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
Collect the papers you want to have
shredded, pack them in your car or truck and bring them to the parking lot
behind First Citizens Bank!
FREE! No limit!
Blue Ridge Energy is warning the public
about telephone scams targeting members. The scheme involves the
caller demanding immediate payment by phone to avoid having electricity
disconnected to the home or business.
This FREE workshop will
cover the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering for a sales and
use tax account, learning about the most common types of sales and use
taxes collected, and preparing and filing a sales and use tax return.
Congratulations to John Holman! His
locally made product, Spur Vodka, is a finalist in Our State Magazine's
Made in NC Awards!
Many of you will remember John from SAVOR
Blowing Rock! Maybe you saw him at Taste or perhaps sampled his Spur Vodka
(made from muscadine grapes) at the Grand Tasting. Most notably, he led the
seminar “What makes Vodka Vodka?” which received rave review from
Our State Magazine will announce the
winners on August 24th. Good luck, John!
Workers Compensation Insurance Rates for
First Benefits Insurance
Mutual, Inc. (FBIM)specializes in workers’ compensation. Formed by
the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association as a member benefit in the
early 1990s there are now over 60 North Carolina Chambers of Commerce and
trade associations that offer FBIM as a member service.
As a chamber member you
have access to an insurance carrier that prides itself on personable
service, competitive rates and experienced claims management.
Midway through 2017 local
real estate sales are slightly ahead of last year’s pace, according to the
latest report by the High Country Association of Realtors®. The summer
selling season hasn’t been as frantic as last year, but inventory is
expanding. New sellers continue to enter the market, reflecting a national
survey which shows strong sentiment that now is a good time to sell. Read More
Welcome New Member:
High Country Breast Cancer Foundation
The mission of the High Country Breast
Cancer Foundation, Inc., is to support breast cancer patients, survivors,
and their families in the High Country of North Carolina. Through events
such as the High Country Walk/Run for Breast Cancer, funds are raised and
awarded as scholarships to local women and men fighting breast cancer. High
Country Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. is an all-volunteer foundation whose
funds remain in the community.
The First Annual High
Country Walk for Breast Cancer will be held Saturday, October 28th at 9 am
in Downtown Blowing Rock. The walk/run will be a 5K starting and finishing
at the American Legion. All money raised remains in the High Country to
help individuals and families in our local community. Register now!
Member Events & News
94th Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse
Show: Hunter/Jumper Division
Now through August 6th
A capacity crowd of
horses, riders and trainers have begun descending on the Broyhill
Equestrian Preserve for the second phase of the 94th Blowing Rock Charity
Horse Show. Spectators and exhibitors are getting a big boost at this
year’s show which welcomes Hunters and Jumpers to the L. M. Tate Show
Grounds for two weeks of intense competition.
Admission to the shows is
just $10 a day for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Cash is best at
the gate. People may come and go as they like throughout the day. Read More
Yestival will feature
special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer’s ELP
Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, YES embarks on a national tour,
treating fans to a set list of greatest hits from all of the band’s studio
albums up to 1980 and showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s
most influential, ground-breaking and respected progressive rock bands.
Performing their classic hits, the audience can expect iconic favorites
such as “Roundabout,” “Starship Trooper,” “Yours is no Disgrace,” “Going
for the One,” “And you and I” and countless others.
Ensemble Stage presents two great shows
Psycho-Thriller "Switzerland" at
Set in a remote chalet
located in the Swiss Alps, best-selling author, Patricia Highsmith is
spending her final years as a recluse which is quite alright with her. Of
course, when a mysterious young man shows up at her door claiming to be
from her publishing house, things get, shall we say... interesting.
Kids Theatre "Tales of King
Arthur" at 11 am
This show is full of
energy, intrigue and audience participation. Bring the
kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, the husband that acts like a kid,
the wife that still thinks she's a kid, or heck, any kid between the ages
of 3 and 93 that wants to have a fun time.
This event will showcase
5 Blowing Rock Brewing craft beer styles paired with 5 unique food items to
create a one-of-a-kind Blowing Rock Ale House experience. Proceeds from the
event will help to expand the Middle Fork Greenway project. Appetizers will
be offered before each seating and brewery tours will be given throughout
the evening. A speech will be given about the Middle Fork Greenway and
about the beer/food pairing during each seating.
Tickets: $25/each. Only
45 tickets will be sold for each seating. Two seatings available.
Walking Toward the Sunset Thursday, August
10th at 11 am
For more than 200 years, the Melungeons
have been the subject of folklore and speculation in Appalachia and beyond.
Wayne Winkler, director of public radio station WETS-FM in Johnson City, TN
will discuss this mixed-ethnic population and share some of the latest
research on their mysterious ancestry. Learn More
Clay Jewelery Workshop Friday &
Saturday, August 11th &12th at 10am
Experience the magic of Precious Metal
Clay (PMC) and explore how it can be transformed into beautiful fine silver
jewelry shaped by your hands. This workshop which will teach
participants a variety of basic techniques that will enable them to make
their own one-of-a-kind silver creation. Tool kits and metal clay will be
provided, just bring your imagination. Learn More
Saturday & Sunday, August 19th &
Amateur and professional
photographers can now register for the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic,
a two-day seminar that offers presentations from outstanding
photojournalists and opportunities for participants to improve their skills.
The clinic also allows
participants the rare opportunity of photographing scenic Grandfather
Mountain at dawn and dusk, along with chances to network with others
interested in the craft.
Your calendars have been marked for the
total eclipse taking place on August 21st, now it's time to plan how you're
going to take in the experience!
Visit Grandfather Mountain
to view one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events!
The Nature Museum will host arts and crafts activities for
kids, solar-themed snacks and face-painting. At 1:30 pm, pick up your solar
eclipse glasses and head to the Mile High Swinging Bridge for an unabated
view of the partial solar eclipse.
Eclipse T-Shirt & Glasses
Mast General Store has
you covered! Remember your experience with a t-shirt
and view the eclipse safely from beginning to end with special eclipse glasses.
These items are moving quickly, so don't delay. Orders totaling $99 or more
ship FREE or choose the ship-to-store option for free shipping on any order
Last of the Season!
Movies in the Park
Thursday, August 3rd at dusk (8:30 pm)
Movies in the Park wraps up with Matilda
TONIGHT! Bring the family, lawn chairs and a blanket to Memorial Park
and enjoy the last outdoor movie of the season. Tonight's feature is
sponsored by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Monday Night Concerts
Monday, August 7th at 7 pm
Monday Night Concert Series wraps up next
week with Amy Marie Young, Federico Eiguchi, Matthew Primm &
Friends performing in the gazebo at Broyhill Park.
Chamber Events, Information & Meetings
Blowing Rock Farmers
Market: Thursdays at 4 pm, Park Avenue
Art in the Park:
Saturday, August 12th at 10 am, Park Avenue
Concert in the Park:
Sunday, August 13th at 4 pm, Memorial Park Gazebo
(music by Nashville
Songwriters Association International)
Chamber Board Meeting: Wednesday,
August 16th at 8 am, Chamber Board Room
Chamber Executive Board
Meeting: Tuesday, August 22nd at 8 am, Chamber Office
Business After Hours:
Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:30 pm, Tweetsie Railroad
Dinner: Tuesday, August 29th at 5:30 pm, American Legion Hall
Chamber Board Meeting:
Wednesday, September 6th at 8 am, Chamber Board Room