Monday, February 11, 2008

Rally for the Rivers

Putnam County Environmental Council, Inc. presents
Rally for the Rivers
February 15-17, 2008
With water supplies dwindling and talk of using the St. Johns, Ocklawaha and other Florida rivers as alternative surface water sources to support Florida's out of control growth, the third Rally for the Rivers may be the most important one yet! The Rally is a three-day event designed to inform and educate the public through workshops, music and stories, environmental exhibits, exposure to natural areas, and public involvement in protecting Florida's resources.
Reserve your seat online - $10 - Reservations are rolling in! Take a look at the agenda which includes abstracts and speaker bios. Audubon's own Charles Lee is on the agenda. You won't want to miss it! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can complete our planning process.
The performers lists have been updated with new musical acts and authors added. Admission is free to enjoy our art show, tree sale, conservation exhibits, and opportunities for citizen activism. Miss Jeri from Crones Cradle is serving up some of those feral hogs that have been threatening her organic garden along with other yummy treats. Ravine tours are scheduled throughout the day, a mist-netting demonstration in the morning, and an edible wild plants trip, too. All at Ravine Gardens on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Don't leave yet – a wonderful dinner and fabulous entertainment awaits. Reservations are required for our benefit on Saturday evening that begins with a beer and wine social at 5:00 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. A limited number of seats are still available. You can buy tickets online or email to reserve your seat and pay at the door. Please let us know you're coming so we can plan efficiently.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday have opportunities for field trips around Putnam County led by some of the best field guides in north Florida. Check out the list, and make your reservation today! 
Sunday, February 17The day begins at 9:00 am with a Blessing Ceremony for the river, the trees, and the hands that do the work as we plant trees as part of the second Peoples' Restoration. On the downriver side of the dam, a shuttle service will carry passengers to and from the Muscogee Nation of Florida's demonstration hunt camp at Davenport Landing. You can spend the day enjoying great food, music, storytelling, boat rides, and campfire fun. Drive over the dam and take the dirt road on the left and follow it down to the riverside. 
Need help with directions? E-mail David Zeigler, or call him at 352-546-4715.
As in years past, PCEC wholeheartedly thanks you for your support!
Karen Ahlers, President
Putnam County Environmental Council, Inc.
Post Office Box 1836
Interlachen, FL  32148
Phone: 352-475-1936 or 352-546-3560
Fax: 352-475-1078

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