Rock the Eclipse in Black Mountain

Rock the Eclipse in Black MountainRock the Eclipse in Black Mountain

August 18-21, 2017
Join us to celebrate the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years!

We’ll have events all weekend in historic downtown Black Mountain, August 18-21, leading up to a party on Town Square to watch the eclipse on Monday afternoon, August 21. A rain location will be available to watch NASA’s live feed of the eclipse.

Pick up your Eclipse Weekend Passport in participating downtown shops for discounts and a chance to win a $100 gift certificate: Black Mountain Quilts, Black Mountain Yarn Shop, Chifferobe Home & Garden, Common Housefly, Design Driven Studio, Europa, Giftcrafts, Krista Anne’s, Periwinkles, SCORE!, Sweet on Cherry Street, The Curiosity Shoppe, The Dancing Dragonfly, Visions of Creation.

Eclipse glasses will be available at these downtown shops throughout the weekend while supplies last as part of the Eclipse Weekend Passport; one free pair of glasses per Passport with a minimum purchase of $10: Design Driven Studio, Europa, SCORE!, Sweet on Cherry Street, The Dancing Dragonfly, Visions of Creation.

Friday Outdoor Movie, “Teenagers from Outer Space”
Enjoy this 1959 classic with popcorn and soft drinks, starting at dark behind The Junction on Black Mountain Avenue. Come dressed as an alien or martian!

Saturday 5-7 p.m. Sip & Shop throughout downtown
Participating shops and inns will be open late, providing wine samples: Antiques on Sutton, Black Mountain Quilts, Bramblewood, Chifferobe Home & Garden, Common Housefly, Curiosity Shoppe, C. W. Moose Trading Co., Design Driven Studio, Europa, Giftcrafts, Inn Around the Corner, Key City Antiques, Merry Wine Market, Mountain Nest, Periwinkles, SCORE!, Seven Sisters Gallery,  The Curiosity Shoppe, The Dancing Dragonfly, Visions of Creation. Look for the wine glass balloons!

Monday 1 p.m. Eclipse Party with live music by Jordan Okrend on Town Square at 201 East State Street (wear your eclipse glasses!) Although Black Mountain is not in the path of totality, the moon will block the sun 98.9% from our viewing location. The start of the partial eclipse will begin around 1 p.m., the maximum eclipse will occur at 2:38 p.m., and the partial eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m. A rain location will be available to watch NASA’s live feed of the eclipse.

Questions about the weekend? Email eclipse@visitblackmountain.net

Eclipse

What is an Eclipse?

In a solar eclipse the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path of totality will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.

Although Black Mountain is not in the path of totality, the moon will block the sun 98.9% from our viewing location. The start of the partial eclipse will begin around 1 p.m., the maximum eclipse will occur at 2:38 p.m., and the partial eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m.

The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Eclipse

Thanks to NASA for providing eclipse information and images! Visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov to learn more.

Sponsors

Thanks to these “Rock the Eclipse in Black Mountain” sponsors!

CW Moose Trading CompanyDesign Driven StudioEuropa
GiftcraftsSCORE!Sweet on Cherry Street
The Dancing DragonflyVisions of Creation, Black Mountain

And thanks to the Town of Black Mountain for providing the use of Town Square and to the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce for procuring its use.

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