Butler Chapter's Annual Cherry Pie Hike

Sporting custom hike t-shirts and enjoying the hike's namesake: cherry pie!

Sporting custom hike t-shirts and enjoying the hike's namesake: cherry pie!

 

Those who opted for the long hike got first dibs on pie, listening to their presentation at the Old Stone House before setting out on the hike.

Those who opted for the long hike got first dibs on pie, listening to their presentation at the Old Stone House before setting out on the hike.

Each year, the Butler Chapter of the NCTA, along with NCTA affiliate Butler Outdoor Club, the Slippery Rock University Old Stone House, and the North Country Brewing Co. hold the Cherry Pie Hike on the Saturday closest to George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22). A multi-faceted program, the event consists of a history presentation at the Old Stone House, a hike on the North Country Trail commemorating Washington’s 1753 journey through Western Pennsylvania, and a cherry pie reception paying homage to the legendary “George Washington and the Cherry Tree” story we’ve all heard since childhood. Hikers also have the option of joining the Butler Chapter for dinner at North Country Brewing after the hike.

Because of amplified promotion and communications efforts, this year’s Cherry Pie Hike, held on February 20, 2010, drew an incredible public response, with over 80 hike attendees calling to RSVP in the weeks before the event, and additional walk-in hikers on the day of the hike! Because of the large numbers, the Butler Chapter divided the group based on hiking preference, sending one-mile and two-mile hikers out on their hikes while long-hikers listened to their presentation at the Old Stone House. 

Dr. Aaron Cowan at the Old Stone House

Dr. Aaron Cowan at the Old Stone House

 

Slippery Rock University history professor and Old Stone House curator Dr. Aaron Cowan gave a presentation, titled “Beyond the Cherry Tree: George Washington and Early Americans’ Complicated Relationship with Nature,” in which he entertained visitors with a dramatic reading of the tale of George Washington and the cherry tree and enlightened them about Washington and his contemporaries’ perspectives on “wilderness.”

Snowshoeing at Jennings Environmental Center

Snowshoeing at Jennings Environmental Center

 

 

 

 

Additionally, on this sunny day, with temperatures just below freezing and plenty of snow on the ground, this year’s Cherry Pie Hike provided a perfect opportunity for snowshoeing at neighboring Jennings Environmental Center. Here, hikers could try out snowshoeing and cross-country skiing free of charge thanks to the friendly and dedicated staff at Jennings.

 

Many hikers took advantage of the opportunity to order Cherry Pie Hike t-shirts, which were custom designed and offered for the first time this year as a way to promote the Cherry Pie Hike and the NCTA Butler Chapter.

Many hikers took advantage of the opportunity to order Cherry Pie Hike t-shirts, which were custom designed and offered for the first time this year as a way to promote the Cherry Pie Hike and the NCTA Butler Chapter.

 

 Overall, the day was a tremendous success, providing diverse options that catered to novice and experienced hikers alike!

 To  see more pictures from this year’s Cherry Pie Hike, visit: The NCTA Facebook Album, The Butler Outdoor Club Photojournal, and Dave Brewer (Wampum Chapter)’s Album

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  1. Joyce Appel February 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    This was just such a wonderful year for the Cherry Pie Hike, even though I trudged through the snow from morning till after dark the day before to open up the trail in order for hikers to be able to “follow the steps” of George Washington! But it was well worth it Dave Adams and Pat Henry joined me for the first half of the day with snowshoes so first section of the trail got tramped down pretty good. However, I got teased about the last part of the trail being “just a little bit different” for hiking conditions. Could it be that I am only a 4’11” woman who weighs about 105 lbs. with snowshoes that just won’t sink very far into the snow???? I tried and even took baby steps stomping my feet up and down, up and down, up and down. Hey, come out next year for our Annual Cherry Pie Hike on the Saturday closest to George Washington’s birthday.
    Joyce Appel

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