MidCoast Maine Journal

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is in Top Ten Gardens in America!

April 2, 2014

Readers have chosen, and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine is the #7 best garden in the country!


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Maine Artist Talks, Theater, Comedy, Blues and Folk

January 25, 2013

Artist Talk by Susan Mills
Maine Fiberarts
Jan 25

Enjoy a reception with receptions where Susan will discuss her exhibit Equipping the Shaman for Night Travels, on view at Maine Fiberarts through Feb. 15th. The work references the “metaphysical journey” between the upper world, lower world, and our world in which dreams, reflection, meditation and imaginings can help us access knowledge to guide us on our way. A colorful show of members’ textiles, hooked rugs, and wearables in the Red Studio complements the show.

Tribute to Robert Burns Scottish Feast
The Inn at Brunswick Station
Jan 25

Pay homage to famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns, with a special dinner in the tavern. Join us for a traditional Scottish feast and celebration complete with bagpipes and more. Kilts are welcome.

Winter Cabaret
The Theater Project
Jan 25 – Feb 10
Fri & Sat 8p, Sun 2p

Winter Cabaret is a Professional Ensemble Production of raucous, adults-only sketch comedy, music and desserts. Pay-What-You-Want. Click or call 729-8584.

Paper Cutting: a craft of the peoples of the earth
Leslie Miller, teacher
Penobscot Marine Museum
Jan 26

We will explore Paper Cut crafts from around the world, discuss how they reflect different cultures, how they encourage curiosity for different lands and lives. We will share and practice several forms of cutting. Needed materials supplied, but feel free to bring along favorite scissors, paper, cuts, and knowledge you may have. Bring your lunch. $50 non-member, $45 members. Includes all supplies. Call 207-548-2529 to register.

Chris Smither with Bill Bourne Blues/Folk concert
Chocolate Church Arts Center
Jan 26

Chris is an American folk/blues singer, guitarist and songwriter.  His music draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers.  Chris was to be joined by special guest Bill Bourne, but at the last minute Bill is not able to be here.  Chris will play the entire evening himself, a great opportunity to see this amazing performer!

Tickets $22 advance, $25 door

9th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour
Jan 27

Rockland, dubbed “Pie Town USA” by the Food Network, will live up to its name when the town goes pie-crazy. Sample over 40 different pies at businesses, restaurants and Historic Inns throughout Rockland, enjoy tours of common areas and some guest rooms at the historic inns and participate in a silent auction featuring pies, local gift certificates and a chance to win an inclusive 2-night stay.

Coming Up:

Cathance River Education Alliance Community Program
Topsham Public Library
Jan 29

Join Mt. Ararat and Brunswick High School biology students as they proudly present their long-term research findings on projects throughout the Cathance River Preserve. Students chose a topic to research with local scientist mentors, working in small groups and collecting data weekly throughout the fall. Lab reports and digital poster presentations served as culminating final products. Topics include a Cathance Preserve large mammal study, animal habitat research, Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) data, a bat study using bat-detector technology, an ongoing Cathance Preserve seasonal changes study, and a Cathance River fish study using CREA’s new underwater camera.


Image: Susan Mills ‘Night Travels’ Exhibit at Maine Fiberarts

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Celebrate the Spirit of Maine’s MidCoast This Weekend

January 11, 2013

The Spirit of Maine’s MidCoast means celebrating our sense of place both geographically and socially. Celebrate the place with a photo/video contest; celebrate the people whether Mainers-born or Mainers-at-heart by helping our neighbors in New Jersey; celebrate our spirit of adventure at a reading from a Maine author’s latest supernatural thriller.

Spirit of Place: 4oth Anniversary Photo and Video Contest
Maine Media College
Now through Feb 1

Spirit of Place embodies geography, connections, stories, memories and presence. From around the globe to MidCoast Maine, we invite all photographers and videographers, of all ages and abilities, to submit your visual interpretation. Landscapes, seascaptes, people/culture, abstract expression – show us what Spirit of Place means to you. Two $2500 cash prizes, free tuition to Maine Media Workshops, pro equipment gift certificates, exhibition of top winning images at Maine Media Gallery, and published eBook of winners.

