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Members of the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association are working to make the third annual Champagne on the Sheepscot event a fun-filled evening. The party will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 10, at a modern home on the edge of the Sheepscot River.
The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music. Tickets are $40, or $125 to become a patron of the event. Guests may choose to arrive by car or by boat, as there is a dock at the property. Call 586-5616 to make reservations or for more information about the event.
A people’s choice photography contest is open to all who want to share their favorite images taken in the Sheepscot Watershed. Photos will be displayed at the event, and guests will vote for their favorite. The three top winners each will receive a cash prize. For details on the photo contest, visit http://www.sheepscot.org/.
Waldo County General Hospital Aid’s 21st Annual Garden Walk, will take place 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday, July 8, rain or shine. It will feature eight gardens in East Belfast, Searsport and Stockton Springs. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of walk. Tickets are available at Mr. Paperback, Brambles, Left Bank Books and Waldo County General Hospital. Proceeds will benefit the hospital. For more information, call 930-6739 or 338-2785.
Camp Forest recently received a grant for $1,000 from the Maine Community Foundation to provide staff training. Staff will receive archery, lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid, CPR training and more. The Camp Forest staff are trained in wilderness skills but some lack state mandated certifications. Because of the grant, at least two staff members will be able to acquire each of the certifications required by the state of Maine. Camp Forest staff are Waldo County residents and will be prepared to assist both at Camp Forest and in the community.
Camp Forest is a wilderness day and expedition camp. It is a project of Expanding Opportunities, a nonprofit organization. Learn more about Camp Forest at http://www.campforestmaine.com/.
Historical society meeting
The Cushing Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at its meeting house on Hathorn Point Road. A presentation, “Cushing’s Old Houses Then and Now,” will highlight several of Cushing’s older houses. The program was inspired by photographs from the Society’s extensive photographic archives. Recent updated photos by George Hoyt will emphasize and explore several changing and enduring structures over the last 200 years. Several present owners, who have updated and restored their homes, are expected to add their experiences. The program is free, and the public is welcome to attend.
Two presenters will share in the evening’s discussion. Jeannette Chapman is author of three books about the six generations of her relatives to live on Brookfield Farm, their Cushing homestead. Allison Brown is an active member of the society, who has led the Brad Becket Memorial Fund for several years. Each year the fund donates money to Cushing teens who are pursuing further education after high school. George Hoyt, a prolific photographer, who calls himself an amateur, recently published a photography book on the horses of Cushing.
For more information, call 354-0735 or visit www.cushinghistoricalsociety.org.
Historical society meeting
The Searsport Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Curtis Hall on Church Street. It will begin with a potluck supper and attendees are asked to bring a casserole, salad or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided. Bring an interesting item or items or a “Whatisit?’
The meeting is open to the public.
Lobster Boat Race day activities
Penobscot Marine Museum will offer special exhibits and activities in connection with the Searsport Lobster Boat Races, Saturday, July 9.
An exhibit about lobsters and lobstering will be on display 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Searsport town dock from The museum will offer a children’s craft activity noon-4 p.m. at Mosman Park. Racing begins at 10 a.m. and may be viewed from both locations.
At the museum, the Maine Antique Power Association will show a variety of rare old engines 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on the front lawn.
These activities are free. In addition, visitors who pass through the museum’s admission center may view other lobster-related exhibits, including several full-size lobster boats, lobstering gear, model lobster boats and a brief video about a lobsterman’s work day. Visitors also may meet “Ironclaw,” the resident live lobster in the museum’s saltwater touch-tank.
Museum admission is $8, $3 children 7 to 15, free to children under 7 and to Searsport residents and museum members. More information is available at http://www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/ or 548-2529.
The Vacation Bible School Adventure, for children age 3 through grade five, will be held 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, July 11-15, at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. Call the church office at 596-8656 for more information.
Art and Artisan Auction
ROCKPORT — St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge announced that the second annual Art and Artisan Auction for Scholarships will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St.
According to Steve Pixley, who will serve at auctioneer, the auction will offer bidders a wide range of creative, including nautical art and handcrafted work, as well as fine art.
He said the lodge received more than 30 applications for its scholarship this year and the hope is that the lodge can raise enough to provide two scholarships.
Refreshments at the auction will be provided by Cappy’s Chowder House and French & Brawn. For more information, call Pixley at 691-4314.
Government Ethics speaker
The Institute for Global Ethics and the Rockport Public Library will host a presentation by Robert I. Cusick, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at in the downstairs meeting room of the Rockport Opera House.
The presentation, “Five Years in Government Ethics: Lessons Learned,” will focus on Cusick’s experiences during his term in Washington, D.C. The event also will serve as an inaugural talk to help celebrate the institute’s recent move into its new offices in the Shepherd Building in downtown Rockport.
Cusick was nominated by President Bush in February 2006 to become the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and was confirmed by the Senate in that position on May 26, 2006. He served a five-year statutory term as director of the office, which has responsibility for ethics laws and policy in the executive branch of the federal government.
