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BRI Receives National Award for Music Trails

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 Released by: Diane Hailey
Jun 18, 2002

 (540) 365-4302/


           Roddy Moore, Vaughan Webb, and the Blue Ridge Institute were recently awarded the 2002 National Park Partnership Educational Award for the Southeast region. The award honors their work with the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative as they led the process for documenting the Traditional Music Heritage Trails.

           According to Daniel Brown, superintendent for the Blue Ridge Parkway, based in Asheville, NC, “the award typifies the best example of an educational partnership, at work alongside the 385 national Park Service units during 2001.” The award was selected from seven finalists, one from each park service region, and given out in Charleston, SC, March 14th, at the Association For Partners for Public Lands national conference.

           The Traditional Music Heritage Trails is an interactive website that presents a schedule of traditional music in Virginia and western North Carolina. A visitor can click on a location and find out when and where traditional music is being played in that region. Never before has there been a definitive guide to traditional, hometown music venues and events in the Appalachian region.

           The Blue Ridge Institute is located 40 minutes southwest of Roanoke, down 220 South and take 40 West at Rocky Mount (VA). It’s also about 35 minutes north of the Martinsville Speedway. Ample signage leads the way. For more information, contact the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum at 540-365-4416 or visit, ###


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