Special Report to Blowing Rock News from St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. September 9, 2020. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Although Covid-19 continues to significantly alter activities, the mission of the Tour of Homes Blowing Rock, sponsored by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, remains unchanged.
For over 60 years, the event’s proceeds have helped provide services for area non-profits. Now, thanks to monetary assistance from the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, the Tour Committee has produced a virtual tour so patrons can enjoy the tour experience from the safe comfort of their homes. With Tour proceeds already surpassing $60,000, the promise is that the virtual tour will push grant funding forward. The on-site tour of multiple homes and other related activities will resume in 2021 after Covid.
Tour proceeds have already surpassed $60,000.
The virtual tour showcases the beauty of Golden Hill, one of North Carolina’s most beautiful estates, located in the High Country. To access the virtual tour, enter:
stmaryofthehills.org and then click on TOUR OF HOMES on the menu line.
The virtual tour features the beautiful interior of Golden Hill, offering the opportunity for closeups in any room. An added feature is the customized “dollhouse” viewpoint of each floor’s layout. And it is an extra treat to have an opportunity to scroll through the newly designed gardens and get a sense for positioning in relationship to the home.
St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church is deeply grateful to the Diocese of Western North Carolina for dreaming with them as they sought ways to keep the Tour in front of patrons and for believing with their Golden Hill homeowners that the essence of the Tour is vitally important because its proceeds change lives. By watching the virtual tour a viewer will be able to contribute, thus helping those in need and spiritually engaging in ministry from one’s own home.
The essence of the Tour is vitally important because its proceeds change lives.
Tour chair Joellyn Gibbons stated, “After viewing the beautiful home, gardens, dollhouse, and flyover, we hope you’ll consider a donation that will help provide essential support to those in need. Many programs requesting funds in this grant cycle are in the health and human services arena, impacting our most vulnerable populations. Area organizations are creatively responding to population needs during the Covid-19 crisis, and continued response to the Tour appeal will enable the Tour to fund all 2020 submitted grants in full.” The Tour is especially grateful to its Golden Key patrons: Kay and Ted Couch, John and Josephine Beall, Dick and Louann Kitchell and The Broyhill Family for their significant support.
Co-chair Dean Hamric said, “This year we have really seen the High Country at its best – People demonstrating a can-do community spirit; taking care of neighbors. We are so very thankful for all who are supporting the mission and ministry of The Tour of Homes Blowing Rock and who recognize that in these difficult times we must all pull together to support area programs in need.”