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Weekly arts news, Sept. 29

Fall Fiesta

BANGOR — The University of Maine Museum of Art will hold its annual Fall Fiesta 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at 40 Harlow St.

Tickets include wine bar, beer tasting, festive hors d’oeuvres, music, art-making stations, lively activities in the museum galleries and more. Attire is autumn chic. Tickets are $30 each, with $15 a tax-deductible donation; or $50 a couple, with $30 a tax-deductible donation.

For ticket information, call 561-3350.

Celebrating river history

EDDINGTON — The Eddington Bicentennial Committee has scheduled “Celebrate Eddington’s River History” for noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Eddington Salmon Club at the junction of Routes 9 and 178.

This is an event with something for all ages, and activities are free. Join the Bicentennial Committee as it celebrates the Penobscot River and its influences on Eddington’s growth. There will be presentations and activities by Penobscot River Restoration, Penobscot River Keepers, Orland Fish Hatchery and Penobscot Fly Fishers.

Demonstrations of cross-cutting, ax work and two-person saws will be presented by the Woodsman Team, and timber handling and milling by John Weed. Learn apple pressing and sip fresh cider made from Eddington apples.

The Penobscot Nation from Indian Island will share the skills of basket weaving and bead working. Leonard’s Mills will show a film at 3 p.m.

The committee will have food and beverages available for purchase. Presentations will be held rain or shine under tents and inside the Salmon Club building. Discover a lovely spot by the Penobscot and enjoy this latest event in Eddington’s yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of incorporation.

For information updates, check http:// www.eddingtonmaine.gov.

Eddington Elementary School students will receive “passports” that will be stamped for each location they visit. Completed passports will be entered to win a prize. Organizers also will have extra passports at the event so that home-school elementary students can participate.

Legends show

BANGOR — The look, the style and the voices of three entertainment giants will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Andy DiMino as Dean Martin, Susan Griffiths as Marilyn Monroe and Joan Rose as Barbra Streisand bring the show business icons to life with their tribute to legends Dean, Marilyn and Barbra.

DiMino, regarded as the definitive Dean Martin impersonator, has spent 20 years performing from Las Vegas to London. Susan Griffiths has an uncanny resemblance to the late Marilyn Monroe, and when she ventures into the audience to serenade a lucky gentleman, Marilyn is in the house. Joan Rose is often stopped by strangers commenting on her likeness to Streisand. Fortunately for her audiences, Rose sings like the great lady, as well.

Jeri Misler, managing director of the Gracie Theatre, was introduced to the Legends show by local entertainer Steve Robbins, who has shared the stage with these performers while in Vegas.

Eager to bring the show to the East Coast, Robbins sees the Gracie as the perfect venue for this class act. Misler agrees.

“This show promises to be pure fun,” she said. “We are bringing Vegas to the Gracie, allowing audiences to relive a great musical memory or be introduced to legendary ‘stars’ up close and personal.”

“Each time I work with these great performers, they manage to create that magical moment that all entertainers strive for — to make an audience suspend reality and believe the impossible,” said Robbins.

For tickets, go to www.gracietheatre.com or call the box office at 941-7051.

Art in the Garden

BANGOR — An Art in the Garden event to benefit the Bangor Humane Society will be held 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Sprague’s Nursery.

Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 2 at Sprague’s Nursery or at the Winterport Winery. To reserve tickets by phone, call 942-1394.

Craftspeople from Maine will offer gift ideas for unique items that are handmade to last for generations — pottery, jewelry, photography, textiles, paintings, floral design, iron, hand-blown glass, fine garden art, leather and eclectic polished cement.

Wine and cuisine will be provided by Winterport Winery’s Pairings.

Fright volunteers

PROSPECT — The Friends of Fort Knox are seeking volunteer zombies, ghosts and ghouls for the Fright at the Fort. One of Maine’s largest Halloween events, Fright at the Fort will take place 5:30-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29. Visitors will be guided through the dark passageways of the 19th century granite fortification where “horrific scenes and spooks” await them.

