The Fish Ladder Restoration Celebration will take place at the fish house in Damariscotta Mills on Sunday October 12th from 11AM to 3 PM.
An outstanding lunch will be available all afternoon. Area cooks will create a variety soups that will be served in an alewife restoration mug that participants may keep. The soup lunch---seconds included--- will be served with bread and cookies. Fresh cider, hot or cold, will be one of the drink options.
In the afternoon, there will be a ìrunning of the alewives" contest. Participants can buy a handmade wooden alewife for $5, decorate it, and enter it into a race from the lower section of the ladder to the Rt 215 bridge. The person with the fastest alewife will receive a $100 gift certificate from Renys and there will also be runner-up prizes. The race will take place at 1 pm.
Other activities include live music by Mojo-maticks from 12-2, a slideshow of fish harvesting from the 1960's courtesy of DRA, and a bake sale. The slide show, held in the fish house, promises to be lots of fun. Come and identify your friends and relatives! And, participants may view the restoration work in progress and get a first hand look at the changes. Legendary area cooks will provide goodies for the bake sale, including wonderful pies that can be put into the freezer for Thanksgiving!
The Fish Ladder Restoration Committee will have commemorative goods on sale to help support the fish ladder restoration. In addition to t-shirts, hats, note cards, postcards, and pins, the committee will offer canvas tote bags, sweatshirts, and long sleeve t-shirt. And, if any mugs are left after the soup luncheon, these too will be available for sale.
The Fish Ladder Restoration Celebration is a fund-raising event sponsored by the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle. Restoration of the fish ladder began in 2007 and the 2008 restoration effort is the most ambitious project to date. In all, the fish ladder restoration is expected to take 5 years to complete and to cost in the vicinity of $500,000.
Tax deductible donations can be made to The Fish Ladder Restoration Fund, Town of Nobleboro, 192 US Highway 1, Nobleboro, Maine, 04555. For more information, please contact members of the Fish Committee: Deb Wilson, Nobleboro Selectperson, 563-1383; Stan Waltz, Fish Agent, 380-9873; or Jim Brinkler, Newcastle Fish Committee Member, 563-3105.
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