Events and Programs for June and July 2019

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.

Harpswell Hiking Challenge

Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2

Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust present the 10th annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge. Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day with the Harpswell Hiking Challenge and walk/hike/run eight trails in two days! Click here for more information.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Little Ponds Preserve Celebration

Flowers at Little Ponds Preserve (Andrea Stevens photo)

Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Little Ponds Preserve, 206 Bethel Point Road, Harpswell

Join us as Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) celebrates the opening of our newest preserve, Little Ponds. This lovely, intimate preserve offers a quiet walk through the woods any time of day, any time of the year. Land trust volunteers will be on site to introduce visitors to Little Ponds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to walk the trail and ask questions about the preserve or HHLT. The easy trail circles through woods coming alive with spring growth, and there is a short spur to the cattail marsh, which provides habitat for a variety of birds. Please join us, and enjoy this small Cundy’s Harbor-area jewel! Snacks will be provided.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. at the Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island. Free and open to the public.

Harpswell author Ed Robinson has been writing and speaking about the outdoors for years. His new presentation features superb photographs of many of Maine’s wild creatures, both the iconic and the secretive. Ed will share fascinating stories about these creatures and help us to understand more about their lives.

Ed has written extensively about Maine’s wildlife and recently published a book titled Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More. The book is a collection of 40 stories about wildlife including lobsters, loons, fishers and ospreys.  It includes 60 stunning photographs and 10 ink drawings in 190 pages. Click here for more information about the book.

This is not your only chance to see Ed speak! Click here for more speaking engagements. Ed is available for a engaging, free wildlife presentation for your club, library or community hall. Contact him at erobin77@gmail.com for more information.

Short Course on Island History

Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 29

Learn about the fascinating history of Malaga Island and Eagle Island. This in-depth course involves field trips to both islands. Click here for details.

HHLT’s 2018 Summer Solstice Celebration included live music on a beautiful summer evening! (Curt Chipman photo)

Summer Solstice Celebration

Friday, June 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Johnson Field Preserve, 25 Abner Point Road, Bailey Island

As of Thursday at noon, the hourly forecast shows the rain stopping before 5 p.m., so the Summer Solstice Celebration is happening!

Join us to celebrate the summer solstice and kick-start summer fun with an outdoor picnic and live music by the Aarondippidy Band!

Bring your own picnic and chairs, savor a beautiful evening on scenic Mackerel Cove, enjoy live music 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!

Aarondippidy Band

The Aarondippidy band got together in a garage over the winter of 2017-2018, near the confluence of the Eastern Branch and Kennebec rivers in central Maine. Composed of musicians with both professional and street performance experience, they embrace a wide variety of styles. These include music from the roaring 20’s, blues, classic rock, funk and hip hop and influences from Eastern, African and Latin music.

Aarondippidy features guest artists from time to time, but the core of the group is: Aaron Antolewicz drums; Aaron Pomeranz harmonicas, electronics and exotic instruments; Chris Francis guitars; Ian MacDonald drums and percussion; Mark Abraham bass guitar. All in the group contribute vocals. Willing to experiment in music and take risks, Aarondippidy’s motto has become: “Always Something Different.”

Edible Landscaping Tour

RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, June 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Jeff Marshall’s home (directions provided to registered participants)

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Learn about interesting and unique edible trees, shrubs, berries, perennials and ground covers. Tour Jeff Marshall’s Harpswell home, which includes strawberries, honey berries, persimmons, filberts, walnuts, asparagus, rhubarb, cranberries, blueberries, logan berries and much more! Hear from Jeff and local gardener Sharon Whitney about how you can turn your backyard into an edible landscape. Take home a potted plant to get you started. Free.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Wildflowers with Priscilla Seimer

Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Join us for a walk among the spring wildflowers! In addition to some keys for identification, we’ll look at common names, habitats, the difference between native and non-native and the medicinal and food uses of some of the wildflowers we find in bloom. The Harpswell location of this walk will be shared by mid-May, based upon where the most spring flowers appear! Wear shoes appropriate for easy to moderate trails, long pants and long sleeves suggested as we may be in or near tall grass.

Priscilla has always had an interest in plants, their stories and ecology. She is a Maine Master Naturalist and volunteer.

This is part of our “What Grows in Harpswell” series. Click here for more information.

Tide Pool Exploration

Tuesday, July 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Pott’s Point Preserve

Come explore the tide pools at Harpswell’s beautiful Pott’s Point Preserve and investigate the interesting creatures that live between the tides. We’ll likely see crabs, lobsters, sea urchins and more!

Bowdoin College Laboratory instructor Beth Whalon will help participants learn to identify some of the interesting animals and algae we can find along Pott’s Point’s rocky shoreline. She will talk about how these creatures survive, how climate change is impacting Casco Bay, and how the species mix found along the shoreline is changing.

