Medomak Valley Land Trust will host a screening of “The Mystery of Eels,” a recent “Nature” episode, Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at the Village Bakery, 11 Friendship St./Route 220. A local elver fisherman will talk at 6:30 p.m. about his experience eeling for 35 years in Maine.

“The Mystery of Eels” takes viewers to Maine, where New England fishermen reap the benefits of a multibillion-dollar eel business; to Japan, where the fish are a staple of Japanese diet, with more than 130,000 tons of eel consumed each year; and to the Maori in New Zealand, where eels are revered, often depicted as mythical beings or guardians. The one-hour documentary is produced by James Prosek, an artist, writer and eminent naturalist who has devoted much of his life to the investigation of the mysterious ways of the American Eel.

Food will be available to purchase. Admission by donation. Medomak Valley Land Trust was established in 1991 to preserve the natural, recreational, scenic and traditional land-use values of the Medomak River watershed. For more information about the paddle, conservation options or MVLT’s services to landowners, call 832-5570 or visit

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