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Beacon arts news Oct. 13

Reading music class

ROCKPORT — A new collaboration has begun between Five Town CSD Adult Ed and Bay Chamber Concerts to promote Bay Chamber’s educational programs. The next offering will be a class in reading music taught by Mary Anne Driscoll. The course is offered to music lovers and performers who are rusty or unfamiliar with reading conventional notation. Students will learn how notes are translated into music. Each class includes lecture, written and workshop exercises, a question period and study guides for reading music in treble and bass clefs. All materials are provided for the class. The class runs six weeks from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, at Bay Chamber’s facility, Central Street in Rockport. Call Five Town CSD Adult Ed at 236-7800, option 5, or go to to register or for more information.

Celtic music

BUCKSPORT — The Sandy Point Community Club will present an evening of Celtic music by The Napper Tandies and local historic films by Northeast Historic Film 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Alamo Theatre on Main Street. A silent auction and Chinese auction will be conducted. The event will be catered by Creative Catering and The Good Kettle of Stockton Springs. Cost is $15 per person, $10 students and seniors 60 and older. Tickets are available at Perry’s Store and The Good Kettle in Stockton Springs, BookStacks in Bucksport and at the theater the night of the show. Proceeds benefit the Sandy Point Community Hall Building Fund. For more information, call 567-3204.

Poetry workshops

BELFAST — Poet and scholar Arielle Greenberg will offer eight-week poetry workshops starting this month. The fall session, Take Your Writing to the Next Level, will run 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 23 through Dec. 18, at Greenberg’s home in downtown Belfast. . No workshop will be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. For more information, call Greenberg at 930-8006 or email

Arts for Hunger

UNITY — The Greater Purpose band and Backyard Bluegrass Band have teamed up to give a performance to benefit local hunger relief efforts in Waldo County at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts.

The concert will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Arts for Hunger, a local effort to raise funding and awareness for those who are less fortunate through the sale of artwork, handcrafts and a benefit concert. Proceeds will benefit the local hunger-relief efforts of:

• Volunteer Regional Food Pantry which serves 11 towns in Waldo County.

• People for People, which ensures that needy families in Waldo County have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

• Open Door, which serves a free meal the last week of each month at the Unity Community Center.

The concert is free. Donations collected will be given to Arts for Hunger to benefit families throughout Waldo County. Bring nonperishable food items to the concert.

The concert is coordinated as a ministry outreach of the Quaker Hill Christian Church in Unity. For more information, call Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080 or email

Call for bands

THOMASTON — Trekkers is recruiting bands for its seventh annual Trekkapalooza concert scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The event will feature several Maine-based acts competing in a Battle of the Bands. Each band selected to perform will be eligible to win a cash prize and to be crowned best Bus Band of 2012.

The Trekkapalooza committee is seeking musical acts of all ages and style. For more information, contact the Trekkers office at 594-5095 or

National Novel Writing Month

UNION — National Novel Writing Month will begin at Vose Library in November when aspiring writers can try their hand at writing a novel. The international event has grown to include more than 200,000 participants who take part to write a 50,000-word novel of their own in 30 days. There are no judges or entry fees.

Vose Library will host local participants from last year’s “Nanowrimo” program, including a 13-year-old from Union, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the library. Hear about their experiences, the books written, and how more young writers can get involved.

The “Nanowrimo” program will continue with “write-ins” 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, during November, at the Vose Library, 392 Common Road. For more information call the library at 785-4733 or visit

Poetry contest winner

BELFAST — The seventh annual Belfast Poetry Festival has announced that Thomas Moore of Brooksville is the winner of the Maine Postmark Contest for his poem, “Chet Sawing.” Runners-up are Shelley Johnson of Appleton and Jean Frances Diemert of Tenants Harbor and Ayer, Mass.

Judge Emily Wilson said of Moore’s poem: “I like the strangeness of the portrait and the way the machinery becomes such an important, even dominant, part of the portrait. I appreciate the strong and active language and the sense of music, the ability of the poem to grow out of the accumulation of detail and sound.”

Moore will read at the opening of the festival at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Gammons Room of the Belfast Free Library. The evening’s program will feature Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair.

More than 90 poets from across the state, including summer people, submitted to this year’s contest. Other finalists include: Charles Brown, Owls Head; Karyn Lie-Nielsen, Waldoboro; Kristen Lindquist, Camden; Annie Porter, Great Spruce Head Island; Becca Shaw-Gaser, Camden; Lee Sharkey, Vienna; Paul Weiss, Bar Harbor; Anne Witty, Georgetown; Douglas Woodsum, Smithfield.

The festival will continue on Saturday, Oct. 15, with a Gallery Walk beginning at 1 p.m. in downtown Belfast at Aarhus Gallery and continuing to the Belfast Library and Waterfall Arts with a closing reception. For complete details, visit

Fundraising comedy show

CAMDEN — “Finding the Doorbell,” a one-woman show that is a hilarious series of taboo-breaking stories about the female body, discovering one’s own sexuality and other findings about life, will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Camden Opera House.

Cindy Pierce’s comedic performance will benefit Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool’s scholarship fund. This will be Pierce’s third performance at the Opera House and will include new material, as well as favorite stories from her original show.

“Finding the Doorbell” is a blunt look at what it means to be a woman, without the traditional bashing of what it means to be a man. Pierce has been described as a cross between Dr. Ruth and Lily Tomlin and gives a performance with the kind of humor that appeals to, and is appreciated by men and women alike.

Pierce, a former athlete, coach and school teacher, is a mother, wife and innkeeper. She co-wrote, with Edy Thys Morgan, the book “Finding the Doorbell.” She is a speaker for CAMPUSPEAK, which brings her humor and direct manner of speaking about human sexuality to college campuses across the country.

Advance tickets are $20, $30 with the post-show meet-greet at Zaddik’s; general admission tickets will be $25 at the door the night of the show. Advance tickets are available at Peopleplace in Camden, or 36-4225; and

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