Midcoast arts news, Aug. 18

Posted Aug. 14, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.

Lobster gala

BELFAST — What better way is there to spend a Sunday afternoon than eating lobster or steak on the waterfront while listening to great blues music? Add to it that the event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County and you’ve hit the jackpot.

From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Steamboat Landing at the foot of Commercial Street in Belfast, volunteers will be cooking and serving lobster (or steak), clams, corn on the cob, chips and homemade pies, and Juke Rockets will provide music. Members of Juke Rockets Blues Band include Carlene Thornton, Bob Strusz, Steve Mellor and Tim Woitowitz.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be reserved by calling 338-2344, from any Habitat board member or stop by the Mailloux and Marden Law Offices on High Street in Belfast.

Annual art exhibit

SEARSPORT — Searsport Historical Society will hold the fifth annual art exhibit “Local Artists — Local History” at 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, upstairs in Union Hall.

This year the society has lined up 50 local artists and will display an even broader assortment of original work — including a weathervane maker.

Each year the art show committee, co-chaired this year by Mary Brann and Faith Garrold, selects a resident of note to interview and feature as a special exhibit. This year they’re creating a retrospective of Wayne Hamilton’s photography. Hamilton began his career while still in Searsport schools and has become a key figure on the waterfront as harbor master and a local businessman with his marine store, Hamilton Marine.

From early family photos on Cottage Street, he realized that he had an eye for capturing what he saw and then proceeded to gain the technical expertise to present it effectively. Visitors to the exhibit will get to see some of his early equipment and hearing more of his artistic journey in “Through Wayne’s Eyes.”

Barefoot Ball benefit

JACKSON — On Saturday, Aug. 20, there will be a Barefoot Ball fundraising event at the Jackson Community Center featuring live music by two Waldo County based, original rock bands: Steel Toe Booty and The Rugged.

Jackson’s own Steel Toe Booty is reuniting for this event. The group thrilled audiences all over Waldo County and the state before life led the group’s members to new projects. Steel Toe Booty features Cody Tibbetts (of The Class Machine and The Rugged) on guitar and vocals, Kelly Ravin (of Burlington-based Waylon Speed) on drums and vocals, and Tim Valliere (of The Rugged) on bass.

Newly formed, Jackson-based band The Rugged is composed of Travis Lloyd (of The Travis Lloyd Band) on guitar and vocals, Cody Tibbetts on drums and vocals, and Tim Valliere on bass.

The Barefoot Ball will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Jackson Community Center, 252 Village Road. Show some toe to be eligible for door prizes. Concessions will include fresh pizza and hot dogs. Attendees can bring their own beverages.

There is no cover charge, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds from the event will benefit efforts to establish a Jackson community-oriented nonprofit. This event is for those 21 and older.

For more information, contact Jenny or Cody Tibbetts at 722-4228.

Bank photo contest winners

DAMARISCOTTA — The First has announced the winners of its fourth annual Customer Photography Calendar Contest. Thirteen color photographs have been chosen from more than 350 entries, and each winning photographer will be awarded a $100 cash prize. The images will appear in the Bank’s 2012 desk calendar, which will be available to customers in all offices of The First by mid-November.

The winning entrants are: Cover: Scott Lash of Waldoboro; January: Don Dunbar of Perry; February: Paul Brown of Rockland; March: Alan Lowberg of Washington; April: Debora Swan of West Boothbay Harbor; May: Nat Hammond of South Bristol; June: Stephan Gearhart of Ellsworth; July: Sue McKay of Bar Harbor; August: Amy Wilton of Hope; September: Peter LaFreniere of Blue Hill; October: Steve Demeranville of East Boothbay; November: Linda Lunt of Bar Harbor; December: John Lane of New Harbor.

Movie night

BELFAST — An evening of film selections will be presented by the Belfast Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.

The films, which date from the late 1920s to the 1980s, are from the Robert Hall movie collection at the Belfast Museum. Depicted are such rare images taken in the 1930s of the steamship Belfast and the Pygmy Circus, the departure of Company K in 1941, go-cart racing at the old fairgrounds, and scenes from Broiler Day celebrations during the 1960s and ’70s.

The Robert Hall film collection was received by the museum in 2002, and the film itself has been placed onto archival reels, cleaned, copied to master tapes, and is in the state-of-the-art cold storage at Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport.

Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held on the fourth Monday of the month, April through October. Those unable to attend the program are invited to tune in to “Window on History” on BCTV-2 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Or watch the film on the museum website, www.belfastmuseum.org, which offers new programs each month.

