Thursday, June 24, 2021

Weekly Village Update 6.24.21


Chamber News
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Tourism Management Plan - Input Needed
Like many destination towns, Blowing Rock encounters challenges regarding sustainable tourism development. The Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority seeks to turn challenges into opportunities with a proactive Tourism Management Plan. What are the best ways for our community to preserve the things that make it special, while being open to growth? What should that growth look like? We want everyone to be part of this conversation!
Join us for a public presentation & forum with Roger Brooks of Destination Development Association: Assessment Findings & Suggestions Workshop on Thursday, July 1, 8:30 am- 11:00 am at the Blowing Rock American Legion.
Roger Brooks has been hired to help us coordinate the effort required to create a tourism management plan. Mr. Brooks has worked with over 2000 communities across the globe to help them improve the lives of their residents and the experiences of their visitors by finding sustainable solutions. He recently visited to secret shop the town, and he will present his observations at this event. The initial suggestions he will make are based on successes in comparable communities. He will be available for questions after the workshop.
This public presentation is the kickoff to a month of information gathering and immersion. Through July, he will be staying in Blowing Rock to learn all he can about the place we call home. Surveys will be available to all residents and business owners in July, both online and as a printed version. In addition, Mr. Brooks will be conducting interview sessions on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7. Each interview is a listening session for small groups of homeowners, business owners, organizations, frontline employees, etc. If you would like to be part of one of these hour-long discussions with Mr. Brooks, sign up by calling the Blowing Rock TDA at 828-295-4636, or reply to this email.
We look forward to building a plan WITH our incredible community, and can't wait to get started!
4th of July in Blowing Rock
The Blowing Rock Independence Day Parade will be Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00am.
Parking will not be available on Main Street until after the parade to allow more room for spectators. Parking and shuttle service from Tanger Outlets to downtown will be available from 8:00am - 5:00pm the day of the parade.

Want to participate in the parade? Sign your business or organization up here!

Tweeties Railroad will have a public firework display on Sunday, July 4th beginning at 9:30pm.
Member News
Chetola Naturalist Series with Grandfather Mountain
We invite you to join us and the naturalist staff of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation on June 30th at 5:30 pm for a discussion and exploration of the different Rhododendron species found in the High Country. We will share some pollination techniques of our local flowers and learn some interesting facts about Rhododendron species. Participants will have a chance to get a close-up look at some of these flowers and make some observations and discoveries of their own!
*This event is open to the public
Yoga on the Rooftop
We are excited to partner with Mountain Pose Boone to offer Rooftop Yoga Wednesdays from 11:30-12:30 starting June 30th. Come flow with us on the roof of The Horton, which boasts 360-degree views of downtown, campus and mountains. Afterwards, you're invited to soak in that post-yoga glow and take in the sights as you sip a refreshing water infusion on the deck.
We hope you're as eager as we are to practice yoga in this incredible space.
Together, let's do more than take a class. Let's create an experience.
$18 includes yoga plus post-class sip. 
Free mat rental for out-of-town guests. 
Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling ahead to the hotel at 828.832.8060.
High Country Real Estate Report
Housing inventory increased for the second consecutive month in May as total unit sales in the four-county area broke 1,000, a record pace according to the High Country Association of REALTORS© monthly sales report.
A hectic spring buying season was evidenced by the sale of 1,213 homes worth $515.33 million so far this year, a 35 percent increase in unit sales compared to the first five months of 2019. (The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted sales last year, though REALTORS© still sold 815 homes for $250.73 million).
Village Thrift Special Item
Blowing Rock Women's Club has big news! The Buddha Figure pictured here is vintage jade from Tien Shan Mountains and has been appraised by McCoy Minerals Inc for $5,000. Bid on this item to help raise money for local scholarships.
Item will be on display at the shop Saturday, June 26 from 10 to 3. Highest bid above the reserve will win. Bidding ends at 5:00 pm EST Thursday 7/1. Contact Blowing Rock Women's Fund to place bid.
Spectacular Summer Events at The Turchin Center! 
The community is invited to a Summer Exhibition Celebration on July 2 from 6–9 pm. During this debut re-opening event, the Turchin Center will celebrate seven exhibitions in grand style. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and gain an “insider’s view” of the featured exhibitions. This festive evening will include live music by The Mercury Dames and is free and open to the public. The celebration is generously sponsored by Allen Wealth Management, and is dedicated to the memory of Tina Silverstein, a long-standing friend, leader and generous supporter of the Turchin Center’s exhibition, education and outreach programming.
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Upcoming Showcase
 J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
announces Upcoming Showcase of Stars Events
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center has announced several upcoming Showcase of Stars events. The events feature returning favorites as well as some new faces for a variety of entertainment options.

Line up includes: Comedian Chonda Pierce, Masters of Soul, and many more. View the full schedule of events here.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

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