As always, the various Trail Trekkers who worked our information booth at the city’s annual July 4 festival spread the word about our mission and events to hundreds of people on Wednesday.
We got 71 signups and many more people stopped by. We also gave away 50 trail maps, asking for small donations. We will soon have a more complete map, one listing all the trails.
I particularly enjoy this festival because it is such a good way to meet people from all walks of life who live in El Cerrito or nearby. Many young families stopped by the booth to ask about the trails. Some are using them regularly. Others, even some people who have lived in the city for years, said they are not familiar with the trails of the Hillside.
World One organizer Corey Mason did a great job with the musical programming, as he always does. I only caught one band, being too busy on the Trekker and EC Historical Society tables. But it was a good one, Sharon Gilchrist and Friends, featuring El Cerrito resident Chad Manning on fiddle. Chad’s son Jason made a guest appearance!
I thank Trekkers Pam Austin, Mollie Hazen, John Norikane, Tim Aaronson, Tom Gehling, Jenny Hammer, Hansa Jacob-Martin, Wade Huntley, Barbara Lass, Jim and Andia Rasmussen, Aimee Haire, and Clare Sheridan for helping at the table or planning and equipping the event. I believe others may have helped too while I was not there. If so, please accept my thanks!