Symphony by the Lake

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34th Annual Symphony
By the Lake at Chetola Resort
Friday, July 23, 2021

Symphony by the Lake returns to Chetola Resort for a centerpiece event of the summer on Friday, July 23rd. The theme, Music from Around the World, will be reflected in the musical selections as well as the décor of some of the 20 patron tents that line the lake.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00 am on Monday, May 17, 2021, and will be available online and at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue. All tickets are advance Will Call only. Due to the short sale window and to avoid potential postal delays, purchased tickets will not be mailed this year. General admission tickets are $50 each and Audiophile tickets are $125 each. Parking passes are $10 per vehicle.

For more details and tickets, go to

With COVID-19 considerations in mind, regular attendees will want to note that a few changes have been made to the event:

  • Availability of tickets is limited, as the number of attendees will be reduced this year.
  • Tickets are available in advance only.
  • All tickets are Will Call, and will be available for pickup ahead of the event, including a Will Call drive thru at the Chamber of Commerce office on the day of the event.
  • Attendees will be required to wear a mask when not seated at their chosen spot on the lawn.


In most ways, the 2021 Symphony by the Lake will be the exciting summer tradition attendees have come to enjoy. The much-loved Symphony of the Mountains, directed by Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth, will be featured once again this year. Symphony of the Mountains consists of professional musicians that call a great many places home, including the Tri-Cities, TN/VA; Knoxville, TN; Asheville, NC; Winston Salem, NC; and beyond. Attendees to this year’s performance will be delighted by musical arrangements inspired by musical traditions from across the globe. As always, the Symphony will perform the last musical selections during the thrilling fireworks finale!

In addition to the headline guests, the Symphony by the Lake also welcomes an opening act, performing from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm, with the Symphony beginning at 7:30 pm. The opening performers will be announced soon.


Avid music enthusiasts will want to consider the special Audiophile Section. Located just in front of the Symphony tent, this special area encourages quiet enjoyment of the event. Reserved seats and side tables are provided along with a charcuterie box, two beverage tickets and water. Many attendees enjoy a special Symphony by the Lake dinner at Timberlake’s Restaurant prior to the performance; menu details and reservations are available through Chetola Resort.


Gates will open at 5:30 pm. Parking at Chetola Resort is limited, so it is recommended to buy passes in advance from the Chamber. Limited free parking is available first-come, first-served at Tanger Outlets, where attendees can walk directly into the back entrance of Chetola. Abundant free parking is available at Tweetsie Railroad, where complimentary shuttles will take attendees directly to the back gate at Chetola. Special parking and trolley service are available for those with mobility challenges at Food Lion. This trolley will take attendees directly to the lawn for seating. Masks are required while riding any of the event transportation. Guests that prefer to walk in can park downtown at one of the parking decks in Blowing Rock (at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum or the American Legion); sidewalk connection and crossing guard assistance at Chetola’s main gate make the walk safe and enjoyable.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00 am on Monday, May 17 and will be available online and at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Avenue. All tickets are advance Will Call only. Due to the short sale window and to avoid potential postal delays, purchased tickets will not be mailed this year. General admission tickets are $50 each and Audiophile tickets are $125 each. Parking passes are $10 per vehicle.

For more details and tickets, go to


The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort is produced by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and presented by The Kennedy-Herterich Foundation and Hendrick Luxury Group. Additional sponsors include Chetola Resort, Monkee’s of Blowing Rock, 100 West Union Men’s Store, Our State Magazine, WNC Magazine, and Tanger Outlets.

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Symphony of the Mountains

Symphony of the Mountains was formed in 1946 as the Kingsport Civic Symphony. Twenty-seven musicians attended the first rehearsal and the number grew rapidly to more than 40. The first concert was free to the public and neither the conductor nor any of the musicians were paid. Today, Symphony of the Mountains serves the entire Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region. It is a fully professional orchestra of more than 65 musicians, drawn from the Tri-Cities area as well as symphony orchestras in Knoxville, Asheville, Roanoke and beyond. 

Symphony of the Mountains is conducted by Maestro Cornelia Laemmli Orth. Laemmli Orth joined the Symphony of the Mountains in 2006, the Symphony’s 60th year. Born in Switzerland, she brings a wealth of experience to Symphony of the Mountains. Cornelia holds three Master’s Degrees: one in piano from the conservatory of Winterthur, one in choral conducting from the University and Conservatory of Zurich and one in Orchestra Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied under Maestro Victor Yampolsky.  Before coming to the United States, Mrs. Laemmli Orth taught music history, theory, choir, orchestra and voice.  She has also conducted various choirs, youth and community orchestras, operas and musical productions throughout Europe. You can learn more about the Symphony of the Mountains at



SAVOR Blowing Rock Package

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“Create Your Own” SAVOR Package

May 2-5, 2019

Package Inclusions:

20% off Chetola Lodge and Bob Timberlake Inn*
(Breakfast included with Lodge and Inn only)

20% off 1-4 Bedroom Condominiums or 3rd Night Free*

*Special accommodations discount not available for groups of 10+

A la Carte Add-Ons:

“Taste! A Restaurant Showcase”, Thursday, May 2 from 6-8pm - SOLD OUT
$36 per person; (reg. $40)

7th Annual Corkscrew & Brew 5K, Saturday, May 4 at 9am
* Wine/Beer-Free: $22 per person (regularly $25+$3 processing fee online)
* Wine/Beer-Lovers: $27 per person (regularly $30+$3 processing fee online)

