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The copy reads: “Made with a manly finish... scuffed up and brassy like your man.” On Facebook, someone commented: “What the hell is a manly finish?” Consulting Maggi and her husband Dwight, on this very question, they answer: “It’s like you just finished field dressing a bear in Afghanistan.” Is that manly enough for you, Dude?

Betsy! By Kay Stephens

This feature highlights all the crafties in Maine who don’t necessarily have a physical shop or an online presence other than Etsy (, which is like an online open craft fair that allows users to sell vintage items, handmade items that are modified, as well as unique (sometimes downright wacky) handcrafted art.

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aggi Blue is a local graphic designer, glass artisan, metalsmith and an all-around crafty girl who isn’t happy unless she’s blowing something up in her kiln. She’s been on Etsy since May of 2008 and thinks it is a great way to show off one’s wares complete with a built-in fan base and and easy-to-use seller tools. Most known for her kicky, fused glass pendants, her latest line focuses on bold, hand-hammered metal jewelry. I especially dig her rings. She’s got a “Dude Line” and a “Lady Line.” To find more of Maggi’s jewelry and metalworks, go to

Says Maggi, “The women’s rings are perfect for fidgety people. I made them because in meetings, I’m the pen clicker lady. I’m the one everyone shoots dirty looks. So, I had to come up with something less annoying to play with. Fun fact: My silver stacking rings with recycled silver balls got changed to ‘baubles’ because it was the Lady Line and there was only so many times I could type in the word ‘balls’ and not giggle.”


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TOP DISH: Davis Island Grill


WHITE HOT SPOTLIGHT Featuring Jim Gamage


MUSIC SCENE Music from the beginning


‘The Aliens’ land at Stonington Opera House


2012 CMCA Biennial Exhibition Call to Artists

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.

Daniel Dunkle Daniel Dunkle writes the weekly humor column, “Stranger Than Fiction,” and “Down in Front” blogs and movie reviews. He is Associate Editor for The Herald Gazette. His column appears in the Friday editorial pages. Follow him on twitter at!/DanDunkle.

10 ART SCENE Ashes to Ashes: (Clay) Dust to Dust

Jim Bailey 12 TOP DISH: Delvino’s Grill and Pasta House

Chef Jim Bailey is a Maine native who has more than 25 years experience in the New England kitchen. Although proficient in international cuisine, he’s an authority of Yankee Food History, New England genealogy and the New England lifestyle since the 17th Century. With two cookbooks just written, Chef Jim looks forward to hearing from you at via email or

13 SKI SCENE At Home in a Ski Town 14 A dome of creativity 16 PHOTOGRAPHY SCENE Digital photos at Asymmetrick Arts

Tiffany Howard and Jim Dandy Tiffany Howard and Jim Dandy co-own Opera House Video, an independent video rental store in downtown Belfast featuring an extensive collection of new releases, foreign films, documentaries, classics and television series. Each takes turns writing the movie review. Find them on Facebook.

17 ART SCENE Coastal Maine Art Workshops 18 THE STORY BEHIND… The Little Big Top

Richard Ruggiero A graduate of Siebel Institute for Brewing Studies in Chicago, Ruggiero worked as a consultant across the east coast setting up microbrewery on Long Island, N.Y. called James Bay Brewing Company. In 1995 he relocated to Rockland, Maine to build Rocky Bay Brewery which closed in 2007. He is now the brewmaster at the new Shag Rock Brewing Company in Rockland, located at Amalfi’s Restaurant on the water.


Marc Ratner

Holly Vanorse

25 YANKEE CHEF Looking out for number one

After 30+ years in the record business in Los Angeles including long stints at Warner Bros. & DreamWorks Records, Marc consults and manages artists & has started an independent music label that concentrates on singer - songwriters. It’s called Mishara Music and is based here in Midcoast Maine. Marc writes about the national and local music business. Visit marc online at & marcrescue. Write him at or here at

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Lacy Simons

Got an idea for monthly photos? Each month, I’ll be out capturing a different theme for the monthly photo spread. Everything from the great outdoors, stock car racing to the small town night life. Call or e-mail Holly Vanorse at or 594-4401 with your idea.

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Lacy Simons is the new owner of hello hello, known currently to all as Rock City Books in Rockland. She is a reader, a maker, and a collector of fine-point pens and terrible jokes. To find more picks and reads: hellohellobooks Twitter: @hellohellobooks.

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Tarkelson exhibits at Savory Maine


ound Pond artist Jill Tarkleson will have an exhibit of her paintings at Savory Maine in Damariscotta through the first week in March. Jill Tarkleson paints with bright colors, with a strong belief in the power of creativity. She deeply believes in sharing art, with a motivation to be a catalyst for others to fuel and inspire creative passions. Her work is inspired by birds, oceans, sunsets, mountains, music and people. They

represent her love of life and desire to add more vibrant light into the world. All paintings are acrylic on canvas or wood, and hand built, with beads sewn into parts of the canvas. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Savory Maine, Dining and Provisions is located at 11 Water St. in Damariscotta. For more information, call 563-2111, or visit on Facebook.

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White Hot

By Kay Stephens


im Gamage, Jr.,wins The White Hot Spotlight this month, which focuses on people’s creative passions. Born and raised in Rockland, Gamage went into the Navy after graduation, and came back to Rockland to start his career, first, as a temporary employee for Nautica, then as a supervisor, before launching his own companies. One of his enterprises is All-4-U, Inc. Staffing Agency.

Q: Tell me about your involvement with a prisoner work release program and why you believe so strongly in it? A: The Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren operates a Work Release Program in the local communities. Prisoners at this unit participate in public restitution work crews and a work release program. Let’s be honest. Nobody is perfect. We have all made mistakes, some worse than others. I have had my fair share of wrong decisions and failures. The key is how you learn from those mistakes and failures and what course of action you take that will determine who you are or who you wish to become. The work release program is a great program but not suitable for every company. In All-4-U, we’ve employed some people through that program, most notably on the rebuild of the HMS Bounty, the ship that inspired the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty.

Q: You started your career off as a temp and quickly transitioned into a supervisor, then your own boss. What is the most important lesson you got out of moving up the ladder?

Q: Can you tell us more about that? A: A few years ago, a shipyard in Boothbay Harbor needed employees so we pitched them the idea of using the work release program. After some convincing, they agreed and it became very successful for their needs. The ship, HMS Bounty, was purchased by an individual and was in need of renovation from the waterline up. We had two vans transporting inmates from Hallowell to Boothbay Harbor, logging over 325 miles per day. More than 30 inmates worked, receiving outstanding on-the-job training from wooden boatbuilding craft to welding, electronics and shipyard laboring positions. The pay was above normal, and several employees stayed upon release and continued employment at the shipyard. It was rewarding to watch as they became excited and interested while learning new skills.

A: The most important lesson that I got was the knowledge of all aspects of the jobs I’ve held from the ground up. In a leadership role, I am asking employees to perform at various levels. Having knowledge of how to do each part of the job makes my leadership skills more effective.

Q: You’re very involved in your community. What do you get out of helping so many people both in and out of your job? A: I read a book called Winners Never Cheat by Jon M. Huntsman. In the book, he has a great quote.: “No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up.” It’s nice to give back and get involved in a community where you work, live and raise a family.

Want a chance to win a shot at The White Hot Spotlight? Like The Killer Convo on Facebook ( and look for the monthly photo contest: “How Well Do You Know Midcoast Maine?”

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Letters of E. B. White Tuesday, February 7th at 10am The snow day is Thursday February 9th at 10am.

at the Skidompha Library 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 158 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME • 563.3207





n the last few months, I’ve covered different aspects of the music business, including how social media helps artists, house concerts and a behind-the-stage look at a working Maine musician building his career (Connor Garvey). This month, I thought I’d take the column to an even earlier stage of an artistic career. Alice Limoges is 16 years old and a junior in high school in Camden. Last October, she released her first singer-songwriter album “Not Gonna Fall Asleep Tonight”. You can find it along side every major act in the music business on iTunes and Amazon. com. How did this come to be? Alice says she starting playing guitar at age 11 in the sixth grade because of a great music teacher, who inspired kids to pick up instruments. Unlike many other beginners, she wasn’t interested in learning other people’s songs; yet, she loved singing, so as she practiced her guitar chords from school she starting singing over them, started adding lyrics – a natural progression – and discovered she was writing songs. Music is a big part of her life but it wasn’t only the guitar playing and songwriting. Alice had been involved in music before that very important sixth grade music class. She was an orphan in the musical “Oliver” in third grade with the Camden Civic Theatre. Going to rehearsals that summer was amazing. She loved the music and the people and discovered that it was not so much the acting but the music that attracted her. So she started doing musicals every summer, then came the guitar lessons and then school chorus. In sixth grade, she entered the school talent show and performed a “cheesy” – her words – song she wrote and sang it with two other friends. She says it was not a winners / losers kind of contest just an exhibition of talents and Alice was the only person that performed an original song. She realized that she loved the creation of the music and the audience response – she was hooked. She continued doing talent shows in middle school and joined a teacher-led rock band that performed classic rock songs. One of her highlights from that period of time was singing The Beatle’s “Oh Darling” at the eighth grade graduation when she was in seventh grade. In high school, Alice and a group of like-minded student musicians got together under the name “The Cause” to play benefits for charities. This got her interested in real performances. After her freshman year at high school Alice started calling local restaurants, coffeehouses, local festivals, any place she could think of, to ask if she could play and more often than not she was invited to perform. (If you remember the column about Connor Garvey a few months ago, this is the pattern that repeats over and over with serious professional musicians. If the dedication is there there’s no waiting for someone else to help. They’re motivated to do it themselves) That inspired her to think about recording her songs and actually putting out an album.


