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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mid-Summer Observations at ECHO

Summer is more than half way over and there seems to be a slight "panic" in the air as visitors and Vermonters alike scramble to make the most of the final six or so weeks of summer here.

We want to tell you, DON'T PANIC! Instead, head on down to the Burlington waterfront and stretch your summer out without stressing out.
Crowds gather on the waterfront in advance of the fireworks.

On the waterfront there have been bike races, running races, sailing races, long-boat races and a number of festivals celebrating beer, wine, cheese, history, music, food and the USA (the Independence Day fireworks)!

ECHO has been a busy place also, welcoming, educating and entertaining guests from as close as Burlington, Vermont to as far away as Bogota, Columbia. And no matter what the weather is like outside, the weather inside of ECHO is always just right.
Spiny softshell is the base to two map turtles basking.



Our animals seem very content and happy. The turtles, for instance, are just as happy swimming in the water as they are basking on the land below a heat lamp. They all seem to get along well, no matter their differences...spiny softshell, painted, map, what-have-you. They all share their habitat at ECHO without a fuss.

This summer, guests have more to enjoy than the usual fantastic offerings at ECHO, with the addition of the traveling exhibit OUR BODY, The Universe Within. This highly scientific exhibit is all about the human anatomy and the amazing structure that is our body. The exhibit is "behind closed doors" in a separate, but new section of ECHO that opened this past April. The OUR BODY exhibit will be at ECHO through September 3rd and it involves different ticket pricing which can now be purchased on line here.

To learn more about the OUR BODY exhibit check out this 30 second video below.  

Brian relaxes along the mist-wall at ECHO. Ahhh Summer!
So don't panic! Even Brian the dog knows how to relax near ECHO this summer! Come on down and visit ECHO and spend the day on the waterfront! We'll greet you with a smile, and a frog, and a turtle, and a snake and a fish and....more smiles. :-)

Gerianne Smart is ECHO's Director of Marketing and Communications

Photos: G. Smart (c) ECHO
30 sec. spot: created by Retro-motion





Monday, July 9, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises for ECHO


Update:  Regular tickets for this special screening of The Dark Knight Rises are now sold out.  A limited number of single seat and stand by tickets are available by calling 802-864-1848 x134.

As a young boy, Senator Patrick Leahy used to love going to the library to read Batman comics.  Today, Senator Leahy still enjoys following the adventures of the Caped Crusader, and will be a guest at a special screening of The Dark Knight Rises on Sunday, July 15 at Majestic 10 Cinemas in Williston!   With your tax-deductible gift of $100 or more to ECHO, you too can attend this fantastic event.  

All proceeds from your donation support ECHO's Leahy Legacy Project, which provides long-term funding for all of ECHO's education and conservation programming including daily care for our more than 70 species of animals; ongoing curriculum development for new programs and activities; and support for our Open Door Program, which provides reduced cost admission and memberships to low income families in our community.  With your support, ECHO will reach our goal and ensure that the center remains a resource for the Lake Champlain Basin community now and in the future.

The Dark Knight Rises is the thrilling conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy.  Set eight years after Batman took the blame for two face’s crimes, Gotham is threatened by a new villain, and the Caped Crusader must return to save the city once again. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises features Christian Bale reprising his role as Gotham’s legendary crime fighter and a litany of other stars including Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard, and promises all the action and adventure of previous Dark Knight films.

Click here to make your gift today!

This special, Vermont-only screening of The Dark Knight Rises will be held Sunday, July 15 at 7:00pm at Majestic 10 Cinemas, 190 Boxwood Ave., Williston.  Theater doors open at 6:00pm.  Press coverage of this event is welcome, but press will not be allowed into the theater to see the film no matter how they procured a ticket.

The Dark Knight Rises has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.”

The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters and IMAX on July 20, 2012.