Midcoast Area Events

Thursday 19 July -

Thursday 26 July 2018

'Imagine all the people living life in peace'


• Bicycle Safety Rodeo - Full Safety Road Course! FREE Helmet for every rider! Up to age 18. Refreshments served. Bring your bike 9-12 on 21 July at the Rockland Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin Street, Rockland.

• Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre Making 4-Day Stopover in Rockland, July 22-25. The 115-foot Viking longship will sail to Rockland’s Public Landing on Sunday at 4 p.m. Half-hour ship tours will be offered over the following three days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $12 ages 16+; $6 ages 5-15; free under 5; $30 for families with up to three kids. Tix are on sale at drakenhh.com and at the onshore “Draken Village,” which will offer free admission and a chance to learn about Draken’s adventures, including her 2016 transatlantic crossing.



• Wolfe Bowart to Get Physical in Rockport, at 5 p.m. in the former CMCA building at 162 Russell Ave. The physical comedian, actor and playwright performs excerpts from his new show, “Cloud Soup.” Suggested $15 donation at the door for Watershed School.

• Author of  “One Goal” at Rockport Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Amy Bass discusses her book, subtitled “A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together.” It chronicles the changes that took place when Lewiston began taking in Somali refugees, and the high school soccer team that helped the town adapt.

• Author Elizabeth Garber at Camden Public Library, 7 p.m. Her book, “Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter,” focuses on a family caught between modern architecture and social upheaval in the turbulent ’60s.

• The Music Man at Crosby Center in Belfast, Belfast Maskers perform the musical Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. They put it on next week on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 26, 27 & 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. Tix are $15 adults; $10 under 13: belfastmaskers.com, 619-3256.

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


• Friday Farm Tours at Aldermere Farm in Rockport, on Russell Avenue, 10 a.m. Fridays through August (except August 3). Learn Aldermere’s 200-year history, walk its trails, meet the Belted Galloway cows and visit the gift shop. FMI: aldermere.org, 236-2739.

• Open House at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wide variety of demos and activities have been prepared and visitors of all ages can meet robotic research aides and tiny sealife, and learn about the lab’s research around the world. Free.

• “High Water, Extreme Floods and Coastal Systems,” 10:30 a.m., Science Seminar Series at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center, Walpole. Expert Jon Woodruff talks about the impacts of last winter’s storms, which broke records for coastal flooding. Free; all welcome.

• The Apprenticeshop Launches Mishi Mikinaak, at the boatbuilding school’s ramp at 655 Main St. in Rockland. Everyone is invited for food and drink at 5 p.m. and the launch of the 26-foot gaff-rigged ketch at 6 p.m.

• Maine Celtic Celebration Weekend on Belfast Waterfront, Friday-Sunday, Belfast Common and Steamboat Landing. Continuous music, music workshops, Celtic dog show, 5K, Highland Heavy Games, New World Cheese Roll, food & craft vendors, and fireworks. See the full schedule at mainecelticcelebration.com.

• The Tempest Under the Stars in Belfast, Cold Comfort Theater performs a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romance/comedy on two weekends, July 20, 21 & 22 and July 27, 28 & 29, with all shows at 7 p.m. under the stars in Wales Park at Lincolnville Avenue and Main Street. FMI: 930-7244.

• Sea Songs and Chanteys at Sail, Power & Steam Museum, Rockland, 7:30 p.m. Geoff Kaufman of Connecticut performs old and new maritime folksongs in the Rockland Folk Arts concert. $15 admission; $12 museum members.

• Vicky Andres & Life Itself and 61 Ghosts, 7:30 p.m., first in Camden Opera House’s new MaineMadeMusic Series. Andres & Life Itself deliver edgy tunes fitting somewhere between alt, rock and funk. 61 Ghosts play alt blues. $14.

• Candlelit Baroque Concert at Union Hall, Rockport, 8:30 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts performers from its Thursday night concert in Rockport Opera House move to the more intimate Union Hall for a concert featuring Bach’s D Minor harpsichord concerto. $45 adults; $10 under 25: baychamberconcerts.org.


• Workshop with Award-Winning Poet Colin Cheney, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. He leads “Re(En)Vision Strategies” to examine ways to revise poetry. Cheney is the author of “Here Be Monsters.” Registration: mainewriters.org.

• Chinese Traditional Painting Workshop at Art Loft in Rockland, 1-3:30 p.m. Nanfei Wang leads the workshop in which participants will use traditional methods to paint summer peonies and irises. $35: artloftrockland.org, 200-7915.

