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Events in Knox and Waldo counties from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.
— Rowing Tale in Vose Wednesday Series, 7 p.m. This past June, six adventurers set out to row a replica 17th-century shallop, the Jane Stevens, from Georgetown to Fort William Henry in Pemaquid. Join historian Matt Blazek as he shares the story of his trip, touches on early history of European exploration along the coast of Maine, and shows reenactment gear used on the journey. Attend at the library, 392 Common Road in Union, or via Zoom by calling 785-4733 or emailing for the Zoom link.
—  Open House at Rose Hall, 4 to 7 p.m. Camden Rockport Schools and Five Town CSD will host it at the former site of the Mary E. Taylor Building, 22 Knowlton Street in Camden. See the renovations made to the historic building and enjoy refreshments. Self-guided tours will be offered. No advance registration is necessary.
—  Sunset Cruise Aboard Schooner Appledore, in Camden Harbor, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. With wine, beer, and appetizers included in the $95 ticket price to raise funds for the Stewardship Education Alliance, dedicated to increasing community awareness of ways to be better stewards of the local watershed. With a drawing for a basket with Appledore gear including a hat, T-shirt, and mug as well as two tickets for another cruise. Tickets can be purchased at
—  Gala Evening at Watts Hall Community Arts, in Thomason, from 6 to 8 p.m. To kick off its fall/winter slate of events, WHCA offers an evening of dancing and celebration. Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra will provide the music, including traditional big band, Latin, funk and blues. With hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The gala also will include an art show and silent auction in the Watts Hall Gallery, as well as the announcement of upcoming events at the venue. Tickets are $35, available in advance at
—  “Consider the Donut!” Program, 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Alexis Iammarino, the community artist and educator known locally for her work with CMCA’s Art Lab and also the Arts in Action community mural program in Rockland, will present a program about her public history project about the American-style donut. Her program is cosponsored by Rockland Historical Society and Rockland Public Library. At 7:30, attendees are invited to adjourn to the Rockland Historical Society Museum for donuts, lemonade, and conversation.
—  Anxious Brain, 7 p.m. at Strand Theatre, Rockland. The work-in-progress live performance piece will be presented by artist Sara Juli as part of the Strand’s New Century Series of shows that explore new works, artists, and spaces, bringing live theatre, dance and innovative cinema works to the midcoast. Anxious Brain (working title) explores how trauma maps the brain and creates a toxic footprint that can live in our minds our entire lives. Using elements such as movement, text, digital illustrations, images and typography, live music, song, stand-up comedy and audience interaction, Maine-based performance artist Juli looks at ways of both experiencing and disrupting trauma to find a settling of the mind. This showing of the piece in development will be followed by an audience discussion with the artist on process, feedback and dialogue. A second-stage work-in-progress showing will take place in February 2023, with the world premiere of the final work projected to be shown in the fall of 2023. Audience members will not only get a “sneak peek” into an artist’s process, but they can also be a part of the creation of this new piece and watch how their feedback influences the development of the work. $15 general admission; a ticket package that includes this and the following two shows is $50. This work contains mature themes and language and is not appropriate for children.
—  An Evening with Lily King, 6:30 p.m. Join the best-selling author at the Rockport Opera House for a talk and book signing. Admission is free. Register to attend at For more info, call 236-3642. Presented by the Rockport Library Foundation and the Rockport Public Library.
—  Treasure Island, presented by the Belfast Maskers at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast, this Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees on October 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets and more information about this and other Belfast Maskers events are available at
—  Oktoberfest Waldoboro, at Cider Hill Farm, 785 Main Street in Waldoboro, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, October 2). The morning kicks off with the Skidompha Strummers, followed by a performance by midcoast band Finntown Road, featuring Laura Buxbaum (cello), John Couch (guitar), Brian Dunn (mandolin), and John Monterisi (guitar). The Betty Junes round out the musical lineup, playing toe-polkas and other dance tunes. The Betty Junes feature musicians Kat Logan on accordion and Jan Lathrop on violin. In addition to free games including bocce, cornhole, Giant Jenga, sack races and more, there will be free pumpkin decorating, a cider press offering free tastings, and a Magic Show by Wes. Brats and sauerkraut, clams, and other food and desserts will be for sale. Those 21 and older can purchase beverages in the biergarten. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Call 832-4133 to find out more.
