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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Newsletter
March 2013

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In This Issue
Parkway Bog Turtles Better Protected
Do You Love Mountain Music?
Thank You NC License Plate Holders
Sequestration Impacts Parkway Facility Openings
A Honeymoon Anniversary Trip
Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC
Corkscrew 5K
10th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photo Competition
Parkway Place Challenge
Upcoming Events

March 1 - May 17
Voting opens for the 10th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photo Contest

April 14
Corkscrew 5K at Chetola Resort

May 4
Blue Ridge Music Center opens

May 25
TradFest! at the
Blue Ridge Music Center

June 10-13
Plates for the Parkway

June 14
Roseanne Cash and Wayne Henderson & Friends at the Blue Ridge Music Center

June 20
The Kruger Brothers at the Blue Ridge Music Center 

Save the Journey


Donate Now  

Donate today
and your tax deductible contribution will help preserve America's Favorite Journey for future generations. 
Rainbow - credit Jeff Burcher
photo by Jeff Burcher
"A gush of bird song,
a patter of dew
A cloud and a
rainbow's warning;

Suddenly sunshine
and perfect blue
An April day in the morning!"

- Harriet Prescott Spofford

Save the Date!


2013 Plates for the Parkway logo  

The Second Annual
Plates for the Parkway event

will be held at restaurants in communities along the Parkway June 10-13, 2013. Mark your calendars now and plan to support the Parkway by dining with one (or more) of our partners that week!

Red Maple

"Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems."

- Rainer Maria Rilke


Protect the Parkway  




For each new or renewed specialty plate, $20 is given to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and the entire specialty plate fee of $30 is tax deductible.


If you are a North Carolina resident,
Click Here
 to find out how you can help protect the Blue Ridge Parkway's historic, cultural and scenic resources today and into the future.


Already own a
NC Blue Ridge Parkway  Specialty Plate?       
Enter to Win a 2 Night Stay for two at a luxury accommodation on the Parkway, a gift certificate for dinner and a $100 gift card to the Mast General store!


"Hark, I hear a robin calling!
List, the wind is from the south!
And the orchard-bloom is falling
Sweet as kisses on the mouth.

In the dreamy vale of beeches
Fair and faint is woven mist,
And the river's orient reaches
Are the palest amethyst.

Every limpid brook is singing
Of the lure of April days;
Every piney glen is ringing
With the maddest roundelays.

Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills." 


- Lucy Maud Montgomery,

Spring Song



"Spring would not be spring without bird songs."

- Francis M. Chapman



Parkway Bog Turtles Will be Better Protected


Bog Turtle Thanks to the generosity of the Clabough Foundation, many of the parkway's federally endangered bog turtles will now be permanently marked for tracking and identification with PIT tags (passive infrared transponders).


The Clabough Foundation has fully funded the Blue Ridge Parkway's bog turtle project for 2013 with a generous grant of $1,500. One of the goals of the Clabough Foundation is to promote and improve the conservancy and stewardship of the natural resources in the High Country of North Carolina, and we are thankful that they have funded this project. You can find out more about this project and its benefits on our website.    


We have many other important projects for 2013 that still need your help to make them a reality. Will you consider a donation for one of these worthwhile projects today?


To see the full list and find out more information, please visit To help make these projects a reality, please visit



Do You Love Mountain Music?    

Water Tower Boys  

Here are two great opportunities to get involved with the Blue Ridge Music Center at Milepost 213 this summer!

Sign up for the Blue Ridge Music Center's e-news - you'll find out about the upcoming concerts and other information. While we will be promoting the concerts in our e-news, their newsletter will give you more timely and in-depth information about the bands that are playing and other special events.

Sign up to be a volunteer at the music center. The Blue Ridge Music Center always welcomes new volunteers who enjoy music, talking to new visitors and helping the local community. There are many light duties to choose from and you can choose the hours and days too. If you'd like more info or would like to be considered for our crew of our enthusiastic volunteers please send an email to or call at (276) 236-5309 x112. A training session for 2013 volunteers is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th.


Thank You North Carolina License Plate Holders!   

NC Blue Ridge Parkway Specialty Plate  

Thanks to the thousands of North Carolina car and motorcycle owners who proudly display the Blue Ridge Parkway Specialty Plate. Your support of the Parkway through this program allows us to fund over $500,000 of important Parkway projects and programs each year.

