Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekly Village Update 9.14.17

Chamber Events & News

Business After Hours
Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30 pm
Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola

Join us for an evening of networking, bonfire & s'mores, live music and more! Also, hear about Chetola's Sporting Reserve and celebrate Love Blowing Rock!

Business After Hours is free for Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Members. Questions? Want to join us but aren't a member? Call the Chamber at 828.295.7851.

Continuing Hurricane Relief Efforts

Project: Hope
Providing hurricane victims the relief needed in order to rebuild their lives; from one community to another.
Blowing Rock has long had ties to communities in Florida as we traditionally see a lot of visitors from those areas. Effort organizers feel a special urge to help the people there. The first trailer of donations will go to Texas and a second will go to Florida. Drop off points include the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, Vincent Properties, Take Heart, Blowing Rock Baptist Church, Keller & Williams of Boone and the Boone Mall.
Follow the Project Hope Facebook page to find lists of items to donate and to follow their relief efforts.

Blowing Rock Fall Classic
Saturday, September 16th at 8 am
Park Avenue

Park Avenue will be closed to traffic for the first half of the day for this 72 mile race that begins at 8 am. A traffic escort will be provided as the large group of cyclists makes its way down Main Street. It only takes a few minutes for the cyclists to get out of town, so it won't take long for traffic to re-open on Main Street. There should be a large number of participants, as well as their family or friends that came with them. Consider ways you can welcome them to town, and perhaps even cheer them on as they come back to the finish line!
The winner is expected to finish in just over 3 hours and cyclists will continue to arrive at the finish for up to 6 hours. Expect cyclists in town between 11 am and 2 pm.

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce lawn is the ending party venue for the cyclists!

State of the Town
Monday, September 18th at 5 pm
American Legion

Hear updates from the Town of Blowing Rock and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as reports from the TDA, DOT and Middle Fork Greenway.
Come hear about this year's successes, current challenges and the future of our village.

Partner Appreciation
Thursday, September 28th at 6 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

An evening of appreciation for our Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Gold and Silver Partners! Dinner will be catered by Bistro Roca.

For information on 2018 partnership opportunities, call the Chamber at 828.295.7851.

Creating a Productive and Rewarding Workplace in Your Small Business
Thursday, October 5th at 7 pm
J.E. Broyhill Ciciv Center, Lenoir

The Small Business Centers in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce in Blowing Rock, Boone, Caldwell, Catawba, Burke and Wilkes are excited to bring #1 bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman to Lenoir!

If a manager or leader can properly create and maintain a happy workplace, team members will seamlessly work together, be more productive and more engaged, therefore helping the company as a whole. “Work has become a barely bearable chore, with only 45 percent of workers in a recent survey saying they were happy with their careers,” explains Dr. Chapman. But it doesn’t have to be so.
Tickets are $25; signed books available at cost.

Important Survey:
Sunset Drive Streetscape
Blowing Rock Town leaders would like to know more about your experience and interests with regard to Sunset Drive. The responses you provide will help the project design team make recommendations for improvements to Sunset Drive.

Preliminary survey results will be presented at the November 14th Blowing Rock Town Council Meeting.

Member Events & News

4th Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival
Saturday, September 16th at Noon
The Blowing Rock

Gates open at 10 am; entertainment noon until sunset. Rain or shine! Enjoy a fun day of great music featuring The Harris Brothers, Shelby Rae Moore, Soul Benefactor and many more!

Tickets are $45. For more information, call The Blowing Rock at 828.295.7111

Art of Oil Boone Store is Moving
Art of Oil in Boone will be relocating from King Street to Shops at Shadowline, Suite A-10. They will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19th and 20th, reopening on Thursday, September 21st. They will have extended hours and FREE PARKING! 

Stay tuned for their Grand Reopening on Thursday, October 5th!

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm

Nominated for a 2011 Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature, and filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Learn More
Summer Concert Series: William Jackson
Sunday, September 24th at 4 pm

William Jackson is an award-winning, internationally-known composer, harpist and multi-instrumentalist. He will present a program of music from Scotland and Ireland. Jackson has been a major figure in traditional Scottish and Irish music for over 30 years, has recorded 28 albums and has achieved international renown as a composer.

Artist Reception
Saturday, September 23rd at 11 am
Alta Vista Gallery

Meet award-winning plein air painter Monique Carr at her Opening Reception for her new oils: "Melody of Nature." Carr, a Contemporary Impressionist oil painter with an abstract leaning, has won many awards and was recently honored to be featured in the prestigious Southwest Art magazine.

Refreshments will be served.

Food Pantry Dinner & Auction
Thursday, September 28th at 5:30 pm
Blowing Rock Conference Center

Take action and help feed High Country families in need! Chef Robert Back and rising chefs from CCC&TI’s Culinary Arts program invite guests to enjoy a “Culinary Journey across America.” This event is part of Casting Bread’s observance of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month and is a major fundraiser for Casting Bread Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, which serves hundreds of High Country families and more than 1,000 individuals each month. 
Tickets: $25/each or $180/table of 8. Purchase tickets online or at the pantry located on Aho Road.

Calling all Businesses! Join the "Round Up for Middle Fork Greenway" Fundraiser!
The month of July 2018 will be "Round Up for the Greenway Month"! This is a community-wide fundraiser by businesses throughout the county to ask their customers to “round up” their transaction to the next dollar for the Middle Fork Greenway. 
We welcome your business to join the “round up” campaign next July and as a partner in bringing this project to completion. 

For more information, contact Wendy Patoprsty at 828.264.2511 or

Community Events

Memorial Park Trees
Monday, September 18th
Sessions: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am and 1 pm

The North Carolina Urban Forestry Division representative, Nancy Stairs, will be in Blowing Rock to discuss the most recent study done on the Memorial Park trees. Nancy will have four sessions; limit of fifteen people per session.

Call Jennifer Brown at 828.295.5222 to register for a session. Deadline is September 17th at noon.

Chamber Events, Information & Meetings

Blowing Rock Farmers Market: Thursdays at 4 pm, Park Avenue

Village Foundation Board Meeting: Thursday, September 14th at 4 pm, Chamber Office

Business After Hours: Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30 pm, Timberlake's at Chetola

Chamber Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, September 26th at 8 am, Chamber Office

Partner Appreciation Dinner: Thursday, September 28th at 6 pm, BRAHM
Call Charles, Loni or Billie at 828.295.7851 for information.

Chamber Board Meeting: Wednesday, October 4th at 8 am, Chamber Board Room

Art in the Park: Saturday, October 7th, 10 am - 5 pm, Park Avenue

BR Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, October 9th at 5:30 pm, Martin House Courtyard

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