5th ANNUAL JOHN MUIR FESTIVAL MAY 30 & 31, 2014
TIckets for May 30 and May 31 events go on sale April 1, 2014
“Nature Hikes Heal Body & Soul: Stories from John Muir 1868 to Warrior Hike 2014-" is the theme of the 5th Annual "All Things Muir" festival. The festival takes place on May 30th & 31st along the original route Muir followed on his first journey to Yosemite Valley. It features speakers and events at the Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area as well as in the town of Coulterville, CA, where theJMG Center will be hosting special guest speakers.
Kicking off the 2014 festivities at 5 pm Friday night, May 30th, Muir’s Great-great Grandson, Robert Hanna, will share photos and family tidbits from Muir-Hanna archives. The town of Coulterville will be offering additional activities including a silent auction and wine tasting.
Saturday morning, 31st at 10am launches a day of exploring how hiking healed John Muir and now heals combat veterans of recent wars. Cindy Ross, acclaimed author/photographer and Triple Crown hiker (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail & Continental Divide) will share tales from the trails and insights about the value and importance of sharing the natural world with your children.
Sean Gobin, founder of Warrior Hike will tell why “long-distance thru-hiking” is healing returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. He will lead a special Warrior Hike during the day. Additional speakers will include Len McKenzie, long time YNP Chief Naturalist and Audubon leader offering a call for nature volunteers to help preserve the environment that John Muir so loved and fought to protect.
Other activities will include craft faire, nature walks along John Muir’s 1868 My First Summer in the Sierra path, great music from Muir loving bands and musicians, and activities for youth of all ages.
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GEOTOURISM CENTER OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES MUIR
John Muir Geotourism Center Open House
John Muir Geotoursim Center official ribbon cutting and open house took place at 5016 Main Street, Coulterville on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1 – 4 p.m.
It’s Here! After several years of hard work and planning, a highway dedication for the Historic John Muir Route in 2010 and three John Muir Festivals, the John Muir Geotourism Center (JMGC) is now open and receiving visitors! JMGC honors the legacy of Muir while sharing the nature, culture and activities that Coulterville in the Sierra Nevada foothills has to offer.
The Historic Gazzolo building located at 5016 Main Street in Coulterville is the new home of the Center. To celebrate this historic occasion, the JMGC Board of Directors hosted the celebration for the opening of the center and John Muir’s birthday.
Muir was born on April 21, 1838, however, to allow for those traveling from afar, the event was scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. As with all birthday parties, cake and refreshments were served. A good time was had by all.
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