8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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“At the Edge” Wild & Scenic Film Festival 

November 17, 2017

Avalon Theatre and Tidewater Inn

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases communities and individuals engaging and advocating on issues surrounding their environment.

This year’s Film Festival is going to have guests sitting ‘at the edge’ of their seats! With the creating of the Film Festival Committee, MRC is pleased to release a NEW FORMAT to this favorite community event. We’re excited to announce a NEW VENUE to the film Festival–The Tidewater Inn in Easton.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has expanded to a NEW EXPERIENCE that includes a PRE-MOVIE COCKTAIL PARTY AT THE TIDEWATER INN FOR SPONSORS AND PREMIER TICKETHOLDERS, who will enjoy delicious appetizers, open full bar, reserved seating, and exclusive silent auction items, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Music courtesy of Ampersand

Silent Auction Items
Week in Maine by Mark and Beverly Lewes
Cruise out of St. Michaels Maritime Museum on the Winnie Estelle by Kristen Greenaway
Towne Canoe and Paddles by Jeff and Beth Horstman
Private Dinner at Scossa for 10 by Giancarlo and Tally Tondin
Giclee Print “A Fragile Balance” by Nancy Tankersley
Wine Basket by Town & Country Wine, Liquor, etc., Michael and Brooke Mesko
Guided River Tour by Naturalist Nick Carter
Watergate Apartment Weekend by Colin Walsh and Carolyn Williams
Handmade Quilt “The One That Got Away”
. . . a warm and wonderful Chesapeake treasure created by Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore:

Sandy Bemis, Gail Benjamin, Laura Boehl, Jan Bohn, Anita Brayton, Gloria Edmiston, Gloria Gibson, Alice Kish,
Elaine Masso, Sharon Miller, Liz Orsini, Jean Rhian, Shirley Rothschild, and George Simbacourbe


Then the party will continue at 7:00 pm as guests move across the street to the Avalon Theatre to enjoy a joyful gathering of friends and community members while watching eight short films and supporting the MRC River of Giving. A sampling of films includes . . .

In “Destiny’s Bay” Destiny Watford organized classmates to prevent construction of the nation’s largest incinerator in a Baltimore neighborhood less than one mile from their high school.


“One Hundred Beating Hearts” tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris’s evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind by the industrialization of agriculture.


In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in 2018, “The Wild President,” Jimmy Carter urges all Americans to protect more wild rivers.

The film program will begin at 7:30 pm at the Avalon Theatre. Guests may purchase a Film Program Only (General Admission) ticket to attend the film program only. These ticketholders will enjoy an open beer and wine bar at the Avalon Theatre and be able to support the MRC River of Giving.

CLICK HERE to enter to win your own kayak! Winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the film festival.

MRC hopes you can join us as we roll out the red carpet on this new approach to this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

To purchase tickets, visit avalonfoundation.org OR Avalon Box Office: In person or by phone 410-822-7299.

Premier Tickets (Reserved Seating & Cocktail Reception 5:30 – 9:00 pm): $100/person

Film Program Only (General Admission 7:00 – 9:00 pm): $40/person

For more information, please contact Kristan Droter at kdroter@midshoreriverkeeper.org or 443.385.0511.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors . . .


Akridge Family Foundation
KELLY Benefit Strategies

Bruce and Jenny Abel
Michael and Patricia Batza

Benson & Mangold
Richard and Ellen Bodorff
Billy and Meta Boyd
Tom Fisher and Kalla Kvalnes
 The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley
Patriot Cruises
Blaine and Susan Phillips
Al and Marty Sikes
Richard and Beverly Tilghman
Dan Watson and Brenda Stone
Colin Walsh and Carolyn Williams

Chesapeake College
Earth Data, Inc.
Easton Utilities
Paul and Rodanthe Hanrahan
James and Pamela Harris
Judge Yachts
Talbot Preservation Alliance
Star Democrat

Peter Welling
David W.B. and Deborah Willse
Wye Gardens

Nick and Margaret Carter
Great Eastern Properties
Roland Enterprises, Robert Hockaday, Jr.

Nina Rodale Houghton
Bill and Barbara Lane
John and Jeanne Mate
Bruce and Alice Rogers


2017 Film Festival Committee
Bruce and Jenny Abel
Bill and Jane Anderson
Billy and Meta Boyd
Steve and Julie Burleson
Steve and Jane Selden
Colin Walsh and Carolyn Williams
Phil and Irmy Webster

February 2018 – Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge, Maryland  MORE INFO COMING SOON!