The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC) 2012 Open House was held on Saturday, December 1, 2012. It was a time to share the beauty of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and our common goal of promoting, preserving and protecting the Appalachian Trail (AT).
Many of us took advantage of special discounts on memberships -- which gave us further discounts on books, maps, clothing and AT paraphernalia.
Volunteer Kathy Winters (trail name: Katydid) thru-hiked in 2000. Visitors find her experience and knowledge of the AT to be tremendous resources.
ATC staff and volunteers are always friendly and helpful, but the Open House is especially festive and delightful. Executive Director Mark Wenger attended an Appalachian Trail Community presentation the day before in Helen, GA (Click Here for Details) and wasn't at the Open House.
ATC has a governing body of 15 volunteers, close to 40,000 individual members, an annual budget of $7.3 million, a full-time staff of about 45 in six locations, and more than a dozen part-time and seasonal employees.
Laurie Potteiger, Claire Hobbs and David held down John Brown's old fort admirably for the Open House.
Fascinating festivities were also taking place right down the street in Harpers Ferry.
If you love the Appalachian Trail, please consider becoming a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Tags: Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
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