Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Weekly Village Update 9.2.21


Chamber News
Upcoming Activities & Meetings
  • Blowing Rock Farmers Market - Today from 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Tanger Labor Day Block Party - September 3-6th from 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Art in the Park - September 11th from 10am - 5pm
  • Concerts in the Park - September 12th from 4pm-6pm
  • Business After Hours at Mystery Hill with Boone Area Chamber - September 16th
Town of Blowing Rock Mask Mandate
On Tuesday, August 24th the Blowing Rock Town Council held an emergency meeting to discuss COVID-19. In this meeting Council voted 5-0 to make face masks mandatory within town limits while indoors in an public facility (retail, restaurants, office, etc.).

The State of Emergency Declaration requiring Face Masks to be worn indoors in public buildings will begin Friday, August 27th at 5:00pm and will remain effect until further notice.

App Regional Healthcare System Update
According to the CDC (August 6), the best way to reduce the chances of severe illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to be vaccinated. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available through ARHS for adults age 18 and older at the following locations. On August 13, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a COVID vaccine 3rd dose to provide additional protection for certain immunocompromised individuals. 
If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please call AppFamily Medicine in Boone at 828-386-2222 or Baker Center for Primary Care in Linville at 828-737-7711.
Career Center Resources
Community Calendar Dates & Photos
We need public event and meeting dates for the 2022 Blowing Rock Community Calendar! Send event information by October 1.
Photos are also being accepted for inclusion. This year's image theme is buildings: whether they are historical or simply unique to Blowing Rock. Final images are selected based on quality and aesthetic variety. All images must be horizontal, high resolution, and printable to at least 10.5" x 8". If you'd like to submit an image for consideration, send by September 15.
All event dates and image submissions go to amanda@visitblowingrock.com.
Blowing Rock School Playground Restroom
The Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge Class of 2019 has finally completed their class project!

The Restroom at the Blowing Rock School Playground is open from 9am-6pm seven days a week. The restroom will be maintained by Blowing Rock School and the Town of Blowing Rock.

Please join the Chamber on Monday, September 20th at 5pm for the official ribbon cutting.
Member News
New Members
The mission of Atlas Brown, 8-year entrepreneur, is to use 100% of the profits of her lemonade sales to go toward creating brighter futures for Watauga County’s homeless. Atlas is featured in this week’s The Blowing Rocket
The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop of Blowing Rock has been bringing the joy of friendship and food to the High Country for many years. They have recently coupled that joy with their love for adventure in the great outdoors through the launch of The Speckled Trout Outfitters. Guided by native Joel Brown and local chef and guide Michael Foreman, fishermen will find themselves not only catching trophy fish from local waters, but enjoying a world class guided adventure
Appalachian Outfitters
As the newest store at Tanger Outlets, Appalachian Outfitters offers all of the brands you love including Kavu, Life is Good, Simply Southern, Local Boy, Legacy, and many more.
In addition to a large selection of Boone and Blowing Rock area hats and apparel, they also feature a wide variety of collegiate & professional sports team licensed merchandise
Located in Boone, the Health & Beauty House offers highly skilled salon experts for all hair and Aesthetic services.
Residential Members
Al & Velda Shackelford
Retired from Pine Mountain, Georgia, Al & Velda have settled here in Blowing Rock and look forward to getting involved the events of our community
Food Hub Pick Up in Blowing Rock
The High Country Food Hub is excited to announce their first Satellite Pickup Location at the Blowing Rock Farmer's Market, launching on Thursday, September 2, from 3-6pm on Park Ave. Order from local farms on the online marketplace by Monday, August 30 at highcountryfoodhub.org and be sure to select Thursday pickup at the Blowing Rock Farmer's Market in your account overview. Delivering fresh, local food to your community! Contact: Katie Ferrell at katie@brwia.org with questions. See you at the market!
Alair Homes Good Neighbor Day
The Alair Homes Good Neighbor Day event is right around the corner on Saturday, September 26th from 3-6pm! Come out for
a fun afternoon with live music, a birdhouse craft station, lawn games, a bounce
house, and much more! The proceeds from this event will go to support the Hunger
and Health Coalition’s A Simple Gesture Program, Mountain Alliance, Middle Fork
Greenway, and Lemonade For Change.
CCC & TI Free Webinar
Free CCC&TI Small Business Center Webinar, Sept. 14, 9am: Don’t Miss This Official Grow With Google Marketing Webinar Designed to Grow Your Business in 2021!

Now more than ever, businesses and nonprofits need to know how to reach and engage with customers online - to continue to generate leads, make sales, and grow revenue. Led by Grow With Google Speaker and Trainer Demming Bass, this is a “can’t miss” webinar customized for local businesses and nonprofits including additional ideas and strategies on how to market online in a post-pandemic world.

As a bonus, ALL ATTENDEES will receive up to $150 in Google Matching Ad Credit (first-time users only) to immediately market their business with the lessons they learn and apply. In this webinar, you will learn how to:
- Create a free Google My Business profile and how to engage with customers
- Improve your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
- Implement simple, but effective, best practices for content marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing
- especially during the COVID-19 crisis
- Advertise your business through Google via Smart Campaigns (and the perfect ad formula)

Attendees will walk away with free tools, a proven plan, and messaging strategies they can implement in their marketing immediately - no matter their level of marketing "know-how" or expertise. But hurry! Spots are limited and will go fast.
Artist in Residence
Artists in Residence continues, a daily event to recommend! This week's Artists in Residence is Fredrick Craig Franz, Landscapes in Oil and Soft Pastels. A forty-two year resident of the High Country, Frederick ‘Craig’ Franz’s home in Avery County is a landscape artist’s dream. Working in soft pastels and oils, his award-winning paintings are created both plein air and in the studio. 
Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage continues through September 19 and is open every day.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email Suzy@BlowingRock.com by Wednesday.

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