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Maine Events - March 2011

Featured Event

Main Street, Maine Photo ExhibitEarly 20th century images of the Sebasticook Valley will be the topic of "Greetings From Newport, Maine,"
an illustrated talk at the Newport Cultural Center on Saturday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m. (Photo courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum)
through May 3, 2011: Newport Main Street, Maine Photo Exhibit at the Newport Cultural Center "Main Street, Maine", a popular traveling exhibit of vintage Maine photographs is on display at the Newport Cultural Center, featuring dozens of 75- to 100-year-old images from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection. On Saturday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m., the Newport Cultural Center will host "Greetings from Newport, Maine," a talk by Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum. Johnson will discuss the museum's Eastern Illustrating collection, and show images of Newport and other Sebasticook Valley communities. Members of the Newport Historic Preservation Society will provide background information. Both the talk and the exhibit are free to the public. Eastern Illustrating & Publishing was a postcard publisher founded in Belfast, Maine, in 1909 and active through the early 1950s. According to Johnson, the "Eastern Collection" is the largest single photographic collection in the state, consisting of nearly 50,000 images. The Newport Cultural Center is at 154 Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 207-368-5074 or visit http://newportculturalcenter.com

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Rackstraw DownesRackstraw Downes, At the Confluence
of Two Ditches Bordering a Field
with Four Radio Towers, 1995,
48 x 46 inches
through March 20, 2011: Portland Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008 at the Portland Museum of Art This is the first major survey of paintings by the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award-winning artist Rackstraw Downes (born 1939). With more than 30 works, many of them multiple-part canvases, the exhibition features his minutely detailed paintings of exterior and interior panoramic scenes of the American landscape and urban locations. The exhibition traces the artist’s career through major examples of his work that were painted in Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, including a haunting depiction of the untenanted interior spaces in the World Trade Center in 1998. Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972–2008 was organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York. The publication and exhibition are made possible through a generous grant from the Lannan Foundation with additional support provided by Rex Auchincloss, Philip H. Isles, Francis H. Williams, and one anonymous donor. http://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions-collections/current.shtml
Main Street, Maine Photo Exhibit
through May 3, 2011: Newport Main Street, Maine Photo Exhibit at the Newport Cultural Center "Main Street, Maine", a popular traveling exhibit of vintage Maine photographs is on display at the Newport Cultural Center, featuring dozens of 75- to 100-year-old images from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection. On Saturday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m., the Newport Cultural Center will host "Greetings from Newport, Maine," a talk by Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum. Johnson will discuss the museum's Eastern Illustrating collection, and show images of Newport and other Sebasticook Valley communities. Members of the Newport Historic Preservation Society will provide background information. Both the talk and the exhibit are free to the public. Eastern Illustrating & Publishing was a postcard publisher founded in Belfast, Maine, in 1909 and active through the early 1950s. According to Johnson, the "Eastern Collection" is the largest single photographic collection in the state, consisting of nearly 50,000 images. The Newport Cultural Center is at 154 Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 207-368-5074 or visit http://newportculturalcenter.com March 1 - April 3, 2011: Portland Youth Art Month Exhibition at The Portland Museum of Art Celebrate 17 years of the Maine Art Education Association’s annual Youth Art Month exhibition at the Museum, featuring more than 100 works of art by Maine students, in recognition of the value and importance art education plays in Maine schools. Mark your calendars and make a special trip to the Museum to get an exciting glimpse of the future of the art world. Celebration Reception, Saturday, March 5, 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Free admission. http://www.portlandmuseum.org/Content/5358.shtml
Loretta Krupinski
March 10, 2011: Rockland Artist Loretta Krupinski shares "An Artist's View of Maine's Historic Working Waterfronts' Loretta Krupinski will talk about preserving Maine’s Working Waterfront, one brushstroke at a time. “Every painting tells a story,” the artist muses, and the story behind these stories will be her focus for the school’s monthly lecture series Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop. Tickets are $5 at the door and help benefit the school’s programming. After the lecture, a tour of the school’s wooden boatbuilding shop will be available. Projects underway by current apprentices include an 18’ Buzzard’s Bay sloop, the Apprentice 15 (a double ended, lapstrake sloop designed in house), a 14’ Skylark, a 10’ Abeking and Rasmussen tender, 2 Susan skiffs and a 12’ Lawley tender. Call (207)594-1800 or visit www.apprenticeshop.org for more information.
Irish Soda Bread Baking ContestIrish Soda Bread Baking Contest at Now You’re Cooking
