The Mermaids are coming! the Mermaids are coming!
Something fishy this way comes….
Prepare yourself for something salty and sweet,
scaly, and simply sensational… The Mermaids are returning to Rio Nido!
The Tenth annual Mermaid Fest surfing its way up to the Rio Nido Roadhouse from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 will immerse
water lovers everywhere in education, exhibits, entertainment, crafts, fresh, local cuisine and above all, the well-being and health of local marine life, Vira Burgerman, California’s only mermaid has protected and celebrated sea creatures, fisherman and stewards of the sea for over 20 years.
Read a Press Democrat profile on Vira here
She has worked tirelessly with marine biologists, ecologists and fisherman, barnacles and conservationists for almost a quarter-century and the crux of her mission involves educating, restoring and protecting creatures of the sea. Her methods employ awareness, entertainment, responsible stewardship and a tsunami of fun.
The Mermaid Festival’s home port this year is again the Russian River’s most family-friendly venue, the Rio Nido Roadhouse.
All-day treats and entertainment will include environmental exhibits, grilled local seafood, children’s activities, raffle prizes and a silent auction for two of sculptor Don Canaday’s “Mer-Barrels”.
Vira will be schooling with the Shoal Sisters, Yerevan, the belly dancing mermaid and Thom Shouse AKA The Tailman.
Julie Faye’s Dance Troop will kick off the briny entertainment followed by BerlinSF singing “Circle of Life”, Lauren Huffman vocalizing “Little Mermaid” and a variety of other acts capped by guitarist Levi Loyd and George Heagerty w/Jane Fossgreen on saxophone.
There will also be a drum circle whose purpose is to bless salmon coming upriver to spawn and to ensure the fisherman a safe and fishful season.
The price is $5 for adults and free for those under 12, with proceeds benefiting the Community Clean Water Institute.
For more information call Vira at 707-484-8767 or e-mail her at www.thecaliforniamermaid.com