Music from the beginning!

By Marc Ratner

So in the summer of 2010 she started driving (well, her mother did the driving at that point) to a recording studio in Hallowell (run by Bob Colwell) to start recording songs. She worked with musicians that worked at the studio (Steve Jones on guitar, Dickie Hollis on drums, Scott Elliot on bass, and Bob on piano). They worked on and off for a year on the songs as Alice rewrote songs, wrote more songs, improved her guitar playing and singing and learned recording techniques. She says it was a huge learning experience playing with a band in the studio as opposed to onstage. When asked about the difference and what she learned Alice had a lot to say: “I thought I was so much better than I actually was. After you hear yourself in the studio over and over again you really learn about the difference between an amateur musician and being professional. Performing live allows you to learn to ‘fake it.’ You can make a mistake and just work through it but an album is eternal. Recording teaches you how to come closer to perfection but it’s not about being perfect. It’s a snapshot of who you are as a musician at that moment. Songs are dynamic and change with performance and time. That came as a surprise to me. Creating music is such an organic process. I’s like exercise for your soul. Being a musician allows you to understand more closely other people’s music and makes you more accepting of other types of music that you might not have cared for before and even scoffed at. There’s a common ground between musicians that you understand even though each person’s music is uniquely original to them. It’s interesting that music grows with you – I started as a little girl and now as I get older – everything about it changes and grows but the entire process is wonderful.” Alice felt that she had finished an album’s worth of material in the summer of 2010. Once the recording was finished she had to learn more studio techniques, mixing and mastering and then think about artwork. She released her album “Not Gonna Fall Asleep Tonight” in October 2011. The title is the first line of the opening song of the album. Alice says it just seemed right for the title. The Portland Press Herald ran a great review of “Not Gonna Fall Asleep Tonight” on Dec. 7th. Writer Mike Olcott had some great things to say about Alice and the album: “It helps that young Limoges comes across as studied (a mark of humility) rather than Bieber-precocious (the worst). “Afraid of the Dark” casts

a murky dread across a warm country arrangement befitting Fleetwood Mac. “Catch Me” features loving lead fills, courtesy of Steve Jones, who accompanies Limoges’ rich voice all over the album. The voice is really the meal ticket, with Limoges wielding a low register that reminds one of Regina Spektor..... It’ll be a blast to watch this young singer, awash in talent, hone her craft until her inevitable breakthrough.”

Music picks this month: Sara Willis’ Album Picks from “In Tune By Ten” on MBPN It’s sisters and brothers this month... love the new Wood Brothers.... Smoke Ring Halo. Chris and Oliver Wood deliver another great soulful CD. They have the funk and the depth to make it real.

Since the release of the album she’s been playing a lot more gigs. Rock City Cafe in Rockland is one of her favorite places to play. Erica Sanchez books the music. Erica says that Alice is in the core of about 20 artists that she rotates at Rock City. They feature music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it’s all free. Rock City first started booking musicians in 2009. It was a slow winter and they were wondering what to do to bring more people in. First they tried “Game Night”. That didn’t work. So they asked their customers.

Also sisters from Sweden, Klara and Johanna Soderberg’s (aka First Aid Kit) new CD The Lion’s Roar is gorgeous; harmonies and great songwriting abound. They have completely mastered the American idiom. Those Swedes have a way!

Everyone wanted music. They started having musicians in first on Friday nights and now they’re up to three nights a week. Erica listens to all the music that’s submitted and is looking for music that’s appropriate for a family setting. Every once in a while she’ll take a chance on someone that doesn’t even have a CD. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Most nights are usually packed and they have seating for 50 or more. The acts play for free. Tips are appreciated and it’s a great place to sell their CDs / T-shirts - whatever they have. Of course, now that Rock City Cafe is in their new larger location and serves dinner, the acts get fed for free. They used to just get coffee and cookies. Erica is delighted that Rock City is becoming a music hot spot for Rockland and especially for all ages. It’s almost all local artists with an occasional musician from Boston that knows the shop and wants to play there. Erica’s advice for artists that want to play at Rock City: Call. Regarding Alice, Erica says that Alice came in one day asking if she could play. Unbeknownst to Alice, Erica had already seen her perform and was a fan, so it was a great match.

Denis Howard’s Album Picks from WERU The first big breakout of the new year at WERU – is Charlie Faye – a female originally from NYC who now lives in Austin. The album is “Travels With Charlie”. Charlie got frustrated with touring and only seeing airports, venues and hotels so she decided to travel to different cities one month at a time and write a song and record it with local musicians in each location. The album first came into the station at the end of the summer amidst a huge amount of new CDs and over the holidays the staff finally discovered the CD and it’s become a station favorite six months after its release.

Alice had her album release show at Rock City and it was a rousing success. I was there, it was packed and Alice was terrific. Alice’s CD, “Not Gonna Fall Asleep Tonight”, is available on Amazon and iTunes and she’s already at work on a new recording. She feels that even in the time since the first album was recorded the new songs she’s written since show a lot of growth – even for someone still in high school. The new songs have more jazz influences than the more folk influenced songs from the first album. Alice says they’re not better or worse than the old songs they’re just a different snapshot because she’s already a different musician.

You can hear the album at reverbnation. com/alicelimoges and learn more about Alice at: alicelimogesmusic Next month - how much time does it take to program a one hour music show? You’ll be surprised.

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‘The Aliens’ land at Stonington Opera House Who are “The Aliens” landing at the Stonington Opera House Feb. 2-12 ?


either the terrifying little green men nor the friendly, finger pointing E.T. the title might lead you to expect. Annie Baker’s Obie Award-winning drama “The Aliens” is a sweetly humorous, gentle, and extraordinarily beautiful new play about three young men who find community hanging out in the back alley behind a rural coffee shop, where it is difficult to imagine anything of great consequence happening. Yet it does.

The small cast is comprised of Jasper, a self-defined, 30-something year-old, guitar playing “street urchin” who’s writing a novel; his best friend K.J., a college drop out and songwriter; and the 17-year-old garbagetoting Evan, whom they befriend. Sometimes called “slackers,” the three are classic “misfits,” alienated from mainstream expectations, guys who can’t quite find the right thing to do despite — or in spite of — their unique, individual creative geniuses. Playwright Annie Baker is one of America’s hottest young playwrights. Now 30 years old herself, Baker grew up in Amherst, Mass. and graduated from the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She earned her master’s degree from Brooklyn College. “The Aliens,” which premiered Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in April 2010, was a finalist for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shared the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play with Baker’s earlier play Circle Mirror Transformation. The full production schedule and tickets are available at www. or by calling the Stonington Opera House at 367-2788. Regular tickets are $20, with fixed income, student, and group discounts available. Additionally, Opera House Arts is offering discounted weekend travel packages, including pre-theater dinner and lodging, in collaboration with The Seasons of Stonington, Boyce’s Motel and The Inn on the Harbor.

Director Peter Richards, who has previously received acclaim for his direction of “Brilliant Traces, Dying City,” and “Elizabeth Rex” for Opera House Arts, proposed the contemporary play in part due to the familiarity of its setting and characters to rural Mainers. “It’s an incredibly important role of live stage drama, to reflect our unique lives back to us,” said Opera House Arts’ Artistic Director Judith Jerome in a news release. “Mainstream films and TV shows don’t capture the kinds of community we know here, they don’t help us to see and celebrate and understand ourselves.”

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2012 CMCA Biennial Exhibition Call to Artists The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport has announced its plans for the 2012 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. The show will be held at CMCA from September 22 through November 4, 2012, and will be co-curated by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds. This year, the CMCA Biennial will take the form of a tightly selected exhibition with a maximum number of fifteen artists represented. There will be five artists invited to participate and up to ten open submission slots. The selection process will not be anonymous. Submissions are open to artists with strong ties to Maine, either as permanent or seasonal residents of the state. Up to eight works, created in the past three years, may be submitted. Entries must include one 8x10-inch color printout per piece, for a maximum of eight images in total. Artist members of CMCA may submit up to four additional images (either details or other works), for a maximum of twelve images. Images on CDs or in any other format will not be accepted, with the exception of video work, which may be submitted in the form of an online link. A current resume with mailing address, phone number, and email address, as well as an artist statement (up to 300 words) and a brief description of the recent work with title, date, medium, and dimensions, must also be included. Submission materials should be addressed to: CMCA Biennial, PO Box 147, Rockport, ME 04856. No emails or phone calls please.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is March 1, 2012. Notification of the final selection will be made by email to all applicants by 5:00 pm on April 2, 2012.

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By Kay Stephens

Ashes To Ashes: (Clay) Dust To Dust A

fter spending some time with local artist Simon van der Ven, it’s easy to see how the natural rhythms of the seasons, of life and nature fit into the objects he makes. Metaphors and symbols abound in his work and even from the cold winter whites of unfired pots, cups and vases that perch on his sun-washed shelves, a certain warmth seems to emanate. It’s no accident that when his clay forms seem to be “born,” they are clean and pure. Some pieces seem to grow old within the process of making them. Other pieces “die” then regenerate into something else. Within his glass-and-wood Lincolnville studio,examples of this evolutionary life cycle are on every shelf. He points to a roundish clay vessel on the shelf with an oddly shaped hole. “See this? I was in grad school and working with closed forms and this piece was thrown on the wheel and tore. It left this hole and it’s been refined a bit, but the hole looked just like a fetus to me. And of course in grad school everyone is obsessed with phallocentricity or vagicentricity. (Here he jokingly mimics working up a big hunk of elongated clay on a wheel). “So, I was thinking about what I wanted to create and the idea of a navel came to me. It could be either male or female. Being a father is such a central part of who I am, I thought, if I were to make a clay vessel that resembled a human infant what would it look like?

