Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Our Mountain Voices: Celebrating Land Conservation through Story, Song, and Art

Posted:  Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:30am
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CAMDEN — Coastal Mountain Land Trust is kicking off the community phase of the Round the Mountain Collaboration to conserve 1,400 acres of land surrounding our community's water supply by producing a star-studded evening of local talent presenting their stories, art, or music that is inspired by and in honor of Ragged Mountain. Our Mountain Voices: A Celebration of Land Conservation through Story, Art, and Song, will feature more than 15 performers including poets, dancers, musicians and artists; there will be something for everyone.

Tickets are available for $25 each at Rayr Wine Shop in Rockport, the Land Trust office in Camden (101 Mt. Battie Street) and online at coastalmountains.org. Additionally, 20 artists have created works of art on pieces of wood and those works will be for sale through a silent auction on the third floor of the Opera House beginning at 5:00 p.m.

This event is the launch of the public phase of a $4.2m campaign called Round the Mountain Collaboration. There will be an announcement about a matching gift and how people can support the campaign to conserve this land. The campaign has three important elements: the first is the purchase of a conservation easement on 850 acres from the Maine Water Company around Mirror Lake in Rockport. The second is to plan, build and maintain a nine-mile trail that circumnavigates Ragged Mountain, beginning and ending at the Camden Snowbowl and adding two new trail heads. Finally, we will also purchase a second conservation easement on Grassy Pond in 2019 that will allow for recreational water access with a public boat launch.

The Round the Mountain Collaboration is a community-based partnership with the Maine Water Company, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Towns of Camden and Rockport, and numerous local grassroots recreation groups. Over the next three years, the campaign will ultimately protect over 1,400 acres of open space on Ragged Mountain, secure and establish more than 20 miles of trail as part of the Round the Mountain Trail system, and permanently protect the Mirror Lake and Grassy Pond watersheds and the drinking water they supply for the more than 25,000 customers living in the six Midcoast communities of Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, and Owls Head.

For more information, please call 236-7091 or visit our website: coastalmountains.org.

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:45pm
Event Location: 
Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St. Camden, Maine 04843
Contact Name: 
Kathy Young
Contact Phone: 
(207) 236-7091