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Bangor area arts news, July 14

PTC Youth Theatre

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company will hold its Youth Theatre summer production, featuring more than 30 area students who participated in workshops, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Bangor Opera House.

The evening will begin with an original dance and movement piece taught by AJ Mooney, then the 4- to 6-year-old troupe performing an original adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches” featuring Joseph Griffin and Parker Tenny of Bangor; Emma Marble, St. Albans; Abigail Phillips, Hermon; Amorica Boggins, Veazie; Natalie Logan, Antoinette Logan and Caroline Kelley, Glenburn; and Ethan Roberts and Simon Hunter, Old Town, .

Youth theater students performing selections from Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light In the Attic” are Kenai and Elan Teichman of Holden; Hannah Lynch, Carmel; Nathan Norris and Sienna Soctomah-Holmes, Glenburn; Morgan Downes, Charlotte Diener, Leo Spinney, Ella Stone, Sophia Mullens and Olivia Davis, Bangor; Lana and Hanna Sabbath, Caleb and Lily Canders, Kathrina Turner, Annika Nelson and Natalie Perris Fitzpatrick, Brewer; Matthew Tozer and Rosie Cobo-Lewis, Orono; Byron Sockalexis, Indian Island; Ansley Bernier, Verona Island; and Thatcher Jackson, Swanville.

Performances were developed through ensemble work led by Jasmine A. Ireland and Emily Gammon. Students will play multiple roles while exploring group movement and choral reading.

Tickets are $5 at 942-3333 or

Fendler film

WATERVILLE — Donn Fendler, who at age 12 was lost for nine days in 1939 in the Maine woods near Mount Katahdin, will attend the world premiere of “Finding Donn Fendler: Lost on a Mountain in Maine 72 Years Later” during the 14th annual Maine Film Festival.

The film will screen at:

•12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Given Auditorium, Colby College.

• 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, Railroad Square Cinema.

Also attending both screenings will be filmmakers Derek Desmond and Ryan Cook.

Fendler’s story of survival, co-written with Joseph Egan, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” continues to inspire with themes of hope, faith and the will to live. The book has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent decades through the efforts of schoolteachers who continue to use it in their classes. Fendler, who earned no money from the book, has spoken to countless classes during his yearly trips to Maine.

Through interviews and footage of Donn Fendler today, viewers will discover an amazing man and what his story has meant to the state and people of Maine. For ticket information, visit

Kayla Wass Band

BANGOR — Cool Sounds will continue 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, when the Downtown Bangor Partnership presents the Kayla Wass Band.

The Kayla Wass Band is a five-piece country music group which performs both traditional and modern country music.

Kayla Wass is featured on lead vocals with four multitalented veteran musicians — Kevin Overlock on lead guitar, lead vocals and harmony; Buzzy Overlock on bass guitar, lead vocals and harmony; Willie Ross on rhythm guitar, lead vocals and harmony; and Don Barry on drums.

The Kayla Wass Band knows how to please a crowd, throwing in a little country rock and some of the great ’50s and ’60s music. They really get the dance floor hopping.

Lead singer Kayla Wass, is a multiple‐award-winning country music artist who is taking Maine and the nation by storm. Her voice flows with feeling and emotion, and her vocals have been compared to Trisha Yearwood and Carrie Underwood. Wass can sing the heck out of a Sugarland or Gretchen Wilson song, or take everyone back to the days of Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline.

The show will be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Market, 5-8 p.m., which features 35-40 vendors selling Maine-made fine arts, crafts, food items and produce in West Market Square and along Broad Street.

Other Cool Sounds concerts scheduled are:

• July 21, Teen Jam.

• July 28, RetroRockerz, good-time music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

• Aug. 4, FLASH! In the Pans, steel drum, calypso, pop, swing, blues and classical.

• Aug. 11, The BArSTuARDS, rock-folk with Celtic influence.

Concerts will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, the concert moves under Pickering Square garage. For more information, visit

Photos of Grand Manan

BANGOR — Ned Smith of Holden is displaying his art during July in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library.

The photographs of Ned and his wife, Diane, capture the beauty of Grand Manan.

After earning a master’s degree from the University of Maine, Ned Smith taught for more than 30 years. He now works at the university level.

A master of 18 instruments, Ned also led music instruction at local schools and participated in a bagpipe band. He and his wife own property on the New Brunswick island and visit regularly.

According to The Atlantic Monthly, “to know the Bay of Fundy is to know fog.” The fog of Grand Manan appears in many of Smith’s striking color photographs, which were taken with a digital camera.

Although Smith uses technology, he does not modify the photographs or try to take what he calls “postcard pictures.” Rather, Smith focuses on animals that live on the island. He also records patterns of the sea and land.

