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Jan. 24 to Jan. 31 – Knox County VillageSoup

NOTEWORTHY

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25:

– Coastal Rivers Hosts Online Talk on Beavers, 4 p.m. Ben Goldfarb, author of the award-winning book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, will discuss the history of this world-changing species and reveal how the modern conception of a healthy ecosystem has been distorted by the fur trade that once eliminated millions of beavers from North America’s waterways. He will share how beavers can help fight drought, flooding, wildfire, and climate change and will explore how people can coexist with this challenging but vital rodent. This program is free. Register at coastalrivers.org for the link.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26:

– Mainers on the Titanic Author Mac Smith, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Penobscot Marine Museum kicks off its Fog & Ice Speaker Series with a talk by Smith on Maine’s connection to the famous ship that struck an iceberg and went down. Smith, a former reporter for the Bar Harbor Times, is the author of five books. The talk is free, with a suggested fee of $5 for the nonprofit museum in Searsport. Register at penobscotmarinemuseum.org or contact Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org or 548-2529.

– Poet Gary Rainford on Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s, 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. This event is free and open to all. Rainford’s new book of poetry, Adrift, tells the stories of his mother’s dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He will discuss his experiences caring for his mother and writing the collection and answer questions from the audience. Also the author of Liner Notes and Salty Liquor, Rainford is an award-winning poet with work published in literary magazines, university journals, and newspapers. This event will also be livestreamed via Zoom; for the link, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Jan. 26.

– Sailing at the Edge of Disaster, 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library, 208 Main Street. Elizabeth Garber gives an illustrated talk on her book Sailing at the Edge of Disaster: A Memoir of a Young Woman’s Daring Year. Garber will tell how her domineering father sent his “problem children” – 17-year-old Elizabeth and her 14-year-old brother, Woodie – to a school on a sailing ship in 1971 so they could “shape up and learn to work.” As they scoured the decks, learned to splice ratlines and climbed the rigging, they also survived an act of piracy, a near-sinking and being held hostage by armed gunboats. Garber is also the author of Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– Camden Winterfest Community Event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winterfest returns to the Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library with all the classic traditions. Features include ice carving, doggie fashion show with prizes, Sundog’s polar plunge, food from local vendors, music, a story walk, face painting and indoor craft stations for kids, and more. For more information and to sign up for ice carving, visit librarycamden.org.

– Robert Burns Night in Belfast, a celebration of the 264th birthday of the storyteller, poet and lyricist of Scotland, hosted by the Maine Celtic Celebration, starting at 5 p.m. at the Waldo County Shrine Club, 20 Northport Avenue. With a whisky tasting, hearty finger foods, traditional Highland piping, haggis, toasts, and more. Attendees are encouraged to don kilts and display their clan tartans. Prizes will be awarded for best traditional dress and recitations of Burns’ poetry. Tickets are available in advance at mainecelticcelebration.com and at the door for $50.

MONDAY, JAN. 30:

– The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film, online at 6:30 p.m. in the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum’s Captains’ Quarters series. The talk, the second in a two-part series, will begin with an introduction by Captain Jim Sharp, museum co-founder, and will feature clips from the film The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film, which includes historic motion picture footage from Labrador and Greenland with MacMillan’s live narration from 1913. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: sailpowersteammuseum.org. Attendance is free. It is not necessary to have seen Part 1 of this series.

MUSIC

FRIDAY, JAN. 27:

– Mike Farris at Strand Theatre, 7:30 p.m. The Grammy-winning Nashville roots-rocker brings his soulful voice and powerful guitar to downtown Rockland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– John and Rachel Nicholas Launch the Good Trouble Project, 7 p.m. at Rockland UU Church, 345 Broadway. Featuring Boston’s Dean Stevens, the Nicholases, and guests David Dodson and Lisa Redfern. The goal of the GTP is to produce several concerts a year and donate a percentage of the proceeds toward various organizations. The GTP’s first recipient will be John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation, to honor the legacy of Congressman Lewis and his wife, Lillian. Doors open at 6:30. There is parking behind the church. In case of inclement weather, the show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $15. Call 508-314-1506 for information or to reserve seats.

