by Madison V. Fisler
March 26, 2014. What started last summer as a summertime music series on the veranda has become a year-round Sunday tradition for many High Country residents and visitors.
Every Sunday at 6 p.m., the music gets started at the new Green Park Inn and the guests flock to the tunes to enjoy an evening of music and great food.
“I wouldn’t exactly call them concerts,” said Lorry Mulhern, General Manager of the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock.
“What it is, is Sunday music. We started it last summer and we were going to carry it through Labor Day, but it became so popular that we kept it through the end of October, and then some local people asked us to keep it going through the winter, so we did, and we are still going.”
The small summer event soon became a year-round one, keeping folks returning every week even through the snowy winter to enjoy music of The Harris Brothers, The Neighbors, Mountain Radio and more.
“At this point, we are just going to keep it going year round,” Mulhern said. “We have it on Sunday nights, but in addition we also have something we call the Green Plate Special. It’s a full, chef-made meal that includes salad and entree for just $12.95. It’s a chef’s choice, and its from our new chef Steve Birgel in the Chestnut Grille.”
Music starts at 5 p.m. every Sunday night and runs until 8 p.m. Winter hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are 6-9 p.m.
This is a great chance for High Country residents and visitors to check out the completely remodeled Chestnut Grille.
“I don’t think a lot of people realize that we totally remodeled our Chestnut Grille and renamed it. We also went to a casual dining atmosphere and price point,” Mulhern said.
“For the first few years we were open it was the Laurel Room and it was fine dining. We really wanted to make it more approachable for more people, so we did just that.”
Today, the Chestnut Grille is a casual dining experience that features the beautiful wood that much of the Green Park Inn is made of, Chestnut.
“There was a time when the Green Park Inn played an important role in the social fabric of Blowing Rock,” Mulhern said.
“We have seen this as an aspect of that, or an outgrowth of our effort to restore the historic ties. We have always been committed to that. We host live piano music every Friday and Saturday night, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a guest at the Green Park Inn to come and enjoy it.”
Mulhern sincerely encourages anyone who has not been to come and try it out.
“I would really encourage people to come out if they haven’t been yet,” Mulhern said. “We have heard a lot of buzz over the past years that people are happy that the Green Park Inn has been saved and she is being restored, but I would really like them to come and have a look and really experience the New Green Park Inn as well. Between free music and a $12.95 chef-made dinner on a Sunday night, you really can’t go wrong.”
For more information about the Sunday music or the Green Park Inn itself, click here.
To check out the music schedule, click here.