Outdoor Chattanooga Winter Workshop Series To Feature New Films And Presentations

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Outdoor Chattanooga will add outdoor themed films and visual presentations to their annual Winter Workshop series, which will run for seven weeks beginning this Friday, at 7 p.m., at its facility in Coolidge Park. The series will begin with a showing of “Wild Bill’s Run,” a feature film that chronicles the real life adventure of a group of Minnesota men who attempted to snowmobile from Minnesota to Moscow in the 1970’s.

“Wild Bill’s Run” is the first offering in a series of free screenings called Camp Chair Cinema.

The new Camp Chair offerings will feature outdoor and adventure focused films presented by the Lookout Wild Film Festival, as well as special slide presentations from local adventurers. All offerings in the series are free and open to the public.

"We call them 'Camp Chair' entertainment because, honestly, we don't have enough folding chairs to accommodate a large audience at Outdoor Chattanooga," said Executive Director Philip Grymes. "Camp chairs are more comfortable, anyway, and they also give us the option to move the series outdoors when the weather warms up."

Many of the Camp Chair Cinema offerings will be Chattanooga debuts. All reflect the Lookout Wild Film Festival’s mission to showcase wild places and the people that they inspire.

"As we get ready for our second annual festival in March, we've discovered that we have more great films submitted than we could fit into a three-day festival,” said Lookout Film Festival organizer Andy Johns. “That's a good problem to have and we are excited that Outdoor Chattanooga has given us the chance to share some pretty incredible stories with more people."

Two more presentations, under the Camp Chair Traveler title, will offer a virtual tour of the Chattanooga area's wild caves by Chattanooga Grotto and a look in pictures and video by Ben Friberg of his landmark standup paddleboard journey from Florida to Cuba last summer.

The 2014 schedule will be rounded out with practical skills workshops. Sessions on wild edible, way-finding with map and compass and making a basket from kudzu will be joined by introductions to standup paddleboarding and electric bicycles.

The public can learn more about the presentations and workshops by visiting OutdoorChattanooga.com or calling 423 643-6888.

2014 Winter Workshop/Presentation Schedule
Fri., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.                 Camp Chair Cinema: “Wild Bill’s Run”

Thurs., Jan. 16, 6 p.m.            What’s SUP? An Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding
Thurs., Jan. 23, 6 p.m.            Map and Compass Workshop

Sat., Jan. 25, 12 noon             Make a Basket from Kudzu (Materials Fee of $25 applies)

Thurs., Jan. 30, 6 p.m.            Wild Edibles: Eat the Weeds from your Back Yard
Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m.               Guided Family Hike to Russell Cave National Monument

Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.                   Camp Chair Cinema: “The Halo Effect”
Thurs., Feb. 13, 6 p.m.            Camp Chair Traveler: “Chattanooga’s Wild Caves”
Thurs., Feb. 20, 6 p.m.            Today’s Electric Bicycles
Thurs., Feb. 27, 6 p.m.            Camp Chair Traveler: SUP Expedition to Cuba
Fri., Mar. 7, 7 p.m.                   Camp Chair Cinema: “Breaking Away”

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