Simon van der Ven at work in his studio PHOTO BY: KAY STEPHENS

The vessel he created, called a Belly Ball, is a completely closed form. Its darkened interior “is mysterious with nothing but potential, because that’s what I think of when I think of babies,” he says. The vessel’s disconnection from the umbilical cord is implied with a tiny indent of a belly button into the clay (which he made by actually making plaster casts of the navels of friends and family). An indent of a “spine” along the back of the cylinder can be felt with the fingers.

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“I have a strong belief that things that are truly beautiful remain beautiful throughout their decay.”

Illuminated series PHOTO BY: KAY STEPHENS

Belly Ball PHOTO BY: SIMON VAN DER VEN Without knowing what this vessel is, he says, people have picked up this Belly Ball and cradled it close, sensing its fragility. Almost everyone who has picked it up smiles, even if they don’t know why. That is the reaction he hopes for; a physical body reaction to a piece before knowing what it really is.

To create the Illuminated vessels he throws clay on his potter’s wheel and shapes it into an open-necked vase. He then uses a series of drill bits to perforate the vessel with progressively smaller holes. The process can take hours. As he hunches over his workbench, it can be cramped and uncomfortable, but he gets a certain meditative quality out of it.

Looking at it from another angle, the Belly Ball could also be an apple or a peach. “I’m always interested in imagery that refers to several things,” van der Ven says. “So I looked at the belly ball as an apple that fell from a tree. It’s the same process. A baby forming in utero and an apple falling from the branch have the same mark where the separation happens.”

If in drilling a hole, he hones in too close to another and fractures the structure, breaking the vase, he admits he initially feels a twinge of anger. “But, I’ve I learned you take a breath and you go on. It’s not a problem with the piece; it’s my problem.”

Pondering what a vessel would look like if it became old and decayed, but still retaining strength, integrity. and more importantly its dignity, van der Ven created a series of vessels at the end of their “life.”The Illuminated Series has become one of his signature forms. “I have a strong belief that things that are truly beautiful remain beautiful throughout their decay. Think of a tree or seashells—or even a place like Venice. That place is truly beautiful while it’s crumbling away.” The fragile pierced vessels reflect that balance of inside versus outside with as much as physical material removed as possible to still remain a structure. . They can’t hold water, but they can hold light. “For me as I get older, I may not be good enough for anything, but I can let light out…” he says.

If the broken pieces are unfired, they get reconstituted into clay dust and become the foundation of what will eventually be another piece. If the vessel has already been fired and breaks, the pieces, too, can serve a purpose, and become an altered form such as shallow bowls. “I’m trying to create a natural phenomena of growth and decay that you’d recognize in bone marrow, in cellular walls, in coral, in bee hives, in even a fungus called Stinkwort,” says van der Ven.


Do I make art or do I let it pass through and over me? He asks this question on his website. Using one of his metaphors, all you have to do is look at one of his vases for the answer. Wherever the spark of creation comes from, let it spill right though you, uncontained. For more images of van der Ven’s work visit



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ki towns are all alike in many ways. Many are in hard to find places, lost in nature and surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Arriving in a ski town, it is easy to feel a great sense of welcoming, belonging and community. Ski towns have a mix of interesting characters, both tourists and locals all motivated by a similar, if not singular passion. You find wonderful accommodations and accoutrements: Restaurants, bars, live music, shopping, outdoor events, contests and film festivals. You find places to escape and to relax, places to challenge your mind and body with a brisk hike, or take a lap on the cross-country ski trail, or a fast alpine descent. In my experience, arriving in any ski town has the same emotional effect, regardless of geographic location. Anyone who has taken a ski trip with friends or family, by free will or by force, knows well the change that comes over you when driving a snowy road into a mountain town. The sense of escaping from the routine to the relaxing, from the urban to the rural, is tangible as is the thrill of being cast into an exciting and unpredictable world if only for a weekend. Over the last 10 years, my consulting career has brought me to many interesting urban landscapes, great cities rich in history and experiences. My passion for skiing and riding has led me to explore many of the great ski towns in between. Not necessarily the towns that are ranked by a website or magazine as the top places to visit. Definitely not resorts that erupt around large mountains and their fabricated, theme-park feel. Towns where someone passionate about riding can leave with stories (real or imagined) about the quality of the snow, the crazy adventures had, and plans for a return trip in the near future. Mountain towns and their lifestyles create many such superlatives. One is always the town with the best

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Many of our customers comment that they have never been into a ski shop that looks out over the ocean before. Where some may see our coastal location as a disadvantage, compared to being buried in snow inland, I see it as an opportunity to build an amazing skiing and snowboarding community right here in the Midcoast. Often, as I am waxing skis in our workshop, I look out our back window at the Vinalhaven Ferry Terminal and the boats in the harbor, and smile. And at Snowenjava, we get busy trying to think of ways we can help, support and inspire our customers and our community to get out and take advantage of the wonderful, local winter surroundings. More often than not, I quietly marvel at our wonderful little ski town. Brian Kelly is owner of Snowenjava, in Rockland.

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How building toboggans leads to designing geodesic domes


t’s all about a bunch of guys sitting around at the Bog Tavern drinking beer. Most days after work, around 4 p.m., they start to gather, the usual crowd of woodworkers, part-time fishermen, mechanics, contractors, garage door installers, a computer geek or two, beer salesman, mason, representing just about any trade you can name. Really, it’s about networking. Five or six years ago, they were sitting around and someone suggested they enter a team in the Toboggan Nationals. Then, someone suggested they build their own toboggan. Mike Scarborough and Jim LeMay roll a finished seam flat. COURTESY OF: MARY LANE LUPIEN

Mark Winston, Rich Warner and Mike Scarborough after setting up the wood frame for the “Pumpkin dome.” PHOTO BY: GALE WARNER


Nothing happened and the next week, nothing happened. Before they knew it, was time for the Nationals, so they bought a toboggan and entered a team from the Bog.

This is the Bible of dome building, “Domebook 2.” out of a windowless construction trailer parked at the edge of Hosmer Pond. Aside from being dark and cold inside the trailer, there were parking restrictions and the trailer had to be removed every night and re-parked in the morning, if the space happened to be still available.

The next year, a local woodcutter gave them an ash tree. Rich and Gale Warner opened up their woodworking shop and people started to stop by on Saturday mornings between Thanksgiving and February to build the toboggan. A couple of years later, Karen and Ozzie Morgan donated another ash tree, which turned into a sled named Morgan’s Ash.

As the time for the next Nationals approached, the crew began discussing building a temporary shelter on the Hosmer Pond ice.

Last year, the oak boards that had been drying in Mark Winston’s barn for a decade or two were turned into two more toboggans.

Roy Hudson said: “We can build a dome. What is a geodesic dome?”

At first, three years ago, the toboggan crew based their Nationals operation

One of the computer geeks said, “Why don’t we build a geodesic dome?” Rich said, “Yeah, lets build a dome.”

“I’ve got some old conduit laying around in my shop. Can we build a dome out of conduit? How many pieces do we need?” “I can buy another 20 pieces at Lowes.”

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Those who remembered the 1970s had a measure of confidence that it would all go together. After all, the 1970s were about sex, drugs, rock and roll and geodesic domes.

Welder Sam Smith joins two pieces of tubing. COURTESY OF: MARY LANE LUPIEN “What is a geodesic dome?” Mike Scarborough produced a vintage copy of “Domebook 2,” published by the same people who published “The Whole Earth Catalog” in the 1970s. It was filled with pictures of hippies living in geodesic domes. The next weekend, the toboggan shop turned into the dome shop. Roy took in a cut-off saw with a metal cutting blade. Rich dragged out a section of railroad track and a really big hammer to flatten the ends of the tubing. Someone marked all the cut pieces with colored tape to keep the different parts straight. Someone else set up a drill press and started drilling holes in the ends of the tubing. Steve Mills took in a bench grinder to round the ends of the tubing. By the next weekend, 120 pieces of electrical conduit in three different lengths were ready to be assembled into a 23-foot dome. Armed with a diagram printed off the Internet, the crew carried the parts outside and started bolting pieces together. Those who remembered the 1970s had a measure of confidence that it would all go together. After all, the 1970s were about sex, drugs, rock and roll and

geodesic domes. Other were less sure. Two hours later, the frame was up and the last bolt in. Steve stopped by with some lumber to build the entry. Rick programmed the arch on his CNC router and cut two matching pieces. A couple of garage door hinges held the door in place. The week before the Nationals they set the frame up on the ice. It was “damn cold and damn windy.” The plan was to shrink wrap the dome like a boat in storage. Mike said: “We’ve got the manpower, we’ve got the equipment. Why don’t we cover it now?” Wrong answer. The wind was howling as they unrolled the 100foot piece of shrinkwrap. The propane-fueled heat gun froze and had to be torn down, thawed and reassembled on the ice. It dropped, parts broke off. The wind blew the shrinkwrap into the hot gun and melted holes through it. Two days later, the wind died down and Steve and Jay came back in the calm and patched the holes. Steve hung the door and it was off to the races.

Sam Smith drills the hole in the end of a strut, the single most precise step in the entire operation. COURTESY OF: MARY LANE LUPIEN The dome proved a snug headquarters for the crew. With a propane heater inside, the temperature stayed close to 50 degrees while the wind howled outside and the mercury dropped to single digits. On Saturday morning, the crew filtered in for the races to find a gas grillgoing and breakfast sandwiches and home fries cooking. But it wasn’t all a warm, rosy picture. Someone tried to grill chicken wings inside the dome and when the smoke filled the inside until people disappeared from the waist up, Mark cut a vent hole in the roof. After, of course, the dome had to be disassembled and the cover discarded.

