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SEARSPORT Unity College Professor Chris Marshall will give a talk titled Knowing their place: two stories (and the truth) about an African-American settlement in Troy on Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum as part of the museum's exhibit Do It Your Way: Gee's Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine.

African-Americans have been in Maine since the very beginning of its settlement by Europeans, never in large numbers but always present. People in the central Maine town of Troy have local stories about an African-American settlement there in the late 1800s, which is said to have been large and self-sufficient at one time but is now vanished. What was the reality of the place, and what was its fate? Between 2004 and 2007, Chris Marshall and his Unity College students interviewed Troy residents, sought out old records and excavated the site of the original settlement to discover the stories, and the truth, about what happened to the African-Americans of rural Waldo County.

HALLOWELL -- The Harlow Gallery and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to host a potluck dinner followed by an ArtTalk by Portland, Maine ceramic artist Ayumi Horie on Aug. 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Harlow Gallery,at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the potluck, though it is not required.

Ayumie Horie will be an artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle from Aug. 10 to 25. She is a full-time studio potter working in Portland, Maine who creates functional pieces adorned with images of animals and patterns that serve as a means to address ideas about comfort, both physical and psychological. She explains, 'I see pots as having the incredible privilege of being part of people's private, everyday lives. Because of this intimacy, we let our guard down around pots, allowing them to convey ideas about aesthetics, function, and social issues. They are objects of service and conduits between people.'

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND - Maine Crafts Guild hosts its annual MDI Directions Fine Crafts Show, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1-3, at Mount Desert High School, Route 233. Known for excellence in their craft, more than 80 artists will exhibit their work for sale over the course of three days.

'This Directions show is renowned in the state, if not in New England, as the best quality show,' said studio potter and MDI exhibitor Rocky Mann.

SEARSPORT Gee's Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo, whose non-traditional quilts have been called by the New York Times 'some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced,' will be at Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. for the opening of their exhibit Do It Your Way: Gee's Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine. This exhibit, sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be at Penobscot Marine Museum's Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine, Aug. 2 through Sept. 7, 2014.

The quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama, were catapulted into national celebrity in 1998 when an art collector saw their quilts and organized an exhibition which began at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and travelled to nine major museums across the country, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Whitney Museum in New York City. The quilts of Gee's Bend have been written up in Newsweek, O, Smithsonian Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.

Monday, 14 July 2014 23:10

Bangor Fire Department wins Guns & Hoses challenge

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$1,000 donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for winning Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge

BANGOR Bangor Fire Department has won the inaugural Guns & Hoses Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway's Celebrity Bar & Grill.

Monday, 14 July 2014 23:09

Historic catsup at Searsport Farmers' Market

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SEARSPORT Marilyn Cleveland, owner of Marilyn's Jam Session, recently unearthed a century-old recipe from her great Aunt Florence for Grape Catsup, which Aunt Florence made on her farm in New Gloucester, Maine in the early 20th century. Before the advent of tomato ketchup, many farmers' wives made a spiced catsup from whatever fruit was available. With offers of wild grapes from neighboring farms in Penobscot, Horsepower Farm and Quill's End Farm, Cleveland made a grape catsup based on great Aunt Florence's recipe which she calls Conquered Grape. Cleveland and her husband Scott give tastes of the catsup to their customers at farmers' markets, who find it irresistible.

Another historic recipe which Cleveland is reviving is for rose hip flavored syrup. Marilyn's Beach Rose is made with local wild beach roses. Rose hips are especially high in vitamin C and have been eaten for generations for their health benefits. Using local ingredients, Cleveland makes small batches, and her first batch of 17 bottles of Beach Rose was sold in a few days.

ORONO Mainers prefer to buy local food from in-state farmers, fishermen and businesses, according to a new survey.

Sustainability Solution Initiative/Mitchell Center researcher Timothy Waring, who was part of a multi-institution team that prepared the report, said the findings are indicative of a sea change happening in the food industry.

OWLS HEAD The fuzzy dice and big fins of the 1950s and 1960s meet the sheer power of 1970s muscle cars at the Owls Head Transportation Museum's Glory Days Car and Antique Aeroplane Show, Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. Often referred to as the automobile industry's most iconic decades, vehicles produced during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are always crowd pleasers. The Glory Days show will also feature a celebration of the Ford Mustang in honor of the beloved vehicle's 50th year in production.

Owners of 1950s, 1960s and 1970s vehicles, Ford Mustangs of any vintage and all organized automobile clubs are invited to exhibit their vehicles on Runway 17, the Museum's family-friendly outdoor exhibit area. While the theme of this popular show is The Glory Days, featuring '50s, '60s and '70s vehicles, guests arriving in their pre-1994 vehicles receive free admission at this show and all other Museum (non-auction) events. Exhibitor gates open at 8 a.m.

UNITY Unity College has been gifted with six works from The Rock Paintings collection by well-known avant-garde artist Joseph Fiore (1975-1987). The artwork was gifted to the College by Maine Farmland Trust (MFT). It was provided to MFT by the Falcon Foundation, a vehicle created by Fiore's estate.

'These works by acclaimed artist Joseph Fiore will be frequently accessed by students and inspire them to achieve a sophisticated appreciation of art,' said Unity College President Stephen Mulkey. 'Art in all of its forms occupies an important place at Unity College. Our students are inspired to pursue careers in service to natural world and sustainability of this planet often because of their emotional connections to this planet. This donation is so special because it brings daily reminders to our community of this artist's amazing ability to convey the subtleties, beauty, and grandeur of the natural world. That is such a good fit for this College and the interests of its students.'

SEARSPORT Merchant mariners have contributed significantly to the security and prosperity of the nation. In order to record and preserve the stories of merchant mariners, Seamen's Church Institute has researchers across the US conducting interviews with these mariners for the American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project. The Penobscot Marine Museum is partnering with the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) to host a day of oral history interviews on June 24, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum's Stephen Phillips Memorial Library (11 Church St., Searsport, ME).

Merchant mariners are invited to come to the museum to record their stories with SCI researchers and volunteers. Photo archivists at the museum will also be gathering feedback from mariners on their photo collections. The interviews will be archived and made available as a robust online repository of stories of the sea.

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