* Super Bowl Sunday Hike, Feb. 6th – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Super Bowl Sunday Hike, Feb. 6th – Anne Springs Close Greenway

Get some exercise before the big game.  We’ll be done in time to let you watch the entire 5 hour pre-game show, not to mention the game itself.  And you’ll feel better eating a bag of Doritos, knowing that you had a morning workout!

Originally scheduled for December, but canceled due to snow, this hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,300 acre nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and pass by two 19th century log cabins, including one built by Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County.

We’ll meet at 9:30 AM and be done by about 12:30 PM.

Limit 15.

Contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.

August Hike

Sunday, August 8 – Moses Cone Memorial Park – Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock.  (Previously scheduled for June, but postponed until August.)

This is a moderate 5.6 mile roundtrip hike to the top of Flat Top Mountain where a fire tower offers great views of surrounding peaks, including Grandfather Mountain. We’ll meet in Charlotte at 7:45 AM and should be back by about 3:00 PM. Limit 15. Contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493. (That’s me on the fire tower in the attached photo.)

Upcoming Events

January Club Meeting

Plan to join us on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 PM at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209 for the first Sierra Club meeting of this new decade. Our program will include a look at some of our 2009 Sierra Club accomplishments, our 2010 issues and opportunities as well as an update on our new Conservation Committee.

Our main program will feature City Council person Edwin Peacock lll, Chair of the City Environment Committee, presenting “Our City, Our Environment – An Area of Focus for 2010”. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

 As a special treat to celebrate our accomplishments, we’ll also have pizza and drinks at the meeting. Please RSVP to Erica Geppi at erica.geppi@sierraclub.org to help us estimate quantities.

Make plans to join us and bring a friend or two for this great program. See you there!

December hike

We had to reschedule the hike from last month due to rain, but we didn’t forget about it! Here are the details.

Sierra Club Hike

Sunday, December 13th – Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill.

Start: 9:00 AM. End: About 12 Noon.

This moderate hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,300 acre nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and see two 19th century log cabins, including one that belonged to Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County. Hiking boots are recommended. If you’d like to sign up, contact Steve Copulsky at 704-543-7493 or scopulsky@mindspring.com.

November Club Events

We’ve got two new events on our November calendar.

1.  November Monthly Meeting – National Parks

Wednesday night, Nov. 18th at 7PM in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. (We are meeting a week early in November due to Thanksgiving.) As a follow-up to the Ken Burns PBS presentation on our National Parks, our November meeting will give members a chance to share their personal stories about their visits to national parks. Members will screen digital photos and talk about their favorite hikes and experiences.

We still have time to add a few presenters. If you’d like to show your digital photos from national parks at the meeting, all you need to do is put your photos on a flash drive for a 5-10 minute “show and tell.” Please contact Steve Copulsky in advance if you have photos to show at 704-543-7493 or scopulsky@mindspring.com.

2.  Sign-Up for a Local Sierra Club Hike

Sunday, November 22 – Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill.

Start: 9:00 AM. End: About 12 Noon.

This moderate hike is a nice 6 mile loop through the woods of this 2,300 acre nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill. We’ll cross 3 swinging bridges and see two 19th century log cabins, including one that belonged to Billy Graham’s grandfather. The land is fairly level, but it’s a trail through the woods, not a flat paved greenway such as those in Mecklenburg County. Hiking boots are recommended. If you’d like to sign up, contact Steve Copulsky at 704-543-7493 or scopulsky@mindspring.com.

 

Don’t Forget to Vote November 3!

Foxxbanner_logoTuesday’s election is critical to the future of Charlotte!  The race for Mayor is a dead heat and may be decided by a handful of votes.  We need your vote.  Please vote and please forward this e-mail to your friends.  Polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Here are the Sierra Club endorsements:

Mayor – Anthony Foxx (D)

Anthony Foxx offers the leadership that Charlotte needs for progressive sustainable growth in the 21st Century.  A strong environmental supporter in his two terms on City Council, Anthony supports cleaner air through the reduction of carbon emissions, green building policies, energy efficiency and

protection of our tree canopy.  He understands the need for a strong mass transit system, recognizes the importance of connectivity in land use policies and will work to attract clean energy jobs to our city.

City Council At-Large (Vote for these 4 candidates for the 4 At-Large positions.)

  • Susan Burgess (D) – Our current Mayor Pro Tem, Susan is a Sierra Club member and life-long environmentalist.
  • Patrick Cannon (D) — A steady environmental supporter in his 12 years on City Council.
  • David Howard (D) — The former Chair of the Planning Commission recognizes the importance of environmental planning on a regional basis.
  • Edwin Peacock (R) — Has shown strong leadership on City Council in his role as Chair of the Environmental Committee.

We need your vote on Tuesday!

Watershed Sculpture Presentation with Daniel McCormick

for blogSaturday November 7  •  Freedom Park, then McColl Center for Visual Art.

Daniel McCormick, an artist in residence at McColl Center, has a grant for a unique and exciting environmental project, Watershed Sculpture, on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway (part of Carolina Thread Trail) near the Nature Museum in Freedom Park. danielmccormick.blogspot.com

Watershed Sculpturean Ecological Installation. Sculpted forms are constructed from local riparian material and shaped to conform to the contours of eroded stream banks and gullies. Willow (and other) components take root and reinforce the recovery action.

Daniel will do a presentation at his Freedom Park worksite followed by an optional visit to his studio at McColl Center (721 N Tryon St. 704 332-553), an opportunity to learn about other projects.

Come when you can—for any part(s) of the day:

9-10 am: Volunteer to help Daniel with the project on Greenway Trail.

10-10:40 am: Presentation at Freedom Park worksite.

11:30-12 n: Presentation at Daniel’s studio at McColl Center.

 

* For anyone interested:

• Ride Lynx Light Rail from East-West Blvd Station to last stop uptown near McColl Center   • Have lunch at Reid’s at Lynx stop or somewhere else uptown.

 

• For more information, call Mary Lou Buck 704 525-2293