The Appalachian Trail is Coming to Theaters this Fall in Georgia

Date Published: Oct 11, 2012

Blairsville, Georgia (October 4, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be showing the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at the Union County Historical Society, located at 3 Main Street, Blairsville, Georgia on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00p.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 Frank “Copperhead” Wright, thru-hiker, author, volunteer and member of the ATC and Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC). Wright has served as trails supervisor and president of GATC. He is currently the section overseer for the first mile of the Trail near Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the A.T. Wright completed his thru-hike in 2000 and is in the process of publishing a novel set on the A.T.

Donnie Kelley, A.T. Community Ambassador for Blairsville, Trail to Every Classroom alumni, ATC and GATC member and hiker, will also speak.

“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 www.appalachiantrail.org/discover. 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.

EVENT OVERVIEW

Discover the Appalachian Trail 2012 Membership Drive
Date:
Friday, November 9, 2012
Time: 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Venue: Union County Historical Society
Location: 3 Main Street, Blairsville, Georgia 30512

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

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

Highlights:
– 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 Frank “Copperhead” Wright and Donnie Kelley
– 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: www.appalachiantrail.org/discover. 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 www.appalachiantrail.org.

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





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