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Maine Events - April 2008

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Featured April Events: April 25-27, 2008: Boothbay Harbor 35th Annual Fishermen's Festival
Running of the fish relay race.
Boothbay Harbor Annual Fisherman Festival
You don't get much closer to traditional New England celebrations than at Boothbay Harbor's annual Fisherman's Festival. This celebration of the rich fishing heritage of the region kicks off Maine's summer festival season and includes a fish relay race, a lobster trap hauling competition, a lobster crate race, and lobster trap running. Other events include the Shrimp Princess Pageant, a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts show, book sale, old-fashioned fish fry, church suppers, dockside dancing, lighthouse tours, and tall tales as only fishermen can tell them. 207-633-2404

Pinata fun, celebrating
Earth Day at COA.
Photo: Toby Hollis for
College of the Atlantic
April 19, 2008: 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 “Made on Earth, celebrating local communities, goods and ideas”, features 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. Worried about going hungry? Local food purveyors offer everything from salads, free-range barbeque and snacks to root vegetable latkes with cranberry chutneys. For dessert, enjoy smoothies, homemade ice cream and cakes. In December 2007, just 15 months after taking on the challenge of reducing its carbon footprint to net zero, COA fulfilled its pledge, becoming the first college or university anywhere 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/earthday * Source: America.gov, March 12, 2008
This month:
Gifts from Gluskabe
Penobscot Band Box with Lid c1850-1870,
Hudson Museum Collections
Through June 1, 2008: Portland Gifts from Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms from the Hudson Museum The native people of Maine have legends that tell how the Creator made Gluskabe who then made the people and taught them how to use the natural resources of their world, especially trees and plants. He showed the how to weave baskets, build birchbark containers and canoes, and carve. These traditions were central to the survival of the Native People of Maine; they continue as living traditions today. Presented by the Maine Historical Society in collaboration with the Hudson Museum, University of Maine, Orono, this exhibit has been organized to showcase the rich and diverse collections of the Museum and to explore and celebrate the craft traditions of Maine's Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes. Regular Maine Historical Society Museum hours. 489 Congress Street. 207-774-1822; www.mainehistory.org/museum_overview.shtml April 1 - June 3, 2008: Bar Harbor French Conversation Café at College of the Atlantic Following up on the successful session of French conversation over the winter months, COA is again offering an hour or so of French conversation in the sunny living room of College of the Atlantic’s Davis Center. COA faculty member, Camille Vande Berg, will be hosting her Pause Café, a French conversation group each Tuesday from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Bring a treat to share - some cookies, fruit, cheese and bread, perhaps a croissant or two - as well as your tongue. Vande Berg will provide the tea, coffee and charming French conversation. Beginners welcome, as are fluent French speakers longing for un peu de conversation. The sessions are informal, including students, faculty, native speakers and local community members. And there’s no obligation to come each week. Pause Café means coffee break, so come for une pause. For more information, call Mdme. Vande Berg at 288-5015 ext. 348 or email her at cvandeberg@coa.edu. April 1 – 31, 2008: Kennebunk Faces of the Kennebunks Exhibition Look through the lens of local photographer, Liam Crotty, to see the diversity and depth of character and talent found in the Kennebunks. Featured are 23 color and black-and-white, large-format images that touch upon the contemporary fabric of the community - whether it's a popular teacher, longtime volunteer, Tony Award winner, or former NASCAR champion. On view through May 3, 2008, this exhibition and related programming are sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank, with additional support from the Museum's proud business partner, the Captain Lord Mansion. Hours are Tues-Fri, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and Sat. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Admission is by donation; suggested $5/person. www.brickstoremuseum.org April 4, 2008: Rockland “The Farnsworth at 60” Live at Night party The Farnsworth Art Museum will be swinging to a big band sound as we celebrate the openings of five exhibitions and a year of celebrating “The Farnsworth at 60” with a Live at Night party. Plan on wearing your 1948 best as we turn back the clock to the Farnsworth's first year, and join us for a members-only reception from 6 pm - 7 pm followed by a public party from 7 pm - 9 pm. The Live at Night party will celebrate the openings of The Farnsworth and the Art of Our Time, Alex Katz and Friends, Louise Nevelson, Photographs from the Farnsworth, and Uncommon Treasure: Folk Art from the Farnsworth. 207-596-6457; www.farnsworthmuseum.org
ANNIE. 1880 sandbagger restored by
Mystic Seaport, under sail 2005.
