October 2013 – presented by Marlin Darrah
With machete in one hand and video camera in the other, Marlin Darrah traveled to Madagascar, an isolated island home to mammals, birds and plants that exist nowhere on earth.
Portraits of the Human Spirit
January 2014 – presented by Alison Wright
National Geographic Documentary Photographer, Alison Wright presented her amazing stories and her photographs capturing endangered cultures and issues on the human condition. Signed copies of her keepsake book, Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit were available for purchase.
Transforming Power of Travel
October 2012 – presented by Andrew McCarthy
Movie Star Andrew McCarthy’s life was changed by travel. He engaged the packed theater to hear the tales and get a copy of his book, “The Longest Way Home.”
October 2012 – presented by Marlin Darrah
Marlin gave the audience an wonderful tour of the natural wonders, architectural treasures and cultural highlights of Paris, Barcelona, Granada, Croatia, Greece and Istanbul.
Marco Polo Travelers Networking Night
Stories and photos were shared by Tom Tauber’s travels to Jordan, Ted Burket’s travels to Mexico and Alyce Stick’s travels to Scotland over a delicious dinner at Positano Coast Restaurant.
Amazon to the Andes
February 2013 – presented by Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund
Dr. Bonhage-Freund has led extensive trips to Ecuador and Peru. She took us on a tour of the remote villages, archaelogical sites, mountains, canyons, lake and jungles of this fascinating region of the world.
Documenting the World’s People and Places
March 2013- presented by Bob Krist
Bob Krist is an award winning photographer with National Geographic. His world of being stranded on a glacier in Iceland, nearly run down by bulls in India and knighted with a cutlass in a Trinidad voodoo ceremony amazed a packed theater.
Cuba: The Inside Story
April 2013 – presented by Karin Muller
The film presented Karin’s three months spent in Cuba revealing the stories of taxi drivers, Santeria piestesses, fisherman, farmers and even the police who tried to arrest her.
DayVenture to NY- Ground Zero and the Financial District
The celebrated landmarks of Wall Street were rediscovered including the a trip to the Ground Zero Memorial, the New World Trade Center and the Freedom Tower.
Secrets of Chinatown with Master Chef Joseph Poon
Chef Poon took us on a tour of the hidden scenes of Chinatown followed by a hearty Chinese feast.
September 2011 – presented by Marlin Darrah
Fascinated by the beauty of a country that was in the news, Marlin decided to visit as tourist and travel extensively in the cities, towns and mountains filming the culture, warmth of the people, and beauty of Pakistan.
Race to the Bottom of the World
November 2011 – presented by Todd Carmichael
‘Race to the Bottom of the World’ documented Society honoree Todd Carmichael’s solo trek to the South Pole.
November 2011- presented by Jon Bowermaster
‘Oceans 8’ explored the world from the seat of a kayak, viewing edge-of-the-world locations: Tasmania, Gabon, and Croatia.
November 2011 – presented by Buddy Hatton
Filmmaker Buddy Hatton presented his film of a world hardly changed from the time of Genghis Khan.
November 2011 — presented by Marlin Darrah
‘Northern Europe’ presented an inspired journey to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Prague, Copenhagen, Kiel Canal, Amsterdam and more with great natural wonders and architectural treasures.
South Canal and Central America
November 2011 — presented by Marlin Darrah
‘South Canal and Central America’ saw a spectacular tour of Santiago, Lima, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, Panama Canal, San Juan, the National Parks Costa Rica and the volcanoes and colonial cities of Nicaragua.
Around the World: One Man’s Journey
March 2012 — presented by Doug Jones
Shot on six continents and in 60 countries. Jones showed an amazing assortment of different cultures and nations and how the world has changed.
Budapest to Istanbul
April 2012 – presented by Clint Denn
The Society ‘cruised’ the historic Danube River viewing spectacular natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, including Budapest, Hungary, to Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and on to Istanbul, Turkey.
September 2010 – presented by Fran Reidelberger
Board the Copper Canyon Railroad for a spectacular ride. Cross to Baja, winter home of migrating gray whales. Enjoy golden Pacific beaches from Puerto Vallarta to Zihuatanejo. Visit gorgeous Morelia. See the wealthy heritage of Spanish “Silver Cities” Taxco, Guanajuato, and Zacatecas.
CUBA – HAVANA to SANTIAGO DE CUBA
October 2010 – presented by Marlin Darrah
Hail a ride from a rolling museum of 1950’s American cars to tour Havana’s Spanish colonial buildings, opera house, El Morro fortress, casinos, and hotels. Drive to the lovely Vinales valley past sparkling beaches to the crown jewel Trinidad and vibrant carnival city of Santiago de Cuba.
