MATC's "Friends of the A.T. in Maine"


Maine is filled with nice people.

Okay, maybe "filled" isn't exactly the right word for a state with 43 people per square mile and a total population equal to that of the city of Dallas.


Cool Moose Sign in Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Dallas, however, cannot begin to compare with Maine; especially in the category of Coolest Moose Signs. "Big D" still gets the award for Coolest Building with Green Neon Lights Down the Sides That Sparkle & Twinkle Off All the Nearby Buildings.

Founded in 1935, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is an all-volunteer, donor-supported non-profit with 500 members nationwide.

The nice folks at MATC have formed The Friends of the AT in Maine. Their goal is to promote and support MATC's mission of maintaining and rebuilding 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Maine.

The Friends of the A.T. in Maine will host public events to highlight the AT and the volunteer trail work performed by MATC members.

MATC President Lester Kenway says, "The Appalachian Trail and the Maine Appalachian Trail Club are some of the best kept secrets in Maine ... we intend to bring good news about the Club and the A.T. to the people of Maine."

The initial Friends of the A.T. in Maine event is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013, at The Frontier Cafe in Brunswick.

Maine outdoors writer, A.T. thru-hiker and MATC Trail Maintainer Carey Kish will present "An Adventurous and Inspiring Evening Along the Appalachian Trail in Maine." Attendees are invited to meet Kish in the Cafe at 6:30 p.m. before his presentation at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Seating in The Cinema Stage is limited to 85.

To assure a seat, you must sign-up in advance by email ( or on the MATC's Facebook page, Seats are available on a first-come, first-served, general admission basis. In other words, if you snooze, you lose.

MATC welcomes new members and inspires respect for this natural treasure.

Visit MATC at or on Facebook.

Tags: Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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