Public Outreach is essential as we move toward the preliminary engineering and design of a new dike. Friends of Herring River will participate in a number of events planned to educate the community and visitors this summer. Please call to volunteer assistance with an event or events that interest you. We need all hands on deck this summer. Here's what's going on:
* See our booth at Harborfest, on Wellfleet Wharf, June 1. Come and enjoy the Nautical Flea Market.
* Look for our ad in the 250th (Semiquincentennial) Celebration Booklet marking the founding of the Town of Wellfleet. This includes a remarkable map comparing the 1909 Marsh with today's vestigial marsh.
* Learn from the new fact sheets posted on our www.friendofherringriver.org website answering frequently asked questions about the estuary
* Enjoy the video "Return of the Tides"running in the Beach Sticker Office with subtitles all summer as long as the office is open. We are also going to offer copies of our 250th booklet ad, a new brochure, and some explanatory maps.
* Find a copy of our new membership brochure explaining the importance of the restoration of the Herring River Estuary and inviting visitors to support our work. They will be available at a number of venues, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Beach Sticker Office.
School of Herring -- The Friends of Herring River Entry in the 4th of July Parade, 2013
* Plan to help your children and grandchildren participate in our "School of Herring" entry in the Wellfleet 4th of July Parade. School children will be invited to make cardboard fins and head bands and decorate them at the Wellfleet Public Library on the afternoon of July 1. Abby Franklin will be assisting in the creation of the costumes.
On July 4th, The children, dressed in their fins and big eye headbands -- with their parents -- will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Holbrook Avenue and Chequessett Neck Road and join the parade from there, walking or pulled in wagons, until the parade reaches the Congregational Church where anyone can fall out depending on energy. We are in search of adults who will hold large painted herring on big dowels so the fish are seen before the kids can be seen as we walk down Main Street.
* Watch for a schedule of walks on Bound Brook Island in conjunction with the Wellfleet Historical Society.
* Come to our exhibit at the Wellfleet Public Library, July 20 to August 1, with a Friends of Herring River Reception from 4 to 6:00 PM on July 27 at the exhibit. We will display Art, Photographs, and Maps (antique and new) that describe what the Herring River Estuary was and can still be. (see related story above).
* Attend Friends of Herring River Annual Meeting, open to the public, August 20. There will be an update on progress to replace the dike at the river mouth with a structure that enables 1100 acres of salt marsh restoration.
* Come to our booth at Oyster Fest, October 19 and October 20, see our live Mummichog fish and marsh grass and enjoy those oysters!
* Participate in the Wellfleet Harbor Conference and visit our booth on November 2, 2013.