On the Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is blazing a new trail to boost the regions craft industry across Western North Carolina...
Starting May 1, veteran writer Dale Neal is joining the staff of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to serve as digital communications manager.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) is pleased to announce the award of 21 grants totaling $180,000 to help support projects across the North Carolina mountains and foothills.
Click here to learn more about the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project's 2017 CSA Fair, Upcoming Hometown History Workshop, and partner activities and events.
Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of the 10 land trusts in Western North Carolina, recently received an unprecedented allocation of $8 million…
As we prepare for the upcoming tourism season, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is populating our monthly events calendar on BlueRidgeHeritage.com, and we would like to include your main events that will be open to the public and welcoming to visitors.
Kathy Neall has joined the staff of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership as Finance and Administrative Manager. 
As our region struggles with multiple wildfires, the National Forest Service has set up a Joint Information Center to keep the public informed of the status of the fires.
Smoky Mountain Host is inviting all Blue Ridge National Heritage Area partners to a branding and marketing workshop presented by internationally known leader in the field, Roger Brooks.
NC Blue Ridge waterfall calendars, Music Trail and Heritage Trail map brochures now available.
The clock is ticking, but there is still time to pull together a grant proposal to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. 
Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge 2016 is only a few days away! August 18 will be here before you know it, and ticket sales will cut off on at the end of business on Tuesday, August 16.
Feast to the Beat, including nationally acclaimed Jam in the Van,  will be in Asheville to promote the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and the many musical and culinary traditions of NC's Blue Ridge region.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is pleased to announce the availability of grants! Applications for the new grant cycle are due by October 3, 2016 and funding decisions will be announced by February 1, 2017.
The first two Blue Ridge Hospitality training workshops have been resounding successes! If you haven't attended one, you still have time to register for training at Haywood and Mayland Community Colleges.
With spring just around the corner, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is excited about the many opportunities to help visitors and our citizens connect with our cultural treasures and breath-taking natural scenic beauty.
A long-range vision for a regional interpretive trail for Western North Carolina has come to fruition with the installation of 69 signs throughout the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area footprint.
The stories presented here and in future issues demonstrate the power of partnerships, and how by working together we can strengthen the prosperity of the region while preserving what makes it so special.
Get your tickets now for the banjo event of the year—Banjopalooza! A Blue Ridge Music Trails "Traditions" concert, this show will feature some of the most talented banjo players around.
We invite you to join us at a special Homecoming event at "Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge" 2015. Tickets are now on sale!
The second in the series of ten music videos, Back Roads to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, is now showing on both the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC websites.
Tourism and cultural heritage partners gathered Tuesday to hear updates on two exciting Blue Ridge National Heritage Area programs. Here is a brief summary of the day's presentations, as well as other important news for our partners.
You’re invited to be among the first to enjoy shopping at the brand new Asheville Outlets! To celebrate its opening, Asheville Outlets is holding a special pre-Grand Opening shopping event from 5 – 9 pm on April 30.
Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year from the staff and support team of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Thanks to funding, in part, from a Cherokee Preservation Foundation grant, the BRNHA has contracted with Kristi Driver to serve as Group Sales Manager to help implement a Group Tour/Motor coach initiative for Western North Carolina.
You're Invited to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's Annual MeetingGather 'Round the Blue Ridgewith special keynote speaker Dayton Duncan, writer andco-producer of the Ken Burns documentary,The National Parks: America's Best Idea! Thursday, August 21, 201410:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.(Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.) Crowne Plaza Resort Expo CenterOne Resort DriveAsheville, NC  28806 Cost:   $50Includes: a Continental Breakfast,an outstanding keynote speaker,buffet lunch meal, live music from Back-Step! (Surry CountyOld Time Band) and reports fromthe Heritage Area!
This Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC “Traditions” concert celebrates the banjo styles of Western North Carolina and the release of the seasonal Highland brew, Clawhammer Oktoberfest.
This summer, viewers of WLOS Channel 13, the ABC affiliate for Western North Carolina located in Asheville, are being taken on a “cruise” to visit 14 towns and attractions that feature the traditional music of the region.
Dayton Duncan, writer and co-producer with Ken Burns of The National Parks: America's Best Idea, will be the keynote speaker at Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge on August 21, 2014.
On Tuesday evening, April 8th, get the scoop at The Hop Ice Cream in Asheville, hear some great music, and support the work of your Blue Ridge National Heritage Area!
