Tuesday evening, October 15, the Hope Historical Society will present a talk entitled Greenland, its Land and its People.
The occasion will be Hope Historical’s annual meeting, a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. at Hope Corner Firehouse, followed by a brief business meeting and the featured program around 7 p.m.
Hope hermit Ron Smith has agreed to come down from the Wiley Hill on that date to present his first travelogue in many years.
In contrast to his solitary existence at home, Smith is a world traveler, endurance athlete (hiking and biking) and amateur photographer with a knack for getting off the beaten paths and chatting up people he meets.
Those lucky enough to have seen and heard his travelogues on New Zealand, Australia and other far away lands know that these are not typical travel promotions.
Smith’s Greenland trip this summer preceded our President’s attempt to buy the place. He visited Greenland’s eastern and western towns and got out of town by hiking the 100-mile Arctic Circle Trail.
Smith has completed the through hike on the Appalachian Trail, but, on the Arctic Circle Trail, there are no Adirondack Shelters maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Once you leave Kangerlussuag, there is no way to get off and get help or buy anything until you reach Sisimiut 102.5 miles later.
Smith’s talk and photos will focus, not on the rigors of the trail and how to prepare for them — that may come later — but on Greenland’s landscape and its people. His record shows that he is good at both.
Hope Corner Fire Station is located on Route 105, just northwest of Hope Corner and next door to the Hope Historical Home.
Those joining in the potluck should arrive before 6 p.m., take food items to share and their own place settings. Liquid refreshments will be provided. The program should start around 7 p.m.
Like all meetings of Hope Historical Society, this one is free and open to all. FMI, call 763-3576 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hope Historical November 19 meeting, a tour of Robbins Mill in Searsmont, will start there November 19th at 10 a.m.