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Join Keystone Trails Association This Thursday For Its Membership Celebration & Film Festival

Written by Jim Foster, Community blogger | Mar 19, 2014 7:32 AM
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Keystone Trails Association’s first-ever Membership Celebration & Film Festival will feature three outstanding films focusing on the world famous Appalachian Trail. The event will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, starting at 6:30 pm at the Wesley Center of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 South 22nd Street, Camp Hill, PA

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KTA’s Film Festival will include three hiking-related films.  Come Walk with Me is KTA Member Lorrie Preston's travelogue of hiking the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.  It includes songs by the late hiker, singer and songwriter “Walkin’ Jim” Stoltz.  Faces of the Appalachian Trail is Danny Ruthenberg-Marshall‘s documentary describing what life along the trail is like, everything that goes into making it possible, and the different personalities that are drawn to the trail.  To make Green Tunnel, filmmaker Kevin Gallagher walked the entire A.T. over six months.  Each day he took shots of a single section of the trail. At the end of the journey he had over 4,000 clips, which were then strung together to offer a five minute view of what an accelerated hike along the Appalachian mountain range would look like.  Wanda Shirk, President of KTA, said “Attendees will vote for their favorite film, which will win our unique KTA Film of the Year Award”.

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KTA Executive Director Curt Ashenfelter said:  “We will also describe KTA’s advocacy efforts on trails and wild spaces, feature other hiking, trails and environmental organizations, and celebrate KTA’s membership base.  We’ll show why KTA plays a unique role as the statewide voice of hikers and trail enthusiasts.”

Event organizer Jim Foster added:  "We're pleased to also have nineteen exhibitors at our event.  These include trails organization like Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club, Susquehanna ATC and the Appalachian Trail Museum.  Commercial vendors will be there, including Treks & Trails International and PA Hikes.  Several environmental groups are coming also, including PennFuture, Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Sierra Club.  KTA and our exhibitors have provided some nice trail-related items that we'll give away in five drawings."

Tickets for the KTA Membership Celebration are just $15.00, and include a one-year individual membership in KTA for new members.   Tickets can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/kn3wray or at the door.  Additional information about this event is available at www.kta-hike.org.   

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