Dear Friends and Partners,    We are so excited about the progress that has  been made on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina (BRMT) this past year!  We want to thank you for your support and involvement in the first year of this project and want you to be the first to know about new developments. We also want to thank the North Carolina Arts Council for their partnership in this project.
Group tour operators from around the country met with providers of tourism products and services at the recent annual American Bus Association convention in Nashville, TN.
The new Earl Scruggs Center honoring one of the nation's premier banjo artists will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, January 11.
The staff, board and volunteers at the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area wish Happy Holidays to all of our friends and partners.
Hear some great guitar picking from three generations of star performers on  Saturday, November 30, at 8 pm at the White Horse Black Mountain Music Hall in Black Mountain.
Tickets are selling fast and room is running out for this year's Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge meeting. There are still seats available so purchase yours now and enjoy the celebration!
 The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area remains at work! 
Ten years ago in November, this region made history by being designated as a National Heritage Area. Together, we’ve worked hard to preserve this place we love, tell our stories, and share with visitors the unique cultural and natural heritage treasures of our region. Join us for this celebration on November 13, 2013, from 9:30 am to 2 pm at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Ashevillle, NC, in celebration of all that has been accomplished.
To celebrate the beginning of our 10th anniversary year, we've moved this year's annual meeting to November 13th to coincide with the November 2003 date of the Congressional designation of our region as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.  Mark your calendars and watch for more details.
Musicans include R. G. Absher, Elkville String Band and the Junior Appalachian Musicians. Featured artists include blacksmiths, wood crafters, broom makers, chair caners and a quilter.
On Saturday, June 22nd, the Exploring Joara Foundation will host its annual Field Day at the Berry archaeological site near Morganton, NC. 
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area congratulates Sheila Kay Adams, a North Carolina traditional artist and resident of Marshall who has been awarded the prestigious 2013 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership recently announced eighteen grants totaling nearly $225,000 in funding to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage.  Roseanne Cash will headline a concert in June at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
A final opportunity to attend a Blue Ridge Music Trails listening session, and another opportunity to enjoy a play and support the work of the BRNHA!
In the guidebook, noted folklorist Fred C. Fussell puts readers on the trail to discover the many sites in western North Carolina where this unique musical legacy thrives.
National Heritage Areas are not only places of history, cultural and natural wonder, they are also good for the economy.
As we prepare to launch the new Blue Ridge Music Trails initiative throughout Western North Carolina, we want to hear from all interested parties—people who love our traditional music and would like to become part of the effort to sustain and grow this vital cultural heritage legacy.
Tourism professionals and arts council representatives from throughout Western North Carolina gathered recently in Marshall, NC, on a cold, rainy day to learn about and celebrate the launch of the new Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina initiative.
Two professionals in the music and theater world have been selected by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHAP) to guide the development of the Blue Ridge Music Trails project, a joint initiative of the BRNHAP and the NC Arts Council.
Did you know there are more than 100 museums of all sizes in Western North Carolina?  And that there's a comprehensive website where you can learn all about them?
Bobby Raines, Program Director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and Connie Haire, retired Vice President of Development for Southwestern Community College, have been named to the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Gorges State Park in Sapphire, NC, officially dedicated the park's new visitor center in October. Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Award for 2012 was presented September 29 to Rob Tiger, a Hayesville community leader who has led numerous efforts to preserve that town’s historic and cultural heritage.
Looking to increase your business by hosting group tours?  Or wanting more information on how to be better prepared to receive groups?  Then this is the workshop for you! 
The documentary, Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint, produced by UNC-TV, will air on UNC-TV on Tuesday, October 2nd at 9PM and on Thursday, October 4th at 10PM.  The documentary tells the story of a gold rush in North Carolina prior to the one in California.
Over the past nine years, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) has awarded 91 grants totaling over $1.5 million to projects that preserve, interpret, and develop the heritage resources of the region. We are pleased that we are able once again to offer a grant cycle for 2013.
Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge—The Day Just Gets Better
- 2012 Grant Cycle Announced- Make Your Reservations Today for Sixth Annual Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge!- Cathy Robbins Named New Chair of BRNHA- New Itinerary Exhibit I-26 W NC Welcome Center- Kids and Adults Learn About Blacksmithing
The annual meeting of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is always a great time for our partners to "gather 'round" and network, catch up on all the news, progress, activities, grant completions, and more. But this year, it's going to be even more special! David Holt will be our featured speaker!
