Blowing Rock

Meet the Many Faces of the Inaugural Blowing Rock’s Valentine’s Rocks Event This Saturday. Feb. 15

Published Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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Come sip, shop, eat and gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate Valentine's Day with your favorite local merchants with Valentine's Rocks in Blowing Rock. Enjoy special offers, one day sales and giveaways to kick off the spring season. Stores will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 and the party will last all day long. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Blowing Rock Inn Takes Home Business of the Year; Others Recognized at Blowing Rock Chamber Awards

Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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This afternoon, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual awards ceremony in the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. The 2014 nominees were announced earlier this month, and included more than 40 individuals, businesses and organizations nominated for many different awards. The 2014 awards recipients were as follows. Read more… Story and Photos by Madison V. Fisler
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Eat, Sip, Shop and Gather with Friends to Celebrate Valentine’s Rocks in Downtown Blowing Rock Feb. 15

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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Come sip, shop, eat and gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate Valentine's Day with your favorite local merchants with Valentine's Rocks in Blowing Rock. Enjoy special offers, one day sales and giveaways to kick off the spring season. Stores will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 and the party will last all day long. "There are around 20 participating stores in downtown Blowing Rock," said Jess Wehrmann of Monkee's who is coordinating the event. Read more… By Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Canyons in Blowing Rock Claims Chilly Chili Challenge Restaurant Category Title Two Years in a Row

Published Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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For the second year in a row, the restaurant title for the WinterFest Chilly Chili Challenge was claimed by John Parlier of Canyons in Blowing Rock. "It feels good to be acknowledged again, and the trophy looks great sitting here at the bar," Parlier said. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out, Make Plans Jan. 24-27

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm
Even in the middle of winter, the High Country still has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There's always something fun to do in the High Country.Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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What’s Playing at the Movies? Jan. 9-16: Lone Survivor, Paranormal Activity, 47 Ronin and More!

Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Check out all of the great films that you can catch this week at the movies. Trailers included! Read more...
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Farmers’ Markets Around the High Country Provide Local Products for the Summer Residents and Visitors

Published Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm
May 30, 2013. Summertime in the High Country means fresh local produce, soft artisan breads, right-from-the farm eggs and much more. Farmers' markets all around the mountain region are gearing up for the 2013 summer to share their local wares with the residents and visitors that eagerly await the opening of the markets from the start of our famously harsh winters. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Music on the Lawn Concert Series at Ragged Gardens Inn Returns to The High Country for Another Summer of Fun

Published Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm
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May 9, 2013. What could be more relaxing after a hard week's work than lounging in a beautiful garden and enjoying live music in the warm summer sunshine with friends? Read more…
BY MADISON FISLER
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Hospitality House Presents the Second Annual Struttin’ Our Stuff Fashion Show at the Meadowbrook Inn

Published Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm
May 3, 2013. The 2nd Annual Struttin’ Our Stuff Fashion Show, presented by Hospitality House, in conjunction with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, will take place May 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Benefiting Hospitality House and featuring fashions from Goodwill retail locations. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: 12 Things To Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Dec. 7-9

Published Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:46 am
Dec. 7, 2012. This weekend has a variety of things to do for anybody in the High Country. Whether you are looking for something to relieve the week's stress or a wild night on the town, the High country has something to offer that will trigger that interest. There are so many things to look forward to as the weekend quickly approaches. Read more...
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Lessons and Carols Service Held at St. Mary’s Dec. 16

Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am
Dec. 6, 2012. The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present a traditional Lessons and Carols service Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. in the nave of the church. The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock, and everyone is truly welcome. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: Nine Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Nov. 23-25

Published Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Nov. 23, 2012. This weekend has a variety of things to do for anybody in the High Country. Whether you are looking for something to relieve the week's stress or a wild night on the town, the High country has something to offer that will trigger that interest. There are so many things to look forward to as the weekend quickly approaches. Read more...
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Blowing Rock Getting Into Holiday Spirit; Lighting of the Town this Evening, Annual Christmas Parade Tomorrow

Published Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Nov. 22, 2012. Blowing Rock's Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town celebration starts today, Friday Nov. 23, with events starting at 2 p.m. Highlights include a visit from Santa, hayrides through the town, free hot cider and hot chocolate, caroling in the park, lighting of the town and bluegrass Christmas. And tomorrow on Saturday the Cristmas Parade begins at 2:00. Earlier this year Blowing Rock was one of a dozen locations selected by Travel and Leisure magazine for inclusion in its list of America's Prettiest Winter Towns. The magazine's editors said, "The Blue Ridge Parkway passes by this century-old mountain tow, whose Main Street has shops for antiques, crafts, even dulcimers." Read more...
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‘Prettiest Winter Town’ Welcomes Visitors During the Holidays; Several Events Upcoming in Blowing Rock

Published Monday, November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm
Nov. 12, 2012. Earlier this year Blowing Rock was one of a dozen locations selected by Travel & Leisure magazine for inclusion in its list of America’s Prettiest Winter Towns. As winter sets in, Blowing Rock looks forward to hosting visitors and locals alike for the holiday season. Read more…
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Update: Wildfire in Southeast Corner of Watauga Burns 100+ Acres, Contained, ‘Mop Up’ Begins in Morning

Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Nov. 10, 2012. Located in the southeast corner of Watauga County, a forest fire that has burned more than 100 acres has been contained, according to Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Kent Graham. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Weekend Roundup: 15 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Nov. 9-11

