Upcoming Washington County Events
- : Festivals - Dec 31 - Eastport - Eastport Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
For the seventh year, Eastport will celebrate New Year's Eve with the Annual Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop from the Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA) located in the heart of its downtown historic district. This year the event will be marked by the first countdown from the new community clock projecting from corner of the second story of the former Masonic Hall, across the street from the Tides Institute and Bank Square. Restaurants, shops, galleries open for the night! The 'Sardine' will be lowered at midnight Eastern Time. A 'Maple Leaf' will be lowered at midnight Atlantic Time (or 11 p.m. eastern) as Eastport is poised just west of the Atlantic time zone with the Canadian islands of Deer Island and Campobello located just off shore in Passamaqoddy Bay. For info phone (207) 853-4047.
- : Other - Jan 25 - Grand Lake Stream - Dr. Ruth Ahrens: Revolution Downeast - Town Building - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in welcoming Dr. Ruth Ahrens from the Burnham Tavern. Dr. Ahrens will discuss the events that occurred in the Downeast region during the Revolutionary War. In the late eighteenth century, the area that would become the state of Maine was still part of Massachusetts - a colony of a colony within the sprawling British Empire. When war did erupt, many Maine colonists hoped that their geographical isolation and the presence of Native tribes - many of whom were longstanding British foes - would protect them from royal forces in nearby Nova Scotia. For Maine, as for many other areas of the rebelling colonies, the struggle with England proved to be a divisive ordeal that heightened prewar social, economic, and political differences and created new ones. Dr. Ahrens will expound upon the revolutionary history of the area in general and recount the Battle of the Margaretta in particular. She will explain why events played out as they did and how actions in Machias mirrored those in the larger "theater" of the American Revolution.
- : Other - Jan 26 - Grand Lake Stream - Trees in Winter - Grand Lake Stream - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
Identifying a dormant tree is not nearly as complicated as it might seem at first glance. Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust's forester, Kyle Burdick on a hike through the winter woods and learn to identify local trees by their branches, bark, and buds.
- : Water Sports - Apr 21 thru Apr 25 - Grand Lake Stream - Bamboo Fly Rod Making Workshop - Town Building - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to welcome back David P. Van Burgel and Kathy J. Scott from Ardea Bamboo Rods to teach this workshop. The goal of the week-long class will be for each participant to craft a bamboo fly rod from raw cane to ferruled blank. David and Kathy will also provide instruction on the addition of guides/eyes and the varnish/finish beyond the class. The cost of the class will be $650 per student which will include all materials to make a 2 piece ferruled bamboo fly rod blank with grip and reel seat, guides and wrapping thread. To provide intensive one-on-one instruction, class size will be limited to five individuals. Sign up now by contacting the Downeast Lakes Land Trust via email@example.com or phone (207) 796-2100. Registration closes on Feb. 1, 2014. Prospective students are encouraged to contact David and Kathy at (207) 587-4524 to discuss the class, including physical limitation, as well as questions regarding purchasing hand planes.
- : Water Sports - Aug 03 - Grand Lake Stream - Annual West Grand Lake Race - Shaw Street Boat Launch - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
The 10th Annual West Grand Lake Race may include some changes to celebrate the occasion and create an even better event. This fun community event attracts local participants and kayakers and canoeists from throughout Maine and beyond. Grand Lake Lodge hosts a cookout for all participants after the race. The race includes options for competitive paddlers or relaxed family outings - including courses of 12, 6, or 4 miles. All three courses start and finish in the village of Grand Lake Stream and are round trips around islands in West Grand Lake - paddlers will enjoy seeing some of the undeveloped shoreline of the land trust's 33,708-acre Farm Cove Community Forest, and their current conservation effort, the West Grand Lake Community Forest project on the east shore of the lake. Fees are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under, and include registration, t-shirts, snacks, and a cookout. Discounts are available for early registration. Day of event registration is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the boat landing at the west side of the Grand Lake Stream dam on Shaw Street in Grand Lake Stream.
- : Winter Sports - Jan 01 - Grand Lake Stream - Community Ice Skating - Green Law Chopping - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust invites you to attend a community skate and cook-out at Green Law Chopping at the end of Water Street on Big Lake. A great form of winter time exercise, ice skating is a fun way to spend time with family and friends in the outdoors. Bring your own skates, or use a pair provided by the Washington County Community College's Outdoor Adventure Center, then warm up around the fire with with the excellent cooks from the Grand Lake Stream Snowmobile Club. This program may be rescheduled depending on weather. Contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm conditions or check the DLLT website for updates. Event is at 1 p.m.