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Rockland plans Poetry Month for all ages

ROCKLAND — The public library, official sponsor of Poetry Month Rockland, announced that poetry events will take place around Rockland on Wednesday, April 6:

  1. Rhymetime Storytime for children, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, Children’s Room, Rockland Public Library.
  1. Fireside Lunchtime Poetry series, noon Wednesdays in the Rockland Public Library Reading Room: April 6, love poems read by artist and poet David Scriven Crowley and Rockland Poet Laureate Kendall Merriam; April 13, poets Carol Bachofner and Kristen Lindquist reading nature poems; April 20, Susan Connelly and Janet Shea; and April 27, Gary Lawless reading poems about Africa and Terry Grasse reading poems about Vietnam. Admission is free.
  1. Poetry Art at the Farnsworth workshop, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s library and galleries. Poet Ellen Goldsmith of Cushing will lead the free workshop, in which students will be guided to make a connection between poetry and art. The workshop will begin with reading poems written in response to famous works of art. With a prompt, participants will proceed to a gallery to choose a work of art to write about. The workshop will end with an exploration of poetry and art connections. Seating is limited to 10 people, and reservations must be made by calling the Farnsworth education department at 596-0949.

The programs are part of Poetry Month Rockland, a citywide celebration of poetry as an art form, produced by the Rockland Public Library in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

Art show

BELFAST — “LocalrootZ” will be on display during April in the Belfast Co-op Cafe. Born and raised in Massachusetts, artist Luke Fuller, better known as “Lukaduke” among family and friends, moved to Portland in 2001 to obtain a fine arts degree in painting from the Maine College of Art. His paintings are tied to the land in which he lives — from the garden to the kitchen to the studio, there is a connection with the natural world. This connection provides a conversation within his work that changes with the seasons.

For information about his work, visit and his local eating blog at For more information about the art show, call the co-op at 338-2532.

Local star dancer

CAMDEN — Raymond Brunyanszki will perform in Dancing with Local Stars at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Camden Opera House. He is the co-owner of the Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s Restaurant in Camden.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Brunyanszki is a travel professional with senior management experience that dates back more than a decade.

He was a tour leader for companies such as Boer en Wendel and Unitravel, responsible for high-end trips and guest experiences throughout the Far East. He also served as residence manager for the hotel and beach club at Club Cas Abao, Dutch Caribbean, as an independent consultant and “mystery guest” for some of the best hotels in the world, and as marketing manager at one of the largest travel companies in the Netherlands.

Brunyanszki comes from a well-known entertainment family in the Netherlands and in between jobs has assisted his stepmother, Tineke Schouten, one of the best-known comediennes and celebrities in the country.

Recently, Brunyanszki recorded a pilot show for “NBC NonStop.”

Book signing

SEARSPORT — Brian Robbins will autograph copies of his book “Bearin’s: The Book” 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 3, at the spring open house at Hamilton Marine, 155 East Main St. For more information, call 542-0180 or 800-639-2715.

Bluegrass music concert

CAMDEN — The Friends of Music Concert Series at the First Congregational Church of Camden will present The Muellers, a Maine-based family bluegrass band, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the church, 55 Elm St. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. A reception will follow the concert in the church’s Pilgrim Room. For more information, call 236-4821.

Art show opening

ROCKLAND — Art Space Gallery will hold an art opening in conjunction with Arts in Rockland 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 1, at  342 Main St. Work by all 15 artists of the cooperative gallery will be featured. For more information, call 594-8784.

Stage design exhibit

BELFAST — A new exhibit, “Design for the Stage: The Scenic Art of John E. Bielenberg,” will open at Waterfall Art’s Clifford Gallery on Friday, April 1, with a public reception set for 5-7 pm. The exhibit will continue through Friday, April 29.

John Bielenberg has degrees from Carroll College, Northwestern University and Ohio State University, all in theater. He taught at Eastern Illinois University before beginning his long association with the State University of New York at Binghamton, now Binghamton University. He was chairman of the theater department there from 1976 to 1992, during which time he founded the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, N.Y., and served as its producing director for 16 years. The playhouse still is flourishing more than 30 years later. Though principally a scenic designer, with more than 200 productions to his credit, he also has enjoyed numerous acting and directing opportunities, including an 18-season run as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Cider Mill’s annual presentation of his adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” He is a professor emeritus at Binghamton University and lives in Belfast.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Bielenberg will give a talk on designing for the stage and show examples of his work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. The talk is free, but donations to Waterfall Arts are welcome.

Clifford Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, call 338-2222 or visit

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