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Maine Events - January 2011

Featured Event

Chuck Paine Firefly
January 13, 2011: Rockland Art Paine, Yacht Designer, presents at The Apprenticeshop World-renowned yacht designer Chuck Paine will speak about designing sailboats and his new book, "My Yacht Designs and the Lessons They Taught Me", at The Apprenticeshop on Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 pm. Paine grew up in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where he developed a love of boats. He and his twin brother Art spent their free time watching and making drawings of boats coming and going in Narragansett Bay. After attaining a degree in engineering from Brown University and a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps in Tehran, Paine was ready to launch his career as a yacht designer. His mathematical abilities and engineering background were key elements in his success at designing light, strong, fast boats, both power and sail. After beginning his career with Dick Carter Yacht Design north of Boston, Paine moved to Maine in the early 1970s and established his own shop in the mid-coast. An early connection with boat builder Tom Morris of Morris Yachts on Mount Desert proved to be a productive and career-long partnership. Widespread interest in Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for traditional wooden sailboats, with its “Spirit of Tradition” class developed specifically for that race, provided an important forum and continuing demand for wooden sailboat design. Over the course of his career, Paine produced hundreds of designs for an international customer base, wrote frequently for Yachting magazine, and achieved global recognition as a master of his craft. For The Apprenticeshop’s Second Thursdays lecture series, Paine will talk about sailboats, his book, and share anecdotes from his long career and love of boating. The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship located at 643 Main Street, Rockland. Tickets are $5 at the door. A tour of current boat projects will be available after the lecture. Boats under construction include an 18’ Buzzard’s Bay sloop, the Apprentice 15 (a double ended, lapstrake sloop designed in house) and 2 Susan skiffs. Two projects in the lofting phase are a 14’ Skylark and a 10’ Abeking and Rasmussen tender. For more information visit: www.apprenticeshop.org or call (207)594-1800.

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Michael Waterman: LeopardMichael Waterman: Leopard, o/c, 40” x 60”, 1994 on display at Aucocisco Galleries
January 7, 2011: Portland First Friday Art Walk and Opening Reception at Aucocisco Galleries Stop by during the First Friday Art Walk and view selections of dealer's twelve years of collecting Maine art. Aucocisco Galleries is a contemporary fine art gallery originally established in 2000 in Portland’s Arts District in both the Congress Square Building and in the Eastland ParkHotel. All of the gallery artists, shown and represented, have a significant and direct connection to the state of Maine or the state has played a significant part of their identity as visual artists. 5 -8 pm. 89 Exchange Street. www.aucocisco.com
George Cole Quintet
January 8, 2011: Rockland George Cole Quintet "Eurocana" Jazz The George Cole Quintet’s superbly crafted and melodically sophisticated original music reminds us of the best of George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Cole Porter. The band’s highly stylized approach, technical mastery and fast and furious guitar playing is in the tradition of Django Reinhardt. It includes crooning vocals, a gift for comic gab and romantic duets with vocalist, Molly Mahoney. George's music suggests a hot sultry evening in a Parisian nightclub in the 1940's and the sophistication of master craftsman. The mix of high energy guitar playing, soaring violin flights by Julian Smedley, and propulsive "le pompe" rhythm guitar style creates a dynamic musical experience. George Cole has just returned from playing and singing duets with Keely Smith at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco. He has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and sold out shows at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. He dazzled audiences at a Grammy Artist’s Showcase. Savannah Mae opens the show. 7 - 9:30 pm. Lincoln Street Theater. www.lincolnstreetcenter.org/georgecole January 11, 2011: Newcastle "Historic Maine Personalities” Series to be presented by historian, Jerry Wiles A Series on “Historic Maine Personalities” will be presented by outstanding historian and professional speaker, Jerry Wiles of Chebeague Island, Maine. This series will focus on four Maine natives who achieved national acclaim and will outline not only their lives but the times in which they found themselves striving to achieve their dreams. The January 11th presentation will feature Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President to Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Wiles, a retired Cumberland teacher, received his B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Kentucky University. He served in the U.S. Air Force until 1963. He has been doing dramatic presentations of history since 2001 and is well known throughout Maine for his knowledge and captivating renditions of historical times and the people who made their mark on history. All are invited to this free series. Please call Carol at 563-3350 to reserve a seat. 6:30pm. Lincoln home, 22 River Rd. www.damariscottaregion.com/events.html
