Fall Water Fest Schedule of Events

September 1, Thursday, 7 to ­9 p.m. Kellogg ­Hubbard Library

Video tribute to Jackie Brookner, environmental artist (water restoration, protection, symbolism): The Earth and Cotton Project and The Fargo Project with Terry Iacuzzo and friends, as well as the Northern Lights Singers.

Jackie Brookner (1945 -to 2015) was an ecological artist, writer and educator. Author of Urban Rain, she worked with ecologists, design professionals, engineers, communities and policy-makers on water remediation/public art projects for parks, wetlands, rivers and urban storm water runoff. In these projects, local resources become the focal point of community collaboration and collective creative agency. Brookner lived in New York City and worked and lectured internationally. Jackie’s partner, Terry Iacuzzo, author of Small Mediums at Large, has been a practicing psychic in New York City for 40 years.

September 1 through ­30, Kellogg ­Hubbard Library

Water Art, John Snell, photography; S.B. Sowbel, mixed media; Margaret Blanchard, stained glass.

September 4, Sunday, 10­ a.m., Onion River Sports.

Bridges Bike Ride (Nancy Schulz). In conjunction with Montpelier’s month long Water Fest, Onion River Sports and The Bridge newspaper are sponsoring a free Bicycle the Bridges ride.

Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot beside Onion River Sports on Langdon Street for a tour that will cross 20 bridges in Montpelier and cover 18 miles over diverse terrain. This is a great way to explore the city and learn more about our bridges and rivers! Local history buff, Manny Garcia, has agreed to provide some commentary about the more important bridges during the ride.

The ride will last approximately two-and-a-half to -three hours and will include a lunch/rest stop at the North Branch Park. Helmets must be worn and bikes must be in good mechanical condition. Participants should bring a full water bottle and lunch. The ride is open to anyone over the age of 16. There will be a release form to sign at the start. It’s free, fun and relaxing, so please join us! Rain cancels.

For more information contact: Nancy Schulz at: saddleshoes2@gmail.com

September 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northfield Labor Day Celebration

On-site will be Friends of the Winooski River and Town of Northfield staff. They will offer tours of the floodplain restoration site and the future home of the Water Street River Park. There will also be stream table demonstrations.

September 8, Thursday, 7 to ­9 p.m., Kellogg ­Hubbard Library

Global Water Issues with Jen Fleckenstein of Pure Water for the World, who will present the film What’s Your Watermark? Dot Helling will talk about the Blue Planet project.

Jen Fleckenstein is co-owner of Clear Water Filtration, Warren, and vice president of Pure Water for the World, Rutland. Fleckenstein is passionate about local and global water issues, having seen how improved water quality helps everyone lead healthier lives. Fleckenstein’s business has been providing water treatment solutions to homes and businesses for over 35 years. Clear Water has been an active corporate sponsor of Pure Water for the World since 2012 and an advocate for clean water initiatives throughout the state, which inspired the creation of the film, What’s Your Watermark? Fleckenstein believes water is a basic human right and each individual has a responsibility to understand and protect our most precious natural resource through prevention, treatment and reducing consumption of single -use bottled water.

Dot Helling is a retired attorney having worked in private practice in Montpelier for 30 years. During that time she served as Washington County and Vermont Bar Association president and an acting judge in small claims and district courts. In 2007, Helling ran around the world as a member of the Blue Planet Run to raise awareness of and funds for the worldwide drinking water crisis. Since retiring from law, Helling has been spending winters in Colorado and returns home to serve as a member of the Vermont Clean Water Coalition, of which she is a founder, and to help build a passive solar house for Central Vermont for Habitat for Humanity Inc. Helling also writes a column for The Bridge and is engaged with the Montpelier Tree Board and other organizations working in areas of forest preservation and the control of invasive species.

September 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon­, Montpelier City Hall

River Clean-up sponsored by — Friends of the Winooski River. Volunteer to help clean up the river in the Montpelier and Middlesex areas. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/qP5xzN For more details visit www.winooskiriver.org/river-clean-up.php

September 11 at Sunday, 10 a.m.Unitarian Church of Montpelier,        130 Main Street

Ingathering Water Ceremony with Reverend Joan Javier- Duval.

September 13 to 20, Montpelier High School

River Junk Art Sculpture exhibit. Students will turn the junk pulled from the river into works of art!

September 15, Thursday, 7 to ­9 p.m., Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street

Water Issues — Dot Helling, emcee. Drinking Water Pollution “Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than war”— Charity: Water) Presenters: Vermont Clean Water Coalition Berlin Pond, Jed Guertin, Page Guertin, presenters; Stream water quality around Montpelier: Friends of the Winooski River, Shawn White, Friends project manager and water quality sampling manager.

