On Monday, June 10 as the newest member of Friends of Casco Bay’s fleet will be christened and launched. We hope you will join us at this auspicious event.
Can you think of a better combination than lobster, beer, and the Bay?
On Saturday, May 11, Friends of Casco Bay, Luke’s Lobster, and Allagash Brewing are teaming up to host a community cleanup of Back Cove in Portland from 9 AM to Noon. Afterward, participants are invited to regroup at Portland Pier for a preview of Luke’s Lobster’s new restaurant, set to open on the site this June.
It takes a community to protect our coastal waters. A Coastal cleanup is a great way to work together to take care of our fragile marine environment. Storm Drain Stenciling is a hands‐on way for you to “take to the streets” and create a greater awareness for reducing stormwater pollution.
The litter and marine debris that wind up on our shores come from many sources and we are delighted to work with Luke’s and Allagash to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Join us by registering below.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 (Rain date: Saturday, May 18)
9 AM-2 PM
Meet in the Back Cove Parking Lot
Note: The cleanup is limited to 60 participants, so don’t forget to sign up in advance!
- 9:00 – 9:30 AM: sign in, learn about Friends of Casco Bay and get your cleanup supplies
- 9:30 – 11:45 AM: Cleanup or Stencil Storm Drains
- 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Wrap up
- 12:30 – 2:00 PM: After-party with food & drink from Luke’s & Allagash
Cleanup participants are encouraged to join us at Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier (60 Portland Pier, Portland)
The Back Cove cleanup is part of a partnership between Luke’s and Allagash to clean up oceans and raise awareness for The Keeper Fund, a charitable initiative founded in 2018 by Luke’s Lobster and the Ocean Foundation. The purpose of The Keeper Fund is to invest in projects that spur environmentally friendly economic initiatives along the coast and keep our oceans and waterways clean. Last year, The Keeper Fund made a contribution to the Island Institute in Rockland to further research on the potential for kelp aquaculture to act as a carbon sink. This year, starting on Earth Day, Luke’s Lobster and Allagash will donate $1 to The Keeper Fund for every Allagash White sold at Luke’s, up to $10,000.To date, The Keeper Fund has donated over $18,000 in grants and in-kind donations to support aquaculture-related research and other coastal projects both within and outside of Maine.
And of course, Friends of Casco Bay has its own Keeper, Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, who works year-round, along with volunteers, staff, and partners, to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.
This event is limited to 60 participants, and we have reached that limit. Please consider signing up as a volunteer here: https://www.cascobay.org/about-us/volunteer.
Wild & Scenic is a festival with a purpose as we bring together story-tellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation for the natural world. The Festival is a benefit for Friends of Casco Bay’s work to keep Casco Bay blue.
It takes a community to protect the health of the Bay! Please come celebrate with us.
Monday, March 18, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Portland Public Library,
5 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101
Please note: this date was listed incorrectly in the Forecaster. March 18 is the correct date.
South Portland Event
Monday, March 25, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Southern Maine Community College,
Jewett Hall, 77 Fort Rd, South Portland, ME 04106
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Curtis Memorial Library,
23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, November 3
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Tickets are on sale now
$30 in advance
$35 at the door, if available
It’s our 11th Film Festival, so here are the Top 11 reasons to attend:
#11 Be proud that you are supporting Friends of Casco Bay by eating popcorn, watching 15 amazing films, sipping a cold beer, an Oakhurst iced tea, or a nice glass of wine—while having a great night out.
#10 Get together with 500 other Friends of Casco Bay.
#9 Enjoy free, indoor parking in Portland.
#8 Win awesome prizes in our popular raffle.
#7 See rowdy women challenging the outdoors.
#6 Take a journey of 3,200 miles over 32 years.
#5 Watch a film that will make you want to hug a polar bear (carefully).
#4 Experience what it’s like to change a light bulb at 1,481 feet.
#3 Be among the first to watch a new extreme sport—urban skiing!
#2 Buy tickets at the same price as last year. No inflation here!
#1 Be one of the last people to snag a ticket before they are sold out (as they have been for the past 10 years).
For more information and to buy tickets: cascobay.org/film-festival
Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
& 2018 Annual Members Meeting
Thank you all for a great event! You can see more about our Citizen Steward awardees and the photos here: https://www.cascobay.org/2018/01/25/volunteers-great-service-casco-bay/
Join us as we recognize those who help us protect the health of Casco Bay. We will provide the updated Casco Bay Health Index based on data collected by volunteer Citizen Stewards over the past 25 years, and we will share new program directions.
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30-8 p.m.
5:30 Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Program begins at 6:30
Our event is on for Tuesday, January 23! We have been watching the weather closely—the messy wintery mix will turn into rain and 40 degree weather by midday on Tuesday, January 23, and temps will stay in the 40s until well past our event.
Parking is easy and FREE at DiMillo’s—if you are driving with guests, you can drop your passengers off right at the ramp under the drive-thru overhang leading to the floating restaurant.
Where: DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
Free parking while at event.
Donation to attend is appreciated, not required. Suggested donation: $10 per person
If making a donation to attend this event, RSVP here.
If you want to RSVP without making a donation, email Sarah Lyman at slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org or call our office at (207) 799-8574.