Rockport Ice CompanyRockport Ice Company
January 13, 2011: Camden Ice Harvesting Talk at The Camden Public Library The next event in the library’s January historical series will be a presentation by Gail Frye and Todd McIntosh on the ice industry in Camden-Rockport and vicinity. Rockport’s Lily Pond ice was well known throughout the East Coast and the Caribbean and “The ice industry was going strong in the same time period as the quarry industry,” according to Frye, “and used some of the same facilities for storage, loading, and of course shipping.” The McIntosh family ran one of the last ice harvesting businesses on the coast, performing the last harvest of Chickawaukie Lake ice in 1954. 6:30 pm. www.librarycamden.org/uncategorized/7516/ice-harvesting-was-huge
VoXXVoXX: Voice of Twenty
January 13, 15, & 16, 2011: Belfast, Camden, Phippsburg "Favorites Old and New: Musike for the Nywe Yeare 2011" performed by VoXX: Voice of Twenty VoXX: Voice of Twenty, the highly regarded, midcoast Maine a cappella vocal ensemble formerly known as Ave Maris Stella, will present a selection of favorite works in a program designed to celebrate both the group’s new name and the turning of the new year. As is usual for the January concert series, VoXX's repertoire will cover a broad spectrum, from medieval times through the 20th century and from chant and polyphony through chromaticism. Three concerts are scheduled in the 2011 series: THURSDAY, JANUARY 13: 7:30 P.M. Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. $10 at the door. (Snow date: January 20). 207-338-3884; www.belfast.lib.me.us. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15: 7:30 P.M. High Mountain Hall, Camden: 5 Mountain Street, $10 at the door. (Snow date: January 22). 207-236-0003; www.highmountainhall.com. SUNDAY, JANUARY 16: 2:00 P.M. Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane. $10. Reception to follow. (Snow date: January 23) 207-389-1770; www.phippsburgucc.org. In an example of “favorites old and new,” two very different settings of a Marian text will be presented. One is a majestic four-part setting: “Ave Maria Virgo Serena,” written by Josquin. The piece will be sung by the full group, in contrast with the other “Ave Maria” on the program, which is a contemporary setting by Gustav Holst to be sung by the women of VoXX. www.avemarisstella.com
Chuck Paine Firefly
January 13, 2011: Rockland Art Paine, Yacht Designer, presents at The Apprenticeshop World-renowned yacht designer Chuck Paine will speak about designing sailboats and his new book, "My Yacht Designs and the Lessons They Taught Me", at The Apprenticeshop on Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 pm. Paine grew up in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where he developed a love of boats. He and his twin brother Art spent their free time watching and making drawings of boats coming and going in Narragansett Bay. After attaining a degree in engineering from Brown University and a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps in Tehran, Paine was ready to launch his career as a yacht designer. His mathematical abilities and engineering background were key elements in his success at designing light, strong, fast boats, both power and sail. After beginning his career with Dick Carter Yacht Design north of Boston, Paine moved to Maine in the early 1970s and established his own shop in the mid-coast. An early connection with boat builder Tom Morris of Morris Yachts on Mount Desert proved to be a productive and career-long partnership. Widespread interest in Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for traditional wooden sailboats, with its “Spirit of Tradition” class developed specifically for that race, provided an important forum and continuing demand for wooden sailboat design. Over the course of his career, Paine produced hundreds of designs for an international customer base, wrote frequently for Yachting magazine, and achieved global recognition as a master of his craft. For The Apprenticeshop’s Second Thursdays lecture series, Paine will talk about sailboats, his book, and share anecdotes from his long career and love of boating. The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship located at 643 Main Street, Rockland. Tickets are $5 at the door. A tour of current boat projects will be available after the lecture. Boats under construction include an 18’ Buzzard’s Bay sloop, the Apprentice 15 (a double ended, lapstrake sloop designed in house) and 2 Susan skiffs. Two projects in the lofting phase are a 14’ Skylark and a 10’ Abeking and Rasmussen tender. For more information visit: www.apprenticeshop.org or call (207)594-1800. January 15, 2011: Bethel 12th Annual Fishtails & Cocktails Fundraiser Visit Sugarloaf Ski Resort for the 12th Annual Fishtails & Cocktails Fundraiser as they raise money for Casting For Recovery - a national non-profit organization that provides support and educational programs for women who have or who have had breast cancer. Cash bar, appetizers, silent auction, plus raffles and great company at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. www.sugarloaf.com January 14 & January 15 – February 26, 2011: Saco Saco Museum Exhibition and Opening Reception Features Turn-Of-The-Century Photographer Charles E. Moody Maine’s key role in the development of photography as an art form is well established. Late 19th- and early 20th-century photographers gravitated toward this state’s unique blend