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Outdoors Macon library presents 4th Walking with Spring Series

Bill and Sharon Van HornMacon County Public Library will present its 4th Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Day festival. All events are free and open to the public.

– Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Macon County Public Library, "A Journey Through Time" with Doug Woodward. Woodward will recount his recent month-long Grand Canyon adventure in an evening slideshow. Woodard and his son Forest paddled an 18-foot raft, 280 miles down the rapids of the Colorado River.

– Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room, "Wilderness Survival" with Jeff Gottlieb. Participants will learn about the Three Questions of Survival, the 6 Things Everybody Needs, and what to do to stay safe and comfortable outdoors.

Jeff GottliebThose assembled will examine specimens of natural materials and tools made from them, and try our hand at some of the basic survival skills.

– Monday, March 31, 5:30 p.m. in the Living Room "Nature Inspired Student Art Reception." Students will present their art on display. The reception is sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Macon County Schools.

– Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room "Our Appalachian Trail Journey." Bill and Sharon Van Horn of the Nantahala Hiking Club, will talk about their eight-year journey of section hiking the 2185.9 miles of the A.T.

– Wednesday, April 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room "Forever Wild: Celebrating America's Wilderness." In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, “Forever Wild: Celebrating America's Wilderness” tells the tales of citizens who have decided what wilderness means to them. They have dedicated time and energy to helping protect the lands they love as wilderness. Robert Redford, himself a strong supporter of wilderness, hosts the film. Redford's narration, together with original music and the moving prose of Terry Tempest Williams, read by the author, guide the viewer through an examination of America's commitment to wilderness preservation. Representatives from The Wilderness Society and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be on hand to introduce the movie and talk about the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area. For more information, visit

– Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. in the Meeting Room "Cataloochee." This documentary tells the story of Cataloochee Valley, the settlers who lived there, and the movement to form a national park that includes this special place. Director Katherine Bartel and former Cataloochee resident Raymond Caldwell will be here to share stories and answer questions.

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