Past Meetup

Montpelier Arts Center and Dinosaur Museum Park

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 - The Freestate Happy Wanderers (AVA-190), a walking club. Special thanks to the Montpelier Arts Center and Montpelier Mansion.

START/FINISH: Montpelier Arts Center,
9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708.

TIMES: Start time is anytime between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, finish by 4:00 PM DISTANCE: 10 KM and 5 KM

SANCTION: This event, AT[masked], is sanctioned by the Maryland Volkssport Association (MVA) and the American Volkssport Association (AVA), members of the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV). This is a 9-11 Memorial walk to remember the victims at the Pentagon, Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and the World Trade Center, New York City. Besides trail commemorative signs, lanyards for walkers to carry victims’ names will be available while they last. TRAILS: The trail is on natural surfaces through the grounds of Montpelier and sidewalks of surrounding residential area and is rated 2A. The trail includes 1781 Montpelier Mansion; Montpelier Arts Center; Oakland Manor and Dinosaur Museum Park. The fee for IVV Credit or Non-IVV Credit is $3.00. Children 12 and under (IVV-Credit included) walk for free courtesy of Freestate Happy Wanderers. PROCEDURE: Each participant must register at the start and fill out a start card to be carried on the walk and presented at each checkpoint. Participants must turn in start cards at the Finish Table after completing the event.

CONDITIONS: Littering along the trails is prohibited. The event will be held in all reasonable weather. If weather conditions are uncertain, travelers’ advisories are in effect on the day of the event, please call the contact person listed below to obtain up-to-date information on event status. No pets are allowed in buildings/facilities; however, they are allowed on the trails. Owners must clean up after their pets.

AMENITIES: Water and restrooms will be available at the Start/Finish.

DISCLAIMER: Every reasonable effort will be made to conduct a safe, enjoyable, and memorable event. The Freestate Happy Wanderers, Montpelier Hills Homeowners Association, the Montpelier Mansion, Montpelier Arts Center, facilities of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Divisionshall not be liable for any accident, theft, or material damage.

FOR INFORMATION: Call Lynne Haffner[masked], email [masked] or[masked], email [masked]. Additional information is available on

DRIVE Directions:

From the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area: Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Rt. 295) to Route 197 (Laurel-Bowie Road) North towards Laurel. At Crystal Center Shopping Center/Muirkirk Road-Turn LEFT onto Muirkirk Road. Make first RIGHT into Montpelier grounds.

From Route 29: Turn EAST onto route 198. Cross I-95 and Route 1, turn RIGHT at the next intersection onto Route 197 (Laurel-Bowie road). Proceed to ~2 miles, to Muirkirk Road and turn RIGHT. Make the very next RIGHT and turn into the Montpelier Mansion grounds.