Thursday, April 6, 2017

Weekly Village Update 4.6.17

Chamber Events & News

Business After Hours
Tuesday, April 18th at 5:30 pm
Westglow Resort & Spa (Rowland's Restaurant)

Join us for a fun evening of networking & nibbles.

Westglow is offering a 20% discount (alcohol excluded) to all Chamber members who would like to dine at Rowland's after Business After Hours. Please call the restaurant at 828.295.5141 to make dinner reservations.

Laurel Lane Project
It was a beautiful day for The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock, the Town of Blowing Rock and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce to break ground on the Laurel Lane Project. This project aims to transform the median into a park-like setting.

Laurel Lane Ground Breaking Ceremony
Click the arrow on the image to watch a video of the groundbreaking!

Why let guests and visitors have all the fun? SAVOR Blowing Rock seminars and events are some of the best to date! Here are a few fun things:

  • Sunset & Vine is hosting 15 seminars on Thursday & Friday in their new space.
  • BRAHM is presenting 4 Cork & Canvas classes and two talks on heritage foods of our beautiful mountain area (one is on making cheese!).  
  • Blowing Rock Cigar Company is featuring Whiskey & Cigars Thursday - Saturday. 
  • The Chamber has seminars with several local presenters on distilling spirits, how to make great wine & how to be a great bartender as well as the usual wine seminars.  
Get out and treat yourself to a fun afternoon. You don't live here to work all the time! 

Visit the website for a complete schedule of the Festival's events.

ROCK SOLID: Papa Joe's Italian American Restaurant
Serving the Blowing Rock area authentic Italian dishes and pizzas for over 35 years! Papa Joe’s first opened their doors in September 1982 as “Ichabod’s” in the same great location that they’re in today. As they honed in on their Italian focus, they decided a name change was in order. Since the owner’s name is actually “Joe Papa”, one of his grandkids suggested, “why don’t you name it Papa Joe’s since that’s what we call you?” The name stuck and the business has been a rock solid part of our community ever since.
Open daily: 7 am-9 pm. Sunday brunch: 8 am-1 pm.
All ABC permits. 
8062 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock

Member Events & News

Chetola Resort
Condominium Rentals on the Road to Recovery
All 100 privately owned condominium units will be available for rental in April under new management company Watauga Property Management ... approximately three weeks in advance of one of Blowing Rock's largest festivals, SAVOR!  

What You Need to Know Before Hiring Teens for the Summer
As the longer and warmer days of springtime begin knocking on our doors, so too will teenagers seeking summer jobs. Before hiring teens, employers should be educated about both federal and state youth employment regulations. Read More
For more information, contact Lance McInturff 828-264-8804

Western Youth Network
Pays it Forward
Western Youth Network recently took part in a Pay it Forward initiative. University of California research has shown that doing nice things for others leads to a significant increase in positive mood and a decrease in anxiety, depression and blood pressure. This, in turn, increases protective factors of youth and encourages healthier decision making.

New Exhibition at Turchin Center "Wayne Trapp: A Life in the Arts"
Friday, April 7th at 6 pm
Turchin Center's Bridge Gallery

Although the High Country community is mourning the recent loss of a great artist and, more importantly, a great man, Trapp’s legacy lives on through the art he created during his lifetime. The exhibition features intimate sculptural forms in bronze and steel, drawings in pencil and ink on paper and oil paintings that deliver to the eye a feast of color and stroke saturated with childlike curiosity and adult confidence. Read More

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Movie at the Museum: Farmer Veteran
Thursday, April 13th at 7 pm
Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. Dinner & Movie Option; pick up your ticket at BRAHM during museum hours on April 13 and present it at Bistro Roca for a 10% discount on your meal (valid April 13 only).
History of Tweetsie
Tuesday, April 18th at 11 am
Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into the history of Tweetsie Railroad®. Afterward, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary cookies (courtesy of Appalachia Cookie Company) and coffee with the Curator at the Museum.

Shriner Fish Fry
Friday, April 14th, 11 am - 7 pm
Snow Lodge
240 Temple Dr., Boone
(next to old High School on Hwy 105)

$10 per plate, includes fish, french fries, hushpuppies, slaw & drink.

Proceeds benefit local Watauga County charities or Shriners Hospital for Children.
For more information, call 828.262.1230

Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge Grantee Luncheon
Wednesday, April 19th at 11 am
Blowing Rock Conference Center

Join the Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge for this luncheon and hear stories from grantee agencies about how your giving has improved the lives of women in our community. Read More

Open to the public. $20 per ticket.

Mile of Flowers
Friday, June 23rd at 9:30 am 
Downtown Blowing Rock

Come experience the vibrant gardens, enjoy lunch in one of our local restaurants, shop for items at the Garden Club's boutique and area businesses, and wind down with a relaxing cup of afternoon tea and desserts served by Garden Club members. 
Tickets are $35. Read More

For more information, or to purchase tickets, email: or call 828.295.0901.

Community Events & News

Easter Festival
Saturday, April 8th at 10am
Downtown Blowing Rock

Games and activities start at 10 am and the egg hunt starts at 11 am in Memorial Park. Come out and visit the Easter Bunny! Ages 1-13. 

For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation at 828.295.5222

Chamber Information & Meetings

Upcoming Meetings
Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, April 10th at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Ale House
Leadership Challenge: Wednesday, April 12th at 1 pm, Samaritan's Training Center
Business After Hours: Tuesday, April 18th at 5:30 pm, Westglow Resort & Spa
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
Board of Directors: Wednesday, May 3rd at 8 am
All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.

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