Touch Tank at RiceFest!

Get to know some of Maine’s marine life at our marine biologist-led interactive touch tank display at the Cobscook Community Learning Center’s annual RiceFest celebration on Saturday, October 12, 12:00-4:00pm.  It’s hands on fun for the whole family! Learn about farming-in-the-sea in Maine, the importance of farmed seafood in our everyday lives, and about our fascinating marine life.

The touch tank is teeming with live shellfish including periwinkles, oysters, mussels, and scallops, plus sea stars, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, hermit crabs, crabs, sea cucumbers and more. Plus our display will introduce you to more of the aquaculture industry in Maine including clownfish, urchins and seaweed.

The touch tank will be presented by Dr Anne Langston from the Aquaculture Research Institute, University of Maine. Anne is a marine biologist who studied in Plymouth (UK) and St Andrews (UK) before travelling and working in Ireland, Norway and Scotland. She moved to Maine almost 3 years ago and now works as the Associate Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute. The Aquaculture Research Institute is working with CCLC to develop aquaculture-related research and education programs in the Cobscook area.

Other events at RiceFest on Saturday include Kid’s Activities, Artisan Demonstrations and sale of crafted goods, a Whoopie Pie Contest, Cake Walk, music in the bandstand all day, and more. The Lubec Masons will provide all you can eat food all afternoon. The Rice family will offer a Spaghetti Supper starting at 4:30. The Cobscook Community Learning Center is located at 10 Commissary Point Rd in Trescott. Admission to RiceFest is free. A free shuttle bus will be running from the Machias Harvest Festival throughout the day. For more information, call the CCLC: 207-733-2233 or visit our website: