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Environmental Film Festival returns to Berkeley Springs

The Friends of the Cacapon River is hosting the second annual Cacapon River Environmental Short Film Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Historic Star Theater in Berkeley Springs.

“The festival will celebrate the beauty of our West Virginia rivers, explore the challenges facing our watersheds, and entertain, inform and inspire our community,” said event organizers.

The festival will feature river-related short films from amateur and professional filmmakers. Special guest Justin Harris will introduce his award-winning film Red Creek Sessions.

“We commend the Friends of Cacapon River for reeling in a fresh batch of short films to reflect our shared passion for both film and the outdoors,” said Dave Lavender, West Virginia Department of Economic Development’s Film Office. “We’re both supportive and grateful that our state is home to a growing number of outdoor film festivals that ignite a passion for exploring and conserving the natural beauty that defines West Virginia.”

The Cacapon River Environmental Short Film Festival is free and open to the public due to support from sponsors Arndt-McNee Insurance, Trail Depot, Mountain View Solar and Camp Potomac Peak.

Mary’s Vegetarian Café will provide light refreshments. The Star Theater snack bar will also be open and local beer from Cacapon Mountain Brewing Company will be on offer.

The full schedule is available online at cacaponriver.org. The afternoon will include several river conservation organizations sharing important information on how people can help support area rivers. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about ongoing projects and the environment of local watersheds.

The Star Theater is located at 49 North Washington Street in Berkeley Springs.

The Cacapon River Environmental Short Film Festival 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 to water quality issues and engage in volunteer activities for river enthusiasts. For more information, go to cacaponriver.org or email jeffduval@gmail.com.