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August 2017 - In this Issue of The Scenic:
Remaking History
Photos by Jan Todd at

Thank you for helping us raise 
more than $120,000 at the Denim Ball!

What a fantastic evening we had at the Denim Ball thanks to you! From the crowning of the Denim King and Queens to spirited bidding in the live auction, the gathering was a wonderful show of support for restoration at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Thanks to your generosity, more than $120,000 was raised to support the Foundation's efforts to rehabilitate the former estate. We're already planning next year's event! If you weren't able to attend the sold-out event, you can still play a part in protecting the beautiful 3,500-acre estate with a gift today will match your gift for a limited time

Charlotte Tate with the American Conservation Experience levels a log for new stairs at Craggy Gardens.
Ask anyone in Asheville for a list of
heir favorite hikes, and you're certain to hear "I Love Craggy!"  Now is the perfect time to show how important this natural wonderland on the Parkway is to you. From now until August 31, your donation to repair the Craggy Flats Bald Trail and install new exhibits at the Visitor Center will be doubled! is generously matching every gift until we reach $5,497 (the elevation of Craggy Gardens).

The clock is ticking on this special opportunity. Please double your gift today, so we can claim the full match and show Craggy Gardens the love it needs!

A Total Eclipse of the Park(way)

Sun's corona at totality. Photo from NASA
Are you planning to watch the solar eclipse on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Check out the National Park Service's planning page for the August 21 celestial event to ensure you have fun and safe experience!
Click here

You can also enjoy a fun activity for children courtesy of our Kids in Parks team.   Download the Eclipse Activity Sheet

The Find Your Pint beer series is in full swing all along the Blue Ridge Parkway! Throughout August and September, 31 breweries and one cidery are donating proceeds from pints to address the needs of the Blue Ridge Parkway. (And we just welcomed a new brewery to the series, Ecusta Brewing Company in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina!)

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, Ecusta Brewing CompanyFlying 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

The series of events includes a passport program encouraging beer fans to visit each brewery to collect Parkway Beer Passport stickers. The booklets are available at participating breweries and printable online. Beer fans are encouraged to use #FindYourPint and #BRPFoundation in social media posts and tag the breweries to spread the word.
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As the Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we're reflecting on the projects you've made possible. 

Can you imagine what the Parkway would look like if its neighbors were not mindful of building projects along America's Favorite Drive? In 2008, the Foundation funded the production of A Neighbor's Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway to educate builders, developers and property owners about building adjacent to the scenic road. We're celebrating this project and many more in our 20th anniversary year! 

To receive a free copy by mail, e-mail Rita Larkin at

Don't miss the Blue Ridge Music Center's final amphitheater shows of the season

Old Crow Medicine Show plays August 27.
The Blue Ridge Music Center is wrapping up its outdoor summer concerts with a bang! Escape the heat and make your way to the beautiful outdoor theater for cool mountain air and these fantastic performances.

Sherman Holmes plays September 1.
Barr-Williams Band
plus The Cabin Creek Boys

Saturday, August 19, 7 p.m. | $10

Old Crow Medicine Show
plus Mipso and Amythyst Kiah

Sunday, August 27, 4:30-9 p.m. concert
$38 adults, $22 children

A Show for Joe: The Joe Wilson Memorial Music Festival
Performers: Band of Ruhks, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Linda Lay & Springfield Exit, Whitetop Mountain Band, and special guests Sherman Holmes and The Ingramettes
Friday, September 1, workshop 2 p.m., concert  4-9 p.m | $25

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation proudly supports programming at the venue at milepost 213 to preserve the cultural and musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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!

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 27101-5865
(866) 308-2773