CAMDEN, Maine — St. Thomas’ Church will hold its 118th annual Summer Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at 33 Chestnut St.
The church fair will honor seasonal congregational member Polly Chatfield at the bake sale table where she has presided for 45 years over a team of dedicated bakers. Chatfield is renowned for her single-layer carrot cake, no-nuts brownies and blueberry muffins. All are welcome.
Swan’s Island book release to be celebrated
SWAN’S ISLAND, Maine — The Swan’s Island Memory Project efforts to build and share a new historical collection after a fire destroyed the archives in 2008 culminates in the release of “Guts, Feathers and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island, Maine.”
The Swan’s Island Historical Society will celebrate the release of the book at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in the Odd Fellows Hall on Swan’s Island. The event will include a live reading of book excerpts by community actors, a book auction, photo exhibition and refreshments.
Author Meghan Vigeant will be available for book signings. All are welcome.
Author to read at Blue Hill Public Library
BLUE HILL, Maine — Author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins will read from her book “The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Blue Hill Public Library.
Each of the books’s 100 entries points to a different way to be happy, whether that means wearing a top hat, eating a luscious pear, luxuriating in a bath full of warm milk, or keeping a singing cricket as a pet.
Books will be available for sale and signing. For information, call 374-5515.
Library program to focus on instruments
BLUE HILL, Maine — The Blue Hill Public Library will host a special program, “Around the World In 30 Instruments,” as part of the children’s summer reading program, One World, Many Stories, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the library.
The evening program will feature the husband-wife duo Four Shillings Short. The musicians, Aodh Og O’Tuama of Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin of San Diego, Calif., have been touring in the United States and Ireland since 1997, performing a variety of music.
This event is free to the public thanks to the Friends of the Blue Hill Library. For information, call 374-5515 or visit www.bhpl.net.
Young writers invited to join group.
BLUE HILL, Maine — Writers ages 9-12 are invited to share and work on their creative ideas at the Blue Hill Public Library’s monthly Young Writers Group meeting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the library.
Participants can start a new poem or story or bring one in progress. Writers also should bring a lunch.
The Young Writers Group enables young people of all writing abilities, experience and genres to share their writing, listen to the work of others and be a part of a unique group of passionate young writers. It’s free, friendly and informal. Meetings may also include a professional writer as a special guest speaker speaking about their books or providing advice.
For information, call Pat at 374-5515.
Free snorkeling classes offered in Jefferson
JEFFERSON, Maine — The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association is offering free
snorkeling classes for children 9-11:30 a.m. and adults 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at 38 Lake Farm Circle.
Kids will learn how to properly adjust and use a mask, snorkel and fins, and slowly be introduced to the underwater world — plants, animals and colors not seen from the surface. The adult snorkeling class will travel to a nearby island by boat.
Snorkeling equipment will be available for use; however, participants must bring a life jacket. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
For information or to register, call 549-3836 or email Julia@dlwa.org.
Tree lighting to honor service members away for the holidays
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Wreaths Across America will host “The Christmas They Never Had” — The Perpetually Lit Christmas Tree” to honor service members past, present and future who find themselves away from family and friends during the holidays. The ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Bar Harbor Club.
The evening ceremony will be attended by Battle of the Bulge veterans as well as active and retired servicemen and servicewomen from around the country. Also attending the ceremony will be Molly Morel, president of the American Gold Star Mothers, a national organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service of our country.
The USO’s Liberty Bells and others will provide entertainment.