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15th Annual Zoar Outdoor Film Series

By Blair Winans

Charlemont, MA –– Zoar Outdoor is pleased to announce its 15th annual summer film series hosted at the Zoar Pavilion on Saturday evenings throughout the summer.  These programs are free and open to the public. The series features prominent outdoor enthusiasts who have documented on film their adventures as a way to share their passions with the local community. 

The first presentation will be on Saturday, June 24th part of Zoar’s DemoFest weekend. Andrew Holcomb, Team D pro-paddler for Dagger Kayaks, will host TEVA’s new 2006 DVDs “Wet-House” and “Dynasty”.  “Dynasty”  with the Young Gun Crew features runs from around the world including the White Nile’s legendary Hypoxia rapid, first descents on the thundering rivers of Madagascar and the first ever Hail Mary off New Zealand’s Maruia Falls. “Wet-House” is the story of six fiercely independent boaters from the four corners of the planet; united by their shared thirst for big water and high adventure – world-class expedition boater Steve Fisher, Jimmy Blakeney, Kiwi-native Nikki Kelly, Andrew Holcombe, Tanya Shuman, Bryan Kirk and more.

On Saturday, August 12th Henry Dandeneau, local resident and long-time manger of the hydro-electric dams on the Deerfield River will give a power point presentation on “How the River Works” from a energy management perspective and how it affects recreational use on the river.

On August 19th, Harvey Halpern, will give his slideshow “Endangered Canyons of Utah”, which details the spectacular landscapes at risk in Utah. The show includes all five National Parks in Utah, but concentrates on those lands outside the parks that are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The show is the culmination of 30 years of exploring the remote corners of Canyon Country.

The next presentation will be on September 16th “Chilean Whitewater and Culture” with Chris Spelius, founder of Expediciones Chile and former US Olympic team kayaker will share his multi-media presentation on paddling opportunities in southern Chile along the Futaleufa River. Chris has been coming to the Deerfield River for many years to teach Zoar’s big water paddling clinic.

The final presentation of the season will be on September 30th showing the DVD “In the Flux” by professional kayaker and videographer, David Arnaud. The movie retraces two years of kayaking around the world including footage from the Italian Alps, Siberia, Morocco, Hawaii and Canada.

Come join us for some exciting adventures! These programs are free and open to the public. A simple summer barbecue starts at 5:00 pm for $7.50/person and shows begin at 6:00 pm at the Zoar Outdoor Pavilion.


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