Travelogue will explore Alaska

By on January 10, 2018

The next Rotary Club of Lititz Travelogue will feature “Alaska: The World of the Bear and Autumn in Denali.”

The series continues on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz. There will be two showings, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., with musical entertainment 30 minutes prior to each show.

Bears hold a great fascination for many people, as evidenced by the popularity of the teddy bear, Yogi Bear, Gentle Ben, and others. North America has three species of bear: the black, the polar, and the grizzly. The polar bear is strictly a carnivore, whereas the black and the grizzly are primarily vegetarians. But they are opportunists and will, if the occasion presents itself, take live prey, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and fish. Those that live near salmon streams feast heavily on this rich bounty from the sea.

Tom Sterling’s film begins with Ontario’s black bears, which aren’t always black. In British Columbia, see the white (ghost) black bear, The Kermodie, the blackest of black bears, and a grizzly enjoying a late summer salmon run. Further north, in Alaska, the journey concludes with a delightful sojourn at the world’s most popular bear, and salmon-watching location, McNeil Falls, and the giant coastal grizzlies known as brown bears.

Autumn in Denali

In 1897, an Alaskan prospector, by the name of William Dickey, decided to name North America’s tallest mountain after the then-current president, William McKinley. In 1917, the U.S. Congress designated the area encompassing the mountain as Mount McKinley National Park.

Native Athabascans had long referred to the mountain as Denali, “The High One.” In 1980, more land was added to the park and it was renamed Denali National Park and Preserve. Its more than six million acres of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, tundra and forest are home to grizzly, moose, caribou, dall sheep, wolves, ptarmigan, red fox, arctic ground squirrel, beaver, pika, and many others. All are at their resplendent best during that most glorious of seasons in Alaska, autumn.

Tom Sterling has produced several tour films and specials for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, PBS, and The Discovery Channel. His films have been seen in over 80 countries around the world. Since 1972, he has given more than 12,000 live presentations. In 2009, Tom was awarded the Hall of Fame award by the Travel Adventure Cinema Society. Tom’s personal appearances enable him to do what he enjoys most — bring the excitement and fascination of the traveler’s world to everyone.

General admission tickets are sold at the door. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for students. Season tickets, which can be used at any show, cost $35 for adults and $12 for students. Season tickets can be purchased from any Rotary Club of Lititz member, or from the Lititz Public Library.

Net funds from travelogue are given to more than 30 non-profit service groups each year, as well as providing college loans and scholarships to many local students.

To learn more, contact Dean Brandt at 717-626-4520.

 Denali National Park

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