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Maine Events - November 2008

Featured Events:
Moosehead LakeYou'll find the holiday spirit in Greenville on Mooshead Lake.
November 29, 2008: Greenville Deck the Halls The annual Deck the Halls event is the official kickoff to the Holiday Season in the Moosehead Lake Region. It takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, providing great fun for the entire family, including a public pancake breakfast, educational games for kids, a craft fair, area shopping specials, "Deck the Halls" parade, town tree lighting and family Sock Hop dance. 207-695-2702; www.mooseheadlake.org This month:
Take Pride In Acadia
November 1, 2008: Mount Desert Island/Bar Harbor Take Pride in Acadia Day Join one of the most important volunteer events of the year in Acadia National Park. Leaf-rakers are needed to clean out drainage ways, and prepare Acadia’s 44 miles of historic carriage roads for winter. This volunteer effort contributes valuable assistance to the park, reducing carriage road erosion from the rains, ice, and thaws during winter and spring. Bring gloves, a rake if you have one, water, your family and friends, and prepare the park for winter. A free CCC lunch (chili, cornbread, and cider) follows the morning’s work. Participants in the Acadia Quest program will be recongized for completing the program requirements and the grand prize drawing will take place during lunch. 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please contact Terry Begley at 207-288-3340 or send an email to terry@friendsofacadia.org. www.friendsofacadia.org/volunteer/takepride.shtml
Transportation Museum AuctionGreat Fall Auction at the
Owls Head Transportation Museum.
November 1 - 2, 2008: Owls Head Great Fall Auction and Open House at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Don’t miss the opportunity to support the Museum and bid on more than 700 great items—everything from auto parts to get-away weekends, including art, dining, furniture, home furnishings, and boat cruises. The Great Fall Auction is made up of new and used items, donated by businesses and individuals. No reserves. Everything must sell. Free admission all weekend. Auction Preview & Early Bidder Registration: Saturday, November 1, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, November 2, Silent Auction 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Live Auction begins at 9:30 am. Located on Route 73 in Owls Head, just two miles from U.S. Route 1, south of Rockland. 207-594-4418; www.owlshead.org November 1, 2008: Portland Maine Brewers' Festival Celebrate Maine's micro-breweries at the Portland Expo during the annual Maine Brewers' Festival. Maine's craft brewers showcase their newest and most popular brews. Great food, door prizes, interesting vendors, and fantastic music. This event has become a New England tradition, highlighting the quality of micro-brewed craft products, as Maine's craft brewers showcase their newest and most popular brews. Great food, door prizes, interesting vendors, and fantastic music round out the experience. Attendees must be 21 years of age. Portland Expo Center, Route 1 and Deering Ave. www.mainebrew.com
Verlyn KlinkenboVerlyn Klinkenborg will give the keynote
speech, "Writing and the Perception of Nature",
on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 pm.
November 7 - 9, 2008: Camden Maine Author's Series & Literary Festival: "For This Earth: Visions in Literature" In its third year, the festival focuses on the roles of writing, poetry, nature and science in shaping how we live our lives and treat this earth, exploring our responsibility for the earth's well-being, and our hope for a sustainable future, despite the challenges facing our planet. The Festival provides a rich mix of presentations, panels, readings, and literary surprises from more than 20 authors who live in and/or write about Maine. Begins on Friday at 7:00 pm and ends at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Camden Opera House. 207-837-2827; www.maineliteraryfestival.com

