Thursday, April 5, 2018

Weekly Village Update 4.5.18

Chamber Events & News

Business After Hours
Tuesday, April 10th at 5:30 pm
ZAP Fitness, 9560 Blackberry Road

Come visit Blowing Rock Chamber's Blackberry Valley secret, ZAP Fitness, a state-of-the-art running facility where America's top long distance runners have lived and trained since 2002! Meet their team of coaches who work with thousands of runners from around the world who come to the High Country each year to improve their running.

Food, Drinks & LIVE Music
ZAP Executive Chef, Michael Ryan will be preparing a number of specialties! A variety of local craft beer and quality American wines (red & white) will be served! The Gritlickers will be playing mountain music as you are led on a tour of the ZAP campus as well as administrative and lodging facilities.

SAVOR, May 3rd - 6th!
Visit for the latest events lineup.

We continue to add events as members send their Savor weekend events / live music / menu specials / seminars to us!

We still need restaurants for Taste, retailers for the Fashion Show, and retailers for Sip & Shop to email us to let us know that they'd like to participate!

We will send out volunteer opportunities via email very soon.
Please share our Savor Facebook page with your friends!

Click here to download our Savor Email Graphic, logo and ads to share with your customers!

Who Wants to go to CHINA?
Registrations are being taken now until July 1st to join the Blowing Rock, Wilkes, Avery, Boone, and Caldwell Chambers of Commerce for an adventure to CHINA!

The trip is October 26th - November 3rd. This 9-day package is $2,199 per person (double occupancy) and includes roundtrip airfare, 4 & 5 star hotel accommodations, 3 meals a day, deluxe bus tours, English speaking tour guides, and entrance fees for attractions.

Important Dates/Deadlines:
·     May 9th: Orientation
·     July 1: Balance of Trip Due
·     September 1: Last day to submit Visa's to Caldwell Chamber for processing

For more information, call us at 828.295.7851

The 2017 Economic Census is Coming!
The US Census Bureau measures the nation's population once every 10 years. It also measures US businesses every 5 years with the Economic Census.

Companies who receive the 2017 Economic Census are required by law to respond.

The due date is June 12, 2018.

Welcome New Member: Beyond
Beyond handles payments and HR needs for your business, so you don’t have to!  Credit card processing, payroll, Human Resources services / call center, POS systems, employee recruiting and onboarding services, and even small business lending. Beyond can provide a number of back-office solutions for your business, with a heart. Beyond also takes pride in giving back to the community by offering full college scholarships to under privileged families.
For more information, email Melissa

Member Events & News

Featured on UNC-TV NC Weekend!
The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop is featured in the "House Special" segment on the latest NC Weekend. In the piece, general manager Foster Ramsey chats with Bob Garner about the concept of the bottle shop at the restaurant. Mr. Garner tries some of the food, as several of the restaurant's unique dishes are featured in detail.

Looking for a boot stomping, knee slappin' good time with some of the high country's talented musicians? Stop by for Tunes at the Trout Thursday Evenings, 6 pm - 8 pm. 
The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop
Click the image above to watch video.

All Aboard!
Friday, April 6th, 9 am - 6 pm
Tweetsie Railroad

It's the first day of the 2018 season. Don't miss your opportunity to be on the first train out of town!

The park will be open for daytime operations Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 9 am - 6 pm.

Help the Animals in Our Community
The Watauga Humane Society has several events during the month of April!

April 8: Tour For Life, Boone Mall 
April 14: SNIPS Sale, The Pet Place 
April 19: SNIPS Fundraiser, The Red Onion 
April 21: SNIPS Fundraiser, Harvest House 
April 29: Spring Raffle Drawing, Adoption Center

For more information, call 828.264.7865

Karaoke Night
Every Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge
9 pm at Barra, Banner Elk

Welter Entertainment brings a double shot of karaoke awesomeness on Friday nights!

For more information, call 828.565.2345

TAC Talk: Work Songs and Labor Movement Songs of the South
Thursday, April 12th at 6 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

In this program, we'll be learning work songs and labor movement songs of the south. We will focus on themes from over two hundred years of Southern history including railroad work songs, oyster shucking songs, hollering, field songs, lullabies, and unions songs from the textile mills and coal mines.

Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Friday & Saturday, April 13th & 14th at 7 pm
Sunday, April 15th at 2 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

This thrilling, theatrical treat by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. The show's Broadway premiere received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This is a production of Appalachian's Department of Theatre and Dance and the Hayes School of Music.

Let's Get Crafty
Saturday, April 14th, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mountain Thread Company

The Mountain Thread Company is expanding and adding on a dedicated craft room! We're teaming up with local style guru Style By Epoch for an afternoon of low-sew and no-sew crafts. You'll go home with finished projects to use right away and loads of inspiration!

Class fee of $45 covers materials, instruction, and snacks. Space is limited; advance registration is required.
Register by calling 828.372.7024 or emailing

Responsible Alcohol Seller
(RASP) Training
Wednesday, April 18th, 10 am - 12 pm
Blowing Rock Fire Department

This class is open to all permitted operating businesses, as well as server/seller training for on-premise and off-premise business owners, managers, employees, potential permit holders and civic groups in Watauga County. Read More
The training is free and will be conducted by the Education and Training Division of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

For more information, or to register, call Blowing Rock ABC 828.295.7513.

Save the Date for the
3rd Annual Ducky Regatta
Saturday, June 2nd, 11 am - 2 pm
Faith Bridge United Methodist Church

Race your duck down Middle Fork Creek to win prizes and enjoy a kids fun zone, music, food, games & more! Proceeds support Casting Bread Ministries' efforts to eradicate food insecurity and poverty in the High Country. 

For sponsorship, donation and volunteer opportunities, please contact Jamie at or 704.807.2714.

Please visit our website calendar for more events.

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Community Events & News

39th Annual Blowing Rock
Trout Derby
Saturday, April 7th, Sunrise - 4 pm

First-place winners will receive trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14) Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under). No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary. 

Be sure to bring the kids by the Broyhill Derby Headquarters (108 Lakeside Drive) early for their bags and to collect an official Derby T-shirt for free!

Blowing Rock's Birthday
Tuesday, April 10th at 3:30 pm
(Rescheduled from March 12th)
Town Hall

Join your neighbors & friends to celebrate Blowing Rock’s 129th birthday!

Chamber Events, Information & Meetings

Business After Hours: Tuesday, April 10th at ZAP Fitness
Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 24th at 8 am
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, May 2nd at 8 am

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

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