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Land Trust Celebrates the Sheepscot River Headwaters

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Participants of all ages enjoy puppetry with Nancy Tyndall at the 2012 Midsummer Celebration.

Liberty, ME, July 8, 2013 – The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA) is celebrating the Maine outdoors with its annual Midsummer Celebration on Saturday, July 20 in Montville. The event features two workshops followed by a potluck picnic with live music and the summer lottery drawing.
The event will include a walk with Mike Beaudry, local historian, on early European settlers and the politics of the land at the Sheepscot Headwaters. Participants will journey on foot and into history to the old mill site at the headwaters of the Sheepscot River – perhaps the first dam built in the area. Mike will share a glimpse into the history of the land, including how people shaped the land and were shaped by it.
In addition, Terri-Lynn Fowler, educator and outdoor enthusiast, will encourage children to focus on using all five senses in nature with ecology games and sensory activities. This activity is available to participants of all ages.
Registration for the event begins at 9:30 am with both activities starting at 10 am and ending before the potluck picnic at 12 noon. The picnic will feature music by Ando Anderson and Wes Cotton. The winning tickets for SWLA’s summer lottery are being pulled and announced at 1 pm during the picnic. The event will end at 1:30 pm, and will be held rain or shine.
“This event provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscape of the Sheepscot River headwaters and meet others who appreciate it. We hope that people will join us for this fun, educational event,” says Anna Fiedler, SWLA executive director.
The celebration will be held at 406 Halldale Road in Montville. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and drinking water.
This event is free to members and all are welcome come and join SWLA (for any amount). The Green Store in Belfast has generously donated a discount on store merchandise for all new members in 2013.
The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA) is a non-profit land trust working to conserve land and water ecosystems in the upper Sheepscot River watershed. Established in 1991, SWLA maintains 16 miles of publicly accessible trails, protects over 1,350 acres of land, and sponsors educational talks and hikes throughout the year. For more information, visit SWLA’s web site (www.swlamaine.org), find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/swlamaine), or call SWLA’s office in Liberty: 207-589-3230.