By David Rogers. March 3, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Especially the last half of March is a busy time at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, complete with co-sponsorships with area organizations. Here is a list of special events to consider putting in your calendar:
COVER IMAGE: Winebarger Mill, located in near Meat Camp in Watauga County, was a hydropowered grist mill operated by four generations of the Winebarger-Moretz family from the late 19th century until it closed in 2005. All photographs and videos courtesy of Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.
Business Before Hours
Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. – Network with business professionals from Blowing Rock and the surrounding area while enjoying complimentary coffee and donuts. Event will be held in partnership with Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Coffee with the Curator
Tuesday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. – Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into Selections from the Collections. Afterward, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary cookies (courtesy of Appalachia Cookie Company) and coffee with the Curator at the Museum.
Movies at the Museum
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. – America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment
America’s First Forest tells the story of how Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. The documentary film is produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films.
Scholars & Scones
Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. – Family, Food, and Place: The Winebarger Mill and Agricultural History in Watauga County, NC
Cody Miller will explore the agricultural history of Watauga County, North Carolina, with particular emphasis on the Winebarger Mill. Located in Meat Camp, this hydropowered grist mill was operated by four generations of the Winebarger-Moretz family from the late nineteenth century until its closing in 2005. While the mill is no longer in operation, its legacy continues to live on in multiple contexts, including foodways. The Winebarger Mill was primarily known as a buckwheat mill and at one point was the largest producer of buckwheat flour in the region. Through the use of a family buckwheat pancake recipe, for example, the mill’s history is preserved and even strengthened. Ultimately, the story of the Winebarger Mill is one that highlights the important intersections between family, food, and sense of place. This talk will also include a screening of Cody’s short documentary about the Winebarger Mill.
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities and permanent collections. General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children ages 5 and up. Free for active military, EBT cardholders, and children under 4 years of age. Donations are accepted for full admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, N.C., the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Sat. The Museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays June-Nov. For more information, please call 828-295-9099 or visit www.BlowingRockMuseum.org.