Hurricane Sandy Raffle
Belfast Chamber of Commerce
Through Feb 2

All proceeds go directly to the South Seaside Park, New Jersey, community that is still feeling the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. Put together by local artist Jerri Finch-Holmes who grew up in South Seaside Park, prizes include an original oil painting by Jerri, an antique-style duck decoy by John Jewell and a Yoga 3 pack with instructor Missy Hatch. For details click or call 207-338-5900.

Bed Turning: Telling the Stories of Quilts
Friendship Sampler Quilters of Belfast, presenters
Penobscot Marine Museum
Jan 12

This old-fashioned bed turning showcases 19th and 20th century quilts either made or acquired in Maine. Learn more about what makes these quilts unique to the Pine Tree State. Free.

37th Annual Schooner Fare Concert
Chocolate Church Arts Center
Jan 12

Taking the stage for the 37th year in a row, Schooner Fare has won unanimous critical praise for captivating harmonies and winning stage presence. Their name has become synonymous with the “Down East” style.

Coming up:

Private Tour of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
Jan 14

For 30 years Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has manufactured exquisite hand woodworking tools in Warren, Maine, and in 2009 received the State of Maine Governor’s Award for Business Excellence. Host and owner Tom Lie-Nielson will discuss the company’s fascinating history and will lead a full tour of the manufacturing process from casting to milling and assembly. Enjoy wine and cheese after the tour while skilled staff demonstrate practical uses of hand planes and answer woodworking questions.

Local Author Visit: Katherine Silva
Vose Library
Jan 17

Local author Katherine Silva will read and discuss ”Aequitas”, the second book in her Monstrum Chronicles series. In this much anticipated sequel to “Vox”, Reid Ainsley is demoted from the Council following his actions during the Vox case. On his latest mission into an organ trafficking scheme, he discovers a plot so heinous, its consequences could destroy Iilitu and mankind alike.

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Wonderous to Wacky Winter Events in Maine’s MidCoast This Weekend

January 4, 2013

Reflections on Nature Exhibit by Eric Johnsen
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
Month of January

Harpswell resident Eric Johnsen is a self-taught landscape photographer and camera collector who finds beauty and redemption in the natural world. He grew up in Appleton Village on a sprawling dairy farm that gave him both an appreciation of nature and the freedom to search and explore the fields and streams around him. For library hours click here.

Maine Farmland Trust Art Show
Fernald Art Gallery
Jan 4
Jan 4 – Feb 27

UMaine Hutchinson Center is pleased to partner with Maine Farmland Trust showcasing a new art exhibit featuring a partnership between 14 local artists and 13 local CSA farms.

8th After-Christmas Annual Wacky Bingo
Boothbay Fire Station
Jan 4

Do you think of yourself as a little wacky? Then come on over for a night of family fun! Be sure to bring along that Christmas gift that you just couldn’t bear to keep! Wrap it up and label it by gender and age appropriateness. Your gift will be someone else’s prize! Come see what else we have in store! For more info on this collaborative effort for Connecting Lively Imaginative Creative Kids (CLICK) email barbh@bmpl.lib.me.us.

The Spacious Vision Song Project
King Chapel at Bowdoin College
Jan 4

Internationally acclaimed singers Barbara Kilduff and Gerald Seminatore will join pianist Brian Moll in a festive program of songs and arias by Bach, Britten, Handel, Mozart, and other composers. This concert is a rare opportunity to experience elite singing in the intimate setting of the historic King Chapel.

Poor Old Shine
Billy’s Tavern
Jan 4

Poor Old Shine shares music rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition. From their hand-painted cereal box CD cases to their thoughtful arrangements, this Roots/American band is about honesty and hand-crafted creativity.

