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Big announcement for the Middle Fork Greenway!! 🎉This week, Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) purchased 33 acres of land just outside Boone, providing a critical link for the Middle Fork Greenway, which will connect Boone to Blowing Rock. The property features 2,000 feet of frontage along the Middle Fork New River and will be known as Boone Gorge Park. In addition to the public access and recreational opportunities provided by the property, protecting this portion of the river is hugely important because it is located just upstream of Boone’s primary source of drinking water. The property was purchased from the family of Artie Hollars, and BRC is grateful for their help in conserving this exceptional tract of land. Funding for the project came from the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority and the State Capital Infrastructure Fund.“The Boone Gorge Park acquisition is a major investment in public access and recreational opportunities in Watauga County,” says Charlie Brady, BRC Executive Director. “The purchase is another example of BRC’s commitment to protect land that can be enjoyed by everyone. We are extremely grateful for the support provided by Senator Deanna Ballard, Representative Ray Pickett, and the Watauga County TDA. Without their commitment this conservation success and many others in the region would not have happened.”blueridgeconservancy.org/recent-news/blue-ridge-conservancy-secures-crucial-property-for-recreati... ... See MoreSee Less
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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
If you’ve taken a drive around the area lately, chances are you’ve noticed this bountiful yellow wildflower sprouting up on the sides of highways and creek banks.What you’re seeing is Golden Ragwort, a native wildflower that grows abundantly throughout Appalachia during the late spring into summer. Commonly referred to as Golden Groundsel or Butterweed, Ragwort is poisonous to humans and animals to consume, however it plays an important role in pollination around the area for many other species of native flowers, as well as bees and butterflies.This flower is commonly mistaken for anything from buttercups to goldenrod, and often gets a bad rap for causing allergies this time of year. Turns out, most people aren’t sensitive to Ragwort, but rather ragweed which grows later in the summer. So while these misunderstood plants don’t always get the love they deserve, they contribute massively to the beauty of our local landscape! 🌼💛Today, we celebrate the Golden Ragwort, and look forward to highlighting many of our other wonderful wildflowers over the coming months! If you have a flower in mind you’d like to learn more about, let us know in the comments below!#blowingrocknc #blueridgeparkway #wildflowers #pollinators #appalachiantrail #blowingrock #leavenotrace ... See MoreSee Less
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Shoutout to the Community Cleanup volunteers for lending a hand this morning to make sure our beautiful town stays clean and pristine! ... See MoreSee Less
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Keeping it fresh and local! 💚“The Food Hub is definitely the most convenient way to get local food every week. We love being able to get a huge variety of products all year long and know they're grown right here in the High Country!” Kyle Martin from Cafe Violette is one of our favorite supporters of the Hub! We love being able to provide fresh, local food for the restaurant. This Moretz Seminole pumpkin was used to make soup for Cafe Violette! Kyle picks up in Blowing Rock on Thursdays from 4-6pm!#foodhubsatellite ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out this program at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum on June 10, part of the Highcountryjazzfest !The High Country Jazz Festival is all about the music and performers. On the morning of June 10, the festival will dig deeper into the contributions of three North Carolinians. Nina Simone, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk were genre-defining musicians, and their influence on jazz is prevalent today. Todd Wright, music historian and professor of Jazz Studies at Appalachian State University, presents a program at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum exploring the impact of these jazz greats. Follow the link to register for the program.www.blowingrockmuseum.org/calendar/personalities-in-jazzWe thank Blowing Rock, North Carolina for their sponsorship of the High Country Jazz Festival. ... See MoreSee Less
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