ASHEVILLE, NC, AND ROANOKE, VA – The Blue Ridge Parkway will officially mark its 75th Anniversary with a weekend celebration on the scenic road near the Virginia and North Carolina state line September 10-12, 2010.
About 400 volunteers are needed for parking and traffic control, as well as programming and interpretive activities. Signing up to volunteer is quick and simple by visiting www.blueridgefriends.org and clicking on the Volunteer for the BRP 75th link right on the home page. You can also call 1.800.228.7275. You can choose which dates and times you are available to volunteer, and you’ll receive follow up confirmation and instructions in the mail.
“The Blue Ridge Parkway was created 75 years ago with the hopes that it would connect the communities and the people in Appalachia,” said Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis. “The Parkway is calling on those same communities and people to help us make our 75th anniversary event a success. We have an urgent need for volunteers during this celebration weekend. Working alongside Park staff, you can be part of this historical event and help ensure all our visitors have a memorable and safe visit.”
The events will be held in two primary locations – at the Blue Ridge Music Center at Milepost 213 near Galax, Virginia, and at Cumberland Knob at Milepost 217 near the Virginia-North Carolina line. All activities are free and open to the public.
Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc. is the non-profit organization designated by the National Park Service to lead the Parkway’s 75th Anniversary celebration. With representation from all of the Parkway’s partner groups, the states of North Carolina and Virginia, and community leaders along the 469-mile scenic route, Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc.’s mission is to engage local communities and all visitors in an anniversary that focuses attention on a sustainable and healthy Parkway for future generations. For more information visit www.blueridgeparkway75.org.
|Find Official 75th Anniversary merchandise, apparel and more at the Blue Ridge Book Store.|