The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation and stewardship of distinctive lands in Cape Elizabeth, will hold its 28th Annual Meeting and Social Gathering on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m. at the Purpoodock Club on Spurwink Road in Cape Elizabeth.

This year’s annual meeting, sponsored by Richard Brothers Financial Advisors, will feature keynote speaker, Colin Woodard. The Maine author and award-winning journalist will present American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Released in 2011, American Nations is a fascinating look at American regionalism and the 11 “nations” that continue to shape North America, and how the conflicts between them have influenced our past and continue to mold our future.

A native of Maine, Woodard has reported from more than 50 foreign countries and six continents. He is a longtime foreign correspondent of The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Christian Science Monitor, a contributing editor at Down East magazine, and state and national affairs writer at The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Economist, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Bloomberg, On Earth, Nature Conservancy, E: The Environmental Magazine, Working Waterfront, and others. He is the author of the New England bestseller, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier and Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas.

In addition to Woodard’s presentation, Executive Director Chris Franklin will provide a brief year in review and a look ahead at the work of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar is available for beer, wine, coffee and tea.

“We invite CELT members and others interested in finding out more about the land trust to join us Nov. 3 at Purpoodock as we kick off our new year and celebrate 28 years of land preservation in Cape Elizabeth,” said Chris Franklin, CELT’s executive director. “Those interested in joining us may RSVP at (207) 767-6054 or by email at [email protected].”

At the close of the annual meeting, CELT will also announce the winning bid of the recently announced silent auction of Henry Isaac’s painting, Homer House from the Cliff Walk, Prout’s Neck. Information about the silent auction is available on CELT’s website at

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