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Following a brief open discussion, we’ll skip any formal topic and just hang out and get to know each other better, taking advantage, if practical, of the Senior Center’s lovely side porch. Bring a treat if you like, but mainly just come for soft drinks and time well spent mingling and schmoozing. You can expect a little swinging background music too. This should be a comfy occasion for regulars and their friends, and especially for newcomers.
Another idea from the Summer of Aging Gracefully. Many people have visited Star Island on Shoals but not so many Appledore. Appledore is famous for its marine laboratory and Celia Thaxter's garden. We will visit the garden on the walking tour. Celia Thaxter was a good friend of John Greenleaf Whittier. The details from the website are below, but I have put in a quick summary here. Leave Amesbury (or wherever) to get to New Castle (Portsmouth) by 8:00 AM . Boat sails at 9:00 AM . Arrive back at New Castle at 2:00 PM. Take a packed lunch. Camera/Binoculars are good idea too. It's 3 miles of very rugged walking. Not for the faint hearted. You have to stay with your docent all the time. No swimming opportunities. Beautiful flowers and scenery. Cost is $50 but is cancel-able until 3 days before the event. The boat takes 32 people. We have just taken two places so there are now 9 ( or less) places left - depends if anyone else has booked. We will carpool as much as possible. Please make sure you book this meetup so we know whose going. There are directions on the web site. You will find links to follow and book via the URL below. You need to book yourself. You can book several people (in the hope that there are several places left). You will need to book soon - it will fill up quickly. Peter See https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/event/island-walking-tour-cruises Trip Summary Appledore Island Walking Tour Guest deboard from UNH's R/V Gulf Challenger. Visit the Shoals Marine Lab. Travel out to Appledore on the University of New Hampshire research vessel, the R/V Gulf Challenger, with UNH Marine Docent tour guides. Investigate the intriguing intertidal creatures from the ocean at informal science stations. On Appledore, explore the natural history of the island with the Docents. Look down to magnificent rock formations of eons past and up to a sky filled with birds that live on the island today. Learn about the plants, Discover the important role the Shoals played in the fishing economy of the 17th century. Find out about the amazing resort hotels on the Shoals in the 19th century. Visit the recreated garden of famous poet and essayist Celia Thaxter, who once lived on Appledore, and learn of her family's life on the Shoals. Visit the main laboratory of the Shoals Marine Lab, the largest facility for undergraduate study of its kind in the world. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while looking from the Isles to the coast or gazing at the long line of the horizon where the sea meets the sky. Taking an Appledore Island Walking Tour with the Docents is a voyage you'll never forget. Tour Details Open to members of the public on a first come, first served basis. Children 10 years of age and older are welcome on the cruises when escorted at all times by an adult. Cruise guests must accompany Marine Docents at all times on the Appledore tours. All cruise guests must be able to walk several miles. Terrain of the island requires moderate hiking exertion. Price: $50 per adult, $40 per child (10 through 17). Price includes round-trip boat transportation and guided tours of Appledore Island. Food/beverage not included. Walking Tour participants should plan to bring a small bag or backpack with a bagged lunch and a drink or water bottle. Times: Plan to arrive at the UNH Pier between 8:00 - 8:30am for check-in and orientation. The trip will depart for Appledore Island at 9:00am. Cruises return to the pier in New Castle by 2:00pm. Departure Location: Cruises depart from the new UNH Pier facility (Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex), which is next to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Fort Point in New Castle, NH. Follow this link for directions to the dock in New Castle, NH where you will be boarding UNH's R/V Gulf Challenger. Parking at the dock is limited. If you are traveling in a group, please make every effort to carpool.