MONTVILLE, Maine — Summer is a great time to enjoy the Maine outdoors so the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA) is inviting the general public to celebrate summer by exploring the lands it protects at SWLAâ€™s Midsummer Celebration on Saturday, July 23. The Midsummer Celebration features a selection of four guided explorations followed by a potluck picnic with live music.
The four exploration options are:
â€˘ â€śWoods Lore and Homemade Pondsâ€ť begins at 9:30 A.M. on the Howard Road in Montville, in the field about a half-mile up that road from the Halldale Road. This exploration will be led by Moe Martin.
â€˘ â€śDiscovering Dragonflies and Damselfliesâ€ť begins at 10:00 A.M. at the Bog Brook Trail, on the Halldale Road. Alyssa Remsburg, assistant professor of biology at Unity College. Most of her recent research has focused on the community ecology of dragonflies and damselflies (order Odonata), including a study on vehicle collision at Acadia National Park. If you opt to take this exploration, consider bringing binoculars, an insect net, and/or shoes that can get wet.
â€˘ â€śDoing Archeology: Digging Ruinsâ€ť also begins at 10:00 A.M… Christopher Marshall, professor of anthropology at Unity College will led this exploration, in which participants will dig a Waldo County ruin. The activity begins at the Northern Headwaters parking lot on the Halldale Road in Montville. If you select this option, you might want to bring a pair of garden or work gloves. All other tools will be provided.
â€˘ â€śWho Lives Here?â€ť is an exploration designed for families. It will explore the Halldale Spur Trail, which starts on the Halldale Road in Montville. Heidi Brugger and Joanna Greenwood will familiarize participants with trail markings and their meaning while they explore life in the woods. This exploration includes time for a short game of Camouflage and constructing small homes for wood sprites using materials at hand. Participants might want to bring a small bucket to aid in collection of construction materials. This exploration begins at 10 a.m.
All explorations end in time for the potluck picnic at 406 Halldale Road in Montville. The picnic will feature your locally prepared and shared foodsâ€”itâ€™s a potluck, donâ€™t forgetâ€”and live and lively homegrown tunes. The fun here starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
â€śPeople can pick an exploration and then relax and have fun at the picnic, or they can come for just one or the other. The main thing is to come and enjoy the region and some of the people who protect it,â€ť says Joanna Greenwood, SWLA board member from Brooks. â€śWe will be celebrating midsummer rain or shine, so we hope that people will join us for education, exploration, and just plain fun in the headwaters of the Sheepscot River.â€ť
SWLA will have signs posted at both intersections of Route 220 and the Halldale Road as well as at the starts of each exploration and the picnic. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing for exploring and bring insect repellant, sunscreen, and drinking water for the event. For more information, call Larkspur Morton at 207-342-2459. This event is free and all are welcome. Donations are appreciated as is joining the organization, so opportunity to give or to join will be available at the picnic.
Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance is a nonprofit land trust that protects the headwaters of the Sheepscot River in Waldo and parts of Kennebec County. For more information, find the organization on the Internet at www.swlamaine.org or on Facebook.
Contact Name: Larkspur Morton
Telephone Number: (207)342-2459