River Day brings music, boats and more to Head of Westport

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The Westport River Watershed Alliance hosts its annual River Day festival, a free family-fun day that celebrates the Westport River watershed,  this Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Head of Westport. There will be activities and events for all ages both on and off the water.

Kicking off the day on-stage will be the Westport High School Jazz/Rock Ensemble. At 11 a.m., a live raptor show will take place, followed by poster awards at noon.

The Spindle  Rock River Rats bluegrass band will perform, followed by The Basics, six musicians playing rock n' roll from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.

Ongoing activities include  fish t-shirt printing, face painting, small boat building, mural painting, stilt building, and food.

Of special interest will be Native American storytelling, a touch tank of living river creatures, a working river skiff, and walking tours of the Head of Westport neighborhood.

Those who wish to paddle to River Day the 3.5 miles from the Hix Bridge Landing must register with WRWA. Paddlers receive a free tee shirt and free lunch. Pre-registration is available online at  www.westportwatershed.org or by calling the office at 508-636-3016. For an additional late fee, paddlers can register the morning of the paddle beginning at 9 a.m.

Joining the festivities will be many exhibitors:  Mass. Audubon's Allens  Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Buzzards Bay Coalition, The Trustees for

Reservations, the Westport Land Conservation Trust, Westport Fishermen's Association, Westport Art Group, Westport  Historical Society, The Lloyd Center, South Coast Energy  Challenge, Westport education Foundation, Refried Tees, the Worm Ladies, Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness, Green Fortress Building, and  more.

WRWA is grateful to the over 60 business sponsors and the Westport

A Cultural Council grant from the Helen Ellis Trust makes River Day possible.  River Day will be held rain or shine. For more information visit www.westportwatershed.org.

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