—  Third Annual Corntoberfest Cornhole Tournament, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Flatbread in Rockport. The Satellite of West Bay Rotary invites everyone to the family-fun contest. Proceeds support local organizations addressing food insecurity this coming fall and winter. Get a team together and use online registration at The club meets the second and fourth Thursday at American Flatbread, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Guests are always welcome. For more information, contact or visit
—  Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails, with everyone invited to board the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway steam train at Sheepscot Station in Alna at 11 a.m. for a 20-minute trip through the backwoods of Alna to Top of Mountain. There, volunteers from Midcoast Conservancy will take passengers on a guided tour of the scenic Trout Brook Preserve. Following the 1.5-hour hike, the train will return hikers to Sheepscot Station. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Registration is required at This is the final Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails offering of the season.
—  Silent Auction Fundraiser for Valpo Surf Project, 2 to 6 p.m. at Waterman’s Beach Brewery in South Thomaston. Join members of the youth mentorship organization based in Chile for an afternoon of food and beer and bidding on a variety of items from local artists and businesses. The event is free to attend, with donations taken. The Valpo Surf Project uses surfing to empower kids from at-risk backgrounds and give them the tools to not only improve their lives, but positively impact their communities.
—  Fall Harbor Arts Fair and Book Sale at Camden Public Library, this Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, in Camden Amphitheatre and along Atlantic Avenue. With nearly 30 artists and craftspeople showing their wares from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 to 4:00 on Sunday. Free and open to the public.
—  Old Fashioned Grange Hall Dance, at Ocean View Grange, Route 131 in Martinsville, at 7 p.m. With the Port Clyde Ceili Band: Gabriel Donohue, Michael Fitzpatrick, Susan Groce and Tom Judge. Refreshments served. $20 at the door by cash or check to benefit the Grange Building/Painting Fund. Call 372-8629 for more information
—  “If You Don’t Go, You Won’t Get There: Spruce Head and the World Beyond,” 3 p.m. at the Spruce Head Community Hall, 30 Village Road, Spruce Head. Angela Waldron will present a talk on growing up in the village of Spruce Head and the influences that cultivated her love for travel and the arts. Waldron is an award-winning writer and photographer whose love of adventure has taken her across the United States, Europe, and Asia. After attending the University of Maine, she spent four years in Turkey documenting traditional occupations and studying Islamic mysticism. Her adventures, accompanied by her photographs, have been featured in publications such as Down East, Kindred Spirit, Knives Illustrated, Pipes and Tobacco, and Renaissance. Recently, two articles previously published in the U.K. by Kindred Spirit received awards from the 91st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
—  Nathan C. Fletcher’s Camden of 1884, 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Ken Gross gives a slideshow on Fletcher, a Universalist minister who preached all over the midcoast for three decades in the early 1800s. He became a businessman in 1854, starting in the lime industry and settling into being a pharmacist for the remainder of his career. He also served in the state Legislature and on the Governor’s Council. He wrote an eyewitness history of Camden in 1883 and 1884. The program will be available to a live audience at the library and simultaneously broadcast on Zoom. To attend in person, RSVP by email to; live attendance will be limited. To attend via Zoom, go to to register for a link.
—  Ninth Annual Variety Show at Evening Star Grange, in Washington, on Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m. This is a free show; donations taken. There will be comedy, singing and instrumentals featuring Rosie Gerry and his band. For more info: 845-3102.
—  Darrow, a one-man show starring John Burstein about the famous trial lawyer, will be presented by Watts Hall Community Players at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston, on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door or online at
—  Accompanist Sought by Penobscot Bay Singers, a choral music group under the direction of Richard Dostie. The group practices Wednesday evenings in Belfast from 7 to 9 p.m. This year’s first concert is scheduled for the second weekend in December. Contact Kathy Hayes, at penbaysingers@gmail com, by October 1.
