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Maine Events - February 2010

Featured Event
Artist Sense of Place
February 4, 2010: Brunswick "An Artist's Sense of Place”, Maine Painter, Evelyn Dunphy Meet artist Evelyn Dunphy, whose watercolors of the Maine landscape will be on view at Frontier throughout February. Dunphy has been recognized by the Trust for Public Lands for her contribution to the largest conservation project in Maine history that expanded Baxter State Park by saving Katahdin Lake and 6,000 acres from development. She recently received the People's Choice Award from the Natural Resource Council of Maine. The film "Following in the Footsteps of Frederic Church," which follows Dunphy through a painting workshop at Church's Millinocket Lake camp, will be shown at 5:30 pm. 5pm-6:30pm. Free. Frontier, Fort Andross – Mill 3. www.evelyndunphy.com and www.explorefrontier.com
Soweto Gospel Choir
February 4, 2010: Portland World-Renowned Soweto Gospel Choir Performs at Portland Bull Moose & Merrill Auditorium Members of the Grammy award-winning South African gospel group the Soweto Gospel Choir will perform a live in-store concert Thursday, February 4 at noon at the Portland Bull Moose at 151 Middle Street. Scheduled in conjunction with Portland Ovations who will be presenting a full concert of the Soweto Gospel Choir at Merrill Auditorium at 7:00 pm that evening, the free in-store concert will feature ten members performing three songs a capella followed by a CD signing. Formed in Soweto, South Africa in 2002, the 30+ member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, reggae, and American popular music. The group’s albums, Blessed and African Spirit won Grammy awards for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively. portlandovations.org/shows/2009-10/soweto_gospel_choir/
Painting by Evelyn Dunphy
February 4, 2010: Brunswick "An Artist's Sense of Place”, Maine Painter, Evelyn Dunphy Meet artist Evelyn Dunphy, whose watercolors of the Maine landscape will be on view at Frontier throughout February. Dunphy has been recognized by the Trust for Public Lands for her contribution to the largest conservation project in Maine history that expanded Baxter State Park by saving Katahdin Lake and 6,000 acres from development. She recently received the People's Choice Award from the Natural Resource Council of Maine. The film "Following in the Footsteps of Frederic Church," which follows Dunphy through a painting workshop at Church's Millinocket Lake camp, will be shown at 5:30 pm. 5pm-6:30pm. Free. Frontier, Fort Andross – Mill 3. www.evelyndunphy.com and www.explorefrontier.com February 6, 2010: Rockland Knox County “Feed Our Friends” Event This event’s message is “The Christmas season is not the only time our friends (human and animal alike) need help”, while collecting non-perishable food, money, goods, etc. on behalf of the Area Interfaith Outreach (A.I.O.) Food Pantry and the Humane Society of Knox County, this effort strives to educate the public about need in our community. Representatives from both the A.I.O. Food Pantry and the Humane Society of Knox County will be on hand on accept donations and to answer questions and C.A.R.T. (County Animal Response Team), the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, and the Knox Regional Communications Center 9-1-1 Public Education Unit will be there with information for the public. Don Carrigan, reporter for WLBZ 2 and WCSH 6, will be attending with the infamous Togus the Cat. Humane Society of Knox County "Wish List": kitty litter, paper towels, large black garbage bags, dog treats, cat treats, large rawhide chews and bones, postage stamps, 6 inch paper plates. AIO Food Pantry "wish list": dish detergent, laundry detergent, canned milk, juice, creamed corn, paper towels, toilet paper, cereal, shampoo, body wash. Raffle tickets will also be sold for an array of prizes. Visit knoxcountyfeedourfriends.blogspot.com for more information. Saturday, 1 – 4 pm, Knox County Administrative Office, Knox County Courthouse, Rockland (High St. entrance). February 6, 2010: Rockport Snowman Triathlon This indoor/outdoor Triathlon includes a half-mile pool swim, 30 min. stationary bike ride and 5K run. There will be free t-shirts for the first 50 registrants. Prizes and refreshments are included. Entrance fee is $45 prior to January 30/$50 after. Saturday, 9:00 am, Pen Bay YMCA, Union St. 236-3375. February 5 -7, 2010: Camden 20th Annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships The U.S. National Toboggan Championships is still seeking sponsors as organizers prepare for this year's races at the Camden Snow Bowl. A unique tradition in Maine, and the only official, traditional wooden toboggan races in the country, the U.S. National Toboggan Championships are geared up for some gorgeous Maine winter weather, which will undoubtedly yield fast racing times and plenty of enthusiastic spectators. Annually a sell-out for the 400 available team slots, the Toboggan Nationals also bring approximately 5,000 fans to the area for the two days of racing, with Friday's prep day a local business boon for those traveling to the Midcoast from out of the area. Consider acknowledging the Toboggan Nationals this year by joining the team and being a sponsor at some level. Register online at www.camdensnowbowl.com. February 6 – 7, 2010: Portland 20th Annual Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show Featuring over 170 exhibitors, eco-friendly seminars, and live cooking demonstrations, this show has an impressive range of new vendors, skilled artisans, and unique home and garden demonstrations. Providing the newest tools, ideas and inspiration for attendees, the show also will showcase for consumers how to update and remodel in an increasingly eco-friendly world. Additionally, the show’s popular “Meet the Chefs” series, featuring live demos from several well-known Maine and New Hampshire chefs, will take place on both days. Cumberland County Civic Center. www.homegardenflowershow.com February 13, 2010:Rockport Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats Bay Chamber Concerts presents the contortionists, jugglers and acrobats, The Golden Dragon Acrobats, as they represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty seven centuries ago . Direct from Hebei, China, our company has traveled around the world to all 50 states and to over 65 countries on five continents, With performers trained in the rigorous art of acrobatics since early youth, the troupe has garnered international acclaim. 