By David Rogers. November 22, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A few eager beavers have gotten a head start on getting into the holiday spirit, but Friday, 5:45 pm is the official “Lighting Up The Town”, when ALL the Christmas and seasonal lights start to brighten things up around Blowing Rock, whatever the weather.
COVER IMAGE: David Torres is a Watauga High School student and working part-time on special projects at Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins, Blowing Rock. Here he shows off his completed masterpiece, a tree of lights to compliment a donkey and deer previously put together. Photographic image by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins is just one of the many downtown businesses helping to create a festive atmosphere in Blowing Rock, showcasing a wide array of white lights that will be on through Winterfest and beyond, as well as some multi-colored lights for the Christmas season.
“This is such a special time of year,” Mountainaire Inn & Cabins co-owner (with husband Jim) Debra McDowell told Blowing Rock News Tuesday evening, “and all of the lights make it just that much better. I am so proud of the Chamber of Commerce for their white lights initiative, and very appreciative of the Town Council for approving the plan a few years ago and even augmenting it with the lights in the park, all up and down the trees.”
McDowell spoke to Blowing Rock News as David Torres, a part-time employee at Mountainaire while he is a student at Watauga High School put the finishing touches on a multi-colored tree of lights beside figures of a deer and donkey.
Sweeping her arms 180 degrees to point out the many lights, McDowell added, “David has been indispensable with our lighting project. We could not have done it without him. Over the past few days we have put up thousands of lights around rooftops, in special figures, in trees and bushes, and along fences.
“Ultimately,” McDowell noted, “all of us in the tourism industry are in the hospitality business. We have already heard several of our lodging guests express their appreciation for what we are doing to make their stay with us just that much more special.”
Jim McDowell pointed out to Blowing Rock News the environmentally friendly approach that Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins is taking this year.
“All of our lights this year are of the LED variety,” said the former technology engineer. “They produce brighter, more colorful lights and are more energy efficient. That saves the environment and even saves a little money on our power bill, too.”