Skip to content

Steven Marking screens his new film, A Visit From Will Dilg, at the Rivoli Theatre and Pizzeria in La Crosse

Steven Marking screens his new film, A Visit From Will Dilg, at the Rivoli Theatre and Pizzeria in La Crosse

Steven Marking screens his new film, A Visit From Will Dilg, at the Rivoli Theatre and Pizzeria in La Crosse

127 127 people viewed this event.

Celebrate the Centennial of our Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

What: A Visit From Will Dilg, a new movie created by local riverlorian, Steven Marking. 50 minute movie followed by Q and A with the creator

When: Friday May 31 at 2:00 PM – $10 tickets; Saturday June 1 at 7:00 PM – $15 tickets

Where: The Rivoli Theater and Pizzeria
117 4th Street North, La Crosse, Wisconsin
limited seating – for advance tickets visit: https://www.rivoli.net/

More about the film:

Steven Marking plays Will Dilg in an inspiring, one-man movie entitled A Visit From Will Dilg. Will Dilg and his wife spent their summers on a houseboat in Winona, Minnesota. After suffering from the drowning death of his son in the early 1920’s, Dilg rose from the depths of depression to lead an extraordinary national crusade to form the Izaak Walton League, then with the support of the Women’s clubs of America they saved a 261 mile stretch of Mississippi River backwaters from drainage for agriculture. We now know this stretch of river as the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and this year marks the Centennial of that event.

In his production, Marking created a script that relies heavily on Dilg’s own published words. He plays the role of Will Dilg, the founding of the Izaak Walton League, and the battle against the reclamation menace that was stealing the Mississippi River’s precious backwater habitat from the Lower Mississippi on up. Ground zero for the battle was the Winneshiek Bottoms near Lansing, Iowa, which was already legally permitted to be drained, filled, and levied off to create protected farmlands. The beauty of the native flora and fauna are featured in this 50 minute film.

Steven Marking holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelors Degree from Viterbo University in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He brings more than three decades of professional production and performance experience to his latest creation, A Visit From Will Dilg, and his ongoing masterpiece, Our Mighty Mississippi.