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A Rock Walk

Free

with Fred Bowers

Calendar Oct 19, 2022 at 12:30 pm

You are invited to join retired soil scientist/geologist, Fred Bowers for an outdoor talk about rock formations and a walk along the shore of Belfastharbor presented on Wednesday, October 19 at low tide. We will gather at the Belfast Boat House at 12:30 pm to hear Bowers describe how the rock formations we see in Belfast were formed millions of years ago, and also see evidence that Belfast was under a layer of ice a mile thick, 50,000 years ago. Bowers will then lead a short beach walk to examine the glacial till, volcanic intrusions, glacial erratics, and the composition of ledge outcroppings along the shore. Fred Bowers holds a Ph.D. in Forest Soils and worked for 27 years as a Research Scientist for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He lives in Belfast and has taught classes at Belfast SeniorCollege relating to local rocks, soils, and landscapes.

Bogs and Their Incredible Roles in Easing Our Warming Climate - BBL

Free

with Annette Naegel

Calendar Oct 20, 2022 at 11:45 am

A Brown Bag Lunch event!

Annette will speak generally about the importance of bogs and their role in the natural environment, using a few examples in the upper watershed such as Appleton Bog and Fox and Hemingway Pond/bog. She will end her talk with the Rockland Bog, for which the Georges River Land Trust is raising funds toward the conservation of 500+ acres.

Annette is Conservation Director of the Georges River Land Trust.

This is a brown-bag lunch event which is free and open to the public.

DIY Cider

$15

with David Greeley

Calendar Oct 22, 2022 at 9:30 am

GOT APPLES? Maybe a friend or neighbor has productive trees with the apples going to waste? Gather them up, drops are OK unless they are too far gone, and bring them to our farm in Jackson and turn them in to cider. We'll run them through a shredder then press them with a hydraulic press. Voila! Sweet cider makes a wonderful drink or you can try making hard cider. A five gallon bucket of apples makes about one gallon of cider. So bring a mess of apples and clean empty milk jugs or similar to carry your cider home. Rain or shine as the set up is under cover.

This day will be spent at David's Farm.

Unanswered Questions: Poetry as Discovery - BBL

Free

with Stuart Kestenbaum

Calendar Oct 27, 2022 at 11:45 am

A Brown Bag Lunch event!

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Things Seemed to Be Breaking, and The View from Here, a collection of essays. He was the host of the Maine Public Radio program Poems from Here and the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future. He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines. He was the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015, and more recently he has helped design and implement a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts.

Stuart served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016 to 2021. Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

 

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