September 19, 2015
Finding Balance in a Changing World
September 24 - 27, 2015

Check out Murray Hotel special discount rate of $84/night for festival participants.

We're wrapping up last minute details for next week's 11th annual Gila River Festival - Finding Balance in a Changing World. 

We've had a few cancellations for field trips. 
Register TODAY and reserve your space for Apache Art, The Gila's Birds, Bear Mountain Fossils, Take Back the Rain, Gila River Native Flora, Upper Gila Archaeology Sites, Monitoring the River, and Michael Berman Photography Studio Tour.

Keeping with Gila River Fest tradition, we're excited to be showcasing a number of events that get us thinking outside the box, challenging us through alternative perspectives to contemplate how we relate to the Gila River and the natural world. 

Also next week, Pope Francis will make an historic visit to the United States to talk about his encyclical "On Care for Our Common Home," an  appeal for global unity to confront environmental degradation and climate change. Two local events associated with the Pope's visit will be held next week during the Gila River Festival that we hope you'll consider attending.  See below for more details.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Keynote Address with Godfrey Reggio
Thursday, Sept. 24; 7:00 pm WNMU Light Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm
$10 suggested donation at the door. Students FREE

Photo: Braden King, 2014
World-renowned filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, director of the groundbreaking 'Qatsi Trilogy,' will give the keynote address, entitled "Take a Walk on the Wild Side." His premise is that we don't merely use technology: we live it.  Einstein said, "The fish will be the last to know water," and we will be the last to know technology. After Reggio's keynote, the first film in his trilogy,  
Koyaanisqatsi, will be screened alon g with a selection of short films from the Gila Time-lapse Film Fest.

Panel Discussion with Jack Loeffler, 
Dr. Rina Swentzell, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid & Steve Harris
Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm, WNMU's Light Hall
Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Students FREE.

Writer, aural-historian, and conservationist Jack Loeffler will lead "Thinking Like a Watershed," a panel discussion with Dr. Rina Swentzell, who will represent the Puebloan sense of coherence, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, an authority on the history of acequias, and Steve Harris, director of Rio Grande Restoration and proprietor of Far Flung Adventures. Godfrey Reggio's second Qatsi film, Powaqqatsi, and selections from the Gila Time-lapse Film Fest will be screened following the panel discussion.

Films screened throughout festival. FULL SCHEDULE

The Gila Time-lapse Film Festival will explore man's relationship to nature and technology. Films from around the world and the southwest will be screened, such as Desert Flower, filmed in Joshua Tree National Park by Casey Kiernan, Jewel of the Dolomites filmed in northern Italy by Christin Necker, and Light Study from Canada by Josephine Massarella. Peter Bill, WNMU professor of New  Media and director of the film festival, will kick off  the inaugural event with a discussion about time-lapse film making on Thursday afternoon at 1pm.  The film fest closes with a street party and 4-story projections of time-lapse films on the Murray Hotel.  

MONSOON PUPPET PARADE, SKIT & STREET PARTY with Monsoon Puppet Theater, Gila Time-lapse Film Fest, & Music by The Roadrunners, 
Bayou Seco, and No Dam Diversions
Saturday, Sept 24; 3 pm - 9:30 pm Downtown Silver City FREE

GRF2007PuppetParade Join the zany and creative forces of the Monsoon Puppet Theater and Bikeworks for a family-friendly parade full of fun costumes, music, dance, and giant puppets! Follow the parade to the Street Party at Yankie & Texas for dancing, food, and kids' activities.

3:00-4:00 Face painting and mask making at Bikeworks @ Bullard & College

4:00-4:15 Puppet & bike parade from Bikeworks to Yankie & Texas streets
4:15-7:45 Street Party with lots of kids' activities; Live Music and dancing with No Dam Diversions, Bayou Seco, and The Road Runners; wood oven-fired pizza, popcorn, & more. 
7:45-9:30 Monsoon Puppet Skit, Gila Time-lapse Film Fest and projections on Murray Hotel

Throughout the festival, WNMU Francis McCray Gallery, noon to 5:00 pm
Friday, Sept. 25; 5:30 - 7:00 pm Closing reception 

Jim Pendergast
This Gila-inspired show features the work of local artists, as they interpret the Gila River in different media.  Artists include Linda S. Boatwright, Kate Brown, Lois Duffy, Penny Flick, Donna Foley, Karyn Neil, Pierre Nichols, Jim Pendergast, Aleada Siragusa, Patricia Taber, Peter Bill and Stephen Dirkes. Visit the show during the Gila River Festival, September 24 thru September 27, from noon to 5:00 pm. On Friday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, join us for a reception at the gallery. 

