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Solstice by the Sea: A Celebration of Light

Thursday, December 21, 6-7pm

Community members are invited to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season by sharing in a winter solstice celebration of light on Sears Island. Friends of Sears Island will host the event on December 21st, from 6-7pm. Attendees will enjoy a quiet walk along a path lit with hundreds of luminarias, which will culminate with music, readings, cocoa, and cookies on the beach. This non-denominational event is free and open to all.

Sears Island is located at the end of Sears Island Road off Route 1, just east of Searsport. Participants can park along the causeway at the end of the road, and gather at the island gate just beyond the parking area by 6pm. Dress warmly and and wear footwear appropriate for walking in snow and on the beach, and bring a flashlight or homemade lantern that uses a battery operated light. No flames or pets will be permitted. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled. For updates, check www.friendsofsearsisland.org, www.facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or email outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org.

Shop at the Grasshopper Shop in Searsport and support Sears Island!

On Saturday, November 18th, 20% of your purchase at the Searsport Grasshopper Shop will support Sears Island

Friends of Sears Island invites you to join us for a fundraising event at the Grasshopper Shop in Searsport, Saturday, November 18th. The Searsport Grasshopper Shop will graciously donate 20% of your total purchase (excluding items that are already on sale) to Friends of Sears Island to support conservation and education programs. This is a great opportunity to support both a local business and a local nonprofit!

The Grasshopper Shop is located at 27 East Main Street in Searsport, and they’re open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, featuring mindfully selected Maine-made gifts, jewelry, clothing accessories, homewares, greeting cards, baby items and much more. For more information about the Searsport Grasshopper Shop, call (207) 548-2244.

Kids Week a Great Success!

We had a wonder-filled Kids Week on Sears Island! We were able to offer these experiences free to local children thanks to a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. During the first day, children created art on the beach by using sunprint paper to make prints of found items, rock and driftwood sculptures, and crafted paintbrushes from natural materials. On the second day we learned about animal adaptations and habitats by playing educational games and exploring the beach, forest, and milkweed field with magnifying glasses and field guides on hand. We also did an interesting activity to learn about non-point source pollution and how our water can become polluted over time, and discussed what stewardship means. On the last day, children learned map reading skills, worked as a group to find buried treasure, designed maps to create scavenger hunts for each other, and learned to use a GPS to find geocaches stashed in interesting spots around the island. A fun time was had by all! Thank you to the families that participated.

Dinner at Ocean’s Edge will Support FOSI!

Friends of Sears Island invites you to join us for a fundraising dinner at Ocean’s Edge Restaurant in Belfast, Wednesday, August 30th , from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Enjoy a delicious meal, and Ocean’s Edge will graciously donate 10% of your tab to Friends of Sears Island to support conservation and education programs. Please note, when you arrive at the restaurant, you must tell your server you are there to support Friends of Sears Island. This is a great opportunity to support both a local business and a local nonprofit!

Ocean’s Edge Restaurant is located at the Fireside Inn & Suites at 159 Searsport Avenue in Belfast. More information about the restaurant can be found at https://www.facebook.com/oceansedgerestaurant or http://www.belfastmainehotel.com/belfast-maine- restaurant, and reservations can be made by calling 207-338- 2646. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org.