Thursday, November 16, 2017

Weekly Village Update 11.16.17

Chamber Events & News

Don't Miss the LAST Business After Hours of the Season!
Tuesday, November 21st at 5:30 pm
The Inn at Crestwood

Join us at the beautiful Inn at Crestwood for a fun fall evening of networking & nibbles! Don't forget your business card!

Celebrate Small Business with Us!
Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday. When small businesses succeed, we all do. So each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, shoppers, business owners and organizations come together to Shop Small and share the places they love with the people they love. Join the movement this November 25 by shopping small and sharing your favorite places with friends and family. You can help by writing a positive review for a small business, making a holiday purchase or sharing your love for your favorite small businesses on social media. Let’s rally around these places that make our community special!

Hotels & Restaurants: We Need Your WinterFest Promotions!
It's that time of year again! Blowing Rock WinterFest is just around the corner! It's our 20TH YEAR! Let's make it the best yet! We want to promote your business, but need your help. Please provide your lodging package information or comfort food items and we will include you on the WinterFest website!

Please contact Harrison at 828.295.7851 or with your information!

Nominations Now Being Accepted for SBA 2018 Business Week Awards
SBA is now accepting nominations for its 2018 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to our nation’s economy.

Do you know the 2018 SBA North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year? 
Is it YOU?

Thanksgiving Dining Options
Several restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day: Gamekeeper, Rowland's, Savannah's Oyster House and Southern Comforts, just to name a few! We encourage you to know before you go and call ahead! Some places are already sold out.

Click here for a list of several options. If you don't see your favorite place listed, give them a call!

Member Events & News

Thanksgiving Pre-Order Menu
Order Thanksgiving Dinner Now!

Place your order by tomorrow, Friday, November 17th for pickup on November 22nd or 23rd.

Reid's has all the trimmings - let us help you gather your feast! Menu items include turkey, all the trimmings and dessert choices as well!

Share the Warmth
Now through November 30th
Mast General Stores

Winter is just around the corner! Mast Store is helping Share the Warmth in all its communities by holding a coat collection. Columbia Sportswear, Mast Store’s vendor partner, is making a donation of new coats, jackets and fleeces to keep the chill away too.

Donations made at the Original Mast Store & Annex and the Mast Store in Boone will go to Hunger and Health Coalition and Hospitality House. The new outerwear from Columbia is going to students in the Watauga County School System.

Donations should be clean and gently used, so they are ready for the recipient. Blankets, gloves, hats and heavy sweaters are also accepted.
For more information, call 828.963.6511 or 828.262.0000.

Tunes at The Trout
Thursday, November 16th, 6 pm - 8 pm
The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop

Andrew Massey will perform original music plus classic covers of Sam Cooke, CCR and more!

For more information, call 828.295.9819

Volunteer Opportunities
Friday, November 17th, 1 pm - 5 pm
Mon & Tue, November 20th & 21st, 10 am - 4 pm 
166 Furman Road, Suite C, Boone

Support Blue Ridge Conservancy's efforts to Save the Places You Love! Help with a large mailing project to raise funds that will sustain and advance BRC’s conservation impact in the community.

Please stop by at your convenience to help address and prepare envelopes while enjoying refreshments, snacks and fun with other BRC supporters. Any amount of help is appreciated!
If you can make it, please contact Nikki at or 828.264.2511. 

Us the Duo
Friday, November 17th at 7 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Their crisp, affecting pop delivers its intimate emotion in the same way Us The Duo has always communicated with their fans: directly, and from the heart. “Just Love,” the first album by the Southern California-based couple since 2014’s “No Matter Where You Are” was recorded at The Smoakstack Studio in Nashville with co-producer Nathan Thomas. Their soulful new album reflects the couple’s musical bedrock – the soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson and Prince, hip-hop forebears like Lauryn Hill, and the jazz that inspired Michael when he was learning to play piano.
Tickets: $20 adults / $15 staff / $10 student

The Inn at Crestwood's
Thanksgiving Buffet
Thursday, November 23rd, 12 pm - 7 pm

Join The Inn at Crestwood for their annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet!

Please call 828.963.6646 for reservations!

Thanksgiving Weekend at Chetola
Friday & Saturday, November 24th & 25th

Only a couple of more weeks until the holidays are in full swing at Chetola. The annual Thanksgiving Weekend events return with carriage rides, cookies and Santa! Also a special meet-and-greet and book signing of "Bob Timberlake's Letter to Home."

