Green Drinks: It's what "Green People" do to socialize in Boone, and we're not talking about Martians or alternatives to the Blue Man Group.
We're talking about environmentalists, amateurs and professionals alike, right here in the High Country, and they arrived in droves Tuesday.
"I think the word is getting out about us among the Green People, those people who are doing green projects, whether it's home building or renewable energy installation," or even just an interest in the environment, Blue Ridge Electric's Brian Crutchfield said.
He, along with fellow greenies like Watauga County Green Business Plan's Quint David, got together Tuesday at the group's eighth meeting.
"We were looking for a social outlet ... a group that could all get together and hang out in a low stress zone to talk about green issues," David said. "It's kind of like a social outlet for our green ideas."
It's evolved into much more with the addition of business sponsorships.
"I think people are finding out that there's a lot of interest by the public ... as well as a lot of potential advertisers out there trying to get the word out," Crutchfield said.
Sponsoring businesses provide appetizers and get to address the group, Crutchfield said. Each meeting has a theme and typically a speaker on all things green.
Here in Watauga County, green interest is heightened, David said.
"A lot of our economy, of course, revolves around the natural habitat and the eco-environmental [activities], the hiking trails, et cetera," he said.
With that in mind, it's no surprise Tuesday's Green Drinks meet-up at Appalachian State University's Broyhill Inn and Conference Center had just more than 50 attendees, on hand to enjoy conversation, sample ASU's Ivory Tower brews and talk green. If you missed out, the group plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month.
"We're hoping for anybody to come. It's sort of a mix of green professionals and people who are into in talking about all sorts of stuff," David said. "We've had guys show up with wind turbines in the back of a truck before."
For more information, check out the Boone Green Drinks' Facebook page or show up to the next meeting. It happens at a location to be determined June 8 at 5:30 p.m.