—  Gordon Bok at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland, at 7:30 p.m. Bok sings the stories of the maritime heritage along the coast. $15 for museum members, $20 for nonmembers, on
—  Gallway Gets Real in SoundCheck Series, 7:30 p.m. at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street. Songwriter and producer Peter Gallway reunites with The Real Band to put on the hour-long show. Gallway and original band members Mark Wainer (lead guitar) and Andrea Re (percussion) will perform music from their new album, “It’s Deliberate.” Gallway’s music spans styles from ’60s rock ’n’ roll to jazzy folk to atmospheric Americana and has been compared to work by Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen. Choose-your-own reserved seating tickets are $10; advance purchase is encouraged via and 236-3154. Doors will open at 7 p.m. SoundCheck also is livestreamed on the opera house’s Facebook page, no fee or link required.
—  The Silver Duo: Cello and Piano Concert, 2 p.m. at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Noreen and Phillip Silver perform the concert, inspired by artist Ashley Bryan, whose work is on display at the Farnsworth through December 31. The concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 45; Bach arr. Alexander Siloti and Pablo Casals; and Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38. The fee is $10 general public and $7 for Farnsworth members. For more information, or to register, visit
—  Belfast Open Mic, 7 p.m. at the Belfast Maskers Playhouse, 17 Court Street, Belfast. Performers – singers, instrumentalists, and storytellers, seasoned and new – and listeners and onlookers are invited. Performers can practice new or old material before a live audience with piano accompanist Lincoln Blake and guitarist Dave Clarke. Bring music charts or lead sheets in your key or browse their resources. Blake will be available for practice at 6:30 p.m. All attendees pay $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Any questions, contact Kathleen at The next open mic will be Wednesday, October 19.
—  Reflection: A Walk with Water, 6 p.m., shown at Belfast Free Library in collaboration with the Peace and Social Justice Forum/Waldo County (formerly Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County). Filmmaker Emmett Brennan embarks on a journey to find stories of hope and healing as he walks 200 miles along the iconic Los Angeles aqueduct encountering cultural leaders, ecological activists, and Indigenous wisdom keepers who are re-envisioning our relationship to water. All are welcome to the free screening.
—  An Evening of Poetry with Paul McFarland at Camden Public Library, at 6:30 p.m. McFarland will be reading and discussing poetry from his book Father’s Shoes, which compiles 68 of his best poems written over the past 50 years. McFarland is a native of Maine, and his book is filled with poetry reflecting the exploits of deer hunters, brook trout fishermen, and other characters who roam the backwoods. Books will be available to purchase at the event.
—  Wiscasset Art Walk Season Finale, 5 to 8 p.m. Galleries will be open for viewing and shops for browsing. Sidewalk activities will feature hands-on fun for children and handmade drums for visitors of any age to play. Sidewalk vendors and local community tables invite you to meet your neighbors while Garden Club bouquets remind everyone to enjoy the splendor of the changing seasons. For more information, visit Wiscasset Art Walk is a program of Wiscasset Creative Alliance.
—  Reception for Painter Jo Smith, at the Bremen Library Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Her paintings will hang throughout the month of October.
—  Artist’s Reception and Wine Tasting at Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op, 750 Main Street in Rockland, from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring the paintings of Lizzie Lombardo. Gallery curator Lois Anne is teaming up with the Good Tern Co-op’s wine and beer buyer, Deminique Cole, for the reception. Lombardo was born in Thomaston and studied sculpture at Pratt Institute in New York before moving back to the midcoast. Her work combines an interest in historical icons and events of popular culture and social issues, as well as experiences of her own and people she knows. The show hangs to October 31 in both the Good Tern store and the Hole in the Wall bagel shop. The wine tasting will be held in the Cafe of the Good Tern store. A small selection of cheeses and crackers will be served. The event is free and open to all.
—  Paint Party, hosted by American Legion Post 1, in Rockland, at 6 p.m. The cost of $40 includes materials, instruction and light appetizers. Wearing old clothes or bringing an apron is suggested. Sign up and prepay at the American Legion, 335 Limerock Street, Rockland, by September 27. Call Rosemary at 974-9894 with questions.
