Thursday, April 20, 2017

Weekly Village Update 4.20.17

Chamber Events & News

The 2017 edition of SAVOR Blowing Rock (April 20-23) includes an expanded range of seminars and events that feature regional culture, music, craft beers from local breweries and across the state, beverage tastings and dinners that showcase the town’s culinary artistry.

Need tickets? Visit: or stop by the Chamber!

Check out these printables to help you navigate the weekend!

Thursday - Sunday, April 20th - 23rd
Downtown Blowing Rock

Friday, April 21st at 3 pm
Downtown Blowing Rock

Keeping Blowing Rock Beautiful
The Chamber would like to say a big THANK YOU to Board Members Zak Ammar, Paul Fairbetter, Ben Powell and Philip Borneman, and everyone else who volunteered to pick up litter last week and help keep Blowing Rock beautiful! We appreciate you! 

Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Presents Check to Local Charities
Blowing Rock WinterFest is a celebration of winter, bringing 1,500 visitors each January. Besides boosting tourism, the event proceeds raised by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce are donated to various area nonprofits. This year the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce was able to donate $4,360 of proceeds among seven nonprofits including Western Youth Network (WYN),  Hospitality House of Boone, Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, Blowing Rock Rotary, Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation, and Task Force Dagger Foundation. Read More
Pictured left to right: Jennifer Brown, Director of Blowing Rock Parks & Rec, Ray Pickett, President of Blowing Rock Rotary CART, Jennifer Warren, Director of Western Youth Network Executive, Todd Carter, Director of Development for Hospitality House of Boone, and Danielle Thuot, Executive Director for Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. 

FREE Magazine Subscription for Chamber Members
As a membership benefit for the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, you are eligible for a complimentary subscription to Business North Carolina magazine. Business North Carolina is North Carolina's premier business monthly magazine and has a normal subscription rate of $30 per year. To take advantage of this offer, please fill out the on-line form at this link:  
The code to get a free subscription is BROCK17

New Member: Community Care Clinic
The mission of the Community Care Clinic is to provide healthcare to low-income persons in our community who do not have health insurance. Through disease prevention, continuity of care and active follow-up, we can promote the health and well-being of our community.

Community Care Clinic is located at 141 Health Center Drive, Suite B, Boone.


Rock Solid: Bolick & Traditions Pottery - Six Generations of Legacy
Bolick Pottery was established in 1973 by Glenn & Lula Owens Bolick. Before starting their business, they worked for Lula’s father, M.L. Owens at Original Owens Pottery in Seagrove, NC. Lula, a 5th generation potter produces sugar and creamer sets, honey pots, candle holders, and many other functional forms. Glenn and Lula’s daughter Janet has followed in their “tradition” and as the 6th generation, founded “Traditions Pottery” with her husband Michael in 1992. Janet carries on the traditional shapes of candlesticks, teapots, and Rebekah pitchers as her Grandfather did before her. Michael started making pottery after marrying Janet in 1986. His Santas, Wizards, Mrs. Claus, and Clay Spirits face jugs are highly sought after. Michael and Janet also offer a large line of functional wares including plates, bowls, mugs, and unique items for entertaining. Their workshop is located just across the creek from Bolick Pottery, and their retail store is located on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. Traditions Pottery is celebrating 25 years of business this year!
Retail Store
1155 Main St., Blowing Rock

Workshop/Sales Room
4443 Bolick Rd., Lenoir

Like them on Facebook to see their upcoming Events and Kiln Openings!