“Vintners' Village on Main Street”, Saturday, May 5 from 1-5pm
$45 per person (reg. $50)

“Gospel, Grits & Gravy”, Sunday, May 5 from 9-11:30am
$31 person (regularly $35)

2-night minimum required in Lodge and Inn on weekends; 2-night minimum always required in condos

Book your package by calling 828.295.5500

Event Details:

Taste! A Restaurant Showcase
Thursday, May 2
sold out

Lakeside Tent at Chetola, 6pm-8pm

TASTE! is a culinary compilation showcasing more than 20 Blowing Rock and High Country restaurants. Held under the Lakeside Tent at Chetola Resort, restaurants will serve small plate portions of some of their signature dishes. Craft beers, wines, and other beverages will be available for tasting. Cash Bar. Add live music by Strictly Clean & Decent to the mix and it’s a perfect evening!

Corkscrew & Brew 5K
Saturday, May 4

Chetola Resort
Race begins at 9am
Check-in: 8am-8:45am
Pre-registration Friday, May 3, 4-7pm in Chetola Boardroom

Featuring craft beer from Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Timberlake’s wine bottled exclusively for Bob
Timberlake by Childress Vineyards. Contact Gary Woolard at or 828.295.5533 or click HERE for more info.

**Early packet pick-up available on Friday, May 3 from 4-7pm in the Chetola Boardroom

Vintners' Village on Main Street
Saturday, May 4

Main Street, Downtown Blowing Rock, 1-5pm

Vintners' Village (formerly known as the Grand Tasting) has been enhanced. A stretch of Main Street will be closed off for festival-goers and hoppingwith a focus on high-end wine tastings paired with local fare, and a stage with live music acts. Shops and restaurants will be open for shopping and specials.

Gospel, Grits & Gravy
Sunday, May 5

Lakeside Tent at Chetola, 9am-11:30am

An innovative Southern breakfast by Chetola Executive Chef Matthew Rivers, with live music by Glenn Bolick & Family and New Covenant served alongside, biscuits, grits, various artisanal meats, and creative flights of gravy! One of SAVOR’s most popular events!

Other SAVOR Events

All other wine festival events can be viewed at the website Other wine festival events include Seminars, Cooking Classes, Wine Tastings, Dinners, and more. Tickets to these events can purchased on the above website or by calling the Chamber at 828-295-7851.

SAVOR Blowing Rock Packages Inquiry


    Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K


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      Saturday, May 4

      Race begins at 9am
      Same-day registration and packet pick-up from 8-8:45am

      (Early packet pick-up on Friday, May 3 from 4-7pm in the Chetola Boardroom, 2nd floor)

      The Corkscrew & Brew 5K, in conjunction with SAVOR Blowing Rock: A Celebration of Food & Drink, combines running with wine and beer. For this 7th annual event, we have partnered with local brewery AMB to include their popular brews in the festivities and make our race better than ever. Choose the wine or beer station (not both) or opt out of the early morning imbibing altogether and just enjoy the scenery.


      8-8:45am  Walk-up registration and packet pick-up
      9am  5K Run/Walk begins
      **Early packet pick-up available on Friday, May 3 from 4-7pm in the Boardroom (2nd floor)


      Wine/Beer-Free 5K: $25 in advance, $35 morning of the race
      Wine/Beer-Lovers 5K (includes 4 wine or beer stations along the route): $30 in advance, $40 morning of the race
      Must be 21 to enter this division; wrist bands will be given out and are required to be worn during race

      Proceeds benefit Aiden Amason.
      Aiden was diagnosed on December 23, 2015, at the age of 6, with Desmoplastic Small Round Blue Cell Tumors-stage 4. Aiden, who attends Hardin Park School in Boone, NC, is now 9 years old and has completed numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, along with several surgeries and radio-immunotherapy. Aiden has and is being treated at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC and has been treated at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City. His family is so thankful for all of the wonderful doctors and nurses! They are still on their journey, but thankful for everyone that is walking this journey with them. Aiden is currently receiving additional chemo for the next 9 months. His family knows awesome things are in store for Aiden! ♥️  #weareaidensarmy


      Free to the first 200 runners who register and while supplies last for late registrants


      Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, 185 Chetola Lake Dr., Blowing Rock, NC 28605


      An accurately measured, winding and scenic run through Chetola Resort
      Click here to view the course map


      Awards given to Overall Male and Female, Master Male and Female, and the Top 3 in the following age groups:

      Wine Free: under 14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
      Wine Lovers: 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

      Door prizes include wine, wine-related items, t-shirts, running accessories, massages from the Spa at Chetola Resort, tickets to Blowing Rock Chamber events and more.


      No roller blades or dogs


      828.295.5535 or


      All runners, for both the Wine/Beer-Free and the Wine/Beer-Lovers divisions, must sign a waiver.
      Click here to print waivers. Please sign and bring with you to registration and packet pick-up. Waivers will also be available at the registration tables.

      Not a runner? We welcome walkers as well! Or be a spectator and cheer on the participants while enjoying the to-go breakfast bar and the Bloody Mary / Mimosa bar set up on Timberlake's patio from 8:30am-10:30am.

      Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
      Appalachian Mountain Brewery
      Appalachian Ski Mountain
      Be Natural
      Grandfather Vineyard & Winery
      Hatchett Coffee
      High Country Box Drop
      High Gravity Adventures
      Mellow Mushroom
      Sky Valley Zip Tours
      Stick Boy Bread Company