LIST OF EVENTS

Trail Celebrations & Stories
with Christine Taylor

April 8, 2:00-4:00 PM

*$15.00/person $20.00/family Suggested Donation

Hiking the Appalachian Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Christine Taylor. With her sights set on hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada, Taylor is giving talks about her Appalachian thru-hike to raise funds for her next adventure.

Recently, her first talk hosted by Spindrifters Inc., in Saint Andrews, drew 107 people who Taylor held spellbound as she told her story with passion and humour. She had people laughing at one moment and wiping away tears the next; her audience was awestruck by her perseverance against all of the odds the Appalachian Trail and nature could throw at her.

As she spoke, you could hear a pin drop.  “I wasn’t carrying my full pack on my first day, just a book bag, when I registered” At the start of her hike, husband Steve Taylor, her biggest supporter, ‘slack-packed’ her gear along the way as she gradually added weight increasing the size of her pack each day.  By the fifth day, Taylor was carrying her full pack.  However, back at registration, a woman who doubted Taylor’s abilities because she didn’t look like a thru-hiker, said “this isn’t for you, dear” and didn’t issue her a number. “I kept her thought in my head, telling myself ‘I’ll show her!”  She averaged 13.87 miles per day; some days she covered up to 27 miles.

Guide book in hand, the Saint Andrews woman hiked the world’s longest footpath, at 2,200 miles (or 3,540-kilometres) from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine. She traversed 14 states in 158 days from April to September 2016, covering most of the distance carrying a 30-pound backpack loaded with camping gear and food. She walked with fellow hikers she met along the trail, some of whom have become lasting friends.

She encountered beautiful, breathtaking vistas along the way, saw bear and snakes – but  was not attacked or bitten,  trekked through some heavy rains and thunderstorms, zip lined over a river  and hiked during extremely hot humid summer days . At one point, she used a fire tower as a clothesline to dry her tent.  She took refreshing dips in rivers and lakes when the opportunity arose.

Along the way, she kept an online journal and updated her Facebook page,  with photos and descriptions of her progress. At times, Taylor feared she couldn’t finish, but good camaraderie with her fellow hikers and the kindness of ‘trail angels’ kept her going. ‘Trail angels’ help hikers by doing everything from leaving some food and drink  on the trail to housing and feeding them at their homes to providing rides into nearby towns and moving packs to the next shelter stop.

Find out more about her project at www.trailjournals.com/Hazel.

Trail Celebrations & Stories
with Dianne Whelan

APRIL 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

*$15.00/person $20.00/family Suggested Donation

Join Sunbury Shores in welcoming Dianne Whelan for her presentation on her Canada Trail goals and experiences as she traverses 24,000 km across the Trans-Canada Trail. Her talk will take place on April 26 from 7-9pm. Check out her adventure film, 500 Days in the Wild, at 500daysinthewild.com

Trail Celebrations & Stories
with Dan Burns

JUNE 23, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
JUNE 24, 6:00 AM -12:00 PM

*$15.00/person $20.00/family Suggested Donation

Join wildlife photographer Dan Burns June 23rd as he shares insights on his two photographic trips to Alaska. He will showcase photographs from his travels and talk about his experiences.

Should you wish, Dan invites you to join him on a local photographic shoot on the morning of June 24th.  Wake up nice and early and meet the St. Andrews wildlife!

Book Signing and meet the author
WITH DEBRA USHER

JUNE 24, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

As a special welcome to summer treat we would like to invite you to a book signing and discussion of Debra Usher’s new book ‘ The Love of Flowers’ at the Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre.  Debra is extremely proud of this book and the artists represented on the 450 full colour pages.  There are over 1900 paintings and images and 50 stories represented in this hard cover book.

After the death of her mother, just a few years ago, Debra decided to do a floral tribute in the spring edition of Arabella Magazine, and asked floral artists from all over Canada and the US to send in images of their paintings.  Because of the great response an idea to incorporate all of this into a book was formed and here we are.

Artists who paint flowers and capture the beauty and time of a fleeting moment are truly special but very often ignored in the artistic world.

This book showcases both the range of talent and diversity of ideas out there.  Each artist has a unique reason they paint flowers and our floral landscape and the book is a journey of the world around us that we sometimes miss.

Come travel down a road that smells delightful, is filled with colours and transfixes the heart and soul with both love and laughter.