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Community Celebration at Sipp Bay

Stories from the Coast

Community Celebration at Sipp Bay

Friday, September 20, 2019

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosted a gathering at Sipp Bay Preserve in Perry to thank and celebrate supporters, volunteers, partners, and the local community.

The event, which was free and open to all, attracted over 100 people, including state senator Marianne Moore.

“The Maine Coast Heritage Trust team was humbled by the warm community support and good spirit that everyone brought to this gathering,” says Deirdre Whitehead, regional steward at MCHT. “We conserve places like Sipp Bay for use by the community—this is what it’s all about."

MCHT staff grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and built an old-fashioned clam bake on the beach, with corn, potatoes, and clams provided by local diggers.

Over the course of the afternoon, guests walked the preserve’s trail system, played lawn games by the water, and enjoyed music from the Passamaquoddy drum group Spirit Circle.

“The gathering at Sipp Bay represented a rare and deeply American confluence of people and traditions,” says attendee Heidi Reidell. “The oldest known Passamaquoddy songs were sung, people feasted on food from this part of the world. It was a real e pluribus unum day.”

For more about the history and recreational opportunities to be found at Sipp Bay, visit the Sipp Bay Preserve page.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosts free community events up and down the coast every summer. Please see the trips and events page to learn more about all that’s going on.

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