Whether you have a NC specialty plate or not, don't forget to register for our annual drawing for a luxury 2-night stay on the Parkway. Last year's winner, Mary Price, is glad she did! Mary's grandson learned of the contest through our Facebook page and suggested she enter...and a few months later, we presented Mary with a certificate for a 2-night stay at the Mast Farm Inn, a $50 gift certificate for their restaurant Simplicity and a $100 gift certificate for Mast General Store. Congratulations Mary, and enjoy your trip to the High Country!

We are still working hard in the NC legislature to retain our full-color specialty license plates, which are due to be discontinued in 2015.  You can find out more about this issue on our website and stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook.


Parkway News  

Sequestration Impacts Facility Openings
on the Blue Ridge Parkway   


Blue Ridge Parkway managers are beginning the process of implementing the park's plan to reduce costs as required by the recent sequester. Like every park in the National Park system, the Parkway was required to prepare a proposed plan for reducing the operating budget by 5% from 2012 levels. This cut amounts to $784,000. The plan outlines cuts to staff, training, travel and programs; these cuts reflect decisions that balance protection of park resources with visitor safety and services.

The full 2013 facility schedule has been announced with some partial closings and delayed opening dates. The following Parkway facilities, however, are slated to remain closed for the 2013 visitor season:
  • Otter Creek Campground, MP 60.8
  • James River Visitor Center & Picnic Area, MP 63.6
  • Roanoke Mountain Campground, MP 120.4 (Sunday afternoon Mountain Music programs are expected to continue)  
  • Smart View Picnic Area, MP 154.5
  • Rocky Knob Visitor Center, MP 169
  • Doughton Park Picnic Area, MP 241.1
  • Jeffress Park Picnic Area, MP 271.9
  • Crabtree Falls Campground, MP 339.5
  • Crabtree Falls Visitor Center, MP 340.2
Stay updated for any changes to the opening and closing dates by following us on Facebook.

Your Stories  

A Honeymoon Anniversary Trip

Dennis & Dorothy From Okeechobee, FL

Dennis & Dorothy from Okeechobee, FL spent their honeymoon on the Parkway. They repeat their anniversary ride every five years, and their next trip will be this June.


What's your Parkway story? 


Read other great stories on our website or share your own special Parkway story or memory.


HEndtoEnder.orgave you traveled the entire length of the Parkway? Our end-to-ender program is designed to celebrate those people who have traveled all 469 miles of the Parkway, whether done in one trip or many. To submit your story and receive your rewards package, please go to 

Programs and Partners 

Blue Ridge Music Trails Logo 
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and North Carolina Arts Council have partnered to launch a new initiative, the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, to promote the rich traditional music heritage in 29 counties in Western North Carolina. The springboard for the initiative is the upcoming release of the new Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook, published by UNC Press and available in late April.

You can find more information concerning the content of the book, venues and events, contacts, and more at the
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's website.


Corkscrew 5K 
Don't forget to join the Foundation, Chetola Resort and Zap Fitness on Saturday, April 13 for the Corkscrew 5K. Held in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, the 5K combines road racing and wine (or, if you prefer, walking and wine). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and our staff will be there to cheer on the runners.

Registration is open at Chetola's website.


10th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition 

This Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition provides both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. Categories for this year's competition include: Adventure, Blue Ridge Parkway - Weather on the Parkway, Culture, Our Ecological Footprint, Flora/Fauna, and Landscape.


Voting is open now - visit


Parkway Place Challenge

Parkway Place Challenge - April 2013
photo by Karen Nelson
Do you know the location of this photo taken on the Parkway? Submit your answer on our website by midnight, April 29th. Three winners will be drawn at random from those who submit the correct answer, and each winner will receive their choice of an array of prizes.

PPC March 2013


Last month's correct answer was Abbott Lake at MP 86. If you submitted a correct answer, the randomly selected winners will be drawn this week, and you will be notified if you are one of the winners.


Do you have a photo that you think would be a great puzzler? Submit it here!

Thank You
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation would like to thank you for your support. As the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America's Favorite Journey™. Learn more at
Contact Info
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
717 S. Marshall Street Suite 105B
Winston-Salem, NC