The Harrisonburg Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, and community partners will host the showing of “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy” on October 6th at 7pm in Court Square Theater.
The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy is a documentary that brings to the screen all four seasons of stunning natural beauty offered by the Appalachian Trail landscape. Interviews with a variety of types of hikers focus on the simplicity of trail life, human relationships, and the psychic rewards of hiking. See the AT’s rich history come to life with never before broadcast film footage and photography from a wide variety of sources, including the ATC’s archives. Hear from anchors within the AT community as they reveal the AT’s uncommon characteristics. From its volunteer tradition to its “body and soul” management philosophy, the Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy illustrates the unique nature of America’s most cherished footpath.
“The screening of the film is timely with all of all of the positive attention that movies such as Wild and A Walk in the Woods are bringing to hiking and the Appalachian Trail,” says Eddie Bumbaugh, co-chair of the Harrisonburg Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee. “The film is another step in building awareness and strengthening the connection between our community and the Appalachian Trail.
In addition to the film, a series of presenters will focus on Harrisonburg as an Appalachian Trail Community, thru and section hiking the A.T., and the partnership between the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and Harrisonburg High School STEM students. Displays of outdoor gear and tables staffed by related organizations will also be offered.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at www.valleyarts.org/films. Proceeds from the film will be donated to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and local projects that support the Appalachian Trail.