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Originally published: 2014-02-28 12:56:12
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Invitation to a party

March 11 has always had a special ring for the village that is the “Crown of the Blue Ridge.”

“If you can not readily roll quasquicentennial off your tongue, I bet you can easily say, ‘Happy 125th Birthday,’ which will be the wish for the day on Tuesday, March 11, when villagers, staff, visitors and the curious join the Blowing Rock Historical Society to celebrate that day in 1889 when the General Assembly of North Carolina awarded the charter to the little village; making it a favored spot to reside in, visit and made many hope that one day they, too, could live in our fairy tale setting,” said a spokeswoman for the Historical Society.
From a population of just about 340 hearty souls, this beautiful spot has brought hundreds of thousands visitors to see our little piece of heaven, many of whom have loved the views, the caring spirit of residents and the gorgeous climate enough to settle here, the spokeswoman said.

“For this meaningful occasion, the Blowing Rock Historical Society invites everyone to come to Blowing Rock Town Hall on March 11 to celebrate the village’s longevity and the good health that is still a vibrant part our little town where everyone feels they are lucky and special to be here,” members of the group said. “We hope you will join in the celebration.”

The Historical Society, along with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, will award historic markers to four special properties: the Ice House; the residence of Dr. Charlie and Mrs. Harriet Davant; the site of Sonny’s Grill; and the Church of the Epiphany.

This year’s awards bring the total of the plaques marking honored places to 26, all signified by the bright red oval bronze plaques, with many located in the Main Street corridor.

“Our special quasquicentennial celebration will be commemorated by a gift given by the Historical Society to each attending guest to be shared with family and friends,” members said.

“We will also have a grand chance to join in the warm fellowship which has always been Blowing Rock’s style, while enjoying birthday cake and punch and a fine opportunity to pat ourselves on the back for being residents of this very special place,” according to the society.

The drop-by party begins at 2:30 p.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of town hall.

“We plan to squeeze 125 years of history into seven minutes and to salute our first mayor, Uncle Joe Clarke,” according to the society.
he event will be followed by the Blowing Rock Town Council meeting at 5 p.m.

— From the Blowing Rock Historical Society

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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