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July 2017

Garden Tour Reception at Randall’s Hill Farm

July 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Randall’s Hill Farm, Montville, ME 04941 United States + Google Map
$35

George and Karin Look invite you to their Randall’s Hill Farm in Montville for post-Garden Tour food and drink and a wonderful view of the northern reaches of the Georges River watershed. Guests will gather in the Look's restored 1814 barn for drinks and finger-food. Wander, if you wish, to their pond and through the youthful gardens, or just sit and relax in the timber-frame Folly or under a tree. Former private chef, Rene Veilleux, will prepare the food as…

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No Bees, No Berries

July 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The public is invited to take a walk through a productive blueberry barren on the edge of Sennebec Pond to explore the link between pollinators and Maine blueberry production. Francis Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management and Blueberry Extension Pollination Specialist, will join Georges River Land Trust on Friday, July 21st at 4 p.m. in Appleton to discuss wild blueberry production and the its link with pollination. Dr. Drummond’s research topics have included wild blueberry production, blueberry…

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Arctic Observations by Peter Ralston

July 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Strand, 345 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Free

Peter Ralston, noted photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, took to the seas last summer for an epic adventure to Greenland and the heart of the Northwest Passage, a 900-mile sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday July 30th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Peter will share his observations with his photographs as a backdrop on the screen. This event is being cosponsored by Georges River Land Trust and Herring Gut…

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August 2017

Wednesday Walkers Hike

August 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Canal Path, Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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Join fellow hikers every Wednesday, May until mid-November, and discover a new trail each week! The group is led by someone from each of 14 participating land trusts and organizations throughout the Midcoast area, from Brunswick to Camden. Hike name: Canal Path Hike leader: John Anders, GRLT Trails Manager Length in miles: About 3 miles Difficulty: Level and easy walk along the river Start time: 9 am Meeting place: The north trailhead is located on the Georges River in Searsmont.…

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Wet Paint on the ‘Weskeag!

August 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Kelpie Gallery, 81 Elm Street
South Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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$40

Plein Air Paint Auction Georges River Land Trust and The Kelpie Gallery of South Thomaston welcome you to join us for the fourth annual Wet Paint on the 'Weskeag! event on Sunday, August 13, with proceeds to benefit the Land Trust's conservation programs. What is Wet Paint on the 'Weskeag? More than 35 participating artists will create a work of art en plein air along the ‘Weskeag River. An auction preview and cocktail reception will begin at 4:00 p.m. Drinks and…

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Ash Point Preserve Opening to the Public

August 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The public is invited to join Georges River Land Trust for a short walk on the new Ash Point Preserve in Owls Head at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 22. Along the way, Brent West, Georges River Land Trust Stewardship Manager, will describe the management goals for the property. Visitors will enjoy a spectacular view of Penobscot Bay and Ash Island from the 2,140-foot granite shoreline. This new 34-acre preserve was originally protected in 1986 through a conservation easement. Now…

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30th Celebration Boat Trip and Annual Meeting

August 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, 84 Knox St.
Thomaston, ME 04861 United States
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Free - $40

Get out your boat togs and dancing shoes because it's time to celebrate our 30th Anniversary! Join us at the Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding boatyard in Thomaston for an afternoon gathering of friends, food, music, dancing, and a silent auction. Let's have some fun! Here's what we have planned: Cruising on the Laura B down the Georges River to see recently conserved lands and learn about local wildlife - limited spots available - $40 per person Bring your summer season delicacy for…

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September 2017

Langlais Sculpture Preserve Grand Opening

September 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Free

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing! We have been hard at work over the last five years to protect and conserve the legacy of Bernard "Blackie" Langlais at his home in Cushing. Through many generous partnerships, more than 12 outdoor, larger-than-life wooden sculptures have been professionally conserved, the house, barn, and studio have been repaired, and we've completed several energy efficiency upgrades. We have secured a safe and accessible parking area,…

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October 2017

Clarry Hill Watershed Divide Hike

October 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Clarry Hill, Elmer Hart Road
Union, ME United States
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Free

Join Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) and Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) for a hike on an MVLT trail on the blueberry lands of Clarry Hill in Union, which is the watershed divide between the Georges River and the Medomak River. The trail provides access to fields and forest and offers spectacular views of both watersheds and beyond. Hikers will meet at the Clarry Hill trailhead on Elmer Hart Road in Union. The trail is 2.5 miles out and back…

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Cider Pressing in Cushing

October 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for the First Annual Langlais Sweet Cider Day! Pastor Chuck Orchards will be bringing the cider press and the know-how to make some delicious cider with our own organic Langlais apples. Bring your kids and your friends to sip some cider among the giant outdoor wooden sculptures at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. There will be plenty of samples to try, and cider for purchase. Donations to support the Preserve are welcome!

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Sunchoke Soup Making at Langlais

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for an afternoon of making delicious autumn soup from the sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) that grow on the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. We will have some sunchokes ready to begin cooking with, and will also teach you how to successfully remove these from your garden. And of course, we'll enjoy the soup hot off the stove together!