Photo credit: Kane Borden, Mystic Seaport
April 4-6, 2008: Bristol, RI 2008 Classic Yacht Symposium This year’s Symposium features an expanded program that includes an additional half-day of presentations and an optional boat restoration shop tour. The program will give participants an opportunity to learn about projects in the U.S. and internationally. In addition to the Saturday and Sunday presentation programs and Friday’s boat restoration shop tour, the Symposium includes a welcoming gathering on Friday and dinner Saturday night. For further information on the Symposium and to obtain details about the events visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum website, www.herreshoff.org, and follow the CYS link, or contact Teri Souto, t.souto@herreshoff.org, tel 401-253-5000. April 5, 2008: East Sangerville Evergreen Evergreen has been entertaining New England audiences since 1991. Their eclectic style blends elements of bluegrass, folk, blues, old-time, country and swing into a seamless mix of upbeat, energizing music that appeals to a wide range of listeners. Tight harmonies, solid instrumentation, original interpretations and strong songwriting all combine to create a uniquely engaging show, and everywhere they play - from big-time festivals to backyard barbecues - folks tell them how much they enjoy what they do. 7:00 pm. East Sangerville Grange Coffeehouse, 287 E. Sangerville Rd. 207-277-3733; www.evergreenmaine.com. April 5-6, 2008: Camden Pasta, Pasta, Pasta Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn Join Chef Michael in his Hartstone Inn’s kitchen for a pasta cooking class. Learn how to make pasta in your own kitchen. Techniques include making the dough, coloring and flavoring different pastas, rolling out and cutting various shapes of pasta, filling pastas such as raviolis and tortellini and cooking pasta. Specific dishes include: Spaghetti with a Creamy Prosciutto and Roasted Pepper Sauce, Pappardelle with Grilled Tiger Shrimp, Pesto and Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Sweet Potato Ravioli with a Pine Nut and Sage Butter Sauce, and Three-Cheese Tortellini with Chicken and Pesto. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. 41 Elm St. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. $45 per person. 207-236-4259; www.hartstoneinn.com April 8, 2008, 2008: Rockport Penobscot Bay Business Expo: Technology - Making the Connection Connect with businesses in our region, new technology, and ideas to help your business grow. This year the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce wants to help you connect at the 2008 Penobscot Bay Business Expo. They have an exciting NEW format that will give exhibitors and visitors more time to connect with each other. Join them for workshops and seminars in the morning before the show floor opens at 1:00 pm. At noon there will be a keynote speaker. The exhibition floor will open at 1:00 pm and stay open until 7:00 pm. From 5:30 pm and continuing until 7:00 pm the Knox County Ballroom and State of Maine Hall will become an after hour event. Free admission. Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St. 207-596-0376; www.penobscotbaybusinessexpo.com April 8 – 13, 2008: Belfast Comic Arts Laugh Festival Belfast’s Comic Arts Laugh Festival is a celebration of all things humorous. Five days of thing that make you go ha-ha. Live comedy, storytellers, many films, Maine humorists, film making workshops, talented artists. Do you smell something funny? You bet. Free to 18.00 per event at the Colonial Theatre and other venues. 207-338-1975; www.comicartsfest.com April 11 - May 27, 2008: Castine Maine Maritime Academy Online Auction to Benefit Annual Fund The premiere Annual Fund Auction has been staged as an exciting way to round out the college’s yearly appeal to donors. According to Tyler, the auction builds on the success of previous online auctions leading up to the college’s annual Gala Travel Auction, a festive event of live auction bidding, entertainment, and gourmet food. The Annual Fund, a critical contributor to the achievement of the college’s mission, enables the college to apply funds where they are needed the most, supporting student activities, student scholarship, and technology upgrade expenses. Last year, alumni and friends contributed more than $300,000.00 to the Fund and this year’s fund raising goal has been increased to $375,000.00. The auction will offer a variety of items ranging from gift certificates to sailboats, all at a wide range of bidding price points. The online bidding