UPCOMING

Ascent of the alewives

May 25-27, Damariscotta

The sixth annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25- 27.

The festival is sponsored by the towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society. Festival events will take place in many locations around Damariscotta Mills — at the fish house at the bottom of the ladder, Mulligan’s Smokehouse, along Ladds Hill Road, at the top of the ladder, at Alewives Fabrics on Main Street, and on Town Landing Road. Look for signs pointing the way to activities and maps showing the location of all events.

The festival affords a wonderful opportunity to see alewives close up as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.

Free Fishing Festival

9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 1, Bethel

The Upper Andro Alliance and Trout Unlimited are hosting a free family fishing festival at Angevine Park on North Road in Bethel. There will be casting workshops and fly-tying instruction. Lessons for both spin casting and fly casting will be offered, and free rods and reels will be available.

The pond will be stocked that day by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The Bethel Fire Department will host a barbecue afterward. June 1 and 2 is a free fishing weekend across the state. To learn more call 824-3694, or go to www.uppandro.com.