On Saturday, October 1, the public is invited to celebrate the arrival of the 2011 fall color season with a hike through the crisp autumn woods led by a National Park Service Ranger, followed by two musical performances by traditional artists at the Parkway Visitor Center. This FREE event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
10 am: Join a Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger for an easy hike along the Loop Trail adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Hikers should join the ranger in the Lobby of the Center to participate in this family-friendly activity that should last for approximately 45 minutes. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes. Call 298-5330 x 304 with any questions about the hike.
12:00 Noon: Free concert by Dehlia Low, an exciting band of young bluegrass artists, playing a mixture of traditional and original material. Their polished instrumentals and harmonies reflect the musical traditions of the Southern mountains.
1:30 p.m: Free concert by the Dollar Brothers, from Todd, NC. Growing up surrounded by music, these brothers have been playing traditional and Gospel bluegrass for more than 20 years. With over 10 recordings, the band has shared the stage with many bluegrass greats, including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, the Seldom Scene, Doyle Lawson, and the Osborne Brothers.