Mark your calendar for the 2014 Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival in Greenville, Maine, July 15-18, 2015.
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On the weekend of July 21-23, 2007, the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail was unveiled at a festival in Greenville, ME, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Thoreau's third and final journey Maine's North Woods with Penobscot Guide Joe Polis. 

Below are some highlights from previous festivals:

Dave Mallett

Celebrating after the sculpture unveiling, Dave Mallett and his band share songs from their recently released cd, The Fable True.  With impeccable timing, Dave Mallett reads stories from Thoreau’s The Maine Woods set to his original music.  In the background are the two sculptures, Penobscot Canoe by Penobscot Sculptor Tim Shayand Birds of a Feather by Jim Sardonis.

Photo Credit:  Garrett Conover

Garrett Conover of North Woods Ways steers Thoreau Impersonator Richard Smith across Moosehead Lake.

Photo Credit:  Alexandra Conover

Butch Phillips

Vermont Sculptor Jim Sardonis’s Birds of a Feather, unveiled on Thursday, July 21, 2007, the exact day that Thoreau arrived in Greenville in 1857. The pedestal is engraved with two Wabanaki quotations and two Thoreau quotations. Featured here is the Wabanaki saying translated as, “If we listen to the songs of the water and the whispers on the wind, we will feel the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and all creation will continue to breathe."

Photo Credit: Garrett Conover

Penobscot Elder Arnie Neptune smudges Penobscot Elder Butch Phillips with eagle feathers and sacred smoke in preparation for the blessing of the sculpture site.

Photo Credit:  Garrett Conover

Participants in the unveiling of the Trail’s First Kiosk, Sunday, July 22, 2007:  Maynard Russell, Katahdin Captain, John Simko, Greenville Town Manager, Eric Ward, Maine Woods Forever Board Member, Jerry Stelmok, Maine Woods Forever Board Member, and Jenn Barton, Maine Woods Forever Project Coordinator.

Photo Credit:  Paul Johnson

Dick and Walter Anderson of the International Appalachian Trail show off their exhibit at the Greenville School Gym.  Fifteen organizations displayed their work on Sunday, July 22, in addition to a handful of craftspeople.

Photo Credit:  Paul Johnson


The six-man Penobscot drum group, Burnurwurbskek Singers, began the sculpture unveiling ceremony with several songs that invited reflection into the past while simultaneously bringing visitors directly into the present moment.