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Live from the MET: Rusalka (Dvorak)

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/the-met-rusalka-dvorak/

The “Live in HD” high-definition simulcast series of productions and hi-def encores from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues its 2016 – 2017 season at The Grand on Saturday February 25th at 1 pm with a presentation of Antonín Dvořák’s definitive example of late Romanticism Rusalka. Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts. The estimated run time is 4 hours and 5 minutes with two intermissions. Tickets are Reserved Seating for this hi def simulcast and the prices are as follows- $27 for Adults, $25 for Grand Members and $20 for Students (15 & under). For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook.

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CineGrand Film: The Girl on the Train

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/cinegrand-the-girl-on-the-train/2017-02-21/

The Grand’s Weekly CineGrand series– a series of the best of the recent films, from both the Hollywood studios and independents, all playing at Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons at The Grand in Ellsworth- continues its new Winter season on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30 pm and a special closed-caption screening on Wednesday February 22nd at 3:30 pm with thriller based on the international best-selling novel, “The Girl on the Train”. The film tells the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt, in an electrifying performance), devastated by her recent divorce, spending her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day… until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. With Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon and Justin Theroux. (2016. USA. 1 hr, 52 min. Directed by Tate Taylor. R.) Tickets for this General Admission presentation are $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors/Students and $6 for both Grand Members and Matinee Admissions. For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.

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Vacation Matinee: The Jungle Book

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/vacation-matinee-the-jungle-book/2017-02-20/

On February 20th through the 24th at 1 pm daily, The Grand continues it’s 2016-2017 season of matinees for families during school vacation weeks (sponsored by The City of Ellsworth & Morton’s Moo) with the Dreamworks Animation hit “The Jungle Book”. In this reimagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau uses visually stunning CGI to create the community of animals surrounding Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves. The appearance of a villainous tiger named Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) forces Mowgli’s guardian, the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), to shepherd the child to safety in the “man village.” Along the way, the boy meets an affable, lazy bear named Baloo (Bill Murray), as well as a snake with hypnotic powers (Scarlett Johansson) and an orangutan (Christopher Walken) who wants to harness the power of fire. Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito, and Garry Shandling also lend their voices to this adventure tale. (2016. US 1hr, 51min. Directed by Jon Favreau. PG.) Tickets for this General Admission matinee presentation are $1. For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.

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NT Live: Saint Joan

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/ntstjoan/

On Thursday, February 16th at 2:00 pm, The Grand screens a live, high-definition simulcast of The National Theatre of London’s production starring Gemma Arterton in the title role of “Saint Joan,” broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (“Coriolanus,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”) directs Arterton (“Gemma Bovery,” “Nell Gwynn,” “Made in Dagenham”) in this electrifying production. Tickets for this General Admission presentation are $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, $15 for Grand Members, $13 for Students and $10 for Youth (12&under). For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook.

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CineGrand Film: Love & Friendship

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/cinegrand-love-friendship/2017-02-14/

The Grand’s Weekly CineGrand series– a series of the best of the recent films, from both the Hollywood studios and independents, all playing at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and 2:00 pm on Wednesdays at The Grand in Ellsworth- begins a new Winter season on Tuesday, February 14th and Wednesday February 15th celebrating Valentine’s Day with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romantic story of wit and wisdom. Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark). In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel), the rich and silly Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O’Mearainn), complicating matters severely. (2016. UK 1hr, 34min. Directed by Whit Stillman. PG.) With Chloe Sevingy, Stephen Fry and Jemma Redgrave. Tickets for this General Admission presentation are $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors/Students and $6 for both Grand Members and Matinee Admissions. For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.

