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ROCKLAND Award-winning music producer, critic and translator Lawrence Schulman will give a talk on Judy Garland, entitled 'Moments of Magic,' at the Rockland Public Library (Maine) on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The one-and-a-quarter hour talk will examine Judy Garland's life and career, and feature nine audio-video clips, to be followed by a question and answer. Schulman will endeavor to answer the question: 'If I had just one hour to convince you of Judy Garland's place in classic American popular music, what film and television performances would I choose?'

Schulman has been responsible for numerous CD sets devoted to Garland over the past 22 years, and written the liner notes for most of them. His 2010 4-CD set, 'Judy Garland: Lost Tracks' (JSP Records), was featured in The Wall Street Journal, and won the Best of 2010 award from the French public radio station, France Musique. His 2013 4-CD set,' Judy Garland: Creations' (JSP Records), and his 2014 5-CD set, 'Judy Garland: The Garland Variations,' were nominated by the website The Second Disc as the best jazz and vocal reissues of the year. His 2015 3-CD set 'Judy Garland: Swan Songs, First Flights' (DOREMI/HALLOW) was also featured in The Wall Street Journal. His other releases include 'Judy Garland: Child of Hollywood' (RPCD, 1993), 'Judy Garland at the Paris Olympia' (RTE-Europe 1, 1994), 'Judy Garland: Classiques et indits' (Frmeaux & Associs, 2008),' Judy Garland: Smilin' Through' (JSP Records, 2011) 'and Judy Garland: The Carnegie Hall Concert' (JSP Records, 2012). Upcoming CD projects include 'Judy Garland: The Best of Lost Tracks' (JSP),' Judy Garland Sings Harold Arlen' (JSP), 'Judy Garland: Classic Duets' (DOREMI/HALLOW) and on SACD 'Judy Garland: Judy in Love' (Audio Fidelity/UMe).

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 20:17

Maker Faire moving forward

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CAMDEN - The Maker Faire committee is finalizing plans for this year's Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, to be held in the Camden Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The committee is still looking for volunteers to help with events the day of the Faire and to help present various projects and exhibits. Please contact Ken Gross at the Camden Public Library for more information.

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire has already lined up several extraordinary Makers, including Stephen Abadessa who is a returning Make rand who will present classes in Arduino '101' and '201' as an introduction to the fascinating and approachable world of miniature processors and programming. He recommends that participants come with an Arduino already in hand, although everyone is welcome at his workshops whether they have an Arduino in hand or not. Arduinos can be ordered online for $10-$20, search for Mini-USB-Board-for-Compatible-Arduino-DIY.

LYNNFIELD, Mass. HP Hood, the leading dairy brand in New England, recently announced the Hood Sour Cream Fast Family Meals Contest in collaboration with Country 102.5, Boston's number one for new hit country. From now until Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, New Englanders are encouraged to submit a photo of their favorite recipe featuring Hood Sour Cream for a chance to win weekly prizes and the grand prize a week's worth of meals for their family prepared and delivered by a personal chef.

The most creative and delicious fast family meal recipe submitted each week will win a $50 Peapod gift card and a pair of tickets to Boston's hottest country concerts. Of those weekly winners, judges will pick one lucky grand prize winner to win a $500 Peapod gift card, a year's worth of Hood Sour Cream and have Chef Joe Gatto personally stock his or her refrigerator with meals for a week. Entrants can submit their recipes on Country 102.5's contest page: http://country1025.com/contests/hood-sour-cream-fast-family-meals/ and follow the hashtag #FastFamilyMeals for updates.

PITTSBURGH, PA -- Richard Blanco of Bethel, Maine, the inaugural poet for Barack Obama, has written a special poem for the ceremonial re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, will read his 'Matters of the Sea' / 'Cosas del Mar,' commissioned by the U.S. State Department. It will be published as a bilingual chapbook by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Last month, Obama announced the historic decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since severing ties in 1961. The decision became effective July 20. On Friday, when Secretary of State John Kerry officially re-opens the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and raises the Stars and Stripes there, Blanco will be in attendance to present his new work.

Monday, 10 August 2015 21:52

Have your tintype taken again!

