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    VISIT THE TOWN OF BLOWING ROCK

    by LoriPori Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina BLOWING ROCK has been a destination for travellers seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate since the 1800's. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the village offers an array of shops, restaurants and lodging.
    Hans and I certainly enjoyed our afternoon in this charming village. As it was a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in October, people were out in droves, just walking around and even doing some Christmas shopping.

    Address: Highway 321

    Directions: From Hickory we took the I-40 west and got off at the Exit for Highway 321 and went north for about an hour's drive

    Website: http://www.blowingrock.com

    Blowing Rock Twon Hall Kojay's Cafe' Main Street Rumple House Main Street Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church SouthMarke Shopping

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    VISIT THE BLOWING ROCK

    by LoriPori Written Nov 10, 2010

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    Saturday, October 30, 2010
    It was a lovely sunny day, so we decided to take a drive up the Hwy 321 to Blowing Rock, which is about an hour's drive north of Hickory.
    The drive up was beautiful especially with the mountains showing off their fall foliage. We got to THE BLOWING ROCK, parked the van and walked to the Visitor Center/Gift shop/ Entrance.
    The price of admittance was $5.00 a person. A man stood by the entrance door to collect the entrance fee. Since it was very misty up in the mountains, we decided not to do it. Instead I browsed around the very well stocked (and pricey) gift shop.

    A sign outside the Visitor Center reads:
    "This 250 million year old cliff formation is North Carolina's oldest travel attraction. Located at 4000 feet above sea level, the Blowing Rock is the town's namesake. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the chasm."

    Address: Highway 321

    Directions: We took the I-40 west until we saw the exit for the 321 North

    Phone: 828-295-7111

    Website: http://www.blowingrock.com

    Blowing Rock Visitor Center/Gift Shop/Entrance Blowing Rock Brochure

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  • Great Theatre Lives in Hickory

    by HCTJohn Written Dec 18, 2009

    Hickory Community Theatre, located in Downtown Hickory has been named Community Theatre of the Year for 2009 by the North Carolina Theatre conference.

    Consistently providing a broad mix of entertainment from family shows to the latest broadway hits to cutting edge comedy and drama, the Hickory Community Theatre is now celebrating its 60th anniversary.

    Drawing from a large pool of top-notch talent, the productions at HCT rival professional touring shows that come through Charlotte.

    All of this at a very budget friendly price. Standard adult tickets are just $16 and all youth 18 and under get in for only $7. There is also a senior discount.

    Hickory Community Theatre offers professional quality theatre and a community friendly price!

    It's the best ticket in town.

    Address: 30 Third St NW, Hickory, NC 28601

    Directions: Located in the Old City Hall, Downtown Hickory, on the west side of Union Square across from the Bank of Granite.

    Phone: 828-327-3855

    Website: http://www.hct.org

    MACBETH onstage January 15-31, 2010 ALL SHOOK UP rocked the Jeffers Theatre in Sept DIXIE SWIM CLUB sold out all 11 performances! TITANIC May 2009 THE PRODUCERS Sept 2008
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    Feed a cow

    by shohman Written Aug 21, 2007

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    I could watch cows all day long. They don't do much. Eat, roam around, and moo. That's about it. Still, as someone who grew up in the city I find them fascinating. Turns out they will eat just about anything vegeterian.

    Address: All over

    Directions: farms are the best place to find them

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    Get Your Historical Groove On!

    by NC_Ziggy Written Dec 31, 2006

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    History has always fascinated me. No doubt that it repeats itself mainly in the unkind, obtrusive way in wars, oppression, and all the worst characteristics that mankind can conceive. That part is not my fascination. I'm fascinated (more like perturbed) that we can't seem to learn from the past, can't seem to get beyond the brutal, sadistic and ancient hatreds of centuries ago, and lastly even seem to enjoy them as though they're a part of some culture to be revered. Guess What? They're Not! They are simply a barometer that says such cultures are more interested in holding on to misguided ideologies than creating an open forum towards a new future of equality and hope. Ok, I've injected over your objections a bit of a commentary when only historical photos from the New York Times came visiting to Hickory... See what History can do? Ugly, isn't it?

