Supper, spring fest
The Friends of the Free Baptist Church of Great Pond will serve a spaghetti supper 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Airline Community School. The group has been approved by the Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation to receive a grant for work on the foundation of the old church. It is a 1:1 matching grant, with the spaghetti supper the first of a series of events.
The supper is in conjunction with the Country Music Spring Fest, sponsored May 21-22 by the Downeast Maine Country Music Association. It will feature the Wildwoods Band and local musicians noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday in a field at Moore’s Farm next to Airline Community School. In case of rain, the event move to the school.
Dignity and tolerance
The Dignity for All Campaign will hold a ceremony “reclaiming dignity and tolerance” at the Charlie Howard Memorial at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, near the State Street bridge.
In July 1984, Charlie Howard, a 23-year-old gay man, was thrown off the bridge to his death by three teens who accosted him. A recent act of vandalism left the plaque at the memorial spray-painted with an epithet targeting gays. Two caring individuals worked to remove the paint. Saturday’s ceremony also will honor community members who have worked to maintain the monument over many years.
All are invited to the event, which organizers describe as “an opportunity to re-affirm that demeaning behavior corrodes the social fabric that binds us all.”
The Dignity for All Campaign, coordinated by Power in Community Alliances, has as its mission “to defend groups being unfairly blamed and punished for economic problems not of their
making, as well as those in the community who have experienced various forms of indignity and exclusion.”
For information, contact: Tom Grogan, PICA director, 947-4203, 61 Main St., Suite 15, Box 7, Bangor, ME 04401.
Mercury in watersheds
Students from Old Town, John Bapst Memorial and Bangor high schools have been conducting research on mercury in watersheds and will present findings during a poster session 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at John Bapst, 100 Broadway.
In the audience will be scientists, resource managers, parents and the public. For four years the Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute at Acadia National Park has trained and supported teachers in “Acadia Learning,” which engages students in sample collection and data analysis.
Biology and chemistry students and teachers spent part of last fall collecting aquatic invertebrates from Kenduskeag Stream and streams in Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge. Invertebrates and American eels from the Kenduskeag were sent to Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory at the University of Maine for mercury analysis so that students could investigate how mercury accumulates in food chains in local streams. The mercury data have become part of a regional database coordinated by UM scientist Dr. Sarah Nelson.
SERC Institute and its partners — the Mitchell Center and Maine Sea Grant at UM — provides supplies, materials and training for the project, which is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maine Department of Education, private donors and the Davis Foundation. For information, contact Nelson, 581-3454, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fusion: Bangor, University of Maine Museum of Art and River City Cinema will present PechaKucha Bangor Vol. 1 on Friday, May 20, at John Bapst Memorial High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a reception with cash bar. Presentations at 7 p.m. will be emceed by PTC Executive Director Scott Levy. Tickets are $5.
Presenters are: Amy Curtis, installation artist; William Giordano, Orono, permaculturist; Stephanie Harp, Bangor, writer about family history “skeletons”; Heather Small, Bangor, presenter of goddess images; Sean George, Orono, photographer of a Texas farm; Carol Michaud, Winterport, mixed-media artist; Kenny Cole, Monroe, contemporary artist exploring themes patriotic clamoring and world arsenal of missiles and bombs; Sheridan Kelly, Bangor, experiences filming Little Miss Cherryfield Academy.
For more information, contact Emma Pope-Welch at 651-9741.
Corinth Historical Society has scheduled several activities:
• Saturday, May 21, Museum Cleanup Day, 10 a.m. Everyone welcome, wear grubbies and bring favorite dust cloth, at the museum on Main Street.
• Sunday, May 22, Tulip Tour Luncheon fundraiser, 1 p.m., 282 West Corinth Road, $12 at the door. RSVP to 285-7316.
• Tuesday, May 24, Morison School, fourth-grade presentations, “How We Lived 100 Years Ago.”
• Wednesday, June 1, Children’s History Tour, noon-2 p.m. at the museum.
• Wednesday, June 1, Museum open to the public, 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays, all summer.
• Wednesday, June 8, Corinth Historical Society meeting, 6 p.m., at museum.
• Tuesday, June 21, Bicentennial town events on Incorporation Day, 4:30–7:30 p.m., museum open 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Art auction and sale
An art auction and sale by the estate of late artist and illustrator Arlene Thomson will be held May 20-21 to benefit the UM Honors College. Scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday are a first look, an art sale, reception, silent and live auctions; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, art sale, all at Buchanan Alumni House, supported by University of Maine Foundation.
Thomson, who received the 2007 Vincent A. Hartgen Award from the Patrons of the Arts for contributions to the advancement of the arts at UM, died last fall. Beginning in the 1960s, she was an artist, graphic designer and illustrator for the UM Department of Public Affairs, Central Services and University Press. Her journal entries and pen and ink drawings made in London were exhibited at UM and included in her book “Discovering Elizabethan London.” For information, call Barbara Ouellette at 581-3264.