Thursday, September 6, 2018

Weekly Village Update 9.6.18

Commerce Communications

Be "in the know" with Chamber news, local happenings & more!

Chamber Events & News

First Friday Sip & Shop
TOMORROW, September 7th, 3 pm - until...
Blowing Rock Merchants invite you to join them for a "happy hour" style stroll where you can sip and shop in stores from 3 pm until... (many stores may be open late!) Stop by your favorite shops, or check out a new one, before heading over to music on the lawn! Free refreshments at participating locations!

Art in the Park
September 8th, 10 am - 5 pm
Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople will showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more! Rain or shine on Park Avenue, Downtown Blowing Rock.

Free parking on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford Street and BRAHM. Free trolley from Tanger Outlets and Food Lion, all day, looping every 20 minutes.

Concert in the Park
September 9th, 4 - 6 pm
Family-friendly and casual! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Memorial Park, Downtown Blowing Rock and enjoy the Reggae-Appalachian Fusion sounds of Rastacoustic.

Ginny Stephens Lane Dedication
September 16th at 4:30 pm
You are invited to the unveiling of Ginny Stevens Lane. We will gather on the lawn of Edgewood Cottage. Reception immediately following.

Questions? Contact Marcia Quinn at 828.295.9344

Business After Hours
September 18th, 5:30 - 7 pm
Join us for a fun evening of networking and nibbles at The Blowing Rock! Don't forget your business card.

Business Tax Workshop
September 20th at 9 am
The NC Department of Revenue is offering this FREE workshop at their office in Hickory. You will learn basic business requirements including how to register a business and how to file and pay taxes relevant to your business.

Nominations for Board of Directors Now Open!
The Blowing Rock Chamber is looking for a few good people to serve on its board of directors. Each year at this time the board takes nominations for board seats from the membership at large. If you know of someone, perhaps yourself, who would be interested in being part of a very active group of business leaders helping to forge the future of our community while supporting and promoting our business members, please email Charles Hardin. These nominees, along with those submitted by the board, will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and a slate of directors will be submitted to the membership for a vote in late October or early November.

Vote Blowing Rock the South's Best
Voting is now open for Southern Living's South's Best awards 2019. We all know Blowing Rock is the best of the best, but let's vote and make sure readers of Southern Living Magazine know as well! Online voting is open through October 9th. (Helpful hint: when voting online and you're asked "What states have you visited", if you select "None of the Above", you'll have NC cities and towns in your voting selections).

Storie Street Grille
Storie Street Grill is under new ownership! Local Blowing Rock couple Lela and Aaron Silver have taken this wonderful opportunity to shine in our community. Aaron has been the Executive Chef at Storie Street for the last 2 years and Lela is the former General Manager at Over Yonder.

"Our goal at Storie Street Grille is to contribute to creative dining which seems to be burgeoning in Blowing Rock, make our guests feel like they are a part of our family, and support local NC agriculture and spirits. Guests can look forward to us polishing up the menus and giving back to our community through sponsorships and event dinners. We want to make every guest feel that they know us as people, not just an establishment they eat at occasionally. Great food and atmosphere are important, but if guests do not know your heart, you aren't feeding their full palate."

Visit Storie Street Grille at 1167 Main Street, Downtown Blowing Rock. Call 828-295-7075 for information.

Member Events & News

Better Together
Skyline National Bank is proud to announce that they have joined forces with Great State Bank. They are excited to bring you a great banking experience! Stop by a branch or learn more online.

Blue Bear Music Festival
September 6th - 8th
This unique music festival is held atop a beautiful mountain with 155 acres located in Todd, NC at the Blue Bear Mountain Campground. The festival brings a great lineup of Americana, Bluegrass, and similar genres. There are plenty of great vendors for this event. Family friendly, rain or shine event. 

Summer Concert Series: Alexa Rose
September 9th at 4 pm
Come to Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for a concert by Alexa Rose. Alexa has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. 

5th Annual The Blowing Rock Music Festival
September 15th at Noon
This annual festival held at The Blowing Rock will feature live Americana, Folk, Blues, Jazz, and Soul music entertainers from noon until sunset. Gates open at 8:30 am. This is a rain or shine event.

Internship and Job Fair
September 19th, 12 - 4 pm
This is Appalachian State's largest and most comprehensive career event. Serving students and alumni of all majors and skills, the event is host to many companies, non-profits, healthcare and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable internship and job opportunities.

Register Online. Deadline: September 7th.

Community Events & News

Town of Blowing Rock
September Zone Brush Collection
The Town has been divided into four zones. Residents in each zone can expect to have their curbside brush collected in the respective full week of each month.

·     Zone 1 will be collected September 3-7
·     Zone 2 will be collected September 10-14
·     Zone 3 will be collected September 17-21
·     Zone 4 will be collected September 24-28

Questions? Call Town Hall at 828.295.5200. 

Blowing Rock Fall Classic
September 15th
The annual Blowing Rock Fall Classic 72 mile bike ride is next Saturday. The route begins and ends on Park Avenue, Downtown Blowing Rock. Park Avenue will be closed to traffic from dawn until approximately 4 pm. Please plan ahead, use caution while driving, and watch for cyclists.

Chamber Information and Meetings

Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meet-Up: Monday, September 10th, 5 pm, The Speckled Trout
Blowing Rock Farmers Market: Thursdays, 4-6 pm, Park Avenue
Village Foundation Board Meeting: Thursday, September 6th at 4 pm
Art in the Park: Saturday, September 8th, 10 am-5 pm, Park Avenue, Downtown Blowing Rock
Concert in the Park: Sunday, September 9th, 4-6 pm, Memorial Park, Downtown Blowing Rock
Business After Hours: Tuesday, September 18th at 5:30 pm, The Blowing Rock
Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, September 25th at 8 am
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, October 3rd at 8 am

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

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