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Land Trust Celebrates the Sheepscot River Headwaters

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SWLA supporters enjoy the potluck picnic at the 2011 Midsummer Celebration.

Liberty, ME, July 4, 2012 – The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA) is celebrating the Maine outdoors with its annual Midsummer Celebration on Saturday, July 14 in Montville. The celebration features two options for exploring nature followed by a potluck picnic with live music and the summer lottery drawing.

The event will include a walk and talk examining landscape and language with Kerry Hardy, ecologist, linguist eco-historian, and author of Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki. As participants journey to the Sheepscot River, Hardy will share and discuss the Algonquin names for the plants, animals, and landscape features that participants encounter, offering a glimpse of the world as the Wabanaki ancestors saw it.

In addition, Milkweed Theater puppeteer Nancy Tyndall, a one-woman troupe from Montville, Maine, will offer the opportunity to make and present a wildlife puppet. Nancy has traveled throughout the state for over 20 years, performing original, interactive shows and teaching puppetry. 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 live homegrown tunes. The winning tickets for SWLA’s summer lottery are being pulled and announced at 1 pm during the picnic. The event will end at 2:00 pm, and will be held rain or shine.

“This event provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscape of the Sheepscot River headwaters in community. We hope that people will join us for this fun, educational event,” says Alysa Remsburg, SWLA president from Unity.

The celebration will be held at 406 Halldale Road in Montville. Wear weather-appropriate clothing for exploring and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and drinking water if you are joining Kerry Hardy for the walk.

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 first time members joining at regular membership rates.

SWLA is a non-profit land trust group working to protect the upper Sheepscot River watershed in Waldo County through conservation easements and land acquisition. Established in 1991, SWLA maintains 16 miles of publicly accessible trails, protects over 1350 acres of land in the town of Montville, and sponsors a number of educational talks and hikes each year. For more information, go to www.swlamaine.org, find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/swlamaine), or call 207-589-3230.

For further information contact:
Anna Fiedler
Executive Director
(207) 589 – 3230