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Projector Premiere: Up

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/projector-premiere-up/

The Grand Theater in Ellsworth will host a “Projector Premiere” on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm, and show the the 2010 Oscar™ winner for Best Animated Feature, Pixar’s “Up”- in 3D! Celebrating the success of a $165,000.00 fundraising campaign to purchase a brand-new digital projector, sound system and screen for the historic theater, the film tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn’t alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Later, as the house touches down on the world’s second largest continent, Carl and his unlikely traveling companion step outside to discover that not only is their new front lawn considerably larger, but that the predators therein are much more ferocious than anything they ever faced back home. (2009. US 1hr, 29min. Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Petersen. PG.) With the voice talents of Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer, “Up” is one of the great animated classics of the 21st Century and truly a great way to celebrate a new era in projection from The Grand. This event is open to the public and admission is free with donations accepted. Doors open at 7 for the 7:30 showing. For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.

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Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine present: Pirates of Penzance

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/gs-pirates-of-penzance/2017-02-10/

The Grand is excited to bring back the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine (now in their 41st year), live on the Stanley Subaru Stage and their production of the classic G&S opera “The Pirates of Penzance” running two consecutive weekends beginning Friday February 10th through Sunday, February 19th, with showtimes at 7 pm on Fridays and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Directed by Leslie Michaud, one of the most famous G&S stories concerns Frederic who as a child is apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master’s instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name. Tickets are Reserved Seating for this production and are as follows- $21 for Adults and $19 for Seniors & Students (15 & under). For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.

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2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-9500; grandonline.org/event/2017-banff-mountain-film-festival-culture/

On Friday February 3rd through Sunday, February 5th come see the “2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival,” presented by Cadillac Mountain Sports, at The Grand in Ellsworth. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings Banff to audiences around the globe. Immediately after the Festival ends in November, a selection of the best films go on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. Split into three nights, the festival beginning with the “Culture” collection on Friday February 3rd at 7 pm, followed by the “Extreme Sports” section on Saturday, February 4th at 7 pm, with the concluding “Best of Festival” program on Sunday February 5th at 2 pm. Tickets for this General Admission presentation are $15. For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook.

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Shipbuilding and Migration

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School Street, Castine, Maine

For more information: (207) 326-4375; witherle.lib.me.us

The Witherle Memorial Library is hosting Cipperly Good, curator at the Penobscot Marine Museum, on Wednesday, February 8th at 10:00 AM in the adult reading room. The talk focuses on the papers of Captain Thomas Pillsbury, master of the Rockland ship FOREST EAGLE, who in 1861 sailed from Macao to Cuba with “emigrants” from China. Although in theory these Chinese men were employees entering into a seven year indenture, their voyage and the working conditions mirrored those of the African slaves they were meant to replace on the Cuban sugar plantations. Using the Pillsbury Papers, Ms. Good will make the horrific middle passage come alive, discussing an attempted mutiny, opium addicts going cold turkey, and death by dropsy.

This presentation is hosted by the Witherle Memorial Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th Annual Camden Conference -Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, February 17-19, 2017. The 30th Anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

For more information, contact the Witherle Memorial Library at refdesk@witherle.lib.me.us or 207-326-4375.

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Crafty Sharing Sessions

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School Street, Castine, Maine

For more information: (207) 326-4375; witherle.lib.me.us

Join us this winter, from 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as we escape our cold, lonely homes and join for activities and friendship in the Witherle Memorial Library book sale room. Tables and chairs will be set up with puzzles, yarn, coloring materials, and other craft supplies. Hot water for tea/coffee will also be available. Come and share your current craft, or just come to look for a new book to read – the books in the book sale room will be available to read or purchase. The library is an ADA level access facility.

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Local student named to Dean’s List at the University of New England

Garrett McElrath Named to Dean’s List at University of New England

BIDDEFORD AND PORTLAND, MAINE | TANGIER, MOROCCO (January 20, 2017) – Garrett McElrath of Hampden, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester at the University of New England. Dean’s List students have attained a grade point average of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0 at the end of the semester.

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical and dental schools-part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions.

