Annual State of the Town was well attended this year. It was
however surprising to note major stakeholders in the business
community who were not present. Considering the size of the
investment in commercial property in Blowing Rock, one would
think that these folks would be most interested in how the Town
is being developed.
thanks to BRAHM for the use of their meeting space. The Town is
so fortunate to have such a beautiful comfortable facility for
the threat of rain, many gathered for a fun evening!
At 5 pm,
we celebrated the recent opening of Stefano Laviano with a ribbon
cutting. Immediately following, guests were invited to sign in
for Business After Hours and receive instructions for a scavenger
hunt taking them through the stores in SouthMarke. Read
Photo from High Country Press
Virginia Foxx Receives Spirit of Enterprise Award
from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Jackson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Manager of the
Southeast Regional Office was at the State of the Town event on
Thursday night and presented Foxx with the Spirit of Enterprise
Award. Members of Congress who vote with the business community
70 percent or greater receive the award. According to Jackson,
Foxx had a 93 percent voting record in support of businesses
during the first session of the 115th Congress. Read
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
August 28th at 5:30 pm
couldn't do everything we do without the help of our amazing
volunteers. If you have volunteered this year (during one of our
events, at the office, on our board or a committee, etc.), we
want to honor you! Join us for a catered dinner at the American
RSVP by noon on Friday, August 24th so we know you'll be there
and so we have an accurate headcount for food and beverages.
for a joint ribbon cutting among the Blowing Rock, Boone, and Caldwell
County Chambers of Commerce beneath Chetola’s new and improved
lakeside tent. Chamber members are invited to enjoy a selection
of canapes and hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, bonfire, live
music, and networking.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER:
no better end of a day in the mountains than relaxing around a
fire with good friends, full of good food and wine and watching
the fireflies blink whimsically. At Fireflies Restaurant,
Keith and Patty Nelsen and their five children capture just such
a moment for you. The new outdoor patio at Tanger Outlets is
the perfect place to take a break from shopping and enjoy a
beautiful salad or one of Chef Michael’s hearty soups. The
menu is packed with traditional favorites and eclectic tastes
from around the world and includes delicious vegetarian, vegan
and gluten-free options.
Fireflies at Tanger Outlets. For more information, call
828.372.7055 or visit their Facebook page.
Events & News
Summer Tent Event
August 24th - 26th
Mountain Home invites you to stop and shop at their Summer Tent
Event this weekend! Enjoy up to 65% off ticketed prices of items
under the tent on the lawn.
Railroad Heritage Weekend
August 24th & 25th
once-a-year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages! Celebrate
the golden age of steam locomotives behind Tweetsie's historic
steam locomotives. Special attractions for rail fans, including a
double-header, plus all of the Wild West adventure Tweetsie has
Gallery in Valle Crucis has a new show by award-winning plein air
painter Jeremy Sams. “Looking on the Bright Side” is
hanging now through September 12th, and it can be previewed on
the gallery’sFacebook page. On Saturday, August 25th,
from 11 am to 5 pm, the public is invited to drop in at the
gallery to enjoy the new show and to hear Sams discuss his art. Refreshments
will be served. Read
Rotary Club of Blowing Rock this Saturday at the American Legion
Hall. They will be auctioning vacations, fishing trips, art by
local artists, and much more interesting merchandise donated by
Rotarians and local merchants.
beverages will be available. All proceeds will go to local
charities in the High Country. The 2018 signature piece is a
print of Jim Ruff's photograph, "Sunrise Splendor."
Café will be open on Labor Day from 8 am - 2 pm and this will be
the start of their Fall hours, 8 am - 2 pm weekdays, 8 am - 2:30
pm on weekends. They would like to remind everyone that they are
not dog friendly.
828-295-3769 for information & reservations.
Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K Sponsored by Stick Boy
September 22nd at 8 am
scenic views of the Blue Ridge as you challenge yourself with a
climb up the historic Mayview neighborhood alongside other Blue
Ridge Conservancy supporters. Run the 3.1 miles as fast as
you can knowing that sticky buns, coffee, and even beer await as
you cross the finish line. Formerly known as the Mayview Madness,
the event was started 19 years ago as a fundraiser for what was
then known as High Country Conservancy.
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