Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Maine Island Trail Association Team to Present Benefit Film Fest

WAITSFIELD, VT (April 23, 2009)The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) are thrilled to present the Second Annual Paddlers Film Fest at the Jewett Auditorium at Southern Maine Community College on Thursday, June 4th from 7-9 p.m.  (Doors open at 6 p.m.; come and mingle.)

The event promises to be an inspiring celebration of kayaking and canoeing, and will include a  terrific line-up of films:  Eastern Horizons by Reel Water Productions; Riviere Dumoine by B/K Productions; A River’s Last Breath by Epicocity Project; This is the Sea 4 by Cackle TV Productions; and LVM #29:  Pacific Northwest vs. Virginia by Penstock Productions.   Viewers will enjoy the diversity depicted in these works, from the peace of a canoe paddle in quiet waters to the adrenaline rush of kayaking down multi-story waterfalls.   Paddling-related door prizes will be distributed as part of the fest.

"We are thrilled to work with MITA on this event that celebrates paddling and our waterways while supporting the work of both of our organizations." said NFCT Executive Director, Kate Williams.  "We’re looking forward to a fun and successful evening, and welcome the opportunity to gather with fellow paddlers in the greater Portland area."

All proceeds from the festival will go to benefit MITA and NFCT.  Advance tickets $10; at the door $12; students $8. Advance tickets available by calling MITA at 207.761.8225 x107. 

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail will host an additional Paddle Film Fest this summer: Saturday, August 8, at the Northern Forest Heritage Park River Day festival (time tbd), 961 Main Street, Berlin, NH.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail links the watersheds of northern New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine, and is a unique thread tying together the Northern Forest Region. The 740-mile water trail traces historic Native American travel routes through the rivers of this region, and is a living reminder of our history, where rivers were both highways and routes of communication.  Flowing with the stories of Native Americans, European settlers, and the development of mill towns and the timber industry, the Trail’s rich heritage serves as a basis for widely accessible, environmentally friendly tourism in many of the small communities along the route. To learn more about the Trail, visit http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/.

The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. With over one hundred and eighty trail sites and over two decades of community-building, stewardship and education, the organization has developed a model of sustainable recreation and created America’s first recreational water trail. The 375-mile waterway extends from the New Hampshire boarder to Machias Bay. Current members enjoy access to Trail properties for day use or overnight visits in return for observing low-impact techniques and guidelines outlined in MITA’s annual 250-page trail guide.  For more information contact MITA at 207.761.8225, [email protected] or visit http://www.mita.org/.

 

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