JOHN COOPER DISCUSSES STATUS OF APPALACHIAN THEATRE
Guest speaker, John Cooper, Chairman Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, presented to Blowing Rock Rotary club members on Monday, April 24th, all the reasons why the theatre is of such significance and importance to the High Country, which encompasses not only Watauga County but regions beyond: Avery, Ashe, Caldwell and throughout the High Country. The economic impact on the town of Boone and all of Watauga County is in the millions of dollars. According to John it only makes good “cents” to invest in such a project. With 80% of their goal reached they are looking to the governments to contribute to the re-building effort because of the importance to the community, not only economically, but culturally as well. The funds needed keep escalating as time goes by, therefore the importance of reaching their funding goal quickly is to avoid additional expenditures due to escalating costs.
First constructed in 1938, the building as shown here, was a popular venue for patrons of the movie theatre. The original façade, as shown here, was torn down and the building was vacated and gutted. The intent of the project is to historically restore the theatre to its original 1938 art deco design, as shown below.
Interior demolitions and exterior renovations, which includes the façade and marquee, are part of phase 1, which is just about complete. The first phase should be done in the coming days; all that’s really left to do on the exterior is finishing up below the marquee as crews wait on some of the glass for the exterior doors and box office.
As you can see by this recent photo, much of the original design of the marquee has been captured in the new design.
For more visit their website: savetheapptheatre.com
APRIL 2017 STUDENT OF THE MONTH
The April student of the month, Lena Westwood, was presented her award and a $25 gift certificate from Staples. Shown here with President Ray and her parents, Dan and Andrea Westwood, she plans to use the certificate to purchase school supplies for next year. Her favorite subject: MATH. When asked about her future plans after high school she said she wants to attend the University of Minnesota, which should make Jim West happy.
OVER TWENTY THOUSAND BOXES PACKED!
Rotaract and Blowing Rock Rotary combined their efforts to package over 20,000 meals for the Rise Against Hunger initiative. The pictures below are of some of our members who assisted in the packaging: Ray Pickett, Kenneth Wehrmann, Mike Page, Vernon Dunn, Kathy & Bill Leahey, Sylvia and Cullie Tarleton, and Virginia Vanstory.
President Ray Pickett, left
Treasurer, Bill Leahey, right
Cullie Tarleton, left
Virginia Vanstory, right
Thanks to Vice President Kenneth Wehrmann for all the pictures
IN FRONT BY A NOSE IS MIKE PAGE’S TEAM
Mike Page gave a dollar to the C.A.R.T. bucket so he could brag about his leading horse. Jim Clabough , pictured above, says “Not so fast Mike, Rob’s Riders are very close behind so you better beat that horse a little harder. In third place is Kenneth’s Winners, fourth is Ray’s Chargers and bringing up the rear is Van’s Victors. Jim reported the sales to date are over $27,000 with just a few weeks to go. He would like us to set a new record so keep on running everyone, the race is not over, until it is over!
CHARLIE, THE TALKING HORSE REPORTS ON THE DERBY
Only $700 of raffle ticket sold to date, according to Charlie. Half of the pot goes to the winner and the other half goes to the club Foundation, so come on every body, let’s get in the race!