A new Blue Ridge Heritage Trail sign, in honor of Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, will be installed at Pack Square Park Tuesday, Sept. 29, at noon.
Press release from the Folk Heritage Committee:
Join us at Pack Square Park around 12-noon Tuesday to help us celebrate! It’s been a long time coming, but we are excited to announce that Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are getting their very own Blue Ridge Heritage Trail sign installed Tuesday, September 29 at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville!
Ground-breaking for the installation will begin around 10:30 a.m. and should take about an hour once the process begins.
We invite anyone and everyone to swing by the park to join us in celebration around 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. If all goes as planned, the sign should be installed by that time. We will be there having an informal celebration, admiring the sign and jamming in the park, so bring your instruments, your friends, your lunch, or just your selves and come by, say howdy-do and join us!
The new sign going in at Pack Square Park is one of 69 such signs being installed on the new Blue Ridge Heritage Trail. The Trail is a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region, and is an initiative of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA).
At each location, the sign tells the stories of the people and places that have shaped the distinctive heritage of the 25 westernmost counties in North Carolina. The sign at the Pack Square Park site tells the history of Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation’s longest running folk festival begun in 1928 by local folklorist and traditional musician, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The sign will stand in sight of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage on which Shindig on the Green takes place each summer.