Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) extends our gratitude to everyone who organized and participated in our successful Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT on Saturday, March 28, at the 1912 Center Great Room in Moscow, Idaho [1, 2]. We heartily thank Tom Bennett, who coordinated musical performers and created facebook event notices; Pat Monger, who printed and posted color event flyers throughout Moscow; Leigh Robartes, who produced a KRFP Radio Free Moscow announcement promoting the occasion ; Rob Briggs, who served as a bartender, beer supplier, and event materials hauler and arranger; Sharon Cousins, David Hall, and Jacki Vorhees, who stored and provided beverages and potluck food, loaned a vehicle for silent auction item retrieval, and prepared the 1912 Center Great Room; and several volunteers who diligently cleared dishes, tablecloths, tables, and chairs, and assisted other arrangements.
We greatly appreciate the talented musicians who drove hundreds of miles to exuberantly offer event participants an inspiring, invigorating, live benefit concert free of charge. Tom Bennett, the folk/blues, one-man band from north Georgia and Utah, stopped in Moscow during his Northwest tour and opened the evening show with his rowdy, refreshing, real music, after playing at the WIRT fundraising party at The Attic in mid-November 2014 . Pete Sands of Blackkiss ventured a long round trip from northern Utah to offer his amazing performance – delayed for Sapaatk’ayn Native American Film Festival attendees – of unique, soul-stirring, Navajo dark country music that participants are still complimenting . When acoustic rock, punk, and blues musician Eugeine Grey could not travel from Chicago to Moscow, core WIRT activist Fiddlin’ Big Al Chidester stepped in to conclude the concert with his rousing, eclectic, traditional, and original folk tunes . Through a background WIRT slide show and intermission talk, WIRT organizer Helen Yost described the successes of our grassroots climate activist collective, including industry-impacting resistance to tar sands, shale oil, natural gas, and coal extraction and transportation .
We especially thank Mikey’s Greek Gyros and the Wine Company of Moscow, for donating beer, wine, and a liquor service permit, and these 14 Moscow and Pullman community members and businesses, who generously provided silent auction items together valued at hundreds of dollars.
B&L Bicycles: A bicycle pump
Brused Books: One gift certificate
Cowgirl Chocolates: Eight assorted chocolate bars
Fiddlin’ Big Al: Two KRFP T-shirts and one Fiddlin’ Big Al T-shirt
Glassphemy: Incense and a holder and a hemp wick lighter
Howard Hughes Video: Two movie rental gift certificates
Hyperspud Sports: A Leatherman-like multi-tool and a Hyperspud Sports “Chico” bag
Moscow Brewing Company: A beer growler and one gift certificate
Nectar: Dinner for two gift certificate
One World Café: One gift card and a One World Café T-shirt
Paradise Creek Bicycles: A bike rental coupon and a Paradise Creek Bicycles glass
Patty’s Mexican Kitchen: Two gift certificates
Rico’s Pub: Two gift certificates
Tye Dye Everything: A tye-dye T-shirt and a WIRT contribution Continue reading