Kick-off of land trust campaign

‘Our Mountain Voices’ tickets on sale

Sep 02, 2017

Camden — Coastal Mountain Land Trust is kicking off the community phase of its Round the Mountain Collaboration to conserve 1,400 acres of land surrounding six Midcoast communities’ water supply by producing a star-studded evening of local talent presenting their stories, art and music 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, promising something for everyone. The gala event is scheduled for Friday night, Sept. 22, at the Camden Opera House.

Tickets are $25, available at Rayr Wine Shop in Rockport, the CMLT office in Camden (101 Mt. Battie St. and online at the show is at 6:45 p.m., but the work-on-wood of 20 artists will be for sale through silent auction on the third floor of the opera house beginning at 5 p.m. Auditorium doors will open 6:15 p.m. A reception will follow the multimedia performance.

This event is the launch of the public phase of a $4.2 million Round the Mountain Collaboration campaign; 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 Snow Bowl and adding two new trailheads. Finally, CMLT also will 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 more than 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 Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Warren and Owls Head. For more information, call 236-7091 or visit the website.

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

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