The Collider’s monthly movie night, presented by Oskar Blues Breweryand featuring films related to climate change and the environment, continues Tuesday, June 27, at the nonprofit climate innovation center in downtown Asheville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and a selection of Oskar Blues beers will be provided.
In partnership with Bee City USA–Asheville and as part of the local “Pollination Celebration!” The Collider will screen the documentary, Flight of the Butterflies, described as “a natural history epic, a compelling detective story, and a scientific adventure at its best,” following the year-long annual migration cycle of the monarch butterflies. The award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and 2012, and along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.
The movie will be followed by a discussion led by environmental educator and Bee City USA board member Kim Bailey, who first visited the monarch butterfly overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2002 and has since co-led several trips to the area. Also, Wildbud Natives, from Madison County, will offer for sale a variety of Milkweed plants, the only host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars.
“Seeing the millions of monarch butterflies weighing down tree branches and blanketing forest floors in Mexico is life-changing for many people,” says Phyllis Stiles, executive director of Bee City USA. “Those who have visited the butterfly sanctuaries in the high Oyamel fir forests of Mexico are encouraged to attend and sit together at the screening of this film.”
Located at 1 Haywood St., on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Asheville across from Pritchard Park, The Collider is an innovation center focused on catalyzing climate solutions. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Access to the building for evening events is through the glass door facing Patton Ave., around the corner from the ATM machine.
For details on this and other Oskar Blues movie nights this year at The Collider, check the event calendar at thecollider.org. For other Asheville “Pollination Celebration!” events, visit ashevillegreenworks.org/pollination-celebration.
About The Collider
The Collider is a nonprofit innovation center focused on catalyzing market-driven climate solutions. Headquartered in the heart of “Climate City” – Asheville, North Carolina – and located on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building in newly renovated space at 1 Haywood St., across from Pritchard Park, The Collider exists to bring together diverse expertise and stimulate a new industry: climate products and services. The Collider offers business, event, and cowork space in addition to professional memberships, education, internships, sponsorships, and public opportunities to “collide.” More info on The Collider is available at thecollider.org. Follow The Collider on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Bee City USA—Asheville
Each June since Asheville became the nation’s inaugural Bee City USA® in 2012, lots of organizations and businesses have pitched in to bring awareness to the essential role pollinators play in making our planet bloom and fruit. This year Asheville GreenWorks is facilitating the annual “Pollination Celebration!” and has expanded National Pollinator Week to the entire month of June. Ingles Markets is continuing its tradition as the platinum sponsor for “Pollination Celebration!”
About Kim Bailey
After 14 years coordinating a statewide environmental education program for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, environmental educator and Bee City USA board member Kim Bailey fulfilled her longtime dream of launching Milkweed Meadows Farm in Fruitland, N.C. She now grows milkweed, wildflowers, fruits, and vegetables, produce open-pollinated seeds for Sow True Seed, keeps bees and raises butterflies.