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TOP DISH: The Market Basket


NORTHEAST HARBOR Telling A Christmas Story


HOLIDAY SCENE Midcoast, Down East Events

Contributors Kay Stephens

Nathaniel Bernier

Kay Stephens, a Maine freelance writer, has covered both mainstream and underground events, people and scenes. She helps small Maine businesses in the creative fields get media exposure through To get daily A & E updates, follow through Facebook: killerconvo and Twitter:

Nathaniel Bernier, owner of Wild Rufus Records, previously retail and now online, has immersed himself in music for 35 years, hosting several radio shows, deejaying at clubs and parties, writing music reviews and interviewing artists. He lives on the coast of Maine and continues to live through music. wildrufus. com;

Shannon Kinney Shannon Kinney of Dream Local has more than 15 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, sales and marketing strategy.

11 HOLIDAY SCENE Boothbay Harbor Lights Festival

Daniel Dunkle 12 WHITE HOT SPOTLIGHT Featuring Tim Sullivan

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16 TOP DISH: Newcastle Publick House

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17 TOP CHEF: Belfast Co-op 18 BEHIND THE SCENE Getting Down and Dirty with The Collective 20 JUICE CONFERENCE 3.0 Juiced Up and Galvanized

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22 ART SCENE A chat with Dahlov Ipcar

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Telling A Christmas Story in Northeast Harbor By Laurie Schreiber


OUNT DESERT — The Acadia Community Theater has been hard at work over the past few months, putting together its annual holiday production. This year’s holiday play will be Jean Shepherd’s comedy “A Christmas Story,”

originally produced as a film in 1983 and adapted as a play by Philip Grecian. Directed by Mark Puglisi, performances will be Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will be at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. “A Christmas Story” tells the tale of 9year-old Ralphie Parker, who wants only one thing for Christmas – a Red Ryder BB gun. Ralphie comes up with various schemes to convince his parents to get him the gift, but continually bumps into objections from others who say, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

Ralphie’s mother (Molly Damon) switches off a particularly tasteless lamp that her husband proudly won as an award, in a rehearsal for the Acadia Community Theater’s upcoming production of the comedy play “A Christmas Story.” COURTESY OF: ROCKY MANN

The play features ACT veteran Joel Richardson as “Adult Ralph,” who is the play’s storyteller; Kendrew Van Gorder as Ralphie, Molly Damon and Peter Johnson as Ralphie’s mother and father, Lysso Sanborn, as his little brother, Randy; Mary Paola, Bonnie Snyder, Connor Wubbenhorst and Eli McDonnell as classmates; and Miles Schuman as the bully, and more. As always, the Friday evening performance will cap the Northeast Harbor Holiday Festival, an annual event organized by Neighborhood

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AMDEN AND ROCKLAND — On Friday, Dec. 2, Camden Harbor lights up. A fireworks display will kick off the 25th anniversary of the popular Christmas by the Sea weekend. It’s just one of many events planned for this year’s holiday season. Santa will be back, arriving in Rockport, Lincolnville and Camden by boat, as he has done for almost two decades. He’ll light the holiday tree on the Camden Public Library lawn overlooking the harbor and then stand back for the fireworks display. And you can bet that Nancy Bergeron and her family and friends from Tyngsboro, Mass., — all 30 of them — will be there. “We never miss Christmas by the Sea,” said Bergeron. “My dad started the tradition 20 years ago. We all stay at the same hotel, we go shopping on Friday night when the stores offer discounts, we see Santa, the live Nativity, and we do it all. The kids really look forward to it every year.” Dan Bookham, executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the Midcoast knows how to celebrate the holidays with that special “Maine” touch. “People come to visit us every year because there are few places that offer the range of authentic, fun Maine experiences that happen here,” Bookham said.

The festivities begin the weekend after Thanksgiving when Rockland takes center stage with its Festival of Lights. Join in the fun as the floats in the “Light Parade” make their way through downtown, the lobster trap Christmas tree is lighted and carolers gather around the traditional bonfire on the Rockland waterfront. Along with the lights, great shopping and wonderful food, including a fabulous Dutch cooking class, there’s Santa — who traditionally comes to town on a lobsterboat with the U. S. Coast Guard. There’s the “gingerbread lady,” who brings more than 100 gingerbread houses to the annual Holiday Fair and there’s retired firefighter, Bob Oxton, who treks up nearby Mount Battie in Camden to light the holiday star on top of the mountain — a star which can be seen for miles down the coast. The Festival of Lights is followed the next weekend by Christmas by the Sea in Camden. The events bookend a week full of events; with food, shopping, lodging packages and a slew of holiday activities for the family that is not to be missed. Festival of Lights in Rockland is Nov. 25 to 27 and Christmas by the Sea in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville is Dec. 2 to 4. For a detailed list of events, visit

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Northport annual Winter Solstice Celebration Dec. 17


he annual Winter Solstice Celebration, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Blue Goose Center on Route 1 in Northport. It will feature music, dance, storytelling, poetry, and other seasonal entertainment for all ages. The Winter Solstice Celebration draws from a variety of traditions that mark the shortest day of the year, a time of significance to people around the world for many centuries. The Winter Solstice on Dec. 21 marks the sun’s return and a hopeful turn toward spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. It has been observed in many ways by various cultures, including festivals, rituals, silliness, and special music and dances. The Winter

Solstice Celebration activities at the Blue Goose will draw from some of those traditions. The Dec. 18 event will feature songs, dances, and stories by several local groups, whose performances will reflect the darkness of the season and herald the return of the light. Singing groups include January Men, Shira, the choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, and others. Highland Mary will perform Morris and Horn Dances, the Sword Sisters will do a traditional English Sword Dance, and silliness will take the form of an original Mummer’s Play. Drumming and dancing by Djump!, storytelling, audience singing, and dancing led by the Green Man will round out the celebration. Refreshments will be served. In the event of a snow storm, the Winter Solstice Celebration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children and youth ages 6 to 18, and $25 for a family; children under age 6 are free. The Winter Solstice Celebration is a popular event and seating is limited, so people are encouraged to arrive early. Proceeds from the Winter Solstice celebration will be donated to the Greater Belfast Area Ministerium Food Cupboard For more information, contact Liz Fitzsimmons at 338-4245.



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he Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce is holding its 25th annual Harbor Lights Festival Dec. 2-4, offering a variety of joyous events over the weekend, in conjunction with several Boothbay Harbor Region businesses and the Town of Boothbay Harbor. Beginning Friday, Dec. 2, the Boothbay Region Garden Club will sponsor its annual Festival of Trees at the Opera House, featuring Christmas trees decorated to this year’s theme “All That Glitters”. All decorated trees will be auctioned off to benefit future community projects performed by the Garden Club. On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Boothbay Harbor fire station will host its annual Craft Show, featuring hand crafted items, food and baked goods. The Scout exhibit will be available for viewing at the the Boothbay Region Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Christmas Fair at the Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering a homemade soup and bread luncheon, an international bazaar and a cookie walk. The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library will host its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with creative crafts for kids and festive treats, followed by a “Lights Up” ceremony at 4 p.m. when Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and the Boothbay Region Alumni Community band will sing Christmas carols on the library lawn. Santa and his North Pole family are scheduled to arrive at the town dock at 1 p.m., aboard Capt. Bill Campbell’s boat, Novelty. There, the Y-Arts students will welcome them with caroling and announce the winner of the Boothbay Region YMCA $10,000 raffle (raffle tickets can be purchased at the YMCA). Lap time with Santa and Mrs. Claus begins at 1:30 p.m. at Gimbel’s Country Store, where children can enjoy cocoa, cookies and candy canes from Santa’s Workshop until 3:30 p.m. Free horse drawn wagon rides, provided by Stillbrook Acres Farm and sponsored by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Boothbay, will amble the downtown streets in true holiday spirit from 1 to 4 p.m. At 3:15 p.m., the Harbor Princess sets out for a winter sunset cruise as part of the lighted boat parade around the harbor. The unique opportunity will offer hors d’ oeuvres, hot cider and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 and proceeds will benefit the Edgecomb Congregational Church; space is limited, call 882-4060 for more information.

The Boothbay Region Art Foundation will host its Holiday Gala Reception from 4 to 6 p.m., where guests can view their Canvas Squares exhibit designed to encourage and support the mentoring of young artists through the Art Scholarship Fund. At 4:30 p.m., guests can follow the Three Wise Men from the library lawn, across the footbridge to the Our Lady Queen of Peace to experience the celebration of a Live Nativity scene over cocoa and cookies. The lighted boat parade begins at 5 p.m., when local fishermen, lobstermen, tour boats, sail boats and the U.S. Coast Guard will circle the harbor, all

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im Sullivan wins The White Hot Spotlight, which focuses on one’s creative passions. A Rockland area resident for more than 10 years, Tim grew up in southern Maine, went to Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., studied boat design and built model boats, was a manager of the Good Tern Co-Op, and recently has turned to writing. An activist since he was 16, Tim has always been passionate about social, economic and environmental justice. He has been participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement since Sept. 29, starting in New York City and Boston, and now at Occupy Maine in Portland since mid-October.

Q: Give us a snapshot of what it has been like to be an activist in all three cities. What are the daily conditions like and the general mood of the Occupiers? A: New York City is definitely where the heart and soul of this movement is. The other occupations are in solidarity, but many have grown to have their own identity, causes and working groups. Portland began in Monument Square — at one point there were 20 tents there, but the city struck a deal with them: Either be arrested, or move to Lincoln Park, which is next to the courthouse. The Occupiers accepted the compromise, and have created quite the little village. We have a kitchen, library, spiritual center, medical tent, and a dining/living room area. We’ve had growing pains,

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and creating a communal space out of complete strangers has been interesting, but it is that way with any group. We have folks who range from veteran activists to those who are new to politics. But everyone knows what we’re there for and are committed to ending corporatocracy, or the rule of our country by corporations.

