While I have lately focused on wildlife in the ocean – whether edible like seaweeds or shellfish, or watchable like birds – this week I’m going to share a bit about people.

The connection between people and their natural environment is strong, perhaps even stronger when you live on the coast. Some of these communities are also remote and people have to learn ways to be resourceful with what they have around them. This is even more true going back in time.

Nowadays, you can order what you need through Amazon, or drive easily down a paved road to a big grocery store, but life has not always been this way. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, it certainly has led to creativity and ingenuity in making the most of resources and skills, and also depending upon your neighbors for what you can’t supply or accomplish on your own.

One particular community is celebrating its heritage this weekend. In a fitting partnership, the Harpswell Historical Society brings together its knowledge and collection of artifacts with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, which focuses on protecting conservation areas, as well as the preservation of its culture. It is a neat partnership as it recognizes the relationship between the area’s natural history and value and its human history and stories of its past.

In a town like Harpswell, where 216 miles of the town are along the water, much of this celebration focuses on its coastal resources.

At Harspwell Day, you can watch someone knitting lobster trap heads by hand, weaving baskets from coastal grasses, or making herbal remedies from local plants. Other skills on display include woodworking and butter churning, quilting, beekeeping, and the production of herbal remedies – all activities done commonly by residents of Harpswell in the past. Many of these are still done today by craftsmen and women in the community. Many of the demonstrations encourage active participation for those curious to try themselves.

There are several performances and tours, as well. You can browse the artifacts inside the historical society building or take a tour of the graveyard across the street, as well as visit sheep from Two Coves Farm in the historic cattle pound.

There are old-time games, music and storytelling, too. One of my favorite parts of the event last year was visiting the one-room schoolhouse where a re-enactor playing a school marm directed visitors in lessons on chalkboards at their desks.

On the consumable side of things, you can help to press cider and taste freshly picked apples. A sweet addition is ice cream scooped by Harpswell Coastal Academy, a free charter school focused on project-based learning for grades 6-12. There’s also candy from the Island Candy Company. Or, if you’re hungry for lunch, you can enjoy fare from New Beet Market, a café run in part by students from HCA’s Brunswick campus.

This event will be held rain or shine from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is based at the Harpswell Historical Society Museum, 929 Harpswell Neck Road. Other related events will be at the nearby Centennial Hall, Old Meeting House, and the one-room schoolhouse, as well as in the green spaces. You can find more information, including a schedule of events and a map of the festivities at www.hhltmaine.org.