"TrailMix" Event to Highlight W&OD Trail's Ties to Civil War | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

"TrailMix" Event to Highlight W&OD Trail's Ties to Civil War

Play associated audio
A community event is expected to raise the profile of the Washington and Dominion Trail in Virginia.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cizauskas/5135063009
A community event is expected to raise the profile of the Washington and Dominion Trail in Virginia.

The event is a celebration set to take place on the first Saturday in September -- and will combine the largest cleanup in the trail's history with biking, walking, running, and a festival at the end of the day.

The bike-walk-run event will be called "the Great Skedaddle."

Paul Gilbert with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority says the phrase "great skedaddle" was coined by headline writers during the Civil War. The term referred to Union troops' hasty retreat using what is now a portion of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail after the first battle of Bull Run in 1861, at the start of the Civil War.

"It's become part of our language ever since, and it's kind of neat that we're making it a part of this," Gilbert says, "since this year is the 150th anniversary of the first battle of Manassas."

The Greater Washington Sports Alliance expects at least 5,000 people to participate.

NPR

A Publishing Insider Turns The Page On A Bygone World In 'Muse'

Poet and publisher Jonathan Galassi knows just about everyone in his industry, and a lot of them turn up in his debut novel, Muse. Lynn Neary talks to Galassi about the writing (and publishing) life.
NPR

Slavery, Famine And The Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

From recipes for apple pie without apples to advice on how to treat servants, the era's cookbooks hint at the turbulence outside the kitchen window. Indeed, food helped decide the war's outcome.
NPR

Questions Remain About Airbag Recall After Takata Testifies Before House

Auto parts supplier Takata has agreed to modify the way it makes airbags. Takata and government safety officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the massive recall effort. Some 34 million vehicles need to have new airbags installed.
NPR

Was Recent IRS Data Breach Preventable?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was called before a Senate panel to answer questions about a data breach revealed last month involving the accounts of 104,000 taxpayers.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.