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Ribbon Cuttings in Blowing Rock!
Last week ended with
the welcoming of two exciting new businesses to our community!
On Thursday, October
18th, we started off at Tanger Outlets with the grand opening ribbon
cutting celebration for Fireflies. On Friday, October 19th, artist and
gallery owner Mike Gaydon welcomed the community to Martin House
Gallery located on the
second floor of the Martin House. The ribbon cutting and artist reception
was held in the Martin House courtyard.
Representative Roundtable & Candidates
Photo by: Amanda Lugenbell, Blowing Rock TDA
On October 22nd, Representative Virginia
Foxx hosted a roundtable discussion in Blowing Rock, focusing on the
deferred maintenance backlog for the National Park Service. The roundtable
was an opportunity for Representative Foxx to hear from local leaders and
Candidates from eight races appearing on the
November ballot in Watauga County participated in the 2018 Watauga County
Meet the Candidates Forum on October 23rd. The event was co-hosted by the
Blowing Rock and Boone Area Chambers of Commerce. Click here for a full audio archive from the
individual sessions of the forum.
The Local Holiday Gift Guide will be
available at the Chamber, promoted in our newsletter and posted on social
It's FREE advertising!
LAST CHANCE for
the Local Holiday Gift Guide
We want to encourage
everyone to shop local this holiday season! Send us your holiday gift items
or promotionsbefore October
31stto be included in
our stand-alone Local Holiday Gift Guide email blast on November 7th!
submitted to us by October 31st will be included in our local shopping
guide that folks can refer to over and over again! Holiday items and
promotions will not be listed separately in the newsletter, don't miss your
For more events, visit the Blowing Rock
Chamber of Commerce onlinecalendar!
Plan Ahead for
restaurants and eateries will be open for Thanksgiving
dining. We encourage you to
call now for reservations; most seatings will sell out!
Don't miss Christmas in
the Park on Friday, November
23rd and the Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 24th!
local Choose &
Cut Christmas Treeseason gets underway during Thanksgiving weekend. Make time to
get your family tree at a local farm!
The Holiday Stroll Map will be available at
the Chamber, promoted in our newsletter and posted on social media.
It's FREE advertising!
Stroll into the Holidays
This year's Holiday
Stroll will be December 7th, 5 - 8 pm. It's always a lot of fun and people
are ready to shop! The more participants, the merrier! Participants will be
listed on the Holiday Stroll Sip & Shop map for the event.
Signing up to
participate is easy, just email Loni. We can't do this without you! Commitment deadline is December 3rd.
is running a two page editorial spread on WinterFest in their winter 2019
issue. They have a half page ad available within the editorial, in addition
to any size available on both sides of it. The issue also contains an
article on snow sports that promotes visiting the High Country.
N.C. Chamber Chair
David Fountain announced today that Lew Ebert, President & CEO, has
informed the Executive Committee of his intention to retire effective
November 30, 2018. Gary Salamido, current Vice President of Government
Affairs, has been named the Chief Operating Officer and Acting President. Read More
Member Events & News
October 26th at
Join Hunger and
Health Coalition at Blowing Rock Country Club for the Masquerade Ball!
Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, costumes, dancing,
drinks, performances from Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble, fortune
tellers and more!
The 2nd Annual 5K
Run/Walk starts at the American Legion and the route takes you through a
gorgeous Blowing Rock neighborhood. This fun-filled morning includes free
food, music and activities for kids and adults. Press Release
100% of the funds
raised by this event will be used to provide for the needs of breast cancer
patients, survivors and their families in the NC High Country. Register Online
This workshop held
at Mountain Pathways School is for educators interested in learning more
about utilizing the garden as a tool to teach curriculum standards and
promote mindfulness. Participants will learn hands-on skills that will help
them complete school garden projects, come away with easy to implement
lesson plans, and earn CEUs through Appalachian State University's Math and
Science Education Center. Lunch will be provided.
The public is
invited to drop in at Alta Vista Gallery to enjoy the new show (hanging
through November 17th) and to hear Westmoreland discuss his art.
Refreshments will be served. Gallery guests always enjoy hearing from
Westmoreland, who excitedly shares about the painting process. Read Moreor visit the Facebook event.
Bring the family and
stay for the Halloween Spooktacular Event from 5 - 7 pm. Join Tanger
Outlets for a fun, safe, family event! Enjoy trick-or-treating, a scavenger
hunt, fun prizes, DJ, photo booth and more.
15th Annual Carole
Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit
November 2nd, 9 am
- 5 pm
Business owners from
across the region will present and discuss entrepreneurial issues in a full
day of speakers and workshops focused on entrepreneurial inspiration.
The summit will be held in Plemmons Student Union on the campus of
Appalachian State University. This is an opportunity for students of
all majors and community members to meet, network and learn from successful
entrepreneurs. Registration and parking are free.
Now until November
4th, when you purchase a pair of Merrell Footwear at Mast Store, Merrell
will donate funds to fill a backpack with food for the weekend. Hunger and Health
Coalition will then fill
backpacks with kid-friendly foods to last a weekend, when kids are without
the services found in schools and aftercare programs. Read More
Join us in Blowing
Rock for some Halloween family fun! Enjoy a movie, games & funhouse,
hayrides, monster march, trick-or-treating, costume contest, moonlight
scavenger hunt and more! Questions? Call 828.295.5222
NCDOT Wants Public
Input on the Future of Transportation in North Carolina
From now until
November 30th, residents can participate in an online survey and leave
comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges
across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation
in their regions.
connections to key destinations
connections to jobs
bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
Links to both the
survey and interactive map are available at www.ncdot.gov/ncmoves. NCDOT will use the feedback to help shape
the vision and goals for its next long-range transportation plan,
called NC Moves 2050.
Chamber Information and Meetings
Halloween Festival: Saturday, October 27th, 2 pm - 10 pm,
Downtown Blowing Rock
Economic Development Council Meeting: Tuesday, November 6th at 3 pm
Community, Government & Education
Committee Meeting: Tuesday, November
13th at 3:30 pm
Board of Directors Retreat: Thursday, November 15th, 9 am - 3
pm, BRMC Clubhouse and Grill
Business After Hours: Thursday, November 20th at 5:30 pm,
hosted by Blue Ridge Realty & Investments at Blowing Rock Ale House
Christmas Parade: Saturday, November 24th at 2 pm, Downtown
Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 27th at 8 am
Holiday Stroll: Friday, December 7th, 5 - 8 pm, Downtown
Chamber Christmas Party: Tuesday, December 11th at 6 pm, Inn at
All meetings are held in the Chamber
Boardroom unless otherwise noted.