Sunday, September 23, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mount Vision, Point reyes national seashore
RSVP Coming Soon
(requires a .25 mile hike uphill to meadow)
Please wear layers and good walking shoes.
Bring blankets, chair(s), a picnic dinner and a flashlight.
Please pack out, what you pack in.
Piper on the Ridge is a West Marin tradition celebrating the changing seasons and Harvest Moon. It started in the late 70s, when a group of locals (instigated by Kate Munger), began walking up to the ridge to watch the setting sun and moonrise, and to enjoy good food, wine, and company. The original piper, Matt Burgin, moved away to the East Bay and Dan McNear took over in about 1980. Eventually, this group got busy with other pursuits and handed the event off to the EAC to run and use as a fundraiser. The event has been sponsored by EAC since the early 90s.
Bagpiper & Special Guests
Dan McNear comes from a long-line of Scottish ancestry, including his great great grandfather who landed in Petaluma in the 1850s. He has been in involved in the event for nearly 40 years. As custom prevails, he will serenade us as we walk up to the peak, and as the sun sets over the Pacific.
"POTR was originally started by a group of locals, instigated by Kate Munger, around 1977-78 to celebrate the changing of the seasons and to enjoy good food, wine, and company. The original piper, Matt Burgin, moved away to the east bay and I took over in about 1980. Eventually, Kate got busy with other pursuits and handed the event off to the EAC to run and use as a fundraiser." - Dan McNear
Mia Monroe is National Park Service Ranger, who acts as an ambassador of the Marin Community Liaison Planning Division, and will help us usher in the season as the MC of our evening.
Mia started out as a national park ranger in 1978, starting out at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, before she moved to Muir Woods National Monument in 1982. She has introduced countless Bay Area residents and visitors to the wonders of a rich and unique natural ecosystem just minutes from San Francisco.
Todd Plummer of Wild Marin Nature Tours has 30 years experience as a birder and conservationist. After moonrise, we will meet down in the parking lot around 8:00 pm to hear from Todd, who will share his passion for the night sky with us, focusing on constellation IDs, their myths and stories, and cosmology - weather permitting. Bring along your own scope or binoculars.
He is Certified California Naturalist and studied bird population dynamics and endangered species management at the University of Georgia . He is currently full-time researcher studying the basic biology of aging and potential therapies. He has been leading bird hikes on both coasts of the U.S. since 1990, and worked as a wildlife biologist in the Sierra Nevada. His motto: Every day is a treasure hunt.
Thank you for joining us for
PIPER ON THE RIDGE
October 6, 2017
EAC is proud to sponsor this annual West Marin tradition atop Mount Vision with bagpiper Dan McNear, and special guests, including park ranger and master of ceremonies Mia Monroe, award-winning storyteller and artist Ane Carla Rovetta, and naturalist Todd Plummer.
Our staff delighted in celebrating the changing seasons and harvest moon alongside our local community and supporters. The event was .5 mile hike up to a beautiful forest glen overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore's coastline and lighthouse, where families, friends and individuals spread out their blankets and enjoyed food, drink and an informal program. A warm wind and heat inversion blanketed the ridge, as we reveled in the rich golden tones of the setting sun, and rising of the nearly full moon over Tomales Bay.
The evening would not be complete without the Piper, who serenaded us throughout the night, along with the fall cricket mating songs. In addition, we heard seasonal poems from Mia, nature stories with Ane, and discovered the amazing stars and planets with Todd. A big thank you to everyone in attendance and who helped pay the piper. Proceeds benefit our guests and mission.
This was truly a magical gathering of community to celebrate the seasons, Harvest Moon, and our beloved West Marin land and soundscape. We look forward to next year and hope to see you around town again soon!