Lumberjack Songs Reflect Local Heritage

March 7th, 2016

On Saturday, March 5th, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) played host to “From Away Downeast,” a group of Washington County musicians who are dedicated to preserving and playing traditional folk music of the region.  Well known as “America’s Easternmost Sea Chantey Group,” the group altered their show to focus on songs from lumberjacks and …Read More


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“Above the Gravel Bar” in the Downeast Lakes

January 22nd, 2015

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was delighted to welcome author David Cook to the Wabanaki Center in Calais, ME for a discussion of his book Above the Gravel Bar. A history teacher with a passion for canoeing, Mr. Cook came upon the notes of Fanny Eckstrom in 1978.  Eckstrom, a serious researcher from the Penobscot region, published over two hundred …Read More


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Community Warms Up For the Holidays Making Wreaths

December 3rd, 2014

Residents of  the Downeast Lakes Region gathered in the Grand Lake Stream School Building on Tuesday, December 2, to make traditional balsam fir wreaths. Hosted by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT), dozens of participants enjoyed a calm evening with Christmas carols and friends before the holiday storm. Over creamy mugs of cocoa and homemade cookies, older …Read More


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A Trail to Tomorrow

September 24th, 2014

“These ideas, are set forth with hope that this, Trail To Tomorrow, will lead to such things as towering, well-managed forests, an abundant supply of clean, pure water, a continuing supply of fish and game… The choice is ours; whatever lies at the end of the trail will be the collective effort of each of …Read More


Posted in Events & Activities, Farm Cove Community Forest, History, Thanks, Uncategorized

Earth, Wind and Fire: Hand building and Contemporary Pit Firing Pottery Class Wraps up

August 11th, 2014

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to host potter Felise Levine for a multi-day primitive style pottery class. Participants began by learning basic hand building pottery techniques, producing pinch pots, as well as pieces utilizing the coil and slab methods.  After a two-week drying period, pottery students returned to decorate, create texture and burnish their …Read More


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Wayne Curtis Leads Pedestrian Conversation

July 2nd, 2014

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was gratified to host a book talk at the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society with freelance journalist and summer resident, Wayne Curtis.  Discussing his up-coming book, The Last Great Walk, Wayne outlined the 1909 journey of Edward Payson Weston who walked from New York to San Francisco in 105 days at the …Read More


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Shaw & Tenney Paddling Forward, and Giving Back to the Downeast Lakes Land Trust

June 26th, 2014

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to be part of Shaw & Tenney’s new program, Paddle Forward, Give Back.  Paying it forward to the organizations that support the enjoyment and exploration the great outdoors, Shaw & Tenney are donating a percentage from the sale of three featured paddle styles to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Maine Warden Service …Read More


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Bamboo Workshop Wraps Up

April 28th, 2014

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to welcome back David Van Burgel and Kathy Scott from Ardea Bamboo Rods. Students from all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic crafted, under David and Kathy’s gentle instruction, bamboo fly rods from raw cane to ferruled blanks. As they worked, David and Kathy shared a life immersed …Read More


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Changing Views on Wildlife: the Down East Game War Explored

April 17th, 2014

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to host Ian Jesse, a University of Maine Canadian-American Center Fellow and PhD candidate, on April 11th to discuss his research concerning Edward “Sandy” Ives’ and his book George Magoon and the Down East Game War.  Mr. Jesse shared stories about George Magoon, and discussed what they tell us …Read More


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Burnham Tavern Docents Bring History to Life for the Downeast Lakes Land Trust

March 18th, 2014

Things were looking decidedly old-fashioned as the Downeast Lakes Land Trust  welcomed two period-clad docents from the Burnham Tavern Museum last Saturday afternoon. By candle light, Dr. Ruth and Robert Ahrens described  the Battle of the Margaretta, the first naval battle of the American Revolution which occurred at Machias in 1775. Dr. Ahrens has, for a number of years, …Read More


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