Adventure Travelogue Talks series set at Amsterdam library

AMSTERDAM — The upcoming Adventure Travelogue Talks schedule which will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the following schedule at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church St. All programs are free and open to all, according to a news release.

∫ On April 2, Laurie Freeman will present 2,192 miles, 174 days: My Appalachian Trail Journey.

The trail is 18 inches wide, 2,192 miles long and a National Scenic Trail. It took 174 days for Freeman to hike from Georgia to Maine.

The slide show will present flora and fauna, the people she met, the gear she carried, what she ate, challenges and more. Freeman is a retired biology and environmental professor from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Freeman, who teaches yoga at a local yoga studio, spends time learning about flora and fauna of New York’s wild species.

∫ On April 9, Nate Peters will present Endangered Species and Beach Re-nourishment in the Atlantic at Fire Island. Peters, a graduate of Galway High School, has a degree in paleontology. He has done research in the western United States and has worked on a ship in the Atlantic. He will tell of his work and adventures.

∫ On April 23, Chris Smith will present trip up the Amazon River. Smith was a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil and served many years as the pastor of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Amsterdam.

∫ On May 14, Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara will present Antarctica — New York Air National Guard Mission from Pole to Pole. Gizara, a native of Amsterdam, who is a photographer, is the public affairs superintendent of the 109th New York Air National Guard.

∫ On May 21, Erik Israelson will present Biking in Washington, Idaho and Wyoming.

Israelson will show pictures and with the help of Rich and John Naple, they will tell of their bike adventure last summer.

∫ On May 28, Christy O’Callaghan-Leue will present Two Weeks of Disquiet in Lisbon, Portugal.

O’Callaghan-Leue is a local award winning writer, artist, and athlete. She will tell of the adventures she took in Portugal.

∫ On June 11, Jody Dixon will present Skiing in Yellowstone — an Adventure for Everyone.

Dixon has spoken at the library about kayaking through the Grand Canyon and about the 600 mile Adirondack Mountain backcountry bike race she took with husband Mike Feldman.

By Kerry Minor

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