‘Freeing a River,’ tasting some wine
Belfast — Penobscot River Restoration Project's traveling photo exhibit "Freeing a River: Maine Photographers Tell the Story of the Penobscot River Restoration Project" will open Friday, Oct. 4, with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception and monthly free wine tasting with cheese and crackers in the café of the Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.
Wine tasting participants must be age 21 or older, and featured seasonal wines will be 10 percent off. Rodney Winchell of Wicked Wines and Jaap Helder from the co-op’s wine department will be available to answer questions.
"Freeing a River” will be on display throughout October. During two weeks in September and October 2011, a dozen Maine photographers from Port Clyde to Milford and beyond came together with the Penobscot River Restoration Trust in a community-based workshop titled People in Nature: Conservation Photojournalism, led by environmental photographer Bridget Besaw. During the two weeks between workshop dates, participants explored the Penobscot River using their cameras and professional tips offered by Besaw to document personal topics of interest related to the many benefits expected from successful completion of the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
The Penobscot Project is an innovative public-private partnership to restore self-sustaining runs of Atlantic salmon, American shad, river herring and seven other species, while also maintaining hydropower generation on Maine’s largest river system. In 2010, the Penobscot Trust completed purchase of three dams; removal of the Veazie Dam began in July. Combined with Great Works Dam removal in last year and additional fish passage improvements at dams in the upper watershed, Veazie Dam removal is a key component of the historic effort to greatly improve access to 1000 miles of spawning, rearing and nursery habitat for the entire suite of native sea-run fish.
In this exhibit, participants help tell the story of the Penobscot Project and the benefits of restoring a free-flowing river through their photographs. Their work focuses on how riverfront communities will benefit from a restored river with healthy fisheries, new community and economic opportunities, enhanced angling and paddling, revival of culture and tradition and a renewed connection to the river. Additional photos have been added to reflect progress of the project to date. For more information about, visit penobscotriver.org.
In coordination with this exhibit, the Belfast Co-op will host a free presentation about the project Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library with Cheryl Daigle, community outreach coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust.
All are welcome at the community-owned Belfast Co-op, open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 338-2532 or visit belfast.coop.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.