Thursday, March 2, 2017

Weekly Village Update - 3/2/17

Edition: March 2, 2017

Chamber Events & News

2017 Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge Participants
Congratulations to our 2017 Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge participants!
Melissa Tauche, Rhonda Presnell, Bailey Kinsman, Emily Brinker, Sharon Crisman, Margie Hilton, Loni Miller, Kelly Cox, Tony Anthony, Jonathan Smith, Chris Wetmore, Faisuly Scheurer, and Andrew Joseph will soon begin an eight-week program to help them become even more active as leaders in the Blowing Rock community. We look forward to working with you!

Public Policy Event Recap
On Monday, February 27th, the Chamber sponsored a Public Policy Event: Political Redistricting for Fair Elections. This program looked at the way North Carolina could find an alternative to our current redistricting process. Speakers were NC House Representative Jonathan Jordan and Judge Ed Gregory. They urged voters to reach out to their senators  with feedback on the redistricting maps.

Business BEFORE Hours
Wednesday, March 15th at 8:30 am
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

The Chamber is now hosting a quarterly Business BEFORE Hours  networking event! Please join us at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum for networking, coffee and donuts!

Questions? Call us at 828.295.7851

Blowing Rock Named One of Piedmont Parent's 15 Must Visit Small Towns in North Carolina
"North Carolina is home to many quaint towns rich in history and natural beauty that provide an opportunity for relaxation and family togetherness, without the noise and traffic of larger cities. If you love the small-town vibe, pack a suitcase to discover the irresistible charm of these road-trip worthy destinations." Blowing Rock is near the top of their list of 15 towns! The article also notes some of Blowing Rock's local attractions and events.
Photo by Todd Bush Photography

Member Events & News

Frugal Gourmet Catering
Affordable catering for foodies! Whatever your selection, the Frugal Gourmet Catering Staff creates an extraordinary dining experience.

Frugal Gourmet Catering shies away from a “cookie cutter” approach, offering creative and delicious menus for your catered event. From intimate dinners to large weddings!

SPECIAL Renovation Spotlight!

Lovers of historic buildings are very different from the average d├ęcor enthusiast. As a general contractor, VPC Builders loves the opportunity to take a local historic building and – with the help of dedicated clients and a good designer – give it new life.

The Appalachian Theatre | VPC Builders has been hard at work renovating Boone’s only  historic theatre, The Appalachian Theatre, that was once a bustling place for films beginning in the early '40s. The theatre's Board of Trustees is composed of a group of community leaders, stakeholders, and volunteers who are dedicated to bringing back this cultural icon of the High Country.  VPC Builders has just completed the renovation of the existing exterior facade, while continuing interior demolition and structural work . The new facade is a replication of the original Appalachian Theatre built in 1938. For more information on this historic restoration or to donate to the cause, check out the Appalachian Theatre's website here.


The Mast General Store Annex | That’s not all VPC Builders has been up to. They recently began renovating the Mast General Store Annex in Valle Crucis. The Mast General Store Annex was added in September of 1982 as the store continued to grow. Part of the stock from the original store was moved to the Annex, which struck the growth of the fashion department. VPC Builders renovation to this historic icon will include an addition that will provide space for two offices and a staff break room, and two additional restrooms for clientele. Existing storage space will be converted into retail space along with the conversion of office space into a new employee restroom and a receiving dock. VPC Builders plans to maintain the original heritage of the Annex. Stay tuned as VPC Builders continues to renovate these two historical icons in the High Country. | 2059 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604   (828) 295-0707

ROCK SOLID, a series highlighting our members who have been in business in the Blowing Rock area for 20+ years.

The Children's Council of Watauga
Executive Director:  Crystal Kelly
Program & Outreach Coordinator:  Mary Scott 
Started in 1977; 2017 marks our 40th Anniversary!   
The Children's Council is a local nonprofit that works to build a strong foundation for children's learning and development by strengthening families, the early childhood system, and the wider community. At the Children's Council we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential in a community that supports, nurtures, and empowers children and families. Our organization has grown from a small, grassroots effort over the years to offer support and services to childcare centers and to all families of young children. They have 6 full-time staff and 6 part-time staff who work to offer over 20 programs and services to the community such as quality support and salary supplementation for early childhood teachers; home visiting programs; parenting support and classes; GED program; diaper bank; Imagination Library and so much more! 
To learn more about The Children's Council, call 828.262.5424 or email:
Mark your calendars for The Children's Council signature event: Party with a Purpose on Sunday, June 25th at the Green Park Inn (tickets on sale in April). Other upcoming events include: The Week of the Young Child and Breakfast of Champions. 

5th Annual Wounded Warrior Event
Saturday, March 4th, 9 am - 4 pm
Appalachian Ski Mountain

An event to honor, show support, and raise awareness for our military’s Wounded Warriors.

Turchin Center Spring Lecture Series
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) at Appalachian State University has announced their Spring Lecture Series. The talks are free, held at 6 pm in the Lecture Hall of the TCVA and led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners and provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions, or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted. 

Read press release for more information and dates.

Chamber Information & Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge Programs:
Kickoff Retreat Session: Friday, March 3rd, 8:30 am, Blowing Rock Conference Center
History of Blowing Rock: Sunday, March 5th at 3 pm, Green Park Inn
Civic Infrastructure: Wednesday, March 8th at 1 pm, Town Hall

Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, March 13th at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Ale House

Business Before Hours: Wednesday, March 15th at 8:30 am, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Business Support / Membership Committee: Thursday, March 16th at 9 am

Business After Hours: Tuesday, March 21st at 4:30 pm, Blowing Rock Medical Park/PLUS Urgent Care

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

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

Chamber Partners

  Important Contacts

NC DOT Project Hotline
Caprice Cheek

NC DOT Assistant Residential Engineer
Doug Eller

NC Governor
Roy Cooper

US Senator
Tom Tillis
US Senator
Richard Burr

NC Senator
Deanna Ballard

US House Representative
Virginia Foxx

NC House Representative
Jonathan C. Jordan

US President
Donald J. Trump

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