The Appalachian Trail is Coming to Theaters this Fall in D.C.

Date Published: Oct 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be showing the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at the Avalon Theatre, located at 5612 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:00p.m. as part of their 2012 membership drive. All proceeds will go towards the protection and management of the Trail. This limited engagement is in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the A.T.

Stretching from Maine to Georgia, the A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world. The film explores the natural beauty and splendor of the Trail and provides viewers the opportunity to discover the remote, and often unknown, corners of this 5-million-step journey.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear real-life stories from the people who have hiked the Trail as well as those who volunteer to protect and maintain it.

Guest speakers include Captain Sean Gobin and Captain Mark Silvers, co-founders of Warrior Hike, 2012 thru-hikers and US Veterans. During the summer of 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, the two men attended numerous memorial services and made several hospital visits to see wounded soldiers. Struck by the number of service members going home with debilitating injuries, they wondered what they could do to help. In 2012, Gobin and Silvers decided to hike the entire A.T., hosting 38 separate fundraisers along the way, in order to increase awareness and raise donations for wounded veterans.

Sandi Marra, ATC Board Member, will also speak. Once thanked by President Bill Clinton for her service as an ATC volunteer, Marra has dedicated countless hours volunteering along the Trail for the past 25 years. She has served in a variety of positions, including three terms with the former Appalachian Trail Conference Board of Managers, where she played an active role in ATC’s reorganization process, and two terms as president of Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). She is a member of the Benton MacKaye Society and the Appalachian Trail Legacy Society, a life-member of the ATC and an honorary-life-member of PATC.

Laurie Potteiger, information services manager for the ATC and thru-hiker featured in the National Geographic film, will also speak. Potteiger thru-hiked the A.T. in 1987, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Eager to broaden her understanding of the A.T. and contribute to its protection, she joined the ATC staff the following year. Since 1996, she has overseen the ATC visitor and information center. Continually seeking to experience the Trail from different perspectives, she has used her vacation time at the ATC to volunteer on the Konnarock, Rocky Top, and Mid-Atlantic trail crews and has re-hiked more than 1600 miles of the A.T.  In addition, with the help of her husband, a 1983 thru-hiker, she maintains a section of the A.T. and a section of the A.T. boundary.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen,” stated Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  “This event provides the public with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs.”

Raffles and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. In addition, the winning submission from the ATC’s “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” summer video contest will be revealed.

With a suggested donation of $30.00, attendees can reserve their seats by visiting Each ticket includes a new membership or gift membership to the ATC. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.  

The organization hopes to gain 750 new members in honor of 75 years of the Trail’s completion. The ATC will be visiting a total of 10 theaters across the country to raise awareness and garner support for the Trail. Every dollar raised will help the ATC’s efforts to preserve and manage the A.T., ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come.


Discover the Appalachian Trail 2012 Membership Drive
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Venue: Avalon Theatre
Location: 5612 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.  20015

– $30 suggested donation per ticket
– Free admission for children 12 and under

Featured Film: National Geographic’s America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail

– Admission to view the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail
– Hear stories from the men and women who hike and volunteer on the Trail, including special guest speakers Captain Sean Gobin, Captain Mark Silvers, Sandi Marra and Laurie Potteiger
– View the winning submission from the ATC’s “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” video contest
– Free membership or gift membership to the ATC
– Win great prizes

This event is sponsored by the Walkabout Outfitter and Salazon Chocolate Co.

For more information about the ATC’s 2012 membership drive or to reserve your seat, visit: Enter PROMO CODE: PRATC12 to receive $5 off your reservation.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 ext.117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

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