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2018 Fall and Winter Events and Programs

All events are free and do not require advance registration unless otherwise indicated. Events are weather dependent. Please check this website for cancellations. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries

Various dates and locations from Sept. 4-Oct. 11.  Advance registration is required

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries in 2018. This series provides a stimulating, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. We recruit knowledgeable and passionate instructors and class sizes are kept small. Fees range from $5-$20 per topic. Scholarships are available. Topics include oyster aquaculture, marine invasive species and clams. Registration is first-come, first-served and these courses fill quickly. Click here for details and to sign up.

Brews for a Cause at Flight Deck Brewing

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4-9 p.m. at Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave, Brunswick

Enjoy great beer and support Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT). Flight Deck Brewing will donate 20% of all draft beer sales and all bar tips to HHLT from 4-9 p.m.!

Preview of Little Ponds Preserve

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Little Ponds Preserve

Get a preview of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s newest acquisition at Little Ponds Preserve with Executive Director Reed Coles. Meet by the side of Bethel Point Road near its intersection with Little Ponds Road. Please do not drive or park on private Little Ponds Road.

Trails will be completed on this preserve by next spring, but this is a chance to get an early peek.

This is a collaborative event with the Cundy’s Harbor Library.

Food, Sovereignty and Native America: A Presentation on Indigenous Food Ways

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street

Rachel Sayet (Mohegan) received her BS from Cornell University in restaurant management in 2007 and her MA in anthropology from Harvard University in 2012. She has been working for the Mohegan Tribal Library since 2013, while also researching and promoting indigenous cuisine in New England. She has partnered with the Mohegan Tribal Helath Department on numerous events including gardening, cooking and storytelling workshops for Mohegan youth.

This event is sponsored by the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group with support from Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Harpswell Day: A Celebration of Traditional Handcrafts and Subsistence Skills

Saturday, October 13, 12-4 p.m. at Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road

Join Harpswell Historical Society and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills. This event happens rain or shine at the Harpswell Historical Society Museum, Centennial Hall, the Old Meeting House, the one room schoolhouse and outdoors. For all ages, there will be much to see, do and learn about during this free event celebrating Harpswell’s history. See and participate in demonstrations of many traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills; visit with sheep; enjoy music, food and storytelling; and learn about Harpswell’s history. No need to register in advance – just show up. Click here for details.

How Are Fishing Communities Adapting to Climate Change & Can Farmed Kelp Reduce Ocean Acidification Impacts on Aquaculture?

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road

View Island Institute’s Climate of Change video series, which highlights threatened fishing communities in Maine, Alaska, and Florida, and what they’re doing to adapt to these changes. Then Susie Arnold, Marine Scientist at the Institute, will present results of her research partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Ocean Approved to investigate whether farmed sugar kelp can locally remediate ocean acidification and improve growing conditions for nearby farmed shellfish. No need to register in advance – just show up.

As Marine Scientist at the Island Institute, Susie works on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries-dependent communities.

Animal Tales

Sat., Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road

For thousands of years people have told stories about how or why animals act or look the way they do. Join us for a fun family walk at Curtis Farm and hear some animal tales from around the world! This fun and informative – but mostly fun! – family event starts at 10 a.m. Bring the whole family, and of course your imagination! No need to register in advance – just show up.

Nature Notes from Maine Book Signing

Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr’s Island

Check out Ed Robinson’s new book, Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks & More. This entertaining collection of stories and stunning images celebrates the natural world around us. You can buy the book for $25 and have Ed sign it at the library event. You can also buy the book from the HHLT office (153 Harpswell Neck Road) or online (click here for details).

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

© Eric Michael Tollefson

Friday, Dec. 21, 5-6 p.m. at Houghton Graves Park, 1714 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr’s Island

Celebrate the winter solstice with a lantern walk and bonfire at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Houghton Graves Park on Orr’s Island. Welcome the lengthening days with light, song and community. Click here for details.