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Ona Commemoration Celebration

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Landowners Bill and Lynn Limpert invite you to join us for an interfaith ceremony on Miracle Ridge in Bath County, Virginia. We will honor Ona, a 300-year-old Sugar Maple tree, in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and host the ceremony at the base of her tree. With a vision for her safety, protection, and long-life, and a commitment to appreciate and love Ona, we ask the forest of Miracle Ridge to help us, in turn, envision and create a world beyond waste, pollution, and conflict war.

At this ceremony, we will lay a sculpture carved from the wood of a White Oak tree recently felled by pipeline construction activity — a fate that the ACP is planning to bring to ONA. The sculpture will be a symbol of our dependence on the forest for air, warmth, shelter, and food and will be placed to protect Ona from the current threat of the fossil fuels industry.

There will be music, affirmation, prayer, and ceremony on this date at this time near Ona.

Here are the details: 

WHAT: “Ona Commemoration Celebration” – a celebration of 300-year-old sugar maple tree “Ona” that lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
WHEN: Friday, October 19th, 2018. Ceremony at 12 noon (please arrive by 11 AM to walk to Ona) including prayer and speakers from across Virginia.
WHERE: At the base of Ona tree on “Miracle Ridge.” For directions and more information please email Jamshid Bakhtiari, jamshid@chesapeakeclimate.org.  
WHO: Virginians directly affected by the harmful Atlantic Coast Pipeline, joined by dozens of others including residents, students, faith and social justice leaders, and climate activists.

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Camping information:

Visitors are invited but not required to camp nearby overnight before or after the ceremony. Camping is available at Hidden Valley Recreation Area, a ½ hour away, and Douthat State Park, about an hour away. The Limpert property is a 2 and ½ hour drive from Charlottesville.
Hidden Valley: about a 1/2 hour away. 31 campsites; first come — first served; $10/night at a self-serve pay station. Bring your own drinking water.

There are a few more undeveloped camping sites at Poor Farm Area of the National Forest off of Poor Farm Road. It is free and also first come, first served.
Douthat State Park: about an hour away

Blowing Springs Campground in the National Forest is Closed for the season.

Nearby Accommodations:
In Warm Springs:
The Inn at Warm Springs
The Roseloe Motel
The Inn at Gristmill Square

Please RSVP here to receive the event location details and more information.