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NOTEWORTHY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:
• Author Talk with Margie Patlak, at 5 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. She will be talking about her book More Than Meets the Eye: Exploring Nature and Loss on the Coast of Maine. The science writer was eager to learn more about the natural environment around her new home on the Schoodic peninsula, so she set out to write a book about it. But soon it became a book about what the nature of Maine taught her about the nature of life in general. Her essays, including one nominated for a Pushcart Prize, have appeared in a number of literary journals and newspapers. She has degrees in botany and environmental studies and divides her time between Philadelphia and Corea, Maine.
• “Lessons from a Lifelong Sailor,” at the Camden Yacht Club at 7 p.m. Sailor, boat systems expert and boating manual author Nigel Calder gives the free talk. Hear Calder’s tales from four decades of family boating adventures in the North Sea, Caribbean, and other waters. He will also share pointers about boat maintenance, mechanical breakdowns, nautical charts, navigation, anchoring, and the challenges that can make or break a day out on the water. Laugh with Calder as he recalls regrettable mistakes, inventive solutions, and positive outcomes during this final talk in the club’s Sunset Seminars series. Donations for CAYSP scholarships are accepted at the seminar. Email cyc@camdenyachtclub.org for more information. Complete details about this season’s Sunset Seminars are available at camdenyachtclub.org.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
• Jody Bachelder Reveals Why Samoset Was the First to Meet the Plymouth Colonists, via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. in a program from Cushing Public Library and Cushing Historical Society. The author’s research and conclusions are published in her new book, Here First: Samoset and the Wawenock of Pemaquid, Maine. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com. Free and open to the public.
• Live Performance of Edgar Allan, a two-person, dark musical-comedy adapted from the short story “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by the Coldharts (Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan) at 7 p.m. As part of the Strand’s New Century Series, the show will take place at the Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln Street, in Rockland. The story follows 11-year-old Edgar Allan in his first year at Manor House School, as he seeks to gain academic ascendancy over the student body. All goes to plan until another boy named Edgar Allan arrives. Edgar Allan premiered at the 2013 Twin Cities Horror Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been performed over 100 times and toured festivals across the United States and Canada. The show is a six-time Best of the Fest winner, receiving awards in London, Orlando, Ithaca, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Edmonton. Nick Ryan and Katie Hartman are theater artists based in Brooklyn, New York. Tickets are $20 general admission at rocklandstrand.com, by calling 594-0070, and at the door at Lincoln Street Center.
• Siege at the State House Talk by Mac Smith, 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Siege at the State House tells the true story of a coup that was attempted between Maine’s governor and the leaders of a new political party, almost plunging the United States into a second civil war. Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of Mainers on the Titanic and Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine. His talk is free and open to all.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
• Camden’s Windjammer Festival Weekend, every Labor Day weekend, Camden hosts a windjammer celebration of maritime heritage. Watch the arrival of the windjammer fleet into Camden Harbor, see the Schooner Talent Show, Bay Winds North Wend Ensemble Concert at Harbor Park, fireworks Friday night, a pancake breakfast and chowder challenge, Lobster Crate Race, Pirates of the Dark Rose, First Fish Relay Race, Schooner Open House, Treasure Hunt, Build-a-Boat Parade and Race, Nautical Dog Show and more. Facebook has the details.
• Free Historic Walking Tours of Camden, at 4 p.m. every Friday through September 16. Meet in the Camden Public Library’s Children’s Garden for a stroll to explore several historic sites in downtown Camden, including the Camden Public Library grounds and Amphitheatre. Learn about the town’s people, places, and industries. The tour ends at the Village Green. Free, and for all ages. Donations accepted to benefit the library.
• Belfast Flying Shoes Community Dance, 6 to 8 p.m., rain or shine in the outdoor pavilion at the Waldo County YMCA, with calling by Chrissy Fowler and music by the BFS All Comers Band, led by Benjamin Foss and Toki Oshima. With longways sets, squares, contras, odd formations and couple dances like foxtrot, schottische, polka and waltz. $5–$20 suggested sliding-scale admission. There’s a musicians’ warmup at 5:30 p.m. Visit belfastflyingshoes.org for the tunes of the month.
