Parsonsfield is 5-piece eclectic string band from Western MA which happily mingles bluegrass, folk, and jazz. The young band deftly moves from infectious Appalachian anthems and handcrafted ballads to jubilant and danceable indie roots music, all delivered with polished musicianship. Folk Alley says "a lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise...their sound kick out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass."
This Holiday Acoustic show will include Parsonsfield originals as well as their versions of holiday songs -- some traditional and some contemporary. Though the show will be plugged in, it will have a bit more of an acoustic feel!
With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. He has been making music and art throughout New England ever since, leading him to tour the U.S. performing with The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Lydia Loveless, The Lumineers, Liam Finn, Brown Bird, Joe Fletcher, Death Vessel and Kimya Dawson among others. Blakeslee is unafraid to bare his very soul on stage, emptying a loaded cache of emotion and passion onto the stage for all to witness, explore and devour.
Join us at First National Bank, 63 Union Street, Rockland, for an evening of fabulous food & drink, and networking with local business members.
Business After Hours is the premier networking event for area business professionals, giving you the opportunity to discuss and share ideas while learning about other local businesses in a relaxed, social setting. Presented monthly by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Nick Apollonio, Gordon Bok, Will Brown, David Dodson and Mary Kate Small, Sara Grey, Jim Loney, Kendall & Jacqui Morse, Riki Schneyer, Steelin’ Thunder, Bob Stuart & Megan Rogers, and Kathy Westra & George Stephens are all volunteering their time for a very worthy cause: helping the still-devastated Puerto Rico get safe & reliable drinking water.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St, Rockland. Suggested donation is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to the Puerto Rico relief efforts of Waves for Water, Inc. W4W is a nonprofit that works around the world to provide clean water in remote locations affected by natural disasters.
Thirty years into one of the most storied careers in popular music, Emily Saliers decided to record her debut album.
"What's a 53 year old woman doing making her first solo record?" muses Saliers, best known as one half of the iconic duo Indigo Girls. "What compels someone like me to follow this strong attachment to rhythmic music?"
Murmuration Nation answers those questions both passionately and profoundly. In this "post-fact" era in which we find ourselves living today, Saliers' fearless voice and insightful perspective feel more vital and relevant than ever before. The songs also reveal a new side of Saliers' artistry, one that even her most ardent fans might not expect to hear.
"It was so freeing to pursue the kind of music I truly wanted to make without regard to what I'd done before or who I'm expected to be," says Saliers. I hope that this record can take people who think they know me already on a journey that'll really surprise them."
While Indigo Girls is still very much alive and well, Murmuration Nation is Saliers' first release under her own name, and it's a surprising journey indeed. The record brims over with life and energy, blurring both musical and geographical boundaries as Saliers breaks down barriers with a bold and infectious spirit of adventure.
"BECKY WARREN's album War Surplus is a classic whiskey-soaked, honky-tonk, girl-meets-boy story in 12 songs. Except this story is girl meets boy, boy deploys, boy comes home with PTSD which, soaked in whiskey, tears apart their marriage, which is also something of a classic in the veterans community." - NPR's All Things Considered Now Warren is gearing up for her second run in a year with the Indigo Girls and will be releasing a Deluxe edition of War Surplus.
The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Strand Theatre in an acclaimed production from The Barn Arts Collective that will run for one weekend only, November 9 - 11. The rock musical will be performed by a full cast with a live band and offer plenty of opportunities for audience partici…pation!
The Barn Arts production combines the interactive elements of the midnight screenings, which became weekly celebrations of empowerment and identity, with the drama and spectacle of a live rock show.
Props (newspaper, playing cards, etc) will be provided for the Strand audience, and a pre-show event will warm up the crowd and orient any first-time Rocky Horror attendees – also known as virgins.
Additionally, the show features a cast of powerhouse performers in full costume – fishnets and heels included – delivering the story and score with wit, style and glamour. The show’s design and direction were critically lauded and the production was a smash hit with audiences at last year's Strand performances, and at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, where it debuted.
Looking like a man from leaner and meaner times, Willie Watson steps on stage with a quiet gravitas. But, when he opens his mouth and lets out that high lonesome vocal, you can hear him loud and clear. Watson was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show.
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Willie Watson, 'Samson and Delilah’:
Study Willie Watson's career and it reads like the plot of an old folk song: A talented apprentice who has served time with master craftsmen decides to hit the road on his own. Greatness surely follows.
At once both beautiful and haunting, the chilling power of Lucette's gentle voice is unwavering and undeniable.
Although young, it is obvious to all those who listen to her that Lucette is an old and doggedly romantic soul. Full of emotion, her performances take audiences back to the days when artists such as Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, and Loretta Lynn dominated the airwaves.
Cheryl Wheeler is a natural storyteller with a hauntingly beautiful voice!
It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryls, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.
After being hailed by reviewers from the NY Times to the SF Chronicle for his thrilling and unique piano playing, Kenny White chose to devote himself to making his first album, Uninvited Guest, and subsequently “hitting the road.” White is currently touring in support of his latest release Long List of Priors.
