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Author Amy Allen will speak of her 2006 Appalachian Trail experiences. Signed copies of her book, “Summoning the Mountains,” will be available for purchase before and after the program.The film “Appalachian Impressions” will be hitting theaters this fall as part of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)’s 2013 membership drive. Special programs will take place in 15 cities along the east coast from Connecticut to Florida, with four showings occurring in North Carolina: Franklin, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Hot Springs.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen,” stated Javier Folgar, director of marketing and communications of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “This event provides the public an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs. Every dollar raised will help preserve and manage the A.T. – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.”

The film highlights the beauty and splendor of the Appalachian Trail (AT). “Appalachian Impressions” takes viewers on a six-month journey of thrills and trials through 14 states on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Franklin residents, Bill and Sharon Van Horn, who have been section hiking the AT for the past several years have just completed their adventure in September of this year. The couple had this to say about their experience, “Our journey was challenging and very rewarding at the same time, especially meeting hikers and visiting the Trail Towns.” The Van Horn’s will be greeting attendees in the lobby prior to the program.

The evening’s program will be packed with displays, hiking information, avid hikers, speakers, the film, raffle items and refreshments. Many local businesses and organizations have contributed toward the effort. Lenny Bernstein, an ATC board member, who also volunteers to protect and maintain the trail will speak briefly about the organization.

“Our goal is simple: to raise awareness of the Appalachian Trail (AT) and to gain the support of 2,180 new members to the ATC (one for each mile of the Trail). Every dollar raised will help preserve and manage the AT. That is why we are inviting people, like you, to participate,” sites Bernstein.

Event highlights include: viewing the film “Appalachian Impressions” on the big screen, meeting “2,000 milers,” a one-year membership or gift membership to the ATC ($40 value), free admission for kids (13 and under, must book online with paying adult), a year subscription to A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the Appalachian Trail; win cool prizes such as an ATC ENO™ Hammock; make new friends in the outdoor and hiking community; receive an ATC decal and patch; and learn ways to protect an irreplaceable treasure, the Appalachian Trail.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Amy Allen author of “Summoning the Mountains,” who, at the age of 40, thruhiked the 2,180-mile AT in 2006. Allen has been a backpacker for more than 28 years. She was a founding member of a community wilderness program whose goal was to foster a holistic relationship between today's families and the outdoor classroom. She continues long-distance hiking and has completed Black Mountain Crest Trail, Foothills Trail and parts of Benton MacKaye Trail.

One of Allen’s favorite quotes from her book is, "Walking the backbone of these mountains calls to mind that this ancient ravaged place is a fold in the earth's surface, a fold created when geological pressures crushed the continental plates together millennia ago. A fold. A place of great change. Fierce winds accompany me along this mountain apex of potential – wind, omnipotent agent of change. Acceptance and peace wash over me. Quietly, I walk."

More about the author can be found at

The ATC membership drive event takes place at the newly opened Drake Educational Center, 210 Phillips Street (Carolina Mt), Franklin, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Registration includes a new membership or gift membership to the ATC. Tickets are available online and can be purchased for $30 per adults; reserve seats by visiting Local AT Community Ambassador, Mary Bennett, encourages interested attendees to enter the discount promotional code: FRANKLIN2013, to receive $5 off each ticket cost. Families may book a free seat for children under 13 years of age (limit 3). To reserve your seat or for more information visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, visit

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