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July 2017 - In this Issue of The Scenic:
Find Your Pint!   

Raise a glass to support the Blue Ridge Parkway
A love for beer and the outdoors go hand in hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains. That's why the Foundation has teamed up with 30 breweries and one cidery in North Carolina and Virginia for special "Find Your Pint" beer releases and fundraising events throughout August and September to address the needs of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The series of events includes a passport program encouraging beer fans to visit each brewery to collect Parkway Beer Passport stickers. The booklets will be available at participating breweries and are printable online. Beer fans are encouraged to use #FindYourPint and #BRPFoundation in social media posts and tag the breweries and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to spread the word.

The 2017 participants are: Archetype Brewing Company, Asheville Brewing Company, BearWaters Brewing Company, Bhramari Brewing Company, Blue Ghost Brewing Company, Boojum Brewing Company, Boondocks Brewing, Booneshine Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing Co., Creek Bottom Brewing Company, Flying Mouse Brewery, Frog Level Brewing Company, Ginger's Revenge Craft Brewery and Tasting Room, Green Man Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing, Innovation Brewing, Loose Shoe Brewing Company, Lost Province Brewing Company, Mills River Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, Noble Cider, One World Brewing, Oyster House Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sweeten Creek Brewing, Thirsty Monk Brewery and Pub, Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Twin Leaf Brewery, and Wise Man Brewing
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Who turned out the lights?
For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States, including 20 national parks, on August 21! Around 2:30 p.m., the celestial event will sweep across the southern end of the Parkway, which lies in the path of totality, meaning visitors can witness the moon completely blocking the sun. Select a viewing spot where a wide expanse of sky is visible and get there early. Solar viewing glasses are a must, as are food, water, a first-aid kit, and sunscreen. Due to traffic, you may have to stay in one location for a while, so kick back and enjoy because the next eclipse isn't due until 2024. For more,
Project Spotlight:
Waterrock Knob

In the summer of 2016, the Blue Ridge Parkway acquired 5,329 acres near Waterrock Knob. In an effort to implement recreational opportunities while protecting the fragile natural resources, the Foundation will work with neighboring communities and stakeholders to plan for the future of this pristine landscape. The project is made possible by grants from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Pigeon River Fund. Support this project.

Ready, Set, Bid!
"Mountain Majesty" by Rick Reinert is one of the items up for early bidding.

The second annual Denim Ball is sold out, but it's not too late for you to help make the event a success! Advanced bidding in our online auction will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 28 and will remain open until August 3. You won't want to miss your chance to bid on select one of a kind experiences like a VIP dinner and carriage ride at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park or a two-night stay in the Anvil Rock Cabin at Grandfather Mountain. Check out the online auction!

Craggy collage

"One of my family's favorite spots on the Parkway is Craggy Gardens at milepost 364. I especially love seeing the rhododendrons in June and hanging our hammocks to enjoy the cool mountain breezes. Because it's so close to our home in Asheville, we make the trip often and take all of our out-of-town visitors."
- Mandy Gee

By telling us about your favorite places on the Parkway, you spread the word about its importance. Click here to share your Parkway story!
Bass Lake Comfort Station

As the Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we're reflecting on the projects you've made possible. 

Situated in the middle of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Bass Lake provides excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. The .8 mile loop around the lake is popular with runners and walkers alike. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation provided funding in 2009 to build a comfort station at Bass Lake outside of Blowing Rock near milepost 294. Through donations, our generous Community of Stewards keeps the facility clean and open year-round to visitors.
Order your North Carolina specialty license tag and help the Blue Ridge Parkway.  For each attractive license plate sold, $20 funds important projects on the scenic route,and $10 funds the N.C. Department of Transportation Wildflower Program. Get the plate today!

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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