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Belfast library discussion to focus on detective, mystery stories

Historical mysteries discussion

BELFAST, Maine — The summer book discussion series at the Belfast Free Library will focus on detective and mystery stories set in particular moments of history. Each novel or story follows a recognizable pattern of crime, investigation, revelation and resolution. Yet each is set in a radically different place and era.

The first discussion, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, will concentrate on a mystery well-known to many readers, Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” set both in a 1950s-era London hospital bed and late-medieval Britain. On July 12, participants will discuss Agatha Christie’s “Death Comes in the End,” written while she accompanied her husband on an archeological dig in Egypt. Her novel is set in ancient Egypt. The next discussion on July 26 will feature a novel by Steven Saylor, “Roman Blood,” set in the corrupt Rome of first century AD, a thrilling novel which tackles one of Cicero’s early murder trials. On Aug. 9, the series will conclude with a look at several stories from Robert van Gulick’s “Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, “set in seventh-century China and featuring Judge Dee, a distinguished Chinese magistrate about whom van Gulick wrote an impressive series of novels and stories.

The group’s facilitator will be Juliet Baker of Northport, who teaches literature courses at Senior College.

Books will be available for loan at the library. Sign up in advance at the main circulation desk or by calling 338-3884, ext 10.

Maine Art Evening planned for UMaine alumni

ROCKLAND, Maine — University of Maine alumni and their guests are invited to A Maine Art Evening 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28,  at the Eric Hopkins Gallery, 21 Winter St. Suite 2.

Sponsored by UMaine Mid Coast Alumni and the gallery, the evening will feature short talks by artist Eric Hopkins; George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor; and Susan Groce, professor of art and chairwoman of the UMaine Department of Art.

Reservations are $20 per person, includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and may be made  by Friday, June 24, by sending a check payable to UMaine Mid Coast Alumni, Patricia Taggart, Treasurer, P.O. Box 205, Bath 04530.

The alumni group has provided nine book scholarships to coastal UMaine students in the last three years from funds raised at alumni gatherings.  A drawing will be held at the art evening to benefit these scholarships.

For more information, contact Joy Jewett Johnson at or 720-0225.

Call for performers

WALDO, Maine — Waldo A Go-Go! will be held 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. The event, a community charity showcase for original Maine talent, is accepting applications from performers. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 1. The event is sponsored by the Waldo Boosters and the Waldo Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, email

Vocal ensemble concert

VoXX: Voice of Twenty, the midcoast-based  vocal ensemble that specializes in a cappella early music as well as more contemporary works, is hard at work on a program for high summer, “Innovation and Innovators.”

The three-concert July series will present familiar pieces in new ways and explore the work of musical innovators through the ages, from Hildegard von Bingen through Bach and on to Arvo Pärt. Special guest artists from other disciplines (dance, fine art, theater) will be featured.

The concert schedule is:

• Rockport: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Pascal Hall, 86 Pascal Ave. 236- 4272; Reception to follow.

• Belfast: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Belfast Armory, Route One.

• Portland: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St. 780-0118;

Tickets to all performances are $10, and available at the door. The group’s new CD will be available for purchase. For more information, call 236-9413 or visit

Art at the library

THOMASTON, Maine — Local artist Nancy Baker of Thomaston installed a new exhibit at the

Thomaston Public Library last week as part of the library’s ongoing Community Displays Program. The program, made possible by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation, makes space available in the library for local artists to display their work.

Baker’s display will be in the library through the Fourth of July holiday and may be viewed on the lower level of the library.  For more information visit

Global Water Dance

BELFAST, Maine — Waterfall Arts and the Belfast Dance Studio are collaborating on Global Water Dances, an international annual event to celebrate public access to water, at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Belfast Harbor Park with live musicians, dancers, audience participation and possible boat interaction on the water.

Global Water Dances will occur internationally in each location’s respective time zone. Participants include Beijing, Lima, Maui, Cairo, Belfast and many more. For more information on this international performance phenomenon,  visit

Waterfall Arts and the Belfast Dance Studio seek dancers of all levels interested in participating in the Belfast event. There will be one rehearsal at 3 p.m. the day of the performance to learn the choreography for the event at 5 p.m. Interested dancers may email Corinne Haynes at or call Waterfall Arts at 338.2222for more information.

Application deadline

ROCKPORT, Maine — The July 15 submission deadline for next December’s “Maine Wood 2012” exhibition is rapidly approaching. The biennial gallery show is open to all Maine craftspeople and artists, both professional and amateur, who work with wood. Application information is available at or by calling 594-5611.

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