Alice at Malaga IslandMalaga Island is an island that was used by our Native Americans, a mixed race colony, and now has no inhabitants in eastern Casco Bay. Stories and plays have been written about it, historians investigate, archeologists are facinated, and the locals from Phippsburg don't like to discuss its sad history and the part their forefathers played in its history.

 

Come learn some of the secrets of this island with Alice's Awesome Adventures. Paddle to the island from a small local launch site Having a snack at the south end of Malagawhere you might see seals basking at low tide. During a three hour tour you will have time to land on the northern shell beach for a snack and see a kiosk about the history and listen to Alice's extensive knowledge of the island from the time of native american use to today. On a longer tour, you will have time to explore the island with Alice, visiting different historical sites along its mile long perimeter trail entering different "rooms" and experiencing its different climates, vistas and having a snack at the south end of the island like the gals to the right. You will decide if the island talks to you. 

Alice takes parties of two to ten to see the island by sea kayak.  In June of 2016 she lead a group of 18 from Scarborough Middle School who had studied about the island, the book "Lizzy Bright and the Buckminster Boy" and american history of the time in Maine and the country to try to understand more about why what happened, happened. By going to the island and visiting it, the history came alive for the students and their teachers.

The Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College presented the play, "Lizzy Bright and the Buckminster Boy" under the 2013-11-02 Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Poster

direction of Robert Colby at the Semel Theater, October 31 - November 3, 2013. In order to help the company learn more about where the play took place and the community that surrounded it, Director Colby asked Alice's Awesome Adventures to lead a trip to the island for 18 members of the company. Many of these college students had never been to Maine or in a kayak. The trip was awesome!  Here is what Sarah Erkert, dramaturg, wrote in the playbill about the trip:

Malaga Island Northern BeachLizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy  is based on a little-known piece of New England history, one that for a long time was considered "a story best left untold". We believe different. Our hope in telling this story today we can all come to better understand the effects of racism and poverty on the characters and society of that time, and in our world today.   The island - As the fog cleared and our sea kayaks neared a small shell midden beach on the north side of the now uninhabited island, Malaga appeared exactly as Lizzie describes it. Beautiful fir trees rose above us, and the opaque blue water met the solid rock cliffs of the mainland just a few hundred  yards off the western edge of the island. We stepped onto the thin, moss-covered soil where Lizzie and the islanders had lived and looked over to the neigboring town of Phippsburg, the town that had considered the shanties and mixed race commuity of Malaga an eyesore. It was hard to understand their point of view, as the place today does seem like it "is the most perfect place God ever created." Though all the island's structures were razed long ago, the spirit of its community still lingers.  Emerson College on Malaga Island 1

DSCN0327From Robert Colby - "All of us were similarly touched by our experience on Malaga, which had a profound impact on our rehearsal and design processes, and we hope that you, too, will be moved by the spirit of Malaga."

From Jessica Kelly - "My students studied about the island, its history, the culture, and how America was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. This trip brought our studies together. Thank you Alice for such a great trip and working with us to make it happen."

Join Master Maine Guide Alice on your personalized trip to Malaga Island in a single or double kayak. Learn about its history, explore its forests, bogs, ledges, and vistas. Three hour and longer tours are available. To contact Alice click here.

 

Prices include the private services of a Master Maine Guide, a custom tour and snacks:

Number of  Paddlers  1-3.5 hour tour    4-6 hour tour   
1-4 $175/group       $275/group
5 or 6 $300/group $400/group  
Larger groups can be accomodated