Messick’s Long Walk Home Turns Into Annual Adventure Day


On November 18th at the Oxford Community Center, local adventure-seekers can experience on a small scale the journey that local attorney Robert Messick embarked on this year to benefit Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS).  Messick left in April to hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in an effort to raise money to support the shelter’s mission of preventing homelessness in Talbot County.   He has already surpassed $23,000 toward his $35,000 goal.

To honor his incredible effort and ensure that its impact continues now that his mission is completed, TIS has parlayed the Long Walk Home into an annual Family Fun Walk and Adventure Day.

Kids of all ages will join in a nature walk with stops along the path commemorating events that happened to Messick on the Appalachian Trail.  Once they arrive back at the Community Center, there will be several adventure activities – including a compass scavenger hunt – along with demonstrations, crafts, food and drink.

The nature walk and activities will be from 11 am to 3 pm, followed by a presentation by Mr. Messick about his Appalachian Trail journey.  While the walk and activities are geared towards families with children, Robert’s presentation is appropriate for all ages.  Admission to both is free, but donations to Talbot Interfaith Shelter are encouraged.  Suggested donation amounts are $10 per person or $20 per family.  If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the event, contact TIS’ Marketing and Communications Director, Jayme Dingler, at or 443-786-4676.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a voluntary interfaith-based service organization in Talbot County, Maryland. We are dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community.  Their vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing.

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