Ella Kliger – Contributing Writer
Macon County Public Library (MCPL) is sponsoring the 2016 Walking With Spring series. Documentaries, workshops, walks, and talks involving the Appalachian Trail (AT) are happening through April. As usual, all programs are free and open to the public.
“Since Franklin’s designation in March 2010 as an AT Community, MCPL has helped build public awareness about the significant resources and economic opportunities the Appalachian National Scenic Trail brings to Franklin as an AT Community.” The events scheduled through March are:
On Wednesday, March 23, at 2 and 6 p.m., the library will show the documentary, “Appalachian Impressions: Hiking the Appalachian Trail,” by Mark Flagler. Walk along the AT with thru hikers who show the wonder, the pain, the struggles and the joys of this incredible adventure. Seeing the two-hour, six minute, unrated documentary might inspire you to attend Bill Van Horn’s workshop the following week.
On Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Bill Van Horn, an Appalachian Trail 2,000-miler, will offer “Thinking About Backpacking on the A.T. ??”, lessons on backpacking on the A.T. to make sure you are the most well-equipped and well-informed as possible for your enjoyment and for the protection of the trail. Topics will include personal readiness, Leave No Trace, hiker etiquette, and camping along the A.T. Both sessions are to be held in the library meeting room.
On Wednesday, March 30, there is a “double bill” at the library. At 2 p.m., Jennifer McIntee of Beyond Bending Yoga will lead Yoga on the Greenway. This walk combines light yoga with nature for a walking yoga class on the Greenway below the library. Participants are asked to meet in the library meeting room and proceed to enjoy a brisk walk on both paved and gravel sloped paths. Along the walk, the group will take yoga breaks, and practice basic postures. In the event of inclement weather, a beginners’ yoga class will be held in the library meeting room.
That evening at 7 p.m., Franklin’s own Jamy Suminski will present “Trail Magic,” her experiences while thru-hiking the A.T. She will share pictures, tell stories and describe how she experienced the “trail magic” that happened when she set off alone on a 2,000-mile hike, how generosity and friendship were revealed to her on the AT.
For more information about the “Walking With Spring” series, call the Macon County Public Library at (828)524-3600.