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By John Best | For lehighvalleylive.com on September 19, 2015
Wind Gap will be busy Saturday with several community events that will commemorate two different trails.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Gap Theatre, 47 S. Broadway, to designate Wind Gap as an official Appalachian Trail Community.
At about 12:30 p.m., bicyclists riding from the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., to ground zero in New York City will make a stop at the Gap Theatre, as well.
Members of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance are biking a 600-mile journey to honor those who died in the 2001 attacks and to raise awareness for their efforts to create a system of trails. The system would link the World Trade Center site to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to the crash site of Flight 93 and then back to New York City again.
“We look forward to coming through northeast Pennsylvania to connect with Wind Gap,” said Andy Hamilton, vice chairman of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance. “It’s such a beautiful area to ride.”
The group has been riding several legs of the trip every day since Sept. 11 this year and Saturday’s leg will bring them through Northampton County. They’ll make a stop and join with any local bicyclists interested in traveling with them to Delaware Water Gap.
The cyclists plan to finish their journey to New York by Monday. Though the bike tour initially had nothing to do with the Appalachian Trail ceremony, Sharon Davis, manager of Slate Belt Community Partnership, thought it was a good idea to invite the bicyclists to join the festivities.
At 11:35 a.m., there will be a dedication of a new mural “On the Appalachian Trail”, coordinated by the Totts Gap Arts Institute and painted by local artists on the side of Café on Broadway. A local teen singing group, All Two of Us, will perform.
Firetrucks and other emergency vehicles will line Broadway to welcome the bicyclists when they arrive.
Wind Gap Borough Council President George Hinton said he is excited that the borough will be designated as a trail stop on conservancy maps and websites. He hopes it will be an economic benefit to the area, Hinton said.
“It’s a good thing for Wind Gap,” Hinton said. “I think it’s going to bring day-hikers, bring through-hikers, bring people into the community.”
All the events are open to the public.
John Best is a freelance writer.