May 18 – 19, join us at our national Trail Council meeting in Portland, Maine! The events start with a 31-mile bike ride from Kennebunk on Friday May 18- ride info and registration here. On Saturday May 19th, join us at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., 9 AM to 5 PM for a day full of speakers & updates on ECG progress, including a keynote from our international ally Deborah Apps, President of the Trans Canada Trail.
Thank you to the generous sponsors who are providing support for our weekend activities!
Agenda for the Weekend Events:
Friday May 18:
Spring on the Eastern Trail Bike Ride: 30 mile trail ride – more info and registration here. (Registration closes at 3 PM, May 16th.)
10:30 AM – Meet at Bug Light park in South Portland, ME, bus to Kennebunk leaves at 11.
12:00 noon – Ride starts in Kennebunk
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Riders return to Bug Light Park
4:30 PM – National Bike to Work Day Event in Bug Light Park
5:00 PM – Bike or take water taxi to Flatbreads
If you aren’t doing the bike ride, there are other fun activities at Bug Light Park, including the South Portland Historical Society (open until 5), the Liberty Ship Memorial, and Bug Light.
A free water taxit shuttle will go from Bug Light Park to the Portland Public Landing, 3:45 – 5:15 PM. Space is limited, first come, first served.
5:00 PM – Flatbread Restaurant: Pizza / social hour (food & drinks available for purchase). Show your bike pin and receive $2 off a salad, and Flatbread will donate $2 to the ECGA! (If you don’t have a bike pin, see Eric or Dennis at the door to get one.)
Saturday, May 19:
Trail Council Meeting, 9 AM to 5 PM, Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St.
8:45 AM – Coffee / Gathering
9:00 AM – Call to Order and Welcome: Sue Ellen Bordwell, Tony Barrett, Steve Mitchell
9:30 AM – Review of Oct. 2011 Trail Council meeting minutes: Tony Barrett, Secretary
9:40 AM – Trail Program Progress Report: Eric Weis (ECGA Trail Program Coordinator)
10:00 AM – Keynote Address by Deborah Apps (President/CEO, Trans Canada Trail.)11:00 AM – Break
11:10 AM – New England Region: Eric Weis & State Representatives
12:00 PM – Lunch Break – Enjoy a guided walk of Portland’s East Prom, Maine pedicab rides, or walk to Ocean Gateway
1:30 PM – Mid-Atlantic Region: Andy Hamilton (Mid-Atlantic Coordinator) & State Representatives
2:00 PM – South Atlantic Region: Eric Weis & State Representatives
2:30 PM – Southeast Region: Herb Hiller (Southeast Region Consultant) & State Reps
3:00 PM – Break
3:10 PM – Trail Designations: Eric Weis
3:45 PM – ECG designation policy review: Sue Ellen Bordwell & staff
4:15 PM – Awards: Dave Read & Dennis Markatos-Soriano
4:30 PM – New Business / Open Forum
4:45 PM – Adjourn
5:30 – 6:30 PM, Post-Meeting Social, Novare Res Bier Cafe & restaurant, 4 Canal Plaza (drinks & food available for purchase).
6:30 PM, Dinner (various Portland restaurants)