Waynesboro, PA: An Appalachian Trail Community

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania - including the borough of Waynesboro and Washington Township - will be honored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) on Saturday, April 26, 2014, as the ATC's newest "Appalachian Trail Community."

Only the most friendly and environmentally proactive towns along the Appalachian Trail are even considered for this designation, but Waynesboro is more than qualified.

You're invited - by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) - to join the celebration at Waynesboro's Renfrew Park, held in conjunction with Renfrew Institute's Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art. Festivities will be moved to Waynesboro Area Middle School, if it rains.

The happiness officially begins at 11 AM and is free to all, but you're allowed to be unofficially happy before 11.

Invited Guests Include

  • Franklin County, PA commissioners
  • Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper
  • Washington Township Supervisor Jeff Geesaman
  • Ron Tipton, chief executive officer of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and
  • John Hedrick, president of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

Should good fortune be with you, you might get to meet Julie Judkins too. Are you feeling lucky?

Schedule of Events

  • 11 AM: Event kicks off with Slim Harrison & the Sunnyland Band
  • 12:30 PM: Earth Day Celebration; Renfrew Institute Environmental Artistry Award; Remarks & Earth Day Proclamation
  • 12:50 PM: A.T. Community(TM) Designation with remarks from honored speakers and guests
  • 4 PM: Event concludes and we return to our pre-celebration state of being.

Please Note: There is no substantiated truth to rumors that this event will be the perfect place to meet your soul mate. It's probably true, but we can't make guarantees. Thank you.

The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program was created by the ATC to recognize communities that promote and care for the Appalachian Trail (AT). Working with a growing network of trailside community partners, the program supports communities that play a role in advocating the AT as a significant local and national asset and as an international icon. The program assists communities by generating tourism and stimulating outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the AT.

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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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