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Posted Sept. 05, 2011, at 3:48 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 05, 2011, at 10:57 p.m.

Historic play about Hessians

CASTINE — “The Hessian Officer in America,” an entertaining play from 1783, will be performed at:

• Castine, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Delano Hall, Maine Maritime Academy. Admission is by donation, benefiting the restoration of Emerson Hall. Sponsors are Castine Historical Society and MMA.

• Orono, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Hauck Auditorium, Memorial Union, University of Maine. Tickets are $10, $5 students, and are at BookMarc’s in Bangor. They will be available at the door at Hauck Auditorium. Proceeds benefit Maine Forest & Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mills, Bradley.

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The play depicts a slice of history since Hessian troops were stationed at Fort George, now Castine, at the end of the Revolutionary War, 1782-1783. The units in Maine were from Braunschweig (Brunswick) and Ansbach-Bayreuth, Germany.

Written by Johann August Weppen more than 200 years ago, the play was published in Gottingen, Germany.

A young Hessian officer; a rich, intelligent young German-American woman and her handsome brother are the focus. A love story, a deception and a dangerous skirmish between opposing armies enter the mix. In the end, love conquers all. The play weaves a dream of equality and emotions of loyalty and love into a lighthearted look at the American Revolution.

The cast comprises area students, actors and actresses who will don period costumes. The play is supported by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

This will be the first time the play has been produced in English. Anette Ruppel Rodrigues was researching the Hessians in Maine at New York Public Library in 1996 when she ran across the play.

She contacted Bangor Public Library to see whether staff could help obtain a copy, which was found at the University of Pennsylvania Library, one of only nine libraries in the world that have the original play in German.

Rodrigues, a German translator and faculty member at the University of Maine, translated the play into English.

For more information, contact Anette Rodrigues 945-3562 or Anette.rodrigues@umit.maine.edu.

Medieval Tournament

PROSPECT — On Saturday, Sept. 10, Fort Knox State Historic site will transform into a medieval castle as re-enactors from around New England come to the 10th Medieval Tournament, featuring battling knights, a fashion show, fencing, music, not-so-distressed damsels and weaponry of the Middle Ages.

On the parade ground will be rapier duels and fencing melees, live music and dance, the Pas d’Armes Tournament of Knightly Combat, and a fashion show. Around the fort, there will be arts and science exhibits 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the casements, ballista firing and camping pavilions. Battery A will offer thrown-weapon and combat archery demonstrations.

Visitors may operate a minitrebuchet, or catapult, that propels missiles (apples) at a “castle parapet” and throw a battleax.

Visitors are encouraged to car pool as parking is limited. Pack a lunch, as there is no food available other than snacks in the gift shop. Admission is $3, $1 ages 5-11 to the fort. A donation of $3 per person is requested.

Afternoon of haiku

BANGOR — Bruce Ross, editor of “Scent of pine: a Maine Haiku Anthology,” will read selections at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

Although traditionally taught with a 5-7-5 syllabic pattern, haiku has been pared down to more natural phrasing. The anthology contains modern haiku that reflect this change. The poems focus a connection to nature, as seen in two of Ross’ haiku:

crows on a wire

also waiting for it

ocean sunset

stacked lobster traps

on the floating palettes

a light snow

Ross attends haiku conferences around the world and believes that Japan has nature that is “a lot like Maine.” A past president of the Haiku Society of America and current professor at Burlington College, he has published “How to Haiku: a Writer’s Guide to Haiku and Related Forms.” He contributes to the Audubon Society’s Fields Pond Journal’s Poetry Page.

Ross leads the Bangor Haiku Group, with 18 members meeting once a month at the library. Eighteen others submit their poems as adjunct members. Ross selected three to five haiku per member for the anthology, with members writing poems inspired by the nature of Maine.

“My father was born on Cape Breton Island,” Ross wrote, “so I have a predilection for the Atlantic wilderness, folksiness and lobster pots. Maine still maintains Thoreau’s saving grace of wild nature from which I receive my haiku moment.” Come and share these “haiku moments” with one of North American haiku masters. For more information, contact the library at 947-8336 or http:// www.bpl.lib.me.us

Bridges for Peace

BREWER — Terry Rockefeller will be the keynote speaker at “Building Bridges for Peace,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at First Congregational Church of Brewer, Church Street.

Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker and a member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on 9-11 to turn their grief into action for peace. Rockefeller’s sister, Laura, was working at a conference at the World Trade Center when it was attacked.

“I joined September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows … because it offered me the most meaningful way to honor Laura’s life and try to ensure that other families throughout the world do not experience the tragic and violent deaths of their innocent relatives,” Rockefeller said. “Peaceful Tomorrows as a group has tried to establish citizen-to-citizen connections and learn facts on the ground that, I think, really challenge the policies that our government has pursued.”

