Blue Ridge National Heritage News Feed


August 28, 2013

Two longtime travel counselors have been promoted to managers at two North Carolina Welcome Centers. Mary Ann Teague of Waynesville, who joined the Welcome Center program in 1996, has been named manager of the I-40 West Welcome Center in Haywood County. Chris McKeaver of Siloam, who joined the Welcome Center program in 2000, has been named manager of the I-77 North Welcome Center in Surry County. read more

August 23, 2013

The year 2013 brings with it an opportunity to celebrate the YMI’s 120 years of existence as an institution of national, state and local historical recognition. In lieu of a Goombay festival normally held in August, the YMI is  proud to celebrate this Founders Celebration August 22- 25, 2013. The YMI’s celebration of arts in music will resume August 2014. read more

August 20, 2013

The nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards have been announced this evening in Nashville.
Awards will be presented on September 26 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC.
Here are the nominees and recipients as provided by the IBMA: read more

August 14, 2013

Story credit to Karen Chavez of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson announced that Patricia M. Wissinger has been selected as the next deputy superintendent (kind of like a vice president to the president). read more

August 13, 2013

The Southern Highland Craft Guild represents over 900 artists living in the mountain counties of nine southeastern states.  This show features the work of newly juried members from 2010 - present.  All the artist statements presented for the exhibition featured an aha moment of inspiration or serendipity. The show celebrates those moments. For a more information and a compelete listing of the new members, click here. read more

August 13, 2013

Join Parkway rangers on August 22nd at 7 PM for an easy evening stroll at the Visitor Center. Learn about Parkway construction, from the early days of the Civilian Conservation Corps to our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Visitor Center. Meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center parking lot, Milepost 384. Wear walking shoes and be prepared for varying weather. Call (828) 298-5330, ext. 304 for details. read more

July 30, 2013

Join Parkway rangers on Thursday, August 8th at 7:00pm for an easy evening stroll on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail near Asheville to learn how human encroachment impacts animals that make their homes in underground burrows, rock crevices, and tree cavities. read more

July 23, 2013

After decades of research and work archaeologists David Moore, Robin Beck and Christopher Rodning have discovered the remains of a Spanish fort outside of Morganton, NC. The discovery makes Western North Carolina home to the oldest European fort in the interior of the United States. To learn more read this press release from the University of Michigan. Also check out this article from the NY Times.

The remains of the earliest European fort in the interior of what is now the United States have been discovered by a team of archaeologists, providing new insight into the start of the U.S. colonial era and the all-too-human reasons spoiling Spanish dreams of gold and glory. read more

July 16, 2013

Currently in effect -  Road closure on the Blue Ridge Parkway, affecting a North Carolina section between mileposts 376 and 355. No access to Craggy Gardens area until further notice. Motorists should take note that the roadway is closed traveling South at Mount Mitchell and traveling North at Ox Creek Road. Mt. Mitchell State Park will remain open and accessible from the northern approach along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 330, at Spruce Pine, NC, or from state Route 80. read more

July 09, 2013

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, has launched it's new website, Serving as a travel guide, the new site offers visitors and residents alike access to information on all that there is to do and see in North Carolina. Check it out today and plan your adventure! read more