WINE REGIONS of FRANCE
November 2010 – presented by Mary Lee and Sid Nolan
Visit Paris – City of Light, then circle the country’s beautiful wine regions … the Loire, Bordeaux, Pays Basque, Languedoc, Provence, Côtes du Rhône, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne. To great wines and cuisine, the Nolans add history, art, architecture, and charming inns for a perfect trip.
RUDY MAXA’S SECRETS of WORLD TRAVEL
January 2011 – presented by Rudy Maxa
Hear one of America’s best-known travel writers and broadcasters as he reveals tips and secrets to enhance your own travel adventures. On public radio he is known as “The Savvy Traveler”. Also see the best of “Rudy Maxa’s World” from his public television series.
DISCOVERING the DUTCH
February 2011 – presented by Sandy Mortimer
Explore nine of the twelve lowland provinces, each with its own unique culture and origin. From exciting Amsterdam go to Schiedam for gin and the world’s tallest windmills, Aalsmeer’s flower auction, the resort town Maastricht near the Belgian border, and more.
EAST AFRICAN SAFARI
March 2011 – presented by Rick Ray
Take an exotic look at Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and more. Go gorilla trekking in jungles along the Rwanda-Congo border, get close up with Serengeti wildebeests, sleep in elite treehouse lodges, and view thousands of elephants in early morning light with snow-clad Kilimanjaro in the distance.
REMOTE CORNERS OF CHINA
April 2011 – presented by Ryan Pyle and Brandon Zatt
Photographer Ryan Pyle and journalist Brandon Zatt take us Himalayan hill walking on the Chinese- Tibetan Divide, sharing stories and photos of pilgrimage routes near Minya Konka and Kawa Karpo. Living in China, both are keen observers of its fast-paced development and vanishing culture.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA to the ENDS OF THE EARTH
May 2011 – presented by Anne Doubilet
Underwater explorer, writer, and photographer Anne Doubilet has made over 5,000 dives all over the world, including the Antarctic and Arctic. Alarmed by vanishing corals and melting icebergs, she is filming the fragile underwater world for future generations. Hear tales of her adventures and view stunning images of her journeys on land and under the seas.
2009 – 2010
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO
September 2009 – presented by Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell
Join two fearless adventurers on their journey of a lifetime, tracing the path of famed 13th century traveler Marco Polo. For two years and 33,000 hazardous miles, they explored and photographed his exotic world .. Venice, Turkey, Afghanistan, Silk Road outposts, Tibet, China, Sumatra.
SOUL OF INDIA
October 2009 – presented by Rick Ray
Experience incredible India through the perceptive lens of filmmaker Rick Ray .. huge cities, simple villages, thousands of languages, and myriad religions. See amazing architecture .. maharajah palaces .. Jodhpur, the Blue City .. pilgrims at Varanasi .. high Himalayas .. Kerala Backwaters.
November 2009 – presented by John Wilson
Go wild! Take a film safari with spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife — Cape Buffalo, lion cubs, leopards, and elephants .. unique resorts .. Cape Wineland’s gracious estates .. rhythmic Swazi dancers .. the enchanting coastline of the Garden Route by train .. panoramic Cape Town.
IRAN — PERSIA TO THE PRESENT
February 2010 – presented by Buddy Hatton
Persia, land of Scheherazade and Arabian nights, has been known as Iran since 1935. In this ancient and modern country, find colorful bazaars .. spectacular mosques and palaces .. impressive archaeological sites .. quiet gardens. Meet the warm, hospitable people who call it home.
CRUISING THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
March 2010 – presented by Mary Lee and Sid Nolan
From glorious Venice embark for medieval Split and walled Dubrovnik. Cruise the Greek islands .. visit Roman ruins in Turkey on the way to Istanbul .. wineries on Cyprus .. Rhodes and Troy .. Israel’s Biblical sites plus Haifa and Jerusalem. Before heading back to Venice, dock at Port Said, entrance to the Suez Canal, and visit the Pyramids of Giza, bustling Cairo, and ancient Alexandria.
TRAVELS IN NORTH KOREA
March 2010 – presented by Walter Keats
Cross North Korea’s normally closed border with our speaker who has visited this reclusive country sixteen times. Learn the history of the Korean peninsula. As a tourist, see the Arirang Mass Games’ 100,000 synchronized performers .. the ancient capital Kaesong .. Pyongyang .. Panmunjom.
April 2010 – presented by Clint Denn
Visit one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful countries .. historic Lisbon and Oporto .. postcard-perfect Cascais .. Sintra and the fairy tale Pena Palace .. medieval Coimbra .. Casa Mateus’ spectacular gardens. Cruise the Douro River amid vineyards dotted with white manor houses.
