Museum to Host Merrymeeting Day
On Sunday, May 22, from 11 am to 3 pm, Maine Maritime Museum invites the community to help celebrate the unique ecosystem of Merrymeeting Bay: one of only four places in the world where two major rivers with separate watersheds converge at their mouths to form a common delta. Merrymeeting Day: Discover the Bay festivities will include the raising of the flags on the Wyoming sculpture, as well as a ceremony to rechristen the museum’s new cruise boat Merrymeeting in honor of this local ecological gem. Admission is FREE, and the museum will be offering 30-minute cruises for just $6 per person in honor of the six rivers that converge in Merrymeeting Bay.
The day’s activities will include crafts, games, a live birds of prey show, and a puppet show. The museum will also be hosting numerous Merrymeeting Bay-related organizations that will have activities and information to share about the bay. The museum will also be raising the flags on the sculpture of Wyoming as a kickoff to the summer season.
A highlight of Merrymeeting Day will be the re-christening of the museum’s new cruise boat. Over the winter, the museum was able to purchase a cruise boat thanks to generous support from The Merrymeeting Bay Trust. A special ceremony to rename the new boat Merrymeeting will take place at 11:30 am on Merrymeeting Day.
“The most important and exciting aspect of owning this boat is the connection it will have with Merrymeeting Bay. In addition to being one of the country’s most important habitats for migrating birds and a critical breeding ground for many species of fish, it is spectacularly beautiful. Few people are aware of how rare and vital this watershed is, and we’re hoping to get lots of people out there to experience it directly,” said Amy Lent, executive director.
The inaugural cruise to Merrymeeting Bay will take place at 4 pm on May 22 following the celebration. Tickets are available online. For more information, call 207-443-1316, or visit www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Merrymeeting Day is generously sponsored by The Twombly Family, David and Sandy Weiss, Bath Savings Institution, and The Merrymeeting Bay Trust.