Events Calendar

Blue Hill Heritage Trust events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of our members. Thank You!

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Registration is not required for events unless specifically stated. For more information please contact our office. (207)374-5118  info@bluehillheritagetrust.org

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2019 Event Details

December

 

12/5 Thursday 4-5:30pm – Annual Tree Lighting Celebration: The Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Blue Hill Heritage Trust are teaming up once again to host the Annual Tree Lighting. Join us at Blue Hill Town Hall, on Thursday, December 5th. Festivities will kick off at 3:30pm with an array of family fun activities around town and at 4:30pm upstairs in the Town Hall. Santa arrives at 6pm! This year we are excited to have:
-Wreath Making with Blue Hill Heritage Trust
-Ornament making with BHCS Boosters
-Carol singing with the Blue Hill Congregational Church choir
-The Girl Scout Troop 251 – Blue Hill, ME will be having a fun craft!

 

12/6 Friday 3pm-4:30pm – Winter Holiday Storytelling and Craft in Castine: Join Compass Rose Books and Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a winter holiday storytelling and craft at Compass Rose Books in Castine, Dec 6th 3pm. 4-10 year olds and their families are encouraged to join us, but anyone is welcome! We will be sharing the story of The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren, and then offering a craft session to make your very own tomten doll to take home with you! There will be hot cider and homemade festive treats for you to enjoy. Space is limited. To pre-register please call BHHT office 374-5118.

 

 12/11 Wednesday 3pm-4:30pm – Winter Holiday Storytelling and Craft in Brooksville: Join the Brooksville Free Public Library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a winter holiday storytelling and craft at the Brooksville Library Dec 11th, 3pm. We will be sharing the story, Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin and Illustrated by Rebekah Raye. A craft session will follow in which participants will have the opportunity to make an all natural native seed bird feeders to share with our feathered friends this winter. There will be hot cider and Bucks Harbor Market is donating cookies! Space is limited. To pre-register please call BHHT office 374-5118.

 

12/12 Thursday 3:30pm-5pm Winter Holiday Storytelling and Craft in Brooklin: Join The Brooklin Inn and Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a winter holiday storytelling and craft at the Brooklin Inn Dec 12th, 3:30pm. All ages are welcome! We will be sharing the story, Before Morning by Joyce Sidman and then offering a snowflake craft session to get creative and make a special decoration for the holiday season. There will be hot cider and festive snacks for you to enjoy. Space is limited. To pre-register please call BHHT office 374-5118.

 

12/18 Tuesday 3:30-5pm – Wreath Making for Kids: Come celebrate the holiday season with the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and BHPL while making your own balsam wreath on Tuesday, December 3 at 3:30 pm! Kids will have the chance to learn how to make a wreath using various native evergreen and berry species. This program is co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library and Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Kids under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a caregiver at least 12 years of age.  This program is free but advance registration is required, which can be done by calling 374-5515.

 

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Past 2019 Events:

June

 

6/15 Saturday 1-3PM – Quills End Farm Tour: in collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, we are pleased to present our first farm tour at Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot. Join the Retberg family for a tour of their wonderful farm. The farm tour is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Along with the tour, there will be hands-on guided activity opportunities such as homemade butter and ice cream! Bring your kids for a special tour of the baby animals on the farm including chicks, kids, and calves.

 

6/28 Friday 7PM-9PM- The Cougar Returns to the East with Sue Morse: The fourth annual collaborative speaker event, jointly hosted by ten local organizations, will feature Sue Morse at the Bay School’s Emlen Hall on June 28 at 7 pm. Sue Morse, the founder and science director of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of North America’s top wildlife trackers. This presentation is open to the public with a suggested donation at the door of $10 per person or $5 for students and seniors. Directly following the talk audience members will have an opportunity to chat with Sue face-to-face.

 

POSTPONED Due to rain. Please let us know if you were interested in this event so we can keep you informed about the new date. 6/29 Saturday 10AM-11:30AM Open Air Arts Initiative: Mapping Our Landscape: Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Cynthia Winings Gallery, and the Seed Barn for a Young Artists Workshop at Talalay Nature Sanctuary. We will hike and explore, looking for paths that wildlife uses to think about mapping from a different perspective as well as landmarks important to humans. We will sit in the sun or in shade under a tree and spread out art supplies to make maps of where we went and what we observed.

