Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Weekly Village Update 7.1.21


Chamber News
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

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.
Symphony Tickets - BUY NOW
Symphony by the Lake tickets are selling fast!

We are a few weeks away from the event and expect to sell out very soon! Get your tickets before it's too late.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Email Nikki to sign up at intern@blowingrock.com
Home Improvement Loan
Get your home improvement projects started faster with a new financing options from First Citizens Bank. Our unsecured Home Improvement Loans can help you get the funds you need to keep you renovations on track. Best of all, these loans are available through a simplified application process so you can set your project in motion sooner.

Contact Brittany Miller at our local branch for more information at 828.295.9432.
Member News
Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals
Join Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals at their new location on HWY 421 in Boone to celebrate their grand opening and fundraiser for the Watauga Children's Council.

$5 raffle tickets will enter you to win a Green Mountain Grill (TREK) with a cart and accessories!
BRAHM To-G0 Podcast
Our first season will focus on the exhibit, The Way Watauga Works, where we profiled people who work or recently retired from working in Watauga County, North Carolina. This exhibit delves deeper into the meaning behind work and community.
 Today we have an interview with Glenn Bolick. Glenn is a master potter, 5th generation saw miller, musician, storyteller, North Carolina Folk Life Heritage Award Winner and national hollering champion multiple times over. This interview was conducted by myself and project photographer Ashley Warren, sat down with Glenn in a 19h century log cabin schoolhouse on his property in Caldwell County in February 2018. Glenn is co-owner with his wife Lula Belle of Bolick & Traditions Pottery located on Main Street in Blowing Rock. This interview was part of the exhibit the Way Watauga Works and the questions and responses focus on Glenn’s work history.
BRAHM To Go is produced by Willard Watson, with support from Maako Shiratori. Music by Melissa Edd. The Way Watauga Works was made possible with support by the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibition Service, Museum on Main Street, and NC Humanities. 
Artist in Residence
 This week's Artists in Residence is Ineke Thomas, Mixed Media Infused Fiber Art. Years of quilt making allowed Ineke to look at fibers in new ways as she began constructing abstract fiber and mixed media art. Her current fiber art pieces are no longer attached to canvas only, but also to wormy chestnut bark and sometimes to rusted metal. Her work may include the use of pottery, small pieces of copper tubing and other unconventional materials. Ineke has participated in both regional and national art shows and competitions, both with fellow artists and in solo exhibits.
Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage continues through September 19 and is open every day.
App Summer Fest Kick Off!
The wait is over! Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival (AASF), kicks off its 37th season on Friday, July 2, 2021. The festival — a monthlong whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming — is excited to offer a full schedule of events from July 2-31 with a variety of in-person outdoor and indoor performances, along with additional livestreaming and virtual options. Visual arts and comedy take center stage on opening weekend to welcome the return of audiences (in socially distanced seating configurations) to Boone with a celebration of new Turchin Center exhibitions and a performance by acclaimed comedian Paula Poundstone! 
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.
Watauga Arts Council
The King Street Art Collective presents Forma Cava, an exhibition of work by Richard Elaver and Wayne Sutton. Their artwork is inspired by shapes and patterns in nature, transformed into sculptural and functional objects. Join on opening reception July 2, 5-8pm. The exhibition will run until August 14th, 2021.
About the work: While the artists use distinct materials and techniques—including wood carving, metal fabrication, and 3D printing—both Wayne and Richard create biomorphic forms. Richard’s work involves cellular patterns, creating voids and crevices that invite the viewer through the object. Wayne’s work merges clean lines with organic complexity, reflecting the tension between man and the environment. The exhibition features previous and new work by both artists, as well as recent collaborative works.
Show Info: Location - King Street Art Collective, 585 West King Street, Boone NC. 
Dates: July 2 – August 14
Gallery Hours: 11am-5pm Thursday - Saturday
Opening Reception: July 2, 5-8pm, during the First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Boone.
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 31st at 5pm 
Ashe Bash - July 9
A FREE musical extravaganza and community celebration, held on the steps of the (new) Ashe County Courthouse. Family-friendly entertainment and fun for all ages! Food trucks will be on site; no alcohol or pets, please.

Show begins at 8:00pm at the Courthouse in Jefferson - 150 Government Circle, Jefferson
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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