WNC man hits the trail

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Kenny Hancock is undertaking the challenge of walking and hiking 300 miles along the full length of The Long Trail in Vermont from July 19-Aug. 22 to raise money for The Trevor Project and is seeking sponsors.

During his sojourn, he will traverse terrain from the northern and southern boarders of the state. He is partnering with the Hike For organization which will help him track his pledges. Visit the website to learn more.

He has been undergoing extensive training to prepare him for the arduous task. If he completes his goal, he will be added to the 3,100 hikers who have gained end-to-end certification.

Hancock is a strong supporter of The Trevor Project and hopes that his contribution will help make a difference for LGBT youth.

info: hikefor.com/The_Long_Trail/LT/2015.

Auction on horizon

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — SisterCare WNC is holding an auction fundraiser on Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Julian.

Allen Brasington will handle the calling as items from the community are put up for bid. And, during the event, the drumming troupe Wild Bodema will perform.

Board members are currently taking contributions. Local businesses, artists, musicians, healthcare practitioners, pet professionals, beauty treatment providers, sporting and entertainment venues and more are encouraged to contact organizers. Also, new items sought are artwork, pottery, blown glass, jewelry, gift baskets and other similar items.

Cut off date for solicitations is Aug. 10. Email sistercarewnc@gmail.com to learn more or to find out how to contribute.

info: sistercarewnc.weebly.com.

Film series continues

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Weicholz Global Film Series will present “Reaching for the Moon” on Aug. 19, 7 p.m., in the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., as part of its An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Series curator Joh Pfeifer will offer a pre-film talk prior to the film regarding behind-the-scenes information about the movie.

The film is a sophisticated tale of romance between two artists, American poet Elizabeth Bishop and her college friend Mary, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit Mary. Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more — a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen, the organizers shared.

The show was directed by Bruno Barreto. It stars Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf and Gloria Pires.

Tickets are $10 and are available by phone at 800-841-2787 or online.

Concessions, including popcorn, beer and wine and cold beverages, will be available for purchase at the event.

info: appsummer.org/schedule/id/reaching-for-the-moon.

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.