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Wilson College Film and Dinner Series 'Travels' to Yellowstone National Park

Posted: October 22, 2010

10/22/2010 The wilds of Yellowstone National Park are the focus of the next offering in the Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16.
DATE: Oct. 22, 2010
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The wilds of Yellowstone National Park are the focus of the next offering in the Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16. In “Yellowstone’s Trails and Tales,” documentary filmmaker Sandy Mortimer treats viewers to a glimpse at the lives of the many wild creatures that inhabit the park, especially the otters, around whom the action revolves.

The evening includes a buffet dinner of dishes representative of that part of the country at 6 p.m. in Laird Hall, followed by the film and lecture by Mortimer at 7 p.m. in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

The dinner menu includes: cauliflower salad, grilled rainbow trout, vegetable rice casserole, Wyoming sautéed cabbage and cowboy cookies.

Reservations are required for the dinner and tickets must be purchased at least one week in advance. Tickets for the dinner are: $18.25 per meal for adults, senior citizens and students ages 10 to 18; and $11 for children under 10.

This film captures intimate scenes of Yellowstone’s native wildlife, including coyotes, wolves, bears, moose, fox, mountain sheep and elk during all four glorious seasons. None of Mortimer’s photography was done with controlled animals, as is frequently done in nature films. With Yellowstone’s endearing otters as guides, the film helps audiences discover how and why families of wild creatures are motivated entirely by their own instincts, and how many are dependent on otters in order to survive during the coldest months.

Some of the film’s most stirring scenes are of coyotes and elk chasing wolves, osprey diving and catching fish, a baby bison playing tag with a coyote, a grizzly bear bathing, fox kits learning to pounce, the courtship of wolves and a dramatic encounter between a grizzly bear, a wolf and a buffalo.

Mortimer also takes viewers on a remarkable journey to the bottom of Yellowstone Lake, where viewers will see mysterious spires not previously known to exist - some geologic activity is just beginning to be studied in the area’s unexplored regions.

Mortimer’s career has ranged from politics to television production to travel films. In 1986, she began to broaden her interests to include travel documentaries. Her recent adventures have taken her to Alaska, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Central America and Costa Rica.

In 1989, she began lecturing with her films and spends eight months each year on tour, speaking at throughout the country. In 1993, Mortimer received the “Rising Star Award” from the Professional Travelogue Sponsors Association, and in 1997 received the Hall Of Fame award from that organization. She is currently vice president of the Travel Adventure Cinema Society.

When not touring or filming on location, Mortimer lives in Kentucky.

Tickets to the film and lecture are $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for seniors, $2.75 for children ages 10 to 18; children under 10 get in free. Seating is unreserved, but attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. If seats are available, additional single tickets for the film can be purchased at the door Tuesday evening.

Call the Wilson College Office of Conferences and Special Events at 717-262-2003 to make reservations or order tickets online at Click on “Events and Conferences,” then on “World Travel Film and Dinner Series.”


Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated

with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2010-11 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 796 and includes students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by the Honor Principle and distinguished by its commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership, and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

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