September 28-October 24 - Our Friends of the Library host our community's One Book/One Community Event reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson
Saturday, September 28
KICK-OFF EVENTS: exhibits, talks, food, concert
Exhibits - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts from Troop #58 of the Bulverde United Methodist Church will show you how to pitch a tent, start a fire, make a survival bracelet, and more!
Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS will provide information on what to do in a wilderness emergency
Whole Earth Provision Co. will exhibit the latest and greatest hiking and camping equipment
The Friends of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library will provide camping/hiking munchies!
Texas Parks Talk - 1:30 p.m.
R. Craig Hensley, Park Interpreter from Guadalupe River State Park, will speak to us about hiking in Texas parks. If you have never heard Craig speak, you are in for a treat!
Michael Blakely Concert - 3:15 p.m.
Award-winning Singer/Songwriter and author, Mike Blakely, has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and made 16 tours to Europe. Mike has published 17 books. His last two books were co-writes: one with Willie Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck), the other with Kenny Rogers (What Are the Chances) will be released in September. His books and CDs will be available for purchase at this event. www.mikeblakely.com
Thursday, October 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
(in conjunction with the Bulverde/Spring Branch FOL’s Gardening Series)
Robert Edmonson of the Texas A&M Forest Service will present a program on “The Big Tree Registry,” which is a registry of the world’s biggest trees of different species. Two of the largest trees of their species are in Comal County!
Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Movie: “Trek: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail.” 1 hour 40 minutes. “This documentary gives amazing insight into thru hiker life, and gives a great feel to the essence of the Appalachian Trail. I've shown this film to hikers and non-hikers, and everyone is moved and inspired by the intensity of this film.” 'Strider' - AT Hiker 2001 (from Amazon.com)
Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
“On the Trail” Panel Discussion
Join us for an interactive discussion with an experienced AT hiker from REI and others who have hiked the AT. What is it REALLY like? Other related topics, too. Lots of great information for the hiker/camper!
Thursday, October 24 FIELD TRIP!
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Note: This is the only OB/OC event for which we must charge a fee.
Enjoy “A Walk in the Woods” field trip by bus to Lost Maples State Natural Area near Vanderpool, Texas. We won’t be hitting the maples at the height of their color, but the bright side is that we will miss the huge crowds that come when they are at the height of their color! A park ranger will give discuss the maple trees, short hikes will be available for those who wish to explore the park, and you will enjoy a picnic lunch with a stop at The Apple Store in Medina (“The Apple Capital of Texas”) for dessert on the way home.
Fitness Challenge: Ongoing
Come “walk” the Appalachian Trail with us. Convert your exercise time to miles on the map. Map will be displayed in the library during OB/OC to show your progress as well as others. Prizes will be awarded. More details are available at the library.