of idyllic landscapes and modern industrial scenes. Yet Maine had its native photographers as well. Some transcended the documentary abilities of the medium to create photographs of astonishing quality, capturing the beauty, humor, and contrasts of this idiosyncratic state. Photographer Charles E. Moody of Saco, Maine, was one of the latter. This special exhibition, a collaboration between the Dyer Library/Saco Museum and McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine, celebrates Moody’s unique achievements and sheds new light on the remarkable archive of his negatives, lantern slides, photos, and camera equipment in the collections of both institutions. Unconventional Portraits: Photographs by Charles E. Moody will be on view January 15 through February 26, 2011, with an opening reception at the Saco Museum on Friday, January 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main Street (Route 1) in historic downtown Saco, Maine. Free parking. For additional information, please call 283-3861, ext. 114 or visit: www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org January 15, 2011: Rockland Epic Brass performs at The Rockland Strand Heralded for its “virtuosity, versatility and verve,” Earl Raney’s award winning Epic Brass Quintet will leave the rafters ringing with their infectious sense of fun. Founded in 1983 and a featured favorite at Bay Chamber Concerts, this Boston-based ensemble combines elegant musical artistry with a youthful flair and brilliance, which captivates audiences worldwide. Come hear their wide-ranging repertoire that reaches from Bach to Gershwin, Baroque quintets to Dixieland Jazz. 7 pm. Visit: www.baychamberconcerts.org January 18, 2011: Belfast The Belfast Garden Club Hosts Winter Plant Propagation Workshop The monthly meeting and speaker series of The Belfast Garden Club continues Tuesday January 18th, featuring a talk and workshop by Carol Yee, owner of Carol’s Collectible’s of Swanville. The workshop and talk, which the public is encouraged to attend, will begin at 2pm following a brief public Club business meeting which starts at 1pm. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court Street. The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining over 12 public gardens in the City. In 2010 a grant from the Golden Rule Foundation was used to improve the garden around the Chapel at the Grove Cemetery. The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and an annual Education Scholarship. Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The Club welcomes new members and volunteers year round. http://www.belfastgardenclub.org
Bale Bahia
January 19, 2011: Portland Balé Folclórico da Bahia performs at The Merrill Auditorium Balé Folclórico da Bahia brings thrilling choreography, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, sensual exuberance to every performance. The 38-member troupe of dancers, instrumentalists, and singers performs a repertory based on Bahian folkloric dances of African origin including slave dances; capoeira, a form of martial arts; samba de roda and the lively traditions celebrating Carnival. The centerpiece of the evening, Sacred Heritage, is a work rooted in the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé, created for the 20th anniversary of the company, and seen in the U.S. for the first time on this tour. Presented by Portland Ovations. 7:30 pm. http://portlandovations.org/shows/2010-11/bale_folclorico_da_bahia January 20, 2011: Rockport Midcoast Magnet presents Social Network...In Real Life Are you looking for a way to make more business connections and to expand your resources in the Midcoast? Do you find yourself wanting to be more social? Midcoast Magnet held some focus groups last year and learned that people living and working in Knox and Waldo counties want to get more involved, but they don't know how, so they came up with a program "Social Network... In Real Life". Networking, conversation, connections, good food and good people. 5:30 – 8:30. Rayr Wine Shop, 67 Pascal Ave. Visit: www.midcoastmagnet.com/content/social-network-real-life Maine Lakes Mushers Bowl Winter Carnival January 22 - 23, 2011: Bridgton The award-winning Mushers Bowl Winter Carnival is a weekend of fun-filled family activities including dogsled and skijoring races, a snowmobile parade, bonfire, horse drawn sled rides, crafts fair, star gazing, ice skating, dance, polar bear dunk, ice fishing and lots of great food. Sponsored by the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and Downeast Sled Dog Club. For more info phone the GBLRCC at 207-647-3472. Visit: www.mainelakesmushersbowl.com January 23, 2011: Rockland Annual Pies on Parade The Historic Inns of Rockland and over 20 participating “Pie Town” restaurants celebrate National Pie Day in “Pie Town U.S.A.” with the seventh annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour. Recently dubbed “Pie Town U.S.A.” by The Food Network, the city’s popular pie event will feature samples of more than 45 pies of all types made and presented by local inns and businesses. Common fruit pies, shepherd’s pie, pizza pies, Italian galettes, seafood pies, whoopie pies, quiches, and healthy gluten-free or sugar-free pies have been part of past pie tours. Walk to tour stops, or take a free trolley. Special lodging offers are extended by participating inns. Visit: www.historicinnsofrockland.com January 24 - 28, 2011: Newry Sunday River Ski Resort Go50Week Celebrating being over 50 and active, this entire week is dedicated to those over the age of 50 and include free Snowflake Factory tours, a wine dinner, moonlit snowshoeing, a sock hop, and live entertainment, plus great vacation packages for skiers and riders 50 and over, with Go50 Week. Vacation Packages: www.sundayriver.com Weekly Ski and Stay deals: www.sundayriver.com/EventsActivities/EventsCalendar/index.html
