Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baby-stepping toward going green - lighting

Special thanks to NC Green Travel for this information.


We've heard it said so many times:  "It costs too much to go green." In truth, going green is not an all-or-nothing proposition and can be accomplished gradually with great results. Lodging, dining and other tourism-oriented businesses can ease into the green arena a little bit at a time. For instance, lightbulbs need to be replaced occasionally, so why not replace them with LED bulbs as they burn out? The price for LED bulbs has become more affordable, so it is always better to replace burned out, standard lighting with these energy-efficient bulbs. You can purchase LED bulbs with light output equivalent to that of a 60-watt standard bulb, however the energy consumption is only 8 watts and the bulbs last 30,000 hours or more. That's about 30 times longer than with standard lighting, which amounts to considerable savings in energy and replacement costs. 

A hidden cost that may not be considered by some businesses is the labor cost for replacing lightbulbs. One NC GreenTravel recognized member, Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, did a time study about bulb replacement as they converted to energy-efficient lighting. The Inn discovered that in changing 200 lightbulbs monthly, it took 20 minutes to replace each bulb. That is 4,000 minutes in labor cost, equaling about $5,800 annually. The annual energy cost for the LEDs is $33, compared to more than $328 for standard 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The longer life of LEDs will more than pay for the cost of energy and labor to replace standard bulbs. 

For information about going green a step at a time, or for assistance with calculating your savings by going green, contact ECU Center for Sustainability Partnership Coordinator Kamara Jones at (252) 737-4312, or NC GreenTravel Initiative Manager Tom Rhodes at (919) 707-8140.

Learn more about the NC Green Travel Initiative here.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Social Security - Business Services Online

Did you know that Social Security offers Business Services Online?

Visit this new web page for Online Business Services which contains valuable information for new businesses. Employers can send W-2s and W-2cs to the Social Security Administration electronically. They can view processing status and even request a one-time 15-day extension of the deadline for resubmitting wage data through our website.They also offer a Social Security Number Verification Service at their website. The site was completely updated earlier this year and it is much more user friendly.  Business Services Online is just one of the new additions. There is a new web page called “People Like Me” that contains information for a host of different demographics. Social Security is truly “With You Through Life’s Journey”. Checkout the new “We are There” video.

Weekly Village Update 6.22.17

Chamber Events & News


Irish Tenor, Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder Performing at
Symphony by the Lake!
As a special treat for the 30th Anniversary of Symphony by the Lake, we welcome guest Irish Tenor, Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder who will be performing with the Symphony of the Mountains! Learn More About Emmet

Purchase tickets for Symphony by the Lake online, by calling 828.295.7851 or at the Chamber of Commerce office on Park Avenue.


Focus on Sustainability
TED Talk: Ray Anderson: The Business Logic of Sustainability
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.



Welcome New Member:
Ridgeview Manor Vacation Home Rental
PALATIAL RENTAL!
Located at 380 Pine Ridge Drive, Boone.
Four levels, 9,500 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7 ½ baths, absolutely stunning home designed by renowned Southern architect, Bobby McAlpine. Situated on 12.74 serene and private acres, this truly magnificent estate has a large lap pool and cabana overlooking beautiful mountain views, 2 large master suites, 3rd level “kids bedrooms”, large basement with 2 king bedrooms, theater room and sauna. Quality exudes from this extremely refined home with ash floors, 13' Cypress ceilings and windows everywhere to enjoy the views and so much beautiful sunlight! 



Member Events & News


Hound Ears Club
2017 Special Membership Initiative
Located in the heart of the High Country near the resort towns of Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk, Hound Ears Club comprises 750 acres and provides a new elevation of luxury, comfort and tradition. A family-oriented mountain community established in 1964, Hound Ears is known for its casual atmosphere, friendly people and authentic charm.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call 828.963.2137 or email: jreagan@houndears.com



26th Annual Heritage Day & Wood Kiln Opening
Saturday, June 24th at 10 am - 4 pm
Bolick & Traditions Pottery
4443 Bolick Road, Lenoir

The groundhog kiln will be unloaded at 10 am; be present for the best selection of wood fired items! Michael Calhoun will have his much desired Santa Face Jugs, Mrs. Claus, Harry Potters, Wizards, and new designs. Lula Owens Bolick will have Monday/Friday face jugs and other traditional jugs. Janet Bolick Calhoun will have teapots, candlesticks and Rebekah pitchers. Glenn Bolick will have several “swirl” pieces and Ina Owens Bolick will also have hand built items. New colors, and shapes will also be available.  Learn More


Book Launch & Signing Party
Saturday, June 24th at 11 am
Alta Vista Gallery

Alta Vista Gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde has written a book, He Gave Me Barn Cats. The public is invited to this free event; refreshments will be served. Personalized books are available at the gallery. Learn More



Creative and Performing Arts Camp
Saturday, June 24th - June 30th (High School)
Monday, June 26th - 30th (Pre K - 8th Grade)
Lees McRae College

Explore drama, dance, music, technical theatre and other art forms!



