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Midcoast community news, Aug. 11, 2011


Book talk

Belfast poet Arielle Greenberg will read from her latest book, the collaborative “Home/Birth: A Poemic,” with co-author Rachel Zucker at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 20, at The Green Store, 71 Main St. Refreshments and a discussion will follow the reading, and the authors will sign copies of the book, which will be for sale. The event is free and open to the public.

Make ice cream, music

Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage will hold a free family event 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at 45 Edgecomb Road. Activities will include making homemade ice cream and making music with cohousing members and friends. All ages are invited. For more information call 338-9200 or visit ttp://


Cezanne’s Influence

Lovers of French and American art will want front-row seats for “Cezanne and American Artists,” the opening event in Quarry Hill’s summer-fall Adventures in Living Well Series for adults age 55-plus, to be held 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 17.

In an illustrated presentation, art historian and writer Stephen May will show how 19th century French artist Paul Cezanne influenced American modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Leon Kroll and Maurice Prendergast, all of whom painted in Maine.

The Adventures series will continue with “Creating Memorable Picnics,” presented by events planner Susan Pierce, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Quarry Hill; “Discover the Proposed Maine Woods National Park,” with wildlife conservationists Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Camden Public Library; “Love the Skin You’re In,” featuring Beauty Mark Spa owner and esthetician Jennifer Ross-Boshes, 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Quarry Hill; and “Growing Peace: Building Bridges of

Communication,” presented by Peggy Smith, certified trainer and founder and principal trainer with Open Communication, 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 7 (snow date, Friday, Dec. 16), at Quarry Hill.

Admission to the August program and all Adventures in Living Well events is free, but registration is required by calling 230-6114.

Camden Garden Club 50 Years Ago

What was the Camden Garden Club doing 40 to 50 years ago? Five longtime members and former members gathered at the library’s Walsh History Center to remember the activities, the civic projects, the Open House Days and the people who were involved in beautifying Camden those many years ago. Ann Montgomery, who joined the club in 1953, as well as Stormy Bok, Joan Tibbetts, Ann Bixler and Terry Gruener reminisced about those early years.

They especially remembered the Open House Days that included many large summer estates on Beauchamp Point, the club improvements to the Village Green and Public Landing, the elm tree program, the lamppost baskets, the Flower Shows at St. Thomas’ Church and the beginnings of the planting of flowers on the traffic islands.

The Garden Club will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2015, and these interviews and others by past president Hillary Waterman as well as the organization of the club archives at the History Center will be part of that celebration.

Garden club meeting

The Camden Garden Club will present a program by guest speaker Carol Yee of Carol’s Collectibles, a nursery in Swanville. The club will meet Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Congregational church, Elm Street. The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Coffee and tea will be served at 9:45 a.m., and the program will begin at 10 a.m.

Yee specializes in plants propagated from older gardens and which reflect her love of interesting plant varieties. Garden club members and guests will learn about many the plants, how to start cuttings and how to sharpen clippers. Bring evergreen cuttings such as boxwood, rhododendrons, conifers and hollies and clippers.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and program to learn more about the work of the Camden Garden Club.


Evening cruise

The Horseshoe Crabs will entertain Spectrum Generations Coastal Center and Southern Mid-Coast Community Center teams, volunteers and friends for an evening of music, dancing and conversation. Arrive at Pier 6, Fisherman’s Wharf, at 5:45 p.m. to board the Harbor Princess for a three-hour sunset cruise. The event will benefit Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels Nutrition Program.

Advance reservations are required and the cost is $20 per person. Cash bar and light dinner available for purchase aboard the Harbor Princes at the Princess Cafe, or bring an appetizer or sweet treat to add to the community snack table.

To make reservations, call Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 563-1363 by Tuesday, Aug. 23. Forward check made out to Spectrum Generations to: Spectrum Generations, Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Suite 8, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Credit cards also are accepted.

Tax refund program information

August is when Maine property tax and rent refund program applications for 2010 are available to Maine residents. The purpose of the program is to help Maine homeowners offset the cost of property taxes assessed on their primary residences. It also offers similar relief to Maine residents who pay rent for occupancy of their principle place of abode.

If you pay property taxes or rent an apartment and are interested in finding out whether you qualify for the circuit breaker program or would like assistance completing an application, call Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 563-1363 to schedule an appointment with consultant Marilynn Wilson. She will be at the center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 and 26.


