A hit last year, outdoor movie night at Jupiter Lighthouse returns


Highlights

Event benefits lighthouse museum and Loxahatchee River Historical Society

16 short environmental films are planned

Looking for something fun and fund-friendly in Jupiter?

Residents can sit under the stars Saturday, April 8 next to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and watch 16 short films highlighting efforts to preserve the environment.

It was a hit last year with 500 people attending. The $10 ticket raises money for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and the JILM.

“People from all walks of life share their experiences, feelings and accomplishments in and around their oceans, lands, and communities in these mesmerizing films,” said Kathleen Glover, JILM Assistant Director and Wild and Scenic Film Festival-Jupiter Coordinator.

The films, which begin at 7:45 p.m., vary in length from about three minutes to about 17 minutes. They are shown on a giant screen at the water’s edge in front of the lighthouse.

“Visitors sit outside on the grass in their lawn chairs. The lighthouse is turned on. Boats are floating in the inlet. It’s a very laid back, comfortable atmosphere,” Glover said.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with live music and a raffle. Snacks, beer and wine and burritos will be available for purchase.

Organizations such as the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Loxahatchee River Center and the Sierra Club will have booths for film-goers to visit and learn how to get involved in environmental causes.

The Loxahatchee River Historical Society plans to award its third annual Outstanding Stewardship Award, honoring those who have had a significant impact on the local community in the areas of heritage and the natural environment.

Tickets are available online at jupiterlighthouse.org. Ticket holders purchasing a Lighthouse Membership during the event get $10 off their membership fee.

“These unique films tell the bigger story of our history, who we are as a people, and our symbiotic relationship with our planet. They are short films that make a big impact on the viewer, inspiring personal action. They encourage us to take time to immerse ourselves in the soothing comfort of nature and learning to love it. We have one home planet and each one of us can see ourselves as the ‘keepers’,” said Glover.

Here’s some sneak movie previews:

- Selah: Water From Stone tells the story of a former fast-food chain owner who sells his successful business and devotes his life to restoring a dry, neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas hill country. He took the worst piece of property he could find and transformed over 5,000 acres into a lush green paradise preserve.

- Coral Reef Rescue explores the problem and the accidental discovery that led to a brilliant new idea of accelerating the growth of coral in labs. This discovery is now used to repopulate reefs with healthy coral nurseries.

- Canyon Song is about two young Navajo women who sing songs and call to their long-deceased ancestors. The songs let their ancestors know the young women are arriving into the sacred Arizona canyon, which whispers back to them and anchors them to their past.



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