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Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s 2018 Annual Meeting with acclaimed poet Richard Blanco

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) for a special annual meeting—one commemorating our 35th anniversary. Activities for all ages will be offered throughout the morning. After lunch, we are very excited this year to have acclaimed poet, Richard Blanco as our guest speaker.

All are welcome to attend any part of this free event. You don’t need to be a member.

Most activities will take place in the Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road in Harpswell and surrounding buildings.

Please note that if you are interested in buying lunch, we request that you pre-order by July 9th.

Schedule of events for Saturday, July 14

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Take a scenic bike ride with Kara Douglas. We will travel the very southern end of Harpswell Neck Road, with numerous views of the ocean along the way. Meet at Fish Moon Yoga, 4 Ash Point Road.

9-10 a.m.
Learn about the rich history of ship-building in Harpswell, and about how those ships were part of the global trade system, from Harpswell Historical Society president David Hackett. Meet at Skolfield Shores Preserve, 33 Skolfield Drive.

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Choose from one or more of the following activities. For all of these activities, please park at the Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road. Not sure where events are taking place? Stop by our welcome table at the church.

  • Take a nature walk on the Hackett and Minot trails with Maine Master Naturalist, Priscilla Seimer. Identify plants and learn about ecology along a beautiful forested trail lined with moss and lichen. The walk is an easy one mile. Meet at the intersection of Littlefield Road and Harpswell Neck Road.
  • Browse the interesting exhibits in the Harpswell Historical Society museum, 929 Harpswell Neck Road. Ask questions of Harpswell history expert, David Hackett.
  • Hear from Ed Robinson about his new book: Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks & More. For several years, Ed has researched a different animal or plant each month and written engaging and informative articles for HHLT’s email newsletter. Now these Nature Notes articles (and some new ones) have been compiled into a beautiful book with gorgeous photos and illustrations. Hear from Ed about Harpswell’s wildlife, buy a book and get it signed. In the Old Meeting House, which is across the street and in between the museum and the church.
  • Write nature poetry. Be inspired during a workshop and conversation about writing poetry from our experiences of the natural world, for all ages, beginner to practiced poet. Led by Gary Lawless, an award-winning poet, teacher, publisher, editor and owner of Gulf of Maine Books. In addition to his own 21 poetry collections, he has encouraged others to find their voices, including veterans, prison inmates, immigrants, the homeless and people with disabilities. The workshop will be outside if weather permits. Meet at the Old Schoolhouse, which is on Littlefield Road, behind Centennial Hall.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt on the Hackett and Minot trails. This is a self-directed activity designed for children and their families. Look for natural objects and unnatural ones we’ve hidden in the woods for you to spot. Pick up a scavenger hunt list and map at the Old Schoolhouse, which is on Littlefield Road, behind Centennial Hall. Then go for an adventure on the one-mile Hackett and Minot Trail loop.
  • Make your own nature journal. Stop by to make a hand-stitched and bound journal where you can record your observations of seasonal changes in nature throughout the year. It only takes around 15 minutes to make a journal and this activity is great for all ages. Drop by any time during the hour at the Old Schoolhouse, which is on Littlefield Road, behind Centennial Hall.

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Take an architectural history tour of the exterior of the National Register listed 1783 Tarr-Eaton House with Deane Van Dusen. Learn about the meticulous preservation and restoration of this important property at the heart of Harpswell’s historic center. Meet across the road from the church parking lot.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Lunch will be available by pre-order. For $6 you can get a small sub sandwich, bag of chips and apple from Amato’s. Your sandwich options are turkey, veggie, ham or cotto salami. All sandwiches include cheese, onions, pickles, tomatoes, green pepper and greek black olives. We will provide complimentary cold drinks and desserts. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. Click here to pre-order your lunch. You will pay when you pick up. Cash and checks preferred. Lunches can be enjoyed outdoors or in the Elijah Kellogg Church fellowship hall.

12:30-2 p.m.

Richard Blanco

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Annual Meeting and featured speaker Richard Blanco will take place in the sanctuary of the Elijah Kellogg Church.

We will start with a brief report on Harpswell Heritage Land Trust activities over the past 35 years and a short business meeting.

This will be followed by a presentation by acclaimed poet, Richard Blanco on Poetics of Place, Home and Nature. As a poet, memoirist, and essayist, Blanco is a sought-after speaker who captivates audiences around the nation and the world with his dynamic storytelling and powerful readings. Blanco was selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. His inaugural poem “One Today” was published as a children’s book in collaboration with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey.

2-2:30 p.m.
Book signing. Richard Blanco’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Schedule of Events for Sunday, July 15

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Paddle to Little Yarmouth Island, departing from Bethel Point Boat ramp

HHLT is offering a series of paddling trips this summer in Quahog Bay, a conservation focus area for the town and the land trust. Trips will be led by Registered Maine Guide, Alicia Pulsifer Heyburn. In response to member feedback, these trips will be designed for beginner to intermediate paddlers, kayaks are available to rent, and rowing shells or canoes are appropriate on some trips.

Departing from Bethel Point Boat Ramp (parking fee), we will head up the protected western shore of Bethel Point to HHLT’s newest preserve at Little Ponds. We will view this preserve from the water then return along the coast, crossing over to the protected passage between Yarmouth Island (private property preserved in 1990 with HHLT), and Little Yarmouth Island, the southern end of which was purchased by HHLT in 2016 to protect sea bird nesting habitat. Here we will come ashore, picnic on the rocks, and do a shoreline clean up, with an option to swim in a lovely spot known locally as Goose Tongue Cove. We will return either along the westerly shore of Little Yarmouth Island, passing the Raspberries (privately owned, and part of the Maine Island Trail) or back through the cut to Bethel Point. Advance registration required. Click here to register.

For information about other kayak trips and summer events, click here.