Roanoke Chapter Honors Kinney Rorrer with Appreciation Night

On Sunday, July 16, 2017 the Roanoke Valley Chapter of FRIENDS honored Kinney Rorrer with a "Kinney Rorrer Appreciation Night" at the Sunday Music on Roanoke Mountain. Rorrer has been the authority and catalyst for preserving, protecting, and promoting old time Appalachian Music. Because of his diligent research of past recordings, the listening public has an accurate account of the instruments, people and songs of the Appalachian Mountains. He has hosted the radio show, Back to the Blue Ridge, on WVTF 89.1 since 2001.  ... Read more

Congratulations to Barbara Duerk, 2017 Cox Conserves Hero!

Congratulations to volunteer Barbara Duerk! This year, dedicated Roanoke Valley Chapter member Barbara Duerk has been named the 2017 Virginia Cox Conserves Hero. Barb is an active volunteer from FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Roanoke Valley Chapter and was one three finalists for this award. The winner was decided by public vote. Chair Heidi Ketler won this award in 2015, and was the recipient of a $10,000 award to donate to the nonprofit of her choice! This year, Barbara has decided to do the same and ... Read more