Throughout the festival. Downtown Silver City. List of participating galleries

Named one of the "100 Best Art Towns in America," Silver City has a vibrant art scene.  Be sure to wander through downtown Silver City's Arts & Cultural District and visit participating galleries, open throughout the festival.

WE ARE THE RIVER; THE RIVER IS US  Meditations & Contemplations at the Gila River
Sunday, Sept. 27; 9:15 am to 1:00 pm 
Meet at Silver City Visitors' Center at 9:15 am to carpool to The Nature Conservancy's Gila Farm, OR, meet at the Gila Farm at 10:00 am. FREE

We close the Gila River Festival with a series of meditations and contemplations - some moving, some in stillness. Martha Everett, Becky Glenn, and Jeff Goin will, respectively, take us through short practices of Qigong, Yoga, and meditation with which we can establish a more subtle, deeper, and meaningful relationship with our natural world in general, and the Gila River in particular. No previous experience in Yoga, meditation, or Qigong is necessary.  To create a sacred space, Vicki Allen will lead us in a short, meaningful ritual at the start of our session and will close it again at the end.

Wednesday, Sept. 23; 7:30 pm Gough Park Picnic Shelter

Join with others  around the US and in New Mexico in Silver City, Taos, Carlsbad, Gallup, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Ghost Ranch  to pray together for wisdom for all of our leaders and ourselves as we commit to actions for life that create a just economy and address the critical challenge of climate change and climate justice.  Candles will be provided. Sponsored locally by the Ministerial Alliance, Gila Resources Information Project, Gila Conservation Coalition, Gila River Festival and Upper Gila Watershed Alliance. For more information, contact Deb James at debauraperu@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept. 27; 6:45 am - 7:30 am; La Capilla

Silver City Pax Christi is sponsoring a sunrise gathering at La Capilla to honor Pope Francis and his encyclical on compassion for the poor and care for our planet. Bring a flashlight or candle, your voices, and your blessing prayers. All are welcome. For more information, call  534-4735 or 575-535-4474.

The full Gila River Festival schedule is available at www.gilaconservation.org . For more information, contact the Gila Conservation Coalition at 575.538.8078 or info@gilaconservation.org .
Ann McMahon Photography ~ Axle Canyon Ecological Preserve ~ Bob Garrett & Mary Hotvedt ~ Bob Wilson & Lisa Houston ~ Carol Morrison & Larry McLaud ~ Far Flung Adventures ~ Gila Wild Defense Fund ~ High Lonesome Books ~ Shelby Hallmark & Lindee Lenox ~ Sierra Club Southern New Mexico Group ~ Single Socks Community Store ~ Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society ~ Vicki Allen, LISW, Individual, Child and Couples Therapist ~ Western Institute for Lifelong Learning
Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico ~ Anonymous ~ Bob O'Keefe ~ Conservation Voters New Mexico--Education Fund ~~ Curious Kumquat ~ David Rose & Ceil Murray ~ Desert Woman Botanicals ~ First New Mexico Bank ~ Guadalupe's ~ Lone Mountain Native Plant Nursery ~ Mary Burton Riseley ~ Melvyn Gelb & Mary Ann Finn ~ Patrick Conlin, Realtor ~ Pauline & Richard Matthews ~ Regalos de la Tierra Pottery Co. ~ Richard Mahler, Relham LLC ~ Robert Pittman & Kathleen Wigley ~ Ron Henry ~ Ronald Parry ~ Silver City Food Co-op ~ Syzygy Tileworks ~ TheraSpeech ~ W. Jay Garard, DDS