Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Symphony 2018: A Picture-Perfect Evening Around Chetola Lake

On Friday, July 27, over 4,000 guests gathered at Chetola Resort on a beautiful night to catch up with friends, eat, drink and listen to live music. Thirty tent patrons hosted mostly private parties catered by many local businesses, creating lovely tabletop scenes.

John and Patricia Mica
Patron tents on Chetola Lake
Bo Henderson, Ed Springs and App State Chancellor Dr. Sheri Everts

The show began at 5:45 with ShadowGrass, a group of five local young musicians who wowed the audience with their energy and fast picking bluegrass.

Patrons in the Chamber's audiophile section enjoyed intimate seating, a private bar and charcuterie boxes from Moondance Catering. Tanger Outlets also provided camp chairs for comfortable seating and gift bags for guests in that section.

At 7:30, following opening remarks from Chetola Resort owner Kent Tarbutton, Chamber President & CEO Charles Hardin, Hendrick Automotive executive Bobby Rice, and Blowing Rock Mayor Charlie Sellers, the Symphony of the Mountains, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth, began their much-anticipated concert.

Four members of ShadowGrass joined the Symphony of the Mountains for part of the program. The audience applauded this fusion of bluegrass and classical style.

Some tent patrons participated in the tent decorating contest based on this year's theme, Colors of the Mountains. Third-party judges selected two winners: High Country Breast Cancer Foundation for the business tent, and Karyn and Dieter Herterich's tent for the social category. Winners received SAVOR Blowing Rock gift baskets containing wine, wine glasses and vouchers for tickets to the 2019 event.

Irene Sawyer, President & Founder of the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation

A view of the creative table design at Karyn and Dieter Herterich's tent

The evening ended with a brilliant fireworks display over Chetola Lake. It was an unforgettable night out in Blowing Rock!

Photos by Lonnie Webster (except fireworks)

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