Letters to the editor
The heading above my letter in the April 7, 2011, edition of the Rocket would have been misleading to the casual reader. It implied that the "decline in (Blowing Rock's) population may be inevitable." That was a phrase taken out of context from one sentence in one paragraph and did not reflect the overall tone of the letter or the message I had wished to convey.
The modest decline in Blowing Rock's year-round population (assuming the 2010 census was correct) may have reflected the brutal economic collapse and other local factors at that time. What the census did not and could not indicate is that Blowing Rock, since its beginning, has been a destination for those seeking the beauty of its surrounding mountains. From a place of summer residency in the late 19th century, the village has become a year-round destination for second- and third-home and condominium families.
The census did not reflect the money outlays and taxes generated by this large population nor did it consider the tourist industry so important to the business community.
Blowing Rock is not going to fade away, as long as those in charge of our municipality have the foresight and determination to maintain our village's charm and inviting atmosphere.
For those who might be concerned about our future, your byline might better have read, "Blowing Rock's 2010 census is misleading."
Henry T. Perkins Jr.
The show must go on
Friday night at the Hayes Center proved the old adage that, "The Show Must Go On!"
Unfortunately, three members of the ("Chuckleball") cast were on a plane that caught fire and consequently did not arrive in time for the show.
Fortunately, three members were already here and quickly reworked the show.
The audience was treated to a delightfully current and funny cabaret show.
The cast was embraced by the audience with a standing ovation.
The staff of the center did everything they could to enhance the evening. I can't wait to see the entire group when they return in July. I encourage everyone to attend and support the Hayes Center.
Greensboro and Blowing Rock
Beautification project a success
Thanks to all who helped to make our BRS Sunset Drive Beautification project a big success!
We appreciate the precious time and sweat equity of all of you.
Here's some of what happened on Saturday, April 9.
We wanted to let you all know what happened on Saturday, because some of you were on different sides of the building, etc.
Painted all doors and downspouts on the Sunset side;
Weeded and raked entire Sunset side of school;
Cleared brush from behind brick wall and around the sides of buildings;
Removed bulbs from brick flower beds;
Removed dirt and gravel from brick flower beds;
Removed broken brick flower beds;
Raked under trees and bushes on Morris Street side;
Cleaned out garden bed on Morris Street and added mulch;
Pressure washed the steps and porch of the cafeteria patio;
Pressure washed the cement stoops and brick on Sunset side;
Cleaned curbing on Morris side;
Picked up rubbish and limbs on Morris Street side;
BRAAC donated two yards of flagstone;
BRAAC donated 10 yards of mulch;
Rob Dyer of The Best Cellar and the Inn at Ragged Garden donated 10 yards of mulch;
More than 50 ASU students donated their labor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
Town of Blowing Rock Public Works removed brick;
Help from Jane (head gardener at Ragged Inn) and her husband, Ed Ladoie;
FaithBridge has donated $400 for a new canvas awning;
Ensemble Stage will donate $500 for a new canvas awning; and
The BR PTO has voted to donate $1,000 for a new canvas awning.
We feel so proud to be a part of a community that works together for our children.
We will finish up with our efforts with another class taught by Perry Davis with Ms. McFalls' Gardening Middle School Exploratory and a planting day on May 14. Please mark your calendars.
Blowing Rock School PTO