February 18, 2018
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Capitol for a day

Governor Paul LePage will visit job creators and attend a town hall meeting on Friday, June 17, as part of Capitol for a Day.

On Friday morning, LePage will kick off the day with a tour of Maine Windjammer Cruises before heading to Dragon Products and Coastal Cement, Breakwater Vineyards, O’Hara Corporation, Mid-Coast Hospitality House, and the Breakwater Light House.

The day will conclude with a town-hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. at Camden Hills Regional High School. The governor and department commissioners will answer questions from audience members until 7:30. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.


Historical society museum

The Belfast Historical Society Museum opens for the season on Saturday, June 18. On display are exhibits depicting Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage, notable men and women, artwork by artists Percy Sanborn and Hart Woodcock, the 19th century Poor’s Drug Store apothecary bench, and other highlights of Belfast history. On display in the barn are an antique horse-drawn hearse, the old two-cell jail, and a crime and punishment exhibit. The Belfast Museum was just voted second-best museum in Waldo County in the Best of the Best contest sponsored by Village Soup.

Visitors are invited to stop in and meet summer student interns Sierra Ventura and Emma Bonneville. The interns, acting as docents, enable the society to keep the museum open five days a week during the summer season.

The museum is located at 10 Market St., on the corner of Market and Church Streets. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about the museum and historical society programs, visit the website belfastmuseum.org or call 338-9229.


Schooner race

Watch history unfold aboard the day-sailing Schooner Olad in Camden.

Visitors can watch up close from the deck of the Schooner Olad as the oldest commercial sailing ships, schooners Lewis R. French and the Stephen Taber, mark 140 years undersail in an epic race June 17 from Camden to Rockland. The day-sailing schooner Olad will serve as race committee boat.

“We are the official start of the race,” said Olad’s captain Aaron Lincoln, who also marks a milestone this year with the 25th anniversary of Olad’s day-sailing from Camden’s waterfront.

Both carrying overnight passengers, the Lewis R. French sails out of Camden, and the Stephen Taber’s home port is Rockland. In their early careers, the two working schooners, the French and the Taber, transported lumber and coal along the coast. Their cargo now relives a time gone past on the Coast of Maine.

Coincidentally, Lincoln, Garth Wells of the Lewis R. French and Noah Barnes of the Stephen Taber are the youngest captains of the Midcoast schooner fleet, and they all acquired their vessels around the same time seven years ago.

“We will board at 9:30 a.m. the day of the race, be there for the starting gun and will sail along with the two vessels toward Rockland, returning to Camden around two o’clock,” Lincoln explained. Those who join the picturesque sail event will have the opportunity to view and photograph the two majestic gaff-rigged schooners as they vie for the race victory. Tickets are on sale now, and lunch will be provided. For sail-race reservations on the Olad or information, call 236-2323 or visit www.maineschooners.com.


Lunch and music

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., will host its weekly Lunch and Learn Program and its Father’s Day Celebration on Wednesday, June 22. The luncheon will begin at 11:15 a.m.  Following the luncheon, Lincoln Theater’s LEO program (Lincoln Elder Outreach) will bring Nancy Durgin, John Mulcahy and Andrew Fenniman to Coastal Community Center to perform an hour-long concert of the music of Richard Rodgers, composer of more than 47 Broadway shows including “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma!,” and “Carousel.” Attendees are encouraged to wear an outfit that reflects a character from one of a favorite Richard Roger’s musical.

Advanced luncheon reservations are required.  Call 563-1363 by noon on June 20 to make your reservations and entree selections (swiss steak or baked sole with citrus sauce) for the center’s June 22  luncheon. The suggested donation for those over 60 is $4 and $6 per person for all others.


Kiwanis honor couple

The Kiwanis Club of Rockland recently awarded Marcy Wass with her “permanent” member badge, which she received upon completion of a variety of tasks designed to aid in the indoctrination of new members when they join the local service club. Her husband, past president and past Lieutenant Governor Keith Wass, presented the badge.  Mr. and Mrs. Wass are one of four married couples who belong to the Kiwanis Club of Rockland.

Round Pond

Spirituality workshop

Pemaquid Watershed Association is organizing a special event to welcome summer, a four-hour workshop titled “We Are All One: Connecting Nature and Spirituality.” The workshop will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine on Tuesday, June 21, at the home of PWA member Laurie Herron in Round Pond.

Workshop presenter Maria Girouard, director of cultural and historic preservation for the Penobscot Nation, will share her insight on plant medicines, plant consciousness, native spirituality and oneness. The workshop will include a short nature walk and a hands-on activity following lunch.

Girouard grew up on Indian Island, home of the Penobscot Indians, and is passionate about the natural world, especially the Penobscot River, and views Maine landscapes and waterways as ancestral homelands to which she is inextricably tied. She has lectured extensively on topics related to Penobscot history and culture.

The cost of the workshop is $15 for PWA members and $30 for non-members. Participants should bring a lunch and beverage. Registration is required as space is limited. RSVP by Friday, June 17, to Laurie Herron at laurie@royalrivergraphics.com or 838-4447.


New exhibit

The Searsport Historical Society announced the acquisition of more than 100 early American pressed glass butter dishes from the Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Carver collection.  Mr. Carver was a founding member of the Penobscot Marine Museum, and these dishes represent Mrs. Carver’s passion for early American glass.  Included are many rare and unusual patterns not usually seen today.

The Searsport Historical Society will display these butter dishes on its opening weekend of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, and at 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Crary/Carlon/Coleman House on Sears Island Road. The exhibit is open to the public at no charge.


Historical bus tour

Tickets are on sale for the annual Come Spring Bus Tour sponsored by the Union Historical Society, which takes place on Founders Day, July 16.

This narrated two-hour bus tour departs from Union Common at 9:30 a.m. and follows the Georges River Scenic Byway, identifying sites where Union’s early settlers built cabins and lived.  The names of the settlers are documented in town records, and their lives and stories are recounted by Ben Ames Williams in his 1940 historical novel “Come Spring,” reprinted by the Historical Society.

Come Spring Bus Tour tickets, priced at $10, may be purchased in advance at the Robbins House, headquarters of Union Historical Society, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings or by calling 785-5444.


Flower arrangement contest

The Waldoboro Community Garden Club will sponsor a flower arrangement contest at the Waldoboro Day Celebration June 18.

The public is invited to participate.  Bring your arrangement to the garden club’s table on the west side of Friendship Street by the former Fernald’s Country Store (near the bandstand).

Arrangements should be in place by 9:30 a.m.  The winner will be determined by popular vote of spectators.  A $25 prize will be awarded to the winner.

For more information, call Shirley Ross 832-7074.


Summer reading underway

The Bikes for Books Summer Reading program is now underway at Gibbs Library.

Mt. Olivet Lodge of Masons No. 203 is donating six bicycles & helmets to the program.  The more books that are read, the more chances the children get to win a bike in the end-of-summer drawing.

Ice cream cones will be donated by Washington’s Sweet Seasons Farm Restaurant for all children who read 25 books or 2,000 pages.

There are three girls and three boys bicycles.  The 16-inch bikes have training wheels. Medium bikes are 20 inches, and large bikes are 24 inches.

Children can sign up for the Reading Program at the Library.  Gibbs Library is located at 40 Old Union Road. For more information, call 845-2663.

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