Lupus: Village by the River

Published: December 11, 2012

Original Presentation December 11, 2012 – Big Muddy Speaker Series – Rocheport

“Lupus: Village by the River” – film screening presented by filmmakers Rhonda Cleeton and Robert Hemmelgarn

We continued our tradition of offering something a little different for our December presentation with a full-length screening of a locally produced river film!

Lupus, MOLupus is a tiny little river town in Moniteau County across the river from Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. For many in the area, it’s known for its houses on stilts and its annual ChiliFest, when the town turns into on big musical and culinary party.

As a labor of love, Lupus resident Rhonda Cleeton and friend Robert Hemmelgarn teamed up to produce a wonderful tribute to the town, called “Lupus: Village on the river”. Using the stories of the talented and hardy residents of Lupus, the film weaves a personal history of the town, including its beginnings as a railroad town in the 1880’s, through the devastation of the Flood of 1993 to the present, where the Lupus General Store serves as a musical destination for troubadours from around the country.

Flood of 1993 in Lupus, MOA couple of VW vans become casualties of the 1993 flood as the rains continue to fall. Courtesy of Doug Elley.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

is hosted by these wonderful partners.

Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

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