In an event too large to be contained at the Cedaredge Library, the Friends of the Library moved their monthly meeting to the Stolte Shed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The Friends of the Library typically meet on the second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. at the library, but, due to an overwhelming response, they chose to move the time and location.
"We have really tried to showcase members of the community, those that have a particularly fascinating interest, a story to tell or a local enterprise," said library district board member and Friend of the Library Bill Welch. "We typically have a regular monthly meeting, and combine it with a program. In this case we had an opportunity to hear from Marv and Judy Kieca who recently returned from an amazing adventure through the Amazon Basin."
The program was aptly called "Equatorial Fever" and the 50-plus people who packed into the shed certainly caught it. "We live by a very specific motto," said Marv. "One will never be the same after having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world." The Kiecas have been avid supporters of the library and members of the Friends group since 2005. They have participated in many programs like this one. "We have traveled extensively across the world and enjoy giving educational programs about our trips. We hope people will gain knowledge and a sense of adventure from our programs."
It appeared the program did just that. The presentation elicited laughter, awe and wonderment as the Kiecas told their story. They took listeners on a journey through Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. They did not stay on the beaten trail, but blazed their own with the help of a tour guide. They adventured through jungles and river, seeing amazing birds and beasts as they navigated the wild. The Amazon is home to over 50% of the world's species. That includes millions of species of insects, animals, plants and trees. There are 2.5 million species of insects alone. Judy Kieca told stories about the food and the people. She was a true adventurer eating everything from piranhas to agouti. "Agouti, a large jungle rodent, tasted like ham," Judy reminisced for the crowd. "The food and the people were absolutely amazing," she continued as the slide changed from a food spread to a picture of her with some small children in a remote village.
As the program came to a close the participants viewed some of the handmade crafts and other items the Kiecas had gathered along the way, giving them a taste of what life in the Amazon Basin was all about. As they left they did so more enriched for having taken part in the Kiecas' adventure from the safety of the Stolte Shed.blog comments powered by Disqus