    I hope you enjoy these few pictures taken during the recent exhibition!

    Address: same as before... it hasn't moved... yet!

    Louis Armstrong & Wife in Giza Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) The BIG 3 circa WWII... No III's needed here! Claud Monet & Visitor in his French Garden Harriet Tubman & Underground Railroad to Freedom!
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    Hey! Look What We Got!

    by NC_Ziggy Written Dec 25, 2006

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    Yippers! Located in the heart of Hickory is the perfect example of our Southern Sophistication... the SALT Block! This complex houses the Hickory Museum of Art and the Catawba Science Center and the Hickory Coral Society and the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library (rated as the #2 Best Library in the State of North Carolina!). While you're in Hickory (and I KNOW you will be!), you must take time to visit and to do it fully, you'll need at least a full morning or afternoon.

    Several years ago, concerned citizens came forward to save the old Hickory High School (formerly Claremont Central School) from being demolished and thus created a focal point for the arts in the area. Since this time, it has continued to grow in popularity and importance with an ever-expanding array of local art and as a host to many notable exhibitions of art and science. It truly is a BIG venue for a relatively small city. Come check it out!

    Address: 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601

    Directions: Located in the center of Hickory just off Hwy. 127 and one block from Frye Regional Medical Center.

    Who Says Southern Culture is on the Skids? TRex Smiles for the Camera, Kameron Does Not! Kam Touching Nature African Spur Tourtoise in the Science Center 'Ello!  I'm a Gecko!
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    Do you like quilts?

    by amber1970 Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    HICKORY MUSEUM OF ART

    I was in Hickory to attend the opening reception of a quilt exhibit at the Hickory Museum of Art by famed quilter, Patti Royster. WONDERFUL installation and display, which will be there through the spring. I actually ended up buying a N Carolina quilt at a shop nearby. (Ms Royster's quilts are priceless, so while I bought an authentic original NC quilt, I paid on a fraction of the cost!)

    Address: 243 3rd Avenue NE , Hickory, NC 28601

    Directions: The Museum is located in the SALT Block, in the right wing of the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, a 3 story brick building.

    Phone: 828-327-8576

    Website: http://www.hickorymuseumofart.org/

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  • Catawba Science Center

    by hickoyrite Written Oct 1, 2003

    The Catawba Science Center is a great place for kids of all ages. It's Hickory's answer to Discovery Place, but less expensive! It's open Tues - Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. Fridays are free for everyone, not just members. The fee is around $2 for non-members the other days. It offers hands-on science with traveling exhibits, a resident alligator, lots of neat animal exhibits, several different age appropriate play areas, etc.

    Address: SALT Block

    Directions: SALT Block is off Hwy 127N heading towards downtown.

    Phone: 828-322-8169

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    OLDE HICKORY BREWERY

    by LoriPori Written Nov 9, 2010

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    In 1997 OLDE HICKORY BREWERY began the renovation of an 1880 Historic landmark building in downtown Hickory, which now houses its brewing facilities.

    Address: 2 Third St. SW Hickory NC

    Phone: 828-322-1965

    Website: http://www.oldehickorybrewery.com

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    HICKORY COMMUNITY THEATRE

    by LoriPori Written Nov 9, 2010

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    A wonderful group of talented people provide quality comedies, musicals and dramas, performed in the beautiful Charles E. Jeffers Theatre.

    Address: 30 Third St. NW Hickory NC 28601

    Directions: Historic downtown district of Hickory

    Phone: 828-327-3855

    Website: http://www.hct.org

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    SALT

    by Hexepatty Written Dec 26, 2006

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    Hickory Museum of Art and the Catawba Science Center and the Hickory Coral Society and the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

    Address: 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601

    Directions: off Hwy. 127 and one block from Frye Regional Medical Center.

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