Midcoast Area Events

Thursday 15 March -

Thursday 22 March 2018

'Imagine all the people living life in peace'

• Maine Lobster Festival Taking Applications for Maine Sea Goddess, from high school graduates who are 21 or younger and Maine residents. Applications must be postmarked before March 31. FMI: mainelobsterfestival.com.



• Community Forum on School Safety at Belfast Area High School, 5:30-7 p.m. The RSU 71 school board has invited students, teachers, law enforcement, elected officials, mental health professionals and emergency responders to take part in the public forum that is open to everyone.

• Thursday Jams in Warren, St. George River Café, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome.

• “Solace – Singing for Healing and the End of Life,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. The public is invited to hear stories and music from the a cappella choir that offers songs of comfort and peace at the bedsides of the seriously ill and the dying.

• Reception for 14th Annual Student Art Exhibit, 6:30 p.m., Gibbs Library, Washington.  Parents and friends of student artists from Prescott Elementary School are invited to the show featuring works in which the kids imitated the style of artists like O’Keeffe, Kandinsky, Dali and Warhol. On display through May 2.

• Author of “Rails of War” at Camden Public Library, 7 p.m. Steven James Hantzis discusses his new book on supplying Americans and their allies in the China-Burma-India Theater, and his father’s experience in the 721st Railway Operating Battalion during World War II. The GIs faced danger, disease, fire and monsoons while laying 700 miles of railroad track.

• Historical Photographs of Appleton to Be Shown, 7:30 p.m., Third Thursday Talk at Appleton Library. The library and Appleton Historical Society show slides from the Hammond Collection. Everyone is welcome, especially Appletonians who might recognize the depicted locales.



• Noon Music in Lent Concert Series in Camden, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St. Celtic harpist Millie Crocker plays and a lunch of homemade soup and bread is served in the sun room afterward. All welcome. Donations go to Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.

• “Living in Trump’s America” at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, 2 p.m. The second conversation in the series from Commonwealth Club of California is between David Cay Johnston, author of “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America,” and Robert Rosenthal of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Free. FMI: lcct.org.

• Communi-Tea at Thomaston Public Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Treats and hot tea will be served, and library staffers will show off a trove of old photos and documents they uncovered, with hope that attendees will share some “remember when” stories. Donations of canned or boxed food, pet care or personal care items for the food pantry are welcome. 

• Vocalist Cindy Millar and By the Bay Trio at Rock City Cafe, Rockland, 7-9 p.m. Vocal and instrumental arrangements of jazz classics from Hollywood and Broadway, tunes from the Golden Age of American Song, and numerous Latin rhythm standards.



• Spring Clearance Book & Bake Sale at Rockland Public Library, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thousands of books including coffee table and kids’ books. $7 per bag. Pies, cakes and other baked goods on sale. Friends of RPL may shop at 8:30 a.m.; you can become a Friend at the door.

• Traditional Ukrainian Egg Making Class at Rockland’s Art Loft, 385 Main St., Suite 9, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Linda Leach & Sandy Clement teach the art of pysanky, in which eggs are decorated with wax and a stylus in a method similar to batik. $50. FMI: artloftrockland.org.

• Author Kelly Payson-Roopchard at Vose Library in Union, 1 p.m. “Birth, Death and a Tractor” is the story of a small farm in Somerville, Maine, from its settling in the early 1800s to its perilous transfer to a new farm family in 2008.

• Two Receptions at CMCA, 4-6 p.m., Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. For John Moore and KJ Shows. Moore’s “Resonance” features his realist paintings and drawings, most of them made in the past decade in his Belfast studio. Shows’ “Portrait of an Artist” pays tribute to other artists with oil paintings of their shoes • Benefit Dance with Big Brass Sound at Rockport Opera House, music by the 11-piece funk and soul band The Right Track with its full horn section. Katie Tranzillo gives a dance lesson for all ages at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tix benefit Ashwood Waldorf School and cost $25 in advance; $30 at the door. FMI: ashwoodwaldorf.org.

• Bakersfield Mist Onstage at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, this weekend and next at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Everyman Repertory Theatre performs the Stephen Sachs dramedy about what makes art and people authentic. Tix: Farnsworth Museum Store, Zoot Coffee in Camden, 236-0173, everymanrep.org.

• DJ Mosart 212 and Eastern Puma at FOG Bar & Cafe, Rockland, 8:30 p.m. The Portland DJ and Bill Giordana’s latest electroacoustic project, Eastern Puma, on the cafe’s new and improved stage. The night starts with poignant songs and morphs into danceable beats. $10. Use the Oak Street door.

• Stringchronicity Quartet Performs, 9-11 p.m., Drouthy Bear Pub, 50 Elm St., Camden, with Irish & Scots traditional tunes and original compositions in a traditional style. Call for reservations, 236-2327; space limited. 

• St. Patrick’s Day Dinners Starring Corned Beef and Cabbage, include:

 • The First Church in Belfast, UCC, 55 Spring Street, 5-7 p.m. With music by Celtic harpist Nancy Schroeder and a sing-along led by John Cameron. $10 per person; $25 per family.

 • St. Denis Knights of Columbus Hall in North Whitefield, Route 126, 5 p.m. Donations taken to continue the Knights’ charitable work.

 • People’s United Methodist Church in South Thomaston, 13 Chapel Street, 5:30 p.m. With yeast rolls on the side. $8 adults; $4 kids.



• “Play Like Chuck Berry!” at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast, 10 a.m. The guitar contest costs $1 to enter and $1 to watch. FMI: 338-1975.

• Fabric & Electrical Repair Cafe at Belfast Free Library, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Belfast Community Works hosts the free event aimed at helping the environment by keeping stuff out of the landfill while building community. Practical knowledge of darning, patching, zipper repair, stuffed animal first aid, and small appliance repair will be shared over a hot drink and cake. 

• Artist to Describe How She Brings Historical Waterfront Scenes to Life, 2 p.m., Camden Public Library. Maritime artist Loretta Krupinski shows examples of her work and describes her process in the Winter History Series cohosted by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society.

• “Monkey Business,” 2:30 p.m., Strand Theatre, Rockland. The film on the adventures of the creators of Curious George is shown by the Maine Jewish Film Festival. FMI: mjff.org.



• Free Adult Art Class at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Led by Catinka Knoth. All materials provided. This week: “The Circus Comes to Town” – acrobats and animals.

• Talk on Opposition by Rep. Michael Sylvester, 6 p.m., Watts Hall, Thomaston. The Humanist Coalition of Maine sponsors the talk on building and implementing opposition by Sylvester, a Democrat serving in his first term in the Maine House of Representatives for District 39, which includes Portland’s East End, Upper Bayside and many of the islands of Casco Bay. FMI: humanistcoalitionmaine@gmail.com.

• Regina Bonelli Band to Play in Rockland, in the 7 p.m. Monday Night Blues show at Time Out Pub. $10 cover.




• Talk on Chocolate from Bean to Bar, noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Kate McAleer, owner and founder of Bixby & Co., tells how the seed pod of the cacao tree of Central and South America is transformed into the familiar confection. $5.

• Met Opera Encore: Semiramide, at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, 1 p.m. Rossini’s opera, not seen at the Met in 25 years, conducted by Maurizio Benini and featuring Angela Meade in her Met debut.

• “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” 6:30 p.m., Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School. The documentary explores family struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. MSAD 28 and Five Town CSD host the free public screening.

• Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street, 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. All welcome. FMI: 273-2914.



• John Mehrmann and Friends in Music@Noon Concert, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. The composer and Bay Chamber Music School faculty member and musical friends perform original music. Tix include lunch and museum access. $30 adults; $10 under 25. FMI: farnsworthmuseum.org.

• Midcoast Conservancy Snack & Chat, 4-6 p.m., Washington General Store. Learn about local trails & outdoor ops, and share thoughts on possible future offerings. FMI: 389-5150, midcoastconservancy.org/explore/events.

• “Basics of Cheese Making,” 6-8 p.m., Deer Foot Farm, Appleton. Cheesemaker Arlene Brokaw demonstrates the basics of how to make simple cheeses at home. Students will leave with a sample of cheese. $35. Registration: deerfootfarmmarket.com or 785-3200.

• “Shooting from My Kayak,” 6:30 p.m., Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland. Amateur photographer Carla Skinder of St. George talks about her photography and kayaking passions and shows photos she has taken locally and abroad. Admission by donation.



• Film Series on Conservation Heroes Continues, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland. Films shown at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. This Thursday’s film, “America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling,” explores the life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, whose work often featured conservation themes.

• National Theatre’s Julius Caesar, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland & Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Live broadcast of the London production of the classic play about Caesar’s triumphant return to Rome and the conspiracy by the city’s educated elite to bring him down.

• Fundraiser at Eclipse Restaurant, Rockland. Ten percent of all sales made from 5-8 p.m. will go to Oceanside High School Class of 2018 Project Graduation.

• “Thank You for Playing,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday Film Series at Rockland Public Library. When programmer Ryan Green learns that his son has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a video game that evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz.

• Norwegian High Arctic Archipelago Expedition Trip Info Session, 6:30 p.m., Maine Coastal Islands NWRV Center, 9 Water St., Rockland. Slideshow, Q&A, re trips in fall of 2019. FMI: 594-0600, ext. 5. 


• Appleton Library: • Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for kids of all ages.

• Belfast Free Library: • Story Time Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., babies to age 2 and siblings. • Story Time Fridays, 10-11 a.m., ages 2-4 and siblings.

• Camden Library: • Story Hours, all at 10 a.m. Mondays: preschoolers. Wednesdays: babies to age 2 & siblings. Thursdays: ages 4-5. Fridays: ages 2-3. Saturdays: preschool to early elementary.

• Carver Library, Searsport: • Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

• Gibbs Library, Washington: • Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-ish, depending on when kids drop in. FMI: 845-2663.

• Liberty Library: • Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and odder kids welcome if not disruptive.

• Palermo Library: • Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. • Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Rockland Public Library: • Baby Storytime, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies to 2-year-olds. • Children’s Story Hour & Crafts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Rockport Library: • Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers. Make a craft to take home.

• Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: • Toddler Time, Tuesdays. • Book Babies, Wednesdays. • Ready to Read, Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.

• Thomaston Library: • Toddler Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. • Family Story Hour, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. • Early Bird Reading & Fun Time, Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

• Vose Library, Union: • Story Time, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Different activities for babies, toddlers and older kids.

• Waldoboro Library: • Storytime, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers.

• Warren Library: • Craft Club Story Time, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. • Lego Club, second and fourth Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

• Giggles and Doodles Kids’ Art Class, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Art Loft, Rockland. FMI: artloftrockland.org.

• Free Infant Playgroup, Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, 69 Union St., Camden. Newborns-22 months. FMI: 236-4225, peopleplacecoop.org.

• La Leche League of Greater Belfast, second Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 100 Court St., Belfast. Breast-feeding support group. Babies welcome. Free.

• Children’s Clothing Exchange, first Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Second Congregational Church, Warren. Free used clothing, newborn-size 14. Swaps encouraged. Donations welcome.



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Thanks to Margie at the Free Press for the Info!