Learn to Curl
Belfast Curling Club
Jan 6
12:30-2:30 p or 3-5 p

Learn to curl: watch a demo first – with narration in a warm room, then go down onto the ice for some instruction and play. Or come watch from the warm room and learn about the club and the game. Wear warm layers and bring a pair of clean shoes with good tread – sneakers are fine.

Coming Up:

Introduction to the Maine Memory Network
By Topsham Historical Society
Topsham Public Library
Jan 8

Scott Hanson will present an introduction to the MMN, the statewide online museum created by the Maine Historical Society. He’ll show the Topsham Historical Society’s first exhibit on MMN about historic fire musters and Topsham’s champion hand-pumper.

Photo by Eric Johnsen

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Happy New Year from Maine’s MidCoast

January 2, 2013

From all of us in MidCoast Maine from Belfast to Brunswick, we wish you a wonderful 2013. If you live in Maine, a peaceful and bright winter, and if you are from away, we wish you at least one great trip to Maine!  What are you looking forward to in MidCoast Maine this year? Tell us, here.

Here are a few things we are thankful for this year:

Our Natural World
Ragged Mountain Trails in Union,
Clary Hill Trail in Union,
Coastal Mountain Land Trails from Rockport to Belfast,
Payson Park in Warren, and
Swan Lake State Park in Swanville.

See more about MidCoast Maine’s great outdoors.

Our Living Heritage

Sail, Steam, and Power Museum in Rockland,
Covered Bridge Shell Museum in Boothbay,
the Butterfly Collection in Cape Newagan, Southport,
Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, and
WW&F Railroad in Alna.

See more about MidCoast Maine’s heritage and learning.

Our Bounty
Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Union,
Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville,
Winterport Winery in Winterport, and
our year-round farmers markets.

See more MidCoast Maine vineyards and farms here.

photo by Michelle Christian of Belfast, Maine

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Gearing Up for a Snowy Winter

December 26, 2012

This fall, a farmer at the Bath Farmers Market told us we were in for a long, snowy winter because acorns were falling in abundance and their goat’s coats could not stop growing. Hornets were building their hives a little higher than usual, he pointed out. Today in MidCoast Maine, we are listening to forecasts that tell of upcoming snowfall. We are thrilled.

How do you prepare for winter in MidCoast Maine? Send us your stories and images here. We want to hear about traveling to Maine for the holidays or for winter getaways. We want to hear about snowy scenery and why MidCoast Maine is so appealing in a snowstorm.

This photo was sent to us by Mark Ilvonen, of Waterman Beach, South Thomaston, Maine. December covered in a blanket of snow. What is your winter view of MidCoast Maine?

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A Long Winter’s Nap: Winter Solstice

December 19, 2012

Winter Solstice is upon us! Here are a few MidCoast Maine ideas to get you through the longest night of the year.

Wiscasset’s Treats is stocked with nice hot soups and it’s the local spot to pick up made-in-Maine Kal’s Snow Melt Salsa. A little heat for a cold winter’s night.

Warm food and warm beds are important in Maine. In Camden, Glendarragh Lavender Farm sells pillows and pillow inserts. Lavender grown in Appleton is used to promote calm, sweet dreams.

From Away blog reports that Maine was once a center of silk manufacturing. The Haskell Silk Company in Westbrook produced silk textiles from 1874 to 1918. Though you won’t get to crawl into your Maine-made silk pajamas this century, we suggest Maine-favorite flannel pjs by the fire.

Since the Good Kettle in Stockton Springs closes for the season on Christmas Eve, you’ll want to stock up on baked goods for the morning.

To All a Good Night!

Jefferson Photo Credit: Beurmond Banville for the Bangor Daily News

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Warm Your Body and Spirit in MidCoast Maine This Weekend

December 12, 2012


Tis the season of warmth. Find glowing luminaries in Downtown Bath, a body-warming Yule Log Hike at Penny Lake Preserve, cold-fighting mittens and quilts at Penobscot Marine Museum, and that heart-warming favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Brunswick.

