Upcoming Washington County Events
- : Festivals - Jul 05 - Lubec - Annual Celebration - West Quoddy Head Visitor Center - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
Annual Celebration at West Quoddy Head Visitor Center. Come celebrate with us at the easternmost point in the USA. Event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours of the tower 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, raffles, food, activities. Lighthouse museum and art gallery. Hike beautiful Quoddy Head State Park. Note that the Visitor Center is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from late May through mid-October.
- : Other - Mar 11 - Grand Lake Stream - Greg Burr: Largemouth Bass - Town Building - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust will host Greg Burr, Regional Fisheries Biologist from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to discuss the management of largemouth bass in Downeast watersheds. Largemouth, like smallmouth, are non-natives. They are widely established in southern, central, and parts of eastern Maine. Since 1986, Maine fishery biologists have determined that illegal introductions have established new populations in 57 additional lakes. Largemouth have long been present in Pocomoonshine and some other local lakes, but have more recently become established in Grand Falls Flowage, which will give them direct access to Grand Lake Stream. These bass are being illegally introduced into Downeast waters. The consequences to native species, and to long established and economically important smallmouth bass, are potentially severe, but difficult to predict. Come and learn more about the biological impact of largemouth bass in our waterways. Event at 7 p.m.
- : Other - Mar 29 - Grand Lake Stream - Maple Sugaring Excursion - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust exploring the Maine woods' sweetest and shortest season, Sugaring Season. Part of a centuries-old tradition, Maine farmers use buckets, miles of plastic tubing and drills to tap maple trees for their sap. Travel to Topsfield for a tour of Chandler's Sugar Shack, a small, family owned and operated business that draws from a background in forestry and engineering, Chandlers' has nearly 3,000 taps in place. Learn how maple sap is collected in the spring using both modern tubing systems and traditional buckets. Then explore the sugar shack where maple syrup is boiled in a wood-fired evaporator. Please contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796-2100 to register for this program.
- : Other - Apr 11 - Grand Lake Stream - George Magoon and the Down East Game War - Town Building - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in welcoming Ian Jesse, a University of Maine Canadian-American Center Fellow, discussing Edward "Sandy" Ives' book, George Magoon and the Down East Game War. Exploring hunting, poaching, and wildlife conservation history in the borderlands of New England and Canada for his PhD, Mr. Jesse will examine George Magoon's legacy as a folk hero, trickster, local character, and wisecracker. Mr. Jesse will lead attendees through Magoon's life history as well as reflect on stories about Magoon, many of which still remain vibrant within the oral traditions of Down Easters. George Magoon, and other characters from the backwoods of Maine seldom receive much attention in American history. However, figures such as Magoon reflect the wider patterns of social tension and cultural change after laws restricting hunting and trapping were passed. Phone (207) 706-2100 for the event time.
- : Other - May 12 thru May 15 - Grand Lake Stream - Map, Compass and Water-Based Navigation Workshop - Town Building - Upcoming Washington County Maine Events
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to present Maine Guide, Al LaPlante for a hands-on 3 day workshop which will prepare participants to travel with confidence into the backwoods and on remote waters. Attendees can use their newfound skills with map, compass, and GPS to visit the places they have always wanted to explore. Against the backdrop of Maine's 2,500 lakes, participants will learn how to return to secret fishing spots with accuracy as well as design the best route to cross bodies of water without hitting rocks. The cost for the 3 day workshop is $165/person. An additional half day session on the water is also available for $40. Registration is required and class size will not exceed 8 individuals, so enroll early to assure a place. Contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to register by calling (207) 796-2100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- : 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.