Appalachian Trail poster

Press Release 3/18/16 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present “Appalachian Trail: Walk on the Wild Side” on Saturday afternoon, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. Elaine LaBella, Kent resident, will share photos and experiences from maintaining the trail in Connecticut and from her 6-month Appalachian Trail hike from Georgia to Maine in 2004. She will take us through fourteen states and discuss the trail’s history. She will tell us how and where to hike and help maintain the trail right here in Kent and surrounding areas.

Recently retired from Housatonic Valley Association after 22 years, LaBella has been a volunteer trail maintainer for the Appalachian Trail Committee of the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club for 24 years. The club is responsible for management and maintenance of the 53 miles of Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. In 2017 Elaine plans on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

After a presentation of Elaine’s photos and experiences, the floor will open to discussions, memories, questions all relating to our wonderful AT. Celebrate the Appalachian Trail, Kent’s own national park!

The program is free & open to public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to