Santa, carolers and dancers, oh my! Plus,
shops staying open late with refreshments & specials!
Retailers: Be a part of this very popular
event! Last year, even in the bitter cold, there were crowds of people
downtown enjoying our beautiful village and shopping for the holiday
season! If you want extra exposure for your business, please let us know
that you will participate and we will list you on the the Holiday Strollpage!
Want your business included?
Email Harrison or call the Chamber at 828.295.7851
Great News! Loni is Back!
It is with great pleasure that we announce
Loni Miller has returned to the Membership Services Director position for
the Chamber! We are fortunate to have her back in Blowing Rock working hard
for the member businesses, young professionals and other community groups
that partner with the Chamber. She will also continue to manage Art in the
Please welcome Loni back with a call,
visit or email.
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce President
& CEO, Charles Hardin, joined the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and
Parkway staff & supporters for a ribbon cutting at the new shower
facility at Julian Price Campground. This is the first ADA accessible
shower facility on the Parkway!
The North Carolina Department of
Administration’s Division of Purchase & Contract (P&C) is excited
to launch its first online training module for vendors. The How to Do
Business with the State online teaching tool was created to navigate
vendors on how to register and form a successful partnership with the
state. This 20-minute module explores answers to frequently asked questions
and can be accessed now by clicking here.
If you have questions or experience any
technical difficulties, please contact the Division of Purchase &
Contract at 919.807.4500.
Harvard Business Review:
How to be Happier at Work
We all want to be happy on the job, but
what does that actually mean? Is it just being satisfied in your job? Does
it mean having fun at work? Are we happy when working conditions are good,
our days are enjoyable and our nights are worry-free? All of these things
matter, of course, but there’s more to it.
Harvard Business Review (HBR) has
published a quiz to help you figure out how to be happier at work. It only
takes a couple minutes; give it a try!
If you use wireless microphones you may be
required to upgrade. RYGID AV is offering specials on wireless microphones
in response to the FCC 600 MHz band sell off. This affects a large majority
of people who use wireless technology.
Contact RYGID AV today to find out if you’re affected and
if you qualify for a rebate on your wireless microphones, regardless of
brand. Special offers available until April 30, 2018 on all Shure orders.
The High Country Food Hub, operated
by Blue Ridge
Women in Agriculture, is a collaborative community effort with Watauga
Cooperative Extension, Watauga County and the Town of Boone!
Check out the 400+ products available for
purchase from more than 30 local farmers and producers and consider placing
your first order this week!
The High Country Food Hub's online
marketplace makes it possible for farmers and producers to work
together to meet the growing demand for local, sustainable food and other
products in the High Country area. Our marketplace brings fresh,
nutritious, locally grown and produced food and other products to the
community in a cost-effective manner on a weekly basis all year round.
marketplace is now open
and offers a weekly shopping cycle with custom orders available for pickup
14th Annual Carole Moore McLeod
Friday, November 10th at 8:15 am
Appalachian State University
Business owners from across the region
will present and discuss entrepreneurial issues in a full day of speakers
and workshops focused on entrepreneurial inspiration. This is an
opportunity for students and community members to meet, network and learn
from successful entrepreneurs. The day will end with the student Big
Idea Pitch competition. It is sure to be a day to remember and one you
don't want to miss. Free to attend. Free parking on campus.
Register now and help High Country Breast
Cancer Foundation raise funds to help LOCAL breast cancer patients. The
foundation provides scholarships for childcare, wigs/hats, support classes
for caregivers, nutritional education, therapeutic classes, career
counseling and workshops, individual counseling, transportation services,
support group meetings for survivors, end-of-life support and more!
Opening Reception for New Oils by Amos
Saturday, October 28th, 11 am - 5 pm
Alta Vista Gallery
While here in the mountains, you'll enjoy
the many colors of autumn, both outdoors and inside the gallery in
Westmoreland's new solo show, "Autumn in the High Country," The
show is hanging now through November 18th.
Meet palette-knife painter Amos
Westmoreland at this opening reception. Refreshments will be served.
The Hunger and Health Coalition is
bringing back the Masquerade Ball for year three! The last two have been
downright stellar, raising over $20,000 for the Hunger & Health
Coalition's programs to help those in need in our community.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served along
with a cash bar! The costumes, dancing, drinks and performances from
Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble will all be back too, plus visits with
fortune tellers and tarot card readers and even more surprises and twists!
To Volunteer or become an event sponsor,
please call Elizabeth Young at 828.262.1628.
Tanger Trick or Treat
Tuesday, October 31st, 5 pm - 7 pm
Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock
A fun, family event for all! Stores
will host a Spooktacular Scavenger hunt for guests that require you to
participate in all the fun clues and complete your scavenger hunt
card. Bring your completed cards to shopper service to be entered in a
drawing for a $100.00 Tanger Shopping Spree!
Additional fun activities for the family
including a costume contest, meet and greet with local fire and police, pet
costume contest and much more!
Fall Exhibition Celebration
Friday, November 3rd, 6 pm - 10 pm
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
During this celebration, the Turchin
Center will celebrate five new exhibitions in grand style. The public is
invited to “engage, discover and connect through the arts.” This is a
wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and gain an “insider’s view” of the
featured exhibitions. Read More
Free and open to the public. Includes live
music, refreshments and cash bar.
Be sure to visit our website calendar for information on other and future events!
Community Events & News
Blowing Rock Halloween Festival
Saturday, October 28th
Downtown Blowing Rock
Come out for the Halloween festival! Get
ready for an afternoon filled with creepy crafts, airwalks, games, a
funhouse, hay rides and a monster march! Evening activities include
trick-or-treating, costume contest and moonlight scavenger hunt!
Due to Monday's storm, there are some
closures along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most of the road closures are north
of Blowing Rock, though both Crabtree Falls Picnic Area and Craggy Gardens
trails to the south are closed during clean up. In addition, this is the
last week of the season for campgrounds along the Parkway, including Price
The NPS Map provides real-time Blue Ridge Parkway
closures. This is a valuable resource, especially for the upcoming winter!
Boone License Plate Agency
The Boone License Plate Agency office has
moved to 274 Winklers Creek Road. Office hours will continue to be 8 am -
4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Call 828.268.2315 to confirm appointments and
DMV now offers license plate registration
renewals and other services online. Visit www.MyNCDMV.gov and click “Online Services” to see if
your needs can be met online.
Chamber Events, Information & Meetings
Halloween Parade: Saturday, October 28th at 5:30 pm, Main
Chamber Board Retreat: Wednesday, November 15th, American Legion
Business After Hours: Tuesday, November 21st at 5:30 pm, The Inn
Christmas Parade: Saturday, November 25th at 2 pm, Main
Chamber Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 28th at 8 am, Chamber
Chamber Board Meeting: Wednesday, December 6th at 8 am, Chamber
Holiday Stroll: Friday, December 8th at 5 pm, Downtown
Chamber Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 13th, The Gamekeeper