BOONE, N.C. — High Country Pride & Joy has announced it’s schedule for its upcoming celebration from June 3-5.

“Come Out & Play,” a social and optional dinner will be held on June 3 at 6 p.m. at Char Modern American Restaurant, 179 S. Howard St. Enjoy this free event. Drink and dinner are a la carte. Reservations are encouraged by calling 828-266-2179.

The next day listen to a lecture series on “Negotiating Faith, Sexual Identity and Gender Expression in the Bible Belt” from 1-3 p.m. at the Belk Library in room 114 on Appalachian State University’s campus at 218 College St. This event is free and is co-sponsored by the university’s Department of Social Work.

Later on that day enjoy a take on Pride’s Relationship Game based upon “The Newlywed Game” from 7-9:30 p.m. at High Country Homebuilders, Builder’s Plaza, 755 N.C. Hwy. 105 Bypass. It’s alcohol free and appropriate for those over 18-years-old. A $5 donation includes hors d’oeuvres and ice cream.

Just can’t get enough? Then venture out to Cafe Portofino Restaurant & Bar, 970 Rivers St., for Pride & Joy DJ Dance from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Brian Rogers, who serves as event sponsor, will spin. A $5 donation to benefit Pride is appreciated.

A family picnic and free kids activities will be offered on June 5, come rain or shine at Old Cove Creek School Grounds, seven miles west of Boone in Sugar Grove, from 12:30-3 p.m. It’s alcohol free. Bring an umbrella and chair. BBQ will be provided and donations accepted. I’t’s sponsored by an ASU PARC grant. For directions, visit

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.