• Tour of Frances Perkins Homestead, Damariscotta. See her family’s 1837 brick house on 57 acres and learn how the place shaped her New Deal legacy during her years as FDR’s Secretary of Labor. The 9 a.m. tour lasts three hours and includes a walk to Damariscotta River. The 1:30 p.m. tour is two hours and includes only the homestead. Tour leaders will include an archeologist who has conducted surveys there and Perkins’ grandson, Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall. $22 tix: francesperkinscenter.org, 563-3374. 

• Book Signing with Author of “The Lighthouse and Me,” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, Rockland. Jeff Burke lived at the Isle au Haut Lighthouse Station for 26 years, renting rooms to travelers.

• Swashbuckler Dixie Bull to Wreak Havoc in New Harbor, at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. Living history maven Jim Nelson will portray the pirate who attacked Pemaquid in 1632. Learn more at friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

• “Synesthesia – Vividly Felt Sensory Couplings,” 3 p.m. Old Professor’s Bookshop July Shop Talk at Belfast Free Library. Dr. Richard Cytowic, author of five books on neuroscience, describes the world of synesthesia experienced by 4 percent of humans, who “taste” shapes, “hear” colors and “feel” sounds. Free.

• 2-Day Truck & Tractor Show at Owls Head Transportation Museum, from the groundbreakers that grew America’s farm industry to the big rigs that created the long haul, the weekend is all about massive machines on a mission. Admission is $18; free for members and those 18 and younger.

• 54th Annual Antique Auto Days at Boothbay Railway Village, Saturday and Sunday. Vintage and classic autos, hot rods and muscle cars will be parked on the Village Green. The 5th annual Rails, Tails & Ales: Midcoast Craft Brew Festival will run concurrently on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The tasting ticket includes access to the car show and a steam train ride. For info on both, go to railwayvillage.org.

• Kat Logan at Saint George River Cafe, Warren village, 6-8 p.m. She sings folk and plays guitar, accordion and piano. Logan has recorded with Gordon Bok. Pass-the-hat donations taken. To reserve a table: 509-2925.

• Will Brown at Rock City Cafe, Rockland, 7-9 p.m.


• Open Farm Day at Brae Maple Farm in Union, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy the historic 1787 farmstead with views of Union’s hills and ponds, live music by Playin’ Possum, and homemade snacks from the garden. With wool spinning, wood turning, rug hooking and twig fence demos, kids’ activities, and a chance to learn new gardening methods and pest and disease management strategies with an “Ask a Master Gardener” volunteer. Brae Maple is one of nearly 100 Maine farms that will be open to the public for Maine’s 29th Annual Open Farm Day, For a guide to participating farms across the state, visit getrealmaine.com.

• Barbecue & Blues at Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, 5 p.m. Dinner, auction and lively blues by Matt and the Barnburners star at this year’s kermess (Dutch for “outdoor fundraising festival”) to benefit Lincoln County Historical Association. $50 tix: lincolncountyhistory.org.

• Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St., 1:30 p.m. All welcome.


• “Tall Tales, Fish Tales & Damn Lies,” 6:30 p.m., Stonington Opera House. The evening to benefit Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will feature storytellers Bob Quinn and Dennis Damon and musicians Hank Whitsett, Frank Gotwalls, Church of the Morning After, and Paul Anderson & The Itinerate Visitors. $15 advance tix: eventbrite.com. $20 door.

• “John Davidson, Belfast Founding Father,” 7 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Searsport Town Historian Charlene Knox Farris gives the talk on one of Belfast’s earliest settlers. Davidson was 19 when he and his young family moved to the wilds of Maine from New Hampshire in 1770. A copy of his journal forms the basis of Farris’s talk.

• “Not Just a Man’s World: Women Pirates of the 18th Century,” 7:30 p.m., 2018 Monday Night Lecture Series, Contented Sole Restaurant, New Harbor. Historian James Nelson tells the story of real-life pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read in the second talk of the series hosted by Friends of Colonial Pemaquid. $5; free for Friends.


• “Incredible, Edible Kelp: Harvesting the Potential of Seaweed Aquaculture,” 5 p.m., Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay. Dr. Nichole Price gives the third of six free and public Café Sci talks, and explains how members of the shellfish industry could grow sea greens to reap the benefits of product diversification while improving growing conditions for shellfish.

• 5th Annual Antique Car Show & Elvis Extravaganza, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Chase Point, 51 Schooner St., Damariscotta. See an array of antique autos and a performance by Elvis tribute artist Don Boudreau on the Miles campus of LincolnHealth. Free. 

• “The Challenge of Building a National Museum,” 5:30 p.m., Strand Theatre, Rockland. Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites the public to its 2018 Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum, in a striking contemporary building on the National Mall, had 2.1 million visitors in its first year. A reception at nearby CMCA will follow the lecture. Tix are $20; $25 CMCA members: cmcanow.org, 701-5005.

