So That No Child is Hungry

By Sherrie Norris (

Article Published: Sep. 23, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

At this time of year, every year, the High Country is ripe with festivals celebrating our heritage, honoring the apple and the woolly worm - and all that makes the area an attractive place to live and visit.

While all are major fundraisers for worthy causes, perhaps one of the lesser known area wide - but equally important - is the annual event sponsored by Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock.

This year's fifth annual Artisan Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. until noon on the church grounds at 1218 Main Street in Blowing Rock.

The theme of this year's festival is "Help Us Ensure That No Child in the High Country is Hungry,"
In keeping with this theme, a spokesperson said, all net proceeds from the festival will be donated to Blowing Rock Cares.

Blowing Rock Cares was established in October 2009 as a community outreach of caring local citizens who donate groceries, clothing, and shoes to area families in need, and in special cases, helps with the cost of gas, rent and utilities.

Blowing Rock Cares operates from its home base at Blowing Rock Elementary School.

"Although assistance is not limited to families of Blowing Rock School students," the spokesperson said, "it is important to remember that there is a definite need for help in our area, as 21 percent of Blowing Rock School students are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches."

This year's festival will again feature a wide variety of items for every taste and price range, including arts and crafts created by friends and members of Rumple, take-home food items, such as soups, potpies, and baked goods, including cakes, pies and cookies.

Always a big draw is the silent auction, offering a wide selection of great items and services donated by local businesses and individuals.

This year's raffle will have everyone chomping at the bits for their chance to win a scrumptious barbecue dinner for 16 people prepared by Web Alexander, a Rumple Memorial member and Blowing Rock resident, well known for making some of the High Country's best barbecue.

"Don't miss out on this annual event and all that comes with it," the spokesperson said. "Not only will you have a chance to entertain your own guests with Alexander's mouth-watering barbecue (if you're the raffle winner), but you will also be making a difference in the lives of your neighbors simply by offering your generous support through your attendance and purchases."

Plan now to join the members and friends of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Oct. 2, as they extend a helping hand - through Blowing Rock Cares - to those who need a hand.

As the event spokesperson said, "What better way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday than in Blowing Rock, helping others?"

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