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Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Pharr Davis
In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis became the first female to claim the overall record on the Appalachian Trail by finishing the 2,181-mile journey in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes – an astounding average of 46.9 miles per day. Jennifer has hiked over 11,000 miles on long distance trails She has trekked on 6 continents and currently holds endurance records on three separate trails. In 2008, Jennifer was named Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year. In 2011, Jennifer appeared in the Sunday edition of the New York Times; and on national television and radio shows such as CNN Headline News, the CBS Early Show, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She was also named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and voted UltraRunning Magazine’s top female performance of 2011. Jennifer is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co. Jennifer has authored four books, including three North Carolina guidebooks and her coming-of-age hiking memoir, Becoming Odyssa.
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Winners of numerous acoustic music and songwriting awards—including the 2011 We Are Listening Int’l Singer/Songwriter competition and Best Group/Duo at the Int’l Acoustic Music Awards (2010)—Alathea takes stories from their own lives and weaves them into music that’s instantly relatable. Perhaps such relevance is because the music is born from community; perhaps it’s through the intentional effort to find the modern in the traditional and to complement roots-based, acoustic music with vocal purity and smoky harmonies.
“We love to read, to make music and to write,” says Cristi. “After 12 years of playing music, this is still making us feel alive and part of something holy, even while chaos and all manner of exhaustion is circling around us.”
Seeing the holy in the chaos is a particularly special gift of Alathea, and is reflected in their songwriting. Mandee and Cristi have learned the value in “using what you’ve got,” whether that’s finding the perfect sound in an unexpected instrument or discovering a dinner feast in nearly empty cabinets. They approach their music in the same way they approach life—with passion, energy and gratitude for all that they’ve been given.
And that approach has taken Alathea around the country and across the world averaging over 150 concerts, festivals and special events each year that include NPR’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Musikfest, Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion, as well as performances in Europe and Asia.
Linda Stollings holds a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Virginia Tech and is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Nationally Certified Personal Trainer, and Fitness Instructor. She is the former host of “Fitness Today”, a weekly fitness show on CBS affiliate WJHL, and currently is a weekly contributing columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier, owned by World Media Enterprise. Linda is also the weekly “Fitness Expert” on Super Talk WFHG’s Steve Hawkins Show. Linda has nearly 30 years’ experience in the field of health and fitness and is very active in the field of personal training and corporate wellness. She has owned and operated her own business, fitPrescriptionsRx, for more than 18 years. She designs fitness programs at the Bristol Family YMCA, The Virginian Golf Club, The Country Club of Bristol, The Martha Washington Inn Spa, Berry Home Centers and in homes. Linda also manages an online training website at www.fitPrescriptions.com. Linda frequently speaks at churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations on motivational and educational components of a wellness lifestyle.