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SEARSPORT The tintype photography booth at Penobscot Marine Museum was so popular in July that the museum has arranged for the booth to return, giving everyone another opportunity to have their tintype taken. The tintype booth is run by the AgNO3 Lab, which specializes in formal tintype portraits. The tintype process will be demonstrated to visitors during the day as the portraits are made. The tintype booth will return to Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Portraits will be made on a first come first served basis but reservations are recommended. Portraits are $40 per tintype, which includes a two for one museum admission. To make a reservation for a portrait, call the museum at (207) 548-0334.

'We are pleased to have the tintype booth back at Penobscot Marine Museum,' says Kevin Johnson, the Museum's photo archivist. 'The booth was booked solid and we had to turn people away. We had a crowd of visitors happily watching the tintypes being made. It was fascinating.' Tintypes were popular in the 1860s and 1870s, and many of the photographs taken during the Civil War were tintypes. They are not made on tin, but are a type of photograph made on a sheet of blackened iron.

Discover wonders of growing plants through story of Sarah the Sunflower Seed'

SEDGWICK Author Evangeline Lincoln Wollmar was inspired to share the joys and satisfaction of rural farming what she has been doing for the past 13 years. Her recently published book detailing the story of 'Sarah the Sunflower Seed' (published by AuthorHouse) shows readers the life cycle of a sunflower plant and the celebration of nature and seasons on a farm.

SEARSPORT Create an extraordinary work of art by transforming a black and white photograph using the historic technique of hand-painting in the Hand-painting Black & White Photographs workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum. This intensive workshop, led by fine-art photographer Liv Kristin Robinson, explores traditional methods for applying pigments to black & white images. Suitable photos will be provided by the museum or bring your own black & white, matte surfaced, images. Painting materials will be provided.

Liv Kristin Robinson, a Belfast area fine-art photographer who is well known for her hand-painted images, has shown widely. Robinson trained as an artist and art historian in New York City, and her originals are to be found in several private and public collections including The New York Public Library, The Portland Museum of Art, Colby College and the Farnsworth Museum of Art.

Monday, 20 July 2015 18:34

Haunted Bar Harbor Tours are the best of both worlds

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BAR HARBOR A Native owned tour company is making its debut in Bar Harbor this summer by offering unique ghost tours with a cultural twist. Dawnland Tours, LLC haunted tours tell paranormal tales through the lens of Native Maine. The stories include ghosts, witches, giants and monsters that roamed this land long ago, and some that still do. Tours are a cross-cultural feast of the supernatural combining Euro-American stories with Wabanaki spirit stories dating back over twelve thousand years.

Dawnland Tours, LLC is the only company in the state of Maine to offer Native led ghost stories with a Native viewpoint. Tour guides are typically seen walking through downtown Bar Harbor in Victorian era outfits.

Monday, 20 July 2015 18:33

Maine Crafts Guild celebrates 40 years

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BAR HARBOR - Maine Crafts Guild's MDI 'Directions' Fine Craft Show is turning 40 this year. The centrally located Mount Desert Island High School on Route 233 in Bar Harbor has been the location of the Directions Show for all four decades. Over the years it has become a celebration of summer for all the townships and summer visitors in the region. Only once a year (July 24-26), this event is not to be missed if you enjoy fine crafts work inspired by living in Maine.

In 1975 the Maine Crafts Guild was established in a spirit of cooperation with the goal of bringing the finest professional craftspeople together with those who appreciate hand made products. The organization's commitment to excellence in fine craft has never faltered. Members of the Guild have one thing in common, a passion to create. Some focus on pushing the limits of their work, some on learning traditional methods from the elders of their craft, some are attracted to handwork because of the quality of life it engenders, while others are interested in having a positive cultural impact.

BAR HARBOR On July 29 at 5 p.m., the Abbe Museum will host their signature annual fundraiser at the Bar Harbor Club. The Gathering Gala benefit dinner and auction has become a summer tradition on Mount Desert Island, celebrating the work of the Abbe Museum with an elegant evening of food and drink, friendship, and philanthropy. This year's event will celebrate the importance of outreach the myriad of educational experiences offered outside the Museum that further the Abbe's mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations and College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins will host the live auction.

'I'm excited to be a part of the Abbe's largest annual fundraiser,' said Collins. 'The Museum is innovative in its intellectually sophisticated approach to understanding and celebrating the cultural matrix of Native Americans. Supporting the Abbe's mission benefits MDI, the Native Peoples of Maine, and Native communities all over the world.'

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