Buzz: Hike Through History set for Myrtle Hill area midday Friday; what to know. Big honors for Brand Red thanks to ‘Running A.T. Full Speed.’

Buzz: Hike Through History set for Myrtle Hill area midday Friday; what to know. Big honors for Brand Red thanks to ‘Running A.T. Full Speed.’



A big honor for Ryan Simmons, far left, and crew thanks to their production,  “Running A.T. Full Speed.” Details below.


This Friday, spend your lunch picnicking and playing life-sized games to live music and trekking up Rome’s most iconic hill at Hike Through History presented by Harbin Clinic. The event, highlighting Historic Preservation Month, will be at Myrtle Hill Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is planned in conjunction with the Office of Downtown Development and the Rome-Floyd Planning Department.

Parking for the event will be available at River Dog Outpost at 1 Broad St. and handicapped parking will be at the mausoleum at Myrtle Hill.

Local food truck favorites Speakcheesy, El Venado, Swift & Finch and Runnin’ Wild will be on-site and Barbaric Yawps will serenade the cemetery with an acoustic set.

Guided health walks led by local athletic trainer Brian Price will start at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Russell McClanahan will give historic tours of Myrtle Hill at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Event-goers can walk the path at any time during Hike Through History.

“Hike Through History is a great new way for Harbin Clinic to promote healthy lifestyles for the community. We’re happy to be involved,” says Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock. “We hope people will stop by on their lunch breaks and have fun walking and eating with us at Myrtle Hill.”

A Harbin Clinic tent will be set up in the grassy area at the base of Myrtle Hill on Branham Avenue. Tables will be available for sitting, but people are also encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for picnicking. Outdoor games will be in play, including life-size checkers and cornhole.

People who take photos and share them on social media are encouraged to use the hashtags #HikeThruHistory, #ThisPlaceMatters, #HistoricPreservationMonth and #PreserveRomeGa, and tag @DowntownRomeGa and @HarbinClinic.

The Milledgeville + Eatonton Film Festival awarded the 2018 Best Feature Film this past weekend to Ryan Simmons and his production agency, Brand RED, for their documentary  “Running A.T. Full Speed.”

This most prestigious honor was given for the film’s cinematic creativity and achievement. Hundreds of films and screenplays from five continents were featured at the multi- day festival. Simmons says, “I was honored to simply have Brand RED’s feature recognized with a nomination. Especially to be noticed in a category with such substantial competition. Winning this incredible award is humbling, and we are grateful.”

At the film’s Fall 2016 premiere, “Running A.T. Full Speed” packed the DeSoto Theatre. The film features one man’s dream of raising $100,000 for the orphans of Uganda by beating the world speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail.

“We’re so proud to win this for our community,” said Simmons. “Everyone involved in the film is a Rome resident, Berry College or Shorter University alum. We view this as an accolade for all Romans alike.” The film will continue being featured in upcoming festivals and available for rent and purchase this fall.

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