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Celebrating the Penobscot River

BANGOR, Maine — Join the Lower Penobscot Watershed Coalition, local businesses and community partners in the Penobscot River Revival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, on the waterfront with a family-friendly event bringing awareness to efforts to restore the health of the river and its fish and wildlife.

Live music from the Burnham Boys and Park Street Pickers, river-focused educational exhibits, local artists and cultural displays of crafts will draw attention to the traditions of the community and historic fisheries. The Penobscot River Revival is a cultural celebration, highlighting an increased spirit of stewardship and the importance of sea-run fish to sustaining health and social traditions in the watershed, encouraging outdoor recreation along the river and fishing-oriented activities.

Featured will be short paddling trips on the river, boating safety tips, craft tables, children’s activities, an art show and sale, T-shirt sales, information on fish and wildlife, food from local vendors, 30 exhibits and live music.

Join Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative members in the artist tent. Stretch your creative side with art activities with Tree Heckler of Howling Threads Studio or make wood block prints of fish and wildlife by artist Sally Gilbert. Go on a Water Bug Safari with naturalist Tony Sohns of the Rock and Art Shop, or learn to tie flies for future fishing adventures. Talk to scientists about research on sturgeon, Atlantic salmon, shad and other river-dependent fisheries that are being restored to the watershed.

The event is coordinated with the city of Bangor. Sponsors are Penobscot River Restoration Trust, Maine Department of Marine Resources, NOAA Fisheries, Friends of Sears Island, Eastern Maine Development Corp., Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative, Mobilize Maine, Harley Plumbing & Heating, Cianbro LLC, Penobscot County Conservation Association, Maine Discovery Museum, Ski Rack, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Folklife Center and Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant. Cumulus Radio will broadcast live on 107.3 FM. For more information, visit http://penobscotriverrevival.blogspot.com/.

The Lower Penobscot Watershed Coalition is a partnership of conservation groups, municipalities, industry and tribal, state and federal natural resource agencies focused on improving ecosystem health in the river and its watershed. A key goal is to raise awareness of the work being accomplished by many groups to continue water quality improvements and restore historic runs of migratory fish.

For information, contact Cheryl Daigle at cheryl@penobscotriver.org or 232-9969 or 817-7362.

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