site, located at www.mmaafa.cmarket.com, includes color photographs of some of the items, as well as clear descriptions of the items or services available for bid. The list of auction items will be dynamic, with donations expanding daily. New bid items will be introduced throughout the open bid period, while other items will close at pre-disclosed dates. According to organizers, many auction items are already on display online and guests are welcome to visit the site to preview the selection. The current list includes more than 40 entries consisting of vacation home rentals, lodging, and golf outings. A wide variety of watercraft will also be auctioned off. Vessels range from a 15-foot Herrshoff (2003), to a 43-foot Columbia Sloop (1970). Also on the boat list is a 30-foot Chris Craft Express Cruiser (1974). Coordinated by the college’s Advancement Office, the online auction is generously sponsored by Hamilton Marine, Maine’s discount marine store, of Searsport, Rockland, and Portland. Additional sponsors and donated items for the online auction will continue to be gratefully accepted until the event. To become an auction sponsor, donate an item for auction, or for further information, contact Karen Cukierski, 207-326-2177, during weekday business hours. www.mmaafa.cmarket.com April 13, 2008: Portland Portland Symphony Orchestra - Final Sunday Classical concert, 2007/2008 season The matinee performance opens with the world premiere of Three Longfellow Poems by Maine composer and Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Music, Vineet Shende, followed by Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 95 and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite by Richard Strauss. The program features the vocals of the Oratorio Chorale and soprano Elizabeth Weigle, and will be led by guest conductor Paul Polivnick. Maestro Polivnick and composer Vineet Shende will lead the Concert Conversation at 1:15 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall. This is free for all ticket holders. Tickets for all PSO performances can be ordered online at www.porttix.com, by phone at 207-842-0800, or at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. 2:30 pm. 207-773-6128; www.portlandsymphony.com April 14th, 2008: Portland Back Bay Grill hosts Spring Jazz Nights The restaurant, featuring classic American cuisine, hosts its third night of Spring Jazz Nights, featuring popular native Maine musicians Tony Boffa, pianist Matt Fogg, and bassist Jim Lyden. The Back Bay Grill has been featured in such prestigious publications as Art Culinaire and the New York Times, as well as a member of the Maine Organic Farm Growers Association and has been the recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past seven years. An optional wine tasting will also be available for $20 per person. Representatives from wine distributors will be present during the Jazz Nights to talk about the wines and answer any questions. 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. 65 Portland Street. 207-772-8833; www.backbaygrill.com April 19, 2008: 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 “Made on Earth, celebrating local communities, goods and ideas”, features 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. Worried about going hungry? Local food purveyors offer everything from salads, free-range barbeque and snacks to root vegetable latkes with cranberry chutneys. For dessert, enjoy smoothies, homemade ice cream and cakes. In December 2007, just 15 months after taking on the challenge of reducing its carbon footprint to net zero, COA fulfilled its pledge, becoming the first college or university anywhere 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/earthday * Source: America.gov, March 12, 2008 April 19, 2008: Bar Harbor Earth Day Celebration A country fair celebration highlighting sustainable living, with day-long activities for children and adults. Come to the college to learn about how to live lightly on the earth - and have some fun doing so. This year’s theme is “Made on Earth”. Enjoy local food, admire local crafts, see how wool is spun and dyed, listen to music, dance a bit. Free. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Followed by an evening music celebration. 