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Special Events

The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby

Book Launch Celebrations with William Dietrich, Craig Romano and Christian Martin


Special Events Book CoverCelebrate the arrival of a new book that explores the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades in lyrical words, informative maps and awesome photographs: The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, publishing September 2014 by Braided River, a conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books.

In its colorful pages, Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich takes an imaginary hike through the region, explaining the rich natural and cultural history of the region while also examining future challenges facing this remote yet accessible ecosystem; Christian Martin profiles local folks who live, paint, write, study, recreate and educate in the North Cascades, including Fred Beckey, Saul Weisberg, Libby Mills, Bill Gaines, Molly Hashimoto and Ana Maria Spagna; prolific guidebook author Craig Romano offers routes to getting out and exploring the region, detailing day hikes, bicycle rides, paddling expeditions, ski outings, and car-camping options on both sides of the border. Other elements of this one-of-a-kind book include excerpts from Gary Snyder's 1957 fire lookout journal, an inspirational foreword by Richard Louv, essays on native peoples, early explorers and pioneers of the North Cascades, a detailed conservation timeline and bibliography, lots of maps and — last but certainly not least — inspiring color photographs by the likes of Steph Abegg, Paul Bannick, Benj Drummond, John Scurlock, Andy Porter, John D'Onofrio, Brett Baunton, Paul Bannick, Ethan Welty and Art Wolfe and many other leading nature photographers.

Learn more about the book at www.wildnearby.org.

October 10: The Mountaineers Program Center, Magnuson Park, Seattle, 6–9 pm

Come celebrate the release of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby by Braided River at The Mountaineers homebase on Lake Washington!

Inspiring speakers, stirring photography and a silent auction will transport you to the majestic peaks and lush river valleys of Washington's North Cascades.

Proceeds from the silent auction and ticket sales will help support ongoing outreach on behalf of conservation and recreation in the North Cascades.

Tickets: $10-25. Facebook RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/729243090466405.

October 11-12: North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park

This engagement begins around sunset with wine and hors d'œuvres at North Cascades Institute's historic lakeside dining hall, followed by an informal gourmet dinner of local and organic foods prepared by our renowned kitchen staff. A presentation, slideshow and facilitated discussion with our guest speakers will follow, followed by book buying and signing. After the next morning's continental breakfast, Institute naturalists offer options to get you outdoors exploring the wild and scenic neighborhood of Diablo Lake. A commuter rate is available for $75 and includes hors d'œuvres, dinner and the presentation. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available.

Tickets: $75-225

October 15: Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Auditorium, Everett Community College, Everett, 7-9 pm

Celebrate the release of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby by Braided River at the auditorium named after North Cascades National Park’s senatorial sponsor Senator Jackson, hosted by special guest Peter Jackson, Editorial Page Editor for the Everett Herald and son of Senator "Scoop" Jackson!

Admission by donation. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/315652498606940

November 4: Twisp River Pub, Methow Valley, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
"The North Cascades: Wildness, Renewal, and Communities on the Edge” with Ana Maria Spagna

Join our friends at the Methow Conservancy for this special engagement with Institute instructor Ana Maria Spagna, a Stehekin-based writer who is also profiled in the book! More information at www.methowconservancy.org/events.

November 5: Skagit station, mt. vernon, 7-9 pm

Celebrate the release of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby with all three authors in downtown Mt. Vernon, just blocks away from the mighty Skagit River. Special guest: local photographer Andy Porter!

Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by Skagit Land Trust. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/1559793547577991.

November 6: Heiner Theatre, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, 6:30-7:30pm
Chuckanut Radio Hour with Village Books

Join all three authors and North Cascades Institute Executive Director Saul Weisberg at WCC for a fun variety show! The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that features authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of "The Bellingham Bean" serial radio comedy, and some groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and Rich Donnelly. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3 FM.

Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Doors open at 6:30pm, and you must be seated by 6:45pm as the show begins promptly at 7pm.

November 7-8: Painting and Sketching the Wild Nearby with Molly Hashimoto, Frye Art Museum, Seattle

In this class, students study the landscapes, flora and fauna of the North Cascades, using watercolor and portable water-based media. Specimens from this nearby wilderness such as skulls, skins, and flora are brought into the studio for study and inspiration. Hashimoto also supplies students with her own photographs and encourages students to bring their own images, as well.

Students learn about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century plein air artists including George Catlin, Thomas Moran and Abby Williams Hill. Additionally, students discover contemporary artists and outdoorspeople who continue to enjoy and preserve these wild and celebrated places. Presented in partnership with Braided River Press, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books, on the publication of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby.

Register at fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/5704.

