Trail Days 2016 Schedule
FRIDAY, MAY 13th
- Ride Board at The Place (hard copy), and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/traildaysrideboard. Offer a ride, get a ride!
- All day: Trail Days Ministry Tents at various locations throughout town
- All day: Charging stations at One Way Ministry
- 7am: The DVFD will serve breakfast at the Fire Station.
- 8am-4pm at the Dancing Bear B&B: Front Porch Ministry (info and free snacks)
- 8am- 4pm at One Way Ministries: The Traveling AT Exhibit will be displayed by "Red Wolf", A. T. Museum Membership Secretary.
- 8am–4pm: Mobile Shower Units open at the campground and at the Town Pool – Trail Days Ministry Team
- 8am- 4pm at One Way Ministries: Small supplies ministries, free massages and feet washing.
- 9am-5pm Damascus Library activities: Charging and Lounging stations, Board Games, Zen Coloring, and Sidewalk Art.
- 9-5: Hair Cuts & Sewing Repairs – 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.
- 10am-noon at the Old Mill Conference Room: Finding American Chestnuts along the AT - Participants will hear an update on the restoration of American chestnuts, learn distinguishing tree characteristics, be trained on how to report surviving trees along the AT, and see survivors in the Damascus area. Reporting surviving trees will contribute to understanding the status of remnants of a species that once played a key role throughout Appalachian forests before being devastated by a blight fungus. Information from the MEGA-Transect will aid in the development of blight-resistant trees. www.vachestnut.org/learning/science/a-t-mega-transect-chestnut-project/
* Classroom instruction from 10-noon; then a 3-4 mile hike on the AT (1-3pm) to practice locating and reporting American chestnuts.
- 10am-1pm at One Way Ministries: Health of the Hikers Dog, free check-ups provided by Dr. John Roberts of VCA Highlands Animal Hospital. www.vcahighlandsva.com
- 11am-1:30pm: The ALDHA Hiker Reception will be held in the Rock School Auditorium. ALDHA stands for Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. Come for the camaraderie and food, ALDHA Merchandise, ALDHA Membership info, and info about the AT Museum expansion. WELCOME ALL - hikers, hikers' friends, and dreamers! Volunteers needed and food donations greatly appreciated. Please contact organizer 'Trailangelmary' for more information: email@example.com. www.aldha.org
- 12-3:30pm at the Town Park Gazebo: The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Wiregrass! Wiregrass Website
- 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Old Mill Conference Room: Gene Espy, the second Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, talks about his 1951 thru-hike. (Gene will also be signing his book ‘The Trail of My Life’ at the Authors Area in the Town Park).www.geneespyhiker.com
- 1– 6pm: 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.
- 2pm 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.
- 2pm: Billville Leki Pole Throwing Contest with prizes. Watch for location signs near Billville Camp.
- 2pm: Eating contest at One Way Ministry (Great prizes!)
- 2pm-3pm at the Old Mill Conference Room: Bunny Medeiros’s book, “Friendliest Town on the Trail,” chronicles how Damascus evolved into what it is today, and gives tribute to the people who helped create its character.
- 2:30pm-3:30pm at the Rock School Auditorium - Veteran outdoor writer Johnny Molloy takes you on the BEST day hikes on the Appalachian Trail in the South, covering Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. See if you agree with the hike choices Johnny put in his new guide: Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail South. www.johnnymolloy.com
- 3:30pm-5pm: 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
- 4-5pm at the Rock School Auditorium: Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for an interactive presentation and discussion that will focus on the elements of the Leave No Trace minimum impact program. This session will highlight the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. This national program is administered by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, whose mission is to teach people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The Traveling Trainers are committed to teaching Leave No Trace education as they live on the road, sleep 250 nights a year in a tent, and offer this award winning program in communities from coast to coast. Come out to meet the team and say hello!
- 4-6pm at the Town Park Gazebo: The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by The Boys!The Boys Website
- 5-6 at the Rock School Auditorium – Get the latest on finishing your thru-hike on Katahdin from Aaron Megquier, Executive Director of Friends of Baxter State Park. This session will include up-to-date information on Baxter State Park, including the new thru-hiker permit cards, and what makes Katahdin such a unique and incredible place to finish a thru-hike. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
- 6:30pm: Feed the Hungry Hikers! FREE homemade "backcountry chili", sponsored by Granite Gear® and Allyn 'Fix it man' Morton. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bowl...and spoon!)
- 6:30-8:30pm at the Town Park Gazebo: The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Shady Appalachia! Shady Appalachia Website
- 7-9pm at the Town Hall: 72 Days in Iceland - Join independent film maker Scott ‘Squatch’ Herriott as he bikes, hikes, busses and drives around the geothermal wonderland that is Iceland. He yacks with locals, backpacks in the remote Northwest of the country and the beautiful Landmannalaugur area. He also visits the Sorcery & Witchcraft Museum, the Blue Lagoon and the Sea Monster Museum… just to name a few cultural hot spots. He also, obviously, gets to pet a puffin and never meets Bjork. www.squatchfilms.com
- 7-10pm – Coffee House at One Way Ministry.
- 8pm: Chili & Soup Contest hosted by Billville. Open to all camps, bring your chili and/or other soup as an entry, class of 2016 hikers come and sample and be the judges, watch for location near Billville Camp. Billville will provide soup cups. Bring your own spoon!
- 8:30-10:30pm at the Damascus United Methodist Church: My Forty-year Love Affair with the Appalachian Trail. 17-time AT hiker, Dr. Warren Doyle, shares his deep, abiding devotion to the AT with his slide/music show. www.warrendoyle.com
- 9-11pm at the Town Park Gazebo: The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by From The EDGE! From The EDGE Website
- 9pm – Outdoor Movie (weather permitting)! The Damascus Library will be showing ‘A Walk In The Woods’