‘Guys on Ice’

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company will present “Guys on Ice” Jan. 29 through Feb. 15 at the Bangor Opera House.. Dominick Varney will direct the heartwarming, manly musical starring Ben Layman, Matt Madore, and Scott Raymond Johnson.

Audiences will join two long-time pals in their home away from home, a ramshackle ice-fishing shanty, as they plot to appear on a popular cable TV fishing show; scramble to protect their beer from Ernie the Moocher; and pass the time swapping jokes, playing cards, talking about women — and occasionally breaking into song and dance.

Penobscot Theatre Company will offer a complimentary performance of “Guys on Ice” especially for those affected by the recent mill closure in Bucksport. The special performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Bangor Opera House and is available exclusively to former mill workers and their families. To reserve seats, eligible parties must email special@penobscottheatre.org and provide their names and the number of seats they wish to claim.

“We hope a night on the town will succeed in lifting spirits and lightening hearts,” said   said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport.

To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 942-3333 or go to www.penobscottheatre.org.

Winter writing workshop

HOLDEN — Explore your inner bear through poetry and short story writing exercises inspired by animal loving authors, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Fields Pond Audubon Center. Cheryl Daigle, writer, photographer, and conservationist, will lead the workshop. Writing and sharing will be interspersed with stretching of legs and imagination on a walk along the forest edge to wonder about the winter landscape and the wildlife hidden from view. Dress for the weather, warm refreshments will be provided.

The cost is $10 members, $15 others. Register at maineaudubon.org. For information, call 989-2591.

Art group

NEWBURGH — The Newburgh Recreation Department is organizing a group for artists in

Newburgh and surrounding towns to encourage them to get together one day a week to paint at the town hall. There is no cost. The group will take shape as people join.

To join or for information, contact Kate Giffin at geokate@uninets.net or 234-3883.