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BRAHM rings in the new year

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Jan. 10, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 10, 2014

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is kicking off the New Year with a fresh calendar of events to beat the doldrums of winter weather.

A special reception for the Watauga County High School art show will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. The students’ work will be up through February in the Community Meeting Room, according to BRAHM communications director Allison Wonsick.

“A History of Skiing in the High Country” exhibition will open Friday, Jan. 24, with a reception set for 5 to 7 p.m. that day.

The event will take a look back at the development of the region’s ski industry and winter tourism through photographs, archival materials, equipment and gear, recent histories, personal recollections and other artifacts.

The museum will also hold Museum Free Thursdays every Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Prepare for some art and hot chocolate from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, for BRAHM’s “Cocoa and Canvas” event.

This event will kick off Blowing Rock’s annual Winterfest (Jan. 23 to 26) with a fun, no-experience-necessary painting workshop, led by a local artist. The museum will take the chill off by having hot cocoa and refreshments. There is limited room for enrollment, and there is a participation fee of $35 for BRAHM members and $40 for nonmembers. For more information, call (828) 295-9099, ext. 3006.

Looking ahead to February, BRAHM is encouraging guests to visit the museum during the town’s Valentine’s Rocks in Blowing Rock event to receive half-priced admission, as well as 10 percent off museum items and books in the gift shop.

You don’t have to go to New Orleans to enjoy a true festive experience, as Mardi Gras in the Mountains will be celebrated masquerade-style at BRAHM.

Enjoy live jazz, Cajun cuisine and other activities throughout the evening. The person who wears the best mask will be crowned king or queen of the carnival. The cost is $50 per person.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099, or visit

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