Monday, July 20, 2015

Uncovering Hidden Narratives at River City Revue

Alora K. Jones, Marketing Communications Intern, Mississippi River Fund

Local writer and community elder, Amoke Kubat, will be our artist curator for Wednesday’s River City Revue, No Blues for Adelabu and we can’t wait to share with you the outstanding lineup she’s put together! We will be boarding the Jonathan Padelford riverboat for an evening cruise down the mighty Mississippi. Amoke’s program will include blues and jazz music, poetry, and a thought-provoking film-screening.

Captain Bob will lead us on our journey downstream while Amoke guides us on a journey through African and African-American river stories. As she explained, “Africans have had long undiscovered relationships with rivers. We swam, sailed, and went around the world, but those heritages have been erased. This program is all about exploring, through art, music, and storytelling, what is the symbolism of rivers for us? What are those hidden narratives?” Come with us this Wednesday as we explore those narratives and the living relationships between African-Americans and the Mississippi River.
Join us for this fantastic opportunity to get out onto the water, and experience your river city from a different perspective. There will be a cash bar on board, as well as park rangers, storytellers and hands-on art making activities. July 22nd marks the halfway point in River City Revue 2015, so get your tickets now and join us as we explore the complex historical relationships between Black Americans and the Mississippi River.

River City Revue events are open to the public. Tickets are $15 per person or $10 for members of the Mississippi River Fund. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling us directly at 651-291-8164.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Preserving Prairies, Protecting Pollinators

By Alora K. Jones, Marketing Communications Intern, Mississippi River Fund
From Coon Rapids Dam to Coldwater Spring, you may have noticed the colorfully blooming and buzzing prairie scenes along the river. Thanks to the success of our Pollinator Patch program, the Mississippi River Fund and the National Park Service are restoring prairie landscapes to attract more pollinators - like bees and butterflies - in our national park.  
Birds, fish and other wildlife rely on pollinator species as a food source, and pollinators play vital role in facilitating most plant reproduction, including some of our food crops like apples. Pollinators are also essential to ensuring the next generation of beautiful flowers, like the ones thriving at Coldwater Spring's prairie landscape.
Loss of pollinators’ natural habitat and overuse of pesticides are two leading factors in the recent disappearances of pollinators. By avoiding or limiting use of dangerous pesticides, planting native wildflowers, and purchasing a Pollinator Patch for our national park, you can become part of the pollinator solution. 

Every $100 Pollinator Patch donation will provide enough seeds and plants to restore a 500 square foot patch of prairie in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Donors will receive a Pollinator Patch certificate which they can keep or choose to have sent as a gift. Be a friend to pollinators and help us restore prairie habitats in your national park! Donate here.