 

July

 

7/13 Saturday 10AM-11AM – Open Air Arts Initiative: Youth Poetry Workshop: Local educators and poetry experts Kat Hudson & Tarsha Astbury will join Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Open Air Arts Initiative again to lead a hike and workshop along the streamside trail at Patten Stream Nature Preserve in Surry. Participants will compose their own poems and create watercolor paintings en plein air to be displayed along the trail.

 

7/16 Tuesday 2PM-4PM – Horsepower Farm Tour: in collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, we are pleased to present our second farm tour of the season at Horsepower Farm in Penobscot. Join the Birdsall family for a tour of their wonderful farm. The farm tour is free, family-friendly, and open to the public.

 

7/20 Saturday Maine’s Flying Mammal: Bats! 1-3PM Come see one of Maine’s flying mammals – the big brown bat! Anne Rivers from Acadia Wildlife will join Blue Hill Heritage Trust to introduce one of her nocturnal friends, share natural history facts, as well as her experiences rehabilitating bats since 1994. The Holbrook Sanctuary will help participants build bat boxes to take home with them and give tips on how to establish them in their back yards. Join us at the BHHT office: 157 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill, 1PM-3PM. Space is limited so please call to register or for more information: 374-5118

 

7/23 Tuesday Annual Meeting: 5:30PM meeting free and open to all. Lobster feed 7PM.** (there will be a kid’s menu too!) This year the party will be at the Castine Yacht Club (on Water Street). **Call BHHT office to order tickets for dinner 374-5118.

 

August

 

8/4 Sunday 7:30AM – 9AM Astronomical Low Tide Event: Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust with board member and local naturalist, Sarah O’Malley, to explore the tide pools at Carter Nature Preserve in Surry. Come see anemones, encrusting coralline algae, a diversity of red algae and kelps, sponges and all manner of creatures that live in the intertidal zone. All ages welcome and encouraged to attend! Please wear appropriate footwear for potentially slippery shore rocks and wet seaweeds.

 

8/10 Saturday 10:00AM-11:30AM Open Air Arts Initiative: Mapping Our Landscape: Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Cynthia Winings Gallery, and the Seed Barn for a Young Artists Workshop at Talalay Nature Sanctuary. We will hike and explore, looking for paths that wildlife use to think about mapping from a different perspective as well as landmarks important to humans. We will sit in the sun or in shade under a tree and spread out art supplies to make maps of where we went and what we observed. Maybe there will be some natural plant dyes to try out as well! Each person will have the opportunity to make their own map and can get creative with interpretation and medium. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorites along too!

 

8/11 Sunday 10:00am-12:00PM Community Garden Party for Kids and Families: Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Healthy Peninsula are excited to provide a children’s garden party at the new Blue Hill Heritage Trust Community Garden, located behind the office on 157 Hinckley Ridge Road in Blue Hill. There will be harvesting of fresh veggies to make a salad and a simple dressing, mural painting for our new compost bins, and storytelling in the shade of the maple trees. Mint water will be provided for refreshment! Bring your children of any age and stay for a morning of family fun or drop your children off.

 

8/11 Sunday 3PM-4:30PM King Hill Farm Tour: Join the Blue Hill Co-op and the Blue Hill Heritage Trust in tour of King Hill Farm. King Hill Farm is a diversified, organic family farm located in Penobscot, Maine. In addition to growing a wide variety of produce, they raise beef, pork, chicken, and hens for eggs. This program is free & open to the public. Please wear sturdy shoes for the tour.

 

8/14 Wednesday 5-8:30PM Auction Boat Yard Grill: Join BHHT for BBQ and auction of various live and silent items to raise money for an accessible trail at Caterpillar Hill. Tickets on sale July 1st* at Blue Hill Heritage Trust and a list of auction items can be viewed on the Trust’s website.

