Posts Tagged "nature"

Afternoon with an Unlikely Thru-Hiker

Posted by on Oct 19, 2019 in | 0 comments

Join us for an afternoon talk and signing with one of our very first The Book Garden friends! A few weeks after we officially became booksellers Derek walked into the shop, settled himself into our kitchen and began working on what would eventually become his memoir, The Unlikely Thru-Hiker. He was a fixture in the shop for months and when he moved back to NYC we missed him, and his stories about the AT, terribly. So this is much more than a book party, this is a coming home! About the book: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of how a young black man from the city, unfamiliar with both the outdoors and thru-hiking , sets off with an extremely overweight pack to conquer the infamous trail. What unfolds are lessons on preparation, humility, and nature’s wild unpredictability. But this isn’t a memoir of discouragement. What sets Lugo apart is his refusal to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna. Through it all, Lugo perseveres with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming―earning him the trail name “Mr. Fabulous”―that sees him from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine. ————————— What is the Appalachian Trail? The A.T. is approximately a 2184.2 mile long marked hiking trail. The trail passes through 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. A thru-hiker is a person attempting to hike the entire A.T. in one season. This can take about 3-7 months. The trail can also be completed in sections during a course of several years. These hikers are called section – hikers. Both types of hikers have a the ultimate goal of hiking the whole trail. … and that was all I wanted to do, but what I got was much much more....

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Riverfest Celebrates Life Along the River in Frenchtown

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in family, festival, In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown’s Riverfest will celebrate the arts on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. until dusk. Bridge Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, noon-6 p.m., and local musicians will perform in two venues – in the middle of Bridge Street and in Sunbeam Park beside the Delaware River. Here at The Book Garden Skye Van Saun will be at the Book Garden (28 Bridge St.) to create personalized poetry on demand and Rick Epstein, former editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat and Frenchtown’s Delaware Valley News, will conduct historical walking tours at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. No registration is needed; just meet in front of the Book Garden, 28 Bridge St. The price is $10. Mike Tyksinski, who is coordinating the event for the Frenchtown Business & Professional Association, says, “Frenchtown is always a beautiful and welcoming place, but this will be Frenchtown at its liveliest, as we showcase all sorts of creativity. Don’t miss it!” At 10:30 a giant egg at ArtYard’s Old Hatchery Building at the corner of Lott and Front Streets, former site of Kerr’s Chickeries, will crack open and performers in bird costumes will emerge. All day, visitors will be invited to make paper boats in a riverside tent. As each batch of boats is completed, Vikings in full regalia, led by Eric Fiorito, will take the boats into the river for races. A photo exhibit and contest, “Summer on the Delaware,” can be viewed in the Brokaw Photographic Studio at 34 Bridge St. The contest, sponsored by New Hope Photo and Brokaw Studio, has a $250 purse. Photos will feature Delaware River scenes that were shot this summer. John Schmidtberger of SFA Gallery has invited fellow painters to set up their easels around town and at The Spinnery (33 Race St.) yarn-dyeing using natural colors will be demonstrated, 2-5 p.m. Performers on the Bridge Street stage will include the Saddletones (country swing), the Wallace Brothers (country), bluesman Alex Wolfson, Sara’s Jazz Band, and Baby Finster (rock band). Enlivening Sunbeam Park will be Native American drumming, an Eyes of the Wild display of wild animals, Lolly Hopwood singing children’s songs, Keith and Laura Strunk reading stories for children, singer/songwriters Nate Walker, Brian Fitz and Joe Cocco, and the Folkenpunk Trio (bluegrass). The offerings of Frenchtown’s restaurants will be augmented outdoors by the Lions Club and American Legion’s grills, and the efforts of Smokerhead BBQ, the Bridge Cafe’s pop-up restaurateur Graham Miller, Pirate Cupcake of Milford, Tyler’s Water Ice and Early Bird’s lemonade stand. Vendors and exhibitors will abound, with offerings including green products; information on protecting the environment; artisanal soaps, fishing lures and knives; and paintings, photos and objets d’art. Visitors are invited to register to vote, see Native American artwork, learn about water safety, and undergo henna adornment. During Riverfest the Bridge Cafe will offer bánh mì (Vietnamese bread) sandwiches and homemade ice cream sandwiches; Freedom Art will feature the works of new local artists Jim Colliert and Ryan Brooks Leslie; Olive with a Twist will offer a sampling of 45 different balsamics and olive oils, locally made marmalades, jams, and cheeses, along with artisan breads from the Wayfare Bakers; Country Chic Boutique will hold a 70 percent-off clearance sale; and River Gypsy will discount its new autumn inventory by 15 percent. Additional parking is available at Kathee’s General Store, at Frenchtown school, in the lot at Old Frenchtown Field, and at Artie’s Bar & Grill at 1121 Route 12 (GPS address: Frenchtown). Shuttle service will be available from Artie’s. Bike-check service will be available behind the Bridge Cafe. Photo: Frenchtown Riverfest paper-boat...

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