CCRW Staff and Board Members participate in film screening. PHOTO: A. WEISER, 2022
Community Movie Night
Last week, Coastal Carolina Riverwatch staff and board screened Tidal Alert, a film about how water quality impacts fisheries and our community environment. After the film, key cast members answered questions about their role in water quality protection in coastal North Carolina.
After a facilitated session that answered questions about next steps in the Water Quality for Fisheries programming, William Kane, Director of the Beaufort Film Festival, presented Coastal Carolina Riverwatch a Beaufort Film Festival award. More details about this award will be shared during the Beaufort Film Festival this October and November!
“Coastal Carolina Riverwatch packed the house to capacity, which is the first time this has happed for the films we have shown so far. I attribute that to the community support of Coastal Carolina Riverwatch programming and mission.”
– William Kane, Beaufort Picture Show
“The film screening was so much fun! I loved seeing a room full of passionate community members talking about water quality.”
– Riley Lewis, White Oak Waterkeeper
“We all have something to learn from this film and the resiliency of these coastal North Carolina communities when it comes to protecting the quality of water and quality of life. We are grateful for the support of our community and partners like the Beaufort Picture Show.”
CCRW Staff and Board Members attend 10th Annual Wild Caught Seafood and Music Festival
Barbara Blake, Wild Caught creator and Unknown Tongues band member, with Katie Tomberlin, CCRW Vice President, and Lisa Rider, CCRW Executive Director, dancing to the tunes of live music.
PHOTO: RIDER, 2022
Yonder (band) playing live folk music with the smells of smoked mullet in the air and the support of the packed grounds of the Gloucester Community Center cheering in between songs.
PHOTO: RIDER, 2022
The Wild Caught Seafood and Music Festival takes place off the Straits in Gloucester, NC and is coordinated and staffed through volunteers from all over the Down East community.
Wild Caught celebrates all things local and works directly with local food providers to ensure that the produce and seafood served at the event is local.
Did you know that over 90% of seafood consumed in the US is imported from other countries? This has huge impacts on water quality and the quality of life in our coastal community.
“The Wild Caught Seafood and Music Festival is about local foods, music, and Down East NC heritage. I am so happy that you and the folks at Coastal Carolina Riverwatch could attend and I am so grateful for the work you’ve been doing to protect water quality, especially the focus areas from these last three years.”
At Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, we are grateful for efforts like Wild Caught, that build community collaboration in an effort to protect the quality of water and quality of life by highlighting sustainable food harvested right here.
“This event is a true representation of how resilient the Down East community is, plus it is fun! My family and I have attended the event for eight years and we will continue to make attending and supporting this community event as part of our family’s annual traditions.”
– Katie Tomberlin, CCRW Vice President
“Community supported live music and local sustainable food, I am hooked (pun intended)!”
– Lisa Rider, CCRW Executive Director
Fresh and local smoked mullet, fresh and local steamed shrimp, fresh and local steamed clams, locally crafted corn bread and hushpuppies, and freshly harvested local veggies and fruit. All served for donations at the Wild Caught Seafood and Music Festival by members of the community.
We are passionate about water quality, in our oceans, rivers, streams and even our wetlands. Wetlands often get a bad rap with being muddy, buggy and stinky. However, they are also beautiful, wonderful places rich in biodiversity and evolved to fulfill many important ecological roles and functions. Stay on the lookout every Wednesday for Wetland Wednesdays and we hope you enjoy!
Video and photo footage Kelly Burke
Mark Your Calendars!
Please join us on August 25 in Beaufort for the screening of “Tidal Alert”. The screening will be taking place at Mill Whistle Brewing in Beaufort. Have some brewskies and meet the cast of the documentary. Hope to see you there!