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News from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This was a lot of fun last year.

Harpers Ferry, WV (February 15, 2013) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2, 2013 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this event in celebration of our 88th birthday,” said Javier Folgar, Director of Marketing and Communications of the ATC. “Not only will this celebration bring the local community together, but it will also raise awareness of the Appalachian Trail and the importance of having this vital resource for all to enjoy, right in our backyard”.

Cakes will be on display from 12 – 1 p.m. and will be served to the public from 1 – 5 p.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. and the winners of the contest will be announced at 2 p.m.

To enter a cake for this contest, email Claire Hobbs by February 28 at chobbs@appalachiantrail.org with your name, type of cake and cake dimensions, as well as any relevant information such as possible allergens.

Event Summary

Event: Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88thBirthday

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Location:  The ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Schedule:

– 12 – 1 p.m. – Visitors view cakes and vote for “most creative” cake.
– 1 – 5 p.m. – Cakes will be served for visitors to enjoy.
– 1 p.m. – Judges will vote on “best tasting” and “best A.T. design”    cakes.
– 2 p.m. – Winners of each of the three categories will be announced and prizes awarded.

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains.  The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world.  Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.

For more information about the event visit http://www.appalachian trail.org/events.

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The “Gadgets, Guns and Gears Exhibit” has received some great visitor comments in our guest book. Here is a sample:

“Spectacular!!! I want to see MORE!” L.C.

“Very interesting … me gusta!!” D.S.

“Amazing.” L.B.

“Nice! So amazing! Like from Spain :)” J & A

“Wonderful!” J.G.

“Inspiring” C.B.

This weekend, August 11 & 12, Steam is offering a 10% discount on woodblock prints to ATC 75th Anniversary participants.

The exhibit ends on August 26.

 

 

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Just received this useful information from the Harpers Ferry Historical Town Foundation . http://www.historicharpersferry.com/articles/Events-July14-29.pdf

For July 12-22, 2012

7th Annual Key West Wine Festival (near Shannondale)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Purcellville, VA *Local* http://www.breauxvineyards.com/scripts/eventPg.cfm/_/458/7th-Annual-Key-West-Festival/

Brunswick Crossing Classic Rock Concert
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Brunswick, MD *Local* http://www.brunswickcrossing.com/wordpress/?p=4057

Thunder on South Mountain (Sept 1862 Battle)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Burkittsville, MD *Local* http://friendsofsouthmountain.org/calendar.html

Appalachian Trail Junior Ranger Day
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/events/2012/01/19/junior-ranger-day

Thomas Jefferson & Slavery Drama Presentation
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Harpers Ferry NHP Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/events.htm

Brunswick Crossing. Blues & Funk Concert
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Brunswick, MD *Local* http://www.brunswickcrossing.com/wordpress/?p=4057

Battle of Bolivar Heights (Oct 1861) Artillery Demonstration
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Harpers Ferry NHP Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://harpersferryhistory.org/educate.htm

Jefferson County and nearby areas

149th Lees Retreat through Williamsport
Fri Jul 13, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Williamsport, MD *Area* http://williamsportretreat.com

Wash St Gallery Making Art – Photography
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Charles Town, WV *Area* http://wstreetgallery.com/2012/03/27/washington-street-artists-cooperative-launches-making-art-series/

Brady’s Sharpershooters (Antietam)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Antietam, MD *Area* http://nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2012-annual-schedule.htm

US Navy Band Country Current (Boonsboro)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Boonsboro, MD *Area* http://www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com/

Craftworks Landscape Painting Workshop
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Shepherdstown, WV *Area* http://wvcraftworks.org

Death in September (Jamieson book)
Sun Jul 22, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Antietam, MD *Area* http://nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2012-annual-schedule.htm

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On more than one occasion, Frederick Douglass was on hand to remind citizens about sacrifices made on behalf of others in this country.