 

8/17 Saturday Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Knowlton Park Ellsworth: Join us for the first Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Downeast Maine! This FREE Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind. It will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. There will be hot dogs, burgers, fries, ice cream, popcorn, and drinks, and information from participating hosts at 7pm; we’ll start showing the films just after sunset around 8pm. We’ll be at The Grand on Main Street in Ellsworth if there is a forecast of rain.

 

8/18 Sunday 1-2:30PM Open Air Arts Initiative: Helen Farrar – Take a Walk with a Line! Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Cynthia Winings Gallery, and the Seed Barn for a Young Artists Workshop with artist Helen Farrar, at Cynthia Winings Gallery! Pens pencils and ink are great tools for making marks on paper. Come SEE the sculpture garden of the Cynthia Winings Gallery, DRAW on-site, and EXPLORE all of the different ways we can use LINE! Let’s Take a Walk with the Line! This Workshop is for ages 7 and Up! This workshop will wrap up with an art show and a ‘tea party’ in the garden!

September

 

9/7 Saturday 11AM 5/10K Race at Surry Forest: **Due to weather we have cancelled this race.

 

9/13 Saturday 5PM-8PM Hiking Challenge Celebration: The BHHT Hiking Challenge is still on until Sept 13th!! Put on your boots and get out on the trails, and then join us at Strong Brewing Company for beer, lemonade, and food from El El Frijoles & Wing Dingahs Sept 13th 5-7PM! We are very excited to be joined by our friends at the The Blue Hill YMCA, a branch of The Downeast Family YMCA, who will be leading group hikes on all of these trails. So if you don’t like to hike alone, get in touch with the Blue Hill YMCA and get their group hiking schedule (you do not need to be a member of the Y to participate!) All of the eight secret images for the hiking challenge are hiding in the woods for you to find and record and bring to the grand celebration at Strong Brewing Company on Friday, Sept 13th 2019! Complete the challenge and join us on the 13th and be entered into a drawing for some great prizes! (All kiddos who compete the challenge get a prize!)

 

9/14 Saturday 1PM-3PM Weaving Workshop at the Seed Barn: Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Cynthia Winings Gallery, and the Seed Barn for a Young Artists Workshop. We will be broadening perceptions of HOME to include outdoor spaces beyond our walls which helps cultivate an understanding of the interrelationships between humans and wildlife. In this outdoor workshop, participants will be invited to create an on-site sculpture woven through the meadow landscape that will provide winter habitat for seed dispersers. In the process, we will learn how to work with natural materials in our own gardens to augment habitat for wildlife through winter months.

 

9/20 Friday 10AM-12PM – (Member’s Only Event) BHHT Mushroom ID Workshop: David Porter will once again lead the very popular Mushroom ID Workshop Hundred Acres Wood in Brooklin. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot for this great event! Register by calling our office at 374-5118.

 

9/21 Saturday – Beach Cleanup: The Shaw Institute and BHHT invite you to join us for a Beach Cleanup Day at Carter Nature Preserve on the Cross Road in Surry. Be a part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Global Trash Free Seas Day, and Maine’s Coastal Cleanup Day by helping to clean this beautiful property which is under conservation with BHHT. We will provide materials and assign paired volunteers specific areas and duties including data collection. Family friendly, and please bring water bottles, wear durable work gloves, sunscreen and sturdy shoes!

 

9/22 Sunday 1:30-3:00PM – Fairy House Festival: Come celebrate the magic of fairies with Blue Hill Heritage Trust; bring your wings and fairy dust if you have them! Merrie Eley will begin our festival with a story about how to build fairy houses, then we will venture outside to build some for the fairies living in the woods behind Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s office! Space is limited, please call to pre-register at 374-5118.

