Our dear friend and long-time editor of The Blowing Rocket,
Jeff Eason, passed away on June 2nd. Blowing Rock is mourning our loss
of this talented musician, local historian, attentive journalist, and
all-around great guy. Moments after leaving this world, love for Jeff and
his impact was echoed throughout the media. His Facebook wall is covered in
memorial tributes. WNCW radio station dedicated a special segment to Jeff’s
memory at 10 am on Monday, June 4th. Many have spoken of his spirit,
talent and goodness; but we especially loved the way that Penny Zamagni
from the King Bees summed up our friend Jeff -
“Hearts are breaking and loss is a somber presence all over
our High Country. For those here who love music and the arts, excellent
journalism, humorous perspective, and community spirit, Jeffrey Scott Eason was a creative force who nourished all of these with
indefatigable dedication and great passion. When Jeff committed his
powerful talents to promoting the greater good, he was unstoppable. When
cancer entered his life, Jeff took us on his journey, telling his story
without a particle of self pity and often with an ample seasoning of his
beautiful wit and playfulness. He fought incredibly hard; he didn't let on
to despair; the soul of this gentle man shone bright with courage and love
of living. Shine on Jeff; so eager for knowledge as you were in this life,
you now know All. Our deepest sympathy to Jeff's family.”
A celebration of life for Jeff Eason will be held at 4 pm
Thursday afternoon, June 7th, in the chapel of Hampton Funeral Home,
Boone. The Eason family will receive friends from 2-4 pm prior to the
Memorials may be sent to the Eason family to help with final
expenses in care of:
485 Wes Randall Rd.
Deep Gap, NC 28618.
Clickhere to read Jeff’s obituary by Anna Oakes, Watauga Democrat.
Remembering Betty Pitts
Pillar of the community, Betty Pitts passed away on June
3rd. Recent recipient of the Chamber’s Jerry Burns Ambassadorial
Award, Betty served Blowing Rock in so many ways during her 88 years here.
Blowing Rock News shared a wonderful obituary remembrance of Mrs. Betty:
"Some of her accolades were serving the Town of Blowing
Rock for 14 years as First Lady of Blowing Rock. She served as Chairman of
the March of Dimes drive in Blowing Rock for many years. She was chosen as
the President of the Hilltop Parent Association and was honored as Parent of
the Year at Western Carolina Center. Betty spearheaded the drive to build
the Chapel at Western Carolina Center and helped raise the funds to build
Betty was instrumental in organizing the Blowing Rock Rescue
Squad where she served as an EMT and Chaplain until her retirement. Betty
was the first President of the Blowing Rock Ruritan Club Auxiliary and
served as President of the Ruritan Club many times and was awarded the
Ruritan of the Year Award.
Betty established the Blowing Rock Hospitals Budget Box to
raise funds to assist patient’s needs and continued to serve as President
of Blowing Rock Hospital Auxiliary until its’ move to the new Foley Center.
She continued to volunteer at the Foley Center until December when she
became ill. Betty served on the Blowing Rock Hospital’s Board of Trustees.
During her tenure on the Board, with the cooperation of Mr. Bob Bumbaugh
and Dr. Charles Davant, Jr. organized the building of the Chapel at Blowing
Rock Hospital. Betty volunteered many years with the Blowing Rock Hospital
Fashion Show where she was later honored as Honorary Chair for her many
years of work for the hospital."
The family suggests memorials be made in their choice of the
following: to Middle Fork Baptist Church, 268 Bishop Ridge, Blowing Rock;
to Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, PO Box 393, Blowing Rock; to The
Foley Center, PO Box 8, Blowing Rock, NC; or to Caldwell Hospice &
Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Would you like to sponsor a tent in the side section at
Symphony by the Lake? This year's theme is "Colors of the
More details can be found on the sponsor reservation
agreement. New tent locations will be reserved on a first come - first
served basis; complete and return your reservation agreement today to claim
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market includes farm raised
produce, meats, cheese, honey, eggs, plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers,
artisanal breads and desserts, natural body products, and whole foods from
local farms, growers, and whole food producers. Parking is available at the
Open to anyone, age 21 - 45. BRYP's mission is to create a
platform for members to build relationships, both professionally and
personally, to engage politically and philanthropically, and to contribute
to projects that enrich our community.
