Amazon River, tropical islands beckon travelogue-goers Feb. 6

Colorful toucans, like this one photographed at an Amazon Village, are typical of the wildlife found in the Brazilian jungles and along the riverbank. Contributed photo

DEWITT — The Amazon River and Tropical Islands are the destination for the Tuesday, Feb. 6, travelogue sponsored by the DeWitt Noon Lions Club.

Thomas Gibbons of Clinton will take armchair travelers on a trek through Brazil along the Amazon River from its mouth as far up as Manaus, located where the Negro River and the Solimões River meet to form the Amazon.

Gibbons’ travels took him a short distance farther up the Negro River, where he swam with pink dolphins and was stranded for a while by a heavy storm. Viewers also will see piranha fishing, a music festival, wildlife, a night at the Manaus Opera House, hot rain forest treks, people in a small village, and more. This cruise also stopped at several Caribbean islands, including Devil’s Island, with great scenery, sunken shipwrecks, many fish, and a lot of West Indian city and country life.

Shows will be presented at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Operahouse Theater in downtown DeWitt. A $5 donation is suggested. The Lions return the proceeds from the travelogue series in the form of support for community projects. No seats are reserved.

A lucky travelogue attendee will have an opportunity to win a two-night stay at the beautiful Oakwood Inn, a bed and breakfast located in scenic Okoboji, as part of the DeWitt Noon Lions Club’s 50th anniversary travelogue series. Door prizes are drawn from ticket stubs at each travelogue presentation, and the winning tickets from each show will be placed into a drawing to be held at the May 29 presentation, capping 50 years of holding the unique fundraiser.

Every effort will be made to present a travelogue on the day scheduled. However, if inclement weather forces a cancellation, local television and radio stations will be asked to announce the cancellation and the information will be posted on the theater door.

Several local restaurants will have special items on their menus for travelogue patrons. The Central Community Historical Society will be open in the early afternoon, and there are a variety of shopping opportunities in DeWitt.

The next program is Tuesday, Feb. 20. Amy Muller Boden of Parkville, Missouri and formerly of DeWitt, will show a continuation of her popular program on Route 66, this one featuring the western portion of the route, including New Mexico and Arizona.

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