Thursday, February 15, 2018

Weekly Village Update 2.15.18

Chamber Events & News

Chamber Award Winners Celebrated!
We had a great time at our sold-out Chamber Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13th at Green Park Inn!

Want to see who won?
Read the article & see photos of the winners from High Country Press.

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, February 22nd at 3:30 pm
reFresh Your Space
1064 Meadowview Drive, Boone
(behind Walgreen's)

Let's try this again! The first ribbon cutting was postponed due to inclement weather; the celebration has been rescheduled for February 22nd!

Join your friends from the Blowing Rock and Boone Area Chambers of Commerce for a ribbon cutting celebration at reFresh Your Space NEW Home Staging Studio!
Champagne and sweet treats (from Stick Boy) will be served! Register to win a FREE home staging consultation!

Accolades for Blowing Rock!
Blowing Rock is in the media again this week with three different lists and travel recommendations!
The first is Southern Living's list of 17 Small Towns in the South for a Romantic Getaway. The piece mentions the legend of the Blowing Rock, BRAHM, Bistro Roca, Restaurant at Gideon Ridge, App Ski Mountain, and Chetola Resort. A second list was featured on the travel site Trips to Discover, a feature that included our neighbor Boone. Blowing Rock was listed among the 6 Most Charming Downtown Areas in NC! And finally, the Active Times website included Blowing Rock as the NC town in a list of Must See Under-the-Radar-Cities in Each State.
We know this kind of recognition comes from our amazing local community and businesses. Thank you for making Blowing Rock such a great place!

Real Estate Report
Rising interest rates didn’t deter home buyers in January, with local Realtors® marking the new year with continued brisk business. 

The first month of the year, with its traditional snow and wintry weather mix, is usually one of the calmest, but not in 2018. Home buyers remained active in the High Country area. Read More

Member Events & News

New Branch Manager!
Join us in congratulating Lindsay Tester on becoming the new Branch Manager at United Community Bank in Blowing Rock!

Stop by 8036 Valley Boulevard, or call 828.295.8072 for your banking needs.

Lindsay Tester, United Community Bank

The Table Re-Opens!
The Table Restaurant at the Inn at Crestwood is reopening on Valentines after being closed for the past month for renovations, revamping and re-staffing for the upcoming spring season. On Sunday night the restaurant had a “soft opening” for friends and guests to showcase their new menu.
Photo from High Country Press.

Canyon's Closes, New Restaurant to Open in the Spring!
Canyons historic restaurant and bar held its final Sunday brunch after a Saturday night sendoff celebration, marking the end of 17 years in
Blowing Rock.

Bart Conway is relinquishing the restaurant's iconic Blue Ridge views to Faisuly & Rich Scheurer who are remodeling the building and opening a new restaurant, Ridgeline, in April. Read More
Photo from High Country Press.

Locals Nights
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 5 pm
Reid's Cafe and Catering

Tallboy Tuesdays: Burgers + 1/2 price beer
Calabash Wednesdays: Seafood + 1/2 price wine

Exhibition "Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College."
Now - June 2nd
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University

This exhibition, on display in the Main Gallery, features the artwork of many of the artists who attended and taught at Black Mountain College during its colorful 24-year history. Some of those artists are still working. The exhibition looks at the legacy of the Black Mountain College artists, what the Black Mountain experience meant to them, their influences on one another and their continuing place in the art world. Read More

'Well' by Lisa Kron
Wednesday - Saturday, February 21st - 24th at 7 pm
Sunday, February 25th at 2 pm
Valborg Theatre

Lisa Kron is now best known for writing the book of the Tony Award winning musical, Fun Home, based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechtel. In Well, Kron uses her own life experience to address what it means to be healthy in medical, personal and social terms.

Scholars & Scones: Democracy & Education: Black Mountain Collage and How We Think
Thursday, February 22nd at 11 am
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

This talk explores the role of pragmatism in shaping of the philosophy of education at Black Mountain College. Far more than a school where the arts simply took center place in learning, this primacy of the arts in Black Mountain College emerged from what was already a long history of philosophical exploration in America that focused on the relationship of experience to knowledge and ideas of truth.

World Spay Day
Friday, February 23rd, 10:30 am - 11 pm
Basil's, Boone

Basil's will donate 15% of all food & drink sold between 10:30 am - 11 pm to low cost spay/neuter services funded by SNIPS of Watauga County Humane Society. Arts, crafts & jewelry will be on sale from 11:30 am - 8:30 pm.

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Community Events & News

'American Pickers' Coming to North Carolina!
The popular antique-hunting television show "American Pickers" is seeking private collections that could be featured on the program. The hosts are looking for people in our area with unique antique collections and interesting stories behind them. They are looking for large unique collections, interesting multi-generational family properties, or anywhere the guys can spend the better part of a day picking good stuff. Sorry, no retail shops or single items.

People who have one of a kind items to sell should reach out ASAP by calling 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or email

Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. 

Parkway Closures
Due to heavy rains last weekend, a rockslide has occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Deep Gap. The road is closed to both lanes of traffic until rocks and debris can be removed. The closure is between the Old 421 and the Highway 421 access on the Parkway, so this does not affect Parkway traffic in the immediate area surrounding Blowing Rock , but may affect some commutes. 

The closure starting next month will impact local commutes and travel to local attractions. The National Park Service announces the closure of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway for surface repaving and bridge maintenance from March 1, 2018 through May 24, 2018. These projects require a full closure of the Parkway, including closure of the trail below the bridge; with the reopening coinciding with Memorial Day weekend. The closure will extend from Holloway Mountain Road to Hwy 221 on the other side of the Viaduct. In the meantime, Highway 221 between Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain will be the best detour.

Chamber Events, Information & Meetings

Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, February 22nd at 3:30 pm, reFresh Your Space, Boone
Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 27th at 8 am
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, March 7th at 8 am
Business After Hours: Tuesday, March 20th at 5:30 pm, hosted by Premier Sotheby's International Realty, Blowing Rock, event will be held at BRAHM

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

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