BELFAST, Maine — The Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage will host free family events from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at 45 Edgecomb Road in Belfast. Events include making ice cream and making music with BC&E members. The event is designed to educate the public about this dynamic vision of cooperative living in a new old-fashioned neighborhood of tightly clustered houses on 45 acres surrounded by rolling farmland two miles from downtown Belfast. For information, call 338-9200 or visit www.mainecohousing.org.
Machias Historical Society to meet Aug. 12
MACHIAS, Maine — The annual meeting of the Machias Historical Society will be held during a Dutch treat supper at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias. A ceremony commemorating the 1777 Battle of Machias will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Machias Boat Landing. In addition to annual reports, there will be a continued discussion on plans for the Oct. 15 History Symposium.
Blue Hill library reading program scheduled for Aug. 11
BLUE Hill, Maine — As part of the Blue Hill Public Library’s summer reading program, One World, Many Stories, the Library will host an international costume party and bedtime story program for children ages 4-12 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the library. Children are invited to come dressed in a costume that represents their cultural heritage or any culture they like. Costumes are optional but there will be dress-up items available.
Folkloric costumes and ensembles can be very simple to put together: hats, scarves, belts, jewelry, boots, sandals and eye patches are just some of the possibilities. Children will listen to traditional bedtime stories and sing lullabies. For information, call Pat at 374-5515.
Stonington man to discuss furniture making in Blue Hill
BLUE HILL, Maine — Geoffrey Warner of Stonington will discuss his furniture making and his philosophy of the intersection of the local economy, ecology and the affordability of the arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Blue Hill Public Library. This event is part of the Blue Hill Public Library’s series “Making Ends Meet.” It is free and open to everyone. For information, call 374-5515.
Children’s author to read at Blue Hill library
BLUE HILL, Maine — Children’s author Robin Russell will discuss and read from her “Summer Island” mystery series at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Blue Hill Public Library. In addition, she will visit the Library’s Young Writers Group, which will meet at noon the same day. As part of this group, writers ages 9-12 are invited to share and work on their creative ideas over lunch. Robin Russell will talk about creative writing with the kids and share some tips on being a professional writer.
This event is made possible by the Friends of Blue Hill Public Library. Because of Friends’ sponsorship, there is no admission charge. Books will be available for sale and signing. For information, call 374-5515.
Bangor professor to give reading in Blue Hill
BLUE HILL, Maine — University College of Bangor Professor Robert Klose will read from and discuss his new book, “The Three-Legged Woman & Other Excursions in Teaching,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Blue Hill Public Library. The book is a collection of the personal reflections and insights of one professor and writer on the experience of teaching at the “poorest college in America”
This event is sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Books will be available for sale and signing. For information, call 374-5515.
Hancock Woman’s Club to host Lobster Fest
HANCOCK, Maine — The Hancock Woman’s Club will host a Lobster Fest 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Tidal Falls in Hancock. The menu includes lobster, corn, finger desserts and beverages. The price of the fest is $20 per person. For more information, call 422-3539.
UMaine professor to discuss ‘Paleonutrition’ at Castine museum
CASTINE, Maine — The Wilson Museum will host a lecture titled “Paleonutrition” by UMaine professor Kristin Sobolik at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the museum. Sobolik will focus on what is known about our ancestor’s past dietary practices and how that diet has had a profound influence on human evolution. Her talk about prehistoric food, health and nutrition will emphasize techniques and discoveries such as ancient DNA, the prebiotic diet and vegetarianism. For more information, call 326-9247.
Wilson Museum to hold banquet of songs and seafood
CASTINE, Maine — Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo will present a musical banquet of songs of seafood and strong drink at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the main hall at the Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St. in Castine. The duet will be accompanied on guitar, five-string banjo, and Anglo concertina singing the praises of mussels, clams, eel, fish chowder and ale as well as the less than praiseworthy taste of chicken-on-a-raft, pisco and whiskey.
Stephen Sanfilippo holds a Ph.D. in history and is a retired secondary and undergraduate history teacher. Susan Sanfilippo is a retired museum education director. Susan and Stephen have been researching and performing traditional songs of the maritime trades since the mid-1970s. They divide their time between Southold, N.Y. and Pembroke.
Herbal medicine focus of talk at Castine museum
CASTINE, Maine — Since the dawn of time humans have learned to use the essence and fibers of plants to comfort and cure the sick and injured. Susan Sanfilippo will share her research on the lives and works of Maine’s herb doctors, Indian healers, midwives and other practitioners and botanists, real and fictional, who contributed to the knowledge of herbal medicine. Her talk, titled “Powder, Potion, Poultise & Pill: Identifying, Prescribing and Administering Medicinal Herbs in Historic Maine,” will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St. in Castine. Attendees will have the opportunity to touch, sniff and taste herbs, and make a packet of herbal tea.
For information, call 326-9247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Castine museum to hold presentation on ‘drunken whalers’
CASTINE, Maine — “What Shall We Do with the Drunken Whaler?” a presentation by Dr. Stephen Sanfilippo, based primarily upon songs and poems found in whalemen’s journals of the
1840s, will show both the “jolly” side of drinking as well as the somber sober side at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Museum. This presentation, which is intended for adults and teenagers, addresses a very serious subject. Listeners will gain insight into the conflicting attitudes of manhood found among whalemen, and the important place of alcohol within that conflict. For information, call 326-9247.