On Friday, August 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center will host its final workshop of the summer, “Everything you’ve always wanted to know about beach rose hips, including recipes!” Participants will explore how the beach rose, Rosa rugosa, has much more to offer than its vibrant beauty and wonderful scent. Nature Center co-founder and beach roses fan, Diane Perry will share her research and recipes on the beach rose and discuss its many uses, ranging from rose hip syrup to eye tonic. Come discover why herbalists recommend drinking a cup of rose hip tea every day. Participants will be encouraged to add their own thoughts and personal experiences regarding these “beach tomatoes”. This program will be held rain or shine and is for families and all ages.
The workshop is free, but donations are welcome. Participants must pay the Town’s admission fee to Pemaquid Beach Park. Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center is a collaboration between the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission and the Pemaquid Watershed Association, a volunteer-based, membership-supported non-profit organization that has been conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula since 1966. To reach the Center from Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Rte 130) about 12 miles. Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Fairwinds Marina) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park. Workshop participants should gather in the community room on the right side of the Park pavilion building.