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Shape Note Singing, Folk Songs, and Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Shape Note Singing
Through expert instruction and practice, discover the origins of the "American Folk Hymn" and trace the marriage of English and Southern Appalachian music and heritage which produced the oral tradition highlighted in the movie "Cold Mountain." No musical/singing experience required to enjoy this uniquely American tradition.

Folk Songs
Explore American history through folk songs as you learn about the music's significance from the colonial period through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Sing along, enjoy memories galore and learn to play the Appalachian dulcimer - a distinctively American instrument.

Hiking The Appalachian Trail
Discuss the route, geology, and history of the "AT" with hiker/author Leonard Adkins who has walked the Trail five times. Enjoy a multimedia presentation that will sweep you along the Trail from Georgia to Maine and discover how to plan any length of hike carrying no more than 20 pounds, in preparation for a short hike on the Trail itself.

Coordinated by W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
19 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
6 Performances


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