March 10 - 17, 2011: Bath Bath Blarney Days For one week each March, the City of Ships becomes the City of the Irish as downtown Bath celebrates Bath Blarney Days for a week of fun beginning with Irish films and a Friday night Moonlight Madness Sale, followed by a 5K "Shamrock Sprint." Cap off the week on the 17th with Maine’s largest St. Patricks Day Parade and many more activities. http://visitbath.com/?page_id=4666 March 29, 2010: Rockland The Met: Live in HD - Lucia di Lammermoor - Live Opera Broadcast presented at The Rockland Strand Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on Opening Night of the 2007–08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo. Running Time: 4 hours 4 minutes. 1:00 pm. Tickets $27. http://rocklandstrand.com/detail.html?id=631 through August 7, 2011: Rockland Cold Waters, Cold War: the 20th Century Navy in Maine From Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery to the Very Low Frequency transmitter in Cutler, and with particular reference to the 2011 final closure of Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine's Cold War Navy story will finally be revealed in Cold Waters, Cold War: the 20th Century Navy in Maine. The exhibit will assemble artifacts, present personal accounts, and reveal hitherto unknown stories of this tense, highly classified, nearly half-century of naval history - an era set in living memory, but rapidly receding into history, as the 21st century has posed an entirely different set of political and military challenges to our nation. http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/what_to_see/exhibits/exhibit.php?exhi... March 10 - 13, 2011: Portland 2011 Portland Flower Show A collaboration of green industry landscapers, growers, gardeners and industry retailers dedicated to the continued success of everything about “Gardening in Maine” will be interpreting the theme, "The Enchanted Earth", with creative displays of stone, trees, shrubs and flowers an vendors will provide a marketplace of garden products and items for the home. Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. Sunday show closes at 5 pm. Wednesday March 9, Gala Opening 6:00 – 9:00 pm. http://portlandcompany.com/flower/ March 15, 2011: Portland History of American Landscape and Garden Design Join the Maine Historical Society to explore the history of landscape design in Maine and beyond. Speaker Lucinda Brockway will provide an overview of the changing role of landscape design and plant materials from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century through site-specific examples drawn from the region. What is our American garden legacy? How has it evolved? What can you do to celebrate this tradition in your own backyard? Brockway will investigate both the design concepts and individual details that have defined the American garden tradition from the Colonial era, to the Victorian, to the Colonial Revival, and through the Moderne. She will then share “before and after” images demonstrating the transformation of contemporary back yards inspired by these design ideals. 7 pm. 489 Congress Street. http://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml#event_201
LunasaLunasa, coming to Camden, Maine
March 18, 2011: Portland Lunasa at the Camden Opera House On March 18, the day after St. Patrick's Day, Lunasa returns to the Camden Opera House for a St. Paddy's Day celebration concert. There will be a meet and greet at concert sponsor Natalie’s/The Camden Harbour Inn for ticketholders following the show. Special dinner/concert packages are available. Tickets $20 - $22 in advance, and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Camden Town office Mon - Fri from 9 am - 3 pm, by calling 470-7066, and by visiting the Camden Opera House website: http://www.camdenoperahouse.com
Maine Boatbuilders Show
March 18 - 20, 2011: Portland> Maine Boatbuilders Show A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boatbuilders on the East Coast with numerous manufacturers of boating equipment, sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats displayed with the builders there to discuss and sell their work. Visit the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors booth to meet us and get a free sticker and special pricing on magazine subscriptions. Show admission is $15.00 per day at the door. Children under 12 accompanied by adults, free. Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Portland Company Marine Complex, 58 Fore Street. 207-774-1067; www.portlandcompany.com March 19, 2011: Rockland Camp-A-Thon Benefit A Camp-A-Thon in support of homeless teens is being held in Rockland’s Chapman Park (corner of Main Street and Park Street next to the Rite Aid) from 5 pm Saturday, March 19 through 7am Sunday, March 20. There will be 15 sponsored, overnight campers. The public is invited to attend from 5 pm – 9 pm on the 19th to enjoy free, community-contributed stone soup, speakers, live music, readings and performances. A collaboration between Where Do I Go Now? (WDIGN) and Knox Interfaith Teen Safe Havens (KITS), the Camp-a-thon’s goal is to raise awareness of at risk and homeless teens and build support for the organizations working with them as well as raising money now to help youth who are currently homeless and at risk of becoming homeless. Where Do I Go Now? Teen Homelessness Awareness Project has a mission to educate the community about teen homelessness through art, music, theatre, and film. Their long-term plan includes establishing a living center to accommodate homeless teens and young adults from the Midcoast area, using a mixture of traditional education, on-site hands-on farming, counseling, nature and animal facilitated healing, arts, and community integration. Knox Interfaith Teen Safe Havens provides current, ongoing financial and emotional support to families taking in youth & teens that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as developing ways to collect information about homeless teens in Knox County. To sponsor a camper, contribute or for additional information contact Rhonda Nordstrom, 594.5077 or rhonda@rhealdayspa.com. March 22, 2011: Rockport Midcoast Magnet Juice Box - Top Gun Midcoast Since 2009 the Maine Center for Enterprise Development (MCED) has produced Top Gun, an annual intensive mentoring and education program for first-time entrepreneurs building scalable, innovation-based businesses. The first two successful Top Gun classes met in Portland; MCED now has funding to bring this successful program statewide, including a Midcoast class. This highly collaborative event builds entrepreneurial skills, networks and business models over a period of months, bringing together a community of mentors, speakers, educators, sponsors, investors and entrepreneurs. Come learn how you can participate and help energize the Midcoast entrepreneurial ecosystem. A Juice Box is full of the energy and expertise of a Juice Conference - just wrapped up in a smaller package. Created by the Midcoast Magnet, these events offer skills, networking opportunities and fun. Join us to promote the creative economy as we bring together the arts, business and technology in the Juice Box series. For more information or questions contact info@midcoastmagnet.com. 5:30 - 8:00. Samoset Resort. www.midcoastmagnet.com