UNE. Innovation for a healthier planet. Visit http://www.une.edu

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Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: Victorian Passions

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland, Maine

For more information: 207-780-5151; usm.maine.edu/music/valentines-day-lantz-and-kargul-victorian-passions

Violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul will present another of their popular Valentine’s Day concerts at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m.

The program, “Victorian Passions,” will feature two of the era’s most beloved works for violin and piano, the Sonata No. 1 in G Major by Johannes Brahms, and César Franck’s Sonata in A Major. The duo will open the concert with the rarely performed Romance No. 3 for Violin and Piano by Clara Schumann.

“The Victorian period was extremely straitlaced,” says Kargul. “One of the few accepted ways of expressing heightened, passionate emotions publicly was through the arts. Music, as the most abstract art form, was the ideal vehicle. Composers were able to say, through music, what polite society would not allow to be said.”

“Clara Schumann was a pioneer among Victorian women, able to break free of many of the constraints of her time,” adds Lantz. “She was trained from an early age to become a concert pianist, traditionally a ‘man’s career.’ She enjoyed spectacular success and became the primary breadwinner for her large family. And although her great love was Robert Schumann, she also maintained a close lifelong relationship with Brahms, one they took pains to conceal from the prying eyes of Victorian society.”

“She was an unrelenting romantic and what she could not say openly in words, she expressed fully in her music,” says Kargul. “In her third Romance, where the violin soars over waves of sweeping arpeggios in the piano, words would only get in the way.”

“The sonatas of Brahms and Franck portray different types of passion,” says Lantz. “Brahms’ first sonata is a rhapsodic outpouring of love for Clara Schumann, as well as a nostalgic expression of grief over her dying son, a gifted poet and violinist who was also his godchild. Brahms wrote this work for both of them during the time Clara was caring for Felix. The exquisite poetry and tenderness of this work is poignantly, heartbreakingly beautiful. It’s a rare testament to both romantic and familial love.”

“The Franck Sonata, on the other hand, more openly expresses pure passion,” says Kargul. “Franck presented it as a wedding gift to his friend, the great violinist and composer, Eugène Ysaÿe, a gesture that places the work in the most romantic of settings. Its voluptuous melodies, stormy drama, and tragic, mystical passages lend it the aura of epic storytelling. A perfect piece for Valentine’s Day.”

Lantz and Kargul formed their duo after performing together for the first time at a Portland String Quartet concert at Woodfords Church in 2010. Over the years they have appeared in venues near and far, from Maine to Jamaica, Florida to Arizona. They sprinkle their concerts liberally with informative and humorous commentary, enjoying an unusual connection not only with each other but also with their audience.

Ronald Lantz has taught and concertized in over 30 countries as a founding member of the Portland String Quartet. He has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras both as soloist and as principal player, and has served on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire, Bates College, the University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College, and Colby College, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Mr. Lantz performs on a violin made in Paris in the 1850’s by the renowned instrument and bow maker, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Laura Kargul is the Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout Europe and the USA, as well as in Canada and the West Indies, in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Liszt-Haus in Weimar, the Aspen Music Festival, the Evian Festival of Chamber Music and the Chamber Music Festival of Lucca in Italy. She holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with pianists Leon Fleisher and Theodore Lettvin and conductor Gustav Meier.

Tickets are available online from USM at http://usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice or by phone at (207)780-5555, or by phone from the LARK Society at (207) 761-1522. Tickets are $22 general public; $20 seniors; free for students and/or 21 and under. Subsidized tickets are available from the LARK Society. The concert will be held at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland.

Sponsored by Dr. Newell and Tenney Augur and Piper Shores

Co-presented by the LARK Society and the University of Southern Maine School of Music.

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Women-Led Business Group Welcomes New Members, Provides Support for Growth

Owing to a successful first year, the Maine Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory group for million-dollar-plus companies owned and led by women, is looking to expand. A reception for prospective members will be held on January 24 at 5:30 pm at Verrill Dana, One Portland Square, 9th Floor, in Portland.

