Winter Events Recap
The Winter Membership Mixer/Happy Hour was held on Friday, February 11, at Sierra Pacific Mortgage,
the delightfully renovated historic home of Lucy Buck on Chester Street. We returned to our roots this year and instead of having a program, we simply provided wine and hors d’oeuvres in a cozy setting for our members and their guests to mix and mingle for a few hours before heading off into their weekend.
The evening was a great success! We were packed into the house which provided for lots of opportunity to mix up conversation groups. Eventually the men gravitated to the front porch and the women to the kitchen per usual. Leftover snacks were gratefully accepted by the House of Hope residents and the weather cooperated without any new snow. It was a wonderful event all in all.
We gratefully thank Andi Robinson, FRWRC board member and agent at Weichert Realtors who organized and sponsored the event and Sierra Pacific Mortgage who so generously hosted us.
A Special Presentation by 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis
was held on Sunday, February 23 at Samuels Public Library. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library, the Appalachian Trail Community and the FRWRC, the event drew a huge crowd that packed the large library meeting space.
Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis entertained with stories from her record-setting hike on the Appalachian Trail.
She wanted to test her limits. With the support of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the “Pit Crew,” Jen hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark. And for that, she’s been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Guideposts magazine and the CBS Morning Show.
But Jen’s story was not about records or numbers; she spoke about the many challenges and lessons that presented themselves along the trail and how she learned about endurance, faith, and most of all, love. The afternoon ended with a slide show from over 12,000 miles of long-distance hiking which she has completed on six different continents. We were honored to help host this world class woman athlete.