His art will be exhibited during library summer hours 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.

‘Who’s at the Door?’

BANGOR — Dan Harrington will read from his book, “Who’s at the Door?: A Memoir of Me and the Missionaries,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

Harrington’s memoir explores his experience befriending missionaries in Maine. He meets two Latter-day Saints and becomes fascinated with their lifestyle and religion. He develops a friendship with several of these men on a mission, then, with observant prose, shares their lives and faith.

The story includes moments of introspection, but also provides charming vignettes. Not a tale of conversion, the book is about seeing life from a new perspective as Harrington gains respect for another faith and finds friends in unlikely places.

A professional freelance writer, Harrington has written for Village Soup, Kennebec Journal, Inside Pro Wrestling/The Wrestler, Portland Magazine and LDS Church News. Though he never joined the LDS Church, he continues to keep in contact with many of the elders.

Penobscot Bay Day

SEARSPORT — Free admission, live music, guided tours and birthday cake are planned for Penobscot Bay Day at Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday, July 23. In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the museum will hold events and exhibits for all ages 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Penobscot Bay Day will mark the grand opening of the museum’s Seabag Visible Storage Center, an innovative display and research facility that makes hundreds of additional artifacts available to public view. Visitors may use the facility’s database to learn more about any item on display. An opening ceremony is set for 2 p.m.

Among featured activities will be a free concert of sea chanteys performed by the trio From Away Downeast, singing traditional music of sailors and the sea 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Other activities will include guided tours, craft activities for children, marine touch-tank sessions, tours of the 1902 interior of First Congregational Church and its its 1,100-pipe organ, birthday cake and a silent auction of original works of art produced for ShipShapes, the museum’s community art project.

Children are encouraged to come in nautical costume. Sailors, mermaids, fishermen, sea captains, lobsters, pirates and other marine characters are all welcome.

Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography. Its 3-acre, 12-building campus re-creates the feel of a 19th century coastal village. Activities and exhibits for children and adults make it a special place for family visits and history enthusiasts.

Penobscot Marine Museum is at 40 East Main St., U.S. Route 1, Searsport, between Camden and Bangor. For more information, call 548-2529 or visit

Basket weaving workshop

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center will present a basket weaving workshop with Matthew Heintz, the Northwoods Balladeer, in a two-day session, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, July 16 and Aug. 6.

Participants will find a suitable “basketwood” tree on the property, prepare splints from the specimen and weave square to round baskets to take home and enjoy. The cost is $100 members, $110 others. Advance registration and payment are required. Call 989-2591.

Summer music series

BANGOR — Bangor Public Library’s Summer Music Series will feature free concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July and August for music lovers of all ages and tastes.

• July 20, Mainely Country Band, popular country songs. Jeff Simon, Lee Mallory, Sonny Bickford, and Patrick Cote make up the award-winning four-piece band. Specializing in country and country rock, the Mainely Country Band is based in Milford and has honed their skills entertaining Mainers for more than 30 years.

• July 27, Jose Ayerve, alternative music. His one-man show has appeared across Maine. Ayerve has produced an album in Spanish, “Cinco Pesos,” and works with indie pop bands Spouse and Nuclear Waste Management Club. He co-wrote the single “Pega Luna Manny” about Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez, which was included in film credits for “Fever Pitch.”

The concert series is sponsored by Gross Minsky and Mogul Law Office. Concerts are held in Peirce Park next to the library, or in the library in case of rain. For a complete list of concerts, call 947-8336 or visit

Historic tours

BANGOR — The Bangor Museum and History Center is sponsoring historic tours this summer:

• Mount Hope Cemetery, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Meet at the superintendent’s office off the entrance at 1048 State St. The cost is $7, free to members and children under 12.

• Ghost Lamp Tour, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Meet at waterfront parking lot near harbor master’s office. $7, free to members and children under 12.

• Thomas A. Hill House, historic house and Civil War museum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, through Sept. 30, 159 Union St. $3, free to members and children under 12.

• Devil’s Half-Acre, for adult audiences, exploring “the wicked side of Bangor,” 7 p.m. Friday, July 29. Meet at waterfront parking lot near harbor master’s office. $7, free to members.

For more information, visit

One-act plays on WERU

ORLAND — On Thursday, July 14, “Writers Forum,” hosted by Joan Clemons of Belfast, will introduce a different program format. Rather than writer Gerald George reading his own work, actors will present a dramatic performance of two of George’s one-act plays.

The program will air 10-11 a.m. on community radio station WERU and may be heard streaming live at The plays are “Bailey’s Mistake” and “The White Heron.”

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