Thursday, March 23, 2017

Weekly Village Update 3.23.17

Chamber Events & News

Ribbon Cutting & Celebration
Friday, March 31st at 5 pm
My Mountain Home
120 Maple Road, Blowing Rock
(in the former church on the corner of 321 and Sunset Drive)

Stop by Friday after work for food & drinks and to give My Mountain Home a warm welcome to the community!
Local wine & beer and hors d'oeuvres by CR catering will be served! Please RSVP so we can provide an accurate headcount!

Call for Volunteers!
SAVOR Blowing Rock Needs You!
SAVOR Blowing Rock is just around the corner (April 20-23) and we need a little help from our friends! We can't do this great event without our awesome volunteers! Click the "volunteer now" button to see a list of opportunities and to sign up!

Questions? Call Billie 828.295.7851

SAVOR More . . .

TASTE! will be held April 20th, 6 - 8 pm and is a culinary compilation showcasing many of the Blowing Rock and High Country restaurants. Restaurants will serve small plate sized portions of some of their signature dishes. North Carolina produced beers, wines and other beverages will also be available for tasting.

NEW THIS YEAR: we have hired an amazing dance band, Carolina Soul!

Tickets will sell out quickly, get yours today!

There are so many great seminars and tastings to choose from April 20-22 during SAVOR Weekend! Some of the more unique are the ones featuring North Carolina products – Vodka made from muscadine grapes, Bitters made from grapefruit, lavender and hibiscus, and the history of moonshine in North Carolina and its beginnings with Jack Daniels.

Check the event schedule on our website for a list of all seminars & tastings. Tickets are selling quickly, get yours before they sell out!

VIDEO Recap: Redistricting Reform & Fair Elections in NC Forum
If you weren't able to attend our redistricting forum in Boone on February 27th, check out this video recap of the entire events. Speakers Jonathan Jordan (NC House Rep) and Judge Ed Gregory explained how the newly proposed nonpartisan redistricting map was developed as an alternative to our current redistricting process.

Real Estate Report
The local real estate market continues hitting high marks in early 2017. Sales are up from a year ago. Inventory is increasing and interest rates are slowly inching up.
All three trends portend another busy year for the High Country Association of Realtors®, which represents real estate professionals in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. 

How Does North Carolina's Tax Climate Compare Nationally?
This week, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation released its annual “Facts & Figures 2017: How Does Your State Compare?” report, which outlines each of the 50 states’ tax climates. The report compares every state’s overall tax climate, corporate and income taxes, state-local tax burdens and state revenue, among other tax measures.

Rock Solid
Are you a Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce member who has been in business in the Blowing Rock area for 20 years or longer? 

Contact Director of Membership Services, Loni, for a short questionnaire. When we receive your information, we will schedule your feature!

Member Events & News

1st Anniversary Celebration
Sip & Shop Event 
Saturday, March 25th , 10 am - 6 pm
J. McLaughlin Store, Downtown Blowing Rock

In honor of their one year anniversary in Blowing Rock, the J. McLaughlin store will offer a special shopping day on March 25th where 15% of all sales will go to the Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge. Sip while you shop the new spring collection, all for a good cause. Read More.

Book Launch Party
Saturday, March 25th, 11 am - 5 pm
Alta Vista Gallery

Celebrate the launch of Maria Hyde's new book
"He Gave Me Barn Cats".

Refreshments will be served.

TCVA Lecture Series 
Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm with Ken Abbot & Jody Servon
Wednesday, March 29th at 6 pm
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall

Asheville photographer, Ken Abbott and guest curator Jody Servon will discuss Ken’s years photographing the farm nestled into 90 acres in Fairview, NC. 

Community Events

38th Annual Trout Derby
Saturday, April 1st, Sunrise - 4 pm

Friendly competition for kids & adults!
No entry fee or pre-registration!

Trophies & prizes awarded at 4:30 pm. 

Chamber Information & Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

Executive Board: Tuesday, March 28th at 8 am

Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge: Wednesday, March 29th at 1 pm, Meadowbrook Inn

Ribbon Cutting: Friday, March 31st at 5:30 pm, My Mountain Home

Board of Directors: Wednesday, April 5th at 8 am

Leadership Challenge: Wednesday, April 5th at 1 pm, BRAHM

Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, April 10th at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Ale House

Business After Hours: Tuesday, April 18th at 5:30 pm, Westglow Resort & Spa

Executive Board: Tuesday, April 25th at 8:30 am

Economic Development Council: Tuesday, April 25th at 3:30 pm (NEW quarterly meetings)

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

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