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2019 Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge Annual Meeting

Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the annual meeting of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, is a special time for everyone who is involved in the preservation, interpretation, development and promotion of the heritage and culture of Western North Carolina to come together to share experiences, network, and get an update on the activities of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.  

2019 Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary


The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area invites you to be part of our 15th Anniversary Celebration! Our annual meeting, “Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge” will take place on Tuesday, August 6. Please register now to join us at the Mission Health/AB Tech Conference Center in Asheville. 

Register Here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4255519

Here are just a few reasons to look forward to “Gather ‘Round”:

  • Regional craft demonstrators will be on hand
  • Traditional bluegrass music will help to kick-off the event
  • And, highlights from 15 years of celebrating, promoting and protecting this region’s natural and cultural assets will be shared

Anne Pope

This will be a very special day, and we are honored to welcome keynote speaker, Anne Pope, Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director. A dedicated champion of cultural tourism, Anne previously served as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, where she led a variety of economic and community development initiatives. Ann’s experience has also included commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, as well as executive director of the Tennessee Film, entertainment and Music Commission. Ann’s presentation will be important for all of us to hear!

August 6th Agenda:

9:30 a.m.       Registration and continental breakfast

10:00 a.m.     Program begins 

12:30 p.m.      Lunch is catered by Colorful Palate

(Networking and seeing familiar faces from partner organizations throughout the region is encouraged.)

Thanks again to our major sponsors, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Forever Mountain.  And many thanks to the many supporters of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Together we can protect and promote our diverse mountain culture to knowledgeable visitors, while growing a sustainable future for all our residents.