SLIDESHOW: Roman candles for a uniquely Blowing Rock celebration of an American holiday

SLIDESHOW: Roman candles for a uniquely Blowing Rock celebration of an American holiday

By David Rogers. July 7, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — There were more than 1300 members and guests officially on the grounds of Blowing Rock Country Club (BRCC) Saturday evening for the annual 4th of July festivities. There were many times more than that perched around the perimeter and unused golf course fairways: picnicking, playing hide and seek, throwing footballs and frisbees, and enjoying family and neighborly camaraderie, all in anticipation of the main event, the BRCC-hosted fireworks display.

This year’s display was yet another stunner, prompting one spectator to say at the end, “That was the best climactic fireworks display I have seen in quite a long time.”

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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