Luray, Virginia's A.T. Community Festival

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Finally. Luray, Virginia, will be known for something cool to do above ground.

This page is all about how Luray has been admitted to a very exclusive group of places: Appalachian Trail (AT) Communities. AT Communities can only be designated by the caretakers of the Trail: the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, based in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

If this page were NOT all about Luray and the AT, I'd point out that the area's Luray Caverns -- which might be somebody's sunken cup of tea but not mine -- have about as much appeal to topsiders as H-E double-hockey sticks, if you catch my drift.

You can give the underground caverns names like:

but the only time most of us are ever going that far into the earth, we're not coming back.

Besides, why hike underground when you can hike ABOVE ground on the Appalachian Trail?

See? That's called "logic."

Therefore, we are going to celebrate being above ground -- while we are still above ground -- at the official ceremony honoring Luray and Page County, Virginia, as an AT Community at 1:45 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Ruffner Plaza in Luray.

It's all part of Luray's Festival of Spring from 10 AM until 4 PM-ish.

Here's how the event's organizers put it:

"Imagine spending the day in a charming small town at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park, near Luray Caverns, and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Traditionally this event falls on Mother's Day weekend, making it a perfect outing to share and shop with family. During the festival, our Main Street is alive and celebrating the season with fine crafters, delicious food, drink and live entertainment."

By live entertainment they mean good music from

  • Felicia Housden at 10 AM
  • Julia & the $11 hat at 10:45
  • Mike & Ian at 1:30 PM
  • Chip Rickel -- 12:15
  • Acoustic Thunder -- 1 PM
  • Lee Blanton -- 1:45 and
  • BB Wolf at 2:30.

Stuff to keep the kids from driving you crazy includes:

  • sack races
  • bounce house
  • kids bingo
  • fishing and
  • painting the AT mural.

Stuff to keep your in-laws from spending too much time at the Beer Garden includes:

  • fly-casting lessons
  • cross-cutting saw demos
  • and some lunatic from a zoo who thinks we need to know how to ID snakes, instead of running away as fast as we can.

Perhaps I should not be overly judgmental. Snake Boy might have spent too much time underground and he wants us to meet his slithery friends. Sorry, but -- as we writers are wont to say -- "That ain't gonna happen, bubba."

One thing is for sure, Saturday May 11th is going to be a wonderful time as the friendly town of Luray and the kind folks in Page County become the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's most recent AT Community.

Sounds like a great day to be above ground.

Click Here for AT Community Information

Click Here for Luray, VA's Festival of Spring

Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Tags: Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking Gear, Appalachian Trail Community, Festivals, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

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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