Q: How many people would you say are occupying Portland and can you give us an idea of who they are? A: There’s about 50 camping, plus many, many more in solidarity. Folks drop off donations of food, medical supplies, sleeping bags, clothes etc on a regular basis, probably dozens every day. Folks who know that this is a movement that is going to change the dynamics of government, but can’t be there occupying, are there in spirit. Most of those camping are those who the casino economy have spit out into the cold. Many were homeless before Occupy started, and unemployed or underemployed. These folks know first hand what it means to be forgotten by our leaders. And they’re not looking for handouts. They’re wondering why corporations, particularly banks, got the handouts, yet the system still beats them down.

Q: To the critics who complain this nationwide movement has no focus, what is your focus, your personal reasons for putting your life on hold to participate in this movement? A: My focus is ending corporate rule and corporate personhood. Corporations have been granted the same rights you and I have through various Supreme Court rulings. See for more info. They have way too much influence in our lives and in politics. We are creeping towards a fascist state, and I will do everything I can to stop that.

Q: What has been the most dangerous part of this experience so far? A: We had a chemical bomb thrown into camp one night, about 4 a.m. Lye and bleach mixed in a two-liter bottle, I believe. Someone was about 10 feet from it, and could have been killed or badly hurt. I was about 15 to 20 feet from it in my tent and couldn’t hear very well that day. It’s ironic, since we have been such a peaceful group, even moving the occupation to avoid conflict with the police. I think some people don’t understand nonviolent movements and think we can be provoked and intimidated into responding in kind.

Q: How are you eating/sleeping in the cold, rain and outdoors in Maine?

Q: You are now part of a security team that does a shift each night: Describe that.

A: We’ve all got tents, so the weather isn’t much of a problem, even during that nor’easter that blew 40 mph winds. We’ve rebuilt our kitchen and library to withstand what might come in January, and a sturdy geodesic dome was donated by Dick Fischbeck.

A: Basically, we have a group of folks stay up at night to keep an eye on things, making sure nobody is harassing the Occupiers. I’m also on Direct Action, which puts together events like teach-ins and demonstrations. I’m also currently working on a

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Q: What kind of support and opposition have you been getting from Portland’s residents, officials and the media? A: 99 percent great! :) It is awesome when someone comes in with a pile of clothing or food because you know they would be there with us if they could be. We now have cops coming through the camp on a regular basis and they are good folks — part of the 99 percent, too. The media here, save for a few horribly written MD Harmon/PPH editorials, have been unbiased and fair, reporting on facts and not hysteria, even the local FoxNews station.

Q: How long can you sustain being in this movement and what do you predict will be an eventual outcome? A: I think Occupy as a movement is here to stay, until maybe we have a constitutional amendment denying corporations personhood. If the government isn’t going to watchdog the corporations, then the people have to. It is imperative we do so, otherwise corporations will completely take over, and “profits over people” will be our national motto. I believe Bank of America rescinded its debit card fee because the people, encouraged by Occupy, spoke out. A report today says that Wall Street Executive perks will be down 30 percent this year. The Robin Hood and Buffett taxes are seriously being considered, instead of waved off as class warfare. But, I will personally be in this until corporations no longer have the same right to basic human freedoms that you and I do. See and for more info.

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ith the Christmas holiday rapidly taking over our lives, I have decided to review what I call the 12 beers of holiday cheer. The review will be a two-part series, with the first six beers in the December issue, and the last six in the January issue. These first six beers are a must-try for the holiday season. Like we don’t have enough to deal with as the holidays approach, rushing from crowded store to store to find that perfect gift, or to the holiday parties and family gatherings; but, the 12 beers of holiday cheer is fun stuff, and will give your mind a chance to relax and reset during the hustle and bustle. Just don’t consume all 12 beers reviewed at one sitting, or you just might get a lump of coal from your loved ones. Christmas is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians worldwide, and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. And, the season brings many specialty beers to life, with tastes of nutmeg, spices, honey and high alcohol. There are so many holiday brews from which to choose, I decided to review those holiday beers that are readily

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available at your local beer retailer, pub and restaurants. It just would not be festive if you read some of these reviews, but could not find that beer or beer’s that you were longing to try, would it? The following unique brews are often made in limited small batches and aged for some months, even years, before taken to market. They also pour off the retail shelves and pub tap lines at an accelerated rate. So enjoy their unique flavors while they last!

Cheer One Kriek-Lambic brewed by Lindeman’s Brewing Company in Belgium. This uniquely brewed beer is brewed by adding fresh black cherries to a sixmonth young barrel of Lambic. This beer pours into the glass like a fine wine, and is finely carbonated with a pink-red hue. The sensual note of cherries playing with the nose has the escaping bubbles bursting to the top of the rich foam head. This beer, at first, has the reminiscence of champagne, wine and beer all wrapped into one glass. The semi-sweet acidity of cherries balances well with fruity esters as the beer finishes

along the palette with a nice dryness of a fine carbonate. This beer is said to be aged for eight to 12 months, which would ad to its smooth drinkability. If you never had the pleasure of tasting a Belgium beer, now is your time. But beware: Belgium beers are different than conventionally brewed beers. They are the type of brew you taste for the first time and either fall in love with the style, or never have another.

Cheer two Allagash Gran Cru, brewed in Portland This special brew pours into the glass from a 750-milliliter bottle, and you could float a wine cork on its beautifully rich three-finger head of deep golden color. The note of complex fruity esters with the aromas of allspice, nutmeg, coriander and a slight bit of smoke, give this beer a wonderful mix of aromas.

Cheer three Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, California This is one fine ale I look forward to each year. It pours into the glass a lustfully bright amber orange, with a huge laced head. the aroma of fresh citrus West Coast hops mix wonderfully with the nose of grapefruit and orange. This beer is well balanced, and nicely malted to hold all the flavors together. It has the perfect balance of hop bitterness to sweet malt with a great dry clean finish and a slight piney note.

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Brother Adam’s Bragget Ale, brewed by Atlantic Brewing, Bar Harbor Feeling festive yet? This special ale pours into the glass with a reddish amber color and a slight haze. With a great fluffy white head, the aroma of sweet caramel malt, butterscotch and spicy notes come to play. This is a complex beer, with a slight spicy up-front palette and a bigalcohol warming that finishes with a wonderful semi sweetness of honey. A big beer that will age well and drink even better with time.

Cheer Five Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale Old Factory Whistle, Penobscot Bay Brewing Company, Winterport This ale comes in at about an 80-shilling style and pours into the glass with almost a red hue rich color. The offwhite head laces bountifully to glass, building nice lacing that last till the end. The complex nose or toasted sweet caramel notes comes to play, with a slight aroma of English hops. As the ale pass over the palette the complex flavor of the toasted malts finishes out with the pleasant rich sweetness of caramel malts. The Kent Golding’s hops add complex depth and balance out well in the finish. A well-balanced ale that is not too overbearing and drinkable, I especially love the slight undertones of chocolate malts in the finish. Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale is full bodied ale. Aas it say’s on the label, three toots and your done!

Cheer Six Fullers of London: Brewers Reserve No. 3 Oak Aged Strong Ale This is the last beer on the list of six, but definitely a most unique brew. This ale is aged for more than 800 days in Auchentoshan whiskey casks! The extensive maturation and condition time gives this ale a fine infusion of vanilla, honey and a delicate undertone of spicy ginger, with a sharp fruitiness and complex finish. What I love most about this beer is that all the complex flavors that are present never take away from the true beer taste, which makes this a very satisfying brew! And at about 11 percent alcohol, it is wonderfully complex but at the same time, smooth and finely balanced. I urge you to hunt down all six brews this holiday season. Sit down relax and enjoy with friends and family, Flavor is at your door step! Have a safe and pleasant holiday season. Cheers! Rich

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hristmas Cookies: It truly doesn’t matter how old you are, how young, how sophisticated or how “bah humbug-gish” you are, everyone adores cookies, especially during the winter months. I am giving you not only cookies, but “’Tis the Season” cookies. If you don’t want to try your hand at making them, have your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, next door neighbor, friend or foe make them. You have just got to try these delicious morsels with a glass of milk during the holidays. Sure I could have given you pomegranate-glazed turkey breast, maple baked ham or savory thyme scented pork roast, but come on, doesn’t a cinnamon roll cookie make your mouth water just as much?

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Yankee Cookies! By Jim Bailey well; set aside. For the cookie dough, combine shortening, butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1 t. cinnamon in a small bowl. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. Turn dough onto sheet of waxed paper. Spread dough into 9 inch by 6 inch rectangle using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with 4 T. cinnamon mixture to within 1-inch from edge. Roll up jellyroll fashion into a log. Dust log with remainder of cinnamon mixture and wrap tightly in plastic wrap; refrigerate four hours or overnight. Heat oven to 350-degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Slice dough into 1/4-inch slices and place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for eight minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cool on cookie sheets a few minutes and transfer to cooling racks.

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Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies 1/2 c. butter or margarine 1/4 c. shortening 3/4 c. sugar 3/4 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 2 t. vanilla 1 c. flour 1 t. baking soda 1/4 t. salt 2 3/4 c. rolled oats

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his month, theScene stretches its Top Chef feature to include many top chefs, all of them who love what they do at the Belfast Co-op, in downtown Belfast. Because there are many of them, they chose to respond to the questions as one collective voice. “It’s quite a crew,” said Donna McNamara. That crew includes Kathleen Howard, Casey Martin-Ard, James Walsh, Jenn Hall, Matt Woods, Pamela Stone, Kelsey Maruchnic, Stephen Pridham, Zola Knight, Amy Lobiondo and McNamara.

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Anything! It is about presentation, the color, texture, flavor and aroma. When people come by and see the product it has to look inviting and irresistible. The excellent smells are a prelude. But when we talked this morning in the kitchen about this question, the overwhelming conversation was about pizza.

Why did you choose the coast of Maine on which to live and work? We come from here, from New York, California and all over. We are drawn here now because of the community.

