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Origins

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. 

 

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!

 

 

Dan McNear

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Mia MOnroe

Paolo Vescia

Paolo Vescia

Ane carla rovetta

Christopher Chung The Press Democrat

Christopher Chung
The Press Democrat

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. 

 
 

Ane Carla Rovetta is an award-winning story teller, key-note speaker, educator, and artist, who will share one to two stories with us about the seasons, nature and cycles of life. 

Everything she does is nature based. Her scientific training and extensive field research give her unique insights about the remarkable flora and fauna that are the focus of her presentations.

While her well-chosen words and demonstrative style create beautiful images in the minds of her listeners, she often simultaneously creates stunning paintings in front of an audience that further illustrate her words. 

 

Todd Plummer

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Todd Plummer has almost 30 years experience as a birder and conservationist, who will share his passion for the night sky with us, weather permitting. Todd will bring a scope to help your viewing experience. Bring along your own scope or binoculars. 

He became a Certified California Naturalist through the UC Davis program in 2014 and spends a lot of time uploading observations to iNatualist. He studied bird population dynamics and endangered species management at the University of Georgia and currently works in an aging research lab. He has led many bird hikes on both coasts of the U.S., and worked as a wildlife biologist in the Sierra Nevada. His motto: Every day, a treasure hunt.