Field Day

The Montville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Montville Field Days on Saturday, Aug. 13. Schedule of events will be: 9 a.m., road race; 11 a.m., parade; noon, welcome and chicken barbecue, children’s games; 1 p.m., cake baking contest; 2:30 p.m., Chinese auction; 3 p.m., woodsmen’s events. Other activities include a 50-50 raffle, hay rides, and music by local musicians, including the Sonny Perry Band.

Owls Head

Vintage photos presentations

A slide talk by Penobscot Marine Museum photo archivist Kevin Johnson will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive. The talk, sponsored by the Mussel Ridge Historical Society, will feature 75- to 100-year-old photos of the communities from the museum’s Eastern Illustrating collection as well as photographs from its Elmer Montgomery collection.

The Eastern Illustrating collection includes nearly 40,000 glass-plate negatives made by photographers for a postcard manufacturer in Belfast. The presentation will focus on slides of Owls Head and the surrounding area.

Elmer Montgomery was born in 1912 at Ingraham’s Hill in what was then South Thomaston, now Owls Head. He had a passion for boats and boat building and loved to spend his time by the Rockland waterfront. He took up photography for a short period of time and became skilled with a camera, making beautiful photographs of the boats that worked the waters of midcoast Maine.

The presentation is an opportunity to see the way life was through the eyes of early photographers, including a local son. The event is free although donations will be accepted. Light refreshments will be served.


Moonlight viewing

The Friends of Fort Knox will staff the Penobscot Narrows Observatory at 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, to offer visitors an opportunity to view the area in moonlight. This will be the only time this season that the observatory will be open during a full moon, and those interested in this unique experience are encouraged to take advantage of it. Admission to the moonlight viewing in the observatory is $5 per person, and tickets may be purchased the evening of the event (clouds or rain will result in cancellation).

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory, located at the Fort Knox State Historic site, is the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world. Visitors board an elevator for a quick trip up 420 feet above the Penobscot River and U.S. Route 1, for extended views of Waldo-Hancock counties and the Penobscot Bay area.

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory is owned by the Maine Department of Transportation and together with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, jointly managed for the people of Maine. The Friends of Fort Knox provide staffing for the observatory under a separate contract with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.


Jess Day, director of Midcoast Music Together, a licensed provider of Music Together International, will lead a class for children and their families 11-11:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug, 21, at the Coastal Children’s Museum.

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program emphasizing learning by encouraging involvement with the whole family. Children from birth to 5 will sing, move, chant, listen and explore musical instruments.

Workshop space is limited to 12 families. Sign-up is first come, first served. Call the museum at 596-3033 or email to make a reservation. The workshop is free to members and included in the price of admission to others.


Fling into Fall planning

The Fling into Fall celebration is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. The event will include a parade, classic car show, scarecrow and jack-o’-lantern competitions, live music, craft fair, public breakfast and dinner, and more. The organizing committee is seeking suggestions for additional events, venues and sponsors. Individuals and organizations that want to take part may contact committee chairman Ralph Harvey at 548-6204.

Stockton Springs

Funds added to steeple project

Organizers of a recent yard and food sale to benefit the Stockton Springs Church Steeple Fund report that $3,580 was raised for the project.

The next event to benefit the fund will be a live auction conducted by Mark Bradstreet on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Stockton Springs Elementary School. Those who want to donate items for the auction may call Marion Fisher at 567-4040.

Antiques appraisal

The Stockton Springs Historical Society will bring a traveling antique appraisal team to town 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Colcord House, Main and Station streets. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Mobile Appraisal Unit will roll into Stockton Springs for an antiques appraisal fundraising event hosted by the historical society.

Appraisers Kaja Veilleux and John Bottero will provide instant appraisals for antique or collectible items brought in to the mobile appraisal lab. Suggested donation is $10 for one item or $20 for three items. Participants are encouraged to bring any item they want appraised to the event; however, if an item is too large to be transported to the mobile van, detailed photographs may be used to determine approximate value. There will be no appointments, and each person will have a chance to meet with an appraiser first come, first served.


Author to lead church service

Kate Braestrup, chaplain with the Maine Warden Service and author, will lead Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ’s service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 941 Main St. Braestrup’s latest book, “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life,” explores the many ways we can pray.


Craft Fair table rental

The Verona Women’s Club is renting table space for its Craft Fair set for Nov. 12 at Verona Town Hall. The cost is $15 for a full table, $7.50 for half-spaces or small racks. Call Cora Webster at 469-3740 or Marlene Smith at 469-7992 to rent a space. Rental is first come, first served, with upstairs availability to the first renters. Mail payment to: Cora Webster, 249 East Side Drive, Verona Island 04416.

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