Thank you for helping us to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2009. We wanted to share some of the highlights with you in online scrapbook below.
Thank you for joining the celebration — 50 years of NRCM protecting the nature of Maine.
Polar Plunge at East End Beach
NRCM ended our 50th anniversary year the same way we started it - with an icy plunge into Casco Bay. More than 25 people braved the cold waters at East End Beach (and even had to jump over ice to get into the water!) at noon on Thursday, December 31st, raising more than $5,000 for our work to reduce global warming pollution. Thanks to everyone who plunged, pledged, and applauded our efforts! We had a great time and hope you did, too!
The Art of Local Food
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport was the site of "The Art of Local Food," a fabulous evening filled with delicious food and drinks from more than 40 Midcoast Maine farms, restaurants, and other culinary partners. Nearly 300 guests came to celebrate NRCM's 50 years of protecting Maine's environment and to support local food! (All photos of event provided courtesy of Lily Piel.)
Google's Dan Reicher gives keynote at NRCM annual meeting
NRCM was pleased to welcome Google's Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Dan Reicher, to this year's annual meeting. Mr. Reicher described how and why Google is making its bets on the clean energy ideas and technologies of tomorrow. He is one of the nation’s leading clean energy experts, with broad career experience in the public and private sectors, including as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Protecting the Nature of Maine Film Premiere
Supporters, staff, and others gathered in Portland in September for the world premiere of a new inspiring documentary film by Maine filmmaker Richard Kane.
West Branch of the Penobsot River Canoe Trip
From September 8-12, Registered Maine Guides Garrett and Alexandra Conover led a trip of NRCM staff and supporters down the West Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine's beautiful North Woods. Enjoy these photos, courtesy of Paul Glazebrook. What a wonderful way to celebrate our 50 years of protecting Maine's environment! Thanks to everyone - with a special thanks to the Conovers for a fantastic trip!
Portland Sea Dogs
A little rain couldn't stop almost 100 NRCM members and staff from heading to the Portland Sea Dogs game on July 1st. Brownie Carson, our executive director, threw out the first pitch, amid cheers from the crowd. Happy 50th birthday NRCM! Hot dogs, popcorn, french fries, and friends - a great way to celebrate our birthday!
Happy 50th to Us!
The rainy June weather cleared just in time for us to celebrate our birthday with a gathering of nearly 200 people at our offices on June 25th - the actual 50th birthday of NRCM. Former and current staff and board members and their families, members of the NRCM founding families, coalition partners, interns, and others celebrated with delicious cakes, fantastic food, and remarks by Brownie Carson, Bill Townsend, and Eleanor Kinney. Here are just a few photos from the celebration!
Hike in Hallowell
We were fortunate that the rain held off for the morning of June 20th so that NRCM members and staff could enjoy a walk through Vaughan Woods in Hallowell. Nearly 20 people came to enjoy this hike and one of the few rain-free days in June!
Hank Tyler, steward for the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, led the walk and can be seen here talking with participants as they walk through Vaughan Woods in Hallowell.
A Sense of Wonder
Birding in Boothbay
NRCM supporters enjoyed a bird walk at Lobster Cove Meadows Preserve in Boothbay on May 16, led by NRCM public affairs director Allison Wells and her husband Jeff. We saw lots of colorful, singing warblers and enjoyed the company of fellow bird enthusiasts. Thanks to all who joined us!
On May 9th, we celebrated alewives at Damariscotta Mills. It was a beautiful spring day and everyone enjoyed learning about the history of the fish ladder and the alewife run. Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks to Sarah Hale Krull for these fantastic photos!
Governor King Presents
Former Maine Governor Angus King gave the 2009 Edmund S. Muskie Lecture at Bates College - an event co-sponsored by NRCM and the Edmund S. Muskie Archives.
Governor King told wonderful personal (and often humorous!) stories of his interactions with Senator Muskie. He also spoke of the Senator's incredible leadership and strong character - both reasons that he was able to get the Clean Air and Clean Water acts passed during his time in Congress.
Brownie Carson, NRCM's executive director, introduced Governor King's remarks. You can view Brownie's speech here.
Citizen Action Day
Citizen Action Day brought people of all ages to NRCM's office to learn about important legislation happening at the State House.
This year's Citizen Action Day was held on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. A highlight of the day for many attendees was the fact that, while at the State House to meet with their legislators about priority environmental bills, they were able to hear Maine's Chief Justice give the annual State of the Judiciary speech to both the House and Senate.
Want to join us for Citizen Action Day next year? Join NRCM's Action Network to receive information about this event and others, and also be able to take action on important environmental legislation at a moment's notice. Join today!
Polar Plunge at East End Beach
We kicked off NRCM's 50th anniversary with a Polar Plunge at East End Beach in Portland on January 2, 2009!
Thanks to everyone who took the plunge, pledged a plunger or came out to cheer us on!