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Rey Center Trails and Tales from the Wilderness Lecture Series



Rey Center Trails and Tales
The Rey Center Summer lecture series, entitled “Trails and Tales from the Wilderness”, concludes with It’s Not About the Hike  by Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper on Friday October 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.  We all have our own mountains to climb. Your mountain may be a 4,000-footer in the White Mountains. But it could also be going to college, getting a job, bringing up children, caring for aging parents or dealing with an illness. “It's Not About the Hike” is a presentation that will bring you into your heart, lift your spirits, and inspire you to climb that next mountain in your life. This program highlights the journey of two 50 plus year old non-hikers who one day decided to climb the 100 Highest mountains in New England. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper are two ordinary women who went on an extraordinary journey over the mountain summits and into their hearts. This presentation is for everyone -- hikers and non-hikers, people who are sedentary or active, outdoor enthusiasts and indoor homebodies, 10 year olds and 90 year olds and everyone in between.

The presentation is NOT about the hike; it is an inspirational and motivational program about pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, overcoming our fears, finding our passions and living our lives to the fullest. This talk is a multi-media presentation including movies, music and photographs. It is both humorous and touching, as the speakers share about their personal lives in a way that makes the message and learning universal. The book, It’s Not About the Hike, will be offered for sale after the presentation. The book contains 360 pages, over 245 color pictures, and 60 inspirational hike reports for $35. If you enjoy the presentation, you will love the book! This program is generously sponsored by Town Square Condos.

The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series is a great night out. Come into Waterville for dinner at one of our local restaurants, and attend an inspiring lecture. Lecture fees and donations support the Rey Center’s art, science and nature education programs.  All lectures are held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square. The 2014 Summer Lecture Series is sponsored by Wayne and Barbara Thornbrough. Lectures are free for Rey Center members and only $5 for not-yet-members (unless otherwise stated). For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit or email at

Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and environmental stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit 


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