ShoreRivers to host Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Elle Bassett, in foreground, leads community efforts to restore underwater grass beds in a scene from “A Voice for the Rivers.”

EASTON — Friday, Nov. 15, ShoreRivers will join more than 250 organizations across the country to showcase a suite of films that inform and inspire a connection to the environment.

The national Wild & Scenic Film Festival is rooted in environmental activism and an enduring love of nature.

Friday’s event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail party at the Tidewater Inn. The film program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre.

The film lineup includes the world premiere of “A Voice for the Rivers,” a film about ShoreRivers’ four Riverkeepers by filmmakers Sandy Cannon-Brown and Dave Harp. This film views the life of a Riverkeeper, the natural wonder of the waters they work to protect and the threats local rivers face.

A silent auction at the cocktail party will include the following items:

• A sculpture of “Rising Water” by Ron Walker.

• An evening paddle to a heron rookery on the Wye River, followed by dinner for 12 guests at Lobbs Crook Farm.

• An original, framed oil painting by Sara Linda Poly, grand prize winner of Plein Air Easton 2016.

• A sunset dinner for 12 guests on the Wye River with Harald and Nancy Cordes.

• A cabin in the Catskills for four nights.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the education initiatives of ShoreRivers that engage 2,600 ninth-graders in four counties and 2,100 elementary school students in two counties each year. These programs provide students with a “Meaningful Watershed Education Experience,” a Maryland sState graduation requirement, in which instructors receive teacher professional development and classes investigate local water quality through classroom lessons, field experiences and community-focused action projects, all geared toward raising the next generation of environmental stewards.

Tickets — $100 for the cocktail party and films, $30 for the films only — are available online at www.shorerivers.org/events.

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