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Community news June 23


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BELFAST— Literacy and the lack thereof will be covered in the fifth in a series of Deconstructing Poverty forums sponsored by the Green Sanctuary committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church. The program will run 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the church, Miller Street. The program is open to the public.

The next forum will be on raising children on Sunday, July 24. For more information, contact Jennifer Hill at 722-3383 or rooted@fairpoint.net.

Historical society meeting

Les Fossel will be the guest speaker at the Belfast Historical Society program meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, Abbott Room Belfast Free Library. His lecture, “It’s a Neat House, But What Is It?,” will focus on identifying key elements that date and define style in old houses. The meeting also will serve as the society’s annual meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.belfastmuseum.org.


Rose talk

Glenn Jenks will present his yearly Rose Day talk at noon Tuesday, June 28, at Merryspring Nature Center. He will discuss hardy winter species, the latest headlines in the rose business, satisfactory pesticides, how to grow roses in Maine’s climate and the effects of climate change on roses of Maine. Bring in “mystery” roses for Jenks’ consideration.

After his talk, Jenks will lead a tour to several local rose gardens. The tour will start at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Admission to Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, $5 others.  For more information, call 236-2239 or visit http://www.merryspring.orgwww.merryspring.org.


Museum opening day

The Friendship Museum will open for the season with a celebration 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, corner of Route 220 and Martin Point Road. The afternoon will begin with a short appreciation program and reception to recognize the generosity of many donors who helped the museum obtain a new roof for the schoolhouse building. The museum’s exhibit theme this year is the area of Friendship called Davis Point, where history goes back to the early settlement of the village.

Refreshments will be served. A newly designed mug will be available for purchase. For more information, visit http://www.friendshipmuseum.org/.


Framing, sculpture classes at Waterfall Arts

Builder Raivo Vihman  of Montville will lead an introductory class in the craft of timber framing at Waterfall Arts Montville. The class, for ages 16 and up, will build and erect a timbered outbuilding on the grounds. The class runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 27 through July 1. Tuition is $210.

To complement the current Arthur Ganson moving machines exhibit in the Clifford Gallery, Wes Reddick will lead a workshop in building low-tech sculptural machines 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday June 25, at Waterfall Arts Belfast. The workshop is appropriate for those age 12 through adult. The cost is $45 and includes materials.

Reddick will lead a class in “Shoebox Kinetics”  5:30-8 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays, July 20 through Aug. 10. It will focus on improving creative problem-solving abilities by using paperboard to build kinetic sculptures. Tuition is $90 and includes materials. The class is open to those age 12 through adult.

Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast, and 52 Kingdom Road,  Montville, can be reached at 338-2222 or http://www.waterfallarts.org/.


Fort Knox project

The Friends of Fort Knox board of directors announced plans to proceed with the restoration of a closed powder magazine located adjacent to the northernmost spiral staircase within the fort. The powder magazine has been off-limits to the public for decades due to rotten wood floors and walls.

Leighton Construction Co. in Orrington will replace the flooring and wall planks. Every effort will be made to retain and preserve as much of the original powder magazine wood and fixtures as possible. Interpretive materials such as replica powder barrels and electric illumination in the magazine are in the plans.

The powder magazine project will be a major milestone in the Friends of Fort Knox’s ongoing restoration and preservation efforts at the state’s historical site. The project, once completed, will open the last area of the fort that had historically provided public access. Past efforts of the group to open areas of the fort that were closed to the public due to safety concerns include the Officers’ Quarters, Long Alley demibastion, enlisted men’s quarters cistern rooms and an area on Battery ‘B’ adjacent to the retaining wall.

The group acknowledged Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Messler Family Foundation for providing financial support for this project. The group works in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, which owns Fort Knox.


Summer reading program for adults

Novel Destinations is the  theme for the Rockland  Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, open to  Rockland Library cardholders age 20 and older. Set your own summer reading goals — the minimum goal is five books or audio books. Submit a book review (online or pick up a form at the circulation desk) for each book read or listened to and be entered into periodic drawings for prizes. Registration begins Saturday, June 25.   Participants may register in person or at http://www.rocklandlibrary.org/.

Special programs will include an International Folk Dancing Night, The Inside Scoop on Coffee with Rock City Master Roaster Yvonne Smith, An Evening with Nigerian Artist Ibiyinka Alao and Around the World in Papercrafts (a hands-on craft night).

The adult program will run concurrently with the children’s program One World, Many Stories.

Benefit dinner

Katie Deabler, office administrator of Rockland Congregational Church, will host a benefit casseroles dinner for the funding of local community needs at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the church, 180 Limerock St. The cost is $10, $5 children under 12.

Rev. Seth D. Jones of the church has a discretionary fund used to help local people in need with food, clothing, housing and utilities. Assistance calls have increased in the past few months, with the average number of calls to the church ranging from three to five per week.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the church office at 594-8656.

