Celebrating the natural wonder of herring and their perennial run up Plymouth’s Town Brook

Fish Lovers, Herring Counters, and Wannabees–plan on an evening out to see DamNation and take a free tour of the herring running in Town Brook on Apr. 24th-26th

Plimoth Plantation is celebrating Earth Week this year with its 2nd annual Herring Run Festival at the museum’s Plimoth Grist Mill, 6 Spring Lane, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The Herring Run Festival invites the public to celebrate the wonder of the herring migration and to witness their annual run up Town Brook. The Herring Run Festival is presented in partnership with the Town of Plymouth and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Festival Kickoff Film & Discussion: Apr. 24, 2015, 6:30 pm

To launch the Herring Run Festival, there will be a screening of the film DamNation the evening of April 24th in Plimoth Plantation’s Maxwell Theatre. DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America exploring the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. This event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. (beer and wine cash bar), followed by the film at 7 p.m. The evening will be hosted by Douglas Watts, herring advocate and author of the book Alewife. A post-film panel discussion with restoration experts on Plymouth’s dam removal efforts will follow the film. For more information about this film and discussion, and to purchase tickets, visit www.plimoth.org/calendar.

The Future of Water in Southeastern Mass. Conference: Apr. 24, 2015, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The same day of the Herring Run Festival kickoff, The Future of Water in Southeastern Massachusetts, a one-day conference organized by Watershed Action Alliance in partnership with Plimoth Plantation, is taking place.  It will be held on Friday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. Click HERE to learn more and to register.

Herring Festival: Apr. 25-26, 2015, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The festival will take place at Plimoth Plantation’s Plimoth Grist Mill, 6 Spring Lane, Plymouth, MA. Visit with local scientists and learn about their efforts to restore the herring population. Hear about dam removal projects on Town Brook, get a close-up view of the herring and help scientists collect data by counting the fish. The festival will feature special hands-on activities for kids, walking tours of the herring run, and herring-related presentations, along with local music and food. Plimoth Grist Mill will be sharing the brook with the herring, using water power to mill organic cornmeal and sampe (grits) while sharing samples of our favorite corn dishes.

Plymco Dam Ceremony, Apr. 25, 2015, 11:00 am

On Saturday April 25 at 11 a.m. the public is invited to attend the Town’s ceremony giving thanks for the recent completion of the Plymco Dam removal and restoration project on Town Brook. This collaborative project supported by the Town, NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the MA Department of Fish and Game, removed a significant barrier to herring spawning grounds. A walking tour to the ceremony will leave from the Plimoth Grist Mill.