Theater retrospective

THOMASTON — Erika Pfander, former artistic director of the Chamber Theatre of Maine, has installed a retrospective exihibit about the theater in the Thomaston Public Library. The display, part of the library’s Community Displays program, contains a decade worth of memorabilia from Pfander’s tenure at the Chamber Theatre.

Pfander became artistic director of the group in 1991, and remained with them until 1999. During that time, the Chamber Theatre produced shows in a number of locations, including many at Watts Hall in Thomaston. The display includes a letter from playwright May Sarton, whose play “The Music Box Bird” had its world premiere at Watts Hall in 1993. Other items include promotional posters from a number of shows, original programs and brochures, and photographs of Pfander and Robert Denning, the founder of the Chamber Theatre.

The display will be on exhibit on the library’s main floor through Sept. 1. For more information about the display or the Community Displays program, contact the library at 354-2453.

E. B. White reading

CAMDEN — David Foster returns to the Camden Public Library for a talk and interpretive readings from “Down East’s most literate farmer,” E.B. White. Foster’s talk, “E. B. White: From Manhattan to Maine,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. The talk is free, all are welcome.

Throughout his career as a lawyer, political advocate and business executive, Foster has pursued an amateur vocation in the theater as director, producer, actor, and teacher of acting and stagecraft. At the Camden Public Library, Foster performed “Meet Mr. Mencken: An Evening with the Sage of Baltimore” in 2007, “The Magic of American Humor” in 2008, “The Irreplaceable Mark Twain” in 2009, and “Thurber’s Theatre: An Evening with the Inscrutable Male,” in 2010. Foster’s presentation on Aug. 23 will include readings from the works of E.B. White, although Foster will not be appearing in the character of White.

Benefit concert

LINCOLNVILLE — The public is invited to “Over the Rainbow,” a concert of inspirational songs and stories of the 1930-40s to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the United Christian Church, located at 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173.

Historian Diane O’Brien will share stories of townspeople who greatly influenced the young people of Lincolnville during the Depression era. Along with teachers and youth leaders, one of the people being recognized is Nellie Wager, the first woman minister at the center church. Organist Dorothy Koski will accompany the singalong which will include “Over the Rainbow” as well as other popular and church songs from the era.

Koski is the principal organist at the John Street

United Methodist Church in Camden and a longtime Lincolnville resident. The singalong will be led by church music director Mary Schulien.

There is no admission fee for the concert but any donations received will benefit the church’s Good Neighbor Fund which provides financial assistance to anyone in the community with basic needs such as food and fuel. Funds are distributed by the Lincolnville Town Office.

The United Christian Church, UCC, was built in 1821 and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It has its original boxed pews, rippled glass windows, and lower and upper balconies. The church is handicapped-accessible with ample handicapped parking available. The Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet is the pastor. All are welcome to this concert and all church services and activities. For further information, call Pastor Stonestreet at 763-4526.

Weekly art walk

BELFAST — Be in downtown Belfast on Friday evening, Aug. 19, for the another of Belfast’s weekly Friday Art Walks. More than a dozen art galleries located within two square blocks keep their doors open for visitors, and this week, two art venues will be hosting receptions. Lauren Veale Jewelry Studio, Belfast’s newest art venue, invites visitors to discover a wide assortment of metal and gem art creations. Art Alliance Gallery, AAG, is a cooperative of six artists whose works include traditional painting, wood-turning, weaving, glass slump, and Japanese fish rubbing prints.

Entertaining passers-by will be music by Mike McFarland. Traveling between art venues, visitors will encounter sidewalk dance performance by Helene Malone and the antics of mime Scot Cannon.

The Belfast Art Walks begin at 5:30 p.m. and generally wind down around 8 p.m. or so. For more information on the Belfast Art Walk and participating galleries, visit www.belfastartwalk.com.

New music festival

HOPE — The first Hatchet Mountain Music Festival will take place 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House. The event will feature music by Rovin Mick O’Flynn, Big Ben McGinnis, The Old Blues Cats as well as other local talent. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

In addition to the music and food, there will be games for children, a raffle and silent auction featuring items from Cedarworks, Swans Island Blanket Co., Thomas Mosher Furniture, gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses, lobsters, massages and much more.

Tickets for the raffle are available at the Hope General Store, the Smiling Cow in Camden and the Hatchet Mountain Publick House. You do not need to be present to win. The beneficiary of the event will be Hope Elephants.

Suggested donation to attend the event is $10 per person or $25 per family made payable to Hope Elephants. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and cash or your checkbook to purchase raffle tickets, food, beverages and auction items. Absolutely no pets or coolers. For more information about this event, call 763-3894 or 763-4565. For more information about the nonprofit Hope Elephants, visit www.hopeelephants.com.

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