Challenge grant to help cover sculpture costs

Posted Aug. 25, 2009, at 6:20 p.m.

Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby has made a $2,000 challenge grant “to help jump-start ongoing efforts to raise $8,000 within Gouldsboro to cover the costs of commissioning a sculpture now being created at the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium,” wrote Tom Walsh.

“The sculpture headed for a public venue in Gouldsboro is the work of Ahmed Karaly of Egypt,” he explained.

Since Aug. 1, “six sculptors from around the world have been working outdoors fabricating, from locally-quarried granite and basalt, the massive pieces” that will be going to Bar Harbor, Deer Isle-Stonington, Franklin, Lamoine, Machias and Gouldsboro.

The work is part of biennial sculpture symposia of the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Winter Harbor.

The Quimby grant needs to be matched by Sept. 12. Thus far, Walsh wrote, “just over $2,000 has been raised.”

Checks can be sent to Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, P.O. Box 22, Steuben 04680 or the Gouldsboro town office, P.O. Box 68, Prospect Harbor 04669.

You should note in the memo line your contribution is for the Gouldsboro sculpture, Walsh wrote, adding, “all gifts are fully tax-deductible.”

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Dania Stager-Snow reminds interested individuals Friends of the Franklin Library will hold an organizational meeting at 7 tonight at the library on Route 182, Franklin.

Refreshments will be served.

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Jim Corliss of Piper Mountain Christmas Trees in Newburgh e-mailed that the Maine Christmas Tree Association is hosting a Seminar for New and Prospective Christmas Tree Growers at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Hanscome’s Christmas Tree Farm, 194 Mountford Road, North Yarmouth.

Panelists include Western Maine Nursery owner Rick Eastman of Fryeburg “and award-winning growers Jim LaCasce of Dover-Foxcroft and Mark Beauregard of Rangeley,” Corliss wrote.

Additional speakers will discuss “tax treatment of Christmas trees and the use of herbicides,” he continued.

For registration information, call MCTA executive secretary Joanne Bond, 793-4658 or e-mail joannebond@hughes.net.

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Raymond and Nancy Quimby host Belfast Garden Club’s Open Garden Days Tour 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at their 90-acre farm on Quimby Road, Brooks.

This tour features a vegetable garden and dahlias with background music recordings of Nancy’s church singing group.

The suggested donation is $3, payable at the garden. Proceeds benefit BGC projects.

For information, visit www.belfastgardenclub.org or call Gina Fry at 338-5345.

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Schoodic Arts for All founding member Cynthia Thayer of Gouldsboro, whom Mary Lou Weaver of Winter Harbor Public Library describes as a “spinner and weaver of yarn AND books,” conducts the second of three Maine Writers Workshop programs 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the library.

Thayer will read and sign her books, and lead a “Jump Start writing session to initiate participants’ creativity,” Weaver wrote.

Thayer will next teach the first of a two-part program, “Writing the Short Story,” 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the library.

Participants will then share their work, and receive final editing suggestions from Thayer, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at library.

Admission is free but donations are welcome. More information is available by calling Weaver at 963-2640.

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Volunteer trip coordinator Nancy Ziegenbein of Bangor reports three seats remain for the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary coach trip Saturday, Sept. 12 to the Ogunquit Playhouse to see “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The cost is $149. Reservations can be made by calling Ziegenbein at 947-7965 and leaving your name and telephone number.

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First responders in our readership area are reminded by Nonni Daly that “a seminar on horse-handling techniques” is being offered from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the University of Maine J. F. Witter Farm in Old Town.

The four-hour basic handling session “is a Senior Project for a pre-vet student,” Daly wrote of the session conducted by Dr. Shea Porr of the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension, or MARE, Center of Virginia Tech University.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Animal Control Officers are invited to attend and learn how to handle horses in emergency situations, Daly wrote.

She did stress, however, the need for registration and asks first responders to call Lauren Mack, 860-992-8735 or e-mail Lauren.Mack@umit.maine.edu for more information.

A $25 fee ensures that “each department with a participant at the seminar will have a horse halter and a lead rope to use when needed,” Daly wrote, adding “think of how much you might need this the next time a horse is loose on Interstate 95!”

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