Wednesday, Oct. 18th 7:30 pm (Doors @ 7:00)
Join us at Whitehall for the second installment of Poetry Night, featuring Portland Poet Laureate, GIBSON FAY-LEBLANC, with host JOE RICCHIO of Down East Magazine. PLUS, Maine poets from around the state. A portion of tickets sales will be donated to the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Ilgenfritz Scholarship, which supports young female writers in the Waldo & Knox counties.
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and activist Seth Glier has become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” Building on the acclaim of his Grammy®-nominated sophomore album “The Next Right Thing”, Glier’s subsequent record “Things I Should Let You Know” landed him his first Daytrotter session and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”.
Matt Nakoa is "a hot-handed phenom who can go from Chopin to beer-drenched honky- tonk in one set ...On guitar, a Jack Johnson-esque singer-songwriter... Nakoa does not disappoint. Actually, between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar ... he drops jaws." - The Boston Globe
Friday. Doors open at 7:30.
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Bayoga was founded in 2017 here in Rockland as a yoga studio and multidisciplinary wellness facility serving all segments of society with a focus on community building and mind-body wellness for all. Our facility is unique in the midcoast with a state of the art radiant heated studio, and massage & bodywork treatment rooms. (And plenty of parking!)
If you've never tried yoga, this will be an ideal opportunity!
8 Lindsey St. Rockland (551) 200-3564
The 13th annual Camden International Film Festival will take place at venues in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Founded in 2005, and recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, CIFF brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the rugged coast of Maine. CIFF showcases over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe, from both emerging and established filmmakers, most of whom attend the festival for post-screening discussions.
For more information and ticketing, visit the CIFF/Points North Institute Website
The Millay Arts and Poetry Festival is a three day series of 35 events and performances, featuring more than 80 performers, authors, presenters, poets, actors, musicians, and visual artists. It is a celebration of the art and legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Full schedule of events available here: http://millayhouserockland.org/overview
At the Strand:
Thursday - Saturday
Festival Check-In Desk Open
Pick up your Festival Pass and Program. You will need a printed verification of your Pass purchase and, for Student Passes, a form of identification.
Thursday, Sept. 7
The Edna Project
The Edna Project, the trio of Liz Queler, Seth Farber, and Joey Farber, will return to Rockland with their marvelous compositions setting Millay’s poems to music. The second half of the concert will be a performance of Millay’s seminal work, “Renascence,” in Liz’s truly remarkable voice and with a new (to Rockland) arrangement incorporating violin.
9:30PM immediately following The Edna Project performance
Appearing as Words
Nate Davis of the Steel House will host a on-site created digital poetry event following the Edna Project concert.
Friday, Sept. 8
Millay House Rockland Bookstore Open
Millay books on sale, along with the works of our biographers and distinguished speakers.
Vincent, Premier Performance
“Vincent,” by Rockland playwright Alva Hascall, will have its premier during the festival. New York actress Sarah MacDonnell will play Vincent, and the DaPonte String Quartet is collaborating on music and will perform as both musicians and actors. The piece is an imagining of what the last hour of Vincent’s life might have been. What were her thoughts, her reminiscences, her dreams? Who did she see, who did she hear? What was her journey? Her destination?
Saturday, Sept. 9
Millay House Rockland Bookstore Open
Millay books on sale, along with the works of our biographers and distinguished speakers.
Richard Blanco, 2013 presidential inaugural poet, and a remarkably talented speaker as well as a fabulous poet, will discuss Millay's place in the pantheon of American and world poets, and read from his works. A book signing will follow.
Keynote Address: Nancy Milford
Nancy Milford, author of a seminal biography of Millay, “Savage Beauty,” will be the first of our distinguished speakers, delivering the festival’s keynote address, followed by a book signing.
For those of us fascinated by Millay’s life, there will be a prestigious gathering of Millay scholars and biographers in a roundtable forum to discuss the life of the poetic enchantress known as Vincent. Carl Little will moderate and propel the discussion.
Tracy K. Smith
We are honored to have Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and our newly appointed national poet laureate, to speak of the remarkable and often unimagined power of poetry to express our essence, explain our world, and heal our wounds. She will read from her works and host a book signing.
Opening Friday September 1st from 5-8pm in conjunction with
Rockland First Friday Art Walk.
Shawn Fields’s current group of paintings are visual descriptions of experiences that symbolize what humanity has in common. In order to recreate these experiences in paint, Fields finds the objects unique to him, that will serve as a building blocks for a narrative. A specific TV, an Afghan blanket, a 1981 Grand Marquis, are collected, arranged; figures are introduced to the composition who can interact with these visual cues, magnify them, and bring them to life. Fields’s goal in every painting is to preserve the original inspiration, the idea that sparked the painting. The editing, and honing, of this idea results in the drawing (and redrawing) which supports each finished painting– a result that Fields hopes most clearly communicates the idea. The studio props, sketches, loose and final paintings here, show in detail the source and the process of Shawn’s work.
