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Article Published: Dec. 29, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 29, 2011
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Whoever said “the best things in life are free” must have been thinking about the free Blowing Rock Community Calendar, produced by the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority (BRTDA).

The 2012 calendars arrived from the printers last week and are now being distributed at a number of locations in Blowing Rock.

Earlier this year, Amanda Lugenbell of the BRTDA spread the news that the organization was looking for photos of Blowing Rock’s historic rock and stonework to be submitted for the 2012 calendar. A number of talented photographers heeded the challenge, and the result is a calendar that is as beautiful as it is useful.

Photographers featured in the 2012 calendar are Amanda Lugenbell, C.J. Rena Johnson, Tom Rhyne, Beth Brittain, Lonnie Webster, Bill Barr and Jim Ruff.

“That rocks were chosen as the theme for this year’s calendar is fitting, since our town’s history — in fact its very identity — is inextricably linked to one very special outcropping of gneiss … ” said Joann Mitchell, director of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

“The peaks and cliff faces that dot the High Country have long drawn travelers seeking the region’s beauty, recreation, adventure, good health and temperate mountain climate. As the region became more popular, field and river stones were gathered to build homes, churches, businesses, roads and walls.”

Mitchell noted that BRAHM will sponsor an exhibit at the museum in 2012, titled “Between a Rock and an Art Place.” The exhibit, to open in September, is intended to be a celebration of the stones that form the foundation of Blowing Rock and the art that captures their distinct beauty.

Added Ginny Stevens of the Blowing Rock Historical Society, “Even before the 1880s, when Blowing Rock’s population began rapid growth, stone or rock walls provided territorial borders between neighbors, businesses and farmland. Many of the walls in Blowing Rock are made from Grandfather stone, brought over from the Linville area to use in chimneys, with leftover pieces used in walls and for the foundation of buildings.

“Blowing Rock cherishes the old stone walls, and the artful ways that the stonemasons laid each course.”

The 2012 calendar also includes important dates for the town, such as Winterfest, the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival, Art in the Park, the Shriners’ Parade, BRAHM’s Third Thursday Lecture Series, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Sunset Strolls on Sunset Drive, the Artist-in-Residence program at Edgewood Cottage, Groovy Nights Variety Show, Concerts in the Park and other events.

It also features the day and times of important town meetings, such as the monthly public meeting of the Blowing Rock Town Council.

The new calendar also features a list of helpful phone numbers, such as police and fire departments, Blue Ridge Electric, Watauga Medical Center, Blowing Rock Hospital and others. There are also lists of phone numbers for hotels, motels and inns, bed and breakfasts, rentals and local attractions.

The new 2012 Blowing Rock Community Calendar is available at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, the Blowing Rock Visitors Center (inside BRAHM), Blowing Rock Town Hall, the Blowing Rocket office and at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the new 2012 Blowing Rock Community Calendar, call BRTDA at (828) 295-4636.

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