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First-ever celebration of Alabama Hills coming soon

April 3, 2012

Lone Pine is inviting the community to save the date of April 14 for the community’s first annual Alabama Hills Day, hosted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group.
The Stewardship Group has planned a full day worth of tours in the Hills, lectures on local history at the Lone Pine Museum of Film History and information sharing between different user groups who love the Hills.
Alabama Hills Day will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Event organizers said the First Annual Alabama Hills Day was created “to celebrate the scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups that access and interface with the Alabamas.”
Part of that celebration is recognition of the diverse number of uses in the Hills, including horseback riding, bouldering, off-roading and, of course, photography.
The AHSG will be accommodating more than 30 different user groups with booths, exhibits and tables in order to promote their activity and use of the Alabama Hills.
According to organizers, the booths will be set up to interact with the public, and will be located at the Lone Pine Museum of Film History at 701 Main St. in Lone Pine.
Event organizer Kevin Mazzu said the AHSG is still looking for user groups who are interested in participating in the first annual event.
Of the 30 user groups who have committed to attending the event, Mazzu said, “I think it’s indicative of the number of user groups who are passionate about the Alabama Hills.”
The museum will also host a variety of exhibits, films and information for the general public to peruse and get excited about the Hills. Corresponding field trips and self-guided tours will also be taking place in the Alabama Hills themselves.
Mazzu said Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley will be giving a lecture about the history of filming in the Alabamas at 9 a.m. at the museum. Also at the museum will be David Muench, discussing outdoor photography, Tony Rowell, discussing the film “Sierra Starlight,” and Mazzu, who will update residents on the Stewardship Group’s efforts to have a federal designation placed on the Hills.
In the Hills themselves, Langley will lead a film location tour, Dave Kirk of the Bureau of Land Management will lead a tour of the famous arches in the Alabamas and the Lone Pine Tribe will lead a Native American culture tour.
“We’re also working on beefing up the kids’ activities,” Mazzu said. “We want to create some appeal for families.”
KIBS Radio will be on hand from 10 a.m.-noon to do a live remote broadcast and interviews with all the people who are so passionate about the Alabama Hills.
“The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group would like to extend an invitation to individuals and groups involved with the Alabama Hills to participate in this event,” the group said via press release. “Please come help us make this a fantastic first year event. Bring your family and friends and come out to show your support for the Alabama Hills and enjoy a unique learning experience.”
This event is free and open to the public.


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