By Katie Connors, Contributing Writer
The Riders Club will hold a movie premiere night on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Lincoln Auditorium that will feature a guest appearance by Olympic athlete Seth Wescott and a screening of Level 1 Productions
newest film, ‘Pleasure,’ to raise funds for the club in preparation for the upcoming season. Tickets for the movie night will be sold at 6 p.m. outside of Lincoln Auditorium and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The premiere is open to everyone of the greater Franklin County area.
Sophomore Caleb Marshall, member of Freestyle Ski Team anticipates the evening. “I think tickets will sell quickly because it’s going to be rad.” Wescott will speak at the movie night said Flynn Chiappetta, secretary of the Outing Club.
Wescott will be the main attraction for the evening with the first item on the agenda of the evening being, “Footage of Olympian Seth Wescott in the Backcountry, as well as, some of his Olympic medal wins,” according to Barry Tripp, founder of the Riders Club in an e-mail. Wescott will give a short presentation on his experience in the industry, his own professional success, and the importance of supporting skiing and riding in local communities along with speaking about his life growing up in the Farmington area.
Equipment for attendees will be raffled off inside the auditorium. “It will be like T-shirts and winter sport gear,” said Marshall. The profits will help benefit the Riders Club.
Tripp said that the non-profit club helps to bring skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing to young children in a positive way. He believes that it allows children, “to follow their passions, live healthy lives, and to provide the tools to become respectful, successful citizens.”
“We have a great board of Directors consisting of olympic athletes, pro skiers and snowboarders,” Tripp said about the Riders Club. The UMF Alpine Operations programs and the snowboard and freeride teams help the organization.
Any students or community members interested in board sports can become involved with the Riders Club according to Tripp. Students can sign up on their website or just show up at any of their events. They hold events at Titcomb and Sugarloaf and at various skate parks, ski hills or beaches across the state.