Fast-forward to the 2011 Nationals

Gale and Rich Warner glue a seam. COURTESY OF: MARY LANE LUPIEN

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The dome need a new cover. Someone worked at Lyman-Morse and knew the Canvas Guy, who arranged for two rolls of vinyl-coated polyester and a dozen cans of glue. No one knew what they were doing, but in the first week in January, less than a month before the 2011 races, they started making patterns and cutting fabric. The skin was built from 27 pieces of vinyl hexagons and pentagons, each the size of a queensized bed sheet. The seams were glued as six people wrestled the increasingly large cover around the

gluing table. Peeling blue painter’s tape off the seams after they were glued was a full-time job. The Canvas Guy knew another Canvas Guy, who sewed clear windows and zippered vents into the cover. Someone else knew another Canvas Guy, who needed kitchen cabinets. A trade was arranged and the entryway was joined the main dome. The week before the 2011 Nationals the dome with its new cover was back out on the ice. Again, it was a success as a shelter, and with the new cover, no one was ashamed of the workmanship of their home for the weekend. Other tobogganers would stop by to take a closer look at the shelter and to get out of the wind. Gale rolled out the Oriental carpet on the floor. The generator ran and the crockpots bubbled all weekend. A curious aside: When one of the racers went outside to work on their toboggan. The wind was blowing so they carried it around to the other side of the dome to work. What they found was that, unlike a rectangular building, there was no real lee side to the dome. The wind wrapped around it almost like it wasn’t there. A month after the 2011 races, Mike approached Rich and Gale about an (Dome Continued on Page 27)




Engaging digital photography at Asymmetrick Arts


he creative juices are constantly flowing for Jared Cowan of Asymmetrick Arts. This is the sixth year he’s owned and curated the downtown Rockland gallery that features contemporary art. Jared runs the gallery and a frame shop for his day job, then sculpts, paints, writes and plays music every chance he gets. The Scene stopped in to see what was hanging on a cold winter’s day and found a group show featuring a sampling of the core artists represented at the gallery. This collection represents quite a diverse group of artists. Describe how you choose artists for your gallery. At the onset we were approached with interesting proposals that resulted in some fascinating opportunities for shows. But as we’ve had time to interact with the community, and investigate the directions that artists in this area are taking, the mediums that

we house, we have found ourselves doing a fair amount of seeking specific artists for exhibition concepts that we have developed inhouse. The compelling digital images on your walls this month are by photographers Claire Rosen and Sally Dennison. Claire Rosen (also this month’s Scene cover artist) has created a fairy tale series of photographs with dreamy young women as subjects, often posed in Victorian-like environments. How did this work develop? From an observer stand point, Claire has been successfully and progressively merging several tributaries of an overarching aesthetic (a mysterious dark neo-Victorian style, dramatic lighting and composition, subject rooted in fantasy, fairy tales and the obscure) for well more than six years. She takes amazing photographs, has a great eye, and

Sally Dennison, Lorraine 2010 from the series Without a Shadow

an incredible work ethic. I might attribute the development of her work to her intelligent pursuit of putting all these pieces together cohesively, while maintaining a permeable visual relationship to her audience.

strikingly compatible context. In regard to how Dennison actually achieved the digital alterations to herself in the photos, those methods and tools would probably be best sought through correspondence with the artist directly.

Photographer Sally Dennison also works in series. In ‘Without A Shadow’, Dennison actually transforms herself into the various female characters in her portraits. The transformations are amazing. Is it obvious to viewers the subjects are all the same woman?

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Explain how Dennison utilizes digital technology in her process?

Our experience with the community’s response to our exhibited work has been overwhelmingly positive. People will often thank us for our willingness to provide a visual platform for the artwork that we show, and we feel quite honored to be able to play a part in the evolution of such a creative community. In our experience the extension and suggestion of medium and approach, that perhaps may have never been considered, can act as a powerful mechanism to encourage creativity in ways that may have never been realized. We hope that we can continue to validate the professional work of those contemporary and like-minded individuals for many years to come.

I believe to establish the relationship between each portrait and its relative backdrop, she shot them with a green screen so that she could include

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Having Sally’s work present at Asymmetrick Arts has been enjoyable and quite a bit of fun. Her ‘Without A Shadow’ collection has certainly been the topic of conversation with many gallery visitors, and has raised many intended questions. Dennison’s ability to remodel herself digitally with this self-portrait set serves as a commentary that examines the nature of the medium she’s engaging by not subscribing to the tendency of the media to use similar processes to idealize photographic models.

Claire Rosen, Reading, from the series Fairy Tales and other Stories.


What has your experience been with promoting contemporary art in a region mostly dedicated to supporting traditional seascape and landscape artists?

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Coastal Maine Art Workshops:

Painting with the Masters


t’s a tradition begun in the Midcoast long before it became so popular: Artists workshops, in the summer, taking advantage of the breathtaking coastal scenery.

In Rockland, the city of creative enterprise, the Coastal Maine Art Workshops have been connecting artists with students wanting to learn the techniques and skills of painters, using oil, acrylic and watercolors, both studio and plein air. The workshops are embarking on yet another season of classes, and are now expanding the schedule to include France, and eventually Italy and Bermuda. “This year is amazing,” said Director Lyn Donovan. After the recession, and a few slow years, the students are back in force, filling quickly the summer classes that begin in June (one heads to France with Jonathan Frost) and run weekly through mid-October. Donovan has been heading the workshops since 2006. Merle Donovan, whose son, Tom O’Donovan, runs Harbor Square Gallery, in Rockland, started the workshop program more than 30 years ago in Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, and then moved it to the Trade Winds Motor Inn, in Rockland. Coastal Maine Art Workshops are still in that Winter Street studio, an “Artists’ Row”, as Lyn calls it, and as artists and sculptors fill the street with their galleries.


Lyn a mural and studio painter, has been in the Midcoast since 1974. “When Steve Liberty and Bill Hahn first approached me about actually making this happen, my primary response was, yes…a retirement program!” she said. “I expected to have to keep working, and what could be better than a way to hang out with other artists and some of the country’s best instructors and do the behind the scenes business of it on my own schedule.” Lyn was experienced in producing and running restaurants and events, “but well protected by my naïveté regarding the specifics of art workshops, that developing the program would be a lengthy vertical learning curve completely escaped me. I do tend to just jump in and then determine if there are alligators in the pond.”


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Maine weather to go with our perfect Midcoast scenery, be an outlet for my love of running things, problem solving, interacting with people and, produce enough income to make it sustainable. It would also let me be again, part of the local business community. And I get from doing this exactly what I had hoped for. I have met amazing people from all over the world, many of whom stay in touch and keep coming back. I have learned from and become friends with a wonderful roster of instructors, several of whom have mentored me well both with the program and with my own art work, am continually challenged by computer and Quick Books but can chart great progress, and now that the program has become more established, am feeling that I’m part of the community as a contributor, not just a resident, which I like! It will never make me rich, but CMAW is now rocketing into Year 7 with new classes planned offshore locally and abroad. We’re recovering from the impact of the recession and so far, we’re sustainable!” Find out more:


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The Little Big Top By Kay Stephens


his circus is only briefly in town. But you have to bend down to peer at it closely. There’s a sideshow tent, an aerial act, a train and even a naughty little scene inside a donnicker (“bathroom tent”) where the teensy figures are in the various stages of undress. The miniature circus world Capt. Les Bex began crafting when he was eight-yearsold just about blows the mind of everyone who has seen this free exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum this winter. A lifelong circus enthusiast, Bex spent decades creating every single element of this magnificent exhibit by hand. The Bex Bros. Circus contains hundreds of 3/8”=1’ scale models of miniature animals,

vehicles and people that has not been seen by the public for more than 25 years. Those fortunate enough to have viewed the display will take away spectacular memories of not only Bex’s intricate skills, but also his cheeky sense of humor. Due to popular demand, the exhibit will remain on display every weekend through February. Then, unless another museum steps up to include it in a permanent exhibit, once it leaves the Penobscot Marine Museum, The Bex Bros. Circus will get repacked up in its various boxes and trunks and set back into storage indefinitely. Here then, told by Capt. Bex, is the story behind certain scenes found under the little Big Top: Here you can’t see in the frame but the Bex Bros. advertising truck just left after pasting up its Bex Bros. sign on the billboard. And a rival circus truck came up behind him and pasted up a big “Wait” sign to alert those that the advertising for a better circus was about to come along. It wasn’t uncommon for advertising wars in the circus industry and things could get got pretty severe. People got killed over it.

I grew up about 45 miles outside of Chicago and saw a lot of circus acts. This is an exact replica of a real flying act that I once saw and was able to measure. Whenever I went to a circus, I would take all kinds of photos and get some new ideas.

This was an inside joke. The man in the red and yellow was a friend of mine, another circus model builder and he wanted some elephant dung to make his models smell like a real circus. So, he brought his shopping bag and asked an elephant trainer to shovel some dung into it. When my friend saw this scene of the elephant dung [portaying him] he was not pleased with me.

At one time Ringling Bros. Circus claimed they fed 1,600 people three meals a day. This tent is the cookhouse and the steam kettles are for making potatoes and vegetables. On the other side, you see them washing pots and pans. In the dining tent each table had a waiter; it wasn’t cafeteria style. They could order what they wanted. The dining arrangement was segregated, not only for office staff and performers, but also for the workmen as this depicts the segregation period in the 1930s.