Published Friday, November 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Nov. 9, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: 17 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Nov. 2-4

Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:44 am
Nov. 2, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Update on Kids’ Halloween Events! Some Cancelled, Some Postponed, But Many Still Happening Wednesday Night

Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Oct. 31, 2012. Due to the cold and snowy weather, some Halloween events have been cancelled or postponed, however, many events are still happening tonight on Halloween. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Weekend Roundup: 19 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Oct. 26-28

Published Friday, October 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm
Oct. 26, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Local Author Releases Newest Crime Story

Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Oct. 24, 2012 Blowing Rock crime writer and Appalachian State faculty member Glenn A. Bruce has released his fourth book, and this one is his darkest one yet. "Rubric" is the story of the events that "send fictional Homicide Detective Mark Young into a spiraling free fall of change and self-examination" after a series of killings in his community. Read more…
BY MADISON FISLER
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Weekend Roundup: 18 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Oct. 19-21

Published Friday, October 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Oct. 19, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: 20 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out: Oct. 12-14

Published Friday, October 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm
Oct. 12, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: 17 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out: Sept. 28 to 30

Published Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Sept. 28, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Two Seminars on Health Care Reform and its Impact on Small Businesses in the High Country To Take Place

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am
Sept. 19, 2012. Two firms specializing in employee benefits will address the impacts of the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on small businesses at two seminars - one on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and the other on Friday, Oct. 5. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Bidding War Starts: Samaritan’s Purse Submits $1.49M Upset Bid on Former Hayes Performing Arts Center

Published Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Sept. 5, 2012. According to records filed at the Watauga County Courthouse on Aug. 30, Samaritan's Purse submitted an upset bid on the former Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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High Country Small Plate Crawl In Progress Through Thursday in Boone, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Sept. 4, 2012. The first annual High Country Small Plate Crawl takes place Tuesday to Thursday, Sept. 4 to 6, and is sure to please the palate. Fifteen independent restaurants from Boone, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis are participating in the three-day event. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Local Photographer Lonnie Webster Focuses on Finding Unique Frame at Democratic Convention in Charlotte

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 11:44 am
Sept. 4, 2012. Includes New Photos! Local photographer and freelancer to the High Country Press, Lonnie Webster arrived at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Sunday. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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No Lane Closures Allowed on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock During Labor Day Weekend Through Sept. 4

Published Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Aug. 30, 2012. Lane closures will not take place in the U.S. 321 widening project work zone through Blowing Rock during Labor Day weekend. Construction crews may continue work during this time, but no lane closures will be allowed from Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. Read more...
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Watauga Democratic and Republican Chairs Speak to High Country Press About Mobilizing for Election Day

Published Monday, August 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm
Aug. 27, 2012. With two months left until Election Day, Watauga County Republican Party Chair Matt Snyder and Watauga County Democratic Party Chair Diane Tilson spoke about their involvement in the party; preparations for the upcoming election; collaborations with party leaders; and core issues. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Apples and Oranges When Considering Hayes Center’s ‘Pitfalls’ to Predict Appalachian Twin Theater’s Success

Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10:57 am
July 25, 2012. Update! When the Town of Boone agreed to front the DBDA $750,000 to purchase the gutted Appalachian Twin Theater last fall, some felt this was a terrible decision – especially in light of the struggles haunting the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Pat McCrory Tours Blowing Rock with Mayor J.B. Lawrence; Outlines Plans for NC

Published Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Aug. 9, 2012. The thunder and heavy rain held off just long enough for Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory to take in a tour of downtown Blowing Rock with Mayor J.B. Lawrence on Thursday, Aug. 9. Read more...
BY PAUL T. CHOATE
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Hardest Bicycle Hill Climb in the South: The Ascent Bike and Run Hill Climbs – Sunday Aug. 12 Blowing Rock

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Aug. 7, 2012. Pirate Race Productions announces The Ascent Bike and Run Hill Climbs this Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club in Blowing Rock. The Hardest Bicycle Hill Climb in the South is 9.25-miles, with 3,200 feet of ascending, yielding an average grade of 5.9 percent with a maximum pitch of 17.5 percent. Read more...
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New Races at Blue Ridge Mountain Throwdown Sept. 21 to 23 – Run, Cycle and/or Kayak on Cooper’s Farm

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Aug. 7, 2012. The Blue Ridge Mountain Throwdown is a 3-day weekend of 7 races, based at Cooper’s Farm on the New River. Since 2010, Cooper’s Farm in Brownwood in Todd has dished-out a beast of a running course. Now in 2012, athletes can test their moxie on foot, on wheels, and in the water. Read more...
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Deception and Betrayal Rule the Stage; ‘Fit to Kill’ Closes Sunday, Aug. 5 with Three Sell-Outs Already

Published Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:53 am
Aug. 3, 2012. "Fit to Kill" Runs Through This Sunday, and wow, the audience is loving this one. Maybe it's because the show is not your typical theatre fare, especially for a resort-type area. It's not some heart-warming or farce type comedy (though there is humor in it). It's gritty and suspenseful with lots of twists and plenty of, "oh, my gosh! did that just happen?" moments. Read more...
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Soccer Registration for the Tots Opens August 8

Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm
July 17, 2012. Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation is beginning its Fall Kinder Soccer Program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old. The goal of the program is to teach the basic skills of soccer, learn teamwork, good sportsmanship and to have fun. The program will run for four weeks beginning on September 4 and will meet each Tuesday and Thursday. Read more...
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