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A sure sign of spring--please join us for the bean supper!

Please join us on March 21, 2015 for our annual bean supper. It's always a great event, often called "the best bean supper in town". We'll serve baked beans, of course, and ham, hot dogs, Mac and cheese, cole slaw, homemade rolls and wonderful desserts, all made in the neighborhood!!

Visit with neighbors and friends in the lovely dining room at St. Patrick's Church in Newcastle. Dinner is served from 5:15 to 7... Or until the food runs out. We'll again be showing slides of our work on the fish ladder and our events. There will be a big goods and gear sale so it's a good time to get t-shirts and other gear! Hope to see you there.

Fall Soup and Chowder Festival

Join us on Saturday, October 11, from 10am-2:30pm at the fish house in Damariscotta Mills to celebrate the downstream migration of juvenile alewives and the successful 2014 upstream run! We'll have wonderful homemade soups and chowders served in fish ladder mugs that you can keep. We'll have a bake sale and wooden fish to decorate.

And, at 1 pm we'll send the decorated wooden alewives downstream to see which fish wins the sixth annual "Running of the Alewives" contest. First prize is a $100 gift certificate to Renys; second prize is a $75 gift certificate to Mexicali Blues; and third prize is a fish ladder hat or t-shirt.

Don't miss the fun and the opportunity to help us complete the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder restoration!

Fish Ladder Restoration Festival 2014

7th Annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival

Join us on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the return of the alewives. The seventh annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 25, and 26. “We are holding the festival to celebrate the return of the alewives and the restoration work completed to date,” said Deb Wilson, one of the event organizers. “We are nearly finished, we just have a punch list to go—what a wonderful achievement thanks to neighbors and friends of the fish ladder.”

The festival is sponsored by the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society and many local businesses. Festival events will take place in many locations around Damariscotta Mills---at the fish house at the bottom of the ladder, Mulligan’s Smokehouse, along Ladds Hill Road, at the top of the ladder, at Alewives Fabrics on Main Street, and on Town Landing Road. Look for signs pointing the way to activities and maps showing the location of all events.

Each day a special menu has been prepared. On Saturday, Chef Tom Wriggins will again put on his famous pig roast with all the fixins---a real treat! And, thanks to the
Damariscotta River Grill, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company and D. L. Geary’s Brewing Company, you can enjoy your pulled pork sandwich with a cold beer—while alewives swim by and osprey dive to eat their lunch. The food on Sunday will be equally special—the super-secret-recipe North Nobleboro barbecued chicken served with cole slaw, chips and a roll---and perhaps another cold beer! Beer will also be available on Monday, when we’ll be serving the best crab and lobster rolls in town. We’ll also have hot dogs, oysters, and ice cream all three days.

Mulligan’s smoked alewives---the best in the area—will be on sale all weekend at the smokehouse—or until they run out. The “Smokehouse Girls” will be serving food on Saturday and Sunday this year—their famous breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, with all the fixins. Paula Roberts will be making her fabulous donuts—molasses, squash, and chocolate, on Saturday near the bake sale tables and Fondie York will be making her famous homemade donuts on Sunday at the smokehouse—be sure not to miss them!

Children’s activities will be held near the fish house, on Ladds Hill Road and at Alewives Fabrics. The ever-popular osprey fishing game can again be played on Ladds Hill Road, while there will be a touch tank including tide pool creatures located near the fish house. And, there will be free face painting at Alewives Fabrics together with ice cream, soda, and viewing of video, “Closing the Circle.”

Special children’s activities on Sunday include storytelling and crafts with Dena Davis of Stories by the Sea (all day) and a Hootenany at 11am with Derek DeGeer. Additionally on Sunday there will be an Antique Car Show, which will include Model T rides. 

This year we will also be helping to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Saturday, May 24. Check out their and see what is happening in the US and in other countries around the world!

Hope to see you on Memeorial Day weekend!!

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