Trail Days Celebration
Posted May 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized
The Friendliest Little Library on the Trail, the Damascus branch library, created loads of special programs to celebrate Trail Days. We also offer lots of services that hikers and visitors appreciate.
Come and rest your weary feet on our welcoming front porch. You can use our high-speed Internet and charging stations. We have storage for your backpacks and bike racks. There’s also all the usual library services.
We have a rack of free paperbacks for hikers to borrow to take with them. Our Friends of the Library select books that will be easy to carry and interesting to read on the trail. We also offer backpacks for day hikers to borrow.
The library houses the town’s Visitor Center. Come visit us and get information about the area.
During Trail Days drop by the library and enjoy board games and adult coloring, sidewalk art, magazines and newspaper and Friends of the Library “Mini Book Sale.” The book sale takes place Saturday during library hours.
We’ve planned lots of special events to celebrate Trail Days.
Second Annual Movie Festival
We’ll show an outdoor adventure movie Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. The schedule is:
Monday, May 15: “The Loneliest Planet.” An engaged couple’s backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.
Tuesday, May 16: “Happy People.” A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.
Wednesday, May 17: “Mile, Mile and a Half.” In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.
Thursday, May 18: “Trek.” Two trekkers are walking in the wild, one eager to discover, the other complaining about the greenness. A third trekker, seemingly lost, appears on the track and asks them for the intergalactic bus stop.
Movie schedule may change based on availability.
Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. “Salamanders of White Top Mountain” with Dr. Kevin Hamed. A biology professor at Virginia Highlands Community College, he’ll tell us about the various salamanders that can be found along the Appalachian Trail. His latest research involves pathogens in salamanders.
Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. “The American Chestnut Foundation” with Eric Jenkins. Eric Jenkins from the American Chestnut Foundation leads a walk and talk about the efforts to preserve the American Chestnut.
The talk is from 10-11 a.m. Eric describes the role of the American Chestnut 100 years ago, its demise from blight and the restoration program. The talk concludes with an introduction of the Appalachian Trail MEGA-Transect Program, a collaborative effort organized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can see surviving American chestnuts. TACF volunteers will point out distinguishing tree characteristics and demonstrate how to report surviving trees as part of the MEGA-Transect Project. This information contributes to understanding the status of surviving trees and aiding in the development of blight-resistant trees. The training includes a three-mile walk to see American chestnuts along the Appalachian Trail.
Feel free to participate in both or one part of this event.
Friday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Takoma Tedd and his acoustic guitar. Enjoy his ‘60s style acoustic rock.
Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Foraging for Edibles with Ben Casteel. Ben Casteel from Virginia Highlands Community College enlightens us about edible plants – and he doesn’t mean your standard vegetables. We begin with a talk in the community room and then we move onto the Appalachian Trail. So wear some comfortable shoes.
On the hike, he’ll point out edible fungi, berries, etc. along the trail. He hopes to have samples to try.
Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whittlers. Not up to going on the trail looking for treats? Stay at the library, where whittlers demonstrate their skills for you.
Come visit us during Trail Days. You’ll have fun, and we look forward to seeing you.