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Chainsaw Safety Workshop

October 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Robbins Lumber Co., Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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The public is invited to participate in a free chainsaw skills workshop geared for both novices and more experienced operators. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 29 from 9 am to 2 pm at Robbins Lumber Forestry office in Searsmont. The workshop will be led by Ted Wright who oversees the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program, and Brent West, GRLT Stewardship Program Manager. Chainsaw maintenance, safety, proper bucking and felling techniques will be demonstrated. Protective gear and chainsaws…

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November 2017

Hike to Mt. Pleasant Summit

November 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join our Trails Manager, John Anders, for a 2-mile hike to the summit of Mt. Pleasant. The Mt. Pleasant portion of the Georges Highland Path (our 50-mile trail system) winds it's way through a mixed forest, wild blueberry fields, and ends up with a wonderful view. All ages welcome on this hike; it is moderate to strenuous in sections. Bring a lunch, wear your hunter orange, and enjoy the view! Use your GPS to find the parking at 421 Mt.…

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Sponsorship Luncheon

November 15, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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We are excited to roll out our sponsorship opportunities for 2018-19! For the first time, we are inviting our local sponsors to join us for lunch and to hear about the best ways to stay involved in the coming years. We know how you want to plan ahead for how you'll support all the worthy causes in our area. You'll learn about our signature events such as the Gardens in the Watershed Tour, our 50-mile Georges Highland Path system of…

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Historic Lighthouse Keeper Stories

November 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy Ernest DeRaps' presentation of his years as lighthouse keeper in Penobscot Bay. During the 1950's, he and his family were stationed at Monhegan Island, Fort Point, Browns Head and Heron Neck. Ernest and his wife Pauline have written a journal depicting their lifestyle of light keeping from both the lightkeeper and the lightkeeper's wife's perspective. Join us on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing.…

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December 2017

Blind Albert Sings the Blues!

December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Don't miss the first Saturday afternoon of music at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve! We are pleased to welcome Vincent Gabriel, aka Blind Albert, as he plays an afternoon of the blues amidst the magic of Blackie's art. Bring a sweater and flask, and we'll have warm drinks and snacks. Saturday, December 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. Vincent Gabriel is a guitarist from Warren, Maine, and plays venues throughout the midcoast. His early influences were his…

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Volunteer Appreciation Party

December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main Street
Rockland, 04841 United States
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Free

Volunteers, please join us as we celebrate the energy and enthusiasm that you displayed throughout 2017! From assembling mailings to keeping our trails clear, you're the fuel that makes this engine go and we couldn't do nearly as much as we do without your valuable assistance. Take a bow, enjoy the company of your fellow volunteers, and come hear us shout out our appreciation for your hard work this year! Join us for nibbles and sips at Harbor Square Gallery…

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January 2018

Clams and Mudflats Research

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Watts Hall, 174 Main St
Thomaston, ME 04861 United States
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Commercial and recreational clammers have a vested interest in the hands-on research of Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology and Director of the Marine Field Station at U. Maine Machias. On Thursday, January 11 at 7 pm in Watts Hall, Thomaston, Brian will report on the contents of 30 clam "recruitment" boxes that were placed on mudflats of the Weskeag and Georges Rivers in 2017. Fifteen boxes were on mudflats under conservation by the Georges River Land Trust, and…

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Weskeag Marsh – A Conservation Story

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME United States
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Join Mid-Coast Audubon board member, birder, photographer and Free Press columnist Don Reimer for a colorful photographic tour of Weskeag Marsh’s varied habitats and rich assortment of bird and animal life. After a decade of volunteering with the annual International Shorebird Surveys, Don will discuss Weskeag’s vital role in seasonal shorebird migration, and the fostering conservation work of Georges River Land Trust’s Bridging Two Rivers project. The talk will be held in the Picker Room at the Camden Library starting…

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Guided Snowshoe Adventure

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Trolley Marsh, 318-354 Oyster River Rd
Warren, ME 04864 United States
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Bring your snowshoes or skis and join our Trails Manager, John Anders, for a 2-mile guided adventure to the banks of the St. George River! Meet at the Trolley Marsh Preserve parking lot on Route 131 in Warren for a one mile in and one mile back treck. Dress for the weather and bring a snack and hot beverage for when we get back to the parking lot.

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February 2018

Art in the Snow

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Help us celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Enjoy the wonder and magic of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in the snow!! Explore the sculpture trail, the woodland trails and come inside for a tour of Bernard Langlais' house and workshops. Create a snow sculpture amidst the elephants! All ages invited, free admission, and dogs are welcome (on leash). Bring your snowshoes!

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March 2018

Aldo Leopold Film Screening

March 2 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St.
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The words Aldo Leopold wrote in 1948 still strike a note today: “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” These words are the start of Leopold’s famous book, A Sand County Almanac, one of the best-loved conservation classics of all time. Aldo Leopold’s land ethic continues to spread across the country thanks to the continued momentum of the annual Aldo Leopold Weekend celebration, an event where readings from A Sand County Almanac often take…

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Sacred Art Tour

March 27 - March 31
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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For the first time, the Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, India, are visiting Maine! From March 27-31, 2018, the monks will be creating a sand mandala at Georges River Land Trust's Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Road, Cushing. Here is a DETAILED, PRINTABLE, LIST OF EVENTS AND SCHEDULE. Parking is limited at the Preserve, so we encourage you to carpool. During their 10-month national tour, eight Tibetan refuge Buddhist monks will be sharing ancient Tibetan traditions,…

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The Future of our Ocean, Lands and Lobstering

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Farnsworth Museum, 16 Museum St.
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Georges River Land Trust welcomes David Cousens, retired leader of Maine Lobstermen's Association, speaking on how connected our actions on land are to the ocean effecting not only the lobster industry but the health of our planet. A timely and important message from a leader in our coastal community who understands the direct impact of how we preserve and protect our local landscape and resources. Cousens, whose three sons are lobstermen, takes a long view of the lobstering industry. His…

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April 2018

Coastal Cleanup for Earth Day

April 21 - April 22

Bring your gloves and buckets, kids and friends and join us to clean up our coastal zone! Our local cleanups will be happening during a global effort to care for our planet. To learn more, visit https://www.earthday.org. Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm - Rockland. GRLT and the Rockland Harbor Trail will co-host a clean up of Rockland's waterfront, followed by a program on microplastics in the ocean and a barbeque.  Starting at 9 am, the public is invited to meet at Maine…

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