Member Events & News

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Cork & Canvas
Friday & Saturday, April 21st & 22nd
An evening of wine & painting in a relaxed atmosphere facilitated by a trained instructor. Each participant goes home with a finished work of art. No experience necessary. All materials, including canvasses, are provided. Wine, beer, and light snacks will be served. Reservation and payment required. $40 members/$45 non-member.
Country Ham, Cushaws and Stack Cakes: A Celebration of the Appalachian Table
Saturday, April 22nd at 12:30 pm
Roving journalist, author and filmmaker Fred Sauceman will explore some of the iconic products and dishes of the region as he tells the stories of the people behind the food. Free with Museum admission (reduced for Savor Blowing Rock), $4 seniors, students & active military/$5 general admission. Learn More

Corkscrew & Brew 5K
Saturday, April 22nd at 9 am
Chetola Resort

A 5K with wine and beer! Choose the wine or beer station (not both) or opt out of the early morning imbibing altogether and just enjoy the scenery.
Proceeds will go towards helping a local 3-year-old boy with spastic, quadriplegia cerebral palsy, get a mobility assistance service dog to aid in his socialization and interaction at home and school.

3rd Annual Songwriter Showcase
Saturday, April 22nd at 1 pm
Blue Ridge Mountain Club Courtyard
Downtown Blowing Rock

Featuring 8 talented singer-songwriters:

Meris Gantt - 1:00
Michael Knowles - 1:30
The Butterbeans w/ David Williams & Mary Temple Ervin - 2:00
Love Like This w/ Kevin & Sharon Leftwich - 2:30
Andrew Massey - 3:00
Tom Garlow - 3:30
Karen Leigh - 4:00
J. Patrick - 4:15
For more information, call 828.295.8667

2nd Annual Wine to Water Gala
Saturday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm
Blowing Rock Country Club

A Clean Water Benefit! There are more than 663 million people in the world who lack access to clean water today and 2.4 billion lack access to improved sanitation. With your help, Wine to Water can bring clean, life-changing water to these people and make a difference!

Event will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, wine pull, dancing and music.

High South Wedding Expo
Sunday, April 23rd at 1 pm
SAVOR Grand Tasting Tent
Maple Street Parking Lot

Getting married in the near future? Come to the tent to see the area’s largest collection of event professionals! Wedding planners, photographers, caterers, event stylists, everyone you need to speak with while planning your perfect day.

Tickets: $10 with complimentary mimosas ($5 for designated drivers & under 21). A portion of proceeds will benefit The Back to School Festival.

Mast General Store
Employee For a Day Sale
Sunday & Monday, April 23rd & 24th

Use our employee discount on almost anything in the store!

Some exclusions apply. Click on the image for more details!

Week of the Young Child
April 23rd - 29th

The Children’s Council invites Watauga County residents to come together for Early Childhood Educators during the Week of the Young Child.

Sunday, April 23rd: Dine Out for Kids
Monday, April 24th: Open House
Tuesday, April 25th: Cookies for Caregivers
Wednesday, April 26th: Breakfast of Champions
Thursday, April 27th: Children's Playhouse
Friday, April 28th: Family Movie Night
Saturday, April 29th: Children & Baby Fair

Golf for Grayson
Saturday, April 29th at 8:30 am
Boone Golf Club

Entry Fees: Appalachian Student/Faculty: $60
Public $70

Proceeds benefit the Grayson C. Huffman Memorial Scholarship. Learn More

Turchin Center Lecture Series: New River Photographer, Carl Galie
Wednesday, April 26th at 6 pm
Turchin Center Lecture Hall

Carl Galie is a North Carolina photographer who left his home in the West Virginia coalfields in 1986 to follow a dream. For the last 22 years Carl has devoted his work to conservation issues. Carl is the photographer for the New River Conservancy. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Community Events & News

Presentation on Public Art
Monday, April 24th at 5:30
Blowing Rock Town Hall

You are invited to attend a presentation by Jane Greer on how to establish policy guidelines on public art displays. 

For more information, contact Town Hall at 828.295.5200

Chamber Information & Meetings

Upcoming Meetings
SAVOR Blowing Rock: Thursday - Sunday, April 20 - 23, Downtown Blowing Rock
Executive Board: Tuesday, April 25th at 8 am
Economic Development Council: Tuesday, April 25th at 3:30 pm
Leadership Challenge: Wednesday, April 26th, Closing Session at 1 pm / Graduation 6 pm
Board of Directors: Wednesday, May 3rd at 8 am
All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.

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