Sept. 6, 2012. Mast General Store in Boone, Asheville, Hendersonville, as well as the Original Store and Annex in Valle Crucis are all celebrating Friends’ Day in honor of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 15. Ten percent of North Carolina Mast General Store’s sales on Friends’ Day will go to this invaluable organization that is committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America’s Favorite Journey.
Foundation stewards, including contributors to 2011’s Friends’ Day, helped fund projects focusing on education, historic and natural resources, as well as visitor enrichment, amenities, and safety. Among the many initiatives, a new “Our Kids in Parks” TRACK trail opened this summer at the Orchard at Altapass. Multipurpose projects at Graveyard Fields, Price Lake Trail, Flat Top Manor, and the Heart Pond at Bass Lake are all underway.
The High Country is excited about the Foundation’s new vision for the Moses H Cone Estate. Their plans feature a visitor attraction where experiencing history will be combined with recreational activities.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is also teaming up with Ray’s Weather to install weather stations and webcams along the length of the Parkway to allow both National Park Service staff and visitors access to up-to-the-minute weather information.
Representatives from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will be on hand at Mast Stores in North Carolina except Waynesville on Saturday, Sept. 15. They will share information about projects the Foundation is currently undertaking to preserve the character of America’s favorite 469-mile stretch of road. You will also learn about the many ways you can support the Foundation. Find out more about the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation by visiting their website www.brpfoundation.org and more about Friends’ Day at www.mastgeneralstore.com.