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Our Mountain Turns Pink!

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It’s that time of year when our mountain turns pink and we dance with strangers in the street!  We can help you check both of those off of your bucket list this year!

The 69th annual North Carolina Rhododendron Festival celebrates the blooming of the world’s largest display of naturally blooming rhododendron, high atop Roan Mountain.  If you haven’t seen acres of bright pink blooming rhododendron taller than Paul Bunyan, then you don’t want to miss this! You need to plan your trip carefully as the rhododendron blooms don’t hang around for long.  Each year the NC Rhododendron Festival is scheduled the third weekend in June and if you plan your trip then,  you can catch the festival activities as well as have the best chance of being one of the lucky ones to see our mountain turn pink!

The Festival takes place on two days beginning on Friday, June 19th with the first night of competition at the NC Rhododendron pageant as well as the first night of the popular street dance.  That’s right…a street dance.  Hundreds of people from far and wide join together in the middle of downtown Bakersville to square dance, line dance and cut their own individual rug to the live bluegrass tunes of the Wisemans.  It’s also one of those bucket list kinds of things you need to check off!

Saturday’s activities include a family-friendly street fair with arts, crafts and food vendors, a classic car show, helicopter rides, tours of Roan Mountain, a 10K run, live entertainment on the Creekwalk and a ducky derby.  New for 2015 is the addition of the Bakersville Creekwalk .  Held traditionally in September, this juried arts festival will add dozens of talented artists and craftsmen to the event.   Saturday evening features the second round of competition and crowning of the new NC Rhododendron Queens beginning at 7:00pm at Bowman Middle School.  The festival concludes with a final round of square dancing and live music on main street, starting at 8:00pm.  For more information, visit  See a Mountain Turn Pink….Dance with Strangers in the Street…we can help you check those two items off of your bucket list this year!

Spruce Pine Summer Concert Series

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Main Street Announces Summer Concert Series

The Spruce Pine Main Street is ready to unveil the recently completed Central Park in downtown Spruce Pine and is doing so with an announcement of a new summer concert series. Main Street’s First Friday concert series will begin the first Friday in June and continue through the first Friday in September. The musical line-up is varied to appeal to music lovers of all genres. The concerts are free to the public and will be held from 6-8 pm. The concert schedule so far includes:

June 5th– the Rockabillys- classic rock

July 3rd– Bruce Ikard – beach music and oldies, August 7th– the Alligators- Blues

September 4th- William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree- old time/folk music

October 2nd–  sponsorship available

Be sure to connect with Spruce Pine Main Street online through their website or their Facebook page for the complete calendar of events.

Mitchell Co and EDC at Carolina West

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Mitchell County Chamber and EDC Showcase Mitchell County at Carolina West Meeting

The staff of the Mitchell County Chamber along with board members from the Economic Development Commission made a presentation at the CarolinaWest and Economic Development Partnership of NC meeting on May 20, 2015 in Asheville. CarolinaWest and the EDPNC invited representatives from the 10 county region to present economic development information and the latest news from the counties during a full day of presentations and meetings. In attendance were industry recruiters from the NC Department of Commerce.  Mitchell County had the opportunity to present the current activities and programs in process in the county as well as the available properties and sites available for prospective new industry.

New Medical Office Building Set to Open

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Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Mauzy-Phillips Medical Office Building is Set to Open in late Summer 2015

Progress continues on Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s new medical office building, with a completion date set for Summer 2015.

The Mauzy-Phillips Medical Center, the two-story, 30,000 square foot medical center will house several medical practice offices and outpatient services in one central location. Visiting specialty physicians who currently rotate space inside the hospital will relocate to the new building, improving accessibility to patients in the area.

Crews are finishing up work on the facility with the interior set to be completed by lateJune, according to Mission Health’s Vice President of Ambulatory Development Oscar Weinmeister.

Weinmeister, Blue Ridge Regional’s former CEO who helped develop the initial project in 2013, has continued to oversee the building’s progress. He estimates the building will be fully completed and operational for patient use by late July or early August.
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Mayland College Offers Free Seminars

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Mayland Community College Offers Free Business Seminars to Improve Your Success

The mission of the Small Business Center (SBC) is to help increase the number of small businesses and their success rate in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties. They provide business owners and prospective owners with information, training, counseling, and referral for service.

The Small Business Center offers the following services:

1. Free seminars on topics that address local business needs.  These topics include

How to Start a Business
How to Write a Business Plan
Marketing Your Business
Financing Your Business
How to Find Your Customers
Business Taxes
Basics of Bookkeeping

Other topics are offered each semester.  Please consult the MCC Small Business Center Seminar Schedule for current class offerings and registration information.

2. Free confidential business counseling services.
3. A lending library of reference materials.  The library is housed in the college’s Learning Resource Center at our Spruce Pine Campus.

All Small Business Center services are offered at no cost to participants.  Watch the Mitchell County Chamber newsletter each week for a posting of the most recently scheduled free seminars.

Places to Stay and Eat

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Whether you’re looking for the pampering surroundings of a classic mountain inn, the charm and coziness of a rustic mountain cabin or you want to hear the bubbling creek running through your campsite, Mitchell County and our Craft Your Adventure region has accommodations for you! Check out our links below to find your perfect stay for your next visit.

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