Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fall Events: Homesteading Festival and Race Weekend

It feels like all of a sudden the temperatures have dropped and darkness comes earlier and earlier each night. Backpacking through the Seneca Creek Backcountry with the East Harlem School last week, I noticed there is already a good accumulation of brightly colored leaves on the trails.

Time to start thinking about the fall. We've got two major events this autumn: the Woodlands Homesteading Festival and the Race Weekend. The Homesteading Festival is a celebration of the things that make this part of Appalachia so special - both in the past and today. We'll have presentations, workshops, and demonstrations about biochar, grassroots cartography, making and using biodiesel, goat milking, and more. Saturday night we'll prepare a dinner made from locally grown ingredients to be followed by Old Time music and dancing. The festival will happen the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. Click here for more information or here to register.

The following weekend, beginning on October 7, is our third annual Race Weekend. It is a combination of TMI's Run for the Hills! races and the West Virginia Trilogy Races, organized by our friends, The West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners. All combined, there will be a 50 mile, 50k, half-marathon, and 5k spread out over the three day weekend. The runs will wind through the beautiful trails of the nearby Seneca Creek Backcountry. The event will be catered, and, following the runs on Sunday, we will have a pig roast to celebrate not only the races, but the entire season. Click here for more information on the Race Weekend.

We hope to see you in the mountains this autumn.

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