Thursday, January 11, 2018

Weekly Village Update 1.11.18

Chamber Events & News

Art in the Park
Artists, time is running out! If you want to be considered for Art in the Park and haven't applied, please do so now!

New Policy: Booth fees are not due until after Jury in February! Just pay $35 application fee at this time. Applications are only being taken via ZAPP.

Application Deadline: January 15th!

Questions? Contact Loni at 828.295.7851 or

LAST CHANCE to Vote for
Chamber Award Winners!
We are down to the finalists for the Annual Chamber Awards! Use the "vote now" button to cast your vote for the winners.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13th at the Green Park Inn. Purchase your ticket(s) today and plan to join us at 11:30 am to see who won!

Voting closes January 17th!

Luncheon tickets are $25 each. Please call Harrison at 828.295.7851 to RSVP and pay.

WinterFest Schedule of Events and Call for Volunteers
Our 20th Year of Blowing Rock WinterFest is January 25th - 28th!

Click the button below for an updated, printable schedule of events!

Please share this schedule with your staff and help support this event! We also have Facebook events you can share!

We need you! Can you lend Crystal & Chilly a hand?

For all things WinterFest, please visit
or call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851.

Dr. Harry Davis Predicts 2018 to be the Best Economic Period in Years
The High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast was held on January 9th. “I’m as positive about the economy right now as I have been in 10 years," said Davis, a professor of banking and economics for Appalachian State University and the North Carolina Bankers Association. Read more in the Watauga Democrat's article recapping the event.
Picture from Watauga Democrat article.

Marketing Tips for January
It's likely still a busy time for you! It's important to carry the holiday momentum into January and beyond. Here's a resource to give you a head start on your email marketing planning for 2018.

Remember - Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce members receive special Constant Contact pricing based on your affiliation with our chamber! Sign-Up

NCDOL Safety Awards Nominations
The NC Department of Labor has begun accepting applications from businesses that qualify for a workplace safety award. Safety awards are presented to companies throughout the year that have demonstrated above-average worker safety and health programs. Read More
Deadline for submissions: February 16th.

Member Events & News

Chetola Spa and Recreation Center Director Hits Milestone
The end of 2017 marked a personal and professional milestone for Chetola Spa and Recreation Director Robyn Lindenmuth, whose combined departments reached the $1 million mark in annual revenue for the first time ever. It is a mark worth celebrating, as Lindenmuth is on the cusp of her 10-year anniversary, which she celebrates in February. Read More

Partnership Opportunity
The Office of Relocation and Dual Career Assistance within Appalachian State University is a new university program developed collaboratively by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Human Resources. Its purpose is to support new and prospective faculty, staff and their dual career partners and families in relocating to the local community. Read More

Please email Becky Gosky or call 828-262-6483 to discuss how we may partner to help our new Appalachian faculty and staff and the Blowing Rock Chamber members.

Tunes at the Trout
Thursday, January 11th at 6:30 pm
The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop

Kick off MLK weekend with some fun live music at The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop. Our musician this Thursday is MaisCeu.

For more information, or event line-up, please visit the website

Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 16th at 12:30 pm
Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church

Please give blood at this quarterly event held by Rotary Club of Blowing Rock and American Red Cross. Click the sign-up button to view available donation times and to reserve your time slot.

Questions? Call Melissa Pickett at 828.773.7643.

Movies at the Museum:
MC Richards: The Fire Within
Thursday, January 18th at 6 pm
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

In the film, we witness M.C. Richards engaging in contemplative questioning regarding the nature of art, imagination, wholeness, community, and our place in the cosmos. This is a film not just about M.C. It’s about all of our quests to become authentic creators of art and community.

WinterFashions Show
Friday, January 26th at 11 am
Meadowbrook Inn

The newest winter and spring fashions will be featured from the area’s top retail stores! Come find out what you need in your closet!

Tickets (available online, at the Chamber, or at the door) are $35 and include lunch after the show! Doors & cash bar open at 11 am. The runway opens at 11:30 am. Learn More
Retailers: do you want to participate and show your fashions and/or accessories? Contact Loni at 828.295.7851 or

Polar Plunge Brunch
Saturday, January 27th, 10 am - Noon
Timberlake's at Chetola Resort

Chetola will feature a Polar Plunge Brunch Buffet in Timberlake’s for those folks who don’t want to brave possibly frigid temps but still want to get in on the action. WBTV’s John Carter is returning to emcee and a videographer from the station will connect a live feed for viewing in the Timbers Room in conjunction with a special brunch buffet.
$22 adults; $16 children (12 and younger)
Includes iced tea, hot tea and coffee; does not include alcohol and gratuity.
Limited seating. Reservations recommended,
call 828.295.5531

Please visit our website calendar for more events!

Do you have an announcement or event to include in our newsletter? Click the submit event button for our policy and instructions.

Chamber Events, Information & Meetings

Blowing Rock WinterFest: Thursday - Sunday, January 25th - 28th, Downtown Blowing Rock
Ribbon Cutting: Tuesday, January 30th at 3:30 pm, reFresh Your Space, Boone
Chamber Awards Luncheon: Tuesday, February 13th at 11:30 am, Green Park Inn

All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.

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