• “The Ahab Inside Me: A High Sea’s Blues Opera,” with shows this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at The Colonial Theater in Augusta. The production is the latest evolution from theater company The Forty Hour Club, a collective of independent artists dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue of opiate addiction in the commercial fishing community of New England and beyond. Forty Hour Club’s ongoing project “Chasing the New White Whale” builds off of its success with “Never Leaving this Boat” in Rockland last year. Tickets and details are available on eventbrite.com.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
• Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails, 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to board the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway steam train at Sheepscot Station in Alna for a 20-minute trip through the backwoods of Alna to Top of Mountain, where volunteers from Midcoast Conservancy will take passengers on a guided tour of the scenic Trout Brook Preserve. Following the 1.5-hour guided hike, the historic steam train will return hikers to Sheepscot Station. The ticket price of $20 for adults and $10 for youth includes the train ride, the guided hike, and parking at Sheepscot Station. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated; alternatives include the Sheepscot Valley Service or a Caboose Adventure. Registration is required at wwfry.org.
• Two-Day Vintage Motorcycle Festival at Owls Head Transportation Museum, this Saturday and Sunday. The annual gathering attracts hundreds of antique-motorcycles enthusiasts from around New England for one weekend. Featuring live demonstrations from the museum’s historic collection, plus the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite bikes. With interactive displays, a family fun zone, free antique car rides, full museum access and an open-air café. You can also purchase a 20-minute scenic biplane ride (weather permitting). Exhibitors welcome. Get free admission for you and one passenger when you exhibit any classic, custom, or special-interest vehicle that is 20+ years old or any Japanese-manufactured motorcycle from any production year. Admission for adults is $18; seniors, $16; kids 17 and under and museum members get in free. Learn more at owlshead.org.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6:
• Presentation on Maine Peregrine Program, an online webinar at noon, hosted by Merryspring Nature Center. Wildlife biologist Erynn Call discusses the state’s program to restore peregrine falcons’ ecological role in Maine, as well as enable the public to enjoy this charismatic species throughout the state and beyond. In this online talk, Call will cover the history, progress, current status, and diverse array of partnerships involved in the success of the Maine Peregrine Program. Call is the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife raptor specialist and leads efforts to better understand and conserve birds of prey. The incorporation of community science and raptors as part of her doctoral studies at the University of Maine formed a framework for her current role. Call is in the early stages of developing the Maine Owl Pellet Project. Both endeavors rely upon diverse partnerships and the talent and passion of community scientists. This talk is part of the Online Summer Talk series at Merryspring Nature Center. Email info@merryspring.org to register. Zoom links are sent on the morning of each program. Attendance is free for all.
COMING UP:
• Free Afternoon Tours of Aldermere Farm, in Rockport. Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers fall tour hours on Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, starting at 3:30 p.m. Tours begin at the farmhouse, 20 Russell Avenue, and are led by volunteer docents who share the history of the 200-year-old saltwater farm. Meet Aldermere’s iconic belted Galloway herd. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Registration is required. Learn more at aldermere.org or by calling 236-2739.
• “Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding” with Author Nathan Lipfert, on Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library. Lipfert discusses the history of Maine shipyards and shipbuilders and the vessels they built, concentrating on the 200 years since statehood. His presentation will be based on his research for his recent book, Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History. This is an in-person event and is free and open to all.
• The Role of Detection Dogs in Wildlife Research and Conservation, the Center for Wildlife Studies “Wild Maine” series of nature programs, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues on Thursday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a look at how detection dogs are being trained to assist with wildlife research and conservation efforts. The talk will feature Lindsay Ware, founder of Science Dogs of New England, and animal behaviorist Dr. Cheryl Frederick. The program will be offered in a hybrid format to a live audience in the library’s Picker Room and simultaneously streaming on Zoom. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to reserve your spot in the limited live audience, or visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org to register for a Zoom link to attend remotely. The mission of the Center for Wildlife Studies is to provide accessible environmental education worldwide and promote wildlife conservation through science. Learn more about CWS by visiting centerforwildlifestudies.org.
