Please join us on Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 25, and 26, for the seventh annual fish ladder reatoration festival! Wow....seven years and counting. We began the festival to celebrate the return of the alewives each spring and to raise money to help restore the historic fish ladder that the fish "cliimb" to reach Damariscotta Lake, where they spawn.
The festival has become quite a tradition in our neighborhood, drawing local people and people from as far away as Europe and the west coast. As usual, there will be wonderful food each day....a pig roast, a chicken barbecue, and lobster and crab rolls. There will again be live music....and beer from local breweries so visitors can hang out and watch the show...thousands and thousands of alewives and birds that prey on them....osprey, eagles, and more gulls than we might wish for!
There will be smoked alewives (at Mulligans), games for the kids, opportunities to get the latest alewife t-shirts and other gear, and best of all, an opportunity to see all the new pools.....and to watch alewives swim from pool to pool at close range!
This year we will also be helping to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Saturday, May 24. Check out their website....www.worldfishmigrationday.com and see what is happening in the US and in other countries around the world!
Hope to see you on Memeorial Day weekend!!
The annual bean supper to support the fish ladder restoration will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Patrick's Church in Newcastle starting at 5:15 pm. Often called the best bean dinner of the year, the meal features baked beans of course (several varieties), ham, macaroni and cheese,mcole slaw, home baked rolls and biscuits, and a variety of homemade desserts (pie, cake, cookies...yum!). There will be a slide show showing the fish ladder restoration, fish ladder events (so we can remember how much fun we had), and historical photos of the fish ladder. This is a dinner not to be missed!