River Cleanup and Social
Aug
19
10:30 AM10:30

River Cleanup and Social

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Meet at the Presumpscot River Boat Launch off Forest Avenue, RTE 302, across from Riverton Trolly Park. . Take out is at the Brown Street Boat Launch in Westbrook. Boat  available onsite or bring your own boat. Paddlers are responsible for bringing water, sunscreen or any other necessary personal items for the float. PFDS are required., and all participants will be asked to complete a release form when they arrive.  Please remember to bring snacks.  After the float please join us at 89 Conant St., The Farm at Conant Homestead, for refreshments.

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River Films - Where the Rivers Flow North & King Salmon
Sep
8
7:30 PM19:30

River Films - Where the Rivers Flow North & King Salmon

Join Friends of the Presumpscot at 89 Conant Street in Westbrook, ME, for a family friendly outdoor movie night, and then settle in for some fun river-film entertainment. First we will be showing KING SALMON, a short documentary, and then our feature film will be:

WHERE THE RIVERS FLOW NORTH— Director: Jay Craven
Writers: Howard Frank Mosher (novel), Don Bredes 
Stars: Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Bill Raymond - In 1927,

In Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built, however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won't give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam company increases its offer of cash, but Noel refuses. He asks for a trade: a stand of pines for his lease. The company rejects that deal, but offers to make Noel a Ranger in a new park. Noel, meanwhile, talks with his Indian mate, the spirited Bangor, about their moving to Oregon and buying a saw mill. She wants him to take the company's money, but he's pig-headed. Is Noel headed for confrontation with the company and the law, or can Bangor prevail to affect a truce?

Bring a sunset picnic early and swim in the river if you wish. Please bring your own food, drink and chairs. Camaraderie in our cause and fun provided!

Bring a sunset picnic early and swim in the river if you wish. Please bring your own food, drink and chairs. Camaraderie in our cause and fun provided!

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Chief Polin Acknowledgement planting
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Chief Polin Acknowledgement planting

Come help landscape the Chief Polin Memorial Site, just off of Portland Trails, Westbook, and give thanks to the earth, river and sky. We are planting native Maine species, (generously donated by Pierson Nurseries in Biddeford).Come ready to work in the soil and bring a fork and shovel if you can. Please RSVP by replying to this site or to Michael Shaughnessy at smallbirdsflying@gmail.com -so we know how many people are lending their loving hands.

In the 1750s Abenaki leader Chief Polin began a struggle to restore fish passage to the Presumpscot. In 1992, more than 250 years later, Friend's picked up Polin's mantel and began fighting for fish passage, improved water quality and restoration of the natural character of the Presumpscot after two and a half centuries of industrialization.

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CANCELED!  RAIN DATE TBD Float & Goat Paddle from Mallison Falls to Westbrook
Jun
28
5:30 PM17:30

CANCELED! RAIN DATE TBD Float & Goat Paddle from Mallison Falls to Westbrook

Join Friends of the Presumpscot River and Portland Paddle for a river float, paddling from Mallison Falls to the Lincoln Street  boat launch in Westbrook.  Then join us afterwards at The Farm at Conant Homestead, at 89 Conant Street in Westbrook for sunset at the farm, with light refreshments and conviviality.  During the float,  we will highlight features along the river. 

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Sep
7
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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