PaddleQuest News

Talks and Presentations in 2017/2018/2019

By on February 7, 2017

My mission is to inspire people to get outside and reap the rewards of adventures in the outdoors. So please inquire about my speaking at your event.

Thank you Maine Outdoor Adventure Club for kicking off my talk series as your guest presenter in December, 2016!

Here is my presentations schedule. Please come by if you can!


March 11 – Madison, Wisconsin – Canoecopia Paddlesports Expo Presentation in Caribou Room 1:30-2:15pm

Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, Wisconsin

March 24 – Portland, Maine – Maine Boat Builder’s Show Presentation is 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Portland Sports Center, 512 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103

April 1 – Durham, New Hampshire – Kittery Trading Post Paddlesports Show Presentation is 4:00-5:00pm

University of New Hampshire, Durham campus, UNH Field House 145 Main St., Durham, NH

April 6 – Brunswick, Maine – Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter Presentation begins at 7:00pm

Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine

April 29 – Kittery, Maine – Gundalow Gatherings, Kittery, Maine Event  Event begins at 6:00pm

Gundalow Gatherings Fundraising Event Tickets & Directions at

May 10 – Kennebunkport, Maine – Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Presentation begins at 6:30pm

Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, 57 Gravelly Brook Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

May 17 – Falmouth, Maine – Falmouth Community Programs at OceanView Retirement Community

Hilltop Lodge, 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, Maine


June 1 – Newbury, Massachusetts – Newbury Kayak and Canoe Presentation begins at 5:30pm

Newbury Kayak and Canoe, 291 High Road, Newbury, Massachusetts 01951

June 14 – Rockport, Maine – Maine Sport Outfitters Presentation begins at 5:00pm

Maine Sport Outfitters, 115 Commercial Street (Route 1), Rockport, Maine 04856

August 3 – Southwest Harbor, Maine – Claremont Hotel Lecture Series Presentation in ClarkPoint Room at 8:15pm

Claremont Hotel, 22 Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Maine

November 16 – Albany/Conway, New Hampshire – Tin Mountain Conservation Center  Presentation begins at 7:00pm. A minimal fee is charged to attend and members are free.

1245 Bald Hill Rd, Conway, NH 03818


2018 Dates

February 2, 2018 – Freeport, Maine – L.L.Bean Winter Lecture Series Presentation at the L.L.Bean Flagship Store, 95 Main Street, Freeport, Maine beginning at 7:00pm


2019 Dates

January 5, 2019 – Ipswich, MA – Cape Ann Rowing Club – Presentation and book signing at Riversbend Restaurant, 35 Dodge Street, Ipswich, MA 01929 Meeting is 12:00-3:00pm, presentation and book signing to follow.

  1. Reply


    March 1, 2017

    Any chance of a presentation in Bangor, Orono, or UMaine?

    • Reply

      John Connelly

      March 2, 2017

      I would love to give talks in the Bangor/UMO area! I’m working on the book and will then have a more extensive presentations schedule. I will be sure to include your area. Venue contacts are always appreciated!

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    harley lewin

    April 8, 2018

    Thanks for visiting with me yesterday at the Shop. In reviewing your fabulous ventures, I wonder if you’d like to do a 2018 presentation in downtown Portland, ME.

    • Reply


      August 30, 2018

      Yes Harley, I would be delighted!


John Connelly
Kayaking in Maine

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