By Angela Gazzillo
The celebrated Symphony of the Mountains will soon return to Chetola Resort for the 2016 edition of Blowing Rock’s Symphony by the Lake! This event, a summertime staple in the High Country, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, with brand new events that are sure to dazzle the audience.
The orchestra, along with Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, invites you to bring a picnic or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of beautiful music, art and fireworks with family and friends.
“The whole night is absolutely perfect,” said Billie Rogers, events director of the Blowing Rock Chamber. “It is essentially an outdoor lawn party for most people. It’s a beautiful evening, the perfect climate and some of the best fireworks you’ll see up here.”
The Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m., following this year’s theme “Music to your ARTS Desire,” which incorporates a large mix of classical Broadway hits, Hollywood favorites and patriotic staples.
In sticking with the art theme, this year’s performance will feature exciting elements that are new compared to the traditional events held in the past. Along with the opening band, the evening will feature three different dance troupes to accompany the opening act. The dance troupes will provide a large variety of dance and entertainment including jazz, ballet, Broadway, swing and more.
The evening will also host renowned artist Rick Reinert as he paints the event live! The Charleston-based artist recently opened his second gallery in downtown Blowing Rock, “Reinert Fine Art.” Reinert will be painting a 36-by-48 piece of the Symphony scene as it happens, with bids for the piece starting at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until intermission. Proceeds from the painting will benefit The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock, a nonprofit formed to help maintain and create even more beauty in the town of Blowing Rock.
The theme also encourages visitors to use their creativity and think outside the box, especially for the annual tent decorating contest.
“We want people to think all art related,” Rogers said. “The tents are absolutely fantastic, and there is so much creativity that goes into it.”
Rogers said they are seeing a lot of variety in the tents including renaissance, jazz and even cartoons.
Parking passes are also available at Chetola resort for the second year in a row! For just $10 per car, people can purchase tickets to get into the field, as oppose to previous years with parking restricted to off-site. Other parking options include the Tanger Outlets parking lot and shuttle services to and from Tweetsie Railroad parking lot, the American Legion Hall parking deck and the BRAHM parking deck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Plenty of dining options also cater to a wide variety of guests. Those looking to keep it casual with a blanket on the lawn are welcome to bring their own picnics. For a more traditional dinner option, guests can eat at Chetola prior to the event and enjoy a great view from their outdoor patio. For a more upscale plan, guests can purchase tickets ahead of time for a large three course meal, a buffet dinner or heavy hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar and VIP view out on the lake.
Tickets are available at the gate, however guests are encouraged to purchase them ahead of time due to limited They can be purchased online at http://symphonybythelake.com. For more information, visit the website, call 828-295-7851 or stop by the Chamber office at 132 Park Avenue in Blowing Rock.
Photos Courtesy of Lonnie Webster
Guests participate in the Hollywood theme last year at the 2015 Symphony by the Lake. Photos Courtesy of Ken Ketchie
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