Monday, September 21, 2009

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Premiere: September 27th, 2009

The highly anticipated series is almost here!

From Yellowstone to Yosemite, Zion to Shenandoah, our national parks were founded on one principle: They belong to all of us. The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan premiering September 27th on PBS.

Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature's most spectacular locales, this documentary is a story of people who devoted themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable. This documentary traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years.

Watch a preview of the documentary here.

Dinner in the Valley Series

Join CVNPA and other park enthusiasts on Sunday, September 27, 2009 for dinner and an early showing on the big screen at Happy Days Lodge of the first night of the KenBurns PBS special.

Doors open at 6:30pm with dinner served at 6:45pm followed by the showing of The National Parks: America's Best Idea at 8:00pm.

The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Children under 2 years are free. CVNPA and Western Reserve PBS members pay $12.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 3-12.

Reservations must be made and paid for in advance by calling CVNPA at 330-657-2909 ext 100. There is limited seating for this presentation.

Big Screen Viewings

Join CVNP for a special big screen viewing at Happy Days Lodge each night concurrent with the PBS broadcasts. Except for the first night, programs are free and require no reservation. Reshfreshments will be available for purchase. After each episode, there is an optional gathering around the campfire for people to share their national park stories.

Monday, September 28th
The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

Tuesday, September 29th
The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)

Wednesday, September 30th
Going Home (1920-1933)

Thursday, October 1st
Great Nature (1933-1945)

Friday, October 2nd
The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)
-This program is followed by a short ranger-led hike along Haskell Run.

Doors open at Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road, Peninsula, OH, at 7:30 p.m; and program is from 8 to 10 p.m. each night.

The full series DVD and CD will be made available for purchase each night.

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