The US Census Bureau measures the nation's population once
every 10 years. It also measures US businesses every 5 years with the
Companies who receive the 2017 Economic Census are required
by law to respond.
Economic Development Council Quarterly
Wednesday, June 13th at 3 pm
This is a very important EDC meeting as we will be
establishing and authorizing the new Blowing Rock Economic Development
Corporation. Additionally, we will have reports from the three committees:
Community Economic Development, Business and Entrepreneurial Development,
and Tourism Economic Development.
Please make every effort to attend!
China Trip Orientation
Wednesday, June 13th, 6 - 8 pm
Blue Ridge Energy, Lenoir
The Blowing Rock, Boone and Caldwell Chambers of Commerce
are hosting a joint orientation for the Chamber Trip to China. This Q &
A will be perfect for anyone already signed up for the trip, or for those
who are still in the decision making process.
Art in the Park is host to over 90 juried artists at each
show. Some of the best local, regional, and nationally known artists
showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography,
painting and more.
Free trolley from Tanger Outlets and Food Lion. Free parking
downtown on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford St. and at
The US Small Business Administration offers FREE resources
as well as an informative newsletter for small businesses.
To learn more, and sign-up for the newsletter, visit their website.
Member Events & News
Now Open 7 Days a Week
Chestnut Grille at Green Park Inn is now open 7 nights a
week through the rest of the season.
For more information, call 828.414.9230
New Summer Menu & Sunday Brunch
Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow is happy to announce its
new summer menu! Come to our house for dinner and enjoy fine dining in the
High Country. Rowland’s is now offering Sunday Brunch every week from
Please call 828.295.5141 for reservations.
Thankfully, Westglow and Rowland’s Restaurant have
been unaffected by the 221 road closure and remains open to guests.
Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Saddlebred
Division Starts Today!
Thursday - Sunday, June 7th - 10th
L. M. Tate Horse Show Grounds at the Broyhill Equestrian
You don’t want to miss this segment of the Blowing Rock
Charity Horse Show! The Saddlebred classes are loaded with chrome and
flash. The atmosphere at a Saddlebred show is electric, with spectators
shouting encouragement and rooting for their favorites from the stands.
Admission is $10 per day, children 12 and under get in free.
Parking is available at the show grounds. There are concessions available,
and general seating is available in the grandstands.
Photo from the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show website.
Experience everyone’s favorite train like never before as
Thomas the Tank Engine™ chugs his way through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Children can meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt™, listen to Thomas
and Friends™ storytelling, and enjoy activities in the Imagination Station.
Plus a full day at Tweetsie Railroad with amusement rides, deer park zoo,
panning for gold, live entertainment, and more!
Passport Please! is an exciting adventure that teaches
children about the diversity and beautiful cultures that make up the world.
This new interactive musical is full of exciting original music and
colorful characters from every corner of the globe, and is perfect for
young audiences. Fascinating facts about the countries are revealed as the
children tap their toes and clap to the magic of musical theatre!
The High Country Jazz Society offers outstanding jazz
concerts every 2nd Sunday of each month from May through October! Concerts
are hosted at the Meadowbrook Inn. Call the hotel at 828.295.4300 for your
reservations or plan to arrive early for best seating. This month's
performer is The Page Brothers with their Tribute to Wes Montgomery.
The Maker's Table: A Brief History of
Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
This talk is full of fascinating historical facts and
contemporary applications of this ancient and global craft. From King Tut’s
Tomb to the tea and spice trade, mid-century Denmark and Ikea, $5,000
Christian Dior handbags to the carriage that Prince Harry & Meghan
Markle rode off in a couple of weeks ago, chair caning was and IS a
THRIVING art. This is an interactive show-and-tell with some hands-on