105 Eden Street. For more information, email Donna Gold at gold@coa.edu. 207-288-2944 ext. 291 April 19, 2008: Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire Record Store Day Hundreds of independently-owned music, movie and video game stores across the country will join together to celebrate Record Store Day in honor of the culture and unique place that these stores occupy in their local communities and nationally. Bull Moose Music will celebrate all day long with loads of free stuff, special deals, and free concerts at 5:00 p.m. in all 10 store locations throughout Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire. Visit their website for more information on Record Store Day, or call your local Bull Moose store. Online at: www.bullmoose.com. In camden visit Wild Rufus at 22 Main Street or visit their website at: www.wildrufus.com April 25 – 27, 2008: Presque Isle Aroostook County Motorcycle Show This is the annual All Brands Motorcycle show at the Aroostook Centre Mall in Presque Isle. Join the Aroostook County Chapter Maine HOG for a look at some custom, antique and unusual motorcycles. Free. Mall business hours, Aroostook Centre Mall, 830 Main St. For more information contact bill@accmhog.com. 207-570-8664 April 25-27, 2008: Boothbay Harbor 35th Annual Fishermen's Festival You don't get much closer to traditional New England celebrations than at Boothbay Harbor's annual Fisherman's Festival. This celebration of the rich fishing heritage of the region kicks off Maine's summer festival season and includes a fish relay race, a lobster trap hauling competition, a lobster crate race, and lobster trap running. Other events include the Shrimp Princess Pageant, a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts show, book sale, old-fashioned fish fry, church suppers, dockside dancing, lighthouse tours, and tall tales as only fishermen can tell them. 207-633-2404 April 26, 2008: Brunswick Brunswick Bike Fair The fair, through example bikes and gear, safety demonstrations, group rides and information from a number of organizations will motivate more people to view and ride bicycles as more than just a form of exercise but an effective and efficient form of transportation. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Contact info@brunswicksustainability.org for more information. Brunswick Town Mall. 617-512-0437 April 26 – 27, 2008: Portland Portland Symphony Orchestra POPS! Rumba Sinfonica Robert Moody will make his Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) debut as Music Director Designate as the PSO stages its final POPS! concert for the 2007-2008 season with the sizzling Rumba Sinfonica featuring the guest ensemble Tiempe Libre. The Rumba Sinfonica program features music with a Latin flavor, including Tangazo by “tango king” Astor Piazzolla, music from Bizet’s sultry opera Carmen, and Danzón No. 1 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, which might be familiar to classical concertgoers from Robert Moody’s Tuesday Classical program in November 2007. The program concludes with the fascinating “Rumba Sinfónica,” a “sound travelogue” fusing the urban rhythms of past and present Cuban music with the sophisticated sounds of a symphony orchestra. “Rumba Sinfónica” brings together the talents of Venezuelan-born composer Ricardo Lorenz and Cuban pianist and arranger Jorge Gómez, leader of the Grammy-nominated, Miami-based band Tiempo Libre. In spite of its recent premiere, “Rumba Sinfonica” has attracted international acclaim, including a featured segment on National Public Radio. Performances will be Saturday, the 26th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, the 27th at 2:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium. Tickets for all PSO performances can be ordered online at www.porttix.com, by phone at 207-842-0800, or at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. 207-773-6128; www.portlandsymphony.com April 26, 2008: Mount Desert Island Earth Day Roadside Clean-Up
Earth Day Roadside Cleanup
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. Groups, families and individuals are encouraged to participate. T-shirts to the first 100 people who register before April 18. For more information contact Mike Staggs, 207-288-3340 or mikestaggs@friendsofacadia.org. www.friendsofacadia.org April 27, 2008: Portland Great Maine Bike Swap Presented by Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Great Maine Bike Swap brings together those seeking to buy or sell used bicycles in good, working condition. This year's swap is expected to draw more than 1,200 bicycle enthusiasts and more than 250 bikes for sale. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. USM Sullivan Gym, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, ME, 207-623-4511; www.BikeMaine.org

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