Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s 2018 Annual Meeting with featured speaker Richard Blanco

Celebrating 35 Years of Conservation and Education

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a special annual meeting—one commemorating our 35th anniversary. Free 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.

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

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 the Skolfield family, including their successful ship-building business, from Harpswell Historical Society president David Hackett. Meet at Skolfield Shores Preserve, Skolfield Drive.

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Choose from one or more of the following activities:

  • Take a nature walk on the Hackett and Minot trails with Priscilla Seimer. Meet at the intersection of Littlefield Road and Harpswell Neck Road.
  • Browse the exhibits in the Harpswell Historical Society museum.
  • Hear from Ed Robinson about his new book: Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks & More—a compilation of his Nature Notes postings over the years. In the Old Meeting House.
  • Write nature poetry with Maine poet and Gulf of Maine Bookstore owner, Gary Lawless. Activity will be outside if weather permits. Meet at the Old Schoolhouse behind Centennial Hall.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt on the Hackett and Minot trails. This is a self-directed activity. Pick up a map at Centennial Hall. Great for kids!
  • Make your own nature journal. Stop by Centennial Hall to make a hand-stitched and bound journal where you can record your observations of seasonal changes in nature throughout the year. Drop by any time during the hour. Appropriate for all ages.

Tarr-Eaton house (Deane Van Dusen photo)

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Take an architectural history tour of the exterior of the 1783 Tarr-Eaton house with Deane Van Dusen. Learn about the authentic restoration of this important property at the heart of Harpswell’s historic center.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We encourage you to enjoy lunch outdoors or in the Elijah Kellogg Church fellowship hall. We’ll have more information soon.

12:30-2 p.m.

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 year and a short business meeting.

Richard Blanco

This will be followed by a presentation by poet Richard Blanco on Poetics of Place, Home and Nature.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his three collections award-winning poetry.

He has also authored two memoirs. His inaugural poem “One Today” was published as a children’s book, in collaboration with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey. His latest book, Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler, challenges the physical and psychological dividing lines that shadow the United States.

He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has received numerous honorary doctorates. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, and Wesleyan University. He serves as the first Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets.

His 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 are for the town and the trust. Trips will be lead by Registered Maine Guide and HHLT Trustee, 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 requested. Click here to register.