COMING UP:

– A Winter Jambourrée at Rockport Opera House, Thursday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. An evening of creative musical expression highlighting local and abroad talent, with emcee Tree Sampson. This event kicks off the National Toboggan Championships weekend festivities at the Camden Snow Bowl. The lineup includes folk choir the Mill Street Singers at 5 p.m.; Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble at 6 p.m.; American quartet Andre Lascoutx at 7 p.m.; Gypsy jazz and world music from Bone Broth at 8 p.m.; folk from Louisa Stancioff at 9 p.m.; and rock and rhythm and blues from Jon LaDeau & Railheart at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance (go to rockportoperahouse.org for the link) and $25 at the door. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the Knox County Gleaners.

– Halcyon String Quartet Presents “After All” with Actor David Troup, Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at 15 Front Street in Belfast. “After All” is a piece for string quartet and narrator composed for Halcyon in 2022 by Rockland-based composer Nathan Davis. “It uses the words of friends and community members to reflect on the new realities of our world and the vulnerability and resilience of our humanity in the face of climate change.” The evening will also feature a variety of short pieces including Danish folk tunes, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and excerpts from Caroline Shaw’s Plan and Elevation. Admission by suggested donation of $20, students $10.

FILM

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25:

– Award-Winning Short Film Parvaneh, screened at 1 p.m. at Rockport Public Library for its new Short Film Club. The Oscar-nominated Swiss film is about Parvaneh, a young Afghan immigrant, living in a transit center in the Swiss mountains. Upon hearing of her father’s illness, she travels for the first time to Zurich to send her family in Afghanistan money for medical bills. Having only experienced the Swiss countryside, Parvanah finds the trip into the city to be an eye-opening experience. The film runs 25 minutes and will be played in German with English subtitles. A discussion of the film will be held after the screening for those who wish to participate.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– Strand Presents “100 Years of Movies” Series, as part of a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2023. Films from every decade the theater has been in operation will be screened, presented with monthly themes. Each film will be introduced by a local film historian. January’s theme, Showbiz Satires, wraps up this Saturday with a 2 p.m. screening of Sullivan’s Travels (1941). January’s films are introduced by the Strand’s film historian, House Manager Liz McLeod. Tickets are $8 general admission, $7 Strand members, and will be available at the box office 30 minutes prior to showtime. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070. The Strand Theatre is at 345 Main Street in Rockland.

ARTS

– Connie Bellet Show at Gibbs Library, in Washington. Legends and Legacies hangs through February. Bellet teamed up with singer-songwriter Phil White Hawk to paint animals from the Native legends and songs White Hawk composed for their touring multimedia concert tour, Inspirada Americana. Several of these paintings are on display, and so is her award-winning scrimshaw.

– “Passages” at River Arts, in Damariscotta, its first show of the year. Jorge Arango, art writer and reviewer, served as juror in selecting 83 works of 72 artists from 178 submissions. The show runs until Feb. 18.

– Anne Cronin Show at Belfast Free Library. Celebration of the Seasons, an exhibit of watercolors, will be on display through February in the Kramer Gallery, located on the ground floor of the library, 106 High Street. Cronin received her degree in art and design at the Cambridge School of Design. She has continued to paint and draw many years after a stroke, further developing as an artist and finding inspiration in the natural world around her.

FRIDAY, JAN. 27:

– Opening Reception for Midcoast UMVA Juried Winter Exhibition, at Waterfall Arts, in Belfast, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition features works chosen from submissions by members of the Midcoast Union of Maine Visual Artists – ranging from photography to painting to monoprints and mixed-media work. The judge is Maine abstract-expressionist painter David Estey. The exhibition runs Jan. 25 to Feb. 24. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The reception is free and open to the public.

