Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weekly Village Update 7.6.17

Chamber Events & News

First Friday Sip & Shop
Friday, July 7th, 3 pm until ?
Downtown Blowing Rock

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.

Questions? Call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851

Calling all Volunteers, Can You Help?
Symphony by the Lake is only three weeks away and we need you! Help us "go places" and be a part of making this amazing event hugely successful again this year!

Volunteers receive a FREE admission wristband!

What can you do to help? Lots of things! Click on the volunteer button to view available opportunities and sign up!

Questions: Call Billie at 828.295.7851 or email

Blowing Rock School NCSSM Summer  Accelerator Program Presentations
Friday, July 7th at 3:30 pm
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce

Come celebrate our Blowing Rock School NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program Attendees and hear their presentations to the EDC. We will enjoy hearing brief presentations from our local students, Brianna Anderson and Hailey Gocke, about their experience. 
Ice cream social immediately following presentations!

Blowing Rock Young Professionals
Monday, July 10th
Blowing Rock Ale House
5:30 pm (or come early, we'll be there at 5)

Blowing Rock Young Professionals is a networking organization for ages 21-45. Meetings are free to attend and often offer a guest speaker in additional to the fun social hour.
For more information, contact Loni at 828.295.7851 or 

Art in the Park
Saturday, July 15th
Downtown Blowing Rock

Featured Artist: Joanna White, Fiber

FREE trolley rides from Food Lion & Tanger Outlets
Chair massages in the Chamber yard!

FREE parking downtown on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford Street and at BRAHM

Questions? Call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851

Concert in the Park
Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm
Memorial Park Gazebo, Downtown Blowing Rock

FREE, family-friendly outdoor concert!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Soul Americana music by Ashley Heath.

Business Before Hours
Wednesday, July 19th at 8:30 am
Billy Chick, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Stop by for a cup of coffee, breakfast and conversation! In true Hawaiian style, Billy will be serving 100% authentic Kona coffee with a Hawaiian style breakfast and door prizes!

Please RSVP either via Email or on the Facebook Event so we have an accurate headcount!

Extended Hours Rack Card
Did you know... We have a rack card listing all of the Blowing Rock shops that are open late? Come by the Chamber for a copy.  These are great to share with hotel guests and visitors who are looking for something to do after 6 pm!

Member Events & News

Purchase Denim Ball Tickets TODAY
Tickets for this event sold out early last year and WILL SELL OUT again this year! Purchase your tickets now so you won't be disappointed later!

After purchasing tickets plan to join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation August 4th at Chetola Resort for a fun-filled fundraising ball to support rehab efforts at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

Highland Games
TODAY, 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 ranges from $15 to $75. Visit for more information and tickets.

Moses Cone Lecture
TONIGHT! Thursday, July 6th at 6 pm
American Legion

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

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

The Exhibition Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and gain an "insider's view" of the featured exhibitions!
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More Events/Programs:
July 7th:
Circles of Influence opening reception
Summertime in the Mountains exhibit opening

July 12th:
Lunch & Learn: Jackie Alexander, NC Black Repertory Company 

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.

Blue Ridge Craft Trails
Listening Session
Thursday, July 13th at 2 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area seeks ideas and suggestions to develop the Blue Ridge Craft Trails over the next few years. The latest trail initiative will encourage cultural tourism and strengthen rural economies by promoting the region’s many craft artists, craft schools, local arts businesses and venues.  Read More

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Thursday, July 13th at 6 pm
TAC Talk: Robert Morgan: From the Wilderness Road to the Underground Railroad
Learn the history of the two most significant roads in American history; the Wilderness Road and the Underground Railroad. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Robert Morgan was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Learn More
Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm
Summer Concert Series: Kevin Burke
Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for over 30 years.  He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970's with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore, the Bothy Band and with his solo album, If the Cap Fits. Learn More

In/Visible Theatre Fundraiser
Drink beer and be a philanthropist!

Order the Alpine Meadows Saison (aka "Invisibeer") during the month of July at Lost Province Brewery in Boone and In/Visible Theatre will receive a portion of the proceeds!

Community Events & News

North Carolina Blackberry Festival
This Weekend!
Downtown Lenoir

A weekend full of music, drinks, food, activities and fun for everyone! Read More.

Questions? Call our friends at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce at 828.726.0616.

Monday Night Concert Series
Mondays, July 10th - August 7th at 7 pm
Broyhill Park Gazebo, Blowing Rock

The Monday Night Concert Series will begin its 18th season on July 10th with Amy Marie Young, Krista Atwood, Steve Sensenig & Friends!

Concerts are free and open to the public.

Chamber Information, Meetings and 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.

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