Thursday, May 16, 2019

Weekly Village Update 5.16.19

Chamber Events & Opportunities

Next Business After Hours
Sky Valley Zip Tours
May 21st at 5:30 pm
Check out the zip line facility and Camp Sky Ranch event space. Enjoy catering by Reid's and Happy Trailers' tap trailer. Discounted zip tours are available before and after the event for Chamber members - a 3 pm Canopy Tour ($50) and a 7:30 pm Night Flight ($40 - sunset views!). Ten slots remain for the Canopy Tour and five slots remain for Night Flight; spots are booked first come, first served. Call 828.264.0002 to snag a zip tour space before or after the event!

Gallery C Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, May 22nd at 4 pm
Help us welcome Gallery C to Blowing Rock. They will be opening a summer kiosk in SouthMarke. Join us for refreshments and a preview!

Savor T-shirts are still available!
We have limited sizing still available of the Savor Blowing Rock t-shirts! Stop by the Chamber to purchase (Women's cut $20 and Unisex $15) M-F between 9 am - 5 pm.

Sizes still available:
·     Women’s Cut: Large, XL & XXL
·     Unisex: Large, XL, XXL

Vision Northwest North Carolina
May 22, 8 am - 6 pm
Economic Leadership for 2020 and Beyond
Register now for this one-day summit that will highlight local trends in economic, workforce and talent development.

Featured panels include:
·     Beyond Borders: lessons learned and opportunities shared from development-minded leaders in the region and beyond.
·     May the Force Stay with You: discussion regarding workforce development trends, employee retention and benefit strategies in the Northwest prosperity zone.
·     Build Your Future: focus on talent development and trends in training/education of the workforce of tomorrow.

Symphony by the Lake Tents
There are a few tent party locations in the center section that are not yet reserved. This is a great opportunity to host a private party or to promote your business or non-profit organization to an audience of 3,000+. More info and pricing can be viewed on the Symphony website. Please contact Sarah for details on availability.

Welcome new member:
MountainBound Fly Guides!
MountainBound Fly Guides is a fly fishing guide service out of the Boone area of NC. We offer wade trips, float trips, casting lesions, and several specialty trips. Our goal is to meet the needs of all types of fly fishing adventurers, those experienced or those just wanting to learn. Our guides are ready to get you out on the water, to enjoy all that nature in the High Country has to offer, and provide you with an experience you will never forget! We are open to any suggestions you may have to customize your trip, so feel free to mention those to us. Let us share our passion for the sport with you! 

John Dean, Owner/Guide

April Sales Up Over Last Year!
Through the first four months of the year, local Realtors sold 649 homes worth $193.75 million. That’s an increase of 3 percent from this time last year (629 homes sold worth $163.13 million), and up 22 percent from 2017 (533 homes worth $137 million).

For more information contact the High Country Association of Realtors® at or call (828) 262-5437.

Farmer's Market Begins Next Week, May 23rd
Every Thursday, May 23 - Sept 26
3 - 6 pm
Park Ave. in Blowing Rock

Member Events & News

Plein Air Festival comes to town this weekend, May 16th - 18th
There will be approximately 60 artists in the area painting outside for this event. The Wet Paint Show & Sale follows on the evening of May 18th at BRAHM from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, and the public is invited to view the exhibit and make purchases of work created during the festival. A special, ticketed Patron Preview is available from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. 

Back 2 School Festival Kickoff
May 23rd - Students need your help!
The Back 2 School Festival will be holding its annual kick-off on May 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the F.A.R.M. CafĂ© in Boone. Whether you sign up to sponsor, volunteer your time, collect supplies, or all of the above, we need all hands on deck to make sure all Watauga County students have the chance to succeed.

Village Cafe Open Memorial Day Monday
Village Cafe will be open on Memorial Day from 8 am - 2 pm.

Email to share your Memorial Day hours with the Visitor Center staff.

More events can be found on our online calendar.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.
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Chamber Information and Meetings

·     Business After Hours: Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 pm, Sky Valley Zip Tours
·     Vision Northwest North Carolina: Wednesday, May 22 at 8 am, Appalachian State University
·     Ribbon Cutting for Gallery C: Wednesday, May 22 at 4 pm
·     Chamber Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 11 at 8 am
·     Business Before Hours: First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock, June 12 at 8:30 am
·     Art in the Park: May 25, June 15, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 7, Oct 5

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

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