Evergreen Bluegrass band
November 9, 2008: Dover-Foxcroft Central Maine Honors The Fallen A musical tribute to fallen veterans, with contributions from many local performers including, Evergreen, Harold Olmstead & Elise Sproul, Vintage Country, Harmony Hill, Zevulon, Eric Boothroyd, Sid Stutzman, John Curran, Dennis Rock, The LaClaires, The Crossroads Chorale, The Conway Sisters, and Ken & Jane Brooks. The show is free, but you must call the theatre to reserve tickets. Call 564-8943 for general seating tickets, to be picked up at the theatre on the day of the show, doors open at 2:30 pm, show starts at 3:00 pm. Center Theatre, 20 E. Main St. www.evergreenmaine.com
Portland Symphony Orchestra
November 11, 2008: Portland Portland Symphony Orchestra presents "Dona Nobis Pacem" The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) explores themes of peace and reconciliation, as Music Director Robert Moody conducts Christian Zeal and Activity by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, followed by Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation,” inspired by Martin Luther. The evening concludes with Dona Nobis Pacem, a glorious plea for peace composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, featuring soprano Tracy Dahl, baritone Troy Cook, and the Choral Art Society. Limited seating is still available for this concert which begins at 7:30 PM in Merrill Auditorium. A Concert Conversation with Robert Moody will be held at 6:15 PM in the Rehearsal Hall. All Portland Symphony Orchestra tickets are sold through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com, and new this year, the website offers real-time online seat selection. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For complete season information, including artist biographies and program notes, visit www.portlandsymphony.com. November 13, 2008: Portland How about Indigenous Innovation: How Small Places Can Change the World - Alan Lishness, Gulf of Maine Research Institute Join the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for their ongoing public lecture series about emerging challenges and opportunities in the Gulf of Maine. GMRI works to realize the potential of this region's natural and human communities through a fusion of science, education, and community programs. In fall 2008, Sea State 3.1 will consider several exciting opportunities presented by the unique resources of Maine, with insights from leading experts in the region. Lectures are held in the Sam L. Cohen Center for Interactive Learning at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Patty Collins, (207)228-1645 or pcollins@gmri.org. 7:00 pm. www.gmri.org
David Dodson Fall Concert
November 15, 2008: Camden David Dodson's Gala 20th Fall Concert & CD Release Party The multi-faceted, folksy, singer-songwriter, David Dodson, hosts his 20th Fall Concert at the historic Camden Opera House. His songs, a favorite among community and public radio programmers, cover a range of themes like life, death, yard sales, marriage, Dunkin Donuts, overpopulation and cars. David will be sharing the stage with a variety of friends that he's performed with over the years among them, the Quasimodal Chorus, Shira, Anne Dodson, Annegret Baier, Gretchen Ogden, Dave Magill, Denny Williams and Belfast's Fab 4 Poets. The audience is encouraged to participate during this family-friendly and energetic performance. Wild apple crisp and cider at the intermission. 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show and $6 for children, and are available at Wild Rufus in Camden, Fertile Mind Books in Belfast, and Rock City Coffee in Rockland. 207-236-2794; www.camdenoperahouse.com
Gordon Bok
November 16, 2008: Augusta Gordon Bok with special guest Carol Rohl Internationally acclaimed folk singer Gordon Bok's story-telling, guitar playing and rich voice create an unmistakable style that has made him one of Maine's most cherished folk artists. Carol Rohl plays traditional and contemporary folk on a 34-string Celtic harp. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. $10, $5 students, 12 & under free. Jewett Auditorium, University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive. www.gordonbok.com

Wanderbird in the Arctic
November 18, 2008: Rockland "Wanderbird in the Arctic" presented by Capt. Rick and Karen Miles at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum Captains Rick and Karen Miles recount tales from their excursions to the Arctivc aboard their renovated 90-foot Dutch fishing vessel, Wanderbird. 7:00 pm. Coffee reception at 6:30. 75 Mechanic St. 207-701-7627; www.sailpowersteam.org November 28, 2008: Brunswick Brunswick Tree Lighting Festival and Santa Visit The annual Brunswick Tree Lighting Festival and Santa's Visit is on the Friday after Thanksgiving from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Gazebo on Maine Street in Downtown Brunswick. 207-729-4439; www.brunswickdowntown.com
Rockland Festival of Lights
November 28 - 30, 2008: Rockland Festival of Lights Celebration Celebrate the holidays in Midcoast Maine at the Festival of Lights Celebration and Santa's arrival by Coast Guard boat at Public Landing. Enjoy historic inn holiday open houses, tree lighting ceremony, downtown parade of lights, family pancake breakfast with Santa, children's activities, Santa's workshop, gallery night, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and extended shopping hours. 207-596-0376; www.therealmaine.com
Lighting of the Nubble
November 29, 2008: York Lighting of the Nubble Kick off the holiday season with the Annual Lighting of the Nubble, when festivities get underway at 5:00 pm at Sohier Park with entertainment including the York High School Chamber Singers. The event includes traditional Christmas Melodies along with Kiddie Carols - something for the whole family. The United Divers of New Hampshire will raise the lighted tree from the ocean and Santa arrives by way of a York Beach Fire Dept. ladder truck. A community count down will commence seconds before the Lighthouse is lit and adorned in its holiday lights. Plenty of hot chocolate and cookies for all nad a complimentarty shuttle will be provided from Ellis Park. 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm. 207-363-1040; parksandrec.yorkmaine.org
Moosehead LakeMooshead Lake.
November 29, 2008: Greenville Deck the Halls The annual Deck the Halls event is the official kickoff to the Holiday Season in the Moosehead Lake Region. It takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, providing great fun for the entire family, including a public pancake breakfast, educational games for kids, a craft fair, area shopping specials, "Deck the Halls" parade, town tree lighting and family Sock Hop dance. 207-695-2702; www.mooseheadlake.org November 30, 2008: Kennebunk Christmas in Kennebunk Spend the day at the annual Christmas in Kennebunk while shopping during extended hours at downtown merchants, dine at a downtown eatery, and come to Rotary Park for the annual lighting of the Becker Memorial Tree at 5:00 pm. This year, Kennebunk Light and Power will adorn the tree with low-carbon footprint LED lights. Members of Seaglass Kids will entertain with carols until Santa arrives to light the tree. Lots of refreshments and music by Kennebunk's own WBOB. 207-985-6009 Events compiled by Nadine Gallagher. To send us details on an event for possible inclusion, e-mail a short description to: events@maineboats.com. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity.