Trail Days 2016 Schedule

                                      2016 Schedule

SATURDAY, MAY 14th

 

 

  • Daylight until 6pm: The annual Trail Days Trout Rodeo, sponsored by HOOKED and the DVFD. Prize drawings each hour, and raffle prizes also!  Register at HOOKED (605 East 5th Street, Damascus), or call 276-475-3735 for more information.

 

  • All day:  Trail Days Ministry Tents at various locations throughout town

 

  • All day:  Charging stations at One Way Ministry

 

  • 7am: The DVFD will be serving breakfast at the Fire Station.

 

  • 8am- 2pm at One Way Ministries: Free massages and feet washing

 

  • 8am- 2pm: Medical Team at One Way Ministries

 

  • 8am- 2pm: Small supplies ministry at One Way Ministries

 

  • 8am– 4pm: Mobile Shower Units open at the campground and at the Town Pool– Trail Days Ministry Team

 

  • 8am- 4pm at One Way Ministries: The Traveling AT Exhibit will be displayed by "Red Wolf", A. T. Museum Membership Secretary.

 

  • 9-10:15am at the Damascus United Methodist Church: 36,000 Miles of Trail Stories – Be inspired, entertained, and/or agitated by 17-time AT hiker, Dr. Warren Doyle. www.warrendoyle.com

 

  • 9am-1pm Damascus Library activities: Charging and Lounging stations, Board Games, Zen Coloring, and Sidewalk Art

 

  • 9 am - 12pm Hair Cuts & Sewing Repairs at One Way Ministry

 

  • 10am-5pm: FREE Gear Repair Area in the campground parking lot.

 

  • 10am-11pm:  The Damascus Old Mill will provide FREE Trail Days Shuttle Service around Town!  Look for the white shuttle van at posted shuttle stops.

 

  • 10-11:30am: at the Old Mill Conference Room: Trail Dreams presented by Brad 'Old Buzzard' Cook.  Be captivated by the testimony of how the solace of nature and the dream of hiking "The Trail" altered and saved a life. Explore the physical, psychological, spiritual, and societal effects and benefits derived from an active participation in the natural world. Be inspired to act on the goal of reuniting our children with this crucial piece missing from their upbringing in society today.   www.traildreams.com

 

  • 10am-noon at the Damascus Library: Family-Friendly A.T. Nature Hike - Spring is a magical time on the AT! Hikers of all ages are invited to join ATC staff for a walk along the Trail in search of the interesting plants, birds, animals, flowers, and insects that call the Trail home. We'll meet on the covered porch of the Damascus Town Library (310 Water Street) for a short educational program, to familiarize the group with what to look for. From there we will leave the commotion of Trail Days behind for a quiet exploration of the natural world, heading south on the A.T. toward Tennessee. The group will return to downtown Damascus around noon. www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/hiking-basics/families-groups

 

  • 10-noon: Damascus High School Alumni Reunion at the Rock School Auditorium.

 

  • 10am–2pm - at the Damascus Library: Local Artisan Demonstrations including whittlers, So Happy Quilters and Knitting for the Homeless.

 

  • 10am-2pm: Fly Casting and More! Tommy Cook, of the Virginia Creeper Fly Shop, will be available to assist in casting, insect life (entomology), and other areas of fly fishing. Everyone is welcome to stop by, at the river bank behind the AT shelter at the Southern end of the Town Park!  www.vcflyshop.com/

 

  • 10:30-noon at the Damascus United Methodist Church:  Challenges to the Appalachian Trail long-distance hiking experience.  A moderated general discussion on: thru-hikes; section hikes; day hikes; rules and regulations; increased use; hiker behavior and fees + permits. www.warrendoyle.com

 

  • Support the Veterans Memorial of Damascus! The Veterans Memorial Committee will be serving Texas style Barbecue at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday at the south end of the park. All proceeds go to construction and maintenance of the Memorial. Visit us on Facebook @ Veterans Memorial of Damascus. Come on by and enjoy the best BBQ in the south!

 

  • 11am at the Town Hall: Join us and Meachele Montgomery Martin as she presents ‘Be Free’ about how each trail proved to be a different experience. She will share how a female in her 50’s can discover a new hobby after the children have left home. www.atmothership.com

 

  • 11am– 5pm:  Attention Thru Hikers!  Stop by the Farm To Feet tent in the sponsors area and tell us your story to receive a Free Pair of the new Damascus Elite Hiker.  They will be collecting stories and photographs to share on their website and sock packaging.

 

  • 11am at the Damascus Library: ‘Foraging Hike’ with Ben Casteel.  Do you know that useful plants abound in wild places?  Join VHCC Horticulture instructor Ben Casteel on a journey through the Wide World of useful Weeds as he leads a short walk throughout town.  Not only weeds but plenty of native edible and medicinal plants and fungi will be discussed. 

 

  • 11:45am – noon: Honoring Gene Espy at the Town Park Gazebo.

 

  • 12:00: Free hotdogs in the parking lot of Sundog Outfitter prior to the hiker parade, Sponsored by Kelty and Sundog Outfitter.