Float Fest 2017
Sunday, June 25th at 12 pm
Wahoo's Adventures, 3380 Big Hill Road, Todd

Wahoo's and Boondocks are hosting Floatfest which benefits High Country Pathways, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that protects and builds our rivers, streams and trail ways.  

Tickets: $20/each and includes tube, shuttle, live music and access to facilities. 
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Wahoo's at 828.262.5774.



Party with a Purpose
Sunday, June 25th at 2 pm
Green Park Inn

Purchase tickets now and help celebrate The Children’s Council of Watauga County's 40th anniversary! All proceeds from the event will go to fund programs and services that support children in Watauga County.

Tickets: $40/each, includes a glass of champagne, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, games, silent auction and live auction. Learn More



Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Sunday, June 25th at 4 pm
Summer Concert Series: Joe & Cloyd
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC, music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are set to release their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, in spring of 2017.
Tuesday & Wednesday, June 27th & 28th at 10 am
Merry Making in the Middle Ages Mini Camp
Hither! Join our merry company as we doth embark on a brave journey back to medieval times of knights and princesses, dragons and castles. Thou shalt craft all ye need to slay dragons, and rule your kingdom. Instructor Lindsey Postlethwait.
This mini-camp is for ages 9-12


Locals for Locals
Tuesday, June 27th at 5 pm
Bistro Roca

An evening of fundraising to benefit the Blowing Rock Community Foundation!

Reservations are available by phone at 828.295.4008.


An Appalachian Summer Festival Begins June 27th with Young People's Global Film Series: My Lucky Elephant
Presented by Appalachian State University, this event series celebrates performing and visual arts with a variety of concerts, discussions, films, exhibits, and dance performances. 

June Highlights:
June 27th at 1 pm: Young People's Global Film Series: My Lucky Elephant
June 28th at 7 pm Weicholz Global Film Series:
The Innocents
June 30th at 8 pm: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble


Purchase Tickets Now for
The Denim Ball
Saturday, August 4th at 6 pm
Chetola Resort

Support the Parkway!
Join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation for a fun-filled fundraising ball to support rehab efforts at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing to the music of the Lucky Strikes Orchestra. Attire is dressy denim and prized will be awarded for most creative outfits.

Tickets: $100 each 


RSVP & Save the Date!
Commercial Fleet Business
Grand Opening
Thursday, August 17th, 4 - 8 pm
Modern Ford of Boone

All businesses in the area are welcome!

Join us for:
music, food, entertainment, prizes
vehicle displays & upfit body companies
The first 100 registrants will be entered into a prize drawing! Don't miss your chance, RSVP now!







Community Events


Blowing Rock Movies in the Park 
Thursdays, June 29th - August 3rd at Dusk
Memorial Park

Pack up the family, lawn chairs, blankets & snacks and head to Memorial Park for FREE family movie nights under the stars!

Movies in the Park kicks off June 29th with "Back to the Future"!


Blowing Rock 4th of July Celebration
Saturday July 1st 

Join the town of Blowing Rock for games, music & fun, plus the best small town parade you'll find anywhere!

Games in the park begin at 9:30 am
Parade on Main Street at 2 pm

Come back to the park Sunday afternoon for live music and dancing!


Chamber Information, Meetings & Upcoming Events


Blowing Rock Farmers Market, every Thursday at 4 pm, Park Avenue
Chamber Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 27th at 8:30 am, Chamber Office
First Friday Sip & Shop: Friday, July 7th at 3 pm, Downtown Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, July 10th at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Ale House
Art in the Park: Saturday, July 15th at 10 am, Park Avenue
Concert in the Park: Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm, Memorial Park
Business Before Hours: Wednesday, July 19th at 8:30 am, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Billy Chick
Quarterly Economic Development Council Meeting: Tuesday, July 25th at 3:30 pm, Chamber Office
Symphony by the Lake: Friday, July 28th at 5:30 pm, Chetola

There will be NO Board of Directors meeting or Business After Hours in July.