The Liberty-based Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance will celebrate the Maine outdoors with its annual Midsummer Celebration Thursday afternoon and evening, July 16, in Belfast City Park, Northport Avenue.

“This gathering gives a unique opportunity to connect with others who enjoy spending time outdoors in Waldo County. All are welcome,” said Anna Fiedler, SWLA executive director.

The 6 to 8 p.m. picnic is free to all and will be held rain or shine in the shelter on City Park Road. The picnic is potluck-style, with grillables and lawn games provided. The event is generously sponsored by the Freedom General Store, which is providing food for the event.

Preceding the picnic, there will be a chance to be captivated with story in the Maine outdoors using puppets and storytelling. Local artist and educator Dawnella Sutton will engage families with puppets and encourage their participation in reading and acting out the children's book “Into the Outdoors.” The reading will be followed by an outdoor-themed arts and craft activity.

The Books, Puppets, and the Outdoors workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is open to all. The first 18 participating families will receive a free copy of the book.

“This workshop is designed to enchant, encourage and to awaken creativity; there's something for everyone,” said Sutton.

The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance is a nonprofit land trust working to conserve lands and waters in the upper Sheepscot River region of western Waldo County. Established in 1991, SWLA maintains 18 miles of publicly accessible trails; protects more than 1,500 acres of land; and sponsors educational talks and hikes throughout the year. For more information, visit swlamaine.org and the organization’s Facebook page or call 589-3230.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.