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New Meetup: Appalachian Trail Days 2009 - Camp, hike, and socialize

From: Matt
Sent on: Saturday, October 4, 2008 10:23 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Tidewater Hampton Roads Camping & Outdoor Adventures!

What: Appalachian Trail Days 2009

When: May 14,[masked]:00 AM

Price: $3.00 first timers only!

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: 2009 dates are estimated. Final dates will be posted in March 2009.

First timer for our meetup group? Please click the PayPal button on this page, donate $3.00 to the group once and forget about it forever!

Damascus Virginia is a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is the gateway to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Every year in May, the weekend after Mothers' day, there is a festival held in the Appalachian mountain town of Damascus, Virginia. Trail Days, the festival, celebrates the Appalachian Trail, the hikers, former hikers, and aspiring hikers who converge there each year.

There will be music, children's games, an unusual parade, a hikers' talent show, people-watching, bike rides, hikes, workshops, lots of food, and other family-friendly activities... only to name a few. This makes Trail Days one of the most popular small-town events in the State of Virginia!

Damascus is traversed by the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Trans-America National Bicycle Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, the Daniel Boone Trail, the Crooked Road Musical Heritage Trail, Virginia's Birding and Wildlife Trail, and lies within a short distance of hundreds of miles of other hiking, horse, and biking trails.

If you can't find a dozen day hikes between Thusday and Sunday, you're not looking!

Following is the (partial) 2008 schedule. As you will see, this is a celebration of "Trail Town USA" and ALL things outdoors. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, May 14

9:30am - Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club will lead 2 hikes: 7mile AT Fun Hike or 2.5mile AT wild flower stroll. Bring walking sticks, your own lunch, water and rain gear.

Virginia Creeper Trail Club will lead 2 wildflower walks from Straight Branch Parking Lot to Bridge 24 with return by way of the Appalachian Trail or to Bridge 22 and return on VCT. Bring walking sticks, camera and rain gear.

Free Grillin? in the back yard of First Baptist Church

Thursday, May 15

10am Park your car for $15 and admit occupants for $5 each

4:30pm Free eating contest under the tents; Sign up starting at 4pm at the tents ( 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in each contest ? two top finishers will receive new pack or new sleeping bag)

6pm Free Famous Home-cooked Meal for Hikers in First Baptist Church; see local merchants or First Baptist Church office on Thursday for free tickets

6pm Free Grilled Hotdogs, Home-made Chili, Chips & Soda under picnic shelter in First Baptist Church yard; open to everyone while they last.

7-9pm ?Wilderness Profiles? provided by US Dept of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services, presented by ?Red Wolf? Robert Croyle, ALDHA and AT Museum Board Member at Town Hall:
7:00 Arctic Dance/ The Mardy Murie Story
8:00 At the Forefront of Conservation/ Fish & Wildlife Services
8:30 Recovering A Species/ The Red Wolf
9pm Movie: Grizzly Park (filmed in and around Damascus) at the Rock School Auditorium.

Friday, May 16

6:30am-6:30pm Free Showers in Trailer behind First Baptist Church

9-9:45am ?The Joy of Backpacking as a Couple? ? Georgia ?Mom? Harris and Randy ?Windtalker? Motz

9am-5pm Free Medical Screenings and First Aid

9am-6pm Crafters, Outfitters and Trail organizations

9am-11pm Food Vendors

10-11am Eugene Espy talks about his thru hike in the 1950s

10am-12 noon Health of Hiker Dogs; free exams

10am-3pm Bloodmobile

11am-noon ?Introduction to Lightweight Backpacking ? Gear and Techniques to Lighten Your Load (Section 1)?

5pm-8pm Earl Humphrey and Music Memories

5:30-7pm ?Southern Maine to Straton?, slides by Crazy Horse aka Roger Peake

6:30pm Feed the Hungry Hikers in the Campground, sponsored by Granite Gear

7-10pm Free Coffee House ; power point slide show of the journey, finger food, coffee, tea, music and open mic night!

7-10pm First showing of Walking the Great Divide ? A Journey Along the Continental Divide Trail, Documentary by Mark Flagler; Sponsored by Casio Pathfinder;

8-10pm ?Wilderness Profiles? provided by US Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, presented by ?Red Wolf? Robert Croyle, ALDHA and AT Museum Board Member:

8:00 Crown of the Continent /Wrangell ? St. Elias National Park and Preserve

8:30 Great Smokey Mountain National Park /International Biosphere Reserve

9:00 Remembered Earth ? New Mexico High Desert

8-11pm The Jones Boys will play at Gazebo Stage

Saturday, May 17 Top of Page

6:30am-6:30pm Free Showers in trailer in First Baptist Church yard
2-5pm Jam Session at the Gazebo Stage

2:30pm ?Hike for the American Chestnut? -- A short guided hike on the A.T. to search for and identify surviving American chestnut trees. Tree identification cards will be given free of charge to all hikers.

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