Let's go tubing!

Come and cool off with us and enjoy some water adventures before the cold weather gets here! We’ll plan to spend the whole day enjoying the All Terrain Tubing Adventure. We’ll be booking this as a group, so please RSVP only if you plan to make it.

When: Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 11:00 AM till you can’t take it anymore!
Where: Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132 (http://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/water-tubing/)
How Much: $42
RSVP: via email or on Facebook

River tubing in Harpers FerryWe’re planning to do the “All Terrain Tubing Combo.” Enjoy the best of both tubing worlds with this combination, White Water AND Flat Water Tubing, all in one day! Arrive for the first departure and head out for the Flat Water trip first. After you’ve warmed up and got your river legs on the ‘Doah’, we’ll bring you back to headquarters to re-group and perhaps grab a bite to eat. With bellies full, and river legs on, we’ll head down to the river for the white water part of your day, where you’ll splash down the ‘Mac’ and through Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Your All Terrain experience also includes a comfortable ride on one of our ATV’s to bring you back up the mountain at the end of your trip. Minimum age for this is 12 years old.

This is like a ski lift pass — one price lets you go on as many tube runs as you can handle. We’ll plan to meet at the Adventure Center at 11:00 AM and then hit the river. We can grab lunch at their snack shack between runs, or bring your own. The last run leaves at 4:00 PM, so if you plan to stay all day, you’ll be heading home around 6:00 PM.

Transportation: Plan for it to take about 1.5 hours to get there from the DC area via car. Need a ride? Let us know and we can try to set up carpooling — or comment on the Facebook event page.

What to wear? Whatever you don’t mind getting wet! Bring an extra change of clothes/shoes and a towel to change into afterwards. Also you should not take your camera or cell phone on any river trip unless you pack it in an approved waterproof container. GoPro, anyone?? River sandals (attached to your feet, no flip flops) or old sneakers make ideal footwear.



Categories: Events, News

Film Screening: "The Mermaid of Churna Island"

Come meet visiting filmmaker Nameera Ahmed and view her latest work, “The Mermaid of Churna Island,” the story of Pakistan’s first and only female dive instructor.

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro, 1801 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
RSVP: Via email or Facebook

The Mermaid of Churna Island

Duration: 21 minutes
Languages: Urdu & English with English subtitles
Directed and Produced by Nameera Ahmed
August 2014

Mermaid of Churna Island stillThis is the story of Rosheen Khan, Pakistan’s first and only female SCUBA diving instructor, who overcame many hurdles in her young life to arrive where she is now. Rosheen comes from a conservative family background where even getting an education for a girl is a struggle. She met Yousuf Ali, a Master Instructor in Karachi, who propelled her down a path she could never have imagined, taking her on a scuba diving career from where she never looked back. With interviews also of her colleagues, both her male and female students, and Yousuf Ali, the film reveals startling elements not only from her scuba career, but from her personal life, telling the story of a woman of courage who dares to live her dream.

Directed and narrated by Nameera Ahmed, both Rosheen’s scuba student, and a practicing documentary filmmaker in Karachi, this film is shot both on land and underwater by Nameera. It is a very personal account and a subjective response to women’s empowerment in her society, which she gives meaning to through Rosheen’s life. As the film progresses, it peels off layers of meaning, and takes the audience deeper into a poetic inquiry into life, death, desire, and longing.

Nameera Ahmed

Nameera AhmedNameera Ahmed is a Karachi-based filmmaker, visual artist, Rescue Diver (PADI), a Digital Reviewer for Leonardo Reviews (Leonardo/ISAST), and has been teaching at the Karachi University and other schools in Karachi.

Her films have had international screenings in Italy, Germany, Iran, Brazil, India, Qatar, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, U.S.A., Turkey and Pakistan, covering themes from heritage and culture, music, education, social issues, floods, and the environment. Her film “When the Rains Came” (2011), was nominated at the 6th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2011. Her film “The Living Amongst the Dead”(2010) was screened at Looking at the Other: Cultural Dialogue in Film’ a film program organized by Goethe-Institut Washington and the 9/11 Arts Project.

Her video artworks and installations have showcased at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2009) in Berlin, at the Kathmandu International Art Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal (2012), and the Ahmedabad International Art Festival in Ahmedabad, India (2012). She has also exhibited at the Mohatta Palace Museum’s ‘Rising Tide’ exhibit (2010) Karachi, the 1mile² exhibit at the Arts Council Pakistan (2009) Karachi, the V.M. Art Gallery in Karachi (2012).




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