“This is wonderful family entertainment, a great way to get outdoors and the ideal opportunity to see the Appalachian Trail Museum,” said Gwen Loose, program chair for the museum. “Randy also is well-known for his Gospel and novelty tunes. Young and young-at-heart will enjoy his traditional, mountain music.”
Heisley-Cato plays the five-string banjo (claw hammer style), guitar, harmonica, hambone, and mountain dulcimer.
Throughout the summer, the Appalachian Trail Museum has offered programs that include:
• Arts and crafts on the Appalachian Trail (photography, painting, handcrafts)
• Natural features of the Appalachian Trail
• Trail maintenance techniques
• Hiker skills and equipment - past and present
• Shelter building
• History of Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs
• Pioneer hiker profiles and why they are important
• First person hiking experiences and accomplishments
The programs are free, open to the public and held at the museum on Sundays at 1 p.m. A complete list of programs is posted on the Appalachian Trail Museum website at www.atmuseum.org.
Located in a 200-year-old, restored grist mill in historic Pine Grove Furnace State Park and at the midway point of the 2,181-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233 in Cumberland County. Pine Grove Furnace was named the State Park of the Year for 2010 by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.
About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society
The Appalachian Trail Museum Society, a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization formed in 2002, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum. The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,181 mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Additional information is available at www.atmuseum.org. Anyone interested in being an Appalachian Trail Museum volunteer may respond to atmuseumgreeters@