A Heapin’ Helpin’ of Holiday Fun

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Nov. 27, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 2, 2013
A Heapin’ Helpin’ of Holiday Fun

Area residents Joan and Dick Hearn take part in the annual Blowing Rock Christmas Parade, returning to downtown Blowing Rock Satuday, Nov. 30.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Once the turkey leftovers are safely in Tupperware and all of the dishes are washed, we can start to think about Christmas.

After all, it is that weekend after Thanksgiving when it seems that every family in the Southeast comes to the High Country to pick out their Christmas tree.

The town of Blowing Rock knows how to kick off the holiday season and will be hosting a number of family-friendly events this weekend.

Thanksgiving Service

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock will host the Community Thanksgiving service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Rev. Rick Lawler, rector at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Parish, will deliver the message. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas in the Park

Blowing Rock will host its annual Christmas in the Park event at Memorial Park, beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The event will feature live music, caroling, games and inflatables for kids, hot cocoa, hot apple cider and the annual lighting of the town. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222.

Festival of Lights

Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock begins its annual Festival of Lights Celebration on Friday, Nov. 29. The opening weekend will feature cookie decorating, carriage rides around Chetola Lake and a visit from Santa Claus. The Festival of Lights continues until the end of Blowing Rock WinterFest weekend, Jan. 26, 2014. For more information, call Chetola at (828) 295-5500.

Kiln Opening

Bolick Pottery and Traditions Pottery in the Blackberry Community will host their annual holiday kiln opening, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The event will feature a chance to purchase quality ceramics straight out of the kiln, including face jugs, candlesticks, coffee mugs and more. The day will also feature mountain crafts, live music and storytelling, traditional foods, such as barbecue and pinto beans with cornbread, and more. Admission is free. For more information or directions, call (828) 295-5099, or visit http://www.traditionspottery.com.

‘A Dasher Christmas’

Author Clarkie Brown will be on hand to meet with the public and sign copies of her book, “A Dasher Christmas,” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Barking Rock, located at 1179 Main St. in Blowing Rock. The novel tells the tale of Dasher, a kitten that is sent to comfort a family during the holidays. Proceeds from the event will go to the New Life Home Trust and Renguti School in Kenya, Africa, serving abandoned and orphaned HIV-positive babies. For more information, call (888) 361-9473, or visit http://www.newlifehometrust.org or http://www.adasherchristmas.tateauthor.com.

Christmas Parade

The town of Blowing Rock invites everyone to attend its annual Christmas parade, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The parade winds its way down Main Street and will feature floats, marching bands, local dignitaries, horses, cloggers and much more. For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Ensemble Stage Company will present the timeless holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the Blowing Rock School auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Presented as a live radio play, the production is complete performers creating sound effects live on stage. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call (828) 414-1844.

Rhett Huffman Recital

Pianist Rhett Huffman will give a piano recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. Huffman is the church’s accompanist and also performs in area bands BPL and Smokey Breeze. A recent graduate of Appalachian State University, Huffman will perform the works of Debussy, Bach, Beethoven and others. A reception will follow the recital.

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