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Sticks and Stones

Article Published: Sep. 1, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 17, 2011
Sticks and Stones

With the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum nearing completion, there are a number of ways members of the community can add finishing touches to the building in honor or memory of loved ones.

With the "Sticks and Stones" initiative, a variety of benches - to be placed throughout the museum and the grounds - and concrete paving stones, which will be arranged around the BRAHM flagpole outside of the front entrance, are available for purchase.

"The benches and pavers will be beautiful accents to the rustic features of the building and will be a wonderful way to pay tribute to special people in our lives," Joann Mitchell, BRAHM executive director, said. "An engraved paver or dedicated bench will be a lasting testament to the love and admiration that we feel but don't always put into words. This way, it will be literally 'set in stone.'"

The concrete pavers, donated by Tom Chandler, owner of Chandler Concrete Company, come in two sizes and can be inscribed with a personal message. The first, which measures 8 inches by 8 inches and can accommodate five lines with up to 14 characters and spaces on each line, can be purchased with a donation of $300.

The larger, which measures 8 inches by 12 inches and can accommodate five lines with up to 21 characters or spaces on each line, can be purchased with a donation of $600.

The benches, each made by Jerry Poole, a North Carolina craftsman for Bob Timberlake Galleries, are available in three sizes. The smallest bench features a back and can be purchased with a donation of $1,250; the medium-sized bench $1,000; and the largest bench $2,000.

For more information about purchasing a bench or paver, call the BRAHM office at (828) 295-9099 or visit All donations to the museum are tax deductible.

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