News : Gundalow Gatherings Teach About Maritime History

Apr 23, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Corey Lim

PORTSMOUTH — The Gundalow Company's fourth annual Gundalow Gatherings is Saturday, April 25, a night of food, drinks and conversation focused on the area's maritime history and future.

Attendees of the fundraiser can choose between nine dinner locations at the homes of the hosts in Portsmouth, Kittery and York, Maine. All proceeds support the Gundalow Company's 2015 education programs. The Gundalow Company, a nonprofit organization based in Portsmouth, uses educational programs aboard recreation gundalows to ensure people understand the region’s maritime heritage and environment.

Operations Director Sue Cobler said the Gundalow Company's education programs help connect younger generations to their natural environment and history to foster future generations of river stewards. Cobler said fundraisers like the Gundalow Gatherings help make educational programs accessible to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. "Each dollar we raise goes directly to reduce the cost of our programs to students," she said.

Each Gundalow Gatherings dinner has an overarching topic to be discussed, including linking gundalows to global aquaculture, sustainable seafood, lobstering, the history behind Portsmouth's clipper ships, understanding the humpback whale and others.

“Besides raising money for our school programs, our Gundalow Gatherings serve to educate adults on current issues related to their natural environment and maritime history,” Cobler said.

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