7:00 pm, Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional H.S., Rte. 90. 236-2823; www.baychamberconcerts.org February 20, 2010: Raymond 2010 Polar Dip to benefit the Maine Children's Cancer Program The 8th Annual Shaw's Polar Dip will be held on Saturday at 12:00 Noon at Raymond Beach. The funds raised will benefit the children and their families treated at the Maine Children's Cancer Program. The Shaw's Polar Dip is a cornerstone event in the Sebago Lake Rotary Derby Fest, the third largest ice fishing event in the country. This year we are expecting more than 200 brave souls to jump into the four-foot deep hole cut into the ice on Sebago Lake. To enter, each jumper solicits pledges from friends, family and their communities to help meet the vital needs of children battling cancer. Please donate to the jump team of IAM KAMERA TUFF at fundraising.mmc.org/netcommunity/iamkameratuff.
Maine Wood 2010Chris Steiner, Thomaston, Maine
Seed Pod Vessel, 2009
Cherry, 18" x 43" x 8"
through February 12, 2010: Rockport "Maine Wood 2010" at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship's Messler Gallery This biennial, juried exhibition highlights the breadth and creativity of wood craftsmanship in Maine. The mission of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is to “provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional, beautiful, and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship.” 594-5611; woodschool.org February 20 - 28, 2010: Boston, MA New England Boat Show One of the oldest, largest and most respected boating marketplaces in the Northeast, the New England Boat Show is held annually at the new, state of the art, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. With more than twice the available space of any other exhibition hall in the state, this is truly an event that the boating enthusiast will not want to miss! See powerboats and fully rigged cruising sailboats to 50 feet. The show also has over 350 exhibits of marine accessories. 800-225-1577; www.newenglandboatshow.com through May 1, 2010: Bath Bath Winter Farmers Market A friendly, established market (first and third Saturdays 9 am to noon) with a wide variety of products including apples, cheese, baked items, gluten free and fresh pasta, beef, pork, chicken goat meat, seafood, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, specialty coffee and more. Twenty-two vendors. Bath UCC Church, 150 Congress Avenue. 207-512-2234
Maine Wood 2010Frank Duveneck, Portrait of Mrs. Philip
Hinkle (detail), Circa 1906-1907
oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. Joseph H.G. Hinkle, 1969
through April 25, 2010: Rockland "Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories in Coastal Maine" at The Farnsworth Museum The exhibition draws on the museum’s collection of nineteenth century clothing and accessories including day and evening attire, nightgowns, undergarments, hats and shoes, fans, and jewelry dating from 1850 to 1900. The collection harkens back to a time when wealthy sea captains and their spouses traveled the world and brought back cosmopolitan ideals and handiwork to their bustling Midcoast communities. www.farnsworthmuseum.org February 10 – April 15, 2010: throughout Maine “Strings At Sea” Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s beloved Kinderkonzert series presents “Strings at Sea”, introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts. Attendees will set sail with Lobstering Laura and the PSO String Quintet as they take to the high seas for some water, waves, and wild adventures with musical favorites about the sea and its many living wonders. “Strings at Sea” will visit seven locations in Maine, for a total of eighteen concerts. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert tickets are $4 per person. For additional information, reservations and ticketing information visit www.portlandsymphony.com or call 207-773-6128. February 28, 2010: throughout Maine Community Supported Agriculture Fairs Presented by MOFGA Attend a CSA Fair in your community and learn about CSAs, become acquainted with local seasonal foods, buy a share in a farm's weekly harvest, and discover how you can grow a relationship with a Maine farm. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at participating locations. Community Supported Fisheries may not be represented in all locations. The fairs are sponsored by MOFGA, the Maine Council of Churches, and local organizations at each site. Free admission. Each location will have its own local flavor including local produce and other farm products, light refreshments featuring local, seasonal foods, a Seafood Throwdown cooking competition with local chefs and more. Details. For more information, contact Melissa White Pillsbury, MOFGA's Organic Marketing Coordinator, by email at melissa@mofga.org or by phone at 207-568-4142For more information, email mofga@mofga.org. www.mofga.org