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The 2020 Convention for the

International Association of Torch Clubs



Place: Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, The High Country

Dates: June 18-21, 2020

Hosting Club: The High Country Torch Club, Boone, North Carolina

Costs: Per person, $350 before May 14.  May 15 and later, $450 per person. 

Hotel: The Meadowbrook Inn, 711 Main St, P.O. Box 2005, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-8278. 

How to Get to North Carolina's High Country
  • Boone is reached from the east by Highway 421 which is a 4-lane highway. You would drive I-40 to Winston-Salem, NC, and then join 421 to Boone/Blowing Rock
  • From the West, leave highway 40 at the 321 junction and head towards Boone. 
  • The nearest airport is Winston-Salem.  We will arrange to pick you up there, although a car rental would enable you see the signs before and after the convention.  You could also fly into Charlotte. 

There is also a Lot to Do in the High Country: Come Early, Stay Late

For many years, even back to the 1970s, it has been proposed to have conventions not where clubs are located, but at a well-known tourist location.  This year (and next at Saratoga) we will be meeting at a location which is a tourist destination due to the scenic wonders and cooler temperatures.  You can get to Boone/Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway. a national treasure. The picture at the top of this page is typical of the views you get near our meeting place.  Not far from Boone is Mt. Mitchell.  Mount Mitchellís dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nationís first state parks. 

Where We Will be Meeting
The hotel where we will meet is The Meadowbrook Inn, 711 Main St, P.O. Box 2005, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-8278. Our Saturday night Paxton gala will be presented at the meeting room of the renovated downtown theatre in Boone.  Both Boone and Blowing Rock feature walkable downtowns.  The theatre renovation is a project dear to the hearts of many members of the High Country Torch Club. 
The Meadowbrook Inn describes itself as follows:
Meadowbrook Inn is a tranquil mountain retreat located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  Situated one block from the upscale shops, restaurants, and galleries on Blowing Rock's Main Street, Meadowbrook Inn offers a relaxing mountain escape in the midst of some of the High Country's most popular attractions.  Our boutique hotel features 62 cozy yet spacious rooms, boasting traditional furnishings and updated amenities. Guestrooms feature flat panel televisions with 100+ High Definition satellite TV channels, coffeemakers, hairdryers, fine bath amenities and much more. During your stay, we invite you to enjoy our indoor swimming pool, fitness center, complimentary hot breakfast and wireless internet, as well as lovely landscaped grounds all just one block from the center of downtown.

The Paxton Gala Dinner

A Five Course Craft Beverage Pairing Dinner Featuring All Local Food and Beverage from the High Country of North Carolina

Join us  at the newly rehabilitated 82 year old Art Deco Appalachian Theatre for an evening of food and drink pairings featuring all locally sourced food crafted by Chefs JP Mason and Eli Bradford of Lost Province Brewing Co. in Boone, NC.  At 6pm, before dinner, enjoy a cash bar featuring moonshine cocktails from Copper Barrel Distillery, Wilkes Co. The five course dinner begins at 7pm with each course expertly paired with wines from Yadkin Valley winery Jones von Drehle, craft beers from Lost Province Brewing Co. in Boone, and small batch ciders from Molley Chomper Cidery, Ashe County. Brewers and vintners will be present to speak about their respective pairings and products.

How to Register For The Conference

In order to keep our registration fee at the very low price of $350, we ask you to register early and use the from available HERE. Print it out and send it in by mail.  (You can also print the form out and fill it out by hand).    This greatly simplifies our bookkeeping costs and allows us to keep the registration fee very affordable.  PLEASE NOTE FOR ANY REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER MAY 15, 2020 THAT THE FEE IS $450.00.

How to Register for the Hotel

The link has been set up for our Convention at Meadowbrook Inn next June 18th through the 21st in Blowing Rock. If you click on the link below, enter the dates, choose how many people, and enter the Access Code 00617i to get our convention rate. Our rate is $84/night for the weekdays and $149/night for weekends, which will average to $116.50.  These rates include breakfast each morning.

Click HERE to access the hotel's website for registration. 

You need to provide a credit card, but it wonít be charged until June. You can cancel with 48 hours notice.

Our Tours

On Friday we will explore Grandfather Mountain a state park which includes a museum and the famous "mile high bridge."  On Saturday we will examine the history and explore the railroad which made Boone famous. Historian Johnny Graybeal with make the presentation for the trip.   We have scheduled a visit to the famous Pardee Point, considered the hardest railroading east of the Rockies.  Access to the gorge is by way of the roadbed of the original "Tweetsie" through two tunnels on newly-laid rail.  We will have lunch after getting off the train.

The Goal of a Torch Convention

At our conventions, we do conduct the business of running Torch.  But a very important goal of all our conventions, besides having a good time, is to meet and talk with Torch members from different parts of the country and to share fellowship.  Lifetime friendships develop from the conventions.  So please come and enjoy the high country and the region, and enjoy meeting fellow Torch members from around the country.