Trail Days 2017 Schedule
FRIDAY, MAY 19th
Ride Board at The Place (hard copy), and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/traildaysrideboard. Offer a ride, get a ride!
7am: The Damascus Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser at the Fire Station.
8am-4pm: Medical team, foot washing & foot massages in the parking lot at First Baptist Church.
8am-4pm: Trail Days Ministries Welcome & Information Tents at various locations throughout town.
8am– 4pm: Mobile shower units across from One Way Ministry & at the Town Pool – Trail Days ministry team.
8am-4pm: Laundry service across from One Way Ministry provided by the Trail Days ministry team.
8am- 4pm: Small supplies ministry on the front porch of Way One Ministry.
8am-4pm: "Pickin’ and a Grinnin’ on the Front Porch with Tuck" at One Way Ministry (come play your favorite instruments).
8am-4pm: Coffee, snacks, hats, charging stations and more on the front porch of the Dancing Bear on Laurel Avenue
8am-10pm at One Way Ministry: Church open with snacks, drinks, and charging stations.
9am-5pm Damascus Library activities: charging stations, board games, coloring tables, sidewalk art, and trivia with hikers.
9am-5pm at One Way Ministry: hair cuts & sewing repairs.
10am-12pm: Family Friendly A.T. Nature Hike. Will
be meeting behind the rear parking lot of the Library, at the picnic tables for
a short educational program and quiet exploration of the A.T. Hikers of all
ages are invited to join ATC staff for a walk on the trail in search of
interesting plants, birds, animals, flowers, and more.
10am: Corn Hole Tournament Begins – Behind One Way
10am-5pm: FREE gear repair - Manufacturer Representatives will be set up at the Tent City parking lot to assist hikers with equipment repairs, gear advice and specialized services.
10am-5pm: at the Tent City parking lot - Self-service gear wash station provided by BACKPACKER, NIKWAX, and SOLOMON.
10am-?: at the Tent City parking lot - Full-service gear wash station provided by BACKPACKER, NIKWAX, and SOLOMON. This will be first-come-first-served and based on the inventory of "loaner" boots. Hikers will be able to drop off their boots in the AM, walk away with a pair of "loaners" for the day and then return in the afternoon to get their clean/waterproofed boots back.
10am-11pm: The Damascus Old Mill will provide FREE Shuttle Service around Town! Look for the white shuttle van at posted shuttle stops.
10am-11am: at the Damascus Library - The American Chestnut Foundation, “Talk and Walk - Restoring American Chestnuts” with Eric Jenkins. followed by training (11-1) to identify American chestnuts along the AT. Includes a 3 mile walk to see surviving trees.
10am-1pm: at One Way Ministries - Health of the Hiking Dog, free check-ups provided by Dr. John Roberts of VCA Highlands Animal Hospital. vcahighlandsva.com
11am - 12:30pm: at the Old Mill Conference Room - Trail Dreams presented by Brad ‘Old Buzzard’ Cook. 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 lives today. traildreams.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: firstname.lastname@example.org. aldha.org
12-5pm: Support the Veterans Memorial of Damascus! The Veterans Memorial Committee will be serving Texas style Barbecue Pork Sandwiches 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!
1pm: Registration begins for the Eating contest at One Way Ministry (Eating starts at 2pm - Great prizes!).
1pm-2pm: Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk - Join Carrie Sparks for a short hike to learn about edible and medicinal plants that can be found along the AT. Sign up at the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Booth in the park. Walk departs from the library. blueridgediscoverycenter.org
2pm: Billville Leki Pole Throwing Contest, with prizes! Watch for location signs near Billville Camp.
2-4pm: Stop by the Farm to Feet tent and share your thoughts with us on video about the Appalachian Trail, Outdoor Recreation, Public Lands and Conservation. All participants will receive a pair of Farm to Feeet DamascusHiking Socks (while supplies last).
2:30 - 3:30pm: at the Rock School Auditorium - Vista “Wisp” Beasley, University of Stirling, Presents Research Studies: Psychological Factors of A.T. Thru-hikers Finishing, Pain, and Injury. From 2014 – 2016, over 1,000 A.T. thru-hikers helped me with 2 research studies as part of my sport, exercise, and performance psychology Ph.d program. Some of the results are interesting--and may surprise you! Here, I present what we learned, including some psychological differences between those who finish the A.T. and those who don’t. I also very closely looked at psychological factors behind what makes some thru-hikers hobble on despite pain—sometimes extreme pain!—while others stop. I also have some answers to miscellaneous questions such as how movies like “Walk in the Woods” and “Wild” influenced people to go hike the A.T. Come to find out what we learned, but also to help me make sense of what we found!
3pm-4pm: Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk - Join Carrie Sparks for a short hike to learn about edible and medicinal plants that can be found along the AT. Sign up at the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Booth in the park. Walk departs from the library. blueridgediscoverycenter.org
4-6pm: at the Town Park Gazebo - The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Arnold Davidson! www.arnolddavidson.com
4:30pm-6:30pm: at the Rock School - The Thorough Hikers (a film) by Cesar Becarra and Maud Dillingham. A journey of a couple, now divorced, that took one year and 23 days to complete through all four seasons, by a journalist, a type two diabetic, and a 12-year-old mini schnauzer all the way from Maine to Georgia!
5pm-6pm: Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk - Join Carrie Sparks for a short hike to learn about edible and medicinal plants that can be found along the AT. Sign up at the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Booth in the park. Walk departs from the library. blueridgediscoverycenter.org
6-7pm: at the Town Hall – One Trail, Many Paths. A book edited by Jim ‘Funnybone’ Dashiell and written by himself and 13 other hikers about their hikes on the AT. There are many experiences, opinions, and rewards discussed honestly by this variety of seasoned hikers.
6:30pm: at the Manufacturer’s area in Tent City - Feed the Hungry Hikers! – FREE homemade "backcountry chili", sponsored by Yukon-Outfitters® and Allyn 'Fix it man' Morton. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bowl...and spoon!)
6:30pm: Washboard Hoe-Down-Throw-Down! BACKPACKER’s Randy Propster will be hosting a washboard and wash tub jam session in Tent City where the crowd in line at the Hungry Hiker feed can be entertained by, and participate in, (allowing cheers to determine the winner of) the best washboard band contest.
6:30-8:30pm: at the Town Park Gazebo - The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Logan Fritz and Company! loganfritzandcompany.bandcamp.com
7pm-8pm: at The Rock School - Neal Steeno and Tim Keenan present NANEEK; Hiking the AT and Returning Back to Vietnam. A 36-minute film. After Hiking the Appalachian Trail to tackle his fear of the wilderness, Tim “Naneek” Keenan set off for his greatest journey… Return Back to Vietnam. Enjoy the award-winning documentary NANEEK with a follow up Q&A. www.naneek.com
7-10pm: at One Way Ministry - Coffee House with a live band, dancing, and food.
7:30-8:30pm: at the Town Hall - How I Thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and Rarely Slept in the Woods. Mike Stephens will explain how he used roads and towns to successfully thru-hike the AT in a non-traditional manner, and of the 164 days thru-hiking in 2013, only 19 nights were spent in the woods. donsbrother.com
8pm: Chili and Soup Contest hosted by Billville Camp – open to all camps, bring your chili and/or soup to enter into competition. Class of 2017 hikers come sample and be the judges! Billville will provide soup cups, bring your own spoon. Watch for location near Billville Camp.
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 Captain Ivory! www.captainivory.com