Storyland at BRAHM

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites is an immersive adventure through three beloved children’s picture books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill. From idyllic country gardens to urban snowscapes, this exhibit engages children and adults alike in the joy of literacy. With text presented in English and Spanish, Storyland provides practical tools for cultivating literacy through everyday activities and argues that it is never too early to cultivate a love of reading. Picture book illustrations are transformed into three-dimensional play and learning environments highlighting the six major literacy development areas: print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills and comprehension. Children will explore these foundational literacy skills through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play inspired by classic stories.

Storyland, a traveling exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Tres & Beth Abernathy, Ralph & Elizabeth Patterson, Joel & Bernadette Hackney, and Janis & David Fite will provide imaginative, book-based experiences for children ages 2-8 years old.

Blowing Rock Chamber Previews WinterFest 2017

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, which organizes WinterFest, has announced highlights of the 19th edition of the annual event, which runs from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, 2017.

New for 2017 is a Friday evening Ice Stroll to view all the lighted ice sculptures in front of business in Downtown Blowing Rock after dark. In addition, local restaurants will be offering special comfort foods on the Friday of WinterFest.

Daily events include WinterFeast on Thursday; Cocoa and Canvas and the Ice Stroll on Friday; Polar Bear Plunge, Snowflake Parade, kids activities, comfort food, ice carving demonstrations, WinterTastings and Auction on Saturday; and WinterPaws on Sunday. For more information and updates as they become available, visit

WinterFest, which has been named a AAA “Top Pick” and a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, is sponsored by Hendrick Northlake Luxury Auto Mall.

Blowing Rock is accessible from anywhere in the region, less than two hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, three hours from Knoxville and Raleigh and five hours from Atlanta and Charleston.

August 2016

For information:   Billie Rogers, Events Director

Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce