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PROSPECT - The Friends of Fort Knox will be staffing the Penobscot Narrows Observatory Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, from 8 until 10 p.m. (last ticket sold at 9:30 PM) to offer visitors an opportunity to view the area in the moonlight. This will be the only time this season that the observatory will be open during a full moon and those interested in this unique experience are encouraged to take advantage of it. Admission to the moonlight viewing in the observatory is $5 per person and tickets may be purchased the evening of the event (clouds or rain will result in cancellation).

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:21

Still Life ArtLab Workshop at CMCA

Written by Wire Reports

ROCKPORT - Work with a wide variety of media on canvas and black paper to create a series of still life drawings and paintings at CMCA's next ArtLab for All Ages workshop, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport. All supplies will be provided, and the workshop is free and open to everyone.

The instructor for this workshop will be Russell Kahn, who has been a K-12 public school art teacher for more than 20 years. He currently teaches drawing, painting, ceramics and printmaking at Camden Hills Regional High School.

STONINGTON Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to present full productions of seven new 10-minute plays written by community members, 'Locally & Organically Grown,' Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. The new plays were written in January of 2012 in the fourth annual Opera House Arts Playwriting Workshop with acclaimed Maine playwright John Cariani ('Almost, Maine,' 'Last Gas'). The evening features community actors alongside Actors Equity guest artists Robert Burke and Kathy McCafferty and will be directed by Cariani and Opera House Arts' Artistic Director Judith Jerome. Rehearsals begin Saturday, Aug. 26 and openings for community actors may still exist; please call or email the Opera House at 207-367-2788 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating.

'With this group of plays we will have fully produced 28 short new plays written by community members,' said Jerome. 'We've started to create a body of local stories that is really exciting.'

ELLSWORTH - The Grand announces the first in the Fall 2012 series of Hi Def simulcasts from The National Theatre of London: a theatrical adaptation of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (based on Mark Haddon's bestselling novel) on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

Christopher (Luke Treadaway), 15 years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. He has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:19

A happening Half Acre

Written by Allen Adams
New nightspot opens on Harlow Street

BANGOR There's a new club in town.

The latest addition to the ever-expanding Bangor nightlife scene arrives on August 24. The Half Acre is a new nightclub located at 190 Harlow St.

Matt Brann and Mike Bjork are at the helm of this exciting new business. Brann is the former owner/proprietor of Club Gemini, a nightspot that occupied the same space a few years ago.

'We hadn't had any tenants for a while, so we wanted to renovate the space as a turnkey business,' said Brann. 'But when Mike and I got to working together, we eventually decided to dig up some resources and open the place up ourselves.'

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:59

Photos from the 'Last Summer on Earth' tour

Written by Mike Dow
Edge photos by Mike Fern and Mike Dow.

EASTPORT Yarrrgh, Matey! Live entertainment will abound at the 2012 Eastport Pirate Festival in historic downtown Eastport this September 7, 8 and 9. Festival Co-Chair Don Dunbar says, 'This year we have more live entertainment planned for our downtown stage than any prior year.' Among the new headline entertainment will be several performances by Piper and Greybeard.

Ever wonder what it's like to be on a pirate ship? Julie and Brownie, otherwise known as Piper and Greybeard, will take you on a high-spirited pirate adventure on the good ship The Bonnie Lady at the pirate festival in Eastport Maine. Join them as they bring you (the new crew) on board for a rollicking sea voyage down the east coast, around Cape Cod (where we visit the Cape Cod Light) and through the Carolinas to meet up with the notorious Blackbeard. You'll also weather a storm at Cape Horn, and hopefully arrive safely with a cargo of fun in San Francisco.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:06

Johnny Baseball' takes the mound

Written by Allen Adams
New musical offers new look at old curse

ORONO It's Game Four of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox are on the verge of being swept by the New York Yankees. A group of fans in the bleachers is living and dying with every pitch, sitting in fear of the fabled Curse of the Bambino.

Only it turns out it might be a curse of a different sort.

So begins 'Johnny Baseball,' the new musical being presented by the University of Maine's Summer Music Theatre Festival. Directed by Tom Mikotowicz, the show - with book by Richard Dresser, music by Robert Reale and lyrics by Willie Reale will run through Aug. 12 at Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:00

The Brianna Rachel Fund for kids Golf Tournament

Written by Mike Dow
bringing smiles to chronically ill children

'The whole theme of the fund is to bring a smile to a child's face during those times when they have to undergo procedures,' says Lucille Koncinsky, grandmother of Brianna Rachel Koncinsky. 'The reason the fund exists this was her idea.'

Brianna was 6 years old when she lost her two year fight with brain cancer. Twelve years later, her spirit continues to make a powerful impact on the lives of people she never knew.

Shortly after her passing, Brianna's family established The Brianna Rachel Fund for Kids to assist with the non-medical needs of chronically ill and hospitalized children and their families.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:43

Inside Out & After Dark

Written by Wire Reports

STONINGTON Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House (OHA) is excited to announce the launch, on the evening of Aug. 12, of a new public art installation: Inside Out & After Dark, a series of giant historic projections on the 30'x40' harbor face of the Stonington Opera House, in celebration of its centennial. The projections, created by East Blue Hill filmmaker Veronica Young with materials from the collection of Opera House Arts, the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Penobscot Marine Museum, will, starting at dusk each night from Aug. 12-24, treat community members and visitors to free, outdoor, historic images of Stonington and its Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, between 1912 and 2012. The project's goal is to draw attention to the community and Main Street significance of the 100-year-old Stonington Opera House, and the creativity it has and continues to house.

'As we were considering ways to celebrate the centenary of our beloved Stonington Opera House, I realized we could honor the building by turning the inside out' and projecting its history on the building itself,' said Young. 'I was inspired in part by last year's guerilla actions of students who retaliated against the Maine governor's removal of a politically potent mural from the Department of Labor lobby by projecting its image on the exterior of an Augusta government building.'

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