May 2010 – presented by Karin Muller
Following last year’s exciting Inca Road program, this adventurer, author, and documentary producer returns with her impressions of Cuba, Sudan, and regions of conflict. Traveling solo, she learned local languages and lived with humble families while evading hijackings, disease, hunger, and danger.
2008 – 2009
October 2008 – presented by Fran Reidelberger
The Romantic Road … storybook towns … King Ludwig’s dazzling castles … Mittenwald … Oberammergau … Dachau … spa at Bad Tolz … Regensburg … Bamberg … Walhalla … the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal … beer makers … hang gliders. Munich’s vibrant spirit today and its renowned Oktoberfest.
SOUL OF MOROCCO
November 2008 – presented by Rick Ray
An exotic land of kasbahs … desert palaces … forts … luxurious riads … humble mountain villages … labyrinthan medinas in Fez and Marrakech … high tech mosques pointing laser beams toward Mecca. Orange-gold sands of the Sahara … Atlas Mountain forests … camel caravans … the Paris to Dakar Road Race.
ITALY! INSIDE THE TUSCAN HILLS
January 2009 – presented by John Wilson
Life in the magnificent countryside beyond Florence and Siena … traditional artisans … workshops of master craftsmen … the rich rural culture of Tuscany … ancient farmhouses … country cooks … rustic cheese makers … Chianti’s vineyards … towering medieval castles … gardens and elegant cypress trees.
RAILS ACROSS RUSSIA – ST. PETERSBURG TO THE PACIFIC
February 2009 – Mary Lee & Sid Nolan
The Trans-Siberian railroad thunders across Russia linking far flung margins of the world’s largest country. Palaces in St. Petersburg … Moscow … the Golden Ring … Ural Mountains … Siberia’s Lake Baikal … Vladivostok on the Pacific … nomadic reindeer herders of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – CARIBBEAN JEWELS
March 2009 – presented by Steve Gonser
St. Vincent and the idyllic Grenadines, a prime vacation playground … lush mountains … crystal clear waters for sailing and diving … La Soufriere Volcano … the set where Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” was filmed … capital Kingstown’s French/English architecture … exclusive Mustique hideaways.
EGYPT – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MOSES
April 2009 – presented by Dennis Burkhardt
Nile cruise to Aswan … magnificent temples of Kom Ombo, Luxor, Karnak, Edfu … Valley of the Kings … Alexandria and the catacombs … ancient and modern Cairo … Giza’s great pyramids … across the Sinai to Mount Moses and the Red Sea … Saint Catherine’s Monastery … ancient turquoise mines.
2007 – 2008
BHUTAN: The CLOUD KINGDOM
September 2007 – presented by Tom Sterling
We took a breathtaking trip into the last Shangri-La—the tiny mountainous country of Bhutan. There, a Buddhist reverence for all living things permeates every facet of Bhutanese life. Forests, wildlife preserves, and national parks protect the country’s land and animals-exotic blackneck cranes, golden langurs, tigers, blue sheep. Colorful prayer flags, shrines, and giant monastery fortresses dot the landscape.
October 2007 – presented by Clint Denn
We encountered diversity and adventure at every turn—exploring Ireland. We visited prehistoric stone sites and tombs, ancient monasteries, quaint old villages and castles, dramatic seaside cliffs, and intriguing ports. From Blarney to Killarney and Cobh to Dublin, we found history, beauty, and wonders everywhere.
CRUISING the ORIENT on the QE2
November 2007 – presented by Doug Jones
We relaxed on the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 on a 47-day cruise from Sydney, Australia, through the exotic ports of the Orient. We saw beautiful Bali, fabulously wealthy Brunei, Manila, and the Philippines. Then it was on to Hong Kong and overland to Xian. Other ports of call included Tokyo, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. We saw the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Great Wall of China, Balinese dancers, Thai crocodile wrestlers, and more.
SILK ROAD ODYSSEY: From BEIJING to the BLACK SEA
January 2008 – presented by Mary Lee and Sid Nolan
We followed the Silk Road across Asia, tracing the path of adventurous merchants who led their treasure-laden camels from one sun-drenched outpost to the next. Historical sites, natural beauty, and welcoming people made this an incredible experience. Crossed China to the Central Asian countries of Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Beyond the Caspian Sea, we explored fascinating Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.
ROAD TO MANDALAY-MYANMAR and ANGKOR WAT
February 2008 – presented by Buddy Hatton
One of the most mysterious destinations on the planet—Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a land of breathtaking beauty. We saw spectacular monuments, golden pagodas, and ancient cities, and traveled “the road to Mandalay,” the nation’s principal city. In Cambodia, the capital Phnom Penh has colonial-era French architecture and wide boulevards. A side trip explored Angkor Wat and other astonishing temples at this World Heritage Site. From his second home in Thailand, filmmaker Buddy Hatton has produced films about Malaysia, China, and Vietnam, and is an expert observer of that part of the world. He notes that Burma and Cambodia are two lands of conflict, but have resilient peoples of charm and strength.