SNIPS Craft Sale
Saturday, November 25th, 11 am - 4 pm
Mast General Store Annex, Valle Crucis

Get an early start on your holiday shopping! There will be an array of handmade crafts including jewelry, notecards, coasters & trivets, dog & cat toys, bandanas, knitted hats, blankets, scarves, magnets, college themed items, holiday items and much more! 

Proceeds benefit Watauga Humane Society's spay-neuter community assistance programs.

Thanksgiving Wood Kiln Opening
Saturday, November 25th, 10 am - 5 pm
Traditions Pottery, Lenoir

Be present at 10 am to watch the wood kiln being unloaded, then make your selection of face jugs including Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Monday-Friday jugs, Christmas items, Candle sticks, swirl vases and more! Shop the 2 galleries for more functional pottery like mugs, bowls, serving pieces and decorative items. Lunch will be served with proceeds going to Widows Mite Ministries.

Christmas Open House
Saturday, November 25th, 11 am - 5 pm
Alta Vista Gallery

Enjoy Christmas d├ęcor and foods, meet artists and find unique gifts such as: small paintings, stained glass, art tiles, hand-painted scarves, pottery, and He Gave Me Barn Cats, the debut novel of the gallery owner Maria Santomasso Hyde.

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Holiday Concert & Craft
Saturday, November 25th at 3 pm
Join us for a Holiday Open House and explore Winter Exhibits. After the town Christmas Parade, a free concert by local band "Mexican Hot Chocolate" and holiday card making. Learn More
Winter Exhibition Celebration
Thursday, November 30th at 5 pm
Celebrate the grand opening of three exhibitions! Hors d’oeuvres & live music. Along with a cash bar, there will be a special seasonal beer tasting offered by Blowing Rock Brewing Company. Learn More

Girls Night Out
Thursday, November 30th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Artwalk, Downtown Blowing Rock

Calling all ladies! The holiday season is quickly approaching; don't let Christmas shopping stress you out this year. Grab your gal pals and join Artwalk for Girls Night Out filled with fun, food, refreshments and plenty of discounts!

Festival of Trees
Thursday - Sunday, November 30th - December 3rd
Chetola Resort

The Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room at Chetola Resort will be transformed into a Christmas spectacle for this annual event! Over 75 themed trees & wreaths will be on display for your viewing enjoyment! Bid on your favorite fully decorated tree that even comes with PRESENTS!

Admission is by monetary donation. All proceeds benefit Western Youth Network.

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play
Friday, December 1st at 7 pm
Sunday, December 3rd at 2 pm
Ensemble Stage Auditorium
Historic Banner Elk School

Kick off a whole weekend of Banner Elk's "A Small Town Christmas" festivities by being a part of the "studio" audience for our staged radio play, A Christmas Carol, and amp up your holiday heart.

Tickets: $15 Adult / $10 Kids (16 & under)

Santa Paws
Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd
Watauga Humane Society

You'd better not growl, you'd better not hiss - Santa Paws is coming to town!  

Saturday, a photographer will be available to take photos of your pet & family for a $20 donation. Appointments are suggested (sign up); walk-ins accepted. Sunday, elves will be on hand to help you select & pose for photos with a shelter animal. Hand made crafts, jewelry & holiday items will be for sale both days. Donations of blankets, treats, food and cleaning supplies are welcome.
For more information, call 828.264.8495.


Visit our website calendar for more events! The calendar is updated regularly with local and area happenings.

Community Events & News

Christmas in the Park
Friday & Saturday, November 24th & 25th
Downtown Blowing Rock

Friday visit Santa and enjoy hayrides, hot chocolate, bounces houses and much more!

Don't miss the Christmas Parade on Main Street, Saturday at 2 pm!
For more information, call 828.295.5222

Chamber Events, Information & Meetings

Business After Hours: Tuesday, November 21st at 5:30 pm, The Inn at Crestwood

Christmas Parade: Saturday, November 25th at 2 pm, Main Street

Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 25th, Shop Local Small Businesses

Chamber Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 28th at 8 am, Chamber Office

Chamber Board Meeting: Wednesday, December 6th at 8 am, Chamber Office

Ribbon Cutting: Friday, December 8th at 4:30 pm, BRAHM Gift Shop

Holiday Stroll: Friday, December 8th at 5 pm, Downtown Blowing Rock

Chamber Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 13th, The Gamekeeper Restaurant

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