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ast month I’d been invited to a launch party event that called themselves “The Collective” and honestly, because The Farnsworth was hosting it, I expected it to be a nice, sort of older networky crowd (that’s not a real word, but you know what I mean). I expected Talbots jackets, light jazz, canapés, discussions about people’s kids in college. Home by 9 p.m. Instead, I drove to a place I’d never even heard of: The Bicknell Building down by Lime Street in Rockland. A dead-end street with a darkened warehouse. Not a place you associate with high-end cocktail parties, more like some back alley meeting place for dubious exchanges. DJ Owen layin’ down a boatload of soundscapes. PHOTO BY: KAY STEPHENS

The entry way was extremely dim; I could hear experimental electronica spilling out from the main

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crackers and aspic surrounded by fur, gnarly gourds and old metal serving dishes. The artist, Colin Sullivan-Stevens, modeled the live edible display after a 17th-century still life. At first, people milled around the table, not sure if it was meant to be culinary art or a cornocopia to be sampled. (The lack of napkins, plates and utensils on the table added to its mystery.) But, soon a few cheese knives were employed, tentative fingers explored the offerings and people were digging into the lobsters like Daryl Hannah in Splash. The live video feed that projected the table onto the ceiling caught every moment of what was deliberately set out to be interactive art.

From that diverse group, The Collective formed a steering committee, including four people on the Farnsworth staff. Necole Dabrio, special events and volunteer manager and one of the leading members of The Collective, said the entire team spent nearly two months to plan this launch party.

Other notable art installations included Bethany Engstrom’s “door” — an exterior door set into the wall of the warehouse with a doorbell. Putting one’s ear up to the door, you got a voyeuristic sense through the prerecorded audio that there were people on the other side and they were having “This was going to be the one that an exuberant conversation. Robin kicked off a year of educational and fun Mandel had two pieces at the event– events for the public in tandem with a Suitcase, 2007 (an array of mirrors Farnsworth event,” she said. projecting images onto the wall) and Aurora, 2010 (wine bottles circulating, The staff at the Farnsworth was largely projecting colored light onto the responsible for discovering the Bicknell white wall). Abigail Stiers contributed Building’s new use. It took two weeks the piece that projected words onto of sweeping, cleaning and using a drythe wall using a self-styled computer vacuum in the main areas and two days program to spit out the words of a to clean up after the event. Because poem at different rates of speed, which Live Feed PHOTO BY: KAY STEPHENS of The Collective’s hard work, they’ve were triggered by the wind flowing now put the warehouse space on the through the nearby windows. map as an alternative event setting for bands and other organizations wishing for a spacious, hip place to entertain. While people mingled and sampled bites from multiple Midcoast restaurants and eateries including Café Miranda, Another risk, which paid off, was to showcase art installations Lily Bistro, In Good Company, The Maine Cupcake Company, by independent artists not already associated with the Trillium Caterers, and Sweets and Meats, multiple party Farnsworth collection. Certain pieces were chosen for their goers were overheard saying they felt they’d been somehow ability to add to the overall atmosphere of the launch party. transported into a New York City nightclub. DJ Owen The focal piece included Live Feed, a round table with an Cartwright, of the Vistas, rounded out the event with a highly abundant, sumptuous display of cooked lobsters, cheeses, danceable set until midnight.

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Finally, the smartest move to entice a younger (or young-at-heart) crowd had to have been the $5 cover. Many times, big Midcoast public events with donated wine/beer, art and music, require an entry fee of $50 to $100. That attracts an entirely different crowd, but The Collective was going for something refreshingly different here: The underground. “Reponse has been huge,” said Dabrio. “People were coming up to me saying it was the best party Rockland has seen in years. We accomplished exactly what we wanted to do — engaging that younger community. I hope that our other parties will continue to attract that crowd, because that will be the challenge.” Coming up will be three after-party events for Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series, an international art film short series hosted by the Farnsworth museum on Friday, Feb. 3. For more information on how to be part of The Collective or when they’ll appear next, visit farnsworthcollective

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MagazineofMaine: “Being an entrepreneur teaches you how to live your life” Amy Applebaum discussing the lessons of starting your own business #juice3.0 MagazineofMaine: “There’s a multi-million dollar industry in putting erasers on pencils. That means you’re supposed to make mistakes.” angus king #juice3.0 MagazineofMaine: “Shoot for the stars and if you miss you’ll at least land in a tree” - Seth Brown, Love the Bus #juice3.0 MagazineofMaine: “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm” Love The Bus guys quote Winston Churchill #juice3.0 LadyOTrout; KNEW I should have gone to the #juiceconference! Dang it all!


As an artist, I felt this conference has inspired me to keep working on my new project and to get my website up and running before publication! Maureen Reardon Visionary Artist



trangely, almost all of my stories this month hinge around the theme of taking a risk to put your passion on the front burner. Juice Conference 3.0’s theme was all about “Celebrating Risk.” It’s about taking a risk with your path in life) to work through the fear to find your highest potential. The point is fear is inherent in every one of us. Use fear to change your perceptions of what you are capable of. Not (nail biting) “what if?” But (dawning realization you could be happy waking up everyday doing what you love) “Hey.... what if?” At the Conference, I asked a few folks: “How did Juice inspire or galvanize you toward your creative goals?”

Chris Jones , technology enthusiast and web developer, spoke about taking risks as a young entrepreneur. ©SARAH SZWAJKOS PHOTOGRAPHY/ DAMN RABBIT STUDIOS

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Clips from Eliot Cutler • The risks we need to confront are: Jobs, the growing income divide, and money in politics. • Political Parties are remnants of the past.


• The three top word clouds used to describe what people think of the performance of Congress: Ridiculous, Disgusting, and Stupid. • PLEASE choose your own risks, our communities need you! • Best bumper sticker: If corporations are people, When will Texas start executing them?

The Juice Conference created fantastic (and unexpected) networking opportunities that resulted in an exciting new joint project for 2012, two unique partnerships, and lit a few interesting fires that are yet to be determined. It was an excellent event, and yes, I am juiced! Roxanne Miller Artist, Seacoast Botany Company


Roxanne Quimby holds up Steve Jobs as a true risk taker, while telling her own story of launching Burt’s Bees. She shared that when she started her business, she was so broke, there was no financial risk. © DAVID H. LYMAN


Kea R. Tesseyman, owner/director/instructor, Kinetic Energy Alive, Rockland, produced a stirring dance performance during the Juice conference. She hopes to instill within her students the qualities needed in their life through dance; morals, ethics and self-esteem building. ©SARAH SZWAJKOS PHOTOGRAPHY/DAMN RABBIT STUDIOS

The thing that has had the most emotional impact from this conference for me has been the concept of “feel the fear, but do it anyway.” That also happens to be the theme of one of my songs. Allen Johnson

Caitlin Shetterly, author of Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, presenting at Pecha Kucha. The screen shows a photo of her son and dog, both of whom are big parts of the story in her book. ©SARAH SZWAJKOS PHOTOGRAPHY/DAMN RABBIT STUDIOS

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I have to constantly be willing to put my ideas out there to my clients regardless of my fears of them seeming silly. During Angus King’s speech, he touched upon the “little man” that sits on your shoulder; a.k.a. that crazy idea you want to share but are afraid to. Hearing him and other successful business owners discuss how they have those fears but have put them out there anyway, made me realize that all my ideas are worthy of not only sharing, but executing Lee Parent Art Director/Graphic Designer




By Dagney C. Ernest

“Kalahari Woodland” is a 2010 oil by Dahlov Ipcar.

A chat with Dahlov Ipcar


ahlov Ipcar is considered a state treasure, as well as a Maine master, thanks to the Union of Maine Visual Artists short film about her. Daughter of artists William and Marguerite Zorach, among the country’s first true modern artists, Ipcar has been producing art since she was a child … and she is still at it, at age 94. More than 20 new paintings by Ipcar are on view through Dec. 10 at Frost Gully Gallery in downtown Thomaston, which hosted a fanpacked reception for the Georgetown artist a few weeks ago. We spoke with her about what keeps her putting brush to canvas.

Q: How often do you paint now? A: I paint every morning, because that’s when the light is best. I can only do about two hours before I get tired, but I seem to produce more than when I painted all day.

Q: Why do you paint animals, especially jungle animals? Dahlov Ipcar, right, is surrounded by friends and fans at the opening of her show at Frost Gully Gallery in Thomaston. PHOTO BY: DAGNEY C. ERNEST


A: I’ve always loved animals, they are so interesting! I paint from my imagination, but the animals are accurate. The botany I just make up, and no one seems to mind. I do sketch landscapes, but I never seem to paint them. Maine is so beautiful and the beauty is all around.

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Dahlov Ipcar’s 2011 oil “India — Morning Call” mixes the exotic (peacocks) and the ordinary (roosters).

Q: You grew up with multiple pets all around and then had a farm for years. Do you live with animals now? A: I just have one cat. I’d love to have a dog, but I can’t walk them anymore. My childhood dog is on the bed in “Master Bedroom.” That’s a bit of a joke, because Andrew Wyeth did a master bedroom with a dog so I put him there. I see lots of wildlife outside, more than when we had the farm and dogs.

Q: You have written and illustrated many children’s books, as well as a young adult fantasy series and short stories for adults. Are you writing now? A: I’m not, don’t seem to be getting ideas for that anymore. I once woke up in the morning in February, the middle of winter, remembering something that happened when I was 5. I got up and wrote it down and it led to writing about 14 stories. I still get plenty of ideas for paintings, though.

Q: Do you get letters from people who enjoy your books and art work? A: I do occasionally, but I’m not very good about answering them. I just found an envelope marked “Letters to Answer” and the first one I pulled out was from 2006.

Q: Tell us about the circle paintings (one, “Blue Moon Circle,” is pictured on this month’s cover). A: I enjoy them. I paint them square because that’s how they fit on the easel, but Tom [Crotty of Frost Gully] likes to hang them on their points, or their “ears,” and they look good that way. “Blue Moon Circle” is the culmination of about eight paintings set in a fantasy world I invented. Some of the same characters appear, but the paintings are all different.

“Master Bedroom,” a 2011 oil, combines by Dahlov Ipcar’s past and present.

Q: Oil is such a demanding medium. What keeps you at it?

Ipcar’s son Robert has created a wonderful website about her and her work at

A: I’m so used to it and I know the paints. Painting keeps me happy.

For more information on the Frost Gully show, visit PAINTING PHOTOS BY: CHARLES IPCAR

“A Confusion of Ducks” (2011, oil) brings Dahlov Ipcar a little closer to Maine, subject wise.

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Listening Better By Marc Ratner


But there’s a broadcasting opportunity in the Midcoast to choose your own music and you can be a part of it. The FCC, because of the standardization of radio programming and the loss of local broadcasting, started a new grouping of stations in the year 2000 known as “low-power FM” stations.