Lighthouse museum open for season

The Maine Lighthouse Museum has opened for the summer season with a number of changes —  a new exhibit, a new gift shop now under museum management and a restored 60-foot flag-pole at the entrance of the building.

The flag-pole was removed by Kenny Follet of Journey’s End, who took it to Rockland, where it was blasted, primed and painted. In the meantime, Maine Lighthouse Museum President Paul Dilger and volunteers from the Coast Guard pitched in with scraping and painting the pole stand. When the flag-pole restoration was completed, Follet returned the gigantic flag-pole to its stand. Almost immediately, the U.S. flag was hoisted. Dilger said they would like to fly a larger flag, but the cost to purchase one is not in the museum’s budget. He hopes someone will step forward to donate one.

Dot Black, executive director of the museum, said she is thrilled to see the support from the community to help make the museum more inviting to the public. She said the museum needs more volunteers to help with the summer season. For information about volunteering, call Black at 594-3301.


Town office closed for day

The Searsport Town Office will be closed Monday, June 27, while town employees take required training. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.


Fundraiser concert, dance

The Rave On band will perform a concert at 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Watts Hall, Main Street. The event is chem-free and will offer music for all ages. The event is sponsored by the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist to benefit local community outreach. Tickets $10, free to children age 12 and under. Refreshments will be available.


Historical bus tour

Tickets are now available for the annual Come Spring Bus Tour, sponsored by Union Historical Society, taking place on Founders Day, Saturday, July 16.

The narrated two-hour bus tour will depart from Union Common at 9:30 a.m. and follow the Georges River Scenic Byway, identifying sites where Union’s early settlers built cabins and lived.  Settlers’ names 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.

Included on the tour will be stops at five historic sites, of which four are located on private property and not open to the public at other times.  After visiting settlers’ gravesites in the Common Cemetery on Ayer Hill, the tour will stop at the cellar hole of the cabin where Philip Robbins’ large family spent a crowded winter in 1776 and then at the homestead of Robbins’ oldest son, David.  After a circuit over the blueberry barrens of Clarry Hill, tour participants will visit the site of the “Royal Mess,” the bachelor home of Jason Ware, Joel Adams and Matthias Hawes overlooking the hillside where Adams and his wife, Mima Robbins, built their home.  Finally, the tour will visit the Alden Store on Common Road, built close to his home by Ebenezer Alden in 1797 and run by the Alden family for 100 years.

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

Reading program for children

The Summer Reading Program at Vose Library will begin at 1:30 pm Friday, June 24, at the new building, 392 Common Road near Union Common. The program, Celebrate One World, Many Stories will offer arts and crafts from around the world. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Supplies and instruction will be provided. For more information, call the library at 785-4733.


Volunteers sought

Organizers are seeking volunteers for Common Ground Country Fair, to be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25.

Online volunteer registration is open now. Visit www.shiftboard.com/mofga to sign up for shifts as an individual. Group volunteers may submit registration online at



Lecture series

WISCASSET — Historic New England will open its Wiscasset summer lecture series sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, when Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections, will present an illustrated talk on early American furniture from the 17th century through the William and Mary style. The lecture will be held in the Nickels-Sortwell House Barn on Federal Street. Admission is $5 Historic New England members, $10 others. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

The series schedule is:

• July 10, “Breach of Promise” with Maine historian and author Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe

talking about her latest book.

• Aug. 7, “Wallace Nutting and the Invention of Old America” with Portland Museum

of Art Chief Curator Thomas Denenberg.

• Aug. 28, “Everything Old Is New Again: Revivals and Reproductions of Historic Furnishing Textiles” with Historic New England Associate Curator Laura Johnson.

• Sept. 18, “From Artisan to Mechanic: Duncan Phyfe and the Early 19th-Century Furniture Trade” with Matthew Thurlow, former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now at Winterthur. The lecture offers a special preview of the Duncan Phyfe exhibition scheduled to open in December at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

All the lectures in the series are at 3 p.m. Sundays in the Nickels- Sortwell House Barn. Both of Historic New England’s Wiscasset houses are now open for tours. Castle Tucker, 2 Lee St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tours are free to Historic New England members and Wiscasset residents, $5 others.

For more information visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Dairy Day

June is National Dairy Month, and to mark the occasion, the Morris Farm will celebrate all things dairy 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, during its second annual Dairy Day.  Dairy Day is a free, family-friendly event when attendees can meet the herd of registered Holsteins, see milking demonstrations and try their hands on the butter churn. Samples from the Morris Farm and other local dairies will be available. Meet the farmer Candee and see all the dairy animals, including the milk cows.

Dairy Day will feature samples of “made in Maine” dairy products, including milk, buttermilk, goat milk, butter, and cow and goat cheeses. The Maine Dairy Board has sent recipes for all products for visitors.

For directions to the farm or more information, call 882-4080 or visit  http://www.morrisfarm.org/.

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