Alzar School Fundraiser – ‘Call of the River’

2009
05.31

Come for a fun evening of live music, great refreshments, and the Boise premiere of Whitewater Hall of Famer Kent Fords new documentary on the history of whitewater kayaking and canoeing.

Date: Friday, June 12th
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Muse Building, 1317 W. Jefferson St, Boise ID 83702 (Map)
Admission: $10, benefiting the Alzar School and a scholarship fund for Idaho teens.

There will be door prizes for oldest kayak on your car, oldest kayaking t-shirt, and more. Live music is from Travis and Ali Ward of Hillfolk Noir, a great local Boise band. There will also be a silent auction on some amazing desserts. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Alzar School (a local Boise 501c3 nonprofit) and a special scholarship fund for Idaho students.

Movie Description:
The Call of the River: The Twisted History of Whitewater Paddling
The story of whitewater is a collage of unexpected influences. The canoeing roots of the sport were in summer camps, explorer scouts, and clubs. Early exploration of rivers was in elegant wood and canvas boats. Early kayaking participants were often chemists, scientists, and engineers unfazed by the barriers presented by newly evolving resins that it took to build boats.

In the early days you had to be willing to build your own boat, teach someone to paddle so you had a shuttle, mail 30 cents of stamps in exchange for a water level, and attend races to obtain paddles and other gear. A sixpack of beer could persuade a damkeeper for a water release.

Growth of paddling in the US exploded in the 70andrsquo;s, spurred by the movie Deliverance and the Olympic Games, and more recently by indestructible plastic kayaks. Now nearly 16 million participants crave the outdoor sport lifestyle.

Featuring old school canoeing and kayaking footage, and riveting interviews with the early pioneers andldquo;The Call of the Riverandrdquo; provides a behind the scenes look at the ingenuity that made kayaking, from the European emigrants escaping communism to the American entrepreneurs who build the boats of today. We meet many of the wonderfully eclectic personalities involved in the evolution of paddling, and watershed moments of how paddling became one of the premiere outdoor sports of today.

Preview: http://www.performancevideo.com/The_Call_of_the_River

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