2018 Summer Events and Programs

All events are free 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.

Intro to Birding for Adults

Classroom presentation: Thurs., June 14, 6:30-8 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road

Field trip: Sat., June 16 (rain date June 17), 8-9:30 a.m., Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

We ask that all those who attend the field trip also attend the classroom session. However, you are welcome to attend the classroom session only and skip the field trip. Advance registration requested. Click here to register.

Perhaps you enjoy looking at the birds around your house – even putting out bird feeders to attract more birds. In time, though, you want to see some birds that never come to your feeder. Or maybe you just want an ‘excuse’ to explore Harpswell’s many beautiful trails. In either case, you’re not sure how to start being a ‘birder’? You see birders with all kinds of expensive equipment and ‘funny’ clothes, and it’s a bit intimidating. What equipment do I really need? Or maybe you’ve even done a little birding on and off, but would like to pick up some bird identification tips to make your outings even more fruitful. You know there are loads of books and apps to help identify birds, but which ones are best for a novice birder? This two session class led by Judy Marino is for you! The first meeting will be a classroom presentation, and the second meeting will be a field trip to a local site.

This event is part of the annual Birding Extravaganza, a series of free birding events sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. Click here for more free birding events.

String Tide

Summer Solstice Celebration

Thurs., June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. * Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove, 25 Abner Point Road, Bailey Island

Join us to celebrate the summer solstice and kick-start summer fun with an outdoor picnic and live music by String Tide! Bring your own picnic and chairs, savor a beautiful evening on scenic Mackerel Cove, enjoy String Tide’s performance from 6-7:30 p.m. and celebrate the coming of summer. This event is free and open to all ages. There’s no need for you to sign up in advance – just show up!

String Tide is an all-male folk quartet specializing in rich, satisfying harmonies and a penchant for bluegrassery on covers of old time, folk, Americana, and pop tunes. Hailing from Brunswick, Bowdoin, and Woolwich they play fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, guitar, and bass with energy and vibrancy as they pull you out of your seat to dance or cover some of your old favorites with their own special flair.

American Seafood with with Speaker, Author and Chef Barton Seaver

Thurs., June 28, 7 p.m. at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell

Hear this nationally renowned speaker discuss the heritage, culture and cookery of our country’s fish and seafood. Book signing of his comprehensive new book will follow.

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

Richard Blanco

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

Sat., July 14, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  *  Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell and other locations

Join us as we celebrate 35 years of conservation and education with free activities offered throughout the morning and acclaimed poet Richard Blanco. Click here for details.

Paddle to Little Yarmouth Island

Sun., July 15, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date July 16)  *  Departing from Bethel Point Boat ramp  *  Advance registration requested. Click here to register.

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.

Alicia Heyburn photo

Paddle to Little Snow Island

Wed., July 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain date July 26)  *  Departing from Great Island Boat Yard  *  Advance registration requested. Click here to register.

Meet at Great Island Boat Yard ready to launch by 10 a.m. We will paddle around the northern end of Snow Island, with a guided visit of the oyster growing operation managed by Quahog Bay Conservancy. We will land on Little Snow, a state-owned island on the Maine Island Trail for a rest and snack, with a view of a beautiful stretch of private shoreline that is preserved by HHLT. When we return to Great Island Boat Yard, you are encouraged to stay for lunch at their cafe.

Paddle to Yarmouth Island

Wed., Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (rain date August 2)  *  Meet at Bethel Point Boat Ramp  *  Advance registration requested. Click here to register.

Departing at 9:30 from Bethel Point Boat Ramp (parking fee), we will head around the eastern shore of Bethel Point and explore the wrecks, conserved islands, working waterfront and interisland passages of Hen Cove on a rising tide. If weather and time permit we will view the Hen Cove anticline and pull ashore on privately owned Yarmouth Island, returning to Bethel Point by 12:30.

Flower Pressing for Nature Journals

Sun., Aug. 5, 1:30-3 p.m. * Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road

Whether you are keeping a nature journal or are simply an admirer of flowers, pressing flowers is a wonderful way to capture and preserve the designs, patterns and colors of nature. In her own words, Lynette Breton is a furniture maker by trade and naturalist by faith. She has melded her love of woodworking with her love of nature by crafting wooden heirloom-style flower presses and working with pressed flowers to make a variety of beautiful creations. Pressing flowers provides a medium to preserve the beauty of plants and allows us to explore and study them in a deeper way. Ms. Breton will talk about flower pressing techniques and show inspiring examples of decorative pictures, cards or individual flower studies one can make. She will also give a flower pressing demonstration. Please join us for this free program. There’s no need for you to sign up in advance – just show up!

Nature Journaling for Families

Sat., Aug. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.  *  Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell

Learn about keeping a nature journal to deepen your connection to nature. Make journals to take home and practice using them outdoors at the library. Geared toward families with children but all ages are welcome.

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

History Walking Tour: Pott’s Point

Sun., Aug. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.  *  Meeting location TBA  *  Advance registration required. See details below.

Join Ed Phinney to learn about the hotels, stores, post office, bowling alley, restaurant, lobster cannery and more that lined the very southern end of Harpswell Neck Road in Harpswell. Though none of the historic buildings still remain, Ed will show photos and point out where they once stood. Enjoy dramatic coastal scenery while learning about the bustling Pott’s Point neighborhood of the early 1900s.

Call Pejepscot Historical Society (PHS) at (207) 729-6606 or email info@pejepscothistorical.org with name(s) and requested tour(s). Free to PHS and HHLT members (click here to join HHLT). For others, $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-16. Tours are limited to 20. PHS maintains a waiting list for each tour in case of cancellations.

This is a collaborative event with the Pejepscot Historical Society. Click here for information about other summer walking tours.


Sunset Cruise

Tues., Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m.  *  Leaving from the Dolphin Marina  *  $60 for adults and $30 for children  *  Advance registration required  *  Click here for details and tickets. Don’t delay. This event always sells out!

Join us on the water to take in Harpswell’s breathtaking shoreline from high up on the deck of a Casco Bay ferry built for comfort and stability. Keep an eye out for seals, porpoise, eagles, shore birds and more. Enjoy complimentary locally prepared foods – including hors d’oeuvres, lobster rolls, salads and desserts – and soft drinks and juices. A cash bar is available. Chat with friends, and learn about Harpswell’s fascinating natural and human history. Support the work of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust to preserve Harpswell’s special places, protect water quality, ensure public access to land and shore, and engage and educate people of all ages.