Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Make a Splash in Manchester
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to Manchester on Thursday, November 13. This popular evening event will benefit Batten Kill Watershed Alliance. The film festival, featuring inspiring films about adventure and conservation related to rivers, oceans and fisheries, will be held at the new Manchester Community Library in Manchester Center, Vt. beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be raffled.
“I am very excited about sharing these fantastic films with community members,” says Cynthia Browning, executive director of the Alliance. “We hope to also provide people with an opportunity to learn more about the outstanding natural resource that we have in the Batten Kill River system, running through our own backyards, and how to be good stewards of this local resource.”
Films will include ‘Fishing Pono,’ about using traditional management techniques to restore a commercial ocean fishery in Hawaii; ‘El Campo es Vida,’ about restoring the health of the land in Patagonia; ‘The Hidden Rivers of Appalachia;’ and ‘My First Fish,’ about a boy catching just that. The films will range in length from four to 26 minutes, and will be presented in two segments with an intermission.
The Batten Kill Watershed Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to good stewardship of the river and its tributaries in both Vermont and New York. The Alliance has fostered improvements in trout habitat and river dynamics, and erosion control and bank stabilization projects covering miles of the Batten Kill River in both states. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is sponsored by Patagonia and the Mountain Goat with help from Express Copy, Finn and Stone Insurance, and Witten, Woolmington, and Campbell, PC.
Raffle prizes for the evening include a Clearwater 905-4 fishing rod from Orvis, a one-day stay for two at the Quill Gordon Bed and Breakfast in Arlington along with a fly casting lesson, a $50 gift certificate to the Northshire Bookstore, a Patagonia jacket and much more. You must be present to win. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Mountain Goat, 4886 Main Street, Manchester. The new Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.