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Maine Events - April 2009

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Solo Bistro in Bath MaineSolo Bistro in downtown Bath hosts a Slow Food dinner. Photo by Kelly Marshall
April 5, 2009: Bath Solo Bistro Hosts Premier Slow Food Dinner for Midcoast Maine Chapter
Solo Bistro food image
Solo Bistro will be hosting midcoast Maine’s first Slow Food dinner, featuring a special three-course menu developed by Chef Esau Crosby, in conjunction with SLow Food USA. The midcoast Maine chapter of Slow Food USA is a nonprofit organization committed to highlighting the benefits and importance of eating local, healthy foods, while taking pleasure in preserving a distinct culinary heritage. The Slow Food movement has gained significant momentum throughout Maine in recent years, with its emphasis on reducing the distance from field to plate while supporting local and family farms. The global movement has attracted members from around the world, who connect the pleasure of food with a commitment to healthy eating; fresh, seasonal ingredients; and sustainable growing for a better environment. $22.99 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). 6:30 pm. 128 Front St. www.solobistro.com
Cape Ann Schooner Painting
April 25 - June 14, 2009:Mystic, CT Mystic Seaport Presents 30th Annual Modern Marine Masters Exhibition and Sale The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport will host its annual spring exhibition, Modern Marine Masters, showcasing paintings, sculpture, scrimshaw and ship models from more than 70 of the top marine artists working today. Featured artists include Loretta Krupinski, Joseph McGurl, Donald Mosher, Yves Parent and H.G. Park IV. The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation's foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. Founded in 1979 as Mystic Maritime Gallery, it has become the recognized leader in the field. Through its parent organization, Mystic Seaport, the Gallery is proud to offer access to the world's leading experts in the marine field, and the highest standards of scholarship, integrity and connoisseurship that the nation's finest maritime museum represents. Visitors are invited to view or purchase these contemporary pieces of art Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Maritime Gallery will be open Sunday, April 26. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery, or call 860.572.5388.
Also this month: throughout April, 2009: Camden "Maritime Month" at the Camden Public Library The Camden Public Library will be celebrating “Maritime Month” during April with speakers, music of the sea, a photography exhibit, movie, authors, and more. Partnering with the Penobscot Marine Museum for much of the programming, “Maritime Month” will feature: “Carroll Thayer Berry, Photographer” with Jerry Kaplan on April 7, “The Atlantic Fisherman: A Farm Journal for Harvesters of the Sea” with Ben Fuller on April 9, “Islanders,” free showing of the movie filmed on Vinalhaven on April 14, “OceansWide” with Buzz Campbell on April 16, “Painted Ships on Painted Seas” with Robert Webb on April 21, “Vacation Week Maritime Camp” with Amy Hand April 21-23, “Story Walk” with Amy Hand on April 25, “The Lobster Coast: The Past, Present, and Future of Coastal Maine” with author Colin Woodard, “Poetry of the Sea” with Robert Lloyd Webb on April 30. www.librarycamden.org April 8, 2009: Rockport The Penobscot Bay Business Expo at the Samoset Resort This year the expo is expected to draw over 100 vendors with a theme of “Navigating through uncharted waters- survive and thrive in ANY economy”. The Business Expo committee has secured a nationally renowned speaker and author to address the business community. The day’s events kick off on Wednesday, the 8th at the Samoset at noon with the featured speaker and the Expo show floor will be open from 1:00 to 7:00pm with refreshments from 5:00-7:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Bangor International Airport, Horch Roofing, IES Commercial and Nancy Schultz of Raymond James Financial Services. 207-596-0376; www.penobscotbaybusinessexpo.com April 17 - 19, 2009: Ogunquit Patriots Day Celebration Commemorate our predecessors with a weekend filled with colonial activities such as a fife & drum concert, militia mustering, bazaar and craft show, restaurant tastings, entertainment, casino night, Kidstown Amusements and more, all happening under giant tents directly on Ogunquit's Main Beach. 207-646-2939; www.ogunquit.org