—  One-Day Workshop on Bas-Relief Sculpture in Clay, led by sculptor Randy Fein, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farnsworth Gamble Education Center at the corner of Union and Grace streets. The fee is $163; $145 for Farnsworth members. For more information, or to register, visit
—  2022 Fall Exhibitions Open at CMCA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, with a free, public artists’ reception from 3 to 5:30 p.m., including light refreshments. The reception will be preceded at 2 p.m. by a conversation with artists Eneida Sanches and Daniel Minter, moderated by Dr. Henry J. Drewal. The shows are “through this to that” by Daniel Minter and Eneida Sanches; “Mind Loops” by Ian Trask; and “CALCIUM and Your Future Ex Squirrelfriend” by Elijah Ober. The shows will remain on view through January 8.
—  Maine Craft Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, at studios and businesses around the state. The annual event that lets artists, crafters and the public connect. Find out what’s happening near you at
—  Midcoast Conservancy Offers Nature-Based Writing Workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, entitled “Where Are We? Where Have We Been?” and led by Linda Buckmaster. This workshop is open to writers of all levels and suitable for writers of poetry, prose, or anything in between. Through exploration, writing exercises, the work of other authors, and discussion, participants experiment with words to re-create a place that calls to them. Participants will write in plein air and under cover if necessary. For more information and to register, go to
—  Shakespeare Society of Rockland to Meet, via Zoom, 2 to 4 p.m. Macbeth, Act 1 will be read and discussed. Founded in 1889, the society is entering its 133rd year. Meetings will continue to be held every other Monday through the end of November, reading one act per meeting. Potential new members are welcome to attend the meeting as guests. For further information, email President Hope Kocian at
—  The Fruits and Roots of Fall, at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at noon. Gardener and herbalist Denise DeSpirito will lead the outdoor presentation on what herbs can be used to support the body during this time of year. This program will focus on medicinal properties of fruits and roots of some commonly found plants. Following the lecture, she will lead the group into the Merryspring herb garden to demonstrate how to dig up, store, and prepare herb roots for use throughout winter. $5 for the general public, with free admission for Merryspring members. No registration is necessary.
—  Camden Garden Club’s First-Ever Fall Plant Sale, offering potted divisions from member gardens at the American Legion at the corner of Pearl and John streets in Camden, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship program for area students majoring in horticulture-related fields. For more information, call Sherry Cobb, 785-2086.
—  Garden Program on Fall Maintenance and Winter Preparation, at noon, at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. In this outdoor presentation, John Fromer will discuss pruning and transplanting methods, keeping peonies alive in winter, knowing which plants to cut back and which to leave, and making the most of one’s time in autumn to ensure a healthy spring garden. Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998 and runs Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm with his wife Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. Together they grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs in a sustainable fashion. He currently serves on the Merryspring board of trustees. This program is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring. $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. No need to register.
—  Saving Maine’s Heirloom Apples, 7 p.m. at the Old Brick School Community Center, 44 School Street in Warren. The Warren Historical Society hosts John Bunker for a look at the history of apples in the Pine Tree State and how you can help to save them for the future.
—  Talking Food in Maine Series at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, for its third season, at 7 p.m. This free series of one-on-one conversations is hosted by Mumbai to MAINE founder Cherie Scott, who is joined by culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to culinary arts in Maine. This one features Rob Dumas, whose food story starts in Louisiana and ends in Maine, with time spent on a submarine off the coast of Virginia and cooking for the Obama family.
—  Nature Art Workshop for Kids on Sears Island, hosted by Friends of Sears Island after school, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will go on a short walk to collect natural items to be used in artmaking. These materials will then be incorporated into projects at several stations where kids will make prints of leaves and assemble a fall banner to hang at home, paint and decorate a walking stick, and make nature mandala sculptures on the beach for other island visitors to find. This program is for kids ages 6 to 12 with an accompanying adult. Participants must register; email Registration is complete upon receiving a confirmation email.
—  Rockport Public Library Rescheduled Merryspring Nature Walk, now set for this Thursday at 10 a.m.