• Former NBC War Correspondent to Discuss His Fiction, 5:30 p.m., Ocean View Grange, Martinsville. Robin Lloyd talks about his latest work of fiction, “Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana,” in Jackson Memorial Library’s Summer Literary Series. He was a foreign correspondent and White House reporter. 

• Presentation on Maine Woods National Park, 6 p.m., Camden Public Library. Tom and Lee Ann Szelog present a slideshow and information about what makes the park beautiful and unique.

• Summer Talk Series on Sea-Run Fish Continues with Alewives, 6:30 p.m., Sheepscot General Store. Dr. Karen Wilson and Dr. Theo Willis describe the lives of Maine’s alewives, from their numbers and distribution to their interactions with other species in the Gulf of Maine. Midcoast Conservancy and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust host the series.

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


• “Island Politics,” 10:30 a.m., Summer Lecture Series in Island Institute’s 4th-floor conference room, 386 Main St., Rockland. Third in the free public series, in this one Vinalhaven resident, business owner, town selectman and author Phil Crossman takes a humorous look at the intricacies of island life and politics.

• Summer Walking Tours at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center, Walpole. The free 90-minute tours start at 10:30 a.m. and hit the waterfront labs, where you can meet the scientists and learn about their current marine research. They run Wednesdays to August 15. Register at tinyurl.com/DMCsummertours.

• Saturday Night Fever at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, through August 4. The music of the Bee Gees, open shirts, bell-bottoms and raging disco mark the musical based on the 1977 film. Tix: msmt.org, 725-8769, box office.

• Camden Shakespeare Festival Opens, 6 p.m. in Camden Amphitheatre with Twelfth Night, featuring some of the Bard’s most humorous characters. Othello opens at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. This one isn’t recommended for kids under 13. Performances run through August 12. The schedule is at camdenshakespeare.org.


• Free Funk Concert on Rockland Public Library Lawn, 6:30 p.m. The Right Track – an 11-piece R&B, soul and funk band – plays from its song list that spans four decades. Participants from Midcoast Music Academy’s Blues Intensive Camp will open the show. Everyone is invited to come early with a picnic and chair or blanket.

• “Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths About Police Shootings,” 10 a.m., Chats with Champions at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Joe Loughlin, a retired deputy chief of Portland Police Department and co-author of the book of the same title, gives the free public talk.

• “The Evolution of Washburn & Doughty Associates,” 4:30 p.m., Boothbay Region Historical Society, 72 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor. Naval architect Bruce Washburn discusses the history of the East Boothbay boatbuilding company he founded with Carl Pianka and Bruce Doughty.

• Author of “Mainers on the Titanic” at Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta, 5-6:30 p.m. Malcolm Smith discusses the research behind his book about Mainers who went down with the ill-fated ship and those who survived. A $5 donation is suggested to support programming of the library’s Genealogy Group, which invites the public to all of its events.

• “Forever Farm” Party at Morning Dew Farm in Damariscotta, 5-8 p.m. The free party to celebrate farmland protection and community collaboration is open to all and will feature food by Harvest Moon Catering, beer from Oxbow Brewing Co., and music by the Newell Family & Sharon Pyne. Register at mainefarmlandtrust.org or call 338-6575. Guests are asked to park at Damariscotta River Association’s Round Top Farm and take a shuttle to the party.

• “A Yankee Expeditioner’s Thoughts on the Penobscot Expedition,” 5:30 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum’s Visitors Center, 2 Church St., Searsport. David Middleton takes on the persona (and togs) of his alter ego, William Foxcourt, to opine on the 1779 Penobscot Expedition, the worst naval disaster in American history until Pearl Harbor. $8 general admission; $5 PMM members.

• Talk on Avian Haven at Bremen Library, 6:30 p.m. Laura Suomi-Lecker tells the stories of eagles, owls, hawks, loons, songbirds and other birds that have ended up at the rehabilitation center and tells what the public can do to help local birds. The program is free and suitable for the entire family.

• Tim Sample in Boothbay Harbor, 7:30 p.m. The man called “Maine’s Humorist Laureate” by Charles Kuralt makes his annual return to the Opera House. $20 advance; $25 door.

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


• Midcoast Farmers’ Markets, selling organic and local foods and artisan crafts and goods : Belfast (MFFM), Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. • Belfast (UFMM), Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 18 Spring St. • Camden, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon & Wednesdays, 3:30-6 p.m., 116 Washington St. • Rockland, Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Harbor Park. • Union, Fridays, 3-6 p.m., Union Common. • Waldoboro, Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., Town Office, 1600 Atlantic Hwy.

 “On a Mountain in Maine,” through Oct. 7. “An-drew Wyeth: Temperas and Studies from the Wyeth Collection,” through Oct. 21.

• 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 Dan at the Free Press for the Info!