EVENT: "Paddle & Picnic"
WHEN: Saturday September 15th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Presumpscot River, Gorham/Windham, Launching from Shaw Park. (Click the Link for directions.)
DETAILS: Join Kimberlee Bennett and Sandy Moore, co-authors of Paddling Southern Maine, and Shannon Bryan from FitMaine.com for a fun filled day on the water. Paddlers will launch from Shaw Park on the banks of the Presumpscot Rivera 9:00 a.m. for a 2 hour (ish) paddle up to/under Babb's Bridge, one of Maine's iconic covered bridges. After returning to Shaw Park everyone is invited to have a picnic. (Bring your own food & beverage) While we relax and enjoy our picnic participants can demo, for FREE, Hobie Eclipse pedalboards from Sebago Sailing and Watercraft. (The paddle boards that have a handle to help you steer and you pedal instead of paddle!) There MAY also be a Hobie kayak or two to try as well. (Copies of Paddling Southern Maine will be available for purchase.)
In return for a wonderful day we ask that everyone who attends donate food items that will be used to stock the Riot Rack, South Portland High School's food pantry/clothing closet.
What you need to bring:
- Food item(s) for donation
- PFD (We ask everyone wear, not just bring, their PFD's!)
- Your food/beverage for lunch
Hope to see you there! Thanks to Gorham Parks & Rec. Department for their support in hosting this event!
**Please note paddlers will be launching at 9:00 a.m. please get there early enough to unload and get on the water by 9:00.
** Bathrooms are not available, but there is a porta potty on site!
Additional Info -
This event is near and dear to my heart! I would LOVE to have a large turnout.
Why is this near and dear to my heart? Because we are asking everyone who comes to donate food (canned goods, rice, peanut butter, microwaveable food, etc.) to the food pantry at the school where I work, South Portland High School. I started the pantry, called The Riot Rack, a few years ago to help fulfill a need at our school. (We also have a clothing closet!) We always have kids in need!
(And the kids are EXTREMELY grateful!)