Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Summer Event Series Brings Music, Art, and Stewardship to Pennsylvania Trail Communities

Boiling Springs, PA (PressExposure) July 18, 2013 -- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites you to Third Thursdays - a series of Appalachian Trail (A.T.) themed events each month until this October in the Central Pennsylvania region. All Third Thursday events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and guests are encouraged to register in advance.

"With a focus on art, music, community and volunteer stewardship, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Third Thursdays events are a terrific way to get to know and get involved with the Appalachian Trail," said Kelly McGinley of the ATC.

Music in the Park will take place this Thursday, July 18th at 6 p.m. and will feature an evening of free live music at the Children's Lake Park in Boiling Springs. Musicians will include storyteller and songwriter Brian McPherson; guitar, mandolin and banjo player Kevin Neidig; and ukulele player Grant Goldsworthy. Local Trail clubs will be on hand to answer questions, offer volunteer opportunities, and share hiking information. Guests are invited to relax, picnic, and enjoy the sights and sounds alongside the A.T. Attendees should also bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.

Art in the Park will take place on August 15th at 6 p.m. at the Children's Lake Park in Boiling Springs. Visitors can spend an evening with artisans from the Cumberland Valley. These local artists will demonstrate their craft and how they reflect the A.T. experience through their work. Those in attendance will get a personal look at their design process and talk with them about how they find inspiration. Guests will also have an opportunity to create their own art projects with the help of the Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg. A brochure detailing local scenic vistas along the A.T., as well as list of suggestions for supplies and materials will be available for everyone who attends.

A Zen Stewardship Hike will take place on September 19th at 6 p.m. This event will take place in two locations, Children's Lake Park in Boiling Springs and the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners. Yoga instructors Michele Landis of Simply Well Yoga Studio and Christine Lauriello will lead a thirty minute yoga session followed by a moderate three-mile hike. Volunteers from local Trail clubs will lead the hikes, stopping along the way to demonstrate types of volunteer work done along the Trail.

The final Third Thursday event will be a fall foliage hike on October 17th at 6 p.m. This event will take place in two locations, Children's Lake Park in Boiling Springs and the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners. Guests will be treated to cool evening temperatures and vibrant foliage in a hike through the Cumberland Valley during the last days of autumn.

Third Thursdays Event Series Overview

Music in the Park
Date: July 18th, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Children's Lake Park, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Art in the Park
Date: August 15th, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Children's Lake Park, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Zen Stewardship Hike
Date: September 19th, 2013
Time: Yoga - 6 p.m., Hike - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Children's Lake Park, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania and Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, Pennsylvania

Fall Foliage Hike
Date: October 17th, 2013
Time: Hike - 6 p.m.
Location: Children's Lake Park, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania and Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, Pennsylvania

This event is funded by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

For more information about the Third Thursday events series, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/events. To register, contact Kelly at 717-258-5771 or visit http://www.atcthirdthursdays.eventbrite.com.

About Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission 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 please visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.

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