Capt. Les Bex at The Penobscot Marine Museum PHOTO BY: KAY STEPHENS This is what you’d call a typical scene — a boy trying to sneak into The Big Top. I never did myself. I used to work for my ticket (sometime in late 1940s early 1950s). I’d go and talk to someone at the circus in the morning and help set up, carrying chairs, or tables or whatever. I’d stay all day into the night when they tore it down. One time, I was about 10 years old and a performer called me out into the ring and gave me a piece of paper a foot long to hold out in front of me. Then he took his bullwhip and snapped it off. I don’t think that would happen today. The Big Top tent was built in 1964. I made all the tents by hand out of unbleached muslin and twine or string, hand-knotted or spliced like a real tent so that certain flaps could come apart. The small rickrack around the border of The Big Top has a small hand stitch between each border. I didn’t have sewing skills to begin with, but I was a mechanical engineer so once I saw it, I knew how it was done. I made each one of these banners and hand-lettered each one. They depicted all real people at the time. The sideshow featured oddities and freaks and so on and we didn’t have the stigma then that we have today, that it might hurt their feelings. In fact, it gave them a way of making a good living. Back in the day when there was no reality TV, if you wanted to see people like this, you had to go to the sideshow. I found a lot of the people and animals for the circus from figurines, plastic toys, Christmas ornaments or at train shows, Goodwill and yard sales. But I carved some elephants myself. Here you see the progression from a block of wood to the finished painted elephant. For more information on the exhibit, visit To reach Capt. Bex directly:

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This black and white photograph of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse is an example of the images found in Marty Harris’ new book.

Book publication is lifelong dream come true for local photographer By Jason Wimbiscus

BLUE HILL — Persistence often pays, especially for artists striving to perfect and promote their craft. Marty Harris — the photographer and author of the recently published book, “Inside Looking Out: Traditional Black & White Photography” — is a living testament to this fact. “Inside Looking Out,” which was published by Addisonbased Addison Book Company, is a 92-page collection of Harris’ black and white photographs of landscapes and landmarks from locations throughout Maine, New England and the country as a whole. All the work was done on traditional black and white film, using a mediumformat camera. For Harris, the publication of his first book is the culmination of a dream that formed during his childhood in North Carolina. “My interest in photography began in the fifth-grade with a field trip,” said Harris. “I wanted to take some pictures, so my mother took me to a little drug store and I got a Kodak Instamatic camera. It came with a cartridge of film and a flash cube, all for $5 and I was immediately hooked.” Harris’ passion for the art of photography grew from there. In high school he obtained his first 35 mm camera and as a member of his school’s yearbook committee, learned the ins and outs of darkroom work. Following high school, Harris was hired to work as a photographer for his hometown newspaper, the Statesville Record and Landmark in Statesville, N.C. While Harris enjoyed working for the newspaper and remained there for five years, he ultimately left to pursue his dream of publishing his own photography book. “That was my number one goal with photography,” said Harris. His first attempt to publish came after three years of backpacking around North Carolina, photographing

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places and people, and writing down the stories behind his subjects. In spite of nine years of effort, Harris was unable to interest a publisher in the project. Harris would ultimately find himself on the path to successful publication in 1998, when an impromptu summer vacation to the Maine coast evolved into a fulltime residency in Blue Hill. “I thought, a summer on the coast of Maine sounds nice,” said Harris. “I just picked Blue Hill out of nowhere, didn’t know what I was going to do, didn’t know where I was going to live and didn’t know a soul in Blue Hill or a soul in Maine. But, I thought, it’s only for a few months, so what’s it matter? I’ve been here now for almost 14 years.” While in Maine, Harris regularly entered his work in weekend art shows, one of which was at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, held annually. And it was at one of those festivals that Harris met a woman who would ultimately go to work for the Addison Book Company, and recognize a new opportunity to pursue his dream. “Immediately, the light bulb went on and I said, ‘Have you ever done a book of photography?’ and she said, ‘No, but you could be our first,’” said Harris. What ensued was a year of effort that culminated in the publication of “Inside Looking Out.” The photographs displayed on the book’s pages represent 15 years of work for Harris. While Harris said he would occasionally travel to a particular landmark — such as a lighthouse or natural attraction — most subjects of the photos were largely chosen during exploratory road trips with no particular destination in mind. “I just like to throw the cameras in the car and go out and ramble, and I’m not looking for anything in particular,” said Harris. “If something catches my eye I will just stop and take some photos. Something just has to jump out and

Blue Hill photographer Marty Harris with his recently published book, “Inside Looking Out: Traditional Black & White Photography.” PHOTO BY: JASON WIMBISCUS

get me, grab my attention.” Setting Harris’ work apart from many contemporary photographers is the fact that his photos are all shot using traditional film rather than digital technology. While he has experimented with digital imaging, he said he found it to be somehow lacking and to be a less truthful medium than film. “I actually took a Photoshop course in Boston at the New England School of Photography and it was fascinating, what you can do — but to me — I think people use Photoshop a lot more to manipulate a photograph rather than to enhance it,” said Harris. “To me, a photograph is what-you-shoot-is-what-you-get.” Additionally, Harris is of the opinion that prints made in a darkroom have more depth than digital prints, and said he also could not imagine life without darkroom work, which is an art form itself. “On a weekend, I can get in a darkroom, go through two or three pots of coffee, and I’m as happy as anybody,” said Harris. “I love darkroom work and when the print is coming up in that tray of chemicals and that image slowly starts to appear, I still get excited. It’s still just a cool experience.” For more information, visit or email Harris at





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ou guys thinking what I think you’re thinking? Hope not. You know as well as I do that I am referring to the ladies in your lives. I had a choice this month of gearing my article toward Super Bowl food or Valentine’s Day treats. A no-brainah really. Us guys are happy with wings and pizza from your favorite sub shop but we need to put a little more effort and thought into Valentine’s Day. So this article uses one universal Chocolate Mousse recipe for three different dishes that I think the girl in your life will thank you. And we know when they are happy, we are happy.

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until mixture mounds from a spoon. Beat on high speed 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and light in color. Spoon into serving dishes; refrigerate until ready to serve. when ready, spoon Raspberry Topping over the top and dap with whipped cream if desired.

Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/4 c. cold water 1 T. Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking 1 can (12 fluid oz.) evaporated fat free milk 2 cups (12-oz. package) chocolate chips 2 T. vanilla

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Sprinkle gelatin over water in medium saucepan; let stand one minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved; stir in sugar blend. Stir in evaporated milk. Continue stirring over medium heat until milk is steaming hot (do not boil). Pour into blender container; add chocolate chips and vanilla. Cover; blend on low speed until smooth. Pour into small mixer bowl. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally,

2/3 c. water 1/4 c. red raspberry jam 3 T.powdered sugar 1 T. cornstarch 1 c. frozen raspberries In small saucepan, combine water, red raspberry jam, powdered sugar and cornstarch. Cook and stir until thickened and clear. Cool. Stir in raspberries. Top each dish of mousse with raspberry topping and serve.

Chocolate Mousse Napoleons 1/2 pkg. frozen puff pastry sheets (1 sheet) Prepared Chocolate Mousse 1 square (1 oz.) chocolate chips, melted Powdered sugar Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Cut into three strips along fold marks. Cut each strip into 6 rectangles. Place two inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack. Split pastries into 2 layers. Spread 18 bottom halves with Chocolate Mousse. Top with remaining top halves. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Chocolate Mousse Pillows 1/2 pkg. won ton wrappers Spray vegetable oil Prepared Chocolate Mousse Spray a wonton wrapper with vegetable oil. Place 1 teaspoon Chocolate Mousse in center of wrapper. Moisten edges with water, fold into a triangle shape and then press to seal. Repeat. Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with oil. Lightly spray tops of filled wonton wrappers with oil and bake in 375°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with powdered sugar and drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. You can even add a little surprise in each pillow before baking if desired, like candy hearts, cherry, halved strawberry, a ring... anything really! (Yeah, I know, just lost half my male readers.)

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he way we search for and discover information online is getting even more personal. In this month’s issue, we wanted to share two rapidly growing trends with you that are changing the way you search for and share information online.

Toboggans at the ready in 2011. COURTESY OF: MARY LANE LUPIEN

Dome Continued from Page 15 idea for a new 18-foot dome. The plan was to draw all the parts on the computer and cut everything out of wood on a CNC router. The plan also called for Mike operating a prototypical Indian restaurant under the dome on the ice at the Nationals. The idea of Goat Vindaloo was born. Last spring, the new dome took shape on the front lawn of Boulder Hill Woodworks on Route 1 in Warren. By summer, Mike and Rich had glued up a new fitted cover, this time with bright orange vinyl. They fitted a dutch door. A large plywood moose took up residence, sticking his head out the top half of the door. The pumpkin dome was taking shape. By Halloween, it was decorated as a Jack O’Lantern and lit at night. Shortly after Thanksgiving, the crew met to plan this winter’s activities. Vic and Barb had cut an oak tree to build a new toboggan but the wood was still too wet to machine. Mark suggested building a new, larger dome. He calculated that a 32-foot dome could be cut out of standard 10-foot lengths of conduit with minimum waste. Don Richie and Roy Lupien joined Mark at Lyman-Morse with plans to cut another 120 pieces of conduit. Meanwhile, Rich, Gale, Barb, Vic and

Mike started on a new cover. They calculated they could cut all the pieces for the cover out of the one 300-foot roll of fabric that was left over from the previous year. Mike drew the patterns on his computer and Rich used them to program his CNC router to cut templates out of masonite. On the Saturday before Christmas weekend they started cutting fabric. The roll shrank steadily as the pile of cut pieces grew larger. In the end there were five feet of fabric left on the roll.

When most of us look for information, people or businesses online, we go to search engines. And, in the U.S., about 86 percent of us are using Google to do it. Google continues to evolve and enhance that experience, trying to deliver the most relevant information to you to help your search. In the past, those results have been limited to web sites that were created publicly. On Jan. 10, Google announced enhancements to what they call social search. This truly radical shift will include not only public web pages in your results, but also your own content on the web and the content from people you know or may want to know, all in one search experience.

