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Events & Programs in March and April 2020

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.

Full Moon Adventure

Curt Chipman photo

Monday, March 9, 7-8 p.m. at Pott’s Point Preserve. Meet at the southern end of Harpswell Neck Road. We will walk along Pott’s Point Road to the preserve.

Savor the crisp air and moonlight as we enjoy a walk together under the full moon. We will walk a quarter mile along scenic Pott’s Point Road to Pott’s Point Preserve. Snacks and hot drinks provided at this free event. Dogs welcome (on leash while on Pott’s Point Road). Bring a headlamp or flashlight, a travel mug and warm clothes.

Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup Comes to Harpswell

CANCELED Thursday, March 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Hackett and Minot Trails. Park at the Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell. The trail is across the street and down Littlefield Road.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust provides fun and engaging Harpswell-based activities for the Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup on the third Thursday of the month (excluding the summer).

The Forest Playgroup is a free, parent-facilitated program that aims to provide a space for families to explore, learn and interact outside. They meet every Thursday at 10 a.m. at different locations in the Southern Midcoast region. Weekly adventures are posted in their Facebook group. Click here to join.

All are welcome! Please wear appropriate clothing to be outdoors the whole time. We will meet rain or shine!

Why do Birds Love Bugs?

Movie night at the Harpswell Town Office sponsored by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership.

POSTPONED. Check back for a new date.

Learn why birds love bugs by watching Doug Tallamy’s talk on “Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home.” Free. We provide the popcorn.

Video used with permission from Grow Native Massachusetts.

Harpswell’s Winter (into Spring) World

CANCELED Saturday, March 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Mitchell Field, 1410 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

March’s outing will be led by Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin Biology Professor Emeritus.

Join us the third Saturday of each month, January through April, for Harpswell’s Winter World. Each month we’ll visit a different land trust preserve with a naturalist for an informal walk to explore how plants and animals have adapted to survive winter in Maine, as well as other winter-worthy topics. Details for each outing will be posted on this website prior to the walk. Programs are free and appropriate for adults and school-aged children. No advance registration necessary.

Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup Comes to Harpswell

CANCELED Thursday, April 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. Location to be announced.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust provides fun and engaging Harpswell-based activities for the Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup on the third Thursday of the month (excluding the summer).

The Forest Playgroup is a free, parent-facilitated program that aims to provide a space for families to explore, learn and interact outside. They meet every Thursday at 10 a.m. at different locations in the Southern Midcoast region. Weekly adventures are posted in their Facebook group. Click here to join.

All are welcome! Please wear appropriate clothing to be outdoors the whole time. We will meet rain or shine!

Harpswell’s Winter (into Spring) World

CANCELED Saturday, April 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. Location to be announced.

April’s outing will focus on trees and will be led by Arborist Kyle Rosenberg.

Join us the third Saturday of each month, January through April, for Harpswell’s Winter World. Each month we’ll visit a different land trust preserve with a naturalist for an informal walk to explore how plants and animals have adapted to survive winter in Maine, as well as other winter-worthy topics. Details for each outing will be posted on this website prior to the walk. Programs are free and appropriate for adults and school-aged children. No advance registration necessary.

Maine’s Lighthouses: Stories from Maine’s Last Living Keeper

Ernest, Pauline and their first four children (out of six). Taken July 1964 at their house on Vinalhaven. (Ernie DeRaps photo)

POSTPONED. Check back for a new date.

Advance registration requested.

The coast of Maine is dotted with 65 lighthouses, the majority of which still keep a beacon shining today. The first Maine lighthouse was lit in 1811. During the 1950s and 1960s, many lighthouses were converted to automated operation and now the manned lighthouse has become a thing of the past.

Come join us at HHLT to hear accounts of our maritime heritage from writer, painter and salty mariner, Ernest DeRaps, retired U.S.C.G. Lighthouse Keeper. Learn about his time spent at four Maine lighthouses over the course of his career. At 92 years old, this is a rare and wonderful chance to enjoy Ernie’s storytelling about the trials and tribulations of living on our rocky coast.

Ernie holding his painting of the Browns Head Light, from his 65 lighthouse series.
(Photo: DianeAtwood.com)

In retirement, Ernie painted the scene of all 65 lighthouses on the Maine coast. Several of his original pieces will be on display at the talk. He has also authored a book “Lighthouse Keeping; Light Housekeeping,” which is a collaboration with his late wife, Polly.

Additionally, we’ll have book suggestions for more reading about lighthouses and a sampling of information about Maine lighthouses open to the public. This event promises to be a hit with history buffs, maritime enthusiasts and those with a sense of curiosity about a lifestyle of the past.

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