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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Newsletter 

July 2014  

From everyone at the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation,

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

  Photo by Jay Wild


Summer afternoon-summer afternoon; to me those have always been

the two most beautiful words  

in the English language.  

Henry James 




Thank you to the dozens of restaurants, breweries, coffeehouses and more who participated in our 3rd Annual Plates for the Parkway. Donations are still rolling in, and we will be excited to announce the results in the coming weeks.

Please make sure to support these businesses throughout the year and thank them for their support of the Parkway. Find the full list at:

Photo by Elise Kahl

It's summer and time for wandering...
Kellie Elmore


Over 27,000 North Carolina residents have you?


With a Parkway Specialty Plate you can beautify your car and help the Parkway at the same time!  


Click here to learn more! 


Protect the Parkway. Get the Plate!

Photo by Monty Combs
 In the morning light, I remembered how much I loved the sound of wind through the trees. I laid back and closed my eyes, and I was comforted by the sound
of a million tiny leaves
dancing on a summer morning.
Patrick Carman 
Save the Journey
What do you love about the Parkway?

Click here to help protect it today.

Your tax deductible contribution will help protect America's Favorite Journey�

Foundation News 

Join us for Lodging and Learning!

Ever wanted to know more about nature? Learn in comfort with experts September 4-7. Make your reservations today for this wonderful High Country Adventure and enjoy a photography class with Vicki Dameron, history of Moses H. Cone Estate with Phil Noblitt, nature sketching and journaling, canoeing and flyfishing 101 with park rangers and Foundation staff, coupled with great music, food and fellowship.


No experience necessary. Moderate walking. An unforgettable experience! Learn more at


Go Behind the Scenes

You might have already seen the amazing video to protect Graveyard Fields featuring our friends, the Steep Canyon Rangers. Now, you're in for another treat: the behind the scenes version. If you like what you see and want to help us meet our fundraising goal for this project - now nearly complete - be sure to click on the Donate Now button at:

A Great July Lineup at the Music Center

Wyatt Rice at the Grand Ole Opry

July is going to be another sensational month for concerts at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax. We hope to see you at a show!
  • July 5th - Old-Time Holiday Dance Party with The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters & The Mountain Park Old Time Band
  • July 12th - Piedmont Pickin' hosted by Kinney Rorrer (WVTF's Back to Blue Ridge) with guests Doug Rorrer & Friends and The Jus' Cauz Bluegrass Band
  • July 19th - Across the Blue Ridge hosted by Paul Brown (NPR) and Terri McMurray with guests The Piney Woods Boys and Jim & Phyllis Gaskins
  • July 26th - Acoustic guitar wizards Wyatt Rice & Claiborne Woodall, Rain Check, and The Elkville Stringband 

Saturday evening concerts begin at 7 PM. For more info, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit  

or call 866-308-2773 x 245.

Kids in Parks News 

Extra - Read All Abo
ut It!

Our Kids in Parks program has received some great national recognition in the past week. The USA Today wrote an article about the program and included it in their special edition National Parks magazine that is on newsstands now. The program was also mentioned in the 2014 National Prevention Strategy Report that was released by Surgeon General on behalf of the National Prevention Council. See more here.

Kids in Parks Introduces New Website




You may have noticed that our Kids in Parks program's website has a new look... and some enhanced functionality, too!


Due to rapid technological advancements in computers, smart phones, and tablets, our old website needed some updates to become a newer, safer, more mobile-friendly format.


And, we figured that if we were going to redesign the website, we might as well make some other adjustments to the functionality in order to improve the overall user experience. Visit today and you'll find:

-          Mobile functionality

-          Smoother Registration Process

-          Ease of Managing Multiple Accounts


If you have an existing account and have trouble accessing it,  please contact us at 866-308-2773. We will do whatever we can to assist you! 


We hope you enjoy the new website and we hope to see you on our growing network of trails!    



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