Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


March 13, 2015

The new Asheville Outlets mall opening this weekend is sponsoring some great music from artists who are on the Blue Ridge Music Trails. From Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, you can enjoy free music from some of the finest WNC artists, all of whom are on the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's Traditional Artist Directory.  The main concert is from Whitewater Bluegrass. But our music will be playing all weekend. See below for a schedule of performers. read more

March 12, 2015

The arrival of warmer weather across much of Western North Carolina has lead to the re-opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway North of Asheville, NC. This development provides access to such areas as Craggy Gardens and those beyond heading North towards the Virginia state line. read more

February 12, 2015

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) announces the award of 22 grants totaling $170,000 to help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee culture, and agricultural traditions. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003. read more

January 14, 2015

Robert Dotson, a flatfoot dancer of Sugar Grove, NC and recipient of the 1994 North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, passed away January 13, 2015, after a brief illness at the age of 91. read more

January 07, 2015

UNC-TV's latest project, "David Holt's State of Music," is set to premiere on Thursday, January 29 at 10:00 PM. read more

January 06, 2015

The Blue Ridge Parkway (Parkway) is seeking public input, through February 9, 2015, on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Moses H. Cone Developed Area Management Plan (DAMP).  The DAMP would guide the future development and management of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park (Memorial Park). The purpose of this EA is to describe the affected environment and analyze potential impacts associated with a no action alternative and two action alternatives. read more


December 02, 2014

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area invites its partners in Henderson, Rutherford, Transylvania and Polk counties to a special workshop designed to provide information on how to connect to the Blue Ridge Music Trails in meaningful ways that will benefit you. read more

November 05, 2014

Thanks to funding, in part, from a Cherokee Preservation Foundation grant, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) has contracted with Kristi Driver to serve as Group Sales Manager to help implement a Group Tour/Motorcoach initiative for Western North Carolina. read more

October 22, 2014

The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the Western North Carolina region for 252 miles, with overlooks and stops that offer breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains decked out in their exquisite fall colors. Along the way, travelers can stop at several locations and enjoy some of the finest traditional mountain music around. read more