• The Great Event, hosted by Stockton Springs Community Library on Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the library and town office. The celebration of the spirit of community features a giant community yard sale, live music, barbecue, bake sale, home-made donuts, strawberry shortcake, children’s activities, and more. There are still some spaces available in the yard sale. Spaces are $30. Crafters and organizations are welcome. For more information, call SSCL at 567-4147 or visit stocktonspringslibrary.org.
• Heritage Day with the Washington Historical Society, Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 263 Razorville Road, Washington.  At 10 a.m., Kevin Johnson from Penobscot Marine Museum will present “A Peek into the Cunningham Brothers’ Collection.” The Cunningham brothers were photographers from Washington responsible for many of the postcards and portraits from the early 1900s in the Washington area. Razorville Hall, the historical society’s museum, and the Town House will be open for visitation. Pie slices will be on sale from the annual pie contest.
MUSIC
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:
• Rose and Friends Band, 6 to 7 p.m. Free lawn concert at Rockport Masonic Center, featuring oldies, country and bluegrass. Donations taken for the band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Hamburger and hotdog plates with a side, chips, drink and ice cream will be available for $10. There will also be a 50-50 raffle. The center is at 361 Main Street. Rain moves the concert inside. FMI, Jeff Sukeforth at 691-2270.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
• Belfast Summer Nights: Double Bill with Drive Train and The Hot Suppers, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the season wrap-up of the free series at Steamboat Landing Park, Belfast. Free admission; hat passed for donations. No dogs in the lower concert area. Bring a picnic, chairs, and dancing shoes. Go to Facebook for details or call 322-7123.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
• Guitar Mastery for Windjammer Fest Weekend, Camden Opera House presents Boston Music Hall of Famer Johnny A. at 7:30 p.m. Maine’s Caroline Cotter will open the show. Johnny A. spent several years as lead guitarist of The Yardbirds and served as Peter Wolf’s (J. Geils Band) music director. His early band, The Streets, toured with several major artists including Aerosmith and Bob Seger. Crowd favorite Cotter returns to the opera house to open the show with her folksy, acoustic Americana. Tickets are $26 in advance and will be $34 day-of-show. Choose-your-own reserved seats are available at camdenoperahouse.com; seats will be assigned next-best-available at the door.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4:
• Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m. Camden Public Library hosts the free public concert in Camden Amphitheatre. The ensemble, based in Rockland, is comprised of musicians from high-school age to retired. For more than 10 years, the ensemble has performed concerts year-round, and it participates in several parades during the summer months. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating.
COMING UP:
• Belfast Cabaret Open Mic, Wednesday, September 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Belfast Maskers Playhouse, 17 Court Street, Belfast. Singers, instrumentalists, story performers – seasoned and new –– and listeners and onlookers are invited to the open mic. Practice new or old material before a live audience with piano accompanist Lincoln Blake and guitarist Dave Clarke. Bring music charts or lead sheets in your key or browse their resources. Blake will be available for singer practice at 6:30 p.m. All attendees pay $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Any questions, contact Kathleen at BelfastCabaret@gmail.com. Next date is Wednesday, September 21.
• The Skatalites at Strand Theatre, in downtown Rockland, on Friday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. This year marks the 57th anniversary of The Skatalites, whose original members played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Beer and wine are available at concessions.  To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.
FILM
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:
• Sunner at the Colonial Theatre, in downtown Belfast, at 7 p.m. As a continuation of showcasing independent film with local relevancy, the Colonial screens one show only of Belfast native Henry Spritz’s film. Shot in various locations including Belfast, Sunner is set in a fictional Maine town where a small group of recent high school graduates agonize over the best way to honor the friends they’ve lost in an opioid epidemic that has blighted their generation. The movie won Best Maine Feature at the 25th Maine International Film Festival earlier this summer. First-time feature film director Henry Spritz will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
• Free Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Camden Amphitheatre, as the Town of Camden and Camden Public Library welcome the Maine Outdoor Film Festival back to the outdoor space next to the library. The event will be free and open to the public (donations accepted, with proceeds benefiting the library and Teens to Trails). Films begin at 7:45 p.m. Approximately seven short films will be shown, exploring topics like: Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land through sport; being a female athlete in the male-dominated world of extreme outdoor sports; and how the natural world inspires artistic innovation. Bring seating. More information and the complete list of short films can be found at librarycamden.org. Rain date is Wednesday, September 7.
