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Spring: The “New” Season

Like most people who have an appreciation for the High Country, I love the snowcapped peaks and winter majesty that envelop these mountains from November through March. And yet, after a long winter, the coming of spring is welcomed and rejuvenating. The past few days here have been gorgeous: warm, clear, and people walking down Main Street with their faces turned to the sun, soaking up the warmth. It heralds the new season, with new possibilities. Although the official first day of spring was March 20, it always arrives a little later in the High Country. To me, the dawning of spring is ushered in with the annual Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, held in Blowing rock every April.

Even beyond the warmer temperatures, longer days, and fresh blooms on branches and limbs, I am most taken by a new season of High Country celebrations — not only in Blowing Rock, but throughout the region. Springtime is the beginning of festival season. Friends and family cast off the layers and trappings of previous months and gather together for a series of seasonal celebrations — some familiar, some new — including musical concerts, outdoor cookouts, and a host of other occasions on the spring calendar. It’s a great time to be in the mountains of North Carolina, and it serves as a reminder of how special we all are to belong to such a wonderful and stunning environment. This is truly a place where you and your family can reconnect, explore, and relax.

In just a few days the newest issue of BRMC’s community magazine, The Call, will be distributed. The underlying theme of every issue is to nurture the spirit of community in everything we do. The current issue is dedicated to “building your home at BRMC” and features stories about realizing the dreams and goals you and your family have set. Just recently Reggie Bray and I were having a conversation about home and family and Reggie made the statement, “home isn’t where you live, it’s where you gather.” It was a very astute comment that I think conveys deep wisdom and truth, especially to all of us at Blue Ridge Mountain Club.

No matter where we come from…no matter what stage of life we are in…no matter if this is our primary residence, or a weekend retreat…this is the place we feel most at home…where we gather…where we belong.

On behalf of all of us at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, I would like to wish all of you a very happy spring season. We also look forward to seeing you in the days and weeks ahead, hopefully at the Wine & Food Festival, April 10-13.

See you soon, and let us know if there is anything we can do in the interim to serve you.

Jim Pitts