13, 7:00 pm • NET1 TV
Ashfall wasn't just about the
NET Television visited the historic Ashfall Fossil Beds,
followed composer Rusty Banks on a fly fishing trip to the area, and
filmed the process of recording the audio CD, then put it all together
in this captivating documentary. The long-awaited premiere happens this
weekend—Friday, December 13, at 7:00 pm on NET1.
Produced by Michele Wolford, Ashfall Unearthed follows the
journey from a cataclysmic volcano and its aftermath, to present-day
efforts to excavate the perfectly-preserved remains. All against a
background of the dramatic music of Rusty Banks, written especially for
the Nebraska Chamber Players and featuring their live performance
If you miss the premiere, there are plenty of other
chances to catch the show. It will also be streamed online at netnebraska.org.
Here's a complete list of air dates:
Ashfall discoverer Mike Voorhies, producer Michele Wolford
NCP musicians at the sneak preview of Ashfall Unearthed
at NET Studios.
UNEARTHED on NET1:
December 13 • 7:00 pm
December 17 • 11:00 pm
December 27 • 10:30 pm
December 31 • 8:30 pm
January 10 • 7:00 pm
January 14 • 11:00 pm
January 19 • 9:30 pm
January 27 • 10:30 pm
UNEARTHED on NET2:
December 15 • 5:00 pm
December 28 • 1:30 pm
Let your friends, family, teachers too, enjoy the gift of Ashfall. It is
not only a great listening experience but an incredible teaching
opportunity. The CD recording is available on I-tunes, Amazon and CD
Baby. Or if you prefer to have the disc (with its amazing artwork),
call us at 402.429.8227.
to Michael Voorhies, 2013 Henry Fonda Award winner
The 2013 Henry
Fonda Award,the state’s highest tourism award representing leadership,
vision and dedication to the tourism industry, was given to our friend
and inspiration, Mike Voorhies. Mike is the University of Nebraska
paleontologist who discovered the Ashfall fossil beds in northeast
Nebraska, one of the premier mammal fossil sites in the world. In 1971,
Mike was exploring the tributaries of the Verdigre Creek valley in
search of fossils when he discovered a baby rhino skeleton protruding
from a creek bank. It turned out that the rhino was among thousands of
animals buried after a gigantic volcanic eruption covered parts of
Nebraska with up to 10 feet of ash.
Over several decades, Voorhies has been instrumental in
seeking out recognition for the site and the support necessary to turn
it into what is now known as Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park.
After many years of planning, the park was finally developed in 1991.
The park is located between Royal and Orchard in Antelope County in
northeast Nebraska. In 2012 alone, over 16,000 visitors,
students and paleontologists have come to work, study and visit this
historically significant site.
The Ashfall Beds were the inspiration for Ashfall, the
large-scale chamber work composed by Rusty Banks for the Nebraska
Chamber Players. Mike breaks out into a grin and his eyes crinkle in
pleasure when he ponders the convergence of paleontology and chamber