Celebrate Warwick Appalachian Trail Community Day Saturday

'Tales of the Trail' photo exhibit at Love Life Tattoo

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The Town of Warwick Appalachian Trail Community Committee and the NY-NJ Trail Conference have declared Saturday, Aug. 9, as this year's annual Warwick Appalachian Trail Community Day.

The NY-NJ Trail Conference maintains and manages the Appalachian Trail from the Delaware Water Gap to Connecticut. There are a variety of activities that are suggested to do throughout the day, culminating in the main event: A photography exhibition about the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and their experiences, captured by local artist, Heather Palecek.

Join the community in Warwick, and at the opening reception of the exhibit "Tales of the Trail," held at Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio in Warwick from 7 to 9 p.m.

Each year, the Warwick Appalacian Trail Community Committee sponsors activities such as hikes, informational programs, and trail maintenance work trips for local residents. Many local artists and musicians find inspiration hiking the A.T. and this year's event brings art to the forefront of the annual event.

This year, the committee suggests taking a short hike along the Pochuck Boardwalk in Vernon, N.J., or the Greenwood Lake Vista from 17A and then heading into Warwick for a stroll around town, before having dinner at one of the many restaurants or pubs.

After dinner, head over to Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio to see the exhibition "Tales of the Trail," meet the artist and speak with representatives from the NY-NJ Trail Conference.

Love Life opened in June on South Street in the heart of the Village of Warwick. This will be their first of many art exhibitions. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be available to all attendees. It is located at 10 South Street.

Photo documentary on display

"Tales of the Trail" is a photo-documentary of portraits of Thru-Hikers, accompanied by stories of their life and from their long hike spanning 2,185 miles from Georgia to Maine. The exhibit has an array of portraits in various sizes mounted on natural wood in the studio space provided at Love Life. Each image will be accompanied by a short story, quote, or synopsis of the thru-hikers' meeting with Palecek.

"As many of them told me of hiking the trail, their faith in humanity has been restored, and I am finding that mine has been too. If you need yours restored as well, look no further," said Palecek.

AT history

The first section of the A.T. opened in Warwick in 1931, six years before the official opening of the entire Appalachian Trail. The town has been welcoming hikers ever since and was named an A.T. Community in 2012. Warwick is centrally located on the A.T. between High Point in New Jersey to the west and the Bear Mountain Bridge in New York to the east with easy road access to this entire 65-mile section. The Village of Greenwood Lake in Warwick with many hiker amenities can be accessed directly from the A.T. using the Village Vista Trail. The Pochuck, Wawayanda and Wildcat Shelters on the A.T. are easily accessed from Warwick and can be used in planning section hikes (no reservations or permits are required).

With ample road access and parking within and in the immediate vicinity of Warwick, A.T. hikes of all ability levels can be accommodated. The Wallkill River National Wildlife Reserve, the Pochuck Boardwalk and suspension bridge, the "Stairway to Heaven" at Wawayanda Mountain, spectacular views of the Warwick Valley and Greenwood Lake, and Fitzgerald Falls are all within Warwick or just a few minutes away in neighboring towns. A little further within a 45-minute drive is the Delaware Water Gap, the clear and clean waters of the upper Delaware River, the NY-NJ Trail Conference's spectacular Bear Mountain A.T. rehabilitation project featuring over 1,000 hand-hewn granite steps, and the Bear Mountain Bridge which carries the A.T. across the Hudson River built in 1924.

For more information about the NYNJTC, visit: www.nynjtc.org.

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