On Sunday the Skin Team started gluing smaller pieces into sub-assemblies. On New Year’s weekend, the sub-assemblies began going together to form a big piece, 100 feet around the bottom edge. To ease to process of maneuvering the 100-pound cover as they attached additional pieces, they pulled the cover to the ceiling on a pulley hung from the peak of the roof. By the end of New Year’s Day the new cover was complete and the Skin Team was at the Bog watching the Patriots game.

This launch marks another milestone in Google’s effort to understand content, but also people and relationships.

A couple of weeks later, the Stick Team went to work at Lyman-Morse’s metal shop. In two days they cut 120 pieces of conduit, flattened both ends, drilled 240 precision holes and ground off all the sharp edges. The new 32-foot dome is on schedule to be on the ice at the 2012 Toboggan Nationals.

Profiles. This will prompt you to quickly find people you may be interested in connecting with or that you already know

What does this mean to you? When you search for information online, you will find the traditional web site results, but also see: Relevant People and Pages from Google+ (the Google powered social network). For businesses, this is another important reason to have a Google+ page.

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private information or personalization results will be shared based on your web history.

Many of us find these kinds of improvements to be powerful, but many are concerned about online privacy. To learn more, and watch a cool video about how social search can work, visit search-plus-your-world.html?spref=tw A second trend in search is the increasing influence of visual experiences in search. A new social network called Pinterest is a visual pinboard for collecting and sharing content online with more than 2.5 million active monthly users on Facebook, and is growing rapidly. Why is it popular? It enables users to clip images of things they like. Bookmarking sites like Digg and have been popular for many years, but are text and article based. Pinterest emphasizes pictures over text, and allows users to “pin” images they like and share them with friends by “repinning” across the site or other networks. How would you use it? As an individual, it’s a great way to collect visual images – clothing you like, home decorating ideas, photographs or artwork that you admire. As a business, it’s an excellent opportunity to create a visual cataloglike experience of your products. Pinterest can be found at, and still requires you to sign up for an invite before you can join.

Personal results. This enables you to find information just for you, such as posts you’ve made or that have been shared directly with you. Don’t worry, only you can see these results.

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Morning Cup o’ Taiji, 7 to 7:45 a.m. A morning wake-up/work-out Qigong class. Led by Marty Schindler. Shalimar Dance Studio, 407 Main St., 2nd Floor, Rockland. This gentle moving, meditative, exercise experience, will nurture and relax you. All ages and levels; No experience necessary. Donations: $10 per class or $15 for the three-day week. FMI: Marty, 730-1461, Also Mondays and Fridays. Tightwad Exchange, 12 to 1 p.m. Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State St., Ellsworth. Join others who are looking for ways to save money, stretch the budget and share frugal ideas. This is a brown bag meeting, so bring your lunch. Meet in the Riverview Room. FMI: call the library at 667-6363. Seminar: Getting organized for 2012, 1:30 p.m. Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State St., Ellsworth. With Brenda Cartwright, professional organizer, who will share her expertise on such topics as goals, procrastination, organizing tips, time management, clutter control and how to simplify your life. FMI: call 667-6363. Private Tour of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, 2:30 p.m. Private Tour of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Get a behindthe-scenes look at this heirloom toolmaker, followed by skilled staff demonstrating practical uses of hand planes and answering your woodworking questions. Must purchase tickets in advance: $35 for GRLT members, $40 for non-members. For tickets call GRLT at 594-5166 or order online at Stress Reduction Acupuncture, 4:15 p.m. Experience a simple yet effective acupuncture treatment that reduces the body’s response to stress. This five-point protocol treatment is done in the ‘community style’ setting, sitting in a chair, fully clothed. The treatment is relaxing and restorative. All are welcome. Donations to the Knox County Health Clinic gratefully accepted. Every Wednesday, also at 5 p.m. 1st floor of Bok Medical Building (behind Rockland Public Library), 22 White St. Hosted by the Knox County Health Clinic. FMI: 594-6993. Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, held at the Rockland Yacht Club, located in Harbor Park, Rockland. FMI: 542-7574 or Talk: Getting beyond resentment, 5 p.m. Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor. William Bigelow will give a talk and lead a discussion on the topic, “Resentment and Getting Beyond Resentment: A Jungian Psychological Perspective.” This event is free and everyone is welcome. FMI: call 276-3333. Community orchestra practice,


6:15 to 7:30 p.m. College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor. The college’s newly formed orchestra is open to the community and seeks members to practice and perform a range of classical and contemporary music under the directorship of John Cooper. Particularly open to performers on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and French horn. FMI: email jcooper@coa. edu or call 288-5015.

children for community dance; $10 older than 20, $7 ages 13 to 20 plus adult All-Comers and $4 for children. Anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. FMI: 338-0979 or

Storytelling with Wendell Seavey, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bass Harbor Memorial Library, 89 Bernard Road, Bernard. Mark Twain was a master performer who traveled the country sharing his wisdom and wit with audiences. Join in discussing the tradition of storytelling — Twain’s unique gift, and hear local lore from Mount Desert Island’s own renowned storyteller. FMI: call 244-3798.

Library Coffeehouse, 7 to 9 p.m. Hannah Batley and Malcolm Brooks with musical colleagues perform in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library, Atlantic Avenue. Cost: $7.

Workshop: ‘Finding Your Inner Goddess’, 6:30 p.m. Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main St., Southwest Harbor. Savitri Bess will explore ancient and living goddesses in world cultures and myths. Under the guidance of Bess, everyone will weave the goddess web through guided meditation with the intent to experience of the inner goddess. Bring pen and paper. FMI: call 44-7065. • Teach-in: ‘Save America’s Postal Service’, 7 p.m. Ellsworth City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth. A community teach-in upstairs at City Hall organized by Occupy Ellsworth and local postal workers and customers on how to help Congress save the U.S. Postal Service. Free admission. Refreshments. FMI: call John Curtis at 667-4877.



Super bingo at the Belfast American Legion, 4 p.m. The American Legion will be holding super bingo the first Thursday of every month, starting Feb. 2, at the American Legion Hall located at 143 Church St., Belfast. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and the game starts at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available as well as raffles. Live Jazz, 6 to 8 p.m. Fresh Restaurant, 1 Bay View Landing, Camden, hosts 3 Point Jazz Duo featuring upright bass and jazz guitar. Book Reading/Signing, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hope author Tracy Ann Lord presents her novel “Good Catch” at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Free. Handicap accommodations with 48 hours notice by calling 5940310. Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance, 6:30 to 11 p.m. 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. potluck of savory or sweet finger snacks and 8 p.m. contra dance with guest band at American Legion Hall Post #43, 143 Church St., Belfast. Cost: $2 adults, $1

Goose River Snowmobile Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meeting held the first Thursday of the month at Lion’s Den, Lions Lane, Camden. Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by meeting at 7 p.m.

Velvet Lounge Jazz, 7 to 9 p.m. The Bill Barnes Jazz Trio performs every other Thursday at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St., Rockland, in coffeebar/cafe setting. Free/tips for musicians.



Baby Story Time, 10 a.m. Children’s Room, Rockland Public Library. Open Mic Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Musicians and music lovers welcome in the lodge during most race nights at the Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road. FMI: 236-3438. Rockland Shorts, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Debut of international film series screening unrated short films at Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $12; $10 Farnsworth members; free for members of The Farnsworth Collective, includes Collective’s after-party at Yvette Torres Fine Art. Advance tickets by calling 596-6256. Films not suitable for children. Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance, 6:30 to 11 p.m. First Friday dance event begins with community dance for all ages led by caller Chrissy Fowler with music by The AllComer’s Band, followed by 7:30 p.m. potluck of savory or sweet finger snacks and 8 p.m. contra dance with guest band at American Legion Hall Post #43, 143 Church St., Belfast. Cost: $2 adults, $1 children for community dance; $10 older than 20, $7 ages 13 to 20 plus adult All-Comers and $4 for children. Anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. FMI: 338-0979 or “As It Is In Heaven”, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Heartwood Regional Theatre Company presents Arlene Hutton’s play set in a 1830s’ Shaker community in the atrium of Skidompha Library, Elm Street entrance, downtown Damariscotta. Cost: $18; $12 students through high school. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 4 plus 3 p.m. matinees Jan. 22 and 29.



Monthly Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thompson Community Center, 51 South Union Road/Route in Union, holds monthly flea market with more than 80 tables to shop. TCC Thrift Shop too, and snack bar

is open for breakfast and lunch. FMI 975-0352.

Maine Media Women, 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Annual Members’ Showcase, Part II held at American Legion Hall, 10 Watts Lane, Thomaston (Behind the business block). Cost: $5; $3 MMW members. FMI: 563-8377. Starts with coffee/networking; program at 10 a.m. Children’s Puppet Show, 10 a.m. A children’s puppet show at Gibbs Library. “The Story of the Snow Children” is about a young girl who is befriended by a group of snow children. Together they take a magical journey to visit the Snow Queen in her beautiful ice palace. The story will be told using silk marionettes and is appropriate for any age, but especially for young children. Also a show at 10:45 a.m. Performed by Primrose Puppeteers. Free. Gibbs Library is located at 40 Old Union Road, Washington. FMI: 845-2663. Terrence Malick Retrospective, 3 to 5:45 p.m. Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, concludes three-film series with “The Thin Red Line” (1998, USA). Cost: $7.50. FMI: 594-0070. Public supper, Valentine’s raffle — Brooks, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Harvest Home Grange on Route 7, Moosehead Trail in Brooks, will be having a public supper. Supper will include smothered beef, mashed potatoes, a choice of carrots or Harvard Beets and dinner rolls. For dessert, there will be red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. $7 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-18 and seniors 65 and up; and kids aged 5 and under eat for free. They will also be drawing the winners for their Valentines raffle at the dinner. FMI, or to buy raffle tickets ($1 each or six for $5) contact Bill Guptill at 722-3820 or Third Annual Snow Ball, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Creatures of Habit start playing at 7 p.m. for annual benefit dance at Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Cost: $35. Tickets at HAV II, Camden; or Snowenjava, Rockland. Fundraiser for Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Redevelopment Campaign. Community swing dance, 7 to 10 p.m. Dancers of all ages invited to dance to all styles at Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St. Cost: $7; free for swing students. FMI: 915-9371. Includes East Coast lesson, refreshments and door prizes. Country Dance, 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. With the band True County. Union Masonic Hall, Sennebec Road. $10 admission. FMI: 540-3395. “As It Is In Heaven”, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Heartwood Regional Theatre Company presents Arlene Hutton’s play set in a 1830s’ Shaker community in the atrium of Skidompha Library, Elm Street entrance, downtown Damariscotta. Cost: $18; $12 students through high school.



