic base from which you can quickly and easily reach every exciting mountain attraction around these parts…and in all directions.
Yes, in fact, Newland is affectionately called “The Crossroads of The High Country”. To the North are Banner Elk, Foscoe, Boone and Blowing Rock. To the East are Linville, Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. To the West are Historic Cranberry, Elk Park and the short trek into Tri-Cities Tennessee. To the South are Crossnore, Plumtree and the magnificent Linville Falls, Caverns & Gorge.
Newland, Avery County Econimically Developing; Video
Newland is the county seat of Avery County, NC. It is the highest county seat east of the Rockies. Avery County is a fabulous place to live, to work, to visit, to vacation in, to play in, to stay in and to come back to.
Our video will help explain this.
Newland Business Association, Newland, North Carolina
NEWLAND, NORTH CAROLINA IS “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”
The Newland Business Association wants to invite everyone to “SHOP LOCAL”. Newland is a community of a proud people; talented in every way from agriculture, fine arts, local traditional arts, computer science, automotive expertise, and more.
Newland is a unique small mountain town. It was “created” after an election in July 1911. Four sites were proposed for the new county seat: Elk Park, Minneapolis, Montezuma, and Old Fields of Toe. Although it had but one dwelling house and no business establishments, in the words of Avery County historian Horton Cooper, "The Fields of Toe became the county seat of North Carolina’s one hundredth and last county. Its new name was selected not because it was a new town, but to commemorate General W. C. Newland who favored the bill creating Avery County." With an elevation of over 3700 feet, it is the highest county seat east of the Rockies. Though it is surrounded by attractions such as golf courses, resorts, hiking trails, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, and unnumbered scenic vistas, Newland itself has a population of fewer than one thousand.