My paintings are deceptively simple, using a fresh color palette and hyper-defined subject matter to draw you in, there’s also a sense of isolation with ample negative space and rhythmic placement of objects and figures.
Tensions are introduced to question sexual, gender, and age relation. These questions are left unanswered as to who or what is the dominant power. This is to show pivotal moments with humor and all of our human strengths and vulnerabilities.
MONDAY, AUGUST 14 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
9:00-5:00pm: Preview Week for NEAA & Automobilia
Spectators and bidders will have the opportunity to look more closely at their favorite pieces and enjoy test rides in auction vehicles, offered by OHTM representatives. Formal vehicle inspections will be available by appointment only, and can be scheduled by phone at (207) 594-4418 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
12:00pm - Bidder Registration Opens
FRIDAY AUGUST 18
2:00pm - AUTOMOBILIA AUCTION - Maine’s destination marketplace for rare and historic collectibles!
4:30pm - Consignor’s Reception
All consignors are invited to join OHTM’s Board of Trustees with one guest for a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres onsite in the Museum’s Faster Exhibition. To RSVP, contact Niki Janczura by phone at (207) 594-4418 or email at email@example.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
9:00am - New England Auto Auction™
In 2016, the auction set a high sales record for the second consecutive year, grossing over $3.1 million from more than 220 lots. As the Museum’s trademark fundraiser, this event provides vital support for all aspects of operation.
- Doors open to the public at 7:00am
- The Museum Cafe will be open to spectators and bidders, offering both breakfast and lunch options, and a cash bar will be available throughout the event.
- Consignments are still being accepted for 2017. Email Toby Stinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Kathryn Pardo at email@example.com.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Rally,’ this airshow has been a family favourite every summer since 1975, drawing thousands of spectators with unparalleled aerobatic performances.
This year’s event promises to exceed all expectations as OHTM welcomes airplanes from stunning partner collections, including the B-17G Flying Fortress, ‘Sentimental Journey’ with the Arizona Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and the B-25 Mitchell, ‘Axis Nightmare’ with the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Ohio. These rare WWII bombers have legendary reputations to match their impressive size and power.
Rain or shine, gates will open at 8am for exhibitors and at 9am for the public. The aerobatic airshow will begin at approximately 1pm both days of the show.
All pre-1997 vehicles are invited to join the exhibitor’s show both days to receive two free admissions per vehicle. With a full service café, kids activities and free Model T rides, Owls Head Transportation Museum will be the place to be Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6 from 9-3pm. Event admission is $25 for adults and free for service members, children under 18 and career veterans with more than 20 years service and military ID. For more information, visit www.owlshead.org or call (207) 594-4418.
Only service animals will be permitted on Museum and exhibition grounds. No camping.
Opening Friday August 4th from 5-8pm in conjunction with
Rockland First Friday Art Walk.
“Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary.
– Tom Butler, excerpt from the book Bo Bartlett, Heartland
(Image: Bo Bartlett, Halloween, 2016, Oil on linen, 82″ x 100")
In a career that spans more than six decades, John Goodyear has utilized painting, drawing, light, optics, installation, and heat to engage his audience and recontextualize the viewer’s present observation. These shifting views created throughout his career reveal a body of work that lends itself to both reflection on the inner self and discovery of the outside world. Goodyear said it simply and best: “Art makes one see, what one sees makes art.”
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.
Talk by Author of Modern Coliseum: Stadiums and American Culture,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., Colby College Prof. Ben Lisle tracks the evolution since World War II of these “engineered marvels.”
In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle chronicles changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the "affluent society"—brightly colored, technologically expressive, and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city's more rambunctious and diverse public spaces.
The Barn Swallow Book Shop, 166 Russell Ave. (across from former library), Rockport.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day at its Rockland Branch, 245 Camden Street. You can count on lots of great food, tons o' fun, and free gifts. All customers & community members are invited to join friends & neighbours. It's our way of saying "Thanks"!
Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a slide talk on his work at The Strand Theatre as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art's Tuesday Talk series.
Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, adjacent to The Strand Theatre, at 21 Winter Street. The exhibition, William Wegman: Reel to Real, featuring the artist's early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through October 22, 2017.
Admission: $10/CMCA and Strand Members, $15/Advance, $20/Day of Show. Handling fee applies to online and phone sales
The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St, Rockland ME 207.594.0070
The Ripple Initiative™ presents the 1st Annual RipTide 5k Walk & Run, Saturday July 22, 2017.
Race starts at 8AM SHARP! Rain or shine. Register online below or show up earlyish (like 6:30) on race day & register at the site. Race route will begin and end at The Ripple Shop on the corner of Temple & Willow in beautiful Rockland, Maine. $23.95 entry fee is due with registration.
The Ripple Initiative is a nonprofit organization in Rockland, Maine that serves the economically disenfranchised by providing a network clearinghouse for the donation of goods, services and financial resources. We aim to have a "ripple effect" benefiting those whose lives have been impacted by poverty or other tragic circumstances.
FMI: 1.207.691.3827, 1.207.380.7441
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.