Event Schedule 2014

All events will take place at the Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd, Deer Isle, unless otherwise noted. www.deerislehostel.com ~ 207-348-2308

Monday June 23rd Author talk with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist - Homesteading in the 21st Century Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, homesteader and owner of the Deer Isle Hostel, will talk about her homesteading experience and read from her book “A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle” (Self-published 2014) 6pm Deer Isle Library, Deer Isle.

Sunday June 29th Herbal Spa Day with Brighid Doherty

Get ready for summer by making and enjoying your own natural foot soak, facial scrub and steam from naturally grown herbs, grains and fruits, such as rose, lavender, oats, cucumbers and honey. You will leave feeling refreshed and inspired with your own product samples. Locally sourced lunch included. $30 per person. Pre-registration appreciated. 10am-12.30

Every Thursdays July 3rd to August 28th Tour of the Deer Isle Hostel - Homesteading in the 21st Century                                                                                                  Learn about traditional and modern methods used to produce building materials, food, garden amendments and energy in harmony with the island landscape. Tour the gardens and the orchard, look at the Shiitake-production and the compost-heated outdoor shower. See the hand-built 17th Century inspired timber-framed building and the many outbuildings. Suggested donation $5-10 9-10.30 am.

Wednesday July 8th Author talk with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist - Homesteading in the 21st Century Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, homesteader and owner of the Deer Isle Hostel, will talk about her homesteading experience and read from her book “A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle” (Self-published 2014) 11am Stonington Public Library, Stonington. Bring packed lunch if you wish.

Saturday July 12th Deer Isle Hostel Annual Summer Party! Back by popular demand: The Living Daylight from Brooksville, ME, will make their 3rd gig at the Hostel! Come make the timber frame sway to the tunes. Bring your dance shoes and something for the potluck! 7 pm – 11 pm. Band starts at 8 pm. $5 donation.

Thursday July 24th Tour of the Deer Isle Hostel, today with live demo by blacksmith Ian Walker, who hand forged much of the hardware for the Hostel building. 9-10.30 am. Suggested donation $5-10

Monday July 28th Author talk/slide show with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist & Kathie Fiveash
Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, homesteader and owner of the Deer Isle Hostel, will talk about her homesteading experience and read from her book “A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle” (Self-published 2014). Kathie Fiveash is a lifelong naturalist who lives on Isle au Haut. She will read from her new book The Island Naturalist (Penobscot Books, 2014) and answer questions about nature on the coast of Maine and the islands. 6.30 pm at the Blue Hill Library, Howard Room. Sponsored by Blue Hill Public Library.

Tuesday August 5th Author talk/slide show with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist & Kathie Fiveash FYI see above. 6.30 pm at the IHT-barn 420 Sunset Rd (Rt15A) Deer Isle. Sponsored by Island Heritage Trust.

Wednesday August 6th Plant walk with Brighid Doherty. Plant medicine is people's medicine and it grows right outside your door! Join Brighid Doherty, herbalist and gardener, on a walk at Tennis Preserve. You will learn to identify, prepare and use local medicinal plants for everyday health. Common weeds, such as Burdock, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock and wildflowers, such as Goldenrod, Queen Anne's Lace and St John's Wort plus many more will be discussed. All ages are welcome. The trails may be wet or muddy. We will walk rain or shine. 10am – 11.30. For info, call Island Heritage Trust 348-2455.

Thursday August 21st Tour of the Deer Isle Hostel, today with live demo by Dennis Carter on how to split a large block of granite. 9-10.30 am. Suggested donation $5-10

Monday August 25th Author talk with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist - Homesteading in the 21st Century Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, homesteader and owner of the Deer Isle Hostel, will talk about her homesteading experience and read from her book “A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle” (Self-published 2014). Good Life Center, Cape Rosier, ME 6.pm

Saturday September 6th Seed saving workshop with Will Bonsall

Learn the basic methods of seed saving from self-pollinating crops – plant selection, maturity, cleaning and storage, as well as how to save seeds from biennials and cross-pollinators, including strategies for isolation, hand pollination of cucurbits and overwintering biennial seed plants. Participants should have some experience of gardening and are expected to bring a great amount of curiosity and interest. Will expects to have an assortment of his favorite seeds to share.                                                                                          9.30am – 2pm. Lunch included. $40. Early registration recommended. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop. $25 with communal dinner.
Evening program at Blue Hill Library; Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project
Will Bonsall will talk about how to preserve our dwindling genetic heritage through seed-saving and show samples of crop plants in their seed stage, as people do not usually see them. He will also present his Scatterseed Project, and the new organization he has co-founded, Grassroots Seed Network. Howard Room 4 pm. Co-sponsored with Blue Hill Public Library.

Maine native Will Bonsall has for over thirty years been maintaining and offering an internationally recognized seed collection of several thousand varieties of plants, including peas, potatoes, turnips and parsnips.


Sunday September 28th Orcharding Workshop with John Bunker Peaches and plums, apricots and apples, grapes and gooseberries and many other fruits and nuts can be grown in Maine. This workshop is for anyone who has experience and interest in growing fruits and berries and would like to expand their knowledge in orcharding and edible landscapes. You'll learn about cold-hardy varieties and how to plan and establish an organic edible landscape using permaculture methods. Each participant will create a site map of a yard, including natural features, buildings, trees and shrubs.
John is founder of Fedco Trees and Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, ME. He's one of the nation's most prominent apple historians. For the past 42 years he has lived in Palermo, Maine where he cultivates a 5 acre edible landscape, including some 200 varieties of apples, using permaculture techniques and a "no-spray" attitude.

9am – 3pm. Lunch included. $50. Scholarships available. Early registration recommended. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop. $25 with communal dinner.


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