Volunteers will help haunt the fort or lead guests through the twisted fright course. Groups of volunteers are encouraged, and there are areas available for assignment for groups to haunt together. An orientation session for fright volunteers will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Fort Knox Visitor and Education Center.

Interested volunteers may contact Leon Seymour, executive director of the Friends of Fort Knox, at 469-6553 or FOFK1@aol.com

October will be “Shocktober” at Fort Knox, as the Friends plan events each weekend. Visitors may join the East Ghost Trackers in ghost tours of the fort 7-10 p.m., hourly, Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8 and 15. The Ghost Trackers relate stories of ghost sightings at the fort and display equipment they use in paranormal investigations. Tour groups are limited to 20. Tickets at $10 each should be purchased in advance at 469-6553 or at the fort gift shop.

There will be a Civil War cannon firing demonstration, by the 6th Maine Battery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9.

Proceeds from Fright at the Fort help the Friends of Fort Knox with restoration efforts. The organization’s mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.

Overlock concert

BREWER — Dale Overlock will perform songs from his album “Meet Me Here,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Lighthouse Christian Cafe, 453 Wilson St.

For more information, contact Kortney Shepherd at 888-361-9473 or kortney@tatepublishing.com

Finer Things crafts show

SEARSPORT — Fine crafts by Maine artisans will be on sale in the Finer Things Invitational Craft Show and Sale Sept. 30-Oct. 23 at Penobscot Marine Museum; A preview and opening reception will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, with many of the artists in attendance. The reception and the show itself are free in the museum’s Admission Center at 40 East Main St.

No ordinary crafts fair, the event features the works of carefully selected Maine artisans who are masters in their respective crafts, including pottery, jewelry, furniture, quilts, flutes, basket making, book arts, spinning, weaving, felting and more.

Featured craftspeople include Laurie Adams, Deborah Bergman, Stephanie Crossman, Janelle Delicata, Sister Bette Edl, Asha Fenn, Faith Garrold, Ken Green, Jeff Jelenty, Karen Jelenty, Marcia Markwardt, Chris McLarty, Cathy Melio, Colleen O’Donnell, Maureen O’Keefe, Laura Lee Perkins, Willy Reddick, Betty Schopmeyer and Geoffrey Warner.

The museum and the craft show are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 548-2529 or visit http:// www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org.

Theater performance

BROOKS — The Friends of Marsh River Theater will perform “Wit,” a drama written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Margaret Edson, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Marsh River Theater.

Ticket sales will benefit the Oncology and Mammography Fund for Patient Assistance at Waldo County General Hospital and the Eastern Maine Medical Center Oncology Department.

“Wit” is about the last months of Dr. Vivian Bearing’s life. She is a professor of 17th century literature and John Donne scholar who is dying of ovarian cancer. She reflects back to when she agreed to be part of a clinical trial for a new drug regimen to fight ovarian cancer. Now she has become not just a patient, but a subject of research for the doctors who attend her.

Despite what some might view as mistreatment at the hands of her doctors, Vivian is sympathetic to the researchers. As a researcher herself, she sees the value in attacking “an intractable mental puzzle” and gaining further knowledge about cancer, even if she is the subject of study and suffers because of it.

Reflecting on her life, Vivian comes to realize that she spent most of her life preferring scholarship to humanity as does the smart, ambitious oncology research fellow, who took her Donne class at the university, and now treats her.

Gradually through the compassion of her oncology nurse, she realizes that she prefers kindness to intellect and that academic talent is a poor substitute for warmth and kindness.

As Vivian reaches the end stage in extreme pain, her elderly former college professor climbs into bed beside her, and instead of reading Donne’s poetry, she reads a simple child’s story that brings soothing comfort to Vivian.

Tickets at the door are $10, $8 senior citizens and under 13. For more information, call 722-4110.

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