March 2008 – presented by Grant Foster
We took an exciting land and sea journey into the Indonesian “ring of fire,” where we found more active volcanoes than anywhere else on earth. We met people who live with a constant threat of volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis and learned about their diversified cultures, art, and music. We saw spectacular footage of the still active and growing Anak Krakatoa volcano in full eruption.
WORLDS of the MAYA: GUATEMALA and BELIZE
April 2008 – presented by Sandy Mortimer
We journeyed to Belize and Guatemala and the cities, temples, and caves of Central America’s ancient Maya civilization. We visited today’s isolated villages, with their age-old rituals and ceremonies. In Belize, we saw new excavations at Caracol, the barrier reef, and visited the only jaguar preserve in the world. Beautiful Guatemala included the colorful Chichicastenango market, Lake Atitlan, colonial Antigua, and intriguing Tikal.
2006 – 2007
THE OTHER SIDE of MEXICO
September 2006 – presented by Fran Reidelberger
This world premiere about Mexico’s unique and unknown places kicked off the Geographical Society’s 2006 – 2007 Travelogue season. Viewers explored charming Bernal, which sits beneath a huge rock monolith, and tiny villages that continue traditional festivals and crafts. Guanajuato’s tunneled streets and troubadours, Guadalajara’s mariachis, and retirement meccas San Miguel and Lake Chapala all beckoned. Finally, the audience experienced Mexico as the winter home of millions of Monarch butterflies.
EPIC VOYAGES of RA I and RA II
October 2006 – presented by Captain Norman Baker
Captain Norman Baker, Thor Heyerdahl’s navigator, radio operator, and second-in-command, gave a gripping firsthand account of wind, waves, sharks, and deteriorating reed boats in this epic tale. The Ra expeditions were Heyerdahl’s efforts to show that ancient Egyptians could have sailed the Atlantic in papyrus vessels and carried Mediterranean culture to the Western Hemisphere.
IN SEARCH of the ALBINO
November 2006 – presented by Tom Sterling
Tom Sterling’s nine-year odyssey began when a friend told him about sighting a white moose. Searching North America from the forests of northern Ontario to the swamps of Louisiana, Sterling filmed more than 40 rare albinos, including a white alligator, porcupine, bear, robin, and boxer dog. And, Geographical Society audiences were treated to another once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience.
FESTIVALS of INDIA
December 2006 – presented by Marty Malgieri
Stunning images from a master photographer’s 29 trips to India took the Geographical Society to the desert festivals of Jaisalmer, Mysore’s Royal Palace, elephant processions, Himalayan monasteries, and the exciting Pushkar camel fair. The rapt audience viewed extraordinary photos of the Taj Mahal, villages of colorful mud-walled huts, and brilliantly clothed people in this multimedia slide presentation.
10 QUESTIONS for the DALAI LAMA
March 2007 – presented by Rick Ray
If you only had one hour, what would you ask? This was the basis for Rick Ray’s personal account of his visit with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The Geographical Society heard Ray reveal the wisdom of the Dalai Lama – an extraordinary spiritual leader – as he pondered, in his own words, some of the fundamental questions of our time. The audience also enjoyed fabulous footage of sacred Buddhist sites in India and Tibet, which formed a rich backdrop for this fascinating documentary.
EXPLORING EQUATORIAL REALMS
March 2007 – presented by Rich Kern
Led by filmmaker Rich Kern, the Geographical Society explored the volcanic slopes of Costa Rica, Maya ruins in the Yucatan, and mystical Machu Picchu. Together, they followed the equator to the plains of Kenya for the annual migration of zebras and wildebeests. Lions, cheetahs, elephant orphans, and flamingos shared the spotlight. This award-winning film producer combined his training in science with an artist’s eye and the heart of an adventurer to create stunning images for an enthusiastic audience.
CRUISING ST. PETERSBURG to MOSCOW
May 2007 – presented by Clint Denn
Two great Russian cities and a cruise on the scenic waterways between served as a backdrop for this stunning presentation by filmmaker Clint Denn. The canals of St. Petersburg reflected its pastel palaces, and beyond were the fabulous fountains of Peterhof Palace. In Moscow, the Geographical Society took in golden domes rising above the Kremlin’s walls, historic Red Square, and brilliant St. Basil’s cathedral. Stops in small towns and enchanting Golden Ring cities allowed a closer view of Russian culture.