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In 1989, town residents and officials prepare to bury a time capsule at the park on Main Street. The capsule is to be opened in 2089. Photo courtesy of Lynn Lawrence

Originally published: 2014-02-28 12:50:48
Last modified: 2014-02-28 12:51:34

A look back

Plans for Blowing Rock’s 125th birthday just keep getting bigger and bigger.

But it would be fair to say that nothing will top the town’s centennial, celebrated on March 11, 1989.

Attended by hundreds, Blowing Rock’s centennial featured fireworks, live music, folks decked out in 19th century apparel and an appearance by then Gov. Jim Holshouser.

Fortunately for Blowing Rock centennial celebration organizers, March 11, 1989, fell on a Saturday, allowing citizens of all ages to take in the festivities without the conflict of school or work.

One of the highlights of the centennial was the placing of a time capsule under the sidewalk in Blowing Rock Memorial Park.

“I remember that the day was absolutely beautiful, so much so as I got a bad sunburn,” resident Lynn Lawrence said.

Lawrence is the wife of the town’s current mayor, J.B. Lawrence.

“Everyone was given the opportunity to put items in the time capsule that is scheduled to be dug up on March 11, 2089. We put pictures, business cards, notes and other things in it.

One thing that was placed in there was a VHS tape. We didn’t think about there not being a VCR in 100 years. They are about gone 25 years later,” she said.

The day’s festivities included a play about the history of Blowing Rock staged by the students of Blowing Rock School, the unveiling of the official centennial afghan created by Mary Goodwin and Edie Lee, the unveiling of a limited edition centennial print, a cake ceremony, balloon release and parade.

The official grand marshals of the event were Mrs. B.H. Moody, the oldest living resident of Blowing Rock, and little Laurel Bolick, the youngest resident of the town.
The day’s events were followed by a dance and fireworks at Chetola Resort. The popular band Cross Current performed the hits of the day and old-time favorites for everyone’s entertainment.

“We had the Centennial Ball at Chetola,” Lawrence said. “What a wonderful evening. It was the last time I got to dance with my daddy (then Mayor Hayden Pitts). Those are some precious memories for sure.”

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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