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Midcoast arts news, July 14

Friday Art Walk

BELFAST — Downtown Belfast presents the third of 10 consecutive Friday Art Walks on July 15. While more than a dozen art galleries located within two square blocks keep their doors open for visitors, beat the heat in at least three venues that will hold receptions serving cool refreshments. Lauren Veale Jewelry Studio, Belfast’s newest art venue, invites visitors to discover her metal and gem art creations. Galerie Dufour presents “Clothed Nudes,” a fine art figure exhibition of photography by Charles Laurier Dufour. The third gallery to host a reception is High Street Gallery, featuring recent work by painters Susan Tobey White, Julie Cyr and Sheep Jones.

Entertaining passers-by with his acoustic interpretations of jazz and pop standards with a few originals mixed in will be musician-singer Scot Cannon. Traveling between art venues, visitors will encounter sidewalk performances by modern dancers Shana Bloomstein and Jesse Phillips-Fein.

The Belfast Art Walks begin at 5:30 p.m. and generally wind down around 8 p.m. For information on the Belfast Art Walks and participating galleries,

Music theater camp production

NORTHPORT — Tony Award-winning “Into the Woods” is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. On July 15-17, Northport Music Theater’s High School Theater Camp will produce the Junior version of this show, as licensed by Music Theatre International. For audience members familiar with the show, the Junior version is Act I of the original musical; which is a bit more pleasant as most of the cast is killed off in Act II. However, since Act II has a few favorite songs, the NMT campers will present a second act of favorite Sondheim tunes.

The story of “Into the Woods” intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them as they pursue quests within the woods. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood” (with Little Red played by Alice Limoges and Jordan Richmond as the wolf), “Jack and the Beanstalk” (Ian Doran, with Tori Arau as his mother), “Rapunzel” (Lindsay Taylor) and “Cinderella” (Louisa Klemperer), tied together by a story involving a baker (Morgan Cates)and his wife (Devin Fletcher) and their quest to begin a family.

The plot is controlled by the central character of the witch (Kate Rich) with constant commentary by the narrator (Hannah Wincklhofer. Cinderella’s family is played by Keira Haining as the stepmother, and real sisters Melissa and Amy Cushman play the stepsisters. Connor Mushlit plays a variety of roles as Cinderella’s father, Rapunzel’s prince, a mysterious man and also camp set builder. Eliza Boetsch also plays an integral part within myriad roles such as Cinderella’s mother, Little Red’s granny and the Steward while Katie McMorrow plays Milky White the cow.

The NMT camp is directed by Kim Murphy, Derrick Lacasse and Emily Widdoes. The performances will be accompanied by Joani Mitchell, piano, and Orion Krause, percussion.

“Into the Woods Junior” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Tickets are $12 each, general admission, cash or check only at the door, and all facilities are handicapped-accessible. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, call 338-8383.

Silent movie

UNION — Union Historical Society will present “The Lost World,” filmed in 1925 under the direction of Harry Hoyt and starring Wallace Beery, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Founders Day, at the Old Town House, Town House Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Doug Protsik of Woolwich, director of the Maine Fiddle Camp and of The Old Grey Goose band, will play nonstop piano accompaniment from an original score. Protsik is a silent movie fan for whom playing 64 minutes of mood pieces to suit each scene of the movie is a little bit of heaven. With a varied background in classical, folk, old-time and dance music, Protsik fell naturally into his role as the “heir” of the late Danny Patt, who at age 11 and for years thereafter accompanied silent movies at the Old Town House in the 1920s. Using Patt’s techniques, and aided by research, including at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill, into 1920s standard works, Protsik created his own score for the film.

Protsik’s enthusiasm for silent movies has led to work composing and recording original scores for silent film restorations for Turner Classic Movies cable network. He performs for silent movies at international film festivals, including creating and performing an orchestral score with musicians in Turkmenistan.

Admission is $5, free up to age 21, and to present and former military personnel with ID.

Talk on letter writing

THOMASTON — The General Henry Knox Museum will present a talk by Dr. Konstantin Dierks, associate professor of American history at Indiana University, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Oval Room of Montpelier — the big white mansion on Route 1 at the turn to St. George. The public is invited to attend.

Associate editor of The Historical Review, Dierks will discuss his newly published “In My Power: Letter Writing and Communication in Early America,” focusing on the cultural, social, economic and political history of letter writing and communications in the early English-speaking new world. Dierks maintains, “The American Revolution and the War of American Independence were fought over paper and with paper, over letters and with letters.” His book is the first to take such a deep look into the power of letters during the beginnings and after the creation of America.

A visiting lecturer at the Knox Museum’s Center for the Study of Early American History, Dierks’ talk is offered in conjunction with the center’s Summer Teacher Institute, a free program for social studies and history teachers.

Correspondence between Gen. Henry Knox and his family members and close friends is on special exhibit at Montpelier this summer. Dierks’ speech will examine the Knox family letters within a larger social theme of the use of letters in early American history.

Admission is $10 for museum members, $15 for nonmembers, $8 for students. Dierks will be available for book signing after the event. Reservations are required as seating is limited and can be made by contacting the General Henry Knox Museum at 354-8062 or

Garden tour

CAMDEN — The national recognized Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour is 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, July 21, rain or shine. For information or tickets, go to or call 236-8690. Eight spectacular homes and gardens are on the tour this year. An added event is a Garden Party at Margo Moore Interiors from 2 to 6 p.m.

Country auction

CUSHING — At 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, Bruce Gamage will be auctioneer for a country auction sponsored by the Cushing Historical Society. It will be held in the society’s barn on Hathorn Point Road. In addition, a silent auction opens at 5 p.m. Friday, July 15, in the society’s meetinghouse, adjacent to the barn. Preview and leave bids for both auctions 5-8 p.m. Friday, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Absentee bids accepted.

The society’s buildings are now handicapped-accessible. Light refreshments will be available during the live auction.

These fundraisers launch a $10,000 capital campaign to finance a new roof on the classic 1854 South Cushing Church on Salt Pond Road in Cushing. Auction items include paintings and photographs from well-known artists, tools, jewelry, bicycles, antiques and other furniture, bric-a-brac, a baking lesson, goods and services from local restaurants and businesses, a shamanic counseling session and more.

The Cushing Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. All donations are tax-deductible. Cash donations are welcome. For more information, call 354-8055 or

Call for artists

BELFAST — The Artisans Fair at First Church will be held Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at the First Church in Belfast, United

Church of Christ, at 104 Church St.

The First Church encourages and supports the local artisans’ community and invites artists of all types, potters, painters, weavers, jewelry makers, photographers, stained-glass makers and others who have original works of art available for sale. The Artisans Fair at First Church will be located on the lawn of the church or in case of inclement weather, will be moved indoors to the Parish House. Applications can be obtained from the First Church office or online Applications and fee are due to the church by Friday, July 22.

The Artisans Fair at First Church will have a food stand as well as fun and games for the young ones. Area nonprofit groups are invited to come and set up a table to display information about themselves. The Artisans Fair at First Church is scheduled to coincide with both the Friday Night Art Walks in downtown Belfast as well as the Belfast Art Fair at Heritage Park, a fair for artists of two-dimensional works, with the hope of bringing even more visitors to all the events.

For more information, contact the First Church office at 338-2282 or email at

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