Midcoast Area Events

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Thursday 13 December 2018

'Imagine all the people living life in peace'


 • “Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. As tensions build on the trade front and the risk of confrontation in the South China Sea increases, John Doughty looks at China’s past as a guidepost for predicting future relations between China and the U.S. He focuses on the energy sector for financial advisors R. M. Davis in Portland. His free talk is offered as a run-up to the 2019 Camden Conference, “Is This China’s Century?,” Feb. 22-24.

• “Women Going for It! Taking Risks After 50,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Author Diana Coleman shares stories of the women in her book who experienced new and riveting adventures, from donating a kidney to a stranger to racing around a roller derby track to building schools in Ethiopia.

• Light Up Wiscasset, starts at 5 p.m. Thursday with caroling, a visit by Santa and fireworks at Creamery Pier, Route 1. Holiday Marketfest runs through the weekend with a craft show, pop-up shops, family fun, horse-and-carriage rides, and Christmas at Nickels-Sortwell House, where the first floor of the Federal-style mansion is decked out for the holidays. Saturday events will include the new SnowBall at Water’s Edge. Details: WiscassetHolidayMarketfest.com.

• New Scout Troop for Girls Forming in Union, with an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Union Town Office. The troop for girls ages 11 to 17 is being created under the guidelines of Scouts BSA, as Boy Scouts of America is now known. Any girl interested in participating in the troop is welcome, regardless of where she lives. Organization meetings will be held Thursdays, starting Jan. 10, and regular meetings will start Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Thompson Memorial School. FMI: JMurphy@tidwater.net, 542-9786

• Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome. Open Mics hosted by Ryan Moody are held at the cafe in Warren village second and fourth Fridays of the month at 6:30 p.m.


 • 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Fundraiser for the Ripple Initiative, 6 to 9 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. Grub, grog and dancing to music by The Right Track Band. With a prize for the ugliest sweater and raffle for a quilt donated by Maine-ly Sewing of Nobleboro. Tix are $20 in advance at the Ripple Shop, corner of Union and Willow streets in Rockland, and $30 at the door.

• Author Gerry Boyle to Speak at Searsmont Town Library, 7 p.m. Boyle will discuss his craft and read from his work. Searsmont Library Book Group just finished reading “Damaged Goods” in Boyle’s Jack McMorrow mystery series. Free.

• Victorian Christmas at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Friday and Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m. The museum’s 19th-century sea captain’s house will be decorated for the holidays, the mobile gift shop will be open, and there will be an ornament craft activity for the family. The gingerbread lighthouse contest is set for Friday night. To enter ($5 for adults and free for kids): 548-2529, JGanskop@pmm-maine.org.

• A Christmas Story, The Musical in Belfast, at the Belfast Maskers’ new Basil Burwell Community Theater, aka The Bazz, 17 Court Street. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: a Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun. Curtain at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15. FMI: 619-3256, BelfastMaskers.com.

• The Snow Queen in Belfast, presented by Midcoast Actors’ Studio at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street. The play is based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (the same story is told in Disney’s animated movie “Frozen”) . Curtain at 7 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Dec. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15; and at 3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Dec. 8 & 9 and 15 & 16. Tix are $10 per person ($7 age 12 and under) and available at MidcoastActors.org and the door.

• Santa’s Snowbird Express on Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, offering round-trip excursions from Unity to Thorndike, with a stop-over at historic Farwell Mill. Jump aboard and help Santa and Mrs. Claus round up their naughty elves in time for Christmas. Trains run this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then daily Dec. 14-23. The 11 a.m. train includes soup and sandwich at the mill; cookies and cocoa offered on the 1:30 and 4 p.m. trains. A 6:30 p.m. train runs Saturdays. Tix: BelfastAndMooseheadLakeRail.org.

• “The Christmas Carol Special Report,” 6 p.m. at Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, 1 Waldo Avenue in Rockland. Preschool to grade 8 students of Pen Bay Christian School will sing carols from around the world. Refreshments will be served after the program.

• The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular, 7:30 p.m. The Sweetback Sisters bring their signature mix of harmony and fiddling to the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Tix: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.


 • Rockport’s Holiday on the Harbor, starting at 1:30 p.m. and continuing throughout the day, including visits with Santa, music and food, and ending with fireworks at Marine Park at 5:30 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts and Bay Chamber Music School will present free concerts at Union Hall. The young Suzuki Twinklers will play at 2:30 p.m. The Odeon Holiday Concert will take place at 3:30 p.m. with the Odeon Ensembles – Allegro, Adult Orchestra, and intergenerational Odeon Chamber Orchestra – playing holiday favorites.

• Two Concerts by Penobscot Bay Ringers in Rockland, at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. in Farnsworth Art Museum’s library. The community handbell choir will play holiday favorites. Free with admission, which is $15 for adults; $13 for seniors; $10 for students 17 and older; and free for Farnsworth members, Rockland residents, and kids under 17.

• Waldo Theatre Fundraising Concert at Broad Bay Congregational Church, 941 Main Street in Waldoboro, 4:30 p.m. Actress Devin Fletcher will read Margaret Wise Brown’s book “The Little Fir Tree” as Barbara Cooney’s illustrations are projected and music is performed by violinists Josie and Sophie Davis, violist Colin Wheatley and cellist Ju-Young Lee. Cookies and hot drinks will be served afterward. Admission is by donation (kids free) to help renovate Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro.

