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Loon & Fish
Festival Coming
up May 28, 29

May 4, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Some raffle ticket will win this quilt, on display at Deer Country Quilts store, during the Loon and Fish Festival the end of this month. The quilt was done by Jill Larson, and only a portion of it is shown in this photo.

Alpine Artisans' Eighth Annual Loon & Fish Festival will take place again this year at the Seeley Lake Community Hall on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and 28th. This is a two day opportunity for the entire family to celebrate Memorial Day and the beginning of our 'summer season'.

A wide selection of artwork by members of Alpine Artisans will be on sale, as well as this year's colorful loon T shirt, designed by Feather Sherman. Throughout both days, there will be artistic demonstrations, Donna Love's childrens' art corner, talks on our local environment, and guided bird and loon walks. (A detailed schedule of events will appear in the Pathfinder the week of the Festival.) Sunday's raffle features a quilted wall hanging done by Jill Larson, which is on display at the Quilt Store.

Something special has been added to the Festival this year. Bob and Ruth Korn have donated one hundred hand thrown pottery bowls which they and other Alpine Artisan members decorated. These will be sold Saturday to benefit our local Food Bank. Local restaurants are contributing a variety of soups, so the lunch crowd will benefit in three ways - delicious soup, a bowl to keep, and a worthy cause!

Speakers slated
for Loon & Fish Festival

May 25, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

In addition to the sale of Alpine Artisans' art work and crafts this Saturday and Sunday at the Loon & Fish Festival at the Community Hall, there are also opportunities for learning more about our area's natural resources and wildlife.

Lynn Kelly, of Polson, will speak Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Ranger Station on the current situation of loons on the lakes of the Seeley-Swan valleys. Lynn was named "Wildlife Biologist of the Year" in 1999 by the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society, for her extensive research on the local loon population.

Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Hall, Jim Stone will give a presentation on the Blackfoot Challenge. This organization was formed in 1993 to bring private landowners together with federal and state agencies to address issues such as water quality, noxious weeds, riparian restoration, and 'fish friendly' irrigation.

Donna Love will give a talk on loons, geared for children, both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Hall.

US Forest Service Biologists will be leading bird walks and loon-viewing excursions both days - see the detailed schedule of events elsewhere in this issue.

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