Save The River Presents “The Perils of Plastic” at the Clayton Opera House

Published on: 2019/04/09 - in Releases

RELEASE — Save The River, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, will present “The Perils of Plastic,” a talk by Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason at the Clayton Opera House on Saturday, June 8 at 5 PM. Tickets are available through the Opera House box office for $10, $20, or $30; a 10% discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

A Meet and Greet Speaker’s Reception will be held immediately following Dr. Mason’s talk. For $75 each, Meet and Greet ticket holders will enjoy seating in the Premium section for the talk ($30 value) and entrance to the post-talk reception, featuring complimentary beer and wine along with light appetizers.

‘Single-use’ plastic was named the word of the year by Collins Dictionary, highlighting the wave of news stories, social media hits, and policies that have become increasingly common over the last few years. Dr. Mason will explore why plastic is such a hot topic and the reality of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.

Dr. Mason is a dynamic speaker whose energy and depth of knowledge captivates the audience. While a Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia, her research group was among the first to study the prevalence and impact of plastic pollution within freshwater ecosystems, leading to the federal ban of microbeads in consumer products. Among her accolades Dr. Mason was named an EPA Environmental Champion in 2016, was awarded for her Excellence in Environmental Research by the Earth Month Network in 2017 and was selected to receive a Heinz Award in Public Policy in 2018.

Purchase tickets through the Clayton Opera House box office: online at, in-person or by calling (315) 686-2200. Note: group tickets and Meet and Greet tickets cannot be purchased online, call the box office directly.

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