• NorthernRain at St. George River Cafe, Main Street in Warren village, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The duo that plays a cross between Southern rock and neo-folk will give free CDs to anyone who donates nonperishable items to the Warren Food Bank. Guest drummer Tyler Lee will sit in for the night.

• Lúnasa Presents: An Irish Christmas at Camden Opera House, 7:30 p.m. The veteran touring band dubbed “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet” returns to the Opera House. General-admission tix are $28 in advance and $30 at the door.

• “Close to You: A Carpenters Christmas” in Bangor, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Gracie Theatre, 1 College Circle. Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band keep the Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive with spot-on renditions of their holiday tunes. FMI: GracieTheatre.com.

• “Counting on Birds,” 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street in Rockland. The film follows bird lovers who take part in National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, from the forests of Maine to the mountains of Ecuador, the world’s longest-running wildlife census.


 • Psychic Fair in Lewiston, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant Street. Mediums, pet communication, palmistry, tarot card readings and vendors of everything from crystals to jewelry. $5 admission (kids 5 and under free) includes some free workshops. FMI: SoulIntentions777.com.

• Help with Gift Giving for Children, 2-4 p.m. Kids in pre-school to grade 8 are invited to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, on Route 17 across from Lake Chickawaukie in Rockland, where elves will help them make or choose up to four gifts, then wrap and tag them. Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy coffee.

• Whitehead/Dean Group at FOG Bar in Rockland, on Main Street, at 7 p.m. Jazzy, funky, soulful music by Mike Whitehead, Jason Dean, Glen DuBose and Mitch Markowitz.

• Blue Christmas Service at People’s United Methodist Church in Union, 4 p.m. The service of solace and remembrance with singing, readings and prayer is for those who have experienced death, divorce, illness, depression or other challenges. Refreshments served afterward.

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


 • Carols in the Round at People’s United Methodist Church in Union, 7 p.m. Candlelight performance (rescheduled from an earlier date) by Mount View Chamber Singers, a 20-member ensemble of high school students from the Thorndike area. Free; donations help the singers offset expenses. Refreshments served afterward.

• Program on the Healing Potential of Fly Fishing, 7 p.m., Flatbread Company, Route 1 in Rockport. George’s River Trout Unlimited hosts the joint program by Casting for Recovery, which offers healing retreats for women with breast cancer, and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans. Come early for dinner and stay after the program for a raffle. GRTU meetings are free and open to all.

• Free Adult Drawing Workshops at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. The ongoing series is led by Catinka Knoth. December’s classes will focus on drawing in color and paper cutting to make holiday cards, scenes and ornaments. All materials are provided.

• Gift Making at Rockland Public Library, 6 p.m. Adults and teens are invited to make simple crafts. Four tables will be set up, each with materials for different gifts: marbleized paper, magnets and key chains, bookmarks, and hanging moons and stars. Free and open to all.

• Regina Bonelli in Rockland, 7 p.m. She performs in Time Out Pub’s last Monday Night Blues show of 2018, which is also Dress Up Night. $10.


 • “Recovery Boys” Screening and Discussion, 5:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition screens the documentary about four men overcoming drug addition, then leads a discussion about the opioid epidemic.

• “Gen Z: The Connected Generation,” 6:30 p.m., Camden Public Library. Midcoast Women hosts a panel of young women who will share their values, hopes and ideas for the future of Generation Z, the group born from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and larger than the Baby Boomers or the Millennials.

• Free Children’s Drawing Class at Rockland Public Library, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Catinka Knoth leads the ongoing Let’s Draw Together! series for kids 6-plus (under 11 with an adult – adults are encouraged to join in). All materials are provided. This week: Christmas and holiday cards!

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


 • Talk on How the Local Landscape Has Changed Since the Glaciers Left, 6:30 p.m. at 93 Main Coffee Shop, Unity. Kevin Spigel, a geoscience professor at Unity College, will describe the methods he and his students are using to learn how Sandy Stream has changed since the giant ice sheet receded some 12,000 years ago. The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust talk is open to all; $5 donation suggested.

• Talk on Seabird Restoration Decoys, 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library, 208 Main Street. Walter Simmons of Duck Trap Decoys will talk about carving puffins in the late 1980s for the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin on Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine. More recently, he’s been carving terns being used around the world, from the Netherlands to the South Pacific.

• “Mixed Media – Collage” at Art Loft in Rockland, led by December’s artist in residence Amy Wilton from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. She’ll lead “Mixed Media – The Canvas Expanded” from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 19, and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Classes are free for members; $20 to drop in for nonmembers.

• “Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibition of Maritime Images by Maine’s Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Ruohomaa biographer Deanna Bonner-Ganter and Penobscot Marine Museum photo archivist Matt Wheeler will give a program on the exhibit, now on display at the Center, along with “The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast.”


 • High School Students to Explain How to Control Health Care Costs, 7 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Seven students from Medomak Valley High and Oceanside High School in Rockland will give PechaKucha presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) on everything from “Key Health Care Cost Drivers” to “America’s Personal Health Care Accountability Problem.” The program in the Informed Young Leaders Series is free and open to everyone.

• Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome. Open Mics hosted by Ryan Moody are held at the cafe in Warren village second and fourth Fridays of the month at 6:30 p.m.


• 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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