BANGOR - There are thousands of country music fans in Maine and over 8,000 of them attended the Lady Antebellum concert at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Saturday night. Every one of them who could, stood to their feet the moment the country trio walked onto the stage, and they remained standing until the group's very last note. The trio, comprised of vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley along with guitar/mandolin player Dave Hayward, opened with their 2013 single "Compass" from their album “Golden.” The song is a mix of country, blue grass and folk music all rolled into one upbeat toe-tapping number driven by the sounds of the mandolin.

"The best way to stay warm is to dance," Kelley told the crowd before the trio launched into the song "Our Kind of Love" followed by "Just a Kiss," from their 2011 album “Own the Night.” Next, Lady Antebellum transported the crowd back in time to their first radio single, "Love Don't Live Here," during which Kelley and Scott pointed their microphones to the crowd to let them belt out the lyrics to finish the number.

Monday, 01 September 2014 22:54

Exhibition on view: September 5- November 1, 2014

by PR

Location: Monkitree, 263 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine 04345

Cost: Free and open to the public

ELLSWORTH - The Grand’s events featuring subjects of interest to the Maine community continues at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7 with the presentation of “Living History,” an illustrated talk about Ellsworth, Maine, led by historian Darlene Springer. Admission is by donation at the door with proceeds benefiting both The Grand and the Ellsworth Historical Society. Further information is available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at

A city that has encompassed Native American tribes, was fought over in the French-Indian War, had two competing police forces (which threatened to arrest each other!), survived a horrific flood in one decade and a fire in the next, Ellsworth, Maine certainly has a lot of history. And now Darlene Springer, who helped put together last winter’s successful “So You Think You Know Ellsworth?” fundraising quiz show at The Grand, returns to present her acclaimed slideshow on the history of the community that we call home.


BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company is seeking a docile dog with a dramatic flair to fill the role of "Toto," in its holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport will lead canine auditions, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required to audition. The show will run Dec. 4-28, with rehearsals starting Nov. 3.

In this American classic, Toto is young Dorothy's fiercely loyal companion, as beloved by fans as the Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man. "We are looking for a pooch with presence," says Newport, "a dog whose personality transcends the stage and helps tell this enchanting story."

ROCKLAND - The Sail Power, and Steam Museum is pleased to welcome back Larry Kaplan for an evening of folksong on Saturday, Sept. 13. 

Kaplan’s music is known widely in both the US and abroad for its strong storytelling and for its simple and beautiful melody lines, and has been sung and recorded by many contemporary and traditional folk artists around the world. Accompanying himself on guitar and banjo, many of his works have deep roots in New England and respectfully capture the spirit that derives from small, often quiet events in history that have shaped the New England spirit, some serious, some funny, many eccentric. 

Monday, 01 September 2014 22:40

BUZZ BRIEFS - 09/03/14

by PR


BANGOR – The Museum of Art will be hosting an informal noon-time gallery talk with featured artist Maya Brodsky on Sept. 10. She will discuss her current UMMA exhibition Awake: Paintings by Maya Brodsky, on display at the Museum of Art through September 20. ART@NOON gallery talks are free and open to the public.  

ELLSWORTH - The Grand’s film program featuring subjects of interest to the Maine community continues on Saturday, Sept. 13 with a double-feature tribute to a classic horror film made locally: “Pet Sematary,” the 1989 supernatural thriller adapted from the Stephen King novel by the author himself. It begins at 4 p.m. with the film itself and continues at 7 with the brand-new documentary feature “Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary,” with the documentary filmmakers participating in a Q&A after the screening. Tickets are available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at and are $7 for general admission and $6 for seniors. As a benefit of membership in The Grand, Grand Members pay the special member price of $5 for both films. Membership will be verified at the time of purchase.

In “Pet Sematary” (1989. U.S. 1 hr., 43 min. Directed by Mary Lambert. Rated R.), a doctor dabbles in magical resurrection with horrific consequences in this supernatural thriller adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne. In addition to adapting his own novel for the screen, King appeared in a brief cameo as the minister presiding over Gage’s funeral. 

MILLINOCKET – The Quimby Family Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Eastern Maine Community College to help develop a two-year associate in applied science degree in outdoor recreation and tourism. EMCC plans to base the program in Millinocket.

The grant application was a joint effort by the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center and Eastern Maine Community College Foundation.

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