Friday, October 8, 2021

Weekly Village Update 9.30.21


Chamber News
Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • Blowing Rock Farmers Market - Today from 3:00pm - 6:00pm - Last One of the Season!
  • Music on the Lawn - October 1st at 5:30pm - Last One of the Season!
  • Art in the Park - October 2nd from 10am - 5pm - Last One of the Season!
  • Concerts in the Park - October 3rd from 4:00pm - 6:00pm - Last One of the Season!
  • Blowing Rock Candidates Forum - October 4th at 5:30pm
  • BR Chamber Board Meeting - October 6th at 8:30am
  • Town Council Meeting - October 12th at 6:00pm
  • Blowing Rock Young Professionals - October 13th @ 5:00pm
  • BR Chamber Membership Committee Meeting - October 14th at 4:30pm
Blowing Rock Candidates Forum
October 4th, 5:30pm, Blowing Rock School Auditorium
The Blowing Rock Candidates Forum is open to the public and will provide the community an opportunity to meet and hear from the Candidates for Town Council and Mayor.

Do you have questions or important discussion topics you'd like to see covered at the forum? Email
This event is hosted by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Challenge Alumni.
Mayor Charlie Sellers, un-opposed (I)
Town Council Candidates
Nancy Collins
Pete Gherini
Doug Matheson (I)
Melissa Pickett

Polls will be open from 6:30am - 7:30pm on the day of the election, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Blowing Rock Town Hall.
Become a Chamber Board Member
The Chamber has a few board vacancies to fill. The Chamber board has a distribution of seats among business sectors. Terms are two years with an option of renewing up to three terms. If you are interested in serving along with other Blowing Rock business community leaders on the Chamber board, please email Charles Hardin at or call to get more information.
Chamber members may nominate any other Chamber member or you may nominate yourself. If you nominate someone else, please let them know that we will contact them. 
Restaurant Hours
With unpredictable staffing and abrupt changes in travel patterns due to covid-19, restaurant hours have been changing often. The Chamber of Commerce is currently maintaining a listing of Blowing Rock restaurant hours. The hours are updated weekly. Bookmark this page for reference so you can help your guests and customers when they are looking for dining! 

Career Center Resources
Watauga Covid-19 Update
 In areas with substantial and high transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant, and to protect others. Watauga County is considered an area of High transmission.

AppHealthCare offers COVID-19 testing by drive-thru Monday through Friday 8:30-10:00am at each of our clinic locations. No appointment is needed.

Submit Newsletter Information
Submit your news or events to by Wednesday at Noon to be included in the Weekly Village Update.

Submissions must include graphic or photo, link to event or member website and event/promotional information.
Member News
Welcome New Members!
SunPro Solar
Matthew Sobol (Boone) 919-213-1225
Sunpro Solar is a leading solar power provider. SUNPRO solar is leading the way in providing clean, renewable energy that will not only reduce the burning of fossil fuels, but will save you money, while increasing the value of your home.
Residential Member
Jim Walters, Jr. (Lenoir)
Air Force Veteran, 30 years with Bank of America, 15 years producing golf products (great golf and now has settled in his passion for woodworking in his retirement.
The Schaefer Center Presents
The Schaefer Center Presents (SCP) performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, welcomes Tony-winning performer, writer, comedian and activist Sarah Jones, in An Evening with Sarah Jones, on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Jones is known for her powerful and wickedly funny multi-character, one-person shows, including Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Meryl Streep, and the critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 faculty/staff, $5 students, and free for all App State students (ticket issued in person with proof of student I.D.). A livestream option is also available at $15 per household.
Festival of Trees
Western Youth Network is looking for participants for their annual Festival of Trees event.

Click here for more information and to register! All proceeds from the event support Western Youth Network.
High Country Breast Cancer Foundation
High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is hosting their annual fundraiser virtually this year on October 30th. Register online to participate.

The High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce our first-ever DECORATE THE BRA CONTEST!!
Put your creative juices together and join in the fun as we honor our breast cancer survivors! All decorated bras must be received no later than October 29. We will also be posting on social media all bras we receive.
If the Foundation receives 50 decorated bras, the winner of the Decorate the Bra contest will receive a $1,000 (!!!!) cash prize.
If we do not hit our 50-bra goal, the winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
So, let's get started!! Decorate those bras and send them over to the Foundation in the following ways:
Drop off your decorated bra at Allen Tate Real Estate, 6236 US Hwy 321 S, in Blowing Rock, or the Allen Tate Real Estate Office at 736 W. King Street in Boone. Or, if you are out of town, please mail your decorated bra to the Allen Tate Blowing Rock office, attention Irene Sawyer.
Let's all join in the fun, as we celebrate the 5th year anniversary of the Foundation!!
BR Young Professionals Event
This Fall, October 13th is your lucky day because Blowing Rock Brewing and BRAHM are releasing the product of their creative collaboration to the world - Cloudland Lager. A classic American lager that is as smooth as the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge and crisp as an autumn breeze, Cloudland will take you to the mountains one sip at a time. Join us from 5 - 7 pm for Blowing Rock's newest beer and a selection of tasty hors d'oeurves provided by the brewery.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

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Thank you to our 2021 Chamber Partners!

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