Lake Norman & Mooresville

Earth Day fundraiser will help trail system

The Earth Day event will celebrate trails such as the Laboratory Mill trail in Lincoln County.
The Earth Day event will celebrate trails such as the Laboratory Mill trail in Lincoln County. COURTESY OLF SHERRÉ L. DEMAO

Wandering Around Lincoln County, an organization co-founded by David Clark and Susanne Sellers in 2012 to “support and advance conservation and development of the Carolina Thread Trail in Lincoln County,” will host an Earth Day Celebration and fundraiser on April 22 in Lincolnton.

Billed as “A celebration of trails in Lincoln County,” attendees are promised great music, food, socializing and “a great cause... for our great outdoors.”

The event will begin 4:30 with a guided walk and a ribbon cutting at the soon to be developed Rhyne Preserve/South Fork trail. “There may be some shovels involved at that time,” says Sherré L. DeMao, a member of the WALC advisory board.

The various segments of the Thread Trail will ultimately link up as a way to unite the communities of Lincoln County, eventually expanding to other counties throughout the state. Funding for the trail comes from state and county grants, corporate and private donors and fund raisers.

The Earth Day celebration will continue at Laboratory Mills on Southfork Road in Lincolnton at 6 p.m. with a fundraising soiree, including a silent auction. Featured in the auction will be “specially commissioned nature paintings, photography, and items celebrating the great outdoors, healthy living and all that Mother Nature inspires.”

Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase trail enhancers in memory of a loved one or in recognition of a company or corporate donation. All proceeds will benefit the growing network of trails in Lincoln County.

The value of the trails is multifaceted, according to Sellers. “They are good for biking, running and walking, increasing citizens’ quality of life, as well as showcasing nature and the historical relevance of community landmarks.”

While many people have heard about the Thread Trail, many do not know which trail segments are completed and accessible for use. “Events such as this will hopefully serve to promote a greater interest in the trails,” says WALC committee member Sylvia Holmes.

Bruce Dunbridge is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bruce? Contact him at brucedunbridge@yahoo.com.

Want to go?

Tickets for the Earth Day event are $50 a person or $95 for a couple. Individuals planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Erma Deen Hoyle at 704-748-1518 by April 12. Information can be found at recreation@lincolncounty.org.

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