Downtown Bath Open House
Dec 14

The streets will be lined with luminaria as Downtown Bath merchants and restaurants stay open late to welcome shoppers with festive holiday music, refreshments and one-of-a-kind gifts! Enjoy our vibrant downtown decked out in its seasonal best, admire the window displays and be sure to vote for your favorite.

Yule Log Hike
Penny Lake Preserve
Dec 15

Celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice by gathering natural items and then heading to the BRLT office to create your own Yule Log! Free and open to the public.

Children’s Felted Mitten Ornament Workshop

Penobscot Marine Museum
Dec 15

Bring your children to make their very own felted mitten ornament to take home.

Author Robin Hansen Reads “Ice Harbor Mittens”
Penobscot Marine Museum
Dec 15

Meet the author who will read her delightful children’s book while showing slides of the illustrations. Throughout the day Robin will sign “Ice Harbor Mittens,” her new book “Ultimate Mittens.” And her book of Maine mittens, “Favorite Mittens.”

Keeping Warm Exhibit Opening Party
Penobscot Marine Museum
Dec 15

Explore how Mainers worked and played in the harsher winters of our past. This exhibit showcases our collection of beautiful 19th century quilts, 19th and early 20th century winter clothing, fiber art tools and crafts, toys, sports equipment, and historic photos of Maine in winter.

Billy’s Tavern
Dec 15

It’s a Western Swing Dance this Saturday with The Lay-Z-Gait Swing Band. Polish up your two-step and turn out to dance.

Gingerbread Spectacular
The Opera House
Boothbay Harbor
Dec 15&16

See gingerbread houses, castles, lighthouses, perhaps snow globes, hockey rinks – maybe even a lobster trap. This exhibit raises dough for the Opera House. Sweet!

Coming up:

This Wonderful Life Dinner Theater
The Inn and Tavern at Brunswick Station
Dec 19 & 20

Professional Maine actor, Jody McColman, inhabits every character in this touching, funny adaptation of the iconic holiday classic. Enjoy the show and a delicious 3-course meal.

Fireworks & Shop Local Passport Grand Prize Drawing
Wiscasset Pier & Le Garage Lounge
Dec 20

You’ve been shopping locally this holiday season and picking up a shopping passport at participating locations. Now it’s time for the grand prize. Call 207-882-9600 for more information.

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7 Unique MidCoast Maine Holiday Gifts: Adopt a Puffin, Buy a Bale, and More

December 12, 2012

We’ve compiled 7 truly unique MidCoast holiday gifts this season so you can really wow your recipients, from lighthouse rescue to Maine elephant care! Are you giving any unique MidCoast holiday gifts this year? Tell us about your favorites! All of these gifts support MidCoast organizations doing great work here in Maine.

Ecotourism is swiftly becoming a popular draw to Maine. For your friends visiting MidCoast Maine this year, how about a Puffin Cruise? Reserve your seats for the spring run, which goes from May to June, or a summer cruise through August. Rockland’s Project Puffin Visitor Center offers these options to Adopt a Puffin.

Support the Pemaquid Watershed Association while you gift a lovely winter trek and stay seaside in Osborne Finch Cabin.

Hope Elephants

You can support Hope Elephants and give a wonderful MidCoast gift through their Buy A Bale Campaign. $50 buys a bale for the rescued elephants in Hope, Maine.

For the kindhearted person on your list who has it all, give the gift of Maine Summer Camp in their name! Donate to Hauschka Scholarship Fund, a MidCoast organization that gives scholarships to children to attend summer camp, including Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, Morris Farm Day Camp in Wiscasset, Wavus-By-Day in Jefferson, and PWA’s own Watershed Kids Nature Day Camp in Damariscotta/New Harbor.