 

9/25 Wednesday 4:00-6:30PM – FREE Citizen Science Training for Phenology Trail: Join Schoodic Institute and Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a FREE citizen science training. Great for teachers, youth, parents, and individuals interested in helping collect data for national climate change research. We will meet at Carter Nature Preserve in Surry and then head to The Gatherings, also in Surry, to finish the training. Phenology, or nature’s calendar, is the study of plant and animal life cycle events. It includes tracking the timing of flowering and fruiting plants, emergence of insects, and bird migrations. Millions of songbirds migrate south every fall along the northeast coastline. As they travel the long distances needed to reach their southern destinations, they need stopover sites where they can refuel on fruits and insects. We need to know – Is climate change creating a mismatch between fall migrating birds and their food source-fruits and insects? Schoodic Institute has partnered up with the National Phenology Network, and has 9 miles of trails dedicated to this research. BHHT now has three phenology trails of their own! WE NEED YOUR HELP collecting data! Call BHHT office 374-5118 for further information and to register. Space is limited.

 

October

10/19 Saturday – Peninsula Harvest Festival: Co-hosted by Mainescape Garden Shop, Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, come celebrate by welcoming Fall and all that the Peninsula has to offer! This is the kick-off event to the Winter Farmer’s Market, with local food vendors, live music, crafts, and activities for all ages! Free admission!

 

November

11/1  Friday – Satisfy Your Curiosity: Common Mosses and Liverworts!: Miniature plants abound, but we often overlook them. They play key roles in the ecosystem, and have exquisite beauty.On Friday Nov 1, 3pm Blue Hill Heritage Trust will host a short nature walk followed by an indoor workshop led by Alison C. Dibble, Ph.D. We will explore moss habitats in the forest right here behind our BHHT office and talk about how to look at mosses and liverworts. Wear warm clothing and bring a hand lens if you have one! Children, with their parent or guardian, are welcome. Space is limited so please register in advance, call 374-5118 or email info@bluehillheritagetrust.org. If extreme weather, please call ahead, but in light rain the nature walk will be held. We will use a recently published book by Ralph Pope, “Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts” (available in book stores or online). Dr. Alison Dibble is an ecologist of Brooklin, Maine with more than 35 peer review publications in conservation biology-related fields. She has admired mosses and liverworts for more than 33 years and pursues the study of these plants with enthusiasm. She has taught numerous beginner-level courses and workshops on mosses and liverworts and takes pleasure in helping newcomers get started in a big adventure.

 

11/2 Saturday – Wabanaki/Maine History Workshop: Co-Hosted by the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill Books, and The Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Maine Wabanaki-REACH, invites you to an interactive story-telling experience. We will learn about events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. This is a participatory program appropriate for adults and teens. Our goal is to increase our understanding of colonization.To register visit our website: http://www.mainewabanakireach.org/exploring_wabanaki_maine_history_blue_hill Registrations help us with planning. Please include your contact info for us to keep you apprised of updates or changes. This event is free and open to the public.  To learn how you can bring a REACH program to your community or organization contact us at http://www.mainewabanakireach.org/contact_us

 

11/17/Sunday – Naturalist/Trail Visioning Quest!: Come explore the new 3 Bridges Trail at Peter’s Brook with Maine Master Naturalist, Merrie Eley and Trail Builder and Designer, Pete Colman. Discover what natural treasures are thriving along the trail and learn how this trail was envisioned and built. Best suited to older children and adults.

 

NEW! Full Moon Hikes July-September with BHHT

7/16 Tuesday 7PM – Full Buck Moon, Blue Hill Mountain,

8/15 Thursday 8PM- Full Sturgeon Moon, John B. Mountain, Brooksville

9/14 Saturday 7PM – Full Harvest Moon, Blue Hill Mountain

Bring a flashlight, blanket, some snacks, and a quiet voice to see and hear the creatures of the night on our way up! Call BHHT with questions: 374-5118

BHHT will host Listening Sessions across the peninsula: 6:30pm in the following towns on:

  • Blue Hill- Public Library June 25th and July 31st
  • Brooklin- School Library June 17th and July 29th
  • Brooksville- Town Hall June 24th and August 26th
  • Castine- Emerson Hall June 11th and August 7th
  • Penobscot- Town Hall June 19th and August 21st
  • Sedgwick- School Library June 27th and August 5th
  • Surry- Fire Department June 20th and August 8th

Come see us at Blue Hill Farmer’s Market July 6th- August 17th!