 

  • 12:00pm-12:30pm: at the Old Mill. Mike Bonfils, a 69 year old Vietnam Veteran, who is thru-hiking the AT this year will discuss PTSD, the Appalachian Trail, and how he is using his thru hike to raise awareness of PTSD and raise funds to help military veterans struggling with this terrible disease in his program Walking Off the War. You can also follow his journey at www.walkingoffthewar.org

 

  • 12-1pm at the Town Hall: The Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Creeper: A Slow Train on a Fast Track Supports a Footpath - Two national scenic trails connect in tiny Damascus, Virginia.  How did each of these trails come to be in this remote river valley?  How did they get built and for what purpose?  Mt Rogers National Recreation Area and Creeper Trail volunteer Marsha Wikle invites you to explore this important piece of our history.  Marsha Wikle is a United State Forest Service retiree and a 6-year volunteer on the Mt Rogers NRA and the Virginia Creeper Trail.  She is an avid bicyclist, hiker, master naturalist, kayaker and dog lover.  Ask her about her trail name!

 

  • 12:15-1:30 at the Damascus United Methodist Church:  How Has AT Thru-hiking Changed Over the Last 40 Years – Talk and discussion moderated by Dr. Warren Doyle. www.warrendoyle.com

 

 

  • 1:30pm: Parade vehicles line-up along Orchard Hill Rd., and hikers in front of Sundog Outfitter/Mojo’s/Subway.

 

  • 2:00pm: Trail Days Annual Hiker Parade! From Douglas Dr. to Town Park. (Reminder – NO water balloons, but super soakers are very much encouraged! Please do not spray anyone preceding the hikers, including those in uniform such as the Honor Guard and Police, or other parade participants such as trail maintenance clubs, beauty queens, and scout troops... unless they have a water gun too!)

 

  • 3pm-5pm in the Town Hall: A true to life, feel-good documentary for the adventurous soul that captures the raw essence of the Appalachian Trail experience.  Every year, people of all walks of life embark an epic journey that spans over 2,000 miles and across 14 states along the Appalachian Mountains. Dirty South Bounders chronicles the life changing power of the AT through the eyes of two thru-hikers Bootleg (Drew Simms) and Moon Man (Jeff Brown) and the trail family they found along the way.  www.dirtysouthbounders.com

 

  • 3:00: Annual Trail Days Auction in the Town Park, hosted by Damascus Realty and Auctions! Gear, Crafts and More!  All proceeds go to benefit “The Place” (donation Hostel ran by the First Methodist Church of Damascus).  Donations are accepted anytime, but preferred by 5pm on Friday; please bring donation items to the Auction Trailer in the park. For more information, contact roy_hiking@yahoo.com /504-343-3734.

 

  • 3:30pm: Sign up for the Hiker Talent Show at the Town Park Gazebo.

 

  • 4pm: At the Town Park Gazebo – Trail Days Sponsor Recognition.

 

  • 4-10pm - The Waterfall Point Park at the Damascus Old Mill:  The Damascus Brewery presents 'Trail Daze 2016' with live music, food, and craft beer, as well as hosting the 3rd Annual Hiker Prom! For more details visit  www.thedamascusbrewery.com.
 
  • 4:15pm: Hiker Talent Show at the Town Park Gazebo.

 

  • 5:30-6:30pm at the Town Hall: The Appalachian Trail Expeditions – Find out about past, present and future expeditions up the entire trail.    www.warrendoyle.com

 

  • 5:45pm - Backpacker hosts its annual Ultimate Gear Giveaway at the Backpacker booth in the campground, featuring thousands of dollars worth of gear from the top brands in the outdoor industry!

 

  • 6:00 pm: Come out to the Old Mill Conference Room for a Celebration of Life honoring the hiker friends and hiker family we've lost this year. 

 

  • 6:15pm: Billville useless gear contest with prizes, near Billville Camp at Campground.  Billville Theme will be Christmas: Dress in theme!

 

 

  • 7-10pm – Snacks and a movie ('War Room') at One Way Ministry.

 

  • 7:15-7:45pm: Contra Dance Beginners' Workshop at the Rock School Auditorium. Come learn the basics so you can strut your stuff later!

 

 

  • 8-11pm: FREE Contra Dance at the Rock School Auditorium. Callers are AT thru-hikers Warren and Terry Doyle   www.contradancersdelight.com.

 

  • 8:30-11pm at the Town Park Gazebo:  The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by the Calamity Jones Band! [Formerly the Jones Boys Band]

 

SUNDAY, MAY 15th

 

 

  • Daylight until 6pm: The annual Trail Days Trout Rodeo, sponsored by HOOKED and the DVFD. Prize drawings each hour, and raffle prizes also!  Register at HOOKED (605 East 5th Street, Damascus), or call 276-475-3735 for more information.

 

  • 10:30-noon:  Trail Days Community Worship Service at the Gazebo in Town Parkled by Trail Days Ministries.

 

  • 12:30-2:30 at the Town Park Gazebo:  The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Brothers Egg! Brothers Egg Website

 

  • 3-5pm at the Town Park Gazebo:  The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Harpeth Rising!  Harpeth Rising Website