Maine ranks as the top U.S. state in terms of the revenue growth of women-owned firms over the past nine years. As the number of women-owned companies in Maine continues to grow, increasing 14% from 2007 to 2016, the WPO’s Maine Chapter has become an increasingly important resource for women business owners.

“Women-owned and women-led businesses represent a growing sector of Maine’s economy, complementing the local business community’s continued focus on entrepreneurial activity,” said Juliet Browne, chair of WPO’s Maine Chapter and an attorney at Verrill Dana. “Following a successful first year, we hope to encourage other female business leaders in Maine to join us in supporting each other and driving our businesses to the next level.”

“Portland is a key economic partner for businesses in the U.S. and throughout the world. Women-led companies make up an increasing share of significant economic growth,” said Dr. Marsha Firestone, WPO President and Founder. We are confident that this expanded chapter in Portland will provide key resources to a dynamic group of women business leaders.

Over the past year, members of the group have met monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. “I have found that the professional networking, as well as the personal friendships we have formed, have been invaluable for my public relations business,” stated Nancy Marshall, CEO of Nancy Marshall Communications. “Each month, we have shared our challenges, set goals, and helped each other grow our businesses in a safe and confidential setting among non-competing business owners.”

WPO membership requires annual revenue of at least $2 million ($1 million for service-based companies) and an ownership interest in the company. Those who meet the membership criteria and interested in joining the WPO Maine Chapter are invited to attend the upcoming reception. For more information about the Maine Chapter contact Juliet Browne at jbrowne@verrilldana.com or call (207) 774-4000. For general information about WPO membership benefits please contact Tomi Jane DeTorres, Membership and Chair Coordinator, tomijane@womenpresidentsorg.com or call (212) 688-4114.

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Time magazine and ALLY Financial honor Bangor dealer John J. Quirk

NEW YORK — The nomination of John J. Quirk, president and CEO of Quirk Subaru of Bangor in Bangor, Maine, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced in October by TIME.

Quirk is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 27. The announcement of this year’s nominees was made by Meredith Long, senior vice president and general manager of news and luxury at TIME, and Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial.

“We are excited about the extraordinary group of nominees that are in the running for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award,” said Russi. “These dealers have been recognized for the ways that they ‘do it right’ in their communities, and we look forward to sharing their stories over the next few months and celebrating their accomplishments at the NADA convention in January.”

In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of TIME Dealer of the Year nominees.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Quirk, 63, was chosen to represent the Maine Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 49 auto dealers from 16,000 nationwide – nominated for the 48th annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.

“In the 43 years that our company has been in business, the most rewarding part has been developing relationships with our employees,” nominee Quirk said. “It has been a privilege to work side-by-side with the best group of people in the industry. What’s even more rewarding is that I have experienced life’s ups and downs right along with them.”

A 1971 graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Quirk enlisted in the Air National Guard after high school, where he served at United States Air Force bases in San Antonio, Texas, and Biloxi, Mississippi. He later earned a B.A. in business administration from the University of Maine in Orono in 1977.

His automotive career began at Darling’s Auto in Bangor, where he worked during high school and college. “I started cleaning restrooms, detailing vehicles and stocking parts – and was a courtesy driver, swap driver and lot boy,” Quirk said. “I also worked as a salesperson while putting myself through college, taking night classes and completing my military training.”

In 1973, his father opened a Subaru dealership in Bangor and Quirk was given the opportunity to work in sales and invest in the business. “By the late 1970s and beyond, we became Subaru of New England’s number one sales dealership,” he said. “And because we were committed to taking care of our employees and customers, we’ve achieved great business accomplishments.”

Today, the Quirk Auto Group encompasses 12 new-car dealership locations in Maine, servicing Bangor, Augusta, Belfast and Portland, as well as other auto-related enterprises. He and his four brothers are all partners in the company, and his three children also work for the business.

