Thursday, August 22, 2019

Weekly Village Update 8.22.19

Upcoming Chamber Events
Farmer's Market every Thursday on Park Ave. 3-6 pm

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on the Chamber Lawn
August 27th at 5 pm

Art in the Park - September 7th & October 5th
Concert in the Park (Memorial Park) - September 8th & October 6th at 4 pm

Business Before Hours at the Community Club Library
September 11th at 8:30 am

Business After Hours at Blowing Rock Medical Park
September 17th at 5:30 pm

Partner Appreciation Dinner at Best Cellar
September 24th at 6 pm - email Loni if you are interested in partnership

Downtown Kiosks Receive 10,000+ Visitor Interactions in 2018!
In partnership with the TDA, we are constantly promoting our members through our digital kiosks downtown. After working out a few kinks in the beginning, these units have been so well received by visitors that Meridian Kiosks (the company that installed the kiosks) is using Blowing Rock in their marketing videos including interviews with Loni Miller and Tracy Brown. Check it out!

CCC&TI Offers Online Courses for Small Business
Online Training opportunities in September
9/10 – Basics of Bookkeeping – 6pm-8pm (Live Online)

9/12 – How to Start a Business – 6pm-8pm (Live Online)

Help Wanted: 2020 Census Takers
While the next census itself will be taken in 2020, the Census Bureau is already recruiting to fill important positions. They plan to recruit and employ thousands of Americans as Census Takers throughout the country. All counties are still in need of applicants! 

Member News

A Simple Gesture: The next food donation date is this Friday, August 23rd!
Donation drop off site: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce

1 in 4 children in the High Country do not get enough to eat on a regular basis. The Hunger and Health Coalition has an impactful program that we support, and they need non-perishable item donations.

1.  Sign up at to receive a donation bag. They bring it to you!
2.  Fill the bag with non-perishable items, when you can.
3.  Volunteers from Hunger & Health will pickup the donations from the Chamber every other month.

You can also sign-up to volunteer on their website.

Art of Living Hosts World-Renowned Authors

International bestselling author and spiritual teacher, don Miguel Ruiz, has shared his family’s teachings globally through the books of Toltec wisdom which have sold over 10 million copies alone in the United States, and been published in 40 languages worldwide. His sons don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz have joined together for this unique workshop to share the wisdom from The Mastery of Love book in which don Miguel Ruiz illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships.

Tweetsie Railroad Heritage Weekend
August 24th - 25th

A once-a-year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages! Celebrate the golden age of railroad behind Tweetsie's historic coal-fired steam locomotives. Special attractions for rail fans, plus enjoy all of the Wild West Adventure that Tweetsie has to offer!

Gamekeeper Hosts Sommelier Series
August 25th: Italy
5 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us for an intimate evening exploring some of the best wines Italy has to offer. Our in-house sommelier, Ryan ‘Mac’ MacDonald, will guide us through a paired wine tasting with details and notes for each wine tasted. Our chefs have expertly paired each wine with a small bite from the Gk kitchen. 

Limited seats available, please purchase tickets to confirm your place at the table. Each event is $50 per person.

Upcoming series dates:
Sept. 8th: Western US
Sept. 22nd: Eastern US
Oct. 6th: Australia & New Zealand
Oct. 20th: South America

Register for the 20th Annual Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K Run / Walk (Mayview Madness)
Race Date: September 21st
8 am - 5K run / walk
9 am - 1 mile kids fun run

Register by September 1st to guarantee your preferred race t-shirt size!

Out of town? Register for a VIRTUAL RACE and run or walk your 5k wherever you want to support BRC! (T-shirt + shipping included!): $20.00 per runner.

Watauga Humane Society's Annual Fur Ball at Blowing Rock Country Club
Friday, Sept. 14 from 5 pm - 10:30 pm
Celebrating our 50th with a 50s theme!

Contact Alice Roess for more information:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 pm
Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, “The Schaefer Center Presents…” kicks off its 2019-20 season with a high-energy concert by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets to Preservation Hall Jazz Band are available at the Schaefer Center Box Office or online at For more information, visit or call 828-262-4046.

James H. Fisher International Grand Prix Coming to Blowing Rock
World-class competitors from multiple countries will be invited to Blowing Rock for the $50,000 James H. Fisher International Grand Prix on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the L.M. Tate Show Grounds, starting at 2 pm.

The day will feature action on the track, but also a Calcutta auction, with the winner receiving several prizes that will be announced later. All Calcutta proceeds go to charity. Also featured will be live music and food trucks.Tickets are $75 for premium seats, which includes a special luncheon at 11 a.m., reserved box seating and valet parking. General admission is $10. For ticket information, visit or email

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