Despite some frigid temperatures, spirits were warm and aglow for the 2014 Blowing Rock Winterfest celebration. As is customary, a brave throng of “swimmers” showed up on a bitterly cold Saturday morning for the Polar Plunge into Lake Chetola. (I was not among them, incidentally.) Shortly afterward, things heated up dramatically at the Annual Chili Challenge Cookoff. There was stiff competition this year, and dozens of worthy entries—thank goodness I didn’t have to judge because it would have been impossible to pick a winner.
The highlight of the weekend for us, of course, was the Wine Tasting & Charity Auction that BRMC sponsored on Saturday at the Green Park Inn. We had a great turnout for the event—some 300 people—and a variety of terrific wines were featured from a number of different regions. It was a pleasure to see so many of our members in attendance, as well as many of our friends in the Blowing Rock community. Following the tasting, a charity auction was held that featured many of the wines people were introduced to during the tasting. According to the Blowing Rock Chamber, we were able to raise upwards of $4,000+ for the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
For me, the takeaway from the Blowing Rock Winterfest celebration each year is the same: what a great place to live and be a part of for year-round, four-season fun. We truly are blessed to live in a region in which families and individuals of all ages and interests can come together and enjoy great towns like Blowing Rock and Boone, a wealth of outdoor recreation (spring, summer, fall, and winter), mile after mile of natural beauty, great shopping, fine dining, and countless other treasures. It’s a great extended community to call home.
Productive Weekend at the Home Show
A couple of hours away from Winterfest this past weekend, the ideal-LIVING Expo! was being held in Raleigh, NC. Reggie, Dan and John elected to attend the event and represent Blue Ridge Mountain Club. All in all, they report that it was a fun, informative and productive show. “Dan and I were very pleased to see how much awareness there was of Blue Ridge Mountain Club in this market,” says Reggie. “There was a good deal of inquiry amongst showgoers and we were able to solidify several high quality leads, as well.”