There’s a reason for that.

These are stations that are nonprofit, non-commercial stations and broadcast only to their immediate local markets. One of the original and most unique “LP-FM’s” is in the Midcoast: WRFR, which broadcasts at 93.3 from Rockland and 99.3 in Camden and is streamed worldwide at The Internet really is an equal playing ground for small stations like WRFR; they’ve had response from as far away as Wisconsin, California and Belgium.

f you don’t like what you’re hearing, here’s your chance to do it better!

Do you miss the radio station you grew up with? It played music and artists you loved and just was cooler than what you hear today.

There wasn’t a 9-9-9 rule. There was a 7-7-7 rule. Back in the day, a broadcasting company could own only seven TV stations, seven AM radio stations and seven FM radio stations. They could only own one of each in a specific market, which meant that the broadcasting companies were small concerns for the most part owned by local broadcasters who had a passion for radio. They also had a passion for what they did broadcast, in a million different formats. Yes there was Top 40, Oldies, Country and Album Rock, but the formats got quirkier; for instance progressive rock station jocks chose their own music to play, something that never happens in commercial radio today; and jazz and classical, and all sorts of different takes on each musical genre. Everyone did it his or her own way. But big business and Wall Street wanted in, and beginning in 1996 the ownership rules were changed; 7-7-7 went out the window. Now the majority of commercial radio stations are owned by a few big companies. Clear Channel, the largest, owns approximately 850 stations and much of the programming, although sounding local, is produced nationally and distributed to local markets, with the same jocks, same songs and the same content. They get good ratings because the few jocks left are the cream of the crop and they’re good at what they do. There are no amateurs on the air, anymore. And the songs are researched up and down, in and out, backwards and forwards....they take no chances on playing any song that anyone might tune that’s why you recognize virtually every song on commercial radio. But that also means they can almost never play old obscure songs or new songs by new artists because those songs have no audience research. Ahhh, the Catch-22. They can’t play a song until they have research on it, but they can’t research it until the song has been played enough on the air to be familiar or is from another source (think American Idol, that flashy, dressed up karaoke TV show and all its imitators). So we have the same artists singing the same songs or sideways versions of the same songs on most all the radio stations in the country. Commercial broadcasting is in the business of giving the majority of people what they want to hear all of the time. That’s okay, because that’s what most people seem to want to hear. But what if you don’t? You’ve got those big Internet stations Spotify, Pandora and Satellite Radio. Here’s a secret, however: They research virtually all of their music for programming purposes, as well. As I’ve mentioned before in this column, the last bastions of creative radio are the noncommercial stations. That’s why I always mention the artists that Sara Willis at Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Denis Howard at WERU are championing. Many you’ll have heard of, and some will be new, but they’ll all be musical artists and both stations play amazing amounts of new artists and music.


Music picks this month: Sara Willis’ album picks from “In Tune By Ten” on MBPN: “Hands down, Ryan Adams’ new record ‘Ashes and Fire’. the best thing out there. Ryan knows how to write music that draws you in, surrounds you and lifts you up, even when he is at his tough, rocking edge. But this CD, although not without an edge, is made of velvet rather than steel.”

It is run by volunteers and the volunteers are the DJs. You can be a DJ on WRFR. Call the station, 594-0721, or email them at and say “I want to host a show on WRFR” and they’ll call /email you back and say “Okay, we’ll train you and help you do it.” Check out some of the shows I have posted here, and all the programming at There’s something for everyone and there’s room for your idea. I’ve posted just a sampling of the shows on WRFR. But it’s not all music. Other topics? Our local libraries, news from Main Street in Rockland, a Penobscot Bay report. “But,” you say, “I’m too shy, I can’t be a disc jockey or a talk show host.” That’s what Kyle Swan thought. He’s a remodeling contractor. Not a musician, he tried learning the guitar six different times and every time the guitar ended up back under the bed. Not a DJ either. But after years of being away from music his wife bought him a turntable for a present and Kyle found himself buying vinyl records. A lot of vinyl records. A friend suggested to him that he call WRFR and ask if he could host a show.

“I also am loving the new one from Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Chris Thile called ‘The Goat Rodeo Sessions’. These players are the best there is and they use their gifts wonderfully with each other on this very collaborative collection. Also some vocal work from Aiofe O’Donovan, always a good thing.”

Stepping out of his comfort zone — he did — and now a fairly shy person broadcasts for three hours every Sunday night — two hours of The Vinyl Hour, followed by an additional hour of Late Night Groove. He loves it. He’s hooked. The various show hosts on WRFR include a lawyer, a writer, a picture framer, a carpenter, a house painter, a teacher, a student, a physical therapist, a preacher, a contractor and many more people from every walk of life. If you have even just an inkling of an idea the wonderful folks at WRFR would like to help you turn it into a show. Add your occupation to the wonderful list above... and add the show you’ve always wanted to hear but never have to their schedule. Once you have that under your belt, check out the website at WERU in Blue Hill — — a full power FM station.

Denis Howard’s album pick from WERU: “Hands down the hottest new album on the station is the new Tom Waits album. We had listener requests asking for it before it came out – which is very rare.”

Many of their shows are also hosted by volunteers and their website details how you can join WERU and become a show host on the air there. You never know what can happen. Not even 10 years ago a woman who was “...crashing with friends in Massachusetts, working odd jobs,” was told by her friends to try out for a radio contest at WRNX Holyhoke, Mass., where they were looking for a co-host for their morning show. At that point, she had no thought of going into broadcasting. She won the contest and they hired her on the spot. Less than a decade later Rachel Maddow is hosting a major network cable TV show on MSNBC. Her broadcasting career started when she entered that contest in Holyoke, Mass. At WRFR you don’t even have to win a contest. I’m thinking New Year’s resolution here! See you next month. Hopefully I’ll be listening to you as well.

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By Kay Stephens

Leppanen’s artwork on display at the Belfast Co-op.

Belfast Artist Cleans Up Nicely

Leppanen at home next to his driftwood piece, Reincarnation PHOTOS BY: KAY STEPHENS

e scours basements for items such as beat-up old doors and cabinets that were intended for the dump, and paws through half-empty paint cans with paint that is hard as a rock.


all of his electives in the art fields. During this time, he experimented with creating oil paintings. He’d clean the house of his art professor, who’d then give him discarded canvases to work on.

“Every day I go into work, it’s like Christmas,” said Belfast artist Eric Leppanen. “People throw things away that I find tons of value in. I’m always trying to find a way to make discarded stuff into something that someone else finds value in, as well.”

“I loved the cultural mix of the city, the excitement of it, but ultimately, I wanted to move back to the Midcoast to be near friends and family,” said Leppanen, sitting casually on his back deck. He is soft-spoken, laid back. With his beard and dark cap, he looks as though he fits easily in the world of fishermen.

Leppanen’s journey as an artist has a familiar ring to it, particularly in this recession-weary state. He was laid off from his corporate job more than three years ago. Former Maine Gov. Angus King, who recently spoke at the Juice Conference 3.0, also found himself downsized at one point in his career before running for governor. For both King and Leppanen, facing a lay-off became the catalyst for finding their true calling. Growing up in Owls Head and Rockland, Leppanen moved to Boston to attend college at Suffolk University. He worked on getting his degree in business and marketing, taking

In the past couple of years, his work has been featured in Rockland’s Asymmetrick Arts gallery, which he’ll return to in December for a group artist show. At the time of this interview, Leppanen’s artwork was on display at Belfast Co-op throughout November. One wall featured a grid of mini pint-sized paint cans. The variegated colors that have slopped down each paint can are messy, vibrant and strangely harmonious. His other pieces featured found or reclaimed materials, such as a piece of driftwood his grandfather kept for a number of years, which Leppanen lacquered in shiny black. Perhaps it’s no mistake that the logical grid-like formation of the mini paint can piece reflects Leppanen’s analytical side. Coming back to Maine in 1993, the first job he took out of college was with MBNA and he stayed there 10 years before moving on to Bank of America. “The corporate world is very analytical, black and white, 1s and 0s,” recalled Leppanen. During this entire time, he didn’t make much artwork. “I was tired at the end of the day. I didn’t have the time, the space for it or the energy.” Then in 2009, he found himself, along with others, laid off from Bank of America. “It was a little shocking,” he said. “But I came home to my wife with a big smile and said, ‘hey I’m laid off. Let’s just start something new.’ She was a little worried, but I said, ‘it’s all going to be good. I feel really happy.’ Right now I’m so thankful. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The painter’s studio.

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The Leppanens took a drive across the county and talked about what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives and by the time they returned to Maine, they’d hatched a plan. They took the entrepreneurial tack, creating a housecleaning and property care business called aNeatNook.

They’ve been doing this business together for three years. “We often get discards, which I try to re-appropriate into art,” he said. “If I don’t use it in art, I sort through it, give it away to people who might need it, or take it to Goodwill. I try to bring as little as possible to the dump.” As the writer Pearl Buck once said, “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” This is Leppanen’s mantra.

Afterlife, at The Belfast Co-op.

“I really enjoy what I do now, since I really feel cleaning is an art form in itself,” he says in his quiet, deliberate manner. “Each day I can see tangible results, accomplishments and the thrill of making our environment a better place. It’s my small part to improve the world and/or the houses of folks I come in contact with. In the corporate world, it was the exact opposite. I’d crank it out for 10 hours and at the end of the day, feel as though I accomplished nothing. The end product of my efforts was not a valuable contribution to society. I was a cog in the debt machine.” As he stood in his disheveled, paint-splattered basement, he presented multiple pieces in various stages of creation. He usually works on two to three pieces at a time. Though he works 40 hours a week in his cleaning business, he spends at least three hours each night on his art in some form, whether creating it or marketing it, sleeping from 2 to 6 a.m., then getting up and doing it all over again. “I love it. I thrive on it,” he said. “It took 40 years, but I found my passion.” For more information about Leppanen’s artwork visit


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WRECK THE HALLS: CAKE WRECKS GETS ‘FESTIVE’ As a bookseller, I love seeing little groups of people gathered around a book laughing their faces right off. So let’s make this December pick all about joyous frivolity, shall we? Wrassle up a group and come chortle over Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets “Festive.” Cake Wrecks began, as so many things now do, as a blog, and this is the second book-shaped collection of painfully funny photographs of professional cakes gone terribly wrong. Disgusting frosting choices, unfortunate misspellings, Stars of David that look like pentagrams, evil Santas, turkey-shaped monstrosities...words cannot convey the horrors within. *Wanders away to look at the book for “just a second” for inspiration to help write further elaborations on greatness of book; wakes up out of a laugh-coma half an hour later, just in time to submit review to theSCENE.* RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE reviewed by Jim Dandy This holiday film is set in arctic Finland, where Father Christmas is a folk tale that parents use to cover up an ancient secret. In reality, Saint Nick is an evil creature who punishes and eats the naughty children. (And you thought the Grinch was mean.) Fortunately, for the last few hundred years, Santa has been safely detained under a mountain of ice. That all changes on Christmas Eve, when an excavation crew uncovers Santa’s icy tomb. Chills abound as the local deer hunters rally to capture the old codger and sell him back to the corporation that unearthed him. Unfortunately, that’s a slay ride that goes downhill real fast. Santa’s evil elves are faithful, numerous and not to be toyed with.The real hero of our story is a young local boy who eventually takes charge with an epic plan to kill Santa and rescue the other children. This bizarre and over-the-top tale could easily be a grand adventure for the whole family, if not for the nudity, language and a little gore. After all, nothing says Christmas like dead reindeer, naked elves and an entire village of children kidnapped for Santa food. (It’s more tasteful than it sounds.) Beautifully filmed and not to be missed, this original idea is an instant cult classic. So, you better be good. You better be real good. Santa Claus is coming to town! Rated [R] (Finnish with English subtitles).

TOM WAITS Bad As Me A blaring bari-sax starts out the opening cut of this snappy album full of grit and gristle. A tremendous way to open my ears; this cut whallops its way through just over two minutes ending with Tom yelling “All aboard!” as Charlie Musselwhite blows his harp at a feverish pitch. Track three, “Talking at the Same Time,” is a slowed-down jam, making one sway as if a New Orleans funeral procession was ambling down the lane. Plinking piano, bumpy bass and a trio of horns tromp along, reminiscent of a slowed-down ska tune, hearkening back to Jamaica 1965. The song “Satisfied” is truly a shining star out of these 13 tracks. (If one can spring for the Deluxe version one receives three more cuts and a fancy little book.) This tune features guitar work from Keith Richards, some bubbly bass from Les Claypool, and again the killer blues-harp from Charlie Musselwhite. Waits’ first album in seven years comes wildly and widely anticipated and does not disappoint. He pulls from jazz, blues, rockabilly and makes the whole record a jumping, jiving gritty beast that will leave you sweaty and smiling. All aboard!

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discovered these on Etsy and went a little coo coo. If you’re a Tolkien nerd, you will too. Meet Etsy members and residents of Unity, Rocy and Melissa Pillsbury, creators of Wooden Wonders Hobbit Holes.

Wooden Wonders custom designs and builds playhouses, garden sheds and other outdoor structures. Their signature design is based on the concept of a Hobbit hole. Said the Melissa Pillsbury, “Each Hobbit Hole is custom built from natural materials that primarily come from local sawmills and other locally-owned businesses. The inspiration for the business came from Rocy’s desire to exercise his creative muscle in a way that utilized his carpentry skills, while having a schedule that allowed him to be closer to home and their two lovely little Hobbits, Richard and Maxximus.” The inspiration for the Hobbit Hole products comes from reading the Tolkien classics, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as a child and being inspired by the striking imagery from the books in the descriptions of the Hobbits’ homes. Inspiring a sense of wonder and creativity is what Wooden Wonders products are all about. Rocy and Melissa would love to some day expand the Wooden Wonders product line to a wide array of fantastical structures, but for now the focus is on “Hobbit Holes for Work or Play.” To see more of their Hobbit Holes visit their Etsy profile: hobbitholes or their website,


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hotographs by Colleen Gleason will be on display hrough Dec. 30 at the office gallery of the Pemaquid Watershed Association in Damariscotta (above Salt Bay Café).

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Down East (Continued from Page 8) 16,000 gifts that are delivered to individuals and families in need in Down East Maine and on coastal islands. The Mission’s annual Holiday Open House raises funds to support this year’s Christmas Program and features festive music by Jessie Holladay, plenty of hors d’oeuvres and beverages, a silent wreath auction, and tours of the festively decorated Colket Center. The event is open to the public and a donation to the Christmas Program is encouraged in lieu of an admission fee. The Holiday Maine Sea Coast Mission Colket Center is located at 127 West St. in Bar Harbor. For more information, call Sarah Clemens at 288-5097 or email

20th annual Poinsetta Ball Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. The Poinsettia Ball benefits the new cancer center at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. The evening includes a catered meal by Chipper’s Restaurant, dancing to the live music of The Tony Boffa Band and an opportunity to win a $1,000 shopping spree donated by Beal’s Jewelry, The Grasshopper Shop, Rooster Brother and Simone’s Restaurant. The Poinsetta Ball will be held at The Ramada, 215 High St., (Routes 1/3) in Ellsworth. Tickets are $95 ($60 tax deductible) and are available online at mainehospital .org or by calling 664-5548.

MERI Holidays - Dec. 4, 2-4 p.m. It has become an annual tradition at the Marine Environmental Research Institute to celebrate the holiday season with a December family party for children of all ages. The festivities are free and open to the public This year’s event will be star spangled and star studded – with all manner of star fish! These little

echinoderms, also known as sea stars, will provide the theme for many of the family craft activities. With about 1,800 living species of a starfish in the world’s oceans, there is plenty of inspiration for every child’s imagination and MERI’s aquarium and touch tank will be open for further marine world ideas. The ever popular snow-globe project will be making a come-back and everyone will leave with a variety of beautiful holiday ornaments. Refreshments will include apple cider, popcorn and cookies and at 2.30 p.m. the elementary school students’ “Rhythm Rockets” steel band will strike up some festive and seasonal tunes. The MERI Center is located at 55 Main St. in Blue Hill. For more information, call Martha Bell at 3742135.

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Christmas Celebration in Southwest Harbor - Dec. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with the town of Southwest Harbor and area businesses. The evening begins with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, followed by a bonfire and tractor rides starting at the Post Office parking area. There will be refreshments provided and a special visit from Santa. Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa upstairs at the Harbor House. Stick around town for special business hours to kick off your holiday shopping. Harbor House is located at 329 Main St. in Southwest Harbor. For more information, call 244-3713.

An Otter Creek Christmas Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Take a break from the holiday frenzy for an oldfashioned community celebration in the village of Otter Creek on Mount Desert Island. The Hall will be decked, the tree lit, and there will be eggnog, cider and an array of sweet and savory food. The kids can make ornaments and crafts while the adults socialize. Have your picture taken with your face above the Victorian life-size cut-outs. At 7 p.m., gather around the tree for carols. Everyone is welcome. Take food to share if you wish. There is no admission fee; donations to The Hall are always appreciated. The Aid Society of Otter Creek is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Christmas in Northeast Harbor Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m. The Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce, along with The Neighborhood House, organizes the annual Northeast Harbor Christmas Festival. The festival includes children’s activities at the Northeast Harbor Library, a bonfire and music on Main Street, a food tent, and lots of great shopping. This year’s holiday play, performed by Acadia Community Theater, is “A Christmas Story” on the stage at Neighborhood House at 7 p.m. For more information call the Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce at 276-5040.

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ach holiday season for the last 45 years, there has been a light that shines so bright from the Camden Hills it can be seen throughout Penobscot Bay. The Mt. Battie Christmas Star, first lit Thanksgiving Eve, has been a tradition many look forward to. Now those who continue to live local and those who have since moved can take a piece of this history into their homes. The Camden Lions Club, which has had the role of raising and lighting the star for the last four decades, has produced a poster bearing the star and some of its history. All proceeds from the poster sales will go to support various nonprofit groups.

Adam Bryant uses a lift to take the individual, color-coded steel arms of the star up to the assembly crew working inside the top of the Mt. Battie tower.

It all started in the mid-1960s, when Bill Brawn, then owner of French & Brawn Market Place and a member of the Camden Lions Club, decided to place a Christmas star on the Mechanic Street side of the store, according to information provided by the Lions.

Once the steel arms of the star are secured in place with large nuts and bolts, light bulbs are inserted into the top sockets and the entire fixture is anchored to the top of the Mt. Battie tower, it’s time to walk the star up to its vertical position. Barbara Dyer, present town historian, has said the first star was 12 feet high, had a wooden frame and glowed with 100 25watt bulbs. However, since the star was only visible to those passing south on Route 1, it was suggested by downtown merchants to display the star from the stone tower on Mt. Battie. “The star was first seen Sunday evening and caused some consternation from citizens who phoned the police and fire department about the strange glow in the sky. Some thought it

was a fire on the mountain or a flying saucer,” reads an article in the Dec. 8, 1966, edition of The Camden Herald. Shortly after this the Lions Club took over operation and Raymond Drinkwater built a much larger star, made of steel, with more lights. A third star was built in the 1990s, which is also metal and holds 92 bulbs of 15watts each, according to Dyer. Each year, Bob Oxton, a member of the Camden Lions Club, dutifully travels up the mountain, in any weather condition, to start Star Continued On Page 38)

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Dealing in the Real

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erry and Jeremiah Pasternak of Pasternak Antiques & Modern Design in Rockland (aka Pasternak & Son) are fervent in their belief that “anyone can do what we do!” Not everyone will end up on their own reality show, however. Planet Green, a sub-network of the Discovery Channel, is screening “Born Dealers,” a new 60-minute TV series that airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. through Dec. 10. The show follows Jerry and Jeremiah in their quest to buy low, sell high and celebrate the antique and unique. The Pasternaks have departed for their winter homes in the mid-century modern buying paradise of Florida, but will be in New York City to do a series of satellite interviews that will appear on local and national newscasts to pump the show. A day before they hit the road, they chatted about their lives’ passion and the show in the place they spend every summer, the former First Baptist Church building at the corner of Main and Summer streets. The Pasternaks bought the building, which most recently had housed the Goodkind Pen Co., in 2004 and really committed to Rockland as their selling season base in 2008, moving from Rye, N.H. Jeremiah, the business’ proprietor, comes back in April and his parents arrive in May. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, father and son are busy selling the antiques gathered the previous winter and brought north … but don’t expect to stroll into the building for a casual look-see. “Our entire busy is online and by appointment; it’s not a typical antique business,” said Jeremiah.