ARTS
• Call for Abstract Art at River Arts, in Damariscotta. The deadline for submission is Saturday, September 3, at 4 p.m. and work must be delivered in-person. The juror is Celeste Henriquez, who received her BFA in illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art and has worked nationally as a freelance illustrator in advertising, editorial, and children’s books. Exhibitions have included Portland Museum of Art, Maine Art Gallery, George Marshall Store Gallery, Stonewall Gallery, River Arts Gallery, Frank Brockman Gallery, Harlow Gallery and Zero Station. She lives and works in Portland and is a member of SEVEN Artists Collective. This show is open to all media including but not limited to painting, sculpture, fiber, photography and mixed media. The entry fee is $30 general public, $15 members. Go to RiverArtsME.org for the rules.
• Call for Artists for Boothbay Region Art Foundation’s 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art in Maine, to be held at the foundation gallery October 8 to November 13. Art in Maine “presents a fresh and selective look at the fine art being created by Maine artists today, showcasing originality in the media of painting, drawing and sculpture.” Submission deadline is Friday, September 23, and the opening reception is Saturday, October 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Over $1,000 in prizes will be awarded. The prospectus and other details can be found at boothbayartists.org. Works will be juried by artist Kathleen Galligan, who is represented by Portland’s Greenhut Gallery and Littlefield Gallery in Winterport.
• September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and Rockland Public Library joins the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to encourage everyone to sign up for a library card. People who live in or own property in the city of Rockland are eligible for a free card, and so are Coast Guard personnel stationed in Rockland, and children and teachers in Knox County (through 12th grade). The fee for any other child is $10 annually. Nonresident fees are $45 for an annual individual or family card and $25 for a three-month card. To obtain a card, bring a photo ID and proof of address (utility bill, lease agreement, piece of mail delivered by the USPS). Throughout the month of September, the first 100 current cardholders are invited to trade in their old library cards for a new keychain card. The library will enter all new cardholders, as well as interested current cardholders, into a drawing for a library swag bag. Librarians Jessie Blanchard and Patty King will be outside the Rockland Post Office on Wednesdays, September 7 and 14, at 8:30 a.m. to share information and answer questions about the library, as well as to sign people up for cards. The library is at 80 Union Street.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30:
• Rockland Artists Featured at Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main Street, Tenants Harbor. The library hosts an exhibition of photography by James Keller and of abstract felted wool hangings by Judith M. Daniels, both residents of Rockland. The show runs August 30 to September 26, with a reception on Friday, September 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. All art sale proceeds benefit the library’s community programs.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:
• Book Discussion of Humankind: A Hopeful History, at 3 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Is human nature inherently good? Participants will consider this (along with other questions) in a discussion of Rutger Bregman’s 2020 book, facilitated by Deputy Library Director Patty King. Copies of the book can be requested through Minerva or MaineCat. For more information or with questions, contact Patty King at 594-0310 or pking@rocklandmaine.gov or stop by the library.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
• Explorations Read-Aloud: Windjammers of the Pacific Rim, 11 a.m. to noon. In honor of Camden’s Windjammer Festival (September 2 and 3), local thespian Joseph Coté will read aloud from Windjammers of the Pacific Rim by Jim Gibbs and Phillip Drucker. The book explores the history of windjammers on America’s western seacoast. New readings become available to watch every Friday at 11 a.m. in the “videos” section of the Camden Public Library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
• Great Art for Great Reads Reception and Art Auction, Waldoboro Public Library hosts it from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the viewing of 70+ pieces of art by over 40 different artists. Visit the library to view the art in person, check the Great Art for Great Reads Facebook page to learn about the artists, and go to BiddingOwl.com to place bids on your favorite pieces from September 2 to 16.