—  Sunflower Circle Song Series, 10 a.m. to noon below the playground at Belfast City Park. The series wraps up the season with “Songs & Stories with Stephanie Holman and Molly Gawler.” Free, all ages welcome. Join Stephanie and Molly for storytime, crafting, music, movement, gluten-free sunflower cookies & lemonade. FMI, contact Chelsea: 504-0813 or
—  Rockport Public Library Pumpkin Painting Party, Wednesday, October 5, at 4 p.m. Join children’s librarian Stephanie in the Rockport Room at the library for festive fall fun for the whole family. All materials, including pumpkins, will be provided. This is a free event, open to all families.
—  Drive-Thru Flu Clinic in Belfast, at Waldo County General Hospital, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to adults and children 3 years and older. Most insurances accepted; bring your insurance cards. Self-pay will be billed an amount to be determined after the final cost of the vaccine is known. Standard and high-dose flu shots will be offered. No appointment necessary.
—  Rockport Comprehensive Plan, Tour of Rockport, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Samoset Resort, in Rockport. Open to all residents. Join the Comprehensive Plan Committee for a facilitated conversation on the topics of public facilities and services and education. FMI: 236-0989, extension 2.
—  Fall Sailing Navigation Series, offered by Midcoast Sailing Center, a program of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum in Rockland. The small, personalized classroom-based and hybrid classroom/on-water courses include: Women on the Water will be offered this Tuesday and Thursday, September 27 and 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Introduction to Nautical Charts and Navigation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, October 3 and 5. Intermediate Navigation and Dead Reckoning will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, October 17 and 19. All classes are held in person at the museum and are taught by MCSC’s program director, Coast Guard–licensed captain Diane Sternberg. $60 for each two-evening session. For more info or to register for a class, contact Sternberg at 701-7625 or Learn more at
—  Drive-Thru Flu Clinic in Rockport, at Pen Bay Medical Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to adults and children 3 years and older. Most insurances accepted; bring your insurance cards. Self-pay will be billed an amount to be determined after the final cost of the vaccine is known. Standard and high-dose flu shots will be offered. No appointment necessary.
—  Tables of Recovery, 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland. Coastal Recovery Community Center hosts the fair-style event featuring local groups that support recovery and wellness. The idea behind the event is to share resources throughout the community and provide information and support to those whom recovery and wellness services can help. Participants include Volunteers of America, PenBay Ministries, Restorative Justice, Knox Clinic, HEAL, OPTIONS, Me-RAP, Workforce Solutions, Journey Magazine, Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition, New Hope, NAMI, Maine Behavioral Health and SASSAM.  Refreshments will be provided by Villages Soup Food Truck & Mulligan’s RGC. Learn more on Coastal Recovery Community Center’s Facebook page.
—  Midcoast Conservancy’s Annual Goosepecker Trekker Hike and Lunch, at the Whitten Hill Preserve, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will start with two hike options, one on moderate terrain and another on a more challenging trail. Hikers will convene at noon for a lunch of mains, both meat and vegetarian, from the grill and beverages, courtesy of Midcoast Conservancy. Attendees are encouraged to bring potluck sides and desserts, as well as blankets or chairs and reusable cups, plates and utensils. Compostable plates and cups will be available. The event is free, and all are welcome. Anyone interested in the hike and lunch, or just lunch, is asked to register at
—  Little Food Pantry Official Opening, at noon in front of the First Universalist Church in Rockland, 345 Broadway, to introduce the Little Free Food Pantry located outside the church.  A Little Food Pantry resembles the popular little libraries, in that it is located in an accessible place and available for self-service at all hours. Instead of books, the LFP has an assortment of foods and personal care products available for anyone at any time. You’re invited to bring nonperishable foods and bathroom items to help fill the Little Food Pantry.
—  Lincoln County Democrats’ Harvest Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. at Le Barn, 132 Waldoboro Road (Route 32) in Jefferson. With folk music by Brian Dunn and Laura Buxbaum, and simple meal of hearty chowders, soups, and stews that will include vegan options, homemade bread and apple cider, served by candidates and elected officials. The event concludes with desserts, including seasonal pies. The Harvest Dinner is open to the public. Reservations can be made at $20 for individuals. Children under 10 eat free.
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