All posts by Rolf Olsen

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.

Fundraising Dinner at Anglers Restaurant in Searsport

Friends of Sears Island invites you to join us for a fundraising dinner at Anglers Restaurant in Searsport, Wednesday, November 8th, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Enjoy a delicious meal, and Anglers Restaurant will graciously donate 10% of your tab 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! Anglers Restaurant is located at 215 East Main Street in Searsport. More information about the restaurant can be found at http://www.anglersseafoodrestaurant.com/ and reservations can be made for parties of 8 or more by calling (207) 548-2405. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit http://www.friendsofsearsisland.org.

Branch Weaving Art Workshop

Photo courtesy of Sandy Cirillo

Join Friends of Sears Island for a branch weaving workshop with Sandi Cirillo on Sunday, October 1st, from 9am-12pm. She will lead program attendees on an exploration of Sears Island while gathering natural materials to create a weaving, suitable for display in your home or a child’s room. We’ll look for a small but sturdy branch and then learn how to weave on found items. Everyone on this outing will learn more about the environment on Sears Island and how important it is to protect it. Registration is required for this event- please call 207-975-3878 to sign-up, as space is limited. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up. Children must attend with an adult who will be responsible for their supervision.

Sandi has been a fiber/mixed media artist for over 25 years and is a retired art educator who gives many different fiber workshops in the Northeast, North Carolina, locally at her home studio in Searsport, and through Bucksport Adult Education. Visit her website, www.especially-for-ewe.com to see examples of Sandi’s work and a list of available workshops.

Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 9:00am. Please bring a beach blanket to sit on while weaving and a pair of sturdy scissors. Also wear sturdy shoes, suitable clothing for hiking, and bring a snack, water, and bug spray if desired. Please no pets for this event. For more information and updates in the event of inclement weather, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, www.facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call Ashley at 207-975-3878.

Mushroom Walk with David Porter

Friends of Sears Island will be hosting a mushroom walk led by David Porter on September 13th, from 10am-12pm. David is a graduate of Yale and the University of Washington, and worked as a professor in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia. His specialty is mycology, the study of mushrooms and other fungi. Program attendees will observe numerous fall mushrooms, learn the basics of mushroom identification, and become aware of commonly overlooked signs of the hidden underground activities of mushrooms and other fungi and how they contribute to the ecology of the Maine forest.

This event is free and open to the public, and questions and curiosity are welcomed. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 10am. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in the woods, and clothing to protect against ticks and the weather. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets on guided walks.  In the event of steady rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information and updates, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call Ashley at 207-975-3878.

Monarch Butterfly After-School Program for Children

Friends of Sears Island will be hosting a free after-school program on monarch butterflies with Serena Cole for children ages 5-10 on September 12th, from 4:15-5:30pm. Serena has been a biology and environmental educator for 30 years. She has led student science groups to Costa Rica, and been involved with citizen science projects at Schoodic Point Educational Research Center. Children will learn about monarch life cycles and hike to a large milkweed field where they will have the opportunity to look for butterflies and carefully net and assist with tagging them as part of the Monarch Watch program, which tracks the annual butterfly migration. The milkweed field on Sears Island also just received certification as a “Monarch Waystation” through Monarch Watch, designating it as an important habitat for the butterflies. Program attendees will help install the new waystation sign in the field as well. This is an exciting way for children to get involved in citizen science. To ensure a quality experience and enough materials for each child, space for this program is limited and you must register by calling 207-975-3878.

For more information about Friends of Sears Island, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, or www.facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland. To learn more about Monarch Watch, visit www.monarchwatch.org.