Linda Greenlaw Talk, 1 p.m. The Rockland Yacht Club is hosting Maine author Linda Greenlaw, who will be speaking and book signing at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Greenlaw will speak on her new books “Seaworthy” and “Maine Summers Cookbook”. Bring your Greenlaw books to be signed or the above books will be available the day of. Refreshments will be offered compliments of The Rockland Yacht Club. Free admission, but donations will be appreciated. FMI: Doris, 593-9064 or Owls Head Transportation Museum, 594-4418. American Legion and Auxiliary Meeting, 2 p.m. Williams Brazier No. 37 Thomaston American Legion and Auxiliary regular meeting. All members are urged to attend. Winter Matinee Film Series — Belfast, 4 p.m. Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME. Series screens “Our Town” (1940) in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free. Winter Matinee Film Series. Full Moon Hike, 5 to 7 p.m. Full Moon Hike at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson. Please meet promptly at the gate, wearing appropriate footwear (Bean boots, hiking boots, or snowshoes) and dress warmly. Be sure to include a headlamp or flashlight in case the moon is not fully visible. Bring your favorite drink for an after-hike gathering at the Welcoming Center. Reservations are highly recommended. Snowshoes are available for rent. Cost: $5 donation. FMI: 586-6752. Super Bowl Live in HD, 6:15 to 10 p.m. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, hosts annual free screening of Super Bowl XLVI live in HD on the big screen with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. FMI: 594-0070 Snacks; balcony bar open for those 21 and older. Donations of non-perishable food and paper goods requested for AIO Food Pantry.



Transition Cafe, 5 p.m. Casual discussion about how folks in and around Belfast will transition from oil dependence to local resilience. Belfast Co-op, 123 High St., Belfast. Health Care Class, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Do you want to feel healthier? Come and join Dr. Eric Betz at Betz Chiropractic & Wellness as he teaches where health comes from, how to achieve greater health, and how to keep it. You will also learn about chiropractic. Open to everyone. 2195 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville. Call 236-6272 to reserve a spot. Amateur Radio Association meeting, 7:30 p.m. Waldo County Amateur Radio Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Emergency Management Agency offices which are located in

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the basement of the Sheriff ’s office at 45 Congress St. in Belfast. The ARES/ RACES group meets prior to the regular meeting at 6 p.m. the same night. Any amateur radio operators as well as interested members of the public are invited to attend. Contact the club secretary, Carol Inman or by phone at 5253017 with any questions.



Illustrated Artist’s Talk, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local artist/illustrator Anthony Bacon Venti offers two-part presentation titled Behind the Scenes at Vose library, 392 Common Road, Union. Free. FMI: 785-4733. Winter Extremes: Oh Deer, 6:30 p.m. Winter Extremes: Oh Deer” presentation by Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s Regional Biologist Keel Kemper. Bring all of your wildlife questions. Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, 624 Sheepscot Road, Newcastle. $5 suggested donation. The Irish Descendants, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Canadian Celtic music band performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $20. FMI: 948-7469.



Tour the Grades Classroom Tour, 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. Ashwood Waldorf School, 180 Park St., Rockport. See Ashwood classes in action during this tour of four grades. This event for adults includes an overview of the Waldorf curriculum and a question and answer session. Space is limited, please call the office at 236-8021 or email to register or for more information.



“Travelling Light” — 2 Shows, 2 to 9 p.m. High definition live satellite broadcast from London’s National Theatre of Nicholas Wright’s 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. Foreign Films in February, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Series of Maine premiere screenings opens with “Welcome” (2010, France) in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Free. Handicap accommodations with 48-hour notice by calling 594-0310. Post-screening discussion led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising of Meetingbrook in Camden. Alumni Panel at Ashwood, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ashwood Waldorf School, 180 Park St., Rockport. Join us for an evening discussion with a panel of Ashwood Waldorf School graduates, who will speak about their experiences at the school, their transitions to high school, and how their Waldorf education has influenced their current lives. All are welcome to this free event. FMI: 236-8021 or email Novel Jazz Septet, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Eighth season of classic jazz begins in the atrium of Skidompha Library, Elm Street entrance, downtown Damariscotta. Cost: $12; $10 senior citizens; $5 age 12-18, free younger if accompanied by a parent.



Benefit Spaghetti Supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spaghetti Supper to benefit 63 Washington Street, a home for seniors. Homemade spaghetti with

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rolls, salad, beverage and dessert. $7 per person, $4 for children under 10. Raffle tickets available for a Sweetheart Getaway. Dinner for two at Whale’s Tooth Pub, Overnight Stay at Point Lookout, and breakfast at the Copper Pine Café. Retail Value$275. Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5. Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St., Rockport. Round Top Coffee House, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 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: 563-1393. Second Friday of each month. 100 years of Broadway, 7 p.m. Save yourself a trip to New York! With “100 Years of Broadway” you can see five Broadway stars and 50 of the greatest characters from Broadway musicals, all in one unforgettable evening. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St. Cost: $30 value seating/$40 prime seating for adults, $8 for ages 18 and under. Discounts available for subscribers and groups of eight or more. For more information call 236-2823 or (888) 707-2770; email; or go online at baychamberconcerts. org. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, 7 p.m. This is the 12th year Maine Sport Outfitters has hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Please join us in celebrating the world’s mountains at the Camden Hills Regional High School Strom Auditorium in Rockport. Different films will be shown each night. FMI and tickets: 236-7120. Tickets are: Adults $12 ($10 in advance at Maine Sport), students$5. Tickets are good for one show. Free Ballroom Dancing, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 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: 5055521. Bring clean dancing shoes.



The Met: Live in HD, 12 to 4:30 p.m. Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, screens Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” live via satellite broadcast. Cost: $27 reserved; season tickets available. FMI: 594-0070 or Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, 7 p.m. This is the 12th year Maine Sport Outfitters has hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Please join us in celebrating the world’s mountains at the Camden Hills Regional High School Strom Auditorium in Rockport. Different films will be shown each night. FMI and tickets: 236-7120. Tickets are: Adults $12 ($10 in advance at Maine Sport), students$5. Tickets are good for one show. Country Dance, 7 to 11 p.m. With the band Side Kick. Union Masonic Hall, Sennebec Road. $10 admission. FMI: 540-3395. A Valentine to French Romanticism, 7:30 p.m. the Boothbay Opera House presents Portland String violinist Ron Lantz in concert with pianist Laura Kargul. The evening will feature a wide selection of French romantic music. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 on the day of the performance. Contact the box office at 633-5159. FMI:

Ongoing Events Monday

3 to 5 p.m. Peopleplace Infant/Toddler & Parent Playgroup. Join Peopleplace’s playgroup! Every Monday we host a two-hour facilitated playtime for infants, birth to 22 months and their parent or caregiver. Peopleplace also offers an After Care Program for Preschool & Kindergarten age older siblings to enjoy at the same time. The group is going on now and space is available! Cost: $10 each Monday. FMI: 236-4225,, 4:30 to 9 p.m. American Legion Bingo, 335 Limerock St., Rockland, hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open 4:30 p.m., games start at 6:30 p.m. Full kitchen and free coffee. FMI: 594-2901. Live Music, 6 to 8 p.m. Fresh Restaurant, 1 Bayview Landing, Camden, hosts local singer/songwriter Paddy Mills every Monday and Thursday. FMI: 236-7005, 7 to 10 p.m. Monday Night Blues, upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland. FMI: 593-9336.


10 a.m. Children’s Story Hour, Children’s Story Hour. Reading, arts and crafts. Free. Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Rd., Washington. 12 p.m. Warren Library Story Time, Warren Free Public Library, Main St. This program is for children of all ages and includes a story time and related craft project. FMI: 273-2900. 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.

tion at Billy’s Tavern, 1 Starr St., Thomaston (behind the business block). Play as a single or bring a team; fun and prizes 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.


9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Toy Library, Toy Library at St. Peters Episcopal Church, White Street, Rockland, provides a nonsectarian 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.


1 p.m. Bridge Group, Refresh your bridge game. Play every Friday in Room 4 at the Thompson Community Center, Route 131, Union. FMI: 785-4602. 4 p.m. Bingo at the Belfast VFW hall. Bingo will be held Friday nights at the Belfast VFW hall, located at 34 Field St., Belfast. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., game begins at 6 p.m. 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.


