On Saturday, August 11, 2012, “Windtalker” will be one of several entertainers performing on stage at the Mather Training Center during this historic two-day festival in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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From 3:30pm to 4:05pm, sit back and relax as "Windtalker," who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail with his wife in 2006, performs his unique and haunting style of contemporary Native American-style flute music, which he describes as "Native SoundScapes." The blending of Native American-style flute with lush orchestration and Native percussion weaves a musical tapestry perfectly suited for a celebration of the wilderness and the Appalachian Trail.
"Windtalker" will be performing compositions from his CDs, "Native SoundScapes," and the recently-released, "Canyon Whispers." Each song melodically captures the breathtaking beauty of the Appalachian Mountains as well as musically honoring Native cultures and the eternal influence they have always had on this land. “Windtalker” has also added several classic rock songs that are sure to get your feet tapping. Come hear such songs as "Nights in White Satin” and "Unchain My Heart" as only "Windtalker" can perform them.
For years, "Windtalker" has been bringing this special brand of music to festivals, state and national parks, coffee houses, wineries, schools, churches, private parties and other intimate venues. He was also the guest performer for a moonlight tour held by the National Park Service at New Mexico's Pueblo Bonito ruins at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. He now brings his wonderful show to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the National Park Service, and the Friends of the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry-Bolivar are hosting this weekend celebration on August 11 and 12 at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV., to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Event highlights include guest speakers, workshops, activities, displays, food, music and a parade.
A variety of Trail-related programs and presentations will run on Saturday and Sunday around Harpers Ferry. Children's activities, including a 14-state mini-hike of the A.T. and a climbing wall, will be offered on the lawn of the Mather Training Center. Temporary tattoos will also be available.
Guided hikes ranging from moderate to strenuous will be offered Sunday morning by the PATC. All hikes will include a portion of the A.T. and views of the Shenandoah or Potomac River.
Representatives from different Trail-managing agencies will also speak about the importance of the A.T. and its history over the past 75 years. There will also be a “Walk a Mile in my Shoes” shoe drive inspired by “Peace Pilgrim,” the first female thru-hiker. Those attending the weekend event are encouraged to bring their gently-used shoes, which will be donated to a local charity at the end of the celebration.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club will host an open house of Highacre in Harpers Ferry on Saturday and Sunday. Highacre is considered the premier facility in the club's system of more than 30 rental cabins and houses along the Trail.
Throughout the weekend all festival participants will receive discounts at various merchants and restaurants in Harpers Ferry and have the opportunity to win free prizes such as an REI tent and an ENO hammock.
For more information and directions, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/promo/75th-anniversary/upcoming-celebrations/2012/01/19/a.t.-75th-anniversary-weekend-celebration-in-harpers-ferry