For example, on May 30, 1871, he spoke on Decoration Day, which is now known as Memorial Day, at Arlington  National Cemetery, saying:

“Friends and Fellow Citizens:

Tarry here for a moment. My words shall be few and simple. The solemn rites of this hour and place call for no lengthened speech. There is, in the very air of this resting-ground of the unknown dead a silent, subtle and all-pervading eloquence, far more touching, impressive, and thrilling than living lips have ever uttered. Into the measureless depths of every loyal soul it is now whispering lessons of all that is precious, priceless, holiest, and most enduring in human existence.”

On May 30, 1881, again on Decoration Day, Frederick Douglass spoke on the 14th Anniversary of Storer College located in Harpers Ferry (full text version is available online. See Selected Research attached). One of the lesser quoted passages is this:

‘During his last visit to us in Rochester there appeared in the newspapers a touching story connected with the horrors of the Sepoy War in British India. A Scotch missionary and his family were in the hands of the enemy, and were to be massacred the next morning. During the night, when they had given up every hope of rescue, suddenly the wife insisted that relief would come. Placing her ear close to the ground she declared she heard the Slogan – the Scotch war song. For long hours in the night no member of the family could hear the advancing music but herself. “Dinna ye hear it? Dinna ye hear it?” she would say, but they could not hear it. As the morning slowly dawned a Scotch regiment was found encamped indeed about them, and they were saved from the threatened slaughter. This circumstance, coming at such a time, gave Capt. Brown a new word of cheer. He would come to the table in the morning his countenance fairly illuminated, saying that he had heard the Slogan, and he would add, “Dinna ye hear it? Dinna ye hear it?” Alas! like the Scotch missionary I was obliged to say ‘No.’ Two weeks prior to the meditated attack, Capt. Brown summoned me to meet him in an old stone quarry on the Conecochequi river, near the town of Chambersburgh, Penn. His arms and ammunition were stored in that town and were to be moved on to Harper’s Ferry. In company with Shields Green I obeyed the summons, and prompt to the hour we met the dear old man, with Kagi, his secretary, at the appointed place. Our meeting was in some sense a council of war. We spent the Saturday and succeeding Sunday in conference on the question, whether the desperate step should then be taken, or the old plan as already described should be carried out. He was for boldly striking Harper’s Ferry at once and running the risk of getting into the mountains afterwards. I was for avoiding Harper’s Ferry altogether. Shields Green and Mr. Kagi remained silent listeners throughout. It is needless to repeat here what was said, after what has happened. Suffice it, that after all I could say, I saw that my old friend had resolved on his course and that it was idle to parley. I told him finally that it was impossible for me to join him. I could see Harper’s Ferry only as a trap of steel, and ourselves in the wrong side of it. He regretted my decision and we parted.”

The Bucks County Gazette had an article about this event in its June 2, 1881 edition which said:

“On Decoration Day the Citizens of Harper’s Ferry had reason to wet their eyes. Fred Douglass, as part of the decoration ceremonies, delivered an historical oration on John Brown.  Quite a number of Confederates and Old Virginians gathered to hear him. Among the latter was Mr. Hunter, who was the State’s Attorney who prosecuted Brown. When Douglass had finished his oration, Mr. Hunter was one of the first to congratulate him.”

This weekend on Saturday, June 2, almost 131 years to the day of this historic speech, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park are sponsoring an African-American Hike on National Trails Day.

Coincidence? I don’t know. You’ll have to ask them!

The Hike is being held from 10:30 am until 2 pm

Linked below is a list of Selected Research to complement the hike. Steam at Harper’s Ferry features Victorian and Steampunk art and gifts. It also has original Civil War period newspapers, historic postcards and other Harper’s Ferry related items for purchase and on display.

Selected Research – African-American Hike

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The Village Shop and Appalachian Trail Conservancy are on board. Excellent.

Anyone else? We’ll need a final list by April 13!

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I stayed as long as I could … but I didn’t get to taste these creations (no, I didn’t cut those chunks out of the cakes, although who would notice if I sliced off a little bit more? oh, only the 50 or so folks standing around the tables).

They look wonderful!

 

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is having a cake baking contest on Saturday, March 3 to celebrate its 87th anniversary. Cakes will be judged from from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at ATC’s Visitor Center, 799 Washington St., Harper’s Ferry, WV. It’s open to the public and FREE!

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