• First Friday at the Farnsworth, 5 to 8 p.m. Part of the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk, it offers free admission to the Farnsworth’s galleries. The Main Street doors, leading right into the galleries, will be open to all.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
• Reception for Fine Art Photographer Olga Merrill, 3 to 5 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Meet Merrill and see the award-winning visual artist’s work in “Maine by My Eyes.” The exhibit is on display in the library’s Picker Room Gallery September 2 to 28 and features images of Maine – land and sea – that Merrill created over the past five years.
COMING UP:
• Writing a “Legacy Letter” Workshop with Jay Sherwin, Thursday, September 8, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Rockland Public Library hosts the free, public workshop. A legacy letter (also called an “ethical will”) is a written document that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values, and transmit your thoughts to future generations. A legacy letter is not a formal legal document or a full-length memoir; it’s a brief personal statement, typically just a few pages. Sherwin will introduce the concept of legacy letters and help you craft your own legacy letter. It includes discussion and a few brief writing exercises. Sherwin will offer advice to help you complete your legacy letter, share it with loved ones and preserve it for future generations. The class will include the opportunity to share your work, ask questions, and get feedback. Sherwin’s program seeks to make this daunting task more accessible. For more information or for Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on September 8 with the subject line “Legacy Letter Workshop.”
• “Touchstones” Fiber Workshops and Retreat, September 8–11, at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Searsport. A program of intensive four-day workshops that make up the core of a retreat that reflects the values and practices that guide Fiber College of Maine, including the belief that in order to thrive, human beings need to be creative. 2022 workshops include Cordwainer Shoemaking with Molly Grant; Rust Dyeing with Samantha Verrone; Creative Rug Hooking with Elizabeth Miller; Wild Art (using art supplies sourced from the landscape) with Nick Neddo; Modern Sculptural Weaving with Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher; and Gee’s Bend Quilting Retreat with Stella Mae Pettway and China Pettway. All meals will be prepared from scratch in the outdoor kitchen. For full details and to sign up, go to makersguildmaine.org/fiber-college or call Astrig Tanguay at 930-5919.
• “Works from the Studio” Opens at Bremen Library, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 9, featuring paintings from a studio class taught by Ronald Frontin. Many artists will be on hand to discuss their work at the opening. The show is available for viewing during regular library hours, Tuesday through Saturday, until October 1. Refer to the library website for hours and directions.
• Black Coffee: A Conversation with Ellen Bass, Sunday, September 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. In conversation with The Poets Corner cofounder Meg Weston, Bass will talk about the craft of poetry, her creative process, influences, and recurring themes that appear in her poems and intrigue her in the poems of others. She’ll read from her various collections, including the most recent, Indigo. Bass’s poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and The California Arts Council, The Lambda Literary Award, and three Pushcart prizes. To register for the reading, head to thepoetscorner.org. The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College President Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, it’s based in the midcoast and hosts virtual readings on the second or third Sunday of each month. To receive a Zoom link to participate in readings, register on www.thepoetscorner.org.
