The next Damariscotta Open Mic at Savory Maine will be a benefit for the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration project. The open mic will take place on Wednesday, May 9 at Savory Maine, 11 Water St., Damariscotta. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for delicious local food and organic beer, wine, coffee, and tea. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase all night and Savory Maine’s full menu will be available.
The open mic will run from 6-8:30 p.m., with a 15-minute break. Musician sign-up is at 5:30 p.m. The open mic is a series of eight-minute, two-song slots, and is designed for individual or small group performances. Musicians, singers, poets, and other performers will demonstrate their talents. This is a great opportunity for the Damariscotta community to hear great music and support a great organization. There will even be a performance of a special song written for the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration project.
Savory Maine will donate half of the proceeds from all sales for the evening. Additional contributions to aid the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration project will be gratefully accepted.
Restoration of the fish ladder was completed in 2017 with outstanding results. The number of alewives successfully moving up the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake has increased to more than one million fish from an average of 75,000 before the restoration. The new goal of neighbors and friends of the fish ladder is to restore the public walkways that provide access to the fish ladder and harvesting area. These paths are currently undermined and will soon collapse if they are not rebuilt soon.
In addition, the long-term goal is to restore the fish house and parking area, which are also in very poor condition. Permitting for these projects was undertaken by Wright-Pierce Engineering in 2016-2017, so once the funding has been secured, the projects can begin. The plan is to do the walkway work in 2018.
For further information, call Grace Goldberg at Savory Maine at 563-2111 or Sylvia Tavares at 766-8469.