Monday, April 1, 2019

Weekly Village Update 3.28.19

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Chamber Events & News

Talent Jam
Where Talent and Opportunity Meet

Hiring new employees? Connect with local talent at this NEW and FUN approach to a traditional job fair or networking event! Talent Jam is a hyper-local pitch event that allows you 60 seconds to pitch your organization and hiring needs for a group of job seekers and networkers. 
Registration Required
Don't miss out, pitch opportunities are limited. Registration closes Monday, April 1st.

What is Talent Jam
Watch the video above for an overview of Talent Jam.

What does a pitch look like?
Companies looking for talent, and people that have talent, each deliver alternating 60-second pitches. View video samples here: Have Talent | Need Talent

The event is followed by a casual but impactful networking reception.

Family Forward NC Summit
April 1st at 10 am
This summit is for employers, business and community leaders who want to attract and retain top talent, support child health and well-being, help close the skills gap and support future workforce development. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to start or continue conversation and action about benefits within their own organization.

The summit will be held at RTI International's Horizon Building, Research Triangle Park. Tickets are $65, lunch provided.

Financing Your Small Business
April 2nd at 9 am
There are many ways to finance your small business! Herman Metzler of SCORE will discuss several topics including funding sources, loans, venture capital, angel investors, crowdfunding, government grants and more.

The seminar is FREE and will be held at Appalachian Enterprise Center, Boone. RSVP

Guests at panel discussion and afternoon tea at Green Park Inn.
Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge Reaches Halfway Point
The Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge has continued throughout the month of March with a series of valuable programs taking the 14 participants on a whirlwind tour of local culture and infrastructure. Highlights of the past month include a panel discussion at Green Park Inn, government presentations at Town Hall, presentations by Blowing Rock Police Department and Emergency Services, business challenges and opportunities discussion with local business owners, and an education and workforce session.

See photos and catch up with the group on our blog.

Visit the website for a comprehensive schedule of events, seminars, pairing dinners, and to purchase tickets or sign-up to volunteer!

SAVOR Blowing Rock Update
This year’s SAVOR Blowing Rock event is shaping up to be a huge hit! Thanks to all of our members who are working with us to make it more member-centric. Here are a few things to know about this year’s changes to the events:

·     TASTE! A Restaurant Showcase is always popular with locals and tends to sell out. This year we are excited to host it at the outdoor tent at Chetola. We will enjoy food from 15 local restaurants, wine, beer, and music from the ever-popular group “Strictly Clean and Decent”. Purchase tickets before it sells out.
·     The Grand Tasting on Saturday is now called “Vintner’s Village”. We will have over 40 wines representing many different regions throughout the world. Additionally, we will be pairing small bites from local restaurants with the wines on Main Street. Customers will have wristbands and be able to taste, shop, and enjoy live music at our outdoor stage on Laurel Lane courtesy of our friends at Blue Ridge Mountain Club. The event will run from 1 - 5 pm. Local retailers are allowed to have a table to sell their products. No outside vendors will be allowed. Contact Loni for details on how to get involved.
·     Town Tavern will host a beer garden from 12 - 4 pm on Saturday, and The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop will host our distilled spirits in their parking lot from 12 - 4 pm as well.
·     The Reserve Tastings will still be happening at The Inn at Ragged Gardens at 12 pm and 3 pm. These also sell out, so get your tickets soon.
·     Last year’s new event, “Gospel, Grits and Gravy” was a huge success. We will have it again this year at Chetola’s outdoor tent on Sunday starting at 9 am. This year’s event will benefit both of our local food pantries.

We will email a printable schedule to everyone a couple of weeks before the festival.

Pictured: Wendy Patoprsty (BRC Middle Fork Greenway Project Director), Zak Ammar (President, Blowing Rock YP), Caroline Gandy (BRC Development Associate), Emily Brinker (Blowing Rock YP Member and Co-Owner of The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop)
Young Professionals Raise Funds
for Blue Ridge Conservancy
Blowing Rock Young Professionals held a St. Patty's Day fundraiser event to raise money for the Blue Ridge Conservancy. The event raised $571.79.

The YP Group is looking to host quarterly events like this to benefit the community and build relationships.

