Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


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

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