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A different Friends of Casco Bay event

We would love for you to join us.

On Monday, July 27, 2020, we invite you to join us for a special online event.

Celebrating Water – 30 Years of Friends of Casco Bay
A Film, A Poem, and A Conversation with Gary Lawless

We each feel connected to Casco Bay in different ways. As we continue celebrating 30 years of Friends of Casco Bay’s work to protect water quality in the Bay, this event highlights connections between artistic endeavors and the Bay.

Register now to join us online on Monday, July 27, at 5 pm, to see our 30th Anniversary Film and our conversation about the importance of place with bioregional Maine poet Gary Lawless as he shares a special poem. We expect this event will last for 45 minutes.

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Friends of Casco Bay’s 2020 Members Annual Meeting

 

Friends of Casco Bay’s Members Annual Meeting

In this 30 second video, Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell invites you to join us to celebrate 30 years of working with you to keep Casco Bay blue!

In honor of this auspicious occasion, we are hosting a couple of online events, and we want you to join us for the first, on Tuesday, June 16. You will hear from our Congressionals, vote our Board of Directors into office, share in our collective successes, and hear about our plans for the decade ahead.

 

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Friends of Casco Bay’s Members Annual Meeting

When: Tuesday, June 16, 5 to 6 pm. While the event will begin at 5 pm, please log on and join us earlier as we gather together online, a little before 5 pm, for a special slideshow celebrating 30 years of protecting the health of Casco Bay.

Where: online using Zoom. Click here to register.

Who should attend: You! Our Annual Meeting is open to the entire community: our members, volunteers, supporters, professional colleagues, and all who love Casco Bay!

Thirty years ago, a small group of concerned citizens formed Friends of Casco Bay after a report identified the Bay as one of the most polluted regions in the nation. Since then, we have used a science-based, community-oriented approach to improve the health of our coastal waters. Our work goes on. And we don’t do this work alone – thank you for your input and support. We look forward to seeing you online on June 16.

 

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It was another wild and scenic crowd!

Attendees gather and socialize before the show at the Friends of Casco Bay Wild and Scenic Film Festival, November 2, 2019. Photo by Deb Dawson. 

A sold-out audience embarked on an adventure with Friends of Casco Bay as we hosted the 12th Annual SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, November 2nd, at the University of Southern Maine/Portland.

Since 1989, Friends of Casco Bay has been working to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay through advocacy, research, and community engagement. The event is a chance to share our enthusiasm for the environment—and inspire action and activism—with 500 other friends of Casco Bay. This event is the conservation organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, thanks in large part to show sponsors 98.9 WCLZ, Ocean Navigator, Knack Factory, Yelp Maine, TD Bank, and Eddie Woodin & Woodin & Company Store Fixtures, Inc.

This year’s festival featured heroic firefighters battling a massive blaze that consumed 50,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest, a lonely bicyclist who set his sight on traversing Canada from Montreal to the Arctic, and biologists tramping through marsh and muck to trace one of the few remaining wildlife corridors across Florida.

Photos of the event, including this one, were taken by Deb Dawson. Click here to see more photos from the event.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is the largest film festival of its kind in the United States. The festival’s name recognizes the status of 39 miles of the South Yuba River in California as a Wild & Scenic river, a designation that guarantees it will be preserved in its free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Many thanks to the volunteers, donors, and sponsors, the supporters who made it possible for us to host our 12th SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Hope to see you again next year!

98.9 WCLZ
Ocean Navigator
Knack Factory
Yelp
TD Bank
Woodin & Company Store Fixtures, Inc.

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
LT’s Inc
Martin’s Point Health Care
Oakhurst Dairy
Sabre Yachts & Back Cove Yachts

Brunswick Dental Health Associates
Coffee By Design, Inc.
Maine Conservation Alliance/Maine Conservation Voters
Poole Group of Companies

Bath Savings Institution
Bayview Rigging & Sails
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Dale Rand Printing
David Wood
Points East Publishing, Inc.
Pratt Abbott
Scott Simons Architects LLC
Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc.
Starboard Advisors LLC
Water Resource Protection, City of South Portland
Yarmouth Boat Yard

Enter to Win a One of a Kind Surfboard and Help Us Keep Casco Bay Blue

Thank you to Allagash Brewing Company, Grain Surfboards, and Neto Shapes for teaming up to create a one-of-kind surfboard to help keep Casco Bay blue.

The raffle for this surfboard is now closed.

Join us on Wednesday, September 4 at 4pm as we draw the winning raffle ticket at  Allagash’s tasting room, 50 Industrial Way, Portland.

Winner need not be present to win.

We will contact you via email if you are the winner.

The Board:

Grain Surfboards model: The Root

Dimensions: 8’ x 6” pintail
The custom-shaped board features Maine white cedar and accents with wood from Allagash Brewing Curieux barrels. The fin will be made by Neto Shapes and it, too, is made in part from Allagash Curieux barrel wood.

Valued at: $2,500

This specific board was specially made by Grain in conjunction with Allagash Brewing Company and Neto Shapes to support Friends of Casco Bay’s efforts to protect the coastal waters we all love.

Aptly named to represent where Grain began, the Root continues to be one of the company’s most popular boards. This nimble pintail is a performance-style longboard, meaning it is designed with speed generation and maneuverability in mind, while remaining a super fun cruiser of mellow surf. The Root excels in a myriad of conditions, having the speed and control to handle zippier beach breaks or the bigger stuff — plus the volume to catch all the waves you want on a small day. While Grain has grown quite a bit from its roots, this Root remains a dominant classic.

If you have questions about the surfboard or the raffle, please email Will Everitt, willeveritt [at] cascobay [dot] org

If you would like to support Friends of Casco Bay’s work directly rather than (or in addition to!) buying raffle tickets, click here.

Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You: A Casco Bay Matters Event

Climate change is affecting the health of Casco Bay faster than anyone could have predicted. Warming temperatures and increasing acidity threaten the ocean and the livelihoods of those who depend on the sea. Research is showing that changes in our coastal waters from climate change are putting lobstering, clamming, and aquaculture at risk.

Friends of Casco Bay invites you to attend Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, a free event, open to all.

Staff scientist Mike Doan will talk about the warning signs we see in our monitoring data. Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca will share some of the impacts to our marine species and how Mainers are working together to respond to these threats. They look forward to your questions following the presentation.

Healthy marine waters are vital to Maine’s economy and quality of life.This is such an important issue that we are hosting this presentation at three locations in the coming weeks: Portland, South Portland, and Brunswick.

Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You

Come to the event nearest to you, or all three!

Weather cancellations will be posted here on this page on our website, and our Facebook event page.

All events are free and open to the public.

Portland Event

Monday, March 18, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Portland Public Library,
5 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101

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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

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Brunswick Event

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Curtis Memorial Library,
23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011

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You can see our Bay Paper on these topics here.

Cover photograph by Kevin Morris