Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Weekly Village Update 4.29.21


Chamber News
New Executive Order
On April 28, Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. gave an update on the state’s current data, trends and vaccination progress. As the state’s metrics and key indicators remain stable, Gov. Cooper also signed an Executive Order outlining safety measures for the month of May. Executive Order No. 209 will take effect April 30 and is set to expire June 1.

Under the new Executive Order, masks will still be required indoors but are no longer mandated outdoors. Masks are still strongly recommended outdoors by NCDHHS in crowded areas and higher risk settings where social distancing is difficult. 
Executive Order No. 209 will also increase mass gathering capacity limits. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 50 to 100 and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 100 to 200. Occupancy limits currently in place will remain the same. See more information in the FAQ document on the Executive Order.
As more North Carolinians get vaccinated and adhere to safety protocols over the course of the next month, the state anticipates lifting more restrictions on June 1. As of Thursday, 48.7 percent of adults are at least partially vaccinated, and 39.2 percent are fully vaccinated. More than 77.6 percent of people 65 and older have had at least one shot.  

For more information on COVID-19 in Watauga County, visit
Art in the Park
Art in the Park begins Saturday, May 22nd.

Art in the Park is located on Park Ave in downtown Blowing Rock and is open the public from 10am - 5pm.

Free Admission. Free Trolley Shuttle from Tanger.

For more information on Art in the Park and Covid-19 protocols, please visit our website.
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

  • Ribbon Cutting & Open House: The Manor Hotel- May 5th
  • Ribbon Cutting: Robbins Trail at The Blowing Rock - May 6th
  • IMC Legacy Trail Clean Up - May 8th
  • Town Council Meeting - May 11th
Member News
Two Ribbon Cuttings Next Week!
Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening on Wednesday, May 5th of The Manor Hotel located at 567 Main St, Blowing Rock. Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 4:30pm followed by an open house till 6:00pm.
Join the Chamber on Thursday, May 6th at 4:30pm for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The Blowing Rock for the opening of the Robbins Trail!
Appalachian Summer Festival
Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival (AASF), proudly celebrates its 37th season from July 2-31, 2021. This monthlong whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming has emerged as one of the nation’s leading regional arts festivals. After last summer’s transition to all-virtual programming, the festival is pleased to return to a full schedule of events featuring a variety of in-person outdoor and indoor performances, along with additional livestreaming and virtual options. Tickets for festival events will be available online and at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office beginning Monday, May 10 at 9am. For more information, visit or call the box office at 828-262-4046.
The Turchin Center Opening
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University
will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 4 pm beginning May 13. A timed reservation/ticketing entry system will be used in order to ensure the health and safety of museum visitors and staff. Admission is free; however, reservations are requested. Visitors with reservations will be given priority for entry, although visitors are also
welcome on a walk-in basis, when capacity allows. Open hours will be expanded as it is deemed to be safe to do so. For more information about protocols and procedures as well as to make a reservation for timed entry, visit
Pawfect Pets Photo Contest
Welcome to the first annual Community Care Clinic pet photo contest: Pawfect Pets for Community Health!
$20 to ENTER
$1 To VOTE (Unlimited voting!)

Funds raised will support free healthcare for low-income people in the northwest NC and East TN region who do not have health insurance. A small portion of funds raised will be donated to the Watauga Human Society to support our neighbors who help match animals with their furever homes.

Categories include: Squeeze your face, All Dressed up, Weirdo Pets, Furever Besties

Spring Cocktails at The Horton
The Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge has release their Spring Cocktail Menu!

Join them Thursday - Sunday to taste these spring inspired creations
Laugh Magic Parlor
Step into Lyndy’s Laugh Magic Parlor for an intimate one-man show and experience an evening of magic and comedy. No big stage or production and no rabbits or tigers– but a masterful blend of humor, sleight of hand and audience participation performed in an intimate setting. Join Lyndy for a 75 minute magical journey that begins with a simple coin trick and continues with the impossible performed from only a few feet away.

An Intimate Magic & Comedy Experience
Saturdays, 8pm (May thru October)
Holiday Inn Express, Boone
$35 pp
We're Hiring!
Visit the Blowing Rock Job Opportunities Facebook group to see job postings from Westglow, Meadowbrook Inn, The Manor and more! This Facebook group is monitored by the Chamber and for Chamber members to share employment opportunities.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

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