Maine State Music Theatre is a nonprofit in Brunswick that offers these passes as gifts, 2013 will feature six performances, from Charlotte’s Web to Les Miserables. Buying a gift certificate lets your loved one choose their show and their date.

Waterfall Arts in Belfast offers courses for adults and children all through the year. Felting? Pottery? Unique artist-led workshops are held year-round. Give the gift of learning to an artist in your life.

Maine Elephants and Musicals not unique enough for your holiday gifting? What about making a donation to preserve a lighthouse in someone’s name? Contribute to the Cuckolds Lighthouse Rescue Project, an exciting ongoing restoration and rehabilitation project in Boothbay Harbor.


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Buildings in Holiday Dress, Shoppers in Holiday Moods, This Weekend in Maine’s MidCoast

December 7, 2012



Enjoy buildings decked out for the season, beautiful handmade gifts, traditional and not-so-traditional plays, and delicious holiday food this weekend in Maine’s MidCoast.

12 Woofs of Christmas
Animal House
Through Dec 24

Go to our website to donate a gift bag to help animals at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

Window & Storefront Decorating Contest
Downtown Bath
Dec 3-16

Come see downtown Bath’s historic buildings in holiday dress and vote for your favorite festive storefront or shop window. The voting begins Monday the 3rd and continues through Sunday the 16th. All votes will be entered in a drawing to win a generous Gift Basket from downtown merchants.

Opening Reception for Handmade Art & Craft Sale
Clifford Gallery
Dec 7

Enjoy the opening reception for this annual exhibit showcasing a curated collection of unique, high-quality handmade goods and artwork from more than 40 indie and alternative artists and crafters. After the opening, Handmade will be open Thurs-Sun, 10-6p from Dec 6-23.

Christmas Market at the Gardens
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Dec 8

Over two-dozen new and returning vendors offer their finest wares, all of the highest quality, and all made in Maine! Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, a cheery fire in the fireplace, and decorations as only The Garden can do them.

Annual Holiday Bazaar
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery
Dec 8&9

Shop local, eat local at our third annual holiday bazaar. Taste local food from Appleton Creamery, Village Bakery, Half Moon Farm, Barred Owl Creamery, and Maine Marshmallow paired with this year’s vintage wines and spirits.

Last Friday Night Artwalk of 2012

Belfast Galleries
Dec 7

Welcome the holiday season at the last Friday night art walk of the year.

Belfast Maskers Theater: Three Wise Men of Spider Creek

First Baptist Church
Dec 7, 7p
Dec 8, 2p&7p

Subtitled “A Family Christmas Story,” this is a heartwarming tale of a frontier family’s Christmas. Snowbound and iced in, the children are visited by Santa and the true hoys of Christmas are celebrated through song, friendship, love and the simplest of pleasures.

North Pole Express!
Boothbay Railway Village
Saturdays, Dec 8-22

This entertaining train ride will consist of a comfortable seat in a steam-heated train – with free cookies and hot chocolate. The train will carry you through the Village and will depart about every 30 minutes. Story telling and a visit from Santa.

Coming up:

The Swordfish Hunters Book Signing and Talk
Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands
Dec 12

Bruce Bourqe, Maine State Museum Chief Archaeologist, will sign and talk about his new book “The Swordfish Hunters: The History and Ecology of an Ancient American Sea People.” The mysterious Red Paint People who lived by the sea and hunted swordfish, buried their dead in large orderly cemeteries, and crafted exquisite tools and bone ornaments vanished after 500 years. Learn how they lived and the evolution of archaeological thinking about them.  FMI 207-594-0600 ext. 5

This Wonderful Life Dinner Theater
The Inn and Tavern at Brunswick Station
Dec 12, 13, 19 & 20

Professional Maine actor, Jody McColman, inhabits every character in this touching, funny adaptation of the iconic holiday classic. Enjoy the show and a delicious 3-course meal.

Thursday Evening Extended Shopping Events
Wiscasset Village
Dec 13&20

Shop in our pretty village and enjoy events into the evening.

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