Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


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

November 21, 2013

Story courtesy of Garden and Gun

News from the Fourth Annual Made in the South Awards read more

October 25, 2013

Story credit to The Mountainneer

Haywood Community College recently received a $20,000 matching grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHAP) to develop and implement an Appalachian Heritage Arts Music Program at the college.  Music Heritage is identified as one of the core interpretive themes for the BRNHAP focusing on traditional music with significant history in the region. read more

October 25, 2013

October is all about apples!! Check out the newest newsletter from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) to learn about opportunities to get out and explore the region's apple harvest! read more

October 25, 2013

The Madison County Arts Council is proud to announce that its production, Four Master Fiddlers, has been awarded the coveted Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.  The Society received 642 entries in eleven categories including historical fiction, publishing, journals and museums.  Eight-three awards were given.  “The North Carolina Society of Historians has been in existence since 1941,” said Laura Boosinger, Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council.  “We are honored to be selected for this august award.  We want everyone across North Carolina to know about our treasured fiddling traditions.  This DVD gives folks an intimate picture of our musicians and their talents.”  The Four Master Fiddlers DVD is available at The Madison County Arts Council  or by visiting  To learn more about The North Carolina Society of Historians visit read more

October 16, 2013

Story Courtsey of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

The gates of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopen Wednesday to visitors. All attractions, campgrounds, visitor centers and facilities will be open. Fall is a peak season for the Smokies! For more information and details, click hereread more

October 16, 2013

Story by Karen Chavez - Asheville Citizen-Times

The elevator is back! Just in time for the surge in fall foliage seekers, otherwise known as the leaf peepers, the elevator at Chimney Rock State Park is back up and running! read more

October 09, 2013

For regularly updated information on how the government shutdown is affecting America's National Park click here. This update is brought to you by the National Park Foundationread more

September 27, 2013

Story credit - Craig Distl read more

September 26, 2013

Governor Pat McMory has announced the recipients of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, including two WNC residents, Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy award winning bluegrass fiddler and Susan Morgan Leveille, a weaver and grand-niece of the Penland school founder. read more