Thursday, June 29, 2017

Weekly Village Update 6.29.17

Chamber Events & News

Blowing Rock
4th of July Celebration
This Weekend!
Saturday, July 1st
Downtown Blowing Rock

Join the town of Blowing Rock for games, music & fun, plus the best small town parade you'll find anywhere!

Games in the park begin at 9:30 am
Parade on Main Street at 2 pm
Fireworks at Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30 pm
Come back to the park Sunday afternoon for live music and dancing! 

Tom Ross Speaking at
American Legion Hall
Monday, July 3rd at 5:30 pm

Former UNC system President Tom Ross will be the keynote speaker at a new Summer Lecture Series titled “A Civil Conversation” at 5:30 pm on Monday, July 3, in the American Legion Building in Blowing Rock.
Free and open to the public, Ross will lead a nonpartisan discussion on “Why We Need Fair Districts in North Carolina.”

First Friday Sip & Shop
Next Friday, July 7th, 3 pm until ?

Participating Blowing Rock merchants invite you to join them for a "happy hour" style stroll where you can sip and shop in downtown stores. Stop by your favorite shops, or check out a new one before heading over to Music on the Lawn! Free refreshments at participating locations.

Advertising Opportunities in the Symphony by the Lake Program
Get your business in front of over 4,000 people in one day . . . advertise in the 2017 Symphony by the Lake program!

Reserve your space now! Ad copy due no later than Monday, July 10th!

Call the Chamber at 828.295.7851 or email for more details!

Focus on Sustainability:
Baby Stepping Toward Going Green - Lighting
We've heard it said so many times:  "It costs too much to go green." In truth, going green is not an all-or-nothing proposition and can be accomplished gradually with great results. Lodging, dining and other tourism-oriented businesses can ease into the green arena a little bit at a time. Read More

Social Security for Businesses
Did you know that Social Security offers Business Services online?

Employers can send W-2s, view processing status, request an extension for resubmitting wage data and more! Their site has been updated and is more user friendly. Read More

Hotel Pool Pass
Did you know that local hoteliers can get a pass for their guests to use the pool for free as a hotel amenity? The Robbins Pool is a beautiful, updated facility and it's a great place to cool off in the summer.

If you would like to get a guest pass for your hotel, call Parks & Recreation at 828.295.5222.

July 4th Travel to Set New Records
According to projections from AAA, more Americans will travel for the 4th of July holiday than ever before.

An estimated 1.1 million North Carolinians will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.9 percent compared to last year.  An additional 94,000 North Carolinians are expected to travel by air to their destinations, a 4.6-percent increase from last year. 

Member Events & News

Artist in Residence
Now through August 29th
Edgewood Cottage

Sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society, this 10-week series featuring the work of High Country Artists is free to the public. All of the artwork is original and most of it is available for sale. Come experience the art of the High Country in Elliot Dangerfield's first home and studio in the area. 

Crestwood Summer Music Series 
Thursdays at 6 pm 
now through October 19th at the
Inn at Crestwood

Folks can expect great local bands and beautiful views, as well as a seafood boil! Hours are 6-9 pm and there is no cover, though reservations are best for the seafood boil.

Call 828.963.6646 for reservations.

Clothing Sale
Friday, June 30th - Monday, July 10th
20% off all regularly priced clothing during this sale!

Great American BBQ
Saturday, July 1st at 7 pm
Green Park Inn

The Green Park is celebrating Independence Day with BBQ, games, live music and front row seats to the Blowing Rock Country Club's firework display! 

Tickets: $25.95/adults, $11.95/kids  
Call 828.414.9230 for reservations

Open on Monday Holiday
Monday, July 3rd
Village Cafe

Although normally closed on Mondays, due to the 4th of July holiday, Village Cafe
WILL be open on Monday, July 3rd.

Call 828.295.3769 for more information

60th Birthday Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza
Tuesday, July 4th
Tweetsie Railroad

Spend the day at Tweetsie and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display under the stars after the park closes!  Optional Chicken & BBQ Dinner with access to a premium firework viewing area. Parking is $10 per car or free for Golden Rail Season Pass Holders. Learn More

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Wednesday, July 5th at 7 pm
Both Sides Now: The Prolific Reach of Scots Culture in the Southern Appalachians
From themes to titles, Scots culture has influenced American music and literature widely – in particular, that of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Join Jack Beck and Wendy Welch for a fun and fact and music filled evening exploring how the best of Scotland got mixed into the best of America.
Thursday, July 6th at 11 am
Daniel Boone in the High Country
This program will address one of the area's most important questions, "What does Daniel have to do with Boone?" Speaker Carson Sailor will highlight both Boone's actual time in the region and his importance in the creation of the High Country's cultural identity. Guests are invited to visit BRAHM’s related exhibition, In the Evening West: Boone’s Revolutionary Drama before or after the talk.

Highland Games
Thursday, July 6th - Sunday, July 9th
Grandfather Mountain

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed highland games in the country.

Admission ($15 - $75) is charged for this event. Visit for information and tickets.

Special Lecture: The Historical and Cultural Significance of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Thursday, July 6th at 6 pm
American Legion Building

Join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation for this very special lecture! Come by at 5:30 pm for a wine & cheese reception. Free!

Morning Tour: At 11 am Gary Johnson and Willa Mays will meet people at Flat Top Manor to walk around outside and share the plans for the immediate landscape and new exhibits. Bring your own water bottle - no refreshments.

Summer Exhibition Celebration
Friday, July 7th at 6 pm
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

During this celebration, which is the kick-off to An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Turchin Center will celebrate five new exhibitions in grand style.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and gain an “insider’s view” of the featured exhibitions. This festive evening will include live music, refreshments and a cash bar. This event is free and open to the public. Read More

2nd Annual Ducky Regatta
Saturday, July 8th at 11 am
Casting Bread Food Pantry at Faith Bridge United Methodist Church

Food, live music, children's games & activities, and ducky races! Prizes for the top two winners in each heat, culminating in $300 in cash prizes for the final race! Tickets: $5 per duck or $20 for 5 ducks.

Call 828.295.8333 or email for tickets, to make a donation or volunteer to help that day.

Sunday Brunch
Sundays, 11 am - 2 pm 
Rowland’s at Westglow Resort & Spa 

Now offering weekly Sunday Brunch!

Open to the public; reservations required.
Please call 828.295.5141 to make reservations.

Chamber Information, Meetings & Upcoming Events

Blowing Rock Farmers Market, every Thursday at 4 pm, Park Avenue
First Friday Sip & Shop: Friday, July 7th at 3 pm, Downtown Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, July 10th at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Ale House
Art in the Park: Saturday, July 15th at 10 am, Park Avenue
Concert in the Park: Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm, Memorial Park
Business Before Hours: Wednesday, July 19th at 8:30 am, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Billy Chick
Quarterly Economic Development Council Meeting: Tuesday, July 25th at 3:30 pm, Chamber Office
Symphony by the Lake: Friday, July 28th at 5:30 pm, Chetola

There will be NO Board of Directors meeting or Business After Hours in July.