Celebrating 20+ years as an Earth Literacy Center

Community Potluck
and Film Night: Chasing Ice
Saturday, August 22nd
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Narrow Ridge invites you to join us for our bimonthly Community Potluck and Film night Saturday, August 22.

We will gather at our Mac Smith Resource Center for a potluck meal at 6:00 pm followed at 7:00 pm by the viewing of the film, Chasing Ice.

Environmental educator, Martha Pierce, will facilitate a discussion of the film which welcomes and encourages an open sharing of perspectives.Our bimonthly film nights feature films that inspire reflection and discussion about our place within the larger Earth community. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish to contribute to our shared meal. A synopsis of the film follows:

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

16th Annual
Hogskin History Day 2015
Saturday, September 12th
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The 16th annual Hogskin History Day, sponsored by 91.9 FM/WUOT and East TN PBS will be held Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn.

Hogskin History Day is a celebration of the history, music, and culture of the Hogskin Valley and surrounding Appalachian communities. This year’s celebration will feature the history of local churches and promises to be the most fun-filled, family-oriented festival yet. Guests will enjoy lots of good local food and entertainment as well as a chance to win up to $2000+. We extend a special welcome to our young friends with plenty of games, crafts, cakewalks, face painting and bubble blowing. Delicious food, including homemade pizza from our cob oven, bean burritos, beans, cornbread, home baked goods and more will be available for purchase. In the afternoon we will offer free apple juice from our hand-cranked press using local organic apples. And yes, we will again provide free hand-cranked homemade ice cream on a first come first served basis.

Tours of our “off the grid”, environmentally friendly Narrow Ridge buildings and homes as well as our Natural Burial Preserve will be scheduled in the afternoon. Local vendors and exhibitors will showcase crafts from old time wool spinning to jewelry and art utilizing recycled/repurposed materials. We’ll hold a silent auction and give door prizes every hour. Hogskin History Day t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Admission and parking are FREE.

For more information visit our website at www.narrowridge.org or call Mitzi at 865-497-3603.

Fall Equinox Celebration
September 23rd
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Friends and neighbors are invited to join us as we welcome the season of fall in our annual Fall Equinox Celebration, led this year by Narrow Ridge founder, Bill Nickle. We will meet at the Mac Smith Resource Center and, weather permitting, journey from there to our scenic overlook, Inspiration Point. Guests are encouraged to wear shoes and clothing suitable to the weather conditions and the light uphill journey. Rides will be provided to individuals who are unable to journey on foot.

For more information contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org