Want to GroWNC?  (What is that?) The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is part of a 5-county initiative in our region called GroWNC, a group of partners working together to ensure positive growth in Western North Carolina.
Mars Hill College’s Ramsey Center for Regional Studies is home to two priceless collections representing the musical heritage of Madison County and the Southern Appalachians.  The college received a challenge grant from the National Endowment for Humanities for the preservation of these special archives, and proceeds from this concert will go toward the match needed for that grant.
Part of the mission of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is to increase the economic prosperity of communities and people in the region.  One way we do this is by supporting events and projects that bring greater awareness of the many cultural, heritage and eco-tourism opportunities available to our visitors, and to ourselves!
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is sponsoring a must-attend workshop for Volunteer Coordinators, Executive Directors and others who work with volunteers on Thursday, April 12, from 10 am to 1:30 pm.
Help for Small Towns in WNC - NC STEP will enroll ten new towns in 2012.  The program (the N.C. Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program) helps struggling towns with fewer than 7,500 people develop and carry out plans for reinvigorating their economies. The application deadline is Feb. 10.
Partners in heritage and cultural preservation, interpretation and development are busy these days!  Take a look at some of these exciting projects.
As we look back on this year, we can all feel proud of the good work that is taking place in every county in the Heritage Area in support of preserving, interpreting and developing our rich cultural heritage.  Thanks to all our partners for your continued support of and participation in the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and to our volunteers who serve the visitors at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
Melinda Young has been selected to serve as the Signage Coordinator for the BRNHA's interpretive signage program.  She will be responsible for adding new sites to the program, as well as coordinating with NCDOT, partners, and others to complete the project.
Join us for a few hours of networking, updates on the heritage and cultural activities and achievements taking place throughout our region, and especially to hear and meet our special keynote speaker, Gerard A. Baker.
The gem and mineral heritage of Western North Carolina is unique in the nation, and several of our partners have expressed interest in developing a way to collaborate on marketing this resource to visitors and residents as a new tourism attraction, something like a "Gem & MInerals Trail" throughout the region.
Register Early for This Year's Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge!  You won't want to miss the dynamite speaker and program that is lined up for this year's Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge, the 5th annual meeting of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
New Oconaluftee Visitor Center Opens in GSMNP-- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park receives over 9 million visitors each year.  For the last 63 years, people entering the park at its most popular North Carolina gateway near Cherokee have been served by a visitor center housed in a building constructed in 1941 that was originally meant to be office space.
On Wednesday, May 4, the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies invites staff and volunteers of museums, historical societies, and other cultural organizations as well as undergraduate and gradute students to its spring workshop, Conducting Collections Inventories and Building Partnerships to Attract Visitors.
NPS Director Praises National Heritage Areas - On January 31st, NPS Director Jon Jarvis spoke at the annual meeting for the Alliance of National Heritage Areas in Washington D.C.
New Brochure Encourages Visitation to Future Signage Sites-The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership continues to work with our partners and the NCDOT to design, fabricate and install the full signage program that has been planned for several years, and great progress is being made.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced twenty grants totaling nearly $245,000 in funding designed to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area recently hosted a two-day workshop, Essential Grantwriting Skills, presented by The Grantsmanship Center.
"Imagining the Blue Ridge Parkway for the 21st Century:  Sustaining Communities, Environments, and Economies" is the topic of the second in a two-part conversation about the past and future of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
It's less than a month until our partners from around the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area convene for a morning of information, updates, networking, and of course, great food!  We hope you will be among them.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is pleased to announce its 2010 Heritage Grants Program, which offers matching grants for innovative projects that preserve, interpret, and promote the rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage of Western North Carolina.
There is still time to register for one of three workshops on Nonprofit Financial Management.  You're just a click away from the opportunity to learn tips and techniques that can help you streamline and strengthen your financial procedures.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is pleased to present Nonprofit Financial Management in three workshops to be held across the region, led by Kathi Ballard.  Each workshop will be from 10 am until 2:30 pm.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is excited to announce a new series of two-minute programs on WNCW public radio, Living Traditions Moments, which will go live just before 8 pm on Friday, February 5.
As we bring this year to a close, we wish all of our partners a very happy holiday season and a bright and prosperous New Year.
You are invited to a weekend of commemoration and celebration, Nov. 12-14, presented by Blue Ridge Parkway 75th, Inc., with support from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area! Win tickets to the special benefit concert,headlined by Nanci Griffith!
Angie Chandler to Take the Helm of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Final Week to Register for Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge.