Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


February 05, 2014

Story by Karen Chavez of the Asheville Citizen-Times

Plans for the newest state forest in the mountains took a step closer to becoming reality with a federal grant to purchase some prime riverfront property. read more

January 14, 2014

The Yadkin Arts Council is now home to Yadkin County’s only community theater group, The Yadkin Players. To begin its first season the group will hold free acting workshops that are open to the public on January 18 and January 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Willingham Theater. read more

January 07, 2014

Story by Karen Chavez, Asheville Citizen-Times.

Oh, Chimney Rock State Park. It’s like the little park that could. read more

January 02, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Sheila Kay Adams, to perform in her hometown on Saturday, January 18th,  at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 and the show will be held at the Madison County Arts Center in Marshall, NC.

A seventh generation ballad singer, storyteller and musician, Sheila Kay Adams was born and raised in the Sodom Laurel community of Madison County, an area renowned for its unbroken traditions of unaccompanied ballad singing that dates back to the early Scots-Irish and English settlers in the mid-17th century. read more

January 02, 2014

When planning your winter adventures in the North Carolina Mountains and Foothills don't forget to check the current status of Blue Ridge Parkway road closures. A new interactive map provide by the National Park Service, provides visitors and residents alike with a great resource to check real-time closure information and stay up to date on weather affected areas. For more information and access to the map, click here. read more


December 19, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service Nantahala Ranger District will seasonally close certain roads from Jan. 2 to April 1, 2014.  During this period, the roads are susceptible to freezing and thawing, and they become very soft and easily damaged by traffic. read more

December 13, 2013

As a holiday gift to all, we present 8 Days of Food Trucks to the "food-less" fringe of town! The food trucks featured at 35 Woodfin Street are part of a fundraising effort to support kids in foster care in Buncombe County. There are hundreds of kids in foster care in Buncombe County. With your purchase you are helping to provide needed items for our youth in care. Partnerships like these enable the foundation to provide support to the programs and partnerships that strengthen our community. So grab your friends, coworkers and anyone else who likes to eat and come on over! And please continue to support the local businesses that support our community! read more

December 10, 2013

One-of-a-kind star-studded musical event announced for Friday's schedule

MerleFest, presented by Lowe's and slated for April 24-27, 2014, has announced the addition of "BanjoRama" - a one-time-only assembly of music's top banjo players in performance together. The event, created specifically for MerleFest 2014, will be part of Friday's Watson Stage schedule. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. read more

December 04, 2013

Press release from the US Forest Service read more

November 25, 2013

General Description and Purpose:
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (BRPF) is seeking a Director to develop, administer, and manage performance activities related to The Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC) located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 213 near the North Carolina and Virginia state line. As a facility managed and directed by the National Park Service, a major venue on the Crooked Road, and linked to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC, the Blue Ridge Music Center operates through a formal partnership with The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (a non-profit who manages the performance programming at and related to the site). This position requires a proven ability to both articulate and realize a collaborative vision among multiple partners. Primary Responsibilities include: strategic planning, development and fundraising, program creation and oversight, volunteer management, administrative leadership and management, community partnership management, marketing and public relations. read more