Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


July 13, 2016

Feast to the Beat, a national road trip tour celebrating the country’s National Parks and National Heritage Areas, will arrive in Asheville for a two-day event-filled stop, August 4-5, 2016. read more

June 15, 2016

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is pleased to announce the availability of more grants! Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 3, 2016 and funding decisions will be announced in late January 2017. read more


December 09, 2015

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. Called the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, the program provides wayside interpretive signs at cultural and natural heritage sites and attractions. In addition, five interactive kiosks have been installed in NC Welcome Centers at interstate entrances to the region. A large map brochure and website round out the program to achieve maximum promotion to visitors and residents. read more

November 24, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway officials announce two tunnel repair projects occurring this winter to the north and south of the Asheville corridor.  Both closures will be in effect from December 1, 2015 through spring of 2016. Repairs to Tanbark Tunnel at Milepost 374.4 will require a closure from Milepost 364.1 at Craggy Dome Parking Overlook to Milepost 375.6 at Ox Creek Road. Repairs to the Buck Springs Tunnel at Milepost 407.3 will require a closure from Milepost 405.5 at NC Route 151 to Milepost 408.8 near Mt. Pisgah. Both lanes of the motor road in these sections will be closed to all visitor traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians. read more

September 28, 2015

The North Carolina Folklore Society announced that master fiddler Roger Howell of Madison County, North Carolina is a 2015 recipient of the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award for his work in preserving and showcasing regional music traditions. Known for his skill as a musician and generosity as a teacher, Howell has also dedicated much of his energy to documenting the music for posterity. He spent years recording the “Memory Collection,” a compilation of 532 fiddle tunes donated to Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. read more

August 21, 2015

For the second year, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and Highland Brewing Company are partnering to present a Blue Ridge Music Trails “Traditions” concert celebrating the banjo styles of Western North Carolina—Banjopalooza. read more

June 26, 2015

Music lovers can pick up the beat at events taking place across North Carolina on Friday, thanks to the #NCMusicDay showcase on the Periscope live-streaming app. The broadcast results from a partnership between Visit North Carolina and the North Carolina Arts Council, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
The featured events ― a mountain music street dance, a showcase from the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina and a beach music mixer ― stretch from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. The program, which runs from about 6 until 8:30 p.m., will be broadcast from the Visit North Carolina Periscope channel and will  include an interview with an “American Idol” finalist and an informal dance lesson. Streamers can further engage by posting their own pictures and video clips from Friday music events taking place in North Carolina.
Here’s the itinerary:
•    Waynesville, home of the Friday Night Street Dances on Main Street and part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. At these weekly events featuring the area’s finest bluegrass musicians, bands and clogging teams, visitors dance with the locals under the direction of caller Joe Sam Queen. Periscope streamers can do likewise after hearing a chat with Queen about the clogging tradition.
•    Goldsboro, home of “American Idol” finalist Majesty Rose and a stop on the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina. Rose, who competed in Season 13, will talk about how North Carolina’s music traditions have influenced her style ― and headline a hometown concert at Herman Park Gazebo. The Periscope broadcast will include moments on stage with Rose and the Eric Xavier Quintet featuring Brian Miller.
•    Rodanthe, North Carolina’s easternmost point and home of the Summeritaville festival. Beach music lovers will gather at Waves Village Watersports Resort for performances by Outer Banks native Johnny Waters and SOULone along with food and craft vendors, a craft beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, watersports demos and more.
“Thanks to Periscope, people from all around the world will get a sense of North Carolina’s expansive musical heritage,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “Working with our partners for this broadcast allows a glimpse at how traditions from the mountains and Eastern North Carolina have influenced the music that will be performed on the Outer Banks.”
Visit North Carolina became one of the first destination brands to take advantage of Periscope, Twitter’s livestreaming app. Within the first 48 hours of the app’s existence, Visit North Carolina coordinated six livestream events from the mountains to the coast, showing fans how to #VacationBIG.
Building on the follower base established during the first broadcast, Visit North Carolina partnered with MerleFest to take fans behind the scenes of the four-day Americana festival in Wilkesboro. The @VisitNC account livestreamed performances and interviews with bands including homegrown group The Avett Brothers.
“Visit North Carolina continues to use new technology to give visitors a front-row seat to North Carolina attractions and events,” Tuttell said. “We hope that what they see and hear will inspire them to experience our great state in person.” read more