Find your Journey. Then help protect it.

December 2016 - In this Issue of The Scenic:

Thank you for all you do to protect the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We're so glad to be traveling this path with you.

    -From all of us at the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Read all about your impact on the Parkway
in our annual report!

Together we accomplished so much on the Blue Ridge Parkway during the centennial year of the National Park Service. Your donations provided much-needed structural repairs to keep Polly Woods Ordinary, the barn at Johnson Farm, and Ramsey Cabin open for visitors to learn about mountain history. Your gifts installed new picnic tables at Doughton Park. Thanks to you more remote cameras are collecting photos for biologists to use in wildlife research. An outpouring of support set Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on a path to reclaiming its former glory.

Our Kids in Parks program branched out with its first Citizen Science Trail, and launched the TRACK Rx program, which empowers doctors to prescribe outdoor exercise for the health of young patients. 

In addition to a stellar season of summer concerts, the Blue Ridge Music Center hosted more than 2,000 music lovers during A Show for Joe: The Joe Wilson Memorial Music Festival.

The Foundation's annual report is truly a chronicle of YOUR achievements on the Blue Ridge Parkway. THANK YOU!  Click here to read the annual report.

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Kids in Parks at the White House, again!

Kids in Parks and six 
additional childhood obesity prevention programs funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation were recently invited to the White House to meet with the staff of Let's Move!, a program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

CEO Carolyn Ward and KIP Program Director Jason Urroz presented details about the TRACK Trail program. The meeting generated new ideas for collaborations with Let's Move! and other partners.The timing of the meeting was especially critical, as the Let's Move! program is preparing for a transition out of the White House. However, the First Lady has vowed to remain engaged in this line of work as it is her mission to create a healthier generation of kids and families across the United States.

In 2012, Ward was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for her work with Kids in Parks, and the program opened a TRACK Trail at the White House in 2014. 

You can give a Blue Ridge Parkway specialty license plate to friends and family members who have a vehicle registered in North Carolina. From the $30 plate fee, $20 goes to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to protect and enhance the scenic route. You can order online or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245, to make a purchase. 

Tickets on sale for Sounds of the Mountains series

Town Mountain plays the Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, N.C., on January 14.

The Blue Ridge Music Center and Yadkin Arts Council are teaming up to present the Sounds of the Mountains winter concert series. Bluegrass band Town Mountain, National Heritage Award recipient Wayne Henderson, and songstress Jeanne Jolly will take the stage in January at the Willingham Theater at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. While the Blue Ridge Music Center is closed for the season, Sounds of the Mountains takes the music on the road to neighboring communities. Rising country star Caleb Caudle, singer-songwriter Dori Freeman, and Americana band The Buck Stops Here are special guests for the trio of concerts. Tickets are $20 each show or $45 for all three performances. For show dates and tickets, visit or call (336) 679-2941. 

You can double your generosity while you shop by designating that a portion of proceeds from your purchases go to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Signing up is easy: visit On your first visit, you'll be asked to choose a charitable organization to receive donations. Simply select the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and every eligible purchase you make will help fund crucial initiatives. If you already have an account, visit the "Your AmazonSmile" section under "Your Account" to designate the Foundation as your charity. Happy shopping! Sign up now. 

Photo by Vicki Dameron

Before you set out for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, be sure to check the  Real-time Map for weather and construction closures. 
Click here

You can also check weather conditions and view webcam images of key sites along the Parkway at

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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 about joining our Community of Stewards at

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
717 S. Marshall St., Suite 105B
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-5865
(866) 308-2773