Gulf of Maine workshop

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 1:33 p.m.

BRISTOL — The public is invited to learn about a special “sea within the sea” known as the Gulf of Maine at a workshop 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 19, at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center.

What exactly is the Gulf of Maine? Come find out where it is, how it works, why there are so many fish there, why the tides are so big, and have answered any other questions by Phil Averill of Ocean Adventure! This is a participatory program for all ages. The workshop is free, but participants must pay the town’s admission fee to the park. Space is limited, and preregistration is required by calling PWA at 563-2196.

Ocean Adventure! is a marine education business providing programming to schools, libraries and festivals throughout northern New England. Averill has extensive experience as a commercial fisherman, marine biologist and fisheries engineer. He has owned and operated Ocean Adventure! for 20 years; visit www.oceanadventure.org for more information.

Benefit concert

BRISTOL — On Saturday, Aug. 27, a lineup of four “homegrown” singer-songwriters will share their musical inspirations from Earth at a concert to benefit the conservation work of the Pemaquid Watershed Association. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the public is invited to “Earth as Muse: A Benefit Concert for the Pemaquid Watershed Association” at the Bristol Congregational Church in Bristol Mills.

The performers will sing of respect and appreciation for the earth, with most of the songs original works. There will be a bake sale at intermission.

James Dale, Jan Marie Bacon, Bruce Hardina and Solomon Temple Montrond will take the stage with their acoustic guitars during the concert.

James Dale lives in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, and spent many of his boyhood summers on Pemaquid Pond. He will perform songs he wrote for his album, “Not For Entertainment,” which resonates with his love for the Pemaquid area.

Jan Marie Bacon is a local folksinger who has been performing in concerts and festivals around the midcoast for many years. She has a proclivity for song parodies and will perform at least one during her set.

Bruce Hardina is former lead singer of the eclectic band White Buffalo out of New York, and Solomon Temple Montrond has performed with his twin sister in their group, The Eternal Fraternals. Hardina and Montrond will share their original songs that speak of love and caretaking for Mother Earth.

Tickets are $12, and children under 12 may attend for free. For tickets, call PWA at 563-2196. Tickets also will be available at the door. The Bristol Congregational Church is at 1263 Bristol Road (Route 130), six miles from Main Street, Damariscotta.

Land trust annual meeting

APPLETON — Members and friends of the Georges River Land Trust will gather on Sunday, Aug. 21, for GRLT’s annual meeting and celebration in Appleton at the Appleton Preserve, a 124-acre property acquired by GRLT in 2006. This property protects high-quality wildlife habitat along a 1-mile stretch of the St. George River. It supports forested and open wetlands and upland coniferous forest with trails meandering through woods and beside the St. George River.

A short business meeting will start at 2 p.m., and the membership will vote on the new slate of board members. After the business meeting, Dan Daly of Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will speak about the freshwater fisheries of the St. George River, with emphasis on the coldwater species such as brook and brown trout.

Dan is a former fishing guide and past chairman of the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, as well as an accomplished artist.

A picnic potluck will follow the talk and GRLT will provide drinks. Attendees are asked to bring food to share according to the first letter of your last name, as follows: from A-I, main dish, J-S, salad, and T-Z, dessert. Bring your kids, chairs or blankets and binoculars. Wear suitable footwear for a 10-minute walk from the parking area into the preserve. Directions: From the intersection of Routes 131 and 105 (Camden Road) in Appleton, go east on Route 105 for one-half mile to the property on your right. Look for the yellow GRLT Event signs. Someone will assist you with parking. Call the office at 594-5166 with any questions.

Group seeks volunteers

For a decade the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association has been offering environmental education programs for sixth-graders who live in the watershed towns of Washington, Nobleboro and Jefferson. These programs teach students about erosion, water quality, plants, animals, stewardship, the watershed concept and more. Including time spent in the classroom and outside, DLWA volunteers and staff strive to provide hands-on and interactive programs. Now DLWA is looking for volunteers to help continue these programs during the coming school year and beyond.

Every year DLWA evaluates its education program, and this past year the nonprofit surveyed Jefferson’s seventh- and eighth-graders to see what they remembered. Quite a bit, it turns out. Many of the middle school students could describe what a watershed is. “We learned about water and what can happen to it,” one student wrote. “We walked around and saw plants, bugs and wildlife. And we learned about all the things we saw,” wrote another student. “We went on a boat and got to net plankton … We got to make our own T-shirts … We got to learn about plants that did not belong in Damariscotta Lake (hydrilla), creatures that live in the lake, and more,” another student wrote.

It is thanks to dedicated volunteers that DLWA’s education programs are memorable and contribute to an ethic of stewardship in young people. Do you enjoy being around kids? No experience is necessary to join the committee. Experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know. The time commitment is flexible. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Julia McLeod at 549-3836 or Julia@dlwa.org.

Sea kayaking outing

DAMARISCOTTA — Maine’s coast presents a spectacular rainbow of summer colors. Spend 1-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, touring Muscongus Bay in a sea kayak. Your instructor will be Glenn “Mitch” Mitchell, co-owner of Midcoast Kayak. Mitchell is a registered Maine Guide with more than 20 years of experience. Midcoast Kayak will supply the kayaks and gear program participants will need for the tour. Before embarking on your tour of well-protected coastal waters, Mitchell will cover the basics of sea kayaking. The group will paddle out to explore Muscongus Bay’s islands.

The three-hour tour launches at 1 p.m. from Midcoast Kayak’s touring facility at Muscongus Harbor, two miles north of Round Pond, just off Maine Route 32. This quiet, family-run harbor provides ample parking, and is easily accessible. Participant fee: $30. Advance registration is required. Call 563-1363 by Aug. 22 to reserve your kayak and place. Arrive by 12:30 p.m. to select your kayak and be outfitted with gear you will need for your tour.

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