– Poetry Party at Camden Opera House, in the third-floor Blue Cafe. Poet Dave Morrison launches his latest book. Admission is free, “literary lubricant” will be offered, and all are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., poetry starts at 7 p.m. Another Good Day Begins (Soul Finger Press) is Morrison’s 17th collection of poems. His work has been published in literary magazines and anthologies and featured on Writer’s Almanac, Take Heart, and Poems from Here. Copies of the new book will be for sale.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– Art Lesson Series Continues at Waldoboro Public Library, via Zoom. Artist Debe Loughlin offers the second of three Saturday classes, Acrylic on Old Wood, from 10 to 11 a.m. The third, on Feb. 18, is Gouache on Paperboard. Students with questions can email the instructor at debe.loughlin@gmail.com. They are expected to provide their own supplies and the library will provide a list of basic and inexpensive supplies needed upon registration. No experience is necessary.  Class size is limited to 10. Each class is a stand-alone, and people may sign up for either or both of the remaining two classes, which are free of charge. To register, call the library at 832-4484, email info@waldoboro.lib.me.us, or ask at the front desk.

– Fiber Arts and Mending Group, meets at Appleton Library, 2916 Sennebec Road, on the second Tuesday and fourth Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. The relaxed group for all fiber artists invites you to bring your knitting, mending, weaving, sewing, hooking, etc. All levels of experience are encouraged and welcome.

– 2023 CMCA Biennial Opening Reception, 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in downtown Rockland. The event will be preceded by a performance from Biennial artist Shane Charles at 2 p.m. and will include refreshments in the lobby. The 23rd edition of the CMCA Biennial explores a spectrum of new developments in contemporary art and features artworks by 35 artists, including 23 artists who live and work in Maine and 12 artists with significant connections to Maine communities who reside outside the state. These artists were chosen from a pool of 423 individual submissions by jurors Misa Jeffereis, assistant curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Sarah Montross, senior curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, Massachusetts).

TUESDAY, JAN. 31:

– Camden Public Library Offers Valentine Papercraft, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the option to attend in person or over Zoom. Paper and book artist Joelle Webber will instruct on how to create sculpted paper roses and other Valentine papercrafts. Advance registration and a $10 materials fee are required: librarycamden.org/jj2023.

HOME & GARDEN

TUESDAY, JAN. 24:

– Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series on Zoom, 6:30 p.m. Catherine Schmitt, environmental scientist from the Schoodic Institute, gives a program on the Landscape of Change project on Mount Desert Island. Back in the 1880s, a group of Harvard students, known as the Champlain Society, sparked conservation efforts that eventually led to the formation of Acadia National Park. Schmitt will describe how the Landscape of Change project uses the Champlain Society logbooks as a baseline to measure the effects of climate change. To register for the Zoom link, go to belfastlibrary.org. The lecture series is cosponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of Belfast Free Library.

TUESDAY, JAN. 31:

– Mid-Winter Garden Projects and Planning, a noon Zoom with Maine Master Gardener John Fromer in Merryspring Nature Center’s free Winter Online Talk series. He’ll discuss what gardeners can do in the middle of winter to get ready for spring. Fromer’s program is designed to be fun, informative, and to inspire creative thinking for the upcoming season’s garden projects. Fromer and his wife, Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener, run Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm. He serves on Merryspring’s board of trustees. Email info@merryspring.org to register. Zoom links are sent the morning of program. Attendance is free for all.

– Stop the Pests: Browntail Moth and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, 6:30 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Town Office. The St. George and South Thomaston conservation commissions cosponsor the talk on two destructive insects making their way down the St. George peninsula. The speaker will be Rebecca Jacobs, program manager at the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District. Learn how to spot these pests in the winter and how best to deal with them. The state is also asking citizens to help by reporting any new sightings of these two insects. For more information or to participate by Zoom, email stgcc@stgeorgemaine.com with “Invasive Pests” in the subject line.

– Camden Garden Club’s 55th Annual Winter Horticulture Series, events taking place from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 31 to Feb. 28, via Zoom, and open to the public. The first one, on Jan. 31, features a virtual tour of Harvard’s famous Glass Flowers exhibit. Carol Carlson of Harvard Museums of Science & Culture will perform a live showcase of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers and $11 for members. Tickets are now available through the Camden Garden Club’s website. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m. at camdengardenclub.org.

