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Cacapon River film festival set for November 12

The Friends of the Cacapon River is sponsoring the first Cacapon River Environmental Short Film Festival on Saturday, November 12 from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. The series of environment-related films will be shown at the Star Theatre in Berkeley Springs.

“The Cacapon River Film Festival will celebrate the beauty of our rivers, explore the challenges facing our watersheds, and entertain, inform and inspire our community,” said organizers.

The festival will feature 7 short films from award-winning documentaries such as “Potomac: The River Runs Through Us” to “Home Waters” that feature voices from volunteer watershed groups. There will also be a few humorous YouTube videos. The full schedule is available online at cacaponriver.org.

“The short films highlight the environmental benefits and issues relevant to the Cacapon and Potomac Rivers and the surrounding forest, farms and communities,” organizers said.

The afternoon will also include several river conservation organizations sharing important information on how the public can help support local rivers. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about ongoing projects and the environment of our watersheds.

The Star Theatre is located at 49 North Washington Street in Berkeley Springs. Light refreshments will be provided and the Star Theatre snack bar will be open for concessions.

The event is part of the ongoing Keep the Cacapon River Clean Initiative sponsored by the Friends of the Cacapon River, Cacapon Institute, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust. The initiative aims to bring attention on water quality issues and engage in volunteer activities for river enthusiasts. For more information, go to cacaponriver.org, or email jeffduval@gmail.com.