By David Rogers. June 12, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC — There was nothing tacky about the luncheon held Saturday at Bob and Suzanne Miller’s house to honor the 2014 Blowing Rock Fashion Show Honorary Chairwoman — except the name of the honoree, Eleanor “Tacky” Vosburgh.
Photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Two dozen of Blowing Rock’s most notable women praised Mrs. Miller’s lunch creations, as well as her abode along side Blowing Rock Country Club’s 11th fairway, with a view of the 12th hole’s tee box.
Mrs Vosburgh is the fourth honorary chairperson in as many years, following in the footsteps of Reba Moretz, Harriet Davant, and Betty Pitts. Born in Charlotte, she and her late husband, “Ed”, have had a summer cottage in Blowing Rock since 1975 and retired to the Village in 1992. Both in Charlotte and Blowing Rock, the former professional model has been active civically and socially. The Vosburghs have three daughters, including Vicki Worsham and her twin sisters, Julie Vice and Marty Johnson. The twins are 1979 graduates of Appalachian State University and have a room in the Belk Library named in their honor.
Vosburgh is devoted to a journey of faith. She is a member of various Bible studies and has served Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock as an elder, as well as been honored as a “Life Member” of the Women of Rumple Church. She has also served on the boards of the Community Club, the Historical Society, the Blowing Rock Appearance Advisory Commission (BRAAC), the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum and, in 1983, chaired the Blowing Rock Fashion Show. Outside of Blowing Rock, she has served on the Boone Resort Area Ministries Steering Commission and on the Belk Library’s Advisory Board at Appalachian State.
Alice Roess is this year’s chairwoman of the Blowing Rock Fashion Show, which each year raises thousands of dollars for Blowing Rock Hospital. Scheduled to be closed, the hospital support is now transitioning to Chestnunt Ridge of Blowing Rock, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s (ARHS) post-acute, rehabilitative care facility that will break ground on June 24th, at a new location just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a stone’s throw east of U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. ARHS planners are also working to add a retirement community on property adjacent to the Chestnut Ridge facility.
“This is just the kickoff leading up to a number of important events,” Roess told the ladies before sitting down to lunch. “On June 24th, we will have the groundbreaking for Chestnut Ridge on the site, at 2:00 pm. Please call Jessica Powell in the ARHS Foundation office (828-268-9051) for any and all information. We are providing shuttles that will load and unload at the Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway Outlet Center.
“On July 26th,” Roess continued, “the Withrows are hosting ‘Patrons Evening Under the Stars’ in the historic Mayview neighborhood. I assume that Suzanne (Miller) has sent you all invitations and information, but if you are lacking anything on this, Jessica is also the one to ask.
“Then, on August 1st,” concluded Roess, “we will delight to the sights and sounds of the 37th — imagine that, the 37th! — Annual Blowing Rock Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Blowing Rock Country Club. For more details, you can also speak with Jessica or feel free to call me at 828-295-7384.”
In addition to comments by Roess and Miller, Betty Pitts offered a one-of-a-kind blessing before the the meal and Rob Hudspeth, Senior Vice President of System Advancement for ARHS, was on hand to answer the attendees’ many quesitons about the project.