Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weekly Village Update 3.22.18

Edition: March 22, 2018

Chamber Events & News

Business After Hours Recap
Tuesday night was a fun kickoff to our first Business After Hours of the season. Hosted by our friends at Premier Sotheby's, we enjoyed great food and great networking. Paige Taylor, managing broker for the Blowing Rock Sotheby's office reminded us that...

FREE Small Business Trainings!
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is offering FREE trainings to help with your business!

Tonight, March 22nd at 5 pm
Location: Appalachian Enterprise Center

Wednesday, March 28th at 4 pm
Location: Boone Public Library

Protect Your Business!
Amber Moore, CTP, Small Business Treasury Specialist will discuss how to protect your business from fraud. This seminar is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration required; space is limited to 20 attendees. Call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851 to reserve your seat.

Check for Charities!
Tuesday we presented a check to local charities as a result of monies raised during Blowing Rock WinterFest. The festival brings around 2,000 visitors each January and proceeds raised by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and our WinterFest events are donated to various area nonprofits. This year the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce was able to present checks to seven organizations including Western Youth Network, Blue Ridge Conservancy, Blood, Sweat & Gears, Mountain Alliance, the local Boy Scouts, and Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation. Over 15 different charities also benefitted from the Chili Cookoff. Total money raised for area non-profits during WinterFest came in at a whopping $25,550!  We are proud to support our non-profits and tourism industry through this great festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Pictured left to right, top to bottom:
Charles Hardin, Jennifer Warren (WYN), Todd Carter (Hospitality House), Wendy Patoprsty (Blue Ridge Conservancy/Middle Fork Greenway), Scott Nelson and Sherry Pitts (Blood, Sweat & Gears), David Barker (Blowing Rock Market / Chamber Chairman of the Board)…
In the middle holding the check: Rachel Witmer (Mountain Alliance), Sam Copenhaver (Boy Scout, Troop 100's Patrol Leader), Jennifer Brown (Blowing Rock Parks & Rec)

Let us Help You SAVOR the Event!
We have a lot of great events in store for SAVOR Blowing Rock, May 3-6! A few of these include:
Taste! on Thursday, Black & Gold Night on Friday, Culinary Village and Horses, Hats & Hootch on Saturday, Gospel, Grits & Gravy on Sunday, and much, much more! Visit our website for a complete schedule of the weekend's events.

Is your business hosting an event or seminar during SAVOR in the down times between the anchor events? If so, please send us the details and we will add it to the SAVOR Blowing Rock website. Also send a link to your Facebook event so that we can share the event! Do you have an Instagram promo for your event? Tag the Chamber in your post so we see it and we will re-post!
Call 828.295.7851 or email to add your event, to talk about ideas, or to find out how you can host an event during SAVOR!

Member Events & News

Welcome New Member:
Welter Entertainment
Pete & Geana Welter, a husband and wife team of entertainment specialists run their full-time business in Banner Elk and serve North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and Arizona. Pete is also a premiere DJ for Disney Cruise Lines and they offer DJ/MC for weddings and events, karaoke, trivia, bingo, all-ages interactive games and even game shows!

For more information, call 828.565.2345, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook!
Welter Entertainment presents Karaoke every Friday night in Banner Elk! Join the fun 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge and 9 pm at Barra.

New Website
Moondance Catering has a new website! Take a look and contact Jessica to cater your next business luncheon, open house, private dinner, small wedding, or grand opening.

Chili Cookoff Benefit & Silent Auction
Friday, March 23rd, 6 pm until ?
Blowing Rock School Gym

Rally to support Ms. Brenda in the cafeteria as she toughs out her 3rd round of cancer. The faculty will host a chili cook-off where they show off their culinary talents. Vote for the winner with donations.

There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds go towards Brenda's medical bills.
Questions? Call 828.295.3204.

Opening Reception for
The Way We Worked
Saturday, March 24th, 2 pm - 4 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

What would life be like without teachers, doctors, or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks, keeping our communities thriving. BRAHM, in cooperation with North Carolina Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society.

Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble
Now - March 25th
Valborg Theatre

This popular, annual concert features Appalachian faculty, students and guest artists showcasing their talents in choreography and performance. This spring’s concert is scheduled to include work by faculty Emily Daughtridge and Susan Lutz, as well as a choreographic world premiere by a national guest artist.

Wine on the Rhine River Cruise
Make your reservation now to join Linville Falls Winery on a European Wine Cruise down the Rhine River this November! Experience The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland!

The trip is open to all. Learn More
Email Wendy, the Travel Agent for this trip.

Sign up Now for Climbing & Outdoor Adventure Camps
June 18th - August 3rd
Rock Dimensions

Rock Dimensions’ climbing adventure camp provides five days of land-based outdoor activities including rock climbing, rappelling, caving, ropes/challenge course and climbing tower. The climate is positive, respectful and encouraging. The opportunity for fun and personal growth is a focus of this program, full of activities designed to challenge, build confidence, and allow kids to enjoy the beauty of being kids!

Please visit our website calendar for more events.

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Community Events & News

Easter Festival
Saturday, March 24th, 10 am - Noon
Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation

Games and activities start at 10:00 am and the egg hunt starts at 11:00 am in Memorial Park. Come out and visit the Easter Bunny! Ages 1-13.

For more information, call 828.295.5222

Chamber Events, Information & Meetings

Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 27th at 8 am
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, April 4th at 8 am
Fraud Prevention Seminar: Wednesday, April 4th at 1 pm, First Citizens Bank
Business After Hours: Tuesday, April 10th at ZAP Fitness

All meetings are held at the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.