Cusick recently returned from China, where he was involved in high-level consultations on anti-corruption activities.
The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Institute for Global Ethics at 236-6658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROCKPORT — The Penobscot Bay YMCA will present the Getaway Gala at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the YMCA. The fundraising event will offer a Great Escape prize package for one ticket buyer, as well as one-of-a-kind live auction getaway items. The evening will begin with a cocktail and social hour and raffles.
Tickets are $100 and include dinner and a chance to win an all expense paid trip for two.
Live auction items will include Southwest Air tickets for two with a week stay for two in Sarasota, Fla., Red Sox tickets, week stay in Seattle, lake house in Searsmont, five night stay at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort in Naples, Fla., and more.
Proceeds from the event will go to support youth and family opportunities in the community, including three-month complimentary YMCA memberships for unemployed individuals and families, free memberships for active duty military families and other people in need regardless of the ability to pay.
Getaway Gala tickets may be purchased at the Penobscot Bay YMCA,116 Union St., or online at http://www.penbayymca.org/. For more information, call 236-3375.
Museum open for season
Museum president George Gross of Bristol announced that Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage opened for the season on Friday, July 1. Museum hours are noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through Labor Day.
Featuring America’s largest public Moxie museum and memorabilia collection, the museum also houses and extensive collection of artifacts from colonial times to the early 20th century. Moxie, the Official Soft Drink of Maine invented by Union native and Civil War officer Dr. Augustin Thompson.
A collection of Civil War items and other military items highlight the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The recently rebuilt carriage house, though not fully completed, displays vintage wagons and sleighs. Extensive exhibits of washing machines, tools and farm implements are only some of the displays.
Often called “Maine’s best kept secret,” the museum is in its 45th year of operation. Admission is $5, $3 seniors. Located on the Union Fairgrounds in Union near the intersection of Route 17 and Common Road, it is easy to reach from Route 1 via Route 235 from Waldoboro. For more information, call 563-1544.
Veggies For All assistant
Unity Barn Raisers is working to help ensure access to nutritious food in Waldo County. Thanks to funding from the Maine Community Foundation’s Waldo County Community Fund, UBR’s Veggies For All project has added a Community Hunger Relief assistant position for this growing season. Founder and Field Manager Tim Libby is looking forward to the improvements this position will bring to the project.
“Having another person with the project enables us to do even more in the field than ever before,” he said. “We look forward to having this intern along side us managing the vegetables and getting them out of the field at the end of the season. We are also looking forward to the help with project development that this person will provide us as we look forward to future seasons.”
Last year, the third year of operation for Veggies For All, the project yielded a harvest of more than 15,000 lbs of fresh produce. Most of this produce was distributed through the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, located in Unity serving residents of more than 11 towns at its monthly distribution. It represented an increase in production from years past, a result of many factors including the creation of a partnership between Unity Barn Raisers and Unity College. The College provided on campus space for the development of gardens for the project and provided staffing assistance to the project through its Food and Farm Project coordinator Sara Trunzo.
Kate Coseo, the project’s new Community Hunger Relief assistant, is looking forward to digging into this project. “I’m really excited to be part of the Veggies For All project: I think its fantastic that the community and the Waldo County Fund supports such important work.”
Veggies For All has many volunteer opportunities throughout the growing season. to participate, email email@example.com or call 948-9005.
The Ladies Guild will hold its annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Washington Fire Department, Old Union Road. The menu will include traditional strawberry shortcake and pie, and the more exotic strawberry pizza. Sandwiches, home baked goods and crafts also will be available for purchase. The Possums will provide entertainment. Admission is free.
The Winterport Woman’s Club is accepting listings for its Community Calendar. The club has offered the Community Calendar for more than 50 years and is one of the fundraisers for the club, which helps support its Hampden Academy Scholarship Fund each year and many other causes in Winterport.
The calendar features local businesses ads with phone numbers. To have a birthday, anniversary, in memory of or veterans’ names listed on the calendar, email details to Mary Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include month, day, name and how it should look in print. There is not cost to be listed on the calendar.
The 2012 calendars will be available for purchase on Election Day throughout the community. The cost of the calendar is $5.
For more information about the calendar or the club call either Kathy White at 223-5746 or Mary Lester at 223-4104.
19th-century politcal scandal lecture
How does Jane Armstrong Tucker, a young woman from Wiscasset, get enlisted as a spy for a private detective in Washington, D.C.? Hear the story in the second lecture of Historic New England’s 2011 Wiscasset Summer Lecture Series. Maine author and historian Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe will preview her work-in-progress, a book about one of the late 19th century’s biggest scandals, the Madeline Pollard vs. Congressman William C.P. Breckinridge breach of promise suit. The talk will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in the Nickels-Sortwell House Barn, Federal Street entrance. Admission is $5 Historic New England members, $10 others. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, visit http:www.HistoricNewEngland.org. The lecture series is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.