Andrew von OeyenComposer and pianist, Andrew von Oeyen
January 25, 2011: Portland Portland Symphony Orchestra presents “From Russia With Love” The Portland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Robert Moody will present the first Tuesday Classical concert of 2011, “From Russia With Love,” which will include works from two of Russia’s best-known 20th century composers, along with a world premiere by a renowned local composer who traces his roots to Russia and pianist Andrew von Oeyen, who “plays with a blend of crystalline fire and heartfelt poetry,” according to the Chicago Sun Times. The program opens with the world premiere of Diamond Jubilee by Maine resident and former music professor at Bowdoin College, Elliott Schwartz, commissioned by the PSO in honor of the composer’s 75th birthday. According to Schwartz, “it seemed appropriate to compose the work as a ‘memoir,’ and to give it a title celebrating the number 75. It’s not exactly an ‘autobiography,’ more like a retrospective look backwards at 75 years of human history in which my own life story mingles with the larger panorama.” 7:30 pm. http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/?performance=from-russia-with-love January 28, 2011: Lewiston The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents the “The Nature of Woodwinds" The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents the entertaining and educational “The Nature of Woodwinds" series, an exploration of the musical sounds of nature, beginning in Lewiston. The PSO Woodwind Quintet will compare elements of music: tempo, rhythm, and melody, with elements in nature: the seasons, weather, and wildlife. “The Nature of Woodwinds” will visit seven towns in Maine, performing for thousands of young children in twenty performances. KinderKonzerts are entertaining, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians and designed for kids ages 3 – 7. Attendees are encouraged to sing, dance, wiggle, clap, and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. KinderKonzert tickets are $4 per person. For reservations or additional information, email education@portlandsymphony.org or call (207) 773-6128. For complete season information, Visit: www.portlandsymphony.org January 29, 2011: Camden Camden Winterfest The Camden Winterfest returns for its 9th annual community celebration, presented by the Camden Public Library and the Winterfest Committee along with local sponsors. The Winterfest Committee is currently working with the Friends of the Amphitheater Skating Rink and a community effort is being made to bring an outdoor skating rink to Camden, furthering the Winterfest mission of encouraging youth community spirit and public use of the parks. The centerpiece of Winterfest activity remains the Community Ice Carving Event in which community members transform ordinary blocks of ice into crystaline ice sculptures using the traditional tools of the ice-carving artisan. Chef Tim Pierce of the Samoset Resort donates his time to teaching the the craft of ice sculpting. Families are encouraged to come and play, horse and wagon rides are offered free of charge, a merry band of culinary volunteers serve a variety of delicious hot soups donated by local restaurants, light snacks, and their world famous Arctic Grilled Cheese Sandwich. The warm rotunda of the library hosts live music by All That Jazz and other local musicians all afternoon. For more information and a schedule of events visit: http://winterfest.mycamdenmaine.com
James Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Howard, c. 1923,
watercolor on paper, 21 1/2 x 29 in.
January 29, 2011 – June 26, 2011: Rockland James Fitzgerald and the Schooner 'Elizabeth Howard' on exhibit at The Farnsworth This exhibition will focus on the watercolors and drawings by James Fitzgerald that depict the fishermen of the schooner Elizabeth Howard. Known as the White Ghost, the vessel was built in East Boothbay, Maine in 1916. Fitzgerald boarded the ship as an honorary crew member on one of its expeditions to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. He got a little more than he bargained for—after a successful haul of halibut, a violent storm with winds of over 120 mph overtook the schooner and, while it did not sink, some of the crew was badly injured. After a safe return to Boston harbor the captain, shaken, left the schooner for good. Two weeks later the Elizabeth Howard set sail again and was caught in a storm off Nova Scotia, broke in half, and all hands were lost. Drawn entirely from the museum’s’ holdings of American works on paper, this exhibition is organized by the museum registrar, Angela Waldron. This exhibition is part of a statewide collaboration among Maine arts organizations featuring exhibitions throughout 2011 which celebrate drawing. Click here for more information.
January 29 - 30, 2011: Norway Annual Norway Snowfest Sponsored by the Norway Trackers Snowmobile Club, this annual event includes snowmobile drag racing, exhibits, and trophies that are based on spectator voting. Keep warm with homemade soups, chowders, chili and other great treats. http://www.norwaytrackers.com/Events.html