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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Newsletter 

March 2014 

Save the Journey
What do you love about the Parkway?

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Your tax deductible contribution will help protect America's Favorite Journey�

It's spring fever.
That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Mark Twain


Wouldn't this look  

lovely on your car?   


You can beautify your car and help the Parkway at the same time!  


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Protect the Parkway. Get the Plate!   

Photo by Norris Barnes

When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.
-Ernest Hemingway

Spring is about renewal. The warmer (usually) temperatures, budding trees and longer days awaken the senses and feed the soul. For many of us, the thaw of spring means time to get back on the Parkway...and that always puts a little SPRING in our step! It also means that the Foundation team is busy as a bee putting together vibrant programming for the Music Center, opening TRACK Trails, and working with the National Park Service to plan our projects for the year.

Thank you for being a member of our Community of Stewards! Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or want to get more involved or volunteer.

-Carolyn Ward, CEO, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Foundation News 

Springing into 2014

Each year, the Foundation carefully selects a list of funding and programming priorities to benefit the Parkway. After many conversations with NPS staff, a detailed review from the Foundation team, and careful consideration of the Foundation's Board, the 2014 funding has been announced.
Follow the leader

Our recent board meeting was a busy one, as we welcomed a new Chair and Vice-Chair, along with several new trustees and advisors, to the Foundation. Broaddus Fitzpatrick, an attorney, conservationist and community volunteer from Roanoke, VA, has accepted the role of Chair. Gary Stewart, who has worked with numerous parks including the Parkway through his role at Woolpert, Inc. in Charlotte, has accepted the role of Vice-Chair. We also welcomed Jack Betts as Secretary and Pat Shore Clark continues as Treasurer. Read more about our incredible group of trustees and advisors here.  

Music to our ears

The Foundation is thrilled to welcome Richard Emmett as the new Program Director for the Blue Ridge Music Center.
Richard brings a wealth of experience, and love for traditional music, to the team. For the past eighteen years, Richard has been involved with arts and entertainment in Winston-Salem and elsewhere, producing and programming events. Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer and VP of Facility Operations for the Arts Council more here.

The Music Center needs...YOU!

If you have ever been to Mid-Day Mountain Music or any of the large concerts at the Blue Ridge Music Center during the summer and fall, you've likely noticed the dozens of volunteers on site who make each event a special one.

The musicians for our Mid-Day Mountain Music Program, which features free live music every day during the season, are also volunteers.

The Music Center is currently recruiting volunteers for the summer season. A volunteer training will take place in April. If you want to join this incredible group of volunteers...and get to hear amazing music in one of the most beautiful venues in the Richard Emmett at to learn more.

Help us help the Parkway 
George Bernard Shaw once said "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." Had the Parkway been around in his day and age, we're sure he would have loved it as well! But, there is something very special about a great meal at a great restaurant that supports a place you love. This June, you will have dozens of chances to celebrate both the love of food and the love of the Parkway.

We're gearing up for the Third Annual Plates for the
Parkway. This year, we hope to partner with 100 restaurants who want to make a difference to the Parkway by donating a portion of proceeds from a meal or meals during the week of June 16-19 to the Foundation.

Know of a restaurant that would like to help? Call Christy at 866-308-2773 x177 or visit to learn more.

Kids in Parks News 

Love the North Carolina Arboretum? Good news! We're installing a TRACK Trail there this month.  


Please join us for the Grand Opening of the North Carolina Arboretum TRACK Trail on Saturday, March 22nd.  


The Arborteum is located near Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 393 in Asheville. The Arboretum staff, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, National Park Service and other guests will gather at 1pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony and guided walk along the new TRACK Trail!  We hope to see you there. For directions or more information, click here


Thank You
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation would like to thank you for your support. 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 at
Contact Info
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
717 S. Marshall Street Suite 105B
Winston-Salem, NC