Midcaost Sustainable Living ExpoMidcoast Sustainable Living Expo
April 17 - 18, 2009: Damariscotta 3rd Annual 2009 Midcoast Sustainable
Living Expo
Presented by the Midcoast Green Collaborative, the Expo promotes the Damariscotta/Newcastle market area as a renewable energy center for Maine and to expose the public to opportunities to conserve energy and to rely less on fossil fuels and more on clean, renewable resources, living sustainably and protecting the environment. New this year will be hands-on activities and workshops, such as learning how to build raised beds for planting, creating window insulation panels, and learning about solar water and air heaters. Building low-cost solar air and water heaters will also be demonstrated. Exhibits of energy-related goods and services, from pellet stoves to solar panels, from insulation to hybrid cars, from green architecture to organic agriculture will also be on display. Please contact Steve Cartwright, expo coordinator for more details about sponsorship or exhibiting at the EXPO, 207-832-5584. Central Lincoln County YMCA. Friday, April 17, 12:00-6:00pm & Saturday, April 18, 9:00-4:00pm. www.midcoastgreencollaborative.org/expo.html April 18, 2009: Bar Harbor Earth Day at College of the Atlantic This annual Earth Day festival is a time when folks from around the state come to the campus of this earth-friendly college to celebrate a sustainable life. This year’s theme is This year's theme: What on Earth are YOU doing? Think globally, act locally. What can you do to make a difference in your community, in your home and in your everyday life? The fun includes a day of activities for children and adults, including numerous booths offering information about how to live lightly on the earth-and special ways of rejoicing in what our region-and our planet offers, as well as workshops, music, nature events, children’s activities, speakers and more, geared to living in harmony with the earth. All activities are free. Local food purveyors offer everything from salads, free-range barbeque and snacks to veggies and dessert. In December 2007, just 15 months after taking on the challenge of reducing its carbon footprint to net zero, COA fulfilled its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality. As is the case with all COA events, the college will offset any carbon emissions resulting from travel to campus. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information about any of these activities, please call 288-5015, ext. 254 or visit: www.coa.edu/html/earthday.htm April 18, 2009: Rockport 2nd Annual Green Fair & Sale The second annual Green Fair is a local, grass roots celebration of Green organizations, products and services to promote a Greener mid-coast for Earth Day and everyday. Many local oranizations and environmental groups will be represented such as, Citizens for a Green Camden, The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Georges River Land Trust, BioDiversity Research Institute, Aldermere Farm, Medomak Valley Land Trust, among many others. The days festivities will also include vendors, food, a petting zoo and live music. Located at Plants Unlimited, Rte. 1. www.plants-unlimited.com
Kids clean up on Earth DayStudent Carla Muniz prepares a
dish with the help of Chef Wil Beriau.
April 18, 2009: South Portland 5th Annual International Food Festival Southern Maine Community College and the Rotary Clubs of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth and Breakwater Daybreak are hosting their annual International Food Festival from noon to 2:00 pm, with a silent auction starting at 11:00am. SMCC Culinary Arts faculty and staff along with international students will prepare and serve sample portions of hot and cold appetizers and desserts to help promote awareness and improve understanding of different cultures and raise funds for international and multicultural student scholarships. Individuals and businesses can donate items for the silent auction by contacting Kathy Cotter at Kcotter1@yahoo.com. Tickets are $20, and may be purchased in advance by contacting Adrienne Murphy at 207-253-3292 or online. SMCC Dining Hall, 2 Fort Road. Click here for more info.
