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November 2018 - In this issue of The Scenic
You Give. You Receive.

Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway by Scott Ramsey
"Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway" by Scott Ramsey

This Giving Tuesday, we have a gift for you when you make a donation to protect the Blue Ridge Parkway!

When you give $100 or more between Tuesday, November 27, and Tuesday, December 11, you will receive an 8" x 10" print of Scott Ramsey's award-winning photograph, "Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway." 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 captured at Mile High Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mark Giving Tuesday on your calendar to ensure we can enjoy many more amazing moments to come on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A new matching challenge for Flat Top Manor

Grants and matching funds will support repairs to the exterior of Flat Top Manor at Moses H. Cone Memorial Par near Blowing Rock, N.C.
The rehabilitation effort at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is in for a big boost. Three projects focused on repairs to Flat Top Manor have been selected to receive Centennial Challenge grants awarded by Congress.  The grants total more than $720,000. To secure the match, the Foundation must raise an additional $680,000.

This is another great step forward in the Foundation's three-year goal to raise more than $3 million to address crucial repairs and maintenance for this treasured country estate listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

LaToshia Chaney, center, with friend, Candace Spencer, to her right, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the installation of new exhibits.

Greater learning at Craggy Gardens

This month, we celebrated the installation of new exhibits at Craggy Gardens Visitor Center! Thank you for supporting this project that gives Blue Ridge Parkway visitors a better understanding of the animals and plants that call this high-elevation landscape their home. 

An artful evening to celebrate the Parkway

Photos by  Bren Photography

Naomi Henry with Saints of Paint artist Mark Henry during the opening gala for Of Valley & Ridge on October 26 at Zealandia in Asheville.
A great mingling of art creators and aficionados and Blue Ridge Parkway lovers celebrated the opening night for our benefit art show, Of Valley & Ridge: A Scenic Journey Through the Blue Ridge Parkway, hosted in collaboration with The Saints of Paint at Zealandia in Asheville. We'd like to thank everyone who attended the event on Friday and visited throughout the weekend to purchase art.
The event raised more than $40,000. The Saints of Paint generously donated a portion of proceeds from art sales to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.


Thanks to our sponsors!

Give the gift of the Parkway

Do you know someone who loves the Blue Ridge Parkway? Make a gift in their honor by December 17 and we will mail them a card acknowledging your gift. (You may also choose to send an e-notification.)

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Bluffs Restaurant with new roof
A crew installed Enviroshake shingles at Bluffs Restaurant this fall.

Bluffs Restaurant gets a new roof

Thanks to your gifts, the new roof at the former Bluffs Restaurant is complete! The facility at milepost 241 is now one step closer to reopening. In the spring and summer of 2019, grants from the N.C. General Assembly and Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to repair the interior of the building and purchase new restaurant equipment.

Kids in Parks opens 100th trail in N.C.

Tarboro Mayor Joe Pitt and community members cut the ribbon at the opening of the 100th TRACK Trail in North Carolina at Indian Lake Park in Tarboro.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program celebrated the opening of its 100th TRACK Trail in North Carolina alongside its partners Edgecombe County, the Town of Tarboro, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation on November 1, at Indian Lake Park in Tarboro. The event included a ribbon cutting, guided hike with 25 schoolchildren, and remarks from regional and state leaders.

The Tarboro TRACK Trail is also the 177th in the nation. Thanks to nearly a decade of support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Kids in Parks is approaching its goal to install a TRACK Trail in every county in the state.


Find Your Pint at  Wicked Weed Brewing
Through November 30
Asheville, N.C.
Stop in at Wicked Weed Brewing for a pint of the special Blueberry Ridge beer brewed in honor of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For each pint purchased through the end of the month, Wicked Weed with donate $1 to protect the scenic route. 

The Barefoot Movement
The Barefoot Movement
An evening of holiday music with The Barefoot Movement
7:30 p.m., Friday, November 30
Reeves Theater, Elkin, N.C.
Get in the holiday spirit with a seasonal celebration led by bluegrass quartet The Barefoot Movement at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 30, at the Reeves Theater in Elkin. The group will fill the stage with lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies. The concert is hosted in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Music Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. 
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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