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HALLOWELL -- The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell has issued an open call for exhibition proposals for the 2014 exhibition season. The gallery has recently switched to a simplified paperless email submission process. Maine artists and arts organizations are encouraged to submit ideas for exhibitions in 2014. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1, 2013. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 membership based non-profit gallery founded 1963 at 160 Water Street in downtown historic Hallowell.

Maine artists or artists with a strong Maine connection are the primary focus, but proposals from outside the state will be considered. Please note there is no budget for travel or art shipping costs, and artists 'from away' would need to take full responsibility for transporting their work to and from Maine.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:11

Grand opening events announced for Cross Insurance Center

Written by PA

BANGOR - The City of Bangor and Global Spectrum, managers of the Cross Insurance Center, recently announced events intended to serve as the grand opening celebration for the Cross Insurance Center.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, a community open house will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks display. This event will offer everyone the opportunity to tour the Cross Insurance Center. Anyone may attend, and refreshments will be offered.

Hallowell, Maine -- Next month the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is delighted to welcome back English-poet-living-in-Wales, William Ayot for a poetry reading on Friday, September 13 at 7pm at the gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. One year ago William's impromptu reading from his latest book, E-Mail From the Soul, entertained and moved a committed audience of die-hard poetry lovers at the Harlow. This year Ayot returns having won the UK's People's Book Prize, Special Achievement Award,for a book that is having an effect in the community in this case the community of leaders.

William's powerful and accessible poetry speaks directly to the heart as he charts an underworld journey through loss and alienation, to self-acceptance, reconciliation and a sense of belonging. A one-time student of indigenous shamans, William brings a grounded reality and a big heart to poems about the struggles and sacrifices of work, relationship and self-discovery about growing down as well as growing up!

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:05

Wheels on the Waterfront returns to Bangor

Written by Jodi Hersey

BANGOR- The Bangor waterfront will be lined with classics this weekend for the Wheels on the Waterfront car show. It's an event that was started by the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau six years ago and it continues to draw quite a crowd.

"It's quite a show," said Kerrie Tripp, executive director for the Greater Bangor CVB. "We had 300 participants last year, and this year we already have 150 vehicles that are pre-registered for the event, including a large contingency from Canada. Those folks will spend the night in hotels and eat at our restaurants, which has a trickledown effect for tourism in our area."

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:43

WERU-FM and Schoodic Arts for All to present Raw Faith'

Written by PA

WINTER HARBOR - WERU Community Radio and Schoodic Arts for All will present the new film, Raw Faith by Gregory Roscoe, which documents the life of the sailing vessel of the same name, built by a family on the Addison shore to take handicapped children on sailing adventures. The film will be shown at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

The vessel Raw Faith was the vision of George McKay, who had never been on a sailboat, let alone built one. The 92-foot vessel was made with volunteer labor and without real plans, using meager donated materials and unconventional methods. It was launched in 2003 but suffered a rigging failure and lost its steering on the first test sail and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard. The second sailing attempt did little better and the boat had to be rescued again by the Coast Guard, this time being towed to Rockland Harbor and placed under harbor arrest until it was deemed fit for service. Nevertheless, McKay's vision drove the project on even though his family was abandoning the ship. Eventually the boat got a new rig and made its way to Boston before attempting an ill-fated journey to Bermuda.

ORONO As the summer draws to a close, the University will be coming back to life as upperclassmen return and freshman arrive. Orono aims to usher in the year right with the 36th annual Festival Day. The event promises to be grand and will spread throughout town from Mill Street to the University Steam Plant. It will run all day Saturday, Sept. 7.

A great many activities have been planned for the day. Activities will be set up at the Asa Adams school, Orono Public Library, Municipal parking lot, Mill Street and the Steam Plant. And there will be something for everyone. Games are provided for the kids, as well as a truck petting zoo with several heavy machines set up to be climbed on. Crafts for children and a celebrity reading tent will be set up.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:27

Subscribe today: Opera House Arts' Winter AltMovie Series 2013-14

Written by PA

STONINGTON Exciting things are happening for movies in Stonington. The list of 'alt movies' independent, foreign and documentary films is long and rich for the coming year. And as much as the long, hot, busy days of August lead us to think otherwise, cooler and darker days are on their way. Opera House Arts' AltMovie Series enters its fifth year beginning in September, and now is the time to purchase your subscription to ensure the AltMovie Series 2013-14 brings an additional film to our local theater midweek each month through April. Only subscribers make these additional movies and screenings possible; the number of individual year-round movie goers cannot independently support the AltMovie Series. Screening dates are typically the second Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday of each month. The series is only possible if 90 individuals subscribe no later than Sept. 15.

In March, Opera House Arts converted its historic, 1941 35mm projector to a true, high-quality digital cinema system with Dolby surround sound, thanks to a successful campaign for the Joe & Sue Rares Digital Cinema Fund. This conversion allows the Opera House greater screening options to show more films. This fall will see the introduction of live streaming broadcasts of theater, special events, sporting events and even gaming nights in super high quality on the theater's giant movie screen.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:24

Music and Beer Festival at Family Dog

Written by Katy England

To benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

ORONO As part of the festivities surrounding Bike Maine and Peddle the Penobscot, The Family Dog (59 Main Street in the municipal parking lot) is hosting a Beer and Music Festival to benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7. There will be a diverse lineup of music, good food and beer. To help celebrate the event, the Black Bear Brewery is presenting a limited release of their American Brown.

Bob Cutler, owner of The Family Dog, had been looking for an opportunity to have a festival, and with the Bike Maine and Peddle the Penobscot events happening it seemed like a perfect match.

'That's just funny right there. I don't care where you're from,' a friend of mine said recently after seeing a YouTube clip of comedian Juston McKinney. He was right - McKinney's comedy is universal.  

Whether he's talking about life with his wife, children and dogs or growing up on the border of Maine and New Hampshire, McKinney, a veteran of 'The Tonight Show' (both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien) and two Comedy Central specials, is as relatable to an auditorium of college students as he would be to a convention of seasoned firefighters. Perhaps an Amazon.com review of McKinney's recent DVD 'A Middle Class Hole' sums it up best: 'He's clean and he's hilarious.'  

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 22:02

Ninth Annual HenryFest

Written by PA

All proceeds to benefit 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH - On Sept. 8, 2013, 317 Main Community Music Center presents the Ninth Annual HenryFest, outdoors at beautiful Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Maine. The festival features music from Anger, Walsh, Gordy & Doty; The Jason Spooner Band; The Forge; The Diana Hansen Band; Cumberland Crossing and a 317 Main Student Ensemble. Tickets at the gate are $20 per individual or $40 for a family ticket. The event is open to all ages - children are encouraged! All proceeds will benefit 317 Main Community Music Center, the nonprofit music school located in Yarmouth.

The Festival features an active children's area with face painting, an instrument petting zoo, temporary tattoos, a book corner, a dress-up area and more. HenryFest always features a popular Pie Table, offering a myriad of donated home-baked pies sold by the slice. The local food vendors featured at this year's festival include Otto Pizza, Taco Trio, Toots Ice Cream, Kids Gone Raw and Allagash Brewing.

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