HOME & GARDEN
• Tickets on Sale for MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, September 23, 24 and 25, in Unity, in-person again after two years of virtual fairs and reworked to reduce congestion and long lines. Hundreds of exhibitors and activities centered around sustainable living, from fiber arts to green building, live music, children’s activities, food, and more. $15 for adults; $12 ages 65+; $12 for ages 13-17; free for children 12 and under; free for persons with disabilities and one attending person. Volunteers receive free admission for the day of their four-hour volunteer shift, plus a Common Ground Country Fair T-shirt. MOFGA members receive complimentary tickets based on membership level. Learn more at mofga.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30:
• Keeping the Perennial Garden Blooming, noon, at Merryspring Nature Center, on the Camden/Rockport line. Maine Master Gardener volunteer John Fromer will lead the outdoor presentation on keeping the perennial garden blooming during Maine’s entire growing season. He will address many common late-season gardening concerns, including how to inter-plant perennials with other plants and bulbs, how to care for a crowded garden, late-season maintenance, watering methods, and coordinating bloom times with different species of the same plant. This talk is part of Merryspring’s Outdoor Summer Talk series. The cost of this program is $5 for the public, with free admission for Merryspring members. No need to register.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:
• Free Walking Tour of Camden’s Forest Ecosystem, the Center for Wildlife Studies’ Wild Maine Series with the Camden Public Library continues with a 3 p.m. guided walk to the Mount Battie trailhead. The program will be led by landscape ecologist Dr. Kathleen Dunckel, who will talk about the evolving forest ecosystem, its hidden history, and possible futures. The program is free and open to all ages. The walk will be held rain or shine. Bring appropriate clothes and footwear. If there is interest, Dunckel is open to continuing the talk during a hike up the trail. Registration is necessary to participate in this program. Sign up by emailing info@centerforwildlifetudies.org. Participants should meet in the Children’s Garden at Camden Public Library.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
• The History and Restoration of the Blaine House Gardens, 1 p.m., in West Rockport Baptist Church’s lower level, 545 Park Street, West Rockport. Master Gardeners Karen Simpson and Maryanne Ward give the talk, hosted by Rockport Garden Club, on the garden originally designed by the Olmstead brothers in 1920 as an English cottage garden and called “The New England Garden.” The garden began restoration in 2006-07 under First Lady Karen Baldacci. The goal was to adapt the garden to the existing site, while staying true to the original design. Simpson and Ward were part of the team of garden caregivers who spent years helping to restore the garden. They will discuss all the aspects that go into bringing an old garden back to life and maintaining it.
COMING UP:
• Conservation Bus Tour of Knox and Waldo Counties, Friday, September 9. The Knox-Lincoln and Waldo Soil & Water conservation districts have teamed up to offer the tour, which will highlight five residential properties and a public park that earned Knox-Lincoln certification through its Conservation Landscape Certification Program. See landscapes enhanced with native plants, meadowscapes, perennial gardens, pollinator gardens and wildlife habitat features. The air-conditioned motor coach ride will be narrated, snacks served, and lunch will be served at The Hoot, a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant in Northport. Registration is required by August 30. These tours typically sell out. Cost is $50 per person (mail-in) and $52 online and includes all food and travel. To request more information or to register for the tour, contact Julie at 596-2040, julie@knox-lincoln.org, or register online at knox-lincoln.org/2022-conservation-bus-tour.
FOOD & DRINK
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
• Rose Hip Bake Sale in South Thomaston, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Weskeag Village Green in South Thomaston. Rockland District Nursing Association holds its last weekly bake sale of the season to help fund community nursing. From-scratch blueberry pie, a second seasonal fruit pie, traditional British GF scones and Bakewell Cream biscuits (ideal for strawberry shortcake) are among the offerings. Check Facebook and Instagram @rosehipbakers for details. Pre-orders are accepted via email by Thursday noon: rosehipbakers@gmail.com.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5:
• Community Breakfasts at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden, Mondays from 6:30 to 9 a.m.  All are welcome. The church is next to the Village Green.
KIDS & PARENTS
• The Squirrels’ Busy Year StoryWalk for Children on Sears Island, Carver Memorial Library and Friends of Sears Island invite families to enjoy the Homestead Trail on Sears Island, where they will find posts with laminated pages of the book The Squirrels’ Busy Year, by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Richard Jones. While exploring the island, families are encouraged to look for signs of squirrel life. This book is ideal for kids ages 4 to 6. The StoryWalk will be available September 5–30, and directions to the start of the story can be found by the kiosk just beyond the island gate. From start to finish, the story will cover approximately a half mile of the trail. Sears Island is located off Route 1 on Sears Island Road, just east of downtown Searsport.
• Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamp Applications, will be taken before Thursday, September 1, for 25 bootcamps across the U.S., held over four Saturdays, October 22 to November 12, for underserved students in grades nine through 12. The student and parent applications are open at markcubanai.org/application. Students do not need any prior experience with computer science, programming, or robotics to apply and attend.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30:
• Bedtime Math at Camden Public Library, 5 to 6 p.m. in the library’s Picker Room. Children’s Librarian Miss Amy Hand invites families to the event that will get kids excited for back-to-school. The program will challenge kindergarten through fourth-grade children with math games and get their brains in gear for the new school year. Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring friends. For more information, call Miss Amy at 236-3440.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
• Creative Art Afternoons for Kids at Camden Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. Creative Art Afternoons are back in person every Thursday in September. The after-school activity is for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. Projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up for the September sessions.
• Blueberries for Sal: The Musical, 4 p.m. at Watts Hall Community Arts, 174 Main Street, Thomaston. Portland’s Maine Children’s Theater comes to the historic hall for one show only. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children (12 and under). Available online at the Watts Hall Community Arts website, wattshallthomaston.com, at Flaura, 185 Main Street, Thomaston (cash only), and at the door. General admission. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
• Fall High School Sailing at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main Street in Rockland. Experienced and new sailors in the Rockland community are invited to join the high school team. Sailing practice is in a fleet of club 420 dinghies and takes place on Rockland Harbor, departing from the pier every Thursday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. and returning at 6:30 p.m., starting September 1 and ending October 21, with Pat DiLalla as head coach. Send inquiries to Joao Strout-Bentes, youth@apprenticeshop.org. Go to apprenticeship.org to register.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
• Two-Day Kid Stuff Sale in Belfast, to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast., this Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a fill-a-bag-for-$10 sale from noon to 1 p.m. Childcare while shopping provided on Saturday. Religious Education Coordinator Cayla Miller will be on hand to chat about the upcoming year. Crafts and snacks for kids provided. Donations will be accepted Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items accepted will be clean clothes, toys, baby equipment, books/games and limited furniture due to space.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6:
• Chalk the Walk “Back to School” with Rockport Public Library, at 4 p.m. outside the library. Decorate the sidewalk with what you love about school. This event is free and open to all. In the event of rain, it will be rescheduled for a date to be determined.
COMING UP:
• Kites and Ice Cream on Beech Hill, Coastal Mountains Land Trust hosts the popular end-of-summer event on Saturday, September 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Free kites will be provided to registered children, along with a coupon for a complimentary ice cream cone (ice cream will also be for sale for all of you big kids).  To register your child, go to coastalmountains.org. An adult must accompany participating children throughout the event. The rain date is Sunday, September 18.
MISCELLANEOUS
• Puppy Raisers Wanted, by the Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is looking for people in the midcoast willing to take in a puppy for 14 to 16 months to teach it basic skills and socialization. Puppy classes are held in Belfast. Raisers receive ongoing, local support every step of the way and free veterinary care. Email for details: maineregion@guidingeyes.net.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:
• Meet and Greet Republican Candidates, 5 to 7 p.m. at Waldo Town Hall, Route 131, Waldo. With candidates Maryanne Kinney (State Senate), Todd Boisvert (Sheriff), Ben Hymes (House Dist. 38), and Dave Thompson (Co. Commissioner). Refreshments. All welcome.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
• Happy Wanderers Hike at Newman Preserve, in Northport, on Thursday, September 1, at 10 a.m. Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health program for the moderate out-and-back hike of 2.2 miles. The trail descends into woodland rich in wildlife and brings participants to the bank of Pitcher Pond. The Happy Wanderers meet on the first Thursday of each month. Hikes range in location from Rockport to Stockton Springs. Each outing is led by a Coastal Mountains and Journey to Health staff member. For the full 2022 Happy Wanderers schedule and directions to each hike, visit coastalmountains.org. Go to journeytohealth.coursestorm.com to register.
