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 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!!
Drive your antique car to the Alewife Fish Ladder Restoration Festival in Damariscotta Mills on Sunday May 25 (rain date Monday May 26). In conjunction with this very popular festival, Mid-Maine Sports Car Club will host the fifth annual Antique Car Show that day from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
There is no charge to enter your antique car in the show. People’s Choice awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be presented at the conclusion of the car event. While your car is on display, enjoy the food and entertainment at the festival. Visit the historic fish ladder and see the restoration that has been completed to date. The alewives running in the fish ladder is a sight that is not to be missed. Almost one million fish went up the ladder last year.
Questions about the antique car show can be directed to Marty Welt, 563-2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.