Friends of the Jordan River Watershed to Celebrate Photo Contest Winners

Everyone is welcome as the Friends of the Jordan River Watershed salutes the winners of its 10th annual Visions of the Valley photography contest, with the unveiling of its 2015 calendar at a celebration Saturday, September 20, 1-4 p.m. at the Jordan River Watershed Center in East Jordan. The event is free and open to all.

Theme of the 2015 calendar is “Splash of Seasons,” showcasing the spectacular seasons that are the Jordan River Watershed. Some 80 photographs were submitted to this year's contest. All will be on display at the Watershed Center. The calendar is dedicated to the memory of Dr. John Richter, former president and co-founder of the Friends of the Jordan, who died earlier this year.

As Dr. Richter had observed, the photo exhibit “represents a beautiful portrait of the Jordan River Watershed in all its natural splendor. The calendar serves as a friendly daily reminder of how fortunate we are to have this priceless natural treasure right outside our doorstep.”

Fourteen photos were chosen for the 2015 calendar, including Grand Prize, Youth, President's Choice, and online Viewers' Choice awards. More than $1200 in awards, sponsored by local businesses and individuals, will be given. Calendars will be available for purchase. Judge for this year's contest was Dianne Carroll Burdick of Dianne Carroll Photography in Grand Rapids.

The celebration will also feature the folk songs of singer, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Walker, with refreshments provided through Charlevoix County Events and Catering by sisters Gretchen Bender and Missy Bender.

Great photos. Great music. Great eats. All equal a great time to be had Saturday, September 20, 1-4 p.m. at the Jordan River Watershed Center, 101 Union St., East Jordan. Join us

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