1) Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. Becomes Partner Agency of Second Harvest
Blowing Rock CARES has become an official partner agency of the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC. The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC is a major nonprofit hunger-relief organization serving 18 counties across northwest NC through a network of more than 400 partner food assistance programs. As an official partner agency, Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. will now be able to purchase and distribute food from Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC. As data recently released shows, the client needs have grown from less than 100 clients served in May 2013 to 779 clients during the month of September 2013. Originally a Blowing Rock School-based nonprofit volunteer organization that provided food, clothing and other support for children and families in need in the Watauga County area, Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. is now primarily a food bank housed in Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church and run completely by volunteers. In addition, members of the church assist in the running of the food pantry which is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items are always welcome and can be dropped off during the food pantry hours on Mondays. In addition, seasonal residents that are leaving the area are invited to clean out their pantries and drop off any non-perishable food items in grocery carts behind Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday mornings in October. Thanks to Casa Rustica’s Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Boone Golf Club on Aug. 15, Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. received $7,500 which provides for the purchase of food. For every dollar donated to C.A.R.E.S., approximately $7 worth of food items can be purchased through Second Harvest Food Bank.
2) Watauga Community Band Performance
The Watauga Community Band will perform their fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 20. The concert will start at 3 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall in the Hayes School of Music on ASU’s campus. The band, under the direction of Bill Winkler, will be performing such pieces as Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre, and What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele. Some fun pieces, such as Bayou Breakdown by Brant Karric and John Williams: Fantasy Flight which is an arrangement of Williams’ most popular movie themes, are also included in the program. The concert is free and all are welcome to join us for an afternoon of music.
3) High Country Wine Tour
The last High Country Wine Tour of the season will occur Oct. 17 beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person which includes wine tasting keepsake glass, camping at each winery and a box lunch. For reservations and information, call 828-898-5605. Limited seats are available.