Visitors to the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show will have the chance to win a Tom Hennessey painting and other valuable prizes in a cooperative raffle that will benefit the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Cheryl Daigle, the project’s community liaison and outreach coordinator, explained that a number of conservation groups have combined forces to stage the raffle.
The raffle is being run by the Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, along with the Eddington, Veazie and Penobscot salmon clubs, on behalf of the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Hennessey, a longtime outdoor columnist at the BDN, has garnered plenty of attention for his artwork over the years.
The watercolor painting that will be raffled, “Dawn Distraction,” shows two Penobscot Indians pulling a birch bark canoe over a beaver dam, while a distant moose stands in the background.
“I did it about two years ago when I went up and watched [Penobscots] make those canoes,” Hennessey explained. “[The BDN] did a feature on the Style page and I got quite a few inquiries about whether the panting was for sale, or if there were prints available. I just tucked it away.”
More recently, he decided to donate the painting in order to help raise money for the ambitious Penobscot River Restoration Project, and to herald the cooperative nature of the effort.
“Where the [Penobscot Nation is] such a major stakeholder in this [project], I got thinking about it and I thought, ‘I’ll give it to the [Penobscot River Restoration Trust] as an item to make some money with.”
Hennessey said he hopes the painting will be framed and available for viewing at the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show, which runs March 13-15 at the University of Maine. School Street Picture Framing in Brewer has donated its services to frame the painting.
In addition, Hennessey said that 100 prints — an extremely limited edition — of the painting will be sold to raise money for the project.
Daigle said raffle tickets will sell for $20 apiece, or 10 tickets for $100.
Among the other prizes available in the raffle: A Penobscot salmon reel handcrafted by Martin Arsenault of Howland Tool Co.; salmon fishing in the private waters of the Miramichi-Renous Club, including lodging, meals and guides, with host Andy Goode of the Atlantic Salmon Federation; Orvis rods and reels; framed prints by Hennessey, John Swan and Arthur Taylor; and Patagonia waders and boots.
For more information, visit the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show or contact a member of any of the local salmon clubs.
Sunkhaze holding free kids raffle
Young sportsman’s show visitors can also take advantage of a raffle sponsored by the Friends of Sunkhaze Stream National Wildlife Refuge.
Children 10 and younger can enter the free raffle for a backpack and assorted goodies.
The red pack has “Let’s Go Outside” inscribed on it, and inside the lucky winner will find a children’s book for taking into the field and collecting bugs, a bug collection jar, an Eastern Backyard Bird pocket naturalist guide, two large plastic magnifying glasses, four small plastic magnifying glasses, a pair of Bushnell lightweight binoculars and a deck of cards with 52 nature activities on them.
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