Rockefeller works with the Iraqi civil society organization LaOnf, which means “no violence” in Arabic. LaOnf is a network of human rights activists building a nonviolence movement to resist occupation, terrorism and corruption in Iraq.

After the keynote presentation, there will be creative, participatory, activity and information tables and a panel of area residents will discuss “What drives (inspires) you to work for peace?” The event will conclude with a community meal prepared with donations and help from CISV Maine.

“Building Bridges for Peace” is a free event open to all.

‘Pops on the Green’

BANGOR — Husson University and Bangor Savings Bank will present a free community concert, “Pops on the Green,” with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and guest Motor Booty Affair, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Winkin Stadium on the Husson campus. In case of bad weather, the concert will move inside the gym.

There will be food and soft drinks available. Those attending may bring a picnic basket. Along with sponsor tents, student organizations will sell items outside the venue.

For information, call 941-7129.

Pioneering quilters

GLENBURN — Glenburn quilt artist Elizabeth Busch is one of four Mainers to be featured in a reception and gallery talk, “Pioneers: Quilt Art,” 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main St., Topsham.

Also participating are Susan Carlson, Stephanie Green Levy and Mary Allen Chaisson. The exhibition is on view through Oct. 1.

Elizabeth Busch uses airbrushed paints and meticulous stitching to create ethereal, dramatic pieces that speak of earth, time and space. Busch has been involved with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine Arts Commission, interior design and architectural firms in Bangor, and numerous art organizations. She creates large-scale fabric quilts and kinetic sculpture installed in major destinations throughout the United States, and has given quilt art workshops throughout the world.

Maine Fiberarts is a statewide nonprofit arts organization. It is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. To learn more, visit http:// www.mainefiberarts.org or call 721-0678.

Penobscot Theatre opener

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, will open its season with “Last Gas,” a new play by Maine playwright and award-winning actor John Cariani, who also wrote “Almost, Maine.”

Penobscot Theatre will start its new opening night “Experience the Play” Series with this production on Friday, Sept. 9. Immediately after the play, audience members will be invited to a dance class led by choreographer William Newman to learn the “freestyle, country couples dance.”

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8, 14-15 and 21-22; 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 16-17 and 23-24; 3 p.m. Sept. 11, 18 and 25; and 5 p.m. Sept. 10, at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.

Tickets are $20-35 at 942-3333 or http:// www.penobscottheatre.org, or in person at the box office.

Forum on PTSD

BANGOR — A presentation of the Maine-made film “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” and a forum on post-traumatic stress disorder among Maine soldiers will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Husson University’s Gracie Theater.

The 15-minute film profiles Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Matthew Pennington of Pittsfield, who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lost his left leg below the knee and suffered serious injury to his right leg when an IED, improvised explosive device, detonated near his vehicle in Iraq in 2006.

“Too many returning soldiers are struggling with PTSD,” said Pennington. “I hope my story will start many discussions and lead those who need help to get it.”

Pennington will attend the screening and take part in the discussion about PTSD and its toll on soldiers. Also attending will be Maine’s adjutant general, Gen. John W. Libby; and Army Maj. Darryl Lyon, who represents the Maine Infantry Foundation. The foundation is steward for a charity to help soldiers, widows and orphans affected by conflicts.

Admission is free, but donations to the Maine Infantry Foundation will be appreciated.

‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ auditions

EDDINGTON — Ten Bucks Theatre Company will hold auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center, Comins Hall, 1387 Main Road, Route 9.

Those auditioning will read from the script. Monologues are welcome, but not necessary. The stage adaptation is by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey. Julie Arnold Lisnet will direct the production.

The cast has 13 men and four women. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13, at the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center.

For information, call 884-1030.

‘Without Borders’ art

ORONO — The University of Maine’s Intermedia Master of Fine Arts exhibit, “Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground,” is open through Friday, Sept. 16, in Lord Hall Gallery.

The exhibit is free 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. A closing reception is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

This year’s Without Borders features thesis work of the first graduating class from the Intermedia Master of Fine Arts program: John Bell, Richard Corey, Ryan Guerrero, Bethany Engstrom, Matthew Leavitt and Justin Taylor. The exhibition includes installation, variable media, sound art and community-based graffiti.

More information is available at www.withoutbordersfest.org/.

Author McCullough

SEARSPORT — Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough will sign his newest book, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St. The event is free and open to all.

McCullough is an American historian, a consummate storyteller who has been the voice of American history for four decades. His work includes the acclaimed biographies “John Adams” and “Truman,” Pulitzer Prize winners in 2002 and 1992 respectively; “1776,” a landmark history which had an initial print run of more than 1 million copies in 2005; “Brave Companions,” “Mornings on Horseback,” “The Path Between the Seas,” “The Great Bridge” and “The Johnstown Flood.”

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