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Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce


MAY 26,2020

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The coronavirus pandemic is affecting Chamber activities and events. We are updating the website and event listing often with the most current information.

6th Annual Hard Times, High Hopes, & Helping Hands

Benefit Concert for Reconciliation House


Sunday afternoon, September 20 • 2-4:30pm

at Burnsville Town Center


Mark your calendar and watch for details in the Times-Journal!


Brought to you by Kokopelli’s Daughters and Micaville Music

For further information email Deb Louis: deb@northmountains.org


Friday, May 22nd. Well today is the day we can OPEN the doors to the public! We are more than thrilled. We also understand the situation at hand. We have spent a month sanitizing, scrubbing and preparing for this day. We urge you to respect each other and our staff regarding social distancing. Our tables are separated by 6 feet, our staff will be in fancy masks. We have buckets of hand sanitizer and will continue to sanitize surfaces and everything in sight. That being said, we hope you will join us for some darn good food! We will be offering our entire menu as well. We hope you will be able to see our smiles behind our masks!!

Let’s get back to normal again! Thanks! Stuart



We are HIRING food servers!! Please call our restaurant at

(828) 675-4911 to set up an interview. It’s a great place to work!


Ask for Stuart Jensen



Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit Tour has been rescheduled.


New Tour Dates:


  • July 14, 2020 - Aug 24, 2020...Macon County Public Library
  • Aug 30, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020...Wake Forest Historical Museum
  • Oct 16, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020...NC Estuarium
  • Dec 4, 2020 - Jan 18 2021...Wrightsville Beach Museum
  • Jan 24, 2021 - March 5, 2021...Alamance Community College
  • March 13, 2021 - April 25, 2021...Yancey County Public Library

Parkway Playhouse Cancels 2020 Season

With much sadness, Parkway Playhouse has made the decision to cancel our full 2020 Mainstage season, as well as Reading Is Alive, due to the pandemic. Since most of our events involve gathering large groups of people together, we have to follow public health guidance regarding opening the theater and gathering people in groups (even outside). We intend to shift the plays for our 2020 season to 2021 while continuing to monitor the situation with the pandemic in the coming months. Our generous sponsors and Playbill advertisers for 2020 will also shift to 2021 automatically. Between now and then, we will be recognizing those sponsors and advertisers on our website and on social media as well as radio programming on WKYK/WTOE.


Parkway Playhouse will continue its online youth classes and we are exploring summer programs that can be done online as well. We may even have a few surprises for you in the coming weeks. While the public is away from the theater, we will be doing some renovations and repairs to make the experience better once audiences return to the theater.


Please check our website regularly and follow us on social media for more information and updates.

May 21, 2020



Contact:  Kate Groff, Marketing


                Beth Hilton, Exec Dir



The Orchard at Altapass has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $20,000 that will offset the costs of staff and orchard maintenance. Although everyone is keeping their distance and a low profile, the trees at the Orchard are bulging. New apple and peach trees fill the “nursery” alongside the one-year-old blueberry bushes quietly waiting to get just a bit bigger. Blossoms have blown off and the tiniest of apples beginning to peek out of the greening leaves. Grasses tall, weeds taller. And we’re getting ready to re-open the red barn—on a limited and restrictive basis—Saturday, June 13. Hopefully, the campaign will defray some of the dollars lost due to the mandated but necessary closure. Please go to https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/saving-the-good-stuff or visit our website, altapassorchard.org and click on the link at the bottom of the home page. 


Dear fellow forest lovers,

At Snakeroot, I am carefully easing into a limited slate of guided walks and hikes. After spending the spring in rich wildflower coves with members of my household, I am now happy to offer several options for private, socially distant, off-the-beaten-path outings. Please email me to arrange a custom hike. I strive to operate in a thoughtful and ethical manner in each element of Snakeroot’s operations -- always prioritizing the health of our mountain ecosystems and the safety of clients during our rich experiences. Over the coming weeks, I plan to proceed with caution, balancing public health needs with the needs of individuals and families to connect with our wonderful forests. 

We will also host May and June firefly walks. Fortunately, our business model can be modified to conform with the CDC’s and North Carolina’s current guidance for operating in a safe manner. Group sizes will be small (up to 8 individuals), and we will limit the groups to no more than 3 separate households. This makes the reservation system a tad more complicated. Firefly walks will be $75 for the first 1-2 people in the household, $35 for each additional adult, and $20 for children. So when you register online, know that your first ticket is good for up to two members of the same household. 

We will be outside the entire time (as usual), participants will be required to wear a mask or face covering, and everyone will be asked to do their best to maintain 6’ of space from folks who are not in their household unit (I will provide glow-tape to help make everyone visible to each other). If you are in a high risk category as designated by NCDHHS, please stay home.  

In all of our operations during this pandemic, we will continue to do our best to provide quality experiences while balancing the needs of public health. Stay healthy and safe, and I hope to see you out on the trails, sooner or later!

Tal Galton

Snakeroot Ecotours

Would you like us to forward your business items of interest to other Chamber members? Submit your items weekly via email no later than 8 am each Tuesday for inclusion each Tuesday. Email to jaime@yanceychamber.com. WEBSITE

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