An artist and dedicated naturalist, Molly Hashimoto's most beloved places are America's parks and wild areas. When not painting or making prints, Hashimoto teaches for the North Cascades Institute and Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. She writes about art, nature, and ideas at mollyhashimoto.com.

November 7: Red Barn, Leavenworth, 7 pm

Join Wenatchee River Institute and A Book for All Seasons in welcoming author William Dietrich and wildlife biologist Bill Gaines for a presentation on the book as well as the ongoing search for elusive grizzly bears in the North Cascades. Barn Beach Reserve, a nine-acre nature sanctuary bordering the Wenatchee River and Waterfront Park, is just a short walk from downtown Leavenworth. Entrance fee is $5 for non-members/$3 for current Wenatchee River Institute members. Come early and enjoy a no-host bar along with great comraderie! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. More info at www.wenatcheeriverinstitute.org.

November 20: Mountain Loop Books and Coffee, Darrington, 6 pm

Guidebook author Craig Romano will give his insights on the best recreational opportunities in a dozen of the best regions in the North Cascades, in both British Columbia and Washington state; and lead a spirited discussion about the stewardship challenges and opportunities facing this ecosystem. Whether you’ve hiked its trails for decades, or have only just begun to get to know this place, you will learn something new about this remarkable mountain range.

December 6: Salmon and Eagles of the SKAGIT / field excursion with Libby Mills

“I have worked twenty-four winters on the upper Skagit River, studying the eagles and salmon, the river and forest and all their interactions,” field biologist Libby Mills explains. “This is something everyone in the Northwest should know about to be ecologically literate.”

Join Libby Mills, one of the personalities profiled in The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, to experience one of the most fascinating natural dramas in the North Cascades. Every winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to the Skagit River to feast on the Puget Sound's rich salmon runs — the largest concentration of Haliaeetus leucocephalus in the lower 48 states! This trip will focus on the Upper Skagit River as the abundance of chum salmon reaches its apex, and the eagle numbers are swelling to feed on them. We will examine the intertwined biology of salmon and eagles, their migratory patterns and the impacts they have on other flora and fauna. You'll also learn about local conservation strategies for these keystone species.

Libby is a naturalist and artist who has taught North Cascades Institute seminars for more than 25 years. She is on the board of Skagit Audubon as the Field Trip Chair, leads regular classes in natural history for Padilla Bay Foundation and enjoys taking people into the a natural world to observe, learn and sketch on both east and west sides of the North Cascades and beyond.  A biologist for The Nature Conservancy’s Skagit River Bald Eagle Preserve for 23 winters, Libby worked for nine years as a ranger/naturalist in national parks

Information and registration at www.ncascades.org/signup/programs/14-salmon-and-eagles or (360) 854-2599. Bundle up, grab your binoculars and join North Cascades Institute in celebration and discovery!

March 12, 2015: Recreation Northwest Expo, Lakeway Inn, Bellingham, 7 pm

Bring your friends and family to check out the best and the brightest in the local and regional outdoor recreation at the Recreation Northwest EXPO at the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn. Information at www.recreationnorthwest.org/events/recreation-northwest-expo


Chuckanut Writes and North Cascades Institute present

A Nature Writing Workshop with author Gary Ferguson

Tuesday, November 18, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at Whatcom Community College, $75

Over the past several years, Gary Ferguson’s writing has explored the truth of a comment novelist Lawrence Durell once made, that “we are the children of our landscape.” His nature-writing classes are designed to help participants strengthen their voice by more fully understanding how landscape has influenced their own lives. Participants begin with a mix of storytelling, contemplative writing exercises and lecture, exploring commonly recurring themes within the nature myths of various cultures. From this general perspective, the class will move on to specifics, using powerful exercises to help participants identify the transcendent, or archetypal themes of their own links to the natural world.

To register, visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com or call (360) 383-3200.

Ferguson’s workshop will be followed by a free public reading at Village Books at 7pm for his new book, The Carry Home. Info at http://www.villagebooks.com/event/gary-ferguson-11/18/14.

Read about the harrowing backstory of Ferguson’s new book at www.mtstandard.com.

For the past 25 years, Gary Ferguson has traveled thousands of miles down the rivers, trails and back roads of North America: trekking 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild, wandering through the seasons with the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park for The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year, and spending a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program for the best-selling Shouting at the Sky. His latest book, The Carry Home, is both a moving celebration of the outdoor life shared between Gary and his wife Jane, who died tragically in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario in 2005, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature. Ferguson has written for a variety of publications, from Vanity Fair to The Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of 22 books on science and nature, including the award-winning Hawks Rest, published by National Geographic Adventure Press. He is currently on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program at Pacific Lutheran University.