Quirk is committed to giving back to the communities that his dealerships serve. When the city of Portland was going to cut its Independence Day fireworks due to budget constraints in 2010, Quirk jumped into action. “We joined three local businesses to organize and fundraise for the free event, which was a 100-year-old tradition,” he said. The annual Stars and Stripes Spectacular presented by July 4th Portland continues to thrive, attracting more than 50,000 spectators with its impressive pyrotechnics display and Patriotic Pops concert by the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

For his efforts on behalf of Portland, Quirk received the Henri A. Benoit Award for Leadership in the Private Sector in 2013 from the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Quirk is also proud of his association with Wreaths Across America, a group that is dedicated to honoring veterans. Each December, the organization galvanizes people from across the country to take part in wreath-laying ceremonies at the graves of fallen soldiers. In addition, Quirk Auto Group, along with Wreaths Across America, sponsored a concert with the Charlie Daniels Band this past summer in Columbia Falls, Maine, where they covered the ticket costs for veterans and active military so they could enjoy the show at no charge.

Quirk was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Thomas T. Brown Jr., president of the Maine Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Rebecca, have three children and five grandchildren.

 

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Chinese New Year Craft at The Coastal Children’s Museum

ROCKLAND, Maine — Artist Marianne Swittlinger to lead a craft to celebrate Chinese New Year at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Coastal Children’t Museum, 75 Mechanic St.

Since 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, kids of all ages are invited to paint pictures of roosters using the technique of fork painting using a plastic fork.

This event is included in the price of admission and free for museum members. For information, email the museum at programs@coastalchildrensmuseum.org, call 596-0300 or message on Facebook. The Coastal Children’s Museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For information on upcoming events and memberships available, visit www.coastalchildrensmuseum.org.

 

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NT Live: Hedda Gabler

Friday, April 28, 2017 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Ave, Orono, Maine

For more information: 2075811755; collinscenterforthearts.com

“I’ve no talent for life.”

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

What is NT Live? National Theatre Live transmits the best of British theatre live from London to screens around the world. The broadcasts are filmed in front of a live audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the theatre to ensure cinema audiences get the best-seat-in-the-house view. Productions are transmitted via satellite to the Collin Center, then projected onto a high definition screen — one of the largest in the state.

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Waiting for Godot

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Orono High School, 14 Goodridge Drive, Orono, Maine

For more information: 207-866-4103; facebook.com/stillwaterstage/

Stillwater Stage presents Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, January 26, 27 & 28 at 7pm and January 29 at 2pm at Orono High School. Directed and designed by Sandy Cyrus, the cast features Christopher Luthin as Estragon, Jim Bulteel as Vladimir, and also features Tellis Coolong, Tyler Costigan, Owen Beane and Kyle McClellan. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students with I.D. Proceeds benefit the Orono High School Auditorium Fund. Tickets at the door or in advance at stillwaterstage.brownpapertickets.com

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NT Live: Saint Joan

Friday, April 21, 2017 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Ave, Orono, Maine

For more information: 2075811755; collinscenterforthearts.com

Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.

What is NT Live? National Theatre Live transmits the best of British theatre live from London to screens around the world. The broadcasts are filmed in front of a live audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the theatre to ensure cinema audiences get the best-seat-in-the-house view. Productions are transmitted via satellite to the Collin Center, then projected onto a high definition screen — one of the largest in the state.

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NT Live: Amadeus

Friday, March 24, 2017 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Ave, Orono, Maine

For more information: 2075811755; collinscenterforthearts.com

Music. Power. Jealousy.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

What is NT Live? National Theatre Live transmits the best of British theatre live from London to screens around the world. The broadcasts are filmed in front of a live audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the theatre to ensure cinema audiences get the best-seat-in-the-house view. Productions are transmitted via satellite to the Collin Center, then projected onto a high definition screen — one of the largest in the state.

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