In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean

THE STORY OF THE BLACKFOOT | September 8-10, 2017 | Seeley Lake & Missoula, Montana

The 2017 In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival presents three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley of northwest Montana

Due to the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake, the Norman Maclean Festival is re-locating to Missoula for the Sept. 8 & 9 events.

Friday afternoon and all day Saturday the festival will be at the Fellowship Hall of the Reverend Maclean's original church: First Presbyterian Church at 235 S. Fifth St. W., Missoula.  The Friday night Gala Dinner on the Blackfoot remains at the Blackfoot home of the Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper.  Fire and smoke conditions have caused the cancellation of the Blackfoot Conservation & the Fishing Hole Tour on Friday, but the Blackfoot Geology and Norman's Neighborhood remain and are available. The Wine Tasting on Saturday is now at 6 pm at the event space at Le Petit Outre Bakery in Missoula.  The Double Arrow Resort remains open, but lodging cancellations will be refunded if you choose to re-book in Missoula. Wildfire is a fact of life in our beautiful mountains, and we can adjust! Tickets still on sale below. 


This year is the 25th Anniversary of the release of the movie, A River Runs Through It. To celebrate, the In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival presents three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley featuring many of the creative team that brought A River Runs Through It to the Big Screen, including lead actor, Tom Skerritt.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
The Story of the Blackfoot

9:30 am

Friday's program includes your choice of tours in the morning (9:30 am - noon) and an afternoon literary program at Missoula's First Presbyterian Church, 235 S. 5th St. W. – Reverend Maclean's historic church.

 
Geology of the Blackfoot Valley

Geology of the Blackfoot Valley

Norman's Neighborhood Guided Tour. Image: John Maclean.

Norman's Neighborhood Guided Tour. Image: John Maclean.

 

Tours are self-driving and include:

1)  Geology of the Blackfoot Valley: Tour the glacial history of the Blackfoot Valley led by Dr, James Sears, University of Montana Geologist. Start time: 9:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church.

2)  Norman's Neighborhood Guided Tour: Learn of the natural and cultural history related to the Maclean Family around Seeley Lake. Start time: 9:30 am at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum.

Noon

Maps and descriptions of many nearby restaurants serving lunch will be provided.

 

 

1:00 pm

Governor Steve Bullock, Maclean Festival 2015. Image: Lindsay Atnip.

Governor Steve Bullock, Maclean Festival 2015. Image: Lindsay Atnip.

Explore the native and non-native history of the Blackfoot Valley with keynote speaker and author Richard Manning, Blackfeet troubadour Jack Gladstone, authors Debra Earling and Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, stories of river restoration from the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Blackfoot Challenge and the founding of the valley's first dude ranch with Juanita Vero of the E Bar L Ranch.

Friday All Day Tickets - $25
Includes Tour and Afternoon Program

 

 

Gala Dinner
6:00 pm

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Elegant catered dinner with hosted bar at the home of the Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper on the banks of the Blackfoot River. Land Lindbergh and Hank Goetz join us to reminisce about the establishment of Montana's first conservation easement.

Gala Dinner - $125


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
New Insights on Norman's Writing and the Headwaters Story

First Presbyterian Church
235 S. 5th St. W., Missoula, MT

New Insights on Norman's Writing
9:30 am

Four authors share lively new insights on Norman's writing, including O. Alan Weltzien (editor, the Norman Maclean Reader), William Bevis (author, “Maclean's River” from Ten Tough Trips), and scholar Timothy Schilling.

Seeley Swan High School students read from Rivers poetry journal.

 
New Insights on Norman's Writing & the Headwaters Story. Image: Veronica Wald.

New Insights on Norman's Writing & the Headwaters Story. Image: Veronica Wald.

Noon

Maps and descriptions of many nearby restaurants serving lunch will be provided.

 

 

1:00 pm

Headwaters gather to share their vision and contribution to this important 1996 compilation of short stories, essays and poems. Headwaters writers include: Annick Smith, William Kittredge, Dee McNamer, Peter Stark, Pete Fromm, Caroline Patterson, Fred Haefele, and Richard Manning.

Saturday All Day Tickets - $25

 

 

4:00 pm

Norman's Fishing Hole Tour. Image: Seeley Swan Pathfinder.

Norman's Fishing Hole Tour. Image: Seeley Swan Pathfinder.

The on-site tour of Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes is replaced by a dynamic visual presentation about Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes by Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper Jerry O'Connell at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Unlimited.


6:00 pm

Wine tasting with Missoula's Mike the Wine Guy at Le Petit Outre, 129 S. Fourth St. W., Missoula

Mike will introduce you to an exceptional flight of five wines.  Delicious hors d'oeuvres and conversation.

Wine Tasting - $35

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
Chuckwagon Pancake Breakfast with John Maclean presenting "Growing up Together: The Macleans and the Forest Service"

National Museum of Forest Service History Bungalow Ranger Station,6305 Hwy. 10 W., Missoula

8:00 am

FREE

For Information contact the National Museum of Forest Service History Office. Phone: (406) 541-6374 or visit
www.forestservicemuseum.org


John Maclean

John Maclean

Shadow Casting:
The Making of A River Runs Through It

The Roxy Theater, Missoula

9:30 am

Screening of Shadow Casting: The Making of A River Runs Through It with Director Dennis Aig. Production Photos and Q&A with John Bailey,  Fly Fishing Coach for A River Runs Through It

 
Robert Redford and Brad Pitt during the filming of A River Runs Through It

Robert Redford and Brad Pitt during the filming of A River Runs Through It

 

Shadow Casting: The Making of A River Runs Through It - $10

Tickets available at the event

 

 

From the Book to the Big Screen: Making A River Runs Through It

The Wilma, Missoula

1:00 pm

  • Actor Tom Skerritt, played Reverend Maclean
  • Patrick Markey, Producer of the film
  • Richard Friedenberg, Screenwriter
  • Jean Maclean Snyder, Film Consultant

Showing of A River Runs Through It 

From the Book to the Big Screen: Making A River Runs Through It - $20

Actor Tom Skerritt

Actor Tom Skerritt

 

 

Tell Us Something: Up The Blackfoot

The Wilma, Missoula

7:00 pm

As Part of the In The Footsteps of The Norman Maclean Festival, eight storytellers share their true, personal stories about the big Blackfoot River.

All Ages
$8-$10

 

 

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it."

~ Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

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Produced by Alpine Artisans
Sponsors: Montana Film Office • Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited • Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper • Blackfoot Challenge • Citizens Alliance Bank • Humanities Montana • Montana Cultural Trust • Montana Department of Commerce • National Endowment for the Arts • Seeley Lake Community Foundation •  Seeley Lake Historical Society and Museum


For More Information contact: Jenny Rohrer, Festival Coordinator
(406) 754-0034, rohrervid@aol.com


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