To get involved visit

Banks Landscaping
Banks Landscaping is owned and operated by Richard and Jenifer Banks. We have over 20 years serving the High Country. We specialize in drainage issues, property cleanup, mulching, tree and shrub installation, boulder walls, stone steps, stone gardens, stone edging, grading, new home landscape installation, driveway repair and much more.

Visit the website or call 828.925.2744 for more information.

Member Events & News

Tweetsie Railroad Opening for the Season and Announcing 2019 Special Event Line-Up
Beginning April 5th, Tweetsie Railroad will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am - 6 pm. 

Make your plans now for these upcoming special events:

·     Meet the Easter Bunny, April 19-21
·     Day Out with Thomas, June 7-16
·     Fireworks Extravaganza, July 4
·     Cool Summer Nights, July 6, 13, 20 ,27
·     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, July 12-14
·     K-9s in Flight, July 20-28
·     Riders in the Sky, August 17-18
·     Railroad Heritage Weekend, August 24-25
·     Ghost Train, September 20-21, 27-28, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
·     Tweetsie Christmas, November 22-23, 29-30, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

Coffee Club
March 29th at 8:30 am
Join Billy Chick, Edward Jones Financial Advisor the last Friday of each month through April for a brief presentation on current events in the market and economy. An informal discussion to follow. Meet in the conference room at Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Complimentary breakfast by Famous Toastery will be served.

Questions? Call 828.295.6176.

Made in the Mountains Quilt Event
March 29th - 31st
Whether you're a seasoned quilter or a new adventurer, this quilt event is unlike any other you'll find in the NC mountains!
The 2019 Made in the Mountains Quilt Event is presented by the Blowing Rock Quilt Cooperative, Roey's Quilts and The Mountain Thread Company. It will take place in downtown Blowing Rock.

Blue Ridge Parkway Season Preview Event
April 3rd, 4 - 6 pm
The public is invited to an open house style event at the American Legion building. Meet National Park Service staff and learn more about the Blue Ridge Parkway with a "behind the scenes" look. Parkway Superintendent J.D. Lee along with other representatives of the Parkway's management team, staff and partners will discuss upcoming projects.The event will highlight over 20 information stations with park staff and partners at each station to answer questions.

Movies at the Museum: The Flavor of Place
April 4th at 6 pm
Join Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in welcoming award-winning food writer, Sheri Castle who will be inviting us to consider what it means to be a locavore and why this choice matters. To provide context for this conversation, we will be watching and discussing themes from the Lexicon of Food series presented by PBS and created by the Lexicon of Sustainability project. The selected short films encourage us to think about how food can have a sense of place, and why we might care about where exactly the food that we eat comes from.

Fly Tie & Fish Fry Picnic
April 5th, 6 - 9 pm
Chetola Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Services is hosting a fish fry with fly tying lessons to kick-off the start of trout season. Enjoy a bonfire, s'mores, beer tent and more. Picnic will be held at Timberlake's Patio & Lakeside Lawn. Call 828.295.5505 to RSVP.

At the Trout Derby the next day, a Chetola Sporting Reserve Outdoor Programs Representative will spend the afternoon offering young trout derby participants at Broyhill Park an array of demos, clinics and contests. Read More

Spring Exhibition Celebration
April 5th, 6 - 10 pm
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University invites the community to a Spring Exhibition Celebration. The public is invited to engage, discover and connect through the arts at the Turchin Center, where the festivities will include costumed dancers and live music in the Main Gallery, refreshments and a cash bar. During this event the Turchin Center will celebrate four exhibitions and many of the artists will be on-hand to meet visitors and provide insight into their intriguing work. This event is free and open to the public. Read More

More events can be found on our online calendar.

Newsletter submissions must be received no later than 5 pm Tuesday prior to publication and meet guidelines.

Chamber Information and Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, April 3rd at 8 am
Talent Jam - Work It Watauga: Thursday, April 4th at 5 pm, Ransom in Boone
After Hours Mega Networking Event: Tuesday, April 23rd at 5:30, Linville Falls Winery
Vision Northwest North Carolina: Wednesday, May 22nd at 8 am, Appalachian State University

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

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