© 2015 Quad Cities CVB
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, Illinois 61265
Music by Big Blue Sky and Storytelling by Kenny Salwey
Thursday, October 12 from 6-9 p.m.
Advance registration appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.
Price: Nahant Member Adult: $10 Nahant Member Child: $5 / Guest Adult: $20 Guest Child: $10
Take up a bench or bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Since entertainment will be outdoors in a tent, guests are encouraged to bundle up appropriately. Food will be available for purchase. There will also be sweet and savory treats by good will donation to the Friends of Nahant Marsh.
The legendary “Last River Rat,” Kenny Salwey, has earned a living with the land, close to nature and the Mississippi River all his life using only his natural wit and intelligence to get by as river guide, trapper, fisherman, hunter, woodsman and root and herb collector. Kenny Salwey is the last of a breed of men whose lifestyle has all but disappeared in this fast-paced, high-tech digital world. For 30 years, this weathered woodsman eked out a living running a trapline, hiring out as a river guide, digging and selling roots and herbs, and eating the food he hunted and fished.
Today, Salwey is a master storyteller, environmental educator, keynote speaker, nature writer, and advocate for the Upper Mississippi River. He has presented his true-life adventures and words of natural world wisdom to adult and young adult audiences across the upper Midwest. By sharing his hard-learned experiences, his respect for the Mississippi River, and his love of the natural world, Salwey hopes to inspire his audiences to protect this precious and fragile ecosystem. His experiences will help us gain a new perspective on what it means to live with the rhythms of nature.
Big Blue Sky started as a father-son duo in the mid-90’s by Jon Stravers Senior and Jon-Jon Stravers. Their musical style includes the influence of folk, bluegrass, blues, and reggae and writing comes from the inspiration of wild places and a celebration of our natural heritage and the natural rhythms of life.
This inclusive musical effort continued after the death of Jon-Jon in September of 2007, and has expanded in recent years. Big Blue Sky performances range from a solo act with Jon Stravers Senior, all the way to an eleven piece band. Forty-five different musicians from eleven different states have recorded with or appeared as part of Big Blue Sky. The Nahant Marsh appearance will include Jon Stravers with Kevin Dohse on mandolin and harmonica, and Terry Hanson on percussion.
For the past 39 years Jon has specialized in monitoring and inventory projects on Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles and other birds along the Mississippi River, including raptor migration along the Upper Mississippi River. Jon Stravers currently serves as the director of Driftless Area Bird Conservation, an organization dedication to bird research and conservation in the Driftless area of northeast Iowa. In 2009, Jon received the Effigy Mounds National Monument and Iowa DNR Wildlife Diversity award for 25 years of contributions to raptor research at Effigy Mounds National Monument. In 2008, Jon received the Upper Mississippi River Stewardship Award from the Department of Interior, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for contributions in understanding the importance of flood plain forest habitats on the Upper Mississippi River National Fish & Wildlife Refuge.
The event is sponsored by the Quad City Conservation Alliance, Miller Trucking and Excavating, and Front Street Brewery-who will be providing free beer samples.