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Changes in Blowing Rock: Walk-in Reception To Wish Outgoing Manager Well, New Building Inspector Hired

July 12, 2013. Here is a weekly update from the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Along with wishing Scott Hildebran, who is stepping down from his town manager’s post, well and welcoming a new building inspector, many things are happening in Blowing Rock in the coming days. 

Goodbye Scott!
Scott Hildebran is leaving his position as Blowing Rock Town Manager effective July 12, following 10+ years of service to our town. Scott will become Assistant City Manager in Morganton. A walk-in reception will be held in Town Hall on Friday, July 12. Stop by and wish Scott well and thank him for his service to our town.

Planning & Inspections Welcomes New Building Inspector
We would like to welcome John Warren as Building Inspector for Blowing Rock. John previously served as Building Inspector with the town from 2000-2006 and also with the Town of Boone. He is a state licensed electrical contractor, holds State of NC Level Three certificates in building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical and also possesses a State Level One certificate in fire. John is a native of Watauga County and he and his family live in Vilas. Welcome John!

Seminar Has Been Cancelled
The Affordable Healthcare Seminar scheduled to be held at The New Public House has been cancelled due to President Obama pushing back the employer mandate until January 1, 2015. A new seminar will be rescheduled at a future date.

Chamber Events:

Art in the Park
American Legion Grounds
July 13, 10:00am-5:00pm

Homes In The Village
American Legion Grounds
July 13, 12:00-5:00pm (Houses available to preview)

Concert In The Park – Pop Ferguson (Blues)
Memorial Park (American Legion if it rains)
July 14, 4:00pm
More Info…

Help Us Help You – Realtors
Chamber Board Room
July 18, Noon

Symphony By The Lake at Chetola
Chetola Lake
July 26, Gates open at 5:30pm

Help Us Help You (Non-Profits/Community Organizations)
Blowing Rock Chamber
August 1, 4:00pm

Chamber Meetings:

Membership Committee
Chamber Board Room
July 17, 3:00pm

Executive Committee
Chamber Board Room
Tuesday, July 23, 3:00pm

Business Support
Chamber Board Room
Thursday, July 25, 9:00am

Board Meeting
Chamber Board Room
Wednesday, August 7, 8:00am

Member & Area News:

The 90th Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show
Hunter Jumper Division 
The L. M. Tate Horse Show Grounds
July 23-28, 8:00am-5:00pm 
July 31-August 4, 8:00am-5:00pm
More Info…

Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain Campground
Featuring The STEELDRIVERS, David Holt & Josh Goforth, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Tim Carter “BANG BANG” Tour, Melissa Reaves & the Willy’s, George Harper & the Awesome Bastards, Charly Horse, Mel Jones and his bag of Bones and More! Camping Available at Campground.
August 2-3
More info and schedule: www.musicfestatbluebearmountain.com

Schaefer Popular Series Kicks Off with Idina Menzel, July 18
An Appalachian Summer Festival’s Schaefer Popular Series kicks off with Broadway superstar and Glee sensation Idina Menzel at the Grand Opening of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on July 18 at 8pm. More Info…

Other Schaefer Popular Series Events:
Boz Scaggs:  More Info…
Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group: More Info…
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin with special guest Suzanne Vega: More Info…

To purchase tickets or view other festival events, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.appsummer.org

Altapass Foundation Annual Dinner/Dance Fundraiser
The Altapass Foundation’s Annual Dinner/Dance will be held on Friday, August 16, from 6 to 9:30pm. This year’s theme is The Great Gatsby. The event will feature entertainment by Brian Gurl and Band. Dinner will be catered by Switzerland Café. The cost is $75 per person with proceeds going to the Altapass Foundation. Beer and wine will be available. Come dressed in the styles of the Roaring Twenties and compete in the Best Male/Female Costume and Best Male/Female Charleston competitions. There will also be a trivia contest and a silent auction for the privilege of a dance with the winner of the Charleston contest. Please join us! 
More Info: 828-765-9531 or [email protected]

Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage – Watercolorist Anne Abgott is featured July 11 through July 16
The eight week series sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society featuring the work of High Country Artists utilizing watercolor, oils, acrylics, mixed media, photography and pottery opens June 27 and runs through August 20. Hours are 10:00am through 6:00pm except Sunday, noon through 6:00pm. Closed Wednesdays. Free to the public. Corner of Main and Chestnut Streets.
More Info…

Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery
is pleased to have a group show featuring George Snyder, Jason Drake, Wes Waugh, Lita Gatlin, Jerry Kirk, Dave Syfert, Egido Antonaccio, Fred Sprock, Peggy Carlson, Richard Fennell, Paul deMarrais, Pat Pilkington and Mary Page Whitley. Please join us for an artist reception on July 6 from 5:00-8:00pm. More info: 295-0041.
July 1 – July 31

Coffee Talk @ Bald Guy Brew
Coffee workshops offered each Saturday of Art in the Park – July 13, August 10, September 7 and October 5. Call 828-406-1153 for reservations. $10 for Chamber Members.
More Info…

Symphony By The Lake Dining Options Offered By Chetola
More Info…

July Events at BRAHM:
• July 12: Gregory Smith presents “Fakes and Facsimiles”. Featured artist in the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s Community Gallery from the Art Cellar Gallery; artist’s presentation, coffee, and pie. 10 am. Free.
• July 13: 10:30-11:30 am: Doodlebug Club at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Art class for your preschool-aged “doodlebug!” $5/child. Contact 828-295-9099 ext. 3004 for information.
• July 13: 1-2 pm: Saturday Art Club at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Art projects for children in K-3rd grades. $5/child, all supplies included. Contact 828-295-9099 ext. 3004 for information.
• July 14: Sunday Music Series: Concert by Fire Pink Trio. Chamber music concert featuring viola, harp, and flute. 5:30 pm in the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s Atrium. Refreshments served. $20/person.
• July 18: Third Thursday: Professor Elliot Engel presents Winston Churchill, an inspiring public and private figure and a touchingly human hero. “Very British” refreshments served. 4:30 pm in the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s Community Meeting Room. $20/person.
• July 19: Coffee Talk at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Speaker Yesi Casado from Estee Lauder will talk about “The Art of Makeup!” Sponsored by the Membership Committee. Refreshments served. 10 am. Free.

* Guided tours of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s “Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art” are available on Thursdays at 4 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm.

July Meeting of Orchard Book Club
The July meeting of the Orchard at Altapass Book Club will take place on Wednesday, July 31, from 10:30 to noon. The selected book for July is Under the Mercy Trees, by Heather Newton. Ms. Newton, who resides in Asheville, will attend the meeting. Books may be purchased at the Orchard store; the meeting is free. E-mail [email protected] for information. Boxed lunches will be available for $10 with reservations (at least 3 days in advance, please).