2018 “Walking with Spring”

2018 Walking with Spring by Kristina Lynn Moe

The Macon County Public Library is an Appalachian Trail Community Supporter. 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 library’s “Walking with Spring” series of movies and programs, in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community, corresponds with Franklin’s Trail Days Celebration period, which happens from the first day of Spring through Earth Day, as well as with thru-hiker season in Franklin. Events highlight the AT, its hikers, and other outdoor activities and environmental issues.

All programs are free and open to the public.

March 21st, 6:00 p.m. & March 22nd, 2:00 p.m.

“myATstory” short films of inspiration from the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is one of the most inspiring endeavors in American history. But what truly makes the AT special is the community of hikers and supporters that keep the spirit of the Trail alive through their adventures, their generosity, and their stories. Watch five inspiring tales from some of these unique individuals about how the AT has changed their lives forever. Thru- and section hikers will be on hand for discussion after the films.

March 28th, 6:00 p.m.

“Walking Home” program by section hiker Bill Van Horn.  Bill Van Horn will present a program on section hiking with his wife, Sharon, from Springer Mountain, GA to Franklin, NC (AT 110).

April 4th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Hiking with Dogs” presentation by veterinarian Elizabeth DeWandeler.  Some of us have years of experience hiking with pets, and some of us are just getting started. Dr. DeWandeler will present information and reminders we can all use about trail safety, etiquette, and gear that will help make hiking with our dogs a great experience for everyone involved.

April 5th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“The Flower Seeker” presentation by Bartram author Philip Lee Williams.  William Bartram’s Travels, published in 1791, remains a seminal book for understanding the American South, its flora, fauna, and people. Now, acclaimed poet and novelist Philip Lee Williams, who has known Bartram’s work almost since childhood, has written what will surely be acclaimed as one of the finest long poems ever to come out of the South. Philip Lee Williams is the author of fourteen published books and has written about the natural world for most of his career and has taught nature writing at the University of Georgia, from where he retired in March 2010. He is the winner of numerous literary award s, including the national Michael Shaara Prize for his 2004 novel, A Distant Flame. Among his earlier books from Mercer University Press are: In the Morning: Reflections from First Light (essays), The Campfire Boys (novel), and a collection of poetry, Elegies for the Water.

April 11th, 6:00 p.m.

“You Took the Kids Where? Adventuring While Your Children Are Young” talk with author Doug Woodward. Doug
will give a talk based on his book, which presents a rare generational time span in which to evaluate the results of raising a family in an alternative environment, one which de-emphasizes the pursuit of wealth and power. Having made possible, almost from birth, wilderness experiences for their children, Trish Severin and Doug Woodward also have taken them into situations in cultures that live much more simply than we do in the U.S.

April 12th, 2:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: AN AMERICAN LEGACY documentary by Sam Henegar.  This documentary brings to the screen all four seasons of stunning natural beauty offered by the Appalachian landscape. Interviews with
various types of hikers focus on the simplicity of trail life, human relationships, and the physical rewards of hiking, paralleling some aspects of the initial vision set forth by Benton MacKaye, the Appalachian Trail’s founder/visionary.
The film also features the Appalachian Trail’s unique history. Brian King, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) publisher, and author, candidly tells the story of the AT, along with other anchors within the AT community like Dave Startzell, Bob Proudman, and Laurie Potteiger. The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy expounds the AT’s rich history and tradition using never before broadcast film footage and photography from a wide variety of sources, including the ATC’s own archives. Follow the story of two key volunteers with opposing viewpoints, Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery, who helped build and shape the AT, and then travel through the AT’s turbulent journey to its most recent transition in 2005. Rare footage of an interview with an aged Benton MacKaye illustrates his lasting impact on the Appalachian Trail, and ATC/PATC archival films depict Avery in the zenith of his tireless labors. From its unique volunteer tradition to its “body and soul” management philosophy, The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy reveals the uncommon characteristics of the AT’s legacy. Through its challenges and successes, see how the AT has managed to endure narrow odds and why this trail is so deeply cherished. 55 min.

April 18th, 6:00- 7:00 p.m.

“Nantahala National Forest: a History” with author Marci Spencer.  Marci will give a slide presentation on the history of areas to explore in Macon County including the Nantahala Ranger District, with Q&A afterward.  Books Unlimited will be selling Marci’s book at the event.