Discover the journey. Then help protect it.

December 2018 - In this Issue of The Scenic:

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation 2017-18 Annual Report cover
Our latest annual report is now available online! It's full of the incredible accomplishments your time and gifts made possible on the Blue Ridge Parkway this year.

Within its pages, you'll see some of the faces of our Community of Stewards, including one inspiring young lady who is advancing environmental preservation efforts thanks to a jump start from our Kids in Parks program. We've highlighted Willard Gayheart, who has entertained visitors with music and tales at the Blue Ridge Music Center for 12 years. You'll also meet the historian who is bringing stories of the Cone family to life through her research for new exhibits at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

Your support is behind every success we celebrate. Whether you have entrusted us with a financial donation, volunteered for a hands-on project, celebrated at fundraising events, or purchased a Blue Ridge Parkway license plate, we thank you for being a steadfast steward of the Parkway.

"For my family, driving up the mountain from Wilkes County to Bluffs Restaurant was a monthly trip. Guests and relatives would always join us for fried chicken, grits, cobbler, and the real deal ham biscuits. Ms. Ellen Smith would always have a high chair for my teddy bear, Boo Boo. I give to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation so this very important stop along 'America's Favorite Journey' will be saved." 
- Julie Hettiger, pictured with her friend Anna Kerly
in 1966 at Bluffs Coffee Shop

Honor a loved one this holiday season

Chances are you've shared meaningful Parkway experiences with someone important in your life. You can recognize that heartfelt connection by making a gift to honor or memorialize a family member, friend, or pet. Honorees will receive a card announcing your gift. Donate before Monday, December 17  to ensure your card arrives by Christmas. 

Giving Tuesday continues through Dec. 11

Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway by Scott Ramsey
"Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway" 
by Scott Ramsey
Giving feels good every day, and we still have a Giving Tuesday gift for you. When you make an online donation of $100 or more through Tuesday, December 11 you will receive an 8" x 10" print of Scott Ramsey's award-winning photograph, "Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway" (while supplies last). Timing was key in capturing this spectacular moment during the 2017 solar eclipse. The diamond ring effect is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun. The photo was taken at Mile High Overlook.  Let's ensure we can enjoy many more amazing moments to come on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Road to the Past
Snow covered picnic table at Peaks of Otter
This 1960 photo shows a peaceful winter scene at the Peaks of Otter Picnic Area, milepost 86. The Parkway is expecting snowfall this weekend, so before you set out to enjoy the journey, check weather and road conditions, which can change quickly and vary greatly between elevations along the route.
Feel Good Gifts

Let us help with your holiday giving list! Here are presents that feel good and do good.

Photo by Mike Duncan
A Season of Music
For the music lovers on your list, a season pass for the 2019 Roots of American Music concert series at the Blue Ridge Music Center makes an exciting gift. Choose from a pick 3 , half season, or full season pass for concerts May through August at the scenic outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia. To purchase, call (866) 308-2773, ext. 212. More info

Ray_s Weather Calender 2019

Picture Perfect
The 2019 Blue Ridge Parkway Calendar by Ray's Weather features more than 50 photos from all along the 469 miles of the Parkway. The selected photos are winners in the  Blue Ridge Parkway Photo Contest. A portion of proceeds helps support our work, so get yours before 2019 sneaks up on you!   Order

Hiking Buddies
Take TRACK the dog and KIP the dragonfly on your next TRACK Trail hike with the family. The mascots of our Kids in Parks program make great adventure companions. Each trail has a series of self-guided adventures that turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. A portion of proceeds from sales from the plush toys helps fund free prizes for children who complete excusions.  Order  
Give to the Parkway with AmazonSmile

You can double your generosity while you shop this holiday season by designating a portion of proceeds from your Amazon purchases 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 boost 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! 

Sounds of the Mountains concerts in January
When the Blue Ridge Music Center's home on the Parkway is closed for the season, it takes the show on the road. The Music Center and Yadkin Arts Council are  presenting an exciting lineup of blues, bluegrass, country, folk and Americana artists for the fourth annual Sounds of the Mountains concert series on Saturdays in January. Tickets are on sale now and make great gifts.
7:30 p.m., January 5, $25
Willingham Theater, Yadkinville, N.C.
American songster Dom Flemons cofounded the seminal and Grammy Award-winning contemporary African-American string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and has been integrally involved with the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving traditional Southern music, including the blues and string traditions of the North Carolina Piedmont.  Tickets
7:30 p.m., January 12, $25
The Ramkat, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kelsey Waldon's unique and authentic style of American roots music blends country, bluegrass, soul, rhythm and blues, and a bit of rock 'n' roll. Her contemporary, yet retro, country sound has been compared to that of country music legends Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn.  Tickets
7:30 p.m., January 19, $25
Willingham Theater, Yadkinville, N.C.
Fashioning their own take on roots music and indie folk, Front Country has forged a sound bent on merging the musical past with the future. The result lies somewhere between indie folk and Americana, in a nether region they've come to embrace as their own.  Tickets

7:30 p.m., January 26, $25
Willingham Theater, Yadkinville, N.C.
The Fireside Collective's high energy brand of bluegrass, newgrass, and progressive folk music garnered the group a nomination for the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for Best Emerging Artist/Band.  Tickets
Passes Available
A four-show pass is $80 , and a  three-show pass is $65 .

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 boosts the N.C. Department of Transportation Wildflower Program

Join our Community of Stewards                           


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
& 322 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803
(866) 308-2773 |