Thursday, July 28, 2016

GB AT Community Celebration 2016

Another wonderful success for the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day!

Coolers ready to go!

Gathering at Beartown State Forest's Benedict Pond in the morning were a group of intrepid hikers preparing for a 7-mile guided hike from Fernside road in Tyringham back to Benedict Pond. While those folks were enjoying the forest, beaver pond, and view from the Ledges, there was much activity at the Pond. Tents went up, picnic tables were laden with potluck dishes, and the Berkshire Ukulele Band set up their music stands. What a surprise it must have been for the hikers (those who did 7 miles and those thru-hikers who had hiked hundreds of miles alike) to come out of the woods and find such a bustling event!

Thru Hikers write GB-themed postcards
Altogether, we were able to feed and entertain about 20 thru hikers and about 100 community members. The music from the Berkshire Ukulele Band was relaxing and many folks chose to take a dip in the Pond. Remarks from members of the organizing committee highlighted the hard work of AT volunteers and trail builders, the tenacity of the thru hikers, and the generosity and hospitality of the people of Great Barrington.

Family-friendly fun!
The GB AT Community Celebration is an annual event that happens on the third Saturday of July every year. The Great Barrington Land Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, MA DCR, Greenagers, and Berkshire Magazine are all partners in making the event happen. Our thanks to the Berkshire Co-Op and Annie Bananie Ice Cream (Kent, CT). If you didn't make it this year, we hope to see you there next summer!

Adam Morris oversees the dessert table
AT Volunteers enjoying each others company

We even had folks from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

AMC Leadership Trail Crew lent a hand

Partner remarks

The view from the bandstand

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