Kids clean up on Earth Day
April 25, 2009: Mount Desert Island Earth Day Roadside Clean-Up Celebrate Earth Day and join the Friends of Acadia from 8:30 am – 11:00 am by helping clean-up the roadways of the Mount Desert Island region. Last year, scouring shoulders and ditches, the volunteers collected more than 8,500 pounds of trash on approximately 150 miles of roadside. The amount of trash collected was down by approximately 3,000 pounds, indicating that the annual clean-up is making a significant difference. Groups, families and individuals are encouraged to participate. For more information contact Terry Begley, terry@friendsofacadia.org. www.friendsofacadia.org/volunteer/earthday.shtml
Canoe at Scarborough marshSpring Cleaning of
the Scarborough Marsh
April 25, 2009: Scarborough 5th Annual Spring Cleaning of the Scarborough Marsh & Beaches Give the Earth a present and join in the annual effort to clean up our natural places. This event, held in of observance of Earth Day, April 22nd, is a collaboration between a number of organizations including the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Scarborough Land Conservation Trust, Higgins Beach Association, Friends of Pine Point, Camp Ketcha, Town of Scarborough, and many others. 9:00 am - noon. For volunteer information, please contact Linda Woodard, 207-781-2330 x213 or lwoodard@maineaudubon.org. www.scarboroughcrossroads.org/marsh/cleanup.shtml April 25, 2009: Orono HOPE Festival The 15th Annual HOPE Festival to Celebrate Earth Day happens at the University of Maine campus with a keynote talk by organic farming expert and author, Eliot Coleman, in addition to live music and entertainment, songs from the Voices of HOPE Community Choir, children's activities, a 5K fun run and delicious food for sale from local producers. More than 70 organizations will share information about environmental sustainability and provide demonstrations. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. University of Maine at Orono, College Avenue. 207-581-1110; www.peaceactionme.org/hope-festival-celebrate-earth-day April 25 - 26, 2009: Camden Passamaquoddy Medicine Walk & Talk with Fredda Paul and Leslie Wood Explore native medicine traditions, focusing on spring-gathered medicinal plants, with a Passamaquoddy healer and historian of traditional medicine at Merryspring Nature Center. The Talk takes place Saturday, April 25, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., $ 15 members/$ 20 non-members. Feel free to arrive at 1:30 to view displays and ask questions. The Walk will be on Sunday, April 26, 1:30-4:00 p.m. rain or shine, $ 20 members/$25 non-members. www.merryspring.org
Cape Ann Schooner Painting
April 25 - June 14, 2009:Mystic, CT Mystic Seaport Presents 30th Annual Modern Marine Masters Exhibition and Sale The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport will host its annual spring exhibition, Modern Marine Masters, showcasing paintings, sculpture, scrimshaw and ship models from more than 70 of the top marine artists working today. Featured artists include Loretta Krupinski, Joseph McGurl, Donald Mosher, Yves Parent and H.G. Park IV. The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation's foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. Founded in 1979 as Mystic Maritime Gallery, it has become the recognized leader in the field. Through its parent organization, Mystic Seaport, the Gallery is proud to offer access to the world's leading experts in the marine field, and the highest standards of scholarship, integrity and connoisseurship that the nation's finest maritime museum represents. Visitors are invited to view or purchase these contemporary pieces of art Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Maritime Gallery will be open Sunday, April 26. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery, or call 860.572.5388.
The Doryman's Reflection cover
April 30, 2009: Searsport Penobscot Marine Museum to host Author and Fisherman, Paul Molyneaux The Penobscot Marine Museum is hosting author and fisherman, Paul Molyneaux, for a special event and book signing. A fisherman for twenty years and author of two books, The Doryman’s Reflection and Swimming in Circles, Mr. Molyneaux offers a unique perspective on the challenges of the fishing and marine industries- including industrial aquaculture. For the last two years, Mr. Molyneaux has traveled around the world researching real-life success stories addressing the complex issues of protecting ecosystems, and preserving cultures while at the same time trying to supply increasing global demand for seafood. Union Hall will be the venue for Mr. Molyneaux to join community members for thoughtful discussion focusing on “real solutions for real problems facing fishing people and communities”. 7:00pm-8:30pm. $10 suggested donation. www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org
Poet Robert Lloyd WebbRobert Lloyd Webb
April 30, 2009: Camden "Down to the Sea Again" Poetry Reading at Camden
Public Library
Poet and maritime historian Robert Lloyd Webb will present an evening of seagoing poetry old and new, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, , in the Camden Public Library in Camden, Maine. The reading will give a voice to mariners from the mid-1800s to the modern day, who have sailed over deep water in sailing ships, steamships and naval vessels. His presentation will include some of the most familiar sea-poems from the 19th and 20th Centuries, such as John Masefield’s "Sea Fever," Walt Whitman’s "After the Sea-Ship," and several by the noted Victorian British sea-poet Cicely Fox Smith. But Webb will also include poems by more recent poets of the working waterfront, as well as a few of his own compositions. In addition, he will draw on more than 30 years’ experience as a presenter of traditional seafaring songs to examine the folk poetry of 19th-Century mariners at work under sail. Webb will provide a bibliography list to aid in re-discovering the poems after the conclusion of the reading. For more information call 236-3440, or visit www.librarycamden.org. --- 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.

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