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 at the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast. Free food. FMI call Tim at 5673813, Marian at 338-4594 or Jeffrey at 322-9490. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open clay studio, every Wednesday. 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 mditoastmasters@aol. com. 7 to 9 p.m. Quiz Night. Quiz Master Rick Nardone, who ran the quiz night for seven years at The Rhumb Line in Gloucester, Mass., hosts weekly evening of fun competi-



Bath Antiques Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath. Exit Congress Avenue from Route 1. 50 dealers. Cost: $4 admission. FMI: Polly Thibodeau, 443-8983, Calling all printmakers, 12 to 3 p.m. Share ideas, critique artwork, meet other printmakers. At Midcoast Print-


8:30 to 11 a.m. Free Bird Walk. The Natural History Center, 6 Firefly Lane, Bar Harbor. Join local ornithologist Rich MacDonald on a weekly bird walk. Open to people of all ages, physical abilities and skill levels. A limited number of loaner binoculars are available. Call to sign-up at 8012617 or 266-9461. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Washington Grange Farmers’ Market, Every Saturday. FMI: 845-2140.


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 288-8128 or 479-4256 or visit 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.

makers, Inc studio at Round Top, DRA Farm, Bus. Route 1 in Damariscotta. FMI: Frances Hodsdon, 549-7087. Benefit Blues Blast, 1 to 5 p.m. Maine musicians jam for Vince “Blind Albert” Gabriel at the Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland. Half of donations go to local soup kitchen, the rest to help defray Vince and Lee Gabriel’s re-location expenses after losing their home to mold. Emceed by North Atlantic Blue Festival’s Paul Benjamin.

Valentine Chocolate Fest, 1 to 3 p.m. The First Congregational Church of Searsport will be hosting a Valentine Chocolate Fest, to benefit the Interfaith Fuel Fund. All are welcome to come and enjoy a tasty chocolate dessert with coffee or tea that day, purchase a treat to take home, all while helping those in need. A special basket raffle and a donation box will also be available. Other area churches will be contributing to this event.


International Folk Dancing, 4 to 6 p.m. 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: 542-2283. Second and fourth Sundays through May. St. Thomas’ Evening Service, 5 p.m. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden.



Free Mama & Baby Group — Belfast, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Open to babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers. Toys provided. Every second and fourth Monday of the month, 9:30-11 a.m., Morningstar Midwifery, 111 High St., Belfast. FMI, call 338-0708. Traditional shape note singing, 7 to 9 p.m. Four-part unaccompanied singing using “Sacred Harp” and “Northern Harmony” tune books in First Church Fellowship Hall, between Church and Court Streets with the entrance on Spring Street, Belfast. FMI: 338-1265 or 594-5743. Second Monday each month.



‘Look Good...Feel Better’ program for cancer patients, 1 to 3 p.m. The American Cancer Society will offer its free community-based, national program, “Look Good…Feel Better”, to female cancer patients in active cancer treatment wishing to learn how to use make-up and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The classes will be held at Waldo County General Hospital on Feb. 14, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, and Aug.14 from 1-3 p.m., in the Education Center. FMI and to register, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. Valentine’s Open House, 1 to 6 p.m.. The Homestead at Owls Head, 7 North Shore Drive, is having an open house on Valentine’s Day. There will be information for family caregivers re: respite, homesharing, home care plus speakers re: financial planning, hospice, elder mediation and more. The Barbershop Quartet will be stopping by. Refreshments will be served. Thomaston Senior Citizens, 1 p.m. The Thomaston Senior Citizens will meet at the Thomaston Federated Church, 8 Hyler St. A musical program will be presented by a group of kantele players called “Soumalaiset Jouset” (Finnish Strings). The kantele is a Finnish folk instrument. Refreshments will be served. All 55 and above are welcome. FMI:

354-6547. Cribbage Night, 7 p.m. 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.



Discussion group — Freedom, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance hosts Read and Heidi Brugger for a discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute, a non-profit organization in Portland, Ore. The course will meet every other Wednesday evening from 6:30–8:00 p.m., beginning Feb. 15. Participants need to purchase a discussion guide ($21) prior to the first meeting. Group size is limited to 12 participants. Topics covered include: A Sense of Place, Responsibility to Place, Knowing Your Bioregion, Living in Place, Mapping Your Place, Building Local Community, and Empowerment. Pre-registration required. FMI or to sign up, contact Heidi or Read at 382-6477 or



Foreign Films in February, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Series of Maine premieres screens “Alamar” (2009, Mexico) in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Free. Handicap accommodations with 48-hour notice by calling 5940310. Post-screening discussion led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising of Meetingbrook in Camden. “Agamemnon”, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Reading of Aeschylus’ play at Skidompha Library, Elm Street entrance, downtown Damariscotta. Cost: $5-$8 suggested donation. Part of Thursday Nights series of informal theater readings, lectures and discussion. Velvet Lounge Jazz, 7 to 9 p.m. The Bill Barnes Jazz Trio performs every other Thursday at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St., Rockland, in coffeebar/ cafe setting. Free/tips for musicians. Goitse — Unity, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Irish traditional band performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $15. FMI: 948-7469.



Tea and Puppets Playgroup, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ashwood Waldorf School, 180 Park St., Rockport. Free playgroup with tea party and puppet show for children 18 months through 3 years old and their parent. Offered as an opportunity

to experience the Parent/Child program at Ashwood. Space is limited, please register at 236-8021 or Open Mic Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Musicians and music lovers welcome in the lodge during most race nights at the Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road. FMI: 236-3438. PechaKucha Night, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Another gathering of various Midcoast creative makers and thinkers takes place at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., Rockport. Cost: $5; seating first come/first served. Doors open 6:30 p.m.



Country Dance, 7 to 11 p.m. Band to be announced. Union Masonic Hall, Sennebec Road. $10 admission. FMI: 540-3395.



Winter Matinee Film Series — Belfast, 4 p.m. Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME. Series screens “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free. Winter Matinee Film Series.



Snowshoe hike (moderately difficult) — Montville, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance for a snowshoe walk on the Northern Headwaters Trail. This 3.5-mile loop takes hikers past a near-pristine section of the Sheepscot headwaters. Bring water, snack, and dress warmly. Meet at the Whitten Hill parking lot and trail head on the Halldale Road in Montvillle. The hike is moderately difficult. FMI, contact trip leader Buck O’Herin at 589-4311. Co-sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Hot Tuna Acoustic, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady are joined by mandolin player Barry Mitterhoff for one-night-only appearance at the Camden Opera House, 27 Elm St./ Route 1. Cost: $39. Tickets at HAV II, Camden; Reading Corner, Rockland; Bella Books, Belfast; Mexicali Blues, Newcastle; Musician’s 1st Choice, Augusta; and BrownPaperTickets. com.



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ive response to their work-in-progress and an opportunity to perform in public. Cost: $4. Pre-registration suggested, not required. FMI: Ken Gross at the library, 236-3440. Fourth Thursdays through May. Foreign Films in February, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Series of Maine premieres screens “The Wind Journeys” (2009, Colombia/Germany/ Argentina/Netherlands) in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Free. Handicap accommodations with 48-hour notice by calling 594-0310. Post-screening discussion led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising of Meetingbrook in Camden. The Cottars — Unity, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Canadian family Celtic music band performs at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Cost: $15. FMI: 948-7469.



Hooked on Fishing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mike Sabins Memorial Youth Fish & Game Association will hold a “Hooked on Fishing” ice fishing event sponsored by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on Seven Tree Pond at Ayer Park, Route 235 in Union. No fishing license is required. Instruction, equipment, and refreshments will be provided. There is no fee to attend. Please plan to come and have some family fun in the Maine outdoors. Severe storm cancellation date will be Sunday, Feb. 26. FMI: call Scot & Mary Sabins at 785-4076. Museum Overcoat Tours, 2 to 3 p.m. Collections Manager Cipperly Good guides visitors through the exhibits in the historic Merithew House (unheated) of Penobscot Marine Museum, downtown Searsport. Free. Also Seabag Visible Storage Center open 1-4 p.m. Also arts and craft workshop 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; register in advance by calling 548-2529, ext. 202 ($50; $45 for PMM members). Last Saturday of the month through April. Vegan soup potluck, 5:30 p.m. A vegan soup potluck will be held in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library (106 High St.). Those attending should bring any type of vegan soup to share with everyone, plus their own bowl, spoon and beverage. Guests may also want to bring bread, crackers, etc. Anyone is welcome to attend. FMI, call 3238750. Country Dance, 7 to 11 p.m. With the band True County. Union Masonic Hall, Sennebec Road. $10

admission. FMI: 540-3395. Marcia Ball, 7 to 10 p.m. Awardwinning New Orleans blues pianist performs one-night-only in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland. Cost: $35. Limited seating, advance tickets recommended; call 596-6055. Monthly Contra Dance, 7 to 10 p.m. Live music and calling at Simonton Corner Hall, corner of Park and Main streets, Rockport. Cost: $8; free for children. FMI: 832-5584. All dances taught, beginners welcome. Usually fourth Saturday of the month.



Performing Arts Series, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts presents Curtis on Tour featuring a celebration of classical guitar at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Cost: $40 and $30, $8 younger than 19; season and Flex Pass discounts. FMI: 236-2823/888-707-2770 or The Singer’s Art, 3 p.m. Acclaimed concert and stage artist John David Adams presents an afternoon program of works from the bass and baritone repertoire accompanied by Sean Fleming at the piano, with rarely-heard works of beauty, drama, and humor. Boothbay Opera House. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments available. Advance tickets $15. Tickets $18 at the door. Special $5 advance student tickets for those 18 and under. Contact the box office at 633-5159 or online at International Folk Dancing, 4 to 6 p.m. 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: 542-2283. Second and fourth Sundays through May. Winter Matinee Film Series — Belfast, 4 p.m. Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME. Series screens “Stand by Me” (1986) in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free. Winter Matinee Film Series. Annual Oscar Party, 6:30 to 11 p.m. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, hosts annual free screening of the Academy Awards live in HD on the big screen with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. FMI: 5940070 Snacks; balcony bar open for those 21 and older including Oscar Night Champagne and Chocolate special. Red carpet out front, so dress to impress.


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