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Fall 2012 Schedule

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This Fall

Get to know YOUR river!

September

Friday Sept 7th 6-8 pm Lisa Kurts Gallery presents watercolor painters of the South including Walter Anderson, Bill Branch, Gary Bukovnik, Peter Opheim, John Ruskey, Carol Sams and Jeanne Seagle. 766 South White Station Road in Memphis.

Saturday, Sept 15th 9am-3pm. Free guided canoe tours of the Tensas River, Louisiana.

In conjunction with the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Hunting and Fishing Day event on Saturday, September 15, 2012. The event will be held on the Refuge's Visitor Center grounds on Quebec Rd., off Hwy 80 in Tallulah, LA from 9am-3pm. For more information on the Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge or the National Wildlife Refuge System, contact the Refuge at 318-574-2664 ext. 103.

Sat Sept 15 9-11 a.m. Wolf River Harbor Cleanup. A clean-up representing students with the University of Memphis, concerned citizens, Memphis City Beautiful, affiliates of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast club, and many others who helped with the McKellar Lake clean-ups last year. Contact Colton Cockrum for more information at ccockrum@memphis.edu. See below for complete description.

Saturday Sept 22nd, Mississippi River Bear Dance, by invitation only, contact john@island63.com for more information.

October

Thursday Oct 4 - Sat Oct 6, the 27th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival! The best of the down-home delta blues with the Mississippi River right behind you! Headliners: Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal. Go to http://www.kingbiscuitfestival.com/ for complete lineup and more information.

Sat Oct 6 Paddle & Float a celebration of the Mississippi River with big canoes and professional guides, sandbar feast, music, and much, much more! Contact dianathreadgill@comcast.net for more information.

Saturday Oct 13 the Eleventh Annual Phatwater Kayak Challenge 42 miles down the Mississippi River and no speed limit! Go to http://www.kayakmississippi.com/ for more info.

Saturday Oct 13 Woodville Deer & Wildlife Festival with a live dugout canoe carving exhibition. Woodville, Mississippi. Go to http://www.deerandwildlifefestival.com/ for complete descriptions and contact info.

November

Fri Nov 2 - Sun Nov 4, Paddle and Explore the Big Sunflower River through Delta National Forest! Contact john@island63.com for more information.

PS: More information about the Sept 15th Wolf River Harbor Cleanup:

Greetings everyone! We are officially getting word out about the Sept 15th clean-up of the Wolf River Harbor/Mud Island area. Many of you have joined us at our McKellar Lake clean-ups where we picked up 15,000 pounds of trash in five clean-ups. It’s awesome citizens like yourself that make these clean-ups such a success. Check-in and parking will be on the grassy area between Mud Island River Park and the Greenbelt Park (see map below). The clean-up officially starts at 9 a.m. We’re tentatively on Mayor Wharton’s calendar, so there’s a chance that he will be there to speak and kick-off this event. We have a MATA bus there as well to help transport everyone to the clean-up spots in the harbor. Also, Outdoors Inc. is serving as the official corporate sponsor of this clean-up. They have been tremendous in promoting the health and access of our rivers (Go check out one of their awesome stores when you get the chance). Special thanks also to Memphis City Beautiful, Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, and Brad Silver for partnering with us on this clean-up. There are many many other groups who have committed to coming and have blasted the clean-up out on their listservs. While I’m sure I’ll forget someone, I want to mention several groups in particular: the Wolf River Conservancy, Outdoors Inc, Univ of Memphis student groups, Christian Brothers University, the Sierra Club-Chickasaw Chapter, Mississippi River Corridor, the Corps of Engineers, Rhodes College, tnAchieves, Surfrider Foundation, Memphis University School, and Olive Branch High School.

Here’s what you need to know:

Clean-up: Takes place from 9-11 a.m. We will meet and check-in at the place listed on the map. After a brief welcome, we will divide up into groups and head out to clean-up sites around the Wolf River Harbor. To get to parking/check-in: Cross over the AW Willis Bridge into Mud Island/Harbor Town, take the roundabout to your left, exit as if you were heading towards Mud Island Riverpark, parking will be on your right. Look for tables, cars, and people ready to dominate some trash

What to Bring: Bring a pair of gloves, wear long pants and old shoes (old boots preferably). Bring your own water bottle (we’ll have some water available but bring your own just in case). We’ll be working around the Harbor, so you might get a little dirty.

Future clean-ups: While we have focused on the Wolf River Harbor for this clean-up and possibly future ones, we always have a special place in our heart for McKellar Lake! We’ll be returning there in November to reunite with the lake and to evict trash.

Contact Colton Cockrum ccockrum@memphis.edu for more information about Memphis area Mississippi River cleanups.