Discover the journey. Then help protect it.

July 2018 - In this issue of The Scenic:
Last call for Denim Ball tickets!

Photo by Jan Todd/

Jeff Little Trio
Tickets are selling quickly and we don't  want you to miss The Denim Ball. Join us for this wonderful event  at 6 p.m., Friday, August 3, at  Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock in North Carolina. 

Put on some dressy denim for this  benefit for Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. The night by the resort's lake will include music by the Jeff Little Trio, a buffet dinner, cash bar, and live and silent auction. 

Want a sneak peek of the 
incredible auction items you'll see 
at this year's Denim Ball? Or maybe you can't attend 
the event, but want an opportunity to bid from home? Either way, you're in luck! Our pre-event online auction is live now and features three exclusive items, including a Les Paul guitar autographed by country music star Eric Church.

For tickets to the ball, visit  or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245.

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Where has your Parkway license plate been?

Blue Ridge Parkway specialty plate owners show their park pride everywhere they go. That's why it's fun to spot the gold tag on the road. This spring, our staff spied a Parkway plate in Joshua Tree National Park !

Here's what owner Sandy Leafe wrote about her plate's travels: We love to travel, especially to our national parks and monuments. That license plate has been to every one of the lower 48 states except Idaho. We haven't made it there yet, but it's still on our bucket list. In addition to the lower 48, the plate has been to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario on the east coast and British Columbia, Alberta, The Yukon, and Alaska on the west coast.

Where has your Blue Ridge Parkway license plate been? E-mail a photo of your plate on the road to Rita Larkin at to have it featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Get to know the moths of the Parkway

Great Tiger Moth on the Parkway
Photo by Jon Boeger/NPS
Happy National  Moth  Week ! Enjoy free ranger talks throughout the  week  as we join the global celebration of these captivating night fliers. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is proud to help fund these National  Moth  Week  evening activities on the Parkway:

July 20:  Night Flier program, Peaks of Otter, milepost 86, near Bedford, Virginia, 9 p.m.
July 26: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, classroom, 8:30 p.m., milepost 384, Asheville, N.C.
July 27: Pisgah Campground in B loop at the amphitheater entrance, 8:30 p.m., milepost 408 near the Pisgah Inn
July 27: Price Park Campground Kiosk, 7 p.m., milepost 297 near Blowing Rock, N.C.
July 27: Night Flier program, Peaks of Otter, milepost 86, near Bedford, Virginia, 9 p.m.
July 28: Pisgah Campground in B loop at the amphitheater entrance, 8:30 p.m., milepost 408 near the Pisgah Inn

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Find Your Pint in July

  HIghland Brewing Logo
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville's oldest legal brewery will donate $1 from every pint of a special Cowee Kolsch sold from July 20 until the batch is gone. They dry hopped this special kolsch with lemondrop hops for a slight citrus character. 

Asheville, South Slope location
On July 26, Hi-Wire will donate 15 percent of all beer sales to support the Parkway. Come by for prizes from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Coming up: Find Your Pint events with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Noble Cider, and Wicked Weed Brewing.

Blue Ridge Music Center welcomes back Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens

5 p.m. reception & 7 p.m. concert, Sat., July 28
$35 advance, $40 day of show, $75 concert & reception
Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Parkway, near Galax, Virginia

From her Grammy Award-winning work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops to her illustrious solo career, Rhiannon Giddens is a powerful singer, songwriter, and musician. To introduce this fantastic show, the Blue Ridge Music Center is hosting a ticketed reception with hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine starting at 5 p.m., July 28. Reception tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase, visit or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 212.

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The Foundation proudly supports programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center to preserve the cultural and musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Road to the Past
Ramsey Cabin in 1952

Did you know that Ramsey Cabin wasn't always located at Humpback Rocks Farm? In the early 1950s it was disassembled at milepost 50 and reconstructed at milepost 5.
Kudos for Kids in Parks

Shift Awards logo Our Kids in Parks (KIP) program is getting more recognition for connecting kids and families to nature and helping parks thrive. We're honored to learn that the program has been named an Official Selection for a Youth Engagement Award by the group SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow). KIP was recognized for its track record of engaging 450,000+ kids with the outdoors through TRACK Trails and TRACK Rx programs, which promote children's health and the health of our parks by increasing physical activity and engaging families in outdoor adventures that foster meaningful connections to the natural world.

SHIFT is a program of The Center for Jackson Hole, a nonprofit that combines the protection of place with health, business, responsible recreation and cultural relevancy to advance cutting-edge ideas that are revitalizing the American conservation movement. The group researched more than 400 programs and evaluated more than 150 nominations for the award.

A winner will be named during SHIFT's annual festival in October. Wish us luck!

Painters working en plein air
You can sponsor the art show
Of Valley & Ridge

We're seeking sponsors for an intriguing event this fall. The Foundation is partnering with the Saints of Paint for an art show fundraiser titled,  Of Valley & Ridge: A Scenic Journey Through the Blue Ridge Parkway . Works of 21 Western North Carolina fine artists will be featured October 26-28 at the historic Zealandia estate in Asheville. You can help make the event a success by becoming a presenting, gold, silver, or bronze level sponsor. Proceeds from a kick-off gala and art sales through the weekend will support the Foundation's work to protect, preserve, and enhance the scenic route. 

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 |