Star of reality show ‘Treehouse Masters’ to speak at July 12 event on Maine island

Posted May 17, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Last modified May 20, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.

CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, Maine — Pete Nelson, a Washington-based treehouse builder whose elaborate projects are featured on the cable reality show “Treehouse Masters,” will be the keynote speaker at an event on Chebeague Island this summer.

Online registration for the all-day Sustain ME entrepreneurship conference opens at noon on June 1. The event will take place on July 12 on the Casco Bay island, which stands approximately 10 miles from Portland.

Joining Nelson as speakers at the event will be Maine Technology Institute President Bob Martin; Island Institute President Rob Snyder; Steve Schaffer, co-owner of Isle au Haut-based Black Dinah Chocolatiers, and several other artists and business leaders.

“Treehouse Masters” is a television show on the cable station Animal Planet. Each episode follows Nelson and his team as they travel to a different build site and construct lavish themed treehouses.

Among the builds featured have been an Irish cottage in a southern California olive tree, a brewery atop red oaks in Ohio and a fully functioning spa resting between Texas oak trees.

The cost to attend the July 12 Sustain ME conference will be $50 for the first 30 year-round island residents, and $100 for all other attendees. Included in the price is ferry transportation to Chebeague Island from either Portland or Yarmouth.

 

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