White has felt a deep connection with rivers since the age of two when her parents started taking her exploring along the willow- and aspen edged streams in Colorado. Her work with the Friends involves education and outreach to volunteers, schools and community groups; management of riparian restoration, water quality monitoring and stormwater mitigation projects; and data analysis. Prior to joining Friends, White taught environmental science and biology courses at Norwich University in Northfield, Green Mountain College in Poultney and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been active in several environmental organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, Greening the Great River (a Mississippi River organization) and the Four Winds Institute. She is also a member of the Montpelier Conservation Commission. She holds a doctorate in Botany from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Texas.

September 16, Friday, 6 to 11 p.m. Heineberg Boat Ramp, Route 127 Colchester

River of Light: Harvest Moon Paddle on the Winooski River. www.winooskiriver.org/river-of-light-moonlight-paddle.php

September 17, Saturday: 9 to 11 a.m. Community Garden at                    485 Elm Street

River Discovery Walk led by naturalist Ned Swanberg; Level walking less than one mile. No cost. We’ll look for late summer changes along the river. What is fruiting, flying, feeding? What limits and what benefits the wild things we share the valley with? How can we keep the water clean at the edge of town?

September 18, Sunday: 4 p.m. Northern Lights Singers

Water Dance, led by Alana Phinney: A Druid Healing and Arts Ceremony for the Waters: At Fearn Lickfield (near Taylor Street bridge, at the confluence of the North Branch and Winooski) Alana Phinney earned her master’s from Smith College with a focus on choreography, modern dance technique and improvisation. Over the past three years, she has focused on facilitating community dance events at a small park in a suburb of Philadelphia. She and her family recently moved to Montpelier.

Fearn Lickfield is a web weaver who facilitates the healing and connection of people with the Heart of Nature. She co-directs The Green Mountain Druid Training and Guardians of the Sacred Earth, works as a certified flower essence practitioner, geomancer, ecstatic dance leader, community organizer, gardener and medicine maker. Being a lover of magic and ritual, Fearn co-creates community celebrations in honor of the earth and waters, the seasons and for rites of passage.

September 22, Thursday, 7­ to 9 p.m, K­ellogg Hubbard Library

Water privatization and the commons. The East Montpelier springs action (Freedom and Unity Vermont film segment) — with Carolyn Shapiro and other organizers. Carolyn Shapiro has initiated, overseen and participated in community projects for over 40 years. When she heard about possible water bottling of spring water in her neighborhood, she helped to organize the community in order to find out more information about the project and to come to a consensus about possible community action. She, her co-leader and community study group helped to pass groundwater protection in East Montpelier. She also gave support to the state legislation that made groundwater a public trust. She had been very involved with education, setting up programs to help people become more informed about issues, particularly concerning water. She currently lives in a co-housing community she and her husband initiated.

September 24, Saturday at the Montpelier Farmers Market

Stream Table Demonstrations (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.); Storm Drain Stenciling (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Come learn about how streams work. The Friends of the Winooski River will be recruiting volunteers to stencil storm drains to prevent dumping of pollutants into the stormwater system.

September 29, Thursday, 7­ to 9, Kellogg Hubbard Library

Water Words, Images & Music (open mic). Literature, original poetry, photos, music welcome. With exercises for poem and song writing (sign up between 6 and 7 p.m.). Facilitator: Margaret Blanchard (writer, Professor Emerita of Graduate Studies, Union Institute and University).

October 1, Saturday, 4 p.m. Montpelier Unitarian Church

Open Reading by local readers of film script, “Water Spies,” by Amanda Joyce, Baltimore novelist and screenwriter, based on the novel by Margaret Blanchard.

For the month of October (Goddard Gallery, Plainfield)

In Praise of Water, art show Cynthia Ross, curator. Cynthia Ross’ grounding in the arts is primarily through a 25–year practice of painting and, within the last four years, sculpture, theatre, puppet theater, singing and creative writing. A long time Goddard College faculty member, Ross has worked with students in a wide array of projects and inquiries, from work in the “traditional” artistic modes such as painting, sculpture, dance, performance, installation, film and writing to new arenas that extend the palette beyond traditional art materials and elements. She enjoys finding new forms that emerge out of the establishment of a new set of coordinates and of finding ways in which links can be established. In the past few years, her attention has been drawn to environmental health issues and modes of healing. Her interests and background also include mythology, medieval studies, gardening, poetry and Indian cooking.

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