• Information Session on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination, 7 p.m. at Legion Post 30, 91 Pearl Street in Camden. Veterans and the general public are invited to ta talk by Alison W. Briggs, a Maine trial attorney with experience gathering medical evidence and filing Federal Claims, knowledge of injuries from toxins. She’ll discuss the Camp Lejeune Justice Act and speak on contamination. If you, or someone you know, was stationed at Camp Lejeune and drank water for 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 1987, you/they have limited time to file a Federal Claim for cancers, kidney damage and other injuries.  The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is for individuals, particularly veterans and their surviving family members, who resided, worked or were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For more information, call Jeff Sukeforth, Post 30 adjutant, at 236-3310.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
• Meet and Greet Republican Candidates, at American Legion Post 43, 143 Church Street, Belfast, from 4 to 7 p.m. Todd Boisvert (Sheriff), David Thompson (Co. Commissioner), Stephen J. Hemenwa (House Dist. 39) and Joe McLaughlin (House Dist. 40). The American Legion will be holding its usual Friday night supper, which will be spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and Caesar salad. They will hold a meat raffle at 5:30. All welcome.
COMING UP:
• Friends of the Rockland Public Library’s Book and Bake Sale, returns to the Flanagan Community Center in Rockland on Saturday, September 10. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with early-bird shopping for Friends members starting at 8:30 a.m. Choose from thousands of gently used volumes at affordable prices. The sale offers everything from contemporary and classic fiction in several genres to coffee table tomes and books on dozens of nonfiction topics. Books, audiobooks, music CDs, and movies for adults and children also are available at the sale. Those interested in special collectible books can stroll up the hill to discover a collection for sale at The Book Stop on the lower level of the Rockland Public Library. The bake sale will offer homemade treats of cookies, cakes, muffins, brownies, and other sweets. The Flanagan Community Center is at 61 Limerock Street. To take advantage of the early-bird shopping, join the Friends immediately at the sale.
• Two Info Sessions on Becoming a Conservation Monitor, one on Saturday, September 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the second on Wednesday, September 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., both at the Midcoast Conservancy Office, 290 Route 1 in Edgecomb. Each fall Midcoast Conservancy property monitors trek through deep forests, along streams and at scenic homesteads, on the 14,000 acres of land under Midcoast Conservancy’s stewardship. This ensures that there have been no timber trespasses, dumping, or other activities that hurt ecological integrity and harm wildlife habitat. Monitors are trained by staff, given background information on each property to guide them, and then sent off into the woods to explore and document what they find. Midcoast Conservancy is looking for people interested in becoming property monitors and joining the community of volunteers that make the conservation work possible. Anyone interested in becoming a monitor is encouraged to contact Steward-ship Manager Isobel Curtis at isobel@midcoastconservancy.org or 389-5163.
• Wellness Weekend in the Woods, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Nia Dance workshop and Forest Bathing will be held on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Nia is an energizing barefoot cardio workout meant to connect body, mind and soul. Forest Bathing will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Forest therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called shinrin yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Participants will be invited to notice what is in motion along the trail and sit with a certain tree for a bit. The group will share its observations and a foraged tea afterward. Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga will be offered on Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The class will paddle onto Little Dyer Pond and drop anchor before flowing through a 90-minute yoga session on the water. Participants can register for each class separately; the cost is $15 per workshop. To learn more and sign up, go to midcoastconservancy.org or call 389-5150.
• Rockland High School Class of 1962 Reunion, Wednesday, September 21, at 5 p.m. at Rockland Golf Club. Buffet dinner for $40 per person. Make payment to: Jeanne Estes Karl, 245 Long Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860.
• Coastal Mountains Nature Program Walk: Mushrooms and Other Fungi, on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Clair Preserve (Knights Pond) in Northport. Nature Program is a series of monthly naturalist-led walks and talks exploring the natural history of the midcoast. Dr.  David Porter, emeritus professor of mycology at the University of Georgia, will share his broad and deep knowledge of mushrooms.  During the first hour, after a brief demonstration of how to describe a mushroom and make spore prints, attendees will spread out to collect mushrooms along the trails in and around the St. Clair Preserve.  During the second hour, the group will meet in the parking lot to identify the mushrooms and talk about their biology and ecology. To get there, take Route 1 to Northport, turn west on Beech Road for 2.3 miles, turn left on Knights Pond Road and drive 1.8 miles to the end.
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