Buckeye Trail Association Membership Drive

April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Hilliard, Ohio


Live, Breathe and Hike the Buckeye Trail!

You are invited to attend the Buckeye Trail Association Membership Drive in Hilliard. Show your support for the Buckeye Trail Association by becoming a member and spending an evening with fellow Buckeye Trail enthusiasts.


Tickets: $20.00/person (advance purchase) - Buy Online Now!

Buy a ticket and receive a one-year membership to the Buckeye Trail Association. Save 20% over regular individual member cost! Your ticket is also your invitation to join us for an evening of fun, food, and drink at the Grandad's Pizza and Pub, Ohio on April 6, 2017. The evening will also include Buckeye Trail updates, informal discussions, and raffle prizes. The discounted price is only valid for pre-registered (and pre-paid via Pay Pal) participants prior to March 31. After March 31 the cost will be $25 per participant at the door.

Are you already a member of the BTA? You can still join the fun! With your ticket you can give a gift membership to a friend or family member. Current Buckeye Trail Association members are encouraged to attend. Sorry, tickets cannot be used for membership renewals. Former members whose membership has elapsed for at least one year are eligible!

Location: Grandad's Pizza and Pub. Grandad's is a family owned and operated pizza place and pub located in Hilliard's Mill Run area (east of I-270, off Fishinger/Hilliard-Cemetery Rd). Pizza is made fresh daily - full bar includes local craft beer. Grandad's Pizza and Pub is located at 4093 Trueman Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026. Web Site ~ Map Link

What's included in the ticket price?

  • A one-year, individual membership, in the Buckeye Trail Association. Current members can give a gift membership.

  • Admission for one to the Grandad's Pizza and Pub event on April 6, 2017.

  • One glass of Blue Blaze Ale (alcoholic) or one glass of Grandma Gatewood Cream Ale (non-alcoholic).

  • Pizza and Vegetable Tray.

  • A raffle ticket to win door prizes; must be present to win. Additional raffle tickets are $5.00 and will be available during the event.


Your ticket price includes admission for one. We encourage both the current BTA member and recipient of gift membership to attend this event – if both attend there is an additional $10 charge to offset the cost of the second person’s food and beverage.

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening with fellow Buckeye Trail friends and find out the latest trail news!





Evening Agenda - Grandad's Pizza and Pub:



  • 6:00pm: Arrival. Check-in. Social Time. Food and drink.

  • 7:00pm: Three (3) informal discussions about the Buckeye Trail.

    • BTA Past, Present and Future - Andrew Bashaw - 15 minutes
    • Experience as a new BTA member/volunteer - Monte Wall - 15 minutes
    • Central Ohio chapter of the BTA - Bob Litt - 15 minutes

  • 7:45pm: Raffle drawing. Winner must be present to win.

  • 8:00pm: Closing Remarks.

  • 11:00pm: Closing time for Grandad's Pizza and Pub.




Get Your Ticket Now! Pay With PayPal. No Account Required.


Tickets are available at the door. Speed up your walk-in registration by bringing this completed form with you. Blank forms available at the door.


Your membership or gift membership is processed as soon as your ticket is purchased. Start enjoying the benefits of being a BTA member today!


New members will receive the Trailblazer newsletter in PDF format via email. Members may switch to mailed, paper copies.


Ticket fees are non-refundable.

Pre-registration and advanced ticket sales end at noon on Thursday, March 31. Registration at the event is $25.



Want To Get Involved? Need More Info? Contact Us!

Registration: Bob Litt - ~ 614-882-8654



Thank You To Our Community Partners For Donating Raffle Prizes!

Outdoor Source

Osprey Trip 20 lightweight daypack




Trail 25 Backpack


Buckeye Trail Association t-shirt,
first aid kit, and book
"Follow the Blue Blazes"


Buckeye Trail History: In 1958, Merrill Gilfillan wrote an article for the Columbus Dispatch proposing a trail from Cincinnati to Lake Erie. One of his hopes was that the trail would serve as an encouragement to young people to slow down and learn about their native land. Spurred on by the article, several people, including Merrill, met in Columbus in February, 1959 to discuss building such a trail. In June, they formed a non-profit organization – The Buckeye Trail Association. The Buckeye Trail is identified by blue blazes, 2" wide by 6" high, on trees or poles.

Grandma Gatewood: After raising 11 children on farms along the Ohio River and at the age of 67, the grandmother of 23 became the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail alone and in a continuous hike. That was in 1955. Two years later, she hiked the Appalachian Trail again and later completed a third hike of the trail in sections. She is known for her legendary Keds sneakers that she wore instead of hiking boots and the laundry sack that she used instead of a backpack. Grandma Gatewood was a founding member of the The Buckeye Trail Association.