Bring shoes that can get wet (water shoes or sturdy sandals are better than rubber boots so you can wade deeper), sun protection, drinking water, and dinner if you want to have an ocean picnic. Park by the side of the road at the very end of Harpswell Neck Road (Rt 123). We will walk to the preserve together.

As a laboratory instructor at Bowdoin College, Beth Whalon teaches in the fields of evolution and marine biology. She is an avid outdoors person who loves exploring the natural world.

Plant Medicine for Beginners

Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

In this class Lucretia Woodruff will talk about her experience as a mother, farmer and herbalist and her simple approach to plant medicine, including identifying what grows locally and how to harvest and use the plants most easily available to us. Participants will make a medicinal preparation to take home.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Annual Meeting: Revisioning the Earth with Philosopher Dana Sawyer

Tuesday, July 16, doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and conversation, program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, 1579 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr’s Island

This annual celebration will include a report on Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s activities in the past year, as well as an inspiring and engaging presentation by philosopher Dana Sawyer. It is free and open to all.

Dana Sawyer on Mt. Katahdin

Dana Sawyer will talk on Revisioning the Earth. What are the primary challenges we face today with regards to insuring the future health of this planet and its many species? The answer, enigmatically, may be both obvious and surprising. Sharing insights from the past thirty years of environmental studies, Professor Dana Sawyer offers a lively and up-to-date assessment of where we stand and how best to solve our environmental challenges. Get ready for some surprising answers!

Dana Sawyer is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at the Maine College of Art (MECA), and author of two critically acclaimed biographies of philosophers he admires, Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith. For nearly thirty years, he taught classes on environmental ethics and sustainability at MECA. He and his wife, Stephani, are avid hikers and kayakers who spend six months each year in a cabin without electricity or running water on a lake near Acadia.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m. at the Cary Memorial Library, 17 Old Winthrop Rd, Wayne. Free and open to the public. See description above.

Lichens with Jeff Pengel

Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Hackett and Minot Trails

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Join Maine Master Naturalist instructor Jeff Pengel to discover the miniature world of lichens. We’ll observe their unusual shapes and structures and learn some common species. This class will explore the natural history, ecology and recent research of these often unnoticed but extraordinarily common organisms. Bring a hand lens if you have one, but loaners will be available. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Cameras welcome. The Harpswell location of this walk will be announced as we get closer.

Jeff Pengel trained as a botanist and geologist and taught earth science and biology. He is a Maine Master Naturalist Instructor and volunteer naturalist with several organizations.

This is part of our “What Grows in Harpswell” series. Click here for more information.

Island Overnight by Kayak

Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27

This event is now full. Email Alicia Heyburn at aheyburn@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.

Join registered Maine sea kayak guide, Alicia Heyburn, for an overnight on the Helen and Walter Norton Preserve on Birch Island.

Meet at the Mere Point Boat Ramp at 2:30 p.m., aiming to be on the water at 3:30 p.m. We will head up into Middle Bay on the rising tide to visit Crow Island Preserve. We will make our way to the Norton Preserve on the northeast corner of Birch Island, which has a nice beach and gorgeous views for our overnight. There are hiking trails and a picnic table, but no other amenities. We will enjoy our evening together and then return to our cars by noon on July 27.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately six to eight nautical miles. Kayaking experience is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayaks at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and wear spray skirts and PFDs at all times.

This trip is limited to eight participants. Participants will bring an appetizer to share, their own food and are responsible for transporting all waste (including human) off the island.

Rental equipment and delivery is available through SeaSpray Kayak. This trip is offered jointly with AMC.

Wabanaki Homelands in Southern Maine: Past, Present, Future

Tuesday, July 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road

Join Joe Hall and Karyn Marden for an engaging presentation about our Wabanaki heritage.

Joe will be talking about the ways that Wabanaki place names do more than describe the lands that Wabanakis inhabited. Wabanakis used them in negotiations with colonists as a way to explain how they wanted to incorporate colonists into Wabanaki homelands and subsistence patterns.

Karyn will explain how Wabanakis used different seasonal migration paths or abundant food sources (land and water) to show how native and non-native people (and many other creatures) were and still are relating to spaces. For instance, the blueberry barren/ pitch pine sand plains unique to Brunswick/Cooks Corner have been important for centuries and were recently recognized and put back under burn management to maintain those ecosystems.

Together the two will show how Wabanaki senses of place have continued to shape this region.

Joe Hall teaches history, including environmental history and Native American history, at Bates College. He is most interested in the ways that Wabanakis continued to inhabit their homelands long after European colonists had claimed it as the state of Maine.

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