2021 Maritime Heritage Festival

The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival has been scheduled for August 21, 2021 from 10am-4pm. The Festival will, once again, partner with Maine2000.org, celebrating “207 turning 201” this year.

The Festival will be centered around the Town Wharf and Horton Emerson Park.

Festival organizers are still putting together their agenda. They’re looking for artists, musicians, boat builders, boaters and organizations with an interest in, or connection to, the maritime history of Blue Hill and the ecology of Blue Hill Bay. Those interested in participating should contact Steve Brookman.

NGBH Spins Off!

Native Gardens of Blue Hill (NGBH)—a BHCD project since 2018—took the next step in 2020 of incorporating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has expanded its programming to include development of a workforce training course in Sustainable Landscaping & Garden Management. The program is set to launch on February 23, 2021 with a full cohort of 15 trainees and a waitlist for the next session. Read more at www.nativemainegardens.org.

As NGBH continues to build its organizational capacity to accommodate its growing mission and programs, co-founders Cathy Rees and Avy Claire reflected on the value of BHCD’s past fiscal sponsorship:

“BHCD stepped in to provide fiscal sponsorship to NGBH when we were just starting out as a grassroots project without much experience or infrastructure. BHCD was instrumental in helping us secure grant funding, and the professionalism shown by BHCD in all aspects of operations was a model for our growing organization to aspire toward. Thank you, BHCD volunteers, for your commitment to our community!”

Threadbare Theatre Workshop Sponsored

Blue Hill Community Development’s board has welcomed Threadbare Theatre Workshop as its most recent sponsored project.

Threadbare Theatre Workshop makes theatre from scratch across the local landscape, fostering creative partnerships within the Blue Hill and Peninsula communities. For 2021, the Workshop is preparing to offer two COVID-19-compliant, socially distanced productions in partnership with Carding Brook Farm.

For more information on Threadbare Theatre Workshop, visit their website; to support the Workshop, there is also a “Donate” button at the bottom of the BHCD Project Description page.

South St. Sidewalk Comments Solicited by DOT

MaineDOT has posted an “on-demand public meeting” on its website with respect to the proposed project to construct a sidewalk on South Street from Tradewinds to the Bay School.

THE COMMENT PERIOD WILL CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 19, 2021.

The scope of the proposed project was reduced from building sidewalks on both sides of the street due to higher project costs estimated by MaineDOT and the $400,000 maximum size of the grant awarded to cover 80% of the cost. (The Town of Blue Hill has previously voted to appropriate $100,000, representing the 20% local contribution to the project.)

The link to view the video and provide comments to MaineDOT is available for both desktop and mobile users.

Maine Arts Commission Grant to Word

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded Word, a BHCD-sponsored project, a $2,350 grant to support Word’s activities. The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Word has an excellent track record of identifying, and successfully applying for, grants and awards to support its festival and other programs.

Congratulations again, Word volunteers!

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