5:30 PM17:30

Chief Polin Memorial Unveiling & Harvest Dinner Celebration

Celebrating the Presumpscot River: Past, Present & Future 

Join Friends of the Presumpscot River for a special event to honor our river’s natural heritage, commemorate historic & current efforts to protect it, and support its ongoing restoration.

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5:30 p.m., Chief Polin Memorial, Site Unveiling

Gathering at Fresh Water Farms, on a section of Portland Trails looking east toward the Presumpscot River, the Friends will unveil the site for a memorial to Chief Polin. The Wabanaki Sagamore led the first documented dam protest in New England during the mid-1700s, advocating for fish passage to protect a vital food source for his people of the “dawn-land.” 

6:30 p.m., Three-Sisters Harvest Dinner & Friends of the Presumpscot River's 25th Anniversary Celebration

Gather together and enjoy good food, drink and conversation, as well as warm hospitality! Suggested donation of $50.00 per person to help support Friends of the Presumpscot River’s continued efforts to restore fish passage, improve water quality and bring back the natural character of our river. 

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5:30 PM17:30

The River Runs through Us – Saccarappa’s Past, Present & Future

Help us celebrate 25 years advocating for our river. Join Friends of the Presumpscot River for a presentation with Mayor Mike Sanphy on Saccarappa's industrial history and how it shaped Westbrook, followed by a discussion on the city’s current and future plans for revitalizing the downtown area and Main Street.

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9:30 AM09:30

Guided River Float with Author & Historian Dr. Robert Sanford

  • Mallison Falls & Canal Street Boat Launch (map)
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Join Friends of the Presumpscot River and Portland Paddle for a guided river float, paddling from Mallison Falls to the upper section of the Little River. This special fundraising event will include an interpretive tour with Dr. Robert Sanford, Professor & Chair of University of Southern Maine’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and author of Reading the Rural Landscape

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