Community leaders, former Parkway superintendents and historians will gather to celebrate the contributions of Joe Wilson and National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
After nearly three decades of leadership and on-site program development and management at the Blue Ridge Music Center, NCTA has retired from its position as an on-site partner. NCTA will continue to have a supporting role at the Music Center, providing various forms of assistance as it does for national parks across the country.
The event, which is located at Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, with a luncheon program at 1 p.m., and on-stage presentations at 3 p.m. prior to an afternoon concert. The luncheon program will be in the classroom, and the award presentations on the amphitheater stage.
Participants in the event include NEA National Heritage Fellow and Folklorist Joe Wilson; Executive Director of NCTA Julia Olin; Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendents Gary Everhardt, Dan Brown and Phil Francis; historians and authors Anne and David Whisnant; local musicians; members of the Blue Ridge Traditional Arts Board of Directors, and current Blue Ridge Parkway Acting Superintendent Monika Mayr.