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Jeremiah, left, and Jerry Pasternak sit among their finds at Pasternak Antiques in Rockland. “This is where I really feel like I’m home,” said Jeremiah. PHOTO BY: DAGNEY C. ERNEST Indeed, a look around the warehouse is testament to his statement. The life-size comic book characters, metal cupola and both wicker and wooden motorcycles one can see in the street-side windows are just a taste of the diversity of what the Pasternaks find, buy and sell. Deeper into the building, there are jukeboxes, drafting tables and theatrical light

rigs and more; outside sits a pair of airplane nose cones. There also is a small room that contains what Jerry used to specialize in, Victorian and Mission furnishings. That market, he said, is dead. Actually, the market for what the Pasternaks deal is pretty dead too, in New England and Maine, (Antiques Continued On Page 36)


Antiques Continued From Page 35 especially, where traditional and country still rule. But in New York and Los Angeles, mid-century (20th, that is) modern design is all the rage … and in Florida, the Pasternaks find it in abundance, often buying pieces from the people who bought them new.

for $50 and re-selling them overseas via the Internet for $200 when he was 15 years old; part of the business’ new website is his blog as a 21stcentury dealer of 20th-century, mostly Americanmade, design. Jerry, on the other hand, is just now getting used to using a cell phone.

“Take that 1953 Wurlitzer jukebox,” Jerry said, gesturing to a treasure in the next room. “We bought it from a guy who said he and his father bought it together in 1955.”

“It’s true, I hate cell phones, don’t know how to turn on the computer. I’ve got ask him to help me send an email,” said Jerry.

Much of what the Pasternaks deal is functional — furniture and accessories that are well designed and well made and can be used for years and still have value as a collectible. “What do you get putting money in the bank? Next to nothing! But if you buy a functional antique, the right one, you can use it every day and sell it in 20 years and make good money on that investment,” Jerry said. When it comes to mid-century modern, a niche that Jeremiah, who has a master of arts degree in art history, has pulled the business towards, the return can come even faster.

One episode of “Born Dealers” revolves around Jeremiah Pasternak’s acquisition of 100 Anco Bilt drafting table from a former art school in Boston. Many have been sold, as have all the pews from the former First Baptist Church. PHOTO BY: DAGNEY C. ERNEST

“There will always be a market for the good stuff,” said Jeremiah. “And it’s so straight-forward. Anyone with a $100 to spend can shop Craig’s List,” a place where there are really motivated sellers and if you know what you’re looking for and what’s worth, you can find real treasures to re-sell for a profit, he said.

“You can spend $1,500 on a Saarinen table and chairs and it’ll be worth $3,000 in five years,” Jerry said.

The trick, of course, is to know the value of what’s being offered. Jeremiah advises finding something relatively specific to get passionate about — learn as much as you can about it, “not just the history and background but also know what it sells for and where,” he said.

The Pasternaks’ goal for the show is to educate viewers and show them how easy it is to do what they do. It’s obvious, however, that the show is bound to be entertaining too. Planet Green is marketing the concept as Old vs. New School and there certainly is an element of that in Pasternak & Son. Jeremiah was buying sneakers locally

Examples of his particular passion are all around the warehouse — chairs. A striking example that would have made a great episode is a rare baseball glove chair from the 1960s that Jeremiah found when he and his parents drove the van (a smart move) to Toronto in September for the show’s Canada premiere on the Discovery Channel.

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“You never know where you’re going to find something great. I walked into a shop in a big city and saw it and knew it was underpriced. There aren’t many of these left and they are very collectible,” he said.

Half-way into Episode 2, the Pasternaks head to Maine. The rest of the season takes place in Rockland — local sites include the Rockland Café — and around New England. The show’s spin highlights the Old vs. New School differences between father and son, but any time spent with the Pasternaks reveals their underlying affection for each other and passion for what they do.

“Born Dealers” had its origins in a pitch from Jeremiah and marketing materials posit it as a “real-life ‘Sanford and Son’ — a loving, bickering father and son duo bonded by one great passion: finding cool old stuff they can sell for a profit.” But both men are quick to say that their show is a lot more “real” than other antiques reality shows on the air. “Everything on it is real. Every transaction on the show involves actual things we found and people we deal with,” said Jeremiah. One of those people, featured in the show’s final episode, is Rockland artist Joe Barberio, from whom Jerry has been commissioning stained glass work for decades; a number of his stand-alone windows, both Victorian and contemporary, are scattered around the warehouse. And an entire episode is dedicated to the annual Brimfield Antique Fair in Massachusetts, the biggest fair in New England for antique buyers and sellers. The filming took place in April through June, before things really heat up for the business, so the Pasternaks did have to move up some appointments to give a sense of the real pace of the business. The production crew would show up and film eight hours a day for 12 days at a

The “Born Dealers” premiere party in Toronto led to Jeremiah Pasternak’s finding a classic baseball chair from the 1960s. In back are a couple of Joe Barberio’s stained glass works. PHOTO BY: DAGNEY C. ERNEST time, getting 200 to 400 hours of footage for each of two episodes each session. “When they were here, we had to work around their schedule,” said Jeremiah. Both men admitted that in the first episode, which aired Nov. 5 and takes place in Cape Coral, Fla. — “So we can root for the Red Sox all winter,” said Jerry — it’s clear neither have been on camera before, but they got used to it. “It gets better every episode, but they’re all good,” said Jerry.


“I’ve been doing this all my life, but he’s got the education! He went to Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Andrews University in Scotland, he’s got a master’s degree, he could do anything he wants,” said Jerry, who proudly listed his son’s credentials several times over the course of an hour. “He’s officially retired,” said Jeremiah when Jerry made a dash upstairs to rescue a forgotten pot of boiling eggs. “He’s retired from selling, but he’ll never retire from buying!” “Born Dealers” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m.; the previous week’s episode airs at 9 p.m. Planet Green is Channel 103 on Time Warner Cable’s Midcoast lineup. Jerry and Jeremiah are hoping people will watch, not only because they want to empower them. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed there will be a Season 2,” said Jeremiah. The Pasternaks’ new site, which includes Jeremiah’s blog and a link to Planet Green’s “Born Dealer” page, is

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• All day. Bids for Kids Wreath Auction, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine’s “Bids For Kids” Wreath Auction. Bid on more than 350 beautifully decorated fresh evergreen wreaths loaded with holiday decor, gift certificates and gift cards, and holiday gift items donated by local Midcoast area businesses from Belfast to Wiscasset. View wreaths and place silent auction bids at Camden National Bank branches in Belfast, Camden, Union, Rockland, Thomaston, Waldoboro and Damariscotta, and Bath Savings Institution in Damariscotta. FMI: 593-0380. • All Day. Give Kids the Gift of Summer online auction kicks off, Camp Beech Cliff’s annual auction is open at One hundred percent of net proceeds of auction go to sending kids to camp. • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Second Annual Writers Read, Members of the Coastal Senior College writers group present their diverse works at the downtown Camden Public Library. Free. • 2 to 9 p.m. “The Collaborators” — 2 Shows, High definition live satellite broadcast from London’s National Theatre of John Hodge’s blistering new play 2 p.m./rescreened 7 p.m. at Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $23; $18 younger than 18. FMI: 594-0070. General admission; school group rates available. Second encore 3 p.m. Dec. 18. • 5 to 7 p.m. Empty Bowl Supper in Unity, Unity College will host an Empty Bowls fundraising dinner at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, which is located on Depot Street. Empty Bowls is a national grassroots movement mobilizing local communities to raise money


for local hunger relief efforts. All of the proceeds from this year’s Empty Bowls dinner will be given to the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry and Unity Barn Raiser’s Veggies For All project. All are welcome to join this simple dinner of soup and bread. Attendees get to select a pottery bowl made by a local artist/resident as part of their meal price. Suggested minimum donation of $10.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Library Coffeehouse Series, Songswap at downtown Camden Public Library. All welcome. Free. FMI: Ken Gross, 236-3440. • 6:30 p.m. Dog Sled Talk, Rockland Public Library presents a slide talk on dog sledding by Polly Mahoney of Mahoosic Guide Service. Mahoney will bring a couple of her sled dogs. • 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 a.m. Yoga at the Gardens, Ingrid Tosteson will teach gentle yoga classes suitable for all levels of expertise in the Bosarge Family Education Center at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Road, Boothbay. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 20. Cost: $10 members, $12 non-members. Pre-register at 633-4333, ext. 101 or in the visitor center. • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Lewis MacKinnon, Canadian purveyor of traditional Celtic music performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $15. FMI: 948-7469.



• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 38th annual Island Arts Association Holiday Fair, Atlantic Oceanside Resort, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Just in time for the holidays, more than 50 local crafters will show and sell their finest work. The fair will be held in the conference center. Free coffee will be served on Friday

from 3 to 5 p.m. and free cookies on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Free gift wrapping for each purchase will be available all day on Saturday. FMI: contact the YWCA of MDI at 2885008. • 1 p.m. Bridge Group, Refresh your bridge game. Play every Friday in Room 4 at the Thompson Community Center, Route 131, Union. FMI: 7854602. • 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk, Open doors, receptions and openings at downtown Rockland galleries. • 5 to 6 p.m. Holiday Open House, Live Wreath Auction, Holiday Open House & “Bids For Kids” Live Wreath Auction at Damariscotta River Grill, 155 Main St., Damariscotta. Join fellow business friends and for this very special “Bidness After Hours” holiday event and bid on dozens of beautifully decorated fresh evergreen wreaths loaded with holiday decor, gift cards and gift certificates and fun gift items. FMI: 593-0380. • 5 to 7 p.m. Home for Holidays Reception and Open House Preview, Thomaston Historical Society Home for Holidays Reception and Open House. Edgar Stackpole House, at 21 Knox St. in Thomaston. Reception includes music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and brief talk on historical background of the house. There will be a silent auction. Tickets for the preview reception are $20 and must be purchased in advance. FMI: 354-4020 or 3541373. Open house on Dec. 3. • 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday art walk, Final BelfastArts First Friday art walk of the year at downtown Belfast galleries. Openings include “150 for a Dozen,” small works for $150 each, at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery on Main Street. • 6:30 to 11 p.m. Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance, Sixth birthday party for First

Friday dance event begins with Community Dance for all ages led by caller Chrissy Fowler with music by The All-Comer’s Band, followed by 7:30 p.m. Tasty Treat Potluck of savory or sweet finger snacks and 8 p.m. contra dance with Marshall Law, Nancy Turner calling, at American Legion Hall Post #43, 143 Church St., Belfast. Cost: $2 adults, $1 children community dance; $8 adults, $6 teens/those who attended Community Dance. FMI: 338-0979 or • 7 to 9 p.m. ‘Anne of Green Gables’, Belfast Maskers present stage adaptation of beloved book at Union Hall, Union Street, Searsport. Nightly through Dec. 3. FMI: 338-9668. • 8 to 9:45 p.m. First Friday Film Series, Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre screen “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” (2011, USA) at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $8.50. FMI: 594-7000.



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• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Thomas’ Christmas Fair, St. Thomas’ Christmas Fair at 33 Chestnut St., Camden. An unique array of holiday hand-crafted items and decorations, tasty sweets, jewelry, Granny’s Attic, and scrumptious soup luncheon. Come join the fun. Proceeds to benefit St Thomas’ Family Services. • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Home for the Holidays Reception and Open House, Thomaston Historical Society event at Edgar Stackpole House, at 21 Knox St. in Thomaston. Tickets are $10 each and they can be ordered in advance or purchased at the door on the day of the event. There also will be a silent auction. FMI: 354-4020 or 354-1373.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burnham’s Bloomers Family Day, Burnham’s Bloomers, located at 14 Washington Road in Waldoboro, third annual Holiday Open House and Family Day. Santa will be arriving at Saturday 11 a.m. by horse drawn buggy, afterward every• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monthone gets to go ly Flea Market, Thompson for a ride. Come Community Center, 51 South in and decorate Union Road/Route in Union, a sugar cookie, holds monthly flea market or participate in with more than 80 tables to a coloring conshop. TCC Thrift Shop too, and test and maybe win a prize. snack bar is open for breakfast Lots of sweets and hot chocand lunch. FMI 975-0352. olate will be served, and pictures will be taken by Squirrel • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ParBait Photography. enting Education Class, Offered by ParentWorks, first • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maine MeSaturday of each month dia Women Holiday Parat Lincoln Street Center, ty, Members of MMW will Rockland. To register or gather at the home of memFMI call 596-0014 or e-mail ber Cheryl McKeary in ington for annual party. FMI: Carol Jaeger at 563-8377 or • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Christmas Followed Fair, The Women’s Club of by 1:30 to 2:30 reading from Our Lady of Good Hope, MMW anthology at Gibbs Li7 Union St., Camden brary. will hold its annual Christ• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The mas Fair in Met: Live in HD, Strand TheCote Hall at atre, 345 Main St., Rockland, the church. There screens Handel’s “Rodelinda” will be Christmas wreaths, live via satellite broadcast. yummy baked goods of all Cost: $27; season tickets availkinds and hand-made crafts. able. FMI: 594-0070 or rock-


theSCENE • December 2011 Encore 1 p.m. Dec. 13, $23. • 1 to 4 p.m. Make Festive Holiday Greens at the Gardens, In a hands-on workshop in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Education Center, Diane Walden will demonstrate how to create unique holiday greens. Participants can make a swag, wreath, centerpiece, or mantelpiece or doorway garland to take home, and develop skills useful for decking the halls year after year. Prices are $30 for members and $37 for non-members. For reserva-

tions, call 633-4333, ext. 101, visit, or stop by the Visitor Center, Barters Island Road in Boothbay. • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. “Jump Lines” Reading, Members of Maine Media Women read from their 60th anniversary anthology at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington. Donations welcomed for Maine Media Women scholarships. FMI: Carol Jaeger at 563-8377 or

• 2 to 4 p.m. Family Art Workshop, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., Rockport, offers a free drop-in workshop for children and families in their new downstairs ArtLab studio. All ages welcome. FMI: cmcanow. org. • 4 to 9 p.m. Pig Roast, Toys for Tots Drive, Friends for Friends invites the community to the 3rd Annual Pig Roast & Toys for Tots drive at the Odd Fellows Hall, Routes 90 and 1 in Warren. Dinner, music, a children’s craft corner, Richard

Holiday concerts, performances Fri 2: • 12 to 1 p.m. The Baroque Orchestra of Maine, A lunchtime concert of period music, set in the baroque style, featuring several holiday pieces, including Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and English Carols from A Baroque Christmas arranged for two violins. Concert is free of charge; free-will offerings help sustain the Friends of Music concert series, an outreach program of The First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St. FMI: 236-4821.

atre, Main Street/Route 220, Waldoboro. FMI: 832-6060 or Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 17 plus 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 18. • 7:30 to 9 p.m. Ceremony of Lessons and Carols, St. Cecilia Chamber Choir presents its annual holiday concert at Second Congregational Church, River Road, Newcastle. Cost: $15. Tickets at and door, as available. Also 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick.

Sat 10: • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Nutcracker” Ballet, Atlantic Ballet Company, the performing troupe of P2PDance Center, celebrates its 11th year of Christmas-by-the-Sea weekend productions at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Cost: $20; $14 senior citizens, children younger than 13. Advance tickets at HAV II, Camden; Reading Corner, Rockland; Mr. Paperback, Belfast; and Personal Book Shop, Thomaston. Tickets at door, as available. Matinees 3 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. • 7:30 to 9 p.m. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, Marsh River Theater presents old-time radio-style version of beloved holiday tale at the downtown venue, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139, Brooks. FMI: 722-4110. Nightly through Dec. 3.

Sun 4: • 2 to 4:30 p.m. Holiday Dance Showcase, Swing & Sway Dancing presents its annual Pro/Am spectacular with solos, duos, choreographed teams and more at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport. Cost: $12 advance; $15 at door. For tickets, visit

Thurs 8: • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Noël Français Concert, Down East Singers present a French-Canadian and European French Christmas Celebration program at St. Patrick’s Church, Academy Hill Road, Newcastle. Cost: $15, free younger than 18. Also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lewiston’s Franco-American Heritage Center; and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Camden Opera House.

Fri 9: • 7 to 9 p.m. ‘A Christmas Carol’, Warm, wonderful and filled with holiday spirit, this adaptation of Charles Dickens’“A Christmas Carol,” by Belfast resident, theater director and designer John E. Bielenberg. Camden Opera House on Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., in support of the Everyman Repertory Theatre. Cost: $20 adults, $10 students. Tickets available at, The Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Harbor Audio Video, Bellabooks, Reading Corner. FMI: 236-0173. • 7:30 to 9 p.m. Penobscot Bay Singers, Singers present annual Christmas concert of seasonal works both modern and ancient and everything in between at First Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Searsport (on campus of Penobscot Marine Museum). Suggested donation: $12. Also. • 7:30 to 9 p.m. “The X-Mas Files”, Original comedy by Ellie Busby with holiday songs at the Waldo The-


• 7:30 to 9 p.m. Penobscot Bay Singers, Singers present annual Christmas concert of seasonal works both modern and ancient and everything in between at First Church UCC, 8 Court St., Belfast. Suggested donation: $12.

Sun 11: • 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Odeon Winter Concert, Bay Chamber Concerts’ Odeon ensembles plus cellist Marc Johnson present holiday concert at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Free. FMI: 2362823/888-707-2770 or • 3 to 4:30 p.m. Penobscot Bay Singers, Singers present annual Christmas concert of seasonal works both modern and ancient and everything in between at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 47 Court St., Belfast. Suggested donation: $12.

Sat 17: • 3 to 4:30 p.m. “White Christmas”, The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, screens 1954 holiday classic. Cost: $5. FMI: 594-0070. • 4 p.m., Winter Solstice Celebration, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, at the Blue Goose Center on Route 1 in Northport. Features music, dance, storytelling, poetry, and other seasonal entertainment for all ages. Tickets will be available at the door. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children and youth ages 6 to 18, and $25 for a family; children under age 6 are free. Proceeds from the Winter Solstice Celebration will be donated to the Greater Belfast Area Ministerium Food Cupboard. FMI: Liz Fitzsimmons, 338-4245. • 4 to 6 p.m. Holiday Pops Concert, Third annual event to benefit United Mid-Coast Charities at Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport. Cost: $35, $10 younger than 19 orchestra seats; $20/$8 general admission. Tickets at or call 236-2299. Features the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra directed by Janna Hymes; holiday favorites from VoXX: Voice of Twenty; and performances by Rockport Dance Conservatory, Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus directed by Mimi Bornstein and other talented youth and adults from our community. Snow date: Dec. 18.

Sat 23: • 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free Holiday Film, The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, screens “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, USA). Free. FMI: 594-0070.

Vargas from Toys for Tots and lots more activities. Admission by donation only. FMI: friend,

vance; $15 day of show, general admission. FMI: 594-0070 or

• 7 to 8:30 p.m. “Tanzspiel”, Karen Montanaro performs her one-woman mime and dance concert at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/ Route 220, Waldoboro. Cost: $12; $8 students, senior citizens. Tickets at Waltz Pharmacy or leave a message at 832-6060. FMI:

• 7:30 p.m. Union Historical Society, Union Historical Society will host an illustrated presentation titled Puritans at Pocumtuck by Jeff Nims who will explain why the historic raid on Deerfield, Mass., on Feb. 29, 1704, was Colonial New England’s “Pearl Harbor.” At the newly refurbished society headquarters, the Robbins House on Union Common.

• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Barra MacNeils, Nova Scotian family band performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $25; $12.50 children. FMI: 9487469.



