World Film Tour Coming to Portland

WAITSFIELD, Vt.   The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail Association are bringing the Reel Paddling Film Festival’s World Tour 2012 to Portland, Maine on May 3rd at 7:00 pm.  The film festival showcases the best paddling films from around the world.  Proceeds from the event support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail Association.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival features award winning films in 10 categories.  The Festival, in its sixth year, inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places around the world.  The Festival can be seen in more than 100 cities worldwide.

Local sponsors Maine Island Trail Association and Northern Forest Canoe Trail look to bring attention to recreational paddling locally and along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which is the nation’s longest inland water trail stretching from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine.  The 375-mile Maine Island Trail, the nation’s first recreational water trail, extends from the New Hampshire border to Cobscook Bay and the Canadian Border.

The show starts at 7:00 pm at the Masonic Temple.  All proceeds benefit Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail Association. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/2012-NFCT-Reel-Paddling-Film-Fest-World-Tour-Series-112 or at the door. The Masonic Temple is located at 415 Congress Street in Portland.  A silent auction to benefit MITA will follow the Filmfest. 

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The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc. is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, and connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route. To learn more about paddling the NFCT, to become a member, and to purchase a guidebook and maps, visit http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org or call 802-496-2285.

The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. With nearly 25 years of community-building, stewardship and education, the organization has developed a model of sustainable recreation and created America’s first recreational water trail.  (There are now over 500 water trails, according to the American Canoe Association.)  The 375-mile waterway extends from the New Hampshire border to Cobscook Bay and the Canadian Border.  Current members enjoy access to Trail properties for day use or overnight visits in return for observing low-impact recreation techniques and guidelines outlined in MITA’s annual Trail Guide.  Members are invited to participate in a wide variety of volunteer stewardship projects to keep the islands pristine, accessible, and welcoming.  For more information contact MITA at 207-761-8225, [email protected] or visit www.mita.org.

Media Contact: Kevin Mack, Director of Partnerships and Marketing
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
802 535-5855, [email protected]

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