FOOD & DRINK

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– Escape the Cabin, Feed the Fever, sit-down chili supper at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Saint George Lodge 132, at 7 Elementary School Road in Tenants Harbor, from 5 p.m. until sold out. Takeout available.

KIDS & PARENTS

TUESDAY, JAN. 24:

– S.E.A. Grantee Presentations and Celebrations, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Teachers who received grants from local organization S.E.A. (Stewardship Education Alliance) will present their projects in the Picker Room at the library, with time for celebration and chatting afterward. Anyone who is interested in learning more about S.E.A. and the projects of local teachers who have received S.E.A. grants is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Learn more about S.E.A. at stewardshipeducationalliance.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25:

– Year of the Rabbit: Rabbit Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street. Children are invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit, with rabbit stories, songs, dances, and a craft, led by Miss Katie.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26:

– Kenshin Ranch Kids, a new music and movement program at Waldoboro Public Library, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., for children newborn and up to 5 years old. Registration is required by calling 832-4484.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– Penguin Party for Families at Rockport Public Library, at 11 a.m. Participants will make a penguin-themed craft, enjoy a penguin snack, and participate in a waddle relay (with prizes for winning teams). The library will also be screening the film March of the Penguins, for those who wish to learn more about these unique birds. Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white. Tuxedos are optional. The party will take place in the library’s Rockport Room on the lower level. For more information, contact the library, 236-3642.

COMING UP:

– Spanish Language Programming for Children and Families at Rockland Public Library, each Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. starting Feb. 1. Join Penobscot Bay Language School Executive Director Jared McCannell for Spanish Songs & Stories in the Children’s Room. The free community program is ideal for families with children at home (infant, toddler, pre-K and homeschool students and their families). Each session focuses on basic exposure to foreign language and culture through traditional folk and children’s songs from Spain and Latin America. Vocabulary and themes are reinforced through read-aloud activities with children’s books, poems, and other authentic sources.

MISCELLANEOUS

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25:

– “Becoming Mortal – Challenging the Narrative About Aging” Conversation Series, at Inn Along the Way’s Chapman Farm, 741 Main Street in Damariscotta. It starts this Wednesday and will meet weekly, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., through Feb. 15. The group’s conversations will be facilitated by Jody Telfair, Ph.D., and the Reverend Michael Stevens, with a look at questions like: What does aging gracefully mean? If we are considering a move, how do we decide when to do it? What is a “good” death? Can we open ourselves to help and support from others? Group members will be invited to offer topics they would like to explore. Express interest in participating in one or all of the weekly conversations, in person or via Zoom, by contacting Telfair at: jodyniniita@gmail.com. Learn more at innalongtheway.org.

– Water Flow and Fisheries in the St. George River Estuary, at 5 p.m. in the Thomaston Town Office. Over the last year, Gabrielle Hillyer, David Taylor, Lauren Ross, and many others have been conducting research in the Georges River estuary. This research has led to the development of a computer model showing how water circulates throughout the estuary. This model has shown how pollution has circulated, created new insights on where sources of pollution may be developing, and led to managerial decisions regarding the Upper Bay area, with its thousand acres of productive clam flats. Join Hillyer as she presents the results of her modeling and shares new insights related to how much clam seed is retained within the estuary.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26:

– Weekly Senior Scrabble at Waldoboro Public Library, begins this Thursday at 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28:

– Rabies Clinic in Belfast, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry (VFW building), 34 Field Street. For cats and dogs. Cost is $10 per vaccine; you must show proof of previous vaccination to get the three-year vaccine.

– Weekly Saturday Morning Chess at Waldoboro Public Library, begins this Saturday at 9:30. All ages and levels are welcome. Games will be provided, though players are welcome to bring their own.

COMING UP:

– “Let’s Feel Better” Kicks Off at Rockport Public Library, Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Jim Doble entitled “Exploring Sound Therapy.” Doble’s program will include a discussion about sound therapy as well as a demonstration of how he uses gongs, chimes, singing bowls and tuning forks in his practice. Programs in this new series are free, open to the public, and do not require registration. Upcoming talks will explore Reiki, Bowen therapy, acupressure, and environmental toxins. For more information, visit Rockport.lib.me.us.

 


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