• 2 to 4 p.m. Music Jam at the Museum, Musicians, bring instruments and voices and make music together informally at Sail, Power and Steam Museum at Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland. Coffee and cookies provided. Every Sunday. • 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monthly Jazz Jam, Midcoast and visiting musicians gather at the Waldo Theatre Annex, 47 Glidden St., Waldoboro. Cost: $5; free for playing musicians. FMI: 5937445. Free refreshments. First Sunday of the month. • 4:30 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting, Christmas Tree Lighting at the Warren Mill Park Gazebo, Carole singing, cookies and cocoa, Santa will make his appearance with candy canes for the kids. Come dressed warm and bring a flashlight! Join your friends and neighbors for a festive time! FMI: J. Carter, 273-3471.



• 5 p.m. Transition Cafe, Casual discussion about how folks in and around Belfast will transition from oil dependence to local resilience. Belfast Co-op, 123 High St., Belfast. • 8 to 10 p.m. Eilen Jewell and The Sweetback Sisters, Singer/songwriter and renegade retro band perform at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $12 ad-





• 7 to 9 p.m. Velvet Lounge Jazz, The Bill Barnes Jazz Trio performs every other Thursday at Rock City Cafe, 318 Main St., Rockland, in coffeebar/cafe setting. Free/tips for musicians.



• 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Round Top Coffee House, Doors open 6:30 p.m. for musicians, poets and other performers to sign up for 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. open mic; featured performers play 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Damariscotta River Association’s Round Top Farm, Business Route 1, Damariscotta. Cost: $6; $3 senior citizens; free for children. FMI: 5631393. Second Friday of each month. • 7 to 9 p.m. Eighth Annual Coffeehouse, The Watershed School presents miscellaneous entertainment including live music, eloquent poetry readings, extraordinary exploits by the school’s resident stuntologist and much more in the theater of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St., Rockland. Free; refreshments.



• 4 to 6 p.m. International Folk Dancing, Dancers of all levels invited to learn and share line and circle dances from around the world on the second floor of Watts Hall, 170 Main St./Route 1, Route 1. Free/donations. FMI: 5422283. Second and fourth Sundays through May.



• 7 to 9 p.m. Traditional shape note singing, Fourpart unaccompanied singing using “Sacred Harp” and “North-

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• 11:30 a.m. Senior Potluck Luncheon, Free for all to attend! Please bring along a few friends and a dish to share (if you are able) and join us for some great food, fellowship and holiday cheer. Some of the students at the St. George School will be providing holiday entertainment at this end of the year luncheon. St. George Town Office. • 1 to 4 p.m. The Met: Live in HD Encore, Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, screens Dec. 3 performance of Handel’s “Rodelinda.” Cost: $23. FMI: 594-0070 or • 7 p.m. Cribbage Night, Cribbage Night held at the Appleton library second Tuesday of the month. All skill levels and ages welcome to join the fun. No charge. FMI: 785-2210.



• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aoife Clancy, Irish folk singer performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $15. FMI: 948-7469.



• 3 to 5:30 p.m. National Theatre’s “The Collaborators”, Rescreening of Dec. 1 high definition satellite broadcast from London of John Hodge’s blistering new play, at Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $23; $18 younger than 18. FMI: 5940070. General admission; school group rates available.


zart’s beloved opera, in English, at Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $12.50; $10 younger than 19. FMI: 594-0070. • 7 to 9 p.m. Chamber Singers concert at Mount View, Alumni join Mount View Chamber Singers, directed by David Stevenson, at Clifford Performing Art Center, MVHS, 577 Mount View Road/Route 220, Thorndike. Proceeds benefit Centre maintenance fund.



• 8 to 11 p.m. Monthly Contra Dance, Live music and calling at Simonton Corner Hall, corner of Park and Main streets, Rockport. Cost: $8. FMI: 8325584. All dances taught, beginners welcome. Usually fourth Saturday of the month.



• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Gawler Family Band, Maine’s family of fiddle and folk performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $10, includes 6:30 p.m. appetizers, buffet dinner and contra dance. FMI: 948-7469.



• 7:30 p.m. Organ Concert, Tom Mueller will present an organ concert featuring the works of Clerambeault, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Bach. Concert is free of charge; free-will offerings help sustain the Friends of Music concert series, an outreach program of The First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St.. FMI: 236-4821.



• 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s by the Bay, The 15th annual New Year’s by the Bay celebration provides fun events all around Belfast. Music, dancing, magic, poetry, food and more in a family-friendly, chem-free environment. FMI:


• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “The Magic Flute”, The Met Opera’s special holiday presentation offers abridged version on Mo-

Ongoing events MONDAYS: 7 to 10 p.m. Monday Night Blues, upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland. FMI: 593-9336. TUESDAYS: 10 a.m. Children’s Story Hour, Children’s Story Hour. Reading, arts and crafts. Free. Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Rd., Washington. 4 p.m. Children’s Art Time, Art instruction with Catinka Knoth. Children’s Room, Rockland Public Library. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dancing 4 Fun, Weekly night of freestyle, any style, no partner needed, all kinds of music dancing takes place in second-floor Studio Red dance studio in Odd Fellows building, 16 School St., downtown Rockland. Free/donations. FMI: 354-0931; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Open Mic, Good music, good company and fun every Tuesday night at Cuzzy’s, 21 Bay View St., Camden. WEDNESDAYS: 10:30 a.m. Children’s Story Time, Children’s Room, Rockland Public Library. Also on Saturdays. 5:30 to 6 p.m. Making Change, A support group for young people from ages 13-29 who are considering or committed to recovery from substance abuse and other addictions. This group meets every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast. Free food. FMI call Tim at 567-3813, Marian at 338-4594 or Jeffrey at 322-9490. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open clay studio, Every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Work on your own projects using our wheels, slab roller and kiln. Non-instructional but a studio monitor is present for technical questions and advice. $15 per person, per session. More clay can be purchased as needed. Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast. FMI, call 338-2222 or visit 6 to 7 p.m. Meeting: Mount Desert Island Toastmasters, MDI YMCA, 21 Park St., Bar Harbor. Public is invited. Toastmasters is more than a club to improve business and public speaking skills - it’s a source of fellowship with like-minded individuals who not only want to improve themselves, but learn about interesting topics through others, while supporting each another’s growth. Visitors are welcome to check out this supportive group. FMI: contact Kim Harty at 288-3511 or email 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Open Mic Night, Weekly performance night at Gator Lounge of The Navigator Motor Inn, 520 Main St., Rockland. THURSDAYS: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Toy Library, Toy Library at St. Peters Episcopal Church, White Street, Rockland, provides a non-sectarian community program for preschool children, toddlers and infants, fostering creative play in a safe, nurturing environment and promoting cooperation and goodwill among participating children, their parents or other caregivers. The Toy Library follows






the RSU 13 vacation calendar as well as storm cancellations. Also 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, FMI: 5 to 9 p.m. Midcoast Chess Club, Meets every Thursday at Tim Horton’s, Camden Street, Rockland. FMI: call Frank, 975-2433 or 7 to 10 p.m. Live Music, Simon and McFarland play jazz and blues Thursday evenings at Billy’s Tavern, 1 Starr St. behind the business block, Thomaston. No cover charge. FMI: 354-1177. FRIDAYS: 1 p.m. Bridge Group, Refresh your bridge game. Play every Friday in Room 4 at the Thompson Community Center, Route 131, Union. FMI: 7854602. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday Night Film Series, Friends of the Thomaston Public Library. Room 28 of Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./ Route 1. Free/donations. FMI: 354-2453. Doors open 6 p.m. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free ballroom dancing, Weekly evening of practicing all the favorite dances on a newly refinished large hardwood floor with an excellent sound system at East Belfast Elementary School, Swan Lake Avenue. Free. FMI: 505-5521. Bring clean dancing shoes. SATURDAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Life drawing in Belfast, Every Saturday through Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Non-instructional, bring your own materials. Experienced models take one or two long poses. Lively group. Drop in rate — $15 per session. Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast. FMI, call 338-2222 or visit 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Washington Grange Farmers’ Market, Every Saturday. Old Union Road, across from the Gibbs Library in Washington. FMI: 8452140. SUNDAYS: 8 a.m. Winter Bird Walk, Penobscot Watershed Eco Center, 160 Main St., Bar Harbor. Acadia Birding Festival director Michael Good will lead free birding walks every Sunday. Walks will focus on specific areas around Bar Harbor, looking for winter birds and migrants. If the snow is good, a trip to Cadillac Mountain is planned and will be announced during the month of December depending on snow quality. Dress appropriately for cold weather and bring binoculars. FMI: call 2888128 or 479-4256 or visit downeastnaturetours. com. 2 to 4 p.m. Music Jam at the Museum, Musicians, bring instruments and voices and make music together informally at Sail, Power and Steam Museum at Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland. Coffee and cookies provided. Every Sunday. 3 to 6 p.m. Traditional Bluegrass Jam, Billy’s Tavern, 1 Starr St., Thomaston, hosts traditional bluegrass jam every Sunday. Musicians encouraged to bring their instruments and join in; listeners welcome too. FMI: 354-1177.



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Did you know that: • Over 30,000 people visit the Frederick Hutchinson Center (FHC) annually all who add to our local economy. • You can earn a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree through the Hutchinson Center. • The Hutchinson Center is a branch of the University of Maine, Orono, the flagship campus. • The Hutchinson Center offers courses from all seven campuses of the University of Maine System. • You can begin as a non-degree student with just one course or take a full courseload. • The Hutchinson Center staff can help you with admission, advising, tutoring, scholarships and financial aid. • We offer Conference Services for your meetings, events and conferences including video conferencing, computer and science labs, auditorium, conference center and more. • Renowned for our state-of-the-art technology and information services. • The Hutchinson Center offers non-credit community programs (Nonprofit Management certificate, Midcoast Leadership Academy, JER Online workforce, personal and professional development courses, a nd m or e) • The FHC is a vibrant Center for education, arts, culture, science and technology, supporting active engagement in and for the community. • Employers can design training in specific skills and technology.

Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, Maine • 338-8000 or 1-800-753-9044 40

theSCENE • December 2011

theSCENE December 2011  

theScene, Maine’s lively magazine celebrating all the coast has to offer from Wiscasset to Bar Harbor - a region rich in art, artisans, cuis...