ROANOKE, Va. (September 1, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) will co-host a special screening of the new Robert Redford film, “A Walk in the Woods,” in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday, September 4. The program will start with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Grandin CoLab, followed by a film showing at 7:15 p.m. at the Grandin Theater. Tickets are available at the door, and cost $9.75 for the film, and $20 for the reception.
“A Walk in the Woods,” based on the Bill Bryson novel, follows the hike of Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz, both of whom seem like a long-shot to complete their journey along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Hilarity ensues in this comedy as Bryson and Katz encounter hard to navigate pieces of the Trail, over talkative thru-hikers, and hungry bears along the way. While the film is not exclusively about the Trail, it emphasizes the life-changing impact the A.T. can have on those who hike it. The film is rated R for language and some sexual references.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is very excited about ‘A Walk in the Woods’ and the positive attention it will bring to the Appalachian Trail experience,” said Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO of the ATC. “At the same time we are planning for how to manage the surge of new hikers we anticipate.”
The film will present both opportunities and challenges for volunteers and managers of the A.T. Increased attention on the A.T. will expose people from all walks of life to the natural beauty of the Trail, boosting awareness of why the ATC’s mission of preserving and managing the A.T. is so vital. On the other hand, it is just as important to educate hikers about proper etiquette along the Trail, as well as disperse hikers as much as possible, in order to keep the A.T. in pristine condition.
Before the screening, the ATC and RATC will hold a reception to speak about their role in the film, and their plans to address increased impacts on the Trail. Tickets, which support RATC’s McAfee Knob Taskforce, are $20 at the door and include refreshments by Parkway Brewery, tasty snacks by River and Rail Restaurant and door prizes from Outdoor Trails Outfitter. The first 50 people in also receive a complimentary ticket to the 7:15 p.m. showing of "A Walk in the Woods" and a free pair of socks from Farm to Feet.
The McAfee Knob Taskforce’s role is to protect McAfee Knob, Va., one of the most popular and scenic shots of the Appalachian Trail. Views of this popular site are featured in the film “A Walk in the Woods”, including the cover of the movie poster.
Guest speakers include Andrew Downs, regional director of the ATC, and Roger Holnback, president of the RATC.
Date: September 4, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.
Location: Grandin CoLab, 1327 Grandin Rd, SW. Roanoke, VA
Cost: $20 at the door
Time: 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Grandin Theater, 1310 Grandin Road, Roanoke, VA
Cost: $9.75 at the door
For any questions about the program, contact Andrew Downs at 540-904-4354.
For more information about the film, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/AWalkintheWoods.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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 visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
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About the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club
The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is the primary manager and maintainer for over 120 mile of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia including the Trail's most iconic vista, McAfee Knob. The RATC has a wide ranging mission focusing on volunteer lead stewardship of America's most iconic footpath, the Appalachian Trail. For more information visit www.ratc.org.