Aficionados of the dapper, shiny-black-mustachioed David Suchet version of Hercule Poirot in the long-running British TV series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” will find a somewhat different take on the Belgian superdetective in the brand-new film “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Whitefield Elementary School Principal Joshua McNaughton recently announced that he will resign from his position in June 2018, at the end of the current school year. This is his seventh year as principal of the school.
By a vote of 49-20, a 180-day moratorium on recreational-marijuana businesses in the town of Whitefield was approved during a special town meeting at Whitefield Elementary School on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
The Dec. 3 opening reception for artist Sally DeLorme Pedrick’s first local exhibit since 2011 was well-attended, even an hour before the official start time of 3 p.m. People were already showing up in significant numbers at about 2 p.m. on the crisp Sunday afternoon at The Library Art Studio, Pedrick’s home studio in Round Pond, enthusiastic to view the artwork on display in her current show, “A Mirrored Age.”
Kids need a kiln: Whitefield Elementary School’s new art teacher, Hollie Hilton, has hit the ground running as far as making positive changes in art instruction at the school. I learned recently that Hilton started up a DonorsChoose fundraising campaign for a digital kiln for her students.
Parents expressed a mix of concern about the current state of Whitefield Elementary School, including for students’ safety, and hope for the school’s future during a public forum in the school gym Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Benoit at Sotheby’s: Sue Jones over at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Damariscotta called me the other day to give me a heads-up about a cool new show that is running there through the end of April 2018: Boothbay Harbor wood-sculpture artist Andre Benoit’s “Abstraction and Representation Within and Outside the Drawer” exhibit.
It isn’t every day one runs into a couple that has been married for 50 years. It is even rarer to be in the presence of such a couple on the very day of their golden anniversary.
A barn at 222 Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield that was used as a welding workshop and a storage space for “upward of $50,000” in welding equipment and ATVs burned to the ground early Tuesday, Nov. 14, according to Whitefield Deputy Fire Chief Tom Feeney. There were no injuries, as the building was uninhabited at the time.
This is what I’m talking about: “I love to hear from readers.” I sign off my column each week with those words. And I mean it.
Tackling a touchy subject: The words on Tom Mathews’ business card read as follows: “Communicate your perspective in a calm manner, using clean vocabulary, without attacking groups or individuals with hatred.” These are good guidelines for participants in a documentary project dealing with one of the thorniest issues in the United States – guns and gun violence.
kdb of the Wilderland: There’s a really nice exhibit of encaustic paintings and photographs up at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office-gallery, at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. The creator of those wildlife-focused pieces is Bath artist “kdb” Dominguez, whose “Birds of the Wilderland” show runs through Monday, Nov. 20.
Art comes to me: Sometimes I go in search of arts-related topics to write about and sometimes they just fall into my lap. This week has been a case of the latter.
The hot topic at the Tuesday, Oct. 10 meeting of the Whitefield Board of Selectmen was the Wednesday, Oct. 4 rear-ending of a horse-and-buggy on East River Road by a Whitefield resident driving an SUV.
Cultural awareness: On Wednesday, Oct. 4, I attended the afternoon screening of the documentary film “Maineland” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. “Maineland” follows two well-to-do, amiable Chinese high school students, Stella and Harry, as they attend boarding school at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, coming of age in a culture very different from the one in which they were raised. The 90-minute 2017 movie, which took three years to film, is directed by filmmaker Miao Wang, who moved to the United States from China when she was 12.